Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: 2017

#1

Dregs (William Wisting 01)
Jorn Lier Horst
A police report of a shoe containing a severed foot washed up on the sand introduces CI William Wisting. Soon a second is washed up, but it is another left. Has there been some kind of terrible accident at sea? Does it indicate the killing and dismembering of two victims? Is there a link with the unsolved mystery of a number of disappearances in the Larvik area in recent months? In this gripping police procedural, Wisting gradually gets to the bottom of the mystery; with the help of his all too human colleagues and his journalist daughter, Line. Not so much Scandi-Noir, as a police procedural. Great characters – and a functional, realistic cop (who bucks the trend and isn’t an alcoholic – reformed, or otherwise!) The fifth in the series, Ordeal, is now available (PBK, $19.99), too.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#2

The Dry (Aaron Falk 01)
Jane Harper
Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime. ‘Packed with sneaky moves and teasing possibilities that keep the reader guessing, The Dry is a breathless page-turner.’ – Janet Maslin, The New York Times. This new Oz crime writer has been receiving awards and accolades, the world over! The sequel, Force of Nature, is now available (TP, $32.99).
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

#3

The Death of Kings (John Madden 05)
Rennie Airth
On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir Jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. The arrest of an ex-convict and his subsequent confession swiftly bring the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder. Was the man convicted and executed the decade before truly guilty? Though happily retired from the police force, John Madden is persuaded to investigate the case afresh. In a story of honour and justice that takes Madden through the idyllic English countryside, post-war streets of London, and into the criminal underworld of the Chinese Triads… The latest Airth – this one set in the late 1940s. Very Golden Age-ish, reminding Ron of a Ngaio Marsh – which is a very good thing! (See #7 for the first in the series.)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#4

Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther 12)
Philip Kerr
The much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer. With his cover blown, he is waiting for the next move in the cat-and-mouse game that, even a decade after Germany’s defeat, continues to shadow his life. Superb new Bernie Gunther novel – picks up in France in the mid-fifties, where his previous outing: The Other Side of Silence leaves off. The plot thickens when echoes of a much earlier case from the mid-thirties comes back to haunt Bernie. With added Stasi…! Now in paperback.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

#5

Death in the Dordogne (Bruno, Chief of Police 01)
Martin Walker
Captain Bruno Courrèges is in charge of a modest force in the town of St Denis in the Périgord region of France He is not your typical hard-hitting copper: he never carries the gun he owns, and barely needs to arrest people. But suddenly all is turmoil in the town as inspectors from Brussels swoop on the rural market, making many enemies. Bruno is worried by the fact that this phenomenon is invoking memories of the town’s ignoble Vichy-France past. Then an old man from a North-African immigrant family is murdered… Inspector Bruno is the best of Frenchmen: noble, loyal, and true. These are irresistible! First in the series. (See #9 for the latest in the series.)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#6

The Human Files (K2 01)
Hans Olav Lahlum
Oslo, 1968. Ambitious young Detective Inspector Kolbjorn Kristiansen is called to an apartment block, where a man has been found murdered. The victim, Harald Olesen, was a legendary hero of the Resistance during the Nazi occupation and, at first, it is difficult to imagine who could have wanted him dead. But as DI Kolbjorn Kristiansen (known as K2) begins to investigate, it seems clear that the murderer could only be one of Olesen’s fellow tenants in the building. One of our first-in-a-series bestsellers, which has remained in the top ten, through sheer force of enthusiastic recommendation to customers! Exquisitely-plotted homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and Christie, Sayers, Allingham, et al. Brilliant!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#7

River of Darkness (John Madden 01)
Rennie Airth
It is 1921 and a terrible discovery has been made at a manor house in Surrey – the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two of their staff. The police seem ready to put the murders down to robbery with violence, but DI Madden from Scotland Yard sees things slightly differently. Where the wonderful John Madden mysteries all began – which is the logical place to start. (See #3 for the latest in the series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#8

Earthly Remains (Commissario Brunetti 26)
Donna Leon
When Brunetti is granted leave from the Questura, his wife, Paola, suggests he stay at the villa of a relative on Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny’s Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house on Sant’Erasmo, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend. Latest in the Brunetti mysteries – feels like you’re breathing Venetian air! And much less hassle – no tourist crowds, not nearly as expensive. Wonderful.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#9

The Templar’s Last Secret (Bruno, Chief of Police 10)
Martin Walker
The chateau of Commarque, begun in the 11th century, was founded by a Bishop of Sarlat and entrusted to the Knights Templar. In the rocks beneath it are caves. It is one of the few Templar sites in France that has never been associated with the fabled hidden treasure of the Templars – never until now, when a local journalist publishes a sensational story around the unknown woman’s death and a centuries-old mystery looks like it might finally be solved… Bruno, the beloved chief of police in the idyllic French town of St Denis, is back! This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it’s up to our hero – and favourite gourmand! – to connect the tangled threads of the past and present… So many of our Donna Leon readers are now also switched on to Walker – with some wonderful armchair-traveling experience an added benefit! (See #5 for the first in the series.)
Mystery | TP | $32.99

#10

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Sean Duffy 06)
Adrian McKinty
Belfast, 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain’t Injuns and it isn’t Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly who has done it will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on the high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece. Okay – we know McKinty is about as Irish as they come. But he lives in Oz now. And so, we now classify him as an Australian author. It’s what we do. Besides, it won a Ned Kelly Award (as well as being nominated for and winning several other mystery awards too!) – which surely adds weight to the assertion? Anyway – it doesn’t matter where one is from – these are great! Read and enjoy.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99