Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: April 2017
Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther 12)
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…!
Noir | TP | $32.99
Dregs (William Wisting 01)
Horst, Jorn Lier
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!) A second instalment in the series, Closed for Winter, is now available (PBK, $19.99), too.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99
The Earthly Remains (Commissario Guido Brunetti 26)
Latest in the Brunetti mysteries – feels like you’re breathing Venetian air! And much less hassle – no tourist crowds, much less expensive. Wonderful.
Mystery | TP | $29.99
Blood Orange (China Bayles 24)
Albert, Susan Wittig
Twenty-four and counting! Seriously-popular cosy mystery series (how does she do it?).
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
The Death of Kings (John Madden 05)
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!
Mystery | TP | $29.99
A Game of Ghosts (Charlie Parker 15)
Another one of those stalwarts who manages to deliver the goods, time after time – without ever appearing stale or tired. Huzzah!
Thriller | TP | $32.99
London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood. 1895: In a dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele, and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood – self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard, and private investigator. Leanne (a long-time fan of the Holmes canon) really enjoyed this – and thought that the eleven-year-old Ned (almost an ‘Irregular’) was nearly the best part!
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99
The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery (Collins’ Crime Detective Club)
A mystery tale of ‘Dark Harlem’ – from 1932. Latest in the Collins Detective Club classic reissues, this is the first known mystery novel written by an African-American.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99
‘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! Now in paperback!
Mystery | PBK | $16.99
Steps to the Gallows (Bow Street Rivals 02)
Regency London. A new newspaper is causing a sensation by publishing the intimate details of high-society scandals. When the editor is then brutally murdered – and the printing presses smashed to bits! – the invisible detectives are called in to investigate…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99