Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: July 2017

#1

The Templar’s Last Secret (Bruno, Chief of Police 10)
Martin Walker
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… Ron loves this series! So much cheaper to read these than go on an actual holiday to France…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

#2

The Incredible Crime (British Library Crime Classics)
Lois Austen-Leigh
Another of the fabulous British Library classic mystery reprints! This one is from 1931, and set in a college in Cambridge University. (Ron thinks this is only the second female writer they’ve done, as well – hopefully the criticism they’ve received will encourage them to find more!)
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

#3

A Hero in France (Night Soldiers 14)
Alan Furst
Suspenseful, fast-paced thriller, set in France in 1941, featuring the Mathieu, a cell-leader in the Resistance, helping downed British airmen escape back to England.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

#4

Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit (Dandy Gilver 11)
Catriona McPherson
Scotland, 1932: Aristocratic PI Dandy Gilver strikes again with her witty sidekick Alec Osbourne to solve sinister goings on at a convent on a bleak Lancashire moor. Nuns. A dead mother superior. And just who could have left blood-red footprints in the sacristy? Blurb says it’s one of the funniest – and creepiest! – yet…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

#5

Sowed to Death (Farmer’s Daughter 02)
Peg Cochran
Very cosy mystery set at a county fair in Michigan – where things turn nasty after a dummy is replaced with a corpse for a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. Someone is being framed for the murder – but our plucky heroine is determined to plough through the clues to find the real killer… (good feedback from regulars – and has sold lots in the US!)
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

#6

The Dry
Jane Harper
‘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 (at a great price). We think she’s up there with Peter Temple and Gary Disher! Highly recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

#7

The Force
Don Winslow
The Force is mesmerising, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.’ – Stephen King. We agree – Winslow’s best since Power of the Dog. Recommended!
Thriller | TP | $32.99

#8

Sleeping In the Ground (DCI Banks 24)
Peter Robinson
At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over. Except – it isn’t. For Alan Banks, there’s something wrong with this case – something unresolved. And when the shocking truth at last becomes clear – it’s almost too late…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

#9

The Adventuress (Collins’ Crime Detective Club)
Arthur B Reeve
Marking 100 years since publication, The Adventuress was the first full-length novel to feature ‘scientific detective’ Craig Kennedy, who was dubbed ‘the American Sherlock Holmes’ and the first fictional detective to use forensic science.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

#10

The Shadow District (Reykjavik Wartime 01)
Arnaldur Indridason
Two crimes. One happened in the past, in wartime Reykjavik. And now – another murder. That seems to be somehow connected with those events from so long ago. But why, after all this time would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will a retired detective’s link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?
Thriller | TP | $32.99