Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: November 2017
Death in the Stars (Kate Shackleton 09)
Cosy historical mystery. Yorkshire, 1927. During a viewing party for much anticipated eclipse, an actor disappears – only to later be found dead in the grounds of a chapel. Kate can’t help but dig deeper – and soon learns that two other members of the troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. Soon Kate is on the trail of murderer and in a race against time before someone else is next to pay the ultimate price for fame… Lots of customer love for this series – recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99
Lorna Nicholl Morgan
Another Golden Age mystery reissue. First published in 1946, The Death Box is a twisty and fast-moving murder mystery, perfect for fans of Christie. When someone asks for assistance with a dead man, the sensible option is walk away. But when club owner Joe Trayne meets Wendy Bond on a warm summer’s night in London, his curiosity gets the better of him. And soon, he finds himself at the centre of not just one – but several cases of murder.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99
Eaves of Destruction (Fixer-Upper mysteries 05)
Fun cosy crime series based around the adventures of a builder – or ‘construction contractor’ as they apparently call them in the US. When a corrupt building inspector is found dead – soon there are suspects coming out of the woodwork – hahahahahaha! Building jokes is so fun!
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
A Matter of Loyalty (Very English mysteries 03)
Elizabeth Edmondson & Anselm Audley
With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to John Le Carré, A Matter of Loyalty is the third and final book in this delightfully classic and witty murder-mystery series. (Sadly, Edmondson died last year and the book has been completed by her son, Anselm Audley.)
Mystery | TP | $31.95
Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (Aunti Poldi 01)
Aunti Poldi can think of no finer place to wait to wait for death than Sicily. All she asks is a sea view, fine wine (and plenty of it!) and her family close around. When death instead takes her handsome young friend Valentino – and under mysterious circumstances at that! – Poldi will not take it lying down. Justice must be served – if it’s the last thing she does… ‘Alive with the tang of lemons to set the senses zinging’ – The Spectator. We’re thinking Inspector Montalbano fans should take a look!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99
Force of Nature (Aaron Falk 02)
A sequel to the fantastic – and multi-award-winning – The Dry. When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?
Mystery | TP | $32.99
Death Comes to the Fair (Kurland St Mary mysteries 04)
It’s harvest time in the village of Kurland St Mary as Lucy and Robert prepare to wed – but a murderer has taken an unseasonable vow of vengeance. As Lucy and Robert uncover long-standing village feuds, the town’s dark secrets begin to take their toll and the couple soon finds that they too are in grave danger… This Regency mystery series has suddenly really taken off! How come? Is there something we don’t know?
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99
Better Late Than Never (Library Lover’s mysteries 07)
When a copy of Catcher in the Rye is checked in to the library – twenty years after it was due! – our plucky librarian heroine is shocked to discover it was last borrowed by a murdered school teacher – whose killer has never been found. Could this volume provide a clue to the decades-old cold case? A cosy recommendation!
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Beware of Johnny Washington (a Paul Temple novel)
Republished for the first time since 1951, Beware of Johnny Washington is Francis Durbridge’s clever reworking of the very first Paul Temple radio serial using his new characters, the amiable Johnny Washington and newspaper columnist Verity Glyn. Includes, as a bonus, the first Paul Temple short story, ‘A Present for Paul’.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99
Frequent Hearses (Gervase Fen 07)
Reissue of a fifties classic. When Oxford don Gervase Fen is at the film studios – to advise about a biography of Alexander Pope – he learns of Gloria’s death. She appears to have no real reason for wanting to kill herself. But when a cameraman is then poisoned before his eyes, Fen finds himself involved in murder…
Classic mystery | PBK | $16.99