Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: 2018

#1

The Spotted Dog (Corinna Chapman 07)
Kerry Greenwood
And our top selling crime/mystery title for 2018 is – The Spotted Dog! Intrepid baker and erstwhile investigator Corinna Chapman returns, triumphantly – in her first adventure in seven years. When a distraught Scottish veteran from Afghanistan is knocked unconscious, waking up to find his beloved ex-service dog missing, Corinna and her partner, Daniel, find themselves inextricably drawn into the machinations of a notorious underworld gang of drug runners. Corinna and Daniel need to pull together all the strings to find the connections between their wandering Scottish veteran, his kidnapped dog, a student dramatic society that’s moved into Corinna’s building, burglaries and the threatening notes that begin to mysteriously appear in Corinna’s apartment. Between her forays into danger, there is still time in Corinna’s life for tender encounters as the delicious aromas of newly-baked breads, muffins and treats waft out of Corinna’s bakery, Earthly Delights. Much fun – Greenwood in great form! Recommended!
Mystery | TP | $29.99

#2

Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther 13)
Philip Kerr
It is 1956, and Bernie Gunther has a new name, a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt. He encourages Bernie to take a job, as a claims adjuster, in a major German insurance company. Which is why Bernie finds himself in Athens investigating a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war. Witzel’s supposed losses are immense, and, even worse, they may have originally belonged to Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz. But when Bernie tries to confront Witzel, he finds that somebody else has gotten to him first. What he has now is a dead man: Both his eyes have been shot out… We love this hugely-entertaining series, which begins with the omnibus Berlin Noir (PBK, $29.99). Unfortunately, Kerr died in March; so, this is the penultimate volume of Bernie’s adventures (Metropolis, the final one, is due in April/May 2019).
Noir | PBK | $19.99

#3

Corpus (Tom Wilde 01)
Rory Clements
1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war. In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks she is found dead, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers. In an exclusive London club, a conspiracy is launched that threatens the very heart of government. When a renowned society couple with fascist leanings are found brutally murdered, a maverick Cambridge professor is drawn into a world of espionage he knows only from history books. The deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he finds to link the murders with the girl with the silver syringe – and, even more worryingly, to the scandal surrounding the Abdication… Now in paperback. Recommended! The sequel, Nucleus, is due out in paperback ($19.99) in the second week of January 2019.
Historical suspense | PBK | $19.99

#4

The Herring Seller’s Apprentice (Elsie & Ethelred 01)
L C Tyler
His latest novel is going nowhere, a midlife crisis is looming, and he’s burdened by the literary agent he probably deserves: Elsie Thirkettle, a diminutive but determined individual who claims to enjoy neither the company of writers nor literature of any sort. But however bad things look, they can always get worse, as Ethelred discovers when his ex-wife, Geraldine, vanishes… close to his Sussex home. When the disappearance becomes a murder enquiry, the police quickly decide that Geraldine Tressider has been the victim of a local serial killer. Elsie begs to differ, on the grounds that the killer’s other victims had been very different personality types – and no serious serial killer would murder one in mistake for the other… The first six books in this series have been reissued recently – The Herring Seller’s Apprentice was first published in 2007 – when the most recent (and seventh), The Herring in the Smoke, was published. Several of our regulars are smitten with Elsie and Ethelred and think they’re very funny and a little bit wicked!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#5

A Taste for Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police 11)
Martin Walker
A missing woman, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it’s another case for Bruno, Chief of Police. When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno’s usually idyllic Dordogne village of St Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What’s the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome’s military past? Bruno’s search for the truth leads him to places he hadn’t intended to go – but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savour the natural delights of the Dordogne. Sante! Love this series. Armchair detection – and travel! – at its best! (See #10 for the first in the series.)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#6

The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti 27)
Donna Leon
A suspicious accident draws Brunetti into Venice’s underworld – with unintended, disturbing consequences… When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible… Why spend a motza going to Venice? – it’s overcrowded and expensive – and as a tourist, you’ll get charged a ridiculous amount for very ordinary food and accommodation. Blah! Instead you can visit Brunetti’s Venice – and explore with the knowledge of a local. You’ll eat the best the place has to offer – and feel like you’re breathing Venetian air – all in the comfort of your favourite chair. Oh, how we love the annual Donna Leon release!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#7

The Awkward Squad (Awkward Squad 01)
Sophie Henaff
One of Ron’s favourites! Translated from French – set in Paris – a bunch of misfit Parisian policemen and women are seconded into a new squad and given the files on literally thousands of minor and – it turns out – not-so-minor cold cases. Really charming – great characters – and quite a good little plot! Now in paperback; the sequel, Stick Together (TP, $29.95) is available, too.
Caper | PBK | $22.99

#8

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce 09)
Alan Bradley
Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water – and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse. She needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three gossips in the local church – and to keep her sisters out of danger. Latest in the tales of the quirky, eccentric de Luce clan in post-WWII Britain (imagine this: what if one of the young Mitfords had been a talented sleuth…)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#9

The Spy’s Daughter (Philip Mangan 03)
Adam Brookes
Meet Pearl Tao: an American girl with a lethal secret. Pearl longs for the life of a normal American teenager living in the Washington DC suburbs. But she is different. Her gift for mathematics means overprotective parents and college sponsorship from a secretive technology corporation. And, now, aged nineteen, she is beginning to understand what her parents intend for her and the terrifying role she is to play. Her only hope of escape lies with two sidelined and discredited spies: Trish Patterson and Philip Mangan. Finding out the truth about Pearl will be the biggest mission they’ll ever undertake. This is fantastic! If you’re a fan of le Carré or John Lawton – you will love this! (Mangan first appears in Night Heron (PBK, $19.99) – also fantastic!)
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

#10

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 #5 for the latest in the series.)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99