Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: April 2018
The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti 27)
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…
Mystery | TP | $29.99
Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther 13)
We love this hugely-entertaining series, which begins with the omnibus Berlin Noir (PBK, $39.99). Unfortunately, this may be the last, as Kerr died in March. :(
Noir | TP | $32.99
A Magical Match (Witchcraft mysteries 09)
Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women’s shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily’s fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he’s innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name… only she’s not sure where to start, with the evidence mounting against him. American cosy mystery – with maybe just a hint of the paranormal? (Clue: Lily is a ‘witch’.)
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Devil’s Wolf (Hugh Corbett mysteries 19)
1296: King Edward I has led his army to Scotland, determined to take the country under his crown. But the fierce Scots have no intention of submitting to their oppressor, and violent and bloody war breaks out. 1311: Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, finds himself back in Scotland and is revisited by the horrors he witnessed there, 15 years ago. An anonymous letter was delivered to the new king. It promised information about a fatal incident that could allow England to finally bow out of the war with the Scots. Tasked with finding out the truth about the murder, Corbett is forced to take risks he would rather avoid and put his faith in the words of strangers. But with an unknown traitor lurking in the shadows and danger around every corner, will Corbett be able to unravel the complex web of plots in time? Latest by the historical-mystery-writing-machine that is Paul Doherty (does the man ever sleep?).
Historical mysteries | PBK | $19.99
Wild Chamber (Bryant & May series)
In an exclusive London crescent, a woman walks her dog – but she’s being watched. When she’s found dead, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. Why? Because the method of death is odd, the gardens are locked, the killer had no way in – or out – and the dog has disappeared. So, a typical case for Bryant and May. But the hows and whys of the murder are not the only mysteries surrounding the dead woman – and as Arthur Bryant delves in to the history of London’s ‘wild chambers’ – its extraordinary parks and gardens, John May and the rest of the team seem to have caused a national scandal. If no one is safe, then all of London’s open spaces must be closed… With the PCU placed under house arrest, only Arthur Bryant remains at liberty – but can a hallucinating old codger catch the criminal and save the unit before it’s too late? Quirky series is lotsa fun and popular with regulars – recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $22.99
Bats in the Belfry: A London Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)
E C R Lorac
Another fabulous reissue of a ‘lost’ classic from the British Library. Bruce Attleton dazzled London’s literary scene with his first two novels – but his early promise did not bear fruit. His wife Sybilla is a glittering actress, unforgiving of Bruce’s failure, and the couple lead separate lives in their house at Regent’s Park. When Bruce is called away on a sudden trip to Paris, he vanishes completely – until his suitcase and passport are found in a sinister artist’s studio, the Belfry, in a crumbling house in Notting Hill. Inspector Macdonald must uncover Bruce’s secrets, and find out the identity of his mysterious blackmailer. This intricate mystery from a classic writer is set in a superbly-evoked London of the 1930s.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95
Murder in the Bowery (Gaslight mysteries 20)
Frank Malloy’s latest client is the well-dressed Will Bert. He’s searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, so he can share his new financial good fortune. Frank makes quick work of the case and locates Freddie, but a happy reunion between brothers is not in the cards. When Will’s name is mentioned, Freddie runs off – only to be found dead, a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre, also recently deceased. Frank can’t be sure if Estelle’s risky behaviour and the company she kept was to blame, or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.95
Murder in the Locked Library (Book Retreat mysteries 04)
With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again-managing Storyton Hall, and breaking ground on the resort’s latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honour of Walt Whitman. But when the earth is dug up to start laying the spa’s foundation, something else comes to the surface-a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery-until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library. As the questions-and suspects-start stacking up, Jane will have to uncover a killer before more unhappy endings ensue… So cosy!
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse mysteries 16)
The perfect proposal leads to a chilling cold case. Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy, when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear… We know the description sounds trite and silly (who writes these damned blurbs?) – but regulars assure us the series is actually really well done – smart and funny, great characters, etc. Can’t always judge a book by its cover – or its blurb! ;)
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Murder, Mr Mosley (Inspector Mosley 01)
The amiable and eccentric Inspector Mosley is pulled off a routine case to investigate the bizarre murder of Brenda Cryer and, in the face of his superiors’ sceptical disapproval, uses his own methods to find a killer. Lovely to see them reprinted – many regular customers remember them fondly, from the first time around. John Greenwood is the pseudonym of John Buxton Hilton, writer of both the Inspector Simon Kenworthy and Inspector Thomas Brunt series. His career spanned the sixties through to his death in 1986.
Classic mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99