Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: February 2018


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 if one of the Mitfords had become a sleuth…
Historical mystery | HC | $35.00


Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble (Dandy Gilver 12)
Catriona McPherson
Scotland, 1934. Aristocratic private detective Dandy Gilver arrives at Castle Bewer, at midsummer, to solve the tangled mystery of a missing man, a lost ruby and a family curse… The Bewer family’s latest wheeze to keep the wolf from the door is turning the castle keep into a theatre. While a motley band of players rehearse Macbeth, the Bewers themselves prepare lectures, their faithful servants set up a tearoom, and the guest wings fill with rich American ladies. Meanwhile, Dandy and her sidekick Alec Osborne begin to unravel the many secrets of the Bewers and find that, despite the witches, murders and ghosts onstage, it’s behind the scenes where the darkest deeds are done. ‘The perfect read for those who enjoy the bygone-world charm of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Agatha Christie.’ – The Lady on Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99


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!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99


The Pyramid of Mud (Montalbano 22)
Andrea Camilleri
Inspector Montalbano uncovers corruption and mafia ties in the world of construction and contracts. On a gloomy morning in Vigàta, a call from Fazio rouses Inspector Montalbano from a nightmare. A man called Giuglù Nicotra has been found dead in the skeletal workings of a construction site, a place now entombed by a sea of mud from recent days of rain and floods. Shot in the back, he had fled into a water supply system tunnel. The investigation gets off to a slow start, but all the evidence points to the world of construction and public contracts, a world just as slimy and impenetrable as mud. As he wades through a world in which construction firms and public officials thrive, Montalbano is obsessed by one thought: that by going to die in the tunnel, Nicotra had been trying to communicate something. Recommended. ‘You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven’t read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction, blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen… transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano.’ – A J Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window.
Montalbano | TP | $32.99


Seven Dead (British Library Crime Classics)
J Jefferson Farjeon
Ted Lyte, amateur thief, has chosen an isolated house by the coast for his first robbery. But Haven House is no ordinary country home. While hunting for silverware to steal, Ted stumbles upon a locked room containing seven dead bodies. Detective Inspector Kendall takes on the case with the help of passing yachtsman Thomas Hazeldean. The search for the house’s absent owners brings Hazeldean across the Channel to Boulogne, where he finds more than one motive to stay and investigate. Seven Dead is an atmospheric crime novel first published in 1939 – back in-print – thanks to the wonderful folk and the British Library Crime Classics imprint.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95


The Seagull (Vera Stanhope 08)
Ann Cleeves
From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes The Seagull. A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper – and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now, Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-nineties, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, and that his body is buried close to St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99


David Mamet
Mike Hodge – veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry – probably shouldn’t have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge. A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago – a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better – by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross.
Historical suspense | TP | $29.99


Dark in Death (Eve Dallas 46)
J D Robb
It was a stab in the dark. On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theatre for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional. Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognises the crime – from the pages of her own book. Futuristic mystery – latest in the bestselling series.
Eve Dallas | TP | $29.99


In this Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs 13)
Jacqueline Winspear
Britain is at war. Returned from a dangerous mission onto enemy soil, Maisie Dobbs is fully aware of the gravity of the current situation; her world is on the cusp of great change. One of those changes can be seen in the floods of refugees that are arriving in Britain, desperate for sanctuary. When Maisie stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been more than ordinary people, she is drawn into an investigation that requires all her insight and strength. Lots of customers love these! Must say – that Maisie Dobbs has certainly come up in the world – what a life! From a humble servant girl in the twenties, to a private investigator in the thirties – to a spy in the ’40s? – and investigator again. Imagine the memoir! :-)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99


Murder at an Irish Wedding (Irish Village Mysteries 02)
Carlene O’Connor
The O’Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple – until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake… Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane – even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. Siobhan O’Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. But when the best man is found murdered in the woods, his replacement, Siobhan’s own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, is suddenly the best suspect. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhan needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95