Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: January 2018
In this Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs 13)
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
The Dry (Aaron Falk 01)
Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime. ‘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! The sequel, Force of Nature, is now available (TP, $32.99).
Mystery | PBK | $16.99
Death Makes a Prophet (British Library Crime Classics)
‘Small hostilities were growing; vague jealousies were gaining strength; and far off, wasn’t there a nebulous hint of approaching tragedy in the air?’ Welworth Garden City in the 1940s is a forward-thinking town where free spirits find a home – vegetarians, socialists, and an array of exotic religious groups. Chief among these are the Children of Osiris, led by the eccentric High Prophet, Eustace K Mildmann. The cult is a seething hotbed of petty resentment, jealousy and dark secrets – which eventually lead to murder. The stage is set for one of Inspector Meredith’s most bizarre and exacting cases. This witty crime novel, by a writer on top form, is a neglected classic of British crime fiction. Thanks again, British Library!
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95
The Moonstone (Detective Club)
Exactly 150 years since its publication in 1868, this reissue of Collins’ popular Detective Club edition of The Moonstone offers crime fiction fans the chance to read the book that is acclaimed as the very first detective novel in the English language… At a party celebrating her eighteenth birthday, Rachel Verinder wears the stunning yellow diamond she unexpectedly inherited from her uncle, unaware that it was plundered from a sacred Indian shrine, fifty years earlier. When the jewel goes missing later that night, suspicions are raised, and accusations fly in all directions. Sifting through divergent accounts of what happened, the indomitable Sergeant Cuff must find the Moonstone and the truth about its mysterious disappearance. Recognised as the very first detective novel in the English language, The Moonstone earned Wilkie Collins the reputation of the godfather of the classic English detective story, with Dorothy L Sayers declaring, ‘Nothing human is perfection, but The Moonstone comes about as near perfection as anything of the kind ever can.’ For 150 years its intricate locked-room puzzle and multiple narrators have influenced generations of mystery authors.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99
The Mystery of the Mud Flats (Detective Club)
James Carthew-West, the penniless skipper of the Exmouth coasting vessel Luck and Charity, is chartered by a rich trader to carry unprofitable cargo to Flanders through the treacherous shallows of the Scheldt estuary and return with worthless mud ballast. His crewman Austin Voodgt, a former investigative journalist, is intent on revealing the true conspiracy behind this bizarre trade, but with each new discovery comes the growing realisation that there are lives at stake – beginning with their own. The Mystery of the Mud Flats, first published as WO2, was considered one of the most thrilling adventure stories of its time, combining a first-class mystery with the eternal lure of the sea. Introducing the Dutch maritime detective Austin Voogdt (later dubbed ‘Sherlock of the Sea’), and with its unique English Channel setting, this story of intrepid yachtsmen caught up in smuggling, espionage, and the growing menace of Germany as a military power, made truly exciting reading. This Detective Club classic is introduced by Nigel Moss, who explores how Maurice Drake’s popular seafaring novel epitomised pre-war ‘invasion literature’ and helped usher in a new genre of adventure spy fiction.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99
The Long Arm of the Law (British Library Crime Classics)
edited by Martin Edwards
In classic British crime fiction, dazzling detective work is often the province of a brilliant amateur – whereas the humble police detective cuts a hapless figure. The twelve stories collected here strike a blow for the professionals, with teasing mysteries to challenge a hard-working police officer’s persistence and scrupulous attention to detail. As in his previous anthologies for the British Library Crime Classics series, Martin Edwards introduces readers to fascinating neglected gems of British crime writing as well as uncovering lesser-known stories by the great novelists of the golden age. Each of these stories combines realism with entertainment, skilfully blending the conduct of a criminal investigation with a compelling murder-mystery plot.
Classic mystery anthology | TP | $27.95
Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther 12)
The much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer. With his cover blown, he is waiting for the next move in the cat-and-mouse game that, even a decade after Germany’s defeat, continues to shadow his life. Superb new Bernie Gunther novel – picks up in France in the mid-fifties, where his previous outing: The Other Side of Silence leaves off. The plot thickens when echoes of a much earlier case from the mid-thirties comes back to haunt Bernie. With added Stasi…! Now in paperback.
Noir | PBK | $19.99
Death in the Dordogne (Bruno, Chief of Police 01)
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.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99
Mystery of Tunnel 51 (Wallace of the Secret Service 01)
Chief of the Intelligence Department, Sir Leonard Wallace – bearing always the hall mark of coolness and wit – is up to his earlobes in trouble. Summoned by the Viceroy of India, he makes a rapid flight to India to investigate the mysterious death of British officer Major Elliot and the theft of some very important dispatches. Great Golden Age spies!
Mystery reissue | PBK | $22.99
Death of Kings (John Madden 05)
On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir Jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. The arrest of an ex-convict and his subsequent confession swiftly bring the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder. Was the man convicted and executed the decade before truly guilty? Though happily retired from the police force, John Madden is persuaded to investigate the case afresh. In a story of honour and justice that takes Madden through the idyllic English countryside, post-war streets of London, and into the criminal underworld of the Chinese Triads… The latest Airth – this one set in the late 1940s. Very Golden Age-ish, reminding Ron of an Ngaio Marsh – which is a very good thing!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99