Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: June 2018
A Taste For Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police 11)
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!
Mystery | TP | $32.99
Berlin Noir (Bernie Gunther omnibus)
Ex-policeman Bernie thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. Then he went freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily white, by comparison… Omnibus of the first three in the series – and we just keeping recommending it and selling it. Great stuff!
Noir | TP | $29.99
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
Island of the Mad (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes 15)
Laurie R King
Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlehem Royal Hospital… better known as Bedlam. Mary Russell wants nothing to do with the case – but she can’t say no. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge – and, of course, enlists her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice – only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege… Wonderful series – highly recommended!
Sherlockiana | HC | $52.95
Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile mysteries 11)
Brooklyn’s future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that’s not enough to set her on edge, rumours abound that the charming Courtyard Shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighbourhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. But with a rare edition of Alice in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel overwhelmed. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered… Charming cosy mystery series that regular readers of the genre are loving.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse (Aunt Dimity mysteries 22)
Nancy Atherton’s twenty-second cosy mystery in the beloved, nationally bestselling Aunt Dimity series. At the quilting bee, Lori ends up seated beside Mrs Craven, delighted at the opportunity to learn more about her neighbour’s life in the village of Old Cowerton. But dear, sweet Mrs Craven’s stories reveal a startling secret about her first husband’s death. With Aunt Dimity’s advice, Lori sets out to learn the truth about what the residents of Old Cowerton refer to as the ‘widow’s curse’ – and the deeper she digs, the more horrifying the tale becomes, until she discovers the most astounding revelation of all.
Mystery | TP | $29.95
Babylon Berlin (Gereon Rath 01) (TV tie-in edition)
Berlin, 1929. Detective Inspector Rath was a successful career officer in the Cologne Homicide Division before a shooting incident in which he inadvertently killed a man. He has been transferred to the vice squad in Berlin, a job he detests; even though he finds a new friend in his boss, Chief Inspector Wolter… The book that the fabulous TV miniseries is based on (the most expensive series ever made – that’s not in English!) – currently screening on Netflix!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99
The Blood Road (Logan McRae 11)
Some things just won’t stay buried… Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he’s policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car it’s a shock to everyone. Because…Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers – and there are people out there who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…
Mystery | TP | $29.99
Bought the Farm (Farmer’s Daughter mysteries 03)
In the third in the Farmer’s Daughter series, finding a dead body, in her own backyard, lands blogger and farmer Shelby McDonald in one trough spot… Wedding preparations are in full swing as food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald transforms the property for her friend Kelly’s down-home country-style reception. But when the lead singer of the wedding band turns up dead – drowned in a trough full of rainwater and strung up like a scarecrow – the police round themselves up a barnful of suspects. Another cosy mystery series that’s been garnering kudos from regulars.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Friends and Traitors (Frederick Troy 08)
London, 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, newly promoted after good service during Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to Britain, is not looking forward to a European trip with his older brother, Rod. Rod has decided to take his entire family. But Troy only gets as far as Vienna. It is there that he crosses paths with an old acquaintance, a man who always seems to be followed by trouble: British spy turned Soviet agent, Guy Burgess. Suffice it to say that Troy is more than surprised when Burgess, who has escaped from the bosom of Moscow for a quick visit to Vienna, tells him something extraordinary: ‘I want to come home.’ Troy knows this news will cause a ruckus in London – but even Troy doesn’t expect an MI5 man to be gunned down as a result, and Troy himself suspected of doing the deed. As he fights to prove his innocence, Troy is haunted by more than just Burgess’ past liaisons – there is a scandal that goes up to the highest ranks of Westminster, affecting spooks and politicians alike. And the stakes become all the higher for Troy when he reencounters a woman he first met in the Ritz hotel during a blackout – falling in love is a handicap when playing the game of spies. Lawton is one of the best – up there with Le Carré. Recommended!
Suspense | TP | $29.99