Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: August 2019
Bodies From the Library 2: Forgotten Stories of Mystery and Suspense
by the Queens of Crime and Other Masters of Golden Age Detection
Tony Medawar (editor)
This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 15 tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Gervase Fen novella by Edmund Crispin that has never previously been published. This second volume is a showcase for popular figures of the Golden Age, in stories that even their most ardent fans will not be aware of. It includes uncollected and unpublished stories by acclaimed queens and kings of crime fiction, from Helen Simpson, Ethel Lina White, E C R Lorac, Christianna Brand, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L Sayers, to S S Van Dine, Jonathan Latimer, Clayton Rawson, Cyril Alington, and Antony and Peter Shaffer (writing as Peter Antony). This book also features two highly readable radio scripts by Margery Allingham (involving Jack the Ripper) and John Rhode, plus two full-length novellas – one from a rare magazine by Q Patrick, the other an unpublished Gervase Fen mystery by Edmund Crispin, written at the height of his career. It concludes with another remarkable discovery: ‘The Locked Room’ by Dorothy L Sayers, a never-before-published case for Lord Peter Wimsey! Selected and introduced by Tony Medawar, who also provides fascinating pen portraits of each author, Bodies in the Library 2 is an indispensable collection for any bookshelf.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99
Murder in the Mill-Race (British Library Crime Classics)
E C R Lorac
First published in 1952, now reissued as a British Library Crime Classic. ‘Never make trouble in the village’ is an unspoken law, but it’s a binding law. You may know about your neighbours’ sins and shortcomings, but you must never name them aloud. It’d make trouble, and small societies want to avoid trouble.’ When Dr Raymond Ferens moves to a practice at Milham in the Moor in North Devon, he and his wife are enchanted with the beautiful hilltop village lying so close to moor and sky. At first, they see only its charm, but soon they begin to uncover its secrets – envy, hatred and malice. A few months after the Ferens’ arrival, the body of Sister Monica, warden of the local children’s home, is found floating in the mill-race. Chief Inspector Macdonald faces one of his most difficult cases in a village determined not to betray its dark secrets to a stranger.
Classic mystery | TP | $28.95
Black Roses (Clara Vine 01)
Again, a first in a series – recommended mercilessly. Clara Vine is an English, German-speaking, minor aristo, let loose on UFA film studios, in Berlin, in the ’30s… and proves to be one of British Intelligence’s most able recruits… (Those high-ranking Nazi wives do gossip so! They give the best intel!)
Suspense | PBK | $19.99
This Poison Will Remain (Commissaire Adamsberg 10)
When three elderly men are poisoned by spider venom, everyone assumes that the deaths are tragic accidents. But at police headquarters in Paris, Inspector Adamsberg begins to suspect that the case is far more complex than it first appears. It isn’t long before Adamsberg is investigating a series of rumours and allegations that take him to the south of France. Decades ago, at La Misericorde orphanage, shocking events took place involving the same species of spider: the recluse. For Adamsberg, these haunting crimes hold the key to proving that the three men were targeted by an ingenious serial killer. His team, however, is not convinced. He must put his reputation on the line to trace the murderer before the death toll rises…
Mystery | TP | $32.99
The Lost Man
Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle stations in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes four hours’ drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So, the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the station is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all. Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly-anticipated next book from the bestselling and award-winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature (PBK, $16.99 each). Now in paperback!
Mystery | PBK | $16.99
Hitting the Books (Library Lover’s mysteries 09)
A cosy fave. When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit-and-run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. Before Lindsey can delve into the library’s records, the victim of the hit-and-run, Theresa Houston, suffers another accident, and the investigation shifts from driver negligence to attempted homicide. A clue surfaces in the confiscated library materials that could crack open the case, and it’s up to Lindsey to piece it all together. But things are not as they seem in the sleepy town of Briar Creek. When the driver of the stolen car turns up dead, Lindsey, her staff, and her library friends have to hit the books before the murderer gets the last word…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95
Shell Game (V I Warshawski 19)
Legendary sleuth V I Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artefact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V I investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East… Holy cow! Still Going! (And, yet, we calculate V I must be around 76 in real years now! Isn’t it nearly time for her to send others out to do the dangerous stuff?! Wot a gal! Seriously: Do. Not. Mess. With. Her.)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99
Clearing the Dark (DS Danuta Gorska 02)
When it comes to murder, there’s no such thing as a coincidence… When DI Dania Gorska is called to investigate the shooting of a young man on a Dundee street, the nail hammered into his forehead suggests that local gangster, Archie McLellan has left his calling card. Clues point to his involvement in an illegal replica firearms venture, a scam that may include other members of the infamous McLellan family. The chance discovery of human remains buried in the grounds of Breek House, once owned by the McLellans, convinces Dania the two cases must be related. But who was the mysterious tenant of Breek House at the time the bodies were put into the ground? Identifying them is complicated as all the teeth have been removed – post mortem, to prevent identification? Or was the back room at Breek House used by the McLellans as a torture chamber? As Dania moves closer to discovering what went on at Breek House, she disturbs dangerous secrets from the past which threaten the lives of those in the present… Danuta’s first appearance is in The Polish Detective (PBK, $19.99). Lots of love from regulars!
Mystery | PBK | $22.99
Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom (Aunt Dimity 23)
On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband set off for a quiet weekend without the kids. But before they go, he must pay a visit to a reclusive client. After Lori drops him off, a storm that’s been brewing intensifies, and she ends up stranded in an ancient, rambling inn named for a king’s ransom in smuggled goods that passed through the village in ages past. When Lori begins hearing footsteps and strange noises, Aunt Dimity reminds her that the inn is almost certainly haunted, but that not all ghosts are interested in harming the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. Are the noises she hears the spirits of smuggling’s past? Or should Lori be more concerned with the living inhabitants of the inn, like the hulking, grizzled cook, an ex-con who seems to be everywhere at once? Joining forces with her new friend, Bishop Smallwood, Lori sets out to discover once and for all who – or what – is haunting the King’s Ransom. One of the best cosy crime series? Certainly, our regulars think so! Recommended!
Mystery | TP | $29.95
My Sister, the Serial Killer
A short, darkly-funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends… ‘Femi makes three, you know. Three, and they label you a serial killer.’ Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favourite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And, now, Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body; and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her ‘missing’ boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realise that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become… and how far she’s willing to go to protect her. ‘Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening’ – publisher’s blurb. Ron LOVES this – Recommended!
Noir | TP | $27.99