These are the Pulp Fiction bestsellers for the month of July 2017. Other months’ bestsellers may be found on the Catalogues page.
Bestsellers, Science Fiction & Fantasy: July 2017
Corpselight (Verity Fassbinder 02)
Mud. Mud. And more mud. Life in Brisbane is never simple for those who walk between the worlds… An insurance investigation sounds pretty harmless, even if it is for ‘unusual happenstance’ – a rarely-used clause that covers all-purpose hauntings, angry genii loci, ectoplasmic home invasion, demonic possession – that kind of thing. But Susan Beckett’s claimed three times in three months. Her house keeps getting inundated with mud. But she’s still insisting she doesn’t need or want help. Until the dry-land drownings begin. The sequel to the fabulous Vigil – and this just may be even more fabulous…
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99
Vigil (Verity Fassbinder 01)
When a fantastic paranormal mystery is set here – in Brisbane (or, as Angela would have it: Brisneyland) – how could we not recommend this above all else? Now in paperback!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Besieged (Iron Druid Chronicles collection)
The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this action-packed and very funny collection of short stories featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, the two-thousand-year-old Druid who runs a magic shop in modern day Arizona (first in the series is Hounded – recommended!)
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Collapsing Empire (Flow 01)
A scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency are all in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. Oh, yeah! Fantastic new space opera from one of the modern masters of the genre – classic stuff but with a very modern sensibility…
Space opera | PBK | $19.99
The Goblin Emperor
Yes, we know it came out a couple of years ago – but Ron has finally got around to reading it and is obsessed and forcing copies upon anyone who will listen to him… (It’s very, very good!) Ignore the drab cover art! Ignore the lacklustre blurb! Just read it!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files 08)
The eighth case in Stross’ Laundry Files – the Hugo-winning series described by Kirkus reviews as ‘a weirdly alluring blend of super-spy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy, and Lovecraftian horror’ (the series starts with The Atrocity Archives).
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.99
In Evil Times (Imperials 02)
Snodgrass has been around for years – and spent a lot of time working on things like Star Trek: Next Generation, Sliders, Seaquest DSV, and the like – but she’s back to writing SF novels again – and this sequel to The High Ground is cracking good space opera! (Also: she’s written a couple of fabulous paranormal mysteries under the pen-name of Phillipa Bornikova as well! Lots of customers rave about them! Recommended!)
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Neil Stephenson & Nicole Galland
A captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world… Iain says: ‘Think witches, time travel, magic, etc, through the prism of quantum mechanics and multi-agency clandestine operations. So. Much. Fun. Don’t miss!’
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Kill Society (Sandman Slim 09)
Sandman Slim returns in this high-octane ninth thriller in the series. He’s been to Heaven and Hell – and many places in between – but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead – with a fat bounty on his head…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace 01)
Return to the fabulous universe of the Vatta’s War series, in this first instalment of a new trilogy. When commander Kylara Vatta is summoned home, she expects a hero’s welcome – instead she finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world – and struggling to survive in a hostile environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance…
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
The Templar’s Last Secret (Bruno, Chief of Police 10)
Bruno, the beloved chief of police in the idyllic French town of St Denis, is back! This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it’s up to our hero – and favourite gourmand! – to connect the tangled threads of the past and present… Ron loves this series! So much cheaper to read these than go on an actual holiday to France…
Mystery | TP | $32.99
The Incredible Crime (British Library Crime Classics)
Another of the fabulous British Library classic mystery reprints! This one is from 1931, and set in a college in Cambridge University. (Ron thinks this is only the second female writer they’ve done, as well – hopefully the criticism they’ve received will encourage them to find more!)
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95
A Hero in France (Night Soldiers 14)
Suspenseful, fast-paced thriller, set in France in 1941, featuring the Mathieu, a cell-leader in the Resistance, helping downed British airmen escape back to England.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99
Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit (Dandy Gilver 11)
Scotland, 1932: Aristocratic PI Dandy Gilver strikes again with her witty sidekick Alec Osbourne to solve sinister goings on at a convent on a bleak Lancashire moor. Nuns. A dead mother superior. And just who could have left blood-red footprints in the sacristy? Blurb says it’s one of the funniest – and creepiest! – yet…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99
Sowed to Death (Farmer’s Daughter 02)
Very cosy mystery set at a county fair in Michigan – where things turn nasty after a dummy is replaced with a corpse for a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. Someone is being framed for the murder – but our plucky heroine is determined to plough through the clues to find the real killer… (good feedback from regulars – and has sold lots in the US!)
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
‘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! Now in paperback (at a great price). We think she’s up there with Peter Temple and Gary Disher! Highly recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $16.99
‘The Force is mesmerising, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.’ – Stephen King. We agree – Winslow’s best since Power of the Dog. Recommended!
Thriller | TP | $32.99
Sleeping In the Ground (DCI Banks 24)
At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over. Except – it isn’t. For Alan Banks, there’s something wrong with this case – something unresolved. And when the shocking truth at last becomes clear – it’s almost too late…
Mystery | TP | $32.99
The Adventuress (Collins’ Crime Detective Club)
Arthur B Reeve
Marking 100 years since publication, The Adventuress was the first full-length novel to feature ‘scientific detective’ Craig Kennedy, who was dubbed ‘the American Sherlock Holmes’ and the first fictional detective to use forensic science.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99
The Shadow District (Reykjavik Wartime 01)
Two crimes. One happened in the past, in wartime Reykjavik. And now – another murder. That seems to be somehow connected with those events from so long ago. But why, after all this time would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will a retired detective’s link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?
Thriller | TP | $32.99