Crime & Mystery Catalogue: April 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in April 2018.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

April 2018 includes new books by: Sarah Bailey, John Connolly, John Fairfax, Arnaldur Indridason, Philip Kerr, Donna Leon, G M Malliet, Catriona McPherson, Jacqueline Winspear… and many others.

April 2018 Crime & Mystery new releases

Out of Thin Air: A True Story of Impossible Murder in Iceland
Adeane, Anthony
Every Icelander knows about the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur disappearances. 1974: In two separate incidents, two men vanished into thin air. Then, out of it, came six murder confessions and six convictions. Yet, in the decades that followed, these too evaporated. Anthony Adeane explores the stranger-than-fiction story that has unravelled in Iceland across forty-five years. He provides the first full account of the case, paints a fascinating picture of the country, and places each development in the contexts that shaped them: from the Cod Wars to the Cold War, the 2008 economic crash and beyond. Using unprecedented access, and exploring his own personal obsession with the case, he exposes the mistakes that were made, the lives that were ruined, the questions that remain unanswered, and the headlines that continue to be printed.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Cinco de Murder (Taste of Texas mysteries 03)
Adler, Rebecca
It’s fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouth-watering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty Abuela, and even her spunky Chihuahua Lenny are polishing their folklórico dances for Saturday’s big parade, while Uncle Eddie is adding his own spicy event to the fiesta menu: Broken Boot’s First Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off. But Uncle Eddie’s hopes of impressing the town council go up in smoke when cantankerous chili cook Lucky Straw is found dead in his tent. And when Josie’s beloved uncle is accused of fatal negligence, she, Lenny, and the steadfast Detective Lightfoot must uncover who ended the ambitious chili-head’s life – before another cook kicks the bucket.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Follow the Dead (Rhona MacLeod series)
Anderson, Lin
On holiday in the Scottish Highlands, forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod joins a mountain rescue team on Cairngorm summit, where a mysterious plane has crash landed, on the frozen Loch A’an. Added to that, a nearby climbing expedition has left three young people dead, with a fourth still missing. Meanwhile in Glasgow, DS McNab’s raid on the Delta Club produces far more than just a massive haul of cocaine. Questioning one of the underage girls found partying with the city’s elite reveals she was smuggled into Scotland, via Norway; and it seems the crashed plane in the Cairngorms may be linked to the club. But before McNab can discover more, the girl is abducted. Joined by Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen, who harbours disturbing theories about how the two cases are connected with his homeland, Rhona searches for the missing link. What she uncovers is a dark underworld populated by ruthless people willing to do anything to ensure the investigation dies in the frozen wasteland of the Cairngorms…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Aftermath
Armstrong, Kelley
Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family – because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal, easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother; and his best friend – Skye. Jesse and Skye are haunted, by the unanswered questions of that terrible day…
YA mystery/suspense | PBK | $18.99

The Dark Lake
Bailey, Sarah
A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. The first in a series from a new Australian voice, now in paperback. Recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $14.99

My Mother, a Serial Killer
Baron, Hazel & Fife-Yeomans, Janet
Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her. Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by 1958, had put three men in their graves – one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron – in one of the most infamous periods of the state’s history. She would have got away with it all, had it not been for Hazel. Written by award-winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans, together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Damnation
Beck, Peter
Dead clients are bad for business, something that Tom Winter, head of security at a private Swiss bank, knows only too well. When a helicopter explosion kills a valuable client and a close colleague, Winter teams up with the mysterious Egyptian businesswoman Fatima Hakim to expose the truth behind their deaths.
Suspense | HC | $24.99

The 7th Function of Language
Binet, Laurent
Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language – an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a chase that takes them from the corridors of power to backstreet saunas and midnight meetings. What they discover is a worldwide conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians, and a secret international debating society.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Magical Match (Witchcraft mysteries 09)
Blackwell, Juliet
Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women’s shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily’s fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead, later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he’s innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name… only she’s not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him. When she sees Sailor in the neighbourhood, despite knowing he’s in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she’s not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones, in an attempt to weaken her.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

In Deep Water (Cat Connolly series)
Blake, Sam
Cat Connolly is back at work after the explosion that left her on life support. Struggling to adjust to the physical and mental scars, her workload once again becomes personal when her best friend Sarah Jane Hansen, daughter of a Pulitzer-winning American war correspondent, goes missing. Sarah Jane is a journalism student, who was allegedly working on a story that even her father thought was too dangerous. With Sarah Jane’s father uncontactable, Cat struggles to find a connection between Sarah Jane’s work and her disappearance. But Sarah Jane is not the only one in deep water when Cat comes face to face with a professional killer… In the world of missing persons every second counts, but with the clock ticking, can Cathy find Sarah Jane before it’s too late? A sequel to Little Bones (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Murder Most Fermented (Rose Avenue Wine Club mysteries 02)
Blum, Christine E
When New York transplant Annie ‘Halsey’ Hall starts digging for her tiny SoCal dream vineyard off Rose Avenue, the last thing she expects to unearth is an elderly woman. Between decanting chardonnays and rosés, Halsey and the women of the Wine Club pour over the list of suspects. Could the old woman have bottlenecked her great grandson’s latest scheme? Was it a case of super sour grapes with the local historical society? Or did a devious developer close a killer deal? With the help of the Wine Club and her enthusiastic yellow lab, Bardot, Halsey must untangle the twisted tendrils of the mystery to clear her name and end a murderer’s reign of terroir
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Craftsman
Bolton, Sharon
Devoted father or merciless killer? His secrets are buried with him. Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook, of a series of child murders, 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares, the victims were buried… alive. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong, all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen
Brett, Simon
The end of the cricket season spells gloom for Blotto, until he is invited to bat against the Hollywood cricket team, out in sunny LA, where rain never stops play. And, so, begins the latest adventure for Blotto and his supremely-gifted sister Twinks. Although their mother, the Dowager Duchess of Tawcester, keeps a strict rein on her two children, she knows America is full of wealthy young men, all of whom will fall in love with her daughter – and marriage to a Texan millionaire would solve the Tawcester financial problems, once and for all. So, accompanied by trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett, the intrepid siblings head out to California. On arrival in Hollywood they are invited to a glitzy party where they are introduced to a firmament of Hollywood stars, directors and gossip columnists, but the mood of the party suddenly curdles with the breaking news that beautiful starlet Mimsy La Pim – the (former) love of Blotto’s life – has been kidnapped. And Blotto is determined to make it his personal mission to rescue her. But in the world of old-fashioned cricket matches, gigantic Hollywood egos, filmmaking disasters and merciless crooks, it soon falls to Twinks to rescue her brother from the various messes he creates, when attempting to rescue his damsel in distress. Will the siblings ever get back to Tawcester Towers – or will it be a case of death before wicket?
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Hiss Before Dying (Mrs Murphy mysteries 26)
Brown, Rita Mae
Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia – and all the traditions of the changing seasons are under way. Mary Minor ‘Harry’ Haristeen cleans her cupboards, her husband, Fair, prepares the horses for the shorter days ahead, and the clamorous barking of beagles signals the annual rabbit chase through the central Virginia hills. But the last thing the local beaglers and their hounds expect to flush out is a dead body. Disturbingly, it’s the second corpse to turn up, after that of a missing truck driver too disfigured to identify. The deaths seem unrelated – until Harry picks up a trail of clues dating back to the state’s post-Revolutionary past. The echoes of the Shot Heard Round the World pale in comparison to the dangerous shootout, Harry narrowly escapes unscathed. Next time, it may be the killer who gets lucky. But not if Harry’s furry friends Mrs Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker can help it. Lending their sharp-nosed talents to the hunt, they’ll help their mistress keep more lives from being lost – and right an injustice, buried since the early days of America’s independence.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Time is a Killer
Bussi, Michel
It is summer 1989 and fifteen-year-old Clotilde is on holiday with her parents, in Corsica. On a twisty mountain road, their car comes off at a curve and plunges into a ravine. Only Clotilde survives. Twenty-seven years later, she returns to Corsica with her husband and their sulky teenage daughter. Clotilde wants the trip to do two things – to help exorcise her past, and to build a bridge between her and her daughter. But in the very place where she spent that summer, all those years ago, she receives a letter. From her mother. As if she were still alive…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Race to the Kill (PC Sean Denton series)
Cadbury, Helen
It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High School, where they find the dead body of a Syrian refugee. The investigation which points to the neighbouring greyhound stadium finds Denton caught up in a world of immigration, drugs and sexual abuse, and one in which his private life becomes increasingly entwined.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Date with Mystery (Dales Detective series)
Chapman, Julia
The Dales Detective Agency’s latest assignment appears to be an open and shut case. Hired by a local solicitor to find a death certificate for a young woman who died over twenty years ago, Samson O’Brien is about to find out that things in Bruncliffe are rarely that straightforward. Particularly, when the solicitor insists that Delilah Metcalfe, with her wealth of local knowledge, works alongside Samson on this sensitive investigation. Delilah is eager to help. At the very least, the case will take her mind off the looming custody battle for her precious dog, Tolpuddle, and the threat of the bank foreclosing on her struggling Dales Dating Agency. As Samson and Delilah investigate they soon become embroiled in a mystery that has lain at the heart of the town for decades. But in uncovering the truth have they exposed secrets that some would prefer would remain buried? Third in the popular new series, after Date with Death and Date with Malice (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

Hercule Poirot At Large (box set)
Christie, Agatha
‘My name is Hercule Poirot and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.’ This new boxed set of paperbacks collects six of Hercule Poirot’s most famous and best-loved cases, perfect for readers who would like to be introduced – or introduce their friends – to some of the twentieth century’s most iconic, quintessential murder books. The set contains six Poirot classics: Death on the Nile, Evil Under the Sun, Appointment with Death, Murder in Mesopotamia, The Hollow, and Cat Among the Pigeons.
Poirot | PBK | $99.99

Hangman
Cole, Daniel
Eighteen months after the ‘Ragdoll’ murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word ‘bait’ carved into the chest. In London, a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word ‘puppet’, forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis. Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings, before it is too late? A sequel to Ragdoll (PBK, $19.99)
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Woman in the Woods (Charlie Parker series)
Connolly, John
It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth, shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And, in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring. For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Shot in the Dark (Coffeehouse Mysteries 17)
Coyle, Cleo
As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi fixes a date for her wedding, her ex-husband is making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these match-ups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find. The corpse is an entrepreneur who used dating apps with reckless abandon – breaking hearts along the way. The NYPD quickly arrests one of the heartbreaker’s recent conquests. But the suspect’s sister tearfully swears her sibling was framed. Clare not only finds reason to believe it, she fears the real killer will strike again. Now, Clare is ‘swiping’ through suspects in her own shop – with the help of her globetrotting ex-husband, a man who’s spent his life hunting for coffee and women. Together, they’re determined to find justice before another shot rings out.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Swan Song (Gervase Fen series)
Crispin, Edmund
When an opera company gathers in Oxford for the first post-war production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, its happiness is soon soured by the discovery that the unpleasant Edwin Shorthouse will be singing a leading role. Nearly everyone involved has reason to loathe Shorthouse, but who amongst them has the fiendish ingenuity to kill him in his own locked dressing room? In the course of this entertaining adventure, eccentric Oxford don and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen has to unravel two murders, cope with the unpredictability of the artistic temperament, and attempt to encourage the course of true love.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Pit-Prop Syndicate (Detective Club series)
Crofts, Freeman Wills
Seymour Merriman’s holiday in France comes to an abrupt halt when his motorcycle starts leaking petrol. Following a lorry to find fuel, he discovers that it belongs to an English company making timber pit-props for coal mines back home. His suspicions of illegal activity are aroused when he sees the exact same lorry with a different number plate – and confirmed later with the shocking discovery of a body. What began as amateur detective work ends up as a job for Inspector Willis of Scotland Yard, a job requiring tenacity, ingenuity and guile… This edition includes the bonus of an exclusive short story by Crofts, ‘Danger in Shroude Valley’.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

Conviction
Dahl, Julia
Journalist Rebekah Roberts works at New York City’s sleaziest tabloid, but dreams of bigger things. When she receives a letter from a convicted murderer claiming his innocence, she sees both a story she can’t ignore and, possibly, a chance. Twenty-two years earlier, just after the Crown Heights riots exploded between the black and Jewish neighbourhoods in Brooklyn, DeShawn Perkins was convicted of the brutal murder of his adoptive family. Rebekah’s search for the truth is obscured by the decades that have elapsed: almost no one wants to talk about that grim, violent time in New York City – not even Saul Katz, a former NYPD cop and, once, her inside source.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Cutting Edge (Lincoln Rhyme series)
Deaver, Jeffery
William and Anna went to collect her engagement ring. One and a half carats, almost flawless. But the Promisor had other ideas for their future… Their murder – and that of the diamond cutter they were visiting – is only the first of a series of macabre attacks. Someone is targeting couples just as they start their lives together. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, newly married themselves, are on the hunt. But the killer is hunting down any witnesses who can help them. He has promised one thing: to destroy. Rhyme and Sachs will have to use all their own skills and determination to break his vow.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Burial Hour (Lincoln Rhyme series)
Deaver, Jeffery
When a man is snatched from a New York street in broad daylight, the only clue is a miniature noose left on the pavement. By the time criminal forensic scientist Lincoln Rhyme is involved, a video of the missing man is already online, his dying breaths set to a grisly music by someone calling himself The Composer. Rhyme and fellow investigator Amelia Sachs must follow The Composer across the globe as he continues his horrifying creation, kidnapping further victims to add their last breaths to his piece. But with Rhyme and Sachs in a whole new world with its own rules, how can they possibly guess what danger they’re in when the music finally stops?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Expiration Date (Cook-Off mysteries 01)
Delaney, Devon
After a short-lived marriage, Sherry Frazzelle is living single life to the fullest in her little Connecticut town, accompanied by her Jack Russell terrier, Chutney. Her new passion is competitive cooking – but it turns out that murder is the surprise ingredient… With contestants from Maine to California and a ten-thousand-dollar prize at stake, Sherry’s latest competition, hosted by the CEO of an organic food company, is sure to be heated. But she’s more than ready to step up to the stove. After all, she did win the award for Most Creative Cupcake, back in high school. Today, she’s hoping her flavourful pork tenderloin will sway the judges. Instead, it seems someone’s decided to slay one of the judges… After Chef Birns falls face first into the Seafood Flatbread Pizza, Sherry’s dish is deemed suspicious. Now she’ll have to stir through a stew of rule breaking, corruption, and gossip to get herself off the chopping block, and find out who turned this food fight fatal… The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Natural Thorn Killer (Rose City mysteries)
Dyer-Seeley, Kate
Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she’s finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin’s floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It’s on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren’t as peaceful as they look. For one thing, someone’s been leaving dead roses around – and a sleazy real estate developer, who wants the waterfront property, has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he’s found on the floor of the shop, with Elin’s garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder… The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The French Girl
Elliott, Lexie
They were six university students from Oxford – friends and sometimes more than friends – spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway… until they met Severine, the girl next door. For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive. And there are some people you can’t forget… like Severine, who was never seen again. Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception, with no one to set her free…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Killed (Henning Juul series)
Enger, Thomas
Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped into the water. Henning knows that the same fate awaits him. And he knows that it’s his own fault. Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Blind Defence (Benson & de Vere series)
Fairfax, John
She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit, with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing. A disgusted public looks to Court 2, of the Old Bailey, for justice. Her callous, jilted partner Brent Stainsby stands accused of her murder; he’s turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him… What began as a simple trial rapidly turns into a complex search for the truth, beyond the confines of the courtroom. A sequel to the superb Summary Justice (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Mitford Murders
Fellowes, Jessica
It’s 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa’s salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, chaperone, and confidante to the Mitford sisters. But then a nurse – Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake – is killed on a train, in broad daylight, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the crimes of a murderer who will do anything to hide their secret… Based on a real unsolved crime; and perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and the Mitfords, themselves.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Switch
Finder, Joseph
Michael Tanner is heading home from a business trip when he picks up the wrong laptop at airport security. The computer he takes home belongs to US senator Susan Robbins, and it contains top secret files that should never have been on there in the first place. With her career in politics on the line, Senator Robbins is determined to get her laptop back, whatever the cost… Tanner is now a hunted man. But with the government against him, who can he trust to help him?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Mine
Fox, Susi
You wake up alone, after an emergency caesarean, desperate to see your child. And when you are shown the small infant in the nursery, a terrible thought takes root: this baby is not your baby. No one believes you. Not the nurses, your father or even your own husband. They say you’re confused and delusional. Dangerous. But you’re a doctor – you know how easily mistakes can be made. It’s up to you to find your real child, your miracle baby, before it’s too late. With everyone against you, is it safe to trust your instincts? Or are memories from your past clouding your judgement? This can’t all be in your head… can it?
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Panic Room
Goddard, Robert
High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as house sitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. But her remote existence is going to be invaded – when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing, rogue, pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Other Mother
Goodman, Carol
When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne’s new employer, it feels like they’ve entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she’s on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away. Daphne’s new life is a far cry from the one she had in Westchester where, just months before, she and her husband welcomed little Chloe. From the start, Daphne tries to be a good mother, but she’s plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her she’s capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post-Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppable – until she meets Laurel Hobbes. Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn’t: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another, they thought they’d never share. Soon, they start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike, their lives mirroring one another in strange and disturbing ways. But Daphne realises only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price – one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills, where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Only the Dead Can Tell (Lorimer series)
Gray, Alex
When Dorothy Guildford is found stabbed to death in her leafy suburban home, all signs point to the husband. But forensic pathologist Doctor Rosie Fergusson is convinced there’s more to this case than meets the eye. While searching for evidence that will put Peter Guildford behind bars for good, DC Kirsty Wilson and the CID team unearth a link with a human-trafficking operation that Detective Superintendent William Lorimer has been investigating for months. But before they can interrogate Peter further, he is brutally attacked in prison. Lorimer and Kirsty team up to find out as much as they can about Peter, the attack and how it all connects to the mysterious ‘Max’ who it seems is at the centre of the trafficking ring. But the stakes get higher still when a young Slovakian woman and one of MIT’s undercover agents are kidnapped, by the very man they seek…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Wolf
Grecian, Alex
When State Trooper Skottie Foster moves back home to rural Kansas, she’s hoping for a new start. But then a chance encounter on a snowy highway changes everything. Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter, and he needs her help. Roan suspects this isolated region is home to infamous World War Two villain, Rudolph Bormann. As they encounter immediate resistance from the deeply suspicious community, it soon becomes clear that Bormann’s new life in America is every bit as sinister as his awful past. But neither Roan nor Foster imagines how dangerous – and how personal – their task will become… A standalone thriller from the author of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Spy
Gross, Andrew
It is 1943, and the Nazis’ stranglehold over Europe is starting to loosen. In a corner of Norway, work is underway at a remote mountain factory to alter that course… Kurt Nordstrum is a courageous fighter who has lost everything. His fiancée. His unit. His cause. When Kurt learns of the Nazis’ atomic research in his homeland, he teams up with a group of patriotic fighters, driven by one goal: to disrupt activity at the heavily guarded factory. How far is he prepared to go, and how much is he willing to sacrifice? The Spy was previously published as The Saboteur.
Suspense | PBK | $17.99

A Scandal in Bohemia: the Life and Death of Mollie Dean
Haigh, Gideon
As enigmatic in life as in death, Mollie Dean was a woman determined to transcend. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, at twenty-five she was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse on the peripheries of Melbourne’s bohemian salons – until one night, in 1930, she was brutally slain by an unknown killer in a laneway while walking home. Her family was implicated. Those in her circle, including her acclaimed, artist lover Colin Colahan, were shamed. Her memory was anxiously suppressed. Yet the mystery of her death rendered more mysterious her life and Mollie’s story lingered, incorporated into memoir, literature, television, theatre and song, most notably in George Johnston’s classic My Brother Jack. In A Scandal in Bohemia, Gideon Haigh explodes the true crime genre with a murder story about life as well as death. Armed with only a single photograph and echoes of Mollie’s voice, he has reassembled the precarious life of a talented woman without a room of her own – a true outsider, excluded by the very world that celebrated her in its art. In this work of restorative justice, Mollie Dean emerges as a tenacious, charismatic, independent woman for whom society had no place, and whom everybody tried to forget – but nobody could.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Cruel is the Night
Hämäläinen, Karo
Three cell phones ring in an opulent London apartment. The calls go unanswered because their recipients are all dead. Earlier that night, four Finnish friends met for dinner. It’s been ten years since the host, Robert, has seen his once-best friend, Mikko; ten years since the two had an ideological falling out. Also along for the evening, are Mikko’s wife, Veera – with whom Robert once had a secret affair – and Robert’s young trophy wife, Elise. By the end of the night, there will be only one survivor. Prize-winning Finnish author Karo Hämäläinen’s English-language debut is a literary homage to Agatha Christie; and a black comedy, locked-room mystery about murder, mayhem, and morality in our cynical modern world.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Lost (Stone & Oliver series)
Hannah, Mari
Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared. Northumbria CID officers David Stone has returned to his roots, with fifteen years’ experience in the Met; whereas Frankie Oliver is local, a third-generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back. But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing person’s case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer. The first in a new series.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Sixth Victim (Constance Piper mysteries)
Harris, Tessa
London’s East End, 1888: The foggy streets of London’s Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences, of late. Constance’s mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a séance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? A high-born lady of means – who fears the latest victim may be her missing sister – implores Constance to use her clairvoyance, to help solve the crime; which the press is calling ‘the Whitechapel Mystery’. The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Hush
Hart, John
It’s been ten years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon’s life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny’s only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They’re not boys, anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost. But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home; he senses darkness and hunger, an intractable intent. Johnny will discuss none of it, but there are the things he knows, the things he can do. A lesser friend might accept such abilities as a gift, but Jack has felt what moves in the swamp: the cold of it, the unspeakable fear. A loose sequel to The Last Child (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | TP | $24.99

Into the Water
Hawkins, Paula
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now, Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Marked to Die (Bradecote & Catchpoll Investigations)
Hawkswood, Sarah
October 1143. A mysterious archer who kills cleanly and ‘dissolves’ into the forest, a missing train of pack mules on the salt road from Wich, and a lord in the wrong place at the wrong time, mean a crime the lord Sheriff of Worcestershire cannot ignore. Bradecote, Catchpoll, and the eager Walkelin, are hunting a killer and a gang, and whoever is giving them orders. They are not helped by a reeve, keen to keep his position; a lord, with his own ends to serve; and a distrusting and vengeful widow, with a haunted past – to whom Bradecote is increasingly attracted.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Primrose Pursuit (Frances Oughterard series)
Hill, Suzette A
Primrose Oughterard, an eccentric artist living in East Sussex, has recently taken custody of her dead brother’s cat and dog, Maurice and Bouncer. The brother – the Rev Francis Oughterard – has had the misfortune to murder one of his parishioners, and (aided and abetted by his pets and sister) had devoted much of his time to concealing the crime and escaping the gallows (which he did). Following his heroic death rescuing another parishioner from impalement on a gargoyle, his sister feels duty bound, to take responsibility for the two animals. The arrangement results in a number of questionable entanglements including the usual mishaps of murder, foiled intentions, concealment of evidence – plus a peculiar manoeuvre on the cliff at Beachy Head.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Love After Love
Hourston, Alex
Nancy Jansen is the beating heart of her family. She is the centre, around whom many lives turn. Mother. Therapist. Daughter. Sister. Wife. But Nancy has a new role: Lover. Everybody can be happy, Nancy believes, so long as they can be kept apart. But when these lives start to overlap, collision becomes inevitable, with consequences for all…
Suspense | HC | $29.99

The Shadow Killer (Reykjavík Wartime series)
Indridason, Arnaldur
Reykjavík, August 1941. When a travelling salesman is found murdered in a basement flat, killed by a bullet from a Colt .45, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied occupation force. Flóvent, Reykjavík’s sole detective, is joined by the young military policeman, Thorson. Their investigation focuses on a family of German residents, the retired doctor Rudolf Lunden and his estranged son Felix, who is on the run, suspected of being a spy. Flóvent and Thorson race to solve the case and to stay ahead of US counterintelligence, amid rumours of a possible visit by Churchill. This is just as good as its predecessor, The Shadow District (TP, $32.99, but will be available in paperback in June). Recommended.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Darkness (Hidden Iceland series)
Jonasson, Ragnar
After being unceremoniously forced into early retirement at the age of 64, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is refusing to go quietly. Hulda is told to pick a cold case to investigate for two more weeks; and she knows just the one. A young woman found dead on the seaweed-covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd. Her death was ruled a suicide after a slapdash investigation. But when Hulda starts to ask questions, she soon realises this was not the only young woman to disappear from the hostel… where asylum seekers waited for their judgement… The first in a new series.
Noir | TP | $32.99

Halfway
Jones, B E
The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, sidelined by a bypass, deep in the inhospitable countryside. One winter’s night, deep in snow, Lee, a student hitching home for Christmas, and Becca, a local nurse, end up knocking on the door, as the blizzard takes hold. But are they the first to arrive? Why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father, upstairs in bed immobilised by a stroke, trying so hard to tell them? At the local police station, PC Lissa Lloyd is holding the fort while the rest of her team share in the rare excitement of a brutal murder at an isolated farmhouse. A dangerous fugitive is on the run – but how can Lissa make a name for herself if she’s stuck at her desk? When a call comes in saying the nurse is missing she jumps at the chance to escape the boredom and heads out into the snow. The strangers at Halfway wait out the storm, but soon realise they might have been safer on the road, especially when Lee finds something interesting in the cellar – which is nowhere near as interesting as what’s under the old man’s bed. It seems not all the travellers will make it home for Christmas… and, if everyone is lying, then who do you trust?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Death of Noah Glass
Jones, Gail
The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block. His adult children, Martin and Evie, must come to terms with the shock of their father’s death. But a sculpture has gone missing from a museum in Palermo, and Noah is a suspect. The police are investigating. None of it makes any sense. Martin sets off to Palermo in search of answers about his father’s activities, while Evie moves into Noah’s apartment, waiting to learn where her life might take her. Retracing their father’s steps in their own way, neither of his children can see the path ahead.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Killer Intent
Kent, Tony
Britain’s elite security forces seem powerless when an audacious attempt is made to assassinate a former US president in London. This becomes the spark which ignites a chain reaction of explosive events that will see old political sympathies rekindled and personal loyalties betrayed. Joe Dempsey, a deadly military intelligence officer who witnesses this botched assassination, soon realises that this is just one small part of a complex and dark conspiracy, and only he can stop it… The first in a series.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Hypnotist (DI Joona Linna)
Kepler, Lars
When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family. ‘Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement.’ – The Weekend Australian.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Nightmare (DI Joona Linna)
Kepler, Lars
He is an artist in terror. The lifeless body of a young woman is discovered on an abandoned boat. A man is found hanging alone in his apartment. This is his masterpiece. Should the deaths be treated as suicide or murder? Four people know the answer. But a killer wants them dead. And only one man can destroy it. Can Detective Inspector Joona Linna keep them alive long enough to find out the truth?
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Fire Witness (DI Joona Linna)
Kepler, Lars
At a home for troubled girls, a young girl has been brutally murdered during the night. Her body is found arranged in bed with her hands covering her eyes. Vicky Bennet is the only girl unaccounted for. When a bloody hammer is discovered under her pillow, it appears that she was more than just a witness to the killing. Detective Inspector Joona Linna is called in to piece the evidence together. But the case quickly descends into darker, more violent territory, leading him finally to a shocking confrontation with the past.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Sandman (DI Joona Linna)
Kepler, Lars
Jurek Walter is serving a life sentence. Kept in solitary confinement, he is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff. Mikael knows him as ‘the sandman’. Seven years ago, he was taken from his bed along with his sister. They are both presumed dead. When Mikael is discovered on a railway line, close to death, the hunt begins for his sister. To get to the truth, Detective Inspector Joona Linna will need to get closer than ever to the man who stripped him of a family; the man who wants Linna dead.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

Too Close to Breathe
Kiernan, Olivia
Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her immaculate home: the scene the very picture of a suicide. DCS Frankie Sheehan is handed the case, and almost immediately spots foul play. As Frankie strives to paint a picture of the killer, and their victim, she starts to sense they are part of a larger, darker canvas…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Hanged Man (Bone Field series)
Kernick, Simon
A house deep in the countryside, where the remains of seven unidentified women have just been discovered. A cop ready to risk everything in the hunt for their killers. A man who has seen the murders and is now on the run, in fear of his life. So begins the race to track down this witness before the killers do. For Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd, the road ahead is a dangerous one, with bodies and betrayal at every turn…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther series)
Kerr, Philip
1957, Munich. Bernie Gunther’s latest move in a long string of varied careers sees him working for an insurance company. It makes a kind of sense: both cops and insurance companies have a vested interest in figuring out when people are lying to them, and Bernie has a lifetime of experience to call on. Sent to Athens to investigate a claim from a fellow German, for a ship that has sunk, Bernie takes an instant dislike to the claimant. When he discovers the ship in question once belonged to a Greek Jew deported to Auschwitz, he is convinced the sinking was no accident but an avenging arson attack. Then the claimant is found dead, shot through both eyes. It’s a win for Bernie’s employers at least: no one to pay out to even if the claim is genuine. But who is behind the murder, and why? Strong armed into helping the Greek police with their investigation, Bernie is once again drawn inexorably back to the dark history of the Second World War, and the deportation of the Jews of Salonika – now, Thessaloniki. As Europe seems ready to move on to a more united future with Germany as a partner rather than an enemy, at least one person in Greece is ready neither to forgive nor forget. And, deep down, Bernie thinks they may have a point. We love this hugely entertaining series, which begins with the omnibus Berlin Noir (PBK, $39.99). Unfortunately, this may be the last, as Kerr died in March.
Noir | TP | $32.99

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Stieg Larsson’s Millennium)
Lagercrantz, David
Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force. Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women’s prison, for saving a young boy’s life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind. Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week – and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important exposé for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood. Even from a corrupt prison system, run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck – that looked as if it had been burned by a dragon’s fire…
Mystery | PBK | $14.99

Jackrabbit Smile (Hap & Leonard series)
Lansdale, Joe R
Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair – Hap, a self-proclaimed white-trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough-as-nails, black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican – but they’re the closest friend either of them has in the world. Hap is celebrating his wedding to his long-time girlfriend, when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. They’re not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them… but they have a problem and they want Hap and Leonard to solve it. Judith Mulhaney’s daughter, Jackrabbit, has been missing for five years. That is, she’s been missing from her family for five years, but she’s been missing from everybody, including the local no-goods, they knew ran with her, for a few months. Despite their misgivings, Hap and Leonard take the case. It isn’t long until they find themselves mixed up in a revivalist cult – believing that Jesus will return – flanked by an army of lizard-men, and solving a murder, to boot. Darkly hilarious and wacky redneck noir – this series begins with Savage Season ($19.99). Recommended!
Noir | TP | $32.99

The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife’s, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman’s husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward. Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through a world of mysterious informants, underground deals and secret longstanding scam networks, all the while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness of Signorina Elettra, Vice-Questore Patta’s secretary and gatekeeper. With Gasparini’s condition showing no signs of improvement, and his investigations leading nowhere, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. He turns to Sophocles’s Antigone in an attempt to understand the true purpose of justice, and, in its light, he is forced to consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Sunburn
Lippman, Laura
One is playing a long game. But which one? They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet, she stays, and he stays – drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other – dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away – or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something – or someone – has to give. Which one will it be?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

29 Seconds
Logan, T M
When Sarah Haywood rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her instinctive act of bravery puts her in the debt of a powerful and dangerous man, and he has other ideas. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how. He offers Sarah a way to solve an impossible situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that could turn her life around and make all her problems disappear. No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out. All it takes is a 29-second phone call… Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche (Verlaque & Bonnet series)
Longworth, M L
One hot summer night, Aix-en-Provence is aflutter with news that controversial author Valère Barbier, who once shared dinners with French presidents and all-night drinking bouts with rock stars, has moved into La Bastide Blanche, a grand house left empty for decades. But Valère’s ideas of a peaceful retirement are quickly dashed. Rambunctious neighbourhood children, a fast-talking gossip of a housekeeper, and a rival novelist filter through the home at all hours of the day – and by night there are unseen visitors with more sinister intentions. While Antoine Verlaque investigates Valère’s sordid history, his wife and partner, Marine Bonnet, questions why the estate was abandoned in the first place – and what they both find raises more questions than answers. Is Valère imagining the ethereal cries that fill the bastide at night? Is he losing his mind? Or have these ghosts returned, from Valère’s chequered past, to haunt him?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Unquiet Spirits (Sherlock Holmes Adventures)
Macbird, Bonnie
Fresh from debunking a ‘ghostly’ hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all – with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French Detective Jean Vidocq… and a terrible discovery. This propels the duo northward to the snowy highlands. There, in a ‘haunted’ castle and among the copper dinosaurs of a great whisky distillery, they and their young client face mortal danger, and Holmes realises all three cases have blended into a single, deadly conundrum. In order to solve the mystery, the ultimate rational thinker must confront a ghost from his own past. But Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts… or does he? A sequel to MacBird’s first Holmesian adventure, Art in the Blood (PBK, $19.99).
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

In the Cage Where Your Saviours Hide
Mackay, Malcolm
The independent kingdom of Scotland flourished until the beginning of the last century. Its great trading port of Challaid, in the north west of the country, sent ships around the world and its merchants and bankers grew rich on their empire in Central America. But Scotland is not what it was, and the docks of Challaid are almost silent. Darian Ross is a young private investigator whose father, an ex-cop, is in prison for murder. He takes on a case brought to him by a charismatic woman, Maeve Campbell. Her partner has been stabbed; the police are not very curious about the death of a man who laundered money for the city’s criminals…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Wedding Cake Crumble (Cupcake Bakery mysteries 10)
McKinlay, Jenn
With Angie and Tate’s wedding just around the corner, it’s a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last-minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the blockbuster book signing of a controversial author who wrote a steamy bestseller filled with juicy local gossip. But one by one, the people Angie has hired to work at the wedding begin turning up dead. As the body count rises, the bestselling author is the next to bite the dust. Mel quickly realises she needs to figure out how the murders are connected and why – before the killer brings the entire cupcake crew crumbling down. After all, Angie and Tate deserve their sweet happily ever after. A cosy recommendation!
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Scot Free (Last Ditch mysteries 01)
McPherson, Catriona
Lexy Campbell fell in love and left her native Scotland, for a golden life in California – hitched to a hunk, building her marriage counselling practice, living the dream. Six months later, she’s divorced, broke, and headed home. There’s just one last thing. Lexy’s only client – sweet little old Mrs Bombarro – is in jail for murdering her husband… with a fireworks rocket. Lexy knows the cops have got it wrong; all she needs is a few days to prove it… and somewhere cheap to sleep at night. But checking into the Last Ditch Motel brings an unexpected slice of life, and a whole world of trouble. The first in a new cosy series by the popular McPherson.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

In Prior’s Wood (Max Tudor series)
Malliet, G M
Newly returned from investigating a murder in Monkslip-super-Mare, handsome Max Tudor wants nothing more than to settle back into his predictable routine, as vicar of St Edwold’s Church in the village of Nether Monkslip. But the flow of his sermon on Bathsheba is interrupted when the lady of the local manor house is found in a suicide pact with her young lover. Lady Duxter’s husband rallies quickly from the double tragedy – too quickly, it is murmured in the village. Lord Duxter has already offered his manor house to a motley crew of writers, including Max’s wife Awena, for his writers’ retreat, and he insists the show must go on. But when a young girl goes missing and a crime writer becomes a target, DCI Cotton asks Max to lend his MI5 expertise to the investigation. Many suspects emerge as the scope of the investigation widens beyond the writers to villagers who had crossed swords with the insufferably smug crime author. But Max begins to wonder: was the attack on the writer only part of a broader conspiracy of silence?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Date with the Executioner (Bow Street Rivals series)
Marston, Edward
1817. Dawn breaks on a summer’s day in Chalk Farm, London, and the scene is set for a duel between a lady’s two ardent admirers. Paul Skillen has been teaching Mark Bowerman how to shoot properly, and although he is not sanguine of his chances, stands as his second. Although the duel is broken up, the passions behind the duel seem to spill out into the full light of day when one of the two duellists is found dead, shot between the eyes. Paul and his twin Peter are determined to see justice done and are soon enmeshed in threads of inheritance, treachery and fraud.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Coven (Beatrice Scarlet series)
Masterton, Graham
London, 1758: Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary’s daughter, has found a position at St Mary Magdalene’s Refuge for fallen women. The charity is supported by a wealthy merchant, who offers the most promising girls steady work in his factor. But when seven girls go missing, Beatrice is uneasy. Their would-be benefactor claims they were a coven of witches, beholden only to Satan and his demonic misdeeds. But Beatrice is convinced something much darker than witchcraft is at play… A sequel to Scarlet Widow (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Two Little Girls (Jessie Flynn Investigations)
Medina, Kate
Two years ago, a young girl was murdered while playing on the beach, a doll left by her side. DI Bobby ‘Marilyn’ Simmons failed to catch her killer and he’s been tormented with guilt ever since. So, when another dead girl is found in the dunes, another doll, he knows this could be his only chance to silence his demons. Psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn is called in to help with the investigation. But she’s being led into a web of lies and deceit by a new patient called Laura – a deeply disturbed woman who wants Jessie as her friend. When links emerge between Laura and the two dead girls, Jessie’s worst nightmare becomes reality. For in the dark world of a twisted killer, she begins to realise just how treacherous friends can be… Follows Fire Damage and Scared to Death (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/thriller | TP | $29.99

Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story (British Library Crime Classics)
Meredith, Anne
‘Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931.’ Thus, begins a classic crime novel, published in 1933, that has been too long neglected – until now. It is a riveting portrait of the psychology of a murderer. Each December, Adrian Gray invites his extended family to stay at his lonely house, Kings Poplars. None of Gray’s six surviving children is fond of him; several have cause to wish him dead. The family gathers on Christmas Eve – and by the following morning, their wish has been granted. This fascinating and unusual novel tells the story of what happened that dark Christmas night; and what the murderer did next.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Hunting El Chapo: Taking Down the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord
Merrell, Cole & Century, Douglas
Every generation has a larger-than-life criminal: Jesse James, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, Al Capone, John Gotti, Pablo Escobar. But each of these notorious lawbreakers had a ‘white hat’ in pursuit: Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett, Eliot Ness, Steve Murphy. For notorious drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán-Loera – El Chapo – that lawman is former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Andrew Hogan. In 2006, fresh out of the DEA Academy, Hogan heads west to Arizona where he immediately plunges into a series of gripping undercover adventures, all unknowingly placing him on the trail of Guzmán, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Forbes billionaire and Public Enemy No 1 in the United States. Six years later, as head of the DEA’s Sinaloa Cartel desk in Mexico City, Hogan finds his life and Chapo’s are ironically, on parallel paths: they’re both obsessed with the details. In a recasting of the classic American Western on the global stage, Hunting El Chapo takes us on Hogan’s quest to achieve the seemingly impossible, from infiltrating El Chapo’s inner circle to leading a white-knuckle manhunt with an elite brigade of trusted Mexican Marines – racing, door to door, through the cartel’s stronghold and, ultimately, bringing the elusive and murderous king-pin to justice.
True crime | TP | $32.99

A Stranger in my Grave
Millar, Margaret
Jim and Daisy Harker are a young, well-to-do couple in San Felice, California, and though childless they maintain the sort of domestic happiness that others can only aspire to. But a darkness exists at the outer edges of Daisy’s mind and she has no idea why it’s there. In a series of reoccurring nightmares, she wanders a cemetery… eventually finding her own gravestone. According to the dream, December 2nd, 1955 is the day she died. Street smart but honourable, Stevens Pinata is a man with his own mysteries. An orphan left on a church doorstep as a child, he isn’t even certain of his ethnicity, let alone his goals in life. As a private investigator he works with bail bonds and quick shakedowns. But when a pretty, young woman like Daisy Harker comes into his office, with a crazy request to ‘find her lost day’, he is intrigued. He is too decent to take advantage of a crazy woman, but Mr Harker is a wealthy man and who is Pinata, to turn down money? A reissue of Millar’s 1960 novel.
Classic thriller | TP | $29.95

The Color of Fear (Sharon McCone mysteries 33)
Muller, Marcia
When a knock on the door in the middle of the night wakes Sharon, she’s wholly unprepared for the horrifying news: her father has been the victim of a vicious, racially-motivated attack. A nationally-recognised Shoshone artist, Elwood had been visiting Sharon for the holidays, browsing for gifts in San Francisco’s exclusive Marina district when he was set upon by a mob of angry young men. Now, he lies in a coma, hovering between life and death. With little progress on the investigation from the overworked, short-handed police, Sharon resolves to track down Elwood’s attackers, herself. But when Sharon begins receiving hate-filled, racist threats from a shadowy group, it becomes clear that her pursuit of justice may be putting her own life in jeopardy…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Cat Shining Bright (Joe Grey mysteries 20)
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau
While new father Joe Grey is overjoyed to teach his three young kittens about the world, he misses his cop work – secretly helping solve crimes, alongside his human friends at Molena Point PD. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead in the salon, Joe makes an exception, he heads for the crime scene. He has no idea that the kittens are following him, or how they will complicate the investigation. But this is not the only danger to the kittens. A stranger is lurking around the home of Joe’s tabby lady, Dulcie, where the kittens were born. Both parents’ backs are up and their claws out, ready to protect their babies and to protect Wilma Getz, Dulcie’s human housemate. As the death of the beautician becomes entangled with a gang of thieves working the village, Joe, Dulcie, Kit and Pan are all into the investigation; and they are led to unexpected connections, to the building of the new cat shelter and to a neighbour, who becomes suddenly an unexpected part of the tangle.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare Project)
Nesbo, Jo
He’s the best cop they’ve got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach. But a man like him won’t get to the top. Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it. A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, by the king of Scandi noir.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Skin Deep
Nugent, Liz
Cordelia Waldron has been living on the Côte d’Azur for ten years, posing as an English heiress. Now, her money is gone and her luck is running out. Desperate to escape her grotty flat and grim reality, Cordelia spends a decadent night at the Negresco. But surrounded by the young, beautiful and privileged, she feels her age and her poverty. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door, she can hear the flies buzzing. It hasn’t taken long for the corpse in her bedroom to commence decomposing…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Say Nothing
Parks, Brad
On a normal Wednesday afternoon, Judge Scott Sampson is preparing to pick up his six-year-old twins for their weekly swim. His wife Alison texts him with a change of plan: she has to take them to the doctor, instead. So, Scott heads home early. But when Alison arrives back later, she is alone – no Sam, no Emma – and denies any knowledge of the text… The phone then rings: an anonymous voice tells them that the Judge must do exactly what he is told in an upcoming drug case and, most importantly, they must ‘say nothing’. A close-knit young family is plunged into unimaginable horror. As a twisting game of cat and mouse ensues, they know that one false move could lose them their children, forever.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

NYPD Red 5
Patterson, James & Karp, Marshall
The richest of New York’s rich gather at The Pierre’s Cotillion Room to raise money, for those less fortunate. The mayor is present, along with Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the elite NYPD Red task force providing security. The night is shattered as a fatal blast rocks the room, stirring up horrifying memories of 9/11. Is the explosion an act of terrorism – or a homicide? A big-name female filmmaker is the next to die, in a desolate corner of New York City. The crimes keep escalating, and the perpetrators may be among the A-list New Yorkers NYPD Red was formed to protect. Zach and Kylie track a shadowy killer as he masterfully plays out his vendetta – and threatens to take down NYPD Red in the bargain.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Mystery at Olympia (Crime Club series)
Rhode, John
The new Comet was fully expected to be the sensation of the annual Motor Show at Olympia. Suddenly, in the middle of the dense crowd of eager spectators, an elderly man lurched forward and collapsed in a dead faint. But Nahum Pershore had not fainted. He was dead, and it was his death that was to provide the real sensation of the show. A post mortem revealed no visible wound, no serious organic disorder, no evidence of poison. Doctors and detectives were equally baffled, and the more they investigated, the more insoluble the puzzle became. Even Dr Lancelot Priestley’s unrivalled powers of deduction were struggling to solve this case.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

Amnesia
Ridpath, Michael
Rural Scotland, 1999. Alastair, a doctor in his eighties who lives alone by a loch, wakes up in hospital having fallen and hit his head, inducing almost total amnesia. Lacking family, friends, or knowledge of himself, Clemence, his sole contact’s great-niece, is called in to take care of him. Retreating to Alastair’s remote cottage to help him recuperate, Clemence finds a peculiar manuscript, hidden away from prying eyes. The first line shocks her to the core: ‘It was a warm, still night and the cry of a tawny owl swirled through the birch trees by the loch, when I killed the only woman I have ever loved.’ Reading the short prologue, she discovers a murder by someone who is clearly the old doctor. The victim? Clemence’s French grandmother, Sophie. Horrified, Clemence decides to read the book to Alastair, to rekindle his memory of her grandmother and their group of friends in 1930s’ Paris, and to try to force a confession for a crime he was never punished for. But as they read on, doubts about the true course of events begin to surface in her mind. Which is fortunate, because there are people closing in on the cottage by the loch who are willing to kill to make sure that the old man’s secrets stay forgotten…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Stranger
Riordan, Kate
1940, Cornwall, England. Penhallow Hall shelters a handful of Land Girls, sent to the coast to avoid the horrors of London’s Blitz. But the beautiful, arrogant Diana Devlin, impatient with the sleepy village and its placid residents, can’t resist the temptation to stir up long-buried secrets. When a young woman’s body is found lying broken on the shore, the promised safety of the Hall is shattered. Was it simply a tragic accident, or did mischief end in murder?
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Find You in the Dark
Ripley, Nathan
Martin Reese has a hobby: he digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers; and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies… calling in the results anonymously, to taunt the police for their failure to do their job. Detective Sandra Whittal is suspicious of the mysterious caller, who she names the Finder. As Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder, Martin makes a shocking discovery. It seems, someone lethal is very unhappy about the bodies he’s been digging up. To escape and keep his family safe, Martin may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever imagined.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Mother’s Day, Muffins, and Murder (Ellie Avery mysteries 10)
Rosett, Sara
As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother’s Day breakfast – even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren’t exactly sworn enemies, though Ellie still thinks there’s only room for one professional organiser in their small Georgia town. But when Gabrielle reports finding a dead body inside the supply closet, the two women form an alliance to teach a killer a lesson in justice… Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal’s identity. Because if she doesn’t, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Twisted Prey (Prey series)
Sandford, John
Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now a powerful US senator… A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in. He was also convinced that she’d been responsible for three murders, though he’d never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right. A federal marshal now, with a very wide scope of investigation, he’s heard rumours that Grant has found her seat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the contacts she’s made from it, to be very… useful. Pinning those rumours down was likely to be just as difficult as before, and considerably more dangerous. But they had unfinished business, he and Grant. One way or the other, he was going to see it through to the end.
Thriller | HC | $53.95

Maigret’s Doubts
Simenon, Georges
When a salesman from a Paris department store confides his secret fears to Maigret, the Inspector soon becomes caught up in a treacherous feud between husband and wife that is not as clear cut as it seems.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret Travels
Simenon, Georges
The attempted suicide of a countess and the death of a billionaire in the same luxury Paris hotel send Maigret to the Riviera and then to Switzerland, as he searches for the truth, amid the glittering world of the super rich.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

The Good Daughter
Slaughter, Karin
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy, small-town, family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. Now, Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps, to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville, again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Distant View of Everything (Isabel Dalhousie series)
Smith, Alexander McCall
Recently distracted by the arrival of her and Jamie’s second son, Magnus, Isabel Dalhousie – philanthropic editor of the Review of Applied Ethics – is anxious. The next issue of the Review is far from ready, her eldest, Charlie, is jealous, and their housekeeper, Grace, has an officious approach to childcare. With some relief, Isabel returns to helping out at her niece Cat’s delicatessen, where surely the most taxing duty is the preparation of sandwiches. It’s not long before Isabel’s helpful, philosophical nature draws her into customers’ problems, specifically that of ambitious, self-proclaimed matchmaker, Bea Shandon. Bea has staged a potentially dangerous liaison involving enigmatic plastic surgeon, Tony MacUspaig, who may not be quite who he claims to be – and Isabel’s help is required in getting to the truth of the matter. Good-hearted Isabel proceeds with her usual thorough attention to task, and on Bea’s advice talks to her friend Rob, a trustworthy regular on Bea’s dinner party circuit, and known to have deep suspicions about MacUspaig. It becomes clear, however, that Rob has an agenda of his own and Isabel is now contending with that, along with a mysterious medical condition of Jamie’s and some frustrating dead ends when it comes to Bea’s predicament. When the truth finally reveals itself, Isabel must conclude that along with MacUspaig, Bea, Jamie – and even Cat – she herself is not immune to misunderstandings, or the neurotic fantasies that arise from keeping secrets…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Lillian Armfield: How Australia’s first female detective took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and changed the face of the force
Straw, Leigh
An engaging account of an extraordinary, trailblazing woman – Australia’s first female detective – Lillian Armfield is also the vivid and gripping story of the origins of Sydney’s organised crime underbelly. ‘Special Constable’ Lillian Armfield was policing Sydney’s mean streets during some of the most dramatic years of crime in the city. By the late 1920s, eastern Sydney was the heartland of organised crime and the notorious turf battles known as the Razor Wars, where bloodied bodies were strewn across streets after late-night clashes between rival gangs. At first disapproved of by her male colleagues, and often working solo and undercover, Lillian investigated it all – from runaway girls, opium dens and back-street sly grog shops to drug trafficking, rape and murder. She dealt with the infamous crime figures of the day – Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh, ‘Botany May’ Smith and their associates – who eventually accorded Lillian a grudging respect. Lillian Armfield’s life and achievements were extraordinary. She paved the way for the women of today’s police force and her amazing story is also a compelling chapter in Australian true crime history.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Sullivan, Matthew
Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs – the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favourite bookseller, Lydia has inherited his meagre worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely man. But when Lydia flips through his books, she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long-buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Tart of Darkness (Chef-To-Go mysteries 01)
Swanson, Denise
Right when Dani thinks she’s hit a dead end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion – cooking! So, Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives. But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She’ll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business, before the killer reappears – perhaps, to silence the new chef forever. The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

All the Beautiful Lies
Swanson, Peter
On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his stepmother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father. But who really is Alice, his father’s much younger second wife? In a split narrative, the stories and damage that lies in her past are teased out. And as Alice’s story entwines with Harry’s in the present, things grow increasingly dark and threatening – will Harry be able to see any of it, clearly, through his own confused feelings?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Fire Court
Taylor, Andrew
The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile; and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman, in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder…? A sequel to The Ashes of London (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Clarity
Thomas, Keith
Dr Matilda Deacon is a psychologist researching how memories are made and stored, when she meets a strange eleven-year-old girl named Ashanique. Ashanique claims to harbor the memories of the last soldier killed in World War I and Matilda is at first very interested, but sceptical. However, when Ashanique starts talking about being chased by the Night Doctors – a term also used by an unstable patient, who was later found dead – Matilda can’t deny that the girl might be telling the truth. Matilda learns that Ashanique and her mother have been on the run their whole lives, from a monstrous assassin named Rade. Rade is after a secret contained solely in memories and has left a bloody trail throughout the world in search of it. Matilda soon realises Ashanique is in unimaginable danger and that her unique ability comes with a deadly price.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Blood (Jem Flockhart series)
Thomson, E S
Summoned to the riverside by the desperate, scribbled note of an old friend, Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain find themselves on board the seamen’s floating hospital, an old hulk known only as The Blood, where prejudice, ambition and murder seethe beneath a veneer of medical respectability. On shore, a young woman, a known prostitute, is found drowned in a derelict boatyard. A man leaps to his death into the Thames, driven mad by poison and fear. The events are linked – but how? Courting danger in the opium dens and brothels of the waterfront, certain that the Blood lies at the heart of the puzzle, Jem and Will embark on a quest to uncover the truth. In a hunt that takes them from the dissecting tables of a private anatomy school to the squalor of the dockside mortuary, they find themselves involved in a dark and terrible mystery.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Death Chamber (Detective’s Daughter series)
Thomson, Lesley
Queen’s Jubilee, 1977: Cassie Baker sees her boyfriend kissing another girl at the village disco. Upset, she heads home alone and is never seen again. Millennium Eve, 1999: DCI Paul Mercer finds Cassie’s remains in a field. Now, he must prove the man who led him there is guilty. When Mercer’s daughter asks Stella Darnell for help solving the murder, Stella see echoes of herself. Another detective’s daughter. With her sidekick sleuth, Jack, Stella moves to Winchcombe, where DCI Mercer and his prime suspect have been playing cat and mouse for the past eighteen years…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Murder in the Bowery (Gaslight mysteries 20)
Thompson, Victoria
Frank Malloy’s latest client is the well-dressed Will Bert. He’s searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, so he can share his new financial good fortune. Frank makes quick work of the case and locates Freddie, but a happy reunion between brothers is not in the cards. When Will’s name is mentioned, Freddie runs off – only to be found dead a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre, also recently deceased. Frank can’t be sure if Estelle’s risky behaviour and the company she kept was to blame, or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death. Frank will need Sarah’s help, to unearth the dark secrets of the wealthy Longacres and to discover if there is a connection between Estelle and Freddie’s death. Together, they must navigate a perilous underground web of treachery to find the truth.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.95

Peril in the Cotswolds (Thea Osborne series)
Tope, Rebecca
Thea Slocombe, née Osborne, is trying to settle into normal, domestic life with Drew and his two children in Broad Campden. But in the course of an attempt to make friends locally, she finds the body of a close neighbour and suddenly feels much less settled and secure. No longer a house-sitter, she has no choice but to stay in the village and deal with whatever happens next. And doing this risks damage to her marriage.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Trouble in the Cotswolds (Thea Osborne series)
Tope, Rebecca
Thea Osborne hopes to spend a quiet Christmas, house-sitting for the Shepherds in the picturesque Cotswold village of Stanton. But her arrival coincides with the funeral of local businessman Douglas Callendar, found electrocuted in his bath, and amateur sleuth Thea finds her curiosity piqued. When another villager is discovered brutally murdered the following afternoon, Thea is thrust into the middle of yet another police investigation. With the Callendar family linked to most of the village, Stanton is bursting with suspects. Jealousy, closures of footpaths and secret animal research – all possible motives for the murders and Thea finds herself in a pickle when even the most trustworthy of the local residents are questionable…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Just Before I Died
Tremayne, S K
It was just a patch of ice. Just a bit of bad luck. But it was nearly enough to kill Kath Redway, spinning her car into Burrator Reservoir in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Miraculously, Kath escapes her accident with a few bruises and amnesia. She is shocked but delighted to be back in her remote moorland farmhouse, with her handsome husband Adam, and her shy, gifted daughter Lyla. She’s alive! But her family is not so delighted. Her husband is cold, even angry. Her daydreaming daughter talks ever more strangely, about a ‘man on the moor’. Then, as chilling fragments of memory return, Kath realises her ‘accident’ was nothing of the kind. And, now, her life collapses into a new world of darkness, menace, and terror.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Game is Afoot (Baker Street Irregulars anthology series)
Ventrella, M & Maberry, J (editors)
Thirteen authors, including Narrelle M Harris, Jody Lynn Nye, and Sarah Stegall, come together in the second edition of Baker Street Irregulars to pen a new collection of short stories putting a fresh twist on the iconic character of Sherlock Holmes. While preserving the timeless charm and intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, these authors pen stories of the world’s greatest detective… as you’ve never seen him before.
Sherlockiana | TP | $31.95

That Old Black Magic
Unsworth, Cathi
April 1943: four boys playing in Hagley Woods, Essex make a gruesome discovery. Inside an enormous elm tree, there is the body of a woman, her mouth stuffed with a length of cloth. As the case goes cold, mysterious graffiti starts going up across the Midlands: ‘Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?’ To Ross Spooner, a police officer working undercover for spiritualist magazine Two Worlds, the messages hold a sinister meaning. He’s been on the track of a German spy ring who have left a trail of black magic and mayhem across England, and this latest murder bears all the hallmarks of an ancient ritual. At the same time, Spooner is investigating the case of Helen Duncan, a medium whose messages from the spirit world contain highly classified information. As the establishment joins ranks against Duncan, Spooner must face demons from his own past, uncover the spies hiding beneath the fabric of wartime society – and confront those who suspect that he, too, may not be all he seems…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Devil’s Dice (DI Meg Dalton series)
Watkins, Roz
A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches. Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There’s just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man’s initials, and it’s been there for over a century. As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it’s clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg – and the dice are loaded… A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Disappearance at Oare (Whitstable Pearl mysteries)
Wassmer, Julie
The Whitstable Pearl restaurant has been busy all summer, while Pearl’s detective agency has brought few interesting cases – until a prospective client calls… Christina Scott confides that seven years ago she had the perfect life with a seaside home, a confirmed pregnancy and Steven, a loving husband – until one morning she woke to find herself alone. Christina’s husband had vanished, taking nothing with him but his car – which was later found abandoned at the beautifully mysterious Oare Marshes. Now, with the legal presumption of Steven’s death about to be made, Christina shows a photograph to Pearl. It’s not of him, but of her young son, Martin, who has grown up without his father. Christina is adamant he now deserves to know the truth. And will Pearl help her solve the riddle of Steven’s disappearance? DCI Mike McGuire warns Pearl she’s on a fool’s errand; but the case resonates with Pearl, as she begins to uncover secrets and lies that take her on a dangerous journey back into her own past, as well as Christina’s…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Bleeding Tarts (Pie Town mysteries 02)
Weiss, Kirsten
Old West ghost towns are as American as apple pie. So, what better place to sponsor a pie-eating contest than the Bar X, a fake ghost town available for exclusive private events on the edge of Silicon Valley. Valentine Harris is providing the pies, hoping to boost business for her struggling Pie Town shop and become a regular supplier for the Bar X. But no sooner does she arrive in town than a stray bullet explodes the cherry pie in her hands. And the delicious dessert is not the only victim. Val finds the Bar X bartender shot dead, in an alley. Egged on by her flaky friend and pie crust specialist, Charlene, Val aims to draw out the shooter. But solving a real murder, in a fake ghost town, won’t be easy as pie. And if Val doesn’t watch her back, her pies won’t be the only thing filled full of lead…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Hydra
Wesolowski, Matt
One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the ‘Macleod Massacre’. Now, incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one, but Scott King: an investigative journalist. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses – and Arla, herself – as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was as diminished as her legal team made out…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Talent for Murder
Wilson, Andrew
Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf. Based on Christie’s ‘missing’ days in December 1926.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

To Die But Once (Maisie Dobbs series)
Winspear, Jacqueline
Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as the Bore War – nothing much seems to have happened yet – Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a ‘hush-hush’ government contract. As Maisie’s inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, so the country is bracing for a possible enemy invasion amid news of the British expeditionary force stranded along the French coast. And another mother is worried about a missing son – but, this time, the boy in question is one, beloved by Maisie.
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

The Final Hour (Victor the Assassin series)
Wood, Tom
Former CIA agent Antonio Alvarez has been tracking a vicious murderer for years, a nameless hitman responsible for numerous homicides. Once, the Agency deflected him away from his search, but now promotion has given him a second chance to right the past. Only problem is, the killer has vanished. Thousands of miles away, the professional known as Victor has stopped working – recently, he began to care; he made mistakes. But there’s another assassin, Raven, who needs his help – and she is hard to refuse…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99