Crime & Mystery Catalogue: April 2020

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in April 2020.

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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 2020 includes new books by: Andrea Camilleri, Lindsey Davis, C M Elliott, Mick Finlay, Darynda Jones, Elizabeth Kay, Angie Kim, Emily St John Mandel, Don Winslow… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, April 2020

The Murder Game (Stephanie King series)
Abbott, Rachel
A year ago, today, we gathered for Lucas and Nina’s wedding at their glorious Cornish home, overlooking the sea. But no one was married that day. Last year, there were nine of us. Now, there are eight. And Lucas has invited us back for a macabre anniversary. Tonight, he’s planned a game for us: we each have a costume and a role to play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin. What does Lucas want? What are we not being told? And how will this terrifying game end? A follow-up to And So It Begins (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Antiques Ravin’ (Trash ’n’ Treasures mysteries 13)
Allan, Barbara
When a series of creepy crimes plagues an ill-fated Edgar Allan Poe festival, newly elected county sheriff Vivian Borne, along with her reluctant deputy daughter Brandy and spunky shih tzu Sushi, springs into action. A purloined tome, a black cat, a musty mausoleum, and mysterious disappearances – these tell the tale of a heartless murderer. But Vivian and Brandy Borne are determined to decipher the cryptic clues to make sure a ravin’-mad killer strikes… ‘nevermore’!
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Dead on Dartmoor (Juno Browne series)
Austin, Stephanie
On the day Juno Browne’s van goes up in flames and nearly cooks a dog, Juno meets James Westershall, owner of Moorworthy Chase, a large family estate. She is invited, along with her friends from Old Nick’s, to bring along their goods for sale at an upcoming garden fete. Included in the invitation is the newest and most irritating member of the Old Nick’s team, Gavin. During the fete Gavin wanders off and is later discovered dead in nearby woods, apparently the victim of a bizarre accident. A police investigation ensues, but results are inconclusive; and Juno has a theory of her own… The second in a series of Devon-set cosy mysteries, following Dead in Devon (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Whisper Network
Baker, Chandler
Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc, for years. The sudden death of the CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Ames has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge. But the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they’ve decided enough is enough. Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Walk the Wire (Amos Decker series)
Baldacci, David
When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution – and, now, murder. Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open – which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene’s life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day – a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community. London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer’s death… before the boom town explodes.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Simple Genius (King & Maxwell series)
Baldacci, David
Former secret service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell must overcome their personal demons to solve two new mysteries. Realising that Maxwell is teetering on the brink of self-destruction, King arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But is the hospital hiding its own disturbing secrets? When a physicist dies, near a secret compound of scientists and cartographers, funded by an anonymous but powerful group, a down-on-his-luck King takes the case. The body was found opposite the compound, directly across the York River, near Camp Peary – a sinister CIA training ground. And they’re watching King’s investigation. Is Maxwell right in her suspicions of foul play, in the hospital? And with both the FBI and CIA breathing down King’s neck, can he discover the truth in time? A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

First Family (King & Maxwell series)
Baldacci, David
The President’s niece is missing. Former secret service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return to the White House. A children’s birthday party at the presidential retreat turns into a nightmare, when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The FBI doesn’t want private investigators King and Maxwell anywhere near the case. Regardless, they are enlisted, by the First Lady, to bring the child home safely. The First Lady trusts King, for years ago he saved her then-senator husband from political disaster. But is there a greater secret in their past? With Maxwell battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides against her and King, the two are pushed to the absolute limit. In the race to save an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible to define… or defend. A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Three Hours in Paris
Black, Cara
In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light – abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why. Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence, to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot centre of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run, for her life – all the time, wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set up. A new standalone novel, set in Occupation-era France by the author of the Aimée Leduc investigations.
Suspense | HC | $47.99

The Safety Net
Camilleri, Andrea
Vigàta is bustling, as the new filming location for a Swedish television series, set in 1950. In the production frenzy, the director asks the locals to track down movies and vintage photos to faithfully recreate the air of Vigàta, at that time. Meanwhile, Montalbano is grappling with a double mystery, one that emerges from the past and another that leads him into the future… Engineer Ernesto Sabatello, rummaging in the attic of his house, finds some films shot by his father between 1958 and 1963, always on the same day, 27 March; and always the same shot: the outside wall of a country house. Montalbano hears the story and, intrigued, begins to investigate its meaning. Meanwhile, a middle school is threatened by a group of armed men, and a closer look at the case finds Montalbano looking into the students themselves, and delving into the world of social media.
Inspector Montalbano | TP | $29.99

Gone with the Whisker (Bookmobile Cat mysteries 08)
Cass, Laurie
It’s the summer season in Chilson, Michigan, and the town is packed with tourists, ready for a fabulous Fourth of July fireworks’ show. Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, have spent a busy day on the bookmobile, delivering good cheer and great reads to even the library’s most far-flung patrons. But Minnie is still up for the night-time festivities, eager to show off her little town to her visiting niece, Katrina. But then, during the grand finale of the fireworks’ display, Katrina discovers a body. Minnie recognises the victim as one of the bookmobile’s most loyal patrons. And she knows she – and Eddie – will have to get to the bottom of this purr-fect crime.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Date with Danger (Dales Detective series)
Chapman, Julia
In the heart of Yorkshire, the Dales Detective Agency is about to face its biggest challenge. A fatal accident at Bruncliffe’s livestock auction mart leads auctioneer Harry Furness to call in detective duo Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe; but what starts as a simple health-and-safety investigation, soon, takes a sinister turn when they discover evidence that suggests murder. With their inquiries ongoing, Clive Knowles approaches them for help – his sheep are being threatened by the gang of rustlers that is plaguing the Dales. Meanwhile, Poacher Pete Ferris has also decided to play his hand, setting in motion a blackmail plot, which will ensure Samson is pulled back into trouble with his nemesis Rick Procter. When all three cases begin to converge, Samson and Delilah will find that their latest investigation is fraught with danger; a danger that could leave them fighting for their lives. The charming Dales Detective series begins with Date with Death (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Blue Moon (Jack Reacher series)
Child, Lee
In a nameless city, two rival criminal gangs are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Reacher is trained to notice things. He’s on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching, too… hoping to get rich, quick. As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful; yet, he turns down Reacher’s offer to help him home. He’s vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble. What hold could the gangs have on the old guy? Will Reacher be in time, to stop bad things happening? The odds are better with Reacher involved. That’s for damn sure.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Girl Can’t Help It (Krista Larson mysteries)
Collins, Max Allan
A rock band’s reunion is looking more like a farewell tour… No sooner do Hot Rod and the Pistons reunite – for their induction into the Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame – than two band members take a final bow. Both alleged suicides. A tragic way to go out. A bum way for one-hit wonders to be remembered. But it’s Labor Day weekend. The show must go on. With replacements at the ready, the Pistons are back on home turf, to headline the first ever Rock and Country Music Fest. Police Chief Krista Larson and her father, Keith, are there, listening. And watching. Because they suspect there may be more to the band members’ untimely deaths, than anyone else can see. As Krista and Keith navigate the investigation, a dark picture of the band’s rocky history begins to take centre stage. As betrayal, revenge, and blackmail start playing out in the present, the father-daughter team fear that this encore may be the band’s finale. A follow-up to the first Krista Larson mystery, Girl Most Likely (TP, $29.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Masquerade for Murder (Mike Hammer)
Collins, Max Allan & Spillane, Mickey
After Mike Hammer witnesses Wall Street superstar Vincent Colby getting clipped by a speeding red Ferrari, the shaken victim’s stockbroker father hires Hammer, to find the driver. But the toughest private eye of them all soon is caught up in a series of bizarre, seemingly unconnected slayings marked by a forbidden martial arts technique. What do a lovely redhead, a short-tempered bartender, an exotic call girl, a murdered police inspector and a movie stuntman have to do with a scheme that might have transformed young Colby into a psychological time bomb?
Hardboiled | HC | $39.99

The Dirty South (Charlie Parker series)
Connolly, John
It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young, black women – in Burdon County, Arkansas. But no one wants to admit it, not in the Dirty South. In an Arkansas jail cell, sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child; and searching, in vain, for their killer. He cares only for his own lost family. But that is about to change… Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Making of a Marquess (Society of Single Ladies series)
Connolly, Lynne
The Society for Single Ladies is a crime-solving club, founded by the wealthiest woman in London. Yet, even Miss Angela Childers’ charming detectives are not immune to the forces of love… Dorothea Rowland attends a country house party to investigate a long-lost heir – not to find a husband. But when the dashing American claimant discovers her prowling for clues, she is startled – and then seduced – by his provocative kiss. It’s all Dorothea can do to remember her mission. Especially when a series of accidents adds up to something, far more dangerous… Benedict only meant to silence lovely Dorothea – not find himself enamoured. What’s a gentleman to do, but join forces – and propose to the clever beauty? Yet, as Ben and Dorothea pursue the truth about his inheritance, their faux betrothal threatens to become the real thing. Soon, Ben’s plan to return to his life in America is upended – not only by his deepening bond with his bride, but by someone who wants his fortune, badly enough to jeopardise his future – even end it. And Dorothea can’t let that happen. Not for the title, but for Ben… Follows The Girl with the Pearl Pin (TP, $35.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $35.95

Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks:
Stories and Secrets of Murder in the Making
(revised edition)

Curran, John
Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks brings together for the first time Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making, two volumes that explore the fascinating contents of her 73 notebooks. When Agatha Christie died in 1976, aged 85, she had become the world’s most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide in more than 100 countries, she had achieved the impossible – more than one book every year, since the 1920s… every one a bestseller. So prolific, was Agatha Christie’s output – 66 crime novels, 20 plays, 6 romance books, under a pseudonym, and over 150 short stories – it was often claimed that she had a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort, over those 55 years, to more mundane methods of working out her ingenious crimes? Following the death of Agatha’s daughter, Rosalind, at the end of 2004, a remarkable secret was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs, at the family home of Greenway, were Agatha Christie’s private notebooks, 73 handwritten volumes of notes, lists, and drafts outlining all her plans for her many books, plays, and stories. Buried in this treasure trove, all in her unmistakable handwriting, are revelations and details that will fascinate anyone who has ever read, or watched, an Agatha Christie story. Christie archivist and expert John Curran leads the reader through the six decades of Agatha Christie’s writing career, unearthing some remarkable clues to her success, and a number of never-before-published excerpts and stories from her archives. This book features Agatha’s original ending of her very first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, painstakingly transcribed from her notebooks. It also includes a number of short stories from the archives, reproduced in full; including the unpublished ‘The Man Who Knew’, ‘How I Created Hercule Poirot’, and an early draft for a Miss Marple story, ‘The Case of the Caretaker’s Wife’.
Christie reference | TP | $32.99

The Diva Sweetens the Pie (Domestic Diva mysteries 12)
Davis, Krista
Nothing heats up Old Town quite like the annual Pie Festival, and this year is no exception; especially since Sophie’s professional rival, Natasha Smith, is barred from participating. Sophie, meanwhile, has been asked to oversee the pie eating contest. But the drama really rolls out when celebrity judge, Patsy Lee Presley, host of television’s most popular cooking show, bites the crust during the competition, and Sophie’s friends are suspected of the crime. As the folks of Old Town dish, the tough truth about Patsy’s meteoric rise to domestic stardom begins to leak. It turns out that Patsy’s sweet exterior hid a secret sour side, which alienated many of her closest allies, including a jilted ex-husband, a bitter ex-mentor, and a jaded ex-best friend. With the festival falling apart, and her friends in danger of being boxed up for murder, Sophie must cobble together the clues, and stop a flaky fiend from serving up any more deadly desserts.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

The Grove of the Caesars (Flavia Albia series)
Davis, Lindsey
Julius Caesar left his gardens to the citizens of Rome, a peaceful sanctuary across the Tiber. Now, the gardens and their sacred grove are dangerous haunts – especially, for women alone. ‘Don’t go to the Grove,’ people mutter; but, when her husband has to leave Rome, it falls to Albia to supervise his building project in an old grotto. Why has someone buried tattered scrolls by obscure philosophers – and does it involve a worse crime than terrible writing? Soon, that puzzle is overtaken. A woman disappears from her husband’s birthday party; she meets a dire fate; then Albia learns that, on the same night, two louche slaves given to her family by the brooding Emperor Domitian also vanished in the gardens. Apparently, it is well known that a killer lurks there. The vigiles have failed to investigate properly for decades and this won’t improve, when the sinister agent Karus arrives. Albia must co-operate, in order to give the many victims justice and find answers for grieving relatives. But can she, herself, remain safe? And, after others have failed; can she, at last, identify the predator who has made the Grove his killing ground?
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Are Snakes Necessary?
de Palma, Brian & Lehman, Susan
When the beautiful young videographer offered to join his campaign, Senator Lee Rogers should’ve known better. But saying no would have taken a stronger man than Rogers, with his ailing wife and his robust libido. Enter Barton Brock, the senator’s fixer. He’s already gotten rid of one troublesome, young woman – how hard, could this new one, turn out to be? Pursued from Washington, DC to the streets of Paris, 18-year-old Fanny Cours knows her reputation and budding career are on the line. But what she doesn’t realise, is that her life might be, as well… From the director of Scarface and Dressed to Kill – a female revenge story!
Hard Case Crime | HC | $34.99

The Never Game (Colter Shaw series)
Deaver, Jeffery
Three people are kidnapped across California. Sophie is locked inside a derelict warehouse. Henry is abandoned in remote woodland. Elizabeth is trapped inside a sinking ship. They are alive, but don’t have much time to live… Only one man can save them: unique investigator Colter Shaw. He’s an expert tracker, with a forensic mind, but this will be a test even for him. Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time… The first in a new series from the author of the Lincoln Rhyme mysteries.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Blood Will Be Born
Donnelly, Gary
DI Owen Sheen vowed never to return to Ireland, but he needs answers to the questions he has surrounding his brother’s death. On loan from the Met to the PSNI, he is meant to be setting up a new Historical Offences Team, but instead he finds himself partnered with DC Aoife McCusker to work on her first murder investigation. As the investigation begins to unravel into chaos, its roots deep in the dark past of the Troubles, will Sheen be able to put his personal agenda aside? And will McCusker keep her career, long enough to crack the case and prove herself as a detective? ‘Brilliant. An exciting new voice in Northern Irish noir’ – Adrian McKinty.
Noir | TP | $29.99

Confessions of an Innocent Man
Dow, David R
Rafael Zhettah relishes the simplicity and freedom of his life. He is the owner and head chef of a promising Houston restaurant, a pilot with open access to the boundless Texas horizon, and a bachelor, content with having few personal or material attachments that ground him. Then, lightning strikes. When he finds Tieresse – billionaire, philanthropist, sophisticate, bombshell – sitting at one of his tables, he also finds his soul mate and his life starts again. And just as fast, when she is brutally murdered in their home, when he is convicted of the crime, when he is sentenced to die, it is all ripped away. But for Rafael Zhettah, death row is not the end. It is only the beginning. Now, with his recaptured freedom, he will stop at nothing to deliver justice to those who stole everything from him. A thrillingly suspenseful debut novel, and a fierce howl of rage that questions the true meaning of justice.
Thriller | TP | $27.99

Mortmain Hall
Edwards, Martin
England, 1930. Grieving widows are a familiar sight on London’s Necropolis Railway. So, when an elegant young woman in a black veil boards the funeral train, nobody guesses her true purpose. But Rachel Savernake is not one of the mourners. She hopes to save a life – the life of a man who is supposed to be cold in the grave. But then a suspicious death on the railway track spurs her on to investigate a sequence of baffling mysteries: a death in a blazing car; a killing in a seaside bungalow; a tragic drowning in a frozen lake. Rachel believes that the cases are connected – but what possible link can there be? Rich, ruthless and obsessed with her own dark notions of justice, she will not rest until she has discovered the truth. To find the answers to her questions she joins a house party on the eerie and remote North Yorkshire coast at Mortmain Hall, an estate. Her inquiries are helped – and sometimes hindered – by the impetuous, young journalist Jacob Flint; and an eccentric female criminologist, with a dangerous fascination with perfect crimes…
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

A Fatal Yarn (Knit & Nibble mysteries 05)
Ehrhart, Peggy
The trees in Arborville, New Jersey, have started sporting sweaters. Part of the trend of public knitting art? Not exactly. An anonymous activist has been wrapping trunks in yarn to cover red Xs that mark certain trees for removal, by the town – so, they don’t interfere with power lines. When the town’s mayor – who supports cutting down the trees – is murdered, Pamela wonders if the tree hugger committed homicide to prevent arborcide. A knitter is arrested, but it’s one of Knit and Nibble’s own – the harmless Rolland DeCamp, who was seen arguing with the mayor. Pamela is sure the police are barking up the wrong tree. With the help of her reporter friend Bettina, she branches off on her own investigation, to root out the real killer…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Sibanda and the Death’s Head Moth
Elliott, C M
Two bodies are discovered near Gubu, one burning at the base of a tree struck by lightning and, on the banks of the Zambezi, a second killing which threatens to tear Detective Sibanda’s life apart. The victims are not connected as one is a foreign wildlife researcher and the other a local driver, but Sibanda’s intuition tells him the murders are linked. The only clues are a fragment of material found in the brain of one victim, a puncture wound in the thigh of the other, and a diary full of coded names. As the men investigate further, they find links to an ivory smuggling gang… The sequel to Sibanda and the Rainbird (PBK, $22.99). Perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Ramotswe mysteries.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Familiar Dark
Engel, Amy
In a small town beset by poverty, in the Missouri Ozarks, two 12-year-old girls are found dead in the park. Their throats have been cut. Eve Taggert’s daughter was one of them. Desperate with grief, she takes it upon herself to find out the truth about what happened to her little girl. Eve is no stranger to the dark side of life – having been raised by a hard-edged mother, whose parenting lessons she tried hard not to mimic. But with her daughter gone, Eve has no reason to stay soft. And she is going to need her mother’s cruel brand of strength, if she’s going to face the truth about her daughter’s death.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice (Furever Pets mysteries 01)
Erickson, Alex
Sadly, Timothy Fuller is too old and infirm to continue caring for his beloved Pomeranian, Stewie – who is also elderly. But finding Stewie a new home has been challenging. Fortunately, Liz Denton and her son, Ben, are on the case. With two beagles and a calico currently residing under their roof, they’re always ready to provide care in an emergency. But a rival rescue group is already there, when they show up at the Fuller house – along with a nurse and Mr Fuller’s sour-faced son. After an unpleasant argument, they reschedule the pickup for later. But by the time she gets back, Stewie is an orphan. Mr Fuller has been found with a knife in his back. And Ben, who’d stopped off to visit one of Mr Fuller’s neighbours, has been collared. Now, solving the mystery is Liz’s only hope for rescuing her own son… The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Innocence Dies (Detectives George & Reeves series)
Falconer, Colin
A schoolgirl is found dead in a park in North London and DI Charlie George is not short of suspects – is it her stepfather? Is it a sex crime? Is it race related? Charlie finally thinks he has it sorted, with his killer bang to rights. But then his lawyer gets him free on a technicality. And that’s just the start of his troubles. He’s been a cop, all his life, he thought he’d seen everything… The sequel to Lucifer Falls (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Arrowood and the Thames Corpses (Arrowood mysteries)
Finlay, Mick
South London, 1896. William Arrowood, Victorian London’s less salubrious private detective, is paid a visit by Captain Moon, the owner of a pleasure steamer, moored on the Thames. He complains that someone has been damaging his boat, putting his business in jeopardy. Arrowood and his trusty sidekick Barnett suspect professional jealousy, but when a shocking discovery is pulled from the river, it seems like even fouler play is afoot. It’s up to Arrowood and Barnett to solve the case, before any more corpses end up in the watery depths… These enjoyable adventures of a rather more tattered (and bitter) contemporary of Sherlock Holmes begin with Arrowood (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Lost Shrine (Hills & Barbrook series)
Ford, Nicola
Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometime sleuth, is struggling to finance her recently established university research institute, along with her long-time friend, Dr David Barbrook. When Professor Margaret Bockford finds the Hart Unit commercial work with a housing developer on a site in the Cotswolds, the pair are hardly in a position to refuse. There is just one slight catch: the previous site director, Beth Kinsella, was found hanged in a copse, onsite, surrounded by mutilated wildlife. Despite initial misgivings, Clare leads a team to continue work on the dig. But with rumours about Beth’s mental state and her claims that the site was historically significant refusing to be laid to rest; and lingering disquiet between local residents and the developers, progress is impeded at every turn… A sequel to the first Hills & Barbrook archaeological mystery, The Hidden Bones (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Death in Saint-Chartier
Fornesa, Ivo
Seeking a quiet spot to write his memoirs, Laurent de Rodergues secludes himself in Saint-Chartier, a village in the heart of France. Yet, his tranquil life is soon disturbed by Carlos, an eccentric millionaire determined to give the town’s medieval château a costly and controversial makeover. When the château is unveiled after months of anticipation, the whole town turns out to gaze in wonder – only to find their host lying dead in a pool of blood. Laurent suspects foul play, and when the gendarmes find nothing, he makes it his mission to unmask the murderer. But where to begin? From jilted lovers to jealous rivals, disgruntled employees to shadowy associates practically everyone had a reason to want Carlos dead. As Laurent quickly learns, beneath its idyllic façade, the town of Saint-Chartier is rife with resentment and secret passions.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Gathering Dark
Fox, Candice
Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate, Sneak Lawlor, begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her newfound freedom on the line. Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, Ada Maverick, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search for Dayly. Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. And her inheritance of a $7 million mansion – as a reward for catching a killer – has just made her police enemy number one. It’s been ten years, since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So, when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends, early one morning, she expects abuse… maybe, even violence. What comes, instead, is a plea for help.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Girl She Was
Freeborn, Rebecca
Seventeen-year-old Layla was just like any other teenager in the small town of Glasswater Bay: she studied hard, went out drinking with her friends, and worked at the local café. But when she started having a relationship with her older, married boss, everything changed. Twenty years later, she’s living a quiet life in the suburbs with a husband and two children, a life far removed from the girl she was. Until she receives a text message: I know what you did. For years, she outran her past, turning away from the town and her friends. Now, her past has caught up.
Thriller | TP | 29.99

The Summer of Ellen
Friis, Agnete
Jacob, a middle-aged architect living in Copenhagen, is in the alcohol-soaked throes of a bitter divorce, when he receives an unexpected call from his great-uncle Anton – who is in his nineties, and still lives with his brother Anders on their rural Jutland farm – a place Jacob hasn’t visited since the summer of 1978. Anton asks Jacob to answer the question that has haunted them both, for decades: What happened to Ellen? To find out, Jacob must revisit the farm and confront what took place that summer – one defined by his teenage obsession with Ellen, a beautiful young hippie from the local commune who came to stay with Anton and Anders; and the unsolved disappearance of Jacob’s classmate’s sister. In revisiting old friends and rivals, Jacob discovers that the tragedies that have haunted him, for over forty years, were not what they seemed.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

After She Wrote Him
Gentill, Sulari
If you get lost in a book, be sure you can find your way back… Madeleine d’Leon doesn’t know where Edward came from. He is simply a character, in her next book. But as she writes, he becomes all she can think about. His charm, his dark hair, his pen scratching out his latest literary novel… Edward McGinnity can’t get Madeleine out of his mind – softly smiling, infectiously enthusiastic, and perfectly damaged. She will be the ideal heroine, for his next book. But who is the author and who is the creation? And as the lines start to blur, who is affected – when a killer, finally, takes flesh? A new US edition of the Ned Kelly award-winning novel, previously published as Crossing the Lines.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Death in Fancy Dress
Gilbert, Anthony
The British Secret Service, working to uncover a large-scale blackmail ring and catch its mysterious mastermind: ‘The Spider’, find themselves at the country residence Feltham Abbey – where a fancy-dress ball is in full swing. In the tumult of revelry, Sir Ralph Feltham is found dead. Not the atmosphere bewildered guest, Tony, was expecting. He sets out make sense of the night’s activities, and the motives of the other guests. Among them is Hilary, an independently-minded socialite, still in her costume of vivid silk pyjamas and accompanying teddy bear… This edition features the short stories ‘Horseshoes for Luck’ and ‘The Cockroach and the Tortoise’.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $29.99

18 Tiny Deaths: the Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
Goldfarb, Bruce
The unlikely tale of Frances Glessner Lee and her revolutionary work in forensic science, through the creation of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas that she used to teach homicide investigators. For most of human history, sudden and unexpected deaths of a suspicious nature, when they were investigated at all, were examined by lay persons without any formal training. People often got away with murder. Modern forensic investigation originates with Frances Glessner Lee – a pivotal figure in police science. Frances Glessner Lee (1878–1962), born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet, she became the mother of modern forensics and was instrumental in elevating homicide investigation to a scientific discipline. Frances Glessner Lee learned forensic science under the tutelage of pioneering medical examiner Magrath – he told her about his cases, gave her access to the autopsy room to observe post-mortems and taught her about poisons and patterns of injury. A voracious reader too, Lee acquired and read books on criminology and forensic science – eventually establishing the largest library of legal medicine. Lee went on to create The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death – a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas, depicting the facts of actual cases in exquisitely detailed miniature – and, perhaps, the thing she is most famous for. Celebrated by artists, miniaturists and scientists, the Nutshell Studies are a singularly unusual collection. They were first used as a teaching tool in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s; and then, in 1945, the homicide seminar for police detectives that is the longest-running and still the highest-regarded training of its kind in America. Both of which were established by the pioneering Lee. In 18 Tiny Deaths, Bruce Goldfarb weaves Lee’s remarkable story with the advances in forensics made in her lifetime, to tell the tale of the birth of modern forensics.
True crime reference | TP | $32.99

After She’s Gone
Grebe, Camilla
Psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schon and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren are invited to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg – to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier, a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town. But when a recurring memory problem resurfaces, Hanne struggles to keep track of the case. She begins keeping a diary, noting down everything she is likely to forget to keep up appearances, so, she doesn’t lose her job. When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby covered in the victim’s blood, can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one? How can you put together what happened, when the pieces keep fading away? Winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

That Affair Next Door
Green, Anna Katharine
Miss Amelia Butterworth is unmarried, but quite content as an observer of human nature – until, late one evening, she notices a man and woman enter the supposedly empty house next door, whose owners are away on a trip abroad. Suspiciously, the man leaves the house, some time later; but the woman doesn’t follow. The next morning, Miss Butterworth finds the woman dead, mysteriously crushed under a cabinet. When Detective Ebenezer Gryce takes on the case; Miss Butterworth decides to take matters into her own hands, and solve the murder, herself.
Library of Congress Crime Classics | TP | $27.99

Now You See Them (Stephens & Mephisto series)
Griffiths, Elly
A girl called Rhonda has vanished from her boarding school. Maybe, she ran away, but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearance of two other young women – those too thought not to be suspicious. Detective Edgar Stephens is under pressure to solve Rhonda’s disappearance, but it is his wife Emma, herself a former detective – now, frustrated at being just a housewife – who concludes there might be a connection between the three cases. Edgar’s friend, magician Max Mephisto, is reinventing himself as a movie star, and trying not to envy his daughter Ruby’s television fame. Little, do either of them know, how close they are to being drawn into the deadly web of abduction and murder, about to trap them all.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Fifth Column
Gross, Andrew
February 1939 and Europe is on the brink of war. Charles Mossman is in a bar in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, reeling from the loss of his job and his failing marriage; while, outside, thousands of Nazi sympathisers are attending a hate-spewing rally. As he confronts one, Charles makes a horrendous mistake with deadly consequences. Two years later, Charles is released from prison and tries to reunite with his family. The US has kept out of the war, for now; but the pressure in the city is rising – as those, sympathetic to the Nazi cause, lay the foundations for what lies ahead. As he tries to make amends with his wife and daughter, Charles starts to understand that surrounding them there are forces that will use any means necessary to bring about the downfall of his nation. And when his daughter is befriended by a seemingly amiable Swiss couple, it brings to the surface his fears of a ‘Fifth Column’ of embedded German spies in their new neighbourhood…
Suspense | PBK | $18.99

Who Speaks for the Damned (Sebastian St Cyr mysteries)
Harris, C S
It’s June 1814, and the royal families of Austria, Russia, and the German states have gathered in London – at the Prince Regent’s invitation – to celebrate the defeat of Napoléon and the restoration of monarchical control throughout Europe. But the festive atmosphere is marred, one warm summer evening, by the brutal murder of a disgraced British nobleman long thought dead. Eighteen years before, Nicholas Hayes, the third son of the late Earl of Seaford, was accused of killing a beautiful young French émigré and transported to Botany Bay, for life. Even before his conviction, Hayes had been disowned by his father, and few in London were surprised when they heard the ne’er-do-well had died in disgrace, in New South Wales. But those reports were obviously wrong. Recently, Hayes returned to London with a mysterious young boy in tow – a child who vanishes, shortly after Nicholas’ body is discovered. Sebastian St Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is drawn into the investigation by his valet, Jules Calhoun, an old friend of the dead man. With Calhoun’s help, Sebastian begins to piece together the shattered life of the late Earl’s ill-fated youngest son. Why did Nicholas risk his life and freedom by returning to England? And why did he bring the now-missing young boy with him? Several nervous Londoners had reason to fear that Nicholas Hayes had returned to kill them. One of them might have decided to kill him, first. This wonderful historical mystery series begins with What Angels Fear (PBK, $23.95).
Historical mystery | HC | $47.99

The Return
Harrison, Rachel
Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie vanished, she reappears with no memory of what happened to her. But she is different. She’s emaciated, with sallow skin, chipped teeth and odd appetites. In so many ways, Julie seems to be the friend they all loved and lost. But in others, she seems to be a stranger. Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, they decide to reunite at the eccentric, remote Red Honey Inn. But when bad weather traps them inside the hotel, tensions flare. Elise begins to hear scratching within the walls, to see the slither of shadows cast by nothing. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Shadow Play (Bill Slider series)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
Bill Slider begins a nightmarish investigation, when an unidentifiable victim is found in the no man’s land beneath London’s A40 flyover. Slider doesn’t have much to go on. The victim, a smartly dressed businessman, has no ID in his pockets and no one has reported him missing. When the autopsy reveals old injuries and faded scars cover the man’s body, the mystery only deepens. If he wants answers, Slider knows he must go into London’s darkest corners.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Less Than a Moment (Posadas County mysteries)
Havill, Steven F
Posadas County, sitting along New Mexico’s southern border, has enjoyed a surge in visitors, jobs, and prosperity – since rancher Miles Waddell used much of his inherited half billion to create an internationally renowned astronomy complex, atop Torrance Mesa. Passion, not profit, drives Waddell. Yet benefits include a narrow-gauge train linking the village of Posadas to NightZone. It’s a boon to employees and for nature lovers, hikers, and birders… as well as star gazers. A ripple of unease is felt across the county with the arrival of developer – no, speculator – Kyle Thompson. Why did he and his wife quietly purchase a large scrubby acreage to the north of NightZone? Any light pollution would jeopardise Waddell’s success. ‘Lights are like cancer cells. One comes, others follow.’ Unease grows with a drive-by shoot-up at the Posadas Register, its 25 shots wounding a reporter and the paper’s editor. Sheriff Bob Torrez and Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman see a connection to NightZone… and, worse, a connection with Torrez’s own nephew. Why? And then murder strikes…
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Hostage to Fortune (Bradecote & Catchpoll series)
Hawkswood, Sarah
January, 1144. Hugh Bradecote does not want his betrothed heading off on pilgrimage, to the shrine of St Edgyth at Polesworth; but the Archbishop of Canterbury’s envoy and his entourage of monks seem Heaven-sent as escorts – right up until they are captured by a renegade, who wants his forger out of the lord sheriff’s cells; a renegade who loathes the Benedictines, and kills for pleasure. Against a backdrop of a hard winter and even a frozen River Severn, Bradecote and Catchpoll are struggling to rescue the clerics, and Christina; before a psychopath does his worst, the lord sheriff loses patience, and Bradecote cracks under the pressure. This mediaeval mystery series begins with Servant of Death (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Drop & The List (Slough House series) (novellas)
Herron, Mick
The Drop: Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another, in a Marylebone cafe, he knows he’s witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who baby sits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor, himself, a hair’s breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard, well: collateral damage is her speciality. A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information.
The List: Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead; and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble. Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account – and, there’s only ever one reason, a spy has a secret second bank account. The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career’s worth of spy secrets.
Two novellas, from the ‘John le Carré of our generation’ – previously published as two separate hardcover editions. Recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Blueberry Tart (Hayley Powell mysteries 12)
Hollis, Lee
It may not be front page news, but Island Times’ food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is, now, happily married. Before she can set sail on her honeymoon cruise, however, Hayley’s mom, Sheila, pays an impromptu visit – and, promptly, becomes the prime suspect in a murder. The victim is Sheila’s old high school rival, Caskie Lemon-Hogg, known for her homemade blueberry pies, and her home-wrecking flirtations. As Hayley teams up with her BFFs Liddy and Mona to clear her mother’s name; Sheila reunites with Liddy’s mom Celeste and Mona’s mom, Jane, for their own amateur sleuthing. The race is on between the moms and the daughters, to find out who served this blueberry tart her just desserts…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Nightshade (Alex Rider)
Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider is sent, by MI6 Special Operations, to infiltrate a new and sinister organisation known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.
YA suspense | PBK | $16.99

A Stroke of Malice (Lady Darby mysteries)
Huber, Anna Lee
Scotland 1832. After enjoying a delightful holiday with her family, Lady Kiera Darby is looking forward to finishing her new friend, the Duchess of Bowmont’s portrait, as well as attending the duchess’ annual Twelfth Night party. Though she, normally, avoids such fashionable events, Kiera trusts the attention will not be focused on her, but rather her notorious hostess and her family. But upon their arrival at the opulent Scottish estate, Kiera and her husband and fellow investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, swiftly deduce that all is not merry in the duke’s household. The family appears to be under a great strain, and someone seems determined to cause mayhem among the guests with a series of forged notes. However, matters swiftly turn from irksome to downright deadly, when the merrymakers stumble upon a decomposing body in the castle’s crypt. This corpse is, certainly, no laughing matter, especially when it is identified as the duchess’ son-in-law, the Earl of Helmsdale, who had purportedly travelled to Paris more than a month earlier. It is evident the man met with foul play, and Kiera and Gage step in to investigate, at the duchess’ insistence. Kiera and Gage must swiftly re-examine the facts, for a ruthless murderer walks among them… and may well be a member of the duchess’ own family. Kiera soon discovers just how deep the killer is willing to dig, to keep their secrets from ever seeing the light of day.
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: the Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie
Isenberg, Noah
The story of how Casablanca was made and how it became the most beloved of Hollywood movies. Casablanca is ‘not one movie’, Umberto Eco once quipped, ‘it is movies’. Released in 1942, the film won four Oscars, including Best Picture and featured unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The book offers a rich account of the film’s origins, the myths and realities behind its production, and the reasons it remains so revered, today. Through extensive research and interviews with film-makers, Noah Isenberg explores the ways, in which the film continues to dazzle audiences and saturate popular culture, 75 years after its release.
True crime/Film history | TP | $29.99

Die for Me (Killing Eve series)
Jennings, Luke
On the run together, Eve Polastri and the psychopathic Villanelle take refuge in the underworld of St Petersburg. But the Twelve are closing in, as are the Russian security services. As the chess-game intensifies, and the grip of winter tightens, the couple are drawn into a nightmare realm of conspiracy and murder. As the action races towards its shattering conclusion, can Eve and Villanelle learn to fully trust each other, or will their differences destroy them?
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Message
Jia, Mai
China, 1941. It is the height of the Second World War, and Japan rules over China. In the famously beautiful city of Hangzhou, a puppet government propped up by the Japanese is waging an underground war against the Communist resistance. Late one night, under cover of darkness, three men and two women are escorted to an isolated mansion on the shores of West Lake. All five are intelligence officers, employed as code-breakers by the regime. But the secret police are certain that one of them is a communist spy. None of them are leaving until the traitor is unmasked. It should be a straightforward case of sifting truth from lies. But as each code-breaker spins a story that proves their innocence, events are framed and re-framed, and what really happened is called into question, again and again.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram series)
Jones, Darynda
Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, strong cups of coffee – and, now, a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff, expecting nothing more than a quiet ride. But, now, a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of this is reminding Sunshine why she left Del Sol, in the first place. Add to that the trouble at her daughter’s new school, plus a kidnapped rooster named Puff Daddy; and, well, the forecast looks anything but sunny. But even clouds have their silver linings. This one’s got Levi, Sunshine’s sexy, almost-old flame; and Quincy Cooper, a fiery-hot US Marshal. With temperatures rising everywhere she turns, Del Sol’s normally cool-minded sheriff is finding herself, knee deep in drama and danger. The first in a new mystery series, by the popular author of paranormals.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

I Am Watching
Kavanagh, Emma
From a distance, they seem to be sleeping. Three bodies, sitting propped up against the ancient stones of Hadrian’s Wall. Until a closer look reveals the horror of their too-white faces. The victims were found by schoolgirl Isla Bell, out on an early morning run along the historic site. That day changed the small town of Briganton forever, and shaped Isla’s life. Twenty years later, she’s a professor of criminal psychology, wrestling with the question that still haunts her: why? Why did Heath McGowan kill those people – and two more, besides – before he was finally caught by Isla’s police detective father? At last, Isla has a chance to get answers, when Heath agrees to take part in her research. Isla’s husband, Ramsey – the only one of Heath’s victims to survive – cautions her against the meeting. But no matter how ready Isla feels to peer within a killer’s mind, there is no way to prepare for the fresh horror about to engulf Briganton. Another body is found, displayed just as before… and then another. Is this a copycat, or could the truth be darker, still?
Thriller | PBK | $22.95

Seven Lies
Kay, Elizabeth
It all started with one little lie… Jane and Marnie have been inseparable, since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties, they both fell in love and married handsome young men. But Jane never liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course. Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t lied – then, perhaps, her best friend’s husband might still be alive… This is Jane’s opportunity to tell the truth, the question is: Do you believe her? ‘Keep the lights on – you’ll be turning the pages deep into the night’ – Harlan Coben.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dead in the Doorway (House-Flipper mysteries 02)
Kelly, Diane
Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney’s dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So, that helps. Who is this older woman – and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney – along with the support of her woodworking cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime, Sawdust – intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbour investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house’s former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for – perhaps, literally. Now, it’s up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened, before she loses this killer real-estate deal… and the killer comes knocking at her door.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Water Clock (Dryden mysteries)
Kelly, Jim
In the bleak snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a car is winched from a frozen river. Inside, is a man’s mutilated body. Later, high on Ely Cathedral, a second body is found – the decaying corpse has been there more than thirty years. When forensic evidence links both victims to one awful event in 1966, local reporter Philip Dryden knows he’s on to a great story. But as his investigations uncover some disturbing truths, they also point towards one terrifying foggy night in the Fens, two years ago. A night that changed Dryden’s life for ever… A reissue of Kelly’s 2002 mystery – customers have been loving his most recent series, set in WWII Cambridge… why not give these a go, too?
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Fire Baby (Dryden mysteries)
Kelly, Jim
Summer, 1976. A plane crashes on a farm in the Fens and out of the flames walks Maggie Beck, clutching a baby in her arms… Twenty-seven years later, Philip Dryden is witness to Maggie’s deathbed confession. But some secrets are best kept secret, and what started out for Dryden as a curious story about the only survivor of an almost-forgotten plane crash, soon, escalates into a full-blown murder investigation. A reissue of Kelly’s 2004 mystery – customers have been loving his most recent series, set in WWII Cambridge… why not give these a go, too?
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Moon Tunnel (Dryden mysteries)
Kelly, Jim
From beneath a wartime POW camp near Ely, a man crawls through an escape tunnel. But he won’t emerge until fifty years of peace have passed. When he does, unearthed by archaeologists, seeking a Saxon burial tomb; Philip Dryden knows he has a mystery to solve. First, the man appears to have been shot in the head; and, second, he was breaking into the camp, not out. The police treat the body as an historical curiosity, but Dryden digs deeper – and, soon, unearths a corpse of much more recent origin… A reissue of Kelly’s 2005 mystery – customers have been loving his most recent series, set in WWII Cambridge… why not give these a go, too?
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Lazarus (Joona Linna series)
Kepler, Lara
Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, was shot and killed, years ago. The police moved on and managed to forget the darkness that had tainted their lives. But, now, someone is leaving a trail of broken bodies across Sweden and the clues all point to Walter. Detective Joona Linna is convinced his worst nightmare is becoming a reality: the man who tore apart his family has returned to finish the job. When Joona’s partner is taken – and locked inside an underground coffin – he finds himself with an impossible choice: leave her to die, or walk into the trap – set by the only man he ever feared.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Hitler’s Peace
Kerr, Philip
Autumn 1943. Hitler knows he cannot win the war: now, he must find a way to make peace. FDR and Stalin are willing to negotiate; only Churchill refuses to listen. The upcoming Allied Tehran conference will be where the next steps – whatever they are – will be decided. Into this nest of double- and triple-dealing steps Willard Mayer, OSS agent and FDR’s envoy to the conference. His job is to secure the peace that the USA and Hitler, now, crave. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
Suspense (reissue) | TP | $32.99

Bad Day at the Vulture Club (Baby Ganesh Agency series)
Khan, Vaseem
The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive, and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied, and sometimes feared. When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence – where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures – the police dismiss it, as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced. Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case. But murder is murder. And, in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Miracle Creek
Kim, Angie
In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine: a pressurised oxygen chamber that patients enter for ‘dives’, used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community. Who, or what, caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day, but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night – trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges – as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Shifting Landscape (Alex Clayton Art mysteries)
Kovacic, Katherine
Art dealer Alex Clayton travels to Victoria’s Western District to value the McMillan family’s collection. At their historic sheep station, she finds an important and previously unknown colonial painting – and a family fraught with tension. There are arguments about the future of the property and its place in an ancient and highly significant indigenous landscape. When the family patriarch dies under mysterious circumstances and the painting is stolen, Alex decides to leave; then a toddler disappears, and Alex’s faithful dog Hogarth goes missing. With fears rising for the safety of both child and hound, Alex and her best friend John, who has been drawn into the mystery, join searchers scouring the countryside. But her attempts to unravel the McMillan family secrets have put Alex in danger, and she’s not the only one. Will the killer claim another victim? Or will the landscape reveal its mysteries to Alex, in time? We’ve had some excellent customer feedback for this Australian ‘art crime’ series; which begins with The Portrait of Molly Dean (TP, $24.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Buried (Jack Warr series)
La Plante, Lynda
Jack Warr is a young DC with the Metropolitan Police. Charming but aimless, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down. In the aftermath of a fire at a derelict cottage, a badly-charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remnants of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes – the hidden legacy of Dolly Rawlins and her gang of Widows. Jack’s assignment to the case coincides with an investigation into his own past. As he searches for the truth about his identity, Jack finds himself increasingly drawn into a murky underworld of corruption, and crime. Those millions have not been forgotten – and Jack will stop at nothing, to find the truth. The first in a new series.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Gilded Cage
Lackberg, Camilla
People would kill to have Faye Adelheim’s life. She lives in an ultra-swanky apartment in the most exclusive area of Stockholm; she has a gorgeous husband who gives her everything she’s ever wanted; and she has an adorable daughter who lights up her world. Faye’s life is perfect. So, how is it, then, that she now finds herself in a police station? The truth is that Faye’s life is far from what it seems. The truth is that Faye isn’t even her real name. And, now, she’s been caught out. There’s no way she’s going to go down without a fight. The only question is – who will escape with their life?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Girl Who Lived Twice (Millennium series)
Lagercrantz, David
Lisbeth Salander’s mentor and protector Holger Palmgren is dead, and she has been gone from Stockholm, since his funeral. All summer, Mikael Blomkvist has been plagued by the fear that Salander’s enemies will come after her. He should, perhaps, be more concerned for himself. In the pocket of an unidentified homeless man, who died with the name of a Swedish government minister on his lips, the police find a list of telephone numbers. Among them, the contact for Millennium magazine and the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Following the scorched trail of her twin sister Camilla to Moscow, Salander nevertheless continues to watch over her old friend. Soon Blomkvist will need her help. But first, she has an old score to settle; and fresh outrage to avenge.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Smiley collection)
le Carré, John
Alec Leamas, a tired, worn out British spymaster, has retired. His boss, however, believes he has one last job in him; and sends him to East Germany to spread false information about a powerful East German intelligence officer. Can Agent Leamas end his career of espionage and, finally, come in from the cold… or will the opportunity, to take revenge on old enemies, prove irresistible?
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Smiley collection)
le Carré, John
George Smiley faces a remarkable challenge: a mole who has burrowed his way in and up to the highest level of British Intelligence.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Smiley’s People (Smiley collection)
le Carré, John
A phone call drags the acting chief of the Circus back to active service. But only to bury a case, not to solve it…
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Looking Glass War (Smiley collection)
le Carré, John
A department of ageing British spies will break any rule for the glory of launching a secret agent into communist East Germany, in the fourth novel featuring George Smiley.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Honourable Schoolboy (Smiley collection)
le Carré, John
George Smiley, now chief of the battered British Secret Service, seeks revenge for the betrayals of a Soviet double agent.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Feral Detective
Lethem, Jonathan
Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist – a laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer – to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble – caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe’s trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Time Without Clocks (Text Classics)
Lindsay, Joan
Neither the kitchen clock nor the figured squares of the calendar could measure our first golden summers at Mulberry Hill. They were the timeless, clockless summers of a dream. Joan Lindsay’s charming and evocative autobiography tells the story of her marriage to Sir Daryl Lindsay, of their life in Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s, of their travels, and above all the gentle world of Mulberry Hill, a house without clocks. Revealed in this delightful reminiscence is Lindsay’s fascination with the ambiguities of time, seen by some as the key to the mysteries of her masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Literary memoir (reissue) | PBK | $12.99

Robert B Parker’s Blood Feud (Sunny Randall series)
Lupica, Mike
Sunny Randall is ‘on’ again with Richie – the ex-husband she never stopped loving, and never seemed to be able to let go… despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family’s business, as she searches for answers and tries to stave off a mob war. But as the bullets start flying in Boston’s mean streets, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal, than she could have anticipated…
Hardboiled | PBK | $22.99

Conan Doyle’s Wide World: Sherlock Holmes and Beyond
Lycett, Andrew
Arthur Conan Doyle was not simply the creator of the world’s greatest detective; he was also an intrepid traveller and extraordinary travel writer. His descriptions of his journeys and adventures – which took him to the Arctic and the Alps, throughout Africa, Australia and North America, and across every ocean in between – are full of insight, humour and exceptional evocations of place. Until now, these captivating travelogues have never been gathered together. In this ground-breaking book, Andrew Lycett, Conan Doyle’s celebrated biographer, collects and annotates the best of his writings from around the world, which illuminate not just the places he visited, but the man, himself.
Mystery reference/Travelogue | HC | $39.99

Bitter Brew (Savannah Reid mysteries 24)
McKevett, G A
Savannah is shaken to the core, when coroner Dr Jennifer Liu appears on her doorstep, late one night, and admits to fudging an autopsy report to keep her friend Brianne’s suicide a secret – fulfilling a final promise, made before the terminally-ill woman administered a lethal drug cocktail. But after Dr Liu finds the same unique mixture in a second body, she fears the deaths share a dark connection… Apprehensive about concealing a felony, Savannah and the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency launch a discreet investigation into Brianne’s rare condition, and the deadly concoction linking the two bodies. As chilling evidence points to an undeniable case of double murder, Savannah only hopes that, like Dr Liu, her desire to help a friend won’t put her reputation at risk – or, worse, land her on the next slab…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Chain
McKinty, Adrian
Victim. Kidnapper. Criminal. You will become each one. The morning starts like any other. Rachel Klein drops her daughter, Kylie, at the bus stop and heads into her day. But then a phone call changes everything. A woman has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will ever see her again, is if she pays a ransom – and kidnaps another child. The caller is a mother herself, whose son has also been abducted, and if Rachel doesn’t do exactly as she’s told, both children will die. Rachel is, now, part of a terrifying scheme – The Chain. The rules are simple: find the money, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just 24 hours ago. Rachel is an ordinary woman, but over the coming days she will be pushed beyond ordinary limits to save her daughter. What the anonymous masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. But what they don’t know is that they may have met their match. Can Rachel be the one person to, finally, break The Chain? McKinty fans seem to have forgiven him, for this not being a new Sean Duffy novel, as there has been some great customer feedback for this.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Glass Hotel
Mandel, Emily St John
Vincent is the beautiful bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: ‘Why don’t you swallow broken glass.’ Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. An extraordinary novel from the award-winning author of one of Ron’s faves, Station Eleven (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Lost Jewels
Manning, Kirsty
In the summer of 1912, a workman’s pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, London, uncovering a cache of unimaginably valuable treasure that quickly disappears, again. Present day. When respected jewellery historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she’s on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. As Kate peels back layers of concealment and deception, she is forced to explore long-buried secrets concerning Essie, her great-grandmother, and her life in Edwardian London. Soon, Kate’s past and present threaten to collide and the truths about her family lie waiting to be revealed. Inspired by a true story.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Mina, Denise
It’s just a normal morning, when Anna’s husband announces that he’s leaving her for her best friend and taking their two daughters with him. With her safe, comfortable world shattered, Anna distracts herself with someone else’s story: a true-crime podcast. That is until she recognises the name of one of the victims and becomes convinced that only she knows what really happened. With nothing left to lose, she throws herself into investigating the case. But little does she know, Anna’s past and present lives are about to collide, sending everything she has worked, so hard, to achieve into freefall. ‘Such a delight: playful, fast paced, and entirely compulsive’ – Ann Cleeves. The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Kilo: Life and Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels
Muse, Toby
In this ground-breaking and utterly compelling book, Toby Muse draws on 15 years of reporting on the drug war in Colombia, giving readers unprecedented access to the entire cocaine supply chain. Join the deadly journey of cocaine, from farmer to kingpin. Meet Jose. Jose doesn’t see himself as a criminal. He’s just a farmer growing a crop he won’t lose money on: coca. This is Fabian. Fabian calls himself a freedom fighter. But wars cost money. And transporting drugs is the fastest way to raise cash. Tomas runs a factory. But this factory is hidden deep in the jungle, and the product is cocaine. And, finally, here is Alex. Alex decides where the drug goes next: into Europe or the US. And he wields the power of life and death over everyone around him. In Kilo, Toby Muse takes us deep into the mechanism of the drug trade, following a kilo of cocaine as it travels by land and sea, to its final destination. On the way, we will meet drug lords, contract killers, drug mules, and submarine pilots, all of whom are trying to get ahead in the best way they know how. If you want to understand how the drug trade became a multi-billion-pound industry whose influence is felt all over the world, then read Muse’s devastating account of the innermost workings of an economic miracle, a killer of millions: cocaine.
True crime | TP | $35.00

Murder at the Mena House (Jane Wunderly mysteries)
Neubauer, Erica Ruth
Egypt, 1926. Well-heeled travellers from around the world flock to the Mena House Hotel – an exotic gem in the heart of Cairo where cocktails flow, adventure dispels the aftershocks of World War I, and deadly dangers wait in the shadows… Fiercely-independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she won’t be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt Millie’s best efforts at meddling with her love life, the young widow would rather gaze at the Great Pyramids of Giza than into the eyes of a dashing stranger. Yet, Jane’s plans to remain cool and indifferent become ancient history in the company of Mr Redvers, a roguish banker she can’t quite figure out… While the Mena House has its share of charming guests, Anna Stainton isn’t one of them. The beautiful socialite makes it clear that she won’t share the spotlight with anyone – especially Jane. But Jane soon becomes the centre of attention, when she’s the one standing over her unintentional rival’s dead body. Now, with her innocence at stake in a foreign country, Jane must determine who can be trusted, and who had motive to commit a brutal murder. Between Aunt Millie’s unusual new acquaintances, a smarmy playboy with an off-putting smile, and the enigmatic Mr Redvers, someone has too many secrets. Can Jane excavate the horrible truth, before her future falls to ruin in Cairo… and the body count rises like the desert heat?
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

The King’s Beast (Mysteries of Colonial America)
Pattison, Eliot
When Duncan McCallum is asked by Benjamin Franklin to retrieve an astonishing cache of fossils from the Kentucky wilderness, his excitement as a naturalist blinds him to his treacherous path. But as murderers stalk him, Duncan discovers that the fossils of this American incognitum are not nearly as mysterious, as the political intrigue driving his mission. The Sons of Liberty insist, without explaining why, that the only way to keep the king from pursuing a bloody war with America is for Duncan to secretly deliver the fossils to Franklin, in London. His journey becomes a maze of deceit and violence, as he seeks the cryptic link between the bones and the king. Every layer that Duncan peels away invites new treachery by those obsessed with crushing American dissent. With each attempt on his life, Duncan questions the meaning of the liberty he and the Sons seek. His last desperate hope for survival, and the rescue of his aged, native friend, Conawago – imprisoned, in Bedlam – requires the help of freed slaves, an aristocratic maiden, a band of street urchins, and the gods of his tribal allies.
Historical mystery | TP | $39.95

Death Sentences: Stories of Deathly Books, Murderous Booksellers and Lethal Literature (anthology)
Penzler, Otto (editor)
An anthology of original short stories about deadly books, from the world’s best crime writers. Sigmund Freud deals with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronts a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin with a fatal weakness for rare books; deadly secrets deep in the London Library: who knew literature could be so lethal? Here are 15 short stories to die for, from the world’s best crime writers. With an introduction by Ian Rankin, Death Sentences includes original, specially-commissioned stories about deadly books from: Jeffrey Deaver, Andrew Taylor, Laura Lippman, C J Box, Anne Perry, Ken Bruen, Thomas H Cook, Mickey Spillane and Max Adam Collins, Nelson DeMille, and John Connolly. A reissue of the 2014 anthology.
Mystery anthology (reissue) | TP | $27.99

The Serpent’s Mark (Nicholas Shelby series)
Perry, S W
London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth, herself. With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a sinister world of zealots, charlatans, and dangerous fanatics… Nicholas Shelby’s first appearance is in The Angel’s Mark (PBK, $19.99). Regulars have loved this Tudor intrigue.
Historical suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Lure
Picano, Felice
Noel Cummings’ life is about to change irrevocably. After witnessing a brutal murder, Noel is recruited to assist the police – by acting as the lure for a killer who has been targeting gay men. Undercover, Noel moves deeper and deeper into the dark side of Manhattan’s gay life that stirs his own secret desires… until he forgets he is only playing a role. First published in 1979, The Lure rocketed Picano to commercial literary fame. With its nail-biting plot, and masterful suspense this gay thriller has lost none of its razor’s edge today; and its depiction of the underground New York scene has never been timelier.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Shadow
Raabe, Melanie
‘On February 11, you will kill a man called Arthur Grimm. Of your own free will. And for a good reason.’ Norah has just moved from Berlin to Vienna in order to leave her old life behind her for good, when a homeless woman spits these words at her. Norah is unnerved – many years earlier, something terrible happened to her on February 11. She shrugs this off as a mere coincidence, however; until, shortly afterwards, she meets a man called Arthur Grimm. Soon, Norah begins to have a dreadful suspicion – does she have a good reason to take revenge on Grimm? What really happened in the worst night of her life, all those years ago? And can Norah make sure that justice is done without herself committing murder?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Conspiracy of Bones
Reichs, Kathy
It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations – when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her. An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions. To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her, and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward, anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade? With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan, and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell; and utilising new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth. But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…
Temperance Brennan | TP | $32.99

Good Girl, Bad Girl (Cyrus Haven series)
Robotham, Michael
The girl with no past… Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now, approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive, and has never revealed her true identity. The boy who survived… Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift – she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth. The first in a new series.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Five: the Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Rubenhold, Hallie
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses, and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous, than any of these five women. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.
True historical crime | PBK | $19.99

Masked Prey (Lucas Davenport series)
Sandford, John
The daughter of a US Senator is monitoring her social media presence, when she finds a picture of herself on a strange blog. And there are other pictures… of the children of other influential Washington politicians, walking or standing outside their schools, each identified by name. Surrounding the photos are texts of vicious political rants from a motley variety of radical groups. It’s obviously alarming – is there an unstable extremist tracking the loved ones of powerful politicians with deadly intent? But when the FBI is called in, there isn’t much the feds can do. The anonymous photographer can’t be pinned down to one location or IP address; and, more importantly – at least, to the paper-processing bureaucrats – no crime has actually been committed. With nowhere else to turn, influential Senators decide to call in someone, who can operate outside the FBI’s constraints: Lucas Davenport.
Thriller | HC | $57.95

The Body in the Garden (Lily Adler mysteries 01)
Schellman, Katharine
London 1815. Newly-widowed Lily Adler returns to a society that frowns on independent women; but she’s no stranger to the glittering world of London’s upper crust. She’s back in town and eager to have a renaissance with friends, particularly with Lady Serena Walter – from their school days – determined to create a meaningful life for herself, even without a husband. She expects scandal, gossip, and secrets. What she doesn’t expect – as she’s visiting Lady Walter – is a dead man, lying in her garden. The first in a series.
Historical mystery | HC | $46.99

Finding Clara
Scott, Anika
1946. The ruins of Essen, Germany. A place that can’t quite believe the Second World War has been lost. There’s Clara. Once a wartime icon and heiress to the Falkenberg iron works, she now finds herself on the run from the Allied authorities, accused by the zealous Allied occupiers of complicity in her father’s war crimes. There’s Jakob. A charming, black-marketeer, badly wounded in the war but determined to help what’s left of his family survive the peace. There’s Willy. A teenage boy diligently guarding a mine, full of Wehrmacht supplies, his only friend a canary named Gertrud. Convinced the war isn’t over, he refuses to surrender his post. When Clara returns to her hometown, expecting to find her best friend, she finds everything she once knew in ruins. But in war-ravaged Germany, it’s not just the buildings that are scarred: everyone is changed, everyone lives in the wreckage of their own past. To survive, Clara must hide who she is. But to live, she must face up to the truth, of what she’s done.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Stolen Letter (Scottish Bookshop mysteries 05)
Shelton, Paige
Heading back to work, the day after she returns from her European honeymoon, Delaney Nichols is excited to get back to the Cracked Spine. But as she disembarks the bus and hurries toward the shop, she and another woman collide – sending a stack of books, the woman is carrying, to the ground. Delaney’s hapless victim’s name is Mary, and she and Delaney can’t help but notice that they bear an uncanny resemblance to one another. According to Mary, they both also look like the long-beheaded Mary Queen of Scots. Even stranger, Mary believes she is reincarnation of the Scottish queen. But peculiar as Delaney’s doppelganger is, she doesn’t have time to dwell on it: on her arrival to the bookshop, she learns the Edinburgh city council wants to close the Cracked Spine, citing code violations, and she’s determined to stop them. But when Mary’s husband dies, in a car explosion – and Delaney learns he was the very member of city council, who proposed that the city take a closer look at the bookshop’s construction – she starts to wonder if her meeting with Mary wasn’t an accident. Edinburgh has become as filled with intrigue and deception, as any European court, and Delaney is determined to get to the bottom of this royal mystery.
Mystery | HC | $39.99

Maigret and Monsieur Charles
Simenon, Georges
When an elegant but nervous woman appears in Inspector Maigret’s office and reports her rich and successful husband missing, Maigret and Lapointe find themselves on the trail of a man leading a double life: a prominent Parisian solicitor, by day; a playboy known as ‘Monsieur Charles’, by night. The last novel in Simenon’s celebrated detective series.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

The Talented Mr Varg (Detective Varg series)
Smith, Älexander McCall
The Department of Sensitive Crimes, renowned for taking on the most obscure and irrelevant cases, led by Ulf Varg, their best detective, is always prepared to take on an investigation, no matter how complex. So, when Ulf is approached by the girlfriend of Trig Oloffson, who claims her beau (the infamous bad boy of Swedish letters) is being blackmailed, Ulf is determined to help. The case requires all of Ulf’s concentration, but he finds himself distracted by his brother’s questionable politics and meteoric rise within the Moderate Extremist Party, and by his own constant attraction to his married co-worker Anna. When Ulf is then tasked with looking into a group of dealers exporting wolves that seem decidedly domestic, it will require all of his team’s investigative instincts and dogged persistence, to put these matters to bed. The sequel to the wonderful, ‘Scandi blanc’ The Department of Sensitive Crimes (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Smith, Michael Farris
The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who’ve held on have little memory, of when that was. Myer, the county’s aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself – when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts – of regret and violence – transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who’s returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more – when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gift of human connection, while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. With broken histories and vagabond hearts, the townsfolk wrestle with the evil in the woods – and the wickedness that lurks, in each and every one of us.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
Susskind, Patrick
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is abandoned on the filthy streets of eighteenth-century Paris, as a baby; but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell – more powerful than any other human’s. Gradually, he learns how to exploit this gift in the art of creating the most sublime perfumes in France. Yet, there is one scent he cannot capture: the scent of an innocent young virgin. In order to perfect his experiments, he must have this final ingredient, at any cost. A cult international bestseller, Perfume is a bewitching, darkly humorous fable of desire, obsession and death.
Historical mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Rules for Perfect Murders
Swanson, Peter
A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie similarity to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels. The deaths lead FBI agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article, titled ‘My Eight Favourite Murders’, and there seems to be a deadly link, between the deaths and his list – which includes Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Can the killer be stopped, before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Containment (Sam Shephard series)
Symon, Vanda
Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana, on the New Zealand coast, when a series of shipping containers wash up on the beach and looting begins. Detective Constable Sam Shephard experiences the desperation of the scavengers, first hand, and ends up in an ambulance, nursing her wounds and puzzling over an assault that left her assailant for dead. What appears to be a clear-cut case of a cargo ship running aground, soon takes a more sinister turn when a skull is found in the sand, and the body of a diver is pulled from the sea… a diver, who didn’t die of drowning… As first officer at the scene, Sam is handed the case, much to the displeasure of her superiors; and she must put together an increasingly confusing series of clues, to get to the bottom of a mystery that may still have more victims… Dunedin’s favourite young police officer, Sam Shephard’s first case is Overkill (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Taylor, C L
Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before. Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life. Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards. And Alice is being stalked. None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die. Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Murder on Trinity Place (Gaslight mysteries 22)
Thompson, Victoria
The year of 1899 is drawing to a close. Frank and Sarah Malloy are getting ready to celebrate the New Year at Trinity Church, when they notice Mr Pritchard, a relative of their neighbour’s, behaving oddly and annoying the other revellers. Frank tries to convince Pritchard to return home with them; but the man refuses and Frank loses him in the crowd. The next morning, Sarah and Frank are horrified to learn Pritchard was murdered, sometime in the night; his body left on Trinity Place, the side street near the church.
Historical mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Grasmere Grudge (Lake District mysteries)
Tope, Rebecca
Returning from a much-needed holiday, Persimmon ‘Simmy’ Brown discovers that life in the Lake District is, as ever, far from relaxing. Before she can enjoy the idea of being the future Mrs Chris Henderson, her fiancé discovers the body of his friend, antique dealer Jonathan Woolley – brutally strangled, in a house in Grasmere. Enlisting the help of her friends and amateur detectives Ben and Bonnie, the investigation appears to ask more questions than it answers, as historical grudges against the dead man are revealed. It seems that many people had a reason for wanting him dead. But with Chris’ increasingly evasive and odd behaviour, Simmy begins to wonder if he is more involved in the murder, than he is saying. How can she put her trust in a man, with something to hide?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

To the Lions (Casey Benedict series)
Watt, Holly
A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her. Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, no matter what cost emotionally. Tipped off by an overheard conversation, at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man, whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated. Casey’s determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St-Tropez to the deserts of Libya, and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind. This first in a series is the winner of the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Broken (collection)
Winslow, Don
In six intense novellas connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, In Broken, Winslow creates a world of high-level thieves and lowlife crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving, without headlights, through the dark night on the American criminal highway.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99