Crime & Mystery Catalogue: August 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in August 2016.

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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!

August 2016 includes new books by: Megan Abbott, Donna Andrews, Harry Bingham, Laurie Cass, Carola Dunn, Charles Finch, Robert Gott, Nancy Martin, Mark Pryor… and many others.

 

You Will Know Me
Abbott, Megan
Katie and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star, Devon is the focus of her parents’ lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for her. When a violent hit-and-run accident sends shockwaves through their close-knit community, Katie is immediately concerned for her daughter. She and Eric have worked so hard to protect Devon from anything that might distract or hurt her. That’s what every parent wants for their child, after all. Even if they don’t realise how much you’ve sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you… A mother knows best… doesn’t she?
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat mysteries 03)
Adams, Ellery
There is a hidden garden bordering the grounds of Jane Steward’s book-themed resort – a garden filled with beautiful but deadly plants such as mandrake and nightshade. Tucked away behind ivy-covered walls and accessible only through a single locked door, as described in the pages of Frances Hodges Burnett’s classic novel, the garden is of special interest to Jane’s current group of guests, the Medieval Herbalists. But when one of them turns up dead, Jane must discover whether a member of the group has come to Storyton Hall to celebrate their passion for plant lore or to implement a particularly cruel means for murder. With thousands of books at her disposal, Jane believes that she has the proper materials to solve this deadly problem. If she’s wrong, however, she may lose something far more precious, than the contents of Storyton’s secret library.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

You Were Never Really Here
Ames, Jonathan
Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. So, he hides away, earning a living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. Now, he’s been hired to save the daughter of a New York senator, held captive at a Manhattan brothel. But he’s stumbled into a dangerous web of conspiracy and he’s about to pay the price.
Noir | PBK | $11.99

Tannie Maria and the Satanic Mechanic
Andrew, Sally
Tannie Maria – recipe writer turned crime fighter – has barely had time to return to her cooking and advice column for the local Gazette when she finds herself embroiled in another whodunit: Slimkat the Bushman’s life is being threatened, and Tannie Maria is determined to find out who wants to kill him. The nature reserve beside the Kuruman River has been recognised as ancestral land of the Bushmen, also known as the San people, and a host of greedy parties, including diamond miners and cattle companies, are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them from claiming it. Adding to the mix, Tannie Maria is also trying to overcome her own hang-ups in love with her boyfriend, the rugged detective Lieutenant Henk Kannymeyer, and – for the first time in her life – to go on a diet… The sequel to the first Tannie Maria mystery: Recipes for Love and Murder (TP, $29.99). Recommended.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Die Like an Eagle
Andrews, Donna
Meg is Team Mom and Michael is coach of their twin sons’ youth baseball team, the Caerphilly Eagles. Meg tangles with Biff Brown, the petty, vindictive league head. On opening day, Biff’s lookalike brother is found dead – in the porta-potty at the ball field. So many people think Biff’s scum that it would be easy to blame him, but he has an alibi – and Meg suspects he may actually have been the intended victim. The previous Meg Langslow mystery, Lord of the Wings, is now available in paperback ($19.95).
Meg Langslow | HC | $47.95

Toward the Golden Age: The Stories that Turned Crime to Gold
Ashley, Mike (editor)
An intriguing compilation of crime fiction from 1905 to 1921, which includes G K Chesterton’s ‘The Blue Cross’, ‘The Ninescore Mystery’ by Baroness Orczy, Mary Roberts Rinehart’s ‘The Papered Door’, plus twelve other tales.
Classic mystery | PBK | $22.95

The English Teacher
Atir, Yiftach Reicher
After attending her father’s funeral, former Mossad agent Rachel Goldschmitt empties her bank account and disappears. But when she makes a cryptic phone call to her former handler, Ehud, the Mossad sends him to track her down. Finding no leads, he must retrace her career as a spy to figure out why she abandoned Mossad – before she can do any damage to Israel.
Thriller | TP | $31.95

Cyanide Games
Beasley, Richard
How far would you go, to save a friend? When Melissa Cheung’s husband is arrested in China for corruption, her first call is to Peter Tanner. As a criminal defence barrister, Tanner often crosses paths with some of the most evil, but wealthy, members of the nation’s underbelly. Melissa’s phone call takes Tanner away from drug dealers and crooked property developers, into the highest end of corporate corruption – mining companies trying to cover up environmental disasters and families at the top of the rich list… who think they’re above the law. As he pursues those who had Cheung incarcerated, Tanner unearths cover-up after cover-up, putting his life and those of others in danger as he tries to bring the perpetrators to justice. A tough, gritty, legal thriller – from the author of Hell Has Harbour Views. Heaps of fun!
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Man in the Corner
Besser, Nathan
When David’s wife confesses that she was once a prostitute, the revelation doesn’t disturb him – he considers it simply an error of youth. But the following night, David collapses from a rare brain disease and, within a few months, his world is turned upside down. It was a perfectly acceptable life – successful business, happy marriage, two children. Why then has David involved himself in an identity-theft crime worth millions of dollars? Why is he taking instructions from the oddly-eloquent, handsome criminal, Ben Strbic? David can’t quite understand the sequence of events that has led him here, only that he must continue, to the very end. The debut novel from a new Australian author.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths series)
Bingham, Harry
The first in this excellent, quirky series is Talking to the Dead (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Daisy in Chains
Bolton, Sharon
He’s a serial killer. A murderer of young women, all killed in brutal attacks. But despite his conviction, he’s always stuck to his story – he’s innocent and he’s been wrongly imprisoned. And, now, he wants someone to investigate, and more importantly, to write his story. At first, Maggie – a barrister and true-crime writer – is reluctant to even acknowledge his requests, ignoring his letters. But this is a very charismatic and persuasive man, good-looking and intelligent. Eventually, even she can’t resist his lure…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dead in a Flash (Family History mysteries 04)
Bonner, Brynn
It’s not just politics, as usual, when genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier are hired to create scrapbook tributes for a former North Carolina senator’s intricate family heritage and illustrious career. Sifting through the ashes of his past, they discover his baby brother perished in a suspicious fire that burned down his childhood home. Still saddened by his late parents’ steadfast conviction – against all evidence to the contrary – that the fire was cover for a kidnapping, the senator wants this rumour put to rest once and for all. So with only snapshots of the evidence, Soph and Esme are determined to smother all speculation about the decades-old tragedy. The party lines are drawn when a shocking present-day murder turns up new candidates for the crime – including some suspects from the senator’s inner circle. Are the sleuthing scrapbookers trying to pin down a killer as adept at making laws as breaking them?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Without Trace
Booker, Simon
For four long years, journalist Morgan Vine has campaigned for the release of her childhood sweetheart, Danny Kilcannon – convicted, on dubious evidence, of murdering his 14-year-old stepdaughter. When a key witness recants, Danny is released from prison. With nowhere else to go, he relies on single mum Morgan and her teenage daughter, Lissa. But then Lissa goes missing.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Malice at the Palace (Royal Spyness mysteries 09)
Bowen, Rhys
While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am, therefore, relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen – especially one that includes lodging. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumours about George’s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn’t so simple. George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost, only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George’s mistresses…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Death Among the Doilies (Cora Crafts mysteries 01)
Bryan, Mollie Cox
Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting friend Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur, Cora Chevalier, has no time for distractions. Especially rumours about the murder of a local school librarian… But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Pitying of Doves (Birder Murder mysteries)
Burrows, Steve
Why would a killer ignore expensive jewellery and take a pair of turtledoves as the only bounty? This is only one of the questions that piques Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune’s interest after a senior attaché, with the Mexican Consulate, is found murdered alongside the director of a local bird sanctuary. The fact that the director’s death has opened up a full-time research position hasn’t eluded Jejeune either. Could this be his escape from policing? Jejeune knows he owes it to the victims to solve the case. But a trail that weaves from embittered aviary owners to suspicious bird sculptors only seems to be leading him farther from the truth. With two careers hanging in the balance, the stakes have never been higher for Inspector Jejeune.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Blade of Light (Montalbano series)
Camilleri, Andrea
While investigating the assault and robbery of a wealthy merchant’s young wife, stolen works of art and a search for arms traffickers, which takes a tragic turn, Inspector Montalbano falls under the charms of a beautiful gallery owner, threatening his long-time relationship with Livia.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

For All the Gold in the World
Carlotto, Massimo
One of the many robberies that plague Northeast Italy goes wrong and ends with a brutal murder. The police investigation turns up nothing. Two years later, Marco Buratti, alias ‘the Alligator’, is asked to look into the crime and find out who was responsible. Buratti’s employer is young, the youngest client he has ever had; he is only twelve years old and is the son of one of the victims. The Alligator realises right from the start that the truth is cloaked, twisted, shocking. Together with his associates, Beniamino Rossini and Max the Memory, he finds himself mixed up in a story involving contraband gold and blood vendettas between criminal gangs.
Noir | PBK | $24.99

I Am Death (Robert Hunter series)
Carter, Chris
Seven days after being abducted, the body of a twenty-year-old woman is found on a green patch of grass by the Los Angeles International Airport. She has been left with her limbs stretched out and spread apart, placing her in a five-point human star. The autopsy reveals that she had been tortured and murdered in a most bizarre way. But the surprises don’t end there. This killer likes to play, and he left a note, lodged inside his victim’s throat. Detective Robert Hunter, who leads LAPD’s Special Section, Ultra-Violent Unit, is assigned the case. But almost immediately a second body turns up. Hunter knows he has to be quick. Surrounded by new challenges as every day passes, Detective Hunter finds himself chasing a monster. A predator, whose past hides a terrible secret, whose desire to hurt people and thirst for murder can never be quenched – for he is Death.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Cat With A Clue (Bookmobile Cat mysteries 05)
Cass, Laurie
Early one morning while shelving books in the library, Minnie stumbles upon a dead body. Authorities identify the woman as an out-of-towner visiting Chilson for her great-aunt’s funeral. What she was doing in the library, after hours, is anyone’s guess… but Minnie and Eddie are determined to save the library’s reputation and catch a killer. As rumours about the victim circulate through Chilson, the police are in a bind over a streak of baffling break-ins. Luckily, Minnie and Eddie are traveling the county in their bookmobile, and they’ll stop at nothing to find the spineless killer before the final page is turned on someone else.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Dead Man’s Blues
Celestin, Ray
Chicago, 1928. Al Capone runs the city, but cracks in his rule are starting to show… In the heavy summer heat, a series of shocking events takes place. A group poisoned in a swanky hotel. A rich white man found dead in a down-and-out neighbourhood he should never have been in. A socialite, known across the city, vanished without trace. Could these events be connected? Is someone trying to bring down Al Capone? Ida and Michael at Pinkerton Detective Agency; Jacob, a police photographer with a personal vendetta; and Dante, working on behalf of Capone himself, are all trying to find answers in the city of jazz, dancing and corruption.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

All You Need Is Fudge (Candy-Coated mysteries 05)
Coco, Nancy
The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out all the stops – making chocolate centrepieces for the occasion. Unfortunately, she and her bichonpoo, Mal, also pull a dead body from the murky waters of the marina. When Allie’s boyfriend’s sister becomes the prime suspect, Allie dives into investigating the murder herself. Amid bitter feuds and hushed-up scandals, the courageous candy-maker quickly gets in over her head. Someone is trying to fudge the facts to keep a secret, worth killing for…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Robert B Parker’s The Devil Wins
Coleman, Reed Farrel
In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building, in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man’s, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration, twenty-five years earlier. Not only does that crime predate Jesse Stone’s arrival in Paradise, but the dead girls were close friends of Jesse’s right hand, Officer Molly Crane. And things become even more complicated – when one of the dead girls’ mothers returns to Paradise to bury her daughter and is promptly murdered. It’s up to police chief Jesse Stone to pull away the veil of the past to see how all these murders are connected…
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Crossing (Harry Bosch series)
Connelly, Michael
Six months ago, Harry Bosch left the LAPD before they could fire him, and then hired maverick Defence Attorney Mickey Haller to sue the department for forcing him out. Although it wasn’t the way he wanted to go, Harry has to admit that being out of the game has its benefits. Until Mickey asks him to help him on one of his cases, and suddenly Harry is back where he belongs, right in the centre of a particularly puzzling murder mystery. The difference is, this time Harry is working for the defence, aiming to prevent the accused, Da’Quan Foster, from being convicted. And not only does the prosecution seem to have a cast-iron case, but having crossed over to ‘the dark side’ – as his former colleagues would put it – Harry is in danger of betraying the very principles he’s lived by, his whole career.
Mystery/thriller | TP | $32.99

I Shot the Buddha (Dr Siri Paiboun series)
Cotterill, Colin
Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result, they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can’t turn down the adventure, and soon he and his friends find themselves running afoul of Lao secret service officers and famous spiritualists. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia. In order to exonerate an innocent man, they will have to figure out who is cloaking terrible misdeeds in religiosity.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

The Time To Kill (Carter Blake series)
Cross, Mason
The sequel to The Killing Season and The Samaritan ($19.99 each). Recommended!
Mystery/thriller | TP | $32.99

Europa Blues (Intercrime series)
Dahl, Arne
A Greek gangster arrives in Stockholm, only to be murdered in a macabre fashion at Skansen zoo, his body consumed by animals. As the Intercrime Unit – a team dedicated to solving international violent crime – investigate what brought him to Sweden, eight Eastern European women vanish from a refugee centre outside the city while an elderly professor, the tattooed numbers on his arm hinting at his terrible past, is executed at the Jewish cemetery. Three cases, one team of detectives and an investigation that will take them across Europe and back through history as they desperately search for answers – and the identities of the killers.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Quiet End (John Corey series)
Demille, Nelson
After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey’s new assignment with the DSG – surveilling Russian diplomats working at the UN Mission – is thought to be ‘a quiet end’, he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI, and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the US government doesn’t: The all-too-real threat of a newly-resurgent Russia…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala (Book Club mysteries 03)
DiSilverio, Laura
Amy-Faye Johnson has her hands full coordinating the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. The festivities start off smoothly, but the weekend is soon cursed with large egos, old resentments, and uninvited guests. Matters become truly grave when a dead body is found at the gothic-themed costume party. The out-of-town authors claim not to know the victim, but Amy-Faye has doubts. With skeletons turning up in all of the suspects’ closets, Amy-Faye and the Readaholics must tap into their knowledge of gothic literature to find a killer who lurks in the shadows…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Herald of Hell (Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan)
Doherty, Paul
May, 1381. The Great Revolt draws ever nearer. The Upright Men openly roam the streets of London, waiting for the violence to begin. Their mysterious envoy, the Herald of Hell, appears at night all over the city, striking terror into the hearts of those who oppose them. But who is he? When his chancery clerk is found hanged – in a notorious Southwark brothel – the ruthless Thibault, John of Gaunt’s Master of Secrets, summons Brother Athelstan to investigate. Did Amaury Whitfield really kill himself following a visit from the terrifying Herald of Hell? Athelstan is unconvinced. In the dead man’s possession was a manuscript containing a great secret which he had been striving to decipher. If he could only unlock the cipher and interpret the messages being carried to the so-called Herald of Hell, Athelstan would be one step closer to catching the killer. But can he crack the code, before the Great Revolt begins?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Superfluous Women
Dunn, Carola
In England in the late 1920s, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, on a convalescent trip to the countryside, goes to visit three old school friends in the area. The three, all unmarried, have recently bought a house together. They are a part of the generation of ‘superfluous women’ – brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects, after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War. Daisy and her husband Alec – Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard – go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy’s friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked, no key to be found. Alec offers to pick the lock, but when he opens the door, what greets them is not a cache of wine, but the stench of a long-dead body…
Daisy Dalrymple | PBK | $19.99

Lie With Me
Durrant, Sabine
It starts with a lie. The kind we’ve all told – to a former acquaintance we can’t quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily-married lawyer, with the kids and the lovely home. And the next thing you know, you’re having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday – swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of… Which turns out to be less than perfect. But, by the time you’re trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you – by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it’s the lies that cause the real damage… well, by then, it could just be too late. This has received some great pre-publication buzz! Durrant’s previous suspense novel: Remember Me This Way has also been released in paperback ($19.99).
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Numero Zero
Eco, Umberto
1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured by local partisans and shot in a summary execution. The precise circumstances of Il Duce’s death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed writer picking up hack work, is offered a fee he can’t refuse to ghost-write a memoir. His subject: a fledgling newspaper, which happens to be financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team of journalists, he learns the paranoid theories of Braggadocio who is convinced that Mussolini’s corpse was a body double and part of a wider Fascist plot.
Fiction | PBK | $22.99

Curious Minds (Knight and Moon series)
Evanovich, Janet & Sutton, Phoef
Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich and (some people might say) handsome. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard. Her assertive (some people might say aggressive), spitfire attitude has helped land a dream job at Blane-Grunwald bank. At least, Riley Moon thinks it’s her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight. The first in a new series.
Romantic suspense | TP | $24.99

Killer Look
Fairstein, Linda
New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well known for its glamour and style. Yet, high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper discovers – when designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, days before the biggest show of his career. When Savage’s daughter insists his death was murder, the case becomes a media sensation. Soon Alex is investigating the family secrets Savage kept so well hidden, just as things are about to get deadly on the catwalk…
Alexandra Cooper | TP | $32.99

Ben the Tramp mysteries
Farjeon, J Jefferson
The entire Ben the Tramp Mystery series has been reissued, with lovely new jackets: Ben on the Job, Ben Sees It Through, Little God Ben, Detective Ben, No 17, The House Opposite, The Murderer’s Trail, and Number 19: Ben’s Last Case.
Classic mysteries | PBK | $19.99 each

Home by Nightfall (Charles Lenox mysteries)
Finch, Charles
A death in the family brings gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox back to the country house where he grew up – just in time to confront an odd, unsettling crime in a nearby village. The first in this wonderful series is A Beautiful Blue Death ($31.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

Guilty Minds (Nick Heller series)
Finder, Joseph
Private spy Nick Heller is the best lie detector you’ll ever meet. Trained in the special forces; tough, smart and stubborn, he’ll do what needs to be done to uncover the truth. He’s been hired to disprove a story about a Supreme Court judge and a high-class call girl who’s just been found dead. Nick has forty-eight hours, before a Washington gossip website runs an expose that could destroy the justice system as we know it. Forty-eight hours to figure out who is lying. Forty-eight hours to solve the murder of an innocent woman. Forty-eight hours to force the power-brokers of Washington to give up their secrets… The truth, when it comes, will shock them all.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Drowned Boy
Fossum, Karin
Carmen and Nicolai found their son, Tommy, floating in their garden pond, but it was too late to save him. Inspector Skarre arrives on the scene, and Carmen says that Tommy, a healthy toddler with Downs’ syndrome, was playing alone and drowned. But an autopsy reveals that Tommy’s lungs are full of soap, prompting Skarre and his trusted colleague Inspector Sejer to revisit the couple. When they return, Carmen, an epileptic, changes her story: she had a seizure while bathing Tommy, came to, and found him dead in the tub. Terrified, she threw him into the pond. But Skarre and Sejer are skeptical. What could Carmen be hiding? And what lengths will she take to cover her guilt?
Inspector Sejer | PBK | $22.99

The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad series)
French, Tana
The first in the Dublin Murder Squad series, In the Woods has been reissued in paperback ($19.99) to coincide with the release of The Trespasser.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Grilling the Subject (Cookbook Nook mysteries 05)
Gerber, Daryl Wood
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and, maybe, even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbours is found the next morning smouldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished. Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbours’ properties – including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now, it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name, before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Ends of the Earth (Wide World trilogy)
Goddard, Robert
Ex-flying ace James ‘Max’ Maxted’s attempt to uncover the secret behind the death of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, has seemingly ended in failure – and his own death. Unaware of Max’s fate, the team continue to pursue their only lead, travelling to Japan in search of a mysterious prisoner held by Sir Henry’s old enemy, Count Tomura. Once there, they encounter former German spymaster, Fritz Lemmer, now rebuilding his spy network in the service of a new, more sinister cause. The quest Max embarked on in Paris will reach its dizzying end at Tomura’s castle in the mountains of Honshu – and the full truth of what occurred, thirty years before, will finally be laid bare…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Serpent’s Sting (William Power mysteries)
Gott, Robert
William Power, actor and sometime private-inquiry agent, has returned from the Northern Territory, shaken, stirred, and generally discombobulated. ‘I survived the tropics with my life and my looks intact, despite the best efforts of the flora, fauna, and Military Intelligence to steal both from me.’ It is late 1942, and in what he believes is a demeaning sideshow to the war, he finds himself playing a pantomime dame. If only this was his only worry, but, as his great hero, Shakespeare, noted, ‘When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions’. Can Will finally overcome his tendency to be the living embodiment of Murphy’s Law?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Leavenworth Case (Detective Club series)
Green, Anna K
When the retired merchant Horatio Leavenworth is found shot dead in his mansion library, suspicion falls on his nieces, Mary and Eleanore, who stand to inherit his vast fortune. Their lawyer, Everett Raymond, infatuated with one of the sisters, is determined that the official investigator – detective, Ebenezer Gryce – widens the inquiry to less obvious suspects. First published in 1878 (and republished by the Detective Story Club in 1928), The Leavenworth Case is the first detective novel written by a woman.
Classic mystery | HC | $29.99

Poisonous Plot
Gregory, Susanna
In 1358, over a century after its foundation in Cambridge, the college of Michaelhouse is facing a serious shortfall of funds and competition from upstart rivals – such as Zachary Hostel. Their problems are made no easier by the hostility of the town’s inhabitants who favour the university moving away to the Fens. This simmering tension threatens to break into violence when a well-known tradesman is found dead in one of the colleges. Matthew Bartholomew knows he was poisoned, but cannot identify the actual substance, never mind the killer. He also worries that other illnesses and deaths may have been caused by the effluent from his sister’s dye works. Torn between loyalties to his kin and to his college, he fears the truth may destroy both his personal and professional life, but he knows he must use his skills as a physician to discover the truth before many more lose their lives entirely.
Matthew Bartholomew | PBK | $19.99

Much Ado About Muffin (Merry Muffin mysteries 04)
Hamilton, Victoria
Opera-singer Roma Toscano may have a crippling case of stage fright, but she certainly is stirring up drama in Autumn Vale, New York, as she prepares for an upcoming performance at Merry’s Wynter Castle. With her flamboyant style and flirtatious personality, Roma attracts fans as well as critics, including the town’s postmistress – and Merry’s bitter foe – Minnie Urqhart. But Roma and Minnie’s heated rivalry goes cold after Merry discovers Minnie dead at the post office. While every clue seems to be another ingredient in the investigation of Roma, Merry thinks the case is half-baked, and she’s eager to get her mitts on the real killer.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Dry
Harper, Jane
Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well… When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. ‘You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country.’ – Michael Robotham. ‘One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read… Read it!’ – David Baldacci.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Governor’s Wife (Michael Kelly series)
Harvey, Michael
It’s been two years, since disgraced Illinois governor Ray Perry disappeared from a federal courthouse in Chicago moments after being sentenced to thirty-eight years in prison on corruption charges. PI Michael Kelly is sitting in his office when he gets an anonymous email offering to pay him nearly a quarter million dollars if he will find Perry, no questions asked. Kelly’s investigation begins with the woman Ray Perry left behind? his wife, Marie. Ostracized by her former friends and hounded by the feds, Marie tells Kelly she has no idea where her husband is. Like everyone else, Kelly doesn’t believe her. As he hunts for her husband, Kelly begins to unwind Marie Perry’s past. What he finds is a woman who turns out to be even more intriguing than her husband, with her own deeply complicated reasons for standing by him. Everyone in Chicago has secrets, including the governor’s wife. Some of them she shared with her husband. Some of them she kept to herself. And some of them could get Michael Kelly killed.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

All the Little Pieces
Hoffman, Jilliane
Faith Saunders is the perfect wife, mother, and community champion – loved and admired by all who know her. One night will change everything. As she drives home in the pouring rain, a dishevelled young woman appears out of nowhere, pleading for help. The isolated stretch of road is dark, and with her daughter, Maggie, asleep in the backseat, Faith refuses to let the stranger in. What she sees next will haunt her forever. When the missing-person posters go up, Faith’s guilt consumes her. And when it turns out Maggie wasn’t asleep that night, her perfect life begins to unravel. Maggie’s testimony leads to an arrest. But Faith is the only one who can identify a second man involved in the woman’s abduction and subsequent murder. She has one chance to convince a jury of what happened. If she fails, two killers will be set free. And they know exactly where to find Faith and her family…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Fifth Column
Hollow, Mike
London, the Blitz: At first glance, the young woman found in the early hours of the morning where bombs have landed is just another casualty of the previous night’s air raid. But when the post mortem shows signs of strangulation, Detective Inspector Jago is called on to investigate. The dead woman is smartly dressed but carries no identification. However, a local engineering company reports a staff member has failed to appear at work that morning and the body is quickly identified as that of Miss Mary Watkins. DI Jago’s initial interviews yield little fruit; no one can think of a reason why Mary would be murdered. But as the investigation continues DI Jago begins to uncover a trail of deception and betrayal.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Clock and Dagger (Clock Shop mysteries 02)
Holmes, Julianne
Ruth has three days to pull off four events – including the grand reopening of Cog & Sprocket, the clock shop she inherited from her grandfather – so she doesn’t have time for Beckett Green’s nonsense. The competitive owner of a new bookstore, Green seems determined to put other businesses out of business by also carrying their specialty items. He’s trying to steal Ruth’s new watchmaker, Mark Pine, not to mention block her plans to renovate the town clock tower. Ruth is already all wound up when she’s alarmed to discover Mark’s dead body. As the denizens of Orchard each chime in as to who they think the murderer is, Ruth needs to watch her back as she investigates on her own. Despite the danger, Ruth won’t stop until the killer is behind bars and serving time…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Love You Dead (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy; it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder. That takes real skill. But, hey, practice makes perfect… Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors; his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights; there have been major developments with his missing wife, Sandy; and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a black widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind… and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter (Tara Holloway mysteries 10)
Kelly, Diane
When Tara agreed to be her best friend’s maid of honour, she knew it would be a ton of work. But planning a bachelorette party is a piece of (wedding) cake compared to her latest mission for the IRS. Her target is radio host Florence ‘Flo’ Cash, star of The Flo Cash Cash Flow Show. Not only has Flo been giving her listeners shady tax advice, she’s set up an elaborate barter system that leaves Uncle Sam out of the equation – and Tara tied in knots… While Flo flouts the IRS at every turn, Tara has yet another case to tackle: a catfishing Casanova who’s relieved several lonely ladies of their cash, credit cards, and dignity. When her best friend’s big day arrives, it’s all Tara can do to keep from crying uncle. But when Tara snatches the bridal bouquet and her boyfriend Nick catches the satin garter, could Tara’s days of filing single tax returns be over?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Dear Mr M
Koch, Herman
Once a celebrated writer, M’s greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life, unsolved disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with a stunning pupil. Upon publication, M’s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough. That was years ago, and now M’s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbour who keeps a close eye on him…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Novels: Volume 1
Le Carré, John
A box-set of John le Carré’s exceptional and thrilling first five novels, collected together, by Penguin Modern Classics, for the first time: Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, and A Small Town in Germany.
Suspense | PBK | $100.00

Four Later Novels
Leonard, Elmore
A Library of America collection of Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Out of Sight, and Tishomingo Blues.
Mystery | HC | $75.00

A Good Killing (Anna Curtis series)
Leotta, Allison
Newly single, after calling off her wedding, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis is summoned home to Michigan when her old high school coach – a hometown hero – is killed in a fiery car crash. But Anna isn’t there to prosecute a crime; she’s home to support her innocent sister Jody, who has been wrongfully accused of the coach’s murder. But maybe Jody isn’t so innocent, after all? The police are convinced that Jody was having an affair with the married coach and killed him out of jealousy. As Anna investigates with the help of her childhood friend, Cooper Bolden – an Afghan War veteran with a secret of his own – she slowly peels back the facade of her all-American hometown and discovers that no one is telling the truth about the coach, not even the people she thought she knew best. When the town rallies against them, threatening not just Jody’s liberty but both sisters’ lives, Anna resolves to do everything she can to save her sister and defend the only family she has left.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

I Was Jack Mortimer
Lernet-Holenia, Alexander
A taxi driver, in 1930s’ Vienna, impersonates a murder victim – with unsettling consequences… A man climbs into Ferdinand Sponer’s cab, gives the name of a hotel, and before he reaches it has been murdered: shot through the throat. And though Sponer has so far committed no crime, he is drawn into the late Jack Mortimer’s life, and might not be able to escape its tangles and intrigues, before it is too late… Twice filmed, I Was Jack Mortimer is a tale of misappropriated identity; as darkly captivating and twisting, as the books of Patricia Highsmith.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Wilde Lake
Lippman, Laura
Luisa ‘Lu’ Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney representing suburban Maryland – including the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. She’s going to play it smart to win this case – and win big – cementing her political future. But her intensive preparation for trial unexpectedly dredges up painful recollections of another crime – the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Justice was done. Or was it? Did the events of 1980 happen as she remembers them? She was only a child then. What details didn’t she know? As she plunges deeper into the past, Lu is forced to face a troubling reality. The legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when she realizes that, for the first time, she doesn’t want to know the whole truth?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Assassins
Lynds, Gayle
Six, top, international assassins are locked in a battle to the death.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

In the Cold Dark Ground
MacBride, Stuart
Sergeant Logan McRae is in trouble… His missing-persons investigation has just turned up a body in the woods – naked, hands tied behind its back, and a bin bag duct-taped over its head. The Major Investigation Team charges up from Aberdeen, under the beady eye of Logan’s ex-boss Detective Chief Inspector Steel. And, as usual, she wants him to do her job for her. But it’s not going to be easy: a new Superintendent is on her way up from the Serious Organised Crime Task Force, hell-bent on making Logan’s life miserable; Professional Standards are gunning for Steel; and Wee Hamish Mowat, head of Aberdeen’s criminal underbelly, is dying – leaving rival gangs from all over the UK eying his territory. There’s a war brewing and Logan’s trapped right in the middle, whether he likes it, or not.
Logan McRae | PBK | $19.99

For Those Who Know the Ending
Mackay, Malcolm
Usman Kassar is comfortable in his older brother’s shadow, for now. Staying off the radars of the big players lets him plan big scores with little danger of detection. But dangerous jobs will get you noticed, whether you want them to or not. Martin Sivok is a gunman without a target. An outsider in a new city who doesn’t know how to make a fresh start. But when you desperately need doors to start opening, someone like Usman might just persuade you to pull at the wrong handle – like the one that opens a safe full of dirty money. Dirty money that the Jamieson organization, one of the most dangerous criminal outfits in town, wants back…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

I See You
MacKintosh, Clare
When Zoe Walker sees her photo, in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address, and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone, who looks like Zoe. But the next day, the advert shows a photo of a different woman; and another, the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Associates of Sherlock Holmes
Mann, George (editor)
For the very first time, famous associates of the Great Detective clients, colleagues and, of course, villains tell their own stories in this collection of brand-new adventures. Follow Inspector Lestrade, as he and Sherlock Holmes pursue a killer to rival Jack the Ripper; sit with Mycroft Holmes, as he solves a case from the comfort of the Diogenes Club; take a drink with Irene Adler and Dr Watson in a Parisian cafe; and join Colonel Sebastian Moran, on the hunt for a supposedly mythical creature…
Sherlockiana | TP | $29.95

Adam’s Rib (Rocco Schiavone series)
Manzini, Antonio
The sequel to Black Run (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Signal for Vengeance (Inspector Colbeck series)
Marston, Edward
1860, Wimborne, Dorset. Rebecca Tullidge, miserably married to her callous husband, finds some escape through a love affair with another man. After putting her drunk husband to bed one Saturday night, she sneaks from their lodge to meet railway officer, John Bedloe. But much to her horror, she trips over her lover’s corpse on the railway tracks. The railway director calls Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming in from London to solve the hideous crime. As the pair arrives in the countryside, they find there is no shortage of difficult personalities and conflicting alibis, making the mystery much harder to unravel.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything (Miss Ruffles mysteries 01)
Martin, Nancy
Rich and flamboyant Honeybelle Hensley, the most colourful character in Mule Stop, Texas, dies a suspicious death and enrages the whole town by leaving her worldly fortune to the most undeserving recipient – her dog. The incorrigible Miss Ruffles is a Texas Cattle Cur, not a cuddly lapdog, and when Honeybelle was alive, Miss Ruffles liked nothing better than digging up Honeybelle’s famous rose garden after breakfast, chasing off the UPS man before lunch and terrorising the many gentleman callers who came knocking at cocktail hour. But now Miss Ruffles is in danger, and it’s up to Sunny McKillip, the unwilling dog-sitter, to keep her safe.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley
Massey, Jeremy
Paddy Buckley is a grieving widower who has worked for years for Gallagher’s, a long-established funeral company – some say the best – in Dublin. One night while he is driving home, after an unexpected encounter with a client, Paddy hits a pedestrian crossing the street. He pulls over and gets out of his car, intending to do the right thing. As he bends over to help the man, he recognises him. It’s Donal Cullen, brother of one of the most notorious mobsters in Dublin. And he’s dead. Shocked and scared, Paddy jumps back in his car and drives away before anyone notices what’s happened. The next morning, the Cullen family calls Gallagher’s to oversee the funeral arrangements. Paddy, to his dismay, is given the task of meeting with the grieving Vincent Cullen, Dublin’s crime boss, and his entourage. When events go awry, Paddy is plunged into an unexpected eddy of intrigue, deceit, and treachery.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Candy Corn Murder (Lucy Stone mysteries 22)
Meier, Leslie
Lucy’s getting very annoyed that her husband Bill and his friend Evan have been working seemingly nonstop on their potentially prize-winning pumpkin catapult. But when the day of the big contest arrives, Evan is nowhere to be found… until a catapulted pumpkin busts open the trunk of the Dodge, revealing a deceased Evan… Bill is on the hook for the Halloween homicide, so Lucy knows she’s got some serious sleuthing to do. With each new lead pointing her in a different direction, Lucy sees that time is quickly running out. If she wants to spook the real killer, she’ll have to step into an old ghost story…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The President’s Shadow (Culper Ring trilogy)
Meltzer, Brad
Beecher White, a humble archivist at the US National Archives by day, has a secret: he belongs to the Culper Ring, a network of spies founded by George Washington during the American Revolution. Over the course of his time working for the Culper Ring, White has discovered countless secrets and saved more lives than he knows – including the President’s. And then, one day, White makes an alarming discovery on the White House grounds: a severed arm buried in the Rose Garden. As he investigates, he realizes it’s a message… one that may have dire repercussions for the President. But that’s not all – the message also turns Beecher’s personal life upside-down, pointing him towards the dark truth about his father’s death.
Thriller | PBK | $29.99

Blood Sister (Flesh & Blood trilogy)
Mitchell, Dreda Say
There are two ways out of Essex Lane Estate, better known as The Devil’s Estate. You make good, or you turn bad. Jen Miller is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother did. She’s waiting to find herself a good job and a decent man. Her younger sister, Tiff, is running errands for a gangster and looking for any opportunity for fun and profit. But she might just be in over her head… The choices you make and the plans you have don’t always turn out like you expect. Especially if you live on The Devil’s Estate. When their paths cross with the unstoppable Dee – a woman with her own agenda – Jen and Tiff will learn that lesson the hard way. At least, they can rely on each other. Can’t they?
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Shutter Man (Balzano & Byrne series)
Montanari, Richard
Your face is a blur to him. But your body still bleeds. The Farren family has been a plague upon Philadelphia’s most dangerous neighbourhood, the Devil’s Pocket, for generations. There, row after row of tumbledown houses hide dark secrets – none darker than Billy, the youngest Farren. Afflicted by a syndrome that means he can’t recognise faces, Billy must use photographs to identify his family – and his victims. And when your life has bled away, he takes a final, gruesome picture for his wall. But what is the meaning of the horrific ritual Billy enacts with every murder? And is there any connection to a childhood event Detective Kevin Byrne has buried so well, it’s hidden even from his former partner Jessica Balzano?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

On The Bone (Inspector Ikmen series)
Nadel, Barbara
In Istanbul – the golden city on the Bosphorus – ancient myths and modern evils are at work… On a buzzing street in the fashionable district of Beyoglu, a young man drops dead. Umit Kavas’ death was natural, but the autopsy betrays a shocking truth: his last meal was human flesh. Under desperate pressure from their superiors, Inspector Cetin Ikmen and his colleague, Mehmet Suleyman, begin their most obscure investigation yet. How did Umit Kavas, apparently a good, liberal man, come to partake in the greatest taboo of all? Did he act alone? And who was his victim? Soon they find themselves embroiled in a dark web of underground worlds: Turkey’s old secular elite, a community of squatters, and a new gastronomy scene breaking every boundary. But where does the truth lie?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Lying In Wait
Nugent, Liz
The last people, who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute, are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don’t plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden. Yet, Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation. While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to fall apart. But Laurence is not as naive as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl’s family may be the undoing of his own.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Crimson Shore (Pendergast series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Special Agent Pendergast and Constance Greene have been called to Exmouth, a small town on the wild Atlantic coast of Massachusetts, to investigate a seemingly innocuous theft. But what they discover at the crime scene changes the course of their investigation: a sealed burial chamber, complete with rusted leg irons, fragments of bone and claw marks on the inside-face of its bricks. Then a historian is found murdered in the desolate salt marshes that surround the town, his face mutilated, his body carved with arcane symbols. Exmouth has a grim history dating back to the aftermath of the Salem witch trials. And now a dark secret, centuries old, is rising to the surface.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Paris Librarian (Hugo Marston series)
Pryor, Mark
Hugo Marston’s friend Paul Rogers dies unexpectedly in a locked room at the American Library in Paris. The police conclude that Rogers died of natural causes, but Hugo is certain mischief is afoot. As he pokes around the library, Hugo discovers that rumours are swirling around some recently donated letters from American actress, Isabelle Severin. The reason: they may indicate that the actress had aided the Resistance in frequent trips to France toward the end of World War II. Even more dramatic is the legend that the Severin collection also contains a dagger, one she used to kill an SS officer in 1944. Hugo delves deeper into the stacks at the American library and finally realizes that the history of this case isn’t what anyone suspected. But to prove he’s right, Hugo must return to the scene of a decades-old crime.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Silence (Inspector Celcius Daly series)
Quinn, Anthony
Father Aloysius Walsh spent the last years of his life painstakingly collecting evidence of a yearlong killing spree, unparalleled savagery that blighted Ireland’s borderlands at the end of the 1970s. Pinned to his bedroom wall, a macabre map charts the grim territory of death – victims, weapons, wounds, dates – and somehow, amid the forest of pins and notes, he had discerned a pattern. So, why did Father Walsh deliberately drive through a cordon of policemen and off the road to his death? Why, when Inspector Celcius Daly arrives at the scene, does he find Special Branch already there? And why is Daly’s mother’s name on the priest’s map?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Scents and Sensibility (Chet and Bernie mysteries 08)
Quinn, Spencer
Private Investigator Bernie Little and his canine companion Chet return home to encounter some alarming developments. First off, Bernie’s wall safe normally hidden behind the waterfall picture in the office is gone, and with it Bernie’s grandfather’s watch, their most valuable possession. And next door, old Mr Parsons is under investigation for being in possession of a saguaro cactus illegally transplanted from the desert. Bernie and Chet go deep into the desert to investigate. Is it possible that such a lovely old couple have a terrible secret in their past? Chet and Bernie discover bad things going on in the wilderness, far worse that cactus smuggling, and all connected to a strange but innocent-seeming desert festival called Cactus Man. They unearth leads that take them back to a long-ago kidnapping that may not have been a kidnapping and threaten a ruthless and charismatic criminal with a cult following, a criminal who sees at once what Chet and Bernie mean to each other and knows how to exploit it.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Falls
Radburn, B Michael
Damaged, but not yet broken, after an ordeal in Tasmania’s wilderness – park ranger Taylor Bridges believes his ghosts are in the past – until a raging forest fire, in an isolated canyon of Eldritch Falls, lays bare the remains of a young woman… and a secret killing ground. After the police enlist Taylor in their investigation, the evidence bizarrely points to Jacob Muller, a deranged preacher, who reigned over The Falls, a century ago. But when a crucial witness disappears, it’s clear there is more to the dark history of The Falls.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Speaking in Bones
Reichs, Kathy
When forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is approached by amateur detective Hazel ‘Lucky’ Strike, at first she is inclined to dismiss the woman’s claims that she’s matched a previously unidentified set of remains with a name. But as the words of a terrified young woman echo ’round her office, from an audio recorder found near where the bones were discovered, something about the story won’t let Tempe go. As Tempe investigates further she finds herself involved in a case more complicated and horrifying than she could ever have imagined.
Temperance Brennan | PBK | $22.99

River of Souls (Alice Quentin series)
Rhodes, Kate
Jude Shelley, the daughter of a prominent cabinet minister, was assaulted and left for dead in the river Thames. Her attacker was never caught. A year later, forensic psychologist Alice Quentin is asked to re-examine the case. Then another body is found: an elderly priest, washed up at Westminster Pier. An ancient glass bead is tied to his wrist. Alice is certain that the Shelleys are hiding something – and that there will be more victims unless she can persuade them to share what they know. The Thames has always been a site of violent sacrifice. And Alice is about to learn that some people still believe in its power…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

An Untimely Frost (Lilly Long series)
Richards, Penny
1881 Chicago: Since the age of eleven, when her mother was murdered, the life of the theatre is all Lilly Long has known. Now twenty-two, she has blossomed into an accomplished Shakespearean actress. But after her innocence – and her savings – are taken from her by a seductive scoundrel, Lilly vows to leave the stage, enter the real world, and save others from a similar fate. Following in the footsteps of the country’s first female detective, Lilly persuades Allan Pinkerton to take her on. The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid (Lennox series)
Russell, Craig
Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps, it’s odd for a private detective to like – even admire – a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked. Amiable, easy-going, well-dressed, with no vices to speak of – well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then in 1950s Glasgow those are practically virtues. And, besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence. It was rumoured to be the police who gave him his nickname – because whenever they caught him, which was not often, he always came quietly. So probably even the police liked him, deep down. Above all, the reason people liked Tommy was that you knew exactly what you were dealing with. Here, everybody realized, was someone who was simply and totally who and what he seemed to be. But when Tommy turns up dead, Lennox and the rest of Glasgow will find out just how wrong they were.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Secrets of Wishtide (Laetitia Rodd mysteries)
Saunders, Kate
Mrs Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, is the widow of an archdeacon. Living in Hampstead with her confidante and landlady, Mrs Bentley, who once let rooms to John Keats, Laetitia makes her living as a highly-discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in the neighbouring village of Highgate with his wife and ten children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence, her iron discretion, and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When Frederick brings to her attention a case involving the son of the well-respected, highly-connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire to take up a position as the family’s new governess – quickly making herself indispensable. But the seemingly simple case – looking into young Charles Calderstone’s ‘inappropriate’ love interest – soon takes a rather unpleasant turn. And as the family’s secrets begin to unfold, Laetitia discovers the Calderstones have more to hide than most… Introducing an irresistible, new detective, this is the first book in a new series.
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

Into The Fire
Scott, Manda
2014: In the French city of Orléans, a man’s charred corpse is found in a burned-out hotel, stripped of all ID. Police captain Inès Picaut must hunt down his killer, before others fall prey to the fire. She has only one clue: the name of a woman, who has been dead for over five hundred years. 1429: Joan of Arc is taking the war to the English. They want her dead, but the only way to reach her is through a fiercely-loyal inner circle – until undercover spy Tomas Rustbeard finally earns her trust.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Why Did You Lie?
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa
A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states, to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea. They have one thing in common: they all lied. And someone is determined to punish them…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon series)
Silva, Daniel
Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible, before he can strike again.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Maigret at the Coroner’s
Simenon, Georges
Maigret and the Old Lady has also reissued.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99 each

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
Smith, Alexander McCall
Business is slow at the agency – so slow in fact that, for the first time in her distinguished career, Mma Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The week of uninterrupted peace is cut short, however, when she meets Samuel, a wayward young boy with a troubled past. Moreover, Mma Ramotswe can’t help but wonder how the agency is faring in her absence. Her worries grow when she discovers that Mma Makutsi is handling a rather delicate case. Ultimately, the situation will require Mma Ramotswe to draw upon her kindness, generosity, and good sense, and will serve to remind them all that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.
Precious Ramotswe | PBK | $19.99

The Cat, the Collector and the Killer (Cats in Trouble mysteries 08)
Sweeney, Leann
Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly-wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She’s in her nightclothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes – and a dead man. Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Revolver
Swierczynski, Duane
Philadelphia 1965: Two street cops – one black, one white – are gunned down, in a robbery gone wrong. The killer is never prosecuted. One of the fallen officers, Stanislaw Walczak, leaves behind a twelve-year-old boy, Jimmy… Philadelphia 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father’s alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, is out of prison. Philadelphia 2015: Jim Walczak’s daughter Audrey, studying forensic science in grad school, reinvestigates her grandfather’s murder, for her dissertation. But the deeper Audrey digs, the more she realises: the man, everyone thinks killed Walczak, didn’t do it
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Cold Kill (Monkeewrench series)
Tracy, P J
The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dragonfish
Tran, Vu
Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler; who’s blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny’s sadistic son, ‘Junior’, and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, as his investigation soon uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind, long ago.
Noir | TP | $31.95

London Rain
Upson, Nicola
London, 1937. Following the gloomy days of the abdication of King Edward VIII, the entire city is elated to welcome King George. Just one of the many planned festivities for the historic coronation is a BBC radio adaptation of Queen of Scots, and the original playwright, Josephine Tey, has been invited to sit in on rehearsals. Soon, however, Josephine gets wrapped up in another sort of drama. The lead actress has been sleeping with Britain’s most venerable newsman, Anthony Beresford – and his humiliated wife happens to work in the building. The sordid affair seems to reach its bloody climax when Beresford is shot to death in his broadcasting booth at the deafening height of the coronation ceremony. Josephine’s friend Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose thinks he has the case wrapped up. But after two more murders, it falls to Josephine to unravel a web of betrayal, jealousy, and long-held secrets, as she herself is caught in a love triangle, of her own.
Josephine Tey mysteries | PBK | $19.99

Silk Stalkings (Material Witness mysteries 03)
Vallere, Diane
The time has come for San Ladron, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell – the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree – is found dead, days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town. To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now, Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Pumpkin Picking With Murder (Otter Lake mysteries 02)
Wallace, Auralee
For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples and pumpkin pies – even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her own romance will have to take a backseat. Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat – and only witness to the elderly Mr Masterson’s swan song – is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty ‘aunt’, Tweety, who quickly becomes the prime suspect. Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder – despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erica and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they heading straight into troubled waters?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Watching Edie
Way, Camilla
Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed. Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget, so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up, when Edie needs her most. Edie or Heather? Heather or Edie? Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Broken Heart (David Raker series)
Weaver, Tim
A previous instalment in the Raker series, The Dead Tracks, is due out in paperback ($22.99), this month, also.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne mysteries)
Wilde, Darcie
The daughter of a baronet and a minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined, after her father abandoned the family. To survive, in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women, who have come to rely on her wit and discretion. So, when aristocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in Almack’s, London’s most exclusive ballroom, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses – and her own former suitor, Devon Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine. Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner, Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death, but the mysteries of her own heart, as well. First in a new series, inspired by the novels of Jane Austen.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter series)
Wilkinson, Kerry
Everyone hates Fiona Methodist. Her war veteran father shot a young couple in broad daylight before killing himself. The engaged pair witnessed a robbery and were due to give evidence, but with all three dead, no one knows the true motive. For Fiona, it’s destroyed her life. It’s not just those who whisper behind her back or the friends who pretend she doesn’t exist; it’s the landlords who spot her name and say no, the job agencies who can’t find her work. But Fiona knows her dad didn’t do it. He couldn’t have, he’s her father and he wouldn’t do that… would he? Private Investigator Andrew Hunter takes pity on the girl and, even with stolen Bengal cats to find, plus an ex-wife who’s not quite so ex, he can’t escape the creeping feeling that Fiona might be right, after all.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99