Crime & Mystery Catalogue: August 2018

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

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

Until next time, good reading!

August 2018 includes new books by: Megan Abbott, Ann Cleeves, Chris Hammer, Mick Herron, Jorn Lier Horst, Jenn McKinlay, Peter Robinson, Jock Serong, Charles Todd… and many others.

August 2018

Give Me Your Hand
Abbott, Megan
Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. She hasn’t let anything stop her. But, now, someone else is standing in her way – Diane. Best friends at seventeen, their shared ambition made them inseparable. Until the day Diane told Kit her secret – the worst thing she’d ever done – and it blew their friendship apart. Kit is still the only person who knows what Diane did. And, now, Diane knows something about Kit that could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. Ambition: it’s in the blood…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

All the World’s a Stage (Erast Fandorin series)
Akunin, Boris
Eliza Altairsky-Lointaine is the toast of Moscow society, a beautiful actress in an infamous theatre troupe. Her love life is as colourful as the parts she plays. She is the estranged wife of a descendant of Genghis Khan. And her ex-husband has threatened to kill anyone who courts her. He appears to be making good on his promise. Fandorin is contacted by a concerned friend – the widowed wife of Chekhov – who asks him to investigate an alarming incident, involving Eliza. But when he watches Eliza on stage, for the first time, he falls desperately in love… Can he solve the case – and win over Eliza – without attracting the attentions of the murderer he is trying to find? This fantastic series in Tsarist-Russia begins with The Winter Queen (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Death on Tap (Sloan Krause mysteries 01)
Alexander, Ellie
When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause-family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew world abuzz with his newest recipe: ‘Pucker-Up IPA’. But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead… The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Polish Detective (DS Dania Gorska series)
Allen, Hania
Polish-born detective Dania Gorska, seconded to Dundee’s Specialist Crime Division, is called to investigate three murders, in which the bodies are posed in different ways. She is unable to establish what links them, but clues point to their having been members of a druidic cult – something which her investigative journalist brother Marek is pursuing for his paper. Although Dania’s main focus is in solving the murders, she also finds herself drawn to the case of two runaway teenage girls. But when she learns that they were members of the same druid group, she becomes convinced that their disappearance is linked to the murders. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

All the Hidden Truths
Askew, Claire
This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed thirteen women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered – by Ryan’s mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch – put in charge of the case, on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families’ secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame… the truth seems to vanish. A debut crime novel, perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Little Liar
Ballantyne, Lisa
When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough – she hates her parents, hates her friends and – most of all – despises what has recently happened at school… she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Death of a Celebrity (Hamish Macbeth mysteries)
Beaton, M C
Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous… until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright, new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth’s life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands… but when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone does. Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned… and, perhaps, a crisis of the heart all his own.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Village (Hamish Macbeth mysteries)
Beaton, M C
Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting kind of… fishy. On a routine visit, Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explosion levels a holiday cottage which the locals call ‘an act of God’. Hamish has another theory, one that will make the national news. With the help of sharp-eyed journalist Elspeth Grant and Lugs (his dog) he begins to winkle out the truth. But Hamish’s best laid plans soon go awry when an old friend dies, a scandalous rumour erupts, and someone close to his heart may be lost forever…
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Poison Pen (Hamish Macbeth mysteries)
Beaton, M C
A sudden outbreak of maliciousness strikes the town of Lochdubh, in the form of a rash of poison pen letters. Things turn deadly when the local postmistress is found hanged in her room… with a vicious note beneath her dangling feet. Though his superiors call it suicide, PC Hamish Macbeth pronounces it murder. But Hamish is soon distracted by Jenny Ogilvie, a friend of his ex-fiancée, who arrives in Lochdubh to seduce him. And then he’s ambushed by local reporter Elspeth Grant, who sets out to land the story – and Hamish – for herself. Caught in the middle of this volatile case, Hamish faces dangerous romances… and a black-hearted culprit wielding a mighty – and lethal – pen.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

A Double Life
Berry, Flynn
Claire’s father is a privileged man: handsome, brilliant, the product of an aristocratic lineage and an expensive education, surrounded by a group of devoted friends who would do anything for him. But when he becomes the prime suspect – in a horrific attack on Claire’s mother – fate and privilege collide, and a scandal erupts. Claire’s father disappears overnight, his car abandoned, blood on the front seat. Thirty years after that hellish night, Claire is obsessed with uncovering the truth. She knows that the answer is held behind the closed doors of beautiful townhouses and country estates…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Murder in Saint-Germain (Aimee Leduc series)
Black, Cara
Paris, July 1999. Private investigator Aimee Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain, when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost – a Serbian warlord she thought she’d killed. She’s suffering from PTSD, and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimee to investigate – is it possible Mirko Vladic could be alive, and in Paris, with a blood vendetta? Aimee is already working on a huge case, plus she’s got an eight-month-old baby to take care of. But she can’t say no to Suzanne, to whom she owes a big favour. Aimee chases the few leads, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladic is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind – until Suzanne’s team begins to turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

Fall Down Dead (Cooper & Fry series)
Booth, Stephen
The mountain of Kinder Scout offers the most incredible views of the Peak District, but when thick fog descends there on a walking party led by enigmatic Darius Roth, this spectacular landscape is turned into a death trap that claims a life. For DI Ben Cooper, however, something about the way Faith Matthew fell to her death suggests it was no accident, and he quickly discovers more than one of the hikers may have had reason to murder their companion. To make things worse, his old colleague DS Diane Fry finds herself at the centre of an internal investigations storm that threatens to drag Cooper down with it.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Zen and the Art of Murder (Black Forest Investigations)
Bottini, Oliver
Louise Boni, maverick chief inspector with the Black Forest crime squad, is struggling with her demons. Divorced at forty-two, she is haunted by the shadows of the past. Dreading yet another a dreary winter weekend alone, she receives a call from the departmental chief which signals the strangest assignment of her career – to trail a Japanese monk wandering through the snowy wasteland to the east of Freiburg, dressed only in sandals and a cowl. She sets off reluctantly, and by the time she catches up with him, she discovers that he is injured, and fearfully fleeing some unknown evil. When her own team comes under fire, the investigation takes on a terrifying dimension, uncovering a hideous ring of child traffickers. The repercussions of their crimes will change the course of her own life. The first in a new series from the four-time winner of the German Krimi Preis for Crime Fiction, now in paperback.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Breaking Point (Joe Pickett series)
Box, C J
Butch Roberson was known by all as a local business owner, a hard worker, and a family man. Then he disappeared, leaving two dead bodies in his wake. Now, he’s known as a murderer – though Joe Pickett cannot believe someone as gentle as Butch could have the instincts of a killer. But when Joe hears the story of how Butch was bullied by the authorities, of how his longed-for retirement home was taken away from him, of how his finances were destroyed and his family torn apart – he starts to wonder if perhaps the man just cracked. It’s an awful story. But is it the whole story? When Joe investigates further, he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected and never wanted. Powerful forces want Roberson not just caught, but dead – and the same goes for anyone who stands in their way.
Thriller reissue | PBK | $19.99

Stone Cold (Joe Pickett series)
Box, C J
Everything about the man is a mystery… No one knows where he came from, how he made his money or what’s drawn him to the isolated Black Hills of North Wyoming. His generosity has won the locals over, but are his motives above suspicion? After a string of disappearances, Joe Pickett isn’t the first investigator to pursue this enigmatic millionaire, but will he be the first to leave alive? With winter’s first storm closing in, Joe’s about to discover there’s a stone-cold killer stalking the hills – and he’s not alone.
Thriller reissue | PBK | $19.99

Endangered (Joe Pickett series)
Box, C J
Blood is always thicker than water. Joe Pickett has good reason to dislike Dallas Cates. His eighteen-year-old foster daughter, April, has just run off with him. Then comes even worse news: April has been found barely alive, in a ditch along the highway, and the doctors don’t know if she’ll recover. Of course, Cates denies having anything to do with it; but Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. The problem is there’s no proof. Joe’s going to find out the truth, if it kills him. And, as he confronts the ruthless Cates clan, it just might.
Thriller reissue | PBK | $19.99

A Dark and Twisting Path (Writer’s Apprentice mysteries 03)
Buckley, Julia
Lena’s best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison’s husband. Lena quickly realises that Allison has nothing to worry about, as the murder weapon points to a different suspect, altogether: Lena’s embattled boyfriend, Sam West. Sam was cleared of his wife’s murder, when she was found alive; now, someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him, by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster series)
Bryndza, Robert
When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this, before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase, two weeks ago. Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet, just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children, before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery… there’s more than one killer. The fifth in the series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $24.99

The Night Stalker (Detective Erika Foster series)
Bryndza, Robert
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear, plastic bag tied tight over his head. A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike. The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer? As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker, before the body count rises; even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line. The second in the series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

You Know My Name (Dave Robicheaux series)
Burke, James Lee
Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. Tony has a Civil War sword he’d like to give to Levon Broussard – a popular local author, whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. Then there’s Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy’s fond of Levon’s work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator, someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There’s something off about the relationship among these three men, and after a vicious assault, it’s up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Kiss Me, Kill Me
Carol, James
When Zoe meets Dan, he’s everything she is looking for in a man – intelligent, charming, supportive. It’s only after they’re married that she realises that he’s controlling, aggressive, paranoid. And there’s no way out. Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan’s found her, once before; and she knows he can find her again. But Dan has plans of his own. Plans that don’t necessarily include Zoe.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Brush with Death (Susie Mahl series)
Carter, Ali
Alexander, Earl of Greengrass, discovers one clear Sunday morning, death is a most efficient way of revealing cover ups, in a guilty conscience. Caught with his trousers down in Spire village graveyard – while his faithful wife was playing the organ, inside the church – this wealthy landowner meets a gruesome end. Luckily, pet portraitist Susie Mahl is on hand to sort things out; and discovers an unexpected zest for truth. Soon, the newly appointed Pet Detective is digging out the truth with a dogged determination. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dim Sum of All Fears (Noodle Shop mysteries 02)
Chien, Vivien
Just when she has a chance at a ‘real’ job, Lana Lee’s parents take off to Taiwan; leaving her in charge in the family’s Chinese restaurant. Surprising everyone, including herself, she turns out to be quite capable of running the place. Unfortunately, the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir store – next door to the Ho-Lee – have turned up dead, and Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Bad Blood
Chirovici, E O
One rainy night in New York, psychologist James Cobb gives a talk on the art of recovering lost memories. Afterwards, he’s approached by a stranger: a dying man who, forty years ago, woke up in a hotel room with a murdered woman, and no memory at all of what happened. Now, he needs to know whether he was an innocent bystander – or a killer. Intrigued, James begins to unpick the tangled threads of this decades-old mystery. But everyone involved has a different story to tell, and every fact he uncovers has another interpretation. As his interest becomes an obsession, and secrets from his own past start to surface, he begins to suspect that someone has buried the truth, deep enough to hide it forever.
Noir | HC | $29.99

Knives in the South (Sir Robert Carey mysteries) (omnibus)
Chisholm, P F
Plunging readers straight into the raucous world of late sixteenth-century border reivers and unfettered Elizabethan intrigue, this omnibus edition collects books 4–6 of Sir Robert Carey’s adventures: A Plague of Angels, A Murder of Crows, and An Air of Treason.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Colour of Lies
Clannachan, Lezanne
Anna knows what lies look like. She can see untruths spill from heads and turn the air bright orange. Only her sister knows about Anna’s synaesthesia and how she can read a person’s emotions – even when they’re trying to hide them. When she gets a job as a Mother’s Help to a family whose niece, Lily, is missing; Anna is given the lost girl’s room, and the mystery around Lily begins to haunt her. As rumours and gossip surround the family, Anna becomes increasingly obsessed with the missing girl. But the more she learns, the fewer people she dares trust – and the one the fingers are pointing at, is the one person Anna knows to be innocent.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Wild Fire (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
Hoping for a fresh start, an English family moves to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn, beside their home, rumours of her affair with the husband spread like wildfire. As suspicion and resentment of the family blazes in the community, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. He knows it will mean his boss, Willow Reeves, returning to run the investigation, and confronting their complex relationship. With families fracturing and long-hidden lies emerging, Jimmy faces the most disturbing case of his career. The first in this popular mystery series is Raven Black (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Two Kinds of Truth
Connelly, Michael
Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison. The two unrelated cases wind across each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free, and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.
Bosch | PBK | $19.99

Don’t Eat Me (Dr Siri Paiboun mysteries)
Cotterill, Colin
Dr Siri Paiboun, the 75-year-old ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies, than making art; but now that he’s managed to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country, he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend, Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script, before they can get rolling. That, and they can’t figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, Phosy, the newly-promoted Senior Police Inspector, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places, as if something – or someone – has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Siri and his friends uncover involves much more than a single set of skeletal remains.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

A Catered Costume Party (Mystery with Recipes 13)
Crawford, Isis
Halloween is coming, and Darius Witherspoon isn’t giving up on his plan for a catered costume party – despite the recent disappearance of his wife, Penelope. He may be heartbroken, but perhaps throwing a big shindig, in her honour, will boost his spirits. He’s going to hold it at his stylish new co-op apartment at the Berkshire Arms, where the couple had dreamed of moving in. Darius hires Bernie and Libby to provide the treats. They’d prefer to avoid the festivities altogether. As far as they’re concerned, the Berkshire Arms is a haunted house – or at least haunted by the memory of the murder that happened on the site, when it used to be The Peabody School. But as always, there are bills to be paid, so they accept the job. And, in the midst of the celebration, Darius is discovered, hanging from a noose – outside one of the ballroom’s French doors… Was it suicide, induced by despair over his missing spouse? Bernie and Libby think not, once they read the note he left – which includes a sum of money and a request for them to ‘do something’ if anything should happen to him. Now, once the serving trays have been cleared and the decorations taken down, it’s time for the sisters to unmask a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Boy at the Door
Dahl, Alex
Cecilia Wilborg has the perfect life. A handsome husband, two beautiful daughters and a luxurious house in the picture-postcard town of Sandefjord. But Cecilia also has a dark secret… so damaging, it can never be brought to light. Then Tobias enters her life. He is a small, friendless eight-year-old boy, who just wants to find a home. But he threatens to bring Cecilia’s world crashing down.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Hunted (Detective Sam Berger series)
Dahl, Arne
It starts when Desire Rosenqvist of Stockholm Police receives a letter. Two things are immediately clear: the letter she holds in her hands was written in a state of utter desperation and paranoia. And it contains details of one of her old murder cases, which only the murderer could know. Desiree contacts private investigator Sam Berger, who sets off to the remote north of Sweden – with his colleague, Molly Blom – to find the author of the letter and to stop them in their tracks. But someone wants to keep them from getting to the bottom of the mystery, at any cost, and is watching their every move. What happens when the cops become the prey?
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Watching You (Detective Sam Berger series)
Dahl, Arne
At each abandoned crime scene there’s a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog, almost invisible to the naked eye. Someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, someone who knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail. When another teenaged girl disappears without trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest victim, Sam is forced to unearth long-buried personal demons. He has no choice, if he is to understand the killer’s darkly-personal message, before time runs out.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders (Zulu Hart series)
David, Saul
London 1888: George ‘Zulu’ Hart is the mixed-race illegitimate son of a Dublin actress and (he suspects) the Duke of Cambridge, commander-in-chief of the army. George has fought his way through wars in Africa and Afghanistan, won the VC and married his sweetheart; but he’s also a gambler, short of money and in no position to turn down the job of ‘minder’ to Prince Albert Victor, second in line to the throne. No easy task, given that the Prince is a known target for Irish nationalist assassins, while his secret sexual orientation leaves him open to blackmail and scandal. To make matters worse, the Prince is also in the habit of heading out, late at night, to sample the dubious pleasures of the Whitechapel…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Nameless Serenade (Commissario Ricciardi series)
de Giovanni, Maurizio
Years ago, Vinnie Sannino left Naples on a ship bound for America – where he found fame and wealth as a boxer. But his gilded life in the new world came to an abrupt end; when, during a fight, with a heavy punch to the head of his opponent, Vinnie killed a man in the ring. Now, Vinnie’s back in Italy, pining for the woman he left behind. Cettina, however, is now a married woman. She was, at least, until recently when her husband was found dead, killed by a single blow to the head. For Commissario Ricciardi, one of the most faceted cops in fiction, and his partner Maione, it is a going to be a long, rainy, week in Naples.
Mystery | TP | $35.95

Believe Me
Delaney, J P
Claire Wright likes to play other people. A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick up in hotel bars… to entrap straying husbands. When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But, right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Home
Dionne, Karen
When the notorious child abductor, known as the Marsh King, escapes from a maximum-security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger. No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, or that her father raised her to be a killer. (Previously published as The Marsh King’s Daughter.)
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Do Not Disturb
Douglas, Claire
After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. And running a guesthouse, in the Welsh mountains, sounds idyllic. But then their first guest arrives. Selena is the last person, Kirsty wants to see. It’s seventeen years, since she tore everything apart. Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something, too? Or is there an even darker reason for her visit? Because Kirsty knows that, once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Died in the Wool (Knit & Nibble mysteries 02)
Ehrhart, Peggy
When a murder shocks picturesque Arborville, New Jersey, Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble knitting club suddenly find themselves at the centre of the investigation – as suspects… Pamela is ready to kick back and relax, after a busy day selling stuffed aardvarks to benefit Arborville High School’s sports program, at the annual town festival. But just as she’s packing up, she makes a terrible discovery – someone’s stashed a body under the Knit and Nibble’s table. The victim is Randall Jefferson, a decidedly-unpopular history teacher, after his recent op-ed criticising the school’s sports program. But the primary suspect has an alibi, and the only clue is a stuffed aardvark, found on the victim’s chest… Now, the Knit and Nibblers must unravel the case, quickly – before a crafty killer repeats a deadly pattern.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Guilty
Elliot, Laura
Thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing. A few days later, Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson, suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy – created by journalist Amanda Bowe – implying that he is the prime suspect. Six years later… Karl’s life is in ruins. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband, and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Blind Defence (Benson & De Vere series)
Fairfax, John
She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit, with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured – in death – the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing; and a disgusted public looks to Court 2, of the Old Bailey, for justice. Her callous, jilted partner, Brent Stainsby, stands accused of her murder, and he’s turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him. However, as the trial unfolds, it soon becomes clear that there is far more to Diane Heybridge than meets the eye. She wasn’t the weak and downtrodden victim, now being presented to the jury. She was capable of a sophisticated form of vengeance. By the same token, Brent Stainsby isn’t who he seems to be, either. He’s hiding a motive for murder unknown to the police; and may well be playing a deadly game of poker, with the judicial process. What began as a simple trial rapidly turns into a complex search for the truth, beyond the confines of the courtroom… A sequel to the superb Summary Justice (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Resort to Murder (Miss Dimont mysteries)
Fielden, T P
With its pale, aquamarine waters and golden sands, the shoreline at Temple Regis was a sight to behold. But when an unidentifiable body is found there one morning, the most beautiful beach in Devon is turned into a crime scene. For Miss Dimont – ferocious defender of free speech, champion of the truth and ace newspaperwoman for The Riviera Express – this is a case of paramount interest, and the perfect introduction for her young new recruit Valentine Waterford. Even if their meddling is to the immense irritation of local copper Inspector Topham… Soon, Miss Dimont and Valentine are deep in investigation – why can nobody identify the body, and why does Topham suspect murder? And when a second death occurs, can the two possibly be connected? A sequel to The Riviera Express (TP, $29.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Conan Doyle for the Defence: A Sensational Murder, the Quest for Justice and the World’s Greatest Detective Writer
Fox, Margalit
Just before Christmas 1908, Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy 82-year-old spinster, was found bludgeoned to death in her Glasgow home. A valuable diamond brooch was missing, and police soon fastened on a suspect – Oscar Slater, a Jewish immigrant who was rumoured to have a disreputable character. Slater had an alibi, but was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment in the notorious Peterhead Prison. Seventeen years later, a convict called William Gordon was released from Peterhead. Concealed in a false tooth was a message, addressed to the only man Slater thought could help him – Arthur Conan Doyle. Always a champion of the downtrodden, Conan Doyle turned his formidable talents to freeing Slater, deploying a forensic mind worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Drawing from original sources, including Oscar Slater’s prison letters, this is Margalit Fox’s vivid and compelling account of one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Scottish history.
True crime | HC | $35.00

Dick Francis’ Pulse (Dick Francis novels)
Francis, Felix
A smartly-dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body. Doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist who treated the deceased – and who struggles with mental health issues – is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn’t want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder. But when no one will believe that someone tried to kill Chris, the doctor is left with no option, but to discover who the nameless man was, and why he died… preferably, before following him into an early grave.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Sweet Little Lies
Frear, Caz
Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force; but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine – a young housewife, who didn’t get out much – has been found strangled. Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland, eighteen years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat – her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth, when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne, or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl, all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice, now? And how can you trust a liar, even if he might be telling the truth? Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But in looking into the past, she might not like what she finds…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Look for Me (D D Warren series)
Gardner, Lisa
A family home has become a crime scene. Five people are involved: four of them have been savagely murdered; one – a sixteen-year-old girl – is missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D D Warren is on the case, as is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind, by a young woman who – as victim, or suspect – is silently pleading, Look for me.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles series)
Gerritsen, Tess
Two separate homicides, at different locations, with unrelated victims, have more in common than just being investigated by Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. In both cases, the bodies bear startling wounds – yet, the actual cause of death is unknown. It’s a doubly challenging case for the cop and the coroner to be taking on, at a fraught time for both of them. As Jane struggles to save her mother from the crumbling marriage that threatens to bury her; Maura grapples with the imminent death of her own mother – infamous serial killer Amalthea Lank.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Y is for Yesterday
Grafton, Sue
In 1979, four teenage boys, from an elite private school, sexually assaulted a fourteen-year-old classmate – and filmed the attack. Not long after, the tape went missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, was murdered. In the investigation that followed, one boy turned state’s evidence and two of his peers were convicted. But the ringleader escaped, without a trace. Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents – until a copy of the missing tape arrives, with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone, for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath, with a grudge against Millhone, may be leaving traces of himself, for her to find…
Kinsey Millhone | PBK | $19.99

Scrublands
Hammer, Chris
In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation – killing five parishioners, before being shot dead himself. A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears – from the locals about the priest, and incidents leading up to the shooting – don’t fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported, in an award-winning investigation… Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Did You See Melody?
Hannah, Sophie
Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room; and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl. A simple mistake at the front desk… but, soon, Cara realises that the girl – she saw, alive and well, in the hotel room – is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa… whose parents are serving natural life sentences, for her murder. Cara doesn’t know what to trust – everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it, honestly, if it means risking her own life?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Yellowhammer (DI Nick Lowry series)
Henry, James
July 1983, Essex. A boy playing hide-and-seek sees a fox tugging at something, up on a railway embankment. He approaches it cautiously. Seconds later, a blast is heard, and rooks ascend from the poplars surrounding the farmhouse at which the boy is spending his summer holiday with cousins. DI Nick Lowry is called upon to investigate two deaths at Fox Farm, the home of eminent historian Christopher Cliff. The body in the farmhouse kitchen is Cliff, himself, having seemingly taking his own life with an antique shotgun. The fox-disturbed body, on the property boundary, is as yet unidentified. Lowry is already under pressure: County Chief Merrydown was at college with Cliff and knows the family. He must enlist colleagues Daniel Kenton and Jane Gabriel to answer two key questions: just who was at the house with Cliff, that morning; and just what has since happened to Cliff’s wife? The sequel to Blackwater (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

London Rules (Slough House series)
Herron, Mick
London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one: cover your arse. At MI5 headquarters Regent’s Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM’s favourite Muslim, who’s about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he’s hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble. Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks. Over at Slough House, the MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies, the agents are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. Plus, someone is trying to kill Roddy Ho. But, collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength – that of making a bad situation much, much worse. It’s a good thing Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren’t going to break themselves. This fantastic series begins with Slow Horses (PBK, $19.99). Ron highly recommends – a slow burner but fantastic!
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Samhain Secrets (Wiccan Wheel mysteries 04)
Hesse, Jennifer David
After her recent promotion to junior partner, Keli is putting in overtime to juggle her professional career and private Wiccan spiritual practice. With Halloween fast approaching, her duties include appearing as a witch at a ‘haunted’ barn and hand-holding a client… who’s convinced her new house is really haunted. But it’s the disappearance of Josephine O’Malley that has Keli spooked. The missing person is Keli’s aunt, an environmental activist and free spirit – who always seemed to embody peace, love, and independence. When Josephine is found dead in the woods, Keli wonders if her aunt’s activities were as friendly, as they seemed. As Keli comes to terms with her loss – while adjusting to having a live-in boyfriend and new demands at work – she must wield her one-of-a-kind magic to banish negative energy, if she’s going to catch a killer this Samhain season. Because Keli isn’t ready to give up the ghost…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Three Envelopes (Agent 10483 series)
Hezroni, Nir & Cohen, Steven (translator)
When a top agent in The Organisation receives a disturbing notebook written by the mysterious 10483 – supposedly dead, for years – he realises that something went terribly wrong. Is 10483 a psychopath, who outwitted his handlers for years? Why was he the only agent to receive three envelopes with targeted killing assignments, instead of one – as part of a lethal and top-secret operation? The first in a series.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Jar of Hearts
Hillier, Jennifer
Aged just 16, Geo’s best friend Angela disappeared, without a trace. Years later, Angela’s body is discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home, revealed as yet another victim of the notorious serial killer Calvin James… Geo’s high-school boyfriend. For fourteen years, Geo knew what had happened and told no one, carrying the secret until she was arrested and sent to prison. Why would any woman protect a man capable of committing such a heinous crime? Geo had her reasons…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Devil’s Half Mile
Hirsch, Paddy
Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, gangs roam the streets and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians… 1799 was a hell of a year. Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil’s Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the young country is still finding its way. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to solve his father’s murder, he exposes a massive fraud that has already claimed lives; one the perpetrators are determined to keep secret, at any cost. The body count is rising, and the looming crisis could topple the nation.
Historical suspense | TP | $29.99

Shattered at Sea (Webb’s Glass Shop mysteries 05)
Hollon, Cheryl
When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide. Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love colour her judgment, when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can – on land and sea – to clear his name…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Katharina Code (Cold Case quartet)
Horst, Jorn Lier
Twenty-six years ago, Katharina Haugen went missing. All she left behind was her husband, Martin, and a mysterious string of numbers written on a piece of paper. Every year on October 10th, Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case he was never able to solve. Stares at the code he was never able to crack. And visits the husband he was never able to help. But, now, Martin Haugen is missing too… Wisting first appears in the great Dregs (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Mystery | TP | $32.99

In the Dark (DI Fawley series)
Hunter, Cara
A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive… No one knows who they are – the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons’ reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no one is as innocent as they seem… DI Fawley first appears in Close to Home (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Sweet Heart
James, Peter
Charley has a strange feeling when she sees the idyllic mill house with its cluster of outbuildings. A powerful sense of recognition, as if she has been there before. Except she knows she hasn’t. After Charley and her husband move into Elmwood Mill, sinister memories of a previous existence start to haunt her. This new edition of the novel first published in 1990, includes a new introduction by James.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Watching You
Jewell, Lisa
Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England. It’s the sort of place where doctors and lawyers and old-money academics live. It’s not the sort of place where people get stabbed in the back 30 times – with a kitchen knife – in their own homes. Newlywed Joey Mullen, for example, recently returned from four years of working in Ibiza. She and her husband Alfie are eager to find a place of their own in her hometown. But Joey finds herself distracted by the man next door, Tom Fitzwilliam. He’s the principal of the local high school, twice her age, and devastatingly attractive. What starts as an innocent infatuation soon escalates into fixation, and before long, Joey can’t keep her eyes off Tom. Or the principal’s son, Freddie, who dreams of working as a spy, and has been developing his surveillance skills by keeping meticulous logs of the coming and goings in the area. And, as he approaches his 15th birthday, his attention – and his lens – are turning more and more towards the local women. Or, perhaps, single mother Frances Tripp, who has long been convinced she is being stalked. Her teenage daughter Jenna is worried these delusions are signs of her mother’s deteriorating mental health, particularly now that her paranoia has found a specific target: Tom Fitzwilliam. Frances is determined to keep an eye on him – until she can prove that he is behind her persecution.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Western Star (Longmire mysteries)
Johnson, Craig
Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff’s Association junket held on the excursion train, known as the Western Star – which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of 24 veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them. The photograph – along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered, in a lifetime of law enforcement – hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man
Jonasson, Jonas
Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views from their hot-air balloon, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un… A sequel to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $24.99

A Tale of Two Kitties (Magical Cats mysteries 09)
Kelly, Sofie
With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past – so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever, when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder… The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident. Now, it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile, until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town’s history – and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don’t work for free…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Dead Man’s Gift and Other Stories (collection)
Kernick, Simon
MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven-year-old son has been abducted by a ruthless gang of kidnappers. All they have left behind is the brutally murdered body of the Horton’s nanny. The gang’s demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life, in order to save his son’s. It’s the ultimate dead man’s gift…
Mystery/suspense collection | TP | $32.99

The Plotters
Kim, Un-Su
The important thing is not who pulls the trigger, but who’s behind the person who pulls the trigger – the plotters, the masterminds working in the shadows. Raised by Old Raccoon in the Library of Dogs, Reseng has always been surrounded by plots to kill – and by books that no one ever reads. In Seoul’s corrupt underworld, he was destined to be an assassin. Until he breaks the rules. That’s when he meets a trio of young women – a convenience store worker, her wheelchair-bound sister, and a cross-eyed obsessive knitter – with an extraordinary plot of their own. Will the women save the day? Or will Reseng be next on the kill list? Who will look after his cats, Reading Lamp and Book Stand? Who planted the bomb in his toilet? How much beer can he drink, before he forgets it all?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

If I Die Before I Wake
Koch, Emily
Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen. But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there, and Alex is not the only one in danger. As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

An Unwanted Guest
Lapena, Shari
As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend, deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found… and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Murder Mile (Tennison series)
La Plante, Lynda
February, 1979, ‘The Winter of Discontent’. Economic chaos has led to widespread strikes across Britain. Jane Tennison, now a Detective Sergeant, has been posted to Peckham CID, one of London’s toughest areas. As the rubbish on the streets begins to pile up, so does the murder count: two bodies in as many days. There are no suspects and the manner of death is different in each case. The only link between the two victims is the location of the bodies, found within a short distance of each other near Rye Lane in Peckham. Three days later another murder occurs in the same area. Press headlines scream that a serial killer is loose on ‘Murder Mile’ and that police incompetence is hampering the investigation. Jane is under immense pressure to catch the killer, before they strike again. Working long hours with little sleep, what she uncovers leaves her doubting her own mind.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Liar’s Room
Lelic, Simon
Fourteen years ago, Susanna Fenton left her identity behind; reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe. But everything changes, when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. Why does she feel like she knows him? Adam starts to tell her about a girl… a girl he wants to hurt. And that’s when Susanna realises she was wrong. She doesn’t know him. He knows her. And the girl, he plans to hurt, is her daughter.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Detective Club series)
Leroux, Gaston
Breaking down her door, in response to the sounds of a violent attack and a gunshot, Mademoiselle Stangerson’s rescuers are appalled to find her dying on the floor – clubbed down by a large mutton bone. But in a room with a barred window and locked door, how could her assailant have entered and escaped undetected? While bewildered police officials from the Sûreté begin an exhaustive investigation, so too does a young newspaperman, Joseph Rouletabille, who will encounter more impossibilities, before this case can be closed. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux – best remembered, today, as the author of The Phantom of the Opera – has been deservedly praised for more than a century as a defining book in the ‘impossible crime’ genre, as readable now, as when it first appeared in French in 1907.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

Bitter Sun
Lewis, Beth
In the heatwave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder. But they dig too deep and ask too many questions. Larson is a town reeling in the wake of the Vietnam draft, where the unrelenting heat ruins the harvest, and the people teeter on the edge of ruin. And John, Jenny, Gloria, and Rudy are about to discover that, sometimes, secrets are best left uncovered…
Suspense | HC | $34.99

Savages: The Spectre (Saint-Etienne quartet)
Louatah, Sabri
On election night, France’s first Arab presidential candidate Chaouch is shot, at close range, by the young and naïve Krim Nerrouche. It becomes clear he was not the mastermind behind the attack; and must survive endless interrogations with the anti-terrorist police, without revealing the location of the cousin he is fiercely protecting. Meanwhile, Chaouch’s daughter is facing the fact that, not only is her father in a critical condition, she may not be allowed to see her boyfriend, again – for he is a member of the sprawling Nerrouche family, who are currently all being treated as suspects by the authorities. The second in the quartet, following Savages: The Wedding (TP, $29.99).
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Killing It
Mackay, Asia
Every working mum has had to face it. The guilt-fuelled, anxiety-filled first day back in the office after maternity leave. But this working mum is one of a kind. Meet Alexis Tyler. An elite covert agent within Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Her first project back is a high-stakes’ hit of global significance and the old boys’ network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. But woe betide anyone… who, ever, tells Alexis Tyler: ‘You can’t’. She will have it all. Or, she’ll die trying… and, yes, she damn well will be home for bath time.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Death in the Stacks (Library Lover’s mysteries 08)
McKinlay, Jenn
Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream – it’s the library’s biggest money-maker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable. Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her, and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library. The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive – but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer, before the book closes on Paula’s future… A cosy recommendation.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

In the Blood
Mancini, Ruth
In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child – and then leaving him to die. The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging – she’s had a troubled upbringing – but does that mean she’s capable of murder? Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out, in desperate pursuit of the truth…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Prague Spring
Mawer, Simon
It’s the summer of 1968, the year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter. Two English students, Ellie and James, set off to hitch-hike across Europe with no particular aim in mind, but a continent, and themselves, to discover. Somewhere in southern Germany they decide, on a whim, to visit Czechoslovakia where Alexander Dubcek’s ‘socialism with a human face’ is smiling on the world. Meanwhile, Sam Wareham, a first secretary at the British embassy in Prague, is observing developments in the country, with a mixture of diplomatic cynicism and a young man’s passion. In the company of Czech student, Lenka Koneckova, he finds a way into the world of Czechoslovak youth, its hopes and its ideas. It seems that, for the first time, nothing is off limits behind the Iron Curtain. Yet, the wheels of politics are grinding in the background. The Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev is making demands of Dubcek, and the Red Army is massed on the borders. How will the looming disaster affect those fragile lives caught up in the invasion?
Suspense | TP | $32.99

I’ll Keep You Safe
May, Peter
Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft. Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone, who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh. As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation; the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Bodies from the Library: Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age (Collins Crime Club series)
Medawar, Tony (editor)
This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 16 rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly-discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. With other stories by Detection Club stalwarts: Anthony Berkeley, H C Bailey, J J Connington, John Rhode, and Nicholas Blake, plus Vincent Cornier, Leo Bruce, Roy Vickers and Arthur Upfield, this essential collection harks back to a time, before forensic science – when murder was a complex business.
Classic mystery anthology | HC | $24.99

Weekend at Thrackley (British Library Crime Classics)
Melville, Alan
Jim Henderson is one of six guests summoned by the mysterious Edwin Carson, a collector of precious stones, to a weekend party at his country house, Thrackley. The house is gloomy and forbidding but the party is warm and hospitable – except for the presence of Jacobson, the sinister butler. The other guests are wealthy people draped in jewels; Jim cannot imagine why he belongs in such company. After a weekend of adventure – with attempted robbery and a vanishing guest – secrets come to light and Jim unravels a mystery from his past.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

The Night Market
Moore, Jonathan
A man is found dead in one of the city’s luxury homes. Homicide detective Ross Carver had just arrived at the scene, when six FBI agents burst in and forcibly remove him from the premises. Two days later… Carver wakes in his bed, to find Mia – a neighbour he’s hardly ever spoken to – reading aloud to him. He has no recollection of the crime scene, no memory of how he got home, and no idea that two days have passed…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Trust No One
Mosawi, A S
My name is Sara Eden. My name is Sara Eden. My name is Sara Eden. My name is Sara Eden. This is all Sara Eden knows about herself. She was found at the age of ten, abandoned in a vat of water – a homemade sensory-deprivation chamber. Someone had placed her there – trapped for days in the dark. There were a handful of clues: including a Polaroid of a stranger, with a handwritten note: ‘Don’t trust this man’. Now, an adult, Sara knows a few more things about herself. That there are government agents pursing her. That she knows something they want. And that they will never stop…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Third Person
Mosby, Steve
‘This isn’t some kind of ‘Dear John’ letter. I’m coming back again.’ But Amy didn’t come back. The note on the kitchen table was the last her boyfriend, Jason, heard from her. At first, he let Amy have her space; but when weeks turned to months, Jason went after her. What he found appalled him. It seemed that Amy led a secret life, on the Internet. There she met people – who could put her in touch with a horrible experience from her past. Now, Jason sits at home and cruises those same horrific websites to find her kidnapper. And, one day, in a place called ‘The Melanie Room,’ he finds him. A new edition of Mosby’s first novel, which has been out of print.
Mystery/suspense reissue | PBK | $19.99

Displaced (Hakim & Arnold series)
Nadel, Barbara
Irving Levy is a man with few roots and, now that he is terminally ill, is anxious to find anyone to whom he can leave his considerable property. When he learns that there may be more to the disappearance of his younger sister, who disappeared when she was a baby, he engages the services of Hakim and Arnold to investigate. Unwittingly in mortal danger, the private detectives and Levy enter the world of Barking Park Fair and the secrets its brightly-coloured attractions conceal. Secrets that lead them not just back to a crime committed in 1963, but to the chaotic world of postwar Europe, where few people were what they seemed.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Boy in the Earth
Nakamura, Fuminori
An unnamed taxi driver in Tokyo has experienced a rupture in his everyday life. He cannot stop daydreaming of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth – in what, soon, become terrifying blackout episodes. His live-in girlfriend, Sayuko, is in a similarly bad phase, surrendering to alcoholism to escape the memory of her miscarriage. He meets with the director of the orphanage where he once lived, and must confront awful memories of his past and an abusive family – before determining what to do next.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

No Time to Cry (Constance Fairchild series)
Oswald, James
Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He’s been executed – a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls, squarely, on Con’s shoulders… The first in a new series from the author of the Inspector McLean mysteries.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Lucky One
Overington, Caroline
For more than 150 years, a grand house known as Alden Castle has stood proudly in the rolling hills of California’s wine country, home to a family weighed down by secrets and debt. When the castle is sold, billionaire developers move in, only to discover one skeleton, after another – including a fresh corpse – rotting in the old family cemetery. As three generations of the well-respected Alden-Stowe family come under scrutiny, police unearth a twisted web of rivalries, alliances, deceit, and treachery. A gold-digger wife, a demented patriarch, a daughter in the grip of first love… Who has lied? Who will survive? And who, amidst all the horror and betrayal, is the lucky one?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Runaway
Overton, Hollie
Ashley Naylor is a teenage runaway – she is found beaten, stabbed and left for dead in the backstreets of LA. When Ash’s foster mother, Becca, discovers that Ash has been murdered, she sets out to track down the killer, seeking justice for this broken girl, and salvation for herself. Ash’s trail leads Becca to Hollywood, where souls are sold for the illusive promise of fame, and where using and throwing away a teenage girl is just another day at the office. But it’s on the streets of downtown LA that Becca will, ultimately, find the answers she’s desperately seeking, thrusting her into the untamed no-man’s land of Skid Row, a ruthless mini society with its own rules and its own justice system…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Body in the Casket (Faith Fairchild mysteries 24)
Page, Katherine Hall
For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party. Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane – a Broadway legend – is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith’s client makes a startling confession. ‘I didn’t hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be, but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me.’ Faith’s only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received, the week before – an empty casket sent anonymously containing a twenty-year-old Playbill from Max’s last, and only failed, production – Heaven or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host, to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain call.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Liar Liar (Detective Harriet Blue 03)
Patterson, James & Fox, Candice
Detective Harriet Blue is clear about two things. Regan Banks deserves to die. And she’ll be the one to pull the trigger. But Regan – the vicious serial killer responsible for destroying her brother’s life – has gone to ground. Suddenly, her phone rings. It’s him. Regan. ‘Catch me if you can,’ he tells her. Harriet needs to find this killing machine fast, even if the cost is her own life. So, she follows him down the Australian south coast, with only one thing on her mind.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Now You See Her
Perks, Heidi
Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter, the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she took her eyes off them, for only a second. Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend, Harriet, that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching. Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend, again. Only, now, she needs to. Because two weeks later, Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned, separately, by the police. And secrets are about to surface. Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Australian Heist
Phelps, James
On 15 June 1862, a gang of bushrangers held up a gold escort at Eugowra, just east of Forbes, NSW. They escaped with a pile of cash and 77 kilograms of gold, worth about $10 million, today. It remains the largest gold robbery in Australian history. In this riveting re-creation of the events, James Phelps finally tells the full story of how Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, John O’Meally, Johnny Gilbert, Henry Manns, Alexander Fordyce, John Bow, and Dan Charters planned and executed the robbery – and what happened to all that gold. Australian Heist is a thrilling, fast-paced and thoroughly modern take on one of the most extraordinary episodes in the nation’s history, by Australia’s number-one true-crime writer.
True crime | HC | $39.99

Undertow (Celcius Daly series)
Quinn, Anthony J
Daly is in Dreesh, a desolate village where law and order have ground to a halt, and whose residents, ruined by a chain of bankruptcies, have fallen under the spell of a malevolent crime boss with powerful connections. Out of his jurisdiction and out of his comfort zone, Daly is plunged into a shadowy border world of desperate informers, drunken ex-cops, freelance intelligence agents and violent smugglers. Kept deliberately in the dark, by police forces on both sides of the border, Daly’s dogged investigation will spark an outbreak of murderous violence, as the truth begins to emerge from the shadows.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

East of Hounslow (Jay Qasim series)
Rahman, Khurrum
Meet Jay. Small-time dealer. Accidental jihadist. The one man, who can save us all? Javid – call him Jay – is a dope dealer living in West London. He goes to mosque on Friday, and he’s just bought his pride and joy – a BMW. He lives with his mum, and life seems sweet. But his world is about to turn upside-down. Because MI5 have been watching him, and they think he’s just the man they need, for a delicate mission. One thing’s, for sure: now he’s a long way east of Hounslow, Jay’s life will never be the same, again.
Caper | PBK | $19.99

Cold Desert Sky (Charlie Yates series)
Reynolds, Rod
No one wanted to say it to me, that the girls were dead. But I knew. Late 1946, and Charlie Yates and his wife Lizzie have returned to Los Angeles, trying to stay anonymous in the city of angels. But when Yates, back in his old job at the Pacific Journal, becomes obsessed by the disappearance of two aspiring Hollywood starlets, Nancy Hill and Julie Desjardins, he finds it leads him right back to his worst fear: legendary Mob boss Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, a man he once crossed, and whose shadow he can’t shake. Events move from LA, to the burgeoning Palace of Sin in the desert, Las Vegas – where Siegel is preparing to open his new Hotel Casino, The Flamingo. With Charlie caught between the FBI and the mob, can he possibly see who is playing who, and find out what really happened to the two girls? Follows The Dark Inside and Black Night Falling (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Resin
Riel, Ane
Liv died, when she was just six years old. At least, that’s what the authorities think. Her father knew he was the only one who could keep her safe in this world. So, one evening he left the isolated house his little family called home, he pushed their boat out to sea and watched it ruin on the rocks; then walked the long way into town – to report his only child missing. But behind the boxes and the baskets crowding her Dad’s workshop, Liv was hiding… This way, Liv would be safe. Resin is the winner of Scandinavia’s most prestigious literary awards.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Die, Die Birdie (Bird Lover’s mysteries 01)
Ripley, J R
For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings, for good? It’s just days, before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees – on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house; but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town, indefinitely. With locals sceptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs, now, is a dead man in her storeroom – or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook, over his body… Pigeonholed, as a leading murder suspect by police, and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake, for clues on his killer… before she ends up like so many of her beloved, feathery friends – trapped behind bars! A new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Careless Love (DCI Banks series)
Robinson, Peter
A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car, on a lonely country road. She didn’t own a car. Didn’t even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why? Meanwhile, a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully – up on the wild moor land. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity? As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie’s father’s new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy, in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants – and, suddenly, the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Dissolution (Shardlake mysteries)
Sansom, C J
It is 1537 and Thomas Cromwell has ordered that all monasteries should be dissolved. Cromwell’s Commissioner is found dead, his head severed from his body. Dr Shardlake is sent to uncover the truth behind what has happened. His investigation forces him to question everything that he himself believes. Reissued at this fantastic promotional price (while stocks last), in anticipation of the October release of the next in the series, Tombland (TP, $29.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $9.99

Dark Fire (Shardlake mysteries)
Sansom, C J
The year is 1540. Shardlake has been pulled, against his better judgement, into defending Elizabeth Wentworth, charged with murdering her cousin. He is powerless to help the girl, yet, she is suddenly given a reprieve – courtesy of Cromwell. The cost of the reprieve – to Shardlake – is two weeks in his service, once again. Reissued at this fantastic promotional price (while stocks last), in anticipation of the October release of the next in the series, Tombland (TP, $29.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $9.99

Sovereign (Shardlake mysteries)
Sansom, C J
Autumn 1541. A plot against the throne has been uncovered, and Henry VIII has set off on a spectacular progress from London to York; along with a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard – to quell his rebellious northern subjects. Awaiting his arrival are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak. In addition to processing petitions to the king, Shardlake’s task is to protect a dangerous conspirator, until he is transported back to London for interrogation. But when a local glazier is murdered, things get a little more complicated; as the murder seems to be not only connected to Shardlake’s prisoner, but also to the royal family itself. Then Shardlake stumbles upon a cache of secret papers that throws into doubt the legitimacy of the entire royal line, and a chain of events unfolds that threatens Shardlake with the most terrifying fate of the age: imprisonment in the Tower of London. Reissued at this fantastic promotional price (while stocks last), in anticipation of the October release of the next in the series, Tombland (TP, $29.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $9.99

Revelation (Shardlake mysteries)
Sansom, C J
It is spring of 1543 and King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife – but this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy, a religious maniac – who has been placed by the King’s council in the Bedlam hospital for the insane. Should he be released – as his parents want – when his terrifying actions could lead to him being burned, as a heretic? Then, when an old friend is horrifically murdered, Shardlake promises his widow – for whom he has, long, had complicated feelings – to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to connections not only with the boy in Bedlam, but with Archbishop Cranmer and Catherine Parr, and with the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation. As London’s Bishop Bonner prepares a purge of Protestants, Shardlake, together with his assistant Jack Barak and his friend Guy Malton, follow the trail of a series of horrific murders that shake them to the core. Murders which are already bringing about frenzied talk of witchcraft and a demonic possession, for what else would the Tudor mind make, of a serial killer? Reissued at this fantastic promotional price (while stocks last), in anticipation of the October release of the next in the series, Tombland (TP, $29.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $9.99

Heartstone (Shardlake mysteries)
Sansom, C J
Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII’s invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency, to pay for the war; and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis. Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case, by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of ‘monstrous wrongs’ committed against a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death; Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth. Once arrived, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing to become a war zone; and Shardlake takes the opportunity to also investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettipace, a young woman incarcerated in Bedlam. The emerging mysteries – around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen’s family, nineteen years before – involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Events will converge on board one of the King’s great warships, primed for battle in Portsmouth harbour: the Mary Rose… Reissued at this fantastic promotional price (while stocks last), in anticipation of the October release of the next in the series, Tombland (TP, $29.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $9.99

Lamentation (Shardlake mysteries)
Sansom, C J
Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. As heretics are hunted across London, and radical Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focuses its attack on Henry’s sixth wife – and Matthew Shardlake’s old mentor – Queen Catherine Parr. Shardlake, still haunted by his narrow escape from death, the year before, steps into action when the beleaguered and desperate Queen summons him to Whitehall Palace – to help her recover a dangerous manuscript. The Queen has authored a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that, if it came to the King’s attention, it could bring both her and her sympathisers crashing down. Although the secret book was kept hidden inside a locked chest, in the Queen’s private chamber, it has inexplicably vanished. Only one page has been recovered – clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer. Shardlake’s investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet print-shops of London; but leads him and his trusty assistant Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of court politics; a world Shardlake swore never to enter, again. In this crucible of power and ambition, Protestant friends can be as dangerous, as Catholic enemies, and those with shifting allegiances can be the most dangerous of all. Reissued at this fantastic promotional price (while stocks last), in anticipation of the October release of the next in the series, Tombland (TP, $29.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $9.99

The Thief of Light
Schaffer, Bernard
Rookie cop Carrie Santero has always been fascinated by serial killers. As a teenager, she wrote a letter to Charles Manson, in prison – and received a chilling reply. Then she came face to face with a child murderer, in her small Pennsylvania town. Now, she finally has her chance to make a difference. To hunt down a psychopath, who embodies the very nature of evil itself…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Slowly We Die (Jana Berzelius series)
Schepp, Emelie
A patient’s accidental maiming leads a young surgeon to abandon his profession… Now, ten years later, a series of gruesomely senseless murders are rocking the medical community. The weapon? A surgical scalpel. Who is preying on these victims? What does the grisly pattern reveal? And who will be next? Special prosecutor Jana Berzelius is in charge of the investigation. What she can’t know, until finally closing in on the murderer, is how her own mother’s recent death is intimately connected. A medical thriller by the 2017 Swedish Crime Writer of the Year; following Marked for Life and Marked for Revenge (TP, $29.99 each).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Treachery of Spies
Scott, Manda
An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased, but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance – in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s’ France, where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival, against the Nazi invaders. To find answers in the present, Picaut must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim’s youth: a time when unholy alliances were forged – between occupiers and occupied, deals were done, and promises broken. The past has been buried for decades; but, as Picaut discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on it staying that way – and who will kill, to keep their secrets safe…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

On the Java Ridge
Serong, Jock
On the Java Ridge, skipper Isi Natoli and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef off the Indonesian island of Dana. In the Canberra office of Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, a Federal election looms; and (not coincidentally) a hard-line, new policy is being announced – regarding maritime assistance to asylum-seeker vessels in distress. A few kilometres away from Dana, the Takalar is having engine trouble. The storm now closing in on the Takalar and the Java Ridge will mean catastrophe, for them all.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon series)
Silva, Daniel
In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely-guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West – a mole, who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin, who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia, before – at great personal cost. Now, he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance. Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor, after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated – while trying to defect, in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century’s greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River, outside Washington…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse
Simenon, Georges
A retired manufacturer has been shot dead by his own pistol, last seen alive by his son-in-law. In this seemingly-motiveless murder, Inspector Maigret must rely on his famous intuition to discover the truth and look past the seemingly good intentions of the victim’s family – to figure out just who the culprit is.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Pieces of Her
Slaughter, Karin
Andrea Oliver’s mother, Laura, is the perfect small-town mum. Laura lives a quiet but happy life in sleepy beachside Belle Isle. She’s a pillar of the community: a speech therapist, business owner and everybody’s friend. And she’s never kept a secret from anyone. Or, so Andrea thinks. When Andrea is caught in a random violent attack at a shopping mall, Laura intervenes – and acts in a way that is unrecognisable to her daughter. It’s like Laura is a completely different person – and that’s because she was…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Confession
Spain, Jo
Late one night, a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife, Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry; as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him. An hour later, the intruder, J P Carney, hands himself in – confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody, and an eyewitness account; but Julie remains troubled. Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience… or, is this confession the first, calculated move in a deadly game?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Big Sister (Varg Veum series)
Staalesen, Gunnar
Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her apartment in Bergen, two weeks ago. Since then, no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously. Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds; and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers on the hunt for a group of people – whose dark deeds are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Something in the Water
Steadman, Catherine
Erin is a documentary filmmaker, on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all – until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out – after all, they have each other. On the tropical island of Bora Bora, Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Mark is with her – she knows he’ll keep her safe. Everything will be fine… Until they find something in the water. Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret – after all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… which will endanger everything they hold dear.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Promise to Kill (Clyde Barr series)
Storey, Erik
Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West – in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge, with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly, sick man – a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation – Clyde’s dream of solitude is quickly dashed. On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man’s daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers – running wild in the struggling, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good, in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana’s ranch to help out, until her father is better. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde’s efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana’s, and Taylor’s lives…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Party Girls Die in Pearls (Oxford Girl mysteries)
Sykes, Plum
1985. Ursula Flowerbutton can’t quite believe she’s here: Oxford, city of dreaming spires, eccentric dons and Sebastian Flyte’s excesses. She can’t wait to immerse herself in her History course and cut her journalistic teeth at the famous student newspaper, Cherwell. Ursula has read all seventy-five Agatha Christies. But even this rigorous training could not prepare her for the shocking murder scene she stumbles into, on arrival at her first tutorial…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Hellfire Club
Tapper, Jake
Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s’ Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret – a zoologist, with ambitions of her own. A mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history… The debut political thriller from Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent.
Thriller | HC | $39.99

Death in Shetland Waters (Cass Lynch series)
Taylor, Marsali
Cass Lynch has achieved the post of third officer aboard her beloved Norwegian sail-training ship, Sorlandet. They’re sailing from Norway to Ireland, as part of the Tall Ships’ race. An unnerving early-morning encounter leads to suspicions that there’s a stowaway aboard – yet, a police search finds nobody. Then one of the trainees goes missing… Cass and her lover DI Gavin Macrae find themselves up against a ruthless killer. Cass also needs to confront her personal dilemma: if she wants a settled life with Gavin, she’ll have to leave the sea, but could she bear to do that?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Tunnel Vision (Danny Clay Capers)
Thomson, Jimmy
Chaos seems to follow Danny and Zan. After narrowly avoiding a sticky end in Los Angeles, they escape to Vietnam – to help out an old army mate of Danny’s and explore a new TV-writing project. But, soon, they become entangled in a web of mysteries: their friend is being poisoned, a government official’s daughter has disappeared, a mysterious body has been found in a canal, and there’s a bloodthirsty sun bear somewhere in the city. It all seems to revolve around one powerful man, and he has Danny and Zan in his sights. They’ve got to get on the front foot, if they’re going to walk out of this mess. A sequel to Perfect Criminals (TP, $29.99).
Caper | TP | $29.99

A Casualty of War (Bess Crawford mysteries)
Todd, Charles
Though the Great War is nearing its end, the fighting rages on. While waiting for transport back to her post, Bess Crawford meets Captain Alan Travis from the island of Barbados. Later, when he’s brought into her forward aid station, disoriented from a head wound; Bess is alarmed that he believes his distant English cousin, Lieutenant James Travis, shot him. Then the captain is brought back to the aid station with a more severe wound – once more, angrily denouncing the lieutenant as a killer. But when it appears that James Travis couldn’t have shot him, the captain’s sanity is questioned. Still, Bess wonders how such an experienced officer could be so wrong. On leave in England, Bess finds the captain strapped to his bed, in a clinic for brain injuries. Horrified by his condition, Bess and Sergeant Major Simon Brandon travel to James Travis’ home, in Suffolk, to learn more about the baffling relationship between these two cousins.
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench series)
Tracy, P J
Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota’s leading candidate for Governor, is found dead – on the first anniversary of his son’s drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide. Until they realise that this left-handed man seems to have used his right hand, to pull the trigger… and they find the second body. As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city’s most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first, in the Norwoods’ tragic story – and they won’t be the last…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Loose Units
Verhoeven, Paul F
Paul Verhoeven’s father, John, is a cop. Well, an ex-cop. Long since retired, John spent years embroiled in some of the seediest, scariest intrigue and escapades imaginable. Paul, however, is something of an artsy, sensitive soul who can’t understand why he doesn’t have the same heroism and courage as his dad. One day, John offers Paul the chance of a lifetime: he’ll spill his guts, on tape, for the first time ever, and try to get to the bottom of this difference between them. What unfolds is a goldmine of true-crime stories, showing John’s dramatic (and sometimes dodgy) experience of policing in Sydney, in the 1980s. The crims, the car chases, the frequent brushes with death and violence, and the grey zone between what’s ethical and what’s effective: finally, Paul gets real insight into what’s formed his father’s character. Thrilling, fascinating and often laugh-out-loud funny, Loose Units is a high-octane adventure in policing, integrity and learning what your father is really all about.
True crime | TP | $34.99

The Old Religion
Waites, Martyn
The Cornish village of St Petroc is the sort of place where people come to hide. Tom Killgannon is one such person. An ex-undercover cop, Tom is in the Witness Protection Programme, hiding from some very violent people. St Petroc’s offers him a chance to live a safe and quiet life. Until he meets Lila – a seventeen-year-old runaway. When she breaks into Tom’s house, she takes more than just his money. His wallet holds everything about his new identity. He also knows that Lila is in danger, at the travellers’ commune she’s been living in…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Heather, the Totality (novella)
Weiner, Matthew
The Breakstone family arrange themselves around their daughter Heather, and the world seems to follow: beautiful, compassionate, entrancing, she is the greatest blessing in their lives of Manhattan luxury. But as Heather grows – and her empathy sharpens to a point, and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest – their perfect existence starts to fracture. Meanwhile, a very different life, one raised in poverty and in violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather. From the creator of Mad Men.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

From the Shadows (Dan Grant series)
White, Neil
When defence lawyer Dan Grant inherits a murder case, just weeks away from trial, he’s just expected to baby-sit it, and take his fee. But Dan’s not that kind of lawyer. If he takes on a case, then he investigates it, his way – wherever the evidence takes him. Investigator Jayne Brett is Dan’s investigator; and a woman with a terrible secret in her past – one that still haunts her, today. Needing the money, she takes on the task of investigating the case that Dan’s inherited. But has she taken on more than she can handle? The case: Mary Kendricks was a pretty, smart 24-year-old teacher. Now, Mary Kendricks is dead, and Robert Carter is in the dock, accused of her brutal murder. But, as Dan and Jayne investigate, they discover that perhaps there is more to this case than meets the eye – but, in order to do their jobs, they need to push the limits of the system, even if it means putting themselves in danger… The first in a new series.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Look for Her (DI Chloe Frohmann series)
Winslow, Emily
Lilling might seem like an idyllic English village, but it’s home to a dark history. In 1976, a teenage girl named Annalise Wood disappeared; and, though her body was later discovered, the culprit was never found. Decades later, Annalise maintains a perverse kind of celebrity, and is still the focus of grief, speculation… and – for one young woman – a disturbing, escalating jealousy. When DNA, linked to the Annalise murder, unexpectedly surfaces – cold case detective Morris Keene and his former partner, Chloe Frohmann, hope to finally bring closure to this traumatised community. But the new evidence instead undoes the case’s only certainty: the buried body that had long ago been confidently identified, as Annalise, may be someone else entirely… and, instead of answers, the investigators face only new puzzles. Whose body was unearthed, all those years ago, and what happened to the real Annalise? Is someone interfering with the investigation? And is there a link to present-day drownings, with eerie connections?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

City of Crows
Womersley, Chris
Charlotte Picot is forced to venture to the fearsome city of Paris, in search of her kidnapped son, Nicolas. Fate (or coincidence) places the quick-witted charlatan Adam Lesage in her path. Lesage is newly released from the prison galleys; but, believing him to be a spirit she has summoned from the underworld, Charlotte enlists his help in finding her child. Charlotte and Lesage – comically ill-matched, but nevertheless essential to one another – journey to Paris, then known as the City of Crows: Charlotte, in search of Nicolas; and Lesage, seeking a fresh start.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Kill for Me (Victor the Assassin series)
Wood, Tom
For years, two sisters have vied for the turf of their dead, crime-boss father. Across the streets of Guatemala City, bodies have piled up; the US Drug Enforcement Agency, operating far from its own borders, is powerless to stop the fighting. But, now, one sister has a weapon that could finally win the war – a cold, amoral hitman… known, fittingly, as ‘Victor’. Freed from previous employers – the CIA and MI6 – Victor is a killer for hire, whose sense of self-preservation trumps all else. Yet, as betrayal and counter-betrayal unspool, in the vicious family feud; Victor finds himself at the centre of a storm, even he could be powerless to stop.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Beautiful Revolutionary
Woollett, Laura Elizabeth
It’s the summer of 1968, and Evelyn Lynden is a woman at war with herself. Minister’s daughter. Atheist. Independent woman. Frustrated wife. Bitch with a bleeding heart. Following her conscientious-objector husband, Lenny, to the rural Eden of Evergreen Valley, California; Evelyn wants to be happy with their new life. Yet, as the world is rocked by warfare and political assassinations, by racial discrimination and social upheaval, she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny’s passive ways – and anxious for a saviour. Enter the Reverend Jim Jones, the dynamic leader of a revolutionary church, called People’s Temple. As Evelyn grows closer to Jones, her marriage is just the first casualty of his rise to power…
Suspense | TP | $32.99