Crime & Mystery Catalogue: August 2019

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in August 2019.

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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 2019 includes new books by: Donna Andrews, Gary Bell, Peter Corris, Elly Griffiths, Paddy Hirsch, Jørn Lier Horst, Vaseem Khan, S W Perry, Fred Vargas… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, August 2019

The Third Mrs Durst
Aguirre, Ann
Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move – what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are… consequences. And he has all the power. To outsiders, it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy, after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she’s allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second. Unless she flips the script.
Mystery/suspense | HC | $52.95

Black City (Erast Fandorin series)
Akunin, Boris
Crimea, 1914… When the Tsar’s head of security is assassinated, Erast Fandorin is called to investigate: the killer has been overheard mentioning a ‘black city’ so Fandorin and his trusty companion, Masa, head to Baku, the burgeoning Russian capital of oil. But from the moment they arrive in the city – a hotbed of corruption and greed by the Caspian Sea – they realise someone is watching their every move, and they will stop at nothing to derail their investigation. Having suffered a brutal attack and with Masa’s life hanging by a thread, Fandorin is forced to rely on the help of an unexpected new ally, and he begins to suspect the plot might be part of something larger – and much more sinister. With war brewing in the Balkans and Europe’s empires struggling to contain the threat of revolution, Fandorin must try and solve his most difficult case yet – before time runs out.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Terns of Endearment
Andrews, Donna
Meg’s grandfather has been booked to give lectures on a cruise as part of the education/entertainment itinerary, and he’s arranged for a passel of family members to join him. The passengers’ vacation quickly becomes a nightmare when they wake up to find themselves broken down and in need of repairs. Things get even worse when a crew member announces to all that a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. The note reveals she’s a disliked member of a writers’ group onboard for a retreat, and the group is split on whether this is in character for her. The captain decides not to investigate, saying he’ll notify American authorities when they reach their destination. But Meg’s father decides they need to look into whether there was possible foul play while the prime suspects are all stuck on board. It’ll be a race against the clock to solve this mystery before they make the necessary repairs and return to shore.
Meg Langslow | HC | $39.99

Where the Dead Go
Bailey, Sarah
A fifteen-year-old girl has gone missing after a party in the middle of the night. The following morning, her boyfriend is found brutally murdered in his home. Was the girl responsible for the murder, or is she also a victim of the killer? But who would want two teenagers dead? The aftermath of a personal tragedy finds police detective Gemma Woodstock in the coastal town of Fairhaven with her son Ben in tow. She has begged to be part of a murder investigation – so, she can bury herself in work rather than taking the time to grieve and figure out how to handle the next stage of her life – she now has serious family responsibilities she can no longer avoid. But Gemma also has ghosts she must lay to rest. Gemma searches for answers, while navigating her son’s grief and trying to overcome the hostility of her new colleagues. As the mystery deepens and old tensions and secrets come to light, Gemma is increasingly haunted by a similar missing persons case she worked on, not long before. A case that ended in tragedy and made her question her instincts as a cop. Can she trust herself again? The third novel in the riveting Gemma Woodstock series; following The Dark Lake and Into the Night (PBK, $14.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining series)
Barz, Vivian
An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility. When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted criminal who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started. Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young boy in overalls: a symptom of his schizophrenia – or, so, he thinks. But when more bodies turn up, Eric has more visions, and they mirror details of the murder case. As the investigation continues, the police stick with their original conclusion, but Susan’s instincts tell her something is off. The higher-ups keep stonewalling her, and the FBI’s closing in. Desperate for answers, Susan goes rogue and turns to Eric for help. Together they take an unorthodox approach to the case as the evidence keeps getting stranger. With Eric’s hallucinations intensifying and the body count rising, can the pair separate truth from illusion long enough to catch a monster?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
A pen pusher from Head Office soon finds himself pushing up the daisies… Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure and this presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Hamish does every day. On hearing of Blair’s plans Hamish is fully prepared to ensure young Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report… but before he can do that, Cyril is found dead and Hamish very quickly becomes the prime suspect for his murder… Reissued with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Liar (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So, when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime. Reissued with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Elliott Rook QC series)
Bell, Gary
Elliot Rook QC is one of the greatest barristers of his generation. He is also a complete fraud. Elliot Rook is the epitome of a highly successful, old Etonian QC. Or, so, everyone believes. In fact, he is an ex-petty criminal with a past that he has spent decades keeping secret. Until now… An unidentified young woman of Middle Eastern origin has been found murdered on the outskirts of Rook’s home town. Billy Barber – a violent football hooligan and white supremacist – is accused of her murder. Barber insists that Rook must defend him. If Rook refuses, Barber will expose him, bringing crashing to the ground the life and career that Rook has spent his life building. The truth is there for the finding. But at what cost? The start of a thrilling new legal series, perfect for fans of John Fairfax or The Secret Barrister, written by an acclaimed QC.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Solemn Graves (Billy Boyle WWII mysteries)
Benn, James R
July, 1944, a full month after D-Day. Billy, Kaz, and Big Mike are assigned to investigate a murder close to the front lines in Normandy. An American officer has been found dead in a manor house serving as an advance headquarters outside the town of Trévières. Major Jerome was far from his own unit, arrived unexpectedly, and was murdered in the dark of night. The investigation is shrouded in secrecy, due to the highly confidential nature of the American unit headquartered nearby in the Norman hedgerow country: the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, aka, the Ghost Army. This vague name covers a thousand-man unit with a unique mission within the US Army: to impersonate other US Army units by creating deceptions using radio traffic, dummy inflatable vehicles, and sound effects, causing the enemy to think they are facing large formations. Not even the units adjacent to their positions know what they are doing. But there are German spies and informants everywhere, and Billy must tread carefully, unmasking the murder while safeguarding the secret of the Ghost Army – a secret which, if discovered, could turn the tide of war decisively against the Allies.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Drowned Lives
Booth, Stephen
When council officer Chris Buckley is approached by an odd old man demanding help in healing a decades-old family rift, he sends the stranger away. But then the old man is murdered, and the police arrive on the Chris’ doorstep asking questions to which he has no answers. As Chris begins to look into the circumstances of the murder, he uncovers a deadly secret in the silt and mud of the local canals that he’ll realise was better kept buried. A standalone mystery.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Rocket to the Morgue (American Mystery Classics)
Boucher, Anthony
Legendary science fiction author Fowler Faulkes may be dead, but his creation, the iconic Dr Derringer, lives on in popular culture. Or, at least, the character would live on, if not for Faulkes’ predatory and greedy heir Hilary; who, during his time as the inflexible guardian of the estate, has created countless enemies in the relatively small community of writers of the genre. So, when he is stabbed nearly to death in a room with only one door, which nobody was seen entering or exiting, Faulkes suspects a writer. Fearing that the assailant will return, he asks for police protection, and when more potentially-fatal encounters follow, it becomes clear to Detective Terry Marshall and his assistant, the inquisitive nun, Sister Ursula, that death awaits Mr Faulkes around every corner. Now, they’ll have to work overtime to thwart the would-be murderer – a task that requires a deep dive into the strange, idiosyncratic world of science fiction in its early days. With characters based heavily on Anthony Boucher’s friends at the Manana Literary Society, including Robert Heinlein, L Ron Hubbard, and Jack Parsons, Rocket to the Morgue is both a classic, locked-room mystery, and an enduring portrait of a real-life writing community. Reprinted for the first time in over thirty years, the book is a must-read for fans of mysteries and science fiction, alike.
Classic mystery | TP | $24.95

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (Her Royal Spyness mysteries)
Bowen, Rhys
Georgie is excited when Darcy announces out of the blue that they are flying to Kenya for their extended honeymoon. It is only after they arrive that she suspects he has actually been sent there on an assignment. She tries not to be angry, because she is, after all, in a paradise! They are picked up in Nairobi and taken to a lovely house in Happy Valley – the centre of upper-class English life there. Darcy finally confides that there have been some spectacular robberies in London and Paris, and it is suspected that the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Georgie is shocked at the completely decadent lifestyle that involves wild parties and rampant infidelity. One of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, makes a play for Georgie. She rebuffs him. Then he is found dead along a lonely stretch of road. At first it seems to be a lion attack. But why was he on that stretch of road, alone, late at night? It seems the Happy Valley community wants to close the case, but as Georgie and Darcy investigate, almost everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead.
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

The New Iberia Blues (Dave Robicheaux series)
Burke, James Lee
Detective Dave Robicheaux first met Desmond Cormier on the backstreets of New Orleans. He was a young pretender who dreamt of stardom, whilst Robicheaux had his path all figured out. Now, twenty-five years later, their roles have reversed. When Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, he sees a successful Hollywood director. It seems dreams can come true. But, so, can nightmares. A young woman has been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle, and all the evidence points to Cormier. Robicheaux wants to believe his old friend wouldn’t be capable of such a crime – but Cormier’s silence is deafening. And he isn’t the only ghost from Robicheaux’s past which comes back to haunt him…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Central Park Five:
the Untold Story Behind One of New York City’s Most Infamous Crimes

Burns, Sarah
A story revisited in light of the acclaimed new Netflix series When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay… The Central Park Five holds a reflective mirror up to our present day, going back to another period of rampant race baiting, racially motivated police misconduct and the point at which Donald Trump made his first foray into US politics. This book will make you question whether much has really changed in the past thirty years. On April 20th, 1989, two passers by discovered the body of the ‘Central Park jogger’ crumpled in a ravine. She’d been raped and severely beaten. Within days five black and Latino teenagers were apprehended, all five confessing to the crime. The staggering torrent of media coverage that ensued, coupled with fierce public outcry, exposed the deep-seated race and class divisions in New York City at the time. The minors were tried and convicted as adults, despite no evidence linking them to the victim. Over a decade later, when DNA tests connected serial rapist Matias Reyes to the crime, the government, law enforcement, social institutions and media of New York were exposed as having undermined the individuals they were designed to protect. Here, Sarah Burns recounts this historic case for the first time since the young men’s convictions were overturned, telling, at last, the full story of one of New York’s most legendary crimes.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

The Pretty Girl Killer
Byrne, Andrew
The complete, true story of one of the world’s most horrifying serial killers, who terrorised both Australia and America… This is the story of Christopher Wilder: the surf-loving son of a decorated naval war hero born in the suburbs of Sydney, who became the most wanted man in America – a psychopathic serial killer who slaughtered more than sixteen young women in the USA and is the prime suspect in the infamous Australian Wanda Beach murders. Wilder was handsome and charming, and time and time again he managed to convince beautiful young women that he was a fashion photographer looking to help them start a career in modelling. What followed were some of the most brutal, sadistic crimes the world has ever seen – as well as a years-long police operation, dogged by missed opportunities and bad decisions, to track the killer down. Featuring new evidence unearthed from case files and interviews with FBI agents, witnesses and survivors, some of whom have spoken for the first time since the horrendous crimes were committed, The Pretty Girl Killer takes us right into the mind and moment of one of Australia’s most heinous exports.
True crime | TP | $34.99

The Overnight Kidnapper (Inspector Montalbano series)
Camilleri, Andrea
After a hectic morning involving two rather irritating cases of mistaken identity, Inspector Montalbano finally arrives in his office ready find out what’s troubling Vigàta, this week. What he discovers is unnerving. A woman on her way home from work has been held up at gunpoint, chloroformed and kidnapped, but then released just hours later – unharmed and with all her possessions – into the open countryside. Later that day, Montalbano hears from Enzo, the owner of his favourite restaurant, that his niece has recently been the victim of the exact same crime. Before long, a third instance of this baffling overnight kidnapping has been reported. As far as Montalbano can tell, there is no link between the attacker and the victims. So, what exactly is this mystery assailant gaining from these fleeting kidnappings? And what can he do to stop them? Montalbano must use all his logic and intuition, if he is to answer these pressing questions, before the kidnapper finds his next victim…
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

The Colours of Murder (Susie Mahl series)
Carter, Ali
If only death came with a warning… Flirtatious American blonde, Miss Hailey Duke, should never have accepted a summer weekend invitation to Fontaburn Hall. But when the Honourable Archibald Cooke Wellingham’s gentrified house party are woken, in the early hours of Sunday morning, it’s too late: Miss Duke’s blood is on their hands. With the aid of well-mannered Detective Chief Inspector Reynolds, intelligent Sergeant Ayari and loyal friend Dr Toby Cropper, Susie Mahl, on a timely commission drawing six racehorses nearby, seizes the opportunity to play detective, for a second time. Her inquisitive nature, tenacity for truth and artist’s eye for detail make her ideally suited to the task in hand, but is she getting carried away by her previous triumph – even to the extent of endangering her reputation and her burgeoning relationship with Toby? A sequel to A Brush with Death (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Swords in the East (Sir Robert Carey mysteries) (omnibus)
Chisholm, P F
Sir Robert Carey abandoned the ambition and treachery of Queen Elizabeth I’s court to take up the post of Deputy Warden of the West March, aided by his surly, larcenous, and loyal henchman Henry Dodd, Land Sergeant of Gilsland. As Carey struggles to solve the murder of a local minister, he battles with his deep adoration of Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, while despising her elderly, abusive husband – will the man never die? During his investigation, Carey encounters King James IV, his amoral favourite Lord Spynie, the fey Lady Hume, Mr Anricks – a surprisingly skilled tooth drawer – and, finally, a plot to topple the Scottish Court. An omnibus edition collecting the novels A Chorus of Innocents and A Clash of Spheres.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Invitation to Die (Inspector Redfyre series)
Cleverly, Barbara
1923: Five Cambridge college dons host a monthly dinner club in secret. Their sixth man, always a stranger, is destined to make only one appearance. He is carefully selected the day of each party as the dons scour the streets to find their next target – a vagrant, perhaps, who looks like he could use a nice meal. He is handed a formal invitation, then appears at dinner only to be psychologically tormented for the evening by the dons’ cutting wit. The man with the highest number of killing shots is awarded a cup at the end of the night. Then the dons’ most recent guest, a former officer in the turn-of-the-century Boer War, is found strangled with hints of a sumptuous last meal in his stomach. Detective Inspector John Redfyre’s investigation takes him into the halls of notoriously elite and secretive St Jude’s College – unfamiliar territory, even for a man of his breeding. As he contends with five suspects, each powerful and formidably clever, he must determine whether their parties are merely pretentious sadism, or one or more of the dons has more sinister mechanisms at play. The Inspector Redfyre series begins with Fall of Angels (TP, $27.99).
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

Run Away
Coben, Harlan
You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. You haven’t seen her in six months. Then you find her busking, in New York’s Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is frail, filthy, terrified, and in more trouble than you ever imagined. You don’t stop to think. You approach her. You beg her to come home. She runs. You follow. What choice do you have? And as you descend into the dark, dangerous world she’s lost herself in, you quickly find yourself out of your depths. Down here, no one is safe – and, now, both of you might never make it out alive…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Dark Sacred Night (Ballard & Bosch series)
Connelly, Michael
At the end of a long, dark night detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the first time. Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard shift and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours, to find a stranger rifling through old files. The intruder is none other than retired legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hunting for leads in an unsolved case that has got under his skin. Ballard escorts him out but – curious to know what he was searching for – soon becomes obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton. Was she the first victim of a serial killer who still stalks the streets? For Bosch, the case is more than personal: it may be all he has left. But in a city where crime never sleeps, even detectives have a dark side…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

See You at the Toxteth: the Best of Cliff Hardy, and Corris On Crime
Corris, Peter
For almost four decades Peter Corris was known as ‘the godfather of Australian crime fiction’, and Cliff Hardy has been Australia’s favourite private investigator since he solved his first case in 1980. This selection of stories starts with Cliff’s early days driving round Glebe in his battered Falcon, drinking at the Toxteth Hotel and taking on cases that more often than not leave him as battered as his car. As Cliff becomes older and wiser, he prefers to use his head more than his fists, but the cases are as tricky as ever and Hardy’s clients lead him to the murkiest surroundings. To further celebrate Peter Corris’ legacy, editor Jean Bedford has also included a selection of his columns on the world of crime and crime writing, along with his ‘ABC of Crime Writing’. From Adultery to Yeti, via Gumshoe, Hit man and The Mob, this entertaining compendium gives a fascinating insight into Peter’s vast knowledge of the genre.
Mystery/mystery reference | TP | $29.99

The Second Biggest Nothing (Dr Siri Paiboun mysteries)
Cotterill, Colin
Vientiane, 1980: Laos is celebrating its fifth anniversary of communist rule, and Dr Siri and his crew couldn’t be less thrilled. But really, things could be a lot worse. Madame Daeng’s noodle shop is thriving, Tukta and Geung are on their honeymoon, and Siri and Civilai are still plotting their directorial debut. But before things get too comfortable, Dr Siri finds something odd tied with pink ribbon to his dog, Ugly’s, tail: a mysterious note written in English. Upon finding someone to translate the note, Dr Siri learns it is a death threat – and not just to him, but to everyone he holds dear. And whoever wrote the note claims the job will be executed in two weeks. Thus, at the urging of his motley crew of faithful friends, Dr Siri contemplates who would hold such a strong grudge as to wish him dead, launching him into hair-bending scenes from his past, including the first time Siri met his lifelong pal Civilai in Paris, in the early ’30s, a particularly disruptive episode at an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and a prisoner of war negotiation in Hanoi at the height of the Vietnam War in the ’70s. There will be grave consequences in the present, if Dr Siri can’t put together the clues in the past.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Head Wound (Jane Cowan series)
Cutler, Judith
While Jane Cowan waits for renovations to be completed on her new permanent home, she remains in temporary accommodation under the watchful eye of her landlord Brian Dawes, chair of the governors at Wrayford School. Her work life is dominated by preparations for the all-important school play, but behind the scenes the threat of major cuts to the school’s budget puts a strain on morale. Alongside these concerns are her landlord’s deteriorating health and the odd behaviour of her neighbours – both mysteries she could do without. As events unravel and with her students’ welfare at the forefront of her mind, can Jane unravel the curiosities in which she finds herself tangled?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Perfect Wife
Delaney, J P
Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she’s a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve. But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives – and his version of events. Can she trust him, when he says he wants them to be together for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Ask a Policeman (Collins Crime Club series)
Detection Club
Lord Comstock is a barbarous newspaper tycoon with enemies in high places. His murder in the study of his country house poses a dilemma for the Home Secretary. In the hours before his death, Lord Comstock’s visitors included the government Chief Whip, an Archbishop, and the Assistant Commissioner for Scotland Yard. Suspicion falls upon them all and threatens the impartiality of any police investigation. Abandoning protocol, the Home Secretary invites four famous detectives to solve the case: Mrs Adela Bradley, Sir John Saumarez, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Mr Roger Sheringham. All are different, all are plausible, all are on their own – and none of them can ask a policeman… This classic crime novel by six different authors is introduced by Martin Edwards, archivist of the Detection Club, and includes a never-before-published preface by Agatha Christie, ‘Detective Writers in England’, in which she discusses her approach to writing and her fellow writers in the Detection Club.
Classic mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Anatomy of Murder (Collins Crime Club series) (anthology)
Detection Club
A unique anthology for crime aficionados – seven of the world’s most notorious genuine murder mysteries retold by the most accomplished classic crime writers of their generation. A manipulative murderer who stalked the streets of Paris; a young wife who poisoned her eccentric husband; a bank cashier’s mysterious suicide; a brutal double murder in New Zealand… Seven of the world’s greatest crime writers turn their hand to some of the world’s most spine-tingling mysteries – all of them astonishingly true. This remarkable collection from the archives of the Detection Club follows The Floating Admiral, Ask a Policeman, and Six Against the Yard back into print after more than 75 years, and shows some of the most accomplished authors of their generation retelling real-life murder mysteries with all the relish of the tastiest crime fiction.
Classic mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Detection Collection (Collins Crime Club series) (anthology)
Detection Club
Ten years since it was first published in hardback, and now for the first time in mass market paperback, this volume of short stories by the cream of British crime writing talent celebrates 75 years of the quintessential Detection Club. The Detection Club represents the cream of British crime writing talent. Founded on the cusp of the 1930s, the Club’s first President was G K Chesterton, and since then the mantle of Presidency has passed to some of the most significant names in the history of crime fiction, including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, and Julian Symons. The Club meets three times a year – to dine, to plot, and to exchange ideas. This anthology includes eleven new stories by the Best of British: Robert Barnard, Lyndsey Davis, Colin Dexter, Clare Francis, Robert Goddard, John Harvey, Reginald Hill, P D James, H R F Keating, Michael Ridpath, and Margaret Yorke; and has been edited by the Club’s President, Simon Brett. Among the authors are a number of bestsellers, as well as winners of both Diamond and Gold Daggers. This outstanding collection is a must for crime lovers, everywhere.
Classic mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Six Against the Yard (Collins Crime Club series) (anthology)
Detection Club
A unique anthology for crime aficionados – six ‘perfect murder’ stories written by the most accomplished crime writers of the 1930s, designed to fox real-life Scotland Yard Superintendent Cornish, who comments on whether or not these crimes could have genuinely been solved. Is the ‘perfect murder’ possible? Can that crime be committed with such consummate care, with such exacting skill, that it is unsolvable – even to the most astute investigator? In this unique collection, legendary crime writers Margery Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Ronald Knox, Dorothy L Sayers, and Russell Thorndike each attempt to create the unsolvable murder, which Superintendent Cornish of the CID then attempts to unravel… This clever literary battle of wits from the archives of the Detection Club follows The Floating Admiral and Ask a Policeman back into print, after more than 75 years; and shows some of the experts from the Golden Age of detective fiction at their most ingenious.
Classic mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Other Mrs Miller
Dickson, Allison
Phoebe isn’t sure when the car started showing up. At first, she put it down to the scandal around her late father; but she’s certain, now, it’s there for her. What’s interesting about an unhappily married housewife, who barely leaves her house? When a new family move in across the street, it provides Phoebe with a distraction. But with her head turned, she’s no longer focused on the woman in the car. And Phoebe really should be, because she’s just waiting for an opportunity to upend Phoebe’s life…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Essentials)
Doyle, Arthur Conan
‘Come at once if convenient – if inconvenient come all the same…’ The note from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson cannot be ignored and soon the pair find themselves investigating the curious case of an aged professor whose sudden strange alteration in behaviour terrifies everyone, from his daughter and her fiancé to the family dog. This and eleven other cases which confound clients or perplex the police are tackled by Holmes and Watson in the final collection of the duo’s detecting adventures. The final collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, the world’s most beloved detective – now a Penguin Essential. Reissued with a weirdly-psychedelic cover.
Sherlockiana (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Murder at the Ashmolean (Museum mysteries)
Eldridge, Jim
1895. A senior executive at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is found in his office with a bullet hole between his eyes, a pistol discarded close by. The death has officially been ruled as suicide by local police, but with an apparent lack of motive for such action, the museum’s administrator, Gladstone Marriott, suspects foul play. With his cast-iron reputation for shrewdness, formed during his time investigating the case of Jack the Ripper alongside Inspector Abberline, private enquiry agent Daniel Wilson is a natural choice to discreetly explore the situation, ably assisted by his partner, archaeologist-cum-detective Abigail Fenton. Yet, their enquiries are hindered from the start by an interfering lone agent from Special Branch, ever secretive and intimidating in his methods. With rumours of political ructions from South Africa, mislaid artefacts, and a lost Shakespeare play, Wilson and Fenton soon find themselves tangled in bureaucracy. Making unlikely alliances, the pair face players who live by a different set of rules and will need their intellect and ingenuity to reveal the secrets of the aristocracy.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

Dead Man’s Lane (Wesley Peterson series)
Ellis, Kate
Strangefields Farm is notorious for its sinister history, ever since artist Jackson Temples lured young women there to model for disturbing works of art. Some of those girls never left the house alive. Now, decades later, Strangefields is to be transformed into a holiday village, but the developer’s hopes of its dark history being forgotten are dashed when a skull is found on the site. And when a local florist is found murdered in an echo of Temples’ crimes, DI Wesley Peterson fears that a copy-cat killer is at large. Especially when another brutal murder in a nearby village appears to be linked. As Wesley’s friend, archaeologist Dr Neil Watson, uncovers the secrets of Strangefields’ grisly past, it seems that an ancient tale of the dead returning to torment the living might not be as fantastical as it seems. And Wesley must work fast to discover who’s behind the recent murders… before someone close to him is put in danger.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Worst Case Scenario
Fitzgerald, Helen
Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line. Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists. Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice… with devastating consequences.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Last Woman Standing
Gentry, Amy
Humiliated by a man who held her career in his hands, Dana Diaz’s life and reputation are in tatters. Drowning her sorrows one night in a bar, she gets talking to a stranger, Amanda – and finds that she, too, has a story to tell. Over a drink, Amanda proposes a plan: The women should take revenge on each other’s behalf. Stalking and tormenting the people who wronged them carries a thrill – and one act of revenge soon leads to another. But while this may be an addictive game for two, only one can survive. Who will be the last woman standing?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Intrigue in Covent Garden (Thomas Chaloner series)
Gregory, Susanna
By January 1666, the plague has almost disappeared from London, leaving its surviving population diminished and in poverty. The resentment against those who had fled to the country turns to outrage as the court and its followers return, their licentiousness undiminished. The death of a well-connected physician, the mysterious sinking of a man-of-war in the Thames and the disappearance of a popular courtier are causing concern to Thomas Chaloner’s employer. When instructed to investigate them all, he is irritated that he is prevented from gaining intelligence on the military preparations of the Dutch. Then he discovers common threads in all the cases, which seem linked to those planning to set a match to the powder keg of rebellion in the city. Battling a ferocious winter storm that causes serious damage to London’s fabric, Chaloner is in a race against time to prevent the weakened city from utter destruction.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Sanctuary Murders (Matthew Bartholomew series)
Gregory, Susanna
In 1360, Edward III issues a call to arms, as sporadic attacks by the French threaten to turn into a full-blown invasion. In Cambridge, fear of the enemy is magnified by the belief that foreign agents are lurking in the area. Tension runs ever higher as rumours and ignorance fan the flames of suspicion amid preparations for war. And then the first murder occurs – of a French scholar living in the town. At Michaelhouse, Brother Michael is now Master, but his reach of power in the University is under threat by the election of a new Chancellor and his cohort of dubious advisors. Soon, the Colleges begin to squabble amongst themselves, as well as with the town that never wanted a University in the first place. Amidst this atmosphere of swelling distrust, physician Matthew Bartholomew is called upon to investigate mysterious deaths in a nearby hospital. He quickly realises that there is something odd about the inmates and their keepers – something dark and deadly, which seems to be connected to the growing number of murders in the town. Pressure mounts as the University and the town clamour for answers, leading Bartholomew and Michael in a frantic quest for a solution before the powder-keg of animosity in Cambridge is ignited.
Historical mystery | HC | $49.99

The Stranger Diaries
Griffiths, Elly
A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time? Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder. As a literature teacher, specialising in the Gothic writer R M Holland, she teaches a short course on them, every year. Then Clare’s life and work collide tragically – when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R M Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case. Not knowing who to trust – and afraid that the killer is someone she knows – Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then, one day, she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers… A new, standalone thriller, from the author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries. Customers loved this, when it was out in trade paperback! Recommended.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Turbulent Wake
Hardisty, Paul E
Ethan Scofield returns to the place of his birth to bury his father. Hidden in one of the upstairs rooms of the old man’s house he finds a strange manuscript, a collection of stories that seems to cover the whole of his father’s turbulent life. As his own life starts to unravel, Ethan works his way through the manuscript, trying to find answers to the mysteries that have plagued him since he was a child. What happened to his little brother? Why was his mother taken from him? And why, in the end, when there was no one else left, did his own father push him away?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Second Sleep
Harris, Robert
All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is. 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts – coins, fragments of glass, human bones – which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes – about himself, his faith and the history of his world – is tested to destruction.
Historical suspense | TP | $32.99

Let’s Fake a Deal (Sarah W Garage Sale mysteries 07)
Harris, Sherry
As a former military spouse, Sarah Winston’s learned a little about organizing, packing, and moving. Her latest project sounds promising: a couple of tech-industry hipsters, newly arrived in her Massachusetts town, who need to downsize. Unfortunately, when Sarah tries to sell their stuff, she discovers it’s all stolen – and she’s the unwitting fence. Michelle, an old friend of Sarah’s from the Air Force base, is in line for a promotion – but not everyone is happy about it, and she’s been hit with an anonymous discrimination complaint. When one of the men she suspects is behind the accusations turns up dead in Michelle’s car, Sarah needs to clear Michelle’s name – as well as her own for selling hot merchandise. And she’ll have to do it while also organizing a cat lady’s gigantic collection of feline memorabilia, or they’ll be making room for Sarah in a jail cell…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Orchestrated Death (Bill Slider mysteries)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
Detective Inspector Bill Slider – middle class, middle aged, and middle of the road – is never going to make it to Scotland Yard. He’s spent most of his working life at Shepherd’s Bush nick, and stopped minding long ago about being passed over for promotion. But then the unidentifiable body of a woman turns up on his patch; and, suddenly, Slider and his partner Atherton have a chance to prove themselves. As they wrestle with an investigation, in which the only clues are a priceless Stradivarius and a giant tin of olive oil, everyone – most of all Slider himself – is wondering whether this latest crisis will make or break the steely-eyed detective. Reissued with new jacket art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Death Watch (Bill Slider mysteries)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
The lot of the working copper is getting harder: new regulations, regular rousting by the top brass, a budget tighter than a Victoria corset and a DC who thinks he’s in a John le Carré novel makes it a trying time for Detective inspector Bill Slider. Then when a noted womaniser dies in mysterious fire in a sleazy motel and the whole of his murky past comes to light, Slider begins to question whether this was suicide… or murder. And that’s not the only thing Slider is questioning. As soon as he’s solved the motel mystery, Bill is going to have to put his own house in order… Reissued with new jacket art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Necrochip (Bill Slider mysteries)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
There’s a changing of the guard at Shepherd’s Bush police station. But unfortunately for Bill Slider, incoming Detective Superintendent Barrington has something to prove and no desire to make friends with his subordinates. Luckily – or rather, unluckily – Slider has work to be getting on with, and soon the discovery of a dismembered corpse plunges him into west London’s seedy underworld. But something’s not sitting right. Why did Barrington have an axe to grind with the old Detective Superintendent? The more Slider learns, the less he likes it, and the less he can believe that his job is ever going to win him friends in high places… Reissued with new jacket art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Grave Expectation (Dickens of a Crime series)
Hedmond, Heather
London, June 1835: In the interest of being a good neighbour, Charles checks in on Miss Haverstock, the elderly spinster who resides in the flat above his. But as the young journalist and his fiancée Kate ascend the stairs, they are assaulted by the unmistakable smell of death. Upon entering the woman’s quarters, they find her decomposing corpse propped up, adorned in a faded gown that looks like it could have been her wedding dress, had she been married. A murderer has set the stage. But to what purpose? As news of an escaped convict from Coldbath Fields reaches the couple, Charles reasonably expects the prisoner, Ned Blood, may be responsible. But Kate suspects more personal motives, given the time and effort in dressing the victim. When a local blacksmith is found with cut manacles in his shop and arrested, his distraught wife begs Charles and Kate to help. At the inquest, they are surprised to meet Miss Haverstock’s cold and haughty foster daughter, shadowed by her miserably besotted companion. Secrets shrouded by the old woman’s past may hold the answers to this web of mystery. But Charles and Kate will have to risk their lives to unveil the truth…
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

The Devil’s Half Mile (Lawless New York series)
Hirsch, Paddy
New York, 1799: Justy Flanagan, lawyer, soldier, policeman, has returned to his native city, bloodied and battered after fighting in the Irish Rebellion against the English. Determined to hunt down the man who murdered his father, his inquiries lead him to Wall Street, and the fledgling stock market. But as his investigations, into the past, move ahead; the horrific murders of young slave women, in the present, start to occupy his time… A sequel, Hudson’s Kill, is also now available (TP, $29.99). Great historical crime dramas set in turn of the 19th century New York. Recommended.
Historical suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Grave For Two (Selma Falck series)
Holt, Anne
Selma Falck’s personal life and career as a lawyer have hit rock bottom. That is until Hege Chin Morell – Norway’s best female skier – approaches her desperate to overturn a doping charge. With two months to the Winter Olympics, Selma faces the seemingly almost impossible task of clearing Morell’s name. However, when a male skier is found dead after a training accident, it becomes clear to Selma that there is something more serious at risk. Encountering corruption, hidden enmity and shady connections, the pattern of recent crimes and ancient sins becomes undeniable. As Selma’s race against time begins, she realises that more lives are at stake… The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Cabin (Cold Case Quartet)
Horst, Jørn Lier
Politician Bernhard Clausen has been found dead, in his cabin on the Norwegian coast. The police discover a piece of explosive information which could put the whole nation’s future at risk. In a frantic search for answers they discover a web of lies which conceal the secrets to a series of cold cases. The police soon realise that to uncover the truth these cases need to be solved. And quickly. Chief Inspector William Wisting, together with Kripos investigator Adrian Stiller, delve into Clauren’s past and soon find that his interests lay less in Norway’s political world, and more in its dark, and deadly, criminal underbelly. The second instalment in the Cold Case Quartet, following The Katharina Code (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Invisible Blood: 17 New Stories of Murder and Mystery (anthology)
Jakubowski, Maxim (editor)
Open the files on an anthology of seventeen new crime stories to probe the brutal and complex hearts of criminals, and unravel the strangest of mysteries. With stories by: Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Stella Duffy, and others; including a new Jack Reacher story.
Mystery anthology | PBK | $19.99

The Cats Came Back (Magical Cats mysteries 10)
Kelly, Sofie
The charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights is hosting a music festival, and the whole place is bustling with musicians and tourists. Kathleen is looking forward to taking in some fabulous performances – and her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are looking forward to taking in some fabulous sardine crackers. But then the trio stumbles across a dead body by the river. The victim is a close friend of a well-known cabaret singer set to perform at the festival – and the two happen to look incredibly alike. Who could have wanted to harm the dead woman? Was it a case of mistaken identity? As accusations abound and suspicions swirl, Kathleen, Hercules and Owen will put their abilities – both mundane and magical – to the test… and lay down the paw.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Bad Day at the Vulture Club (Baby Ganesh Agency series)
Khan, Vaseem
Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai’s wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest… The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive, and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared. When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence – where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures – the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced. Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case. But murder is murder. And, in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Severed (Matt Hunter series)
Laws, Peter
During a communion service at a village church, the teenage son of a vicar brutally attacks his father with an axe. The horrified congregation watch the son escape; and, during a frantic police search, rumours arise that the boy was involved in devil worship. Professor Matt Hunter, an atheist ex-minister and expert on religion, is brought in to advise, yet he quickly suspects the church attack may have a far more complex cause. Meanwhile, a ten-year-old boy called Ever grows up in a small Christian cult. The group believe they are the only true humans left and that the world is filled with demons called Hollows, but they’re working on a bizarre ritual that will bring peace and paradise to the world. Soon, the worlds of Matt and Ever will collide in one awful, terrifying night where Matt is thrown into the frightening and murderous world of religious mania.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Heirs of Anthony Boucher: a History of Mystery Fandom (second edition)
Lachman, Marvin
Following in the footsteps of those devoted to science fiction and works about Sherlock Holmes, general mystery fandom emerged in 1967 and has since thrived and become an international phenomenon. With its irresistible combination of puzzle solving and the examination of the dark underbelly of humanity, crime fiction continues to fascinate and delight millions of readers. Ranging the gamut from cosy mysteries to fast-paced thrillers, crime fiction contains a nearly endless range of books… and, of course, a similarly diverse group of readers who devour them. Out of this rabid readership, countless websites, nearly one hundred fan magazines, and dozens of conferences celebrating mysteries have arisen to bring authors, readers, and fans together. This revised and updated edition of The Heirs of Anthony Boucher is an illuminating look at the history of mystery fandom and its effect on readers across the globe. Complete with anecdotes, personal reminiscences, facts, and pictures, it tells the story of the mystery community’s publications and conventions, the fans who produce them, and the future of mystery fandom in years to come.
Reference | TP | $32.99

Murder in the Mill-Race (British Library Crime Classics)
Lorac, E C R
When Dr Raymond Ferens moves to a practice at Milham in the Moor in North Devon, he and his wife are enchanted with the beautiful hilltop village lying so close to moor and sky. At first, they see only its charm, but soon they begin to uncover its secrets – envy, hatred, and malice. Everyone says that Sister Monica, warden of a children’s home, is a saint – but is she? A few months after the Ferens’ arrival her body is found drowned in the mill-race. Chief Inspector Macdonald faces one of his most difficult cases in a village determined not to betray its dark secrets to a stranger.
Classic mystery | TP | $28.95

The Time for Murder is Meow (Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop mysteries 01)
LoTempio, L C
Crishell ‘Shell’ McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt’s pet shop, the Purr ’N’ Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for reopening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt’s Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting – until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell’s aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick – her aunt’s Persian Purrday – find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope series)
MacNeal, Susan Elia
Maggie Hope is being held prisoner on a remote Scottish island with other SOE agents who know too much for the enemy’s comfort. All the spies on the island are trained to kill – and when they start dropping off, one by one, Maggie needs to find the murderer… before she becomes the next victim. The first in this great series is Mr Churchill’s Secretary (TP, $27.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $27.99

Knot On Her Life (Quilting mysteries 07)
Marks, Mary
Martha’s eager to finish the baby quilt she’s making for her new granddaughter, but she scraps those plans, when a young girl rings her doorbell begging for help. Poppy Halaby, the foster child of Martha’s neighbour, is an orphan whose parents were murdered by a killer who was never caught. When Poppy’s doting foster mom falls suspiciously ill, Martha is determined to keep the child safe. But she’ll have to unravel more about Poppy’s parents to stitch a broken family back together again – and prevent another crime cut from the same cloth…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Murder at Crossways (Gilded Newport mysteries)
Maxwell, Alyssa
The days are getting shorter as summer’s end approaches, which means it’s time for the Harvest Festival, the last big event of the season, held by Mamie Fish, wife of millionaire railroad tycoon Stuyvesant Fish, at their grand ‘cottage’, Crossways. The neo-colonial mansion is decked out in artificial autumn splendour, and an extravagant scavenger hunt will be held. But the crowning jewel of the evening will be the guest of honour, Prince Otto of Austria. As acting editor-in-chief of the Newport Messenger, Emma had hoped to leave her days as a society reporter behind her. But, at the last moment, she must fill in and attend the Harvest Festival. With nearly every eligible daughter of Newport high society in attendance, Emma can almost hear romantic dreams shattering like glass slippers when the prince fails to appear. The next morning, he is found dead in the side garden at Crossways, making it clear a murderer crashed the party. The prince has been stabbed in the same manner as another man, recently found on nearby Bailey’s Beach – who strongly resembles Emma’s half-brother Brady’s father, presumed dead for nearly thirty years after a yachting mishap. As Emma investigates a connection between the two victims, she is joined on the hunt by Mamie Fish, herself. But they must hurry – before the killer slips away like the fading summer…
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

The Man with No Face
May, Peter
1979. Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman is sent to Europe, intent on digging up dirt. Yet, it is danger he discovers, when two British men are found murdered. One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double assassination witnessed by the former’s autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father’s killer – except for one. With those around him rocked by the tragedy, Bannerman is compelled to follow his instincts. He is now fighting to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer. The Man with No Face was originally published in 1981, entitled: Hidden Faces.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Bodies from the Library 2: Lost Classic Stories By Masters of the Golden Age (Collins Crime Club series) (anthology)
Medawar, Tony (editor)
This second volume is a showcase for popular figures of the Golden Age, in stories that even their most ardent fans will not be aware of. It includes uncollected and unpublished stories by acclaimed queens and kings of crime fiction, from Helen Simpson, Ethel Lina White, E C R Lorac, Christianna Brand, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, to S S Van Dine, Jonathan Latimer, Clayton Rawson, Cyril Alington and Antony and Peter Shaffer (writing as Peter Antony). This book also features two highly-readable radio scripts by Margery Allingham (involving Jack the Ripper) and John Rhode, plus two full-length novellas – one from a rare magazine by Q Patrick, the other an unpublished Gervase Fen mystery by Edmund Crispin, written at the height of his career. It concludes with another remarkable discovery: ‘The Locked Room’ by Dorothy L Sayers, a never-before-published case for Lord Peter Wimsey!
Classic mystery anthology | HC | $24.99

Forget My Name
Monroe, J S
She is outside your front door. She got on the train after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, her mind went blank. She couldn’t even remember her name. She says she lives in your house. Now, she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She is certain she lives in their home. But they have never met her before. Would you let her in?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Smoke and Ashes (Captain Sam Wyndham series)
Mukherjee, Abir
India, 1921. Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors, in the Calcutta police force. But Wyndham finds himself in a tight spot when he stumbles across a corpse in an opium den. When he then comes across a second body bearing the same injuries, Wyndham is convinced that there’s a deranged killer on the loose. However, revealing his presence in the opium den could cost him his career. As Wyndham and Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee set out to solve the two murders, Wyndham must tread carefully, keeping his personal demons secret, before someone else turns up dead… The third in the series, following A Rising Man (PBK, $22.99) and A Necessary Evil (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Trespassers
Mundell, Meg
Fleeing their pandemic-stricken homelands, a shipload of migrant workers departs the UK, dreaming of a fresh start in prosperous Australia. For nine-year-old Cleary Sullivan, deaf for three years, the journey promises adventure and new friendships; for Glaswegian songstress Billie Galloway, it’s a chance to put a shameful mistake firmly behind her; while impoverished English schoolteacher Tom Garnett hopes to set his future on a brighter path. But when a crew member is found murdered and passengers start falling gravely ill, the Steadfast is plunged into chaos. Thrown together by chance, and each guarding their own secrets, Cleary, Billie and Tom join forces to survive the journey and its aftermath.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Nothing to Hide (Constance Fairchild series)
Oswald, James
Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation… It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. No matter that she is off duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters, responsible for this brutality, to justice. The first in this new series is No Time to Cry (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Shell Game
Paretsky, Sara
V I Warshawski returns to the Windy City, to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artefact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals.
V I Warshawski | PBK | $19.99

The Dante Chamber
Pearl, Matthew
Five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings stunned Boston, a politician is found in a London park with his neck crushed by an enormous stone device etched with a verse from the Divine Comedy. When other shocking deaths erupt across the city, all in the style of the penances Dante memorialised in Purgatory, poet Christina Rossetti fears her missing brother, the artist and writer Dante Gabriel Rossetti, will be the next victim. The unwavering Christina enlists poets Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, and Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes to decipher the literary clues, and together these unlikely investigators unravel the secrets of Dante’s verses to find Gabriel and stop the killings. Racing between the shimmering mansions of the elite and the seedy corners of London’s underworld, they descend further into the mystery. But when the true inspiration behind the gruesome murders is finally revealed, Christina must confront a more profound terror than anyone had imagined.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $33.95

The Serpent’s Mark (Nicholas Shelby series)
Perry, S W
Treason sleeps for no man… London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when the queen’s spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth, herself. With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a sinister world of zealots, charlatans and dangerous fanatics… A sequel to The Angel’s Mark (PBK, $19.99), the first in the series – perfect for fans of C J Sansom and Rory Clements.
Historical mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

City of Windows
Pobi, Robert
The shot is impossible… In the middle of a blizzard, down a busy New York avenue, into a moving car. And there’s nothing worse than hunting a killer with a rifle in a city of windows. The agent in charge knows only one man with the skills to work out where the bullet came from. Lucas Page, physics professor and maths prodigy, quit the FBI – after it nearly cost him his life. But he can’t resist the call to help, to prove that he is still capable of extraordinary things. Because Page is wired to see crime from a different angle. The science that explains the impossible shot. The geometry that reveals the killer’s location. The logic that tells him this shooter has killed like this before. And will do it again, and again, until they are stopped… The first in a series. ‘A great plot, a great setting, and even better characters – I loved this.’ – Lee Child.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Vanishing Man (Sherlock Holmes series)
Purser-Hallard, Philip
It is 1896, and Sherlock Holmes is investigating a self-proclaimed psychic who disappeared from a locked room, in front of several witnesses. While attempting to prove the existence of telekinesis to a scientific society, an alleged psychic, Kellway, vanished before their eyes during the experiment. With a large reward at stake, Holmes is convinced Kellway is a charlatan – or he would be, if he had returned to claim his prize. As Holmes and Watson investigate, the case only grows stranger, and they must contend with an interfering ‘occult detective’ and an increasingly deranged cult. But when one of the society members is found dead, events take a far more sinister turn…
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

The Wanderer
Ridpath, Michael
Iceland, 2017: When a young Italian tourist is found brutally murdered at a sacred church in northern Iceland, Magnus Jonson, newly returned to the Reykjavík police force, is called in to investigate. At the scene, he finds a stunned TV crew, there to film a documentary on the life of the legendary Viking, Gudrid the Wanderer. Magnus quickly begins to suspect that there may be more links to the murdered woman than anyone in the film crew will acknowledge. As jealousies come to the surface, new tensions replace old friendships, and history begins to rewrite itself, a shocking second murder leads Magnus to question everything he thought he knew… ‘Michael Ridpath is trouncing the Scandinavians on their home turf. This is international thriller writing at its best.’ – Peter James.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Connections in Death
Robb, J D
When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang. As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city’s dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer’s lust for power turns the city’s streets into a bloodbath.
Eve Dallas | PBK | $19.99

Good Girl, Bad Girl
Robotham, Michael
Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now, approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift – she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Needled to Death (Helping Hands mysteries 01)
Ryan, Annelise
Motivated by her own difficult past, Hildy has an unparalleled commitment to supporting troubled clients through grief and addiction in Sorenson, Wisconsin. But when a distraught group therapy member reveals disturbing details about her late son’s potential murder, Hildy goes from dedicated mental health professional to in-over-her-head amateur sleuth… Alongside her loyal therapy Golden Retriever, Hildy stumbles through incriminating clues – and an unlikely partnership with Detective Bob Richmond, the irresistibly headstrong cop who shares her passion for helping others. With signs of foul play surfacing all over town, can Hildy and Detective Richmond pinpoint the deadly traits of a sharp-witted killer before another seat gets filled at grief therapy? The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

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 II. 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… This has had some great customer feedback.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Feared (Rosato & DiNunzio series)
Scottoline, Lisa
Rosato & DiNunzio are being sued for reverse sex discrimination by three plaintiffs who claim they weren’t hired because they were men. Their lawyer, Nick Machiavelli, once lost a case to Mary DiNunzio, and now he wants a rematch. Mary and her partner, Bennie Rosato, soon figure out that Machiavelli manufactured the entire story and entrapped the law firm’s only male lawyer, John Foxman, into admitting sexual discrimination. Events turn deadly when Foxman ends up murdered. Now, it’s all on the line as the women have to figure out who killed Foxman and save the law firm they love.
Thriller | TP | $33.95

Damaged (Rosato & DiNunzio series)
Scottoline, Lisa
Ten-year-old Patrick O’Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick’s grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick’s true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart…
Thriller | PBK | $21.95

Sherlock Holmes: the Australian Casebook
Sequeira, Christopher (editor)
It is the year 1890. Sherlock Holmes’ fame has spread even to the colonies as he and his stalwart chronicler, Dr John Watson, are swept up in an array of mysteries, ‘down under’. The stories are written in Conan Doyle’s classic Watson persona, by a range of Sherlockians, historians, established writers, and some exciting emerging talents: Kerry Greenwood and Lindy Cameron, Meg Keneally, Kaaron Warren, Lucy Sussex, L J M Owen, T S P Sweeney, J Scherpenhuizen, Will Schaefer, Robert Veld, Doug Elliott, Philip Cornell, Raymond Gates, Jason Franks, Narrelle M Harris, Steve Cameron, and editor Christopher Sequeira himself; with an introduction by Baker Street Irregular Bill Barnes; and illustrations by Philip Cornell, J Scherpenhuizen, and Marcelo Baez.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $29.99

The New Girl (Gabriel Allon series)
Silva, Daniel
At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. She is not. And when she is brutally kidnapped across the border in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy that will determine the future of the Middle East – and, perhaps, the world…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Maigret in Vichy
Simenon, Georges
Maigret and his wife takes a much needed holiday to Vichy, where they quickly become used to the slower pace of life. When a woman – whom they regularly pass by, on their daily strolls – is murdered, Maigret can’t help but offer his assistance to the local Inspector, a former colleague of Maigret’s.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret Hesitates
Simenon, Georges
Inspector Maigret receives a series of letters, warning of a murder that is going to take place. The letters do not reveal who will die, when it will happen, or who will do it. Maigret must trace the letters back to their source – before it is too late.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

A Beggar’s Kingdom (End of Forever series)
Simons, Paullina
Is there a fate beyond the fates? Julian has failed Josephine, once. Despite grave danger and impossible odds, he is determined to do the unimaginable and try, again, to save the woman he loves. What follows is a love story like no other as the doomed lovers embark on an incredible adventure across time and space. Racing through history and against the merciless clock, they face countless dangers and deadly enemies. Living amid beauty and ecstasy, bloodshed and betrayal, each time they court, and cheat, death brings Julian and Josephine closer to an unthinkable sacrifice and a confrontation with the harshest master of all… destiny. A follow-up to The Tiger Catcher (TP, $32.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Singapore Sapphire (Harriet Gordon mysteries)
Stuart, A M
Singapore 1910 – Desperate for a fresh start and to distance herself from her tragic past, Harriet Gordon finds herself in Singapore at the height of colonial rule. Hoping to gain some financial independence, she advertises her services as a personal secretary. It is unfortunate that she should discover her first client, Sir Oswald Newbold – explorer, mine magnate and president of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers’ Club – dead with a knife in his throat. When Inspector Robert Curran is put on the case, he realises that he has an unusual witness in Harriet. Harriet’s keen eye for detail and strong sense of duty interests him, as does her distrust of the police and her traumatic past, which she is at pains to keep secret from the gossips of Singapore society. When a second body is dragged from the canal, Harriet feels compelled to help with the case. She and Curran are soon drawn into a complex web of stolen gemstones and a mysterious gang of thieves who have no qualms about killing again to protect their secrets.
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

Lapse
Thornton, Sarah
All it took was a lapse… a momentary lapse… to bring Clementine Jones’ world crashing down. Now, she’s living like a hermit in small-town Katinga, coaching the local footy club. She’s supposed to be lying low, but here she is, with her team on the cusp of their first premiership in fifty years – and the whole bloody town counting on her, cheering her on. So, why the hell would her star player quit on the eve of the finals? It’s a question she wishes she’d left alone. Others are starting to ask questions too – questions about her. Clem’s not the only one with a secret, and as tension builds, the dark violence just below the town’s surface threatens to erupt. Pretty soon, there’ll be nowhere left for Clem to hide. This debut novel from a new Australian voice is first in a series.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Maltese Herring (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
Dr Hilary Joyner is neither well liked nor well respected among his academic peers. However, he believes his next project will bring him the recognition he deserves. He’s working to uncover the truth behind the ‘buried treasure story’, a local Sussex legend involving two invaluable golden statues, fabled to be hidden among the religious houses in the county. Although his latest book deadline is looming, Ethelred Tressider unwittingly finds himself hosting both the academic and his redoubtable literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, for the weekend. The three soon find themselves part of a hunt for the missing figures, but it isn’t long before Joyner’s research project comes to an abrupt end… with his death. Ethelred and Elsie must piece together the clues of the past to solve the mystery, in the present – if they can avoid the distractions of chocolate and feminine wiles for long enough, that is.
Mystery | HC | $39.99

This Poison Will Remain (Commissaire Adamsberg series)
Vargas, Fred
After three elderly men are bitten by spiders, everyone assumes that their deaths are tragic accidents. But at police headquarters in Paris, Inspector Adamsberg begins to suspect that the case is far more complex than first appears. It isn’t long, before Adamsberg is investigating a series of rumours and allegations that take him to the south of France. Decades ago, at La Miséricorde orphanage, shocking events took place involving the same species of spider: the recluse. For Adamsberg, these haunting crimes hold the key to proving that the three men were targeted by an ingenious serial killer. His team, however, is not convinced. He must put his reputation on the line to trace the murderer before the death toll rises… The wonderful Adamsberg series begins with The Chalk Circle Man (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

A Death in the Medina
von Leyden, James
Marrakech, August. It is the start of Ramadan, the hottest in memory. Among the few foreigners left in the sweltering city are a riad owner, her French boyfriend, and an English girl whose bag has been stolen after a hen weekend. At the local commissariat, 24-year-old detective Karim Belkacem is struggling to fast while holding down two jobs to pay for his sister’s wedding. On the day that the English girl comes to him for help, a Moroccan girl is found dead, her body dumped in a handcart. Investigating, Karim uncovers a world of shadowy predators and ancient secrets hidden behind the high walls of the medina. The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Death in a Desert Land (Agatha Christie series)
Wilson, Agatha
Baghdad, 1928. Agatha leaves England for the far-flung destination, determined to investigate an unresolved mystery: two years ago, the explorer and the writer Gertrude Bell died there from a drugs overdose. At the time, the authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter now unearthed reveals she was afraid someone wants to kill her… In her letter, Bell suggests that if she were to die the best place to look for her murderer would be Ur, the archaeological site in ancient Mesopotamia famous for its Great Death Pit. But as Agatha stealthily begins to look into the death of Gertrude Bell, she soon discovers the mission is not without its risks. And she has to use all her skills to try and outwit a killer, who is determined to stay hidden among the desert sands…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Mrs Morris and the Ghost (Salem B&B mysteries 01)
Wilton, Traci
Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests – not ghosts… A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start – so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore – and explains that he used to live here – when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99