Crime & Mystery Catalogue: February 2017

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in February 2017.

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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!

February 2017 includes new books by: Rennie Airth, M C Beaton, Charlaine Harris, Miranda James, Laurie R King, Adrian McKinty, Paige Shelton, Peter Swanson, Charles Todd… and many others.

The Ninth Grave (Fabian Risk series)
Ahnhem, Stefan
On the coldest day of the year, Sweden’s Minister for Justice steps out of Parliament House and into a blizzard – and disappears. That same night, across the Baltic Sea, a Danish celebrity finds a stranger lurking in her snow-bound home. One is a surgeon who carefully dissects his victims. The other is a brutal predator who targets women. Police in Stockholm and Copenhagen are closing in on their suspects. But as winter darkens and more people die, their investigations begin to unravel. A sequel to Victim Without a Face (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/thriller | TP | $32.99

The Death of Kings (John Madden series)
Airth, Rennie
1949. An unsigned letter arrives on the desk of Chief Inspector Derry of the Canterbury police. Enclosed is a jade pendant, identical to the one that went missing from the body of Portia Blake, an actress murdered a decade previously. The case had been shut quickly at the time – the accused vagrant giving a written confession and sentenced to the gallows – but in the police’s haste to close the inquiry, the necklace was never recovered. Until now. Inspector Madden is asked to investigate the letter’s worrying claims by his old friend, and former Chief Inspector, Angus Sinclair, who fears the wrong man may have been hanged on his watch. But with a world war separating Madden from the murder, the truth will not come easy… Rennie Airth’s John Madden series – a modern take on the Golden Age, English murder mystery – is highly recommended. If you haven’t tried them, start with River of Darkness ($19.99, PBK).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Kneaded to Death (Bread Shop mysteries 01)
Archer, Winnie
Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do; since returning to seaside Santa Sofia, California. That is, until the thirty-six-year-old enters a bread making class, at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Solis, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden, among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery… But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead, in her car. Even more devastating, the prime suspect is Olaya Solis, herself.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Marvellous (But Authentic) Adventures of Captain Corcoran
Assollant, Alfred
Introducing the Marvellous Captain Corcoran – he is charming to ladies, courteous to true gentlemen, death to pirates and merciless to the English. He speaks several languages, can bend an iron bar with his bare hands, and has adventured his way across the seven seas, with his faithful friend Louison by his side. Loyal only to her master, Louison can be a little boisterous, and there’s devil to pay when she misses a meal (she is a tiger, after all). Corcoran is on the hunt for a lost sacred Hindu text. Once in India, he is soon distracted from his quest by the claims of Prince Holkar, his lotus-eyed daughter, and their daring stand against the English occupying forces. For fans of Flashman, Bulldog Drummond, and the dread Pirate Roberts.
Historical adventure | HC | $29.99

Safe From Harm
Bailey, R J
Sam Wylde is a Close Protection Officer to the rich and powerful. In a world dominated by men, being a woman has been an advantage. And she is the best in the business at what she does. She takes a job protecting the daughter of the Sharifs – Pakistani textile tycoons – but she realises that there is more to their organisation than meets the eye and suddenly she finds herself in danger. Recommended!
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Fever City
Baker, Tim
Nick Alston, a Los Angeles private investigator, is hired to find the kidnapped son of America’s richest and most hated man. Hastings, a mob hitman, in search of redemption, is also on the trail. But both men soon become ensnared by a sinister cabal that spreads from the White House, all the way to Dealey Plaza.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Boar Island (Anna Pigeon series)
Barr, Nevada
Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanours, but cyber-bulling and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumours spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry – her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon. The three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation and, since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, they join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park, Boar Island. But the move doesn’t solve the problem. The stalker has followed them. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren’t alone on the otherwise-deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia – before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Jane and the Waterloo Map (Jane Austen mysteries)
Barron, Stephanie
November 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has left the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, Jane’s favourite brother, is about to declare bankruptcy. The crisis destroys Henry’s health, and Jane flies to his London bedside. While she is there, the Reverend James Stanier Clarke, chaplain to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, invites Jane to Carlton House, the Prince’s fabulous London home. Jane only accepts because many of Henry’s bad loans were given by the Prince Regent’s cronies. She hopes to intercede with the Regent on Henry’s behalf, but before she can speak to him, she stumbles upon a dying man in the library – Colonel Ivor MacFarland, who, with a knife in his entrails, utters a single failing phrase: ‘the Waterloo map’… and Jane is on the hunt for a treasure of incalculable value and a killer of considerable cunning.
Historical mystery | TP | $33.95

Death of a Nurse (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr Harrison to welcome him to the neighbourhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologises for her employer’s behaviour, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. But Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria’s body washes up on the beach, near Braikie. She’s been strangled. Now, without a date and without his former policeman, Dick Fraser – who left the force to buy a bakery – Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland and why, before the murderer strikes again…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Women of Baker Street (Mrs Hudson & Mary Watson series)
Birkby, Michelle
As Sherlock and Watson return, from the famous Hound of the Baskervilles case, Mrs Hudson and Mary must face their own Hound, in the swirling fog of Victorian London… When Mrs Hudson falls ill, she is taken into a private ward at St Bart’s hospital. Perhaps, it is her overactive imagination, or her penchant for sniffing out secrets, but as she lies in her bed, slowly recovering, she finds herself surrounded by patients – who all seem to have some skeletons in their closets. A higher number of deaths than usual seem to occur on this ward. On her very first night, Mrs Hudson believes she witnesses a murder. But was it real, or just smoke and mirrors? Mary Watson, meanwhile, has heard about young boys disappearing across London, and is determined to find them and reunite them with their families. As the women’s investigations collide in unexpected ways, a gruesome discovery in Regent’s Park leads them on to a new, terrifying case. A sequel to The House at Baker Street (PBK, $19.99).
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Murder Wears White (Wedding Planner mysteries 02)
Blackmoore, Stephanie
Mallory hopes to unveil her new B&B just in time for her first ceremony as a wedding planner. The renovations to Thistle Park – the mansion she inherited in small-town Port Quincy, Pennsylvania – are almost complete. But what Mallory didn’t plan on is the bride’s aunt being poisoned at the wedding tasting and her perfect venue becoming a crime scene. Adding to the mystery is the discovery that this is not the first murder in the bridal family, and as Mallory becomes engaged in her own investigation she learns the man convicted of the crime may not be guilty. Now, she has two crimes to solve before the bride walks down the aisle – but a killer has other plans to ensure that Mallory forever holds her peace…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting mysteries 01)
Blake, Bethany
Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit, who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanising Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

House of the Rising Sun (Hackberry Holland series)
Burke, James Lee
After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artefact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who will do anything to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Cut to the Bone
Caan, Alex
One Missing Girl. Two Million Suspects. Ruby is a vlogger, a rising star of YouTube and a heroine to millions of teenage girls. And she’s missing… But she’s an adult – nothing to worry about, surely? Until the video’s uploaded… Ruby, in the dirt, pleading for her life. Enter Detective Inspector Kate Riley; the Met’s rising star and the head of a new team of investigators with the best resources money can buy. Among them, Detective Sergeant Zain Harris, the poster boy for multiracial policing. But can Kate wholly trust him – and more importantly, can she trust herself around him?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Fatality by Firelight (Cat Latimer mysteries 02)
Cahoon, Lynn
To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping that some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar – and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding. Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub – and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Tell Me A Lie (Dan Forrester series)
Carver, C J
How do you protect your family, when you can’t remember who’s hunting them? A family in England is massacred, the father left holding the shotgun. PC Lucy Davies is convinced he’s innocent. A sleeper agent in Moscow requests an urgent meeting with Dan Forrester, referencing their shared past. His amnesia means he has no idea who he can trust. An aging oligarch in Siberia gathers his henchmen, to discuss an English accountant. It’s Dan’s wife.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Big Four (Detective Club series)
Christie, Agatha
Containing the original 12-part, short-story version ‘The Man Who Was Number Four’, unseen since 1924. The Big Four is the most formidable crime syndicate of all time. A sinister Chinaman, a multimillionaire, a beautiful Frenchwoman and ‘The Destroyer’ are terrorising the world with their fiendish genius. Only Hercule Poirot’s sensational methods of deduction stands in their way of world domination, and after adventures as strange as the Arabian nights, Poirot runs them to earth, at last, in a cave in the Dolomites. The latest from the Collins’ Crime archive.
Poirot | HC | $24.99

Shadows on the Lake
Cocco, Giovanni & Magella, Amneris
During the construction of a new road to the Swiss border, in the mountains above Lake Como, the remains of a young man are unearthed on the powerful Cappelletti family’s property. On the case is Stefania Valenti, forty-five, divorced with a young daughter, and a brilliant, determined police inspector. Her investigation takes her back to World War II and deep into the history of the region, a place that during the war attracted smugglers, deserters, secret agents, and fleeing Jews. Steeped in the beautiful atmosphere of Northern Italy, Valenti’s investigation brings to light a family’s secret, a tragic romance, and reveals a fascinating piece of Italian history. The first in a new series.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

A Time of Torment (Charlie Parker series)
Connolly, John
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalised. But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade. Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war. Now, he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder. All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $19.99

The 12:30 From Croydon
Crofts, Freeman Wills
We begin with a body. Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12:30 flight from Croydon to Paris. Rather less orthodox is the ensuing flashback – in which we live with the killer at every stage, from the first thoughts of murder to the strains and stresses of living with its execution. Seen from the criminal’s perspective, a mild-mannered Inspector – by the name of French – is simply another character who needs to be dealt with. This is an unconventional, yet gripping story of intrigue, betrayal, obsession, justification and self delusion. And will the killer get away with it? An entry in the British Library Crime Classic series.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Rattle
Cummins, Fiona
A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now, the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Mission Impawsible (Paws & Claws mysteries 04)
Davis, Krista
Holly and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter’s heart. Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold – dead cold – and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn’s guests, Holly – with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat – must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Everything You Told Me
Dawson, Lucy
Saturday morning, dawn. Mother of two Sally finds herself on a cliff top, miles away from home. The place is familiar, but the journey is a blank. She’s lost the last ten hours of her life. To all appearances, Sally was there to jump. She had nothing on her – apart from a suicide note – when the local police took her in. But Sally knows she would never leave her children behind… Which leaves the question: who has done this to her?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Girl Before
Delaney, J P
Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Buried in the Country (Cornish mysteries)
Dunn, Carola
After many years working around the world for an international charity in the late 1960s, Eleanor Trewynn has retired to the relative quiet of a small town in Cornwall. But her quiet life is short lived – when, due to her experience, the Commonwealth Relations Office reaches out to her to assist in a secret conference that is to take place in a small hotel outside the historical village of Tintagel. Meanwhile, her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow, is investigating the disappearance of a local solicitor when she is assigned to help provide security for the conference. Two African students, refugees from Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, arrive for the conference, escorted by Megan’s bête noire from Scotland Yard. They are followed by two mysterious and sinister Londoners, whose allegiances and connections to the conference and the missing solicitor are unclear. With a raging storm having trapped everyone in the hotel, the stage is set for murder, and it’s up to Eleanor and Megan to uncover the truth before more lives are lost.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

If You Knew Her
Elgar, Emily
When Cassie Jensen arrives on the intensive care ward in St Catherine’s hospital, Alice Marlowe the chief nurse, is fascinated by this young, beautiful woman who strikes her as familiar and, yet, she doesn’t know why. But then Alice is astonished to discover something about Cassie that she has been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family; a secret that changes everything.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Perfect Remains (DI Callanach series)
Fields, Helen
On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness. Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing person’s case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery (Detective Club series)
Fisher, Rudolph
When the body of N’Gana Frimbo, the African conjure-man, is discovered in his consultation room, Perry Dart, one of Harlem’s ten black police detectives, is called in to investigate. Together with Dr Archer, a physician from across the street, Dart is determined to solve the baffling mystery, helped and hindered by Bubber Brown and Jinx Jenkins, local boys keen to clear themselves of suspicion of murder and undertake their own investigations. The latest from the Collins’ Crime archive is the first known mystery novel written by an African-American, originally published in 1932.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

Crimson Lake
Fox, Candice
12:46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop. 12:47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her. 12:52: The girl is missing… Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe, it’s her murderous past that makes her so good, as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own – so, she enlists help, from the one person in town more hated than she is: Ted Conkaffey.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

War and Peach (Georgia Peach mysteries 03)
Furlong, Susan
Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner. Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he has a bombshell that could take small business owner Margie Price out of the running. But before Clem can reveal his juicy secret at the debate, his actual barn goes up in flames – with him inside of it. The town casts its vote against Margie, but Nola isn’t convinced the hardworking woman is capable of murder. Now, to clear Margie’s name, Nola will have to work fast under pressure, before Margie gets taken in by the fuzz…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Right Behind You (FBI Profiler series)
Gardner, Lisa
Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters. Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: the shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Winter Traffic
Greenall, Stephen
‘Sutton doesn’t like the three am phone calls. He should change his number – that way Rawson wouldn’t have it. Sutton’s best mate is a hero cop, but strife flows through him like a highway. He was supposed to die young. Maybe Millar will do it for him: she’s the hot young detective from Internal who still thinks intellect and integrity will take her places. If she doesn’t watch her step, she might find out what they are… This is the story of good dogs living in a bad-news town [Sydney] – a fragrant, harbour city, where the judges are dead, the vendettas lively, and every glittering fortune hides a sin.’ – publisher’s blurb. This is being compared to Peter Temple’s Truth.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

All the Little Liars (Aurora Teagarden mysteries)
Harris, Charlaine
Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother, Phillip, is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery – at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body. While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true-crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be? With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother – if he’s still alive.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Walk Away (Camaro series)
Hawken, Sam
Former combat medic Camaro Espinoza is trying to put her past behind her. She knows she’s done bad things – but they were always for good reasons. Then her calm, anonymous life is interrupted by a distress call from her sister, Annabel. She’s become trapped in an abusive relationship with petty criminal Jake Collier, and she needs Camaro’s help. Camaro has always protected Annabel, and she won’t stop now. But the situation is more dangerous than she realises. Jake has a sibling of his own, an ex-Marine named Lukas who is as unhinged as Camaro is uncompromising. And he and Jake are planning a much bigger crime. As the federal marshals pick up Lukas’s trail, and a bounty hunter with a debt to settle closes in, Camaro’s smart enough to know that standing her ground is the last thing she should do. But even with a freight train like Lukas barrelling towards her, if there’s one thing she can’t do, it’s walk away.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Spook Street (Slough House series)
Herron, Mick
Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. ‘Nasty, old spook with blood on his hands’ would be a more accurate description. ‘The old bastard’ has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb’s team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House. So, it’s Lamb they call, to identify the body, when Cartwright’s panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Final Murder (Vik & Stubo series)
Holt, Anne
All over Oslo, celebrities are turning up dead in the most macabre of situations: a talk show host with her tongue cut out, a politician crucified with a copy of the Koran stuffed up her private parts, a literary critic stabbed in the eye. It’s clear that the killer seeks some sort of retribution, but for what? Adam Stubo and Johanna Vik, recently new parents, are reluctantly drawn into the investigation. As Stubo leads the inquiry, Johanna is exhausted by the new baby. But she is haunted by a pattern she discovers from a time long ago, when she was in the FBI, a time she has tried to forget… and time is running out to stop the killer from completing this chilling series of murders.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Death in Oslo (Vik & Stubo series)
Holt, Anne
When Helen Barclay becomes the first female US president, the whole world takes notice. And unfortunately for President Barclay, one man takes very particular notice. He knows her darkest secret, buried for over twenty years. And not only does he have the power to destroy everything she’s worked for, but he also has the ultimate motive. Revenge. Unfortunately for the FBI and the Norwegian police, nobody knows about this – when Helen Barclay chooses to visit Norway for her first state visit. But when she goes missing from a locked, heavily-secured bedroom, they are forced – unwillingly – to work together to find her. Has she been kidnapped? Murdered? Can the US president really just disappear into thin air…?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

What Dark Clouds Hide (Vik & Stubo series)
Holt, Anne
On a summer’s day, Johanne Vik arrives at the home of her friends Jon and Ellen Mohr and was greeted by a scene of devastation: their young son, left unattended, has tragically fallen to his death. Meanwhile, Oslo is under attack. An explosion has torn the city apart and newly qualified police officer Henrik Holme is the only one available to attend the Mohr household. As Holme investigates, he casts doubt on the claim that the death was a tragic accident and calls upon Johanne’s profiling expertise to understand what really happened. But neither realise that those involved are determined to hide the truth – no matter what. Before the summer is over, more shocking deaths will occur…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Distress Signals
Howard, Catherine Ryan
The day Adam Dunne’s girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads: ‘I’m sorry – S’, sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Madame Midas (Text Classic series)
Hume, Fergus
Charming, intelligent and forthright, the remarkable Madame Midas makes her fortune on the goldfields of Ballarat – and becomes the target of the villainous ex-convict Gaston Vandeloup, a charismatic Frenchman who soon makes himself indispensable to her mining operations. A companion piece to The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Fergus Hume’s second novel is both a tightly-plotted murder mystery and an insight into the heady days of the Golden City and marvellous Melbourne.
Historical mystery | PBK | $12.95

The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly (Senior League series)
Ingelman-Sundberg, Catharina
Nothing can stop the League of Pensioners, a wily gang of blue-rinsed rebels. They have a plan and to realise it they are going to need money, lots of money. Martha and her friends set out to catch some of the biggest financial fish in the sea. In their hunt for the big bucks, the gang plan to cheat billionaires out of their luxury yachts in the south of France’s sun-bleached Saint-Tropez. But with the police hot on their heels, will this group of unassuming conspirators be able to cover their tracks?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Tapping at My Door (DS Nathan Cody series)
Jackson, David
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoe it away. Which is when the killer strikes… This first in a new series has had some great customer feedback.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

No Cats Allowed (Cat in the Stacks mysteries 07)
James, Miranda
Springtime in Mississippi is abloom with beauty, but the library’s employees are too busy worrying to stop and smell the flowers. The new library director, Oscar Reilly, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who’s on a mission to cut costs – and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection. As annoying as a long-overdue book, Reilly quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie’s fiery friend Melba, whom Reilly wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks. With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long – when Reilly’s body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening email throws suspicion on Melba. Charlie is convinced that his friend is no murderer, especially when he catches sight of a menacing stranger lurking around the library. Now he and Diesel will have to read between the lines, before Melba is shelved under ‘G’, for guilty…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Secrets of Gaslight Lane (Gower Street Detective series)
Kasasian, M R C
A cold case needs reopening… fast – in the next case for Sidney Grice and March Middleton. If you haven’t yet encountered Sidney Grice and his ward, March – this humorous, historical series is getting raves from customers. The first is The Mangle Street Murders (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Dead Student
Katzenbach, John
Timothy Warner, a PhD student who goes by the nickname ‘Moth’, wakes up on his 99th day of sobriety with an intense craving for drink. He immediately calls his uncle Ed, a former alcoholic and now successful psychiatrist who has become Moth’s mentor and father figure. Ed promises to meet him at an AA meeting later that day but never shows up. Moth bikes to his office only to discover a grisly scene – his uncle lying in a pool of blood, shot through the temple. Deeply shaken, Moth dials 911 and waits for the police, who pronounce the death a suicide. Two words are scrawled across Ed’s prescription pad: ‘My fault’. But Moth refuses to believe that his uncle would take his own life. Devastated and confused, he calls on the only person he thinks he can trust: Andrea Martine, an ex-girlfriend he has not spoken to in four years, a young woman who is struggling through her own trauma. Each battling their inner demons, Moth and Andy travel into dark, unfamiliar territory, intent on finding out the truth about Ed’s death and circling ever closer to a devious mind that will flinch at nothing to achieve his own goal of revenge.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Bone Field (DI Ray Mason series)
Kernick, Simon
1990: A young woman goes missing while backpacking in Thailand. She is never seen again. 2016: Her bones are discovered 6000 miles away in an English field and, within hours, the boyfriend who reported her disappearance, all those years ago, is dead. So begins, a hunt to solve her murder that will take DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd into a dark and terrifying world of corruption and deadly secrets, where murder is commonplace, and nothing and nobody is safe…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Murder of Mary Russell
King, Laurie R
This is Mrs Hudson’s ‘origin story’. Recommended!
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Sirens
Knox, Joseph
Isabelle Rossiter has run away again. When Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is summoned to her father’s penthouse home – he finds a manipulative man, with powerful friends. But retracing Isabelle’s steps through a dark, nocturnal world, Waits finds something else. An intelligent seventeen-year-old girl who’s scared to death of something. As he investigates her story, and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realises Isabelle was right to run away.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Fear
Kurbjuweit, Dirk
Randolph insists he had a normal childhood, though his father kept thirty loaded guns in the house. Now he has an attractive, intelligent wife and two children, enjoys modest success as an architect and has just moved into a beautiful flat in a respectable part of Berlin. Life seems perfect – until his wife, Rebecca, meets the man living in the basement below…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Snatch
McDonald, Gregory
Whether it’s a Middle East oil crisis in the 1970s, or the London Blitz during WWII – world events have a way of breeding trouble, on the home front, too. That’s how Toby Rinaldi, son of a UN Ambassador, wound up kidnapped on his way to a California amusement park; and how Robby Burnes, orphaned son of British nobility, wound up snatched on the snowy streets of New York City. But as Robby’s famous namesake taught us, the best laid plans don’t always work out, as intended. Two precocious eight-year-old boys… two teams of kidnappers, in way over their heads… two opportunities for mayhem, danger, and trenchant social satire – two brilliant kidnapping novels, appearing for the first time in three decades, and the first time ever in a single volume. The latest from Hard Case Crime.
Hardboiled | TP | $27.95

The Maze (Detective Club series)
Macdonald, Philip
Maxwell Brunton was found dead in his study – murdered beyond doubt. There were ten people in the house, on the night of the murder, and at least seven of them had an adequate motive for murdering him. But Anthony Gethryn has only the evidence given at the Coroner’s inquest to work with. In other words… you, the reader, and he, the detective, are upon equal footing. He solves the mystery. Can you?
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

Murder Gone Mad (Detective Club series)
Macdonald, Philip
The first Golden Age detective novel to feature a serial killer with no rational motive – and surely impossible for Scotland Yard to solve? A long knife with a brilliant but perverted brain directing it is terrorising Holmdale – innocent people are being done to death under the very eyes of the law. After every murder, a businesslike letter arrives announcing that another ‘removal has been carried out’, and Inspector Pyke of Scotland Yard has nothing to go on but the evidence of the bodies themselves and the butcher’s own bravado. With clear thinking impossible, in the face of such a breathless killing spree, the police make painfully slow progress: but how do you find a maniac who has no rational motive?
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

The Black Sheep
McKenzie, Sophie
Francesca was widowed, a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Then she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed. And that her family know more than they say…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Sean Duffy series)
McKinty, Adrian
This time, help isn’t coming. This time, Duffy has to save himself. Belfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain’t Injuns, and it isn’t Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly who has done it will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on the high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece. This is another hugely entertaining novel from McKinty. You can buy the first in this fantastic series – Cold Cold Ground – for the special promo price of $12.99 (PBK), while stock lasts.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Getting Away With Murder
McNab, Duncan
From 1977 to the end of 1986, Duncan McNab was a member of the NSW Police Force. Most of his service was in criminal investigation. The many unsolved deaths and disappearances of young gay men are the crimes that continue to haunt him. Around 80 men died or disappeared in NSW from the late ’70s to the early ’90s during an epidemic of gay-hate crimes.
True Australian crime | TP | $34.99

Quicksand
Mankell, Henning
A collection of micro-essays covering topics as varied as Henning’s cancer diagnosis, art, jealousy, Ice Ages past and present, and the future of our planet.
Memoir | PBK | $22.99

Cruel Mercy (DS Aector McAvoy series)
Mark, David
In the New York Police Department’s 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side, Detective Ronny Alto is investigating a crime that’s left one man dead and the other in a medically induced coma after surviving a shot to the head. One hope is that Brishen Ayres, a boxing coach and legend in the gypsy community in England, will wake up and reveal the person – or people – responsible for the murder of his protégé Shay Helden and his own mutilation. Another hope is Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy. Far away from his home in the UK, from his familiar Hull, and from the guidance of his boss, Trish Pharaoh, McAvoy is flown in to assist with the case, but he has his own motives for the trip: to find a man named Valentine Teague – another amateur boxer, a rival of the Helden family, and, perhaps most important, his brother-in-law. But every step toward locating Valentine is a step deeper into a sinister underground network of misguided loyalty, faith, and honour that pulses beneath the streets of New York.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Yellow Diamond
Martin, Andrew
Detective Superintendent George Quinn – Mayfair resident and dandy with a razor-sharp brain – has set up a new police unit, dedicated to investigating the super rich. When he is shot in mysterious circumstances, DI Blake Reynolds is charged with taking over. But Reynolds hadn’t bargained for Quinn’s personal assistant – the flinty Victoria Clifford – who knows more than she’s prepared to reveal. The trail left by Quinn leads to a jewellery theft, a murderous conspiracy among some of the most glamorous (and richest) Russians in London – and the beautiful Anna, who challenges Reynolds’ professional integrity. Reynolds and Clifford must learn to work together fast – or risk Quinn’s fate.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Shepherds and Butchers
Marnewick, Chris
South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon – a white, 19-year-old, prison guard working on death row – commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial – and the court’s sentence – seems a foregone conclusion. Hotshot lawyer John Weber reluctantly takes on the seemingly unwinnable case. A passionate opponent of the death penalty, John discovers that young Leon worked on death row in the nation’s most notorious prison, under traumatic conditions: befriending the inmates over the years while having to assist their eventual execution. As the court hearings progress, the case offers John the opportunity to put the entire system of legally sanctioned murder on trial. Inspired by true events, this is the story that puts the death penalty on trial and changes history.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Dead Girls Dancing (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
In the middle of Cork, in the middle of the day, a fire blazes in a local dance studio. Thirteen women, all promising stars, die in the flames. Their young lives cut short by a tragic accident. But where others see tragedy, DCI Katie Maguire sees murder. This is not the first fire to sweep through Cork. And in one previous case, the victims were dead before the fire was started. As Katie Maguire investigates the strange, obsessive world of competitive Irish folk dancing, she must face her most chilling killer, yet…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Scarlet Widow
Masterton, Graham
Beatrice Scarlet is the apothecary’s daughter. She can mix medicines to save lives – but she can’t save the lives of her parents. An orphan at just sixteen, Beatrice marries and emigrates to America. New Hampshire, 1756: In the farming community where Beatrice now lives, pigs are found dead with slices of looking glass, embedded in their mouths. According to scripture, this is the work of Satan, but Beatrice suspects the hands of men. She must act quickly to unmask the killer – or become the next victim, herself…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Devil in a Blue Dress
Mosley, Walter
It’s the summer of ’48 in the city of Angels and there’s heat on the streets – when Daphne Monet hits the sidewalk. Heat when she disappears with a trunk load of somebody else’s cash. Easy Rawlins is a war veteran just fired from his job. Drinking in a friend’s bar, he wonders how to meet his mortgage when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money, if Easy will locate Miss Monet – a blonde with a reputation. A reissue of the award-winning first novel by Mosley – establishing his most famous character… Easy Rawlins.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Darktown
Mullen, Thomas
Atlanta, 1948. In this city, all crime is black and white. On one side of the tracks are the rich, white neighbourhoods; on the other, Darktown, the African-American area guarded by the city’s first black police force of only eight men. These cops are kept near powerless by the authorities: they can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they must operate out of a dingy basement. When a poor black woman is killed in Darktown having been last seen in a car with a rich white man, no one seems to care – except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Something For Nothing
Muir, Andy
It’s not every day a bloke stumbles on a dismembered torso, on Nobby’s Beach. Lachie Munro is starting to feel like he’s is a magnet for trouble. The day before he fished a giant haul of heroin out of his favourite abalone poaching spot near Newcastle. There’s a better than even chance that the two are connected and he should leave well enough alone. But the opportunity to clear his gambling debt and get ahead of the game is too good to pass up…
Mystery | TP | $24.99

The Man Without a Shadow
Oates, Joyce Carol
In 1965, a young research scientist named Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes, the subject of her study, a handsome amnesiac who cannot remember anything beyond the last seventy seconds. Over the course of thirty years, the two embark on mirroring journeys of self discovery. Margot, enthralled by her charming, mysterious, and deeply lonely patient, as well as her officious supervisor, attempts to unlock Eli’s shuttered memories of a childhood trauma without losing her own sense of identity in the process. And Eli, haunted by memories of an unknown girl’s body underneath the surface of a lake, pushes to finally know himself once again, despite potentially devastating consequences.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror (story collection)
Oates, Joyce Carol
Six terrifying tales to chill the blood from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates. A young boy plays with dolls instead of action figures. But as he grows older, his passion takes on a darker edge… A white man shoots dead a black youth creating a media frenzy. But could it have been self defence, as he claims? A nervous woman tries to escape her husband. He says he loves her, but she’s convinced he wants to kill her… These quietly lethal stories reveal the horrors that dwell within us all.
Mystery collection | PBK | $19.99

Conspiracy (Giordano Bruno series)
Parris, S J
Paris, 1585: Giordano Bruno has come to Paris, a city on the edge of catastrophe. Alone and near destitute, Bruno turns to old friend and zealous preacher, Paul Lefevre. But when the priest is murdered, Bruno is pulled into a dangerous world. If Bruno can’t uncover the truth, not only is the future of the de Valois monarchy threatened – but his own life will be the forfeit.
Historical thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Travelers
Pavone, Chris
Will Rhodes is an award-winning correspondent for The Travelers, on assignment at a luxury Argentinian resort – fine wines and gourmet food, polo fields and the looming Andes. But Will’s life is about to be turned upside down; when a new flirtation turns into something far more dangerous, and he only realises too late. Turns out he’s been targeted, he just doesn’t know why. Another captivatingly sly thriller from Pavone – recommended.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Dead Man in Trieste (Seymour of the Special Branch mysteries)
Pearce, Michael
Trieste in 1906 is one of the greatest seaports in the world. It is the Austrian Empire’s main outlet to the Mediterranean and beyond. But various nationalist movements are threatening to pull the place apart. The heavy-handed militarist regime has trouble keeping a lid on it, the secret police are everywhere, and now the British counsel has gone missing. But was this the result of some liaison, which frankly it’s best not to enquire into, too closely? Or could he have fallen foul of the secret police, or the even more secret revolutionaries? And does it matter? Well, yes, it does. For Britain has commercial interests in the port and there have been rumours of too close a relationship between the Consul and some of these. Could something have gone wrong? In which case, it would be better to find out about it… quick. A reissue.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Dead Man in Istanbul (Seymour of the Special Branch mysteries)
Pearce, Michael
The Second Secretary of the Embassy in Istanbul has died in decidedly strange circumstances – while attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits, the passage between Europe and Asia, heavily used by warships, liners, and cargo vessels of all kinds. A romantic attempt to repeat the legendary feat of Leander, as the Embassy claims? Or was it an attempt to spy out a possible landing place for a British military expedition, as the Turks are insisting? Whichever, Cunningham has ended up with a bullet in his head. The suspicious circumstances of his death have to be investigated – so, the Foreign Office sends out an officer of the Special Branch known as Seymour. Istanbul is a fascinating and exotic place in 1908. It is famously the point where East meets West, a matter of some significance as the old Ottoman Empire crumbles and, in the expectation of war, the Great Powers circle for the kill. Very soon, Seymour comes to suspect that Cunningham may have been swimming in deeper waters than the Dardanelles. A reissue.

Behind Her Eyes
Pinborough, Sarah
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar… who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise. And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him? As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Lost Island (Gideon Crew series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Gideon Crew – brilliant scientist, master thief – is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment – only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realise that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life. Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realise the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock – a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race… if Gideon and Amy can survive.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Unfortunate Victim (Otto Berliner Investigates)
Pyers, Greg
At midnight, on 28 December 1864 – in the Australian, gold-mining town of Daylesford – young newlywed Maggie Stuart lies dead, in her own blood. Rumour and xenophobia drive speculation over the identity of her killer, and when a suspect is apprehended, police incompetence and defence counsel negligence bring yet more distortion to the wheels of justice. In this climate of prejudice and ineptitude, it seems only Detective Otto Berliner is able to keep an objective mind and recognise that something is terribly wrong. Based on true events, this is the first in a new series of historical Australian crime fiction…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Trap
Raabe, Melanie
Twelve years ago, Linda’s sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw his face. Now, all these years on, she’s just seen him again. On TV. He has become a well-known reporter, and Linda – a famous novelist and infamous recluse – knows no one will believe her if she accuses him.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Echoes in Death
Robb, J D
New York at night. A young woman stumbles out on to a busy street – right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke. Her name is Daphne Strazza, and she has been brutally assaulted. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing. Her attacker wore a devil’s mask. As Eve investigates this shocking case, she soon discovers a disturbing pattern. Someone is preying on wealthy couples, subjecting them to a cruel and terrifying ordeal. Worse still, the attacks are escalating in violence and depraved theatricality. Eve and her team are now in a race against time to find the man behind the mask – before he strikes again. But for Eve, this case, in particular, has unsettling echoes of her own troubled past…
Eve Dallas | TP | $29.99

Marriage, Monsters-In-Law, and Murder (Ellie Avery mysteries 09)
Rosett, Sara
Ellie’s sister-in-law, Summer, has planned a four-day destination wedding at a posh private resort on one of Georgia’s beautiful barrier islands, but it won’t be a vacation for Ellie. Summer has asked her to assist with the last-minute details, which includes keeping the peace between the groom’s mother and stepmother. The ladies are a handful, but the real problems are the ones Ellie and Summer haven’t anticipated – like mysterious pranks directed toward the bride. When the best man shows up with the groom’s gorgeous if unstable ex-girlfriend, she seems like an obvious suspect for the practical jokes. But when a suspicious death occurs, Ellie realises there’s more going on than mean-spirited pranks. Is Summer the killer’s real target? And what could possibly be driving someone to murder? Ellie vows to get to the truth so the blushing bride can walk down the aisle, without fearing she’ll never reach the altar…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Idaho
Ruskovich, Emily
One hot, August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs, as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

No Mortal Thing
Seymour, Gerald
Two young men – Jago and Marcantonio – both studying business and finance: Jago is a kid from a rough part of London who has worked hard to get a job in a bank and is now on a fast-track secondment to the Berlin office. Marcantonio is one of the new generation in the ’Ndrangheta crime families from Calabria, Southern Italy. He is in Germany to learn how to channel their illicit millions towards legitimate businesses all over Europe. When Jago witnesses Marcantonio commit a vicious assault and the police seem uninterested, the Englishman refuses to let the matter drop. But by pursuing the gangster to his grandfather’s mountain lair, Jago is stepping into the middle of a delicate surveillance operation, which sets alarm bells ringing in Rome, London and Berlin.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Cracked Spine (Scottish Bookshop mysteries 01)
Shelton, Paige
Delaney Nichols is on the literary adventure of a lifetime – when she leaves the States for Edinburgh, Scotland, to take a job at The Cracked Spine. A legendary bookshop filled with special editions and rare manuscripts, it’s a house of biblio delights… one as eclectic as those who work there: the spirited and ever-curious Rosie, along with her tiny dog, Hector; a nineteen-year-old thespian named Hamlet (of course); and Edwin, the big boss, who Delaney likes, but just can’t get a read on. Then… there’s Tom, the bartender from across the street, whose gentle brogue pulls at Delaney’s heart strings, and who can rock a kilt like none other. But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artefact from the shop goes missing and Delaney is terrified to find out that Edwin’s sister is brutally murdered.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Bookman Dead Style (Dangerous Type mysteries 02)
Shelton, Paige
It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops – including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalised notecards, it’s hard not to be star-struck. But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Maigret and the Tall Woman
Simenon, Georges
Maigret’s attitude came as a surprise to those who were working alongside him in Rue de la Ferme. Ever since the morning there had been something unusual in the way that the inspector had been directing operations. It wasn’t the first search of this type in which he had participated, but as it went on it began to take on a character, all of its own.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

A Wee Homicide in The Hotel (Scotshop mysteries 03)
Stewart, Fran
Hamelin is overflowing with tourists enjoying the Scottish-themed games – and most of them are donning tartans from Peggy Winn’s ScotShop. And her fourteenth-century ghostly companion, Dirk, has been indispensable, keeping an eye out for shoplifters and matching customers’ family names to their clan plaid. Adding to the chaos is Big Willie, a long-time champion of the games, but not everyone is happy to have him in town. So, when he misses the first event of the weekend, Peggy senses something is awry. After Willie is discovered dead in his hotel room, the victim of a bagpipe-related crime, Peggy decides it’s up to her and Dirk to suss out a murderer.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Her Every Fear
Swanson, Peter
Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold decision after her cousin, Corbin Dell, suggests a temporary apartment swap – and she moves from London to Boston. But soon after her arrival, Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police begin asking questions about Corbin’s relationship with Audrey, and his neighbours come forward with their own suspicions, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own. Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, Kate can barely trust herself… so, how can she trust any of the strangers she’s just met? Recommended.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Blown Away (Kite Shop mysteries 01)
Tate, Clover
Emmy is finally living her dream. She’s moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse’s colourful cut outs. Her spirits are soaring sky high, the morning of the grand opening… until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach. The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he’s been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy’s best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn’t have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery’s freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

No Shred of Evidence (Ian Rutledge mysteries)
Todd, Charles
On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favour at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case. However, Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first inspector to reach the village. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the case is all but closed. Even as it takes an unexpected personal turn, Rutledge will require all his skill to deal with the incensed families of the accused, the grieving parents of the victim, and local police eager to see these four women sent to the infamous Bodmin Gaol. Then why hasn’t the killing stopped? With no shred of evidence to clear the accused, Rutledge must plunge deep into the darkest secrets of a wild, beautiful, and dangerous place if he is to find a killer who may – or may not – hold the key to their fate.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

Retribution Road
Varenne, Antonin
Burma, 1852. Arthur Bowman, a sergeant in the East India Company, is sent on a secret mission during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. But the expedition is foiled – his men are captured and tortured. Throughout their ordeal, a single word becomes Bowman’s mantra, a word that will stiffen their powers of endurance in the face of unimaginable suffering: ‘Survival’. But for all that, only a handful escape with their lives. Some years later in London, battling his ghosts through a haze of alcohol and opium, Bowman discovers a mutilated corpse in a sewer. The victim appears to have been subjected to the same torments as Bowman endured in the Burmese jungle. And the word ‘Survival’ has been daubed in blood by the body’s side.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Domino Killer (Joe and Sam Parker series)
White, Neil
When a man is found beaten to death in a local Manchester park, Detective Constable Sam Parker is one of the investigating officers. Sam swiftly identifies the victim, but what at first looks like an open and shut case quickly starts to unravel when he realises that the victim’s fingerprints were found on a knife at another crime scene, a month earlier. Meanwhile, Sam’s brother, Joe – a criminal defence lawyer in the city – comes face to face with a man whose very presence sends shockwaves through his life. Joe must confront the demons of his past as he struggles to come to terms with the darkness that this man represents. Before long, Joe and Sam are in way over their heads, both sucked into a terrifying game of cat and mouse – that threatens to change their lives for ever…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Stasi Child
Young, David
East Berlin, 1975. When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl’s body, at the foot of the Wall, she imagines she’s seen it all before. But when she arrives she realises this is a death like no other. It seems the girl was trying to escape – but from the West. Muller is a member of the People’s Police, but in East Germany her power only stretches so far. The Stasi want her to discover the identity of the girl, but assure her the case is otherwise closed – and strongly discourage her from asking questions. The evidence doesn’t add up, and it soon becomes clear the crime scene has been staged.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99