Crime & Mystery Catalogue: February 2018

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

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

Until next time, good reading!

February 2018 includes new books by: Alan Bradley, Andrea Camilleri, Laura Childs, Paul Doherty, Charles Finch, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron, Charles Todd… and many others.

New Crime & Mystery

You Were Never Really Here
Ames, Jonathan
Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. So, he hides away, earning a living – rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. Now, he’s been hired to save the daughter of a New York senator, held captive at a Manhattan brothel. But he’s stumbled into a dangerous web of conspiracy and he’s about to pay the price.
Noir | PBK | $16.99

Head Case (Tom Mondrian series)
Armstrong, Ross
Tom Mondrian’s perfectly happy as a PCSO, directing traffic, until a bullet to the brain changes everything. With a new unusual perspective, including an inability to recognise faces and absolutely no filter between his brain and his mouth, Tom’s convinced his career should be over. Until his new condition also helps him start noticing details that other police officers are missing; and gives him a determination to save three missing girls, before more start to disappear. He’s the last person you want on your case. And the only one who can solve it.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Backman, Fredrik
Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year, it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together – or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Change is in the air and a bright new future is just around the corner. Until the day it is all put in jeopardy, by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. With the town’s future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other. Which side would you be on? The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Nobody Gets Hurt (Sam Wylde series)
Bailey, R J
Bodyguard Sam Wylde has had her British licence revoked. She is now operating in Europe, running security on a swanky motor yacht during the Historic Grand Prix race. And, at the same time, she trawls for news of her ex-husband and daughter. In fact, the owner of the boat is bankrupt, and the bank wants the multimillion-dollar vessel back. Sam is in the middle of a very dangerous situation that is rapidly escalating out of control. Alongside her partner Konrad, Sam has to fight enemies on all fronts. But will they even find themselves on opposite sides, when it comes to the final showdown? Follows the excellent Safe From Harm (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Barbaree, David
To a city in crisis, comes a hugely-wealthy senator; a young and angry ward, at his heels. He is witty but inscrutable, generous with his time and money to a leader in desperate need of a friend – and he wears a bandage over his blinded eyes. The fallen emperor’s name is Nero. But this isn’t his story.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Pawprints and Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting mysteries 03)
Blake, Bethany
The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake – and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do… It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore – with the help of a mysterious St Bernard – but Lauren is dragged out… stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound, Socrates, at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation – whether he wants her to or not…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

To Kill the President
Bourne, Sam
The unthinkable has happened… The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford ‘Mac’ McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it’s clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon, Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President – and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant – or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce mysteries)
Bradley, Alan
Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse. Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper. Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three gossips in the local church, and to keep her sisters out of danger. But what could possibly connect the son of an executed killer, a far too canny police constable, a travelling circus, and the publican’s mysteriously talented wife? The latest in this absolutely delightful and well-beloved series, which begins in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | HC | $35.00

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Flavia de Luce mysteries)
Bradley, Alan
Twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is back at Buckshaw at last, but her homecoming is overshadowed by news of her father’s illness. Forbidden from visiting Colonel de Luce in hospital, Flavia busies herself in the village, but she soon makes a macabre discover: the corpse of a reclusive woodcarver hanging upside down on the back of a door, in a house empty but for a curiously uncurious cat. While the local constabulary are stumped, Flavia is soon piecing together a puzzle that connects a death by murderous gulls on a desolate island, a local woman said to be a witch, and a beloved children’s author who terrified his own son – plus, of course, a certain tortoiseshell cat… This absolutely delightful and well-beloved series begins in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Suitcase Baby
Bretherton, Tanya
In the early hours of Saturday morning, 17 November 1923, a suitcase was found washed up on the shore of a small beach in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. What it contained – and why – would prove to be explosive. The murdered baby in the suitcase was one of many dead infants who were turning up in the harbour, on trains, and elsewhere. These innocent victims were a devastating symptom of the clash between public morality, private passion and unrelenting poverty in a fast-growing metropolis. Police tracked down Sarah Boyd, the mother of the suitcase baby, and the complex story and subsequent murder trial of Sarah and her friend Jean Olliver became a media sensation. Sociologist Tanya Bretherton masterfully tells the engrossing and moving story of the crime that put Sarah and her baby at the centre of a social tragedy that still resonates through the decades.
True crime | TP | $32.99

The Spy’s Daughter (Philip Mangan series)
Brookes, Adam
Pearl longed for the life of a normal American teenager: summers at the pool, friends, backyard barbecues in the Washington DC suburbs. But she was different. Pearl had a gift for mathematics, a college sponsorship from a secretive technology corporation, and a family riven with anger and dysfunction. And it’s only now – at nineteen years old – she has started to understand what role she is to play. What her parents intend for her. For Pearl Tao, any hope of escape lies with two British spies: Trish Patterson, sidelined in disgrace, and Philip Mangan, blown and discredited – and following his own trail of corruption. Finding out the truth about Pearl will be the most urgent, the most dangerous mission they’ll ever undertake. This terrific spy-thriller series begins with Night Heron (PBK, $19.99). Hugely recommended.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

This I Would Kill For (Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series)
Buist, Anne
Psychiatrist Natalie King is the expert witness in a vicious child custody battle, and the stakes are high. Getting it wrong means handing a child over to an abuser – or depriving that child of the only father she knows. Is Jenna gaming the system, or is her ex-husband Malik as dangerous as she suggests? How can Natalie best protect the child? And now that Natalie’s pregnant – and still unsure of the child’s paternity – how is a growing preoccupation with her own lost father affecting her judgment? Court dramas, cultural clashes and media backlash create an explosive mixture that forces Natalie to make life and death choices. How far will a parent go to keep – or save – their child? An Australian mystery following Medea’s Curse (PBK, $22.99) and Dangerous to Know (TP, $29.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Pyramid of Mud
Camilleri, Andrea
It’s been raining for days in Vigàta, and the persistent downpours have led to violent floods overtaking the Inspector’s beloved hometown, sweeping across the land and leaving only a sea of mud behind. It is on one of these endless grey days that a man – a Mr Giuglù Nicotra – is found dead. His body discovered in a large sewage tunnel, half naked and with a bullet in his back. The investigation is slow and slippery to start with, but when Montalbano realises that every clue he uncovers and every person he interviews is leading to the same place: the world of public spending – and with it, the Mafia – the case begins to pick up pace. But there’s one question that keeps playing on Montalbano’s mind: in his strange and untimely death, was Giuglù Nicotra trying to tell him something?
Montalbano | TP | $32.99

The Wicked Cometh
Carlin, Laura
The year is 1831. Down murky alleyways and in filthy hovels, acts of unspeakable wickedness take place and vulnerable people begin to disappear from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a young woman who is desperate to escape the slums, by any means possible. When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the mysterious Rebekah Brock. But both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations as whispers from Hester’s old life return, to poison the present. Something is lurking in the black heart of their city, and it is more depraved than either of them could ever imagine… Perfect for fans of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer or The Butcher’s Hook.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Know Me Now (Dan Forrester series)
Carver, C J
A thirteen-year-old boy commits suicide. A sixty-five-year old man dies of a heart attack. Dan Forrester, ex-MI5 agent, is connected to them both. And when he discovers that his godson and his father have been murdered, he teams up with his old friend, DC Lucy Davies, to find answers. But as the pair investigate, they unravel a dark and violent mystery stretching decades into the past and uncover a terrible secret. A secret, someone will do anything to keep buried… A sequel to Spare Me the Truth and Tell Me A Lie (PBK, $19.99 each).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Golden Hairpin
Cece, Qinghan
At thirteen, investigative prodigy Huang Zixia had already proved herself by aiding her father in solving confounding crimes. At seventeen, she’s on the run, accused of murdering her family to escape an arranged marriage. Driven by a single-minded pursuit, she must use her skills to unmask the real killer… and clear her name. But when Huang Zixia seeks the help of Li Shubai, the Prince of Kui, her life and freedom are bargained: agree to go undercover as his eunuch to stop a serial killer and to undo a curse that threatens to destroy the Prince’s life. Huang Zixia’s skills are soon tested when Li Shubai’s betrothed vanishes. With a distinctively exquisite golden hairpin as her only clue, Huang Zixia investigates – and discovers that she isn’t the only one in the guarded kingdom with a dangerous secret.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Chancellor, Bryn
Out for a hike one scorching afternoon, in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains – embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. The news gives the town’s long-time residents the same immediate thought: they may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it, ever since…
Mystery | TP | $24.99

Pekoe Most Poison (Tea Shop mysteries 18)
Childs, Laura
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a ‘Rat Tea’, she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston to promote better public health. But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favourite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat. And as she reviews the guest list for suspects, she soon finds herself drawn into in a dangerous game of cat and mouse…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Seagull (Vera Stanhope series)
Cleeves, Ann
A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper – and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two. This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as ‘the Prof’, were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were ‘the Gang of Four’, and Hector had been one of the last people to see Marshall alive. Vera must confront her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth, as the past begins to collide dangerously with the present…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Clements, Rory
1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war. In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers. When a renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson. The first in a new series – highly recommended for fans of Philip Kerr, John Lawton, and David Downing.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Need to Know
Cleveland, Karen
Vivian Miller is a CIA analyst assigned to uncover Russian sleeper cells in the USA. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian spy, she stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents living in her own country. Five seemingly-normal people, living in plain sight. A few clicks later, everything that matters to Vivian is threatened – her job, her husband, even her four children… Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust? Will her next move be the right one?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Game of Ghosts (Charlie Parker series)
Connolly, John
It is deep winter. The darkness is unending. The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now, Parker will be drawn into Eklund’s world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

This Is Where I Say Goodbye (Inspector Carlyle series)
Craig, James
Work goes on the backburner for Inspector Carlyle as he tries to manage his father’s final days. But when the drug dealer providing the old man’s pain relief ends up dead, London’s least conventional copper finds himself in the middle of a vicious East London turf war. Meantime, he is supposed to be dealing with the case of a young woman found badly beaten in an alleyway. With no idea who she is, and no clues as to her attacker, he has to get help from some unlikely sources.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Kill the Father
Dazieri, Sandrone
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the Chief of Rome’s Major Crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself ‘The Father’, Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia; but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyper-observant capacities. All evidence suggests that ‘The Father’ is back and active after being dormant for decades. New in translation, this debut novel is perfect for fans of Jo Nesbo.
Thriller | PBK | $9.99

Dark Pines
Dean, W R
An isolated Swedish town. A deaf reporter terrified of nature. A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods. It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career, she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings, from twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.
Thriller | TP | $24.99

Swiss Vendetta (Agnes Lüthi series)
de Hahn, Tracee
Inspector Agnes Lüthi, a Swiss-American police officer in Lausanne, Switzerland, has just transferred to the Violent Crimes unit from Financial Crimes – to try to shed all reminders of her old life, following her husband’s death. Now, on the eve of the worst blizzard Lausanne has seen in centuries, Agnes has been called to investigate her very first homicide case. On the lawn of the grand Château Vallotton, at the edge of Lac Léman, a young woman has been found stabbed to death. The woman, an appraiser for a London auction house, had been taking inventory at the château, a medieval fortress dripping in priceless works of art and historical treasures. Agnes finds it difficult to draw answers out of anyone – the tight-lipped Swiss family living in the château, the servants who have been loyal to the family for generations, the aging WWII survivor who lives in the neighbouring mansion, even the American history student, studying at the Vallotton château’s library… The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

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 | PBK | $19.99

Pilgrimage of Murder (Brother Athelstan series)
Doherty, Paul
1381. The Great Revolt was crushed; the king’s peace enforced. Brother Athelstan prepares for a pilgrimage, but he is summoned to the scene of a triple murder. One victim was John of Gaunt. Was this an act of revenge? Athelstan is also receiving menacing messages from an assassin. Could Athelstan’s pilgrimage be leading him into a deadly trap?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

This Is How It Ends
Dolan, Eva
This is how it begins. With a near-empty building, the inhabitants forced out of their homes by property developers. With two women: idealistic, impassioned blogger Ella and seasoned campaigner, Molly. With a body hidden in a lift shaft. But how will it end?
Suspense | TP | $27.99

The Mystery of the Mud Flats (Detective Club series)
Drake, Maurice
James Carthew-West, the penniless skipper of the Exmouth coasting vessel Luck and Charity, is chartered by a rich trader to carry unprofitable cargo to Flanders through the treacherous shallows of the Scheldt estuary and return… with worthless mud ballast. His crewman Austin Voodgt, a former investigative journalist, is intent on revealing the true conspiracy behind this bizarre trade, but with each new discovery comes the growing realisation that there are lives at stake – beginning with their own. First published as WO2, this first-class mystery is combined with the eternal lure of the sea; and introduces Dutch maritime detective Austin Voogdt (later dubbed ‘Sherlock of the Sea’).
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

Shadow Man
Drew, Alan
Southern California, 1986. Detective Ben Wade has returned to his California home town for a quieter life. Suddenly, this unassuming community finds itself at the mercy of a serial killer, a psycho who slips through windows and screen doors, shattering illusions of safety. As Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt struggle to stay one step ahead of the serial killer, Ben’s own world is rocked again by a teen’s suicide. Ben must decide how far he is willing to go, and how much he will risk, to rescue the town from a long-buried secret, as well as from a psychotic serial killer.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Design For Murder (Crime Club series)
Durbridge, Francis
In Design for Murder, Francis Durbridge adapted his longest Paul Temple serial, Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair, into a full-length novel. Back in print for the first time since 1951, this edition also includes the exclusive 1946 Radio Times’ short story ‘Paul Temple’s White Christmas’.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

Seven Dead (British Library Crime Classics)
Farjeon, J Jefferson
Ted Lyte, amateur thief, has chosen an isolated house by the coast for his first robbery. But Haven House is no ordinary country home. While hunting for silverware to steal, Ted stumbles upon a locked room containing seven dead bodies. Detective Inspector Kendall takes on the case, with the help of passing yachtsman Thomas Hazeldean. The search for the house’s absent owners brings Hazeldean across the Channel to Boulogne, where he finds more than one motive to stay and investigate. Seven Dead is an atmospheric crime novel first published in 1939.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Perfect Prey (DI Callanach series)
Fields, Helen
In the middle of an Edinburgh rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies, minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf. DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no leads and no motive – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim… Follows Perfect Remains (PBK, $19.99) which introduces DI Luc Callanach.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Perfect Death (DI Callanach series)
Fields, Helen
There’s no easy way to die… Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream, until it’s too late. But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task… Follows Perfect Prey (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Woman in the Water (Charles Lenox series)
Finch, Charles
London, 1850: When an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper, claiming to have committed the perfect crime – and promising to kill again – Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavours to solve the crime, before another innocent life is lost. When the killer’s sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse. Charles Lenox’s very first case – the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most brilliant detectives.
Historical mystery | HC | $47.95

Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop mysteries 02)
Flower, Amanda
Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently-widowed grandmother, she plans to honour her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. A candy maker from a neighbouring town, Josephine Weaver, died from an allergy to an essential liquorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running-around time; and Bailey, herself…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Redemption Point
Fox, Candice
When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rainforest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire’s devastated father. Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out – and if Ted doesn’t help find the real abductor, he’ll be its first casualty. Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel, called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on the beer-sodden floor. It’s DI Pip Sweeney’s first homicide investigation – complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to ‘assist’ on the case. Amanda’s conviction for murder a decade ago has left her with some odd behavioural traits, top-to-toe tatts – and a keen eye for killers… A sequel to Crimson Lake (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Look For Me (D D Warren series)
Gardner, Lisa
Detective D D Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl’s life – or bring her to justice. A family home has become a crime scene. Five people are involved: four of them have been savagely murdered; one – a sixteen-year-old girl – is missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D D Warren is on the case, as is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Girl in the Moon
Goodkind, Terry
Angela juggles multiple jobs to live a secluded life in a cabin in the mountains. But she also lives a secret life, right under everyone’s noses. Because her family’s bloodline carries the ability to recognise killers, she adopts a solitary, violent existence in service of her own, personal mission in life. When Angela unexpectedly finds herself the prey of a group of international terrorists, she is the only one who knows the truth of what they are about to do…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Rooted in Evil (Campbell & Carter mysteries)
Granger, Ann
When the body of a man, with his brains blown out, is found in a Cotswold wood it looks like suicide. But looks can be deceptive and it doesn’t take long for the police to identify that there’s more to the case than meets the eye. People’s stories don’t add up, and when Superintendent Ian Carter and Inspector Jess Campbell start probing it becomes clear that the dead man had ruffled more than a few feathers in this close-knit community. His stepsister had been bailing him out of his financial troubles – much against her husband’s wishes – but, with his money worries still mounting, the victim had become a desperate man… As Jess and Ian dig deeper and deeper into the case, a cover up is exposed and bitter resentment rises to the surface to reveal a killer.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Clairvoyant and Present Danger (Bay Island Psychic mysteries 03)
Gregory, Lena
Whoever said that dead men tell no tales, has never met Cass Donnovan… Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse. Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer – much to the chagrin of local law enforcement – when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer, before Cass herself becomes the next victim…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Dark Angel (Ruth Galloway series)
Griffiths, Elly
Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He’s discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome, but doesn’t know what to make of them. It’s years, since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome! So, Ruth travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a medieval shrine and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement, she also finds Harry Nelson, who is enduring a terrible holiday at a resort nearby. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock – the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are, in Castello degli Angeli, that someone would kill to protect…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Sticks and Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries 17)
Haines, Carolyn
Private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends are celebrating New Year’s Eve at the party of the year, a smashing Winter Garden party at the Prince Albert Hotel. It’s a dazzling success… until Frangelica ‘Sister’ McFee walks through the door. Sarah Booth knew Sister in college, before Sister became a bestselling author and moved to New York, and fame and fortune don’t seem to have tempered her arrogance and cruelty. Sister’s latest book is a memoir about the death of her mother and brother, many years ago. Now, a film about the book is in the works, and a film crew has descended upon Zinnia, Mississippi, to tell the complete tale. When the film crew realises there may be more to the story behind the scenes – and between the covers of Sister’s book – they hire Sarah Booth to find out what really happened all those years ago. But soon Sarah Booth realises that someone is desperate to keep a long-buried secret… and will do whatever it takes to make sure no skeletons come out of the closet.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah W Garage Sale mysteries 05)
Harris, Sherry
When it comes to running a successful garage sale, Sarah Winston believes in doing her homework. She also believes in giving back. But when she agrees to manage an athletic equipment swap, she doesn’t bargain on an uncharitable killer. The day of the event, the school superintendent is found dead in the gymnasium. Suddenly, the murder suspects are the school board members – including the husband of a very difficult client who’s hired Sarah to run a high-end sale and demands she do her bidding. In between tagging and haggling, Sarah studies the clues to see who wanted to teach the superintendent a lesson. But as she closes in on the truth, the killer intends to give her a crash course on minding her own business…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Cleaner
Herrmann, Elisabeth
Pools of blood, scenes of carnage, signs of agonising death – who deals with the aftermath of violence once the bodies have been taken away? Judith Kepler has seen it all. She is a crime scene specialist. She turns crime scenes back into habitable spaces. She is a cleaner. It is at the home of a woman who has been brutally murdered that she is suddenly confronted with her own past. The murder victim knew Judith’s secret: as a child Judith was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances – parentage unknown. And the East German secret police were always there, in the background… When Judith begins to ask questions, she becomes the target of some powerful enemies. And nothing will ever be the same, again.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

London Rules (Slough House series)
Herron, Mick
London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one: cover your arse. Regent’s Park’s First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM’s favourite Muslim, who’s about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he’s hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble. Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someone’s trying to kill Roddy Ho. Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. But collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength – that of making a bad situation much, much worse. It’s a good job, Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren’t going to break themselves. ‘Herron is spy fiction’s great humourist, mixing absurd situations with sparklingly funny dialogue and elegant, witty prose’ – The Times. This fantastic series begins with Slow Horses (PBK, $19.99). Ron highly recommends – a slow burner but fantastic!
Suspense | TP | $29.99

This is What Happened
Herron, Mick
Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth, without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk. Now, one young woman has the chance to be a hero – if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

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, ready to celebrate their young son’s birthday. What greets Johanne on her arrival is a scene of devastation: the boy was left unattended and when he climbed a ladder he fell to his death. Simultaneously, Oslo is under attack. An explosion has torn the city apart and the eyes of the police department are focused elsewhere. A newly-qualified officer – named Henrik Holme – is the only one available to attend the Mohr household. As Holme begins to investigate, he calls upon Johanne for assistance, and casts doubt on the claim that the death was a tragic accident. But there are shadowy figures at work, as yet unseen by Johanne or Holme, determined to hide the truth. Meanwhile, Johanne’s husband Adam Stubo – preoccupied with his police work – doesn’t see the danger his wife is placing herself in: will the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, before it’s too late? The final instalment in the series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Then She Was Gone
Jewell, Lisa
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger, who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now, all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Earth Storm (Malin Fors series)
Kallentoft, Mons
In the early hours of the morning, the naked body of a young man is discovered in a ditch, next to Go ta Kanal. The cause of death is mysterious; the body bears no visible traces of violence. The man is soon identified as Peder Akerlund, a former Swedish politician, excluded from his party for racism but since reformed. Then sixteen-year-old Nadja Lundin is reported missing, possibly abducted, the same evening, and there are signs that suggest the two cases might be connected. But what do the victims have in common? And why were they chosen? Gradually, Malin Fors realises that they are dealing with someone who is playing a game with them, who speaks through murders and who will not be silenced. What is he or she trying to say? Desperate to fine Nadja alive, the team race against the clock to find an answer, before it’s too late…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Hummus and Homicide (Kebab Kitchen mysteries 01)
Kashian, Tina
Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home, to Ocean Crest… Things are slow in the off season, in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school… and, unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen – where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations – she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is… it is homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Night Moves (Alex Delaware series)
Kellerman, Jonathan
An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to find the murdered and brutalised corpse of a total stranger in their house. This baffling, twisted tale tests Alex and Milo to their intellectual and emotional limits.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Volume 1: From Poe to Arthur Conan Doyle to Stephen King
Kick, Russ (editor)
From James M Cain to Stephen King, from Sophocles to the Marquis de Sade to Iceberg Slim, here are stunning and sometimes macabre visualisations of some of the greatest crime and mystery stories of all time. Rick Geary brings his crisp style to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment; C Frakes resurrects the forgotten novella Talma Gordon: the first mystery written by an African American. Crime finds new life in these graphic renditions of The Arabian Nights, the Bible, James Joyce’s Dubliners, Patricia Highsmith, and leading mystery writers of today, like Jo Nesbo. Crime and mystery have never been so brilliantly reimagined. The first of two volumes, retelling classic works of literature as comics and in other visual forms.
Mystery reimagined | PBK | $49.99

Sirens (Aidan Waits series)
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. The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Murder Files (omnibus)
La Plante, Lynda
Discover Anna Travis in this omnibus edition, which collects Above Suspicion, The Red Dahlia, and Clean Cut.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Last Train
Lawrence, Sue
At 7pm on 28 December 1879, a violent storm batters the newly-built rail bridge across the River Tay, close to the city of Dundee. Ann Craig is waiting for her husband, the owner of a large local jute mill, to return home. From her window, Ann sees a shocking sight as the bridge collapses; and the lights of the train, in which he is travelling, plough down into the freezing river waters. Doubt is cast on whether Robert was on the train, after all. If not, where is he? And who is the mysterious woman who is first to be washed ashore? In 2015, Fiona Craig wakes to find that her partner Pete, an Australian restaurateur, has cleared the couple’s bank account, before abandoning his car at the local airport and disappearing. When the police discover his car is stolen, Fiona conducts her own investigation into Pete’s background, slowly uncovering dark secrets, and strange parallels with the events of 1879.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Anything You Do Say
McAllister, Gillian
When Joanna hears the footsteps behind her that every woman dreads she makes a snap decision. She turns and she pushes, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps… to lie motionless on the floor. Calling 999, Joanna waits for the police to arrive. For judgement, for justice, whatever that may be. She just needs to hope her husband will stand beside her. She didn’t mean to do it. She was scared, she panicked. And no one saw. No one will know. If she leaves now. If she keeps quiet, and prays silently to never hear that knock on the door…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Dark So Deadly
MacBride, Stuart
Welcome to the Misfit Mob… It’s where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So, when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it’s his job to find out which museum it’s been stolen from.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Scorched Earth (DS Aector McAvoy series)
Mark, David
The police think Crystal Heathers isn’t missing. The trainee detective assigned to the case isn’t so sure. McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall… and that all the signs point to it being a little girl. But why would anyone not report a kidnapping? And how far would someone go, to get revenge? The case will test McAvoy to breaking point – as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Dead Men Whistling (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
Sergeant Kieran O’Regan was responsible for hunting down killers. Now, he’s become one of the dead: his decapitated body has been found in a graveyard, a tin whistle stuffed into his throat. O’Regan was due to give evidence at a trial for police corruption. His gruesome murder sends a clear message to whistle blowers: only silence is safe. DCI Katie Maguire is determined to uncover the truth. But corruption in the Garda stretches back decades. As more officers are horrifically silenced, Katie must decide who she can trust…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Last of the Greenwoods
Morrall, Clare
In a field outside Bromsgrove, two elderly brothers live in adjoining railway carriages. No one visits, and they never speak to each other. Until the day Zohra Dasgupta, a young postwoman, delivers an extraordinary letter – from a woman claiming to be the sister they thought had been murdered, fifty years earlier. So begins an intriguing tale: is this woman an impostor? If she’s not, what did happen, all those years ago? And why are the brothers such recluses? Then there’s Zohra. Once a bright, outgoing teenager, the only friend she will see, from her schooldays, is laidback Crispin – who has roped her in to the restoration of an old railway line on his father’s land. For which, as it happens, they need some carriages…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Sins as Scarlet (Inspector Iwata series)
Obregón, Nicolás
Inspector Kosuke Iwata, formerly of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, is now working as a private investigator in California. He may have left his home country behind him, but the crimes he has to face here are just as horrific, and as mystifying. A dead transgender woman is found out on the train tracks near LA’s Skid Row. A Mexican homicide investigator riddled with cancer and corruption. A river of dirty money, flowing through the Sonoran Desert. And a mother’s secrets, tracing all the way from 1970s Tokyo to California’s 48th Japanese prefecture – Torrance. A sequel to Blue Light Yokohama (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Like Lions
Panowich, Brian
Clayton Burroughs is sheriff of Bull Mountain and last surviving member of the brutal and blood-steeped Burroughs clan. It’s been a year since a rogue government agent systematically crippled the family’s criminal empire, leaving two of his brothers dead and Clayton broken and haunted by wounds that may never heal. Now, Bull Mountain is vulnerable, ripe for predators wanting to re-establish the flow of dope and money through the town. And the death of a boy belonging to a rival clan brings the wolves straight to Clayton’s door… A sequel to Bull Mountain (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | TP | $29.99

A Dead Man in Naples (Seymour of the Special Branch series)
Pearce, Michael
Naples, 1913. Sun baked, blue skied, and with its amazing bay, one of the most beautiful spots in Italy – but also, one of the most backward. Into that world is sent a minor British consular official, Scampion, banished from Florence because he has allowed himself to be caught up in the mad social whirl surrounding D’Annunzio, the famous Italian poet, Nationalist and revolutionary. Scampion brings with him from Florence the new craze that is sweeping Italy: bicycling. And one day as he walks home after a road race that he has been organising, he is stabbed to death. Nothing extraordinary about that in Naples – it happens all the time – but his wallet was not taken, a fact that is remarkable. Could Scampion’s murder have something to do with the racing? Bicycling may seem like a harmless pursuit but in Italy passions run high and Neapolitans, too, are great gamblers; they gamble on anything, including bicycle races. And where there is gambling, in Naples there is usually the Camorra, the powerful Neapolitan secret society. But then the Foreign Office receives a tip off that the murder may be more complicated. It might be linked to high politics in Rome. And that’s when Seymour – the foreigner from the FO – is sent south, to investigate… Along with A Dead Man in Malta, these last two novels complete the reissue of the Seymour of the Special Branch series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Dead Man in Malta (Seymour of the Special Branch series)
Pearce, Michael
Malta, 1913, and hot air balloons hover over the Grand Harbour. One of them comes down in the water but no one is hurt – except that the balloonist dies later – when taken into the Naval Hospital for a check up. But he is not the only one who had died there unexpectedly, as a letter to The Times points out, and a special investigator, Seymour of the Foreign Office, is sent out from London to find out what is going on. For, in 1913, Malta is still a British protectorate, governed by the British; indeed, with its red post boxes, English beer and English language it seems like an exotic Little Britain. But the rumblings of war are reaching out to that small island in the Mediterranean and many of the old Maltese families are becoming divided in their loyalties: at the same time staunchly supportive to the British and yet starting to question Malta’s subordinate status and wondering whether the time has come to strike out an independent path for themselves. So, the letter to The Times has touched a raw nerve, as Seymour soon finds out: is it a critique of bad nursing practises? Or is there a different, more sinister explanation to these sudden deaths? Along with A Dead Man in Naples, these last two novels complete the reissue of the Seymour of the Special Branch series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Great Reckoning (Inspector Gamache series)
Penny, Louise
Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him. When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed… This great series begins with Still Life ($19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

It Takes a Coven (Witch City mysteries 06)
Perry, Carol J
When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honour, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a chequered past, and a talking crow – named Poe – as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead, under his apple tree – one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community… With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, Lee’s best friend, River, fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the city. Now, aided by Poe and her clairvoyant cat, Lee sets out to investigate. Are lives being claimed by vengeful supernatural forces – or by something more shocking? She soon discovers, casting light on the wicked truth can be one killer commitment…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Agency (Jed Walker series)
Phelan, James
It’s 2005 and Jed Walker has just joined the CIA. As a ten-year veteran of Air Force Special Operations, Walker is used to being at the pointy end of things. But normally the front line is much further from home. Sent to New Orleans on the trail of Russians wanting to claim back what was stolen from them in Afghanistan, it doesn’t take long for Walker to realise that in the murky world of espionage, the rules of war do not apply. Teaming up with a feisty MI6 operative, to do what is right for the nation Walker must take steps that will betray the Agency. As Hurricane Katrina hits, to forever change a city, it’s clear to Walker that that this is a high-stakes game where the winner takes all, and he must succeed.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

My Name Is Nobody (Wilde & Vine series)
Richardson, Matthew
MI6’s Head of Station in Istanbul is abducted from his home. There are signs of a violent struggle. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man’s oldest friend: Solomon Vine. Officially suspended, Vine can operate outside the chain of command to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that the disappearance heralds something much darker.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Dark in Death
Robb, J D
There’s always a reason for murder. But when a young actress is killed in a swift and violent attack at a cinema screening, that reason is hard to fathom – even for Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team. It’s only when bestselling crime writer Blaine DeLano arrives at the precinct that the shocking truth is revealed. Someone is recreating the murder scenes from her latest series, book by book. With six more novels left in the series, Eve now knows how the killer will strike next. But why has DeLano been targeted? Could her abusive husband be involved? As fiction is transformed into bloody reality, Eve will need all her skill and experience to solve this unique case. Luckily for her, husband Roarke happens to be a fan of DeLano’s work. And he’s more than happy to work side by side with his brilliant wife – no matter how dark things become…
Eve Dallas | TP | $29.99

Secrets in Death
Robb, J D
No one is going to miss Larinda Mars. A ruthless gossip queen with a lucrative sideline in blackmail, there’s no lack of suspects when she’s murdered in a fashionable New York bar. With so many people wanting her dead, it’s going to be a tough case to crack. Lieutenant Eve Dallas may not like this particular victim, but it’s her duty to bring the killer to justice. As she digs deeper into Larinda’s mysterious past, it becomes clear the reporter had a unique talent for uncovering secrets. Including ones very close to home for Eve and her husband Roarke… Someone was willing to commit murder to keep their secrets hidden. And with Eve now working to uncover the truth, she and her team are heading into serious danger.
Eve Dallas | PBK | $19.99

The Photographer (Narey & Winter series)
Robertson, Craig
It’s 2am, in Glasgow. DI Rachel Narey and her team of cops are standing outside the door of a violent rapist. At her word, the officers break down the door and charge into the flat. They find the man, Robert Broome, cowering in a corner of his bedroom, pleading not to be arrested, begging to be left alone. Once he is arrested, Narey’s team searches the flat. In a hidden recess under the carpet, they find photographs – hundreds of them. All of women, and most without being aware the photos were taken – on the street, in playgrounds, in shopping centres. Narey studies them, seeing the same faces repeated. She suddenly realises that Broome is a repeat offender, and the scale of what he might have done terrifies her. But even with Broome in custody, these women are still somehow being hunted and killed. The clock is ticking, the police are way behind, and the stakes have just gotten higher.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Three Minutes (DCI Ewart Grens series)
Roslund, Anders & Hellström, Börge
One-time Swedish government agent Piet Hoffmann is on the run from the life prison sentence he escaped: living under a false identity with his family in Cali, Colombia. When Hoffmann is offered employment by a Colombian drug mafia, and is simultaneously approached by the US DEA to infiltrate the same cartel, he says yes to both. However, when America settles on an enemy for their next War on Terror, Colombia, the US government and the cartel are faced with the same problem. Piet Hoffmann. Hoffmann is marked. Yet help will come from unlikely quarters: DCI Ewert Grens – the enemy, who Hoffmann once tricked – will now become the only ally he can trust.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Fast and the Furriest (Second Chance Cat mysteries 05)
Ryan, Sofie
Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items, in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn’t run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac – or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis. Mac’s life, before North Harbor, has always been a little bit mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town, and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah – and Elvis – know he can’t be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Final Girls
Sager, Riley
Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now, someone wants them dead… They were the victims of separate tragedies. Three strangers, bound by similar traumas, grouped together by the press. When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And as the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Essex Poison (County Guides series)
Sansom, Ian
October 1937. Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, sets off to Essex to continue his history of England, The County Guides. Morley’s daughter Miriam continues to cause chaos and his assistant Stephen Sefton continues to slide deeper into depression and despair. Morley is an honorary guest at the Colchester Oyster Festival. But when the mayor dies suddenly at the civic reception, suspicion falls on his fellow councillors. Is it a case of food poisoning? Or could it be… murder?
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Sherlock Holmes in Australia
Sequeira, Christopher (editor)
It’s 1890. Holmes’ fame has spread even to the colonies and he and his stalwart chronicler Watson are swept up in an array of mysteries ‘down under’. A beautiful illustrated hardcover collection of original Australian mystery stories by popular writers and devoted Sherlockians, including Kerry Greenwood, Narelle Harris, Meg Keneally, Lucy Sussex, Kaaron Warren, and Samuel Wagan Watson.
Sherlockiana | HC | $45.00

Jericho’s War
Seymour, Gerald
In a moment of nerve-shredding suspense that will affect many thousands of lives, a handful of men and women will converge on a barren stretch of Yemeni desert. Each of them will need spirit, courage and immense luck to survive the next forty-eight hours. Corrie Rankin is already a legend at MI6, when he is called back with little regard for the horrors of his recent past. Corrie is sent to take advantage of a chance to take down a high value player in the war against Al Qaeda – and, a chance for the Brits to succeed… without begging help from the Americans. This is Jericho’s War. The weapons it deploys, the brutal aims it pursues, are state of the art. The fear it breeds and the raw bravery it demands are as timeless as the desert itself.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Murder at the Mill
Shaw, M B
Iris Grey arrives at Mill Cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighbouring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer. At the Wetherbys’ Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow – but so too are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime? With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets and murder. The first festive mystery in a new crime series – a must read for fans of M C Beaton, Agatha Christie, the British Library Crime Classics series, and Midsomer Murders.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Maigret’s Failure
Simenon, Georges
Charged with the protection of wealthy butcher, Fumal, Maigret is torn between his sense of duty and a personal feud that is suddenly brought to the fore. When Fumal is viciously murdered, Maigret must overcome his ill feelings towards him and track down the murderer among the victim’s many enemies…
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Perfect Criminals
Thomson, Jimmy
Ten years after surviving special operations in Afghanistan, Danny Clay is working as a scriptwriter in the emotional war zone of TV production. His best mate and editor is Vietnamese neighbour and script editor Zan – who may, or may not, have killed a man with her bare hands. When their writer friends start dying in mysterious circumstances, Danny must resurrect his old army sapper skills to prevent himself and Zan becoming the next victims. From the backstreets and brothels of Sydney’s Kings Cross to the fake sincerity of Hollywood, this is an action-packed and hilarious romp through the dark side of the entertainment industry where criminals have the same skill set as movie producers – only with a more evolved moral code.
Caper | TP | $29.99

Racing the Devil (Ian Rutledge mysteries)
Todd, Charles
In late June 1916, on the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers have a last drink before returning to the Front. Strangers until the war, they discover that before the fighting began, they had all lived within a hundred miles of one another along the southern coast of England. They also had one other thing in common: a passion for motorcars. Daring fate, they make a promise to the future. If they survive the battle ahead – and all those to come – they will meet in Paris, a year after the war ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they own, beg, or borrow from Paris to Nice. In November 1919, the officers meet as planned, and though their automobiles are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a pair of serious mishaps mar the reunion. In the mountains just north of their destination, one vehicle is nearly run off the twisting, fog-shrouded road; and another crashes, badly injuring the driver. No one knows – or will admit to recognising – who was behind the wheel of the rogue motorcar. Back in England, one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a local rector driving along the Sussex coastline loses control of his motorcar and is killed. Was it an accident due to the hazardous conditions? Another set of tire tracks raises suspicions of something far darker, especially since the rector was driving a car he surreptitiously borrowed from a neighbour, a captain in the Great War. Is the crash connected in some way to the unfortunate events in the mountains, above Nice, the year before? While the unfortunate clergyman, another veteran of that terrible war, wasn’t in France then, the car’s owner was. If it was foul play, was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man the intended victim, after all? Called in to investigate this perplexing case, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge – a man who carries his own ghosts from the battlefields of France – discovers that the truth is elusive. The stony villagers are adept at keeping secrets, frustrating his search for a faceless killer hiding in the shadows – a cold-blooded murderer willing to strike again. This time, the victim he chooses is a child, and it will take all of Rutledge’s skill to stop him, before an innocent young life is taken.
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

Nothing Stays Buried (Monkeewrench series)
Tracy, P J
A young woman is murdered in a park in Minneapolis. When detectives Gino and Magozzi discover a playing card near the body, they recognise the work of a serial killer who has already struck the city once before. But it’s worse than they imagined. The card is the four of spades; the last victim’s was the ace: it seems they’re already two murders behind. Once again working with Grace MacBride and her team of analysts, they discover a web of evidence stretching back into the past. And there is little time to untangle it: this killer has a taste for blood, and he’s intent on playing out the deck…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

How Will I Know You?
Treadway, Jessica
On a cold December day, teenager Joy Enright is found drowned at the edge of a frozen pond. When an autopsy reveals she was strangled first, suspicion is thrown onto Martin, the young graduate who was last to see her alive. In a small community, secrets are hard to keep and as the web of lies around Joy’s life and death unravels, the truth will either bring one family closer together, or tear them further apart.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Herring Seller’s Apprentice (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
His latest novel is going nowhere, a midlife crisis is looming and he’s burdened by the literary agent he probably deserves: Elsie Thirkettle, a diminutive but determined individual who claims to enjoy neither the company of writers, nor literature of any sort. But however bad things look, they can always get worse, as Ethelred discovers when his ex-wife, Geraldine, vanishes close to his Sussex home. When the disappearance becomes a murder enquiry, the police quickly decide that Geraldine Tressider has been the victim of a local serial killer.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

Ten Little Herrings (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
When obscure crime writer Ethelred Tressider vanishes from his home, his indefatigable agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is soon on his trail. Finding him proves surprisingly easy. Bringing him home is another matter. Having followed Ethelred to a hotel in the French Loire, she finds herself confined there with him after a prominent philatelist is murdered. Elsie is torn between her natural desire to interfere in the police investigation, and her urgent need to escape to the local chocolatier.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Herring in the Library (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
When literary agent Elsie Thirkettle is invited to accompany tall but obscure crime-writer Ethelred Tressider to dinner at Muntham Court, she is looking forward to sneering at his posh friends. What she is not expecting is that, half way through the evening, her host will be found strangled in his locked study. Since there is no way that a murderer could have escaped, the police conclude that Sir Robert Muntham has killed himself. A distraught Lady Muntham, however, asks Ethelred to conduct his own investigation. Ethelred (ably hindered by Elsie) sets out to resolve a classic ‘locked room’ mystery; but is any one of the assorted guests and witnesses actually telling the truth? And can Ethelred’s account be trusted?
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Herring on the Nile (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
In an effort to rejuvenate his flagging career, crime novelist Ethelred Tressider decides to set his new book in Egypt and embarks on a ‘research trip’ with his literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, in tow. No sooner has their cruise on the Nile begun, however, than an attempt is made on Ethelred’s life. When the boat’s engine explodes and a passenger is found bloodily murdered, suspicion falls on everyone aboard including a third-rate private eye, two individuals who may or may not be undercover police, and Ethelred himself. As the boat drifts out of control, though, it seems that events are being controlled by a party, far more radical than anyone could have guessed.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

Crooked Herring (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
It is always a mistake to confess to murder, while wearing a paisley bow tie. ‘You don’t believe me, do you?’ asked Henry. ‘That you have just killed somebody?’ I asked. ‘That I might have killed somebody,’ he said. He looked a little sheepish. The genuine murderer – the real pro – tends to keep track of that sort of thing. And he wasn’t dressed for murder. The tweed jacket, the checked waistcoat, and above all the yellow bow tie… they spoke of a man who would fiddle his expenses and arrange for his pregnant secretary to have a sordid backstreet abortion. They would have enabled Henry to audition as an extra in a fifties costume drama – a dodgy bookmaker, say, or a ne’er-do-well younger brother destined for exile to one of the more obscure colonies. They were not clothes that you would risk wearing for a murder. An unlikely murderer and no sign of a body – more red herrings, for the improbable detective Ethelred and his chocolate-guzzling agent Elsie to unravel.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

Cat Among the Herrings (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
Robin Pagham is dead – drowned in a sailing accident. The reaction of everyone in the village on hearing this tragic news is that Robin must have been drunk. After all, that was what he did best – that, and drug dealing, and breaking his former girlfriend’s nose… with a bit of TV acting, on the side. Surprisingly, newspaper reports of the inquest state that no alcohol was found in Robin’s blood. It was accidental death, with no clear cause. At the funeral, however, Robin’s latest girlfriend – to whom he has just got engaged – stands up and, lifting back her veil, announces that somebody in the congregation has murdered Robin and that she’s going to have their arse. Although estranged, Elsie and Ethelred begin simultaneous investigations into Robin’s death – as ever, with some comical results.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

Herring in the Smoke (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
Roger Norton Vane is dead. Twenty years ago, he went for a walk in the Thai jungle with his partner, Tim MacDonald, and never returned. After years of wild speculation, fruitless searches and unconfirmed sightings, finally his death is to be made official and somebody will inherit his accumulated wealth. But at his memorial service, a man interrupts proceedings, claiming to be Vane. He installs himself in his old flat, evicting Tim MacDonald, and sets about proving his right to Vane’s money. Crime writer Ethelred Tressider is as surprised as anyone. He has been commissioned to write a biography of Vane and finds the man vague, full of scurrilous anecdotes. It soon becomes clear that many people wish Vane had stayed dead and that his anecdotes had died with him…
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Lying Game
Ware, Ruth
The text message arrives in the small hours of the morning: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her. Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game, competing to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of hiding the truth, something terrible has been found on the beach…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss
Wirestone, Max
Working for a games development company is my dream job. So, when a slightly sketchy lawyer offered me the opportunity, I had to take it! Who cares that the company has some quirks? No job is perfect. Some questionable, but probably totally normal issues: a mysterious whistle blower is posting the industry’s dirty laundry on Reddit; an unidentified corpse is in the staff room, apparently poisoned by meth-laden kaffir; the game under development is for filthy casuals, and unwisely involves matching talking peppermints; and my job, technically speaking, is ‘Industry Spy’. It’s all just a typical day at the office. Right? The third book in the fun Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss series, following: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss and The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss (TP, $19.99 each)
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Yokoyama, Hideo
1985. Kazumasa Yuuki, a seasoned reporter at the North Kanto Times, runs a daily gauntlet against the power struggles and office politics that plague its newsroom. But when an air disaster of unprecedented scale occurs on the paper’s doorstep, its staff are united by an unimaginable horror, and a once-in-a-lifetime scoop. 2003. Seventeen years later, Yuuki remembers the adrenaline-fuelled, emotionally-charged seven days that changed his and his colleagues’ lives. He does so, while making good on a promise he made that fateful week – one that holds the key to its last unsolved mystery, and represents Yuuki’s final, unconquered fear.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Stasi Wolf (Oberleutnant Karen Muller series)
Young, David
How do you solve a murder, when you can’t ask any questions? East Germany, 1975. Karin Muller, sidelined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing. But Muller soon finds her problems have followed her. Halle-Neustadt is a new town – the pride of the communist state – and she and her team are forbidden by the Stasi from publicising the disappearances, lest they tarnish the town’s flawless image. Meanwhile, in the eerily nameless streets and tower blocks, a child snatcher lurks, and the clock is ticking to rescue the twins alive… Follows Stasi Child (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99