Crime & Mystery Catalogue: February 2019

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

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

Until next time, good reading!

February 2019 includes new books by: Alan Bradley, Andrea Camilleri, Charles Finch, Mick Herron, Jorn Lier Horst, Arnaldur Indridason, Joe R Lansdale, Dervla McTiernan, Alex Michaelides… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, February 2019

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered

Ever wondered who murdered Jon-Benét Ramsey, or who terrorised San Francisco as the Zodiac Killer? Puzzled over the notorious Black Dahlia murder, or the mysterious ‘Spy in the Bag’ case? This true crime book makes you the detective, investigating some of the most infamous unsolved cases of the 20th and 21st centuries. Crime scenes, crucial evidence, witnesses, and persons of interest are clearly and concisely presented, along with essential details and clues, so you can judge for yourself: who could have done it? Unsolved Murders also profiles the psychology of the killer, discusses the background and life of the unfortunate victim (or victims), and how these horrific crimes impacted the victim’s family and friends. From domestic kidnappings gone wrong, to serial killers with a love for the macabre, this book will have you returning to the cases, again and again. Can you unlock the secrets of these unsolved crimes, where others have failed? (We can’t promise that the book will give you the solution!) Presented in a beautiful hardback format you will be proud to read on the train, or display on your coffee table, Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered is like having your favourite true crime podcast or documentary at your fingertips, every day.
True crime | HC | $24.99

Out of Thin Air: a true story of impossible murder in Iceland
Adeane, Anthony
Every Icelander knows about the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur disappearances. 1974: In two separate incidents, two men vanished into thin air. Then, out of it, came six murder confessions and six convictions. Yet, in the decades that followed, these too evaporated. Anthony Adeane explores the stranger-than-fiction story that has unravelled in Iceland across forty-five years. He provides the first full account of the case, paints a fascinating picture of the country, and places each development in the contexts that shaped them: from the Cod Wars to the Cold War, the 2008 economic crash and beyond. Using unprecedented access, and exploring his own personal obsession with the case, he exposes the mistakes that were made, the lives that were ruined, the questions that remain unanswered, and the headlines that continue to be printed.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

Apple of My Eye
Allan, Claire
When a mysterious note arrives for seven-months-pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood, to her marriage to Martin… who has become distant in recent months. As the person behind the note escalates their campaign, to out Eli’s husband as a cheat – she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts; and, as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future. Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths – to become a mother – and stay a mother…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Watcher in the Woods (Casey Duncan series)
Kelley Armstrong
The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times, lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge – within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town’s only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson, and falling in love – in the several months that she’s lived there. Yet, even she didn’t think it would be possible for an outsider to locate the town and cause trouble, in the place she’s come to call home. When a US Marshal shows up, demanding the release of one of the residents, but won’t say who, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are sceptical. And, yet, only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only possible suspects are the townspeople and Casey’s estranged sister, smuggled into town to help with a medical emergency. It’s up to Casey, to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why someone would kill, to keep him quiet – before the killer strikes, again.
Thriller | HC | $49.95

City Without Stars
Baker, Tim
Mexico – Ciudad Real is in crisis: the economy is in meltdown, a new war between rival cartels is erupting, and a serial killer is murdering hundreds of female workers. Fuentes, the detective in charge of the investigation, suspects that most of his colleagues are on the payroll of his chief suspect, narco kingpin, El Santo. If he’s going to stop the killings, he has to convince fiery union activist, Pilar, to ignore all her instincts and work with him. But in a city eclipsed by murder, madness and magic, can she really afford to trust him?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Noise Downstairs
Barclay, Linwood
Paul Davis forgets things. Why he walked into a room. Who he spoke to, and what they said. What he promised his wife he’d do. Sometimes it’s too much, and the panic takes hold. But he wasn’t always like this. Eight months ago, Paul was attacked – left for dead, after seeing something he shouldn’t have – and has been piecing his life back together, ever since. During the days, therapy helps. But, at night, he hears noises that no one else can. That nobody believes. Sometimes he thinks someone is in the house. Other times, the sounds are far stranger. Either he’s losing his mind – or someone wants him to think he is. Or, maybe, something even darker is waiting, downstairs…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Freefall
Barry, Jessica
Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison. The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now, she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man – who is stalking her every move. On the other side of the country, Allison’s mother is desperate for news of her daughter, who is missing, presumed dead. Maggie refuses to accept that she could have lost her only child and sets out to discover the truth. Mother and daughter must fight – for survival and to find their way through a dark web of lies and back to one another, before it’s too late…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Suspect
Barton, Fiona
When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years… since he left home, to go travelling. This time, it’s personal. And, as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that, even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Damnation
Beck, Peter
Dead clients are bad for business, something that Tom Winter, head of security at a private Swiss bank, knows only too well. When a helicopter explosion kills a valuable client and a close colleague, Winter teams up with the mysterious Egyptian businesswoman Fatima Hakim – to expose the truth behind their deaths. Together, they follow the money trail around the world and back into the Swiss mountains, the NSA watching their every move…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Stranger Inside
Benedict, Laura
When Kimber Hannon returns home from a work trip, she’s ready to kick back and relax on the sofa. But on reaching the front door, she is shocked to discover that her key no longer works and there’s a man in the bedroom window. Kimber calls the police, but the intruder tells them he’s renting the house. Her neighbour corroborates his story and it is Kimber who is forced to leave. But before she does, the stranger whispers, ‘I was there. I saw what you did.’ These words reveal a connection to Kimber’s distant past, and dark secrets she’d long ago left buried. Her trespasser isn’t after anything as simple as her money, or her home. He wants to move into her carefully-orchestrated life – and destroy it.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Boy in the Headlights (Munch & Krüger series)
Bjork, Samuel
Winter 1996. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road, up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head. Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random. To find the killer, they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer… when you cannot begin to predict their next move? The third in this terrific noir series, following I’m Travelling Alone (PBK, $22.99) and The Owl Always Hunts at Night (PBK, $19.99). We included this in the December 2018 catalogue, but it was delayed.
Noir | TP | $32.99

Who Killed the Fonz?
Boice, James
Late October, 1984. Prince and Bruce are dominating FM radio. Ron and Nancy are headed back to the White House. Crockett and Tubbs are leading men, everywhere, to embrace pastels. And Richard Cunningham? Well, Richard Cunningham is having a really bad Sunday. First, there’s the meeting with his agent. A decade ago, the forty-something Cunningham was one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriters. But Tinseltown is no longer interested in his artsy, introspective scripts. They want Terminator cyborgs and exploding Stay-Puft Marshmallow men. If he isn’t interested in that sort of thing, his agent tells him, he’s gonna have to find new representation. Then later, that same day, he gets a phone call with even worse news. His best friend from childhood – back in Milwaukee, back when everyone called him Richie – is dead. Arthur Fonzarelli. The Fonz. Lost control of his motorcycle, while crossing a bridge, and plummeted into the water below. Two days of searching and still no body, no trace of his trademark leather jacket. Richard flies back for the memorial service, only to discover that Fonzie’s death was no accident – it was murder. With the help of his old pals Ralph Malph and Potsie Weber, he sets out to catch the killer…
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Death on the Derwent: Sue Neill-Fraser’s Story
Bowles, Robin
Don’t fool yourself that the innocent never go to jail. When Bob Chappell disappeared from his yacht, moored in the Derwent Estuary near the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s marina, on the night of 26 January 2009, he left behind his pipe and tobacco – something that his partner of 18 years, Sue Neill-Fraser, knew he would never willingly do. What she didn’t know was that despite no body, no weapon, no cause of death, and no witnesses, she would soon become the only suspect in Chappell’s disappearance. In their haste to wrap up the case, the police charged Neill-Fraser with murder. In her eagerness to assist police, she virtually talked her way into their hands. And after a lengthy trial that resulted in a guilty verdict, the judge delivered Neill-Fraser a crushing 26-year sentence. But was the verdict unsafe? Many of Australia’s leading legal minds think so, and other reasonable hypotheses have been mooted about what might have happened on the Derwent, that night. The Tasmanian government has changed its laws to give Neill-Fraser one last crack at proving her innocence, because that is what it’s come to, now – proving her innocence. The result of years of investigation; and based on extensive interviews with all the key players – including Sue Neill-Fraser and her family, local underworld figures, and legal luminaries – Death on the Derwent is a riveting story of justice not served. ‘Describes the greatest miscarriage of justice in this country since Chamberlain – and there’s no matinee jacket in sight.’ – Robert Richter QC.
True crime | TP | $32.99

The Golden Tresses of the Dead
Bradley, Alan
Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective is eager to turn professional. She and her father’s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case, during the revelry at her sister Ophelia’s wedding reception. After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high, as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully-iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out – the bridal cake contains a severed human finger. Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory. By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring, and the slope of the fingernail, she’ll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim – but also point a finger at a killer. The latest in this absolutely delightful and well-beloved series; which begins in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (PBK, $22.99).
Flavia de Luce | HC | $35.00

I Heard You Paint Houses
Brandt, Charles
The incredible true story of the death of Jimmy Hoffa, the most famous hit in Mafia history. ‘I heard you paint houses’ are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank ‘the Irishman’ Sheeran. To ‘paint a house’ is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the wall and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the Mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the US Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat during World War 2. After returning home, he became a hustler and a hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually, Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that he was named as one of only two non-Italians on a list of the twenty-six most wanted Mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed – knowing that, if he refused, he would have been killed, himself. Sheeran’s important and fascinating story includes brand new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight into an infamous chapter in US and Mafia history. Now filmed as The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese.
True crime (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Overnight Kidnapper (Inspector Montalbano series)
Camilleri, Andrea
After a hectic morning involving two rather irritating cases of mistaken identity, Inspector Montalbano finally arrives in his office, ready find out what’s troubling Vigàta this week. What he discovers is unnerving. A woman on her way home from work has been held up at gunpoint, chloroformed and kidnapped, but then released just hours later – unharmed and with all her possessions – into the open countryside. Later that day, Montalbano hears from Enzo, the owner of his favourite restaurant, that his niece has recently been the victim of the exact same crime. Before long, a third instance of this baffling overnight kidnapping has been reported. As far as Montalbano can tell, there is no link between the attacker and the victims. So, what exactly is this mystery assailant gaining from these fleeting kidnappings? And what can he do to stop them? Montalbano must use all his logic and intuition, if he is to answer these pressing questions before the kidnapper finds his next victim…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Death at Sea (Inspector Montalbano series) (collection)
Camilleri, Andrea
From the title story, ‘Death at Sea’, in which the alleged manslaughter of an engineer upon a fishing trawler leads Inspector Montalbano to uncover an even more sinister crime, Andrea Camilleri takes his readers through eight cunning cases from the Vigàtan police files. Starting with an arson attack on a hotel which leaves the distraught owner as the chief suspect; to the mysterious case of a woman who goes missing in an underpass with a million lira in her handbag; to a threat on Montalbano’s own life, as an anonymous motorcyclist takes a shot at the detective. Featuring stories adapted for BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano, this is the perfect place to start reading Sicily’s favourite crime author.
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

The Gallery of the Dead (Robert Hunter)
Carter, Chris
Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra-Violent Crimes Unit arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes, they have ever attended. In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI, to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does… because, to him, murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form. Welcome to the Gallery of the Dead.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Twisted
Cavanagh, Steve
Before you read this book, I want you to know three things: One, the police are looking to charge me with murder; two, no one knows who I am… or, how I did it; and, three, if you think you’ve found me… I’m coming for you, next. After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Swords in the East (Sir Robert Carey mysteries) (omnibus)
Chisholm, P F
1592. Sir Robert Carey abandoned the ambition and treachery of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, to take up the post of Deputy Warden of the West March; aided by his surly, larcenous, and loyal henchman Henry Dodd, Land Sergeant of Gilsland. As Carey struggles to solve the murder of a local minister, he battles with his deep adoration of Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, while despising her elderly, abusive husband – will the man never die? During his investigation, Carey encounters King James IV, his amoral favourite Lord Spynie, the fey Lady Hume, Mr Anricks – a surprisingly-skilled tooth drawer – and, finally, a plot to topple the Scottish Court. This third omnibus volume collects the novels A Chorus of Innocents and A Clash of Spheres.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

The Night Tiger
Choo, Yangsze
1930s’ colonial Malaya: Sent as a bequest, young Ren – an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy – has a mission: to find his dead master’s severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth forever. Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl – to pay her mother’s debts. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin’s paths will cross, in ways they will never forget. A captivating and magical story about two people brought together by a series of unexplained deaths, and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Winter Sister
Collins, Megan
Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late, with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found – and, years later, her murder remains unsolved. In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained ‘Dark Days’, even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss – making for an uncomfortable reunion, all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer centre, where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder – but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past… while the world goes on around her. As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house – and what really happened, the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.
Suspense | HC | $49.95

The Wanted (Cole & Pike series)
Crais, Robert
Seventeen-year-old Tyson is a normal, teenaged boy – he’s socially awkward, obsessed with video games, and always hungry. But his mother is worried that her sweet, nerdy son has started to change… and she’s just found a $40,000 Rolex watch under his bed. Suddenly, very frightened that Tyson has gotten involved in something illegal, his mother gets in touch with a private investigator, named Elvis Cole, and asks him to do some digging. Cole uncovers a connection between Tyson and eighteen unsolved burglaries in LA’s ritziest neighbourhood. Tyson spooks and runs. And then people start dying…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Puppet Show (Washington Poe series)
Craven, M W
A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of. Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see… The first in a series.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Fen Country (Gervase Fen series) (collection)
Crispin, Edmund
Dandelions, hearing aids, a blood-stained cat, a Leonardo drawing and a corpse with an alibi… Just some of the unusual clues that Professor Gervase Fen and his friend Inspector Humbleby are confronted with, in this sparkling collection of short mystery stories. Employing a skilful balance of ingenuity and humour, Crispin lays out all the clues. Can you solve the case before Professor Fen? First published posthumously, in 1979, Fen Country is the second collection of Edmund Crispin’s short stories.
Classic mystery (reissued) | PBK | $19.99

Beware of the Trains (Gervase Fen series) (collection)
Crispin, Edmund
How acute are your powers of perception? Do they begin to match those of Gervase Fen, Oxford don and sleuth supreme? First published in 1953, Beware of the Trains is a collection of sixteen short mysteries. Fen must link a missing train conductor to the murder of a thief, decipher cryptograms to solve the death of a cipher expert, and puzzle out a locked-room mystery on Boxing Day. Erudite and complex, these Gervase Fen cases are classic crime at its finest: plot, atmosphere and anecdote, bound together by Edmund Crispin’s inimitable wit and charm.
Classic mystery (reissued) | PBK | $19.99

Hunted (Sam Berger series)
Dahl, Arne
It starts when Desirée Rosenqvist of Stockholm Police receives a letter. Two things are immediately clear: the letter she holds in her hands was written in a state of utter desperation and paranoia. And it contains details of one of her old murder cases, which only the murderer could know. Desirée contacts private investigator Sam Berger, who sets off to the remote north of Sweden – with his colleague, Molly Blom – to find the author of the letter and to stop them in their tracks. But someone wants to keep them from getting to the bottom of the mystery at any cost and is watching their every move. What happens, when the cops become the prey? The follow-up to Watching You (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Europa Blues (Intercrime series)
Dahl, Arne
A Greek gangster arrives in Stockholm, only to be murdered in a macabre fashion at Skansen zoo, his body consumed by animals. As the Intercrime Unit – a team dedicated to solving international violent crime – investigate what brought him to Sweden, eight Eastern European women vanish from a refugee centre outside of the city while an elderly professor, the tattooed numbers on his arm hinting at his terrible past, is executed at the Jewish cemetery. Three cases, one team of detectives, and an investigation that will take them across Europe and back through history; as they desperately search for answers, and the identities of their killers.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Red Snow (Tuva Moodyson series)
Dean, Will
One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings, in the small Swedish town of Gavrik? Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend, as local people stock up on ammunition. Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths – before she starts her new job, in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory, to stop the killer… before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go? The sequel to the highly-acclaimed Dark Pines (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Believe Me
Delaney, J P
Claire Wright likes to play other people. A British drama student – in New York, without a green card – Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick up in hotel bars… to entrap straying husbands. When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills, to help lure their suspect into a confession…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Spy in Exile
de Shalit, Jonathan
In the upper echelons of Israel’s intelligence community, an elite, secret unit discovers how easily the hunter can become the hunted. After Ya’ara Stein is forced out of her job at the Mossad – Israel’s secret intelligence service – she is called upon by the prime minister for a classified job. The astute and deadly Stein is tasked with forming a secret unit that is answerable only to the prime minister. Made up of brilliant young recruits, Ya’ara’s team faces a lethal terrorist cell with ties to old European factions. But the ghosts of the past are not the only threats they face, and the agents scramble to distinguish between fact and fiction, as their enemies turn the tables and close in.
Thriller | HC | $49.95

The Mansions of Murder (Brother Athelstan series)
Doherty, Paul
October, 1381. Brother Athelstan is summoned to the church of St Benet’s in Queenhithe to investigate the murder of a priest. Parson Reynaud has been found stabbed to death inside his own locked church. Other disturbing discoveries include an empty coffin and a ransacked money chest. Who would commit murder inside a holy church? Who would spirit away a corpse, the night before the funeral – and who would be brave enough to steal treasure belonging to the most feared gang leader in London?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Take Me In
Durrant, Sabine
Tessa and Marcus went on holiday to save their marriage. Instead, they nearly lost their son. In that fatal moment of inattention, a stranger stepped in. And, now, Dave Jepsom is in their lives. They owe him – they know that – but he seems to want everything. He’s on the streets they walk down. He’s at the office where they work. He’s knocking at their front door… And he’s exposing secrets they would do anything to hide. If they could just go back. Not make that one terrible mistake. But it’s never how it starts that matters. It’s always how it ends.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Darling
Edwards, Rachel
I knew she was trouble, from the moment I saw her. I felt it as she stood in the doorway that day: disaster. Not just because she was so different, that skin and that hair, as different from me as it’s possible to be. There was something wrong about her. It was never going to work. Now, she is dead, and only I am left to love him. A teenage girl clashes with her new stepmother, in this debut thriller with an unforgettable twist.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Perfect Silence (DI Callanach series)
Fields, Helen
When silence falls, who will hear their cries? The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll – made of skin – is found nestled beside an abandoned baby. After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the baby-doll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time, before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Vanishing Man (Charles Lenox mysteries)
Finch, Charles
London, 1853: Having earned some renown, by solving a case that baffled Scotland Yard, young Charles Lenox is called upon by the Duke of Dorset, one of England’s most revered noblemen, for help. A painting of the Duke’s great-grandfather has been stolen from his private study. But the Duke’s concern is not for his ancestor’s portrait; hiding in plain sight nearby is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s most famous and best-kept secrets. Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return, when they realise their error – and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must act quickly to unravel the mystery behind both paintings… before tragedy can strike again. As the Dorset family closes ranks to protect its reputation, Lenox uncovers a dark secret that could expose them to unimaginable scandal – and reveals the existence of an artefact, priceless beyond measure, for which the family is willing to risk anything to keep hidden. Another prequel (one of Lenox’s early cases) to the delightful historical mystery series. The series begins with A Beautiful Blue Death (PBK, $22.95).
Historical mystery | HC | $49.95

The Woman in the Water (Charles Lenox mysteries)
Finch, Charles
London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective… without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession, at all. But 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. The writer’s first victim is a young woman – whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islet in the middle of the Thames. 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. A prequel (one of Lenox’s early cases) to the delightful historical mystery series. The series begins with A Beautiful Blue Death (PBK, $22.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $35.95

Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop mysteries 03)
Flower, Amanda
January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. A past heartbreak… who will be present at the annual midnight grape-harvest festival. No magic in the world, or incantation powerful enough, could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’ book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still, when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard – with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest…
Mystery | HC | $49.95

The Hunting Party
Foley, Lucy
In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year. The beautiful one. The golden couple. The volatile one. The new parents. The quiet one. The city boy. The outsider… The victim. Not an accident – a murder among friends.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Never Tell (D D Warren series)
Gardner, Lisa
One death might be an accident. Two deaths looks like murder. A man is shot dead in his own home, and his pregnant wife, Evie, is found – with the gun in her hands. Detective D D Warren instantly recognises her. Sixteen years ago, Evie also shot her own father. That killing was ruled an accident. D D doesn’t believe in coincidences. But this case isn’t as open and shut, as it first appears, and her job is to discover the truth. Evie might be a victim. Or she might be about to get away with murder, again.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends: Tales from a Colonial Coroner’s Court
Gilchrist, Dr Catie
Murder, manslaughter, suicide, mishap – the very public business of determining death in colonial Sydney. Murder in colonial Sydney was a surprisingly rare occurrence, so when it did happen, it caused a great sensation. People flocked to the scene of the crime, to the coroner’s court and to the criminal courts to catch a glimpse of the accused. Most of us, today, rarely see a dead body. In nineteenth-century Sydney, when health was precarious and workplaces and the busy city streets were often dangerous, witnessing a death was rather common. And any death that was sudden, or suspicious, would be investigated by the coroner. Henry Shiell was the Sydney City Coroner from 1866 to 1889. In the course of his unusually-long career he delved into the lives, loves, crimes, homes and workplaces of colonial Sydneysiders. He learnt of envies, infidelities, passions, and loyalties, and just how short, sad and violent some lives were. But his court was also, at times, instrumental in calling for new laws and regulations, to make life safer. Catie Gilchrist explores the nineteenth century city as a precarious place of bustling streets and rowdy hotels, harbour-side wharves, and dangerous industries. With few safety regulations, the colourful city was also a place of frequent inquests, silent morgues and solemn graveyards. This is the story of life and death in colonial Sydney. ‘Catie Gilchrist draws back the veil on death in nineteenth-century Sydney to reveal life – ordinary, tragic and hopeful’ – David Hunt, author of Girt and True Girt.
True crime | TP | $35.00

The Girl in Kellers Way
Goldin, Megan
When a body is found buried near the desolate forest road of Kellers Way, Detective Melanie Carter must identify the victim – if she is to have any chance of finding the killer. That’s no easy task with fragmentary evidence from a crime committed years earlier, and a conspiracy of silence from anyone who might have information. The one person who may be able to help is Julie West. In a troubled marriage, Julie often jogs along Kellers Way – to clear her mind and escape the confines of her suffocating suburban life…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Wolf
Grecian, Alex
When State Trooper Skottie Foster moves back home to rural Kansas with her daughter, she’s hoping for a new start. But then a chance encounter, on a snowy highway, changes everything. Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter, and he needs her help. Roan suspects this isolated region is home to infamous WWII villain Rudolph Bormann – and Bormann isn’t one to give in, without a fight. As Roan encounters immediate resistance from the deeply-suspicious community, it soon becomes clear that Bormann’s new life, in America, is every bit as sinister as his awful past. Neither Roan nor Foster imagines how dangerous – and how personal – their task will become… A standalone thriller, from the author of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway series)
Griffiths, Elly
DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to: ‘go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there’. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle’s baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into his first case with Dr Ruth Galloway. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they? Meanwhile, Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh – another henge, known by the archaeologists as the stone circle – trying not to think about the baby. Then bones are found on the site, and identified as those of Margaret Lacey, a twelve-year-old girl – who disappeared, thirty years ago. As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case; and to Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn’t save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder
Harris, Sarah
How do you solve a mystery when you can’t remember the clues? There are three things you need to know about Jasper. One, he sees the world completely differently. Two, he can’t recognise faces – not even his own. Three, he is the only witness to the murder of his neighbour, Bee Larkham. But uncovering the truth about that night will change his world forever… An extraordinary and compelling debut which will make you see the world in a way you’ve never seen it, before.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Gun Also Rises (Sarah W Garage Sale mysteries 06)
Harris, Sherry
A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries, through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories – stolen from a train in Paris, back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic, in Ellington, Massachusetts… almost one hundred years later? Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed; and Sarah, herself, is dodging bullets. And when rumours spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare-book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit,-or the bell may toll for her…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Body and Soul (Frank Elder series)
Harvey, John
When his estranged daughter Katherine appears on his doorstep, ex-Detective Frank Elder knows that something is wrong. Katherine has long been troubled, and Elder has always felt powerless to help her. But, now, Katherine has begun to self-destruct; the breakdown of her affair with a controversial artist, known for his pornographic paintings, has sent her into a tailspin. But when the artist is found murdered, in his studio, suspicion falls on Katherine. The vultures are circling. And as Elder struggles to protect his daughter and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them, both, once more…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Pruning the Dead (Garden Squad mysteries 01)
Henry, Julia
With hundreds flocking to her inaugural garden party, meticulous Lilly Jayne hasn’t left a single petal out of place. But the picture-perfect gathering turns unruly upon the arrival of Merilee Frank – Lily’s ex-husband’s catty third wife. Merilee lives for trouble, so no one is surprised after she drinks too much, shoves a guest into the koi pond, and gets escorted off the property. The real surprise comes, days later – when Merilee is found dead, in a pile of mulch… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Mother-In-Law
Hepworth, Sally
Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don’t choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all. From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, but Lucy knew, even after marrying Oliver, that they’d never have the closeness, she’d been hoping for. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…
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 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 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. A shocking, twisted, standalone novel of psychological suspense about one woman’s attempt to be better than ordinary. Recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Katharina Code (Cold Case Quartet)
Horst, Jorn Lier
Twenty-six years ago, Katharina Haugen went missing. All she left behind was her husband Martin, and a mysterious string of numbers written on a piece of paper. Every year, on October 10th, Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case, he was never able to solve. Stares at the code, he was never able to crack. And visits the husband, he was never able to help. But, now, Martin Haugen is missing, too. And the police force is convinced he’s involved in another disappearance of a young woman; and asks Wisting to close the net around Martin. But is he playing cat and mouse with a dangerous killer; or a grief-stricken husband, who cannot lay the past to rest? Wisting first appears in the great Dregs (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Liar’s Girl
Howard, Catherine Ryan
Her first love confessed to five murders. But the truth was so much worse. Dublin’s notorious Canal Killer is ten years into his life sentence – when the body of a young woman is fished out of the Grand Canal. Though, detectives suspect a copy-cat is emulating the crimes Will Hurley confessed to as a teen; they must turn to Ireland’s most prolific serial killer for help. Will admits he has the information the cops need… but will only give it to one person – the girl he was dating, when he committed his horrific crimes. Alison Smith has spent a decade building a new life. Having changed her name, and moved abroad, she’s confident that her shattered life in Ireland is, finally, behind her. But when she gets a request from Dublin – imploring her to help prevent another senseless murder – she is pulled back to face the past, and the man, she’s worked so hard to forget.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Shadow Killer (Reykjavík Wartime series)
Indridason, Arnaldur
Reykjavík, August 1941. When a travelling salesman is found murdered in a basement flat, killed by a bullet from a Colt .45, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied occupation force. Flóvent, Reykjavík’s sole detective, is joined by the young military policeman, Thorson. Their investigation focuses on a family of German residents, the retired doctor Rudolf Lunden and his estranged son Felix, who is on the run, suspected of being a spy. Flóvent and Thorson race to solve the case and to stay ahead of US counterintelligence, amid rumours of a possible visit by Churchill. This is just as good as its predecessor, The Shadow District (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Last
Jameson, Hanna
Breaking: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington… Breaking: London hit, thousands feared dead… Breaking: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm. Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland, when the world ended. More than anything, he wishes he hadn’t ignored his wife Nadia’s last message. Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city, they wait, they survive. Then, one day, the body of a girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone, in the hotel, is a killer… As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what happens if the killer doesn’t want to be found?
Post-apocalyptic thriller | TP | $32.99

Watching You
Jewell, Lisa
You’re back home, after four years working abroad, new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But, for now, you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room. That’s when you meet the man next door. He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him. All the time. But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession. Or that someone is watching you.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

To Catch a Killer
Kavanagh, Emma
I’ve been watching you, DS Alice Parr. I saw you trying to save the poor young woman you found in the park. The woman I tried to kill. I’ve been waiting for you to find her family. To find someone who cares about her. But you can’t, can you? You’ve never had a case like this. I know everything about you. You know nothing about me. Even though I’m the man you’re looking for. And you will never catch me…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Wedding Guest (Alex Delaware series)
Kellerman, Jonathan
When a horrified bridesmaid finds the body of a young woman, at a wedding reception, it makes the bride and groom’s choice of a Saints and Sinners theme all the more macabre. There are no means of identification and nobody knows the victim. The bride is convinced someone is trying to sabotage her big day. The groom is sure it’s a dreadful mistake. It’s up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to uncover the truth. They have a hundred guests to question, and a strong suspicion that the motive for murder is personal… The party’s over – and the hunt for the killer is on.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dead as a Door Knocker (House-Flipper mysteries 01)
Kelly, Diane
A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can’t resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art. So, when one of her clients decides to liquidate a crumbling property, Whitney seizes the opportunity to purchase it for a song. But soon a curious incident of the cat in the night-time leads to a change in tune… Sawdust is the name of Whitney’s cat – of course. Whitney’s passion for gut-renovation may be a mystery to him but one thing Sawdust knows for sure is this: Dead bodies don’t belong in flower beds. So, why is there one in this new, albeit old, house? The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Dime
Kent, Kathleen
Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing, for Betty Rhyzyk, she’s from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far, when she relocates to the Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells, and society wives all battle for sun-baked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she’s deeply shaken – when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organisation, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Death in Provence (Penelope Kite mysteries 01)
Kent, Serena
When Penelope Kite swaps her humdrum life in Surrey, for a picturesque farmhouse in the south of France, she imagines a simple life of long lunches and chilled rosé… What she doesn’t imagine is the dead body floating in her swimming pool. Convinced that the victim suffered more than a drunken accident, Penelope plunges headlong into local intrigue and long-simmering resentments to uncover the truth. But, with a meddling estate agent, an unfriendly Chief of Police, a suspiciously charming Mayor, and the endless temptation of that second pain au chocolat, life in the delightful village of St Merlot is certainly never simple…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Secretary
Knight, Renée
Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect? Or, perhaps, it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness – as information is shared and secrets are whispered…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

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

Jackrabbit Smile (Hap & Leonard series)
Lansdale, Joe R
Hap is celebrating his wedding to his long-time girlfriend, when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. They’re not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them, but they have a problem and they want Hap and Leonard to solve it. Judith Mulhaney’s daughter, Jackrabbit, has been missing for five years. That is, she’s been missing from her family for five years; but she’s been missing from everybody, including the local no-goods they knew ran with her, for a few months. Despite their misgivings, Hap and Leonard take the case. It isn’t long, until they find themselves mixed up in a revivalist cult – believing that Jesus will return flanked by an army of lizard-men… and solving a murder, to boot. Darkly-hilarious and wacky, redneck noir – this series begins with Savage Season (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Widows’ Revenge (Dolly Rawlins series)
La Plante, Lynda
Against all the odds, Dolly Rawlins and her gangland widows managed the impossible: a heist their husbands had failed to pull off – at the cost of their lives. But though they may be in the money, they’re far from easy street. Shocked by her husband’s betrayal, Dolly discovers Harry Rawlins isn’t dead. He knows where the four women are; and he wants them to pay. And he doesn’t just mean getting his hands on the money. The women can’t keep running. They have to get Harry out of their lives, for good. But can they outwit a criminal mastermind, who won’t hesitate to kill? Especially when one of them has a plan of her own… to kill or be killed. The sequel to Widows (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Glass Woman
Lea, Caroline
1686, Iceland. Betrothed unexpectedly to Jon Eriksson, Rosa travels to the isolated, windswept village of Stykkisholmur. Here, the villagers are suspicious of outsiders – especially one from the ever-dark edge of civilisation. But Rosa harbours her own suspicions. Her husband buried his first wife, alone, in the dead of night. He will not talk of it. Instead he gives her a small glass figurine. She does not know what it signifies. The villagers look on them both not only with suspicion – but dread. They whisper dark threats. There is an evil here – she can feel it. Alone and far from home, Rosa sees the darkness coming. She fears she will be its next victim…
Historical suspense | TP | $32.99

Grand Slam Murders (Bridge to Death mysteries 01)
Lee, R J
When the four wealthy widows – who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club – never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies. She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she’s ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective, and her dad is the local chief of police. Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets, long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it’s time to up the ante, before she’s the next one to go down…
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Finding Dorothy
Letts, Elizabeth
Hollywood, 1938. As soon as she learns that MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book… But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of ‘Over the Rainbow’, Maud recognises the yearning that defined her own life story: from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble, prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Historical adventure | HC | $44.99

The Cult of Fog Island
Lindstein, Mariette
Sofia has just finished university and ended a troubled relationship, when she attends a lecture about a New Age movement, Via Terra. Its leader is Franz Oswald, young, good looking, urbane, and mesmerising. When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she’s dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia’s struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Franz. So, she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realise how very alone she is, and that no one ever leaves Fog Island…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Blood Road (Logan McRae series)
MacBride, Stuart
Some things just won’t stay buried… Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards, he’s policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car, it’s a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched, into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers – and there are people out there, who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Broken Ground (Karen Pirie series)
McDermid, Val
When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone’s long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past – until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case, where nothing is as it seems. It’s not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however – a shocking crime she thought she’d already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Night Olivia Fell
McDonald, Christina
Abi Knight is startled awake in the middle of the night to a ringing phone and devastating news – her teenage daughter, Olivia, has been in a terrible accident. Abi is told that Olivia slipped and fell from a bridge into the icy water below; and, now, she lies silent, dependent on life support. But then Abi sees the angry bruises around Olivia’s wrists and learns that her sensible daughter is, in fact, three months’ pregnant…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Quaker (DI Duncan McCormack series)
McIlvanney, Liam
Glasgow, 1969: the Quaker has taken three women from the same nightclub and brutally murdered them in the backstreets. Now, six months later, the police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. They call in DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands. But his arrival is met with anger, from a group of officers on the brink of despair… Winner of the 2018 Scottish Crime Book of the Year. The first in a new series.
Suspense | PBK | $18.99

The Mile End Murder: the Case Conan Doyle Couldn’t Solve
McKay, Sinclair
In 1860, a 70-year-old widow turned landlady, named Mary Emsley, was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head. What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation, a veritable locked room mystery which baffled even legendary Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle. With an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, the case led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate. This is the case Conan Doyle couldn’t solve and, after confounding the best detectives for years, has finally be solved by author Sinclair McKay. Discover ‘whodunit’, as the real murderer is revealed for the first time exclusively, in this captivating study of a murder case in the nineteenth century, a story never told before.
True crime | PBK | $24.99

Southern Justice
McLaren, Colin
Who really murdered Bob Chappell? Veteran ex-detective and author of JFK: The Smoking Gun, Colin McLaren, uncovers disturbing new evidence that an innocent woman is in jail. Daybreak, Sandy Bay, Hobart, 27 January 2009: A yacht, the Four Winds, is seen listing low to the waterline. When police board the sinking vessel there is no sign of the owners, Bob Chappell and Sue Neill-Fraser; but, disturbingly, they find blood and a knife. Bob Chappell is never seen again. The blood spatter leads police to the conclusion that he has been murdered. Remarkably, Sue Neill-Fraser is arrested, found guilty and sentenced to 26 years’ imprisonment. May 2016: Bestselling true-crime author Colin McLaren probes the notorious cold case that grips Australia. What he discovers shocks him. No body, no motive, no witnesses, a puddle of unexplained DNA liquid, undisclosed police documents, insubstantial scenarios – all lead him to believe Sue Neill-Fraser was wrongly convicted. He is not alone… as lawyers line up, to help her. August 2017: Sue Neill-Fraser remains in prison. When questions are asked of her conviction, new witnesses are charged, including a lawyer, and unbearable pressure is applied – until, fearing for his own liberty, Colin McLaren flees the country. Southern Justice lays out the evidence that should force a Royal Commission to reopen the case and exonerate an innocent woman. The guilty are still out there! ‘… the worst miscarriage of justice in Australia’s history’ – Robert Richter QC.
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Destroying Angel (Damian Seeker series)
MacLean, S G
Captain Damian Seeker has gone north. Charged with preparing the way for the rule of the major-generals, he is now under the command of Colonel Robert Lilburne at York. But when Lilburne orders him to a small village on the North York moors with details of the stringent new anti-Royalist laws, Seeker finds that what should be a routine visit will reveal a plot to rival anything, in scheming London. An invitation to dinner at the house of local businessman Matthew Pullan lifts the lid on the bubbling cauldron of grudges and resentment that is Faithly village. The local constable, drunk on the tiny bit of power he holds, using it to avenge old resentments. The hated lord of the manor, the last of a staunchly Royalist family who has managed to avoid suspicion of treachery – for now. The vicar on trial for his job and his home, accused of ungodly acts. And the Pullans themselves, proudly Puritan but disillusioned with Cromwell’s government, respected and despised in Faithly in equal measure. The man for whom this unlikely gathering was organised – The Trier, the enforcer of Puritan morality for the local villages – hasn’t shown up. And by the end of the night, one of those gathered around Matthew Pullan’s table will be fatally poisoned. Seeker must find out the motive behind the death – mushroom misidentification, petty revenge, or part of a larger plot against Cromwell’s government in the north? But who in Faithly, if anyone, can he trust? And when the most painful part of his past reappears after eleven years, will the Seeker meet his match? Follows The Seeker and The Black Friar (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Rúin (Cormac Reilly series)
McTiernan, Dervla
Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack – are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead. Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first, it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation’s findings – and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him, his entire career – what links the two deaths, two decades apart? As he navigates his way through police politics, and the ghosts of the past, Detective Reilly uncovers shocking secrets; and finds himself questioning who – among his colleagues – he can trust. What really did happen in that house – where he first met Maude and Jack? The first novel of an Irish-Australian author, now living in Perth. Recommended.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $16.99

After He Died
Malone, Michael J
When Paula Gadd’s husband of almost thirty years dies, just days away from the seventh anniversary of their son, Christopher’s death, her world falls apart. Grieving and bereft, she is stunned when a young woman approaches her at the funeral service, and slips something into her pocket: a note, suggesting that Paula’s husband was not all that he seemed. When the two women eventually meet, a series of revelations challenges everything Paula thought they knew…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Tangerine
Mangan, Christine
The last person Alice Shipley expected to see, since arriving in Tangier with her new husband, was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends – once, inseparable roommates – haven’t spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right. Perhaps, Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But, soon, a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice – she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy, at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind. Set in 1950s’ Morocco, Tangerine is perfect for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit
Marcantonio, Patricia
Felicity Carrol is interested in everything – except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education, after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money. Felicity has other ambitions – but her plans shudder to a halt – when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome, as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft – where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit. As the killer sets his sights on a new victim – a charismatic duke, who has captured Felicity’s imagination – the stakes rise to impossible heights. Set amidst the heraldry of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, this is the first in a series.
Historical mystery | HC | $49.95

Village of the Lost Girls
Martínez, Agustín
Five years after their disappearance, the village of Monteperdido still mourns the loss of Ana and Lucia – two eleven-year-old friends, who left school one afternoon and were never seen again. Now, Ana reappears unexpectedly inside a crashed car, wounded but alive. The case reopens and a race against time begins, to discover who was behind the girls’ kidnapping. Most importantly, where is Lucia, and is she still alive? Inspector Sara Campos and her boss Santiago Bain, from Madrid’s head office, are forced to work with the local police. Five years ago, fatal mistakes were made in the investigation, conducted after the girls first vanished… and this mustn’t happen, again. But Monteperdido has rules of its own.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Begging to Die (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
A young girl has been found in a deserted cemetery. She speaks a foreign language, and she cries for her mother. But nobody claims her. Nobody knows who she is. On the streets of Cork, beggars are being horrifically murdered. But why would anyone want to kill the city’s homeless? It’s up to DS Katie Maguire to find out. Katie’s fiancé is fighting his own battle: against illegal puppy farming – a lucrative black market, run by Ireland’s most fearsome gangs. When the investigations collide, who will Katie save, first? She knows that, for those left behind, there’s only one choice…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Murderous Marriage (Lady & Lady’s Maid 04)
Maxwell, Alyssa
Since the Great War, some family fortunes have suffered, including those of the Renshaws. Despite being the granddaughter of an earl, Julia Renshaw is under pressure to marry for money – and has settled for Gilbert Townsend, a viscount and a wealthy industrialist. He is decades older than Julia, and it’s clear to her sister Phoebe – and to Eva, who has been like a surrogate mother to the girls – that this is not a love match. Nevertheless, the wedding takes place – and in a hurry. At the reception, aboard the groom’s yacht, there appears to be tension between Gil and several guests: his best man, a fellow veteran of the Boer War; his grouchy spinster sister; and his current heir, a nervous young cousin named Ernest. The bride is also less than pleased when she discovers that her honeymoon will be more crowded than expected – with Gil’s pretty secretary, among others, coming along. That very night, Julia pounds on her sister’s door, brandishing a bandaged hand and reporting a hot-tempered outburst, on her new husband’s part. Julia is feeling doubt and regret about her hasty decision, but returns to the boat. Then, the next morning – before the yacht can depart the harbour – Gil’s body is found, in the water below – and Phoebe and Eva must discover who pushed him over… before the Renshaws’ social standing is irreparably stained, by Julia’s arrest for his murder…
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

The Silent Patient
Michaelides, Alex
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain. Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times… and then never speaks another word. Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought. And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth? This debut thriller of a woman’s brutal and random act of violence against her husband – and the man obsessed with discovering why, has had raves, overseas.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

American by Day
Miller, Derek B
Police Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård has to leave her native Norway and actually go there; to that land, across the Atlantic – where her missing brother is implicated in the mysterious death of a prominent African-American academic. America. And not someplace interesting, either: upstate New York. To find her older brother, she needs the help of the local police, who appear to have already made up their minds about the case. Working with – or, if necessary, against – someone actually named Sheriff Irving ‘Irv’ Wylie, she must negotiate the local political minefields and navigate the back woods of the Adirondacks to uncover the truth, before it’s too late.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Widows-in-Law
Miller, Michele W
After the sudden death of her ex-husband, Brian, Lauren helps Brian’s much-younger widow, Jessica, arrange the funeral and settle his affairs. Although they were once adversaries in the battle for Brian’s heart, Lauren agrees to pitch in for the sake of their troubled sixteen-year-old daughter, Emily. But Lauren gets much more than she bargained for, when information comes to light about Brian’s shady business deals with his old college friend Jordan Connors and the crime lord Jorge Arena; jeopardising Brian’s estate and throwing the women into the world of high-stakes illegal gambling. With only a few days to find out where Brian hid millions of dollars in bonds, and in fear for their lives, Lauren, Jessica, and Emily must set aside their differences and work together to secure their inheritance and evade Jorge Arena’s murderous crew.
Thriller | HC | $49.95

Night (Commandant Servaz series)
Minier, Bernard
When a body is found in a church in the far north of Norway, the trail leads to an offshore oil rig. Searching the rooms of one of the rig workers, detective Kirsten Nigaard finds a pile of photos taken with a long-lens camera. The subject of the photos is Martin Servaz. And someone has been watching him. Signs suggest the killer is none other than Julian Hirtmann, a serial murderer on the run. Martin, after all, has a long and painful history with Hirtmann. Now, it seems he has struck again. Their one clue is in amongst the photos. A picture of a young boy in a beautiful Austrian village, and on the back of it, the name ‘Gustav’. Martin and Kirsten set off on the trail and soon find themselves in a terrifying cat-and-mouse chase, not knowing who is chasing whom, and which of them might pay the ultimate price.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Buried Girl
Montarnari, Richard
When New York psychologist Will Hardy’s wife is killed, he and his teenage daughter Bernadette move into Godwin Hall – a dusty, shut-up mansion in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio. Meanwhile, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy Holgrave is investigating the death of a local girl, convinced this may only be the latest in a long line of murders, dating back decades – including her own long-missing sister. But what place does Will’s new home have in the story of the missing girls? And what links the killings to the diary of a young woman, written over a century earlier?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Death by Committee (Abby McCree mysteries 01)
Morgan, Alexis
After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery mastiff of questionable pedigree, and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery – Aunt Sybil’s only-known rival is buried in her backyard! Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Murder, She Meowed (Pawsitively Organic mysteries 07)
Mugavero, Liz
Stan and Jake’s wedding will soon take place on the town green in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, followed by a reception at their beloved Irish pub filled with friends, family, and their four favourite canine companions. Stan just has to endure the traditional girls’ night out, first. Male strippers jumping out of gigantic cakes aren’t her preferred entertainment. But the hired hottie never gets around to taking it all off… because someone takes him out, first, with one of Stan’s kitchen knives. A heartbroken Stan recognises the victim as one of the delivery men from the local farm – who must have been moonlighting for some extra cash. Now, the guest list has turned into a suspect list – and Stan’s making a vow to find the killer…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Murderer of Warren Street: the True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Revolutionary
Mulholland, Marc
Immortalised in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, this is the true story of a life more remarkable than fiction: Emmanuel Barthélemy – Victorian murderer, barricade fighter and revolutionary. In December 1854, Emmanuel Barthélemy visited 73 Warren Street in the heart of radical London for the very last time. Within half an hour, two men were dead… This is the true story of one of nineteenth-century London’s most notorious murderers and revolutionaries. The newspapers of Victorian England were soon in a frenzy. Who was this foreigner come to British shores, to slay two upstanding subjects? As Oxford historian, Marc Mulholland, has uncovered, Barthélemy was no ordinary criminal. Rather, here was a dedicated activist fighting for the cause of the oppressed worker, a fugitive shaped by the storms of revolution, counterrevolution, and a society in the midst of huge transformation. Following in Barthélemy’s footsteps, Mulholland leads us from the barricades of the French capital and the icy rooftops of a Parisian jail to the English fireside of Karl Marx, a misty duelling ground and the dangling noose of London’s Newgate prison, shining a light into a dark underworld of conspiracy, insurrection, and fatal idealism. The Murderer of Warren Street is a thrilling portrait of a troubled man in troubled times – full of resonance for our own terrorised age.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

The Wolf and the Watchman
Natt Och Dag, Niklas
1793, Stockholm. King Gustav of Sweden has been assassinated, years of foreign wars have emptied the treasuries, and the realm is governed by a self-interested elite – leaving its citizens to suffer. A body is found in the city’s swamp by a watchman, Mickel Cardell, and the case is handed over to investigator Cecil Winge, who is dying of consumption. Together, Winge and Cardell become embroiled in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams, and one death will expose a city rotten with corruption… Winner of Best Debut, Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Awards 2017.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Our Little Secret
Nay, Roz
Angela Petitjean sits in a cold, dull room. The police have been interrogating her for hours, asking about Saskia Parker. She’s the wife of Angela’s high school sweetheart, HP, and the mother of his child. She has vanished. Homicide Detective J. Novak believes Angela knows what happened to Saskia. He wants the truth, and he wants it now. But Angela has a different story to tell. It began more than a decade ago – when she and HP met in high school in Cove, Vermont. She was an awkward, shy teenager. He was a popular athlete. They became friends, fell in love, and dated senior year. Everything changed, when Angela went to college. When time and distance separated them. When Saskia entered the picture. That was eight years ago. HP foolishly married a drama queen, and Angela moved on with her life. Whatever marital rift caused Saskia to leave her husband has nothing to do with Angela. Nothing at all. Detective Novak needs to stop asking questions and listen to what Angela is telling him. And, once he understands everything, he’ll have the truth – he so desperately wants.
Suspense | TP | $33.95

Turn a Blind Eye (DI Maya Rahman series)
Newham, Vicky
A headmistress is found strangled in an East London school, the victim of a ritualistic act of violence. Found at the scene is a single piece of card, upon which is written an ancient Buddhist precept: ‘I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.’ At first, DI Maya Rahman can’t help but hope this is a tragic but isolated murder. Then, the second body is found… The first book in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Slow Motion Ghosts
Noon, Jeff
It is 1981. London is bruised by austerity, social unrest and racial tension, and the police are at war. Anger has erupted in the Brixton Riots and is finding expression in protest, anarchy and punk. For Detective Inspector Hobbes, the battle lines are being redrawn within his own ranks as right and wrong are clouded by prejudice. A promising young singer has been maimed and killed and the artistry of the crime is disturbing… Bringing the trademark imagination of his acclaimed sf novels, Jeff Noon has delivered a police procedural with a difference – an intricate, twisting crime novel that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. ‘Noon’s storytelling is assured and compelling… it’s a belter’ – Guardian.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Skin Deep
Nugent, Liz
Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out. The arrival of a visitor – from her distant past – shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her grotty flat, to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks, she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door, she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse, inside, to start decomposing quite so quickly…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Murder in an Irish Churchyard (Irish Village mysteries 03)
O’Connor, Carlene
The O’Sullivan clan couldn’t be prouder of Siobhán, but there’s no time to celebrate; as she’s already on a case… summoned, by the local priest, to examine the appearance of a dead man in the church graveyard-aboveground. He’s a stranger, but the priest has heard talk of an American tourist in town, searching for his Irish ancestor. As Siobhán begins to dig for a motive among the gnarled roots of the victim’s family tree, she will need to stay two steps ahead of the killer, or end up with more than one foot in the grave…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Into the Fire
Orchard, Sonia
A year after her best friend died in a house fire, Lara can’t come to terms with the loss. Logic says there was no more she could have done to save the mercurial and unhappy Alice, but Lara can’t escape the feeling that she is somehow to blame for the tragedy. She spends a weekend at the rebuilt house with Alice’s charismatic widower, Crow, and his three young children. Rummaging through the remains of their shared past, Lara reveals a friendship with Alice that was as troubled as it was intense. But beneath the surface is a darker, more unsettling secret waiting to be exposed.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Cold as the Grave (Inspector McLean series)
Oswald, James
Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean’s team are on stand-by, for any trouble. The newly-promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street… and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl’s final resting place. But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean, or anyone else, could expect. The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

February’s Son (Harry McCoy series)
Parks, Alan
Detective Harry McCoy’s first day, back at work, couldn’t have gone worse. New drugs have arrived in Glasgow, and they’ve brought a different kind of violence to the broken city. The law of the street is changing and, now, demons from McCoy’s past are coming back to haunt him. But vengeance always carries a price, and it could cost McCoy more than he ever imagined. The waters of Glasgow corruption are creeping higher, as the wealthy and dangerous play for power. And the city’s killer continues his dark mission. Can McCoy keep his head up, for long enough to solve the case? The sequel to Bloody January (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | TP | $29.99

The House Next Door (collection)
Patterson, James
‘The House Next Door’ (with Susan DiLallo): Married mother of four Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbour invited her on some errands. But a few quick tasks became a long lunch – and now things could go too far… with a man who isn’t what he seems. ‘The Killer’s Wife’ (with Max DiLallo): Six girls have gone missing. Detective McGrath knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect’s wife… maybe, too close. ‘The Witnesses’ (with Brendan DuBois): The Sanderson family has been forced into hiding after one of them stumbled upon a criminal plot. Or, so they think. No one will answer their questions. And the terrifying truth may come too late… From a domestic noir to a suspicious missing person’s case, and a family forced into hiding, The House Next Door is packed with three, suspenseful stories.
Short fiction collection | TP | $32.99

Pale Horse Riding (Schlegel & Morgen series)
Petit, Chris
By 1943, Auschwitz is the biggest black market in Europe. The garrison has grown epically corrupt, on the back of the transportations and goods confiscated; and this is considered even more of a secret… than the one surrounding the mass extermination. Everything is done to resist penetration; until August Schlegel and SS officer Morgen – after solving the case of the butchers of Berlin – are sent in disguised as post office officials, to investigate an instance of stolen gold being sent through the mail. Their chances of getting out of Auschwitz, alive, are almost nil… unless Schlegel and Morgen accept that the nature of the beast they are fighting means, they too must become as corrupt as the corruption, they are desperate to expose. Even if they survive, will it be at the cost of losing their souls? A sequel to the highly-acclaimed The Butchers of Berlin (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Book Artist (Hugo Marston series)
Pryor, Mark
Hugo Marston accompanies his boss, US Ambassador J Bradford Taylor, to the first night of an art exhibition in Montmartre, Paris. Hugo is less than happy about going, until he finds out that the sculptures on display are made from his favourite medium: books. Soon after the champagne starts to flow and the canapes are served, the night takes a deadly turn – when one of the guests is found dead. As if being murdered at an art show weren’t bizarre enough, the killer has theatrically displayed the body among the exhibits, just yards away from everyone. Paris detective Camille Lerens asks former FBI agent Hugo to stay at the crime scene and use his profiling expertise to help solve the murder. Very quickly, he discovers that someone at the party has a false identity, and not everyone there that night was invited. While Hugo is unravelling this mystery at the museum, his best friend Tom Green appears on Hugo’s doorstep battered and bleeding, a barely-living message from an old enemy – who has revenge in his heart and a target on Hugo’s back. With a murder to solve and his own life in danger, Hugo knows he has no time to waste… as one killer tries to slip away, and another gets closer and closer. The latest in the fabulous, Parisian Hugo Marston series, which begins with The Bookseller (TP, $24.99).
Mystery | TP | $24.99

The Alice Network
Quinn, Kate
1947: When Charlie St Clair’s parents banish her to Europe to have her ‘little problem’ taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London – determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915: A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans; and unexpectedly gets her chance, when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Thirty years later, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded, in her crumbling London house. That is, until a young American barges in… uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades…
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Perfect Liars
Reid, Rebecca
Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia, and Lila committed a terrible crime. They have never spoken about it. But, now, in their thirties, one of them wants to talk. One word and everything could be ruined: their lives, their careers, their relationships. It’s up to Georgia to call a crisis dinner. But the evening does not go as planned. Three women walk in to the dinner, but only two will leave. Murder isn’t so difficult, the second time around…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Connections in Death
Robb, J D
When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang. As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city’s dive bars, drug dens, and strip joints – another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer’s lust for power turns the city’s streets into a bloodbath.
Eve Dallas | TP | $29.99

Leverage in Death
Robb, J D
When Paul Rogan sets off a bomb at his office, killing eleven people, no one can understand why. He was a loving husband and father, with everything to live for. Then his wife and daughter are found chained up in the family home, and everything becomes clear. Rogan had been given a horrifying choice – set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows the violence won’t end here. The men behind the attack are determined, organised and utterly ruthless. In this shocking and challenging case, both Eve and husband Roarke are heading into serious danger.
Eve Dallas | PBK | $19.99

The Good Lie
Rosenstiel, Tom
When a shadowy American diplomatic complex is attacked in North Africa, the White House is besieged by accusations of incompetence and wild conspiracy theories. Eager to learn the truth, the president and his staff turn to Peter Rena and his partner, Randi Brooks. The investigators dive headfirst into the furtive world of foreign intelligence and national security, hoping to do it quietly. That becomes impossible, though, when it blows up into an all-out public scandal: Congress opens hearings and a tireless national security reporter publishes a bombshell exposé. Now, Rena and Brooks are caught in the middle. The White House wants to prevent debilitating fallout for the president, the military appears to be in shutdown mode, the press is hungry for another big story, and rival politicians are plotting their next move. Rena learns the hard way that secrets, in Washington, come with a very high price.
Thriller | HC | $52.95

No Escape Claws (Second Chance Cat mysteries 06)
Ryan, Sofie
It’s fall in North Harbor, Maine when a cold case heats up. Young Mallory Pearson appears at the shop – Mallory’s father is in prison, for negligence, after her stepmother’s mysterious death. Mallory believes he is innocent and asks the in-house detectives to take on the case. With Sarah and Elvis lending a paw, the detectives decide to try to give Mallory’s father a second chance of his own.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Not Bad People
Scott, Brandy
It’s New Year’s Eve. Aimee, Melinda and Lou – best friends for decades, let off sky lanterns filled with resolutions: for meaning, for freedom, for money. As the glowing paper bags float away, there’s a bright flare in the distance. It could be a sign of luck – or the start of a complete nightmare that will upend their friendships, families, and careers. The day after their ceremony, the newspapers report a small plane crash – two victims pulled from the wreckage, one a young boy. Were they responsible?
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Woman Inside
Scott, E G
Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a man with a past as dark as her own. Their demons drew them together with an irresistible magnetism. But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are on the brink of collapse – as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. When Paul catches the attention of the police, after two women go missing in quick succession, Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life… without her.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Maigret’s Patience
Simenon, Georges
Maigret finds himself back on the Rue des Acacias, just ten days after cracking another case there. This time, it is the murder of a criminal Maigret has known, for over twenty years, and one he always suspected was behind a string of jewellery robberies in the city. Maigret’s patience is tested, as he eliminates neighbour by neighbour in his hunt for the murderer.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

The Reckoning (Children’s House series)
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa
A chilling message found in a school’s time capsule, ten years after it was buried. But, surely, if a thirteen-year-old wrote it, it can’t be a real threat… The discovery of the letter coincides with a string of macabre events: body parts found in a garden, followed by the murder of the man who owned the house. Now, time is running out to identify the writer, the victims, and the killer… before further deaths come. A sequel to The Legacy (PBK, $19.99) from the queen of Icelandic noir.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

The Quiet Side of Passion
Smith, Alexander McCall
It is summer in Edinburgh and Isabel Dalhousie is, once again, caught between ‘gossip’ and significant rumour. It is none of her business that Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s little friend Basil, is estranged from Basil’s father, or that the woman has a somewhat brazen attitude to childcare. And, yet, it is curious. Isabel, however, has much else on her mind as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. Along with the work involved for its impending next issue, she really needs to get her house in order and tend to the demands of her niece, Cat. Thankfully, the arrival of Antonia, the exuberant Italian au pair, will take care of urgent chores. And the hiring of Claire, a diligent if unsettlingly beautiful new assistant at the Review, surely means that Isabel can breathe… at least, a little. But her sharp observation and assured role as confidante soon have Isabel doubting all her recent decisions. What’s more, her instinct to help others may have put her in real danger. In her desire to run both a smooth household and working life, has she simply created more chaos? Perhaps the quiet side of passion is, after all, the best side on which to be?
Isabel Dalhousie | PBK | $19.99

Dirty Little Secrets
Spain, Jo
Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. In the exclusive, gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully-manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good. There’s just one problem. Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting, inside number four, for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery; but nobody thought to check on her, when she vanished from sight. The police start to ask questions and the seemingly-flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Lost Girls
Spence, Jennifer
At the core of the enigmatic Stella’s story, past and present, is a mystery she is compelled to solve, a beautiful young woman who went missing fifty years ago – and a tragedy, much closer to home, she must try to prevent. As Stella unravels the dark secrets of her family’s past and her own, it becomes clear that everyone remembers the past differently and the small choices we make, every day, can change our future irrevocably.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Death of an Eye (Eye of Isis series)
Stabenow, Dana
Alexandria, 47 BC. For three centuries, the House of Ptolemy has governed the Kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra – seventh of her name – rules from Alexandria, that beacon of commerce and learning that stands between the burning sands of the desert and the dark waters of the Middle Sea. But her realm is beset by ethnic rivalries, aristocratic feuds and courtly intrigues. Not only that, she must contend with the insatiable appetite of Julius Caesar… who needs Egyptian grain and Egyptian gold, to further his ambitions. The world is watching the young Queen, waiting for a misstep… And, now, her most trusted servant – her Eye – has been murdered, and a vast shipment of newly-minted coin stolen. Cleopatra cannot afford for the coins to go unrecovered, or the murderers unpunished; so, she asks childhood friend, Tetisheri Nebenteru, to retrace the dead Eye’s footsteps. Tetisheri will find herself plunged into the shadowy heart of Alexandria. As she sifts her way through a tangle of lies and deceit, she will discover that nothing can be taken at face value, that she can’t trust anyone – not even the Queen, herself. The first in a new historical series, set in Ancient Egypt.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Comeback (Jack Van Duyn series)
Tanner, Lindsay
Jack van Duyn is a Melbourne taxi driver in his mid-fifties, living alone in a dingy Brunswick flat. He’s settled into a drab existence, with little money, few friends, and no prospects. He’s still recovering from weeks of turmoil, however, Jack’s return to normality is short lived. He’s about to be hurtled into a vicious power struggle involving crooked property developers, angry unionists, and a deranged stalker from his past… The sequel to Comfort Zone (TP, $29.99).
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Fire Court (Ashes of London series)
Taylor, Andrew
Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground… The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation – wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile, and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment, when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman – in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder…? Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust – Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her, in the past. Now, it’s her turn to help him. But then comes a third death… and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly-desperate killer, whose actions threaten the future of the city, itself.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Black Ascot (Ian Rutledge mysteries)
Todd, Charles
An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible – but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior, at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for ten years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horserace, honouring the late King Edward VII. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain, for a decade. Now, it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving the Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done. Rutledge is put in charge of a quiet search – under cover of a routine review of a cold case. Meticulously retracing the original inquiry, Rutledge begins to know Alan Barrington well, delving into relationships and secrets that hadn’t surfaced, in 1910. But is he too close, to finding his man? His sanity is suddenly brought into question, by a shocking turn of events. His sister Frances, Melinda Crawford, and Dr Fleming stand by him, but there is no greater shame than shell shock. Questioning himself, he realises that he cannot look back. The only way to save his career – much less his sanity – is to find Alan Barrington and bring him to justice. But is this elusive murderer still in England?
Historical mystery | HC | $45.00

A Version of the Truth
Walter, B P
1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship – with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society; and begins to develop feelings, for one, in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her, too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting; and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn, in a very sinister game. 2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner – when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare; and make her question everything about her marriage – and what type of man her husband is… or is pretending to be. A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface, for over twenty-five years. Now, it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99