Crime & Mystery Catalogue: February 2020

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in February 2020.

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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 2020 includes new books by: Hania Allen, Tim Ayliffe, David Downing, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron, D L Hicks, Joe Ide, Dervla McTiernan, J D Robb… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, February 2020

The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book & Scone Society mysteries 03)
Adams, Ellery
As the owner of Miracle Books, Nora Pennington figures all the wet weather this spring is, at least, good for business. The local inns are packed with stranded travellers, and among them Nora finds both new customers and a new friend, the sixty-something Sheldon, who starts helping out at the store. Since a little rain never hurt anyone, Nora rides her bike over to the flea market, one sodden day, and buys a bowl from Danny, a Cherokee potter. It’ll make a great present for Nora’s EMT boyfriend; but, the next day, a little rain turns into a lot of rain and the Miracle River overflows it banks. Amid the wreckage of a collapsed footbridge, Danny’s body lies within the churning water. Nora and the sheriff both doubt the ruling of accidental drowning, and Nora decides it’s time for the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to spring into action. When another body turns up, it becomes clearer that Danny’s death can’t be blamed on a natural disaster. A crucial clue may lie within the stone walls of the Inn of Mist and Roses: a diary – over a century old and spattered with candle wax – that leads Nora and her friends through a maze of intrigue… and onto the trail of a murderer…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

The Family Business (DS Danuta Gorska series)
Allen, Hania
In the north of Dundee, DI Dania Gorska is leading the search for a missing boy, with the police and volunteers combing the dramatic landscape in hope of finding the child. What they discover in a derelict hut in the hills isn’t the boy, but is the remains of a body, chained to a wall. This body isn’t the missing child but is identified as another young boy, Cameron Affleck, who disappeared many years before in a case that could never be solved. Dania contacts the boy’s father, who still spends much time digging around the fields where his son was last seen, in hope of finding his body. Dania begins to unearth the old case, determined to discover Cameron’s killer and looking for possible connections to the present-day missing child. But as she digs into the past, she realises that the Affleck family are hiding more than they let on and that there are some dark secrets that everyone wants to stay buried… The latest in the popular series, which begins with The Polish Detective (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Mystery | PBK | $32.99

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
Anappara, Deepa
Three weeks ago, I was only a schoolkid – but, now, I’m a detective and also a tea-shop boy… Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job). When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city; the bazaar at night, and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns, in order to uncover the truth.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Alone in the Wild (Casey Duncan series)
Armstrong, Kelley
Every season in Rockton seems to bring a new challenge. At least, that’s what Detective Casey Duncan has felt – since she decided to call this place home. Between all the secretive residents, the sometimes-hostile settlers outside, and the surrounding wilderness, there’s always something to worry about. While on a much-needed camping vacation with her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, Casey hears a baby crying in the woods. The sound leads them to a tragic scene: a woman buried under the snow, murdered, a baby still alive in her arms. A town that doesn’t let anyone in, under the age of eighteen, Rockton must take care of its youngest resident, yet – while solving another murder and finding out where the baby came from… and whether she’s better off, where she is.
Mystery | HC | $55.00

In Cold Chamomile (A Tea and a Read mysteries 03)
Avon, Joy
Callie Aspen can’t think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine’s Day than her adopted hometown of Heart’s Harbor, Maine. When she’s not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Callie’s adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine’s event – where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heart-warming music, and delightful books. But tension is brewing: The librarian argues with the expert who is on hand to appraise precious volumes. And Iphy is shocked to recognise the baritone, who’s slated to sing at the event, as an old acquaintance – one she’d hoped she’d never meet again. And then, when a dead body is discovered, the stirring spoon of suspicion points at the many people who had reasons to want the victim dead. When Iphy’s old acquaintance draws the attention of Deputy Ace Falk, Callie finds herself in a spot. Ace, as usual, doesn’t want Callie involved, but how can she ignore Iphy’s anguish over the fate of a man she cares for more than she will admit? Bringing the killer to justice may endanger Callie’s budding relationship with Ace – and, quite possibly, her own life. Callie and the Book Tea crew may think they have this case in the bag, but un-kettling truths are yet to be decanted.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

The Greater Good
Ayliffe, Tim
Battered war correspondent John Bailey is a man living on the edge. He’s haunted, by nightmares of being kidnapped and tortured in Iraq; and he’s drinking too much to drown the memories. As he battles to get his life back together, a story breaks that will force him back into the spotlight – and into the crosshairs of a deadly international player. When a prostitute is found murdered in her luxury Sydney apartment, Bailey is ordered to cover the story by The Journal’s editor and his old friend, Gerald Summers – because he can’t trust anyone else. One of the victim’s clients, a key advisor to the Defence Minister, is chief suspect in her murder and he’s on the run. When he contacts Bailey, claiming to have information that will bring down the government, the stakes become deadly. To complicate matters, the investigating police detective is the woman Bailey walked out on, a decade ago. When a ruthless CIA fixer turns up, followed by a murderous Chinese agent hot on his trail, Bailey realises he has stumbled onto the story of a lifetime – one that he may not live to tell. This is well done – recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $14.99

Murder in Bel-Air (Aimée Leduc Investigations)
Black, Cara
Aimée Leduc is about to go onstage to give the keynote address at a tech conference that is sure to secure Leduc Detective some much-needed business contracts when she gets an emergency phone call from her daughter’s playgroup: Aimée’s own mother, who was supposed to pick up Chloé, never showed. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, Aimée rushes to get Chloé, annoyed that, yet again, her mother has let her down. But as Aimée and Chloé are leaving the playground, Aimée witnesses the body of a homeless woman being wheeled away from the neighbouring convent, where nuns run a soup kitchen. The last person seen talking to the dead woman talking to was Aimée’s mother – who has vanished. Trying to figure out what happened to Sydney Leduc, Aimée tracks down the dead woman’s possessions, which include a huge amount of cash. What did Sydney stumble into? Is she in trouble?
Mystery | TP | $35.95

The Dance of Death (Black Forest Investigations)
Bottini, Oliver
One wet and misty weekend in October, the Niemann family find a stranger in their garden. He is armed and tries to force his way into the house; but disappears as soon as the police are alerted. That night, he’s back with an impossible ultimatum… Freiburg detective Louise Boni and her colleagues are put under enormous pressure. Traces of evidence lead her to a no-man’s-land, and to a ruthless criminal who brings with him the trauma of conflict in the Balkans.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Field Guide to Homicide (Cat Latimer mysteries 06)
Cahoon, Lynn
Cat’s sweetheart, Seth, is going all out on an outing into the local mountains – for the benefit of the writing group Cat’s hosting at her Colorado B&B. But when they try to identify some plant and animal life, they find death instead. The body belongs to a man with a gold claim a few miles away. Instead of striking it rich, he’s been struck down. To his surprise, Seth recognises the victim from his military days – and up to now believed he’d already died during his last tour of duty. Now, Cat has to solve this mystery, before the killer takes a hike…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Into the Labyrinth
Carrisi, Donato
A young woman named Samantha Andretti wakes up in a hospital bed. Samantha was abducted, when she was thirteen. She was kept prisoner for fifteen years. The man by her side, Dr Green, believes that Samantha’s memories contain the clues that will lead to the capture of her abductor. But why does she keep referring to a labyrinth? Outside the hospital, private investigator Bruno Genko does not have long to live. Bruno was assigned to Samantha’s case, many years ago; and, now, it is his chance to make amends. Can Samantha be persuaded to go back into the labyrinth? And how did the man at its centre vanish, so quickly?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Second Sister
Chan, Ho-Kei
A schoolgirl – Siu-Man – has committed suicide, leaping from her twenty-second-floor window to the pavement below. Siu-Man is an orphan and the librarian older sister, who’s been raising her, refuses to believe there was no foul play – nothing seemed amiss. She contacts a man known only as N – a hacker, and an expert in cybersecurity and manipulating human behaviour. But can Nga-Yee interest him sufficiently to take her case, and can she afford it, if he says yes? What follows is a cat and mouse game through the city of Hong Kong and its digital underground, especially an online gossip platform, where someone has been slandering Siu-Man.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

This Is Gomorrah
Chatfield, Tom
Darknets are everywhere – and those who know where to look can find anything. Drugs, guns, porn, ideologies, lives and deaths are all up for sale… and everything must go. Elite hacker, loner, charmer, idealist, and connoisseur of other people’s mistakes, Azi Bello exists in a world where the dark side of technology is abolishing the old order – and he has a front row seat. When the secretive but intriguing Munira reaches out to Azi for help, her story sparks his interest. Munira’s cousin has been recruited to work for a terrorist state and in her attempts to find out more, she has attracted the attention of some very dangerous people. As they work together, Azi and Munira are drawn into an unimaginable conspiracy, at the heart of which is Gomorrah: an exclusive online marketplace – where anything can be acquired, and the world’s worst individuals lurk…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Cleaning the Gold (Jack Reacher & Will Trent series) (short story)
Child, Lee & Slaughter, Karin
Will Trent is undercover at Fort Knox. His assignment: to investigate a twenty-two-year-old murder. His suspect’s name: Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is in Fort Knox on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America’s military. Except, now, Will Trent is on the scene. But there’s a bigger conspiracy at play – one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If they can…
Thriller | PBK | $22.95

Broken Bone China (Tea Shop mysteries 20)
Childs, Laura
It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colourful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns grey and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out. As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanised insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers. Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on. Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO’s personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques’ dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia’s dear friends, who turns out to be an employee – and whistle-blower – at SyncSoft?
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

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 | PBK | $22.99

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot series) (Monocle edition)
Christie, Agatha
After the Great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory. Captain Arthur Hastings is invited to the rolling country estate of Styles, to recuperate from injuries sustained at the Front. It is the last place he expects to encounter murder. Fortunately, he knows a former detective, a Belgian refugee, who has grown bored of retirement… The first Hercule Poirot mystery, now published with a previously-deleted chapter, and introduced by Agatha Christie expert Dr John Curran.
Christie (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot series)
Christie, Agatha
Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death…
Christie (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Murder on the Orient Express (Poirot series) (Monocle edition)
Christie, Agatha
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike, again.
Christie (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot series) (Monocle edition)
Christie, Agatha
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning, but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man…
Christie (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Statue of Limitations (Goddess of Green St mysteries 01)
Collins, Kate
After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family’s garden centre and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family’s annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden centre, one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale. But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family – from whom her pappoús bought the statue – is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street’s ‘Little Greece’, to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family’s patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it’s clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

A Dangerous Man (Cole & Pike series)
Crais, Robert
Joe Pike didn’t want to run into trouble that day – he was just going to the bank. But when Isabel, a young teller, is forced into a car by two men, he has no choice but to step in. After chasing them down, he retrieves the terrified woman and the men are arrested. Not long, after they are released on bail, the men are found dead, each with a single gunshot wound to the head, and Isabel is missing. After his handling of the men, Pike is a prime suspect, along with Izzy – was this an abduction gone wrong, or did it go exactly how she planned? Pike, convinced that her life is in danger, involves Elvis Cole in a search for the truth, and for Izzy. But they’re not the only ones desperate to find her – and desperate men are dangerous.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Black Souls
Criaco, Gioacchino
In the remote Aspromonte Mountains in southern Calabria, Italy, three best friends embark on a life of crime – in order to raise themselves up out of the poverty of their childhoods. Brainy Luciano, the behind-the-scenes schemer, was orphaned as a little boy when the local mob boss had his postman father executed. Lazy, jovial Luigi has learned that there’s no point in following the rules. And completing the triumvirate is the nameless narrator, from whose black soul comes the inspiration and energy for each new criminal project, from kidnapping, to armed robbery, to heroin dealing, to contract killing.
Suspense | TP | $26.99

Like Mother, Like Daughter
Croft, Elle
Kat’s children are both smart and well adjusted. On the outside. Kat has always tried to treat Imogen and Jemima equally, but she struggles with one of her daughters more than the other. Because Imogen’s birth mother is a serial killer. And Imogen doesn’t know. They say you can’t choose your family, but what if your family chooses you?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Devil (Leone Scamarcio series)
Dalbuono, Nadia
On a cold and wintry Roman afternoon, a troubled young man, Andrea Borghese, is found dead in his parents’ apartment. The last people to see him alive were five Roman Catholic priests who had left the Vatican to visit Andrea for a very particular purpose. They were performing an exorcism. Meanwhile, Detective Leone Scamarcio is unravelling. His partner, the beautiful ex-showgirl Fiammetta DiBondi, is expecting their first child, and the baby is due any day. But what kind of world is this in which to raise a child? When his boss, Chief Garramone, calls with the Borghesi case, insisting that Scamarcio is the only man he trusts with the job, Scamarcio accepts the mission as a welcome distraction. But the case proves far more tangled than Scamarcio had anticipated, and he finds himself in an ever-thickening plot of occult practices, murder, church corruption, government bribery, pharmaceutical dirty dealings, family secrets, and, of course, the mafia. To make things even more complicated, Scamarcio’s old flame, Aurelia, has returned to Rome, and Scamarcio is having trouble thinking straight. As he circles closer to the truth, the danger mounts, and when his new little family comes under threat, Leone Scamarcio has to decide once and for all what he really stands for. This compelling Euro-noir series begins with The Few (TP, $29.99).
Noir | TP | $32.99

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
Dawson, Kate Winkler
Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities – beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books – sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career. Known as the ‘American Sherlock Holmes’, Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America’s greatest – and first – forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural. Heinrich was one of the nation’s first expert witnesses, working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalised crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence. However with his brilliance, and commanding presence in both the courtroom and at crime scenes, Heinrich spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools that police still use today, including blood spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests, and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. His work, though not without its serious – some would say fatal – flaws, changed the course of American criminal investigation. Based on years of research and thousands of never-before-published primary source materials, American Sherlock captures the life of the man who pioneered the science our legal system, now, relies upon – as well as the limits of those techniques and the very human experts who wield them.
Crime reference | HC | $44.99

The Perfect Wife
Delaney, J P
Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie she’s a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve. But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives – and his version of events. Can she trust him, when he says he wants them to be together for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Godless (Brother Athelstan series)
Doherty, Paul
November, 1381. London has been rocked by a series of bizarre and brutal murders. The corpses of a number of prostitutes have been discovered, their throats slit, their bodies stripped; in each case, a blood-red wig has been placed on their heads. At the same time, a mysterious explosion rips through a royal war cog bound for Calais, killing all on board. Could there be a connection? Summoned to assist in the investigations by Sir John Cranston, Brother Athelstan uncovers rumours that the mysterious Oriflamme is responsible. But who – or what – exactly is he… and why has he suddenly reappeared, after almost twenty years?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Between Two Evils
Dolan, Eva
As the country bakes under the relentless summer sun, a young doctor is found brutally murdered at his home in a picturesque Cambridgeshire village. Is his death connected to his private life – or his professional one? Dr Joshua Ainsworth worked at an all-female detention centre, one still recovering from a major scandal a few years before. Was he the whistle-blower – or an instigator? As Detective Sergeant Ferreira and Detective Inspector Zigic begin to painstakingly reconstruct Dr Ainsworth’s last days, they uncover yet more secrets and more suspects. But this isn’t the only case that’s demanding their attention – a violent criminal has been released on a technicality, and the police force know he will strike again: the only question is who will be his first victim…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Diary of a Dead Man on Leave
Downing, David
In April 1938, a man calling himself Josef Hofmann arrives at a boarding house in Hamm, Germany, and lets a room from the widow who owns it. Fifty years later, Walter Gersdorff, the widow’s son, who was eleven years old in the spring of 1938, discovers the carefully-hidden diary the boarder had kept during his stay, even though he never should have written any of its contents down. What Walter finds is a chronicle of one the most tumultuous years in German history, narrated by a secret agent on a deadly mission. Josef Hofmann was not the returned Argentinian immigrant he’d said he was – he was a communist spy under Moscow’s command trying to reconnect with remaining members of Germany’s suppressed communist party. Hofmann’s bosses believe the common workers are the only way to stop the German war machine from within. Posing as a railroad man, Hofmann sets out on his game of ‘Russian roulette’, approaching Hamm’s ex-party members one at a time and delicately feeling out their allegiances. He always knew his mission would most likely end in his death, and he was satisfied to make that sacrifice for the revolution if it could help stop Hitler and his abominable ideology. But as he grows close to the Gersdorffs, accidentally stepping into the role of the father Walter never had, Hofmann begins to wish for another kind of hope in his life.
Suspense | TP | $35.95

A View to a Kilt (Liss MacCrimmon mysteries 13)
Dunnett, Kaitlyn
Liss has suddenly found herself in charge of the March Madness Mud Season Sale, a town-wide celebration created to boost the local economy during the slushy weeks of early spring. With businesses ailing after a rough winter, the pressure is on to make this year’s effort the can’t-miss event of the season. But before Liss can get her hands dirty, her husband makes a horrifying discovery. There’s a dead man on their property, and he didn’t die of natural causes… Stunned by the murder mystery developing in her own backyard, Liss receives another shock. The victim is identified as Charlie MacCrimmon, an uncle believed to have died, eleven years before Liss was born. No one has seen or heard from Charlie since he went off to fight in Vietnam. What secrets could he have been hiding for so many years, and who would want to kill a man long thought to be dead? Enlisting the help of her family, Liss uncovers more questions than answers, as she delves into her uncle’s murky past. One thing is clear – before he met his end, Uncle Charlie was desperately trying to warn her about something sinister. And unless Liss can soon track down a maniacal criminal as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, she just might be the next MacCrimmon to disappear…
Mystery | HC | $52.95

The Measure of Malice: Scientific Detection Stories (collection)
Edwards, Martin (editor)
Forensic dentistry; precise examination of ballistics; an expertise in apiology, to identify the exact bee which killed the victim? The detective’s role may be simple; solve the case and catch the culprit, but when the crime is fiendishly well executed, the application of the scientific method may be the only answer. The detectives in this collection are masters of scientific deduction employing principles of chemistry, the latest technological innovations and an irresistible logical brilliance in their pursuit of justice. Containing stories by early masters in the field such as Arthur Conan Doyle and L T Meade, alongside fine-tuned mysteries from the likes of Edmund Crispin and Dorothy L Sayers, The Measure of Malice collects tales of rational thinking to prove the power of the brain over villainous deeds.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $29.95

Murder at the Manchester Museum (Museum mysteries)
Eldridge, Jim
1895. Former Scotland Yard detective Daniel Wilson, made famous from his days working the Jack the Ripper case, and his archaeologist sidekick Abigail Fenton are summoned to investigate the murder of a young woman at the Manchester Museum. Though staff remember the woman as a recent and regular visitor, no one appears to know who she is and she has no possessions from which to identify her. Seeking help from a local journalist, Daniel hopes to unravel this mystery, but the journey to the truth is fraught with obstacles…
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

Perfect Kill (DI Callanach series)
Fields, Helen
He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying. Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim. Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s, now, heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed… DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland. With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure, when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Last Passenger (Charles Lenox series)
Finch, Charles
London, 1855. A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case, yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a third-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a handsome young gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of identification on his person. And putting together the clues to the mystery of the man’s identity only raises more questions, when Lenox discovers that the crime has a significant connection to America. As he seeks to solve this impossible case, the young Lenox must confront an equally troublesome problem in his personal life. Kitty Ashbrook, beautiful and cultured, appears to be his soulmate – but love comes with obstacles of its own. In tandem, this fiendish early case and passionate, deeply felt affair will irrevocably shape the brilliant detective and thoughtful gentleman Lenox is destined to become.
Historical mystery | HC | $55.00

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen mysteries 24)
Fluke, Joanne
When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery – not the unsavoury scandal swirling around her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah and an old flame team up must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden… before someone takes a slice out of her!
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

When You See Me
Gardner, Lisa
A body is found in the hills – but the truth still lies buried… In a small town in the Deep South, Flora Dane is part of a task force committed to hunting down every last trace of notorious serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. As his last victim, imprisoned by Ness in a small box for over a year, she knew him better than most. Even after his death, his evil still lingers. But this is the kind of town that doesn’t take kindly to strangers, asking questions. The kind of town, where dark secrets lurk just beneath the surface. The kind of town, she might not leave alive. Featuring Detective D D Warren and FBI Special Agent Kimberley Quincy.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Never Look Back
Gaylin, A L
When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quentin’s podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin’s own mother may be intimately connected with the killings. Robin thinks Quentin’s claim is absurd. But is it? The more she researches the Cooper/LeRoy murders, herself, the more disturbed she becomes by what she finds. Living just a few blocks from her, Robin’s beloved parents are the one absolute she’s always been able to rely upon, especially now amid rising doubts about her husband, and frequent threats from internet trolls. Robin knows her mother better than anyone. But then her parents are brutally attacked, and Robin realises she doesn’t know the truth, at all…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Year Without Summer
Glasfurd, Guinevere
In 1815, a super-volcanic eruption, in Indonesia, led to the extraordinary ‘Year Without Summer’ in 1816: a massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. Snow fell in August. Lives, both ordinary and privileged, changed forever. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. The artist, John Constable, sought refuge in Suffolk. As crops failed, the dispossessed rose up in rebellion, threatening to burn the old order to the ground. For fans of David Mitchell and Andrew Miller, The Year Without Summer tells the story of a fateful year, when temperatures fell and the summer failed to arrive. It is a story of the books written, the art made; of the journeys taken, of the love longed for and the lives lost. Six, separate lives, connected only by an event many thousands of miles away. Few had heard of Tambora – but none could escape its effects.
Historical fiction | TP | $32.99

Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (Death by Chocolate mysteries 02)
Graves, Sarah
This summer, Eastport’s favourite lovebirds, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine, are getting married. The gala reception is sure to be the fête of the season, especially with a wedding-cake-sized whoopie pie, courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For Jake and Ellie, the custom-ordered confection will finally reel in some much-needed profits. But the celebratory air, and sweet smell of success, are ruined when Sharon’s bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is murdered with a poisoned milkshake. With Andy jailed as the prime suspect and the wedding cancelled, it’s up to Jake and Ellie to catch a poisonous predator, before someone else sips their last dessert.
Mystery | TP | $33.95

The Lantern Men (Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries)
Griffiths, Elly
Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway. She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now, March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried – but only if Ruth will do the digging. Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths. Is Ivor March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan, and why is she so crucial to it? And are the killings really over?
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Haven’t They Grown
Hannah, Sophie
All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home. Just because she knows that her former best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora Braid for twelve years. But she can’t resist. She parks outside Flora’s house and watches from across the road as Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily, step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older – just as Beth would have expected. It’s the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily, without a doubt – Beth hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven’t they grown?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Joe Country (Slough House series)
Herron, Mick
In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski – whose sins make him outcast, even among the slow horses – is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. And with winter taking its grip, Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So, when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score. This time, they’re heading into joe country. And they’re not all coming home. This fantastic series begins with Slow Horses (PBK, $19.99). Ron highly recommends – a slow burner but fantastic!
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa series)
Hewson, David
While Rome is sweltering in the height of summer, a serial killer is on the loose. Sara Farnese is working in the Vatican library, when a man bursts in, intent on showing her the contents of his bloodied bag, until a guard shoots him. But why was the man targeting Sara? Determined to find answers, Sara’s path crosses with the young, up-and-coming Roman detective, Nic Costa. He’s determined to track down the dangerous killer behind this bizarre and brutal murder and to protect Sara from becoming the next victim… The first instalment of this acclaimed series, in UK B-format paperback for the first time.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Villa of Mysteries (Nic Costa series)
Hewson, David
An ancient ritual. A modern-day crime. A body is found in a peat bog near the banks of the River Tiber. Teresa Lupo, a maverick pathologist, believes it was a young woman sacrificed long ago in an ancient Roman ritual. But she’s wrong. Whilst the method of killing is ancient history, this murder happened very recently. The horror of these ritualistic killings is very much alive and it’s up to Nic Costa to get to the bottom of it. The second instalment of this acclaimed series, in UK B-format paperback for the first time.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Devil Inside
Hicks, D L
In a peaceful coastal town, a young woman is found brutally murdered, a piece of scripture held tightly in her hand. Local detective Charlotte Callaghan is put on the case, and she’s glad for the distraction – Gull Bay can be a hard place to keep a secret, and she’s holding on to a few. After Charlotte asks her brother, Father Joseph Callaghan, about the verse, her suspicions fall on his parishioners. Then a second victim is found, along with another biblical message. A dark betrayal is concealed within the small community. For Charlotte, there’s something personal about this case, something that threatens the very core of her beliefs. Can she unravel this mystery, before it tears her town apart? A new Australian crime novel. ‘Hicks leads the reader on a dark and darkly compelling journey that builds to a thrilling, breath-holding climax!’ – Christian White, bestselling author of Nowhere Child.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Tale Teller (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series)
Hillerman, Anne
Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artefact – a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history. Joe’s been hired to find a missing biil, a traditional dress that had been donated to the Navajo Nation. His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware – witchcraft is afoot. While the veteran detective is busy, working to untangle his strange case; his former colleague Jim Chee and Officer Bernie Manuelito are collecting evidence they hope will lead to a cunning criminal behind a rash of burglaries. Their case takes a complicated turn when Bernie finds a body near a popular running trail. The situation grows more complicated, when the death is ruled a homicide, and the Tribal cops are thrust into a turf battle because the murder involves the FBI. As Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie draw closer to solving these crimes, their parallel investigations begin to merge… and offer an unexpected opportunity that opens a new chapter in Bernie’s life.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Shadow on the Lens
Hurcom, Sam
1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help. As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl – the face of Betsan Tilny.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Hi Five (IQ series)
Ide, Joe
Christiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealer on the West Coast, Angus Byrne. She’s also the sole witness and number-one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend – found dead inside her Newport Beach boutique. Angus will do anything to save his daughter and he thinks private eye Isaiah Quintabe is just the man for the job – an offer, IQ soon learns, he can’t refuse. The catch: Christiana has multiple personalities. Five radically different ones – among them, a naive shopkeeper, an obnoxious drummer in a rock band and a wanton seductress. IQ’s dilemma: no one personality saw the entire incident. To find out what really happened the night of the murder, Isaiah must piece together clues from each of the personalities – before the cops catch up. The new instalment in the adventures of LA’s coolest new detective, IQ. ‘Joe Ide is the best new discovery I’ve come across in a long time. And Isaiah Quintabe is the kind of sleuth not seen on the mystery landscape, before.’ – Michael Connelly. Highly recommended! – start with IQ (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Death of an Expert Witness (Dalgliesh series)
James, P D
When a young girl is found murdered in a field, the scientific examination of the exhibits is just a routine job for the staff of Hoggatt’s forensic science laboratory. But nothing could have prepared them for the brutal death of one of their own. When the senior biologist is found dead in his laboratory Commander Dalgliesh is called to the bleak fens of East Anglia, where the murderer is lying in wait to strike again. Reissued with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray mysteries)
James, P D
Meet Cordelia Gray: twenty-two, tough, intelligent and now sole inheritor of the Pryde Detective Agency. Her first assignment finds her hired by Sir Ronald Callender to investigate the death of his son Mark, a young Cambridge student found hanged in mysterious circumstances. Required to delve into the hidden secrets of the Callender family, Cordelia soon realises it is not a case of suicide, and that the truth is entirely more sinister. Reissued with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Skull Beneath the Skin (Cordelia Gray mysteries)
James, P D
Hired to protect a beautiful but neurotic actress, Cordelia Gray soon becomes embroiled in a case as dangerous to her own life as it is mysterious. Clarissa Lisle hopes to make a spectacular comeback in a production of The Duchess of Malfi, to be played in Ambrose Gorringe’s sinister castle, at Courcy Island. Cordelia is there to ensure her safety following the appearance of a number of poison-pen letters. But it soon becomes clear that all are in danger. Trapped within the walls of the Gothic castle, the treacherous past of the island re-emerges, and everyone seems to have a motive for sending Clarissa ‘down, down to hell’. Reissued with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The A List (Ali Reynolds series)
Jance, J A
More than ten years after the sudden end of her high-profile broadcasting career, Ali Reynolds has made a good life for herself in her hometown of Sedona, Arizona. She has a new house, a new husband, and a flourishing cybersecurity company where her team of veritable technological wizards hunts down criminals, one case at a time. But the death of an old friend brings Ali back to the last story she ever reported: a feel-good human interest piece about a young man in need of a kidney to save his life, which quickly spiralled into a medical mismanagement scandal that landed a prestigious local doctor in prison for murder. Years may have passed, but Dr Edward Gilchrist has not forgotten those responsible for his downfall – especially not Ali Reynolds, who exposed his dirty deeds to the world. Life without parole won’t stop him from getting his revenge. Tattooed on his arm are the initials of those who put him behind bars, and he won’t stop until every person on that Annihilation List is dead.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Earthquake Bird
Jones, Susanna
Lucy Fly – a young, vulnerable English girl living and working in Tokyo as a translator. As Lucy is interrogated by the police, she reveals her past to the reader, and it is a past which is dangerously ambiguous and compromising… Why did Lucy leave England for the foreign anonymity of Japan, ten years before, and what exactly prompted her to sever all links with her family back home? She was the last person to see the murdered girl alive, so why is she not more forthcoming about the circumstances of their last meeting? As Lucy’s story unfolds, it emerges that secrets, both past and present, obsess her waking life…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Play the Red Queen
Jurjevics, Juris
Viet Nam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off guard – with a single pistol shot – then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not officially in combat, sixteen thousand American servicemen are stationed in Viet Nam ‘advising’ the military and government. Among them are Ellsworth Miser and Clovis Robeson, two army investigators – who have been tasked with tracking down the daring killer. Iain, even though no longer working with us, read this and recommends it highly!
Mystery | HC | $55.00

The Phoenix of Florence
Kazan, Philip
Sixteenth-century Italy, deep in the Tuscan countryside, a long-held feud between two aristocratic families ends in tragedy, leaving only one young girl alive. Having barely escaped with her life, she vows to survive at all costs… Years later, amidst the winding streets and majestic facades of Florence, two murders are not all they seem. As Onorio Celavini, commander of the Medici police force, investigates, he is horrified to find a personal connection to the crimes, and a conspiracy lurking beyond. The secrets of his past threaten to spill out and Celavini is forced to revisit the traumatic memories hidden deep within him, to lay the ghosts of history to rest.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Museum of Desire (Alex Delaware series)
Kellerman, Jonathan
A mansion in Beverly Hills is leased out to host an event wild enough to herald the end of days. The next day, there isn’t a living soul to be seen. But in the driveway sits a super-stretch limo, unlocked, with four bodies inside it. Nothing links the victims together. Each has been killed in a different way. Now, it’s up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to begin their grisliest and most baffling case, yet. As they struggle to make sense of the mass slaying, they will be forced to confront a level of evil that nothing can prepare them for.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Night Moves (Alex Delaware series)
Kellerman, Jonathan
LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes he cannot solve alone. And in this case, where the scene of the murder is as baffling as it is brutal, the good doctor’s insight is crucial. There’s no spilled blood and no evidence of a struggle. And without hands and a face, the body can’t be identified immediately. Alex and Milo must find out how and why this disfigured corpse has appeared in Chet Corvin’s upscale home when the family are certain they don’t know the victim. But for some unknown reason, their cooperation remains guarded. Though, the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, Alex and Milo both know there’s enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins… even the deadliest of all.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Things in Jars
Kidd, Jess
London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case, yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child, she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons, and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost, in the name of entertainment…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Trouble on the Books (Castle Bookshop mysteries 01)
Lang, Essie
Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region – to take over her aunt’s bookstore, she has no idea what to expect. To her amazement, she discovers that she, now, owns a fifty-percent share in Bayside Books, and will also run the store’s second location in the majestic castle, on nearby Blye Island. But just as Shelby is gearing up for the start of the tourist season, the Castle volunteer coordinator is found murdered in the nearby Grotto. Castle caretaker Matthew Kessler is suspect number one, but Shelby thinks the killing may be connected to an earlier era, when violence among Prohibition-era smugglers was rampant in the region. As Shelby launches her own investigation, handsome and unnerving Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard Investigative Services tries to quell her smuggling theory and keep her safe. But Shelby is determined to summon all her savvy as a book editor to plot the murder – and find the killer before he strikes again. The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

The Runner
Leather, Stephen
Sally Page is an MI5 ‘footie’, a junior Secret Service Agent who maintains ‘legends’: fake identities or footprints used by real spies. Her day consists of maintaining flats and houses where the legends allegedly live, doing online shopping, using payment, loyalty and travel cards and going on social media in their names – anything to give the impression to hostile surveillance that the legends are living, breathing individuals. One day, she goes out for coffee leaving the safe house from which she and her fellow footies operate. When she comes back they have all been murdered and she barely escapes with her own life. She is on the run: but from whom she has no idea. Worse, her bosses at MI5 seem powerless to help her. To live, she will have to use all the lies and false identities she has so carefully created while discovering the truth.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Short Range (Spider Shepherd)
Leather, Stephen
Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd’s career path – soldier, cop, MI5 officer – has always put a strain on his family. So, he is far from happy to learn that MI5 is using teenagers as informants. Parents are being kept in the dark and Shepherd fears that the children are being exploited. As an undercover specialist, Shepherd is tasked with protecting a 15-year-old schoolboy who is being used to gather evidence against violent drug dealers and a right-wing terrorist group. But when the boy’s life is threatened, Shepherd has no choice but to step in and take the heat. And while Shepherd’s problems mount up on the job front, he has even greater problems closer to home. His son Liam has fallen foul of the Serbian Mafia and, if Shepherd doesn’t intervene, Liam will die.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Playing the Devil (Bridge to Death mysteries 02)
Lee, R J
Now, an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen in the Mississippi River port of Rosalie, Wendy still likes to unwind over a game of cards. Following the demise of the Rosalie Bridge Club, she’s started her own group at the Rosalie Country Club. During the first meeting of the Country Club Bridge Players, the dummy has barely been laid down when another dummy gets in a scuffle at the bar across the room. Bridge player Carly Ogle’s husband, Brent, is at it again. After the club’s new female golf pro breaks up the fight, Brent storms off to soak in a hot tub. But Carey soon finds the bullying Brent dead in the water, clubbed over the head – with the pestle the barkeep uses to crush leaves for mint juleps. Racist, sexist, homophobic, and an all-around lout, Brent made enough enemies to fill a bridge tournament. So, Wendy has to play her cards right to get the story – and stay out of hot water – long enough to put the squeeze on the killer…
Mystery | TP | $33.95

Death Comes to the Nursery (Kurland St Mary mysteries)
Lloyd, Catherine
Once known to all in her village as the rector’s daughter, Lucy is now a mother, herself – to a wonderful eighteen-month-old son, Ned. Upon discovering that she is expecting a second child, Lucy and Robert are delighted. In anticipation of the new arrival, Lucy is set on expanding her nursery staff. When Agnes, her current nurse, recommends her cousin, it seems like the perfect solution. But trouble arrives along with the new nursery maid from London. Polly’s flirtations provoke fisticuffs in the servants’ hall and tumult in the village tavern; and on her afternoon off, she fails to return to the Kurland Estate. When a farmer finds her lifeless body in a drainage ditch, Lucy and Robert fear foul play. To their consternation, they learn their new nursery maid was not who they thought. As Lucy’s sister Anna leaves the rectory and moves in to watch over Ned, the couple’s search for the truth leads them to the London theatre world – where aristocrats purchase their mistresses, and into danger. But the real threat strikes all too close to home…
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

The Memory Wood
Lloyd, Sam
Elijah has lived in the Memory Wood, for as long as he can remember. It’s the only home he’s ever known. Elissa has only just arrived. And she’ll do everything she can to escape. When Elijah stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his twelve years, Elijah has never had a proper friend. And he doesn’t want Elissa to leave. Not only that, Elijah knows how this can end. After all, Elissa isn’t the first girl he’s found inside the Memory Wood. As her abductor’s behaviour grows more erratic, Elissa realises that outwitting strange, lonely Elijah is her only hope of survival. Their cat-and-mouse game of deception and betrayal will determine both their fates, and whether either of them will ever leave the Memory Wood…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Watching from the Dark
Lodge, Gytha
Aidan Poole logs on to his laptop late at night to Skype his girlfriend, Zoe. To his horror, he realises that there is someone else in her flat, and Aidan can only listen to the sounds of a violent struggle – and then the chilling sound of silence. Aidan is desperate to find out if Zoe is okay. But then why is he so hesitant to call the police? When his messages finally reach them, DCI Jonah Sheen’s and his team take the case – and discover the body. They soon find that no-one has a bad word to say about Zoe, a big-hearted young woman at the centre of a curious web of waifs and strays – every one relying on her for support. Each of these so-called friends is hiding dark secrets and buried resentments: has one of them been driven to do something unspeakable? Or might Aidan have the biggest secret of them, all?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) (collection)
Lovegrove, James
Maverick detective Sherlock Holmes and his faithful chronicler Dr John Watson return in twelve thrilling short stories. The iconic duo find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events: an otherworldly stone whose touch inflicts fatal bleeding; a hellish potion to unlock a person’s devilish psyche; a fiendishly clever, almost undetectable method of revenge; and, many more – including a brand-new Cthulhu Casebooks story.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Bertie and the Seven Bodies (Prince of Wales mysteries)
Lovesey, Peter
The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Bertie will one day be King Edward VII. For the moment, though, his primary responsibility is to enjoy himself, a task at which he excels – bedding society beauties, tormenting his long-suffering wife, and taking his royal bulk off to other people’s country estates… there, to shoot things, eat enormous meals, and pinch the serving maids. It is at just such an estate that the story unfolds, though this is no ordinary shooting-party, and with a killer afoot, the glittering guest-list is dwindling rapidly. Bertie greets the murders with some delight, as they allow him to exercise his passion for amateur sleuthing (a task at which he doesn’t particularly excel). The first in a trilogy of reissues.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $35.95

All That’s Dead (Logan McRae series)
MacBride, Stuart
One down… A dark night in the isolated Scottish countryside. Nicholas Wilson, a prominent professor known for his divisive social media rants, leaves the house with his dog, as he does every night. But, this time, he doesn’t come back… Two down… The last thing Inspector Logan McRae wants is to take on such a high-profile case. But when a second man vanishes in similar circumstances, the media turns its merciless gaze on him, and he has no choice. Who’s next? Then body parts start arriving in the post. Someone, out there, is trying to make a point, and they’re making it in blood.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Framed
McInnis, S L
Music teacher Beth and film producer Jay seem to have the perfect life together in LA. When Cassie – Beth’s old best friend and college wild child – turns up unexpectedly, everything changes. But what neither of them know is what Cassie is running from. And that it’s going to have consequences for them all. Something is about to go very wrong. And someone is going to lie about it.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Buried to the Brim (Hat Shop mysteries 06)
McKinlay, Jenn
London’s most refined canines and their humans are gearing up for the Pets and Wellness Society’s annual dog show – and Betty Wentworth, favourite aunt to Scarlett’s fiancé Harrison and proud owner of corgi front-runner Freddy, knows that this could be their year with the right edge. Never one to turn away a corgi in need, Scarlett convinces her milliner cousin, Vivian, to design matching hats for dream team Betty and Freddy, as they compete for Best in Show. It’s a tail-wagging good time until the dog-food sponsor of the event is found dead and Betty is the prime suspect. Vivian and Scarlett agree to enter the competition in Betty’s place and help Harrison catch the real killer, before Betty is collared for a crime she didn’t commit.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Bear Pit (Seeker series)
MacLean, S G
London, 1656: The Commonwealth is balanced on a knife edge. Royalists and disillusioned former Parliamentarians have united against Oliver Cromwell – now, a king in all but name. Three conspirators, representing these factions, plan to assassinate the Lord Protector, paving the way back to the throne for Charles Stuart, once and for all. Captain Damian Seeker, meanwhile, is preoccupied by the horrifying discovery – in an illegal gambling den – of the body of a man ravaged by what is unmistakably a bear. Yet, the bears used for baiting were all shot when the sport was banned by Cromwell. So, where did this fearsome creature come from, and why would someone use it for murder? With Royalist-turned-Commonwealth-spy Thomas Faithly tracking the bear, Seeker investigates its victim. The trail leads from Kent’s coffee house on Cornhill, to a German clockmaker in Clerkenwell, to the stews of Southwark, to the desolate Lambeth Marshes – where no one should venture, at night. When the two threads of the investigation begin to join, Seeker realises just what – and who – he is up against. The Royalists in exile have sent to London their finest mind and greatest fighter, a man who will stop at nothing to ensure the Restoration. Has Seeker, finally, met his match?
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Thistles and Thieves (Highland Bookshop mysteries 03)
MacRae, Molly
A box of vintage first editions is left on the doorstep of Yon Bonnie Books, with a note: Please look after these books. Thank you. Janet and her crew at the shop are at first delighted, and then mystified – what exactly does ‘look after’ mean? Are they free to sell them? And what are the odd notes pencilled in the margins? With a little digging, the women decide the books might belong to Malcolm Murray or his reclusive brother, Gerald. When Janet and Christine call at Malcolm’s house, they find his confused, angry sister and evidence of a burglary. When they go to Gerald’s modest croft house, they find the door ajar and Gerald dead inside, stabbed with a regimental dagger. While the police try to determine if the Murray brothers’ deaths are connected, and who’s responsible; Janet and the bookshop owners try to find out how and why the box of books ended up on their doorstep. The police are interested in those questions, too, and they’re more than a little suspicious. Are the Yon Bonnie women as good with burglar tools, as they are with books – and at finding bodies?
Mystery | HC | $40.95

The Scholar (Cormac Reilly series)
McTiernan, Dervla
When Dr Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit and run outside Galway University late one evening, she calls her partner, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. A security card in the dead woman’s pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant, Darcy Therapeutics. The enquiry into Carline’s death promises to be high profile and high pressure. As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma, herself… The sequel to the brilliant The Ruin (PBK, $16.99), now in paperback. Recommended!
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $16.99

Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace (Felicity Carrol mysteries)
Marcantonio, Patricia
Felicity Carrol would rather be doing just about anything, other than attending balls or seeking a husband. What she really wants to do is continue her work using the latest forensic methods and her photographic memory to help London police bring murderers to justice, so when her friend, Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies, weak from injury, discovers a murder in a wild mining town in Montana that echoes the terrible crimes in England, Felicity decides to go herself. In Placer, Montana, her first obstacle is handsome lawman Thomas Pike, who uses his intuition as much as his Colt in keeping law and order in this unruly town. When the murderer strikes again, Felicity begins to suspect Davies is correct: Jack the Ripper has come to America. Felicity sets out to find the killer in a town chock full of secrets, shadows, and suspects, but as the body count rises, this intrepid sleuth faces her most dangerous adversary, yet – and discovers that not all killers are as they seem. A sequel to Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit (HC, $44.99).
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

Rule Britannia (Drabble & Harris series)
Marsh, Alec
Ernest Drabble, a Cambridge historian and mountaineer, travels to rural Devon to inspect the decapitated head of Oliver Cromwell – a macabre artefact owned by Dr Wilkinson. Drabble only tells one person of his plans – Harris, an old school friend and press reporter. On the train to Devon, Drabble narrowly avoids being murdered, only to reach his destination and find Dr Wilkinson has been killed. Gripped in Wilkinson’s hand is a telegram – from Winston Churchill – instructing him to bring the head of Oliver Cromwell to London. Drabble has unwittingly become embroiled in a pro-Nazi conspiracy headed by a high-status Conservative member of the British government. And, so, Drabble teams up with Wilkinson’s secretary, Kate Honeyand, to find the head, and rescue Harris – who is being tortured for information… The first book in a light-hearted historical adventure series set during the mid-twentieth century. ‘An immensely readable treat!’ – Alexander McCall Smith.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Unseen Hand (Home Front Detective series)
Marston, Edward
1917. The Lotus Hotel offers sanctuary for its exclusively female clientele, attracting the cream of London’s society. But a dead body found in one of its rooms is hardly good for business, and when it is discovered that the woman was neither a guest nor a member of staff, the Lotus’s reputation as a safe haven is cast in doubt. Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are dispatched to look into the events at the hotel and, soon, suspect foul play. Tangling with a forgetful widower, a wily competitor and the haughty hotel owner, the pair will have to delve into the past to solve this crime in the present.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Poison Garden
Marwood, Alex
Where Romy grew up, if someone died you never spoke of them, again. Now twenty-two, she has recently escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in. But Romy is young, pregnant and completely alone – and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world, she has some important lessons to learn. Like how there are some people you can trust, and some you must fear. And about who her family really is, and why her mother ran away from them, all those years ago. And that you can’t walk away from a dark past, without expecting it to catch up with you…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Last Drop of Blood (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
In the driver’s seat of a Jaguar, on a country road, a good man burns. Justice Garrett Quinn should have been at a sentencing. He was one of the good ones, fighting for order in a lawless world. In a burned-out car, on the outskirts of Cork, DS Katie Maguire finds what’s left of him. But this is only the beginning. The judge’s death sparks a gang war fought with bullets and bombs, and civilians are caught in the crossfire. As the city spirals deeper into violence, Ireland’s most fearless detective must find the courage to fight for her hometown one last time. Katie Maguire is no stranger to sacrifice – but she has lost so much already. Facing new horrors each day, Katie must decide: can she do her duty when she has nothing left to give? The final instalment in the Katie Maguire series.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Holdout
Moore, Graham
Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed. Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever. Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead, and Maya is the prime suspect. The real killer could be any of the other ten jurors. Is Maya being forced to pay the price for her decision, all those years ago? ‘Quite the tour de force! Twelve Angry Men meets Chinatown and creates something of its own’ – Sarah Pinborough.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Witness X
Moorhead, S E
Fourteen years ago, the police caged a notorious serial killer who abducted and butchered two victims every February. He was safe behind bars. Wasn’t he? But then another body is discovered, and soon enough, the race is on to catch the real killer. Neuropsychologist Kyra Sullivan fights to use a new technology that accesses the minds of the witnesses, working with the police to uncover the truth. Will Kyra discover the person behind the murders, and if so, at what cost? And how far will she go to ensure justice is served? An addictive futuristic thriller, perfect for fans of Stranger Things. ‘Silence of the Lambs meets Blade Runner. A dark and gripping crime novel set in a convincing near future – S E Moorhead is the future of crime writing.’ – Stephen Baxter.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Wreckage
Morgan-Bentley, Robin
Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works. A day like any other, except for Adam, who – in a last despairing act – jumps in front of Ben’s car, and in killing himself, turns the teacher’s world upside down. Wracked with guilt and desperate to clear his conscience, Ben develops a friendship with Alice, Adam’s widow, and her seven-year-old son Max. But as he tries to escape the trauma of the wreckage, could Ben go too far in trying to make amends? Perfect for fans of Sabine Durrant and Liz Nugent.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Knife (Harry Hole series)
Nesbo, Jo
Harry is in a bad place: Rakel has left him, he’s working cold cases and notorious murderer Svein Finne is back on the streets. The first killer Harry put behind bars is out to get him. Harry is responsible for the many years Finne spent in prison; but, now, he’s free and ready to pick up where he left off. A man like Harry better watch his back. When Harry wakes up with blood on his hands, and no memory of what he did the night before, he knows everything is only going to get worse…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Murder in an Irish Pub (Irish Village mysteries 04)
O’Connor, Carlene
Naomi’s Bistro, managed by the many siblings of the lively O’Sullivan brood, is the place to go for a cuppa tea in Kilbane. For a pint or a game of darts, it’s the pub you want. But when Dublin card sharp Eamon Foley is found swinging from the rafters of Rory Mack’s pub, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide, but Siobhán suspects foul play. With conflicting theories abounding, tensions are running high between Siobhán and Macdara. Soon, it’s up to Siobhán to call a killer’s bluff, but if she doesn’t play her cards right, she may be the next one taken out of the game…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Aosawa Murders
Onda, Riku
On a stormy summer day, the Aosawas, owners of a prominent local hospital, host a large birthday party. The occasion turns into tragedy when 17 people die from cyanide in their drinks. The only surviving links to what might have happened are a cryptic verse that could be the killer’s; and the physician’s bewitching blind daughter, Hisako, the only person spared injury. But the youth who emerges as the prime suspect commits suicide that October, effectively sealing his guilt while consigning his motives to mystery. The police are convinced that Hisako had a role in the crime, as are many in the town, including the author of a bestselling book about the murders written a decade after the incident, who was herself a childhood friend of Hisako’s and witness to the discovery of the murders. The truth is revealed through a skilful juggling of testimony by different voices: family members, witnesses and neighbours, police investigators and, of course, the mesmerising Hisako herself.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

February’s Son (Harry McCoy series)
Parks, Alan
Bodies are piling up with grisly messages carved into their chests. Rival gangs are competing for control of Glasgow’s underworld and it seems that Cooper, McCoy’s oldest gangster friend, is tangled up in it all. 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 | PBK | $19.99

Blindside (Michael Bennett series)
Patterson, James & Born, James O
The mayor of New York has a daughter who’s missing and in danger. Detective Michael Bennett has a son who’s in prison. The two strike a deal. Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett a discreet investigator with family worries of his own. Just one father helping another. The detective leaps into the case and sources lead him to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation – and also to the mayor’s missing daughter, Natalie, a twenty-one-year-old computer prodigy. The murder is part of a serial killing spree, one with national security implications. And, suddenly, Bennett is at the centre of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD, FBI, and a transnational criminal organisation. Michael Bennett has always been an honourable man, but sometimes – when the lives of innocents are at stake – honour has to take a back seat. Survival comes first.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Murder Once Removed (Ancestry Detective mysteries 01)
Perkins, S C
Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting – as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death. Or, so, it seems… Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day US senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer – with the accidental help of Lucy, herself – and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

A Crafter Quilts a Crime (Handcrafted mysteries 03)
Quinn, Holly
Snow-capped pines and glittery dusted sidewalks adorn tranquil Heartsford, Wisconsin, while residents cuddle beneath heirloom quilts in front of cosy wood fires. But come the next day, the below-zero temperatures won’t keep the locals away from Heartsford’s annual Fire and Ice event. To boost customer traffic at Community Craft’s one-night-only sale, Samantha ‘Sammy’ Kane persuades a few of the craftspeople who sell their wares at the store to participate in a live mannequin window display contest. Local quilter Wanda Wadsworth emerges as a favourite to win the contest, as she manages to not move a muscle for an unusual amount of time. Onlookers outside the window try everything to get her to crack – tapping on the glass and making funny faces – but nothing disrupts Wanda’s stillness. When the eagle-eyed spectators realise Wanda isn’t breathing, a blanket of grief and fear descends upon the wintry town. Detective Liam Nash can’t seem to piece the clues together. Fortunately, Sammy’s cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie, are on hand to reconvene their detective team, SHE. They set out to solve Wanda’s untimely death, before the case grows as icy as a sub-zero Wisconsin winter. But they are all too aware that the killer is too close for comfort.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell mysteries)
Raybourn, Deanna
Lured by the promise of a rare and elusive butterfly, the intrepid Veronica Speedwell is persuaded by Lord Templeton-Vane, the brother of her colleague Stoker, to pose as his fiancée at a house party on a Cornish isle owned by his oldest friend, Malcolm Romilly. But Veronica soon learns that one question hangs over the party: What happened to Rosamund? Three years ago, Malcolm Romilly’s bride vanished on their wedding day, and no trace of her has ever been found. Now those who were closest to her have gathered, each a possible suspect in her disappearance. From the poison garden kept by Malcolm’s sister, to the high towers of the family castle, the island’s atmosphere is full of shadows, and danger lurks around every corner. Determined to discover Rosamund’s fate, Veronica and Stoker match wits with a murderer – who has already struck once, and will not hesitate to kill again…
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

Golden in Death
Robb, J D
When Kent Abner – baby doctor, model husband and father, good neighbour – is found dead in his town house in the West Village, Eve and the team are at a loss as to who would want to kill such a good man. When a second victim is discovered it becomes clear that, as Spring arrives in New York City, Eve is dealing with a serial killer – with a motive she can’t fathom, and a weapon of choice which could wipe out half of Manhattan.
Eve Dallas | TP | $29.99

Vendetta in Death
Robb, J D
When a family man is tortured, killed, and left in front of his family home – for all the world to see – Eve Dallas knows she is on the hunt for a particularly dangerous killer. But death uncovers secrets and the killer leaves a note revealing the victim to be far from the family man he appears. As Eve scrambles to find out what she can to link victim and killer, another body is found. Another man with a dark and murky past. The race is on before the killer strikes again but Eve must wrestle with her demons and her conscience as she decides whether she really wants to protect men – who probably deserve everything they get…
Eve Dallas | PBK | $19.99

Dead of Winter (Mattie Winston mysteries 10)
Ryan, Annelise
A new home, a new marriage, a new family. It’s a lot to sort out. But before medicolegal death investigator Mattie can smooth out the unexpected chaos of her new life, duty calls. At the local ER, a battered and bruised teenage girl has been brought in by a mysterious man – who claimed she’d fallen out of a car. The staff is suspicious, but while they attend to the teenager, the unidentified man slips out. Then the girl dies – but not before informing social worker Hildy Schneider that the man had her little sister as well. Mattie’s exam reveals forensic evidence of long-term IV drug use and physical abuse, findings consistent with Hildy’s suspicion that the girl was a victim of human trafficking. They are able to confirm her identity as a teen who went missing six months ago, along with her sister – facts that are deeply unsettling to Mattie who now shares a home with her husband’s teen daughter. Working closely with Hildy and Sorenson homicide detectives, including her husband Steve Hurley, Mattie must delve into a dark underworld to stop the ruthless trafficking of human lives – before it’s too late for another young girl…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Claw Enforcement (Second Chance Cat mysteries 07)
Ryan, Sofie
Sarah Grayson owns a delightful second-hand shop in the small town of North Harbor, Maine. The town should be quiet, but somehow Sarah, and her rescue cat Elvis, are always finding themselves up to their whiskers in trouble. But with the help of a quirky group of senior citizens – who call themselves Charlotte’s Angels – they seem to manage to solve murders in two shakes of a cat’s tail. Local squabbles about property development have the town in quite a state of drama – and it seems like someone may even be upset enough to kill over the disagreement. When a local man is found dead at a pub near Sarah’s shop, she gets roped in to investigate by her own IT expert, Mr P, who has long known the victim’s father. Between Sarah, Elvis, and Charlotte’s Angels, the killer is sure to have claws for concern.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Woods
Savage, Vanessa
There’s a lot from Tess’s childhood that she would rather forget. The family who moved next door and brought chaos to their quiet lives. The two local girls who were murdered, their killer never found. In fact, the only thing she can’t remember is the one thing she wishes she could. Ten years ago, Tess’s older sister died. Ruled a tragic accident, the only witness was Tess herself, but she has never been able to remember what happened that night in the woods. Now, living in London, Tess has resolved to put the trauma behind her. But when an emergency call from her father forces her back to the family home, Tess discovers that, sometimes, the past cannot be laid to rest…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Burning Men
Shindler, Will
When a development in South London catches fire in mid-construction, a close-knit team of fire fighters runs in to save a man spotted at the window. They come out without a body. They quit the service. They plan never to speak to each other again. Five years later, one of them is set alight at his own wedding. Soon after, a second is found, nothing but a smoking corpse. It appears that someone knows what they did that night. What they chose over their duty. And there are still three men left to burn… DI Alex Finn and his new partner DC Mattie Paulsen are an unlikely pairing, but they need to discover who is behind these killings, before the next man faces the fire. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson, this is first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Absolution (Children’s House series)
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa
All he wants, is for them to say sorry. The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows the terrified victim, begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2… Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager’s friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim – but even so, who could have hated her enough to kill? Then another teenager goes missing, and more clips are sent. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things, at least: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done, yet. A sequel to The Legacy and The Reckoning (PBK, $19.99 each) from the queen of Icelandic crime.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Maigret and the Loner
Simenon, Georges
When a socially-isolated vagrant is found dead in the condemned building where he had been sleeping in Les Halles, Paris, Maigret must delve into the victim’s mysterious past to discover who could have killed him.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

The Bone Fire (Somershill Manor series)
Sykes, S D
1361. Plague has returned to England – thirteen years after the devastation of the Black Death. As destruction advances towards his estate in Kent, Oswald de Lacy leads his family to the safety of a remote castle in the marshes – where his friend Godfrey is preparing a fortress to survive the coming disaster. The rules are clear: once the de Lacys and other guests are inside the castle the portcullis will be lowered, and no one permitted to enter or leave until the Pestilence has passed. And then a murderer strikes. Oswald is confronted with a stark choice – leave and face the ravages of the plague, or stay and place his family at the mercy of a brutal killer. With word of his skills as an investigator preceding him, it falls to Oswald to unmask the murderer in their midst. Host, guest, or servant – everyone is a suspect, in this poisoned refuge of secrets, deceit, and malice. This historical series begins with Plague Land (PBK, $21.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Divided Loyalty (Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries)
Todd, Charles
Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a respected colleague of Ian Rutledge’s, is sent to Avebury, a village set inside a great prehistoric stone circle, not far from Stonehenge. A young woman has been murdered next to a mysterious, hooded, figure-like stone, but no one recognises her – or admits to it. And how did she get there? Despite a thorough investigation, it appears that her killer has simply vanished. Rutledge, returning from the conclusion of a case involving another apparently unknown woman, is asked to take a second look at Leslie’s inquiry, to see if he can identify this victim. But Rutledge is convinced Chief Superintendent Jameson only hopes to tarnish his earlier success once he also fails. Where to begin? He too finds very little to go on in Avebury, slowly widening his search beyond the village – only to discover that unlikely – possibly even unreliable – clues are pointing him toward an impossible solution, one that will draw the wrath of the Yard down on him, and very likely see him dismissed if he pursues it. But what about the victim – what does he owe this tragic woman? Where must his loyalty lie?
Historical mystery | HC | $49.99

The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge series)
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 | TP | $29.99

Ice Cold Heart (Monkeewrench series)
Tracy, P J
On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she’s going to meet a friend. She never comes back. When her body is discovered – murdered, in what seems to be a sex game, gone horribly wrong – Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer. However, Kelly’s sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity, which is when it becomes clear that she isn’t his first victim – and that she won’t be the last…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Other People
Tudor, C J
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead. Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do, if they ever catch up with her and Alice…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Maltese Herring (Elsie & Ethelred series)
Tyler, L C
Dr Hilary Joyner is neither well liked nor well respected among his academic peers. However, he believes his next project will bring him the recognition he deserves. He’s working to uncover the truth behind the ‘buried treasure story’, a local Sussex legend involving two invaluable golden statues, fabled to be hidden among the religious houses in the county. Although his latest book deadline is looming, Ethelred Tressider unwittingly finds himself hosting both the academic and his redoubtable literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, for the weekend. The three soon find themselves part of a hunt for the missing figures, but it isn’t long before Joyner’s research project comes to an abrupt end, with his death. Ethelred and Elsie must piece together the clues of the past to solve the mystery in the present – if they can avoid the distractions of chocolate and feminine wiles for long enough, that is.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Lost History of Dreams
Waldherr, Kris
When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained-glass folly set on the moors, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams. However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert, unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights. As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so too does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage – including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since a tragic accident, three years earlier; and the origins of his morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t… things from beyond the grave.
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

In the Crypt with a Candlestick
Waugh, Daisy
Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall has survived to a grand old age – much to the despair of his younger wife, Emma. But at ninety-three he has, at last, shuffled off the mortal coil. Emma, Lady Tode, thoroughly fed up with being a dutiful Lady of the Manor, wants to leave the country to spend her remaining years in Capri. Unfortunately, her three tiresome children are either unwilling or unable (too mad, too lefty, or too happy in Australia) to take on management of their large and important home, so the mantle passes to a distant relative and his glamorous wife. Not long after the new owners take over, Lady Tode is found dead in the mausoleum. Accident? Or is there more going on, behind the scenes of Tode Hall, than an outsider would ever guess…? In the traditions of two great but very different British writers, Agatha Christie and P G Wodehouse, Waugh’s hilarious and entirely original twist on the country house murder mystery comes complete with stiff upper lips, even stiffer drinks, and any stiffs that might embarrass the family getting smartly brushed under the carpet…
Historical mystery | HC | $45.00

Death in the Family (Shana Merchant series)
Wegert, Tessa
Thirteen months ago, former NYPD detective Shana Merchant barely survived being abducted by a serial killer. Now hoping to leave grisly murder cases behind, she’s taken a job in her fiancé’s sleepy hometown in the Thousand Islands region of Upstate New York. But as a nor’easter bears down on her new territory, Shana and fellow investigator Tim Wellington receive a call about a man missing on a private island. Shana and Tim travel to the isolated island owned by the wealthy Sinclair family to question the witnesses. They arrive to find blood on the scene and a house full of Sinclair family and friends on edge. While Tim guesses they’re dealing with a runaway case, Shana is convinced that they have a murder on their hands. As the gale intensifies outside, she starts conducting interviews and discovers the Sinclairs and their guests are crawling with dark and dangerous secrets. Trapped on the island by the raging storm with only Tim whose reliability is thrown into question, the increasingly restless suspects, and her own trauma-fuelled flashbacks for company, Shana will have to trust the one person her abduction destroyed her faith in – herself. But time is ticking down, because if Shana’s right, a killer is in their midst and as the pressure mounts, so do the odds that they’ll strike again.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Waltz into Darkness
Woolrich, Cornell
When New Orleans coffee merchant Louis Durand first meets his bride-to-be – after a months-long courtship by mail – he’s shocked that she doesn’t match the photographs sent with her correspondence. But Durand has told his own fibs, concealing from her the details of his wealth; and, so, he mostly feels fortunate to find her so much more beautiful than expected. Soon after they marry, however, he becomes increasingly convinced that the woman in his life is not the same woman with whom he exchanged letters, a fact that becomes unavoidable when she suddenly disappears with his fortune. Alone, desperate, and inexplicably love-sick, Louis quickly descends into madness, obsessed with finding Julia and bringing her to justice – and simply with seeing her, again. He engages the services of a private detective to do so, embarking on a search that spans the southeast of the country. When he finally tracks her down, the nightmare truly begins… A dark tale of the destructive power of love, Waltz into Darkness is a classic ‘femme fatale’ narrative that shows ‘the father of the modern suspense story’ (LA Times) at the top of his unsettling craft. It has been adapted for film, twice – most notably serving as the basis for Francois Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid.
American Mystery Classics | TP/HC | $24.95/$40.95

Diary of a Murderer and Other Stories (collection)
Young-Ha, Kim
A collection of wild, dark, erotic stories, including the blackly funny tale of a former serial killer suffering from memory loss, who sets his sights on one final target: his daughter’s boyfriend.
Short fiction collection | PBK | $19.99