Crime & Mystery Catalogue: January 2020

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in January 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!

January 2020 includes new books by: Ellery Adams, Rennie Airth, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Rory Clements, Mark Douglas-Home, Charles Finch, Adam Lebor, Sujata Massey, Alex Michaelides… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, January 2020

The Whispered Word (Secret, Book & Scone Society mysteries 02)
Adams, Ellery
Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, believes that a well-chosen novel can bring healing and hope. But she and the other members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society know that, sometimes, practical help is needed too. Such is the case with the reed-thin girl hiding in the fiction section of Nora’s store, wearing a hospital ID and a patchwork of faded bruises. She calls herself Abilene but won’t reveal much else. And when a customer is found dead in an assumed suicide, Nora uncovers a connection that points to Abilene as either a suspect – or another target. After a second death hits town, Nora and her intrepid friends must help the new, greenhorn sheriff discern fact from fiction – and stop a killer, intent on bringing another victim’s story to a close… A cosy recommendation!
Mystery | TP | $25.99

The Silence of Herondale (Murder Room series)
Aiken, Joan
A child in danger, an isolated house in the depths of winter – and a killer on the loose… Snow-covered fields and moors stretch away on all sides of Herondale House. Despite rumours of an escaped killer on the run, Deborah Lindsay knows that she must control her fear – she has a young charge, 13-year-old prodigy Carreen, to care for. But the isolated Yorkshire farmhouse already holds the terrible secret of one death – and after an increasing number of sinister ‘accidents’, Deborah begins to wonder how long it will be, before evil strikes again… A reissue of Aiken’s classic novel of gothic suspense.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Decent Inn of Death (John Madden series)
Airth, Rennie
On a trip into Winchester, former Chief Inspector Angus Sinclair learns of a tragedy that has taken place in the village he is staying in. Beloved, church organist Greta Hartmann has slipped and fallen to her death in a shallow creek; and, while investigations conclude it to be an accident, her friend and housemate, Vera, remains unconvinced. After learning that Greta was the widower of a prominent anti-Nazi German preacher, Sinclair meets with the distraught Vera, and he resolves to dig deeper into the story. His investigations lead him to the stately manor of Julia Lesage – where she lives with her devoted staff which include her secretary, cook, and driver. Though confined to a wheelchair, Julia is an electrifying spirit with a sharp wit, and those who know her adore her. Among those who do, a gentleman with dubious business dealings is also staying at the house – and Julia appears to be in love with him. A blizzard hits, keeping Sinclair, and later Madden, on the grounds with little to do but analyse the case of Greta’s death… until a murder takes place, and everyone becomes a suspect. Rennie Airth’s John Madden series – a modern take on the Golden Age, English murder mystery – is highly recommended. If you haven’t tried them, start with River of Darkness (TP, $33.95).
Mystery | TP | $33.95

In the Shadow of Vesuvius (Lady Emily mysteries)
Alexander, Tasha
Some corpses lie undisturbed longer than others. But when Lady Emily discovers a body hidden in plain sight amongst the ruins of Pompeii, she sets in motion a deadly chain of events that ties her future to the fate of a woman whose story had been lost for nearly two thousand years. Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have accompanied her dear friend Ivy Brandon on a trip to Pompeii. When they uncover a corpse and the police dismiss the murder as the work of local gangsters, Emily launches an investigation of her own. She seems to be aided by the archaeologists excavating the ruins, including a moody painter, the enigmatic site director, and a free-thinking American capable of sparring with even the Duke of Bainbridge. But each of them has secrets hiding among the ruins. The sudden appearance of a beautiful young woman who claims a shocking relationship to the Hargreaves family throws Emily’s investigation off course. And, as she struggles to face an unsettling truth about Colin’s past, it becomes clear that someone else wants her off the case – for good. Emily’s resolve to unearth the facts is unshakable. But how far below the surface can she dig before she risks burying herself along with the truth?
Historical mystery | HC | $41.99

Big Sky (Jackson Brodie series)
Atkinson, Kate
Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard issue; but a chance encounter with a desperate man, on a crumbling cliff, leads him into a sinister network – and back across the path of someone from his past. Old secrets and new lies intersect… Kate Atkinson is an astounding writer and always entertaining; Jackson Brodie makes his first appearance in Case Histories (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

I Will Miss You Tomorrow (Thorkild Aske series)
Bakkeid, Heine
Fresh out of prison and a stint in a psychiatric hospital, disgraced ex-policeman Thorkild Aske only wants to lose himself in drugged dreams of his beloved Frei. Wild, unknowable Frei. The woman he loved. The woman he has lost forever. Yet, when Frei’s young cousin goes missing off the Norwegian coast and Thorkild is called in by the family to help find him, dead or alive, Thorkild cannot refuse. He owes them this. Tormented by his past, Thorkild soon finds himself deep in treacherous waters. He’s lost his reputation – will he now lose his life? The first in a new Norwegian crime series featuring disgraced ex-Chief Inspector Thorkild Aske, a damaged man with a complicated past.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Murder Ink (Victoria Square mysteries 06)
Bartlett, Lorraine & Leeson, Gayle
A tattoo parlour on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That’s what the sheriff’s office and Katie Bonner want to know when the building’s owner is electrocuted – with his own saw. Meanwhile, tensions rise when a hot chef takes over the square’s tea shop. Will Katie have three men vying for her affections, or will her rival take the tea cake?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Forgotten Girl
Bell, David
The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’ door, in the form of his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiralled out of control. Now, she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favour – she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours, while she handles some business in town. But Hayden never returns. Her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on the night of their high school graduation twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life – and possible death – deepen. One by one, these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them, and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Their Little Secret (Tom Thorne series)
Billingham, Mark
Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It’s what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling. Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women. A man who is about to change Sarah’s life.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

My Sister, the Serial Killer
Braithwaite, Oyinkan
A short, darkly-funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends… ‘Femi makes three, you know. Three, and they label you a serial killer.’ Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favourite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And, now, Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body; and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her ‘missing’ boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realise that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become… and how far she’s willing to go to protect her. ‘Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening’ – publisher’s blurb. Ron loves this – Recommended! Now in paperback.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

The Killer in the Choir (Fethering mysteries)
Brett, Simon
Although she hadn’t known Leonard Mallett very well, nor liked him particularly, Carole Seddon feels duty bound to attend her fellow committee member’s funeral. As she suspected, the hymns, readings and sermon are all very predictable – not unlike Leonard himself. What she couldn’t have predicted was that the deceased’s daughter would use the occasion to publicly accuse her stepmother of murder. Did Heather Mallett really kill her husband, as many Fethering residents believe? Deciding to get to the heart of the matter, Carole’s neighbour Jude joins the new community choir – and discovers that, amidst the clashing egos and petty resentments, lurk some decidedly false notes. At least one chorister would appear to be hiding a deadly secret – and it’s up to Carole and Jude to unearth the truth.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Galway Girl (Jack Taylor series)
Bruen, Ken
Jack Taylor has never quite been able get his life together, but now he has truly hit rock bottom. Still reeling from a violent family tragedy, Taylor is busy drowning his grief in Jameson and uppers, as usual, when a high-profile officer in the local Garda is murdered. After another Guard is found dead, and then another, Taylor’s old colleagues from the force implore him to take on the case. The plot is one big game, and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious team: a trio of young killers with very different styles, but who are united in their common desire to take down Jack Taylor. Their ring leader is Jericho, a psychotic girl from Galway – who is grieving the loss of her lover, and who will force Jack to confront some personal trauma from his past.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Nine Elms (Kate Marshall series)
Bryndza, Robert
A detective who would stop at nothing… Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force. Young, ambitious and with a keen sense of justice, she solved several high-profile murder cases. Until a killer stopped her in her tracks… But when Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer, even her sharp instincts couldn’t help her find him – until he found her. Now, he’s back for more… Sixteen years after her narrow escape, Kate lives a quiet life on the English coast, though her years with the police are still with her. And when one day she receives a letter from someone in her past, she is pulled back into the twisted mind of a murderer she knows only too well – and into a case only she can solve.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Better Sister
Burke, Alafair
For a while, it seemed like both Taylor sisters had found happiness. Chloe landed a coveted publishing job in New York City. Nicky got married to a promising young attorney named Adam McIntosh, and became a mother to a baby boy named Ethan. But now, fourteen years later, it is Chloe who is married to Adam. When he is murdered at the couple’s beach house, she has no choice but to welcome her estranged sister – her teenage stepson’s biological mother – back into her life. When the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect, the sisters are forced to confront the truth behind family secrets they both tried to leave behind, in order to protect the boy they love… whatever the cost.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Suspicion of Silver (Sir Robert Carey mysteries)
Chisholm, P F
Sir Robert Carey, Deputy Warden of the West March, has just foiled a double plot to assassinate King James. Now, he rides for Leith, hunting the would-be killer Joachim Hochstetter. Has he taken ship for the Continent, or ridden south for England and, quite literally, gone to ground? Originally from Augsburg, Hochstetter’s family runs a smelting business in Keswick, amid a colony of German miners. Just how far would they go to protect one of their own? Sir Robert’s other problem? His dour, difficult Sergeant, Henry Dodd, has disappeared somewhere on the snowy moors. They found his horse… but there’s no sign of the rider. A brand-new Sir Robert Carey mystery, perfect for fans of C J Sansom and S J Parris.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Pale Horse (TV tie-in edition)
Christie, Agatha
A priest’s death leads to sinister goings on, in an old country pub… To understand the strange goings on at The Pale Horse Inn, Mark Easterbrook knew he had to begin at the beginning. But where exactly was the beginning? Was it the savage blow to the back of Father Gorman’s head? Or was it when the priest’s assailant searched him so roughly, he tore the clergyman’s cassock? Or could it have been the priest’s visit, just minutes before, to a woman on her death bed? Or was there a deeper significance to the violent squabble which Mark Easterbrook had himself witnessed earlier? Wherever the beginning lies, Mark and his sidekick, Ginger Corrigan, may soon have cause to wish they’d never found it…
Christie | PBK | $19.99

Clair, Mae
The old house near Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania is a place for Madison Hewitt to start over – to put the trauma of her husband’s murder, and her subsequent breakdown, behind her. She isn’t bothered by a burial plot on the property, or the mysterious, sealed cistern in the basement. Not at first. Even the presence of cold spots and strange odours could be fabrications of her still troubled mind. But how to explain her slashed tires, or the ominous messages that grow ever more threatening? Convinced the answer lies in the past, Madison delves into the history of the home’s original owners, only to discover the origin of a powerful evil. An entity that may be connected to a series of gruesome attacks that have left police baffled. No matter where she turns – past or present – terror lingers just a step away, spurred on by a twisted obsession that can only be satisfied through death…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $35.95

A Rustle of Silk (Gabriel Taverner series)
Clare, Alys
Devon, 1607. Gabriel Taverner, former ship’s surgeon turned country physician, is called to examine a rotting body found impaled on a blade. Identifying the corpse seems a hopeless task and the death is declared a suicide. But Gabriel is not satisfied, and re-examines the body – making the first of a series of shocking discoveries that will lead him deep into the dark underbelly of the lucrative silk trade. As he investigates, Gabriel realises that not only was the death a murder – but even worse, he had a personal connection with the corpse. Introducing Dr Gabriel Taverner in the first of a gripping series of British mysteries, set in early 17th century Devon – in UK B-format paperback for the first time.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Nemesis (Tom Wilde series)
Clements, Rory
Can a ruthless spy ring change the course of war? In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land – but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death… On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared two years earlier to join the International Brigades in Spain, in the Le Vernet concentration camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his release, just as German tanks roll into Poland. Meanwhile, a U-boat sinks the liner Athenia in the Atlantic with many casualties, including Americans, on board. Goebbels claims Churchill put a bomb in the ship to blame Germany and to lure America into the war. As the various strands of an international conspiracy begin to unwind, Tom Wilde will find himself in great personal danger. For just who is Marcus Marfield? And where does his loyalty lie? A sequel to the hugely-recommended, award-winning Corpus and Nucleus (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical suspense | PBK | $19.99

Second Sight
Clifford, Aoife
Eliza Carmody returns home to the country to work on the biggest legal case of her career. The only problem is this time she’s on the ‘wrong side’ – defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by her hometown of Kinsale. On her first day back, Eliza witnesses an old friend, Luke Tyrell, commit an act of lethal violence. As the police investigate that crime, and hunt for Luke, they uncover bones at The Castle, a historic homestead in the district. Eliza is convinced that they belong to someone from her past. As Eliza becomes more and more entangled in the investigation, she is pulled back into her memories of youthful friendships and begins to question everyone she knows… and everything she once thought was true.
‘A shrewdly-paced account of a young litigation lawyer’s investigations into a suspicious fire, and her own troubled history.’ – Garry Disher.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Fatal Roots (County Cork mysteries 08)
Connolly, Sheila
A few months ago, Boston expat Maura Donovan rekindled her relationship with her mother after more than twenty years of absence. Since then, Maura has been getting accustomed to Irish living, complete with an inherited house and a pub named Sullivan’s. But, now, her mother has returned – and she’s brought Maura’s half-sister in tow. To make matters more confusing, a handful of Cork University students are knocking on Maura’s door – asking about a mystical fairy fort that happens to be located on Maura’s piece of land. The lore indicates that messing with the fort can cause bad luck, and most everyone is telling Maura not to get too involved, for fear of its powers; but Maura is curious about her own land, and she definitely doesn’t buy into the superstition. Then one of the students disappears after a day of scoping out the fort on Maura’s property. Maura treads carefully, asking the folks around town who might have an idea, but no one wants anything to do with these forts. She has to take matters into her own hand – it’s her land, after all. But when she uncovers a decades-old corpse buried in the centre of the fort, nothing is for certain.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

The Book Club
Cooper, C J
The book club was her idea, of course. Alice’s. It was her way into our group. A chance to get close. I knew from the day she arrived that she couldn’t be trusted. And I was right. Because Alice didn’t come to the village for peace and quiet. She came for revenge.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Hunted (Sam Berger series)
Dahl, Arne
It starts when Desirée Rosenqvist of Stockholm Police receives a letter. Two things are immediately clear: the letter she holds in her hands contains details of one of her old murder cases, which only the murderer could know. Desirée contacts private investigator Sam Berger – who sets off to the remote north of Sweden with his colleague Molly Blom, to find the author of the letter and to stop them in their tracks… The follow-up to Watching You (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Murder On Cape Cod (Cozy Capers Book Group mysteries 01)
Day, Maddie
Summer is busy season for Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Almeida’s bicycle shop, nestled in the quaint, seaside hamlet of Westham, Massachusetts. She’s expecting an influx of tourists at Mac’s Bikes; instead, she discovers the body of Jake Lacey. Mac can’t imagine anyone stabbing the down-on-his-luck handyman. However, the authorities seem to think Mac is a strong suspect after she was spotted arguing with Jake just hours before his death. Mac knows she didn’t do it, but she does recognise the weapon – her brother, Derrick’s fishing knife. Mac’s only experience with murder investigations is limited to the cosy mysteries she reads with her local book group, the Cosy Capers. So, to clear her name – and, maybe, her brother’s too – Mac will have to summon help from her Cosy Capers co-investigators and a library’s worth of detectives’ tips and tricks. For a small town, Westham is teeming with possible killers, and this is one mystery where Mac is hoping for anything but a surprise ending… The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Red Snow (Tuva Moodyson series)
Dean, Will
Who’s really pulling the strings, in the small Swedish town of Gavrik? Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover a murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend, as local people stock up on ammunition. Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths, before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory, to stop the killer – before she leaves town for good… The sequel to the highly-acclaimed Dark Pines (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

There’s a Murder Afoot (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries 05)
Delany, Vicki
The sixth of January is Sherlock Holmes’ birthday; and, lucky for Gemma Doyle, January is also the slowest time of the year at both the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, and Mrs Hudson’s Tea Room. It’s a good time for Gemma and her friends to travel to England – for a Holmes Convention. For Gemma, the trip provides an opportunity to visit her parents, Jayne Wilson is excited about seeing all the sites London has to offer, and Ryan Ashburton just wants to spend some time with Gemma. But the trip is immediately derailed when Gemma’s father Henry recognises his brother-in-law Randolph Denhaugh; who disappeared more than thirty years ago, on the night he stole a valuable painting from his own parents. Henry, a retired detective with Scotland Yard, has been keeping tabs on the man’s career as a forger of Old Masters and he warns Randy to stay away from his family. It’s up to Gemma, with the help of her friends, to plunge into the ‘lowest and vilest alleys’ of London to save her father from prison.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Delargy, James
Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station – a place… used to dealing with domestic disputes, and noise complaints. All that changes on a scorching day, when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers. He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim. Heath is a serial killer. As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken, by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55. Gabriel is the serial killer. Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth? A debut thriller set in remote Western Australia, now in paperback.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Justified Murder (Medlar mysteries)
Deveraux, Jude
Despite their lack of investigative experience, Sara Medlar; her niece, Kate; and Jack Wyatt found themselves at the centre of a recent mystery, working together to reveal the truth behind a decades-old secret in their sleepy town. After a narrow escape, they vowed to never again involve themselves in something so dangerous – until Janet Beeson is murdered. When Janet’s body is discovered, everyone is shocked by the violence of the attack. The sweet little old woman has been shot, stabbed, and poisoned – but no one can imagine who would want to harm one of the town’s kindest, most helpful residents…
A follow-up to A Willing Murder (PBK, $22.95).
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

Bitter Wash Road (Paul Hirschhausen series)
Disher, Garry
‘Shots fired on Bitter Wash Road…’ Hirsch is a whistle-blower. Formerly, a promising metropolitan officer – now, hated and despised. Exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheat belt. Threats. Pistol cartridge in the mailbox. So, when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire, and finds himself cut off without backup… there are two possibilities. Either he’s found the fugitive killers, thought to be in the area. Or his ‘backup’ is about to put a bullet in him. He’s wrong on both counts. But the events that unfold turn out to be a lot more sinister. Reissued with new jacket art to match its sequel, Peace (TP, $29.99).
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Some Choose Darkness (Moore & Phillips series)
Donlea, Charlie
Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father’s law office after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case… In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies or clues behind – until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unorthodox investigations appeared to unmask the killer. Then Angela disappeared without a trace. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela’s murder. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father’s law office suggests there is more to the case. Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. As she continues to dig, even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $33.95

The Driftwood Girls (Sea Detective series)
Douglas-Home, Mark
Kate and Flora Tolmie have always lived with a mystery: what happened to their mother, Christina? Twenty-three years ago, she vanished without a trace from coastal northern France, leaving her young daughters orphaned and alone. But, now, Flora is also missing. In desperation, Kate searches her Edinburgh house, and finds a piece of notepaper with just one name: Cal McGill. Cal is a so-called sea detective, an expert on the winds and the tides, and a gifted finder of lost things – and lost people. Kate hopes that Cal might not only find her sister, but also unlock the mystery that has overshadowed both women’s lives: what happened to their beloved mother, all those years before? Unfortunately, Cal doesn’t think he can help. But that’s only because he hasn’t yet realised that the dark undercurrents of the case will ultimately lead him back dangerously close to home… This series, which has had some wonderful customer feedback, begins with The Sea Detective (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Merchant’s House (Wesley Peterson series)
Ellis, Kate
DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant’s house nearby. As they begin to investigate the murders, Wesley starts to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy and sexual obsession. And the pressure is on, if he is going to prevent a further tragedy… A reissue of the first mystery in the Wesley Peterson series.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Armada Boy (Wesley Peterson series)
Ellis, Kate
Four centuries, two murders, one motive… Archaeologist Neil Watson did not to expect to find the body of American veteran Norman Oppenheim in the ruins of the old chantry chapel… He turns to his old student friend, Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, for help. Ironically, both men are looking at an invading force – Wes, the WWII Yanks, and Neil, a group of Spaniards killed by outraged locals as they limped from the wreckage of the Armada. Four hundred years apart two strangers in a strange land have died violently – could the same motives of hatred, jealousy and revenge be at work? Wes is running out of time to find out… A reissue of the second mystery in the Wesley Peterson series.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

A Perfect Death (Wesley Peterson series)
Ellis, Kate
When a woman is burned to death in Grandal Field in Devon, it seems like a case of mistaken identity. Until DI Wesley Peterson learns of a legend involving a French woman who burned to death there, in the thirteenth century. And when he discovers that records of a previous excavation on the site have vanished, and that two archaeologists involved in that dig died in tragic circumstances, Wesley starts to investigate the possibility of a link between the legend and recent events. But edging closer to the truth brings unexpected danger to Wesley. For the truth echoes a story of twisted love and obsession from many centuries ago – a truth that almost costs Wesley his life… A reissue of the thirteenth mystery in the Wesley Peterson series.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Tenant
Engberg, Katrine
When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist – and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous. But Esther’s role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit – or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance?
Noir | HC | $52.95

Emperor of Rome (Vespasian series)
Fabbri, Robert
Rome, AD 68. Vespasian is tasked with the impossible. Should he quell the revolt in Judaea, as Nero the emperor has instructed, or must he resort to the unthinkable and sabotage his own campaign? If his conquest succeeds, he risks becoming the sole object of the mad emperor’s jealousy. If he fails, then his punishment will be severe. The fate of his men and his beloved son, Titus, all hang in the balance. But unknown to Vespasian, Nero has committed suicide, catapulting Rome into political turmoil. Sabinus, Vespasian’s brother, is caught between the warring factions of Aulus Vitellius, a cruel opportunist, and the noble Marcus Salvius Otho, who finds himself severely outnumbered. Seeing no aid on the horizon, Sabinus must rely on wit, and wit alone, to ensure the safety of his family. With a contested throne and an army at his disposal, now may finally be Vespasian’s time – to ascend, to conquer, to achieve what countless prophecies have foretold and take control of Rome, itself. Will Vespasian, at long last, be the one to wear the purple? The final, thrilling instalment in the epic Vespasian series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Vanishing Man (Charles Lenox mysteries)
Finch, Charles
London, 1853: Having earned some renown by solving a case that baffled Scotland Yard, young Charles Lenox is called upon by the Duke of Dorset, one of England’s most revered noblemen, for help. A painting of the Duke’s great-grandfather has been stolen from his private study. But the Duke’s concern is not for his ancestor’s portrait; hiding in plain sight nearby is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s most famous and best-kept secrets. Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realise their error – and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must act quickly to unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again. As the Dorset family closes ranks to protect its reputation, Lenox uncovers a dark secret that could expose them to unimaginable scandal – and reveals the existence of an artefact, priceless beyond measure, for which the family is willing to risk anything to keep hidden. Another prequel to the delightful historical mystery series. Charles Lenox’s investigatory career begins in A Beautiful Blue Death (PBK, $24.95). Recommended!
Historical mystery | TP | $37.95

How Quickly She Disappears
Fleischmann, Raymond
It’s been twenty years, since Elisabeth’s twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. Now, thirty-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She’s in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister. But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth’s sister, but he’ll reveal this truth, only if she fulfils his three requests. Increasingly isolated from her neighbours and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister’s voice saying, Come and find me. And, so, she will… even if it means putting herself – and her family – in danger. The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family…
Mystery/suspense | HC | $52.95

Gone By Midnight (Crimson Lake series)
Fox, Candice
Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowly rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake, and getting to know his three-year-old daughter, Lillian. But when he and his PI partner Amanda take on the case of a boy who seems to have literally disappeared into thin air, his job once again threatens everything… Crimson Lake is where bad people come to disappear – and where eight-year-old boys vanish into thin air… On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young friends are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing. The boys swear they stayed in their room, and CCTV confirms Richie has not left the building. Despite a thorough search, no trace of the child is found. Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake’s unlikeliest private investigators: disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell. This case just the sort of twisted puzzle that gets Amanda’s blood pumping. For Ted, the case couldn’t have come at a worse time. Two years ago, a false accusation robbed him of his career, his reputation and most importantly his family. But, now, Lillian, the daughter he barely knows, is coming to stay in his ramshackle cottage by the lake. Ted must dredge up the area’s worst characters to find a missing boy. And the kind of danger he uncovers could well put his own child in deadly peril…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Shattered Justice (Bone Gap Travellers series)
Furlong, Susan
In the Appalachian town of Bone Gap, Tennessee, backwoods justice is more than just blind. It’s swift, silent, and shockingly personal. Especially for Irish Traveller, turned deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan… Hear No Evil. The first message is found in a playground. A few feet away, a pair of human ears hang from the monkey bars. Deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan isn’t sure what to make of this grisly scene. Do the ears belong to a murder victim? And if so, where is the body? One thing Brynn is sure of: the earring on one of the earlobes belongs to a man she met at a party the previous night… Speak No Evil. The second message is discovered next to a human tongue on a park pavilion. Once again, no body is found. Brynn can’t help but wonder if the crimes are rooted in the town’s long-simmering tensions between Bone Gap locals and the barely tolerated Travellers, who’ve settled there. See No Evil. For Brynn, the investigation hits too close to home – forcing her to confront the demons of her own past. But time is running out. Brynn has to track down the culprit before a third message is delivered – and a third victim is claimed.
Mystery/suspense | HC | $42.99

The Winters
Gabriele, Lisa
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded mansion of her new fiancé, Max Winter – a wealthy senator and recent widower – and to a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. As the soon-to-be second Mrs Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets – the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. Inspired by the classic novel Rebecca, The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.
Thriller | TP | $19.99

Bound for Murder (Blue Ridge Library mysteries 04)
Gilbert, Victoria
Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn’t all peace and love among the ‘flower children’ when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s’ commune. Taylorsford Public Library director Amy Webber’s friend ‘Sunny’ Fields is running for mayor. But nothing puts a damper on a campaign like an actual skeleton in a candidate’s closet. Sunny’s grandparents ran a commune, back in the 1960s, on their organic farm. But these former hippies face criminal charges, when human remains are found in their fields – and a forensic examination reveals that the death was neither natural nor accidental. With Sunny’s mayoral hopes fading, Amy sets her wedding plans aside, says ‘not yet’ to the dress, and uses her research skills to clear her best friend’s family. Any of the now-elderly commune members could have been the culprit. As former hippies perish one by one, Amy and her friends Richard, Aunt Lydia, and Hugh Chen pursue every lead. But if Amy can’t find whoever killed these ‘flower children’, someone may soon be placing flowers on her grave…
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Nathan’s Run
Gilstrap, John
It begins with a savage killing at a suburban Virginia juvenile detention centre, but nothing is as it seems. Accused of murder and branded a cop-killer, Nathan Bailey becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt led by homicide Lieutenant Warren Michaels, himself a grieving father. What no one knows is that the real killer is a mob hitman, and that Nathan is his next target. Alone and desperate, Nathan has nowhere to turn for help, but a sharp-tongued radio talk show host – who has already pronounced him guilty to her national audience.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Lost Hills (Eve Ronin series)
Goldberg, Lee
A video of Deputy Eve Ronin’s off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero – at a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is plagued by scandal. The sheriff, desperate for more positive press, makes Eve the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history. Now, Eve – with a lot to learn and resented by her colleagues – has to justify her new badge. Her chance comes, when she and her burned-out, soon-to-retire partner are called to the blood-splattered home of a missing single mother and her two kids. The horrific carnage screams multiple murder – but there are no corpses. Eve has to rely on her instincts and tenacity to find the bodies and capture the vicious killer, all while battling her own insecurities and mounting pressure from the media, her bosses, and the bereaved family. It’s a deadly ordeal that will either prove her skills… or totally destroy her. The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $27.99

Lady of Perdition (Benjamin January mysteries)
Hambly, Barbara
April, 1840. Benjamin January knows no black person, in their right mind, would willingly go to the Republic of Texas but when his former pupil Selina Bellinger is kidnapped and enslaved, he has no choice. Once there he is saved from being hanged by Valentina Taggart, wife of the wealthy landowner of Rancho Perdition. After Valentina is accused of the murder of her husband, she in turn calls on Benjamin for help. To do so, he must abandon the safe haven of New Orleans, where people know he’s a free man, to return to the self-proclaimed ‘Slaveholders’ Republic’. In a land still disputed between vengeful Comanche, disgruntled Mexican Tejanos, Americans who want to join the United States and those who want to keep Texas free, January must uncover what happened to Valentina’s husband. Behind lies, betrayals and rising political tensions lies the answer… but finding it could cost Ben his life.
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

Sell Low, Sweet Harriet (Sarah W Garage Sale mysteries 08)
Harris, Sherry
Sarah Winston’s garage sale business has a new client: the daughter of a couple who recently died in a tragic accident while away on a trip to Africa. Their house is full of exotic items from around the world that need to be sold off. When Sarah learns that the deceased were retired CIA agents, the job becomes more intriguing – but when an intruder breaks in and a hidden camera is found, it also becomes more dangerous. And Sarah has enough on her plate, right now, since she’s investigating a murder on the side at the nearby Air Force base, where her status as a former military spouse gives her a special kind of access. With so much work piling up, Sarah decides to hire some help. But her assistant, Harriet – a former FBI hostage negotiator – has a rare talent for salesmanship. Which is good, because Sarah may have to haggle for her life with Harriet’s assistance…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

A Shameful Murder (Reverend Mother series)
Harrison, Cora
Ireland, 1923. The country has been torn apart by the War of Independence and is now in the throes of sectarian violence and severe flooding. But Mother Aquinas knows that not all floods cleanse the deeds of humanity… When a body washes up at her convent chapel, dressed in evening finery, she immediately suspects foul play. The overstretched police force may be ready to dismiss the case as accidental drowning, but strangulation marks on the girl’s throat tell a grimmer story. Mother Aquinas wants justice for the girl – and won’t let a murderer slip away unpunished under the cover of war. Introducing a new, Irish historical mystery series set in war-torn 1920s’ Cork, featuring the savvy, amateur sleuth Mother Aquinas – in UK B-format paperback for the first time.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Deep State
Hauty, Chris
Recently-elected President Richard Monroe – populist, controversial, and divisive – is at the centre of an increasingly polarised Washington, DC. Never has the partisan drama been so tense or the paranoia so rampant. In the midst of contentious political turf wars, the White House chief of staff is found dead in his house. A tenacious intern discovers a single, ominous clue that suggests he died from something other than natural causes, and that a wide-ranging conspiracy is running beneath the surface of everyday events: powerful government figures are scheming to undermine the rule of law – and democracy itself. Allies are exposed as enemies, once-dependable authorities fall under suspicion, and no one seems to be who they say they are. The unthinkable is happening. The Deep State is real. Who will die to keep its secrets and who will kill to uncover the truth?
Thriller | TP | $

Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury (Desert Flowers mysteries 02)
Hollis, Lee
If Poppy didn’t believe she was in too deep as the only female juror in a high-profile assault case involving an infamously hot-tempered crooner, she’s sure of it upon meeting blast-from-her-past Rod Harper. A former TV co-star, from her short-lived acting days, Rod is as dashing as ever; and, now, he wants to partner again – this time, to locate his missing daughter… Returning a pampered songstress with a penchant for running away back home unscathed shouldn’t be too challenging. But dodging Rod’s charms while on the job is another story – and so is finding a dead body! When Poppy discovers a fellow juror, face down in a swimming pool, she’s unwittingly thrust into a murder investigation with sinister parallels to the troubled chanteuse’s disappearance… As Poppy struggles to survive a steamy love triangle, while deciphering the connection between two seemingly unrelated cases, the Desert Flowers Agency must outsmart a ruthless killer who will do anything to keep hideous secrets hidden away… including ensuring Poppy becomes the next forgotten ex-actress to bite the dust…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Spitfire (Livy Nash mysteries)
Huie, M L
It’s V-E Day 1946, in London. World War II is long over, and former spy Livy Nash is celebrating – with her third drink before noon. She went to war to kill Nazis. Dropped behind enemy lines as a courier, she quickly became one of the toughest agents in France. But her war ended with betrayal and the execution of the man she loved. Now, Livy spends her days proofreading a demeaning advice column for little ladies at home, and her nights alone with black-market vodka. But everything changes when she meets the infamous Ian Fleming. The man who will create the world’s most sophisticated secret agent has an agenda of his own and sends Livy back to France with one task: track down the traitor who killed the only man she ever loved. Livy jumps at the chance, heading back to Paris undercover as a journalist. But the City of Lights is teeming with spies, and Livy quickly learns just how much the game has changed. With enemies on every corner and ever-shifting alliances, she’ll have to learn to fight a new war – if she wants to conquer the past, once and for all.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

All the Rage (DI Fawley series)
Hunter, Cara
A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet, she refuses to press charges. DI Fawley investigates, but there’s little he can do, without the girl’s co-operation. Is she hiding something, and if so, what? And why does Fawley keep getting the feeling he’s seen a case like this before? And then another girl disappears, and Adam no longer has a choice: he has to face up to his past. Because unless he does, this victim may not be coming back…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Eight Lives
Hurley, Susan
A brilliant young doctor is dead… and someone has to take the blame. Former refugee David Tran becomes the Golden Boy of Australian medical research and invents a drug that could transform immunology. Eight volunteers are recruited for the first human trial, a crucial step on the path to global fame for David and windfall gains for his investors. But when David dies, in baffling circumstances, motives are put under the microscope. With its origins in a real-life drug trial that ended in tragedy, Eight Lives is told from the perspectives of David’s friends, family, and business associates – who all played a role in his downfall.
Thriller | PBK | $16.99

Careless Whiskers (Cat in the Stacks mysteries 12)
James, Miranda
Charlie Harris has sworn off investigating murder and mayhem, after a recent close call. Instead, he’s delighted to cheer on his daughter, Laura – who’s starring in a production of Careless Whispers. The theatre department at Athena College is debuting the play written by a fledgling playwright with local connections; and Charlie’s son-in-law, Frank Salisbury, will be calling the directorial shots. Laura is upset to learn that Luke Lombardi, an overbearing actor she knew from her time in Hollywood will also be taking part in the production as a guest artist. Lombardi arrives with an entourage in tow and promptly proceeds to annoy everyone involved with the production. When he collapses and dies on stage, after drinking from a glass Laura handed him, she becomes the chief suspect in his murder. Charlie knows his daughter is innocent, and he’s not going to let anyone railroad his little girl. So, despite his intentions to put his amateur sleuthing days behind him, Charlie has to take centre stage, and with Diesel’s help, shine a spotlight on the real killer.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Rebellion’s Message (Bloody Mary mysteries)
Jecks, Michael
London, 1554. Light-fingered Jack Blackjack wakes in a tavern’s yard with a sore head, his knife smeared with blood, and a dead stranger lying beside him. Jack may have robbed the man but he’s certain that he didn’t kill him. Unfortunately, the man’s purse contains something much more valuable than money; and, as the prime suspect for the murder, everyone is on Jack’s tail. He needs to get out of the city, and fast, but a rebel army is marching on London: the bridge is blocked and every gate manned. Trapped in the city, Jack must avoid being caught, long enough to find the real murderer. Introducing Tudor cutpurse and adventurer Jack Blackjack in the first of a historical mystery series, set in 1550s’ London – in UK B-format paperback for the first time.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Mysterious Mix Up (Allie Cobb mysteries 03)
Kenney, J C
Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference, armed with hugs for her cat and her boyfriend, and dreams of a long, hot bath. She’s also getting ready to take the plunge, by hiring an intern for her expanding literary agency. But it’s one for the books… when Allie finds the town’s librarian – and her long-time role model – seconds away from death on the library floor. Who would want to poison Vicky Napier – one of Rushing Creek’s most beloved citizens – on the eve of her retirement? But it seems there were toxic people in her life, like the handyman with an obsessive crush, and a wood carver with a hair-trigger temper. The list of suspects includes Allie’s boyfriend, Brent, who’s in the running to take over as town librarian. Avenging her friend’s murder could be a trap as she goes up against a killer, determined to write Allie’s epitaph…
Mystery | TP | $35.95

Theater Nights Are Murder (Poppy McAllister mysteries 04)
Klein, Libby
Poppy thought her toughest challenge this winter would be sticking to her Paleo diet and filling all her orders for her gluten-free goodies; but, now, she has to choose between two suitors. She’s not the only one with boyfriend drama. Aunt Ginny’s long-ago high-school beau, Royce Hanson, a retired Broadway actor, has returned to Cape May, New Jersey, to star in a Senior Centre staging of Mamma Mia. Leaving Aunt Ginny to wonder: What’s his motivation? Slated to open February 13th, the problem-plagued production seems to be cursed – with stolen props, sabotage, and even a death threat. But when a cast member plunges to his death from a catwalk, it soon becomes clear a murderer is waiting in the wings. Now, Poppy, Aunt Ginny, and a supporting cast must take centre stage, to catch the killer – before it’s curtains for someone else…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Kossuth Square (Danube Blues series)
Lebor, Adam
When Detective Balthazar Kovacs is called out before dawn, to a brothel owned by his brother, he knows it can only be bad news. A customer has died in the brothel’s VIP room. Worse still, he’s an Arab financier, a guest of government, connected to a massive investment programme that could transform Hungary. It looks like a heart attack – but why has the brothel’s CCTV footage been erased? Kovacs knows only too well the treacherous undercurrents that permeate life in Hungary’s capital – the deadly intersection between the criminal underworld, the corridors of power and the ghosts of history. He knows that his investigation is more than likely to lead back to the seat of power, the Orszaghaz, in Kossuth Square… but he does not expect to be swept into his own family’s dark past, too. A sequel to District VIII (PBK, $19.99). This series has had some great customer feedback.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Phantom of the Opera (Haunted Library Horror Classics)
Leroux, Gaston
This reissue of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera is the first title in the Haunted Library, a new horror classics series presented by the Horror Writers Association and Poisoned Pen Press. The award-winning musical based on Leroux’s work is world famous, but many people are unaware that the show was inspired by a novel, originally published in a serialised form. The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless piece of gothic horror that invites the reader into the dark world of obsession beneath the Palais Garnier opera house, and reveals the secrets of the masked man who lives there. An introduction by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nancy Holder, and in-depth annotations will bring this epic love story to life for today’s readers.
Classic mystery (reissue) | TP | $29.99

The Golden Notebook
Lessing, Doris
Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer’s block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. Fearing the onset of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks. The black notebook addresses her problems as a writer; the red, her political life; the yellow, her relationships and emotions; and the blue becomes a diary of everyday events. But it is the fifth notebook – the Golden Notebook – which is the key to her recovery and renaissance. Bold and illuminating, fusing sex, politics, madness and motherhood, The Golden Notebook is, at once, a wry and perceptive portrait of the intellectual and moral climate of the 1950s – a society on the brink of feminism – and a powerful and revealing account of a woman searching for her own personal and political identity. A new edition of Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing’s landmark novel.
Literary fiction | PBK | $19.99

Fell Murder: a Lancashire Mystery
Lorac, E C R
The Garths had farmed their fertile acres for generations, and fine land it was, with the towering hills of the Lake Country on the far horizon. Here, hot-tempered Robert Garth, still hale and hearty at eighty-two, ruled Garthmere Hall with a rod of iron. Until, that is, old Garth was found dead – ‘dead as mutton’ – in the trampled mud of the ancient outhouse. Glowering clouds gather over the dramatic dales and fells as seasoned investigator Chief Inspector Macdonald arrives in the north country. Awaiting him are the reticent Garths and their guarded neighbours of the Lune Valley; and a battle of wits to unearth their murderous secrets. First published in 1944, Fell Murder is a tightly-paced mystery with authentic depictions of its breathtaking locales and Second World War setting. This edition also includes the rare E C R Lorac short story, ‘The Live Wire’.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $29.95

Bertie and the Tinman (Prince of Wales mysteries)
Lovesey, Peter
Introducing Victorian England’s most illustrious amateur sleuth (if not, necessarily, its most adept): Bertie, Prince of Wales, who can’t help but poke his royal nose into a suspicious-sounding circumstance. Bertie, Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII, is a charismatic but self-indulgent man who enjoys the finer things in life, including dining, flirting, and flitting from party to party with his entire thirty-person staff in tow. But the fun and games come to a tragic halt when Bertie hears the shocking news that his friend the legendary jockey Fred Archer, known as the Tinman, has taken his own life. Bertie has his doubts that it was, in fact, suicide – especially considering the Tinman’s ominous final words: ‘Are they coming?’ Bertie resolves to discover the truth, looking for new suspects and evidence on a quest that will take him through some of the most disreputable parts of London, much to the dismay of his mother, Queen Victoria.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $35.95

The Festival Murders (Francis Meadowes series)
McCrum, Mark
Bryce Peabody is ready to give a scandalous talk at the annual literary festival in the pretty English town of Mold-on-Wold. Scathing in his reviews and unseemly in his affairs, Bryce is known to have many enemies. So, when he is discovered dead in his hotel room, festival-goers are desperate to know what happened. Could one of the numerous writers, he insulted, have taken revenge? Or, perhaps, one of his scorned lovers? As more festival-goers meet their ends, Francis Meadowes is drawn into a role he knows only from his own fiction; that of amateur detective. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Line of Forgotten Blood
Mackay, Malcolm
Scotland has been a proudly independent country for centuries. But success has now turned sour. The Scottish city of Challaid is a corruption-riddled place where people, frequently, go off the radar. So, when PC Vinny Reno discovers his ex-wife, Freya, has disappeared, he turns to private detectives Darian Ross and Sholto Douglas. Their search will lead them to a collision between Freya and a wealthy banking family. But it also leads to more questions. What does Freya’s disappearance have to do with a year-old murder case? What is the involvement of a young man who never leaves his house? As they dig deeper into the past, Darian and Sholto realise they must stand against the most powerful people in the city, if they are to unearth the truth…
Noir | PBK | $19.99

A Murder At Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry series)
Massey, Sujata
1920s’ Bombay: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women’s legal rights especially important to her. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But, as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X – meaning she probably couldn’t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah – in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters, or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realises her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now, it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. The first in a new series (originally published in 2018, as The Widows of Malabar Hill – Massey has changed publishers, and the book has been retitled). If you didn’t get this, the first time ’round, we recommend it!
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

A Silent Death
May, Peter
Spain, 2020. When ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die – gunned down in a pursuit involving officer, Cristina Sanchez Pradell; he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman. Cristina’s aunt Ana has been deaf and blind for the entirety of her adult life: the victim of a rare condition named Usher Syndrome. Ana is the centre of Cristina’s world – and of Cleland’s cruel plan. John Mackenzie – an ingenious yet irascible Glaswegian investigator – is seconded to aid the Spanish authorities in their manhunt. He alone can silence Cleland, before the fugitive has the last, bloody, word.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

First Cut
Melinek, Judy & Mitchell, T J
For San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr Jessie Teska, it was supposed to be a fresh start. A new job in a new city. A way to escape her own dark past. Instead, she faces a chilling discovery when a suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister. Jessie’s superiors urge her to close the case, but as more bodies land on her autopsy table, she uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate plot involving nefarious opioid traffickers and flashy tech titans who got rich off Bitcoin. Autopsy means ‘see for yourself’, and Jessie Teska won’t stop, until she has seen it all – even if it means the next corpse on the table could be her own.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Silent Patient
Michaelides, Alex
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain. Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times; and then never speaks another word. Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed… This debut thriller, now in paperback, has had raves.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Long Bright River
Moore, Liz
Kensington Ave, Philadelphia: the first place you go for drugs, or sex… the last place you want to look for your sister. Mickey Fitzpatrick has been patrolling the 24th District for years. She knows most of the working women by name. She knows what desperation looks like and what people will do when they need a fix. She’s become used to finding overdose victims: their numbers are growing every year. But every time she sees someone sprawled out, slumped over, cold to the touch, she has to pray it’s not her sister, Kacey. When the bodies of murdered sex workers start turning up on the Avenue, the Chief of Police is keen to bury the news. They’re not the kind of victims that generate a whole lot of press anyway. But Mickey is obsessed, dangerously so, with finding the perpetrator – before Kacey becomes the next victim.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dead in Dublin (Dublin Driver mysteries 01)
Murphy, Catie
Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything – except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone. Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit… before another fishy death occurs? The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Hocus Girl (Simon Westow mysteries)
Nickson, Chris
Leeds, May 1822. Thief-taker Simon Westow owes Davey and Emily Ashton everything – the siblings gave him sanctuary, when he needed it most. So, when Davey is arrested for sedition and Emily begs Simon for help, he starts asking questions, determined to clear his friend. Are the answers linked to rumours of a mysterious government spy in town? Davey’s not the only one who needs Simon’s help. Timber merchant George Ericsson has been ‘hocussed’ – by a young woman who spiked his drink, and stole his valuable ring and watch. Who is she, and how does she know one of Simon’s assistant Jane’s deepest secrets? The path to the truth is twisted and dangerous. Simon and Jane encounter murder, lies, betrayal, and a government terrified of its own people, as they attempt to save Davey and find the hocus girl.
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

A Trace of Deceit
Odden, Karen
Edwin is dead. That’s what Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard tells Annabel Rowe – when she discovers him searching her brother’s flat for clues. While the news is shocking, Annabel can’t say it’s wholly unexpected, given Edwin’s past as a dissolute risk taker and art forger; although, he swore he’d reformed. After years spent blaming his reckless behaviour for their parents’ deaths, Annabel is now faced with the question of who murdered him – because Edwin’s death was both violent and deliberate. A valuable French painting he’d been restoring for an auction house is missing from his studio: find the painting, find the murderer. But the owner of the artwork claims it was destroyed in a warehouse fire years ago. As a painter at the prestigious Slade School of Art and as Edwin’s closest relative, Annabel makes the case that she is crucial to Matthew’s investigation. But in their search for the painting, Matthew and Annabel trace a path of deceit and viciousness that reaches far beyond the elegant rooms of the auction house, into an underworld of politics, corruption, and secrets someone will kill to keep.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Hems And Homicide (Apron Shop mysteries 01)
Penney, Elizabeth
Iris Buckley is sew ready for a change. After the death of her beloved grandfather, Iris decides to stay in her Maine hometown to help out her widowed grandmother, Anne – and bring her online, handmade apron designs to real-time retail life. Her and Anne’s shop, Ruffles & Bows, is set to include all the latest and vintage linen fashions, a studio for sewing groups and classes, and a friendly orange cat. The only thing that they were not planning to have on the property? A skeleton in the basement… Anne recognises the remains of an old friend; and, when a second body shows up in the apron shop – this time, their corrupt landlord, whom Anne had been feuding with for decades – she becomes a prime suspect. Now, it’s up to Iris to help clear her name. Enlisting the help of her old high-school crush Ian Stewart – who, like certain fabrics, has only gotten better looking… with age – and her plucky BFF, Madison Morris, Iris must piece together an investigation to find out who the real killer is… and find a way to keep her brand-new business from being scrapped, in the process. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Mister Wolf (Schlegel & Morgen series)
Petit, Chris
Berlin, July 1944, a world of illicit jazz clubs, sexually-generous young women, suspect art dealers, last-ditch zealots, and a city defined by crumbling infrastructure, advanced terror, dirty secrets, and deep politics – and then there is August Schlegel, caught askance in a web of totalitarian mayhem. Everybody knows what happened on 20 July: Führer Adolf Hitler miraculously survived an assassination attempt, when a bomb failed to kill him. Schlegel, a reluctant employee of the Gestapo, finds himself in the foolhardy position of questioning the official version, knowing it is the last thing he should be thinking. Was it a propaganda stunt, or a deception… or was something more extreme going on, perhaps, a cover-up connected to the mysterious burning down of a Berlin clinic? A deadly political dance takes Schlegel all the way up to Party Secretary Martin Bormann, the Chancellery’s sinister ‘black pope’. Information is controlled, informers are everywhere, secrecy remains the cornerstone of the regime, yet someone appears interested in digging up a carefully buried scandal in the Führer’s past private life, an incestuous affair with his young niece that ended, mysteriously, in 1931. Rumours circulate of a ‘Hitler confession’. Trapped in a kingdom of lies, Schlegel discovers the blighted present and a censored past are connected, in ways he could never have imagined. The niece’s tragic end is intimately bound up with the fate of his long-lost father, whom Schlegel had always believed absconded to Argentina and died there; until he finds a private, 1925 edition of Mein Kampf, dedicated to ‘Anton Schlegel’, signed, ‘In eternal gratitude, Adolf Hitler.’ The identity of Schlegel’s father – and whether he is still alive and operating as a secret puppet master – becomes inseparable from the enigma of a shapeshifting Führer, going back to the early days, when he was known to Anton Schlegel as Herr Wolf. Follows The Butchers of Berlin and Pale Horse Riding (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Necessary People
Pitoniak, Anna
Stella and Violet are best friends, and from the moment they met in college, they knew their roles. Beautiful, privileged, and reckless Stella lives in the spotlight. Hardworking, laser-focused Violet stays behind the scenes, always ready to clean up the mess that Stella inevitably leaves in her wake. After graduation, Violet moves to New York and lands a job in cable news, where she works her way up from intern to assistant to producer, and to a life where she’s finally free from Stella’s shadow. In this fast-paced world, Violet thrives, and her ambitions grow – but everything is jeopardised when Stella, envious of Violet’s new life, uses her connections, beauty, and charisma to get hired at the same network. Stella soon moves in front of the camera, becoming the public face of the stories that Violet has worked tirelessly to produce – and taking all the credit. Stella might be the one with the rich family and the right friends, but Violet isn’t giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, each reveals just how far she’ll go to get what she wants – even if it means destroying the other person, along the way.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

In the Clearing
Pomare, J P
Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life, as Amy knows it, on its head. Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town. As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town’s dark underbelly will be exposed… and lives will be destroyed. Set in rural Australia, this is the new novel from the author of Call Me Evie (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

British Ice (graphic novel)
Pomery, Owen D
In this gripping Arctic-noir mystery, a whistleblowing diplomat grapples with the legacy of colonialism, far from the eyes of the world. Working for the British High Commission, Harrison Fleet is posted to a remote arctic island – which is still, inexplicably, under British rule. As he struggles to understand why, and what interests he is protecting, Harrison learns just how much of the land and its community lies in the shadow cast by the outpost’s founder. Caught between hostile locals, the British Government, and an unforgiving physical environment, he begins dragging dark secrets into the light, unaware of the tragic repercussions they will cause. And help is very, very far away. Part noir, part historical mystery, British Ice explores the consequences of colonialism and the legacy of empire.
Historical noir | PBK | $24.99

Burnt Island (DI Ben Kitto series)
Rhodes, Kate
As the sun sets on St Agnes on bonfire night, a man’s charred body is found on Burnt Island, surrounded by threats in the old Cornish language. Deputy Chief of Police Ben Kitto has no choice but to ban all travel between the islands, forcing the community of just eighty islanders to remain within reach, while he hunts for the killer. Ben quickly suspects the motive is to rid the island of newcomers – who threaten tradition; and, when a second fire results in the disappearance of another islander, he only has forty-eight hours before another life is lost…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Shark Arm: a shark, a tattooed arm and two unsolved murders
Roope, Phillip & Meagher, Kevin
Truth can be stranger than fiction. In a Coogee aquarium in 1935, a shark coughed up a man’s tattooed arm. The authors of Shark Arm have unravelled an extraordinary tale of high-class smuggling around Sydney Harbour and police collusion that has eluded many investigations into this famous cold case. It all started with a ruthless murder. An ex-boxer and petty police informer was efficiently disposed of, sending a ghastly warning to others. That would have been the end of it, had not a shark, in a million-to-one chance, vomited up the victim’s arm in an aquarium and shone an unwelcome light into some very dark places. With so much at stake, the guilty closed ranks and gradually, with intimidation, money, and the murder of a mate who they feared would betray them, they reimposed their control and the light was turned off again. The memory of those events, and the terrible fear they inspired, kept those who knew the truth silent unto the grave. Others have written about the Shark Arm murder – but Phillip Roope and Kevin Meagher, having digested the entire cold-case police file, reveal a very different story: an extraordinary tale of high-class smuggling, a frantic cover-up and the truth behind one of the most infamous cases in Australia. Except… there were actually two gruesome murders… ‘The biggest tabloid shark story in the history of the world’ – Peter FitzSimons.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Sealed Off (Maine Clambake mysteries 08)
Ross, Barbara
When the Russian demo team clearing out the mansion discovers a room that’s been sealed off for decades, Julia’s baffled – as to its purpose and what secrets it might have held. Tensions are already simmering with the crew, but when one of the workers is found murdered, things come to a boil. With the discovery of another body – and a mysterious diary with Cyrillic text in the hidden room – the pressure’s on Julia to dig up a real killer fast. But she’ll have to sort through a pile of suspects, including ex-spouses, a spurned lover, and a recently released prisoner, to fish out one clammed-up killer.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Woman in the Veil (Victorian mysteries)
Rowland, Laura Joh
London, June 1890. Sarah Bain and her friends Lord Hugh Staunton and Mick O’Reilly are crime scene photographers for the Daily World newspaper. After solving a sensational murder, they’re under pressure to deliver another big story. On a foggy summer night, they’re called to the bank of the river Thames. The murder victim is an unidentified woman whose face has been slashed. But as Sarah takes photographs, she discovers that the woman is still alive. The case of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ becomes a public sensation, and three parties quickly come forward to identify her: a rich, sinister artist who claims she’s his wife; a mother and her two daughters who co-own a nursing home and claim she’s their stepdaughter/sister; and a precocious little girl who claims Sleeping Beauty is her mother. Which party is Sleeping Beauty’s rightful kin? Is someone among them her would-be killer? Then, Sleeping Beauty awakens – with a severe case of amnesia. She’s forgotten her name… and everything else. But she recognises one of the people, who’ve claimed her. Sarah is delighted to reunite a family and send Sleeping Beauty home – until one of the claimants is murdered. Suddenly, Sarah, her motley crew of friends, and her fiancé Detective Sergeant Barrett are on the wrong side of the law. Now, they must identify the killer – before they find themselves headed for the gallows. This Victorian-era crime series begins with The Ripper’s Shadow (TP, $25.99).
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport series)
Sandford, John
It was a relatively minor criminal matter, all things considered, but enough that the US Marshals obtained a warrant to enter the home. They didn’t expect to unearth trophies from a score of killings. Now, Davenport is on the trail of a serial murderer, one who was able to operate for years without notice, or suspicion. But there’s even more to this killer than meets the eye…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Sussex Murder (County Guides To Murder)
Sansom, Ian
At about four o’clock on 5 November 1937, Miss Lizzie Walter – a teacher at the King’s Road Primary School, in Lewes – said goodbye to her young pupils. The children clattered out into the dark streets, preparing for that night’s revelries – and Miss Lizzie Walter was never seen alive again. Hitler, Mussolini and Pope Paul V are on fire. Fireworks explode and flaming tar barrels are being dragged through the streets. Bonfire Night in Lewes is the closest England comes to Mardi Gras. Morley, Miriam and Sefton find themselves caught up in the celebrations and the chaos. On the morning after the night before, Sefton goes for a swim in Pells Pool, the oldest freshwater lido in England – in the very centre of Lewes – where he discovers a woman’s body. She has drowned. Is it a misadventure or could it be… murder? Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Scarrow, Simon & Andrews, T J
It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire. When young Telemachus gets the chance to join the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he’s delighted to escape the rough streets of Piraeus. He knows little of the dangers of life, at sea. And even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board, when a pirate ship appears…
Historical thriller | PBK | $22.99

Silenced in Sequins (Resale Boutique mysteries 02)
Sennefelder, Debra
Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style – until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime… With her bottom line looking a little threadbare, Kelly is going all out, to promote the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique. She’s counting on Black Friday to recover her start-up expenses – including a website and an advertising blitz. But the publicity is overkill – when two warring divas, and one sparkly evening dress, thrust Kelly and her fledgling business into a scandal she can’t afford. The gorgeous garment came to Kelly from the walk – in closets of Wendy Johnson, one of reality TV’s Long Island Ladies. When Wendy’s former co-star, Diana Delacourte, graces a Christmas gala in the dress that was once her rival’s, a very public catfight ensues. But is Wendy to blame, when sequin-clad Diana turns up dead? Dodging the show’s ever-present cameras – and a detective’s stern warnings – Kelly hunts for a killer before the powerful celebrity-suspect makes good on her threats and rips her to shreds…
Mystery | TP | $35.95

Gorky Park (Arkady Renko series)
Smith, Martin Cruz
A triple murder in Moscow’s famous Gorky Park amusement centre rocks the capital – three corpses found in the snow, so badly mutilated that their identities can’t be verified. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko from the Moscow police takes the case. Renko is a brilliant investigator – dangerously so. Now, to identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and the police – and stay alive, doing it… A reissue of Martin Cruz Smith’s Soviet-era classic.
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $14.99

No Fixed Line (Kate Shugak Investigations)
Stabenow, Dana
It is New Year’s Eve, nearly six weeks into an off-and-on blizzard that has locked Alaska down, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. But, now, there are reports of a plane down in the Quilak mountains. With the National Transportation Safety Board unable to reach the crash site, ex-Trooper Jim Chopin is pulled out of retirement to try to identify the aircraft, collect the corpses, and determine why no flight has been reported missing . But Jim discovers survivors: two children who don’t speak a word of English. Meanwhile, PI Kate Shugak receives an unexpected and unwelcome accusation, from beyond the grave, a charge that could change the face of the Park forever.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Facets of Death (Detective Kubu series)
Stanley, Michael
David Bengu has always stood out from the crowd. His personality and his physique match his nickname, Kubu – Setswana for ‘hippopotamus’ – a seemingly docile creature, but one of the deadliest in Africa. His keen mind and famous persistence have seen him rise in the Botswana CID. But how did he get his start? His resentful new colleagues are suspicious of a detective who has entered the CID, straight from university, skipping the usual beat cop phase. Shortly after he joins the CID, the richest diamond mine in the world is robbed of 100,000 carats of diamonds in transit. The robbery is well-executed and brutal. Police immediately suspect an inside job, but there is no evidence of who it could be. When the robbers are killed, execution style, in South Africa and the diamonds are still missing, the game changes, and suspicion focuses on a witch doctor and his son. Does ‘Kubu’ have the skill and the integrity to engineer an international trap and catch those responsible, or will the biggest risk of his life end in disaster? A prequel to the award-winning Detective Kubu series.
Mystery | TP | $33.95

Edgar Allan Poe and the Empire of the Dead
Street, Karen Lee
Summer, 1849. When Edgar Allan Poe travels to Paris to help his dear friend hunt down the criminal who brought the Dupin family to ruin, during the French Revolution; the sleuthing duo are engaged by the prefect of police to recover the stolen letter of an infamous Parisian salonnière. Is the thief one of the French literary greats who attend her salons, or might it be Dupin’s own enemy – who is scheming to become the Emperor of France? Poe and Dupin are quickly embroiled in a deadly cat and mouse game that takes them to the treacherous tunnels of the city’s necropolis, where few who venture into the notorious Empire of the Dead manage to return from the darkness… Edgar Allan Poe and Auguste Dupin’s investigatory adventures, together, begin with Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster (PBK, $18.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, or the Murder at Road Hill House
Summerscale, Kate
Saville’s corpse, already stiff, was laid on a table beneath the kitchen window; upstairs the shape of his sleeping self was still indented on the sheets and pillow of the cot. On a summer’s morning in 1860, the Kent family awakes in their elegant Wiltshire home to a terrible discovery; their youngest son has been brutally murdered. When celebrated detective Jack Whicher is summoned from Scotland Yard, he faces the unenviable task of identifying the killer – when the grieving family are the suspects. The original Victorian whodunit, the murder and its investigation provoked national hysteria at the thought of what might be festering behind the locked doors of respectable homes – scheming servants, rebellious children, insanity, jealousy, loneliness, and loathing. An exquisite new edition of the true crime classic.
True crime (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Come Homicide Or High Water (Welcome Back To Scumble River mysteries 03)
Swanson, Denise
School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realises that her return will be anything but quiet. When the parent suing Skye’s school is found dead and with the missing woman’s case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief of police husband, Wally, at her side, Skye dives into the investigations. But as tensions rise and Skye and Wally’s suspect list lengthens, they start to wonder whether a member of their own tight-knit community could be behind it, all…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Szabo, Magda
Gina, the only child of a widowed general, lives a cosseted and carefree existence in Budapest, even in the shadow of the Second World War. When the general sends her to girls’ boarding school in Debrecen, in the east of the country, she is devastated. Her belongings are taken away on arrival, and she is initiated into the peculiar rites of her peers. She soon finds herself ostracised and, desperately unhappy, tries to escape. When brought back to the school, all she can do is entrust her fate to the legendary and mysterious Abigail, a statue of a woman in the school grounds, to whom the pupils confide their troubles in handwritten messages. But who is the mystifying figure behind Abigail, who wishes her well? Eventually, Gina achieves hard-won solidarity in a restrictive environment, and begins to discover her place in the world. Magda Szabo’s Abigail is the most widely read of all her novels, in her native Hungary. Now, fifty years after its original publication, it appears in English for the first time.
Fiction in translation | TP | $32.99

The Words I Never Wrote
Thynne, Jane
New York, present day: On a whim, Juno Lambert buys a 1931 Underwood typewriter that once belonged to celebrated journalist Cordelia Capel. Within its case she discovers an unfinished novel, igniting a transatlantic journey to fill the gaps in the story of Cordelia and her sister and the secret that lies between them. Europe, 1936: Cordelia’s socialite sister Irene marries a German industrialist, who whisks her away to Berlin. Cordelia – feistier and more intellectual than Irene – gets a job at a newspaper in Paris, pursuing the journalism career she cherishes. As politics begin to boil in Europe, the sisters exchange letters and Cordelia discovers that Irene’s husband is a Nazi sympathiser. With increasing desperation, Cordelia writes to her beloved sister; but as life in Nazi Germany darkens, Irene no longer dares admit what her existence is truly like. Knowing that their letters cannot tell the whole story, Cordelia decides to fill in the blanks by sitting down with her Underwood and writing the truth. When Juno reads the unfinished novel, she resolves to uncover the secret that continued to divide the sisters amid the turmoil of love, espionage, and war.
Historical mystery | HC | $55.00

Toon, Francine
Lauren and her father Niall live alone in the Highlands, in a small village surrounded by pine forest. When a woman stumbles out onto the road, one Halloween night, Niall drives her back to their house in his pickup. In the morning, she’s gone. In a community where daughters rebel, men quietly rage, and drinking is a means of forgetting, mysteries like these are not out of the ordinary. The trapper found hanging with the dead animals for two weeks. Locked doors and stone circles. The disappearance of Lauren’s mother, a decade ago. Lauren looks for answers in her tarot cards, hoping she might one day be able to read her father’s turbulent mind. Neighbours know more than they let on, but when local teenager Ann-Marie goes missing – it’s no longer clear who she can trust.
Gothic mystery | TP | $32.99

The Black Hills (Grand & Batchelor Victorian mysteries)
Trow, M J
March, 1875. Although he has never had much time for George Custer, hero of the American Civil War and Commander of the 7th Cavalry, Matthew Grand feels duty bound to respond to a call for help from his West Point contemporary. Arriving at Fort Abraham Lincoln, deep in Dakota territory, private enquiry agents Grand and Batchelor discover the fort to be a powder keg of rumour and suspicion, petty rivalries, resentments – and closely-guarded secrets. When a body is discovered during a routine scouting patrol, some of those secrets rise uncomfortably close to the surface. Are the Lakota Sioux responsible? Or does the killer lie closer to home? Could it have been a case of mistaken identity – and was Custer himself the real target? The General has made many enemies – but does someone have a good enough reason to kill him?
Historical mystery | HC | $44.95

Sorry For the Dead (Josephine Tey series)
Upson, Nicola
In the summer of 1915, the violent death of a young girl brings grief and notoriety to Charleston Farmhouse, on the Sussex Downs. Years later, Josephine Tey returns to the same house – now, much changed – and remembers the two women with whom she once lodged as a young teacher during the Great War. As past and present collide, with murders decades apart, Josephine is forced to face the possibility that the scandal which threatened to destroy those women’s lives hid a much darker secret. Upson’s atmospheric Josephine Tey series begins with An Expert in Murder (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $29.99

A Death in the Medina
von Leyden, James
Marrakech, August. It is the start of Ramadan, the hottest in memory. Among the few foreigners left in the sweltering city are a riad owner, her French boyfriend, and an English girl whose bag has been stolen after a hen weekend. At the local commissariat, 24-year-old detective Karim Belkacem is struggling to fast… while holding down two jobs, to pay for his sister’s wedding. On the day that the English girl comes to him for help, a Moroccan girl is found dead, her body dumped in a handcart. Investigating, Karim uncovers a world of shadowy predators, and ancient secrets hidden behind the high walls of the medina. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Mysterious World of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated guide)
Wexler, Bruce
Over a century since his first appearance in print, Sherlock Holmes remains an iconic figure today. This unique companion is a collector’s dream, allowing fans to delve into the criminal environment of foggy, gas-lit Victorian London – the world of the all-time greatest detective. The book brings to life the elements of Holmes’ success, the crime scene of his day, his history in film and television, and the present – day Holmes legacy. Featured throughout are famous figures such as Holmes’ faithful sidekick, Dr Watson; his nemesis, Professor Moriarty; and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Filled with more than 150 images – many of the works by the great original illustrators of Conan Doyle’s stories – this volume presents an excellent mix of information to satisfy legions of Holmes collectors, mystery fans, and historians fascinated by a bygone era.
Sherlockiana | HC | $44.99

And Dangerous to Know (Rosalind Thorne mysteries 03)
Wilde, Darcie
Trust is a delicate thing, and no one knows that better than Rosalind Thorne. Lady Melbourne has entrusted her with recovering a packet of highly-sensitive private letters stolen from her desk. The contents of these letters hold great interest for the famous poet Lord Byron, who had carried on a notorious public affair with Lady Melbourne’s daughter-in-law, the inconveniently unstable Lady Caroline Lamb. Rosalind is to take up residence in Melbourne House, posing as Lady Melbourne’s confidential secretary. There, she must discover the thief and regain possession of the letters before any further scandal erupts. However, Lady Melbourne omits a crucial detail. Rosalind learns – from the Bow Street runner, Adam Harkness – that an unidentified woman was found dead in the courtyard of Melbourne House. The coroner has determined she was poisoned. Adam urges Rosalind to use her new position in the household to help solve the murder. As she begins to untangle a web of secrets and blackmail, Rosalind finds she must risk her own life to bring the desperate business to an end…
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

Trouble in Mind (Sam Kelson mysteries)
Wiley, Michael
Sam Kelson is a PI, like no other. As a consequence of being shot in the head while working undercover as a Chicago cop, he suffers from disinhibition: he cannot keep silent or tell lies when questioned. But truth be told – and Kelson always tells the truth – he still feels compelled to investigate and, despite the odds, he’s good at his job. Hired by Trina Felbanks to investigate her pharmacist brother, whom she suspects is dealing drugs, Kelson arrives at Felbanks’ home to make a shocking discovery. Arrested on suspicion of murder, he makes an even more startling discovery concerning his client’s identity. Kelson would appear to have been set up… but by whom, and why? As events spiral out of control and the body count rises, Kelson realises he’s made a dangerously powerful enemy. Will he survive long enough to discover who has targeted him – and what it is they want? Introducing maverick Chicago private investigator Sam Kelson, in the first of a hard-hitting new crime noir series.
Noir | HC | $44.99

The Honjin Murders
Yokomizo, Seishi
In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family. But amid the gossip over the approaching festivities, there is also a worrying rumour – it seems a sinister masked man has been asking questions, about the Ichiyanagis, around the village. Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi family are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music – death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace – but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house. The murder seems impossible, but amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is determined to get to the bottom of it.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Braised Pork
Yu, An
One morning in autumn, just after breakfast, Jia Jia finds her husband dead – in the bathtub of their Beijing apartment. Next to him is a piece of folded paper, a sketch of a strange creature from his dream. He has left her no other sign. Young, alone, and with many unanswered questions, Jia Jia sets out to discover what this this mysterious clue might mean. From the high rises to the hidden bars of contemporary Beijing, she crosses paths with people who call the city home; including someone who may be able to offer her the love, she had long thought impossible. Her journey takes her to the high plains of Tibet, and even to a shadowy, watery otherworld – a place she both yearns for and fears. Cinematic, dreamlike, and very beautiful, Braised Pork is an exploration of mythmaking, loss, and a world beyond words; and of a young woman’s search deep into her past in order to arrive at her future.
Mystery | TP | $29.99