Crime & Mystery Catalogue: July 2018

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

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

Until next time, good reading!

July 2018 includes new books by: Colin Cotterill, Sophie Hénaff, M R C Kasasian, Edward Marston, Kristina Ohlsson, Henry Porter, Sara Sheridan, Valerio Varesi, David Whish-Wilson… and many others.

Last Call (Mack’s Bar mysteries 06)
Abbott, Allyson K
Fresh off solving a murder that hit too close to home, Mack’s trust is shattered. But when Milwaukee police detective Duncan Albright asks for her help with a shooting, she can’t resist using her extra-perceptive senses to benefit others. It turns out the victim was the ruthless businessman their friend Mal was investigating undercover. And now Mal is missing – and his fingerprints are on the gun. Was his cover blown, forcing him into hiding? Or could he be a straight-up killer on the run? Mack doesn’t know what to believe anymore – except her own gut, which leads her to secret rooms, shocking revelations… and the fear that this could be her final round.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Secret, Book and Scone Society
Adams, Ellery
Strangers flock to Miracle Springs, hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked ‘comfort’ scone, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington, in return for a carefully chosen book. That’s Nora’s special talent – prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person’s deepest pain. So, when a visiting businessman reaches out for guidance, Nora knows exactly how to help. But before he can keep their appointment, he’s found dead on the train tracks… Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to earn redemption by helping others. To join, members must divulge their darkest secret – the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place. Now, determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cosy bookstore. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge – proving it’s never too late to turn the page and start over… The first in a new series by a much-loved cosy author.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Sinners (Quinn Colson series)
Atkins, Ace
The Pritchards had never been worth a damn – an evil, greedy family who made their living dealing drugs and committing mayhem. Years ago, Colson’s late uncle had put the clan’s patriarch in prison, but now he’s getting out, with revenge, power, and family business on his mind. To make matters worse, a shady trucking firm with possible ties to the Gulf Coast syndicate has moved into Tibbehah, and they have their own methods of intimidation. With his long-time deputy Lillie Virgil now working up in Memphis, Quinn Colson finds himself having to fall back on some brand-new deputies to help him out, but with Old-West-style violence breaking out, and his own wedding on the horizon, this is without a doubt Colson’s most trying time as sheriff. Cracks are opening up, all over the county, and shadowy figures are crawling out through them – and they’re all heading directly for him.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

One More Chance
Ayrton, Lucy
Dani hasn’t had an easy life. She’s made some bad choices and now she’s paying the ultimate price; prison. With her young daughter Bethany, growing up in foster care, Dani is determined to be free and reunited with her. There’s only one problem; Dani can’t stay out of trouble. Dani’s new cellmate Martha is quiet and unassuming; but there’s something about her that doesn’t add up. When Martha offers Dani one last chance at freedom, she doesn’t hesitate. Everything she wants is on the outside, but Dani is stuck on the inside. Is it possible to break out when everyone is trying to keep you in…? A debut novel.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Live and Let Chai (Seaside Café mysteries 01)
Baker, Bree
Life hasn’t been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now that she is back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and café right on the beach, things are finally starting to look up – until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk. With one of her hallmark glass tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn’t look good for Everly, or her brand-new business. As the townspeople of Charm, formerly so welcoming and homey, turn their back on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could have had it in for the former town councilman. With a maddeningly-handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she’s got to keep this mystery from boiling over. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Noise Downstairs
Barclay, Linwood
Paul Davis forgets things. Why he walked into a room. Who he spoke to, and what they said. What he promised his wife he’d do. Sometimes it’s too much, and the panic takes hold. But he wasn’t always like this. Eight months ago, Paul was attacked – left for dead after seeing something he shouldn’t have – and has been piecing his life back together, ever since. During the days, therapy helps. But at night, he hears noises that no one else can. That nobody believes. Sometimes he thinks someone is in the house. Other times, the sounds are far stranger. Either he’s losing his mind – or someone wants him to think he is. Or, maybe, something even darker is waiting downstairs…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Cyanide Games
Beasley, Richard
When Melissa Cheung’s husband is arrested in China for corruption, her first call is to Peter Tanner. As a criminal defence barrister, Tanner often crosses paths with some of the most evil, but wealthy, members of the nation’s underbelly. Melissa’s phone call takes Tanner away from drug dealers and crooked property developers, into the highest end of corporate corruption – mining companies trying to cover up environmental disasters and families at the top of the rich list… who think they’re above the law. As he pursues those who had Cheung incarcerated, Tanner unearths cover-up after cover-up, putting his life and those of others in danger as he tries to bring the perpetrators to justice. A tough, gritty, legal thriller – from the author of Hell Has Harbour Views. Heaps of fun!
Thriller | PBK | $14.99

Here and Gone
Beck, Haylen
Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She’s taken the family car and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back. This is their chance for a fresh start. She keeps to the country roads to avoid attention and finds herself on an empty road in the Arizona desert, far from home. Looking for a safe place to stay for the night she spots something in her rear-view mirror…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (Royal Spyness Mystery 11)
Bowen, Rhys
When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way – her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding. What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party – and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy’s (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong – and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Break Line
Brabazon, James
When it comes to killing terrorists, British intelligence has always had one man they could rely on, Max McLean. As an assassin, he’s never missed, but Max has made one miscalculation and now he has to pay the price. His handlers send him to Sierra Leone on a seemingly one-way mission. What he finds is a horror from beyond his nightmares. Rebel forces are loose in the jungle and someone or something is slaughtering innocent villagers. It’s his job to root out the monster behind these abominations, but he soon discovers that London may consider him the most disposable piece in this operation.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Wimmera
Brandi, Mark
In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab’s dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben’s next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid. Then a newcomer arrived in the Wimmera. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives. Twenty years later, Fab is still stuck in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can’t ignore the past any more. The 2016 Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, now in paperback. Beautifully written and disturbing – recommended.
Fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Ghosts of Galway (Jack Taylor series)
Bruen, Ken
As well-versed in politics, pop culture, and crime fiction as he is ill-fated in life, Jack Taylor is recovering from a failed suicide attempt. In need of money, Jack has been hired as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for some unexpected off-the-books work – getting his hands on what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, The Red Book, which is currently in the possession of a rogue priest hiding out in Galway. Despite Jack’s distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is too good to turn down. Em, the woman-of-many-guises who has had a vice on Jack’s heart and mind for the past two years, reappears and turns out to be entangled with the story of the same blasphemous book. As the novel twists toward a violent end, Jack is increasingly plagued by ghosts – by the disposable and disposed of in a city filled with as much darkness as the deepest corners of Jack’s own mind.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Last Stop Tokyo
Buckler, James
Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex. The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate him, and he finds himself transfixed by this country, which feels like a puzzle that no one can quite explain. And when Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko, the peace he sought slips ever further from his grasp. After all, trust is just betrayal waiting to happen and Alex is about to find out that there’s no such thing as rock bottom. There’s always the chance it’ll get worse…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Black Wings Has My Angel
Chaze, Elliott
An escaped convict encounters an enterprising prostitute, at the start of this hard-boiled masterpiece. When Timothy Sunblade opens the door of his blue Packard to Virginia, their fates are forever intertwined. After double-crossing and beating each other black and blue, the pair conspire to rob an armoured car. But pulling off the ultimate heist is only the beginning of their troubles. Written during the golden age of American pulp fiction (originally published in 1953), this unforgettable novel pulses with energy, atmosphere, and dark humour.
Noir | PBK | $22.95

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 | TP | $29.99

Purrder She Wrote (Cat Café mysteries 02)
Conte, Cate
It’s the grand opening of Daybreak Island’s cat café, where customers can get cosy with an assortment of friendly felines – and, maybe, even take one, or a few, home. Co-owner Maddie James is purring with excitement over her new warm-and-fuzzy venture… until she becomes entangled in a petty drama between one of her volunteers, an ardent animal-rights activist, and a wealthy woman who insists on adopting a calico kitty – right this instant. The catfight that ensues is bad enough for business. But when the snubbed socialite is found dead with a tell-tale catnip toy on the scene, suspicion lands squarely on Maddie’s staffer. Now, with her reputation and her career prospects on the line (to say nothing of her budding romance with a handsome pet groomer) Maddie must do whatever it takes to solve the crime – before her nine lives are up.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

S’more Murders (Five-Ingredient mysteries 05)
Corrigan, Maya
Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic – or, at least, cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The owner of the yacht, who collects memorabilia related to the disaster, wants Val to serve the last meal the Titanic passengers ate… while his guests play a murder-mystery game. But it is the final feast for one passenger who disappears from the ship. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Now, Val has to reel in a killer, before s’more murders go down…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Rat Catchers’ Olympics (Siri Paiboun series)
Cotterill, Colin
The 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow is already rife with controversy, but when a Lao athlete is accused of murder, it escalates into a full-blown international incident. Dr Siri Paiboun and his quirky team of misfits are on the case, in a city and country foreign to them… yet, familiar in its corruption of justice.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Dead Heat (Darren Glass series)
Cotton, Peter
When the battered body of a young Aboriginal woman washes up onto a beach at Jervis Bay, Australian Federal Police Detective Darren Glass is brought in from Canberra to investigate. Glass quickly ties the murder to the disappearance of a sailor from the nearby naval base and is forced to partner up with a senior intelligence officer from the Royal Australian Navy. Together, they follow the trail of evidence to the red heart of Australia, where a confrontation with outlaw bikies and Aboriginal activists proves deadly. As the body count mounts and foreign links emerge, the conspiracy at the heart of the case becomes a threat to Australia’s national security, as well as regional peace. A sequel to Dead Cat Bounce (TP, $29.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

A Man Between
Cumming, Charles
Successful novelist Kit Carradine has grown restless. So, when British Intelligence invites him to enter the secret world of espionage, he willingly takes a leap into the unknown. But the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal, as Carradine finds himself in Morocco on the trail of Lara Bartok – a mysterious fugitive with links to international terrorism. Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing politicians have spread hatred and violence throughout the West. As the coils of a ruthless plot tighten around him, Carradine finds himself drawn to Lara. Caught between competing intelligence services who want her dead, he soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate or to risk everything trying to save her.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Head Count (Jane Cowan series)
Cutler, Jane
A head teacher’s work is never done, especially if, like Jane Cowan, you’re a victim of your own success. Having done well with Wrayford Primary, she’s now expected to bring other neighbouring schools up to scratch as well. And all these responsibilities are compounded by an influx of children, most of whom do not speak English, following their families supplying cheap labour to surrounding farms. Jane can’t turn a blind eye to the conditions in which many of these families are living, even more so when some children simply disappear. When everything points to the shadowy dealings of people smugglers in the area, she has her work cut out for her seeing justice done. And that’s before a threat far closer to home rears his head. A follow-up to Head Start (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Boy Swallows Universe
Dalton, Trent
Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather, and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It’s not as if Eli’s life isn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli’s life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He’s about to fall in love. And, oh, yeah… he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol – on Christmas Day, to save his mum. A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships… set in Brisbane’s violent working-class suburban fringe. ‘This book will light up the dimmest days’ – Sydney Morning Herald.
Brisbane | TP | $32.99

Death Over Easy (Country Store mysteries 05)
Day, Maddie
June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighbouring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and café, Pans ’N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now, all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of line up. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Another Woman’s Shoes (Collins Crime Club series)
Durbridge, Francis
It was an open-and-shut case: Lucy Staines was murdered by her hot-headed fiancé Harold Weldon. But something about it is troubling ex-Fleet Street crime reporter Mike Baxter – why was one of Lucy’s shoes missing from the crime scene? When an identical murder occurs while Weldon is safely behind bars, the whole case is re-opened – and everything revolves around another woman’s shoes… Another Woman’s Shoes is Francis Durbridge’s rewrite of his radio serial Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case, in which Mike and Linda Baxter take the places of Paul and Steve Temple, in pursuing the killer. This edition also includes a bonus short story, ‘Paul Temple and the Nightingale’.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dead to the World (Collins Crime Club series)
Durbridge, Francis
Photographer and amateur detective Philip Holt is asked to investigate the unexplained murder of an American student at an English university. With a postcard signed ‘Christopher’ and the boy’s father’s missing signet ring as his only leads, Holt’s investigation soon snowballs into forgery, blackmail, smuggling… and more murder. Dead to the World is Francis Durbridge’s novelisation of his radio serial Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery, rewriting the Paul and Steve Temple characters as Philip Holt and his secretary Ruth Sanders. This also includes a Paul Temple short story, ‘The Ventriloquist’s Doll’.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

Take Me In
Durrant, Sabine
A hot beach. A young family on holiday. A fatal moment of inattention… And, now, Dave Jepsom is in their lives. Dave Jepsom, with his muscles, his pale eyes, his expressionless face. He saved their child. How can they ever repay him? Especially as what he seems to want in return is everything. He’s in the streets they walk down. He’s at the office where they work. He’s at their front door, leaning on the bell… If only they could go back. Back to when the lies were still hidden. Before the holiday, before the beach, before the moment that changed everything. Before Dave. But it’s never how it starts that matters. It’s always how it ends.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Blood on the Tracks (British Library Crime Classics) (anthology)
Edwards, Martin (editor)
Trains have been a favourite setting of many crime writers, providing the mobile equivalent of the ‘locked-room’ scenario. Their enclosed carriages with a limited number of suspects lend themselves to seemingly impossible crimes. In an era of cancellations and delays, alibis reliant upon a timely train service no longer ring true, yet the railway detective has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the twenty-first century.
Classic mystery anthology | TP | $27.95

Zero
Elsberg, Marc
When a teenager is shot dead after chasing a criminal in the street, investigating journalist Cynthia Bonsant is led to the popular social media platform Freemee, a competitor to Facebook whose lifestyle app claims to give you everything you need to succeed in life. But there is someone who warns against its evils: Zero, the world’s most-wanted activist, known for exposing the toxic truths behind social media giants and their pursuit of total control. As Cynthia gets closer to unravelling the evil mastermind behind the Freemee site, she herself becomes a target. But in this world of hidden cameras, data glasses and intelligent smart phones there is nowhere to hide…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Deceit (Democracy trilogy)
Evans, Richard
Corrupt Prime Minister Andrew Gerrard has engaged in a covert agreement with the Indonesian president to begin building himself a retirement nest egg – if the Australian government agrees to fund immigration detention centres. When his plans are disrupted by a tragic plane accident that kills key members of parliament, Gerrard devises a strategy to rush the entire funding scheme through the parliament within a week. Political stalwart and soon-to-be-retired clerk of parliament, Gordon O’Brien, suspects a conspiracy to defraud the government, and reluctantly sets out to foil the prime minister’s plan with the help of young-gun investigative journalist, Anita Devlin. The first part in the Democracy Trilogy sizzles with insider knowledge into the machinations of Australian politics. It’s a brilliant and suspenseful political thriller, where corruption, power and truth collide.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Deadfall (Alex Cooper)
Fairstein, Linda
Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are dealing with the shocking drive-by murder of someone Alex has worked with for years, but investigations into the death provide more questions than answers as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants to uncover the truth – and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

What My Body Remembers
Friis, Agnete
Ella Nygaard, 27, has been a ward of the state since she was seven years old, the night her father murdered her mother. She doesn’t remember anything about that night, or her childhood before it – but her body remembers. The PTSD-induced panic attacks she now suffers incapacitate her for hours at a time, sometimes days. After one particularly bad episode lands Ella in a psych ward, she discovers her son, Alex, has been taken from her by the state and placed with a foster family. Desperate not to lose her son, Ella kidnaps Alex and flees to the seaside town in northern Denmark where she was born. Her grandmother’s abandoned house is in grave disrepair, but she can live there for free until she can figure out how to convince social services that despite everything, she is the best parent for her child. But being back, in the small town, forces Ella to confront the demons of her childhood – the monsters her memory has tried so hard to obscure. What really happened that night her mother died? Was her grandmother right – was Ella’s father unjustly convicted? What other secrets were her parents hiding from each other? If Ella can start to remember, maybe her scars will begin to heal – or maybe the truth will put her in even greater danger.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

The Missing Ones (DI Lottie Parker series)
Gibney, Patricia
When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and, hours later, a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing… The first in a series.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

An Unfinished Murder (Campbell & Carter series)
Granger, Ann
As young children, Josh Browning and his sister, Dilys, stumbled across a dead body while playing on the outskirts of their Cotswold village. Terrified by what they’d seen, neither of them told a soul. Now, twenty years later, Josh finds the dead woman’s charm bracelet among his sister’s possessions. Who better to tell, than his trusted friend, the man he gardens for, retired Superintendent Alan Markby? As Markby listens to Josh’s confession, alarm bells start to ring. The dates and details tie in with a missing person case that was never solved. Joining forces with Superintendent Ian Carter, who also investigated the original case, and Inspector Jess Campbell, from the region where the missing girl was last seen, Markby delves into the unsolved mystery. Together, they are determined to catch a clever killer who almost got away with murder…
Mystery | HC | $45.00

The Dark Angel (Ruth Galloway series)
Griffiths, Elly
Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He’s discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn’t know what to make of them. It is years, since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome! So, Ruth travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town, she finds a baffling Roman mystery and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement she also soon finds Harry Nelson, with Cathbad in tow. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock – the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are in Castello degli Angeli that someone would kill to protect.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Murder on Memory Lake (Ferrara Family mysteries 01)
Griffo, J D
Alberta Scaglione’s spinster aunt had some secrets – like the fortune she squirreled away and a secret lake house in Tranquility, New Jersey. More surprising: she’s left it all to Alberta. But Tranquility isn’t as peaceful as it sounds. There’s a body in the water – and it belongs to Alberta’s childhood nemesis. Alberta suspects foul play and when Alberta’s estranged granddaughter, an aspiring crime reporter, shows up, it only makes sense for them to team up and investigate… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Keeper (Roy & Castells series)
Gustawsson, Johana
Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror. London  2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before. Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose? Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down. Follows Block 46 (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Death Notice
Haohui, Zhou
For nearly two decades, an unsolved murder case has haunted Sergeant Zheng Haoming of the Chengdu Police Department. Eighteen years ago, two victims were murdered after being served with ‘death notices’. In refined calligraphy, their perceived crimes were itemised, and they were sentenced to death. The date of execution was declared, as was the name of their executioner: Eumenides. Now, a user on an internet forum has asked the public to submit names for judgement – judgement for those the law cannot touch. Those found guilty will be punished and there is only one sentence: death. The user’s handle? Eumenides. Does Zheng have a lead? Has a long-dormant serial killer resurfaced? Perhaps modern police techniques – criminal profiling, online surveillance and SWAT quick-response teams – can catch a killer, who previously evaded justice? Or perhaps the killer is more than a match for whatever the Chengdu Police Department can muster? The first in a trilogy, and a bestseller in China, Death Notice is a hi-octane, hi-concept, cat-and-mouse thriller; based on China’s most famous online crime serial.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Waters and the Wild
Harrison, Desales
The death of Jessica Burke was easy to explain: a history of depression, a heroin habit, a girl alone in her bathtub. But when her psychoanalyst, Daniel Abend, receives an ominous, handwritten poem, he quickly realises that this was not just an overdose. As a second and third missive arrive, from the same mysterious source, and his daughter abruptly disappears, Daniel finds himself the subject of an elaborate and calculated torment, one that reaches back decades, crosses oceans, and begins with a chance encounter with a beguiling girl in a Paris stairwell.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Stick Together
Hénaff, Sophie
After their successful solving of three cold cases and exposing corruption at the very highest level of the Paris police force, Anne Capestan’s squad of misfits and no-hopers should be in a celebratory mood. However, now despised by their colleagues at 36 quai des Orfevres and worried for their future, morale has never been lower among the members of the Awkward Squad. Capestan does her best to motivate her troops, but even she cannot maintain a cheerful façade when she has to investigate the murder of Commissaire Serge Rufus, the father of her ex-husband. Worse, it soon appears that his murder is linked to two other victims, both of whom were warned by the killer before they struck… A sequel to the much-recommended Awkward Squad (see below) which is out in paperback, this month.
Caper | TP | $29.99

The Awkward Squad
Hénaff, Sophie
Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing ‘one bullet too many’, Anne Capestan is expecting the worst; when she is summoned to HQ to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases. Though relieved to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new role. Even less so, when she meets her new team: a crowd of misfits, troublemakers and problem cases, none of whom are fit for purpose and yet none of whom can be fired. But from this inauspicious start, investigating the cold cases throws up a number a number of strange mysteries for Capestan and her team: was the old lady murdered seven years ago really just the victim of a botched robbery? Who was behind the dead sailor discovered in the Seine with three gunshot wounds? And why does there seem to be a curious link with a ferry that was shipwrecked off the Florida coast, many years previously? One of Ron’s faves! Highly recommended.
Caper | PBK | $22.99

The Millionaire Mystery (Detective Club series)
Hume, Fergus
Cicero Gramp was, according to himself, a ‘professor of elocution and eloquence’ – to anyone else he was no more than an engaging and extremely crafty vagabond. Hence it was that he found himself awakened from his sleep in the corner of the churchyard, the cheapest available lodging, by men’s voices, at an hour past midnight. Two dark figures silhouetted for an instant against the white mausoleum where lay the body of the millionaire Richard Marlow. Then the turning of a key in the iron door of the vault. Silence. Two figures moving back into the night carrying a sinister burden – what Gramp guessed was the body of Marlow. But when a search was made in the vault, Marlow’s coffin was found shut, and not empty: only the body in it was not Marlow’s, but that of another man – murdered! And that is only the first puzzle… Fergus Hume was renowned as the bestselling mystery writer of Victorian times after his first book, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, broke all records. In 1901, he returned to form with this ingenious tale, selected to represent Hume’s prolific output, by Collins’ Detective Club panel, in 1930.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

The Dead Girls (Picador Classic)
Ibargüengoitia, Jorge
In 1960s’ Central Mexico, two sisters, Delfina and María de Jesús González, known as ‘Las Poquianchis’, run a small-town brothel. Kidnapped, drugged and beaten, their young workers are desperate for escape. The Dead Girls is the discovery of these young women, buried in the back yard. In the laconic tones of a police report, Jorge Ibargüengoitia investigates these horrific murders and their motives. A black comedy, both moving and cruelly funny, Ibargüengoitia’s work is a potent and entertaining blend of sex and mayhem; with an introduction by award-winning novelist Colm Tóibín.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $18.99

Sticks and Stones
Jakeman, Jo
Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives, but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: ‘get out of the family home in the next fortnight, or I’ll fight you for custody of our son’. In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable. Something that puts her in control. But how far will she go, to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

After the Monsoon (Ernst Grip series)
Karjel, Robert
A Swedish army lieutenant drops dead on a shooting range in the African desert. Tragic accident? Or murder? Agent Ernst Grip is sent to uncover the truth. At the same time, Somali pirates kidnap a wealthy Swedish family. Why is no one, back home, willing to pay the ransom to save these innocent lives? As Grip investigates, he is drawn deep into a web of intrigue, greed and double dealings. And soon he is forced to wonder – in a world where friends become enemies in the blink of an eye, how is it possible for anyone to survive? A sequel to My Name is N (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire (Sackwater mysteries)
Kasasian, M R C
September 1939. A new day dawns in Sackwater, not that this sleepy backwater is taking much notice… Inspector Betty Church – one of the few female officers on the force – has arrived from London to fill a vacancy at Sackwater police station. But Betty isn’t new here. This is the place she grew up. The place she thought she’d left behind for good. Time ticks slowly in Sackwater, and crime is of a decidedly lighter shade. Having solved the case of the missing buttons, Betty’s called to the train station to investigate a missing bench. But though there’s no bench, there is a body. A smartly-dressed man, murdered in broad daylight, with two distinctive puncture wounds in his throat. While the locals gossip about the Suffolk Vampire, Betty Church readies herself to hunt a dangerous killer. The first in a new series from the author of the fantastic Mangle Street Murders.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Island of the Mad
King, Laurie R
June, 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are enjoying a well-needed relaxing summer evening in their home on the Sussex Downs. However, Russell soon receives a desperate telephone call from an old friend. Veronica’s aunt, Lady Vivian Beaconsfield, has disappeared following a supervised outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital. With Russell herself feeling less than balanced, the last thing she wants to deal with is the mad; however, she agrees to investigate. Having spent most of her adult life in and out of one asylum after another, Lady Beaconsfield at last seemed to be adjusting to her confinement, in Bedlam. So, why did she disappear? And why is there no trace of the nurse who accompanied her? In their search for the missing women, Russell and Holmes follow the trail from the cold, harsh wards of the hospital through to the ethereal beauty of Venice. Caught up in decadent soirées, the rising tide of fascism and the myth of a haunted madhouse, the pair will discover that there are secrets hidden in the lagoon, and nothing is quite as it seems. The latest Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes novel! The first in this superb series is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | HC | $39.99

Midnight Snacks are Murder (Poppy McAllister mysteries 02)
Klein, Libby
Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her aunt remodel her old Victorian into the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, Poppy is ready to call, ‘Mayday!’ And, now, Aunt Ginny – who’s a handful, wide awake – is sleepwalking on her new sleeping-pill prescription and helping herself to neighbours’ snacks and knickknacks. Even more alarming, a local humanitarian who worked with troubled teens is found murdered, and the police suspect the ‘Snack Bandit’. Other than a bad case of midnight munchies and some mild knickknack kleptomania, Aunt Ginny is harmless. Someone’s trying to frame her. Poppy will need to work tirelessly to uncover the killer and put the case to rest – before Aunt Ginny has to trade in her B&B for a bunk bed behind bars…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Gate of the Sun (Collins Crime Club series)
Lambert, Derek
On the bitter battlefields of the Spanish Civil War, an unlikely friendship is forged. Tom Canfield and Adam Fleming are from different countries and on opposing sides, yet they have one thing in common – a passionate love for Spain… With a fervour to match their own, a woman is battling in the same bloody struggle. She is Ana, the Black Widow; young, beautiful, bereaved – and a dangerous freedom fighter. The end of the armed conflict will not end the conflicting emotions that draw these people together. For over forty turbulent years, from the dark days of Franco’s victory to the birth of modern Spain, they will be bound together in an intricate web – of love betrayal, ambition and revenge… Derek Lambert, who knew and loved Spain for many years, uses his unique understanding of Spanish history and character in this sweeping novel which encompasses some of the most crucial events of twentieth-century Europe, creates characters of extraordinary depth and humanity, and tells a story of compelling power and vitality.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

An Unwanted Guest
Lapena, Shari
It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing – maybe even romantic – weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery. So, when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity – and all contact with the outside world – the guests settle in for the long haul. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead – it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something – or someone – is picking off the guests one by one. And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The End of Sunset Grove (Lavender Ladies Detective Agency series)
Lindgren, Minna
Best friends Irma and Siiri are relieved when they can finally return home, but things have changed in the retirement home… Sunset Grove is under new management, a sinister organisation that promises spiritual enlightenment in return for donations from its residents. And the staff seem to have disappeared, replaced by technology that remotely takes care of all of their needs, if only they could work out how to use it… The Lavender Ladies are increasingly suspicious of the new order and plan an elaborate act of sabotage. But their last hurrah has some drastic consequences – will the Lavender Ladies get more than they bargained for? Irma and Siiri go out with a bang, in the conclusion to the Lavender Ladies trilogy. Follows Death in Sunset Grove and Escape from Sunset Grove (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

Italian Iced (Ethnic Eats mysteries 03)
Logan, Kylie
When Laurel Inwood features Italian cuisine on the Terminal at the Tracks menu, she knows she’ll need to stock the shelves, the fridge, and the freezer with plenty of wonderful delicacies. She just never expected one of them to be her former employer, Hollywood superstar Meghan Cohan. And one day, when Laurel is at the restaurant early to get ready for the regular rush of customers, that’s exactly what she finds – Meghan dead, in the Terminal freezer. What’s a Hollywood A-lister doing in Hubbard, Ohio? For Laurel, that’s the real question, because the first question she’d ask, in any other murder investigation – who would want the victim dead? – seems pretty much a no-brainer in this case. Who would want Meghan dead? Just about anybody who had ever met her.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Lonely Girl
McCarthy, Lynne Vincent
In the shadow of a mountain in small-town Tasmania, a woman named Ana is watching the clock, marking the days until she ends her life. The strange, reclusive daughter of the local pariah, that’s how the people will remember her, when they remember her at all. No one will mourn her, she reasons, not really. Not even her faithful dog, River. The only thing she’s waiting for is the opportunity. But then, on the very day she planned to end it all, the police find the body of local woman Rebecca Marsden. And for Ana, that changes everything. Because Ana was the last person to see Rebecca alive. Because Ana thinks she knows who killed her. And because Ana has decided to keep him for herself… The debut novel of a new Australian voice!
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Dead Beat and Kick Back (Kate Brannigan mysteries) (omnibus)
McDermid, Val
As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, Kate agrees to track down a missing song-writer Moira Pollock – in Dead Beat – a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself, for the first time, on the trail of a killer. In Kick Back, Kate Brannigan investigates the bizarre case of the missing conservatories. Before long, she’s up to her neck in crooked land deals, mortgage scams, financial chicanery and murder. But when a favour for a friend puts Kate’s own life in danger, bizarre is not the first word she thinks of… An omnibus edition collecting the first and second novels in Val McDermid’s iconic Kate Brannigan series; introducing the Thai-boxing, hard-rocking, female private detective.
Mystery | TP | $33.95

The Quaker (Duncan McCormack series)
McIlvanney, Liam
Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: The Quaker. He takes his next victim – the third woman from the same nightclub – and dumps her in the street like rubbish. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon, he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider. When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it’s clear the case is by no means over. From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city – and his life – forever…
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Bearskin
McLaughlin, James A
Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He’s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary – perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk. More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice’s obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice’s employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from, in the first place.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Destroying Angel (Damian Seeker series)
Maclean, S G
Captain Damian Seeker has gone north. Charged with preparing the way for the rule of the major-generals, he is now under the command of Colonel Robert Lilburne at York. But when Lilburne orders him to a small village on the North York moors with details of the stringent new anti-Royalist laws, Seeker finds that what should be a routine visit will reveal a plot to rival anything in scheming London. An invitation to dinner at the house of local businessman Matthew Pullan lifts the lid on the bubbling cauldron of grudges and resentment that is Faithly village. The local constable, drunk on the tiny bit of power he holds, using it to avenge old resentments. The hated lord of the manor, the last of a staunchly Royalist family who has managed to avoid suspicion of treachery – for now. The vicar is on trial for his job and his home, accused of ungodly acts. And the Pullans themselves, proudly Puritan but disillusioned with Cromwell’s government, respected and despised in Faithly in equal measure. The man, for whom this unlikely gathering was organised – The Trier, the enforcer of Puritan morality for the local villages – hasn’t shown up. And by the end of the night, one of those gathered around Matthew Pullan’s table will be fatally poisoned. Seeker must discover the motive behind the death – mushroom misidentification, petty revenge, or part of a larger plot against Cromwell’s government in the north? But who in Faithly can he trust? And when the most painful part of his past reappears after eleven years, will the Seeker meet his match? The sequel to The Seeker and The Black Friar (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Knot My Sister’s Keeper (Quilting mysteries 06)
Marks, Mary
Martha Rose is shocked to find she has a half-sister, especially one so different from her. Giselle Cole is wealthy, widowed, and lives a glamorous life in West Los Angeles. At least, her grandmother was a quilter! But Giselle can’t answer Martha’s many questions about their father – he disappeared when she was only a child and the few clues left behind indicate he may have been murdered. So, Martha and Giselle team up on an investigation that weaves them through the streets of LA, their father’s hidden love affairs, and into some mysterious unfinished Cole family business…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Three Little Lies
Marshall, Laura
When Sasha North comes into Ellen’s life, Ellen falls under her spell. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family, she doesn’t see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not until a brutal attack changes all their lives forever. Ten years later, Ellen and Sasha share a flat in London, still bound together by that night. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. The police won’t take her seriously, but the events of the past give Ellen good reason to be frightened. What really happened, that night? Who is telling the whole truth? These are the questions Ellen must confront when searching for her friend. But someone knows Ellen is looking. And they don’t want the answers coming out…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Circus Train Conspiracy (Railway Detective series)
Marston, Edward
Following a string of successful performances along the west coast, the Moscardi Circus is travelling by train to Newcastle for their next show. Amongst the usual railway hubbub, the animals have been loaded, the clowns, now incognito, are aboard and Mauro Moscardi himself is comfortable in a first-class compartment with a cigar. Yet, a collision on the track with a couple of sleepers causes pandemonium: passengers thrown about, animals escape into the night and the future of the circus looks uncertain. When the body of a woman is discovered in woodland next to the derailment, Inspector Colbeck is despatched to lend assistance, believing the two incidents might be connected. It is up to Colbeck to put the pieces together, to discover the identity of the nameless woman; and unmask who is targeting Moscardi’s Magnificent Circus.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Fugitive from the Grave (Bow Street Rivals series)
Marston, Edward
1817. Clemency van Emden receives an anonymous terse message informing her that her estranged father is dead and buried. Confounded by this news and desperate to visit her father’s final resting place, she returns from Holland determined to seek answers. A chance encounter on a busy London street leads her to twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen, who agree to help her unravel the mystery of her father’s last days. However, Paul’s attention is diverted away from London to Bath, as he seeks to thwart a daring band of highwaymen, one of whom appears to have more than just jewels on his mind. Meanwhile, the Bow Street Runners are struggling to redeem themselves after losing, yet again, the slippery and infamous Harry Scattergood. With mounting pressure from the local magistrate to produce results, they are sent to investigate a spate of bodysnatching from local cemeteries. When the body of Clemency’s father is discovered to be missing from its casket, the twins embark on a chase of grave robbers, funerary agents, and Good Samaritans – to unearth the truth.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

Incorruptible (Inspector Ikmen series)
Nadel, Barbara
In the backstreets of Istanbul, a young woman’s body is found. Dumped in a dustbin and covered in cut flowers, she is the victim of a frenzied and vicious stabbing. Inspector Ikmen discovers that the woman was well known in Istanbul. Newspapers had been calling her the blessed woman; cured of cancer in a Christian miracle and a proclaimed messenger of the Virgin Mary. These controversial claims had made her fierce enemies in the predominantly Islamic community and she had unwittingly stirred up divisions amongst the Christians of the city. But as Ikmen digs further into the case, he uncovers powerful hatred and dark secrets lurking within her family. And to find the truth he must delve into a toxic world of fear, concealment and lies. The question is: was this a killing in the name of faith or does the answer lie somewhere else?
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Lies We Tell (Martin Benner series)
Ohlsson, Kristina
Stockholm criminal lawyer Martin Benner is frantically chipping away at the false confession and fabricated evidence linking the deceased Sara Texas to a string of killings. Mio, Sara’s four-year-old son, is missing, and Martin has been dragged into finding the child against his will. Meanwhile, someone is trying to frame Martin, for murders he didn’t commit. Investigators are closing in on him, and time is running out. The bodies continue to pile up, as the people with whom Martin has shared his story begin to die, one by one. And when it becomes clear that the identity of the killer and that of Mio’s kidnapper are one and the same, Martin realises that he cannot save both Mio and himself. He has to choose… A sequel to Buried Lies (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

NYPD Red 5 (NYPD Red)
Patterson, James & Karp, Marshall
The richest of New York’s rich gather at The Pierre’s Cotillion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. The mayor is present, along with Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the elite NYPD Red task force providing security. The night is shattered as a fatal blast rocks the room, stirring up horrifying memories of 9/11. Is the explosion an act of terrorism – or a homicide? A big-name female filmmaker is the next to die, in a desolate corner of New York City. The crimes keep escalating, and the perpetrators may be among the A-list New Yorkers, NYPD Red was formed to protect. Zach and Kylie track a shadowy killer, as he masterfully plays out his vendetta – and threatens to take down NYPD Red in the bargain.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail
Patterson, Wil
Wil Patterson was your everyday working husband and father, trying to keep up with the latest car, house and toys for his family. Always one to make light of things, he nevertheless became increasingly desperate about how he was going to pay his bills. One day while at work at his insurance job, he came across a large cheque that was addressed to someone who shared his name. The temptation was too great and soon enough Wil found himself down at the bank. After swearing to himself, ‘never again’, it wasn’t too long before a similar situation arose, and Wil could not resist. Well, no crime goes unpunished and Wil was eventually caught and charged and, to his horror, sentenced to three years’ prison time. Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail is Wil’s account of his time in a contemporary Victorian prison, the unusual characters he met, the often hilarious and terrifying situations he found himself in, and the ways in which he comes to terms with his past and forges a new future. This is for anybody who has ever wondered, ‘What is it really like inside?’ or ever speculated how they might cope if they were in the same situation. It also details the reactions of Wil’s family and friends and examines the steps Wil had to take to be accepted back into his family and society.
True crime | TP | $27.99

In the Dark (Jenny Aaron series)
Pflüger, Andreas
She lost her sight, but she can still see the truth… Jenny Aaron was once part of an elite police unit tracking Germany’s most dangerous criminals. She was the best. Until it all went wrong. A disastrous mission saw her abandon a wounded colleague and then lose her sight forever. Now, five years later, she has learnt to navigate a darkened world. But she’s still haunted by her betrayal. Why did she run? Then she receives a call from the unit. They need her back. A prison psychologist has been brutally murdered. And the killer will only speak to one person… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Firefly
Porter, Henry
From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed ‘Firefly’, he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won’t live to pass on the information. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Paul Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic, thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson’s job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Eureka
Quinn, Anthony
Summer, 1967. As London shimmers in a heat haze and swoons to the sound of Sergeant Pepper, a mystery film – Eureka – is being shot by German wunderkind Reiner Werther Kloss. The screenwriter, Nat Fane, would do anything for a hit but can’t see straight for all the acid he’s dropping. Fledgling actress Billie Cantrip is hoping for her big break but can’t find a way out of her troubled relationship with an older man. And a journalist, Freya Wyley, wants to know why so much of what Kloss touches turns to ash in his wake.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Against the Claw (Lobster Shack mysteries 02)
Randall, Shari
Welcome back to the seaside village of Mystic Bay, where someone’s been found sleeping with the fishes… Ballerina Allie Larkin is still back home, healing up from a broken ankle and lending a hand at her aunt’s Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack. But now that the famed restaurant is branching out into the world of catering, Allie’s help is needed more than ever – even on the lobster boat. The last thing she expects to find once she’s out on the bay, however, is the dead body of a beautiful young woman. When days pass and not even the police can identify the corpse, Allie takes it upon herself to learn the truth, about what happened. Her investigation leads her all the way from the local piers to the secluded estates of Mystic Bay’s posh elite. But how can she crack this case, when everyone seems dead-set on keeping their secrets beneath the surface?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Exit Music
Rankin, Ian
A mugging gone wrong… or murder? A dissident Russian poet is found dead – at the same time a delegation of Russian businessmen arrives in town. For some, it is crucial that the case is closed quickly, clinically and with the minimum of attention. But DI Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke believe this is something more than a random attack – especially after a particularly nasty second killing. Then, a brutal and premeditated assault on a local gangster puts Rebus in the frame – and he may not survive, long enough to solve anything…
Rebus | PBK | $19.99

The Paddington Mystery (Detective Club series)
Rhode, John
When Harold Merefield returned home in the early hours of a winter morning from a festive little party at that popular nightclub, the ‘Naxos’, he was startled by a gruesome discovery. On his bed was a corpse. There was nothing to show the identity of the dead man or the cause of his death. At the inquest, the jury found a verdict of ‘Death from Natural Causes’ – perhaps, they were right, but yet…? Harold determined to investigate the matter for himself and sought the help of Professor Priestley, who, by the simple but unusual method of logical reasoning, succeeded in throwing light upon what proved to be a very curious affair indeed. The Paddington Mystery the very first crime novel by John Rhode, introducing Dr Priestley, the genius detective who would go on to appear in more than 70 bestselling crime novels during the Golden Age.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

Gallows View (DCI Banks 01)
Robinson, Peter
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of the metropolis. But he soon finds that life in the country is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined… A peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale. Two glue-sniffing thugs are breaking into homes. An old woman may or may not have been murdered. In addition, Banks has to deal with his attraction to a young psychologist, Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Banks’ wife are drawn deeper into events. And Banks realises that his cases are weaving closer and closer together… The first Inspector Banks novel.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $18.99

The Other Wife
Robotham, Michael
William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong. William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded. Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life? And who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist, or a killer?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Last Time I Lied
Sager, Riley
It was Emma’s first summer away from home. She made friends. She played games. And she learned how to lie. Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned… Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly reopened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest; but, really, she’s returning to the scene of a crime. Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all… The next thing from the author of Final Girls (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers series)
Sandford, John
Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt – and as it turned out, homicidal – local school board, and now the town’s back in view with more alarming news: A woman’s been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There’s a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years’ worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It’s true what they say: High school is murder.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Traitor in the Family
Searle, Nicholas
Francis O’Neill is a terrorist, trained to kill for his cause. Bridget is his wife, expected to be loyal and stand by her husband. She has learned not to hope for much more – until the day she glimpses, for the first time, the chance of a new life.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Love Will Tear Us Apart
Seddon, Holly
Kate and Paul have been married for ten years. Childhood best friends who reconnected as adults, Paul now has a high-flying job while Kate looks after their two adorable children. Their friends think they’re the perfect couple. Everything should be wonderful. But Kate has a secret. One she’s sure Paul doesn’t know. Because if he did, would he really love her, as much as he says he does? Or would he decide that their life together isn’t worth the vow he made, all those years ago…?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Murder at Dusk: How US soldier and smiling psychopath Eddie Leonski terrorised wartime Melbourne
Shaw, Ian W
Far away from any World War II battlefront, the citizens of Melbourne lived in fear of a serial killer – the Brownout Strangler. May 1942: Melbourne was torn between fearing Japanese invasion and revelling in the carnival atmosphere brought by the influx of 15,000 cashed-up American servicemen. But those US forces didn’t guarantee safety. Not long after their arrival, the city would be gripped by panic, when the body of a woman was found strangled, partially naked and brutally beaten. Six days later, another woman was found dead and her body told the same horrific story. A murderer was stalking the streets. As women were warned not to travel alone, an intense manhunt ensued. Not long after a third woman was murdered, American soldier Eddie Leonski was arrested. A calculating psychopath, he had a twisted fascination with female voices, especially when they were singing… Acclaimed author Ian W Shaw brings World War II Melbourne to life; and takes us into the mind of the Brownout Strangler, and a very different kind of terror.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Russian Roulette (Mirabelle Bevan series)
Sheridan, Sara
When Mirabelle’s on-off boyfriend, Superintendent Alan McGregor, is taken off a gruesome murder case because the key suspect is an old school friend, Mirabelle steps in to unravel the tangle of poisoned gin, call girls and high stakes gambling that surrounds the death. It isn’t long before McGregor’s integrity is called into question and Mirabelle finds herself doubting him. So, when a wartime hero’s body turns up on the Sussex Downs, she is glad that McGregor is caught up in a mystery of his own as Brighton’s establishment closes ranks. Mirabelle is in a dangerous situation though and she doesn’t have McGregor watching her back on this one. And when the dead man on the Downs turns out to have been a member of a deadly thrill-seekers’ club, related to the earlier murder, Mirabelle is determined to uncover the truth and free the innocent people who are bearing the brunt of the cover up. As her relationship with McGregor reaches breaking point, she has to draw on all her wartime experience to stand up for what she believes in – even if it means their relationship may not survive.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Maigret and the Lazy Burglar
Simenon, Georges
Set against a high-profile hunt for the latest criminal gang to hit Paris, Maigret is determined to track down the murderer of a quiet crook – who he had known for thirty years – for whom he cannot help feeling affection and respect.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret in Court
Simenon, Georges
When Maigret is called to testify in court, and reveals his doubts about a picture-framer accused of double murder, his actions have tragic consequences that he could never have foreseen.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Why Mummy Drinks
Sims, Gill
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio, and says things like: ‘Oooh, gosh, are you having another glass?’ But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts, who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements; and boasting about their latest holidays. Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’, over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
Fiction | PBK | $17.99

A Time of Love and Tartan (44 Scotland Street series)
Smith, Alexander McCall
If only Pat Macgregor had an inkling of the embarrassment romantic, professional, even aesthetic that flowed from accepting narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce Anderson’s invitation for coffee, she would never have said yes. And if only Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, hadn’t wandered into his local bookshop and picked up a particular book at a particular time, he would never have knocked over his former English teacher, or attracted the attentions of the police. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart’s application for promotion and his wife Irene’s decision to go off and study for a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to serial fiction’s favourite street. But for three seven-year-old boys Bertie Pollock, Ranald Braveheart Macpherson, and Big Lou’s foster son Finlay – it also means a getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Baby Teeth
Stage, Zoje
On the outside, it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning, ultra-modern home designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under the shiny veneer, the cracks are all too clear. For her daughter Hanna isn’t just clever, she’s dangerous. Her behaviour is carefully calculated. She adores her father, yet wants Suzette to disappear. And as Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated – from tampering with her mother’s daily medication, imitating a rabid dog, to setting Suzette on fire – it’s increasingly clear that there is something seriously wrong with their little girl. Because… what kind of child wants to kill their own mother?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The House With No Rooms (Detective’s Daughter series)
Thomson, Lesley
A woman lies dead on the ground. A girl watches from the shadows. What did she really see? The summer of 1976 was the hottest in living memory. A lost little girl, dizzied by the head, stumbled upon a deserted museum. She thought she saw a woman lying dead on the ground. But when she opened her eyes, the woman had gone. Forty years later, cleaner and detective Stella Darnell is investigating a suspected murder in the Botanical Gardens at Kew. Working methodically, stain by stain, she is drawn into an obsessive world, and towards a killer who has never been caught…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Bloodmoon (Sister Fidelma series)
Tremayne, Peter
Ireland. AD 671. Sister Fidelma has a mission, and she is sworn by oath to reveal her purpose to no other. The secret investigation leads Fidelma and her companions to the abbey of Finnbarr to question the abbot. But before they have a chance to speak to him, the abbot is found murdered – and the young girl suspected of the crime has fled the scene. Despite their protests, Fidelma’s cohorts agree to accompany her in pursuit of the girl for answers. But as vicious rumours spread, accusing Fidelma’s family, the Eoganacht, of conspiring to assassinate the High King and abduct his wife, Sister Fidelma’s life is placed in mortal danger. Unable to tell the truth of her quest to anyone, including her husband Eadulf, Fidelma’s time is running out – and, now, she has no choice but to face the challenge, and her enemies, alone.
Historical mystery | HC | $45.00

Retribution Road
Varenne, Antonin
Burma, 1852. Arthur Bowman, a sergeant in the East India Company, is sent on a secret mission during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. But the expedition is foiled – his men are captured and tortured. Throughout their ordeal, a single word becomes Bowman’s mantra, a word that will stiffen their powers of endurance in the face of unimaginable suffering: ‘Survival’. But for all that, only a handful escape with their lives. Some years later in London, battling his ghosts through a haze of alcohol and opium, Bowman discovers a mutilated corpse in a sewer. The victim appears to have been subjected to the same torments as Bowman endured in the Burmese jungle. And the word ‘Survival’ has been daubed in blood by the body’s side. Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Lizard Strategy (Commissario Soneri series)
Varesi, Valerio
In a river creek on the outskirts of Pama, tipped off by a local, Commissario Soneri finds a mobile phone that rings through the night but holds no data; an elderly patient with senile dementia is reported missing from a hospice; and the mayor – who was reported as taking a holiday on the ski slopes – has disappeared off the face of the earth… just when he seemed certain to be implicated in a seismic corruption scandal at city hall.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Death of Mrs Westaway
Ware, Ruth
When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast. There’s just one problem – Hal’s real grandparents died, more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger’s funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her. Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Essence of Malice (Amory Ames series)
Weaver, Ashley
When Amory Ames’s husband Milo receives a troubling letter from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette, the couple travel to Paris where they become embroiled in a mystery surrounding the death of a famous parfumier. Helios Belanger died suddenly, shortly before the release of his new, highly anticipated perfume, and Madame Nanette, who works for his family, is convinced that her employer’s death was not due to natural causes. The more Amory and Milo look into the motives of industry rivals and the Belanger heirs who are vying for control of his perfume empire, the more they are convinced that Madame Nanette may be right. When secrets unfold, and things take a dangerous turn, Amory and Milo must work quickly to uncover the essence of the matter and catch a killer before the scent goes cold.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane: The Long-Lost Rock ’n’ Roll Detective Stories
Weiner, Rex
Before the movie about a rock ’n’ roll detective, there were Rex Weiner’s noirish stories, capturing the punk rock 1970s in New York and Los Angeles, in all their gritty glory. First published in the New York Rocker and the LA Weekly in 1979–80, the stories became the basis for the 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Andrew Dice Clay. From CBGBs, the Mudd Club and Tier 3 in NYC to the Starwood, Zero Zero and Cuckoo’s Nest in LA, Ford Fairlane takes you back to a sexy, violent and explosively creative time and place that live on in rock ’n’ roll legend, brought authentically to life in these hardboiled stories.
Noir(-ish) | TP | $33.95

The Coves
Whish-Wilson, David
San Francisco, 1849. The hills are swarming with desperate men from all over the world, come to seek their fortune in the grip of yellow fever. In their wake come the opportunists, not least of whom are the Australians, many of them former convicts who are quick to seize control in a lawless world. This group of Australians, headed by the standover man Thomas Keane, are known as The Coves. Enter twelve-year-old Samuel Bellamy, formerly of the Swan River Colony, lately of Van Dieman’s Land, in search of his mother who, last he heard, has gone to join the molly-houses in California. Sydney-town, San Francisco, is a world of opportunism, loyalty and violent betrayal, and Samuel must learn to be a man, if he is to survive.
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

The Nowhere Child
White, Christian
‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later, she was gone.’ On a break between teaching photography classes in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home, twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl. At first, she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family history in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery of Sammy’s disappearance unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards an electrifying climax. The remarkable debut of Christian White, an exhilarating new Australian talent. Highly recommended!
Suspense | TP | $32.99