Crime & Mystery Catalogue: June 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in June 2016.

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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!

June 2016 includes new books by: Laura Bradford, Shamini Flint, Alan Furst, Anne Holt, John Lawton, James Sallis, Jane Thynne, Peter Tremayne, Martin Walker… and many others.

Mycroft Holmes
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Waterhouse, Anna
‘When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I… I am speaking the exact and literal truth.’ – Sherlock Holmes. This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assisted the Secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad – based on real events.
Sherlockiana | TP | $29.95

Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries 05)
Alan, Isabella
Spring has arrived in Holmes County, and Angie couldn’t be happier. She’s got great friends, a thriving business, and is in the perfect relationship with Sheriff James Mitchell. The only thing raining on her parade is her mother drafting her into a massive home renovation project – and using their sudden mother/daughter bonding time to comment on Angie’s ticking biological clock. The house’s repairs and upgrades between the Amish craftsmen and their Englisch counterparts are proceeding well until a tremendous shock comes to the workers when the electrician is found dead on site. With the sheriff suspecting foul play, it falls to Angie to root a killer out of the woodwork…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Little Boy Blue (DI Helen Grace series)
Arlidge, M J
Detective Inspector Helen Grace is no stranger to tragedy. But when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub, the death cuts too close to the bone. Hiding her personal connection to the victim – and a double-life which must remain secret, at all costs – Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead. As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice. Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web? But whatever she does, this killer will not stop, until the truth is revealed: there are some fates worse than death…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Redeemers (Quinn Colson series)
Atkins, Ace
In the middle of the long, hot summer, a trio of criminals stage a bold, wall-smashing break-in at the home of a local lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe, which is curious, because the mill owner is wealthy – but not that wealthy. None of this has anything to do with Colson, but during the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. His friend, acting sheriff Lillie Virgil, and a dangerous former flame, Anna Lee Stevens, both ask him to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that that safe contained more than just money – it held secrets. Secrets that could either save Colson – or destroy him, once and for all.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Die of Shame
Billingham, Mark
Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame. Then one of them is killed – and it’s clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

This Thing of Darkness (Fiona Griffiths series)
Bingham, Harry
A marine engineer, who tumbles off a cliff path on a windy night. A burglary, where everything taken was returned by the thief. The suicide of a man in love with life. An accident, a mystery, an unexplained tragedy. And nothing at all to connect them. Until, that is, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, searching for something – anything – to take her mind off the tedious job of evidence-cataloguing she’s been assigned to, starts to wonder if all three incidents are not quite what they seem. It could just be her imagination… The first in this excellent, quirky series is Talking to the Dead ($19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Engaged in Death (Wedding Planner Mysteries 01)
Blackmoore, Stephanie
All appears peaceful, in sleepy Port Quincy, Pennsylvania – but in this small town, old grudges die hard… After dumping her cheating fiancé and cancelling the wedding, Mallory Shepard can’t bear another disaster. So, when the former bride-to-be unexpectedly inherits Thistle Park, a ramshackle mansion in her ex’s hometown of Port Quincy, it’s a problem she can’t afford – literally. Abound with stray cats, peeling wallpaper, and nosy neighbours, Mallory is dying to sell it off – once she finally fixes up both the place and her messy life… Turns out, Thistle Park has its charms. But the honeymoon phase is abruptly cut short, when an unwanted visitor is found dead on the front lawn. Enlisting the help of her sister Rachel, Mallory vows to unveil the killer.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Little Bones (Cathy Connolly series)
Blake, Sam
When garda Cathy Connolly is called to investigate a routine break-in, she’s horrified by a grisly discovery: a vintage wedding dress, the hem lined with a baby’s bones. The case quickly escalates when the dress is connected to top Dublin fashion magnate Lavinia Grant – who has died that very day. The initial evidence suggests natural causes; Cathy suspects otherwise. The investigation pairs her with O’Rourke, an old friend from the force with whom she has a past. Normally Cathy would welcome his support – but she’s nursing a secret of her own, which becomes all the more difficult under his watchful gaze.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Royal Spyness Mysteries
Bowen, Rhys
The first three of Lady Georgiana’s adventures have been reissued.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99 each

Eclair and Present Danger (Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries 01)
Bradford, Laura
With her rent rising, faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbour Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead, all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow. To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbours, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business, called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer, before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Earthly Gods (Agent of Rome series)
Brown, Nick
Imperial agent Cassius Corbulo is about to go rogue. His bodyguard, Indavara, has been kidnapped and has seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. Having spent weeks trying to discover his fate, Cassius’ time is up: his superiors want him to return to duty. But when an old ally’s daughter is enslaved, he feels obliged to repay a longstanding debt. Refusing the offer of a prestigious post, Cassius – and his Christian servant Simo – join nomadic chieftain Kabir and a trio of warriors, determined to rescue the missing girl. Now operating outside the law, the unlikely band journey across the perilous plague-ridden hinterland of Asia Minor, hunting the slavers. But these are no common criminals, and Cassius finds himself up against ruthless, cunning men with powerful friends and a lot to lose.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Tail Gait (Mrs Murphy Mysteries 24)
Brown, Rita Mae
When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course – gunned down, in broad daylight, by an unseen killer – no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed, especially after Mrs Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery. As the questions surrounding Ginger’s death pile up, Harry’s search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia’s Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unravelling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal companions sense danger and rally to find a way to keep Harry from disappearing into history.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Secret of High Eldersham
Burton, Miles
Samuel Whitehead, landlord of the Rose and Crown, is a stranger in the lonely East Anglian village of High Eldersham. When the newcomer is stabbed to death in his pub, and Scotland Yard are called to the scene, it seems that the veil, dividing High Eldersham from the outside world, is about to be lifted. Detective Inspector Young forms a theory about the case so utterly impossible that merely entertaining the suspicion makes him doubt his own sanity. First published in 1930, this is the 20th title in the highly praised British Library Crime Classic series.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Murder at Fontainebleau (Elizabethan Mysteries 05)
Carmack, Amanda
1561. Queen Elizabeth’s throne is threatened, as Mary Queen of Scots – pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful forces – declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To discover her rival’s next unpredictable move, Elizabeth dispatches a party of trustworthy intimates to Mary’s court at Fontainebleau. Chief among them is Kate Haywood, who finds that the glittering balls and genial banquets conceal a web of poisonous ambition that soon turns deadly…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.95

Treacherous Strand (Inishowen Mysteries)
Carter, Andrea
A woman’s body washes up on a remote beach on the Inishowen peninsula. Partially-clothed, with a strange tattoo on her thigh, she is identified as Marguerite Etienne, a French woman who has been living in the area. Solicitor Benedicta ‘Ben’ O’Keeffe is consumed by guilt; Marguerite was her client, and for the second time in her life Ben has failed someone who needed her, with tragic consequences. So, when local Sergeant Tom Molloy dismisses Marguerite’s death – as the suicide, of a disturbed and lonely woman – Ben cannot let it lie.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Spare Me The Truth
Carver, C J
Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together, after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life – and his son – is a lie. Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother’s funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything. Lucy Davies has been forced from the Met by her own maverick behaviour. Desperate to prove herself in her new rural post, she’s on the hunt for a killer – but this is no small town criminal. Plunged into a conspiracy that will test each of them to their limits, these three strangers are brought together in their hunt for the truth, whatever it costs. And as their respective investigations become further and further entwined, it becomes clear that, at the centre of this tangled web, is a threat more explosive than any of them could have imagined.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Plea (Eddie Flynn series)
Cavanagh, Steve
Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turns out the two aren’t that different. Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago, after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But, now, he doesn’t have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie’s ten-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case, whether he likes it or not. Using his razor-sharp wit and every con, bluff, grift, and trick in the book, Eddie has only forty-eight hours to defend an impossible murder trial. And, if he loses this case, he loses everything.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Exiled
Charles, Christopher
Fifteen years ago, Detective Wes Raney was a New York City Narcotics Detective with a growing drug habit of his own. While working undercover, he made decisions that ultimately cost him not only his career, but also his family. Disgraced, Raney fled New York – but his past is finally catching up with him. For more than a decade, Raney has been living in exile, the sole murder detective covering a two-hundred-mile stretch of desert in New Mexico. His solitude is his salvation – but it ends when a brutal drug deal, gone wrong, results in a triple murder.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

The House of Smoke
Christer, Sam
Big Ben chimes in the first seconds of the first day of 1900, the start of a fresh century. Inside London’s oldest gaol, preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England’s deadliest assassin, a man wanted for two decades’ worth of murders. Cold-blooded killer Simeon Lynch has lived a brutal and glorious life in the employ of the House of Moriarty – the most feared criminal enterprise in the world. Now, as he faces the noose, Simeon learns dark truths about his master, about Sherlock Holmes and about his own past. Truths that make him determined to escape and kill again…
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Dead End Street (Museum Mysteries 07)
Connolly, Sheila
When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds… Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way. Everything’s running smoothly at work, and her love life is thriving. Then some unexpected news rocks her foundation. Two members of a local neighbourhood rescue program, Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman, inform Nell that her society owns an abandoned row house in a rundown area of Philadelphia and they insist on taking her to see the property before its date with the wrecking ball. But soon after they arrive at the house, Cherisse is fatally shot and Tyrone is badly injured. The police believe it’s just random violence, in a bad neighbourhood, but Nell thinks there’s more to it and is determined to find answers before someone else becomes history…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Final Fondue (Five-Ingredient Mysteries 03)
Corrigan, Maya
Val Deniston certainly has her plate full running a cafe, dabbling with recipes, and helping her grandfather prepare for the town’s upcoming tri-centennial celebration, but she’s grown fond of her new life in the Chesapeake Bay town of Bayport… So, when Val is asked to reclaim her old position as a cookbook publicist in New York City, she puts off her decision in order to help her grandfather perfect his chocolate fondue for the weekend festivity’s dessert cook-off. But after the opening ceremonies, Val finds a houseguest strangled to death, in her grandfather’s backyard. She suspects a classic case of mistaken identity, especially when another guest nearly bids her life a fondue farewell. Now, it’s up to Val to keep the killer from making another stab at murder…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Divided Spy
Cumming, Charles
Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy who is in possession of a terrifying secret. As Kell tracks his man from Moscow to London, he finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. As the mission reaches boiling point, the threat of a catastrophic terrorist attack looms over Britain. Kell is faced with an impossible choice. Loyalty to MI6 – or to his own conscience?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Revelations of Carey Ravine
Daley, Debra
London, in the 1770s, is bursting with opportunity. It’s a city fuelled by new ideas and new money, where everything is for sale – including entrée into the ruling class. Making their way in this buccaneering society are Carey Ravine, a spirited young woman of enigmatic background, and her husband, the charming, endlessly enterprising Oliver Nash. Carey and Nash share a historic connection to India and a desperate ambition to better themselves. But as Nash’s plans draw them into a restless association of gamblers and secret societies, Carey begins to question what’s really hidden behind the seedy glamour of their lives.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Diva Serves High Tea (Domestic Diva Mysteries 10)
Davis, Krista
When The Parlour opens up in town, domestic diva Sophie Winston finally has a place to satisfy her cravings for all things tea and crumpet related. And the shop serves as the perfect place for the ladies of the town to gather and gossip, especially since it’s conveniently located right across the street from the new antique store run by the handsome and charming Warren Smith. But speculation around Warren really boils over when he’s found dead – a victim of poisoning after attending a literacy fundraiser at The Parlour, the night before. What Sophie learns about the man leaves a bitter taste in her mouth, and she’ll have to strain out a killer from a strange brew of suspects.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Crime Writer
Dawson, Jill
In 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, in order to concentrate on her writing. She has other motives too – a secret romance with a married woman based in London and her dislike of the fame and attention that has followed her, since her first novel was made into a Hitchcock film and her fourth, The Talented Mr Ripley, was published to such acclaim. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Pat is not alone: all her demons have come with her.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Grilled For Murder (Country Store Mysteries 02)
Day, Maddie
In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the runaway hit Pans ’N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer’s brother, but she doesn’t appear to be in mourning. At a homecoming party held in Robbie’s store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious – even batting her eyelashes at Jim. When Erica turns up dead in the store, the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie’s friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone
Denning, G S
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius, who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death, every now and again. An imaginative, irreverent and addictive reimagining of the world’s favourite detective, Warlock Holmes retains the charm, tone and feel of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, while finally giving the flat at 221b Baker Street what it’s been missing, for all these years: an alchemy table.
Sherlockiana | TP | $29.95

The Malice of Waves (Sea Detective series)
Douglas-Home, Mark
Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things – and, sometimes, people – lost or missing at sea. His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, twenty-six years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away. Megan’s daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned, as a baby, on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life. As McGill is drawn into Violet’s search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief, and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

In The Month of the Midnight Sun
Ekbäck, Cecilia
Sweden, 1855. ‘Worst thing I ever saw…’ The Minister of Justice receives a disturbing message. A massacre on one of Lapland’s mountains – a priest, a law enforcement officer, and a local settler have been slaughtered by one of the indigenous Sami people. The murderer is in custody; he refuses to talk. The Minister dispatches his son-in-law, a geologist, to investigate for there is more than one reason to visit Blackasen: it is a mountain with many secrets, a mountain that has never been mapped. Magnus does not journey alone. The Minister’s daughter, in disgrace, is sent with him. What they discover about the murders and what lies behind them will be nothing compared with what they discover about themselves.
Historical thriller | TP | $29.99

Burn Patterns
Elliot, Ron
To her clients and colleagues, Iris is a therapist in a city psychology practice. But to the police and fire services, she is the Fire Lady – a profiler of arsonists. After a troubled young man burns down her office, Iris just wants a quiet life. But her peace is shattered when a bomb goes off at a local school. Called in to help, Iris meets James, delusional and dangerous, and Chuck, a lone investigator tracking a serial arsonist he calls Zorro. As public attacks become more orchestrated and brazen, Iris is soon embroiled in the investigation – as a profiler and as a suspect, and in serious doubt about her own sanity.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Scam (O’Hare and Fox series)
Evanovich, Janet & Goldberg, Lee
Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars and their lives in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire. It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup… a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?
Romantic suspense | PBK | $19.99

Long Time Lost
Ewan, Chris
Nick Miller and his team provide a unique and highly illegal service, relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and new lives. Nick excels at what he does for a reason: he’s spent years living in the shadows under an assumed name. But when Nick steps in to prevent the attempted murder of witness-in-hiding Kate Sutherland on the Isle of Man, he triggers a chain of events with devastating consequences for everyone he protects.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Black Cat Knocks On Wood (Bad Luck Cat Mysteries 02)
Finch, Kay
Sabrina finds it difficult to work on her latest suspense novel, when her Aunt Rowe’s antics keep tying up her thoughts. This time, Rowe and her fun-loving friends have decided to compete in the upcoming Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. The problem is these women have little to no experience with lassos, bulls, or even horseback riding. Before Sabrina can keep the stubborn seniors from mounting their steeds, she’s side-tracked by a bigger problem. An uppity local business owner is found dead in an accident – right after a black cat was seen in her office. While the townsfolk think the bad luck cat has struck again, Sabrina suspects there might be something, more murderous, afoot. With a twisted killer on the loose, she’ll have to round up clues quickly, before she or her aunt are steered straight into the path of danger…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Frightfully English Execution (Inspector Singh Investigates)
Flint, Shamini
Inspector Singh’s other adventures have all been reissued to coincide with this newest in the series (PBK, $19.99 each). The first is A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Hero in France (Night Soldier series)
Furst, Alan
The latest novel from Furst follows Mathieu, part of a Resistance cell in occupied Paris, 1941. Recommended.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Crisis
Gardner, Frank
Introducing Luke Carlton – ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6, for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Sunset City
Ginsburg, Melissa
Twenty-two-year-old Charlotte Ford reconnects with Danielle, her best friend from high school, a few days before Danielle is found bludgeoned to death in a motel room. In the wake of the murder, Charlotte’s life unravels and she descends into the Houston underbelly, where she meets the strippers, pornographers and drug dealers who surrounded Danielle, in the years they were estranged.
Noir | TP | $27.99

Death Under a Tuscan Sun (Michele Ferrara series)
Giuttari, Michele
In his dark and foetid prison cell, serial killer Daniele de Robertis plans his retribution. The betrayals he has suffered haunt his dreams – until, one night, he escapes. In a small, beautiful village in the Tuscan countryside a prominent lawyer and his wife are murdered. As the police inspect the scene, they find nine terrifying photographs: nine women, slaughtered. It is Florentine Police Chief Michele Ferrara’s worst nightmare: a case involving the untouchable men and women at the top of Italian society, a dark and powerful cult which knows no bounds, and mounting victims. Amongst a web of obsession, manipulation and violence, Ferrara must face his demons.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Cash Landing
Grippando, James
Every week, a hundred million dollars in cash arrives at Miami International Airport, shipped by German banks to the Federal Reserve. A select group of trusted workers moves the bags through Customs and loads them into armoured trucks. Ruban Betancourt has always played by the rules. But the bank taking his house, and his restaurant business going bust, has driven him over the edge. He and his wife deserve more than life has handed them, and he’s come up with a ballsy scheme to get it. With the help of an airport insider, he, his coke-head brother-in-law, Jeffrey, and two ex-cons surprise the guards loading the armoured trucks and speed off with $7.4 million in the bed of a pickup truck. Investigating the heist, FBI agent Andie Henning, newly transferred to Miami from Seattle, knows the best way to catch the thieves is to follow the money. Jeffrey’s drug addiction is as conspicuous as the Rolex watches he buys for dancers at the Gold Rush strip club. One of the ex-cons, Pinky Perez, makes no secret of his plan to own a swinger’s club – which will allow him carte blanche with his patrons’ wives. Level-headed Ruban is desperately trying to lie low and hold things together… But Agent Henning isn’t the only one on their trail, and in the mob-meets-Miami fashion, these accidental thieves suddenly find themselves in, way over their heads… and sinking fast.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Long Count (John Q Mysteries)
Gulvin, JM
A Texas Ranger. A burnt-out asylum. A disputed suicide. We meet Ranger John Quarrie, as he is called to the scene of an apparent suicide by a fellow war veteran. Although the local police want the case shut down, John Q is convinced that events aren’t quite so straightforward. When his hunch is backed up by the man’s son, Isaac – just back from Vietnam, and convinced his father was murdered – they start to look into a series of other violent incidents in the area, including a recent fire at the local Trinity Asylum and the disappearance of Isaac’s twin brother, Ishmael.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Before The Fall
Hawley, Noah
The elite have everything: money, cars, private jets and beautiful families. David Whitehead and Ben Kipling are the top of the elite, both influential men with jobs in the media and finance, both travelling back to New York on a private jet after a vacation with their families, and both with secrets that could ruin their lives. Invited on a whim by David’s wife, Scott Burroughs, a middle-aged painter, finds himself on their plane – he needs to visit New York for a meeting that could spark a revival in his failed career. But sixteen minutes into its journey, the plane crashes into the sea: Scott and the Whiteheads’ four-year-old son are the only survivors. With a little boy’s life in his hands, Scott begins to swim – an epic journey to the coast.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Cracked to Death (Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries 03)
Hollon, Cheryl
As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah’s former mentor. But when Megan doesn’t show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumours start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman’s dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge, herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass, scattered around the victim, for clues as to who took this killer competition too far.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

No Echo (Hanne Wilhelmsen series)
Holt, Anne
When celebrity chef, Brede Ziegler, is discovered stabbed to death on the steps of the Oslo police headquarters, it sends a shockwave through the city’s hip, in crowd. Chef Ziegler had lots of famous associates. Could the culprit be among them, or was this a random act of violence? Police investigator Billy T takes on the case, but he is stymied by conflicting information about what kind of man Ziegler was. It seems nobody really knew him, not even his glamorous wife, his business partner, or the editor of his memoir. While Billy T struggles to crack the case, Hanne Wilhelmsen returns to Oslo, after a six-month absence. Hanne discovers that not only had Ziegler been stabbed, but he had also ingested a lethal dose of painkillers. As the plot thickens, Hanne and Billy T are pulled deeper into the nefarious world, in which Ziegler lived. Was he who he said he was? And can those who claim to have known him best be trusted?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Hard Woman to Kill (DI Hanlon series)
Howard, Alex
Chechnya: an incorruptible security officer is assassinated. Berlin: a small child grieves for his father. In the East: an obese psychopath sets his feet on the first rungs of his criminal career. A frightened Russian woman seeks DCI Hanlon’s help in finding her missing husband. Hanlon’s not keen on the case, until she hears a name she recognises, only too well. Arkady Belanov, sadistic pimp and owner of an exclusive brothel in Oxford is involved. When DI Enver Demirel, her former partner and friend, disappears, Hanlon is forced into an uneasy alliance with the London underworld, to rescue him from the blood-stained hands of the Russian mafia.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Distress Signals
Howard, Catherine Ryan
The day Adam Dunne’s girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads: ‘I’m sorry – S’, sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her. Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate – and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances, almost exactly a year before.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Private Investigations (Bob Skinner series)
Jardine, Quintin
Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has uncovered his fair share of crime scenes, over his 30-year career. But few have affected him quite as much, as the horrifying sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his own on the outskirts of Edinburgh. As his former colleagues investigate the mystery, Skinner is left to take on the unusual challenge of tracing a million-pound yacht vanished from its mooring. From the outside, the two events couldn’t seem less connected. And yet, as the body count rises, a link surfaces that could provide the key to both. And as discord spreads, within the newly-unified Police Scotland, it will soon become clear whether Skinner is on the side of the angels… or working against them.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

A Premonition of Murder (Dream Club Mysteries 03)
Kennedy, Mary
When Abigail Marchand, Savannah’s famously reclusive heiress, invites the Dream Club ladies to lunch, at her Beaux Reeves mansion, Taylor and Ali hope for an invitation to join the distinguished Magnolia Society. But Abigail has a more pressing concern: a recent dream that seems to foretell her death. Taylor reassures Abigail that there are many ways to interpret a dream, but at the next meeting of the Dream Club, their discussion is cut short – by a call from Detective Sam Stiles. She’s at Abigail’s mansion, where the elderly woman appears to have been pushed to her death down a flight of stairs. Now, Taylor, Ali, and the Dream Club need to catch a killer, before someone else is laid to rest.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Everything I Don’t Remember
Khemiri, Jonas Hassen
A young man called Samuel dies, but was it an accident or suicide? An unnamed writer with an agenda of his own sets out to piece together Samuel’s story. Through conversations with friends, relatives and neighbours, a portrait emerges: the loving grandchild, the reluctant bureaucrat, the loyal friend, the contrived poser. The young man who would do anything for his girlfriend Laide and share everything with his friend Vandad. Until Vandad, marginalised and broke, desperate to get closer to Samuel, drives a wedge between the friends, and Samuel loses them both.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

End of Watch
King, Stephen
The finale of King’s trilogy, featuring retired detective Bill Hodges. Follows Mr Mercedes and Finders Keepers (both available in paperback, $19.99).
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Death On the Sapphire (Lady Frances Ffolkes Mysteries)
Koreto, R J
An extraordinary woman, living in extraordinary times, Lady Frances Ffolkes is an Edwardian-era suffragette who has an uncanny ability to attract danger and romance. When Major Colcombe, a family friend and war veteran, dies under mysterious circumstances, the good Lady Frances discovers that he was working on a manuscript about South Africa’s bloody Boer War, which reportedly revealed a scandalous mistake that cost many innocent lives. Now, it’s up to Frances and her loyal lady’s maid, June Mallow, to track down the missing manuscript and bring the killer to justice. Despite clashes with Scotland Yard and the British Secret Service, Frances never backs down and finds herself in several very unfortunate positions – and one very fortunate love triangle.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Catalyst Killing (K2 03)
Lahlum, Hans Olav
Follows the fantastic Human Flies and Satellite People ($19.99 each).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mysteries 13)
Laurie, Victoria
A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay, she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she’s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband – everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely-honed intuition tells her this woman doesn’t belong behind bars. With the help of her husband, Dutch, and her friend, Candice, Abby launches her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar’s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short – and the list of suspects keeps growing. There’s no margin for error, as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Unfortunate Englishman
Lawton, John
Having shot someone, in what he believed was self-defence, in the chaos of 1963 Berlin, Wilderness finds himself locked up with little chance of escape. But an official pardon through his father-in-law Burne-Jones, a senior agent at MI6, means he is free to go – although forever in Burne-Jones’ service. His newest operation will take him back to Berlin, which is now the dividing line between the West and the Soviets. A backstory of innocence and intrigue unravels, one in which Wilderness is in and out of Berlin and Vienna like a jack-in-the-box. When the Russians started building the Berlin wall in 1961, two ‘Unfortunate Englishmen’ were trapped on opposite sides. Geoffrey Masefield in the Lubyanka, and Bernard Alleyn (alias KGB Captain Leonid Liubimov) in Wormwood Scrubs. In 1965 there is a new plan. To exchange the prisoners, a swap upon Berlin’s bridge of spies. But, as ever, Joe has something on the side, just to make it interesting, just to make it profitable. The Unfortunate Englishman is a thrilling tale of Khrushchev, Kennedy, a spy exchange… and 10,000 bottles of fine Bordeaux. What can possibly go wrong? Wilderness first appears in Then We Take Berlin ($19.99). Absolutely brilliant from Lawton – recommended!
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Calamity Café (Down South Café Mysteries 01)
Leeson, Gayle
Tired of waiting tables at Lou’s Joint, Amy Flowers doesn’t just quit… she offers to buy the place, from her bully of a boss, so she can finally open the café of her dreams. At first, Lou Lou refuses to sell, but when she seems ready to make a deal, she tells Amy to come see her. Showing up at the eatery ready to negotiate, Amy is shocked to find her former employer murdered. As the prime suspect, Amy will have to clear her name, by serving up the real killer and with Lou Lou’s stack of enemies, that’s a tall order. First in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Falling in Love (Commissario Brunetti)
Leon, Donna
Many years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to the illustrious La Fenice – to sing the lead in Tosca. As an opera superstar, Flavia is well acquainted with attention from adoring fans and aspiring singers. But when one anonymous admirer inundates her with bouquets of yellow roses – on stage, in her dressing room and even inside her locked apartment – it becomes clear that this fan has become a potentially dangerous stalker. Distraught, Flavia turns to an old friend, for help. Familiar with Flavia’s melodramatic temperament, Commissario Brunetti is, at first, unperturbed by her story – but when another young opera singer is attacked, he begins to think Flavia’s fears may be justified. In order to keep his friend out of danger, Brunetti must enter the psyche of an obsessive fan and find the culprit, before anyone comes to harm.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dexter Is Dead (Dexter 08)
Lindsay, Jeff
Dexter Morgan has burned the candle at both ends for many years. Blood spatter analyst… husband… father… serial killer. And now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything – including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime… ironically… he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter’s innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may lead, once and for all, to his demise.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Behind Dead Eyes (DC Ian Bradshaw)
Linskey, Howard
A corpse is found, its identity extinguished in the most shocking manner imaginable. Detective Ian Bradshaw can’t catch the killer, if no one can ID the victim. Out there, somewhere, a missing young woman may hold the answers. Journalist, Helen Norton, is about to uncover a massive criminal conspiracy. She just needs the final piece of the puzzle. Soon, she will learn the price of the truth. True-crime writer, Tom Carney, receives letters from a convicted murderer, who insists he is innocent. His argument is persuasive – but psychopaths are often said to be charming… What is the dark thread running through these crimes?
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Three Novels of the Early 1960s
Macdonald, Ross
An omnibus collecting: The Zebra-Striped Hearse, The Chill, and The Far Side of the Dollar.
Classic mysteries | HC | $59.99

The Final Word (Annika Bengtzon)
Marklund, Liza
Annika Bengtzon has spent her career telling stories that need to be heard. As a journalist, she’s always been at the front line of criminal reporting, alongside the investigating officers. And, now, a court case that she’s been reporting on – the savage murder of a homeless man – has begun to attract a lot of attention. With the stakes rising by the day, Annika is, once again, flung to the heart of a complex case. But nagging at the back of her mind is her sister’s mysterious absence. After a series of anxious text messages, she’s not heard another word. In the midst of a tense public situation, Annika’s own complicated past looks set to rear its head. Some voices refuse to be silenced.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Something’s Knot Kosher (Quilting Mysteries 04)
Marks, Mary
Funerals can be patchy affairs for Martha Rose and her close-knit circle of friends – especially in the case of a missing body… When Birdie Watson’s husband Russell is killed during a bank robbery, Martha just wants to support her grieving friend. But, en route to the burial plot in Oregon, Martha makes a harrowing discovery about the casket’s contents – instead of Russell, she finds an unidentified man. Now Martha and her quilting klatch can’t rest in peace, until they unspool the truth behind the macabre mix up…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Tightrope
Mawer, Simon
A brilliant cold war spy story from the Man Booker shortlisted author of The Glass Room, continuing the story of Marian Sutro, from The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (available in paperback, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Shattering Crime (Stained-Glass Mysteries 03)
McAndrews, Jennifer
Georgia’s day-to-day routine finally seems to be lining up. Stained-glass projects in the morning, clerical work for a law office in the afternoon, and waitressing in the evening. Best of all she gets to spend relaxing Sundays with her new boyfriend. But that comfortable pattern is about to be broken. First, Georgia’s cat goes into heat and literally disturbs the peace. Then Georgia’s mother drops in for a visit with her new husband in tow. But everything falls to pieces after a local activist is found dead from a poisoned Danish. Authorities quickly put the heat on Rozelle, owner of the local bakery, but no one in town believes Rozelle capable of murder. Now it’s up to Georgia to crack the case and foil the real killer’s plans, before the tranquillity of Wenwood is shattered.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Splinter the Silence (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series)
McDermid, Val
Psychological profiler Tony Hill is trained to see patterns, to decode the mysteries of human behaviour, and when he comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Similar circumstances, different deaths. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden? Former DCI Carol Jordan has her own demons to confront, but with lives at stake, Tony and Carol begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer – someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Serpents in the Cold
O’Malley, Thomas & Purdy, Douglas
Post-war Boston is down on its luck, and desperate to reinvent itself. But promises of a brighter future sound ever hollower, as the worst winter in recent memory tightens its grip. No one is interested in a string of murdered women – everyone would much rather pretend they don’t exist. Old friends Cal and Dante are both struggling to find a way to live in a city that seems to be leaving them behind. The hunt for a killer gives them new purpose, as well as making them powerful enemies.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Hanging Club (Max Wolfe)
Parsons, Tony
A band of vigilante executioners roam London’s hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them by the neck until dead. Sentenced to death – the gang member who’s abused vulnerable girls; the wealthy drunk driver who’s mowed down a child; the hate preacher calling for the murder of British soldiers. As the bodies pile up and riots explode across the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe hunts a gang of killers who many believe to be heroes. And discovers that the lust for revenge starts very close to home…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Saint Peter’s Snow
Perutz, Leo
It could have been a common street accident that put Dr Georg Amberg in the hospital, but for the five weeks his doctors say he has been in a coma, recovering from a brain haemorrhage, after being run down by a car, he has memories of a more disturbing nature. What of the violent events in the rural village of Morwede? The old woman threatening the priest with a breadknife, angry peasants with flails and cudgels, Baron von Malchin with a pistol defending his dreams for the Holy Roman Empire – how could Dr Amberg ignore these? And what of the secret experiment to make a mind-altering drug, from a white mildew occurring on wheat – a mildew called Saint Peter’s Snow?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Madam
Raven, Jaime
Women always uncover the truth… Three years and 11 months. That’s how long Lizzie Wells has been banged up, inside Holloway prison, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit. Six months. That’s how long it’s taken Lizzie, to fall in love with her fellow inmate, Scar. Now, they are both finally free, and together they are about to embark on a vengeful search to find those, who framed Lizzie… and to make them pay. The Business Man. The Copper. The Madam.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Dark Inside (Charlie Yates series)
Reynolds, Rod
1946, Texarkana: a town on the border of Texas and Arkansas. Disgraced New York reporter Charlie Yates has been sent to cover the story of a spate of brutal murders – young couples who’ve been slaughtered at a local date spot. Charlie finds himself drawn into the case by the beautiful and fiery Lizzie, sister to one of the victims, Alice – the only person to have survived the attacks and seen the killer up close. But Charlie has his own demons to fight, and as he starts to dig into the murders he discovers that the people of Texarkana have secrets that they want kept hidden, at all costs.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

For Kingdom and Country (Kingdom Lock series)
Roberts, I D
May 1915. Kingdom Lock and his faithful sidekick, Siddhartha Singh are gunned down on the streets of Basra and suspicion falls on German spy, Wilhelm Wassmuss. Major Ross believes Wassmuss is not only still alive but that he is behind the assassination of a senior Turkish officer, the death of whom has been blamed on Lock.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Pen 33 (Ewart Grens series)
Roslund, Anders & Hellström, Borge
Bernt Lund harbours a sickness. He is a monster: in the mind of society, in the mind of his nine-year-old victims’ parents, and in the mind of his fellow inmates. Lennart Oscarsson has a situation. The worst scenario imaginable, for Aspsäs prison’s Department for Sexual Crimes. These two men’s actions are about to hand DCI Ewart Grens the most profoundly sickening and impossibly sensitive case of his career, and in Stockholm’s history. The second book in the Ewart Grens series, Box 21, is also now available (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Willnot
Sallis, James
In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Hale, the town’s all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon, and town conscience. At the same time, Bobby Lowndes – his military records disappeared, being followed by the FBI – mysteriously reappears in his hometown, at Hale’s door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the inexplicable vagaries of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot, aimed at Lowndes, critically wounds Richard, Hale’s world is truly upended.
Noir | HC | $47.95

Speakers of the Dead (Walt Whitman Mysteries)
Sanders, Aaron J
The year is 1843; the place: New York City. Aurora reporter Walt Whitman arrives at the Tombs prison yard where his friend Lena Stowe is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt intends to present evidence on Lena’s behalf, but Sheriff Harris turns him away. Lena drops to her death, and Walt vows to posthumously exonerate her. Walt’s estranged boyfriend, Henry Saunders, returns to New York, and the two men uncover a link between body snatching and Abraham’s murder: a man named Samuel Clement. To get to Clement, Walt and Henry descend into a dangerous underworld where resurrection men steal the bodies of the recently deceased and sell them to medical colleges.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Purl Up and Die (Knitting Mysteries 13)
Sefton, Maggie
Kelly’s summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with knitting classes taught by her friend Barb. But while the advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a deadlier problem soon has her friend coming apart, at the seams. A young woman has accused Barb’s son, Tommy – a young doctor doing his residency – of assaulting her. The yarns spun by the local rumour mill are bad enough, but when the woman is found dead in her ransacked apartment, Tommy becomes the number one suspect. With the police ready to close the case, it’s up to Kelly to knit together the clues to uncover a killer, who doesn’t seem to drop a stitch…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Birdwatcher
Shaw, William
Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation. He is a murderer himself. But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Maigret’s First Case
Simenon, Georges
The very first investigation, by eager young police secretary, Jules Maigret, leads him to a wealthy Paris family’s dark secrets.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 stories of belles, bank robbers and other bad-ass girls
Spotswood, Jessica
Crisscross America – on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains – from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
YA anthology | TP | $27.99

Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster
Street, Karen Lee
Summer, 1840. Edgar Allan Poe sails from Philadelphia to London to meet his friend, C Auguste Dupin, in the hope that the great detective will help him solve a family mystery. For Poe inherited a mahogany box containing a collection of letters allegedly written by his grandparents, Elizabeth and Henry Arnold. The Arnolds were actors who struggled to make a living on the London stage, but the mysterious letters suggest that the couple played a more clandestine role: stalking well-to-do young women at night, to slice their clothing and derrieres. Poe hopes to prove the missives forgeries; Dupin wonders if they are real, but their content is fantasy. Soon, Poe is being stalked by someone who knows far more about his grandparents and their crimes than he does.
Historical mystery | HC | $29.99

The Father (Made in Sweden 01)
Svenson, Anton
This novel is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers, who held Sweden to ransom – committing ten audacious bank robberies over just two years. None had committed a crime before. All were under 24 years old.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Faith and Beauty (Clara Vine)
Thynne, Jane
Berlin, on the eve of war. As soldiers muster on the streets, spies circle in the shadows and Lotti Franke, a young woman from the Faith and Beauty Society – the elite finishing school for Nazi girls – is found in a shallow grave. Clara Vine, Anglo-German actress and spy, has been offered the most ambitious part she has ever played. And in her more secret life, British Intelligence has recalled her to London to probe reports that the Nazis and the Soviet Union are planning to make a pact. Then Clara hears of Lotti’s death, and is determined to discover what happened to her. But what she uncovers is something of infinite value to the Nazi regime – the object that led to Lotti’s murder – and now she herself is in danger. Recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Second Death (Sister Fidelma mysteries)
Tremayne, Peter
AD 671. The Great Fair of Bealtain is almost upon the fortress of Cashel, and a line of painted wagons carries entertainers to mark the occasion. But preparations take a deathly turn when one carriage is set alight, and two corpses are found, lying poisoned, within. As Sister Fidelma and her companion, Eadulf, investigate, they are plunged into the menacing marshlands of Osraige – where the bloody origin of the Abbey of Cainnech is wreaking his revenge. Fidelma and Eadulf must face untold mortal danger, before they can untangle the evil that strikes at the very heart of the kingdom.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Out of the Ice
Turner, Ann
When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine. Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Signwave (Aftershock series)
Vachss, Andrew
Dell has bone-marrow-deep loyalty and protective instincts that know no bounds, when it comes to his wife, Dolly – a former battlefield nurse – and their close-knit group of Dolly’s friends and Dell’s allies. When Dolly receives a thinly-veiled threat, Dell reverts to his old ways to untangle the background of a prominent local figure, George Byron Benton, whose actions have awakened Dell’s obsessive need for security.
Hardboiled | TP | $31.95

Fatal Pursuit (Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries)
Walker, Martin
Two young men, both racing drivers with a passion for antique cars, compete to find new clues as to a Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic’s hiding place, in the Perigord region of France – where Bruno is the local chief of police. When a local researcher turns up dead on Bruno’s patch, and French intelligence starts investigating the use of classic car sales to launder money for funding Islamic terrorism, Bruno finds himself once more caught up in a case that reaches far beyond his small town and its people. The latest in this wonderful series, set in the Dordogne, and it is as good as all the others. Death in the Dordogne (previously titled: Bruno, Chief of Police) is the first in the series ($19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Before It Breaks
Warner, Dave
Detective Daniel Clement is back in Broome, licking his wounds from a busted marriage and struggling to be impressed by his new team of small-town cops. Here, in the oasis on the edge of the desert, life is as stagnant as Clement’s latest career move. But when a body is discovered a local fishing spot, it is clearly not the result of a crocodile attack. Somewhere in Broome is a hunter of a different kind. As more bodies are found, Clement races to solve a decades-old mystery before a monster cyclone hits.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

Murder-On-Sea (Whitstable Pearl Mysteries)
Wassmer, Julie
It’s not the season of good will to all men… The festive month is kicking off in style and Pearl is rushed off her feet with her restaurant, The Whitstable Pearl. She’s also busy planning her own family Christmas and providing mulled wine for a charity church fundraiser, when Christmas cards begin arriving all over town – filled with spiteful messages, from an anonymous writer. Pearl’s curiosity is piqued but having pledged not to take on a case at her detective agency before Christmas, she reluctantly agrees that Canterbury’s DCI Mike McGuire should take over; poisoned pen cards are after all a matter for the police. And with only the church fundraiser now between Pearl and Christmas, she invites McGuire along as her guest. The event appears to be a great success; St Alfred’s church hall is packed and Pearl happily finds herself standing close to McGuire, beneath some mistletoe… but then a guest suddenly collapses. Too much of Pearl’s delicious mulled wine – or could it be something, more sinister? The last thing Pearl expects for Christmas is murder, but soon the bodies are piling up…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Down Among the Dead Men
Wilkinson, Kerry
Jason Green’s life is changed for good, after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss, Harry Irwell. He is then drawn into Manchester’s notorious underworld, where smash and grab is as normal as making a cup of tea. But Jason isn’t a casual thug. He has a life plan that doesn’t involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is, until a woman walks into his life offering the one thing that money can’t buy – salvation.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dead Men Don’t Order Flake (Rusty Bore series)
Williams, Sue
On the night Leo Stone returns – notionally, from the dead, in reality from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Cass Tuplin gets a call from Gary Kellett. A call about an actual dead person: Gary’s daughter, killed in a car crash. Gary’s adamant it wasn’t an accident. Cass agrees to investigate. After all, not just Rusty Bore’s only purveyor of fine, fast food, Cass is also the closest thing to a private detective within a couple of hundred kilometres. The local police (Cass’s son, Dean) try to warn her off. It’s true Cass’s status as a celebrated yet non-licensed nobody doesn’t entirely suit Dean. But Dean also believes Gary’s a delusional, grieving father. Is that the case? Or did a young journalist die, after asking too many questions? Cass intends to find out. As soon as she’s dealt with some queries, raised by the reappearance of Leo Stone.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Shanghai Redemption (Inspector Chen series)
Xiaolong, Qiu
For years, Chen Cao managed to balance the interests of the Communist Party and the demands made by his job. He was considered a rising star until, after one too many controversial cases that embarrassed powerful men, he found himself neutralised. Under the guise of a promotion, he’s been stripped of his title and his influence, discredited and isolated. Soon, it becomes clear that his enemies still aren’t satisfied, and that someone is attempting to have him killed – quietly. Chen has been charged with the investigation into a ‘Red Prince’ – a high Party figure who embodies the ruthless ambition, greed and corruption that is on the rise in China. But with no power, few allies, and his own reputation and life on the line, he knows he is facing the most dangerous case of his career.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99