Crime & Mystery Catalogue: June 2017

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in June 2017.

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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 2017 includes new books by: M C Beaton, Alan Carter, Barbara Cleverly, Michael Crichton, Graham Hurley, Julie Hyzy, M R C Kasasian, Laurie R King, Kristina Ohlsson… and many others.


Easy Motion Tourist
Adenle, Leye
Guy Collins, a British hack, stumbles into the murky underworld of the contemporary Lagos. A woman’s mutilated body is discarded outside a club, near one of the main hotels in Victoria Island. The police pick up Collins, a bystander, as a potential suspect. After experiencing the unpleasant realities of a Nigerian police cell, he is rescued by Amaka, a guardian angel of Lagos’ working girls. As Collins discovers more of the darker aspects of what makes Lagos tick – including the clandestine trade in organs – he slowly falls for Amaka.
Thriller | TP | $29.95

The Harrowing
Aitcheson, James
In the aftermath of 1066, a Norman army marches through the North of England: burning, killing, and laying waste – to everything in its path. The Harrowing has begun. As towns and villages fall to the invaders, five travellers fleeing the slaughter are forced to band together for survival. Refugees in their own country, they journey through the wasteland, hoping to find sanctuary with the last stand of the Saxon rebellion. But are they fleeing the Normans or their own troubles?
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Crime of Passion Fruit (Bakeshop mysteries 06)
Alexander, Ellie
Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary cafe to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos, is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his cruise ship and dazzle everyone with her signature sweets. She may be sceptical about returning to her former nautical life with Carlos but Jules can’t resist an all-expense-paid trip, either. If only she knew that a dead body would find its way onto the itinerary… Now, instead of enjoying tropical drinks on deck between whipping up batches of sea-salted chocolates and flambéing fresh pineapple slices in the kitchen, Jules is plunged into dangerous waters. Her investigation leaves her with more questions than answers: Why can’t anyone on board identify the young woman? And how can she help Carlos keep passengers at ease with a killer in their midst? Jules feels like she’s ready to jump ship. Can she solve this case without getting in too deep?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Sweet Danger (Albert Campion series) (Macmillan Collector’s Library)
Allingham, Margery
Aristocratic detective Albert Campion is called upon by the British government to establish ownership of the tiny, oil-rich principality of Averna on the Adriatic Coast. The titled but impoverished Fitton family lay claim to it, but the deeds are nowhere to be found. With the help of his loyal chums and sidekick, retired cat-burglar Magersfontein Lugg, Campion must pit his wits against a criminal financier and his heavies, in order to unearth the truth.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Tiger in the Smoke (Albert Campion series) (Macmillan Collector’s Library)
Allingham, Margery
An impenetrable fog has descended on the streets of postwar London and, lurking in the shadows, a violent murderer is on the rampage. Gentleman detective, Albert Campion, is on the trail of a mysterious man posing as the dead husband of a war widow with a wealthy new fiancé, but his expedition into the city’s criminal underworld reveals something far more sinister than blackmail…
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Night Visitor
Atkins, Lucy
Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything. Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary, on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own. As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Dark Lake
Bailey, Sarah
A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. But that’s not all Gemma’s trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim’s past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths. A debut novel from an Australian writer.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

No Man’s Land (John Puller series)
Baldacci, David
John Puller’s mother disappeared nearly thirty years ago. Despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. But new allegations have come to light suggesting that Puller’s father – now suffering from dementia and living in a VA hospital – may have murdered his wife. Puller is officially barred from working on the case – and faces a potential court martial if he disobeys orders – but he knows he can’t sit this investigation out. When intelligence operative Veronica Knox turns up, Puller realises that there is far more to this case than he had originally thought. He will stop at nothing to discover the truth about what happened to his mother… even if it means proving that his father is a killer.
Thriller | PBK | $17.99

Deposed
Barbaree, David
In a darkened cell, a brutally deposed dictator lies crippled – deprived of his power, his freedom – and his eyes. On the edge of utter despair, his only companion is the young boy who brings him his meagre rations, a mere child who fears his own shadow. But to one who has held and lost the highest power, one thing alone is crystal clear: even emperors were mere children once. Ten years later, the new ruler’s son watches uneasily over his father’s empire. Wherever he looks rebellion is festering, and those closest to him have turned traitor once before. To this city in crisis comes a hugely wealthy senator from the very edge of the empire, a young and angry ward at his heels. He is witty but inscrutable, generous with his time and money to a leader in desperate need of a friend – and he wears a bandage over his blinded eyes. The fallen emperor’s name is Nero. But this isn’t his story.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

Title Wave (Booktown mysteries 10)
Barrett, Lorna
While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much-needed R&R. Naturally, they choose a mystery lovers’ cruise, where they can ponder whodunit in deck chairs – while sipping colourful drinks and soaking up some rays. But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of her fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Pushing Up Daisies (Agatha Raisin series)
Beaton, M C
Allotment wars! Lord Bellingham, Carsely’s biggest landholder, has enraged locals by saying he is going to sell off their allotments to make way for a new housing development. So, when he turns up dead, poisoned by antifreeze, nobody mourns his passing. It would seem that far from being tiny gardens of Eden, Carsley’s allotments are local battlefields where passions – and the body count – run high!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Love Like Blood (Thorne & Tanner series)
Billingham, Mark
As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world, in which families will do anything to protect their honour.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Die of Shame (Thorne & Tanner series)
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. So, what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature, to all of your suspects?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Deepest Grave (Fiona Griffiths series)
Bingham, Harry
DS Fiona Griffiths is bored. It’s been months since she had a good corpse. Then she gets news; not just of a murder, but of a decapitation, and one committed with an antique sword no less. All that, and, a murder scene laid out like a gruesome crossword clue. Gaynor Charteris was an archaeologist excavating a nearby iron-age site. Genial, respected, well liked, it was hard to see why anyone would want to kill her. But as Fiona starts to investigate, she finds evidence of a crime that seems to have its origins in King Arthur’s greatest battle – a crime so bizarre that getting her superiors to take it seriously is going to be her toughest job. Especially since the crime hasn’t yet been committed. The first in this excellent, quirky series is Talking to the Dead (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation mysteries 07)
Blackwell, Juliet
When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can’t wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious – or so tall – before, she’s definitely up for the challenge. But trouble soon arises – when Alicia’s abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend’s name, she’ll need the help of the lighthouse’s resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Good Daughter
Burt, Alexandra
Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet, one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions. In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighbouring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Quiet Man (Jefferson Winter series)
Carol, James
In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home. Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn’t so sure. The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He’s seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders – once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a situation just like this one. That date is fast approaching and Winter knows another victim has been selected. Can he identify the quiet man before he strikes again?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Dark Isle (Sam Coyle trilogy)
Carson, Clare
Sam grew up in the shadow of the secret state. Her father was an undercover agent, full of tall stories about tradecraft and traitors. Then he died, killed in the line of duty. Now, Sam has travelled to Hoy, in Orkney, to piece together the puzzle of her father’s past. Haunted by echoes of childhood holidays, Sam is sure the truth lies buried here, somewhere. What she finds is a tiny island of dramatic skies, swooping birds, rugged sea stacks and just four hundred people. An island remote enough to shelter someone who doesn’t want to be found. An island small enough to keep a secret… Follows Orkney Twilight and The Salt Marsh (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Marlborough Man
Carter, Alan
Nick Chester is working as a sergeant for the Havelock police in the Marlborough Sound, at the top of NZ’s South Island. If the river isn’t flooded and the land hasn’t slipped, it’s paradise – unless you are also hiding from a ruthless man with a grudge, in which case, remote beauty has its own kind of danger. In the last couple of weeks, two local boys have vanished. Their bodies are found, but the Pied Piper is still at large.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Patterned After Death (Southern Sewing Circle mysteries 12)
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn
Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once and, now, twenty years later, the duelling quarterbacks haven’t lost their lustre. So, townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there’s only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered. Margaret Louise, Jake’s mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn’t about to take the attack on her son’s reputation lying down. In fact, she’s in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Borrowed
Chan, Ho-Kei
The year is 2013, and Hong Kong’s greatest detective is dying. For fifty years, Inspector Kwan quietly solved cases, while the world changed around him. Now, his partner Detective Lok has come to his deathbed – for help with one final case.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

No Middle Name (Jack Reacher series) (collection)
Child, Lee
The complete Jack Reacher short stories, published together for the first time.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Match-Up (anthology)
Child, Lee (editor)
Pairs twenty-two top crime writers and their iconic characters in a unique collection of short stories.
Mystery anthology | TP | $29.99

Sherlock Holmes’s School For Detection
Clark, Simon (editor)
Sherlock Holmes teaches a piquant assortment of students the science of detection, in an anthology of all-new stories by a dazzling array of writers.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $22.99

Follow Me (Social Media Murders series)
Clarke, Angela
The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination. But this is no virtual threat. As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count. Eight years ago, two young girls did something unforgivable. Now, ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again, in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past? Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Cold Earth (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited… but, in the wreckage, he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red, silk dress. It emerges that she was already dead, before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died. The first in this great series is Raven Black ($19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope 01)
Cleeves, Ann
Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines, to complete an environmental survey. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal… Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman, hiding plenty of her own secrets. Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide – a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another death occurs, a fourth woman enters the picture – the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope… Paperback editions of the entire Vera series, at the great price of $9.99 each (while stocks last). If you haven’t tried these before, the first is The Crow Trap.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope 02)
Cleeves, Ann
It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie’s innocence. Abigail’s killer is still at large. For one young woman, Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend – and of that fearful winter’s day when she discovered the body lying cold in a ditch. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer, or of their own guilty pasts? Paperback editions of the entire Vera series, at the great price of $9.99 each (while stocks last). If you haven’t tried these before, the first is The Crow Trap.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

Hidden Depths (Vera Stanhope 03)
Cleeves, Ann
A hot summer on the Northumberland coast, and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. This stylised murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But then a second body – that of beautiful young teacher Lily Marsh – is discovered laid out in a rock pool, the water strewn with flowers. Now Vera must work quickly to find this dramatist, this killer who is making art out of death. Clues are slow to emerge from those who had known Luke and Lily, but Vera soon finds herself drawn towards the curious group of friends who discovered Lily’s body. What unites these four men and one woman? Are they really the close-knit, trustworthy unit they claim to be? As local residents are forced to share their private lives and those of their loved ones, sinister secrets are slowly unearthed. And all the while the killer remains in their midst, waiting for an opportunity to prepare another beautiful, watery grave… Paperback editions of the entire Vera series, at the great price of $9.99 each (while stocks last). If you haven’t tried these before, the first is The Crow Trap.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope 04)
Cleeves, Ann
When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat – death is never that simple… Doing what she does best, Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing staff and those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive. While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands made on him by the job; Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation again. Death has never made her feel so alive… And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services, and had been involved in a shocking case involving a young child, then it appears obvious that the two are somehow connected. Though, things are never as they seem… Paperback editions of the entire Vera series, at the great price of $9.99 each (while stocks last). If you haven’t tried these before, the first is The Crow Trap.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope 05)
Cleeves, Ann
DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well supplied in homebrew and conversation, so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of them goes missing she feels duty bound, to find out what happened. But her path leads her to more than a missing friend… It’s an easy job to track the young woman down to the Writer’s House, a country retreat – where aspiring authors gather to workshop and work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera’s neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else. She’s too close to the main suspect. But the investigation is too tempting and she’s never been one to follow the rules. Paperback editions of the entire Vera series, at the great price of $9.99 each (while stocks last). If you haven’t tried these before, the first is The Crow Trap.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope 06)
Cleeves, Ann
In Newcastle, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie travel home on the busy Metro. The train is stopped unexpectedly, and Jessie sees that one woman doesn’t leave with the other passengers: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. No one saw the murder take place. How can this be, when the train was packed? Searching for a lead, DI Vera Stanhope heads to the quiet Northumberland town of Mardle to investigate. She can feel in her bones that the local residents know more than they are letting on: a killer is among them. Just days later, a second woman is murdered. Retracing the victims’ final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street: why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak? DI Vera Stanhope is back. And she wants answers. Paperback editions of the entire Vera series, at the great price of $9.99 each (while stocks last). If you haven’t tried these before, the first is The Crow Trap.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

The Moth Catcher (Vera Stanhope 07)
Cleeves, Ann
Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they’re away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley – a beautiful, lonely place to die. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe. When they look round the attic of the big house – where Patrick has a flat – she finds the body of a second man. All the two victims have in common is a fascination with moths – catching these beautiful, rare creatures. The three couples who live in the Valley Farm development have secrets too: Annie and Sam’s daughter is due to be released from prison any day; Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realises that there may be deadly secrets trapped here… Paperback editions of the entire Vera series, at the great price of $9.99 each (while stocks last). If you haven’t tried these before, the first is The Crow Trap.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

Diana’s Altar (Detective Joe Sandilands series)
Cleverly, Barbara
Cambridge, 1933. On All Hallows’ Eve, in a candlelit pew in ancient All Hallows Church, Doctor Adelaide Hartest witnesses a stranger’s dying moments. Adelaide is just in time to hear his final confession: that he has plunged the dagger into his own chest, and that his death will be a suicide, despite its suspicious appearance. But his confession isn’t enough to halt an investigation. The victim, it is revealed, is known to Scotland Yard, and his death is a matter of national concern. Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands is sent up from London to discover the truth. Thrown into a deadly ring of cloak-and-dagger intrigue and high-society hedonism, Sandilands chases a phantom killer through Cambridge’s aristocracy, intelligentsia, cutting-edge researchers, and a clandestine ring of female spies. What secret was the dead man hiding, and what is at stake?
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Home (Myron Bolitar series)
Coben, Harlan
A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Singer From Memphis (Athenian mysteries)
Corby, Gary
Nicolaos, the only private investigator in Athens, discovers that helping a writer with his book research can be very dangerous. Would-be author Herodotus has hired Nico and his priestess wife, Diotima, to accompany him to Egypt to research that ancient country’s history. Unfortunately, Egypt happens to be in the throes of a rebellion against its overlords, the Persian Empire. Pirates infest the sea route. Three different armies roam the Egyptian countryside. The river is full of crocodiles. Everywhere Nico turns, there’s a secret agent ready to kill him, and possibly worse, he can’t find a decent cup of wine anywhere. A simple historical investigation turns into a dangerous adventure of international espionage.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Tell-Tale Tarte (Five-Ingredient mysteries 04)
Corrigan, Maya
The last thing Val needs in her life is an unsolved murder, especially when the victim, an actor famed for impersonating Edgar Allan Poe, happens to be dressed exactly like her Granddad. To keep an eye on Granddad, whose latest job takes him to the home of Rick Usher, a local author inspired by Poe, Val gets herself hired as a cook in Rick’s House of Usher. When she discovers the actor wasn’t the only one doing an impersonation, separating the innocent from the murderous becomes a real-life horror story. But Val must decipher a killer’s MO – sooner rather than later… or she can forget about finding poetic justice.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Dragon Teeth
Crichton, Michael
The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country, it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal palaeontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving, and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.
Historical thriller | TP | $32.99

The Case of the Gilded Fly (Collins’ Crime Detective Club)
Crispin, Edmund
A pretty but spiteful young actress, with a talent for destroying men’s lives, is found dead in a college room – just yards from the office of the unconventional Oxford don Gervase Fen. Anyone who knew the girl would gladly have shot her, but can Fen discover who did shoot her, and why?
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

A Divided Spy (Thomas Kell)
Cumming, Charles
Former MI6 officer Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. Until the Russian agent, he blames for the death of his girlfriend, is spotted at a Red Sea resort – in dangerous company. Taking the law into his own hands, Kell embarks on a mission to recruit his rival. Only to find 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, rumours of a terrorist attack suggest a massacre on Britain soil is imminent. Kell is faced with an impossible choice. Loyalty to MI6 – or to his own conscience? A sequel to A Foreign Country and A Colder War (PBK, $19.99 each).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Faithless (Oslo Detectives series)
Dahl, K O
Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back and this time, it’s personal… When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. Frølich’s colleague, Gunnarstranda, investigates a disturbingly similar cold case, involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes, again.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

An Almond For a Parrot
Delaney, Wray
London, 1756: In Newgate prison, Tully Truegood awaits trial. Her fate hanging in the balance, she tells her life story. It’s a tale that takes her from skivvy in the back streets of London, to conjuror’s assistant, to celebrated courtesan at her stepmother’s Fairy House, the notorious house of ill repute, where decadent excess is a must… Tully was once the talk of the town. Now, with the best seats at Newgate already sold – in anticipation of her execution – her only chance of survival is to get her story to the one person who can help her avoid the gallows. She is Tully Truegood. Orphan, whore, magician’s apprentice. Murderer?
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Marsh King’s Daughter
Dionne, Karen
When the notorious child abductor, known as the Marsh King, escapes from a maximum-security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger. No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve – or that her father raised her to be a killer. And they don’t know that the Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness, better than anyone… except, perhaps, his own daughter.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Dead Letters
Dolan-Leach, Caite
Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava renounces her terribly practical undergraduate degree, acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. Two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister, Zelda, is dead. Even in a family of alcoholics, Zelda Antipova was the wild one, notorious for her mind games and destructive behaviour. Stuck tending the vineyard and the girls’ increasingly unstable mother, Zelda was allegedly burned alive when she passed out in the barn with a lit cigarette. But Ava finds the official explanation a little too neat. A little too Zelda. Then she receives a cryptic message – from her sister…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Lie With Me
Durrant, Sabine
It starts with a lie. The kind we’ve all told – to a former acquaintance we can’t quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily-married lawyer, with the kids and the lovely home. And the next thing you know, you’re having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday – swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of… Which turns out to be less than perfect. But, by the time you’re trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you – by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it’s the lies that cause the real damage… well, by then, it could just be too late.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Booked 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball mysteries 01)
Eaton, J C
Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball is not a cop. But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one, who can solve the mystery of a cursed book. According to Harriet, four members of her book club have already succumbed to the deadly curse. Is her mother just bored and lonely? Phee is certain that their book club selection isn’t cursed, but is somebody really knocking off the ladies?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes
Edwards, Martin (editor)
Impossible crime stories have been relished by puzzle lovers, ever since the invention of detective fiction. Fiendishly intricate cases were particularly well suited to the cerebral type of detective story that became so popular during the ‘golden age of murder’ between the two world wars. This anthology celebrates the work of the great Golden Age writers, alongside long-hidden gems by less familiar writers. Together, these stories demonstrate the range and high accomplishment of the classic British impossible crime story, over more than half a century.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $27.95

Curious Minds (Knight and Moon series)
Evanovich, Janet & Sutton, Phoef
Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich and (some people might say) handsome. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard. Her assertive (some people might say aggressive), spitfire attitude has helped land a dream job at Blane-Grunwald bank. At least, Riley Moon thinks it’s her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight. The first in a new series.
Romantic suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Black Cat Sees His Shadow (Bad Luck Cat mysteries 03)
Finch, Kay
The town of Lavender, Texas is buzzing with tourists, and local businesses are pulling out all the stops for the annual Pumpkin Days Festival. On the eve of opening day, Sabrina comes face to face with her doppelganger, Tia Hartwell, a caricature artist at the festival. The similarities between the two women are striking, including their matching black cats. Sabrina learns that her new twin Tia has an enemy: bad-tempered jewellery vendor Calvin Fisher. When Fisher is found slumped over dead in his pickup, Tia tops the suspect list. With the help of her feline sidekick, Sabrina must clear her new look-alike friend before she finds herself in a deadly case of double jeopardy.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Strangers (Lucy Clayburn series)
Finch, Paul
Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there’s no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line. And, unknown to Lucy, she’s already treading it… The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Triple Crown (Dick Francis novels)
Francis, Felix
Jeff Hinkley, investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) where he has been asked to find a mole in their organisation – an informant who is passing on confidential information to those under suspicion in American racing. At the Kentucky Derby, Jeff joins the FACSA team in a raid on a horse trainer’s barn at Churchill Downs, but the bust is a disaster, and someone ends up dead. Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favoured horses in the field fall sick. These suspicious events can be no coincidence. In search of answers, Jeff goes undercover as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for: corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing – including murder – to capture the most elusive prize in world sport, the Triple Crown.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Sunday Morning Coming Down (Frieda Klein series)
French, Nicci
Psychotherapist Dr Frieda Klein once again finds herself in the midst of a criminal investigation when the rotting body of an ex-policeman is found beneath the floorboards of her house. The corpse is only months old but the main suspect, murderer Dean Reeve, died over seven years ago. As the killer picks off his next victims and her home is turned into a crime scene, Frieda’s old life seems like a hazy dream. With eyes of the world upon her and no answers from the police, Frieda realises that she will have to track this killer, before he tracks down those she loves.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Hero In France
Furst, Alan
Paris is occupied by the Nazis, dark and silent at night. But when the clouds part, and moonlight floods the city, a Resistance leader called Mathieu steps out to begin his work. The fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women – young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and students – help downed British airmen reach the border with Spain. In farmhouses and rural churches, in secret hotels, and on the streets, they risk everything to open Europe’s sealed doors and lead Allied fighters to freedom. But as the military police heightens surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched from the Reich to destroy them all. Recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Ultimatum (Luke Carlton series)
Gardner, Frank
After helping to avert a deadly attack on London, Luke Carlton has been welcomed on board as a full-fledged member of SIS and is assigned the role of case officer running agents. He is sent undercover into Iran to ‘turn’ and recruit an officer in that country’s infamous Revolutionary Guard Corps: the word is that a conservative group within the IRGC doesn’t like the direction post-revolutionary Iran appear to be taking and are planning something big to embarrass their own government – and frighten the country’s new ‘allies’ in the West. The intelligence services need to find out who and what, and fast… but then a senior British government minister on an official visit to Iran goes missing, his close protection officers are found murdered… A sequel to the superb Crisis (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
Goldberg, Leonard S
When Joanna Blalock and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr John Watson Junior. Impressed by her forensic and deductive skills, they invite her to become the third member of their deductive team. Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878 – 1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act, while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy…
Sherlockiana | HC | $47.95

The Girl in Kellers Way
Goldin, Megan
When a body is found buried near the desolate forest road of Kellers Way, Detective Melanie Carter must identify the victim if she is to have any chance of finding the killer. That’s no easy task with fragmentary evidence from a crime committed years earlier, and a conspiracy of silence from anyone who might have information. The one person who may be able to help is Julie West. In a troubled marriage, Julie often jogs along Kellers Way to clear her mind and escape the confines of her suffocating suburban life. Until one day, something happens there that shakes Julie to the core, making her question everything she ever believed about her life, her marriage, and even her sanity…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Still Dark (Lorimer & Brightman series)
Gray, Alex
New Year’s Eve should be a time for celebrating. A chance to spend time with loved ones and look forward to the year ahead. For DSI William Lorimer, however, this New Year’s Eve will be one that he will never forget. Called to a house after gunshots are reported, the carnage he finds there will have a powerful impact on his life – leaving him questioning his future with Police Scotland. Meanwhile, the man who eluded police capture during Lorimer’s last investigation – the Quiet Release case involving the euthanasia of vulnerable patients – is back, and this time he’s aligned with a powerful gangster from Glasgow’s underworld. As Lorimer struggles to return to duty and stop this mystery killer once and for all, he discovers that there are forces high up within Police Scotland that are protecting the gangster that holds the key to finding the man they are looking for. Can Lorimer and his team get a killer off the streets for good, before more innocent people die?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Camino Island
Grisham, John
Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts – which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI’s Rare Asset Recovery Unit’s watch list. A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida’s idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother’s beach cottage. Now, she is being made an offer she can’t refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel – and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Vanished (Konrad Simonsen series)
Hammer, Lotte & Soren
Lying at the bottom of his apartment stairs, a postman is found dead. At first glance, his death appears to be a tragic accident. However, when Detective Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called to investigate, he notices that something doesn’t add up.
Thriller | PBK | $16.99

Indigo
Harris, Charlaine; et al
Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she’s become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus both as Nora, and as Indigo, has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member. But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories. Nora’s parents were killed when she was nineteen years old. She took the life insurance money and went off to explore the world, leading to her becoming a student of meditation and strange magic in a mountaintop monastery in Nepal… a history that many would realise sounds suspiciously like the origins of several comic book characters. As Nora starts to pick apart her memory, it begins to unravel. Her parents are dead, but the rest is a series of lies. Where did she get the power inside her? A collaborative novel, written by: Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A Moore, and Mark Morris.
Mystery/suspense | HC | $49.95

Three Envelopes
Herzoni, Nir & Cohen, Steven (translator)
Agent 10483 carried out his missions perfectly. Too perfectly. When a top agent in The Organisation receives a disturbing notebook written by the mysterious 10483, supposedly dead for years, he realises that something went terribly wrong. Is 10483 a psychopath, who outwitted his handlers for years? Or was he manipulated by his superiors to carry out the most monstrous assassinations in the history of the state of Israel? And why was he the only agent to receive three envelopes with targeted killing assignments instead of one, as part of a lethal and top-secret operation? Was he responsible for locking up his victims and staging their deaths, or was he himself merely the victim of a brilliant scientist whose cutting-edge discoveries enabled her to manipulate his brain waves?
Thriller | TP | $26.99

Sleep Baby Sleep (Pieter Vos series)
Hewson, David
Annie Schrijver is just twenty-two years old. She works in the picturesque Albert Cuyp flower market where her father has a stall. Brimming with personality, she’s always been popular with the customers. But then she goes missing, only to be found barely alive, tied to a stone angel in a graveyard, surrounded by a ring of fire. Her body contains traces of a drug which connect the police to a previous case: the Sleeping Beauty murders. But Annie seems to have been the lucky one, as a body is found nearby, freshly tattooed with three words: ‘Sleep Baby Sleep’. It is summer and Amsterdam is full of tourists drunk or high on all that it has to offer. The drum of music from a makeshift DJ booth near the zoo is deafening, and empty frites cones and beer cans litter the streets. But the atmosphere has sinister undercurrents as a killer is at work in a city where crime pays and tensions run high. Detective Pieter Vos knows that if he is to outwit the murderer, he will need to employ everything he has to avert a greater tragedy.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Magpie Murders
Horowitz, Anthony
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She’s worked with the revered crime writer for years; and his detective, Atticus Pünd, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It’s just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway… But Conway’s latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder. A deliciously dark take on the cosy crime novel, brought bang up to date, with a fiendish modern twist. Recommended.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Aurore (Wars Within series)
Hurley, Graham
Barely half of the Bomber Command’s aircrews survive a full tour, but wireless operator Billy Angell has beaten the odds and completed his 30th – and final – mission. Now, Billy is due two weeks’ leave, a posting to a training squadron and a six-month exemption from active duty. Except that MI5 need an airman to drop into Nazi-occupied France. MI5 are interested in Helene Lafosse, a Frenchwoman keeping unusual company in her small family chateau in the depths of the Touraine. Helene has begun an affair with a senior Abwehr intelligence officer, who, in return, has turned a blind eye to the succession of Jews, refugees, resistance fighters and downed Allied airmen to whom she offers shelter. MI5 believe they can exploit this relationship and plant a false lead about the anticipated allied invasion of northern France. It falls to Billy, playing a downed airman, to find Helene, to win her confidence and to plant a lie that will only make sense to her German lover. But this time, Billy isn’t flying at 20,000 feet and he won’t be able to escape the incendiary consequences of his actions.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Grace to the Finish (Manor House mysteries 08)
Hyzy, Julie
Now that Grace Wheaton has officially been named heir to Bennett Marshfield’s fortune, her usually busy schedule has become a juggling act. In addition to her duties at Marshfield Manor, she’s bankrolling her roommates’ refurbished wine shop, Amethyst Cellars. Grace is excited to check out the rustic space with Bruce and Scott. But that excitement turns to dismay when they stumble upon the body of the banker involved with the sale. Grace wants to get to the bottom of this mystery quickly so that her friends’ new venture isn’t overshadowed by an unsolved murder, but she’s got even more to balance when her troubled sister, Liza, is released from prison early. Liza’s first stop is Marshfield Manor and her first priority is grabbing a bite of Bennett’s fortune for herself. Grace has to keep her greedy sister at bay and catch a killer before her new life comes crashing down around her.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Need You Dead (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalisingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Defectors
Kanon, Joseph
Some secrets should never be told. Moscow, 1961: With the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet Union’s international prestige is at an all-time high. And the most notorious of the defectors to the Soviet Union, former CIA agent Frank Weeks, is about to publish his memoirs. What he reveals will send shock waves through the West. Weeks’ defection, in the early 1950s, shook Washington to its core – and forced the resignation of his brother, Simon, from the State Department. Simon, now a publisher in New York, is given the opportunity to read and publish his brother’s memoir. He knows the US government will never approve the publication of what is, clearly, intended as KGB propaganda. Yet, the offer is irresistible: it will finally give him the chance to learn why his brother chose to betray his country.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Leaving Berlin
Kanon, Joseph
Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America, by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start, things go fatally wrong.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Dark Dawn Over Steep House (Gower Street Detective series)
Kasasian, M R C
London, 1884: Sidney Grice – London’s foremost personal detective – is restless. Having filed his latest case under ‘S’, for ‘Still To Be Solved’, he has returned to his book, A Brief History of Doorstep Whitening in Preston, to await further inspiration. His ward, March Middleton, remains determined to uncover the truth. Geraldine Hockaday, the daughter of a respected Naval captain, was outraged on the murky streets of Limehouse. Yet, her attacker is still on the loose. But then a chance encounter in an overcrowded cafe brings a new victim to light, and it seems clear March and Grice are on the trail of a serial offender. A trail that will lead them to the dining room of a Prussian Prince, the dingy hangout of an Armenian gangster, and the shadowy ruin of a once-loved family home, Steep House… If you haven’t yet encountered Sidney Grice and his ward, March – this humorous, historical series is getting raves from customers. The first is The Mangle Street Murders (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Enforcing the Paw (Paw Enforcement mysteries 06)
Kelly, Diane
When relationships go south, some people just can’t, or won’t, let go. When Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her pawed partner Brigit investigate a series of stalking incidents involving a couple who recently broke up, their detective powers are put to the test. Is this a case of a controlling creep who refuses to accept rejection or one about a woman scorned whose fury has been unleashed?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Stalker (Di Joona Linna series)
Kepler, Lars
A video clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead after a frenzied knife attack. The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her before time runs out. When her husband finds her, he is so traumatised that he cleans the whole house and puts her to bed. He may have seen a vital clue, but is in such an extreme state of shock that the police are unable to question him. Psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is called in to hypnotise him – but what the man tells him, under hypnosis, leads Erik to start lying to the police. If the lights are on, a stalker can see you from outside. But if the lights are off, you can’t see a stalker who is already inside the house.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Mary Russell’s War and Other Stories of Suspense (collection)
King, Laurie R
In nine short stories, seven of which have never previously been available in print, and one brand new, never-before-seen Sherlock Holmes mystery – available together, for the first time – Laurie R King blends her long-running brand of crime fiction with historical treats and narrative sleight of hand. At the heart of the collection is a prequel novella that begins with England’s declaration of war, in 1914. As told in Mary Russell’s teenage diaries, the whip-smart girl investigates familial mysteries, tracks German spies through San Francisco, and generally delights with her extraordinary mind, until an unimaginable tragedy strikes. Here, too, is the case of a professor killed by a swarm of bees; Mrs Hudson’s investigation of a string of disappearing household items and a lifelong secret; a revealing anecdote about a character integral to The God of the Hive; the story of Mary’s beloved Uncle Jake and a monumental hand of cards; and a series of postcards, in which Mary searches for her missing husband, Sherlock Holmes. Last, but not least, fans will be especially thrilled by Mary’s account of her decision, at age ninety-two, to publish her memoirs and how she concluded that Ms King should be the one to introduce her voice, to the world. Recommended!
Sherlockiana (story collection) | PBK | $19.99

Lockdown
King, Laurie R
Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget… A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school’s reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day – bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald’s bright vision. A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother’s history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns. Even the school janitor has a story, he dare not reveal. But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.
Suspense | HC | $52.95

Every Last Lie
Kubica, Mary
Clara Solberg’s world shatters, when her husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car crash – killing Nick, while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. But when Maisie starts having nightmares, Clara becomes obsessed that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident. Who wanted Nick dead? And, more importantly, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out the truth – even if it makes her question whether her entire marriage has been a lie…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Couple Next Door
Lapena, Shari
Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back, every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone. You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye mysteries 14)
Laurie, Victoria
When Abby is sent to Los Angeles to help train FBI officers to use their intuition, she encounters a case that only she can solve: a series of bank robberies in which the thieves made off with loads of cash but left no clues. Abby’s sixth sense leads her team to a tract of land recently cleared for development, where she gets a vision of four buried bodies. However, a site search turns up only ancient bones and pottery from an American Indian tribe, which is enough to delay construction for years. With a furious developer and dubious FBI agents on her back, Abby is losing credibility – fast. But Abby’s talent rarely leads her astray, and if the bodies aren’t there yet, that means four deaths can still be stopped. She’ll just have to dig a little deeper…
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’s 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 | PBK | $19.99

French Fried (Ethnic Eats 02)
Logan, Kylie
The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week. For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel ‘Rocky’ Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer’s day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from soufflé to sleuth.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Lies
Logan, T M
When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park, while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in. And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene. But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him. When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is okay, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared. And that’s when Joe receives the first message…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Lola
Love, Melissa Srivner
The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia… but what no one has figured out is that the gang’s real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia’s girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man’s world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter – and in many ways tougher and more ruthless – than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival. Perfect for fans of Dennis Lehane and Don Winslow.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $26.99

The Labyrinth of Death (Sherlock Holmes series)
Lovegrove, James
It is 1895, and Sherlock Holmes’s new client is a High Court judge, whose free-spirited daughter has disappeared without a trace. Holmes and Watson discover that the missing woman – Hannah Woolfson – was herself on the trail of a missing person, her close friend Sophia. Sophia was recruited to a group known as the Elysians, a quasi-religious sect obsessed with Ancient Greek myths and rituals, run by the charismatic Sir Philip Buchanan. Hannah has joined the Elysians under an assumed name, convinced that her friend has been murdered. Holmes agrees that she should continue as his agent, within the secretive yet seemingly harmless cult; yet, Watson is convinced Hannah is in terrible danger. For Sir Philip has dreams of improving humanity through classical ideals, and at any cost…
Sherlockiana | TP | $29.95

Another One Goes Tonight (Peter Diamond series)
Lovesey, Peter
Peter Diamond, the Bath detective brilliant at rooting out murder, is peeved at being diverted to Professional Standards to enquire into a police car accident. Arriving late at the scene, he discovers an extra victim thrown onto an embankment – unconscious and unnoticed. Diamond administers CPR, but no one can say whether the elderly tricyclist will pull through. But why had the man been out in the middle of the night with an urn containing human ashes? Diamond’s suspicions grow after he identifies the accident victim as Ivor Pellegrini, a well-known local eccentric and railway enthusiast. A search of Pellegrini’s workshop proves beyond question that he is involved in a series of uninvestigated deaths. While Pellegrini lingers on life support, Diamond wrestles with the appalling possibility that he has saved the life of a serial killer…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Butterfly on the Storm (Heartland trilogy)
Lucius, Walter
A hit and run on a woodland road near Amsterdam, involving an Afghan boy, is connected to a powerful international crime syndicate. Journalist Farah Hafez, together with her colleague Paul Chapelle, gets caught up in an investigation that takes them all the way to Moscow and has greater political and personal ramifications than they bargained for. After this perilous journey, their lives will never be the same again. New in translation, this first in a series is perfect for fans of Steig Larsson’s Millennium novels.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Robert Ludlum’s the Bourne Initiative
Lustbader, Eric Van
General Boris Karpov, head of the feared Russian FSB, is dead. But Karpov has reached out from the grave with an unstoppable cyber operation he conceived before his murder, aimed at the heart of the United States; a way to steal the president’s nuclear launch codes. Who has taken over the operation? Karpov trusted only one man: Jason Bourne. But can Bourne be working against his own country? The US Government is convinced of his treason, and is doing everything in its power to kill him. Flushed from cover and gravely wounded, Bourne’s only hope is to join forces with his bitterest enemy: a powerful Somali terrorist named Keyre, and his protégé, the Angelmaker.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Nutshell
McEwan, Ian
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.
Fiction | PBK | $19.99

Blood Tide (Paula Maguire series)
McGowan, Claire
Called in to investigate the disappearance of a young couple during a violent storm, Paula Maguire, forensic psychologist, has mixed feelings about going back to Bone Island. Her last family holiday as a child was spent on its beautiful, remote beaches and returning brings back haunting memories of her long-lost mother. It soon becomes clear that outsiders aren’t welcome on the island, and with no choice but to investigate the local community, Paula soon suspects foul play, realising that the islanders are hiding secrets from her, and each other. With another storm fast approaching, Paula is faced with a choice. Leave alive or risk being trapped with a killer on an inescapable island, as the blood tide rushes in…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

You Don’t Know Me
Mahmood, Imran
An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence. He says that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But if he’s going to go down for life, he wants to go down telling the truth. As he talks us through the evidence against him, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind, ’til we’ve heard his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: Did he do it?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Plague Charmer
Maitland, Karen
1361. Porlock Weir, Exmoor. Thirteen years after the Great Pestilence, plague strikes England, for the second time. Sara, a packhorse man’s wife, remembers the horror, all too well; and fears for safety of her children. Only a dark-haired stranger offers help, but at a price that no one will pay. Fear gives way to hysteria in the village and, when the sickness spreads to her family, Sara finds herself locked away, by neighbours she has trusted for years.
Historical suspense | PBK | $22.99

Take Out (Sigrid Harald series)
Maron, Margaret
Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realise that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid’s case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighbourhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit and run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely? Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can’t stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Don’t Turn Out the Lights (Commandant Servaz series)
Minier, Bernard
When a woman finds a suicide note in her mailbox, she can’t imagine that it has anything to do with her. And yet it signals the end of her own life… but who is her enemy? Only Commandant Martin Servaz can find out… Christine Steinmeyer knows the suicide note she found in her mailbox on Christmas Eve has nothing to do with her. But the man calling in to her radio show seems convinced otherwise. That’s only the beginning. Bit by bit, her life is turned upside down. But who among her friends and family hates her enough to want to destroy her? And why? Commandant Martin Servaz is on leave, when he is sent a key card to a hotel room – the room where an artist committed suicide a year earlier. He soon uncovers evidence of a truly terrifying crime. Could someone really be cruelly, consciously hounding women to death? Both he and Christine will find out… but it may not be in time.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Man Who Wanted To Know (Avraham Avraham series)
Mishani, D A
Mazal Bengtson doesn’t know what her husband was doing on the night of the storm. Inspector Avraham Avraham doesn’t know how to begin his first murder case. What they do both know is something of the victim’s past that holds the key to understanding not just the murder, but stranger, more disturbing events. For the things that happen in a long marriage, under strain may not always be against the law. Desperate to solve a terrible death, Avraham cannot mend what he cannot know. The next instalment in the Israeli detective series, following: The Missing File (TP, $29.99) and A Possibility of Violence (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Lyttleton Case (Collins’ Crime Detective Club)
Morris, R A V
The chance discovery of a young man’s body floating in a Sussex stream provides the first clue to the mysterious disappearance of Sir James Lyttleton, who sent his daughter a curt wire announcing his departure for America before completely vanishing. But this is no ordinary missing person’s inquiry – when Sir James’s body turns up inside another man’s coffin, journalist James Dawson and Chief Inspector Candlish of Scotland Yard find themselves on the trail of a particularly ruthless and ingenious murderer.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

The Fortunate Brother
Morrissey, Donna
A dark, atmospheric and compelling novel about the aftermath of a murder in a claustrophobic rural community, in Newfoundland. When a body is found in the lake, suspicion falls on the troubled Now family. As the mystery unfolds other, far deeper, secrets are revealed.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

You Can Run
Mosby, Steve
When a stolen car crashes into a house, on a suburban street, the police are shocked to discover a woman being held captive inside the building. As the remains of many more victims are found in the house, it seems that the Red River Killer – who has been abducting women for twenty years and taunting the police with letters about his crimes – has finally been identified. As the hunt for the killer intensifies, DI Will Turner finds the investigation edging dangerously close to uncovering his own demons. He must be the one to catch the killer while keeping his own past buried. The clock is ticking, and there are lives at stake…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Bright Shiny Things (Hakim & Arnold series)
Nadel, Barbara
A friend from the past asks for private investigator Lee Arnold’s help in tracing his son: Fayyad al’Barri was last thought to be in Syria having embraced radical Islam. But a cryptic message has prompted his family to believe Fayyad has had a change of heart and is searching for a way back home. With fellow investigator Mumtaz Hakim’s assistance, they might be able to establish contact. From the bright lights of the Western world, to shady boxing clubs and murky online jihadist recruitment, and while violence erupts close to home, Mumtaz and Lee are on an unknown path, into the mind of a terrorist, journeying closer to danger than they ever imagined.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Buried Lies
Ohlsson, Kristina
Five brutal murders in two countries. A woman confesses to the killings, then leaps off a bridge to her death. Her brother insists she was innocent, and wants the case reopened. But how do you vindicate a deceased, self-proclaimed killer?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Fierce Kingdom
Phillips, Gin
Lincoln is a good boy. At the age of four, he is curious, clever and well behaved. He does as his mum says and knows what the rules are. ‘The rules are different today. The rules are that we hide and do not let the man with the gun find us.’ When an ordinary day at the zoo turns into a nightmare, Joan finds herself trapped with her beloved son. She must summon all her strength, find unexpected courage and protect Lincoln at all costs – even if it means crossing the line between right and wrong; between humanity and animal instinct. It’s a line none of us would ever normally dream of crossing. But sometimes the rules are different.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

If the Haunting Fits, Wear It (Haunted Vintage mysteries 05)
Pressey, Rose
When Cookie Chanel lands a dream assignment of providing vintage hats for a high-society Kentucky Derby party, she’s brimming with excitement. Leaving her mother and best friend to mind the store at It’s Vintage Y’All, Cookie packs up her psychic cat and races to Kentucky. But before she can hang her hat, her enthusiasm is dampened when the rider of the potential Derby-winning horse is put out to pasture. Now, she’s saddled with the jockey’s ghost, who insists she find his killer. With suspects ranging from an odds-on favourite to a dark horse, Cookie may just find herself in a dead heat before the photo finish…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Violated
Pronzini, Bill
In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passers-by. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results, in a case that has no easy solution.
Mystery | HC | $29.99

The Alice Network
Quinn, Kate
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So, when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her ‘little problem’ taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerising Lili, code name Alice, the ‘queen of spies’, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. That is, until a young American barges in, uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth… no matter where it leads.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Rather be the Devil
Rankin, Ian
Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria’s killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time… until Edinburgh is once riper for the picking?
Rebus | PBK | $19.99

The Legacy of the Bones (Baztan trilogy)
Redondo, Dolores
A year after arresting Jason Medina for the rape and murder of his step-daughter, Detective Inspector Amaia Salazar has one last duty to complete, before starting her maternity leave – attending Medina’s trial. When the trial is suddenly called off, Amaia is appalled. But the judge had no choice. Jason Medina has committed suicide, leaving behind a cryptic note addressed to Amaia: the single word ‘Tarttalo’. To unravel the truth behind this obscure reference to Basque mythology, Amaia must return once again to the Baztan valley, her family home and the place where she feels most vulnerable. As the investigation becomes more complicated and more personal, those closest to Amaia will be placed in mortal danger…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Amnesia
Ridpath, Michael
Rural Scotland, 1999. Alastair, a doctor in his eighties who lives alone by a loch, wakes up in hospital – having fallen and hit his head, inducing almost total amnesia. Lacking family, friends, or knowledge of himself, Clemence, his sole contact’s great-niece, is called in to take care of him. Retreating to Alastair’s remote cottage to help him recuperate, Clemence finds a peculiar manuscript, hidden away from prying eyes. The first line shocks her to the core: ‘It was a warm, still night and the cry of a tawny owl swirled through the birch trees by the loch, when I killed the only woman I have ever loved.’ Reading the short prologue, she discovers a murder by someone who is, clearly, the old doctor. The victim? Clemence’s French grandmother, Sophie. Horrified, Clemence decides to read the book to Alastair, to rekindle his memory of her grandmother and their group of friends in 1930s Paris, and to try to force a confession, for a crime he was never punished for. But as they read on, doubts about the true course of events begin to surface in her mind. Which is fortunate, because there are people closing in on the cottage by the loch, who are willing to kill to make sure that the old man’s secrets stay forgotten…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

When the Music’s Over (Inspector Banks series)
Robinson, Peter
Two young girls. Two unspeakable crimes. Fifty years separate them – their pain connects them. When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly-promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14, by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton… yet, the crime has never been investigated – until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they’ll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love
Runcie, James
It is May 1971 and the Cambridgeshire countryside is bursting into summer. Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in a bluebell wood with his daughter Anna and their ageing Labrador Byron when they stumble upon a body. Plunged into another murder investigation, Sidney discovers a world of hippies and psychedelic plants, where permissive behaviour seems to hide something darker. This is the first of many disturbing secrets that Sidney unearths beneath the tranquil surface of the diocese: a celebrated photographer is accused of rape; a priceless religious text vanishes from a Cambridge college; the authentication of a lost masterpiece proves a slippery business; and Sidney’s own nephew goes missing. Endeavouring to fit in his clerical duties around sleuthing, Sidney continues to reflect on the divine mysteries of love, life and faith, while wrestling with the earthly problems of parish scandals, a progressive new secretary, the challenges of parenthood, and a great loss. If you haven’t yet encountered Sidney Chambers, this delightful, village vicarage mystery series begins with Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (PBK, $19.99).
Grantchester | HC | $28.00

The City In Darkness (Stefan Gillespie series)
Russell, Michael
Christmas 1939. In Europe, the Phoney War hides carnage to come. In Ireland Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie keeps tabs on Irishmen joining the British Forces. It’s unpleasant work, but when an IRA raid on a military arsenal sends Garda Special Branch in search of guns and explosives, Stefan is soon convinced his boss, Superintendent Terry Gregory, is working for the IRA. At home for Christmas, Stefan is abruptly called to Laragh, an isolated mountain town. A postman has disappeared, believed killed, and Laragh’s Guards are hiding something. Stefan is the nearest Special Branch detective, yet is he only there because Gregory wants him out of the way? Laragh is close to the lake where Stefan’s wife Maeve drowned years earlier, and when events expose a connection between the missing postman and her death, Stefan realises it wasn’t an accident, but murder. And it will be a difficult, dangerous journey where Stefan has to finally confront the ghosts of the past not only in the mountains of Wicklow, but in Spain in the aftermath of its bloody Civil War, before he can return to Dublin to find the truth.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman
Sanchez, Mamen
Atticus Craftsman never travels without a supply of Earl Grey, an electric kettle, and a teacup – so, he makes sure he has packed all three… after his father, distinguished publishers of Craftsman & Co, sends him to Madrid to shut down a failing literary magazine, Librarte. But when nobody has heard from Atticus, in three months, his father knows something must be very wrong. Fortunately, Inspector Manchego is on the case. Manchego gets to work unravelling the mystery of the Englishman’s disappearance, but there to block him at every turn are the five fiery and close-knit Spanish women who run Librarte and must devise a plan to save the magazine. A botched kidnapping, and the rumoured discovery of a trove of long-lost Federico Garcia Lorca poems, propel Atticus – with Manchego hot on his trail – on a madcap journey through the narrow streets of Madrid and down to the bohemian heart of Andalucía.
Caper | TP | $31.95

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. A life without violence, without secrets, and without knocks on the door in the dead of night. A life without her husband. But what if freedom, for Bridget, means grave danger for Francis?
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Cambodia Noir
Seeley, Nicholas
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: the end of the line. Lawless, drug soaked, forgotten – it’s where bad journalists go to die. For once-great war photographer Will Keller, that’s kind of a mission statement. But Will’s spiral toward oblivion is interrupted by Kara Saito, a beautiful young woman who shows up and begs Will to help find her sister, June, who disappeared during a stint as an intern at the local paper.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Knit To Be Tied (Kelly Flynn mysteries 14)
Sefton, Maggie
In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant, Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn that the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the man she dreamed he was. He’s a cad. Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the dad-to-be and also strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the loose. Now, it’s up to Kelly and the gang to put down their needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to kill again…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Maigret Is Afraid
Simenon, Georges
An impromptu visit to an old school friend in the Vendée draws Maigret into a disturbing local investigation. The mood of the town was still jittery. It was all very well for people to go about their day-to-day activities as usual, there was a certain anxiety in people’s eyes and they seemed to be walking faster, as if they were afraid the murderer would suddenly appear. Maigret would have sworn the housewives didn’t normally stand around on the doorsteps, talking in hushed tones.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Sullivan, Matthew
Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs – the lost and lonely regulars, who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favourite bookseller, Lydia has inherited his meagre worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long-buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Party Girls Die In Pearls (Oxford Girl mysteries)
Sykes, Plum
1985. Gazing up at the ancient turrets of Christminster College, Ursula Flowerbutton can’t quite believe she’s here: Oxford, city of dreaming spires, eccentric dons and Sebastian Flyte’s excesses. She can’t wait to immerse herself in her History course and cut her journalistic teeth at the famous student newspaper, Cherwell. Somewhat daunted by the poise of her fellow undergraduates, Ursula is thrilled to be befriended by the most glamorous girl she has ever seen. Nancy Feingold looks like she has walked straight off the set of Sixteen Candles, with her rippling mane of hair, perfect American smile, and limitless wardrobe. Ursula has read all seventy-five Agatha Christies. But even this rigorous training could not prepare her for the shocking murder scene she stumbles into, on arrival at her first tutorial. Catapulted into the heart of a murky crime, and determined to bag her first scoop, Ursula sets out to discover who killed the beautiful Lady India Brattenbury. The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Her Nightly Embrace (PI Ravi series)
Tantimedh, Adi
Ravi Chandra Singh is the last guy you’d expect to become a private detective. A failed religious scholar, he now works for Golden Sentinels, an upmarket London private investigations agency, under the watchful eye of Roger Golden, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire, and his mysterious office manager, Cheryl Hughes. Thrust into a world where the rich, famous, and powerful hire him to solve their problems and wash their dirty laundry, Ravi finds himself in over his head, with increasingly bizarre and complex cases – and the visions that he’s been having – of Hindu gods – aren’t helping. As Ravi struggles to stay ahead of danger, he wonders if the things he’s seeing are a delusion – or if he might, in fact, be an unrecognised shaman of the modern world… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Gone Without A Trace
Torjussen, Mary
You leave for work one morning. Another day in your normal life. Until you come home, to discover that your boyfriend has gone. His belongings have disappeared. He hasn’t been at work, for weeks. It’s as if he never existed. But that’s not possible, is it? And there is worse still to come. Because, just as you are searching for him, someone is also watching you.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Penance of the Damned (Sister Fidelma series)
Tremayne, Peter
When news comes to Cashel that Chief Bishop and advisor to King Colgu of Muman has been murdered within the fortress of the Ui Fidgente, it is a shock for all concerned. The Ui Fidgente are the long-time enemies of King Colgu’s family, and terrible conflict is threatened when the King learns that the culprit will be executed under new ecclesiastical rules. As Colgu dispatches his sister Fidelma and her companion, Eadulf, to investigate, it seems there is no uncertainty about the person who killed the abbot. But the man facing death is Gorman, commander of the King’s elite bodyguard and son of Fidelma’s closest friend. Now, Fidelma and Eadulf must face old enemies as they struggle to find an alternative to the apparent fact of Gorman’s guilt. And with the threat of war looming, time is running out to the allotted moment of Gorman’s execution…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Testimony
Turow, Scott
Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, even his country. Invited to become a prosecutor at The Hague’s International Criminal Court, it was a chance to start afresh. But when his first case is to examine the disappearance of four hundred Roma refugees – an apparent war crime left unsolved for ten years – it’s clear this new life won’t be an easy one… Whispered rumours have the perpetrators ranging from Serb paramilitaries to the US Army, but there’s no hard evidence to hold either accountable, and only a single witness to say it happened at all. To get to the truth, Boom must question the integrity of every person linked to the case – from Layton Merriwell, a disgraced US Major General, to flirtatious barrister, Esma Czarni – as it soon becomes apparent that every party has a vested interest, and no qualms in steering the investigation their way…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Templars’ Last Secret (Bruno, Chief of Police series)
Walker, Martin
The body of a woman is found outside a cave beneath the ruined Templar chateau of Commarque in the heart of the Dordogne. She died of a broken neck. An accidental fall, or was she pushed? The victim carries no identification and her fingerprints are not known to the French police or Interpol. The only clue to the woman’s identity is that her dentistry looks American, but Bruno’s inquiries at local hotels and gites yield no trace of a missing foreign woman. The chateau of Commarque, begun in the 11th century, was founded by a Bishop of Sarlat and entrusted to the Knights Templar. In the rocks beneath it are caves. It is one of the few Templar sites in France that has never been associated with the fabled hidden treasure of the Templars – never, until now, when a local journalist publishes a sensational story around the unknown woman’s death and a centuries-old mystery looks like it might finally be solved… The latest in this wonderful series, set in the Dordogne. Death in the Dordogne (aka Bruno, Chief of Police) is the first (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Murder on the Pilgrims Way (Whitstable Pearl mysteries)
Wassmer, Julie
Pearl receives a surprise present from her mother, Dolly – an early summer break at a riverside manor house that has been recently transformed into an exclusive hotel – the newly-named Villa Pellegrini. Pellegrini – the Italian word for pilgrims – reflects the fact that the building lies on the old Pilgrims Way into Canterbury, and Pearl is looking forward to the break, not least because DCI Mike McGuire has been neglecting her, due to his work. But when she discovers that she’s actually booked in for a cookery course from the Italian celebrity chef, Nico Caruso, she begins to think again… Pearl doesn’t welcome instruction on cookery at the best of times, and certainly not from an arrogant chef like Caruso. She goes along, intent on challenging Caruso’s egotism – and a long tradition of men dominating gastronomy – but soon finds herself distracted, not only by her enchanting surroundings but by the disparate selection of guests. She even begins to enjoy Caruso’s attentions – and his cookery – until one of the guests goes missing and it becomes clear that murder is on the menu.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Murder at the Brightwell (Amory Ames mysteries)
Weaver, Ashley
Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who regrets her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiancé, Gil Trent, not knowing that she’ll soon become embroiled in a murder investigation that will test not only her friendship with Gil, but will upset the status quo with her husband. As the stakes grow higher and the line between friend and foe becomes less clear, Amory must decide where her heart lies and catch the killer – before she, too, becomes a victim. This first in an interwar series has had some great customer feedback.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Death in a Darkening Mist (Lane Winslow mysteries)
Whishaw, Iona
On a snowy day in December 1946, Lane Winslow – a former British intelligence agent who’s escaped to the rural Canadian community of King’s Cove, in pursuit of a tranquil life – is introduced to the local hot springs. While there, she overhears nearby patrons speaking Russian. When one of those patrons is found dead in the change room, Lane’s linguistic and intelligence experience is of immeasurable value to the local police force in solving the murder. The investigation points to the Soviet Union, where Stalin’s purges are eliminating enemies, and the reach of Stalin’s agent snakes all the way into a harmless Doukhobor community. Winslow’s complicated relationship with the local police inspector, Darling, is intensified by the perils of the case – and by the discovery of her own father’s death during the war. The case comes to a frantic and shocking end with a perilous, night-time journey along treacherous snow-covered roads. A sequel to A Killer in King’s Cover (TP, $33.95). This new postwar series has been very well received.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

A Talent For Murder
Wilson, Andrew
Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered – in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf. Based, of course, on the real-life Christie’s ‘missing’ days in December 1926.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Whole World
Winslow, Emily
Polly and Liv are American students at Cambridge University. Both strangers to their new home, both survivors of past mistakes, they quickly become friends and find a common interest in Nick, a handsome, charming and seemingly guileless graduate student. But a betrayal, followed by Nick’s inexplicable disappearance, brings long-buried histories to the surface. A police investigation raises countless questions, with the newspapers reporting all the most salacious details – from the crime that scars Polly’s past to truths concealed in old photographs. Soon the three young lovers will discover how little they truly know about each other, and how devastating the ripples of long-ago actions can be…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Start of Everything (DI Chloe Frohmann series)
Winslow, Emily
When the body of a teenage girl is found washed up in the flooded fens outside Cambridge, DI Chloe Frohmann and her partner Morris Keene must work quickly to solve the mystery of her death before the press pounces on the story. Meanwhile, Mathilde Oliver, the autistic daughter of a Cambridge don, is attempting to trace the writer of a series of letters addressed to a student at Corpus Christi College who doesn’t seem to exist. Across the hallowed paths of Cambridge University, Frohmann and Keene follow a sparse trail of clues as the nameless body and the obscure letters lead them to an imposing country manor. Here, they begin to unravel a web of secrets, long-buried crimes and fresh horrors… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Foreign Bodies (Marcus Corvinus series)
Wishart, David
AD 42. The emperor Claudius has asked Corvinus to investigate the murder of a Gallic wine merchant, stabbed to death in his summerhouse at Lugdunum. Unused to strange Gallic customs and finding it impossible to get anyone to talk freely to a Roman, Corvinus is convinced there’s more to this murder than meets the eye – but how will he prove it?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Frangipani Tree Mystery (Crown Colony series)
Yu, Ovidia
When the nanny looking after the Acting Governor’s daughter dies suddenly, Mission-School-educated, local girl, SuLin – an aspiring journalist, trying to escape an arranged marriage – takes her place. But then another murder at the residence occurs and it takes all SuLin’s traditional skills and intelligence to help British-born Chief Inspector Thomas LeFroy solve the murders – and escape with her own life. The first in a new series; set in 1936 – in the Crown Colony of Singapore, where the British abdication crisis and rising Japanese threat seem far away.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99