Crime & Mystery Catalogue: March 2017

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

March 2017 includes new books by: Kelley Armstrong, Laura Bradford, Laura Childs, Rory Clements, Paul Doherty, Joe R Lansdale, Kylie Logan, Edward Marston… and many others.

Follow My Leader (DI Helen Graces series)
Arlidge, M J
The preceding DI Helen Grace mystery: Hide and Seek is now available in paperback ($22.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan series)
Armstrong, Kelley
After a shaky start, Casey Duncan is settling into her role, as the town’s much-needed detective. She’s also found love with Sheriff Eric Dalton. But when Casey discovers a young woman out in the mountains, she is soon caught up in a terrifying new case. Someone is abducting women and keeping them trapped deep in the forest. Is he from Rockton, or from the wilderness beyond? With winter storms and sudden blizzards, the town is now cut off, even more than usual. As Casey races to find a killer, she herself could become his next target. A sequel to City of the Lost (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Death of a Ghost (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie ‘Clumsy’ Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumours, once and for all. There’s no sign of any ghost… but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he’s fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment – to eat bacon baps – but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen. It’s clear something strange – and deadly – is going on at the castle, and Hamish must get to the bottom of it before the ‘ghost’ can strike again…
Mystery | HC | $39.99

A Simple Favour
Bell, Darcey
It starts with a simple favour – an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son after school she happily says yes. Their children are classmates and best friends. And five-year-olds love being together – just like she and Emily. As a widow and stay-at-home blogger mum living in suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a glamorous and successful PR executive. The trouble is that Emily doesn’t come back. No matter what the police say, Stephanie knows that she would never leave her son. Terrified, she reaches out to her fellow mummy bloggers. And she also reaches out to Emily’s husband… offering her support.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Final Stop, Algiers
Ben-David, Mishka
When a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv violently disrupts his life, Mickey Simhoni abandons his plans to become an artist and instead allows himself to be recruited into the Mossad. Slowly, he learns the art of spycraft and the painstaking process of building a cover, becoming someone whom he resembles, who is presumed dead. His cover story takes him to Toronto, where he meets an earlier flame – Niki, a girl he had hooked up with in Tokyo a decade earlier. Mickey is torn between loyalty to the Mossad and his intense feelings for Niki – which the ever-resourceful Niki partially resolves with an unusual decision. But still Mickey’s dilemma persists, as he oscillates between duty and love, his complex operations in the Mossad threatening to kill their love. When his final operation in Algiers goes badly wrong, the rage and hatred engendered, and the utter humiliation visited on them, leads to a traumatic conclusion.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Silence of the Flans (Emergency Dessert Squad mysteries 02)
Bradford, Laura
Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So, when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution. She’ll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protégé’s first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie’s business to a crisp. Now, the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Cheltenham Square Murder
Bude, John
In the seeming tranquillity of Regency Square in Cheltenham live the diverse inhabitants of its ten houses. One summer’s evening, the square’s rivalries and allegiances are disrupted by a sudden and unusual death – an arrow to the head, shot through an open window at number six. Unfortunately for the murderer, an invitation to visit had just been sent by the crime writer Aldous Barnet, staying with his sister at number eight, to his friend Superintendent Meredith. Three days after his arrival, Meredith finds himself investigating the shocking murder two doors down. Six of the square’s inhabitants are keen members of the Wellington Archery Club, but if Meredith thought that the case was going to be easy to solve, he was wrong… The latest British Library Crime Classic.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

The Caller (Robert Hunter series)
Carter, Chris
After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins. Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room. If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next – the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her. As Hunter and Garcia investigate the threats, they are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

High Heat (Nikki Heat series)
Castle, Richard
An ISIS-style beheading of a journalist, carried out by a New York City group pledging fealty to that rogue state, becomes more than just another case for NYPD Captain Nikki Heat – when the killers announce their next target: her husband, magazine writer Jameson Rook. Meanwhile, Heat is haunted by a fleeting glimpse of someone she swears is her mother… a woman who has been dead, for nearly twenty years.
Mystery | HC | $49.99

Date With Death (Dales Detective series)
Chapman, Julia
Samson O’Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his home town of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up a detective agency while he fights to clear his name. The people of Bruncliffe, however, aren’t that welcoming to a man they perceive as trouble – and he is greeted by his old friend, Delilah Metcalfe, not with a hug… but a right hook that sends him sprawling. Delilah, meanwhile, is besieged by financial concerns and struggling to keep her business, the Dales Detective Agency, afloat – all while trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog: Tolpuddle. Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn, and soon he is discovering a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah’s agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realise that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths – and working together is easier said than done. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Devonshire Scream (Tea Shop mysteries 17)
Childs, Laura
Catering a trunk show at Heart’s Desire Jewellery is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewellers, museum curators, and private collectors will be there to sip some of Theo’s best blends. Unfortunately, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who steal the precious gems on display, and then disappear almost as quickly as they arrived – leaving a dead body in their wake. Theo gets involved in the case after her friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart’s Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this smash and grab is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Corpus
Clements, Rory
1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war. In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers. In a London club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch paper on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government. When a renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson. The first in a new series – highly recommended for fans of Philip Kerr, John Lawton, and David Downing.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

All These Perfect Strangers
Clifford, Aoife
‘This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It’s a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So, let’s just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.’ Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why. College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. Full of perfect strangers, it felt like the ideal place for Pen to shed the confines of her small home town and reinvent herself. But the darkness of her past clings tight, and when the killings begin and friendships are betrayed, Pen’s secrets are revealed. The debut novel from Victorian, Aoife Clifford.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Ragdoll
Cole, Daniel
A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter. The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer, when the world is watching their every move? The first in a series – this is 2017’s breakout debut.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Promise (Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series)
Crais, Robert
When Cole is hired to find a grief-stricken mother, his first stop is an ordinary house in Los Angeles’s Echo Park. Only, the house is not ordinary, and neither are the people hiding inside. At the same time, Scott and Maggie are tracking a fugitive to this same house, coming face-to-face with a killer who leaves behind a brutally murdered body and enough explosives to destroy the neighbourhood. Scott is now the only person who can identify him. For all of them, the night is only beginning…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Crime Writer
Dawson, Jill
In 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, in order to concentrate on her writing. She has other motives too – a secret romance with a married woman based in London and her dislike of the fame and attention that has followed her, since her first novel was made into a Hitchcock film; and her fourth, The Talented Mr Ripley, was published to such acclaim. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Pat is not alone: all her demons have come with her.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

When the Grits Hit The Fan (Country Store mysteries 03)
Day, Maddie
Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ’N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide – even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Dark Serpent (Hugh Corbett series)
Doherty, Paul
After his recent unveiling of a devious assassin, Sir Hugh Corbett has returned to service as the Keeper of the Secret Seal, begrudgingly admitting that his appetite for adventure has once again been whetted. Summoned to meet the King to be congratulated on their work together, Corbett and Ranulf learn of the death of Corbett’s close friend, Ralph Grandison. Ralph, a leper, has been found dead in a rowing boat, a dagger thrust through his chest. But this murder is not the first of its kind. Other patients of the hospital in which Ralph was staying have similarly slaughtered and it seems as though the lepers, all former knights of the Royal household, are being targeted. The discovery that Ralph was killed by no ordinary weapon, but a poison dagger that once belonged with the Crown Jewels, before being famously stolen, leads Corbett down a complex path, where the risk of disease plays out against the backdrop of finding an assassin who will use any means necessary to kill. As Corbett puts himself in the path of extreme danger, will he survive to see another day?
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Lenin’s Roller Coaster (Jack McColl series)
Downing, David
Autumn 1917. As a generation of Europe’s young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission, deep in the heart of Central Asia – where German influence is strong and where he’ll be in completely unfamiliar territory. Despite his uncanny ear for foreign languages, there is much he doesn’t know about the cities he’s to infiltrate, or the people he’s to meet there. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, Irish-American, suffragette, journalist Caitlin Hanley, is in Bolshevik Russia, thrilled to have the chance to cover the Revolution…
Thriller | HC | $52.95

Booked To Die (Cliff Janeway series)
Dunning, John
Tough, book-loving homicide detective Cliff Janeway believes Jackie Newton is to blame for the recent murder of a down-and-out rare book hunter. And when Janeway treats Newton to a brutal helping of off-duty justice, it costs him his badge. But that doesn’t mean his investigation is over… This is a reissue of Dunning’s award-winning, first, Janeway mystery.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

The Pledge
Dürrenmatt, Friedrich
Set in a small town in Switzerland, The Pledge centres on the murder of a young girl and the detective who promises the victim’s mother he will find the perpetrator. After deciding the wrong man has been arrested for the crime, the detective lays a trap for the real killer – with all the patience of a master fisherman. But cruel turns of plot conspire to make him pay dearly for his pledge.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Cursed (Henning Juul series)
Enger, Thomas
When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to deal with, as well as threats to his own life and to that of his ex-wife, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Stone Coffin (Inspector Ann Lindell series)
Eriksson, Kjell
One sunny, summer morning a young woman and her six-year-old daughter are run over by a car. Both are killed immediately. Is it an accident, or did someone kill them on purpose? The same morning, the husband of the deceased young woman disappears. During the police investigation, it turns out that the husband had recently bought a property that nobody knew anything about. A few days later, a macabre discovery is made in a forest nearby.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Pursuit (O’Hare And Fox series)
Evanovich, Janet & Goldberg, Lee
Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man. The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex-Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions… and cost thousands of American lives. Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they’ve ever attempted to save a major US city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate’s dad, Jake. The pressure’s on for Nick and Kate to make this work – even if they have to lay their lives on the line.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Letter Writer
Fesperman, Dan
The first thing Woodrow Cain sees, when he steps off the train in New York City on February 9, 1942, is smoke from an ocean liner in flames in the harbor. It’s the Normandie, and word on the street is that it was burned by German saboteurs. Danzinger has the appearance of a crackpot, but he speaks five languages, has the manners of a man of means and education and he appears to be the one person who can help Cain identify a body just found floating in the Hudson River.
Suspense | TP | $31.95

Saturday Requiem (Frieda Klein series)
French, Nicci
Did a teenager kill her family, or was she framed? You must find the truth… Thirteen years ago Hannah Docherty was arrested for slaughtering her family. The police saw an open and shut case and, ever since, Hannah has been locked up. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to assess Hannah, she finds a traumatised woman who appears as much a victim as her family. Delving deeper into the case, Frieda uncovers mistakes, inconsistencies and the suggestion that someone has been hiding the truth. Someone who’ll do anything to protect themselves…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Crisis
Gardner, Frank
Introducing Luke Carlton – ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6, for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. A great thriller – recommended!
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Dead Woman of Deptford (Ben Ross & Lizzie Martin series)
Granger, Ann
On a cold, November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found. Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he’s seen nothing. Meanwhile, Ben’s wife Lizzie is trying to suppress a scandal: family friend Edgar Wellings has a gambling addiction and no means of repaying his debts. Reluctantly, Lizzie agrees to visit his debt collector’s house in Deptford, but when she arrives she finds her husband is investigating the murder of the woman in question. Edgar was the last man to see Mrs Clifford alive and he has good reason to want her dead, but Ben and Lizzie both know that a case like this is rarely as simple as it appears…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway mysteries)
Griffiths, Elly
Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one’s sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation. Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone underground. Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumours of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun – and that there may be more bodies underfoot.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Dry
Harper, Jane
Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well… When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him, twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. ‘You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country.’ – Michael Robotham. ‘One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read… Read it!’ – David Baldacci.
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

The Awkward Squad
Hénaff, Sophie
Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing ‘one bullet too many’, Anne Capestan is expecting the worst – when she is summoned to HQ to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases. Though relived to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new role. Even less so when she meets her new team: a crowd of misfits, troublemakers and problem cases, none of whom are fit for purpose and, yet, none of whom can be fired. But from this inauspicious start, investigating the cold cases throws up a number a number of strange mysteries for Capestan and her team: was the old lady murdered seven years ago really just the victim of a botched robbery? Who was behind the dead sailor discovered in the Seine with three gunshot wounds? And why does there seem to be a curious link with a ferry that was shipwrecked off the Florida coast, many years previously? The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Quieter Than Killing (DI Marnie Rome series)
Hilary, Sarah
Marnie and Noah are investigating a series of assaults. The attacks appear to be random, the targets young and old, men and women, but all were convicted of violent crimes and recently released. They are on the perpetrator’s trail when outside events come to the fore. Marnie’s parents’ house has been targeted by a gang of youths, her tenants attacked in an apparent robbery and Marnie can’t help but feel there’s a connection to Stephen, her foster brother. Noah’s brother Sol is about to fall foul of the gang he pretends not to be involved in. As they investigate they begin to question whether all three cases linked… after all some crimes are quieter and more insidious than killing…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Mikhail and Margarita
Himes, Julie Lekstrom
It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov’s enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously candid Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, and infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a scathing novel critical of both power and the powerful.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Birthright (Mercia Blakewood series)
Hingley, David
In 1664, four years after Charles II is restored to the throne, Mercia Blakewood stands to lose everything: her father to the executioner’s axe, her freedom to her treacherous uncle, her son to his resentful grandparents. But when her father leaves her a cryptic message in his last speech, she seizes her chance to fight back. With would-be lover Nathan Keyte and unlikely new friend Nicholas Wildmoor, Mercia must unravel her father’s mystery to find a great prize long thought lost, striving to recover the King’s stolen birthright, in the hope of reclaiming her own. From London’s bulging metropolis to the forests of Manhattan she will contend with murder, intrigue and lust, fighting for her future and her life as the town of New York is born. The first in a series.
Historical thriller | PBK | $19.99

Puritan (Mercia Blakewood series)
Hingley, David
Following adventures she would sooner forget, in the newly-renamed New York, Mercia Blakewood is hopeful that she has gained the leverage with the king she needs – to reclaim her and her son’s home back in England. The breathtaking new world piques her curiosity and a burgeoning friendship with Clemency Carter, a local medicine woman, prompts Mercia to delay a return to England. Navigating an unknown landscape, the aftershocks still felt of revolution and restoration, and the uneasy relationship between the puritan settlers and native Indians proves complex. But when the virgin forests of New England are tainted by murder, and Mercia will not rest until the killer is brought to justice.
Historical thriller | HC | $32.99

Enemy Action (Blitz Detective series)
Hollow, Mike
A thirteen-year-old boy finds a man stabbed to death in a public air-raid shelter, early in the morning. Detective Inspector Jago learns that he is Paul Ruckland, a school teacher with no known enemies and a pacifist – a member of the Peace Pledge Union. On searching his flat they’re surprised to find a packed suitcase – containing a revolver, a strange item for a pacifist to be carrying. Did he have enemies after all, or was he intent on harming someone – or even himself? As the investigation gets under way, DI Jago discovers that Paul was not the only one whose pacifist convictions are challenged when the going gets tough. For many, anger and violence lie just below the surface. But who has a motive for murder?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Dead Joker (Anne Wilhelmsen series)
Holt, Anne
Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud’s wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death: she has been brutally decapitated. Her husband, who witnessed the grisly murder and is himself covered in blood, immediately falls under suspicion, though he claims his wife’s killer was Steale Salvesen, a man he’d prosecuted years before. Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to lead the investigation with her old colleague, Billy T. Despite the circumstantial evidence, Hanne is unconvinced of Sigurd Halvorsrud’s guilt – that is, until a witness says he saw Steale Salvesen commit suicide by jumping off a bridge days before the murder took place. Then a journalist at one of Oslo’s largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrifically violent crimes? The demanding investigation soon clashes with a terrible crisis in Hanne’s personal life. Cecilie, the woman she has lived with for almost twenty years, has fallen seriously ill and doesn’t have much time to live. With a savage killer on the loose, Hanne must ask herself: Is the truth worth chasing at all costs?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

No Echo (Anne Wilhelmsen series)
Holt, Anne
When celebrity chef Brede Ziegler is discovered stabbed to death on the steps of the Olso police headquarters, it sends a shockwave through the city’s in crowd. Ziegler had lots of famous friends. Is there a culprit among them – or was this a random act of violence? Police investigator Billy T takes on the case, but is met with conflicting information about what kind of man Ziegler was. It seems nobody really knew the dead man – including his glamorous wife, the restaurant co-owner, and the editor of his memoir.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dregs (William Wisting series)
Horst, Jorn Lier
Chief Inspector William Wisting is an experienced policeman familiar with the dark side of human nature. He lives in challenging times for the Norwegian police force, meeting them with integrity and humanity, and a fragile belief that he can play a part in creating a better world. Dregs begins with a police report giving the place and time of the discovery of a training shoe washed up on the sand, containing a severed foot. Soon, a second shoe is washed up, but it is another left foot. What is the explanation for this? Has there been some kind of terrible accident at sea? Does it indicate the killing and dismembering of two victims? Is there a link with the unsolved mystery of a number of disappearances in the Larvik area in recent months? In this gripping, police procedural, the first in a new series, Wisting gradually gets to the bottom of the mystery with the help of his all too human colleagues and his journalist daughter, Line.
Mystery | PBK | $9.99

The Freedom Broker (Thea Paris series)
Howe, K J
Thea Paris is one of only twenty-five elite professionals in the world with the ability to bring hostages home safely. International negotiation, undercover operations and extractions are a part of life. Their only objective: release. For Thea, her family’s wealth meant kidnap was a constant threat and their worst fears were realised when her brother was kidnapped. Although he was returned, she made it her life’s mission to stop others suffering the trauma they did. Now, Thea’s past is about to come back with a vengeance, as her billionaire father is taken. With her professionalism challenged to its limits, all Thea knows is that she has to get her father back alive, at any cost. The first in a series.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Rebellion’s Message (Jack Blackjack mysteries)
Jecks, Michael
1554. Light-fingered Jack Blackjack knows he’s not having a good day when he wakes with a sore head next to a dead body in a tavern’s yard. But when he discovers what’s in the dead man’s purse, the one he’d stolen, his day is set to get much worse… Introducing Elizabethan cutpurse and adventurer Jack Blackjack, in the first of a brand-new, historical mystery series.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Snowblind (Dark Iceland series)
Jónasson, Ragnar
An idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose. This is the first in a terrific Scandi-noir series, followed by: Nightblind, Blackout, and Rupture.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99 each

Where She Went
Jones, B E
TV journalist Melanie Black wakes up one morning next to a man she doesn’t recognise. It’s not the first time – but he ignores her, even though she’s in his bed. Yet, when his wife walks in with a cup of tea he greets her with a smile and to her horror, Melanie comes to realise that no one can see or her hear her – because she is dead. But has she woken up next to her murderer? And where is her body? Why is she an invisible and uninvited guest in a house she can’t leave; is she tied to this man forever? Is Melanie being punished in some way, or being given a chance to make amends? As she begins to piece together the last days of her life and circumstances leading up to her own death it becomes clear she has to make a choice: bring her killer to justice, or mete her own punishment out to the man who murdered her.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

He Said/She Said
Kelly, Erin
In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura and Kit interrupt something awful. Laura is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie – and four lives are changed irreparably. When the victim turns up on their doorstep, her gratitude spills into dangerous obsession. Laura and Kit decide to run – but Beth knows they have pledged to see every eclipse together. They will never be able to entirely escape her. As the next eclipse draws near, Laura must confront the fallout from what she saw in the darkness. Confessing will cost her marriage; keeping the secret might prove fatal. But all secrets, sooner or later, will come to light.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Rise the Dark (Markus Novak series)
Koryta, Michael
Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak’s notebook, before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They’ve never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now, the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he’s avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga. In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring’s final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Chameleon People (K2 series)
Lahlum, Hans Olav
1972. On a cold, March morning the weekend peace is broken when a frantic, young cyclist rings Inspector Kolbjorn ‘K2’ Kristiansen’s doorbell, desperate to speak to the detective. K2 lets the boy inside, only to discover that he is being pursued by K2’s colleagues in the Oslo police. A bloody knife found in the young man’s pocket matches the stab wounds of a politician murdered – just a few streets away. The evidence seems clear cut, the arrest couldn’t be easier. But with the suspect’s identity unknown, and the boy refusing to speak, K2 finds himself far from closing the case. And then there is the question that K2 can’t get out of his head: why would a guilty man travel directly to a police detective from the scene of his own brutal crime? The first in this excellent, hugely-recommended series is The Human Flies (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Cold Pressed Murder (Olive Grove mysteries 02)
Lane, Kelly
Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. The weekend event consists of two days of tours, exhibitions, music, tastings, and, most important, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs from the Chow Network. The enthusiasm, however, begins to dribble away after one of the star chefs goes missing – and is, later, found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck. The scandal gets messier after the police discover that Eva’s sister Daphne spent the night with the victim right before he died, making her the prime suspect for his murder. It’s up to Eva, with the help of her other sister, Pep, and her best friend, Precious, to track down the real killer before Daphne finds herself squeezed into handcuffs…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Rusty Puppy (Hap & Leonard series)
Lansdale, Joe R
A new entry in the chronicles of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, as they investigate a racially-motivated murder that threatens to tear apart their East Texas town. Darkly hilarious and wacky redneck noir – this series begins with Savage Season ($19.99). Recommended!
Thriller | TP | $32.99

After the War
Le Corre, Hervé
1950s, Bordeaux. Even now, the Second World War is never far from people’s memories, particularly in a city where the scars of collaboration and resistance are more keenly felt than ever. But another war has already begun. A war without a name, far away across the sea, in Algeria, where young men are sent to fight in a brutal conflict. Daniel knows what awaits him. He’s heard stories. Patrols, ambushes, reprisals, massacres, mutilations, all beneath a burning, north-African sun. He has just a month left before he leaves but, haunted by the loss of his parents and sister in the atrocities of the last war, Daniel questions why he is even going to fight in the first place. Meanwhile, past crimes are returning to haunt Albert Darlac, the godfather of Bordeaux: corrupt police chief, fascist sympathiser and one-time collaborator. Before long, a series of explosive events will set off a spiral of violence that will bring the horrific legacy of wars past and present to the streets of Bordeaux.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Exposure
Lesiewicz, Aga
You know that moment… when you think your life’s on track and then something happens which turns everything on its head? It’s hard but you deal with it. When up-and-coming photographer Kristin Ryder begins to receive anonymous emails, her life in a trendy loft in London’s Hoxton with ultra-cool street-artist boyfriend, Anton, suddenly feels unsafe. The emails come with sinister attachments that suggest the sender has an intimate knowledge of Kristin’s past, and soon her life spirals out of control. Who can she trust? And will she able to discover the sender’s identity before it’s too late?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Waters of Eternal Youth (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown. She survived thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her unable to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal, but the following day he couldn’t remember a thing. Now, at a fundraising dinner for a Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patroness – the girl’s grandmother – asks Brunetti if he will investigate. Brunetti’s not sure what to do. If a crime was committed, the criminal surely would be protected by the statute of limitations. But out of a mixture of curiosity, pity, and a willingness to fulfil the wishes of a guilt-wracked older woman, Brunetti agrees. Brunetti soon finds himself unable to let the case rest, if indeed there is a case.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Gone With the Twins (League of Literary Ladies mysteries 05)
Logan, Kylie
Kidnapped at age nineteen, the children of a famous movie star are now media darlings after a miraculous escape. What’s next for the celebrity twins? They’re opening an over-the-top B &B called Tara, on South Bass Island; and frankly, they don’t give a damn about the competition including – Bea Cartwright’s own beloved inn. The other members of the League – Chandra, Kate, and Luela – are turning scarlet. But when local realtor Vivian Frisk is found murdered, and the suspects include Chandra, who lost her beau to the frisky Vivian, the Ladies rally to her defence.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Handful of Ashes (Dr Harry Kent series)
McCarthy, Rob
Susan Bayliss became notorious when she blew the whistle on her boss, a heart surgeon at a renowned children’s hospital. She accused him of negligence, operations were stopped and an inquiry launched. In the end, she was the one suspended as a troublemaker. Now, Dr Harry Kent, a medical examiner with the Met Police, has been called out to certify her suicide. But something about the scene is wrong. Someone held Susan down… The grieving parents of the children who died demand answers. The hospital is stonewalling. Everyone has secrets – it’s up to Harry and DCI Frankie Noble to find out which were worth killing for. Follows Dr Harry Kent’s debut appearance: The Hollow Men (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Bel of the Brawl (Bel McGrath mysteries 02)
McConnon, Maggie
Bel McGrath loves her work as a wedding chef. But with her latest event set to take place at Shamrock Manor, she just can’t seem to catch a break. The Casey wedding has left her with ten thousand greenbacks in the hole, a missing staff member, and a dead groom.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Evil Games (Detective Kim Stone series)
Marsons, Angela
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work. With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal. A sequel to Silent Scream (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Steps to the Gallows (Bow Street Rivals series)
Marston, Edward
A scurrilous newspaper has built up a large following by publishing details of political and sexual scandals. It is remarkably well informed and has, therefore, created a whole host of enemies. When the editor is killed and the printing press smashed to bits, the Invisible Detectives are hired by the man who financed the production of the paper. He wants the killer brought to justice and the scandal sheet revived. Peter and Paul Skillen find themselves in great danger as they unearth an enormous amount of scandal and corruption before the villains are brought to book.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Date With the Executioner (Bow Street Rivals series)
Marston, Edward
1817. Dawn breaks on a summer’s day in Chalk Farm, London, and the scene is set for a duel between a lady’s two ardent admirers. Paul Skillen has been teaching Mark Bowerman how to shoot properly, and although he is not sanguine of his chances, stands as his second. Although the duel is broken up, the passions behind the duel seem to spill out into the full light of day when one of the two duellists is found dead, shot between the eyes. Paul and his twin Peter are determined to see justice done and are soon enmeshed in threads of inheritance, treachery and fraud.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

The Long Drop
Mina, Denise
William Watt wants answers about his family’s murder. Peter Manuel has them. But Peter Manuel is a liar. William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a fool, a social climber. Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun used to murder Watt’s family. One December night in 1957, Watt meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows. Based on true events.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

All the Missing Girls
Miranda, Megan
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without trace. Then a letter from her father arrives – ‘I need to talk to you. That girl. I saw that girl.’ Has her father’s dementia worsened, or has he really seen Corinne? Returning home, Nicolette must finally face what happened on that terrible night all those years ago. Then, another young woman goes missing, almost to the day of the anniversary of when Corinne vanished. And like ten years ago, the whole town is a suspect. Told backwards – Day 15 to Day 1 – Nicolette works to unravel the truth, revealing shocking secrets about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Thousand Cuts (Spike Sanguinetti series)
Mogford, Thomas
Gibraltar, 1940. A bomb explodes, killing two British soldiers patrolling the dockyards. A Spaniard is executed for the crime, yet protests his innocence to the very last. Present day, and Spike Sanguinetti finds himself defending the violent and alcoholic Christopher Massetti in a harassment case, brought against him by the wealthy and respected Dr Eloise Capurro. Yet, the case isn’t as cut-and-dried as it first seems and Massetti walks free. Only days later, Dr Capurro leaps to her death from a blazing house fire, before Sanguinetti’s very eyes. Sanguinetti spots someone else watching, someone hiding in the shadows. Massetti. The further Sanguinetti investigates, the more secrets buried deep in Gibraltar’s past he uncovers, and they lead him to the doors of some of the most powerful people in town. People dangerously close to his own life – and fragile happiness.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

The Dark Room
Moore, Jonathan
Homicide inspector Gavin Cain is standing by a grave, when he gets the call. Cain knows there’s something terrible in the coffin they’re about to exhume. He and his team have received a dying man’s confession and it has led them here. Cain is summoned by Mayor Castelli, who has been sent sinister photographs of a woman that he claims he doesn’t know and a note threatening that worse are on their way. As Cain tries to identify the woman in the pictures, and looks into the mayor’s past, he finds himself being drawn towards a situation as horrifying and as full of secrets as the grave itself.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

So Say the Fallen (DCI Serena Flanagan series)
Neville, Stuart
Henry Garrick, a local car dealer who was maimed in an accident five months before, has apparently taken his own life. A simple case, it should be wrapped up in a few days. But something doesn’t feel right to Belfast detective Serena Flanagan, despite the fact that there is no evidence of foul play. As she investigates, Flanagan interviews Roberta Garrick, Henry’s widow, who is comforted in her grief by Reverend Peter McKay, rector of the local church and a close family friend. Flanagan is carrying heavy personal burdens, her mind and marriage nearly at breaking point, and on impulse she confides in the rector, seeking his spiritual help. But with the secrets McKay is keeping, he is in no position to help anyone. His faith long gone, he is lost in a spiral of lust and guilt from which he sees no escape. Until, that is, the policewoman offers him a glimpse of salvation. Flanagan ignores her superiors’ advice to close the case, call it a suicide, and be done with it. As she picks at the threads of the dead man’s life, a disturbing picture emerges, and she realizes the widow Roberta Garrick is not what she seems…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Lying In Wait
Nugent, Liz
The last people, who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute, are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don’t plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden. Yet, Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation. While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to fall apart. But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl’s family may be the undoing of his own.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Blue Light Yokohama
Obregón, Nicolás
Setagaya ward, Tokyo. Inspector Kosuke Iwata, newly transferred to Tokyo’s homicide department, is assigned a new partner and a second-hand case. Blunt, hard as nails and shunned by her colleagues, Assistant Inspector Noriko Sakai is a partner Iwata decides it would be unwise to cross. A case that’s complicated – a family of four murdered in their own home by a killer who then ate ice cream, surfed the web and painted a hideous black sun on the bedroom ceiling before he left in broad daylight. A case that so haunted the original investigator that he threw himself off the city’s famous Rainbow Bridge. Carrying his own secret torment, Iwata is no stranger to pain. He senses the trauma behind the killer’s brutal actions. Yet his progress is thwarted in the unlikeliest of places. Fearing corruption among his fellow officers, tracking a killer he’s sure is only just beginning and trying to put his own shattered life back together, Iwata knows time is running out before he’s taken off the case or there are more killings…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Mr Campion’s Fault (Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series)
Ripley, Mike
Mr Campion finds himself a fish out of water, when he investigates a murder in a Yorkshire mining village.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Sherlock Holmes: To A Country House Darkly and Other Stories
Scott, Nigel M
Sherlock Holmes, alongside his long serving and biographer and companion, Doctor Watson, faces a wide-ranging criminal fraternity. Adventures include a one-time Baker Street irregular jailed for violent robbery, a devious squire at a country house in Berkshire and the terrible secret of an antique which is only revealed when put up for auction at Sotheby’s.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $24.95

The Intrusions (Carrigan & Miller series)
Sherez, Stav
When a distressed young woman arrives at their station claiming her friend has been abducted, and that the man threatened to come back and ‘claim her next’, Detectives Carrigan and Miller are thrust into a terrifying new world of stalking and obsession. Taking them from a Bayswater hostel, where backpackers and foreign students share dorms and failing dreams, to the emerging threat of online intimidation, hacking, and control, The Intrusions explores disturbing contemporary themes with all the skill and dark psychology that Stav Sherez’s work has been so acclaimed for. Under scrutiny themselves, and with old foes and enmities resurfacing, how long will Carrigan and Miller have to find out the truth behind what these two women have been subjected to?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Maigret’s Revolver
Simenon, Georges
When Maigret’s prized gun goes missing, he must travel to London on the trail of a troubled young man on the run…
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters
Simenon, Georges
The Inspector learns that his hapless colleague Lognon is being menaced by some notorious, American mobsters, and he makes it his mission to bring them to justice – despite threatening warnings that he is out of his depth.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
Sims, Michael
As a young medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph Bell. He observed as Dr Bell identified a patient’s occupation, hometown and ailments both imagined and genuine from the smallest details of dress, gait and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would help him to develop and define the art of the detective novel. From Doyle’s early days surrounded by poverty and violence, to his escape to University and finally to his first days as a surgeon in his own practice, acclaimed author Michael Sims traces the circuitous yet inevitable development of Arthur Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, whose most famous creation is still the most well-known and well-loved of the canon’s many members. Through Sims’s deft analysis of Doyle’s childhood and adult life, the incomparable Sherlock Holmes emerges as a product of Doyle’s varied lessons in the classroom and professional life. Building on the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Emile Gaboriau, and even Voltaire, Doyle’s new detective is not just a skilful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of his most esteemed teacher, Dr Joseph Bell. Sims’s Arthur is just as vivid Doyle’s own Sherlock Holmes, in this enthralling biography of the man behind the most famous detective of all time.
Sherlockiana/reference | TP | $29.99

Lucifer’s Harvest
Starr, Mel
Lord Gilbert Talbot must provide soldiers for Prince Edward’s battle in France. He wishes his surgeon – Hugh de Singleton – to travel with the war party to tend any injuries. Among those on the road is Sir Simon Trillowe, Hugh’s old nemesis, who had once torched Hugh’s house. Finding himself in the same war party, Hugh resolves to watch his back in the presence of the knight, who is still holding a grudge. But it is Sir Simon who should not have turned his back… When Trillowe’s body is found, many suspect Hugh has wreaked revenge on his adversary. To clear his name, Hugh must once again riddle a reason for murder.
Historical mystery | PBK | $18.99

Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster
Street, Karen Lee
Summer, 1840. Edgar Allan Poe sails from Philadelphia to London to meet his friend, C Auguste Dupin, in the hope that the great detective will help him solve a family mystery. For Poe inherited a mahogany box containing a collection of letters allegedly written by his grandparents, Elizabeth and Henry Arnold. The Arnolds were actors who struggled to make a living on the London stage, but the mysterious letters suggest that the couple played a more clandestine role: stalking well-to-do young women at night, to slice their clothing and derrieres. Poe hopes to prove the missives forgeries; Dupin wonders if they are real, but their content is fantasy. Soon, Poe is being stalked by someone who knows far more about his grandparents and their crimes than he does.
Historical mystery | PBK | $18.99

Dark Asylum (Jem Flockhart series)
Thomson, E S
1851, Angel Meadow Asylum. Dr Rutherford, principal physician to the insane, is found dead, his head bashed in, his ears cut off, his lips and eyes stitched closed. The police direct their attention towards Angel Meadow’s inmates, but to Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain the crime is an act of calculated retribution, rather than of madness. To discover the truth Jem and Will must pursue the story through the darkest corners of the city – from the depths of a notorious rookery, to the sordid rooms of London’s brothels, the gallows, the graveyard, the convict fleet and then back to the asylum. In a world where guilt and innocence, crime and atonement, madness and reason, are bounded by hypocrisy, ambition and betrayal, Jem and Will soon find themselves caught up in a web of dark secrets and hidden identities. This follows the fantastic Beloved Poison (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Tightening the Threads (Mainely Needlepoint mysteries 05)
Wait, Lea
Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone – not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer, Angie Curtis. But the enigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she’s searched for all her life – family. And, now, she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection… Ted’s adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah – especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So, when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she’s guilty. If Sarah and Angie can’t track down the real murderer in time, Sarah’s bound to learn how delicate – and deadly – family dynamics can truly be…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Roux the Day (Dinner Club mysteries 02)
Wiken, Linda
Event planner Jennifer ‘JJ’ Tanner is planning a cruise ship casino night – and she’s really going overboard. She even arranged for radio DJ Connor Mac and TV personality Miranda Myers to help the good times roll. But the party comes to a screeching halt when Miranda is found dead on the main deck… With a boatload of suspects, the police focus in on JJ, who, though recently linked with Connor, never knew he was once engaged – to Miranda. With Half Moon Bay’s gossip mill running full tilt, JJ turns to her fellow dinner club members to help fish for clues and keep herself out of hot water…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Before the Dawn (Inspector Rykel series)
Woodhouse, Jake
A young woman’s body is discovered on a small Dutch island, her head heavily wrapped in cling film. Inspector Jaap Rykel’s been flown in to oversee the investigation and – hopefully – solve this gruesome murder swiftly. When another body is discovered on the mainland, however, head enveloped, Jaap must accept that he might actually be hunting the first major serial killer in the Netherlands’ history. Whenever Jaap feels he’s closing in on his culprit he’s forced to change course. Is the killer unstable and erratic, or is someone deliberately pulling the strings?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Six Four
Yokoyama, Hideo
For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as ‘Six Four’. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he’d known what he would find.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

Stasi Wolf (Oberleutnant Karen Muller series)
Young, David
How do you solve a murder, when you can’t ask any questions? East Germany, 1975. Karin Muller, sidelined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing. But Muller soon finds her problems have followed her. Halle-Neustadt is a new town – the pride of the communist state – and she and her team are forbidden by the Stasi from publicising the disappearances, lest they tarnish the town’s flawless image. Meanwhile, in the eerily nameless streets and tower blocks, a child snatcher lurks, and the clock is ticking to rescue the twins alive… Follows Stasi Child (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99