Crime & Mystery Catalogue: March 2020

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in March 2020.

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

Until next time, good reading!

March 2020 includes new books by: Jussi Adler-Olsen, Rory Clements, Jim Eldridge, Sophie Hénaff, M R C Kasasian, Snorri Kristjansson, Donna Leon, Dervla McTiernan, Martin Walker… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, March 2020

Victim 2117 (Department Q series)
Adler-Olsen, Jussi
The newspaper refers to the dead body only as Victim 2117 – the two thousand, one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea. But to three people, the victim is so much more, and the death sets off a chain of events that throws Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division led by Detective Carl Morck, into a deeply dangerous – and deeply personal – case: a case that not only reveals dark secrets about the past, but has deadly implications for the future. For a troubled Danish teen, the death of Victim 2117 becomes a symbol of everything he resents and is the perfect excuse to unleash his murderous impulses. For Ghallib, a brutal tormentor from the notorious prison Abu Ghraib, the death of Victim 2117 was the first step in a terrorist plot, years in the making. And, for Department Q’s Assad, Victim 2117 is a link to his buried past and to the family he assumed was long dead.
Noir | TP | $32.99

Motive X (Fabian Risk series)
Ahnhem, Stefan
How do you catch a serial killer, who never strikes the same way twice? He strikes at random. His motive unknown. No one is safe… Helsingborg police must solve the unsolvable. A wave of apparently-random homicides is sweeping through their idyllic seaside town. The murders have no pattern, no order, no reason. The perpetrator is immune to psychological profiling; forensically untraceable; utterly invulnerable to modern police techniques. The body count is growing. But lead investigator Fabian Risk is distracted by his mission to expose a corrupt colleague, and his boss Astrid is spiralling back into addiction. As the hunt for the solution becoming ever more desperate, their tight-knit team begins to unravel… Fabian Risk first appears in Victim Without a Face (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Bit of a Stretch: the Secret Diaries of a Prisoner
Atkins, Chris
Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes? Where is it easier to get ‘spice’ than paracetamol? Where does self-harm barely raise an eyebrow? Welcome to Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Like most people, documentary-maker Chris Atkins didn’t spend much time thinking about prisons. But after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film, he was sent down for five years. His new home would be HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe. With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to senior officials bent on endless reform, this powerful memoir uncovers the horrifying reality behind the locked gates. Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all – and why you should care.
True crime | HC | $34.99

Beating About the Bush (Agatha Raisin series)
Beaton, M C
When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers – when she is employed to investigate a case of industrial espionage at a factory where nothing is quite what it seems. The factory mystery soon turns to murder and a bad-tempered donkey turns Agatha into a national celebrity, before bringing her ridicule and shame. To add to her woes, Agatha finds herself grappling with growing feelings for her friend and occasional lover, Sir Charles Fraith. Then, as a possible solution to the factory murder unfolds, her own life is thrown into deadly peril. Will Agatha get her man, at last? Or will the killer get her first?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Operator
Berg, Gretchen
It’s 1952. The switchboard operators in Wooster, Ohio, love nothing more than to eavesdrop on their neighbours’ conversations, and gossip about what they learn. Vivian Dalton is no different (despite her teenage daughter’s disapproval), and always longs to hear something scandalous. But on the night of December 15th, she wishes she hadn’t. The secret that’s shared by a stranger on the line threatens to rip the rug of Vivian’s life from under her. Vivian may be mortified, but she’s not going to take this lying down. She wants the truth, no matter how painful it may be. But one secret tends to lead to another…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Who Killed the Fonz?
Boice, James
Late October, 1984. Prince and Bruce are dominating FM radio. Ron and Nancy are headed back to the White House. And Richard Cunningham? Well, Richard Cunningham is having a really bad Sunday. First, there’s the meeting with his agent. A decade ago, the forty-something Cunningham was one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriters. But, now, Tinseltown is no longer interested in his artsy, introspective scripts. They want Terminator cyborgs, and exploding Stay-Puft Marshmallow men. Then later that same day, Richard gets a phone call with even worse news: His best friend from childhood – back in Milwaukee – is dead. Arthur Fonzarelli. The Fonz. He lost control of his motorcycle while crossing a bridge and plummeted into the water below. Two days of searching and still no body, no trace of his trademark leather jacket, and Richard suspects murder. With the help of his old pals Ralph Malph and Potsie Weber, he sets out to catch the killer.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

Long Range (Joe Pickett series)
Box, C J
In the crosshairs, no one is safe. Wyoming’s Twelve Sleep County is shaken when a would-be assassin takes aim at a local judge. Their shot narrowly misses, severely wounding the judge’s wife. All local law enforcement officers – including game warden Joe Pickett – are called in to track down the shooter. The shot appears to have been taken from an almost impossible distance. Inevitably, the Feds’ first suspect is ex-special forces operative, Nate Romanowski. The only way Joe will be able to prove his friend’s innocence is by finding the real shooter. Meanwhile, a startling grizzly attack in the next county draws Joe across the border to join the rescue efforts. But something in the victim’s account isn’t adding up, and Joe suspects all is not as it appears… Beset by threats both manmade and natural, Joe Pickett must go to great lengths to keep his loved ones safe and solve an impossible crime…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

City of Margins
Boyle, William
In City of Margins, the lives of several lost souls intersect in Southern Brooklyn, in the early 1990s. There’s Donnie Parascandolo, a disgraced ex-cop with blood on his hands; Ava Bifulco, a widow whose daily work grind is her whole life; Nick, Ava’s son, a grubby high school teacher who dreams of a shortcut to success; Mikey Baldini, a college dropout who’s returned to the old neighbourhood, purposeless and drifting; Donna Rotante, Donnie’s ex-wife, still reeling from the suicide of their teenage son; Mikey’s mother, Rosemarie, also a widow, who hopes Mikey won’t fall into the trap of strong arm work; and Antonina Divino, a high school girl with designs on breaking free from Brooklyn. Uniting them are the dead: Mikey’s old man, killed over a gambling debt, and Donnie and Donna’s poor son, Gabe. These characters cross paths in unexpected ways, guided by coincidence and the pull of blood. There are new things to be found in the rubble of their lives, too. The promise of something different beyond the barriers that have been set out for them.
Noir | HC | $52.95

Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker mysteries 02)
Brecher, Christin
Stella and her globetrotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean. After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France – and threatening her life, if it isn’t returned…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Killing Streets: Uncovering Australia’s first serial murderer
Bretherton, Tanya
From the acclaimed author of The Suitcase Baby and The Suicide Bride, the story of a series of horrific murders that began in 1930s Sydney – and a killer who remained at large for over two decades. In December 1932, as the Depression tightened its grip, the body of a woman was found in Queens Park, Sydney. It was a popular park. There were houses in plain view. Yet, this woman had been violently murdered without anyone noticing. Other equally brutal and shocking murders of women in public places were to follow. Australia’s first serial killer was at large. Police failed to notice the similarities between the victims, until the death of one young woman – an aspiring Olympic swimmer – made the whole city take notice. On scant evidence, the unassuming Eric Craig was arrested. But the killings didn’t stop… This compelling story of a city crippled by fear and a failing economy, of a killer at large as panic abounds, is also the story of what happens when victims aren’t perfect and neither are suspects, and when a rush to judgement replaces the call of reason.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Fallen Angel
Brookmyre, Chris
To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful, grownup children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died, while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible… And suspicion is a dangerous thing. A standalone novel from the master of tartan noir.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Martian Menace (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series)
Brown, Eric
Humankind, lulled into a false sense of security, welcomes the Martians who bring with them a host of technological and scientific wonders; and, for several years, an entente exists between the two races. It is only when Holmes and Watson travel to the Red Planet, ostensibly to track down the killer of an eminent Martian philosopher, that they learn the truth: the Martians who invaded Earth are tyrannical despots who subjugated a ‘lesser’ race of their own kind, and are merely biding their time to enslave the citizens of Earth…
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Death with a Dark Red Rose (Writer’s Apprentice mysteries 05)
Buckley, Julia
Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily plotting their next novel and she’s got a brand-new diamond ring on her finger thanks to her fiancé, Sam West. The only blot on her Blue Lake life is a strange new corporation that has come to town called Plastisource. They seem to be intent on gobbling up prime real estate and changing the landscape of Lena’s lovely, adopted home. When she and Sam get a call from their good friend (and Blue Lake detective) Doug saying that his girlfriend – and Lena’s pal Belinda – isn’t answering her phone and missed a date with him, they all head out to her home. The trio is shocked to discover that Belinda’s purse and phone are at her house, along with a single red rose on her countertop – but Belinda herself is missing. Has she been abducted? Could the strange new corporation play a role in her disappearance? Lena is determined to find out and rescue her friend, because she knows that the truth can be stranger and much more deadly than fiction…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Dying to Celebrate (Tourist Trap mysteries) (collection)
Cahoon, Lynn
Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, knows better than anyone that Sunny South Cove, California, is the picture-perfect place to spend the holidays – solving murders…
Rockets’ Dead Glare: When the local volunteer fire chief is found buried in ashes, Jill will have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse – or else everyone’s Fourth of July will end with a fizzle…
A Deadly Brew: Jill and her friends gather for an overnight Halloween fright fest, in an abandoned house. Sounds like fun, until a ghost makes contact with Jill IRL.
Santa Puppy: Jill Gardner has volunteered to host a Christmas adopt-a-pet party at Coffee, Books, and More. But when a dog owner mysteriously dies, it’s up Jill to play Santa’s Little Crime Solver…
Mystery | TP | $35.95

It Walks by Night: a Paris Mystery
Carr, John Dickson
In the smoke-wreathed gloom of a Parisian salon, Inspector Bencolin has summoned his allies to discuss a peculiar case. A would-be murderer – imprisoned for his attempt to kill his wife – has escaped and is known to have visited a plastic surgeon. His whereabouts remain a mystery, though with his former wife poised to marry another, Bencolin predicts his return. Sure enough, the Inspector’s worst suspicions are realised when the beheaded body of the new suitor is discovered in a locked room of the salon, with no apparent exit. Bencolin sets off into the Parisian night to unravel the dumbfounding mystery and track down the sadistic killer. This edition features the John Dickson Carr short story ‘The Shadow of the Goat’.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $29.95

Fifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn series)
Cavanagh, Steve
Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other. Who do you believe? ‘911, what’s your emergency?’ – ‘My dad’s dead. My sister, Sofia, killed him. She’s still in the house. Please, send help.’ – ‘My dad’s dead. My sister, Alexandra, killed him. She’s still in the house. Please, send help.’ One of them is a liar and a killer. But… which one?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

No Bad Deed
Chavez, Heather
You’re driving home from work to your husband and children. Suddenly, a woman is front of your car. She’s being attacked. You call the police and they tell you to stay in the car. But what if you got out to help? What might the consequences be? You save the woman, but the attacker takes your handbag. And your car. And, then, the next day, when you think it’s all over, your husband disappears. He’s gone without a trace. And then he texts you. I’m sorry. But is it really him? Nothing could have prepared you for what happens next…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Egg Drop Dead (Noodle Shop mysteries 05)
Chien, Vivien
The Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level – only to end up in hot water. It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness, when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana – whose plate is already plenty full, with running the restaurant; pleasing her often-disapproving mother; and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau – must find out. Before the police arrived at the crime scene, Donna had entrusted an odd piece of evidence to Lana: a thumb drive shaped like a terra-cotta soldier. Now, it’s up to Lana to lead her own investigation, digitally and in real life, into a world of secrets involving Donna’s earlier life in China, whether the victim had a dark agenda, and if the killer is still out there… and plans to strike again.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

Lavender Blue Murder (Tea Shop mysteries 21)
Childs, Laura
Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are guests at a bird hunt, styled in the precise manner of an English shooting party. Which means elevenses (sloe gin fizzes), gun loaders, the drawing of pegs, fine looking bird dogs, and shooting costumes of tweed, herringbone, and suede. But as gunshots explode like a riff of Black Cat firecrackers, another shot sounds too close for comfort to Theodosia and Drayton. Intrigued but worried, Theodosia wanders into the neighbour’s lavender field where she discovers their host, Reginald Doyle, bleeding to death. His wife, Meredith, is beside herself with grief and begs Theodosia and Drayton to stay the night. But Theodosia awakens at two am, to find smoke in her room and the house on fire. As the fire department screams in and the investigating sheriff returns, Meredith again pleads with Theodosia for help. As Theodosia investigates, fingers are pointed, secrets are uncovered, Reginald’s daughter-in-law goes missing presumed drowned, and Meredith is determined to find answers via a séance. All the while Theodosia worries if she’s made a mistake in inviting a prime suspect to her upscale Lavender Lady Tea.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (Sassy Cat mysteries 01)
Chow, Jennifer J
Mimi Lee hoped to give Los Angeles animal lovers something to talk about with her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof. She never imagined that the first cat she said hello to would talk back or be quite so, well, catty – especially about those disastrous dates Mimi’s mother keeps setting up. When Marshmallow exposes local breeder Russ Nolan for mistreating Chihuahuas, Mimi steals some of her cat’s attitude to tell Russ off. The next day the police show up at Hollywoof. Russ has been found dead; and Mimi’s shouting match with him has secured her top billing as the main suspect. Hoping to clear her name and save the pups Russ left behind, Mimi enlists help from her dreamy lawyer neighbour Josh. But even with Josh on board, it’ll take Mimi and Marshmallow a lot of sleuthing and more than a little sass to get back to the pet-grooming life – and off the murder scene. The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

The Long Call (Two Rivers series)
Cleeves, Ann
In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church – as his father’s funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too. Now, he’s back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region; a complex place not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose. A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew’s new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. Finding the killer is Venn’s only focus, and his team’s investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind, and the deadly secrets that lurk there. The first in a new series from the author of the acclaimed Vera and Shetland series.
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

Hitler’s Secret (Tom Wilde series)
Clements, Rory
In the Autumn of 1941, the war is going badly for Britain and its allies. If the tide is going to be turned against Hitler, a new weapon is desperately needed. In Cambridge, brilliant history professor Tom Wilde is asked by an American intelligence officer to help smuggle a mysterious package out of Nazi Germany – something so secret, even Hitler himself doesn’t know of its existence. Posing as a German-American industrialist, Wilde soon discovers the shocking truth about the ‘package’, and why the Nazis will stop at nothing to prevent it leaving Germany. With ruthless killers – loyal to Martin Bormann – hunting him down, Wilde makes a desperate gamble on an unlikely escape route. But even if he reaches England alive, that will not be the end of his ordeal. Wilde is, now, convinced that the truth he has discovered must remain hidden, even if it means betraying the country he loves… Tom Wilde’s war adventures begin with Corpus (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Boy from the Woods
Coben, Harlan
Thirty years ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods. Living a feral existence and with no memory of his past, the locals just called him Wilde. Now, a former soldier and security expert, Wilde lives off the grid, shunned by the community – until they need him. A child has gone missing. Her family suspect she’s only playing a disappearing game. Nobody seems concerned, except for criminal attorney Hester Crimstein – who contacts Wilde and asks him to use his unique skills to find the girl. But even he can find no trace. One day passes, then another, then a third. On the fourth, a human finger shows up in the mail. And, now, Wilde knows this is no game. It’s a race against time to save the girl’s life – and expose the town’s dark secrets…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Stranger (TV tie-in edition)
Coben, Harlan
Adam Price has a lot to lose: a beautiful family, a big house, a good job – a perfect life. But then he meets a stranger in a bar and learns a devastating secret about his wife. With the mirage of perfection shattered, Adam finds himself caught up in something far darker than his wife’s deception. And if he doesn’t make the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives – it will end them.
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Al Dente’s Inferno (Tuscan Cooking School mysteries 01)
Cole, Stephanie
When Nell Valenti is offered a chance to move to Tuscany to help transform an aging villa into a farm-to-table cooking school, she eagerly accepts. After all, both her job and her love life in America have been feeling stale. Plus, she’ll get the chance to work under the acclaimed Italian Chef Claudio Orlandini. With only a day to go until the launch dinner for the cooking school, the villa is in shambles, and Chef O is blissfully oblivious of the work that needs to be done, before a group of local dignitaries arrive, along with a filmmaker sent to showcase and advertise the new school. The situation only worsens, when Nell discovers that the filmmaker is an ex-boyfriend; and he’s found murdered, later that night… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

A Book of Bones (Charlie Parker series)
Connolly, John
On a lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull. Each is a sacrifice, a summons. And something in the shadows has heard the call. But another is coming: Parker the hunter, the avenger. Parker’s mission takes him from Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border; from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London – he will track those who would cast this world into darkness. Parker fears no evil. But evil fears him…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Postmortem (30th anniversary edition)
Cornwell, Patricia
A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedroom. There is no pattern: the killer appears to strike at random – but always early on Saturday mornings. So, when Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical officer, is awakened at 2:33am, she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim. And she fears, now, for those that will follow unless she can dig up new forensic evidence to aid the police. But not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation…
Scarpetta (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Cask (Collins Crime Club)
Crofts, Freeman Wills
The unloading of a consignment of French wine from the steamship Bullfinch is interrupted by a gruesome discovery in a broken cask leaking sawdust and gold sovereigns. But when the shipping clerk returns with the police, the cask and its macabre contents have gone. Following the clues to Paris, Inspector Burnley of Scotland Yard enlists the help of the genial French detective M Lefarge to check motives and alibis in their hunt for evidence of a particularly fiendish murder. From the Collins Crime Club archive, the seminal first novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed ‘The King of Detective Story Writers’ and recognised as one of the ‘big four’ Golden Age crime authors. This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Freeman Wills Crofts, himself, in a unique preface from 1946 about The Cask’s origins.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Groote Park Murder (Collins Crime Club)
Crofts, Freeman Wills
When a signalman discovers a mutilated body inside a railway tunnel near Groote Park, it seems to be a straightforward case of a man struck by a passing train. But Inspector Vandam of the Middeldorp police isn’t satisfied that Albert Smith’s death was accidental, and he sets out to prove foul play in a baffling mystery which crosses continents from deepest South Africa to the wilds of northern Scotland, where an almost identical crime appears to have been perpetrated. The Groote Park Murder was the last of Freeman Wills Crofts’ standalone crime novels, foreshadowing his iconic Inspector French series and helping to cement his reputation (according to his publishers) as ‘the greatest and most popular detective writer in the world’. Like The Cask, The Ponson Case, and The Pit-Prop Syndicate, before it – here were a delightfully ingenious plot, impeccable handling of detail, and an overwhelming surprise ‘curtain’ from a masterful crime writer on the cusp of global success. This Detective Club classic is introduced with an essay by Freeman Wills Crofts, unseen since 1937, about ‘The Writing of a Detective Novel’.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Pit-Prop Syndicate (Collins Crime Club)
Crofts, Freeman Wills
Seymour Merriman’s holiday in France comes to an abrupt halt, when his motorcycle starts leaking petrol. Following a lorry to find fuel, he discovers that it belongs to an English company making timber pit-props for coal mines back home. His suspicions of illegal activity are aroused when he sees the exact same lorry with a different number plate – and confirmed, later, with the shocking discovery of a body. What began as amateur detective work ends up as a job for Inspector Willis of Scotland Yard, a job requiring tenacity, ingenuity and guile… Freeman Wills Crofts’ transition from civil engineer on the Irish railways to world-renowned master of the detective mystery began with The Cask, when he was fully 40 years old; but it was his third novel, the baffling The Pit-Prop Syndicate, that was singled out by his editors in 1930 – as the first for inclusion in Collins’ prestigious new series of reprints ‘for crime connoisseurs’. This Detective Club classic is introduced by John Curran, author of The Hooded Gunman, and includes the bonus of an exclusive short story by Crofts, ‘Danger in Shroude Valley’.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Ponson Case (Collins Crime Club)
Crofts, Freeman Wills
When the body of Sir William Ponson is found in the Cranshaw River near his home of Luce Manor, it is assumed to be an accident – until the evidence points to murder. Inspector Tanner of Scotland Yard discovers that those who would benefit most from Sir William’s death seem to have unbreakable alibis, and a mysterious fifth man – whose footprints were found at the crime scene – is nowhere to be found… From the Collins Crime Club archive, the forgotten second novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed ‘The King of Detective Story Writers’. This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Dolores Gordon-Smith, author of the Jack Haldean Golden Age mysteries.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Heart Keeper
Dahl, Alex
Three months ago, Alison’s world fell apart when her five-year-old daughter drowned at the local lake. Lost in grief, her husband and friends are unable to reach her. Across town, Iselin’s life is about to change. Her seven-year-old daughter has survived a life-saving operation. After years of treading water, they can now start thinking about the future. These two mothers have never met. But their daughters will bring them together. And the consequences will be devastating…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Darker Arts (Frey & McGray series)
de Muriel, Oscar
Madame Katerina, Detective ‘Nine Nails’ McGray’s most trusted clairvoyant, hosts a séance for three of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families. The following morning, everyone is found dead, with Madame Katerina being the only survivor. When questioned, she alleges a tormented spirit killed the families for revenge. McGray, even though he believes her, must find a rational explanation that holds up, in court; else Katerina will be sentenced to death. Inspector Ian Frey is summoned to help, which turns out to be difficult – as he is still dealing with the loss of his uncle, and has developed a form of post-traumatic stress (not yet identified in the 19th century). This seems an impossible puzzle. Either something truly supernatural has occurred – or a fiendishly clever plot is covering a killer’s tracks…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Here Comes the Body (Catering Hall mysteries 01)
DiRico, Maria
Mia is starting work at Belle View, her father’s catering hall, a popular spot for weddings, office parties, and more – despite the planes that occasionally roar overhead on their way to LaGuardia and rattle the crystal chandelier. Soon, she’s planning a bachelor party for a less-than-gentlemanly groom. But it goes awry when the gigantic cake is wheeled in, and a deadly surprise is revealed… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Temple House Vanishing
Donohue, Rachel
When Louisa arrives at Temple House, an elite catholic boarding school, she quickly finds herself drawn to sophisticated fellow pupil Victoria and their young bohemian art teacher, Mr Lavelle. The three of them form a bond that seems to offer an escape from the repressive regime of the nuns who run the cloistered school. Until Louisa and Mr Lavelle suddenly vanish. Years later, a journalist with a childhood connection to Louisa determines to resolve the mystery. Her search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Hope For the Innocent (Hope Stapleford series)
Dunford, Caroline
It is 1939 – World War II is looming; Oswald Mosley has awoken fascist sympathies among the British aristocracy; and, in London, socialites are gathering for the start of the Season. Enter astute, Oxford graduate Hope Stapleford, whose quick wit, love of books and keen observations set her apart from her peers. Her rebellious friend, Bernadette, has persuaded her to take part in the Season, and Hope expects little more than a round of dull engagements and dreary introductions. But when an innocent, young debutante goes missing from their very first house party, feared to have been kidnapped or worse, Hope’s curiosity is piqued… The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball mysteries 06)
Eaton, J C
The holiday season has arrived and bookkeeper/amateur sleuth, Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball, would love nothing more than to enjoy the comforts of her new home with her detective boyfriend near Arizona’s Sun City West. Instead, her mother Harriet wants to showcase her chiweenie-chihuahua-dachshund, Streetman, in the Precious Pooches Holiday Extravaganza costume events. The festivities begin in October and end on St Patrick’s Day – with the winner starring in the St Pat’s Day parade. But things quickly turn an awful shade of green when Streetman uncovers a dead body under a tarp-covered grill in the neighbour’s yard. The victim is Cameron Tully, a seafood distributor working out of Phoenix, who died from ingesting a toxic sago palm leaf. Before the police can even find a motive and suspect, another Precious Pooch owner nearly dies from the same poison. With Harriet believing someone’s targeting her and Streetman because of the costume contests, Phee will need a potful of Irish luck to sniff out a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Murder at the Ashmolean (Museum mysteries)
Eldridge, Jim
1895. A senior executive at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is found in his office with a bullet hole between his eyes, a pistol discarded close by. The death has officially been ruled as suicide by local police, but with an apparent lack of motive for such action, the museum’s administrator, Gladstone Marriott, suspects foul play. With his cast-iron reputation for shrewdness – formed during his time investigating the case of Jack the Ripper, alongside Inspector Abberline – private enquiry agent Daniel Wilson is a natural choice to discreetly explore the situation, ably assisted by his partner, archaeologist-cum-detective Abigail Fenton. Yet, their enquiries are hindered from the start by an interfering lone agent from Special Branch, ever secretive and intimidating in his methods. With rumours of political ructions from South Africa, mislaid artefacts and a lost Shakespeare play, Wilson and Fenton soon find themselves tangled in bureaucracy. Making unlikely alliances, the pair face players who live by a different set of rules and will need their intellect and ingenuity to reveal the secrets of the aristocracy. This wonderful historical series begins with Murder at the Fitzwilliam (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

This Storm (Second LA Quartet)
Ellroy, James
January, ’42. LA reels behind the shock of Pearl Harbor. Local Japanese are rounded up and slammed behind bars. Massive thunderstorms hit the city. A body is unearthed, in Griffith Park. The cops tag it a routine dead-man job. They’re wrong. It’s an early-warning signal of Chaos. There’s a murderous fire and a gold heist, exploding out of the past. There’s Fifth Column treason – at this moment, on American soil. There are home-grown Nazis, commies, and race racketeers. There’re two dead cops, in a dive off the jazz-club strip. And three men and one woman have a hot date with History. Elmer Jackson is a corrupt vice cop. He’s a flesh peddler, and a bagman for the LA Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, lashed by anti-Japanese rage. Dudley Smith is a PD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He’s gone rogue, and all-the-way fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She’s a defrocked Navy lieutenant, and a war profiteer to her core. LA, ’42. Homefront madness ascendant. Early-wartime inferno… The sequel to Perfidia (PBK, $24.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The House on the Lake
Ellwood, Nuala
Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe. But when Lisa meets some of the locals, and hears some disturbing rumours about the house, she realises it might not be the sanctuary she thought. What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years? And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her own past finally catches up with her?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The House on Endless Waters
Elon, Emuna
At the behest of his agent, renowned author Yoel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. While touring the Jewish Museum with his wife, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of prewar Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful face of his beloved mother staring back at him, posing with her husband, Yoel’s older sister Nettie… and an infant he doesn’t recognise. This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam’s dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger – but at a cost. The deeper into the past Yoel digs, the better he understands his mother’s silence, and the more urgent the question that has unconsciously haunted him for a lifetime – Who am I? – becomes.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Death Deserved (Alexander Blix series)
Enger, Thomas & Horst, Jørn Lier
Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrom never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrom’s home, later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV. Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing person’s investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrom soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated, evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing… Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flair for the dramatic, and thirst for attention. Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it… The first in a co-written series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Chemical Detective (Jaq Silver series)
Erskine, Fiona
Dr Jaq Silver: skier, scientist, international jetsetter, explosives expert. She blows things up, to keep people safe. Working on avalanche control in Slovenia, Jaq stumbles across a problem with a consignment of explosives. After raising a complaint with the supplier, a multinational chemical company, her evidence disappears. Jaq is warned, threatened, accused of professional incompetence and suspended. When she takes her complaint further, she narrowly escapes death only to be framed for murder. Escaping from police custody, she sets out to find the key to the mystery. Racing between the snowy slopes of Slovenia and the ghostly ruins of Chernobyl, can she uncover the truth before her time runs out? The first in a series.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Big Kahuna (Fox & O’Hare series)
Evanovich, Janet
Kate and Nick are investigating the suspicious disappearance of Silicon Valley billionaire Richard Wylde. Known as the Big Kahuna, he’s famous for creating an artificial intelligence software some people might kill for. Kate thinks those people might include Wylde’s model wife and his shady business partner, who seem more interested in gaining control of his company, than in finding the Kahuna, himself. The only lead is Wylde’s dropout son, who’s living the dream in Hawaii. To get close to him, Kate and Nick will have to go undercover in the surfer community. It looks like a dream assignation – but things are about to go badly wrong…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Forget Me
Ewart, Andrew
Your partner has had a mysterious accident, leaving them with no memory. They don’t remember anything: how you met, your first kiss, not even your wedding day. An experimental medical treatment promises a cure. A chance to relive the memories. Going through with it might bring you back together. But discovering the truth about the accident will tear you apart. Do you walk away? Or open Pandora’s Box?
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Forced Confessions (Benson & de Vere series)
Fairfax, John
Convicted of murder sixteen years ago, William Benson is ostracised by the establishment and his family. Supported by a close-knit group including solicitor Tess de Vere, he’s defied them all and opened his own Chambers. Now, he faces the case of his life – and the terminal illness of Helen Camberley – who helped him leave his prison life behind. Jorge Menderez, a doctor from Spain, has been found dead in a deserted warehouse in East London. A troubled man, he’d turned to counsellor Karen Lynwood seeking help. Now, Karen’s husband, John, is accused of his murder. Who is Menderez, and why did he come to London? Benson is defending the couple against seemingly impossible odds, while secrets from his own past threaten to overwhelm him… A sequel to the superb Summary Justice and Blind Defence (PBK, $22.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Coconut Layer Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen mysteries 25)
Fluke, Joanne
When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie studio sound stage to the Los Angeles airport. Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie’s innocence will be harder than figuring out what went wrong with a recipe. Lonnie remembers only parts of the night he went out to a local bar and ended up driving a very impaired woman home. He knows he helped her to her bedroom, but he doesn’t recall anything else… until he woke up on her couch, the following morning. When he went to the bedroom to check on her, he was shocked to discover she was dead. Hannah doesn’t know what to believe – only that exonerating a suspect, who can’t remember, is almost impossible, especially since Lonnie’s brother, Detective Rick Murphy, and Lonnie’s partner, Chief Detective Mike Kingston, have been taken off the case. Before everything comes crashing down on Lonnie like a heaping slice of coconut layer cake, it’ll be up to Hannah to rack up enough clues to toast a flaky killer…
Mystery | HC | $44.99

The Guest List
Foley, Lucy
On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Old friends. Past grudges. Happy families. Hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests. One body. The wedding cake has barely been cut, when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped. All have a secret. All have a motive. One guest won’t leave this wedding, alive…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Death of a New American (Jane Prescott mysteries)
Fredericks, Mariah
In 1912, as New York reels from the news of the Titanic disaster, ladies’ maid Jane Prescott travels to Long Island with the Benchley family. Their daughter Louise is to marry William Tyler, at their uncle and aunt’s mansion; the Tylers are a glamorous, storied couple, their past filled with travel and adventure. Now, Charles Tyler is known for putting down New York’s notorious Italian mafia, the Black Hand, and his wife Alva has settled into domestic life. As the city visitors adjust to the rhythms of the household, and plan Louise’s upcoming wedding, Jane quickly befriends the Tyler children’s nanny, Sofia – a young Italian-American woman. However, one unusually sultry spring night, Jane is woken by a scream from the nursery – and rushes in, to find Sofia murdered… and the carefully-locked window, flung open. The Tylers believe that this is an attempted kidnapping of their baby gone wrong; a warning from the criminal underworld to Charles Tyler. But Jane is asked to help with the investigation by her friend, journalist Michael Behan, who knows that she is uniquely placed to see what other tensions may simmer, just below the surface in this wealthy, secretive household. Was Sofia’s murder fallout from the social tensions rife in New York, or could it be a much more personal crime? The atmospheric, compelling follow-up to Jane Prescott’s debut A Death of No Importance (PBK, $24.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $37.95

An Orphan of Hell’s Kitchen (Louise Faulk mysteries 03)
Freeland, Liz
Filthy, dangerous, and deadly – Hell’s Kitchen is no place for a lady, but Louise Faulk is no ordinary woman. The amateur investigator, turned rookie policewoman, is investigating the death of young prostitute, Ruthie, who leaves behind a baby boy. Although detectives are quick to declare it a suicide, Louise is less certain after she discovers clues implying murder while attempting to find a caretaker for Ruthie’s orphaned son. Uncovering the truth won’t be easy, especially since Louise is struggling to make a name for herself, amid the boys’ club of the New York City Police Department. But Ruthie’s case keeps tugging at Louise, luring her beyond the slums’ drawn curtains and tenement doors, into an undercover investigation that often seems to conceal more than it reveals. Louise is convinced Ruthie’s secrets got her killed, but can she prove it before they catch up to her too?
Historical mystery | TP | $33.95

A Fine Tapestry of Murder
Friedman, Ann Marti
Paris, 1676. When a body washes up on the banks of the Bievre River, a young woman finds herself embroiled in an intricate murder case. At first, it seems mere coincidence that the dead man was discovered outside the Royal Manufactory of the Gobelins, home to a community of artists and craftsmen. He was not one of them, after all. But Anne-Marie, a sculptor’s wife, soon realises that the victim may well be known within the walls of the Gobelins – and that the killer might be amongst them. With the police apparently disinterested, it is a mystery that is hers alone to solve…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Testament of Character (Rowland Sinclair series)
Gentill, Sulari
In fear for his life, American millionaire Daniel Cartwright changes his will, appointing his old friend Rowland Sinclair as his executor. Soon, murder proves that fear well founded. When Rowland receives word of Cartwright’s death, he sets out immediately for Boston, Massachusetts – to bury his friend and honour his last wishes. He is met with the outrage and anguish of Cartwright’s family, who have been spurned… in favour of a man, they claim does not exist. Artists and gangsters, movie stars, and tycoons all gather to the fray; as elite society closes in to protect its own, and family secrets haunt the living. Rowland Sinclair must confront a world in which insanity is relative, greed is understood, and love is dictated; where the only people he can truly trust are an artist, a poet and a passionate sculptress.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

All the Tears in China (Rowland Sinclair series)
Gentill, Sulari
Shanghai, in 1935, is a twentieth-century Babylon, an expatriate playground where fortunes are made and lost, where East and West collide, and the stakes include life itself. Into this, Rowland Sinclair arrives from Sydney to represent his brother at international wool negotiations. Rowland is under strict instructions to commit to nothing… but a brutal murder makes that impossible. As suspicion falls on him, Rowland enters a desperate bid to find answers, in a city as glitzy as it is dangerous – where tai-pans and tycoons rule, and politics and vice are entwined with commerce. Once again, the only people Rowland can truly trust are an artist, a poet, and a free-spirited sculptress.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Revenge Is Sweet (Vintage Sweets mysteries 01)
George, Kaye
Tally Holt has poured her heart, soul, and bank account into Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets, specialising in her grandmother’s delicious recipes. Tally’s homemade Mallomars, Twinkies, fudges, and taffy are a hit with visiting tourists – and with Yolanda Bella, the flamboyant owner of Bella’s Baskets, next door. But both shops encounter a sour surprise when local handyman Gene Faust is found dead in Tally’s kitchen, stabbed with Yolanda’s scissors. The mayor’s adopted son, Gene was a handsome Casanova with a bad habit of borrowing money from the women he wooed. It’s a sticky situation for Yolanda, who was one of his marks. There are plenty of other likely culprits among Fredericksburg’s female population, and even among Gene’s family. But unless Tally can figure out who finally had their fill of Gene’s sweet-talking ways, Yolanda – and both their fledgling businesses – may be destined for a bitter end… The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $35.95

The Last Straw (DCI Warren Jones series)
Gitsham, Paul
When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies. For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation, but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy. Everything seems to point to one vengeful man but the financial potential of the professor’s pioneering research takes the inquiry in an intriguing and, for Jones and his team, dangerous direction. A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

No Smoke Without Fire (DCI Warren Jones series)
Gitsham, Paul
DCI Warren Jones has a bad feeling, when the body of a young woman turns up in Beaconsfield Woods. She’s been raped and strangled but the murderer has been careful to leave no DNA evidence. There are, of course, suspects – boyfriend, father – to check out but, worryingly, it looks more and more like a stranger murder. Warren’s worst fears are confirmed, when another young woman is killed in the same way. The MO fits that of Richard Cameron – who served twelve years for rape. But Cameron never killed his victims, and he has a cast-iron alibi. Then personal tragedy intervenes, and Warren is off the case. But the pressure is mounting, and another woman goes missing. Warren is back… but will the break he desperately needs come before there’s another victim? A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Silent as the Grave (DCI Warren Jones series)
Gitsham, Paul
It’s DCI Warren Jones’ coldest case, yet… The body of Reginald Williamson had been well concealed under a bush in Middlesbury Common and the murder efficiently carried out – a single stab wound to the chest. Reggie’s dog had been killed just as efficiently. With no clues or obvious motive, the case is going nowhere. Then he gets a break. Warren’s instincts tell him that the informant is dodgy – a former police officer under investigation. But when Warren hears the incredible story he has to tell, he’s glad to have given him a chance to speak. Suddenly, a wide criminal conspiracy, involving high-level police corruption, a gangster and a trained killer, is blown wide open…and Warren finds that, this time, it’s not just his career under threat, but his family – and his life. A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Sleep of Death (Shakespearean Murder series)
Gooden, Philip
In the last decade of Elizabeth I’s reign, Nick Revill, an aspiring young actor, comes to London seeking fame and fortune. Once there he gains employment with the Chamberlain’s Men. Thrown out of his digs over an unfortunate accident, Nick is offered lodgings at a wealthy Thameside mansion by a black-clad youth whose father has just died and whose mother has remarried his uncle. Pondering on the similarities between the young man’s story and William Shakespeare’s newest tragedy, Hamlet, Nick is charged with the task of finding out whether foul play was involved in the death of the old man and hasty remarriage of his young, lusty wife. As Nick works his way ever closer to the truth, the finger of suspicion begins to point to his enigmatic employer Mr William Shakespeare – actor, author and shareholder in the Chamberlain’s Men… A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Death of Kings (Shakespearean Murder series)
Gooden, Philip
Elizabeth I is nearing the end of her reign, with no direct heir, and plots and rumours of rebellion abound. The Queen’s former favourite, the Earl of Essex, appears to be eager to protect the throne, but some believe he intends to seize it. In the world of the theatre, the Chamberlain’s Men are approached by a member of Essex’s inner circle. He offers them money to put on a special performance of Shakespeare’s Richard II – the treasonous drama of monarchy deposed and murdered. And player Nick Revill finds himself forced to act as a government spy and keep watch on his own company. But, then, the murders start… A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Pale Companion (Shakespearean Murder series)
Gooden, Philip
It is midsummer in the year 1601. Nick Revill and his fellow actors of the company known as the Chamberlain’s Men are journeying across the Wiltshire Downs for a country-house presentation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It should be a pleasant, well-paid jaunt to celebrate a noble marriage; but instead the players find themselves in the midst of a tense family atmosphere, somehow linked to the presence of the household’s sinister steward. Very soon, Nick finds that the Dream has turned into a nightmare, where murder appears commonplace; and, before too long, he must fight to save his own life against the ancient backdrop of Stonehenge… A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut (Death by Chocolate mysteries 03)
Graves, Sarah
Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, The Chocolate Moose, especially now that the annual Pirate Festival is dropping anchor in their quaint island village of Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie are ready for the bounty of tourists sure to flood their shop. But their plans quickly sink when the body of celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is discovered in the Moose’s basement. Jake and Ellie are horrified, but their shock turns to dismay when Jake is pegged for the murder. Now, to clear Jake’s name and save the shop, Jake and Ellie must swashbuckle down and figure out who, among Henry’s numerous enemies, scuttled him in the cellar. Was it a long-ago jilted sweetheart’s vengeful relative? His long-suffering personal assistant? Or, perhaps, some bitter-as-dark-chocolate unknown enemy, now aboard the mysterious ship lurking in Eastport’s harbour? Alas, dead men tell no tales, so Jake and Ellie will have to get to the bottom of the case on their own and find the real killer before anyone else is forced to walk the plank…
Mystery | HC | $52.95

Who’s Dead, Doc? (Jules & Bun mysteries 02)
Griffin, J M
Bun comes along as part of a petting pen, for a birthday celebration – but for one of the guests, the fun is soon over. Evelyn Montgomery is found lying in the bushes with a knife in her chest, and the distraught hostess begs Jules to help… To her surprise, so does Sheriff Jack Carver – who, usually, discourages Jules from getting involved in criminal investigations. But, now, she’s drafted at the last minute to fill in for Evelyn as a judge at a rabbit show, and Jack wants her to go undercover.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

This Lovely City
Hare, Louise
The drinks are flowing. The music is playing. But the party can’t last. With the Blitz over and London reeling from war, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England’s call for help. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, he’s taken a tiny room in south London lodgings, and has fallen in love with the girl next door. Touring Soho’s music halls by night, pacing the streets as a postman by day, Lawrie has poured his heart into his new home – and it’s alive with possibility. Until, one morning, he makes a terrible discovery. As the local community rallies, fingers of blame are pointed at those who had recently been welcomed with open arms. And, before long, the newest arrivals become the prime suspects in a tragedy which threatens to tear the city apart.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Wolf of Wessex
Harffy, Matthew
AD 838. Deep in the forests of Wessex, Dunston’s solitary existence is shattered when he stumbles on a mutilated corpse. Accused of the murder, Dunston must clear his name and keep the dead man’s daughter alive, in the face of savage pursuers desperate to prevent a terrible secret from being revealed. Rushing headlong through Wessex, Dunston will need to use all the skills of survival garnered from a lifetime in the wilderness.
Historical fiction | TP | $29.99

Stick Together
Hénaff, Sophie
After their successful solving of three cold cases and exposing corruption at the very highest level of the Paris police force, Anne Capestan’s squad of misfits and no hopers should be in a celebratory mood. However, now despised by their colleagues at 36 quai des Orfevres and worried for their future, morale has never been lower – among the members of the Awkward Squad. Capestan does her best to motivate her troops, but even she cannot maintain a cheerful façade when she has to investigate the murder of Commissaire Serge Rufus, the father of her ex-husband. Worse, it soon appears that his murder is linked to two other victims, both of whom were warned by the killer before they struck… A sequel to the much-recommended Awkward Squad ($22.99, PBK) – one of Ron’s faves.
Caper | PBK | $22.99

The Catch (Slough House series) (novella)
Herron, Mick
If life in the Intelligence Service has taught John Bachelor anything, it’s to keep his head down. Especially now, when he’s living, rent free, in a dead spook’s flat. So, he’s not delighted to be woken at dawn by a pair of Regent’s Park’s heavies, looking for a client he’s not seen in years. John doesn’t know what secrets Benny Manors has stolen, but they’re attracting the wrong attention. And if he’s to save his own skin, not to mention safeguard his living arrangements, John has to find Benny before those secrets see the light. Benny could be anywhere, provided it serves alcohol. So, John sets out on a reluctant trawl through the bars of the capital, all the while plagued by the age-old questions: Will he end up sleeping in his car? How many bottles of gin can he afford at London prices? And just how far will Regent’s Park go to prevent anyone rocking the Establishment’s boat?
Suspense | HC | $22.99

Raid 42 (Wars Within series)
Hurley, Graham
Spring, 1941. The war in the West is as good as won. Nation after nation has fallen before the Reich’s armies. Only Britain endures, her cities under nightly bombardment from the Luftwaffe. Berlin would happily call off the bombers, in exchange for a peace treaty. Hitler would like to persuade Britain to turn her back on Europe, to attend to her precious Empire, instead… to allow Germany a free hand to deal with the real enemy in the East. Peace, perhaps, but at what cost? For Churchill, the price is too high; but for others within the British establishment, it is a price worth paying. On both sides of the channel, advocates of total war or peace at all costs are at each others’ throats – all unaware that Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s quiet, contemplative deputy, has already taken radical steps to change the fortunes of the war… The next instalment of the Wars Within series, which begins with Finisterre (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Takes One to Know One
Isaacs, Susan
Just a few years ago, Corie Geller was busting terrorists as an agent for the FBI. But at thirty-five, she traded in her badge for the stability of marriage and motherhood. Between cooking meals and playing chauffeur, Corie scouts Arabic fiction for a few literary agencies and, on Wednesdays, has lunch with her fellow Shorehaven freelancers, at a so-so French restaurant. Life is, as they say, fine. But at her weekly lunches, Corie senses that something’s off. Pete Delaney, a seemingly bland package designer, always shows up early, sits in the same spot (often with a different phone in hand) and keeps one eye glued to his car. Corie intuitively feels that Pete is hiding something – and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI past from her new neighbours, she should know. But does Pete really have a shady alternate life, or is Corie just desperate to add some spark to her humdrum suburban existence? She decides that the only way to find out is to dust off her FBI toolkit and take a deep dive into Pete Delaney’s affairs.
Mystery | HC | $29.99

The Woman in the Mirror
James, Rebecca
For more than two centuries, Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyond. In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne, looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children. Falling under the de Greys’ spell, Alice believes the family will heal her own past sorrows. But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting. Their father, ever distant, turns spiteful and cruel. The manor itself seems to lash out. Alice finds her surroundings subtly altered, her air slightly chilled. Something malicious resents her presence, something clouding her senses and threatening her very sanity. In present day New York, art gallery curator Rachel Wright has learned she is a descendant of the de Greys and heir to Winterbourne. Adopted as an infant, she never knew her birth parents, or her lineage. At long last, Rachel will find answers to questions about her identity that have haunted her entire life. But what she finds, in Cornwall, is a devastating tragic legacy that has afflicted generations of de Greys. A legacy borne from greed and deceit, twisted by madness, and suffused with unrequited love and unequivocal rage.
Gothic mystery | HC | $52.95

Betty Church and the Room of the Dead (Sackwater mysteries)
Kasasian, M R C
December, 1939. Having solved the case of the Suffolk Vampire, Inspector Betty Church and her colleagues at Sackwater Police Station have settled back down to business. There’s the elderly Mr Fern who keeps losing his slippers, Sylvia Satin’s thirteenth birthday party to attend and the scintillating case of the missing bookmark to solve. Though peace and quiet are all well and good, Betty soon finds herself longing for some cold-blooded murder… When a bomb is dropped on a residential street, both peace and quiet are broken and it seems the war has finally reached Sackwater. But Betty cannot stop the Hun, however hard she tries. So, when a body is found on Sackwater’s beach, Betty concentrates on finding the enemy much closer to home. The sequel to the fantastic Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

On the Lamb (Kebab Kitchen mysteries 04)
Kashian, Tina
Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation. When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead – after, apparently, choking on a piece of salt-water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, before the real killer coasts free…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Where the Truth Lies
Kilmore, Karina
When investigative journalist Chrissie O’Brian lands a senior job at The Argus, she is desperate to escape the nightmares of her past. Her life has become a daily battle to numb the pain. But her job is something she can do better than anyone else – and the only thing that keeps the memories at bay. A face-off on the waterfront, between the unions and big business, is just the kind of story to get her career back on track. But after a dockworker who confided in her turns up dead, Chrissie becomes obsessed with unravelling the truth. When a gruesome threat lands on her desk, it’s clear someone is prepared to do anything to stop her. But who is more dangerous – a ruthless enemy, or a woman pushed to the edge? Used to fighting her own demons, this is one battle Chrissie is determined not to lose.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Knight, Alex
You’re woken early by the doorbell. It’s a young girl, the daughter of the love of your life. She’s scared, covered in blood, she says her mother is hurt. You let her in, try to calm her down, tell her you’re going to get help. You reach for your phone, but it lights up with a notification before you touch it. It’s an Amber alert – a child has been abducted by a dangerous suspect. The child is the girl standing in front of you. The suspect? You.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Council (Helga Finnsdottir series)
Kristjansson, Snorri
After five years on the road, Helga has finally settled near King Eirik’s court in Uppsala, where she’s well regarded as a healer. She’s even in a relationship, of sorts. But life is about to get a bit more exciting, for King Eirik has summoned all those who owe him fealty to the King’s Council, and tempers are already flaring. The body of an unknown boy is found near the river, but with delegations from all over the country arriving and rumours of an imminent attack, there are more important things to attend to, than the death of a nobody… Only Helga suspects murder – until a second body makes it clear that someone is intent on breaking up the King’s Council – and that a traitor walks among them… The sequel to Kin (PBK, $19.99) which customers loved.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Other Mrs
Kubica, Mary
Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbour, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard. But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family. As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs Baines, the more she begins to realise just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Pretty Guilty Women
LaManna, Gina
At the luxurious Serenity Resort on the Californian coast, guests arrive ready to celebrate the Banks’ wedding. But things are about to go horribly wrong… Ginger is an overworked mother of three, who’s barely holding it together. Lulu is filthy rich with four ex-husbands, and a fifth one on the way. Emily harbours a dark secret, which she’s become expert at forgetting with a bottle of wine. Kate is a lawyer with her life in order – except for one little problem that even she can’t fix. Only 24 hours after they arrive, a man is found murdered. Each of these women confess to the crime, insisting they acted alone. Why did they do this? Only they know the answer – and they’re not telling.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Death on the Page (Castle Bookshop mysteries 02)
Lang, Essie
There are a thousand stories in New York’s scenic Thousand Islands, and Bayside Books co-owner Shelby Cox stocks them all. But, lately, the Blye Island bookseller’s life is more about investigation than inventory. True-crime writer Savannah Page caps off two successful signings at Bayside Books with a night in Blye Castle. She’s there to research Joe Cabana, a colourful Prohibition-era mobster who owned the castle – until he was found dead in the island Grotto. But crime becomes all too true for Savannah. Her body turns up the next morning, in a secret passage at the bottom of the stairs. The last thing Shelby Cox wants is to sleuth another murder, but she’s intrigued about how a killer could have reached the island after hours. She’s not at a lack for suspects either. It could have been anyone from Savannah’s fiancé, Liam Kennelly, who argued with her the evening before, to island caretaker Matthew Kessler, recently cleared of his wife’s murder. Can Shelby keep regular store hours, elude the police chief, and assemble the clues into a hard-bound case, without getting permanently shelved?
Mystery | HC | $46.99

The Elephant of Surprise (Hap & Leonard series)
Lansdale, Joe R
After years of crime-solving companionship, something’s changed: Hap, recently married to their PI boss, Brett, is now a family man. Amidst the worst flood East Texas has seen in years, the two run across a woman who’s had her tongue nearly cut out, pursued by a heavily armed pair of goons. Though, she can’t talk much, on account of the tongue, it turns out the girl survived a mob hit, and the boss has come to clean up the mess. On a chase that blows even the East Texas swamp grass back, Hap and Leonard must save the girl, and vanquish her foes – before the foes get them first. With a new case to solve, and a brand-new challenge to their relationship, will Hap and Leonard’s friendship survive? Will Hap and Leonard survive? Darkly hilarious and wacky redneck noir – this series begins with Savage Season ($19.99). Recommended!
Noir | PBK | $22.99

Death in the Ladies’ Goddess Club
Leatherdale, Julian
In the murky world of Kings Cross in 1932, aspiring crime writer Joan Linderman and her friend and flatmate Bernice Becker live the wild bohemian life, a carnival of parties and fancy-dress artists’ balls. One Saturday night, Joan is thrown headfirst into a real crime when she finds Ellie, her neighbour, murdered. To prove her worth as a crime writer and bring Ellie’s killer to justice, Joan secretly investigates the case in the footsteps of Sergeant Lillian Armfield. But as Joan digs deeper, her list of suspects grows from the luxury apartment blocks of Sydney’s rich to the brothels and nightclubs of the Cross’ underclass.
Noir | TP | $29.99

Stop at Nothing
Ledwidge, Michael
When a jet crashes into the Caribbean Sea – killing all on board – diving instructor Michael Gannon is the only person on the scene. Finding a suitcase of cash and diamonds, Gannon assumes he’s the beneficiary of a drug deal gone wrong. However, one of the dead passengers was the Director of the FBI – despite the official version that he died, of natural causes, in Italy. Suddenly pursued by a shadowy cabal, Gannon will only survive if he can unravel the conspiracy. And little do they know that Gannon’s deadly past means the hunters have become the prey…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Trace Elements (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding. ‘They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no,’ Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently-deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him, Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice’s water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly, by Vice Questore Patta’s obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta’s secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time, Brunetti comes to ealise the perilous meaning in the woman’s accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be; when, seeking solace, he reads Aeschylus’ classic play The Eumenides.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Killing with Confetti (Peter Diamond series)
Lovesey, Peter
As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline. The problem is that she’s the daughter of notorious crime baron, Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. And Ben’s father George is Bath’s Deputy Chief Constable. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are set in place, before the career-obsessed DCC can step in. Peter Diamond, Bath’s head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit; and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers, and straying bridesmaids. The laidback Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gangleaders, while Brace can’t wait for the day to end. Will the photo session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving’s speech, as father of the bride, be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy, and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Bertie and the Crime of Passion (Prince of Wales mysteries)
Lovesey, Peter
Bertie (the future King Edward VII) has a princely appetite for tasty morsels, of all kinds. With glorious food and glamorous women equally appealing, it’s not surprising that he visits Paris every year, with a modest retinue of some 30 faithful servants. The year 1889, however, marks his most eventful trip. First, he is he introduced to the can-can – that deliciously vulgar new sensation in which he takes, of course, a purely scholarly interest. And, second, a murder at a fashionable nightclub allows him to exercise his beloved sleuthing skills, poking the royal nose into showgirls’ dressing rooms, and all manner of backstage intrigues. With Sarah Bernhardt and Toulouse-Lautrec acting as a dual Dr Watson, His Highness cannot fail to find a solution to the crime – though, no bets as to whether it’s the right one. The final of the Prince of Wales Mysteries reissues.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $35.95

The Body in the Apartment (Jazzi Zanders mysteries 04)
Lynn, Judi
Jazzi married her gorgeous contractor Ansel – not his family. But somehow she keeps living with them. So, she’s delighted to help Ansel’s brother Radley move out of their home and into his own place, in the same building as his work supervisor, Donovan. But when Donovan is shot and his apartment ransacked, following an argument with Ansel and Radley’s older brother Bain, their sibling becomes a suspect – especially after his missing gun turns up as the murder weapon. Told not to leave town, by Detective Gaff, big brother moves in with… Jazzi and Ansel. Now, Jazzi needs to prove Bain’s no killer, not only to keep him out of jail – but to get him out of their house. What was the killer looking for in Donovan’s apartment? And what will happen to the next person who gets in the way?
Mystery | TP | $35.95

How the Dead Speak (Hill & Jordan series)
McDermid, Val
When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago, and bodies dating back many years, could this be the work of more than one obsessive killer? The investigation throws up more questions, as the evidence mounts; but, after their last disastrous case, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan can only watch from afar. As they deal with the consequences, someone with a terrifying routine is biding their time – and both Tony and Carol find themselves closer to the edge than they have ever been, before…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Gathering Evidence
MacInnes, Martin
With extinction imminent, researchers visit an exclusive national park to observe one of the last troops of bonobo chimpanzees. Amid unusual behaviour and unexplained deaths, Shel Murray suspects her team is being hunted. Back at home, Shel’s partner is attacked touring their new property. Amnesiac and quarantined, John is visited by an inscrutable doctor, tending to the still fresh wounds. As his memory returns, John questions not only the assault, but the renewed marks on his body, and the black fungus now growing on the walls…
Mystery/suspense | HC | $29.99

The King’s Justice (Maggie Hope mysteries)
MacNeal, Susan Elia
London, December 1942. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalingrad, Maggie Hope takes a much-needed break from spying to defuse bombs in London. But Maggie herself is an explosion waiting to happen. Traumatised by her past, she finds herself living dangerously – taking huge risks, smoking, drinking, and speeding through the city streets on a motorbike. The last thing she wants is to get entangled in another crime. But when she’s called upon to look into the theft of a Stradivarius, one of the finest violins ever made, Maggie can’t resist. Meanwhile, there’s a serial killer on the loose in London, targeting conscientious objectors. Little does she know – that investigating this dangerous predator will pit her against a new evil – and old enemies. Only Maggie can uncover the connection between the robbery, the murders, and a link to her past.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Strangers at the Gate
McPherson, Catriona
Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life in Edinburgh behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy has landed a partnership in a local solicitors and Finnie’s snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming, and they can’t believe their luck. But witnessing the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder changes everything. They’ve each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won’t survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives. And that’s only the beginning…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly series)
McTiernan, Dervla
Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy, and the mystery of a little girl’s silence – three unconnected events that will prove to be linked by one small town. While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocated out of Galway – with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible, as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone. For some, like Anna and her young daughter Tilly, Roundstone is a refuge from trauma. But even this village on the edge of the sea isn’t far enough to escape from the shadows of evil men. The newest from the bestselling author of The Ruin and The Scholar (PBK, $16.99 each). Recommended.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Rock Blaster
Mankell, Henning
At 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, in 1911, Oskar Johansson is caught in a blast in an industrial accident. The local newspaper reports him dead, but they are mistaken. Because Oskar Johansson is a born survivor. Though crippled, Oskar finds the strength to go on living and working. His relationship, with the woman whose love saved him; with the labour movement that gave him a cause to believe in; and with his children, who do not share his ideals. Henning Mankell’s first published novel is steeped in the burning desire for social justice that informed his bestselling crime novels. Remarkably assured for a debut, it is written with scalpel-like precision, at once poetic and insightful in its depiction of a true working-class hero. A reissue of Henning Mankell’s first published novel.
Mystery (reissue) | TP | $29.99

Your Turn, Mr Moto
Marquand, John P
During World War I, Casey Lee was one of the best pilots around. Known for his boldness and bravery, he was heralded as a hero. But now the war’s over, the Depression is on, and Americans no longer have time for public heroes, leaving Lee washed up and desperate for work. When a tobacco company suggests he fly from Japan to North America, a feat which has never been accomplished, Lee jumps at the opportunity. Unfortunately, the idea is abandoned soon after he arrives in Tokyo, and he receives the news in the midst of one of the daily drinking binges with which he now passes the time. Stranded in a foreign land with wavering loyalty to his home country, Lee has few friends, but his situation changes suddenly when he meets the intriguing Mr Moto, a Japanese man who takes a particular interest in the down-and-out pilot. By the time he meets Sonya, Moto’s beautiful Russian colleague, Casey has unknowingly entered into a life-threatening plot of international espionage at the service of Japan’s imperial interests – but will he realise the severity of his situation, before it’s too late? The first instalment in Pulitzer Prize-winner John P Marquand’s iconic mystery series, Your Turn, Mr Moto was the novel that introduced Japan’s most skilful spy, famously portrayed by Peter Lorre in a series of films. The book is a classic of espionage fiction, and kick-started the crime fiction career of ‘the most successful novelist in the United States’ (Time).
American Mystery Classics | TP | $33.95

The Winker
Martin, Andrew
London, 1976. In Belgravia, in the heat of summer, Lee Jones, a faded and embittered rock star, is checking out a group of women through the heavy cigarette smoke in a crowded pub. He makes eye contact with one, and winks. After allowing glances to linger for a while longer, he finally moves towards her. In that moment, his programme of terror – years in the making – has begun. Months later, the first of the many chilling headlines to come appears: Police hunting winking killer. Meanwhile, in France… Charles Underhill, a wealthy Englishman living in Paris, has good reason to be interested in the activities of the so-called Winking Killer. With a past to hide and his future precarious, Charles is determined to discover the Winker’s identity.
Caper | PBK | $22.99

The Satapur Moonstone (Perveen Mistry 02)
Massey, Sujata
India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri Mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse has fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja and his teenage son are both dead. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja’s widow. The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s council is required – but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one woman can help them: Perveen Mistry. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house, but when she arrives she finds that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realises she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the deadly curse on the palace? The delightfully-clever Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, returns in an adventure of treacherous intrigues and suspicious deaths. ‘Vivid and clever… love her to bits.’ – Kerry Greenwood. We expect the local edition (TP, $29.99) of The Satapur Moonstone to be available in late April; however, in the meantime, this import edition is available to order.
Historical mystery | TP | $35.95

A Silent Stabbing (Lady & Lady’s Maid mysteries 05)
Maxwell, Alyssa
Eva is excited for a visit from her sister Alice, who lives in Suffolk with her husband and three children. But when Alice arrives alone, desiring a break from her family, Eva becomes concerned. Her dismay deepens as Alice starts spending time with a former beau, Keenan Ripley, who owns the nearby pear orchard. At the same time, Phoebe’s sister Julia, now a widow and pregnant, is in a fretful state, and Phoebe struggles to be helpful to her. When Keenan’s brother Stephen, the new head gardener at the Renshaw estate, Foxwood Hall, is found impaled by a pair of hedge clippers, the police – including Eva’s beau, Constable Miles Brannock – suspect his closest kin. Stephen had been eager to sell their orchard to an American developer, but Keenan had fiercely resisted. A table set with two teacups and scones suggests Keenan had company the morning of the murder – and Eva fears her sister was with him. If Alice were to provide Keenan with an alibi, her reputation and marriage would be ruined. She denies being there but is clearly withholding secrets, much to Eva’s consternation. Now, to protect her sister, Eva and Phoebe set off to expose the gardener’s real killer, putting their own lives at risk…
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

Hurricane Season
Melchor, Fernanda
The Witch is dead. After a group of children playing in the murky waters of the irrigation canals discover her decomposing corpse, the village is rife with rumours and suspicions about the murder of this feared and respected woman, who had carried out the community’s ritual shamanic customs. Inspired by a real event of the murder of a woman in rural Mexico, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with superstitions and violence – violence that poisons everything around.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Trouble Is What I Do (Leonid McGill series)
Mosley, Walter
Leonid McGill’s spent a lifetime building up his reputation, in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help, when Phillip Worry comes knocking. Phillip ‘Catfish’ Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman, who needs Leonid’s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favour, while shocking the prevailing elite, is too much for Leonid to resist. But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client, and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding, before her powerful father kills those who hold their family’s secret. Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth – no matter the cost.
Mystery | HC | $26.99

The Secrets of Strangers
Norman, Charity
A regular weekday morning veers drastically off course, for a group of strangers whose paths cross in a London cafe – their lives never to be the same again, when an apparently crazed gunman holds them hostage. But there is more to the situation than first meets the eye and, as the captives grapple with their own inner demons, the line between right and wrong starts to blur. Will the secrets they keep stop them from escaping with their lives?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Murder in an Irish Cottage (Irish Village mysteries 05)
O’Connor, Carlene
Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi’s Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them, for a little longer. But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Jane frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side, as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Jane and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Jane, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who? Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed – built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer, all too human – but just as evil…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Bury Them Deep (Inspector McLean series)
Oswald, James
When a member of the Police Scotland team fails to clock in for work, concern for her whereabouts is immediate… and the discovery of her burnt-out car, in remote woodland to the south of Edinburgh, sets off a desperate search for the missing woman. Meanwhile, DCI Tony McLean and the team are preparing for a major anti-corruption operation – one which may raise the ire of more than a few powerful people in the city. Is Anya Renfrew’s disappearance a coincidence, or related to the case? McLean’s investigations suggest that, perhaps, that Anya isn’t the first woman to have mysteriously vanished in these ancient hills. Once again, McLean can’t shake the feeling that there is a far greater evil at work, here…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Body in the Wake (Faith Fairchild mysteries)
Page, Katherine Hall
For the first time in years, Faith Fairchild has time for herself. Her husband Tom is spending days on the other side of the island, using a friend’s enhanced WiFi for a project; their son, Ben, after his first year in college, is studying abroad for the summer; and their daughter Amy is working at the old Laughing Gulls Lodge, now a revamped conference centre. Faith is looking forward to some projects of her own. Her friend Sophie Maxwell is also spending the summer on Sanpere Island, hoping for distractions from her worries that she isn’t yet pregnant. And the daughter of Faith’s good friend Pix Miller is getting married to a wonderful guy… with a less-than-wonderful mother. Between keeping Sophie’s spirits up, and Pix’s blood pressure down, Faith has her hands full. And that’s before a body, with a mysterious tattoo and connections far away from small Sanpere Island, appears in the Lily Pond. Once again, Faith will get to the bottom of this strange case… and whip up a delicious blueberry buckle, on the side.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Bobby March Will Live Forever (Harry McCoy series)
Parks, Alan
Who is to blame, when no one is innocent? The papers want blood. The force wants results. The law must be served, whatever the cost. August 1973. The Glasgow drugs trade is booming and Bobby March, the city’s own rockstar hero, has just OD’ed, in a central hotel. Alice Winters is twelve years old, lonely. And missing. Meanwhile the niece of McCoy’s boss has fallen in with a bad crowd and when she goes AWOL, McCoy is asked – off the books – to find her. McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?
Noir | TP | $29.99

That Left Turn at Albuquerque
Phillips, Scott
Douglas Rigby, attorney-at-law, is bankrupt. He’s just sunk his last $200,000 – a clandestine ‘loan’ from his last remaining client, former big-shot TV exec Glenn Haskill – into a cocaine deal gone wrong. The lesson? Never trust anyone else with the dirty work. Desperate to get back on top, Rigby formulates an art forgery scheme, involving one of Glenn’s priceless paintings, a victimless crime. But for Rigby to pull this one off, he’ll need to negotiate a whole cast of players with their own agendas, including his wife, his mistress, an embittered art forger, Glenn’s resentful nurse, and the man’s money-hungry nephew. One misstep, and it all falls apart – will he be able to save his skin?
Noir | HC | $47.99

Dead to Her
Pinborough, Sarah
When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread. Then Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason. Marcie refuses to be replaced, so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Crooked River (Agent Pendergast series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Dozens of identical shoes have washed up on the beach in the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida. They appear completely ordinary, but for one thing – each contains a crudely-severed human foot. Faced with an incomprehensible puzzle, and ever more confusing pathology reports, the local police call on FBI Special Agent A X L Pendergast, for his expertise. But with no answers and endless possibilities, they are left with only questions: What has happened, and why? Where have the feet come from? And are the victims still alive? Soon, Pendergast finds himself entrenched in one of the most complex and inexplicable challenges of his career. A tangled web of evidence that spans seas and continents leads towards a dark Cold War secret and a powerful adversary. An adversary, with a sadistic agenda and his sights on the perfect subject for his malevolent research…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Old Bones (Nora Kelly series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called ‘Lost Camp’ of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers – who earned a terrible place in American history, when they became snow – bound in the California mountains in 1847; their fate unknown, until the first skeletonised survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder – and cannibalism. Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition, to locate and excavate it – to reveal its long-buried secrets. Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened… one that is far more shocking and bizarre, than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case… only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Missing American (Emma Djan Investigations)
Quartey, Kwei
When her dreams of rising through the police ranks – like her late father – crash around her, 26-year-old Emma Djan is unsure what will become of her life, in Accra. Through a sympathetic former colleague, Emma gets an interview with a private detective agency – tracking down missing persons, thefts, and marital infidelities. It’s not the future she imagined, but it’s her best option. Meanwhile, Gordon Tilson, a middle-aged widower in Washington, DC, has found solace in an online community after his wife’s passing. Through the support group, he’s even met a young Ghanaian widow he really cares about, and when her sister gets into a car accident, he sends her thousands of dollars to cover the hospital bill – to the horror of his only son, Derek. When Gordon runs off to Ghana to surprise his new love and disappears, Derek chases after him, fearing for his father’s life. The case of the missing American man will drag both Emma and Derek into a world of Sakawa scams, fetish priests, and those willing to keep things secret through death… The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Siamese Twin Mystery
Queen, Ellery
When Ellery Queen and his father encounter a raging forest fire, during a mountain drive, the only direction to go is up – up a winding dirt road that leads to an isolated hillside manor, inhabited by a secretive surgeon and his diverse cast of guests. Trapped by the fire, the Queens settle into the uneasy atmosphere of their surroundings. Things become even tenser, the following morning when the doctor is discovered dead, apparently shot down while playing solitaire, the night before. The only clue is a torn six of spades. The suspects include a society beauty, a suspicious valet, and a pair of conjoined twins. When another murder follows, the killer inside the house becomes as threatening as the mortal flames outside its walls. Faced with a complex set of alibis, motives, and evidence, Ellery Queen must rely on his powers of deduction and logic to uncover the murderer’s identity – but can he solve this whodunnit, before the fire devours its subjects? Featuring bizarre circumstances, eerie atmosphere, and a dazzling solution, The Siamese Twin Mystery is a fair-play mystery, in which the reader has all the necessary information needed to solve the puzzle. The seventh Ellery Queen novel (which can be read in any order), it finds the legendary sleuth facing one of the most memorable cases of his career.
American Mystery Classics | TP | $24.95

A Murderous Relation (Veronica Speedwell mysteries)
Raybourn, Deanna
Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked, by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk, to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l’Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break. Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorised by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper – and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible. Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore’s high-class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family – and it’s up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it’s too late for all of them. This fun historical series begins with A Curious Beginning (TP, $31.95).
Historical mystery | HC | $27.99

A Prisoner of Privilege (Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain series)
Rowe, Rosemary
The arrival of a high-ranking spy for the Emperor Severus spells trouble for Libertus. After a series of strange and fatal events takes place, Libertus finds himself fighting for his freedom, amidst accusations of treason and murder.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Dead Ringer (Mattie Winston mysteries 11)
Ryan, Annelise
Spring is beginning to brighten Sorenson, Wisconsin, for Mattie and Steve Hurley and their family. While their son Matthew may be in his terrible twos and Steve’s daughter Emily a moody teenager, the kids bring light to their lives when their work is dark by its nature – Steve is a homicide detective and Mattie is a medicolegal death investigator, aka medical examiner. They deal in corpses. The latest corpse, a Jane Doe, was clearly an addict, but drugs didn’t kill her, at least not directly. She’s been stabbed multiple times in a pattern that is disturbingly familiar to Mattie. When she discovers flower petals from yellow carnations stuffed into the stab wounds, she recognises a very specific MO – belonging to a convicted serial killer, who’s currently serving a life sentence. The details of the flower petals were never made public in the last case, so it can’t be a copycat crime. It looks like the wrong man is in prison, and the murderer is still at large. Now, it’s up to Mattie and Steve to get the case reopened – and catch the real carnation killer…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

When the Dead Come Calling
Sedgwick, Helen
When psychotherapist Alexis Cosse is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead; the local police force of Georgie, Trish, and Simon investigate. Leads take them from Alexis’ recent clients to local bullies, exposing a maelstrom of racism, misogyny, abuse and homophobia that has been simmering beneath the surface of the village. Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband Fred, Georgie starts to realise something bad is lurking under the soil in Burrowhead; while someone (or something), equally threatening, is hiding in the strange and haunted cave beneath the cliffs.
Mystery/suspense | HC | $32.99

The Loch Ness Papers (Scottish Bookshop mysteries 04)
Shelton, Paige
Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine – a shop that specialises in hard-to-find books and artefacts. With a job she loves, and her fast approaching marriage to devastatingly handsome Scottish pub-owner Tom Shannon, Delaney’s life could be straight out of a fairy tale – at least, it would be, if the pastor – meant to perform the wedding ceremony – hadn’t recently passed away. Outside the church, where Delaney is searching for another reverend, she stumbles across Norval Fraser: an elderly man obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. Always attracted to the interesting and unusual, Delaney befriends Norval. But when his nephew is found dead, the police decide Norval’s obsession has moved from monsters to murder. With a wedding to plan, her family arriving soon from Kansas, and the arrival of an over-the-top Texan with a wildly-valuable book, Delaney’s plate is full to bursting, but she can’t abandon her new friend. Determined to help Norval, she sets out to learn the truth. The Loch Ness buries its secrets, deeply; but Delaney is determined to dig them up – whether Nessie likes it, or not.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

Maigret and the Informer
Simenon, Georges
An anonymous tip off, regarding the death of a restaurant owner, sends Maigret into the world of Parisian nightlife, a notorious criminal gang, and a man known as ‘the Flea’. This novel has been published in a previous translation, as Maigret and the Flea.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Imposter 13 (Sleeper 13 series)
Sinclair, Rob
Against all odds, Aydin Torkal – aka Sleeper 13 – broke free from the terrorist group that took him as a child and raised him into a life of violence and hate. In the two years since, he’s been tracking and killing those responsible. But he’s not done, yet. Now, living a secret life in London, MI6 needs his help infiltrating a sinister new terrorist cell. In order to halt their deadly ambitions, he must convince the world’s most dangerous terrorists that he’s one of them. He must do it before the world suffers another deadly attack. And he must do it alone. He is Imposter 13.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Department of Sensitive Crimes (Detective Varg series)
Smith, Älexander McCall
This is a Scandinavian Blanc novel. Scandinavian Blanc is different from Scandinavian Noir: there is nothing noir about the world of Ulf Varg, a detective in the Sensitive Crimes Department in the Swedish city of Malmo. Ulf is concerned with very odd, but not too threatening crimes – injuries to the back of the knee, caused by an unknown hand; young women, who allow their desperation for a boyfriend to get the better of them; and peculiar goings on in a spa, on Sweden’s south coast… The first in a new series, from the wonderful Älexander McCall Smith.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind (collection)
Smith, Alexander McCall
Glimpse a world, long departed. In these stories, inspired by long-lost photographs, the lives of the people in the frame are imagined and then explored, layer by layer. What must have it like to be them? We hold our breath for them. Our heart beats faster for them. We look again at the photograph in a new light, and say, Yes, it might have happened just like that. This journey of exploration takes us to some exotic places. We share the lives of three sisters, brought up in Penang. We read of what happened to them, and to their Chinese neighbours caught in the tides of war. We see a group of small boys in a Glasgow slum, their young lives stunted by poverty, and hear how life worked out in contrasting ways for them. We follow a young woman’s search for love in the unlikely realm of Egyptian antiquities. And through all of these photographs, and all of these stories, there runs the same refrain: the possibilities of love, of friendship, of happiness lie before us. There are big stories in these simple pictures. At first glance, the photographs may seem unexceptional: the mere freezing of a moment in time. But delve deeper, and you will realise that these photographs speak volumes.
Short fiction collection | HC | $29.99

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
Stapleton, Susannah
Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world; but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity, in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And – as Susannah Stapleton reveals – she was a most unreliable witness to her own life. Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime? Interweaving tales from Maud West’s own ‘casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself, in a quest to uncover the truth. With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is a portrait of a woman ahead of her time, and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’ during the first half of the twentieth century.
True crime/biography | PBK | $18.99

Starr, Kimberley
A small Yarra Valley town has been devastated by a bushfire, and Reefton Primary School principal Phoebe Warton can’t sleep. She’s the single mother of eighteen-year-old Caleb, who is accused of starting the fire – on purpose. Twelve people are dead, students from her school among them; only a monster would cause such carnage. But where was her son, that day? No one knows but Caleb, and he’s not talking. Against mounting community rage, Phoebe sets out to clear her son. But every avenue leads back to Caleb. Why did he vanish from his Country Fire Authority shift? Who else was at the abandoned goldmine, that day? Why is Caleb refusing to speak? Phoebe will be forced to confront the nature of guilt and redemption; and decide what boundaries she is willing to cross, to save the son she loves.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Before She Knew Him
Swanson, Peter
When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house in West Dartford, Mass, they’re relieved to meet, at their first block party, the only other seemingly-childless couple in their neighbourhood, Matthew and Mira Dolamore. Turns out they live in the Dutch Colonial, immediately next door. When they’re invited over for dinner, however, things take a sinister turn – when Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew’s study. Could this charming, mild-mannered College Professor really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen, whose been battling her own problems with depression and medication, could know about? Lloyd certainly doesn’t seem to believe her, and so, forced together, Hen and Matthew start to form an unlikely bond. But who, if anyone, is really in danger?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Mrs Mohr Goes Missing
Szymiczkowa, Maryla
Cracow, 1893. Desperate to relieve her boredom and improve her social standing, Zofia Turbotynska decides to organise a charity raffle. In a bid to recruit the patronage of elderly aristocratic ladies, she visits Helcel House, a retirement home run by nuns. But when two of the residents are found dead, Zofia discovers that her real talents lie in solving mysteries. Inspired by Agatha Christie, and filled with period character and zesty charm, series opener Mrs Mohr Goes Missing vividly recreates life in turn-of-the-century Poland, confronting a range of issues from class prejudice to women’s rights, and proves that everyone is capable of finding their passion in life… however unlikely that passion may seem.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The King’s Evil (Ashes of London series)
Taylor, Andrew
A royal scandal… In the Court of Charles II, it’s a dangerous time to be alive – a wrong move may lead to disgrace, exile, or death. The discovery of a body at the home of one of the highest courtiers in the land could, therefore, have catastrophic consequences. A shocking murder… James Marwood, a traitor’s son, is ordered to cover up the killing. But the dead man is known to Marwood – as is the most likely culprit, Cat Lovett. The stakes have never been higher… Marwood is sure Cat is innocent, so determines to discover the true murderer. But time is running out. If he makes a mistake, it could threaten the King, himself…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Thomas, Russ
A body is found bricked into the walls of a house. From the state of the hands, it’s clear the dead man was buried alive. Soon, the victim is linked to an old missing person’s case and DS Adam Tyler is called. As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Tyler recognises his role for what it is – a means of keeping him out of the way following an ‘incident’. When this case falls in his lap, he grabs the opportunity to fix his stagnating career. And then Tyler discovers he has a connection to the case that hopelessly compromises him. He makes the snap decision not to tell his superiors, certain that he and only he can solve the crime. But, now, Tyler must move carefully to find out the truth, without destroying the case, or himself. Meanwhile, someone in the city knows exactly what happened to the body. Someone who is watching Adam closely. Someone with an unhealthy affinity with fire…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Silent Woman (Cat Carlisle series)
Thomas, Terry Lynn
Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage and the threat of World War Two is looming. She sees no way out… that is, until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans. Soon, Catherine finds herself caught up in a deadly mixture of espionage and murder. Someone is selling secrets to the other side, and the evidence seems to point right at her. Can she clear her name, before it’s too late?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Blood in Eden (Sister Fidelma series)
Tremayne, Peter
Ireland. AD 672. The hamlet of Cloichin is said to be a veritable Eden, with its prosperous farms and close-knit, friendly community. But when Sister Fidelma and Eadulf arrive, a new priest has ordered the villagers to lynch a man accused of murdering a local farmer, his wife, and two sons. The only evidence they hold against him is the fact that he is a stranger to their land. Saving the man’s life, Fidelma is determined that the villagers must give the newcomer a fair trial. But there is to be more blood in Eden and more lives will be lost, as long-standing friends become newfound enemies, and no one knows who to trust…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Coldest Warrior
Vidich, Paul
With the release of the Rockefeller Commission report on illegal CIA activities in 1975, LSD is linked to Wilson’s death, and suddenly the Wilson case becomes news again. Wilson’s family and the press are demanding answers, suspecting the CIA of foul play, and men in the CIA, FBI, and White House conspire to make sure the truth doesn’t get out. Enter agent Jack Gabriel, an old friend of the Wilson family who is instructed by the CIA director to find out what really happened to Wilson. It’s Gabriel’s last mission before he retires from the agency, and his most perilous, as he finds a continuing cover-up that reaches to the highest levels of government.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Body in the Castle Wall (Bruno, Chief of Police series)
Walker, Martin
A rich American art student is found dead at the bottom of a well in an ancient hilltop castle. The young woman, Claudia, had been working in the archives of an eminent French art historian, a crippled Resistance war hero, at his art-filled chateau. As Claudia’s White House connections get the US Embassy and the FBI involved, Bruno traces the people and events that led to her fatal accident – or was it murder? Bruno learns that Claudia had been trying to buy the chateau and art collection of her tutor, even while her researches led her to suspect that some of his attributions may have been forged. This takes Bruno down a trail that leads him from the ruins of Berlin in 1945, to France’s colonial war in Algeria. The long arm of French history has reached out to find a new victim, but can Bruno identify the killer – and prove his case? The latest in this wonderful series, set in the Dordogne. Death in the Dordogne (aka Bruno, Chief of Police) is the first in the series (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Pies Before Guys (Pie Town mysteries 04)
Weiss, Kirsten
A poetry slam at a bakery? Why not! Even though Pie Town proprietor Val Harris would rather be spending time with her newfound half-brother, she knows her employee, Abril, is beyond excited to be hosting the event. Especially, since it stars the apple pie of Abril’s eye, poet and professor Michael Starke. But the evening ends on a sour note – when Professor Starke is found, murdered mere moments after being accused of plagiarism. Just like that, Pie Town is at the centre of another criminal inquiry. At Abril’s request – and much to Detective Carmichael’s consternation – Val and Charlene decide to investigate Starke’s death. But the case is as tough as an overworked crust, and the Baker Street Bakers are only coming up with scraps. If they don’t pinch the cultured killer soon, Pie Town’s reputation could crumble.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Beast (Six Stories series)
Wesolowski, Matt
In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old Vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was, later, found frozen to death. Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible. Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire’…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Double Feature
Westlake, Donald E
In New York City, a movie critic has just murdered his girlfriend – well, one of his girlfriends (not to be confused with his wife). Will the unlikely crime-solving partnership he forms, with the investigating police detective, keep him from the film noir ending he deserves? On the opposite coast, movie star Dawn Devayne – the hottest It Girl in Hollywood – gets a visit from a Navy sailor, who says he knew her when she was just ordinary Estelle Anlic of San Diego. Now, she’s a big star who’s put her past behind her. But secrets have a way of not staying buried…
Hard Case Crime | PBK | $19.99

A Famished Heart
White, Nicola
The Macnamara sisters hadn’t been seen for months, before anyone noticed. It was Father Timoney who finally broke down the door. One woman was sitting in her armchair, surrounded by religious tracts, the other was crouched under her own bed. Both had starved themselves to death. Francesca Macnamara returns to Dublin, after decades in the US, to find her family in ruins. Meanwhile, Detectives Vincent Swan and Gina Considine are convinced that there is more to the deaths than suicide. Because what little evidence there is, shows that someone was watching the sisters die… The first in a powerful new crime trilogy set in 1980s Dublin, exploring the power of the Catholic church and the powerlessness of unmarried women.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Border
Winslow, Don
For over forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world’s most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin – the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adán Barrera – has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now, Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that, in destroying one monster, he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson – there are no borders.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Oath
Wolf, Klaus-Peter
Ubbo Heide, former head of the Aurich police, is enjoying a peaceful retirement in the coastal region of East Frisia. That is until he’s catapulted back into the dark world of murder investigation – when a gruesome package turns up at his door containing a severed head. When a torso is found on the local beach, it’s assumed that it belongs to the severed head. But then a second head arrives in the post and Chief Commissioner Ann Kathrin Klaasen, now assigned to the case, realises that both victims were criminals, who Ubbo had failed to have locked up for their crimes. Soon, it’s clear that this quiet coastal community is facing a brutal serial killer. One, who is taking justice into his own hands…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Inugami Curse
Yokomizo, Seishi
In 1940s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami Clan dies, and his family eagerly await the reading of the will. But no sooner are its strange details revealed than a series of bizarre, gruesome murders begins. Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan’s terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons, monstrous cruelty, and hidden identities to find the murderer, and lift the curse wreaking its bloody revenge on the Inugamis.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Stasi Winter (Karin Muller series)
Young, David
In the depths of the Republic’s catastrophic winter, Major Karin Muller is called upon to stop a group of ‘escapers’ from crossing the frozen Ostee. Ahead, her partner, Hauptmann Werner Tilsner has caught up with the group, but is he arresting them, or assisting them…? When a flash of red hair against the expanse of white stops Muller in her tracks, she’s in shock. A familiar young girl is on the Ostee. Codename; Wildcat. As tensions grow with her deputy, Tilsner, and a woman’s murder to solve, Muller must work to uncover the secrets of the state – under the difficulties of the worst winter in history.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99