Crime & Mystery Catalogue: May 2016

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

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

Until next time, good reading!

May 2016 includes new books by: Adam Brookes, Kate Carlisle, Barbara Cleverly, Carolyn Hart, Vaseem Khan, Catriona McPherson, Peter May, Sara Sheridan, Jane Thynne… and many others.

Liar Liar (DI Helen Grace series)
Arlidge, M J
Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires, in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It’s as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground… With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire – and control – is reducing entire lives to ashes. One misstep could mean Helen’s career – and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen’s own dark impulses threaten to consume her.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King
Atherton, Nancy
There’s trouble brewing in the Cotswold village of Finch. Four recently-sold cottages are now standing empty, and locals fear they will be turned into overpriced weekend homes. For once, Lori Shepherd can’t help. The recent birth of her daughter and the preparations for her father-in-law’s upcoming wedding have left her overwhelmed. Until, that is, she has a chance encounter with the ‘Summer King’ – eccentric inventor Arthur Hargreaves. In his presence Lori forgets her troubles. But when Lori discovers detailed maps of Finch, in the Summer King’s library, she suspects he may be hiding darker motives. Is Arthur secretly plotting Finch’s demise? With her Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori must find out, once and for all…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Robert B Parker’s Kickback (Spenser 28)
Atkins, Ace
What started out as a joke, landed seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails judge, Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. From the Harbor Islands to a gated Florida community, Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld with links to a shadowy corporation that runs New England’s private prisons. They eventually uncover a culture of corruption and cover-ups in the old mill town, where hundreds of kids are sent off to for-profit juvie jails.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Last Mile (Amos Decker serie)
Baldacci, David
Baldacci’s The Guilty is also available now (PBK, $17.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Drowning Child (Ren Bryce series)
Barclay, Alex
When Special Agent Ren Bryce is called to Tate, Oregon to investigate the disappearance of twelve-year-old Caleb Veir, she finds a town already in mourning. Two other young boys have died recently, although in very different circumstances. As Ren digs deeper, she discovers that all is not as it seems, in the Veir household – and that Tate is a small town with a big secret. Can Ren uncover the truth, before more children are harmed?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Fatal Chapter (Booktown Mysteries 09)
Barrett, Lorna
While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, bookshop owner Tricia Miles is led – by the agitated dog – to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled, when she recognises Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies at the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered. Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Thin Ice (Officer Gunnhildur series)
Bates, Quentin
Snowed in with a couple of psychopaths for the winter… When two small-time crooks rob Reykjavik’s premier drugs dealer, hoping for a quick escape to the sun, their plans start to unravel after their getaway driver fails to show. Tensions mount between the pair and the two women they have grabbed as hostages, when they find themselves holed upcountry in an isolated hotel that has been mothballed for the season.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Time of Death (Tom Thorne series)
Billingham, Mark
The Missing – Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up and from which she long ago escaped. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. The Accused – When it’s splashed all over the press that family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner, Tom Thorne, head to the flooded town to support Bates’ wife, an old school friend of Helen’s who is living under siege with two teenage children and convinced of her husband’s innocence. The Dead – As residents and media bay for Bates’ blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer in custody, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk, and a merciless killer.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mysteries 06)
Blake, Heather
Darcy and her dog, Missy, are determined to put their best feet forward, at the Enchanted Village’s annual Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest. Darcy is happy to lend a hand, when the show’s organiser hires her to keep an eye on things among growing suspicions that someone is sabotaging the event. But Darcy’s quest for justice is thrown off the scent, when her lead suspect is found dead at the competition. As if a murder weren’t bad enough, someone begins snatching up prize-winning pets right from under their owners’ noses. Darcy is determined to protect the pampered participants at whatever cost. But she’ll have to work fast to sniff out the thief before she becomes the next victim of a killer determined to stop her dead, in her tracks…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Lives Lost (Pieter Posthumus mysteries)
Bolt, Britta
Amsterdam detective Pieter Posthumus is enjoying a quiet drink in his favourite bar, when the screaming starts. A minute later, the owner of the guesthouse next door rushes in: one of her tenants has been murdered. Posthumus first appears in Lonely Graves ($19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Badlands (Cassie Dewell series)
Box, C J
Grimstad, North Dakota. A place people used to be from – but were never headed to – has struck oil. As pipelines snake across the prairie, oil flows out and men and money flow in. And with them, comes crime. North Dakota’s new oil capital has a serious law and order problem and newly qualified detective Cassie Dewell has just been appointed its deputy sheriff. Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard is one of Grimstad’s paperboys. Kyle has been written off as the ‘slow’ kid, but he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine – he wants to get out of town, take care of his alcoholic mother, and give them a better life. While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and now has money and a lot of white powder in his possession. With the temperature dropping to thirty degrees below and a gang war heating up, Cassie fears she might be in over her head. The key to it all will come in the most unlikely form: an undersized boy on a bike, who keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Spy of Venice (William Shakespeare mysteries)
Brandreth, Benet
Swords and seduction, treachery and murder: introducing an inimitable new hero – William Shakespeare. When he’s caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune… Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players – but greater men have their eye on this talented young wordsmith. England’s very survival hangs in the balance, and Will finds himself dispatched to Venice on a crucial embassy… Dazzled by the city’s masques – and its beauties – Will little realises the peril in which he finds himself. Catholic assassins would stop at nothing to end his mission, on the point of their sharpened knives, and lurking in the shadows is a killer as clever as he is cruel…
Historical mystery | HC | $34.99

Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries 02)
Bridge, Kathleen
To keep her mind off the legal battle over the oceanfront cottage she’s trying to buy, Meg agrees to help her friend inventory and clear out furniture from the massive Montauk estate of wealthy art broker Harrison Falks. But the job takes a terrifying turn when Meg discovers a skeleton in a hidden room in one of the estate’s many bungalows. The remains turn out to be those of Harrison’s son, who went missing nearly twenty years ago – along with one of his father’s Warhol paintings. As Meg delves into the Hamptons’ pop art past, she gets drawn into the sketchy goings-on and family drama at the estate. But when Meg makes no bones about solving the crime, she just might become the subject of the killer’s next installation.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Spy Games
Brookes, Adam
Fearing for his life, journalist Philip Mangan has gone into hiding from the Chinese agents who have identified him as British spy. His reputation and life are in tatters. But when he is caught in a terrorist attack in East Africa and a shadowy Chinese figure approaches him in the dead of night with information on the origins of the attack, Mangan is suddenly back in the eye of the storm. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away on a humid Hong Kong night, a key MI6 source is murdered, minutes after meeting spy Trish Patterson. From Washington, DC to the hallowed halls of Oxford University and dusty African streets, a sinister power is stirring which will use Mangan and Patterson as its pawns – if they survive. A follow up to the brilliant Night Heron (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Siege of Bitterns (Birder Murder Mysteries)
Burrows, Steve
Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain’s premier birding country, Jejeune’s two worlds collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. His ambitious police superintendent foresees a blaze of welcome publicity, although doubts soon emerge when Jejeune’s best theory involves a feud over birdwatching lists. A second murder does little to bolster confidence. Jejeune must call on all his birding knowhow to solve the mystery and deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues and his own insecurities.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Spring Betrayal (Inspector Akyl Borubae seriesv)
Callaghan, Tom
Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death still haunts him at every turn. Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children’s bodies have been found buried together – all tagged with name bands. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful undercover agent Saltanat Umarova.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Ripped From the Pages (Bibliophile Mysteries 09)
Carlisle, Kate
Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents’ commune – and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewellery… and a perfectly mummified body. A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions reveals a valuable first edition, of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures. As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise. But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town’s peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Fine Line (Guido Guerrieri series)
Carofiglio, Gianrico
Our lawyer hero Guerrieri, a corrupt judge, and a woman biker detective, all embroiled in an Italian immorality tale.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

A Shadowed Evil (Hawkenlye series)
Clare, Alys
February, 1212. Sir Josse d’Acquin and Helewise are summoned to Southfire Hall, where Josse’s elderly uncle, Hugh, lies dying, surrounded by his children. But the pair soon discovers that Hugh’s ill health is not the only cause of distress in the house: for Hugh’s son and heir, Herbert, has taken an unpleasant new wife, the widowed Lady Cyrille. Josse and Helewise are distracted by the discovery of an injured young man on the road outside on the evening of their arrival, but the longer they remain in the house, the more they feel that something is very wrong. What happened to Josse’s cousin Aeleis, who no one speaks of? Where is Lady Cyrille’s small son? And why do they both feel as if the house itself is alive – and threatened by approaching evil?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Diana’s Altar (Detective Joe Sandilands series)
Cleverly, Barbara
Cambridge, 1933. On All Hallows’ Eve, in a candlelit pew in ancient All Hallows Church, Doctor Adelaide Hartest witnesses a stranger’s dying moments. Adelaide is just in time to hear his final confession: that he has plunged the dagger into his own chest, and that his death will be a suicide, despite its suspicious appearance. But his confession isn’t enough to halt an investigation. The victim, it is revealed, is known to Scotland Yard, and his death is a matter of national concern. Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands is sent up, from London, to discover the truth. Thrown into a deadly ring of cloak-and-dagger intrigue and high society hedonism, Sandilands chases a phantom killer through Cambridge’s aristocracy, intelligentsia, cutting-edge researchers, and a clandestine ring of female spies. What secret was the dead man hiding, and what is at stake?
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Berry the Hatchet (Cranberry Cove Mysteries 02)
Cochran, Peg
The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen, and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk – an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year. But it’s the mayor who turns up dead, during the grand opening ceremony – his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and, to make things worse, Monica’s half-brother, Jeff, uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now, it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Memory of Evil (Commissario Balistreri trilogy)
Costantini, Roberto
The memory of 31 August 1969 has been at the back of Commissario Michele Balistreri’s mind, for over four decades. It was not only the day that preceded Colonel Muammar Gadaffi’s seizure of power in Balistreri’s birthplace of Libya, drastically altering his and his country’s destiny, but that on which his beloved mother Natalia fell to her death, and the resulting suicide verdict that Balistreri – now Head of Homicide in Rome – has always suspected to be a flagrant cover-up for her murder. The memory of 23 July 2006 has been at the front of investigative journalist Linda Nardi’s mind, for the past five years. Ever since she and Balistreri, together, thwarted a phantom-like killer stalking Rome, Nardi has been intent on shedding further light on the Vatican Bank’s shadowy involvement in the abominations uncovered that summer. But, now, Linda will find her attention diverted to an equally irresistible assignment: the collapse of Colonel Gadaffi’s forty-two year dictatorship.
Noir | PBK | $22.99

The Hotel of the Three Roses
De Angelis, Augusto
The shady Hotel of the Three Roses is home to an assortment of drunks and degenerates. Inspector De Vincenzi receives an anonymous letter, warning him of an imminent outrage at the guest house, and shortly after a macabre discovery is made – a body is found hanging in the hotel’s stairwell.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Bastards of Pizzofalcone
De Giovanni, Maurizio
A new series of hardboiled crime fiction set in contemporary Naples by the author of the internationally bestselling Commissario Ricciardi series. They’ve made a fresh start at the Pizzofalcone precinct of Naples. They fired every member of the investigative branch, after they were found guilty of corruption. Now, there’s a group of detectives, a new commissario, and a new superintendent. The new cops immediately find themselves investigating a high-profile murder that has the whole town on edge.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Catch As Cat Can (Sunny & Shadow Mysteries 05)
Donally, Claire
Neil Garret is new to town, but his seafood shop is already going belly up. Working next door, former reporter Sunny Coolidge can’t help noticing the tell-tale signs. But checking on Neil one morning reveals something far worse for business than a lack of inventory – a mysterious man lies murdered in his freezer. Sunny’s boyfriend, Chief Investigator Will Price, nets Neil as the prime suspect. But even when Sunny learns about Neil’s secret past, the open-and-shut case seems fishy. Now, it’s up to Sunny to find the real culprit and get Neil off the hook.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Lot No. 249
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Apparently the first ever tale, to feature a supernatural Egyptian mummy. Reissued in the Penguin Little Black Classics series.
Historical suspense | PBK | $2.99

Friday On My Mind
French, Nicci
A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames, throat slashed, and the only clue is a hospital wristband, reading: Dr F Klein. Frieda is taken to see the body and realises with horror that it is Sandy, her ex-boyfriend. She’s certain that the killer is Dean Reeve – the man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police think he has been dead for years, and Frieda is their number one suspect. With few options, Frieda goes on the run, to save herself and try to uncover the truth.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Blackmailers (first published as: Dossier No. 113) (The Detective Club novels)
Gaboriau, Emile
A sensational bank robbery of 350,000 francs is the talk of Paris, with suspicion falling immediately upon Prosper Bertomy, the young cashier whose extravagant living has been the subject of gossip among his friends. As a network of deceit, blackmail, murder and villainy closes around Prosper and his lover Madeleine, Monsieur Lecoq of the French Sûreté embarks on a daring investigation to prove the young man’s innocence in the face of damning evidence and discover the truth behind an otherwise impossible crime. First published in 1867, this is one of the world’s first detective novels, and widely credited as the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
Historical mystery | HC | $24.99

Career of Evil
Galbraith, Robert
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. Cuckoo’s Calling is the first in this superb series (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Bone To Be Wild (Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries 15)
Haines, Carolyn
Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancé Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood for good, leaving their relationship dead on the vine. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of a party her best friends are throwing: the Black and Orange Halloween ball in New Orleans. She plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton’s blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Hard Cold Winter (Van Shaw Mysteries)
Hamilton, Glen Erik
Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into a maelstrom of danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed debut, Past Crimes (also new, in paperback, $19.99).
Mystery/thriller | TP | $29.99

Don’t Go Home (Death on Demand Mysteries 25)
Hart, Carolyn
Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon – and former Broward’s Rock resident – Alex Griffith and his best-selling new novel, Don’t Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review. As Annie attempts damage control, her friend, Marian Kenyon, gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget – especially, after the author turns up dead…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Redemption Road
Hart, John
Elizabeth Black is a hero. She is a cop, who singlehandedly rescued a young girl from a locked cellar and shot two brutal kidnappers dead. But she’s also a cop, with a secret.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Girl on the Train
Hawkins, Paula
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking…
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Seams Like Murder (Crochet Mysteries 10)
Hechtman, Betty
Knitting and crocheting books are selling like crazy at the bookstore where Molly works, so to keep the customers coming, she sets up a series of classes where the Tarzana Hookers can pass on their skills to others: a Yarn University. The only problem is the teacher of the most popular seminar – Sheila – is getting a massive case of stage fright about being in front of a crowd. To ease Sheila’s nerves, the Hookers plan a practice class at crocheter CeeCee’s mansion. But before the lesson begins, Molly and the gang stumble upon a dead body in the apartment above CeeCee’s garage. Now, Molly must unravel the clues to find a killer quickly – or school might be out forever…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Little Sister (Pieter Vos series)
Hewson, David
Kim and Mia Timmers were ten years old when they were accused of murdering the rest of their family and the lead singer of the world famous band, The Cupids. The evidence seemed irrefutable at the time, and the sisters, who have been in a Marken institution for ten years, are now due for release. Pieter Vos, DI in the Amsterdam police, is given cause to reopen the case when the girls disappear along with a nurse who was supposed to escort them to a halfway house, in Amsterdam.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Journey Under the Midnight Sun
Higashino, Keigo
When a man is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973, unflappable detective Sasagaki is assigned to the case.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Vanishing Games
Hobbs, Roger
‘I work alone. I may be the best thief in the world but no one will ever know a single thing about me. Well, almost no one. A lifetime ago I had a mentor, Angela. She taught me how to be a criminal, how to run a heist. And now, six years after she vanished and left me high and dry on a job in Kuala Lumpur, she’s sent me an SOS. Or, at least, I think it’s her. If it is, then I’ve got to go. I owe her that much. So, soon, I’ll be on a plane to Macau, either to see a friend or walk into a trap. Or both. But that’s the way I like it. Sometimes the only thing that makes me happy is risking my life. Time to go.’ – publisher’s blurb. The follow up to the award-winning debut thriller, Ghostman. This is great fun!
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Punishment (Vik & Stubo)
Holt, Anne
A killer is on the loose. Three children have been abducted. The bodies of two returned to their mothers, along with a desperately cruel note: You Got What You Deserved… Police Superintendent Adam Stubo is in charge of the investigation, and is convinced there’s a crucial detail he’s overlooking.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Tapping At My Door (DS Nathan Cody 01)
Jackson, David
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoe it away. Which is when the killer strikes… First in a new series.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Death in the Rainy Season (Serge Morel series)
Jaquiery, Anna
Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the rainy season. When a French man, Hugo Quercy, is found murdered, Commandant Serge Morel finds his holiday drawn to an abrupt halt. Quercy – dynamic, well connected – was the magnetic head of a humanitarian organisation which looked after the area’s neglected youth. Opening his investigation, the Parisian detective soon finds himself buried in one of his most challenging cases yet.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Last Resort (Bob Skinner series)
Jardine, Quintin
After thirty years of service, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner faces the possible end of his police career, at its pinnacle. A trip to Catalunya to contemplate his future soon takes on a different flavour, when Skinner is asked by a friend, Xavier Aislado, to track down one of his business’ brightest talents, vanished without a trace. But it soon becomes clear that another manhunt is in progress, and that Skinner himself is the target. While his daughter Alex fights that battle at home, Skinner’s own search takes one sinister turn after another, until he is faced with the toughest question of all: Is natural justice sometimes the only answer?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
Jonasson, Jonas
It’s always awkward, when five thousand kronor goes missing. When it happens at a certain grotty hotel in south Stockholm, it’s particularly awkward, because the money belongs to the hitman currently staying in room seven.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Theory of Death (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series)
Kellerman, Faye
Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it’s been almost a year since the last murder, in this sleepy upstate New York town. Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker’s peace. The death appears to be a suicide – a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner’s ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Against the Paw (Paw Enforcement 04)
Kelly, Diane
Megan has her sights set on finding a convicted burglar who’s broken his parole, and she has the perfect partner to help sniff him out. Unfortunately, her shepherd mix Brigit’s dog bowl is already full. A Peeping Tom has been spotted, in an affluent Fort Worth neighbourhood, and concerned citizens are looking for a few good watchdogs. To catch the creep, residents start enlisting volunteers to beef up their neighbourhood watch group – which is fine with Megan. She needs to focus on catching a burglar who’s still at large. But when the Peeping Tom patrol grows into a virtual vigilante mob, Megan and Brigit have to jump in, paws first, before some very angry people take the law into their own hands.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Stalker (Di Joona Linna series)
Kepler, Lars
A video clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead, after a frenzied knife attack. The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her, before time runs out. When her husband finds her, he is so traumatised that he cleans the whole house and puts her to bed. He may have seen a vital clue, but is in such an extreme state of shock that the police are unable to question him. Psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is called in to hypnotise him – but what the man tells him, under hypnosis, leads Erik to start lying to the police. If the lights are on, a stalker can see you from outside. But if the lights are off… you can’t see a stalker, who is already inside the house.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Hidden Bodies
Kepnes, Caroline
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now, he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbour. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: truelove. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend – he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

False Nine (Scott Manson thrillers)
Kerr, Philip
Scott Manson needs to leave England. His career, managing London City football team, is over; and it cuts deep to watch them play on, without him. But finding a job in the star-studded world of international football is harder than it looks. A new position in Shanghai turns out to be part of an elaborate sting operation. And in Barcelona, he’s hired not as a football manager, but as a detective. Barca’s star player is missing, and they need to find him… fast.
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel In the Crown (Baby Ganesh Investigations)
Khan, Vaseem
For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now, part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess. So, when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone’s principal concern. And, yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra goes to see the diamond, it is stolen from under his nose in a daring and seemingly impossible heist. The first Baby Ganesh investigation, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (PBK, $19.99), is getting great customer feedback.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium series)
Lagercrantz, David & Larsson, Stieg
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch, for some time. Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned, Swedish scientist, Professor Balder. Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for his son’s wellbeing, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story – and it is a terrifying one. More interesting to Blomkvist, than Balder’s world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters – and a violent criminal conspiracy that will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander, themselves.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Pleasantville
Locke, Attica
Locke reintroduces us to environmental lawyer Jay Porter (from Black Water Rising, $19.99), who takes one last case on the behalf of the community of Pleasantville in this new thriller – only to become embroiled in its shadowy politics.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Irish Stewed (Ethnic Eats Mysteries 01)
Logan, Kylie
An all-new, cosy, culinary mystery series. After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is not the cosy bistro her aunt would have had her believe it’s a rundown greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials. But, first, there’s the problem of the body in the booth…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Post Mortem
London, Kate
A long-serving beat cop in the Met and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in London’s East End. Left alive on the roof are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Griffiths. Within hours, Lizzie Griffiths has disappeared, and DPS officer Sarah Collins sets out to uncover the truth around the grisly deaths.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
MacBird, Bonnie
London. December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine, after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend, until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris. Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. Racing to Paris, with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Every Night I Dream of Hell
Mackay, Malcolm
Nate Colgan is a violent man; ‘smart muscle’ for the Jamieson organisation. But now, with its most powerful individuals either dead or behind bars, things within the Jamieson organisation are beginning to shift. When Nate, long working on the fringes of the business, is reluctantly appointed its new ‘security consultant’ – he can little imagine how things are about to unravel.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

The Drowning Ground (Downes series)
Marrison, James
A man is found dead near his home, with a pitchfork through his neck. When DCI Guillermo Downes is called to the scene he realises the victim is well known to him. A decade earlier, Downes promise to the families of two missing girls that he would find their daughters. Although cleared, the dead man had been a suspect in their disappearance.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Entry Island
May, Peter
When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal’s St Hubert airfield; he does so, without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime’s destination lies in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants – the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Wedding Bel Blues (Belfast McGrath Mysteries 01)
McConnon, Maggie
Belfast McGrath has spent the last fifteen years avoiding her big, bustling, brash, Irish family. But when her five-star culinary career goes up in flames, she retreats to Foster’s Landing – where she’s immediately tapped, as her cousin Caleigh’s maid of honour. It’s a perfect recipe for disaster… especially when Bel learns that the wedding preparations included Caleigh having one, last, one-night stand. When Caleigh’s lover plunges from the second-floor balcony during the reception, Bel can’t help but think his death was no accident…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Silent Dead (Paula Maguire series)
McGowan, Claire
Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5’ 7”. Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression – murder. ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five. The officers at the crime scene know, exactly, who the victim is. Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people. The remaining four are also missing and – when a second body is found, decapitated – it’s clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered. Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case, but she is up against the clock – both personally and professionally. With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don’t they?
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $19.99

Dandy Gilver and the Unpleasantness in the Ballroom
McPherson, Catriona
Glasgow, 1932, is a city in the grip of dance-fever. Public ballrooms and backstreet dancehalls are thronged every night and competition for professional titles is fierce. Even after the sudden death of one of last year’s hopefuls there are plenty willing to take his place, and few who stop to wonder why he died. In the melting pot of the Locarno Ballroom in Sauchiehall Street, a debutante rubs shoulders with denizens of Glasgow’s meanest streets, her respectable fiancé oblivious, her parents dismayed. When she starts receiving threats from a rival, they grow frantic enough, to call on Dandy Gilver to save their precious daughter from harm. But as Dandy – and her sidekick, Alec Osborne – begin to unravel the secrets of the dancehall, they soon discover that the rot goes much deeper than rivalry and there’s more at stake, than a silver cup. Despite the pretty frocks and dancing shoes, this apparently glittering world is a darker place, than they’ve ever been before…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Serpentine Road (Colonel Vaughn de Vries, Cape Town mysteries)
Mendelson, Paul
Cape Town, 2015. The heiress of an Apartheid-era industrialist is found murdered, her body posed to suggest a racial hate crime. Colonel Vaughn De Vries investigates.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Blood, Salt, Water (Alex Morrow series)
Mina, Denise
Alex Morrow investigates the dark underbelly of a seemingly peaceful seaside town. A wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving her husband and children panicked, but strangely resistant to questioning. Tracing the woman’s cell phone, police detective Alex Morrow discovers a call made from an unlikely location. A sleepy seaside community, Helensburgh is the last place you’d go – looking for violence. But Morrow’s investigation uncovers disturbing clues, and a dead body in a nearby lake. When a connection to someone close to her surfaces, the case gets more personal than she could have imagined.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Song For Drowned Souls
Minier, Bernard
Marsac is a quiet town in the Pyrenees, best known for its elite university. But when one of its professors is murdered, it becomes clear that the tranquil surface is a lie. The chief suspect is the son of Commandant Servaz’s university sweetheart; and when she implores him to investigate, he cannot refuse.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Sleeping Dogs (Spike Sanguinetti Mysteries)
Mogford, Thomas
An old friend persuades Gibraltarian lawyer Spike Sanguinetti to take a well-earned rest on Corfu’s beautiful northeast coast. But when the bloodied body of a young Albanian is found, and a local man accused of his murder, Spike reluctantly agrees to take the case. The first in this excellent series is Shadow of the Rock ($14.99).
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

The Poison Artist
Moore, Jonathan
Dr Caleb Maddox is an expert on pain. A leading San Francisco toxicologist, he is mapping the chemical traces that show how much agony a human body can endure. Seeking solace in a secluded bar after breaking up with his girlfriend, he meets a beautiful woman who shares an absinthe with him, then disappears into the night. Instantly obsessed, he starts trawling the hidden byways of the city to try and find her. Soon, Caleb discovers e that the city is prey to a deranged killer.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Blood Torment (DCI Andy Gilchrist series)
Muir, T F
When a two-year-old girl is reported missing, DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned the case. But Gilchrist soon suspects that the child’s mother – Andrea Davis – may be responsible for her daughter’s disappearance, or worse, her murder. The case becomes politically sensitive, when Gilchrist learns that Andrea is the daughter of Dougal Davis, a former MSP – who was forced to resign from Scottish Parliament, after being accused of physically abusing his third wife. Now, a powerful businessman, Davis demands Gilchrist’s removal from the case, when his investigation seems to be stalling. But then the case turns on its head when Gilchrist learns that a paedophile, recently released from prison, now lives in the same area as the missing child. The paedophile is interrogated but, hours later, his body is found on the beach with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and Gilchrist launches a murder investigation. As pressure relentlessly mounts on Gilchrist, he begins to unravel a dark family secret, a secret he believes will solve the fate of the missing child.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Exile
Oldfield, Mark
1954: Comandante Guzmán has been posted deep into the Basque country to confront a man known only as ‘El Lobo’. High in the mountains, Guzmán will have to fight for his life, not only against El Lobo, but also against someone who has been searching for him for a very long time… 2010, Madrid: Forensic Investigator Ana María Galindez has spent seven months in hospital recovering from the blast that nearly killed her. Her obsession with Guzmán’s fate has disturbed long dormant forces… The sequel to The Sentinel (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The One Who Got Away
Overington, Caroline
Loren Wynne-Estes appears to have it all: she’s the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, who’s landed a handsome husband, a stunning home, a fleet of shiny cars and two beautiful daughters… Then, one day, a fellow parent taps Loren on the shoulder outside the grand school gate, hands her a note… and, suddenly, everything’s at stake.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mysteries 03)
Parra, Nancy J
The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy’s sister, Felicity, starts with dearly beloved, but it ends with dearly departed; when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended, earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities think it’s just a tragic accident. After all, who’d want to kill a virtual stranger, at a country club wedding reception? That’s what Pepper wants to know. A search into Ashley’s past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still shadowing members of high society – including a filthy-rich battle-axe, whose demands for the services of Pepper’s Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats. Pepper’s business may be booming but continued success means outsmarting a mysterious culprit, who’s still wedded to the idea of murder.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Conspiracy (Giordano Bruno series)
Parris, S J
Paris, 1585: Giordano Bruno has come to Paris, a city on the edge of catastrophe. Alone and near destitute, Bruno turns to old friend and zealous preacher, Paul Lefevre. But when the priest is murdered, Bruno is pulled into a dangerous world. If Bruno can’t uncover the truth, not only is the future of the de Valois monarchy threatened – but his own life will be the forfeit.
Historical thriller | TP | $29.99

Mayhem In B-Flat (Homer Evans Mysteries)
Paul, Elliot
Serious detection meets madcap adventure in this stylish whodunit, which unfolds in 1930s Paris, and features a colourful cast that includes a concert violinist, his eccentric accompanist, and a notorious gang member.
Mystery | TP | $27.95

Revenge in a Cold River (William Monk series)
Perry, Anne
When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate the drowning of an escaped prisoner, he’s forced to contend with customs officer McNab, who clearly bears a bitter grudge against him. But the reason is a mystery in itself. Monk’s memory loss – a secret he guards closely – leaves him vulnerable to repercussions from his missing past, especially his exploits overseas, in the tumultuous Gold Rush days of San Francisco. And, now, McNab – as icy and unfathomable, as the steel-grey Thames, itself – appears intent on using whatever damning facts, he can find, to his advantage – to ruin Monk’s future, as an officer of the law. As Monk explores the possibility of a conspiracy, McNab’s game of cat and mouse escalates, with veiled threats and cryptic insinuations. Snared in an unforeseen trap, a desperate Monk must turn to his wife, Hester, and friend and attorney Oliver Rathbone for help, as his life literally hangs in the balance.
Historical mystery | HC | $45.00

Butchers of Berlin
Petit, Chris
Berlin 1943. August Schlegel lives in a world full of questions with no easy answers. Why is he being called out on a homicide case when he works in financial crimes? Why did the old Jewish soldier with an Iron Cross shoot the block warden in the eye then put a bullet through his own head? And why should Eiko Morgen, wearing the dreaded black uniform of the SS, turn up and say he has been assigned to work with him?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Game Changer (Dr Kate Pearson series)
Phillips, Louise
When criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson was twelve years old, she was abducted, but she has no memory of the time she was held. Over twenty years later, an anonymous note is pushed under her door… I remember you, Kate.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Lost Island (Gideon Crew series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Gideon Crew – brilliant scientist, master thief – is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment – only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realise that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life. Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realise the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race… if Gideon and Amy can survive.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Silenced (Wheeler & Ross series)
Randall, Anne
DIs Wheeler and Ross are pitched against a killer who is hell bent on a mission, to rid the streets of the vulnerable and dispossessed. The first book in the Wheeler & Ross series, Riven, was written under the name A J McCreanor.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Amber Shadows
Ribchester, Lucy
At Bletchley Park, Honey Deschamps spends her days at a type-x machine in Hut 6, transcribing decrypted signals from the German Army. One winter’s night, as she walks home in the blackout, she meets a stranger in the shadows. He tells her his name is Felix, and he has a package for her.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Murder in the Museum
Rowland, John
When Professor Julius Arnell breathes his last, in the hushed atmosphere of the British Museum Reading Room, it looks like death from natural causes. Who, after all, would have cause to murder a retired academic whose life was devoted to Elizabethan literature? Inspector Shelley’s suspicions are aroused, when he finds a packet of poisoned sugared almonds in the dead man’s pocket. The latest of the British Library Crime Classics.
Mystery | TP | $27.95

Front Page News
Rowney, Katie
Cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan is struggling to find anything newsworthy to report on in the small country town of Toomey. Front-page stories consist of the price of cattle and lawn bowls results, and Stacey spends more time laying out the crossword than covering actual news. Until the first dead body turns up. While the local police fumble the investigation, ambitious Stacey is just pleased to have something other than cattle sales to write about. Plus, she now has an excuse to spend more time with the arrogantly attractive Detective Scott Fitzgerald.
Romantic suspense | TP | $32.99

A Book of Scars (Breen & Tozer series)
Shaw, William
Alexandra Tozer was murdered on her family's farm, aged just sixteen. Five years later, her sister Helen will return. As soon as Detective Breen tracks down the original investigating sergeant, he goes missing. And so does Helen. The only connection between the suspects is the Kenya Emergency – a nightmare that Englishmen prefer to forget. But others remember. Every bloody detail. And when another woman is taken, it's not the only history repeating…
Crime | PBK | $19.99

The Detective and the Devil (Charles Horton & John Harriott series)
Shepherd, Lloyd
London, 1815: Constable Charles Horton, of the River Police Office, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a clerk and his family in London’s East End. Horton’s investigation draws him into the secretive world of the East India Company, which will stop at nothing to protect the secrets of its vast empire. What is the Company hiding, and why are its employees disappearing – particularly those linked to the small island of St Helena? The trail takes Horton and his wife Abigail from the steps of John Dee’s house, in Mortlake, to the lonely South Atlantic, on the trail of a killer who seems to be the very Devil.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

British Bulldog (Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries)
Sheridan, Sara
1954, Brighton, London, and Paris… When Mirabelle receives a bequest from a lately deceased wartime acquaintance, she is mystified – she hardly knew the man but it is not long before she realises that he certainly knew her. She is drawn back to re-examine her memories of WWII and is shocked to find that other people’s experiences do not chime with her own and, more importantly, with what she knows of her erstwhile lover, Jack Duggan. Following the trail to the threads of what’s left of the resistance movement in Paris, Mirabelle is forced to face secrets she didn’t even know that she had. The fourth in a great, post-WWII espionage series, which begins with Brighton Belle, London Calling, and England Expects (PBK, $19.99 each). Operation Goodwood, fifth in the series, is just out in trade paperback ($32.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Maigret Sets a Trap
Simenon, Georges
Maigret’s Dead Man is also available in May (PBK, $16.99).
Maigret | PBK | $22.99

In the Name of Love
Smith, Patrick
A young woman is brutally murdered, on an island near Stockholm – a haunt of wealthy retirees and arty weekenders.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Murder On Amsterdam Avenue (Gaslight Mysteries 17)
Thompson, Victoria
In the midst of Sarah and Frank’s wedding preparations, Sarah accompanies her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Fairfax, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly, after suffering from a mysterious disease. It is a tragic and all too common story – or so it seems. Charles’ father asks to speak with Sarah privately. He believes his son was poisoned and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter, with the utmost discretion. Putting their own personal affairs on hold, Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles’ death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the War Between the States, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Black Roses (Clara Vine mysteries)
Thynne, Jane
Berlin, 1933. Warning bells ring across Europe as Hitler comes to power. Clara Vine is young and ambitious, and determined to succeed as an actress. A chance meeting at a party in London leads her to Berlin, to the famous Ufa studios and, unwittingly, into an uneasy circle of Nazi wives, among them Magda Goebbels. Then Clara meets Leo Quinn who is undercover, working for British intelligence. Leo sees in Clara the perfect recruit to spy on her new acquaintances, using her acting skills to win their confidence. But when Magda Goebbels reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission, Clara feels threatened, compromised and desperately caught between duty and love. The first in a fantastic series of which we have just become aware! The second and third books are Winter Garden and A War of Flowers ($19.99 each). Recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Revenge in the Cotswolds
Tope, Rebecca
Thea Osborne is determined to avoid trouble during her latest commission, house-sitting in the pretty Cotswold village of Daglingworth. Anticipating a relaxing two weeks, spent looking after an old corgi and a hibernating tortoise, spiced with phone calls to boyfriend Drew Slocombe, Thea settles down quite contentedly – for about half a day. Until, that is, a dead body is discovered in a nearby quarry. Having encountered a group of environmental activists, Thea suspects the death might be a backlash from angry residents against their radical ways. And while she can empathise with the activists’ views against wind farms, badger culls, and building developments, Thea’s not so sure about their violent methods. As real tensions begin to unravel, even Thea, a seasoned crime-solver, is surprised by the truth…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

A Front Page Affair
Vatsal, Radha
New York City, 1915. Capability ‘Kitty’ Weeks would love nothing more than to report on the news of the day, but she’s stuck writing about fashion and society gossip, over on the Ladies’ Page – until a man is murdered, at a high-society picnic on her beat. Determined to prove her worth as a journalist, Kitty finds herself plunged into the midst of a wartime conspiracy that threatens to derail the United States’ attempt to remain neutral – and to disrupt the privileged life she has always known. The first in a new series.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Checked Out (Dead-End Job Mysteries 13)
Viets, Elaine
Wealthy socialite Elizabeth Cateman Kingsley has hired Helen to find a missing John Singer Sargent painting, owned by her late father. After his death, many of Davis Kingsley’s books were donated to the Flora Park Library, and his daughter suspects the small watercolour – worth a million dollars – was tucked away inside one of those dusty tomes. To search the stacks, Helen applies for a job as a library volunteer and discovers the library has a catalogue of complaints – from a mischievous calico cat to the mysterious disappearance of various items that some of the staff are attributing to a ghost. Things only get worse when a dead body turns up in a parking lot. Now, Helen is bound and determined to find the killer, as well as the painting – before she’s taken out of circulation herself.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Dying Season (Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries)
Walker, Martin
The latest in this wonderful series, set in the Dordogne, and it is as good as all the others. Death in the Dordogne (previously titled: Bruno, Chief of Police) is the first in the series ($19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Girls on Fire
Wasserman, Robin
Hannah Dexter is a nobody, ridiculed at school by golden girl, Nikki Drummond, and bored at home. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki’s boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah finds herself befriending new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki. Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex, a Doc Marten and Kurt Cobain fan, who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable. But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it’s a secret that will change everything…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Keep You Close
Whitehouse, Lucie
When the brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered Oxford garden, Rowan Winter – once her closest friend – knows it wasn’t an accident.
Thriller | TP | $27.99

A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries 01)
Wilde, Darcie
The daughter of a baronet and a minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined, after her father abandoned the family. To survive, in the only world she knows, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women, who have come to rely on her wit and discretion. So, when aristocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in Almack’s, London’s most exclusive ballroom, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses – and her own former suitor, Devon Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine. The first in a new series.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

She Died Young
Wilson, Elizabeth
London, 1956. A young woman has been found dead a hotel in King’s Cross. Broke her neck falling down stairs, the death certificate says. But Fleet Street journalist, Gerry Blackstone, thinks there’s more to it than meets the eye. Scotland Yard’s not interested in accidental deaths – if that’s what this is. But maybe he can convince Special Branch’s DCI Jack McGovern to investigate.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

The Cartel
Winslow, Don
The sequel to Winslow’s incendiary Power of the Dog (PBK, $19.99). As Ellroy says on the cover: ‘the War and Peace of Dope War books’. A brilliant, bloody and brutal novel of the ‘war on drugs’ in Mexico. Unmissable.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99