Crime & Mystery Catalogue: May 2020

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

May 2020 includes new books by: Kate Bradley, Michael Connelly, Jessica Fellowes, K Ferrari, Ragnar Jonasson, John Lawton, Sujata Massey, Ashley Weaver, Christian White… and many others.

May 2020 new releases, Crime & Mystery

Murder in the Storybook Cottage (Book Retreat mysteries 06)
Adams, Ellery
Jane Steward’s resort is hopping – not only is Peppermint Press’ conference in full swing, there are also lots of families staying on the premises, bringing their kids to events like a scavenger hunt through the Fairy Tale Forest. Then a woman dressed like Little Red Riding Hood is found dead, from a plot device straight out of a fairy tale – with a rare and valuable copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales in her basket. Not long after, a second victim is killed, with yet another treasure nearby – a volume by Hans Christian Andersen worth thousands of dollars. It looks like a big bad wolf may be lurking among the guests, and Jane can’t just wait for a handsome prince to come to the rescue…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

X Ways to Die (Fabian Risk series)
Ahnhem, Stefan
A murderous game. The killer makes the rules. Death hangs, on the roll of the dice. In murder investigations, it pays to keep things simple: motive, method, opportunity. But the case in front of Detective Fabian Risk is a nightmare. A killer who strikes out of nowhere. No apparent motive. No consistent method. Victims are tortured, strangled, burned, dismembered – each grisly killing carried out with savage precision, as if following the rules of a hellish game. Fear and chaos have spread through the seaside town of Helsingborg. While Fabian Risk hunts the killer, his life is falling apart: a son on the run from the law; a daughter gravely injured; a colleague with dark secrets of his own. But there’s no turning back, now. The game of death is on, and Fabian Risk must play to win.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Cold Kill
Airth, Rennie
Actress Adelaide Banks is swapping her native New York for London, to spend Christmas with her widowed Aunt Rose. Rose wrote in her note that she was off to Paris for a few days and would be back in time for Addy’s arrival. But when Addy reaches Rose’s Knightsbridge address, no one’s home, and she has two unexpected callers… Where is Rose, and what has she got herself entangled in? Dragged into a deadly game of cat and mouse on the snowy streets of London, Addy finds herself navigating a dark underworld of ruthless assassins, rogue agents and international crime. Can she survive, long enough to uncover the truth? A compelling stand-alone thriller.
Mystery | HC | $44.95

The Silence
Allott, Susan
It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father, Joe, phoning from Sydney. 30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens’ next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. Joe claims he thought she had gone to start a new life; but now Mandy’s family is trying to reconnect, and there is no trace of her. Isla’s father was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and he’s under suspicion of murder. Back home in Sydney, Isla’s search for the truth takes her back to 1967, when two couples lived side by side on a quiet street by the sea. Could her father be capable of doing something terrible? How much does her mother know? And is there another secret in this community, one which goes deeper into Australia’s colonial past, which has held them in a conspiracy of silence?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Chocolate Cobweb
Armstrong, Charlotte
When Amanda Garth was born, a nearly-disastrous mix-up caused the hospital to briefly hand her over to the prestigious Garrison family, instead of to her birth parents. The error was quickly fixed, Amanda was never told, and the secret was forgotten for twenty-three years… until her aunt thoughtlessly revealed it, in casual conversation. But what if the initial switch never actually occurred, and what if the real accident was Amanda’s being ‘returned’ to the wrong parents? After all, her artistic proclivities are far more aligned with painter Tobias, patriarch of the wealthy Garrison clan, than with the uncreative duo that raised her. Determined to discover her true identity, within her aunt’s bizarre anecdote, Amanda calls on her almost-family, only to discover that the fantasy life she imagines is not at all like their reality. Instead, she encounters a web of lies and suspicions that ensnares her, almost immediately; and, over a murky cup of hot chocolate, realises something deadly lurks, just beneath the surface… Mixing tense family drama with edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense, The Chocolate Cobweb finds the ‘mistress of day-lit terror’ at the top of her game (New York Times). The book, adapted to film by Claude Chabrol in 2006, remains as fresh today – as it was, when Armstrong wrote it over seventy years ago.
American Mystery Classics | HC/TP | $40.95/$24.95

Spenser Confidential (movie tie-in edition)
Atkins, Ace
Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favour. Until now. A developer is trying to buy up Henry’s condo on Revere Beach – with a push from local thugs. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, are on the trail of a mysterious woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and a shady plan to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. As alliances shift and twisted dreams surface, the Boston political machine looks to end Spenser’s investigation one way, or another – and once and for all. Previously published as Robert B Parker’s Wonderland; now, a Netflix film starring Mark Wahlberg as Spenser.
Hardboiled | PBK | $19.99

A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café mysteries 04)
Baker, Bree
Everly Swan is busy as a bee running her beachside iced tea shop, and the small island of Charm, North Carolina is abuzz – Mitzi Calgon, an iconic Hollywood actress, is in town! Everly’s great-aunts are making a documentary about beekeeping and Mira has agreed to help. But when the actress turns up dead, reporters and fans swarm the island, muddying the water and disrupting the peaceful lives of the townspeople. Everly’s never been good at minding her own beeswax, so she starts following her own leads and combing through the evidence. Then, there’s the mystery of Detective Hays – ever since their kiss under the mistletoe, he’s been acting distant. And he’s annoyingly determined to keep Everly away from the case. But when she receives a cryptic warning to ‘Bee Careful’, Everly realises that she’s gotten herself into a really sticky situation…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

One Good Deed
Baldacci, David
In 1949, Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty Southern town of Poca City. He has nothing but a handful of dollars, the clothes he’s wearing, and an appointment with his new parole officer. After his wartime experiences in Italy, and a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Archer is looking for a fresh start and a peaceful life. On his first night of freedom, Archer meets local business tycoon Hank Pittleman, who promises Archer handsome compensation to work as his debt collector. Yet, Archer takes on more than he bargains for, as he becomes embroiled in a long-running feud between the drought-struck town’s most dangerous residents. When one of them dies, the authorities label Archer as their number one suspect. A bloody game is being played above and below the law. Everybody playing has a deeply-buried secret, and Archer must uncover them all – if he’s to avoid going back behind bars.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

I Am Dust
Beech, Louise
The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer… Now, Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller – who was murdered in her dressing room? Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games? Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her? Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything. And Chloe has been watching…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

To Catch a Witch (Wishcraft mysteries 08)
Blake, Heather
When wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather’s personal concierge company is hired by elite runner Abby Stillwell – to organise the Wicked Mad Dash, a competition that takes place in the Enchanted Village; Darcy is more than willing to help her friend. As blizzard conditions rage on the morning of the race, Darcy’s main concern is the terrible weather – until Abby goes missing… and is later found dead, buried in the snow. As Darcy investigates her friend’s untimely death, she learns that she didn’t really know Abby well, at all. And those closest to the woman – her secret fiancé, her roommate, her ex-boyfriend, and her co-workers at Balefire Sports – seem to have plenty to hide too. As Darcy digs deeper, she uncovers complicated relationships, a possible embezzlement scheme, and allegations of cheating against a top athlete. Just when Darcy is convinced, she’s hit a dead end in the case; a startling burglary, and the hunt for Abby’s elusive ex send Darcy down a dark, dangerous trail. It will take the help from friends, family, and a little bit of magic, for Darcy to stop a stone-cold killer from striking again.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Split
Bolton, Sharon
No matter how far you run, some secrets will always catch up with you… The remote Antarctic island of South Georgia is about to send off its last boat of the summer – which signifies safety, to resident glaciologist Felicity Lloyd. Felicity lives in fear – fear that her ex-husband Freddie will find her, even out here. She took a job on this isolated island to hide from him; but, now that he’s out of prison, having served a term for murder, she knows he won’t give up – until he finds her. But a doctor delving into the background of Felicity and Freddie’s relationship, back in Cambridge, learns that Felicity has been on the edge for a long time. Heading to South Georgia, himself, to try and get to her first is the only way he can think of to help her.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

To Keep You Safe
Bradley, Kate
You don’t know who they are. You don’t know why they’re hunting her. But you know she’s in danger. What do you do? When teacher Jenni Wales sees 15-year-old Destiny’s black eye, she’s immediately worried. Destiny isn’t your average student: she’s smart, genius IQ-smart, and she’s in care. But concern turns to fear, when Jenni witnesses an attempt to abduct Destiny from school. Who are these men and what can Destiny know to make them hunt her? With those around her not taking the threat seriously, Jenni does the only thing she can think of – to keep Destiny safe: she takes her. We’re reliably informed, this is the thriller debut of the year!
Thriller | TP | $19.99

The Lizard
Bruce-Lockhart, Dugald
Heartbroken and obsessed by a breakup with his first girlfriend, Alistair Haston follows her to Greece, to rekindle their relationship. But on a ferry from Athens he meets Ricky; a magnetic Australian called ‘the Lizard’ – who offers him a cushy job on the island of Paros. Soon swept away in a cocktail of hedonistic pursuits, Haston is immersed in a sun-drenched world of sex, alcohol and drugs. But when the body of a missing tourist is found, Haston’s world collapses and he is sent on a desperate run for his life…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

A Web of Silk (Ursula Blanchard mysteries)
Buckley, Fiona
August, 1582. The queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, has ordered Ursula to keep an eye on her new neighbour, Giles Frost – who is rumoured to be spying for King Philip of Spain. Arriving at Knoll House, on the pretext of teaching his two daughters embroidery; Ursula’s secret mission is to feed false information to Frost to pass on to the Spanish. Walsingham has assured Ursula that she’ll be in no danger. But events take a decidedly sinister turn, when a body is found in the woods near Ursula’s home, a stained glass window is smashed and a bridal dowry is stolen. What secrets are contained, within the Knoll House… and is Ursula being lured into a lethal trap?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Long Shadow
Buist, Anne
Psychologist Isabel Harris has come to the outback town of Riley because her husband Dean is assessing the hospital – the hub of the community – with a view to closing it down. Isabel, mostly occupied with her toddler, will run a mother-baby therapy group. But on the first day she gets an anonymous note from one of the mothers – The baby killer is going to strike again. Soon. Then a series of small harassments begins. Is it an attempt to warn Dean off? Or could the threat be serious? A child was murdered in Riley once before. As Isabel discovers more about the mothers in her group, she begins to believe the twenty-five-year-old mystery of a baby’s death may be the key to preventing another tragedy.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Sugar and Vice (Cookie House mysteries 02)
Calder, Eve
Lately, Kate has a lot on her dessert plate. She’s launching a cookie-of-the-day challenge in the heart of Coral Cay, providing sweet treats for the reception of the town’s handsome new veterinarian – not to mention dealing with tourists in town for a pirate festival and the surprise arrival of her former fiancé, Evan, who seems determined to win her back. And, if that’s not enough, a skeleton has been found – in the backyard behind her best friend Maxi’s floral shop. Kate knows Maxi could never hurt a fly. Maybe, the remains belong to Sir George Bly, a long-dead pirate whose name has become urban legend – until now? It’s time for Kate to use every trick in the recipe book to prove Maxi’s innocence, and find the truth about the skeleton, before the last of the cookies crumble…
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Faking of the President: Seventeen Stories of White House Noir (anthology)
Carlaftes, Peter
A literary coup d’etat, that ponders ‘What would the White House be like, if US Presidents of the past were not restricted by the time-honoured hallmarks and traditional behaviour of the office, leaving them free to do whatever they wanted, anytime and anywhere?’ The Faking of the President pulls back the curtain on the ‘new norm’ for America’s highest office, with a collection of bizarre new stories by a diverse group of renowned authors that take readers across the chasm of reality into an alternate universe – where Nixon takes a wacky psychedelic trip with Elvis Presley; where a time-travelling renegade targets members of the George Bush administration with disastrous results; where a spy seizes a sudden opportunity for power after Woodrow Wilson’s stroke. The stories are outlandish, but – when it comes to the White House of today – no longer, implausible. The line-up of award-winning authors includes: Eric Beetner, Peter Carlaftes, Sarah M Chen, Angel Luis Colón, S A Cosby, Nikki Dolson, Mary Anna Evans, Adam Lance Garcia, Danny Gardner, Alison Gaylin, Christopher Chambers, Kate Flora, Greg Herren, Gary Phillips, Alex Segura, Travis Richardson, S J Rozan, Abby Vandiver, and Erica Wright. In an era where the bar for what is acceptable has shifted beyond what the founding fathers ever imagined, The Faking of the President is a unique creative act of resistance, and a must-have for fans of politics, noir, and speculative fiction.
Noir | TP | $29.99

The Book Supremacy (Bibliophile mysteries 13)
Carlisle, Kate
Newlyweds Brooklyn and Derek are enjoying the final days of their honeymoon in Paris. As they’re browsing the book stalls along the Seine, Brooklyn finds the perfect gift for Derek: a first edition James Bond novel, The Spy Who Loved Me. When they bump into Ned, an old friend from Derek’s spy days, Brooklyn shows him her latest treasure. Once they’re back home in San Francisco, they visit a spy shop, Ned mentioned. The owner begs them to let him display the book Brooklyn found, in Paris, as part of the shop’s first anniversary celebration. Before they agree, Derek makes sure the security is up to snuff – turns out, the unassuming book is worth a great deal more, than sentimental value. Soon after, Derek is dismayed when he receives a mysterious letter from Paris, announcing Ned’s death. Then, late one night, someone is killed inside the spy shop. Are the murders connected to Brooklyn’s rare, pricey book? Is there something even more sinister afoot? Brooklyn and the spy who loves her will have to delve into the darkest parts of Derek’s past – to unmask an enemy, who’s been waiting for the chance to destroy everything they hold dear.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores
Carlotto, Massimo
Marco Buratti, aka the Alligator, and his partners have fallen into a trap laid by their worst enemy, Giorgio Pellegrini, a wanted man who has no intention of living as a fugitive and turns police informer. To survive, some rules will have to be bent, and others broken.
Noir | TP | $27.99

Castle Skull
Carr, John Dickson
That is the case. Alison has been murdered. His blazing body was seen running about the battlements of Castle Skull. And, so, a dark shadow looms over the Rhineland – where Inspector Henri Bencolin and his accomplice Jeff Marle have arrived from Paris. Entreated by the Belgian financier D’Aunay to investigate the gruesome and grimly theatrical death of actor Myron Alison, the pair find themselves at the imposing hilltop fortress Schloss Schädel, in which a small group of suspects are still assembled. As thunder rolls in the distance, Bencolin and Marle enter a world steeped in macabre legends of murder and magic to catch the killer still walking the mazelike passages and towers of the keep. This new edition of John Dickson Carr’s spirited and deeply atmospheric early novel also features the rare Inspector Bencolin short story ‘The Fourth Suspect’.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $28.95

Who We Were
Carroll, B M
It’s been twenty years, but all is not forgiven… Katy is not the shy schoolgirl she once was, and she’s looking forward to showing her classmates who she’s become. Annabel was the queen bee. But her fall from grace changed her life, forever. Zach was cruel, but he thinks he’s changed. Robbie was a target. And he never stood a chance. The reunion will bring together friends and enemies, many for the first time, in decades. But someone is still holding a grudge… A gripping novel about the power of childhood cruelty – set in Sydney’s northern beaches – and how it makes us the adults we become.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Cutting Place (Maeve Kerrigan series)
Casey, Jane
You’ve got to be in the club, to know the truth. Everyone’s heard the rumours about elite gentlemen’s clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are the height of decadence… and the secrets are darker than you could possibly imagine. DS Maeve Kerrigan finds herself in an unfamiliar world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour when she investigates the murder of a young journalist, Paige Hargreaves. Paige was working on a story about the Chiron Club, a private society for the richest and most privileged men in London. Then she disappeared. It’s clear, to Maeve, that the members have many secrets. But Maeve is hiding secrets of her own – even from her partner DI Josh Derwent. Will she uncover the truth about Paige’s death? Or will time run out, for Maeve, first?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy series)
Connelly, Michael
Jack McEvoy has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, he realises he might be facing a criminal mind – unlike any he’s ever encountered. Jack investigates against the warnings of the police and his own editor, walking a thin line between investigation and obsession, and makes a shocking discovery, connecting the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. But then he, himself, becomes a suspect, and as he races to clear his name, Jack’s findings point to a serial killer who uses personal data shared by the victims themselves to select and hunt his targets. Jack McEvoy’s adventures begin with The Poet (PBK, $14.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Killer in the Carriage House (Victorian Village mysteries 02)
Connolly, Sheila
Coming back to her hometown was never on the agenda for hotelier, Kate Hamilton. But when she’s offered a chance to lead the charge of transforming the landscape into a Victorian village and tourist attraction, Kate can’t quite refuse. The only problem? Nobody in Asheboro has the passion, or the funds, to get plans off the ground… until Kate teams up with handsome historian Joshua Wainwright, who has ambitious ideas of his own involving an old mansion and a treasure-trove of documents that could attract investors and help seal the deal. Then, just as Kate and Josh seem ready to pull the trigger, a dead body turns up in the town library. Do these mysterious papers spell danger instead of dollars? That’s what Kate intends to find out, before all bets are off… and someone else ends up six feet under.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Oracle (Fargo Adventures)
Cussler, Clive & Burcell, Robin
It’s 533 AD. The last King of the Vandals’ rule in North Africa hangs in the balance. But when he seeks guidance from an oracle on how to turn back the invading Byzantine army, he learns he is doomed. Only the return of a sacred scroll will lift the curse that hangs over the kingdom. And it is nowhere to be found… With the collapse of the Vandal kingdom the ancient scrolls are thought to be lost forever until, centuries later, an archaeological dig in present day Tunisia uncovers clues to their existence. That’s all the encouragement Sam and Remi Fargo need, to go treasure-hunting. Then a shipment of supplies for a school in Nigeria supported by their foundation goes missing and Sam and Remi have no choice but to travel to West Africa to help. But what starts as a mercy mission soon gets a whole lot more complicated. And when a gang of thieves abducts Remi and some of the school’s students it starts to look as if their current trouble might somehow be connected to the missing scrolls… It’s soon clear that, if they’re going to save the lives of the hostages and track down the hidden treasure, the Fargos will need to draw on all their legendary skills.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Sister (Oslo Detectives series)
Dahl, Kjell Ola
Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker – whom the authorities are about to deport. She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death. Frølich quickly discovers the whereabouts of the young woman’s sister; but things become increasingly complex, when she denies having a sibling, and Frølich is threatened off the case by the police. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the answers lie in an old investigation, and the mysterious sister – who is, now, on the run.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

The Diva Spices It Up (Domestic Diva 13)
Davis, Krista
After a celebrity ghost-writer dies on the job, Old Town’s favourite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, Sophie Winston, whips up an impromptu investigation in the new Domestic Diva mystery from New York Times bestselling author, Krista Davis… Sophie never considered ghost-writing as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someone to write her celebrity cookbook. Sophie agrees, hoping she’ll earn enough bread on this assignment to finish her bathroom renovations. But as it turns out, Sophie isn’t the first foodie to get a taste for recipe ghost-writing, and if the marginalia are any indication, this project could be a killer… Wesley claims professional ghost-writer, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned Tilly’s cookbook with no warning. But Sophie quickly discovers that Abby may be more ghost than writer, now… and her disappearance was no accident. So, Sophie cracks open a fresh investigation, but sifting the seasoned murderer from this sampling of salty suspects won’t be easy. Will Sophie savour another case closed or will the culprit simply melt away?
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Black River (Tuva Moodyson series)
Dean, Will
Tuva’s been living clean in southern Sweden for four months, when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing. Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts? Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the year, Tuva must fight to save her friend. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva? This atmospheric series begins with Dark Pines (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | HC | $36.99

The Goodbye Man (Colter Shaw series)
Deaver, Jeffery
In pursuit of two armed fugitives in the wilderness of Washington State, unique investigator Colter Shaw witnesses a shocking suicide. This leads him to the Foundation – a cult that promises to transform people’s lives. But is there more to it than meets the eye? Shaw goes undercover to expose the Foundation’s real purpose. Before long he meets the charismatic leader Master Eli, a man who commands terrifying loyalty from his followers. Something truly dark is going on beneath the surface of the idyllic community. And as Shaw peels back the layers of truth, he begins to see there is only one way to escape the Foundation… and the price for that freedom might well be your very life. The sequel to The Never Game (PBK, $19.99), in Deaver’s new series.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

He Started It
Downing, Samantha
But when their grandfather dies, he leaves a troublingly specific condition in his will. For them to inherit his wealth, they’re required to retake a road trip they took with him when they were children, and scatter his ashes at the end of it. Of course, reuniting after all this time brings back memories of that ill-fated trip. Memories of what went wrong. But it’s not only memories they have to worry about. Someone is following them. Each of them is keeping secrets. And all of them are all too aware of what happened last time. Because you can’t inherit the money, if someone kills you first.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Proof of Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries 04)
Elliott, Lauren
The seaside New England town of Greyborne Harbor is home to many grand estates, including the Queen Anne Victorian, Addie inherited from her great aunt. Now, one of those mansions is holding an estate sale, which is just what the bookshop owner needs to replenish her supply of rare editions – even if the house is rumoured to be haunted. Assisting an overwhelmed insurance appraiser with the inventory, Addie discovers an 1887 magazine containing Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, which she estimates to be worth over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. But when Addie later finds the appraiser dead, in the estate’s private library – with the door bolted from the inside, and the priceless edition missing – it’s a mystery, worthy of the Great Detective himself. She’s certain the death and the robbery are connected – but who, other than a ghost who can walk through walls, could have gotten in to do the deed? It’s up to Addie to find the key to the crime – before she’s the next one cornered by a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Little Shoes: the Sensational Depression-Era Murders that Became My Family’s Secret
Everett, Pamela
In the summer of 1937, with the Depression deep and World War II looming, a California triple murder stunned an already grim nation. After a frantic week-long manhunt for the killer, a suspect emerged, and his sensational trial captivated audiences from coast to coast. Justice was swift, and the condemned man was buried away with the horrifying story. But decades later, Pamela Everett, a lawyer and former journalist, starts digging, following up a cryptic comment her father once made about a tragedy in their past. Her journey is uniquely personal, as she uncovers her family’s secret history; but the investigation quickly takes unexpected turns into her professional wheelhouse. Everett unearths a truly historic legal case that included one of the earliest criminal profiles in the United States, the genesis of modern sex offender laws, and the last man sentenced to hang in California. Digging deeper and drawing on her experience with wrongful convictions, Everett then raises detailed and haunting questions about whether the authorities got the right man. Having revived the case to its rightful place in history, she leaves us with enduring concerns about the death penalty, then and now. A journey chronicled through the mind of a lawyer and from the heart of a daughter, Little Shoes is both a captivating true crime story and a profoundly personal account of one family’s struggle to cope with tragedy through the generations.
True crime | TP | $44.99

The Mitford Scandal (Mitford Murders series)
Fellowes, Jessica
The year is 1928, and after the death of a maid at a glamorous society party, fortune heir Bryan Guinness seizes life and proposes to eighteen-year-old Diana, most beautiful of the six Mitford sisters. The maid’s death is ruled an accident, and the newlyweds put it behind them to begin a whirlwind life zipping between London’s Mayfair, chic Paris, and hedonistic Berlin. Accompanying Diana, as her lady’s maid, is Louisa Cannon; as well as a coterie of friends, family and hangers on, from Nancy Mitford to Evelyn Waugh. When a second victim is found in Paris in 1931, Louisa begins to see links with the death of the maid, two years previously. Now, she must convince the Mitford sisters that a murderer could be within their midst… all, while shadows darken across Europe, and within the heart of Diana Mitford, herself. Follows The Mitford Murders and Bright Young Dead (PBK, $19.99 each). Recommended.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Like Flies from Afar
Ferrari, K
Luis Machi has had enemies for a long time: after all, he’s built his success on dirty deals – not to mention his cooperation with the military junta’s coup years ago, or his love life, a web of infidelities. What’s new, is the corpse in the boot of his car. A body with its face blown off, detained by a pair of furry pink handcuffs that Machi knows well… Someone is trying to set him up, but the number of suspects is incalculable. Machi is stuck dredging his guilty past for clues and trying to dispose of the mystery corpse. But time is just another enemy and it’s running out fast. A wickedly dark and thrilling ride through the corruption and violence of Argentina, embodied by a single degenerate man, and one very complicated day. We’re told Latin Noir might be the new Scandi Noir, so give this a try!
Noir | TP | $27.99

Marshmallow Malice (Amish Candy Shop mysteries 05)
Flower, Amanda
With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot, in Ohio’s Amish Country’s most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don’t mix; and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone’s shock, the entire ceremony crumbles, when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn’t sunstroke… Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend’s hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff’s deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues, before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake – or the killer whips up another deadly surprise?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Love in Amsterdam (Van der Valk series)
Freeling, Nicolas
A woman, Elsa, is brutally murdered in her Amsterdam apartment. Her ex-lover, Martin, is seen outside the building around the time of the crime. The witness, who saw him? A policeman. It looks like a straightforward case – but police inspector Van der Valk is not convinced. Despite all the evidence – and the fact that Martin originally denied he was at the apartment – he believes Martin is not guilty of murder. Instead of charging him, Van der Valk takes him on a tour: a tour of the investigation, a tour of Martin’s own past, and a tour into the darkly-obsessive world of Elsa… The first novel in the acclaimed Van der Valk series – soon to be a major new TV series, starring Marc Warren.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Lying Room
French, Nicci
A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. She has also made mistakes; some small, some unconsciously done, some large, some deliberate. She is only human, after all. But now one mistake is spiralling out of control and Neve is bringing those around her into immense danger. She can’t tell the truth. So, how far is she prepared to go – to protect those she loves? And who does she really know? And who can she trust? A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things. Could she be a murderer?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Game of Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries 20)
Haines, Carolyn
When a ritually-murdered corpse is discovered – at a Native American temple site, smack in the middle of Sunflower County, Mississippi – the archaeology crew on the dig is immediately under suspicion – with particular focus on its easy-on-the-eyes, charismatic leader, Dr Frank Hafner. So, when Sheriff Coleman Peters closes in on him, Hafner hires the Delaney Detective Agency to clear his name. Rumours swirl around the Mound Salla burial mound, where more dead bodies are turning up. Sarah Booth and her partner, Tinkie, have too many likely suspects, to whittle down the list. It’s a race against time, once Sarah Booth’s resident ghost, Jitty – in the guise of various Native American warrior women – points to the waxing of the coming Crow Moon as the time of maximum danger. As history and mystery cloak the site, Sarah Booth isn’t sure what to believe, or whom. Can she dig up the truth, before she herself ends up six feet under?
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

Dear Child
Hausmann, Romy
A windowless shack in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them. One day, Lena manages to flee – but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called ‘Lena’, who disappeared without a trace, 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh series)
James, P D
When the body of a theology student is found on a desolate stretch of East Anglican coast, his wealthy father demands that Scotland Yard should re-examine the verdict of accidental death. Commander Adam Dalgliesh agrees to pay a visit to the young man’s theological college, St Anselm’s, a place he knew as a boy, expecting no more than a nostalgic return to old haunts and a straightforward examination of the evidence. Instead he finds himself embroiled in intrigue, conflict and dangerous secrets as the college is torn apart by a sacrilegious and horrifying murder. A reissue with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh series)
James, P D
Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne Museum in Hampstead, and with its sinister murder room celebrating notorious crimes committed in the interwar years, when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of both staff and fellow trustees. Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime. When it becomes clear that the killer is prepared to kill again, inspired by the real-life crimes from the murder room, Dalgliesh knows that to solve this case he has to get into the mind of a ruthless killer. A reissue with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh series)
James, P D
Combe Island off the Cornish coast offers a peaceful and secure respite to the over-stressed professionals who holiday there. But their peace is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is found hanging in the island’s lighthouse, and the islanders realise it is murder, not suicide. As Adam Dalgliesh arrives to investigate, a second murder is discovered and the whole case is jeopardised by a new danger on the island, one more insidious and as potentially fatal as murder. A reissue with new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Find Them Dead (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
A Brighton gangster is on trial for conspiracy to murder, following the death of a rival crime family boss. As the jury file into Lewes Crown Court, 12 anonymous people – selected randomly, from 50 – there is one person sitting in the public gallery observing them with keen interest, and secretly filming them. Later, a group of the accused’s henchmen sit around a table with the full personal details of each of the 12 jurors in front of them. They need to influence two of them – a jury can convict, if directed on a ten to two majority verdict, but no less. But which two? When Roy Grace is called in to investigate a murder that has links to the accused and the trial, and the suspicion that an attempt has been made to intimidate jurors; he finds the reach and power of the accused’s tentacles go higher, than he had ever imagined.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Poisoned Chalice Murder (Black & Dod mysteries)
Janes, Diane
Tom Dod’s Aunt Hetty is worried – three sudden deaths have occurred in the sleepy village of Durley Dean. They might seem like tragic accidents, but Aunt Hetty isn’t so sure. After all… all three took a stand against Reverend Pinder, the new vicar of St Agnes Church, whose controversial changes have divided the congregation. But is there really a killer among the parishioners? And while Fran leaps at the chance to spend a weekend at Aunt Hetty’s sleuthing with Tom, could the trip prove to be a poisoned chalice in more ways than one? A sequel to the charming 1920s’ mystery, The Magic Chair Murder (TP, $29.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Mist (Hidden Iceland series)
Jonasson, Ragnar
1987. An isolated farmhouse, in the east of Iceland. The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn’t. The couple should never have let him in. But they did. An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night. And Detective Hulda will be haunted, forever. The conclusion of Jonasson’s series, which begins with The Darkness (PBK, $19.99),
Noir | TP | $32.99

A Fatal Finale (Ella Shane mysteries)
Kalb, Kathleen Marple
New York City, 1899. When it comes to show business, Gilded Age opera singer Ella Shane wears the pants. The unconventional diva breaks the mould by assuming ‘trouser roles’ – male characters played by women – and captivating audiences far and wide with her travelling theatre company. But Ella’s flair for the dramatic takes a terrifying turn when an overacting Juliet to her Romeo drinks real poison, during the final act of Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi. Weeks after the woman’s death is ruled a tragic accident, a mysterious English duke arrives in Greenwich Village, on a mission. He’s certain someone is getting away with murder, and the refined aristocrat won’t travel back across the Atlantic, until Ella helps him expose the truth. As Ella finds herself caught between her craft and a growing infatuation with her dashing new acquaintance, she’s determined to decode the dark secrets surrounding her co-star’s fatale finale – before the lights go dark, and the culprit appears for an encore
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

A Philosophical Investigation
Kerr, Philip
London, 2013, and the city is battling an epidemic of serial killings – even with the widespread government use of DNA detection, brain-imaging, and the ‘punitive coma’. Detective Isadora ‘Jake’ Jacowicz is hunting a murderer, code-named ‘Wittgenstein,’ who has taken it upon himself to eliminate anyone who has tested positive, for a tendency towards violent behaviour – even if they’ve never committed a crime. His intellectual brilliance is matched only by his homicidal madness. A posthumous reissue.
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Helios Disaster
Knausgaard, Linda Bostrom
This modern spin on the myth of Athena plunges us deep inside the mind of an unlikely twelve-year-old goddess confined to a small Swedish town. Separated from her father, just moments after bursting from his skull in full armour; Anna is packed off into foster care where she learns to ski, speaks in tongues, and negotiates the needs of a quirky cast of relatives. Unable to overcome her father’s absence, however, she finally succumbs to depression and is institutionalised.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Devoted
Koontz, Dean
A mother, a boy, and a desperate battle against the night. Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother Megan tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil is behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A malicious man driven by evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he’s not alone.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

You Should Have Known
Korelitz, Jean Hanff
Grace Sachs, a happily married therapist with a young son, thinks she knows everything about women, men and marriage. She is about to publish a book called You Should Have Known, based on her pet theory: women don’t value their intuition about what men are really like, leading to serious trouble later on. But how well does Grace know her own husband? She is about to find out, and in the place of what she thought she knew, there will be a violent death, a missing husband, and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for herself and her child. A Netflix adaptation of Korelitz’s novel – retitled The Undoing – will be streaming soon.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Dirty Dozen (Jane Tennison series)
La Plante, Lynda
Jane Tennison has worked hard to become the first female detective ever post to the infamous Flying Squad, or ‘the Sweeney’. But the ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a notorious, boys’ club, and Jane’s new colleagues make it clear that they don’t think a woman is up to the dangers of the job. Dealing with some of London’s most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only good cop is a dead cop, is no joke. Determined to prove she’s as good as the men, Jane discovers from a reliable witness that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery. But she doesn’t know who they are, or where and when they will strike…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Hammer to Fall (Joe Wilderness series)
Lawton, John
The third Joe Wilderness spy thriller from a master of the genre, moving from icy Finland to tumultuous Cold War Prague, Hammer to Fall is a tale of vodka smuggling, and a legendary, female, Red Army general – who is playing a dangerous game. Joe Wilderness’ escapades begin with Then We Take Berlin (PBK, $19.99). John Lawton is always recommended.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Pulp Friction (Cider Shop mysteries 02)
Lindsey, Julie Anne
Nothing’s sweeter than a fruitful family business, and for Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe, that means Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, Virginia. But this year’s apple crop is especially juicy – with scandal… Thanks to Winnie’s new cider shop, Smythe Orchards is out of the red and folks can get their fix of the produce and other delectable products they love, all year round. The locals are even booking the shop for events, including a June wedding! Winnie couldn’t be happier to see the barn filled to the rafters, for the big bash – until her doting ex, Hank, is caught in a heated argument with the groom. Winnie plans to scold Hank after the party, but spots him running off, instead. And when the groom turns up dead – apparently, hit by the honeymoon getaway car – Hank is the main suspect. Now, Hank is on the lam, and it’s up to Winnie to get to the core of the truth – before the real killer puts the squeeze on her…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Mousse and Murder (Alaskan Diner mysteries 01)
Logan, Elizabeth
When Chef Charlie Cooke is offered the chance to leave San Francisco and return home to Elkview, Alaska, to take over her mother’s diner, she doesn’t even consider saying no. After all – her love life has recently become a Love Life Crumble, and a chance to reconnect with her roots may be just what she needs. Determined to bring fresh life and flavours to the Bear Claw Diner, Charlie starts planning changes to the menu, which has grown stale over the years. But her plans are fried, when her head cook Oliver turns up dead after a bitter and public fight over Charlie’s ideas – leaving Charlie as the only suspect in the case. With her career, freedom, and life all on thin ice, Charlie must find out who the real killer is, before it’s too late. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Secrets of Bones (Jazz Ramsey series)
Logan, Kylie
Assembly Day at St Catherine’s dawns bright and cloudless as professional woman gather from all around Ohio to talk to the schoolgirls about their careers in medicine, at NASA, and as yoga instructors. Administrative assistant Jazz Ramsey is involved herself, giving the girls a taste of her lifelong passion: cadaver dog training. Her adorable new puppy Wally hasn’t been certified, yet; so, she borrows the fully-trained Gus from a friend and hides a few bones in the unused fourth floor of the school for him to find. The girls are impressed when Gus easily finds the first bone, but for the second Gus seems to have lost the scent, and heads confidently to a part of the floor, where Jazz is sure no bones are hidden – at least, not any that she’s put there. But Gus is a professional, and sure enough, behind a door that shouldn’t have been opened in decades, is a human skeleton. Jazz recognises the skeleton as Bernadette Quinn, an ex-teacher at the school who’d never returned after one Christmas break, though letters and postcards from her had seemed to indicate there was no cause for worry. But now it seems Bernadette never left the school at all, and her hiding place makes it clear: this was murder. Bernadette’s strident personality means there are a plethora of suspects inside the school and out of it, and as Jazz gets closer to the truth she can’t help but wonder if someone might be dogging her footsteps… A sequel to the The Scent of Murder – the first in the series – which will be available in paperback ($22.95) in June.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Robert B Parker’s Grudge Match (Sunny Randall series)
Lupica, Mike
When Sunny’s long-time gangster associate Tony Marcus comes to her for help, Sunny is surprised – after all, she double crossed him on a recent deal, and their relationship is on shakier ground than ever. But the way Tony figures it, Sunny owes him, and Sunny’s willing to consider his case, if it will clear the slate. Tony’s trusted girlfriend and business partner has vanished, appears to have left in a hurry, and he has no idea why. He just wants to talk to her, he says; but, first, he needs Sunny to track her down. While Sunny isn’t willing to trust his good intentions, the missing woman intrigues her – against all odds, she’s risen to a position of power in Tony’s criminal enterprise. Sunny can’t help but admire her, and if this woman’s in a jam, Sunny would like to help. But when a witness is murdered, hours after speaking to Sunny, it’s clear there’s more at stake than just Tony’s love life. Someone – maybe, even Tony himself – doesn’t want this woman on the loose… and will go to any lengths, to make sure she stays silent.
Mystery | HC | $55.00

Laidlaw (Laidlaw trilogy)
McIlvanney, William
When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Kelvingrove Park, only one man stands a chance of finding her killer. Jack Laidlaw. He is a man of contrasts, ravaged by inner demons but driven by a deep compassion for the violent criminals in Glasgow’s underworld. But will Laidlaw’s unorthodox methods get him to the killer in time, when the victim’s father is baying for blood? Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction. A reissue of the CWA Silver Dagger-winning masterpiece that launched a genre, from the godfather of Scottish crime fiction.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Papers of Tony Veitch (Laidlaw trilogy)
McIlvanney, William
Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck’s cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society. A reissue of the second novel in the Laidlaw trilogy, which has earned the status of classic crime fiction.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Strange Loyalties (Laidlaw trilogy)
McIlvanney, William
When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Detective Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. With corrosive wit, Laidlaw begins an emotional quest through Glasgow’s underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as about the brother he has lost, in a search that leads to a shattering climax. A reissue of the third novel in the Laidlaw trilogy, which has earned the status of classic crime fiction.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

And the Killer Is… (Savannah Reid 25)
McKevett, G A
PI Savannah Reid has delved into the ugly side of SoCal’s celebrity culture more than once. But the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency may have bitten off more than they can chew, when a Hollywood legend makes a deadly comeback… It will be a cold day in San Carmelita before Savannah skips over a high-profile homicide case, especially one attached to a tasty reward. But when 90-year-old former silver screen siren, Lucinda Faraday, is murdered, inside her derelict mansion; serving justice comes with unsavoury risks. The fallen star, considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, was found strangled by a pair of vintage stockings, amid a hoard of garbage and priceless memorabilia. Now, Lucinda is making headlines, again – and, like in the past, her name is connected with the worst kind of scandal… As a quest for answers reveals sleazy secrets about the victim’s history, the Moonlight Magnolia Agency soon discover that corruption, addiction, and blackmail were as rampant in the good old days of Hollywood as in the present – maybe even more so. Balancing a suspect list longer than Lucinda’s acting credits and evidence that could destroy the reputation of people still alive, can Savannah outsmart the culprit, before she, or someone else, gets reduced to tabloid fodder next?
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Pumpkin Spice Peril (Cupcake Bakery mysteries 12)
McKinlay, Jenn
Life is all sugar and spice, for the Fairy Tale Cupcake bakers – Melanie Cooper is engaged to the delectable Joe DeLaura; Angie Harper and her husband Tate are savouring married life; and the bakery is bustling with happy customers. Until one of their most valued cupcake connoisseurs ends up dead. Local glass artist and cupcake lover Rene Fischer-Klein has always suffered from a wide variety of health issues. In an effort to cheer her up, her doting husband, Peter, brings her a four-pack of her favourite cupcakes, every week. But when the police discover that Rene has been poisoned, there’s no sugar-coating the fact that the last things she ate were the bakery’s signature pumpkin spice cupcakes! With their lives and bakery at stake, it’s up to Mel and Angie to find out who poisoned their artist friend, and why, before their future is frosted for good.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Satapur Moonstone (Perveen Mistry series)
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.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Three
Mishani, D A
Three women: Orna, a divorced, single mother looking for a new relationship; Emilia, a Latvian immigrant on a spiritual search; and, Ella, married and mother of three, returning to university to write her thesis. All of them will meet the same man. His name is Gil. He won’t tell them the whole truth about himself – but they don’t tell him everything either. Slowly, but surely, you see the danger each woman walks into. What you won’t see… is the trap being laid – until it snaps shut.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Death by Auction (Abby McCree mysteries 03)
Morgan, Alexis
It’s hard to say no, to Tripp Blackston. That’s how Abby found herself on yet another committee, organising a bachelors’ auction to raise money for Tripp’s veterans’ group. The former Special Forces soldier is mortified, when Abby enlists him to be one of the prizes; but she has a covert plan to bid on him herself. Before she can, she’s foiled by a sniper bid from a gorgeous stranger, who turns out to be Tripp’s ex-wife, Valerie. Still reeling from the shock that Tripp was married, and wondering what his ex is suddenly doing in town; Abby goes looking to pay the auction’s emcee, radio personality Bryce Cadigan. She finds him in the parking lot… dead, in his car. Valerie appears to be the last one to have seen Bryce alive, so she’s the cops’ best bid for suspect. When she asks Tripp for help – and lodgings – it’s Abby’s turn to block, by inviting Val to stay with her. But did she just open her home to a murderer?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Puddin’ on the Blitz (Pennsylvania-Dutch mysteries)
Myers, Tamar
Although the culinary fare at Magdalena Yoder’s new restaurant, Asian Sensations – a unique combination of Asian and Amish cuisine – is not to everyone’s taste, the good citizens of Hernia are unanimously agreed that the desserts – concocted by the restaurant chef, Barbara Hostetler – are to die for. Not literally, however. When a guest at the Penn-Dutch Inn drops dead, shortly after consuming a slice of Barbara’s delicious Blitz torte, Magdalena finds herself arrested for murder. Did someone deliberately set her up? In order to clear her name and protect her nearest and dearest, Magdalena must identify a ruthless killer – before they strike again.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Blood Business (Inspector Ikmen series)
Nadel, Barbara
Brothers Ugur and Lokman Bulut are locked in a bitter inheritance battle and need a sample of their mother’s DNA – to contest her Will. But when her body is exhumed, her corpse is found to be missing; and a fresh body, with its heart removed, has been put in her grave. Assigned to the case, Inspector Mehmet Suleyman quickly realises that the heart has been illegally harvested, and his team has a murder inquiry on its hands. Meanwhile, retired inspector Çetin Ikmen is tracking down a missing person: Sevval Kalkan, a once-famous actress, who has joined an underground movement called the Moral Maze, whose mission is to help the destitute living on Istanbul’s streets. The unidentified body in the grave cannot be Sevval’s, but her shocking reappearance leads Ikmen to fear that she, too, is a victim of organ harvesting… Joining forces, Suleyman and Ikmen confront Istanbul’s darkest underbelly – to expose the horrifying truth of a city in crisis.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Murder in Galway (Home to Ireland mysteries 01)
O’Connor, Carlene
New Yorker Tara Meehan’s first trip to Galway may be her last… Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this – carrying her mam’s ashes to honour her final request: ‘Tell Johnny, I’m sorry… Take me home.’ She’s never met her mam’s estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by the medieval city, the locals seem wary of strangers and a gypsy warns her that death is all around. When Tara arrives at her uncle’s stone cottage, the prophesy seems true. A dead man lies sprawled over the threshold in a pool of blood. The victim turns out to be Johnny’s wealthiest client, and her missing uncle is the garda’s number-one suspect. In trying to find Johnny and solve the crime, Tara uncovers her mam and uncle’s troubled past. But with a desperate killer about, she had better mind herself, or they’ll be tossing her ashes in Galway Bay… The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Hard Cash Valley (Bull Mountain series)
Panowich, Brian
Dane Kirby is a broken man and no stranger to tragedy. As a lifelong resident and ex-arson investigator for McFalls County, Dane has lived his life in one of the most chaotic and crime-ridden regions of the south. When he gets called in to consult on a brutal murder in a Jacksonville, Florida, motel room, he and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, begin an investigation that leads them back to the criminal circles of his own backyard. Arnie Blackwell’s murder in Jacksonville is only the beginning – and Dane and Roselita seem to be one step behind. For someone is hacking a bloody trail throughout the Southeast looking for Arnie’s younger brother, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who possesses an unusual skill with numbers that could make a lot of money and that has already gotten a lot of people killed – and has even more of the deadliest people alive willing to do anything it takes to exploit him. As Dane joins in the hunt to find the boy, it swiftly becomes a race against the clock that has Dane entangled in a web of secrets involving everyone from the Filipino Mafia to distrusting federal agents to some of hardest southern outlaws he’s ever known.
Noir | HC | $55.00

Dead Land
Paretsky, Sara
Chicago may be the city of broad shoulders, but its political law is ‘Pay to Play’. Money changes hands in the middle of the night, and by morning, buildings and parks are replaced by billion-dollar projects. Chicago PI V I Warshawski gets pulled into one of these clandestine deals through her impetuous goddaughter, Bernie Fouchard. Bernie tries to rescue Lydia Zamir, a famed singer-songwriter now living on the streets; Zamir’s life fell apart when her lover was murdered next to her in a mass shooting at an outdoor concert. Not only does Bernie plunge her, and V I, headlong into the path of some ruthless developers, they lead to the murder of the young man Bernie is dating. He’s a computer geek working for a community group called SLICK. V I is desperate to find a mysterious man, named Coop – who roams the lakefront in the middle of the night with his dog. She’s sure he holds the key to the mounting body count within SLICK. Coop may even know why an international law firm is representing the mass murderer responsible for Lydia’s lover’s death. Instead, the detective finds a terrifying conspiracy stretching from Chicago’s parks to a cover up of the dark chapters in America’s meddling, in South American politics. Before she finds answers, this electrifying novel pushes V I close to the breaking point: People who pay to play take no prisoners.
V I Warshawski | TP | $32.99

Execution (Giordano Bruno series)
Parris, S J
England, 1586. A treasonous conspiracy… Giordano Bruno – a heretic, turned spy – arrives in England with shocking information for spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. A band of Catholic Englishmen are plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth and spring Mary Queen of Scots from prison, to take the English throne in her place. Bruno is surprised to find that Walsingham is aware of the plot – led by the young, wealthy noble Anthony Babington – and is allowing it to progress. He hopes that Mary will put her support in writing – and condemn herself to a traitor’s death. Bruno is tasked with going undercover, to join the conspirators. Can he stop them, before he is exposed? Either way, a queen will die; Bruno must make sure it is the right one.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Inn
Patterson, James & Fox, Candice
Bill Robinson is starting over. The Inn at Gloucester stands alone on the rocky New England shoreline. Its seclusion suits former Boston police detective Bill Robinson, novice owner and innkeeper. As long as the dozen residents pay their rent, Robinson doesn’t ask any questions. Yet, all too soon, Robinson discovers that leaving the city is no escape from the dangers he left behind. A new crew of deadly criminals move into the small town, bringing drugs and violence to the front door of the inn. Robinson feels the weight of responsibility on his shoulders. His sense of duty compels him to fight off the threat to his town. But he can’t do it alone. Before time runs out, the residents of the inn will face a choice. Stand together? Or die alone.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Paris Diversion
Pavone, Chris
Kate Moore – a mother with an interesting past – is living the quiet life in another European city, or trying to. On her way to drop her children off at school in the city centre, the cafés and streets of Paris start to come alive, around her. Kate’s husband Dex, meanwhile, charged with finding a particular present for their son’s birthday, is struggling to focus on the job in hand as a financial matter at work seems to be playing on his mind. As worrying reports begin to circulate from key locations around the city, and the sound of wailing sirens becomes increasingly hard to ignore, could their day and, indeed, their lives be about to change forever? The sequel to The Expats (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Saracen’s Mark (Nicholas Shelby series)
Perry, S W
Betrayal has many guises… London, 1593: Five years on from the Armada, and England is taking its first faltering steps towards a future as a global power. Nicholas Shelby – reluctant spy and maverick physician – and his companion Bianca Merton are settling into a life on Bankside. But in London there is always a plot afoot… Robert Cecil, the Queen’s spymaster, once again recruits Nicholas to embark on a dangerous undercover mission that will take him to the back alleys of Marrakech in search of a missing informer. However, while Nicholas hunts for the truth across the seas, plague returns once more to London – ravaging the streets and threatening those dearest to him. Can Bianca and Nicholas’ budding relationship weather the threats of pestilence and conspiracy? And will Nicholas survive the dangers of his mission, in a hostile city, to return safely home? This wonderful Tudor suspense series begins with The Angel’s Mark (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | HC | $29.99

Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua (Haunted Craft Fair mysteries 02)
Pressey, Rose
Celeste Cabot has a flair for painting – and a touch of paranormal talent, too. She’s just arrived to sell her artwork at a big craft fair in North Carolina, complete with rides, games, and deep-fried everything. But the sunny landscape takes on a darker hue, when her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, leads her to the riverbank – and to a body that was definitely not part of her design. With help from a handsome fellow artist, Celeste sets out to draw the brazen killer onto her canvas. She’ll need to balance the victim’s past, a suspected love triangle, and a long-ago accident – and also consult with a medium and a spirit – to try to paint a murderous fiend into a corner…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Absolution (Anderson & Costello series)
Ramsay, Caro
The Crucifixion Killer is stalking Glasgow, leaving victims’ mutilated bodies in a Christ-like pose. DCI Alan McAlpine is drafted in to lead the hunt, supported by local officers DI Anderson and DS Costello. But the past holds horrific memories for McAlpine. He last worked this beat, some twenty years earlier, when he was assigned to guard a woman – faceless after a sadistic acid attack – at a Glasgow hospital. An obsession was born at that hospital room that has never quite left McAlpine; and, now, it seems to be resurfacing. As the chase to halt the gruesome murders intensifies, so Anderson and Costello find chilling cause for concern uncomfortably close to home… A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Singing to the Dead (Anderson & Costello series)
Ramsay, Caro
Two seven-year-old boys have been abducted from the streets of Glasgow. Both had already endured years of neglect and betrayal – but, for DI Colin Anderson, the case is especially disturbing, because the boys look so much like his own son, Peter… With police resources stretched to breaking point, a simple house fire turns into a full-scale investigation. An invisible killer is picking off victims at random and, if DS Costello’s hunch is correct, committing an ingenious deception. As his squad struggles to work both cases, DI Anderson learns that duplicity and betrayal come in many guises. For while the boys’ abductor is still out there no child is safe – as young Peter Anderson is about to find out. A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Dark Water (Anderson & Costello series)
Ramsay, Caro
In the attic of a deserted tenement, the body of a criminal is found hanging with his face horribly mutilated. Investigating officers DI Anderson and DS Costello believe he was a suspect in a decade-old case: the rape and attempted murder of a young student. There are other similar cases on file. But the dead man didn’t act alone, he had an accomplice in his crimes. When another young woman is brutally attacked, Anderson and Costello suspect the accomplice has developed a taste for killing. To satisfy his lust he will kill again, and again, unless Anderson and Costello can stop him. A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Anarchists’ Club (Leo Stanhope series)
Reeve, Alex
It’s been a year, since Leo Stanhope lost the woman he loved, and came closing to losing his own life. Now, more than ever, he is determined to keep his head down and stay safe, without risking any of those he holds dear. But Leo’s hopes are shattered, when the police unexpectedly arrive at his lodgings: a woman has been found murdered, at a club for anarchists… and Leo’s address is in her purse. Not only that, but a member of the same club knows Leo’s birth identity and will share it, with the authorities, if Leo does not provide him with an alibi. If Leo is unmasked, he will be thrown into an asylum; but, if he lies, will he be protecting a murderer? The second instalment of this fantastic historical crime series, featuring a transgender coroner’s assistant, following The House on Half Moon Street (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Haunted Lady
Rinehart, Mary Roberts
Someone’s trying to kill the head of the Fairbanks estate, and only her nurse can protect her… The arsenic in her sugar bowl was wealthy widow Eliza Fairbanks’ first clue that somebody wanted her dead. The nightly plagues of bats, birds, and rats – unleashed in her bedroom – were the second indication, an obvious attempt to scare the life out of the delicate dowager. So, instead of calling the exterminator, Eliza calls the cops, who send Hilda Adams – ‘Miss Pinkerton’, to the folks at the bureau – to go undercover and investigate. Hilda Adams is a nurse, not a detective – at least, not technically speaking. But then, nurses do have the opportunity to see things that the police can’t; and to witness the inner workings of a household, when the authorities aren’t around. From the moment Adams arrives at the Fairbanks’ mansion, confronted by a swarm of shady and oddball relatives – many of whom seem desperate for their inheritance – it’s clear that something unseemly is at work in the estate. But not even she is prepared for the web of intrigue that awaits her, therein. Reissued for the first time in over twenty years, and featuring one of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s only series characters, The Haunted Lady is the thrilling follow-up to Miss Pinkerton, (TP, $24.95). The books can be read in any order.
American Mystery Classics | TP/HC | $24.95/$40.95

Mr Campion’s Visit (Margery Allingham’s Campion series)
Ripley, Mike
Albert Campion is back in Black Dudley, once the scene of murder and mayhem; but, now, home to the brand-new University of Suffolk Coastal. Appointed to the role of the university’s Visitor, Campion finds he has a curiously vague remit, but his initial visit to the concrete campus takes an unexpected turn when the body of charismatic Chilean professor Pascual Perez-Catalan, a rising star and genius scientist in the field of geochemistry, is fished out of the ornamental lake. It seems Pascual was unpopular among his fellow academics and lecturers, his trail-blazing research taking up most of the university’s new computing capacity… and he was also a keen ladies’ man. Drawn into another puzzling murder, Campion must negotiate internal politics, seething jealousy and resentment, blackmail, betrayal, and a phantom trumpeter – as he searches for a ruthless killer.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Only Child
Seo, Mi-ae
Criminal psychologist Seonkyeong has two new people in her life. A serial killer whose gruesome murders shook the world, but who has steadfastly remained silent. Until now. A young, innocent looking stepdaughter from her husband’s previous marriage, who unexpectedly turns up at the door after the sudden death of her grandparents. Both are unsettling. Both are deeply troubled. And both seem to want something from her. Can she work out just who is the victim, in all of this? Before it’s too late.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Lost Ten
Sidebottom, Harry
Little does Valens – a junior officer in the Roman Army – know what’s in store for him; when he joins a crack squad of soldiers, on a dangerous mission. Tasked with rescuing the young Prince Sasan, who has been imprisoned in the impenetrable Castle of Silence, the troops set out across Mesopotamia and into the mountains south of the Caspian Sea. Deep in hostile territory, inexperienced Valens finds himself in charge. And as one by one his soldiers die or disappear, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in their midst, and that the rescue is fast becoming a suicide mission. Valens must marshal this disparate group of men and earn their respect, before it’s too late…
Historical thriller | PBK | $19.99

Murder with Clotted Cream (Daisy’s Tea Garden mysteries 05)
Smith, Karen Rose
Margaret Vaughn has hired Daisy to provide afternoon tea, for her theatre group. A local girl who left long ago for an acting career in New York, Margaret has returned home – with a multimillionaire husband in tow. But while Daisy bustles around Margaret’s historic farmhouse, she senses that there’s tension behind the scenes. Then she discovers the hostess on the floor of the pantry – dead, and covered with clotted cream. Barely recovered from her previous sleuthing adventure, Daisy joins forces with the former detective she’s been dating to help solve the case. Should she cast suspicion on the stars of the upcoming play? Can Margaret’s sister shine a spotlight on potential culprits? Or are there clues to be found in the victim’s past? With plenty of family stress of her own to deal with, all Daisy knows is she better act fast…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Perfect Daughter
Souza, Joseph
Shepherd’s Bay, Maine, has been home to generations of lobstermen and their families. Lately, affluent newcomers have been buying up waterfront property, and mingling uneasily with the locals. Tensions are high, especially since Dakota James, a teenage boy from the wealthier side of town, disappeared weeks ago. But another disturbing incident soon follows. When high school junior Katie Eaves and her friend, Willow Briggs, fail to come home after a night out, Katie’s mother, Isla, is frantic. Two agonising days go by, before Katie is found, bruised and bloodied, yet alive. Isla is grateful. But Willow, a wealthy newcomer from Los Angeles, is still missing. And Katie can’t remember anything about the night of their disappearance. Isla tries to help her daughter sort through her hazy recollections, and to recall the truth of her tangled friendship with privileged, beautiful Willow. At the hair salon she owns, Isla hears dark whispers about wild parties, drug deals, and love triangles gone wrong. How much truth is in the gossip? Is Dakota’s disappearance linked to the others? And what other shocking secrets lie at the heart of Shepherd’s Bay – and of the family Isla is struggling to hold together?
Mystery/suspense | HC | $44.99

A Bloody Business (Hard Case Crime series)
Struzan, Dylan
On the 100th anniversary of Prohibition, learn what really happened. In 1919, the National Prohibition Act was passed, making it illegal across America to produce, distribute, or sell liquor. With this act, the US Congress also created organised crime, as we know it. Italian, Jewish, and Irish mobs sprang up to supply the suddenly illegal commodity to the millions of people still eager to drink it. Men like Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone in Chicago, and Nucky Johnson in Atlantic City, waged a brutal war for power in the streets and on the waterfronts. But if you think you already know this story… think again, since you’ve never seen it through the eyes of one of the mobsters, who lived it. Called ‘one of the most significant organised crime figures in the United States’ – by the US District Attorney – Vincent ‘Jimmy Blue Eyes’ Alo was just 15 years old, when Prohibition became law. Over the next decade, Alo would work side by side with Lansky and Luciano, as they navigated the brutal underworld of bootlegging, thievery, and murder. Alo’s later career included prison time and the ultimate Mob tribute: being immortalised – as ‘Johnny Ola’ – in The Godfather, Part II. Introduced to the 91-year-old Alo, living in retirement in Florida, Dylan Struzan based this book on more than 50 hours of recorded testimony – stories Alo had never shared, and that he forbade her to publish… until ‘after I’m gone’. Alo died, peacefully, two months short of his 97th birthday. And, now, his stories – bracing and violent, full of intrigue and betrayal, hunger and hubris – can finally be told.
Hardboiled | PBK | $19.99

Murder on Pleasant Avenue (Gaslight mysteries 23)
Thompson, Victoria
A victim is found, brutally murdered, and the police are certain they’ve caught the killer. Their only suspect: Gino Donatelli. Frank and Sarah know Gino is innocent but the police have a one-track mind. Once Frank struck it rich and left their ranks taking Gino with him, there has been a simmering resentment in the department. And, now, someone has pulled out all the stops to make it look like Gino is the only one who could have committed the crime. With the clock ticking and evidence mounting against their friend, Sarah and Frank will try to unravel a treacherous plot… before Gino is sent up the river, for good.
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

Death of a Mermaid
Thomson, Lesley
Freddy Power walked out of her childhood home, twenty-two years ago, and swore never to return. But, now, she’s back, helping run her family’s fishery in Newhaven in the wake of her mother’s death. It feels as if time has stood still. The morning mist hanging over the reed beds, the ghost river that no longer leads to the sea, the subterranean light slanting into her mother’s grotto-like living room. The only thing that’s really changed is her childhood friendship with Toni and Mags. The three of them were once inseparable. Now, after decades of silence, they feel like strangers. Freddy is not planning to be in Newhaven, for long. But when Mags goes missing, old secrets – and old passions – are reignited. Freddy is determined to stay and find her friend. Even if it means confronting the past, and facing up to the truth about her family. A stand-alone thriller from the author of the Detective’s Daughter series.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Hunting Game (Embla Nyström Investigations)
Tursten, Helene
When one of her peers is murdered during a routine hunting trip, Embla must track down the killer, while confronting a dark incident from her past. The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The New Girl
Walker, Harriet
Glamorous Margot Jones is the fashion editor at glossy women’s magazine Haute, and pregnant with her first child. Margot’s used to her carefully curated life being the object of other women’s envy – who wouldn’t want her successful career, loving husband, beautiful house and stylish wardrobe? Maggie, a freelance journalist, certainly knows she doesn’t measure up. So, when Margot gets in touch to suggest she apply for her maternity cover at Haute, Maggie seizes the chance at living a better life – even if it’s only temporary. But the simultaneous arrival of Margot’s baby and a brutal end to her oldest friendship sends Margot into a spiral of suspicion and paranoia. Are Maggie’s motives as innocent as they seem? And what happens at the end of the year, when Margot wants her old life back – especially, if Maggie decides she doesn’t want to leave?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Dangerous Engagement (Amory Ames series)
Weaver, Ashley
As they travel by ship, to New York – for her childhood friend Tabitha’s wedding – Amory Ames gazes out at the city’s iconic skyline, excited by the prospect of being a bridesmaid. Her husband Milo, however, is convinced their trip will be deadly dull – since Prohibition is in full swing. But when a member of the wedding party is found murdered on the front steps of the bride’s home, the happy plans take a darker twist. Amory discovers that the dead groomsman has links to the notorious – and notoriously handsome – gangster Leon De Lora, and soon she and Milo find themselves drawn into another mystery. While the police seem to think that New York’s criminal underworld is at play, Amory feels they can’t ignore the wedding party either. Tabitha’s fiancé Tom Smith appears to be a good man, but he has secrets of his own; and the others in the group seem strangely unaffected, by the death of their friend… In an unfamiliar city, not knowing who they can trust, Milo and Amory are drawn into the glamorous, dangerous world of nightclubs and bootleggers. But as they draw closer to unravelling the web of lies and half truths, the murdered man has left in his wake, the killer is weaving a web of his own. This charming interwar series begins with A Murder at the Brightwell (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

We Begin at the End
Whitaker, Chris
For some people, trouble just finds them. Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer. Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed. Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply-troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences, not only for her family, but also the whole town. Murder, revenge, retribution. How far can we run from the past, when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Wife and the Widow
White, Christian
Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. The new novel from the Australian author of the terrific The Nowhere Child (PBK, $16.99). Recommended.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $16.99

Death in a Desert Land (Agatha Christie series)
Wilson, Agatha
Fresh from solving the gruesome murder of a British agent in the Canary Islands, mystery writer Agatha Christie receives a letter from a family who believe their late daughter met with foul play. Before Gertrude Bell overdosed on sleeping medication, she was a prominent archaeologist, recovering ancient treasures in the Middle East. Found near her body was a letter claiming that Bell was being followed. To complicate things further, Bell was competing with another archaeologist, Mrs Woolley, for the rights to artifacts of immense value. Christie travels to far-off Persia, where she meets the enigmatic Mrs Woolley – as she is working on a big and potentially valuable discovery. Temperamental but brilliant, Mrs Woolley quickly charms Christie; but, when she does not hide her disdain for the recently deceased Miss Bell, Christie doesn’t know whether to trust her – or if Bell’s killer is just clever enough to hide in plain sight. This Christie-as-detective series begins with A Talent for Murder.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Mrs Morris and the Witch (Salem B&B mysteries 02)
Wilton, Traci
Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year in Salem, Massachusetts – but when B&B owner Charlene Morris finds the dead body of a witch, it spells trouble… Charlene, recently widowed, has renovated her historic mansion just in time to greet guests arriving for the town’s annual Halloween festivities. She’s lucky to have a helpful staff to provide support – as well as a handsome ghost, named Jack, standing invisibly by her side. Unfortunately, while the revellers head out on haunted tours, have their fortunes told, or grab a drink at Brews and Broomsticks… a killer walks among them. When Charlene discovers Morganna, a local Wiccan, dead in her shop, she starts getting cosy with the local coven, looking for clues to locate the crafty culprit. Salem may be famous for the false accusations of witchery, in centuries past, but this time someone is genuinely guilty – of murder…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (Marygene Brown mysteries 02)
Young, Kate
After their mama’s passing, Marygene Brown returned to Peach Cove Island to help her sister Jena Lynn run the family diner, renowned for its homemade peach desserts. But Mama is never too far away – her sassy spirit haunts the island, and more specifically Marygene. Lately, Mama has been warning her that the dead will seek her out to solve their murders, an idea Marygene is far from peachy keen on. But that prophecy appears to be coming true when she goes skinny-dipping off the island and swims right into a woman’s charred corpse floating in the waves. And when Marygene and her brother Sam come upon a second burned body in a wine cellar, at an event they’re catering, it appears they have a double homicide on their hands. It soon turns out the victims have more in common than their charred remains, and Marygene will need to double down to find a killer who has no aversion to playing with fire. Good thing Mama has her back…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99