Crime & Mystery Catalogue: November 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in November 2018.

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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!

November 2018 includes new books by: Frances Brody, Alan Carter, Garry Disher, Mick Herron, Philip Kerr, Sujata Massey, Håkan Nesser, C J Sansom, Ben Schott… and many others.

New Crime & Mystery, November 2018

And So It Begins
Abbott, Rachel
Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He’s managed to find someone new, after the sudden death of his first wife – but something about Evie just doesn’t feel right… When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets. Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

If You Go Down to the Woods
Adams, Seth C
We were so young, when it all happened. Just 13 years old, making the most of the long, hot, lazy days of summer, thinking we had the world at our feet. That was us – me, Fat Bobby, Jim and Tara – the four members of the Outsiders’ Club. The day we found a burnt-out car in the woods was the day everything changed. Cold, hard cash in the front seat and a body in the trunk… it started out as a mystery, we were desperate to solve. Then, the Collector arrived. He knew we had found his secret. And, suddenly, our summer of innocence turned into the stuff of nightmares. Nothing would ever be the same, again…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Down to the Woods (DI Helen Grace series)
Arlidge, M J
There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now, it is innocent men and women… hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no one to hear their cries, here… DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest’s ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings? Could the murders even be an offering to the forest, itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case, yet.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine series)
Baldacci, David
Her name is Atlee Pine. She has unstoppable tenacity, always a fighter who is unwilling to cede any ground. She has endured real nightmares and she has the emotional and physical scars to show for it. And she got that long before she became an adult. She is an FBI Special Agent assigned to the wilds of the western US. She has to cover, often solo, vast tracts of area: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona. Small towns, impossibly long distances in between… isolation like most on the East Coast have never experienced, and an environment where anything can and does happen. Working with the locals who respect, and also sometimes fear her, and have never really been allowed to know her, Atlee Pine turns her vast investigative skills and unmatched drive to find out the truth. Along the way she will revisit painful memories of her own, come to grips with what she is and what she might one day aspire to be. But, in the end, she will have to confront not only a new monster, but also the old one of her nightmares. The first in a new series from Baldacci.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Fallen (Amos Decker series)
Baldacci, David
Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly-tuned antennae of agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house. With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country. But even the duo’s skills and Amos Decker’s infallible memory may not be enough to save this town, or them, from becoming the next victims.
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

Yule Be Dead (Victoria Square mysteries 05)
Bartlett, Lorraine & Leeson, Gayle
It’s the holiday season, but not everyone is jolly – especially not Vonne Barnett. Her dead body has been found near Victoria Square. Katie Bonner, the manager of Artisan’s Alley, happens to be at the tea shop Vonne’s mother, Francine, owns – when the news is delivered. Vonne left a trail of men behind her… so, the suspects are many – but the clues are few. A broken teacup leads Katie to one of the suspects, but before she can investigate, she’s attacked. Katie may be closing in on a killer, but time is ticking, because the killer is definitely closing in on her.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Not bored to death, but murder most foul… Celebrated author John Heppel is known in Lochdubh as a self-important bore, prone to belittling the scribblings of the locals in his creative writing class. So, when he’s found dead, his mouth oozing ink, it seems a fitting fate. But for PC Hamish Macbeth the murder is more than a disruption to idyllic village life – especially when the media arrive, trailing in their wake DCI Heather Meikle… a man-eater with a taste for bachelor police constables. Hamish must rekindle an old flame to escape her clutches and pull out all the stops to find the killer…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Dreamer (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
She couldn’t paint to save her life – so, someone’s given her a lesson by taking it! Most newcomers don’t stay long in remote Lochdubh – usually boredom, dampness and nosy locals drive them out. But it looks as if artist Effie Garrard has come to stay. When Hamish Macbeth calls on her, he’s amazed to find the woman in residence after a particularly harsh winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself that fellow local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her and that they are engaged. But after a lover’s scrap with Jock, Effie is found dead, poisoned by hemlock. Suicide or murder? It’s up to Hamish to find out whether the dreamer’s death is the result of something much more serious than a broken heart…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Maid (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Armed with a bucket and mop, Mrs Gillespie brings misery into the quiet life of Hamish Macbeth, when he wins her cleaning services in a church raffle; she is likely to do more snooping than hoovering. Yet, Hamish has more upsetting issues to ponder – his former girlfriend, reporter Elspeth Grant, is back in Lochdubh for a holiday with her new boyfriend. Hamish feels an ill wind coming and sure enough, Mrs Gillespie is soon found dead under suspicious circumstances. And as he investigates the case, Elspeth’s presence torments the red-haired bobby, making him resort to foolish antics instead of concentrating on the murder in hand. And what should really occupy Macbeth are the town’s hidden secrets – ones that will force a killer to lash out in deadly, irrevocable acts…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Exhibit Alexandra
Bell, Natasha
Marc’s world is seemingly perfect, complete with two daughters and a loving wife. Until the day she vanishes. Police, friends and family pull together to find her, but their hopes quickly turn into a nightmare, as the missing person case becomes a murder investigation…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Midwinter’s Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting mysteries 04)
Blake, Bethany
To bark or not to bark… Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit, more than the town’s annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year’s special guest – Celeste ‘CeeCee’ French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who’s returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store. But not everyone’s celebrating CeeCee’s homecoming. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa and Paw, a unique salon for people and their pets, has plenty to growl about. So, when CeeCee is found face down under Sylvan Creek’s town Christmas tree, stabbed with a distinctive pair of professional-grade pet shears, suspicion lands squarely on Moxie. Despite Daphne’s promises to Detective Jonathan Black, she quickly reprises her role as amateur sleuth. Ably assisted by her basset hound sidekick, Socrates, she must hurry to prove her friend’s innocence, before a killer barks again…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Under the Ice
Blok, Rachael
It is the week before Christmas and the cathedral city of St Albans is blanketed by snow. But beneath the festive lights, darkness is stirring. The frozen body of a young girl is discovered by the ice-covered lake. The police scramble for clues. A local woman, Jenny, has had visions of what happened the night of the murder. But Jenny is an exhausted new mother, whose midnight wanderings pull her ever closer to the lake. Can Jenny be trusted? What does she really know? Then another girl goes missing, and the community unravels. Neighbour turns against neighbour, and Jenny has no idea who to believe. As Christmas Eve approaches, Jenny discovers a secret about her past – and why she could be key to everything…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Name of the Rosé (Rose Avenue Wine Club mysteries 03)
Blum, Christine E
Annie ‘Halsey’ Hall could get used to this – sitting around the pool in her backyard in Southern California, savouring the latest wine flights with the ladies of the Rose Avenue Wine Club: her best friend Sally, frozen yogurt shop owner Aimee, widow Peggy, and their newest member, journalist Mary Anne. Even Bardot, Halsey’s yellow lab, is in attendance, eyeing the pool as if contemplating a dive. But the peaceful pleasure of the afternoon is soon shattered by the boom of a small plane crash, at nearby Santa Monica Airport. Sometime later, a sour-faced detective shows up, holding a package of illegal drugs found on the plane – with Sally’s address on it! Being suspected of drug smuggling is bad enough, but when a young mechanic who works at the airport is found murdered, the club springs into action. To get their investigation off the ground, they’re going to have to wing it, but they’re determined to unmask a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Craftsman
Bolton, Sharon
Florence Lovelady’s career was made, when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago, in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered., and he spent the rest of his life in prison. But, now, decades later, he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did she get it wrong, all those years ago? When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened… it gets personal.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Just Plain Murder (Amish mysteries 06)
Bradford, Laura
Jakob and Claire have been enjoying more time together in lovely Heavenly, PA. With Claire’s help, the detective is making slow progress reconnecting with the members of his Amish family who shunned him, when he left to pursue a career in law enforcement. Jakob’s mentor, Russ Granger, the long-retired police chief who inspired him to become a cop, is back in town. Claire has always wanted to meet the man, who changed the course of Jakob’s life. But not long after he arrives in Heavenly, Russ is murdered. Jakob can only imagine that his old friend must have been killed by someone outside of the Amish community. He and Claire soon find that things are not as they seem – and that Russ may have stumbled into something sinister before he was killed. The answers they uncover are closer to home and more shocking than they ever expected.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Blotto, Twinks and the Intimate Revue
Brett, Simon
A quick trip to the capital goes horribly wrong when Blotto and Twinks get accidentally involved in London’s criminal underworld… It starts innocently enough, at the intimate revue ‘absolutely everyone is talking about’, Light and Frothy, where its glamorous star, Frou Frou Gavotte, has rather taken the fancy of Blotto’s school friend Giles ‘Whiffler’ Trumpington. But while Blotto and Whiffler wait for the star outside the theatre to take her to dinner, Whiffler is seized and manhandled into the back of a cab which then drives off into the night… Leaving Blotto with the problem of how to rescue his kidnapped schoolmate. Naturally, he enlists Twinks’ help and the two of them encounter actors, singers, impresarios, revue writers, cockney showgirls and Scotland Yard’s finest – and white slave traders, who succeed in abducting Twinks – leaving it up to Blotto and his trusty chauffeur, Corky Froggett, to rescue her, before she’s shipped off to foreign parts forever… The eighth hair-raising adventure featuring the aristocratic brother and sister sleuthing duo!
Historical mystery | HC | $49.99

A Snapshot of Murder (Kate Shackleton series)
Brody, Frances
Kate jumps at the chance to visit Haworth and Stanbury, in the heart of Brontë country, the setting for Wuthering Heights. But when an obnoxious member of their party is murdered, the group is thrown into disarray. Is the murderer amongst them, or did the loud-mouthed Tobias have more enemies than they might have imagined? This well-loved series is great fun – imagine Miss Marple in her youth; and begins with Dying in the Wool (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

In the Galway Silence (Jack Taylor series)
Bruen, Ken
After too much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor might have, at long last, found contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers; but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly-bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon… unless you count looking after his girlfriend’s spoilt nine year old. But, once again, trouble comes to him – this time, in the form of wealthy Frenchman Pierre Renaud, who wants Jack to investigate the double murder of his twin sons. Entitled, drug-addled, les enfants terrible were bound to a wheelchair, mouths glued shut and pushed off the pier. He shouldn’t, but Jack reluctantly agrees to investigate and it opens the door to the past, again…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System
Buting, Jerome F
Over his career, Jerome F Buting has spent hundreds of hours in courtrooms representing defendants in criminal trials. When he agreed to join Dean Strang as co-counsel for the defence in State of Wisconsin v Steven A Avery, he knew a tough fight was ahead. But, as he reveals in Illusion of Justice, no one could have predicted just how tough and twisted that fight would be – or that it would become the centre of the documentary Making a Murderer, which made Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey household names, and thrust Buting into the spotlight. Buting’s powerful, riveting, boots-on-the-ground narrative of Avery’s and Dassey’s cases becomes a springboard to examine the shaky integrity of law enforcement and justice in the United States, which Buting has observed, first hand, for more than thirty-five years. From his early career as a public defender to his success overturning wrongful convictions working with the Innocence Project, his story provides a compelling expert view into the high-stakes arena of criminal defence law; the difficulties of forensic science; and the horrifying reality of biased interrogations, coerced or false confessions, faulty eyewitness testimony, official misconduct; and more. Combining narrative reportage with critical commentary and personal reflection, Buting explores his professional and personal motivations, career-defining cases – including his shocking fifteen-year-long fight to clear the name of another man wrongly accused and convicted of murder – and what must happen if our broken system is to be saved. Taking a place beside Just Mercy and The New Jim Crow, Illusion of Justice is a tour de force from a relentless and eloquent advocate for justice who is determined to fulfil his professional responsibility and, in the face of overwhelming odds, make America’s judicial system work as it is designed.
True crime | TP | $27.99

Slay in Character (Cat Latimer mysteries 04)
Cahoon, Lynn
Cat and the members of her writers’ retreat have just arrived in Outlaw, Colorado, an ‘Old West’ tourist town, complete with inhabitants dressed up as famous figures from history. But this authentic slice of Americana takes a murderous turn, when a college student masquerading as a 19th-century saloon girl becomes history, herself. Was she the intended target? Or did she take a hit meant for someone else? With a cast of suspects to choose from – including some notorious gunslingers and the sleazy town founders – Cat must unhorse the real culprit before a real-life ghost story is given a killer twist…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Girl in the Fog
Carrisi, Donato
Anna, fifteen, has disappeared, on a cold night in a small town in the Italian mountains close to the Slovenian border. Vogel, a policeman specialising in murder cases, has two suspects: a lonely literature professor who could be connected to the crime; and a teenage boy tracked down, via Anna’s diary. The lines blur between policemen and murderer when Vogel becomes a potential suspect, in the case of Anna’s death…
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Heaven Sent (Cato Kwong series)
Carter, Alan
Detective Sergeant Philip ‘Cato’ Kwong is light on sleep but high on happiness with his new wife Sharon Wang and their baby girl. But contentment is not compatible with life in the Job, and soon a series of murders of Fremantle’s homeless people gets in the way of Cato’s newfound bliss. As New WAve journalist Norman Lip flirts online with the killer, it becomes apparent that these murders are personal – every death is bringing the killer one step closer to Cato. Cato Kwong first appears in the novel Prime Cut (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Past Tense (Jack Reacher series)
Child, Lee
The present can be tense… A young couple trying to get to New York City are stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. Before long, they’re trapped in an ominous game of life and death. But the past can be worse… Meanwhile, Jack Reacher sets out on an epic road trip across America. He doesn’t get far. Deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been – the town where his father was born. But, when he arrives, he is told no one named Reacher ever lived there. Now, he wonders: who’s lying? As the tension ratchets up and these two stories begin to entwine, the stakes have never been higher for Reacher. That’s for damn sure.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

4.50 from Paddington (Miss Marple series) (special edition)
Christie, Agatha
For an instant, the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman’s throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses… and no corpse.
Christie | HC | $29.99

The ABC Murders (Poirot series) (special edition)
Christie, Agatha
Murder is a very simple crime. But at the hands of a maniac, a serial killer, it becomes a very complicated business. With the whole country in a state of panic, the killer is growing more confident with each successive execution – Mrs Ascher in Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill, Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston… But laying a trail of deliberate clues – to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot – might just be his first mistake…
Christie | HC | $29.99

The Mystery of the Blue Train (Poirot series) (special edition)
Christie, Agatha
When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again – for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing. The prime suspect is Ruth’s estranged husband, Derek. Yet, Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie re-enactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board…
Christie | HC | $29.99

Hangman (Fawkes & Baxter series)
Cole, Daniel
Eighteen months after the ‘Ragdoll’ murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word ‘bait’ carved into the chest. In London, a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word ‘puppet’, forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis. Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings, before it is too late? A sequel to Ragdoll (PBK, $19.99)
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Dark Sacred Night (Ballard & Bosch series)
Connelly, Michael
At the end of a long, dark night detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the first time. Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard shift and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours, to find a stranger rifling through old files. The intruder is none other than retired legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hunting for leads in an unsolved case that has got under his skin. Ballard escorts him out but – curious to know what he was searching for – soon becomes obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton. Was she the first victim of a serial killer who still stalks the streets? For Bosch, the case is more than personal: it may be all he has left. But in a city where crime never sleeps, even detectives have a dark side…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Other Sister
Croft, Elle
Gina Mills is desperate to be a newsreader, but her boss – the director of the struggling Channel Eight, won’t help. Walking home one night, Gina stumbles upon a dead body, and after calling the police, she makes the split-second decision to report the murder live. When questioned by the police, Gina can’t remember specific details about her discovery, but these memory gaps are explained away as shock. But when Gina finds a second body, it’s clear she’s being targeted. But, why? And how is this connected to the death of Gina’s younger sister, so many years ago?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Death on the Canal (Lotte Meerman series)
de Jager, Anja
Where do your loyalties lie? With the truth, or with your colleagues? Drinking outside a canal-side bar on a perfect summer’s evening, Lotte is witness to the fatal stabbing of Piotr Mazur, a Polish security guard working in one of the city’s department stores. As Lotte starts to investigate Mazur’s death, all the facts point to him being a small-time drug dealer; and his murder is treated as a minor complication in another team’s larger narcotics case. Yet, Lotte remains unconvinced – having viewed the man’s ordered, unchaotic flat and spoken to his colleagues – she can’t help but believe he was being set up. And, in the bar, moments before Piotr was killed, Lotte saw a woman pass him a photo of a child. She becomes convinced that his death wasn’t a revenge killing over drugs, at all; and has to now think carefully about what to do for the best – especially, as key evidence in Mazur’s murder comes from someone, she knows she cannot trust. The third smart and engaging Lotte Meerman procedural, following A Cold Death in Amsterdam and A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Under the Cold Bright Lights
Disher, Garry
The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way – and gets results. He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide, some years ago. He works cold cases, now. Auhl will stick with these cases, until justice is done. One way or another. Auhl is a brilliantly ambivalent character – recommended.
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $22.99

Violet Tendencies (Rose City mysteries 02)
Dyer-Seeley, Kate
Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin are delighted that their Portland floral boutique is part of the city’s Rose Festival, which draws thousands to the Pacific Northwest for dragon boat races, fireworks, and other attractions – capped off by a big parade. They’re building a float that’s sure to rock the judge’s boat… until a gang of angry protestors shows up. The group, who call themselves Dark Fusion, are decidedly not into flower power, and they want to take down the system… including the upcoming extravaganza. Then their leader is strangled with a garland of violets – and Britta finds the body. With tensions running high and so much at stake, there are plenty of suspects… from the Grand Marshal to a long-time volunteer to a former Rose Queen. But before Britta and Elin can stem the violence, the case is going to get even more explosive…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Look Alive Twenty-Five
Evanovich, Janet
There’s nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, coleslaw… and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that’s been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it’s a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they’d better figure out what’s going on… before they lose their new manager, Ms Stephanie Plum.
Stephanie Plum | TP | $29.99

A Quarter Past Dead (Miss Dimont mysteries)
Fielden, T P
It’s the late 1950s, in tranquil Temple Regis, Devon. For holidaymakers, it’s a glorious time of breathtaking scenery, picnics on beaches, and flocks of tourists on their summertime holidays. But for Miss Judy Dimont, this is all a trifle dull. As a reporter for local rag, The Riviera Express, she needs scandal and intrigue – and one morning, as the clock strikes the quarter hour, she gets it. A woman has been shot dead in one of Buntorama’s upmarket holiday huts, the toffee-nosed rival hotelier next door is rubbing his hands with glee, and Judy and her trusty moped Herbert are off like a shot to survey the scene of the crime. But nobody can tell her who the dead girl is and there’s no clear motive. To have a story to write, Judy must solve the case – and the intrepid Miss Dimont will leave no pebble unturned, until the truth is out! The third in the series, following The Riviera Express (TP, $29.99) and Resort to Murder (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Wych Elm
French, Tana
One night changes everything, for Toby. A brutal attack leaves him traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his uncle’s rambling home, the Ivy House, filled with cherished memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby’s arrival, a discovery is made. A skull… tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Tales from the Dead of Night: Thirteen Classic Ghost Stories (anthology)
Gayford, Cecily (editor)
From a beautiful antique that gives its owner a show he’d rather forget, to ‘ghost detective’ whose exorcism goes horribly wrong, and a sinister masked ball which seems to have one too many guests, these classic tales of supernatural terror are guaranteed to make you shiver, thrill and look under the bed. From rural England to colonial India, in murky haunted mansions and under modern electric lighting, these master storytellers – some of the best writers in the English language – unfold spine-tinglers which pull back the veil of everyday life, to reveal the nightmares which lurk just out of sight. They are lessons in ingenuity and surprise, sometimes building slowly to a chilling climax, sometimes springing horror on you from the utterly banal. And, as you’d expect from these writers, the stories are more than simply frightening – they’re also disquieting exposures of mortality, loneliness and the human capacity for both evil and remorse. We wish you pleasant dreams. Contains stories by: Ruth Rendell, M R James, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, E F Benson, E Nesbit, Saki, W W Jacobs, W F Harvey, Hugh Walpole, Chico Kidd, and L P Hartley.
Ghost story anthology | PBK | $19.99

The Stolen Girls (Detective Lottie Parker series)
Gibney, Patricia
One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend. Could this be the same girl? When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast – to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing. Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer, before he claims another victim?
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Bouncer
Gordon, David
Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled, strip-club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and a best friend from Catholic school who happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi. FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class at Quantico, is a single mother stuck at a desk manning the hotline. A tip from a cokehead leads to a crackdown on Gio’s strip joint in Queens, and Joe’s arrest…
Thriller | HC | $39.99

Only the Dead Can Tell (DSI Lorimer series)
Gray, Alex
When Dorothy Guildford is found stabbed to death in her home, all signs point to her husband, Peter. The forensic psychologist is convinced there’s more to the case that meets the eye, but Police Scotland are certain they have their man. While DC Kirsty Wilson searches for evidence that will put Peter away for good, she is shocked to discover a link with a vast human-trafficking operation that Detective Superintendent William Lorimer has been investigating, for months. But before they can interrogate him, Peter is brutally attacked. With one person dead and another barely hanging on, the clock is ticking for DC Wilson and DSI Lorimer. And the stakes grow higher still, when one of their own is kidnapped…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

When Darkness Calls (Holly Wakefield series)
Griffin, Mark
Holly Wakefield works for the NHS as a criminal psychologist, specialising in serial killers. She has particular reason to be good at her job – but she keeps that to herself. When DI Bishop from the Met Police approaches Holly to investigate a recent killing, Holly is horrified by the dismembered bodies and the way they have been theatrically positioned. More shocking still is when the pathologist reveals this is not the first time, she has seen these mutilations. It means a serial killer is out there, and they’re going to kill again – soon. Holly is used to chasing serial killers. But this killer has something in common with Holly that she’s kept hidden for as long as she can remember. And for the first time, since she was a child, Holly is forced to face the darkness of her past… The first in a series.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Stranger Diaries
Griffiths, Elly
A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time? Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder. As a literature teacher, specialising in the Gothic writer R M Holland, she teaches a short course on them, every year. Then, Clare’s life and work collide tragically – when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R M Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case. Not knowing who to trust – and afraid that the killer is someone she knows – Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then, one day, she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers… A new, standalone thriller, from the author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Vanishing Box (Stephens & Mephisto series)
Griffiths, Elly
Christmas 1953. Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, an achievement only slightly marred, by the less-than-savoury support act: a tableau show of naked ‘living statues’. This might appear to have nothing in common with DI Edgar Stephens’ current case of the death of a quiet flower seller, but if there’s one thing the old comrades have learned – it’s that, in Brighton, the line between art and life – and death – is all too easily blurred…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Bleak Harbor
Gruley, Bryan
Summertime, in Bleak Harbor, means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears. When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more to the story. Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with information no one else should have. Could the secrets they’ve kept hidden – even from one another – have led to Danny’s abduction? As pressure from the kidnapper mounts, Carey and Pete must face their own ugly mistakes to find their son, before he’s taken from them forever.
Suspense | HC | $37.99

Aftershock (John Wallace series)
Hamdy, Adam
Having survived the lethal Pendulum conspiracy, photographer John Wallace atones for his past mistakes. DI Patrick Bailey clings to the hope that he can, at last, return to a normal life in London. FBI investigator Christine Ash – alone and paranoid – hunts down the remaining members of the ruthless Foundation organisation. But when masked assassins strike at the heart of the UK government, a shocking new threat emerges that forces all three to reunite. With time running out, they must defeat a lethal new adversary: a manipulative mastermind, with sinister powers unlike anything they’ve seen before.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Insider (Stone & Oliver series)
Hannah, Mari
When the body of a young woman is found by a Northumberland railway line, it’s a baptism of fire for the Murder Investigation Team’s newest detective duo: DCI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver. The case is tough by anyone’s standards, but Stone is convinced that there’s a leak in his team – someone is giving the killer a head start on the investigation. Until he finds out who, Stone can only trust his partner. But Frankie is struggling with her own past. And she isn’t the only one being driven by a personal vendetta. The killer is targeting these women for a reason. And his next target is close to home…
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Do No Harm
Hay, L V
After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with head-teacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong… Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Drop (Slough House series) (novella)
Herron, Mick
Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another, in a Marylebone café; he knows he’s witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But, in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor – who baby-sits retired spies like Solly – he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor himself, a hair’s breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard… well: collateral damage is her speciality. A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information. It’s also what happens just before you hit the ground. This fantastic series begins with Slow Horses (PBK, $19.99). Ron highly recommends – a slow burner but fantastic!
Suspense | HC | $22.99

The Sentence is Death (Detective Daniel Hawthorne series)
Horowitz, Anthony
‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…’ These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine– a 1982 Château Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise. Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed? Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business. But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed – even at the risk of death… The sequel to The Word Is Murder (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Death Comes to Pemberley
James, P D
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby, and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened, when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland – on the eve of the annual autumn ball, as the guests are preparing to retire for the night. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out: screaming that her husband, George Wickham, has been murdered. Inspired by a lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen, P D James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice. Combining Austen’s wit and the social commentary of Downton Abbey, with her own signature excitement and suspense, James has crafted a brilliant crime story. Death Comes to Pemberley was adapted as a miniseries by the BBC in 2013, starring Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Matthew Goode.
Historical mystery | PBK | $17.99

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales (collection)
James, P D
In a companion volume to The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, a further six of P D James’ ingenious short stories are published here, together. As the six murderous tales unfold, the dark motive of revenge is revealed at the heart of each. Bullying schoolmasters receive their comeuppance; unhappy marriages and childhoods are avenged; a murder in the small hours of Christmas Day puts an end to the vicious new lord of the manor; and, from the safety of his nursing home, an octogenarian exerts exquisite retribution. The punishments inflicted on the guilty are fittingly severe, but here they are meted out by the unseen forces of natural justice, rather than the institutions of the law. Once again, P D James shows her expert control of the short-story form, conjuring motives and scenarios with complete conviction, and each with a satisfying twist in the tail.
Festive mystery collection | PBK | $17.99

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories (collection)
James, P D
P D James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a short story for Christmas, and four of the best have been drawn from the archives and published here, together. From the title story about a strained country-house Christmas party, to another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, plus two cases for detective Adam Dalgliesh, these are masterfully atmospheric stories by the acknowledged ‘Queen of Crime’.
Festive mystery collection | PBK | $17.99

Dead If You Don’t (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender… Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’ and was believed to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced? When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past – a time in which we see Grace and his missing wife Sandy still, apparently, happy together – he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon, Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim…
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

Cold Case (Bob Skinner series)
Jardine, Quintin
When a murder investigation that’s been closed for thirty years is suddenly reopened, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner is quickly drawn into the action. The story of the Body in the Quarry was well known around Edinburgh, all those years ago: a popular priest found dead in a frozen quarry; a suspect with a clear motive charged; a guilty verdict. But with a journalist uncovering new evidence, the cold case has come back to haunt Skinner’s old mentor Jimmy Proud – and only one man can help him. Skinner is long out of the police force, but he can’t say no. With the clock ticking, and his friend’s reputation at stake, he must uncover the truth to find out if an innocent man was convicted for murder. And if a killer is still on the loose…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

A Brush with Death (Bob Skinner series)
Jardine, Quintin
When millionaire Leo Speight is found poisoned, at his Ayrshire mansion, Police Scotland has a tough case on its hands. Speight was a champion boxer with national hero status, and a long list of lovers and friends stand to benefit from his estate. Did one of them decide to speed things up? Or was jealousy or rivalry the motive? The Security Service wants to stay close to the investigation and they have just the man to send in: ex-Chief Constable Bob Skinner. Skinner might have retired from the police, but solving crimes is in his blood. Combining forces with DI Lottie Mann and DS Dan Provan of Serious Crimes, he’s determined to see Speight’s murderer put away for a long time. But there’s a twist even Bob Skinner couldn’t see coming…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Halfway
Jones, B E
The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, sidelined by a bypass and hidden deep in inhospitable countryside. One winter’s night, two women end up knocking on the door, seeking refuge as a blizzard takes hold. But why is the landlord less than pleased, to see them? And what is his elderly father trying so hard to tell them? At the local police station PC Lissa Lloyd is holding the fort, while the rest of her team share in the rare excitement of a brutal murder at an isolated farmhouse. A dangerous fugitive is on the run – but how can Lissa make a name for herself, if she’s stuck at her desk? When a call comes in saying the local district nurse is missing, she jumps at the chance to investigate her disappearance. The strangers at Halfway wait out the storm, but soon realise they might have been safer on the road. It seems not all the travellers will make it home, for Christmas…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther series)
Kerr, Philip
1957, Munich. Bernie Gunther’s latest move in a string of varied careers sees him working for an insurance company. It makes a kind of sense: both cops and insurance companies have a vested interest in figuring out when people are lying to them, and Bernie has a lifetime of experience to call on. Sent to Athens to investigate a claim from a fellow German for a sunken ship, Bernie takes an instant dislike to the claimant. When he discovers the ship in question once belonged to a Greek Jew deported to Auschwitz, he is convinced the sinking was no accident but an act of vengeance. And, so, Bernie is, once again, drawn inexorably back to the dark history of the Second World War, and the deportation of the Jews of Salonika – now, Thessaloniki. As Europe prepares to move on to a more united future, with Germany as a partner rather than an enemy; at least, one person in Greece is ready neither to forgive nor forget. And, deep down, Bernie thinks they may have a point. We love this hugely entertaining series, which begins with the omnibus Berlin Noir (PBK, $39.99). Unfortunately, this may be the last, as Kerr died in March.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon
King, Laurie R & Klinger, Leslie S (editors)
The latest volume in the award-winning series from Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson, and friends… in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers – regardless of genre – to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. The results are surprising and joyous. Featuring stories by: Peter S Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L P Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D P Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F Paul Wilson.
Sherlockiana | HC | $49.95

Cutting Edge
Larsen, Ward
Trey DeBolt is a young man at the crest of life. His role as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer in Alaska offers him a rewarding job and limitless adventure. Then a tragic accident alters his life: during a harrowing rescue, his helicopter goes down. Severely injured, DeBolt awakens in a seaside cabin in Maine, thousands of miles from where the accident occurred. His lone nurse lets slip that he has been officially declared dead, lost in the crash. Back in Alaska, however, Coast Guard investigator Shannon Lund uncovers evidence that DeBolt might still be alive. Her search quickly becomes personal, but before she can intervene, chaos erupts outside a cabin in the wilds of Maine. The nurse who has been treating DeBolt is brutally killed, by military-trained assassins. DeBolt is only saved when a bizarre vision guides him to safety. Soon, other images appear, impossible revelations that are unfailing in their accuracy. As he runs for his life, DeBolt discovers he has been drawn into an ultra-secret government project. The power it bestows is boundless, both a gift and a curse. Yet, one thing is certain: Trey DeBolt has abilities, no human has ever known.
Thriller | PBK | $22.95

The Shop Window Murders (Detective Club series)
Loder, Vernon
Mander’s Department Store, in London’s West End, is so famous for its elaborate window displays that, on Monday mornings, crowds gather to watch the window blinds being raised on a new weekly display. On this particular Monday, just a few weeks before Christmas, the onlookers quickly realise that one of the figures is in fact a human corpse, placed among the wax mannequins. Then a second body is discovered, and this striking tableau begins a baffling and complex case for Inspector Devenish of Scotland Yard. Vernon Loder’s first book: The Mystery at Stowe in 1928 had endeared him as ‘one of the most promising recruits to the ranks of detective story writers’. Inspired by the glamour of the legendary Selfridge’s store on London’s Oxford Street, The Shop Window Murders followed, an entertaining and richly-plotted example of the Golden Age deductive puzzle novel, one of his best mysteries for bafflement and ingenuity.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

I See Through You
McNally, Daisy
Skye has, finally, met someone she can trust. A holiday romance, of all things. But you know when something real comes along, when it’s meant to be. Don’t you? A week after returning home, Johnny has disappeared. He hasn’t called or returned her messages. Then, with the easiest of lies, Skye finds a way back, into Johnny’s life – and to the people in it. When she makes an unlikely friend, they realise that Johnny is telling lies of his own. So, will the two women find a way to bring him down – or each other?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Points of Danger (Railway Detective series)
Marston, Edward
1861, East Anglia. Alone in a first-class carriage, the Swarbricks are robbed at gunpoint, but when the universally-admired Swarbrick fights back, the train robber takes more than money and jewellery… killing the man working to unify East Anglia’s tangle of railway networks. Inspector Colbeck is brought in from London, as the only detective in Britain with enough expertise for the job. But as Swarbrick’s glowing reputation begins to crumble, the line of investigation isn’t clear: Is this the act of a bungling burglar, a business rival, a disgruntled son, or a jealous lover? Whoever it is, they are determined to involve Colbeck in their fight. Is the Railway Detective following the right track or will he need to switch points to bring the murderer to justice?
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry series)
Massey, Sujata
1920s’ Bombay: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women’s legal rights especially important to her. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But, as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X – meaning she, probably, couldn’t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah – in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters, or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realises her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now, it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Dead Men Whistling (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
Sergeant Kieran O’Regan was responsible for hunting down killers. Now, he’s become one of the dead: his decapitated body has been found in a graveyard, a tin whistle stuffed into his throat. O’Regan was due to give evidence at a trial for police corruption. His gruesome murder sends a clear message to whistleblowers: only silence is safe. DCI Katie Maguire is determined to uncover the truth. But corruption in the Garda stretches back decades. As more officers are horrifically silenced, Katie must decide who she can trust…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Root of Evil (Inspector Barbarotti series)
Nesser, Håkan
July 2007. A letter arrives on Inspector Barbarotti’s doorstep detailing a murder that is about to take place… in his own, quiet, Swedish town. By the time the police track down the subject of the letter, he is already dead. So, when a second letter arrives, then a third, and a fourth, it’s a game of cat and mouse to stop the killer before he can make good on all of his promises. Meanwhile, an anonymous diary is unearthed depicting the incidents of a two-week holiday in France, five years earlier; and it doesn’t take Barbarotti long, to realise the people populating the diary are the ones whose lives are, now, in the balance… The sequel to the terrific The Darkest Day (PBK, $18.99).
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Break (Soho Nights series)
O’Sullivan, Ronnie
It’s 1997 and Cool Britannia’s in full swing. Oasis and Blur are top of the pops and it feels like the whole country’s sorted out, for Es and wizz. But it’s not just UK plc that’s on a high. Life’s looking up for Frankie James, too. He’s paid off his debts to London’s fiercest gang lord, Tommy Riley. His Soho Open snooker tournament is about to kick off at his club. He might even have fallen in love. But, then, Frankie finds himself being blackmailed by a face from his past. They want him to steal something worth millions. It’s enough to get him killed. Or banged up for life, if he says no. Frankie’s going to need every ounce of luck and guile that he’s got, if he’s going to pull off the heist of the century and get out of this in one piece.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Shell Game (V I Warshawski series)
Paretsky, Sara
V I Warshawski returns to the Windy City, to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artefact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Target: Alex Cross (Alex Cross series)
Patterson, James
Men and women from across the nation line the streets of Washington DC to mourn the unexpected death of the President. Hit by painful memories of the loss of his first wife, Alex Cross is left reeling by this tragedy. A sniper’s bullet strikes another devastating blow to the heart of Washington with the assassination of a prominent Senator. The shock of this attack puts huge pressure on the police to deliver a speedy response, and as Chief of Detectives, Alex’s wife Bree Stone is given an ultimatum: solve the case, or lose her job. The new President calls on Alex Cross to lead an unparalleled FBI investigation to help capture America’s most wanted criminal. Alex has a terrible feeling that the assassination is just the beginning of a much larger plan. All too soon this fear springs to life as a terrifying chain of events plunges the government and the entire country into chaos. The stakes have never been higher for Alex Cross, as his courage, his training and his capacity for battle are stretched to their limits in the most important case of his life.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Glass Houses (Inspector Gamache series)
Penny, Louise
One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate. In the early days of the murder inquiry, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins, Gamache must face the consequences of his decisions, and his actions, from which there is no going back… This fantastic series begins with Still Life (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Shadow Falls (Jenny Aaron series)
Pflüger, Andreas
Five years ago, Jenny Aaron was a covert ops agent working for a discreet body known as the Department. Then a shot to the head left her blind and ended her career with the police. Four weeks ago, Aaron finally killed the psychopath, who stole her sight. Ludger Holm hunted her with a vicious determination; but, even in the dark, Aaron fought back. Now, Aaron has learnt that Holm left her two billion dollars. She knows it’s a trap. Holm would have been planning this, for years. But if Aaron is ever going to find peace, she must play his game to the bitter end.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Firefly
Porter, Henry
From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed ‘Firefly’, he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won’t live to pass on the information. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Paul Samson – ex-MI6 agent and, now, private eye – finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic, thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson’s job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Long Shadows – the New Play (Rebus series)
Rankin, Ian & Munro, Rona
The stage debut of the legendary detective John Rebus. John Rebus is not as young as he was, but his detective instincts have never left him. And after the daughter of a murder victim turns up outside his flat, he’s going to need them at their sharpest. Enlisting the help of his old friend DI Siobhan Clarke, Rebus is determined to solve this cold case once and for all. But Clarke has problems of her own, problems that will put her at odds with her long-time mentor and push him into seeking help from his age-old adversary: ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty.
Mystery | HC | $45.00

The Three Secret Cities (Jack West Jr series)
Reilly, Matthew
When Jack West Jr won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. Now, these dark forces are coming after Jack… in ruthless fashion. With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend. It’s an impossible task, by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted
Thriller | HC | $39.99

Tombland (Shardlake series)
Sansom, C J
Summer, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos… The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace, while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King’s death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer, in the service of Henry’s younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn – a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth’s mother – which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer Assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake’s former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding Edith’s death, as a second murder is committed. And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out, across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England’s second largest. Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile, he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections – reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry… This fantastic series by bestselling author C J Sansom – featuring Dr Matthew Shardlake: lawyer, and long-time supporter of Reform – begins with Dissolution (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Blood of Rome (Empire of the Eagles series)
Scarrow, Simon
It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war… The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Roman-ruled Armenia, ousting King Rhadamistus. The King is ambitious and ruthless, but he is loyal to Rome. General Corbulo must restore him to power, while also readying the troops for war with Parthia. Corbulo welcomes new arrivals Cato and Macro, experienced soldiers who know how to knock into shape an undermanned unit of men, ill equipped for conflict. But Rhadamistus’ brutality towards those who ousted him will spark an uprising which will test the bravery of the Roman army to the limit. While the enemy watches from over the border…
Historical suspense | TP | $32.99

Jeeves and the King of Clubs
Schott, Ben
Ben Schott follows in the patent-leather footsteps of the great humorist, P G Wodehouse and his empire of comic writing; building on Wodehouse’s incalculable legacy, and reimagining Bertie Wooster as a British spy… and the Junior Ganymede – the club for the gentleman’s gentleman – as a branch of the British Secret Service. Full of intrigue, exploits, comedy and wit, Schott and Wodehouse make for a harmonious, hilarious pair.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Preservation
Serong, Jock
On a beach, not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney in 1797, a fishing boat picks up three shipwreck survivors, distressed and terribly injured. They have walked hundreds of miles across a landscape whose features – and inhabitants – they have no way of comprehending. They have lost fourteen companions along the way. Their accounts of the ordeal are evasive. It is Lieutenant Joshua Grayling’s task to investigate the story. He comes to realise that those fourteen deaths were contrived by one calculating mind and, as the full horror of the men’s journey emerges, he begins to wonder whether the ruthless killer poses a danger to his own family.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

A Damned Serious Business
Seymour, Gerald
Nicknamed ‘Boot’ because of his obsession with the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo, Edwin Coker is a case officer at the Vauxhall headquarters of MI6. When a young hacker falls into his hands and reveals details of a secret meeting, Boot conceives a daring plan to strike back – not with a computer virus of his own, but with a bomb that will seriously damage the Russian operation, spreading fear and distrust. Now, Boot and his little team need a ‘deniable’ handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia and bring the hacker back out. They turn to Merc, an ex-soldier fighting in Iraq, a gun-for-hire who knows how to get out of a tight spot. They hope. From the moment Merc sets out to cross the River Narva, things do not go to plan and when the hacker’s sister becomes involved, his mission turns from tough to near impossible…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Hush Hush (DS Grace Allendale series)
Sherratt, Mel
A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team. All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped. To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you? The first in a series.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Maigret’s Anger
Simenon, Georges
During a quiet spell in June, Maigret is called to investigate the disappearance of a reputable businessman. When a body is discovered, near the famous Père Lachaise cemetery, Maigret struggles to find any clues to the perpetrator and loses his temper, when his own reputation is threatened by the case.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories
Simenon, Georges
Three seasonal stories, set in Paris at Christmas, from the celebrated creator of Inspector Maigret. It is Christmas in Paris, but beneath the sparkling lights and glittering decorations lie sinister deeds and dark secrets. In the short story that lends its title to the volume, the Inspector receives two unexpected visitors on Christmas Day, who lead him on the trail of a mysterious intruder dressed in red and white. In ‘Seven Small Crosses in a Notebook’, the sound of alarms over Paris send the police on a cat and mouse chase across the city. And ‘The Little Restaurant near Place des Ternes (A Christmas Story for Grown-Ups)’ tells of a cynical woman, who is moved to an unexpected act of festive charity in a nightclub – one that surprises even her…
Maigret | PBK | $19.99

Deceased and Desist (Tallie Graver mysteries 03)
Simon, Misty
Most housecleaners don’t do windows, but Tallie Graver loves leaving a pane of glass streak free and sparkling. After a dirty divorce from a filthy-rich jerk, she’s started her own cleaning business, to make ends meet. On her latest job, prepping a renovated bed and breakfast for a grand reopening, she’s standing outside on a ladder, wiping off a grimy pane, when she spies a man on a bed through the glass. But the B&B isn’t open for business, yet – and the man’s not sleeping. Her family owns the Graver Funeral Home, so Tallie knows a corpse when she sees one. The victim is a shady building inspector with a reputation for handing out passing grades for a greased palm. With the local police resistant, Tallie launches her own investigation, before she gets a rep as a town crank. But it’s going to take more than a squirt bottle and a squeegee, to clean up this mess. With the help of her gal pal Gina, Tallie searches for a killer’s motive. But she’d better be careful, or it’ll be curtains for this window cleaner…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Lies that Comfort and Betray (Gilded Age mysteries)
Simpson, Rosemary
Heiress Prudence MacKenzie is a valuable partner to attorney Geoffrey Hunter, despite the fact that women are not admitted to the bar in nineteenth-century New York. And though their office is a comfortable distance from the violence of the city’s slums, the firm of Hunter and MacKenzie is about to come dangerously close to a high-profile killer across the pond… Nora Kenny works in Prudence’s Fifth Avenue house, just as her mother once served Prudence’s mother. As children, they played freely together, before retreating into their respective social classes. Still, they remain fond of each other. So, when Nora’s body is discovered in a local park, Prudence is devastated. As other poor, vulnerable young women fall victim, the police are confounded. Has the Ripper crossed the Atlantic to find a new hunting ground? Is someone copying his crimes? A former Pinkerton agent, Geoffrey intends to step in, and Prudence is equally determined. But a killer with a disordered mind and an incomprehensible motive may prove too elusive for even this experienced pair to outwit. A sequel to What the Dead Leave Behind (TP, $27.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

Cut to the Chaise (Caprice de Luca mysteries 08)
Smith, Karen Rose
With her wedding day mere weeks away, home stager Caprice De Luca is busy arranging every last detail for the reception at Rambling Vines Winery – a stylish venue she redecorated, two years earlier. But the closer the bride-to-be gets to saying, ‘I do,’ the more a celebration at Rambling Vines seems like a terrible mistake. As financial mishaps and unhappy customers put the winery in the red; an unidentified criminal plots to sour the business’ already ailing reputation. Worst of all, a romance from co-owner Michelle Dodd’s past could leave a permanent stain on Caprice’s best friend’s current love life. When Michelle’s aloof husband is found stabbed to death – on a chaise lounge, in the tasting room – Caprice vows to name the calculating culprit and set things right, before her dream nuptials dissolve into a deadly nightmare…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Fear of Falling
Staincliffe, Cath
Lydia and Bel have been best friends for years, from wild teenage days all the way through to motherhood. Bel becomes pregnant by accident and has a fraught relationship with daughter Freya; while Lydia and love-of-her-life Mac, after failed fertility treatment, choose to adopt. Gorgeous toddler Chloe challenges them, more than either of them had ever expected; and, as a teenager, her behaviour escalates increasingly out of control, pushing their marriage, and Lydia and Bel’s relationship, to breaking point.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru
Street, Karen Lee
Philadelphia, early 1844. As violent tensions escalate between ‘nativists’ and recent Irish immigrants, Edgar Allan Poe’s fears for the safety of his wife Virginia and mother-in-law Muddy are compounded when he receives a parcel of mummified bird parts. Has his nemesis returned to settle an old score? Just as odd is the arrival of Helena Loddiges, a young heiress who demands Poe’s help to discover why her lover died at the city’s docks on his return from an expedition to Peru. Poe is sceptical of her claims to receive messages from birds and visitations from her lover’s ghost, but when Miss Loddiges is kidnapped, he and his friend C Auguste Dupin must unravel a mystery involving old enemies, lost soul-mates, ornithomancy, and the legendary jewel of Peru. A follow-up to Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster (PBK, $18.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Chestnut Man
Sveistrup, Soren
In a playground, just outside Copenhagen, a woman is found dead, with one hand cut off. A small chestnut figure hangs over her. Naia Thulin and Mark Hess are sent to investigate but they soon discover another woman has been brutally murdered. This time both her hands have been cut off. And the chestnut figure is back. Thulin and Hess soon suspect that these murdered women are connected to the missing daughter of Rosa Hartung, the Minister for Social Affairs, and work against the clock to stop the killer from striking again. A nail-biting crime novel from the scriptwriter behind The Killing.
Noir | TP | $32.99

Trust Her
Vallance, Jessica
It wasn’t just that I didn’t like her. I didn’t trust her. Charlotte is a people pleaser – she can’t help but go the extra mile. So, when she stumbles upon an unconscious man, one night, it’s only natural that she wants to help. Brought into the arms of the victim’s loving family, she sees – at once – how much they need her. But while his parents happily welcome her into the fold, his sister is another story. It’s not just that Rebecca doesn’t like Charlotte, she clearly doesn’t trust her, either. But the more time Charlotte spends in Rebecca’s company, the more she suspects she’s the one with something to hide. And, if Charlotte is to protect this family – and herself – she’ll need to do whatever she can to find out what that is…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Sons of Cain: a History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
Vronsky, Peter
Before the term was coined in 1981, there were no ‘serial killers’. There were only ‘monsters’ – killers, society first understood as werewolves, vampires, ghouls and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos. In Sons of Cain – a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalised true crime – investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilisation era (c 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers – Vronsky’s 2004 book, which has been called the definitive history of serial murder – he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers: thrill killers, who engage in murder, rape, torture, cannibalism and necrophilia; as opposed to for-profit serial killers, including hit men, or ‘political’ serial killers, like terrorists or genocidal murderers. These sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations. They are uniquely human and – as popular culture has demonstrated – uniquely fascinating.
True crime | TP | $27.99

The Turn of Midnight (Last Hours series)
Walters, Minette
As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone, they will have no choice but to leave. But where will they find safety, in the desolate wasteland outside? One man has the courage to find out. Thaddeus Thurkell, a free-thinking, educated serf, strikes out in search of supplies and news. A compelling leader, he and his companions quickly throw off the shackles of serfdom and set their minds to ensuring Develish’s future – and freedom for its people. But what use is freedom that cannot be gained lawfully? When Lady Anne and Thaddeus conceive an audacious plan to secure her people’s independence, neither foresees the life-threatening struggle over power, money and religion that follows… A sequel to the plague mystery The Last Hours (PBK, $16.99).
Historical suspense | TP | $32.99

An Act of Villainy (Amory Ames series)
Weaver, Ashley
Walking through London’s West End, after a night at the theatre, Amory Ames and her husband Milo run into old friends, the wealthy investor and former actor Gerard Holloway and his wife Georgina. When Holloway invites them to the dress rehearsal of a new play he is directing, Amory readily accepts. However, she is shocked to learn that Holloway has cast his mistress, actress Flora Bell, in the lead role. Furthermore, the casual invitation is not what it seems – he admits to Amory and Milo that Flora has been receiving threatening letters, and he needs their help, in finding the mysterious sender. Despite Amory’s conflicting feelings – not only does she feel loyalty to Georgina, but the disintegration of the Holloway’s perfect marriage seems to bode ill for her own sometimes delicate relationship – her curiosity gets the better of her, and she begins to make inquiries.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99