Crime & Mystery Catalogue: November 2019

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in November 2019.

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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 2019 includes new books by: Kate Carlisle, Garry Disher, Alan Furst, Susan Hill, M L Longworth, Abir Mukherjee, L J M Owen, Ian Rankin, David Whish-Wilson… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, November 2019

The Empty Birdcage (Mycroft Holmes series)
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Waterhouse, Anna
It is 1873, and as the economies of Europe threaten to crumble, Mycroft Holmes finds himself in service to the Crown, once again. A distant relative of Queen Victoria has been slain by the Fire Four Eleven killer, a serial murderer who leaves no mark upon his victims, only a mysterious calling card. Meanwhile, Sherlock has already taken it upon himself to solve the case, as his interest in the criminal mind grows into an obsession. Mycroft begrudgingly allows Sherlock to investigate, as Ai Lin – the woman he is still in love with – needs his aid. Her fiancé has been kidnapped, and the only man who might know his fate is a ruthless arms dealer with a reputation for killing those who cross him. Mycroft persuades his friend Cyrus Douglas to help find the young man, but Douglas himself is put in harm’s way. As Sherlock travels the country on the hunt for the Fire Four Eleven murderer, both he and Mycroft will discover that the greed of others is at the root of the evil they are trying to unearth…
Sherlockiana | HC | $39.99

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (WWII Air Warden mysteries)
Arlen, Tessa
Summer 1942. In the remote English village of Little Buffenden, Poppy Redfern’s family house and farmland has been requisitioned by the War Office, as a new airfield for the American Air Force. As the village’s Air Raid Warden, Poppy spends her nights patrolling the village as she tries to ease her neighbours’ fears about the ‘Friendly Invasion’ and what it means to their quiet way of life. When two young, popular women who were dating American servicemen are found strangled, Poppy quickly realises that her little town has been divided by murder. The mistrust and suspicion of their new American partners in war threatens to tear Little Buffenden apart. Poppy decides to start her own investigation with the help of a charismatic American pilot. She soon unearths some chilling secrets and long-held grudges. Poppy will have no choice, but to lay a trap for a killer so perilously close to home, she might very well become the next victim… The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

Watcher in the Woods (Casey Duncan series)
Armstrong, Kelley
The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town’s only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson, and falling in love in the several months that she’s lived there. Yet, even she didn’t think it would be possible for an outsider to locate the town and cause trouble in the place she’s come to call home. When a US Marshal shows up demanding the release of one of the residents, but won’t say who; Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are sceptical. And, yet, only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only possible suspects are the townspeople and Casey’s estranged sister, smuggled into town to help with a medical emergency. It’s up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why someone would kill to keep him quiet – before the killer strikes again.
Suspense | TP | $35.95

Robert B Parker’s Angel Eyes (Spenser series)
Atkins, Ace
Gabby Leggett left her Boston family with dreams of making it big as a model/actress in Hollywood. Two years later, she disappears from her apartment. Her family, former boyfriend, friends – and the police – have no idea where she is and no leads. Leggett’s mother hires Spenser to find her, with help of his former apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill – now, an LA private eye. Spenser barely has time to unpack before the trail leads to a powerful movie studio boss, the Armenian mob, and a shadowy empowerment group some say might be a dangerous cult. It’s soon clear that Spenser and Sixkill may be outgunned this time, and series favourites Chollo and Bobby Horse ride to the rescue to provide backup. From the mansions of Beverly Hills to the lawless streets of a small California town, Spenser will need to watch his step. In Hollywood, all that glitters isn’t gold. And not all those who wander are lost.
Hardboiled | HC | $55.00

Dead on Dartmoor (Juno Browne series)
Austin, Stephanie
On the day Juno Browne’s van goes up in flames and nearly cooks a dog, Juno meets James Westershall, owner of Moorworthy Chase, a large family estate. She is invited, along with her friends from Old Nick’s, to bring along their goods for sale at an upcoming garden fete. Included in the invitation is the newest and most irritating member of the Old Nick’s team, Gavin. During the fete, Gavin wanders off; is later discovered dead in nearby woods, apparently, the victim of a bizarre accident. A police investigation ensues, but results are inconclusive and Juno has a theory of her own. As she begins to investigate, she discovers that Gavin’s is not the only strange death to have occurred at Moorworthy Chase, including that of an expert, researching colonies of rare bats in caves on the estate. It soon becomes clear to Juno that there is something very wrong at Moorworthy and the caves contain a dark and dangerous secret. The first of Juno Bowne’s investigations is Dead in Devon (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | HC | $39.99

Redemption (Amos Decker series)
Baldacci, David
FBI consultant Amos Decker returns to the scene of a family tragedy in a grim act of commemoration, and is confronted by more than just painful memories: A felon on a mission. When Decker returns to Burlington, Ohio, he is tracked down by his first homicide arrest, Meryl Hawkins, a man who still maintains his innocence. A rookie’s mistake. With Hawkins recently released from his life sentence, Decker finds himself questioning what had once seemed watertight evidence. Is the real killer still out there? A murderer at large. As the body count rises in a new crime spree, Decker and his former partner Mary Lancaster dig deeper and reopen the old case – and old wounds.
Thriller | PBK | $17.99

A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine series)
Baldacci, David
Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia. Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee was left for dead; while their parents were apparently partying, downstairs. One person who continues to haunt her is notorious serial killer, Daniel James Tor, confined to a Colorado maximum security prison. Does he really know what happened to Mercy? The family moved away. The parents divorced. And Atlee chose a career with the FBI – dedicating her life to catching those who hurt others. When she oversteps the mark on the arrest of a dangerous criminal, she’s given a leave of absence, offering the perfect opportunity to return to where it all began, and find some answers. But the trip to Andersonville turns into a roller-coaster ride of murder, long-buried secrets and lies. And a revelation, so personal, everything she once believed to be true is fast turning to dust.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Split Second (King & Maxwell series)
Baldacci, David
When something distracts Secret Agent Sean King for a split second, it costs him his career and presidential candidate, Clyde Ritter, his life. But what stole his attention? And why was Ritter shot? Eight years later, Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track through the ranks of the Secret Service when her career is stopped short: presidential candidate John Bruno is abducted from a funeral home while under her protection. The similarity between the two cases drives Michelle to re-open investigations into the Ritter fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-agent King. The pair are determined to get to the bottom of what happened in those critical moments. Meanwhile, high-ranking members of the legal system and key witnesses from both cases are going missing. King is losing friends, colleagues and clients fast and his ex-lover, Joan Dillinger, is playing curious games – she wants Sean back, but she also owes him for something… A reissue of the first in the King & Maxwell series, originally published in 2003.
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $17.99

Hour Game (King & Maxwell series)
Baldacci, David
Ex-Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have gone into partnership, and are investigating the robbery of some secret documents at the residence of the incredibly wealthy Battle family. It seems like a straightforward case of domestic burglary, but soon they begin to suspect links to larger, more terrifying events now shaking the prosperous town of Wrightsburg… The unidentified corpse of an attractive young woman turns up in the woods; two high school kids, one shot in the back, the other in the face, are found dead in their car; a successful lawyer is discovered stabbed to death in her own home. A serial killer is on the loose. The murderer kills in the manner of famous killers of the past but takes care to leave a stopped watch at the scene of each crime – corresponding to the victim’s position on his hit list. As the killing spree escalates it seems that the fractured Battle family are somehow involved and Maxwell and King suddenly find themselves racing to solve an intricate puzzle, one that is full of tantalising clues but barren of solid evidence, and one that is leaving even the FBI confounded. And all the while, the body count is rising… A reissue of the second novel in the King & Maxwell series, originally published in 2003.
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $17.99

Potions Are for Pushovers (Eleanor Wilde mysteries 02)
Berry, Tamara
Selling mystical elixirs and tantalising tonics is a pretty good way for a fake medium to earn a living. Or, at least, it’s Ellie’s main source of income – until a villager turns up dead. The cause? Murder by poisoning. And though Ellie’s concoctions don’t include anything worthy of a skull and crossbones, suddenly she’s the prime suspect. Her only recourse is to find the culprit who did do away with Sarah Blackthorne. No one liked the mean old battle axe. But did anyone hate her enough to kill her? It’s enough of a mystery to make Ellie hang up her witch’s hat and take millionaire beau Nicholas Hartford up on his offer to keep her afloat. Except Ellie is not the kind of woman to lean on a man – least of all, a man she adores but whose place in her life is uncertain. Besides, Ellie’s taken on two young witches in training – apprentices, if you will – and both of them are convinced a werewolf is the murderer. Just as Ellie’s wondering if there really is something otherworldly going on, animals suddenly begin to disappear – including her beloved cat, Beast. Now, Ellie’s on the warpath to uncover the wicked truth about the people and the place she’s only just begun to call home…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Anything for You (Valerie Hart series)
Black, Saul
On a hot summer night, a watchful neighbour locks eyes with an intruder and unwittingly alerts the police to a vicious crime scene next door: a lavish master bedroom where a man lies dead. Next to him, his wife is bleeding out onto the hardwood floor, clinging to life. The victim, Adam Grant, was a well-known San Francisco prosecutor – a man whose connection to Homicide detective Valerie Hart brings her face to face with a life she’s long since left behind. Adam’s career made him an easy target, and forensic evidence points towards an ex-con he put behind bars years ago. But while Adam’s wife and daughter grapple with their tragic loss, Valerie uncovers devastating clues that point in a more ominous direction. Lurking in the shadows of the Grants’ pristine life is a mysterious blonde who holds the key to a very different – and much darker – story. As Valerie struggles to forge a new path for herself, the investigation forces her to confront the question: can we ever really leave our pasts behind? The third in the fantastic Valerie Hart series, following The Killing Lessons and LoveMurder (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery/suspense | HC | $55.00

Rough Music (Cragg & Fidelis mysteries)
Blake, Robin
It’s the sweltering summer of 1744 and, when an epidemic disease threatens the town, coroner Titus Cragg retires with his wife and baby son to a remote village in East Lancashire – where he hopes his family will enjoy the healthy and tranquil air. But Cragg finds the rural atmosphere anything but peaceful, when he’s called upon to investigate the horrific death of a local woman who has fallen victim to a cruel community punishment. Assisted by his friend, Dr Luke Fidelis, Cragg begins to probe the village’s prejudices and simmering hatreds, as he untangles cross-currents of suspicion, rivalry and rural customs which are very different from the ways he knows in the town. Then another local woman disappears, and events take a disturbing new twist…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

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 review ‘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…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Blotto, Twinks and the Great Road Race
Brett, Simon
Once again, the plumbing at Tawcester Towers is causing consternation for the Dowager Duchess, so – unusually for her – she gives her blessing for Blotto to take part in the ‘Great Road Race’ in his beloved Lagonda… so long, as he wins. The first prize of 10,000 pre-War sovereigns will help towards repairing the leaky ancestral home. Blotto elects to take chauffeur Corky Froggett as his spare mechanic, while Twinks is despatched by her mother to the Highlands – to paint water colours, and bag herself a wealthy husband. But, on the morning of the race’s start, enfeebled by food poisoning, Blotto and Corky are forced to employ an extra mechanic on their team – a slender, blond, and rather attractive young American… named Ronald. So, Blotto and his team are pitted against Europe’s finest, in a race which takes them through France, across the Alps, to a finish line at the Colosseum in Rome. Among the competitors are Florian Carré-Dagneau, indulged son of the race sponsors, Count Daspoontz from Germany, and the Italian Enrico Parmigiano-Reggiano. All want to win the race, and all want the prize money; and all – with the exception of Blotto and his team – will resort to dastardly deception and fiendish sabotage to ensure Blotto’s Lagonda is not the first car over the finishing line…
Historical mystery | HC | $49.99

A Dance of Cranes (Birder Murder mysteries)
Burrows, Steve
Newly estranged from his girlfriend, Lindy Hey, Inspector Domenic Jejeune returns to Southern Ontario, where he receives news that his brother, Damian, has gone missing in Wood Buffalo National Park, while conducting research on Whooping Cranes. Domenic immediately heads out to try to find him. Back in the UK, Jejeune’s plan to protect Lindy has failed, and she has been kidnapped by his old foe, Ray Hayes. Jejeune’s trusty sergeant, Danny Maik, tracks down Lindy, but there is far more to the situation than he anticipated. With Lindy in imminent danger, Maik is forced into a desperate rescue attempt. Will either of them survive? And if so, can they find their way back to each other?
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Paris in the Dark (Christopher Marlowe Cobb series)
Butler, Robert Olen
Autumn 1915. World War I is raging across Europe but Woodrow Wilson has kept Americans out of the trenches – though that hasn’t stopped young men and women from crossing the Atlantic to volunteer at the front. Christopher ‘Kit’ Cobb, a Chicago reporter with a second job as undercover agent for the US government, is officially in Paris doing a story on American ambulance drivers, but his intelligence handler, James Polk Trask, soon broadens his mission. City-dwelling civilians are meeting death by dynamite in a new string of bombings, and the German-speaking Kit seems just the man to figure out who is behind them – possibly a German operative who has snuck in with the waves of refugees coming in from the provinces and across the border in Belgium. But there are elements in this pursuit that will test Kit Cobb, in all his roles, to the very limits of his principles, wits, and talents for survival.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Hounds of the Basket Stitch (Black Sheep & Co mysteries 03)
Canadeo, Anne
Maggie Messina knows that knitting is not only enjoyable, it also calms both the mind and soul. She’s happy to visit two sisters, Holly and Rose Piper, and teach them some simple stitches, while the rest of the Black Sheep knitters tag along. Dana Haeger has known the young women since they were children and is the closest thing to family the Pipers now have. Dana is especially concerned about Rose, who has been easily overwhelmed ever since a car accident many years ago. She is at her best managing the houseful of hounds that she rescues and shelters, while Holly runs the family nursery and remains devoted to Rose’s care. The lesson goes well, but the knitters are troubled about the sisters living alone in such a remote corner of Plum Harbor. Their worst fears are realised when Holly is attacked in her greenhouse and the building set ablaze. Rose is found unconscious nearby, her dogs running wild. When she wakes, her memory is blank. Holly is hospitalised and unable to offer even a clue. The Black Sheep suspect a mysterious drifter who had talked his way into a few days of wages, and just as quickly, disappeared. Or was it their estranged half-brother, Toby, full of family grievances and eager to make a claim on the estate? Or, heaven forbid… was it Rose? Hovering over all these questions like an ominous shadow is a dark secret from the sisters’ past. While it seems everything is unravelling, the knitters will need to keep their wits as sharp as their needles to prove Rose’s innocence and stop a killer from striking again.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans (Chocoholic mysteries 17)
Carl, Joanna
When a house near Lee and Joe’s home goes up for sale, the couple teams up with Lee’s aunt and uncle, Nettie and Hogan, to buy it, remodel it, and resell it for a sweet profit. But after the owners of the house, the Baileys, accept their offer, a local developer, Richard ‘Spud’ Dirk, suddenly swoops in with a higher one, and it seems their dreams might be snatched away. Lee, never as passionate about the plan as her husband and uncle, is anxious to get back to focusing on managing TenHuis Chocolade. But when a long-hidden gun is found behind a pipe in the Baileys’ basement, she begins to suspect a mystery is afoot. And when Spud turns up dead in the Baileys’ carport, a few days later, it becomes clear there’s something rotten at the foundation… To solve the murder, Lee will have to strip away layers of secrets – that is, if someone doesn’t level her first…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Shot Through the Hearth (Fixer-Upper mysteries 07)
Carlisle, Kate
Shannon’s good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life, but he can’t stay unoccupied for too long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It’s an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove – as Raphael hosts the first ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living. Raphael’s old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael. It’s up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime… A cosy recommendation.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Crooked Hinge
Carr, John Dickson
Banished from the idyllic English countryside he once called home and en route to live with his cousin in America, Sir John Farnleigh, black sheep of the wealthy Farnleigh clan, nearly perished in the sinking of the Titanic. Though he survived the catastrophe, his ties with his family did not, and he never returned to England – not even for the funerals of his mother, his father, or, most recently, his older brother Dudley. Now, nearly 25 years since he was first sent away, Sir John has finally returned home to claim his inheritance. But another ‘Sir John’ soon follows, an unexpected man who insists he has absolute proof of his identity and of his claim to the estate. Before the case can be settled, however, one of the two men is murdered, and Dr Gideon Fell, who happens to be passing through the village, finds himself facing one of the most challenging cases of his career. To solve it, he’ll have to confront a series of bizarre and chilling phenomena, diving deep into the realm of the occult and brushing up against witchcraft, magic, and a sinister automaton to explain a seemingly impossible crime. Selected by a panel of twelve mystery luminaries as one of the ten best locked-room mysteries of all time, The Crooked Hinge is a creepy and atmospheric puzzle inspired by a real life case. It is the ninth instalment in the Dr Gideon Fell series, which may be read in any order.
American Mystery Classics | TP | $33.95

The Wrong Girl (Bianca Dangereuse Hollywood mysteries)
Casey, Donis
Blanche Tucker longs to escape her drop-dead dull life in tiny Boynton, Oklahoma. Then dashing Graham Peyton roars into town. Posing as a film producer, Graham convinces the ambitious but naïve teenager to run away with him to a glamorous new life. Instead, Graham uses her as cruelly as a silent picture villain. Yet, by luck and by pluck, taking charge of her life, she makes it to Hollywood. Six years later, Blanche has transformed into the celebrated Bianca LaBelle, the reclusive star of a series of adventure films, and Peyton’s remains are discovered on a Santa Monica beach. Is there a connection? With all of the twists and turns of a 1920s’ melodrama, The Wrong Girl follows the daring exploits of a girl who chases her dream from the farm to old Hollywood, while showing just how risky – and rewarding – it can be to go off script.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry Club mysteries 08)
Child, Laura
Some say that casting crusty attorney Allan Sharp as Scrooge in the Kindred Players’ production of A Christmas Carol is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still, it’s a shock, when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred’s favourite combination diner, craft store, and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley. As the days pass, the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled law partner? The former secretary, whom Sharpe sexually harassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club Toni’s almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer, before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Mumbo Gumbo Murder (Scrapbooking mysteries 16)
Child, Laura & Moran, Terrie Farley
It’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens. As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling’s antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon’s body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an ice pick. They’re shocked beyond belief – and, now, Mimi, Devon’s little pug, is left homeless. Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have, before they find themselves on the killer’s list?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Blue Moon (Jack Reacher series)
Child, Lee
In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, one Albanian, the other Ukrainian, are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Reacher is trained to notice things. He’s on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too… obviously hoping to get rich quick. As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher’s offer to help him home. He’s vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble. What hold could the gangs possibly have on the old guy? Will Reacher sit back and let bad things happen? Or can he twist the situation to everyone’s benefit?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (special edition)
Christie, Agatha
‘There is, at Christmas, a spirit of goodwill. People who do not feel amiable are putting great pressure on themselves to appear amiable! If you dam the stream of natural behaviour, mon ami, sooner or later the dam bursts and a cataclysm occurs!’ It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man… Agatha Christie’s seasonal mystery thriller in a sumptuous Christmas hardback special edition.
Christie | HC | $29.99

And Then There Were None (special edition)
Christie, Agatha
‘We’re not going to leave the island. None of us will ever leave. It’s the end, you see – the end of everything…’ 1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U N Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies, suddenly, they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number. The ten strangers include a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general, and an anxious secretary. One by one, they are picked off. Who will survive? And who is the killer? Copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hang in each room, the murders mimicking the awful fates of its ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’. Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, and the bestselling murder mystery book of all time, celebrates its 80th birthday with this gorgeous hardback special edition.
Christie | HC | $29.99

Stay Close
Coben, Harlan
A suburban wife and mother of two – with a dark and dangerous past. A promising photographer, who now panders to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. A detective who can’t let go of a cold case… Three ordinary people, who discover that, when the past refuses to stay buried, the American dream can be a nightmare… First published in 2012, Stay Close has been reissued with new cover art.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Angels’ Share (Wine Country mysteries 10)
Crosby, Ellen
When Lucie Montgomery attends a Thanksgiving weekend party for friends and neighbours at Hawthorne Castle, an honest-to-goodness castle owned by the Avery family, the last great newspaper dynasty in America and owner of the Washington Tribune, she doesn’t expect the festive occasion to end in death. During the party, Prescott Avery, the 95-year-old family patriarch, invites Lucie to his fabulous wine cellar where he offers to pay any price for a cache of 200-year-old Madeira that her great-great-uncle, a Prohibition bootlegger, discovered hidden in the US Capitol in the 1920s. Lucie knows nothing about the valuable wine, believing her late father, a notorious gambler and spendthrift, probably sold or drank it. By the end of the party Lucie and her fiancé, winemaker Quinn Santori, discover Prescott’s body lying in his wine cellar. Is one of the guests a murderer? As Lucie searches for the lost Madeira, which she believes links Prescott’s death to a cryptic letter her father owned, she learns about Prescott’s affiliation with the Freemasons. More investigating hints at a mysterious vault supposedly containing documents hidden by the Founding Fathers and a possible tie to William Shakespeare. If Lucie finds the long-lost documents, the explosive revelations could change history. But will she uncover a three hundred-year-old secret, before a determined killer finds her?
Mystery | HC | $52.95

When I Lost You
Davies, Merilyn
When a young couple are the lead suspects for the murder of their only child, Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are assigned to investigate. The evidence seems conclusive, but something just doesn’t feel right. The case is quickly cast into doubt, when the lead forensic pathologist starts receiving threatening letters – containing details only the police should know. Who’s sending them? What do they want? And how did they get hold of the information? As Carla and Nell dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that this case isn’t the first of its kind. They must stop at nothing to find the truth – even if it hits close to home.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Tidings of Death at Honeychurch Hall (Honeychurch Hall series)
Dennison, Hannah
It’s ten days before Christmas at Honeychurch Hall, and Kat Stanford has persuaded the Earl of Grenville to open the Museum Room to the villagers in an effort to raise money for rooftop repairs. For the price of a ticket visitors will be able to view an unusual display of antiques – including the legendary Bleeding Hawk of Honeychurch Hall. When an obnoxious young couple drive 200 miles from London, to view the treasures… it’s not just Kate who is suspicious of their intentions; Mr Chips, the estate’s feisty Jack Russell makes his feelings plain by taking a bite out of the man’s trousers. But then a suit of armour inexplicably falls on the ancient butler, killing him, and when a second body is found near a quarry nearby Kat becomes entangled in a world of feuds and jealousies – finally, encountering a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past at bay.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Peace (Paul Hirschhausen series)
Disher, Garry
Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country, south of the Flinders Ranges. He’s still new in town but the community work – welfare checks and working bees – is starting to pay off. Now, Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute, and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch’s life has been peaceful. Until he’s called to a strange, vicious incident in Kitchener Street. And Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living outside town on a forgotten back road. Suddenly, it doesn’t look like a season of goodwill, at all. A follow-up to Bitterwash Road (PBK, $19.99). We have signed copies of Peace available – while they last.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Death’s Dark Valley (Hugh Corbett series)
Doherty, Paul
1311. Murder and mayhem prowl the highways and coffin paths of Medieval England… It is four years since the death of King Edward I, but his reign of terror has cast long shadows over the kingdom. At Holyrood Abbey, sheltered in the depths of the Welsh march, the old king’s former bodyguards protect his secret relics and watch over a mysterious prisoner who is kept in the abbey’s dungeon. But their peaceful existence is shattered, when Abbot Henry is poisoned. Summoned to Holyrood, Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, finds the fortress in chaos. Brothers Anselm and Richard have been brutally slain by nails driven deep into their skulls. No one knows who could be behind the gruesome killings and the news attracts the attention of two unwanted guests: the sinister Marcher Lord Mortimer and King Philip of France’s devious envoy, de Craon. As more mysterious deaths occur, and a violent snowstorm sweeps through the valley, Corbett must act quickly to identify the malevolent demon who has risen from hell to turn the abbey into a house of murder…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Queen of Bones (Havana mysteries)
Dovalpage, Teresa
Juan, a Cuban construction worker who has settled in Albuquerque, returns to Havana for the first time since fleeing Cuba, by raft, twenty years ago. He is travelling with his American wife, Sharon, and hopes to reconnect with Victor, his best friend from college – and, unbeknownst to Sharon, he also hopes to discover what has become of two ex-girlfriends, Elsa and Rosita. Juan is surprised to learn that Victor has become Victoria and runs a popular drag show at the local hot spot Café Arabia. Elsa has married a wealthy foreigner, and Rosita, still single, works at the Havana cemetery. When one of these women turns up dead, it will cost Padrino, a Santería priest and former detective on the Havana police force, more than he expects to untangle the group’s lies and hunt down the killer.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Lawyer X
Dowsley, Anthony & Carlyon, Patrick
Melbourne’s gangland war was an era dominated by murders, stings, hits, drug busts, corruption and greed – inspiring bestselling books and even a popular TV series, Underbelly. It took the police a decade to curtail the violence and bring down criminal kingpins Carl Williams, Tony Mokbel, and their accomplices. When the police finally closed the case file, just how they really won the war, with the help of an unlikely police informer, would become a closely guarded secret and its exposure, the biggest legal scandal of our time. Lawyer X is the scandalous, true story of how a promising defence barrister from a privileged background broke all the rules – becoming both police informer and her client’s lover – sharing their secrets and shaping the gangland war that led to sensational arrests and convictions. The story of how Nicola Gobbo became Lawyer X, and why, is a compelling study in desperation and determination. Lawyer X is the definitive story of Melbourne’s gangland wars and its most glamorous and compelling central character, based on the ground-breaking work of investigative journalists Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, who broke the story for the Herald Sun in 2014, and their five-year struggle to reveal the truth about the identity of Lawyer X.
True crime | TP | $34.99

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Found at the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at 221b, Baker Street. It’s the 27th of December and Sherlock Holmes has a mystery to solve. Who is the unlucky owner of the festive goose, dropped on Tottenham Court Road on Christmas morning – and what do they know about the priceless gem that was hidden inside it? In this classic Christmas tale, Holmes and Watson take us on a riotous ride through London in search of the answer to a most singular and whimsical problem.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $9.99

Silent Knit, Deadly Knit (Knit & Nibble mysteries 04)
Ehrhart, Peggy
Pamela has been in merry spirits since her artsy daughter Penny returned home from college for the holidays. But their mother-daughter bonding time gets cut short when a terrified Penny stumbles upon the dumped body of Millicent Farthingale, a wealthy craft shop owner who was popular for all the wrong reasons. From a scheming business partner to a seedy husband, several years her junior, Millicent attracted scammers so in love with her assets, they’d toss her down a chimney to get their paws on them. Now, with only a hand-knit red scarf connecting the killer to the crime, Pamela and the Knit and Nibblers could use some extra creativity as they find out who’s really naughty or nice in Arborville – because going up against a looming culprit is DIY, or die!
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Twisted Twenty-Six
Evanovich, Janet
Grandma Mazur is a widow… again. This time, her marriage lasted a whole 45 minutes. The unlucky groom was one Jimmy Rosolli, local gangster, lothario (senior division) and heart attack waiting to happen… well, the waiting’s over. It’s a sad day, but if she can’t have Jimmy, at least, Grandma can have all the attention she wants as the dutiful widow. But some kinds of attention are not welcome, particularly when Jimmy’s former ‘business partners’ are convinced that his widow is keeping the keys to their financial success for herself. As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a pretzel with mustard.
Stephanie Plum | TP | $29.99

Corrupt Bodies: Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue
Everett, Peter & Hollington, Kris
In 1985, Peter Everett landed the job as Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary. In just six years, he’d gone from lowly assistant to running the UK’s busiest murder morgue. He couldn’t believe his luck. What he didn’t know was that Southwark, operating in near-Victorian conditions, was a hotbed of corruption. Attendants stole from the dead, funeral homes paid bribes, and there was a lively trade in stolen body parts and recycled coffins. Set in the fascinating pre-DNA and psychological profiling years of 1985–87, this memoir tells a gripping and gruesome tale, with a unique insight into a world of death most of us don’t ever see. Peter managed pathologists, oversaw post mortems, and worked alongside Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad – including on the case of the serial killer, the Stockwell Strangler. This is a thrilling tale of murder and corruption in the mid-1980s, told with insight and compassion.
True crime | TP | $29.99

Died and Gone to Devon (Miss Dimont mysteries)
Fielden, T P
Temple Regis, 1959: Devon’s prettiest seaside resort is thrown into turmoil by the discovery of a body abandoned in the lighthouse. It’s only weeks since another body was found in the library – and for the Riviera Express’ ace reporter-turned-sleuth Judy Dimont, there’s an added complication. Her friend Geraldine Phipps is begging her to re-investigate a mysterious death from many years before. What’s more, Judy’s position as chief reporter is under threat, when her editor takes on hot-shot journalist David Renishaw, whose work is just too good to be true. Life is busier than ever for Devon’s most famous detective. Can Judy solve the two mysteries – and protect her position as Temple Regis’ best reporter – before the murderer strikes again?
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop mysteries 04)
Flower, Amanda
January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. A past heartbreak who will be present at the annual midnight grape harvest festival, and no magic in the world or incantation powerful enough could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’ book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard – with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest. Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs, but she left town years ago, after a huge falling out with her three sisters. One of those sisters, Violet’s high school friend Lacey Dupont, attends the book signing in the hope of making amends with her sister, but Belinda and Lacey end up disrupting the signing with a very public shouting match and Lacey quickly becomes the prime suspect in the sommelier’s murder. Violet is sure Lacey is innocent, and to keep her friend out of prison, Violet asks for guidance from her magical bookshop. The shop’s ethereal essence points her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but what have the four March sisters to do with the four Perkins sisters? If she can’t figure it out, Violet, herself, may turn as cold as ice. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and resident crow Faulkner are back on the case.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Christmas Sweets (anthology)
Fluke, Joanne; Levine, Laura; Meier, Leslie
Gathered in one volume for the very first time, here are three yuletide tales of mystery, murder, and romance, featuring your favourite sleuths…
The Twelve Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke
It’s the perfect mix of naughty and nice when two love-struck boarding school teachers watch six kids over Christmas break. But when someone wants the cosy couple’s romance to burn out faster than a scorched fruitcake, it’s Hannah Swensen to the rescue, armed with her sleuthing skills – and twelve deliciously festive recipes…
Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine
Aside from the mortifying costume, how bad can a gig as a mall Santa’s elf be? Jaine Austen finds out when she’s teamed up with the Santa from Hell. But things go from bad to worse when he’s found murdered on the job – and Jaine is a suspect. Now all she wants for Christmas is to find the real killer…
The Christmas Thief by Leslie Meier
Elizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker’s Cove, Maine – until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor’s jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth’s mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. ’Tis the season for a little investigating…
Mystery | PBK | $21.99

The Fox
Forsyth, Frederick
Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile, or a stealth submarine, or even an AI computer program? What if it’s a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn’t you do to get hold of him?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Whisperer
Fossum, Karin
Ragna Riegel works in a supermarket and still lives in her childhood home. She’s alone in the world since her only son moved to Berlin. She longs for a Christmas or birthday card from him. Ragna lives her life within strict self-imposed limits: she sits in the same seat on the bus every day, on her way to her predictable job. On her way home she always visits the same local shop. She feels safe in her routine, until one day she receives a letter with a threatening message scrawled in capital letters. An unknown enemy has entered her world and she must use all her means to defend herself. When the worst happens, Inspector Konrad Sejer is called in to interrogate Ragna. Is this unassuming woman out of her depth, or is she hiding a dark secret?
Inspector Sejer | PBK | $19.99

Under Occupation
Furst, Alan
Occupied Paris in 1942, a dark, treacherous city now ruled by the German security services, where French resistance networks are working secretly to defeat Hitler. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off to Paul Ricard a strange-looking drawing. It looks like a part for a military weapon; Ricard realises it must be an important document, smuggled out of Germany to aid the resistance. As Ricard is drawn deeper and deeper into the French resistance network, his increasingly dangerous assignments lead him to travel to Germany, along the underground safe houses of the resistance – all the way to the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy. Spying and subterfuge in occupied Paris from one of the great masters of the spy genre. Inspired by the true story of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, who smuggled valuable intelligence to the French resistance. Recommended!
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Death Has Deep Roots: a Second World War Mystery
Gilbert, Michael
An eager London crowd awaits the trial of Victoria Lamartine, hotel worker, ex-French Resistance fighter, and the only logical suspect for the murder of her supposed lover, Major Eric Thoseby. Lamartine – who once escaped from the clutches of the Gestapo – is set to meet her end at the gallows. One final opportunity remains: the defendant calls on solicitor Nap Rumbold to replace the defence counsel, and grants an eight-day reprieve from the proceedings. Without any time to spare, Rumbold boards a ferry across the Channel, tracing the roots of the brutal murder back into the war-torn past.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $29.95

One False Move
Goddard, Robert
What value can be put on a human mind? How Joe Roberts does what he does is a mystery. He has a brain that seems able to outperform a computer. To a games company like Venstrom that promises big profits if his abilities can be properly exploited. So, they send Nicole Nevinson to track him down and make him an offer too good to refuse. But Venstrom aren’t the only people interested in Joe. His current boss, a shady businessman, is already making serious money out of Joe’s talents and isn’t going to let him go without a fight. And then there are other forces, with still darker intentions, who have their own plans for him. Almost before she knows it, Nicole’s crossed an invisible line into a world where the game being played has rules she doesn’t understand and where no one can help her win. But win she must. Because the battle now isn’t just for Joe’s mind, it’s for Nicole’s life.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

How to Knit a Murder (Seaside Knitters Society mysteries 02)
Goldenbaum, Sally
With her shy manner and baggy jeans, Rose Chopra becomes an unlikely hero the night she stumbles into Izzy Perry’s shop and inadvertently saves a shipment of yarn from water damage. When the Seaside Knitters help the enigmatic handywoman settle into town and find work at a popular real estate company, Rose proves she can fix just about anything – until a potential homebuyer is killed, and she becomes entangled in murder… The moment controversial entrepreneur Spencer Paxton is found dead in a pricey oceanside house, accusations fly at the last person on the property – Rose. But the Seaside Knitters have their doubts. As tensions build in the sleepy New England community and Rose’s secret past unravels, the ladies face an unsettling realisation – true victims aren’t always the ones buried six feet under…
Mystery | TP | $33.95

The Stalker (Lorimer & Brightman series)
Gray, Alex
The body of a young woman has been discovered in Bellahouston park, the second in a matter of months. It’s clear to Detective Superintendent William Lorimer of Police Scotland that they have a repeat killer on their hands, who is sure to strike again. Lucky for DSI Lorimer that his wife, Maggie, is miles away from potential danger, touring Scotland to promote her first book. Faced with strangers at every event, Maggie doesn’t notice the quiet, nondescript man sitting in the back row. But he has noticed Maggie Lorimer. And soon his will be a face she never forgets.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Gift of Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries 19)
Haines, Carolyn
The holidays are just around the corner and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are preparing for a merry celebration. Sarah Booth busies herself decking the halls and planning her perfect smooch under the mistletoe with Sheriff Coleman Peters. But when journalist Cece Dee Falcon shows up needing Sarah Booth’s help – there’s been a local kidnapping – the mood takes a sharp turn from festive to frightful. A box has been left at Cece’s front porch containing a lock of hair, a photograph of a very pretty and very pregnant young woman, and a note demanding ransom. The victim is actually Cece’s cousin’s daughter, Eve. And time is running out for Sarah Booth, Tinkie, and Coleman to solve the mystery behind the kidnapping before Eve meets her maker on what was supposed to be the jolliest and, for Sarah Booth, most romantic day of the year. Bah, humbug!
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Understudy
Hannah, Sophie; Mackintosh, Clare; Paris, B A; Brown, Holly
Carolyn, Bronnie, Elise, and Kendall are bound together by one thing – their four daughters are best friends at the highly competitive Orla Flynn Academy for the Performing Arts. Imogen Curwood is a new girl at the Academy and her behaviour is odd from the start. On the day she arrives, bad things start to happen. As one threatening incident follows another, the four mothers begin to ask themselves: are their girls in danger? When an attempted murder rocks the school, Imogen is pleased to report that she has an alibi. If she isn’t the guilty party, someone else must be. Carolyn, Bronnie, Elise and Kendall are determined to uncover the truth and protect their daughters. But are they prepared to risk their own secrets being exposed?
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Murder by the Book: the Crime Scandal that Shocked Literary London
Harman, Claire
A gripping investigation into the crime that scandalised literary London, from Dickens to Thackeray. In a spring morning in 1840, on an ultra-respectable Mayfair street, a household of servants awoke to discover that their gentle, unobtrusive master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut – so deeply that the head was almost severed. The whole of London, from monarch to maidservants, was scandalised by the unfolding drama of such a shocking murder, but behind it was another story, a work of fiction. For when the culprit, the twenty-three-year-old French valet, eventually confessed, he claimed his actions were the direct result of reading the bestselling crime novel of the day. This announcement spun a web which entangled the entirety of literary London, from Thackeray to Dickens, and posed the question: can a work of fiction do real harm?
True crime | PBK | $22.99

The Bellamy Trial
Hart, Frances Noyes
The trial of Stephen Bellamy and Susan Ives, accused of murdering Bellamy’s wife Madeleine, lasts eight days. That’s eight days of witnesses (some reliable, some not), eight days of examination and cross-examination, and eight days of sensational courtroom theatrics lively enough to rouse the judge into frenzied calls for order. Ex-fiancés, house-workers, and assorted family members are brought to the stand – a cross-section of this wealthy Long Island town – and each one only adds to the mystery of the case in all its sordid detail. A trial that seems straightforward at its outset grows increasingly confounding as it proceeds, and surprises abound; by the time the closing arguments are made, however, the reader, like the jury, is provided with all the evidence needed to pass judgement on the two defendants. Still, only the most astute among them will not be shocked by the verdict announced at the end. Inspired by the most sensational murder trial of its day, The Bellamy Trial is a pioneering courtroom mystery, and one of the first of such books to popularise the form. It is included in the famed Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone list of the most definitive novels of the mystery genre.
American Mystery Classics | TP | $24.95

The Benefit of Hindsight (Simon Serrailler series)
Hill, Susan
Simon must engage with his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the sanctity of hearth and home. On the face of it, DC Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of the medieval angels which are being restored. Lafferton is going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one rainy night two local men open their front door to a couple seeking shelter. A serious error of judgement in the investigation puts Simon’s reputation on the line and calls into question how full his recovery has really been. In her new role as a private GP, Simon’s sister Cat’s medical and counselling skills are tested by terrible and unexpected events at the homes of two very different Lafferton women. Simon and Cat’s unreliable father, Richard, has returned to live nearby, in a luxury apartment for the well-heeled, over 60s. He’s soon up to his usual tricks. The first in this stunning series is The Various Haunts of Men (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Penny For Your Secrets (Verity Kent mysteries)
Huber, Anna Lee
England, 1919. The Great War may be over, but for many, there are still obstacles on the home front. Reconciling with her estranged husband makes Verity sympathetic to her friend Ada’s marital difficulties. Bourgeois-bred Ada, recently married to the Marquess of Rockham, is overwhelmed trying to navigate the ways of the aristocracy. And when Lord Rockham is discovered shot through the heart with a bullet from Ada’s revolver, Verity fears her friend has made a fatal blunder. While striving to prove Ada’s innocence, Verity is called upon for another favour. The sister of a former Secret Service colleague has been killed in what authorities believe was a home invasion gone wrong. The victim’s war work – censoring letters sent by soldiers from the front – exposed her to sensitive, disturbing material. Verity begins to suspect these two unlikely cases may be linked. But as the connections deepen, the consequences – not just for Verity, but for Britain – grow more menacing than she could have imagined.
Historical mystery | TP | $26.99

Left to Die (Alvarez & Pescoli series)
Jackson, Lisa
In the lonely woods around Grizzly Falls, Montana, the first body is discovered, stripped naked and tied to a tree. Alvarez and Pescoli have been hoping for a career-making case, but this is a nightmare. The killer stages car accidents on icy, isolated roads and ‘rescues’ his victims. He toys with them, heals them, earns their trust… before subjecting them to a slow, agonising death. When Jillian Rivers opens her eyes, she’s trapped in a mangled car. Then a stranger, claiming to be a trail guide, pries her free. Though she’s grateful, something about him sets Jillian on edge. And if she knew what was lying in wait for her, she’d be truly terrified… Even with the FBI involved, Selena and Regan have nothing to go on but a series of cryptic notes, and the unsettling knowledge that there is much worse to come. Piece by piece, the killer’s brutal plan is taking shape. But his final move will be the most shocking – and personal – of all… The chilling, riveting novel that first introduced Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli.
Mystery/suspense (reissue) | TP | $27.99

Dead at First Sight
James, Peter
A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world – and that neither women exist. Meanwhile, a wealthy divorcée plunges, in suspicious circumstances, from an apartment block in Munich. In the same week, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton, that is clearly not what it seems. As his investigations continue, a handsome Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’s discovered his identity is being used to scam eleven different women, online. The first he knew of it was a phone call from one of them, out of the blue, saying, ‘You don’t know me, but I thought I knew you’. That woman is now dead. Roy Grace realises he is looking at the tip of an iceberg. A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.
Roy Grace | PBK | $18.99

The Bad Fire (Skinner series)
Jardine, Quintin
Nine years ago, divorcee Marcia Brown took her own life. A pillar of the community, she had been accused of theft, and it’s assumed that she was unable to live with the shame. Now, her former husband wants the case reopened. Marcia was framed, he says, to prevent her exposing a scandal. He wants justice for Marcia. And Alex Skinner, Solicitor Advocate, and daughter of retired Chief Constable Sir Robert Skinner, has taken on the brief, aided by her investigator Carrie McDaniels. When tragedy strikes and his daughter comes under threat, Skinner steps in. His quarry is about to discover that the road to hell is marked by bad intentions…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Dead Don’t Wait (Bloody Mary mysteries)
Jecks, Michael
April, 1555. A priest has been stabbed to death in the village of St Botolph, to the east of the City of London, his body left to rot by the roadside – and Jack Blackjack stands accused of his murder. As well as clearing his name, Jack has his own reasons for wanting to find out who really killed the priest – but this is an investigation where nothing is as it seems. Was it a random attack by a desperate outlaw, or do the answers lie in the murdered priest’s past? As he questions those who knew the dead man, Jack is faced with a number of conflicting accounts – and it’s clear that not everyone can be telling him the whole truth. But Jack is about to be side-tracked from the investigation… with disastrous consequences.
Historical mystery | HC | $44.95

In Darkness Visible
Jones, Tony
In 2005, Marin Katich – living in Croatia, under an alias – is being watched. Before the year is out, he has been assaulted, arrested, charged with serious war crimes and locked up in Scheveningen Prison in The Hague, waiting for his case to come before the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In Sydney, Anna Rosen, a freelance journalist, is emailed photos of a man she knows to be dead – gunned down in a brutal ambush in Bosnia, over a decade ago. A man she’d once loved but who had betrayed her. Is it possible that the photos really are of Marin Katich? And, if so, what the hell had happened in 1992? ‘A racy, classy, political thriller…’ – Jennifer Byrne.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Wedding Guest (Alex Delaware series)
Kellerman, Jonathan
An uninvited guest. A missing identity. A trail of deadly secrets. When a horrified bridesmaid finds the body of a young woman at a wedding reception, it makes the bride and groom’s choice of a Saints and Sinners theme all the more macabre. There are no means of identification and nobody knows the victim. The bride is convinced someone is trying to sabotage her big day. The groom is sure it’s a dreadful mistake. It’s up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to uncover the truth. They have a hundred guests to question, and a strong suspicion that the motive for murder is personal… The party’s over.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Paw of the Jungle (Paw Enforcement mysteries 08)
Kelly, Diane
The weather is beautiful, work is slow, and her canine colleague could use a walk. What better day for Megan to take Brigit to the Fort Worth Zoo, where they can let loose and witness the law and order of nature unfold? But what begins as a fun field trip turns serious when a pair of rare hyacinth macaws named Fabiana and Fernando goes missing. Is the new custodian, a gentle soul who happens to be an ex-convict, to blame? Or is something far more sinister afoot? The birds are worth thousands of dollars, and the list of people on the premises who might have stolen them is long. Soon other animals start disappearing… and Megan and Brigit have their hands and paws full of suspects. But when a rare black rhino is taken from the zoo, presumably for its black-market-friendly horn, time is of the essence. Can Megan and Brigit find out who’s behind the mystery – before they too become prey?
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

Beginnings (Kate Martinelli series) (novella)
King, Laurie R
Inspector Kate Martinelli has worked the SFPD’s Homicide Detail for nearly thirty years. She knows all about how a cop builds a case bit by bit to create a clear story from the scattered pieces of evidence. Until the day her fifteen-year-old daughter Nora happens to ask about an aunt, she’d never met. Kate’s kid sister died in the 1980s, a wild young woman who lost control of a car and hit a tree, end of story – except, it isn’t…
Mystery | TP | $26.95

The Colorado Kid (illustrated edition)
King, Stephen
On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it’s more than a year before the man is identified. And that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…?
Hard Case Crime | PBK | $19.99

Coached to Death (Cat Cooper mysteries 01)
Laurie, Victoria
Cat Cooper never imagined selling off her marketing firm would mean going from the pinnacle of success to a walking hot mess. Gouged from an unexpected divorce, Cat suddenly finds herself struggling as a life coach for the hopelessly adrift in East Hampton, and contending with Heather Holland – a spiteful neighbour who will do anything to bully her out of town. But her second act may very well continue behind bars, when Heather’s dead body turns up next to a shattered punchbowl… and Cat’s pinned as the murderer. But given Heather’s mean girl reputation, any one of the guests at her invite-only luncheon could have committed the crime. Determined not to trade designer duds for an unflattering prison jumpsuit, Cat sides with her best friend Gilley to scour chic boutiques and oceanfront mansions in search of the criminal who framed her. With a stoic detective looking to get her in cuffs, it’s up to Cat to catch the real killer and land on her feet, once again… The first in a new series.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Can’t Judge a Book by Its Murder (Main Street Book Club mysteries 01)
Lillard, Amy
As Sugar Springs gears up for its all-class high school reunion, Mississippi bookstore owner Arlo Stanley prepares to launch her largest event: a book signing with the town’s legendary alum and bestselling author, Wally Harrison. That’s when Wally is discovered dead – outside of Arlo’s front door – and her best friend is questioned for the crime. When the elderly ladies of Arlo’s Friday Night Book Club start to investigate, Arlo has no choice but to follow behind to keep them out of trouble. Yet, with Wally’s reputation, the suspect list only grows longer – his betrayed wife, his disgruntled assistant, even the local man who holds a grudge from a long-ago accident. Between running interference with the book club and otherwise keeping it all together, Arlo anxiously works to get Chloe out of jail. And amidst it all, her one-time boyfriend, turned private eye, returns to town… just another distraction while she digs to uncover the truth around Wally’s death and just what Sugar Springs secret could have led to his murder. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Apple Cider Slaying (Cider Shop mysteries 01)
Lindsey, Julie Anne
Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the ‘First Annual Christmas at the Orchard’, a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike – until the whole endeavour takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Alice Teale Is Missing
Linskey, Howard
As usual, eighteen-year-old Alice Teale walked out of school at the end of a bright spring day. She’s not been seen since. Detective Beth Winter knows that more often than not, the culprit is someone the victim knew. And it’s soon clear that everyone in Alice’s life has something to hide. Then Beth receives a disturbing package: pages from Alice’s precious diary. Who could have sent them? And what have they done with Alice?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

She Lies in Wait
Lodge, Gytha
On a hot July night in 1983, six school friends go camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and young Aurora Jackson is dazzled to be allowed to tag along. Thirty years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens is called to the scene, but he already knows what’s waiting for him: Aurora Jackson… found, at long last. But that’s not all. The friends have all maintained their innocence, but the body is found in a hideaway, only the six of them knew about. It seems the killer has always lurked very close to home…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Noël Killing (Verlaque & Bonnet series)
Longworth, M L
Christmastime in the south of France is as beautiful as ever, but when a shady local businessman drops dead in the middle of the festivities, Verlaque and Bonnet must solve the case while keeping the holiday spirit alive… Antoine Verlaque, examining magistrate for the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence, doesn’t like Christmas. The decorations appear in the shops far too early, festive tourists swarm the streets, and his beloved Cours Mirabeau is lined with chalets selling what he regards as tacky trinkets. But his wife and partner Marine Bonnet is determined to make this a Christmas they can both enjoy, beginning with the carol sing at the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, a beautiful service in a packed church. Just as the holiday cheer is in full swing, a man is poisoned, sending the community into a tailspin. The list of suspects, Verlaque and Bonnet quickly discover, almost fills the church itself, from the visiting vendors at the Christmas fair to the victim’s unhappy wife and his disgruntled business partner. With the help of an ever-watchful young woman named France, the pair must solve the murder, while the spirit of the season attempts to warm Verlaque’s stubborn heart.
Mystery | TP | $26.99

Robert B Parker’s Blood Feud (Sunny Randall series)
Lupica, Mike
Sunny Randall is ‘on’ again with Richie, the ex-husband she never stopped loving and never seemed to be able to let go, despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family’s business as she searches for answers and tries to stave off a mob war. But as the bullets start flying in Boston’s mean streets, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal than she could have anticipated…
Hardboiled | PBK | $22.95

The Devil’s Due (Sherlock Holmes Adventures)
Macbird, Bonnie
It’s 1890 and the newly-famous Sherlock Holmes faces his worst adversary to date – a diabolical villain bent on destroying some of London’s most admired public figures in particularly gruesome ways. A further puzzle is that suicide closely attends each of the murders. As he tracks the killer through vast and seething London, Holmes finds himself battling both an envious Scotland Yard and a critical press as he follows a complex trail from performers to princes, anarchists to aesthetes. But when his brother Mycroft disappears, apparently the victim of murder, even those loyal to Holmes begin to wonder how close to the flames he has travelled. Has Sherlock Holmes himself made a deal with the devil?
Sherlockiana | TP | $29.99

Birthdays for the Dead
MacBride, Stuart
Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret… Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always just before their thirteenth birthday, killing them slowly, then torturing their families with his homemade cards. But Ash hasn’t told anyone what really happened to Rebecca – they all think she ran away – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much, to give up before his daughter’s murderer gets what he deserves…
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Nursery (Lex Tyler series)
Mackay, Asia
Lex Tyler is trying to have it all. But being a working mother is so much more difficult, when you’re a secret agent for an underground branch of the security services. Platform Eight have been tasked with tracking down and eliminating the traitor in MI6 who has been selling information to the highest bidder through a headhunting website for the criminal underworld that connects intelligence operatives with all manner of bad people with a simple right swipe. Deals get made. Secrets get sold. Missions fail, and agents die. Lex’s own home life is not much easier. With a husband who rings her in the middle of a gunfight to complain she’s, yet again, forgotten to pick up his dry cleaning, and a two-year-old daughter who has a newfound love of biting… surviving both the Terrible Twos and a traitor might just be too much for one exhausted mother to handle. A sequel to Lex Tyler’s first witty outing, Killing It (PBK, $19.99) which customers loved.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek
McLaughlin, Rhett & Neal, Link
It’s 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina – a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and an unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to the Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a history of putting unruly youths back on the straight and narrow – a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the suspicious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade. At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told: that the students’ strange demises were all just tragic accidents, the unfortunate consequence of succumbing to vices like Marlboro Lights and Nirvana. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry – and their best friend, Alicia Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment – Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents. Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school graduate Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest imaginations – one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

The Turning Tide (Dandy Gilver mysteries)
McPherson, Catriona
It’s the breezy Scottish summer of 1936 and aristocratic sleuth Dandy Gilver, along with trusted colleague Alec Osborne, has been called to solve the strange case of the Cramond Ferrywoman, on the Firth of Forth. From their cheerless digs in a local stately home, Dandy and Alec track Vesper Kemp, the ferrywoman, to a tiny tidal island. She seems to have lost her mind, roaming the beaches in rags, ranting about snakes and mercury. What is even more troubling, is that Vesper claims she murdered Peter Haslett – a young man who fell into the river, trying to row past one of its four water mills, and drowned. A group of worried Cramond residents – the minister, the innkeeper and the lady of the big house – are determined that Vesper is innocent. But with the four local millers themselves remaining oddly tight lipped, and with all the suspicious strangers who lurk about the village, Dandy and Alec have their work cut out for them. And they closer they get to the answers they seek, the stronger the sense that great danger lies beneath the surface of these murky waters.
Historical mystery | HC | $45.00

Begging to Die (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
A young girl has been found in a deserted cemetery. She speaks a foreign language, and she cries for her mother. But nobody claims her. Nobody knows who she is. On the streets of Cork, homeless men and women are being murdered. It’s up to DS Katie Maguire to find out. Katie’s fiancé is embroiled in a dangerous battle: against illegal dog fighting, a black market run by Ireland’s most fearsome gangs. When the investigations collide, who will Katie save first? She knows that for those left behind, there’s only one choice: start begging to die.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Murderous Marriage (Lady & Lady’s Maid mysteries)
Maxwell, Alyssa
Since the Great War, the Renshaw family fortune has suffered. Now, Julia Renshaw is under pressure to marry for money – and has settled for Gilbert Townsend, a viscount and wealthy industrialist. He is decades older than Julia, and it’s clear to her sister, Phoebe – and to Eva, who has been like a surrogate mother – that this is no love match. Nevertheless, the wedding takes place – and in a hurry. At the reception aboard the groom’s yacht, there appears to be tension between Gil and several guests. The bride is also less than pleased to discover her honeymoon will be more crowded than expected – with Gil’s pretty secretary, among others, coming along. Worse, that very night, Julia is injured during a hot-tempered outburst on her new husband’s part… The next morning, Gil’s body is found in the water – and Phoebe and Eva must discover who pushed him over – before the Renshaws’ social standing is irreparably stained, by Julia’s arrest for his murder…
Historical mystery | TP | $25.99

The Noble Path
May, Peter
Cambodia, 1978. Amid the Khmer Rouge’s crazed genocide, soldier-of-fortune Jack Elliott is given the impossible task of rescuing a family from the regime. Eighteen-year-old orphan and budding journalist Lisa Robinson has received the impossible news that her father is, in fact, alive. His name – Jack Elliott. As Jack tracks the hostages and Lisa traces her heritage, each is intent on reuniting a family. Yet to succeed, so must run a dangerous gauntlet of bullets and betrayal. A reissue of May’s 1992 novel.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Cookin’ the Books (Tish Tarragon mysteries)
Meade, Amy Patricia
Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon has just moved to Hobson Glen and opened a new restaurant and catering business, Cookin’ the Books Café. So, when her new landlord, Schulyer Thompson, recommends her to Binnie Broderick, the executive director of the local library, Tish is delighted. Binnie needs a last-minute caterer to create a literary inspired three-course dinner for the library’s annual fundraiser, one of the highlights of Hobson Glen’s social season. But there’s a problem: Binnie Broderick is a notoriously difficult woman to please. And when she chokes to death from arsenic poisoning, after dousing her main course in hot sauce, Tish suddenly finds herself fighting to save her business – and her reputation. It seems that very few of Hobson Glen’s residents escaped Binnie’s disapproval. But who would want her dead, and why?
The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Invitation Only Murder (Lucy Stone mysteries 26)
Meier, Leslie
Lucy doesn’t know what to expect, as she arrives on a private Maine island owned by eccentric billionaire Scott Newman – only that the exclusive experience should make for a very intriguing feature story. An avid environmentalist, Scott has stripped the getaway of modern conveniences in favour of an extreme eco-friendly lifestyle. A trip to Holiday Island is like travelling back to the nineteenth century – much to the dismay of the island’s other residents… Before Lucy can get the full scoop on Scott, she is horrified to find one of his daughters dead, at the bottom of a seaside cliff. Stuck on a clammy island with murder suspects aplenty, Lucy must tap into the limited resources around her to outwit a cold-blooded killer – before it’s lights out for her, next!
Mystery | HC | $52.95

Missing Person
Modiano, Patrick
The narrator wanders the streets of Paris. He visits bars, flats, restaurants. He picks through fragments of information, old photos, partial conversations. He is trying to piece together events of which he has no memory, of something terrible that happened during the Second World War in which he is in some way implicated. He does not even know his own name. One of the great modern French novels, Missing Person made Modiano’s reputation, winning the Prix Goncourt. A hallucinatory vision of Paris and its secrets, it drifts through the city, accumulating clues, scraps and glimpses of blighted lives as the narrator obsessively hunts for his own erased past. One of the great novels of Paris, from the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Dead Man Switch (Billie Walker mysteries)
Moss, Tara
Sydney, 1946. Billie Walker is living life on her own terms. World War II has left her bereaved, her photojournalist husband missing and presumed dead. Determined not to rely on any man for her future, she re-opens her late father’s detective agency. Billie’s bread and butter is tailing cheating spouses – it’s easy, pays the bills and she has a knack for it. But her latest case, the disappearance of a young man, is not proving straightforward… Soon, Billie is up to her stylish collar in bad men, and not just the unfaithful kind – these are the murdering kind. Smugglers. Players. Gangsters. Billie and her loyal assistant must pit their wits against Sydney’s ruthless underworld and find the young man, before it’s too late. The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Death in the East (Captain Sam Wyndham series)
Mukherjee, Abir
Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s’ India. 1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when he comes across an old flame, Bessie Drummond, attacked in the streets. The next day, when Bessie is found brutally beaten in her own room, locked from the inside, Wyndham promises to get to the bottom of her murder. But the case will cost the young constable more than he ever imagined. 1922, India. Leaving Calcutta, Captain Sam Wyndham heads for the hills of Assam, to the ashram of a sainted monk where he hopes to conquer his opium addiction. But when he arrives, he sees a ghost from his life in London – a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again. Wyndham knows he must call his friend and colleague Sergeant Banerjee for help. He is certain this figure from his past isn’t here by coincidence. He is here for revenge… The fourth novel in the award-winning historical mystery series. The excellent historical series begins with A Rising Man (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Cat Chase the Moon (Joe Grey mysteries 21)
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau
Joe Grey and his partner, Dulcie, are frantic when Courtney, their pretty teen-kitten goes missing. Aided by their two- and four-legged friends, they hit the streets of Molina Point in search of their calico girl. Has Joe Grey and Dulcie’s only daughter been lured away by someone and stolen Is she lying somewhere hurt, or worse…? Courtney has no idea that everyone is desperately looking for her. Locked in an upstairs apartment above the local antiques shop, she’s enjoying her first solo adventure. When she first met Ulrich Seaver, the shop’s owner, Courtney was frightened. But the human has coddled and pampered her, winning her trust. Sheltered by her parents, her brothers, and her kind human companions, the innocent Courtney is unaware of how deceptive strangers can be. She doesn’t know that Ulrich is hiding a dangerous secret that could threaten her and everyone in this charming California coastal village. With his focus on finding Courtney, Joe Grey has neglected his detective work with the Molina Point Police Department. Before his daughter disappeared, Joe found a viciously beaten woman lying near the beach. Now, the police investigation has stalled, and the clever feline worries his human colleagues may have missed a vital clue. Joe is also concerned about a family of newcomers whose domestic battles are disturbing the town’s tranquillity. Loud and abrasive, the Luthers’ angry arguing, shouting, and swearing in the early hours of the night have neighbours on edge and the cops on alert. One of the couple’s late-night shouting matches masked the sounds of a burglary, and now a criminal is on the loose. Though the crimes are as crisscrossed as the strands of a ball of yarn, Joe Grey’s cat senses tell him they may somehow be linked. It’s up to the fleet-footed feline and his crime-solving coterie to untangle the mysteries, before it’s too late.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Tin God (Tom Harper mysteries)
Nickson, Chris
Leeds, England. October 1897. Superintendent Harper is proud of his wife Annabelle. She’s one of seven women selected to stand for election as a Poor Law Guardian. But even as the campaign begins, Annabelle and the other female candidates start to receive anonymous letters, from someone who believes a woman’s place lies firmly in the home. The threats escalate into outright violence when an explosion rips through the church hall where Annabelle is due to hold a meeting – with fatal consequences. The only piece of evidence Harper has is a scrap of paper left at the scene containing a fragment from an old folk song. But what is its significance? As polling day approaches and the attacks increase in menace and intensity, Harper knows he’s in a race against time to uncover the culprit, before more deaths follow. With the lives of his wife and daughter at risk, the political becomes cruelly personal…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Tell Me No Lies (Lady Dunbridge mysteries)
Noble, Shelley
Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement – and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon. His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street, and beyond. With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige. A sequel to Ask Me No Questions (TP, $26.99) which introduces Lady Dunbridge.
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

Nothing to Hide (Constance Fairchild series)
Oswald, James
Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation… It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. No matter that she is off duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters, responsible for this brutality, to justice. The first in this new series is No Time to Cry (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Great Divide
Owen, L J M
In the rural Tasmanian town of Dunton, the body of a former headmistress of a children’s home is discovered, revealing a tortured life and death. Detective Jake Hunter, newly arrived, searches for her killer among past residents of the home. He unearths pain, secrets and broken adults. Pushing aside memories of his own treacherous past, Jake focuses all his energy on the investigation. Why are some of the children untraceable? What caused such damage among the survivors? The identity of her murderer seems hidden from Jake, by Dunton’s fog of prejudice and lies; until he is forced to confront not only the town’s history but his own nature… An atmospheric Australian crime novel; set in Tasmania, perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Dervla McTiernan.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Art of Dying (Way of All Flesh series)
Parry, Ambrose
Edinburgh, 1850. Despite being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying, all across the city – with doctors finding their remedies powerless. But it is not just the deaths that dismay the esteemed Dr James Simpson – a whispering campaign seeks to blame him for the death of a patient in suspicious circumstances. Simpson’s protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher are determined to clear their patron’s name. But with Raven battling against the dark side of his own nature, and Sarah endeavouring to expand her own medical knowledge beyond what society deems acceptable for a woman, the pair struggle to understand the cause of the deaths. Will and Sarah must unite and plunge into Edinburgh’s deadliest streets, to clear Simpson’s name. But soon they discover that the true cause of these deaths has evaded suspicion – purely, because it is so unthinkable. The follow-up to The Way of All Flesh (PBK, $19.99). Ambrose Parry is the pseudonym of the married-couple writing team of Christopher Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Criss Cross (Alex Cross series)
Patterson, James
Could a ghost from his past take everything away from Alex Cross? Mere hours after witnessing the execution of a killer he helped put behind bars, Alex Cross is called to the scene of a copycat murder. A note signed ‘M’ rests on the corpse: ‘You messed up big time, Dr Cross.’ Was an innocent man just put to death? As the executed convict’s family launch a vicious campaign against Cross, his abilities as a detective are called into question. The enigmatic ‘M’ lures Cross out of Washington, DC to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details that conjure up decades-old cases and Cross family secrets. Details that make it clear, M is after a prize so dear that – were the killer to attain it – Cross’ life would be destroyed.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Out of Sight (Amy Cornwall series)
Patterson, James & DuBois, Brendan
After a harrowing tour in Afghanistan, intelligence officer Amy Cornwall is eager to return home to her husband and their young daughter. But as soon as she steps into the house, she knows that something is terribly wrong. Her family is missing. The kidnappers leave a message: if she wants to see her husband and daughter alive again, Amy must complete a near impossible task… and she has 48 hours to do it. Alone, afraid and officially AWOL, Amy will sacrifice everything to find her family – her career, her reputation, maybe, even her own life…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Christmas Gathering
Perry, Anne
Victor Narraway and his wife, Lady Vespasia, are invited to spend Christmas at Cavendish Hall with a gathering of old acquaintances, but it is not the quiet, rather stiff house party they had expected. While there, Victor must undertake his final mission for Special Branch, reminiscent of another one in the past, at which he had tragically failed. When disaster strikes and one of the guests is left for dead, Victor fears that history is repeating itself. But which of them is intent on murder? And can Victor accept that he is not to blame…?
Christmas novella | HC | $49.99

A Christmas Revelation
Perry, Anne
Christmas is coming and the streets of London are full of festive cheer. As young Worm returns to his home at the Portpool Lane clinic, he encounters the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and, spellbound, he follows her until she is dragged away by two evil-looking men. Convinced that she is in grave danger, Worm begs Squeaky Robinson to help him track her down. But Elouise is embroiled with dangerous criminals who want information that only she can tell. They will stop at nothing to get what they want and, with Christmas day fast approaching, Worm and Squeaky must conjure up a daring plan to help Elouise – before it is too late.
Christmas novella | PBK | $19.99

The Paris Mysteries
Poe, Edgar Allan
An apartment on the rue Morgue turned into a charnel house; the corpse of a shopgirl dragged from the Seine; a high-stakes game of political blackmail – three mysteries that have enthralled the whole of Paris, and baffled the city’s police. The brilliant Chevalier Auguste Dupin investigates – can he find the solution, where so many others before him have failed? These three stories from the pen of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most influential ever written, widely praised and credited with inventing the detective genre. This edition contains: ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’, and ‘The Purloined Letter’.
Classic mystery | HC | $19.99

White Hot Silence (Paul Samson series)
Porter, Henry
Aid worker Anastasia Christakos is driving through Calabria to visit one of the new refugee centres funded by her husband, billionaire Denis Hisami, when she slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late, she realises it is an ambush. She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami, before her Mafia kidnappers drug her. Hours later, she wakes up on a container ship, powering eastwards across the Mediterranean. Anastasia has been abducted and held hostage – because Hisami has explosive information that his enemies have killed for, and will kill for, again. But Hisami’s time as a commander with the Kurdish Peshmerga has caught up with him, and the US authorities have jailed him for possible past terrorist activities. For all his wealth, he is powerless to save his wife. Only one man can help him. Paul Samson, former MI6 agent and a genius at tracking missing persons. He’s the obvious choice. There’s only one snag. Samson was – and, probably, still is – in love with Anastasia. If he manages to locate and save her, will it be for Hisami – or himself? Paul Samson’s first appearance was in the excellent Firefly (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece (Haunted Craft Fair mysteries 01)
Pressey, Rose
Artist Celeste Cabot welcomes the chance to show her paintings at a craft fair in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can park her vintage Shasta trailer and sell her creations, too. Unfortunately, her sales take a hit when a customer returns a painting, claiming it’s haunted. When a fellow vendor discovers images hidden in Celeste’s artwork – and a ghost pays her a late-night visit – she’s shocked to realise she has psychic abilities. After the grumpy manager of the craft fair is found with a knife in his neck, Celeste’s brushes with the paranormal may help fill in the picture – and make sure the wrong person doesn’t get framed…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Old Bones (Nora Kelly series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton, with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called ‘Lost Camp’ of the tragic Donner Party. Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it – to reveal its long-buried secrets. Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case… only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Westwind
Rankin, Ian
It always starts with a small lie. That’s how you stop noticing the bigger ones. After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work – and then goes missing – Martin Hepton doesn’t believe the official line of ‘long-term sick leave’… Refusing to stop asking questions, he leaves his old life behind, aware that someone is shadowing his every move. The only hope he has is his ex-girlfriend Jill Watson – the only journalist, who will believe his story. But neither of them can believe the puzzle they’re piecing together – or just how shocking the secret is that everybody wants to stay hidden… The last of Ian Rankin’s ‘lost’ novels.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Song of the Damned (Phineas Fox mysteries)
Rayne, Sarah
The headmistress of Cresacre Abbey School has asked Phineas Fox to establish whether an opera, to be performed as part of the school’s bicentenary celebrations, plagiarises an earlier work. During the course of his investigations, Phin discovers that curious legends about the school’s past still linger, including the fate of a group of nuns who disappeared without trace more than 200 years before. What exactly happened to them? And who is the mysterious Ginevra, the shadowy figure whose true identity has never been known…? As he delves further, Phin begins to unravel a series of interlocking secrets, each one more puzzling – and sinister – than the last.
Thriller | TP | $29.95

The Things We Cannot Say
Rimmer, Kelly
2019: Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland, to see what became of those she held dearest. WWII: Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead. 2019: In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?
Literary fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Penmaker’s Wife
Robinson, Steve
Birmingham, 1880. Angelica Chastain has fled from London with her young son, William. She promises him a better life, far away from the terrors they left behind. Securing a job as a governess, Angelica captures the attention of wealthy widower Stanley Hampton. Soon, they marry; and the successful future Angelica envisaged for William starts to fall into place. But the past will not let Angelica go. As the people in her husband’s circle, once captivated by her charm, begin to question her motives, it becomes clear that forgetting where she came from – and who she ran from – is impossible. When tragedy threatens to expose her and destroy everything she’s built for herself and William, how far will she go to keep her secrets safe? And when does the love for one’s child tip over into dangerous obsession?
Historical thriller | TP | $33.95

Into the Dark (Cincinnati series)
Rose, Karen
When Michael Rowland saves his younger brother Joshua from the clutches of his stepfather, he runs for his life with his brother in his arms. From his hiding place, he sees the man who has made their lives a misery taken away in the trunk of a stranger’s car, never to be seen again. Doctor Dani Novak has been keeping soccer coach Diesel Kennedy at arm’s length to protect him from her dark secrets. When they are brought together by the two young brothers who desperately need their help, it seems they might be able to leave their damaged pasts behind them. But as the only witness to the man who murdered his stepfather, Michael is in danger. As Diesel and Dani do all that they can to protect him, their own investigation into the murder uncovers the trail of a killer who is out for vengeance. And will wipe out anything that gets in his way…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Dead by Sunset
Rule, Ann
Dead by Sunset is the extraordinary cautionary tale of Bradly Morris Cunningham, a real-estate entrepreneur whose misogyny and rampant egocentricity wrecked the lives of a succession of women. Over a period of years Cunningham duped, seduced, abused and harassed his way through a string of destructive relationships – preying not on the weak, but on women who were distinguished by their striking good looks and intelligence. The scars he inflicted on his victims varied: sometimes emotional, sometimes psychological, sometimes physical. More often than not, they suffered all three. And in the tragic case of Cheryl Keeton, Cunningham’s fourth wife, her association with him ended in her brutal and mysterious death. Making use of direct access to all the principal players in this incredible story, including Cunningham himself, Ann Rule explores both the causes and effects of this deadly charmer’s behaviour in vivid and dramatic terms. Horrifying, compelling, enthralling… perhaps, even life saving, for female readers, Dead by Sunset proves that justice delayed is not justice denied. A new edition.
True crime (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Bitter Harvest
Rule, Ann
From the bestselling true crime author comes the mesmerising true story of Debora Green, a beautiful, wealthy, successful doctor and mother of three, whose murderous rage and jealousy brings death and destruction to her family. With direct access to all the principles including Green, the prosecutor, detectives and arson investigators Ann Rule gives us a horrifying portrait of a woman who had it all and lost it. Bitter Harvest is the chronicle of a tragedy in the heartland of America, the true story of the disintegration of a marriage and its horrifying consequences. As in her earlier books, Ann Rule takes the reader deep into the psyche of a killer whose behaviour, so twisted and so evil, defies belief. Her book is also the story of the tireless and skilful investigators, forensic scientists and prosecutors who finally brought that killer to justice. Gripping, powerful, and ultimately terrifying, Bitter Harvest is a vivid re-creation of an unthinkable crime – and a depiction of the unimaginable depths of darkness within the human spirit. A new edition.
True crime (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

And Never Let Her Go
Rule, Ann
From America’s most celebrated true-crime writer comes the heartbreaking real-life drama of a doomed young woman hopelessly trapped in a web of sexual intrigue, political manipulation and emotional deception by her charming and successful – but, ultimately, deadly – lover. In the most complex and shocking book of her long career, Ann Rule delves into the motivation that drove a seemingly successful man to kill, and she explores hitherto unknown aspects of a fatal affair between a beautiful young woman who moved confidently in the heady world of the upper echelons of government, and a widely admired millionaire attorney who was an immensely popular political figure. Ann Rule brilliantly traces the lives of both Ann Marie Fahey and Tommy Capano, as she discloses the intimate details of their ill-fated bonding. A vulnerable, trusting woman becomes spellbound by a charming, duplicitous married man, and what begins as a seemingly unremarkable affair is slowly transformed into an obsessive, convoluted, and deadly relationship. A new edition.
True crime (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Sarah Jane
Sallis, James
Sarah Jane Pullman is a good cop with a complicated past. From her small-town chicken-farming roots through her runaway adolescence, court-ordered Army stint, ill-advised marriage and years slinging scrambled eggs over greasy spoon griddles, Sarah Jane unfolds her life story, a parable about memory, atonement, and finding shape in chaos. Her life takes an unexpected turn, when she finds herself named the de facto sheriff of a rural town, investigating the mysterious disappearance of her predecessor – and the even more mysterious realities of the life he was hiding from his own colleagues and closest friends. A spare, sparkling tour de force about one woman’s journey to becoming a cop.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers series)
Sandford, John
At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of PC culture. Each carries their views to extremes that may seem absurd, but highly educated people of sound mind and good intentions can reasonably disagree, right? Then someone winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate… and he soon comes to realise he’s dealing with people who, on this one particular issue, are functionally crazy. Among this group of wildly impassioned, diametrically opposed zealots lurks a killer, and it will be up to Virgil to sort the murderer from the mere maniacs.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers series)
Sandford, John
Pinion, Minnesota: a huge city of all of seven hundred folks who define the phrase ‘small town’. Nothing has ever happened in Pinion and nothing ever will… until the mayor of sorts (campaign promise: ‘I’ll Do What I Can’) comes up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. He’s heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of curious people and making the townsfolk rich overnight. Why not stage a prank in Pinion and do the same? No one gets hurt and everyone gets rich. What could go wrong? And then a dead body shows up. It turns out that lots can go wrong with a get-rich-quick scheme like this one… and lots will. It’ll take everything Virgil Flowers has to put things to right – before someone else dies.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Someone Knows
Scottoline, Lisa
Twenty years ago, four teenagers spent a blissful summer as the closest of friends. But when a new boy looked to join them, they convinced him to play a dangerous initiation game with deadly stakes. What happened next would change each of them forever. Now, after leading separate lives, three of the four friends reunite for the first time since that summer, and unbearable memories come flooding back. Someone knows what happened – but who? And just how far will they go to keep their shocking secrets buried?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Nothing Else Remains (Porter & Styles series)
Scragg, Robert
When Max Brennan’s estranged father and then his own girlfriend go missing, in quick succession, he turns to his old friend Detective Jake Porter for help. As Max is then attacked in his own home, Porter and his partner Nick Styles waste no time in investigating. But when their main suspect turns up dead, alongside a list of other targets, it seems the case is much bigger than it first appeared. With events spiralling, can Porter and Styles catch the killer before another victim is claimed? The first of the Porter & Styles mysteries is What Falls Between the Cracks (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Three Widows and a Corpse (Food Blogger mysteries 03)
Sennefelder, Debra
Between developing her food blog, Hope at Home, and choosing low-cal recipes for a feature in Cooking Now! magazine, Hope has a full plate. Still, she’s never too busy to compete in a Jefferson, Connecticut, tradition – the town’s annual scavenger hunt. But as she races with her team to check off the next item, Hope discovers a grisly surprise – the body of shady real estate developer Lionel Whitcomb, shot in a parking lot. His wife Elaine, who’s also in the hunt, gasps and nearly faints. But two other women on the scene cry out that their husband is dead. It turns out this louse of a spouse was more than a little lax in legally divorcing his former wives. Did one of them put a bullet in the bigamist? Number one suspect and number three wife Elaine begs Hope to investigate. Now, Hope is on a new kind of hunt – for a cold-hearted killer and triple widow-maker…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Maigret and the Killer
Simenon, Georges
Maigret is called to investigate the stabbing of a young man. When a tape recorder is found on a murder victim, Inspector Maigret hopes this will be the clue he needs to track down the killer.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret and the Wine Merchant
Simenon, Georges
When a wealthy wine merchant is shot and killed in Paris, Inspector Maigret must investigate a long list of family, colleagues and lovers to uncover just who could have committed the crime. Delving into the depths of the man’s personality, Maigret discovers that the victim may have made one too many enemies on his way to the top.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

The Siberian Dilemma (Arkady Renko series)
Smith, Martin Cruz
Journalist Tatiana Petrovna has disappeared. Arkady Renko, iconic Moscow investigator and Tatiana’s on-off lover, hasn’t seen her since she left on a case, over a month ago. No one else thinks Renko should be worried – Tatiana is known to disappear during deep assignments – but he knows her enemies all too well, and the criminal lengths they will go to keep her quiet. Given the opportunity to interrogate a suspected assassin in Irkutsk, Renko embarks on a dangerous journey to Siberia to find Tatiana and bring her back. Renko finds Siberia to be a land of shamans and brutally cold nights, oligarchs wealthy on northern oil, and sea monsters that are said to prowl the deepest lake in the world. With these forces at work against him, Renko will need all his wits about him to get Tatiana out alive.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Murder of Willie Lincoln
Solomon, Burt
Washington City, 1862: The United States lies in tatters, and there seems no end to the war. Abraham Lincoln, the legitimate President of the United States, is using all his will to keep his beloved land together. But Lincoln’s will and soul are tested when tragedy strikes the White House as Willie Lincoln, the love and shining light in the president’s heart, is taken by typhoid fever. But was this really the cause of his death? A message arrives, suggesting otherwise. Lincoln asks John Hay, his trusted aide – and almost a son – to investigate Willie’s death. Some see Hay as a gadfly – adventurous, incisive, lusty, reflective, sceptical… even cynical – but he loves the president and so seeks the truth behind the boy’s death. And, so, as we follow Hay in his investigation, we are shown the loftiest and lowest corners of Washington City, from the president’s office and the gentleman’s dining room at Willard’s Hotel to the alley hovels, wartime hospitals, and the dome-less Capitol’s vermin-infested subbasement. We see the unfamiliar sides of a grief-stricken president, his hellcat of a wife, and their two surviving and suffering sons, and Hay matches wits with such luminaries as General McClellan, William Seward, and the indomitable detective Allan Pinkerton. What Hay discovers has the potential of not only destroying Lincoln, but a nation.
Historical mystery | TP | $26.99

No Fixed Line (Kate Shugak series)
Stabenow, Dana
It is New Year’s Eve, nearly six weeks into an off-and-on blizzard that has locked Alaska down, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. But now there are reports of a plane down in the Quilak mountains. With the National Transportation Safety Board unable to reach the crash site, ex-Trooper Jim Chopin is pulled out of retirement to try to identify the aircraft, collect the corpses, and determine why no flight has been reported missing. But Jim discovers survivors: two children who don’t speak a word of English. Meanwhile, PI Kate Shugak receives an unexpected and unwelcome accusation from beyond the grave, a charge that could change the face of the Park forever.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Still Mine
Stuart, Amy
Clare is on the run. From her past, from her husband, and from her own secrets. When she turns up alone in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking questions about Shayna Fowles, a young woman who has gone missing, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she’s hiding. Because everyone in this place has secrets – Jared, Shayna’s mysterious ex-husband; Charlie, the charming drug pusher; Derek, Shayna’s overly involved family doctor; and Louise and Wilfred, her distraught parents. As Clare unravels the mysteries surrounding Shayna’s disappearance, Clare must confront her own demons, as she moves deeper and deeper into her elaborate web of lies. But what is she really running from?
Thriller | PBK | $22.95

City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady mysteries)
Thompson, Victoria
Elizabeth Miles finds herself in a position no con can help her escape. Her beloved fiancé, Gideon Bates, is awaiting his turn in the draft to fight in the Great War. Elizabeth is finding it hard to think of anything else, but Gideon has thrown himself into his work, preparing wills for soldiers before they ship out. Corporal Tom Preston is part owner of Preston Shoes, a company that is making footwear for the army, so he has a rather large estate. He needs a new will, however, because he has just been secretly married to a woman whom his family would never approve. He wants to make sure she and their unborn child are provided for if he does not return. When Tom is later reported killed, Elizabeth and Gideon learn that the new will has gone missing after Tom’s bride revealed her identity to his family. Unless the new will is found and validated, the original will, which leaves everything to Tom’s brother, will prevail and the wife and child will get nothing. If Tom’s new bride survives, that is. Some terrible threats have been levelled against her, and Elizabeth and Gideon must figure out a way, legal or not quite, to secure Tom’s fortune for his wife and child – while saving her life in the process.
Historical mystery | HC | $42.99

A Cruel Deception (Bess Crawford mysteries)
Todd, Charles
The Armistice of November 1918 ended the fighting, but the Great War will not be over until a Peace Treaty is drawn up and signed by all parties. Representatives from the Allies are gathering in Paris, and already ominous signs of disagreement have appeared. Sister Bess Crawford, who has been working with the severely wounded in England in the war’s wake, is asked to carry out a personal mission in Paris for a Matron at the London headquarters of the Queen Alexandra’s. Bess is facing decisions about her own future, even as she searches for the man she is charged with helping. When she does locate Lawrence Minton, she finds a bitter and disturbed officer who has walked away from his duties at the Peace Conference and is well on his way toward an addiction to opiates. When she confronts him with the dangers of using laudanum, he tells her that he doesn’t care if he lives or dies, as long as he can find oblivion. But what has changed him? What is it that haunts him? He can’t confide in Bess – because the truth is so deeply buried in his mind that he can only relive it in nightmares. The officers who had shared a house with him in Paris profess to know nothing – still, Bess is reluctant to trust them even when they offer her their help. But where to begin on her own? What is driving this man to a despair so profound, it can only end with death? The war? Something that happened in Paris? To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possible – which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him. Or is it whoever?
Historical mystery | HC | $52.99

Hunting Game (Embla Nyström Investigations)
Tursten, Helene
Twenty-eight-year-old Embla Nyström has been plagued by chronic nightmares and racing thoughts, ever since she can remember. She has learned to channel most of her anxious energy into her position as Detective Inspector in the mobile unit in Gothenburg, Sweden, and into sports. A talented hunter and prize-winning Nordic welterweight, she is glad to be taking a vacation from her high-stress job to attend the annual moose hunt with her family and friends. But when Embla arrives at her uncle’s cabin in rural Dalsland, she sees an unfamiliar face has joined the group: Peter, enigmatic, attractive, and newly divorced. And she isn’t the only one to notice. One long-time member of the hunt doesn’t welcome the presence of an outsider and is quick to point out that with Peter, the group’s number reaches thirteen, a bad omen for the week. Sure enough, a string of unsettling incidents follow, culminating in the disappearance of two hunters. Embla takes charge of the search, and they soon find one of the missing men floating, face down, in the nearby lake. With the help of local reinforcements, Embla delves into the dark pasts of her fellow hunters in search of a killer. The first in a new series.
Suspense | TP | $33.95

The Bleak Midwinter (John Grey series)
Tyler, L C
1668. John Grey is now a Justice of the Peace and lives in the manor house he has inherited on his mother’s death with his new wife, Aminta. As the village is cut off from the rest of the world by a heavy snowfall, George Barwell is discovered dead in the woods. Grey is called to examine the horribly disfigured body amidst the rumours that the attack has been the work of the Devil as the victim had been cursed by reputed witch Alice Mardike, just days before his violent death. As Barwell’s father-in-law leads the villagers into kidnapping Alice and throwing her into the millpond to see if she floats as a witch or drowns as an innocent woman, Grey agrees to investigate the murder: his main suspect is the very man leading the witch hunt. But if Grey can’t solve the mystery of George Barwell’s death within a week, Mardike will be tried for witchcraft – and the sentence has already been decided…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Sinner (Tom Killgannon series)
Waites, Martyn
Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer and now in witness protection, is recalled to active service by his handler, DS Sheridan. His mission is to befriend notorious child killer Noel Cunningham and find out where he buried the bodies of his victims. The only problem is that Tom has to obtain that information from within Blackmoor prison itself. Undercover, and with only DS Sheridan knowing he is there, Tom soon runs into danger. In the prison is convicted gangster Dean Foley. He used to run Manchester’s biggest gang, until Tom’s testimony put him away for life. He recognises Tom, and so begins a cat-and-mouse game as Tom fights for survival before Foley can get his revenge. But why can’t Tom reach DS Sheridan and what is the real reason that he has been sent to Blackmoor prison? A follow-up to The Old Religion (PBK, $19.99) which was Tom Killgannon’s first appearance.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Persian Always Meows Twice (Cat Groomer mysteries 01)
Watkins, Eileen
When the fur starts flying, Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats, handles her feistiest four-legged clients with a caring touch and nerves of steel. While these qualities certainly help keep her business purring, they also come in handy when she makes a house call to her best client, millionaire George DeLeuw, and discovers his murdered body next to his newly orphaned Persian, Harpo. A cat whisperer like Cassie might be able to coax out some important clues from Harpo, but she needs to tread lightly and remember she gets one life, not nine… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

True West
Whish-Wilson, David
Western Australia, 1988. After betraying the Knights bikie gang, seventeen-year-old Lee Southern flees to the city with nothing left to lose. Working as a rogue tow truck driver in Perth, he is captured by right-wing extremists whose combination of seduction and blackmail keeps him on the wrong side of the law and under their control. As the true nature of what drives his captors unfolds, Lee becomes an unwilling participant in a breathtakingly ambitious plot – and a cold-blooded crime that will show just how much he, and everyone else, still has to lose. A fast-paced and unsettling action thriller, inspired by historical fact.
Thriller | TP | $29.99