Crime & Mystery Catalogue: October 2018

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

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Until next time, good reading!

October 2018 includes new books by: Donna Andrews, Christopher Fowler, Kerry Greenwood, Jane Harper, Susan Hill, Joe Ide, Donna Leon, Ian Rankin, Amy Stewart… and many others.

October 2018 Crime & Mystery

The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle (Darling Dahlias mysteries 08)
Albert, Susan Wittig
It’s Christmas, 1934, and the citizens of Darling, Alabama, are unwrapping a big package of Christmas puzzles. Mildred and Earlynne, members of the Dahlias Garden Club, are planning to open a bakery on the square – if they can come up with the right recipes. Charlie Dickens faces two of the biggest puzzles of his career as an investigative reporter, and one of them involves his wife. Cute little Cupcake’s talent as a singer and dancer makes her a tempting target for an unscrupulous exploiter. Lizzy must enlist the Dahlias to protect her, while she herself is confronted by a romantic puzzle. And Sheriff Norris is forced to reopen a mystery that the town thought was solved and follow a string of clues that lead to a deadly situation at the nearby prison farm.
Historical mystery | HC | $49.95

The New Girl
Alexandra, Ingrid
When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat in Sydney, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone… apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, the flatmates’ fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined. In fact, Rachel seems to know more about Mary, than she knows about herself…
Thriller | TP | $24.99

Lark! the Herald Angels Sing
Andrews, Donna
It’s Christmastime in Caerphilly, and the town is preparing for their live nativity. During rehearsals, Meg discovers a real baby in the manger, with a note attached that says the mother is leaving the baby girl there, so her father can take care of her; and the wording of the note implicates Meg’s brother, Rob, as the father. As Meg gets further into her investigation, she discovers the found baby is connected to something much bigger, a crime that will need to be stopped by Meg and her motley crew – to save the holidays for everyone.
Meg Langslow | HC | $34.99

Slender Man
Anonymous
Lauren Bailey has disappeared. As her friends and the police search for answers, Matt Barker begins to dream of trees and black skies and something drawing closer. Through fragments of journals, blog posts and messages, a sinister, slender figure emerges and all divisions between fiction and delusion, between nightmare and reality, begin to fall. The urban legend of the Slender Man has inspired short fiction, viral videos, and a feature film. Gathered from online whispers, Matt’s story reveals the true power of the internet’s most terrifying creation.
Thriller | HC | $35.00

The Walking Bread (Bread Shop mysteries 03)
Archer, Winnie
Apprentice baker Ivy Culpepper sees art cars, everywhere she turns. Besides helping prepare the bread and pastry for Santa Sofia’s annual spring event, she’s the official photographer, documenting the elaborate cars, outspoken artists, and riotous celebrations. Even her family’s in on the act: her brother Billy has been runner-up in the competition, more times than she can count – but this is going to be the year he celebrates his win in the victory lane. But after Billy’s rival, Max Litman, revs up his bombastic showmanship, Billy is, once again, set to cruise into second place. Until Max is found dead – positioned as a prop in his own art car. The whole town knows there’s no love lost between the two men, and Billy is the prime suspect. Now, Ivy will have to sift through collusion, deception, gossip, and lies to find out what really happened. But with the help of her octogenarian Watson, her restaurateur beau, and her adopted aunts at Yeast of Eden, she knows she can take the heat…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Classic Stories of World War I
Authors, various
A compilation of stories detailing the heroic and harrowing experiences of the First World War. Published to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, Classic Stories of World War I is a compilation of fiction and non-fiction excerpts from the works of world-class authors – such as Joseph Conrad and W Somerset Maugham – who lived through the conflict. From the home front to the western front, on land or at sea, this collection is a unique insight into the ‘war to end war’.
War stories | PBK | $19.99

Death in a Cold Climate
Barnard, Robert
It was midday on December 21st in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, when the boy was last seen – a tall, blond boy swathed in an anorak and scarf against the Arctic noon. He was not seen again, not until three months later, when Professor Mackenzie’s dog started sniffing around in the snow and uncovered a human ear… attached to a naked corpse. Nobody knew who he was, or where he had come from. And after three months it was almost impossible to track down the identity of the corpse. But Inspector Fagermo refused to give up – and as he probed deeper into the Arctic city, he began to discover a dangerous conspiracy of blackmail, espionage, and cold-blooded murder. First published in 1980 and regarded as Robert Barnard’s best, Death in a Cold Climate is an incredible Scandi detective novel with a captivating mystery at its heart.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $18.99

Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer
Beaton, M C
The team of bells at St Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin. As the village gets ready for the Bishop’s visit, the twins get overly excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse… so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he ‘felt like killing them’! When the twins’ home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls onto the lawyer. Will Agatha unmask the real killer and clear Joseph’s name?
Mystery | HC | $45.00

The Tattoo Thief
Belsham, Alison
When Brighton tattoo artist Marni Mullins discovers a flayed body, newly-promoted DI Francis Sullivan needs her help. There’s a serial killer at large, slicing tattoos from his victims’ bodies while they’re still alive. Marni knows the tattooing world like the back of her hand; but has her own reasons to distrust the police. So, when she identifies the killer’s next target, will she tell Sullivan or go after the Tattoo Thief alone?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

November Road
Berney, Lou
Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out… A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead. Suspecting he’s next, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas. When he spots a beautiful housewife and her two young daughters stranded on the side of the road, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his trail. The two strangers share the open road west – and find each other on the way. But Guidry’s relentless hunters are closing in on him, and now he doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time. Everyone’s expendable, or they should be, but Guidry just can’t throw away the woman he’s come to love. And it might get them both killed.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Death for Madame (Prof John Stubbs series)
Campbell, R T
Max is inevitably drawn into the latest imbroglio, this one involving Stubbs’ drinking buddy, an amiable lunatic known as Mr Carr. It seems that Mr Carr’s dotty old Aunt Lottie, who ran a tawdry hotel in Notting Hill, was found strangled in her rocking chair. Each boarder is mentioned in her will – and all of their alibis are weak. Stubbs is determined to exonerate his chum, the will’s chief beneficiary, so the pipe-smoking, beer-swilling sleuth forces his assistance upon the long-suffering police investigator, Chief Inspector Bishop. With his characteristic humour and poetic turns of phrase, Max recounts the professor’s scrutiny of a ne’er-do-well cousin, a pair of jewel thieves, a seductive but hard-boiled chambermaid, and other seedy suspects. Originally published in 1946.
Classic mystery | PBK | $24.95

Murder at Greysbridge (Inishowen mysteries)
Carter, Andrea
Summer has arrived in Inishowen and solicitor Ben O’Keeffe is greatly tempted by a job offer she’s received, from a law firm in America. Yet, before making any life-changing decisions there is her friend Leah’s wedding to attend at the newly-restored Greysbridge Hotel, with its private beach and beautiful pier. It’s the perfect location, everyone agrees, but the festivities are brutally cut short – when a young American, a visitor also staying at the hotel, drowns in full view of the wedding guests. And when a second death is discovered the same evening, Ben finds herself embroiled in a real country-house murder mystery, where all the guests are suspects…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Gold Pawn (Art Deco mysteries)
Chandlar, L A
November 1936. Finally summoning courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories, after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains – and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple… Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan, after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello ‘Fio’ La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe, intent on ending his mayoral term – and his life… Follows The Silver Gun (TP, $26.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

Glitter Bomb (Scrapbooking mysteries 15)
Childs, Laura & Moran, Terrie Farley
It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend, Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband, Shamus, rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade – when, suddenly, the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed. Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe member’s death, but as they dig deeper, it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder… and Shamus seems less like a victim and more like a suspect.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

A Catered Cat Wedding (Mystery with Recipes 14)
Crawford, Isis
Susie Katz is known as the crazy cat lady of Longely, New York, and goes out of her way to earn the title, right down to her cat t-shirts and porcelain Hello Kitties. She’s a fanatic for anything feline. Humans… not so much. So, when she decides to put up a tent on her property and hold an extravagant wedding ceremony for her two Russian blues, she makes sure to include a few two-legged guests – primarily, to raise some hackles. All her favourite enemies will be there: her bird-loving neighbour, a rival cat breeder, a local animal rights activist, and the niece and nephew who stand to inherit her considerable fortune… if she doesn’t spend it all on cat tchotchkes, first. Susie can’t wait for them all to watch – as Boris and Natasha slink up the aisle, in their very expensive diamond-studded collars; before everyone starts digging in to the poached salmon and caviar – provided for the occasion, by Bernie and Libby. But chaos erupts when a wedding gift is unwrapped, and a mischief of mice jump out of the box – followed by the disappearance of all the pampered partygoers. Just a few hours later, Susie is stabbed in the back, while searching for her missing kitties near the now-empty tent – and it’s up to the Simmons sisters to sniff out the killer…
Mystery | HC | $49.95

False Witness (DC Maggie Neville series)
Davies, Michelle
As a family liaison offer, DC Maggie Neville has seen parents crumble under the weight of their child’s death. Imogen Tyler is no different. Her son’s fall was witnessed by the school caretaker, a pupil is under suspicion, and Imogen is paralysed by grief and questions. For Maggie, finding the truth is paramount, if she is to help the mother. But as she investigates, further doubts emerge, and the truth suddenly seems far from certain. Could the witness be mistaken about what happened, and if he is, then who is responsible? And how far will they go to cover up the boy’s death?
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

Pandora’s Boy (Flavia Alba series)
Davis, Lindsey
Private investigator Flavia Albia is always drawn to an intriguing puzzle – even if it is put to her, by her new husband’s hostile ex-wife. On the Quirinal Hill, a young girl named Clodia has died, apparently poisoned with a love potion. Only one person could have supplied such a thing: a local witch who goes by the name of Pandora, whose trade in herbal beauty products is hiding something far more sinister. The supposedly sweet air of the Quirinal is masking the stench of loose morality, casual betrayal and even gangland conflict and, when a friend of her own is murdered, Albia determines to expose as much of this local sickness as she can – beginning with the truth about Clodia’s death.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

In at the Death (Mordecai Tremaine mysteries)
Duncan, Lindsay
Mordecai Tremaine and Chief Inspector Jonathan Boyce rarely allow a promising game of chess to be interrupted – though when murder is the disrupting force, they are persuaded to make an exception. After a quick stop at Scotland Yard to collect any detective’s most trusted piece of equipment – the murder bag – the pair is spirited away to Bridgton. No sooner have they arrived, than it becomes clear that the city harbours more than its fair share of passions and motives… and one question echoes loudly throughout the cobbled streets: why did Dr Hardene, the local GP of impeccable reputation, bring a revolver with him on a routine visit to a patient?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Murder Flies the Coop (Beryl & Edwina mysteries)
Ellicott, Jessica
When the local vicar – and pigeon-racing club president – approaches them with a private inquiry opportunity, the ladies eagerly accept. There’s been a spot of bother: the treasurer has absconded with the club’s funds and several prized birds. Beryl and Edwina hope to flush out the missing man by checking his boarding-house and place of employment at the coal mine. But when they visit the man’s loft, they find their elusive quarry lying in white feathers and a pool of crimson blood, stabbed to death – the only witnesses cooing mournfully. After a stiff gin fizz, the ladies resume their search for the missing funds and prized birds – and, now, a murderer. Beryl and Edwina aren’t shy about ruffling a few feathers as they home in on their suspects. But they had better find the killer fast, before their sleuthing career is cut short… A sequel to Murder in an English Village, the first Beryl & Edwina mystery – set in rural, interwar England.
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

Murder by the Book (Bookstore mysteries 01)
Elliott, Lauren
Addie left some painful memories behind in the big city, including the unsolved murder of her fiancé and her father’s fatal car accident. After an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt, she’s moved to a small New England town founded by her ancestors back in colonial times – and living in spacious Greyborne Manor, on a hilltop overlooking the harbour. Best of all, her aunt also left her countless first editions and other treasures – providing an inventory to start her own store. But there’s trouble, from day one… and not just from the grumpy woman who runs the bakery next door. A car nearly runs Addie down. Someone steals a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Then, Addie’s friend Serena, who owns a nearby tea shop, is arrested – for killing another local merchant… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Hardcore Twenty-Four
Evanovich, Janet
At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. Then a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church. Stephanie Plum knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer. If that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The six-foot-tall, blond-haired hunk accepts no limits – that includes locked doors, closed windows, and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, isn’t pleased at his arrival, nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant with his own plans for Stephanie. Jersey’s favourite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle, with more questions than answers. Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence… or the cause of recent deadly events?
Stephanie Plum | PBK | $19.99

Killed on Blueberry Hill (Berry Basket mysteries 03)
Farrow, Sharon
The Blueberry Blow Out festival has begun and it’s time for Marlee Jacob, owner of The Berry Basket, to shine. Unfortunately, it’s also bringing out the worst in her fiancé, Ryan Zeller. Ryan’s rivalry with Porter Gale, owner of Blueberry Hill Farm, spills over into a very public and very ugly fight. And after they compete in the pie-eating contest and a raucous tug of war, their orchard blood feud takes a deadly turn… The death of the king of Blueberry Hill is a shock, but not too surprising – he was a diabetic whose last pig out meal was deliciously fatal. But when authorities discover that someone tampered with Porter’s insulin, a tragic accident is looking like murder – and Ryan is the key ingredient. Now, Marlee’s investigation to clear his name is taking her deep into the Gale family secrets, and she’s being shadowed, every step of the way, by a killer whose sweet revenge is just beginning…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Bright Young Dead (Mitford Murders series)
Fellowes, Jessica
Meet the Bright Young Things, the rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s, whose treasure hunts were a media obsession. One such game takes place at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford, but ends in tragedy as cruel, charismatic Adrian Curtis is pushed to his death from the church neighbouring the Mitford home. The police quickly identify the killer as a maid, Dulcie. But Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls and a former criminal, herself, believes Dulcie to be innocent, and sets out to clear the girl’s name… all, while the real killer may only be steps away. A sequel to The Mitford Murders (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Red War (Mitch Rapp series)
Flynn, Vince & Mills, Kyle
When Russian president Maxim Krupin discovers that he has inoperable brain cancer, he’s determined to cling to power. His first task is to kill or imprison any of his countrymen who can threaten him. Soon, though, his illness becomes serious enough to require a more dramatic diversion – war with the West. Upon learning of Krupin’s condition, CIA director Irene Kennedy understands that the US is facing an opponent who has nothing to lose. The only way to avoid a confrontation – that could leave millions dead – is to send Mitch Rapp to Russia, under impossibly dangerous orders. With the Kremlin’s entire security apparatus hunting him, he must find and kill a man many have deemed the most powerful in the world. Success means averting a war that could consume all of Europe. But if his mission is discovered, Rapp will plunge Russia and America into a conflict that neither will survive.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Book of Forgotten Authors
Fowler, Christopher
Ninety-nine forgotten authors, their forgotten books, and their unforgettable stories. These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world. This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide. Recommended!
Mystery reference | PBK | $22.99

Dick Francis’ Crisis
Francis, Felix
Harrison Foster is a lawyer by training, but works as a crisis manager for a London firm that specialises in such matters. Summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables slaughters six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favourite for the Derby, Harry (as he is known) finds there is far more to the ‘simple’ fire than initially meets the eye. For a start, human remains are found amongst the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Count of Nine
Gardner, Erle Stanley
Hired to protect the treasures of a globe-trotting adventurer, Bertha and Donald confront an impossible crime: how could anything be smuggled out of a dinner party – least of all, a six-foot-long blowgun – when the guests were x-rayed, coming and going? But that’s nothing compared to the crime they face, next: an impossible murder… Erle Stanley Gardner was not just the creator of Perry Mason – at the time of his death, he was the bestselling American author of all time, with hundreds of millions of books in print, including the 29 cases of the brash, irresistible detective team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam. Gardner was also one of the most ingenious plot spinners in the field, coming up with stunning twists and reveals… and The Count of 9 is Gardner at his twistiest.
Hardboiled | PBK | $22.95

Breakout at Stalingrad
Gerlach, Heinrich
Stalingrad, November 1942. Lieutenant Breuer dreams of returning home for Christmas. But he and his fellow German soldiers will spend winter in a frozen hell – as snow, ice and relentless Soviet assaults reduce the once-mighty Sixth Army to a diseased and starving rabble. Breakout at Stalingrad is a stark and terrifying portrait of the horrors of war, and a profoundly humane depiction of comradeship in adversity. The book itself has an extraordinary story behind it. Its author fought at Stalingrad and was imprisoned by the Soviets. In captivity, he wrote a novel based on his experiences, which the Soviets confiscated before releasing him. Gerlach resorted to hypnosis to remember his narrative; and, in 1957, it was published as The Forsaken Army. Fifty-five years later, Carsten Gansel, an academic, came across the original manuscript of Gerlach’s novel in a Moscow archive. This first translation into English, of Breakout at Stalingrad, includes the story of Gansel’s sensational discovery.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Infinite Blacktop (Claire Dewitt series)
Gran, Sara
Driven off the desert road and left for dead, Claire DeWitt knows that it is someone from her past trying to kill her, she just doesn’t know who. Making a break for it from the cops who arrive on the scene, she sets off in search of the truth, or whatever version of it she can find. But, perhaps, the biggest mystery of all lies deeper than that, somewhere out there on the ever-rolling highway of life.
Suspense | HC | $29.99

The Spotted Dog (Corinna Chapman series)
Greenwood, Kerry
When a distraught Scottish veteran from Afghanistan is knocked unconscious, waking up to find his beloved ex-service dog missing; Corinna and her lover, Daniel, find themselves inextricably drawn into the machinations of a notorious underworld gang of drug runners. Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire, talented sleuth, stalwart friend and lover, is back!
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Reckoning
Grisham, John
Pete Banning was Clanton’s favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it – to the sheriff, to his defence attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends and to the people of Clanton – was, ‘I have nothing to say’. And, so, the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Last Brother
Gross, Andrew
1930s, New York City. Three brothers grow up poor on the Lower East Side, until the death of their father forces them to find work to support their family. Each brother takes a different path. Twelve-year-old Morris Rabishevsky apprentices himself to a garment manufacturer with the aim of running the business. Sol, six years older, heads to accounting school but is forced to drop out. Scarred by a family tragedy, Harry falls under the spell of the charismatic Louis Buchalter, who in a few short years becomes the most ruthless mobster in town. Morris convinces Sol to go into business with him, but Harry can’t be lured away from the glamour, power and money of the mob. As their business grows, Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that control the garment maker’s factories, setting up a fatal showdown that could bring them together, or shatter their family forever.
Historical suspense | TP | $29.99

A Knife in the Fog (Margaret Harkness & Arthur Conan Doyle series)
Harper, Bradley
September 1888. A 29-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle practices medicine by day, and writes at night. His first Sherlock Holmes story, ‘A Study in Scarlet’, although gaining critical and popular success, has only netted him twenty-five pounds. Embittered by the experience, he vows never to write another ‘crime story’. Then a messenger arrives with a mysterious summons from former Prime Minister William Gladstone, asking him to come to London immediately. Once there, he is offered one month’s employment to assist the Metropolitan Police as a ‘consultant’ in their hunt for the serial killer, soon to be known as Jack the Ripper. Doyle agrees on the stipulation his old professor of surgery, Professor Joseph Bell – Doyle’s inspiration for Sherlock Holmes – agrees to work with him. Bell agrees, and soon the two are joined by Miss Margaret Harkness, an author residing in the East End who knows how to use a Derringer and serves as their guide and companion… The first in a series.
Sherlockiana | TP | $31.95

The Lost Man
Harper, Jane
Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They are at the stockman’s grave – a landmark, so old no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last chance for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Comforts of Home (Simon Serrailler series)
Hill, Susan
Recovering on a remote Scottish island, his peace doesn’t last long. He is pulled in to a murder inquiry by the overstretched local police. A newcomer, popular with the islanders, has died in perplexing circumstances. The community’s reactions are complicated and fragile. It’s good to be back on the job. And when Simon returns to Lafferton, an arsonist is on the rampage and a woman whose daughter disappeared some years before is haunting the police station seeking closure. She will not let it rest, and Simon is called in to do a cold-case review. At home, Simon is starting to get used to having a new brother-in-law – in the form of his Chief Constable Kieron Bright. His sister Cat has embarked on a new way of practising medicine, and his nephew Sam is trying to work out what to do with his life. And then their tricky father, Richard, turns up again… like a bad penny. The first in this stunning series is The Various Haunts of Men (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent mysteries)
Huber, Anna Lee
In the shadow of the Great War, many look to the spirit world for answers. It’s not that Verity Kent doesn’t sympathise with those eager to make contact with lost loved ones. After all, she once believed herself a war widow. But now that she’s discovered Sidney is very much alive, Verity is having enough trouble connecting with her estranged husband, never mind the dead. Still, at a friend’s behest, Verity attends a séance, where she encounters the man who still looms between her and Sidney – and a medium, who channels a woman Verity once worked with in the Secret Service. Refusing to believe her former fellow spy is dead; Verity is determined to uncover the source of the spiritualist’s top-secret revelation. Then the medium is murdered… A sequel to This Side of Murder (TP, $24.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

The So Blue Marble (American Mystery Classics)
Hughes, Dorothy B
The society pages announce it before she even arrives: Griselda Satterlee, daughter of the princess of Rome, has left her career as an actress behind and is travelling to Manhattan to reinvent herself as a fashion designer. They also announce the return of the dashing Montefierrow twins to New York after a twelve-year sojourn in Europe. But there is more to this story than what’s reported, which becomes clear when the three meet one evening during a walk, and their polite conversation quickly takes a menacing turn. The twins are seeking a rare and powerful gem and they believe it’s stashed in the unused apartment where Griselda is staying. Baffled by the request, she pushes them away, but they won’t take no for an answer. When they return, accompanied by Griselda’s long-estranged younger sister, the murders begin… Drenched in the glamour and luxury of the New York elite, The So Blue Marble is a perfectly Art Deco suspense novel in which nothing is quite as it seems. While different in style from her later books, Dorothy B Hughes’ debut highlights her greatest strengths as an author, rendered with both the poetic language and the psychology of fear for which she is known today.
Classic mystery (reissue) | TP | $31.95

Excellent Intentions (British Library Crime Classics series)
Hull, Richard
‘From the point of view of the nation, it’s a good thing that he died.’ Great Barwick’s least popular man is murdered on a train. Twelve jurors sit in court. Four suspects are identified – but which of them is on trial? This novel has all the makings of a classic murder mystery, but with a twist: as Attorney-General Anstruther Blayton leads the court through prosecution and defence, Inspector Fenby carries out his investigation. All this occurs while the identity of the figure in the dock is kept tantalisingly out of reach. Excellent Intentions was first published in 1938, a classic crime novel laced with irreverent wit.
Classic mystery | TP | $24.95

Wrecked (IQ series)
Ide, Joe
When a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it’s not just the case Isaiah’s looking for, but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can’t see coming. Waiting for Isaiah – around every corner – is Seb, the Oxford-educated African gangster who was responsible for the death of his brother, Marcus. Only, this time, Isaiah’s not alone. A sequel to the fantastic IQ (PBK, $19.99) and Righteous (TP, $29.99). Highly recommended!
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Six Cats A-Slayin’ (Cat in the Stacks mysteries 10)
James, Miranda
December 25 is right around the corner, and Charlie is making his list and checking it twice. He is doing his best to show some peace and goodwill toward his nosy neighbour Gerry Arbitron, a real estate agent who seems to have designs on his house (and maybe on him, as well), while preparing for a very important role, indeed – his first Christmas as a grandfather. The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside, and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel’s help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household – just as Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party. Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead, at her very own party. Though attempts to dig into her past come up empty, Charlie and his girlfriend, Helen Louise, witness two heated exchanges involving Gerry before her death: one with a leading citizen and another with the wife of a good friend. Will one of these ladies wind up on the sheriff’s naughty list? Charlie and Diesel have to wrap up the case, before the special season is ruined by a sinister scrooge.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Absolute Proof
James, Peter
Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever. What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are, all, under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Duel to the Death (Ali Reynolds mysteries)
Jance, J A
After taking down the man responsible for his best friend’s death, Stuart Ramey thinks the case is finally closed. That is, until Stu finds himself left with a multimillion-dollar fortune in Bitcoin; in a desperate bid by Frigg, a rogue AI program created by the killer, to keep itself from being fully deactivated. To sort out his situation and take Frigg down for good, Stu enlists the help of Ali Reynolds and the rest of his cyber-security colleagues at High Noon Enterprises. But they are not the only ones who know about Frigg’s existence. Graciella Miramar, an unassuming accountant to all appearances, is actually the right-hand woman to El Pescado, the leader of a dangerous drug cartel. She’ll do anything to get her hands on that program. With Frigg’s help, Graciella hopes to take over her father’s criminal underworld and become wealthy beyond her wildest dreams. But Stu – and El Pescado and his henchmen – may not be so easily defeated.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Forbidden Place
Jansson, Susanne
A young woman returns to the place she grew up, the village on the edge of the mire. Something seems to be driving her there – perhaps a last chance to confront the terrible tragedy of her childhood. But her arrival coincides with an attack on a young man she has feelings for, a grave is dug in the mire which vanishes a day later, and then the bodies start surfacing. Is the mire calling out for sacrifices, or is it an all-too-human evil?
Suspense | TP | $29.99

A Murder Too Soon (Jack Blackjack series)
Jecks, Michael
June, 1554. Former cutpurse and, now, professional assassin Jack Blackjack has deep misgivings about his latest assignment. He has been despatched to the Palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary’s half-sister Princess Elizabeth is being kept under close guard. Jack’s employer has reason to believe that a spy has been installed within the princess’ household, and Jack has been ordered to kill her. Jack has no choice but to agree. But he arrives at Woodstock, to discover that a murder has already been committed…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Long Paw of the Law (Paw Enforcement mysteries 04)
Kelly, Diane
One night, while on duty with her four-legged crime-fighting companion, Meg gets an urgent call from her boyfriend Seth, who works for the Fort Worth fire department. A baby girl has turned up at the station with only two clues to her identity: One is a peace-sign symbol stitched into her blanket. The other is a word, written in string: help. Megan follows every loose thread and, along with Brigit, ends up on a twisted path that leads to the People of Peace compound, the site of a religious sect on the outskirts of the city. Its leader, Father Emmanuel, keeps his followers on a short leash – and his enemies even closer. Could this be the abandoned baby’s original home? And, if so, why was she cast out? Now that Megan and Brigit are on the case, the secrets of this reclusive cult are bound to be dug up…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s (anthology)
Klinger, Leslie S & Penzler, Otto (editors)
American crime writing was reborn in the 1920s. After years of dominance by British authors, new American writers – with fresh ideas about the detective, and the mystery – appeared on the scene and rose to heights of popularity not witnessed since the success of the Sherlock Holmes tales in America. Classic American Crime Fiction the 1920s includes House Without a Key, The Benson Murder Case, The Roman Hat Mystery, Red Harvest, and Little Caesar – offering some of the very best of that decade’s writing. Earl Derr Biggers wrote about Charlie Chan, a Chinese-American detective, at a time when racism was rampant. S S Van Dine invented Philo Vance, an effete, rich amateur psychologist who flourished, while America danced and the stock market rose. The quintessential American detective Ellery Queen leapt onto the stage, to remain popular for fifty years. Dashiell Hammett brings readers another mystery – narrated by the Continental Op W R Burnett – creating the indelible character of Rico, the first gangster antihero. Each of the five novels included is presented in its original published form, with extensive historical and cultural annotations and illustrations, added by Edgar-winning editor Leslie S Klinger, allowing the reader to experience the story to its fullest. Klinger’s detailed foreword gives an overview of the history of American crime writing from its beginnings in the early years of America to the twentieth century. This gorgeously-illustrated volume includes over 100 colour and black and white images, as well as an introduction by the eminent mystery publisher Otto Penzler.
Mystery anthology | HC | $56.95

Girl in Snow
Kukafka, Danya
As morning dawns in a sleepy Colorado suburb, a dusting of snow covers high-school freshman Lucinda Hayes’ dead body on a playground carousel. Accusations spread quickly, and Lucinda’s tragic death draws three outsiders from the shadows. Oddball Cameron Whitley loved – still loves – Lucinda. Jade Dixon-Burns hates Lucinda. Officer Russ Fletcher doesn’t know Lucinda, but he knows the kid everyone is talking about, the boy who may have killed her. Cameron Whitley is his ex-partner’s son…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $17.99

Absolute Friends (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
The friends of the title are Ted Mundy – a British soldier’s son born in 1947, in a newly-independent Pakistan – and Sasha, the refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West. The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late sixties and again in the grimy-looking glass of Cold War espionage. When they meet once more, in today’s unipolar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies, they become involved in clandestine activities – with lethal results.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Constant Gardener (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has disappeared. Her husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the depths of South Sudan, and finally to the very spot where Tessa died. On his way Justin meets terror, violence, laughter, conspiracy and knowledge. But his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Honourable Schoolboy (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
It is a beleaguered and betrayed Secret Service that has been put in the care of George Smiley. A mole has been uncovered at the organisation’s highest levels – and its agents across the world put in grave danger. But untangling the traitor’s web gives Smiley a chance to attack his Russian counterpart, Karla. And part-time spy Jerry Westerby is the weapon at Smiley’s disposal.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Little Drummer Girl (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into ‘the theatre of the real’ by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Mission Song (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
At a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and Congolese warlords, an interpreter finds his conscience reawakening. Bruno Salvador has worked on clandestine missions before. A highly skilled interpreter, he is no stranger to the Official Secrets Act. But this is the first time he has been asked to change his identity – and, worse still, his clothes – in service of his country. Whisked to a remote island to interpret a top-secret conference between no-name financiers and Congolese warlords, Salvo’s excitement is only heightened by memories of the night before he left London, and his life-changing encounter with a beautiful nurse named Hannah. Exit suddenly, the unassuming, happily married man Salvo believed himself to be. Enter in his place, the pseudonymous Brian Sinclair: spy, lover – and… perhaps, even, hero.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

A Most Wanted Man (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Naïve and Sentimental Lover (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
Aldo Cassidy is the naïve and sentimental lover. A successful, judicious man, he is wrenched away from the ordered certainties of his life by a sudden encounter with Shamus, a wild, carousing artist and Helen, his nakedly alluring wife. Cassidy, plunged into a whirlpool of recklessness and spontaneity, becomes a man bewildered and agonised as he is torn between two poles of a nature more complex than he had ever imagined.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

A Perfect Spy (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
Magnus Pym, ranking diplomat, has vanished, believed defected. The chase is on: for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a secret agent. Pym’s life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. Dominated by a father who is also a confidence trickster on an epic scale, Pym has from the age of seventeen been controlled by two mentors. It is these men, racing each other, who are orchestrating the search to find the perfect spy.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Single and Single (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
A corporate lawyer from the House of Single & Single is shot dead in cold blood on a Turkish hillside. A children’s entertainer in Devon is hauled to his local bank late at night to explain a monumental influx of cash. A Russian freighter is arrested in the Black Sea. A celebrated London financier has disappeared into thin air. A British customs officer is on a trail of corruption and murder. The logical connection of these events is one of the many pleasures of this extraordinary new novel of love, deceit and the triumph of humanity.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Smiley’s People (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
The murdered man had been an agent – once, long ago. But George Smiley’s superiors at the Secret Service want to see the crime buried, not solved. Smiley will not leave it at that, not when it might lead him all the way to Karla, the elusive Soviet spymaster…
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Penguin Modern Classics)
le Carré, John
George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy. The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley’s mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole, burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus, itself.
Suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
Important information is leaking from inside the Venetian Questura, and Commissario Guido Brunetti is tasked with uncovering the culprit. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, a friend of his wife’s comes asking for his help, fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, the woman’s husband is found unconscious at the foot of a bridge. Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through Venice’s underworld, in an attempt to understand who is responsible for the vicious attack. But as he gets closer to discovering what happened, Brunetti is faced with a difficult truth: sometimes, it’s the best intentions that lead to the darkest of consequences…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Hive of Homicides (Henny Penny Farmette mysteries 03)
Lester, Meera
When Abigail Mackenzie left the police force to become a farmer and beekeeper, in beautiful Las Flores, California, she thought her days of criminal investigation were behind her… Her present life is mostly filled with hard work and happy occasions, including the upcoming event with her friend Paola, a truffle maker, who’s renewing her vows with her husband Jake, owner of the Country Schoolhouse Winery. Abby is delighted to provide her trademark lavender honey for the occasion. But after the ceremony, the guests of honour are nowhere to be found. When Abby goes looking for them, she hears a gunshot and discovers Jake dead in his car; and Paola injured, beside him. Who was the intended target? Jake had a reputation as a busy bee with the ladies. Is it possible that one of his flings, stung by rejection, took revenge? Or could it be sour grapes with one of his colleagues at the winery? If Paola was meant to be the victim, Abby needs to protect her as she searches for the shooter. When a second murder occurs, it’s up to Abby to crush the clues – before the killer gets her over a barrel…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Murder on Millionaires’ Row
Lindsey, Erin
Rose Gallagher might dream of bigger things, but she’s content enough with her life as a housemaid. After all, it’s not every girl from Five Points who gets to spend her days in a posh Fifth Avenue brownstone, even if only to sweep its floors. But all that changes on the day her boss, Mr Thomas Wiltshire, disappears. Rose is certain Mr Wiltshire is in trouble, but the police treat his disappearance as nothing more than the whims of a rich young man behaving badly. Meanwhile, the friend who reported him missing is suspiciously unhelpful. With nowhere left to turn, Rose takes it upon herself to find her handsome young employer. The investigation takes her from the marble palaces of Fifth Avenue to the sordid streets of Five Points. When a ghostly apparition accosts her on the street, Rose begins to realise that the world around her isn’t at all as it seems – and her place in it is about to change forever. The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $23.99

Beau Death (Superintendent Peter Diamond)
Lovesey, Peter
Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s’ garb and on the floor next to it is a white tricorn hat – the ostentatious signature accessory of Beau Nash, one of Bath’s most famous historical men about town, a fashion icon and incurable rake who, some say, ended up in a pauper’s grave. Or did the Beau actually end up in a townhouse attic? The Beau Nash Society will be all in a tizzy when the truth is revealed to them. Superintendent Peter Diamond, who has been assigned to identify the remains, starts making discoveries that turn Nash scholarship on its ear. But one of his constables is stubbornly insisting the corpse can’t be Nash’s – the non-believer threatens to spoil Diamond’s favourite theory, especially when he offers some pretty irrefutable evidence. Is Diamond on a historical goose chase? Should he actually be investigating a much more modern murder?
Mystery | TP | $33.95

No Further Questions
McAllister, Gillian
The police say she’s guilty. She insists she’s innocent. She’s your sister. You loved her. You trusted her. But they say she killed your child. Who do you believe?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Fletch and the Man Who (Fletch series)
McDonald, Gregory
Arriving on scene somewhere in middle America, newly hired on as the ‘press representative’ for Governor Caxton Wheeler’s presidential campaign, Fletch is unsure of what exactly he’s supposed to be doing there. Luckily, the man who called him up for the job is his old war buddy, Walsh Wheeler, aide and son to the governor. But just as Walsh is filling him in on the need-to-know informational titbits, a woman is found dead, outside the very hotel they occupy – and she’s not the first… or the last. Struggling to corral the increasingly-pushy press, keep the votes coming in, and do his own sleuthing, Fletch is up against the clock to solve this mystery before the killer strikes again.
Caper (reissue) | TP | $31.95

I Know You Know
Macmillan, Gilly
Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Page and Scott Ashby were murdered, their bodies dumped near a dog-racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime but, decades later, questions still linger. For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood friends. Hoping to uncover new evidence, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case reopened, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess – who decides to take matters into her own hands. When another body is found in the same location the boys were left, decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now, Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career in jeopardy, the clock is ticking, and lives are in jeopardy…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Go to My Grave
McPherson, Catriona
Donna Weaver has put everything into The Breakers on the wild, western Scottish coast. Now, it waits – freshly painted, richly furnished, filled with flowers – for the first guests to arrive. But as they roll up, each one discovers they’ve been here before. Twenty-five years ago. When a party that started with peach schnapps and Postman’s Knock ended with a girl walking into the sea and the rest of them making a vow of silence: lock it in a box, stitch my lips and go to my grave. But one of them has broken the pact. And before the weekend is over, someone will have gone to their grave.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

After the Fire (Sofia series)
Mankell, Henning
Seventy-year-old Fredrik Welin lives a solitary life in his grandparents’ house on a remote island off the coast of Sweden. Then disaster strikes. Having lost his surgical license years earlier after a botched operation, he awakens to a raging fire in which he loses everything else, save a mismatched pair of Wellingtons and a buckle from his Italian shoes. When arson is determined to be the cause of the fire, Welin discovers that he is a suspect. As he considers this unjust suspicion and whether to rebuild his house, he is consoled by his burgeoning friendship with reporter Lisa Modin and a renewed relationship with his daughter, Louise.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Out of Season (Rocco Schiavone series)
Manzini, Antonio
It’s the bitterly cold spring season in alpine Aosta, and a girl has been kidnapped. Chiara Berguet, daughter of the owners of a local construction firm, was targeted – thanks to the sizeable debt her parents owe. But like many a best-laid plan, a blown tire causes the crime to go haywire, as the kidnappers’ van skids off the road and crashes into a pair of larch trees. Both the driver and his accomplice die on impact, leaving the girl in the back, gagged and bound and unable to break free. Meanwhile, Rocco Schiavone wakes to find himself in Anna’s apartment. She’s the best friend of his girlfriend Nora, and memories of the night before, a heated evening with Anna, return to him. As he sneaks out, he sees the first few snowstorm clouds of the spring season move across the sky, an ominous reference that something is off. If trouble at home and a case of kidnapping weren’t enough, Rocco will eventually have to contend with Enzo Baiocchi. Rocco was the one who sent Enzo to prison, and in the process killed Enzo’s brother. Having just escaped from prison, Enzo is heading north with a newly purchased revolver and, clearly, revenge on his mind. And when an unfortunate incident of mistaken identity makes Enzo’s act of revenge even more fiendish, it also presents a gruesome scene for Rocco to discover, on his return home.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $24.99

Ghost Virus
Masterton, Graham
A young woman pours acid over her own body. A loving husband kills his wife. A head teacher throws her pupils out of a window. DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police are at a loss. Why are such violent crimes being committed by the most unlikely of people? Ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing second-hand clothes. Could these garments be possessed by a supernatural force? Can Jerry and Jamila defeat the ghost virus, before they are all infected?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Last Call (Maggie Lewis mysteries)
Matter, Paula
Suspended from her job at a Florida VFW, after being set up for the murder of Korean war veteran Jack Hoffman, Maggie has no intention of letting herself be framed. And since the police have yet to arrest anybody for the last major crime in town – the murder of Maggie’s husband – she’s sure they won’t try too hard, this time, either. So, Maggie must produce enough evidence to clear her name, get her job back, and find the killer… before she ends up behind the wrong kind of bars. All in a day’s work for a bartender – who can’t hold her beer, her tongue, or her temper.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Turkey Trot Murder (Lucy Stone mysteries 24)
Meier, Leslie
Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one – until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead, and frozen, in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of the wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction. Police blame her death on an accidental overdose, but Lucy can’t understand what terrible forces could have led the privileged woman to her watery ruin. Alison’s funeral service is just as puzzling. Many believe Ed’s young – and very pregnant – new wife, Mireille, divided the family, leaving Alison to wither on the vine. Did Mireille truly adore her stepchild as Ed claims, or did she pit father against daughter for personal gain? As a state of unrest descends on Tinker’s Cove, Lucy is thrown into a full-scale investigation. Now, in a race against time, Lucy must beat the killer to the finish line – or she can forget about stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare Project series)
Nesbo, Jo
When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach. Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it. A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, by the king of Scandi noir.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Intrigo (collection)
Nesser, Håkan
Set in the fictional city of Maardam, each story is linked by themes of secrets coming to light, lies being exposed, and pasts coming back to haunt the people who thought they had fled them – all told in Håkan Nesser’s signature style of dark, cutting prose that displays a true understanding of human nature. For fans of Scandinavian crime, Intrigo is the gripping collection of Håkan Nesser’s best novellas and short stories, three of which have been adapted into major motion pictures.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Ask Me No Questions (Lady Dunbridge mysteries)
Noble, Shelley
A modern woman in 1907, Lady Dunbridge is not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. From the decadence of high-society balls to the underbelly of Belmont horse racing, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige. The first in a series.
Historical mystery | HC | $36.99

The Girl Without Skin
Nordbo, Mads Peder
When a mummified Viking corpse is discovered in a crevasse out on the edge of an ice sheet, journalist Matthew Cave is sent to cover the story. The next day the mummy is gone, and the body of the policeman who was keeping watch is found naked and flayed – exactly like the victims in a gruesome series of murders that terrified the remote town of Nuuk, in the 1970s. As Matt investigates, he is shocked by the deprivation and brutal violence the locals take for granted. Unable to trust the police, he begins to suspect a cover up. It’s only when he meets a young Inuit woman, Tupaarnaq, convicted of killing her parents and two small sisters, that Matt starts to realise how deep this story goes – and how much danger he is in.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Tell Me You’re Mine
Noreback, Elizabeth
Stella had only turned away for a second, when her baby vanished. Though the little girl’s body was never found, Alice was assumed to have drowned, but Stella has never been able to extinguish the hope that somewhere, somehow Alice is still alive. Over twenty years have passed since that fateful day and Stella is a happily married, successful therapist. But when a new patient walks into her office, Stella’s life starts to crumble. The young woman introduces herself as Isabelle, but Stella is convinced she’s Alice.
Suspense | TP | $27.99

Below the Tree Line (Pioneer Valley mysteries)
Oleksiw, Susan
Felicity O’Brien hopes the warning shot fired from her porch is enough to scare off the intruder, who’s been snooping around her family’s Massachusetts farm. Days later, when two young women are found dead, nearby, Felicity can’t figure out how the deaths are related, and even her inherited healing touch isn’t enough to ease the community’s pain over the tragic loss. Felicity does know that somebody wants something bad enough to kill for it, but all she has is the neglected property her parents passed down to her. Joining forces with her friend Jeremy Colson, Felicity tries to uncover the truth and save herself and her land from those who are capable of unthinkable harm.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (Hildegarde Withers) (American Mystery Classics)
Palmer, Stuart
Hildegarde Withers is just your average school teacher – with above-average skills in the art of deduction. The New Yorker often finds herself investigating crimes led only by her own meddlesome curiosity, though her friends on the NYPD don’t mind when she solves their cases for them. After plans for a grand tour of Europe are interrupted by Germany’s invasion of Poland, Miss Withers heads to sunny Los Angeles instead, where her vacation finds her working as a technical advisor on the set of a film adaptation of the Lizzie Borden story. The producer has plans for an epic retelling of the historical killer’s patricidal spree – plans which are derailed, when a screenwriter turns up dead. While the local authorities quickly deem his death accidental, Withers suspects otherwise and calls up a detective back home for advice. The two soon team up to catch a wily killer. At once, a pleasantly complex locked room mystery and a hilarious look at the foibles of Hollywood, The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan finds Palmer, a screenwriter himself, at his most perceptive. Reprinted for the first time in over thirty years, this riotously funny novel shows why Hildegarde Withers was among the most beloved detectives of the Golden Age American mystery novel.
Classic mystery (reissue) | TP | $31.95

Like Lions
Panowich, Brian
Clayton Burroughs is sheriff of Bull Mountain and last surviving member of the brutal and blood-steeped Burroughs clan. It’s been a year since a rogue government agent systematically crippled the family’s criminal empire, leaving two of his brothers dead and Clayton broken and haunted by wounds that may never heal. Now, Bull Mountain is vulnerable, ripe for predators wanting to re-establish the flow of dope and money through the town. And the death of a boy belonging to a rival clan brings the wolves straight to Clayton’s door… A sequel to Bull Mountain (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Juror No 3
Patterson, James & Allen, Nancy
Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar – and she faces an impossible task defending a college football star accused of murder. The victim is a young woman from one of the town’s oldest families, and Rosedale’s upper crust is howling for blood. Then news breaks of a second murder, and lurid, intertwining investigations unfold. Ruby discovers that no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women on the jury. They may be hiding the biggest secret of all.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Ambush (Michael Bennett series)
Patterson, James & Born, James O
Detective Michael Bennett’s enemies know where to find him. An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a set up. An officer is taken down – but despite the attackers’ efforts, it’s not Michael Bennett. One of Bennett’s children is attacked. And a series of murders follows, each with a distinct signature, alerting Bennett to the presence of a professional killer. Bennett can’t tell what’s driving the assassin. But he can tell it’s personal.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

17th Suspect (Women’s Murder Club series)
Patterson, James & Paetro, Maxine
Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case of a series of shootings of the homeless in San Francisco, where the killer is methodical yet unpredictable. An encounter with a confidential informant leads her to disturbing conclusions – something has gone very wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and Lindsay’s friends in the Women’s Murder Club are concerned that she’s taking the crimes too much to heart. But with lives on the line, Lindsay can’t stop herself from following the case into ever more terrifying terrain – even though the killer could cost her everything…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (anthology)
Penny, Louise & Penzler, Otto (editors)
Originality is just what’s in store for readers of these twenty clever, creative selections; including stories by T C Boyle, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, Andrew Klavan, Martin Limon, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.
Mystery anthology | TP | $31.95

Dark Tide Rising (William Monk series)
Perry, Anne
When Kate Exeter is kidnapped on the shore of the Thames, Commander William Monk is enlisted by her desperate husband to save her. Kate’s captors are demanding a ransom for her safe return and Monk and his most trusted men must arrange a secret handover in the dark slums of Jacob’s Island. But, on the night, someone betrays them and a brutal skirmish breaks out, leaving death and destruction in its wake… Who is to blame, for what went wrong? Monk senses tensions mount and no one knows who to trust. Then a whistleblower claims that the ransom money was embezzled funds that incriminate Kate’s husband, and the case takes on a whole new meaning…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Angel’s Mark (Nicholas Shelby series)
Perry, S W
London, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I’s control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country’s fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of London, with strange marks that no one can explain. When idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body displaying the same marks only days later, he becomes convinced that a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London. Determined to find out who is behind these terrible murders, Nicholas is joined in his investigations by Bianca, a mysterious tavern keeper. As more bodies are discovered, the pair find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot. With the killer still at large, and Bianca in terrible danger, Nicholas’ choice seems impossible – to save Bianca, or save himself… The first in a series, perfect for fans of C J Sansom and Rory Clements.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Fierce
Phillips, Gin
Lincoln is a good boy. At the age of four, he is curious, clever and well behaved. He does as his mum says and knows what the rules are. When an ordinary day at the zoo turns into a nightmare, Joan finds herself trapped with her beloved son. She must summon all her strength, find unexpected courage and protect Lincoln, at all costs – even if it means crossing the line between right and wrong; between humanity and animal instinct. It’s a line none of us would ever normally dream of crossing. But, sometimes, the rules are different. Previously published as Fierce Kingdom.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Pharaoh Key (Gideon Crew series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
There’s no such thing as too great a risk for a man living on borrowed time. Gideon Crew is out of a job. It is the least of his worries: his doctor has just told him he has only months to live. His employer, Effective Engineering Solutions, has shut up shop; its enigmatic boss has disappeared, without a trace. There’s no other option for Gideon and his colleagues but to clear their desks. And that’s when Gideon and Manuel Garza discover a computer programme that, left running for five years, has finally cracked the code it was attacking. It has deciphered the infamously enigmatic hieroglyphs of the Phaistos Disk. For a century, the ancient stone tablet defied interpretation, but now Gideon and Manuel have a lead on an undiscovered civilisation, long lost beneath the sands of the Egyptian Sahara. As a man doomed by an inevitably fatal brain syndrome, Crew needs little persuasion to embark on one final adventure.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Chinese Orange Mystery (Ellery Queen) (American Mystery Classics)
Queen, Ellery
The offices of foreign literature publisher and renowned stamp collector Donald Kirk are often host to strange activities, but the most recent occurrence – the murder of an unknown caller, found dead in an empty waiting room – is unlike any that has come before. Nobody, it seems, entered or exited the room, and yet the crime scene clearly has been manipulated, leaving everything in the room turned backwards and upside down. Stuck through the back of the corpse’s shirt are two long spears – and a tangerine is missing from the fruit bowl. Enter amateur sleuth Ellery Queen, who arrives just in time to witness the discovery of the body, only to be immediately drawn into a complex case in which no clue is too minor or too glaring to warrant careful consideration. Reprinted for the first time in over thirty years, The Chinese Orange Mystery is revered to this day for its challenging conceit and inventive solution. The book is a ‘fair-play’ mystery, in which readers have all the clues needed to solve the crime.
Classic mystery (reissue) | TP | $31.95

Murderous Mistral (Provence mysteries)
Rademacher, Cay
Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too successful in his investigations. He finds himself removed from Paris to the south of France, far away from political power. Or so it would seem. The stress is too much for his marriage, and he attempts to manage the break-up, while trying to settle into his new life in Provence in a 200-year-old, half-ruined house. At the same time, Blanc is tasked with his first murder case: A man with no friends and many enemies, an outsider, was found shot and burned. When a second man dies under suspicious circumstances in the quaint French countryside, the Capitaine from Paris must dig deep into the hidden, dark undersides of Provence he never expected to see. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $23.99

In a House of Lies
Rankin, Ian
In a house of lies… Everyone has something to hide… A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still – both for his family and the police – the body was in an area that had already been searched, ten years ago. Everyone has secrets… Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and, now – after a decade without answers – it’s time for the truth. Nobody is innocent… Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. None more so than Detective John Rebus.
Rebus | TP | $32.99

Death from a Top Hat (Great Merlini mysteries) (American Mystery Classics)
Rawson, Clayton
Now retired from the tour circuit on which he made his name, master magician The Great Merlini spends his days running a magic shop in New York’s Times Square and his nights moonlighting as a consultant for the NYPD. The cops call him when faced with crimes so impossible that they can only be comprehended by a magician’s mind. In the most recent case, two occultists are discovered dead in locked rooms, one spread out on a pentagram, both appearing to have been murdered under similar circumstances. The list of suspects includes an escape artist, a professional medium, and a ventriloquist, so it’s clear that the crimes took place in a realm that Merlini knows well. But, in the end, it will take his logical skills, and not his magical ones, to apprehend the killer. Reprinted for the first time in over twenty years, Death from a Top Hat is an ingeniously-plotted puzzle set in the world of New York stage magic, which was at its pinnacle in the early twentieth century.
Classic mystery (reissue) | TP | $31.95

Home Sweet Homicide (American Mystery Classics)
Rice, Craig
Unoccupied and unsupervised while mother is working, the children of widowed crime writer Marion Carstairs find diversion wherever they can. So, when the kids hear gunshots at the house next door, they jump at the chance to launch their own amateur investigation – and, after all, why shouldn’t they? They know everything the cops do about crime scenes, having read about them in mother’s novels. They know what her literary detectives would do in such a situation, how they would interpret the clues and handle witnesses. Plus, if the children solve the puzzle before the cops, it will do wonders for the sales of mother’s novels. But this crime scene isn’t a game at all; the murder is real, and when its details prove more twisted than anything in mother’s fiction, they’ll have to enlist Marion’s help to sort them out. Or is that just part of their plan to hook her up with the lead detective on the case? The basis for the 1946 film with the same name, Home Sweet Homicide is the novel that launched Craig Rice to literary fame. The book, a comedic crime story that pokes fun at the conventions of the genre, finds ‘the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction’ at her most entertaining.
Classic mystery (reissue) | TP | $31.95

The Red Lamp (American Mystery Classics)
Rinehart, Mary Roberts
An all-around sceptic when it comes to the supernatural, literature professor William Porter gives no credence to claims that Twin Towers, the seaside manor he’s just inherited, might be haunted. He finds nothing mysterious about the conditions in which his Uncle Horace died, leaving the property behind; it was a simple case of cardiac arrest, nothing more. So, though his wife, more attuned to spiritual disturbance, refuses to occupy the main house, Porter convinces her to spend a summer at the estate and stay in the lodge elsewhere on the grounds. But not long after they arrive, Porter sees the evidence of haunting that the townspeople speak of: a shadowy figure illuminated by the red light of Horace’s writing lamp, the very light that shone on the scene of his death. And though he isn’t convinced that it is a spirit and not a man, Porter knows that, whichever it is, the figure is responsible for the rash of murders – first of sheep, then of people – that breaks out across the countryside. Somehow, though, the suspect eludes him every time and, in his pursuit, Porter risks implicating himself in the very crimes he hopes to solve. Written with atmospheric prose and tension that rises with every page, The Red Lamp is a hybrid of murder mystery and gothic romance that shows the ‘American Agatha Christie’ at the height of her powers.
Classic mystery (reissue) | TP | $31.95

The Stranger
Riordan, Kate
1940, Cornwall, England. Penhallow Hall shelters a handful of Land Girls, sent to the coast to avoid the horrors of London’s Blitz. But the beautiful, arrogant Diana Devlin, impatient with the sleepy village and its placid residents, can’t resist the temptation to stir up long-buried secrets. When a young woman’s body is found lying broken on the shore, the promised safety of the Hall is shattered. Was it simply a tragic accident, or did mischief end in murder?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Mr Campion’s Abdication (Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series)
Ripley, Mike
‘So, where exactly did Albert Campion stand on the Abdication?’ ‘Behind the throne, slightly to the left?’ suggested Commander Charles Luke. Margery Allingham’s Mr Campion finds himself masquerading as technical advisor to a very suspicious but glamorous Italian film producer and her crew, hunting for buried treasure that never was – in the Suffolk village of Heronhoe near Pontisbright, which used to host trysts between Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Bonfire
Ritter, Krysten
It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all evidence of her small-town roots. Now, working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands. But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s economic heart, she begins to find strange connections to a decade-old scandal involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell, and her friends – just before Kaycee disappeared, for good…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Bone Readers
Ross, Jacob
After standing witness to a murder on the streets of the Caribbean island of Camaho, young Michael ‘Digger’ Digson is recruited into a unique plain clothes homicide squad, an eclectic group of semi-official police officers, led by the enigmatic DS Chilman. Digger becomes enmeshed in Chilman’s obsession with a cold case, the disappearance of a young man. But Digger has a murder to pursue too: that of his mother, killed by a renegade police squad when he was a boy. He has two weapons at his disposal – his skill in forensics, and Chilman’s latest recruit, the mysterious, observant Miss Stanislaus. Together, the two find themselves dragged into a world of dangerous secrets that demands every ounce of their courage to survive.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Hope Never Dies (Obama/Biden mysteries)
Shaffer, Andrew
Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift, when his favourite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, ‘Amtrak Joe’ re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, travelling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic. The first in a series.
Caper | PBK | $22.99

Maigret and the Tramp
Simenon, Georges
When a tramp is recovered from the Seine, after being badly beaten, Maigret must delve into the man’s personal circumstances to figure out just who wanted to kill him.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Moscow Midnight
Simpson, John
Government minister Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner rules it an accident, a sex game gone wrong. Jon Swift is from the old stock of journos – cynical, cantankerous and overweight – and something about his friend’s death doesn’t seem right. Then days after Macready’s flat is apparently burgled, Swift discovers that his friend had been researching a string of Russian government figures who had met similarly ‘accidental’ fates. When the police refuse to investigate further, Swift gets in touch with his contacts in Moscow, determined to find out if his hunch is correct. Following the lead, he is soon drawn into a violent underworld, where whispers of conspiracies, assassinations and double agents start blurring the line between friend and foe. But the truth will come at a price, and it may cost him everything.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit (Kopp Sisters series)
Stewart, Amy
While transporting a woman to an insane asylum, Deputy Kopp discovers something deeply troubling about her story. Before she can investigate, another inmate breaks free and tries to escape. In both cases, Constance runs instinctively toward justice. But 1916 is a high-stakes US election year, and any move she makes could jeopardise Sheriff Heath’s future – and her own. Constance’s controversial career makes her the target of political attacks. The first in this fantastic historical crime series is Girl Waits With Gun (TP, $32.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

A Promise to Kill (Clyde Barr series)
Storey, Erik
Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West, in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man – a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation – Clyde’s dream of solitude is quickly dashed. On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man’s daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the struggling, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good, in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana’s ranch to help out until her father is better. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde’s efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana’s and Taylor’s lives…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Fool’s Moon (Tarot Cats mysteries 01)
Stuckart, Diane A S
Most days, Ruby Sparks feels like the sign that says ‘Tarot Card Reader, Extraordinaire’ should say ‘Tarot Card Reader, Fairly Competent’. But as challenging as it is to take care of her half-sister’s New Age shop – and her growing menagerie of enchanted pets – Ruby never worries that she’s bitten off more than she can chew… until a customer wants her to divine the truth about a murder. When her own life is threatened with a double dose of danger, Ruby begins to wonder if she’s being played for a fool. Luckily, she has Ophelia and Brandon – sibling black cats with a talent for tarot – and a feisty pit bull friend… who all lend a paw in collaring the culprit, before Ruby finds herself taking her final cat nap.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock series)
Thomas, Sherry
Under the cover of ‘Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective’, Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don’t. When the estranged wife of her dear friend, Lord Ingram, is discovered dead on his estate, all signs point to him as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to find out the truth. This popular gender-swapping Holmesian series begins with A Study in Scarlet Women (TP, $29.95).
Sherlockiana | TP | $29.95

Old Scores (Barker & Llewelyn series)
Thomas, Will
In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries. Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge. Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released – due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador, to find the real murderer.
Historical mystery | TP | $33.95

City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady mysteries 01)
Thompson, Victoria
Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own. She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son Gideon is the rarest of species – an honest man in a dishonest world… The first in a new series from the author of the Gaslight Mysteries.
Historical mystery | PBK | $21.95

Broken Promise (Solomon Creed series)
Toyne, Simon
Solomon Creed is an outsider with an unknown past, travelling through a remote part of Texas. He doesn’t look for trouble – but trouble finds him. At a roadside diner, he runs into a worn-down family whose ancestral land and home is about to be auctioned. But, when Solomon suspects it’s worth a lot more than they think, he decides to take things into his own hands. As Solomon races to find hard evidence of the land’s true value, he uncovers a dark truth – hidden for generations – that changes everything. But how far is he willing to go to save a family from potential ruin? And how far will others go to stop him?
Suspense | PBK | $12.99

Protected by Shadows (Irene Huss Investigations)
Tursten, Helene
The gang warfare that has been brewing in Goteborg is about to explode. A member of a notorious biker gang has been set on fire – alive. Even in a culture where ritual killings are common, this brutal assault attracts the attention of both Irene’s unit and the Organised Crimes Unit. Anticipating a counterattack, the two units team up to patrol the lavish party of a rival gang; but that doesn’t stop another murder from occurring, just outside the event hall. And that’s not the only thing going up in flames. Someone has planted a bomb under Irene’s husband’s car. Fearing for her family’s safety, Irene sends her husband and daughters into hiding and takes up residence at a colleague’s apartment. Still, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being stalked. Somehow, the gangs are always one step ahead of the police. Someone is leaking information. But who? Irene’s life depends on discovering the answer.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Under My Skin
Unger, Lisa
It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiralled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days… only to turn up ragged and confused, and wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognise. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And, more importantly, what happened to Jack? The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts – there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Thread Herrings (Mainely Needlepoint mysteries 07)
Wait, Lea
Tagging along to an estate sale with her fellow Needlepointer, antiques shop owner Sarah Byrne, Angie Curtis impulsively bids on a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. When she gets her prize back home to Haven Harbor, she discovers a document from 1757, behind the framed needlework – a claim for a child from a foundling hospital. Intrigued, Angie is determined to find the common thread between the child and the coat of arms. Accepting her reporter friend Clem Walker’s invitation to talk about her find on the local TV news, Angie makes an appeal to anyone who might have information. Instead, both women receive death threats. When Clem is found strangled in a parking lot, Angie fears her own life may be in jeopardy. She has to unravel this historical mystery – or she may be the next one going, going… gone…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Last Hours
Walters, Minette
When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church proclaims it a punishment from God; but Lady Anne of Develish has different ideas. With her brutal husband absent, she decides on more sensible ways to protect her people than the daily confessions of sin recommended by the Bishop. Anne gathers her serfs within the gates of Develish and refuses entry to outsiders, even to her husband. She makes an enemy of her daughter by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs… until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested, by their ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat?
Historical suspense | PBK | $16.99

The Devil’s Dice (DI Meg Dalton series)
Watkins, Roz
A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches. Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There’s just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper, and the dead man’s initials… and it’s been there for over a century. As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it’s clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg – and the dice are loaded… A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Seventeen
Yokoyama, Hideo
1985. Kazumasa Yuuki, a seasoned reporter at the North Kanto Times, runs a daily gauntlet against the power struggles and office politics that plague its newsroom. But when an air disaster of unprecedented scale occurs on the paper’s doorstep, its staff are united by an unimaginable horror, and a once-in-a-lifetime scoop. 2003. Seventeen years later, Yuuki remembers the adrenaline-fuelled, emotionally-charged seven days that changed his and his colleagues’ lives. He does so, while making good on a promise he made that fateful week – one that holds the key to its last unsolved mystery, and represents Yuuki’s final, unconquered fear.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Cemetery of Forgotten Books series)
Zafón, Carlos Ruiz
As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered a book that would change his life forever. Now a grown man, he is just one step away from solving the mystery of his mother’s death, when a new plot is revealed – much deeper and darker than he could ever have imagined. That is when Alicia Gris appears, a soul born from the shadows of war, to lead Daniel to the heart of darkness and reveal the secret history of his family… at a terrible price. This is the final chapter in the story that began with The Shadow of the Wind (PBK, $22.99) and brings it to a grand finale. It is a tribute to the world of books, the art of storytelling and the magical link between literature and life.
Literary fiction | TP | $34.99