Crime & Mystery Catalogue: October 2019

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

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Until next time, good reading!

October 2019 includes new books by: Jessica Fellowes, Joe Ide, Jim Kelly, Nicholas Meyer, C J Sansom, Kate Saunders, Amy Stewart, Antonin Varenne, Christian White… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, October 2019

Mycroft and Sherlock (Mycroft Holmes series)
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Waterhouse, Anna
1872. When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft’s best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor – at the orphanage that Douglas runs, as a charity – so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate; following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile, a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain’s coffers… The sequel to Mycroft Holmes (PBK, $21.99).
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

A Cup of Holiday Fear (Bakeshop mysteries 10)
Alexander, Ellie
It’s Christmastime and everyone is heading to Torte, the most cheerful bakery in town. There’s no place like home for the homicide… Ashland, Oregon, looks as pretty as a postcard this holiday season. The halls are decked, stockings hung, and eyes are all aglow – mostly thanks to the buttered rum. Jules Capshaw and her staff at Torte are busier than ever… still, even the town’s most in-demand bakers need to take a break. So, Jules invites everyone to celebrate at the local Winchester Inn’s Dickens Feast, a six-course extravaganza with Yorkshire Pudding, Christmas goose, and all the trimmings. But as the weather outside becomes frightful, things inside turn less delightful when one of the guests ends up as dead as Scrooge’s doornail. Now, it’s up to Jules and her helpers to make a list of suspects – and check it twice – to try to find out who’s naughty, who’s nice, and who’s guilty of murder…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Beyond a Reasonable Stout (Sloan Krause mysteries 03)
Alexander, Ellie
It’s the dead season in Leavenworth, Washington. The throngs of Oktoberfest crowds have headed home, and the charming Bavarian streets are quiet and calm – momentarily. Villagers use the reprieve to drink in the crisp fall mountain air and prepare for the upcoming winter light festival. Soon the German-inspired shops and restaurants will be aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. Visitors will return to the northern Cascades to drink warm mulled cider and peruse the holiday markets. Brewer, Sloan Krause and her partner in crime Garrett Strong are using the slowdown to stock up on a new line of their signature craft beers at Nitro. They’re experimenting with a hoppy, holiday pine and a chocolate hazelnut stout. The small brewery is alive with delicious scents and bubbling batches of brew. Sloan is in her element. She loves the creativity and low-key atmosphere at Nitro. Only that is soon threatened by the incumbent city councilmember Kristopher Cooper. Kristopher is running for re-election, on a platform of making Leavenworth dry. Everyone in beertopia is fuming. Leavenworth’s economy relies on keeping the kegs flowing. Kristopher wants to banish beer, a policy that might just bankrupt the entire village. However, Kristopher turns up dead days before election night. Sloan quickly realises that his murder isn’t the work of a stranger. Friends, family, and every other business owner had a motive to kill him, including none other than April Ablin, Leavenworth’s self-described ambassador of all things German. Sloan finds herself defending April and trying to sleuth out a killer amongst a group of familiar faces.
Mystery | HC | $41.99

Owl Be Home for Christmas
Andrews, Donna
It’s a few days before Christmas, and Meg’s grandfather is hosting a scientific conference on owls at the Caerphilly Inn. Most of the family are there, helping out in one capacity or another, including Meg’s grandmother, Cordelia – invited by Grandfather in rare gesture of peacemaking, to share her expertise on rehabilitating large birds, including owls. An unexpectedly severe snowstorm traps the conference-goers in the hotel, and one of the visiting ornithologists is murdered. Even if Caerphilly is able to clear the roads in time, Chief Burke doesn’t want the various suspects to scatter to half a dozen continents before he identifies the killer, so there’s a very real possibility that none of them will make it home for Christmas… at least, not unless Meg comes to the rescue.
Meg Langslow | HC | $39.99

Lark! the Herald Angels Sing
Andrews, Donna
It’s Christmastime in Caerphilly and the town is preparing for the 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 | PBK | $21.95

Case Histories (Jackson Brodie series)
Atkinson, Kate
Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet – Lost on the left, Found on the right – and the two never seem to balance. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected… The first Jackson Brodie novel, reissued with gorgeous new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie series)
Atkinson, Kate
It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident – a near-homicidal attack which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander – until he becomes a murder suspect. As the body count mounts, each member of the teeming Dickensian cast’s story contains a kernel of the next, like a set of nesting Russian dolls. They are all looking for love or money or redemption or escape: but what each actually discovers is their own true self. Reissued with gorgeous new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

When Will There be Good News? (Jackson Brodie series)
Atkinson, Kate
In a quiet corner of rural Devon, a six-year-old girl witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later, the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie, wise beyond her years, works as a nanny for a GP. But her employer has disappeared with her baby, and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried. Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is a former acquaintance – Jackson Brodie – himself on a journey that becomes fatally interrupted. Reissued with gorgeous new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Started Early, Took My Dog (Jackson Brodie series)
Atkinson, Kate
A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn’t bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy’s humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn. Witnesses to Tracy’s Faustian exchange, in the Merrion Centre in Leeds, are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster; and Jackson Brodie – who has returned to his home county in search of someone else’s roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished. Reissued with gorgeous new cover art.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Almanack
Bailey, Martine
1752, Midsummer. Following a desperate summons from her mother, Tabitha Hart departs London for her home village of Netherlea – only to discover that her mother has drowned. Determined to discover the truth about the Widow Hart’s death, Tabitha consults her almanack and uncovers a series of cryptic notes describing her mother’s terror of someone she names only as ‘D’. Teaming up with young writer Nat Starling, Tabitha begins a race against time to unmask ‘D’ before more deaths follow. But as the summer draws to a close and the snow sets in, cutting off Netherlea from the outside world, Tabitha and Nat are forced to face the darkest hours of their lives. With the year predicted to meet a ‘violent, bloody end’, will Tabitha survive long enough to bring her mother’s killer to justice?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

In the Shadow of the Enemy (Christine de Pizan mysteries)
Bayard, Tania
Paris, 1393. A masquerade ball at the palace ends in tragedy, with four revellers burned to death. Was it an accident… or did someone deliberately hurl a flaming torch at the dancers? Convinced it was an act of murder and that the king himself was the real target, Queen Isabeau has asked Christine de Pizan to spend time at court in an attempt to uncover the identity of the would-be assassin. With the king struck down by an illness no one can understand, Christine finds the palace to be a hotbed of rumour, suspicion, petty rivalries and dark secrets: a place where no one can be trusted. Could the king’s ambitious brother, the Duke of Orleans, be responsible for the deaths? One of his embittered uncles? Or could the killer lie even closer to home…? A sequel to In the Presence of Evil (TP, $29.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Beating About the Bush
Beaton, M C
When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers when she is employed to investigate a case of industrial espionage at a factory where nothing is quite what it seems. The factory mystery soon turns to murder and a bad-tempered donkey turns Agatha into a national celebrity, before bringing her ridicule and shame. To add to her woes, Agatha finds herself grappling with growing feelings for her friend and occasional lover, Sir Charles Fraith. Then, as a possible solution to the factory murder unfolds, her own life is thrown into deadly peril. Will Agatha get her man, at last? Or will the killer get her first?
Agatha Raisin | HC | $45.00

Her Last Breath
Belsham, Alison
When a young woman is attacked and left fighting to survive in hospital, the police are pulled into a race against time to save her life. But just 24 hours later, she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body. And when another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of Brighton. His team identify a suspect, Alex Mullins, son of Francis’ lover, Marni. Can Francis forget their shared past and save the next victim, before it is too late?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Legacy of Murder (Kate Hamilton mysteries)
Berry, Connie
It’s Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent’s tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade. Nearly-blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman’s work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman’s death connected? Kate learns that Lady Barbara’s son fled to Venezuela, years before – suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara’s son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It’s up to Kate to clear her daughter’s name…
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Séances Are for Suckers (Eleanor Wilde mysteries 01)
Berry, Tamara
When something goes bump in the night… it’s most likely a plumbing problem. But fake medium Eleanor Wilde is happy to investigate and cleanse your home of spectral presences – for a fee. Hey, it’s a living… Ellie has an ailing sister to care for and working as a ghost hunter who doesn’t believe in ghosts helps cover the bills. When she’s lucky, it also pays for the occasional tropical vacation. On her latest job, though, she may be in for some genuine scares. The sceptical, reserved, and very rich Nicholas Hartford III has flown her all the way to his family’s ancestral estate in England – supposedly haunted by a phantom named Xavier. Nicholas thinks it’s all just as much a crock as Ellie’s business is, but his mother is sure that Xavier is real, and he’s willing to employ Ellie if she can put a stop to the nonsense. But when an actual dead body appears – and subsequently disappears – at Castle Hartford, she’ll have to apply her talent for trickery and psychological insight to solve a flesh-and-blood murder. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Talking with Psychopaths and Savages: a journey into the evil mind
Berry-Dee, Christopher
Look around you, because the person sitting next to you could be a cold, heartless murderer… a chilling look deep inside the minds of some of the most pitiless and dangerous people alive. Criminologist Christopher Berry-Dee takes readers deep inside the dark minds of some of the most pitiless and dangerous people alive. Having spent years interviewing imprisoned criminals – including notorious serial killers – he discovered that the lack of remorse these people showed was in many ways even more terrifying than the crimes they had committed. Yet, in the course of these conversations, the author also had the chance to interview his subjects’ psychiatrists and, in doing so, uncovered a terrible truth: a monster can be hidden behind a friendly face. Some of these experts, he found, proved to have more in common with their patients than he would ever have expected. This book examines horrific crimes committed by some of the most remorseless and merciless people ever to have lived. If it reveals a mindset wholly alien to most people, it also, shockingly, demonstrates that some of the people who treat these psychopaths have their own demons. This chilling study of darkest of criminal minds will inevitably shift the reader’s view of psychopaths, and in doing so, reveals that horror can be much closer to us than we think…
True crime | PBK | $19.99

Talking with Psychopaths and Savages: Beyond Evil
Berry-Dee, Christopher
Christopher Berry-Dee is back with a companion volume that delves even deeper into the savage world of psychopaths and their hideous crimes. This time, however, he combines sections on killers whom he has known, interviewed or corresponded with, with studies of psychopathic serial killers from the past, including Peter Kürten, the ‘Düsseldorf Monster’; John Christie, responsible for the killings at 10 Rillington Place; and Neville Heath, a lady-killer – in every sense of the word. The result is a chilling narrative that sets the forensic examination of killers and their crimes within the context of murder in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an examination of the evil mind set against the insoluble problem of identifying psychopaths who kill. This is not a book for the squeamish, but it is undeniably fascinating in its portrayal of just what one human being will do to others – while all too often moving among us unnoticed and unhindered. If their crimes seem as incomprehensible as they are horrific, it is undeniably true that the world’s most savage killers may be much closer than we think…
True crime | PBK | $19.99

The Boy in the Headlights (Munch & Krüger series)
Bjork, Samuel
Winter 1996. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal, at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head. Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random. To find the killer, they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer when you cannot begin to predict their next move? The third in this terrific noir series, following I’m Travelling Alone (PBK, $22.99) and The Owl Always Hunts at Night (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Marry Christmas Murder (Wedding Planner mysteries 05)
Blackmoore, Stephanie
Olivia’s dreaming of a white Christmas – as in a white wedding gown and all the trimmings. But that’s not the only event that’s keeping everyone busy. Olivia’s family are in real estate development, and they’re sponsoring Paws and Poinsettias – a benefit for the Port Quincy animal shelter. Meanwhile, Mallory’s mom wants to use her daughter’s connection to snag a job staging homes for the company… and the current stager is not filled with holiday cheer at the news that she might be replaced. When the endangered employee downs some antifreeze-spiked punch at a party, Mallory has a murder to solve – among other mysteries, including a missing cat, a toy-drive heist, and a baby found in a manger thirty years earlier…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Clarets of Fire (Rosé Avenue Wine Club mysteries 04)
Blum, Christine E
Halsey and the ladies of the Rosé Avenue Wine Club are celebrating with newlyweds Penelope and Malcolm, who are thrilled to be opening their new winery. They’re also partnering with a cherished neighbourhood eatery, Rico’s Pizza, which will be serving young clarets from their fall harvest. But as Halsey attempts to savour the bouquet of her Tooth & Nail Cab, a different scent intrudes – smoke. The nearby pizza parlour is going up in flames. As they rush to the scene, Halsey’s rescue dog Bardot pulls a body from the burning building – the pizza delivery driver – but it’s too late. When investigators determine a rag soaked with gasoline in a bottle from the winery started the blaze, police suspect both the pizza parlour owners and Penelope and Malcolm of arson and murder. With her friends’ business and freedom at stake, it’s up to Halsey to smoke out the real arsonist – before somebody else gets scorched…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Bitterroots (Cassie Dewell series)
Box, C J
The ties that bind can burn you. Former sheriff’s investigator Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm. She’s her own boss, answering to no one – and that’s just the way she likes it after the past few tumultuous years. But it’s all going to change when an old friend calls in a favour: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young woman from an influential family. Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees. But out by the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there’s always something more to the story. The Kleinsassers have ruled this part of Montana for decades, and the Iron Cross Ranch is their stronghold. They want to see Blake Kleinsasser, the black sheep of the family, put away forever for the assault. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must not only confront a family whose roots are tangled and deadly – she must also face the ghosts of her own past.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Killer Carol (Amish mysteries 07)
Bradford, Laura
As the owner of Heavenly Treasures, the local gift shop, Claire is busier than ever – helping her English customers (and even a few of her Amish friends, like Esther and Ben) find the perfect gift for the special people on their shopping list. Claire makes sure she has time for her boyfriend, Detective Jakob Fisher. But the man, who was raised and then shunned by the Amish over his choice of career, has been unusually secretive lately. She tries not to worry, to trust their relationship, but trying and doing aren’t exactly matching up. Before she can figure out what’s going on with Jakob, word comes that Ruth and Samuel Yoder are being questioned in the death of an elderly Amish couple, found murdered not long after the newlyweds were seen leaving the victims’ farm. Ruth, in turn, seeks Claire’s help in convincing the police that she and Samuel had nothing to do with what happened. But when Claire comes across a cryptic note tucked inside the wedding gift the victims had given the newlyweds no more than an hour before their murder, she finds herself in dire need of a little convincing as well. Can Claire get to the bottom of things, in time to ensure a merry Christmas for all?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Mrs Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel (Victorian mysteries 38)
Brightwell, Emily
Margaret Starling wasn’t the sort of woman anyone expected to be murdered. She was on the advisory board of the London Angel Alms Society, she was an active member of St Peter’s Church, and, best of all, she was always willing to lend a hand to a friend, or a neighbour in need of advice. She was also a wealthy upper-class widow. But money alone won’t protect you, when someone decides it’s high time you met your maker. Margaret’s next-door neighbour considered her an odious busybody, the Reverend Reginald Pontefract wished she’d never set foot in St Peter’s, and half the advisory board of the London Angel Alms Society heartily hoped she’d come down with pneumonia before the next quarterly meeting. All in all, Margaret wasn’t as well regarded as she’d always thought she was. But Mrs Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon know that justice isn’t a popularity contest, and they won’t rest – until they sift through the suspects to catch a sinister scrooge.
Historical mystery | HC | $52.95

The Body on the Train (Kate Shackleton series)
Brody, Frances
1929, London: In the darkness before dawn, a London railway porter discovers a man’s body as he unloads a special goods train from Yorkshire, all means of identification stripped away. Hitting a dead end, Scotland Yard call on indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton, hoping her local Yorkshire knowledge and undoubted skills at winkling out information will produce the results they need. 1929, Yorkshire: Fears of unrest in the Yorkshire coalfields mean that Kate must conduct her investigation with the utmost secrecy. But when she discovers that another murder occurred around the same time as the mysterious body on the train, she is convinced there must be a connection. Using her sharp instincts and persuasive charm, she begins to uncover a web of intrigue that edges her closer to the truth. But with attempts being made on her life, Kate needs all the strength and resourcefulness she can muster, before she becomes the next victim…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Buried in the Stacks (Haunted Library mysteries 03)
Brook, Allison
In winter, the Haunted Library is a refuge for homeless townspeople. When a group purchases a vacant house to establish a daytime haven for the homeless, Carrie offers the library as a meeting place for the Haven House committee, but quickly learns that it may be used for illegal activities. As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her – and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost, six years earlier. And then Dorothy is murdered – run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece’s killer, but that’s no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbours and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Homeward Hound (Sister Jane mysteries 11)
Brown, Rita Mae
As winter deepens over the Blue Ridge Mountains, even the threat of snowstorms cannot derail this year’s Christmas run, not as long as ‘Sister’ Jane Arnold has a say in it. With spirits high and traditions strong, a glorious parade of hunters in full holiday regalia gathers on the grounds of Tattenhall Station. But a blinding blizzard brings an early end to the sport. More disturbing: A horse soon returns without its rider. Gregory Luckham, a controversial presence as the president of a powerful energy company pushing for a pipeline through central Virginia, is the missing hunter. A search is organised for what is presumed will be a dead, frozen body. What is discovered, however, chills everyone to the bone – and points toward murder. Sister Jane will have to untangle a mystery packed as hard as snow – full of history, secrets, old wounds, and avarice.
Mystery | TP | $35.95

Christmas Cow Bells (Buttermilk Creek mysteries 01)
Bryan, Mollie Cox
Christmas is a time for new beginnings – so, after her big break-up, Brynn MacAlister takes the gouda with the bad. With her three Red Devon cows, she settles in bucolic Shenandoah Springs, eager for a new life as an organic micro-dairy farmer and cheesemaker. Then her dear cow Petunia’s bellows set the whole town on edge. But it isn’t until Brynn’s neighbour, Nancy, dies in a mysterious fire that her feelings about small town life begin to curdle… It seems some folks were not happy with Nancy’s plan to renovate the Old Glebe Church. But is a fear of change a motivation for murder? Suddenly, Christmas doesn’t feel so festive…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Evil Under the Sun (Poirot series)
Christie, Agatha
The moment Arlena Stuart steps through the door, every eye in the resort is on her. She is beautiful. She is famous. And in less than 72 hours she will be dead. On this luxury retreat, cut off from the outside world, everyone is a suspect. The wandering husband. The jealous wife. The bitter stepdaughter. They all had a reason to kill Arlena Stuart. But who hated her enough to do it?
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural (Collins Chillers)
Christie, Agatha
For lovers of the supernatural and the macabre comes this collection of ghostly and chilling tales from Agatha Christie. Acknowledged the world over as the undisputed Queen of Crime, in fact she dabbled in her early writing career with mysteries of a more unearthly kind – stories featuring fantastic psychic visions, spectres looming in the shadows, encounters with deities, eerie messages from the Other Side, even a man who switches bodies with a cat… This haunting compendium gathers together all of Christie’s spookiest and most macabre short stories, some featuring her timeless detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Finally, together in one volume, it shines a light on the darker side of Agatha Christie, one that she herself relished, identifying ten of them as ‘my own favourite stories written soon after The Mysterious Affair at Styles, some before that’.
Christie | PBK | $19.99

Murder She Said: the Quotable Miss Marple
Christie, Agatha & Medawar, Tony (editor)
Did you know that one of the world’s sharpest and most forensic minds inhabited the persona of an attractive old lady, with pink cheeks and blue eyes, and a gentle, rather fussy manner? Discover the secrets of Miss Marple in this gorgeous book of her quotes and sayings… ‘Really, I have no gifts – except perhaps a certain knowledge of human nature.’ Everyone in St Mary Mead knew Miss Marple: fluffy and dithery in appearance, but inwardly as sharp and as shrewd as they make them. ‘This is a wicked murderer, Inspector – and the wicked should not go unpunished.’ Now, in her own words, discover the razor-sharp mind of the world’s favourite armchair sleuth, and the wit and wisdom of the Queen of Crime who created her. Includes an exclusive essay by Agatha Christie, written to promote the Miss Marple stories: ‘Does a Woman’s Instinct Make Her a Good Detective?’ We think this would make a lovely stocking stuffer!
Christie | HC | $22.99

Fudge Bites (Candy-Coated mysteries 07)
Coco, Nancy
It’s late October, off season for tourists, but locals are up and lurching for the annual zombie walk charity event. Though everyone’s living it up, trouble is a just a few paw prints away. Allie’s followed the bloody tracks of her calico cat, Carmella, to a body in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. Unlike the island’s other walking dead, this one’s flatlined for good. It seems that someone is using the zombie fest as the perfect backdrop for murder. Now, amateur sleuth Allie and dreamboat officer Rex Manning must use every trick in their treat bag to unmask a killer in disguise.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Robert B Parker’s the Bitterest Pill (Jess Stone)
Coleman, Reed Farrel
When a popular high school cheerleader dies of a suspected heroin overdose, it becomes clear that the opioid epidemic has spread even to the idyllic town of Paradise. It will be up to police chief Jesse Stone to unravel the supply chain and unmask the criminals behind it, and the investigation has a clear epicentre: Paradise High School. Home of the town’s best and brightest future leaders and its most vulnerable down-and-out teens, it’s a rich and bottomless market for dealers out of Boston looking to expand into the suburbs. But when it comes to drugs, the very people Jesse is trying to protect are often those with the most to lose. As he digs deeper into the case, he finds himself battling self-interested administrators, reluctant teachers, distrustful schoolkids, and overprotective parents… and at the end of the line are the true bad guys, the ones with a lucrative business they’d kill to protect.
Hardboiled | HC | $55.00

The Off-Islander (Andy Roark series)
Colt, Peter
Boston, 1982. Private investigator Andy Roark has spent the past decade trying to rediscover his place in the world. In Vietnam, there was order and purpose. Everything – no matter how brutal – happened for a reason. Back home, after brief stints in college and with the police force, Roark has settled for a steady, easy routine of divorce and insurance fraud cases. Roark’s childhood friend, Danny Sullivan, dragged himself out of blue-collar Southie to become a respected and powerful lawyer. Now he wants Roark to help one of his clients with a sensitive request. Deborah Swift, wealthy wife of an aspiring California politician, is trying to trace her father, last seen on Cape Cod, who walked out on her and her mother long ago. Other investigators have turned up nothing, but Roark’s local connections might give him an edge. The case takes Roark to the island of Nantucket, tranquil in its off season, and laden with picturesque charm. Yet, even here, on the quaint cobble-stoned streets and pristine beaches, Roark’s finely-honed senses alert him to danger just below the surface. Nothing is quite as it seems. And the biggest case of Roark’s career may just shatter what little peace of mind he has left…
Mystery/suspense | HC | $42.99

The Night Fire (Ballard & Bosch series)
Connelly, Michael
Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor, John Jack Thompson – who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now, John Jack is dead… and Harry inherits a murder book that Thompson took with him, when he left the LAPD 20 years before – the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals. Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson’s fire, all those years ago. The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigative team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book, to work the case in retirement… or to make sure it never got solved? Ballard and Bosch’s first appearance, together, was in Dark Sacred Night (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker series) (20th anniversary edition)
Connolly, John
Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil. At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that ‘The Travelling Man’ is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation, in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt. This celebratory twentieth anniversary edition of the first Charlie Parker novel includes a new essay on twenty years of Charlie Parker by the author.
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Last Pen Standing (Stationery Shop mysteries 01)
Conroy, Vivian
As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana’s stationery shop Wanted, Delta Douglas knows how to organise a killer crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn’t the only thing found sprawled on the floor. A hotel guest is discovered dead in the bar, and amid the confusion, Delta’s best friend is suspected of the crime. Enlisting the help of her Paper Posse and Spud, her canine sidekick, Delta dives into the investigation.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

A Capitol Death (Flavia Albia series)
Davis, Lindsey
Emperor Domitian has been awarded (or rather, has demanded) yet another Triumph, to celebrate two so-called victories. Preparations are going smoothly until one of the men overseeing arrangements for the celebration accidentally falls to his death from a cliff on the symbolic Capitoline Hill. But Flavia Albia suspects there’s more to the incident than meets the eye, as there are plenty of people who would have been delighted to be rid of the overseer. He was an abusive swine who couldn’t organise a booze-up in a winery and was caught up in a number of scams, including one surrounding the supply of imperial purple dye and a family of shellfish-boilers. As Flavia finds herself drawn into a theatrical world of carnival floats, musicians, incense, and sacrificial beasts, can she see to the heart of the matter and catch those responsible for the unpopular man’s untimely death?
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Knickerbocker Classics)
Doyle, Arthur Conan
The Complete Sherlock Holmes is comprised of four full-length novels and 56 short stories featuring the world’s most famous pipe-smoking detective. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between the years 1867 and 1927, the legendary Sherlock Holmes employed his mastery of deductive reasoning and expert sleuthing to solve an array of complex and harrowing cases. From his home – 221B Baker Street, in London – the legendary Sherlock Holmes (accompanied by his loyal companion and chronicler, Dr Watson) baffled policemen and became famous worldwide for his remarkable observations and even more eccentric habits. Featuring a foreword from renowned Holmes scholar Daniel Stashower (author of A Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes in America), The Complete Sherlock Holmes contains every known Sherlock Holmes tale ever written. From Holmes’ first appearance in ‘A Study in Scarlet’ (1887) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901–02), through the collection of stories in The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, this deluxe edition boasts the entire Holmes catalogue. Complete and unabridged, these elegantly designed, hardcover editions feature a comprehensive introduction providing the reader with enlightening information on the author’s life and works. For Sherlock Holmes fans, this stunning hardcover edition is perfect for gift giving.
Sherlockiana | HC | $35.00

Murder by an Aristocrat (American Mystery Classics)
Eberhart, Mignon G
When Nurse Keate arrives at the Thatcher estate to care for a man with a bullet in his shoulder, she’s told that he shot himself accidentally – but when the convalescing man is murdered soon thereafter, it becomes clear that the only ‘accident’ was his not being fully killed the first time around. A murderer stalks the manor and yet the rest of the family isn’t the slightest bit alarmed; instead, they seem intent on concealing the crime and adding it to the other dark secrets buried deep within their mansion’s walls. Meanwhile, Nurse Keate is passed from one family member to another, each one claiming some spurious ailment requiring her expertise, realising only too late that the family is anxious to keep her and her knowledge of the crime from leaving the premises. After another apparent murder takes place, she begins to fear that the price of this knowledge may be her life. A thrilling mystery set in the rarefied world of a wealthy Midwestern family, Murder by an Aristocrat renders its pulse-pounding suspense and puzzling crimes with eloquent prose, exemplifying why Eberhart was widely known, in her day, as ‘the atmosphere queen.’ It is the fifth instalment in the Nurse Keate series, which can be read in any order.
Classic mystery | TP | $24.95

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (British Library Crime Classics)
Edwards, Martin (editor)
Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder… A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman’s watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned amidst the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street’s Christmas shopping. Lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder. This collection of mysteries explores the darker side of the festive season – from unexplained disturbances in the fresh snow, to the darkness that lurks beneath the sparkling decorations. With neglected stories by John Bude and E C R Lorac, as well as tales by little-known writers of crime fiction, Martin Edwards blends the cosy atmosphere of the fireside story with a chill to match the temperature outside. This is a gripping seasonal collection sure to delight mystery fans.
Classic mystery | TP | $28.95

Murder Flies the Coop (Beryl & Edwina mysteries 02)
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 – the only witnesses cooing mournfully…
Historical mystery | TP | $26.99

Murder in the First Edition (Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries 03)
Elliott, Lauren
Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction – especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new paediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears – Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanising ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction. Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital – and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor’easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters, as well as she can appraise rare books…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Identity Crisis
Elton, Ben
A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV, and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his already complex investigation is further impeded by the fact that he simply doesn’t ‘get’ a single thing about anything, any more. Meanwhile, each day, another public figure confesses to having ‘misspoken’ and prostrates themselves before the judgement of Twitter. Begging for forgiveness, assuring the public ‘that is not who I am’. But if nobody is who they are, any more – then who, the f**k, are we?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Innocence Dies (Detectives George & Reeves series)
Falconer, Colin
A schoolgirl is found dead in a park in North London and DI Charlie George is not short of suspects – is it her stepfather? Is it a sex crime? Is it race related? Charlie finally thinks he has it sorted, with his killer bang to rights. But then his lawyer gets him free on a technicality. And that’s just the start of his troubles. He’s been a cop all his life, he thought he’d seen everything… The sequel to Lucifer Falls (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Mitford Scandal (Mitford Murders series)
Fellowes, Jessica
The newly-married and most beautiful of the Mitford sisters, Diana, hot-steps around Europe with her husband and fortune heir Bryan Guinness, accompanied by maid Louisa Cannon, as well as some of the most famous and glamorous luminaries of the era. But murder soon follows, and with it, a darkness grows in Diana’s heart… Follows The Mitford Murders and Bright Young Dead (PBK, $19.99 each). Recommended.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Perfect Crime (DI Callanach series)
Fields, Helen
Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge, until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed… As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully-curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be. Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Beijing Conspiracy
Flint, Shamini
When ex-Marine Jack Ford receives a letter containing news of a daughter he never knew he had, he feels compelled to return to China, a country he hasn’t visited since 1989 – when, as a young American spy, he fell in love with a beautiful student activist, and found himself caught up in the horrors of the Tiananmen Square massacre. But why has Xia got in touch now, after a thirty-year silence? On arrival in Beijing, Jack finds himself accidentally in possession of an explosive piece of information both the Chinese and American governments are desperate to get their hands on. Alone in a strange city, suspected of being a traitor by his own side, not knowing whom to trust, Jack is faced with an impossible dilemma: should he save his new-found daughter or prevent a new world war from breaking out?
Thriller | HC | $44.95

Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swenson mysteries 23)
Fluke, Joanne
With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah’s life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden – especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball from the past in honour of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes for the merry festivities, she instantly becomes enthralled by Essie’s old notebooks – and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York… Hannah’s surprised by Essie’s secret talent for penning crime fiction. She’s even more surprised when the story turns real. As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother’s house, it’ll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swenson mysteries 12)
Fluke, Joanne
The Cookie Jar’s busiest time of the year also happens to be the most wonderful time… for Christmas cookies, Hannah’s own special plum pudding – and romance! She also gets a kick out of ‘Lunatic Larry Jaeger’s Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot’, a kitschy carnival taking place smack-dab in the middle of the village green. But then Hannah discovers the man himself dead as a doornail in his own office… Now, with so many suspects to investigate and the twelve days of Christmas ticking away, Hannah’s running out of time to nab a murderous Scrooge who doesn’t want her to see the New Year…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $21.99

Blood in the Water
Flynn, Jack
Boston is in the grip of the coldest winter on record, but in its criminal underworld the temperature is rising. Harbour chief Cormack O’Connell has lived his life close to the wire – above and below the law. He knows every movement on his waterfront, and that’s why someone wants him out of the way, fast. Homeland security agent Kit Steele is committed to avenge terrorism. Also known as The Hunter, she’s got her eye on the prize. This time it’s personal, and she has nothing left to lose. Her prey is Vincente Carpio, one of the world’s most dangerous criminals. He is clever, calculating and he’s biding his time. Diamond O’Connell is a daughter, a lover, and a fighter. She’s seen things most nineteen-year-old girls couldn’t even begin to imagine. And she’s about to become a pawn in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Everyone has their part to play, but now it seems that there are much darker, far-reaching forces at work which look to be preparing for the international stage.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Lethal Agent (Mitch Rapp series)
Flynn, Vince & Mills, Kyle
A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the Internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the US. ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon across the border, but it’s really just a diversion. The terrorist organisation needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to weaponise a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they’ll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order. Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Mexican cartels and track down the ISIS leader who he failed to kill during their last confrontation. But with Washington’s political elite increasingly lined up against him, he knows he’ll be on his own.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Hunting Party
Foley, Lucy
In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year. The beautiful one. The golden couple. The volatile one. The new parents. The quiet one. The city boy. The outsider… The victim. Not an accident – a murder among friends.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Lying Room
French, Nicci
It should have been just a mid-life fling. A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered. An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband, and from her increasingly distant children. But when Neve pays a morning-after visit to her lover, Saul, and finds him brutally murdered, their pied-à-terre still heady with her perfume, all the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravel. After scrubbing clean every trace of her existence from Saul’s life – and death – Neve believes she can return to normal, shaken but intact. But she can’t get out of her head the one tormenting question: what was she forgetting? An investigation into the slaying could provide the answer. It’s brought Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Hitching, and Neve’s worst fears, to her door. But with every new lie, every new misdirection to save herself, Neve descends further into the darkness of her betrayal – and into more danger than she ever imagined. Because Hitching isn’t the only one watching Neve. So, is a determined killer who’s about to make the next terrifying move in a deadly affair…
| TP | $29.99

Something Read, Something Dead (Lighthouse Library mysteries 05)
Gates, Eva
Winter falls on North Carolina’s Outer Banks as Lucy Richardson and her friends joyfully help her favourite cousin, Josie O’Malley, plan her wedding. The owner and head baker of Josie’s Cosy Bakery and her fiancé, chef Jake Greenblatt, want a small, simple wedding. But to their horror, Josie’s imperious grandmother, Gloria, descends with the ‘Louisiana Mafia’: a gaggle of aunts and cousins who intend to take control of the wedding plans. Gloria doesn’t do small and simple, and cousin Mirabelle has her own ideas for Josie’s wedding, something grand and lavish – and paid for by Josie’s parents, of course – that will kick start her fledgling event planning business and get her work shown on the covers of wedding magazines. To make matters worse, Mirabelle focuses her full Southern charm on the prospective groom… and Jake doesn’t seem entirely averse to her attentions. To smooth the waters, Lucy hosts a bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. But it turns deadly, when Mirabelle collapses – soon after eating the gluten-free treats Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her favourite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook to book…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Read and Buried (Lighthouse Library mysteries 06)
Gates, Eva
The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Book Club is reading Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne; while workers dig into the earth to repair the Lighthouse Library’s foundations. The digging halts when Lucy pulls a battered tin box containing a Civil War-era diary from the pit. Tucked inside is a hand-drawn map of the Outer Banks accompanied by a page written in an indecipherable code. The library is overrun by people clamouring to see the artefact. Later that night, Lucy and Connor McNeil find the body of historical society member Jeremy Hughes inside the library. Clearly, Jeremy was not the only one who broke into the library – the map and the coded page are missing. Lucy’s nemesis, Louise Jane McKaughnan, confesses to entering the library after closing to sneak a peek, but denies seeing Jeremy – or his killer. When Lucy discovers that fellow-librarian Charlene had a past with Jeremy, she’s forced to do what she vowed not to do – get involved in the case. Meanwhile, the entire library staff and community become obsessed with trying to decode the page. But when the library has a second break in, it becomes clear that someone is determined to solve that code.
Mystery | HC | $52.95

The Shape of Night
Gerritsen, Tess
We’ve all done things we’re ashamed of… When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget. But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Exotic Pet-Sitter mysteries 02)
Gilbert, Heather Day
Pet-sitter Belinda Blake is no stranger to dealing with wild animals, but she’s wary when the owner of the Greenwich, Connecticut, preserve asks her to help out with her ‘fluffy darlings’. Her caution seems justified on her very first day, when she discovers a tour guide – dead, bloodied, and surrounded by wolves in the enclosure. Was it death by predator, or something more sinister? The body count rises, but something’s not adding up. As she gets to know the rescued wolves and wolf-dog hybrids better, Belinda realises that her human colleagues are not above suspicion. With help from her own ‘pack’ – her pregnant sister, Red the chauffeur/bodyguard, and hunky farmer Jonas – Belinda is hot on the killer’s tail, but if she doesn’t find him soon, he’ll do more than muzzle her to keep the truth from escaping.
Mystery | TP | $33.95

Two Bites Too Many (Sarah Blair mysteries 02)
Goldstein, Debra H
Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavoury divorce. Settled into a cosy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and – if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts – lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end… When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands – the Blair girls’ sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbours turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox
Gradidge, Claire
Everyone has secrets – some are just more deadly than others… April 1941, Romsey, England. Josephine ‘Jo’ Fox hasn’t set foot in Romsey in over twenty years. As an illegitimate child, her family – headed by her controlling grandfather – found her an embarrassment. Now, she wants to return to what was once her home and uncover the secret of her parentage. Who was her father and why would her mother never talk about him? Jo arrives the day after the Luftwaffe have bombed the town. The local pub, The Cricketers’ Arms, has been completely destroyed and rescue teams are searching for the remains of the seven people known to have been in the pub at the time the bomb hit. They are shocked, however, to uncover eight bodies, not seven. The eighth, unidentified, body is that of a teenage girl, who no one in the town claims to know… This deliciously-dark tale of wartime family secrets and lies in small town England is perfect for fans of Jessica Fellowes or Jacqueline Winspear.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Sudden Death in Cyprus
Grant, Michael
David Mitre has a very unusual set of skills, skills he has acquired over a long criminal career. Skills that make him an irritant for people like the FBI. Hiding among the ex-pat community of the Greek islands, his cover is blown when he is witness to a stabbing on a Cyprus beach. The FBI want answers and David is given an ultimatum; solve the murder or face imprisonment for his own crimes. Coerced into playing detective, David unwittingly uncovers a criminal enterprise far worse than anything he could have imagined.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

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 and Daniel need to pull together all the strings to find the connections between their wandering Scottish veteran, his kidnapped dog, a student dramatic society that’s moved into Corinna’s building, burglaries, and the threatening notes that begin to mysteriously appear in her apartment. Between her forays into danger, there is still time in Corinna’s life for tender encounters while the delicious aromas of newly baked breads, muffins, and treats waft out of her bakery, Earthly Delights. Now in paperback.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Now You See Them (Stephens & Mephisto series)
Griffiths, Elly
Brighton, 1963. Edgar Stephens has been promoted to Superintendent and is married to his former sergeant, Emma Holmes. Edgar’s wartime partner in arms, magician Max Mephisto, is a movie star in Hollywood, while his daughter Ruby has her own TV show. The funeral of an old friend highlights just how much the gang’s lives have changed in the last nine years. Edgar is struggling with fresh responsibilities and the new swinging Brighton of rioting mods and rockers; Emma is chafing against the restrictions of life as a housewife. Bob Willis, meanwhile, is tackling his biggest case since his promotion to DI: a schoolgirl missing from high-class boarding school Roedean. It looks like she’s run away; but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearances of a young local nurse and a tearaway Modette, neither of whom have been seen or heard from since…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Guardians
Grisham, John
He was framed for murder. Now, he needs someone on the outside to save him. For 22 years, Quincy Miller has sat on Death Row without friends, family or legal representation. He was accused of killing a Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. But there were no witnesses and no motive. Just the fact that Quincy was black in an all-white town and that a blood-splattered torch was found in the boot of his car. A torch, he swore was planted. A torch that conveniently disappeared from evidence, just before his trial. It made no difference. The police photographs of the torch were enough. In the eyes of the law Quincy is guilty and, no matter how often he protests his innocence, his punishment will be death. Finally, after 22 years, an innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. Post has exonerated eight men in the last ten years. He intends Quincy will become number nine. But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo’s murder. They prefer that an innocent man goes to his death than one of them. They killed one lawyer, 22 years ago, and they’ll kill another one without a second thought.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Blood Song (Roy & Castells series)
Gustawsson, Johana
Spain, 1938: The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Therese witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Therese gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her. Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre. Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and soon finds herself on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer. Little does she realise that this killer is about to change the life of her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells. Joining forces once again, Roy and Castells’ investigation takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule. The third instalment in the award-winning Roy & Castells series, following Block 46 and Keeper (PBK, $19.99 each).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Silver (Martin Scarsden series)
Hammer, Chris
For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But, now, there is no escaping. He’d vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won’t come again. Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days has been brutally murdered, and Mandy is the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him. He’s making little progress, when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion… The sequel to the acclaimed Scrublands (PBK, $16.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Headlong (Bill Slider)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
When one of London’s best-known literary agents is found dead in strange circumstances, having fallen headlong from his office window, DCI Slider is under pressure from the Borough Commander to confirm a case of accidental death. But when the evidence points to murder, Slider and his team find themselves uncovering some decidedly scandalous secrets in the suave and successful Ed Wiseman’s past. An embittered ex-wife. A discarded mistress. A frustrated would-be author. A disgruntled former employee. Many had reason to hold a grudge against the late lamented literary agent. But who would feel strongly enough to kill him? Any leads in the investigation seem only to result in more questions – not least of which is the identity of the elusive Calliope Hunt. Who is she – and what is her connection to the train of events?
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Shallow Grave (Bill Slider)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
Detective Inspector Bill Slider has always been keen on architecture, and The Old Rectory is the kind of house he would give anything to won. But the dead body of Jennifer Andrews in her shallow grave rather spoils the view. The case looks straightforward enough: a provocative woman murdered by her violent and jealous husband. But as the investigation proceeds, new suspects and motives keep crawling out of the woodwork. It seems there is something rotten at the heart of the community surrounding the lovely old house. When Slider finally gets a confession, it’s from a wholly incredible source. It seems in life there is always more going on than meets the eye… A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $24.99

Blood Sinister (Bill Slider)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
Award-winning ex-Guardian hack Phoebe Agnew has a reputation for attacking the police in print. So, when her strangled body is found in her chaotic flat, Detective Inspector Bill Slider must abide by the impartiality of the law and find her killer. On the day of her death the seemingly undomesticated Agnew cooked an elaborate meal for someone. It may have been her old friend and reputed lover, the government advisor Josh Prentiss, but his powerful Home Office friends are pressuring Slider to look elsewhere. Unidentified fingerprints, missing items, alibis offered when not required – Slider is under pressure to untangle this web of lies and hidden relationships. For Phoebe Agnew was concealing a secret, which someone ass willing to kill – and kill again – to protect… A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $24.99

Gone Tomorrow (Bill Slider)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
The stabbed body of a well-dressed man is found slumped on a swing in a children’s playground in the heart of Detective Inspector Bill Slider’s patch. From the seedy pubs of Shepherd’s Bush through the brothels of Notting Hill to the mansions of Holland Park, Slider and his team unearth the victims’ sordid lifestyle of debts, drugs and dodgy deals. It soon becomes clear that their prime suspect is a crime baron who will stop at nothing to keep his identity hidden. However, Slider is not only up against a resourceful villain, but is also fighting to stop the case being taken off his hand. He’s so busy he hasn’t a spare moment. But when the case is all over, he’ll finally have the time to hear what his on-off girlfriend has been trying to tell him… A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $24.99

Dear Departed (Bill Slider)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
It looks as though Inspector Bill Slider has a serial killer on his hands: ‘the Park Killer’, as the media so innovatively label him, attacks his victims in London’s public parks, and when Chattie Cornfield is murdered while out jogging, the pattern fits. But as Slider and Atherton investigate, it is Chattie’s life rather than the killer’s that poses questions. There’s a startling anomaly between her ritzy lifestyle and her modest income. There are friends who loved her, a sister who hated her, men who thought they knew her, and a mysterious package that poses more questions than it answers. Who was the real Chattie? Where was she on the last day of her life? And was it love, hate or avarice that drove the hooded figure to kill her? A reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $24.99

A Knit Before Dying (Tangled Web mysteries 02)
Hartwell, Sadie
Shop owner Josie Blair is finally settling into the pace of living in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. Between running Miss Marple Knits, jumpstarting a blog, and handcrafting items with the help of her knitting pals, Josie’s too preoccupied to worry about her past. And thanks to Lyndon and Harry, the owners of the brand-new antique shop next door, she’s also busy repurposing a box of vintage crocheted doilies adorned with the most curious needlework… But before Josie can formally welcome her neighbours, she discovers Lyndon on the floor of his shop stabbed to death by a rusty old pair of sheep shears…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Murder of Harriet Monckton
Haynes, Elizabeth
Based on an unsolved true crime. On the seventh of November 1843, 23-year-old Harriet Monckton is found murdered in the privy behind the dissenting chapel she regularly attended in Bromley, Kent. The townsfolk are appalled by her death, apparently as a result of swallowing a fatal dose of prussic acid, and even more so – when the autopsy reveals that Harriet was almost six months pregnant. Her fellow teacher and companion, her would-be fiancé, her seducer, and her former landlord and lover… all are suspects. Each has a reason to want her dead.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Autumn Alibi (Wiccan Wheel mysteries 06)
Hesse, Jennifer David
Keli is hoping that Mabon, the Wiccan Autumn Equinox, will bring balance back into her life. But it’s death that comes calling, when she’s asked to consult on an estate case. Recently passed, Elaine Turnbull left everything – including her valuable art and antiques collection – to her granddaughter, Lana. But Lana has been missing for years, ever since a tragedy tore her family apart. Also missing may be Elaine’s most recent will. Then there’s the not-so-small detail that Elaine’s death by natural causes may not have been so natural, after all… With the help of her boyfriend, Wes, who knew Lana in high school, Keli starts digging into Elaine’s past – and her journals. Soon she discovers that everyone, from Elaine’s caretaker to her curator, had a motive for murder – along with a seemingly rock-solid alibi. Between missing people, missing documents, a string of vandalism against her friends, and the sense she’s being stalked, Keli is feeling a disturbing chill. Now, not even her Wiccan protection rituals may save her from a killer with a cold heart that’s far from grateful…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Robert Ludlum’s the Treadstone Resurrection
Hood, Joshua
Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be a nearly invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. Which is why he was determined to get out. Working as a cabinetmaker in rural Oregon, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site. Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him – lightning reflexes and a cold conscience – in order to discover who the would-be killers are, and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies, from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, someone inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

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

Horowitz, Anthony
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind. Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’ methods of investigation and deduction, Chase must hunt down this shadowy figure – a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace. The game is afoot… Horowitz’s delightfully-fiendish follow-up to The House of Silk (PBK, $19.99). A reissue with new cover art.
Sherlockiana (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Howard, Catherine Ryan
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night, the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her, and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself? Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Curtain Call (Enora Andressen series)
Hurley, Graham
Thirty-nine-year-old Enora Andresson is a successful actress and a woman in her prime. But for how long? Tests have revealed an aggressive brain tumour that could kill her. Already struggling with the wreckage of her marriage and a strained relationship with her teenage son, Malo, she hasn’t anticipated the appearance of investigative journalist Mitch Culligan on her doorstep. Mitch is writing a book about entrepreneur and one-time drug baron Hayden Prentice – a multimillionaire, who once crossed paths with Enora, and whom Mitch believes has helped fund the push to take the UK out of Europe. Mitch is determined to expose the murky swirl of politics, power and influence around Brexit – but in order to do so, he needs Enora’s help… Enora must confront her past, while facing a deeply uncertain future. Can she survive near-impossible odds? The first in a new series.
Thriller | TP | $29.95

Wrecked (IQ series)
Ide, Joe
Isaiah Quintabe – IQ, for short – has never been more successful, or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him so notorious that he can hardly go to the corner store without being recognised. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ’s PI business some real legitimacy: a Facebook page, and IQ’s promise to stop accepting Christmas sweaters and carpet cleanings in exchange for PI services. So, 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 gangster who was responsible for the death of his brother, Marcus. Only, this time, Isaiah’s not alone. The sequel to IQ and Righteous (PBK, $19.99 each). Highly recommended.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dead Man’s Grip (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
Carly Chase is traumatised, ten days after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next. Reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
The return of a Brighton girl turned movie star spells nothing but trouble for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Gaia Lafayette has a movie to shoot on location back home and Grace is in charge of her security. Yet, when a vicious gangster is released from prison and an unidentifiable headless torso is found, a nightmare unfolds before Grace’s eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia – and Grace knows that they may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning… Reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Dead Man’s Time (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
The past haunts Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in his new case – and in his private life. A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant fighting for her life. Millions of pounds’ worth of valuables have been stolen. Within days, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him from the shady antiques world of England, across Europe and all the way back to the New York waterfront’s gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the force of one man’s greed and another man’s fury. Reissue.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

The Secret of Cold Hill
James, Peter
Cold Hill House has been razed to the ground by fire, replaced with a development of ultra-modern homes. Although much of Cold Hill Park is still a construction site, the first two families move into their new houses. For Jason and Emily Danes, this is their forever home, and for Maurice and Claudette Penze-Weedell, it’s the perfect place to live out retirement. Despite the ever-present rumble of cement mixers and diggers, Cold Hill Park appears to be the ideal place to live. It’s only a matter of days before both couples start to feel they are not alone in their new homes… A follow-up to The House on Cold Hill (PBK, $17.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Sins of the Fathers (J P Beaumont series)
Jance, J A
Former Seattle homicide cop, J P Beaumont, is learning to enjoy the new realities of retirement – doing morning crossword puzzles by a roaring fireplace; playing frisbee with his new dog; having quiet lunches with his still-working wife. But then his past comes calling. When a long ago acquaintance, Alan Dale, shows up on Beau’s doorstep with a newborn infant in hand, and asking for help locating his missing daughter, Beau finds himself faced with an investigation that will turn his own life upside down… by dragging his none-too-stellar past onto a rollercoaster ride that may well derail his serene present. It turns out that, even in retirement… murder is still the name of J P Beaumont’s game.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Missed Murder (Bloody Mary mysteries)
Jecks, Michael
London, 1555. Queen Mary is newly married to Philip II of Spain – and not everyone is happy about the alliance. The kingdom is divided between those loyal to Catholic Mary and those who support her half-sister, Lady Elizabeth. Former cutpurse turned paid assassin Jack Blackjack has more immediate matters to worry about. Having been ordered to kill a man, he determines to save him instead. But Jack defies his spymaster, at his peril… and even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry. When it appears that Jack has killed the wrong man, he reluctantly finds himself drawn into affairs of state, making new enemies wherever he turns. Can he survive long enough to put matters right?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Mathematical Bridge (Nighthawk series)
Kelly, Jim
Cambridge, 1940. It is the first winter of the war, and snow is falling. When an evacuee drowns in the river, his body swept away, Detective Inspector Eden Brooke sets out to investigate what seems to be a deliberate attack. The following night, a local electronics factory is attacked, and an Irish republican slogan is left at the scene. The IRA are campaigning to win freedom for Ulster, but why has Cambridge been chosen as a target? And when Brooke learns that the drowned boy was part of the close-knit local Irish Catholic community, he begins to question whether there may be a connection between the boy’s death and the attack at the factory. Customers loved the first in this wartime mystery series, The Great Darkness (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Metropolis (Bernie Gunther series)
Kerr, Philip
Berlin, 1928, the height of the Weimar Republic. Bernie is a young detective working in Vice, when he asked to investigate the Silesian Station killings: four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks, and in the same gruesome manner. Bernie hardly has time to acquaint himself with the case files before another murder occurs. Until now, no one has shown much interest in these victims – there are plenty in Berlin who’d like the streets washed clean of such degenerates. But, this time, the girl’s father runs Berlin’s foremost criminal ring, and he’s prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his daughter’s killer. It seems that someone is determined to rid Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not Bernie Gunther’s… We love this hugely-entertaining series, which begins with the omnibus Berlin Noir (PBK, $29.99). Unfortunately, this fantastic look back at Bernie’s early career will be the last, as Kerr died in March 2018.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

A Merry Murder (Special Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries)
Kingsbury, Kate
It is an Edwardian Christmas, and the Pennyfoot Hotel is all dressed up. But when one of the guests turns up dead, owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter realises it is not only the Pennyfoot that is back in business – the hotel’s Christmas curse is, too… The Pennyfoot halls are decked with boughs of holly, a magnificently decorated tree graces the lobby, and the hotel’s bookings are finally looking up. Owner of the Pennyfoot, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is in high holiday spirits until disaster strikes, threatening to ruin yet another Yuletide. Her chief housemaid Gertie McBride has found a man’s body in the hotel laundry room – with a woman’s scarf wrapped around his neck and a note in his pocket from the hotel’s new maid. Cecily is determined to track down the culprit, but with multiple suspects icing her out of crucial clues, she realises this killer may be more slippery than most. With Christmas right around the corner, it is up to Cecily to prevent this holiday season at the Pennyfoot from turning out more fatal than festive.
Mystery | TP | $33.95

Death Beside the Seaside (Lady Hardcastle mysteries)
Kinsey, T E
July 1910. Lady Hardcastle and her tireless sidekick Flo have finally embarked on a long-overdue seaside break. But just as they’re wavering between ice creams and donkey rides, their fellow guests start to go missing – and the duo find themselves with a hysterical hotel manager and a case to solve. The first to disappear is Dr Goddard, a scientist doing something terribly top secret, for the government. Gone too are his strongbox and its mysterious contents. By the time Lady Hardcastle has questioned the horde of international guests, her number-one suspect has been dispatched in grisly circumstances – and then the others start vanishing too. As the case begins to look like a matter of national security, Lady Hardcastle takes advice from her brother in the secret service. But could there be an even more personal connection at play? To solve the case, Lady Hardcastle may face a shocking discovery of her own.
Historical mystery | TP | $33.95

The Dower House Mystery (Inspector Faro series)
Knight, Alanna
York, 1907. Newly-retired Inspector Faro is delighted at the prospect of staying in the Dower House – situated on a Roman villa, once home to Emperor Severus. But he arrives to find his wife Imogen distraught and desperately searching for her missing Irish cousin, who seems to have vanished without a trace…
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Blood Sugar
Kraus, Daniel
In a ruined house at the end of Yellow Street, an angry outcast hatches a scheme to take revenge for all the wrongs he has suffered. With the help of three alienated kids, he plans to hide razor blades, poison, and broken glass in Halloween candy, maiming or killing dozens of innocent children. But as the clock ticks closer to sundown, will one of his helpers – an innocent himself, in his own streetwise way – carry out or defeat the plan? Told from the child’s point of view, in a voice as unforgettable as A Clockwork Orange, Kraus’ novel is at once frightening and emotional, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny.
Hard Case Crime | PBK | $19.99

Act of Grace
Krien, Anna
An electrifying story of fear and sacrifice, and what people will do to outrun the shadows. Iraqi aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Australia, decades later, Gerry is in fear of his tyrannical father, Toohey, who has returned from the Iraq War bearing the physical and psychological scars of conflict. Meanwhile, Robbie is dealing with her own father’s dementia, when the past enters the present. These characters’ worlds intertwine in a brilliant narrative of guilt and reckoning, trauma and survival. Crossing the frontiers of war, protest and reconciliation, Act of Grace is a meditation on inheritance: the damage that one generation passes on to the next, and the potential for transformation.
Literary fiction | TP | $32.99

Pretty Guilty Women
Lamanna, Gina
At the luxurious Serenity Resort on the Californian coast, guests arrive ready to celebrate the Banks’ wedding. But things are about to go horribly wrong… Ginger is an overworked mother of three, who’s barely holding it together. Lulu is filthy rich with four ex-husbands, and a fifth one on the way. Emily harbours a dark secret, which she’s become expert at forgetting with a bottle of wine. Kate is a lawyer with her life in order – except for one little problem that even she can’t fix. Only 24 hours after they arrive, a man is found murdered. Each of these women confess to the crime, insisting they acted alone. Why did they do this? Only they know the answer – and they’re not telling.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Agent Running in the Field
le Carré, John
Nat, a 47-year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a ragtag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie. Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump, and hates his job at some soulless media agency…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Penguin Classics)
le Carré, John
In 1963, John le Carré published his third book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Written over a period of about five weeks, in response to the fear and ugliness of the Berlin Wall, its bitter, devastating story crystallised the doubts and moral dilemmas of the time. It altered irrevocably our understanding of the Cold War, the shape of the spy novel, and John le Carre’s writing career, propelling him to international fame. A lovely small hardcover edition, issued as part of the Penguin Classics series.
Suspense | HC | $32.99

Save Me from Dangerous Men (Nikki Griffin series)
Lelchuk, S A
Nikki Griffin isn’t your typical PI – she runs a used bookstore located on Berkeley, California’s famous Telegraph Avenue and focuses primarily on helping women get out of difficult situations. But when she’s approached by the CEO of an up-and-coming tech company, and asked to tail a woman suspected of selling company secrets, things get complicated. To say the least. After all, she’s trying to juggle two jobs and a new relationship, which is tough at the best of times. It’s not long, before the bodies start turning up – and someone has painted a target on Nikki’s back. It’ll take every ounce of Nikki’s guts and determination to solve the case, before anyone else dies… and before the bad guys get to her. The first in a series.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Unto Us a Son is Given (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count’s best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would become the sole heir to Gonzalo’s substantial fortune, something which Gonzalo’s friends, including the Count, find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why they’re so intent on meddling in the old man’s business. Not long after Brunetti meets with Gonzalo, the elderly man unexpectedly passes away from natural causes. Old and frail, Gonzalo’s death goes unquestioned, and a few of his oldest friends gather in Venice to plan the memorial service. But when Berta, a striking woman and one of Gonzalo’s closest confidantes, is strangled in her hotel room, Brunetti is drawn into long-buried secrets from Gonzalo’s past. What did Berta know? And who would go to such lengths, to ensure it would remain hidden?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Best American Mystery Stories 2019
Lethem, Jonathan & Penzler, Otto (editors)
The best short mystery and crime fiction of the year, in this annual ‘treat for crime-fiction fans’ (Library Journal).
Mystery anthology | TP | $33.95

Death of a Gigolo (Jaine Austen mysteries 17)
Levine, Laura
After a dry spell, freelance writer Jaine Austen’s life is suddenly full of romance. For one thing, she’s reconnected with her ex – though, her cat, Prozac, isn’t happy about it. And Jaine’s also got a new ghost-writing gig, working on a steamy novel called Fifty Shades of Turquoise… Daisy Kincaid is in her sixties and heiress to a fortune. Now, she wants to make a name for herself as a romance author… with a little help from Jaine, that is. As Jaine labours away on love scenes, she gets to know the wealthy woman’s gentleman friend, her household staff, and her social circle – every one of whom is horrified, when Daisy falls under the spell of a much younger stud named Tommy – a rude, crude lothario who’s made himself a fixture in Daisy’s Bel Air mansion. After Tommy and Daisy shock everyone by announcing their engagement, it doesn’t take long for someone to stab him in the neck – with the solid gold Swiss Army knife that Daisy gave him as a gift. The challenging part is trying to narrow down the list of suspects. Jaine’s going to have to put a bookmark in that love story and focus all her creative talent into untangling a tale of money and murder…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge (Jaine Austen mysteries 16)
Levine, Laura
Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house-sitting at a posh Bel Air mansion, accompanied by her friend Lance and her cat, Prozac. But when a grumpy neighbour gets himself iced, she’ll have to find the culprit… or she may spend the New Year in jail… Scotty Parker is a former child star who once played Tiny Tim, but now he’s grown up into the role of neighbourhood Scrooge. He cuts the wires on his neighbours’ Christmas lights and tells local kids that Santa had a stroke. And his miserly, bah-humbug attitude lasts year ’round – a fact known all too well by his current wife, his ex-wife, his maid, and many more. Scotty thinks he can stage a comeback with the screenplay he’s working on (The Return of Tiny Tim: Vengeance Is Mine!), and Jaine’s been reluctantly helping him edit it. So, when Scotty is bludgeoned with a frozen chocolate Yule log and the police start making a list of suspects and checking it twice, Jaine’s name is unfortunately included. True, she’s been under some stress, with Lance trying to set her up on dates and her fickle feline taking a sudden liking to someone else – but she’s not guilty of murder. Now, she just has to prove it…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

99 Ways to Die (Taipei Night Market series)
Lin, Ed
Jing-nan has known Peggy Lee, a bullying frenemy who runs her family’s huge corporation, since high school. Peggy’s father has been kidnapped, and the ransom the kidnappers are demanding is not money but IP: a high-tech memory chip that they want to sell in China. Jing-nan feels sorry for Peggy, until she starts blackmailing him into helping out. Peggy is worried the kidnappers’ deadline will pass before the police are able to track down the chip. But when the reluctant Jing-nan tries to help, he finds himself deeper and deeper in trouble with some very unsavoury characters – the most unsavoury of whom might be the victim himself.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $26.99

A Golden Grave (Rose Gallagher mysteries)
Lindsey, Erin
Being a Pinkerton isn’t quite what Rose imagined, and not everyone welcomes her into the fold. Meanwhile, her old friends aren’t sure what to make of the new Rose; and even Thomas seems to be having second thoughts about his junior partner. So, when a chilling new case arrives on Rose’s doorstep, she jumps at the chance to prove herself – only to realise that the stakes are higher than she could have imagined. Six delegates have been murdered at a local political convention, and the police have no idea who – or what – is responsible. One thing seems clear: The killer’s next target is a candidate for New York City mayor, one Theodore Roosevelt…
Historical mystery | TP | $26.99

Heaven, My Home (Highway 59 series)
Locke, Attica
When the young son of an Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang captain goes missing, Ranger Darren Matthews has no choice but to investigate the crime. Following the election of Donald Trump, a new wave of racial violence has swept the state. Dark, swampy and filled with skeletal trees, Caddo Lake is so large it crosses into Louisiana. This is deep country and the rule of law doesn’t mean much to the Brotherhood, beyond what it can do for them. A further complication is that Brotherhood is squatting on the land of a former Freedmen’s community, and one of the last descendants of these former slaves is actually a suspect in the possible murder of the missing boy. Instructed by his lieutenant to use the investigation to gather more evidence that might help to take down the Texas chapter of the Brotherhood, Darren is playing very dangerous game indeed.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Murder in Her Stocking (Granny Reid mysteries 01)
Mckevett, G A
As the Moonlight Magnolia Agency revisits old memories on Christmas Eve, Granny Reid takes the reins back thirty years to the 1980s – back when she went by Stella, everyone’s hair was bigger, and sweaters were colourful disasters. But murder never went out of style… Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can’t keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who crosses her bad side – and this season, there are plenty. First, an anonymous grinch vandalises a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit’s identity… Turns out… Prissy held a prominent spot on the naughty list, and suspects pile up like presents on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, the more progress Stella makes, the more fears she must confront. With a neighbour in peril and the futures of her beloved grandchildren at risk, Stella must somehow set everything straight and bring a cunning criminal to justice before December 25th…
Mystery | TP | $26.99

Murder in the Corn Maze (Granny Reid mysteries 02)
Mckevett, G A
The roots of the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency reach back to the 1980s, in the little town of McGill, Georgia – where Stella Reid and her seven grandkids enjoy some spooky Halloween fun and stumble into murder… It doesn’t take cash, just some good old-fashioned creativity, to turn a pillowcase into a ghost costume or a trashcan into a suit of armour. So even if she has to stick to a budget, Stella Reid always makes holidays like Halloween memorable for twelve-year-old Savannah and the rest of her grandchildren. After joining the other townspeople for trick-or-treating and the annual parade down Main Street, Granny Reid and the kids head to Judge Patterson’s antebellum mansion, where a corn maze awaits. Most of the youngsters are too terrified to make it all the way to the middle. It’s lucky for them, because when Savannah and Granny get there, it proves to be even scarier than they expected – half buried in the mud, at the centre of the maze, lies a human skull. The grisly discovery uncovers a mystery that stretches back decades – and seems to be related to the long-unsolved murder of Granny Reid’s own part-Cherokee mother. After all this time, the culprit may be long gone… or still hiding among them. It’ll be up to Granny to dig into this Southern town’s history and a mess of old family secrets…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Strangers at the Gate
McPherson, Catriona
Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life in Edinburgh behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy’s been made partner at the law firm in town, and Finnie has snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming, and they can’t believe their luck. But only days after moving into the gate house, Finnie begins to have doubts. She keeps hearing strange sounds, and the thicket of trees make her feel claustrophobic rather than safe. When they witness the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder, it changes everything. They’ve each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won’t survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives. And that’s only the beginning. The deep, deep valley where Simmerton sits is unlike anywhere Finnie and Paddy have been before. They are not the only ones hiding in its shadow and very soon they’ve lost control of the game they decided to play…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Have Yourself a Beary Little Christmas (Teddy Bear mysteries 03)
Macy, Meg
Sasha and her sister Maddie are thrilled that the Silver Bear Shop and Factory has won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, which means they get to produce a holiday specialty toy, a wizard bear named ‘Beary Potter’. Promising to be just as magical is Silver Hollow’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and village parade. Only one hitch: the parade’s mascot, Santa Bear – played by Mayor Cal Bloom – is missing. After a frantic search among the floats, Bloom is found dead. When the outfit is removed, it’s clear the mayor’s been electrocuted. Who zapped hizzoner and then stuffed him into his Santa Bear suit? While the police investigate the grisly crime, Sasha attempts to track down the murderer herself, with some help from the Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club. Can they wrap up this case in time for Christmas – or will Sasha meet her own shocking end?
Mystery | PBK | $26.99

Red Station (Harry Tate series)
Magson, Adrian
Four washed-up spooks. Two dead civilians. One remote and deadly outpost. Harry Tate is a loyal MI5 officer and a servant of the State. But when two civilians are shot dead during a drugs intercept gone wrong, he is forced to take an immediate posting to the Red Station. What he doesn’t know is that this remote Balkan outpost is a punishment and he won’t be going home. With an assassination team coming for him, and invading Russian forces heading straight for the Red Station, Harry does whatever he can to save himself.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

In the Absence of Miracles
Malone, Michael J
John Docherty’s mother has just been taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and she’s unlikely to be able to live independently again. With no other option than to sell the family home, John sets about packing up everything in the house. In sifting through the detritus of his family’s past he’s forced to revisit, and revise his childhood. For in a box, in the attic, he finds undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared, when he himself was only a toddler. A brother no one ever mentioned. A brother he knew absolutely nothing about…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Wayward Girls
Mason, Amanda
Then… 1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurrences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment… Now… Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened, all those years ago?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Yule Log Murder (Christmas mystery anthology)
Meier, Leslie; Hollis, Lee; Ross, Barbara
Fresh-baked desserts can warm even the frostiest Christmas in coastal Maine. But there’s little room for holiday cheer when murder is the new seasonal tradition…
Yule Log Murder by Leslie Meier
Lucy Stone is thrilled to be cast as an extra in a festive period film – until the set becomes a murder scene. Returning to her role as sleuth, Lucy dashes to restore peace to Tinker’s Cove, unwrap a cold-hearted criminal’s MO – and reveal how one ornate Yule log cake could possibly cause so much drama.
Death By Yule Log by Lee Hollis
Hayley Powell’s holidays aren’t off to a very merry start. Not only has her daughter brought Conner – an infuriatingly perfect new beau – home to Bar Harbor, but a local troublemaker has been found dead with traces of Hayley’s signature Yule log cake on his body… And Conner is the prime murder suspect.
Logged On by Barbara Ross
Julia Snowden can’t make a decent Bûche de Noël to save her life, so she enlists the help of her eccentric neighbour, Mrs St Onge, in hopes of mastering the dessert for Christmas. But with everyone in the older woman’s circle missing or deceased, it’s up to Julia to stop the deadly tidings before she’s the next Busman’s Harbor resident to meet a not-so-jolly fate.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols (adapted from the journals of John H Watson, MD)
Meyer, Nicholas
A third, previously-unknown case, drawn from a recently-unearthed Watson journal – from the author of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes’ brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world. Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo – in the company of a bewitching woman – aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes, as never before. Recommended (to lovers of great Holmesian pastiches).
Sherlockiana | HC | $41.99

A Knife to the Heart (Ikmen mysteries)
Nadel, Barbara
When historian Suzan Tan is asked to examine the contents of a derelict villa on the Bosphorus, she is intrigued to discover a Ouija board among the artefacts. Forty years ago, a young girl was found with a knife in her heart in this villa. It is said that before her death this very Ouija board spelled out her name. The verdict was suicide – but what if it was a brutal act of murder and her killer was still walking free? Suzan asks Ikmen to solve the case, and despite his reluctance to get involved, he soon finds himself drawn into the mystery. With the help of his friend Inspector Suleyman, Ikmen delves into Istanbul’s dark underbelly to uncover a terrifying tale of secrets, lies and murder.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Wolf and the Watchman
Natt Och Dag, Niklas
1793, Stockholm. King Gustav of Sweden has been assassinated, years of foreign wars have emptied the treasuries, and the realm is governed by a self-interested elite, leaving its citizens to suffer. A body is found in the city’s swamp by a watchman, Mickel Cardell, and the case is handed over to investigator Cecil Winge, who is dying of consumption. Together, Winge and Cardell become embroiled in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams, and one death will expose a city rotten with corruption… Winner of Best Debut, Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Awards 2017.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

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 | TP | $26.99

Cold Fear (Matthew Cave series)
Nordbo, Mads Peder
When Danish Journalist Matthew Cave’s half-sister Arnaq disappears, leaving behind only a trail of blood, he realises they are both pawns in a game of life and death. As a young US soldier stationed in Greenland, their father took part in a secret experiment with deadly consequences. Accused of murder, he was forced into hiding. Desperate to discover the link between these two disappearances, Matthew is joined by Tupaarnaq, a young Inuit woman, who returns to Nuuk to help her only friend – and to settle a few scores of her own. The sequel to The Girl Without Skin (PBK, $22.99).
Noir | TP | $29.99

Christmas Cocoa Murder (Christmas mystery anthology)
O’Connor, Carlene; Day, Maddie; Erickson, Alex
’Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouth-watering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly…
Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Connor
Siobhán O’Sullivan’s hopes for a quiet Irish Christmas are dashed when the local Santa turns up dead in a carnival dunk tank of hot cocoa. Now instead of hunting down holiday gifts, she’s pursuing a heartless killer. Seems the dead Santa was no angel either, stealing neighbourhood dogs to guide his sleigh. But was it his holiday antics – or worse – that led to his death by chocolate?
Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse by Maddie Day
When local businessman Jed Greenberg is found dead with a Chocolate lab whimpering over his body, the police start sniffing around Robbie Jordan’s country restaurant for answers. Was it something in Robbie’s hot cocoa that killed Jed, or was it Cocoa the dog? As the suspects pile as high as her holiday tree, Robbie attempts to get to the bottom of the sickly-sweet murder…
Death By Hot Cocoa by Alex Erickson
A Christmas-themed escape game seems like the perfect pre-holiday treat for bookstore café owner Krissy Hancock and her best friend. But when the host is found dead in a pool of hot cocoa, it’s up to Krissy and her team to catch the killer – or escape before getting killed.
There’s nothing like a hot cup of murder to warm up the holiday season!
Mystery | HC | $42.99

The Fragility of Bodies
Olguin, Sergio
When she hears about the suspicious suicide of a local train driver, Buenos Aires journalist Veronica Rosenthal decides to investigate. A journey that takes her into an unfamiliar world of grinding poverty, crime-infested neighbourhoods, and train drivers haunted by the memory of bodies hit at speed by their locomotives.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

The Big Book of Reel Murders: Stories That Inspired Great Crime Films (anthology)
Penzler, Otto (editor)
Lights! Camera! Action! The latest book in the Big Book series takes us behind the curtain to uncover the stories that became some of the greatest films of the silver screen. There’s the W Somerset Maugham short story that inspired Hitchcock’s Secret Agent; Robert Louis Stevenson’s horrifying tale that was later turned into the iconic movie The Body Snatcher, starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff; Sir Ian Fleming’s ‘From a View to a Kill’, later one of Roger Moore’s greatest Bond films; and ‘Cyclists’ Raid’, the short story that formed the basis for the legendary Brando film The Wild One. Otto Penzler delivers the director’s cut on these classic short stories and the films they gave rise to. So, grab your Sno-Caps and a jumbo box of popcorn, and curl up with these cinematic tales from the likes of Agatha Christie, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates, Dashiell Hammett, O Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Mystery anthology | TP | $39.99

Late Checkout (Witch City mysteries 09)
Perry, Carol J
Field reporter Lee Barrett is not happy that her hours are being cut back at WICH-TV, although it is nice to spend more time volunteering with Aunt Ibby, a research librarian at Salem’s main branch. But Lee’s least favourite task is going up to the stacks, a spooky, seldom-frequented upper section of the library. On this day she has good reason to be afraid – she finds a dead man, surrounded by hundreds of scattered books and torn-out pages. Her police detective beau, Pete Mondello, is soon on the scene, and the deceased is identified as a former minor league baseball player – and ex-con – named Wee Willie Wallace, who hasn’t been seen in Salem for twenty years. With help from her friend River’s Tarot reading, her clairvoyant cat O’Ryan, and Lee’s own psychic gifts, she steps up to the plate to catch the killer who took the old ballplayer out of the game…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (Family Skeleton mysteries 06)
Perry, Leigh
Dr Georgia Thackery is back at home with her parents after finding a new adjunct position at Bostock College. Everyone is excited for their first family Christmas with nothing to hide. Why? Because Georgia’s daughter Madison is now in the know about Sid, their walking, talking family skeleton. But their Christmas cheer is interrupted when the Thackerys’ dog Byron goes missing on a cold December night. When he’s finally found, he has a femur clutched between his jaws, and Georgia and Madison race to apologise to Sid for letting the dog gnaw on him, yet again. Except that all of Sid’s bones are present and accounted for. This bone is from somebody else, and when they trace Byron’s trail to an overgrown lot nearby, they find the rest of the skeleton. It’s the normal kind, not moving or telling jokes, and when the police come to take charge, they’re sure it was murder. And one of Georgia’s adjunct friends could be implicated. With tensions stirring at the college and everyone hiding a secret or two, Sid and Georgia must uncover the truth before the ghost of a Christmas past strikes again.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Deadly Camargue (Provence mysteries)
Rademacher, Cay
August: the air over Provence shimmers in suffocating heat. Capitaine Roger Blanc and his colleague Marius Tonon are called to the Camargue. A black fighting bull has escaped from the pasture and has gored a cyclist. A bizarre accident, or so it initially seems. Until Blanc discovers evidence that someone left the gate open intentionally… The deceased is Albert Cohen, political magazine reporter, fashion intellectual from Paris, TV personality. He was in the Camargue to write a major article on Vincent van Gogh. Yet, what has that got to do with the attack? Blanc comes across Cohen’s incomplete report during his investigation, which is not quite as harmless as it initially appeared. The follow-up to Murderous Mistral (TP, $24.99).
Mystery | TP | $26.99

Many Rivers to Cross (DCI Banks series)
Robinson, Peter
A skinny young boy is found dead – his body carelessly stuffed into wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was he discarded as rubbish, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the East Side Estate has seen him before. As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media the story of another stabbing, the police are called to investigate a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment. Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organised crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is facing her own dark side? The truth may be more complex – or much simpler – than it seems…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Tombland (Shardlake series)
Sansom, C J
Since the old King’s death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry’s younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn – a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth’s mother – which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There, they are reunited with Shardlake’s former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding Edith’s death, as a second murder is committed. And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England’s second largest. Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry… This fantastic series by bestselling author C J Sansom – featuring Dr Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform – begins with Dissolution (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Case of the Wandering Scholar (Laetitia Rodd series)
Saunders, Kate
It is 1851 and Mrs Rodd has received an unusual commission: wealthy businessman Jacob Welland is dying of consumption and implores our redoubtable detective to find his beloved brother, whom he has not seen for fifteen years. Joshua Welland was an Oxford scholar; brilliant, eccentric and desperately poor. Nobody can say exactly when he disappeared from his college, but he had taken to wandering the countryside and one day simply failed to return. Since then, there have been several sightings of his lonely, ragged figure. Ten years ago, a friend spotted him in a gypsy camp – where, it was rumoured, he was learning great secrets that would one day astound the world. Mrs Rodd uses her search as an opportunity to reconnect with a couple from her past, but then a violent murder is committed, and Scotland Yard are called to investigate… The sequel to the hugely-enjoyable debut historical crime novel: The Secrets of Wishtide (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Alphabet Murders
Schutz, Lars
For this killer, it’s a game of A, B, C… Criminal profilers, Jan Grall and Rabea Wyler are assigned the gruesome case of a man found murdered in a wildlife park. Later, two more bodies are found, both brutally mutilated, and authorities soon realise that the victims are linked by the letters of the alphabet tattooed on their skin. Then the killer strikes again…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Guilty Friend
Sefton, Joanne
Alex, Karen and Misty were an inseparable trio at university. But when Alex died suddenly, the remaining two friends could no longer look each other in the eye, knowing they both had a part to play in her death. Thirty years later, Misty and Karen have long since moved on with their lives. But when Karen thinks she sees her former friend alive, she soon becomes obsessed with a past she thought she’d left behind.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Carpet Diem (Tallie Graver mysteries 04)
Simon, Misty
Now that Tallie Graver’s cleaning business is starting to shine, she’s ready to go squeegee to squeegee against Audra McNeal for a major contract at the Astercromb mansion. Tallie’s not afraid of a little friendly competition from the new cleaner in town. In fact, Tallie likes Audra, though she wonders how her glamorous rival manages to clean house and maintain her fancy manicure. Tallie has her rubber gloves full, staying one step ahead of her nemesis. Until she finds a well-polished hand poking out of a rolled-up carpet, rendering her competition… dead. Though it lands Tallie the big job, there’s nothing tidy about Audra’s death. So, between polishing and scrubbing, Tallie’s determined to find the killer. Hopefully the police chief doesn’t mind her cluttering up his investigation with the filthy dealings she discovers. Turns out Audra was not as squeaky clean as she appeared. And confronting her killer could bring Tallie to a very foul end, indeed…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets (Gilded Age mysteries 03)
Simpson, Rosemary
Childbirth can be dangerous, even for the wealthy. So, when opera singer Claire Buchanan shows Prudence and Geoffrey a post-mortem cabinet photograph of her deceased twin sister and newborn niece, they express sadness but not surprise. The popular black-bordered portraits are the era’s way of coping with the devastating losses that plague every family. What makes this death different is that Claire is convinced Catherine and her child were murdered. Prudence’s friend is haunted by a sense of her sister’s lingering presence, and by the conviction that her dead twin is demanding justice. Catherine’s widower, Aaron Sorensen, is a cold, controlling man who swiftly remarried. Now, his second wife is already pregnant and may be in terrible danger. In order to discover the truth and find evidence of Sorensen’s guilt, Geoffrey will delve deep into his past while Prudence casts herself as his next victim – putting her own life at grave risk…
Historical mystery | TP | $26.99

Death of an Eye (Eye of Isis series)
Stabenow, Dana
Alexandria, 47 BC. For three centuries, the House of Ptolemy has governed the Kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra must contend with the insatiable appetite of Julius Caesar, who needs Egyptian grain and Egyptian gold to further his ambitions. And, now, her most trusted servant – her Eye – has been murdered, and a vast shipment of newly-minted coin stolen. Cleopatra asks childhood friend, Tetisheri Nebenteru, to retrace the dead Eye’s footsteps… The first in a new historical series, set in Ancient Egypt, now in paperback.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Kopp Sisters on the March
Stewart, Amy
It’s 1917, and the US Army is marching to join its allies in the First World War. Constance Kopp and her sisters may not be soldiers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do their bit. All over America, women are banding together to create military-style training camps, and so the Kopp sisters leave their farm in New Jersey to learn some army discipline. The women of Camp Chevy Chase face down the scepticism of the War Department, the double standards of a scornful public, and the very real perils of war. The latest in the hugely-entertaining, early-20th-century, lady policewoman series! The first is Girl Waits With Gun (TP, $32.99). Recommended.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin
Stocklassa, Jan
The author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues. Now, a journalist is following them. When Stieg Larsson died, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been working on a true mystery that out-twisted his Millennium novels: the assassination on February 28, 1986, of Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister. It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue who’d done it – and on a Stockholm street at point-blank range. Internationally known for his fictional villains, Larsson was well acquainted with their real-life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world. For years, he’d been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called ‘one of the most astounding murder cases’ he’d ever covered. Larsson’s archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the author’s secret project. In The Man Who Played with Fire, Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larsson’s true-crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue, espionage, and conspiracy begun by one of the world’s most famous thriller writers. Together, they set out to solve a mystery that no one else could.
True crime/Mystery reference | TP | $24.99

Taylor, C L
To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum; but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare. Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna. Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie. Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Night Watch (Michael Cassidy series)
Taylor, David C
New York, 1956. A couple walking through Central Park on a fall evening are confronted by a hansom cab driver, only to kill him and casually walk away. Who are the couple, and did they know the man? A man commits suicide by throwing himself through a hotel window. His colleagues claim he was depressed – but is there more to it than that? Before Detective Michael Cassidy even begins investigating these cases, he is threatened by an unknown man – the reasons for which are unclear. Are all three incidents connected? If so, how, and will Cassidy live long enough to find out before his would-be assassin claims his life?
Thriller | TP | $29.95

Night Watch (Michael Cassidy series)
Taylor, David C
New York, 1956. A couple walking through Central Park on a fall evening are confronted by a hansom cab driver, only to kill him and casually walk away. Who are the couple, and did they know the man? A man commits suicide by throwing himself through a hotel window. His colleagues claim he was depressed – but is there more to it than that? Before Detective Michael Cassidy even begins investigating these cases, he is threatened by an unknown man – the reasons for which are unclear. Are all three incidents connected? If so, how, and will Cassidy live long enough to find out… before his would-be assassin claims his life?
Thriller | TP | $29.95

Death on a Shetland Isle (Cass Lynch series)
Taylor, Marsali
Readying her Norwegian sail-training ship, Sorlandet, for a fresh voyage through the Shetland Islands, Cass Lynch has the shock of her life, when the new third officer is a ghost from her past – the man she thought she’d left to drown in the Atlantic, eleven years before. Cass has an odd feeling about some of the new trainees: a slick city-boy, and a brother and sister. As her distrust of the newcomers deepens, two people go missing and a third is found dead. Struggling to confront the ghosts of her past, the deceased of her present, and the man of her future, Cass must outmanoeuvre the killer… before she, too, becomes one of the victims.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Red Hand: Stories, Reflections and the Last Appearance of Jack Irish
Temple, Peter
Peter Temple didn’t start publishing novels until he was fifty, but then he got cracking, writing nine of them in thirteen years. When he died, in March 2018, there was an unfinished Jack Irish novel in his drawer. This substantial fragment, entitled High Art, reveals a writer at the peak of his powers. The Red Hand also includes the screenplay of the ABC telemovie Valentine’s Day, an improbably delightful tale about an ailing country football club, as well as stories, essays, autobiographical reflections, and a selection of Temple’s brilliant book reviews. What connects them all is his trademark wit, his ruthless intelligence, and his abiding love of his adopted homeland of Australia. Peter Temple held crime writing up to the light and, with his poet’s ear and eye, made it his own incomparable thing. This wonderful book pays tribute to all the achievements of the master.
Mystery/reference | TP | $32.99

The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock series)
Thomas, Sherry
As ‘Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective’, Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork – or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas. But Mrs Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets, and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure. Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia’s admirer Stephen Marbleton – everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems, and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake…
Sherlockiana | TP | $33.95

Blood is Blood (Barker & Llewelyn series)
Thomas, Will
In 19th century London, Cyrus Barker and his associate Thomas Llewelyn are renowned private enquiry agents, successfully employed by the highest levels of Her Majesty’s government as well as private citizens. Their success, however, has led to their acquiring a powerful group of enemies, many of whom are determined to have their revenge. At least one of those enemies is responsible for a bombing of their offices that puts Cyrus Barker into the hospital and endangers Thomas Llewelyn’s rapidly forthcoming nuptials. To add to the confusion, Barker’s long-lost brother Caleb turns up on the rubble of their doorstep not long after the not-quite-fatal bombing. Unsure of Caleb and warned about him by Barker, Thomas reluctantly accepts Caleb’s help both with a new case that comes in as well as trying to pinpoint which of Barker’s enemies is making a move against them. As Thomas works his way through their enemy list, someone else is winnowing down that list: one by one those enemies are dying. With time running out – and his bride-to-be reconsidering their marriage – Llewelyn must (with the sick-bed-bound Barker’s help) uncover the killer and the plot, before it’s too late.
Historical mystery | TP | $35.95

City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady 02)
Thompson, Victoria
Elizabeth has discovered that navigating the rules of high society is the biggest con of all. She knows she can play the game, but so far, her only success is Priscilla Knight, a dedicated young suffragist, recently widowed for the second time. Her beloved first husband died in a tragic accident and left her with two young daughters – and a sizable fortune. While she was lost in grief, Priscilla’s pastor convinced her she needed a man to look after her and engineered a whirlwind courtship and hasty marriage to fellow parishioner Endicott Knight. Now, about nine months later, Endicott is dead – in what appears to be another terrible accident. Everyone is whispering, but that is the least of Priscilla’s troubles…
Historical mystery | PBK | $18.99

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?
Historical mystery | HC | $52.99

The Stranger Inside
Unger, Lisa
Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison; but, years later, was released. Then someone delivered real justice – and killed him in cold blood. Now, Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mum, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Varenne, Antonin
1871. Pete Ferguson is a wanted man. An army deserter, hunted for murder in Oregon, not to mention theft and arson in Nebraska. Taking the name of Billy Webb, he is hired by bison hunters, but leaves after a bloody dispute. He then takes the Comancheros Road, which he follows to Mexico, and then to Guatemala… Whatever he does, wherever he goes, Pete is a magnet for trouble, and seems incapable of making the right choices. The violence that follows him keeps him away from those he loves; it is a woman who will change his destiny, an Indigenous woman driven out of her lands. They will go to the Equator that has become Ferguson’s grail… The gripping sequel to Antonin Varenne’s historical epic, Retribution Road (PBK, $23.99), which Ron loved. Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Charlesgate Confidential
von Doviak, Scott
1946: A group of criminals pulls off the heist of the century, stealing a dozen priceless works of art from a Boston museum. Some of the thieves are captured, some are killed – but the loot is never found. Forty years later, a college student finds himself on the trail of the missing art – and the multimillion-dollar reward. But three decades after that, the art is still missing, and as his classmates return to Boston’s notorious Charlesgate Hotel for their big 25th reunion, dead bodies keep turning up. Will the stolen masterpieces be discovered, at last?
Hard Case Crime | PBK | $19.99

The Turn of Midnight (Last Hours series)
Walters, Minette
What use is freedom that cannot be gained lawfully? When Lady Anne and Thaddeus conceive an audacious plan to secure her people’s independence, neither foresees the life-threatening struggle over power, money and religion that follows… A sequel to the plague mystery The Last Hours (PBK, $16.99).
Historical suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Dangerous Engagement (Amory Ames mysteries)
Weaver, Ashley
As they travel by ship to New York for her childhood friend Tabitha’s wedding, Amory Ames is excited by the prospect of being a bridesmaid. Her husband, Milo, however, is convinced their trip will be deadly dull, since Prohibition is in full swing. But when a member of the wedding party is found murdered, on the front steps of the bride’s home, the happy plans take a darker twist. Amory discovers that there may be a connection to the notorious gangster Leon De Lora, but while the police seem to think that New York’s criminal underworld is at play, Amory can’t help but notice how the wedding party seem strangely unaffected by the death of their friend… As Milo and Amory are drawn into the glamorous, dangerous world of nightclubs and bootleggers in an unfamiliar city, they draw closer to unravelling a web of lies and half-truths the victim has left in their wake, the killer is weaving a web of his own.
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

The Wife and the Widow
White, Christian
Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. The new novel from the Australian author of the terrific The Nowhere Child (PBK, $16.99). Recommended.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Bodies in the Library (First Edition Library mysteries 01)
Wingate, Marty
Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling’s former secretary. Mrs Woolgar does not like Hayley’s ideas to modernise the First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it, ’til she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight – an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers’ group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House. But when one of the group is found dead, in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

The American Agent
Winspear, Jacqueline
When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. Accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice – Mark Scott, the American, who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich, in 1938 – he asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the citizens of London, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect the young evacuee she has grown to love.
Maisie Dobbs | PBK | $19.99

Prefecture D
Yokoyama, Hideo
A collection of four novellas: each taking place in 1998, each set in the world of Six Four; and each centring around a mystery, and the unfortunate officer tasked with solving it. Prefecture D continues Hideo Yokoyama’s exploration of the themes of obsession, saving face, office politics and inter-departmental conflicts. Placing everyday characters between a rock and a hard place and then dialling up the pressure, he blends and balances the very Japanese with the very accessible, to spectacular effect.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Friend
Zander, Joakim
Jacob Seger arrived in Lebanon with a head full of dreams. This is his first job in the world of international diplomacy, and he’s determined to change the world. When he meets the handsome, soulful Yassim at a glamorous party, his happiness is complete. But three weeks later, Jacob recognises his own face in the newspaper. He is wanted on terrorism charges. Has Yassim set him up? Is he now a pawn in a murderous plot? Jacob doesn’t know who he can trust. Only that he needs to flee Beirut – and fast.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99