Crime & Mystery Catalogue: September 2018

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

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

September 2018 includes new books by: Kate Atkinson, Robert Galbraith, Martha Grimes, Sophie Hannah, Pierre Lemaitre, Lawrence Osborne, Fred Vargas, Iona Whishaw… and many others.

The Scarred Woman (Department Q series)
Adler-Olsen, Jussi
In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide, from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town, a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Morck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery. Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors’ expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After a breakdown, their colleague Rose is struggling to deal with the ghosts of her past – a past seemingly connected to one of the division’s most sinister case files. It is up to Carl, Assad and Gordon to unearth the dark and violent truth plaguing Rose before it is too late.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Eighteen Below (Fabian Risk series)
Ahnhem, Stefan
A car speeds through the streets of Helsingborg. When it reaches the harbour, the driver keeps going, straight into the cold, dark sea. But it is not a suicide. The autopsy reveals that this man has been dead for some time. He was murdered two months ago, and his body has been deep frozen. As more bodies are discovered, Fabian Risk must hunt a killer with a mission: to preserve his victims, and create the perfect death… A sequel to Victim Without A Face and The Ninth Grave (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $19.99

Antiques Ho-Ho-Homicides (Trash ’n’ Treasures mysteries 14)
Allan, Barbara
To Brandy Borne and her ditzy diva mother, homicide in small-town Serenity is the gift that keeps on taking. But murder turns merry, as Brandy and Vivian gather collectible clues in a wintry workshop, seek the grinch who dimmed a pageant star’s twinkle, and bag the humbug helper who snuffed a sidewalk Santa. Aided by Sushi, their elfin shih tzu, our seasonal sleuths crumble a bountiful batch of Christmas crookies. And though suspects may show bad will, and good cheer seems in short supply, this collection of Trash ’n’ Treasures holiday homicides sparkles as the Borne girls wrap up three frolicsome felonies.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Toucan Keep a Secret
Andrews, Donna
Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal locking up after an event and checking on the toucan Meg’s friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. After hearing a hammering in the columbarium (the small building where cremated remains are held), Meg finds an elderly parishioner lying dead on the floor of the crypt. Several niches have been chiselled open; several urns knocked out; and amid the spilled ashes is a gold ring with a huge red stone. The curmudgeonly victim had become disgruntled with the church and ranted all over town about taking back his wife’s ashes. Did someone who had it in for him follow him to the columbarium? Or was the motive grave robbery? Or did he see someone breaking in and investigate? Why was the ruby left behind? While the Chief Burke investigates the murder, Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. During this task, Meg learns many secrets about Caerphilly’s history – and finds that the toucan may play a role in unmasking the killer. Clues and events indicate that a thief broke into the church to steal the toucan the night of the murder, so Meg decides to set a trap for the would-be toucan thief – who might also be the killer.
Meg Langslow | HC | $36.99

How the Finch Stole Christmas!
Andrews, Donna
Meg’s husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager. When a famous, though slightly over-the-hill, actor comes to town to play the starring role of Scrooge, no one expects that he’s bringing a lot of baggage and enemies with him.
Meg Langslow | PBK | $21.95

Brothers in Blood
Anwar, Amer
Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders’ yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him. But, when Zaq is forced to search for his boss’s runaway daughter, he quickly finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge. With time running out and pressure mounting, can he find the missing girl before it’s too late? And if he does, can he keep her – and himself – alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

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

Atkinson, Kate
In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past, for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought, now… Recommended!
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Somebody’s Daughter
Bell, David
When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart – Erica’s nine-year-old daughter is missing – and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth – and unwilling to leave the little girl’s fate to chance – Michael has no choice, but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had. But finding Felicity comes at a price – the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity’s safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days, to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.
Thriller | PBK | $24.99

Dark Water (Makana mysteries)
Bilal, Parker
When Marcus Winslow appears at Private Investigator Makana’s door, one April morning, Makana does not realise that soon he will risk losing everything he has built for himself in Cairo. A representative of the British government, Winslow has come with a mission, one impossible to turn down: Ayman Nizari, an Iraqi scientist specialising in biochemical nerve agents, a man whose work could kill thousands, is on the run and asking for asylum. But he insists that he trusts only one man to bring him to safety: Makana. But why is Ayman demanding that only Makana can help him? And what part does Winslow have to play in this? The scientist has gone to ground in Istanbul, and Makana quickly discovers that in this place nothing is as it appears, in a case that will see his past and present collide with fatal consequences.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Night She Died
Blackhurst, Jenny
On her own wedding night, beautiful and complicated Evie White leaps off a cliff, to her death. What drove her to commit this terrible act? It’s left to her best friend and her husband to unravel the sinister mystery. Following a twisted trail of clues leading to Evie’s darkest secrets, they begin to realise they never knew the real Evie, at all…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Helicopter Heist
Bonnier, Jonas
A race against time to pull off the ultimate heist – but is everyone involved who they say they are? Four men gather in Stockholm, preparing to steal millions from the largest cash facility in the country. The plan is foolproof. Every contingency is covered, every detail planned perfectly. But not everyone is as they seem. They each have a secret. And one might just sabotage the biggest robbery the country has ever seen…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Summer of Murder (Black Forest Investigations)
Bottini, Oliver
When the fire brigade is called to a burning shed in the Black Forest idyll of Kirchzarten, a volunteer is killed as a weapons cache beneath it explodes. Louise Boni – back with Freiburg Kripo, after treatment and recuperation for her alcoholism – is assigned to the task force dealing with this case. The meagre evidence they have points to a possible connection with German neo-Nazis or illegal arms dealers from the former Yugoslavia, while the arrival of secret service agents suggests more is at stake… The sequel to Zen and the Art of Murder (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Fateful Mornings (Henry Farrell series)
Bouman, Tom
In Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, Officer Henry Farrell’s life is getting complicated. Widowed and more traumatised than he cares to admit, he is caught up in an affair with a local woman, and with helping out his friend’s barn construction job – on which the clock is ticking. When a troubled old acquaintance of theirs becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend, it becomes increasingly clear that something seriously dark is at large, in the woods that surround them. The sequel to the Edgar-winning Dry Bones in the Valley (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia De Luce mysteries)
Bradley, Alan
Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse. Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee; and wearing a single, red, ballet slipper. Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three gossips in the local church, and to keep her sisters out of danger. But what could possibly connect the son of an executed killer, a far too canny police constable, a travelling circus, and the publican’s mysteriously talented wife? The latest in this absolutely delightful and well-beloved series, which begins in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Bravo of London (Detective Club series)
Bramah, Ernest
In his dark little curio shop Julian Joolby is weaving an extravagant scheme to smash the financial machinery of the world by flooding the Oriental market with forged banknotes. But this monster of wickedness has not reckoned on Max Carrados, the suave and resourceful investigator whose visual impairment gives him heightened powers of perception that ordinary detectives overlook. This edition also includes the sole uncollected short story ‘The Bunch of Violets’.
Classic thriller | HC | $22.99

The Liar in the Library (Fethering series)
Brett, Simon
Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend Jude to come along. Although they haven’t met for 20 years, Jude is not surprised to find that St Clair hasn’t changed, with his towering ego and somewhat shaky relationship with the truth. What Jude hadn’t been suspecting, however, was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death. More worrying, from Jude’s point of view, is the fact that the investigating police officers seem to be convinced that she herself was responsible for the crime. With the evidence stacking up against her, Jude enlists the help of her neighbour, Carole.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Mrs Jeffries and the Three Wise Women
Brightwell, Emily
Christopher Gilhaney isn’t a popular man, and he proves why once again when he insults every guest at Abigail Chase’s Guy Fawkes Night dinner party. When Gilhaney is shot dead under the cover of the night’s fireworks, his murder is deemed a robbery gone wrong. But when the case hasn’t been solved six weeks later, Inspector Witherspoon is called upon to find the killer – and quickly! With Christmas almost here, Inspector Witherspoon and everyone in his household is upset at the possibility of having to cancel their holiday plans – all to solve a case that seems impossible. Only Luty Belle, Ruth, and Mrs. Goodge refuse to give up and let the crime become a cold case. In fact, the American heiress, the charming next-door neighbour, and the formidable cook use all of their persuasive powers to get the others on board, because these three wise women know justice doesn’t take time off for Christmas.
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

Assault and Beadery (Cora Crafts mysteries 04)
Bryan, Mollie Cox
All of Cora Chevalier’s dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, the busy crafting maven has been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of her first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theatre group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, Cora’s friend Zee is accused of the crime. Cora is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With her friends Jane and Ruby at her side, Cora must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

An Autumn Hunting (Akyl Borubaev series)
Callaghan, Tom
No sooner has Akyl Borubaev been reinstated as an Inspector in the Bishkek Murder Squad than he’s suspended for alleged serious crimes against the state. After an attempted assassination of a prominent minister goes spectacularly wrong, Akyl is a fugitive from his former colleagues and involved with one of Kyrgyzstan’s most dangerous criminals. On the run, caught up in a illegal scheme that can only end badly, it’s time for Akyl to take a stand for everything he believes in.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Death at Sea (Montalbano collection)
Camilleri, Andrea
From the title story, ‘Death at Sea’, in which the alleged manslaughter of an engineer upon a fishing trawler leads Inspector Montalbano to uncover an even more sinister crime, Andrea Camilleri takes his readers through eight cunning cases from the Vigàtan police files. Starting with an arson attack on a hotel which leaves the distraught owner as the chief suspect; to the mysterious case of a woman who goes missing in an underpass with a million lira in her handbag; to a threat on Montalbano’s own life, as an anonymous motorcyclist takes a shot at the detective. Featuring stories adapted for BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano, this is the perfect place to start reading Sicily’s favourite crime author.
Montalbano | TP | $29.99

The Pyramid of Mud (Montalbano)
Camilleri, Andrea
It’s been raining for days in Vigàta, and the persistent downpours have led to violent floods overtaking the Inspector’s beloved hometown, sweeping across the land and leaving only a sea of mud behind. It is on one of these endless grey days that a man – a Mr Giuglù Nicotra – is found dead. His body discovered in a large sewage tunnel, half naked and with a bullet in his back. The investigation is slow and slippery to start with, but when Montalbano realises that every clue he uncovers and every person he interviews is leading to the same place: the world of public spending – and with it, the Mafia – the case begins to pick up pace. But there’s one question that keeps playing on Montalbano’s mind: in his strange and untimely death, was Giuglù Nicotra trying to tell him something?
Montalbano | PBK | $18.99

The Thin Blue Line (Leo Junker series)
Carlsson, Christoffer
Detective Leo Junker thought he’d crossed his last line. But he’s never learned to say no. So, when an escaped criminal he knows all too well hands him a photo of a murdered prostitute, he reopens the cold case as a favour. Everyone’s busy and everyone’s got better things to do, but is there a darker reason that Angelica Reyes’ death has languished unsolved for five years? As Leo’s investigation pushes further into the past – Sweden’s, Angelica’s, his own – he’ll come face to face with the corruption at the heart of things. Yet, the reckoning may come too late – not only for Angelica Reyes, but for everyone.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Cold Summer
Carofiglio, Gianrico
War is raging in southern Italy in the early nineties – anti-mafia judges are being killed in roadside explosions; dead criminals, the victims of internecine warfare, are littering the streets; and the police have no idea who is fighting whom. Maresciallo Pietro Fenoglio, an officer of the Carabinieri, must contend with the gang war while his marriage falls apart. When the young son of a mafia boss is found dead, and the suspected killer agrees to collaborate with the authorities to bring down the Apulian mafia, it seems like justice will prevail…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Marigolds for Malice (Enchanted Garden mysteries 03)
Cattrell, Bailey
Elliana Allbright is happy running her perfume shop, Scents & Nonsense, in the charming town of Poppyville, California. And she’s even happier when she can use her inherited abilities to infuse her perfumes with an extra special something that eases woes or solves problems for her customers. But she’ll need those abilities and more when murder comes to town. Ellie and her women’s business group, the Greenstockings, are helping to open a new museum about local history, and while sorting through the collection of artefacts they discover a time capsule, from the days of the Gold Rush. Among the contents is a strange botanical manuscript, recognised by local history professor Eureka Sanford as extremely rare and valuable. When the professor is found dead in the museum, Ellie has no choice but to sniff out the murderer… but this one may have roots that are as old as Poppyville.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Forever Fudge (Candy-Coated mysteries 06)
Coco, Nancy
When a film crew comes to Mackinac Island, the last thing fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy expects to find is a murder victim… shot on location. It’s Labor Day weekend, the official end of tourist season, and the beginning of a whole batch of trouble. First, the island is invaded by a TV crew filming a murder mystery pilot, and handsome Hollywood heartthrob Dirk Benjamin needs Allie’s help to prep for his role as local cop Rex Manning. Then, Allie’s bichonpoo Mal sniffs out a real murder in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, a man shot in the head – with a note challenging amateur sleuth Allie to catch the culprit. Like it or not, the fudge maker has to square off against a crazy killer – but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Robert B Parker’s the Hangman’s Sonnet
Coleman, Reed Farrel
Jesse Stone, still reeling from the murder of his fiancée, by crazed assassin Mr Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal protégé, Suitcase Simpson. The morning of the wedding, Jesse learns that a gala 75th birthday party is to be held for folk singer Terry Jester. Jester, once the equal of Bob Dylan, has spent the last forty years in seclusion after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording tape of his magnum opus, The Hangman’s Sonnet. That same morning, an elderly Paradise woman dies, while her house is being ransacked. What are the thieves looking for? And what’s the connection to Terry Jester and the mysterious missing tape? Jesse’s investigation is hampered by hostile politicians and a growing trail of blood and bodies, forcing him to solicit the help of mobster Vinnie Morris and a certain Boston area PI, named Spenser. While the town fathers pressure him to avoid a PR nightmare, Jesse must connect the cases before the bodies pile up further.
Noir | PBK | $22.95

A Known Evil (Detective Michael Rossi series)
Conway, Aidan
In the depths of a freakish winter, Rome is being torn apart by a serial killer, dubbed The Carpenter, intent on spreading fear and violence. Soon, another woman is murdered – hammered to death and left with a cryptic message nailed to her chest. Maverick Detective Inspectors Rossi and Carrara are assigned to the investigation. But when Rossi’s girlfriend is attacked – left in a coma in hospital – he becomes the killer’s new obsession and his own past hurtles back to haunt him. As the body count rises, with one perfect murder on the heels of another, the case begins to spiral out of control. The first in a series; perfect for fans of Ian Rankin.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Blood Queen (Shakespeare’s Queens series)
Courtney, Joanna
The myth of Lady Macbeth looms large. But behind the villainous portrait stands a real woman. This is her story… Scotland, 1020 AD – King Malcolm II is fading fast. It is North versus South, for two families have a claim on the inheritance of his crown. Who will gain the Scottish throne? On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, a flushed and nervous Cora MacDuff waits to marry her sweetheart, Macbeth. But her dreams are about to be stolen from her, as the night she was hoping for turns into a brutal slaughter. In order to reclaim the life, she was promised, she will learn to use every weapon at her disposal – even her son. The first in a series based on the queens of Shakespeare’s plays.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop mysteries 06)
Coyle, Cleo
Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn’t believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now, Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful… After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it – literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller, before the killer closes the book on her.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Buried Secrets
Cutts, Lisa
To most people, Detective Inspector Milton Bowman appears to have an ideal life. But some secrets aren’t buried deep enough. And Milton’s Monday morning will not follow routine as he is caught in a major car accident on the way to East Rise incident room. His friend and colleague, DI Harry Powell, is given the unenviable task of delivering the message to Bowman’s wife, Linda. Except she’s been murdered. The team, including DC Hazel Hamilton, begin to examine every aspect of their colleague’s life, as suspicion and disbelief take hold of those embroiled in the investigation.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dark Pines (Tuva Moodyson mysteries)
Dean, W R
An isolated Swedish town. A deaf reporter, terrified of nature. A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods. It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt, and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career, she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings from twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and write the story… and, then, get the hell out of Gavrik.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Final Roasting Place (Cook-Off mysteries 02)
Delaney, Devon
Erno Oliveri made sure to be on set for his daughter’s cook-off appearance on Sunny Side Up with Brett and Carmell. Or, as it’s now known, Sunny Side Up with Carmell and Brett – since the ambitious young Carmell seems to have the producer and station owner eating out of her hand. But the important news is that Sherry has bested the competition with her Spicy Toasted Chickpea and Almond appetiser and clinched the spatula-shaped trophy. Until a quick-moving storm knocks out power to the studio – and, when the lights come back up, Carmell is at her desk… with a sharp object lodged in her neck…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Sunday Girl
Drysdale, Pip
Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge. Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: ‘Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he’d slowly dissembled… stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.’ So, Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step – one that will change her life forever. Things start to spiral out of her control…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Rival
Duckworth, Charlotte
Now: Living in her home in the remote countryside – the perfect place to get away from it all – Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault? Then: When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe, this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have? But, soon, Helena realises that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

X Marks the Scot (Liss MacCrimmon mysteries 11)
Dunnett, Kaitlyn
The old Chadwick mansion, on the edge of Moosetookalook, Maine, has been shrouded in mystery for generations. But when Scottish Emporium owner Liss MacCrimmon uncovers a treasure map at the mansion’s estate sale, she never expected her curiosity would lead to a dead body. It’s clear, Liss isn’t alone on this treasure hunt. With her life in real peril and the map at risk of being stolen, she launches into full-scale investigation mode. But as she deciphers clues and inches toward the dangerous culprit, Liss quickly realises she’s only a step away from ending up like the Chadwick clan – permanently wiped out.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Gallows Court (Jacob Flint series)
Edwards, Martin
London, 1930. Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths – the details too foul to print – has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake – the enigmatic daughter of a notorious hanging judge – is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard’s embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder; and, now, she’s on the trail of another killer. Jacob Flint, a young newspaperman temporarily manning The Clarion’s crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He’s certain there is more to the Miss Savernake’s amateur sleuthing than meets the eye. The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Murder in an English Village (Beryl & Edwina mysteries)
Ellicott, Jessica
1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has left her in dire financial straits; and forced her to advertise for a lodger. When her long-lost school chum Beryl arrives on her doorstep – actually, crashes into it, in her red motorcar – Edwina welcomes her old friend, as her new roommate. But her idyllic hometown has a hidden sinister side, and when the two friends are drawn in, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents… The first in a new interwar mystery series.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

A Map of the Dark
Ellis, Karen
FBI Agent Elsa Myers is smart, determined, and gifted with an extraordinary ability to find missing children. When vulnerable teenager Ruby disappears from Queens, she is put on the case. But Elsa’s skills are rooted in her own troubled past. She is haunted by her mother’s murder, her father is dying, and her relationship with her sister is crumbling. The first in a thrilling new FBI procedural series, for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Day of the Accident
Ellwood, Nuala
Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart. The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned, when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing. When Maggie begs to see her husband, Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of their daughter’s funeral. What really happened that day at the river? Where is Maggie’s husband? And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Perfect Silence (DI Callanach series)
Fields, Helen
The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby. After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Kiss of Death (Detective Mark Heckenburg series)
Finch, Paul
DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK’s most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning. Heck realises that there’s another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they’ve not just caught the prize: they’ve made sure no one else ever does. How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK’s most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Premeditated Peppermint (Amish Candy Shop mysteries 03)
Flower, Amanda
Christmas is Bailey King’s favourite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets, when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey’s not about to let her beloved town – and Swissmen Sweets – be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for, when Eric’s executive producer is found strangled to death – and Eric’s the prime suspect. With Bailey’s sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric’s guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet talk her into helping him clear his name… and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn’t who she seemed, Bailey’s edging dangerously close to a killer, who isn’t looking to bring joy to the world – or to Bailey – this deadly Noel…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Enemy of the State (Mitch Rapp series)
Flynn, Vince & Mills, Kyle
The enduring mystery of just who really was behind the 9/11 attacks in America has never been solved – but, now, Mitch Rapp thinks he has the culprits in his sights and he’s out for blood.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Hidden Bones (Hills & Barbrook series)
Ford, Nicola
Following the recent death of her husband, Clare Hills is listless and unsure of her place in the world. When her former university friend Dr David Barbrook asks her to help him sift through the effects of deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart, she sees this as a useful distraction from her grief. During her search, Clare stumbles across the unpublished journals detailing Gerald’s most glittering dig. Hidden from view for decades and supposedly destroyed in an arson attack, she cannot believe her luck. Finding the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist’s dream. Determined to document Gerald’s career-defining find for the public, Clare and David delve into his meticulously kept records of the excavation… The first in a series by a National Trust archaeologist, writing under a pseudonym.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Fox
Forsyth, Frederick
Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer program? What if it’s a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn’t you do to get hold of him?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike series)
Galbraith, Robert
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott – once his assistant, now a partner in the agency – set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house, deep in the countryside. And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been – Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that… Follows The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Night Flight to Paris
Gilman, David
Paris, 1943. The swastika flies from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Amongst the missing is an Allied intelligence cell. Britain’s Special Operations Executive need to find out why. They recruit ex-Parisian and Bletchley Park codebreaker Harry Mitchell to return to the city he fled two years ago. Mitchell knows Occupied Paris – a city at war with itself. He knows the risks: a return to Paris not a mission – it’s a death sentence. But he has good reason to put his life on the line: the wife and daughter, he was forced to leave behind, have fallen into the hands of the Gestapo and Michell will do whatever it takes to save them…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

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

Greer, Andrew Sean
Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years, who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can’t say yes – it would be too awkward; he can’t say no – it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events, around the world… The Pulitzer prize-winning novel about a failed writer, trying to escape his problems by traveling abroad.
Fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Knowledge (Richard Jury series)
Grimes, Martha
Robbie Parsons is one of London’s finest, a black cab driver who knows every street, every theatre, every landmark in the city by heart. In his backseat is a man with a gun in his hand – a man who shot Robbie’s previous pair of customers point-blank, in front of the Artemis Club, a rarefied art gallery-cum-casino, then jumped in and ordered Parsons to drive. As the killer eventually escapes to Nairobi with ten-year-old Patty Haigh – one of a crew of stray kids who serve as the cabbies’ eyes and ears at Heathrow and Waterloo – in pursuit, superintendent Richard Jury comes across the double-homicide in the Saturday paper. Two days previously, Jury had met and instantly connected with one of the victims, a professor of astrophysics at Columbia and an expert gambler. Jury considers the murder a personal affront and is soon contending with a case that takes unexpected turns into Tanzanian gem mines, a closed casino in Reno, and a pub that only London’s black cabbies, those who have ‘the knowledge’, can find.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Mystery of Three Quarters (New Hercule Poirot mysteries)
Hannah, Sophie
Returning home after lunch, one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of, nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy; and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him – a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy… Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?
Christie | TP | $32.99

A Voice Like Velvet (Detective Club series)
Henderson, Donald
By day, Ernest Bisham is a velvet-voiced announcer for the BBC; the whole country recognises the sound of his meticulous pronouncements. By night, however, Mr Bisham is a cat-burglar, careless about his loot, but revelling in the danger and excitement of his running contest with Scotland Yard. But as he gets away with more and more daring escapades, there will come a time, when he goes too far… This edition also includes a rare Henderson short story, the chilling ‘The Alarm Bell’.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

Shame on You
Heydenrych, Amy
Surely, we all lie a little bit online… don’t we? Have you ever reached the New Year and thought, it’s time to reinvent yourself? Have you ever lied about who you are, to get more likes? Have you ever followed someone online who you think is perfect? Meet Holly. Social media sensation. The face of clean eating. Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her. But when Holly is attacked by a man she’s only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control. He seemed to know her – but she doesn’t know him. What if Holly isn’t who she seems to be? What if Holly’s living a lie? You think you know her…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Murder of My Aunt (British Library Crime Classics)
Hull, Richard
Edward Powell lives with his Aunt Mildred in the Welsh town of Llwll. His aunt thinks Llwll an idyllic place to live, but Edward loathes the countryside – and thinks the company even worse. In fact, Edward has decided to murder his aunt. A darkly humorous depiction of fraught family ties, The Murder of My Aunt was first published in 1934.
Classic mystery | TP | $24.95

Earth Storm (DI Malin Fors series)
Kallentoft, Mons
In the early hours of the morning, the naked body of a young man is discovered in a ditch next to Go ta Kanal. The cause of death is mysterious; the body bears no visible traces of violence. The man is soon identified as Peder Akerlund, a former Swedish politician, excluded from his party for racism but since reformed. Then sixteen-year-old Nadja Lundin is reported missing, possibly abducted, the same evening, and there are signs that suggest the two cases might be connected. But what do the victims have in common? And why were they chosen? Gradually, Malin Fors realises that they are dealing with someone who is playing a game with them, who speaks through murders and who will not be silenced. What is he or she trying to say? Desperate to fine Nadja alive, the team race against the clock to find an answer, before it’s too late…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Stabbed in the Baklava (Kebab Kitchen mysteries 02)
Kashian, Tina
Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore, after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth… Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen – and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity, when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s ex, Azad – who’s the restaurant’s new head chef – is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Walking Shadows (Decker & Lazarus)
Kellerman, Faye
On a quiet suburban street in upstate New York, a body is discovered. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil lived a simple life – his murder seems senseless. But then Detective Peter Decker discovers Brady’s father was convicted of murder, many years ago. Decker begins to suspect Brady’s death may be connected to his father’s crimes. Then one of Brady’s closest friends vanishes; a pool of blood the only clue to his fate. Who would savagely kill two innocent men? With a little help from his wife Rina, Decker must use all his skill to put the pieces of this deadly puzzle together… before the murderer strikes, again.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison series)
Kellerman, Jonathan & Jesse
A wild party in a gentrifying East Bay neighbourhood. A heated argument that spills into the street. Gunshots. Chaos. When the smoke clears, the mystery reveals itself: there is one victim whose death doesn’t match the others. She has been brutalised and abandoned, stripped of ID and left to die: it falls to Deputy Coroner Clay Edison to give her a name and a voice. Clay embarks upon a journey into a hidden world where innocence and perversity mingle… and before long, his relentless pursuit of the truth will lead him right into the line of fire. The sequel to Crime Scene (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Great Darkness (Nighthawk series)
Kelly, Jim
1939, Cambridge: The opening weeks of the Second World War, and the first blackout – The Great Darkness – covers southern England, enveloping the city. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke, a wounded hero of the Great War, takes his nightly dip in the cool waters of the Cam. Daylight reveals a corpse on the riverside, the body torn apart by some unspeakable force. Brooke investigates, calling on the expertise and inspiration of a faithful group of fellow ‘nighthawks’ across the city, all condemned, like the detective, to a life lived away from the light… The first in a series.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Murder Lies Waiting (Rose McQuinn series)
Knight, Alanna
For Rose McQuinn, the invitation to holiday at a luxury hotel on the isle of Bute is an unexpected delight – until she discovers the real reason is to investigate a twenty-year-old, non-proven murder case. With close links to a strange local family of ancient origin whose modern castle holds many dark secrets, Rose’s involvement in this challenge unleashes a web of intrigue and sinister happenings as she realises too late when a drowned man is a murder victim; and someone decides she is close enough to the truth not to leave the island alive.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Trenton Makes
Koelb, Tadzio
Abe Kunstler wants his share of the American Dream, which for him is a factory job, a wife, and a family. Getting these things will be harder for Abe than it is for other people, however, because his life is a lie – an invention forged in the heat of a terrible crime. Haunted by his past, terrified of exposure, and searching obsessively for redemption; even Abe, himself, isn’t sure how far he’ll go to keep his secret.
Mystery/suspense | HC | $29.99

Downright Dead (B&B Spirits mysteries 02)
Kopfler, Pamela
After the syndicated TV show Inquiring Minds airs footage of their resident ghost at Holly Grove, a converted antebellum plantation house, it seems as if half the state of Louisiana wants to book a room. There’s only one small problem: the ghost of her not-so-dearly-departed husband Burl has… departed. A TV crew returns to Holly Grove, to prove the ghost is real. Following a disastrous séance, Holly is sure she’ll be exposed as a charlatan. Surprisingly, the debunker suddenly becomes a believer – after he’s pushed off the widow’s walk to his death, and rises as a ghost…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Unleashed (Matt Hunter series)
Laws, Peter
Fifteen years ago, 29 Barley Street in Menham, South London, became notorious as the scene of alleged poltergeist activity which led to the death of young Holly Wasson. The shadow cast by this episode is still felt in the town, and among the gang of friends who were caught up in the tragic events. That shadow looms larger than ever, when one of the group dies in horrific and strange circumstances. Matt Hunter, former minister and now professor of sociology, is called in to advise the police on the possible ritualistic elements of the death. And he is forced to ask himself, are forces beyond the grave at work, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at large? The sequel to Purged (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Inhuman Resources
Lemaitre, Pierre
Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment. All he is offered are small, demoralising jobs. He has reached his very lowest ebb; and can see no way out. So, when a major company finally invites him to an interview, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything, borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves hostage taking. Alain Delambre commits body and soul, in this struggle to regain his dignity. But if he suddenly realised that the dice had been loaded against him from the start, his fury would be limitless. And what began as a role-play game could quickly become a bloodbath.
Noir | TP | $29.99

Bluebird, Bluebird
Locke, Attica
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules – a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders – a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman – have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes – and save himself in the process – before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. The Edgar winner of 2018.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

The Peppermint Mocha Murder (Chocolate Whisperer mysteries 05)
London, Colette
It’s beginning to look like a merry Christmas for Hayden Mundy Moore. On vacation from providing her sought-after expertise, in all things chocolate, Hayden heads to snowy New England with her friend and financial advisor, Travis, for the opening of his pal’s highly-touted holiday musical. But when the show’s producer is murdered, Hayden trades sampling Chocolate Santas for finding the killer – especially since, this time, Travis is the one asking for her help… Soon, Hayden discovers there’s more to Travis’s chic hometown than mulled wine and cocoa cookies. But that’s just the beginning. Almost no one, including Travis, is quite what they seem. Did the show’s lead have more savage motives than stardom? Could the dead producer’s husband have felt a murderous envy for his successful wife? Getting behind the mistletoe and jingle bells will take all of Hayden’s savvy – along with some super caffeinated Peppermint Mochas – if she hopes to catch a killer, with a heart more bitter than the darkest truffle…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Broken Ground (Karen Pirie series)
McDermid, Val
When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone’s long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past – until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems. It’s not long, before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however – a shocking crime she thought she’d already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury
McKay, Sinclair
Standing four storeys tall, in an elegant Bloomsbury terrace, number 4, Euston Square was a well-kept, respectable boarding house, whose tenants felt themselves to be on the rise in Victorian London. But beneath this genteel veneer lay a murderous darkness. For on 9th May 1879, the body of a former resident, Matilda Hacker, was discovered by chance in the coal cellar. The ensuing investigation stripped bare the dark side of Victorian domesticity, revealing violence, sex and scandal, and became the first celebrity case of the early tabloids. Someone must have had full knowledge of what had happened to Matilda Hacker. For someone in that house had killed her. So, how could the murderer prove so elusive? In this true story, Sinclair McKay meticulously evaluates the evidence and, through first-hand sources, giving a gripping account that sheds new light on a mystery that eluded Scotland Yard.
True crime | HC | $39.99

The Mile End Murder: The Case Conan Doyle Couldn’t Solve
McKay, Sinclair
In 1860, a 70-year-old widow turned landlady, named Mary Emsley, was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head. What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation, a veritable locked room mystery which baffled even legendary Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle. With an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, the case led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate. This is the case Conan Doyle couldn’t solve and, after confounding the best detectives for years, has finally be solved by author Sinclair McKay. Discover ‘whodunit’ as the real murderer is revealed for the first time exclusively, in this captivating study of a murder case in the nineteenth century, a story never told before.
True crime | HC | $39.99

A Gathering of Ghosts
Maitland, Karen
1316. On the wilds of Dartmoor stands the isolated Priory of St Mary, home to the Sisters of the Knights of St John. People journey from afar in search of healing at the holy well that lies beneath its chapel. But the locals believe Dartmoor was theirs long before Christianity came to the land. And not all who visit seek miracles. When three strangers reach the moor, fear begins to stir as the well’s waters run with blood. What witchcraft have the young woman, the Knight of St John and the blind child brought with them? The Sisters will need to fight for everything they hold dear as the ghosts of the Old World gather in their midst.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Scorched Earth (DS Aector McAvoy series)
Mark, David
The police think Crystal Heathers isn’t missing. The trainee detective assigned to the case isn’t so sure. McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall… and that all the signs point to it being a little girl. But why would anyone not report a kidnapping? And how far would someone go, to get revenge? The case will test McAvoy to breaking point – as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

What Blooms from Dust
Markert, James
Just as Jeremiah Goodbye is set to meet his fate in the electric chair, a tornado tears down the prison walls, and he is given a second chance at life. With the flip of a coin, he decides to return to his home town of Nowhere, Oklahoma, to settle the score with his twin brother, Josiah. But upon his escape, he enters a world he doesn’t recognise – one that has been overtaken by the Dust Bowl. On his journey home, he accidentally rescues a young boy who follows him the rest of the way, and the pair arrive at their destination, where they are greeted by fearful townspeople. When the Black Sunday storm hits, the very next day; the residents of Nowhere finally begin to let the past few years of hardship bury them, under the weight of all that dust…
Historical mystery | TP | $22.99

Under Attack (Home Front Detective series)
Marston, Edward
June, 1917. While German Gotha bombers raid London from above, a man’s body is fished from the Thames below. The man had been garrotted and his tongue cut out before he was left to his watery grave, and as the killer has taken care to remove identifying items and even labels, Detective Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy struggle to name the victim before they can begin properly with their investigation. As family and business associates are found, the list of suspects grows ever longer, and as Marmion wrangles with the case, he and his family must also contend with their anxieties for his now-missing son Paul. The interminable presence of war and, closer to home, pitched battles in the East End between rival adolescent gangs, suggest the Home Front is more insecure than ever before. With great care, Marmion must pick his way along a twisting path that will lead him towards the killer.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Killer You Know
Masters, S R
Summer 1997. When Will jokes about becoming a serial killer, his friends just laugh it off. But Adeline can’t help but feel there’s something darker lurking behind his words. Winter 2015: Years later, Adeline returns to Blythe for a reunion of the old gang – except Will doesn’t show up. Reminiscing about old times, they look up the details of his supposed murder spree. But the mood soon changes, when they discover two recent deaths that match. As the group attempts to track Will down, they realise that he is playing a sinister game that harks back to one they used to play, as kids…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Mistletoe Murder (Lucy Stone Mysteries 01)
Meier, Leslie
As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller – its very wealthy founder – dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right. Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets, as long as Santa’s Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she’s about to receive a present from Santa she didn’t ask for – a killer who won’t be satisfied… until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself… The very first of the Lucy Stone mysteries, reissued with new cover art.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $21.95

Leave No Trace
Mejia, Mindy
Ten years after a boy and his father went missing in the wilderness of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, the boy – who is no longer a boy – walks back out of the forest. He is violent and uncommunicative. The authorities take him to Congdon Mental Institution in Duluth, on the edge of mighty Lake Superior. There, language therapist Maya Stark is given the task of making a connection with this boy/man who came back from the dead. But their celebrity patient tries to escape and refuses to answer any questions about his father or the last ten years of his life. In many ways, he is old far beyond his years; in others, still a child. But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world – but at what cost to herself?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases from the Archives of the NYPD from 1831 to the Present
Mladinich, Robert; Whalen, Bernard J; Messing, Philip
From atrocities that occurred before the establishment of New York’s police force in 1845, through the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001 to the present day, this chronological visual history is an insider’s look at more than 80 real-life crimes that shocked the nation, from arson to gangland murders, robberies, serial killers, bombings, and kidnappings, including: Architect Stanford White’s fatal shooting at Madison Square Garden, over his deflowering of a teenage chorus girl. The anarchist bombing of Wall Street in 1920, which killed 39 people and injured hundreds more with flying shrapnel. Kitty Genovese’s senseless 1964 stabbing, famously witnessed by dozen of bystanders who did not intervene. Robert Chambers, the handsome, wealthy ex-Choate student, who murdered Jennifer Levin in Central Park, called ‘The Preppy Murder Case’. Son of Sam, a serial killer who eluded police for months, while terrorising the city, was finally apprehended through a simple parking ticket. Perfect for crime buffs, urban historians, and fans of American Crime Story, this riveting collection details New York’s most startling and unsettling crimes, some known and unknown, through behind-the-scenes analysis of investigations and more than 250 revealing photographs.
True crime | PBK | $35.00

The Clockmaker’s Daughter
Morton, Kate
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead, while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph?
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Darkest Day (Inspector Barbarotti series)
Nesser, Håkan
It’s December, in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate father Karl-Erik and eldest daughter Ebba’s joint landmark birthdays. But tensions are running high, and it’s not long before the night takes a dark and unexpected turn… Before the weekend is over, two members of the Hermansson family are missing; and it’s up to Inspector Barbarotti to determine exactly what has happened. And he soon discovers he’ll have to unravel a whole tangle of sinister family secrets, in the process… The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $18.99

Slow Motion Ghosts
Noon, Jeff
It is 1981. London is bruised by austerity, social unrest and racial tension, and the police are at war. Anger has erupted in the Brixton Riots and is finding expression in protest, anarchy and punk. For Detective Inspector Hobbes, the battle lines are being redrawn within his own ranks as right and wrong are clouded by prejudice. Into this mess comes a murder. A promising young singer has been maimed and killed and the artistry of the crime is disturbing. Hobbes begins an investigation that will lead him deep into a subculture hidden beneath the everyday… Bringing the trademark imagination of his acclaimed sf novels, Jeff Noon has delivered a police procedural with a difference – an intricate, twisting crime novel that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. NOTE: Delayed until February 2019!
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense (collection)
Oates, Joyce Carol
This taut collection stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing – and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves. Six feverishly unsettling works.
Collection | TP | $29.99

Only to Sleep (Philip Marlowe series)
Osborne, Lawrence
The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. PI Philip Marlowe – now, in his seventy-second year – has been living out his retirement in the terrace bar of La Fonda hotel… Sipping margaritas, playing cards; his silver-tipped cane at the ready – when, in saunter two men, dressed like undertakers. With a case that has his name written all over it. His mission is to investigate Donald Zinn – supposedly drowned off his yacht, leaving a much younger and, now, very rich wife. Marlowe’s speciality. But is Zinn actually alive? Are the pair living off the spoils? Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon. Marlowe’s first appearance was, of course, in The Big Sleep (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | TP | $32.99

The Ones You Trust
Overington, Caroline
Emma Cardwell, celebrity mum and host of top-rating morning TV show Cuppa, seems to have it all: fame, money and a gorgeous family. But when her little girl disappears from day-care – captured on CCTV footage at a nearby shopping centre leaving with someone Emma has never seen before – her world is turned upside down. As the minutes tick by, and pressure mounts, every part of Emma’s life comes under examination. Is this a kidnapping, the work of a crazed stalker, or an obsessed fan? Is somebody out for revenge or is this something closer to home? And there is the aching question: how much do we really know about those who care for our children… and about the people we love?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Formula of Deception
Parks, Carrie Stuart
When her twin sister was murdered, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight, again – and may be back in the killer’s crosshairs. The memory that Murphy was asked to draw was from an Alaskan hunter who discovered five bodies on remote Ruuwaq Island, ten years ago; but has only shared the information with the police, now that he’s dying of cancer…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Patterson, James & Holmes, Andrew
Former SAS soldier David Shelley was part of the most covert operations team in the Special Forces. Now, settling down to civilian life in London, he has plans for a safer and more stable existence. But the shocking death of a young woman Shelley once helped protect puts those plans on hold. The police rule the death a suicide; but the grieving parents can’t accept their beloved Emma would take her own life. They need to find out what really happened, and they turn to their former bodyguard, Shelley, for help. When they discover that Emma had fallen into a dark and seedy world of drugs and online pornography, the father demands retribution. But his desire for revenge will make enemies of people that even Shelley may not be able to protect them from, and take them into a war from which there may be no escape.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

NYPD Red 5 (NYPD Red series)
Patterson, James & Karp, Marshall
The richest of New York’s rich gather at The Pierre’s Cotillion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. The mayor is present, along with Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the elite NYPD Red task force providing security. The night is shattered, as a fatal blast rocks the room, stirring up horrifying memories of 9/11. Is the explosion an act of terrorism – or a homicide? A big-name female filmmaker is the next to die, in a desolate corner of New York City. The crimes keep escalating, and the perpetrators may be among the A-list New Yorkers NYPD Red was formed to protect. Zach and Kylie track a shadowy killer, as he masterfully plays out his vendetta – and threatens to take down NYPD Red, in the bargain.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Man Who Came Uptown
Pelecanos, George
Anna Byrne is a jailhouse librarian. In a place where hope is hard to find, the power of books can be a light in the dark. For some of the prisoners, her work is life changing. Like Michael Hudson, her best student, who’s been locked up awaiting trial before his sudden release. He’s relieved to be free – to ‘come uptown’, as they say – but can’t shake the question: why is the witness who put him behind bars is suddenly refusing to testify? There’s a man who might have the answer, but he wants something first. Phil Ornazian is a private investigator who moonlights as a petty criminal. He’s not exactly proud of it, but times are hard in Washington, DC. People have to change to survive, or die trying. But everything comes at a price and, at some point, everyone has to pay…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

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

Bells, Spells, and Murders (Witch City mysteries 07)
Perry, Carol J
Lee Barrett has landed her dream job at Salem’s WICH-TV. As the new field reporter, she’ll be covering events live, as they’re unfolding. Next on her holiday checklist is an interview with the beloved chairman of a popular walking tour through Salem’s historic districts. But it may be his ghost walking this snowy Noel season after Lee finds him murdered in his stately offices, bloody Santa hat askew. With her police detective boyfriend working the case and a witch’s brew of suspects – including some bell-ringing Santas – Lee chases down leads aided and abetted by her wise cat O’Ryan and some unsettling psychic visions of her own. When a revealing clue leads to another dead body, not even a monster blizzard can stop Lee from inching closer to the truth… and a scoop that could spell her own demise, this killer Christmas.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

City of Endless Night (Agent Pendergast series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Grace Ozmian, missing daughter of a tech billionaire has been found. Most of her. Her head is still missing. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D’Agosta knows his investigation will attract fierce media scrutiny, so he’s delighted when his old acquaintance FBI Special Agent A X L Pendergast is assigned to the case. But neither man is prepared for what lies ahead. A diabolical presence is haunting New York City and Grace is only the first of many victims to be murdered… and decapitated. As the first snows of winter sweep across the city, it will take all of Pendergast’s skill and strength to unmask this most dangerous foe – let alone survive to tell the tale.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Leverage in Death
Robb, J D
What would you do to protect your family? When Paul Rogan sets off a bomb at his office, killing eleven people, no one can understand why. He was a loving husband and father, with everything to live for. Then his wife and daughter are found chained up in the family home, and everything becomes clear. Rogan had been given a horrifying choice – set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows the violence won’t end here. The men behind the attack are determined, organised and utterly ruthless. In this shocking and challenging case, both Eve and husband Roarke are heading into serious danger.
Eve Dallas | TP | $29.99

Dark in Death
Robb, J D
There’s always a reason for murder. But when a young actress is killed in a swift and violent attack at a cinema screening, that reason is hard to fathom – even for Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team. It’s only when bestselling crime writer Blaine DeLano arrives at the precinct that the shocking truth is revealed. Someone is recreating the murder scenes from her latest series, book by book. With six more novels left in the series, Eve now knows how the killer will strike next. But why has DeLano been targeted? Could her abusive husband be involved? As fiction is transformed into bloody reality, Eve will need all her skill and experience to solve this unique case. Luckily for her, husband Roarke happens to be a fan of Delano’s work. And he’s more than happy to work side by side with his brilliant wife – no matter how dark things become…
Eve Dallas | PBK | $19.99

The Piranhas
Saviano, Roberto
In Naples, a new kind of gang rules the streets: the ‘Paranze’, the ‘Children’s Gangs’, groups of teenage boys who divide their time between Facebook or playing Call of Duty on their PlayStations, and patrolling the streets armed with pistols and AK-47s, terrorising local residents in order to mark out the territories of their Mafia bosses. The leader of one such gang, Nicolas, is known to his friends and enemies as the ‘Maharajah’. But Nicolas’s ambitions reach far beyond doing other men’s bidding: he wants to be the one giving orders, calling the shots, and ruling the city. But the violence he is accustomed to wielding, and witnessing, soon spirals out of his control…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Maigret and the Saturday Caller
Simenon, Georges
Inspector Maigret is followed home, one evening, by a man who reveals his intention to kill his wife and her lover. Maigret intervenes and speaks to the man daily; but when the calls suddenly stop, Maigret finds a murder on his hands.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

The Colours of All the Cattle
Smith, Alexander McCall
Mma Ramostwe’s friend will persuade her to stand for election to the City Council. ‘We need women like her in politics,’ Mma Potokwani says, ‘instead of having the same old men every time…’ To be elected, Mma Ramotswe must have a platform and some policies. She will have to canvas opinion. She will have to get Mma Makutsi’s views. Her slogan is: ‘I can’t promise anything – but I shall do my best’. Her intention is to halt the construction of the Big Fun Hotel, a dubious, flashy hotel near a graveyard – an act that many consider to be disrespectful. Mma Ramotswe will take the campaign as far as she can; but lurking around the corner, as ever, is the inextinguishable Violet Sephotho.
Precious Ramotswe | TP | $29.99

Dead of Night
Stanley, Michael
When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic; but, within a week, she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that she doesn’t want, but can’t get rid of… Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth, before she’s exposed by the local mafia. Now, she must convince the South African authorities to take action, before it’s too late… both for the rhinos, and for her.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Stevenson, Benjamin
Four years ago, in the small town of Birravale, Eliza Daley was murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he? So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings – and he claims Curtis Wade was convicted on flimsy evidence and shoddy police work. Millions of viewers agree. Just before the final episode, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty, after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale, unedited, leading to Curtis’s eventual release. Then a new victim is found, bearing horrifying similarities to the original murder… ‘An outstanding debut – confident, compelling, with a surprise around every corner. I loved it’ – Jane Harper, author of The Dry.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Die Me a River (Welcome Back to Scumble River mysteries 02)
Swanson, Denise
School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd had hoped that her maternity leave would be at least a little relaxing, but when she and her husband, Wally, meet with the priest to discuss their newborn twins’ christening, an explosion at the nearby bowling alley rocks the rectory. And although the business was closed at the time of the blast, there’s a body inside. As police chief, Wally is inevitably drawn into the investigation, which seems to indicate that foul play is afoot again in Scumble River, and Skye can’t help but do a bit of her own sleuthing. But the clues come fast and furious, ranging from an odd new stranger in town to animosity toward the gambling machines that had recently been installed at the bowling alley, and Skye finds herself wondering if this could be the puzzle that stumps her, for good.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Dinner with the Dissidents
Tesarsch, John
It is 1970, and the Kremlin is struggling to quell dissent. Though censored at home, Alexander Solzhenitsyn is lauded in the West for exposing the underbelly of communism. Now, the Nobel laureate is rumoured to be writing his most devastating work, yet. The KGB turns to Leonid Krasnov, an aspiring young writer. It promises to make him Moscow’s next literary star, if he can infiltrate Solzhenitsyn’s inner circle and uncover what the great author is hiding. At first, Leonid complies, but when he falls in love with Klara, a dissident musician, his allegiances waver… Many years later, Leonid is a recluse, living in Canberra – under an assumed name. Haunted by his past, he seeks one last, desperate chance to make amends.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Blood (Jem Flockhart series)
Thomson, E S
Summoned to the riverside by the desperate, scribbled note of an old friend, Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain find themselves on board the seamen’s floating hospital, an old hulk known only as The Blood, where prejudice, ambition and murder seethe beneath a veneer of medical respectability. On shore, a young woman, a known prostitute, is found drowned in a derelict boatyard. A man leaps to his death into the Thames, driven mad by poison and fear. The events are linked – but how? Courting danger in the opium dens and brothels of the waterfront, certain that the Blood lies at the heart of the puzzle, Jem and Will embark on a quest to uncover the truth. In a hunt that takes them from the dissecting tables of a private anatomy school, to the squalor of the dockside mortuary, they find themselves involved in a dark and terrible mystery. Follows Beloved Poison and Dark Asylum (PBK, $22.99 each).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Necessary Murder (Heloise Chancey series)
Tjia, M J
Stoke Newington, 1863: Little Margaret Lovejoy is found brutally murdered, in the outhouse of her family’s estate. A few days later, another victim is found on the doorstep of Eurasian courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey, at her prestigious address. At the same time, Heloise’s mother, Amah Li Leen, must confront events from her past that threaten her present… A sequel to She Be Damned (PBK, $29.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Chalk Man
Tudor, C J
When twelve-year-old Eddie first met the Chalk Man, it was he who gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages, between his groups of friends. And it was fun, to start with, until the figures led them to the body of a young girl. That was thirty years ago; and Ed thought the past was behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things: a piece of chalk, and a drawing of a stick figure. As history begins to repeat itself, Ed realises the game was never over…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Shot in the Dark (Constable Twitten mysteries)
Truss, Lynne
After Brighton’s criminals wiped one another out in a vicious battle in 1951, Inspector Steine rather enjoys life as a policeman. He just wishes Sergeant Brunswick would stop insisting that, perhaps, not every criminal was wiped out that fateful day. So, it’s really rather annoying, when an ambitious – not to mention irritating – new Constable shows up to work and starts investigating a series of burglaries. And it’s even more annoying when, after Constable Twitten is despatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic who is promptly shot dead… This debut novel is the first in a series from the professional pedant best known for her popular book Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
Humorous mystery | TP | $29.99

The Accordionist (Three Evangelists series)
Vargas, Fred
Vauquer Clement, a young accordionist in his thirties has disappeared, believed by police forces, from Nevers to Paris, to have killed two women – both shockingly violent murders. But Kehlweiler is not so sure he’s guilty. With his team of experts, he must go back and look at all the facts, and see if he can clear Clement’s name, before it’s too late. The first in this series is the wonderfully quirky Three Evangelists (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Sorrowful Sanctuary (Lane Winslow series)
Whishaw, Iona
Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked in icy, bloody water, he is unable to speak, leaving Lane at a loss. What series of events brought him to this grisly fate? Darling and Ames are quick to pick up the case, but leads are few, until Angela’s young son finds an unsettling clue on the beach – a bright red swastika lapel pin – that points to the National Unity Party of Canada. When the anonymous man succumbs to his injuries, Darling and Lane are thrown headlong into a murder investigation with ties to the old country. The first in this terrific series is A Killer in King’s Cove (TP, $29.95).
Mystery | TP | $29.95