January 2024 crime & mystery catalogue

Jan2024 Crime&Mys new releases


Secrets of the Nile (Lady Emily mysteries)
Alexander, Tasha
Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have joined his formidable mother on a holiday to visit the exotic treasures of Egypt. Their host, Lord Bertram Deeley, is a renowned amateur British collector of antiquities, who has invited his closest friends on a lavish cruise up the Nile to his home at Luxor. But on the first night of their journey, he suddenly collapses after offering a welcome toast, a victim of the lethal poison cyanide. Who amongst this group of his nearest and dearest would want to kill their generous host? Emily and Colin’s investigation soon reveals that even his closest friends had reasons to want him dead: was it the archaeologist whose dig Deeley was poised to fund until he suddenly withdrew support? The powerful politician whose career Deeley had secretly destroyed? The dyspeptic, aristocratic English spinster, whose hired travelling companion seems determined to protect her employer? Or, could it be Mrs Hargreaves, herself, who may have spurned the advances of Lord Deeley when they were both younger? A key clue may lie with several ancient ushabtis, exquisite 3,000-year-old sculptures that played a role in a hidden story from the time of Ancient Egypt, one of a sister’s unshakeable loyalty to her brother, a tale of betrayal and revenge. In an unforgettable finale, Emily and Colin gather their fellow travellers together, to unmask a killer whose motive is as shocking, as it is brilliant.
Historical mystery | TP | $34.99

Absolute Power
Baldacci, David
Set in Washington DC, this fascinating thriller of unparalleled suspense dares to explore an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy: a vicious murder involving the US President and a cover-up orchestrated by his zealously loyal Chief of Staff and the Secret Service. But, unknown to the President and his lackeys, one unlikely witness saw everything. Trapped behind a two-way mirror in a country house in Maryland, Luther Whitney, a professional burglar, witnesses an event that destroys his faith in justice. By the time he escapes, pursued by two Secret Service agents, a young woman has been sexually assaulted, then shot dead. And a breathtaking cover-up has been set in motion.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dark Arena (Frenchman series)
Beaumont, Jack
Alec de Payns, espionage operative of the Y Division of the DGSE, France’s famed foreign intelligence service, is tasked with hunting down an agent of influence posting highly-classified material, against the Kremlin, to embassies all over Europe. A deadly conspiracy is aligning the West against Russia. But who is behind it? And to what end? The clues lead to a secret meeting of businessmen, terrorists and mercenaries on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean, which de Payns must infiltrate. What he discovers sets off a Europe-wide manhunt in a desperate scramble to prevent an international catastrophe. Former DGSE spy Jack Beaumont’s Dark Arena is another chillingly-plausible thriller delivering all the taut plotting, superb action, and authentic spycraft that made The Frenchman (PBK, $22.99) a critically-acclaimed bestseller.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Sniffing Out Murder (Bailey the Bloodhound mysteries)
Benjamin, Kallie E
After deciding that life as a teacher wasn’t right for her, Priscilla found inspiration for her first children’s book in her three-year-old bloodhound’s nose for truth – and, so, The Adventures of Bailey the Bloodhound was born. After the book’s massively pawsitive response led Pris to move back to her hometown of Crosbyville, Indiana to continue the series, she’s surprised by how things have changed in the town, but even more so how they haven’t. Pris is frustrated to discover that newly elected school board trustee Whitney Kelley – a former high school mean girl – is intent on making Crosbyville more competitive by eliminating ‘frivolous spending’ on the arts and social programs, including Pris and Bailey’s beloved pet-assisted reading program. A minor altercation between them isn’t anything unusual, but after Bailey sniffs out Whitney’s body in a bed of begonias, locals start hounding Pris and Bailey as suspects for the crime. With Bailey’s sharp senses and Pris’ hometown know-how, can they prove to the community that they’re all barking up the wrong tree? The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $34.99

Killer Cupid (Melanie Travis mysteries)
Berenson, Laurien
Melanie is delighted at the prospect of three uninterrupted days alone with Sam (and, of course, her prize-winning Standard Poodle, Faith). They’re booked at the White Birch Inn, a picturesque New England resort nestled at the foot of a snow-covered mountain. The inn has a full slate of couples’ activities planned for the busy Valentine’s weekend, but the first night of festivities feature an event that isn’t on the program: murder. As a person of interest in the case, Melanie tries to sneak a little detective work into her romantic getaway. But with the resort nearly sold out for the holiday weekend, there’s no shortage of suspects, and Melanie’s secret sleuthing is already attracting the wrong kind of attention. Her Valentine’s trip is heating up, faster than the chocolate fondue… just not in the way Melanie hoped. But if she doesn’t catch the cold-hearted killer soon, another innocent victim will get the kiss of death…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

Boileau, Pierre & Narcejac, Thomas
He isn’t a cop anymore, but when an old friend asks Flavières to keep an eye on his dazzlingly beautiful wife, how can he refuse? And, so, he begins to scour the streets of wartime Paris in search of a woman who belongs to no one, not even to herself. Soon, intrigue is replaced by obsession, and dreams by nightmares, as the boundaries between the living and the dead begin to blur. An irresistible gift edition of the novel that inspired Hitchcock’s Vertigo. This is the original breathtaking psychological thriller behind Hitchcock’s legendary film – the story of a desperate man, tormented by his search for the truth, and ultimately destroyed by a dark, terrible secret.
Classic noir | HC | $27.99

Murders of a Feather (Dr Kate Vet mysteries)
Brady, Eileen
Hudson Valley winters can be brutal… and deadly! Dr Kate is once again on the case (not to mention thin ice) after discovering a young, engaged couple frozen to death in the lake. To make matters worse, her temporary receptionist appears to have overdosed from a recreational sedative used at the animal hospital. Kate barely has time to dread Valentine’s Day (and the fact that she’s alone on this holiday, once again) as the police investigation shows that all three fatalities are in fact homicides. But who would want the young couple dead, just as they were embarking on a new life together? And who pumped the temp employee full of enough animal tranquilisers to drop an ox? Kate doesn’t know where to begin until she stumbles upon a connection between the three victims and decides she needs to investigate further. But will her investigation leave her any time to get to know the handsome large animal vet she’s just met on a house call? And is the injured wild crow she’s taken under her wing, in fact, an omen of more bad things to come?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Murder on Tour (Mystery Bookshop mysteries)
Burns, V M
While Sam wraps up her first whirlwind book tour, Nana Jo has kept Market Street Mysteries running smoothly. The last stop is a prestigious book festival in Sam’s hometown of North Harbor, Michigan. But not everyone thinks the guest of honour, bestselling author Judith Hunter, deserves stellar reviews. Sam witnesses nasty arguments, between Judith and two different authors – who accuse her of plagiarism and sabotage… When a publicist is poisoned during a cocktail reception, Sam wonders if the killer missed the intended target. It’s a twist that echoes the plot of Sam’s mystery, Murder at Wickfield Lodge. But, fact can be stranger – and deadlier – than fiction. How much collateral damage is the killer willing to risk? With feisty Nana Jo and the girls from Shady Acres Retirement Village lending a hand, Sam tries to solve the case before the festival delivers another fatality…
Mystery | TP | $39.99

Before the Dawn (Detective Karen Hart series)
Butler, D S
Only one person can help crack this case – but he’s also the prime suspect. DC Sophie Jones was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Viciously bludgeoned one night in a dark alley, she is left fighting for her life in hospital, leaving no clues as to why she was there or what might have motivated the attack. For Detective Karen Hart, fiercely protective of her young protégée, this is already deeply personal: an attack on Sophie is an attack on the whole team. When a car workshop near the crime scene is linked to local mobster Quentin Chapman, the man Hart has spent years trying to bring down, it’s hard not to jump to the most obvious conclusion. But Chapman not only denies any knowledge of the incident – he asks for Karen’s help. Someone is killing his associates, and he fears he might be next. With little else to go on, Hart has no choice but to rely on her sworn enemy and his underworld connections for valuable information. Can she trust Chapman to tell her the truth – or will this shady collaboration be the last case of her career?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $37.95

The Problem of the Wire Cage (American Mystery Classic, Gideon Fell mysteries)
Carr, John Dickson
John Dickson Carr is famous for his puzzling ‘impossible crime’ plots, in which corpses are discovered in scenarios that seem to lack any logical explanation, concealing clues as to how the murder was committed and how the body arrived in its current setting. Among all of Carr’s ingenious crime scenes, the present case is one of his best known: a dead man is found strangled in the middle of a clay tennis court, just after a storm. In the damp dirt, there is one set of footsteps – his own – leading back to the grass; the court is otherwise untouched. There are no trees above from which the body may have fallen and no other visible means by which it may have been transported to its final resting place. Before determining the perpetrator of the strangulation, the local authorities are first confronted by the utter implausibility of the location – two interlocking questions puzzling enough to stump even the most seasoned inspector. The bafflement is reaching a harried volley by the time amateur sleuth Dr Gideon Fell gets involved, but he soon shows that the knotted plot is no match for his deductive powers. Before he can serve up a dazzling explanation of whodunit, though, Fell will have to sort through a confounding set of clues in search of a diabolical killer and a bizarre murder method. Reissued for the first time, this century, The Problem of the Wire Cage is an atmospheric and amusing Golden Age mystery with a memorable puzzle at its centre. It’s sure to please long-time fans of John Dickson Carr, and is also a great entry point into his beloved Gideon Fell series.
Classic mystery | HC/TP | $49.95/$28.95

The Hostage
Carter, A F
A new Nissan plant is coming to the depressed Rust Belt town of Baxter, and Captain Delia Mariola has been busy cleaning up the crime-addled city, ever since the deal was announced. But when Elizabeth, the 15-year-old daughter of the lead bidder on the construction project, suddenly disappears, and it becomes clear that a professional kidnapping ring may be responsible, Delia realises that the factory’s influx of cash could bring with it an entirely new sort of danger. Though Elizabeth’s abduction was well planned and bore the mark of an experienced team, her captors could not have anticipated the quick and clever brilliance of the exceptionally-smart teen. From the trunk of the car where she is held, Elizabeth devised a clever trick to get cryptic messages to those who love her. The only problem is that the messages might be too cryptic even for their recipients to decipher. If Delia has any hope of bringing the girl home unharmed, she’ll have to crack the code and discover the meaning behind each message. And unless she does it fast, there may be nobody left to save…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Palace of Shadows
Celestin, Ray
‘I’m not asking you to build something impossible. I’m asking you to build something that contains all the strangeness and confusion that you can muster.’ Samuel Etherstone, a penniless artist, is adrift in London. His disturbing art is shunned by patrons and critics alike, his friend Oscar Wilde is now an exile living in Paris, and a personal tragedy has taken its toll. So, when he is contacted by a mysterious heiress, Mrs Chesterfield, and asked to work on a commission for the house she is building on the desolate Smugglers’ Coast of North Yorkshire, he accepts the offer. Staying overnight in the local village pub, Samuel is warned not to spend too much time there. He is told of the fate of the house’s original architect, Francisco Varano, chilling tales of folk driven mad by the house, of it being built on haunted land where young girls have vanished, their ghosts now calling others to their deaths… It is only on arrival, at the Chesterfield house, that he learns the sinister details of Varano’s disappearance. And, yet, its owner keeps adding wing upon wing, and no one will tell him the reason behind her chilling obsession… But as Samuel delves deeper into the mysteries that swirl about the house, the nature of the project becomes terrifyingly clear.
Historical mystery | TP | $34.99

Last Word to the Wise (Christie Bookshop mysteries)
Claire, Ann
Sisters Ellie and Meg Christie share a love of books, reading, and the Book Chalet – their family’s historic bookshop, tucked midway up a scenic Colorado mountain. But romance? That’s another story. So, when their cousin signs them up for her newest business venture – matchmaking based on bookish tastes – the sisters approach their blind double dates with foot-dragging dread. And while Ellie’s date meets her low expectations, Meg’s match, a book-loving romantic straight out of classic literature, is a charming surprise… until he turns up murdered, the next morning. As the last known person to have seen the victim alive, Meg becomes a prime suspect in his death and soon the sisters must sift through secrets deeper than the February snowfall and once again summon their inner Miss Marple to sleuth out the truth before it’s too late.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The English Fuhrer (Tom Wilde series)
Clements, Rory
Autumn, 1945. Off the east coast of England, a Japanese sub surfaces, unloads its mysterious cargo, then blows itself to pieces. Former spy Professor Tom Wilde is enjoying peacetime in Cambridge, settling back into teaching and family life. Until a call from senior MI5 boss Lord Templeman brings him out of retirement. A nearby village has been locked down by the military, its residents blighted by a deadly illness. No one is allowed in, or out. There are rumours the Nazi machine is still operational, with links to Unit 731, a notorious Japanese biological warfare research laboratory. But how could they possibly be plotting on British soil – and why? What’s more, Wilde and Templeman’s names are discovered on a Gestapo kill list. And after a series of assassinations an unthinkable question emerges: could an Englishman be behind the plot? Clements’ fantastic Tom Wilde series – beginning with Corpus (PBK, $22.99) – is always recommended!
Historical suspense | PBK | $27.99

A Dance with Murder (Ted Bristol mysteries)
Coleman, Elizabeth
PI Edwina ‘Ted’ Bristol’s latest case is proving complicated. Ballerina Giselle Tereiti is the target of a stalker, but she’s also the ex-wife of Ted’s new flame homicide detective Spike. While the case is a win for Ted’s agency, it means she’s forced to distance herself from Spike. As Ted goes undercover via the dating apps, in pursuit of suspects, the stalker ups the ante with a disturbing break-in at Giselle’s home. Meanwhile, talented crafter Cicely Bunting is desperate to locate her husband, Duncan, who disappeared while surfing a year ago. Cicely refuses to believe that he’s dead, and she’s counting on Ted to find him. As Ted closes in on the stalking culprit and her relationship with Spike hits rock-bottom, Cicely’s case takes a bizarre twist – and then a murder turns everything upside down. The sequel to A Routine Infidelity (TP, $29.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Ukulele of Death (Fran & Ken Stein mysteries)
Copperman, E J
After losing their parents when they were just babies, private investigators Fran and Ken Stein, now, specialise in helping adoptees find their birth parents. So, when a client asks them for help finding her father, with her only clue a rare ukulele, the case is a little weird, sure, but it’s nothing they can’t handle. But, soon, Fran and her brother are plunged into a world where nothing makes sense – and not just the fact that a very short (but very cute) NYPD detective keeps trying to take eternal singleton Fran out on dates. All Fran wants to do is find the ukulele and collect their fee, but it’s hard to keep your focus when you’re stumbling over corpses and receiving messages that suggest your (dead) parents are very much alive. Ukuleles aside, it’s becoming clear that someone knows something they shouldn’t – that Fran and Ken Stein weren’t so much born, as built…
Mystery | TP | $42.95

The Motion Picture Teller
Cotterill, Colin
Thailand, 1996: Supot, a postman with the Royal Thai Mail service, hates his job. The only bright spot in his life is watching classic movies with his best friend, Ali, the owner of a video store. These cinephiles adore the charisma of the old Western stars, particularly the actresses, and bemoan the state of modern Thai cinema – until a mysterious cassette, entitled Bangkok 2010, arrives at Ali’s store. Bangkok 2010 is a dystopian film, set in a near-future Thailand – and Supot and Ali, immediately obsessed, agree it’s the most brilliant Thai movie, they’ve ever seen. But nobody else has ever heard of the movie, the director, the actors, or any of the crew. Who would make a movie like this and not release it, and why? Feeling a powerful calling to solve the mystery of Bangkok 2010, Supot journeys deep into the Thai countryside and discovers that powerful people are dead set on keeping the film buried. An enchanting new standalone novel from CWA Dagger winner Colin Cotterill, set in Bangkok: a mystery without a crime, where the line between fact and fiction blurs, and nothing is as simple as it appears.
Mystery | TP | $34.99

Classic Christmas Crime Stories (Macmillan Collector’s Library)
Davies, David Stuart (editor)
Christmas is not always the season of goodwill. As this hugely entertaining collection shows, it can also be the season of mysterious deaths, hidden poison bottles and blunt instruments… The stories in Classic Christmas Crime Stories have been selected and introduced by writer David Stuart Davies. This collection of 10 stories from the golden age of British crime writing features festive whodunits by Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh. There are unexplained deaths by all manner of suspect means from famous writers such as Baroness Orczy and Marjorie Bowen, and dastardly Christmas crimes to be solved from esteemed crime writers such as Robert Barnard, Nicholas Olde and H R F Keating. Each story is brilliantly plotted – some deliciously tense, others laced with humour – and each is bound to thoroughly entertain.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

Fatal Legacy (Flavia Albia mysteries)
Davis, Lindsey
An unpaid bar bill leads Flavia Albia to her most bitter and complex case, yet. Decades earlier, Appius Tranquillus Surus wrote his will: it freed his slaves and bequeathed his businesses to them. He left an orchard to the Prisci, a family he was friendly with, on the condition that his freedmen could still take its harvest. The convoluted arrangement has led to a feud between the two families, each of which has its own internal strife. Endless claims and counterclaims lead to violence and even death. Lawyers have given up in exasperation as the case limps on. The original will has disappeared, along with a falsified codicil – and might there be another one? But is there a solution? Two youngsters from each side of the divide, Gaius Venuleius and Cosca Sabatina, have fallen in love, which could unite the feuding families. There is only one problem: were Sabatina’s grandmother and father really liberated in the Surus will? If not, the stigma of slavery will stop the marriage and the dispute will rage on forever. Reconciliation seems impossible, but Albia will try. Her investigation must cut through decades of secrets, arguments, lies and violence to reach a startling truth. The next in this fabulous series, now in paperback.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

Deep Fried Death (Country Store mysteries)
Day, Maddie
Many residents of South Lick, Indiana, claim the Outhouse Race, in which competitors push old-timey outhouse replicas on wheels at the annual Abe Martin Festival on Memorial Day, is the best thing since indoor plumbing. Just because country store and restaurant owner Robbie Jordan has too much to do managing her new deep fryer as well as an old lover reappearing, she’s not going to miss out on the fun. Plus, it’s good for business. But when a dead body and a cast-iron skillet tumble out of the Pans ’N’ Pancakes outhouse entry on the race route, it seems someone is trying to frame Robbie – in a most unconventional way. Now, she’ll need to be privy to the townsfolks’ secrets as she races to flush out a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Game Is a Footnote (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries)
Delany, Vicki
Scarlet House, now a historical re-enactment museum, is the oldest building in West London, Massachusetts. When things start moving around on their own, board members suggest that Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, might be able to get to the bottom of it. Gemma doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she agrees to ‘eliminate the impossible’. But when Gemma and Jayne stumble across a dead body on the property, they’re forced to consider an all too physical threat. Gemma and Jayne suspect foul play as they start to uncover more secrets about the museum. With the museum being a revolving door for potential killers, they have plenty of options for who might be the actual culprit. Despite Gemma’s determination not to get further involved, it would appear that, once again, and much to the displeasure of Detective Ryan Ashburton, the game is afoot. Will Gemma and Jayne be able to solve the mystery behind the haunted museum, or will they be the next to haunt it?
Mystery | TP | $44.99

A Shadow at the Door
Dixon, Jo
After a brutal attack and the breakdown of her marriage, life has taught former TV star Remi Lucan that it’s safer to not rely on anyone. Instead, she’s buried herself in Hobart, transforming her dilapidated sandstone house back to its former splendour; and it has been her proudest achievement. Better than her short-lived acting career. Definitely better than being a smile-on-command, trophy wife. But when she runs out of money, her wealthy ex-husband tries to force the sale of the property and Remi realises her only option is to lower her defences and take in tenants. At first, her biggest problem is adjusting to the intrusion of two unlikely housemates, but when a series of ‘accidents’ turns ugly, it becomes clear these incidents are more than pranks. Someone is out to get Remi, and they won’t stop until they destroy her…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Knitmare on Beech Street (Knit & Nibble mysteries)
Ehrhart, Peggy
When Pamela, Bettina, and their friends show up at the Voorhees House to greet its new owner, they’re met with a most unwelcome sight: a dead body on the kitchen floor. Tassie Hunt just inherited the old Victorian, which had been occupied by a reclusive widow for many years and had a reputation for being haunted. But Tassie would have been unlikely to be spooked since her career involved debunking such paranormal phenomena. Her demise sets off a new flurry of gossip and ghostly speculation in the New Jersey town, of course – and it’s tempting to think spirits were indeed involved considering there’s zero evidence so far of foul play. A nosy neighbour reports strange lights and sounds, and a man obsessed with the Victorian era starts photographing the place from the street. But it won’t take long before Pamela and Bettina are moving in on a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

Murder at Down Street Station (Underground Station mysteries)
Eldridge, Jim
Christmas, 1940. A temporary truce between the German and Allied forces is a welcome respite from the relentless air raids over London. Down Street underground station, in the heart of Mayfair, is now a secret retreat for Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his cabinet. In this supposedly secure location, the body of a woman is found, stabbed in the heart. Detective Chief Inspector Coburg and Sergeant Lampson are called to investigate. However, whispers of treason as well as the suspicion of insidious Russian plots muddy the waters of the case, and personal resentments strike far too close to home. Everything is on the line for Coburg and Lampson as the body count steadily rises. The second of the Underground Station mysteries, following Murder at Aldwych Station (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Shards
Ellis, Bret Easton
LA, 1981. Buckley College in heat. Seventeen-year-old Bret is a senior at the exclusive Buckley prep school, when a new student arrives with a mysterious past. Robert Mallory is bright, handsome, charismatic, and shielding a secret from Bret and his friends, even as he becomes a part of their tightly-knit circle. Bret’s obsession with Mallory is equalled only by his increasingly unsettling preoccupation with The Trawler, a serial killer on the loose who seems to be drawing ever closer to Bret and his friends, taunting them with grotesque threats and horrific, sharply local acts of violence. Can he trust his friends – or his own mind – to make sense of the danger they appear to be in? Thwarted by the world and by his own innate desires, buffeted by unhealthy fixations, Bret spirals into paranoia and isolation as the relationship between The Trawler and Robert Mallory hurtles inexorably toward a collision. Gripping, sly, suspenseful, deeply haunting and often darkly funny, The Shards is a mesmerising fusing of fact and fiction that brilliantly explores the emotional fabric of Bret’s life at 17 – sex and jealousy, obsession, and murderous rage.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

First Lie Wins
Elston, Ashley
Evie Porter has everything a girl could want: a doting boyfriend, a house with a picket fence, a fun group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist. First, comes the identity. Once she’s given a name and location by her employer, she learns everything there is to know about the town and the people in it. Then the mark: Ryan Sumner. The last piece of the puzzle is the job. For Evie, this job feels different. Ryan has gotten under her skin, and she’s started to picture another kind of life for herself – one where her boss doesn’t pull the strings. But Evie can’t make any mistakes. Because the one thing she’s worked, her entire life, to keep clean, the one identity she could always go back to – her real identity – just walked right into this town. A woman, who looks just like her, has stolen her name – and she wants more. As Evie’s past begins to catch up with her, can she stay one step ahead to save her future?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Blood on the Siberian Snow (Olga Pushkin mysteries)
Farrington, C J
Winter has come early to the tiny Siberian village of Roslazny, but for Olga Pushkin, aspiring writer and Railway Engineer (Second Class), it only makes leaving the harder. Olga is being forced overseas by her jealous superior, and now faces two years in exile from her beloved rail-side hut, her white-breasted hedgehog Dmitri, and Vassily Marushkin, sergeant-in-charge at the tiny Roslazny police station. Fate seems to intervene when Olga’s train crashes outside Roslazny, shutting the line and killing two on board – local celebrity Danyl Petrovich and his wife, Anoushka. But Vassily Marushkin soon discovers that the Trans-Siberian locomotive was derailed on purpose. As the weather closes in, trapping the villagers – and the suspects – inside, Vassily begins a murder investigation in which Olga and her long-lost friend, Nevena Komarov, soon become closely involved. But murder and extreme weather isn’t all Olga has to deal with. Recalcitrant publishers, haunted police stations, and embarrassing online exposes combine to make this early winter a particularly challenging one – with the threat of a forced departure still looming as soon as the weather lifts. Can Olga find out who killed the Petroviches, secure the release of her book, exorcise the ghost, and save her job, all at the same time? The charming Olga Pushkin has been very popular – here, at Pulp. Recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Lindbergh Nanny
Fredericks, Mariah
When the most famous toddler in America, Charles Lindbergh Jr, is kidnapped from his family home in New Jersey in 1932, the case makes international headlines. Already celebrated for his flight across the Atlantic, his father, Charles Sr, is the country’s golden boy, with his wealthy, lovely wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, by his side. But there’s someone else in their household – Betty Gow, a formerly obscure young woman, now known around the world by another name: the Lindbergh Nanny. A Scottish immigrant deciphering the rules of her new homeland and its East Coast elite, Betty finds Colonel Lindbergh eccentric and often odd, Mrs Lindbergh kind yet nervous, and Charlie simply a darling. Far from home and bruised from a love affair gone horribly wrong, Betty finds comfort in caring for the child, and warms to the attentions of handsome sailor Henrik, sometimes known as Red. Then, Charlie disappears. Suddenly a suspect in the eyes of both the media and the public, Betty must find the truth about what really happened that night, in order to clear her own name – and to find justice for the child she loves.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Dream Town (Eve Ronin series)
Goldberg, Lee
Hidden Hills is a private celebrity enclave of white picket fences and horse trails that seems to exist in a dreamworld. But when reality superstar Kitty Winslow is killed within their gates and corpses are found in the vast state park outside them, LASD detective Eve Ronin realises there is a deadly, razor-thin line between what’s real and what’s imagined. Eve discovers that Kitty’s surreal on- and off-camera life, a blur of fact and fantasy, shockingly mirrors her own as she struggles to investigate the killings, wade into a music industry war, and battle a vicious Chilean gang – all while her life is being turned into a fictional cop show directed by her estranged father. Eve’s grip on reality and the case is strained to the breaking point as the slayings continue, the media frenzy reaches a fever pitch, and the only inescapable truth she can see is death… and it’s coming for her.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $37.95

Red Queen (Antonia Scott series)
Gómez-Jurado, Juan
Antonia Scott – the daughter of a British diplomat and a Spanish mother – has a gifted forensic mind, whose ability to reconstruct crimes and solve baffling murders is legendary. But after a personal trauma, she’s refused to continue her work or even leave her apartment. Jon Gutierrez, a police officer in Bilbao – disgraced, suspended, and about to face criminal charges – is offered a chance to salvage his career by a secretive organisation that works in the shadows to direct criminal investigations of a highly sensitive nature. All he has to do is succeed where many others have failed: Convince a recalcitrant Antonia to come out of her self-imposed retirement, protecting her and helping her investigate a new, terrifying case. The case is a macabre, ritualistic murder – a teenaged boy from a wealthy family whose body was found without a drop of blood left in it. But the murder is just the start. A high-ranking executive and daughter of one of the richest men in Spain is kidnapped, a crime which is tied to the previous murder. Behind them both is a hidden mastermind with even more sinister plans. And the only person, with a chance to see the connections, solve the crimes, and successfully match wits with the killer before tragedy strikes again… is Antonia Scott. The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

The Devil’s Daughter
Greisman, Gordon
The best – and worst – of New York City, in the 1950s… Most nights, PI Jack Coffey can be found hanging out in smoky Greenwich Village jazz clubs with well-known mobsters, jazzmen, and hoods. So, when an uptown financier calls him in for a job, it seems like he’s headed for tonier climes. But it turns out the view from Louis Garrett’s lavish penthouse overlooks the same vice-ridden Manhattan streets, which explains why he’s so desperate to find his missing teenage daughter, Lucy. When Jack’s search for Lucy leads him to swanky nightclubs packed with well-dressed pimps and wealthy drug dealers, he begins to wonder if Garrett is really concerned about his daughter’s welfare or if he simply fears she may reveal his own shocking secrets. After an attack outside Jack’s own apartment and Lucy’s boyfriend is found floating face down in the East River, the story kicks into high gear. But death threats, crooked cops, lies, or ugly truths can’t stop Jack from finishing the job – whether an angel or a devil, Lucy is still a kid in danger, and Jack will do whatever it takes to find her.
Noir | TP | $37.95

The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels
Hallett, Janice
The devil is in the detail… True-crime author Amanda Bailey knows all about the notorious Alperton Angels cult. There have been dozens of books and films about the Angels, ever since the night – nearly two decades ago – when they attempted to sacrifice a baby, they believed to be the Antichrist. With all the cultists, now, dead – apart from their charismatic leader – it seems like there’s nothing new to say about the Angels… until now. The Alperton baby has turned 18 and can finally be interviewed, and if Amanda can track them down, it will be the scoop of the year. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and is also on the baby’s trail. As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realise that what everyone thinks they know about the Angels is wrong. The truth is something much darker and stranger. And the devilish story of the Alperton Angels is far from over…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Tilt
Hammer, Chris
A man runs for his life in a forest. A woman plans sabotage. A body is unearthed. Newly-minted homicide detective Nell Buchanan returns to her home town, annoyed at being assigned a decades-old murder – a ‘file and forget’. But this is no ordinary cold case, as the discovery of more bodies triggers a chain of escalating events in the present day. As Nell starts to join the pieces together, she begins to question how well she truly knows those closest to her. Could her own family be implicated in the crimes? The nearer Nell comes, to uncovering the secrets of the past, the more dangerous the present becomes for her, as she battles shadowy assailants and sinister forces. Can she survive this harrowing investigation, and what price will she have to pay for the truth?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Force of Nature (Aaron Falk mysteries, film tie-in edition)
Harper, Jane
Now a major motion picture starring Eric Bana. Five women go on a hike. Only four return. When a group of colleagues are forced to participate in a team-building exercise in the Giralang Ranges, they reluctantly start walking down the muddy track. But Alice Russell doesn’t appear at the other end. Her last phone call was to Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk. Alice is the whistleblower in his latest corporate fraud case and, as he pursues the investigation, Falk uncovers a tangled web of suspicion and betrayal. How well do we know the people we work with? Winner of the Readers’ Choice Davitt Award 2018. Shortlisted for the 2018 SpecSavers (UK) National Book Awards International Author of the Year.
Mystery/suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Everybody Knows
Heath, Rebecca
It’s summer, 1979, in the idyllic suburban neighbourhood of Ridgefield, during a scorching heat wave four couples gather for their weekly dinner party. It’s a chance for friends to catch up, to show off their perfect marriages, to have a break from the kids… but secrets hide behind the lit-up picture windows and carefully-curated lawns. When Frank Callaghan checks on the sleeping children, he finds an empty crib where his four-month-old daughter Megan should be sleeping. The partygoers swear they didn’t see anything. No one left the dinner table. Forty years later, Megan’s sister Amanda is still searching for answers, when a stranger knocks at her door…claiming to be Megan. The family are sceptical until they see what she is holding: Megan’s blanket, taken the night she disappeared. This shock appearance unearths many questions: Where has Megan been, all of this time? Who knows what happened, that night? And, how well, do you really know your neighbours?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Heiress
Hawkins, Rachel
When Ruby McTavish Callahan Woodward Miller Kenmore dies, she’s not only North Carolina’s richest woman, she’s also its most notorious. The victim of a famous kidnapping as a child, and a widow four times over, Ruby ruled the tiny town of Tavistock from Ashby House, her family’s estate high in the Blue Ridge mountains. In the aftermath of her death, that estate – along with a 10-figure fortune and the demands of being a McTavish – pass to her adopted son, Camden. But, to everyone’s surprise, Cam wants little to do with the house or the money – and even less to do with the surviving McTavishes. Instead, he rejects his inheritance, settling into a normal life as an English teacher in Colorado and marrying Jules, a woman just as eager to escape her own messy past. Ten years later, a summons in the wake of his uncle’s death brings Cam and Jules back into the family fold at Ashby House. But no sooner have they arrived, than questions about the infamous heiress begin coming to light. Was there any truth to the persistent rumours following her disappearance – that, perhaps, the little girl who was returned to the McTavishes, for a handsome reward, wasn’t the real Ruby, but a changeling? What really happened to those four husbands, who all died under suspicious circumstances? And why did Ruby adopt Cam, in the first place? Soon, Jules and Cam realise that an inheritance can entail far more than what’s written in a will – and that the bonds of family stretch far beyond the grave.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Too Good to Hang (Bradecote & Catchpoll mysteries)
Hawkswood, Sarah
April 1145. Thorgar the Ploughman is found by the bloodied body of Father Edmund, a village priest in Ripple, and is summarily hanged for being caught at the scene of the crime, despite his pleas of innocence. When his sister goes to Worcester to seek justice for Thorgar, the lord Sheriff sends Hugh Bradecote, with Serjeant Catchpoll and Underserjeant Walkelin, to discover the truth. They soon expose strong motives for placing the blame on the ploughman’s shoulders, some unpleasant secrets festering among the villagers, and the whisper of a treasure long lost and now rediscovered. The noose casts a long shadow, but the Sheriff’s men will need to plumb the darkness to uncover the true killer.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Dinner Party
Heath, Rebecca
It’s summer, 1979, in the idyllic suburban neighbourhood of Ridgefield, during a scorching heat wave four couples gather for their weekly dinner party. It’s a chance for friends to catch up, to show off their perfect marriages, to have a break from the kids… but secrets hide behind the lit-up picture windows and carefully-curated lawns. When Frank Callaghan checks on the sleeping children, he finds an empty crib where his four-month-old daughter Megan should be sleeping. The partygoers swear they didn’t see anything. No one left the dinner table. Forty years later, Megan’s sister Amanda is still searching for answers, when a stranger knocks at her door…claiming to be Megan. The family are sceptical until they see what she is holding: Megan’s blanket, taken the night she disappeared. This shock appearance unearths many questions: Where has Megan been, all of this time? Who knows what happened, that night? And, how well, do you really know your neighbours?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Murder for Profit (Ellie Quicke mysteries)
Heley, Veronica
Ellie Quicke returns from Canada to find her home in chaos and her housing charity tearing itself apart. A student has fallen to his death from the top of one of the charity’s properties, let through a reputable local estate agency. Accused of corruption, the agency is the victim of a vicious social media campaign. Was the student’s death really an accident or something more sinister? Does someone have a grudge against the agency, or are they being set up to ensure the truth never comes out? As Ellie fights to save her charity’s reputation, it seems her troubles are only just beginning…
Mystery | TP | $42.95

The Name of the Game is a Kidnapping
Higashino, Keigo
The wages of cynicism… A battle-tested project leader at PR firm Cyberplan and a slippery bachelor, Sakuma is smug self-regard personified. But when his idea for a mini-theme park is dismissed as vacuous by client Nissei Auto, he’s met his match: Katsuragi, an heir and executive at the global carmaker who believes life is but a game. Once the man’s daughter teams up with Sakuma in a bid to come into her inheritance, sooner rather than later… it’s time for a good ol’ kidnapping!
Mystery/suspense | TP | $27.99

Normal Women
Hogarth, Ainslie
New mother Dani has a lot going on. She’s just moved back to her hometown, where her father was once known as the Garbage King; she’s fed up with not being a manicure-sporting, perfectly-coiffed Normal Woman; and most of all, she’s worried that her seemingly healthy husband, Clark, will drop dead, leaving her and her new baby Lotte destitute. And then Dani discovers The Temple. Ostensibly a yoga centre, The Temple and its guardian, Renata, are committed to helping people reach their full potential. And if that sometimes requires sex work, so be it. Finally, Dani has found something she could be good at, even great at – meaningful work that will protect her and Lotte from poverty; and provide true economic independence from Clark. But just as she’s preparing to embrace this opportunity, Renata disappears, leaving Dani to step into another role, entirely – detective. Darkly-comic, sharply-witty, and fiercely-smart, Normal Women asks how our societies truly value female labour – and what independence really means.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Murder Your Employer (McMasters Guide to Homicide)
Holmes, Rupert
Welcome to The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts – a luxurious, clandestine college dedicated to the fine art of murder where earnest students study how best to ‘delete’ their most deserving victim. Who hasn’t wondered for a split second what the world would be like the object of your affliction ceased to exist? But then you’ve probably never heard of the McMasters Conservatory, dedicated to the consummate execution of the homicidal arts. To gain admission, a student must have an ethical reason for erasing someone who deeply deserves a fate no worse (nor better) than death. The campus of this ‘Poison Ivy League’ college – its location unknown to even those, who study there – is where you might find yourself the practice target of a classmate… and where one’s mandatory graduation thesis is getting away with the perfect murder of someone whose death will make the world a much better place to live. Prepare for an education you’ll never forget. A delightful mix of witty wordplay, breathtaking twists and genuine intrigue, Murder Your Employer will gain you admission into a wholly original world, cocooned within the most entertaining book about well-intentioned would-be murderers you’ll ever read. Now in paperback.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

The Little Old Lady Strikes Back
Ingelman-Sundberg, Catharina
After stealing some priceless Russian jewels from the Stockholm Auction House, Martha and her gang flee to the small village of Hemmavid, to lie low. But what they find is a village in crisis, so they decide they want to help revive the place. But to do so, the village needs money. In, steps the League of Pensioners to arrange events to attract paying tourists. Which all turns out to be a rather delicate – and dramatic – balancing act when you are wanted by the police. Even when the school is about to be closed, they step up to put on classes in technology, seamanship, and entrepreneurship so that the students can start companies and create new jobs and hopefully a future. Having donned the mantle of guerrilla fighters come to save Sweden’s countryside from depopulation, will they be able to help the villagers get the attention of the politicians to save the village, without being caught?
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Ink and Daggers: The Best of the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Awards (anthology)
Jakubowski, Maxim (editor)
Over 20 CWA Dagger Award-winning short stories from the best of the best in crime fiction. Legendary editor, Maxim Jakubowski, delivers another chilling anthology collecting stories of cold-blooded murder, revenge, and crimes gone wrong from the best of the best in crime fiction. Spine-chilling and gripping, these tales will grip you with their devious narrators and crafty twists. Featuring classic stories from Neil Gaiman, Ann Cleeves, Christopher Fowler, Val McDermid, Lavie Tidhar, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, James Sallis, Victoria Selman, Conrad Williams, Stuart Neville, George Pelecanos, Simon Brett, John Lawton, Ken Bruen, Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins, Peter Robinson, Martyn Waites, and Kevin Wignall.
Mystery | HC | $39.99

Portrait of a Murder (Art of Murder mysteries)
Jecks, Michael
Nick Morris is your classic struggling artist. He paints pet portraits to pay the bills, but is always just one big commission away from a more comfortable life. Which is why he agrees to paint the reluctant, hot-tempered hotelier, Jason Robart. But Nick gets more than he bargained for when he finds Jason dead from a shotgun blast to the head in an apparent suicide. No one seems upset about his death except for his girlfriend Elizabeth, and Nick, who has lost the income from the commission. It turns out Jason owed money to everyone – including some unsavoury Russians. When Elizabeth goes missing, Nick is concerned, but so is Jason’s unpleasant business partner and those persuasive Russians who threaten Nick to reveal everything he knows… or else! Nick is knee deep in trouble and to escape he must find Elizabeth, uncover the truth of Jason’s death, and stay alive. If only he had stuck to painting cats… The first in a new series.
Mystery | TP | $42.95

Murdle 2: More Killer Puzzles (100 Fiendishly-Foul Murder Mystery Logic Puzzles)
Karber, G T
The second volume in the Murdle murder mystery logic puzzle series. Deductive Logico is back on the scene to investigate murders most foul in Murdle: More Killer Puzzles. These fiendishly compulsive mini-mystery puzzles challenge you to find whodunit, how, where, and why. Join Logico to uncover the buried secrets of the Violet Isles, solve the riddles of an ancient and mysterious scholar, and explore the haunted lands of Drakonia. Follow the clues, interview the witnesses, and use the power of deduction to complete the grid and catch the culprit. Together, you’ll unearth the dark truth beneath each murder and crack the code that can only be decrypted once you’ve solved them all! Packed with perplexing puzzles, codes, and maps, this is the ultimate casebook for the secret sleuth in everyone. Are you the next Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot? You’ll soon find out, if you dare to Murdle!
Puzzles | TP | $32.99

Coached Red-Handed (Cat & Gilley Life Coach mysteries)
Laurie, Victoria
With Gilley heartbroken over the collapse of his marriage, Cat has the perfect remedy – a long getaway to Italy. But before the duo can pack their bags, they first must help a troubled client carve out a fresh start of her own. Wealthy Scarlet Rubi desperately seeks a greater purpose and immediate distance from her toxic descendants. The urgency of the situation isn’t quite so clear until Scarlet takes healthy steps toward progress, only to turn up dead. As Cat and Gilley investigate a slew of sketchy alibis and concrete motives from the corrupt Rubi clan while preparing to leave the East End for Europe, they soon realise the question isn’t who had a deadly vendetta against Scarlet – it’s who didn’t?
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

A Cornish Seaside Murder (Nosey Parker mysteries)
Leitch, Fiona
Former Met police officer Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is working a trial period as an auxiliary Detective Sergeant with the Penstowan police force. But living and working alongside DCI Nathan Withers – while still trying to grow her catering company – brings its own challenges, especially when Jodie’s attention is quickly taken up by the suspicious drowning of a local fisherman. While tourists and locals alike are falling under the spell of the annual mermaid festival with its captivating legends of Sirens luring fishermen to their deaths, Jodie and Nathan fear they may have found themselves in the middle of a very real – and very dangerous – turf war. As the casualties start to stack up, they must face the likelihood that something sinister has been going on under their noses for some time…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Brooklyn Crime Novel
Lethem, Jonathan
1978, and two 14-year-old white boys are creating dubious art by using a hacksaw to cut multiple quarters into pieces. A child who’s just bought ice cream from a Mr Softee truck witnesses a daylight sidewalk shooting in 1979. At another time, a couple of blocks over, a kid gets caught trying to shoplift an adult magazine from a Puerto Rican hole-in-the-wall. A Black teenager and his white friends square up to a rival Italian gang over the right to play hockey in the street. In 1977, a white kid craters a baseball right in the centre of a Cuban guy’s windscreen. And, so, it goes. On the streets of Brooklyn, the faces of the children change but the patterns remain the same: sex; boredom; friendship; violence; a million daily crimes committed, some small, some unimaginably big. But the real action is away from the streets, played out behind closed doors by parents; cops; renovators; landlords; gentrifiers; those who write the headlines, the histories, and the laws; those who award this neighbourhood its name and control its shifting demographics. Across the decades, buildings are developed, and homes are razed; communities come in and muscle other communities out; the past haunts the present and perspectives change, so that perpetrators sometimes become victims, and victims sometimes become the worst criminals of all… Written with kaleidoscopic verve and delirious wit, Brooklyn Crime Novel is a breathtaking tour de force of a quarter of a city and the humanity it contains, and an epic interrogation of how we fashion stories to contain the uncontainable: our remorse at the world we’ve made.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Eat, Drink and Drop Dead (Tiffany Austin Food Blogger mysteries)
Lotempio, Toni
Food critic and blogger Tiffany Austin has the best job in the world: she gets to eat for a living. At least, she hopes she has a job. Her trial period at Southern Style magazine is up – and rumours are swirling that management are making a choice between Tiffany and a rival columnist: the ambitious Jenny Lee Plumm. Former chef Tiffany knows she has a battle on her hands… but she didn’t realise it was to the death! When her rival’s body is discovered after the two have a very public argument, Tiffany finds herself the prime suspect in a murder investigation. The lead detective might be very hot – but Tiffany’s definitely not ready to go down for a crime she didn’t commit. Ably assisted by Hilary, her best friend and partner in (non) crime, and bolstered by the unconditional love of her Siamese cat Lily and King Charles Cavalier puppy Cooper, Tiffany plunges into an investigation of her own. After all, she has a degree from the CIA – the Culinary Institute of America – and she’s not afraid to use it. But can she find the real killer before she’s served up to the cops on a silver platter? The first in a new series.
Mystery | TP | $42.95

The Washing Away of Wrongs (Max Tudor mysteries)
Malliet, G M
Max Tudor thought he’d left the world of deceit, when he resigned from MI5 to become an Anglican priest. Then his bishop asks him to return to his Oxford college, St Luke’s, to investigate the death of its chaplain, and Max realises there’s no leaving the past behind. At first, Max agrees with the official police verdict of death by natural causes. The Rev Ace Graybill was as harmless a man as ever lived. It’s difficult to see how he managed to cross anyone capable of murder. And the suspects are all above reproach: the celebrated Principal, the cautious bursar, the wise librarian, and a raft of benign students and academics. But someone in the college wanted the kindly chaplain dead… and looks can be very deceiving.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

Taken (Detective Kate Miles)
McKenzie, Dinuka
Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is back from maternity leave and struggling on multiple fronts – the pressures of a second child, financial strain from her husband losing his job, and a corruption scandal that may involve her father. When an infant goes missing, Kate finds herself fronting a high-profile and emotionally fraught case. Was baby Sienna removed from her bassinet by an unknown abductor or is the answer much closer to home? Amidst a frenzied media demanding answers, and a station chief looking for any reason to remove her from the investigation, Kate is pushed to her limits, pulled between the competing demands of the family at the centre of the case and her own spiralling personal life. The follow-up to the award-winning The Torrent (PBK, $22.99), by one of our faves, Dinuka McKenzie. Recommended.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Plot and the Pendulum (Library Lover’s mysteries)
McKinlay, Jenn
Library director Lindsey Norris is happy to learn the Briar Creek Public Library is the beneficiary of the Dorchester family’s vast book collection. However, when Lindsey and the library staff arrive at the old Victorian estate to gather the books, things take a sinister turn. One of the bookcases reveals a secret passage, leading to a room where a skeleton is found, clutching an old copy of The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Lindsey does a quick check of missing persons, using the distinctive ’80s-era clothing worn by the deceased to determine a time frame, and discovers that Briar Creek has an unsolved missing person case from 1989. A runaway bride went missing just weeks after her wedding. No suspects were ever arrested and the cold case remains unsolved. Lindsey and the crafternoon crew decide that justice is overdue and set about solving the old murder mystery, using some novel ideas to crack the case.
Mystery | TP | $37.95

The Spanish Diplomat’s Secret (Captain Jim & Lady Diana mysteries)
March, Nev
Captain Jim Agnihotri and his wife Lady Diana Framji are embarking to England in the summer of 1894. Jim is hopeful the cruise will help Diana open up to him. Something is troubling her, and Jim is concerned. On their first evening, Jim meets an intriguing Spaniard, a fellow soldier, with whom he finds an instant kinship. But, within 24 hours, Don Juan Nepomuceno is murdered; his body discovered, shortly after he asks rather urgently to see Jim. When the captain discovers that Jim is an investigator, he pleads with Jim to find the killer before they dock in Liverpool in six days, or there could be international consequences. Aboard the beleaguered luxury liner are 1,000 suspects, but no witnesses to the locked-cabin crime. Jim would prefer to keep Diana safely out of his investigation, but he’s doubled over, seasick. Plus, Jim knows Diana can navigate the high-society world of the ship’s first-class passengers in ways he cannot. Together, using the tricks gleaned from their favourite fictional sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, Jim and Diana must learn why one man’s life came to a murderous end. Continuing the charming, Gilded Age series, begun in Murder in Old Bombay (TP, $34.99).
Historical mystery | HC | $54.99

The Seventh Girl (Detective Kat Ballantyne series)
Maslen, Andy
Fifteen years ago, a serial killer was on a rampage murdering young women in Middlehampton. Then, suddenly, the killings stopped, and the murderer was never found… So, when the body of another young woman is found bearing the twisted killer’s unique hallmark – the overpowering stench of lavender and an origami heart – DS Kat Ballantyne knows this can only mean one thing: the killer is back. For Kat, whose best friend was the killer’s last victim, all those years ago, this is deeply personal. She’ll stop at nothing to prevent more women dying and bring her friend’s murderer to justice. But the scent has gone cold once before. Kat will need all the help she can get in her investigation as she hunts down leads and encounters dead ends and horrifying twists. With time running out, can she finally crack the case and put a stop to the killings – or will she be the next victim? The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $37.95

Coconut Drop Dead (Spice Isle Bakery mysteries)
Matthews, Olivia
Brooklyn’s annual Caribbean American Heritage Festival is finally here, and Spice Isle Bakery is thrilled to be one of the event’s food vendors. After all, the Murrays have been attending the festival for years. Co-owner Lyndsay Murray hopes their West Indian pastries and finger foods draw people back to the bakery in Little Caribbean. She’s looking forward to having fun, connecting with customers, and celebrating with her family. The day’s festivities are cut short, when Camille, lead singer of an up-and-coming reggae band, dies. The police think it may be a tragic accident. But Lyndsay’s cousin Manny was close to Camille, and he believes someone cut her life short. Now, Manny needs Lyndsay’s help to make sure a killer faces the music.
Mystery | PBK | $26.95

Murder at Beacon Rock (Gilded Newport mysteries)
Maxwell, Alyssa
As a reporter, Emma is used to covering Newport’s social events. But, this time, she is appearing on the arm of her fiancé, Derrick Andrews, at a small but exclusive gathering of the New York Yacht Club at Beacon Rock, the Grecian-inspired summer ‘cottage’ of Edwin and Elizabeth Morgan. The members – which include cousin and Yacht Club Commodore John Pierpoint Morgan and widow Lucy Carnegie, the first woman to be admitted to the Club – are there to discuss their strategy for the next America’s Cup Challenge, to be held in New York Harbor, the following summer. But it’s Emma, who must come up with a strategy, when she discovers a woman’s body bobbing against one of the hulls of the boats moored at the base of Beacon Rock. After the woman is identified as the missing daughter of a yacht designer, the police – with the exception of Emma’s friend Detective Jesse Whyte – hastily conclude she is a suicide, perhaps to quiet any scandal for the Morgans. But Emma suspects the woman was murdered and begins to sort through a who’s who of sportsmen, boat crews, and the Newport elite, in search of a stone-cold killer…
Historical mystery | TP | $39.99

Bodies from the Library 06 (anthology)
Medawar, Tony
The sixth volume of Bodies from the Library includes the usual eclectic mix of pre- and postwar stories by classic crime and thriller writers. Unearthed from ephemeral publications, newspapers and magazines, some of these ‘lost’ stories are by authors who have appeared in previous volumes, with others who are new to the series. We welcome back to the Library familiar Golden Age detective writers in the form of stories by Christianna Brand, Alice Campbell, Joseph Commings, and Cyril Hare, a previously unknown novella by Anthony Gilbert, a short novel by Margery Allingham, and a hitherto unpublished Detection Club radio play by John Rhode. We also welcome for the first time George Bellairs, Victor Whitechurch and Andrew Garve, with E C Bentley’s ‘Greedy Night’ providing a humorous parody of Dorothy L Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey, before five thriller writers including Geoffrey Household and Dennis Wheatley round off the collection with an unusual and exciting round-robin novella. And, whether this is your first encounter with Bodies, or a return to the Library – we welcome you, the reader. Complete with revealing biographies of all 16 featured authors by Tony Medawar, we hope you will find this to be an indispensable collection for your bookshelf.
Classic mystery | HC | $35.00

Irish Coffee Murder (anthology)
Meier, Leslie & Hollis, Lee & Ross, Barbara
You don’t need to be Irish, to enjoy St Patrick’s Day in Maine, where the chilly March weather offers the perfect excuse to curl up with an Irish coffee… But in these St Patty’s-themed novellas by fan-favourite cosy mystery authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross, someone may have spiked this year’s brew with murder!
Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier:
Part-time reporter Lucy Stone is writing a piece for the Courier about four Irish step dancing students from Tinker’s Cove on the cusp of making it big. But the story becomes headline news for all the wrong reasons when one girl’s mother is found dead in her bathtub…
Death of an Irish Coffee Drinker by Lee Hollis:
As owner of Bar Harbor’s hottest new restaurant, Hayley Powell offers to cater the after-party for popular comedian Jefferson O’Keefe, but it’s no laughing matter when Jefferson keels over after gulping down his post-show Irish coffee…
Perked Up by Barbara Ross:
It’s a snowy St Patrick’s Day in Busman’s Harbor. But when the power goes out, what better way for Julia Snowden to spend the evening than sharing local ghost stories – and Irish coffees – with friends and family? By the time the lights come back, they might even have solved the coldest case in town…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Kinloch Tales: Collected Stories
Meyrick, Denzil
Denzil Meyrick’s three Tales from Kinloch are collected here in one paperback volume. From ghostly Vikings, to adventurous voyages, to old scores being settled, these stories are guaranteed to provide a fun-filled escape. From the author of the bestselling DCI Daley detective books, this is a series of nostalgic, humorous stories for fans of Scottish fiction, like Neil Munro’s Para Handy. Contains three stories featuring Sandy Hoynes and the crew of the Girl Maggie: ‘A Large Measure of Snow’, ‘A Toast to the Old Stones’, and ‘Ghosts in the Gloaming’.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

A Chapter on Murder (Bookstore mysteries)
Minix, Sue
It’s Christmas in Riddleton and crime novelist turned amateur sleuth, Jen, is in desperate need of a cosy festive season running the town’s local bookstore. But, between trying to drum up business for Ravenous Readers and attempting to finish her latest novel, Jen is totally run off her feet. Matters get worse, however, when a man’s body is found outside the bookstore, along with a scrap of paper in his pocket with none other than Jen’s address on it! To solve the murder – and clear her own name – Jen must, once again, become Riddleton’s best detective. The stakes have never been higher, and the pressure is on – but with the help of her best friend, Brittany, and trusty dog, Savannah, can Jen catch the killer, finish her novel and save Ravenous Readers before time runs out?
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Scarlet Town (Laurence Jago mysteries)
Nattrass, Leonora
1796. A rigged election. A town at war. A murderer at large… Disgraced former Foreign Office clerk Laurence Jago and his larger-than-life employer the journalist William Philpott have escaped America – and Philpott’s near imprisonment for libel – by the skin of their teeth. They return to Laurence’s hometown of Helston, Cornwall, in the hope of rest and recuperation, but instead find themselves in the middle of a tumultuous election that has the inhabitants of the town at one another’s throats. Only two men may vote in this rotten borough, and when one of them dies in suspicious circumstances, Laurence is ordered to investigate on behalf of the town’s patron, his old master the Duke of Leeds. But it is no easy matter, thanks to the machinations of the rival political factions, not to mention the riotous performances of Toby the Sapient Hog. Then the second elector is poisoned, and suspicion turns on the town doctor, the gentle Pythagoras Jago, Laurence’s own cousin. Suddenly, Laurence finds himself ensnared in generations of bad blood and petty rivalries, with his cousin’s fate in his hands…
Historical mystery/suspense | HC | $36.99

The Axe Woman (Inspector Barbarotti series)
Nesser, Håkan
Sweden, 2012. When Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti returns to work after a terrible personal tragedy his boss asks him to investigate a cold case, hoping to ease him back gently into his police duties. Five years previously, a shy electrician, Arnold Morinder, disappeared from the face of the earth, the only clue his blue moped abandoned in a nearby swamp. At the time, his partner, Ellen Bjarnebo, claimed that Arnold had probably travelled to Norway never to return. But Ellen is one of Sweden’s most notorious killers, having served 11 years in prison after killing her abusive first husband and dismembering his body with an axe. And when Barbarotti seeks to interview Ellen, in relation to Arnold’s disappearance, she is nowhere to be found… But without a body and no chance of interviewing his prime suspect Barbarotti must use all the ingenuity at his disposal to make headway in the case. Still struggling with his personal demons, Barbarotti seeks solace from God, and the support of his colleague, Eva Bachman. And as he finally begins to track down his suspect, and the cold case begins to thaw, Barbarotti realises that nothing about Ellen Bjarnebo can be taken for granted…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Murder at an Irish Bakery (Irish Village mysteries)
O’Connor, Carlene
In Kilbane, opinions are plentiful and rarely in alignment. But there’s one thing everyone does agree on – the bakery in the old flour mill, just outside town, is the best in County Cork, well worth the short drive and the long lines. No wonder it’s about to be featured on a reality baking show. All six contestants in the show are coming to Kilbane to participate, and the town is simmering with excitement… Aside from munching on free samples, the locals – including Siobhan – get a chance to appear in the opening shots. As for the competitors, not all are as sweet as their confections. There are shenanigans on the first day of filming that put everyone on edge, but that’s nothing compared to day two, when the top contestant is found, face down, in her signature pie. The producers decide to continue filming while Siobhan and her husband, Garda Macdara Flannery, sift through the suspects. Was this a case of rivalry turned lethal, or are their other motives hidden in the mix? And can they uncover the truth, before another baker is eliminated permanently…
Mystery | PBK | $24.95

Cyanide and Sensibility (Jane Austen Tea Society mysteries)
Oliver, Katie
While Phaedra Brighton might not have a Mr Darcy (yet), she’s quite content with her loving family and loyal cat. Phaedra’s sister Hannah is the Jane to her Elizabeth, and Phaedra is ecstatic that Hannah has decided to move home for her next adventure – opening a business. All of Laurel Springs is out in full force to celebrate the grand unveiling of Hannah’s new patisserie, Tout de Sweet, including local celebrity Rachel Brandon. Hannah is a master of her craft, with confections so divine, one bite will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Of course, you never want that to happen literally. When one of Hannah’s famous dark chocolate cupcakes sends Rachel’s assistant to the hospital with poisoning, Hannah begs for Phaedra’s help to save her reputation and budding business. But Phaedra has more questions than answers: Who was the cupcake actually meant for? And how far is the culprit willing to go to take their target off the menu – permanently?
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

A Christmas Deliverance (Christmas novella)
Perry, Anne
The festive season is fast approaching, and Dr Crowe and his young apprentice Scuff are busy, as always, tending London’s sick and wounded. This year, however, Crowe is increasingly distracted by memories of a former patient, Eliza Hollister, for whom he cared deeply. When Crowe sees Ellie being bullied by her domineering fiancé in the street, he is convinced that she is marrying a man she doesn’t love, and he is determined to find out why. While Crowe starts his investigations, Scuff is left to run the clinic – with a little help from a rather unexpected source. Forced to enter a dangerous world of blackmail and deception, will Crowe manage to reveal the truth before the bells ring out for Christmas?
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Crash
Peston, Robert
London, 2007. It’s summer in the City: the economy is booming, profits are up, and the stock market sits near record highs. But journalist Gil Peck is a lone voice worrying it can’t last. Deep in the plumbing of the financial system, he has noticed strange things happening which could threaten the whole economy. But nobody wants to hear it: not the politicians taking credit for an end to boom and bust, not the bankers pocketing vast bonuses, not even Gil’s bosses at the BBC, who think it’s irrelevant. When Gil gets a tip off that a small northern bank has run out of money, everything changes. His report sparks the first run on a UK bank in 140 years. The next day, Marilyn Krol, a director of the Bank of England dies in an apparent suicide. For Gil, it’s personal. Marilyn was his lover: was his scoop connected to her suicide? Or is there something more sinister in her death? Gil is determined to find out. The more he investigates, the more he is drawn into the rotten heart of the financial system, where old school ties and secret Oxbridge societies lubricate vast and illegal conflicts of interest. The whole economy has been built on a house of cards, and Gil is threatening to bring it down. When simply reporting the facts can make or break fortunes, Gil has to ask himself: is he crossing the line between journalist and participant? Are his own conflicts of interest making him reckless? And in a world ruled by greed where nothing and no one is too big to fail, what price will he pay for uncovering the truth?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dead Mountain (Nora Kelly series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Fifteen years ago, a group of young engineers took a winter trip to the New Mexico mountains. When they failed to return home, searchers uncovered a disturbing scene. The group’s tent had been slashed open from the inside, as if they had fled in terror. What could have been horrific enough to make nine adults risk their lives in a vicious blizzard? Despite a diligent FBI investigation, and the discovery of horrifically mutilated corpses, some of the expedition were never found – until now. Two bodies have been located in a remote cave, one bearing signs of a grisly end. The infamous case remains a job for the FBI, so Agent Corrie Swanson calls in archaeologist Nora Kelly to work with him on yet another macabre mystery. Will Dead Mountain shed its secrets – or live up to its name once more?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Public Anchovy #1 (Deep Dish mysteries)
Quigley, Mindy
While Geneva Bay’s upper crust gets ready to party down at a Prohibition-themed fundraiser, pizza chef Delilah O’Leary is focused on seeing her struggling restaurant through the winter slow season. The temperature outside is plummeting, but Delilah’s love life might finally be heating up, as hunky police detective Calvin Capone seems poised to (finally) make a move. But Delilah’s hopes of perfecting a new ‘free-from’ pizza recipe for a charity bash are dashed, when a dead body crashes the party. Soon, Capone, Delilah, and her entire staff are trapped in an isolated mansion and embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. To catch an increasingly-desperate killer, Delilah will have to top all of her previous crime-solving accomplishments, and a few pizzas, too.
Mystery | PBK | $24.95

Chalice of Darkness (Theatre of Thieves mysteries)
Rayne, Sarah
London, 1908. The Fitzglens are proud of their reputation as one of London’s leading theatre families. They are, however, equally proud of another profession which they pursue very discreetly… When not on stage, they are thieves. Jack Fitzglen’s latest plan is to seek out the infamous Talisman Chalice, steal it and create a dazzling piece of theatre around it. He travels to Vallow Hall in Northumberland to find the mysterious Maude – the last known link to the Chalice – but uncovers something far darker. Scandal, secrets and danger lurk in every shady corner. Perhaps, the legend of the Chalice has come true: that in the wrong hands, the Chalice drags a person into a darkness from which he or she can never emerge… As past and present collide, can Jack find the Chalice, the truth and return to his theatre of thieves unscathed?
Historical mystery | TP | $42.95

The Great Mistake (American Mystery Classics)
Rinehart, Mary Roberts
Murder leads to scandal at a wealthy woman’s mansion, in this mystery from one of the bestselling authors of the 20th century. In an elaborate house, known as the Cloisters, Maud Wainwright rules supreme. The queen of society in the small town of Beverly, she has a table long enough to seat 100, and she keeps an iron grip on the guest list. Her right-hand woman is Pat Abbott, a local girl who is beautiful, innocent, and kind. Pat has no idea how cutthroat high society can be, but she’s about to get a deadly first lesson. Pat has fallen head over heels in love with Maud’s son, Tony, a clever young rake with a single flaw: his vicious, gold-digging wife. At the same time that she is dangerously infatuated with a married man, Pat’s world is turned upside down by a series of attacks on the estate – and a truly shocking murder. To save Tony and Maud, Pat must find the killer. But the list of suspects is as long as one of Maud’s guest lists: When a woman has room at her table, for 100 friends, she’ll have more than her share of enemies. Atmospheric writing, period detail, and characters caught in an intriguing murder plot make this Golden Age mystery one of Rinehart’s best, exemplifying why she’s known to her fans as ‘the American Agatha Christie’.
Classic mystery | HC/TP | $49.95/$28.95

The Apothecary Rose (Owen Archer mysteries)
Robb, Candace
York, 1363. Master apothecary Nicholas Wilton provides a healing potion for a wounded soldier at St Mary’s Abbey. When Brother Wulfstan administers the special physick to the pilgrim and a fellow knight, tragedy strikes. Is the poisonous potion an accident, or a deliberate act of murder? Owen is sent to investigate by the Archbishop of York, disguised as an apothecary apprentice assisting Wilton’s wife, Lucie. He soon learns that the first victim, Sir Geoffrey Montaigne, travelled to York to atone a past sin, and had crossed paths with Nicholas before. What was the knight’s past misdeed, and what is his connection to the apothecary? Owen uncovers troubling links between the knight and others close to Nicholas – including Lucie, who has captured his heart. But is he falling in love with a killer? A reissue of the first in the series.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $42.95

The Lady Chapel (Owen Archer mysteries)
Robb, Candace
York, 1365. The Corpus Christi Day pageant is winding down when Owen Archer is summoned to see John Thoresby, Archbishop of York. Wool merchant Will Crounce has been violently murdered – his throat slit, and his right hand cut off. Terrified eight-year-old, Jasper de Melton, saw it all – including the woman in a hooded cloak who led Crounce to his death. The archbishop wants Owen to speak to Gilbert Ridley, a fellow mercer who was seen arguing with Will, the night he died. But when Ridley dines with the archbishop in recognition of his generous gift to the minster’s Lady Chapel, a terrible event follows. Where are the mysterious woman and young Jasper? As Owen attempts to unlock the mystery, he uncovers a deadly conspiracy that leads to the upper echelons of power. A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $42.95

A Gift of Sanctuary (Owen Archer mysteries)
Robb, Candace
Wales, 1369. Owen Archer is travelling to Wales on a mission for the Duke of Lancaster, recruiting archers in anticipation of King Charles of France’s invasion of England. Joining him are Brother Michaelo, Geoffrey Chaucer and his father-in-law, Sir Robert D’Arby, who is on pilgrimage to the shrine of St David. When the body of John de Reine, one of the Duke of Lancaster’s men, is found at the gate of St David’s, the bishop asks Owen to return the corpse to John’s father, Sir John Lascelles. Could John’s death be linked to his father’s decision to grant sanctuary to a man accused of harbouring a French spy and the wounding of a mysterious pilgrim? As Owen investigates, he uncovers betrayal, treason, acts of passion and dark secrets… A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $42.95

The Nun’s Tale (Owen Archer mysteries)
Robb, Candace
York, 1365. Dame Joanna Calverley of Leeds fled St Clement’s Priory with its precious relic – the milk of the Virgin – and died of fever soon after in Beverley. Joanna is dead and buried… isn’t she? Not according to housemaid Maddy, who finds Joanna in her master’s house almost a year after her burial. Joanna claims to have risen from the dead and is seeking to return to the convent with the relic. Why did she disappear? Where is Will Longford, the master of the house? And how is the trail of death and destruction that follows linked to her supposed resurrection? As Owen attempts to make sense of Joanna’s troubled riddles, he unravels a dark family secret and the shocking truth behind the nun’s tale. A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $42.95

The King’s Bishop (Owen Archer mysteries)
Robb, Candace
York, 1367. Owen Archer and his old comrade, Ned Townley, are each leading companies of the king’s men north of York to Fountains and Rievaulx Abbeys respectively, on a mission to win the support of the powerful abbots for William of Wykeham becoming the Bishop of Winchester. But trouble stalks Ned Townley – Sir William of Wyndesore’s men at Windsor suspect he killed a page in a jealous rage over his betrothed. Is the rumour true? When Ned and a friar in his party go missing, Owen is drawn into the intrigue surrounding his friend. As further disturbing events occur, Owen uncovers a dangerous, scandalous secret that stretches to the highest level of the court. A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $42.95

The Riddle of St Leonard’s (Owen Archer mysteries)
Robb, Candace
York, 1369. As pestilence rages through the city of York, strange things are afoot at St Leonard’s Hospital. Corrodians are dying in mysterious circumstances and riches belonging to the hospital have been stolen. When a fire claims the life of a corrodian, and badly injures another, it’s clear it was no accident – both men were violently attacked. With a suspicious death and a lay sister suspected of being behind the thefts, Sir Richard de Ravenser, Master of St Leonard’s, appeals to his uncle, the Archbishop of York, for Owen Archer’s help. Can Owen restore harmony to the hospital? To solve the riddle of St Leonard’s, Owen must first solve a puzzle linked to one of the victims… A reissue.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $42.95

Standing in the Shadows (DCI Banks mysteries (final!))
Robinson, Peter
Late November 1980. Student Nick Hartley returns from a lecture to find his house full of police officers. As he discovers that his ex-girlfriend has been found murdered in a nearby park, and her new boyfriend is missing, he realises two things, in quick succession: he is undoubtedly a suspect as he has no convincing alibi, and he has own suspicions as to what might have happened…
Late November 2019. A dig near Scotch Corner unearths a skeleton that turns out to be far more recent than the Roman remains the archaeologist is looking for. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called in and, as an investigation into the find begins, the past and the present meet with devastating consequences.
The brilliant last novel, now in paperback, in the number-one bestselling Alan Banks crime series – by the master of the police procedural.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Rewards of Treachery (Libertus Mysteries of Roman Britain)
Rowe, Rosemary
Late summer, CE 198. With Glevum an uneasy place, since the current Emperor seized power, and with rebel Celts still actively opposing Roman rule, tension remains as Caesar turns his attention to stamping out all remaining threats to his authority. Junio, Libertus’ adopted son, tries to be inconspicuous and focus on his workshop and growing family. This becomes difficult, when Libertus’ patron, Marcus Septimus, seeks Junio’s advice about a valuable cloak-clasp which has disappeared – together with the jeweller who was repairing it. Unwillingly dragged into investigating this, Junio finds himself faced with a string of murders, betrayal and revenge, and his own small son in dreadful jeopardy! What secret was the missing jeweller hiding? What danger lurks in the ill-omened cave? And what part does the mysterious Celtic visitor who suddenly appears play in this tale of treachery?
Historical mystery | TP | $42.95

The Investigator (Letty Davenport series)
Sandford, John
By age 24, Letty Davenport has seen more action and uncovered more secrets than many law enforcement professionals. Now, a recent Stanford grad with a master’s in economics, she’s restless and bored in a desk job for US Senator Colles. Letty’s ready to quit, but her skills have impressed Colles, and he offers her a carrot: feet-on-the-ground investigative work, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. Several oil companies in Texas have reported thefts of crude, Colles tells her. He isn’t so much concerned with the oil, as he is with the money: Who is selling the oil, and what are they doing with the profits? Rumour has it that a fairly ugly militia group might be involved. Colles wants to know if the money is going to them; and, if so, what they’re planning. Letty is partnered with a DHS investigator, John Kaiser, and they head to Texas. When the case quickly turns deadly, they know they’re on the track of something bigger. The militia group has set in motion an explosive plan… and the clock is ticking down. Letty Davenport, the brilliant and tenacious adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, takes the investigative reins in this first of a series.
Thriller | PBK | $26.95

Sleeping with Friends (Friends & Enemies series)
Schultz, Emily
When Mia Sinclair-Kroner wakes from a coma, all she can remember are the movies she’s known and loved. Her college friends quickly assemble for a weekend party, in an effort to help her remember. But with old friends, come old wounds; and it soon becomes clear that Mia’s accident might not have been an accident at all. Was it Agnes, driven by her unspoken resentments? Or Zoey, who covets everything Mia has? Have the years apart only fanned the extinguished flame between Ethan and Mia, compelling him to violence? Or did Victor, who moved away, return with an agenda? Or was it Martin, the wealthy husband, who put a country estate between Mia and her past? As old tensions and new suspicions rise, these friends must wade through their film knowledge, shared history, and everything that’s kept them apart in order to figure out which one of them is trying to end things, once and for all. The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $37.95

Scottoline, Lisa
Loyalty can save a soul – or destroy one. Franco Fiorvante is a handsome lemon-grower, who has toiled for years on the estate of boss Baron Zito. Franco dreams of owning his own lemon grove, but the rigid class system of Sicily thwarts his ambitions. Determined to secure a prosperous future, Franco will do anything to prove his loyalty to the Baron. But when Baron Zito asks him to arrange the kidnapping of a little boy, Franco crosses the point of no return, setting in motion the making of the world’s first Mafia family. Gaetano Catalano is an idealistic young lawyer, whose devotion for justice is a calling. Gaetano is a member of the Beati Paoli, a real-life secret society of aristocrats who investigate crime. Gaetano and the Beati Paoli set out to find the boy, but for Gaetano, the mission turns to obsession. He risks everything to right the wrong. The kidnapped boy, Dante, grows up without even knowing his last name. He doubts his own sanity until he meets Lucia, a girl with a tragic past of her own. They fall in love, and set out to find his true identity.
Historical mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Fateful Words (Scottish Bookshop mysteries)
Shelton, Paige
When Edwin, Delaney’s boss at the Cracked Spine bookstore, leaves town on secret business, Delaney is called upon to guide his yearly literary tour around Edinburgh. But on the first night of the tour, at the inn where the tour group is staying, the inn manager falls – or is pushed – off the roof of the inn, and killed. Then, one of the tour members disappears, leaving a trail of puzzles in her wake. In a race against the clock, Delaney sets out on the expedition of her life, following clues around Edinburgh to get to the bottom of this mystery. Exploring sights from Greyfriars Bobby to the Royal Mile to the Sir Walter Scott Monument, she’ll have to put the pieces together quickly, or the bookstore’s survival could be on the line… as well as her own.
Mystery | PBK | $26.95

The Penguin Book of Murder Mysteries (anthology)
Sims, Michael (editor)
For classic murder mystery readers, a scintillating anthology of lost treasures to read alongside Edgar Allan Poe and Sherlock Holmes. For The Penguin Book of Murder Mysteries, writer and anthologist Michael Sims did not summon the usual suspects. He sought the unfamiliar, the unjustly forgotten, and little-known gems by writers from outside the genre. This historical tour of one of our most popular literary categories includes stories never-before reprinted, features rebellious early ‘lady detectives’, and spotlights former stars of the crime field – Austrian novelist Auguste Groner and prolific American Geraldine Bonner among them. For 21st century connoisseurs of crime, The Penguin Book of Murder Mysteries celebrates how the 19th century added a fierce modern twist to the ancient theme of bloody murder.
Classic mystery | TP | $32.99

Murder with Chocolate Tea (Daisy’s Tea Garden mysteries)
Smith, Karen Rose
Daisy has a lot to celebrate this summer. She’s supervising a special tea event to help commemorate the 100-year-anniversary of her town’s historic covered bridge. But the main event is her upcoming wedding to her beloved fiancé, Jonas. Somehow Willow Creek’s busiest brewer of specialty teas and amateur sleuth still finds time to be a guest on local journalist Trevor Lundquist’s crime podcast to discuss the last murder she solved. After the podcast, Trevor receives an anonymous tip from a caller who claims a travel chest that’s about to be auctioned holds a clue to a 20-year-old unsolved murder. Is it a hoax or a genuine lead? When a body turns up in Willow Creek, Trevor suspects a connection between this current homicide and the cold case. Has the murderer killed again to cover their tracks? Now, Daisy has another mystery steeping and Trevor may just have his next podcast…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Nurse Murders (Phoenix Noir series)
Talton, Jon
It’s 1936, and private investigator Gene Hammons has more work than he can handle. A crime syndicate, J Edgar Hoover, a wealthy family from back East, and a wily stalker all want something from him. His capable, but drug-addicted, brother – still a homicide detective – is as much a hindrance, as a help. Luckily, Hammons finds a professional ally in Pamela Bradbury, a fellow gumshoe with some new tricks to teach him. When the two pair up, there doesn’t seem to be a case they can’t solve, from kidnapping to blackmail to an intricate gold-smuggling operation. But then a young nurse with red hair is sadistically raped and killed, and Gene recognises the signs of a ‘lust murderer’, having famously solved the case of the University Park Strangler, years earlier. When he’s contacted by the killer, Hammons knows he and Pamela must work quickly to catch the brutal murderer before he strikes again. The two come to each other’s rescue more than once, and as deep feelings develop between them, it’s not lost on Gene that their relationship might well prove dangerous – especially for Pamela, with her lovely red hair.
Historical noir | TP | $29.99

The Bad Angel Brothers
Theroux, Paul
There’s sibling rivalry and then there’s the relationship of brothers Cal and Frank Belanger. Enemies since childhood, the small town of Littleford just isn’t big enough to hold them both. So, Cal strikes out for the world’s wild places – a gifted geologist in search of gold and other precious minerals – leaving Frank to develop a successful career as the town’s lawyer, fixer and local hero. But when Cal, newly rich and newlywed, returns to the town of his birth, Frank gives him the opposite of a brotherly welcome, leading to a series of betrayals and reprisals culminating in the ultimate plan – murder. A riveting tale of adventure, betrayal and the true cost of family bonds, The Bad Angel Brothers is a remarkable novel, from one of American’s most distinctive writers.
Caper | PBK | $22.99

Tidhar, Lavie
There is no adama without dam. In 1946, a young Ruth begins building a new life in Palestine, haunted by the death of her family in Europe and driven by youthful ideals in a land hostile to her presence. Her sister, Shoshana, survives in the Displaced Persons camps of Germany and joins her in Palestine; but dreams of escaping, to distant America. Her lovers, Dov and Israel, die in war, and her children try to serve the land Ruth bled for, only to find their own tragic ends or means of escape. As one generation begets another, their lives become entwined into a dark tapestry of secrets and lies, of revenge, forbidden love, and murder. A sweeping historical epic following four generations of a single family as they struggle to hold on to their land and each other.
Historical fiction | TP | $32.99

Best Crime Stories of the Year (Volume 03)
Towles, Amor (volume editor) & Penzler, Otto (anthology editor)
The crème de la crème of the year’s crime and mystery stories… The classic mystery tale will be familiar to aficionados and casual readers alike: it was invented by Edgar Allan Poe, popularised by Arthur Conan Doyle, and perfected by Agatha Christie. Within a few pages, a clue can be discovered, divulged, and its significance determined: all else is mere embellishment. Featuring stories by: Doug Allyn, Andrew Child, Jeffery Deaver, Brendan DuBois, Kerry Hammond, David Krugler, Avram Lavinsky, Michael Mallory, Joseph S Walker, and many more – plus a bonus vintage mystery tale from the fabled literary chronicler of the American Gilded Age, Edith Wharton, all in one entertaining volume perfect for crime fiction lovers.
Year’s Best | HC | $39.99

The Yeoman’s Tale (Geoffrey Chaucer mysteries)
Trow, M J
June, 1381. Embarking on his annual pilgrimage to Canterbury, Geoffrey Chaucer and his fellow travellers are forced to turn back when confronted with a horde of armed and angry peasants, intent on marching to London. Returning to the city to warn the authorities of the approaching danger, the pilgrims hole up at the Tabard Inn and prepare for the coming invasion. That same night, a woman’s body is fished out of the River Thames, her throat cut. When he discovers that the victim was the wife of one of his fellow pilgrims, Chaucer determines to investigate. Could the woman’s henpecked husband be responsible for her death? A jealous business rival? Or was she murdered by one of the pilgrims? Does a cold-hearted killer lurk within the Tabard? As the army of rebellious peasants approaches, Chaucer finds himself in a race against time to uncover the truth, before anarchy descends.
Historical mystery | TP | $42.95

The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2023
Unger, Lisa & Cha, Steph
A collection of the year’s best mystery and suspense short fiction selected by Lisa Unger and series editor Steph Cha. Includes stories by Ashley-Ruth M Bernier; William Boyle; S A Cosby; Jacqueline Freimor; James A Hearn; Ladee Hubbard; A J Jacono; Adam Meyer; Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Walter Mosley; Leigh Newman; Joyce Carol Oates; Margaret Randall; Annie Reed; Anthony Neil Smith; Faye Snowden; Jervey Tervalon; Joseph S Walker; Thaai Walker; Jess Walter.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $36.99

Shot with Crimson (Josephine Tey mysteries)
Upson, Nicola
September 1939, and the worries of war follow Josephine Tey to Hollywood, where a different sort of battle is raging on the set of Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Then a shocking act of violence reawakens the shadows of the past, with consequences on both sides of the Atlantic, and Josephine and DCI Archie Penrose find themselves on a trail leading back to the house that inspired a young Daphne du Maurier – a trail that echoes Rebecca’s timeless themes of obsession, jealousy, and murder.
Historical mystery | HC | $32.99

The Canary Murder Case (Library of Congress Crime Classics)
Van Dine, S S
Nightclub singer Margaret Odell, the famous Broadway beauty and ex-Follies girl known as ‘The Canary’, is found murdered in her ransacked apartment, her jewellery stolen. It appears at first to be a robbery gone wrong, but the police can find no physical evidence to pinpoint a culprit. No one witnessed anyone entering or leaving, and the only unwatched entrance to the apartment building was bolted from the inside. Who could have killed the Canary, in her locked cage? The victim was seeing a number of men, ranging from a high society gentleman to ruthless gangsters, and more than one man visited her apartment on the night she died. When the DA is stumped, he turns to his friend Philo Vance, an erudite and snobbish aristocrat, who applies his brilliant observations of human nature during a poker game with the suspects to determine who, in fact, knocked the Canary from her perch – permanently.
Classic mystery | TP | $24.99

The White Lady (Elinor White series)
Winspear, Jacqueline
1947. Elinor White, known locally as ‘the White lady’, is living a solitary, quiet life in a grace-and-favour cottage in the Kent countryside. Unbeknownst to her neighbours, she is the veteran of two world wars, a trained killer and former intelligence agent. Yet, Elinor’s private and seemingly tranquil existence conceals a past trauma that comes to the fore, when she is drawn into the predicament of a local man entangled with one of the most dangerous crime families in London. A treacherous path lies ahead, but it may be one that ultimately leads Elinor to a future unshackled from her own painful history. The first in a new series.
Historical suspense | PBK | $24.99

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