October 2023 crime & mystery bestsellers

Oct2023 bestsellers, C&M

 

bestsellers, October 2023

The Secret Hours
Mick Herron
Two years ago, the Monochrome inquiry was set up to investigate the British secret service. Monochrome’s mission was to ferret out misconduct, allowing the civil servants seconded to the inquiry, Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle, unfettered access to confidential information in the service archives.
But with progress blocked at every turn, Monochrome is circling the drain… Until the OTIS file appears out of nowhere.
What classified secrets does OTIS hold that see a long-redundant spy being chased through Devon’s green lanes in the dark? What happened, in a newly-reunified Berlin, that someone is desperate to keep under wraps? And who will win the battle for the soul of the secret service — or was that decided a long time ago?
Spies and pen pushers, politicians and PAs, high flyers, timeservers, and burnouts… They all have jobs to do in the daylight.
But what they do, in the secret hours, reveals who they really are…
New, standalone — but kinda set in the Slough House universe (an origin story, of sorts). Sooo. Good. Recommended!
Suspense | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, October 2023

The Last Devil to Die (Thursday Murder Club mysteries 04)
Richard Osman
It’s rarely a quiet day for the Thursday Murder Club.
Shocking news reaches them — an old friend has been killed, and a dangerous package he was protecting has gone missing.
The gang’s search leads them into the antiques business, where the tricks of the trade are as old as the objects themselves. As they encounter drug dealers, art forgers, and online fraudsters — as well as heartache close to home — Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim have no idea whom to trust.
With the body count rising, the clock ticking down, and trouble firmly on their tail, has their luck finally run out?
And who will be the last devil to die?
Latest in the outrageously-popular series. Start at the beginning with The Thursday Murder Club (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, October 2023

Dashing Through the Snowbirds (Meg Langslow mysteries 32)
Donna Andrews
Christmas in Caerphilly is wonderful!
Unless you’re a Canadian, whose inconsiderate boss is forcing you to spend the holiday there, far from family and friends, with only a slim chance of a white Christmas.
Meg already has her hands full, trying to make the season festive for the dozen programmers who are staying with her and Michael, while working on a rush project with her brother’s software company.
At least, it’s an interesting project, since the Canadian company is doing forensic genealogy and DNA analysis.
When the inconsiderate boss is found murdered, there are too many suspects.
Even before their Christmas in exile, his own employees had plenty of motives, and the growing number of people suing the company for faulty DNA analysis and invasion of their genetic privacy include, at least, one notorious murderer.
Can Meg crack the case in time to keep the Yuletide bright?
Witty, sharp, cosy series that keeps on giving. Recommended!
The first two are available in an omnibus edition, titled A Murder Hatched (TP, $62.95).
Mystery | PBK | $26.95

bestsellers, October 2023

Silent Night (New Hercule Poirot mysteries 05)
Sophie Hannah
The world’s greatest detective, Hercule Poirot — legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and A Haunting in Venice — puts his little grey cells to work solving a baffling Christmas mystery.
Can Hercule Poirot solve a baffling murder mystery in time for Christmas?
It’s 19 December 1931. Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool are called to investigate the murder of a man, in the apparent safe haven of a Norfolk hospital ward.
Catchpool’s mother, the irrepressible Cynthia, insists that Poirot stays in a crumbling mansion by the coast, so that they can all be together for the festive period while Poirot solves the case.
Cynthia’s friend Arnold is soon to be admitted to that same hospital and his wife is convinced he will be the killer’s next victim, though she refuses to explain why.
Poirot has less than a week to solve the crime and prevent more murders, if he is to escape from this nightmare scenario and get home in time for Christmas.
Meanwhile, someone else — someone utterly ruthless also has ideas about what ought to happen to Hercule Poirot…
Quite liking the Hannah interpretations of Poirot and his world. I’m going out on a limb, and saying: Recommended!
Christie | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, October 2023

The Kamogawa Food Detectives
Hisashi Kashiwai
The Kamogawa Food Detectives is the first book in the bestselling, mouth-watering Japanese series, for fans of Before the Coffee Gets Cold.
What’s the one dish, you’d do anything to taste just one more time?
Down a quiet backstreet in Kyoto exists a very special restaurant. Run by Koishi Kamogawa and her father Nagare, the Kamogawa Diner serves up deliciously extravagant meals. But that’s not the main reason customers stop by…
The father-daughter duo are ‘food detectives’. Through ingenious investigations, they are able to recreate dishes from a person’s treasured memories — dishes that may well hold the keys to their forgotten past and future happiness. The restaurant of lost recipes provides a link to vanished moments, creating a present full of possibility.
A bestseller in Japan, The Kamogawa Food Detectives is a celebration of good company and the power of a delicious meal.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

bestsellers, October 2023

Death of Jezebel (British Library Crime Classics)
Christianna Brand
At Elysian Hall, a grand exhibition space in post-War London, a cast has been assembled for a medieval-themed pageant show replete with knights in coloured armour, real horses, and a damsel in a rickety tower on high.
With death threats discovered by members of the troupe, before the show; the worst comes to pass when the leading lady is thrown from the tower, before the eyes of the audience by an unknown assailant — with all doors backstage also under observation.
Faced with a seemingly-impossible case, the wizened Inspector Cockrill, and the fresh-faced Inspector Charlesworth begrudgingly join forces to uncover the killer hiding in plain sight.
‘A very neat version of the ‘sealed room’ mystery… provides [Miss Brand] with excellent opportunities to indulge her sense of character and her pleasantly malicious wit, as well as her gift for posing an ingenious problem.’ — Times Literary Supplement, 1949.
First published in Britain in 1949, Brand’s exuberant novel is still regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the classic mystery genre for its fiendishly constructed puzzle, memorable setting, dumbfounding acts of misdirection and thrilling denouement.
(And good to see the British Library people actually discovering more material to reprint, by woman writers of the Golden Age of Mystery. It’s not like there weren’t a lot of them out there, guys!)
Classic mystery | TP | $33.95

bestsellers, October 2023

Mrs Jeffries Aims to Win (Victorian mysteries 41)
Emily Brightwell
Mrs Jeffries must help Inspector Witherspoon crack a new case, and catch a killer, in this next instalment of the beloved Victorian Mystery series.
Successful businessman, Jeremy Marks wasn’t highly regarded by any of the members of the West London Archery Club. Most of them considered him a buffoon and a bore. But everyone was stunned when the fellow was murdered during a lull in the club’s annual archery competition. He’d been shot with arrows from a longbow during a raging thunderstorm.
But those who knew Marks well understood that the unkempt ‘court jester’ persona adopted by the late, unlamented man was as fake as the smile he wore. As Inspector Witherspoon investigates the murder, he discovers the victim had real enemies among the assembled archery contestants.
Marks was notorious for not paying his bills, cheating vendors, bad-mouthing business rivals, and worst of all, betraying his business partners. The dead man had built a whole career and amassed quite a substantial fortune by harming those who trusted him.
It will take Mrs Jeffries and the inspector’s household as well as their friends to sort out fact from fiction and target a killer.
Hah! Every Victorian investigator could use a housekeeper as smart and on the ball as Mrs Jeffries. Just sayin’!
Historical mystery | TP | $37.95

bestsellers, October 2023

Date With Evil (Dales Detective mysteries 08)
Julia Chapman
In the eighth novel in the Dales Detective series, Date with Evil, Samson and Delilah are about to discover that all of their new cases may be connected to a network of evil that seems to be surrounding Bruncliffe. Will they solve them all before the danger comes directly to their door?
Evil is stalking the streets of Bruncliffe…
From stolen washing to inheritance investigations, Bruncliffe’s Dales Detective Agency is being inundated with cases.
But with Samson O’Brien still in London helping the Met Police clear his name, and the newly appointed member of the investigations team, Ida Capstick, distracted by her brother George’s insistence that their farm is haunted, Delilah Metcalfe is struggling to meet the mounting demands for the agency’s services.
So, when the mother of a local estate agent arrives at the offices insisting her son is missing, Delilah is relieved to have Samson return to help.
Little do the detective duo know that several of their cases are about to collide when identifying the whereabouts of the missing man becomes something far more sinister. Something that will finally expose the network of evil which has been infiltrating the Dales town over the past decade; and, in doing so, place Delilah in the utmost danger…
‘A classic whodunit set in the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales’ — Cath Staincliffe.
Our regulars are loving these! Like most mystery series, the books stand alone — but if you like, start with the first — A Date with Death (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, October 2023

Give Fudge a Chance (Candy-Coated mysteries 11)
Nancy CoCo
It’s time for cozy readers to return to the magic of Mackinac Island, where sleuth extraordinaire Allie McMurphy solves another unsolved murder in Nancy Coco’s perennially-popular Candy-Coated Mystery series.
Forecast: fair with a chance of murder…
The Mackinac County fair is in full swing, and the air is rich with the scent of funnel cakes and the sound of carnival rides. Allie is focused on the fudge competition — another win would really put her hotel and fudge shop on the map. But she’s willing to take a little break and walk through the haunted house attraction with her friend Jenn.
When they come across a body, though, it turns out not to be a prop. Soon Allie’s cop boyfriend is on the scene, and the sleuthing confectioner is hunting for clues. Danger strikes too close to home when the hotel becomes the scene of a suspicious fatal accident, and Allie suspects the two deaths are connected. The case is turning into a real rollercoaster. Allie will need to hold on tight…
‘I will be counting down the days until the next mystery with Allie McMurphy.’ — Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.
‘Full of disguises, danger, and one determined amateur sleuth.’ — Fresh Fiction.
The first is All Fudged Up (PBK, $24.95)
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, October 2023

Sepulchre Street (Rachel Savernake Golden Age mysteries 04)
Martin Edwards
Rachel Savernake faces her most puzzling murder yet, in this glamorous gothic mystery from the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger.
‘This is my challenge for you, Miss Savernake,’ the woman in white said. ‘I want you to solve my murder.’
Rachel Savernake has been invited to a private view of an exhibition at a gallery in London. The artist, Damaris Gethin, known as ‘the Queen of Surrealism’, is debuting a show featuring live models pretending to be waxworks of famous killers.
Before her welcoming speech, Damaris asks a haunting favour of the amateur sleuth – she wants Rachel to solve her murder. As Damaris takes to a stage set with a guillotine, the lights go out. There is a cry and the blade falls. Damaris has executed herself.
While Rachel questions why Damaris would take her own life and just what she meant by ‘solve my murder’ fellow party guest Jacob Flint is chasing a lead on a glamorous socialite with a sordid background.
As their paths merge, this case of false identities, blackmail, and fedora-adorned doppelgangers, will descend upon a grand home on Sepulchre Street, where nothing and no one is quite what it seems.
Praise for Martin Edwards:
‘Superb a pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense, with a main character to die for. This is the book Edwards was born to write’ — Lee Child.
The first in this wonderful series is Gallows Court (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

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