November 2023 crime & mystery bestsellers

Nov2023 bestsellers, C&M

 

bestsellers, November 2023

The White Priory Murders: A Mystery for Christmas (British Library Crime Classics)
Dickson Carter
Too many murderers.
White Priory was a beautiful old mansion outside London. Its owner, a playwright, had invited some people down to discuss his new play, among other things…
But someone had come not to talk, but to kill. When Scotland Yard joined the house party, everyone started to talk, but all they did was accuse each other of murder — and all their accounts seemed equally plausible. It was a case for Sir Henry.
Only Merrivale could sort out the suspects and mark the murderer, before he killed again…
First published in 1934 — and, now, a reissue from those wonderful folk at the British Library and Poisoned Pen Press. Fabulous!
Classic mystery | TP | $33.95

bestsellers, November 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, November 2023

The Birthday Murder (American Mystery Classics)
Lange Lewis
A successful writer and a B-movie director seem like the perfect match in the Hollywood Hills and, with him working to produce her novel for an upcoming film, the pair’s recent marriage isn’t the only way that they’re connected.
When the husband is found murdered on the wife’s birthday — using a method of poisoning that was described in one of her books — Victoria suddenly becomes the main suspect as her new, happy life comes crashing down around her.
The case appears straightforward from the outside but the LAPD investigator on the scene finds the truth to be anything but. Though all the signs point to Victoria, there’s no motive to be found. Now, to solve the mystery of whodunnit, he’ll have to dig beneath the veneer of the household and reveal its inner workings, and to understand the deadly drama that unfolded just beneath the surface.
‘Reprinted for the first time in over half a century (first published in 1945), The Birthday Murder is a beautifully written and psychologically astute Golden Age mystery set in old Los Angeles. It will appeal to fans of vintage whodunnits and of standout domestic suspense authors from the era such as Dorothy B Hughes, Charlotte Armstrong, and Margaret Millar’ — publisher’s blurb.
Another wonderful Otto Penzler American Mystery Classic.
Classic mystery | TP | $28.95

bestsellers, November 2023

Murder at Maybridge Castle (Christmas mysteries 03)
Ada Moncrieff
A harmless game of Murder in the Dark? Or an invitation to die for?
The brand-new, festive murder mystery for 2023, from ‘modern rival to Agatha Christie’ Ada Moncrieff.
It’s Christmas 1936, and an eclectic list of guests and staff have gathered for the grand reopening of Maybridge castle — a newly-renovated, yet still-crumbling hotel deep in the Cumbrian countryside.
Amongst them are a doctor and his new wife, tarot readers, a journalist, an elderly amateur sleuth and her cat. By the time the first sherries have been drunk a person will be dead. An innocent game of murder-in-the-dark turns into a real game of life and death. Someone has changed the rules… but, who?
The first in the series is Murder Most Festive (PBK, $29.99) — and the series is getting much love from our regulars.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, November 2023

Resurrection Walk (Lincoln Lawyer 07)
Michael Connelly
Defence attorney Mickey Haller — the Lincoln Lawyer — rides the wave of freeing a wrongfully convicted man from prison.
Inundated with pleas from incarcerated people claiming innocence, Haller enlists the help of ex-LAPD detective Harry Bosch to find the next case which could result in a resurrection walk.
When Bosch finds a needle in the haystack — a woman imprisoned for murdering her husband, a sheriff’s deputy — they discover evidence that doesn’t add up, and a department pushed for quick closure in the killing of one of its own.
But is this rushed justice — or something more sinister?
As they face a David versus Goliath court battle, the secrets which could lead to an innocent woman walking free could also mark the end of the Haller-Bosch dream team…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, November 2023

Voices of Rome: Four Stories of Ancient Rome (collection)
Lindsey Davis
Lindsey Davis has received the Crime Writer’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award for her two immortal series of detective novels, featuring Marcus Didius Falco and his adopted daughter, Flavia Albia.
She is regarded as the finest living novelist of Ancient Rome. Here, for the first time in book form, are four novella-length stories written to illuminate her unparalleled output of the last 30 years.
The Bride from Bithynia tells the story of Aelia Camilla who travels 1000 miles to Britain to marry Gaius Flavius, a Roman officer. But their relationship struggles, then the province explodes in the Boudican Revolt. Now, it will be up to Aelia to save herself from the conflagration.
The Spook Who Spoke Again: Marcus Didius Alexander Postumus is an odd boy, who has known two families. That of Marcus Didius, himself, and his actual birth mother, Thalia the Snake Dancer. Things begin to unravel quickly when he decides to emulate his adopted father, and investigate a death in Thalia’s troupe of exotic performers.
Vesuvius by Night: Two men share a room but seldom meet. Nonius is a pimp and part time thief who operates at night, Larius is a fresco painter who dreams of artistic greatness by day. When the volcano erupts, one will begin looting hastily abandoned villas, the other will do anything he can to save himself and his family.
Invitation to Die: When the Emperor Domitian invites the entire senatorial class to a banquet to honour the recent war dead, many think he intends to take revenge on his enemies. When the Camillus brothers enter the black-painted hall where the feast is being held and see their names engraved on monumental stones, they fear they will not survive the night…
Love Lindsey Davis! Recommended!
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, November 2023

Final Acts: Theatrical Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics)
Martin Edwards (editor)
‘… and what a motive! Murder to save one’s artistic soul… who’d believe that?’
Behind the stage lights and word-perfect soliloquies, sinister secrets are lurking in the wings. The mysteries in this collection reveal the dark side to theatre and performing arts: a world of backstage dealings, where unscrupulous actors risk everything to land a starring role, costumed figures lead to mistaken identities, and on-stage deaths begin to look a little too convincing…
This expertly curated thespian anthology features 14 stories from giants of the classic crime genre; such as Dorothy L Sayers, Julian Symons, and Ngaio Marsh, as well as firm favourites from the British Library Crime Classics series: Anthony Wynne, Christianna Brand, Bernard J Farmer, and many more.
Mysteries abound when a player’s fate hangs on a single performance, and opening night may very well be their last.
Classic mystery | TP | $33.95

bestsellers, November 2023

The Defector (Apollo Murders 02)
Chris Hadfield
Israel, late 1973. As the Yom Kippur War flares into life, a state-of-the-art Soviet MIG fighter is racing at breakneck speed over the arid scrublands below… and promptly disappears.
NASA Flight Controller and former US Navy test pilot Kaz Zemeckis watches the scene from the ground — and is quickly pulled into a dizzying, high-stakes game of spies, lies and a possible high-level defection that plays out across three continents.
The prize is beyond value: the secrets of the Soviets’ mythical ‘Foxbat’ MiG-25, the fastest, highest-flying fighter plane in the world and the key to Cold War air supremacy. But every defection is double-edged with risk, and Kaz must tread a careful line between trust and suspicion.
Ultimately, he must invite the fox into the henhouse — bringing the defector into the heart of the United States’ most secret test site — and hope that, with skill and cunning, the game plays out his way.
For Chris Hadfield’s second heart-stopping thriller, we move from space, to another rich and exciting part of Chris’ CV: his time as a top test pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and as an RCAF fighter pilot intercepting armed Soviet bombers in North American airspace.
Full of insider detail, excitement and political intrigue drawn from real events, The Defector brings us the nerve-shredding rush of aerial combat, as told by one of the world’s best fighter pilots.
‘An exciting journey to an alternate past’ — Andy Weir.
From the author of the international bestselling thriller The Apollo Murders (PBK, $22.99): a supersonic hunt for a shadowy Soviet defector, known only as ‘Grief’.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, November 2023

The Mysterious Mr Badman: A Yorkshire Bibliomystery (British Library Crime Classics)
W F Harvey
First published in a limited run in 1934, this exceedingly rare and fast-paced bibliomystery set against the landscapes of Yorkshire is long overdue its return to print.
The note read:
‘Will the gentleman who took by mistake a copy of Bunyan’s Life and Death of Mr Badman, return it as soon as possible, as the book is in demand.’
On holiday in Keldstone visiting his nephew, Jim, blanket manufacturer Athelstan Digby agrees to look after the old bookshop on the ground floor of his lodgings while his hosts are away.
On the first day of his tenure, a vicar, a chauffeur, and an out-of-town stranger enquire after The Life and Death of Mr Badman by John Bunyan.
When a copy mysteriously arrives at the shop in a bundle of books brought in by a young scamp, and is subsequently stolen, Digby moves to investigate the significance of the book along with his nephew, and the two are soon embroiled in a case in which the stakes have risen from antiquarian book-pinching to ruthless murder.
Love those British Library Golden Age Mystery reprints!
Classic mystery | TP | $33.95

bestsellers, November 2023

The Year of the Locust (Pilgrim 02)
Terry Hayes
Terry Hayes, author of the global bestseller I Am Pilgrim, returns with a terrifying and eagerly-awaited new thriller.
If, like Kane, you’re a Denied Access Area spy for the CIA, then boundaries have no meaning. Your function is to go in, do whatever is required, and get out again — by whatever means necessary. You know when to run, when to hide — and when to shoot.
But some places don’t play by the rules. Some places are too dangerous, even for a man of Kane’s experience. The badlands where the borders of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan meet are such a place — a place where violence is the only way to survive.
Kane travels there to exfiltrate a man with vital information for the safety of the West — but instead he meets an adversary who will take the world to the brink of extinction. A frightening, clever, vicious man — with blood on his hands and vengeance in his heart…
It’s a big month, for long-awaited sequels finally turning up (see F&SF listings, Jim Butcher’s The Olympian Affair).
In this instance, it’s been nine, or ten years! Start with I Am Pilgrim (PBK, $22.99).
Thriller | TP | $34.99

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