2023 crime & mystery bestsellers

2023 bestsellers, C&M

 

bestsellers, 2023

Five Decembers (Hard Case Crime)
James Kestrel
December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a homicide that will change his life forever. Because the trail of murder he uncovers will lead him across the Pacific, far from home and the woman he loves; and though the US doesn’t know it yet, a Japanese fleet is already steaming toward Pearl Harbor.
This extraordinary novel is so much more than just a gripping crime story — it’s a story of survival against all odds, of love and loss and the human cost of war.
Spanning the entirety of World War II, Five Decembers is a beautiful, masterful, powerful novel that will live in your memory forever.
Winner of the 2022 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Take note: Ron lurved this! He has pressed it onto everyone who will listen! (And, as you see, from its continuing position on our bestsellers, he is succeeding!)
Hardboiled | PBK | $19.99

bestsellers, 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, 2023

A Chateau Under Siege (Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries 16)
Martin Walker
When an actor in a local play is attacked during a performance, Bruno must learn whether it was an accident, a crime of passion, or an assassination attempt with implications far beyond the small French village.
The town of Sarlat is staging a re-enactment of its liberation from the British in the Hundred Years War when the play’s French hero, Brice Kerquelin, is stabbed and feared fatally wounded. Is it an unfortunate prop malfunction — or something more sinister? The stricken man happens to be number two in the French intelligence service, in line for the top job.
Bruno is tasked with the safety of the victim’s daughters, Claire and Nadia, as well as their father’s old Silicon Valley buddies, ostensibly in town for a reunion. One friend from Taiwan, a tycoon in chip fabrication, soon goes missing, and Bruno suspects there may be a link to the French government’s efforts to build a chip industry in Europe — something powerful forces in Russia and China are determined to scuttle.
Wading through a tangle of rivalries and secrets, Bruno begins to parse fact from fiction — while also becoming embroiled in some romantic complications, and, of course, finding time to put together some splendid meals.
Splendid meals, indeed! Armchair detection — and travel! — at its finest. Recommended! The first is Death in the Dordogne (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, 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, 2023

The Honjin Murders (Detective Kindaichi mysteries)
Seishi Yokomizo
Japan’s greatest classic murder mystery, translated into English for the first time.
In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family. But amid the gossip over the approaching festivities, there is also a worrying rumour — it seems a sinister masked man has been asking questions about the Ichiyanagis around the village.
Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi family are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music — death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house. The murder seems impossible, but amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is determined to get to the bottom of it.
Seishi Yokomizo (1902—81) was one of Japan’s most famous and best-loved mystery writers. He was born in Kobe and spent his childhood reading detective stories, before beginning to write stories of his own, the first of which was published in 1921. He went on to become an extremely prolific and popular author, best known for his Kosuke Kindaichi series, which ran to 77 books, many of which were adapted for stage and television in Japan.
The Honjin Murders is the first Kosuke Kindaichi story, and regarded as one of Japan’s great mystery novels. It won the first Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1948, but has never been translated into English, until now.
We are doing so well, with this — and its sequels — regulars are loving the Japanese settings!
Classic mystery | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, 2023

The Last Remains (Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries 15)
Elly Griffiths
When builders discover a human skeleton during a renovation of a café, they call in archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. The bones turn out to be modern — the remains of Emily Pickering, a young archaeology student who went missing in 2002.
Suspicion soon falls on Emily’s Cambridge tutor; and, also, on another archelogy enthusiast who was part of the group gathered, the weekend before she disappeared — Ruth’s friend Cathbad.
As they investigate, DI Nelson and his team uncover a tangled web of relationships within the archaeology group and look for a link between them and the café where Emily’s bones were found.
Then, just when the team seem to be making progress, Cathbad disappears. The trail leads Ruth a to the Neolithic flint mines in Grimes Graves.
The race is on, first to find Cathbad and then to exonerate him, but will Ruth and Nelson uncover the truth in time to save their friend?
Recommended! If you haven’t discovered them yet — start with The Crossing Places (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, 2023

The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club mysteries 01)
Richard Osman
Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves. A female cop with her first big case. A brutal murder. Welcome to… the Thursday Murder Club.
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?
Still selling! Apparently, Spielberg’s company is going to be making a film of it, as well — so, the series is certain to be a fixture on these lists, for some time, yet…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, 2023

So Shall You Reap (Commissario Brunetti mysteries 32)
Donna Leon
In the 32nd instalment of Donna Leon’s bestselling series, a connection to Guido Brunetti’s own youthful past helps solve a mysterious murder…
On a cold November evening, Guido Brunetti and Paola are up late when a call from his colleague Ispettore Vianello arrives, alerting the Commissario that a hand has been seen in one of Venice’s canals.
The body is soon found, and Brunetti is assigned to investigate the murder of an undocumented Sri Lankan immigrant. Because no official record of the man’s presence in Venice exists, Brunetti is forced to use the city’s far richer sources of information: gossip and the memories of people who knew the victim.
Curiously, he had been living in a small house on the grounds of a palazzo owned by a university professor, in which Brunetti discovers books revealing the victim’s interest in Buddhism, the revolutionary Tamil Tigers, and the last crop of Italian political terrorists, active in the 1980s.
As the investigation expands, Brunetti, Vianello, Commissario Griffoni, and Signora Elettra each assemble pieces of a puzzle — random information about real estate and land use, books, university friendships — that appear to have little in common, until Brunetti stumbles over something that transports him back to his own student days, causing him to reflect on lost ideals and the errors of youth, on Italian politics and history, and on the accidents that sometimes lead to revelation.
Recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, 2023

The Torrent (Kate Miles mysteries 01)
Dinuka McKenzie
A loving husband lost to devastating summer floods. A teenage girl injured during a robbery. Two seemingly unconnected cases that will push a detective to the brink.
An atmospheric, compelling new voice in Australian crime fiction; winner of the 2020 HarperCollins Australia Banjo Prize for Fiction.
In Northern New South Wales — heavily pregnant, and a week away from maternity leave — Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is exhausted and counting down the days.
But a violent hold-up at a local fast-food restaurant with unsettling connections to her own past, means that her final days will be anything but straightforward.
When a second case is dumped on her lap, the closed case of a man drowned in recent summer floods, what begins as a simple informal review quickly grows into something more complicated. Kate can either write the report that’s expected of her or investigate the case the way she wants to.
As secrets and betrayals pile up, and the needs of her own family intervene, how far is Kate prepared to push to discover the truth?
The Torrent is subtle and clever and Dinuka has talent to burn. It unfolds so beautifully, and the writer is in control every step of the way. Highly, highly recommended!’ — Dervla McTiernan.
‘Such a good read’ — Val McDermid.
We love this — looking forward to more!!
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, 2023

Black River (Rose Riley series 01)
Matthew Spencer
The elite neighbourhoods of Sydney are becoming a serial killer’s hunting ground.
But for a city — and a detective — on the edge, not everything is as it seems…
During a stifling summer in Sydney, the body of a chaplain’s daughter is found — wrapped in black plastic on the deserted grounds of an elite boarding school.
Is it the work of the killer who’s been stalking the privileged neighbourhoods along the Parramatta River? Gut instinct tells Detective Sergeant Rose Riley something even more devious might be at play.
Eager to find the so-called Blue Moon Killer before he strikes again, Riley forms an uneasy alliance with Adam Bowman, a journalist with a valuable, and unsettling, link to the school’s history. As Riley’s investigation takes her deep into the secret lives of Sydney’s prominent citizens, Bowman delves into the darkest places of his own childhood for answers.
When their paths converge, Riley must use every bit of her cunning to stop another murder. Excavating Bowman’s past might just be the key to unlocking the case. Or it could prove to be Riley’s undoing. Because, clue by clue, she’s being pulled into the sights of a killer.
Much pressure was applied by our lovely A&U sales rep to a reluctant Ron to read this (thanks, Deb!). He just wasn’t that fussed, based on the blurb. But he eventually did — and was completely won over. Really good Oz murder mystery — beautifully evokes Sydney, without all the usual Harbour/Bridge/Opera House clichés — and there are little echoes here of some great Oz mystery movies like Heatwave and Lantana.
A real cracker — and we want more! Customers agree. Recommended!
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

© 2024 Pulp Fiction Books - Proudly powered by theme Octo