January 2024 crime & mystery bestsellers

Jan2024 bestsellers, C&M

 

bestsellers, January 2024

The Railway Detective’s Christmas Case (Inspector Colbeck mysteries 20)
Edward Marston
December 1864. As a cold winter wind scours the Worcestershire countryside, an excursion train comes through a tunnel in the Malvern Hills to be confronted by a blockage on the line ahead.
Although a disastrous derailment is averted, the passengers are alarmed. Cyril Hubbleday, the man in charge of the excursion, alights to investigate further, but the angry altercation with the driver is cut short by a shot from a sniper, straight through Hubbleday’s head.
Christmas is coming, all too soon, and Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming are under pressure to solve the case quickly.
However, with enemies in the shadows behind the seasonal trip, and with strong criticism from the local constabulary, the hunt for a cold-blooded killer is far from straightforward.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, January 2024

Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman
Lucy Worsley
‘Christie lovers should read this biography for the same reason they read her novels.’ — The Times.
‘A model of how to combine biographical information, analysis and literary criticism into a propulsive narrative’ — Daily Telegraph.
‘Worsley’s book excels in bringing a broader historical perspective to Christie’s life and work, and her enthusiasm is infectious.’ — Observer.
‘Nobody in the world was more inadequate to act the heroine than I was.’
Why did Agatha Christie spend her career pretending that she was ‘just’ an ordinary housewife, when clearly she wasn’t?
As Lucy Worsley says, ‘She was thrillingly, scintillatingly modern’. She went surfing in Hawaii, she loved fast cars, and she was intrigued by the new science of psychology, which helped her through devastating mental illness.
So, why — despite all the evidence to the contrary — did Agatha present herself as a retiring Edwardian lady of leisure? She was born in 1890, into a world which had its own rules about what women could and couldn’t do.
Lucy Worsley’s biography is not just of an internationally renowned bestselling writer. It’s also the story of a person who, despite the obstacles of class and gender, became an astonishingly successful working woman.
With access to personal letters and papers that have rarely been seen, Lucy Worsley’s biography is both authoritative and entertaining and makes us realise what an extraordinary pioneer Agatha Christie was — truly a woman who wrote the 20th century.
Love Worsley (and Christie!) — so, this would be a ‘just read it!’-type recommendation.
Christie | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, January 2024

Vertigo
Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac
In World War II-era Paris, a troubled-ex policeman is entangled in a web of deceit and lies when he investigates a woman’s strange behaviour.
Flavières doesn’t really want to investigate his old’s friend’s wife, but he doesn’t feel he has much of a choice. Madeleine has been behaving strangely, and her husband wants answers — answers that she isn’t willing to give him.
As WWII rages around him, Flavières is drawn into an obsessive cat-and-mouse chase across Paris. Soon his intrigue is replaced by obsession and his dreams by nightmares, as he edges towards discovering a dark, terrible secret.
The most celebrated collaboration of a ground-breaking crime-writing duo, Vertigo is the timeless story of morality and revenge, and the inspiration for Hitchcock’s iconic film.
An irresistible gift edition of the classic French noir novel.
Classic noir | HC | $27.99

bestsellers, January 2024

The Big Sleep and Other Novels (Penguin Modern Classics)
Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler created the fast talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe for his first great novel The Big Sleep, in 1939. Marlowe’s entanglement with the Sternwood family — and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures — is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream.
The detective’s iconic image burns just as brightly, in Farewell My Lovely, on the trail of a missing nightclub crooner.
And the inimitable Marlowe is able to prove that trouble really is his business, in Raymond Chandler’s brilliant epitaph, The Long Goodbye.
Classic noir | PBK | $27.99

bestsellers, January 2024

The World of Hercule Poirot (1000-piece jigsaw puzzle)
Agatha Christie & Ilya Milstein (illustrator)
Use order and method, to put together all 1000 pieces in this World of Hercule Poirot jigsaw, spotting detectives, clues, and suspects, as you puzzle…
Put your little grey cells to the test, as you piece together Hercule Poirot’s most famous cases. You’ll need to use order and method, to spot all of the clues, crimes and culprits hidden in this intricate jigsaw, which references all 33 of Agatha Christie’s beloved Poirot novels.
The perfect family gift for fans of Agatha Christie.
Christie | puzzle | $39.99

bestsellers, January 2024

The Golden Gate
Amy Chua
Amy Chua’s debut novel, The Golden Gate, is a sweeping, evocative, and compelling historical thriller that paints a vibrant portrait of a California, buffeted by the turbulent crosswinds of a world at war and a society about to undergo massive change.
In Berkeley, California, in 1944, Homicide Detective Al Sullivan has just left the swanky Claremont Hotel after a drink in the bar, when a presidential candidate is assassinated in one of the rooms upstairs.
A rich industrialist with enemies among the anarchist factions on the far left, Walter Wilkinson could have been targeted by any number of groups.
But, strangely, Sullivan’s investigation brings up the spectre of another tragedy at the Claremont, 10 years earlier: the death of seven-year-old Iris Stafford, a member of the Bainbridge family, one of the wealthiest in all of San Francisco. Some say she haunts the Claremont still.
The many threads of the case keep leading Sullivan back to the three remaining Bainbridge heiresses, now adults: Iris’ sister, Isabella, and her cousins Cassie and Nicole.
Determined not to let anything distract him from the truth — not the powerful influence of Bainbridges’ grandmother, or the political aspirations of Berkeley’s district attorney, or the interest of China’s First Lady Madame Chiang Kai-Shek in his findings — Sullivan follows his investigation to its devastating conclusion.
Chua’s page-turning debut brings to life a historical era rife with turbulent social forces and groundbreaking forensic advances, when race and class defined the very essence of power, sex, and justice, and introduces a fascinating character in Detective Sullivan, a mixed-race former Army officer who is still reckoning with his own history.
Historical mystery | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, January 2024

Argylle
Elly Conway
A luxury train speeding towards Moscow and a date with destiny.
A CIA plane downed in the jungles of the Golden Triangle.
A Nazi hoard entombed in the remote mountains of South-West Poland.
A missing treasure, the eighth wonder of the world, lost for seven decades.
One Russian magnate’s dream of restoring a nation to greatness has set in motion a chain of events which will take the world to the brink of chaos.
Only Frances Coffey, the CIA’s most legendary spymaster, can prevent it. But to do so, she needs someone special.
Enter Argylle, a troubled agent with a tarnished past, who may just have the skills to take on one of the most powerful men in the world. If only he can save himself, first…
Suspense | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, January 2024

Moorewood Family Rules
HelenKay Dimon
Knives Out and Ocean’s Eight meets The Nest in this hilariously twisty novel about a woman who returns home from prison to her dysfunctional con artist family, and tries to get them to go legit.
One day, a con man met an heiress, wooed her, married her, had two kids… and kept on conning.
Jillian Moorewood is the oldest child from that meet-cute-gone-wrong marriage. The stable one. The sensible and dependable one. The one who protects and fixes. The one who went to prison to save their sorry butts. Now, 39 months later, she’s out, and she’s more than a little pissed.
Finally home, she finds the scheming clan in full family fleecing mode. They all claim they didn’t really agree to Jillian’s previous go-legit-or-else ultimatum before she went away. They viewed it as a ‘suggestion’ then ignored it. So, business as usual. But Jillian is done with the lies and fakery. She demands the whole messed-up crew clean up its act, and this time she’s not kidding — she has the leverage to make it happen.
Problem is, her life is in shambles, but with the help of a great aunt (crooked but loveable), a bodyguard (who is a nice surprise after three years in prison), and a few allies (all working undercover), Jillian starts to put her life back together. She kicks out a few mooching relatives living under her roof, sets limits on everyone’s access to the money, ducks from their various attacks, and sees if that bodyguard is maybe interested in sticking around for a while. For the first time, she’s Jillian Moorewood, her own woman, and she’s ready to figure out who she is.
Mystery | TP | $36.99

bestsellers, January 2024

Murder at Down Street Station (Underground Station mysteries 02)
Jim Eldridge
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.
Eldridge’s latest historical series — the first is Murder at Aldwych Station (PBK, $22.99)
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, January 2024

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

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