February 2024 crime & mystery bestsellers

Feb2024 bestsellers, C&M

 

bestsellers, February 2024

Slow Horses (Slough House series 01)
Mick Herron
Slough House is a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a service file on a train, say, blown a surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable.
They’re the service’s poor relations — the slow horses — and most bitter among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.
But when a young man is abducted, and his kidnappers threaten to behead him live on the internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself.
But is the victim who he first appears to be? And what’s the kidnappers’ connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone involved has their own agenda…
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. This critically-acclaimed first book in Mick Herron’s bestselling Slough House series is now a major Apple TV+ series starring Gary Oldman and Kristen Scott Thomas.
We love these! (we’re old school fans of the series, from way back) — and thanks to the popularity of the fantastic adaptation, the whole series is selling briskly to brand-new fans!
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, February 2024

The Queen of Poisons (Marlow Murder Club mysteries 03)
Robert Thorogood
Geoffrey Lushington, Mayor of Marlow, dies suddenly during a Town Council meeting.
When traces of aconite — also known as the queen of poisons — are found in his coffee cup, the police realise he was murdered. But who did it? And why?
The police bring Judith, Suzie, and Becks in to investigate — as Civilian Advisors — right from the start; so, they have free rein to interview suspects and follow the evidence to their heart’s content. Which is perfect, because Judith has no time for rules and standard procedure.
But this case has the Marlow Murder Club stumped. Who would want to kill the affable Mayor of Marlow? How did they even get the poison into his coffee? And is anyone else in danger?
The Marlow Murder Club are about to face their most difficult case, yet…
The next in the Marlow Murder Club mysteries, from the author of Death in Paradise — as good as, or better, than the Thursday Murder Club mysteries! 😉 Start with The Marlow Murder Club (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, February 2024

Frequent Hearses (Gervase Fen mysteries 07)
Edmund Crispin
Oxford don Gervase Fen is at the film studios to advise about a film biography of Alexander Pope, when he learns of Gloria’s death.
She appears to have little reason for wanting to kill herself. But when a cameraman is poisoned before his eyes, Fen finds himself involved in murder.
Latest in the series of Crispin reissues — this one from 1950.
Classic mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, February 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, February 2024

The Last Word (Harbinder Kaur mysteries 04)
Elly Griffiths
‘Cosy crime of a superior order’ — Sunday Times.
Words can be dangerous. Sometimes they kill…
Natalka and Edwin are running a detective agency in Shoreham, Sussex. Despite a steady stream of minor cases, Natalka is frustrated, longing for a big juicy investigation to come the agency’s way.
Then a murder case turns up. Local writer, Melody Chambers, is found dead and her family are convinced it is murder. Edwin, a big fan of the obit pages, thinks there’s a link to the writer of Melody’s obituary who predeceased his subject.
The trail leads them to a slightly sinister writers’ retreat. When another writer is found dead, Edwin thinks that the clue lies in the words.
Seeking professional help, the amateur investigators turn to their friend, detective Harbinder Kaur, to find that they have stumbled on a plot that is stranger than fiction.
Griffiths is the author of the customer favourites — the Dr Ruth Galloway series — recommended!
The first, in this particular series, is The Stranger Diaries (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, February 2024

Spook Street (Slough House series 04)
Mick Herron
‘A terrific spy novel’ — Ian Rankin.
Twenty years retired from the Intelligence Service, David Cartwright still knows where the skeletons are hidden. But when he forgets that secrets are supposed to stay buried, there’s suddenly a target on his back.
His grandson, River, is a ‘slow horse’, a demoted spy pushing paper at Slough House with other no-hopers. With his grandfather under threat, River ditches desk duty and goes rogue to investigate.
Jackson Lamb, the boss at Slough House, worked with David Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no innocent old man. So, when River’s panic button raises the alarm at Intelligence Service HQ, Lamb will do whatever he thinks necessary to protect an agent in peril.
‘A modern masterpiece’ — Irish Times.
We’re selling a bunch of the superb Slough House series books again, thanks to the popularity of the recent TV series with Gary Oldman. We can’t recommend them highly enough!
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, February 2024

Poison: The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners
Ben Hubbard
Poison documents the tales of the users and victims of these mysterious substances. Profiles of the most commonly-used toxins of each era reveal how poisoners have harnessed these natural killers to achieve their ends.
‘As every amateur toxicologist knows, the difference between a poison and medicine is often simply the dose.’
There is no weapon as insidious, as seductive, or as mysterious as poison. In this terrifying account of history’s silent assassin, discover the gripping tales of users, abusers, and victims of these mysterious substances, from Cleopatra and Catherine de’ Medici to contemporary secret service agents and terrorists.
Documenting royal scandal, political upheaval, and personal tragedies, Poison details a gruesome thread that runs often undetected through human history.
Sometimes, one of the interesting nonfiction books — we’ve ordered on a whim — just takes off, for some reason. This time, we’re not sure why… but Poison was definitely one!
Crime reference | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, February 2024

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, February 2024

Tipping Point (Detective Kate Miles series 03)
Dinuka McKenzie
Weeks from Christmas, in the sweltering heat of summer, Detective Kate Miles’ estranged brother, Luke Grayling, returns home to Esserton to farewell a childhood friend — Ant Reed, dead by suicide. Within days of the funeral, another young man, Marcus Rowntree, is found shot dead in the back paddock of his property.
Almost 20 years ago, Luke, Ant and Marcus were best mates in high school and, now, two of the three friends are dead. A tragic coincidence? Or is there something more sinister connecting the three men?
When Luke is identified as a person of interest in Marcus’ death, Kate once again finds herself in the middle of a media storm, sidelined from the case and battling accusations of conflict of interest.
As press attention deepens, and uncomfortable truths about Luke’s personal life and past events come to light, Kate is forced to contend between loyalty to the police force, and the bonds of friendship and blood.
The next in the Detective Kate Miles series by one of our faves, the award-winning Dinuka McKenzie. Recommended!
Start with The Torrent (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, February 2024

Random in Death (Eve Dallas series 58)
J D Robb
Jenna’s parents had finally given in, and there she was, at a New York club with her best friends, watching the legendary band Avenue A, carrying her demo in hopes of slipping it to the guitarist, Jake Kincade. Then, from the stage, Jake catches her eye, and smiles. It’s the best night of her life.
It’s the last night of her life.
Minutes later, Jake’s in the alley getting some fresh air, and the girl from the dance floor comes stumbling out, sick and confused and deathly pale. He tries to help, but it’s no use. He doesn’t know that someone in the crowd has jabbed her with a needle — and when his girlfriend Nadine arrives, she knows the only thing left to do for the girl is call her friend, Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
After everyone on the scene is interviewed, lab results show a toxic mix of substances in the victim’s body — and for an extra touch of viciousness, the needle was teeming with infectious agents.
Dallas searches for a pattern: Had any boys been harassing Jenna? Was she engaging in risky behaviour or caught up in something shady? But there are no obvious clues why this level-headed 16-year-old, passionate about her music, would be targeted.
58th (!) in the slightly futuristic mystery/thriller series — just keeps on going!
Eve Dallas | TP | $34.99

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