March 2024 crime & mystery bestsellers

Mar2024 bestsellers, C&M

 

bestsellers, March 2024

The Busy Body (Ghostwriter mysteries 01)
Kemper Donovan
Meet our narrator: witty, nosy, professional weaver of lies – aka ghostwriter for the rich and famous – and now, lander of the Dream Assignment (that is, a politician’s tell-all memoir).
Enter Dorothy Gibson: recently toppled Presidential Candidate, aka that woman, the most talked-about person in the country, right now (for the wrong reasons).
Add: an invitation to the middle of nowhere, one well-heeled neighbour dying under Suspicious Circumstances, a secret investigation, and an unreasonably beautiful man.
This is a story even our ghostwriter wasn’t expecting. And, for once, it’s all hers.
Veep meets Agatha Christie, in this wickedly-funny murder mystery for fans of Richard Osman and Nita Prose.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

bestsellers, March 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, March 2024

Murder in the Age of Enlightenment: Essential Stories (collection)
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
A collection of seven essential Akutagawa short stories, in a vivid and elegant translation – the perfect introduction to this master of prose…
From a nobleman’s court to the garden of paradise to a lantern festival in Tokyo, these seven short stories offer dazzling glimpses into moments of madness, murder and obsession.
A talented yet spiteful painter is given over to depravity in pursuit of artistic brilliance.
In the depth of hell, a robber spies a single spider’s thread being lowered towards him.
When a body is found in an isolated bamboo grove, a kaleidoscopic account of violence and desire begins to unfold.
These are short stories, from an unparalleled master of the form. Sublimely-crafted and stylishly-original, Akutagawa’s writing is shot through with a fantastical sensibility. This collection, in a vivid translation by Bryan Karetnyk, brings together the most essential works from this iconic Japanese writer.
‘A born short-story writer… one never tires of reading and rereading his best works’ – Haruki Murukami.
Classic mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, March 2024

Miss Austen Investigates
Jessica Bull
A witty, engaging murder mystery featuring Jane Austen as an intrepid amateur sleuth – the first in a series.
Jane Austen – sparkling, spirited, and incredibly clever – is suddenly thrust into a mystery when a milliner’s dead body is found locked inside a cupboard in the middle of a ball.
When Jane’s brother Georgy is found with some jewellery belonging to the deceased, the local officials see it as an open-and-shut case: one which is likely to end with his death. Jane is certain that he is innocent, and there is more to the murder than meets the eye.
Her investigations send her on a journey through local society, as Jane’s suspect list keeps on growing – and her keen observational skills of people will be put to the test to solve the crime and save her brother.
Featuring the same lively wit, insightful social commentary, and relatable characters that have made Jane Austen books into perennial classics, this first entry in a series is perfect for anyone who enjoyed other historical mystery books, based on real people; as well as fans looking to add to their Jane Austen collection.
Historical mystery | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, March 2024

Mystery in Provence (Miss Ashford Investigates 01)
Vivian Conroy
Figure out whodunnit, in this exciting new 1930s’ crime series that whisks you away to the most gorgeous escapist destinations!
A beautiful French estate… A wedding… A murder… And a novice detective, intent on solving her first case!
Fresh from teaching at her prestigious Swiss boarding school, Miss Atalanta Ashford suddenly finds herself the most eligible young lady in society – when she inherits her grandfather’s substantial fortune. But with this fortune, and an elegant new Parisian home, comes a legacy passed down from grandfather to granddaughter… sleuthing discreetly for Europe’s elite.
This young lady isn’t one to back down from a challenge and Miss Ashford must depend on her sharp wit and charm to solve her first case, which takes her to the lush lavender fields of Provence and a wedding at the mansion of the Comte de Surmonne.
Now, as murder strikes twice, Atalanta will have to race to solve the case; but will she be able to stop the blushing bride from facing a fatal ‘I do’?
Look out for more Miss Ashford mysteries, and get your passports ready – as you travel with her to some of the most sought-after destinations on the continent…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, March 2024

Classic Christmas Crime Stories (Macmillan Collector’s Library)
David Stuart Davies (editor)
Christmas is not always the season of goodwill. As this hugely-entertaining collection shows, it can also be the season of mysterious deaths, hidden poison bottles and blunt instruments…
The stories in Classic Christmas Crime Stories have been selected and introduced by writer David Stuart Davies.
This collection of ten stories from the golden age of British crime writing features festive whodunits, by Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh. There are unexplained deaths by all manner of suspect means from famous writers such as Baroness Orczy and Marjorie Bowen, and dastardly Christmas crimes to be solved from esteemed crime writers such as Robert Barnard, Nicholas Olde, and H R F Keating. Each story is brilliantly plotted – some deliciously tense, others laced with humour – and each is bound to thoroughly entertain.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, cloth-bound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts, or a treat for any book lover.
Classic mystery | HC | $??

bestsellers, March 2024

Bad Actors (Slough House series 08)
Mick Herron
In MI5, a scandal is brewing and there are bad actors everywhere.
A key member of a Downing Street think-tank has disappeared, without a trace.
Claude Whelan, one-time First Desk of MI5’s Regent’s Park, is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to Regent’s Park HQ, itself – with its chief, Diana Taverner, as prime suspect. Meanwhile her Russian counterpart has unexpectedly shown up in London, but has slipped under MI5’s radar.
Over at Slough House, the home for demoted and embittered spies, the slow horses are doing what they do best: adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation.
In a world where lying, cheating, and backstabbing is the norm, bad actors are bending the rules for their own gain. If the slow horses want to change the script, they’ll need to get their own act together before the final curtain.
This edition includes the short story, ‘Standing by the Wall: A Slough House Interlude’.
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, March 2024

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 | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, March 2024

What Happened to Nina?
Dervla McTiernan
Nina and Simon are the perfect couple. Young, fun, and deeply in love. Until they leave for a weekend at his family’s cabin, in Vermont… and only Simon comes home.
What happened to Nina?
Nobody knows. Simon’s explanation about what happened in their last hours together doesn’t add up. Nina’s parents push the police for answers, and Simon’s parents rush to protect him. They hire expensive lawyers and a PR firm that quickly ramps up a vicious, nothing-is-off-limits media campaign.
How far will his family go to keep him safe?
Soon, facts are lost in a swirl of accusation and counter-accusation. Everyone chooses a side, and the story goes viral, fuelled by armchair investigators and wild conspiracy theories; and illustrated with pretty pictures taken from Nina’s social media accounts. Journalists descend on their small Vermont town, followed by a few obsessive ‘fans’.
How far will her family go to get to the truth?
Nina’s family is under siege, but they never lose sight of the only thing that really matters – finding their daughter. Out-gunned by Simon’s wealthy, powerful family, Nina’s parents recognise that if playing by the rules won’t get them anywhere, it’s time to break them.
‘Addictive. Propulsive. Dervla McTiernan is a thriller master.’ – Trent Dalton.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, March 2024

Death and the Conjuror (Joseph Spector Locked-Room mysteries 01)
Tom Mead
In 1930s London, celebrity psychiatrist Anselm Rees is discovered dead in his locked study, and there seems to be no way that a killer could have escaped unseen.
There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, the Scotland Yard detective on the case calls on retired stage magician-turned-part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. For, who better, to make sense of the impossible than one who traffics in illusions?
Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colourful cast of suspects among the psychiatrist’s patients and household, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets – or motives for murder. When the investigation dovetails into that of an apparently-impossible theft, the detectives consider the possibility that the two transgressions are related. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realise that the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon.
A tribute to the classic golden-age whodunnit, when crime fiction was a battle of wits between writer and reader, Death and the Conjuror joins its macabre atmosphere, period detail, and vividly-drawn characters with a meticulously-constructed fair play puzzle. Its baffling plot will enthral readers of mystery icons, such as Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr, modern masters like Anthony Horowitz and Elly Griffiths, or anyone who appreciates a good mystery.
‘This clever mystery combines a delightful homage to Golden Age detective fiction with a highly entertaining impossible crime puzzle – what more could any fan of classic crime wish for?’ – Martin Edwards.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

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