June 2024 crime & mystery catalogue

Jun2024 Crime&Mys new releases

 

Death Comes Too Late (Hard Case Crime, collection)
Ardai, Charles
Collected here, for the first time anywhere, are Charles Ardai’s 20 finest stories, including his Edgar-winning ‘The Home Front’, about death and repentance during World War II; the Shamus Award finalist ‘Nobody Wins’, about a brutal gangland enforcer searching for the woman he loves; and year’s-best selections such as ‘A Bar Called Charley’s’, about a travelling salesman’s most gruelling night on the road. Ardai will take you to some of the most dangerous places in the world – and the darkest corners of the human heart. From the award-winning author – who Stephen King called ‘a master of the short story’ – comes this unforgettable 20th-anniversary celebration of Hard Case Crime.
Hardboiled | PBK | $24.99

Don’t Let the Devil Ride
Atkins, Ace
Addison McKellar isn’t clueless – she knows she and her husband Dean don’t have the perfect marriage – but she’s still shocked, when he completely vanishes from her life. At first, Addison is annoyed, but as days stretch into a week and she’s repeatedly stonewalled by Dean’s friends and associates, her frustration turns into genuine alarm. When even the police seem dismissive of her concerns, Addison turns to an old friend of her father, legendary Memphis PI Porter Hayes. Porter and Addison begin to dig deeper into Dean’s affairs and quickly discover that he was never the hardworking business owner and family man, he pretended to be. As they piece together the connections between a hook-handed mercenary, one of Elvis’ former leading ladies, and a man posing as an FBI agent, it becomes clear that Dean was deeply enmeshed in a high-stakes web of international intrigue, and Porter and Addison aren’t the only ones looking for him. Dean angered some very dangerous people, before he disappeared – people who have already killed to get what they want – and they won’t hesitate to come after his family to even the score.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

A Questionable Character (Booktown mysteries)
Barrett, Lorna
It’s a busy summer in Booktown. Contractor Jim Stark is in great demand: he’s overseeing a number of projects, including Angelica Miles’ newly-constructed building on Main Street, finishing up the new brew pub, and gutting a stone mansion off Main Street that Angelica bought to be the world headquarters for Nigela Ricita Associates. It’ll house office space, where her marketing staff and the rest of the NR Associates clerical personnel will work. Tricia Miles and Angelica arrive at the mansion, before their workday, to see how the construction is going. They find the place unlocked and Stark’s right-hand man, Sanjay Arya, dead – bludgeoned to death. The loss of the contractor’s top man threatens all the projects in the works, which would effectively ruin the expensive marketing plan on which the Chamber of Commerce has been working. Is Jim a suspect? (He’d be stupid to kill the person he depends on, to keep the projects going.) But Stark also thinks his wife, who was very chummy with Sanjay, might have been cheating on him with the second in command, making him a likely suspect. Once again, Tricia finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, but can she find the killer before he or she has the chance to bring the hammer down?
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Mrs Hopkins
Barrett, Shirley
On a rainy night in 1871, an idealistic schoolmistress arrives on Cockatoo Island, in Sydney Harbour. Mrs Hopkins doesn’t know what to expect from the notorious Biloela Industrial School for Girls, but nothing could prepare her for what she encounters inside the high sandstone walls: the conditions are dismal, the rules are largely conceptual, and the girls spend most of their time finding creative ways to outsmart the adults. Very quickly, Mrs Hopkins realises that noble intentions won’t be enough to plough through the chaos around her. An unconventional school requires unconventional methods, and Mrs Hopkins is going to have to find her own ways to reach her lively, lost charges. But her own ghosts have followed her to Cockatoo Island, and refuse to stay hidden for much longer. A witty, surreal, and poignant, final novel from acclaimed author and filmmaker Shirley Barrett – about what destroys us, what sustains us, and what we carry from one world into the next.
Historical fiction | TP | $32.99

Death of a Spy (Hamish Macbeth mysteries)
Beaton, M C & Green, R W
All Sergeant Hamish Macbeth ever wants is a quiet life in the tranquil surroundings of Lochdubh, his home village in the Scottish Highlands. Although the area he polices is vast, he’s happiest when he’s working alone, yet the police authorities insist he has an assistant. In the past, they have supplied a variety of problematic misfits, but they surpass themselves with their latest effort – an American, named James Bland. Having met Bland previously, when he was left in no doubt that the American led a life coloured by secrets and skulduggery, Hamish isn’t surprised when he discovers the real motive behind Bland’s police secondment involves him in helping track down a spy ring, some members of which have met grisly ends. That investigation tears Hamish away from Lochdubh, at a time when the village is suffering a disturbing spate of increasingly-violent burglaries. The identity of the burglar, however, is a perplexing mystery. All of that blows Hamish’s quiet life out the window and puts a serious strain on his relationship with female paramedic, Claire. Can Hamish cope with the murky world of espionage, seek out the spies before anyone else is murdered, capture the Lochdubh burglar before his nocturnal rampage runs out of control, and rescue his sadly neglected love life? Only time will tell… The latest Hamish Macbeth mystery, still only in hardcover.
Mystery | HC | $49.99

Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble (Senior Sleuths mysteries)
Berenson, Laurien
When Peg attempts online dating at Rose’s strong urging, the experience plays out like an embarrassing mistake. At least, until she matches with Nolan Abercrombie – intelligent, attractive, and a self-proclaimed dog lover. The two share an instant connection that has Peg cautiously excited to finally bring someone special into her busy world of Standard Poodles and conformation shows. But before Peg can admit that Rose was right, a terrible accident claims Nolan’s life. As details about his background and tragic death come to light, Peg has a serious hunch that someone successfully plotted to kill her first real date in decades… With suspects galore and a slew of puzzling clues to peel through, Peg and Rose team up to solve a dangerous mystery unfolding before their eyes. The question is: Can the unlikely duo turn their radically different personalities into an advantage as they scramble to ID the culprit – or will they manage to work against each other and find themselves precisely where a meticulous murderer wants them to be?
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Ritual of Fire (Cesare Aldo mysteries)
Bishop, D V
Florence. Summer, 1538. A night patrol finds a wealthy merchant hanged and set ablaze in the city’s main square. More than mere murder, this killing is intended to put the fear of God into Florence. Forty years earlier, puritanical monk Girolamo Savonarola was executed the same way. Does this new killing mean his fanatical disciples are reviving the monk’s regime of holy terror? Cesare Aldo is busy hunting thieves in the Tuscan countryside, leaving Constable Carlo Strocchi to investigate the killing. When another merchant is burned alive in public, the rich start fleeing to their country estates. But the Tuscan hills can also be dangerous. Growing religious fervour and a scorching heatwave drives the city ever closer to madness. Meanwhile, someone is stalking those powerful men who forged lifelong bonds in the dark days of Savonarola. Unless Aldo and Strocchi work together, all of Florence will be consumed by an inferno of death and destruction. The next Cesare Aldo mystery; the series begins with City of Vengeance (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Life-Line
Bottome, Phyllis
Mark Chalmers, 36, dark haired, athletic, keen on skiing and winter sports, speaks fluent French and German and has a taste for wine, food and women. Sounds familiar? It is 1938, before the Munich Agreement and after Anschluss. Chalmers, a master at Eton, is recruited by an old friend at the Foreign Office and introduced to his boss ‘B’. Chalmers reluctantly agrees to take on a hazardous mission for British Intelligence to parachute into Nazi-occupied Austria and pass on information to a British agent. In case of trouble he is given a suicide pill. Chalmers has no intention of committing himself, beyond this one job; but, once he reaches his destination, he finds himself sucked into the cause fighting fascism with the Austrian-German Underground – until there is no turning back.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Smoke
Brissenden, Michael
What secrets lie in the ashes?
After a brutal wildfire tears through the town of Jasper in the Californian sierras, a body is discovered in a shed. It looks like an open-and-shut case of accidental death – until further investigation reveals that the victim was locked in from the outside. Years after leaving Jasper, Detective Alex Markov has been sent back under the shadow of an LAPD corruption investigation. She is convinced that the man, a family friend, was murdered opportunistically under the cover of the fire. As the smoke clears, Alex reveals a town corrupt to its core – but exposing that corruption could destroy her and the people she loves. Will she ignore the crookedness and deceit, or face the consequences of pursuing an inconvenient truth?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

Assassin Eighteen (Last Man Standing series)
Brownlow, John
‘I am waiting for someone to kill me. Tonight would be a good night for it.’
Agent Seventeen, the most infamous hitman in the world, has quit. But whoever wants to become Assassin Eighteen must track him down and kill him first. So, when a bullet hits the glass inches from his face, he knows who fired it – doesn’t he? But the sniper isn’t the hardened killer he was expecting. It’s Mireille – a mysterious, silent child, abandoned in the woods with instructions to pull the trigger. Reuniting with his spiky lover, Kat, Seventeen must protect Mireille, and discover who sent her to kill him, and why. But the road he must travel is littered with bodies. And the answer, when it comes, will blow apart everything Seventeen thought he knew. The follow-up to Agent Seventeen (PBK, $24.99).
Suspense | PBK | $24.99

Clete (Dave Robicheaux series)
Burke, James Lee
Clete Purcel – private investigator, ex-member of the New Orleans Police Department, and war veteran with a hard shell and just a few soft spots – is Dave Robicheaux’s long-time friend and partner in detective work. But he has a troubled past. When Clete leaves his car at the local car wash, only to return to find it ransacked by a group of thugs tied to the drug trade from Mexican cartels to Louisiana, it feels personal – his grandniece died of a fentanyl overdose, and his fists curl when he thinks of the dealers who sold it. Just as Clete starts to trail the culprits, Clara Bow hires Clete as a detective to investigate her scheming, slippery ex-husband, and a string of brutal deaths all link back to a heavily tattooed man who seems to lurk around every corner. Clete is experiencing shockingly lifelike hallucinations and questioning Clara’s ulterior motives when he and Dave start to hear rumours of a dangerous substance with potentially catastrophic effects. The thugs who destroyed his car might have been pawns in a scheme far darker than they could’ve imagined. Gripping, violent, yet interlaced with Clete’s humour and consistent drive to protect those he loves, Clete brings a fresh perspective to a truly iconic series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

Ripper
Burr, Shelley
Gemma Guillory has lived in Rainier her entire life. She knows the town’s ins and outs like the back of her hand, the people like they are her family, their quirks as if they were her own. She knows her once-charming town is now remembered for one reason, and one reason only. That three innocent people died. She knows that the consequences of catching the Ripper still haunt her police officer husband and their marriage to this day. When a dark tourism operator keen to cash in on the town’s reputation is killed by a Ripper copycat on Gemma’s doorstep, she’s drawn into the investigation. Unbeknownst to her, so is a prisoner named Lane Holland. Gemma knows her town. She knows her people. Doesn’t she?
‘A masterclass in pace, plot, character, and creeping unease’ – The Bookseller.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

A Nye of Pheasants (Birder Murder mysteries)
Burrows, Steve
When a street brawl abroad turns deadly, Danny Maik faces a charge of manslaughter, but when evidence emerges that he may have planned the victim’s murder, he is looking at the death penalty. His only hope is reaching out to those he can trust back in the UK. In Norfolk, Maik’s replacement is trying to resurrect his career after a catastrophic error caused injury to a fellow officer. DCI Jejeune should be monitoring his new charge’s progress closely, but he is distracted by Danny’s plight. Others are watching, though, and they are disturbed by what they’re seeing. With the situation heading to a fatal climax, Jejeune must decide whether his duty lies with his old partner or his new. The fate of both men lies in his hands. But he can help only one.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Olive You to Death (Tourist Trap mysteries)
Cahoon, Lynn
In the coastal town of South Cove, June is tourist season – and wedding season. Unfortunately, Jill Gardner’s own wedding has been delayed. But that just gives her more time to search for a missing bride – and a killer… Things are looking up for the owner of Coffee, Books, and More – Jill’s finally getting her MBA, and though her wedding to police detective Greg is postponed a few months, she still has plenty to celebrate. A girls’ weekend in Santa Barbara is just the ticket. But back in South Cove, someone else’s big day has become a big problem. Antiques dealer Josh Thomas and Mandy Jensen were planning a small private ceremony under an olive tree on the historic Jensen farm – until Mandy went missing… Is this a case of a runaway bride – or a guilty groom? Greg zeroes in on Josh but finds him so annoying that he quietly asks Jill’s help in keeping his number-one suspect distracted. She knows that Josh is searching for something else besides his fiancée – a bank robber’s buried gold bullion. And when the professor he’d been discussing it with turns up dead, she can’t help wondering if what looked like cold feet was actually coldblooded murder…
Mystery | TP | $35.95

Deadly Game (DCI Harry Taylor series)
Caine, Michael
DCI Harry Taylor has no respect for red tape or political reputations – but he’s great at catching criminals. And all his unorthodox skills will be needed as an extraordinary situation unfolds on his doorstep: a metal box of radioactive material is found at a dump in Stepney, East London, but before the police can arrive, it is stolen in a violent raid. With security agencies across the world on red alert, it’s Harry and his unconventional team from the Met who must hit the streets in search of a lead. They soon have two wildly different suspects, aristocratic art dealer Julian Smythe in London and oligarch Vladimir Voldrev in Barbados. But the pressure is on. How much time does Harry have, and how many more players will join the action, before the missing uranium is lighting up the sky? A compelling, fast-paced novel of international intrigue and twisting suspense from a legendary actor and British icon, who now proves himself to be a first-rate thriller writer.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

The Death Watcher (Robert Hunter series)
Carter, Chris
When a routine autopsy, on what looked like a straightforward hit and run, leads the LA Chief Medical Examiner, Dr Carolyn Hove, to discover some puzzling inconsistencies, she calls in Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD Ultra-Violent Crimes Unit. Not only did Dr Hove discover that the death wasn’t caused by a hit and run, but she also found indications that the victim had been severely tortured prior to death. What no one realises is that what Dr Hove has stumbled upon is just the tip of the iceberg and it will lead Hunter and his partner, Carlos Garcia, on the trail of a twisted and clever killer who hides in plain sight. A serial killer no one even knew existed – a killer who has always operated under the radar, expertly disguising every gruesome murder as an accidental death. But with no leads as to why the victim was targeted, the investigation comes to a standstill, until another body is discovered with an alternative cause of death. What becomes clear is that this serial killer isn’t going to stop – unless Hunter and Garcia can get to him. But how do you investigate a murder when you have no victims? How do you catch a killer who leaves behind no crime scene? How do you stop a ghost who no one can prove even exists
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Mill on the Shore (Palmer-Jones mysteries)
Cleeves, Ann
Meg Morrissey refuses to believe that her husband James committed suicide. James was in high spirits because he’d finally completed his long-awaited autobiography. He didn’t leave a suicide note. But even more suspiciously, the record of his life’s environmental achievement, his magnum opus, has gone missing. Troubled, Meg calls in amateur sleuths George and Molly Palmer-Jones to investigate. They soon uncover that life in the Morrissey family is not as idyllic as it seems – relations with ex-wife Cathy are not as friendly as Meg makes out and James appears to have fallen for another woman. But the disappearance of his autobiography is most puzzling of all. Did he uncover a secret so damaging that someone was prepared to kill for it? George and Molly must try to fit together the missing pieces of information to reveal who could have wanted James dead… A reissue of the seventh mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones.
Mystery (reissue) | TP | $32.99

High Island Blues (Palmer-Jones mysteries)
Cleeves, Ann
West Country Wildlife’s birdwatching package to America has presented tour guide Rob Earle with the perfect opportunity for a reunion with his old college friends Mick Brownscombe, now working in Texas as an environmental consultant, and Oliver Adamson. It is the first time, in 20 years, the three have been together – since the fateful holiday to America during which they met the enigmatic Laurie… Rob’s tour party is hoping for spectacular sights at High Island on the Upper Texas coast. For here – as the spring storms begin – swarms of migrating birds fall from the sky seeking shelter. But as the rain pours down and the birds descend, the party is greeted with a far more shocking sight – the dead body of Mick Brownscombe. Back in Britain, PIs George and Molly Palmer-Jones are working on a minor fraud case in which the name of Brownscombe Associates has also cropped up. So, when George receives a desperate transatlantic call from his friend Rob, he is on the first plane to Texas. But his investigations make little progress – until the second body is found… A reissue of the eighth novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones.
Mystery (reissue) | TP | $32.99

Murder at the Monastery (Canon Clement mysteries)
Coles, Richard
Canon Daniel Clement has suffered a secret humiliation and, to recover, takes respite at the monastery where he was a novice. But the monastery doesn’t allow the break he needs, for tensions are building there too. There is a death at the monastery, and Daniel thinks it might be murder. Meanwhile, back at Champton, Daniel is the subject of village gossip, his mother Audrey is up to something again, there’s trouble at the dress shop, trouble up at the big house, and the puppies are running riot. As dark secrets unfold, can Daniel solve the mystery at the monastery, without the help of Detective Sergeant Neil Vanloo? The next in the Reverend Richard Coles’ wonderful Canon Clement mystery series; it begins with Murder Before Evensong (PBK, $22.99). Recommended.
Mystery | TP | $34.99

Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice (Finlay Donovan mysteries)
Cosimano, Elle
Finlay and Vero need a girls’ weekend away… Some peace and quiet to negotiate with a dangerous loan shark, save Vero’s childhood crush Javi, and find a stolen car. But Finlay’s mother and ex-husband Steven are dead set on catching a ride to Atlantic City. At their casino hotel, the trip takes a nosedive. Javi’s kidnapper, Marco, won’t negotiate, demanding to know the whereabouts of his missing nephew, Ike. Then Marco turns up dead – leaving Finlay and Vero as main suspects in his murder. To get out of Atlantic City, in one piece, they’ll need to stay on top of one jealous ex-husband, one hot cop, two precocious kids, and yet another decomposing body. All bets are off. This time, Finlay can’t leave anything to chance. If you haven’t tried these cracking contemporary mysteries yet, start with Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Translator
Crawley, Harriet
Clive Franklin, a Russian language expert in the Foreign Office, is summoned unexpectedly to Moscow to act as translator for the British Prime Minister. His life is turned on its head when, after over a decade, he discovers that his former lover, Marina Volina, is now the interpreter to the Russian President. At the embassy, Clive learns of a Russian plot to cut the undersea cables linking the US to the UK, which would paralyse communications and collapse the Western economy. Marina stuns Clive with the news that she’s ready to help stop the attack, betraying her country for a new identity and life. Clive becomes the go-between, relaying Marina’s intelligence to MI6 back in London. What are the odds that two lovers, running the Moscow marathon with the FSB on their backs, can save the UK and Western Europe from economic meltdown?
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Music and Murder (Oak Park Village mysteries)
Dams, Jeanne M
July 1926. When Elizabeth Fairchild’s beau, Fred Wilkins, suggests going to Chicago’s Sunset Club to see Louis Armstrong, the world’s best trumpeter, in action, she faces a dilemma. The burgeoning jazz scene in the city is proving to be controversial, associated with gangsters and scandal. Even her dear friend Susannah refers to jazz as ‘the devil’s music’. Intrigued, Elizabeth brushes her fears aside and visits the club with Fred; but an explosion causes panic – the Ku Klux Klan are intent on blowing up the club as part of a race war being waged in the city, and murder soon follows. Elizabeth has made herself a target, but she has a plan to save the club. The only problem is it involves jazz aficionado and the Sunset Club’s owner, the country’s most notorious criminal, Al Capone…
Historical mystery | TP | $42.95

The Chamber
Dean, Will
On a boat heading out into the North Sea, Ellen Brooke steels herself to spend almost a month locked inside a hyperbaric chamber with five other divers. They are all being paid handsomely for this work – to be lowered each day inside a diving bell to the sea bed, taking it in turns to dive down and repair oil pipes that lie in the dark waters. It is a close-knit team and it has to be: any error or loss of trust could be catastrophic. All is going to plan until one of the divers is found, unresponsive, in his bunk. He hadn’t left the chamber. It will take four more days of decompression, locked away together, before the hatch can be opened. Four more days of bare steel, intrusive thoughts, and the constant struggle not to give way to panic. Mind games, exhaustion, suspicion, and, most of all, pressure. And if someone does unlock the door, everyone dies… And Then There Were None meets The Last Breath in this tense and suspenseful locked-room thriller.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

The Black Spectacles (British Library Crime Classics)
Dickson Carr, John
Also known by its US title The Problem of the Green Capsule, this classic novel is widely regarded as one of John Dickson Carr’s masterpieces, and remains among the greatest impossible crime mysteries of all time. A sinister case of deadly, poisoned chocolates from Sodbury Cross’ high street shop haunts the group of friends and relatives assembled at Bellegarde, among the orchards of ‘peach-fancier’ Marcus Chesney. To prove a point about how the sweets could have been poisoned under the nose of the shopkeeper, Chesney stages an elaborate memory game to test whether any of his guests can see beyond their ‘black spectacles’; that is, to see the truth without assumptions as witnesses. During the test – which is also being filmed – Chesney is murdered by his accomplice, dressed head to toe in an ‘invisible man’ disguise. The keen wits of Dr Gideon Fell are called for, to crack this brazen and bizarre murder committed in full view of an audience.
Classic mystery | TP | $35.95

No Life for a Lady (Violet Hamilton mysteries)
Dolby, Hannah
Violet Hamilton is a woman who knows her own mind. Which, in Victorian Hastings, can make things a little complicated… At 28, Violet’s father is beginning to worry she will never find a husband. But every suitor he presents, Violet finds a new and inventive means of rebuffing. Because Violet does not want to marry. She wants to work, and make her own way in the world. But more than anything, she wants to find her mother Lily, who disappeared from Hastings Pier, 10 years earlier. Finding the missing is no job for a lady, but when Violet hires a seaside detective to help, she sets off a chain of events that will put more than just her reputation at risk. Can Violet solve the mystery of Lily Hamilton’s vanishing before it’s too late? The first in a series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Gone But Not Forgotten
Dorsey, C Michele
Ever since Olivia and her mother fled their home, back when she was just a child, Olivia’s lived with her mother’s secrets and mantras. Don’t stand out. Don’t make friends. And most important of all: Don’t ask questions. Olivia is now a 29-year-old law student. She lives in Boston in a beautiful home with the perfect husband. It’s a good life. But she’s always longed to know more about her family history. Now, her beloved mother has dementia, she knows she probably never will. That is, until her mother signs a check in a different name, the day before she dies, leaving Olivia an unexpected clue to her past – a clue that will lead her down a dark and deadly path. Because someone doesn’t want Olivia to know her real identity. Her husband, her mother’s caregivers, even her best friend – can she trust they’re who they say they are? The truth about Olivia’s past may set her free – but only if she doesn’t die, first…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $42.95

Union Station (John Russell WWII Spy series)
Downing, David
John Russell, an English journalist, who specialises in human-interest pieces, had always been a reluctant spy. It’s a dangerous life – especially when you are tasked with being a double agent for Soviet and American intelligence, in a city as fraught with hazard as Nazi-occupied Berlin. But it’s been years, now, since Russell was finally able to extricate himself from his life of espionage – through a shady deal with a high-ranking Soviet official. Now, it’s 1953, and Russell and his family – his long-time partner, Effi Koenen, a burgeoning star on an American sitcom, and their daughter, Rosa, a young artist on the cusp of adulthood – live a life of relative comfort in Los Angeles. Feeling somewhat adrift, Russell has just begun work on a book investigating American firms that continued doing business with Germany during Nazi occupation. Then, he notices someone is tailing him around Los Angeles. Has someone not taken kindly to his research? Or could it be that the deal Russell struck, all those years ago, has left him with unfinished business? The answer may lie in Berlin, where John and Effi decide to return for the Third Annual Berlin International Film Festival. Braving the political disorder of a city that was once their home, the two are thrust into a perilous mission to protect the life – and safety – they worked so hard to build. Now in paperback. The first in the excellent John Russell series is Zoo Station (TP, $26.95). Recommended.
Historical suspense | PBK | $24.99

A Limited Edition Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries)
Elliott, Lauren
Although enjoying her extended stay working at Second Chance Books and Bindery in West Yorkshire, Addie still feels adrift – far from home, her friends, and her own beloved bookstore, Beyond the Page Books and Curios. The engagement party of her dear friend, Tony, at Milton Manor promises to be a joyful distraction. But there’s an ill wind blowing at the estate: When Tony presents his fiancé with a special copy of Wuthering Heights as an engagement gift, the lord of the manor insists the book was stolen from his library… Things go from troubling to tragic when Addie takes her Yorkipoo, Pippi, out for a walk on the moors and stumbles across the body of a young woman. When the police suspect Tony of foul play, Addie vows to get to the bottom of what’s going on. But it’s a twisted, treacherous path to the truth and Addie will need to watch her every step…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Widows (Vanessa Frank series)
Engman, Pascal
Two bodies are discovered in a Stockholm park – one a policeman, and the other an unidentified young woman. With the police believing the woman to be nothing more than unfortunate collateral damage, they focus on the murder of the police officer. But Detective Vanessa Frank takes a different approach and her investigation turns out to be more personal than she could have imagined. A sequel to the award-winning Swedish bestseller, Femicide (TP. $27.99).
Noir | PBK | $27.99

A Pose Before Dying (Cat Yoga mysteries)
Erickson, Alex
Finding this killer will be a real stretch…
Ashley Branson has a lot to prove with her new cat yoga studio, A Purrfect Pose. It’s a place for humans to find inner wellness – and adopt adorable cats from the local shelter. It’s also a chance for Ash to run her own life, out from under her overbearing mother and a stifling relationship. So far, so successful. Until she discovers one of her new clients, a much-disliked college professor, dead in her studio, locked in child’s pose… To make matters worse, Ash’s hapless always-in-trouble brother, Hunter, instantly becomes the cops’ prime suspect. Determined to clear his name and save her business, Ash does a deep lunge into the surprising – and strange – connections the victim had with her other clients. But countless suspects, contradictory leads, not to mention people desperate to see her studio shut down, mean Ash will have to stretch to the max to outthink a clever killer who’s ready to strike her red in tooth and claw… The first in a new series.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Silent Man
Fennell, David
A father is murdered in the dead of night in his London home, his head wrapped tightly in tape, a crude sad face penned over his facial features. But the victim’s only child is left alive and unharmed at the scene. Met Police detectives Grace Archer and Harry Quinn have more immediate concerns. Notorious gangster Frankie White has placed a target on Archer’s back, and there’s no one he won’t harm, to get to her. Then a second family is murdered, leaving young Uma Whitmore as the only survivor. Once again, the victim’s face is found wrapped and inked. With a serial killer at large, DI Archer and DS Quinn must stay alive long enough to find the connection between these seemingly random victims. Can they do it before another child is made an orphan?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

Death of Mr Dodsley: A London Bibliomystery (British Library Crime Classics)
Ferguson, John
A fair play, double twist mystery where a beloved London bookseller, with a passion for rare books, is found shot to death in his locked bookshop. Mr Richard Dodsley, owner of a fine second-hand bookshop on Charing Cross Road, has been found murdered in the cold hours of the morning. He’d been shot in his own office, where few clues remain besides three cigarette ends, two spent matches, and a few books on the shelves which have been rearranged. In an investigation spanning the second-hand bookshops of London and the Houses of Parliament, Ferguson’s series sleuth MacNab, is at hand to assist Scotland Yard. This edition includes an introduction by CWA Diamond Dagger and Edgar Award-winning author Martin Edwards.
Classic mystery | TP | $35.95

Gathering Dark
Fox, Candice
Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con, down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate, Sneak Lawlor, begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her newfound freedom on the line. Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, Ada Maverick, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search for Dayly. Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. And her inheritance of a $7 million mansion as a reward for catching a killer has just made her police enemy number one. It’s been 10 years, since Jessica arrested Blair for the coldblooded murder of her neighbour. So, when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends early one morning she expects abuse; maybe, even, violence. What comes instead is a plea for help. A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop. Together, they’re a missing girl’s only hope. From Australia’s most exciting and original crime writer, an electrifying thriller set in Los Angeles, featuring a decidedly unconventional team of ‘detectives’.
Mystery/suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Chase
Fox, Candice
When more than 600 of the world’s most violent human beings pour out from Pronghorn Correctional Facility into the Nevada Desert, the biggest manhunt in US history begins. But for John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and child. He just needs to stay one step ahead of the teams of law enforcement officers, he knows will be chasing down the escapees. Death row supervisor turned fugitive-hunter Celine Osbourne is single minded in her mission to catch Kradle. She has very personal reasons for hating him – and she knows exactly where he’s heading… Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction 2022.
Mystery/suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

A Newlywed’s Guide to Fortune and Murder (Countess of Harleigh mysteries)
Freeman, Dianne
With her new husband George busy, on a special mission for the British Museum, Frances has taken on an assignment of her own. The dowager Viscountess Wingate needs someone to sponsor her niece, Kate, for presentation to Queen Victoria. Frances – who understands society’s quirks and constraints as only an outsider can – is the perfect candidate. Kate is charming and intelligent, though perhaps not quite as sheltered as she might first appear. More worrying to Frances is the viscountess’ sudden deterioration. The usually-formidable dowager has become shockingly frail, and Frances suspects someone may be drugging her. The spotlight falls on Kate, who stands to inherit if her aunt passes, yet there are plenty of other likely candidates within the dowager’s household, both above and below stairs. Joining forces with her beloved George, Frances comes to believe that the late viscount, too, was targeted. And with the dowager seeming to be in greater danger every day, they must flush out the villain before she follows in her husband’s footsteps, directly to the grave…
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

What’s Murder Between Friends
Gatland-Veness, Meg
The last thing Hallie and her drama classmates expect to find on a high school scavenger hunt is a dead body. In a town with a population of about 36, no one has experience with murder investigations… but, now, everyone’s asking who killed Ms Lovelace. The drama kids thought they were the only people nerdy enough to be at school on a Sunday. When they learn that Adam Tolentino, football star, drama-club nemesis and the hottest boy in school, was there too, Hallie is given the task of finding out what he knows – but she soon learns there’s more to Adam than meets the eye. Although still grieving her favourite teacher, Hallie knows the show must go on. Managing a musical and a murder investigation is a lot, but Hallie and her friends won’t give up on Ms Lovelace – or each other.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Year of the Locust (Pilgrim series)
Hayes, Terry
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… The follow-up to the bestselling I Am Pilgrim (PBK, $22.99).
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Murder and the Moggies of Magpie Row
High, Kate
When Clarice Beech finds her friend Peter Ramsey dead in his kitchen, she believes he’s succumbed to a fatal heart attack. Peter, who lived in one of the five cottages on Magpie Row in the Lincolnshire Wolds, was a keen supporter of stray cats – which made him very unpopular with the neighbours. And after Chris Morris, an alcoholic neighbour, disrupts Peter’s funeral, insisting Peter was murdered – and he knows who the murderer is – Clarice discovers there’s no shortage of possible suspects among the Magpie Row inhabitants. Who, behind Magpie Row’s idyllic façade, might have had murder in mind? And, after his outburst at Peter’s funeral, where is Chris? And is Clarice, with her mission to tend to Peter’s strays, as well as uncover the truth about her friend’s death, putting herself in danger’s way? A mystery set in the Lincolnshire Wolds, featuring an amateur detective who mixes sleuthing with her other great love: animal rescue. Perfect for fans of Ann Granger and M C Beaton.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

Murder at the Spelling Bee (Maya & Sandra mysteries)
Hollis, Lee
Twelve-year-old Rocco Fanelli is a spelling bee champ in the making. He’s the odds-on favourite to win the local middle-school bee and go on to the regionals, the state, and ultimately the nationals. Which is why someone is trying to intimidate him to drop out with a threatening note in his locker. Rocco’s concerned parents hire Maya and Sandra to uncover the culprit and ensure their son’s safety. But the competition turns killer when a high school teacher who’s running the bee, clearly favouring certain students, is found dead in the school supply closet. Sandra had already confronted Ellie Lambert over unfairly grading her son Ryan – which now makes her a suspect. She’s not the only one who tangled with the teacher, however, and with suspects ranging from helicopter parents to the school custodian, Maya and Sandra will need to put their heads together to spell out who had the motive and opportunity to silence Ellie Lambert…
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Blood of Others (Spoils of War series)
Hurley, Graham
Summer 1942. Abwehr intelligence officer Wilhelm Schultz is baiting a trap, to lure thousands of Allied troops to their deaths. George Hogan is a devout young Canadian journalist, who has caught the eye of press baron Lord Beaverbrook. Now, he faces an assignment that will test his faith to breaking point. Jackie Wrenne, meanwhile, is working in Lord Louis Mountbatten’s cloak-and-dagger Combined Operations headquarters and is privy to the boldest cross-Channel raid yet conceived. Three lives interlinked by a name and a date that no Canadian will ever forget: Dieppe, 19 August 1942. At dawn, over 6,000 men storm ashore on heavily defended French beaches. Barely hours later, less than half will make it back alive…
Historical mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Jericho’s Dead (Killing Jericho series)
Hussey, William
Former CID detective Scott Jericho is done with murder. Done with puzzles. Done with the dark rage that seems to haunt him. That is, until a vicious serial killer targets someone close to him. Now, Jericho is back, his thirst for justice remorseless. But time is running out. Fortune-tellers and psychics are being slaughtered and everything points to a link with a live TV event due to be broadcast on Halloween night. But what is the significance of the macabre wax effigies found at every crime scene? Why is celebrity psychic Darrel Everwood convinced he will die, in four days’ time? And is Jericho’s lover Harry really involved in the murders? As a startling truth is revealed and an old enemy re-emerges, a murder beyond imagining is about to become the media event of the century… The second novel in the ground-breaking Scott Jericho crime series – featuring crime fiction’s very first Traveller detective – following Killing Jericho (TP, $32.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

First Frost (Longmire mysteries)
Johnson, Craig
It’s the summer of 1964, and recent college graduates Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear read the writing on the wall and enlist to serve in the Vietnam War. As they catch a few final waves in California before reporting for duty, a sudden storm assaults the shores and capsizes a nearby cargo boat. Walt and Henry jump to action, but it’s soon revealed by the police who greet them ashore that the sunken boat carried valuable contraband from underground sources. The boys, in their early 20s and in the peak of their physical prowess from playing college football for the last four years, head out on Route 66. The question, of course, is how far they will get before the consequences of their actions catch up to them – the answer being, not very.
Back in the present day, Walt is forced to speak before a Judge. With powerful enemies lurking behind the scenes, the sheriff of Absaroka County must consider his options, if he wishes to finish the fight he started. Going back and forth between 1964 and the present day, Craig Johnson brings us a propulsive dual timeline as Walt Longmire stands between the crossfire of good and evil, law and anarchy, and compassion and cruelty at two pivotal stages in his life.
Mystery/suspense | HC | $64.95

That Night in the Library
Jurczyk, Eva
On the night before graduation, seven students gather in the basement of their university’s rare books library. They’re not allowed in the library after closing time, but it’s the perfect place for the ritual they want to perform – one borrowed from the Greeks, said to free those who take part in it from the fear of death. And what better time to seek the wisdom of ancient gods than in the hours before they’ll scatter in different directions to start their real lives? But just a few minutes into their celebration, the lights go out – and one of them drops dead. As the body count rises, with nothing but the books to protect them, the group must figure out how to survive the night while trapped with a murderer. One night, locked in the library. What could go wrong?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $39.95

A Refiner’s Fire (Brunetti mysteries)
Leon, Donna
When two teenage gangs are arrested after clashing violently in one of Venice’s campi, the son of a local hero is implicated. But when Commissario Guido Brunetti is asked by a wealthy foreigner to vet this man, Monforte, for a job, he discovers that Monforte might not be such a hero, after all. This seeming contradiction, and a brutal attack on one of Brunetti’s colleagues by a possible gang member, concentrate Brunetti’s attentions. Soon, he discovers the sordid hypocrisy surrounding Monforte’s past, culminating in a fiery meeting of two gangs and a final opportunity for redemption.
Mystery | TP | $34.99

June Bug (Murder by Month mysteries)
Lourey, Jess
Summer in Battle Lake kicks off with fireworks and festivities, but it’s a local treasure hunt that’s amping up the tourist trade. It certainly piques the interest of part-time reporter Mira James – both as fodder for a column and because she could use the five grand in prize money. The treasure? A faux diamond hidden at the bottom of Whiskey Lake. When Mira takes a deep dive in search of it, rather than finding the planted jewel, she uncovers a legendary puzzle, reaching back nearly 70 years. But fishing for answers puts her, face to face, with a suspicious new arrival: a creeper from her past up to his old menacing ways. When murder turns a hot June night into a scorcher, Mira realises there are more mysteries hidden in this town than fake gems, and to solve them, she has to stay alive.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $37.95

In a Place of Darkness
MacBride, Stuart
The clock is ticking…
Detective Constable Angus MacVicar has just landed his dream job – transferred out of uniform, and assigned to Oldcastle’s biggest ongoing murder investigation: Operation Telegram, hunting the ‘Fortnight Killer’. Every two weeks, another couple is targeted. One victim is left at the scene, their corpse used as a twisted message board. The second body is never seen again. This should be the perfect chance for Angus to prove himself, but instead of working on the investigation’s front line, he’s lumbered with the forensic psychologist from hell. A sarcastic know-it-all American, on loan from the FBI, who seems determined to alienate everyone while dragging Angus into a shadowy world of conspiracies, lies, and violence. It’s been 12 days since the Fortnight Killer last struck, and the investigation’s running out of time. Angus’ shiny new job might just be the death of him…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

Queen Macbeth (Darkland Tales)
McDermid, Val
A thousand years ago, in an ancient Scottish landscape, a woman is on the run with her three bosom companions – a healer, a weaver, and a seer. If the men hunting her find them, they will kill her because she is the only one who stands between them and their violent ambition. She is no lady: she is the first queen of Scotland, married to a king called Macbeth. Shakespeare fed us the myth of the Macbeths as power-hungry murderous conspirators. But, now, Val McDermid drags the truth out of the shadows, exposing the patriarchal prejudices of history. As the net closes in on the queen, we discover a tale of passion, forced marriage, bloody massacre and the harsh realities of medieval Scotland. At the heart of it, one strong charismatic woman who survived loss and jeopardy to finally outwit the endless plotting of a string of ruthless and ambitious men. Her struggle won her a country. But, now, it could cost her life.
Historical mystery | HC | $29.99

The Housemaid is Watching (Housemaid series)
McFadden, Freida
‘You must be our new neighbours!’ Mrs Lowell gushes and waves across the picket fence. I clutch my daughter’s hand and smile back: but the second Mrs Lowell sees my husband a strange expression crosses her face. In that moment, I make a promise. We, finally, have a family home. My past is far, far behind us. And I’ll do anything to keep it that way… I used to clean other people’s houses – now, I can’t believe this home is actually mine. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where my kids can play. My husband and I saved for years, to give our children the life they deserve. Even though I’m wary of our new neighbour Mrs Lowell, when she invites us over for dinner, it’s our chance to make friends. Her maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. I know exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But her cold stare gives me chills… The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on our street. I’m sure I see a shadowy figure watching us. My husband leaves the house late at night. And when I meet a woman who lives across the way, her words chill me to the bone: Be careful of your neighbours. Did I make a terrible mistake moving my family here? I thought I’d left my darkest secrets behind. But could this quiet suburban street be the most dangerous place of all?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Liars
McGovern, Petronella
The close-knit community of Kinton Bay is shocked, when 15-year-old Siena Britton makes a grisly discovery near a cave in the national park. Siena believes it’s a skull from the town’s violent colonial past and posts a video which hits the news headlines. But her parents, Meri and Rollo, think the skull is related to their teenage parties in the Killing Cave, back in the 1990s. And a school mate who went missing then. None of them foresees the dangers that the discovery will create for their family. The dangers of past deceits, silences, and lies that have never been resolved.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Fondant Fumble (Cupcake Bakery mysteries)
McKinlay, Jenn
Professional football players Keogh Graham and Tyler Matthews want to open a Fairy Tale Cupcakes franchise. They’re spending the off season in Scottsdale, working in Mel’s bakery; learning about the business and how to bake show-stopping cupcakes. The popular athletes bring a boom of customers to the store as football fans flock to see the friends mixing batter and piping icing. Everyone’s excited the athletes are pursuing their dream of owning a bakery – except for those who fear the players will ditch football for fondant and retire early from professional sports. The angry naysayers include their team owner and Keogh’s sports agent, along with some very vocal fans. When the owner of their team, the Arizona Scorpions, is found dead on the floor of their new bakery following an argument with Keogh, the pros become prime suspects. As the investigation heats up, Mel and the rest of the cupcake bakery crew must step up and prove their franchise owners are innocent… before it’s game over, for the new bakers.
Mystery | PBK | $26.95

The Burial Plot
Macneal, Elizabeth
London, 1839. Where the cemeteries are full and land is worth more to house the dead than the living, Bonnie and Crawford lead a life of trickery, surviving off ill-gotten coin and nefarious schemes. Until one hot evening, their luck runs out. A man lies in a pool of blood at Bonnie’s feet and now she needs to disappear. Crawford secures her a position as lady’s maid in a grand house on the Thames, still deep in mourning for its late mistress. As Bonnie comes to understand this family – the eccentric Mr Moncrieff, obsessively drawing mausoleums grand enough for his dead wife, and their peculiar daughter Cissie, scribbling imaginary love letters to herself from the mysterious Lord Duggan – so, too, does she begin to question what really happened to Mrs Moncrieff and whether her presence here is all part of some dark plan. Because Crawford is watching; perhaps, he is plotting his greatest trick, yet…
Historical mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

No Place to Hide
Monroe, J S
You might be paranoid, but that doesn’t mean they’re not watching you.
Adam lives a picture-perfect life: happy marriage, two young children, and a flourishing career as a doctor. But Adam also lives with a secret. Hospital CCTV, strangers’ mobile phones, city traffic cameras – he is convinced that they are all watching him, recording his every move. All because of something terrible that happened at a drunken party when he was a medical student. Only two other people knew what happened that night. Two people he’s long left behind. Until one of them, Clio – Adam’s great unrequited love – turns up on his doorstep, and reignites a sinister pact, 24 years in the making…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

What You Leave Behind
Morris, Wanda M
Deena Wood’s life has fallen apart in the aftermath of losing her beloved mother, her marriage, and her prestigious job at an Atlanta law firm. She needs what the Geechee people of coastal Georgia call a ‘dayclean’, a fresh start. She returns to her childhood home in Brunswick, Georgia, to heal. But her return is anything but the respite she thought it might be. To make peace with all her loss, she often drives through the city. One day, she unwittingly finds herself on the oceanfront property of a loner widower who is fighting to keep land that has been in his family since the end of the Civil War. He threatens her and warns her to never return. But shortly after, he disappears, and his very expensive property is quickly put up for sale. Curious about what has happened to the man, Deena digs into his disappearance and finds a family legacy at risk. What starts out as a bit of curious snooping, turns into a deadly game of illegal land grabs and property redevelopment in poor and rural communities with dark and powerful forces at work. Without realising it, Deena finds herself caught up in a nightmarish scheme that threatens her community and her family. She’ll need help and finds it in a close but unlikely source because she knows she must do whatever it takes to stop the sinister forces at play before she becomes their next target.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $42.95

Death in the Air
Murali, Ram
Murder. It’s terrible for your karma. Even worse for your holiday.
Welcome to Samsara, a world-class spa nestled in the Indian Himalayas, where all your wishes are only a gilded notecard away. Ro Krishna has just checked in. With his rakish charm, Oxford education, and perfect hair, he had it all – well, until he left his job under mysterious circumstances. It was super hectic, and Ro decides it’s time for some much-needed R&R. At Samsara, he’s free to explore the innumerable yoga classes, wellness treatments and guided meditation sessions on offer alongside the rest of the exclusive hotel’s guests. Until one of the guests – gorgeous, charismatic, well connected, like most of them – is found dead. As everyone scrambles to figure out what happened, Ro is pulled into an investigation that endangers them all and threatens to spiral beyond the hotel walls. Because it turns out it’s not just heiresses and Bollywood stars-to-be that have checked in: cocktail hour is over, and death is on the prowl… Bursting with wit, glamour, and smarts, Death in the Air is a murder mystery like no other: at once a love letter to Agatha Christie and a razor-sharp exploration of colonialism and class.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

SS Murder (American Mystery Classics)
Patrick, Q
Cub reporter Mary Llewellyn is on a soothing sea cruise to help her recover after a minor operation. Her fellow passengers are pleasant enough, gathering to play a friendly game of bridge to pass the time. But the game turns considerably less so when a wealthy businessman samples a cocktail – and ends up dead at the table. The news that someone, on board, dumped a fatal dose of strychnine into the man’s drink sends a ripple of panic through the voyagers. All too soon, it becomes clear that the murder was not an isolated incident when another passenger is shoved overboard during a storm. Determined to stop a murderer, Mary decides to do some snooping above and below deck to get to the truth. If she doesn’t figure out the mystery of the seagoing slayer, she might not make it back to land alive. A traditional mystery set aboard a luxury cruise liner from the Golden Age of nautical travel, SS Murder is a charming whodunit written under a shared pseudonym used by Sweeney Todd author Hugh Wheeler and his lover Ricky Webb.
Classic mystery | HC/TP | $49.95/$28.95

Violent Spring (Ivan Monk mysteries, deluxe edition)
Phillips, Gary
In 1992, Los Angeles burned. In the aftermath of the Rodney King beating and subsequent riots, a ground-breaking ceremony at the infamous intersection of Florence and Normandie unearths the body of a Korean shop owner. Black private eye Ivan Monk searches for the killer – many suspect the motives for the murder were racial. But then another body turns up, and while the FBI and the Rolling Daltons – the largest gang in the city – dog Monk’s trail, Monk begins to question just how many people will be involved, and how many will die before he can find the truth. The mystery that launched Gary Phillips’ career: Black private eye Ivan Monk investigates the murder of a Korean shop owner in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. This reissued edition features an introduction by Walter Mosley.
Mystery (reissue) | TP | $35.00

Mr Campion’s Memory (Albert Campion mysteries)
Ripley, Mike
London, 1972. Albert Campion’s nephew Christopher, an aspiring public relations guru, needs his uncle’s help with a client. Construction magnate Sir Lachlan McIntyre enjoyed a meteoric rise after the Second World War and is in line for a life peerage, but his reputation is in jeopardy as he becomes the prime suspect for a murder. Journalist David Duffy was curiously more interested in McIntyre’s youthful years before the war than his rags-to-riches story. Not long after the pair exchanged verbal blows, Duffy was shot dead in his car close to the M1 motorway and McIntyre’s home. Why was Campion’s name included on a list discovered in Duffy’s notebook under the heading 1932? What happened 40 years ago, and could it be linked to Duffy’s death? Campion must dig deep into his memory to get to the bottom of the mystery, but can he prove McIntyre’s innocence, or is he just digging himself into trouble?
Mystery | TP | $42.95

The Bell in the Fog (Evander Mills mysteries)
Rosen, Lev A C
San Francisco, 1952. Detective Evander ‘Andy’ Mills has started a new life for himself as a private detective – but his business hasn’t exactly taken off. It turns out that word spreads fast when you have a bad reputation, and no one in the queer community trusts him enough to ask an ex-cop for help. When James, an old flame from the war who had mysteriously disappeared, arrives in his offices above the Ruby, Andy wants to kick him out. But the job seems to be a simple case of blackmail, and Andy’s debts are piling up. He agrees to investigate, despite everything it stirs up. The case will take him back to the shadowy, closeted world of the Navy, and then out into the gay bars of the city, where the past rises up to meet him, like the swell of the ocean under a warship. Missing people, violent strangers, and scandalous photos that could destroy lives are a whirlpool around him, and Andy better make sense of it all before someone pulls him under for good. A dazzling historical mystery by Lev A C Rosen, asks – once you have finally found a family, how far would you go to prove yourself to them? The sequel to Lavender House (TP, $39.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $39.95

Lake County
Roy, Lori
Desperate to break free of small-town Florida, Addie Anne Buckley dreams of following in the path of her glamorous aunt Jean – known to the world as Marilyn Monroe. When Aunt Jean plans a trip to Hollywood for Addie’s 18th birthday, Addie sees her chance to escape. One thing stands in her way: her boyfriend. Truitt Holt is Addie’s first and only love and will be joining her in California. But days before Addie’s due to leave, Truitt does an about face, and gives her a painful ultimatum: stay and marry him, or they’re through. Addie chooses her dream. Hurt and angry, Truitt unwittingly exposes the illegal bolita game he’s been running, in mob territory. Now, the Tampa Mafia is after him, and he has until midnight to cut a deal that will save his life and Addie’s. What he doesn’t know… his trouble with the mob has already found Addie and her family. She’s already in a fight for her life. Set in the 1950s, this thriller by Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, tying her fate to a dreamy teenager, whose boyfriend runs afoul of the mob.
Historical mystery/suspense | TP | $37.95

Judgement Prey (Lucas Davenport & Virgil Flowers (Prey) series)
Sandford, John
Alex Sand was spending the evening at home playing basketball with his two young sons when all three were shot in cold blood. A wealthy federal judge, there’s no short list of people who could have a vendetta against Sands, but the gruesome murders, especially that of his children, turn their St Paul community on its head. Sand was on the verge of a major donation to a local housing charity, Heart/Twin Cities, and with the money in limbo, eyes suddenly turn to his grieving widow, Margaret Cooper, to see what she might do with the money. Margaret, distraught over the death of her family, struggles to move forward, and can’t imagine how or why anyone would target her husband. With public pressure mounting and both the local police force and FBI hitting dead end after dead end, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are called in to do what others could not: find answers. With each potential lead flawed, Davenport and Flowers are determined to chase every theory until they figure out who killed the Sands. But when they find themselves being stonewalled by the most unlikely of forces, the two wonder if perhaps each misdirection could lead them closer to the truth.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

The Conditions of Unconditional Love (Isabel Dalhousie mysteries)
Smith, Alexander McCall
It seems as if Isabel’s life has fallen into a comfortable and tidy rhythm. Well, as tidy as things can be, with two small boys wreaking havoc around the house. But when her husband, Jamie, invites a woman named Dawn – recently embroiled in a contentious affair with a member of Jamie’s orchestra – to stay with them, things begin to go awry. Strange noises can be heard from the upper floor, even when Dawn is supposedly at work, and the couple wonders whether something more nefarious may be afoot. If that weren’t enough, Professor Robert Lettuce is staging an academic conference and has asked Isabel to publish the conference papers, in a special issue of the Review of Applied Ethics. But something is definitely suspect about the funding, and it will be up to Isabel to sort it out. As the truth comes to light, Isabel must, once more, rely on her kindness, powers of deduction, and philosophical expertise to navigate these sensitive matters.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Trial
Spain, Jo
2014, Dublin. At St Edmunds, an elite college on the outskirts of the city, 20-year-old medical student Theo gets up one morning, leaving behind his sleeping girlfriend, Dani, and his studies – never to be seen again. With too many unanswered questions, Dani simply can’t accept Theo’s disappearance and reports him missing, even though no one else seems concerned, including Theo’s father.
Ten years later, Dani returns to the college as a history professor. With her mother suffering from severe dementia, and her past at St Edmunds still haunting her, she’s trying for a new start. But not all is as it seems behind the cloistered college walls – meanwhile, Dani is hiding secrets of her own.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $34.99

Everyone On This Train is a Suspect (Ernest Cunningham mysteries)
Stevenson, Benjamin
Six writers. Five detectives. Four days. Three weapons. Two murders. One train…
When the Australian Mystery Writers’ Society invited me to their crime-writing festival aboard the Ghan, the famous train between Darwin and Adelaide, I was hoping for some inspiration for my second book. Fiction, this time: I needed a break from real people killing each other. Obviously, that didn’t pan out. The program is a who’s who of crime-writing royalty: the debut writer (me!); the forensic science writer; the blockbuster writer; the legal thriller writer; the literary writer; and the psychological suspense writer. But when one of us is murdered, six authors quickly turn into five detectives. Together, we should know how to solve a crime. Or commit one. How can you find a killer, when all the suspects know how to get away with murder? Ernest Cunningham returns in a deliciously-witty, locked-room (train) mystery. The follow-up to the hilarious, ingenious Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone (PBK, $22.99). Now in paperback. Recommended.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

Double Proof
Stewart, Martin
1964. A hoard of the finest Scotch whisky ever made – the legendary Dalziel Double Proof – goes missing.
2023. Albie, youngest son of the wealthy Dalziel family, vanishes. His desperate mother turns to Robbie Gould, a disgraced reporter with a reputation as a ‘psychic crime buster’. Broke and unemployed, Gould is in no position to turn down the job. He throws himself into a twisted chain of criminals, bent cops, and Japanese gangsters; but when someone fires a shotgun through his door, he realises he doesn’t need supernatural powers to see how deadly the situation has become.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Old Bank House (Barsetshire series)
Thirkell, Angela
Edgewood Rectory may be set in an ancient landscape, but the Grantly family are very much of their time. Caught up in the uncertain world that has emerged since the outbreak of peace, the Rector and Mrs Grantly are bewildered by the challenges facing their eldest children: Eleanor, longing for more excitement than can be found in the Red Cross Library; and Tom, struggling to readjust to student life at Oxford after his military service. When their elderly neighbour Miss Sowerby sells her beloved Old Bank House to self-made MP Sam Adams, the one-time outsider finds himself at the heart of Barsetshire society. And while Sam may dismiss her advice that the house needs a mistress, even a contented widower can be surprised by love.
Historical fiction (reissue) | PBK | $24.99

D is for Death (Dora Wildwood mysteries)
Townson, Harriet F
Meet Dora Wildwood: runaway bride, book lover, and aspiring detective! Likes: solving crimes, peppermint creams, trousers and her own independence. Dislikes: cracked book spines, tyrannical behaviour, beetroot.
1935. Dora’s on the first train to London, having smuggled herself out of the house in the middle of the night to escape her impending marriage. But unluckily for her, Dora’s fiancé is more persistent than most and follows. As Dora alights at Paddington station, she is immediately forced to run from the loathsome Charles Silk-Butters. She ducks into the London Library to hide. It is there – surrounded by books, where she should feel most safe – that Dora Wildwood stumbles across her first dead body. Having been thrown into the middle of a murder scene, it’s now impossible to walk away. Indeed, Dora’s certain she will prove an invaluable help to the gruff Detective Inspector Fox who swiftly arrives on the scene. For as everyone knows, it’s the woman in the room who always sees more than anyone else: and no one more so than Dora, herself…
D is for Death heralds the launch of a brilliant historical crime series that marries the quality of Dorothy L Sayers with the ingenuity of Janice Hallett – and in Dora Wildwood introduces a character with the spark and gusto of Enola Holmes, and the detective skill of Miss Marple. It is the debut crime novel from bestselling author Harriet Evans, writing as Harriet F Townson.
Historical mystery | TP | $34.99

Revenge of the Stormbringer (Sister Fidelma mysteries)
Tremayne, Peter
Summer, AD 672. Princess Gelgeis has arrived in Cashel with her personal bodyguard, a troop of female warriors called the Daughters of the Storm. When one of them is found slain next to the sleeping chamber of the newly-married king and queen and, a short time later, the stewardess of the royal house is poisoned, questions are raised as to everyone’s safety… Fidelma and Eadulf must first explain the ‘locked room’ mystery of how the attack took place in King Colgu’s specially-built secure apartment. Then they must interrogate the growing list of suspects – even Enda, the commander of the household guard, who had formed a romantic attachment to the murdered attendant, cannot be ignored… As the fair being held to celebrate the king and queen’s wedding approaches, tensions mount and Fidelma must work quickly to expose a ruthless killer before it is too late… The latest in Peter Tremayne’s long-standing and much-loved series, featuring seventh-century Irish super-sleuth Sister Fidelma.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Greene Murder Case (American Mystery Classics)
Van Dine, S S
A dark cloud has descended upon the elegant mansion of Jazz Age New York’s illustrious Greene family as, one by one, the heirs to the fortune die off under mysterious circumstances. It begins when an intruder shoots two daughters, leaving one dead. Soon after, another heir is shot dead in similar circumstances. Do the footprints in the snow belong to the killer, or were they left as a red herring? And will the authorities on the case find the answer before more family members die off? Philo Vance, monocled New York bon vivant and part-time super-sleuth, is on the case, but it will take all of his deductive powers and cultural knowledge to reveal the culprit. Along the way, he – and the reader – will consult detailed floor plans, fairly-clued testimonies, and the obscure, yet illuminating, texts discovered in the Greene home’s secret criminology library. All of the evidence in the case is present in the text, but only the most astute armchair sleuths will be able to solve the crime before Vance delivers his brilliant solution. S S Van Dine’s Vance novels were a crime fiction sensation. Major bestsellers in their time, the books went on to shape generations of mystery writers working in their shadow. The Greene Murder Case is the third chronicle in the saga of the iconic detective and remains, to this day, one of the most celebrated entries in the series.
Classic mystery | HC/TP | $55.00/$35.95

Every Contact Leaves a Trace (My Life as a Crime Scenes Investigator)
Ward, Jo
I work with the murdered dead. My job isn’t like other people’s. I make my way to the scene of a crime, usually an ordinary home or an unexceptional street. I pull on my protective gloves, mask and gather everything I need. I meet the corpse. Maybe, she’s on the living room floor, a knife slash to her neck. Or he might be face down in the gutter, bullet holes piercing the back of his jacket. Perhaps, the body is so small, tucked into the corner of a blood-stained crib that I don’t see it, at first. However they died, my first encounter with the dead is always the same. As I snap on my latex gloves, I look at their face. ‘I’m going to gather evidence from you,’ I tell them. ‘I’m sorry, I’ll be as gentle as I can.’ And, then? Well, then I get to work. Every contact with crime leaves a trace. Every crime has an impact on me, too. This is my life in crime scene investigation.
True crime/Science | TP | $24.99

Nothing Left to Fear from Hell (Darkland Tales)
Warner, Alan
A battle lost. A daring escape. A long walk into obscurity. The ultimate failure…
In the aftermath of the disastrous Battle of Culloden, a lonely figure takes flight with a small band of companions through the islands and mountains of the Hebrides. His name is Charles Edward Stuart: better known today as Bonnie Prince Charlie. He had come to the country to take the throne. Now, he is leaving in exile and abject defeat.
In prose that is, by turns, poetic, comic, macabre, haunting, and humane, multi-award-winning author Alan Warner traces the frantic last journey through Scotland of a man who history will come to define for his failure.
Historical suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Isolated Séance (Irregular Detective mysteries)
Westerson, Jeri
Sherlock Holmes’ protégés Tim Badger and Benjamin Watson are catapulted into a tricky first case, when a man is brutally murdered during a séance.
London, 1895. Former Baker Street Irregular Tim Badger is determined to follow in the footsteps of his great mentor, Sherlock Holmes, by opening his own consulting detective agency with his partner, Benjamin Watson. The intrepid duo are ready to make a name for themselves… if only they had clients! Their luck changes when Sherlock recommends his protégés to Thomas Brent. Brent is eager to find out who killed his master, Horace Quinn, during a séance at Quinn’s house. What was Quinn desperately trying to find out from his deceased business partner, Stephen Latimer, before he was stabbed through the heart? It seems that everyone in Quinn’s household had a reason to want him dead. Can Tim and Benjamin step out of Sherlock’s shadow to navigate dark secrets and unexpected dangers in their pursuit of a coldblooded killer? Watch out, Sherlock!
Introducing one-time Baker Street Irregular Timothy Badger and his partner-in-crime Benjamin Watson, two exciting and unconventional young consulting detectives – mentored by the great man, himself – tackling intriguing and unusual cases in Victorian London, with endearing verve and wit. The first in a new series.
Sherlockiana | TP | $42.95

One of Our Kind
Yoon, Nicola
When Jasmyn Williams and her husband King realise they’re expecting their second child, they decide to move to the town of Liberty, California hoping to find a community of like-minded people, where their growing family can thrive in a majority-Black environment. King settles in, at once, embracing the Liberty ethos, including the luxe wellness centre at the top of the hill which proves to be the heart of the community. But Jasmyn struggles to find her place. She expected to find liberals and social justice activists striving for racial equality, but Liberty residents seem more focused on booking spa treatments and ignoring the world’s troubles. Then, as Jasmyn gets further into her pregnancy, she discovers a terrible secret that turns her frustration to dread. A secret that could threaten the safety of not only her family, but everything she believes in… Get Out meets The Stepford Wives in Nicola Yoon’s first adult novel.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

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