Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: October 2018


The Spotted Dog (Corinna Chapman 07)
Kerry Greenwood
Intrepid baker and erstwhile investigator Corinna Chapman returns triumphantly in her first adventure in seven years. When a distraught Scottish veteran from Afghanistan is knocked unconscious, waking up to find his beloved ex-service dog missing, Corinna and her lover, Daniel, find themselves inextricably drawn into the machinations of a notorious underworld gang of drug runners. Corinna and Daniel need to pull together all the strings to find the connections between their wandering Scottish veteran, his kidnapped dog, a student dramatic society that’s moved into Corinna’s building, burglaries and the threatening notes that begin to mysteriously appear in Corinna’s apartment. Between her forays into danger, there is still time in Corinna’s life for tender encounters as the delicious aromas of newly baked breads, muffins and treats waft out of Corinna’s bakery, Earthly Delights.
Mystery | TP | $29.99


Excellent Intentions (British Library Crime Classics)
Richard Hull
Another British Library Crime Classic reissue! Great Barwick’s least-popular man is murdered on a train. Twelve jurors sit in court. Four suspects are identified – but which of them is on trial? This novel has all the makings of a classic murder mystery, but with a twist: as Attorney-General Anstruther Blayton leads the court through prosecution and defence, Inspector Fenby carries out his investigation. All this occurs while the identity of the figure in the dock is kept tantalisingly out of reach. Excellent Intentions is a classic crime novel laced with irreverent wit, first published in 1938.
Classic mystery | TP | $24.95


How the Finch Stole Christmas (Meg Langslow 22)
Donna Andrews
Meg’s husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast – including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager. When a famous, although slightly over-the-hill, actor comes to town to play the starring role of Scrooge, no one expects that he’s bringing a lot of baggage and enemies with him. Some of which will prove deadly… Cosy. But a very good quality cosy – with the wit and style that has endeared Andrews to so many over the years.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95


A Snapshot of Murder (Kate Shackleton 07)
Frances Brody
Yorkshire, 1928. Indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton is taking a well-deserved break from her detective work and indulging in her other passion: photography. When her local Photographic Society proposes an outing to the opening of the Brontë Museum, Kate jumps at the chance to visit the setting of Wuthering Heights. But the setting proves to be even more sinister than the dreary classic when a member of their party is found murdered. The event is one of the most popular of the decade, and each of the seven photographers were there to capture the perfect shot of a lifetime. But Tobias, the deceased, was known for being loud-mouthed and didn’t care to curb his demeanour. Kate deduces that he must have had several enemies. But soon, she begins to suspect that perhaps the murderer is amongst them. And before they shrink to just a group of five, Kate must pick back up her magnifying glass and sleuthing cap to crack the case in A Snapshot of Murder, Frances Brody’s tenth brilliant Kate Shackleton mystery. The first in the series is Dying in the Wool (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99


Under Attack (Homefront Detective 07)
Edward Marston
June, 1917. While another daylight air raid batters London, the body of respected businessman Gilbert Donohoe is fished from the Thames. Inspector Marmion struggles with the murder case alongside his anxieties for his now-missing son, Paul, but the pressure increases when the Metropolitan Police are the target of a series of vicious press attacks. As Marmion is pilloried in the press, he uncovers a seedy path through London which will lead him towards the killer. Latest from the historical-mystery machine that is Marston – seriously: how does one person manage so prodigious an output?
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99


Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire (Sackwater Mysteries 01)
M R C Kasasian
A new day dawns in Sackwater, not that this sleepy backwater is taking much notice… Inspector Betty Church – one of the few female officers on the force – has arrived from London to fill a vacancy at Sackwater police station. But Betty isn’t new here. This is the place she grew up. The place she thought she’d left behind, for good. Time ticks slowly in Sackwater, and crime is of a decidedly lighter shade. Having solved the case of the missing buttons, Betty’s called to the train station to investigate a missing bench. But though there’s no bench, there is a body. A smartly-dressed man, murdered in broad daylight, with two distinctive puncture wounds in his throat. While the locals gossip about the Suffolk Vampire, Betty Church readies herself to hunt a dangerous killer.
Mystery | TP | $29.99


The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop 06)
Cleo Coyle
Cosy fun. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn’t believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s’ private investigator Jack Shepard. Now, Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful… After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it – literally. First, one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.
Mystery | TP | $21.95


Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers 11)
John Sandford
Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of seven hundred souls, for which the word ‘moribund’ might have been invented. Nothing ever happened there and nothing ever would – until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: ‘I’ll Do What I Can’) and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They’d heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They’d all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that’s only the beginning of their troubles – and Virgil Flowers’ – as they are all about to discover… all too soon.
Thriller | TP | $32.99


In a House of Lies (Rebus 22)
Ian Rankin
Rebus’ retirement is disrupted, once again, when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing over a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car in the East Lothian woods, not far from Edinburgh, quickly turn into a cold case murder investigation. Rebus’ old friend, Siobhan Clarke, is assigned to the case, but neither of them could have predicted what buried secrets the investigation will uncover. Rebus remembers the original case – a shady land deal – all too well. After the investigation stalled, the family of the missing man complained that there was a police cover up. As Clarke and her team investigate the cold case murder, she soon learns a different side of her mentor, a side he would prefer to keep in the past… (as if Rebus’ retirement was gonna be permanent! Pshaw!)
Mystery | TP | $32.99


The Lost Man
Jane Harper
Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle stations in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes four hours’ drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So, the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the station is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all. Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly anticipated next book from the bestselling and award-winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature (PBK, $16.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $32.99