Crime & Mystery Catalogue: April 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in April 2016.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

April 2016 includes new books by: Susan Wittig Albert, John Connolly, Lindsey Davis, Philip Kerr, Laurie R King, Donna Leon, Chris Pavone, Sara Sheridan… and many others.

Breach of Crust (Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries 05)
Adams, Ellery
Ella Mae LeFaye’s delicious pies are still drawing long lines, as well as the attention of Beatrice Burbank, president of the Camellia Club, a philanthropic organisation comprised of high-society Southern ladies from the charming and affluent town of Sweet Briar, Georgia. To ensure the success of their centennial dessert cookbook, Bea hires Ella Mae to teach the tasty tricks of her trade to the club’s members at their annual retreat. Eager to work on new recipes for customers with food allergies and dietary restrictions, Ella Mae readily agrees. But when Ella Mae finds Bea’s body floating in Lake Havenwood, she wonders what she’s gotten herself mixed up in. Someone certainly wanted Bea to eat humble pie, and the retreat offers no shortage of unsavoury characters, including Ella Mae’s long-time nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor. Ella Mae definitely doesn’t need magic to tell her that she must find the killer before someone else gets panned.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Albert, Susan Wittig
It’s Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, and China is planning to visit her mother, Leatha, and her mother’s husband, Sam, who are enthusiastically embarking on a new enterprise – turning their former game ranch into a vacation retreat for birders. She’s also looking forward to catching up with her friend, game warden Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Chambers, who was recently transferred to the area. But Leatha calls with bad news: Sam has had a heart attack. How will Leatha manage if Sam can’t carry his share? She does have a helper, Sue Ellen Krause. But China discovers that Sue Ellen, who is in the process of leaving her marriage to the assistant foreman at a large trophy game ranch, is in some serious trouble. Before Sue Ellen can tell China the full story, her car veers off a deserted road and she is killed… A cosy recommendation!
China Bayles | PBK | $19.95

The Special Dead (Rhona Macleod series)
Anderson, Lin
When Mark is invited back to Leila’s flat and ordered to strip, he thinks he’s about to have the experience of his life. Waking later he finds Leila gone from his side. Keen to leave, he opens the wrong door and finds he’s entered a nightmare; behind the swaying Barbie dolls that hang from the ceiling is the body of the girl he just had sex with. Rhona MacLeod’s forensic investigation of the scene reveals the red plaited silk cord used to hang Leila to be a cingulum, a Wiccan artefact used in sex magick. Sketches of sexual partners hidden in the dolls provide a link to nine powerful men, but who are they? As the investigation continues, it looks increasingly likely that other witches will be targeted too. Working the investigation is the newly-demoted DS Michael McNab, who is keen to stay sober and redeem himself with Rhona, but an encounter with Leila’s colleague and fellow Wiccan Freya Devine threatens his resolve. Soon McNab realises Freya may hold the key to identifying the men linked to the dolls, but the Nine will do anything to keep their identities a secret.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Clue in the Stew (Soup Lover’s Mysteries 05)
Archer, Connie
When Lucky Jamieson opens up By the Spoonful, to host an event with a famous author, she’s not expecting a bunch of nuts to descend on her small-town soup shop. But the author’s exasperating entourage from a prickly publicist to a snippy son and his tipsy wife give fresh meaning to the phrase, too many cooks spoil the broth. The evening is more than spoiled, however, when it ends with a homicide. When the manner of the murder as well as another recent unsolved crime echoes the author’s fiction, Police Chief Nate Edgerton realises he has a copycat killer on his hands. And Lucky hopes that one of her regular customers who has mysteriously gone missing isn’t involved. Once again, the soup shop owner will need to stir up some clues to find her friend and catch a cunning killer before things really take a tureen for the worse…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Far From True (Promise Falls series)
Barclay, Linwood
When private investigator Cal Weaver looks into a break-in at the home of a recently deceased man, he uncovers far more than he is prepared for after he finds a hidden room that was used for salacious activities. Perhaps something illegal… Detective Barry Duckworth is doggedly trying to solve two murders, one of which is three years old. He believes the killings are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound. And the key to his mystery may lie with Cal Weaver’s own case. As the lies begin to unravel, and another murder occurs, Cal and Barry find themselves headed straight into the heart of dark secrets as they uncover more startling truths about Promise Falls…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Dishing the Dirt (Agatha Raisin series)
Beaton, M C
A therapist had moved into the village of Carsely and Agatha Raisin hates her. Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha’s ex-husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha’s slum background. Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so. A resentment is different from a dislike and needs to be shared, so as the friendship between James and Jill grows stronger, the more Agatha does to try to find out all she can about her. When Jill is found strangled to death in her office two days’ later, Agatha finds herself under suspicion – and must fight to clear her name.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts
Benedict, A K
Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell. But surgery has restored her sight – only for her to find she doesn’t want it. Jonathan Dark sees the shadowy side of the city. A DI with the Metropolitan Police, he is haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of stalker. Now, it seems the killer has set his sights on Maria, and is leaving her messages in the most gruesome of ways. Tracing the source of these messages leads Maria and Jonathan to a London they never knew.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Even the Dead (Quirke series)
Black, Benjamin
Perhaps, Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumour. A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating; all that’s needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest. But Quirke, ever intent on finding his place among the living, is not about to retire. One night during a June heat wave, a car crashes into a tree in central Dublin and bursts into flames. The police assume the driver’s death was either an accident or a suicide, but Quirke’s examination of the body leads him to believe otherwise. Then his daughter Phoebe gets a mysterious visit from an acquaintance: the woman, who admits to being pregnant, says she fears for her life, though she won’t say why. When the woman later disappears, Phoebe asks her father for help, and Quirke in turn seeks the assistance of his old friend Inspector Hackett. Before long the two men find themselves untangling a twisted string of events that takes them deep into a shadowy world where one of the city’s most powerful men uses the cover of politics and religion to make obscene profits.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Molly Murphy Mysteries
Bowen, Rhys
Tell Me, Pretty Maiden, In a Gilded Cage, and The Last Illusion have been reissued – from the fun, mystery series, set in turn-of-the-(last)-century New York, featuring Irish immigrant: Molly Murphy.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99 each

Off the Grid (Joe Pickett series)
Box, C J
Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming’s Red Desert, and in return they’ll make Nate’s criminal record disappear. But they are not what they seem, as Nate’s friend Joe Pickett discovers. They have a much different plan in mind, and it just may be something that takes them all down including Nate and Joe.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Killer Takeout (Key West Food Critic Mysteries 07)
Burdette, Lucy
Every year, Key West’s weeklong Mardi Gras style festival has tourists and locals alike lining up for costumed revelry and delicious eats. Key Zest magazine has assigned Hayley to write a piece on the fest’s grab-and-go food, so she’s planning on hitting up the mobile eateries while checking out the party preparations. Hayley’s office mate, Danielle, recently elected Queen of Fantasy Fest, is also buzzing between festivities and fundraisers. But when a former royal rival gets taken out, Hayley needs to put down her party hat and her pen and figure out who served up a side of murder before Danielle gets crowned a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Braking For Bodies (Cycle Path Mysteries 02)
Brown, Duffy
Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles. But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth, if she wants to clear her friend’s name…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

All Things Cease To Appear
Brundage, Elizabeth
Arriving home to find his wife murdered and their toddler left alone, art history professor George Clare is targeted with suspicion by a relentless police officer as dark community secrets are revealed over a span of decades. Recommended!
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Dangerous To Know (Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series)
Buist, Anne
Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country. A borrowed house on the Great Ocean Road; a low-key research job at a provincial university nearby. But Natalie and trouble have a strange mutual fascination. Her charismatic new boss Frank is friendly, even attractive. But it turns out his pregnant wife is an old enemy of Natalie’s. And when Frank’s tragic personal history is revealed – then reprised, in the most shocking way – Natalie finds herself drawn deep into a mystery. The second in the series, after Medea’s Curse (PBK, $22.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Death in the Tunnel (British Library Crime Classics)
Burton, Miles
On a dark November evening, Sir Wilfred Saxonby is travelling alone – on the five o’clock train, from Cannon Street – in a locked compartment. The train slows and stops inside a tunnel; and by the time it emerges again, minutes later, Sir Wilfred has been shot dead, his heart pierced by a single bullet. Suicide seems to be the answer, even though no reason can be found. Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard thinks again when he learns that a mysterious red light in the tunnel caused the train to slow down. Finding himself stumped by the puzzle, Arnold consults his friend Desmond Merrion, a wealthy amateur expert in criminology. A British Library Crime Classic.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Fat Cat Takes the Cake (Fat Cat Mysteries 03)
Cantrell, Janet
When a former classmate throws a high school reunion, it drums up some not so sweet memories for dessert shop proprietor Chase Oliver and her friend Julie Larson. Back in the day, Ron North had a creepy crush on Julie – and his social graces haven’t exactly improved with age. But is he creepy enough that someone would kill him for it? When Chase’s cat Quincy escapes his harness and leads Chase to Ron’s body, the police wonder who else got away. Now, with Julie suspected, Chase must prove her innocence before the real killer plans another fatal reunion.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Needle and Dread (Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries 11)
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn
Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts. But when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone’s buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose’s project room strangled by a sewing machine power cord it’s up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues before Rose’s reason for living is ripped apart at the seams.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Sherlock Holmes – the Patchwork Devil
Scott, Cavan
It is 1919, and a severed hand has been found on the bank of the Thames, a hand belonging to a soldier who supposedly died in the trenches, two years previously. But the hand is fresh, and shows signs that it was recently amputated. So how has it ended up back in London, two years after its owner was killed in France? Warned by Sherlock’s brother Mycroft to cease their investigation, and only barely surviving an attack by a superhuman creature, Holmes and Watson begin to suspect a conspiracy, at the very heart of the British government…
Sherlockiana | TP | $29.95

The Defence (Eddie Flynn series)
Cavanagh, Steve
Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren’t that different. It’s been over a year, since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But, now, he doesn’t have a choice.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Make Me (Jack Reacher series)
Child, Lee
‘Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?’ That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal. Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang… so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way – right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine. Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Vera Stanhope series
Cleeves, Ann
The first five Vera Stanhope novels – The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices, and The Glass Room – have been reissued in paperback format.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99 each

Fool Me Once
Coben, Harlan
You think you know the truth. The truth is you know nothing. If your husband was murdered, and you were a witness, how do you explain it, when he appears on your nanny cam? You thought you trusted him. Now, you can’t even trust yourself. Dark secrets and a terrifying hunt for the truth lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Moss Hysteria (Flower Shop Mysteries 18)
Collins, Kate
Flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, are ecstatic to finally be moving into their new home, despite the prospect of unpacking a seemingly infinite number of boxes. After all, Brandywine their new subdivision seems like an oasis with its welcoming neighbours and beautifully manicured lawns. But their idyllic community is suddenly uprooted when a body is found floating in a nearby pond. The police think Abby and Marco’s helpful, next-door neighbour is the culprit, but the newlyweds aren’t convinced. Meanwhile, Marco distrusts his mother’s slick new boyfriend, and Abby’s cousin Jillian has agreed to decorate their new home, resulting in comic chaos. Even worse, as Abby and Marco dig through Brandywine’s secrets in search of a killer, they discover that some flowers come from very bad seeds… and danger stalks even the sunniest small-town streets.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Time of Torment (Charlie Parker series)
Connolly, John
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalised. But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade. Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war. Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder. All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.
Mystery/thriller | TP | $29.99

Acts of Violence (Inspector Carlyle series)
Craig, James
Awakening the sleeping dragon… Smooth expat Michael Nicholson is a fixer, getting on by doing favours for the rich and powerful in booming China. When he makes the mistake of getting too close to one of his clients, the wife of a leading Communist Party official, the ageing Lothario fears for his life as a vengeful husband decides to put his house in order. So when a domestic dispute from the other side of the world leads to a shoot out, in a luxury penthouse apartment in Chelsea, an ex-cop called Marvin Taylor is one of the casualties. Inspector John Carlyle is little more than a casual onlooker, until Taylor’s widow turns up, looking for answers. The inspector is drawn into the morass of dealing and double-dealing, much to the dismay of his boss, Carole Simpson, who wants him to focus on Barbara Hutton, a Bloomsbury housewife who may – or may not – be a former German terrorist wanted for a forty-year-old murder…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Samaritan (Carter Blake series 02)
Cross, Mason
When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains, LAPD Detective Jessica Allen knows she’s seen this MO before – two and a half years ago on the other side of the country. The press dubs the killer ‘the Samaritan’, but with no leads and a killer who leaves no traces, the police investigation quickly grinds to a halt. That’s when Carter Blake shows up to volunteer his services. He’s a skilled manhunter, with an uncanny ability to predict the Samaritan’s next moves. The sequel to The Killing Season (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $19.99

Gone Astray (DC Maggie Neville series)
Davies, Michelle
Lesley and her husband Mack are the sudden winners of a £15m EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter Rosie to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives – and friends – as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams. But it soon turns into their darkest nightmare when, one beautiful spring afternoon, Lesley returns to their house to find it empty: their daughter Rosie is gone. DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and Mack, supporting them while quietly trying to investigate the family.
Thriller | TP | $26.99

The Graveyard of the Hesperides (Flavia Albia (Falco the New Generation) series)
Davis, Lindsey
Flavia Albia’s beloved, the plebeian Manlius Faustus, has recently moved in and decided that they should get married in a big, showy ceremony as part of beginning a proper domestic life together. Also, his contracting firm has been renovating a rundown dive bar called The Garden of the Hesperides, only to uncover human remains buried in the backyard.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Murdered Banker
de Angelis, Augusto
A body is discovered in a Milan apartment, and Inspector De Vincenzi investigates. The apartment happens to belong to and old university friend of his, Aurigi. When the body turns out to be that of Aurigi’s banker, and a phial of prussic acid is discovered in the bathroom, suspicion falls on the apartment’s owner, and De Vincenzi is agonisingly torn between his sense of duty and his loyalty to an old comrade… This intensely dramatic mystery from the father of the Italian crime novel, Augusto de Angelis, is the first to feature his most famous creation – Inspector De Vincenzi.
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

A Fever of the Blood (Frey & McGray series)
De Muriel, Oscar
New Year’s Day, 1889. In Edinburgh’s lunatic asylum, a patient escapes – as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are local legend Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey. Before the murder, the suspect was in whispered conversation with a fellow patient – a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won’t she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstitions? Frey and McGray track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill – home of the Lancashire witches – where unimaginable danger awaits.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Protector (William Falkland series)
Deas, S J
Autumn, 1646. The First Civil War is over, and England licks its wounds. But the killing is not yet done. William Falkland, former favourite of King Charles turned reluctant investigator for Oliver Cromwell, seeks his missing family.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Steel Kiss (Lincoln Rhyme series)
Deaver, Jeffery
Smart technology is everywhere. It makes our lives easier, our connections faster and journeys quicker. But in the wrong hands, it can kill… Detective Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a murderer, chasing him through a Brooklyn department store, when her pursuit is fatally interrupted. An escalator gives way, forcing Sachs down into the machinery to help the man trapped in its depths… and enabling the suspect to flee. But was it simply a freak accident? Could the killer’s presence in the store really be a coincidence? As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme realise they are facing one of their most formidable opponents ever. Someone able to turn the most commonplace product into a murder weapon. Someone who can kill by remote control… The paperback edition ($19.99) of the last Kathryn Dance mystery, Solitude Creek, is also available now.
Mystery/thriller | TP | $29.99

An Unhappy Medium (Family Fortune Mysteries 04)
Eastman, Dawn
All of Crystal Haven, Michigan, is psyching up to participate in a Zombie Fun Run organised by Clyde’s nephew Seth, but Clyde is fretful about the undead festivities. For one thing, her sister, Grace, has unexpectedly returned to town after fifteen years. For another, Clyde has the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong… When one of the zombie runners is found murdered and then Grace disappears, Clyde realises her grim premonition is dead on. Now, she and her police detective boyfriend Mac must find a ghoulish murderer before someone points the finger at Grace. And when a tangled web of family secrets and old grudges combines with a mysterious case of stolen diamonds, even someone as quick-witted, as Clyde, might not be able to outrun a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Jane Steele
Faye, Lyndsay
Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors. A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots, whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?
Historical thriller | TP | $29.99

The Letter Writer
Fesperman, Dan
The first thing Woodrow Cain sees, when he steps off the train in New York City on February 9, 1942, is smoke from an ocean liner in flames in the harbor. It’s the Normandie, and word on the street is that it was burned by German saboteurs. Danzinger has the appearance of a crackpot, but he speaks five languages, has the manners of a man of means and education and he appears to be the one person who can help Cain identify a body just found floating in the Hudson River.
Suspense | HC | $49.95

Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop Mysteries 01)
Flower, Amanda
Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Strange Tide (Bryant and May series)
Fowler, Christopher
The Peculiar Crimes Unit faces its most baffling case yet – and if Bryant and May can’t rise to the challenge, the entire unit may go under. Near the Tower of London, along the River Thames, the body of a woman has been discovered chained to a stone post and left to drown. Curiously, only one set of footprints leads to the tragic spot. ‘The Bride in the Tide’, as the London press gleefully dubs her, has the PCU stumped. Why wouldn’t the killer simply dump her body in the river – as so many do? Arthur Bryant wonders if the answer lies in the mythology of the Thames itself. Unfortunately, the normally wobbly funhouse corridors of Bryant’s mind have become, of late, even more labyrinthine. The venerable detective seems to be losing his grip on reality. May fears the worst, as Bryant rapidly descends from merely muddled, to one stop short of Barking – hallucinating that he’s travelled back in time to solve the case. There had better be a method to Bryant’s madness – because, as more bodies are pulled from the river’s depths, his partner and the rest of the PCU find themselves in over their heads. The previous novel, The Burning Man, is now in B-format paperback ($29.99).
Mystery | HC | $59.99

Rest In Peach (Georgia Peach Mysteries 02)
Furlong, Susan
When Vivien Crenshaw, insufferable church organist and despised mother of the town’s spoiled-rotten Peach Queen, is stabbed to death, the police turn to Nola’s friend Ginny, as prime suspect. Apparently, the two had fought over a one-of-a-kind cotillion gown. As Nola steps in to prove Ginny’s innocence she soon finds herself picking through a bushel of suspects, twice as many motives, and at the mercy of a killer – all too keen on killing again.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Mysteries 03)
Gates, Eva
After a party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat and a good book. But her reading is cut short, when she notices a small boat crash into the coast, led by some mysterious lights on the shore. The two shipwrecked seafarers survive the ordeal, but one of them shows up dead ashore a few days later. Lucy finds herself again roped into a murder investigation: navigating a sea of suspects, all of whom have a motive. She has a feeling that finding the killer won’t be easy.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Woman In Blue (Ruth Galloway Mysteries)
Griffiths, Elly
The murder of women priests in the shrine town of Walsingham sucks Dr Ruth Galloway into an unholy investigation. When Ruth’s friend Cathbad sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, in a white gown and blue cloak, in the graveyard next to the cottage he is house-sitting, he takes it in his stride. Walsingham has strong connections to Mary, and Cathbad is a druid after all; visions come with the job. But when the body of a woman in a blue dressing-gown is found dead, the next day, in a nearby ditch, it is clear Cathbad’s vision was all too human, and that a horrible crime has been committed… The paperback edition ($19.99) of the previous Ruth Galloway mystery, The Ghost Fields, is also available now.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Vanished (Konrad Simonsen series)
Hammer, Lotte & Soren
Lying at the bottom of his apartment stairs, a postman is found dead. At first glance, his death appears to be a tragic accident. However, when Detective Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called to investigate, he notices that something doesn’t add up. The previous Konrad Simonsen case, The Girl in the Ice, is available now in paperback ($16.99).
Thriller | TP | $27.99

A Dying Breed
Hanington, Peter
Kabul, Afghanistan. William Carver, a veteran but unpredictable BBC hack, is thrown into the unknown when a bomb goes off killing a local official. Warned off the story from every direction, Carver won’t give in until he finds the truth. Patrick, a young producer, is sent out on his first foreign assignment to control the wayward Carver, but as the story unravels it looks like the real story lies between the shadowy corridors of the BBC, the perilous streets of Kabul and the dark chambers of Whitehall.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Different Class
Harris, Joanne
After thirty years at St Oswald’s Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. But, every so often, there’s a boy who doesn’t fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside. A new broom has arrived, bringing PowerPoint, sharp suits and, even, sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who, even twenty years on, haunts his teacher’s dreams. A boy capable of bad things.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

All Murders Final! (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries 03)
Harris, Sherry
When Sarah Winston started the virtual garage sale, it seemed like a keystroke of genius and the next logical step in her business. No more collapsing card tables and rainy-day washouts. But what began as a fun way to run garage sales during the long New England winter has become a nightmare of managing people and putting out fires. Online, she can avoid the crowds – but not the crazies. She certainly never bargained on dealing with frightening threats. And when a client is murdered, it’s time for Sarah to swallow her pride and seek the help of her ex – C J Hooker, chief of police. Forging a tense alliance, they search – online and off – for the killer. But solving this crime, before someone else gets tagged, seems virtually impossible…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Behind Closed Doors (DCI Louisa Smith series)
Haynes, Elizabeth
Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. Not being able to find Scarlett was one of the biggest regrets of DCI Louisa Smith’s career and, when Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, Lou is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long. Louisa Smith debuts in the superb Under a Silent Moon ($19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dry Bones (Longmire series)
Johnson, Craig
When Jen – the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, ever found – surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire’s jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum – until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny’s family, the tribe, and the federal government. As Wyoming’s Acting Deputy Attorney and a cadre of FBI officers descend on the town, Walt is determined to find out who would benefit from Danny’s death, enlisting old friends Lucian Connolly and Omar Rhoades, along with Dog and best friend Henry Standing Bear, to trawl the vast Lone Elk ranch looking for answers to a sixty-five-million-year-old cold case that’s heating up, fast.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Loving Husband
Kent, Christobel
Fran Hall and her husband, Nathan, live in a rundown farmhouse, on the edge of the Fens, where they recently moved from London with their two young children. One February night Fran awakes to an empty bed and goes searching for her husband. She finds Nathan behind their house, lying face down, in a ditch. The ensuing police investigation soon singles Fran out as the primary suspect, and suspicions mount on the force that she may be hiding something that gives her a motive for murder. But Fran isn’t the only one with something to hide; as her isolation and paranoia increase, the claustrophobic town where her mysterious husband grew up begins to disgorge its secrets, and it becomes increasingly clear that Nathan wasn’t very honest with her about who he was. As police scrutiny intensifies, Fran must delve deep into her husband’s shadowy past in the hopes of clearing her name, and she doesn’t much like what she finds.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Witness
Kernick, Simon
The Witness: When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Taken to an anonymous police safe-house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant with important information about an imminent terrorist attack. The Detective: DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is a man with a controversial past, but his effectiveness at getting results means that he’s now been given the task of preventing the attack from taking place. But can he be trusted, and does he know more about the attack than he’s letting on? The Killer: In the safe-house, Jane is trying to piece together a description of her lover’s killer. But what she doesn’t know is that the killer has already found out who she is, and where she is hiding. And now he’s coming for her…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther series)
Kerr, Philip
It is 1956, on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them, a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig… The latest in this brilliant series, which begins with the omnibus Berlin Noir (PBK, $39.99), does not disappoint!
Noir | TP | $29.99

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (Baby Ganesh Investigations)
Khan, Vaseem
On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries. The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant. As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward, than he thought. This has received great feedback.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Murder of Mary Russell
King, Laurie R
Mary Russell is used to dark secrets – her own, and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person, to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple’s long-time housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson? Russell’s faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives on the doorstep claiming to be Mrs. Hudson’s son. What Samuel Hudson tells Russell cannot possibly be true, yet she believes him – as surely as she believes the threat of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered – a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air – the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara Hudson. Or, rather, to Clarissa, the woman she was… before Baker Street. The key to Russell’s sacrifice lies in Mrs. Hudson’s past. To uncover the truth, a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper’s secrets – to a time before her disguise was assumed, before her crimes were buried away. There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed. And nothing will ever be the same. Recommended!
Sherlockiana | HC | $52.95

Alt. Sherlock Holmes: New Visions of the Great Detective
Koch, Gini, Wyman, James & Mehn, Glen
The Great Detective travels through time, and across continents, to master a set of three new mysteries.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $22.95

The Ice Child (Patrik Hedstrom series)
Läckberg, Camilla
January, Fjallbacka. A semi-naked girl wanders through the woods in freezing cold weather. When she finally reaches the road, a car comes out of nowhere. It doesn’t manage to stop. The victim, a girl who went missing four months ago, has been subjected to unimaginably brutal treatment – and Detective Patrik Hedstrom suspects this is just the start. They soon find out that three girls are missing from nearby towns. The Fjallbacka police have no leads. And when Patrik’s wife stumbles across a link to an old murder case, the detective is forced to see his investigation in a whole new light.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

World Gone By
Lehane, Dennis
Late spring, 1943. The world is at war, but the American mob is in its heyday. Former crime boss Joe Coughlin now works as a consigliere to the infamous Bartolo Crime Family, effortlessly handling its interests in Tampa, Boston, and Cuba. In the decade since he lost his wife in a cascade of bullets, Joe has made a home for himself and his son, and once again forged everything out of nothing: money, power, a relationship with a beautiful woman, and a privileged place in Tampa’s shadowy underworld. But a rumour surfaces that someone wants Joe dead. Recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Waters of Eternal Youth (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal, late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown. She survived, thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her unable to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal, but the following day he couldn’t remember a thing. Now, at a fundraising dinner for a Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patroness – the girl’s grandmother – asks Brunetti if he will investigate. Brunetti’s not sure what to do. If a crime was committed, the criminal surely would be protected by the statute of limitations. But out of a mixture of curiosity, pity, and a willingness to fulfil the wishes of a guilt-wracked, older woman, Brunetti agrees. Brunetti soon finds himself unable to let the case rest, if indeed there is a case.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Mystery of Stowe (The Detective Club)
Loder, Vernon
When a guest at Stowe House is found dead, killed by a lethal dart, suspicion naturally falls on the resident collector of poisoned weapons from tribes in South America. With the entire house party as potential suspects, what part did the woman explorer play in this sinister tragedy? First published in 1928, this is the latest from the Collins’ archives.
Classic mystery | HC | $24.99

The Madwoman Upstairs
Lowell, Catherine
Think you know Charlotte, Emily and Anne? Think again. Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the illustrious Brontë family. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to Samantha to piece together the mysterious family inheritance lurking somewhere in her past – yet, the only clues she has at her disposal are the Brontës’ own novels. With the aid of her handsome but inscrutable Oxford tutor, Samantha must re-purpose the tools of literature to unearth an untold family legacy, and in the process, finds herself face to face with what may be literature’s greatest secret.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Narrowing the Field (Duncan Claymore series)
McCoy, A P
Everything seems to be going right for brilliant young jockey Duncan Claymore. A career on the up, a beautiful wife, and all the trappings of wealth. But Duncan is haunted by the death of one of his arch-rivals. He may not have pulled the trigger, but he still has blood on his hands. As Duncan struggles to keep his focus on the job, Michelle O’Brien – a friend and talented fellow jockey – is killed and Duncan knows this was far from a tragic accident. He’s never liked William Osborne, but now he will stop at nothing to avenge Michelle’s death. With Duncan’s seemingly perfect world starting to come apart at the seams, can he balance his desire for victory on the field with his desire to see justice served?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Savage Hunger (Paula Maguire series)
McGowan, Claire
Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age. Reason for investigation: Missing person. ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin. Alice Morgan’s disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic – the bones of a saint – and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar. With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth. A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mysteries 08)
McKinlay, Jenn
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger especially one as brash as Holly. But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Turning Tide
Magnanti, Brooke
Erykah Macdonald has a nice life – the kind of life you’re meant to want. But on her twentieth wedding anniversary, she’s about to cross a line. Several hundred miles away in the shallow waters of a Hebridean island, a body is found. It’s been in the water long enough to make identification tricky, but it’s clear this is no accidental death. Erykah knows she’s about to make a choice you can’t reverse – but she’s lived with secrets most of her life – she thinks she’s ready. The trouble is, there are far worse secrets than her own about to emerge.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Blood Sisters (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
Five years ago, a well-to-do family from northeast Cork disappeared without trace. Now their mutilated bodies have surfaced in a nearby peat bog, perfectly preserved right down to the smallest smashed fingernail. Katie Maguire suspects the family were victims of a blood feud between two of Cork’s most violent gangs. As she investigates, their bitter rivalry flares up once more – and, this time, it is Katie who is danger.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Farmed and Dangerous (Local Foods Mysteries 03)
Maxwell, Edith
Cam is finding the New Year just as hectic as the old one. Her sometimes rocky relationship with Chef Jake Ericsson is in a deep freeze, she’s struggling to provide the promised amount of food to the subscribers in her first winter CSA, and her new greenhouse might just collapse from the weight of the snow. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at the local assisted living facility seems like the least of her worries – until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce. Cantankerous Bev Montgomery had a lot of enemies, from an unscrupulous real estate developer who coveted her land to an aggrieved care provider fed up with her verbal abuse. But while the motives in this case may be plentiful, the trail of poisoned produce leads straight back to Cam. Not even her budding romance with police detective Pete Pappas will keep him from investigating her. As the suspects gather, a blizzard buries the scene of the crime under a blanket of snow, leaving Cam stranded in the dark with a killer who gives new meaning to the phrase ‘dead of winter’.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Fire Damage (Jessie Flynn Investigations 01)
Medina, Kate
‘The girl knows,’ he whispered… Four-year-old Sami is deeply traumatised, and it’s up to psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn to unlock his terrifying memories. She needs to find out who ‘the girl’ is – but nothing can prepare her for the truth about what haunts him. Meanwhile, Jessie’s former patient, Captain Ben Callan, is investigating the suspicious death of an officer in Afghanistan – the problem is the only suspect refuses to talk. When a dead body washes up on a Sussex beach, Jessie and Ben’s cases converge.
Mystery/thriller | TP | $29.99

And Sometimes I Wonder About You (Leonid McGill series)
Mosley, Walter
PI Leonid McGill isn’t usually one to refuse a case. But when Hiram Stent, a man down on his luck, begs him to find a cousin who is about to inherit millions of dollars, he senses something fishy. His instincts prove right: The night after he turns Hiram away, Hiram is found dead and Leonid’s office is broken into. Feeling partly responsible for this bizarre turn of events, Leonid is forced to open an investigation that will pull him into the lurid history of an old-money New York family. Leonid’s personal life is no less troubling. As his wife recovers in an uptown sanatorium from a suicide attempt, his mistress’s conscience kicks in. To further complicate matters, the stunning Marella Herzog – as irresistible, as she is dangerous – walks into his life… the perfect, wrong woman, at just the right time.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Bull Mountain
Panowich, Brian
Clayton Burroughs is the Sheriff of Bull Mountain and the black sheep of the brutal and blood-steeped Burroughs clan. In the forties and fifties, the family ran moonshine over six state lines. In the sixties and seventies, they farmed the largest above-ground marijuana crop on the East Coast, and now they are the dominant suppliers of methamphetamine in the Southern states. An uneasy pact exists between the law man and his folk, but when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shows up in Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down Bull Mountain, his agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and set Clayton on a path to self-destruction. ‘This first novel has it all: moonshine, mary-jane and mayhem.’ – James Ellroy.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Travelers
Pavone, Chris
Will Rhodes is an award-winning correspondent for The Travelers, on assignment at a luxury Argentinian resort – fine wines and gourmet food, polo fields and the looming Andes. But Will’s life is about to be turned upside down when a new flirtation turns into something far more dangerous, and he only realises too late. Turns out he’s been targeted; he just doesn’t know why. Another captivatingly sly thriller from Pavone – recommended.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Sword of Justice (Bäckström series)
Persson, Leif G W
When gangster lawyer Thomas Eriksson, renowned defender of the guilty, is found brutally murdered in his own home, the police face a rare problem. Finding a suspect isn’t difficult, but narrowing down the long list of people, who wanted Eriksson dead, might be… High on the list is the celebrated Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström, in charge of the investigation. Unfortunately for him a high profile case really gets in the way of his routine, namely avoiding the office, keeping work to a minimum and steering well clear of his inept colleagues – aside from the attractive ones, of course. Luckily, by virtue of his questionable contacts, Bäckström has an unequalled skill for having the guilty handed to him on a plate. All he has to do is break every rule in the book – and receive a healthy wad of cash for his trouble. But, this time, he’s in for a surprise because even Bäckström couldn’t have predicted where this trail would lead, or how far from comfortable he might be at its end.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Little Apple
Perutz, Leo
Officer Georg Vittorin is consumed by murderous thoughts. Returning home to Vienna in 1918, after three years in a Russian Prisoner of War camp, all he can do is daydream of taking revenge on Captain Selyukov, the loathsome officer who offended his honour. But as Vittorin plans his retribution, fate will have its own agenda, leading him on a wild and wintry goose chase across revolutionary Russia and halfway around Europe; via Constantinople’s underworld, a Bolshevik prison, and death’s door.
Suspense | PBK | $16.99

13 Minutes
Pinborough, Sarah
‘I was dead for 13 minutes. I don’t remember how I ended up in the icy water, but I do know this – it wasn’t an accident and I wasn’t suicidal. They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I’m sure of it. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me. Does it?’
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Lie In Wait
Rickstad, Eric
Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present. In the remote, pastoral town of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens. So, when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered, while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl’s murder and the divisive case must be linked.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Devoted In Death (In Death/Eve & Roarke series)
Robb, J D
It’s a new year in New York city, and two star-crossed lovers have just discovered an insatiable appetite… for murder. Lieutenant Eve Dallas has witnessed some grisly crimes in her career and she knows just how dark things can get on the streets. But when a much-loved musician is found dead, Eve soon realises that his murder is part of a horrifying killing spree, stretching right across the country. Now the killers have reached New York, and they’ve found themselves another victim. Eve knows she only has a couple of days to save a young girl’s life, and to stop the killers before their sadistic games escalate. Eve’s husband Roarke is ready to put his brains and his considerable resources behind the search. But even as the couple works closely together, time is running out…
Romantic suspense | PBK | $19.99

In Place of Death (Tony Winter series)
Robertson, Craig
A young man enters the culverted remains of an ancient Glasgow stream, looking for thrills. Deep below the city, it is decaying and claustrophobic and gets more so with every step. As the ceiling lowers to no more than a couple of feet above the ground, the man finds his path blocked by another person. Someone with his throat cut. As DS Rachel Narey leads the official investigation, photographer Tony Winter follows a lead of his own, through the shadowy world of urbexers, people who pursue a dangerous and illegal hobby, a world that Winter knows more about than he lets on. And it soon becomes clear that the murderer has killed before, and has no qualms about doing so again.
Mystery | PBK | $1.99

Calamity In Kent (British Library Crime Classics)
Rowland, John
In the peaceful seaside town of Broadgate, an impossible crime occurs. The operator of the cliff railway locks the empty carriage, one evening; when he returns to work next morning, a dead body is locked inside – a man who has been stabbed in the back. Jimmy London, a newspaper reporter, is first on the scene. He is quick on the trail for clues – and agrees to pool his knowledge with Inspector Shelley of Scotland Yard, who is holidaying in the area. A British Library Crime Classic.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Gathering Prey (Lucas Davenport series)
Sandford, John
The following Lucas Davenport adventure, Extreme Prey, is now also out in hardcover ($49.99).
Thriller | PBK | $22.95

All Their Minds In Tandem
Sanger, David
The setting is October 1879. The stage is New Georgetown, West Virginia. A mysterious figure by the name of ‘The Maker’ has entered this small community and, almost immediately upon doing so, started entering the minds of the townsfolk. Townsfolk who are as curious as The Maker himself. Like Dr Umbrund, the pint-sized physician with a prodigious capacity for sin; like the three sisters in the house on the hill – one stern, one wild, one mysterious; like the tavern’s semi-mythical siren, ‘The Bird’, who plays spellbinding music from behind a black velvet curtain, and whom no patron has ever laid eyes on; like Odell, a youth with dreams and ambitions that his craven disposition will forever prevent him from seizing; and who has spent the entirety of his erstwhile existence under the crushing heel of Clay, New Georgetown’s lead cad and chief alpha male. As we enter these characters’ lives, and lightly tread our way through their brains, their bedrooms, their backstories and beyond, we will see what it is they all hope for and hide – and learn just why The Maker has chosen to meet them.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Cambodia Noir
Seeley, Nicholas
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: the end of the line. Lawless, drug-soaked, forgotten – it’s where bad journalists go to die. For once-great war photographer Will Keller, that’s kind of a mission statement. But Will’s spiral toward oblivion is interrupted by Kara Saito, a beautiful young woman who shows up and begs Will to help find her sister, June, who disappeared during a stint as an intern at the local paper.
Noir | TP | $32.99

Operation Goodwood (Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries)
Sheridan, Sara
WWII is over but Mirabelle’s time in the backrooms of Whitehall has made her the most stylish sleuth in Brighton. 1955. When Mirabelle Bevan is rescued from a fire at her home on the Brighton seafront she’s lucky to escape unharmed – but the blaze takes the life of her neighbour, Dougie Beaumont, a dashing and successful racing driver living in the flat above. It soon becomes clear that this was arson, raising questions about the young man’s death that Mirabelle can’t resist investigating further. With her curiosity piqued and on the trail of a potential killer she finds herself taking on the mysterious world of Fleet Street with its long lunches and dodgy deals, as well as the glamorous motor racing world at Goodwood… This great series begins with Brighton Belle (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Fifth Heart
Simmons, Dan
In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together, to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams – a member of the family that has given the United States two Presidents. Quickly, the investigators deduce that there’s more to Clover’s death than meets the eye – with issues of national importance at stake.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Ten Days
Slovo, Gillian
‘Lives are ruined and careers are made, when small misjudgements have profound effects on frustrated communities and damaged individuals, in this House of Cards meets Homeland thriller.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Silence of the Lamps (Caprice De Luca Mysteries 05)
Smith, Karen Rose
Caprice’s house staging is disrupted by Drew Pierson, a caterer who opened Portable Edibles, a business in direct competition with her sister Nikki’s Catered Capers. Nikki turned down Drew as a possible partner and he seems determined to undermine and bury her. However, his successful launch of a deal for his blackberry, barbecue sauce must have stirred up his enemies. When Nikki visits the house where Drew lives with his grandmother to resolve differences, she and Caprice find him dead – murdered with the base of a valuable Tiffany lamp…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Crow Girl
Sund, Erik Axl
‘It starts with just one body – tortured, mummified and then discarded. Its discovery reveals a nightmare world of hidden lives. Of lost identities, secret rituals and brutal exploitation, where nobody can be trusted. This is the darkest, most complex case, the police have ever seen.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Swierczyski, Duane
Honours student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police, while doing a favour for her boyfriend. Unwilling to betray him, but desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie has no choice but to become a ‘CI’ – a confidential informant.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Ashes of London
Taylor, Andrew
London, September 1666: the Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St Paul’s is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer, and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St Paul’s, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man’s body has been mutilated and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Under orders from the government, Marwood is tasked with hunting down the killer across the devastated city.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Todd, Charles
An explosion and fire at the Ashton Gunpowder Mill in Kent has killed over a hundred men. It’s called an appalling tragedy – until suspicion and rumour raise the spectre of murder. While visiting the Ashton family, Bess Crawford finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn’t stop with Philip Ashton’s arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege. The only known witness to the tragedy is now at the Front in France. Bess is asked to find him. When she does, he refuses to tell her anything that will help the Ashtons. Realising that he believes the tissue of lies that has nearly destroyed a family, Bess must convince him to tell her what really happened that terrible Sunday morning. But now someone else is also searching for this man. To end the vicious persecution of the Ashtons, Bess must risk her own life, to protect her reluctant witness from a clever killer, intent on preventing either of them from ever reaching England.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Drawing Dead (Cross series)
Vachss, Andrew
As Cross catches the scent of a far-reaching conspiracy, he realises that it all connects to an unexplained event in his past: a massacre from which he emerged inexplicably unscathed, save for the blue mark on his face that pulses, when danger is near. That scar has been throbbing more frequently, of late… If he’s reading the signs accurately, Cross might find himself again facing a terrible menace that is not altogether human.
Thriller | TP | $29.95

A Woman Much Missed
Varesi, Valerio
A few days before Christmas, with Parma gripped by frost and fog, Ghitta Tagliavini, the elderly owner of a guesthouse in the old town centre, is found murdered in her apartment. The case is assigned to Commissario Soneri, but the investigation holds a painful, personal element that sends waves of nostalgia sweeping through him. Tagliavini’s guesthouse is where Soneri met his late wife Ada, and where the young couple spent unforgettable hours in each other’s company.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Thieves Fall Out
Vidal, Gore
Hired to smuggle an ancient artefact out of Egypt, Pete Wells finds himself the target of killers and femme fatales – and just one step away from triggering a revolution that will set Cairo aflame! The latest from Hard Case Crime.
Hardboiled | PBK | $22.95

The Terror (The Detective Club)
Wallace, Edgar
A dangerous gang of criminals is imprisoned after a daring robbery, although the ringleader who masterminded the crime disappears with the loot. Finally released after ten years behind bars, they are out for vengeance on the man who betrayed them, and the trail leads to a lonely house haunted by organ music and the spectre of a hooded figure who prowls its dark corridors. Another release from the Collins’ crime archives.
Classic mystery | HC | $29.99

May Day Murder (Whitstable Pearl Mysteries)
Wassmer, Julie
It’s springtime and Whitstable is emerging from hibernation. While neither the restaurant nor detective agency is too busy, Pearl resolves to spend some time at the family allotment. But her best friend, Nathan, has persuaded one of his favourite actresses to open the May Day festivities at Whitstable Castle and involves Pearl in his plans. Like Pearl, Faye Marlowe is a Whitstable native – but, having left the town more than two decades ago, the star has been living in the South of France, since her agent’s phone stopped ringing. Nathan soon realises he has made a mistake with this invitation and his doubts are confirmed, when Faye is nowhere to be found on the morning of May Day. And as ‘Jack in the Green’ puts on his impressive costume to lead the parade, the actress’s dead body is discovered – tethered to the maypole on the Castle grounds… and so it’s left to Pearl, and DCI Mike McGuire, to unravel the mystery of the May Day murder.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Wrong Girl
Wilson, Laura
Janice Keaton is living a quiet, easy life, when a longed-for reunion with the daughter she gave up for adoption, several decades earlier, drags her into a lethal confrontation with her past. Did her brother, Dan, die a natural death? Is Joe, her former lover, really an acid casualty, or was there another reason for his abrupt withdrawal from public life? And what is her granddaughter, Molly, hiding? As she struggles to come to terms with a series of shocks, Janice realises that her recollections of the past hold a sinister secret – one with deadly consequences. And then Molly disappears…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Stealing People (Charles Boxer series)
Wilson, Robert
London, January 2014. In the space of 32 hours, in a well-planned and highly organised operation, six billionaires’ children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps. The gang demands £25 million per hostage for ‘expenses’ – not ransom. And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose, who’ll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has. Super stuff – recommended!
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Time to Die (Victor the Assassin series)
Wood, Tom
Now that professional assassin Victor is indentured to British Intelligence, he is tasked with eliminating the worst of the worst. One such man is Milan Rados, a former Serbian paramilitary commander wanted for war crimes and now head of an organised criminal network in Belgrade. He has escaped justice, once already, so it’s Victor’s job to take the justice to him. Victor might be the best in the business, but with powerful friends and an entire crew to protect him, Rados is a hard man to corner, and even harder to kill. To get close to his target, Victor will need more than his deadly skills. An unlikely ally can provide him with the edge he seeks, but there’s a price on Victor’s head, and a killer – who won’t quit – knows just how to find him…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Perfect Crime
A Yi
On a normal day in provincial China, a bored high-school student goes about his regular business. But he’s planning the brutal murder of his only friend, a talented violinist. He invites her round, strangles her, stuffs her body into a washing machine and flees town. On the run, he is initially anxious, but soon he alerts the police to his whereabouts, surrenders to undercover agents in a pool bar, and sabotages all efforts by China’s judiciary system, a steady stream of psychologists and his family to overturn the death penalty, all without ever showing a shred of remorse…
Mystery | PBK | $21.99

Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge (Singaporean Mysteries 03)
Yu, Ovidia
Slightly hobbled by a twisted ankle, crime-solving restaurateur Aunty Lee begrudgingly agrees to take a rest from running her famous café, Aunty Lee’s Delights, and turns over operations to her friend and new business partner, Cherril. The café serves as a meeting place for an animal rescue society that Cherril once supported. They were forced to dissolve three years earlier after a British expat killed the puppy she’d adopted, sparking a firestorm of scandal. The expat, Allison Fitzgerald, left Singapore in disgrace, but has returned with an axe to grind (and a lawsuit). At the café, one afternoon, Cherril receives word that Allison has been found dead in her hotel – and foul play is suspected…
Mystery | TP | $27.99