Crime & Mystery Catalogue: December 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 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!

December 2016 includes new books by: Saul Black, Marshall Browne, Ann Cleeves, Peter Corris, Susannah Gregory, T C Lotempio, Mark Mills, Thomas Rydahl… and many others.

Diary of an Oxygen Thief
‘Hurt people hurt people. Say there was a novel, in which Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer’s assistant; and, somehow, they met in Bright Lights, Big City. He’s blinded by love. She, by ambition.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Kill the Next One
Axat, Federico
Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings. A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else’s next target, like a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger’s logic: it’s easier for a victim’s family to deal with a murder, than with a suicide. It isn’t long, however, until Ted’s reality begins to unravel. Recommended.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square mysteries 04)
Bartlett, Lorraine, with Cass, Laurie
Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend and lawyer Seth Landers. Then she runs into her ex-boss Josh on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Josh, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene. Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed-and-breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Josh? When an autopsy reveals lake water – not bath water – in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Beautiful Dead
Bauer, Belinda
There’s no safety in numbers… Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience. The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying. When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realises that the killer has two obsessions. One is public murder. And the other one is her…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Black, Saul
When she’s called to the murder scene, the last thing San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart is expecting is for Katherine Glass to walk back into her life. Six years earlier, revulsion and fascination had gripped the nation in equal measure, as beautiful, intelligent, charming and utterly evil Katherine Glass had been convicted on six counts of Murder One. But the freshly-mutilated corpse, in the ground-floor apartment, bears all the hallmarks of Katherine’s victims. And then there’s the note, with its chilling implications. Addressed to Valerie. To stop the slaughter, Valerie has no choice. She must ask Katherine Glass to help her decipher the killer’s twisted message. But that means re-entering the pitch-black labyrinth that is Katherine’s mind; and, this time, Valerie isn’t so sure, which one of them will survive. This is as good as the earlier novel featuring Valerie Hart, The Killing Lessons ($19.99), perhaps better – highly recommended!
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Death Going Down
Bosco, María Angélica
Frida Eidinger is young, beautiful, and lying dead… in the lift, of a luxury Buenos Aires apartment block. It looks like suicide, and yet none of the building’s residents can be trusted; the man who discovered her is a womanising drunk; her husband is behaving strangely; and upstairs, a photographer and his sister appear to be hiding something sinister. When Inspector Ericourt and his colleague, Blasi, are set on the trail of some missing photographs, a disturbing secret past begins to unravel… One of Argentina’s greatest detective stories, this is a post-war tale of survival and extortion, obsession, and lies – shot through with some of history’s darkest hours.
Mystery | PBK | $21.99

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 might be something that takes them all down – including Nate and Joe.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Inspector Anders and the Prague Conspiracy
Browne, Marshall
The battle-worn Inspector Anders – Europol’s top terrorism investigator and Mafia nemesis – is ordered to Prague, tasked with quickly locating a mysterious, unpublished dossier said to detail explosive allegations against the Czech Republic’s most eminent business leaders. But does the dossier even exist? And what lies behind the threats of its author, who – like the famous Kafka protagonist – styles himself as Joseph K? In the elegant city of Kafka’s birth, as the Inspector tries to make sense of the situation, persons of interest disturbingly follow a pattern, falling fatally from high windows. Clues seem to lie in the past, in the spring of 1968, in interactions between the ruthless communist secret police – the StB – and their victims. Historical truth proves a slippery concept, although its deadly repercussions still resonate for contemporary players, with whom Inspector Anders’ fate is now entwined.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories
Camilleri, Andrea
A collection of short stories, chosen by Andrea Camilleri, which follows Inspector Montalbano from his very first case in Vigàta, in which he stumbles upon a young girl lurking outside a courthouse, with a pistol in her handbag. When she is taken in for questioning and won’t utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn who she is trying to kill, and why… Recommended.
Mystery collection | PBK | $19.99

The Salt Marsh (Sam series)
Carson, Clare
Sam Coyle’s father lived in the shadows – an undercover agent among the spies and radicals of Cold War London. That world claimed his life, and Sam is haunted by his absence. He left nothing behind but his enemies; nothing to his daughter, but his tradecraft and paranoia. Now, her boyfriend Luke is missing too – the one person she could trust, vanished into the fog on the Kentish coast. To find him, Sam must follow uncertain leads into a labyrinth of blind channels and shifting ground. She must navigate the treacherous expanse of the salt marsh… A sequel to Orkney Twilight (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Lost Girl (Brennan & Esposito series)
Carver, Tania
When three men are found hanged in locations around Colchester, Detective Inspector Phil Brennan gets the shock of his life. Not only are the victims dressed to look like him, but each carries a defaced tarot card in the pocket of their identical leather jackets, scrawled across with one name: Phil Brennan. The bodies aren’t found in random locations – they’re all in places where DI Brennan has caught a murderer. Someone is sending him a message. And he thinks he knows who it is…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Styles Centenary boxed set
Christie, Agatha
A box set – to mark exactly 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote The Mysterious Affair At Styles – which includes that first Poirot novel, with her last: Curtain.
Poirot | HC | $69.99

The Witness For the Prosecution and Other Stories ()
Christie, Agatha
1920s’ London. A murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and enormously rich Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet Mackenzie stands by, in court. Leonard, however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence. Christie’s classic short story collection, published to tie-in with a new BBC TV adaptation of the book’s most enduring and shocking thriller, The Witness for the Prosecution.
Christie| PBK| $19.99

Cold Earth (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage, he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead, before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died. The first in this great series is Raven Black ($19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Dearly Departed (Amy’s Travel mysteries 02)
Conrad, Hy
Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request – to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake, to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these ‘mourners’, especially when one has a life-threatening ‘accident’ at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour. Who was this stranger, and what’s the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues, while continuing on with the trip, is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip – to the morgue!
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

That Empty Feeling
Corris, Peter
One case still haunts Hardy… Legendary PI Cliff Hardy has reached an age when the obituaries have become part of his reading, and one triggers his memory of a case in the late 1980s. Back then, Sydney was awash with colourful characters, and Cliff is reminded of a case involving ‘Ten-Pound Pom’ Barry Bartlett and racing identity and investor Sir Keith Mountjoy. Two murders raised the stakes and, with the sinister figure of Lady Betty Lee Mountjoy pulling the strings, it was odds against a happy outcome.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks (revised edition)
Curran, John
Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks brings together, for the first time, Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making, two volumes that explore the fascinating contents of her 73 notebooks. This includes illustrations, deleted extracts, unused ideas, two unpublished Poirot stories, and a lost Miss Marple.
Christie reference | HC | $69.99

Dard, Frédéric
Seventeen-year-old Louise Lacroix is desperate to escape her dreary life. So, on her way home from work, every evening, she takes a detour past the enchanting house of Jess and Thelma Rooland – a wealthy and glamorous American couple – where the sun always seems to shine. When Louise convinces the Roolands to employ her as their maid, she thinks she’s in heaven. But, soon, their seemingly perfect life begins to unravel. What terrible secrets are they hiding?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Gone Astray (DC Maggie Neville series)
Davies, Michelle
Lesley and her husband Mack are the sudden winners of a £15 million 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 | PBK | $19.99

The Graveyard of the Hesperides
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 | PBK | $19.99

Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop mysteries 02)
Flower, Amanda
October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the shop’s front porch to entertain the revellers. Everyone eagerly agrees – yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers, dead, in the shop… moments before the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat Emerson and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. Crime and Poetry is the first in this great, new, cosy series ($19.95).
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Knife Slipped
Gardner, Earle Stanley
Edith Cunner and her mother, Mrs Atterby, come to B Cool Investigations because no other agency in town will tell them if Eben Cunner is cheating on his wife of five years. Donald, a part-time op, still years from making partner, agrees to follow Eben and quickly discovers that his wife is half right. Eben is indeed meeting an attractive blonde in a unit of the Mountain Crest Apartments he’s rented under an assumed name, but it’s for a much more criminal purpose, than mere adultery. In short order, Eben is shot to death with a .38 revolver Mountain Crest switchboard operator Ruth Marr presses on Donald, and his mission switches from getting the goods on Eben to protecting Ruth from a murder charge. Bertha, however, never changes gears along with him; her paramount objective is to cut herself on the action. Previously unpublished, this is the latest from Hard Case Crime.
Hardboiled | PBK | $22.95

Murder Under the Christmas Tree
Gayford, Cecily (editor)
Ten classic, crime stories for the festive season – a selection of puzzling Christmas mysteries, from the crème de la crème of crime writers. A murderer who materialises in a field of snow, leaving no footprints. Blackmail on Christmas Eve. A missing jewel, discovered in a very festive hiding place. A body slumped in a chair, on Christmas morning, still listening to carols. The midnight theft of a gift intended for a saint. Crime doesn’t take a holiday; so, these – and many more – are the puzzles that make up Murder under the Christmas Tree, a collection of festive mysteries; featuring fictional sleuths from Miss Marple to Sherlock Holmes, Cadfael to Father Brown.
Classic mystery anthology | PBK | $19.99

A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley series)
George, Elizabeth
The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating, to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So, when a past encounter with best-selling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant, Caroline Goldacre, gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime. Soon, Lynley finds himself investigating the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case, while Havers and DS Winston Nkata look behind the peaceful facade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Chelsea Strangler (Thomas Chaloner series)
Gregory, Susanna
In the sapping summer heat of 1665, there is little celebration in London of the naval victory at the Battle of Lowestoft. The King, his retinue and anyone with sufficient means has fled the plague-ridden city, its half-deserted streets echoing to the sound of bells tolling the mounting number of deaths. Those who remain clutch doubtful potions to ward off the relentless disease and dart nervously past shuttered buildings, watchful for the thieves who risk their lives to plunder what has been left behind. At Chelsea, a rural backwater by the river, with fine mansions leased to minor members of the Court avoiding the capital, there are more immediate concerns: the government has commandeered the theological college to house Dutch prisoners of war and there are daily rumours that those sailors are on the brink of escaping. Moreover, a vicious strangler is stalking the neighbourhoods. Thomas Chaloner is sent to investigate the murder of the first victim, an inmate of a private sanatorium known as Gorges. There have been thefts there as well, but the few facts he gleans from inmates and staff are contradictory and elusive. He realises, though, that Gorges has stronger links to the prison than just proximity, and that the influx of strangers offers plenty of camouflage for a killer – a killer who has no compunction about turning on those determined to stop his murderous rampage.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Pendulum (John Wallace series)
Hamdy, Adam
You wake. Confused. Disorientated. A noose is round your neck. You are bound, standing on a chair. All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope. You are about to die. John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable. Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction. The momentum is in his favour, for now. But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum… You have one chance. Run… A photo-journalist is targeted for death, in this high-concept, twisting, and dangerous journey – through a digital underworld.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Bell, Book and Candlemas (Wiccan Wheel mysteries 02)
Hesse, Jennifer David
The Wiccan holiday of Candlemas is right around the corner, but when vandals target New Age gift shop Moonstone Treasures, the mood is far from festive. Frightening threats and accusations of witchcraft, aimed at the owner, have some Wiccan patrons calling it a hate crime. And when things escalate to murder, the community turns to Keli. As a friend and customer, Keli wants to help. But there’s one problem: she’s fiercely private about her religion. How can she stop the harassment, not to mention catch a killer, while keeping her faith hidden from her colleagues, clients, and her promising and long awaited new boyfriend? At a time meant to banish darkness, will Keli have to choose between risking the spotlight and keeping her beliefs locked in the proverbial broom closet? Or, will she call on her deepest convictions to conjure the perfect path? The second in the series, after Midsummer Night’s Mischief ($19.95).
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Midsummer’s Equation
Higashino, Keigo
When a man’s body is discovered at the base of some cliffs, in the small resort town of Hari Cove, the police at first suspect a tragic accident, a misstep that cost the man his life. However, when the victim is found to have been a former policeman and that the cause of death was actually carbon monoxide poisoning, they begin a murder investigation. Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as ‘Detective Galileo’, is in Hari Cove – to speak at a conference on a planned underwater mining operation – and finds himself drawn into the case. Did the murder have something to do with the fight of the small community to rebuild itself, or does it have its roots in the town’s history? In a series of twists, Yukawa uncovers the hidden relationship behind the tragic events that led to this murder.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Two O’Clock Boy (DI Ray Drake series)
Hill, Mark
One night changed their lives… Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children’s Home stood on a London street, where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There, its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home’s manager. Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy, who quickly became Tallis’ favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried… until today.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Frosty the Dead Man (Snow Globe Shop mysteries 03)
Husom, Christine
Mayor Lewis Frost has always been known as Frosty to his friends – not that he has many these days. Controversies swirling around the city council have members wondering if Frosty is trying to snow them. After one councilman storms off in a huff, the mayor turns to curio shop manager Camryn Brooks and asks her to consider taking a seat on the council. Later, when Cami goes to his office to discuss the proposal, her blood runs cold. She finds Frosty dead, and the very snow globe she sold him, earlier that day, lies in sparkling shards on his carpet – along with a large diamond. Does the snow globe – which features a peculiar tableau of an armed man and three menacing bears – hold a clue to Frosty’s demise? One way or another, it’s up to Cami to shake things up, before the killer’s trail goes cold…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow (Ghost of Granny Apples mysteries 06)
Jaffarian, Sue Ann
Bestselling crime writer Gino Costello is working on his next book, in a historic farmhouse in the heart of Massachusetts. His story features some paranormal elements, so he’s invited family friend Emma to provide her input as a medium. But as soon as Emma arrives – with her fiancé, Phil, and Granny Apples in tow – that’s when the real trouble begins. Emma is immediately contacted by the Browns, a family of ghosts – who originally owned the house, in the early nineteenth century. They need Emma to help them locate the spirits of their two children who disappeared. Meanwhile, a dead body appears at the house. Now, Emma, Granny, and Phil must read between the lines to find answers, before a killer books it…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Fourth Victim (Anders Knutas series)
Jungstedt, Mari
In the stifling heat of an August morning on the beautiful Swedish island of Gotland, terror shatters the calm. An armed robbery is over in minutes, leaving a little girl on the road, hit by the getaway car. Desperate to find those responsible, the police track down one of the culprits. But he is dead, brutally murdered at a remote farm. Tattooed on his arm are three initials: his own and two others. The only clues to the identity of his friends. As the hunt to find the remaining two robbers intensifies, there’s every chance the murderer is on their trail too. Can Detective Superintendent Knutas beat them to it? Recommended for Henning Mankell fans.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Above the Paw (Paw Enforcement mysteries 05)
Kelly, Diane
When a rash of college students falls seriously ill after ingesting Molly, a ‘club drug’, also known as ecstasy, Officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit are tasked with tracking down the dealers. Going undercover at the university leads Megan closer and closer to infiltrating the drug trafficking ring. But when the investigation implicates her former partner and workplace nemesis, Officer Derek Mackey, Megan’s powers of discernment are put to the test. Thwarted, when the Feds seize control of the investigation and frustrated by the lack of attention the DEA is putting into the case, Megan continues her own unofficial investigation with Brigit’s help. But when the trail leads them in an unexpected and dangerous direction, Megan and Brigit find their own lives at risk. Can the K-9 team take down those in power? Or are some criminals simply above the law – and paw?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther series)
Kerr, Philip
The French Riviera, 1956. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working under a false name as a hotel concierge. His attempts to keep his nose clean go horribly awry when a wartime acquaintance sucks him into a blackmail plot – involving one of the most famous British writers of the 20th century and the Cambridge Spies. Bernie is missing his old detective life, when his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service – the man who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands, among them a woman Bernie loved. Hennig now enjoys a lucrative career as a blackmailer. Hennig’s target on the Cote d’Azur is a famous resident with a dark past and plenty to hide – the writer, Somerset Maugham. A shared love of bridge draws Bernie to Maugham’s magnificent villa, where Maugham tells him of the existence of a very compromising photograph. Taken in 1937, it shows Maugham among a group of naked men beside a swimming pool – one of whom is the infamous spy and homosexual, Guy Burgess, who, with Donald Maclean, has recently defected to Moscow. Hennig has the photograph and is demanding $50,000 for its release. Bernie is reluctant to become Maugham’s agent but his former life has made him as vulnerable to blackmail as Maugham himself. Not only that – he has a massive 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 | PBK | $19.99

Two Can Play (Audrey Harte series)
Kessler, Kate
In this sequel to It Takes One (TP, $29.99), Audrey is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse; and – when someone close to her is abducted by the killer – Audrey has no choice, but to play…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Fall of Man In Wilmslow
Lagercrantz, David
Leonard Corell, a detective sergeant in the sleepy town of Wilmslow, is disillusioned with his lot. Trapped between professional stagnation and personal repression, he can’t even work up the courage to ask out Julie, the pretty assistant at the tailor’s. Tasked with investigating the suicide of a local recluse, Alan Turing, Corell is torn between admiration for the dead man’s genius and disgust for his sexuality. In the face of opposition from his superiors, Corell continues to investigate the open-and-shut case, stumbling across forbidden knowledge about the marvels of Bletchley Park, and the horrors of its hero’s downfall.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap & Leonard series)
Lansdale, Joe R
Florida Grange, Leonard Pine’s lawyer and Hap Collin’s former lover, has disappeared while on a case. Redneck psychopaths, voodoo exhumations, biblical thunderstorms and murder – nothing can deflect Hap and Leonard from their search for her… especially, since they’ve just packed a lunch. Darkly hilarious and wacky redneck noir – this series begins with Savage Season ($19.99). Recommended!
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Bad Chili (Hap & Leonard series)
Lansdale, Joe R
Hap Collins is home, fresh from his stint on an offshore oil rig, bright with determination to change his life. Back in LaBorde, he finds his friend Leonard Pine grieving over the breakup of his affair with his lover Raul. Then things get serious. A local roughneck, by the name of Horse Dick, is dead and Leonard is implicated. Not surprisingly, the law is little use. To help his partner, Hap won’t be bending the law, he’ll be stomping the hell out of it. But Hap has always had to do things he doesn’t like. What he does like – a lot – is Brett Sawyer, a nurse and a woman with her own past. Darkly hilarious and wacky redneck noir – this series begins with Savage Season ($19.99). Recommended!
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Rumble Tumble (Hap & Leonard series)
Lansdale, Joe R
Ageing Hap Collins has a premonition of disaster when his daughter Tillie takes to drugs and prostitution, and needs rescuing. This means a trek to LaBorde, Texas and to Hootie Hoot, Oklahoma. On the road, their motley band expands to include an ex-Pentecostal preacher, and a midget with attitude. Darkly hilarious and wacky redneck noir – this series begins with Savage Season ($19.99). Recommended!
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Better Off Thread (Embroidery mysteries 10)
Lee, Amanda
Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse – especially when the favour is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer – until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered. Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name – before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list, for good…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Crime and Catnip (Nick and Nora mysteries 03)
Lotempio, T C
While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown. As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him… The first, in this excellent, cosy series is Meow if its Murder ($19.95).
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Robert Ludlum’s The Patriot Attack
Ludlum, Robert & Mills, Kyle
Japan and China are thrown close to the brink of war – when a Japanese warship is attacked. Meanwhile, top Covert-One operative Jon Smith is sent to recover mysterious material from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactor. Smith vanishes, and CIA agent Randi Russell goes on an unsanctioned mission to find him. She discovers that the missing samples may be evidence that Japan, led by Chief of Staff Masao Takahashi, has been developing next-generation weapons systems in preparation for a conflict with China. The Covert-One team must prevent Takahashi from sparking a war, or the world will be dragged into a battle certain to kill tens of millions of people and leave much of the planet uninhabitable.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Body on the Doorstep
Mackenzie, A J
Kent, 1796. Shocked to discover a dying man on his doorstep – and lucky to avoid a bullet himself – Reverend Hardcastle finds himself entrusted with the victim’s cryptic last words. With smuggling rife on England’s south-east coast, the obvious conclusion is that this was a falling out among thieves. But why is the leader of the local Customs service so reluctant to investigate? Ably assisted by the ingenious Mrs Chaytor, Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery, for himself. But smugglers are not the only ones to lurk off the Kent coast, and the more he discovers, the more he realises he might have bitten off more than he can chew.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Stalking Jack the Ripper
Maniscalco, Kerri
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work, on a string of savagely-killed corpses, drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
Gothic mystery | HC | $32.99

The Final Word (Annika Bengtzon series)
Marklund, Liza
As a journalist, she’s always been at the front line of criminal reporting, alongside the investigating officers. And, now, a court case that she’s been reporting on – the savage murder of a homeless man – has begun to attract a lot of attention. With the stakes rising by the day, Annika is once again flung to the heart of a complex case. But nagging, at the back of her mind, is her sister’s mysterious absence. After a series of anxious text messages, she’s not heard another word. In the midst of a tense public situation, Annika’s own complicated past looks set to rear its head.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Firemaker (China thrillers)
May, Peter
Campbell is on a six-week lecture trip at the University of Public Security in Beijing. She has fled to China, to escape from a broken heart and a shattered life. Li is a newly-promoted detective, walking in the footsteps of an uncle – who was a near legend in the Beijing police force. Li’s uncle, now retired, prefers to play chess in the park and dispense his wisdom in Chinese riddles, and the young detective is forced reluctantly to turn – for help – to the experienced Margaret Campbell whose expertise is burn victims. On the night that the scientist is burned to death, there are two other murders in the city. It soon becomes clear that all three are linked. From the moment, Campbell conducts the autopsy on the government scientist – her future and Li’s become as inextricably linked, as the murders they are investigating. And as, together, they peel back layer upon layer of obfuscation, the terrible truth they finally uncover sets them on a terrifying course they could never have imagined. A reissue.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Fourth Sacrifice (China thrillers)
May, Peter
The first three victims were drugged, tied, labelled with a single word and a single number – then expertly beheaded. The fourth victim was dispatched in the same way; but, unlike the others, he was an American diplomat. A reissue.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Killing Room (China thrillers)
May, Peter
When the mutilated and dismembered bodies of 18 women are discovered in Shanghai, Detective Li Yan is sent to establish if the corpses relate to an unsolved murder in Beijing. What she finds is the most horrifying catalogue of killings ever uncovered. A reissue.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Chemist
Meyer, Stephenie
She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency – so clandestine, it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now, she rarely stays in the same place, or uses the same name, for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life; but finds herself falling for a man, who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents, in ways she never dreamed of.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Where Dead Men Meet
Mills, Mark
Mistaken identity, accident, or design? Paris, 1937. Luke Hamilton – a junior air intelligence officer at the British Embassy – finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. A clear case of mistaken identity, or so it first appears. As Luke is hunted across a continent sliding towards war, he comes to learn that the answers lie deep in a past that predates his abandonment – as a baby – on the steps of an orphanage, twenty-five years ago. Highly recommended for fans of Philip Kerr, Alan Furst, and David Downing.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Ruler of the Night (Thomas De Quincey Investigations)
Morrell, David
An actual, Victorian murder… so startling that it changed the culture – in this case, the first murder on an English train; its brutality stoking fears that the newly-invented railway would, as one newspaper predicted, ‘annihilate time and space’. As they track the killer through the harrowing fogbound streets of 1855 London, Thomas De Quincey and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, confront their most ruthless enemy. The stakes couldn’t be greater: both the heart of Victorian society and De Quincey’s tormented soul. A sequel to Murder is a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Ghost of Christmas Paws (No 2 Feline Detective Agency series)
Morton, Mandy
It’s a week before Christmas, and Hettie and Tilly set out on a very dangerous case for the No 2 Feline Detective Agency. Lady Eloise Crabstock-Singe has summoned them to Crabstock Manor – in the village of Porthladle, on the Cornish Coast – to solve the mystery of Christmas Paws – a servant cat, who haunts the Manor, intent on killing off all the Crabstocks. Should they put their trust in Absalom and Lamorna Tweek? Will Saffron Bunn’s cooking get any better? And what is Evergreen Flinch searching for? Through blizzard and storm, stranded on the notorious Bodkin Moor and laid up at Jam Makers Inn will Hettie and Tilly save the day, and get home in time for Christmas dinner?
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Custom Baked Murder (Pawsitively Organic mysteries 05)
Mugavero, Liz
Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and cafe, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love’s on the menu for Stan’s mom, Patricia, too, who’s engaged to Frog Ledge’s mayor, Tony Falco. Mayor Falco’s dogged ambition isn’t popular among locals, but it’s his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who’s inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there’s a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor’s unsavoury business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets… and a killer, who’s too close for comfort.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

To Catch a Killer (Kirchhoff & Bodenstein series)
Neuhaus, Nele
Detective Pia Kirchhoff is about to leave on her long-delayed honeymoon when she hears that a woman has been shot while out walking her dog. Then more long-range shootings swiftly follow, and it becomes clear that a highly-trained serial killer is on the loose. The victims seem to have just one thing in common: they were all good people with apparently no enemies. So, why are they dead? As fear of the sniper grows among local residents, all leave is cancelled for the Frankfurt police department, as they are put on red alert. The pressure is on Kirchhoff and her colleague, Oliver von Bodenstein, to find the killer before he can tick another name off his hit list.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

My Husband’s Son
O’Connor, Deborah
Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples. Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together. By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is her husband’s long-missing son – but Jason is equally convinced it’s not him. Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s search for the truth…?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

O’Riordan, Kate
The lives of Rosalie Douglas and her teenage daughter, Maddie, are changed forever, when they meet Jed, a beautiful, charismatic young man at Bereavement Counselling. Inexplicably, and self-destructively, Maddie holds herself accountable for her brother’s drowning accident in Thailand. Jed moves into their lives and their home. Calming the tensions between mother and daughter. He understands the twisted wilderness of grief. Lover and confidante to a besotted Maddie, gentle surrogate son to a grateful Rosalie – on the surface their lives are transformed. But underneath a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape… Rosalie commits an unspeakable act which forces her to unravel the truth behind the beautiful stranger in their midst. The truth behind the death of her son. And the true extent of just how far she’s prepared to go – to save what remains of her family.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

A Dead Man in Athens (Seymour of Special Branch series)
Pearce, Michael
Athens, 1913, is the capital of a country on the brink of war. The new prime minister, Venizelos, is tired of the Ottoman overlords, and has what he calls the Great Idea – a vision of a new Greece which unites all the Greek people scattered around the Mediterranean. But this is not such a great idea, in view of other countries, like Britain, which believes in letting sleeping dogs lie. And cats. This includes the one recently poisoned in Salonica and belonged to the exiled former Sultan. Unfortunately, as is the way with the Balkans, rumours start flying around; one being that this was a sighting shot for the ex-Sultan, himself. This, in the Balkans, could start a war, so Britain has to sit up and take notice. Something has to be done, fast. And, the diplomats have to be urged to be low key. The lowest key of all is to send out a police officer from Scotland Yard to investigate, and, as it happens, the Foreign Office has a person in mind: Seymour, of the CID, who has had some experience of this sort of thing, before. The two preceding, Seymour of Special Branch novels: A Dead Man in Trieste and A Dead Man in Istanbul, will be reissued, early in the new year (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Revenge in a Cold River (William Monk series)
Perry, Anne
Commander William Monk has learned to live with the fact that he cannot remember the events of his life prior to a horrific carriage accident, years ago. But when a ghost from his past, a man he has no recollection of, attempts to frame him for a series of murders, he must rely on the help of his wife, Hester, and his close friend, Oliver Rathbone, in order to free himself – from both the charges and the demons that have haunted him since the accident.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Christmas Escape (Christmas novella)
Perry, Anne
When Victor Narraway, Thomas Pitt’s close friend and former boss, and his new wife, Lady Vespasia, travel to Jerusalem for a Christmas holiday, Vespasia cannot shake the feeling that they are being watched. Then, an old man leaves a mysterious envelope for Narraway – and is murdered soon after. But it is only when the couple is ambushed the following morning that they realise they are in grave danger. Armed only with the instructions from the message in the envelope, they immediately set out on a journey through the Holy Land, while their unknown enemy pursues them all the while.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A X L Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, Pendergast’s ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive – only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast’s long-time bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance’s kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown. And, by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred – and it may, already, be too late…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Dead Silent (Eve Clay series)
Roberts, Mark
Investigating a killer, bringing medieval horror to Merseyside, DCI Eve Clay must overcome her own demons to unpick the dark symbolism of the crime scene.
Mystery/thriller | PBK | $19.99

Iced Under (Maine Clambake mysteries 05)
Ross, Barbara
The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives – heating up February, with an unexpected case of murder… Inside the mystery package, is an enormous black diamond necklace that once belonged to Julia’s great-grandmother and disappeared in the 1920s. Who could have sent it – and why? Julia’s search for clues takes her on a perilous journey through her mother’s troubled family history, from a squabble over the family fortune in ‘frozen water’ to the recent unexplained death of Jacqueline’s long-lost cousin Hugh – who’d been missing and presumed drowned for more than forty years. To protect her mother’s inheritance, Julia must fend off a small army of feuding relatives, solve the mystery surrounding Hugh’s demise, and get back home, before the next blizzard buries them all…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Hermit
Rydahl, Thomas
A car is found crashed on a beach in the Canary Island resort of Fuerteventura. In the trunk is a cardboard box containing the body of a small boy – no one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing Fuerteventura needs is a murder. The island’s already got half-empty bars and windswept beaches, and the local police are under pressure to cut the investigation short. But long-time islander, Erhard, who sees more than most people, won’t let the investigation drop – and he has nothing to lose. He has severed ties with his wife and child in Denmark, and has cut himself off from the modern world. The question is: can an old man who knows nothing about mobile phones, the internet or social media possibly solve a murder in the modern world, especially one that stretches far beyond the sandy beaches of Fuerteventura? For fans of Paul Auster, Raymond Chandler, and Graham Greene.
Mystery | HC | $35.00

Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries)
Sayers, Dorothy L
Miss Harriet Vane discovers a body on a deserted beach and becomes a suspect in a murder case. Lord Peter Wimsey is, once again, only too eager to help her. Reissued – with gorgeous, art deco covers. We love Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, and think these would be great gifts, to introduce someone to Sayers, for the first time; or to refresh your own collection!
Classic mysteries | PBK | $19.99

Hangman’s Holiday (Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries)
Sayers, Dorothy L
Amusing and absolutely appalling things happen, on the way to the gallows, when murder meets Lord Peter Wimsey and the delightful working-class sleuth Montague Egg. This sumptuous feast of criminal doings and undoings includes a vintage double identity and a horrid incident of feline assassination that will tease the minds of cat lovers, everywhere. Reissued – with gorgeous, art deco covers. We love Lord Peter and think these would be great gifts, to introduce someone to Sayers, for the first time; or to refresh your own collection!
Classic mysteries | PBK | $19.99

Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries)
Sayers, Dorothy L
Victor Dean falls to his death, on the stairs of Pym’s Advertising Agency, and no one is sorry. That is until Lord Peter Wimsey joins the firm and asks some awkward questions. Finding himself involved in a web of blackmail and drugs, more must die – before the sinister plot can be unravelled. Reissued – with gorgeous, art deco covers. We love Lord Peter and think these would be great gifts, to introduce someone to Sayers, for the first time; or to refresh your own collection!
Classic mysteries | PBK | $19.99

The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries)
Sayers, Dorothy L
When his sexton finds a corpse in the wrong grave, the rector of Fenchurch St Paul asks Lord Peter Wimsey to find out who the dead man was, and how he came to be there. The lore of bell-ringing and a brilliantly-evoked village – in the remote fens of East Anglia – are the unforgettable background to a story of an old unsolved crime and its violent unravelling, twenty years later. Reissued – with gorgeous, art deco covers. We love Lord Peter and think these would be great gifts, to introduce someone to Sayers, for the first time; or to refresh your own collection!
Classic mysteries | PBK | $19.99

Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries)
Sayers, Dorothy L
Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back… At first, she thinks her worst fears have been fulfilled, as she encounters obscene graffiti, poison pen letters, and a disgusting effigy – when she arrives at sedate Shrewsbury College for the ‘Gaudy’ celebrations. But soon, Harriet realises that she is not the only target of this murderous malice – and asks Lord Peter Wimsey to help. Reissued – with gorgeous, art deco covers. We love Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, and think these would be great gifts, to introduce someone to Sayers, for the first time; or to refresh your own collection!
Classic mysteries | PBK | $19.99

Busman’s Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries)
Sayers, Dorothy L
They plan to have a quiet country honeymoon. Then Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride Harriet Vane find the previous owner’s body, in the cellar. Variously described as a love story with detective interruptions, and a detective story with romantic interruptions, it lives up to both descriptions with style. Reissued – with gorgeous, art deco covers. We love Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, and think these would be great gifts, to introduce someone to Sayers, for the first time; or to refresh your own collection!
Classic mysteries | PBK | $19.99

The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By (Penguin Modern Classics)
Simenon, Georges
Kees Popinga is a respectable Dutch citizen and family man. Then he discovers that his boss has bankrupted the shipping firm he works for – and something snaps. Kees used to watch the trains go by, to exciting destinations. Now, on some dark impulse, he boards one at random, and begins a new life of recklessness and violence.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Snow Was Dirty (Penguin Modern Classics)
Simenon, Georges
Nineteen-year-old Frank – thug, thief, son of a brothel owner – gets by surprisingly well, despite living in a city under military occupation; but a warm house and a full stomach are not enough to make him feel truly alive in such a climate of deceit and betrayal. During a bleak, unending winter, he embarks on a string of violent and sordid crimes that set him on a path from which he can never return.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Dirty War (Lola & Ingrid Investigations)
Sylvain, Dominique
A lawyer, who specialises in French-African relations, is found brutally murdered after suffering ‘the torture of Father Lebrun’ – a burning tyre is placed around his neck, until he suffocates. The case is already explosive, because of its connections to high-profile members of the Franco-African arms trade. But for Lola Jost, the case has a darker resonance – her much-loved assistant, a mixed-race policeman named Toussaint Kidjo, was murdered in the same manner, five years before – a crime that was never solved. Follows Dark Angel (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Comeback
Taylor, B I
Rosemary Paul used to be a celebrated singer, but now she is aging, and past her prime. Living an isolated life, her only companion is Carrie Markham, her live-in assistant – who panders to Rosemary’s every need and looks up to her older mentor. When Rosemary hears news from London that one of her albums is getting an unexpected re-release, the old hunger for fame and success is reignited; and, with Carrie’s help, she plans her big comeback to relaunch herself into the public stratosphere. But as preparations commence, long buried secrets begin to resurface and signs of strain show in Rosemary and Carrie’s relationship, until reaching its dramatic breaking point…
Thriller | PBK | $16.99

How Will I Know You?
Treadway, Jessica
Someone knows what really happened… Someone who is prepared to keep their secret at any cost. On a cold December day, teenager Joy Enright is found, drowned at the edge of a frozen pond. When an autopsy reveals she was strangled first, suspicion is thrown onto Martin, the young graduate who was last to see her alive. In a small community, secrets are hard to keep and, as the web of lies around Joy’s life and death unravels, the truth will either bring one family closer together, or tear them further apart.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Ink and Bone
Unger, Lisa
Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has always been different. She’s never been able to control the things that happen to her – not even the pain of a new tattoo or the roar of her motorcycle can drown out the chaos. When she moves to her grandmother’s house in the small town of The Hollows, in upstate New York, Finley is hoping to a fresh start. Then a detective shows up. He knows about Finley’s unusual gifts and he wants her help. There’s a little girl missing and the police investigation has gone cold. Now, time is running out. Only Finley can uncover the truth – but can she find the answers before it’s too late?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Then She Was Gone (DI Murphy & DS Rossi series)
Veste, Luca
Tim Johnson took his baby daughter out for a walk and she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect. A year later, Sam Bryne is on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster. He’s tipped for the very top… until he vanishes. Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discovering what has happened to the popular politician – and in doing so, they unearth a trail that stretches into the past, and crimes that someone is hell-bent on avenging.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Cellar
Walters, Minette
Muna’s fortunes changed for the better, on the day that Mr and Mrs Songoli’s younger son failed to come home from school. Before then, her bedroom was a dark, windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. She’d grown used to being maltreated by the Songoli family; to being a slave. She’s never been outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English. At least, that’s what the Songolis believe. But Muna is far cleverer – and her plans more terrifying – than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine.
Noir | PBK | $22.99

A Most Novel Revenge (Amory Ames series)
Weaver, Ashley
February 1933. Receiving a mysterious summons from her cousin Laurel, Amory Ames and her playboy husband Milo, set off for the Lyonsgate estate, post haste. The house was the scene of a tragic accident seven years ago, when a reckless party of wild young things got out of hand; but it seems a mystery lingers on, as the same guests reassemble, and Amory is sure that the notorious Isobel Van Allen stands at the centre of it.
Historical mystery | HC | $29.99

A Time to Die (Victor the Assassin series)
Wood, Tom
If the assassin, known only as Victor, once had a moral compass, it is long since buried, along with his many victims. Yet, some men are so evil even Victor accepts they must die for reasons other than just money. One such is Milan Rados, a former commander in the Serbian army who has escaped trial at The Hague to become a formidable criminal power. Tracking down and killing this brutal man will win Victor a reprieve for his own recent crimes on British soil. But Victor isn’t the only one who wants Rados dead. A woman, whose family was butchered on the tyrant’s orders, will do anything to see Rados’ blood spilled, on the snow of Eastern Europe. Now, Victor has an unlikely ally – but an army stands between them and justice.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Into the Night (Rykel series)
Woodhouse, Jake
A body is found on a rooftop: the palms of the dead man’s hands have been blowtorched, his head removed. The detective tasked with finding and stopping the killer is Inspector Jaap Rykel. But as Rykel searched the headless body, for clues to its identity, what he finds makes his blood run cold. Why on earth are there pictures of himself – and his home – on the victim’s phone? And then a message from the killer reveals the location of another mutilated corpse.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $22.99