Crime & Mystery Catalogue: December 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 2018.

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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 2018 includes new books by: Samuel Bjork, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Garry Disher, Dan Fesperman, Robert Jeffreys, Volker Kutscher, Jonathan Lethem, Edward Marston, Louise Penny… and many others.

December 2018 Crime & Mystery new releases

Friends Like These
Alderson, Sarah
We all know someone like Becca. She has the job everyone wants, a designer wardrobe, a hotshot lawyer boyfriend, holidays to exotic locations. And she flaunts her perfect life all over social media. It drove her colleague Lizzie mad, but she couldn’t stop looking. They were never really friends – and, yet, Lizzie knew everything about her. Or did she? When chance, and a terrible mistake, pulls Lizzie back into Becca’s orbit, years after they lost touch, she’ll realise that you can’t always believe what you see online… and that finding out the truth might be the worst thing you can do.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Live and Let Pie (Bakeshop mysteries 09)
Alexander, Ellie
The heat is on for pastry chef, family business operator, and unlikely sleuth, Jules Capshaw. Just when she thought she could enjoy some time away from the kitchen, Jules manages to discover a skull – during a picnic by the lake. As if unearthing remains that may be connected to a missing-person’s case, from the 1960s, isn’t enough on her plate; Jules must contend with the unsolved matter of her own marriage, while her estranged husband Carlos sails the open seas, awaiting a verdict. Then, there’s Jules’ bitter landlord Edgar, who is intent on making a sweet deal on a vacant lot down the block from Torte – until he turns up dead. If only Jules could find a recipe that would let her bake her cake and eat it, too…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Arikawa, Hiro
It’s not the journey that counts, but who’s at your side. Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters, is that he can sit beside his beloved owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn’t know why; and Satoru won’t say. Set against the backdrop of Japan’s changing seasons and narrated with a rare gentleness and humour, Nana’s story explores the wonder and thrill of life’s unexpected detours. It is about the value of friendship and solitude, and knowing when to give and when to take. Travelling Cat has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of kindness and truth. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives.
Short fiction | HC | $29.99

For the Missing
Bengtsdotter, Lina
Nora’s daughter Annabelle has disappeared, last seen on her way home from a party. Gullspang’s inexperienced police are wilting under the national media spotlight – and its residents are desperate for answers. Stockholm DI Charlie Lager must return home to find Annabelle, and then get out of town, as soon as she can. Before everyone discovers the truth about her… Winner of the 2017 Crimetime Award for best debut novel in Sweden.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Gutshot Straight (Shake series)
Berney, Lou
When Charles ‘Shake’ Bouchon, professional wheel man, walks out of prison after a three-year stretch for grand theft auto, he’s got only two problems: he’s too nice a guy for the life he’s led and not nice enough for any other. So, he says yes – when he’s asked to run a simple errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, the formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in Los Angeles. All Shake has to do is deliver a package to Las Vegas and pick up a briefcase. Only the package turns out to be a wholesome young housewife named Gina whose husband has run afoul of Dick Moby – aka ‘The Whale’ – an unpleasant four-hundred-pound Vegas strip-club owner. Shake hates to think what’s going to happen to Gina, when he delivers her to The Whale… so – in a move that’s as noble, as it is boneheaded – he decides to set her free…
Caper (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Whiplash River (Shake series)
Berney, Lou
Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles ‘Shake’ Bouchon has finally realised the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so, he’s had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse. Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant’s gone up in flames and he’s on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help. Suddenly Shake’s up to his neck in a dangerous score that he’ll never pull off, unless he can convince an even more dangerous ex-girlfriend to join him. The sequel to Gutshot Straight.
Caper (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Boy in the Headlights (Munch & Krüger series)
Bjork, Samuel
Winter 1999. An old man is driving home, when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head. Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims, completely at random. To find the killer, they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer, when you cannot begin to predict their next move? The third in this terrific noir series, following I’m Travelling Alone (PBK, $22.99) and The Owl Always Hunts at Night (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | TP | $32.99

Gown with the Wind (Wedding Planner mysteries 04)
Blackmoore, Stephanie
Mallory’s fine – really – handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancée, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme, to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honour her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia – and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother, over the nuptial plans. But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress – but, soon, becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Liv (Ellen Tamm series)
Bley, Mikaela
Crime reporter Ellen Tamm hasn’t been the same since the Lycke case, a few months ago. It is now August and, all summer, she has been on sick leave, shut in her apartment and spinning out of control. Under pressure – and threats – from her parents and her employer, TV4, she agrees to head home to her family farm, Örelo, to try to get some help and get a handle on her mental health. On her way to Örelo, Ellen stops for petrol in the little community of Stentuna; where she stumbles upon the news of a murdered woman, her body discovered in the small hours of the morning. The woman isn’t from the area, and no one seems to know who she is or what she was doing in Stentuna. Her name was Liv. Attempting to distract herself from her own dark past and the mysteries that plague her, Ellen starts to investigate Liv’s death. She finds herself drawn into a web of family secrets, lies, and betrayal. Reports keep surfacing of strange behaviour among the children of Stentuna. And then awful things start to happen to Ellen. Someone, or perhaps many people, are trying to silence her. All the while, Ellen is trying in vain to escape the questions that continue to press in on her and crowd her mind: questions about her sister, the lake, and what really happened, that terrible day.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Disappeared (Joe Pickett series)
Box, C J
No motive, no suspect, no trace. Who doesn’t want her found? Joe Pickett is 300 miles from home, enduring the worst weather January in Wyoming can throw at you. He’s in the small mountain town of Saratoga, on the trail of a British woman who checked out of the remote ranch she was holidaying at and disappeared. But the missing woman is only the beginning. Something is not right in Saratoga. Why has the local game warden also disappeared? Why is local law enforcement spooked? Why is the new state governor taking such an interest in the case? Joe will have to find the answers, before he too joins the disappeared.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

My Sister, the Serial Killer
Braithwaite, Oyinkan
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel, and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence… and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the fit doctor, where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other… Ron loved this blackly-comic serial killer novel. Recommended!
Suspense | TP | $27.99

The Deductions of Colonel Gore (Detective Club series)
Brock, Lynn
Colonel Gore is reunited with old friends at a dinner party to mark his return from service in Africa, but is shocked to discover that one of them has fallen victim to a callous blackmailer. When the antagonist is found dead, Gore finds that civilian life can be as challenging as anything in the army, especially when one of your friends may have become a killer… but which one? This brand-new edition of the first novel to feature the officer and gentleman detective Colonel Wickham Gore includes the first-ever reprint of the only Colonel Gore novella, Too Much Imagination.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

Deadly Secrets (Detective Erika Foster)
Bryndza, Robert
On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a killing on the victim’s doorstep? Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black, wearing a gas mask. Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated, when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman. Yet, just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only, this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…
Suspense | TP | $24.99

A Deadly Betrothal (Ursula Blanchard series)
Buckley, Fiona
1579. Ursula is summoned to court to assist in negotiations for Queen Elizabeth’s engagement to the Duke of Alençon. The proposed marriage causes unrest throughout the kingdom – but would someone kill to prevent it? Tensions increase when a prominent nobleman is accused of murder. Ursula is convinced the man is innocent – but can she prove it?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Wife
Burke, Alafair
When Angela meets Jason Powell, a brilliant university professor, she assumes their romance to be a fling. But when they marry the following summer and move to Manhattan, Angela feels she’s been given the chance to escape her past. Six years later, however, Jason, by now a celebrated liberal figurehead, faces serious allegations made by one of his young college interns, and Angela’s seemingly perfect life is under threat… The Wife is the standalone follow-up to the brilliant, Edgar nominated The Ex (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Everything is Lies
Callaghan, Helen
Sophia’s parents have led quiet, unremarkable lives. At least, that is what she’s always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find her mother hanging from a tree in the garden. Her father lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn’t a killer. To clear her mother’s name, Sophia needs to delve deep into her family’s past – a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

She Was the Quiet One
Campbell, Michele
For twin sisters, Rose and Bel, enrolling at the prestigious new boarding school should have been a fresh start. But with its sinister rituals and traditions, Odell soon brings out a deadly rivalry between the sisters. For Sarah and husband Heath, the chance to teach at Odell seems like the best thing that ever happened to their small family – a chance to rise through the ranks and put the past behind them. Until one dark night ends in murder. But who’s guilty and who’s telling the truth? And who’s been in on it, all along…?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Tom Clancy’s Oath of Office (Jack Ryan series)
Cameron, Marc
On a crowded tourist beach in Portugal, US operatives use a high-tech drone to watch a French arms dealer flirt with a beautiful woman. It’s only when she leaves that they realise she has shot him dead. In Iran, protests are growing against the oppressive regime, whipped up by a charismatic student. Most external observers are excited, but on the ground a spy of questionable loyalty senses something is badly amiss. And, meanwhile, with the United States reeling from a string of natural disasters, Russian troops and ships are massing on the borders of the Ukraine, bringing the two powers ever closer to war. Across the globe, a conspiracy is brewing, so darkly brilliant that no one has yet joined the dots. And the distracted President Ryan has little time to play catch up: little does he know that he faces a madman with a plan more devastating than he could possibly imagine…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Kill Shot (Wyatt series)
Disher, Garry
Some people just work better alone. Wyatt’s one of them. He’s been getting by on nice quiet little burglaries – one-man jobs – when he gets wind of something bigger. A corporate crook, notorious Ponzi schemer, set to face court and certain jail time. He’s about to skip bail the old-fashioned way: on a luxury yacht with a million dollars in cash. Wyatt thinks it sounds like something he should get into. He’s not alone.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Dark Queen Rising (Margaret Beaufort mysteries)
Doherty, Paul
May, 1471. The Wars of the Roses are reaching their bitter and bloody climax. Edward of York has claimed the English throne, and his supporters are extracting a savage revenge on all who supported the Lancastrian cause. Surrounded by enemies wherever she turns, the position of Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and mother to Henry Tudor, the last remaining hope of the House of Lancaster, is precarious to say the least. Determined to protect her son whatever it takes, Margaret must rely on her sharp-witted clerk Christopher Ulswicke to be her eyes and ears. When four bodies are discovered in a London tavern, their throats slit, and Margaret herself is suspected of being behind the crime, it’s up to Ulswicke to prove his mistress’ innocence and unmask the real killer.
Historical mystery | HC | $44.95

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Doyle, Arthur Conan
A beautiful clothbound edition, featuring some of the famous detective’s most famous cases.
Sherlockiana | HC | $35.00

Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball mysteries 04)
Eaton, J C
Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball is getting dragged into the drama, again, at her mom’s Arizona retirement community. A new board member wants to get rid of two golf courses and replace them with eco-friendly parks, and some of the residents are pretty teed off about it. On top of that, her mother’s book club friend, Myrna, is being pushed out of the bocce league. These seniors are serious about winning, and Myrna’s dragging them down. She’s so bad at bocce, in fact; that when a community member’s dead body is discovered, while Myrna’s practicing for a tournament, she assumes it was one of her own errant balls that killed the woman. But, before Myrna can be tossed off the bocce court and into criminal court, the police find an arrow in the victim’s neck. It looks like this was no accident – and Phee and her investigator boyfriend, Marshall, will have to team up, to bounce a killer into the slammer…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Written in Blood
Fanning, Diane
An inside look at the Michael Peterson case, subject of the hit series The Staircase. Accident, or murder? The Petersons seemed like the ideal couple: well respected, prosperous and happy. All that came crashing down December 2001, when Kathleen apparently fell to her death in their secluded home. But blood-spattered evidence and a missing fireplace poker suggested calculated, cold-blooded murder. Her trusted husband, Michael, stood accused. So, what did happen on the staircase that fateful night? This is the inside look at the Michael Peterson case. It will make you question everything you’ve seen before. ‘The Staircase is an emotionally riveting drama, but it is nowhere near the whole truth. If anybody wants to know the whole story, read Fanning’s book’ – Ann Christensen, Michael Peterson’s sister.
True crime | PBK | $19.99

Safe Houses
Fesperman, Dan
West Berlin, October 1979. Helen Abell is a young American, employed by the CIA to oversee a number of safe houses. She arrives in Berlin, expecting excitement and intrigue, and is disappointed to find the city a Cold War backwater. But one night, during a routine house inspection, she stumbles upon two dark but very different secrets. If made public, they could damage the careers of high-ranking people with powerful ambitions. But Helen decides that the price of silence might be costlier still, so she covertly works to reveal the truth even as she risks her career. Maryland, August 2014. In a small farming town, a young man called Willard Shoat gets up one night and shoots his parents while they are sleeping. His sister Anna hires a private investigator to help her understand her brother’s motives. As they delve into the events leading up to her parents’ deaths, Anna uncovers some startling secrets from her mother’s past…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

City of Evil: the shocking real story of Adelaide’s strange and violent underbelly
Fewster, Sean
This shocking collection of true crime stories lifts the lid on the most bizarre and twisted cases in Adelaide’s history. They call Adelaide the city of churches. What they forget is that every church has a graveyard – and every graveyard is full of skeletons. Adelaide, an elegantly designed, civilised city, where the inhabitants are known for their love of the arts, good food and fine wine, is also the place where many of Australia’s most bizarre and macabre crimes have taken place. The cases in this book show that Adelaide truly does have another side: from the murder of a pro-wrestling truck driver by his two lesbian lodgers, during an argument over a camera; to the case of a wronged wife who only wanted to burn the penis of her unfaithful husband, not burn him to death… This book is more than a collection of some of the most attention-grabbing, shocking and puzzling cases from the past ten years: it also looks at why it might be that so many have happened in this sunny, conservative, unassuming state capital. Now, also a major television series.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

The Hours Before Dawn
Fremlin, Celia
Louise would give anything – anything – for a good night’s sleep. Forget the girls running errant in the garden and bothering the neighbours. Forget her husband, who seems oblivious to it all. If the baby would just stop crying, everything would be fine. Or would it? What if Louise’s growing fears about the family’s new lodger, who seems to share all of her husband’s interests, are real? What could she do, and would anyone even believe her? Maybe, if she could get just get some rest, she’d be able to think straight. A reissue of Fremlin’s first-published, 1958 novel.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Long Shadow
Fremlin, Celia
Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen fumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can’t quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely, he can’t honestly be accusing her of killing her husband. Ivor died in a car crash, two months ago – she may not be adjusting to widowhood very well; but Imogen certainly didn’t murder him. As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected Christmas guests – but they may be looking for more than just holiday cheer. Has someone been rifling through Ivor’s papers? Who left the half-drunk whiskey bottle beside his favourite chair? And why won’t that man stop phoning Imogen, insisting he can prove her guilt? A reissue of a 1975 novel, by a contemporary of Patricia Highsmith.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Whisperer
Fossum, Karin
Ragna Riegel works in a supermarket and still lives in her childhood home. She’s alone in the world, since her only son moved to Berlin. She longs for a Christmas or birthday card from him. Ragna lives her life within strict self-imposed limits: she sits in the same seat on the bus, every day, on her way to her predictable job. On her way home, she always visits the same local shop. She feels safe in her routine, until one day she receives a letter with a threatening message scrawled in capital letters. An unknown enemy has entered her world and she must use all her means to defend herself. When the worst happens, Inspector Konrad Sejer is called in to interrogate Ragna. Is this unassuming woman out of her depth, or is she hiding a dark secret?
Inspector Sejer | TP | $32.99

A Very Murderous Christmas (anthology)
Gayford, Cecily (editor)
The Christmas season is one of comfort and joy, sparkling lights and steam rising from cups of mulled wine at frosty carol services. A season of goodwill to all men, as families and friends come together to forget their differences and celebrate the year together. Unless, of course, you happen to be harbouring a grudge. Or hiding a guilty secret. Or you want something so much, you just have to have it – whatever the cost. Includes writing from Margery Allingham, Val McDermid, G K Chesterton, Patricia Highsmith, John Dickson Carr, and others.
Classic festive mysteries | PBK | $19.99

One Taste Too Many (Sarah Blair mysteries 01)
Goldstein, Debra H
Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty-eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job, in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she’s the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily – an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant… Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage, and Emily wanted by the police for murder; Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case, before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death – being in the kitchen! The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

A Small Weeping (Lorimer & Brightman series)
Gray, Alex
The body of a prostitute is found at Glasgow’s Queen Street Station, her hands, pointing towards her feet, placed as if in prayer, a small flower pressed between the palms. Psychologist Solomon Brightman is called to assist DCI Lorimer in the murder hunt, with the hope that his lateral thinking will shine a light on the case from a different angle. But before any conclusions can be drawn, the body of a nurse is discovered at The Grange, a private clinic. Aside from the careful arrangement of the corpses, there is no obvious connection between the victims; Lorimer and Solomon are still very much in the dark. Then a third body turns up, and it seems increasingly clear that they have a serial killer on their hands.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Shadows of Sounds (Lorimer & Brightman series)
Gray, Alex
The Glasgow Orchestra are rehearsing to perform, but little do they know of the sequence of murderous events happening, backstage… When George Millar, the orchestra’s leader, is brutally murdered in his dressing room, his colleagues are shocked. But the show must go on. Enter DCI Lorimer and psychologist Solomon Brightman, to investigate. What they uncover is a series of irrevocably tangled relationships between the orchestra members. Up until his death, Millar had been involved in homosexual relationships with several other orchestra members and was well known for playing his lovers off against one another – but were his controversial dalliances really enough to incite cold-blooded murder?
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Murder in July (Benjamin January, New Orleans series)
Hambly, Barbara
When the body of a mysterious Englishman is found floating in New Orleans’ New Basin Canal, Benjamin January uncovers a link to another unsolved murder in Paris, nine years before. Now he must unravel the earlier murder in order to solve this second killing. At stake are the lives of his wife, son and unborn child. The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Paper Ghosts
Heaberlin, Julia
Carl Louis Feldman is an old man, who was once a celebrated photographer. That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted. Before his admission to a care home for dementia. Now, his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only, she’s not his daughter and, if she has her way, he’s not coming back… Because Carl’s past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he’s killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel. Now, they’re following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel. Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps, he’s guilty of nothing and she’s the liar. Either way, in driving him into the Texan wilderness, she’s taking a terrible risk. For, if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s alone – in the most dangerous place, of all…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Higashino, Keigo
Detective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman’s past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer. Detective Kyochiro Kaga makes his first appearance in Malice (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Traitor (Mercia Blakewood series)
Hingley, David
May 1665. With winter passed, Mercia Blakewood is, at last, headed back to England from America, hoping to leave behind the shadow cast by death and heartache. She expects a welcome from the King, considering her earlier mission on his behalf; but the reception she receives after her long voyage home could hardly be called warm. With the country now at war with the Dutch, the Crown has decided that Mercia is an asset to be used, once again. More manipulation lies ahead, as Mercia must accept a clandestine role at the heart of the glittering and debauched royal court to unmask a spy and traitor.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Boy (Broussard & Fourcade series)
Hoag, Tami
In the sleepy Louisiana town of Bayou Breaux, a mother runs to her neighbour – bloody and hysterical. The police arrive to find Genevieve Gauthier cradling her seven-year-old son in her arms as he bleeds to death. Detective Nick Fourcade finds no evidence of a break-in. His partner Detective Annie Broussard is troubled by parts of Genevieve’s story that don’t make sense. Twenty-four hours later, teenager Nora Florette is reported missing. Local parents fear a maniac is preying on their children, and demand answers from the police. Fourcade and Broussard discover something shocking about Genevieve’s past. She is both victim and the accused; a grieving mother and a woman with a deadly secret. Could she have something to do with the disappearance of teenager Nora Florette? A sequel to Hoag’s 1997 novel: A Thin Dark Line (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Man at the Window
Jeffreys, Robert
When a boarding master at an exclusive boys’ school is shot dead, it is deemed accidental. A lazy and usually drunk detective is sent to write up the report. Cardilini unexpectedly does not cooperate, as he becomes riled by the privileged arrogance of those at the school. He used to have instincts. Perhaps, he should follow them, now. With no real evidence, he declares the shooting a murder and puts himself on a collision course with the powerful and elite of Perth. As he peels back layers, the school’s dark secrets being to emerge. But is his dogged pursuit of justice helping or harming those most affected by the dead? The first in a new Australian series, set in 1960s’ Western Australia; perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Michael Robotham.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

We Can See You
Kernick, Simon
You have it all. Success, a beautiful home, a happy family. Until, in a heartbeat, it’s gone. We’ve kidnapped your daughter, and we know everything about you. Including the dark secrets from your past, you thought were forgotten. We tell you not to contact the police – and that we’ll know, if you do. Because we can see you. And, now, you know this is no ordinary abduction. It’s worse. Within hours, you’re on the run, with only one thought in your head: That you will stop at nothing, to get your daughter back. Even murder…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Silent Death (Gereon Rath series)
Kutscher, Volker
Berlin 1930. Sound film is conquering the big screen, leaving many by the wayside: producers, cinema owners – and silent film stars. Investigating the violent on-set death of actress Betty Winter, Inspector Gereon Rath encounters the dark side of glamour and an industry in turmoil. When his father requests that he help his friend, the mayor of Cologne, Konrad Adenauer, and his ex-girlfriend Charly makes a renewed attempt at rapprochement, things start to get out of hand. Trapped in the machinations of rival film producers, he roams Berlin’s Chinese quarter and the city’s underworld; as he works ever closer to the edge of legality. Meanwhile, the funeral of the murdered Horst Wessel leads to clashes between Nazis and Communists. The sequel to Babylon Berlin (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Girl in the Woods (Patrik Hedstrom series)
Läckberg, Camilla
When a four-year-old girl disappears in the woods outside Fjällbacka, people are horror-struck. Thirty years ago, a child went missing from the same spot, and was later discovered, murdered. Back then, two teenage girls were found guilty of the killing. Could one of them be the culprit this time? Detective Patrik Hedström starts investigating, with his wife, bestselling crime writer Erica Falck, by his side. But as Patrik and Erica dig deeper, it seems that everyone in the tight-knit community is hiding something. And soon, the residents must confront the fact that there could be a murderer in their midst…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Talisman (Legacy series) (30th anniversary edition)
La Plante, Lynda
For each new generation, the Talisman… is the key to a fortune. Edward – who inherits his father’s looks… and his curse. Alex, his brother – whose quest for revenge will fuel an empire built on corruption. And Evelyne and Juliana, the fourth generation – still haunted by the family’s past. From the miseries of the war years, to the glamorous present, in London, America and South Africa; the passionate story of a family’s lives and fortunes… and the curse that forged their names… continues. The sequel to The Legacy (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Feral Detective
Lethem, Jonathan
Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds; and discover that Arabella is in serious trouble – caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe’s trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous… ‘The Feral Detective investigates our haunted America in all its contemporary guises – at the edge of the city, beyond the blank desert, in the apartment next door. It’s a nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with Lethem’s trademark verve and wit.’ – Colson Whitehead.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Now We are Dead
MacBride, Stuart
Revenge is a dangerous thing… Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace – that’s why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now, he’s back on the streets and women are being attacked, again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won’t listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy. Perhaps, she could try solving a few instead of harassing an innocent man? Steel knows Wallace is guilty. And the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice, to stop him?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
McNamara, Michelle
‘You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.’ For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called ‘the Golden State Killer’. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic – capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim – he favoured suburban couples – he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognise him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death – offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic – and may, at last, unmask the Golden State Killer.
True crime | TP | $29.99

Chicago: a novel of Prohibition
Mamet, David
Mike Hodge – veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry – probably shouldn’t have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge. Set in mobbed-up 1920s’ Chicago – a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better – by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables.
Historical suspense | PBK | $24.99

A Christmas Railway Mystery (Railway Detective series)
Marston, Edward
December 1860. The morning shift at Swindon Locomotive Works is about to begin and an army of men is pouring out of the nearby terraced houses built by the GWR. Frank Rodman should have been among them, but he is destined for the grave – sooner than he might have expected… or, he will be, once his missing head is found. But Christmas is fast approaching, and the last thing Inspector Colbeck needs is a complex case, mired in contradictions. As he wrestles with one crime, he is alarmed to hear of another – the abduction of Superintendent Tallis. Colbeck and Leeming find themselves in a hectic race to solve a brutal murder before rushing off to Kent, in a bid to save the superintendent’s life.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Old Man in the Corner (Teahouse Detective collection)
Orczy, Baroness
Mysteries! There is no such thing as a mystery in connection with any crime, provided intelligence is brought to bear upon its investigation. So says, a rather down-at-heel elderly gentleman, to young Polly Burton of the Evening Observer, in the corner of the ABC teashop on Norfolk Street one afternoon. Once she has forgiven him for distracting her from her newspaper and luncheon, Miss Burton discovers that her interlocutor is as brilliantly gifted as he is eccentric – able to solve mysteries that have made headlines and baffled the finest minds of the police without once leaving his seat in the teahouse. As the weeks go by, she listens to him unravelling the trickiest of puzzles and solving the most notorious of crimes, but still one final mystery remains: the mystery of the old man in the corner himself. The Old Man in the Corner is a classic collection of mysteries featuring the Teahouse Detective – a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes, with a brilliant mind and waspish temperament to match that of Conan Doyle’s creation.
Classic mystery collection | PBK | $19.99

The Other Side of Everything
Owens, Lauren Doyle
After her elderly neighbour is murdered, Amy Unger, a fledgling artist and cancer survivor, takes to the canvas – in an effort to make sense of her neighbour’s death. Painting helps Amy recover from the devastating illness that ended her marriage and left her life in ruin. But when her paintings prove to be too realistic, her neighbours grow suspicious, and the murderer, still lurking, finds his way to her door. Bernard White, a widower who has isolated himself for years after a family scandal, can’t stop thinking about the murder of an old friend – and what it means for his fellow octogenarians as the death toll rises. He convinces the neighbourhood’s geriatric residents to band together to protect one another. But the Originals, as they are known, can’t live together forever. As it is, Bernard is pressing his luck with the woman he’s moved in with. Maddie Lowe is a teenager trying to balance her waitressing job and keeping her family intact after the disappearance of her mother, even as their neighbourhood becomes more dangerous by the second. She has information crucial to solving the crime. But she doesn’t realise it – until it’s almost too late. Their paths converge around the killer terrorising their neighbourhood and they are all faced with a life – or death – decision…
Thriller | TP | $24.99

The First Lady
Patterson, James & DuBois, Brendan
President Tucker is caught up in a media firestorm. The scandal of his affair has sent shockwaves through his re-election campaign; and threatens to derail everything he has worked for. To win the vote, he needs the First Lady to stand by his side. But Grace Tucker has a mind of her own. After years of compromise, unfulfilled promises, deception and betrayal, Grace refuses to give in to her husband’s demands. Escaping the city and her Secret Service agents, she is officially off the radar. But did the First Lady run away? Or is she in far greater danger than anyone could have imagined?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Kingdom of the Blind (Inspector Gamache)
Penny, Louise
When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Sûreté du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as executor of her will. Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects she must have been delusional – until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre document, suddenly, seem far more menacing. Armand sets about investigating; but, meanwhile, he is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify the recent events that led to his suspension. As he does, he begins to see his own blind spots – and the terrible things hiding there… This fantastic series begins with Still Life (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (anthology)
Penzler, Otto (editor)
From Victorian detective stories to modern mysteries, police procedurals to pulp fiction, comic gems to cosy crime, there’s something for every festive mood in this must-read collection starring sixty of the world’s favourite detectives.
Mystery anthology | HC | $49.99

Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal (Haunted Vintage mysteries 07)
Pressey, Rose
Cookie Chanel – owner of the chic clothing store, It’s Vintage Y’All in Sugar Creek, Georgia – has been hired to dress models for a fashion shoot. The spread will be featured in Fashion and Style magazine’s October issue – so, the models are posing in a cemetery. As someone who can see and talk to ghosts, Cookie’s not spooked by the location. But she is surprised, when a new ghost appears, decked out in 1920s’ couture. And she’s shocked, when she hears a gunshot. Then a model runs toward her, saying the grumpy photographer has been edited out of the picture – for good. With help from her ghostly pals, Cookie must zoom in on the truth, before she’s the next to strike a final pose…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Listeners
Quinn, Anthony J
Not long out of the fast-track training course at Edinburgh’s police college, Detective Sergeant Carla Herron is about to be tested to breaking point. She’s been called to Deepwell psychiatric hospital in the Scottish borders, to interview a patient who has confessed to the murder of one of the hospital’s psychotherapists. The confession is vividly detailed, but for a man locked in a secure ward and under 24-hour surveillance, it is also utterly impossible. So, why can’t the supposedly-murdered psychotherapist be contacted? Why are the hospital staff so secretive, so difficult to work with? Why have other Deepwell patients made disturbingly similar confessions over the past year? Against the advice of her superiors, Carla delves deeper into the hospital’s past and is plunged into a labyrinth of jealousies, lies and hallucinations. Struggling to separate fact from fantasy, Carla embarks on a chilling trail through the bleak uplands and dark forests of the Scottish borders, every step taking her closer to a final – deadly – reckoning.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Raabe, Marc
He thought he’d escaped his past. He was wrong… Jesse Berg is a successful paediatrician. Newly divorced, he spends his time caring for his young daughter, Isa. But Jesse has secrets in his past. Things he doesn’t talk about. When Jesse’s ex-wife is murdered, and his daughter abducted; his life spirals out of control. At the scene of the murder there is a message left for him. A message that makes it clear that he was the intended target of the attack. Jesse would do anything to find Isa, and as a long-forgotten debt comes to light, he realises he must do the one thing he never wanted to do: go back to his past, and back to his old home. A place that almost killed him. A place where he learned to fight back…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Spot of Folly: Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem
Rendell, Ruth
These are ten (and a quarter) of Rendell’s most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time. Atmospheric, gripping and never predictable, this is Ruth Rendell at her inimitable best; with an introduction by Sophie Hannah. Now in paperback.
Mystery collection | PBK | $19.99

Killing Time (Eve Clay series)
Roberts, Mark
Before night falls, someone will die… In a deserted playground, a young Czech girl cowers by the swings. She has been missing for eight days. No one knows what she has seen, and she is refusing to speak. DCI Eve Clay is on her way to meet the girl, when another case is called in. Two migrant workers are dead, and a sinister message has been discovered at the scene: Killing time is here, embrace it. How long does Eve have, before the killers strike again?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Steamed Open (Maine Clambake mysteries 07)
Ross, Barbara
Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged, after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly-inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive – except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party – or see this season’s clam harvest dry up, for good.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Au Pair
Rous, Emma
Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: the first set of summer twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on the day they were born, their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and a stolen baby. Now, twenty-five, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph taken on the day the twins were born – featuring both parents posing with just one baby. Seraphine soon becomes fixated with the notion that she and Danny might not be twins, after all… that she wasn’t the baby born that day and that there was more to her mother’s death than she has ever been told… Why did their beloved au pair flee that day? Where is she, now? Does she hold the key to what really happened?
Suspense | TP | $29.99

A House of Ghosts
Ryan, W C
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering – to contact his two sons, who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon, one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Lost Books and Old Bones (Scottish Bookshop mysteries 03)
Shelton, Paige
Delaney Nichols – originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller, in Edinburgh – works at the Cracked Spine in the heart of town. The shop is a place filled with curiosities and surprises tucked into every shelf, and it’s Delaney’s job to research the rare tomes and obscure artefacts that people come to buy and sell. When her new friends, also students at the medical school, come to the shop – to sell a collection of antique medical books – Delaney knows she’s stumbled across a rare and important find indeed. Her boss, Edwin MacAlister, agrees to buy the multivolume set… perhaps, even to keep for his own collection. But not long after the sale, one of Delaney’s new friends is found murdered, in the alley behind the Cracked Spine; and she wonders if there is some nefarious connection between the origin of these books and the people whose hands they fell into. Delaney takes it upon herself to help bring the murderer to justice. During her investigation, Delaney she finds some old scalpels in the bookshop’s warehouse – she and discovers that they belonged to a long-dead doctor, whose story and ties to the past crimes of Burke and Hare might be connected to the present-day murder. It’s all Delaney can do, to race to solve this crime before time runs out and she ends up in a victim on the slab, herself.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Maigret and the Ghost
Simenon, Georges
During an undercover case, Inspector Lognon is shot – in a room he was sharing with a beautiful woman, who has since disappeared. Inspector Maigret retraces Lognon’s secretive last few days and is drawn into the darker side of the art world.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Slimani, Leila
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’ upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties. The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Death Chamber (Detective’s Daughter series)
Thomson, Lesley
For forty years, someone has got away with murder… Forty years ago, seventeen-year-old Cassie Baker took a shortcut home from a small Cotswolds’ village, and was never seen again. Twenty years later, Cotswolds’ police found Cassie’s remains, while searching for another missing teenager, Bryony Motson. Bryony’s body was never found. Now, Stella Darnell, cleaner and private detective, has decided to find out what happened to Bryony. She knows her investigation will be dangerous. Because, for too long, someone has got away with murder. Someone who will do anything to keep it that way…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Anatomy of a Scandal
Vaughan, Sarah
A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death
Vincent, M B
Jess Castle is running away. Again. This time, she’s running back home, like she swore she never would. Castle Kidbury, like all small towns, hums with gossip but now it’s plagued with murder of the most gruesome kind. Jess instinctively believes that the hippy-ish cult, camped out on the edge of town, is not responsible for the spate of crucifixions that blights the pretty landscape. Her father, a respected judge, despairs of Jess as she infiltrates the cult and manages, not for the first time, to get herself arrested. Rupert Lawson – a school-days’ crush, who’s now a barrister – bails her out. Jess ropes in a reluctant Rupert; as she gate-crashes the murder investigation of DS Eden. A by-the-book copper, Eden has to admit that intuitive, eccentric Jess has the nose of a detective. As the gory murders pile up, there’s nothing to connect the victims. And, yet, the clues are there… if you look hard enough. Perfect for fans of M C Beaton, this is the first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Murder in the Bookshop (Detective Club series)
Wells, Carolyn
When Philip Balfour is found murdered in a New York bookstore, the number one suspect is his librarian, a man who has coveted Balfour’s widow. But when the police discover that a book worth $100,000 is missing, detective Fleming Stone realises that some people covet rare volumes, even more highly than other men’s wives, and embarks on one of his most dangerous investigations. This edition includes a bonus murder story: ‘The Shakespeare Title-Page Mystery’.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99