Crime & Mystery Catalogue: February 2016

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

February 2016 includes new books by: Lucy Arlington, M C Beaton, Christopher Brookmyre, Miranda James, Joe R Lansdale, David Mark, Sara Sheridan, June Thomson, Jacqueline Winspear, David Wishart… and many others.

For Cheddar or Worse (Cheese Shop Mysteries 07)
Aames, Avery
It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s cheese shop is packed with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation. Even though any love for Lara, by her friends, curdled long ago – Charlotte is surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one laying blame on Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a tainted pall on the festival’s future.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Off the Books (Novel Idea Mysteries 05)
Arlington, Lucy
The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating not only North Carolina’s best vendors but also some of the agency’s most popular bridal books. The fact that Lila can use the event to plan her own impending nuptials is just the icing on the cake. But wedding bells turn to warning bells when Lila finds a dead man, face down in the frosting. Soon it’s discovered that the victim was connected to several Novel Idea authors, all of whom quickly become suspects in the case. It’s up to Lila and her fellow agents to find the real killer before one of their clients winds up scribbling stories from behind bars… A cosy recommendation!
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Evening Spider
Arsenault, Emily
Inspired by a sensational murder from the 1800s this novel links two young mothers from different centuries. Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different centuries. Frances Barnett might not be the only new mother to lose her mind in this house. And like Frances, Abby discovers that by trying to uncover another’s secrets, she risks awakening some of her own.
Suspense | TP | $27.99

A God In Ruins
Atkinson, Kate
The dazzling Life After Life ($19.99) explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Here, the focus is on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. Winner of the 2015 Costa Novel Award. A powerful, beautiful novel. Recommended.
Fiction | PBK | $22.99

Fever City
Baker, Tim
Nick Alston, a Los Angeles private investigator, is hired to find the kidnapped son of America’s richest and most hated man. Hastings, a mob hitman, in search of redemption, is also on the trail. But both men soon become ensnared by a sinister cabal that spreads from the White House, all the way to Dealey Plaza. Decades later, in Dallas, Alston’s son stumbles across evidence from JFK conspiracy buffs that just might link his father to the shot heard round the world. Violent, vivid, visceral: Fever City is a high-octane, nightmare journey through a Mad Men-era America of dark powers, corruption and conspiracy.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Death of a Liar (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish, in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

House of Thieves
Belfoure, Charles
In 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn’t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross’s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent’s Gent’s, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won’t solve. The take better include some cash too: the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over. With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross’s entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down and for his family to go down too.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

A Taste of Ashes (DI Bob Valentine series)
Black, Tony
When DI Bob Valentine returns to duty after a narrow escape with death, he is faced with the discovery of a corpse on a kitchen table with a horrific neck wound and a mystery surrounding the victim’s missing partner and her daughter. It’s all too close to his own near-fatal stabbing. When the murder investigation begins to reveal a tragic family drama, Bob Valentine struggles to deal with the rapidly unfolding events and the terrifying visions that haunt him. As he starts to uncover the illicit secrets of the family’s past, can he keep a grip on the case and on his own sanity, before the body count starts to rise?
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

Skin and Bone (Cragg and Fidelis series)
Blake, Robin
1743, and the tanners of Preston are a pariah community, plying their unwholesome trade beside a stretch of riverside marsh where many Prestonians by ancient right graze their livestock. When the body of a newborn child is found in one of their tanning pits, Cragg’s enquiry falls foul of a cabal of merchants, dead set on modernising the town’s economy and regarding the despised tanners – and Cragg’s apparent championship of them – as obstacles to their plan. The murder of a baby is just the evidence they need to get rid of the tanners once and for all. But the inquest into the baby’s death is disrupted when the inn in which it is being held mysteriously burns down. Then Cragg himself faces a charge of lewdness, jeopardising his whole future as a coroner…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Edge of Dreams (Molly Murphy Mysteries 14)
Bowen, Rhys
Molly Murphy Sullivan’s husband Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He’s chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target. Molly’s detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She’s healing from injuries sustained in the crash and also side-tracked by her friends Sid and Gus’s most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel’s murder case.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Black Widow (Jack Parlabane)
Brookmyre, Christopher
Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairy tales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow. Another brilliant novel from Brookmyre with a savage twist. Recommended.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Falling Detective (Leo Junker series)
Carlsson, Christoffer
Leo Junker is back in the snake pit – the nickname for the homicide unit – after a long leave of absence due to his entanglement in a murder case where he’d been personally targeted by the perpetrator. He is still abusing prescription drugs and battling his inner demons, but he does his best to appear fit for duty. In early winter, a sociologist named Thomas Heber is found murdered in an alley in the centre of Stockholm. The only traces the police have to work with are Heber’s cryptic research notes, which indicate that someone else’s life is also under threat. But who? Leo is put on the Heber case, together with Gabriel Birck, his former antagonist in the force. That is hard enough, but when the case is abruptly taken from them and reassigned to the Swedish Security Service, Leo realises this is no ordinary street mugging.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna (Fairy Tale Fatal Mysteries 03)
Chance, Maia
Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That’s why she’s accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner – and romantic sparring partner – the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the comte has shredded Ophelia’s last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party – until Penrose, his lovely new fiancée, and a stagecoach of stranded travellers arrive at the comte’s sprawling chateau. Soon she can’t tell the boars from the bores. When one of the guests is found clawed and bloody in the orangery, Ophelia is determined to solve the murder before everyone starts believing the local version of Beauty and the Beast. But until the snows melt, she can’t trust her eyes – or her heart – since even the most civilised people hold beastly secrets…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Forgotten Room (Professor Jeremy Logan series)
Child, Lincoln
On a sprawling estate on the coast of Rhode Island, at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious think tank, an unfathomable tragedy takes place. No one knows what to make of the disturbing evidence left behind. Then reports begin to surface of increasingly bizarre behaviour among the organisation’s distinguished scientists. Called upon to investigate these strange happenings, history professor and analyst of inexplicable phenomena Jeremy Logan comes across an ingeniously concealed room in a long-dormant wing of the mansion. What he discovers within may provide answers – and, in the process, unleash a new wave of catastrophe.
Mystery/thriller | TP | $29.99

The Moth Catcher (Vera Stanhope series)
Cleeves, Ann
Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Then a shocking discovery shatters the dream. The owners of a local country estate have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they’re away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane leading into the valley – a lonely place to die. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe. When they look around the attic of the big house – where Patrick had a flat – Vera finds the body of a second man. All the two victims have in common is a fascination with moths – and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

All These Perfect Strangers
Clifford, Aoife
‘This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It’s a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So let’s just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.’ Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why. College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. Full of perfect strangers, it felt like the ideal place for Pen to shed the confines of her small home town and reinvent herself. But the darkness of her past clings tight, and when the killings begin and friendships are betrayed, Pen’s secrets are revealed. The debut novel from Victorian, Aoife Clifford.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

A Turn for the Bad (County Cork Mysteries 04)
Connolly, Sheila
After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways – and Sullivan’s Pub is her classroom. Maura didn’t only inherit a business, she inherited a tightknit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it’s the talk of the pub. A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young son, has mysteriously disappeared. Did he drown? Kill himself? The child can say only that he saw a boat. Everyone – from the local gardai, to the Coast Guard – is scouring the Cork coast, but when a body is finally brought ashore, it’s the wrong man. An accidental drowning or something more sinister? Trusting the words of the boy and listening to the suspicions of her employee, Mick, that the missing farmer might have run afoul of smugglers, Maura decides to investigate the deserted coves and isolated inlets for herself. But this time she may be getting in over her head…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Grim Steeper (Teapot Collector Mysteries 03)
Cooper, Amanda
Mid-October in the charming Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove means it’s time for the annual Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party. The highlight of the festivities is a roaming tea tasting, which includes a stop at Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. Sophie Taylor would like to share her enjoyment of the event with her sort-of boyfriend, English teacher Jason Murphy, but Jason’s dean has accused him of falsifying grades to help an athlete at the local college. Steamed and stressed, Jason shows up the night of the party with bags under his eyes. But the dean shows up under Sophie’s Japanese Maple later that night, murdered, and now Jason is suspected of far worse than fudging grade reports. It’s up to Sophie, her Nana, and their friends the Silver Spouts to pore over the clues to find out who really decided to teach the dean a lesson.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Pocket Wife
Crawford, Susan
Dana Catrell wakes from a drunken stupor in time to see an ambulance pull into her neighbour’s house a few doors down. Celia Steinhauser has been murdered. But Dana was at her house, only a few hours ago. Celia wanted to show her a photo – a photo of Dana’s husband with another woman – and Dana has blank spots about what happened to the rest of the afternoon…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Ponson Case (The Detective Club)
Crofts, Freeman Wills
When the body of Sir William Ponson is found in the Cranshaw River, near his home of Luce Manor, it is assumed to be an accident – until the evidence points to murder. Inspector Tanner of Scotland Yard discovers that those who would benefit most from Sir William’s death seem to have unbreakable alibis, and a mysterious fifth man, whose footprints were found at the crime scene, is nowhere to be found… The latest from the Collins Crime Club archives.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

Kiss Them Good-Bye
Eastburn, Joseph
Sitting atop a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside in upstate New York, the Ravenhill School is a bastion of exclusivity, offering the children of the nation’s first families a magnificent education and a refuge from the harsh realities beyond its ancient cloisters – until the first student is found dead, upside down in a campus garbage can. When the body count rises and the clues multiply, panic grips the environs of Ravenhill, and expert Nick Fowler is called in from out of town to break the case.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $24.99

The Dungeon House
Edwards, Martin
Hannah Scarlett’s cold case team are looking into the three-year-old mystery of the disappearance of Lily Elstone, whose father was Malcolm Whiteley’s accountant. Their investigation coincides with the disappearance of another teenage girl, Shona Whiteley, daughter of Malcolm’s nephew Nigel. Nigel now lives in the Dungeon House, despite its tragic history. Twenty years earlier, Malcolm shot his wife and apparently killed his daughter before shooting himself. But as Hannah’s team dig down into the past, doubts arise about what exactly happened at the Dungeon House, twenty years ago.
Mystery | HC | $45.00

Murder at the Manor (British Library Crime Classics)
Edwards, Martin (editor)
The English country house is an iconic setting for some of the greatest British crime fiction. This new collection gathers together stories written over a span of about 65 years; during which British society, and life in country houses, was transformed out of all recognition. Many distinguished writers are represented in this collection, including such great names of the genre as Anthony Berkeley, Nicholas Blake and G K Chesterton. Martin Edwards has also unearthed hidden gems and forgotten masterpieces: among them are a fine send-up of the country house murder; a suspenseful tale by the unaccountably neglected Ethel Lina White; and a story by the little-known Scottish writer J J Bell. The latest of the British Library Crime Classics.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Darned If You Do (Needlecraft Mysteries 18)
Ferris, Monica
After a tree falls on Tom Riordan’s house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota – including Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunch – offer to help with the clean-up, while Tom recuperates. But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property – his cousin Valentina – becomes the number one suspect. Betsy believes there’s more to the case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killer’s identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Fixer
Finder, Joseph
What secrets are his family keeping? A month ago, Rick Hoffman was a popular journalist. Now, having being fired by his magazine, he is penniless and alone. At least he still has keys to his father’s house, empty since he moved to a nursing home after a stroke. There, hidden in the walls of his father’s attic, Rick finds something that could change his life: bundles of cash worth millions. He knows he shouldn’t spend it without knowing where it came from. But his bed-bound father can no longer speak. If he could, he’d tell his son just how much danger he is in…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish
Flannery, Tim
It’s 1932, and the Great Venus Island Fetish – a ceremonial mask, surrounded by thirty-two human skulls – now resides in a museum in Sydney, Australia. But young anthropologist, Archie Meek, recently returned from an extended field trip to Venus Island, has noticed something amiss: a strange discoloration on some of the skulls. Has someone tampered with the fetish? Is there a link between it and the mysterious disappearance of Cecil Polkinghorne, curator of archaeology? And how did Eric Sopwith, retired molluscs’ expert, die in the museum’s storeroom?
Mystery | HC | $46.95

The Third Woman
Freedland, Jonathan
Journalist Madison Webb is obsessed with exposing lies and corruption. But she never thought she would be investigating her own sister’s murder. Madison refuses to accept the official line that Abigail’s death was an isolated crime. She uncovers evidence that suggests Abi was the third victim in a series of killings hushed up as part of a major conspiracy.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Keep the Midnight Out (Lorimer & Brightman series)
Gray, Alex
When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer’s tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty-year-old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him, ever since. As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man’s death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years. As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Narrow Bed
Hannah, Sophie
A killer, the police have dubbed Billy Dead Mates, is killing pairs of best friends, one by one. Just before each murder, he sends his victim a small white book… Three regional police forces are working together to identify and catch Billy. For five months, they’ve been failing. Then a fifth victim, scared by what she’s seen and heard on the news, comes forward to seek help. Unlike Billy’s first four victims, she isn’t dead. Yet…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Town in a Cinnamon Toast (Candy Holliday Mysteries 07)
Haywood, B B
The much-anticipated wedding of local resident Maggie Tremont and popular baker Herr Georg has stirred up the usually quiet coastal town of Cape Willington. To make sure the wedding of the year goes off without a hitch, the participants gather at a pre-wedding dinner everyone, that is, except the best man… Worried, Candy, the maid of honour, goes looking for him, finally tracking him down to the upstairs archive rooms at the English Point Lighthouse and Museum. There’s only one problem: he’s dead, struck over the head with a bottle of champagne, the same exclusive brand that was ordered for the dinner. Before the wedding plans fall flat, Candy rushes to find the murderer, unearthing a conspiracy that could spill over into the whole town…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Black-Eyed Susans
Heaberlin, Julia
Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars – or so she thought. Now, decades later the Black-Eyed Susans planted outside Tessa’s bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer, who should be safely in prison. Haunted by fragmented memories of the night when she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter’s safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer, before it’s too late?
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Josephine Tey: A Life
Henderson, Jennifer Morag
‘This biography of one of the most complex and fascinating twentieth-century Scottish women writers brings her out from the shadows of her several pen names and draws attention not only to her importance as a playwright and novelist, but to the whole milieu that allowed her to live a double life between domestic commitments in Inverness and cosmopolitan literary relationships in the south of England. A truly necessary and fascinating biography.’ – Professor Ian Brown. ‘… becomes, at a stroke, the definitive volume.’ – Barry Forshaw.
Biography | HC | $49.99

Real Tigers (Slough House series)
Herron, Mick
The latest in Herron’s Slough House series, following Slow Horses and Real Tigers (PBK, $19.99 each).
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Shards of Murder (Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries 02)
Hollon, Cheryl
As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah’s former mentor. But when Megan doesn’t show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumours start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman’s dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Scene of the Brine (Pickled and Preserved Mystery 03)
Hughes, Mary Ellen
Business is booming at Piper’s Picklings in Cloverdale, New York. But not all is sweet in the life of Piper’s number one customer and friend, local caterer Sugar Heywood. Sugar is dating wealthy realtor Jeremy Porter, but his family doesn’t approve. After their unscrupulous accountant finds some dirt on Sugar, the family quickly urges Jeremy to throw her out like rotten fruit. Things are further spoiled after the accountant is found poisoned, and all evidence points to Sugar’s son, Zach. With the Porter family determined to avoid scandal, it won’t be easy for Piper to preserve Zach’s innocence. And after someone falls victim to a poisoned jar of some of her brandied cherries, Piper’s got a peck of trouble to deal with herself…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Familiar Tail (Witch’s Cat Mysteries 01)
James, Delia
Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky grey cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spell book full of trouble. Suddenly saddled with a witch’s wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women, who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can’t prevent every wicked deed in town. The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Arsenic and Old Books (Cat in the Stacks Mysteries 06)
James, Miranda
Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, Mississippi, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. She would like librarian Charlie Harris to preserve and substantiate them as a part of the Long family legacy something that could benefit her son, Beck, as he prepares to campaign for the state senate. Beck’s biggest rival would like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family’s past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. Together with his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, Charlie must discover why the diaries were worth killing for, before he too reaches his final chapter. The first in this wonderful cosy series is Murder Past Due ($19.95).
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

James, Peter
City stockbroker Alex Rocq leads a comfortable life – with a luxury flat in London, a country cottage, a very expensive car, and a lucrative job that still leaves time for leisure. But all this isn’t enough. After receiving a tip off, Alex decides to play the commodities market for himself. He soon learns the hard way that fortune doesn’t always favour the brave, and his luck comes to an abrupt end. When he is offered the chance to write off his debts – in exchange for special services and silence – Rocq can’t believe his luck. But how far will a desperate man go to harness the power players around him? Reissue of a thriller originally published in 1983.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Death Descends on Saturn Villa (Gower Street Detective series)
Kasasian, M R C
London: 1883. 125 Gower Street was once a house of justice, truth and perspicacity. Now, madness, murder and scandal lurk in its empty halls. It is rumoured that its owner, Sidney Grice – London’s foremost personal detective – has been driven to the brink of despair. Sidney Grice journeys to Yorkshire, to solve a mysterious death; leaving March Middleton, his ward, to her own devices, in a London swarming with danger and vice. Curiosity, as we know, has a dark edge. So when an intriguing letter leads March to the gates of the palatial Saturn Villa, and into the nightmarish world of her long-lost uncle, it could be the beginning of an end, for all. The third in a humorous series, getting raves from customers, the first being The Mangle Street Murders ($17.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $17.99

The Long Room
Kay, Francesca
When Stephen Donaldson joins the Institute, he anticipates excitement, romance and new status. Instead, he gets the tape-recorded conversations of ancient communists and ineffectual revolutionaries, until the day he is assigned a new case: the ultra-secret PHOENIX. Is PHOENIX really working for a foreign power? Stephen hardly cares; it is the voice of the target’s wife that mesmerises him. This is December 1981. Bombs are exploding, a cold war is being waged, another war is just over the horizon, and the nation is transfixed by weekly instalments of Brideshead Revisited. Dangerously in love, and lonely, Stephen sets himself up for a vertiginous fall that will forever change his life.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Lady From Zagreb (Bernie Gunther series)
Kerr, Philip
In 1942, there are many worse places to be than Zurich, and detective Bernie Gunther has seen his fair share of them. So when a superior asks him to track down a glamorous German actress believed to be hiding in Zurich, he takes the job. Not that he has much choice: the superior is Goebbels himself. Soon Bernie finds himself involved in something much more sinister. The actress, it emerges, is the daughter of a fanatical Croatian fascist, the sadistic commandant of a notorious concentration camp. And the Swiss police have a cold case that they want Bernie to take a look at: one that seems to have connections to some powerful people, back in the Reich.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Shoot the Messenger
Kuhn, Shane
Meet John Lago: hitman, film fan, dangerously in love. The object of his affection is Alice, who also happens to be John’s nemesis, a fellow killer, and now the wife he never knew he wanted. Together, this thrill-seeking, lethal couple aim to take over John’s former employers: Human Resources Inc – a group of assassins who get close to their high-profile targets in the guise of office interns.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Sweet Nothing
Lange, Richard
A collection of tales, set on the dark side of Los Angeles.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Honky Tonk Samurai (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine series)
Lansdale, Joe R
Hap and Leonard are not your typical private eyes. But what they lack in experience they make up with perseverance. Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet, have finally decided to make their detective work official. Their first client: a mean old woman looking for her missing granddaughter. The girl used to work for a car dealership in town… but it seems like cars weren’t the only things on offer. The mystery thickens to include blackmail, revenge, and an inbred family of hillbilly assassins who eliminate any threats to the operation.
Mystery | TP | 29.99

Paradise Sky
Lansdale, Joe R
Meet Nat Love. Born a slave in Texas, he escapes a lynching and finds a mentor who trains him in shooting, riding, reading, writing and gardening. But the enemies of his youth pursue him, and soon he is on the run again… In the course of a tumultuous life, he becomes in turn a Buffalo Soldier, a bouncer, a ratcatcher, a sharpshooter, a dime-novel star, a friend to Wild Bill Hickock and a US Marshal. From Texas to Deadwood, and back down south, he both dodges and courts violence, hoping one day to get his revenge.
Fiction | PBK | $19.99

Lesiewicz, Aga
Life is good for Anna Wright. She’s a successful media executive, working for one of the UK’s largest TV corporations. She’s got a great boyfriend, some close friends and a lovely home. But Anna’s perfect life starts to crumble from the moment when, out jogging on the Heath one day, she meets a handsome stranger. She takes a route into unfamiliar territory, and then she has to face the consequences.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

A Deadly Tail (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Mystery 04)
Lyle, Dixie
Deidre ‘Foxtrot’ Lancaster is in new territory. Telepathically communicating with her dog and cat to solve murders? That’s old hat. Having a movie filmed on the crazy and wacky Zoransky mansion grounds, and making a new commiserating assistant friend to boot? Now that’s a whole new ball of wax. Yet not all goes according to plan. The universe clearly hates Foxtrot, because now she’s got a dead body on her hands, an explosion in the honey badger den, and the epic, classic film argument of the ages – who are the better actors, canines versus felines rages on between Whiskey and Tango. And to get this film, and the dead body, wrapped up and put to bed, Foxtrot is going to need her mystery-solving pets more than ever.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Black Run (Rocco Schiavone series)
Manzini, Antonio
‘The dark flanks of the Italian Alps tower over everything. Wind whistles through the fir trees. An expanse of ice and snow with no end in sight. A growing stain. A mess of flesh and blood. A corpse buried six inches under the snow. Enter Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief and a man who has more beautiful women in his bed than sensible shoes under it. He’s stuck in this backwards Alpine town after getting on the wrong side of the wrong people and longs for the fritto misto, cobbled streets and lucky breaks of his beloved Rome. He hates this place and the provincial locals almost as much as his superiors for their petty rules and for exiling him here. On top of that, he’s got a body to deal with and this mangled corpse is: a pain in the ass, number 10 on the scale, summa cum laude… There is blood on the black run and nothing to identify the victim but a tattoo of Luisa Pec, owner of a bar popular with the locals and a pair of blue eyes popular with Rocco. Was it a crime of passion? Or of jealousy? And how are the mafia involved? Rocco Schiavone is on the case, the first in a sensational new crime series.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dead Pretty (DS Aector McAvoy series)
Mark, David
Hannah Kelly has been missing for nine months. Ava Delaney has been dead for five days. One girl to find. One girl to avenge. And DS Aector McAvoy won’t let either of them go until justice can be done. But some people have their own ideas of what justice means. The Aector McAvoy series has been getting excellent feedback and reviews. The first is Dark Winter (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Dance of Death (Home Front Detective series)
Marston, Edward
London, Autumn 1916. When he slips out of a house in the early hours, Simon Wilder is too preoccupied to realise that he is being stalked. As he walks along the street, lights begin to dim as a warning that there’s another Zeppelin attack. British aeroplanes attack the Zeppelin. Suddenly, it bursts into flame, and lights up the whole sky. The crowds cheer as the great fireball drops slowly down and crashes in a field but the one person unable to watch is Simon Wilder. While he is staring up at the sky, he is stabbed to death and left in an alleyway. It will prove to be a very puzzling case, for Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy…
Historical mystery | HC | $39.99

Buried (Katie Maguire series)
Masterton, Graham
Katie Maguire knows that in this part of Ireland, the past can never stay buried… In Blarney, Cork, an old millworker’s cottage guards its secrets. In 1921, a mother, father, and their two young children disappeared from this house. And now, 95 years later, their mummified bodies have been discovered under the floorboards. The neighbours cannot imagine who would have killed such a harmless family all those years ago. But as DS Katie Maguire investigates, the flames of old family rivalries flare up once more… and Katie is caught in the crossfire.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Dead Secret
McCarthy, Ava
After the death of her three-year-old daughter, Jodie has nothing left to live for – or almost nothing. She has one task to fulfil, before she takes her own life. And that’s to kill the man she holds responsible for her daughter’s death – her seemingly perfect husband, Ethan. But Ethan is hiding more than just his true nature. And as more horrifying secrets from his past emerge, Jodie’s strength will be pushed to the limit.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The No 2 Feline Detective Agency (Hettie Bagshot Mysteries 01)
Morton, Mandy
Hettie Bagshot has bitten off more than any cat could chew. As soon as she launches her No 2 Feline Detective Agency, she’s bucketed into a case: Furcross, home for slightly older cats, has a nasty spate of bodysnatching, and three of the residents have been stolen from their graves. Hettie and her sidekick, Tilly, set out to reveal the terrible truth. Is Nurse Mogadon involved in a deadly game? Has the haberdashery department of Malkin & Sprinkle become a mortuary? And what flavour will Betty Butter’s pie of the week be? The second in this new series, Cat Among the Pumpkins, is also available this month, in paperback format ($16.99).
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

The Living and the Dead In Winsford
Nesser, Hakan
A woman arrives in the village of Winsford, on Exmoor. She has travelled a long way and chosen her secluded cottage carefully. Her sole intention is to outlive her beloved dog Castor. And to survive the torrent of memories that threaten to overwhelm her. Weeks before, Maria and her husband Martin fled Stockholm under a cloud. The couple were bound for Morocco, where Martin planned to write an explosive novel; one that would reveal the truth behind dark events within his commune of writers, decades before. But the couple never made it to their destination. As Maria settles into her lonely new life, walking the wild, desolate moors, it becomes clear that Winsford isn’t quite the sanctuary she thought it would be. While the long, dark evenings close in and the weather worsens, strange things begin to happen around her. But what terrible secrets is Maria guarding?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne
Nicoll, Andrew
Wealthy spinster Miss Jean Milne is murdered in the quiet seaside town of Broughty Ferry. Yet, despite an abundance of clues and apparent witnesses, the investigation proves troublesome: suspects are elusive and Miss Milne herself is found to be far from a model of propriety. And when sensational headlines put pressure on the police force to find a culprit, Sergeant John Fraser and Detective Lieutenant Trench must work fast to prevent the wrong man from going to the gallows. But will they ever unravel the secret life and curious death of Miss Jean Milne?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Body in the Birches (Faith Fairchild Mysteries 22)
Page, Katherine Hall
At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family, in this twenty-second book in the popular mystery series. The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can’t seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. But the fireworks are just beginning. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century ‘cottage’. The body is identified as The Birches’ housekeeper, who seems to have succumbed to a heart attack. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the much loved, and very valuable, estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it’s just a matter of time before trouble arises…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Invisible Guardian (Baztán trilogy)
Redondo, Dolores
The naked body of a teenage girl is found on the banks of the River Baztán. Less than 24 hours after this discovery, a link is made to the murder of another girl, the month before. Is this the work of a ritualistic killer or of the Invisible Guardian, the Basajaun – a creature of Basque mythology? 30-year-old Inspector Amaia Salazar heads an investigation which will take her back to Elizondo, the village in the heart of Basque country where she was born, and to which she had hoped never to return.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Shadows of War (Traitors series)
Ridpath, Michael
October, 1939: War has been declared, but until the armies massed on either side of the French/German border engage, all is quiet on the Western Front. But just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean that it’s not deadly. There are those who believe the war no one wants to fight should be brought to a swift conclusion, even if it means treachery. A year ago, Conrad de Lancey came within seconds of assassinating Hitler. Now, the British Secret Service want him to go back into Europe and make contact with a group of German officers they believe are plotting a coup. But this is the Shadow War. And the shadows are multiplying. And it’s not only disaffected Germans, who are prepared to betray their country to save it.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Brotherhood In Death (In Death/Eve & Roarke series)
Robb, J D
Just as Dennis Mira is about to confront his cousin Edward about selling the West Village brownstone that belonged to their grandfather, he gets a shock: Edward is in front of him, bruised and bloody… and then everything goes black. When Dennis comes to, Edward is gone. Luckily Dennis’s wife is a top profiler for the NYPSD – and a close colleague of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Now, Eve is determined to uncover the secrets of Edward Mira and learn what enemies he may have made in his long career as a lawyer, judge, and senator. A badge and a billionaire husband can get you access to places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate… and a new case that no one saw coming.
Romantic suspense | TP | $29.99

Fogged Inn (Maine Clambake Mysteries 04)
Ross, Barbara
An autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder. Nothing’s colder than a corpse – especially one stashed inside a sub-zero fridge. The victim spent his last night on earth dining at the restaurant bar, so naturally Julia finds herself at the centre of the ensuing investigation. Lost in the November fog, however, is who’d want to kill the unidentified stranger – and why. It might have something to do with a suspicious group of retirees and a decades-old tragedy to which they’re all connected. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s going to make solving this mystery her early bird special…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Tyrant of the Mind (Medieval Mystery series)
Royal, Priscilla
Winter, 1271. The shadow of death falls over Castle Wynethorpe, on the Welsh border. Prioress Eleanor’s nephew’s life hangs in the balance, and she is summoned home, to tend him with prayers and healing talents. But death will not be denied. The chill that pervades the castle stems not just from the bitter winter besieging it, but also from the murderous tensions that afflict its occupants. Soon after Eleanor arrives, her brother, bloody dagger in hand, is found standing over the corpse of his oldest friend. Unable to believe that her brother is a murderer, Eleanor sets out to prove his innocence, before he meets his fate on the hangman’s gibbet. The next book in Royal’s Medieval Mystery series, Sorrow Without End, is also available in paperback format ($19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Ghosts of Altona
Russell, Craig
Jan Fabel is a haunted man. Head of the Polizei Hamburg’s Murder Commission, Fabel has dealt with the dead for nearly two decades, but when a routine enquiry becomes a life-threatening – and life-changing – experience, he finds himself on much closer terms with death than ever before. Two years later, Fabel’s first case at the Murder Commission comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone’s body is found at last, fifteen years after she went missing. Monika was the centre of a group of students obsessed with the gothic. Fabel reopens the case. What happened that night, when Monika left a party and disappeared into thin air? When men involved with Monika start turning up dead, Fabel realises he is looking for a killer with both a hunger for revenge and a taste for the gothic.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Whisker of Trouble (Second Chance Cat Mysteries 03)
Ryan, Sofie
Spring has come to charming North Harbor, Maine, and with the new season comes a new haul for Second Chance, the shop where Sarah Grayson sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. Sarah is turning her keen eye to the estate of collector Edison Hall, hoping for fabulous finds for Second Chance – but when her rescue cat, Elvis, discovers a body in the kitchen, everything goes paws up. The body belongs to an appraiser who had been hired to check out Edison’s wine collection. When Edison’s sister shows up at Second Chance, she hires Sarah’s friends – the kooky and charismatic trio of ladies who call themselves Charlotte’s Angels and work out of the shop – to solve the murder, and Sarah knows that she and Elvis are only going to get deeper into the case. But as it becomes a cat-and-mouse game of lies, cons, cheats, and family squabbles, can Elvis and Sarah claw their way to the truth before the killer slinks away forever?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

England Expects (Mirabelle Evans mysteries)
Sheridan, Sara
Set during the summer heatwave of 1953, England Expects finds Mirabelle and Vesta investigating the seemingly unrelated murders of a racing journalist, and a cleaning woman. Their searches lead them through Brighton Pavilion’s crumbling passageways to the quad of a Cambridge college and finally into the shady underworld of Brighton freemasonry. And, while not on the murder trail, Vesta has to make some difficult decisions about her personal life. Recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – the White Worm
Siciliano, Sam
A journey to Whitby heralds the start of a new case for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Henry Vernier. Their client is in love, but a mysterious letter has warned him of the dangers of the romance. The object of his affection is said to be under a thousand-year-old druidic curse, doomed to take the form of a gigantic snake. Locals speak of a green glow in the woods at night, and a white apparition amongst the trees. Is there sorcery at work, or is a human hand behind the terrors of Diana’s Grove?
Sherlockiana | PBK | $22.95

Simenon, Georges
Investigating the death of a retired sailor, on the outskirts of Paris, Inspector Maigret meets his match in the form of the old man’s housekeeper: the sharp-witted, enigmatic and elusive Félicie.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret Gets Angry
Simenon, Georges
Peacefully tending his garden in the countryside, Maigret is cajoled out of retirement by a case involving an old classmate and a rich family with skeletons in their cupboard – and finds himself confronted by lies, snobbery and malice.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Inspector Maigret: Omnibus 2
Simenon, Georges
The second annual omnibus edition: The Saint-Fiacre Affair (Maigret goes back to the place of his birth), The Misty Harbour (Maigret is left tied up on a rainy quayside all night), Maigret (Maigret comes back from retirement), and The Judge’s House (Maigret is exiled to a mussel farming community).
Maigret | HC | $45.00

Sherlock Holmes and the Lady In Black
Thomson, June
The infamous Sherlock Holmes, now in his retirement, has turned his attention to his beekeeping hobby. But when a shadowy figure is seen walking below the cliffs one night, Holmes cannot resist the temptation of solving one more mystery. He summons his old flatmate and confidante Dr Watson to help. Against the backdrop of the stormy Sussex coast, desirable women and suspicious men weave an engaging and complex case.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $16.99

A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery 01)
Vallere, Diane
No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home – to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family’s costume shop – than she gets her first, big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to die for – literally – when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a carving knife, over a very dead Blitz. Now, Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can’t hide a murderer, in plain sight, for long.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

It’s a Wonderful Knife (Comfort Food Mysteries 05)
Wenger, Christine
All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a break – just not the broken leg, she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s the busiest time of the year at Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner. There are millions of things to do, including cater the town’s annual Christmas pageant and community dinner with some delicious holiday comfort food. But the festivities turn into a bit of a turkey after Liz Fellows, the director of the pageant, is found with Trixie’s butcher knife in her back. Now, Trixie must help the police arrest the scary gentleman – or lady – guilty of the crime, if she hopes to get herself off the naughty list.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs series)
Winspear, Jacqueline
Spring, 1937. Four years after she set sail from England, leaving everything she most loved behind, Maisie Dobbs is making her way home, only to find herself in a dangerous place. She was seeking peace in the hills of Darjeeling, but her sojourn is cut short when her stepmother summons her back to England. But on a ship bound for Southampton, Maisie realises she isn’t ready to return. Against the wishes of the captain, she disembarks in Gibraltar – the British garrison town is teeming with refugees, fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain. Days after Maisie’s arrival, a photographer is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service, as she is pulled deeper into political intrigue on ‘the Rock’…
Historical mystery | PBK | $16.99

Trade Secrets (Marcus Corvinus Mysteries)
Wishart, David
May, AD 41. The emperor Claudius has acceded to the throne, and Rome’s citizens look forward to an era of peace. Not so Marcus Corvinus, however, who finds himself investigating two murders. At first, Marcus refuses to cooperate, but when his enquiries lead him to Rome’s busy trading port, he uncovers a disturbing connection between the two deaths.
Historical mystery | HC | $53.95

Murder of a Lady (British Library Crime Classics)
Wynne, Anthony
Duchlan Castle is a gloomy, forbidding place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird of Duchlan, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her bedroom, but the room is locked from within and the windows are barred. The only tiny clue to the culprit is a silver fish scale, left on the floor, next to Mary’s body. Inspector Dundas is dispatched to Duchlan to investigate the case. The Gregor family and their servants are quick perhaps too quick to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman. Dundas uncovers a more complex truth, and the cruel character of the dead woman continues to pervade the house after her death. Soon, further deaths, equally impossible, occur, and the atmosphere grows ever darker. Superstitious locals believe that fish creatures from the nearby waters are responsible; but luckily, for Inspector Dundas, the gifted, amateur sleuth Eustace Hailey is on the scene, and unravels a more logical solution to this most fiendish of plots. The latest of the British Library Crime Classics.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95