Crime & Mystery Catalogue: January 2019

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in January 2019.

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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!

January 2019 includes new books by: Dov Alfon, Rory Clements, A J Finn, Jack Grimwood, Ragnar Jonasson, Barry Maitland, J P Pomare, Nicola Upson, Emma Viskic… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, January 2019

Mycroft and Sherlock: a novel
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Waterhouse, Anna
It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes – now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office – has no interest in the killings; however, his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft’s frustration. When a ship carrying cargo – belonging to Mycroft’s best friend, Cyrus Douglas – runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity; so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile, a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain’s coffers. As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another’s assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences… The sequel to Mycroft Holmes (PBK, $21.99).
Sherlockiana | HC | $37.99

A Long Night in Paris
Alfon, Dov
When an Israeli tech entrepreneur disappears from Charles de Gaulle airport with a woman in red, logic dictates youthful indiscretion. But Israel is on a state of high alert, nonetheless. Colonel Zeev Abadi, the new head of Unit 8200’s autonomous Special Section, who just happens to be in Paris, also just happens to have arrived on the same flight. For Commissaire Leger of the Paris Police, coincidences have their reasons, and most are suspect. When a second young Israeli is kidnapped soon after arriving on the same flight, this time at gunpoint from his hotel room, his suspicions are confirmed – and a diplomatic incident looms. Back in Tel Aviv, Lieutenant Oriana Talmor, Abadi’s deputy, is his only ally, applying her sharp wits to the race to identify the victims and the reasons behind their abduction. In Paris a covert Chinese commando team listens to the investigation unfurl and watches from the rooftops. While by the hour the morgue receives more bodies from the river and the city’s arrondissements. The clock has been set. And this could be a long night in the City of Lights. Perfect for fans of John le Carré and Mick Herron.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Lion Tamer Who Lost
Beech, Louise
Be careful what you wish for… Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t… Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined… Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it? What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted, by past secrets that threaten everything? A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Syndicate (Detective Craine series)
Bolton, Guy
Jonathan Craine has left his old life in Hollywood behind him, content to live out his days with his son on a rural farm in California. But when infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel is murdered, Craine is forced to face his past, once again. Summoned to Las Vegas to meet mob head Meyer Lansky, Craine is given the impossible task of finder Siegel’s murderers. All he has to help him is an ageing hit man and a female crime reporter with her own agenda. And he knows that if he doesn’t succeed, in five days, both he and his son will pay for it with their lives… The sequel to The Pictures (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | HC | $34.99

An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere
Brottman, Mikita
The unnerving true story of an unexplained death in Baltimore’s historic Belvedere building. When the body of a missing man is discovered in the Belvedere, an apparent suicide, resident Mikita Brottman becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances of his death. The Belvedere used to be a hotel dating back to Baltimore’s Golden Age; but is now converted into flats and, as Brottman investigates the perplexing case of the dead man, she soon becomes caught up in the strange and violent secrets of the Belvedere’s past. Her compulsions drive her to an investigation lasting over a decade. Utterly absorbing and unnerving, An Unexplained Death will lead you down the dark and winding corridors of the Belvedere, and into the deadly impulses and obsessions of the human heart.
True crime | TP | $29.99

The New Iberia Blues (Dave Robicheaux series)
Burke, James Lee
Detective Dave Robicheaux first met Desmond Cormier on the backstreets of New Orleans. He was a young pretender who dreamt of stardom, whilst Robicheaux had his path all figured out. Now, twenty-five years later, their roles have reversed. When Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, he sees a successful Hollywood director. It seems dreams can come true. But, so can nightmares. A young woman has been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle, and all the evidence points to Cormier. Robicheaux wants to believe his old friend wouldn’t be capable of such a crime – but Cormier’s silence is deafening. And he isn’t the only ghost from Robicheaux’s past which comes back to haunt him…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Tiding of Magpies (Birder Murders series)
Burrows, Steve
When his most celebrated case is suddenly reopened, Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune’s long-buried secrets threaten to come to light. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Lindy, faces an unseen threat of her own, one which Jejeune may not be able to protect her from. Between fending off inquiries from the internal review and an open murder case to solve; more than ever, Jejeune will have to rely on the help of the stalwart Sergeant Danny Maik. But Maik is learning things on his own that have caused him to question his DCI’s actions, both past and present. In the current case, and in the former one, the facts seem clear enough. But it is in the silent spaces between the facts that the truth is often found.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Time is a Killer
Bussi, Michel
It is summer 1989 and fifteen-year-old Clotilde is on holiday with her parents in Corsica. On a twisty mountain road, their car comes off at a curve and plunges into a ravine. Only Clotilde survives. Twenty-seven years later, she returns to Corsica with her husband and their sulky teenage daughter. Clotilde wants the trip to do two things – to help exorcise her past, and to build a bridge between her and her daughter. But in the very place where she spent that summer, all those years ago, she receives a letter. From her mother. As if she were still alive…
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Wicked Cometh
Carlin, Laura
The year is 1831. Down murky alleyways and in filthy hovels, acts of unspeakable wickedness take place and vulnerable people begin to disappear from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a young woman who is desperate to escape the slums, by any means possible. When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the mysterious Rebekah Brock. But both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations as whispers from Hester’s old life return, to poison the present. Something is lurking in the black heart of their city, and it is more depraved than either of them could ever imagine… Perfect for fans of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer or The Butcher’s Hook.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Only a Mother
Carpenter, Elisabeth
Erica Wright hasn’t needed to scrub ‘Murderer’ off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken. Erica has always believed Craig was innocent – despite the lies she told for him years ago – but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn’t recognise her son, anymore. So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won’t, then how far will she go to protect him?
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The ABC Murders (Poirot) (special edition)
Christie, Agatha
‘Let us see, Mr Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be.’ Murder is a very simple crime. But at the hands of a maniac, a serial killer, it becomes a very complicated business. The 1930s is a time when the nation is dangerously divided; and suspicion and hatred are on the rise. In the midst of this, Poirot faces a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First, the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene. Poirot’s investigations are thwarted at every turn, by an enemy determined to outsmart him. If Poirot is to match his nemesis then everything about him will be called into question: his authority, his integrity, his past, his identity. A facsimile first edition hardback of one of the very best Poirot books, published to mark the 80th anniversary of his first appearance.
Christie | PBK | $29.99

Nucleus (Tom Wilde series)
Clements, Rory
June 1939. England is partying like there is no tomorrow, gas masks at the ready. In Cambridge, Professor Tom Wilde is once more drawn into an intrigue from which there seems no escape. In a conspiracy that stretches from Britain to Berlin and from Washington DC to the west coast of Ireland, he faces deadly forces that threaten the fate of the world. A sequel to the hugely-recommended, award-winning Corpus (PBK, $19.99).
Historical suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Lost Traveller (County Cork Mysteries)
Connolly, Sheila
Boston expat Maura Donovan came to Ireland to honour her grandmother’s last wish, but she never expected to stay in provincial County Cork – much less to inherit a house and a pub, Sullivan’s, in the small village of Leap. After a year-long struggle to stay in the black, Sullivan’s is finally thriving, and Maura has even brought back traditional Irish music to the pub. With a crop of new friends and a budding relationship with handsome Mick Nolan, Maura’s life seems rosier than ever – but even in Ireland, you can’t always trust your luck. It begins with Maura’s discovery of a body in the ravine behind the pub. And then, the Irish gardai reveal that the victim’s face has been battered beyond recognition. Who is the faceless victim? Who wanted him dead? And why was his body dumped in the backyard of Sullivan’s Pub? Even after the dead man is finally given a name, nobody admits to knowing him. In the tight-knit world of Leap, no one is talking – and, now, it’s up to Maura to uncover the dark secrets that lurk beneath the seemingly quiet town.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog,
and the Strangling of a City

Dawson, Kate WInkler
London in 1952 was a still recovering from the devastation wrought by World War II: rationing was still in effect, rates of crime and unemployment were high, and the national economy was in shambles. In an effort to repay its massive war debt, the British government was selling its clean-burning coal to America, and Londoners were forced to make do with the cheap brown coal. That winter, as the weather turned bitter, buses, trucks and automobiles, and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a sulphurous type of smog that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and some 12,000 people, many of them elderly or ill, died. What would later be called the Great Smog of 1952 remains one of the greatest environmental disasters of all time. That same December, there was another killer at large in London. John Reginald Christie murdered at least seven women in his flat in Notting Hill – luring women to his home with the promise of a home remedy for bronchitis, instructing his victims to inhale carbon-monoxide laden coal gas, until they passed out. He then raped and strangled them, burying two in the garden, stashing several more in a papered-over kitchen alcove, and his wife of 34 years beneath the floorboards of their parlour. The arrest of the ‘Beast of Rillington Place’ caused a media frenzy; moreover, Christie’s role in sending an innocent man to the gallows was the impetus for the abolition of the death penalty in the UK. The smog, meanwhile, was slow to be implicated. Indeed, the British government did their level best to disavow any connection between the death rate and the air quality, blaming the sudden spike in deaths on fictitious flu epidemic. Eventually, however, the media and one crusading Member of Parliament launched a fight that would be the beginning of the global clean air movement. The Clean Air Act of 1956 was a direct result of the Great Smog, and that legislation provided a model for the rest of the world, including the US. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before published material and archival research, Kate Winkler Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of these two killers and their crimes.
History/true crime | PBK | $22.99

Kill the Angel (Caselli & Torre series)
Dazieri, Sandrone
A high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome, and a horrific discovery in one carriage rocks the city. Preliminary investigations are put in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. The police receive a message claiming responsibility for the act and announcing more murders to come, and they duly turn their attention to a small terrorist group of Islamic extremists. But investigator Dante Torre does not believe this angle. For him, this feels like a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has a far more terrible motivation to continue. The trail leads to Berlin and Venice, where the waters of the Venetian Lagoon will turn blood red… The follow-up to Kill the Father (PBK, $9.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Draper, Sophie
When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again. But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do. As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Shadow Man
Drew, Alan
Southern California, 1986. Detective Ben Wade has returned to his California home town for a quieter life. Suddenly, this unassuming community finds itself at the mercy of a serial killer, a psycho who slips through windows and screen doors, shattering illusions of safety. As Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt struggle to stay one step ahead of the serial killer, Ben’s own world is rocked again by a teen’s suicide. Ben must decide how far he is willing to go, and how much he will risk, to rescue the town from a long-buried secret, as well as from a psychotic serial killer.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Lucifer Falls
Falconer, Colin
A killer stalks the streets of London… When a priest is found crucified in a derelict North London chapel, it makes a dramatic change for DI Charlie George and his squad at Essex Road. The brutal murder could not be further from their routine of domestic violence and stabbings on the estates. And that’s only the beginning… On Christmas Eve, a police officer goes missing and his colleagues can’t help but anticipate the worst. It turns out they’re right to when eventually the body is found; and they discover he’s been stoned to death. As tensions rise, it’s up to Charlie and his team to venture into the city’s cold underbelly to try and find an answer to the madness… before anyone else dies a martyr’s death. The first in a new series by the Melbourne-based Falconer.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Murder Pit (Arrowood mysteries)
Finlay, Mick
London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood. 1896: A missing daughter. Three dead children. A sinister connection between a farm and an asylum. Arrowood must catch the killer, before he strikes again – and before Sherlock Holmes, or the police, take the credit… The sequel to the fantastic Arrowood (PBK, $19.99). Leanne recommends.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Woman in the Window
Finn, A J
It’s been ten long months, since Anna Fox last left her home. Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now, she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
Thriller | PBK | $16.99

The Middle Temple Murder (Detective Club series)
Fletcher, J S
An unidentified, elderly gentleman is found bludgeoned to death in London’s Middle Temple, that enclave of justice between Fleet Street and the Thames. After due investigation, the police conclude that it was merely a case of robbery. But Frank Spargo, a young journalist who senses a scoop, and Inspector Rathbury of New Scotland Yard, who doesn’t, soon unearth fresh clues and join forces to solve an intricate and intriguing mystery. A special 100th anniversary edition of J S Fletcher’s best detective novel, recognised as one of the Golden Age’s earliest and most successful classic stories.
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

Gone by Midnight (Crimson Lake series)
Fox, Candice
On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young friends are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing. The boys swear they stayed in their room, and CCTV confirms Richie has not left the building. Despite a thorough search, no trace of the child is found. Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake’s unlikeliest private investigators: disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell. This case is just the sort of twisted puzzle that gets Amanda’s blood pumping. For Ted, the case couldn’t have come at a worse time. Two years ago, a false accusation robbed him of his career, his reputation and most importantly his family. But now Lillian, the daughter he barely knows, is coming to stay in his ramshackle cottage by the lake. Ted must dredge up the area’s worst characters to find a missing boy. And the kind of danger he uncovers could well put his own child in deadly peril…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Redemption Point (Crimson Lake series)
Fox, Candice
When former police detective Ted Conkaffey is wrongly accused of abducting a teenage girl, he hopes the Queensland rainforest town of Crimson Lake will be the perfect place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from the girl’s devastated father. Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out – and if Ted doesn’t help find the real abductor, he’ll be its first casualty. Meanwhile, on the beer-soaked floor of a roadside shack, two young bartenders lie dead. As the homicide investigation unravels, Ted and his unlikely ally Amanda Pharrell are brought in to assist on the case. While Ted fights to clear his own name, their hunt for the killer draws them into a violent dance with evil. Redemption is certainly on the cards – but it may well cost them their lives…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Wine and Punishment (Literary Pub mysteries 01)
Fox, Sarah
Booklover Sadie Coleman knows that in life, as in fiction, the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady Creek, Vermont, seems like the perfect place to start over, after losing her Boston job to a merger and her relationship to her ex’s gambling addiction. She’s bought and redecorated the old grist mill pub, transforming the Inkwell into a cosy spot where tourists and regulars alike can enjoy a pint or a literary-themed cocktail, or join one of several book clubs. Little by little, Sadie is adjusting to the rhythms of her new home. Fall in Shady Creek is bookmarked by the much-anticipated Autumn Festival, complete with a pumpkin catapult competition and pie bake-off. Unfortunately, the season also brings an unwelcome visitor – Sadie’s ex, Eric, who’s angling for a second chance… Before Sadie can tell Eric to leave, he’s found dead near the Inkwell. When the local antique shop catches fire on the same night, it’s clear the town is harbouring at least one unsavoury character. Now, with her Aunt Gilda, her friend Shontelle, and the pub’s patrons all in the mix, Sadie must uncover the truth… before a killer declares last call.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Day of the Dead (Frieda Klein series)
French, Nicci
On a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt. The man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier. On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim. As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering. But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message… to just one woman. Because psychologist Frieda Klein is in hiding. And someone is coming to find her… The finale of the Frieda Klein series which begins with Blue Monday (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Fractured Truth (Bone Gap Travellers series)
Furlong, Susan
Not long after donning the uniform of the McCreary County Sheriff’s department in Bone Gap, Tennessee, ex-Marine Brynn Callahan faces her first official homicide. On a cold February morning, a lone cross-country skier stumbles across the mutilated body of a young woman. Sent to investigate, Brynn is shocked when she recognises the victim as a fellow Traveller, Maura Keene. Maura held a solid standing both within the Travellers’ insular community and among the settled townspeople – a fact that makes her murder all the more disturbing to Brynn, who also straddles the two worlds. After her trained K-9, Wilco, digs up human bones, and then a scrap of paper scrawled with arcane Latin phrases is uncovered, Brynn finds evidence leading her to question those closest to her – and closing the case becomes a deeply personal matter. While trying to suppress local superstitions and prejudices, Brynn discovers that Maura was keeping a dangerous secret. And as the bones Wilco found are analysed by forensics, Brynn harbors the troubling suspicion that she knows who they belong to. Still struggling with PTSD, Brynn must put her career on the line and her life at risk to find justice for a woman not unlike herself – haunted by her past, and caught in a vicious cycle she may never escape… The sequel to Splintered Silence (PBK, $17.99).
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Night Soldiers (Night Soldiers)
Furst, Alan
Bulgaria, 1934. Khristo Stoianev sees his brother kicked to death by a gang of fascist thugs. Taking a risk on the promise of Communism, he flees to Moscow and is trained as an agent of the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service. His first mission is to go to Catalonia, where he is soon caught up in the bloody horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin’s purges, Khristo must again take flight, this time to Paris, where he is a small player on the wrong end of a social scene that is simultaneously decadent and doomed. One of the twentieth century’s greatest spy novels, Night Soldiers is a thrilling portrait of one man’s extraordinary adventures and of Europe teetering on the brink of the Second World War.
Historical suspense (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

All the Tears in China (Rowland Sinclair mysteries)
Gentill, Sulari
Rowland Sinclair arrives in Shanghai in 1935, from Sydney, to represent his brother at international wool negotiations… but a brutal murder makes that impossible. Rowland Sinclair makes his debut in A Few Right Thinking Men (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

A Dangerous Language (Rowland Sinclair mysteries)
Gentill, Sulari
When a Communist agent is murdered on the steps of Parliament House, Rowland Sinclair finds himself drawn into a dangerous world of politics and assassination. A disgraced minister, an unidentified corpse, and an old flame all bring their own special bedlam. Once again, Rowland Sinclair stands against the unthinkable, with an artist, a poet, and a brazen sculptress by his side. Set against the glamorous backdrop of the 1930s, in Australia and overseas.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Last Woman Standing
Gentry, Amy
Humiliated by a man who held her career in his hands, Dana Diaz’s life and reputation are in tatters. Drowning her sorrows one night in a bar, she gets speaking to a stranger, Amanda – and finds that she, too, has a story to tell. Over a drink, Amanda proposes a plan. The women should take revenge on each other’s behalf. Stalking and tormenting the people that wronged them carries a thrill – and one act of revenge soon leads to another. But while this may be an addictive game for two, only one can survive.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Griffith Wars: the powerful true story of Donald Mackay’s murder
and the town that stood up to the Mafia

Gilling, Tom & Jones, Terry
The story behind the murder that shocked a nation. ‘Donald Mackay was not just an innocent victim tragically struck down by a criminal act. He was a casualty of the actual fight against organised crime… killed on active service, as it were… His name should never be forgotten, his passing must not be allowed to be in vain.’ The assassination of Donald Mackay was meant to solve a problem for the mafia. Instead it roused the law-abiding citizens of Griffith to fight against the powerful criminal elements who had made their town synonymous with drugs and murder. Drawing on the personal diaries and memories of Terry Jones – who, as the editor of the local newspaper, knew everyone and heard everything – The Griffith Wars reveals startling new evidence about one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved murders. It also powerfully recounts the struggle for the soul of a country town, still battling to shake off its criminal past.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

Panic Room
Goddard, Robert
High on a Cornish cliff, sits a vast, uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited… except for Blake, a young woman of mysterious background, currently acting as house-sitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed, from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. But her remote existence is going to be threatened when people come looking for the house’s owner, rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness. Soon, people with questionable motives will be asking Blake the sort of questions, she can’t – or won’t – want to answer.
Thriller | TP | $19.99

Nightfall Berlin (Tom Fox series)
Grimwood, Jack
Major Tom Fox is despatched to East Berlin to bring home a traitor who defected to escape justice. But it’s clear that there’s more at stake than an old man wanting to return home to face the music. Powerful forces on both sides of the Iron Curtain stand to lose if the defector is given his day in court. Fox soon finds that, in the upside-down world of Cold War Berlin, he’s operating alone in the enemy’s backyard – unsure of who he can trust. And if Fox is going to succeed in his mission, let alone escape with his life, he will need to draw on skills learned during a past he’s trying to forget… A follow-up to the fantastic Moskva (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Perfect Girlfriend
Hamilton, Karen
Meet Juliette. She’s intelligent, driven, committed – and in love. Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant, for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her – six months ago – means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Harvey, Michael
Daniel Fitzsimmons seems like an ordinary American teenager. He loves his brother, his friends, his school work. But Daniel has powers. Powers that he does not understand and is not sure he can control. Daniel can’t risk telling those around him what is happening; but when a mysterious stranger offers an insight into what he is experiencing, he becomes Daniel’s unofficial mentor. And when a tragedy threatens to derail his life, and with the police growing ever more interested in his past, Daniel’s powers will finally come into their own.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Heath, Jack
A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a terrifying ransom call. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads. Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He’s also a dangerous criminal – the FBI’s last resort. But this kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he’s faced before. And Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget. Timothy Blake also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one… The first adult novel from an established Australian young-adult author.
Thriller | PBK | $14.99

An Anonymous Girl
Hendricks, Greer & Pekkanen, Sarah
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings – where Jess is told what to wear and how to act – she begins to feel as though Dr Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding. As Jess’ paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what is real in her life, and what is one of Dr Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Villa of Mysteries (Nic Costa series)
Hewson, David
When the body of a young woman is discovered near the banks of the River Tiber, Nic Costa is drawn into a dark and dangerous underworld. When a young woman turns up dead in a peat bog near the banks of the River Tiber, Teresa Lupo, a maverick pathologist, believes she has the victim of an ancient Roman ritual on her hands. She’s wrong. Leo Falcone, the chief inspector, knows this case is recent history and the horror is still very much alive.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Cave of Bones (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito series)
Hillerman, Anne
When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor, character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatised. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors. Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

House of Silk
Horowitz, Anthony
It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire, when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes – who has stalked him, in recent weeks. Intrigued by the man’s tale, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston. ‘Horowitz plays a perfectly-straight bat. This is a no-shit Sherlock.’ – The Guardian.
Sherlockiana (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Still Lives
Hummel, Maria
As the party of the year gets underway, celebrities and patrons pour into the Rocque Museum to see Kim Lord – LA’s artist of the moment – stabbed, strangled, shot, and beaten. It’s the opening night of Still Lives, Kim’s new collection of shockingly graphic self-portraits, in which she impersonates the victims of America’s most famous homicides, from Nicole Brown Simpson to the Black Dahlia. The crowd eagerly await Kim’s arrival, but she fails to appear at the gala. Among those gathered is Maggie Richter, a museum editor – whose ex, Greg Shaw Ferguson, is in a relationship with Kim. When Kim is declared officially missing, and Greg is arrested on suspicion of murder, Maggie is drawn into an investigation of her own, haunted by the thought that Kim has suffered the same terrible fate as the women in her paintings.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

No Way Out (DI Fawley series)
Hunter, Cara
It’s one of the most disturbing cases DI Fawley has ever worked. The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life. Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone? Then, new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley’s worst nightmare comes true. Because this fire wasn’t an accident. It was murder. The first appearance of Detective Inspector Fawley is in Close to Home (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Star of the North
John, D B
North Korea and the USA are on the brink of war… A young American woman disappears, without trace, from a South Korean island. The CIA recruits her twin sister to uncover the truth. Now, she must go undercover in the world’s most deadly state. Only by infiltrating the dark heart of the terrifying regime will she be able to save her sister… and herself.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Darkness (Hidden Iceland series)
Jonasson, Ragnar
After being unceremoniously forced into early retirement at the age of 64, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is refusing to go quietly. Hulda is told to pick a cold case to investigate for two more weeks; and she knows just the one. A young woman found dead on the seaweed-covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd. Her death was ruled a suicide after a slapdash investigation. But when Hulda starts to ask questions, she soon realises this was not the only young woman to disappear from the hostel – where asylum seekers waited for their judgement… The first in a new series.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

The Rumour
Kara, Lesley
When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back… Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally McGowan was just ten years old, when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist, since her release as a young woman. So, who is the supposedly reformed killer, who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realises what it is, she’s unleashed?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Killer Intent
Kent, Tony
When an attempted assassination sparks a chain reaction of explosive events across London, Britain’s elite security forces seem powerless to stop the chaos threatening to overwhelm the government. As the dark and deadly conspiracy unfolds, three strangers find their fates entwined: Joe Dempsey, a deadly military intelligence officer; Sarah Truman, a CNN reporter determined to get her headline; and Michael Devlin, a Belfast-born criminal barrister with a secret past. As the circle of those they can trust grows ever smaller, Dempsey, Devlin and Truman are forced to work in the shadows, caught in a life-or-death race against the clock, before the terrible plot can consume them, all. The first in a series.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Kepnes, Caroline
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect façade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences… Reissued to tie in with the current TV series.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Last Lie
Lake, Alex
Everyone lies… but some lies are deadly. For Claire Daniels, life is good. She has everything she’s ever wanted – a career she loves, friends she can rely on and a husband who dotes on her. All she needs is to start a family of her own and things will be even better than good. They’ll be perfect. For Alfie, it couldn’t be more different. His life with Claire is built on a lie. A lot of lies. And she can never find out. Because Alfie has plans for her. Plans which must never come to light. But lies have a way of taking on a life of their own, and when his do, the consequences threaten to destroy everything. For him and Claire.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Top Dog (Dark Stockholm series)
Lapidus, Jens
For decades, a secret network in Stockholm has been exploiting young girls, ruthlessly eliminating anyone who threatens to reveal their secret. As oddly-paired duo Teddy and Emelie – the thug and the lawyer – investigate, the terrifying noose tightens. The police force has established a special team to find out just who’s involved in the network; but can’t seem to get close enough. And who is it, trying to silence Teddy and Emelie… using any means necessary? The first Dark Stockholm novel, Stockholm Delete, is now available in paperback ($19.99).
Noir | TP | $29.99

The Legacy (30th anniversary edition)
La Plante, Lynda
One family. One legacy. One curse. Hugh is a hardened miner, from the Welsh Valleys, who has seen the better part of his life pass him by. His daughter Evelyne, true to his fears, has lost her heart to a man from a troubled life on the road. Freedom, a handsome prize-fighter is saved from the gallows only to do battle for the heavyweight championship of the world. From the poverty of the Welsh pit valleys to the glories of the prize ring, from the dangers of Prohibition America to the terrors of Britain at war… the lives of a remarkable family, and the curse that forged their names…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

What You Want to See (PI Roxane Weary series)
Lepionka, Kristen
Shaken by the outcome of her last big case, PI Roxane Weary is keeping a low profile. When she takes on a new client who suspects his fiancée is cheating on him, Roxane is happy to have landed a run-of-the-mill surveillance job. Until, that is, Marin Strasser, the woman she’s been tailing, turns up dead. The police are convinced her client is the one who pulled the trigger. Certain – and scared – that things aren’t so straightforward, Roxane starts to follow a paper trail that gets more dangerous the farther it goes. So, who really was Marin Strasser? Who could have wanted her dead? And how can Roxane stop her work from once again pushing away the few people she thinks she can trust?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Lippman, Laura
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet, she stays… and he stays. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other – dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Death Comes to Bath (Kurland St Mary mysteries)
Lloyd, Catherine
After Sir Robert’s injury from the battle of Waterloo begins troubling him again, his wife Lucy insists they relocate from the village of Kurland St Mary to Bath, along with her sister Anna, so that Robert can take the waters and recover. At the Roman baths, Robert befriends an elderly and pugnacious businessman, Sir William Benson, ennobled by the Crown for his service to industry. Their acquaintance is short-lived, however, when the man is found drowned in the baths. Robert vows to find his killer, with Lucy’s aid. The members of Sir William’s family seem the most obvious suspects to benefit from the wealthy man’s death, but his will has gone missing. To deduce who sent Sir William to a watery grave, Robert and Lucy must investigate with the utmost discretion – before they, too, find themselves in over their heads…
Historical mystery | HC | $44.99

She Lies in Wait
Lodge, Gytha
On a hot July night in 1983, six school friends go camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and young Aurora Jackson is dazzled to be allowed to tag along. Thirty years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens is called to the scene, but he already knows what’s waiting for him: Aurora Jackson… found, at long last. But that’s not all. The friends have all maintained their innocence, but the body is found in a hideaway, only the six of them knew about. It seems the killer has always lurked very close to home…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Angel in the Shadows (Heartland trilogy)
Lucius, Walter
Dutch journalist Farah Hafez has been set up. After investigating a hit-and-run that led to a web of crime, corruption and people trafficking in Russia, she is forced at gun-point to pledge allegiance to a terrorist group. Now, on the run – from international security forces and criminals – Farah flees to Jakarta to pursue new leads in her investigation into the schemes of Russian oligarch Valentin Lavrov. She knows it is impossible task. She can’t hope to win. But she has one advantage over Lavrov – she has nothing left to lose… The sequel to Butterfly on the Storm (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Two Girls Down
Luna, Louisa
When two sisters disappear from a parking lot, while their mother is in Kmart, the devastated family hires bounty hunter Alice Vega to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department – already stretched too thin, by budget cuts and the growing meth epidemic – Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help, and she will not be denied. With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Flight Risk
McGuire, Michael
Disgraced former pilot Ted Anderson works for a top-secret government organisation set up to investigate terror-related incidents. Sent to Jakarta to find out as much as he can about the pilot of a vanished Garuda flight, he discovers a flight simulator in the pilot’s apartment. When the investigation turns sour, Ted escapes to New York, as further disaster strikes. Another plane disappears from the sky. Then another. Three planes and hundreds of passengers and crew, vanished, without a trace. Panic is widespread and the world is teetering on the brink. Still no one has come forward to claim responsibility. At an eerily-deserted JFK airport, trying to get a flight back home, Ted witnesses a suspicious exchange between an airport cleaner and a nonchalant airline pilot. He follows the pilot to his destination: a Ukraine International Airlines flight, due to leave in an hour. All his instincts tell Ted that this is the next plane to go down. But what on earth can he do? Take the flight and face almost certain death? Or fly back home, and wait for the news headlines? He does the unthinkable and gets on the plane…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Bye Bye Baby (DCI Jack Hawksworth series)
McIntosh, Fiona
A spate of seemingly unconnected murders in southern England prompt a high-profile taskforce to be formed and led by DCI Jack Hawksworth, one of the Force’s new rising stars who combines modern methods with old-school instincts. The victims appear as disparate as their style of death; the only link that Hawk and his team can pull together is that the murdered are all men of an identical age. The taskforce has nothing but cold cases of decades past to comb through in the hope that they might find a clue to who is behind the savagery. The first in a new series.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Body in the Boat (Hardcastle & Chaytor series)
Mackenzie, A J
Across the still, dark English Channel come the smugglers. But, tonight, they carry an unusual cargo: a coffin. Several miles inland, a respected banker holds a birthday party for his wife. Within days, one of the guests is found shot dead. What links this apparently senseless killing to the smugglers lurking in the mists? Why has the local bank been buying and hoarding gold? And who was in the mysterious coffin? Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor find themselves drawn into the worlds of high finance and organised crime… The first of these mysteries, set in the Romney Marshes, is The Body on the Doorstep (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Let Me Lie
Mackintosh, Clare
One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since. Now, with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever; and starts to ask questions about her parents’ deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Crewel and Unusual (Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries)
MacRae, Molly
Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is looking forward to the grand opening of the Blue Plum Vault, a co-op of small shops on Main Street. But in the week before the grand opening, Kath and her needlework group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fibre), hear rumours of an unpleasant rivalry developing between two of the new shopkeepers. Nervie Bales and Belinda Moyer declare each other’s embroidery patterns and antique embroidered linens fakes, copies – and stolen goods. Kath is caught in the middle when she’s asked to use her textile expertise to decide if there’s any truth to the accusations. Then, the day before the grand opening, an exquisite tablecloth that Kath has fallen in love with – the pride of Belinda’s shop – is found cut to shreds. Belinda accuses Nervie of the outrage, but Nervie has an airtight alibi: she was at Kath’s shop, the Weaver’s Cat, teaching a crewel embroidery class. Despite worries over the rivalry and vandalism, the opening is a success – until Belinda is found dead, stabbed in the back with a pair of scissors from the Weaver’s Cat. Geneva, the ghost who haunts Kath’s store, claims she saw the murderer leaving the scene of the crime. But the ghost is the ultimate unreliable witness – only Kath and her shop manager can see or hear her. That means it’s up to Kath, TGIF, and especially Geneva the ghost to solve the crime before the killer cuts another life short.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

The Promised Land (Brock & Kolla series)
Maitland, Barry
Newly-promoted Detective Chief Inspector Kathy Kolla investigates a series of brutal murders on Hampstead Heath. Under intense pressure to find answers, she arrests the unlikely figure of John Pettigrew, a failing London publisher who lives alone, on the edge of the Heath. Pettigrew’s lawyer calls on recently retired David Brock for advice, and soon, unable to resist the pull of investigation, the old colleagues, Brock and Kolla, are at loggerheads. At the heart of the gripping mystery of the Hampstead murders lies a manuscript of an unknown novel by one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century. Brock believes that its story will unlock the puzzle… but, how? The first of the acclaimed Brock & Kolla mysteries is The Marx Sisters (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Man with No Face
May, Peter
1979. Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman is sent to Europe, intent on digging up dirt. Yet, it is danger he discovers, when two British men are found murdered. One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double-assassination witnessed by the former’s autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father’s killer – except for one. With those around him rocked by the tragedy, Bannerman is compelled to follow his instincts. He is now fighting to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer. The Man with No Face was originally published in 1981, titled: Hidden Faces.
Suspense (reissue) | TP | $32.99

The Widows (Kinship series)
Montgomery, Jess
Kinship, Ohio, 1924: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town’s widely respected sheriff, is killed, while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death. Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner’s widow, is unaware Daniel has died and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter. From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena’s lives collide – as they realise Daniel was not the man either of them believed him to be… and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined. Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, this debut historical mystery is the first in a series.
Historical mystery | HC | $49.95

Bloody January (Harry McCoy series)
Parks, Alan
How much is the truth worth? When Detective Harry McCoy arrives at the scene of a double shooting in the middle of a busy Glasgow street, he is sure of one thing. This was not a random act of violence. McCoy must enlist the help of his criminal underworld connections to find out the truth. How long will it be before McCoy himself ends up on the wrong side of the law? ‘1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood.’ – Peter May.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Call Me Evie
Pomare, J P
Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim, in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he’s hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne. In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here. Jim says he’s keeping her safe. Evie’s not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Flimflam Affair (Carpenter & Quincannon Mysteries)
Pronzini, Bill
Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. While the future is unclear, Sabina and John know one thing for certain: they will protect their clients from flimflammers, thieves, and murderers, and do whatever it takes to run these dregs of society into the arms of the law. Sometimes, that requires a subtle touch. Professor A Vargas, self-styled medium extraordinaire, and his partner Annabelle, use guile and trickery to swindle bereaved men and women eager to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones. John and Sabina must not only unmask these charlatans, but also solve the riddle of an impossible murder, in the midst of a seance. Other cases involve brute force and personal danger. Such as the theft of a burglar-proof safe mysteriously emptied of gold bullion. And John’s pursuit of a ruthless gang of counterfeiters, whose leader appears to be a man from John’s past in the Secret Service – a man thought long dead.
Historical mystery | HC | $49.95

Ruin Beach (DI Ben Kitto series)
Rhodes, Kate
Ben Kitto has become the Scilly Isles’ Deputy Chief of Police. As the island’s lazy summer takes hold, he finds himself missing the excitement of the murder squad in London. But when the body of professional diver Jude Trellon is discovered, anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, his investigative skills are, once again, needed. At first, it appears that the young woman’s death was a tragic accident, but when evidence is found that suggests otherwise, the islanders close ranks. With even those closest to the victim refusing to talk, it seems that plenty of people might have had reason to harm her. As the islanders remain guarded, Ben Kitto suspects a killer is on the loose in Tresco. Kitto is introduced in Hell Bay (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Moscow Sleepers (Liz Carlyle series)
Rimington, Stella
A man lies dying in a hospital in upstate Vermont. The nurses know only that he is an academic at a nearby university; but they have been instructed to call the FBI should anyone visit their patient. News of this suspected Russian illegal soon reaches MI5, in London; where Liz Carlyle has been contacted by a top secret source known as Mischa – who is requesting a clandestine rendezvous in Berlin. Meanwhile, in Brussels, a Russian sleeper agent who has lived undercover for years is beginning to question his role, while suspicions have been roused about a boarding school in Suffolk that has recently changed hands in mysterious circumstances.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Hanging Valley (DCI Banks 04)
Robinson, Peter
A faceless corpse is found in a tranquil, hidden valley below the village of Swainshead, the victim’s identity deliberately obscured. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrives, he finds that no one is willing to talk. Banks’ frustration only grows when he suspects his latest case might be connected with an unsolved murder and a missing local woman, which occurred in the same area, five years ago. Among the silent suspects are the Collier brothers, the wealthiest and most powerful family in the area. When they start using their influence to slow down the investigation, Banks finds himself in a race against time…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Past Reason Hated (DCI Banks 05)
Robinson, Peter
It should have been a cosy scene – log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realises that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Wednesday’s Child (DCI Banks 06)
Robinson, Peter
When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham’s door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year-old daughter Gemma away, for tests… It is only when they fail to return Gemma, the following day… that Brenda realises something has gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying criminals he will ever meet…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

The Hangman’s Secret (Victorian mysteries)
Rowland, Laura Joh
Crime-scene photographers Sarah, Hugh, and Mick are summoned to the goriest crime scene they’ve ever encountered. A pub owner named Harry Warbrick has been found, hanged. His murder becomes a sensation, because he was England’s top hangman. Sir Gerald, owner of the Daily World, announces that they – meaning Sarah and her friends – will investigate and solve Warbrick’s murder, before the police do. She and her friends discover a connection between Warbrick’s murder and the most notorious criminal he ever executed: Amelia Carlisle. Something happened at Amelia’s execution. The Official Secrets Act forbids the seven witnesses present to divulge any information about it. But Harry had a bad habit of leaking tips to the press. What is the secret, and who hanged the hangman? The latest in the series which began with The Ripper’s Shadow (TP, $31.95).
Historical mystery | HC | $49.95

Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport series)
Sandford, John
The killer was mad but brilliant. He left notes with every woman he killed. Rules of murder: Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used… So many rules to his sick, violent games of death. But Lucas Davenport, the cop who’s out to get him, isn’t playing by the rules. The very first in this long-running series.
Thriller (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Woman in the Dark
Savage, Vanessa
For Sarah and Patrick, family life has always been easy. But when Sarah’s mother dies, it sends her into a downwards spiral. Knowing they need a fresh start, Patrick moves the family to the idyllic, beach-side house he grew up in. But there is a catch: while for Patrick their new home carries only happy memories… to everyone else, it’s ‘the Murder House’ – named for the family killed there. Patrick is adamant they can make it perfect again, though with their children plagued by nightmares and the odd ‘gifts’ arriving on the doorstep, Sarah’s not so sure. And the longer they live in their ‘dream home’, the more different Sarah’s kind, loving husband becomes. Soon, Sarah starts to wonder what secrets hide beneath its walls, and if they are secrets Patrick has been hiding his whole life…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Vanishing Season
Schaffhausen, Joanna
Ellery Hathaway knows about serial killers, but not through her police training. She’s an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen, in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only one, who lived. When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday – the day she was kidnapped, so long ago – Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer’s closet, all those years ago. Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition.
Suspense | PBK | $24.99

Battle Sight Zero
Seymour, Gerald
The Kalashnikov AK47 is a weapon with a unique image, symbol of freedom fighters and terrorists across the globe. In a fanatic’s hands, inside a crowded shopping mall, it can bring death and mutilation to scores of people in a matter of seconds. MI5 have struggled for years to keep this rifle out of Britain. Andy Knight is a young truck driver. Last year, he was doing something different and had another name. Next year, if he survives, he’ll be someone else again. That is the dangerous, lonely life of an undercover officer. Andy has befriended Zeinab, a young Muslim student from a small Yorkshire town who is a central part of a murderous, extremist plot. Connections have been made through a veteran Manchester gangster with a source of AK47s in the impoverished, drug-ridden, high rise estates of Marseilles. If Zeinab can find a driver and bring one rifle home on a test run, many more will follow: this is the nightmare scenario for the security forces – with them would come killing on an horrendous scale. Zeinab is both passionate and attractive, and Andy had had drilled into him that the golden rule of undercover work is not to get emotionally close to the target. But, sometimes, rules are difficult – impossible – to keep to.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Trap (Sonja series)
Sigurdardottir, Lilja
Happily settled, in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one… and Iceland. Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see her. And that’s not all… Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it back. With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi, on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion: to bring down the drug barons and her scheming ex-husband; and get Tomas back safely. But things aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and Sonja finds herself caught in the centre of a trap that will put all of their lives at risk… Set in a Reykjavik still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcanic eruption, Trap is a sequel to Snare (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Maigret Defends Himself
Simenon, Georges
For the first time in his career, Inspector Maigret receives written summons to the Chief Commissioner’s office; where he learns that he has been accused of assaulting a young woman. With his career and reputation on the line, Maigret must fight to prove his innocence.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Sims, Laura
The Professor lives in Brooklyn; her partner Nathan left her when she couldn’t have a baby. All she has now is her dead-end teaching job, her ramshackle apartment, and Nathan’s old moggy, Cat. Whom she doesn’t even like. The Actress lives a few doors down. She’s famous and beautiful, with auburn hair, perfect skin, a lovely smile. She’s got children – a baby, even. And a husband who seems to adore her. She leaves her windows open, even at night. There’s no harm, the Professor thinks, in looking in through the illuminated glass at that shiny, happy family, fantasising about them, drawing ever closer to the actress herself. Or is there?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Liars’ Paradox (Jack & Jill mysteries)
Stevens, Taylor
They live in the shadows, Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. From earliest memory they’ve been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Their prowess is outdone only by Clare, who has always been mentor first, and mother second. She trained them in the art of espionage, tested their skills in weaponry, surveillance, and sabotage, and sharpened their minds with nerve-wracking psychological games. As they grew older, they came to question her motives, her methods – and her sanity… Now, twenty-six years old, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare’s off-the-grid safehouse explodes and she goes missing, they’re forced to believe the unthinkable: Their mother’s paranoid delusions have been real all along. To find her, they’ll need to set aside their differences; to survive, they’ll have to draw on every skill she’s trained them to use. A twisted trail leads from the CIA, to the KGB, to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted. Everyone, it seems, wants them dead – and, for one of the twins, it’s a threat that’s frighteningly familiar and dangerously close to home… The first in a series.
Suspense | HC | $44.99

Overkill (Sam Shephard series)
Symon, Vanda
When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not what it seems. Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide and has to face the realisation that there is a killer in town. To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast aside her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands. To find the murderer… and clear her name. A reissue of the first in series by New Zealand’s finest crime writer.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Murder in the Caribbean (Death in Paradise)
Thorogood, Robert
DI Richard Poole is hot, bothered and fed up. He’s stuck on the tropical island of Saint-Marie, forced to live in a rickety old shack on a beach, and there isn’t a decent cup of tea to be found anywhere. When a boat explodes in the harbour, Richard and his team soon realise there’s a new murderer on the loose. But who is it? And why did the killer leave behind a ruby at the scene of the crime? As the police dig deeper, they uncover secrets that go back decades, and a crime from the past that can never be forgiven. Worse still, they soon realise this is only the beginning. They’ve got to catch the killer, before there’s another death in paradise… An original story from the creator and writer of the hit BBC One TV series, Death in Paradise, featuring on-screen favourite detective, DI Richard Poole.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Nine Lessons (Josephine Tey series)
Upson, Nicola
Josephine Tey is in Cambridge, a town gripped by fear and suspicion as a serial rapist stalks the streets. In the shadow of King’s College Chapel, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces some of the most horrific and audacious murders of his career. As Archie and Josephine both grapple with savage malefactors, intent on making their victims pay, they must race to stop another attack. This beautifully-written, intricately-plotted mystery is perfect for readers of Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear. The first in this great series is An Expert in Murder ($19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic series)
Viskic, Emma
Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic is used to meeting life, head on. Now, he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours. But when a young woman is killed, after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. The trail leads Caleb back to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert, and simmering with racial tensions. As Caleb delves deeper, he uncovers secrets that could ruin any chance of reuniting with Kat, and even threaten his life. Driven by his own demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way? Winner of the Best Novel award at the 2018 Davitt Awards.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic series)
Viskic, Emma
Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside – watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always one step ahead. With the action switching between a big city and a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, Caleb is forced to confront painful memories. Caleb is a memorable protagonist who refuses to let his deafness limit his opportunities, or his participation in the investigation. But does his persistence border on stubbornness? And at what cost? As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend – and himself.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $19.99