Crime & Mystery Catalogue: July 2019

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

July 2019 includes new books by: Sarah Bailey, Oliver Bottini, Miranda James, Catherine Jinks, Adrian McKinty, Guillaume Musso, Jo Nesbo, Henry Porter, Anthony Quinn… and many others.

Crime & Mystery new releases, July 2019

Girls Like Us
Alger, Cristina
FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother – who was brutally murdered, when Nell was just seven. When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in; so, that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young Latina women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect – and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother’s murder – and her own role in exonerating her father in that case – Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques, and why. But she may not like the answers she finds – not just about those she loves, but about herself.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Risky Biscuits (Sugar & Spice mysteries 02)
Ashford, Mary Lee
Former magazine editor ‘Sugar’ Calloway’s life has taken a delicious twist, since she launched a community cookbook publishing business with blue-ribbon baker Dixie Spicer. Now, these amateur sleuths must solve a small-town murder-without getting burned… Sugar and Spice Cookbooks’ newest project is a fundraiser organised by the St Ignatius Crack of Dawn Breakfast Club, famous for their all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy events. But when a group member is found dead, Sugar and Spice’s priorities change from raising dough to figuring out who put murder on the menu. The return of former bad boy, Nick Marchant, has stirred the town’s gossips too. Add a few grudges and some old-fashioned greed over a land deal into the mix, and it’s a recipe for mayhem. And when someone serves up a second helping of murder, Sugar and Spice need to sift the guilty from the blameless, or their next breakfast may be their last…
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom
Atherton, Nancy
On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill set off for the historic town of Rye, on the southeast coast of England – for a quiet weekend together, without the kids. Bill must first pay a visit to a reclusive client – but after Lori drops him off, a powerful storm drives her off course and leaves her stranded in an ancient, rambling inn called The King’s Ransom. When Lori is spooked by ghostly noises in the night, Aunt Dimity reminds her, rather tartly, that not all ghosts intend to harm the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. She learns that the inn was once a hangout for smugglers, and that it’s riddled with secret tunnels the smugglers used to reach a network of hidden caves. Then, there’s the inn’s cook – a brawny, gruff ex-con – who seems to have a beef with a mysterious French guest. Are the noises Lori hears made by the spirits of long dead smugglers? Or should she be more worried by the inn’s living inhabitants? Joining forces with her new friend Bishop Wyndham, and guided by Aunt Dimity’s wise counsel, Lori sets out to discover once and for all who – or what – is haunting The King’s Ransom.
Aunt Dimity | TP | $29.95

The Shameless (Quinn Colson series)
Atkins, Ace
Twenty years ago, teenager Brandon Taylor walked into the Big Woods north of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, and never returned. For former Army Ranger-turned-sheriff Quinn Colson, the Taylor case has particular meaning. As a ten-year-old, Colson had been lost in those same woods, and came back from them alive and a local legend. Years later, bones of a child are found in the woods, confirming for many the end to the Taylor story. As the case reopens, some point fingers to Quinn’s uncle, the former sheriff, who took his own life in a cloud of corruption and shame. Still, Quinn’s wife, Maggie, can’t believe it. As a childhood friend of the Taylor boy, she thinks there’s a darker conspiracy at work. Letters she receives from a mysterious inmate at a Tennessee state pen may hold the answers. With a heated election for governor on the horizon and the strengthening of a criminal syndicate’s death grip on the state, Quinn’s search for answers will upset the corruption that’s plagued his home since before he came back from Afghanistan. Greed, false piety, power, bigotry, and dirty deals make for a dangerous mix he knows, all too well.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Into the Night (DS Gemma Woodstock series)
Bailey, Sarah
Gemma finds herself lost and alone in the city, broken hearted by the decisions she’s had to make. Her new workplace is a minefield and the partner she has been assigned is uncommunicative and often hostile. When a homeless man is murdered and Gemma is put on the case, she can’t help feeling a connection with the victim and the lonely and isolated life he led despite being in the middle of a bustling city. Then a movie star is killed in bizarre circumstances on the set of a major film shoot, and Gemma and her partner Detective Sergeant Nick Fleet have to put aside their differences to unravel the mysteries surrounding the actor’s life and death. The stunning follow-up to The Dark Lake (PBK, $14.99).
Mystery | PBK | $14.99

Whisper Network
Baker, Chandler
Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge. But the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren’t willing to let it go. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough. Sloane and her colleagues’ decision, to take a stand, sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine series)
Baldacci, David
Atlee Pine is an FBI Special Agent assigned to the wilds of the western US. She has to cover, often solo, vast tracts of area: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona. Small towns, impossibly long distances in between, isolation like most on the East Coast have never experienced, and an environment where anything can and does happen. Working with the locals who respect, and also sometimes fear her, and have never really been allowed to know her; Atlee turns her vast investigative skills and unmatched drive to find out the truth. Along the way she will revisit painful memories of her own, come to grips with what she is and what she might one day aspire to be. But, in the end, she will have to confront not only a new monster, but also the old one of her nightmares. The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

One Good Deed
Baldacci, David
In 1949, Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty Southern town of Poca City. He has nothing but a handful of dollars, the clothes he’s wearing, and an appointment with his new parole officer. After his wartime experiences in Italy and a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Archer is looking for a fresh start and a peaceful life. On his first night of freedom, Archer meets local business tycoon Hank Pittleman, who promises Archer handsome compensation to work as his debt collector. Yet, Archer takes on more than he bargains for, as he becomes embroiled in a long-running feud between the drought-struck town’s most dangerous residents. When one of them dies, the authorities label Archer as their number one suspect. A bloody game is being played above and below the law. Everybody playing has a deeply-buried secret, and Archer must uncover them all – if he’s to avoid going back behind bars.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Devil’s Lair
Barrie, Sarah
After the violent death of her husband, Callie Jones retreats to a cottage in the grounds of an old mansion in Tasmania. The relative remoteness of the place and the wild beauty of the Tasmanian landscape are a balm to her shattered nerves and the locals seem friendly, particularly horseman Connor Atherton and his siblings at the nearby property, Calico Lodge. But all is not well: the old mansion has a sinister past, one associated with witchcraft and murder. As Callie is threatened by odd events in the night and strange dreams overtake her sleep, she begins to doubt her own sanity. What’s really going on beneath the surface of this apparently peaceful town? Are her friends and neighbours really who they seem? As events escalate, Callie starts to realise that the mansion may hold the key to unlocking the mystery, but the truth might have as much power to destroy, as it does to save. ‘Utterly addictive suspense and riveting storytelling, set in a darkly-gothic Tasmania.’ – Sarah Bailey.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Suspect
Barton, Fiona
When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. Journalist Kate Waters can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years – since he left home to go travelling. They will all find that, even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Surfeit of Suspects
Bellairs, George
‘At eight o’clock in the evening on the eighth of November, there was a terrific explosion in Green Lane, Evingden.’ The offices of the Excelsior Joinery Company have been blown to smithereens; three of the company directors are found dead amongst the rubble, and the peace of a quiet town in Surrey lies in ruins. When the supposed cause of an ignited gas leak is dismissed and the presence of dynamite revealed, Superintendent Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is summoned to the scene. But beneath the sleepy veneer of Evingden lies a hotbed of deep-rooted grievances. The new subject of the town’s talk, Littlejohn’s investigation is soon confounded by an impressive cast of suspicious persons, each concealing their own axe to grind.
British Library Crime Classics | TP | $28.95

For the Missing
Bengtsdotter, Lina
Nora’s daughter Annabelle has disappeared, last seen on her way home from a party. Gullspang’s inexperienced police are wilting under the national, media spotlight – and its residents are desperate for answers. Stockholm DI Charlie Lager must return home to find Annabelle, and then get out of town, as soon as she can. Before everyone discovers the truth about her… Winner of the 2017 Crimetime Award for best debut novel in Sweden.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Solving Sherlock Holmes: Puzzle Your Way Through the Cases
Berloquin, Pierre
In Solving Sherlock Holmes, you will solve six whodunit cases based on classic Sherlock Holmes’ short stories with 144 cryptograms, crosswords, labyrinths, jigsaws, and riddles. Since their first appearance in 1887, Detective Sherlock Holmes, and his trusty companion, Doctor John Watson, have fascinated readers for well over a century, and continue to be two of the most popular detective characters of all time. Who, then, could be better companions to accompany readers in this three-part puzzle adventure? With 144 different puzzles, including cryptograms, crosswords, ciphers, and many more, inspired by six classic Sherlock Holmes short stories, modern puzzle-solvers and Sherlock fans can search for hidden clues, navigate around different countrysides, using tear-out maps for each chapter, and – most importantly – exercise their sharp intellect and keen perception skills, like Sherlock would, to solve each chapter’s adventure. Each illustrated chapter contains a tear-out map to guide readers through each story adventure and puzzles. Hours of fun and entertainment are awaiting inside, so stop reading and start playing!
Crime reference/Sherlockiana | HC | $22.99

Girl at Midnight
Bonda, Katarzyna
A woman is reading in her flat, in a town in the north of England. Her daughter is asleep in her bedroom. Sasha Zulaska has lived here for nearly seven years. Away from Poland. Away from her career as an undercover police officer. Away from the drink that nearly destroyed her. Most of all, away from the father of her child. It only takes one phone call – for her past to come crashing back into her life, and despite her best efforts to avoid it, Sasha is soon back in Poland, investigating a murder with connections to the local mafia, to the church, to the recent, turbulent history of her country, to her own past. Ultimately, Sasha Zulaska must question everything she thinks she knows if she is to have any chance of survival. A sensational million-copy bestseller in Poland.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Dance of Death (Black Forest Investigations series)
Bottini, Oliver
One wet and misty weekend in October, the Niemann family find a stranger in their garden. He is armed and tries to force his way into the house, but disappears as soon as the police are alerted. That night, he’s back with an impossible ultimatum… Freiburg detective Louise Boni and her colleagues are put under enormous pressure. Traces of evidence lead her to a no man’s land, and to a ruthless criminal who brings with him the trauma of conflict in the Balkans. The first of the Black Forest Investigations is Zen and the Art of Murder (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries 12)
Bowen, Rhys
If only Darcy and I had eloped! What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot, in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife. House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair. Just as we start to lose hope, my globe-trotting godfather offers us his fully-staffed, country estate. Mistress of Eynsleigh, I shall be! With Darcy off, in parts unknown, I head to Eynsleigh alone, only to have my hopes dashed. The grounds are in disarray, and the small staff is suspiciously incompetent. Not to mention the gas tap leak in my bedroom, which I can only imagine was an attempt on my life. Something rotten is afoot – and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under, before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle…
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

Box, Dan
A true crime story cannot often be believed, at least at the beginning. In Bowraville, all three of the victims were Aboriginal. All three were killed within five months, between 1990 and 1991. The same white man was linked to each, but nobody was convicted. More than two decades later, homicide detective Gary Jubelin contacted Dan Box, asking him to pursue this serial killing. At that time, few others in the justice system seemed to know – or care – about the murders in Bowraville. Dan spoke to the families of the victims, Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, as well as the lawyers, police officers and even the suspect involved in what had happened. His investigation, as well as the families’ own determined campaigning, forced the authorities to reconsider the killings. This account asks painful questions about what ‘justice’ means and how it is delivered, as well as describing Dan’s own shifting, uncomfortable realisation that he was a reporter who crossed the line.
True crime | TP | $34.99

The Liar in the Library (Fethering series)
Brett, Simon
Fethering has everything a sleepy coastal town should: snug English pubs, cosy cottages, a little local library – and the occasional murder… A bestselling author with a soaring ego and wandering hands has come to town, but he won’t be leaving. Jude is the prime suspect; she was, after all, the last person to slap Burton St Clair alive. If she is to prove her innocence, she will have to dust off her detective skills, recruit her prim and proper friend (and partner in sleuthing) Carole; and, together, they must find the real culprit.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Deadly Habit (Charles Paris series)
Brett, Simon
Charles Paris has landed a part in a new West End play – but the production is halted when a body is discovered at the foot of the dressing room stairs. As one of the last people to have seen the victim alive, Charles is drawn into the investigation; and discovers that more than one person involved in the play has a scandalous secret to hide.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

In the Galway Silence (Jack Taylor series)
Bruen, Ken
After too much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor might have at long last found contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon, unless you count looking after his girlfriend’s spoilt nine-year-old. But, once again, trouble comes to him; this time, in the form of wealthy Frenchman Pierre Renaud, who wants Jack to investigate the double murder of his twin sons. Entitled, drug-addled, les enfants terribles were bound to a wheelchair, mouths glued shut and pushed off the pier. He shouldn’t, but Jack reluctantly agrees to investigate and it opens the door to the past, again…
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Penne Dreadful (Italian Chef Mysteries 01)
Bruns, Catherine
Local chef Tessa Esposito is struggling to get back on her feet following her husband’s fatal accident. And when the police knock on Tessa’s door, things just get worse. They’ve discovered Dylan’s death wasn’t an accident, after all; and they need Tessa to start filling in the blanks. Who would want her beloved husband dead, and why? With the investigation running cold, Tessa decides it’s time to save her sanity by reconnecting with her first love – cooking. And, maybe, the best way back into the kitchen is to infiltrate Dylan’s favourite local pizza parlour, which also happens to be the last place he was seen before he died. But the anchovies aren’t the only thing that stink inside the small family business, and with suspects around every corner, Tessa finds that her husband’s many secrets might land her in hot water. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Reluctant Assassin (Ursula Blanchard series)
Buckley, Fiona
March, 1581. Queen Elizabeth is, once again, being urged to consider marriage to the Duke of Alençon – a French Catholic, twenty years her junior. The prospect of the match is causing unrest throughout the kingdom. Ursula Blanchard however has more immediate matters to worry about, when her nine-year-old son is snatched away while out riding. If she is ever to see him again, Ursula must undertake an impossibly difficult and dangerous mission – and commit an act of high treason. Can she rely on her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth, for help?
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Death in a Budapest Butterfly (Hungarian Tea House Mysteries 01)
Buckley, Julia
Hana Keller and her family run Maggie’s Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family’s Hungarian heritage and specialising in a European-style traditional tea service. But one of the shop’s largest draws is Hana’s eccentric grandmother, Juliana, renowned for her ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of customers’ cups. Lately, however, her readings have become alarmingly ominous and seemingly related to old Hungarian legends… When a guest is poisoned at a tea event, Juliana’s dire predictions appear to have come true. Things are brought to a boil, when Hana’s beloved Anna Weatherley butterfly teacup becomes the centre of the murder investigation, as it carried the poisoned tea. The cup is claimed as evidence by a handsome police detective, and the pretty Tea House is suddenly endangered. Hana and her family must catch the killer to save their business and bring the beautiful Budapest Butterfly back home, where it belongs. The first in a new cosy series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Mystery of the Skeleton Key (Detective Club series)
Capes, Bernard
A body is discovered after a shooting party, in the grounds of a country house in Hampshire. The police are called in, and a clever young detective, Sergeant Ridgway, begins to unravel a much more complicated and brutal case of murder than was first suspected. But has he met his match with Le Sage, a chess-playing Baron – who is convinced that the answers lie not in Hampshire… but in Paris? The Skeleton Key (1919) was the first detective novel published by Collins, ushering in the Golden Age, the Crime Club, and 100 years of remarkable crime fiction that would follow. This is a paperback reissue of the hardback edition published in 2015.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

Booking the Crook (Bookmobile Cat Mysteries 07)
Cass, Laurie
Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, cruise around lovely Chilson, Michigan delivering happiness and good reads in their bookmobile. But the feisty librarian is worried that the bookmobile’s future could be uncertain, when a new library board chair arrives and doesn’t seem too friendly to her pet project. Still, she has to put her personal worries aside, when she and Eddie are out on their regular route, and one of their favourite customers doesn’t turn up to collect her books. Minnie, at Eddie’s prodding, checks on the woman and finds her lying dead in her snow-covered driveway. Now it’s up to Minnie and her friends – feline and otherwise – to find the perpetrator and give them their due.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Date With Poison (Dales Detective series)
Chapman, Julia
Spring is in the air in Bruncliffe. But not everyone is filled with the joys of the season. Implicated in the murder of a man in Leeds, the Dales Detective Agency’s Samson O’Brien is facing tough questions from the police, while his business partner Delilah Metcalfe is facing criticism from her family and friends for her loyalty to the town’s black sheep. Then the truth about Samson’s policing past is brutally exposed and Bruncliffe turns its back on him, placing Delilah in an impossible position. Especially when her nephew, Nathan Metcalfe, accused of having been under the influence of the corrupt O’Brien, runs away from home. With everyone searching frantically for the missing boy and a toxic atmosphere tainting the town, only the local vet is paying attention to a worrying spate of deaths amongst his canine clientele. Suspecting foul play, he arrives at Samson’s door. But when Samson turns to Delilah for assistance, will she be able to overlook his transgressions in order to help him uncover the source of the poison that is threatening her community? A poison that has the potential to tear her life apart. This popular Yorkshire-set mystery series begins with Date with Death (PBK, $19.99) and is perfect for fans of M C Beaton.
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

This is Gomorrah
Chatfield, Tom
Darknets are everywhere – and those who know where to look can find anything. Drugs, guns, porn, ideologies, lives and deaths are all up for sale… and everything must go. Elite hacker, loner, charmer, idealist, and connoisseur of other people’s mistakes, Azi Bello exists in a world where the dark side of technology is abolishing the old order – and he has a front row seat. When the secretive but intriguing Munira reaches out to Azi for help, her story sparks his interest. Munira’s cousin has been recruited to work for a terrorist state and in her attempts to find out more, she has attracted the attention of some very dangerous people. As they work together, Azi and Munira are drawn into an unimaginable conspiracy, at the heart of which is Gomorrah: an exclusive online marketplace – where anything can be acquired, and the world’s worst individuals lurk. As he throws himself into uncovering Gomorrah’s dangerous secrets, it isn’t long before Azi’s carefully constructed world begins to fall apart – and he is forced to become much more than just a spectator. But when identities can be changed, with just a few clicks… can you ever really trust anyone?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Catered Cat Wedding (Mystery With Recipes 14)
Crawford, Isis
Susie Katz is known as the crazy cat lady of Longely, New York, and goes out of her way to earn the title, right down to her cat t-shirts and porcelain Hello Kitties. So, when she decides to put up a tent on her property and hold an extravagant wedding ceremony for her two Russian blues, she makes sure to include a few two-legged guests. All her favourite enemies will be there: her bird-loving neighbour, a rival cat breeder, a local animal rights activist, and the niece and nephew who stand to inherit her considerable fortune. But chaos erupts when mice jump out of a wedding gift and all the pampered partygoers disappear. Just a few hours later, Susie is stabbed in the back, while searching for her missing kitties near the now-empty tent – and it’s up to the Simmons sisters, to sniff out the killer…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Courier
Dahl, Kjell Ola
In 1942, Jewish courier Ester is betrayed, narrowly avoiding arrest by the Gestapo. In a great haste, she escapes to Sweden, saving herself. Her family in Oslo, however, is deported to Auschwitz. In Stockholm, Ester meets the resistance hero, Gerhard Falkum – who has left his little daughter and fled both the Germans and allegations that he murdered his wife, Ase, who helped Ester get to Sweden. Their burgeoning relationship ends abruptly, when Falkum dies in a fire. And, yet, twenty-five years later, Falkum shows up in Oslo. He wants to reconnect with his daughter. But where has he been, and what is the real reason for his return? Ester stumbles across information that forces her to look closely at her past, and to revisit her war-time training, to stay alive…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

D’Andrea, Luca
Marlene Wegener is on the run. She has stolen something from her husband, something priceless, irreplaceable. But she doesn’t get very far. When her car veers off a bleak midwinter road, she takes refuge in the remote home of Simon Keller – a tough mountain man who lives alone with his demons. Here, in her high mountain sanctuary, she begins to rekindle a sense of herself: tough, capable, no longer the trophy on a gangster’s arm. But Herr Wegener does not know how to forgive… and, in his rage, he makes a pact with the devil. The Trusted Man. He cannot be called off, he cannot be reasoned with and, one way or another, he will get the job done. Unless, of course, he’s beaten to it…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

One Small Sacrifice (Shadows of New York series)
Davidson, Hilary
An apparent suicide. A mysterious disappearance. Did one man get away with murder – twice? NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling has had her eye on Alex Traynor, ever since his friend Cori fell to her death under suspicious circumstances a year ago. Cori’s death was ruled a suicide, but Sheryn thinks Alex – a wartime photojournalist suffering from PTSD – got away with murder. When Alex’s fiancée, Emily, a talented and beloved local doctor, suddenly goes missing, Sheryn suspects that Alex is again at the centre of a sticky case. Sheryn dislikes loose ends, and Cori’s death had way too many of them. But as Sheryn starts pulling at the threads in this web, her whole theory unravels. Everyone involved remembers the night Cori died differently – and the truth about her death could be the key to solving Emily’s disappearance.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Masterpiece
Davis, Fiona
For most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. It is 1928, and Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. Though not even the prestige of the school can override the public’s disdain for a ‘woman artist’, fiery Clara is single minded in her quest to achieve every creative success – even while juggling the affections of two very different men. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they’ll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression… and that even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come. By 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay’s life. Dilapidated and dangerous, Grand Central is at the centre of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolour, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece – an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central… but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s’ illustrator, who disappeared from history in 1931.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

Death’s Dark Valley (Hugh Corbett series)
Doherty, Paul
1311. Murder and mayhem prowl the highways and coffin paths of Medieval England… It is four years since the death of King Edward I, but his reign of terror has cast long shadows over the kingdom. At Holyrood Abbey, sheltered in the depths of the Welsh march, the old king’s former bodyguards protect his secret relics and watch over a mysterious prisoner who is kept in the abbey’s dungeon. But their peaceful existence is shattered, when Abbot Henry is poisoned. Summoned to Holyrood, Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, finds the fortress in chaos. Brothers Anselm and Richard have been brutally slain by nails driven deep into their skulls. No one knows who could be behind the gruesome killings and the news attracts the attention of two unwanted guests: the sinister Marcher Lord Mortimer and King Philip of France’s devious envoy, de Craon. As more mysterious deaths occur, and a violent snow storm sweeps through the valley, Corbett must act quickly to identify the malevolent demon who has risen from hell to turn the abbey into a house of murder…
Historical mystery | HC | $49.99

Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girls
Ford, Justine
Can you catch a killer or find a missing person? Australia is ‘the lucky country’. But not for everyone. Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girls tells thirteen stories of people whose luck ran out in the most mysterious of circumstances. It’s a journalistic deep-dive into Australia’s dark heart by one of Australia’s premier true crime writers, Justine Ford. Why are four people missing from a Western Australian doomsday cult? Who abducted and murdered beauty queen Bronwynne Richardson on pageant night? And why is a cooked chook important evidence, in the outback disappearance of Paddy Moriarty? Key players are interviewed, evidence laid out and suspects assessed. Never-before-published information is revealed. Can you help crack the case and solve these mysteries? Hold tight, as Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girls takes you on a chilling yet inspiring true-crime rollercoaster ride, where the final destination is hope.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Conan Doyle for the Defence: a Sensational Murder, the Quest for Justice, and the World’s Greatest Detective Writer
Fox, Margalit
How the creator of Sherlock Holmes overturned one of the great miscarriages of justice. Just before Christmas 1908, Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy 82-year-old spinster, was found bludgeoned to death in her Glasgow home. A valuable diamond brooch was missing, and police soon fastened on a suspect – Oscar Slater, a Jewish immigrant who was rumoured to have a disreputable character. Slater had an alibi, but was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment in the notorious Peterhead Prison. Seventeen years later, a convict called William Gordon was released from Peterhead. Concealed in a false tooth was a message, addressed to the only man Slater thought could help him – Arthur Conan Doyle. Always a champion of the downtrodden, Conan Doyle turned his formidable talents to freeing Slater, deploying a forensic mind worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Drawing from original sources including Oscar Slater’s prison letters, this is Margalit Fox’s vivid and compelling account of one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Scottish history.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

The Poison Bed
Fremantle, Elizabeth
In the autumn of 1615, scandal rocks the Jacobean court, when a celebrated couple, Robert and Frances Carr, are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. Frances is young, captivating, and from a notorious family. She has been rescued from an abusive marriage by Robert; and is determined to make a new life for herself. Whatever the price. Robert is one of the richest and most famous men in the kingdom. He has risen from nothing to become one of the country’s most powerful men. But to get to the top, you cannot help making enemies. Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake. Now, a man is dead. And someone must pay with their life. Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder?
Historical thriller | PBK | $19.99

Never Look Back
Gaylin, A L
When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quentin’s podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin’s own mother may be intimately connected with the killings. Robin thinks Quentin’s claim is absurd. But is it? The more she researches the Cooper/LeRoy murders, herself, the more disturbed she becomes by what she finds. Living just a few blocks from her, Robin’s beloved parents are the one absolute she’s always been able to rely upon, especially now amid rising doubts about her husband, and frequent threats from internet trolls. Robin knows her mother better than anyone. But then her parents are brutally attacked, and Robin realises she doesn’t know the truth, at all…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Goldsworthy, Peter
A blind detective is determined to deliver justice to the man who shot him, even though his failed assassin has broken out of jail and is equally determined to finish the job. Cleverly structured around the five senses, and with the action confined to one week, it’s pacey and taut, with the cat-and-mouse tension leavened by lighter interludes. Goldsworthy is interested in all that his protagonist cannot see, as he is forced to meet evil, acting on a trust in his senses, and the ineluctable mystery that is memory.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Infinite Blacktop (Claire DeWitt series)
Gran, Sara
Driven off the desert road and left for dead, Claire DeWitt knows that it is someone from her past trying to kill her, she just doesn’t know who. Making a break for it from the cops who arrive on the scene, she sets off in search of the truth, or whatever version of it she can find. But, perhaps, the biggest mystery of all lies deeper than that, somewhere out there, on the ever-rolling highway of life.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Shoot Through (Stella Hardy series)
Green, J M
All Stella Hardy wants is a romantic country getaway with her artist boyfriend, Brophy. Instead, she must head to the Athol Goldwater Agricultural Prison (aka Arsehole Bogwater) to visit her jailbird brother, Ben, and sort out some ‘urgent’ family paperwork. But Stella has barely set foot in the prison when a prisoner, Joe Phelan, is found dead. Before she knows it, Stella finds herself tasked, against her will, with investigating Joe’s suspicious death away from the eyes of police, including her best friend, Detective Phuong Nguyen. Her old nemesis, Minister for Justice Marcus Pugh, is pressuring her from above to save his election-year bacon, and Joe’s old friend and former gang member, Percy Brash, is providing a much more chilling form of pressure from below, promising to reduce her to mush and bone fragments if she doesn’t give him the name of Joe’s killer, and soon. As the clock counts down, Stella becomes embroiled in a story of corruption, conspiracy, and high-tech cattle wrangling; all, while trying to manage her brother’s pregnant girlfriend, Loretta, get to the bottom of Brophy’s increasingly strange behaviour, and evade the murderous intentions of a shadowy mercenary. And then things get really crazy. It’s Stella’s last hurrah, and she’s going out with a bang. A follow-up to Good Money and Too Easy (TP, $29.99 each).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Cold Bayou (Benjamin January series)
Hambly, Barbara
Benjamin January has reason to regret agreeing to perform at the wedding of wealthy landowner Veryl St-Chinian, to an Irish barmaid fifty years his junior. On the isolated plantation of Cold Bayou – where the ceremony is to take place – a body is discovered in the woods behind the dower house… and January, himself, is accused of the crime.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Let’s Fake a Deal (Sarah W Garage Sale Mysteries 07)
Harris, Sherry
As a former military spouse, Sarah Winston’s learned a little about organising, packing, and moving. Her latest project sounds promising: a couple of tech-industry hipsters, newly arrived in her Massachusetts town, who need to downsize. Unfortunately, when Sarah tries to sell their stuff, she discovers it’s all stolen – and she’s the unwitting fence. Michelle, an old friend of Sarah’s from the Air Force base, is in line for a promotion – but not everyone is happy about it, and she’s been hit with an anonymous discrimination complaint. When one of the men she suspects is behind the accusations turns up dead in Michelle’s car, Sarah needs to clear Michelle’s name – as well as her own for selling hot merchandise. And she’ll have to do it while also organising a cat lady’s gigantic collection of feline memorabilia, or they’ll be making room for Sarah in a jail cell…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Angel Makers (Constance Piper Mysteries)
Harris, Tessa
Options are few for unmarried mothers in Victorian England. To avoid stigma, many find lodging with ‘baby farmers’ – women who agree to care for the infant, or find an adoptive family, in exchange for a fee. Constance Piper, a London flower seller gifted with clairvoyance, has become aware of one such person, Mother Delaney, whose promises she suspects hide an infinitely darker truth. Guided by the spirit of a deceased friend, Constance gathers evidence about what really goes on within Mother Delaney’s Poplar House. It’s not only innocent children who are at risk. A young prostitute’s body is found in mysterious circumstances. With the aid of Detective Constable Hawkins, newly promoted thanks to Constance’s help, she links the death to Mother Delaney’s vile trade. But the horror is edging closer to home, and even the hangman’s noose may not put this evil to rest… A sequel to The Sixth Victim (TP, $24.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

A Gruesome Discovery (Reverend Mother Mysteries)
Harrison, Cora
Ireland. 1925. Like all who seek charitable contributions, Reverend Mother Aquinas is used to being gifted some fairly dubious items. But nothing like this. On opening the evil-smelling trunk, labelled ‘old books’, the Reverend Mother is horrified to discover it contains the dead body of one of Cork’s richest merchants, wrapped in decomposing animal hides. Many had reason to loathe the hides and skins merchant: his rebellious, republican son; his frustrated, clever daughter; his neighbours; his business rivals; and those whose unbaptised babies were buried on the site of his new tanning yard. But when suspicion falls on a former lay sister from her convent, the Reverend Mother decides she must help find the real killer.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Penhallow (Country House Mysteries)
Heyer, Georgette
Hated for his cruel and vicious nature… yet, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered, the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusation and suspicion turn in one direction, then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.
Historical mystery (reissue) | TP | $29.95

Raid 42 (Wars Within series)
Hurley, Graham
Spring, 1941. The war in the West is as good as won. Nation after nation has fallen before the Reich’s armies. Only Britain endures, her cities under nightly bombardment from the Luftwaffe. Berlin would happily call off the bombers in exchange for a peace treaty. Hitler would like to persuade Britain to turn her back on Europe, to attend to her precious Empire instead, to allow Germany a free hand to deal with the real enemy in the East. Peace, perhaps, but at what cost? For Churchill, the price is too high; but for others within the British establishment, it is a price worth paying. On both sides of the channel, advocates of total war – or peace, at all costs – are at each others’ throats; all unaware that Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s quiet, contemplative deputy, has already taken radical steps to change the fortunes of the war… The newest instalment of the Wars Within series, which begins with Finisterre (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Pawful Truth (Cat in the Stacks 11)
James, Miranda
In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place – his fellow classmates are half his age – except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn, just a few days later, that Dixie has been killed. Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumours on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie’s death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another more sinister motive? Charlie races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

The Magic Chair Murder (Black & Dod Mysteries)
Janes, Diane
The night before she’s due to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society – on the subject of the famous writer’s ‘magic chair’ – committee member Linda Dexter disappears. When her body is discovered two days later, fellow members Frances Black and Tom Dod determine to find out the truth about her death. Does the answer lie in the dead woman’s past? The first in a series, set in the 1920s.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Jinks, Catherine
Tom Clay was a poacher back in Suffolk. He was twelve when he was caught, tried and transported to New South Wales. Now, assigned to a shepherds’ hut out west, he is a boy among violent men. He keeps his counsel and watches over his sheep; he steers clear of blowhards like the new man, Rowdy Cavanagh. He is alert to danger, knowing he is a foreigner here: that the land resists his understanding. The question is: how fast can he learn? Because a vicious killer named Dan Carver is coming for Tom and Rowdy. And, if Tom can’t outwit Carver in the bush – and convince Rowdy to keep his stupid mouth shut – their deaths will be swift and cruel.
Historical thriller | TP | $29.99

Death in Avignon
Kent, Serena
After a tumultuous summer, Penelope Kite has settled into the rhythm of her new life in Provence. Lavender-scented evenings, long lunches with new friends – and an exclusive gallery opening to attend, on the arm of the gorgeous mayor of St Merlot… But beneath the veneer of glamour, scandal is brewing. Shockwaves ripple through the Avignon art world – when a controversial painter, Roland Doncaster, chokes on an almond-stuffed olive. A tragic accident? Or a ruthless poisoning? Embroiled, once more, in a murder investigation, Penelope discovers that any number of jealous lovers and scheming rivals could be in the frame. And with dashing art dealers to charm, patisseries to resist, and her own friends under suspicion, Penelope will need all her sleuthing talents to unveil the truth… Return to the charm of Provence for the second Penelope Kite mystery; following Death in Provence (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Hitting the Books (Library Lover’s Mysteries 09)
McKinlay, Jenn
When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. Before Lindsey can delve into the library’s records, the victim of the hit and run, Theresa Houston, suffers another ‘accident’ and the investigation shifts from driver negligence to attempted homicide. A clue surfaces in the confiscated library materials that could crack open the case and it is up to Lindsey to piece it all together. But things are not as they seem in the sleepy town of Briar Creek and when the driver of the stolen car turns up dead, Lindsey, her staff and her library friends have to hit the books – before the murderer gets the last word…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Chain
McKinty, Adrian
The morning starts like any other. Rachel Klein drops her daughter, Kylie, at the bus stop and heads into her day. But then a phone call changes everything. A woman has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will ever see her again is if she pays a ransom – and kidnaps another child. The caller is a mother herself, whose son has also been abducted, and if Rachel doesn’t do exactly as she’s told, both children will die. Rachel is now part of a terrifying scheme – The Chain. The rules are simple: find the money, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of, just 24 hours ago. Rachel is an ordinary woman, but over the coming days she will be pushed beyond ordinary limits to save her daughter. What the anonymous masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. But what they don’t know is that they may have met their match. Can Rachel be the one person to, finally, break The Chain? #DontBreakTheChain
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Bear Pit (Seeker series)
MacLean, S G
London, 1656: Captain Seeker is back in the city, on the trail of an assassin preparing to strike at the heart of Oliver Cromwell’s Republic… The Commonwealth is balanced on a knife edge. Royalists and disillusioned former Parliamentarians have united against Oliver Cromwell, now a king in all but name. Three conspirators, representing these factions, plan to assassinate the Lord Protector, paving the way back to the throne for Charles Stuart, once and for all. Captain Damian Seeker, meanwhile, is preoccupied by the horrifying discovery in an illegal gambling den of the body of a man ravaged by what is unmistakably a bear. Yet, the bears used for baiting were all shot when the sport was banned by Cromwell. So, where did this fearsome creature come from, and why would someone use it for murder? With Royalist turned Commonwealth spy, Thomas Faithly, tracking the bear; Seeker investigates its victim. The trail leads from Kent’s coffee house on Cornhill, to a German clockmaker in Clerkenwell, to the stews of Southwark, to the desolate Lambeth Marshes, where no one should venture at night. When the two threads of the investigation begin to join, Seeker realises just what – and who – he is up against. The Royalists in exile have sent to London their finest mind and greatest fighter, a man who will stop at nothing to ensure the Restoration. Has Seeker finally met his match? This great mystery series, set in the Interregnum, begins with The Seeker (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Knot on Her Life (Quilting Mysteries 07)
Marks, Mary
Martha’s eager to finish the baby quilt she’s making for her new granddaughter, but she scraps those plans – when a young girl rings her doorbell, begging for help. Poppy Halaby, the foster child of Martha’s neighbour, is an orphan whose parents were murdered by a killer who was never caught. When Poppy’s doting foster mom falls suspiciously ill, Martha is determined to keep the child safe. But she’ll have to unravel more about Poppy’s parents, to stitch a broken family back together again – and prevent another crime cut from the same cloth…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Murder at Ochre Court (Gilded Newport Mysteries)
Maxwell, Alyssa
After a disappointing year as a society columnist for the Herald, Emma has returned to the salty air, glittering ocean vistas, and grand stately mansions of Newport, Rhode Island – more determined than ever to report on hard news. But, for now, she’s covering the social event of the season at Ochre Court, a coming-out ball designed to showcase Cleo Cooper-Smith, who will be on display as Cleopatra in an elaborate tableau vivant. But as the deb ascends to her place of honour, the ballroom is plunged into darkness. When the lights come back on, Cleo sits still on her throne, electrocuted to death. Quickly establishing that the wiring was tampered with, Emma now has a murder to investigate. As Emma begins to discover this crime has unseen connections to a nefarious network, she puts her own life at risk to shine a light on the dark motives behind a merciless murder…
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

Silver Anniversary Murder (Lucy Stone Mysteries 25)
Meier, Leslie
As Tinker’s Cove, Maine, buzzes over a town-wide silver wedding anniversary bash, Lucy is reminded of her nuptials and ponders the whereabouts of Beth Gerard, her strong-willed maid of honour. It only takes one phone call for Lucy to realise that a reunion will happen sooner than later – at Beth’s funeral. Beth, who was in the process of finalising her fourth divorce, had a reputation for living on the edge – but no one can believe she would jump off a penthouse terrace in New York City. The more Lucy learns about Beth’s former husbands, the more she suspects one of them committed murder. Summoning her friend’s impulsive spirit, Lucy vows to scour New York, in search of the killer – even if it means risking herself as the next victim…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Reunion
Musso, Guillaume
French Riviera, winter 1992: On a freezing night, as her high school campus is engulfed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell runs away with Alexis – her philosophy teacher. No one will ever see them, again. French Riviera, spring 2017: Formerly inseparable, Thomas, Maxime. and Fanny – Vinca’s best friends – have not spoken, in twenty-five years. But when they receive an invitation to their school’s reunion, they know they must go back… one, final time. Because there is a body buried in that school. And they’re the ones who put it there. ‘The Reunion has everything a masterful thriller should: gut-wrenching suspense, a twisting story with blindsiding surprises, and a narrator with a mysterious past. It’s no wonder that Guillaume Musso is one of France’s most loved, bestselling authors.’ – Harlan Coben.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Knife (Harry Hole series)
Nesbo, Jo
Harry is in a bad place: Rakel has left him, he’s working cold cases, and notorious rapist and murderer Svein Finne is back on the streets. Harry is responsible for the many years Finne spent in prison, but now he’s free and ready to pick up where he left off. When Harry wakes up with blood on his hands, and no memory of what he did, the night before, he knows everything is only going to get worse… Recommended.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Triumph of the Spider Monkey
Oates, Joyce Carol
Abandoned as a baby in a bus station locker, shuttled from one abusive foster home and detention centre to another, Bobbie Gotteson grew up angry, hurting, damaged. His hunger to succeed as a musician brought him across the country to Hollywood, but along with it came his seething rage, his paranoid delusions, and his capacity for acts of shocking violence. Unavailable for 40 years, The Triumph of the Spider Monkey is an eloquent, terrifying, heartbreaking exploration of madness by one of the most acclaimed authors of the past century. This definitive edition pairs the original novel with a never-before-collected companion novella by Joyce Carol Oates, for the first time – unseen since its sole publication in a literary journal, nearly half a century ago.
Hardboiled | PBK | $19.99

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties
O’Neill, Tom & Piepenbring, Dan
A journalist’s twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders leads to shocking new conspiracy theories about the FBI’s involvement in this fascinating re-evaluation of one of the most infamous cases in American history. In 1999, when Tom O’Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the thirtieth anniversary of the Manson murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Weren’t the facts indisputable? Charles Manson had ordered his teenage followers to commit seven brutal murders; and, in his thrall, they’d gladly complied. But when O’Neill began reporting the story, he kept finding holes in the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s narrative, long enshrined in the bestselling Helter Skelter. Before long, O’Neill had questions about everything from the motive to the manhunt. Though he’d never considered himself a conspiracy theorist, the Manson murders swallowed the next two decades of his career. He was obsessed. Searching but never speculative, Chaos follows O’Neill’s twenty-year effort to rebut the ‘official’ story behind Manson. Who were his real friends in Hollywood, and how far would they go to hide their ties? Why didn’t law enforcement act on their many chances to stop him? And how did he turn a group of peaceful hippies into remorseless killers? O’Neill’s hunt for answers leads him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from the Summer of Love to the shadowy sites of the CIA’s mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with cover-ups and coincidences. Featuring hundreds of new interviews and dozens of never-before-seen documents from the LAPD, the FBI and the CIA, Chaos mounts an argument that could be, according to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. In those two dark nights in Los Angeles, O’Neill finds the story of California in the sixties: when charlatans mixed with prodigies, free love was as possible as brainwashing, and utopia – or dystopia – was just an acid trip away.
True crime/History | TP | $35.00

Only to Sleep (Philip Marlowe series)
Osborne, Lawrence
The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. PI Philip Marlowe – now, in his seventy-second year – has been living out his retirement in the terrace bar of La Fonda hotel… Sipping margaritas, playing cards; his silver-tipped cane at the ready – when, in saunter two men, dressed like undertakers. With a case that has his name written all over it. His mission is to investigate Donald Zinn – supposedly, drowned off his yacht, leaving a much younger and, now, very rich wife. Marlowe’s speciality. But is Zinn actually alive? Are the pair living off the spoils? Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon. Marlowe’s first appearance was, of course, in The Big Sleep (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Cold as the Grave (Inspector McLean series)
Oswald, James
Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean’s team are on standby for any trouble. The newly-promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street… and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl’s final resting place. But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean, or anyone else, could expect. The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Killing Site (Liberty Lane series)
Peacock, Caro
July, 1847. Now, a happily-married mother of two, Liberty Lane is undertaking very few private investigative assignments. But when she is kidnapped from outside a smart London townhouse – where she had been attending a dinner party, with her husband Robert – she must call on all her old investigative skills to discover who has taken her, and why. As Libby tries to formulate a plan of escape, her old friends, former street urchin Tabby and groom Amos Legge, desperately search for her. Convinced that somebody in the Maynard household, where the dinner party was held, knows something about Libby’s disappearance, Tabby keeps watch on the house – and makes a truly shocking discovery.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Kingdom of the Blind (Inspector Gamache series)
Penny, Louise
When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Sûreté du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will. The bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional – until a body is found. But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension delves deeper, and he takes increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Gamache begins to see his own blind spots – and the terrible things hiding there… This fantastic series begins with Still Life (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Come Back for Me
Perks, Heidi
Twenty-five years ago, in the middle of a raging storm, Stella’s family suddenly fled their idyllic island of Evergreen; she hasn’t returned to the only place she’s called home since. Convinced that leaving Evergreen is what broke her family beyond repair, Stella desperately clings to memories of happier times. But when she learns that police have discovered a body in her old backyard, she can’t resist searching for the true story of what happened that night. And the more Stella digs, the more it looks like her family has been keeping secrets. When she goes back to Evergreen, the islanders are wary of her, and Stella realises it’s not the safe haven it once was. When anonymous warnings that predict Stella might not like what she finds start to emerge, she fears that some secrets might be better off left buried deep.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Angel’s Mark (Nicholas Shelby series)
Perry, S W
London, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I’s control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop of Spanish plotters, Catholic heretics and foreign wars threatening the country’s fragile stability, the body of a small boy is found in the City of London, with strange marks that no one can explain. When idealistic physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body displaying the same marks only days later, he becomes convinced that a killer is at work, preying on the weak and destitute of London. Determined to find out who is behind these terrible murders, Nicholas is joined in his investigations by Bianca, a mysterious tavern keeper. As more bodies are discovered, the pair ae caught in the middle of a sinister plot. The first in a series, perfect for fans of C J Sansom and Rory Clements.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

White Hot Silence (Paul Samson series)
Porter, Henry
Aid worker Anastasia Christakos is driving through Calabria to visit one of the new refugee centres funded by her husband, billionaire Denis Hisami; when she slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late, she realises it is an ambush. She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami, before her Mafia kidnappers drug her. Anastasia has been abducted and held hostage – because Hisami has explosive information that his enemies have killed for, and will kill for, again. But Hisami’s time as a commander with the Kurdish Peshmerga has caught up with him, and the US authorities have jailed him for possible past terrorist activities. For all his wealth, he is powerless to save his wife. Only one man can help him. Paul Samson, former MI6 agent and a genius at tracking missing persons. He’s the obvious choice. There’s only one snag. Samson was – and, probably, still is – in love with Anastasia. If he manages to locate and save her, will it be for Hisami – or himself? Paul Samson’s first appearance was in the excellent Firefly (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Pharaoh Key (Gideon Crew series)
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
With only months to live, Gideon Crew learns, from a former co-worker, about one final treasure hinted at – in EES’ final case: the translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilisation… which will either save Gideon’s life – or bring it to a sudden, shocking close.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Our Friends in Berlin
Quinn, Anthony
London, 1941. The city is in blackout and an enemy is hiding in plain sight. Amy Strallen’s life is a world away from the machinations of Nazi sympathisers, but she could be the only one who can help uncover the most dangerous Nazi agent in the country. Jack Hoste has become entangled in a national treachery and he needs Amy’s help. When he pays a visit to Amy’s office, they are both about to become embroiled in a game that could have deadly consequences… Perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson’s Transcription.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Heart of Barkness (Chet & Bernie series)
Quinn, Spencer
Chet the dog and PI Bernie encounter heartache and much worse, in the world of country music. They’re both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note – the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with – into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses – even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing – and, before the night is over, it’s stolen again. Soon, they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad, where there is no one to trust but each other.
Mystery | HC | $39.99

The Anarchists’ Club (Leo Stanhope series)
Reeve, Alex
It’s been a year, since Leo Stanhope lost the woman he loved, and came closing to losing his own life. Now, more than ever, he is determined to keep his head down and stay safe, without risking any of those he holds dear. But Leo’s hopes are shattered, when the police unexpectedly arrive at his lodgings: a woman has been found murdered, at a club for anarchists… and Leo’s address is in her purse. Not only that, but a member of the same club knows Leo’s birth identity and will share it, with the authorities, if Leo does not provide him with an alibi. If Leo is unmasked, he will be thrown into an asylum; but, if he lies, will he be protecting a murderer? The second instalment of this fantastic historical crime series, featuring a transgender coroner’s assistant, following The House on Half Moon Street (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

In the Name of the Children: an FBI Agent’s Relentless Pursuit of American’s Worst Predators
Rinek, Jeffrey L & Strong, Marilee
FBI Special Agent Jeff Rinek had a gift for getting child predators to confess. All he had to do was share a piece of his soul… In the Name of the Children gives an unflinching look at what it’s like to fight a never-ending battle against an enemy far more insidious than terrorists: the predators, lurking amongst us, who seek to harm our children. During his 30-year career with the FBI, Jeff Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualised sexual abuse. Those who do this kind of work are required to plumb the depths of human depravity, to see things no one should ever have to see – and once seen can never forget. There is no more important – or, more brutal – job in law enforcement, and few have been more successful than Rinek at solving these sort of cases. Most famously, Rinek got Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek’s recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides perhaps the most revelatory look ever, inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation. In the Name of the Children takes readers into the trenches of real-time investigations where every second counts and any wrong decision or overlooked fact can have tragic repercussions. Rinek offers an insider’s perspective of the actual case agents and street detectives who are the boots on the ground in this war at home. By placing us inside the heart and mind of a rigorously honest and remarkably self-reflective investigator, we will see with our own eyes what it takes-and what it costs – to try to keep our children safe and to bring to justice those who prey on society’s most vulnerable victims. With each chapter dedicated to a real case he worked, In the Name of the Children also explores the evolution of Rinek as a Special Agent – whose unorthodox, empathy-based approach to interviewing suspects made him extraordinarily successful in obtaining confessions – and the toll it took to have such intimate contact with child molesters and murderers. Beyond exploring the devastating impact of these unthinkable crimes, on the victims and their families; this book offers an unprecedented look at how investigators and their loved ones cope, while living in the spectre of so much suffering.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

The Au Pair
Rous, Emma
Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: the first set of summer twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But, on the day they were born, their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and a stolen baby. Now, twenty-five, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph – taken on the day the twins were born, featuring both parents posing with just one baby. Seraphine soon becomes fixated with the notion that she and Danny might not be twins, after all… that she wasn’t the baby born that day and that there was more to her mother’s death than she has ever been told… Why did their beloved au pair flee that day? Where is she, now? Does she hold the key to what really happened?
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Needled to Death (Helping Hands Mysteries 01)
Ryan, Annelise
A dedicated mental health professional, Hildy Schneider becomes an amateur sleuth, when one of her group therapy members reveals disturbing details about her late son’s potential murder – a case leads her to a headstrong cop who shares her passion for helping others. The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Lock Every Door
Sager, Riley
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents. These are the only rules for Jules Larson’s new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile private buildings and home to the rich and famous. Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules readily accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind. Out of place, among the extremely wealthy; Jules finds herself pulled toward another apartment sitter, Ingrid. But Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems; and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her. Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story – but the next day, her new friend has vanished. And then Jules discovers that Ingrid is not the first temporary resident to go missing…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Scarrow, Simon & Andrews, T J
It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire. When young Telemachus gets the chance to join the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he’s delighted to escape the rough streets of Piraeus. He knows little of the dangers of life, at sea. And even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board, when a pirate ship appears…
Historical thriller | TP | $32.99

Mandatory Murder
Schubert, Steven
At first, it looked like a swag, said the grader driver. He’d found the body just off the road outside the outback town of Katherine in the Northern Territory. Police quickly identified the dead man as Ray Nicefero – who’d recently appeared in court for aggravated assault and breaching a domestic violence order. Three days later, three young local suspects were arrested, including nineteen-year-old Indigenous man Zak Grieve. A month later, Ray’s former partner was also arrested. But when the accused faced court in the rough justice system of the Territory, it quickly became apparent that there were few provable facts to be had. Depending on who was talking, a loving friend could be an abusive monster, a battered wife a conniving temptress. And a joke between mates, about the best way to dispose of a body, could be a conspiracy to murder. The outcome of the case was no less murky, thanks to the Territory’s mandatory sentencing laws, which, the judge said, ‘brings about injustice’. Mandatory Murder is the compelling true story of murder in an outback town and the extraordinary aftermath. It raises several important questions, including how an Indigenous man – who didn’t attend a murder – can be sentenced to jail for twenty years.
True crime | TP | $32.99

This Side of Night (Sheriff Chris Cherry series)
Scott, J Todd
In the Mexican borderlands, a busload of student protestors is gunned down in broad daylight, a violent act blamed on the Nemesio cartel. But its aging leader, Fox Uno, sees the attack for what it is: another salvo in the long-running battle for control of Nemesio itself; perhaps, by a rival cartel, or maybe someone closer to home… Across the Rio Grande, Sheriff Chris Cherry and his deputies America Reynosa and Danny Ford find themselves caught in Fox Uno’s escalating war with the recent discovery of five dead men at the river’s edge. But when El Paso DEA agent Joe Garrison’s own Nemesio investigation leads him into the heart of the Big Bend, he’s not ready to accept the cartel leader’s retreat, or defeat. Not only does he suspect a high-profile drug task force in a neighbouring county is corrupt, he can’t shake lingering doubts about the loyalty and motives of the young deputy, Ame Reynosa. And he won’t let Sheriff Cherry ignore them, either. In this pitiless land, it’s kill or be killed, where everyone will make one final bloody stand to decide the fate of Nemesio, the law in the Big Bend, and most of all, the future of America Reynosa.
Thriller | HC | $42.99

The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon series)
Silva, Daniel
In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her, in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West – a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin – who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now, he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the post-war global order hanging in the balance. Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor, after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated, while trying to defect in Vienna…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Bookworm
Silver, Mitch
Europe, 1940: It’s late summer and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval, just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief. Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to the monastery’s library and then escapes. London, 2017: A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a grisly discovery – a skeletal arm bone, with a rusty handcuff attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC newsreader speculates, of ‘a long-forgotten prison, uncharted on any map?’ One viewer knows better: it’s all that remains of a courier, who died in a V-2 rocket attack. The woman who will put these two disparate events together – and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent – is Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelovg Klimt, ‘Lara the Bookworm’, to her friends. She’s also experiencing some woeful marital troubles. Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-Day, by Noel Coward – actor, playwright and, secretly, a British agent reporting directly to Winston Churchill. She will understand precisely why that leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis and deposited on the desk of Adolf Hitler, days before he planned to attack Britain, played such a pivotal role in turning his guns to the East. And she will discover the new secret pact negotiated by the nefarious Russian president and his newly-elected American counterpart – maverick and dealmaker – and the evil it portends. Oh, and she’ll reconcile with her husband.
Historical suspense | TP | $26.95

The Last Widow (Will Trent series)
Slaughter, Karin
The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered, when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but it’s as if she disappeared into thin air. A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens. Sara and Will are trained to run towards an emergency, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them. Within hours, the situation has spiralled out of control. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dream Angus: the Celtic God of Dreams
Smith, Alexander McCall Smith
Dream Angus comes to you at night and bestows dreams. Just the sight of him may be enough to make you lose your heart, for he is also the god of love, youth and beauty. In this mesmerising retelling of the Celtic myth, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and reality, leaving us to wonder: what is life but the pursuit of dreams?
Myth retold | PBK | $19.99

The Boy Who Fell (Inspector Tom Reynolds series)
Spain, Jo
In the garden of an abandoned house, Luke Connolly lies broken, dead. The night before, he and his friends partied inside. Nobody fought, everybody else went home safely. And, yet, Luke was raped and pushed to his death. His alleged attacker is now in custody. DCI Tom Reynolds is receiving the biggest promotion of his career when a colleague asks him to look at the Connolly case, believing it’s not as cut and dried as local investigators have made out. And as Tom begins to examine the world Connolly and his upper class friends inhabited, the privilege and protection afforded to them, he too realises something. In this place, people cover up for each other. Even when it comes to murder.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Springer, Nancy
Widowed Beverly Vernon – a displaced East Coast children’s book illustrator and mother of two childless adult daughters – is finding it difficult to settle in rural Florida. Filling her days by painting the portrait of a longed-for imaginary grandchild, she is struggling to find meaning in her life. But everything changes when she uncovers the bones of a young child in her backyard. A child who, evidently, died through violent means. Determined to find out who the child was and how and why they died, Beverly notices that the portrait she’s working on seems to change of its own accord – and that’s not the only unexplained phenomenon taking place within her home. Is she being haunted – or is she going mad? In her efforts to uncover the truth behind the bones, Beverly finds her relationship with her two daughters coming under threat, and her faith and beliefs tested to their very limit.
Mystery | TP | $29.95

Blood in Eden (Sister Fidelma series)
Tremayne, Peter
Ireland. AD 672. The hamlet of Cloichin is said to be a veritable Eden, with its prosperous farms and close-knit, friendly community. But when Sister Fidelma and Eadulf arrive, a new priest has ordered the villagers to lynch a man accused of murdering a local farmer, his wife and two sons. The only evidence they hold against him is the fact that he is a stranger to their land. Saving the man’s life, Fidelma is determined that the villagers must give the newcomer a fair trial. But there is to be more blood in Eden and more lives will be lost as long-standing friends become newfound enemies, and no one knows who to trust…
Historical mystery | HC | $49.99

Queen’s Progress (Kit Marlowe series)
Trow, M J
May, 1591. When Queen Elizabeth decides to embark on a Royal Progress, visiting some of the grandest homes in England, her new spymaster, Sir Robert Cecil, sends Kit Marlowe on ahead, to ensure all goes smoothly. But Marlowe’s reconnaissance mission is dogged by disaster: at Farnham Hall, a body is hurled from the battlements; at Cowdray Castle, a mock tournament ends in near tragedy; at Petworth, a body is discovered in the master bedroom, shot dead. By the time he reaches Chichester, Marlowe fears the worst. Are the incidents linked? Is there a conspiracy to sabotage the Queen’s Progress? Who is pulling the strings – and why? To uncover the truth, Marlowe must come up with a fiendishly clever plan.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Deepest Grave (Crispin Guest series)
Westerson, Jeri
London, 1392. Strange mischief is afoot at St Modwen’s Church. Are corpses stalking the graveyard at night, disturbing graves, and dragging coffins? When a fearful Father Bulthius begs Crispin Guest for his help, he agrees to investigate with his apprentice, Jack Tucker, intrigued by the horrific tales. Meanwhile, an urgent summons arrives from Crispin’s former love, Philippa Walcote. Her seven-year-old son, Christopher, has been accused of murder and of attempting to steal a family relic – the missing relic of St Modwen. Who is behind the gruesome occurrences in the graveyard? Is Christopher guilty of murder? Crispin faces a desperate race against time to solve the strange goings on, at St Modwen’s, and prove a child’s innocence.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Mrs Morris and the Ghost (Salem B&B Mysteries 01)
Wilton, Traci
A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start – so, she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England – to start turning it into a bed and breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore – and explains that he used to live here – when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though, truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95