Crime & Mystery Catalogue: June 2018

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

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

June 2018 includes new books by: Sarah Bailey, Lorna Barrett, Kate Carlisle, Frank Gardner, Laurie R King, Victoria Laurie, Stuart MacBride, Abir Mukherjee, Alexander McCall Smith… and many others.

Till Death Do Us Tart (Bakeshop mysteries 08)
Alexander, Ellie
Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate – and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding she’s planning for her mom and soon-to-be stepdad. But is her secret scheme half baked? She’s hiding racks overflowing with sweet treats, while Torte is topsy-turvy with a major remodel and the return of Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos. And, until now, Jules had no clue about the bitter family feud that has her friend Lance frazzled and suspicious. But when a party crasher takes someone out with a serving of poisoned wine and Jules discovers the deadly cup was intended for her, it’s time to turn the tables on a killer.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Into the Night (DS Gemma Woodstock series)
Bailey, Sarah
Troubled and brilliant, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock finds herself lost and alone – after a recent move to Melbourne – 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 must put aside their differences – to unravel the mysteries surrounding the actor’s life and death. Who could commit such a brazen crime and who stands to profit from it? Far too many people, and none of them can be trusted. The stunning follow-up to The Dark Lake.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Dark Lake (DS Gemma Woodstock series)
Bailey, Sarah
The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved – when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma, when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets – an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past. Now in paperback.
Mystery | PBK | $14.99

A Just Clause (Booktown mysteries 11)
Barrett, Lorna
Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise – when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town; and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman… with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken, when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time. But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing, just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller? From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first – and highly anticipated – wine and jazz festival.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Bauer, Belinda
On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long. But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever. Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you. Meanwhile, Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. ‘The best crime novel I’ve read in a very long time.’ – Val McDermid.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Killing Habit (Tom Thorne series)
Billingham, Mark
How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen. Others are less convinced, so once more, Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. It’s a journey that brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Prague Nights
Black, Benjamin
Prague, 1599. Christian Stern, a young doctor, has just arrived in the city. On his first evening, he finds a young woman’s body, half buried in the snow… none other than the emperor’s mistress, and there’s no shortage of suspects. Stern is employed by the emperor himself, to investigate the murder. Stern finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of the emperor’s court – unspoken affairs, letters written in code, and bitter rivalries.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Dead in the Dark (Cooper & Fry series)
Booth, Stephen
Ten years ago, Reece Bower was accused of killing his wife, a crime he always denied. Extensive police searches near his home in Bakewell found no trace of Annette Bower’s remains, and the case against him collapsed. But, now, memories of the original investigation have been resurrected for Detective Inspector Ben Cooper – because Reece Bower himself has disappeared, and his new wife wants answers. Cooper can’t call on the Major Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry for help, unless he can prove a murder took place – impossible without a body. As his search moves into the caves and abandoned mines in the isolated depths of Lathkilldale, the question is: who would want revenge for the death of Annette Bower?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Assassin of Verona (William Shakespeare series)
Brandreth, Benet
All is not well, in Venice. Threatened daily by papal assassins, William Shakespeare and his close friends, Oldcastle and Hemminges, are increasingly isolated – the lies that have protected them so far beginning to wear thin. His companions want desperately to leave, but Will is tied to the city – his lover, the beautiful Isabella, is growing ever sicker. As tensions reach breaking point, their company is forced to split… This series, reimagining the lost years of William Shakespeare, begins with The Spy of Venice (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster series)
Bryndza, Robert
When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time it’s not her case. While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to the femoral artery. Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist? Then another girl is abducted, while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim and come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $24.99

The Girl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster series)
Bryndza, Robert
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika. The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons, as well as a killer deadlier than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again? The first in the series. Now in paperback.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Dead Girls
Cameron, Graeme
It’s been two months, since a serial killer brutally attacked police detective Alisha Green and left her for dead. Two months, since she could effortlessly recall simple things, since her mind felt remotely sound. The nameless killer thinks he knows her, thinks she’s just another dead girl among many. Ali Green plans to show him he’s dead wrong about that. Ali has two enemies, now: the dangerous man she’s hunting, and her own failing memory. As explosive new evidence comes to light, and conflicting accounts from a witness and a surviving victim threaten both her investigation and her credibility, she begins to question what is and isn’t real. And, now, Ali has no choice but to remember the past… before it buries her.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Nest of Vipers (Montalbano series)
Camilleri, Andrea
Inspector Montalbano enjoys simple pleasures: delicious food, walks along the water, the occasional smoke – yet these are just the backdrop to his duties as a detective. His latest case is the killing of the wealthy Cosimo Barletta. Thought to be a widower living out a quiet life by the sea, Cosimo’s sudden death – by gunshot to the neck – opens up his past to scrutiny. What Montalbano uncovers is Cosimo’s trove of salacious photographs, used to extort young women, and a history full of greed and corruption. Montalbano, though resolved to find the killer, muses on where justice lies – in his pursuit of a suspect or with one of Cosimo’s innumerable victims getting the revenge they deserved?
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Bodies in a Bookshop (Professor John Stubbs mysteries)
Campbell, R T
When botanist Max Boyle ventures into a little shop around the corner from London’s Tottenham Court Road, he’s delighted by the bibliophile treasures he finds. But he’s less charmed by the two corpses he stumbles upon in a back room. Boyle summons ‘The Bishop’, Chief Inspector Reginald F Bishop of Scotland Yard, who in turn calls in Professor John Stubbs, a rotund amateur criminologist. The pipe-smoking, beer-drinking professor, the sceptical, world-weary Bishop, and the protesting Boyle – who would rather be basking in the sun on the Isles of Scilly – soon discover a web of skulduggery and dark deeds. Fuelled as much by the friction between their personalities as their enthusiasm, the crime-solving trio threads a maze through the city’s book and print emporia, grappling with a puzzle likely to baffle even the most astute armchair detectives.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Swing Low, Swing Death (Professor John Stubbs mysteries)
Campbell, R T
‘There’s always a good murder around if ye know where to look for it,’ declares Professor John Stubbs. ‘It may be masqueradin’ as accidental death or suicide,’ he solemnly adds, ‘but once ye start rootin’ around, ye’ll find that it’s murder.’ And murder it is, on public display in London’s controversial new modern art museum. When the unveiling of a contemporary masterpiece reveals the body of a prominent art dealer dangling from a picture hook, Professor Stubbs is faced with a rogue’s gallery of suspects: librarian Douglas Newsome, an aspiring poet with a desperate thirst for alcohol; Alec Carr, an avant-garde interior decorator tied to the apron strings of his gin-soaked mother; Dr Cornelius Bellamy, a pompous windbag of an art critic; and Miss Emily Wallenstein, nervous patron of the arts.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile mysteries 11)
Carlisle, Kate
Brooklyn’s oh-so-proper future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that’s not enough to set her on edge, rumours abound that the charming Courtyard shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighbourhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. But with a rare edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop, and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel like they’re attempting six impossible things before breakfast. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. An accident… or something more sinister? Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered. Will it stir up more trouble within the close-knit community? As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they’re not so stuffy, after all. Derek’s dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder – before another victim takes a tumble.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Thirteen (Eddie Flynn series)
Cavanagh, Steve
Hollywood actor Robert Soloman stands accused of the brutal stabbings of his wife and her lover, but he is desperately pleading that he had nothing to do with it. This is the trial of the century, and the defence want Eddie Flynn on their team. The biggest case Eddie has ever tried before, he decides to take it on, despite the overwhelming evidence that Robert is guilty. As the trial starts, Eddie becomes sure of Robert’s innocence, but there’s something else he is even more sure of – that there is something sinister going on in the jury box. Because of this, he is forced to ask: what if the killer isn’t on the stand? What if he’s on the jury?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher series)
Child, Lee
Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn-shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not? So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons’ PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness. The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link, in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But, then, neither should Reacher.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Bird in the Hand (Palmer-Jones mysteries)
Cleeves, Ann
In England’s birdwatching paradise, a new breed has been sighted – a murderer… Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they? George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. Still, he remained baffled by a deed that could have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether. But as he and his fellow ‘twitchers’ flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles, in response to rumours of rare sightings, George – with help from his lovely wife, Molly – gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it… before the murderer strikes again.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $18.99

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy (Inspector Ramsay series)
Cleeves, Ann
Dorothea Cassidy, the Vicar’s wife, is found dead in the park’s flower bed. The list of suspects includes old Mrs Bowman; Clive Stringer, a disturbed adolescent; Theresa Stringer, a single mother with a violent boyfriend; and, even, members of her own family. The third title in the Inspector Ramsay crime series.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $18.99

Raven Black (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour, Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man – loner and simpleton, Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine’s neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst. (Available for $9.99, while stocks last.)
Mystery promotion | PBK | $9.99

White Nights (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
It’s midsummer in Shetland, the time of the white nights, when birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. Artist Bella Sinclair throws a party to launch an exhibition of her work, and to introduce the paintings of Fran Hunter. The Herring House – the gallery, where the exhibition is held – is on the beach at Biddista, in the remote north west of the island. When a mysterious Englishman bursts into tears and claims not to know who he is, or where he’s come from, the evening ends in farce. The following day, the Englishman is found – hanging from a rafter in a boathouse on the jetty, a clown mask on his face. Detective Jimmy Perez is convinced that this is a local murder. He is reinforced in this belief, when Roddy – Bella’s musician nephew – is murdered too. But the detective’s relationship with Fran Hunter clouds his judgement. And this is a crazy time of the year, when night blurs into day and nothing is quite as it seems. (Available for $9.99, while stocks last.)
Mystery promotion | PBK | $9.99

Red Bones (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
Spring: a time of rebirth and celebration. And a time of death… for April is the cruellest month. When a young archaeologist, studying on a site at Lerwick, discovers a set of human remains – the island community is intrigued. Is it an ancient find – or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot on her land, in a tragic accident; and Jimmy Perez is called in, by her grandson – his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. He finds two feuding families, whose envy, greed and bitterness has divided the surrounding community. With Fran in London – and surrounded, by people he doesn’t know and a community he has no links with – Jimmy finds himself out of depth. Then another woman dies and, as the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, the two deaths remain shrouded in mystery. (Available for $9.99, while stocks last.)
Mystery promotion | PBK | $9.99

Blue Lightning (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming, when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancée, Fran, to his parents. It’s a community where everyone knows each other, and strangers, while welcomed, are still viewed with a degree of mistrust. Challenging to live on – at the best of times – with the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tensions are high, and tempers become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder… When a woman’s body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles’ bird observatory, with feathers threaded through her hair, the islanders react with fear and anger. With no support from the mainland and only Fran to help him – Jimmy has to investigate, the old-fashioned way. He soon realises that this is no crime of passion – but a murder of cold and calculated intention. With no way off the island, until the storms abate – Jimmy knows he has to work quickly. There’s a killer on the island, just waiting for the opportunity to strike again… (Available for $9.99, while stocks last.)
Mystery promotion | PBK | $9.99

Dead Water (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat – outside the house of the Fiscal, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred; and he decides to help the inquiry. Markham – originally, a Shetlander but who had made a name for himself in London – had left the islands, years before. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl, Evie Watt, who is now engaged to a seaman. He had few friends in Shetland… so, why was he back? Willow and Jimmy are led to Sullum Voe, the heart of Shetland’s North Sea oil and gas industry. It soon emerges from their investigation that Markham was chasing a story, in his final days. One that must have been significant enough, to warrant his death… (Available for $9.99, while stocks last.)
Mystery promotion | PBK | $9.99

Thin Air (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Shetland – to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. But one of them, Eleanor, disappears – apparently, into thin air. It’s midsummer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. And then Eleanor’s body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child, who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the ghost had seemed unhealthy – obsessive, even – to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor’s death than they first thought. Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill – many years later – to protect it? (Available for $9.99, while stocks last.)
Mystery promotion | PBK | $9.99

Cold Earth (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road, and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited – but, in the wreckage, he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and, soon, he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead, before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died. (Available for $9.99, while stocks last.)
Mystery promotion | PBK | $9.99

The President is Missing
Clinton, President Bill & Patterson, James
The President is missing. The world is in shock. But the reason, he’s missing, is much worse than anyone can imagine.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Don’t Let Go
Coben, Harlan
Fifteen years ago, in small-town New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead. Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact. The dead boy’s brother, Nap Dumas, did not. Now, Nap is a cop – but he’s a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past. And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Bought the Farm (Farmer’s Daughter mysteries 03)
Cochran, Peg
Wedding preparations are in full swing at Love Blossom Farm, as food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald transforms the property – for her friend Kelly’s down-home country-style reception. But when the lead singer of the wedding band turns up dead – drowned in a trough full of rainwater and strung up like a scarecrow – the police round themselves up a barnful of suspects. It seems that Travis sowed the seeds of discord wherever he went, and when it becomes clear that everyone from the groom to Shelby’s own staff has motive, tracking down Travis’ killer is going to be more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack. As Shelby finds herself drawn deeper into the investigation, she’ll have to move quickly – before the killer decides to put her out to pasture…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Death on the Patagonian Express (Amy’s Travel mysteries 03)
Conrad, Hy
Upon the breakout success of the TrippyGirl blog, Amy Abel and her mother, Fanny, are asked to join a group of other prominent travel writers on a scenic train tour of Patagonia. Fanny welcomes the extra publicity, but it takes coaxing from suave tour owner Jorge O’Bannion to win Amy’s commitment. Once in Argentina, their South American expedition seems to chug along smoothly – despite Fanny drinking way too much yerba mate tea. But while out snapping photos for TrippyGirl, Fanny makes a dreadful discovery – a body scavenged by condors in the wilderness. Even more unsettling, the corpse mysteriously disappears before the others arrive. Some question Fanny’s sanity, but doubt becomes horror when Jorge’s angel investor is found dead in a similar position. As a number of ‘accidents’ validate Amy’s suspicion of foul play, the Abels must outsmart one very conniving killer… or they’ll soon be en route to their final destination – six feet under.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Downside
Cooper, Mike
In an age of cybercrime, Finn is old school: he’s never stolen anything weighing less than five tons. Now, fresh out of prison and flat broke, he’s got a line on his biggest job ever. Cracking the most heavily guarded private vault in North America? No problem. Hauling $50 million of precious metal out – past guards, dozens of policemen and an armoured SWAT battalion? Even easier. But navigating the betrayals of double-crossing partners, the machinations of a hedge-fund billionaire gone bad, and the ambiguous proposals of a woman with her own agenda? Finn is going to have to figure out the downside. Winner of the inaugural Award.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Puppet Show
Craven, M W
A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of. Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it. As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Buried for Pleasure (Gervase Fen series)
Crispin, Edmund
In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, professor and amateur detective Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books, to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he’s come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, but Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive: someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer’s identity is swiftly dispatched. As the joys of politics wear off, Fen sets his mind to the mystery but finds himself caught up in a tangled tale of eccentric psychiatrists, escaped lunatics, beautiful women and lost heirs. As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P G Wodehouse – discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin: crime fiction at its quirkiest and best.
Classic mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Ice Swimmer (Oslo Detectives series)
Dahl, Kjell Ola
When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour, just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersand’s stressful life suddenly becomes even more complicated. Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norway’s security services might be involved in the murder. With her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frolich, at her side, Lena digs deep into the case and finds that it not only goes to the heart of the Norwegian establishment, but it might be rather to close to her personal life for comfort. Follows Lethal Investments and Faithless (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Mountain
D’Andrea, Luca
Only his daughter, Clara, can put a smile on Salinger’s face. But when he takes Clara to the Bletterbach – a canyon in the Dolomites rich in fossil remains – he overhears by chance a conversation that gives his life renewed focus. In 1985, three students were murdered there, their bodies savaged, limbs severed and strewn by a killer who was never found. Salinger, a New Yorker, is far from home, and these Italian mountains, where his wife was born, harbour a close-knit, tight-lipped community whose mistrust of outsiders can turn ugly. All the same, solving this mystery might be the only thing that can keep him sane.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Staged 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball mysteries 03)
Eaton, J C
Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball wants to get some work done at her private investigation company in Arizona – and she’s distracted already by her old crush, who’s arriving from Minnesota to join the staff. The last thing she needs is constant updates from her mom on the local production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. Practically everyone, from Mom’s book club and retirement community – with the possible exception of her chiweenie, Streetman – wants to join the cast and crew. But someone’s playing the role of the killer for real. After a much-despised cast member is found dead on a catwalk in the theatre, Phee has no choice but to be drawn into all the backstabbing and backstage gossip. Especially, if her drama-queen mother is right about the vaguely threatening note left on her windshield, which could mean curtains for another victim…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Manhattan Beach
Egan, Jennifer
Brooklyn, during the Great Depression: Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later, her father has disappeared; and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfeld folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have been murdered.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Death by Espresso (Bookstore Cafe mysteries 06)
Erickson, Alex
Krissy is meeting Vicki’s parents at the Pine Hills, Ohio, airport – it’s the least she can do, as maid of honour, even if her relationship with Mr and Mrs Patterson is a bit strained. Besides, her own dad is coming in on the same flight. But there are a few additional arrivals, too. Her father’s brought a date – and the Pattersons, both actors, seem to have an entire entourage trailing behind them. Uninvited guests are a headache – especially when one turns out to be – allegedly, at least – the most important wedding planner in all the world. Though Vicki and Krissy have already made arrangements for a small, simple party, Vicki’s snobby drama queen mother has her own ideas. Cathy, the wedding planner, is raring to go, possibly energised by the chocolate-covered espresso beans she compulsively munches. But while the caffeine keeps her awake, it doesn’t keep her alive – and, after Cathy chokes on an espresso bean after being hit in the head, Krissy has to find out who ended her supposedly-stellar career…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Rogue’s Syndicate (Or, The Maelstrom) (Detective Club series)
Froëst, Frank
Lost in a London fog, young Jimmie Hallett is accosted by a frightened woman who hands him a package and flees. Within hours, he is being questioned about the murder of the girl’s father and a dangerous international conspiracy. Can genial detective Weir Menzies, even with all the resources of Scotland Yard behind him, succeed in outwitting a faceless gang of organised thieves and killers?
Classic mystery | HC | $22.99

Gardner, Frank
After helping to avert a deadly attack on London, Luke Carlton is sent undercover, into Iran, to ‘turn’ and recruit an officer in that country’s infamous Revolutionary Guard Corps. A sequel to superb Crisis (PBK, $19.99). These are top-notch thrillers = recommended!
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Gattis, Ryan
Set in LA against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crash, this is the story of Rudy Reyes (aka Glasses), a gangster turned double agent, who wants out of the high-stakes high-risk criminal life, and Ricky Mendoza, Junior (aka Ghost), a DEA safe-cracker with terminal cancer – who’s got nothing to lose. When Ghost goes rogue and steals thousands of dollars from a safe that belongs to Rooster – an LA crime lord who happens to be Glasses’ boss – he endangers a deal, Glasses had with a DEA official. As Ghost sets out to steal as much money as he can get his hands on – all with the plan to give it to those hit hardest by the crash – and Rooster gets ever closer to catching him, Glasses tries desperately to keep his plans on track.
Thriller | PBK | $18.99

The Stolen Girls (DI Lottie Parker series)
Gibney, Patricia
One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend. Could this be the same girl? When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing. Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim? A sequel to The Missing Ones which will be available in paperback ($19.99) next month.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Escape Room
Goldin, Megan
In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead. When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive. Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Freefall (John Wallace series)
Hamdy, Adam
An assassination attempt makes Wallace realise that he has, once again, been targeted for death. This time, Wallace is prepared and, tracking down his would-be assassin, he discovers a link to his nemesis, Pendulum. The link is the missing piece of a puzzle that has tormented FBI Agent Christine Ash, ever since they confronted Pendulum; but with no Bureau support she has been unable to progress her case… John Wallace’s first appearance is Pendulum (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Night Ferry (Konrad Simonsen series)
Hammer, Lotte & Soren
Sixteen children and four adults are killed in a devastating boat crash in Copenhagen. Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called in, only to discover that this was no accident and that one of the passengers has a very personal connection to the homicide team. Reeling from this revelation and not knowing who to trust, Simonsen follows a trail that eventually leads him to Bosnia and a legacy of criminal misconduct. All evidence points towards one shady figure: a high-ranking army specialist with a suspicious past. But the more Simonsen digs, the further the truth slips from his grasp.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Absolution (Claymore Straker series)
Hardisty, Paul E
It is 1997, eight months since Claymore Straker fled South Africa after his explosive testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In Paris, Rania LaTour, journalist, comes home to find that her son and her husband, a celebrated human rights lawyer, have disappeared. On an isolated island off the coast of East Africa, the family that Clay has befriended is murdered as he watches. Clay and Rania fight to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances and murders; and find those responsible. Both are lead inexorably to Egypt, where an act of shocking terrorist brutality will reveal not only why those they loved were sacrificed, but how they were both, indirectly, responsible. Straker’s previous adventures include: The Abrupt Physics of Dying, The Evolution of Fear, and Reconciliation for the Dead (PBK, $19.99 each).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Force of Nature (Aaron Falk series)
Harper, Jane
Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least, that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower, in his latest case. She knows all the secrets: about the company she works for and the people she works with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers run far deeper than anyone knew. The sequel to the multi-award-winning The Dry (PBK, $16.99).
Mystery | PBK | $16.99

Runaway Murder (Carson Stables mysteries 04)
Hearon, Leigh
Breaking free from her mounting responsibilities on the Olympic Peninsula, Carson Stables owner Annie Carson reluctantly swaps muddy jeans for breeches to attend a dressage event in Southern California. But after settling into elegant digs at a historic mansion, she finds herself surrounded by palace intrigue, backbiting riders, and cold-blooded murder. As Annie makes heads or tails of clues scattered around the show ring, she must figure out which of her new acquaintances is a killer – before the crazed culprit takes the reins…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Word Is Murder
Horowitz, Anthony
A wealthy woman strangled, six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Spread the word. The word is murder.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Forever and a Day (James Bond revival series)
Horowitz, Anthony
The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time. One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It’s time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It’s time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill. This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera. Including original material by Ian Fleming, this is an explosive prequel to Casino Royale. Horowitz’s previous Bond revival novel was Trigger Mortis (PBK, $22.99).
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Only Killers and Thieves
Howarth, Paul
Tommy McBride and his brother Billy return to the isolated family home to find their parents have been brutally murdered. Haunted and alone, their desperate search for the killers leads them to the charismatic and deadly Inspector Noone, and his Queensland Native Police – an infamous arm of colonial power, whose sole purpose is the ‘dispersal’ of Indigenous Australians in protection of settler rights. The retribution that follows will not only devastate Tommy and his relationship with his brother – but leave a terrible and lasting mark on the colony and the country it later becomes. A powerfully told, gripping novel of family, guilt, empire, and race set in the dusty, deserted outback of Queensland in the 1880s.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley series)
Hunter, Cara
Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a summer party at her home. No one at the party noticed her leave. Even her parents aren’t sure of the last time they saw her. DI Adam Fawley knows that, in nine cases out of ten, it’s someone close to the victim. When a pair of bloody tights is discovered, Fawley’s worst suspicions are concerned. Someone knows where Daisy is. And her time is running out. The first in a series.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Estocada (Wars Within series)
Hurley, Graham
1937. Dieter Merz is the Reich’s most celebrated fighter ace. Flying for the infamous Condor Legion over the battlefields of Spain’s civil war, Merz has been able to unleash the full potential of the Luftwaffe’s new fighter against his Republican opponents. In Dieter’s hands, the Messerschmitt Bf-109 is as graceful as a matador’s killing strike: la estocada. Dieter’s aerial prowess has brought him into close contact with the top echelons of the Nazi regime. He is not a political man – all he wants to do is fly – but for how long can he deny the toxic nature of Hitler’s rule? Scotsman and ex-marine Tam Moncrieff is recruited by a nameless intelligence agency in London to go to Germany and sound out Hitler’s resolve. Does he really intend to invade Czechoslovakia? Do his generals support him? Can the march to war be stopped? As duty collides with conscience, fate will bring both men together. These are desperate times calling for desperate measures. To avoid war a killing strike is needed: la estocada. The question is, who is the matador, who is the bull? A sequel to Finisterre and Aurore (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical thriller | TP | $29.99

Ide, Joe
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up, with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, the elderly are being mugged, children go missing. But word has spread: if you’ve got a case the police can’t – or won’t – touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out. They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. Now, he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking, low-life drug dealer he thought he’d left behind. The first in a series – recommended!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Shadow District (Reykjavík Wartime series)
Indridason, Arnaldur
In wartime Reykjavík, a young woman is found strangled behind the National Theatre, a rough and dangerous area of the city known as ‘the shadow district’. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer. A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings in the dead man’s home reporting the shadow district murder that date back to WWII. It’s a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighbourhood. Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? How are these cases linked across the decades? Will Konrad’s link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of wartime Reykjavik to rest? The first in a new series, followed by The Shadow Killer (TP, $32.99). Recommended.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Don’t Make a Sound (DS Nathan Cody series)
Jackson, David
You can’t choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl, called Daisy. There’s just one problem. Daisy doesn’t belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they’ve decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case, yet… The third in Jackson’s Nathan Cody series, following Tapping at My Door and Hope to Die (PBK, $19.99 each).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Dead If You Don’t (Roy Grace series)
James, Peter
Kipp Brown – successful businessman and compulsive gambler – is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium, where his nightmare begins. Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay. Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But Grace rapidly finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different, and nothing is what it seems…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

State Secrets (Bob Skinner series)
Jardine, Quintin
Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner is long out of the police force – but trouble has a habit of following him around. So, it is that he finds himself in the Palace of Westminster as a shocking act befalls the nation. Hours before the Prime Minister is due to make a controversial statement, she is discovered in her office with a letter opener driven through her skull. Is the act political? Personal? Or even one of terror? Skinner is swiftly enlisted by the Security Service, to lead the investigation. Reunited with Met Police Commander Neil McIlhenney, he has forty-eight hours to crack the case – before the press unleash their wrath. There are many in the tangled web of government with cause to act. But the outcome will be one that not even Skinner himself could predict…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Codename Villanelle
Jennings, Luke
She is the perfect assassin. A Russian orphan – saved from the death penalty for the brutal revenge she took on her gangster father’s killers. Ruthlessly trained. Given a new life. New names, new faces – whichever fits. Her paymasters call themselves The Twelve. But she knows nothing of them. She is Villanelle. Without conscience. Without guilt. Without weakness. Eve Polastri is the woman who hunts her. MI5, until one error of judgment costs her everything. Originally published as eBook singles: Codename Villanelle, Hollowpoint, Shanghai, and Odessa; now, in one volume (also adapted for TV as Killing Eve).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Watching You
Jewell, Lisa
You’re back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But, for now, you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room. That’s when you meet the man next door. He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him. All the time. But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession. Or that someone is watching you.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

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 | TP | $32.99

Fault Lines
Johnstone, Doug
In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery of his corpse secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Kanon, Joseph
Moscow, 1961: The most notorious of the defectors to the Soviet Union, former CIA agent Frank Weeks, is about to publish his memoirs. His brother, Simon, now a publisher in New York, is given the opportunity to read and publish his brother’s memoir. And, so, he travels to Russia. Recommended!
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

The Island of the Mad
King, Laurie R
The new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes novel! June, 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are enjoying a well-needed relaxing summer evening in their home on the Sussex Downs. However, Russell soon receives a desperate telephone call from an old friend. Veronica’s aunt, Lady Vivian Beaconsfield, has disappeared following a supervised outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital. With Russell herself feeling less than balanced, the last thing she wants to deal with is the mad; however, she agrees to investigate. Having spent most of her adult life in and out of one asylum, after another, Lady Beaconsfield, at last, seemed to be adjusting to her confinement at Bethlem. So, why did she disappear? And why is there no trace of the nurse, who accompanied her? In their search for the missing women, Russell and Holmes follow the trail from the cold, harsh wards of the hospital through to the ethereal beauty of Venice. Caught up in decadent soirées, the rising tide of fascism. and the myth of a haunted madhouse, the pair will discover that there are secrets hidden in the lagoon – and nothing is quite as it seems.
Mystery | HC | $52.95

King, Laurie R
A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school’s reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day – bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.
Suspense | TP | $31.95

The Outsider
King, Stephen
When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man. Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. Featuring Holly Gibney from Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch (PBK, $19.99 each).
Suspense | TP | $32.99

A Panicked Premonition (Psychic Eye mysteries 15)
Laurie, Victoria
Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her inner visions to get her out of many a scrape – and solve many a crime – but she’s about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby’s husband Dutch has a side business providing security and building panic rooms for wealthy clients. One morning, one of Dutch’s partners, Dave, goes missing on his way to meet a client. Abby’s intuition tells her something terrible has happened to him. Then two of Dutch’s clients are found brutally murdered… inside their brand-new panic room, and most of the evidence points to Dave as the killer. With the authorities racing to find and arrest him, Abby’s got to use all her intuitive prowess to get to Dave first, discover the real killer, and save her husband’s business. This is one case, where Abby is positive there’s far more to this mystery than meets her inner eye…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Since We Fell
Lehane, Dennis
Rachel’s husband adores her. When she hit rock bottom, he was there with her every step of the way, as she slowly regained her confidence, and her sanity. But his mysterious behaviour forces her to probe for the truth about her beloved husband. How can she feel certain that she ever knew him? And was she right to ever trust him?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The House
Lelic, Simon
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house, a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So, when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. But that was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door. And, now, the police are watching them…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Cult of Fog Island
Lindstein, Mariette
Sofia has just finished university and ended a troubled relationship. When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she’s dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia’s struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Franz. So, she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realise how very alone she is, and that no one ever leaves Fog Island… The first in a series.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Secret of Vesalius
Llobregat, Jordi
Daniel Amat arrives back in that old, labyrinthine and near-mythic city of Barcelona, a few days before the great 1888 World Fair, amid dread whispers of murders. The injuries are reminiscent of an ancient curse and bearing signs of the genius 16th-century anatomist, Vesalius. Daniel is soon pulled into the depths of the crime, and eventually into the tunnels below fin-de-siecle Barcelona…
Gothic thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Tall Man
Locke, Phoebe
1990: In the darkest woods, three girls go looking for the Tall Man. 2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter. 2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world. Three, chilling events – connected by one shadowy figure. The Tall Man is coming… Based on the Slenderman crimes that shocked Britain, this would be perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Stephen King, and Sarah Pinborough.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Fire in the Thatch (British Library Crime Classics series)
Lorac, E C R
The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon – renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside at Mallory Fitzjohn. Vaughan sets to work farming the land, rearing geese and renovating the cottage. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. On a nearby farm lives the bored, flirtatious June St Cyres, an exile from London while her husband is a Japanese POW. June’s presence attracts fashionable visitors of dubious character; and threatens to spoil Vaughan’s prized seclusion. When Little Thatch is destroyed in a blaze, all Vaughan’s work goes up in smoke…
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Love, Melissa Scrivner
Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man’s world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter – and in many ways tougher and more ruthless – than any of the men around her, and as the Crenshaw Six – a small, but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA – is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival. Perfect for fans of Dennis Lehane and Don Winslow.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

April in Paris, 1921 (Kiki Button series)
Lunney, Tessa
It’s 1921, and after two years at home in Australia, Katherine King Button has had enough. Her rich parents have ordered her to get married, but after serving as a nurse during the horrors of the Great War, she has vowed never to take orders again. She flees her parents and the prison of their expectations for the place of friendship and freedom: Paris. Paris, in 1921, is the city of freedom, the place where she can remake herself as Kiki Button, gossip columnist extraordinaire, partying with the rich and famous, the bohemian and bold, the suspicious and strange. But on the modelling dais, Picasso gives her a job: to find his wife’s portrait, which has gone mysteriously missing. That same night, her old spymaster from the war contacts her – she has to find a double agent, or face jail… The debut of a new Australian voice.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

The Blood Road (Logan McRae series)
MacBride, Stuart
Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards, he’s policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car, it’s a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or, they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been, all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers – and there are people out there – who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Distant Echo (Detective Karen Pirie)
McDermid, Val
On a freezing Fife morning, four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left to die in an ancient Pictish cemetery. And the only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a ‘cold case’ review of Rosie’s unsolved murder and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice. For the remaining two there is only one way to avoid becoming the next victim – find out who really killed Rosie, all those years ago… The novel which introduced Detective Karen Pirie.
Mystery reissue | PBK | $19.99

You Don’t Know Me
Magnanti, Brooke
Miri Goldstein was a call girl with connections to powerful men. Now that she’s dead, some can breathe more easily. But the grave is not always good at keeping secrets. As the media dig into Miri’s past, her old friend Denise worries that her own will rise to the surface. Meanwhile in Scotland, controversial forensic pathologist Harriet Hitchin is put in a bind when the body turns up on her patch. Police think they have their killer, but Harriet is certain they made a mistake. If she’s wrong, it will end her career. If she’s right it could cost her life. The case will play games with all who come near and force them to ask – how many of us are living a lie?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Peril and Prayer (Sister Lou mysteries 02)
Matthews, Olivia
How do you solve a problem like Marianna? This year’s Advent retreat has been booked for the Congregation of the Sisters of St Hermione of Ephesus, at the pastoral Briar Coast Cabin Resorts in New York. But, when the combative Sister Marianna practically loses her religion arguing over minor details with resort co-owner, Autumn Tassler; Sister Louise ‘Lou’ LaSalle blessedly steps in, as peacemaker. Only days later, Autumn is found strangled in her office, and hot-headed Sister Marianna becomes the sheriff’s deputies’ prime suspect. They believe her missing scarf may be the murder weapon, but Sister Lou believes Sister Marianna’s being framed. If she has a prayer of keeping Sister Marianna out of prison, she’ll need to, once again, put her faith in her nephew Chris LaSalle and reporter Shari Henson – to help her solve the case. As the trio tries to cross suspects off the list, Sister Lou has no choice but to stick her neck out – if she’s going to unveil who was desperate enough, to resort to murder…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Smoke and Ashes (Captain Sam Wyndham series)
Mukherjee, Abir
India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug-addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same, ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately, for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den and revealing his presence there could cost him his career. With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Bannerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead. The third novel in the series, following A Rising Man (PBK, $22.99) and A Necessary Evil (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Murderer of Warren Street: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Revolutionary
Mulholland, Marc
In December 1854, Emmanuel Barthélemy visited 73 Warren Street in the heart of radical London for the very last time. Within half an hour, two men were dead… This is the true story of one of nineteenth-century London’s most notorious murderers and revolutionaries. The newspapers of Victorian England were soon in a frenzy. Who was this foreigner come to British shores to slay two upstanding subjects? As Oxford historian, Marc Mulholland, has uncovered, Barthélemy was no ordinary criminal. Rather, here was a dedicated activist fighting for the cause of the oppressed worker, a fugitive shaped by the storms of revolution, counterrevolution and a society in the midst of huge transformation. Following in Barthélemy’s footsteps, Mulholland leads us from the barricades of the French capital and the icy rooftops of a Parisian jail to the English fireside of Karl Marx, a misty duelling ground and the dangling noose of London’s Newgate prison, shining a light into a dark underworld of conspiracy, insurrection and fatal idealism. Immortalised in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, this is the true story of a life more remarkable than fiction: Emmanuel Barthélemy – Victorian murderer, barricade fighter and revolutionary.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Cult X
Nakamura, Fuminori
When Toru Narazaki’s girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective he’s hired to find her. Ryoko’s past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address where she lived: in a compound in the heart of Tokyo, with a group that seems to be a cult led by a charismatic guru with a revisionist Buddhist scheme of life, death, and society. Narazaki plunges into the secretive world of the cult, ready to expose himself to any of the guru’s brainwashing tactics, if it means he can learn the truth about Ryoko. But the cult isn’t what he expected, and he has no idea of the bubbling violence beneath its surface.
Mystery | HC | $44.99

Buried Lies
Ohlsson, Kristina
Five brutal murders in two countries. A woman confesses to the killings, then leaps off a bridge to her death. Her brother insists she was innocent, and wants the case reopened. But how do you vindicate a deceased, self-proclaimed killer? Ohlsson has established herself has one of the new stars of Scandinavian crime writing – recommended.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Haunted (Michael Bennett 10)
Patterson, James & Born, James O
Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the brink. He settles on an idyllic small town in the beautiful Maine woods. But just when Bennett thinks he can relax, he gets pulled into a case that has shocked the tight-knit community. Kids are disappearing with no explanation – until several bodies turn up in the woods. Far from the city streets he knows so well, Bennett is fighting to protect a town, the law, and the family that he loves above all else.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Fifty Fifty (Detective Harriet Blue 02)
Patterson, James & Fox, Candice
Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she’s determined to prove it. Except she’s now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan – the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam’s case wide open. If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The House on Half Moon Street
Reeve, Alex
Leo Stanhope. Avid chess player; assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret. For Leo was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend. But knowing he was meant to be a man – despite the evidence of his body – and unable to cope with living a lie any longer, he fled his family home at just fifteen and has been living as a man, ever since: his secret known to only a few trusted people. But when Maria is found dead, Leo is accused of her murder and stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and, ultimately, his life. The start of an enticing new historical series set in Victorian London; introducing Leo Stanhope: a transgender coroner’s assistant.
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

Hell Bay (DI Ben Kitto series)
Rhodes, Kate
DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief stricken. He’s tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider. Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray’s boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher – where he was born – hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry, when the body of sixteen-year-old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island… because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm… The first in a new series.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Shelter in Place
Roberts, Nora
When the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That’s what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So, on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she would never be the same again. More than ten years later, Simone still struggles with grief, trauma and the misplaced guilt of a survivor. She spends much of her time alone on Tranquillity Island – a quiet, artistic community off the coast of Maine. But she is transforming – shaping herself the way she shapes her extraordinary and highly-prized sculptures. As she heals herself, she opens up to Reed Quartermaine – who survived the shooting himself and has become a detective. But someone has been watching all the survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre. They have spent years perfecting a plan to finish what was started that day. Now that Reed and Simone have found each other, they are in more danger than they can possibly imagine – from a killer, who will not and cannot stop.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Sleeping in the Ground (DCI Banks series)
Robinson, Peter
At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over. Except it isn’t. For Alan Banks, still struggling with a tragic loss of his own, there’s something wrong about this case – something unresolved. Reteaming with profiler Jenny Fuller, the relentless detective dives deeper into the crime… deep enough to unearth long-buried secrets that reshape everything, Banks thought he knew, about the events outside that chapel. And when, at last, the shocking truth becomes clear, it’s almost too late.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love
Runcie, James
It is May 1971 and Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in a bluebell wood, with his daughter Anna and their ageing Labrador, Byron – when they stumble upon a body. Thrust into another murder investigation, Sidney discovers a world of hippies and psychedelic plants, where permissive behaviour seems to hide something darker. This is the first of many disturbing secrets that Sidney unearths: a celebrated photographer is accused of rape; a priceless religious text vanishes from a Cambridge college; and Sidney’s own nephew goes missing. Endeavouring to fit his clerical duties in around the demands of sleuthing, Sidney continues to reflect on the divine mysteries of love, life and faith, while wrestling with the earthly problems of parish scandals, the challenges of parenthood, and a great loss. If you haven’t yet encountered Sidney Chambers, this delightful, village vicarage mystery series begins with Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (PBK, $19.99).
Grantchester | PBK | $19.99

Maigret and the Reluctant Witness
Simenon, George
Investigating a murder, Chief Inspector Maigret has difficulty penetrating the wall of silence maintained by the family involved.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret and the Old People
Simenon, George
Maigret is called to the home of Armand de Saint-Hilaire, a highly respected official who has been found shot dead in his study – by his housekeeper. After interviewing everyone concerned, Maigret is at a loss to the identity of the perpetrator… until he comes across a series of letters from the past fifty years between the victim and a recently-widowed woman. As Maigret uncovers the details behind the two’s relationship, he gets closer to discovering the tragic truth behind the official’s demise.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Maigret’s Secret
Simenon, George
At a dinner party, Maigret recounts an old case in which Adrien Josset is found guilty and executed for the murder of his wife, Christine. As the case develops under the controlling hand of the magistrate, all clues point to Josset’s guilt – yet, Maigret is left unconvinced, following his one interview with him. Years after the case, Maigret still doubts the true identity of the murderer.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Sleeper 13
Sinclair, Rob
Smuggled to the Middle East as a child. Trained as one of the most elite insurgents of his generation. Forced to do things no one should, for a cause he couldn’t believe in. But as his brothers were preparing to kill, he was looking for a way out. Now, on the eve of the deadliest coordinated attacks the world has ever seen, he’ll finally get his chance. He will break free and hunt down those who made him a monster. He must draw on all his training to survive. He is Sleeper 13.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Quiet Side of Passion (Isabel Dalhousie series)
Smith, Alexander McCall
It is summer in Edinburgh and Isabel Dalhousie is, once again, caught between ‘gossip’ and significant rumour. It is none of her business that Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s little friend Basil, is estranged from Basil’s father, or that the woman has a somewhat brazen attitude to childcare. And, yet, it is curious. Isabel, however, has much else on her mind as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. Along with the work involved for its impending next issue, she really needs to get her house in order and tend to the demands of her niece, Cat. Thankfully, the arrival of Antonia, the exuberant Italian au pair, will take care of urgent chores. And the hiring of Claire, a diligent if unsettlingly beautiful new assistant at the Review, surely means that Isabel can breathe, at least a little. But her sharp observation and assured role as confidante soon have Isabel doubting all her recent decisions. What’s more, her instinct to help others may have put her in real danger. In her desire to run both a smooth household and working life, has she simply created more chaos? Perhaps, the quiet side of passion is, after all, the best side on which to be?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Sons (Made in Sweden series)
Svensson, Anton
After six years in prison, Leo Duvnjac is going free. Prosecuted for numerous crimes – including ten bank robberies, planting a bomb in Stockholm’s Central Station, and pulling off northern Europe’s largest-ever weapons theft – he was convicted of just two robberies (since the huge cache of automatic weapons was never found). Unreformed, Leo has spent his imprisonment plotting one final heist, but he only has a brief window following his release to pull it off. The plan is to steal more than 100 million Swedish crowns from Sweden’s largest police station and then disappear forever. It is a decision that will threaten what remains of his relationships with his father and brothers, who also went to prison for the earlier robberies, and set him on a collision course with the aggressive cop who sent them to jail, John Broncks. Detective Broncks quickly figures out that the newly-released Leo is up to something and vows to stop him, once and for all, no matter what rules have to be broken. Before it is all over, these two men will play out the consequences not just of the crime spree that first brought them into each other’s orbits, but of their earliest childhoods, when their destinies were being written by violence and abuse. Each will have to look into the abyss, and answer a terrible question: is he prepared to sacrifice everything, even family, to succeed? The sequel to the first Made in Sweden novel, The Father, which is available in paperback ($19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Ghost (Marc Dane series)
Swallow, James
A terrible threat from the depths of the dark net. A devastating betrayal at the heart of a covert strike force. A deadly pursuit across a digital battlefield. A ruthless terrorist fuelled by revenge. As devastating attacks unfold across the globe, Marc Dane must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious figure behind it all – a faceless criminal known only as ‘Madrigal’. Before they plunge the world into war…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Hoax: A History of Deception – 5,000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies
Tattersall, Ian & Nevraumont, Peter
An enthralling exploration of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities. World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, and Peter Nevraumont, an award-winning book producer, have teamed up to create this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a cupid; the holy foreskin is venerated; arctic explorers search for an entrance into a hollow Earth; a woman is elected Pope; and people can survive on only air and sunshine. Told chronologically, Hoax begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world from 365 AD and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson’s ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the art world, journalism, and archaeology.
True crime | HC | $39.99

Liar’s Candle
Thomas, August
Penny Kessler, a young intern at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, wakes up in a hospital on the morning of July 5th to find herself at the centre of an international crisis. The day before, the Embassy had been the target of a devastating terrorist attack that killed hundreds of Penny’s friends and colleagues. Not only has a photograph of Penny emerging from the rubble become the defining image of the event (#TheGirlwiththeFlag), but for reasons she doesn’t understand, her bosses believe she’s a crucial witness. Suddenly, everyone is desperately interested in what Penny knows. But what does she know? And whom can she trust? As she struggles to piece together her memories of the event, she discovers that Zach Robson, the young diplomat she’s been falling for all summer, went missing during the attack. Now his boss at the CIA, Christina Ekdahl, wants people to believe that Zach was a traitor. In a race to keep from being killed and to uncover the truth, Penny reluctantly partners with Connor Beauregard, a rookie CIA officer on his first overseas assignment. But the two won’t survive unless they can outwit – and outmanoeuvre – everyone from the Turkish president and his daughter to Islamic extremists, to the US State Department, to the CIA, itself.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Detective’s Daughter (Detective’s Daughter series)
Thomson, Lesley
Detective Darnell died, before he closed the case. Can his daughter solve it thirty years later? It was the murder that shocked the nation. Kate Rokesmith, a young mother, went to the river with her three-year-old son. She never came home. For three decades the case file has lain, unsolved, in the corner of an attic. Until the detective’s daughter Stella, a cleaner who loves restoring order, starts to clear out her father’s house after his death… A woman reconnects with her dead father, by solving the murder case that obsessed him in life. The first in the series.
Mystery/suspense reissue | PBK | $19.99

Ghost Girl (Detective’s Daughter series)
Thomson, Lesley
Seven cryptic photographs. A decades-old case. Can one woman find a killer? Before his death, Terry Darnell was a famous detective. His daughter Stella, a cleaner, has inherited his methodical mind. She has also inherited a strange case file: seven photographs of empty streets. Why did her father keep them for so many years? One photo dates from 1966, to a day when a young girl witnessed something that would haunt her forever. As Stella scrubs away at the truth, the events of that day begin to haunt her too… The sequel to The Detective’s Daughter.
Mystery/suspense reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Detective’s Secret (Detective’s Daughter series)
Thomson, Lesley
They will learn the city’s secrets. They will learn who plans to kill… A man has jumped in front of a late-night train. Stella Darnell, a cleaner who solves crimes, suspects it is murder. Now, she’s stirring up the past – with questions that no one wants to answer. Jack Harmon, a driver on the Tube, has a new home at the top of an old water tower, with a perfect bird’s-eye view of London. If he watches through binoculars, he will learn the city’s secrets. He will learn who plans to kill… The sequel to Ghost Girl.
Mystery/suspense reissue | PBK | $19.99

The Bowness Bequest (Lake District mysteries)
Tope, Rebecca
Winter has arrived in the town of Windermere and has brought with it the death of Frances Henderson, the best friend of Persimmon ‘Simmy’ Brown’s mother. Simmy must cope with the loss of an important figure from her childhood as well as the confusion at being bequeathed something in Frances’ will. When Frances’ husband is violently murdered, Simmy must face the fact that the family – she was once so close to, as a child – holds some dark secrets. Keen to keep out of the investigation, Simmy must not only face these personal dilemmas but deal with Ben Harkness and Bonnie Lawson’s enthusiasm for solving crimes, as well as her father’s worsening dementia and her own mother’s grief for her best friend.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Price You Pay
Truhen, Aidan
Didi’s dead. That’s sad. Jack Price isn’t sad, because Jack Price doesn’t care about Didi. Jack Price is just angry, because if anyone was going to brutally murder his cranky old neighbour, it was Jack Price. The thing you’ve got to know about Jack Price is he is a very modern kind of coke dealer. High-grade zero-hours free-market no-strings narcotics start-up type operation. And some cold-blooded f*ck murdering his neighbour doesn’t bode well for business. But when Jack takes matters into his own hands, he gets a contract taken out on him. An assassination-by-internationally-renowned-terrorist-organisation type contract. Now, on a level playing field against a team of professional killers, Jack would be seven shades of grey matter in a back alley. But Jack Price doesn’t play fair. Jack Price is the Ho Chi Minh, the Warren Buffet, the Miley f*cking Cyrus of avenging psychopaths. And… these guys are gonna pay.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Nemesis
Van Lustbader, Eric
Jason Bourne returns. He’s fought against the NSA, black offsite cyber operations, a Somali terrorist organisation, and been accused of treason against the US. Now, the Russians have planted a mole to uncover Bourne’s secrets and launch cyberwarfare against the United States. Meanwhile, Bourne’s former colleague, Soroya Moore, needs his help. Six highly-skilled field agents have disappeared, the body parts of three found in a national park, in Georgia. Facing death and destruction in the shadows of civilisation, Bourne will battle his deadliest nemesis, yet.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Old You
Voss, Louise
Someone’s mind is playing tricks… but whose? Lynn Waites gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, other, long buried, begin to surface… and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble. But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?
Suspense | PBK | 19.99

A Taste for Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police series)
Walker, Martin
Bruno, now Chief of Police for the whole Vézère valley, has an unusual challenge to rise to: teaching at his friend Pamela’s new cookery school. It is a daunting prospect – the disappearance of one of the school’s pupils almost serves as a welcome distraction. When the woman’s body is discovered in one half of a double homicide, the evidence points to something far out of the ordinary. The other murder victim is a man, covered in combat scars and with a false passport. Investigations reveal a list of enemies, as long as Bruno’s arm. Any one of them would have had good reason to kill him – but which group managed it? And how did they find him? As more of their mystery man’s previous life is revealed, Bruno realises that there may be more intended victims in the vicinity. Now he must conduct the biggest manhunt in St Denis’ history to find the killers, before they strike again. The latest in this wonderful series, set in the Dordogne. Death in the Dordogne (aka Bruno, Chief of Police) is the first (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

City of Light
Warner, Dave
It is 1979, and Perth is jumping with pub bands and overnight millionaires. ‘Mr Gruesome’ has taken another victim, and Perth is riveted by the dark bloom that spreads across the City of Light. Snowy Lane starts out as a fresh-faced young cop and fringe footy player. Ten years on, he’s been through the mill, and is now working as a private detective. In the course of a decade, he finds himself inextricably linked with Mr Gruesome, and the human and political power plays that unfold against the excess and corruption of the 1980s. An Australian crime novel, originally published in 2000, in reissue.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

You Were Gone (Raker series)
Weaver, Tim
Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of missing persons’ investigator, David Raker, on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There’s just one problem: Raker’s wife has been dead, for eight years. The woman tells the police that Raker had a breakdown. A respected doctor backs up her account. Items are missing – that prove Raker’s side of the story; and, worst of all, he soon becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. Could Raker have imagined their whole marriage? Is he delusional? Is this really the woman he loved and grieved for? Hunted by the police, Raker will have to find out the truth, before it costs him everything – his memories, his sanity, his life…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie series)
Wilson, Andrew
In January 1927 – and still recovering from the harrowing circumstances surrounding her disappearance, a month earlier – Agatha Christie sets sail on an ocean liner bound for the Canary Islands. She has been sent there by the British Secret Intelligence Service, to investigate the death of one of its agents – whose partly-mummified body has been found in a cave. Early one morning, on the passage to Tenerife, Agatha witnesses a woman throw herself from the ship into the sea. At first, nobody connects the murder of the young man on Tenerife with the suicide of a mentally-unstable heiress. Yet, soon after she checks into the glamorous Taoro Hotel – situated in the lush Orotava Valley – Agatha uncovers a series of dark secrets. The famous writer must use her novelist’s talent for plotting to outwit an enemy who possesses a very different kind of evil. A follow-up to A Talent for Murder (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99