Crime & Mystery Catalogue: March 2019

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

March 2019 includes new books by: Rory Clements, Joe Ide, Laurie R King, Donna Leon, Dervla McTiernan, Älexander McCall Smith, Antonin Varenne, Christian White, Don Winslow… and many others.

March 2019 Crime & Mystery

Queen Anne’s Lace (China Bayles mysteries 26)
Albert, Susan Wittig
While helping Ruby Wilcox clean up the loft above their shops, China comes upon a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs. Following the discovery, she hears a woman humming an old Scottish ballad and smells the delicate scent of lavender… Soon, strange happenings start to occur in Thyme and Seasons. When a customer sees a mysterious woman picking flowers nearby, and then suddenly disappearing, China must finally admit what Ruby has always known – their building is haunted. But by whom? As China investigates, the tragic story, of a woman in one of the old photographs, unfolds. China delves into the century-old mystery and realises that solving it could have unimaginable repercussions – in the here and now.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Antiques Wanted (Trash ’n’ Treasures mysteries 12)
Allan, Barbara
As spring lassos small-town Serenity, Brandy Borne’s crime-bustin’ mama, Vivian, hatches a harebrained scheme to run for county sheriff – ropin’ in her daughter, as campaign manager. First stop: a local assisted-living home, the ideal place to round up some voters and some much-needed funds. But shortly after they rope in a valuable donation, a signed photo of an old-timey cowboy actor, a massive explosion sends Brandy to the ER; and the donor to the grave. Now the ditzy duo – aided by their clever shih tzu, Sushi – must lay down the law on a deadly renegade…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Unsuspected (American Mystery Classics series)
Armstrong, Charlotte
The note discovered beside Rosaleen Wright’s hanged body is full of reasons justifying her suicide – but it lacks her trademark vitality and wit… and, most importantly, her signature. So, the note alone is far from enough to convince her best friend Jane that Rosaleen was her own murderer, even if the police quickly accept the possibility as fact. Instead, Jane suspects Rosaleen’s boss, New York theatre impresario Luther Grandison. To the world at large, he’s powerful and charismatic, but Rosaleen’s letters to Jane described a duplicitous, greedy man who would no doubt kill to protect his secrets. If Rosaleen stumbled upon one such secret, it could have led to an untimely demise – and Jane risks a similar end when she takes a job with Grandison’s company, tangling with one of Broadway’s deadliest actors in a desperate play for the truth. A playwright before she turned to crime fiction, Charlotte Armstrong drew from her experience in the theatre for her fourth novel, The Unsuspected. The book inspired the 1947 film of the same name.
Classic mystery | TP | $31.95

No Good Tea Goes Unpunished (Seaside Café mysteries 02)
Baker, Bree
Catering her childhood friend’s beachfront wedding was a dream come true for Everly Swan – and, with hundreds of guests in attendance, great exposure for her new iced tea shop and café. But when the well-to-do groom is found floating – face down – in the surf, the locals of Charm, North Carolina, turn their suspicions to his new bride. Could she have been so desperate to lay her hands on his fortune that she arranged for his murder, before they even set off on their honeymoon?
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Lost Night
Bartz, Andrea
Edie was once the shining star in her 20-something circle in New York’s coolest neighbourhood. When Edie committed suicide at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could quite believe it. An overwhelming mix of grief, shock and resentment drove each of her ‘devoted’ friends into their own corner; and, for years, that’s where they stayed. Ten years later, a chilling chance reunion forces Edie’s best friend to wonder if there was more to her death…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer (Agatha Raisin series)
Beaton, M C
The team of bells at St Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin. As the village gets ready for the Bishop’s visit, the twins get overly excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion; and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse… so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he ‘felt like killing them’! When the twins’ home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls onto the lawyer. Will Agatha unmask the real killer, and clear Joseph’s name?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Death of an Honest Man (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul attended church, in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs Wellington that she was too fat. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery-red hair. He told Jessie Currie – who repeated all the last words of her twin sister – that she needed psychiatric help. ‘I speak as I find,’ he bragged. Voices saying, ‘I could kill that man,’ could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan. And someone did. Now, Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he’s lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force – after throwing Chief Inspector Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer, on his own?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Gentle Lady (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Mrs Gentle has fooled everyone into thinking she is as sweet as she sounds – Gentle by name and gentle by nature. But local constable Hamish Macbeth isn’t fooled. He believes this little old lady is actually quite sly and vicious, but he’s in a minority of one. Or is he? When Mrs Gentle dies, under unusual circumstances, the villagers of Lochdubh are shocked and outraged. Chief Detective Inspector Blair suspects that members of her family may be involved; but Hamish thinks there’s much more to the story – and is willing to get rough to solve the riddle of Mrs Gentle’s mysterious demise.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Amazing news is spreading like wildfire, across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, is planning to marry, at last! Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Hamish’s newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think she is quite a catch, Hamish has a severe case of pre-nuptial jitters… after all, if it wasn’t for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village there wouldn’t be a wedding in the first place. For it was a mysterious Valentine’s Day card – delivered to the victim before her death – which initially drew Hamish and Josie together in the investigation. And, now, as they work side by side, they soon discover that the woman’s list of admirers was endless – confirming Hamish’s suspicion that love can be deaf, blind… and deadly!
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Death of a Witch (Hamish Macbeth series)
Beaton, M C
Returning from holiday, Hamish becomes unaccountably worried – it’s as if he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over Lochdubh. He soon learns that there is a newcomer to the village, a woman called Catriona Beldame, and that the villagers have decided she is a witch. At first, Hamish is charmed by her, but is dismayed when he finds out she’s been supplying dangerous potions to certain local people. No one seems willing to listen to his warnings and, when she is found murdered, poor Hamish is the prime suspect. Obviously, he must solve the murder to clear his own name, and bring contentment back to his beloved Lochdubh.
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Doggie Day Care Murder (Melanie Travis Mystery 15)
Berenson, Laurien
Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were behind her. She has a new baby to take care of – not to mention five standard poodles. These days, the closest Melanie gets, to detective work, is scoping out the scene at the local doggie day centre, for her friend Alice Brickman. As Melanie learns, it’s a dog’s life at the Pine Ridge Canine Care Centre – and life is good. Everyone seems blissfully happy. Everyone canine, that is, as Melanie soon discovers there are some simmering resentments, among the Pine Ridge staff. And, when Steve Pine, the centre’s charming, good-looking co-owner, is found shot to death, on the floor of his office… there’s no shortage of suspects. With the police at a loss for leads, it’s now up to Melanie – to go undercover and sniff out a killer, whose secrets lie buried in a dog’s paradise that’s proving to be anything but…
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

To Catch a Witch (Wishcraft mysteries 08)
Blake, Heather
When wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather’s personal concierge company is hired by elite runner Abby Stillwell to organise the Wicked Mad Dash, a competition that takes place in the Enchanted Village, Darcy is more than willing to help her friend. As blizzard conditions rage on the morning of the race, Darcy’s main concern is the terrible weather – until Abby goes missing… and is later found dead, buried in the snow. As Darcy investigates her friend’s untimely death, she learns that she didn’t really know Abby well at all. And those closest to the woman – her secret fiancé, her roommate, her ex-boyfriend, and her co-workers at Balefire Sports – seem to have plenty to hide too. As Darcy digs deeper, she uncovers complicated relationships, a possible embezzlement scheme, and allegations of cheating against a top athlete. Just when Darcy is convinced, she’s hit a dead end in the case; a startling burglary and the hunt for Abby’s elusive ex send Darcy down a dark, dangerous trail. It will take the help from friends, family, and a little bit of magic… for Darcy to stop a stone-cold killer from striking again.
Mystery | TP | $31.95

To Kill the Truth
Bourne, Sam
Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop a lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game. As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife edge, and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War – but who stands to gain most, from the chaos?
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Rip
Brandi, Mark
A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard. Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along. He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can’t stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right. But the flat smells weird. There’s a lock on Steve’s bedroom door. And the guy is intense. The problem is, sometimes you just don’t know you are in too deep, until you’re drowning.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Mrs Jefferies Delivers the Goods (Victorian Mystery 37)
Brightwell, Emily
On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman’s ball festivities are cut short – when a guest of honour, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again, Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder. The victim was considered a boorish snob who felt entitled to anything and anyone he wanted. Yet, despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to make stupid mistakes – his last mistake turned out to be crossing a killer. The owners and management of the Wrexley Hotel clearly don’t welcome the return of Inspector Witherspoon; but he has his job to do, and Mrs Jeffries, and the rest of the household must do their best to catch a murderer, who shows no signs of slowing down…
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

One Potato, Two Potato, Dead (Farm-to-Fork mysteries 03)
Cahoon, Lynn
Angie Turner’s restaurant, The County Seat, is conveniently located near a first-class farmers’ market – so her menu is full of fresh ingredients. But a visiting culinary professor has just had a taste of something very unhealthy… Angie first meets Daniel Monet at a local mission, where she and her chef-in-training, Hope, are serving barbeque chicken poutine to the homeless. Monet is one of Hope’s teachers – but Angie’s boyfriend knows him from his youthful days in England. But soon, the bon vivant is no longer vivant. When Monet is found dead, with Hope’s prints on the wine glass next to him, it will be Angie, who has to sauce out the real killer…
Mystery | TP | $33.95

The Sect of Angels
Camilleri, Andrea
Lawyer and journalist, Matteo Teresi discovers the existence of a secret sect – whose members include priests, politicians, and regional VIPs. During the early morning hours, when the town’s churches are closed, the ‘Sect of the Angels’ meets in the sacristy to carry out their holy office: initiating devout virgins into the rites of married life. Preying on their victims’ naïveté, the hooded ‘elect’ commit ignominious acts – while promising the young women divine grace.
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

Crashing Heat (Nikki Heat series)
Castle, Richard
Marriage. It’s a double-edged sword… or, at least, it is for Nikki Heat. Her husband, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook, infuriates her in a way no one else in her entire life has ever done. He also takes her to heights of pleasure she has never experienced. But most of all, she loves the man with all her heart; and she’d do anything to protect him. Which is just what she had done, not so long ago. It had almost cost them everything. Now, Rook is given the honour to be a visiting professor at his alma mater, and he can’t pass up the opportunity to mentor bourgeoning writers at his former award-winning college newspaper. Shortly after his arrival on campus, a female reporter for the paper is found dead – naked – in Rook’s bed. Dealing with betrayal from any man is not Nikki’s style. She and Jameson have had plenty of conflicts during their complicated relationship, but none like this. Is her husband keeping secrets of his own, or can she really trust him? In order to find out, Nikki gives Jameson the benefit of the doubt; and digs into Jameson’s theory of a secret society within a secret society. What she finds puts her investigative skills, and her marriage, to the test.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Cat Got Your Crown (Kitty Couture mysteries 04)
Chase, Julie
Lacy Marie Crocker can hardly believe it’s been a year since her return home to New Orleans. There hasn’t been a dull moment since opening her pet boutique last summer, and thanks to the popularity of Lacy’s organic pet treats, and the arrival of the National Pet Pageant, Lacy desperately needs some help before she is overrun by the demand for pup-cakes and crinolines. The entire Garden District seems to be counting the minutes until opening night of the pet pageant and everything is going spectacularly until Viktor Petrov, the pageant emcee takes a spill from the balcony during dress rehearsal. All signs points to murder and homicide detective Jack Oliver sets his eyes on Eva Little, one of Lacy’s committee sisters and the only other person on the balcony at the time of the fall, as the killer. But when it comes out that Viktor was notoriously rude, the doors blow wide open with potential suspects who could’ve wanted him dead. Lacy’s determined to find the killer and exonerate Eva, but when Lacy receives a mysterious warning – a plush kitty from Lacy’s shop with its mouth crudely stitched over – it’s clear that she’s been found first.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Murder Lo Mein (Noodle Shop mysteries 03)
Chien, Vivien
Lana Lee’s stake in her family’s Chinese restaurant is higher than ever, now that she’s been made manager. So, when she enters Ho-Lee into Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest, Lana makes it her business to win – at all costs. But when a local food critic receives a threatening note in a fortune cookie and is, later, found dead, face-down in a bowl of lo mein, all bets are off… Now, along with her sweet-and-sour boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana decides to take matters into her own hands and dig into the lives of everyone involved in the contest. But when she receives an ill-fated fortune, Lana realises that in order to save the reputation of her restaurant, she needs to save herself, first…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Plum Tea Crazy (Tea Shop mysteries 19)
Childs, Laura
While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister, when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow. At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck-deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a co-worker, a real estate partner – all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Broken Bone China (Tea Shop mysteries 20)
Childs, Laura
Theodosia and Drayton are caught up in a terrible disaster, during the formal tea they are catering at a hot-air balloon rally, caused by a drone crashing into one of the balloons and leaving three dead. One of the victims was the CEO of a local software company, and the ensuing investigation uncovers secrets about his life and a possible conspiracy – involving rival antiques dealers, the CEO’s ex-wife, and even the fiancée one of Theodosia’s dear friends.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

The Rufus Spy (Aelf Fen Medieval mysteries)
Clare, Alys
October, 1093. On a perilous journey north in search of King William, Lassair and her former lover Rollo are pursued by a skilled and ruthless assassin. They do not know who he is, or why they have been targeted, but if they are to survive, they must turn the tables on their would-be killer.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Wild Fire (Shetland series)
Cleeves, Ann
Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case. Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come? The conclusion of this popular mystery series, which begins with Raven Black (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

Nemesis (Tom Wilde series)
Clements, Rory
In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land – but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death… On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared, two years earlier, to join the International Brigades in Spain, in the Le Vernet concentration camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his release, just as German tanks roll into Poland. Meanwhile, a U-boat sinks the liner Athenia in the Atlantic with many casualties, including Americans, onboard. Goebbels claims Churchill put a bomb in the ship to blame Germany and to lure America into the war. As the various strands of an international conspiracy begin to unwind, Tom Wilde will find himself in great personal danger. For just who is Marcus Marfield? And where does his loyalty lie? A sequel to the hugely-recommended, award-winning Corpus and Nucleus (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical suspense | TP | $29.99

The Woman in the Woods (Charlie Parker series)
Connolly, John
It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered, buried, in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth, shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And, in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring. For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Diva Cooks Up a Storm (Domestic Diva 11)
Davis, Krista
Sophie Winston can whip up an elaborate event in her sleep, but as the hippest hostess she rarely gets to enjoy the full guest treatment. Which is why her best friend, Nina Reid Norwood, loops her in to the latest culinary craze: a pop-up gourmet dinner party. The celebrity chef, epicurean menu, and high-profile attendees are all a surprise, turning the decadent dining experience into the hottest ticket in Old Town. But Sophie’s just pleased as punch that she can join her fellow foodies in some fun… The posh party proves to be a recipe for disaster, when Hollis Haberman sours spirits by bringing his own hot new dish – his young trophy wife. With Hollis’s son and ex-wife in attendance, there may be more heat at the table than in the kitchen. But the next morning, Sophie discovers Hollis swallowing his last bits of air, and she must scramble to stop a killer… before anyone else eats their last meal.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

A Willing Murder (Medlar mysteries)
Deveraux, Jude
Sara Medlar is a household name in romance, with millions of books sold. But lately, retirement has been boring her and she’s found herself back in her hometown of Lachlan, Florida – remodelling the grand old mansion she admired as a child. It’s much too big for her, alone… but she’d die before letting anyone in town know that. Then Sara’s niece, Kate, is offered a job in Lachlan – a start in what could be a very successful career in real estate. She accepts immediately; but with so little saved up, she’ll have to approach her estranged yet incredibly famous aunt for a place to stay, while she gets herself settled. When she arrives at Sara’s home, she finds she’s not the only long-term houseguest. Jackson Wyatt already has his own room, and though it’s impossible to deny his good looks and charm – he’s, clearly, got her aunt wrapped around his finger – she’s also never met anyone who irritates her, quite like Jack does. However, when two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, this unlikely trio is suddenly thrust together, by a common goal: solve a mystery everyone else seems eager to keep under wraps. United by a sense of justice and the desire to right old wrongs, Sara, Kate and Jack will have to dig into Lachlan’s murky past; to unravel the small town’s dark secrets and work to bring the awful truth to light.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

A Justified Murder (Medlar mysteries)
Deveraux, Jude
The small town of Lachlan, Florida, was rocked last year, when two bodies were uncovered in the roots of a fallen tree. Despite their lack of investigative experience, Sara Medlar; her niece, Kate; and Jack Wyatt found themselves at the centre of the mystery, working together to reveal the truth behind a decades-old secret in the sleepy town. After a narrow escape, they vowed to never again involve themselves in something so dangerous – until Janet Beeson is murdered. When Janet’s body is discovered, everyone is shocked by the violence of the attack. The sweet little old woman has been shot, stabbed and poisoned, but no one can imagine who would want to harm one of the town’s kindest, most helpful residents. Sara, Kate and Jack are determined to leave this case to the professionals. But they are soon bombarded by townspeople – eager to tell their stories and clear their names, with the trio who solved the Morris murders. Even the sheriff is hoping they’ll lend their skills to a crime that seems to have no explanation and no motive. And once the town gets talking, they begin to see that there are more secrets buried in quiet Lachlan than anyone could have imagined… The sequel to A Willing Murder (PBK, $21.95).
Mystery | HC | $49.95

The Corpse at the Crystal Palace (Daisy Dalrymple series)
Dunn, Carola
April 1928: Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is being visited in London by her young cousins – who are desperate to see the Crystal Palace. On discovering that her children’s nanny, Gilpin, has also never seen the palace, Daisy decides to make a day of it with the family. But this ordinary outing starts going wrong when Nanny Gilpin fails to return from the ladies’ room. When Daisy goes looking for her, she doesn’t find her nanny; but, instead, the dead body of another woman dressed in a nanny’s uniform. Meanwhile, the rest of Daisy’s party spot Gilpin chasing after yet another nanny. Intrigued, they trail the two into the park and stumble across Gilpin lying unconscious. When she comes to, she has no recollection of what happened. Daisy’s husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, soon finds himself embroiled in the murder investigation. Worried about her children’s own injured nanny, Daisy is determined to help. But, first, she has to discover the identity of the third nanny, the presumed murderer, and to do so, Daisy must uncover why Gilpin followed them, in the first place…
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Elegant Lie
Eastland, Sam
The year is 1949. In the bombed-out ruins of Cologne, Hanno Dasch is king. Director of the most successful black-market operation in post-war Germany, Dasch has kept his clients supplied with goods so extravagant and rare that they were almost impossible to find, even at the height of Germany’s conquests. Nobody but Dasch, his enigmatic daughter, and the war criminal he keeps as his bodyguard know how he does it. None of this has escaped the attention of Allied Intelligence, who face not only the systemic corruption of a country where everything is in short supply, but the growing threat of Stalin’s KGB. Fearing that Dasch will soon expand his business to include dealings with Russia, and invite the further meddling of Russian agents in the west; the CIA sets in motion an undercover operation to infiltrate and, ultimately, destroy Dasch’s empire. A disgraced American Army officer, Nathan Carter, is recruited to approach Dasch and to ingratiate himself with promises of stolen army supplies. As Carter moves further and further into the labyrinth of Dasch’s world, it soon becomes clear that the black-market ring has already been compromised, but by someone even more dangerous than the Russians. Carter stumbles upon a counterfeiting ring, with whom Dasch has unwittingly gone into business, which seems to have been created with the sole purpose of destroying the Soviet economy, something it could easily do with the superlative quality of the forged bills it is producing. With Carter caught in the middle – facing the danger that his cover might be blown, at any moment – a race begins between the Russian and American spy agencies to uncover who is responsible, before the situation escalates to war. A Cold War thriller, akin to Bridge of Spies.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Murder at the Fitzwilliam (Museum mysteries)
Eldridge, Jim
After rising to prominence for his role investigating the case of Jack the Ripper alongside the formidable Inspector Abberline, Daniel Wilson has retired from the force and now works as a private enquiry agent. Having built a reputation for intelligence and integrity, Wilson is the natural choice for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, which finds itself in need of urgent assistance. The remains of an ancient princess and her entourage are to be unveiled – as the centrepiece of the museum’s new Egyptian collection; but strange occurrences have followed their arrival in Britain: a dead body is discovered in a previously empty sarcophagus, one of the mummified bodyguards seemingly goes ‘walkabout’ and another man is found strangled to death with three-thousand-year-old bandages. Aided by the talented, resident archaeologist Abigail Fenton but hindered by the dismissive local police force, can Wilson unravel the mystery and preserve the reputation of the museum, ahead of its public launch? The first in a series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

House of Beauty
Escobar, Melba
House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogotá’s exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. But there is more to her role than the best way to apply wax, or how to give the perfect massage. Her clients confide in her, and she knows all about them. Their breast implants, their weekends in Miami, their divorces, and affairs. Karen has problems of her own. She’s in trouble, and she needs money. More money than she can make, at House of Beauty. Most serious of all: a teenage girl has been found dead, and Karen was one of the last people to see her alive. So, the girl’s mother is desperate to talk to her…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Keep Her Close (DS Josie Masters series)
Ford, M J
When a young girl goes missing from Jesus College Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more girls disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message, in a cruel game of cat and mouse.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

A Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott series)
Fredericks, Mariah
New York City, 1910. Invisible, until she’s needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies’ maid to the city’s upper echelons. When she takes up a position with the Benchley family, dismissed by the city’s elite as ‘new money’, Jane realises that while she may not have financial privilege, she has a power they do not – she understands the rules of high society. The Benchleys cause further outrage – when their daughter Charlotte becomes engaged to notorious playboy Norrie, the son of the eminent Newsome family. But when Norrie is found murdered, at a party, Jane discovers she is uniquely positioned – she’s a woman no one sees, but who witnesses everything; who possesses no social power, but that of fierce intellect – and, therefore, has the tools to solve his murder. There are many with grudges to bear: from the family Norrie was supposed to marry into; to the survivors of a tragic accident, in a mine owned by the Newsomes; to the rising anarchists, who are sick of those born into wealth getting away with anything they want. Jane also knows that in both high society and the city’s underbelly, morals can become cheap in the wrong hands: scandal and violence simmer just beneath the surface – and can break out, at any time.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.95

Murder in Greenwich Village (Louise Faulk mysteries)
Freeland, Liz
New York City, 1913. Twenty-year-old Louise Faulk has fled Altoona, Pennsylvania, to start a life under dizzying lights. In a city of endless possibilities, it’s not long before the young ingénue befriends a witty aspiring model, and makes a splash at the liveliest parties on the Upper East Side. But glitter fades to grit, when Louise’s Greenwich Village apartment becomes the scene of a violent murder; and a former suitor, hustling for Tin Pan Alley fame, hits front-page headlines as the prime suspect… Driven to investigate the crime, Louise finds herself stepping into the seediest corners of the burgeoning metropolis – where she soon discovers that failed dreams can turn dark and deadly…
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

Murder in Midtown (Louise Faulk mysteries)
Freeland, Liz
Louise has finally gathered the courage to take the police civil service exam; but when she returns to her secretary job at the midtown publishing house of Van Hooten and McChesney, she’s shocked to find the offices smouldering from a deadly, early morning fire. Huddled on the sidewalk, her co-workers inform her that Guy Van Hooten’s body has been found in the charred ruins. Rumours of foul play are already circulating, and the firm’s surviving partner asks Louise to investigate the matter. Despite a number of possible suspects, the last person Louise expects to be arrested is Ogden McChesney, an old friend and mentor to her aunt Irene. Louise will have to search high and low, from the tenements in the Lower East Side to the very clouds above the tallest skyscrapers, to get to the bottom of an increasingly-complex case…
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

The Case of the Careless Kitten (Perry Mason mysteries) (American Mystery Classics series)
Gardner, Erle Stanley
Helen Kendal’s woes begin when she receives a phone call from her vanished uncle Franklin, long presumed dead, who urges her to make contact with criminal defence attorney Perry Mason; soon after, she finds herself the main suspect in the murder of an unfamiliar man. Her kitten has just survived a poisoning attempt, as has her aunt Matilda, the woman who always maintained that Franklin was alive in spite of his disappearance. Lucky that Helen took her uncle’s advice and contacted Perry Mason – he immediately takes her as a client. But while it’s clear that all the occurrences are connected, and that their connection will prove her innocence, the links in the case are too obscure to be recognised even by the attorney’s brilliantly deductive mind. Risking disbarment for his unorthodox methods, he endeavours to outwit the police and solve the puzzle himself, enlisting the help of his secretary Della Street, his private eye Paul Drake, and the unlikely but invaluable aid of a careless but very clever kitten, in the process. Reprinted for the first time in over twenty years, The Case of the Careless Kitten is one of the most highly-praised cases in the iconic Perry Mason series, which need not be read in any particular order.
Classic mystery | TP | $31.95

Something Read, Something Dead (Lighthouse Library mysteries 05)
Gates, Eva
Winter falls on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, as Lucy Richardson and her friends joyfully help her favourite cousin, Josie O’Malley, plan her wedding. The owner and head baker of Josie’s Cosy Bakery and her fiancé, chef Jake Greenblatt, want a small, simple wedding. But to their horror, Josie’s imperious grandmother, Gloria, descends with the ‘Louisiana Mafia’ a gaggle of aunts and cousins who intend to take control of the wedding plans. Gloria doesn’t do small and simple, and cousin Mirabelle has her own ideas for Josie’s wedding, something grand and lavish – and paid for by Josie’s parents, of course – that will kick start her fledgling event planning business and get her work shown on the covers of wedding magazines. To make matters worse, Mirabelle focuses her full Southern charm on the prospective groom… and Jake doesn’t seem entirely averse to her attentions. To smooth the waters, Lucy hosts a bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. But it turns deadly when Mirabelle collapses – soon after eating the gluten-free treats Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her favourite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook to book…
Mystery | HC | $49.95

The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley series)
George, Elizabeth
When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard – requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: the first is to have an MP owing him a favour, and the second is to get rid of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, whose career at the Met has been hanging by a thread, for quite some time. So, he assigns Havers to the case and, for good measure, partners her with the one person who shares his wish to see the back of her, Detective Chief Superintendent Isabelle Ardery. But Ardery has her own difficulties. She is not happy to be sent away from London and, as a result, is in a rush to return. This causes her to overlook certain uncomfortable facts. Soon, the case is opened again; and, this time, it is Lynley who must accompany Havers to Ludlow, with little more than a week to save the Met’s reputation and Barbara’s job. And the more they investigate, the more it looks as if the suicide was part of a much more sinister pattern of events.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Kill [Redacted]
Good, Anthony
Is murder, ever, morally right? And is a murderer necessarily bad? When a grieving man searches for culpability in the death of his wife – a passenger, on trains blown up by terrorists – he settles on a politician. The bombers, to his mind, were only the end point in a long chain of proximate causes – to blame them would be like blaming the trigger mechanisms on the bombs. The ultimate cause, he believes… the person responsible for first setting events into motion… is the politician whose policies and practices have had profound and violent impact abroad…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

After She’s Gone
Grebe, Camilla
For psychological profiler, Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, life is good. She and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren, have just returned from a dream holiday in Greenland, and the symptoms of her early onset dementia seem to be under control. Then they are asked to go to the small, sleepy, industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier, a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town. With her dementia creeping back again, Hanne starts to keep a diary – noting down everything she is likely to forget. She will go to any lengths, to keep up appearances; so, she doesn’t lose her job, or worse: Peter. Then Hanne is found wandering around the outskirts of Ormberg: lost, hurt, and confused – and Peter is missing. When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby, covered in the victim’s blood… can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one – and where is Peter? Winner of the best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year 2017.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Slipknot (Jane Bunker mysteries)
Greenlaw, Linda
Welcome to the coastal village of Green Haven, where someone has gone to sleep with the fishes… Jane Bunker returned to Maine to escape the mean streets of Miami. Surely, whatever crimes are committed in this tourist-filled seaside town won’t involve anything as dark or seedy, as what she saw in the so-called Sunshine State. It’s a bit of a shock, then, when Nick Dow, AKA the town drunk, turns up dead – and it’s not the simple accident that everyone assumes it to be. Now, it’s up to Jane to plunge the depths of this case… even though only two things are certain: Nothing is what it seems, and the whole town is in each other’s business. It’s not until Jane impulsively hops on a boat, with the killer – and heads out to sea – that the terrifying truth begins to reach the surface…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Fisherman’s Bend (Jane Bunker mysteries)
Greenlaw, Linda
After surviving a killer investigation, along with a couple of attempts on her life, Jane feels she’s finally earned a respite in her beautiful, coastal hometown of Green Haven, Maine. But her calm lasts only as long as it takes – for Jane to walk past a local lobster boat, and discover that its owner has vanished without a trace. And if that’s not enough to keep Jane off her hammock, there’s also the matter of the young mariner – who allegedly died of a heroin overdose; a missing bait iron; and the red-painted corpse. What will it take for Jane to unravel the twists and turns in her latest series of maritime mysteries?
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Murder in Tranquility Park (Ferrara Family mysteries 02)
Griffo, J D
Ever since Alberta Scaglione inherited her spinster aunt’s Cape Cod cottage, she’s been enjoying the good life in Tranquility, New Jersey, with her black cat, Lola. But since things are mostly quiet in this town, she finds other things to do – like joining Jinx, for morning jogs in Tranquility Park. She has to do something to stay healthy, as long as it doesn’t involve Jinx’s healthful tofu sausages and gluten-free pasta. But when they stumble across a treehouse hidden in the trees, and a dead body underneath it, they take a detour into solving a murder. Now, the Ferrara ladies will have to exercise extreme caution – to avoid a permanent decline in their health…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Charmed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries 18)
Haines, Carolyn
Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches – and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school – sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate, as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy – a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of ‘progress’, according to some in the town. When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth – who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the king of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance. When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches… criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer, before more people are harmed.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Scandal (Stone & Oliver series)
Hannah, Mari
When a young man is found stabbed to death in a side street in Newcastle city centre, in the run up to Christmas, it looks like a botched robbery to DCI David Stone. But when DS Frankie Oliver arrives at the crime scene, she gets more than she bargained for. She IDs the victim as Herald court reporter, thirty-two-year old Chris Adams; she’s known him, since they were kids. With no eyewitnesses, the MIT are stumped. They discover that when Adams went out, never to return, he was working on a scoop that would make his name. But what was the story he was investigating? And who was trying to cover it up? As detectives battle to solve the case, they uncover a link to a missing woman that turns the investigation on its head. The exposé has put more than Adams’ life in danger. And it’s not over, yet.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St Cyr mysteries)
Harris, C S
London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose’s ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane’s murderer to escape justice. Untangling the secrets of Jane’s world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery, where each player has his or her own unsavoury agenda, and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death… The latest in this fantastic Regency mystery series, which begins with What Angels Fear (PBK, $21.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $27.99

A Taste for Honey (American Mystery Classics series)
Heard, H F
In a quiet village, far from the noise of Victorian London, Sydney Silchester lives the life of a recluse led by two passions: privacy and honey. He gives up the former, only when his stores of the latter run low. But when his honey supplier is found stung to death by her hive, the search for a new beekeeper takes Sydney to Mr Mycroft, a brilliant man who has retired to Sussex to take up precisely this occupation, and who shares many traits with the great detective, Sherlock Holmes. Upon hearing of the tragic death of the village’s other beekeeper, Mycroft – himself no stranger to crime-solving – immediately senses the bloody hand of murder. But what villain would have the mad intelligence to train an army of killer bees? With Sydney at his side, Mycroft embarks on a life-threatening search for the perpetrator of this most diabolical crime. Hailed by author, critic, and famed Sherlock Holmes scholar Christopher Morley as the only worthwhile continuation of the Holmes novels, A Taste for Honey is an engaging and terrifying mystery that proves enjoyable even to those with little to no knowledge of Doyle’s characters.
Classic mystery | TP | $31.95

Heath, Jack
Timothy Blake, ex-consultant for the FBI, now works in body disposal, for a local crime lord. One night he stumbles across a body he wasn’t supposed to find and is forced to hide it. When the FBI calls Blake in to investigate a missing university professor, Blake recognises him as the dead man in his freezer. Then another man goes missing. And another. There’s a serial killer in Houston, Texas, and Blake is running out of time to solve the case… The sequel to Hangman (PBK, $14.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The River
Heller, Peter
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of literature and the great outdoors. When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience. No phones. No fellow travellers. No way of going back. But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their idyllic expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature’s destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce (Mahalia Watkins mysteries 03)
Herbert, A L
When the chicest hair convention of the year gets cooking in town, so does business at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea. Halia can barely handle the influx of customers looking to satisfy their appetites after spending the day surrounded by outrageous runway styles. As buzz builds around beauty mogul and pop-culture icon Monique Dupree, collard greens start moving out of the kitchen faster than models strutting down the catwalk… But the glitz fades, the moment Monique is found shot to death. Turns out, the glamorous entrepreneur’s vanity empire was stained by bitter rivalries, explosive affairs, and backstabbers scheming for fame and fortune. With more suspects than ingredients listed on a bottle of deep conditioner, Halia and her cousin Wavonne rush to discover who pulled the trigger – before the conniving culprit dishes another deadly surprise…
Mystery | HC | $49.95

May Day Murder (Wiccan Wheel mysteries 05)
Hesse, Jennifer David
Keli’s looking forward to Beltane, the time-honoured Wiccan holiday that celebrates life with feasting, ceremonial dancing, and ancient Celtic rituals. But since recently leaving her law firm and opening her own practice, Keli has more on her plate than simple abundance. Still, she always has time for a friend. Erik, a Druid from a neighbouring town, has had a run of bad luck he blames on a curse cast by his ex-girlfriend Denise, a practicing witch whose expertise in the dark arts can’t save her from her own deadly end. When Keli finds herself a person of interest in the investigation, she begins to wonder if she herself might be cursed. With a little help from her friends, including her devoted boyfriend Wes, Keli aims to find out who poisoned Denise. What she uncovers is a witch’s brew of spells, hexes, and black magic that raises questions about her own Wiccan worldview. As the community gathers for the May Day festivities, it’s up to Keli to stop a killer from springing ahead to another murder…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Defenceless (Anna Fekete series)
Hiekkapelto, Kati
When an old man is found dead on the road – seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair – police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complex case, she’s led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life. Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members – and the police, themselves. Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together, in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko. The winner of Best Finnish Crime Novel 2014.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Exiled (Anna Fekete series)
Hiekkapelto, Kati
Anna Fekete returns to the Balkan village of her birth, for a relaxing summer holiday. But when her bag is stolen and the thief is found dead on the banks of the river, Anna is pulled into a murder case. Her investigation leads straight to her own family and to closely-guarded secrets concealing a horrendous travesty of justice that threatens them all. As layer after layer of corruption, deceit and guilt are revealed, Anna is caught up in the refugee crisis spreading across Europe. How long before everything explodes?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Lingering
Holliday, S J I
Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history. When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Estocada (Wars Within series)
Hurley, Graham
1937. Flying for the infamous Condor Legion over the battlefields of Spain’s civil war, Merz has been able to unleash the fearsome potential of the Luftwaffe’s newest weapon against his opponents. In Dieter’s hands, the Messerschmitt Bf-109 is as graceful as a matador’s killing strike: la estocada. 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. In a world wedded to violence and ambition, desperate steps must be taken. 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 | PBK | $19.99

Righteous (IQ series)
Ide, Joe
When the beautiful woman you’ve longed for, since boyhood, calls and asks you to find her missing sister, what do you do? If you are Isaiah Quintabe – IQ, to his friends – you’ll do everything you can. The girl, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas – with a frightening loan shark, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. But IQ’s search takes an unexpected turn, when he meets a criminal mastermind – who knows something about the murky circumstances surrounding his own brother’s death… The sequel to IQ (PBK, $19.99). Highly recommended.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Lost Girls of Paris
Jenoff, Pam
1946, Manhattan. One morning, while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs – each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe, as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance; but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent, named Marie – whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valour and betrayal.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

One Feta in the Grave (Kebab Kitchen mysteries 03)
Kashian, Tina
As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent, at this year’s beach festival. But, now, a local businessman is under the boardwalk – dead, by the sea… With a sandcastle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return, next year… but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals – as well as some relationships, no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy – to look into some seedy characters and solve the case – before the wrong person gets skewered…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Death by Dog Show (Creature Comforts mysteries 01)
Kay, Arlene
Army vet Persephone ‘Perri’ Morgan has big plans, as her custom leather leashes, saddles, and other pet accessories are the rage of dog and horse enthusiasts, everywhere. But when murder prances into the ring at a Massachusetts dog show, Perri must confront a cunning killer who’s a breed apart. Accompanied by her bestie Babette, and four oversize canines, Perri motors down to the Big E Dog Show in high style. Perri hopes to combine business with pleasure, by also spending time with sexy DC journalist, Wing Pruett. Until a storm traps everyone at the exposition hall… and a man’s body is found in a snow-covered field, a pair of pink poodle-grooming shears plunged through his heart. Turns out, the deceased was a double-dealing huckster who had plenty of enemies chomping at the bit. But as breeders and their prize pets preen and strut, the murderer strikes again. Aided by her trusty canine companions, Keats and Poe, Perri must collar a killer – before she’s the next ‘Dead in Show’ winner. The first in a series.
Mystery | TP | $33.95

Walking Shadows (Decker & Lazarus series)
Kellerman, Faye
On a suburban street in upstate New York, a body is discovered. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil lived a simple life – his murder seems senseless. But then Detective Peter Decker discovers Brady’s father was convicted of murder, many years ago. Decker begins to suspect Brady’s death is connected to his father’s crimes. Then one of Brady’s closest friends vanishes, a pool of blood the only clue to his fate. Who would savagely kill two innocent men? With his wife Rina’s help, Decker must use all his skill, to put the pieces of this deadly puzzle together… before the killer strikes again.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison series)
Kellerman, Jonathan & Jesse
A wild party in a gentrifying East Bay neighbourhood. A heated argument that spills into the street. Gunshots. Chaos. When the smoke clears, the mystery reveals itself: there is one victim whose death doesn’t match the others. She has been brutalised and abandoned, stripped of ID and left to die: it falls to Deputy Coroner Clay Edison to give her a name and a voice. Clay embarks upon a journey into a hidden world where innocence and perversity mingle… and before long, his relentless pursuit of the truth will lead him right into the line of fire. A sequel to Crime Scene (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Island of the Mad
King, Laurie R
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. The latest Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes novel – recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Restaurant Weeks are Murder (Poppy McAllister mysteries 03)
Klein, Libby
Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B – but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now, it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancée, Tim – and his condescending partner, Gigi – during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy. Things get heated quickly – especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And, now, one of the judges has died – after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli… making her the chef suspect…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Life Ruins
Kot, Danuta
Three, very different people, connected by a thread of violence… and hope. Kay, recently widowed and coming to terms with life on her own, feels she has hit rock bottom. For years, she and her husband fostered difficult children – including Becca, whom trouble follows like a stray puppy. And, now, Becca seems to be in the worst trouble of her life. A girl has been attacked so savagely, she can’t be identified. She’s alive, but only just. Becca, tossed out of university and just let go from her dead-end job, is certain she knows who the victim is. But no one will believe her. A body, briefly glimpsed at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft, vanishes – when the police investigate. Jared, recovering from an almost fatal injury and addicted to painkillers, knows he saw something terrible in that mine… but he has no evidence, and fears he’s losing his grip on reality. And then Jared and Becca meet. Becca, strong minded and fiercely independent, is confident they can figure out what’s going on. She pulls Kay into the mix, knowing they’ll need all the help they can get… because the police don’t believe them. And more girls are vanishing… Can these three help each other to rebuild their lives, from the ruins of the past?
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Portrait of Molly Dean (Alex Clayton Art mysteries)
Kovacic, Katherine
In 1999, art dealer Alex Clayton stumbles across a lost portrait of Molly Dean – an artist’s muse brutally slain in Melbourne, in 1930. Alex buys the painting and sets out to uncover more details; but finds there are strange inconsistencies: Molly’s mother seemed unconcerned by her daughter’s violent death; the main suspect was never brought to trial, despite compelling evidence; and vital records are missing. Alex enlists the help of her close friend, art conservator John Porter; and, together, they sift through the clues and deceptions that swirl around the last days of Molly Dean. The debut novel of a new Australian voice.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

Painting in the Shadows (Alex Clayton Art mysteries)
Kovacic, Katherine
Art dealer Alex Clayton and conservator John Porter are thrilled to be previewing the Melbourne International Museum of Art’s (MIMA) newest exhibition, until they witness a museum worker collapse and badly damage a reportedly cursed painting. Belief in the curse is strengthened – when MIMA’s senior conservator Meredith Buchanan dies, less than twenty-four hours later, while repairing the work. But Alex and John are convinced there is a decidedly human element at work in the museum. The evidence sets them on the trail of a mysterious painting that could hold a key to Meredith’s death, and the stakes are raised higher when Alex is offered her dream job at MIMA. Damaging the museum’s reputation will jeopardise her professional future. The friends soon realise they are facing an adversary, far more ruthless than they had anticipated, and there is much more at risk than Alex’s career.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Kin (Helga Finnsdottir series)
Kristjansson, Snorri
For the first time since Helga was adopted, her family will be gathered in one place. But her siblings are coming with darkness in their hearts. Everyone knows their father, the Viking warlord Unnthor Reginsson, has a great chest of gold hidden somewhere on his land – and each of his heirs is determined to find it. Then, one morning, Helga is awakened by screams. Blood has been shed. Kin has been slain. All the clues point to one person – who cannot possibly be the murderer, at least, in Helga’s eyes. But if she’s going to save an innocent from the axe, she’s got to solve the mystery – fast… Lies. Manipulation. Murder. There’s nothing quite like family… The first in a new series of ‘Viking crime’, set in 970 AD, now in paperback.
Historical noir | PBK | $19.99

Trouble on the Books (Castle Bookshop mysteries 01)
Lang, Essie
Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region, to take over her aunt’s bookstore, she has no idea what to expect. To her amazement, she discovers that she now owns a fifty-percent share in Bayside Books, and will also run the store’s second location, in the majestic castle, on nearby Blye Island. But just as Shelby is gearing up for the start of the tourist season, the Castle volunteer coordinator is found murdered in the nearby Grotto. Castle caretaker Matthew Kessler is suspect number one… but Shelby thinks the killing may be connected to an earlier era, when violence among Prohibition-era smugglers was rampant in the region. As Shelby launches her own investigation, handsome and unnerving Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard Investigative Services tries to quell her smuggling theory and keep her safe. But Shelby is determined to summon all her savvy as a book editor, to plot the murder – and find the killer, before he strikes again… The first in a series.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Root Cause
Laine, Steven
Can you imagine a world without wine? Corvina Guerra is a flying winemaker, who dreams of one day settling down in her native Italy on her family’s vineyard. On a visit to a vineyard in Italy, Corvina makes a startling discovery: Phylloxera, a menacing plant louse that devastated vineyards in Europe more than a hundred years ago, has infested the vines. The deeper Corvina and Brian search, the more they become convinced that Universal Wines holds the answer to everything, and the harder they pursue their investigation the more surprises pile up for both of them. In spite of devastating consequences, Corvina and Brian vow to continue their investigation and do what they can to contain the spread of the infestation – but time is running short, and they always seem to be a step behind. Unless they can find a way to stop the Phylloxera – vineyards around the world will be ruined, for decades; potentially causing the collapse of the wine industry. Can Corvina and Brian get to the root cause and save the international wine industry from ruin?
Suspense | TP | $39.95

Severed (Matt Hunter series)
Laws, Peter
During a communion service at a village church, the teenage son of a vicar brutally attacks his father with an axe. The horrified congregation watch the son escape; and, during a frantic police search, rumours arise that the boy was involved in devil worship. Professor Matt Hunter, an atheist ex-minister and expert on religion, is brought in to advise… yet, he quickly suspects the church attack may have a far more complex cause. Meanwhile, a ten-year-old boy called Ever grows up in a small Christian cult. The group believe they are the only true humans left and that the world is filled with demons called Hollows – but they’re working on a bizarre ritual that will bring peace and paradise to the world. Soon, the worlds of Matt and Ever will collide in one awful, terrifying night; where Matt is thrown into the frightening and murderous world of religious mania. The third in the series, following Purged and Unleashed (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Friends and Traitors (Frederick Troy series)
Lawton, John
It is 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard – newly promoted after good service, during Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to Britain – is not looking forward to a Continental trip with his older brother, Rod. Rod was too vain to celebrate being fifty; so, instead takes his entire family on ‘the Grand Tour’ for his fifty-first birthday: Paris, Siena, Florence, Vienna, Amsterdam. Restaurants, galleries and concert halls. But Frederick Troy never gets to Amsterdam. After a concert in Vienna, he is approached by an old friend whom he has not seen, for years – Guy Burgess, a spy for the Soviets, who says something extraordinary: ‘I want to come home.’ Troy dumps the problem on MI5, who send an agent to debrief Burgess – but when the man is gunned down only yards from the embassy, the whole plan unravels with alarming speed and Troy finds himself a suspect. As he fights to prove his innocence, Troy discovers that Burgess is not the only ghost, who has returned to haunt him… Brilliant – if you have previously read the series. If not, start with the first Inspector Troy novel, Black Out (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Unto Us a Son is Given (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count’s best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would become the sole heir to Gonzalo’s substantial fortune, something which Gonzalo’s friends, including the Count, find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man can’t be allowed his pleasure in peace. Not long after Brunetti meets with Gonzalo, the elderly man unexpectedly passes away from natural causes. Old and frail, Gonzalo’s death goes unquestioned, and a few of his oldest friends gather in Venice, to plan the memorial service. But when Berta, a striking woman and one of Gonzalo’s closest confidantes, is strangled in her hotel room, Brunetti is drawn into long-buried secrets from Gonzalo’s past. What did Berta know? And who would go to such lengths, to ensure it would remain hidden?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Death on the Aisle (Mr & Mrs North mysteries) (American Mystery Classics series)
Lockridge, Frances & Richard
Mr and Mrs North live as quiet a life as a couple can amidst the bustle of New York City. For Jerry, a publisher, and Pamela, a homemaker, the only threat to their domestic equilibrium comes in the form of Mrs North’s relentless efforts as an amateur sleuth, which repeatedly find the duo investigating murders and sundry other crimes. So, when the wealthy backer of a play is found dead in the seats of the West 45th Street Theatre, the Norths aren’t far behind, led by Pam’s customary flair for murders that turn eccentric and, yes, humorous. Alongside Lieutenant William Weigand of the New York Police Department, they’ll employ illogical logic and bizarrely tangential suggestions to draw the curtains on a killer. A light mystery set in a classic Broadway locale, Death on the Aisle is lent verisimilitude by author Richard Lockridge’s career as a theatre critic. Though it is the fourth novel in the saga of this charming, witty couple, the series can be enjoyed in any order, with each instalment depicting its own self-contained story.
Classic mystery | TP | $31.95

Gallowstree Lane (Collins & Griffiths series)
London, Kate
Detective Inspector Kieran Shaw’s not interested in the infantry. Shaw likes the proper criminals, the ones who can plan things. For two years, he’s been painstakingly building evidence against an organised network, the Eardsley Bluds. Operation Perseus is about to make its arrests. So, when a low-level Bluds member is stabbed to death on Gallowstree Lane, Shaw’s priority is to protect his operation. An investigation into one of London’s tit-for-tat killings can’t be allowed to derail Perseus and let the master criminals go free. But there’s a witness to the murder, fifteen-year-old Ryan Kennedy. Already caught up in Perseus and with the Bluds, Ryan’s got his own demons and his own ideas about what’s important. As loyalties collide and priorities clash, a chain of events is triggered that draws in Shaw’s old adversary DI Sarah Collins and threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane… The third in the series, following Port Mortem and Death Message (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Murder by Matchlight (British Library Crime Classics series)
Lorac, E C R
‘A man who played about on the fringes of the Black Market, who had fought for Sinn Fein, who lived by his wits – and who, finally, became dangerous to somebody and was knocked over the head in the blackout. It may prove to be a sordid story, but I certainly find it an interesting one.’ London, 1945. The capital is shrouded in the darkness of the blackout, and mystery abounds in the parks after dusk. During a stroll through Regent’s Park, Bruce Mallaig witnesses two men acting suspiciously around a footbridge. In a matter of moments, one of them has been murdered; Mallaig’s view of the assailant but a brief glimpse of a ghastly face in the glow of a struck match. The murderer’s noiseless approach and escape seems to defy all logic, and even the victim’s identity is quickly thrown into uncertainty. Lorac’s shrewd yet personable CID man, MacDonald, must set to work once again to unravel this near-impossible mystery.
Classic mystery | TP | $24.95

Death by a Whisker (Cat Rescue mysteries 02)
LoTempio, T C
Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues, as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead, in the middle of the event. The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realise there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list. Now, Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up, at their animal shelter…
Mystery | TP | $31.95

Girl in Disguise
MacAllister, Greer
With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin – unless that widow has a knack for manipulation, and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her, as a detective. Battling criminals and co-workers, alike, Kate immerses herself in the dangerous life of an operative, winning the right to tackle some of the agency’s toughest investigations. But is the woman she’s becoming – capable of any and all lies, swapping identities like dresses – the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl, she always thought she was? Inspired by the real story of investigator Kate Warne: the first, female, Pinkerton detective.
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

The Magician’s Lie
MacAllister, Greer
The Amazing Arden is the most notorious female illusionist of her day, renowned for sawing a man in half. One night, with policeman Virgil Holt in the audience, she swaps her saw for a fire axe. A new trick, or an all-too-real murder? When a dead body is discovered, the answer seems clear. But under Holt’s interrogation, what Arden’s story reveals is both unbelievable and spellbinding. Even handcuffed and alone, she is far from powerless. Over the course of one eerie night, the magician must pull off one final act… this time, with her life at stake.
Historical mystery/suspense | TP | $24.99

Beautiful Death (DCI Jack Hawksworth series)
McIntosh, Fiona
DCI Jack Hawksworth is back, working on a high-profile case breaking in London. A calculating serial killer is on the loose, committing the most gruesome of murders as he ‘trophies’ the faces of his victims. With each new atrocity, the public and police force are getting more desperate, for results. Hawk pulls together a strong and experienced taskforce, who soon find themselves caught up in a murky world of illegal immigrants and human organ trading. As he struggles to find any sort of link between the victims, Jack identifies something unique about the most recent corpse, and things suddenly get very personal. A sequel to Bye Bye Baby (TP, $32.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Hide and Sneak (Savannah Reid mysteries 23)
McKevett, G A
Not long after Savannah and her husband settle back to normal life in San Carmelita, California, handsome, up-and-coming actor Ethan Malloy enlist the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency to track down his missing wife and toddler – shortly before the beloved family nanny gets murdered. With the discreet search, now, a sensationalised homicide investigation, Savannah must rush to apprehend a killer and save the missing child. But famous heartthrobs can attract the wrong kind of attention, and some snooping into the complicated private lives of Ethan and his wife tells Savannah that she’s in for a deadly chase. As Savannah dismantles bombshell after bombshell, while balancing delicate family matters of her own, she soon finds herself closing in on a terrifying culprit – one who’s willing to do anything for a moment in the spotlight…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Scholar (Cormac Reilly series)
McTiernan, Dervla
When Dr Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit and run outside Galway University late one evening, she calls her partner, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would, otherwise, never have been assigned to him. A security card in the dead woman’s pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant Darcy Therapeutics. The multibillion-dollar company, founded by her grandfather, has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy – it has funded Emma’s own ground-breaking research. The enquiry into Carline’s death promises to be high profile and high pressure. As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma, herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but as his running of the case comes under scrutiny from the department and his colleagues, he is forced to question his own objectivity. Could his loyalty to Emma have led him to overlook evidence? Has it made him a liability? The sequel to the brilliant The Rúin (PBK, $16.99). Recommended!
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Alibis and Angels (Sister Lou mysteries 03)
Matthews, Olivia
With the Lenten season fast approaching, Sister Louise ‘Lou’ LaSalle looks forward to a final day of indulgence, before giving up her favourite sweets. But one Briar Coast resident won’t get the chance to repent. Opal Lorrie, the mayor’s director of finance, was just found in the parking lot of the Board of Ed – with a broken neck. The sheriff’s deputies are calling the apparent slip and fall, a freak accident. But Opal was driving her boss’s car and wearing her boss’s red wool coat. Mayor Heather Stanley has been receiving threatening letters and is clearly the real target. Offering her sanctuary could put the Congregation of the Sisters of St Hermione of Ephesus at risk, but how can Sister Lou turn her back on a neighbour in need? Aided by her loyal sleuthing partners – her well-connected nephew Chris and reporter Shari Henson – Sister Lou must confront the mayor’s myriad detractors during this critical election year. And as the first day of April nears, it’s up to her to unmask an unrepentant killer, who has everyone fooled.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Easter Bunny Murder (Lucy Stone mysteries 19)
Meier, Leslie
With a harsh Maine winter finally over, Lucy Stone is excited to cover the annual Easter egg hunt for the Tinker’s Cove Pennysaver. Hosted by elderly socialite Vivian Van Vorst – at her oceanfront estate – it’s a swanky event, where the eggs are as likely to contain savings bonds as jelly beans. But when Lucy arrives at Pine Point, the gates are locked, and a man dressed as the Easter Bunny emerges, only to drop dead moments later… Lucy discovers that the victim is Vivian’s grandson, and all is not well at Pine Point. Vivian has been skipping lunch dates, and her charitable donations have abruptly stopped. Is she going senile? Or are her heirs a little too anxious to take over her estate? As Lucy gathers a basketful of suspects, she’ll have to chase the truth down a rabbit hole, before a killer with a deadly case of spring fever claims another victim… A reissue of Meier’s 2013 Easter-themed mystery.
Mystery (reissue) | TP | $24.95

Down the River Unto the Sea
Mosley, Walter
Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD’s finest investigators until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault, a charge that lands him in the notorious Riker’s Island prison. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman, who admits she was paid by someone in the NYPD to frame him all those years ago, King realises that he has no choice but to take his own case.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

Hiding to Nothing (Lachie Munro series)
Muir, Andy
Lay low, stay out of trouble, and don’t get pulled over. It was probably the best advice I’d ever had. How long until I ignored it? All Lachie Munro wants is a quiet life in sunny Newcastle. But Lachie and quiet don’t seem to get along. When Lachie’s estranged dad, Terry, turns up fresh out of prison, he’s packing more than the usual family baggage. Suddenly, there are two murderous goons on Lachie’s doorstep and the police are paying him special attention. But Terry’s on the hunt for a long-lost fortune, and he won’t be leaving Newcastle – or Lachie – without it. The sequel to Lachie Munro’s first caper, Something for Nothing (TP, $24.99).
Noir | TP | $24.99

Displaced (Hakim & Arnold series)
Nadel, Barbara
Irving Levy is a man with few roots and, now that he is terminally ill, is anxious to find anyone to whom he can leave his considerable property. When he learns that there may be more to the disappearance of his younger sister – who disappeared when she was a baby – he engages the services of Hakim and Arnold to investigate. Unwittingly in mortal danger, the private detectives and Levy enter the world of Barking Park Fair and the secrets its brightly coloured attractions conceal. Secrets that lead them, not just back to a crime committed in 1963, but to the chaotic world of post-war Europe – where few people were what they seemed.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Past Life
Nolan, Dominic
Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son. Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Murder in an Irish Pub (Irish Village mysteries 04)
O’Connor, Carlene
In the small village of Kilbane in County Cork, for a cuppa tea or a slice of brown bread, you go to Naomi’s Bistro, managed by the many siblings of the lively O’Sullivan brood. For a pint or a game of darts – or for the poker tournament that’s just come to town – it’s the pub you want. One player’s reputation precedes him: Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, called the Octopus – for playing like he has eight hands under the table. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, swinging from the rafters of Rory Mack’s pub, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide – after all, there’s a note and the room was locked. But Siobhán suspects foul play, as does Foley’s very pregnant widow. Perhaps, one of Foley’s fellow finalists just raised the stakes to life and death. With conflicting theories on the crime – not to mention the possibility of a proposal – tensions are running high between Siobhán and Macdara. Soon, it’s up to Siobhán to call a killer’s bluff, but if she doesn’t play her cards right, she may be the next one taken out of the game…
Mystery | HC | $49.95

The Case of Miss Elliott (Teahouse Detective series) (collection)
Orczy, Baroness
The second classic collection of mysteries featuring the Teahouse Detective, the famous armchair detective who solves a variety of baffling mysteries, set all over Edwardian Britain, from the comfort of the ABC Tearooms, on Norfolk Terrace.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

18th Abduction (Women’s Murder Club 18)
Patterson, James & Paetro, Maxine
Three missing women. Two impossible cases. One determined detective. When three teachers disappear without a trace, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer takes the lead in the investigation. But with no clues and no suspects, the odds of finding the women alive are getting slimmer by the second. Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who’s seen a ghost – a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco. When Joe’s informant disappears, the two investigations collide. It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe and the entire Women’s Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Murder Once Removed (Ancestry Detective 01)
Perkins, S C
Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered, back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death. Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day US senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer – with the accidental help of Lucy, herself – and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.
Mystery | HC | $49.95

Final Exam (Witch City mysteries 08)
Perry, Carol J
A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts… Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news, before for anyone else. When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case, her boyfriend Pete happens to be investigating, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Libby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history, again…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Please Don’t Feed the Mayor
Pethick, Sue
A lover of democracy and dog treats, Shep is rapidly earning the goodwill of Fossett’s citizens. Tourists are streaming in and everyone wants to glad-paw the new mayor. Suddenly, Melanie and Shep are media darlings, with requests for interviews, game shows, and personal appearances through the roof. But there’s trouble in paradise. Determined to win back his former wife, Bryce MacDonald discovers a rival in tabloid reporter Chad Cameron, who’s in Fossett to dig up dirt on Melanie and Shep. He finds a willing co-conspirator, in the malcontent who lost the election. Hounded by the press and desperate to head off a potential dog-napping, Melanie unwittingly puts herself in danger. Shep comes to the rescue, proving his mettle, to save his faithful human – at the risk of his own life… and new political career.
Mystery | PBK | $17.99

Australian Heist: the Incredible True Story of Australia’s Biggest Steal
Phelps, James
On 15 June 1862, a gang of bushrangers held up a gold escort at Eugowra, just east of Forbes, NSW. They escaped with a pile of cash and 77 kilograms of gold, worth about $10 million, today. It remains the largest gold robbery in Australian history. In this riveting re-creation of the events, James Phelps finally tells the full story of how Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, John O’Meally, Johnny Gilbert, Henry Manns, Alexander Fordyce, John Bow, and Dan Charters planned and executed the robbery – and what happened to all that gold. Australian Heist is a thrilling, fast-paced, and thoroughly-modern take on one of the most extraordinary episodes in the nation’s history, by Australia’s number-one true-crime writer.
True crime | TP | $29.99

Cross Her Heart
Pinborough, Sarah
When you think you’re safe… you’re not. When you think the past is over… it isn’t. When you think you know someone… you don’t. When you think you’ve guessed this twist… you haven’t. One moment will change three women’s lives… forever.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Dutch Shoe Mystery (Ellery Queen mysteries) (American Mystery Classics series)
Queen, Ellery
When Ellery Queen – described by the London Times as ‘the logical successor to Sherlock Holmes’ – is invited by his friend, a doctor, to witness an operation, he accepts the offer in hopes of furthering his capabilities as an amateur detective; but, soon, ends up testing those same skills. The patient who is about to undergo the delicate procedure is Abagail Doorn, the richest and most famous woman in America; the doctor who will perform it is her protégé, one of the leading surgeons on the East Coast. It will all take place in the main operating theatre of the vast hospital that she founded. Relatives and friends, and even some enemies, wait with bated breath to learn the outcome of the operation. The institution is hushed, the audience seated, the theatre ready. The surgeon calls for his distinguished patient, and the doors swing open. A still form covered in a white sheet is wheeled into the theatre. But when the sheet is removed, it reveals Mrs Doorn’s corpse, strangled to death with a picture wire. Who among the attendees was ruthless enough to carry out this gruesome operation? It’s up to Ellery Queen – and his most perceptive readers – to uncover the clues and find out.
Classic mystery | TP | $31.95

A Puzzle for Fools (Peter Duluth mysteries) (American Mystery Classics series)
Quentin, Patrick
Broadway producer Peter Duluth sought solace in a bottle after his wife’s death; now, two years later and desperate to dry out, he enters a sanatorium, hoping to break his dependence on drink – but the institution doesn’t quite offer the rest and relaxation he expected. Strange, malevolent occurrences plague the hospital; and among other inexplicable events, Peter hears his own voice with an ominous warning: ‘There will be murder’. It soon becomes clear that a homicidal maniac is on the loose, and, with a staff every bit as erratic as its idiosyncratic patients, it seems everyone is a suspect – even Duluth’s new romantic interest, Iris Pattison. Charged by the baffled head of the ward with solving the crimes, it’s up to Peter to clear her name before the killer strikes again. Reprinted for the first time in over thirty years, A Puzzle for Fools is the atmospheric and complex mystery that first introduced Peter Duluth; the character and his love interest Iris went on to star in eight more novels, two of which were adapted for film.
Classic mystery | TP | $31.95

Murder in Mayfair (Atlas Catesby series)
Quincy, D M
In 1814, Atlas Catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels, after a carriage accident left him injured in London. But his plans are derailed when, passing through a country village, he discovers a helpless woman being auctioned off to the highest bidder – by her husband. In order to save her, Atlas purchases the lady, Lilliana, on the spot to set her free. But Lilliana, desperate to be with her young sons and knowing the laws of England give a father all parental rights, refuses to be rescued – until weeks later, when her husband is murdered… and Atlas is the only one who can help clear her name. Fortunately, Atlas is a master at solving complicated puzzles and finds himself uniquely suited to the task, despite the personal peril it may put him in. But soon he learns the dead man had many secrets – and more than a few enemies willing to kill, to keep them quiet… The first in a series, perfect for fans of Charles Finch and C S Harris.
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

Murder in Bloomsbury (Atlas Catesby series)
Quincy, D M
Aristocratic adventurer Atlas Catesby has spent the last year trying to forget Lady Lilliana Warwick, but when she reappears in his life, imploring him to help her solve a murder, Atlas feels compelled to say yes. The never-do-well brother of Lilliana’s maid died of arsenic poisoning. Authorities are ruling his death an accident, but his sister suspects he was murdered. As Atlas and Lilliana investigate, they discover that the victim had a mysterious lover – a high-born lady he threatened with scandal after she spurned him. When they finally uncover her shocking true identity, the case blows wide open and it turns out there is a whole string of women, who had reason to kill the handsome charmer. Now, as Atlas fights his growing feelings for Lilliana, they must work together to catch the assassin, before the killer gets to them first. A sequel to Murder in Mayfair (TP, $31.95).
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

The Huntress
Quinn, Kate
On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches – an all-female bomber regiment – wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess, known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive. British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremburg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with reckless, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. In post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée. But Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow, who seems to be hiding something. Delving into her new stepmother’s past, Jordan slowly realises that a Nazi killer may be hiding in plain sight.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Drawn and Buttered (Lobster Shack mysteries 03)
Randall, Shari
With high season behind them, ballerina on-the-mend Allie Larkin and Aunt Gully are finally lying low. But then an unexpected guest arrives at the lobster shack: a crustacean so huge, he’s dubbed Lobzilla – around Mystic Bay, and on social media. Soon, with everyone showing up for a peek in their tank, Allie and Aunt Gully have more on their plate than they can handle. Meanwhile, another local establishment finds itself in hot water. In exclusive Rabb’s Point, a strange burglary breaches the elegant home of Royal Parrish. Allie takes it upon herself to help with the investigation but, before she can get to the bottom of the case, another alarm sounds: the Lazy Mermaid’s Lobzilla has gone missing and is on the loose! And bodies are beginning to pile up…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Other Wife (Joe O’Loughlin series)
Robotham, Michael
William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded. Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bed, after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist, or a killer?
Thriller | PBK | $14.99

Say You’re Sorry (Sacramento series)
Rose, Karen
Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite, blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realise that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad. Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too – but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s determined to explore every new experience she can – including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets, when she fights off a masked attacker one night. It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now, the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

The Price of Freedom (Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain series)
Rowe, Rosemary
When a tax collector commits suicide, having gambled everything away, Libertus is despatched to make enquiries. At the same time, he must attend a wedding in place of his patron. But as the assignment begins to take grisly and unexpected turns, Libertus realises that freedom can come at a high price, sometimes paid in blood.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Tell Me Everything
Rowley, Emma
Olivia is the domestic goddess, turned internet sensation – who has won millions of followers by sharing her picture-perfect life online. And, now, she’s releasing her tell-all autobiography. Nicky is the ghost writer, tasked with coaxing out the full story – including details of the tragic accident that blighted Olivia’s golden childhood. But, as she delves into Olivia’s life, Nicky discovers cracks appearing in the glamorous façade…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Devil Aspect
Russell, Craig
How do you find a killer when you’re surrounded by madness? 1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics – the so-called ‘Devil’s Six’ – are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell and Dr Viktor Kosarek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets. At the same time, a terrifying killer known as ‘Leather Apron’ is butchering victims across Prague. Successfully eluding capture, it would seem his depraved crimes are committed by the Devil, himself. Maybe, they are… and what links him with the insane inmates of the Castle of the Eagles? Only the Devil knows. And it is up to Viktor to find out.
Historical suspense | TP | $29.99

The Dark Path
Sacks, Michelle
Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores baking, gardening, and caring for her infant son; while Sam pursues a new career in film. In their idyllic house in the Swedish woods, they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they’ve built for themselves, away from New York, and the events that overshadowed their happiness there. And then Merry’s closest friend, Frank, comes to stay. All their lives, the two women have been more like sisters than best friends. And that’s why Frank sees things that others might miss. Treacherous things that unfold behind closed doors. But, soon, it’s clear that everyone inside the house has something to hide. And as the truth begins to show through the cracks, Merry, Frank, and Sam grow all the more desperate to keep their picture-perfect lives intact.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Hidden Corpse (Food Blogger mysteries 02)
Sennefelder, Debra
When Hope’s elderly neighbour perishes in a home fire, she can’t help but feel somewhat responsible. Only the day before, Peggy Olson had called her over, having burned a pot on the stove while she was sleeping and filling the house with smoke. Clearly, it was dangerous for the woman to live alone. But it turns out, she wasn’t alone. When a second body is discovered, in the basement of the burned house – suddenly, what appeared to be a tragic accident is beginning to look like premeditated murder…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Murder in the Crooked House
Shimada, Soji
The Crooked House sits on a snowbound cliff at the remote northern tip of Japan. A curious place to build a house, but even more curious is the house itself – a maze of sloping floors and strange staircases, full of bloodcurdling masks and uncanny dolls. When a guest is found murdered in seemingly impossible circumstances, the police are called. But they are unable to solve the puzzle, and more bizarre deaths follow. Enter Kiyoshi Mitarai, the renowned sleuth. Surely, if anyone can crack these cryptic murders it is him. But you have all the clues too – can you solve the mystery of the murders, in the Crooked House, first?
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Shimada, Soji
Japan, 1936. An old eccentric artist, living with seven women, has been found dead – in a room locked from the inside. His diaries reveal alchemy, astrology and a complicated plan to kill all seven women. Shortly afterwards, the plan is carried out: the women are found dismembered and buried, across rural Japan. By 1979, these Tokyo Zodiac Murders have been obsessing a nation for decades, but not one of them has been solved. A mystery-obsessed illustrator and a talented astrologer set off around the country – and you follow, carrying the enigma of the Zodiac murderer through madness, missed leads and magic tricks. You have all the clues, but can you solve the mystery, before they do?
Mystery (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Last Hour (Warrior of Rome series)
Sidebottom, Harry
A lone figure stands silhouetted atop the Mausoleum of Hadrian. Behind him, the sun is setting over the centre of the known world. Far below, the river is in full flood. The City of Rome lies spread out before him, on the far bank. Footsteps pound up the stairs. He’s been set up. An enemy is closing in; he is cornered. He jumps. Bruised and battered, he crawls out of the raging river. He is alone and unarmed, without money or friends, trapped in a deadly conspiracy – at the heart of the Empire. The City Watch has orders to take him alive; other, more sinister, forces want him dead. As the day dies, he realises he has only 24 hours to expose the conspirators; and save the leader of the world. If the Emperor dies, chaos and violence will ensue. If the Emperor dies, every single person he loves will die. He must run, bluff, hide and fight his way across the Seven Hills. He must reach the Colosseum, and the Emperor. He must make it to The Last Hour.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Maigret and the Nahour Case
Simenon, Georges
Maigret is called to the home of professional gambler, Felix Nahour, who has been found – shot dead – by his chambermaid. Maigret is shocked to recognise a photo of the man’s wife, who becomes the main suspect. All signs point to her guilt but Maigret suspects there might be more to this complicated affair.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

The Department of Sensitive Crimes (Detective Varg series)
Smith, Alexander McCall
This is a Scandinavian Blanc novel. Scandinavian Blanc is different from Scandinavian Noir: there is nothing noir about the world of Ulf Varg, a detective in the Sensitive Crimes Department in the Swedish city of Malmo. Ulf is concerned with very odd, but not too threatening crimes – injuries to the back of the knee, caused by an unknown hand; young women, who allow their desperation for a boyfriend to get the better of them; and peculiar goings-on in a spa, on Sweden’s south coast. Of course, Ulf is a Swedish detective, and Swedish detectives, by convention, lead lives beset with problems of one sort, or another. For a start, there is his name: Ulf derives from the Old Norse word for wolf, and Varg means wolf, in modern Swedish. But his character is far from vulpine: Ulf is a sympathetic, well-educated, and likeable man, with a knowledge of and interest in Nordic art. He has a dog called Marten, the only dog in Sweden who is capable of lip-reading (but only in Swedish). Marten becomes depressed and needs treatment. Dogs in Sweden are, apparently, particularly prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder. But this is summer – there must be something else going on. Ulf has a number of colleagues, into whose lives we gain an insight. There is Anna, married to an anaesthetist, but very fond of Ulf; there is Erik, whose sole interest is fishing; Carl, whose father has written a book on the Danish philosopher, Kierkegaard; and there is poor Blomquist, from the uniformed branch, who goes on and on about health issues – but who seems to have extraordinary luck in investigations. There is also Ulf’s psychotherapist, Dr Svensson, whose observations on Ulf’s life – and many other topics – enlightens – or possibly confuses. The first in a new series, from the wonderful Älexander McCall Smith, introducing us to the world of this typically Scandinavian character, and his friends and colleagues. Further adventures are planned.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The New Evil: Understanding the Emergence of Modern Violent Crime
Stone, Michael H & Brucato, Gary
This follow-up volume to Dr Stone’s The Anatomy of Evil (TP, $32.99) presents compelling evidence that, since a cultural tipping-point in the 1960s, certain types of violent crime have emerged that, in earlier decades, never or very rarely occurred. The authors examine the biological and psychiatric factors behind serial killing, serial rape, torture, mass and spree murders, and other severe forms of violence. In addition, they persuasively argue that, in at least some cases, a collapse of moral faculties contributes to the commission of such heinous crimes, such that ‘evil’ should be considered not only a valid area of inquiry, but sometimes an imperative one. Returning to his ground-breaking scale for the ranking of degrees of evil, Dr Stone and Dr Brucato – a fellow violence and serious psychopathology expert – provide more detail than ever before, using dozens of cases associated with the 22 categories along the continuum. They also consider the effects of new technologies, as well as sociological, cultural, and historical factors since the 1960s that may have set the stage for new forms of violence. Further, they explain how personality, psychosis, and other qualities can meaningfully contribute to particular crimes, making for many different motives. Relying on their extensive clinical experience, and examination of writings and artwork by infamous serial killers, these experts offer many insights into the logic that drives horrible criminal behaviour, and they discuss the hope that, in the future, such violence may be prevented.
True crime | HC | $29.99

Leave No Scone Unturned (Chef-to-Go mysteries 02)
Swanson, Denise
It’s the beginning of the university’s fall semester and Dani can’t wait for the college students to return to Normalton, Illinois – after all, without them, there is no one to support her Lunch-to-Go service, which is a vital part of her Chef-to-Go business. But Normalton University’s orientation week is marred by a mysterious murder, along with a series of car-jackings and sightings of a mysterious creature in a pond on campus. And with the whole town feeling unsettled, Dani finds herself dealing, once again, with the infuriatingly handsome Spencer Drake, the head of security at the university. Although Dani vowed that her life would never again be boring and routine, after she quit her stifling corporate job; she had no idea that she’d end up dealing with such strange happenings – not to mention, murder. But as the trouble in Normalton draws worryingly close to home, Dani realises that if the killer isn’t caught soon, she may be the next one… who is found scone-cold dead.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Zealot: a book about cults
Thornely, Jo
Based on the popular Australian podcast Zealot, this is a comprehensive look at cults around the world and why people are drawn to them. Why would anyone join a cult? Maybe, they’re unhappy with their current religion, or they want to change the world, or they’re disappointed with their lives and want to find something bigger or holier that makes sense of this confusing, chaotic and dangerous world. Or, maybe, they just want to give themselves the best possible chance of having sex with aliens. Whatever the reason, once people are in, it’s usually very difficult for them to leave. Cults have ways of making their followers do loopy, dangerous stuff – to prove their loyalty; and, in return, they get a chance to feel secure, within the cult’s embrace… with the added bonus of being utterly terrified of the outside world. From the tragic Jonestown Kool-Aid drinkers, to the Australian cult The Family, to the fiery Waco climax of the Branch Davidians, this book is a wide-sweeping look at cults around the world, from the host of the popular podcast Zealot.
True crime | TP | $32.99

Bloodmoon (Sister Fidelma series)
Tremayne, Peter
Ireland. AD 671. Sister Fidelma has a mission, and she is sworn by oath to reveal her purpose to no other. The secret investigation leads Fidelma and her companions to the abbey of Finnbarr, to question the abbot. But before they have a chance to speak to him, the abbot is found murdered – and the young girl suspected of the crime has fled the scene. Despite their protests, Fidelma’s cohorts agree to accompany her, in pursuit of the girl for answers. But as vicious rumours spread, accusing Fidelma’s family, the Eoghanacht Kings of Cashel, of conspiring to assassinate the High King and abduct his wife, Sister Fidelma’s life is placed in mortal danger. Unable to tell the truth of her quest to anyone, including her husband Eadulf, Fidelma’s time is running out – and, now, she has no choice but to face the challenge, and her enemies, alone.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Taking of Annie Thorne
Tudor, C J
One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Palm Beach, Finland
Tuomainen, Antti
Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary. A black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams, and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies, regardless of reason.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Turton, Stuart
As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die, just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath, for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer… An original, high-concept, murder mystery: Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day, by way of Agatha Christie.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Blood Orange
Tyce, Harriet
Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems… Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague, whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle. Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And, yet, something about her story is deeply amiss…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Varenne, Antonin
1871. Pete Ferguson is a wanted man. An army deserter, hunted for murder in Oregon, not to mention theft and arson in Nebraska. Taking the name of Billy Webb, he is hired by bison hunters, but leaves after a bloody dispute. He then takes the Comancheros Road, which he follows to Mexico, and then to Guatemala… Whatever he does, wherever he goes, Pete is a magnet for trouble, and seems incapable of making the right choices. The violence that follows him keeps him away from those he loves: his brother Oliver, still on the Fitzpatrick ranch with Aileen, Alexandra and Arthur Bowman. It is a woman who will change his destiny, an Indigenous woman driven out of her lands. To save her, Ferguson will sabotage an attempted coup d’état; and, together, they will go to the Equator that has become Ferguson’s grail, and where the malevolent forces governing this world must finally be defeated. The gripping sequel to Antonin Varenne’s historical epic, Retribution Road (PBK, $23.99), which Ron loved. Recommended!
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

A Taste for Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police series)
Walker, Martin
Bruno, now Chief of Police for the whole Vezere 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, now in paperback. Death in the Dordogne (aka Bruno, Chief of Police) is the first (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Pie Hard (Pie Town mysteries 03)
Weiss, Kirsten
Will Val pie hard on national TV? Business at the bakery may have slowed down, but Val Harris isn’t about to eat humble pie – not until a reality cooking show decides to whip the struggling Pie Town into shape. If Val can tolerate criticism from an abrasive pastry chef during filming, the free publicity might turn the unusual opportunity into the sweetest deal she didn’t know she needed. Except no one, in San Nicholas, has an appetite for dessert once murder steals the spotlight. When the show’s bossy producer gets pushed to her death, Val and her flaky, septuagenarian pie crust expert, Charlene, follow crumbs in hopes of finding the killer. But with cameras still rolling and the shocking identity of the victim’s replacement a guaranteed recipe for disaster, Val needs to stay cool long enough to solve the crime and keep Pie Town from falling apart – or else she just might go up in smoke, before she ever graces the small screen.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Nowhere Child
White, Christian
‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’ On a break between teaching photography classes in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home, twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl. At first, she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family history in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past… The remarkable debut of Christian White, an exhilarating new Australian talent – now in paperback. Highly recommended!
Suspense | PBK | $16.99

Critical Incidents
Whitehouse, Lucie
Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter, Lennie, and move back in with her parents – in the city she thought she’d escaped, forever, at 18. In Birmingham, sharing a bunkbed with Lennie and navigating the stormy relationship with her mother, Robin works as a benefit-fraud investigator – to the delight, of those wanting to see her cut down to size. Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years, seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna’s family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can’t bear to stand idly by as the police investigate. Can she trust them to find the truth of what happened? And why does it bother her, so much that the officer in charge is her ex-boyfriend – the love of her teenage life? As Robin launches her own unofficial investigation and realises there may be a link to the disappearance of a young woman; she starts to wonder how well we can really know the people we love – and how far any of us will go, to protect our own.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie mysteries)
Wilson, Andrew
In January 1927, Agatha Christie is 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 an agent – whose partly-mummified body has been found in a cave. Early one morning, Agatha witnesses a woman fall 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, Agatha uncovers a series of dark secrets… A follow-up to A Talent for Murder (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Border
Winslow, Don
For over forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world’s most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin – the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adán Barrera – has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now, Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more… wreaking even more chaos and suffering, in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies – men that want to kill him, politicians that want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable – an incoming administration that’s in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson – there are no borders.
Thriller | TP | $32.99