Crime & Mystery Catalogue: October 2017

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in October 2017.

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Until next time, good reading!

October 2017 includes new books by: Jussi Adler-Olsen, Donna Andrews, Frances Brody, Colin Cotterill, Elizabeth Edmondson, Charles Finch, Jane Harper, John Lawton, Henning Mankell, Iona Whishaw… and many others.

October crime & mystery

The Scarred Woman (Dept Q series)
Adler-Olsen, Jussi
In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town, a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? This terrific Scandi noir series begins with Mercy (PBK, $19.99).
Noir | TP | $29.99

All the World’s a Stage (Erast Fandorin series)
Akunin, Boris
Eliza Altairsky-Lointaine is the toast of Moscow society, a beautiful actress in an infamous theatre troupe. Her love life is as colourful as the parts she plays. She is the estranged wife of a descendant of Genghis Khan. And her ex-husband has threatened to kill anyone who courts her. He appears to be making good on his promise. Fandorin is contacted by concerned friend – the widowed wife of Chekhov – who asks him to investigate an alarming incident involving Eliza. But when he watches Eliza on stage for the first time, he falls desperately in love… Can he solve the case – and win over Eliza – without attracting the attentions of the murderer he is trying to find?
Historical mystery | HC | $55.00

How the Finch Stole Christmas!
Andrews, Donna
Meg’s husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast; including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge, and Meg helping as stage manager. The show must go on, even if the famous though, slightly over-the-hill actor, who’s come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge, has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and enemies with him. And why is Caerphilly suddenly overrun with a surplus of beautiful, caged finches?
Meg Langslow | HC | $47.95

Little Sister
Ashdown, Isabel
After sixteen years apart, sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and, before long, Jess has moved into Emily’s comfortable island home. Life couldn’t be better. But when baby Daisy disappears, while in Jess’s care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart. Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Bad Move (Zack Walker series)
Barclay, Linwood
Zack Walker is a writer with an overactive imagination and two teenage children. After a murder on their street, he uproots his family from the city – insisting it’s for their own good – and heads for the security of the suburbs. However, his peaceful new life is soon shattered, when he finds a body while out walking by the creek. Zack recognises the dead man – and knows who his killer might be.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Agatha Raisin and the Witches’ Tree
Beaton, M C
Cotswolds’ inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead – and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree, at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered – and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces, on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds – a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation – and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn’t make her feel any better…
Mystery | HC | $39.99

Agatha Raisin and the First Two Tantalising Cases (omnibus)
Beaton, M C
An omnibus edition, collecting Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death and Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Dead Shall Be Raised and the Murder of a Quack (British Library Crime Classics)
Bellairs, George
Two classic cases featuring Detective Inspector Littlejohn. The Dead Shall Be Raised: In the winter of 1940, the Home Guard unearth a skeleton on the moor above the busy town of Hatterworth. Twenty-three years earlier, the body of a young textile worker was found in the same spot, and the prime suspect was never found – but the second body is now identified as his. Soon it becomes clear that the true murderer is still at large… The Murder of a Quack: Nathaniel Wall, the local quack doctor, is found hanging in his consulting room in the Norfolk village of Stalden – but this was not a suicide. Against the backdrop of a close-knit country village, an intriguing story of ambition, blackmail, fraud, false alibis and botanical trickery unravels.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

The House of Baker Street (Mrs Hudson & Mary Watson series)
Birkby, Michelle
When Sherlock Holmes turns down the case of persecuted Laura Shirley, Mrs Hudson, the landlady of Baker Street, and Mary Watson resolve to take on the investigation, themselves. From the kitchen of 221b, the two women begin their inquiries and enlist the assistance of the Baker Street Irregulars and the infamous Irene Adler. A trail of clues leads them to the darkest corners of Whitechapel, where the feared Ripper supposedly still stalks.
Sherlockiana | TP | $19.99

Kill Me Twice (Morgan Vine series)
Booker, Simon
Karl Savage is dead. He must be – because his ex-lover Anjelica is in prison for murdering him in an arson attack. Because multiple forensic experts testified that they found his charred corpse amongst the ruins. So, when Morgan Vine is asked by Anjelica to prove her innocence, it seems an impossible task. It doesn’t matter that Karl was certainly abusive. That Anjelica has a young baby to care for. That Anjelica is petrified of fire… And then Karl Savage walks past Morgan’s window… A sequel to Without Trace (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes: Master Detective, Myth and Media Star
Bostrom, Mattias
Everybody knows about Sherlock Holmes, the unique literary character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who has remained popular over the decades and is more appreciated than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor, back in the 1880s, into such a great success? This is the fascinating and exciting tale of the man and people who created the Holmes legend. The book was winner of the Best Non-Fiction Award by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy 2013 and shortlisted for the Great Non-Fiction Book Prize (Sweden’s biggest non-fiction award) in Sweden, 2013.
Sherlockiana | HC | $39.99

Crowned and Dangerous (Her Royal Spyness series)
Bowen, Rhys
With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret – as I had hoped – but to make me his wife! Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employs Darcy’s father as a hired hand. Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission – except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s up to us to prove it – for better or worse.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Brackmann, Lisa
Emily runs a successful bistro in Humboldt County, California, where she lives with her boyfriend, Jeff, a volunteer firefighter. A lot of her best customers are in the cannabis business, but so what? It’s true, firefighting isn’t really Jeff’s main job – that would be flying Humboldt’s finest weed to out-of-state customers. And sure, he isn’t really Emily’s boyfriend, more like the guy she’s stuck with by circumstance. Actually, his name is Danny, not Jeff, and Emily’s real name is Michelle Mason, although no one can ever know that. She’s on the run from her past – which has just caught up with her.
Mystery | TP | $26.99

Death In the Stars (Kate Shackleton mysteries)
Brody, Frances
Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive. During the eclipse, Selina’s friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can’t help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths – and whether there is a murderer in the company. When Selina’s elusive husband Jarrod, injured in the war and subject to violent mood swings, comes back on the scene, Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play, and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price, for fame… This well-loved series is great fun – imagine Miss Marple in her youth; and begins with Dying in the Wool (PBK, $22.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Crepe Factor (Scrapbooking mysteries 14)
Childs, Laura
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand – but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend, Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man, stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them. The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restaurateur Quigg Brevard – who was seen giving the critic a tongue lashing… minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela’s, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least. Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot collection)
Christie, Agatha
Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection. First, came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… then the discovery of a corpse in a chest… next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder… the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits… and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these five, baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!
Christie | HC | $29.99

Don’t Let Go
Coben, Harlan
Fifteen years ago, in small-town New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead. Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact. The dead boy’s brother, Nap Dumas, did not. Now, Nap is a cop – but he’s a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past. And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Quarry’s Climax
Collins, Max Allan
There’s nothing more dangerous than a loaded magazine. Memphis, 1975. ‘Raunchy’ doesn’t begin to describe Max Climer’s magazine, Climax, or his all-hours strip club, or his planned video empire. Evangelists, feminists, and local watchdog groups all want him out of business. But someone wants more than that, and has hired a killer to end Max’s career permanently. Only another hit man – the ruthless professional known as Quarry, star of the acclaimed series on Cinemax – can keep Climer from becoming a casualty in the Sexual Revolution.
Hardboiled | PBK | $22.95

The Downside
Cooper, Mike
In an age of cyber-crime, Finn is an old school thief: he’s never stolen anything weighing less than five tons. Now, fresh out of prison and flat broke, he’s got a line on his biggest job ever. Cracking the most heavily guarded private vault in North America? No problem. Hauling $50 million of precious metal out past guards, dozens of policemen and an armoured SWAT battalion? Even easier. But navigating the betrayals of double-crossing partners, the machinations of a hedge-fund billionaire gone bad, and the ambiguous proposals of a woman with her own agenda? Finn has only begun to figure out the downside. Winner of the inaugural Award.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

I Shot the Buddha (Siri Paiboun series)
Cotterill, Colin
Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk, who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekhong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can’t turn down the adventure.
Mystery | TP | $27.99

Cummins, Fiona
A psychopath, more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one, he’s just like anyone else. But in the other, he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now, the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Sinking Admiral
Detection Club
‘The Admiral’ is a pub in the Suffolk seaside village of Crabwell. ‘The Admiral’ is also the nickname of its landlord, Geoffrey Horatio Fitzsimmons, as well as the name of the landlord’s dinghy. None of them are as buoyant as they should be, for the pub is threatened with closure due to falling takings. Tempers are already frayed – due to the arrival of a television documentary team – when Fitzsimmons is found dead in his tethered boat. The villagers assume a simple case of suicide; and fear that their debt-ridden pub will now sink… without trace. The journalists seem determined to finish the job by raking up old skeletons, but they weren’t banking on the fact that this story has been written by 14 extremely competitive crime writers – arch bamboozlers, who will stop at nothing to save a good pub. The contributors to The Sinking Admiral are: Simon Brett, Kate Charles, Natasha Cooper, Stella Duffy, Martin Edwards, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Tim Heald, Michael Jecks, Janet Laurence, Peter Lovesey, Michael Ridpath, David Roberts, L C Tyler, and Laura Wilson.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Catacombs of Terror!
Donwood, Stanley
A man fights to clear his name from a crime he hasn’t committed yet. Private investigator Martin Valpolicella receives a tip that he will soon be framed for a future murder of his former lover, set to take place in the catacombs buried beneath the city of Bath, England. But can he save the girl, and himself? A drug-fuelled escapade about a dark world hidden beneath our own, and how one man can save himself from its dangers.
Noir reissue | TP | $31.95

Black Dahlia, Red Rose
Eatwell, Piu
On 15 January 1947, the naked, dismembered body of a black-haired beauty, Elizabeth Short, was discovered lying next to a pavement in a Hollywood suburb. She was quickly nicknamed The Black Dahlia. The homicide enquiry that followed consumed Los Angeles for years and the authorities blew millions of dollars of resources on an investigation which threw up dozens of suspects. But it never was solved, until now. For the first time, Piu Eatwell reveals compelling evidence, both forensic and eyewitness, which finally points to the identity of the murderer. This is a dark tale of sex, manipulation, orgies, obsession, psychopathy and one of the biggest police cover ups in history. The case was immortalised in James Ellroy’s famous novel based on the case, in Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon and Brian de Palma’s movie.
True crime | TP | $32.99

A Matter of Loyalty (Very English Mysteries)
Edmondson, Elizabeth & Audley, Anselm
January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he’s the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn’t so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo’s instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn’t selling secrets to the Soviets, who is? As Hugo digs deeper into buried connections and unlikely coincidences, he knows there’s more to this case than his London superiors believe. But following his instincts will pit him against the Establishment – and tangle him, once again, in the poisonous legacy of the late Lord Selchester. As he closes in on the truth, Hugo finds himself confronted by an adversary who will stop at nothing, in a case that will prove the most personal of his career. The long-awaited third book in this very popular series, completed by Anselm Audley after the death of Ms Edmondson. Follows A Man of Some Repute and A Question of Inheritance (TP, $31.95 each).
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Mermaid’s Scream (Wesley Peterson series)
Ellis, Kate
Why did Wynn Staniland, a legend in the literary world, suddenly become a recluse in the 1980s? Most assumed he stopped writing because of his wife’s bizarre suicide; a death that mirrored a murder case from the nineteenth century. And now a promising young author called Zac Wilkinson is working on Staniland’s biography and hopes to reveal the true story to a waiting world – while at the same time keeping his own troubled past hidden from public view. When Wilkinson is found brutally murdered, DI Wesley Peterson finds links to the unexplained poisoning of a middle-aged couple at a local caravan park – and Wynn Staniland appears to be the connection. As Wesley delves further into the case he suspects a sinister puppet show might provide the solution: a grim re-enactment of the murder of Mary Field, a cause célèbre from the reign of Queen Victoria that inspired Staniland’s best-known novel. The case becomes personal for Wesley, when he discovers his son is involved; and as he begins to unravel decades of secrets and deception, the shocking truth proves almost too much to bear…
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Blackberry Burial (Berry Basket mysteries 02)
Farrow, Sharon
As owner of The Berry Basket, Marlee Jacob has learned a thing or two about surviving the summer tourist season in Oriole Point. So, she gladly agrees to help run the annual road rally, in honour of the local Blackberry Art School’s centenary celebration. While alumni arrive from around the country, Marlee hopes the expansive Sanderling farm will make an appropriate starting point for the race – despite rumours that the land is cursed… But when Marlee surveys the property, she stumbles upon a long-dead body hidden in the bramble. It’s a horrifying mystery to everyone except her baker, who’s convinced the skeletal remains belong to a former student who had gone missing, twenty years earlier. As the Fourth of July activities heat up, Marlee must rush to catch an elusive murderer – before the next ‘blackberry victim’ is ripe for the picking!
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Inheritance (Charles Lenox mysteries)
Finch, Charles
When an old school friend sends a letter to Charles Lenox, the two are back on to the path of an investigation they’d started, thirty years before. The friend’s mother has died under mysterious circumstances, and to uncover the truth, they’ll have to discover the identity of an anonymous benefactor who may have something to do with it. Meanwhile, Lenox continues his work as Parliament’s house detective; and his life with his charming wife, Lady Jane, and their daughter.
Historical mysteries | TP | $33.95

The Book of Forgotten Authors
Fowler, Christopher
Ninety-nine forgotten authors, their forgotten books, and their unforgettable stories. These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world. This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide. Recommended!
Mystery reference | HC | $35.00

Enemy of the State (Mitch Rapp series)
Flynn, Vince & Mills, Kyle
After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king’s own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement. He decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it. The catch? America can’t be seen moving against an ally. Rapp will be on his own. Forced to make a decision that will change his life forever, Rapp quits the CIA and assembles a group of independent contractors to help him complete the mission…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Glamorous Dead
Gates, Suzanne
The chipped pink nail polish is a dead giveaway – no pun intended. But when a human thumb is discovered near a Hollywood nightclub, it doesn’t take long for the police to identify its owner. Miss Penny Harp would recognize that pink anywhere: it belongs to her best friend, Rosemary. And, so does the rest of the body buried beneath it. Rosemary, with the beauty and talent, who stood out from all other extras on the Paramount lot. She was the one whose name was destined for a movie marquee – not for the obituaries. And for an extra twist, now an LAPD detective thinks Penny is the one who killed her… Penny is determined to prove her innocence – with a little help from an unlikely ally, the world-famous queen of film noir, Barbara Stanwyck. Penny met ‘Stany’ on the set of Paramount’s classic comedy The Lady Eve, where the star took an instant liking to her. With Stany’s powerful connections and no-nonsense style, she has no trouble following clues out of the studio backlot, from the Los Angeles morgue to the Zanzibar Room to the dark, winding streets of Beverly Hills. But there’s something Penny isn’t telling her famous partner in crime solving: a not-so-glamorous secret that could lead them to Rosemary’s killer – or send Penny to the electric chair…
Mystery | TP | $29.95

A Dangerous Language (Rowland Sinclair series)
Gentill, Sulari
When a Communist agent is murdered on the steps of Parliament House, Rowland Sinclair finds himself drawn into a dangerous world of politics and assassination…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
Giordano, Mario
Auntie Poldi can think of no finer place to wait for death, than Sicily. All she asks is a sea view, fine wine (and plenty of it), and her family close around. When death instead takes her handsome young friend Valentino – and under mysterious circumstances at that – Poldi will not take it lying down. Perhaps, it’s in her blood (her father was a detective chief inspector); perhaps it’s a diverting excuse to spend more time with men in uniform; or perhaps it’s just the promise she makes to Valentino while holding his poor dead hand. But Auntie Poldi’s hunting instincts have never felt more alive. Justice must be served – if it’s the last thing she does… The first in a new series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Curtain Up: Agatha Christie – a Life in Theatre
Green, Julius
A revealing examination of how Agatha Christie became the world’s most successful and popular female playwright, including details of unpublished scripts and stories.
Biography | PBK | $22.99

The Executioner of St Paul’s (Thomas Chaloner Adventures)
Gregory, Susanna
The plague raging through London in 1665 has emptied the city. The only people left are those too poor to flee, or those who selflessly struggle to control the contagion and safeguard the capital’s future. Amongst them, though, are those prepared to risk their health for money – those who sell dubious ‘cures’ and hawk food at wildly inflated prices. Also amongst them are those who hold in their hands the future of the city’s most iconic building – St Paul’s Cathedral. The handsome edifice is crumbling from decades of neglect and indecision, giving the current custodians a stark choice – repair or demolish. Both sides have fanatical adherents who have been fighting each other since the Civil Wars. Large sums of money have disappeared, major players have mysteriously vanished, and then an unidentified skeleton is discovered, in another man’s grave. A reluctant Chaloner returns to London to investigate, only to discover that someone is determined to thwart him, by any means – by bullet, poison or bludgeon – and he fears he has very little time to identify the culprits… before he becomes yet another victim in the battle for the Cathedral’s future.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Gallows Drop (DCI Kate Daniels series)
Hannah, Mari
At dawn on a lonely stretch of road, a body is found hanging – from an ancient gallows – the morning after a country show. Hours earlier, DCI Kate Daniels had seen the victim alive. With her leave period imminent, she’s forced to step aside, when DCI James Atkins is called in to investigate. There’s bad blood between them. When Kate discovers that Atkins’ daughter was an eyewitness to a fight involving the victim, the two detectives lock horns and he’s bumped off the case. It’s the trigger for a vicious attack on Kate, exposing a secret she’s kept hidden for years and unearthing an even darker one. Shaken but undeterred, Kate sets out to solve a case that has shocked a close-knit village community. As suspects emerge, she uncovers a curious historical connection with a hangman, a culture of systematic bullying, a web of deceit and a deep-seated psychosis, any one of which could be motive for murder.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Force of Nature (Aaron Falk series)
Harper, Jane
Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least, that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower, in his latest case. She knows all the secrets: about the company she works for and the people she works with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers run far deeper than anyone knew. The sequel to the multi-award-winning The Dry (PBK, $16.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Sleep Like a Baby (Aurora Teagarden series)
Harris, Charlaine
Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe’s mother pays for a partially-trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. Virginia proves to be especially helpful, when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu. One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe’s brother Philip helps her search the house and they happen upon a body outside… but it isn’t Virginia’s. Now, not only does she have a newborn to care for, and a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, Roe also has to contend with a new puzzle – who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Harris, Robert
September 1938: Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the Channel and the Führer’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich, six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Other Twin
Hay, Lucy V
When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton, for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana? Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

This Side of Murder (Verity Kent mysteries 01)
Huber, Anna Lee
England, 1919. Verity Kent’s grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity’s first impulse is to dismiss the derogatory claim. But the mystery sender knows too much – including the fact that during the war, Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew. Lured to Umbersea Island, to attend the engagement party of one of Sidney’s fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men, her husband once fought beside; and discovers dark secrets – along with a murder clearly meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined – and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. It’s a truth that could set her free – or draw her ever deeper into his deception…
Historical mystery | TP | $24.99

Familiar Motives (Witch’s Cat mysteries 03)
James, Delia
After learning that she comes from a family of witches – and adopting a familiar named Alistair – artist Annabelle Britton has made beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her home. Together with her coven, this good witch is trying to put a stop to magic and murder most foul. When Anna takes Alistair to see local veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead, and Ruby goes missing. It seems like the murderer used magical means, so it’s up to Anna and Alistair to catch a killer and cat-napper, as only a canny cat can.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Fixing to Die (Southern Ladies mysteries 04)
James, Miranda
It’s autumn down south, and An’gel and Dickce Ducote are in Natchez, Mississippi, at the request of Mary Turner Catlin, the granddaughter of an old friend. Mary and her husband, Henry Howard, live in Cliffwood, one of the beautiful antebellum homes for which Natchez is famous. Odd things have been happening in the house for years, and the French Room, in particular, has become the focal point for spooky sensations. The Ducotes suspect the ghostly goings on are caused by the living, but when a relative of the Catlins is found dead in the room, An’gel and Dickce must sift through a haunted family history to catch a killer.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Where She Went
Jones, B E
TV journalist Melanie Black wakes up one morning next to a man she doesn’t recognise. It’s not the first time – but he ignores her, even though she’s in his bed. Yet, when his wife walks in with a cup of tea he greets her with a smile and to her horror, Melanie comes to realise that no one can see, or hear her – because she is dead. But has she woken up next to her murderer? And where is her body? Why is she an invisible and uninvited guest in a house she can’t leave; is she tied to this man forever?
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding (Tara Holloway mysteries 12)
Kelly, Diane
Wedding bells are ringing as Tara and her soon-to-be-husband Nick prepare for their big day. But along with all the RSVP cards, are a series of death threats from an unknown source. The culprit must be someone from an earlier investigation – a white-collar criminal with a red-hot grudge – but Tara has run across too many lawbreakers to narrow down the search. And time, like her biological clock, is ticking. Now, while dodging attempts on her life, Tara also finds herself embroiled in a rental scam, in which a heartless crook is ripping people off left and right. Will she be able to track down the con artist and make it down the aisle in one piece? Or will ‘til death do us part’ come, before Tara can even say ‘I do’?
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Lagioia, Nicola
Southern Italy, the 1980s. On a hot summer’s night under a full moon, far from the outlying neighbourhoods of a southern Italian metropolis, Clara stumbles naked, dazed, and bloodied down a major highway. When she dies, no one is able to say exactly how or why, but her brother cannot free himself from her memory or from the questions surrounding her death. The more he learns about her life and death, the more he uncovers the moral decay at the core of his family’s ascent to social prominence.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Perfect Couple
Landsman, Lexi
Sarah and Marco Moretti are the perfect couple. Together, they have travelled the globe building high-profile careers as archaeologists. Now, at a dig in Florence, they are on the brink of the discovery of a lifetime. However, their marriage is not what it seems…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Stockholm Delete (Stockholm series)
Lapidus, Jens
Sarah and Marco Moretti are the perfect couple. Together they have travelled the globe building high-profile careers as archaeologists. Now, at a dig in Florence, they are on the brink of the discovery of a lifetime. However, their marriage is not what it seems. On the very evening that Sarah uncovers the San Gennaro necklace – a long-lost antiquity that will bring them worldwide fame – she witnesses Marco kissing another woman. Blinded by tears, she drives home alone in the dead of night… When Sarah wakes up, in hospital, she has no memory of the car accident that brought her there – or the 48 hours preceding it. Gone is the knowledge of her husband’s infidelity. But gone too is all recollection of finding the precious necklace. And the loss of those two crucial memories will have devastating repercussions.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Friends and Traitors (Frederick Troy series)
Lawton, John
‘Lawton’s narrative moves fluidly from 1935, when Frederick Troy is a young policeman, to 1958, when he’s Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard, with stops at various points in between. When he first meets the infamous Burgess at a posh party at the family home, he’s utterly charmed by him before he learns from his elder brother Rod, who was at Cambridge with Burgess, of his sexual voraciousness and his duplicitous behaviour in Russia. Over the next decade or so, Troy sees Burgess intermittently, ignoring his brother’s warning, and feels a significant tug toward Burgess’ hedonism, though their association never develops into a sexual relationship. In the 1950s, as the focus moves from London to Venice to Paris to Vienna to Moscow, the relationship between England and Russia becomes more complex, and earlier suspicions of misconduct by Burgess and fellow Cambridge mates Anthony Blunt and Donald Maclean blossom into charges of treason. Not until 1958 does Troy first realise that he’s being followed… Burgess makes a delicious antagonist in this eighth instalment.’ – Kirkus Reviews. Inspector Troy of Scotland Yard first appears in Black Out (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | HC | $47.95

The Burnings (Dark Centre series)
Lees, Julian
When Australian Jillian Parker’s scorched remains are discovered in her burnt-out car Ruud Pujasumarta and his team are brought in to investigate what appears at first to be a routine homicide. But when Canadian citizen Anita Dalloway’s charred body is found a few days later Ruud finds a banner unfurled by the corpse’s feet. A verse from the Quran is scribbled across it, calling for unbelievers to be burned. The killer is targeting Christians. And the team’s suspicions are confirmed when a third body, that of English backpacker Emily Grealish, turns up with the same MO. But Ruud is suspicious that the killer may be someone much closer to home, someone Ruud has trusted for many years. What unravels is a terrifying chain of events for Ruud. And what he discovers puts his and those around him lives in danger. A sequel to the Jakarta-set The Bone Ritual (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Earthly Remains (Commissario Brunetti series)
Leon, Donna
During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work. When Brunetti is granted leave from the Questura, his wife, Paola, suggests he stay at the villa of a relative on Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny’s Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house on Sant’Erasmo, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59 series)
Locke, Attica
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules – a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders – a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman – have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes – and save himself in the process – before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.
Noir | TP | $29.99

The Mystery.doc
McIntosh, Matt
Rooted in the western United States in the decade post-9/11, a young writer attempts to write the follow-up to his first novel, searching for a form that will express the world as it has become, even as it continually shifts all around him. Pop-up ads, search results, web chats, snippets of conversation, lines of code, and film and television stills mix with alchemical manuscripts, classical works of literature – and the story of a man who wakes up one morning without any memory of who he is, his only clue a single blank document on his computer called themystery.doc.
Mystery | HC | $49.99

The Black Friar (Damian Seeker series)
Maclean, S G
London, 1655, and Cromwell’s regime is under threat from all sides. Damian Seeker, Captain of Cromwell’s Guard, is all too aware of the danger facing Cromwell. Parliament resents his control of the Army while the Army resents his absolute power. In the east end of London, a group of religious fanatics plot rebellion. In the midst of all this, a stonemason uncovers a perfectly preserved body dressed in the robes of a Dominican friar, bricked up in a wall in the crumbling Black Friars. Ill-informed rumours and speculation abound, but Seeker instantly recognises the dead man. What he must discover is why he met such a hideous end, and what his connection was to the children who have started to disappear from around the city… The sequel to The Seeker (PBK, $19.99).
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Malliet, G M
To those on the outside, Weycombe is perfect. For those on the inside, the cost of perfection is deadly. Living in the gated, wealthy village of Weycombe with her titled English husband is a fantasy come true, for American Jillian White. But the murder of a local estate agent mars the so-pretty surface of her life and home. Worried about a killer on the loose, Jill tries to piece together clues hidden in the many versions of truth she hears from her suspicious neighbours. As Jill plunges deep into the investigation, her own suspicions grow into a warped web of lies and treachery.
Thriller | HC | $46.95

After the Fire (Sofia series)
Mankell, Henning
Seventy-year-old Fredrik Welin lives a solitary life in his grandparents’ house on a remote island off the coast of Sweden. Then disaster strikes. Having lost his surgical license years earlier after a botched operation, he awakens to a raging fire in which he loses everything else, save a mismatched pair of Wellingtons and a buckle from his Italian shoes. When arson is determined to be the cause of the fire, Welin discovers that he is a suspect. As he considers this unjust suspicion and whether to rebuild his house, he is consoled by his burgeoning friendship with reporter Lisa Modin and a renewed relationship with his daughter, Louise.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Signal for Vengeance (Inspector Colbeck series)
Marston, Edward
1860, Wimborne, Dorset. Rebecca Tullidge, miserably married to her callous husband, is having an affair with a railway officer, who she finds dead on the railway tracks. Determined to win votes for the upcoming election of mayor, Mr Feltham calls for Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Lemming to solve the hideous crime, which takes longer than anticipated. With a pregnant wife at home, Colbeck must work at speed, if he is to return in time to be there when he becomes a father.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Cast Iron (Enzo Macleod Investigations)
May, Peter
West of France, 1989: A weeping killer deposits the unconscious body of nineteen-year-old Lucie Martin, her head wrapped in a blue plastic bag, into the water of a picturesque lake. Lot-et-Garonne, 2003: Fourteen years later, a summer heatwave parches the earth, killing trees and bushes and drying out streams. In the scorched mud and desiccated slime of the lake a fisherman finds a skeleton wearing a bag over its skull. Paris, October 2011: In an elegant apartment in Paris, forensic expert Enzo Macleod pores over the scant evidence of this, the sixth cold case he has been challenged to solve. In taking on this old and seemingly impossible task he will put everything and everyone he holds dear in a peril he could never have imagined.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Best Martin Hewitt Detective Stories (Dover Mystery Classics)
Morrison, Arthur
During the 1890s, the heyday of Sherlock Holmes, Martin Hewitt ranked among England’s most popular fictional detectives. A favourite of readers of The Strand and other magazines, Hewitt returns in this collection of nine of his best cases. Novel and imaginative in subject matter, meticulously plotted, and smoothly written, these stories will captivate mystery lovers.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Michaelmas Murders (No 2 Feline Detective Agency series)
Morton, Mandy
As the Town’s annual flower and produce show approaches, it’s all doom and bloom up on the allotments, with prize vegetables going missing and a dead body on Bonny Grub’s onion patch. Baronial landowner Fluff Wither-Fork is beside herself and calls in the No 2 Feline Detective Agency. Who is trying to sabotage the scarecrow competition? And will Hettie Bagshot and her sidekick Tilly get to the bottom of this murky compost heap before judgement day arrives? Amid a sea of binder twine and raised beds, a spiteful killer cat is on the prowl. Who will be next, as the allotment community shake in their wellington boots?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Big Book of Rogues and Villains (anthology)
Penzler, Otto (editor)
The 72 stories in this collection introduce us to the most depraved of psyches, from iconic antiheroes like Maurice Leblanc’s Arsene Lupin and Sax Rohmer’s Dr Fu Manchu to contemporary delinquents like Lawrence Block’s Ehrengraf and Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder, and include unforgettable tales by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, Jack London, H G Wells, Sinclair Lewis, O Henry, Edgar Wallace, Leslie Charteris, Erle Stanley Gardner, Edward D Hoch, Max Allan Collins, Loren D Estleman, and many more.
Anthology | TP | $46.95

The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir (anthology)
Phillips, Gary (Editor)
Noir meets diverse voices and transforms the genre into an over-the-top, transcendental psychedelic thriller ride of pulpy goodness; a collection of fifteen stories of conspiracy noir, curated by editor and award-winning African-American crime novelist Gary Phillips. Contributors include Walter Mosley, Christopher Chambers, Andrew Nette, Danny Gardner, Kate Flora, Desiree Zamorano, and Robert Silverberg.
Noir anthology | TP | $39.95

Verdict of Twelve (British Library Crime Classics)
Postgate, Raymond
A woman is on trial for her life, accused of murder. The twelve members of the jury each carry their own secret burden of guilt and prejudice which could affect the outcome. In this extraordinary crime novel, we follow the trial through the eyes of the jurors, as they hear the evidence and try to reach a unanimous verdict. Will they find the defendant guilty, or not guilty? And will the jurors’ decision be the correct one?
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

The Shock
Raabe, Marc
When Laura Bjely goes missing during a storm on the Cote d’Azur, the only thing her friend Jan finds is her smartphone – with a disturbing film in the memory. Back in Berlin, Jan’s neighbour is discovered with a bloody message left on her forehead. As Jan searches for answers about what happened to Laura, he is thrown into a nightmare of madness and murder.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Echoes in Death
Robb, J D
As NY Lt Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman – dazed, naked, and bloody – suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action. Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER; but it’s too late for her husband Dr Anthony Strazza – a brilliant, orthopaedic surgeon – he now lies dead, amid the wreckage of his obsessively-organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him ‘the devil’… While it emerges that Dr Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So, Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions: What does the devil look like? And where will he show up, next?
Eve Dallas | PBK | $19.99

White Bodies
Robins, Jane
Felix Nordberg has everything Young, handsome and rich, he is successful at work and has the beautiful apartment and fancy car to prove it He is newly married to Tilda Farrow, a celebrated young actress who looks perfect by his side. But hidden inside his heart is a dark secret: a congenital defect which kills him as he returns to his conference hotel from a morning run. But everything is not as it seems…
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers series)
Sandford, John
The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others – as Virgil is about to find out. Then there’s the home front. Virgil’s relationship with his girlfriend Frankie has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie’s sister Sparkle moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people, who emphatically do not want to be researched. For another… she thinks Virgil’s kind of cute.
Thriller | PBK | $22.95

Maigret At the Minister’s
Simenon, Georges
Maigret finds himself drawn into an unsavoury world of political corruption, scandal and cover ups; when he is summoned to a clandestine meeting by a desperate government minister, one evening.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Cremains of the Day (Tallie Graver mysteries 01)
Simon, Misty
For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. At least she doesn’t have to be around dead bodies. Until… She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet, with a knife sticking out of her chest…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Escape
Taylor, C L
When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift, she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t. The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two-year-old daughter Elise. What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her. No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – run.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

A Room With a Brew (Brewing Trouble mysteries 03)
Tremel, Joyce

Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Thread the Halls (Mainely Needlepoint mysteries 06)
Wait, Lea

Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Last Hours
Walters, Minette
When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church proclaims it a punishment from God but Lady Anne of Develish has different ideas. With her brutal husband absent, she decides on more sensible ways to protect her people than the daily confessions of sin recommended by the Bishop. Anne gathers her serfs within the gates of Develish and refuses entry to outsiders, even to her husband. She makes an enemy of her daughter by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs… until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested, by their ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat?
Historical suspense | TP | $32.99

Trust Me
Wand, Zosia
Lizzie lives in the Lake District with her partner, Jonty, and his teenage son, Sam. Though she’s only ten years older than her stepson… somehow, their set up works. They’re a unit, a family. But, now, Sam has become sullen and withdrawn – aggressive, even – and Lizzie’s sure something sinister is going on. She’s sure, but no one will believe her. They think the problem is Lizzie, herself.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Patient Fury (DC Connie Childs series)
Ward, Sarah
When Detective Constable Connie Childs is dragged from her bed to the fire-wrecked property on Cross Farm Lane, she knows as she steps from the car that this house contains death. Three bodies discovered – a family obliterated – their deaths all seem to point to one conclusion: One mother, one murderer. But DC Childs, determined as ever to discover the truth behind the tragedy, realises it is the fourth body – the one they cannot find – that holds the key to the mystery at Cross Farm Lane. What Connie Childs fails to spot is that her determination to unmask the real murderer might cost her more than her health – this time, she could lose the thing she cares about most: her career. Follows In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw (PBK, $19.99 each).
Mystery | HC | $29.99

The Persian Always Meows Twice (Cat Groomer mysteries 01)
Watkins, Eileen
Professional cat grooming isn’t all fluff – when the fur starts flying, Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats, handles her feistiest four-legged clients with a caring touch and nerves of steel. While these qualities certainly help keep her business purring, they also come in handy when she makes a house call to her best client, millionaire George DeLeuw, and discovers his murdered body next to his newly-orphaned Persian, Harpo. To help the local police find the actual killer, Cassie begins her own investigation.
Mystery | TP | $24.99

I Am Missing (Raker series)
Weaver, Tim
When a young man wakes up bruised, beaten and with no memory of who he is or where he came from, the press immediately dubs him: ‘The Lost Man’. Ten months later, Richard Kite – if that is even his real name – remains as desperate as ever. Despite appeals and the efforts of the police, no one knows this man. Kite’s last hope may be private investigator David Raker – a seasoned locator of missing people. But Raker has more questions than answers. Who is Richard Kite? Why does no one know him? And what links him to the body of a woman found beside a London railway line, two years ago?
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Quiche and the Dead (Pie Town mysteries 01)
Weiss, Kirsten
When one of her regulars keels over – at the counter, while eating a quiche – Val feels like she’s living a nightmare. After the police determine the customer was poisoned, business at Pie Town drops faster than a fallen crust. Convinced they’re both suspects, Val’s flaky, seventy-something, pie crust maker, Charlene, drags her boss into some amateur sleuthing. At first, Val dismisses Charlene’s half-baked hypotheses, but before long the ladies uncover some shady dealings hidden in fog-bound San Nicholas. Now, Val must expose the truth – before a crummy killer tries to shut her pie hole.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

An Old, Cold Grave (Lane Winslow mysteries)
Whishaw, Iona
The police discover the body of a young child, buried almost 40 years before. Who is the child, and why has it not been buried in the local cemetery? Inspector Darling, already busy dealing with a teenage girl who has gone on a destructive rampage at a local mill, asks Lane for help in unearthing the long-forgotten secrets of the early life of the tiny town, and the identity of the long-forgotten child. Follows the popular, post-war mysteries: A Killer in King’s Cove (TP, $33.95) and Death in a Darkening Mist (TP, $29.95).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.95

All the Wicked Girls
Whitaker, Chris
Everyone loves Summer Ryan. A model student and musical prodigy, she’s a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace, Alabama – especially compared to her troubled sister, Raine. Then Summer goes missing. Grace is already simmering, and with this new tragedy the police have their hands full keeping the peace. Only Raine throws herself into the search, supported by a most unlikely ally. But, perhaps, there was always more to Summer than met the eye…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

From the Shadows (Dan Grant series)
White, Neil
Mary Kendricks, a smart, pretty, twenty-four-year-old teacher, has been brutally murdered and Robert Carter is accused of killing her. When defence lawyer, Dan Grant inherits Carter’s case only weeks before the trial starts, everyone expects him just to babysit it, but Dan’s not that kind of lawyer. He’ll follow the evidence – wherever it takes him. But as Dan and his investigator Jayne Brett look into the case, they discover that there is more to it than meets the eye. To do their jobs, they need to push the limits of the system, even if it means putting themselves in danger.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Mystery of Tunnel 51
Wilson, Alexander
Chief of the Intelligence Department, Sir Leonard Wallace – bearing always the hall mark of coolness and wit – is up to his earlobes in trouble. Summoned by the Viceroy of India, he makes a rapid flight to India to investigate the mysterious death of British officer Major Elliot and the theft of some very important dispatches. First published in 1928; the whole series is being reissued. ‘The dialogue is reminiscent of that in the early Agatha Christie novels, and there is an air of Simon Templar about Wallace, who seems to be always one step ahead of everyone else.’ – Books Monthly. ‘[A] romping read… James Bond may find he has a worthy rival.’ – Daily Mail.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Elementary Murder (Lancashire Detective series)
Wright, A J
1894, Wigan. Miss Dorothea Gadsworth is interviewed for a teaching vacancy at George Street Elementary, but is ultimately dismissed as a candidate. The following Monday morning, her body is discovered in a locked classroom with a note by her side. DS Michael Brennan is called in to investigate what appears to be a straightforward suicide, but his instincts tell him there is more to this case than meets the eye. With the door locked from the inside, staff members with plenty to hide and a student missing from the school, DS Brennan, aided by the scowling Constable Jaggery, wrestles with one of his most intricate investigations yet. This series of Victorian murder mysteries is sure to appeal to fans of Edward Marston.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Brother
Zander, Joakim
Growing up poor, Yasmine vowed to always protect her little brother from harm. She broke her promise the day she left home, abandoning Fadi to his life in the Stockholm slums. Five years later, Yasmine still carries the guilt of leaving Fadi behind. Then she hears a rumour that he is dead, killed by a US drone in Syria. What happened to turn her sweet-natured brother into one of the CIA’s most wanted men? Shortlisted for Sweden’s Crime Thriller of the Year.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99