Crime & Mystery Catalogue: September 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in September 2016.

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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!

September 2016 includes new books by: James Lee Burke, Cleo Coyle, Sophie Hannah, Carl Hiaasen, Chris Holm, Val McDermid, Louise Penny, Jock Serong, Amy Stewart… and many others.

The Hanging Girl (Department Q series)
Adler-Olsen, Jussi
In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Morck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realises that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later, he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant Rose more furious than usual. Carl has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. A somewhat grim, but excellent, absorbing series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Adventuress (Lady Emily series)
Alexander, Tasha
Emily and husband Colin have come to the French Riviera for what should be a joyous occasion – the engagement party of her lifelong friend Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge, and Amity Wells, an American heiress. But the merrymaking is cut short with the shocking death of one of the party – in an apparent suicide. Not convinced by the coroner’s verdict, Emily must employ all of her investigative skills to discover the truth and avert another tragedy.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

None But the Dead (Rhona Macleod series)
Anderson, Lin
When human remains are discovered to the rear of an old primary school, forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod and her assistant arrive to excavate the grave. Approaching midwinter, they find daylight in short supply, the weather inhospitable and some of the island’s inhabitants less than cooperative. When the suspicious death of an old man in Glasgow appears to have links with the island, DS Michael McNab is dispatched to investigate. Desperately uncomfortable in such surroundings, he finds that none of the tools of detective work are there. No internet, no CCTV, and no police station…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Mistress of the Just Land (Jean Brash mysteries)
Ashton, David
New Year’s Day – and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh an elegant, female figure walks the cobblestones – with a certain vengeful purpose. Jean Brash, the Mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy-house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy). A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin and she didn’t haul herself off the streets, up through low dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men – to let that come to pass. The first book in a new series, by the creator of Inspector McLevy.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Widow
Barton, Fiona
Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Until her Prince Charming became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But, now, Glen is dead and she’s alone, for the first time… free to tell her story on her own terms.
Suspense | PBK | $22.99

Under the Harrow
Berry, Flynn
When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Owl Always Hunts at Night (Holger Munch & Mia Krüger series)
Bjørk, Samuel
When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found. Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal. But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Dragon Day (Ellie McEnroe series)
Brackmann, Lisa
Ellie McEnroe is an Iraq War vet living in Beijing, where she represents the work of cutting-edge Chinese political artists. She has one bum leg, a taste for dumplings and beer, and an evangelical mother and a sweet-tempered rescue mutt for roommates. She also has Chinese Domestic Security on her tail; and a dwindling number of Percocets, to get her through her bad days. Now, the immensely powerful – and occasionally homicidal – Shanghai billionaire Sidney Cao has asked Ellie to investigate Marsh Brody, his son’s suspicious new American business partner.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Cheddar Off Dead (Undercover Dish mysteries 02)
Buckley, Julia
The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favourite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her covered dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school parking lot. It turns out the deceased Kris Kringle was a complicated tangle of naughty and nice, with a long list of people who might have wanted him dead. And whoever did the deed wants to make sure that Lilah keeps quiet. Now, Lilah will have to team up with her former fling, Detective Jay Parker, to unwrap the mysteries of a deadly Christmas killer, and stay alive long enough to ring in the New Year…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Jealous Kind
Burke, James Lee
On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade. Against this backdrop Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed. When Aaron spots the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a Galveston drive-in, he inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob, and one of the richest families in Texas. He also discovers he must find the courage his father had found, as an American soldier, in the Great War.
Fiction | TP | $32.99

A Story to Kill (Cat Latimer mysteries 01)
Cahoon, Lynn
Former English professor, Cat Latimer, is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from her carousing ex-husband. Now, it’s an authors’ getaway, but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Borrowed
Chan, Ho-Kei
The year is 2013, and Hong Kong’s greatest detective is dying. For fifty years, Inspector Kwan quietly solved cases, while the world changed around him. Now, his partner Detective Lok has come to his deathbed – for help with one final case.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories from Mystery Writers of America
Clark, Mary Higgins (editor)
Mary Higgins Clark invites you on a tour of Manhattan’s most iconic neighbourhoods, to commemorate Mystery Writers of America’s 70th anniversary. New stories by Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Mary Higgins Clark, T Jefferson Parker, S J Rozan, Nancy Pickard, Ben H Winters, Brendan DuBois, Persia Walker, Jon L Breen, N J Ayres, Angela Zeman, Thomas H Cook, Judith Kelman, Margaret Maron, Justin Scott, and Julie Hyzy.
Mystery anthology | TP | $27.99

Darkness the Color of Snow
Cobb, Thomas
A young policeman involved in a hit-and-run death becomes the focal point for a community’s grief and determination to place blame.
Thriller | TP | $27.99

No Farm, No Foul (Farmer’s Daughter mysteries 01)
Cochran, Peg
On her blog, The Farmer’s Daughter, Shelby McDonald is growing her audience as she posts recipes, gardening tips, and her experiences raising two kids and running Love Blossom Farm in the small western Michigan town of Lovett. Working the farm is demanding, but peaceful; until that peace is shattered when the minister’s wife is murdered on Shelby’s property…during a fundraiser for a local church. But the manure really hits the fan, when Shelby’s good friend veterinarian Kelly Thacker emerges as the prime suspect. Shelby decides to dig in and find the murderer by herself. As more suspects crop up, she’ll have to move fast – before someone else buys the farm…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Depraved Heart
Cornwell, Patricia
Dr Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy, taken almost twenty years ago. As Scarpetta watches, she begins to learn frightening secrets about her beloved niece that raise dangerous legal implications, leaving Scarpetta confused, worried, and unable to turn to Lucy, her FBI husband Benton Wesley, or her investigative partner Pete Marino.
Scarpetta | PBK | $19.99

My Husband’s Wife
Corry, Jane
What if your life was built on a lie? When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Dead to the Last Drop (Coffeehouse mysteries 15)
Coyle, Cleo
Clare’s Washington visit is off to a graceful start, when she lands a housesitting job in a Georgetown mansion and is invited to work on the Smithsonian’s salute to coffee in America. Unfortunately, her new Village Blend DC struggles – until its second floor Jazz Space attracts a high-profile fan, in the daughter of the President. But as Clare’s stock rises, she learns a stark lesson: Washington can be murder. First, a State Department employee suspiciously collapses in her coffeehouse. Then the President’s daughter goes missing. After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run, with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must uncover the truth… before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Red Herring
Cullinane, Jonothan
Auckland, 1951. The workers and the government are heading for bloody confrontation and the waterfront is the frontline. But this is a war with more than two sides and nothing is what it seems. Into the secret world of rival union politics, dark political agendas and worldwide anti-communist hysteria steps Johnny Molloy, a private detective with secrets of his own. Caitlin O’Carolan, a feisty young reporter, is following her own leads. Together, they begin to uncover a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the Establishment – and which will threaten their own lives in the process.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

The Wicked Go to Hell
Dard, Frederic
At one of France’s toughest prisons, an undercover cop is attempting to trap an enemy spy – by posing as a fellow inmate. So, Frank and Hal find themselves holed up together in a grimy, rat-infested cell, each warily eyeing the other. As they plan a daring escape, an unexpected friendship ensues, but which is the cop and which is the spy? ‘The French master of noir.’ – Observer.
Noir | PBK | $21.99

Darkness for the Bastards of Pizzofalcone
De Giovanni, Maurizio
In contemporary Naples: A kidnapped child and the burglary of a high-class apartment: two crimes that seem to have no connection at all, until Inspector Lojacono, known as ‘The Chinaman’, starts to investigate.
Mystery | TP | $26.99

The Heat (Wyatt series)
Disher, Garry
Wyatt needs a job. A bank job would be nice. Or a security van. But these days armed robbery means working with cocky young idiots or strung-out meth-heads – and Wyatt’s not that desperate. Luckily, a broker in Queensland knows someone who wants a painting stolen. Which is how Wyatt finds himself in Noosa, casing a rich paedophile’s house for entry points and escape routes.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Local Girl Missing
Douglas, Claire
Twenty years ago. Twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanishes one night. She leaves nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier – and a hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca. Now. A body’s been found. And Francesca’s drawn back to the seaside town she’s tried to forget. Perhaps, the truth, of what happened to Sophie, will finally come out.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Vita Brevis (Medicus Investigations)
Downie, Ruth
Ruso and Tilla’s excitement at arriving in Rome with their new baby daughter is soon dulled by their discovery that the grand facades of polished marble mask an underworld of corrupt landlords and vermin-infested tenements. There are also far too many doctors – some skilled, but others positively dangerous. Ruso thinks he has been offered a reputable medical practice only to find that his predecessor Doctor Kleitos has fled, leaving a dead man in a barrel on the doorstep and the warning, ‘Be careful who you trust’. Distracted by the body and his efforts to help a friend win the hand of a rich young heiress, Ruso makes a grave mistake, causing him to question both his competence and his integrity. With Ruso’s reputation under threat, he and Tilla must protect their small family, from Doctor Kleitos’s debt collectors, and find allies in their new home while they track down the vanished doctor and find out the truth about the heiress’s dead father – Ruso’s patient – and the unfortunate man in the barrel.
Historical mystery | HC | $34.99

Death by Pumpkin Spice (Bookstore Cafe mysteries 03)
Erickson, Alex
As if a run-in with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren’t enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death – in a room filled with ominous jack-o-lanterns. All signs suggest a crime of passion but when the hostess’s jewellery disappears, malevolent intentions seem way more likely… With the estate on lockdown and a killer roaming the halls, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate each nook, cranny, and guest for answers – while also confronting a few demons of her own. Someone has lots of skeletons in the closet, and Krissy better tread lightly to expose them…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Dandelion Dead (Natural Remedies mysteries 04)
Fiedler, Chrystle
Business is blooming at Nature’s Way Market and Cafe, and shop owner, holistic doctor, and amateur sleuth, Willow McQuade has never been happier. Her new medicinal herb garden is a hit, so is her new book, she’s in love with ex-cop and animal rescuer Jackson Spade, and enjoying teaching seminars about edible plants and natural remedies. But everything changes, when Willow’s old boyfriend and TV producer, Simon Lewis, winemaker David Farmer, and his wife Ivy, ask her to cater a party at Pure, their new organic vineyard – to kick off North Fork’s Uncorked! week and the competition for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry, Falling Leaves, is the favourite to win, and the wine flows freely; until after Simon’s toast when smiles give way to looks of horror. Ivy’s twin sister, Amy has been murdered! Turns out, the poison that killed her was actually meant for David. But who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or someone closer to home? This time, the truth may be a bitter vintage to swallow.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Cancelled by Murder (Postmistress mysteries 02)
Flowers, Jean
With a massive storm about to hit North Ashcot, Massachusetts, threatening floods and widespread wind damage, Cassie is forced to close up the post office, along with the rest of the local business owners and residents, who are battening down the hatches and bracing themselves for the worst. Although the storm proves not to be as bad as predicted, fabric shop owner Daisy Harmon is found dead, seemingly killed by a fallen branch. But the police quickly determine that her death had nothing to do with foul weather, and everything to do with foul play. After Daisy’s widowed husband approaches her to help solve his wife’s murder, Cassie vows to find the killer – before another innocent victim is taken by storm.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Goodbye to the Dead (Jonathan Stride Investigations)
Freeman, Brian
It is almost a decade, since Duluth said goodbye to its innocence. The city creeps ever closer to the tenth anniversary of the year in which it found itself both gripped by murder and united in terror; and during which the pillar of its community, DS Jonathan Stride, had his home and heart torn to ribbons by the claws of cancer. Cat Mateo, an orphan with a knack of landing on her feet, has bidden farewell to a life on the streets. This once-stray teenager owes her rescue to Detective Stride, the father figure she holds close to her heart. But Cat holds something else to her chest – a secret: the sheer power of which she could not possibly comprehend. A secret that, once out of the bag, will not just viciously scratch at Duluth’s still-healing wounds, but will make DS Jonathan Stride wave goodbye to his convictions about the events, nine years before, and say hello to his darkest fears.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

What Remains Of Me
Gaylin, A L
June, 1980: on the hottest night of the year, Kelly Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home. For years, speculation swirls over the enigmatic 17-year-old’s motives, information she’s refused to share. Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom – but keeps her secrets to herself. Thirty years later – and five years after her release from prison – the past has come back to haunt Kelly.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Death of Rex Nhongo
George, C B
Harare, Zimbabwe, 2011: This is a story of five marriages and one gun. A British couple wonder at the unknowable city beyond their guarded compound, while they build walls between themselves. An American begins to suspect his new home is having an insidious effect on his ‘African queen’ and their young daughter. An enthusiastic, young intellectual follows his wife and his dreams to the city and finds only disillusion. An Intelligence Officer loses a crucial piece of evidence. It will cost him his marriage and his girlfriend; maybe, even his life. A taxi driver and his wife, living on the knife edge of poverty, find a gun in the cab. From this point on, all their lives are tied to the trigger.
Fiction | PBK | $19.99

Playing With Fire
Gerritsen, Tess
What if your child wanted you dead? Julia is terrified by her daughter’s aggressive behaviour. Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with. What scares Julia most, though, is that she knows why Lily is acting this way, but no one will believe her. If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice. There, Julia finds far more than just answers, and uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation. And this discovery has put her in serious danger… A standalone thriller by the author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

Grafton, Sue
When a glamorous redhead wishes to locate the son she put up for adoption, thirty-two years ago, it seems like an easy two hundred bucks for PI Kinsey Millhone. But when a cop tells her she was paid with marked bills, and Kinsey’s client is nowhere to be found, it becomes apparent this mystery woman has something to hide. Riled, Kinsey won’t stop, until she’s found out who fooled her and why. Meanwhile, the widow of the recently-murdered PI – and Kinsey’s old friend – Pete Wolinsky, needs help with her IRS audit. This seemingly innocuous task takes a treacherous turn, when Kinsey finds a coded list amongst her friend’s files. It soon leads her to an unhinged man, with a catalogue of ruined lives left in his wake. And despite the devastation, there isn’t a single conviction to his name. It seems this sociopath knows exactly how to cause chaos, without leaving a trace. As Kinsey delves deeper into the investigation, she quickly becomes the next target of this tormentor. But can Kinsey prove her case against him, before she becomes the next victim?
Kinsey Milhone | PBK | $19.99

Paint the Town Dead (Silver Six mysteries 02)
Haddock, Nancy
Leslee Stanton Nix, aka Nixy, thought moving to small-town Lilyvale, Arkansas, would be about as thrilling as watching paint dry. But keeping up with her retired Aunt Sherry and her troublemaking housemates – collectively known as the Silver Six – has proven to be as exciting, as it is exasperating. To kick off the grand opening of their craft shop, the Handcraft Emporium, Nixy and the Silver Six invite Doralee Gordon to teach a gourd painting class. Doralee’s spirit gets squashed, when her ex-husband crashes the class with his new fiancée, but things really get messy – when the bride-to-be later turns up dead. Now, it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to use their melons – to find the killer – before someone else gets painted out of the picture…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Closed Casket (New Hercule Poirot mysteries)
Hannah, Sophie
Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will – one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live… Among Lady Playford’s guests are two men she has never met – the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited… until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. Following the phenomenal success of The Monogram Murders (PBK, $19.99) this new Hercule Poirot mystery marks the centenary of the creation of Christie’s world-famous detective, introduced in her first book: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (PBK, $14.99).
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Harvey, Michael
Brighton, 1975. A Boston neighbourhood, where racial tensions run high and gangs jostle for dominance in the trades that matter – drug running, book keeping and theft. Fifteen-year-old Kevin Pearce knows his best hope is to get the hell out before its bloody streets get a grip on his dreams. Bitterness and brutality stalk the hard-drinking generations of his Irish immigrant family. But when an act of violence tears their home apart, Kevin is forced to leave for New York, changing the course of his life forever. Twenty-seven years later, in 2002, Kevin wins the Pulitzer Prize for an investigative article on the wrongful conviction and death of a man from Brighton, and decides to visit his old neighbourhood – for the first time in decades. But his past has long shadows – shadows which have taken on a life of their own.
Thriller | TP | $27.99

Heathcote, Elizabeth
Carmen is happily married to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She is content to absorb the stresses of being a stepmother to teenagers and the stain of ‘second wife’. She knows she’ll always live in the shadow of another woman – not Tom’s first wife Laura, who is resolutely polite and determinedly respectable, but the lover that ended his first marriage: Zena. Zena, who was shockingly beautiful. Zena – who drowned, swimming – late one night. But Carmen can overlook her husband’s dead mistress… until she starts to suspect that he might have been the person who killed her.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Little Sister (Pieter Vos series)
Hewson, David
Kim and Mia Timmers were ten years old, when they were accused of murdering the rest of their family and the lead singer of the world famous band, The Cupids. The evidence seemed irrefutable at the time, and the sisters, who have been in a Marken institution for ten years, are now due for release. Pieter Vos, DI in the Amsterdam police, is given cause to reopen the case when the girls disappear along with a nurse who was supposed to escort them to a halfway house, in Amsterdam.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Razor Girl
Hiaasen, Carl
When jumped-up reality TV star Buck Nance aggravates the crowd in a Key West bar, he incites a riot and vanishes in the melee. His hapless agent Lane Coolman should have been by Buck’s side, but has been accidentally taken hostage by two petty criminals – who now think they can turn a quick profit, by ransoming an LA talent agent. As the search for Buck continues, the mystery draws in a broad cast of characters from across the island including Andrew Yancy, the disgraced cop who now works restaurants on roach patrol; a delusional fan of Buck’s show; the local sheriff who’s desperate for re-election; a shady lawyer and his gold-digging fiancée; the gay mayor and his restauranteur partner; a Mafioso hotelier; and a redheaded con artist named Merry who, using a razor blade and a high-speed car, has developed a signature way of luring in her victims.
Caper | TP | $32.99

Hingley, David
In 1664, four years after Charles II is restored to the throne, Mercia Blakewood stands to lose everything: her father to the executioner’s axe, her freedom to her treacherous uncle, her son to his resentful grandparents. But when her father leaves her a cryptic message in his last speech, she seizes her chance to fight back. With would-be lover Nathan Keyte and unlikely new friend Nicholas Wildmoor, Mercia must unravel her father’s mystery to find a great prize long thought lost, striving to recover the King’s stolen birthright, in the hope of reclaiming her own. From London’s bulging metropolis to the forests of Manhattan she will contend with murder, intrigue and lust, fighting for her future and her life as the town of New York is born.
Historical thriller | HC | $39.99

The Man Who Wasn’t There (Sebastian Bergman series)
Hjorth, Michael & Rosenfeldt, Hans
On the side of a mountain in Sweden, six bodies have been found. Skeletons, more precisely. These bodies were buried a long time ago. And, for Sebastian Bergman, that just makes the investigation into who they are, who killed them, and why, even more complex. Because Bergman has, of course, found himself on the investigating team. At first, it was a chance to escape his ex-girlfriend and spend some time with his daughter, Vanja. An opportunity to try and build a relationship with her, before it’s too late. But, soon, he finds that he’s more involved than he would ever want to be. And his personal life is horribly, disastrously, tangled up in it all…
Thriller | TP | $32.99

A Death At Fountains Abbey (Tom Hawkins series)
Hodgson, Antonia
Late spring, 1728 and Thomas Hawkins has left London, for the wild beauty of Yorkshire – forced on a mission he can’t refuse. John Aislabie, one of the wealthiest men in England, has been threatened with murder. Blackmailed into investigating, Tom must hunt down those responsible, or lose the woman he loves forever. Since Aislabie is widely regarded as the architect of the greatest financial swindle ever seen, there is no shortage of suspects. Far from the ragged comforts of home, Tom and his ward, Sam Fleet, enter a world of elegant surfaces and hidden danger. The great estate is haunted by family secrets and simmering unease. Someone is determined to punish John Aislabie – and anyone who stands in the way. As the violence escalates and shocking truths are revealed, Tom is dragged, inexorably, towards the darkest night of his life. Inspired by real characters, events and settings, this novel is a gripping, standalone, historical thriller. It also continues the story that began with the award-winning The Devil in the Marshalsea and The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Red Right Hand
Holm, Chris
The hitman with a conscience is back. When viral video footage from a terrorist attack in San Francisco reveals that a mob informant thought dead is still alive, FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson knows just who to contact, to save her witness from certain death: Michael Hendricks. He may be a hitman, but he’s not a bad guy. Teaming up with a green but determined tech whiz, Cameron, on the condition she leave him alone after the case, Hendricks reluctantly takes the job. A sequel to the hugely recommended The Killing Kind (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Oblivion (Detective Erlendur series)
Indridason, Arnaldur
A woman swims in a remote, milky-blue lagoon. Steam rises from the water and as it clears, a body is revealed in the ghostly light. Miles away, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US military base. A sickening thud is heard as a man’s body falls from a high platform. Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing. The world has forgotten her. But Erlendur has not. Erlendur Sveinsson is a newly-promoted detective with a battered body, a rogue CIA operative and America’s troublesome presence, in Iceland, to contend with. In his spare time, he investigates a cold case. He is only starting out, but he is already up to his neck.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

Digging Up the Dirt (Southern Ladies mysteries 03)
James, Miranda
An’gel and Dickce Ducote, busy with plans for the Athena Garden Club’s spring tour of grand old homes, are having trouble getting the other club members to help. The rest of the group is all aflutter, now that dashing and still-eligible Hadley Partridge is back to restore his family mansion. But the idle chatter soon turns deadly serious, when a body turns up on the Partridge estate after a storm.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

An Obvious Fact (Longmire mysteries)
Johnson, Craig
In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend Henry Standing Bear are called to Hulett, Wyoming – the nearest town to America’s first national monument, Devils Tower – to investigate, things start getting complicated. As competing biker gangs; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; a military-grade vehicle donated to the tiny local police force by a wealthy entrepreneur; and Lola, the real-life femme fatale and namesake for Henry’s ’59 Thunderbird (and, by extension, Walt’s granddaughter) come into play, it rapidly becomes clear that there is more to get to the bottom of, at this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, than a bike accident.
Mystery | HC | $52.95

Language of the Dead
Kelly, Stephen
As the shadow of World War II descends over Europe, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb hunts for an elusive killer, behind the veil of a seemingly charming English village.
Mystery | PBK | $22.95

The Witness
Kernick, Simon
When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Taken to an anonymous police safe-house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant – with important information, about an imminent terrorist attack. DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is a man with a controversial past, but his effectiveness at getting results means that he’s now been given the task of preventing the attack from taking place. But can he be trusted, and does he know more about the attack than he’s letting on? In the safe-house, Jane is trying to piece together a description of her lover’s killer. But what she doesn’t know is that the killer has already found out who she is, and where she is hiding. And, now. he’s coming for her…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

The Pigeon Tunnel
Le Carré, John
In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive – reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels.
Memoir | TP | $32.99

After the War
Le Corre, Hervé
1950s’ Bordeaux. Even now, the Second World War is never far from people’s memories, particularly in a city where the scars of collaboration and resistance are more keenly felt than ever. But another war has already begun. A war without a name, far away across the sea, in Algeria – where young men are sent to fight in a brutal conflict. Daniel knows what awaits him. He’s heard stories. Patrols, ambushes, reprisals, massacres, mutilations, all beneath a burning, north African sun. He has just a month left before he leaves; but, haunted by the loss of his parents and sister in the atrocities of the last war, Daniel questions why he is even going to fight, in the first place. Meanwhile, past crimes are returning to haunt Albert Darlac, the godfather of Bordeaux: corrupt police chief, fascist sympathiser and one-time collaborator.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Charlie Martz and Other Stories
Leonard, Elmore
A treasure trove of previously unpublished stories. Over his long and illustrious career, Elmore Leonard was recognised as one of the greatest crime writers of all time, the author of dozens of bestselling books – many adapted for the big screen – as well as a master of short fiction. Leonard remains the standard for popular fiction, and a literary model for writers of every genre. Marked by his unmistakable humour and grit, the stories in this collection produced early in his career reveal a writer in transition. In these tales, Leonard explores new voices and locations, and introduces us to classic Leonard characters, such as aging lawman Charlie Martz, who must face an old rival who returns, seeking revenge.
Noir collection | PBK | $22.99

The Semi-Sweet Hereafter (Chocolate Whisperer mysteries 04)
London, Colette
As an authority on all things chocolate, Hayden Mundy Moore is traveling across the pond – to lend her expertise to the owner of a posh London chocolaterie-patisserie. From coconut truffles to chocolate flapjacks, Hayden’s mouth-watering creations quickly impress her client. But her knowledge doesn’t end there. The detective constable is taken by surprise, when she identifies an exotic murder weapon: a stone metlapil, used to grind cacao beans and, apparently, to bludgeon someone to death in Hayden’s own lodgings, no less. The victim is a sexy, celebrity chef who just happens to be the ex-husband of Hayden’s client…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
McCabe, Cameron (aka Borneman, Ernst)
An extraordinary post-modern detective novel, from an author who remained a mystery for decades, now relaunched as a Picador Classic. 1930s’ King’s Cross, London. When aspiring film actress Estella Lamare is found dead, on the cutting-room floor of a London film studio, Cameron McCabe finds himself at the centre of a police investigation. There are multiple suspects, multiple confessors and, as more people around him die, McCabe begins to perform his own amateur sleuth-work, followed doggedly by the mysterious Inspector Smith.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Out of Bounds (Karen Pirie series)
McDermid, Val
When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it’s as twisted as the DNA helix, itself.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

McEwan, Ian
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb…
Fiction | HC | $32.99

Adam’s Rib (Rocco Schiavone series)
Manzini, Antonio
Six months after being exiled from his beloved Rome, Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone has settled into a routine in the cold, quiet, chronically-backward, alpine town of Aosta: an espresso at home, breakfast in the piazza, and a morning joint in his office. A little self-medication helps Rocco deal with the morons that almost exclusively comprise the local force. Especially on a day like today. It’s his girlfriend’s birthday (if you could call her that; in his mind, Rocco’s only faithful to his late wife), he has no gift and he’s about to stumble upon a corpse. It begins when a maid reports a burglary in Aosta. But there’s no sign of forced entry, and after Rocco picks the lock, he notices something off about the carefully-ransacked rooms. That’s when he finds the body: a woman, the maid’s employer, left hanging – after a grisly suicide. Rocco’s intuition tells him the scene has been staged. In other words, it’s murder… a pain in the ass, of the highest order. The sequel to Black Run (PBK, $19.99) and Adam’s Rib (TP, $29.95).
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil
Marchetta, Melina
Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board. Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago, her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established, she disappears. Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

Silent Scream (Detective Kim Stone series)
Marsons, Angela
A headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country. But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. DI Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual, whose killing spree spans decades. As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer, before they strike again.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Coffin Road
May, Peter
A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father’s death. Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys, towards one shocking truth – and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Icarus (Benny Griessel series)
Meyer, Deon
Benny has been sober for more than 20 months, but he soon falls off the wagon, after hearing tragic news about a colleague. Meanwhile, someone has strangled Ernst Richter, called the Alibi Man – for his website, which provides alibis, complete with phony documentation, for a price. Richter’s death alone would be enough to unsettle those who use his services, but in addition someone has created a Twitter account that threatens to list all his clients in 18 hours. Recommended!
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Mullen, Thomas
Atlanta, 1948. In this city, all crime is black and white. On one side of the tracks are the rich, white neighbourhoods; on the other, Darktown, the African-American area guarded by the city’s first black police force of only eight men. These cops are kept near-powerless by the authorities: they can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they must operate out of a dingy basement. When a poor black woman is killed in Darktown having been last seen in a car with a rich white man, no one seems to care – except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane
Murphy, Paul Thomas
In April 1871, a constable walking a beat near Greenwich found a girl dying in the mud – her face cruelly slashed and her brains protruding from her skull. The girl was Maria Jane Clouson, a maid for the respectable Pook family, and who was pregnant at the time of her death. When the blood-spattered clothes of the 20-year-old Edmund Pook, alleged father of the dead girl’s unborn child, were discovered, the matter seemed open and shut. Yet, there followed a remarkable legal odyssey full of unexpected twists, as the police struggled to build a case. Paul Thomas Murphy recreated the drama of an extraordinary murder case and conclusively identifies the killer’s true identity.
True crime | HC | $49.99

Enough Rope (Hakim and Arnold mysteries)
Nadel, Barbara
Private investigator and ex-soldier Lee Arnold and police superintendent Paul Venus are by no means friends, but when Venus’ son Harry is kidnapped and ransom demands arrive from an address in Arnold’s patch in east London, the superintendent doesn’t know who else to turn to. Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim soon find themselves chasing leads into several of the East End’s uneasily coexisting communities. Mumtaz uncovers a link to one of the area’s powerful Bangladeshi families, whose property empire has always seemed suspicious, while Arnold suspects the involvement of more old-fashioned East End gangsters, and wonders if some of the nastier rumours about Venus himself might be true. And neither Mumtaz nor Lee like the look of the children of the super-rich, arriving in droves in the trendy parts of Hoxton and Shoreditch; and living in luxury, just a stone’s throw from grinding urban poverty. The truth, however, is stranger, and more dangerous, than either Arnold or Hakim imagine.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Those We Left Behind
Neville, Stuart
When 12-year-old Ciaran Devine confessed to murdering his foster father it sent shock waves through the nation. DCI Serena Flanagan, then an ambitious Detective Sergeant, took Ciaran’s confession after days spent earning his trust. He hasn’t forgotten the kindness she showed him in fact, she hasn’t left his thoughts in the seven years he’s been locked away. Probation officer Paula Cunningham, now tasked with helping Ciaran re-enter society, suspects there was more to this case than the police uncovered.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Methods of Sergeant Cluff
North, Gil
It is a wet and windy night in the town of Gunnarshaw, on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. The body of young Jane Trundle, assistant in the chemist’s shop, is discovered lying face down on the cobblestones. Sergeant Caleb Cluff is not a man of many words, and neither does he play by the rules. He may exasperate his superiors, but he has the loyal support of his constable and he is the only CID man in the division. The case is his. Life in Gunnarshaw is tough, with its people caught up in a rigid network of social conventions. But as Cluff’s investigation deepens, Gunnarshaw’s veneer of hard-working respectability starts to crumble. One of the latest entries of the British Library Crime Classic series.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm
North, Gil
He could feel it in the blackness, a difference in atmosphere, a sense of evil, of things hidden. Amy Snowden, in middle age, has long since settled into a lonely life in the Yorkshire town of Gunnarshaw, until – to her neighbours’ surprise – she suddenly marries a much younger man. Months later, Amy is found dead apparently by her own hand and her husband, Wright, has disappeared. Sergeant Caleb Cluff – silent, watchful, a man at home in the bleak moorland landscape of Gunnarshaw – must find the truth about the couple’s unlikely marriage, and solve the riddle of Amy’s death. One of the latest entries of the British Library Crime Classic series.
Classic mystery | TP | $27.95

Her Darkest Nightmare (Dr Evelyn Talbot series)
Novak, Brenda
Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen, when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her and left her for dead. Now, an eminent psychiatrist who specialises in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility, located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community, even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart. Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her – the first sign that the killer, who haunts her dreams, has found her again… and that the life, she has so carefully rebuilt, will never be the same… The first in a new series.
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Damage Done (Inspector McLean series)
Oswald, James
When a police raid in Edinburgh goes horribly wrong, the only silver lining for Inspector Tony McLean is a discovery that could lead to a long-lost girl, from his early days on the beat. Haunted by the mystery of what happened to her, McLean begins to dig into a case he thought long buried. But the shadows of the past are soon eclipsed by crimes in the present, as a series of strange and gruesome deaths shock the city. As McLean’s investigation draws him ever deeper into the upper echelons of Edinburgh society, it will not only be his career on the line – but his life as well…
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

A Great Reckoning (Inspector Gamache series)
Penny, Louise
Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Dying Detective
Persson, Leif G W
Retired Chief of the National Crime Police and Swedish Security Service, Lars Martin Johansson has just suffered a stroke. He is paying the price for a life of excess – stress, good food and fine wine. With his dangerously high blood pressure, his heart could fail at the slightest excitement. In the hospital, a chance encounter with a neurologist provides an important piece of information about a 25-year-old murder investigation and alerts Lars Martin Johansson’s irrepressible police instincts. The period for prosecution expired, just weeks earlier, and that isn’t the only limitation. Lars Martin Johansson is determined to solve the atrocious crime – from his deathbed.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Sword of Justice (Bäckström mysteries)
Persson, Leif G W
DS Evert Bäckström is in charge of a rare kind of case. Finding a suspect for the murder of Thomas Eriksson – gangster lawyer and renowned defender of the guilty – isn’t difficult, but narrowing down the long list of people, who wanted him dead, is almost impossible. Certainly, the only thing the detective is mourning is his obligation to process the paperwork. Fortunately, Bäckström has spent his years cultivating a group of questionable acquaintances. His colleagues don't know that he only closes his cases with the help of these friends. Nor that Bäckström owes them a few favours. But, this time, they're all in for a surprise – because even the dirtiest cop couldn't have predicted where this trail would lead, or how far from comfortable Bäckström might be at its end.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Legacy of the Bones (Baztán trilogy)
Redondo, Dolores
A year after arresting Jason Medina for the rape and murder of his stepdaughter, Detective Inspector Amaia Salazar has one last duty to complete, before starting her maternity leave – attending Medina’s trial. When the trial is suddenly called off, Amaia is appalled. But the judge had no choice. Jason Medina has committed suicide in the bathroom of the courthouse, leaving behind a cryptic note addressed to Amaia: the single word: ‘Tarttalo’. What message was Medina trying to send with this obscure reference to Basque mythology? To unravel the truth, Amaia must return once again to the Baztán valley, her family home and the place where she feels most vulnerable. As the investigation becomes more complicated and more personal, those closest to Amaia will be placed in mortal danger… Follows The Invisible Guardian (PBK, $19.99) in this Basque country trilogy.
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Carver’s Truth (Carver & Quint series)
Rennison, Nick
London, 1871. Traveller, photographer and sometime intelligencer Adam Carver is asked by a friend from the Foreign Office to find Dolly Delaney, a West End dancing girl – who has been involved with a diplomat, and since disappeared. What seems a straightforward case soon proves otherwise. Carver is discomfited to come across alluring daguerreotypes of Dolly and he seeks answers from one of her fellow dancers, the feisty Hetty Gallant. Soon, Carver and his stoical manservant Quint are drawn north to York, where they are implicated in a shocking death. The pair flee across the Channel, but soon encounter new treacheries in Berlin, the imposing and dangerous capital of the nascent Germany.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Black Night Falling (Charlie Yates series)
Reynolds, Rod
Having left Texarkana for the safety of the West Coast, reporter Charlie Yates finds himself drawn back to the South, to Hot Springs, Arkansas, as an old acquaintance asks for his help. This time, it’s less of a story Charlie’s chasing, more of a desperate attempt to do the right thing… before it’s too late.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Apprentice In Death
Robb, J D
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers, during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer. Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources and genius at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realises that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil…
Eve Dallas | TP | $32.99

Murder At Sorrow’s Crown (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
Saville, Steven
It is July 1881, and a frantic mother comes to 221B Baker Street, begging Sherlock Holmes to find her son. A naval officer posted to HMS Dido, he was part of the Naval Brigade that joined the Natal Field Force to fight the Boers. But he did not return with his men, and is being denounced as a deserter.
Sherlockiana | PBK | $22.95

Wrath of the Furies (Ancient World series)
Saylor, Steven
The young Gordianus has been waiting out the chaos in Alexandria, with Bethesda, when he gets a cryptic message from his former tutor and friend, Antipater. Now in Ephesus, as part of Mithridates’ entourage, Antipater seems to think that his life is in imminent danger. To rescue him, Gordianus concocts a daring, even foolhardy, scheme to go behind enemy lines and bring Antipater to safety. But there are powerful, and deadly forces, at work here, which have their own plans for Gordianus. Not entirely sure whether he’s a player or a pawn, Gordianus must unravel the mystery behind the message, if he’s to save himself and the people he holds most dear…
Historical mystery | TP | $33.95

The Rules of Backyard Cricket
Serong, Jock
It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game. Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. No surprise that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety – one of those men who’s always got away with things and just keeps getting. Until the day we meet him, middle aged, in the boot of a car. Gagged, cable-tied, a bullet in his knee. Everything pointing towards a shallow grave. This is a wonderful novel.
Suspense | TP | $29.99

Madame Maigret’s Friend
Simenon, Georges
Inspector Maigret’s wife turns sleuth, after a strange encounter in a Paris square leads her on the trail of a woman in a white hat, and towards a grisly tale of deception and greed.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

Precious and Grace
Smith, Alexander McCall
The first in this lucid, lyrical, Botswanan mystery series is The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (PBK, $19.99).
Precious Ramotswe | TP | $32.99

Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Kopp Sisters series)
Stewart, Amy
In 1915, lady cops were not expected to chase down fugitives on the streets of New York City. But Constance Kopp never did what anyone expected. Bergen County’s Sheriff Heath has appointed Constance as one of the nation’s first, female deputies. He knows she’s a powerful addition to his force, and she knows she can do the job, but when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life – and risk the honourable sheriff being thrown into his own jail – Constance is forced to prove herself, again. Cheering her on are her sisters Norma and Fleurette – that is, when they aren’t, respectively, training pigeons for the war effort, or fanning dreams of a life on the stage. Follows this year’s sleeper hit: Girl Waits with Gun (TP, $32.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Murder of a Cranky Catnapper (Scumble River mysteries 19)
Swanson, Denise
With her morning sickness finally abated, Skye Denison-Boyd is ready to pounce on the pertinent problems she faces, as Scumble River Elementary School’s psychologist. After trying almost every trick in the book to aid a handful of socially-awkward, fourth-grade boys, Skye opts for the innovative approach of pet therapy – with the assistance of the local vet, a Siberian husky, and a Maine coon cat. Unfortunately, the first session only breeds disaster and draws the ire of cantankerous school board member, Palmer Lynch. But Skye’s worry over the episode changes to dread, after Lynch is found dead in his home – with the therapy cat hidden in his garage. With a clowder of questions unleashed, Skye finds herself dealing with a killer, who isn’t pussyfooting around…
Mystery | PBK | $19.95

Anatomy of Evil (Barker & Llewelyn series)
Thomas, Will
A series of murders in the Whitechapel area of London are turning the city upside down, with tremendous pressure being brought to bear on Scotland Yard and the government, itself. Barker is to be named temporary envoy to the Royal Family, with regard to the case; while surreptitiously bringing his investigative skill to the case. With various elements of society, high and low, bringing their own agenda to increasingly shocking murders, Barker and Llewellyn must find and hunt down the century’s most notorious killer. The Whitechapel Killer has managed to elude the finest minds of Scotland Yard and beyond… he’s never faced a mind as nimble, and a man as skilled, as Cyrus Barker. But even Barker’s prodigious skills may not be enough to track down a killer, in time.
Historical mystery | TP | $33.95

The House with No Rooms (Detective’s Daughter series)
Thomson, Lesley
Stella Darnell, the Detective’s Daughter, investigates a decades-old mystery in Kew Gardens. The crimes of the past echo in the present in a chilling new case for the Detective’s Daughter. The summer of 1976 was the hottest in living memory. In the Botanical Gardens at Kew, a lost little girl stumbled upon a deserted gallery. Dizzied by the heat, she thought she saw a woman lying dead on the ground. But when she opened her eyes, the woman had gone. Forty years later, Stella Darnell, the detective’s daughter, is investigating a chilling new case. What she uncovers will draw her into the obsessive world of botany, and towards an unsolved murder that has lain dormant for decades…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Masterpiece of Corruption
Tyler, LC
It is December 1657. John Grey, at his cramped desk in Lincoln’s Inn, is attempting to resume his legal career. A mysterious message from a ‘Mr SK’ tempts him out into the snowy streets of London and to what he believes will be a harmless diversion from his studies. Mr SK’s letter proves to have been intended for somebody else entirely and Grey finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a plot to assassinate the Lord Protector – a plot about which he now knows more than it is safe to know.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Woman in Cabin 10
Ware, Ruth
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don’t go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Foreign Bodies (Marcus Corvinus series)
Wishart, David
AD 42. The emperor Claudius has asked Corvinus to investigate the murder of a Gallic wine merchant, stabbed to death, in his summerhouse at Lugdunum. Unused to strange Gallic customs and finding it impossible to get anyone to talk freely to a Roman, Corvinus is convinced there’s more to this murder than meets the eye – but how will he prove it?
Historical mystery | HC | 54.95

Striking Murder (Detective Brennan series)
Wright, Alan
1893. Wigan is in the grip of a devastating national miners’ strike and a harsh winter. Arthur Morris, a wealthy colliery owner whose intransigence on miners’ pay is the main cause of the strike, is found brutally murdered in Scholes, a rough working-class district where he is universally hated and blamed for the grinding hardship the strike is causing. Detective Sergeant Brennan is tasked with finding the murderer.
Historical mystery | PBK | $24.99