Crime & Mystery Catalogue: September 2019

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in September 2019.

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

Until next time, good reading!

September 2019 includes new books by: Andrea Camilleri, Ann Cleeves, Jim Eldridge, Bella Ellis, Luke Jennings, M R C Kasasian, Andrew McGahan, Håkan Nesser, Lynne Truss… and many others.

Crime & Mys new releases, September 2019

Flour in the Attic (Bread Shop mysteries 04)
Archer, Winnie
Just as Ivy’s brother Billy is about to get engaged to his beloved, a tragedy interrupts the happy moment. The body of long time Santa Sofia resident, Marisol Ruiz, washes up on the beach – and it’s even more heartbreaking, since Marisol’s father also recently died. But Marisol was a strong competitive swimmer. It seems unlikely there’s even a grain of truth to the theory that she accidentally drowned. As Ivy gets to work helping her mentor, Olaya Solis, with the catering for Marisol’s funeral, she also teams up with her partners in detection – because if they want to prevent someone from getting away with murder, there’s no time for loafing…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

What You Pay For (DI Birch series)
Askew, Claire
DI Birch joined the police to find her little brother, who walked out of his life one day and was never seen again. She stayed to help others, determined to seek justice where she could. On the fourteenth anniversary of Charlie’s disappearance, Birch takes part in a raid on one of Scotland’s most feared criminal organisations. It’s a good day’s work – a chance to get a dangerous man off the streets. Two days later, Charlie comes back. It’s not a coincidence. When Birch finds out exactly what he’s been doing, all those years, she faces a terrible choice: save the case, or save her brother… The sequel to All the Hidden Truths (PBK, $22.99).
Mystery/suspense | TP | $32.99

Tide and Punishment (Seaside Café 03)
Baker, Bree
It’s Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina, and while Everly Swan would prefer to focus on decorating her iced tea shop for its first holiday season; Great-Aunt Fran has decided to run for mayor, against her long-time nemesis. But when the other candidate turns up dead just before the first scheduled debate, all eyes turn to Fran as the suspect with the most obvious motive. Everly knows her sweet, elderly Aunt Fran couldn’t have murdered anyone, but as she struggles to find the real killer, it begins to seem like this may be the last merry Christmas, her family may ever have.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Elevator Pitch
Barclay, Linwood
It begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in Manhattan. Each presses the button for their floor, but the elevator climbs, non-stop, to the top where it pauses for a few seconds, before dropping. Right to the bottom of the shaft. It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again. And when Wednesday brings yet another catastrophe, New York – one of the most vertical cities in the world – is plunged into chaos. Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorise the city. And it’s working.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Besser, Nathan
Daniel Defoe is in trouble. Following a series of failed business ventures, the renowned pamphleteer, fiction writer, and political operative is dead broke. With his creditors at his heels, and facing debtors’ prison, Defoe is too crippled with anxiety to write. That is, until he visits Newgate Prison – with the intention of chronicling the stories of its inmates – and meets a young man, with a deep hatred for Jonathan Wild, London’s Thief-Taker General, and a story to tell.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

The Golden Tresses of the Dead
Bradley, Alan
Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective is eager to turn professional. She and her father’s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia’s wedding reception. After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high – as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out – the bridal cake contains a severed human finger. Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory. By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring, and the slope of the fingernail, she’ll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim – but also point a finger at a killer. The latest in this absolutely delightful and well-beloved series; which begins in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (PBK, $22.99). Now in paperback.
Flavia de Luce mysteries | PBK | $22.99

I Heard You Paint Houses (film tie-in edition)
Brandt, Charles
The incredible true story of the death of Jimmy Hoffa, the most famous hit in Mafia history. Frank Sheeran was a hustler and hitman, who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Spanning decades, Sheeran’s story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics. Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit against the Commission of La Cosa Nostra, the US Government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission. Sheeran is listed alongside the likes of Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano and Anthony ‘Fat Tony’ Salerno. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and Brandt turned Sheeran’s story into a page-turning true crime classic. Now, a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman is an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino, alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.
True crime | PBK | $22.99

Bark If It’s Murder (Dog Club mysteries 03)
Burns, V M
When a last-minute opportunity arises to accompany her boss to an art auction in Atlanta, Lilly throws some money at the problem of where to board her toy poodle Aggie (short for Agatha Christie). Posh Pet Haven offers the most luxurious canine accommodations, in all of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The place even provides pet cams so anxious owners can check in on their pampered pooches. But when Lilly tries to take a peek at her poodle, she gets a terrible shock – she witnesses what she’s sure is a murder. She thinks the victim may be the wealthy co-owner of Pet Haven. The police follow her lead but find no body, no evidence of a crime, and no video record. Starting to feel like the dog owner who cried wolf, Lilly decides to go undercover to catch a killer who may be hiding in plain sight…
Mystery | TP | $31.95

The Other End of the Line
Camilleri, Andrea
In Inspector Montalbano’s coastal town of Vigàta, a surge of migrants has been coming in by boat, and all the town’s hands are on deck to help the arrivals. At the heart of the scene are the police – on the lookout for the people smugglers responsible – and long nightshifts are rendering Inspector Montalbano and his officers exhausted. Then one night, while Montalbano is enduring yet another gruelling stint at the port, a separate crime is committed – unexplained, unexpected, and unpleasant. Elena, the dressmaker at the town’s famous tailors, has been found dead – slaughtered by her own scissors… As a swell of desperate people arrive, in search of a better life, Inspector Montalbano finds himself trying to unravel the mystery of who murdered the dressmaker. But as he makes his enquiries, the Inspector can’t help but wonder: what will happen if he keeps tugging on this thread? And what will he find, at the end of the line?
Montalbano | TP | $29.99

At Your Door (DCI Anna Tate series)
Carter, J P
When DCI Anna Tate is called to the gruesome discovery of a dead woman found on Barnes Common, she is plunged into a high-profile investigation involving a prominent MP. London is baying for blood – but is there more to Holly’s death than, at first, meets the eye? Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Anna’s missing daughter Chloe – who vanished ten years ago, when her father kidnapped her. The case has been cold for what feels like forever – but a phone call brings a brand-new lead… The follow-up to In Safe Hands (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Cookies and Clairvoyance (Magical Bakery mysteries 08)
Cates, Bailey
Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot is juggling wedding preparations, a visit from her father, and home renovations – on top of her long hours at the Honeybee Bakery, where she and her aunt Lucy imbue their yummy cookies and pastries with beneficial magic. But when firefighter Randy Post is accused of murdering a collector of rarities, and his prints are on the statue that was used to kill the man, Katie steps in. Randy is not only Katie’s fiancé’s co-worker, but also the boyfriend of fellow spell-book club member and witch, Bianca Devereaux. Bianca and Declan are both sure Randy is innocent, and so is Katie. However, to prove it she’ll have to work with ornery detective Peter Quinn again – and, this time around, he knows she’s more than your everyday baker.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Godmother
Cayre, Hannelore
Meet Patience Portefeux, fifty-three, an underpaid French-Arabic translator who specialises in police phone taps. Widowed, after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is wedged between the costs of raising her daughters and the nursing home fees for her ageing mother. She’s laboured for twenty-five years to keep everyone’s heads above water. Happening upon an especially revealing set of wiretaps ahead of all other authorities, Patience makes a life-altering decision that sees her intervening in – and infiltrating – the machinations of a massive drug deal. She thus embarks on an entirely new career path: Patience becomes ‘the Godmother’.
Mystery/suspense | TP | $27.99

The Pearl Dagger (Art Deco mysteries 03)
Chandlar, L A
Lane Sanders and her fiery boss, Mayor Fiorello ‘Fio’ La Guardia have managed to contain the explosive underground conspiracies of New York’s most sinister schemers. But after a seemingly harmless pinball racket claims the life of a trusted ally, a new ringleader signals the rebirth of an all-too-familiar crime network at home and across the pond… Spurred on by the possibility of a violent syndicate spreading like wildfire through Europe, Lane sets sail for London – the city where her parents began the undercover work that led to their tragic undoing. And, this time, she won’t chase down childhood nightmares without Finn Brodie, who vows to dispel his own difficult secrets abroad… While Finn confronts a devious sibling’s plot that echoes Orson Welles’ Voodoo Macbeth, Lane discovers that a dazzling pearl dagger may wield the ultimate clue to guide their hunt for justice, on two sides of the ocean. With terrors from the past and present converging, Lane can’t save herself… unless she starts believing that, like her weapon of choice, she also has the power to be both beautiful and dangerous.
Historical mystery | TP | $31.95

Wonton Terror (Noodle Shop mysteries 04)
Chien, Vivien
Lana Lee is all smiles, when the first evening of Cleveland’s Asian Night Market kicks off the summer. The weekly festival is always good for business, packed with locals and tourists, and this year, some stiff new food-truck competition. Wonton on Wheels, run by old friends of Lana’s parents, promises to have customers lining up for their delicately wrapped delights – until the truck blows up at evening’s end. Lana’s boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau, had been planning a birthday getaway for the two of them but, lo and behold, Lana must assume the role of amateur sleuth, yet again. With one proprietor of Wonton on Wheels dead, it’s beginning to look more like murder and less like an unfortunate accident. And as they begin to unwrap layers of disturbing secrets, Lana’s own family erupts into new drama. Will Lana be able to solve this crime – or has she jumped from the wok, right into the fire?
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Glitter Bomb (Scrapbooking mysteries 15)
Childs, Laura & Moran, Terrie Farley
It’s Mardi Gras, in New Orleans, and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend, Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo, on his float, at the head of the parade; when, suddenly, the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed. Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder… and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

The Angel in the Glass (Gabriel Taverner mysteries)
Clare, Alys
1604. When the emaciated body of a vagrant is found on the moor, it’s the verdict of physician Gabriel Taverner that the man died of natural causes. But who was he, and why had he come to this small village to die cold, sick and alone? Attempting to find the answers, Taverner unearths a series of shocking secrets, stretching back fourteen years.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

The Long Call (Two Rivers series)
Cleeves, Ann
In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church – as his father’s funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too. Now, he’s back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region; a complex place, not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose. A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew’s new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. Finding the killer is Venn’s only focus, and his team’s investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind, and the deadly secrets that lurk there. The first in a new series from the author of the acclaimed Vera and Shetland series.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Robert B Parker’s Colorblind (Jesse Stone series)
Coleman, Reed Farrel
Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and, apparently, racially-motivated crimes, beginning with the murder of an African-American woman. Then, Jesse’s own deputy Alisha – the first black woman hired by the Paradise police force – becomes the target of a sophisticated frame up. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an end game more destructive than any of them can imagine. At the same time, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority – namely, Jesse. Yet, something about the angry twenty-something appeals to Jesse, and he takes Cole under his wing. But there’s more to him than meets the eye, and his secrets might change Jesse’s life forever.
Suspense | PBK | $22.95

Last Pen Standing (Stationery Shop mysteries 01)
Conroy, Vivian
As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana’s stationery shop Wanted, Delta Douglas knows how to organise a killer, crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn’t the only thing found sprawled on the floor. A hotel guest is discovered dead in the bar, and amid the confusion, Delta’s best friend is suspected of the crime. Enlisting the help of her Paper Posse – and Spud, her canine sidekick – Delta dives into the investigation… The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Crypt Suzette (Five-Ingredient mysteries 06)
Corrigan, Maya
Suzette Cripps has been occupying a spare bedroom at Val’s granddad’s house, while she takes classes in this Maryland Eastern Shore town – but she’s always seemed a little secretive and fearful, and any talk about her past is a closed book. After winning the costume contest at the Halloween-themed bookstore party, Suzette is mowed down by a hit-and-run driver – and Val and her grandfather start to wonder whether it was really an accident, or if someone was after Suzette. Granddad is a little distracted by his new enterprise as a ghost-buster, but as Val talks to Suzette’s co-workers and fellow creative writing students, she grows more convinced that the dead woman’s demons weren’t imaginary – and that she needs to rip the mask off a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Shot in the Dark (Coffeehouse mysteries 17)
Coyle, Cleo
As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi fixes a date for her wedding, her ex-husband is making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings… about these match ups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors, by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find. The corpse is an entrepreneur, who used dating apps with reckless abandon – breaking hearts along the way. The NYPD quickly arrests one of the heartbreaker’s recent conquests. But the suspect’s sister tearfully swears her sibling was framed. Clare not only finds reason to believe it, she fears the real killer will strike again. Now, Clare is ‘swiping’ through suspects in her own shop – with the help of her globetrotting ex-husband… a man who’s spent his life hunting for coffee and women. Together, they’re determined to find justice before another shot rings out.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

A Dangerous Man (Cole & Pike series)
Crais, Robert
Joe Pike didn’t want to run into trouble, that day – he was just going to the bank. But when Isabel, a young teller, is forced into a car by two men, he has no choice but to step in. After chasing them down, he retrieves the terrified woman and the men are arrested. Not long after they are released on bail, the men are found dead, each with a single gunshot wound to the head, and Isabel is missing. After his handling of the men, Pike is a prime suspect, along with Izzy – was this an abduction gone wrong, or did it go exactly how she planned? Pike, convinced that her life is in danger, involves Elvis Cole in a search for the truth, and for Izzy. But they’re not the only ones desperate to find her – and desperate men are dangerous.
Thriller | TP | $29.99

A Case of Bier (Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries 31)
Dahiem, Mary
Vacations can be murder. No one knows that better than Judith McMonigle Flynn, owner of Seattle’s popular Hillside Manor B&B. After a busy summer, she desperately needs some R&R. Leave it to her thoughtful husband, Joe, to surprise her with a trip, to the Canadian Rockies. Thrilled to be getting away, Judith’s overjoyed when Cousin Renie and Bill agree to join them. Though the husbands have made the arrangements, how bad can a short time away in the beautiful mountains be? Judith and Renie are about to find out! While the accommodations certainly leave something to be desired, the other guests are the real prize. They’ve gathered on the mountainside to give a relative a proper and permanent send off – a nice gesture, until Judith realises that paying their respects might be a little premature… without some very sinister assistance. Now, it’s up to her and Renie to save a would-be corpse from an early date with the undertaker.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Silent Night, Deadly Night (Year-Round Christmas mysteries 04)
Delany, Vicki
It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs Claus’ Treasures, is preparing for a weekend reunion of her mother’s college friends. But when the group of women comes into Merry’s shop, Merry is met with frosty attitudes and cold hearts. The women argue amongst themselves constantly, and the bickering only intensifies after one of the friends is poisoned. With her father’s role as Santa in danger, due to his proximity to the crime, Merry will need to use all of her investigative gifts to wrap this mystery up and save Santa and her favourite holiday.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Mr Miller
Den Tex, Charles
Michael Bellicher is a successful consultant. During a night spent at work, he witnesses something he should never have seen. Trying to escape a powerful operation in which he accidentally gets trapped, he is followed by the mysterious Mr Miller. In a world of espionage-like computer techniques, full of managers, mergers, and opaque negotiations, Mr Miller seems to know almost everything about Michael.
Thriller | TP | $27.99

Dark Queen Rising (Margaret Beaufort mysteries)
Doherty, Paul
London, 1471. The War of the Roses rages on. Edward of York has claimed the English throne and his Yorkist supporters gleefully slaughter their adversaries; there’s no mercy, for anyone who supported the Lancastrian cause. Margaret Beaufort – mother of Henry Tudor, the only hope for the House of Lancaster – knows her enemies are closing in. Desperate for help, she turns to Christopher Urswicke for protection. But when ruthless scheming and pitiless killings are the only routes to survival, Urswicke will have to choose where his loyalties truly lie. The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Platform Seven
Doughty, Louise
Platform Seven, at 4 am: Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway, on this freezing November morning, is confident he’s alone. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform, it is clear his choice is strategic – he’s as far away from the night staff as he can get. What the man doesn’t realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries, and fails, to stop him walking to the platform edge. Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months – surely, they’re connected? No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die. From the author of Apple Tree Yard (PBK, $19.99).
Thriller | TP | $29.99

Overkilt (Liss Maccrimmon mysteries 12)
Dunnett, Kaitlyn
Liss MacCrimmon’s meddlesome mother is back in Moosetookalook, Maine, to serve a hefty portion of trouble, in time for Thanksgiving. While Liss preps the Scottish Emporium, for November’s inevitable shopping rush, other local businesses aren’t half as lucky. Year after year, her father-in-law’s rustic hotel can barely turn a profit, during the stretch between autumn’s peak and ski season. Except this time, Mr Ruskin realises that the recipe for success lies in enticing an untapped niche clientele – childless couples, desperate for a holiday away from family… The unusual marketing tactic has everyone in Moosetookalook talking. Unfortunately, it also inspires a scathing social media campaign, aimed at persuading tourists to boycott the hotel, for affronting family values. Liss dismisses the bad publicity as being totally ‘overkilt’ – until angry mobs fill the streets; the troublemaker, who started it all, turns up dead; and her loved ones are suspected of murder… With so much at stake, Liss can’t possibly follow police orders to stay out of the investigation. There’s just one wee problem: saving her own clan could mean sending a friend or two behind bars. Now – partly helped, partly hindered, by her difficult mother – Liss must digest a slew of unsettling clues and catch the real killer… or, else, everything she’s ever been thankful for may vanish before her eyes.
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Molded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball mysteries 05)
Eaton, J C
Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball enjoys working as a bookkeeper for a private investigator. If only her mother Harriet could enjoy her retirement at Sun City West in Arizona – instead of constantly getting involved with retirees being prematurely put out to pasture. This time Quentin Dussler, a prominent member of the clay sculpting club, was found dead, clutching a piece of paper scrawled with Phee’s mother’s name. Terrified she’s been targeted by assassins, Harriet begs Phee to investigate. What Phee uncovers is a complicated scheme that only the most diabolical of murderers would ever devise. And as she chisels away at confusing clues and potential suspects, Phee unearths something far more precious and valuable than she could imagine. Eager for answers, she takes a bold step – placing herself in the crosshairs of a stone-faced killer…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Deep Waters (British Library Crime Classics)
Edwards, Martin (editor)
From picturesque canals to the swirling currents of the ocean, a world of secrets lies buried beneath the surface of the water. Dubious vessels crawl along riverbeds, while the murky depths conceal more than one gruesome murder. This anthology uncovers the best mysteries set below the surface, including stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, William Hope Hodgson, and R Austin Freeman.
Classic mystery | TP | $28.95

Murder at the British Museum (Museum mysteries)
Eldridge, Jim
1894. A well-respected academic is found dead in a gentlemen’s convenience cubicle at the British Museum, the stall locked from the inside. Professor Lance Pickering had been due to give a talk promoting the museum’s new ‘Age of King Arthur’ exhibition when he was stabbed repeatedly in the chest. Having forged a strong reputation working alongside the inimitable Inspector Abberline on the Jack the Ripper case, Daniel Wilson is called in to solve the mystery of the locked cubicle murder, and he brings his expertise and archaeologist Abigail Fenton with him. But it isn’t long before the museum becomes the site of another fatality and the pair face mounting pressure to deliver results. With enquiries compounded by persistent journalists, local vandals and a fanatical society, Wilson and Fenton face a race against time to salvage the reputation of the museum and catch a murderer desperate for revenge. The second in this great new series, which begins with Murder at the Fitzwilliam (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Sibanda and the Rainbird
Elliott, C M
When a gruesomely vulture-mutilated corpse is found in the Park, near Thunduluka Lodge, DI Jabulani Sibanda – a hardboiled, bush-loving, instinctive crime fighter – is on the case. With Sibanda are his sidekicks: Sergeant Ncube, an overweight, digestively-challenged, severally-married angler and mechanical genius; and Miss Daisy, an ancient, truculent and eccentric Land Rover that is the bane of Sibanda’s life, and the love of Ncube’s. Sibanda and Ncube pursue the investigation in the African bush – following the mysterious clues they found at the crime scene: tyre tracks, a knife inscribed with the letter ‘B’, and a sliver of blue metallic car paint… The first in a new Zimbabwe-set series.
Mystery | PBK | $22.99

The Vanished Bride (Brontë mysteries)
Ellis, Bella
Yorkshire, 1845… A young woman has gone missing from her home, Chester Grange, leaving no trace, save a large pool of blood in her bedroom, and a slew of dark rumours about her marriage. A few miles away across the moors, the daughters of a humble parson, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified, yet intrigued. Desperate to find out more, the sisters visit Chester Grange, where they notice several unsettling details about the crime scene: not least, the absence of an investigation. Together, the young women realise that their resourcefulness, energy and boundless imaginations could help solve the mystery – and that if they don’t attempt to find out what happened to Elizabeth Chester, no one else will… The first in a historical mystery series with a literary twist, featuring the Brontë sisters as amateur detectives.
Historical mystery | TP | $32.99

Death by Café Mocha (Bookstore mysteries 07)
Erickson, Alex
Krissy Hancock and her pals are taking a coffee break – leaving their bookstore-café in Pine Hills, Ohio, and heading to a convention. But this road trip will be more dangerous than they expected… Coffee lovers are gathering from far and wide at the hotel, and Krissy, Rita, and Vicki are excited. But some of the attendees may need to switch to decaf, as a public argument breaks out, soon after they check in, and then a flavour competition leads to bitter feelings. When the winner of the contest is beaned with a carafe full of café mocha, suspicions swirl – along with accusations of bribery. Was the dead man offering perks to the judges – or was something sinister going on in his personal life? This case is going to keep Krissy up, all night long…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Look Alive Twenty-Five
Evanovich, Janet
There’s nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli, in Trenton, is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, coleslaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that’s been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it’s a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they’d better figure out what’s going on, before they lose their new manager, Ms Stephanie Plum.
Stephanie Plum | PBK | $19.99

Mulberry Mischief (Berry Basket mysteries 04)
Farrow, Sharon
With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But, this year, there’s also a run on mulberry – when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it’s almost Halloween, but something else seems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point’s oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her – and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn’t take her fears seriously… until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman. The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia’s property – shot through the heart, with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee, soon, learns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family – who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together – and figuring out what’s going on puts Marlee in a real jam…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Safe Houses
Fesperman, Dan
West Berlin, October 1979. Helen Abell is a young American, employed by the CIA to oversee a number of safe houses. She arrives in Berlin, expecting excitement and intrigue, and is disappointed to find the city a Cold War backwater. But one night, during a routine house inspection, she stumbles upon two dark but very different secrets. If made public, they could damage the careers of high-ranking people with powerful ambitions. But Helen decides that the price of silence might be costlier still, so she covertly works to reveal the truth even as she risks her career. Maryland, August 2014. In a small farming town, a young man called Willard Shoat gets up one night and shoots his parents while they are sleeping. His sister Anna hires a private investigator to help her understand her brother’s motives. As they delve into the events leading up to her parents’ deaths, Anna uncovers some startling secrets from her mother’s past…
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Red War (Mitch Rapp series)
Flynn, Vince & Mills, Kyle
When Russian president Maxim Krupin discovers that he has inoperable brain cancer, he’s determined to cling to power. His first task is to kill or imprison any of his countrymen who can threaten him. Soon, though, his illness becomes serious enough to require a more dramatic diversion – war with the West. Upon learning of Krupin’s condition, CIA director Irene Kennedy understands that the US is facing an opponent who has nothing to lose. The only way to avoid a confrontation – that could leave millions dead – is to send Mitch Rapp to Russia under impossibly dangerous orders. With the Kremlin’s entire security apparatus hunting him, he must find and kill a man – many have deemed the most powerful in the world. Success means averting a war that could consume all of Europe. But if his mission is discovered, Rapp will plunge Russia and America into a conflict that neither will survive.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Walking Towards Thunder: the true story of a whistleblowing cop who took on corruption and the Church
Fox, Peter
Former Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a hero in many people’s eyes. A police officer with 36 years’ service in the Hunter region, he rose to national prominence in 2012 for his major role in speaking out for the victims of abuse within the church. He had been at the coalface fighting these heinous crimes for decades. He had worked with the victims and supported their families. He knew an enquiry was long overdue. His decision to become a whistle blower helped trigger Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s historic decision to establish a far-reaching Royal Commission, into the sexual abuse of children in institutions. He had no idea what speaking up would unleash. Peter’s dedication and focus cost him his career, his health and also affected his wife’s health. He and his family were threatened. Former friends shunned him. But the victims and the families that he supported consider him their champion. To them he is a hero. Walking Towards Thunder details the cumulative horrors our police face, every day, it reveals the cover ups and the way sexual predators were moved around. It shows the backlash he faced and the lengths those in power will go to avoid facing the truth. Confronting and inspiring, this is an unforgettable story.
True crime | TP | $34.99

Stone Cold Heart (DC Cat Kinsella series)
Frear, Caz
A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret that connects them, all. When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there’s not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him; but can’t – or won’t – give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it. That is, until Naomi Lockhart, a young PA, is found dead after a party attended by both Joseph and Rachel, and Joseph is arrested for the murder. Joseph says his wife is setting him up. His wife says he didn’t do it. The trail of evidence leads to even more questions… Adulterer. Murderer. Victim. Who would you believe? The follow-up to Sweet Little Lies (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

Never Tell (D D Warren series)
Gardner, Lisa
One death might be an accident. Two deaths looks like murder. A man is shot dead in his own home, and his pregnant wife, Evie, is found with the gun in her hands. Detective D D Warren instantly recognises her. Sixteen years ago, Evie also shot her own father. That killing was ruled an accident. D D doesn’t believe in coincidences. But this case isn’t as open and shut, as it first appears, and her job is to discover the truth. Evie might be a victim. Or she might be about to get away with murder, again.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Stone Circle (Dr Ruth Galloway series)
Griffiths, Elly
DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to ‘go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there’. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle’s baby due to be born; but because, although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places (the first in the Dr Ruth Galloway series: PBK, $21.99), and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they? Meanwhile, Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh – another henge, known by the archaeologists as the stone circle – trying not to think about the baby. Then bones are found on the site and identified, as those of Margaret Lacey – a twelve-year-old girl, who disappeared thirty years ago. As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case, and to Scarlett Henderson – the girl Nelson couldn’t save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

The Fifth Column
Gross, Andrew
February 1939 and Europe is on the brink of war. Charles Mossman is in a bar in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, reeling from the loss of his job and his failing marriage; while, outside, thousands of Nazi sympathisers are attending a hate-spewing rally. As he confronts one, Charles makes a horrendous mistake with deadly consequences. Two years later, Charles is released from prison and tries to reunite with his family. The US has kept out of the war for now but the pressure in the city is rising as those sympathetic to the Nazi cause lay the foundations for what lies ahead. As he tries to make amends with his wife and daughter, Charles starts to understand that surrounding them there are forces that will use any means necessary to bring about the downfall of his nation. And when his daughter is befriended by a seemingly amiable Swiss couple, it brings to the surface his fears of a ‘Fifth Column’ of embedded German spies in their new neighbourhood. All Charles wants is to redeem himself as a husband and father; but, sometimes, a man must do questionable things to stand up for his family and what he believes, even sacrificing his life to do so…
Suspense | TP | $29.99

The Man in the White Linen Suit (Stewart Hoag mysteries)
Handler, David
Washed-up, celebrity ghost-writer Stewart ‘Hoagy’ Hoag has finally rediscovered his voice and is making progress, on what he hopes will be his long-awaited second novel. Burrowed up in his less-than-luxurious, sweltering, fifth floor walk-up, he tries not to think of the disparities between himself and his ex-wife, celebrity actress Merilee Nash, who is sifting through film offers – and also her fickle feelings for Hoagy – from her elegant eight-room apartment looking over Central Park. When Merilee offers her home for Hoagy’s use while she’s shooting on location, hope blossoms that he might finally get some real work done… and solidify their rekindling romance. Then Hoagy receives a call from his literary agent, asking if he can meet with publishing’s most ruthless and reviled editor, Sylvia James, for a drink at the Algonquin Hotel. After disclosing that aging literary genius Addison James – also Sylvia’s father and main client – has not, in fact, written his last two bestselling historical sagas, Sylvia reveals her suspicions that Addison’s assistant Tommy O’Brien – the true author – has run away with their most recent manuscript, and is holding it for ransom. Tempted by Sylvia’s offer to bid a hefty advance for his novel-in-progress, Hoagy agrees to help unearth Tommy’s sudden disappearance. If only he’d known exactly what he was getting himself into, he might’ve saved himself from the ensuing grief that follows in his hot pursuit of Tommy. But then, that wouldn’t be a normal day in the life of Hoagy. With clattering claims of a mugging, a stolen manuscript, and three murders, now it’s up to Hoagy and his short-legged sidekick Lulu to unravel this baffling, bizarre case.
Hardboiled | TP | $27.99

Old Bones (Bill Slider series)
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
A couple discover human remains buried in the garden of their new house: could this be the resting place of 14-year-old Amanda Knight – who disappeared from the same garden, two decades before? With a murder twenty years in the past, this is the coldest of cold cases. Most of the suspects are now dead too, and all passion is long spent. Or is it?
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

Tilling the Truth (Garden Squad mysteries 02)
Henry, Julia
While Lilly digs into a town beautification project, her friend Tamara O’Connor has greater concerns than well-pruned geraniums. The real-estate firm owner hasn’t been shy about blaming perennial grouch Gladys Preston for thwarting her many attempts to sell off a beautiful beachside property. But accusations fly, when Gladys is suddenly found dead – and Tamara is caught standing over the body with a bloody weapon in her hand… As Tamara becomes the prime murder suspect, Lilly and the Garden Squad ladies set out to prove that someone planted the evidence.
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Reconstruction (Oxford series)
Herron, Mick
What should have been a simple pick up, turns into a day-long nightmare for Bad Sam Chapman. When an operational catastrophe puts a gun in the hands of a young man, who then breaks into South Oxford Nursery School and takes a group of hostages; teacher Louise Kennedy fears the worst. But Jaime Segura isn’t there on a homicidal mission, and he’s just as scared as those whose lives he holds as collateral. As an armed police presence builds outside the school’s gates, Bad Sam Chapman – head of the intelligence service’s internal security force, the Dogs – battles the clock to find out what Jaime is after. But the only person Jaime will talk to is Ben Whistler – an MI6 accountant, who worked with Jaime’s lover, Miro. Miro’s gone missing, along with a quarter of a billion pounds allotted for reconstruction work in Iraq. Jaime refuses to believe that Miro is a thief – though, he’s always had his secrets. But then, so does Louise, so do the other hostages – and so do some people on the outside, who’d much rather Jaime was silenced.
Mystery/suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Boy (Broussard & Fourcade)
Hoag, Tami
When Genevieve’s seven-year-old son is found bleeding to death in his own home, she’s horrified when the police turn to her for answers. There’s no evidence of a break in, and parts of Genevieve’s story don’t seem to make sense. But could a mother really kill her own child? Twenty-four hours later, teenager Nora Florette is reported missing – and panic begins to spread. Someone is preying on the local children – and the police are caught in a race against time to catch the killer. Detective Nick Fourcade and his partner Annie Broussard must uncover the truth about Genevieve’s past before it’s too late. Is she simply a grieving mother? Or is she a danger to them, all?
Thriller | PBK | $22.99

A Shadow on the Lens
Hurcom, Sam
1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl, by the name of Betsan Tilny, has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help. As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl – the face of Betsan Tilny.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

No Tomorrow (Villanelle series)
Jennings, Luke
In a hotel room in Venice, where she’s just completed a routine assassination, Villanelle receives a late-night call. Eve Polastri has discovered that a senior MI5 officer is in the pay of the Twelve, and is about to debrief him. As Eve interrogates her subject, desperately trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, Villanelle moves in for the kill. The duel between the two women intensifies, as does their mutual obsession, and when the action moves from the high passes of the Tyrol to the heart of Russia, Eve finally begins to unwrap the enigma of her adversary’s true identity. The sequel to Codename Villanelle (PBK, $19.99). Jennings’ novels are the basis of the hit tv series Killing Eve. Recommended!
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Man Who Wouldn’t Die
Jewell, A B
Silicon Valley scion Captain Don Donogue is dead, under mysterious circumstances. Signs point to murder. Just ask Captain Don himself. He’s been sending messages about his suspicious death from beyond the grave. Yep, he’s been tweeting from the afterlife. Could life after death be Silicon Valley’s latest innovation This is the mystery that confronts the only sane person left, in a region gone mad with greed, William Fitzgerald. Fitch. He’s a world-class detective – tough, stoic, carries a big stick and a flip phone. He’s a bad fit for Silicon Valley, where couples are so anxious to get into the best free-play kindergartens that they get on the waiting list, as soon as they freeze their eggs. One day, a woman knocks on Fitch’s door. She’s got a handful of cash and a wild story: She says that her father was Captain Don… or is Captain Don. He was killed, or maybe not. Fitch takes the case and goes into the belly of the Valley, discovering that life and death – well, sometimes they’re just another transaction.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

Depth of Winter (Longmire mysteries)
Johnson, Craig
Welcome to Walt Longmire’s worst nightmare. Winter is creeping closer, but for Sheriff Longmire this one is looking to be harsh in a way to which he is wholly unaccustomed. He has found himself in the remotest parts of the northern Mexican desert, a lawless place – where no horse or car can travel; where no one speaks his language or trusts an outsider; far from his friends and his home turf, back in Wyoming. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Tomas Bidarte, the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico, has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less so. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a father’s intuition, Walt must head into the blistering heat of the desert… one man, against an army.
Mystery | TP | $33.95

The Room of the Dead (Sackwater mysteries)
Kasasian, M R C
December, 1939. Having solved the case of the Suffolk Vampire, Inspector Betty Church and her colleagues at Sackwater Police Station have settled back down to business. There’s the elderly Mr Fern, who keeps losing his slippers; Sylvia Satin’s thirteenth birthday party to attend; and the scintillating case of the missing bookmark to solve. Though peace and quiet are all well and good, Betty soon finds herself longing for some cold-blooded murder… When a bomb is dropped on a residential street, both peace and quiet are broken; and it seems the war has finally reached Sackwater. But Betty cannot stop the Hun, however hard she tries. So, when a body is found on Sackwater’s beach, Betty concentrates on finding the enemy much closer to home. The sequel to the fantastic Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Night’s Tail (Magical Cats 11)
Kelly, Sofie
Spring is coming to Mayville Heights, and Kathleen’s brother, Ethan, has arrived in town with his band, the Flaming Gerbils. But not everything goes as scheduled when one of Ethan’s bandmates gets into a fight with a man interested in investing in the town. When the businessman’s body is later found, Ethan’s friend is implicated in the crime. Kathleen wants to help her brother by solving the case, but she has no shortage of suspects from which to choose. Prior to his death, the investor was fighting like cats and dogs with lots of people. If this librarian wants more than a whisker’s chance of solving the case, she will need to rely on her trusty feline sidekicks, Owen and Hercules.
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Marked for Death (Devlin & Truman series)
Kent, Tony
When London’s legal establishment is shaken to its foundation, by the grisly crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice, Detective Chief Inspector Joelle Levy is tasked with finding his killer. With fifty years of potential enemies to choose from, only the identical murder of former solicitor Adam Blunt offers a ray of hope: what is it that connects these victims who met such a gruesome end? Assigned to the story from the start, news reporter Sarah Truman sets out to investigate on her own, not suspecting that the trail will lead straight back to her own front door and her fiancé, Michael Devlin. A criminal barrister – determined to prove the innocence of his own client – Michael is, at first, oblivious to the return of the murderous figure from his past… A follow-up to Kent’s debut, Killer Intent (PBK, $19.99).
Suspense | PBK | $19.99

The Sleepwalker
Knox, Joseph
As a series of rolling blackouts plunge the city into darkness, Detective Aidan Waits sits on an abandoned hospital ward, watching a mass murderer slowly die. Transferred from his usual night shift duties, and onto protective custody, he has just one job… To extract the location of Martin Wick’s final victim, before the notorious mass murderer passes away. Wick has spent over a decade in prison, in near-total silence, having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation and earned him the nickname of ‘The Sleepwalker’. But when a daring premeditated attack leaves one police officer dead and another one fighting for his life, Wick’s whispered last words will send Waits on a journey into the heart of darkness… Manipulated by a reticent psychopath from his past, and under investigation from his new partner, Detective Constable Naomi Black, Waits realises – too late – that a remorseless contract killer is at work. Can Aidan Waits solve his last case, before fleeing justice? Or will his name be next on the hit list?
Thriller | TP | $32.99

The Shaker Murders (Will Rees mysteries)
Kuhns, Eleanor
The town of Durham is excited when the circus arrives… until the body of a young Shaker girl is found beaten. Growing weary of his farmland chores, Will Rees takes it upon himself to investigate, but quickly becomes entranced by the lives of the circus performers. Is his longing for his old journeyman’s life causing him to take his eye of the case?
Mystery | TP | $29.95

The Girl Who Lived Twice
Lagercrantz, David
Lisbeth Salander’s mentor and protector Holger Palmgren is dead; and she has been gone from Stockholm, since his funeral. All summer, Mikael Blomkvist has been plagued by the fear that Salander’s enemies will come after her. He should, perhaps, be more concerned for himself. In the pocket of an unidentified homeless man, who died with the name of a Swedish government minister on his lips, the police find a list of telephone numbers. Among them, the contact for Millennium magazine, and the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Following the scorched trail of her twin sister Camilla to Moscow, Salander nevertheless continues to watch over her old friend. Soon, Blomkvist will need her help. But first, she has an old score to settle; and fresh outrage to avenge. For the girl with the dragon tattoo, the personal is always political – and, ultimately, deadly. Continuing the well-beloved series which began with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (PBK, $16.99).
Millennium | TP | $32.99

A Golden Grave (Rose Gallagher mysteries)
Lindsey, Erin
Being a Pinkerton isn’t quite what Rose imagined, and not everyone welcomes her into the fold. Meanwhile, her old friends aren’t sure what to make of the new Rose; and even Thomas seems to be having second thoughts about his junior partner. So, when a chilling new case arrives on Rose’s doorstep, she jumps at the chance to prove herself – only to realise that the stakes are higher than she could have imagined. Six delegates have been murdered at a local political convention, and the police have no idea who – or what – is responsible. One thing seems clear: The killer’s next target is a candidate for New York City mayor, one Theodore Roosevelt. Convinced that something supernatural is afoot, Rose and Thomas must track down the murderer, before Roosevelt is taken out of the race – permanently. But this killer is unlike any they’ve faced before, and hunting him down will take them from brownstones to ballrooms to Bowery saloons. Not quite comfortable anywhere, Rose must come to terms with her own changed place in society – and the fact that some would do anything, to see her gone from it, entirely. The sequel to Murder on Millionaires’ Row (TP, $24.99).
Historical mystery | TP | $26.99

Missing Person
Lotz, Sarah comprises a group of misfit sleuths scattered across the States. Their macabre passion is giving names to the unidentified dead. When Ellie Caine starts investigating the corpse known as the Boy in the Dress, the Boy’s killer decides to join the group. The closer they get to the truth, the closer he will get to them. The Boy was Teddy Ryan. He was meant to have been killed in a car crash in the west of Ireland in 1989. Only he wasn’t. There is no grave in Galway and Teddy was writing letters from New York, a year after he supposedly died. But, one night, he met a man in a Minnesota bar and vanished off the face of the earth. Teddy’s nephew, Shaun, is no hero, but he is determined to solve the thirty-year-old mystery. He joins forces with the disparate members of Missing-linc to hunt down the killer. The only problem: the killer will be with them every step of the way…
Mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Swallows
Lutz, Lisa
What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want? It starts with this simple writing prompt from Alex Witt to her students at Stonebridge Academy. When their answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms Witt knows there’s more going on at the school than anyone will admit. She finds the few girls who’ve started to question the school’s ‘boys will be boys’ attitude and incites a resistance that quickly becomes a movement. As the school’s secrets begin to trickle out, the skirmish turns into an all-out war, with deeply personal – and potentially fatal – consequences for everyone involved.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Dead Man Walking: the murky world of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich
McClymont, Kate with Carson, Vanda
The complete story of the lives and shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich, from the person McGurk confided in. Employing her insider status and trademark wit, pace and intelligence, Kate McClymont unravels the complex business relationships between Michael McGurk and Ron Medich. Rumour has it that Sydney is full of corruption and crime, but no one expected to read about a Sydney businessman being shot, in the back of his head, in his driveway, in Cremorne. Nor that, ultimately, a Point Piper millionaire would be convicted for ordering the hit. But this is not just a Sydney story. Its strands traverse Moscow, Brunei, Indonesia, and Hawaii; and involve property deals, fraud, conspiracy, false identities, kidnapping, and a miniature Koran. There are bumbling criminals, turncoats, snitches, wealthy people brought down, and devastated families. Just prior to his murder, Michael McGurk – who had a history of violence, threats, arson charges, intimidation and failed businesses – had informed Kate McClymont, Australia’s best-known investigative journalist, that he believed there was a hit out on him. They agreed they would meet, and then he was shot. This is an extraordinary story of ten years of events that you simply could not make up.
True crime | TP | $34.99

How the Dead Speak (Hill & Jordan series)
McDermid, Val
When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago and the remains dating back many years, could this be the work of more than one obsessive killer? It’s an investigation that throws up more questions as the evidence mounts, and – after their last case ended, catastrophically – Tony Hill and Carol Jordan can only watch, from afar. As they deal with the consequences of previous actions, someone with a terrifying routine is biding their time – and both Tony and Carol find themselves closer to the edge than they have ever been before…
Mystery | TP | $32.99

The Night Olivia Fell
McDonald, Christina
Abi Knight is startled awake in the middle of the night to a ringing phone and devastating news – her teenage daughter, Olivia, has been in a terrible accident. Abi is told that Olivia slipped and fell from a bridge into the icy water below; and, now, she lies silent, dependent on life support. But then Abi sees the angry bruises around Olivia’s wrists and learns that her sensible daughter is, in fact, three months’ pregnant…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Night Olivia Fell
McDonald, Christina
They said it was an accident. Her mother knows they’re lying. But the truth comes with a price… Abi Knight is startled awake in the middle of the night, to a ringing phone and devastating news – her teenage daughter, Olivia, has been in a terrible accident. Abi is told that Olivia slipped and fell from a bridge into the icy water below; and, now, she lies silent, dependent on life support. But then Abi sees the angry bruises around Olivia’s wrists, and learns that her sensible daughter is, in fact, three months pregnant…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Rich Man’s House
McGahan, Andrew
In the freezing Antarctic waters south of Tasmania, a mountain was discovered, in 1642 – by the seafaring explorer Gerrit Jansz. Not just any mountain, but one that Jansz estimated was an unbelievable height of twenty-five thousand metres. In 2016, at the foot of this unearthly mountain, a controversial and ambitious ‘dream home’, the Observatory, is painstakingly constructed by an eccentric billionaire – the only man to have ever reached the summit. Rita Gausse – estranged daughter of the architect who designed the Observatory – is surprised, upon her father’s death, to be invited to the isolated mansion to meet the famously-reclusive owner, Walter Richman. But from the beginning, something doesn’t feel right. Why is Richman so insistent that she come? What does he expect of her? When cataclysmic circumstances intervene to trap Rita and a handful of other guests in the Observatory, cut off from the outside world, she slowly begins to learn the unsettling – and ultimately horrifying – answers. Andrew McGahan’s final novel is gripping and unique.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

Word to the Wise (Library Lover’s mysteries 10)
McKinlay, Jenn
Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams – but it’s not all roses for Briar Creek’s beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term ‘book lover’ a whole new meaning. Inappropriate looks and unwelcome late-night visits to Lindsey’s house have everyone – from the crafternooners to Lindsey’s fiancé, Sully – on edge. When Grady’s dead body is found staged outside the library and all the clues point to Sully, Lindsey knows it’s up to her to dig through the hidden chapters of Grady’s previous life to find the real culprit and clear Sully’s name. But becoming a thorn in the killer’s side is not without its consequences, and the closer Lindsey gets to the truth, the more determined the murderer is, to make her just a footnote.
Mystery | HC | $52.95

Points of Danger (Inspector Colbeck series)
Marston, Edward
1861, East Anglia. Alone in a first-class carriage, the Swarbricks are robbed at gunpoint, but when the universally-admired Swarbrick fights back, the train robber takes more than money and jewellery… killing the man, working to unify East Anglia’s tangle of railway networks. Inspector Colbeck is brought in from London, as the only detective in Britain with enough expertise for the job. But as Swarbrick’s glowing reputation begins to crumble, the line of investigation isn’t clear: Is this the act of a bungling burglar, a business rival, a disgruntled son, or a jealous lover? Whoever it is, they are determined to involve Colbeck in their fight. Is the Railway Detective following the right track, or will he need to switch points to bring the murderer to justice?
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

Halloween Murder (Lucy Stone mysteries) (omnibus)
Meier, Leslie
In these two beloved mysteries, now collected in one volume for the very first time, Lucy Stone finds that, on Halloween in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, the treats aren’t just sweet and delicious. Sometimes, they’re also deadly.
Trick or Treat Murder: While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes for her town’s annual Halloween festival, an arsonist is on the loose in Tinker’s Cove. When arson turns into murder, a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke…
Wicked Witch Murder: Not everyone in Tinker’s Cove is enchanted with newcomer Diana Ravenscroft and her quaint little shop, offering everything from jewellery to psychic readings. But a gruesome murder of Diana’s friend has Lucy Stone uncovering a deadly web of secrets – and a spine-chilling brush with the things that go bump in the night…
Mystery | PBK | $21.95

Haunted House Murder (Halloween mystery anthology)
Meier, Leslie; Hollis, Lee; Ross, Barbara
Tricks and treats keep the Halloween spirit alive in coastal Maine. But this year the haunted house theme is getting carried a little too far…
Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier: Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighbourly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behaviour.
Death by Haunted House by Lee Hollis: For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished – after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbours are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.
Hallowed Out by Barbara Ross: With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a re-enactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.
– There’s nothing like home sweet home, in this trio of Halloween tales…
Mystery | HC | $42.99

Montgomery, Hugh
Not all doctors are heroes… Renowned surgeon Michael Trenchard locks his office door and prepares for a relaxing evening – Wagner on the sound system, a fine Scotch to hand. A knock at the door heralds the arrival of the person he most wants to see – the person who excites him more than anyone else. But what follows will turn his dreams into a living nightmare… for he will be discovered, later that night, in a locked-in coma – the victim of an auto-erotic asphyxiation. Can this really be an accident? It is left to Dr Kash Devan, Trenchard’s young protégé, to uncover the truth. What he discovers is chilling: in his ruthless pursuit of wealth and success, Trenchard has left a trail of wrecked lives behind him. Which of his victims hated him so much they wanted not only his life, but also his reputation ruined?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

Death by Jack-O’-Lantern (Abby McCree mysteries 02)
Morgan, Alexis
The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is gearing up for the Halloween Festival; and, naturally, Abby is on the planning committee. As part of her duties, she’s picking up a pumpkin order from ornery farmer Ronald Minter. But what she finds instead is the farmer in the middle of his corn maze with a knife in his back. The police suspect a homeless veteran named Kevin Montgomery, who was seen arguing with Minter when the farmer accused him of trespassing and stealing pumpkins. Abby’s tenant Tripp Blackston, a veteran himself who’s been helping Kevin, is sure he’s innocent. Together, Abby and Tripp follow the twists and turns of the case to corner the corn maze killer – before someone else meets a dead end…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

The Last Bushrangers
Munro, Mike
The story of Australia’s last bushranging gang – the murderous Kenniffs… Easter Sunday, 1902, deep in the Carnarvon Ranges a police constable and station manager are slain then later incinerated, their remains stuffed into saddlebags. Accused of the ghoulish crime are two members of the bushranging Kenniff gang, fast gaining notoriety as Queensland’s equivalent of the Kelly gang. Yet, the murders are a bold escalation from the petty fraud, horse stealing and cattle duffing the gang is known for. Starving and exhausted after three long months on the run, the brothers are finally captured, and so the wheels of justice start to turn. The story of the Kenniffs has fascinated Mike Munro, for decades – ever since he found out these last bushrangers were his family. If not for Mike’s grandfather illegally changing his name in shame from Kenniff to Munro, this major figure in Australian television would be known to us as Mike Kenniff. But who were Mike’s relatives? What drove them to their life of crime? And were the brothers really responsible for such terrible murders? In answering these questions Mike Munro takes us back to the dawn of Federation, when bush skills and horsemanship could help outlaws escape the police, when remote pastoralists were vulnerable targets for thieves and marauders, when race and class divides were entrenched – but resented – and when brutal, feckless outlaws faced the ultimate punishment. This is a story that is both gripping and personal, and an insight into an Australia just coming of age.
True crime/History | TP | $34.99

Meet Me at Lennon’s
Myers, Melanie
As university student Olivia Wells sets out on her quest to find an unpublished manuscript by Gloria Graham – a now-obscure, mid-twentieth-century feminist and writer – she unwittingly uncovers details about a young woman found murdered. Strangled with a nylon stocking in the mangroves on the banks of the river, in wartime Brisbane, the case soon became known as the River Girl Murder. Olivia’s detective work exposes the sinister side of the city in 1943, flush with greenbacks and nylons, jealousy and violence brewing between the Australian and US soldiers, which eventually boiled over into the infamous Battle of Brisbane. Olivia soon discovers that the diggers didn’t just reserve their anger for the US forces – they also took it out on the women they perceived as traitors, the ones who dared to consort with US soldiers. Can Olivia rewrite history to bring justice to the river girl whose life was so brutally taken? Even if the past can’t be changed, is it possible to undo history’s erasure?
Mystery | TP | $29.99

The Root of Evil (Inspector Barbarotti series)
Nesser, Håkan
July 2007. A letter arrives on Inspector Barbarotti’s doorstep, detailing a murder that is about to take place… in his own, quiet, Swedish town. By the time the police track down the subject of the letter, he is already dead. So, when a second letter arrives, then a third, and a fourth, it’s a game of cat and mouse to stop the killer before he can make good on all of his promises. Meanwhile, an anonymous diary is unearthed – depicting the incidents of a two-week holiday in France, five years earlier; and it doesn’t take Barbarotti long, to realise the people populating the diary are the ones whose lives are, now, in the balance… The sequel to the terrific The Darkest Day (PBK, $18.99). Recommended.
Suspense | PBK | $18.99

The Girl Without Skin (Matthew Cave series)
Nordbo, Mads Peder
When a mummified Viking corpse is discovered in a crevasse out on the edge of an ice sheet, journalist Matthew Cave is sent to cover the story. The next day, the mummy is gone; and the body of the policeman, who was keeping watch, is found naked and flayed – exactly like the victims in a gruesome series of murders that terrified the remote town of Nuuk, in the 1970s. As Matt investigates, he is shocked by the deprivation and brutal violence the locals take for granted. Unable to trust the police, he begins to suspect a cover up. It’s only when he meets a young Inuit woman, Tupaarnaq, convicted of killing her parents and two small sisters, that Matt starts to realise how deep this story goes – and how much danger he is in.
Noir | PBK | $22.99

Killing State
O’Reilly, Judith
What if the person, you’re ordered to kill, is the woman you want to protect? Michael North – assassin and spy for hire – is very good at killing bad guys. But what happens, when his shadowy bosses at the dark heart of the British government order him to kill a good woman, instead? Rising political star, Honour Jones MP, has started asking dangerous questions about the men running her country. The trouble is, she doesn’t know when to stop. And, now that he’s met her, neither does North…
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Triumph of the Spider Monkey
Oates, Joyce Carol
Unavailable for 40 years, this seminal novel of madness and murder is acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates’ powerful trip into the mind of a maniac. Abandoned as a baby in a bus station locker, shuttled from one abusive foster home and detention centre to another, Bobbie Gotteson grew up angry, hurting, damaged. His hunger to succeed as a musician brought him across the country to Hollywood, but along with it came his seething rage, his paranoid delusions, and his capacity for acts of shocking violence. The Triumph of the Spider Monkey is an eloquent, terrifying, heartbreaking exploration of madness, by one of the most acclaimed authors of the past century. This definitive edition pairs – for the first time – the original novel, with a never-before-collected companion novella by Joyce Carol Oates; unseen, since its sole publication in a literary journal, nearly half a century ago. The novella examines the impact of Gotteson’s killing spree on a woman who survived it, as seen through the eyes of the troubled young man, hired by a private detective to watch her…
Hard case crime | PBK | $19.99

The Ones You Trust
Overington, Caroline
Emma Cardwell is the top-rating host of a morning TV show, Cuppa, beloved by audiences; and, only occasionally, stalked by crazy fans. She seems to have it all: fame, money, a gorgeous family… but then her tiny daughter disappears from day care, and Emma’s entire life is turned on its head. Is this a kidnapping, a product of her high profile, or is somebody out for revenge? As the hours tick by and the pressure mounts, everything comes under scrutiny – including her own marriage; and Emma is forced to confront an aching question: can we trust the ones we love?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing
Paulson-Ellis, Mary
An old soldier dies alone in his Edinburgh nursing home. No known relatives, and no Will to enact. Just a pawn ticket found amongst his belongings, and fifty thousand pounds in used notes sewn into the lining of his burial suit… Heir Hunter, Solomon Farthing – down on his luck, until, perhaps, now – is tipped off on this unexplained fortune. Armed with only the deceased’s name and the crumpled pawn ticket, he must find the dead man’s closest living relative if he is to get a cut of this much-needed cash. But in trawling through the deceased’s family tree, Solomon uncovers a mystery that goes back to 1918, and a group of eleven soldiers abandoned in a farmhouse billet in France, in the weeks leading up to the armistice.
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99

A Better Man (Inspector Gamache series)
Penny, Louise
The air is unbearably tense, as Armand Gamache returns to the Sûreté du Québec – for his first day of work, since being demoted from its command to head of homicide. Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman; but, while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared. As the waters rise, a body is discovered – and the victim’s distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself, and is haunted by a question… what would he do, if his child’s killer might walk free? This fantastic series begins with Still Life (PBK, $19.99).
Mystery | TP | $32.99

Death in Focus (Elena Standish series)
Perry, Anne
It is 1933 and Europe is a place of increasing fear and violence. Young British photographer Elena Standish is on assignment in Amalfi when she meets Ian Newton, a charming Englishman with whom she falls in love. But what does she really know about him? Accompanying him on a train across Italy to Paris, she finds him critically stabbed and dying. He tells her he is a member of Britain’s Secret Service, on his way to Berlin to warn MI6 – so, that they can foil a plot to assassinate one of Hitler’s vilest henchmen and blame Britain for it, thus causing a devastating diplomatic crisis. Elena promises to deliver the message. But she is too late, and finds herself fleeing for her life. Meanwhile, Lucas Standish, secret head of MI6 during the war, learns that his beloved granddaughter is being hunted in Berlin for murder. With Elena on the run; and, at least, one traitor in the British Embassy, it is impossible to know who to trust… The first in a new series.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Call Me Evie
Pomare, J P
Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim, in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he’s hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne. In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here. Jim says he’s keeping her safe. Evie’s not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Secrets We Kept
Prescott, Lara
1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it. But, in the rest of the world, it’s fast becoming a sensation. In Washington DC, the CIA is planning to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour. Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia, by any means necessary. It will not be easy. There are people prepared to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail – as this book has the power to change history.
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Bastille Spy (Revolution Spy series)
Quinn, C S
Paris, 1789. English spy Attica Morgan’s success freeing kidnapped Britons has earned her acclaim with an underground network. But it has also led to attention of dangerously powerful men. So, when she’s given a new assignment in Paris, a city with revolution in the air, her instinct is to run. Because, in Paris, nothing is what it seems. Skirmishes in the city are rife and English visitors are viewed with suspicion. Attica is charged with investigating the murder of a rebel in the morgue of the Bastille, that notorious prison of no return. A murder, her backers are convinced is part of a much more treacherous plot. With France is on the cusp of a bloody revolution, Attica soon realises her mission is a great deal deadlier than she bargained for. A mythic treasure has vanished, a strange man named Robespierre wants her dead, and on the city streets, all hell is about to break loose…
Historical mystery/suspense | TP | $29.99

The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice (Bird Lover’s mysteries 03)
Ripley, J R
One morning when unwilling early bird Amy Simms grabs her binoculars for a closer look at the woodpecker who’s been waking her up, she can’t believe her eyes. Across Ruby Lake, through a curtain of rain, she sees a body being tossed out of an upstairs window – at the old McKutcheon place. Or, at least, she thinks she does. The police chief finds no body – only a discarded dressmaker’s dummy – and complains that Amy sent him on a wild-goose chase. She should probably focus on minding her store, Birds & Bees, but Amy can’t help snooping. And when she turns up another body – a murdered member of her birdwatching group – Amy, once again, needs to wing it as a sleuth to zoom in on a killer…
Mystery | PBK | $18.99

Mr Campion’s War (Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series)
Ripley, Mike
It’s Albert Campion’s seventieth birthday, and he has decided to enthral his guests at the Dorchester Hotel with his account of his wartime experiences in Vichy France, more than twenty-five years before. But in so doing, he unveils a series of extraordinary events, the repercussions of which put one of his guests in deadly danger…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.95

Vendetta in Death
Robb, J D
When a family man is tortured, killed and left in front of his family home – for all the world to see, Eve Dallas knows she is on the hunt for a particularly dangerous killer. But death uncovers secrets and the killer leaves a note revealing the victim to be far from the family man, he appears. As Eve scrambles to find out what she can to link victim and killer, another body is found. Another man with a dark and murky past. The race is on, before the killer strikes again; but Eve must wrestle with her demons and her conscience, as she decides whether she really wants to protect men who probably deserve everything they get…
Eve Dallas | TP | $29.99

Naked in Death
Robb, J D
Crime and punishment are Lieutenant Eve Dallas’ business. Murder her speciality. Named by the social worker who found her, when she was a mere child roaming that city’s streets, Eve Dallas is a New York police detective who lives for her job. In over ten years on the force, she’s seen it all – and knows her survival depends on her instincts. But she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, a charismatic Irish billionaire – and a suspect in Eve’s latest murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about – except the addictive hunger of needing his touch. Reissued.
Eve Dallas (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Glory in Death
Robb, J D
The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second murdered in her own apartment building. Both have had their throats slashed. New York City homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both women were beautiful and successful; their glamorous lives and loves the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with powerful men provide Eve with a long list of suspects – including her own lover, Roarke. As a woman, Eve is compelled to trust the man who shares her bed. But as a cop, it’s her job to follow every lead, to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous. Reissued.
Eve Dallas (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Immortal in Death
Robb, J D
Eve’s wedding plans may have to be put on hold as her private and professional lives collide… The victim in her latest murder investigation is one of the most sought-after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted – even another woman’s man. And Eve’s chief suspect is the other woman in this fatal love triangle – her best friend Mavis. Putting her job on the line to head the investigation, Eve discovers that the world of high fashion thrives on an all-consuming passion for youth and fame. One that leads from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City, where drugs can fulfil any desire – for a price… Reissued.
Eve Dallas (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Thirteenth Tale
Setterfield, Diane
Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once home to the March family: fascinating, manipulative Isabelle; brutal, dangerous Charlie; and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But the house hides a chilling secret which strikes at the very heart of each of them, tearing their lives apart… Now, Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield’s past, and its mysterious connection to the enigmatic writer Vida Winter. Vida’s history is mesmerising – a tale of ghosts, governesses, and gothic strangeness. But as Margaret succumbs to the power of her storytelling, two parallel stories begin to unfold… What has Angelfield been hiding? What is the secret that strikes at the heart of Margaret’s own, troubled life? And can both women ever confront the ghosts that haunt them…? A beautiful new edition.
Gothic mystery (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Maigret’s Childhood Friend
Simenon, Georges
When a long-lost friend pays a visit to Maigret’s office, he is shocked to learn that the man’s roommate has been murdered. With the help of his old friend, Maigret delves into the life of the victim and finds a complex web of relationships that leads him to the culprit.
Maigret | PBK | $16.99

To the Land of Long Lost Friends
Smith, Alexander McCall
Mr J L B Matekoni usually steers clear of Mma Ramotswe’s cases; but, on this occasion, he is approached by a client of the garage – who tells a tale of woe. This man has entrusted his brother to oversee the building of a house, yet, the project is complete and now the brother won’t leave. How is he to get him to move on? Surprisingly, Mr Polopetsi comes to the rescue. Elsewhere, a woman with a troublesome daughter comes to see Mma Ramotswe, and Mma Ramotswe finds herself trying to reconcile the two. Finally, Charlie is still enamoured of Queenie-Queenie. She, however, has developed a fancy for Fanwell. With the threat of an awkward love triangle looming, Mma Makutsi gets involved and, so, do her shoes…
Precious Ramotswe | TP | $29.99

The Last Stand
Spillane, Mickey
When legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane died, in 2006, he left behind the manuscript of one last novel he’d just completed: The Last Stand. He asked his friend and colleague (and fellow Mystery Writers of America Grand Master) Max Allan Collins to take responsibility for finding the right time and place to publish this final book. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of Spillane’s birth, his millions of fans will, at last, get to read The Last Stand, together with a second never-before-published work, this one from early in Spillane’s career: the feverish crime novella A Bullet for Satisfaction. A tarnished former cop goes on a crusade to find a politician’s killer, and avoid the .45-calibre slug with his name on it. A pilot forced to make an emergency landing in the desert finds himself at the centre of a struggle between FBI agents, unsavoury fortune hunters, and members of the local Indian tribe to control a mysterious find that could mean wealth and power – or death. Two substantial new works, filled with Spillane’s muscular prose and the gorgeous women and two-fisted action the author was famous for, topped off by an introduction from Max Allan Collins – describing the history of these lost manuscripts and his long relationship with the writer; who was his mentor, his hero, and for much of the last century, the bestselling author in the world.
Hard case crime | PBK | $19.99

Wolves at the Door (Varg Veum series)
Staalesen, Gunnar
One dark January night, a car drives at high speed towards PI Varg Veum, and comes very close to killing him. Veum is certain this is no accident, following so soon after the deaths of two jailed men – who were convicted for their participation in a case of child pornography and sexual assault; crimes that Veum, himself, once stood wrongly accused of committing. While the guilty men were, apparently, killed accidentally, Varg suspects that there is something more sinister at play, and that he’s on the death list of someone still at large. Fearing for his life, Veum begins to investigate the old case, interviewing the victims of abuse and delving deeper into the brutal crimes, with shocking results.
Noir | PBK | $19.99

Surgeons’ Hall (Jem Flockhart series)
Thomson, E S
Visiting the Great Exhibition to view the wax anatomical models of the famous but reclusive Dr Silas Strangeway, Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain find a severed hand, perfectly dissected and laid out amongst the exhibits. Assuming it to be a prank by medical students, they return it to Dr Strangeway, who works at Corvus Hall, a private anatomy school run by Dr Alexander Crowe – once one of Edinburgh’s most revered anatomists. Jem’s persistence reveals that a body does indeed lie in the school’s mortuary, minus its right hand. The body has no provenance. More macabre, still, its face has been dissected… making identification impossible. All is not as it should be, at Corvus Hall. Dr Crowe’s daughter, Lilith, visits the mortuary in the dead of night. Her twin sisters, Sorrow and Silence – one blind and one deaf – exert a malign influence over the students. Organs, freshly dissected, appear in the anatomical museum. Fear grips lecturers and students; even as something unseen binds them in a bloody pact of silence.
Historical mystery | PBK | $22.99

Ice Cold Heart (Monkeewrench series)
Tracy, P J
On a bitterly-cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she’s going to meet a friend. She never comes back. When her body is discovered – murdered, in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong – Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail, leading straight to the killer. However, Kelly’s sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity, which is when it becomes clear that she isn’t his first victim – and that she won’t be the last…
Suspense | TP | $32.99

The Man That Got Away (Constable Twitten mysteries)
Truss, Lynne
It is summer in Brighton and the Brighton Belles are on hand, to answer any holidaymaker’s queries… no matter how big or small. The quickest way to the station, how many pebbles are on the beach, and what exactly has happened to that young man lying in the deckchair with blood dripping from him? Constable Twitten has a hunch that the fiendish murder may be connected to a notorious Brighton nightspot and the family that run it, but Inspector Steine is – as ever – distracted by other issues, not least having his own waxwork model made and an unexpected arrival, while Sergeant Brunswick is just delighted to have spied an opportunity to finally be allowed to go undercover… The new instalment of Lynne Truss’ joyfully quirky crime series, which began with A Shot in the Dark. Recommended.
Mystery | TP | $29.99

A Shot in the Dark (Constable Twitten mysteries)
Truss, Lynne
After the notorious ‘Middle Street Massacre’ of 1951, when the majority of Brighton’s criminals wiped out one another in a vicious battle – as the local police force enjoyed a brief stop, en route, for an ice cream – Inspector Steine rather enjoys life as a policeman. No criminals, no crime, no stress. He just wishes Sergeant Brunswick would stop insisting that, perhaps, not every criminal was wiped out that fateful day. So, it’s really rather annoying, when an ambitious – not to mention irritating – new constable shows up to work; and starts investigating a series of burglaries. And it’s even more annoying – when, after Constable Twitten is despatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic… who is promptly shot dead, part way through the opening night of a new play. It seems Brighton may be in need of a police force, after all… The first book in a charming and witty new crime series from much-loved author Lynne Truss.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99