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Falling in Love: Guido Brunetti #24

Falling in Love: Guido Brunetti #24

Donna Leon

$29.99

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ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2015 ----- In Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon's first novel in the Commissario Brunetti series, readers were introduced to the glamorous and cut-throat world of opera and to one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli - then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor.

Now, many years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to the illustrious La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca. As an opera superstar, Flavia is well acquainted with attention from adoring fans and aspiring singers. 

But when one anonymous admirer inundates her with bouquets of yellow roses - on stage, in her dressing room and even inside her locked apartment - it becomes clear that this fan has become a potentially dangerous stalker. Distraught, Flavia turns to an old friend for help. Familiar with Flavia's melodramatic temperament, Commissario Brunetti is at first unperturbed by her story, but when another young opera singer is attacked he begins to think Flavia's fears may be justified.

In order to keep his friend out of danger, Brunetti must enter the psyche of an obsessive fan and find the culprit before anyone comes to harm.
Buried: Department Q #5

Buried: Department Q #5

Jussi Adler-Olsen

$19.99

Over three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Missing, presumed dead, the man's family still want answers. It is one of the many unsolved crimes left for Department Q, Denmark's cold case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck. But what Carl doesn't know is that the key to the investigation is in Copenhagen. Fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson is tough, smart and suspicious of police. Sleeping rough and hiding in the shadows is his way of life. But what is he running from - and what does he know worth killing him for?
Woman of the Dead: Blum Trilogy #1

Woman of the Dead: Blum Trilogy #1

Bernhard Aichner ,  Anthea Bell

$29.99

How far would you go to avenge the one you love? Blum has a secret buried deep in her past. She thought she'd left the past behind. But then Mark, the man she loves, dies. His death looks like a hit-and-run. It isn't a hit-and-run. Mark has been killed by the men he was investigating. And then, suddenly, Blum rediscovers what she's capable of...

A wild ride of a thriller where the first stage of grief is revenge. And revenge is a dish best served bloody.
Death Come Quickly: China Bayles #22

Death Come Quickly: China Bayles #22

Susan Wittig Albert

$14.95

This time a friend's murder may be the key to solving a nearly fifteen-year-old cold case...

When China and Ruby's friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend's death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the almost fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?

Delving into the cold case, China learns the motive for the first murder may be related to a valuable collection of Mexican art. Enlisting the help of her San Antonio lawyer friend Justine Wyzinski--aka the Whiz - China is determined to track down the murderer. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there's no escape?
Margery Allingham's Albert Campion in Mr Campion's Fox

Margery Allingham's Albert Campion in Mr Campion's Fox

Mike Ripley

$42.95

This brand-new novel featuring Margery Allingham's Mr Campion recaptures the Golden Age of British Detective Fiction. 

The Danish Ambassador has requested Albert Campion's help on 'a delicate family matter'. He's very concerned about his eighteen-year-old daughter, who has formed an attachment to a most unsuitable young man. Recruiting his unemployed actor son, Rupert, to keep an eye on Frank Tate, the young man in question, Mr Campion notes some decidedly odd behaviour on the part of the up-and-coming photographer. Before he can act on the matter, however, both the Ambassador's daughter and her beau disappear without trace. Then a body is discovered in a lagoon.

With appearances from all of Margery Allingham's regular characters, from Campion's former manservant Lugg, to his wife Lady Amanda Fitton and others, this witty and elegant mystery is sure to delight Allingham's many fans. The dialogue is sharp and witty, the observation keen, and the climax is thrilling and eerily atmospheric.
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King: Aunt Dimity #20

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King: Aunt Dimity #20

Nancy Atherton

$29.99

Cosy crime lovers' favourite paranormal sleuth is back in her twentieth otherworldly adventure.

There's trouble in Finch. Four recently sold cottages are standing  empty, and the locals fear that a developer plans to turn their cosy  village into an enclave of overpriced weekend homes. But for once Lori  Shepherd can't help. Her infant daughter, her father-in-law's  upcoming wedding, and the crushing prospect of her fortieth birthday  have left her feeling overwhelmed. Until, that is, she  has a chance encounter with an eccentric inventor named Arthur  Hargreaves. In the presence of Arthur, dubbed the Summer King by his equally eccentric family, Lori  forgets her troubles - and Finch's. But when Lori discovers detailed maps of Finch in the Summer  King's library, she wonders if he could be too good to be true. Is Arthur  secretly plotting Finch's demise?

With Aunt Dimity's  otherworldly help Lori mounts a  crusade to save her beloved village from the Summer King's scorching  greed.
The Escape: John Puller #3

The Escape: John Puller #3

David Baldacci

$17.99

Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped. Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he's on the run, and in disguise, and he's the military's number one target. John Puller has a dilemma. Which comes first, loyalty to his country or to his brother? Bobby has state secrets that certain people will literally kill for. But blood is thicker than water, and the brothers are close although even John does not know for sure what Bobby really did for the government, nor if he's even guilty of his crimes. It becomes swiftly apparent, however, that Bobby's role was powerful and far-reaching. With the help of John's long-time friend and colleague, General Julie Carson, both brothers move closer to the truth from their opposing directions. And this case puts John Puller in a place he thought he'd never be, on the other side of the law, where even his skills as an investigator, and his strength as a fighter, might not be enough to save him. And his brother.
Face off

Face off

$19.99

In this unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world's favourite crime writers bring you original, co-written short stories featuring their much-loved series characters. This book includes the first meeting of Ian Rankin's Rebus and Peter James' Roy Grace; a case for Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, as well as a page-turning mystery starring Lee Child's Jack Reacher and Joseph Finder's Nick Heller. Edited by international bestseller David Baldacci, this exclusive page-turning collection is one of a kind.
The Shut Eye

The Shut Eye

Belinda Bauer

$32.99

Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother has left. Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiralling towards insanity. When a psychic offers hope, Anna grasps it. Who wouldn't? Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son... But is this man what he claims to be? Is he a visionary? A shut eye? Or a cruel fake, preying on the vulnerable? Or is he something far, far worse?
The Facts of Life and Death

The Facts of Life and Death

Belinda Bauer

$19.99

On the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, young women have become victims in a terrifying game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder. But a madman on the loose feels very far from the crumbling, seaside home of ten-year-old Ruby Trick. Instead she lives in constant fear of school bullies, the dark forest, and the threat of her parents' divorce. Helping her father to catch the killer seems like the only way to keep him close. As long as the killer doesn't catch her first.
The Patriot Threat: Cotton Malone #10

The Patriot Threat: Cotton Malone #10

Steve Berry

$29.99

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Problems that call into question decades of tax collecting, and could even bring down the US economy. There is a surprising truth to this possibility - a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times bestselling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

His protagonist, Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files-the kind that could bring the United States to its knees-Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four-hour chase that begins on the water in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and suspense is 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation.
Orient

Orient

Christopher Bollen

$29.99

Suspenseful and haunting, Bollen's thrilling novel Orient is a provocative take on the troubled American dream, in the vein of Lionel Shriver or AM Homes.

At the eastern edge of Long Island, far from the hustle of New York City, stands Orient, a village that has been home to a few families for hundreds of years and is now - reluctantly - opening up to wealthy weekenders and artists from the city. On the last day of summer, a young man with a hazy past appears, and not long after comes a series of events that shatters the peace in this isolated community. A strange, twisted creature washes ashore on the Sound and then a human corpse is found floating in the water. A woman dies in bizarre circumstances and a house fire erupts out of nowhere. Fear and suspicion mount until everyone's secrets threaten to be exposed.

But who is Mills Chevern? What is his real name and why is he here? As all eyes shift towards the orphan drifter, Mills elicits the support of Beth Shepherd, an Orient native who is hiding a secret of her own.
Swansong: DI Nick Dixon Crime #4

Swansong: DI Nick Dixon Crime #4

Damien Boyd

$27.95

Isobel Swan, a sixth form student, has been murdered. First, her ring finger is severed, then her throat is cut. With the investigation going nowhere fast, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is sent undercover as a trainee teacher into Isobel's boarding school. But to find the killer, he must first confront his inner demons and lay to rest the ghosts lurking in his own past. If he can As Dixon digs deeper, the stakes have never been higher and a murder has never felt so personal.
Kickback: DI Nick Dixon Crime #3

Kickback: DI Nick Dixon Crime #3

Damien Boyd

$27.95

A trainee jockey has been kicked to death by an aggressive stallion at the local stables. Deemed an accidental death, the case is closed. But when the jockey s brother returns from active service, he sparks an armed siege, demanding the investigation be re-opened and the truth uncovered.Still recovering from the physical and mental scars of his last case, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is dragged deep into a murky world of betting scams and murder, where people will do anything to keep their secrets. Even if that means silencing a DI who keeps asking the wrong questions about the wrong dead jockey...
The Invisible Man from Salem

The Invisible Man from Salem

Christoffer Carlsson

$32.99

In the final days of summer, a young woman is shot dead in her apartment. Three floors above, the blue lights of the police cars awaken disgrace ex-officer Leo Junker. Though suspended from the force, he can't stay away for long. Bluffing his way onto the crime scene, he examines the dead woman and sees that she is clasping a cheap necklace - a necklace he instantly recognizes. As Leo sets out on a rogue investigation to catch the killer, a series of frightening connections emerge linking the murder to his own troubled youth in Salem - a suburb of Stockholm where social and racial tensions run high - and forcing him to confront a long-ago incident that changed his life forever. Now, in the backstreets, shadowed alleyways, and decaying suburbs ruled by Stockholm's criminal underground, the search for the young woman's killer - and the truth about Leo's past - begins.
Prey: Winter #3

Prey: Winter #3

James Carol

$19.99

Has Jefferson Winter finally met his match? Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Upstate New York. Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide. But what if the police got it wrong? Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago. The clock is ticking and, as Winter is about to find out, the endgame is everything...
Orkney Twilight

Orkney Twilight

Clare Carson

$24.99

Jim says he's an undercover policeman. His daughter Sam thinks he's a liar. On holiday in Orkney, beneath an endless midsummer sky, Sam spies on Jim as he runs secretive errands across the island. What did he take from the old watchtower on the edge of a cliff? Why is he so interested in Norse mythology? And why does Sam have the eerie feeling that she too is being watched? When Sam finally discovers the truth, it will draw her into a dangerous world of darkness and deception... An original and haunting thriller about fathers, daughters and the ghosts of the past.
The Dead Will Tell: Kate Burkholder #6

The Dead Will Tell: Kate Burkholder #6

Linda Castillo

$19.99

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. Ghost stories abound, but no one knows what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago when an Amish father and his four children perished-and his young wife disappeared without a trace. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide-a man found hanging from the rafters in his barn-evidence quickly points to murder. She finds herself following an elusive trail that points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in a long time, she's happy. Their newfound bliss is shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti's family four years ago is found not guilty and walks away a free man. When a second man turns up dead, Kate discovers a link that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and uncovers a horrifying truth that reaches deep into the past and strikes at the very heart of Painters Mill. As Kate draws a bead on a stone cold killer, a murderer vows to right old wrongs and kill anyone who stands in the way.
The Defence

The Defence

Steve Cavanagh

$29.99

Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different. It's been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy. Eddie only has forty-eight hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial - and win - if he wants to save his daughter. Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his 'client' and ensure Amy's safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible? Lose this case and he loses everything.
Tom Clancy's Support and Defend

Tom Clancy's Support and Defend

Mark Greaney

$19.99

Over the course of three decades, Tom Clancy created a world alive with prescient action and remarkable individuals. In Support and Defend, Dominic Caruso is presented with the deadliest challenge of his career. One of Tom Clancy's most storied characters, Dominic Caruso, is the only one who can stop America's secrets from falling into enemy hands in this blockbuster new novel written by Clancy's long-time co-author. Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a micro-drive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world. The CIA is desperate to get the drive back, but so are the Russians and various terrorist groups, all of whom are closer to catching the fugitive. Only Caruso stands in their way, but can he succeed without the aid of his Campus colleagues? Support and Defend is a brand new blockbuster thriller featuring Dominic Caruso.
The Stranger

The Stranger

Harlan Coben

$32.99

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The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream - a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life. Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine's deception, and realises that if he doesn't make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he's stumbled into will not only ruin lives - it will end them.
A Song of Shadows: Charlie Parker #13

A Song of Shadows: Charlie Parker #13

John Connolly

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Grievously wounded private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Broken, but undeterred, private detective Charlie Parker faces the darkest of dark forces in a case with its roots in the second world war, and a concentration camp unlike any other...

Recovering from a near-fatal shooting and tormented by memories of a world beyond this one, Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to recover. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. She is hiding from the past, and the forces that threaten her have their origins in the Second World War, in a town called Lubko and a concentration camp unlike any other.

Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins.  Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her. His enemies believe him to be vulnerable.  Fearful. Solitary. But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone. For something is emerging from the shadows...
A Colder War

A Colder War

Charles Cumming

$19.99

MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash. Amelia Levene, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, wants the incident investigated - quickly and quietly. The only man she can trust is Thomas Kell, a disgraced spy searching for redemption. Arriving in Istanbul, Kell discovers that MI6 operations in the region have been fatally compromised: a traitor inside Western Intelligence threatens not just the Special Relationship, but the security of the entire Middle East. Kell's search for the mole takes him from London, to Greece, and into Eastern Europe. But when Kell is betrayed by those closest to him, the stakes become personal. He will do anything to see this operation through - including putting himself, and others, in the line of fire...
The Bootlegger: Isaac Bell #7

The Bootlegger: Isaac Bell #7

Clive Cussler ,  Justin Scott

$19.99

It is 1920. Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed while in pursuit of a rum-running vessel, his friend and employee, Isaac Bell, swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers. But Bell doesn't know what he is getting into. When a witness to the shooting is executed in a manner peculiar to the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these were no ordinary bootleggers. Bell is facing a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs - and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.
Kolymsky Heights

Kolymsky Heights

Lionel Davidson ,  Philip Pullman

$19.99

Kolymsky Heights. A Siberian permafrost hell lost in endless night, the perfect setting for an underground Russian research station. One so secret it doesn't officially exist. Once there, scientists cannot leave. But someone has got a message out to the West - a message summoning the only man alive capable of achieving the impossible.
The Detection Collection

The Detection Collection

The Detection Club ,  Colin Dexter ,  Robert Goddard ,  Reginald Hill

$19.99

Ten years since it was first published in hardback, and now for the first time in mass market paperback, this volume of short stories by the cream of British crime writing talent celebrates 75 years of the quintessential Detection Club.

The Detection Club represents the cream of British crime writing talent. Founded on the cusp of the 1930s, the Club's first President was G.K. Chesterton, and since then the mantle of Presidency has passed to some of the most significant names inthe history of crime fiction, including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Julian Symons. The Club meets three times a year - to dine, to plot, and to exchange ideas. This anthology includes eleven new stories by the Best of British: Robert Barnard, Lyndsey Davis, Colin Dexter, Clare Francis, Robert Goddard, John Harvey, Reginald Hill, P.D. James, H.R.F. Keating, Michael Ridpath and Margaret Yorke, and has been edited by the Club's President, Simon Brett. Among the authors are a number of bestsellers, as well as winners of both Diamond and Gold Daggers. This outstanding collection is a must for crime lovers everywhere.
Toxic

Toxic

Jamie Doward

$29.99

The mutilated body of a senior banker is found on a remote Kent beach. Could the man's death be linked to the scandal engulfing his employer, a global investment bank created by the CIA to help it track terrorism financing? Kate Pendragon, a financial analyst seconded to MI5, discovers that the bank is close to collapse, something that threatens to bring down the CIA. Elsewhere, intelligence is gathered on an Islamic terrorist cell intent on triggering a nuclear catastrophe to rig the world's financial markets - rigged, it would appear, by the Americans. But will rogue agents in the CIA really allow the disaster to happen in order save their bank? Pendragon believes the intelligence community on both sides of the Atlantic could be falling for a sophisticated hoax. Only, no one is listening to her. And the clock is ticking...
Fire Fly

Fire Fly

Peter D'Plesse

$29.99

Adventure turned nightmare: how did Alexander Dulaine's search for a lost plane become a struggle between life and death? Highly intelligent, independent, strong-willed, yet vulnerable, Alexander Dulaine is a woman on a mission. She engages Jed, a part-time adventurer, to launch a search to find the wreckage of her grandfather Karl's USAAF aircraft lost during World War II in Northern Australia that has a connection to the Torres Strait legend of the ruby, 'Fire Eye'. She is seeking to honour her grandfather's memory and perhaps solve some family secrets. As Alexander and Jed journey deeper into the unforgiving Australian outback, they discover that they are not alone and it's not just snakes that they should fear. Compelling, dramatic and with a hint of romance, Fire Eye is for adventure-seekers everywhere.
Guilty Parties: The Fourth CWA Anthology

Guilty Parties: The Fourth CWA Anthology

Martin Edwards

$28.95

Severn House is proud to be publishing a collection of new stories from the glittering talent of the members of the Crime Writers' Association: Frances Brody, N.J. Cooper, Bernie Crosthwaite, Carol Anne Davis, Martin Edwars, Kate Ellis, Jane Finnis, Christopher Fowler, Paul Freeman, John Harvey, Paul Johnston, Ragnar Jonasson, Peter Lovesey, Phil Lovesey, Christine Poulson, Kate Rhodes, Chris Simms. Cally Taylor, Aline Templeton, Ricki Thomas, L.C. Tyler, Yvonne Eve Walus, Laura Wilson.
Terminal City: Alex Cooper #16

Terminal City: Alex Cooper #16

Linda Fairstein

$19.99

With her latest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City - its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness. Grand Central Terminal is the very centre of the city. It's also the sixth most visited tourist attraction in the world. From the world's largest Tiffany clock decorating the Forty-Second Street entrance to using electric trains since the early 1900s, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than one hundred years. But 'the world's loveliest station' is hiding more than just an underground train system, and in Terminal City, Alex Cooper and Mike Chapman must contend with Grand Central's dark secrets as well as their own changing relationship.
Justice Postponed: Rona Parish #9

Justice Postponed: Rona Parish #9

Anthea Fraser

$28.95

A tragic incident from the past threatens to derail Rona Parish's latest project Biographer Rona Parish has a new project, contributing a series for the local glossy magazine, Chiltern Life, documenting life-changing experiences from those who have lived through them. When her father suggests she speaks to his friend Frank Hathaway, who was in Iraq during the invasion of Kuwait, Rona decides to pay him a visit. But Frank was also badly injured in a failed rescue attempt following a car crash the previous year, and has been tormented by flashbacks ever since. As Frank's flashbacks start to yield more clues as to what happened on that fateful night, Rona finds herself drawn into another dark and compelling mystery.
Oxford Blood: Jemima Shore #5

Oxford Blood: Jemima Shore #5

Antonia Fraser

$19.99

Lord Saffron, one of the young bloods at Oxford University, is heir to a considerable fortune. But while making a documentary about the exotic lifestyles of the university's over-privileged set, Jemima Shore discovers that this handsome young man, with his lavish dances and sumptuous weekend parties, is not quite what he seems. And when a student is murdered and a series of attempts are made on Saffron's life, Jemima realises that she has started a terrible chain of events...
Your Royal Hostage: Jemima Shore #6

Your Royal Hostage: Jemima Shore #6

Antonia Fraser

$19.99

'We don't want to hurt her. We must remember that. All of us. She is after all innocent... Well, isn't she?' As preparations for the royal wedding advance, a secret organisation is formulating plans that will have dangerous consequences. They need a gesture that will call attention to the rights and wrongs of those who have no voice of their own. And what better way than to target the royal bride? Meanwhile, Jemima Shore is grappling with the royal wedding in her own way - as a commentator. So she happens to be on hand when things go badly wrong...
What Came Before

What Came Before

Anna George

$19.99

'My name is David James Forrester. I'm a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.'

In Melbourne's inner west, David sits in his car, dictaphone in hand. He's sick to his stomach but determined to record his version of events. His wife Elle hovers over her own lifeless body as it lies in the laundry of the house they shared. David thinks back on their relationship – intimate, passionate, intense - and what led to this terrible night.

From her eerie vantage point, Elle traces the sweep of their shared past too. Before David, she'd enjoyed a contented life – as a successful filmmaker, a much-loved aunt and friend. But in the course of two years, she was captivated and then undone by him. Not once in those turbulent times did she imagine that her alluring, complex husband was capable of this.

Dark, atmospheric and gripping, What Came Before is a stunning literary thriller about the risks you take when you fall in love.
Pyramid

Pyramid

David Gibbins

$19.99

Underwater archaeologist Jack Howard is back with a dangerous mission to uncover a shocking secret which could rewrite history... In 1890, a British soldier emerges from the depths of a Cairo sewer. He claims to have been trapped for years in an ancient underground complex, and swears that he stumbled upon an incredible collection of gold, treasure, and thousands upon thousands of jars filled with papyri. Dismissed as a madman who has lost his mind in the desert, his story was lost to the world. Until now...When a colleague of Jack Howard's stumbles across the soldier's story, the mention of a 'blinding shaft of light' captures Jack's attention and resurrects the forgotten ramblings. With the political situation in Egypt at boiling point, Jack and his team risk everything in a treacherous archaeological expedition to find the truth. Their mission will take them across the globe, down to the darkest depths of the Red Sea, and back through Egyptian history to the bloody reign of Akhenaten, the Sun-Pharaoh - and keeper of a devastating secret...
The Ghost Fields: Ruth Galloway #7

The Ghost Fields: Ruth Galloway #7

Elly Griffiths

$29.99

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Norfolk is experiencing a July heatwave when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery - a buried WWII plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news.

Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk's deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger Blackstocks. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man lurking close to the Blackstocks' family home. Then human bones are found on the family's pig farm. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find a killer?
My Bloody Valentine: Antonia Hawkins #2

My Bloody Valentine: Antonia Hawkins #2

Alastair Gunn

$19.99

When the body of a young woman is found brutally slain on Valentine's Day the press reacts with barely disguised glee. For DCI Antonia Hawkins, still recovering from the terrible wounds inflicted by another killer, the pressure of another high profile murder investigation could barely be worse timed. But, battling her own physical limitations and under pressure from a new member of the team whose ambition to displace her is barely disguised, Hawkins must discover not just who killed the first victim, but why. Or watch helplessly as others die at the hands of a monster whose been labelled the Valentine Killer...
Malice

Malice

Keigo Higashino

$19.99

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems. Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same high school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Osamu Nonoguchi left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. But Kaga thinks something is a little bit off with Nonoguchi's statement and investigates further, ultimately executing a search warrant on Nonoguchi's apartment. There he finds evidence that shows that the two writers' relationship was very different than the two claimed. Nonoguchi confesses to the murder, but that's only the beginning of the story. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the writer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. Which one of the two writers was ultimately guilty of malice?
Little Tales of Misogyny: A Virago Modern Classic

Little Tales of Misogyny: A Virago Modern Classic

Patricia Highsmith

$12.99

Little Tales of Misogyny is Highsmith's legendary, cultish short-story collection. With an eerie simplicity of style, Highsmith turns our next-door neighbours into sadistic psychopaths, lying in wait among white picket fences and manicured lawns. In these darkly satirical, often hilarious, sketches you'll meet seemingly familiar women with the power to destroy both themselves and the men around them.
Grave on Grand Avenue: Officer Ellie Rush #2

Grave on Grand Avenue: Officer Ellie Rush #2

Naomi Hirahara

$14.95

LAPD bicycle cop and aspiring homicide detective Ellie Rush is back on patrol in the newest mystery from the award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane. Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patrolling one of Los Angeles's premier concert halls. A few minutes later she's shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese superstar classical musician, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son's multimillion-dollar cello - a story Ellie has trouble believing. Meanwhile Ellie has issues of her own to deal with - like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Pontiac Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it's clear to Ellie she must act quickly before someone else falls silent...
Insurrection

Insurrection

Bruce Honeywill

$25.00

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Who is Brewster? First name unknown (to the reader at least) Brewster appears before us a dishevelled wreck, a man who has lost his way following the death of his wife to illness. He is thrown a lifeline by a colleague and so begins his journey back to normality.

But the legal investigator's first engagement is a tinder box and the thriller unfolds as forces marshal that a fragile Brewster struggles to handle.

Honeywill's Brewster is an interesting character - he loves a laksa and through his somewhat-jaded senses we see, smell and hear Darwin and surrounds and take in the texture of the indigenous culture. I see strong casting contenders for a screen adaptation in Brendan Cowell, Hugo Weaving, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Roxburgh - all of whom wear 'hangover' convincingly as their default demeanour.

Another interesting character is former military officer Sam Hurtle (casting: Bruce Carter?) who, returning from tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, finds himself a fish-out-of-water in his own home town until a community leader proffers a way in which his specific leadership and combat skills can help their cause.

The dialogue is as spare and dry as Darwin is humid and Honeywill's thriller deftly weaves the storyline strands, action and character development such that you will urgently be wanting the next book in the series.

Craig Kirchner

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A powerful and universal story of the tragedy when traditional cultures meet the might of the mining industry.

In the remote north of Australia's 'outback' an indigenous community feel powerless to stop the destruction of a sacred site by a mining giant. As a legal investigator Brewster has been defending the poor and marginalised for years and when he realises that the mine has been approved through a corrupt process, he challenges the legality in court.

But the return to the community of an SAS soldier sees the people take the law into their own hands, forming an armed militia and taking over the mine. In doing so, they bring about the full might of Australia's anti-terrorist strike forces. Brewster is the meat in the sandwich, standing between anti-terrorist forces and a mine under siege. Can he stop the bloodshed?

Bruce Honeywill's explosive thriller tells of making a stand for truth against national anti-terrorism forces and corrupt mining practices.

Insurrection by Bruce Honeywill at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Bone Tree: Penn Cage #5

The Bone Tree: Penn Cage #5

Greg Iles

$29.99

Former prosecutor Penn Cage faces the crisis of a lifetime. His family has been torn apart and his father made a fugitive after being accused of murdering an African-American nurse. Now, Penn has unwittingly started a war with the Double Eagles, a violent faction of the KKK who know more about Dr. Tom Cage than Penn ever did. Tracking his father through Natchez and beyond, Penn is targeted by criminals and corrupt police whose power reaches the top levels of state government - people who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out. To clear Tom's name, Penn must either make a deal with the devil or destroy him. But there are others pursuing a different mission - one which will lead them to the 'Bone Tree', a legendary killing site that conceals far more than the remains of the dead.
Death in the Rainy Season: Morel #2

Death in the Rainy Season: Morel #2

Anna Jaquiery

$29.99

Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the rainy season. When a French man, Hugo Quercy, is found brutally murdered, Commandant Serge Morel finds his holiday drawn to an abrupt halt.

Quercy - dynamic, well-connected - was the magnetic head of a humanitarian organisation which looked after the area's neglected youth. Opening his investigation, the Parisian detective soon finds himself buried in one of his most challenging cases yet. Morel must navigate this complex and politically sensitive crime in a country with few forensic resources, and armed with little more than a series of perplexing questions: what was Quercy doing in a hotel room under a false name? What is the significance of his recent investigations into land grabs in the area? And who could have broken into his home the night of the murder? Becoming increasingly drawn into Quercy's circle of family and friends - his adoring widow, his devoted friends and bereft colleagues - Commandant Morel will soon discover that in this lush land of great beauty and immense darkness, nothing is quite as it seems...

A deeply atmospheric crime novel that bristles with truth and deception, secrets and lies: Death in the Rainy Season is a compelling mystery that unravels an exquisitely wrought human tragedy.
The Lying Down Room: Morel #1

The Lying Down Room: Morel #1

Anna Jaquiery

$19.99

NOW IN PAPERBACK: At night Armand lay in bed with a sadness in his heart that ballooned until there was room for nothing else. He thought with horror of the lying-down room...

Paris; in the stifling August heat, Commandant Serge Morel is called to a disturbing crime scene. An elderly woman has been murdered to the soundtrack of Faure's Requiem, her body then grotesquely displayed. At first this strange case seems to offer few clues; and Morel has problems of his own. His father - always a great force in his life - is beginning to succumb to senility; and he is unsettled by the reappearance of the beautiful Mathilde, the woman he once loved. Only origami can help calm the detective and focus his thoughts on this troubling crime. As the investigation progresses, the key suspects to emerge are a middle-aged man and a mute teenage boy who have been delivering religious pamphlets in the city's suburbs. But as more elderly ladies are targeted, Morel will find his enquiries leading him back into the past, from the French countryside to Soviet Russia - and to two young boys with the most terrible of stories to tell...

An evocative, gripping crime novel with an aching heart: The Lying-Down Room is the stunning first novel in Anna Jaquiery's Commandant Morel series; perfect for fans of Michael Dibdin and Donna Leon.
Hour of Darkness: Bob Skinner #24

Hour of Darkness: Bob Skinner #24

Quintin Jardine

$19.99

NOW IN PAPERBACK Quintin Jardine's new Bob Skinner novel sees the Edinburgh cop faced with a case that calls every part of his life into question. The body of a murdered woman is found washed up on Cramond Island near the mouth of the River Forth. Days later detectives are called to a flat in Edinburgh; the kitchen is covered in blood, and the occupier is missing. When the name of the woman from Cramond Island is revealed, it stirs unwelcome memories for those who knew her, Chief Constable Bob Skinner most of all. Now based in Glasgow, he has no reason to become involved in the case. Yet he does, unwittingly setting in motion a course that  leads him to the toughest choice of his life, putting him in the midst of a personal nightmare, both life-threatening and career changing.
The Dangerous Game: Anders Knutas #8

The Dangerous Game: Anders Knutas #8

Mari Jungstedt

$32.99

When Jenny is spotted by a high-profile modelling agency, she goes from ordinary schoolgirl to celebrity overnight. Suddenly her life is a whirlwind of parties and glamour. Agnes used to be a model too - but now she lies in a hospital bed, slowly being destroyed by an eating disorder. Her father sits by her day after day, praying that his only remaining daughter survives. An attempted murder during a lavish photoshoot means that Jenny's and Agnes' lives will soon intersect in the most terrifying of ways...Because someone is watching them. Someone with a plan. Can Detective Anders Knutas figure out who it is in time to stop a terrible justice being served?
Leaving Berlin

Leaving Berlin

Joseph Kanon

$29.99

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Berlin 1949. Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong. A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man. Worse, he discovers his real assignment - to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved. Changing sides in Berlin is as easy as crossing a sector border. But where do we draw the lines of our moral boundaries? Betrayal? Survival? Murder? Filled with intrigue and the moral ambiguity of conflicted loyalties, Leaving Berlin is a compelling thriller and a love story that brings a shadowy period of history vividly to life.
Fiddle City: Duffy #2

Fiddle City: Duffy #2

Dan Kavanagh

$19.99

NOW IN PAPERBACK Everyone knows a bit of petty theft goes on in the freight business at Heathrow - it is fiddle city, after all. But things have gone beyond a joke for Roy Hendrick and he suspects someone who works for him is helping themselves to more than they should. That's when he sets Duffy on the case. A bisexual ex-policeman, Duffy runs a struggling security firm, has an obsessive attitude to cleanliness and can often be found propping up the bar at the Alligator. Duffy agrees to work for Hendrick and goes undercover to try and root out the culprit. But things aren't all they're cracked up to be. What's the story behind the imperious HR manager Mrs Boseley with her permanently frosty demeanour? And is Hendrick really as honest as he claims to be? Duffy's up to his neck in it.
Dreaming Spies: Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #13

Dreaming Spies: Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #13

Laurie R. King

$42.95

1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find a stone. The stone is inscribed with the same name that they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future emperor of Japan. It is the first indication that the investigation they did for him a year ago might not be as complete as they had thought. In Japan there were spies; in Oxford there are dreams. In both places, there is a small, dark-haired woman, and danger...
Life Deluxe: Stockholm #3

Life Deluxe: Stockholm #3

Jens Lapidus

$19.99

NOW IN PAPERBACK Drug dealer Jorge is just out of prison but already bored with his new existence selling lattes and cappuccinos at a cafe. Who wouldn't be? But big money looms, if he can pull off an audacious last heist. What he doesn't know is that the police are already closing in: an undercover investigator has wormed his way deep into Stockholm's criminal circles, close to Jorge. And also close to JW, the part-time student, part-time cab driver who turned to crime - and got in over his head - in order to keep himself in with a rich party crowd. At the same time, someone is trying to take down the Godfather himself, Radovan Kranjic. What would Stockholm be like with Radovan gone? Who would be Stockholm's new king - or queen - of crime?  As the novel unfurls answers will be found amid the voracious hunt for money, power, and a carefree life. The goal is easy - and the life deluxe
No Name Lane

No Name Lane

Howard Linskey

$32.99

The hunt for a serial killer unearths an unsolved cold case from over sixty years ago. Young girls are being abducted and murdered in the North-East. Out of favour Detective Constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads - and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself. Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together, they are drawn into a case that will change their lives forever. When a body is found, it's not the latest victim but a decades-old corpse. Secrets buried for years are waiting to be found, while in the present-day an unstoppable killer continues to evade justice...
The Stone Wife: Peter Diamond #14

The Stone Wife: Peter Diamond #14

Peter Lovesey

$19.99

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NOW IN PAPERBACK Just as the bidding gets exciting in a Bath auction house, three armed men stage a hold-up and attempt to steal Lot 129, a medieval carving of the Wife of Bath. The highest bidder, appalled to have the prize snatched away, tries to stop them and is shot dead. Peter Diamond, head of the murder squad, soon finds himself sharing an office with the stone wife - until he is ejected. To his extreme annoyance the lump of stone appears to exert a malign influence over him and his investigation. Refusing to be beaten, he rallies his team and begins finding suspects and motives. The case demands that someone goes undercover. The dangerous mission falls to Sergeant Ingeborg Smith, reverting to her journalist persona to get the confidence of a wealthy local criminal through his pop star girlfriend. And soon, murder makes a reappearance...
Red Light: Katie Maguire #3

Red Light: Katie Maguire #3

Graham Masterton

$19.99

Somewhere in the city of Cork, a woman's cry echoes through the rainy streets. On a bloodstained mattress in a grimy flat, a burly man lies dead. A terrified girl kneels over his body. She has been trapped here for three days. It doesn't take DS Katie Maguire long to identify the murder victim: he's a cruel and powerful pimp she's been trying to convict for years. It's Katie's job to catch the killer. But with men like this dead, the city is safer - and so are the frightened young women who are trafficked into Cork. When a second pimp is horrifically murdered, Katie must decide. Should she do her job, or follow her conscience? Should she allow the killer to strike again?
The Critic: Enzo Files #2

The Critic: Enzo Files #2

Peter May

$19.99

Three years ago the body of France's foremost wine critic was found strung up like a scarecrow in a Gaillac vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine. For ex-pat Scot and forensic forager Enzo Macleod, the answer to this unsolved murder lies in cracking the critic's secretly coded reviews - which on publication could make or break a vineyard's reputation. He finds that under the sweet idyll of southern French winerylurks a bitter, back-stabbing community - including several suspects for the critic's death. One of whom is prepared to kill again to keep their secret bottled up.
Kingdom of Darkness: Wilde & Chase #10

Kingdom of Darkness: Wilde & Chase #10

Andy McDermott

$19.99

Full of his trademark action, thrills and humour, this is Andy McDermott's most exciting novel to date and marks the 10th novel featuring his brilliant series leads, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase.

1943 - Occupied Greece The mission was simple: round up any hidden Jews. But beneath an isolated farmhouse, one SS unit finds a far greater bounty - a shrine to Alexander the Great and a water-filled urn possessing mysterious qualities. Taking the treasure, the Nazis disappear...

Present Day - Los Angeles Archaeologist Nina Wilde and her husband Eddie Chase encounter a young man, desperate to warn Nina about a raid on Alexander's newly-discovered tomb. But before he can explain, he is assassinated by a Nazi war criminal - who has barely aged in seventy years. As Nina and Eddie search for answers, they discover that the most evil regime in history is threatening to rise again. And this time they are on the hunt for the greatest prize of all - immortality...
The Glorious Heresies

The Glorious Heresies

Lisa McInerney

$29.99

'He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that. A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over.'

One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. 

In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight...

Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.
A Line of Blood

A Line of Blood

Ben McPherson

$27.99

A chilling psychological thriller about family - the ties that bind us, and the lies that destroy us. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl. You find your neighbour dead in his bath. Your son is with you. He sees everything. You discover your wife has been in the man's house. It seems she knew him. Now the police need to speak to you. One night turns Alex Mercer's life upside down. He loves his family and he wants to protect them, but there is too much he doesn't know. He doesn't know how the cracks in his and Millicent's marriage have affected their son, Max. Or how Millicent's bracelet came to be under the neighbour's bed. He doesn't know how to be a father to Max when his own world is shattering into pieces. Then the murder investigation begins...
Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings: Dandy Gilver #9

Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings: Dandy Gilver #9

Catriona McPherson

$19.99

On the rain-drenched, wave-lashed, wind-battered Banffshire coast, tiny fishing villages perch on ledges which would make a seagull think twice and crumbly mansions cling to crumblier cliff tops while, out in the bay, the herring drifters brave the storms to catch their silver darlings. It's nowhere for a child of gentle Northamptonshire to spend Christmas. But when odd things start to turn up in barrels of fish - with a strong whiff of murder most foul - that's exactly where Dandy Gilver finds herself. Enlisted to investigate, she and her trusty cohort Alec Osborne are soon swept up in the fisherfolk's wedding season as well as the mystery. Between age-old traditions and brand-new horrors, Dandy must think the unthinkable to solve her grisliest case yet.
Whisky from Small Glasses: DCI Daley #3

Whisky from Small Glasses: DCI Daley #3

Denzil Meyrick

$21.99

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.
Fear the Dark

Fear the Dark

Chris Mooney

$19.99

This is the nail-biting new serial killer thriller from the critically acclaimed Chris Mooney, Fear the Dark. A killer watches. A town waits. Fear grips a town in Colorado as a murderer targets entire families in their own homes. As police and the FBI struggle to contain the situation, they bring in forensic investigator and serial killer expert Darby McCormick. What she finds is a brutal and elusive predator who stays one step ahead of their investigation. As Darby navigates the blood-ties and broken promises that divide the locals, she knows that all the while the killer is watching, waiting and circling his next target: her. She must not only meet evil - and somehow survive - but also be prepared to face this small town's dark heart...
Blood on Snow

Blood on Snow

Jo Nesbo

$29.99

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Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer. When you 'fix' people for a living - terminally - it's hard to get close to anyone. Now he's finally met the woman of his dreams. But there are two problems. She's his boss' wife. And Olav's just been hired to kill her. From the bestselling author of BAFTA - nominated Headhunters, comes Jo Nesbo's Blood on Snow.
The Exile: Vengeance of Memory #2

The Exile: Vengeance of Memory #2

Mark Oldfield

$29.99

A spellbinding second installment in a trilogy of rare power and narrative scope that unlocks the dark heart of Spain, weaving past and present together to portray a country still scarred by civil war, still riven by fear and hatred, still plagued by secrets that refuse to die.

1954: Comandante Guzman has been posted deep into the Basque country to confront a man known only as 'El Lobo'. High in the mountains, Guzman will have to fight for his life, not only against El Lobo, but also against someone who has been searching for him for a very long time...

2010, Madrid: Forensic Investigator Ana Maria Galindez has spent seven months in hospital recovering from the blast that nearly killed her. Her obsession with Guzman's fate has disturbed long dormant forces. Now she shall reap the consequences: she will be purposely humiliated, abandoned by colleagues and friends, accused of murder... and worse.
The Girl in the Woods: Waterman & Stark #1

The Girl in the Woods: Waterman & Stark #1

Gregg Olsen

$19.99

Kitsup County forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman is well known for giving a voice to the voiceless: the corpses of people who are often victims of violent crimes. Birdy is also letting her teenage nephew Sean stay with her for a while but the family reunion is put on hold when Birdy gets a phone call from the coroner's office. An unidentified foot has been found in Banner Forest. The only clue to its owner: pink nail polish on the toenails. As Birdy teams up with homicide detective Kendall Stark to investigate, she soon discovers that people all over town are hiding secrets that can prove deadly if they are uncovered.
Serpents in the Cold

Serpents in the Cold

Douglas Graham Purdy ,  Thomas O'Malley

$29.99

Post-war Boston is down on its luck, and desperate to reinvent itself. But promises of a brighter future sound ever more hollow as the worst winter in recent memory tightens its grip. No one is interested in a string of murdered women - everyone would much rather pretend they don't exist. But the latest victim was loved... Old friends Cal and Dante are both struggling to find a way to live in a city that seems to be leaving them behind. The hunt for a killer gives them new purpose, as well as making them powerful enemies. But they believe in justice and second chances, and they will see this thing through - whatever the cost.
Prayer for the Dead: Inspector McLean #5

Prayer for the Dead: Inspector McLean #5

James Oswald

$32.99

The body of a missing journalist is found in a sealed chamber of the mysterious catacombs at Gilmerton Cove. He appears to have been the victim of a macabre Masonic ceremony, his throat cut and arcane symbols scrawled on the walls in his blood.The occult nature of the case lands it squarely on Inspector Tony McLean's desk. But when another body turns up with a similarly baffling lack of forensics, McLean begins to suspect darker forces at work.Teamed up with the most unlikely and unwelcome allies, McLean struggles to solve this case before the killer can strike again.
The Murder Bag: Max Wolfe #1

The Murder Bag: Max Wolfe #1

Tony Parsons

$19.99

This is the gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this.

Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London's West End Central, 27 Savile Row. Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer's reach getting closer to everything - and everyone - he loves. Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life...
NYPD Red 3

NYPD Red 3

James Patterson

$32.99

Businessman Hunter Alden, Jr thinks he has it all: a beautiful wife, a wonderful teenage son and billions in the bank. However his life is turned upside-down one night when he finds the severed head of his chauffeur, stuffed into a bag painted with his son's initials, in blood. But the price to get him back might be too high - even for one of the world's richest men.
Blue Labyrinth: Pendergast #14

Blue Labyrinth: Pendergast #14

Preston and Child

$17.99

A corpse, stiff with rigor mortis and bound in heavy ropes, has been dumped on the doorstep of FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The murder has the hallmarks of the perfect crime - no witnesses, no motive, no evidence - save for one enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea where an ingenious killer is determined to make him pay for the long-buried sins of his forefathers. But Pendergast already knows what is at stake, for the dead man left on his doorstep wasn't just anyone, it was his son.
Disappeared: Celcius Daly #1

Disappeared: Celcius Daly #1

Anthony J. Quinn

$19.99

Introducing Celcius Daly, a Belfast Police Inspector laden with flawed judgment and misplaced loyalties. A retired Special Branch Detective succumbing to early-stage dementia disappears from his remote home in rural Northern Ireland. An ex-intelligence officer is tortured to death. But why was his obituary printed in the local paper before his death? A son seeks his father's long-lost body and vengeance against those who murdered him. A stone-cold killer stalks the outskirts of Belfast. But at whose behest is he hunting his targets? And why? All are connected by a single strand spun out of the past... but as Inspector Celcius Daly knows, the past is never dead... it's not even past.
Closer Than You Think

Closer Than You Think

Karen Rose

$19.99

Deacon Novak has returned home. The FBI Agent knows moving to Cincinnati's Major Crime Enforcement Squad will be tough, but the greater challenge will be saving his brother from becoming someone Deacon needs to arrest. Faith Corcoran has escaped her old life. Providing therapy with victims of sexual assault was rewarding, but her work with the offenders has jeopardized her safety. This is her chance to begin anew in the empty old house her grandmother left her. But Faith doesn't know that a killer has made the house his playground. And now she's about to disturb his fun. With a murderer stalking her, Faith will have to put her trust in Deacon if she's going to survive. Because this killer is closer than she thinks...The first in a brand new series and Karen Rose at her tense, tantalising and thrilling best.
The Misty Harbour: Maigret #16

The Misty Harbour: Maigret #16

Georges Simenon ,  Linda Coverdale

$16.99

A man picked up for wandering in obvious distress among the cars and buses on the Grands Boulevards. Questioned in French, he remains mute...

A madman? In Maigret's office, he is searched. His suit is new, his underwear is new, his shoes are new. All identifying labels have been removed. No identification papers. No wallet. Five crisp thousand-franc bills have been slipped into one of his pockets. A distressed man is found wandering the streets of Paris, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The answers lead Maigret to a small harbour town, whose quiet citizens conceal a poisonous malice.

This is a new translation of Georges Simenon's gripping tale of lost identity. This is the book sixteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.
Child 44 (Film Tie-In)

Child 44 (Film Tie-In)

Tom Rob Smith

$19.99

Now a major movie, directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. For fans of Robert Harris, John Le Carre and Martin Cruz Smith comes a gripping thriller set in Moscow, 1953. Under Stalin's terrifying regime families live in fear. When the all-powerful State claims there is no such thing as crime, who dares disagree? An ambitious secret police officer, Leo Demidov has spent his career arresting anyone who steps out of line. Suddenly his world is turned upside down when he uncovers evidence of a killer at large. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must risk both their lives to save the lives of others. Inspired by a real-life investigation, Child 44 is a relentless story of love, hope and bravery in a totalitarian world. It is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.
The Cairo Affair

The Cairo Affair

Olen Steinhauer

$19.99

Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband Emmett, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated. Jibril Aziz, an American analyst, knows more about Stumbler, a covert operation rejected by the CIA years ago, than anyone. So when it appears someone else has obtained a copy of the blueprints, Jibril knows the danger it represents...As these players converge on the city of Cairo, Olen Steinhauer's masterful manipulations slowly craft a portrait of a marriage, a jigsaw puzzle of loyalty and betrayal, against a dangerous world of political games where allegiances are never clear and outcomes are never guaranteed.
All the Old Knives

All the Old Knives

Olen Steinhauer

$29.99

Celia used to lie for a living. Henry still does. Can they ever trust each other? Nine years ago, Henry and Celia were lovers and colleagues, both working for the CIA station in Vienna. Until terrorists hijacked a plane at the airport, a rescue attempt, staged from the inside, went terribly wrong and everyone on board was killed. That night has continued to haunt all of those involved; for Henry and Celia, it brought to an end their relationship. Celia decided she'd had enough; she left the agency, married and had children, and is now living an ordinary life in the Californian suburbs. Henry is still a CIA analyst, and has travelled to the US to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all. But neither of them can forget that question: had their agent been compromised, and how? And each of them also wonders what role their lunch companion might have played in the way things unfolded...
The Detective's Secret: Detective's Daughter #3

The Detective's Secret: Detective's Daughter #3

Lesley Thomson

$29.99

Stella Darnell was the detective's Daughter. Now she's solving cases of her own. Jack Harmon craves silence and a bird's eye view. From his new home in Palmyra Tower, he can raise binoculars to watch over west London. If he watches for long enough, he will learn who has secrets. He will learn who plans to kill. But Jack does not see everything. A man has died beneath a late-night train, and Jack's friend Stella, the detective's daughter, suspects it could have been murder. Now Jack and Stella are stirring up the past with questions that no one wants answered - questions that lead to an unsolved case nearly twenty years old...
Thieves Fall Out

Thieves Fall Out

Gore Vidal

$32.99

In 1953, Gore Vidal had already begun writing the works that would launch him to the top ranks of American authors and intellectuals. But in the wake of criticism for the scandalous content of his third novel,  The City and the Pillar,  Vidal turned to writing crime fiction under pseudonyms: three books as  Edgar Box  and one as  Cameron Kay.  The Edgar Box novels were subsequently republished under his real name. The Cameron Kay never was. 

Lost for more than 60 years and overflowing with political and sexual intrigue,  Thieves Fall Out  provides a delicious glimpse into the mind of Gore Vidal in his formative years. By turns mischievous and deadly serious, Vidal tells the story of a man caught up in events bigger than he is, a down-on-his-luck American hired to smuggle an ancient relic out of Cairo at a time when revolution is brewing and heads are about to roll. 

One part  Casablanca  and one part torn-from-the-headlines tabloid reportage, this novel also offers a startling glimpse of Egypt in turmoil - written over half a century ago, but as current as the news streaming from the streets of Cairo today.
Sometimes the Wolf

Sometimes the Wolf

Urban Waite

$19.99

Sheriff Patrick Drake tried to lead an upstanding life and maintain some financial stability until his wife passed away. He did okay for a while, singlehandedly raising his family in a small mountain town. Then he was hit with money troubles, fell in with some unsavoury men, and ended up convicted of one of the biggest crimes in local history. Twelve years later Patrick is on parole under the watchful eye of his son Bobby, who just happens to be a deputy sheriff in his father's old department. Bobby hasn't had it easy, either. He's carried the weight of his father's guilt, forsaking his own dreams, and put off the knowledge that his own marriage could be stronger and more hopeful. Yet no matter how much distance he's tried to put between himself, his father, his grandfather, and the past, small town minds can have very long memories. But trouble isn't done with the Drakes - and a terrifying threat boils up from Patrick's old life. And this time, no one will be spared...
My Sunshine Away

My Sunshine Away

Cathy Cassidy

$29.99

One hot evening in the summer of 1989, fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson cycles home through the wide, empty streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her hometown is a place of cookouts on sweltering afternoons, iced teas and crepe myrtle trees heavy with red and purple blossoms. Lindy is just yards from her parents' house when she is knocked to the sidewalk and raped. No one saw anything and the police draw a blank. The traumatized community does its best to rebuild and move on. But one fourteen-year-old boy is sure there are answers still awaiting to be found - out there on the swept and empty porches, by the lawns steaming in the early morning sun, under the newly broken street lamp. Secretly in love with Lindy and fascinated by her ordeal, he is drawn onward in a search for truths that may be better left buried.
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery: Whitstable Pearl Mystery #1

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery: Whitstable Pearl Mystery #1

Julie Wassmer

$29.99

Pearl Nolan always wanted to be a detective but Life, and a teenage pregnancy, got in the way of a police career and instead she built up a successful restaurant in her coastal home town of Whitstable - famous for its oyster festival held every July. Now, at 39, and with son Charlie away at university, Pearl finds herself suffering from empty nest syndrome until she discovers the body of local oyster fisherman, Vinne Rowe, wrapped around an anchor. Is it an unfortunate accident, or murder? Pearl seizes the opportunity to prove her detection skills and discover the truth but she soon finds herself in conflict, and competition, with attractive Canterbury city police detective, Inspector Mike McGuire. It isn't long, however, before another body is discovered and Pearl finds herself trawling the past for clues, triggering poignant memories of another emotional summer more than twenty years ago ...
           
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