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Liv (#2 Ellen Tamm)

Liv (#2 Ellen Tamm)

Mikaela Bley

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"Death, death, death!" Ellen screamed, hitting the steering wheel so hard her palms ached.

Crime reporter Ellen Tamm hasn't been the same since the Lycke case a few months ago. It is now August, and all summer she has been on sick leave, shut in her apartment and spinning out of control. Under pressure - and threats - from her parents and her employer, TV4, she agrees to head home to her family farm, relo, to try to get some help and get a handle on her mental health.

On her way to relo, Ellen stops for petrol in the little community of Stentuna, where she stumbles upon the news of a murdered woman, her body discovered in the small hours of the morning. The woman wasn't from the area, and no one seems to know who she was or what she was doing in Stentuna. Her name was Liv.

Attempting to distract herself from her own dark past and the mysteries that plague her, Ellen starts to investigate Liv's death. She finds herself drawn into a web of family secrets, lies, and betrayal. Reports keep surfacing of strange behaviour among the children of Stentuna. And then awful things start to happen to Ellen. Someone, or perhaps many people, are trying to silence her.

All the while, Ellen is trying in vain to escape the questions that continue to press in on her and crowd her mind- questions about her sister, the lake, and what really happened that terrible day.

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Sydney Noir

Sydney Noir

John Dale (Contributor and Editor)

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Being a Sydneysider, I know these locations and the feeling of each. With this exotic tasting menu of Australian authors, each brings their style and knowledge of the locations and the people, with stories that will slip beneath your skin - a deep sadness with Eleanor Limprecht's story, or the dreamy sinister tone of Robert Drewe's, redolent of historical true crime. Craig Kirchner

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The Akashic ‘Noir’ crime series began in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. The book earned so much attention and acclaim that it has now expanded to include over 50 titles in locales criss-crossing the globe. The incorporation of familiar, well-known locations with excellent writing and plotting is a winning combination that readers can’t resist. Those who have stepped into the ring to edit the collections run the gamut from little-known talents to big names like Joyce Carol Oates and Dennis Lehane.

Brio now co-publishes the first-ever Australian title in the series, Sydney Noir, featuring fourteen brand-new stories from some of our very best writers: Mandy Sayer, John Dale, Mark Dapin, Kirsten Tranter, Eleanor Limprecht, Leigh Redhead, Robert Drewe, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Tom Gilling, Gabrielle Lord, Philip McLaren, P.M. Newton and Peter Doyle.

The stories deal with men and women who work in finance or serve in a shop, drive cabs or beat-up utes. They might be architects or struggling students, athletes or Aboriginal liaison officers, retired coppers or contract labourers, patternmakers or photographers, philosophy lecturers or drug dealers. Some are desperate for revenge or money and fame; others are simply caught up in circumstances beyond their control or in a sexual relationship gone wrong.

The reader is taken from Kings Cross to La Perouse, from Balmain to Parramatta, Redfern to Maroubra, Clovelly to Bankstown, Sydney Harbour to Edgecliff, Newtown to Ashfield, and Lavender Bay to Mosman. There are no safe spaces in this collection. What Sydney Noir does best is to provide a window onto the street. Sit back and enjoy the view.


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Murder in the Bookshop (#50 Detective Club)

Murder in the Bookshop (#50 Detective Club)

Carolyn Wells ,  Curtis Evans

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Book 50 in the Detective Club Crime Classics series is Carolyn Wells' Murder in the Bookshop, a classic locked room murder mystery which will have a special resonance for lovers and collectors of Golden Age detective fiction. Includes a bonus murder story: `The Shakespeare Title-Page Mystery'.

When Philip Balfour is found murdered in a New York bookstore, the number one suspect is his librarian, a man who has coveted Balfour's widow. But when the police discover that a book worth $100,000 is missing, detective Fleming Stone realises that some people covet rare volumes even more highly than other men's wives, and embarks on one of his most dangerous investigations.

A successful poet and children's author, Carolyn Wells discovered mystery fiction in her forties and went on to become one of America's most popular Golden Age writers. Penning 82 detective novels between 1909 and her death in 1942, she was mourned in 1968 by the great John Dickson Carr as one of mystery fiction's `lost ladies now well lost', and remains undeservedly neglected 50 years later. Murder in the Bookshop is a story laced with criminality, locked rooms and bookish intricacies that any bibliophile will find irresistible.

This Detective Club hardback is introduced by award-winning writer and authority on Golden Age detective fiction, Curtis Evans, and includes `The Shakespeare Title-Page Mystery', a murderous tale of literary shenanigans that was one of the last pieces of detective fiction which Carolyn Wells ever published.
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Kill Shot (#9 Wyatt)

Kill Shot (#9 Wyatt)

Garry Disher

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If you love REACHER, then try WYATT.
Wyatt is a lean, mean thieving machine and his laser focus is on a Ponzi scheme fraudster who he hopes to relieve of his hidden millions. But tech advances are throwing some challenges to his skill set. Living a life very much apart from the norm, Wyatt's keen observations of our fads, habits and preoccupations are always enlightening. Craig Kirchner

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Some people just work better alone. Wyatt's one of them. He's been getting by on nice quiet little burglaries, when he gets wind of something bigger.

A corporate crook – a Ponzi schemer – set to face court and certain jail time. He's about to skip bail the old-fashioned way - on a luxury yacht with a million dollars in cash.

Wyatt thinks it sounds like something he should get into.

He's not alone.
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A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season

A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season

Cecily Gayford ,  Various

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The Christmas season is one of comfort and joy, sparkling lights and steam rising from cups of mulled wine at frosty carol services. A season of goodwill to all men, as families and friends come together to forget their differences and celebrate the year together.

Unless, of course, you happen to be harbouring a grudge. Or hiding a guilty secret. Or you want something so much you just have to have it - whatever the cost. In A Very Murderous Christmas, ten of the best classic crime writers come together to unleash festive havoc, with murder, mayhem and twists aplenty.

Following Murder on Christmas Eve and Murder under the Christmas Tree, this is the perfect accompaniment to a mince pie. Just make sure you're really, truly alone ...
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An Unfinished Murder (#6 Campbell & Carter)

An Unfinished Murder (#6 Campbell & Carter)

Ann Granger

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AN UNFINISHED MURDER is the sixth Cotswold village crime novel in Ann Granger's Campbell and Carter series. Sure to appeal to fans of Midsomer Murders and M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mysteries.

Mitchell and Markby come out of retirement to crack a cold case...

As young children, Josh Browning and his sister, Dilys, stumbled across a dead body while playing on the outskirts of their Cotswold village. Terrified by what they'd seen, neither of them told a soul. Now, twenty years later, Josh finds the dead woman's charm bracelet among his sister's possessions.

Who better to tell than his trusted friend, the man he gardens for, retired Superintendent Alan Markby? As Markby listens to Josh's confession, alarm bells start to ring. The dates and details tie in with a missing person case that was never solved.

Joining forces with Superintendent Ian Carter, who also investigated the original case, and Inspector Jess Campbell, from the region where the missing girl was last seen, Markby delves into the unsolved mystery. Together, they are determined to catch a clever killer who almost got away with murder...
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Beyond Absolution (#3 Reverend Mother Mystery)

Beyond Absolution (#3 Reverend Mother Mystery)

Cora Harrison

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Reverend Mother Aquinas must discover who murdered a much-loved priest in the third of this compelling new Irish historical mystery series.

Ireland. 1925. Pierced through to the brain, the dead body of the priest was found wedged into the small, dark confessional cubicle. Loved by all, Father Dominic had lent a listening ear to sinners of all kinds: gunmen and policemen; prostitutes and nuns; prosperous businessmen and petty swindlers; tradesmen and thieves. But who knelt behind the metal grid and inserted a deadly weapon into that listening ear?

The Reverend Mother Aquinas can do nothing for Father Dominic, but for the sake of his brother, her old friend Father Lawrence, she is determined to find out who killed him, and why.
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Man at the Window

Man at the Window

Robert Jeffreys

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When a boarding master at an exclusive boys' school is shot dead, it is deemed accidental. A lazy and usually drunk detective is sent to write up the report. Cardilini unexpectedly does not co-operate, as he becomes riled by the privileged arrogance of those at the school. He used to have instincts. Perhaps he should follow them now. With no real evidence he declares the shooting a murder and puts himself on a collision course with the powerful and elite of Perth. As he peels back layers, the school's dark secrets being to emerge. But is his dogged pursuit of justice helping or harming those most affected by the dead?

Man at the Window is the first in the Detective Cardilini series, set in 1960s Western Australia.
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No Tomorrow (Killing Eve: TV Tie-In)

No Tomorrow (Killing Eve: TV Tie-In)

Luke Jennings

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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.

Codename Villanelle, the first of the Killing Eve series, is out now!
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The Silent Death (#2 Gereon Rath)

The Silent Death (#2 Gereon Rath)

Volker Kutscher

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March 1930: Silent movie actress Betty Winter is killed on set after a lighting system falls on her. Talkies are destroying the careers of producers, cinema owners and stars in a world that is already bubbling with studio wars and sexual politics. Inspector Gereon Rath suspects sabotage, possibly worse. Meanwhile, the murder of a Nazi named Horst Wessel leads to street riots and Rath's relationship with Charlotte Ritter is on the rocks. Then another actress is found dead, this time with her vocal cords removed.

The thrilling sequel to Babylon Berlin, now a television sensation.
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Kingdom of the Blind (#14 Gamache)

Kingdom of the Blind (#14 Gamache)

Louise Penny

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When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Surete du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will.

Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre document suddenly seem far more menacing.

But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension has dragged on, and Armand is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there.
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An Elephant on Your Nose

An Elephant on Your Nose

Warren Reed

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British Intelligence operative Isabella Di Stefano Butterfield has been dispatched to Tokyo for a very special purpose. Until recently, Japan seemed immune to the Islamic-inspired terror attacks that swept the world after 9/11. But the 2015 beheading of two Japanese aid workers in Syria changed everything.

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach, the race is on to establish a viable, outward-looking Japanese intelligence agency. Bella's brief is to ensure this spy service is fashioned in the image of M16.

But before discussions even commence, Japan receives disturbing intelligence about a home-grown terror plot from an unlikely source - China. Bella is thrown headlong into a complex, multinational espionage operation, forcing her to walk a trip-wire of hidden agendas that sorely test her professional and personal loyalties.

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Friends Like These

Friends Like These

Sarah Alderson

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Lizzie hasn't thought much about Becca since the accident.

She remembers the blood though. She can see how you wouldn't be the same again after something like that. No one was surprised when Becca didn't come back to work.

And Lizzie's different these days too. She used to be the one in the shadows, stalking Becca's perfect life online, but a lot has changed since then.

So when Becca's ex shows up on Tinder, Lizzie swipes right. Why not? Doesn't she deserve a chance at happiness as well?

Becca will have moved on. There's no way she'd even remember Lizzie, no way she could know anything about her life - is there?

She's about to find out that with a friend like Becca, she doesn't need enemies...
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For the Missing (#1 Lager)

For the Missing (#1 Lager)

Lina Bengtsdotter

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When local police give up the search for a missing teenage girl, Detective Inspector Charlie Lager is sent to the small provincial town. What her superiors don't know is that Charlie grew up in that very town, and has a few dark secrets of her own...

THE MISSING
Nora's daughter Annabelle has disappeared, last seen on her way home from a party.

THE LOST
Gullspang's inexperienced police are wilting under the national media spotlight - and its residents desperate for answers.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING
Stockholm DI Charlie Lager must return home to find Annabelle, and then get out of town as soon as she can. Before everyone discovers the truth about her...
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The Disappeared (#18 Joe Pickett)

The Disappeared (#18 Joe Pickett)

C. J. Box

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A prominent British woman has arrived in Wyoming and gone missing. The state governor needs her disappearance investigated quietly and Joe's the man for the job. But then Joe realises something's not right...

No motive, no suspect, no trace. Who doesn't want her found?

Joe Pickett is 300 miles from home, enduring the worst weather January in Wyoming can throw at you. He's in the small mountain town of Saratoga, on the trail of a British woman who checked out of the remote ranch she was holidaying at and disappeared.

But the missing woman is only the beginning.

Something is not right in Saratoga. Why has the local game warden also disappeared? Why is local law enforcement spooked? Why is the new state governor taking such an interest in the case? Joe will have to find the answers before he too joins the disappeared.
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Deadly Secrets (#6 Erika Foster)

Deadly Secrets (#6 Erika Foster)

Robert Bryndza

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To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.

On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter's blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a killing on the victim's doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim - they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger...

From the global million-copy bestselling author comes a totally heart-racing, hold-your-breath read that will keep you hooked until the very last page.
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Everything Is Lies

Everything Is Lies

Helen Callaghan

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Sophia's parents have lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed.

Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find her mother hanging from a tree in the garden. Her father lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death.

The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer. To clear her mother's name Sophia needs to delve deep into her family's past - a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there...
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Tom Clancy's Oath of Office

Tom Clancy's Oath of Office

Marc Cameron

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On a crowded tourist beach in Portugal, US operatives use a high-tech drone to watch a French arms dealer flirt with a beautiful woman. It's only when she leaves that they realise she has shot him dead.

In Iran, protests are growing against the oppressive regime, whipped up by a charismatic student. Most external observers are excited, but on the ground a spy of questionable loyalty senses something is badly amiss.

And meanwhile, with the United States reeling from a string of natural disasters, Russian troops and ships are massing on the borders of the Ukraine, bringing the two powers ever closer to war.

Across the globe a conspiracy is brewing, so darkly brilliant that no-one has yet joined the dots. And the distracted President Ryan has little time to play catch-up- little does he know that he faces a madman with a plan more devastating than he could possibly imagine . . .
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She Was the Quiet One

She Was the Quiet One

Michele Campbell

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Because murderers are never who you expect...

She was the quiet one... but is she guilty?

For twin sisters Rose and Bel, enrolling at the prestigious new boarding school should have been a fresh start. But with its sinister rituals and traditions, Odell soon brings out a deadly rivalry between the sisters.

For Sarah and husband Heath, the chance to teach at Odell seems like the best thing that ever happened to their small family - a chance to rise through the ranks and put the past behind them.

Until one dark night ends in murder.

But who's guilty and who's telling the truth? And who's been in on it all along?
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Pandemic

Pandemic

Robin Cook

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Pandemic is an explosive medical thriller from New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook.

After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to a virulent strain of influenza. That is, until she ends up on Dr. Jack Stapleton's autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy: First, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.

Strangely, two more incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness follow, and Jack fears that this could be the start of an unprecedented pandemic. But the facts aren't adding up. Something is off about these cases, something creepy, and only Jack can figure it out before it's too late.

Thus begins a race against time, during which Jack unveils the dark underbelly of the organ-transplant market. His name is Bui Zhao, a businessman and hospital board member who has been cheating the system by using organs and cells from chimeric pigs, via the gene-editing biotechnology CRISPER/CAS9, which allows pig genes to be inserted into living human cells.

In a climactic mortal showdown, Jack must face Zhao, the megalomaniac willing to risk the fate of the world to purse his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine.
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Presumed Dead (#5 Carter Blake)

Presumed Dead (#5 Carter Blake)

Mason Cross

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Fifteen years ago, an unidentified killer terrorised northern Georgia, killing hikers with two shots from a pistol, before disposing of the bodies along the remote trails and in the rivers in the vicinity of Blood Mountain.

The killer was never brought to justice.

NOW Carter Blake has returned home for the first time in many years. The visit stirs old memories, including a girl from school who vanished without a trace.

Blake runs into the mother of the girl, who mentions a case she's come across in Georgia, where someone is convinced their relative is still alive, fifteen years on.

Adeline Connor was the Blood Mountain Killer's last suspected victim. She vanished without a trace.

So why is her brother so convinced she's still alive?
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Traitor: A Thriller

Traitor: A Thriller

Jonathan De Shalit

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In the exhilarating tradition of I Am Pilgrim comes a sprawling, international high-stakes thriller that pits the intelligence of one man against one of the most successful spies ever to operate against American interests- one of 2018's hottest debuts! (The Real Book Spy).

When a young Israeli walks into an American embassy and offers to betray his country for money and power, he has no idea that the CIA agent interviewing him is a Russian mole. Years later, the Israeli has risen in the ranks to become a trusted advisor to Israel's prime minister and throughout his career, he's been forced to share everything with the Kremlin.

Now, however, a hint that there may be a traitor in the highest realms of power has slipped out and a top-secret team is put together to hunt him down. The chase leads the team from the streets of Tel Aviv to deep inside the Russian zone and, finally, to the United States, where a most unique spymaster is revealed. The final showdown-between the traitor and the betrayed-can only be resolved by an act of utter treachery that could have far-reaching and devastating consequences for all of humanity.
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The Deductions of Colonel Gore

The Deductions of Colonel Gore

Lynn Brock ,  Rob Reef

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This brand new edition of the first novel to feature the officer and gentleman detective Colonel Wickham Gore includes the first ever reprint of the only Colonel Gore novella, Too Much Imagination.

Colonel Gore is reunited with old friends at a dinner party to mark his return from service in Africa, but is shocked to discover that one of them has fallen victim to a callous blackmailer. When the antagonist is found dead, Gore finds that civilian life can be as challenging as anything in the army, especially when one of your friends may have become a killer . . . but which one?

Once famous in the West End and on Broadway for plays written as `Anthony Wharton', Dublin-born Alexander McAllister had become a publican in Surrey when, as `Lynn Brock', his writing career took off again with the creation of country detective Colonel Wickham Gore. Described by Rose Mcaulay as `a very clever writer: a gift for drawing life-like people and a lively sense of dramatic incident', Brock became a pillar of the Golden Age with his Colonel Gore whodunits and pioneering psychological novels including the lurid Nightmare.

This Detective Club classic is introduced by Rob Reef, author of the John Stableford mysteries, and for the first time reprints the only Colonel Gore novella, Too Much Imagination, a country house murder story from a rare 1926 American pulp magazine.
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Safe Houses

Safe Houses

Dan Fesperman

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Anna is determined to understand why her brother apparently murdered their parents while they slept at their small farm in Maryland. The trail will lead her to events set in motion during one night nearly four decades ago in a Berlin safe house run by the CIA.

A new high-stakes espionage thriller from a master of the genre. Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and Jane Harper.

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...
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The House Swap

The House Swap

Rebecca Fleet

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When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they've worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son's sake; now they want to reconnect as a couple.

On arrival, they find a house that is stark and sinister in its emptiness - it's hard to imagine what kind of person lives here. Then, gradually, Caroline begins to uncover some signs of life - signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music in the CD player might seem innocent to her husband but to her they are anything but. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know; someone she's desperate to leave in her past.

But that person is now in her home - and they want to make sure she'll never forget...
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The Whisperer (#13 Inspector Sejer)

The Whisperer (#13 Inspector Sejer)

Karin Fossum

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Inspector Sejer returns in a stunning, psychologically acute new thriller from the Queen of Norwegian crime fiction.

Ragna Riegel works in a supermarket and still lives in her childhood home. She's alone in the world since her only son moved to Berlin. She longs for a Christmas or birthday card from him.

Ragna lives her life within strict self-imposed limits- she sits in the same seat on the bus every day, on her way to her predictable job. On her way home she always visits the same local shop. She feels safe in her routine, until one day she receives a letter with a threatening message scrawled in capital letters. An unknown enemy has entered her world and she must use all her means to defend herself.

When the worst happens, Inspector Konrad Sejer is called in to interrogate Ragna. Is this unassuming woman out of her depth, or is she hiding a dark secret?
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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

Leonard Gribble ,  Martin Edwards

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The 1939 Arsenal side is firing on all cylinders and celebrating a string of victories. They appear unstoppable, but the Trojans - a side of amateurs who are on a winning streak of their own - may be about to silence the Gunners.

Moments into the second half the whistle blows, but not for a goal or penalty. One of the Trojans has collapsed on the pitch. By the end of the day, he is dead.

Gribble's unique mystery, featuring the actual Arsenal squad of 1939, sends Inspector Anthony Slade into the world of professional football to investigate a case of deadly foul play on and off the pitch.
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Headlong (#21 Bill Slider)

Headlong (#21 Bill Slider)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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Bill Slider and his team investigate the death of a prominent literary agent in this intriguing contemporary mystery. When one of London's best-known literary agents is found dead in strange circumstances, having fallen headlong from his office window, DCI Slider is under pressure from the Borough Commander to confirm a case of accidental death. But when the evidence points to murder, Slider and his team find themselves uncovering some decidedly scandalous secrets in the suave and successful Ed Wiseman's past.

An embittered ex-wife. A discarded mistress. A frustrated would-be author. A disgruntled former employee. Many had reason to hold a grudge against the late lamented literary agent. But who would feel strongly enough to kill him? Any leads in the investigation seem only to result in more questions - not least of which is the identity of the elusive Calliope Hunt. Who is she - and what is her connection to the train of events?
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Paper Ghosts

Paper Ghosts

Julia Heaberlin

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Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer.

That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted.

Before his admission to a care home for dementia.

Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip.

Only she's not his daughter and, if she has her way, he's not coming back . . .

Because Carl's past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he's killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel.

Now they're following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel.

Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he's guilty of nothing and she's the liar.

Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she's taking a terrible risk.

For if Carl really is a serial killer, she's alone in the most dangerous place of all . . .
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A Season for the Dead (#1 Nic Costa)

A Season for the Dead (#1 Nic Costa)

David Hewson

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When a young woman turns up dead near the banks of the River Tiber, pathologist Teresa Lupo believes she has the victim of an ancient Roman ritual on her hands. She's wrong. So begins an investigation that will take Nic Costa and his team deep into the dark underworld of modern-day Rome's most disturbing and sinister secrets.
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Newcomer (#2 Malice)

Newcomer (#2 Malice)

Keigo Higashino

$32.99
Newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyoichiro Kaga is assigned to a baffling murder...

Detective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn't long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman's past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.

This is the second appearance in English of Police detective Kyochiro Kaga, the protagonist of the critically acclaimed Malice.
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A Thin Dark Line (#1 Broussard & Fourcade)

A Thin Dark Line (#1 Broussard & Fourcade)

Tami Hoag

$19.99
A botched investigation - and a killer walks free...

The death of a beautiful woman... an arrogant man who claimed to be her suitor but was probably her murderer... a cop accused of planting evidence... and a town steeped in secrets and shadows.

Deputy Annie Broussard is still haunted by the case of Pamela Bichon. The killer walked free, and Annie can't forget the sight of Pamela's mutilated body.

But her obsessive search for justice lands her with a dilemma where she must defend or accuse a fellow cop...
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The Death of Her

The Death of Her

Debbie Howells

$17.99
The Death of Her is a haunting psychological thriller from Debbie Howells, author of the bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club success The Bones of You.

A woman's body is discovered on a Cornish farm, battered and left for dead in a maize field. Airlifted to hospital, her life hanging in the balance, no one's sure who she is. Three days later she comes round, but her memory is damaged. She knows her name - Evie - but no more, until she remembers another name. Angel - her three-year-old daughter.

As the police circulate Evie's photo, someone recognizes her. Charlotte knew her years ago, at school, when another child went missing. Leah Danning, who vanished whilst in Evie's care.

When the police search Evie's home, there's no sign of Angel. More disturbingly, there's no evidence that she ever lived there, forcing the police to question whether Evie's having some kind of breakdown.

But even from the darkest place she's ever known, Evie believes her daughter is alive. The police remain unconvinced - unaware that on the fringes of Evie's life, there's someone else. Someone hidden, watching her every move, with their own agenda and their own twisted version of reality.
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We Can See You

We Can See You

Simon Kernick

$32.99
You have it all. Success, a beautiful home, a happy family.

Until, in a heartbeat, it's gone.

We've kidnapped your daughter, and we know everything about you. Including the dark secrets from your past you thought were forgotten.

We tell you not to contact the police - and that we'll know if you do. Because we can see you.

And now you know this is no ordinary abduction. It's worse. Within hours you're on the run, with only one thought in your head. That you will stop at nothing to get your daughter back. Even murder...
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The Talisman (30th Anniversary Edition)

The Talisman (30th Anniversary Edition)

Lynda La Plante

$32.99
The 30th Anniversary Edition For each new generation, the Talisman is the key to a fortune.

Edward - who inherits his father's looks... and his curse. Alex, his brother - whose quest for revenge will fuel an empire built on corruption. Evelyne and Juliana, the fourth generation - still haunted by the family's past.

From the miseries of the war years to the glamorous present, in London, America and South Africa, Lynda La Plante continues the bestselling saga that began with The Legacy. The passionate story of a family's lives and fortunes and the curse that forged their names...

'A torrid tale of love, intrigue and passion' Express
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The Girl in the Woods (#10 Patrik Hedstrom)

The Girl in the Woods (#10 Patrik Hedstrom)

Camilla Lackberg

$22.99
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No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg's new psychological thriller featuring Detective Patrik Hedstroem and Erica Falck - irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.

A missing child When a four-year-old girl disappears in the woods outside Fjallbacka, people are horror-struck. Thirty years ago, a child went missing from the same spot, and was later discovered, murdered.

A murder Back then, two teenage girls were found guilty of the killing. Could one of them be the culprit this time? Detective Patrik Hedstroem starts investigating, with his wife, bestselling crime writer Erica Falck, by his side.

A community torn apart But as Patrik and Erica dig deeper, it seems that everyone in the tight-knit community is hiding something. And soon, the residents must confront the fact that there could be a murderer in their midst...
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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

Alice LaPlante

$16.99
A smart, haunting tale of psychological suspense from the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Turn of Mind.

Jane loses everything when her teenage daughter is killed in a senseless accident. Jane is devastated, but sometime later, she makes one tiny stab at a new life: she moves from San Francisco to the tiny seaside town of Half Moon Bay. She is inconsolable, and yet, as the months go by, she is able to cobble together some version of a job, of friends, of the possibility of peace. And then, children begin to disappear. And soon, Jane sees her own pain reflected in all the parents in the town. She wonders if she will be able to live through the aching loss, the fear all around her. But as the disappearances continue, she begins to see that what her neighbours are wondering is if it is Jane herself who has unleashed the horror of loss.

Half Moon Bay is a chilling story about a mother haunted by her past. As Stewart O'Nan said about Turn of Mind-this novel blindfolds the reader and spins her around.
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The Little Drummer Girl (TV Tie-In)

The Little Drummer Girl (TV Tie-In)

John le Carre

$22.99
Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into 'the theatre of the real' by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.

The Little Drummer Girl is a thrilling, deeply moving and courageous novel of our times.
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The Feral Detective

The Feral Detective

Jonathan Lethem

$29.99
Jonathan Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn.

Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe.

Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble - caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe's trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous...

Jonathan Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn, The Feral Detective is a singular achievement by one of our greatest writers.
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Now We Are Dead (#1 Roberta Steel)

Now We Are Dead (#1 Roberta Steel)

Stuart MacBride

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She can't prove he did it. But she might die trying...

From the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta Steel.

Revenge is a dangerous thing...

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets and women are being attacked again.

The top brass have made it very clear that if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, she'll be thrown off the force for good.

But she can't just do nothing - if she does he'll keep hurting women. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?
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The Shadow of the Black Earl (#2 Leo Moran Murder)

The Shadow of the Black Earl (#2 Leo Moran Murder)

Charles E. McGarry

$19.99
Devastated by a sudden bereavement, Leo Moran is invited to spend the summer at Biggnarbriggs Hall in southern Scotland, the stately residence of his friend Fordyce Greatorix. He is overjoyed when romance blossoms unexpectedly, but he finds himself haunted by visions after a local girl goes missing, an incident which has chilling echoes of a similar disappearance thirty years previously. As he investigates a host of curious and dubious characters, Leo finds that the very bedrock which surrounds Biggnarbriggs Hall is poisoned by an ancient malevolence that will have its terrible reckoning.
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Two Little Girls (#3 Jessie Flynn)

Two Little Girls (#3 Jessie Flynn)

Kate Medina

$19.99
Two little girls walked to their deaths and nobody noticed...

A gripping new thriller featuring the brilliantly complex psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn, who struggles with a dark past.

Two bodies on the beach. One killer out for revenge.

Two years ago, a young girl was murdered while playing on the beach and left in a heart of shells, a doll by her side. Now another girl is found on the same stretch of sand, another heart, another doll, and psychologist Jessie Flynn is called in to assist the investigation.

But she's being led into a web of lies and deceit by a new patient, Laura - a deeply disturbed woman who wants Jessie as her friend. When links emerge between Laura and the two dead girls, Jessie's worst nightmare becomes reality. For in the dark world of a twisted killer, she begins to realize just how treacherous friends can be...
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Vanish in an Instant

Vanish in an Instant

Margaret Millar

$19.99
On a snowbound night near a small Michigan town, Virginia Barkeley is discovered staggering around, covered in blood and blind drunk. Nearby, wealthy lothario Claude Margolis is found dead, stabbed several times in the neck. The case seems open and shut. Even Virginia thinks she probably committed the crime, although she cannot for the life of her think why. In this classic noir tale of blurred guilt and flawed innocence, a cynical lawyer uncovers the desperate lives of a group connected only by a gruesome murder.
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Scent of Fear

Scent of Fear

Tony Park

$29.99
Afghanistan veteran Sean Bourke's world explodes when an IED detonates in South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

On a routine anti-poaching patrol, Sean and his tracker dog Benny watch in horror as over-eager rookie Tumi Mabasa is almost killed and her dog gravely injured in the explosion.

Along with Tumi and best mate Craig Hoddy, Sean is determined to hunt down the elusive bombmaker who has introduced this destructive weapon to the war on poaching.

But Sean is his own worst enemy. Haunted by nightmares of the war and racked with guilt from driving away his ex-wife, Christine, he soon discovers she and Craig are in the midst of an intense affair.

And there's another enemy at play...

As bombs target Sean's team, can he get himself back on track and win the fight for Africa's wildlife - and Christine - before it's too late?

'Gripping action thrillers...never disappoints as a storyteller' DAILY TELEGRAPH
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Captive

Captive

Tony Park

$19.99
A very eager - and rather naive - Australian lawyer Kerry Maxwell flies into South Africa to volunteer at a wildlife orphanage run by notorious vet, Graham Baird.

Graham is as jaded and reckless as Kerry is law-abiding and optimistic. When Kerry arrives at the animal sanctuary it's to the news that Graham is imprisoned in Mozambique following a deadly shootout with elephant poachers.

Kerry's earnest sense of justice takes her to Massingir to help Graham with his case, and into a world of danger. Kidnapped, chased, attacked and betrayed, Kerry learns the bitter truth about the complexities and deadly nature of the war on poaching.

'One of our best and most consistent thriller writers' CANBERRA TIMES '(Park) successfully conjures up vivid scenery and stunning animal encounters.' AU REVIEW
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The First Lady

The First Lady

James Patterson

$32.99
A President's affair to remember soon becomes a nightmare he wishes he could forget in James Patterson's gripping new stand-alone thriller. As he steps out of his hotel in Atlanta with the love of his life, the last thing President Tucker expects is to be greeted by the flashing cameras of the media. Or for his affair to be revealed to the world. The President must act to stop the scandal from spiralling out of control, just weeks before the vote for a second term. But not before he figures out how to keep the First Lady on his side. Grace Tucker, however, has other plans.

Betrayed and deeply hurt, she heads for a safe haven outside the capital. But when her security detail loses all trace of her, all hell breaks loose. The First Lady is missing. Did she run away? Or is she in more danger than they could have imagined...
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Private: Princess (#14 Private)

Private: Princess (#14 Private)

James Patterson

$19.99
Jack Morgan receives an offer he cannot refuse...

When the head of the world?s foremost investigation agency is invited to meet Princess Caroline, third in line to the British throne, he boards his Gulfstream jet and flies straight to London.

The Princess needs Morgan's skills, and his discretion. Sophie Edwards, a close friend of the royal, has gone missing. She must be found before the media become aware of it.

Morgan knows there is more to this case than he is being told.

But what is the Princess hiding?
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Verses for the Dead

Verses for the Dead

Douglas Preston ,  Lincoln Child

$32.99
After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the unorthodox lone wolf must now work with a partner.

Pendergast and his new cohort, Special Agent Coldmoon, are dispatched to Florida to investigate a rash of ritualistic murders. A killer is carving out the hearts of his victims, and depositing the stolen organs alongside the headstones of existing graves. Accompanying each heart is a cryptic letter, signed by a 'Mr Brokenhearts'. There is one more intriguing aspect to Mr Brokenhearts' macabre modus operandi: the chosen graves all belong to women who have committed suicide.

As he searches for the connection between the old suicides and the new murders, Pendergast realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: that he faces a conspiracy of death reaching back decades.

'Fast-moving, sophisticated and bursting with surprises ... There's nothing else like them' WASHINGTON POST.

'One of thrillerdom's most exciting and intriguing series leads, and it remains among the most reliable in the genre' BOOKLIST.
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The Listeners

The Listeners

Anthony J. Quinn

$29.99
A new crime series set in the brooding landscape of the Scottish borders. Detective Carla Herron is investigating the savage murder of a psychotherapist when a confession from the nearby psychiatric hospital leads her to embark on a chilling trail...

A new crime series set in the brooding landscape of the Scottish borders from the author of the Celcius Daly series.

Not long out of the fast-track training course at Edinburgh's police college, Detective Sergeant Carla Herron is about to be tested to breaking point.

She's been called to Deepwell psychiatric hospital in the Scottish borders to interview a patient who has confessed to the murder of one of the hospital's psychotherapists . The confession is vividly detailed, but for a man locked in a secure ward and under 24-hour surveillance, it is also utterly impossible.

So why can't the supposedly murdered psychotherapist be contacted? Why are the hospital staff so secretive , so difficult to work with? Why have other Deepwell patients made disturbingly similar confessions over the past year? Against the advice of her superiors, Carla delves deeper into the hospital's past and is plunged into a labyrinth of jealousies, lies and hallucinations.

Struggling to separate fact from fantasy, Carla embarks on a chilling trail through the bleak uplands and dark forests of the Scottish borders, every step taking her closer to a final - deadly - reckoning.

'Superbly original' SUNDAY EXPRESS . 'Carefully wrought, often lyrical prose, always rich with foreboding' BOOKLIST .
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A Spot of Folly: Ten Tales of Murder and Mayhem

A Spot of Folly: Ten Tales of Murder and Mayhem

Ruth Rendell ,  Sophie Hannah

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New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness.

Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are ten (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time.

In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the echo of a historical murder. A compulsive liar acts on impulse, only to be lead inexorably to disaster. And a wealthy man finds there is more to his wife's kidnapping than meets the eye.

Atmospheric, gripping and never predictable, this is Ruth Rendell at her inimitable best.

The stories are: Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror; A Spot of Folly; The Price of Joy; The Irony of Hate; Digby's Wives; The Haunting of Shawley Rectory; A Drop Too Much; The Thief; The Long Corridor of Time; In the Time of his Prosperity; and Trebuchet.

Introduction from Sophie Hannah.
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The Au Pair

The Au Pair

Emma Rous

$29.99
A tautly plotted mystery of dark family secrets, perfect for fans of Kate Morton.

Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: the first set of summer twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on the day they were born their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and a stolen baby.

Now twenty-five, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph taken on the day the twins were born featuring both parents posing with just one baby. Seraphine soon becomes fixated with the notion that she and Danny might not be twins after all, that she wasn't the baby born that day and that there was more to her mother's death than she has ever been told...

Why did their beloved au pair flee that day? Where is she now? Does she hold the key to what really happened?
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A House of Ghosts

A House of Ghosts

W. C. Ryan ,  Edward Bettison

$29.99
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.

At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one...

An unrelentingly gripping mystery packed with twists and turns, A House of Ghosts is the perfect chilling read next winter.
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Maigret and the Ghost (#62 Inspector Maigret)

Maigret and the Ghost (#62 Inspector Maigret)

Georges Simenon ,  Ros Schwartz

$16.99
During an undercover case Inspector Lognon is shot in a room he was sharing with a beautiful woman who has since disappeared. Inspector Maigret retraces Lognon's secretive last few days and is drawn into the darker side of the art world.
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Lullaby

Lullaby

Leila Slimani

$19.99
The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds.

When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul's idyllic tableau is shattered...
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The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls

Simone St. James

$19.99
1950 - At the crumbling Idlewild Hall school for unwanted girls, four room-mates begin to bond over dark secrets and whispered fears - until one of them mysteriously disappears...

2014 - Journalist Fiona Sheridan can't get over the murder of her sister twenty years ago, near the ruins of Idlewild. And when another body is found during renovations of the school, she begins to uncover horrors that were meant to remain hidden - and a voice that won't be silenced.

For fans of Lisa Jewell and S.K. Tremayne, The Broken Girls is a chilling story of murder, revenge, and secrets that refuse to stay buried...
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Bad Debts (#1 Jack Irish)

Bad Debts (#1 Jack Irish)

Peter Temple

$19.99
Melbourne in winter. Rain. Wind. Pubs. Beer. Sex. Corruption. Murder.

A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn't ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems- his beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long and he's still cooking for one.

But then Danny turns up dead and Jack has to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past.
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Black Tide (#2 Jack Irish)

Black Tide (#2 Jack Irish)

Peter Temple

$19.99
Jack Irish has no shortage of friends. Jockeys and journos, lawyers and standover men, people in nameless occupations who aren't in the phone book. These days, though, the only family he sees are Irish men in faded football team photographs on the pub wall. So when Des Connors, the last link to his father, calls to ask for help in the matter of a missing son, Jack is happy to lend a hand. But sometimes prodigal sons go missing for a reason.

As Jack begins to dig, he discovers that Gary Connors was a man with something to hide. And his friends are people with darker, more deadly secrets.
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Dead Point (#3 Jack Irish)

Dead Point (#3 Jack Irish)

Peter Temple

$19.99
Jack Irish-lawyer, gambler and people-finder - is hunting down the villains who hijacked the winnings from his latest betting coup when he is hired by a mystery client to find missing barman Robbie Colburne. But Robbie turns up dead of a drug overdose. The case should be closed, but the dashing young barman was far from what he seemed, and the client wants to know more.

As Jack explores the young man's past, he finds himself drawn into a deadly network of power, politics and money. In this world, nothing can be taken at face value and everything is expendable-including Jack.
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White Dog (#4 Jack Irish)

White Dog (#4 Jack Irish)

Peter Temple

$19.99
Jack Irish-gambler, cook and cabinetmaker, finder of people who don't want to be found - has a new job, hunting for evidence that might save the beautiful sculptor Sarah Longmore from a murder rap. Jack soon discovers there was nothing straightforward about property developer Mickey Franklin?s death, and falls headlong into a world of shady deals, sexual secrets and country rednecks.
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The Death Chamber (#6 Detective's Daughter)

The Death Chamber (#6 Detective's Daughter)

Lesley Thomson

$19.99
A new case for sees Stella, the detective's daughter, and Jack moving to the country in order to solve a cold case.

From the number one bestseller of The Detective's Daughter .

For forty years, someone has got away with murder...

Forty years ago, seventeen-year-old Cassie Baker took a shortcut home from a small Cotswolds village, and was never seen again. Twenty years later, Cotswolds police found Cassie's remains while searching for another missing teenager, Bryony Motson . Bryony's body was never found. Now Stella Darnell, cleaner and private detective , has decided to find out what happened to Bryony. She knows her investigation will be dangerous. Because, for too long, someone has got away with murder. Someone who will do anything to keep it that way...
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Anatomy of a Scandal: The Sunday Times bestseller everyone is talking about

Anatomy of a Scandal: The Sunday Times bestseller everyone is talking about

Sarah Vaughan

$19.99
A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case - she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.
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The Division Bell Mystery

The Division Bell Mystery

Ellen Wilkinson ,  Martin Edwards

$23.95
'Through the double clamour of Big Ben and the shrill sound of the bell rang a revolver shot.'

A financier is found shot in the House of Commons. Suspecting foul play, Robert West, a parliamentary private secretary, takes on the role of amateur sleuth. Used to turning a blind eye to covert dealings, West must now uncover the shocking secret behind the man's demise, amid distractions from the press and the dead man's enigmatic daughter.

Originally published in 1932, this was the only mystery novel to be written by Ellen Wilkinson, one of the first women to be elected to Parliament. Wilkinson offers a unique insider's perspective of political scandal, replete with sharp satire.
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