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					Crime                                                                                      “where a good crime
                                                                                            can be had by all”




                              chronicle                         Issue #214                     November 2003




                                                                                                                   “Between
                                                                                                                    Amelia
      "The
                                                                                                                Peabody and
     grande
                                                                                                               Indiana Jones,
    dame of
                                                                                                               it's Amelia - in
    historical
                                                                                                               wit and daring
    mystery."
                                                                                                                     - by a
- Washington Post
   Book World                                                                                                     landslide.”
                                                                                                               - New York Times
                                                                                                                  Book Review




                          AMELIA PEABODY’S EGYPT: A COMPENDIUM
                                    Elizabeth PETERS & Kristen WHITBREAD (editors)
The Egypt that so enticed and enchanted intrepid archaeologist-sleuth Amelia Peabody in the late 19th and 20th centuries was a
place of wonder, mystery, danger and the lure of antiquity. Now, with this monumental volume of Egyptian culture, history and
arcana, readers will be able to immerse themselves in the great lady’s world more completely than ever before. Journey through the
bustling streets and markets of Cairo a hundred years ago. Surround yourself with the customs and colour of a bygone time. Explore
ancient tombs and temples and marvel at the history of this remarkable land. Also included are a hitherto unpublished journal entry
and intimate biographies of the Emersons and their friends, which provide a uniquely personal view of the lives, relationships,
opinions, politics and delightful eccentricities of mystery’s first family, as well as unforgettable pearls of wit and wisdom from
everyone’s favourite fictional Egyptologist herself. Containing nearly 600 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, and
articles by numerous experts, this compendium sparkles with unforgettable glimpses of the exotic and the bizarre, the unusual and
the unfamiliar. A treasure trove that overflows with Egyptological riches, along with wonderful insights into the culture and mores
of the Victorian era. A one-of-a-kind collection that offers endless hours of pleasure for Peabodyphiles and Egypt aficionados alike,
here is a tome to cherish; a grand and glorious celebration of the life, the work and the world of the incomparable Amelia Peabody.
336pp Hb $59.95

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                                             Jake ARNOTT                                    Patti BERG
    Modern Crime                                Truecrime              338pp Tp 32.95                And Then He Kissed Me
Peter ABRAHAMS                                  It is 30 years since Harry Starks and his                              373pp Pb 17.95
   The Tutor 357pp Pb 19.95                  gang kept the underworld of Soho under         She is the blonde
   When Scott and Linda                      control, but the consequences of their         bombshell who once
Gardner hire Julian Sawyer to                brutal reign are still being felt. Moving      starred in a string of
tutor their troubled teenage son             focus to the greedy 1980s and 1990s rave       low-budget films and
Brandon, he seems like the                   scene, Arnott delivers another hard-           is now a jet-setting,
answer to a prayer. Capable and brilliant,   edged novel that David Bowie has called,       bestselling author. But
Julian connects with Brandon in a way        “Funny, fast, witty and brutal.” (English)     one too many bites of
neither of his parents can. He also                                                         caviar,        menacing
                                             Andrea BADENOCH
effortlessly helps Linda to salvage a                                                       phone calls from her
                                                 Loving Geordie        338pp Pb 18.95
troubled business deal and gives Scott                                                      jailbird ex and nasty
                                                 August       1960.    Glue      Terrace,
expert advice on his tennis game. Only                                                      gossip about her life,
                                             overlooking the River Tyne, is due to be
                   11-year-old     Ruby,                                                    send Juliet over the edge. Disguising her
                                             demolished. In the midst of this
                   who is funny, curious                                                    identity, Juliet runs straight into the arms
                                             desolation lives 15-year-old Leslie, who is
                   and     devoted     to                                                   of Cole Sheridan, a small town vet with
                                             full of worries about unpaid bills and his
                   Sherlock Holmes, has                                                     troubles of his own. (American)
                                             vulnerable younger brother Geordie. In a
                   doubts about the
                                             derelict building, identical twins             Olga BICOS
                   stranger. But even the
                                             Maureen and Murial are found dead.                      Shattered         378pp Pb 17.95
                   observant Ruby is far
                                             Suspicion immediately falls on ‘Geordie                 When architect Holly Fairfield
                   from understanding
                                             the Dafty’, who discovered the bodies. A       lands a dream job renovating a posh San
                   Julian’s true designs
                                             shocking coming-of-age crime story,            Francisco restaurant, she discovers
                   on the Gardners.
                                             which is full of wonderful characters.         nothing has happened by chance. Soon
                   (American)
                                             (English)                                      she is caught in a dangerous game
                                             David BALDACCI                                 between Cutty family rivals and a dark
                                                      Split Second     404pp Tp 30.00       legacy of obsession with murder.
                  KEY                                 When something distracts Secret       (American)
                    academic                 Agent Sean King for a split second, it         Nero BLANC
                                             costs presidential candidate Clyde Ritter             A Crossworder's Holiday
                     banking                 his life. What stole King’s attention? Why                                193pp Tp 32.00
                                             was Ritter shot? Eight years later,            Here are five short tales for a long
         canine detectives                   Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track          summer day on the beach. There are
                                             through the ranks of the Secret Service        crosswords included plus a bonus recipe.
                     clerical                when her career receives a lethal blow:        (American)
                                             presidential candidate John Bruno is           Barbara BLOCK
     cosy/malice domestic                    abducted from a funeral home while                     Rubbed Out         352pp Pb 15.95
                                             under her protection. The similarity                   Sleuth and pet storeowner Robin
            culinary/food                    between the two cases drives Michelle to       Light tackles Syracuse cold, a pernicious
                                             re-open investigations into the Ritter         smoking habit and a missing wife case.
                            fbi              fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-     The missing wife turns into much more: a
                                             agent, King. Baldacci has created a            lying     lawyer     who      steals    from
          feline detectives                  labyrinthine plot that winds its way           murderously         vindictive       Russian
                                             through the dark passages of America’s         employers. (American)
                     forensic                legal underworld. (American)                   Kathy BRANDT
   horse racing mystery
                                             M C BEATON                                             Swimming with the Dead
                                                     Agatha Raisin and the Day the                                     258pp Pb 15.95
                      medical                         Floods Came 230pp Pb 17.95            An underwater investigation. This is the
                                             After her husband                              first in a new series starring Hannah
                     military                dumps her for a French                         Sampson, who heads the Dive and
                                             monastery and her                              Recovery Team of Denver's homicide
          native american                    friend Charles rushes                          division. Margaret Coel calls her "a
                                             to Paris to marry a tart,                      likeable, exuberant heroine". (American)
        police procedural                    Agatha takes a holiday.                        Christopher BROOKMYRE
                                             On her return home,                                A Big Boy did it and Ran Away
            political/legal                  she gets involved in the                                                  500pp Pb 22.95
                                             investigation of a dead                        Back when they were students, Ray Ash
              psychological                  bride found floating                           and Simon Darcourt had dreams about
                                             down a river in full                           what they would do when they grew up.
                 private eye                 bridal regalia. With the help of her           In both their cases, it was to be rock stars.
                                             handsome, and single, new neighbour,           15 years later, new father Ray takes
        romantic suspense                    Agatha sets off to prove the police wrong.     refuge from his responsibilities by living
                                             (American)                                     a virtual existence in online games. On
                         sport
                                                                                            the other hand, as his coping strategy,
                                                                                            Simon uses serial murder, mass slaughter
                            spy
                                                                                            and professional assassination. (Scottish)
        suspense/thriller
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Dale BROWN & Jim DEFELICE                     Stella CAMERON                               Peter CLEMENT
      Piranha             489pp Pb 18.95               Sheer Pleasures                             Critical Condition
      Dale Brown’s Dreamland. Piranha, an                               384pp Pb 17.95                                363pp Pb 19.95
underwater robot capable of surveillance      Attorney Wilhelmina Phoenix embarks          When renowned geneticist Kathleen
and attack, opens its career by               on a dangerous search for a missing          Sullivan is stricken by a brain
outmanoeuvring a naval carrier. It            friend, who disappeared from a private       haemorrhage, she is rendered completely
quickly graduates from the testing phase,     pleasure club in Washington State’s          paralysed but still utterly aware. Trapped
however, when a crisis in the China Sea       Cascade Mountains. However, the sexy         inside her body like this, she becomes
erupts. The simple mission heats up           Roman Wilde, a former Navy SEAL              Chief Neurosurgeon Tony Hamlin’s
when the Dreamlanders get into a fray         working undercover, complicates her          passive test subject. Descending into a
with the Chinese, who are anxious to test     quest. (American)                            nightmare, she is subjected to sinister
some secret machinery of their own.           Vicki CAMERON                                stem cell experiments while trying to
(American)                                            More Clue Mysteries                  register her fears to her lover, ER chief
Sandra BROWN                                                            224pp Tp 25.00     Richard Steel. (American)
         Mirror Image (1990)                  15 more Whodunits to solve in minutes.       Anthea COHEN
                          442pp Pb 19.95      These taut tales feature familiar               Angel and the Deadly Secret
After the crash of a Dallas-bound jet,        characters from the classic Clue board                                 239pp Hb 42.95
Avery Daniels finds that plastic surgery      game, introduced in 1949. Set in fictional   Agnes Turner’s boring life in her
has given her the face and the identity of    Tudor Hall in 1926, these stories give       retirement flat changes when she spots
Carole Rutledge, wife of famous               readers an opportunity to sleuth out the     Amy Horrocks running down the road in
senatorial candidate Tate Rutledge. As        culprit among Colonel Mustard,               terror. Agnes takes her in. Amy fears for
Avery falls in love with Tate, she is         Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock and the          her life and reveals her terrible secret: a
startled to discover that someone plans to    others in all manners of shady intrigues.    mercy killing, for which she is now being
assassinate him. In order to save the life    (American)                                   blackmailed. (English)
of the man she loves, Avery resolves to       Meg CHITTENDEN                               David COLE
live Carole’s life, and risk her own.                  More than you Know                       Dragonfly Bones 252pp Pb 16.95
(American)                                                              294pp Pb 15.95          Cloaked in the WWW’s anonymity,
Paul BRYERS                                   Maddy Sloane is waiting for her husband      part-Hopi computer hacker Laura
    The Used Women’s Book Club                to pick her up at the entrance to Pike       Winslow is hiding from her past, but it
                          282pp Tp 29.95      Place Market. Unaware FBI Special Agent      has found her in the Arizona desert. The
On the night the Book Club meet to swap       Nick Ciacia is watching her, she waits       daughter she lost years ago is now an
novels and exchange literary views, the       patiently at first, then begins to worry     angry young woman serving prison time.
husband of one of its members is being        that perhaps Bart has been involved in an    But Spider’s agreement to help the
brutally murdered. Literary threads           accident. Ciacia approaches her and          authorities uncover an identity theft ring,
interweave this tense thriller. Virginia      offers his help. She does not recognise      in exchange for leniency, has led the
Woolf stalks its pages along with Jack the    him, but he convinces her they have          police to a secret burial ground near Casa
Ripper, a crazed police detective and the     mutual friends. It is not long before she    Grande Monument. (American)
spectre of an Avenging Angel. The             realises that he has a deadly agenda all     Max Allan COLLINS
individual members of the Used                his own. (American)                                CSI: Miami          269pp Pb 14.95
Women’s Book Club - Jo, Meg, Liz and          Tom CLANCY                                         Florida Getaway. Book 1. Lt Horatio
Amy - each have good reasons for feeling            The Teeth of the Tiger                 Caine leads a crack team of forensic
as used as the books they swap. (English)                               431pp Hb 49.95     scientists who investigate crimes amid
Jan BURKE                                     In the Brave New World of terrorism          the tropical surroundings and cultural
     Hocus (1997)         449pp Pb 17.95      (where anybody with a spare AK-47,           crossroads of Miami. Together, they
     An Irene Kelly novel. Her detective      knowledge of kitchen chemistry, or           collect and analyse the evidence to expose
husband Frank is missing, an ominous          simply the will to die can become a          the truth and to bring justice to those who
bloodstain in the trunk of his car and a      player), the old rules no longer apply. No   often cannot speak for themselves: the
warning left on the rear-view mirror.         matter      what    new      governmental    victims. (American)
Irene must determine who has kidnapped        organisations come into being, the only      Max Allan COLLINS
him, and why, so that she can find him        truly effective ones are quick and agile,       The Million-Dollar Wound
before they kill him. (American)              free of oversight and restrictions and                                  335pp Pb 16.95
Jan BURKE                                     outside the system. Way outside the          The Frank Nitti trilogy #3. From a foxhole
     Nine                 590pp Pb 19.95      system! (American)                           on Guadal Canal to the glitzy underworld
     On the heels of her soaring bestseller   Carol Higgins CLARK                          of Hollywood in the 1940s, Nate Heller
Flight (Pb 19.95), Edgar Award-winning               Jinxed             322pp Pb 17.95     fights his memories and the Mob.
author Burke reaches new heights of                  Savvy young Los Angeles PI Regan      Something happened at the canal,
suspense in this ingenious novel of hard-     Reilly faces an unusual challenge when       something Heller’s blocking out. What he
hitting justice and cold-blooded murder.      she gets an urgent call from Lilac Weldon,   cannot block, though, is the wound he
Los Angeles County Homicide Detective         co-owner of the run-down California          received, the million-dollar wound that
Alex Brandon lives to                         winery, Altered States. Lilac asks Regan     got him home. Back in
bring killers to justice                      to find her actress daughter, Whitney, in    Chicago, he becomes
but when unknown                              time to attend the wedding of Lilac’s        involved once again
assailants         begin                      wealthy aunt, Lucretia Standish, a 93-       with Frank Nitti during
systematically killing                        year-old silent film star. The Weldons       the gang boss’s last
the FBI’s Most Wanted                         have learned, from a secret source, that     violent days, and with
suspects, Alex sees no                        each family member will receive a gift of    the gangland attempts
cause for celebration.                        $2 million from Lucretia, but only if they   to take over the movie
(American)                                    all attend. (American)                       unions. (American)



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    The Best American Mystery                          Fire Ice            434pp Pb 19.95               May the Best Man Die
    Stories                 328pp Tp 32.00             A Kurt Austin adventure. On the                                     319pp Pb 15.95
The Best American series 2003. This 7th          shores of the Black Sea, the NUMA team         Carnegie Kincaid plans weddings, not
instalment boasts pulse-quickening stories       discover an abandoned submarine base,          stag parties. When a client asks Carnegie
from all reaches of the genre. Authors           commandeered by a mining tycoon who            to manage a pre-wedding blowout,
included are James Crumley, Pete Dexter,         claims Romanov ancestry. Backed by his         complete with a stripper, she tactfully
Brendan DuBois, Elmore Leonrad, Walter           incredible wealth, the tycoon has              refuses the job. However, that does not
Mosley and others. (American)                    proclaimed himself Tsar of Russia and is       stop her spying on the party through her
Thomas COOK                                      determined to overthrow the already            binoculars, watching her own significant
        The Interrogation                        shaky Russian government. Also, he has         other. When the body of the groom's best
                            292pp Pb 17.95       a terrifying surprise in store for the         man is pulled from the canal the next day,
Albert Jay Smalls is the prime suspect in        Americans, which will ensure they do not       critical questions arise. (American)
the investigation into Cathy Lake’s              interfere. (American)                          L T FAWKES
murder. The cops have no evidence or             Mary DAHEIM                                        Cold Slice             263pp Pb 15.95
witnesses, but they are convinced he is                  Silver Scream 356pp Pb 16.95               A Working Man’s mystery #1. This is the
hiding the truth and they have got just 12               A Bed and Breakfast mystery.           story of a six-foot-five-inch, crime-
hours to find out. Cook’s skill at delving       Filmdom’s most sparkling glitterati have       busting, heart-of-gold, ponytailed, ex-con
into the psychological depths of his             brought their limos and their egos to          pizza delivery guy: His name is Terry
characters turns an otherwise ordinary           Judith Flynn’s Hillside Manor for a gala       Saltz. (American)
police procedural into a tense, haunting         preview of the latest epic monstrosity         Christine FEEHAN
and resonant novel. (American)                   from genius super-producer Bruno Zepf.              Shadow Game           342pp Pb 17.95
Cleo COYLE                                       Her B&B is a far cry from Hollywood, but            A man and woman possessed of
       On What Grounds                           then BZ’s cinematic spectacular is a far       telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He
                            273pp Pb 15.95       cry from good. Bruno hopes his new film        is the experiment. What comes between
A Coffeehouse mystery #1. This is a              is to die for and, unfortunately for him, it   them is a terrifying secret history that
delightful new series featuring Carolyn          is. And since the only species in              could save or destroy them. (American)
Cosi, manager of the historic Village Blend      Tinseltown more numerous than Oscar            Dan FESPERMAN
coffeehouse. Carolyn arrives at work to          seekers is attorneys, Judith could quite           The Small Boat of Great Sorrows
discover the assistant manager dead in the       possibly lose Hillside Manor in a                                         348pp Tp 29.95
back of the store, coffee grounds strewn         wrongful death suit. Unless, of course,        The eagerly awaited second novel by the
everywhere. Two detectives investigate.          she can prove it was murder! (American)        author of the CWA John Creasey award-
But when they find no sign of forced entry       SV DATE                                        winning Lie In The Dark (Pb 18.65),
or foul play, they deem it an accident. Still,         Black Sunshine 305pp Pb 17.95            described by Ian Rankin as “a humane
Carolyn is not convinced. And after the                The wildest and most lethal political    and moving book, a great war novel, a
police leave, Carolyn cannot help                campaign in Florida history unfolds            great crime novel. A great novel, period.”
wondering, if this was an act of murder, is      before the astonished eyes of the country.     Vlado Petric, former detective in war-torn
she in danger? (American)                        This novel is a rogues’ gallery of             Sarajevo, has left his beloved homeland
Michael CRESPY                                   characters and a wonderfully funny             to join his wife and daughter in Germany,
     Head Hunters           264pp Pb 22.95       gutting of campaign dirty tricks, 21st         where he scratches a meagre living in the
     “Your career profile could be of            century style. (American)                      building sites of the new Berlin. This
interest to us. Would you please get in          Dee DAVIS                                      book is a wonderful, thought-provoking
touch?” Jerome Carceville finds it                        Dancing in the Dark                   and gripping novel; crime, in so much as
impossible to resist this e-mail and                                       294pp Pb 17.95       it needs a label; international thriller in its
applies. Simulated economic warfare and          Two years after the                            scope and narrative drive. Fesperman
the necessity for eliminating competitors        accidental death of her                        moves seamlessly between time schemes
makes it clear that this is no ordinary          husband and son, Sara                          as the past informs and impacts on the
recruitment drive. Author Crespy is              Martin is still wearing                        present and nowhere is this more evident
professor of sociology at the University of      her wedding band,                              than in the Balkans with its traumatic
Montpellier. This novel won the Grand            using it as a shield                           history. (Serbian)
Prix de Literature Polici. (French)              against a future without                       Katy GARDNER
Deborah CROMBIE                                  love. Then a persistent                              The Mermaid’s Purse
        A Share in Death (1993)                  prank caller shatters her                                                 309pp Tp 29.95
                            275pp Pb 17.95       fragile peace of mind                          Cass Bainbridge is impelled to leave
The first Kincaid and James mystery. A           and brings detective                           London and the comfortable home she
week’s holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire          Eric D’Angelo into her life. Eric reminds      shares with her partner, to take up a
time-share is just what Scotland Yard’s          her of the passion she never thought she       lecturing job on the south coast. But
Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs.             would feel again and the idea of               Brighton is not the natural choice for a
But the discovery of a body floating in the      surrendering to it scares her. But Sara will   woman with a long-standing fear of the
whirlpool bath ends Kincaid’s vacation.          soon discover that she never knew the          sea. And dealing with some of the
One of his new acquaintances at                  meaning of the word fear, until now.           students on her course
Followdale House is dead; another is a           (American)                                     (surly, difficult or just
killer. Despite a distinct lack of               Jim DeFELICE                                   plain odd) against the
cooperation from the local constabulary,               Cyclops One            371pp 17.95       backdrop of a series of
Kincaid’s keen sense of duty won’t allow               This is a complex and intricately        attacks      on    campus,
him to ignore the heinous crime,                 plotted story that skilfully combines a        means Cass is soon
impelling him to send for his enthusiastic       military techno-thriller with a classic        finding elements of her
young assistant, Sgt Gemma James.                whodunit. (American)                           new       life    distinctly
(American)                                                                                      disturbing. (English)

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Lee GOLDBERG                                     Michael HAWLEY                                 Stuart KAMINSKY
       Diagnosis Murder                                  Silent Proof        373pp Pb 17.95             A Few Minutes Past Midnight
                              296pp Pb 15.95             25 years ago, a                                                   233pp Pb 17.95
The Silent Partner. Dr Mark Sloan is             woman               was                        A Toby Peters mystery. Charlie Chaplin has
assigned to LAPD’s unsolved homicide             murdered in a Seattle                          cause for alarm. A sinister visitor
files. As he reopens one case, on the            park. The crime went                           wielding a large knife has not only rudely
murder of a woman whose killer                   unsolved.             To                       paid the movie legend a midnight call but
currently sits on Death Row, Sloan learns        homicide detective                             also threatened him with death. Chaplin
that the wrong man was charged. And              Leah Harris and her                            has been warned, too, that he had better
the real killer is still at large. (American)    partner           Frank                        stay away from one Fiona Sullivan. Or
Ed GORMAN & Martin GREENBERG                     Milkovich, the only                            else. Fiona, of course, is Toby’s only lead.
(editors)                                        possible suspect is                            What ensues proves to be constantly
    The World’s Finest Mystery and               Clifford Bakerman, a                           surprising, grandly wacky, increasingly
     Crime Stories            638pp Tp 40.00     career criminal about                          suspenseful and frequently hilarious, not
4th Annual Collection.                           to be released from prison on an               unlike a Chaplin movie. (American)
Edgar winners from                               unrelated rap. They have 36 hours to           John KAYE
the USA, Silver Dagger                           make another charge stick and keep him                 The Dead Circus
winners from the UK                              where he belongs. But startling new                                       323pp Tp 34.00
and stories from                                 evidence, and a shocking new murder,           It is 1986. Gene Burk is an ex-cop,
elsewhere,          come                         plunge Leah and Frank into an ordeal           fanatical record collector and PI.
together here in a                               with a deadly opponent. (American)             Devastated by the death of his fiancée, he
bountiful crop of                                Graham HURLEY                                  becomes obsessed with an unsolved
great stories by the                                     Deadlight           342pp Tp 29.95     mystery from his days with the LAPD:
best in the business.                                    Freshly promoted to the elite          the death of rockabilly star, Bobby Fuller,
The authors included                             Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown           in the late 1960s. As he attempts to
are Lawrence Block, Jon Breen, Stanley           into the deep end with the investigation       reconstruct the circumstances that led to
Cohen, Bill Crider, Jeffery Deaver,              into the murder of prison officer Paul         Fuller’s demise, a survivor of the Manson
Jeremiah Healy, Clark Howard, Susan              Coughlin. Was the violent Coughlin             Family unexpectedly contacts him. As he
Isaacs, John Lutz, Sharyn McCrumb,               killed by a recently released con he           travels back in history to the moment
Ralph McInerny, Anne Perry, Bill                 brutalised in prison? Or is his death a        Manson partied alongside Bobby Fuller
Pronzini, Donald Westlake and many               legacy of a wider, more savage violence        and the Beach Boys, the author spins a
others. This book’s a killer! (American)         from 20 years before? In this novel,           masterful, disturbing portrait of 20 years
Heather GRAHAM                                   Hurley has focused on Portsmouth’s             in Los Angeles, of the promise of the
         Haunted             370pp Pb 14.95      ambiguous relationship with the Royal          1960s and the hellish realities of the
         Matt Stone does not believe in          Navy. (English)                                morning after. (American)
ghosts. But there are those who are              Lisa JACKSON                                   Kate KINGSBURY
convinced his home, a historic Virginia              Whispers                447pp Pb 19.95             Paint by Murder 215pp Pb 15.95
estate that dates back to the                        When her father decides to run for                 A Manor House mystery #5. In
Revolutionary         War,      is    haunted.   governor of Oregon, Claire St John is          WWII England, the quiet village of Sitting
Pressured to get at the truth about some         forced to confront long-buried secrets         Marsh is faced with food rations and fear
strange happenings at Melody House, he           from the past as she copes with                for loved ones. But Elizabeth Hartleigh
agrees to let Harrison Investigations            unexpected feelings for Kane Moran, a          Compton, lady of the Manor House,
explore the house. But is he ready for           handsome journalist with a grudge, who         stubbornly insists that life must go on,
beautiful,       intriguing        paranormal    threatens to bring old scandals to light.      except for her kindly tenant, who has
investigator         Darcy          Tremayne?    (American)                                     been murdered. (American)
(American)                                       Jonnie JACOBS                                  Dean KOONTZ
Ellen HART                                               Cold Justice        403pp Pb 17.95             By the Light of the Moon
       Death on a Silver Platter                         After the murder of her best friend,                              471pp Pb 19.95
                              332pp Pb 17.95     which bears a strong resemblance to the        When Dylan O’Connor pulls into a motel
A culinary mystery. Far from being the           victims of the recently executed Bayside       off the Arizona interstate highway, all he
idyllic home Carl Veelund envisioned             Strangler, lawyer Kali O’Brien must re-        wants is to relax with his autistic brother
when he built the grand mansion years            open a case (thought to be solved) in order    Shepherd. But within the hour he is
ago, Prairie Lodge has become the keeper         to catch the real killer. (American)           bound, gagged and injected with
of many dark and terrible secrets. Now           J A JANCE                                      mysterious fluid by a lunatic doctor who
family members are dropping like flies.              Lying in Wait (1994)                       claims Dylan will be the carrier for his
When restaurant reviewer-cum-sleuth                                          386pp Pb 18.95     life’s work. (American)
Sophie Greenway stumbles upon an old             A JP Beaumont mystery #12. Beaumont            Suzann LEDBETTER
diary, she has no idea it will toss her into     investigates the brutal murder of a former             In Hot Pursuit 375pp Pb 17.95
                      the centre of the          lover’s husband, as the woman’s dark                   After the brutal murder of her
                      tragedies unfolding at     and deadly secrets threaten him and his        husband, police officer Liz Rivas entered
                      Prairie Lodge. In a        new partner, Sue Danielson. (American)         the witness protection programme to
                      recipe that calls for                                                     save her young son. 20 years later, she is
                      murder, deceit, sibling                                                   Jenna MacArthur, shop owner in Pfister,
                      rivalry       and    old           ORDER ONLINE...                        Missouri. Jenna and her son, Sam, have
                      grudges, Sophie finds                                                     built new lives in a small town. Then, a
                      herself      the   main                                                   stranger arrives in Pfister, a man who
                      ingredient. (American)                                                    remembers Liz Rivas. He is a fellow cop
                                                                                                from her past. There are memories here,
                                                                                                sure. And a fierce attraction. (American)

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   The Hummingbird Saint                             Violence of Action                          Smoke Screen         349pp Tp 32.95
                           369pp Tp 29.95                                291pp Pb 19.95          Trevor Barnett is the scion of an old
Benjamin Sword Hoppner, philanthropist         Back from self-imposed exile, the Rogue       tobacco family. Trevor is 31 and will
and visionary, has created his own utopia      Warrior enters a whole new phase of his       come into a $10 million trust fund when
in the Central American cloud forests,         amazing career. The threat this time is       he turns 60. The proviso: so long as he has
governed by a strict moral code. He has        from domestic terrorists intent on a holy     been in continuous employment with the
promised financial support to anyone           war (military insiders gone bad) and they     cigarette company from graduation until
who can satisfy him of his or her good         possess suitcase-sized nuclear weapons.       his 60th birthday. Trevor is consequently
character. And Mark Weston is                  (American)                                    not the most motivated person in the
determined to do exactly that. Journeying      Liza MARKLUND                                 world but with the tobacco industry
through country still devastated by war,          Studio 69              430pp Pb 18.95      facing a multi-billion dollar lawsuit, the
Mark reaches Hoppner’s isolated perfect           Fledgling reporter Annika Bengtzon         industry decides to fight back, using
society, only to discover that his             has just started a summer job at a            Trevor to do it. And Trevor may or may
generosity comes with terrible strings         Swedish tabloid. Before she can even          not have his own agenda, which may or
attached... (English)                          begin to get her bearings in the gritty,      may not include the woman he loves
TJ MacGREGOR                                   fast-paced world of journalism, Annika        from afar, who is a lawyer for one of the
   Black Water             411pp Pb 17.95      learns that the body of a young woman         anti-smoking       campaigner       groups.
   For years children have been                has been discovered abandoned in a            (American)
disappearing without a trace in the            cemetery. (Swedish)                           Denise MINA
Florida Keys and no one, not even the          Evan MARSHALL                                      Sanctum             362pp Pb 19.95
FBI, has suspected that it could be the              Icing Ivy           284pp Pb 15.95           Lachlan Harriot is in a state of shock.
work of a single twisted psychopath!                 A Jane Stuart and Winky mystery.        His wife Susie has been convicted of the
Now, one mother will do whatever it            Because her daughter was murdered             murder of serial killer Andrew Gow, a
takes to find her child... (American)          after taking a job as nanny to literary       prisoner in her care. Unless Harriot can
Charlotte MacLEOD                              agent Jane Stuart’s son, Ivy Benson and       come up with grounds for an appeal in
       The Convivial Codfish (1984)            Jane are no longer best friends. Ivy          two weeks’ time, Susie will be given a life
                           204pp Pb 16.95      subsequently attends a writers’ retreat       sentence, depriving her of her home, her
A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn             arranged by Jane, but before they can         family and her two year old daughter.
mystery. After years of toiling upward         repair their friendship, someone kills Ivy.   (American)
through the ranks, Jeremy Kelling has          Jane and her cat, Winky, must solve the       Gwen MOFFAT
finally attained his goal: to preside as       case. (American)                                 Man Trap              207pp Hb 42.95
Exalted Chowderhead over the Annual            Archer MAYOR                                     Beauty and savagery co-exist in a
Scrooge Day revels of the Comrades of                  The Sniper’s Wife                     remote Highland glen. Ruth Ogilvy, a
the Convivial Codfish. Suddenly, at the                                  339pp Pb 17.95      single mother, is losing the battle to keep
height of the ceremonies, Jeremy               Leaving the relative calm of Vermont,         her daughter focused on schoolwork
discovers that he has been robbed of his       Detective Willy Kunkle must confront his      rather than the laird’s student son.
extremely valuable emblem of office. The       past as he seeks revenge for the death of     Meanwhile, the laird himself is set on
Great Chain of the Convivial Cod is gone!      his ex-wife in the back alleys of New York    outshining Balmoral when he opens the
He calls his new nephew-in-law, Max            City. Labelled an accidental overdose by      castle and grounds to the public. But the
Bittersohn, who is not inclined to take the    the NYPD, Willy’s investigation points to     run up to the event is marred by a series
Codfish seriously - until Jeremy falls         foul play. (American)                         of accidents, the young lovers disappear
victim to what may, or may not, be a           Neil McMAHON                                  and the day itself ends on a spectacular
particularly vicious practical joke. From              Blood Double 320pp Pb 17.95           note of horror, played out to the strains of
then on, it is champagne, caviar, and                  The well-dressed gentleman            Handel’s Water Music. (English)
cold-blooded mass mayhem in high               dumped from a limousine into the              Deborah MORGAN
society as Max puts his life on the line to    parking lot of San Francisco’s Mercy                 The Marriage Casket
find a killer. (American)                      Hospital was not your typical junkie                                   239pp Pb 15.95
Shane MALONEY                                  hovering near death from a heroin             An Antique Lover's mystery. Collector
       Stiff (1994)        275pp Pb 22.00      overdose. Attending physician Dr Carroll      Jeff Abbot is back in a new mystery,
       A Murray Whelan thriller. Whelan        Monks knows something is very strange,        attempting to track down a killer with the
is a minder, fixer and general dogsbody        and very wrong, even before a phalanx of      help of an antique marriage casket...
for the Minister for Industry. Between         lawyers and doctors appears out of            (American)
playing off party factions and pursuing        nowhere to whisk his recovering patient       Tim MYERS
the kohl-eyed Ayisha, it is all in a day’s     away, while a suspicious fire destroys all            Room for Murder
work for him to hose down the situation        evidence the man was ever there.                                       181pp Pb 15.95
(a dead body in the refrigerator) at Pacific   (American)                                    A Lighthouse Inn mystery #4. The Agatha
Pastoral meatpacking works. (Australian)       Earl MERKEL                                   Award nominated series continues when
Shane MALONEY                                          Dirty Fire        371pp Pb 17.95      two of Alex Winston’s
       The Big Ask (2000)                              Police officer John Davey, once       friends announce that
                           292pp Pb 22.00      set-up on bribery charges, has been given     they are finally tying
A Murray Whelan thriller. Red Whelan has       a chance to save his career by                the knot. Alex will
gone missing, on the run in Sydney. So         investigating the baffling murder of two      have to tie up a few
what is Murray doing in a greasy spoon,        of Chicago's most prominent art               loose ends after the
nursing facial bruising and talking to         collectors. But in the charred ruins of       fiancée’s ex-partner
Donny Maitland about a grass-roots             their North Shore mansion are clues to        shows up, dead, on
takeover of the truckies’ union?               something        more      sinister   than    the inn’s property.
(Australian)                                   premeditated arson. (American)                (American)


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Hilary NORMAN                                 Robert RANDISI (editor)                        Nora ROBERTS & JD ROBB
    No Escape              392pp Tp 32.95           High Stakes         261pp Pb 15.95                Remember When
    People say that Lizzie Wade is a lucky          Eight sure-bet stories of gambling and                              458pp Tp 32.95
woman. She has a career she adores as a       crime. High-rolling intrigue from today’s      This thrill-ride of a novel blends present-
cookery writer, is married to an eminent      best authors make up this unique               day romance and futuristic suspense in a
doctor and has three lovely children.         collection that looks at the chances we        tale of deceit and secrets, of strong
Most people assume that Christopher           take, the laws we break and the fortunes       women and fascinating men. It is a
Wade heads Lizzie’s list of blessings. He     we hope to make. (American)                    brilliant combination of the incomparable
is a gifted plastic surgeon who has           Ben REHDER                                     talents of the two sides of Nora Roberts.
dedicated himself to the National Health         Buck Fever             274pp Pb 17.95       Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living
Scheme and the needy around the world.           A Blanco County, Texas, novel. It is the    an ordinary life in the small town of
But no one really knows what goes on          week before deer hunting season, and the       Angel’s Gap, Maryland, as the proprietor
inside a marriage. Or what can happen         locals are getting restless. Game Warden       of Remember When, an antique treasures
behind closed doors... (English)              John Marlin has his hands full, with           and gift shop. At least, that is what
Robert PARKER                                 poaching complaints coming in faster           everyone in Angel’s Gap thinks. They
        Shrink Rap #3 340pp Pb 19.95          than he can write out-of-season tickets.       have no idea that she used to be Elaine
        Sunny Randall is hired to protect a   Then comes a call of a different sort. A       O’Hara, daughter of the notorious con
bestselling novelist from her ex-husband.     man dressed up in some sort of deer            man Big Jack O’Hara. (American)
He is not only a stalker, he is a shrink.     costume has been shot at the Circle S          Jonathan SANTLOFER
And when Sunny becomes his patient,           ranch, and witnesses are reporting a               The Death Artist 434pp Pb 19.95
she discovers as much about herself as        massive wild-eyed buck deer prancing               Kate McKinnon traded her NYPD
she does about the criminal mind...           about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy.        badge 10 years ago for a lucrative career
(American)                                    Edgar Award finalist. (American)               in the arts. But when a string of
James PATTERSON                               Christopher REICH                              exquisitely ritualistic murders begins
     The Big Bad Wolf 314pp Tp 32.95               The Devil’s Banker                        plaguing the New York art scene, she
     Alex Cross’s family is in terrible                                  340pp Tp 32.95      finds herself drawn back into the dark
danger, at the same time that his new job     Reich returns to the                           world of her past. (American)
with the FBI brings him the scariest case     world he knows so                              Dan SIMMONS
of his career. A team of kidnappers has       well, the dangerous,                               Hard Freeze           311pp Pb 17.95
been snatching upstanding men and             dazzling world of                                  There is a bitter wind brewing in
women right before their families’ eyes,      high finance and                               Buffalo, New York, and it is blowing in
possibly to sell them into slavery. Alex’s    international intrigue.                        more than just snow. Little Skag Farino,
knowledge of the DC streets, together         In this ingeniously                            the last don of the local crime family,
with his unique insights into criminal        crafted thriller, he                           wants Kurtz dead and is sending in
psychology, make this mind bending case       introduces his most                            platoons of hit men, starting with the
one that only he can solve (if he can just    complex            and                         Attica Three Stooges and working up
get his colleagues to set aside their staid   engaging hero yet:                             through more competent killers. Little
and outdated methods). With unexpected        forensic accountant Adam Chapel, and           Skag’s beautiful sister, Angelina Farino
twists and whiplash surprises, this is a      paints a frightening scenario where            Ferrara, is back from seven years in Sicily
brilliantly irresistible novel. (American)    terrorism is big business and money is the     and has her own deadly agenda for
Henry PORTER                                  ultimate weapon of war… (American)             Kurtz. (American)
    Empire State           402pp Tp 29.95     Ruth RENDELL                                   Susan SLOAN
    The quest to find the link between a         The Rottweiler          342pp Tp 32.95              Act of God        471pp Pb 19.95
large number of violent, but apparently          The first girl had a bite mark on her               A bomb destroys a medical centre
random, events is pursued by Robert           neck, but the police traced the DNA to her     in Seattle, killing over 100 staff and
Harland. He is performing a dual role for     boyfriend. Nevertheless, when the              patients.     While     no    one    claims
the UN and MI6 in a remarkable thriller       tabloids got hold of the story, they           responsibility, the centre has been the
that explores our frightening post-9/11       immediately called the killer ‘The             target of anti-abortionists and the
world. A world that inspires paranoia on a    Rottweiler’, and the name stuck. Rendell       authorities are sure that pro-life
grand scale, where international agencies     returns to darkly atmospheric London to        campaigners are behind the attack. With
such as the CIA give no quarter and show      explore how the lives of a small group of      her personal and professional life on the
no scruple in hunting down supposed           people, from very mixed backgrounds,           line, as well as trying to keep an innocent
terrorists; and where democratic societies,   are affected dramatically by a series of       man from the electric chair, Dana
who use defence as the justification for      apparently motiveless murders. (English)       McAuliffe has to find the real perpetrator
their acts, torture supposedly suspicious     Ann RIPLEY                                     of the bombing outrage. (American)
individuals. Many of the elements of this            The Christmas Garden Affair             Carol SMITH
book are true. (English)                                                 302pp Pb 15.95            Darkening Echoes (1995)
Ann PURSER                                    A Gardening mystery. The country’s First                                  489pp Pb 19.95
        Murder on Monday                      Lady invites PBS gardening icon and            Five women meet in a hospital ward in
                           280pp Pb 15.95     series sleuth (Harvest of Murder Pb            West London. Five strangers from widely
A Lois Meade mystery. A devoted wife and      17.95), Louise Eldridge and her garden         differing backgrounds, forced by
mother of three, Lois cleans houses in the    TV rival, sexy Bunny Bainfield, to an          cramped conditions into a passing
quaint village of Long Farnden. When a        exclusive conference on native plants.         intimacy that will spark off rivalries as
local spinster is murdered, Lois finds        Bunny falls victim to murder, though,          well as set the foundations of enduring
herself poking around her clients' houses     and Louise begins investigating a handy        friendship. Five apples in a barrel, but
for clues and uncovers some surprising        abundance of suspects. (American)              one is bad. (English)
secrets about this seemingly peaceful
village, while putting her family in mortal
danger. (American)

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     The Invisible World                             No More Lies        406pp Pb 17.95                Bad Debts (1996)
                           297pp Pb 20.95            Dr Holland Banks is head of the                                      314pp Pb 22.00
The Invisible World is a place locked in       Century Psychiatric Hospital and                A Jack Irish thriller #1. This won the Ned
the subconscious mind where dreams             president of the Schizophrenia Research         Kelly award for crime fiction and
and memories act as windows to the             Foundation, but is she going insane?            introduces one of Temple’s best-loved
outside. And it harbours the deepest           There is a sniper on the loose, her father is   characters. (Australian)
pain. It is where Samuel Xavier Adams          conducting deadly experiments and she           Brad THOR
sees his sister who died from heroin           has begun to hear voices: other peoples’              Path of the Assassin
addiction, and where he glimpses his           thoughts. But a man was just admitted to                                   511pp Pb 14.95
recently deceased mother. It is also the       her hospital; one who searched her out,         After rescuing the President from
place where the memories of his father         whose touch can make her voices                 kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret
are locked away. Now that man is back,         subside. A labyrinth of conspiracy is           Service agent Scot Harvath, shifts his
and has been seen in the Chapel of Rest        rising around them and Holland’s life is        attentions to rooting out, capturing or
taking Samuel’s mother’s ashes. Why has        about to change forever. (American)             killing all those responsible for the plot.
his father returned again and after such a     Dana STABENOW                                   As he prepares to close out his list, a
long time, and what did he do that keeps               Better to Rest 293pp Pb 17.95           bloody and twisted trail of clues points
him in constant hiding? Samuel wants                   A Liam Campbell mystery #4. Just        toward one man, the world’s most feared,
answers. But time is running out because       when his personal life starts to heat up,       most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal.
Samuel is not the only one seeking out his     Liam Campbell must put it on hold after         (American)
father! (English)                              the discovery of a dismembered hand             Robert TRAVER
Annie SOLOMON                                  leads him to a crashed WWII army plane,                 Anatomy of a Murder (1958)
         Dead Ringer 372pp Pb 15.95            frozen precariously in a glacier.                                          498pp Pb 19.95
         Angelina Mercer is Federal Agent      Stretching back more than 60 years, the         Crime Masterworks #31. Jon L Breen in
Finn Carver’s last, best hope. The hunt for    case will pit Liam against his Air Force        Novel Verdicts describes this novel as,
a dangerous weapon has led him to her          colonel father, whose very presence             “Universally regarded as one of the
door with a proposition that could be her      makes Liam question what secrets the            classic courtroom novels.” (American)
salvation or destruction. It is her best       glacier holds and who exactly was on that       Robert WALKER
chance to learn the truth about the birth      ill-fated flight. (American)                         Unnatural Instinct 295pp Pb 19.95
mother she has been searching for. In          Lyndon STACEY                                        A Jessica Coran novel. Medical
exchange, she must infiltrate the inner                Blindfold         360pp Tp 29.95        examiner Dr Coran faces the most
sanctum of a tycoon’s Montana ranch,                   Gideon Blake, artist and animal         terrifying challenge of her career, when a
where she will walk a treacherous line         behaviourist, is used to dealing with           deranged man, with an unnatural instinct
between deception and discovery.               distressed and unpredictable animals.           for revenge, kidnaps her professional
(American)                                     But on one cold February night he is            adversary, a criminal court judge.
Steve J SPEARS                                 faced with the challenge of his life.           (American)
    Murder at the Fortnight                    Abducted from his home, handcuffed              Minette WALTERS
                           195pp Pb 22.95      and blindfolded, Gideon is forced by his            Fox Evil               415pp Pb 17.95
This is the first in Spears' forthcoming 13-   violent captors to catch a dangerous and            When         elderly
part series of darkly comic whodunit           highly-strung stallion. This adroit piece       Ailsa Lockyer-Fox is
novels under the collective title of The       has a more sophisticated level of               found dead in her
Pentangeli Papers. It introduces Stella        characterisation than even Dick Francis         garden, the finger of
Pentangeli (lady showbiz detective) and        himself ever attempted. (English)               suspicion points at
her sidekick Investigator Ng (the last         Lyndon STACEY                                   her wealthy, land-
honest cop). When celebrities drop like                Cut Throat        600pp Pb 18.95        owning        husband,
flies at the The Playwrights' Fortnight,               Ross Wakelin, a talented American       Colonel           James
Stella and Ng must battle media hysteria       rider with a chequered past, has come to        Lockyer-Fox.           A
and political backstabbing in their search     England hoping for a fresh start. But soon      coroner’s       inquest
for a killer who just keeps killing! This      after he arrives at Oakley Manor, he learns     gives a verdict of
book is highly admired by AbFab star           that Bellboy, a winner of the Hickstead         ‘natural causes’ but the gossip
Joanna Lumley. (Australian)                    Derby, was recently found in his stable         surrounding him refuses to go away.
Patricia SPRINKLE                              with a cutthroat. Unwittingly, Ross is          Why? Because he is guilty, or because
       Who Let That Killer in the              drawn into a deadly spiral of threatening       resentful women in the isolated Dorset
        House?             260pp Pb 15.95      events and finds himself at the heart of a      village rule the roost? Friendless and
A            thoroughly                        terrifying campaign. (English)                  alone, his reclusive behaviour begins to
Southern mystery. A                            William TAPPLY                                  alarm his London-based solicitor, Mark
black cloud covers the                                  Scar Tissue      288pp Pb 17.95        Ankerton, whose concern deepens when
town of Hopemore,                                       Brady Coyne is an attorney with a      he discovers that James has become the
Georgia,      when      a                      select clientele and a small practice. A call   victim of a relentless campaign, which
favourite high school                          from Jacob Gold, an old friend and client,      accuses him of far worse than the death of
chemistry teacher is                           on a cold February day, however,                his wife. (English)
found dead. But if this                        shatters the slow pace of Brady’s life.
is murder, darkness                            Gold’s 15-year-old son Brian and his
may be lurking in                              girlfriend Jenny were involved in a tragic
places where even                              accident. Their car went off the road and
sharp-eyed         magistrate      MacLaren    into a river; Jenny was DOA and Brian is
Yarbrough would never think to look...         missing, his body probably swept away
(American)                                     by the river’s current. (American)


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Francesca WEISMAN                                                                                Carole Nelson DOUGLAS
     Nowhere’s Child 246pp Tp 35.00                                                              Castle Rouge              471pp Pb 17.95
     1980. A model is found brutally
                                                   CRIME                                                             A novel of suspense
murdered. Months of detective work lead            AUDIO                                                             featuring Irene Adler
nowhere. Then an unknown youth steps                                                                                 and Sherlock Holmes.
forward and confesses to the killing.                                                                                Paris, 1889. With the
Meanwhile, in a deserted house far from        Michael CONNELLY                                                      help of an unreliable
the city, a young autistic boy called Kit is   Lost Light                                                            prostitute       named
growing up with his mother. The pair is             5 x CDs 5 hours 40 minutes 49.95                                 Pink, and theatrical
outcast from society, but Kit has no idea      Read by David Soul. Abridged.                                         manager Bram Stoker,
why and searches for clues to help him         J A JANCE                                                             who would later pen
understand himself and his history. 2001.      Exit Wounds     5 x CDs 6 hours 44.95                                 Dracula, Irene follows
Now a young man, Kit comes to London           Performed by Debra Monk. Abridged                                     the clues that lead
desperate for a resolution in his quest for    version approved by the author.                                       back to Bohemia, and
identity. And in so doing reopens the                                                            on to new and bloodier atrocities. When
murder investigation... (English)                  HISTORICAL                                    pursuers and prey reunite at a remote
                                                                                                 castle in Transylvania, the Ripper is
Robin WHITE
     Typhoon              388pp Tp 29.95              CRIME                                      cornered and fully unveiled at last!
     A deadly game of cat and mouse is                                                           ”Douglas’s vivid descriptions of people,
played in the bone chilling waters of the                                                        places and events weaves a splendidly
Arctic Ocean between an American               Michelle BLACK                                    crafted tale of mystery and murder,
submarine and a Russian Typhoon, the           Solomon Spring              270pp Pb 17.95        horror and humour.” - Anne Perry.
largest submersible ever built. The two                             Kansas,       1878.      A   (American)
are locked in a struggle that pits                                  natural          wonder,     Roberta GELLIS
American technology against a wily                                  sacred for centuries, is     Lucretia Borgia and the Mother of
Russian captain. Neither side can afford                            about to be profaned,         Poisons                 333pp Hb 59.95
to lose; yet only one ship can win.                                 but not if Eden              April 1502. Castel Vecchio Ferrara. #1 in a
(American)                                                          Murdoch can prevent          new series. Lucretia has fled Rome to a
Stuart WOODS                                                        it. She and her young        loveless marriage with Alfonso, to escape
        Dirty Work       360pp Pb 19.95                             daughter             have    the rumours that she is utterly depraved,
        A Stone Barrington novel. Hired to                          returned        to     the   incestuous, a lecher and a poisoner. To
prove infidelity in an heiress’s marriage,                          mystical        Solomon      her delight everyone warmly welcomes
Stone goes undercover. But the work                                 Spring to seek solace        her, except her husband. And then, after
turns dirty, and catastrophic, when the                             after the death of           only six weeks, Alfonso accuses her of
errant husband is found dead and the           Eden’s Cheyenne husband. But when the             poisoning Bianca Tedaldo, his mistress.
other woman disappears without a trace.        owner of the Solomon Spring Company               Immediately, she sees the nightmare of
Now, Stone must clear his own good             decides to bottle its mystical waters, Eden       her life in Rome recurring. To deny the
name and find a killer hiding among the        decides she must stop this travesty.              charge is useless. The only way for her to
glitterati of New York’s high society.         Inspired by Thoreau’s essays on civil             retrieve her reputation is to discover who
(American)                                     disobedience, she enjoys some early               committed the crime and expose the true
Simon WHITECHAPEL                              success, but makes deadly enemies in the          murderer. (American)
   The Slaughter King (1992)                   process. (American)                               Lauren HANEY
                          165pp Tp 24.95       Paul DOHERTY                                      A Path of Shadows         300pp Pb 17.95
A sadistic serial killer is leaving a          An Evil Spirit out of the West                                         A mystery of Ancient
seemingly random trail of butchered                                        436pp Tp 32.95                             Egypt. The Gods
corpses, both male and female, across          A story of ambition, politics and assassination                        blessed Lieutenant
Europe. He kills and mutilates with the        set in Ancient Egypt. 1330 BC. #1 in a new                             Bak, head of the
skill and anatomical precision of a            trilogy. Known as the Veiled One,                                      Medjay police, with a
surgeon, the flair of a surrealist painter     Akenhaten is a shadowy figure. When he                                 rare brilliance, which
and the insatiable ferocity of a beast. The    is thrust into the political limelight upon                            is why he is the one to
author has drawn inspiration for his story     the death of his elder brother, the                                    whom                his
from the Greek Myth of the Calydonian          ambitious and ruthless Mahu watches the                                commander turns in a
Boar; transposing an ancient tale of           young prince carve his own path to                                     time of need. The
hunting, betrayal and fatal consequences       power and becomes his protector and                                    explorer Minnakht
into the bleak urban landscape of the          confidant through a turbulent reign.                                   has vanished into the
serial killer. (English)                       (English)                                         vast and merciless Egyptian desert, or
Sheila YORK                                    Paul DOHERTY                                      perhaps has strayed perilously close to
        Star Struck Dead                       The Plague Lord             341pp Pb 18.95        Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut's well-
                          341pp Pb 17.95       Bloody murder at the court of Kublai Khan.        guarded turquoise mines, and before Bak
A Lauren Atwell mystery #1. In 1946            China, 13th century. The legendary Kublai         sails north on a new assignment he is to
Hollywood, the stars were always               Khan rules over Cathay and the Middle             seek out the missing man. A
shining, the streets were paved with           Kingdom. Of his many ministers, his               straightforward search becomes a twisted
possibilities, and the most dangerous          favourite is Marco Polo. When the leaders         knot of treachery and blood, one that
thing a man could do was to uncover the        of a demonic sect disappear from the              threatens to strangle the life from Bak and
grime behind the glitz and glamour.... But     desert to which they were banished and            his men and leave them buried for all
a woman might just get away with it!           threaten to wreak havoc, Kublai Khan              eternity beneath the blistering sands.
(American)                                     turns to Marco for help. (English)                (American)




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Karen HARPER                                   Paula PAUL
The Thorne Maze           308pp Pb 17.95       Half a Mind to Murder 201pp Pb 15.95
An Elizabeth I mystery                                             A      Dr     Alexandra
                                                                                                  CRIME
#5. 1564, London. The                                              Gladstone       mystery.         F
                                                                                                NON-FICTION
queen calls upon her                                               Victorian times. When
small, select band of                                              an epidemic befalls        Matt BIRKBECK
advisors to help her                                               the country town of        A Deadly Secret              291pp Pb 17.95
ferret out the identity                                            Newton-on-Sea, Dr          The              strange
of       the      maze                                             Gladstone finds what       disappearance of Kathie
murderer. When the                                                 seems to be a cure. But    Durst. In 2001, Robert
court must flee the                                                there is no cure for       Durst, heir to a two-
encroaching       Black                                            murder... This is a        billion-dollar fortune,
Death, even the royal                                              lively mixture of          was arrested for
haven of Hatfield                                                  ruling class murder,       shoplifting. He was
House with its charming knot garden            Victorian morals and love. (American)          also on the run from a
holds terror. Undaunted, the queen and         Anne PERRY (editor)                            murder indictment
her chief advisor, William Cecil, set a trap   Much Ado About Murder                          and suspected in the
in the flooded thorn maze at Cecil's                                     351pp Pb 17.95       disappearance of his
nearby estate. But even if they snare the      This anthology contains all-new,               wife, Kathie. What
ghostly murderer before he or she strikes      Shakespeare-inspired mystery stories by        transpired          (between            Kathie’s
again, will they unmask not only the           Jeffrey Deaver, Carole Nelson Douglas,         disappearance and the routine arrest) was
villain but also the person they love best     Margaret Frazer, Edward Hoch, Simon            a 19-year, cross-country mystery of
in the entire realm? (American)                Brett, Edward Marston, PC Doherty and          multiple identities, which raised some
John LESCROART                                 others. (International)                        baffling questions about one of America’s
Son of Holmes             243pp Tp 34.00                                                      most prominent men. (American)
                                               Ted RICCARDI
France, 1940s. Lescroart takes us to a small   The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock              John CLARKE & Andy SHEA
French town in the dark days of WWI,            Holmes                   303pp Hb 55.00       Touched by the Devil 177pp Tp 26.95
where the rumour is that Auguste Lupa is                              Nine adventures from    Inside the mind of the Australian psychopath.
the son of the greatest detective of all                              the lost years. Asia,   Extensive research and case studies bring
time. And his mysterious legacy may                                   1891-1894.       The    to light the ever-present threat to
come to light as he attempts to solve the                             a d v e n t u r e s     ordinary people by psychopathic
baffling murder of an intelligence agent.                             recounted in here       personalities, especially white collar
(American)                                                            range from Lhasa to     psychopaths – the con men, tricksters,
Andrew MARTIN                                                         Katmandu, from          thieves and power hungry individuals
The Necropolis Railway                                                the East Indies to      who make working life a living hell,
                          231pp Pb 22.95                              the    deserts     of   turning corporate offices into their killing
A novel of murder, mystery and steam.                                 Rajasthan. In Tibet     grounds. This book shows how to
London, 1903. A chance encounter leads                                and throughout the      identify the devils and avoid becoming a
young Jim Stringer, a railway porter, to                              Orient, Holmes is       victim. (Australian)
move from Yorkshire to Waterloo, and a         caught up in the diplomatic machinations       Martin FIDO
better job. Jim finds that his duties are      of British imperialism. He confronts the       A History of British Serial Killing
mysteriously confined to the strangest         tsarist agent Dorjiloff, the great art thief                                224pp Tp 30.00
corner of the South Western’s business: a      Anton Furer and the mysterious Captain                                  How Britain’s most
railway line that runs to an enormous          Fantôme. And here, written in Holmes’s                                  famous serial killers
cemetery. Still more perplexingly, the         own words, is the account of “The Giant                                 were identified, caught
men he works alongside have formed an          Rat of Sumatra,” for which, he so                                       and convicted. This
instant loathing for him. And his              famously thought, the world was                                         begins in the East
predecessor has disappeared under              unprepared. (American)                                                  End of London in
suspicious circumstances. (English)            Rosemary ROWE                                                           1888,     with      the
Larry MILLETT                                  The Legatus Mystery 270pp Pb 20.95                                      Whitechapel
The Disappearance of Sherlock                  A Libertus mystery of Roman Britain #5. AD                              Murders by Jack the
 Holmes                   436pp Pb 17.95       187, Glevum. The murdered body of a                                     Ripper, and goes on
A Penguin mystery featuring Shadwell           visiting ambassador from Rome is                                        to record five other
Rafferty. 1900, New York. An evil              discovered in the temple of the Imperial                                cases of British
adversary has risen from the dead. A           Cult and once again Libertus is called         multiple killers, bringing us up to the
letter, written in a secret cipher, tells      upon to investigate. Events take a bizarre     present day. In addition, linking sections
Holmes that Abe Slaney has performed           and chilling turn when the body                cover other serial killers to build up a
another dastardly deed by kidnapping           disappears, and then unearthly wails are       complete history of these horrific crimes.
the beautiful widow of a man he                heard coming from the temple and               (English)
murdered years earlier. Soon, Holmes           mysterious bloodstains start to appear         Anna GEKOWSKI
discovers that someone is attempting to        from nowhere. But Libertus is sure there       Murder by Numbers 388pp Pb 25.00
frame him for the crime. Non-stop              is a more human explanation for the            British serial sex killers since 1950: their
suspense, vivid historical atmosphere,         murder but he uncovers more unsettling         childhoods, their lives, their crimes. Included
and seamless storytelling make this a          events before the truth is finally revealed.   here are John Christie, Ian Brady, Myra
thrilling addition to this popular series.     (English)                                      Hindley, Peter Sutcliffe, Dennis Nilsen,
(American)                                                                                    Robert Black, Colin Ireland, Fred and
                                                                                              Rosemary West. This study is the first to
                                                                                              compare and contrast the backgrounds of
                                                                                              these individuals. (English)


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A journey through the yardie posse                 Unveiling the predators among us. Would        The true story of accused conman and
underworld. Among the ethnic gangs that            you recognise a sex offender standing in a     family killer, Christian Longo. He was a
rule America’s inner cities, none has had          supermarket         queue?       In     this   reputed master of manipulation, accused
the impact of the Jamaican posses.                 groundbreaking          book,       forensic   in the slaughter of his family. (American)
Spawned in the ghettos of Kingston as              psychologist Latta takes us inside the         Candace SUTTON
mercenary street fighters for the island’s         minds of some of the most chilling             The Needle in the Heart Murder
politicians, the posses began migrating to         characters to walk the streets. This is as                                 260pp Tp 29.95
the USA in the early 1980s, just in time to        close to inside information as it gets…        The mysterious death of Dr Yeates. Forensic
catch and ride the crack wave as it                (New Zealand)                                  scientists believed only a doctor could
engulfed       the      country.       Gunst’s     Suzanne LEBSOCK                                have murdered Yeates, who died from a
provocative expose of the Jamaican                 A Murder in Virginia 441pp Hb 50.95            puncture wound to the heart and an
politicians’ role in creating this problem is      Southern justice on trial. 1895, Virginia. A   overdose of adrenalin. The overwhelming
also a moving and compelling tale of               white woman lies in her farmyard,              suspicion fell on Dr Eric Hedberg, who
suffering and exploitation. (American)             murdered with an axe. Suspicion soon           was infatuated with Diana, the murder
Peter HITCHENS                                     falls on a young black sawmill hand, who       victim’s wife. The inquest was sensational
A Brief History of Crime                           tries to flee the county. Captured, he         but no one was charged. Eric and Diana
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                          England. Crime is        Prize-winning historian Lebsock recounts       Simon WORRALL
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                          or         apparent      the danger of lynching high, can they get      man who combined meticulous historical
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Whatever you think of his suggestions,             JWC was also a perverted mass murderer.        Worrall untangles the truth from the lies,
you can be sure they will excite                   This Jekyll and Hyde personality-type led      he grapples with the history of literary
controversy. (English)                             an outwardly normal life, but secretly         forgery, the science of forensic testing and
Robert JACKSON                                     brutalised dozens of young men in his          the glamour of the auction houses.
True Crimes                  80pp Lp 14.95         secret lair. (American)                        (English)
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