Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category
Private Investigator Karl Kane returns in this fourth book in the series. Karl finally gets to confront Walter Arnold, the man who murdered Karl’s mother and left Karl for dead many years ago as a child. Without Karl’s knowledge, Arnold has been released from prison and, after serving a lengthy term inside, has simply disappeared. Two young girls have gone missing, and Karl soon suspects Arnold’s hand in it. However, one of the girls is not as innocent as she first seems, and is more than a match for both Karl and Arnold, with deadly consequences in a final showdown.
“Millar blends old-fashioned gumshoe noir with the latest in high technology to build a nail-biter that sneaks up on you.”—Publishers Weekly
“This amazing novel unleashes a torrent of savagery, made bearable by Irish author Millar’s considerable literary gifts.”—Booklist
ISBN 978-1-84717-741-4 Paper $14.00
A lone building on a small island off Ireland’s Donegal coast, St Ernan’s is politely known as a “retirement home” for priests. The exiled residents are guilty of such serious offenses as entrepreneurship, criticizing the church, or getting too friendly with the flock. But things take a turn when Fr Matthew McKaye is found dead in the kitchen, a pot of potatoes boiling on the range. Has one of these isolated outcasts committed murder?
The case is assigned to Inspector Starrett and his tenacious team at the Serious Crimes Unit, who find the unexplainable cause of death to be the first in a string of oddities.
Starrett soon discovers that ten clergy alone on an island can concoct a great deal of mischief, but what could the young priest have done to get himself murdered? Long-buried grievances are awakened by the ghosts of Starrett’s seminarian past, and though Starrett excels at untangling facts from speculation, this investigation is going to require all the procedural discipline he can muster.
“In Irish author Charles’s atmospheric third Inspector Starrett mystery, Starrett investigates a murder at a home for wayward Catholic priests…The various secrets uncovered are worth waiting for.”—Publishers Weekly
“Charles makes Starrett’s third case leisurely, literate, ingenious…and as old-fashioned as the idea that priests are pillars of private morality.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The reader of St Ernan’s Blues will learn a lot about the priests of St Ernan’s and a lot about human nature.”—Irish American News2016, 320 pages (Dufour)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1360-7 Hardback $29.00
ISBN 978-0-8023-6031-1 Ebook $9.99
London, 1810. A raid on a notorious tavern sees the city gripped with hatred of gays, coupled with suspicion of their political sympathies. A few miles away in St James’s Palace, the Duke of Cumberland’s valet suffers a violent death, which the authorities are anxious to see only as suicide. Caught between these two historical events, the fictional lawyer Wyre is reluctantly drawn into a network of dark alliances that appear to link the raid on the White Swan Tavern, the death at the Palace, and the war against France. Leading to a shocking revelation, the novel explores a labyrinthine city of asylums, brothels, and secret spaces, in which poets rub shoulders with pimps, and where the only constant is illicit desire.
“Turley (Keats’s Boyish Imagination) makes his fiction debut with a superior whodunit inspired by a major sex scandal of the Regency era—the 1810 raid on London’s White Horse Tavern, which led to the arrests of a number of men on sodomy charges. Junior Prosecutor Christopher Wyre, who has been handling such cases, finds himself investigating another shocking crime. The Duke of Cumberland, one of the four men ruling the country, narrowly escapes death after being attacked one night in his bedroom. The assailant appears to have been one of the duke’s valets, Salis, who was found in his locked room, an apparent suicide. Troubled by the official story, Wyre believes that there’s more going on than has been revealed, a position that places his life in jeopardy. Turley combines a gritty look at the times with a carefully constructed murder mystery that resolves itself in a way that may even surprise genre veterans.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review2015, 400 pages (Sandstone)
ISBN 978-1-910124-10-9 Paperback $17.00
A sequel to Rob Gittins’ hard-hitting first crime thriller, Gimme Shelter (2013), based on the Witness Protection Service. For most people, the past is history. For witness protection officer Ros Gilet, it is a threat. And it is a threat that’s just become all too active as a copycat killing brings characters
who weren’t even supposed to exist back from the past. Real life ghosts who have assumed human shape. But who are these ghosts? And what do they want?
“Well-drawn characters and sophisticated storytelling distinguish Gittins’s second novel focusing on the Welsh Witness Protection Office (after 2013’s Gimme Shelter). The opening teaser—a report from family court about an unnamed child characterized as a “little monster”—sets the tone for the horrific, almost unbearable situations that follow. The prologue introduces Mo, a woman confined to a living hell in a hospital bed. An enigmatic stranger whom Mo met in a Cardiff restaurant slipped a drug into her drink that led her to reveal secrets of a safe house before leaving her completely paralyzed and unable to communicate. In the main narrative, a young mother, Kim, falls prey to an intruder, who sedates Kim and positions her in front of a video camera, which records her baby slowly dying from dehydration in a nearby crib, reflected in Kim’s eyes. And that’s all before Ros Gilet, a witness protection officer, must deal with a copycat murder. Minette Walters fans will find a lot to like.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review2015, 366 pages (Y Lolfa)
ISBN 978-1-78461-073-9 Paper $17.00
In Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park, the bodies of two youths lie with bullet holes in their heads. Hungover, nicotine-starved, and ill-attired, procurator fiscal Maddy Shannon attends the scene, unaware that this grim morning is about to spiral out of control. The corpses have been carefully disfigured, perhaps signs of gangland revenge or, worse, ritual slayings. Motives and suspects are hard to find. As the gruesome complexities of the investigation multiply, the fragmented story of Maddy’s immigrant ancestors – her grandfather Nono and his Great Adventure – emerges as a counterpoint to brutality and corruption. As she struggles to prove her worth against the darkest side of human nature, we discover the history and heartbreak that created this strong-willed woman. This first crime novel by versatile Scottish author Chris Dolan is written with wit and empathy.
“Plenty to keep [readers] guessing in Dolan’s complex, perceptive crime debut.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Deftly unsettling crime novel…Visceral prose, a dark subject, and black humor make this a welcome addition to the Tartan Noir collective.”—Publishers Weekly2015, 295 pages (Vagabond Voices)
ISBN 978-1-908251-32-9 Paperback $25.00
Anna Fekete, who fled the Yugoslavian wars as a child, starts working as a criminal investigator in a northern Finnish coastal town, with her new partner, Esko, who doesn’t bother hiding his racist prejudices. Anna’s work as a criminal investigator barely gets off the ground before she is thrust into a high-profile, seemingly unsolvable case that has riveted the nation. A young woman has been killed on a running trail, and a pendant depicting an Aztec god has been found in her possession. Another murder soon follows. All signs point to a serial killer, but can Anna catch the Hummingbird before he – or she – strikes again? Kati Hiekkapelto is a special needs teacher by training. She lives on an old farm on the island of Hailuoto in Northern Finland. This is her first novel. Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston.
“Heikkapelto’s brooding debut, a large-scale police procedural set in a small Finnish town…promises tough and powerful crime fiction to come.”–Publishers Weekly
2015, 364 pages (Arcadia)
ISBN 978-1-909807-56-3 Paperback $21.00
As plans are made for a controversial Iranian author to make a rare public appearance in Copenhagen, three separate and lonely lives suddenly find themselves on a collision course. Lise, a successful arts journalist trying to smooth over the cracks in a failed marriage; Per, a crack member of Denmark’s secret service, a lone wolf; and Vuk, a highly skilled political assassin who has lost everything in the bloody collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Trapped in a world of secret deals and private passions, organized crime and uncontrolled media frenzy, Lise, Per, and Vuk struggle to confront a tainted past, a compromised present, and an extremely uncertain future. One man protects an author, while another signs up for murder. Translated from the Danish by Barbara J. Haveland.
“Davidsen’s taut, disciplined thriller pits professional assassin Vuk, a Serbian raised in Denmark, against Det. Insp. Per Toftlund.”–Publishers Weekly Starred Review2015, 268 pages (Arcadia)
ISBN 978-1-905147-67-0 Paperback $18.00
Winner of The Glass Key (top Nordic novel 2013) and winner of The Golden Revolver (top Norwegian crime novel 2012). Seventeen years ago, William Wisting led the investigation into one of Norway’s most widely publicized criminal cases, when the young Cecilia Linde was killed. Now it is discovered that evidence was planted and the wrong man convicted. Wisting is suspended and the media smell blood. William Wisting has spent his life hunting criminals, but now it is he who is hunted. To discover what really happened he must work alone and under cover, assisted only by his journalist daughter Line. Then another young woman disappears.
“Horst’s engaging third mystery featuring the Norwegian policeman…A recent unsolved murder and another young girl’s disappearance heighten the suspense.”–Publishers Weekly
“Intriguing series.”–Kirkus Reviews
2014, 336 pages (Sandstone)
ISBN 978-1-908737-63-2 Paperback $18.00
Paris, 1900. Comte de Landois has ordered his wife Marguerite to travel from Paris, to join him in the Loire valley. Her journey into the pastoral quiet is shattered by the appearance of a dead man on the railway tracks. Who is he, and why does Marguerite’s young traveling companion pale when he sees him? When the Comte presents Marguerite with an adopted baby, and his sudden friendship with local clerics imposes new rules and regulations on her behavior, things start to take a sinister and troubling turn. A girl goes missing and so Marguerite calls in Chief Inspector Durand to help hunt her down. Intriguing, chilling, and lyrical, Sacred Ends is a rich and complex page-turner of a thriller that brings the Belle Epoque to life before soaring to its astonishing conclusion.
“Fans of elegantly written and intricately plotted historical will relish this…Marguerite is a worthy addition to the ranks of strong independent female amateur sleuths.”–Publishers Weekly
2014, 352 pages (Arcadia Books)
ISBN 978-1-909807-58-7 Paperback $21.00
Published in celebration of Dylan Thomas’ 100th birthday. New York, 1953. A private investigator takes on a tail job for Time Magazine. His quarry is a poet, newly arrived from the UK, who is suing the magazine for libel. The private eye has never heard of him, but he will soon. The mark is the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. And in three weeks time, Mr. Thomas will be dead. Based on true events The Poet & the Private Eye is a beautifully written work of historical fiction lamenting the sad end of a brilliant poet.
“Gittins mines Thomas’ real-life last days for these obvious lessons with sensitivity and devotion.”–Kirkus Reviews
“[An] inventive tale. . . Gittins paints a moving portrait of a talented man feted by the same public complicit in his death.”–Publishers Weekly
“It’s a coming-of-age story, really, as our PI, who has never heard of Thomas in the beginning, comes to sympathize with him and even falls under the sway of his poetry.”–Booklist
“The tone here is conversational, making the narrator utterly believable.”–Library Journal2014, 304 pages (Y Lolfa)
ISBN 978-1-84771-899-0 Paperback $19.00
Brendy McCusker had it made when he took early retirement from the Ulster police force with a handsome pay-out. That is until his wife ran off to America with their nest egg, forcing him back to work in Belfast.
On his first major case, McCusker partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy businessman. But before the brothers can be found, McCusker is reassigned to the brutal murder of an American banker staying on Cyprus Avenue. As the detectives delve into their subjects’ pasts, McCusker finds himself juggling his move to Belfast, O’Carroll’s frequent blind dates, his status as a hired-back rent-a-cop, and trying not to be distracted by Belfast’s beautiful women, especially one mysterious woman in particular.
McCusker and O’Carroll eventually find a person of interest with an air-tight alibi, but only one of the detectives believes it is genuine…
“Continuously absorbing, with a nice rapport between the hero and heroine.”—Kirkus Reviews
Paul Charles was born and raised in Magherafelt in the North of Ireland. He is the author of the critically acclaimed D.I. Christy Kennedy mysteries including I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, The Beautiful Sound of Silence, and A Pleasure to do Death With You, the 10th in the series and recently published by Dufour Editions.
Paul lives in Camden Town and divides his time between working in the music business and writing. He is currently working on the second McCusker mystery, A Day in The Life of Louis Bloom.2014, 292 pages (Dufour)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1358-4 Hardback $29.00