Posts Tagged ‘Detective’
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
For four months Viggo Hansen’s body has been sitting, undiscovered in front of his television, close to the home of Chief Inspector William Wisting. Has Norwegian society become so coarsened that no one cares? Wisting’s journalist daughter, Line, wants to know. Wisting suspects a serial killer is at work, but for how long and across how many countries? When the CIA finally gets involved the stakes rise and tensions mount, until the final deadly race against time with Line’s life at stake.
“A richly detailed narrative, morally complex characters, and a deeply contemplative, philosophical undertone make this a superior example of Scandinavian crime fiction.”—Publishers Weekly2015, 352 pages (Sandstone)
ISBN 978-1-910124-04-8 Paperback $17.00
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
The severed right hand on Karl Kane’s doorstep is the second to turn up in Belfast in a matter of weeks. Is a serial killer loose in the city, and what is the significance of these macabre calling cards? Kane decides to investigate, prompted by a substantial reward. But no money could compensate for the nightmare of brutality, violence, and biblical vengeance that follows, bringing death to both the innocent and the guilty. Out of the hellish darkness secrets from the past return to haunt both Kane and the perpetrators of a hate-fueled murder which has evaded justice – until now.
“Shameless manipulators and unrepentant sadists people the book, but it’s Kane himself – with his caustic wit and strong moral code – who carries this grim yet satisfying story.”–Publishers Weekly2013, 272 pages (O’Brien Press)
ISBN 978-1-84717-343-0 Paperback $18.95