Posts Tagged ‘Mystery’
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
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
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
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
The summer cottages are closed and peace is settling over the coast of Vestfold, Norway, but the autumn fog conceals evil deeds. In the novel Closed for Winter, William Wisting has a new case to solve during the off-season. Ove Bakkerud, newly separated and extremely disillusioned, is looking forward to a final quiet weekend at his summer home before closing for winter but, when the tourists leave, less welcome visitors arrive. Bakkerud’s cottage is ransacked by burglars. Next door, he discovers the body of a man who has been beaten to death. Police Inspector William Wisting has witnessed grotesque murders before, but the desperation he sees in this latest murder is something new. Wisting’s unease does not diminish when he discovers several more corpses on the deserted archipelago. Meanwhile, dead birds are dropping from the sky. Translated by Anne Bruce.
“Horst makes his US debut with his intricately plotted seventh mystery featuring Chief Insp. William Wisting.”—Publishers Weekly
“A riveting storyline with memorable characters an unanticipated plot twists.”—The Midwest Book Review
ISBN 978-1-908737-49-6 Paperback $16.95
Paris, 1899. The city is electric with excitement. Theaters and galleries are vibrant with artistic energy. The new metro is under construction, and so is the site for the centennial Universal Exhibition. But there is also violent political upheaval. The Dreyfus Affair has released a riotous surge of antisemitism. Asylums and jails are overcrowded. Death and madness hover like a cloud over the city. Bostonian lawyer James Norton has been sent by his mother to bring back his invalid sister Ellie and his younger brother Raf, a Journalist. But the violent deaths of the actress Olympe Fabre and then of her sister Judith in the asylum of Salpetriere, draw the siblings into a dark web of violence. Is her death a crime of passion or part of a conspiracy of serial killings of Jewish women, disturbingly linked to medical research at Salpetriere? A gripping psychological period thriller.
“Appignanesi’s knowledge of the politics and culture of the era shines.”—Publishers Weekly
ISBN 978-1-908129-99-4 Paperback $24.95
A fast-paced whodunit which takes a frank look at the tensions and frustrations infused in a Welsh boarding school in the autumn of 1971. Rhian Evans, a young and lonely history teacher, arrives at Llanover Grange and soon begins an affair with Gareth, a troubled student she meets at an evening class. On Armistice Day, Rhian chances upon the body of the Rev. John Griffiths, the school’s unpopular headmaster. The investigation uncovers a list of possible suspects, accusations of sexual misconduct, and a climate of jealousy and intrigue. After several false starts, the detectives stumble upon the truth, but not before an innocent woman is charged with murder.
“Vaughn deftly writes an engaging mystery populated with memorable characters….Articulate and exceptionally well crafted.”—The Midwest Book Review
“Sharply delineated characters emerge.”—Publishers Weekly
ISBN 978-1-84771-656-9 Paperback $9.95