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  • TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE
    TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE
    TUDOR C J
    ISBN: 9780718187460
    Title: TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE
    Author: TUDOR C J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It arrived in my inbox just over a month ago. Surprising really that it didn't get shunted straight into junk.Sender- MSG@hotmail.comSubject- Annie'I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again.'Because when my sister was eight years old, she disappeared. At the time, I thought it was the worst thing that could ever happen.

    And then she came back . . .

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TANGERINE
    TANGERINE
    MANGAN CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9781408709979
    Title: TANGERINE
    Author: MANGAN CHRISTINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The perfect read for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith, set in 1950s Morocco, TANGERINE is a gripping psychological literary thriller.

    The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right.

    Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

    But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

    TANGERINE is an extraordinary debut, so tightly wound, so evocative of 1950s Tangier, and so cleverly plotted that it will leave you absolutely breathless.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TEMPORARY PERFECTIONS   Guido Guerrieri #4
    TEMPORARY PERFECTIONS Guido Guerrieri #4
    CAROFIGLIO GIANRICO
    ISBN: 9781904738725
    Title: TEMPORARY PERFECTIONS Guido Guerrieri #4
    Author: CAROFIGLIO GIANRICO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It all began with an unusual assignment, a job better suited for Marlowe than for counsel for the defence Guido Guerrieri. Could he find new evidence to force the police to reopen their investigation about the disappearance of Manuela, the daughter of a rich couple living in Bari? The stories of Manuela's druggy university friends don't quite add up. Her best friend, Caterina, too beautiful and certainly too young for Guerrieri, is a temptation he doesn't need. While the investigation proceeds, Guido fights his loneliness by talking to the punching bag hanging in his living-room and by walking the streets of Bari late at night, often visiting a colourful bar owned by a former client and ex-prostitute. She somehow provides the clue that explains Manuela's disappearance.

    Imprint: BITTER LEMON PRESS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS   #27
    TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS #27
    LEON DONNA
    ISBN: 9781785151965
    Title: TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS #27
    Author: LEON DONNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife’s, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman’s husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward.

    Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through a world of mysterious informants, underground deals and secret longstanding scam networks, all the while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness of Signorina Elettra, Vice-Questore Patta’s secretary and gate-keeper.

    With Gasparini’s condition showing no signs of improvement, and his investigations leading nowhere, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. He turns to Sophocles’s Antigone in an attempt to understand the true purpose of justice, and, in its light, he is forced to consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THEN WE TAKE BERLIN
    THEN WE TAKE BERLIN
    LAWTON JOHN
    ISBN: 9781611855654
    Title: THEN WE TAKE BERLIN
    Author: LAWTON JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A new historical thriller from the author of the Inspector Troy series, moving from London during the Blitz, to divided post-war Berlin.


    John Holderness, known to the women in his life as 'Wilderness', comes of age during World War II in Stepney, East London, breaking in to houses with his grandfather.

    After the war, Wilderness is recruited as MI5's resident 'cat burglar' and finds himself in Berlin, involved with schemes in the booming black market that put both him and his relationships in danger.

    In 1963 it is a most unusual and lucrative request that persuades Wilderness to return - to smuggle someone under the Berlin Wall and out of East Germany. But this final scheme may prove to be one challenge too far.

    Then We Take Berlin is a gripping, meticulously researched and richly detailed historical thriller - a moving story of espionage and war, and people caught up in the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • THIRTY NINE STEPS
    THIRTY NINE STEPS
    BUCHAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141441177
    Title: THIRTY NINE STEPS
    Author: BUCHAN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gripping tale of adventure that has enthralled readers since it was first published, John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps is edited with an introduction and notes by Sir John Keegan in Penguin Classics.

    Adventurer Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his London life - until a spy is murdered in his flat, just days after having warned Hannay of an assassination plot that could plunge Britain into a war with Germany. An obvious suspect for the police and an easy target for the killers, Hannay picks up the trail left by the assassins, fleeing to Scotland, where he must use all his wits to stay one step ahead of the game - and warn the government before it is too late.

    One of the most popular adventure stories ever written, The Thirty-Nine Steps established John Buchan as the original thriller writer and inspired many other novelists and filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock.In his introduction to this edition, historian Sir John Keegan compares Buchan's life - his experiences in South Africa, his love of Scotland and his moral integrity - with his fictional hero. This edition also includes notes, a chronology and further reading.

    John Buchan (1875-1940) was born in Perth, and first began writing at Oxford University, producing two volumes of essays, four novels and two collections of stories and poems before the age of twenty-five. During the First World War he worked both as a journalist and at Britain's War Propaganda Bureau, eventually becoming Director of Information. He published his most popular novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps, in 1915 - and it has never since been out of print.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
    HERRON MICK
    ISBN: 9781473657359
    Title: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
    Author: HERRON MICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron comes a shocking, twisted novel of psychological suspense about one woman's attempt to be better than ordinary

    Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice.

    Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.

    Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero - if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • THIS POISON WILL REMAIN
    THIS POISON WILL REMAIN
    VARGAS FRED
    ISBN: 9781787300514
    Title: THIS POISON WILL REMAIN
    Author: VARGAS FRED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2018 New Release

    10 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE

    Inspector Adamsberg is in the south of France. When a group of local residents are killed by spider venom, his colleagues view it as an open-and-shut case. But Adamsberg is suspicious. He'll have to put everything on the line to convince them that there's a murderer at work...

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • THIS STORM
    THIS STORM
    ELLROY JAMES
    ISBN: 9780434020591
    Title: THIS STORM
    Author: ELLROY JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From 'one of the great American writers of our time' (Los Angeles Times Book Review) - a brilliant historical crime novel, a pulse-pounding, as-it-happens narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles and Mexico in the wake in Pearl Harbor.

    New Year's Eve 1941, war has been declared and the Japanese internment is in full swing. Los Angeles is gripped by war fever and racial hatred. Sergeant Dudley Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department is now Army Captain Smith and a budding war profiteer. He's shacked up with Claire De Haven in Baja, Mexico, and spends his time sniffing out fifth column elements and hunting down a missing Japanese Naval Attache. Hideo Ashida is cashing LAPD paychecks and working in the crime lab, but he knows he can't avoid internment forever. Newly arrived Navy Lieutenant Joan Conville winds up in jail accused of vehicular homicide, but Captain William H. Parker squashes the charges and puts her on Ashida's team. Elmer Jackson, who is assigned to the alien squad and to bodyguard Ashida, begins to develop an obsession with Kay Lake, the unconsummated object of Captain Parker's desire. Now, Conville and Ashida become obsessed with finding the identity of a body discovered in a mudslide. It's a murder victim linked to an unsolved gold heist from '31, and they want the gold. And things really heat up when two detectives are found murdered in a notorious dope fiend hang-out.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
    TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241323410
    Title: TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy.

    The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS
    TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS
    SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    ISBN: 9781408711118
    Title: TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS
    Author: SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    The latest installment from the beloved THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY series...

    TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS

    Mr J. L. B. Matekoni usually steers clear of Mma Ramotswe's cases, but on this occasion he is approached by a client of the garage who tells a tale of woe. This man has entrusted his brother to oversee the building of a house, yet the project is complete and now the brother won't leave. How is he to get him to move on? Surprisingly, Mr Polopetsi comes to the rescue. Elsewhere, a woman with a troublesome daughter comes to see Mma Ramotswe, and Mma Ramotswe finds herself trying to reconcile the two. Finally, Charlie is still enamoured of Queenie-Queenie. She, however, has developed a fancy for Fanwell. With the threat of an awkward love triangle looming, Mma Makutsi gets involved and so do her shoes...

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • TOMBLAND   -    The Shardlake Series #7
    TOMBLAND - The Shardlake Series #7
    SANSOM C J
    ISBN: 9781447284499
    Title: TOMBLAND - The Shardlake Series #7
    Author: SANSOM C J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Number one bestselling author C. J. Sansom heads to Norwich, as Shardlake embarks upon a new investigation...

    Spring, 1549.

    Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . .

    The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry.

    Since the old King’s death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry’s younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of the wife of a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth’s mother, John Boleyn – which could have political implications for Elizabeth – brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake’s former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding the death of Edith Boleyn, as a second murder is committed.

    And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England’s second largest.

    Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry . . .

    Imprint: MANTLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TRICK OF THE LIGHT   #7
    TRICK OF THE LIGHT #7
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751544138
    Title: TRICK OF THE LIGHT #7
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers her eyes wide, her neck broken. Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TRUTH
    TRUTH
    TEMPLE PETER
    ISBN: 9781921656620
    Title: TRUTH
    Author: TEMPLE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.
    So begins the sequel to Peter Temple's bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel.

    Villani's life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling.

    Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit.
    And it is about the search for truth.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • TURN OF THE KEY
    TURN OF THE KEY
    WARE RUTH
    ISBN: 9781787300446
    Title: TURN OF THE KEY
    Author: WARE RUTH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2018 New Release

    Ruth Ware, the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller returns with another page-turning psychological thriller.

    When she stumbles across the advert, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss- a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious 'smart' home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

    What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare - one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

    She knows she's made mistakes. But, she maintains, she's not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

    Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


    Available for pre-order now.


    Praise for Ruth Ware-

    'Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty...I devoured it' Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House

    'Dark and dramatic...part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

    'One of the best thriller writers around' Independent

    'Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train' The Sun

    'Dark, unsettling, brilliant' HEAT

    'Deliciously dark and spooky' Sunday Mirror

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN     #28
    UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN #28
    LEON DONNA
    ISBN: 9781785152184
    Title: UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN #28
    Author: LEON DONNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the 28th novel in Donna Leon's bestselling Commissario Brunetti series, Brunetti's father-in-law, the Count Falier, urges Brunetti to investigate and intervene in the seemingly innocent plan of the Count's best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejeda, to adopt a much younger man as his son.

    Under Italian inheritance laws this man would become heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo's friends find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man can't be allowed his pleasure in peace. Not long after Gonzalo unexpectedly passes away, one of Gonzalo's oldest friends, just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room. Now with an urgent case to solve, Brunetti is drawn reluctantly into the long-hidden mystery in Gonzalo's life that ultimately led to murder.

    Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly follows the twists and turns of the human condition, reuniting us with some of crime fiction's most memorable and enduring characters.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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