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Five Minutes Alone: A Thriller

by Paul Cleave

“Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers,...


The Tide Watchers

by Lisa Chaplin

In the tradition of Jennifer Robson, comes this compelling debut that weaves the fascinating story of a young woman who must risk her life as a spy to help stop Napoleon’s invasion of Great Britain in the...


A Knife Edge

Vin Cooper #3

by David Rollins

By the time Special Investigator Vin Cooper arrives at the murder scene–the shark-infested waters off the Japanese coast–there’s little left of the victim to prove that his death wasn’t an accident....


On, Off: A Novel

Carmine Delmonico #1

by Colleen McCullough

Proving once again that she can triumph in any genre of fiction, Colleen McCullough, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds, now presents her readers with a gem of a murder mystery about a serial killer....


Too Many Murders

Carmine Delmonico #2

by Colleen McCullough

Proving once again that she is a master of suspense, bestselling author Colleen McCullough returns with a riveting sequel to On, Off.

The year is 1967, and the world teeters on the brink of nuclear holocaust...


Pomona Queen

by Kem Nunn

Lost in a southern California barrio, Earl Dean has a hard time believing there is one living soul in this foul-smelling night who wants to be found by a salesman hawking vacuum cleaners. What awaits Earl in...


Storm Peak

Jesse Parker Mystery #1

by John A. Flanagan

Ex-Denver police detective Jesse Parker has returned home to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to spend the winter working ski patrol and forgetting about his past. But somewhere out in the snow, a killer has other...


Antidote to Murder: A Novel

Dr Dody McCleland #2

by Felicity Young

In the scorching summer of 1911, London is a hotbed of political activity as women fight for their equality and Germany starts to pose a dangerous threat. But Dody McCleland, England’s first female autopsy...


Unnatural Habits

Phryne Fisher #19

by Kerry Greenwood

1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty, golden haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting...


Enter a Murderer

Inspector Alleyn #2

by Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh was, among other things, a well-respected theatrical producer (having started out as an actress), and her passion for and knowledge of the theater was displayed in many of Alleyn’s adventures....


Artists in Crime

Inspector Alleyn #6

by Ngaio Marsh

In the movies, it’s known as a “meet cute.” But for Inspector Alleyn and Miss Agatha Troy, it’s more like irritation: On the ship back to England, she finds him tedious and dull; he thinks she’s a...


Death at the Bar

Inspector Alleyn #9

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s true, darts is nobody’s idea of a low-risk amusement, yet it is rarely lethal. Tell that to the famous barrister who was enjoying a pint at the Plume of Feathers pub, and is now residing at the morgue....


Death and the Dancing Footman

Inspector Alleyn #11

by Ngaio Marsh

The unspeakably wealthy (and generally unspeakable) Jonathan Royal has decided to throw a party and, just for fun, has studded the guest-list with people who loathe one another. When a blizzard imprisons them...


Overture to Death

Inspector Alleyn #8

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s murder in the little English village, but the two local spinsters, Miss Campanula, the victim, and Miss Prentice, her friend who may have been the intended victim, are not exactly the beloved little old...


Night at the Vulcan

Inspector Alleyn #16

by Ngaio Marsh

Newly arrived from New Zealand and in need of funds, Martyn Tarne takes a job as a dresser to the Vulcan theater’s leading lady. This provides her with a ringside seat to the backstage circus and the eventual...


Swing, Brother, Swing

Inspector Alleyn #15

by Ngaio Marsh

Lord Pastern and Baggot is given to passionate, peculiar enthusiasms, the latest of which is drumming in a jazz band. His wife is not amused, and even less so when her daughter falls for Carlos Rivera, the band’s...


Final Curtain

Inspector Alleyn #14

by Ngaio Marsh

In this classic country-house mystery, Sir Henry Ancred, a celebrated Shakespearian actor has arranged to have his portrait painted by Agatha Troy, wife of Inspector Roderick Alleyn. When Ancred is killed at...


Died in the Wool

Inspector Alleyn #13

by Ngaio Marsh

Flossie Rubrick, a highly opinionated and influential Member of the New Zealand Parliament, was last seen heading off to one of the storage sheds on her sheep farm. Three weeks later, she turned up dead and...


Colour Scheme

Inspector Alleyn #12

by Ngaio Marsh

Colour Scheme is set during World War II at a mud-baths resort in rural New Zealand run by Colonel Claire, a tremendously nice fellow and a disastrously bad businessman. His business is on the brink of being...


The Dunbar Case: Cliff Hardy 38

by Peter Corris

Private Investigator Cliff Hardy's 39th case sees him leaving the mean streets of Sydney for Newcastle, investigating what a famous 19th century shipwreck has to do with a multi-million dollar heist with a cast...