May 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Thrillers

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    Series: A Cullen and Cobb Mystery
    None So Deadly A Cullen and Cobb Mystery David A. Poulsen Canada
    9781459741416 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 04, 2019
    $17.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      A police investigator’s murder has put Cullen and Cobb back on a twenty-five-year-old cold case.

      It’s a case that has haunted Cullen and Cobb for years — the murder of eleven-year-old Faith Unruh. And now the brutal killing of a police investigator who was similarly obsessed with the little girl’s murder has put PI Mike Cobb and former crime-writing journalist Adam Cullen back on the killer’s trail — and directly in the line of fire.

      As the case is unfolding, Cullen is desperately trying to get out from under the thumb of a local biker gang without ruining his relationship, getting arrested … or worse.
      Bio
      David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and — most of all — a writer. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the first three books in the Cullen and Cobb Mystery series. He lives on a ranch in the Alberta foothills near Calgary.
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    Series: Rhona MacLeod
    Sins of the Dead (Rhona MacLeod #13) Lin Anderson
    9781509866205 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $18.99 CAD 6.67 x 7.87 x 1.2 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Pan
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      Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod finds herself the victim of a terrifying stalker in the thirteenth novel in Lin Anderson's forensic crime series. While illegally street racing in the underground tunnels of Glasgow, four Harley-Davidson riders make a horrifying discovery: a dead man left in the darkness, hands together on his chest as if peacefully laid to rest. The cause of death is unclear, the only clues being a half glass of red wine and a partially eaten chunk of bread by his side that echo the ancient religious practice of sin-eating. Called to the scene, forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is perplexed by the lack of evidence. But when another body is found near her own flat, laid out in a similar manner, she fears a forensically aware killer stalks the city and is marking the victims with their unique signature. Even more worryingly, the killer appears to be using skills they may have learned while attending her forensic science lectures at Glasgow University. There are signs that Rhona is being targeted, that the killer is playing with her and the police, drawing them into a deadly race against time, before the sin-eater's next victim is chosen? Sins of the Dead is the thrilling thirteenth book in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod series.
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      Lin Anderson has published numerous novels and one novella featuring forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod, which have been widely translated. Her short story Dead Close was chosen for the Best of British Crime 2011 and is currently in development as a feature film. Also a screenwriter, her film River Child won a student BAFTA and the Celtic Media Festival Award for Best Short Drama. Formerly Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, she is also co-founder of Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival.
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    Series: Rhona MacLeod
    Sins of the Dead (Rhona MacLeod #13) Lin Anderson
    9781509866199 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $33.99 CAD 6.54 x 9.36 x 1.57 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Macmillan
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      Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod finds herself the victim of a terrifying stalker in the thirteenth novel in Lin Anderson's forensic crime series. While illegally street racing in the underground tunnels of Glasgow, four Harley-Davidson riders make a horrifying discovery: a dead man left in the darkness, hands together on his chest as if peacefully laid to rest. The cause of death is unclear, the only clues being a half glass of red wine and a partially eaten chunk of bread by his side that echo the ancient religious practice of sin-eating. Called to the scene, forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is perplexed by the lack of evidence. But when another body is found near her own flat, laid out in a similar manner, she fears a forensically aware killer stalks the city and is marking the victims with their unique signature. Even more worryingly, the killer appears to be using skills they may have learned while attending her forensic science lectures at Glasgow University. There are signs that Rhona is being targeted, that the killer is playing with her and the police, drawing them into a deadly race against time, before the sin-eater's next victim is chosen? Sins of the Dead is the thrilling thirteenth book in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod series.
      Bio
      Lin Anderson has published numerous novels and one novella featuring forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod, which have been widely translated. Her short story Dead Close was chosen for the Best of British Crime 2011 and is currently in development as a feature film. Also a screenwriter, her film River Child won a student BAFTA and the Celtic Media Festival Award for Best Short Drama. Formerly Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, she is also co-founder of Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival.
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    9781982106652 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date: May 07, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 134.94 x 209.55 x 53.34 mm | 880 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Gallery Books
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      Discover two of V.C. Andrews’s most haunting and enthralling novels with this gorgeous volume containing both My Sweet Audrina and Whitefern as they follow Audrina struggling with her family’s dark secrets.

      In My Sweet Audrina, Audrina Adare only desires to be as good as her sister. She believes her father could not love her as he loved her sister. In his eyes, her sister was so special, so perfect—he never stops mourning her passing and is constantly comparing Audrina to the memory of the daughter he had.

      Upstairs in the locked room are her sister’s clothes and dolls, her animals and games, and her sacred rocking chair—which holds the secret of all her sister’s gifts. Something magical happens to her when she rocks in it, but that journey is not without its terrifying turns. In the end, it will help lead her to the terrifying secret that everyone knows. Everyone except... my sweet Audrina.

      And in Whitefern, the unforgettable sequel, Audrina is left in the labyrinthine manor called Whitefern after the patriarch’s death. Now that she has discovered the truth, will she ever be able to lead any semblance of a normal life? Alone with her dim-witted sister and cruel husband, she begins to take on the past and weave her way back from the empty grave to the possibility of a full life without the curse of dark memories her own father carefully wove around her. The sequel to My Sweet Audrina is as intriguing and as much an emotional roller coaster.
      Bio
      One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, first in the renowned Dollanganger family series, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. The family saga continues with Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger, and Secret Brother, as well as Beneath the Attic, Out of the Attic, and Shadows of Foxworth as part of the fortieth anniversary celebration. There are more than eighty V.C. Andrews novels, which have sold over 107 million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five foreign languages. Join the conversation about the world of V.C. Andrews at Facebook.com/OfficialVCAndrews.
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    The Lovely and the Lost Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    9781484776209 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Grade (US) from 7 - 17, Reading age from 12 - 99 On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $18.99 CAD 6 x 8.5 x 1 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Freeform
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      Kira Bennett's earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search and rescue. Together with Cady's son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world's most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.

      When Cady's estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child-one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months-the teens find themselves on the front lines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through seven hundred and fifty thousand acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it's like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone.

      But this case isn't simple. There is more afoot than a single missing girl, and Kira's memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.
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      Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including Little White Lies and The Naturals series: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood and the e-novella, Twelve. Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. Jen received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.
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      BookRiot: 150 YA Books Hitting Shelves in April, May, and June 2019: Spring 2019 YA Book Preview, selection

      "Knife-edged suspense, a fantastic, plot, and authentic characters--both human and canine. The Lovely and the Lost grips you from the first page and holds you until the very end."—New York Times best-selling author Allison Brennan
      "With brilliant characters and a jaw-dropping mystery, Jennifer Lynn Barnes weaves a thriller as majestic and dangerous as the national park she used for the setting."—New York Times best-selling author E. K. Johnston
      "A propulsive mystery-thriller about the dark things that happen in the woods. The Lovely and the Lost makes you feel the urgency of a search ad rescue, while laying the clues for a twisted crime. You will cling to this book until you reach the end."—New York Times best-selling author of Truly Devious and 13 Little Blue Envelopes
      "Barnes smartly maps the psychological landscape of a girl working through her early-life trauma Layered and compelling A moody, gripping puzzle."Booklist
      "Kira's first-person narration will grip readers... An engaging, clever, suspenseful story in which readers--especially dog-loving teens--will easily lose themselves."—Kirkus Reviews
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    Series: ISAIAH COLERIDGE NOVEL, AN
    Black Mountain Laird Barron
    9780735212893 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $35.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.1 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 G.P. Putnam's Sons
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      Ex-mob enforcer Isaiah Coledrige has hung out a shingle as a private eye in New York’s Hudson Valley, and in his newest case, a seemingly simple murder investigation leads him to the most terrifying enemy he has ever faced

      When a small-time criminal named Harold Lee turns up in the Ashokan reservoir—sans a heartbeat, head, or hands—the local Mafia capo hires Isaiah Coleridge to look into the matter. The Mob likes crime, but only the crime it controls…and as it turns out, Lee is the second independent contractor to meet a bad end on the business side of a serrated knife. One such death can be overlooked. Two makes a man wonder.

      A guy in Harold Lee’s business would make his fair share of enemies, and it seems a likely case of pure revenge. But as Coledrige turns over more stones, he finds himself dragged into something deeper and more insidious than he could have imagined, in a labyrinthine case spanning decades. At the center are an heiress moonlighting as a cabaret dancer, a powerful corporation with high-placed connections, and a serial killer who may have been honing his skills since the Vietnam War…


      Story Locale: Hudson Valley (Kingston, New Paltz, Catskills and surrounds)

      Series Overview: Mob-enforcer-turned-private-investigator Isaiah Coleridge, a man with a ham fist and a heart of gold, is confronted with new mysteries and vengeful remnants of his past life.
      Bio
      Laird Barron was born in Alaska, where he raised huskies and worked in the construction and fishing industries for much of his youth. He is the author of several short-story collections and two novels, and his work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. A multiple Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award nominee, he is also a three-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Barron lives in Kingston, New York.

      Author Residence: Kingston, New York
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        Author Website: LairdBarron.wordpress.com

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      “Fans of violent crime fiction will love this one and will be eager to hear more from Isaiah.”—Booklist (starred review)

      Blood Standard is stylish, witty, and stupendously entertaining, and it gives us a main character - Isaiah Coleridge, head-cracking classics-quoting half-Maori ex(ish)-gangster - who is entirely unforgettable.”—Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone

      “Rendered in icy strokes of prose, Laird Barron’s Blood Standard is a remarkably self-assured crime novel—at once explosive and intimate, with a tightly wound plot and wonderfully realized characters.”—Michael Harvey, author of Brighton and The Chicago Way
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    Series: AIMÉE LEDUC INVESTIGATION, AN
    Murder on the Left Bank Cara Black
    9781641290265 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 5.03 x 7.51 x 0.8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Soho Crime
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      A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone’s favorite Paris détéctive très chic, Aimée Leduc, on a collision course with the “Hand,” a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops among who masterminded her father’s murder—and among whose ranks he might have once found membership. When a friend’s child is kidnapped while wearing her daughter’s hoodie, Aimée realizes that the case has crossed into the realm of the personal in more ways than one. 
       
      A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of Éric Besson, a lawyer in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession—he’s waited 50 years to make it, and now it can’t wait another day. He is adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La Proc, Paris’s chief prosecuting attorney, so the corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route to La Proc, Besson’s courier—his assistant and nephew—is murdered, and the notebook disappears.

      Grief-stricken Éric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aimée Leduc to find the notebook, but she is reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook implicates. She’s not sure which she’s more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea that her father’s name might be among the dirty cops listed within it. Ultimately that’s the reason she must take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art galleries.


      Story Locale: Paris, France

      Series Overview: Aimée Leduc, Parisian private investigator, is a chic, no-nonsense computer hacker turned criminal investigator.
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      Cara Black is the author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

      Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

      Author Hometown: San Francisco, CA
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        Marketing: Shared trade-facing advertsing alongside other Soho Crime titles in PW, LJ and Booklist.

        Robust digital advertising on Adwords and Facebook in conjunction with her upcoming hardcover.

        Promotion of author and series as featured item (with robust digital advertising) on our new vertical site: www.discovermysteries.com.

        Promotion through the Soho site, Crime newsletter, Soho Crime bookclub, Facebook and Twitter.

        Outreach to independent bookstores, with particular focus on Mystery specialty stores.

        Free excerpts on www.sohocrime.com.



        Publicity: One of our most beloved authors, Cara Black consistently recieves national attention for her celebrated Parisian mysteries. A robust tour is planned for her upcoming hardcover release, which will also bring robust sales to her backlist.
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      Praise for Murder on the Left Bank

      “Even after 17 books, Ms. Black has intriguing corners of Paris to reveal—from an enclave of ateliers once home to the likes of Gauguin and Rodin to a crime-ridden neighborhood where ’no one wanted to be witnessed witnessing.’”  
      —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

      “One of [Black’s] strongest mysteries…But the real joy of Murder on the Left Bank is in its familiar cast and its thoughtful, witty, occasionally melancholy evocation of Paris, the city where we keep so many of our most beautiful ideas about what life might mean.”
      —Charles Finch, USA Today

      “Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc is a gem: a stylish, brave private detective (and new mom) who zips around Paris on a scooter…Black treats us to another of her beguiling tours of some of Paris’ little-known corners.” 
      —Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

      “Marvelous…Murder on the Left Bank boasts all of Black’s trademark charms, including deft plotting, sharp dialog and colorful sights and sounds.”
      —Chicago Tribune

      “Since 1998’s Murder in the Marais, I have looked forward to each new installment of Cara Black’s series featuring Paris-based private investigator Aimée Leduc. I’ve read them all, and there isn’t a clinker in the lot.” 
      —Bruce Tierney, BookPage

      “The atmospheric stories are so well-written that they make the reader believe they are in Paris.”
      —Deadly Pleasures Magazine

      “Cara Black takes the classic ingredients of the genre and puts a new Gallic spin on them. The finest PI series now being written.”
      —Mick Herron, author of This Is What Happened and the Slough House series

      “Always entertaining…This well-crafted mystery is set on Paris’s Left Bank, though not the chic environs of the fifth through seventh arrondissements; one of Black’s strengths is showing us the grittier, everyday Paris.”
      —Library Journal

      “Gratifyingly full of local Parisian color.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “Particularly poignant.”
      —Booklist

      “A thrilling adventure, filled with colorful characters that will keep you turning the pages until the exciting finale.”
      —Fresh Fiction  

      “Black’s plotting is intense and acutely paced, with twists in each chapter and a smooth and powerful narrative that sweeps through the book.”
      —Kingdom Books

      Praise for Murder in Saint-Germain

       
      A Los Angeles Times National Bestseller
      A BBC Best Summer Read of 2017

      “The abiding pleasure of this series is the chance to ride with a cabdriver who wants to discuss Sartre or just tearing around Paris on Aimée’s pink Vespa, making stops at the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Île Saint-Louis, where Aimée has an apartment. Lucky girl.” 
      —The New York Times Book Review 

      “An atmospheric thriller with a savvy take on international arms dealing.” 
      BBC’s Between the Lines 

      “The pace is, as ever, lickety-split, the sleuthing complex and the small pauses to savour Saint-Germain’s glories delightfully educational.” 
      —The Toronto Star 

      “Black’s detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them.” 
      —Kirkus Reviews
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    The Mad Hatter Mystery John Dickson Carr, Otto Penzler
    9781613161326 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $34.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.3 x 1 in | 0 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Penzler Publishers
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      A murdered man in a top hat leads Dr. Gideon Fell to a killer with a sick sense of humor

      At the hand of an outrageous prankster, top hats are going missing all over London, snatched from the heads of some of the city’s most powerful people—but is the hat thief the same as the person responsible for stealing a lost story by Edgar Allan Poe, the manuscript of which has just disappeared from the collection of Sir William Bitton? Unlike the manuscript, the hats don’t stay stolen for long, each one reappearing in unexpected and conspicuous places shortly after being taken: on the top of a Trafalgar Square statue, hanging from a Scotland Yard lamppost, and now, in the foggy depths of the Tower of London, on the head of a corpse with a crossbow bolt through the heart. Amateur detective and lexicographer Dr. Gideon Fell is on the case, and when the dead man is identified as the nephew of the collector, he discovers that the connections underlying the bizarre and puzzling crimes may be more intimate than initially expected.

      Reprinted for the first time in thirty years, the second novel in the Dr. Gideon Fell series, which need not be read in any order, finds the iconic character investigating one of the most extraordinary murders of his career. A baffling whodunnit with menace at every turn, The Mad Hatter Mystery proves that Carr is the “unexcelled master of creepy erudition, swift-moving excitement and suspense through atmosphere” (New York Times).

      Bio
      John Dickson Carr (1906-1977) was one of the greatest writers of the American Golden Age mystery, and one of the only American authors to be included in England’s legendary Detection Club. Though he was born and died in the United States, Carr began his writing career while living in England, where he remained for nearly twenty years. Under his own name and various pseudonyms, he wrote more than seventy novels and numerous short stories, and is best known today for his locked-room mysteries. His beloved series character, Dr. Gideon Fell, was based on author G. K. Chesterton and appeared in twenty-four novels.

      Otto Penzler, the creator of American Mystery Classics, is also the founder of the Mysterious Press (1975), a literary crime imprint now associated with Grove/Atlantic; Mysterious Press.com (2011), an electronic-book publishing company; and New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars (for the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, 1977, and The Lineup, 2010), and lifetime achievement awards from Noircon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about mystery fiction.
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      Every sentence gives a thrill of positive pleasure. [The Mad Hatter Mystery] is the most attractive mystery I have read for a long time.—Dorothy Sayers

      Very few detective stories baffle me nowadays, but Mr. Carr’s always do.—Agatha Christie
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    The Mad Hatter Mystery John Dickson Carr, Otto Penzler
    9781613161333 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.27 x 8 x 0.72 in | 0 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Penzler Publishers
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      A murdered man in a top hat leads Dr. Gideon Fell to a killer with a sick sense of humor

      At the hand of an outrageous prankster, top hats are going missing all over London, snatched from the heads of some of the city’s most powerful people—but is the hat thief the same as the person responsible for stealing a lost story by Edgar Allan Poe, the manuscript of which has just disappeared from the collection of Sir William Bitton? Unlike the manuscript, the hats don’t stay stolen for long, each one reappearing in unexpected and conspicuous places shortly after being taken: on the top of a Trafalgar Square statue, hanging from a Scotland Yard lamppost, and now, in the foggy depths of the Tower of London, on the head of a corpse with a crossbow bolt through the heart. Amateur detective and lexicographer Dr. Gideon Fell is on the case, and when the dead man is identified as the nephew of the collector, he discovers that the connections underlying the bizarre and puzzling crimes may be more intimate than initially expected.

      Reprinted for the first time in thirty years, the second novel in the Dr. Gideon Fell series, which need not be read in any order, finds the iconic character investigating one of the most extraordinary murders of his career. A baffling whodunnit with menace at every turn, The Mad Hatter Mystery proves that Carr is the “unexcelled master of creepy erudition, swift-moving excitement and suspense through atmosphere” (New York Times).

      Bio
      John Dickson Carr (1906-1977) was one of the greatest writers of the American Golden Age mystery, and one of the only American authors to be included in England’s legendary Detection Club. Though he was born and died in the United States, Carr began his writing career while living in England, where he remained for nearly twenty years. Under his own name and various pseudonyms, he wrote more than seventy novels and numerous short stories, and is best known today for his locked-room mysteries. His beloved series character, Dr. Gideon Fell, was based on author G. K. Chesterton and appeared in twenty-four novels.

      Otto Penzler, the creator of American Mystery Classics, is also the founder of the Mysterious Press (1975), a literary crime imprint now associated with Grove/Atlantic; Mysterious Press.com (2011), an electronic-book publishing company; and New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars (for the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, 1977, and The Lineup, 2010), and lifetime achievement awards from Noircon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about mystery fiction.
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      Every sentence gives a thrill of positive pleasure. [The Mad Hatter Mystery] is the most attractive mystery I have read for a long time.—Dorothy Sayers

      Very few detective stories baffle me nowadays, but Mr. Carr’s always do.—Agatha Christie
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    9781642931310 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date: May 07, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4 mm | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Post Hill Press
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      Buried Shakespearean treasure from an ancestor’s tomb brings a disillusioned BBC reporter home to solve her father’s murder and restart her life with the man who has always loved her.

      When Margaret Hamilton’s father rescues Elizabethan manuscripts from a flooded tomb, he asks his daughter’s former fiancé Stephen to help decipher them, bringing the couple back together again.

      At first, the documents only seem to resurrect Anne Vavasour’s remarkable true story: how she came to Queen Elizabeth’s court as a sixteen-year-old Maid of Honour; was seduced by the Earl of Oxford; delivered a babe at court in the attending maidens’ chamber; was sent to the Tower; yet later flourished for twenty years as the mistress of the wealthy widower Sir Henry Lee, Elizabeth’s champion at the joust (and rumored half-brother of the queen).

      But when Margaret and Stephen uncover links between the buried papers and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, ruthless art and antiquities thieves scheme to take the priceless papers at any cost.

      Blending fiction with little-known facts from history and research, The Vavasour Macbeth ranges from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts to modern-day England, revealing many mysteries of ancient handwriting, manuscripts, and playmaking along the way. Not all facts taught in school about the Elizabethan era, Shakespeare, and Macbeth are proven, and you may be surprised to learn how many questions really do remain open and unsolved.
      Bio
      Bart Casey grew up in London, studied Literature at Harvard, and trained as a professor before switching to an advertising career, living many years amidst the settings for The Vavasour Macbeth. His recent biography of Victorian Laurence Oliphant was chosen by Kirkus for its Best Books of 2016.
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      "The Vavasour Macbeth re-creates life at the 16th century court of Queen Elizabeth via a 20th century murder mystery.

      Casey peppers his imaginative novel with tidbits on the development of writing in the Elizabethan era. Each of the central protagonists is a well-drawn character. And the author's prose is elegant, with evocative imagery. An engaging read with a plethora of captivating literary and historical details wrapped in a contemporary whodunit."

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