Poisoning in the Pub By Simon Brett (MacMilliam $41Signed)
What's your poison? Fethering residents, Jude and Carole, get more than they bargained for when a lunchtime meal in their local pub leaves everyone with food poisoning. The landlord is horrified and when a series of disasters start to befall his business it looks like it could be the end of the road for the Crown and Anchor. Left with a bad taste in their mouths - and not just from the food - the two amateur detectives wonder if it might just be more than a run of bad luck, which is forcing their favorite pub into bankruptcy. When Ray, a young man with the mental age of a five year old, is found in the kitchen of the pub with a knife through his heart - Carole and Jude swing into action. There's a killer on the loose in Fethering and our lady sleuths need to uncover who it is before it's last orders for the pub - and themselves.
The Little Victim by R. T. Raichev, (Constable $45 Signed).
This gem from the wildly inventive, eccentric, and amusing Raichev who's doing his own riff on the classic British mystery also arrived autographed by the author. Agatha Christie fans will find much to like but note that Raichev's clever books are character driven.
Dark Paradise by Lono Waiwaiole ((McMillan $35 Signed)
Mix two local boys who want to control the same drug trade on the Big Island of Hawai`i, throw in some Japanese and Mexican gangsters, add the biggest drug bust in the history of the island and what do you get? A Dark Paradise, indeed.