A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending February 27, 2009 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.
No change in the top 2 bestselling mysteries this week with John Grisham and James Patterson retaining the top two positions this week with their respective thrillers, The Associate and Run for Your Life. And Jacqueline Winspear's latest Maisie Dobbs mystery, Among the Mad, takes the biggest jump this week, moving into 4th position.
Debuting in the 9th position this week is Promises In Death, the 28th mystery in the Eve Dallas series by J. D. Robb. Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us." Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris had started a serious relationship with Coltraine, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone, including Coltraine's squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve's husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on the dead woman's life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts. The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve, containing Coltraine's guns, badge, and a note from her killer: "You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I'll be sending yours to somebody else." But Eve Dallas doesn't take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that's a promise. Publishers Weekly says that "Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has a real gift for keeping this long-running thriller series fresh."
Also new this week in 12th position is the 8th Jesse Stone mystery, Night and Day by Robert B. Parker. Police chief Jesse Stone has received his share of unusual calls, but none can top the one from the local junior high school. When reports of lewd conduct by the school’s principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station, Jesse is faced with a particularly delicate situation. Jesse, of course, would like nothing more than to see the prim, peculiar Ingersoll punished. But Betsy Ingersoll is married to the managing partner of the biggest law firm in the state, and Jay Ingersoll wants the matter buried. And he is used to getting what he wants. At the same time, the women of Paradise are being threatened by a tormented voyeur, dubbed “The Night Hawk,” who’s been scouring suburban neighborhoods as evening falls. Initially he’s content to simply peer through windows, but as pressure builds, he becomes more reckless, entering homes, forcing his victims to strip at gunpoint, then photographing them at their most vulnerable. And according to the notes he’s sending, he’s not satisfied to stop there. It’s up to Jesse to catch the Night Hawk, before it’s too late. [MBN note: The 5th Jesse Stone made-for-television movie, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, airs this Sunday, March 1st at 9 PM ET on CBS.]
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