A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending January 14, 2011 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.
It looks like we're starting to see some shake-up in our list this week, though The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson remains solidly at the top. Two new titles enter the top 15 this week.
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Debuting high on the list in the 7th position is The Sentry, the third mystery featuring former LAPD detective Joe Pike by Robert Crais.
Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina; but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru's uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.
As the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem — and that everything he thought he knew about them has been a lie. A vengeful and murderous force from their past is now catching up to them ... and only Pike and Cole stand in the way.
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Coming in at number 14 is A Lonely Death, the 13th mystery in the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd.
Scotland Yard detective inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War, understands all too well the darkness that lies within men's souls.
Now three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID discs left in their mouths.
But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything — his job, his reputation, and even his life — to find answers.
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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:
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