Friday, December 30, 2011

Mystery Bestsellers for the Week Ending December 30, 2011

Bestselling Hardcover Mystery Books

A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending December 30th, 2011 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.

It's been another fairly quiet holiday week, with no new additions to the bestselling mystery list … though we're featuring two titles that just missed our cutoff.

Atop the list this week is a new number one, Death Comes to Pemberley, a stand-alone novel by P. D. James.

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D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods

Debuting at number 17 is the 22nd Stone Barrington mystery, D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods.

Seemingly out of the blue, Stone Barrington and NYPD detective, Dino Bacchetti, receive a most welcome invitation from the White House. It seems President Will Lee needs their investigative talents—and legendary discretion—for a particularly sensitive case. For his part, Stone is pleased to discover they’ll be working with his former partner in crime (and in bed), CIA agent Holly Barker.

In the exclusive world of Washington politics, power and privilege often go hand in hand with private indulgences and clandestine affairs. As Stone’s investigation takes him from the multi-million-dollar Georgetown houses of the city’s elite to the luxurious apartments of Watergate to the private residence of the president himself, it becomes clear that even clubby, buttoned-up Washington high society has a scandalous side that its most favored members would kill to keep secret.

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Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

Just one place lower at 18 is Down the Darkest Road, the third thriller in the "Oak Knoll" series by Tami Hoag.

Four years after the unsolved disappearance of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Lauren Lawton is the only one still chasing the ghosts of her perfect Santa Barbara life. The world has given her daughter up for dead. Her husband ended his own life in the aftermath. Even Lauren’s younger daughter is desperate to find what’s left of the childhood she hasn’t been allowed to have.

Lauren knows exactly who took her oldest child, but there is not a shred of evidence against the man. Even as he stalks her family, Lauren is powerless to stop him. The Santa Barbara police are handcuffed by the very laws they are sworn to uphold. Looking for a fresh start in a town with no memories, Lauren and her younger daughter Leah move to idyllic Oak Knoll. But when Lauren’s suspect turns up in the same city, it feels to all the world that history is about to repeat itself. Leah Lawton will soon turn sixteen, and Oak Knoll has a cunning predator on the hunt.

Sheriff’s detective Tony Mendez and his team begin to close in on the suspected killer, desperate to keep the young women of their picturesque town safe. But as the investigators sift through the murky circumstances of an increasingly disturbing case, a stunning question changes everything they thought they knew.

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