A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending February 24th, 2012 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.
Vince Flynn's 12th Mitch Rapp thriller Kill Shot repeats as number one this week.
One new title debuts and another moves up into the top 15.
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New at number 9 is — we've lost count … let's just call it the nth "In Death" mystery — Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building.
Now she's at the center of a crime scene — and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.
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Moving up from 22 last week to 14 this week is Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow, which brings together both of the author's series characters, Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell.
Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case.
Working undercover as—of all things—a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years. After buying the closed Air Force base south of town from the federal government at a bargain-basement price, he became a fixed-base operator running his fishing, hunting, and flight-seeing business, servicing planes flying through the area, and most interestingly and lucratively, getting into the air freight business. But what kind of freight was he moving, and where?
The answers involve Kate in her most challenging case to date, one that starts with murder and quickly sprawls into a much larger conspiracy ranging from the darkest family secrets to treason and beyond.
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