Friday, February 29, 2008

Mystery Bestsellers for February 29, 2008

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending February 29, 2008 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Quite a bit of reshuffling on the mystery bestseller list this week, though 's 7th Heaven retains its number one spot. Two new titles enter the top 15.

Betrayal by John Lescroart

John Lescroart's 12th Dismas Hardy legal thriller, Betrayal, has the defense attorney agreeing to clean up the caseload of another attorney that has disappeared. He thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time: —the sensational clash between National Guard reservist Evan Scholler and an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict: Nolan’s relationship with Evan’s girlfriend, Tara, a beautiful school-teacher back home in the states, followed by a deadly incident in which Nolan’s apparent mistake results in the death of an innocent Iraqi family as well as seven men in Evan’s platoon. As the murky relationship between the US government and its private contractors plays out in the personal drama of these two men, and the consequences become a desperate matter of life and death, Dismas Hardy begins to uncover a terrible and perilous truth that takes him far beyond the case and into the realm of assassination and treason. Publishers Weekly calls Betrayal "a first-rate addition to the author's ongoing series." Also available on MP3 CD from .

Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson

Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot must work together to solve two chilling crimes in Friend of the Devil, the 17th mystery in this series by . On loan to a sister precinct, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot draws the first case: a woman named Karen Drew is found in her wheelchair with her throat slit. Karen Drew seems to have lived a quiet and nearly invisible life for the past seven years. Try as she might, Annie turns up nothing in the woman's past that might have prompted someone to wheel her out to the sea and to her death. Meanwhile Chief Inspector Alan Banks has suspects galore in the case of Hayley Daniels who is found raped and strangled. Everywhere she went, the nineteen-year-old student attracted attention. Anyone could have followed her on the night she was out drinking with friends, making sure she never made it back home. Then a breakthrough spins Annie's case in a shocking and surprising new direction, straight toward Banks. Coincidence? Not in Eastvale. Banks and Annie are searching for two killers who might strike again at any moment and with bloody fury. Publishers Weekly calls Friend of the Devil "stunning" and adds that "readers will be on the edge of their seats as the two explore not only the depths of human depravity but also their own murky relationship."

On our bestseller page, we've added an icon next to every title that is available for immediate download onto the Amazon Kindle. To learn about this wireless reading device, visit the Amazon Kindle page for more information.

The top four mystery bestsellers this week are depicted below:

Strangers in Death by J. D. Robb

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