Friday, February 26, 2010

Mystery Bestsellers for February 26, 2010

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending February 26, 2010 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

After several weeks, months really, of little change among the mystery bestsellers, there's quite a bit of change this week. Last week's featured title, The Man from Beijing, a stand-alone thriller by Henning Mankell, moves into the top 4 and two new titles enter the list.

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Fantasy in Death by J. D. Robb
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Entering the list in 8th position is Fantasy in Death, the 31st "In Death" thriller with homicide cop Eve Dallas by J. D. Robb.

Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game ...

NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim's girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a prob­lem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks-as Eve's husband, Roarke, one of U- Play's competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death ...

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Split Image by Robert B. Parker
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In 10th position is Split Image, the 9th Jesse Stone mystery (with an appearance by other series character Sunny Randall) by the late Robert B. Parker.

The body in the trunk was just the beginning.

Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beauti­ful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.

Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse's help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects -- and with each other.

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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

The Lost Symbol by Dan BrownWorst Case by James PattersonThe Man from Beijing by Henning MankellI, Alex Cross by James Patterson

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