A number of Canadian crime fiction stalwarts have new books coming in fall. Peter Robinson channels Nick Cave for the title of his 22nd Inspector Banks novel, Abattoir Blues (M&S, $29.95 cl., Oct.), which kicks off with a stolen tractor and a crime scene at a Second World War airfield. • Kathy Reichs brings back her series character Temperance Brennan for a 17th outing in Bones Never Lie (Simon & Schuster Canada, $32 cl., Sept.). In this entry, readers will finally meet Tempe’s mother. • Best-selling author Linwood Barclay returns with a sequel to his 2007 thriller, No Time for Goodbye. In this new instalment, Terry Archer, now estranged from his wife, must take action when the couple’s daughter follows her boyfriend into a house they have no business being in. Doubleday Canada will release No Safe House ($22.95 pa.) in August.
Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache novels have become international bestsellers. In the latest series instalment, The Long Way Home (Minotaur/Raincoast, $29.99 cl., Aug.), Gamache reluctantly interrupts his retirement in bucolic Three Pines, Quebec, to assist a woman who is searching for her missing husband. • Last of the Independents ($17.99 pa.), by Vancouver writer Sam Wiebe, won the 2012 Unhanged Arthur for best unpublished first novel. It will lose its “unhanged” status in August, when Dundurn officially publishes the book.
Q&Q’s fall preview covers books published between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2014 • All information (titles, prices, publication dates, etc.) was supplied by publishers and may have been tentative at Q&Q’s press time