hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
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Editorial assistant Billy Webb is helping to prepare the next edition of a dictionary, though he senses that something suspicious is going on beneath the Samuelson Company's academic facade. Then co-worker Mona Minot discovers a trove of puzzling citations, all taken from the same, non-existent book, "The Broken Teaglass." The quotations read like a confession, coyly hinting at a hidden identity, a secret liaison, a crime.
Three years after news of her scandalous husband's death, Adelaide Fiske is at the altar again, her groom a soldier on the Marquis of Wellington's staff. The prospects seem bright for one of the most notorious women in Kent - until Jane Austen discovers a corpse on the ancient Pilgrim's Way that runs through her brother Edward's estate. As First Magistrate for Canterbury, Edward is forced to investigate, with Jane as his reluctant assistant.
Carsely's Christmas festivities are threatened when a self-important officer with the Health and Safety Board rules that some of the traditional practices are unsafe. The Carsely Ladies' Society mobilizes to try to put a stop to the meddling - only to find that someone has literally put a stop to the official with a kitchen knife. There are so many suspects, Agatha Raisin doesn't know where to start.
The Parish Council of Winter Parva, a "picturesque" (touristy) Cotswold village, decides to hold a special event in January, complete with old-fashioned costumes, Morris dancing, and a pig roast on the village green. Agatha Raisin attends, and notices something odd about the pig: a tattoo of a heart with an arrow through it and the name Amy. "Stop!" she screams suddenly. "Pigs don't have tattoos." The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the locals, including Agatha herself.
Avery and her handyman boyfriend are renovating a house belonging to a local news anchor who is thrilled to be filmed as part of a home renovation show. But cable television fame proves fleeting when the man is murdered and Avery faces the task of nailing the killer. FAST.
DI Tom Thorne is brought a recent photograph of Alan Langford -- the man whose body was found in a burned out car ten years before. He refuses to believe Langford is alive, until a prison inmate he interviews is viciously murdered.
Two years ago SAS hard man Simon Tabor got away with murder -- taking retribution for the brutal rape and killing of his younger sister in a brothel on the Costa Del Sol. Now he has been unofficially drafted into a murder enquiry by the Metro police. A young girl has washed up on an English Beach with an intricate orchid tattooed on her groin -- a similar design to one discovered on his dead sister.
On a headland park that overlooks the sea just south of Dublin a dog discovers the body of a homeless man, known as the High King, who had wandered Dublin streets for years talking to himself. Six months later his unsolved murder case lands on Matt Minogue's desk.
Carole Seddon hates Christmas. So when her neighbour and best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry, she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. But the sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then a few days later, Gallimaufry is burned down and a body is discovered in the ashes. It seems like a tragic accident but nobody can die of natural causes when a gun is involved. With a host of suspects: Ricky Le Bonnier, the infamous womanizer; Piers Duncton, a comedy writer who can't take a joke; or Anna Carter, the lonely dog walker, the lady detectives know they have their work cut out for them.
When human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the affluent seaside resort of Smalting is awash with suspicion and fear. The suspicions of amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude fall on attractive Philly Rose, a young Londoner newly arrived in the area, whose boyfriend has recently vanished in mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, Kelvin Southwest, self-appointed 'ladies' man' and caretaker of Smalting's beach huts, seems to be hiding a dark secret beneath his smooth exterior, while Reginald Flowers, pompous President of the Smalting Beach Hut Association, becomes increasingly defensive about his own history.
32 year old Mags Rogers, with her wirehaired dachshund Baxter, comes to her great-aunt's sprawling Nevada ranch to reassemble her life. But someone has pipe-bombed Red Rock Valley's pumping station, and Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders. He comes to the ranch when human bones are dug up in the barn. The dead man's ring identifies him as an elite Russian military officer from the late 1800s, apparently knifed to death.
Mags Rogers, her wire-haired dachshund Baxter, her great-aunt Jeep and Jeep's German Shepherd King, settle into ranch life outside Reno, Nevada. A group of squatters, including desperate single mothers with children, are living in houses left vacant by the foreclosure crisis. When a former banker is found brutally slain in one of the abandoned homes, Baxter, King, and some other canine detectives leave no bone of contention buried as they help their human charges untangle a string of murders rooted deep in the heart of Red Rock Valley's prominent citizenry.
When an elderly priest is nearly beaten to death and a special-needs boy brutally attacked, Jack Taylor finds himself pitted against a coterie committing a series of random, senseless, violent crimes in Galway.
When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Sheriff Hackberry Holland and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, learn that the desert contains a multitude of criminals, including serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins. Hack is led to Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman whose steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty compel him to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds.
Danny was a fisherman ten years ago when he and his crew pulled up a deformed fish. It was young Billy who decided to bring the odd creature to the DFO in Vancouver for examination. Billy and the fish were never seen again. Now Danny is working for the DFO and stumbles across a photo of the fish in the DFO databases. With the help of RCMP Sergeant Louise Karavchuk, he begins to investigate what he believes may be a massive conspiracy.
An unidentified corpse is found near Vigata, a town known for its soil rich with potter's clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster. Then Inspector Montalbano remembers the story from the Bible-Judas's betrayal, the act of remorse, and the money for the potter's field, where those of unknown or foreign origin are to be buried.
When Anna Cameron is promoted to Chief Inspector and moved to a new division, it should be a turning point for her. Then her mother goes into a coma in a foreign country and Anna's career and personal life both threaten to implode. The gang-related murder of a young Asian boy and an assault on one of her officers only serve to turn the screws tighter. Can Anna be both a good cop and a good person?
After the decadent pool party in a Hollywood hills mansion ends there are three bodies--an acclaimed film producer and two women. Detective Shane Scully learns the two women were hired prostitutes, and there is security video of an angry husband firing on all three. But there is a single spent bullet casing that doesn't match the rest. From that single bullet emerges a story of love, murder, suicide, and one of the biggest financial frauds in L.A. history. Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a decades-old crime.
Valentine Savi, a young restorer, receives a visit in her Paris studio by an elderly gentleman with a unique commission--to restore a priceless medieval palimpsest whose timeworn pages reveal the truth of a mystery that has fascinated writers for hundreds of years. Together with her friend Hugo Vermeer and doctoral student David Scotto, Valentine finds herself on a terrifying and thrilling adventure through the narrow streets and palatial mansions of the Latin Quarter.
Ever since YOUNG BLACKBEARD became a hit movie, everyone has caught pirate fever, including the residents of Warner Pier. TenHuis Chocolate is selling out of chocolate treasure chests, pirate hats, and ships. When Lee McKinney Woodyard and her husband take their boat out on Lake Michigan, they're stunned when a mischievous band of pirates hops on board. Lee's is the first boat boarded that summer, and the town couldn't be more amused by the mysterious buccaneers. But when a body washes up on shore, the pirates' antics stop being so entertaining.
When Queen Victoria attends a seance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen-and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands. French will take the high road, looking for a traitor among the guests-and India will take the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff.
Rita Jewel has a dream job selling fabulous clothes and accessories to the socialites of San Francisco at Dolce's boutique. But when a pair of heels becomes a clue in a murder, Rita finds herself engaged in a high-end crime of passion.
Carter Crossing, Mississippi, 1997. A young woman is dead and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control.
With its history of spooky folklore, New Orleans offers the perfect atmosphere for Halloween. Scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand is getting into the spirit by building a giant puppet for the French Quarter's Halloween Monsters and Mayhem parade. But things get terrifying earlier than expected when she overhears an argument between Jekyll Hardy and Brett Fowler - and minutes later, finds Fowler's lifeless body.
Begun by Spillane, finished by Collins. Compared to the $40 million the cops think he stole, $75,000 may not sound like much. But it's all the money in the world to the struggling Cuban exiles of Miami who rescued Morgan the Raider. So when it's snatched by a man the Cubans trusted, Morgan sets out to get it back. A simple favour but as the bodies pile up - dead men and beautiful women - the Raider wonders what kind of Latin hell he's gotten himself into, and just who or what is the mysterious Consummata?
Mickey Haller, fallen on tough times, expands his business into foreclosure defense -- only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty.
When a North Sea storm a drilling rig sinks, it takes with it the ten kilos of hashish that Calum Bean has hidden in its superstructure. The bankrollers are not pleased, but Calum's cousin renegade army officer Seb MacCoinneach, comes to the rescue. Turned down by the SAS, in fierce competition with his dead brother and in a bitter feud with his father, Seb masterminds a plan that will make fools of all those who have rejected him. And he needs Cal with him.
A loosely connected collection of noir stories set in post-War LA written by the musician Ry Cooder.
When a book dating to the 14th century is found after a fire in a monastery in France, archaelogist Luc Simard's old friend Hugo calls him to help decipher the mysterious illustrations that dot the coded manuscript. They find a map that leads them to a chambered cave and the discovery of a lifetime. But the secrets of the cave is one that someone is willing to kill to protect.
FBI Agent and cyber warfare expert Jack Kenyon is assigned to uncover an industrial spy ring, but the sudden passing of his aunt Lydia in London complicates his plans. As the named executor of her estate, Jack flies to England, only to discover evidence that Lydia's death may have been connected to a terrorist plot to unleash a devastating computer virus. He can't help but wonder about the odds of such a coincidence.
Newport's homeless population inhabits an abandoned housing project called the Levels controlled by the all-powerful Sorrow. Ex-CIA agent Nate Turner is there, trying to find out who has just tried to kill him and meets a 14-year old girl named Ghost. Ghost is a Fury, one of Sorrow's trained teenage assassins, looking for a way back to her normal life. Meanwhile suspended cop Kate has been told that she has only days to live after being attacked, and infected, by the Beast, a serial killer working the streets. Now Ghost is trying to escape Sorrow, Kate is looking for the Beast, and Turner is looking for answers.
Reidun Rosendal's murder presents Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frolich with a puzzle, which is complicated further by the murder of their chief suspect, Reidun's lover. Focus shifts to Reidun's place of work, Software Partners, where the business and private lives of people who work there intermesh in ways that become lethal.
Temple Barr, publicist extraordinaire, is helping to launch an endeavor that many a Vegas showman has dreamed of: a Las Vegas mob museum and casino. Temple's grand scheme to do a live "Bugsy Siegel's vault" media event finds a new body wearing white tie and tails. Temple must depend upon the Vegas Strip irregulars and a posse of cats to solve the old and new murders. Success or failure, could cost Temple her life, and all nine of Louie's.
A fierce blizzard hits during Robbie Burns festivities at Moosetookalook's finest hotel, trapping indoors the quarrelsome members of the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society, hotel staff and Lissa. It isn't long before a body is discovered face down in a storage room, covered in tartan -- and blood.
When the architect of the the T-34 tank is found murdered Stalin turns to Inspector Pekkala to find the killer. Pekkala is led to the White Guild, a group of Tsarist soldiers, and realizes that the violence of the past still resonates in the present.
Tokyo assassin John Rain, with his partner, the former Marine sniper Dox, Ben Treven, a covert operator with ambivalent motives and conflicted loyalties, and Larison, a man with a hair trigger and a secret he'll kill to protect, are looking at a multi-million dollar payday for the 'natural causes' demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. From Tokyo to Vienna to Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Washington DC these four lone wolf killers will have to survive presidential hit teams, secret CIA prisons, and a national security state. But first, they'll have to survive each other.
Angel Dare went into Witness Protection to escape her past - not as a porn star, but as a killer who took down the sex slavery ring that destroyed her life. But when a former co-star is gunned down, it's up to Angel to get his son, a hotheaded MMA fighter, safely through the unforgiving Arizona desert, shady Mexican bordertowns, and the seductive neon mirage of Las Vegas.
Three novelettes on the timeless theme of Christmas gingerbread cookies: a Hannah Swensen story from Joanne Fluke, a Jaine Austen from Laura Levine, and a Lucy Stone from Leslie Meier. 10 recipes.
Arthur Bryant, John May, and their team of proud eccentrics have been given only one week to hunt down a murderer they've already caught once - and who is now luring them down into the darkest shadows of the London Underground.
Biochemist Emma Caldridge is hiking in Arizona when she inadvertently interrupts the operations of dangerous traffickers in human cargo--and is chased south into the arms of millionaire drug merchants. Suddenly a prisoner of Mexico's most feared cartel, Emma makes a shocking discovery in the marijuana fields outside Ciudad Juarez: plants rotting with a flesh-eating toxin that causes a truly horrible death within nine days of exposure. And there is no antidote.
Florence Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara is called into investigate a series of brutal and apparently random murders. Are they connected to the threatening letters he has received? Are his old enemies, the Calabrian mafia, involved? And what parts do a beautiful young woman, a priest, and an American journalist play?
The body of a young girl is discovered in a picturesque Tuscan town. Florence's Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara steps in. He quickly realizes that the toxins discovered in the body were not due to a self-inflicted drug overdose, but to murder.
A small southwest Chicago law firm believes it has found a way to make a lot of money without actually practicing much law. A huge Florida plaintiff's firm is putting together a class action suit against a pharmaceutical that manufactures Krayoxx, a popular cholestrol reducer. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks while taking Krayoxx, convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune. With any luck, they won't even have to enter a courtroom! It almost seems too good to be true. And it is.
The discovery of a dead man lying outside a Bristol church with the sign of the cross gouged into his flesh looks to coroner Jenny Cooper at first like another grisly suicide. But after the chaplain of a nearby prison persuades her to take another look at the death of a high profile political campaigner, she uncovers a sinister series of connections between the two deaths. Then another tragic death turns her suspicions toward a powerful new global phenomenon: the politically ambitious and intoxicatingly charismatic Mission Church of God.
1773: The Massachusetts colony is torn between patriots who want independence from British rule and loyalists who support the King. At the center is the educated and beautiful Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, a leader of the Sons of Liberty, the secret organization opposing the Crown. And when her husband is accused of murder, she must work to clear his name.
After an attempt on the life of her young nephew Horace, Abigail Adams, wife of attorney John Adams, travels to Harvard to investigate. A mysterious woman hired Horace to translate some Arabic, then left him at the mercy of her henchmen. He survived-with a tale of pirate treasure... Meanwhile one of Horace's fellow students-loyal to the King-is murdered. The Sons of Liberty are desperate to find the rumoured gold, but Abigail wants the truth.
Physicist Max Hoffman has created a hedge fund based on a secret system of computer algorithms that uses market volatility to generate astonishing returns for his investors. Then, late one night, in his house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder disturbs Hoffman and his wife while they are asleep.
When a passenger plane goes down in Portland Oregon, a team is assembled under NTSB investigator and pathologoist "Tommy" Tomzak. His "Crashers" - a voice recorder specialist, bomb expert, engineer, mechanic, pilot, and crime scene specialist - will grapple with the evidence. But they don't have their usual months: the accident was no accident, and intelligence suggests another is due in less than three days.
Brook Reynolds died in a car crash. Tragic accident, the police say. Her father Don Hoffman suspects otherwise and he wants Joe Hunter to find the men responsible. Joe is not convinced it wasn't an accident, until he is attacked by two troublemakers and Don's other daughter is also threatened. It looks like more than coincidence and sure enough the entire family is soon under siege with only Joe to protect them.
Detective Ella Marconi inherits a two-decades old cold case, reopened due to political pressure: a young girl twenty years ago found the body of a classmate hidden in the bushes. She knows that it won't be easy -- after all this time the murderer is probably long gone and the memories of any witnesses are fading. But the more she digs, the more the buried secrets and lies are brought to the surface.
1999, mid-winter, and the US Army is secretively trying to remove an aeroplane from the Vatnajokull glacier. By coincidence two young Icelanders become involved--but will pay with their lives. Before they are captured, one of the two contacts his sister, Kristin, who will not rest until she discovers the truth of her brother's fate. Her pursuit puts her in great danger, leading her, finally, to a remote island off Argentina.
Carly Chase is involved in a 3-car traffic accident that kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she learns from Detective Superintendent Roy Grace that the drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. The student had deadly connections to an organized crime group and someone has sworn revenge and won't rest until the final person involved in that fateful accident is dead.
Xavier (Xavi) Aislado is a gentle giant, half Spanish, half Scot, brought up in Edinburgh by his grandmother. His emergence into manhood is colourful, and eventful. He turns to journalism, and has a bloody introduction to the trade, as his first assignment ends in violent death. Inevitably, remorselessly, as his autobiography unfolds, Xavi's life and his love become entwined with his work, and he is immersed in tragedy, loss and betrayal, going halfway round the world in search of a truth that may destroy him.
When shelter manager Lauren Vancouver finds out that her old mentor, Mamie Spelling, is an animal hoarder, no one is more shocked, and she jumps in to help re-home the cramped critters. But Mamie's troubles don't end there. She's accused of murder when the CEO of a pet shelter network is found dead. And Lauren's dogged determination to clear her former friend of murder may put a killer on her tail.
In the 7th Inspector Troy, young Vienna cellist Meret Voytek and Dr. Karel Szabo, a Hungarian physicist interned in a camp on the Isle of Man, are pulled by fate and history from Vienna and Auschwitz to Los Alamos and the rubble-strewn streets of postwar London.
After the crew of a yacht, including the Prime Minister's god-daughter, is kidnapped by Somali pirates, MI5 operative Dan Shepherd goes undercover onto a container ship that he knows will be targeted by the pirates. However, while he is on the ship, his family is vulnerable to an attack by the Real IRA, which is hunting him.
Winter, 1884. A CPR section boss is brutally murdered at the end of the track, his body found frozen on the banks of the Bow River. Veteran North West Mounted Police officer Durrant Wallace lost his leg in a gun battle three years earlier and can no longer ride, but goes to Holt City to sort through the whiskey smugglers, spies for rival railways, and explosives dealers to discover the killer before he finds another victim and derails the Canadian national dream in the process.
Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, and her righthand man--a six-foot-six, 72-year-old, African-American named Xavier--head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to tackle modern day pirates. Once they start filming, though, they find a whole lot more than they bargained for.
When Pak Ok-Suk, a young Korean woman, is found brutally murdered in a torched apartment in the Itaewon red-light district of Seoul, it looks like it might be the work of her American soldier boyfriend. Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, Military Police for the U.S. 8th Army, are assigned to the case, but they have nothing to go on other than a tenuous connection to an infamous prostitute. As repressed resentments erupt around them, the pair sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to find evidence that will absolve their countryman. Reprint of 1st in the series.
Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tolerate displeasure...in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.
Jordan McAllister can't cook her way out of a macaroni & cheese box, but filling in for the culinary reporter at The Ranchero Globe is better than writing personal ads. Her first assignment to review the new steakhouse in town is a disaster that ends with her waiter murdered outside her door - with her name and number in his pocket. Now Jordan is the prime suspect, as well as the main course on the murder menu.
Professional chef turned amateur sleuth Billy Blessing has reluctantly agreed to fly westward and play second banana on a new late-night talk show hosted by comic Desmond O'Day in Los Angeles, a city that brings up bad memories. Twenty years ago, Billy had accused obnoxious chef Roger Charbonnet of murder there. A tricked-up alibi freed Roger, who vowed vengeance - and Billy's arrival in the City of Angels just may give Roger his chance. When a deadly explosion during a TV taping kills more than Desmond's chance at high ratings, Billy is convinced that he was the intended target.
Newly promoted to Detective Inspector, Kathy Kolla of the Serious Crimes Unit is called in by the forensic pathologist regarding the recent sudden death of a London student from arsenic poisoning. Marion Summers had no reason to be in contact with arsenic. The more Kolla investigates, the more she discovers that other things about Summers were unusual. With each turn in the investigation, it becomes incresingly clear that behind what really happened lies the most difficult-to-crack case the team has ever faced.
In the 1870's, Hans Bengler travels to Africa to discover a new insect that no one has seen before. He impulsively adopts a San boy who he christens Daniel and brings him back to Sweden. Daniel continues to struggle to understand the new land and culture that seems to entrap him. Meanwhile Daniel is haunted by his murdered parents who call him back to Africa. He knows the only way home is by sea and he must learn to walk on water to reclaim his true place in the world.
In Victorian London, some are asking why the Detective Force's Inspector Albert Newsome is investigating a curious but apparently insignificant death that occurred in Holywell Street. What seemed like a common enough incident is complicated when the Inspector discovers his ex-colleague (and master detective) George Williamson is also pursuing the case, as well as a sinister former criminal named Noah Dyson. Then the questions begin to multiply: Why are prostitutes being poisoned? Who is exerting pressure on the Commissioner of Police? And who, or what, is "Persephone?"
A death on Waterloo bridge, a body in the river near Wapping, a lady robbed on Wych Street -- all common enough daily incidents in Victorian London. But when an outrageous theft is committed at the port, Inspector Newsome must tie them all together to solve a mystery deeper and murkier than the Thames itself.
Barred from practice, disgraced psychiatrist Charlie Flint receives a mysterious summons to Oxford from an old professor who wants her to look into the death of her daughter's husband. But as Charlie delves deeper into the case and steps back into the arcane world of Oxford colleges, she realizes that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye.
The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realizes it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign to target an apparently unconnected group of young people. Struggling with the newly awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.
Detective Sergeant Lucy Vaughan rescues a small girl wandering half-naked in a winter blizzard at the edge of a woodland. Unwilling or unable to speak, the only person she seems to trust is her rescuer. As she struggles to identify the child she begins to realize that there are links to a high profile kidnapping of a businessman's teenage daughter.
When Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin is summoned to a burning barn, he finds the charred remains of local drug dealer Martin Kielty. It soon becomes clear that Kielty's death was no accident, and suspicion falls on a local vigilante group, former paramilitaries calling themselves The Rising. When another drug dealer is killed, Devlin realizes that the spate of deaths is more complex than vigilantism.
Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer, or they may lose more than the contest - they may lose their lives.
Beecher White is a young archivist working at the National Archives when Clementine Kaye, his first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father. Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.
It's Christmas Eve in Santa Fe. But among the revelers on Canyon Road, a decidedly unholy scene is taking place. A desperate man, dressed all in black, feverishly seeks refuge for himself and the squirming bundle he holds tightly against his breast. Agent Paul Kagan's bundle is a baby who has the power to change the course of global events. His pursuers are his former colleagues - members of the Russian mafia who will stop at nothing to accomplish their mission.
As Sharon McCone struggles to regain control over her body, her relationships are suffering. Her husband is impatient with her refusal to accept help and some of her colleagues doubt her abilities after the accident. But when Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance. The investigation soon points to issues of national security and proves to be the most dangerous and critical case yet for Sharon and her colleagues.
Joshua Hakizimana, an African peace activist, accepts a position at a university. Then a young girl is found murdered on his doorstep. Local police Detective Ishmael gets a mysterious phone call: "If you want the truth, you must go to its source. The truth is in the past. Come to Nairobi." It is the beginning of a journey that takes Ishmael to a place that is still reeling from the surrounding genocide and where local cops shoot first and ask questions later.
Detective Alex Cross is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington, DC's most corrupt figures: a dirty Congressman and a scheming lobbyist. Next, the elusive marksman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories-is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?
Trevor, Randy, Ben and Carl grew up together in the small town of Grimshaw. As many boys do, they played hockey, and forged friendships that run deep. Twenty-four years later when Ben commits suicide, the three remaining friends gather once again in their hometown. The three men are forced to confront their memories of a sinister crime that happened in an abandoned house in their neighbourhood. A crime that claws its way into the present and leaves an indelible mark on everyone.
Malcom Fox works for the Edinburgh Complaints and Conduct department -- the department othat investigate other cops. He's given the case of Jamie Breck. Jamie is dirty, but no one can prove it. Fox learns that there is more to Breck than anyone thinks. A vicious murder soon proves that this knowledge is dangerous.
A major inquiry into a neighbouring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist.
Urban crime has spilled into the countryside along the Welsh border and old barbaric evils have been revived. When a wealthy landowner is hacked to death in his own farmyard, the senior investigating officer is caught in the backlash. Church of England exorcist/parish priest/single mother Merrily Watkins is persuaded into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is welcome.
Standalone. A Hollywood film score composer has promised his wife for years they'd return to the Yorkshire Dales one day. Now a widower, Chris returns and rents a house to grieve and compose his piano sonata. But when he finds that this house was the scene of a murder in the 1950s and the convicted murderer was one of the last women hanged in England, he finds himself increasingly distracted by the events of 6 decades before.
Kosher deli owner Gwen Katz lands her first catering gig -- for a social butterfly's audience-participation mystery party. Then the "victim" comes crashing through the ceiling and lands in Gwen's once-tasty gravy.
PI Lydia Chin and her partner Bill Smith are asked by Jeff Dunbar, an art world insider, to investigate rumours of new paintings by a Chinese artist/dissident who has been dead twenty years, killed in Tianamen Square. But not only is Ghost Hero Chau long dead, but Lydia's client isn't who he claims to be either. And she's not the only PI hired to look for these paintings.
One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he is sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy is found hanging in his cell. Recommended.
The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but angry local merchants and environmentalists want to stop it. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until the first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart's headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site itself. The blasts are meant to inflict maximum damage-and they do. Who is behind the bombs, and how far will they go? It's Virgil Flowers's job to find out.
Hayden Glass never had it easy. He is a Los Angeles Police robbery and homicide detective. Hayden deals with the scars of his childhood by strolling along Sunset Boulevard and picking up prostitutes. He investigates the death of a daughter of a prominent L.A. politician and when new murders arise, he realizes this is the work of a vicious and sadistic sexual predator. Glass realizes that the killer has his sights on the ultimate target--Glass himself.
After Serbs tore their communities apart, a group of Croatian villagers discover the identity of the Englishman who they believe betrayed them by deceiving them during a deal to supply arms. With revenge in sight at last, they hire a professional killer from London to track him down, but is the story as simple as they think?
Surveillance operative Danny Baxter has been given a bigger job than photographing dissident Republicans in muddy Ulster fields or Islamic extremists on rainswept Yorkshire moors. And if he's caught, Her Majesty's Government will deny all knowledge.
Thora Gudmundsdottir investigates after discovering three bodies, covered in dust, that reminded her of mummies she'd seen in National Geographic.
When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired to investigate. Is there any connection with the disappearance of a woman from the site some months earlier? And why are the locals so hostile?
Isabel Dalhousie, the editor of an applied ethics journal, is usually in her editorial office in Edinburgh and does not often meet other philosophers. She meets Jane Cooper, an Australian philospher who is spending a sabbatical in Scotland. Jane was adopted as a baby and was taken to Australia. She is trying to solve the mystery of her Scottish parentage and asks Isabel for assistance in solving it.
Local author. When poker players at a televised tournament begin turning up strangled in their hotel rooms, cop Clare Vengel goes undercover as a trust-fund princess to befriend the suspects and find the killer in their midst. Her flashy new wardrobe also attracts the attentions of Noah, a dark stranger who is at the game for hidden reasons of his own. With her handlers doubting her every move, everyone she meets lying for a living, and more victims losing their lives, Clare begins to feel the pressure.
Plans to build a coutry music theater in Scumble River fall flat when a female country singer is murdered, and the motives and suspects stretch back decades.
Bella Wallis's clandestine career as crime novelist Henry Ellis Margam is proving as successful as ever, but her half-acknowledged engagement to Westland is beginning to strain as Westland's shadowy job working for the government continually takes him abroad. And then there's the matter of his sister's incarceration in a French nunnery about which he refuses to say a word. Bella determines to get to the bottom of Westland's secret.
When his oldest friend is killed in broad daylight, Petroc of Auneford, former relic-hunter turned respectable Venetian banker, knows someone's trying to send him a deadly message. Petroc must guard his secrets closely if he wants to stay alive. A blood-soaked journey to the blistering heart of Egypt is the only way the reluctant crusader can keep his friends safe and return home to the woman he loves.
A Californian wine moghul arrives in St. Denis with plans to buy half the valley and set up an industrial scale wine-making operation -- if the locals can deliver him the land and the Appellation Controllee status he needs. When a body turns up in a vat it appears that someone is determined to stop the scheme. Bruno, Chief of Police, must find the truth.
It begins in California with a devastating biological attack--a horrific display of homegrown terror unseen on U.S. soil--just weeks before the presidential election. For the White House, it is a political nightmare, as it threatens to plunge the country into panic and economic chaos. But for the NSA's undercover agent Devlin, it is the ultimate warning. Devlin knows who is behind the mayhem. He knows who controls the media. And he knows that, unless he can stop it, the End of Days begins--on Election Day.
Party planner Presley Parker's new gig is the star-studded wrap party for a horror film. The location is a graveyard-convenient because the night of the bash, a tabloid journalist is murdered.
Steve Dark is a man with a unique talent for catching serial killers. Now he's on a mission to embrace his destiny, unbound by authorities, moral or otherwise, and supported by a mysterious benefactor with unknown goals of her own.
BBQ-joint owner Lulu Taylor knows pretty much everyone in Memphis who loves ribs. But one person she'd rather not know is Tristan Pembroke, a snooty pageant coach with a mean streak. When she finds Tristan's dead body stuffed in a closet at a party, the police are suspicious - especially since Lulu's developed a taste for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Caught in a situation stickier than molasses, Lulu must clear her name, or risk getting fried...
Templar Bascot de Marins is summoned to Lincoln Castle to find who murdered a servant engaged in an illicit affair with a married woman. Even though the jealous husband had a motive, Bascot's investigation uncovers a more shocking revelation about the victim that would give him any number of potential enemies...
The quiet life of Tracy Waterhouse, a retired police detective, takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. A snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly leaves her suddenly burdened with a small child. Meanwhile, Jackson Brodie is embarking on a different sort of rescue-that of an abused dog. Dog in tow, Jackson is about to learn, along with Tracy, that no good deed goes unpunished.
Child detective Flavia de Luce comes to the rescue when a gypsy is charged with the abduction of a local child. Flavia must draw upon her knowledge of poisons and gypsy lore to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice. She also has to solve a greater mystery--What happened to her long-vanished mother?
Precocious 11 year old Flavia de Luce is distracted from her Yuletide chemistry when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces' decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop's Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening's shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film.
Under a bundle of mistletoe, art collector Daniel McCourt lies with his throat slit, a bloody sword next to his body. Inspector Witherspoon is determined to solve the case-preferably before the eggnog is ladled out on Christmas Eve-but of course he will require assistance from the always sharp-witted housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, who has a few of her own theories on why McCourt had to die by the sword.
A series of unexplained accidents at a medical isotope nuclear facility upsets the local community and draws the attention of anti-nuclear protest groups and homegrown terrorists. Hired by the plant's owner to investigate, A. J. Palladino leaves her young son at home in West Virginia. But her family comes apart in her absence and her son goes missing. She must find her child, as the plants begins hurtling towards nuclear catastrophe, with AJ stranded at ground zero.
Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn. Air Force veteran. Champion boxer. Trained assassin. He answers only to the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. President himself, and his methods are as simple, and as brutal, as his codename: The Hammer.
When Tori Sinclair's philandering ex turns up dead, the police chief believes it was murder - and that Tori may have been involved. Now, only the girls from the sewing circle will be able to help keep her life from coming apart at the seams.
Struggling actress Piper steps tentatively into the family bakery business and finds herself agreeing to create a wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But someone is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding. It begins with the horrific murder of the bride-to-be's co-star, but the psychopathic wedding-crasher isn't about to stop there. Piper must join forces with her former neighbour, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker.
Flower shop owner Abby Knight is aglow with happiness now that she's officially engaged to her longtime beau, Marco Salvare. Nothing can possibly dampen her joy-until wealthy dowager Virginia Newport is killed, and Abby's assistant Grace Bingham is the prime suspect. The plot thickens when they stumble upon mysterious stolen art and a missing cat, all part of an elaborate heist. Before Abby can throw her bouquet, she'll have to save her friend and throw a killer and a thief in jail...
A Thanksgiving dinner needs to be perfect for the dysfunctional Field family, or they risk getting cut out of dominating patriarch Monty's lucrative will. Sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons cater the dinner -- and things go smoothly until the turkey explodes in Monty's scowling face, sending him to that great dining room in the sky.
In Newport City men and women walk the street, their lives literally ticking away. Kidnapped by the mysterious Curator and subjected to a medical procedure that ensures a fatal drug be released into their nervous systems a year after implantation, they are headed for certain death.
Three men are found dead in the locked second floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except ultra-fine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly unrecognizable to the human eye.
Dirk Pitt must find the thread that ties together explosions in Middle East mosques, a 1916 explosion on a British warship in the North Sea, and a pirate attack on a Roman galley in AD 327.
Investor Samuel Reed attributes his success to the fact he can 'remember the future'. He makes a wager with Charlie Moon's best friend, Granite City Chief of Police Scott Parish, that Parish can't keep him alive. With the predicted time and date, Moon thinks he can keep Parish alive, but Moon's best plans go awry when instead of one homicide on his hands, he ends up with two.
When Colorado rancher and part-time tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets a call from Wanda Naranjo, she's panicked. Not only is her sink leaking, but her daughter Betty has gone missing. For how long? A few hours. How old? Sixteen, but 8 1/2 months pregnant. Who's the father? Anybody's guess. And that's not all. Betty claimed to be going to see a school counselor on what turned out to be his day off. So was she running away, or was she taken, or is she even missing at all?
Clare Mayers is almost killed on her way home by a man she describes as having a "dog's head". Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has been commissioned to examine the wealth of Egyptian artifacts amassed by the late Frederick Varley. As the Jackal Man continues to torment the women of Tradmouth, is it a case of history repeating itself? And can Wesley Peterson stop him before it is too late?
1960s. Two half-brothers in an orphanage are seized as hostages by a convicted killer en route to death row. Earl Sheridan is a psychopath of the worst kind, but he has the potential to change the boys' lives forever. As the trio set off on a frenetic escape from the law through California and Texas, the two brothers must come to terms with the ever-growing tide of violence that follows in their wake.
A father's crimes and a son's need for justice pit the two against each other.
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but Stephanie believes that her name is on the killer's list. You'd think this would be item 1 on the priority list, but her family and friends have decided that now would be a good time to finally choose between her Trenton cop Joe Morelli and security expert Ranger.
Former jockey Nicholas Foxton is out for a day at the Grand National races when his friend and co-worker Herb Novak is murdered execution-style right in front of him. Both were independent financial advisors at a firm specializing in extreme-risk investments. Foxton begins to question everything, from how well he knew his friend to how well he understands his employer.
In life, horse-fancier and antiques dealer Glyn Cole caused a heap of trouble - for his girlfriends, his jealous partner and his creditors. His two-year absence from the Berkshire horse community has been something of a relief and his disappearance has been a miracle for one individual in particular: the person who killed him. But now Glyn is back--a record-breaking storm has ripped his corpse from its hiding place. How did he get up there and how did he die? It seems that, even in death, bad boy Glyn is as much trouble as he ever was.
Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose. Did the woman with a murky past kill herself-or was it murder? There is a dying old man and the son he mistreated, a lovely woman, a professional shoplifting ring, a brutal and unscrupulous gangster, a wandering husband, a spoiled kid awash in gambling debts, a lonely and mourning widower, and -- at the center of the web -- an elegant but ruthless businessman.
Bailey Ruth finds her task of saving an endangered woman is complicated by the fact she happens to be one of Bailey's oldest enemies, determined to thwart the ghostly sleuth's good intentions at every turn. Add a fraudulent medium, a mother's heartbreak, and a telltale rawhide dog bone to the cauldron -- and Heaven help her!
The bookstore where Molly Pink works is planning a huge party where the identity of a popular author will be revealed. But before the author appears, another person disappears: the husband of Molly's neighbor. When a suicide note arrives and it seems the husband has jumped off the Catalina ferry, Molly smells something fishy - and she's soon hooked on unraveling another mystery.
Wolf Hadda has risen from humble origins as a woodcutter's son to become a hugely successful entrepreneur. Then suddenly he is thrown into prison and retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes the breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk and under her guidance gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But now that the Woodcutter is back, he wants truth -- and revenge.
Marissa Fordham is dead, but her daughter is found at the crime scene, injured but alive. Now sheriff's detective Tony Mendez and child advocate Anne Leone begin to peel back the layers of Marissa's life. And the shocking truth they discover puts them directly in the sights of a killer with a stunning secret to keep; "because Marissa Fordham never existed..."
Tara Holloway, special agent for the Treasury Department's Criminal Investigations Division, is in hot pursuit of ice-cream vendor Joseph "Joe Cool" Cullen. Along with frozen treats he's selling narcotics - and failing to report his ill-gotten gains on his tax returns. Then there's Michael Gryder, who appears to be operating a Ponzi scheme...with banker Stan Shelton...whose lake house is being landscaped by Brett Ellington...who happens to be dating Tara.
18 authors bring us new Holmes stories: Neil Gaiman, Laura Lippman, Lee Child, Thomas Perry, Colin Cotterill, Alan Bradley, Jan Burke, Phillip Margolin, Margaret Maron, S. J. Rozan, Dana Stabenow, Charles Todd, Jacqueline Winspear and more.
At the Pennyfoot Hotel, Cecily Sinclair Baxter and her staff are hustling and bustling more than ever. Cecily's dear friend Madeline arrives with her new baby and adds a kissing bough to the holiday decorations. But after a footman and a new maid are seen kissing under the bough and turn up dead, the staff is convinced a serial killer is spending the holidays at the Pennyfoot. And when Madeline's baby disappears, Cecily has her hands full desperately trying to find the child. If she doesn't catch this killer in time, everyone's cheer will quickly turn to fear...
The Christmas Angel is a welcome sight during the winter season-but not this year. A killer is afoot in Badger's End, cutting a lock of hair from his victims and sticking a gold angel on their foreheads. Cecily Sinclair Baxter already promised her husband that she'd take a hiatus from sleuthing. But three killings have created a blizzard of bad publicity-and guests are canceling their hotel reservations.
London's annual Chelsea Flower Show is marred by the murder of an American tourist in an apparent random act of violence. But when Scotland Yard's Brock and Kolla investigate, they find that none of the many closed circuit cameras caught the killer's face. Yet the victim, a retired widow traveling with a long time family friend, seems an unlikely target for such an elaborate killing. Then a wealthy Russian oligarch is killed in the garden of his palatial estate not far from the hotel where the murdered tourist was staying.
It's Christmas in rural North Carolina's Colleton County and Judge Deborah Knott is looking forward to a family celebration when a tragedy clouds the holiday season. A beautiful young cheerleader dies in a car crash and the community is devastated by her death. Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant soon learns that her death was not a simple accident, and more lives may be lost unless he and Deborah can discover why she died.
Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are honeymooning in New York City. Deborah has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. Sigrid offers to swing by the apartment where the couple are staying to pick up the box, but when she reaches the apartment, she discovers that it is missing and the doorman has been murdered. Despite their best efforts to enjoy a blissful getaway, Deborah and Dwight soon find that they've teamed up with Sigrid and her team to catch the killer before he strikes again.
A collection of the Railway Detective's first three cases: The Railway Detective, The Excursion Train, and The Railway Viaduct.
1968. Holloman is being silently terrorized by a series of vicious and systematic rapes. When finally one victim finds the courage to speak out and go to the police, the rapist escalates to murder. For Captain Carmine Delmonico, it seems to be a case with no clues.
Literary researcher Harold White becomes a member of the Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars.But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold - using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories - who takes up the search, both for a missing Arthur Conan diary and for the killer.
A collection starring the world's most beloved barrister, including a fragment of a new Rumpole story that Mortimer was working on when he died in January 2009.
Private eye Sharon McCone receives an e-mail asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half brother Darcy Blackhawk. But she can't get a hold of him. Darcy sent his message from an Internet cafe in San Francisco, a city he's never been to before. Searching the city, she is led to the body of a woman at the Palace of Fine Arts, where a witness had told her that Darcy was headed.
Even the bright seaside village of Molena Point has been hit hard by the economic downturn, bringing a rash of foreclosures in which many residents are abandoning their family pets. While feline P. I. Joe Grey's human friends join together to care for the starving cats, a fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless. The body of his alcoholic guardian is discovered in the smoldering ruins, causing Joe to wonder if escape was really impossible for the elderly woman or if something more sinister occurred.
Two women are found murdered in Oslo - both of them have drowned in their own blood. The puncture wounds in the victims' faces have originated from the inside of their mouths. Kaja Solness from Homicide is sent to Hong Kong to track down Harry Hole, the Oslo Police Department's only specialist on serial killings. The severely addicted detective has tried to disappear in the vast, anonymous city. He is on the run and haunted by his last case, the woman he loves, and creditors alike.
After the President's son and daughter are abducted, Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced.
Charlotte's mother Caroline travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula arrived in England. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of a local millionaire, but after the disastrous first read-through of her amateurish script, only the fact that the company is depending on the financial backing for their spring tour keeps them at work. As tempers flare, an enigmatic figure opportunely appears, one Anton Ballin, a theatrical genius.
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE and A CHRISTMAS ODYSSEY in one volume.
At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful. But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.
When the Long Farden village hall is in danger of being destroyed, the citizens form a committee to save it, with the usual grumps and curmudgeons included. But it seems someone opposes the preservation enough to set the historic building on fire. When a dead body turns up in the canal, Insp. Cowgill fears the dispute is only going to get uglier and deadlier. Naturally, he turns to Lois Meade to sort out the culprit before the village hall becomes a funeral hall.
When police swoop down on a home in Eastvale to seize a reported handgun, Patrick Doyle is shot during the confusion. His daughter, housemate to Banks's daughter, Tracy, lets Tracy's boyfriend Erin know about the police raid. When Banks returns home from holiday he finds Tracy missing. And that's not the worst of it.
Clinical psychologist Liz Cooper doesn't believe in ghosts. But when her best friend finds a tarot card tacked to her front door - and is then accused of murder - Liz will have to find a way to embrace the occult if she wants to outwit the real killer.
Representing her Aunt Cissy's fiance, museum curator Prosper White, in a case of fraud, attorney and celestial advocate Brianna Winston-Beaufort hopes to settle the matter out of court. But when Prosper is murdered and Cissy is arrested for the crime, Bree will have to solve the mystery of the Cross of Justinian - an artifact of interest in both Prosper's lawsuit and Bree's celestial case - to clear her aunt's name.
As revenge for his actions in FUN AND GAMES Charlie Hardie has been incarcerated in a secret government facility where they lock up the Zodiac killers, Mansons and bin Ladens. They've made him the warden: he can leave at any time but that means releasing the monsters. But when Hardie realizes he's unwittingly endangered his family, all bets are off.
Bodies are found buried in a cluster that lies on both sides of the border of the Navajo Reservation. Ella Clah works a joint investigation with the New Mexico police. Identifying the dead isn't easy - some had been buried for years. Then one of the bodies turns out to be that of a missing man who was believed to have embezzled funds from his construction firm and suspicions focus on the man's partner.
Four mystery novellas, one each from MaryJanice Davidson, Amy Garvey, Jennifer Apodaca, and Nancy J. Cohen.
Florence, summer 1963. Everyone has left the city when Inspector Bordelli learns that a wealthy Signora has been found dead in her villa. Next to her bed is a glass with traces of her asthma medicine, but the coroner explains that a sudden asthma attack is unlikely to be the cause of death.
Josie Marcus plans to savor sampling the local St. Louis cuisine for a City Eats food tour. But her appetite is ruined at Tillie's Off the Hill Italian Restaurant when another customer is poisoned. Was the victim the real target-or is someone trying to ruin Tillie's reputation? It's up to Josie to find a killer who has no reservations about preparing a dish to die for...
It's Thanksgiving in Weatherford, Texas, and Phyllis is taking her grandson, Bobby, to the first annual Harvest Festival with hopes of winning the baking contest now that her friendly competitor, Carolyn, is judging and not competing. But when a decorative scarecrow turns out to be a dead body in disguise, Phyllis must dish out some justice...
Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay's newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who has come to work on his next book. But when Olivia stops by Plumley's rental she finds that he has been strangled to death. Her instincts tell her that something from the past came back to haunt him, but she never expects that the investigation could spell doom for one of her dearest friends...
Archer's 6th collection of short stories.
Radio shock jock Jack Caramac turns to PI Dan Starkey after his 4 year old son is kidnapped. Dan soon finds himself in the middle of a violent feud between rival drug gangs, pursued by jealous husbands, unscrupulous property developers and vicious killers.
A child has gone missing, and there is a media campaign targeting the cougars that wildlife biologist Sam Westin helped rehabilitate and release. Now she's joining FBI Agent Chase Perez on a search through the high country, hoping to uncover the truth in time to save both the boy and the wild cats.
Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house, and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty. Now she must restore the building-and her reputation-before it's too late.
When Le Guide, France's premier gastronomic bible seems to be failing to whet the appetites of American readers, Monsieur Pamplemousse is tasked with the job of addressing the problem. Though he has the help of his faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites, everything rests on Jay Corby, revered and feared American food critic. However, disaster strikes and Pamplemousse is the only one who can save Le Guide's transatlantic reputation as well as save Corby from the Mob. Once again he can rely on Pommes Frites, though their only lead is some flimsy undergarments.
Serial killer Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. Her face graces magazine covers and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre fan club that celebrates the number of days she's been free. And when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen's trademark heart, the question must be asked: has the Beauty Killer returned to her gruesome ways, or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?
Several people in Portland have drowned in the flooding Willamette River -- or so it is believed until the medical examiner finds they were all murdered. Gretchen, the Beauty Killer, is still locked up, but Archie and his task force can't rest: they have a new serial killer.
Summer of 1927. Young Daphne du Maurier has traveled to Thornleigh Manor to attend the wedding of her good friend, Ellen, who is set to marry her beau, Teddy. Having met in the midst of the chaos and calamity of wartime, the lovers were brutally separated years before by family objections, but have since reunited. But when Teddy is found murdered just after the wedding, and Ellen is accused of the crime, Daphne and the dashing Major Browning must uncover the truth before all is lost.
Explorer Porter Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C. His dig is located in the Sudd, a nearly impassable swamp in northern Sudan, and a series of harrowing and inexplicable occurrences are causing people to fear a centuries-old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan, an investigator of scientific enigmas and historical phenomena, is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions - and alarm.
Dixie is caring for the cat of a prickly old man whose granddaughter shows up with baby in tow. Dixie desperately tries to save this young woman and her infant from murderous con-artists ready to kill in order to hold on to the millions they stole from naive investors. The villains, though, are not run-of-the-mill criminals; they are among the socially prominent movers and shakers in Dixie's town.
DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court. Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
Lucky O'Toole - Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip - thinks it's just another night in Las Vegas. A tractor-trailer has spilled its load of a million honeybees, blocking not only the Strip but the entrance to her hotel... the District Attorney for Clark County - apparently the odd man out of a threesome on the twelfth floor - is hiding in the buff in one of the hotel's laundry rooms... and Numbers Neidermeyer - one of Vegas' less-than-savory oddsmakers - is arguing with Las Vegas' ace private investigator, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock. The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer was tossed into the shark tank at the Mandalay Bay Resort as a snack for the Tiger Shark.
Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections.
Dr. Siri is dragged into one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of a U.S. fighter pilot who went down in the remote northern Lao jungle ten years earlier. The presence of American soldiers in Laos is a hot-button issue for both the Americans and the Lao involved, and the search party includes high-level politicians and scientists. But one member of the party is found dead, setting off a chain of accidents Dr. Siri suspects are not completely accidental.
Rose's perfect world starts to fall apart after her best friend Polly comes to stay with her. Her baby falls dangerously ill and her husband is distracted. It soon appears that once you invite Polly into your home it is very difficult to get her out again.
Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, must help Sheriff Milo Dodge with a series of unsigned letters in which the writer asserts that Larry Petersen, a onetime Alpine resident who has recently died in prison, was wrongfully convicted. The real culprit, the letters declare, has made a deathbed confession of the crime. And if swift action isn't taken to right this alleged perversion of justice there will be another death - most likely Emma's or Milo's.
At the dawn of the new millennium, Finn is a veteran MI6 operative stationed in Moscow. Posing as a trade secretary he has developed a high-level source deep within Putin's Kremlin. Anna, the youngest female colonel in the KGB and the ambitious daughter of one of the former Soviet Union's elite espionage families, has been ordered to spy on Finn and discover the identity of his mole. These adversaries find themselves brought together by an unexpected love. And then Finn uncovers a shocking and ingenious plan--hatched in the depths of the Cold War--to control the European continent and shift the balance of world power.
Abigail Bukula was fifteen when her parents were killed in a massacre of anti-apartheid activists by white security forces. Because a soldier spoke in her defense, she was spared. Now she's a lawyer with the new government, and while she has tried to put the tragedy behind her, she has never forgotten that soldier. So when Leon Lourens walks into her office almost twenty years later with a story of how someone is killing off members of the team who murdered her parents, she turns to Yudel Gordon, an eccentric white prison psychologist, for help.
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she's knee deep in trouble. Her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he's dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a rag-tag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying. Only one other person has seen the missing photo--Stephanie Plum.
Helping friends renovate their summer cabin, Betsy uncovers a human skeleton hidden in the walls. It appears to be the body of a Nazi soldier-perhaps from the WWII POW camp that once operated not far from town. Stitching together the scant evidence, Betsy is determined to solve the murder-no matter how long ago it may have happened.
When the victim of a violent gang rape accuses five premier sportsmen of being her attackers, she has no idea that her suffering has only just begun. It's a scandal that rocked a nation of sports fans. But, in spite of a huge amount of evidence, no one seems to believe the girl. So when Dr. Anya Crichton, with her forensic and sexual assault expertise, is asked to get involved, albeit on behalf of the team's managers, she knows she can't say no.
While performing in the theatrical and religious festival of Corpus Christi Day in Coventry, Joliffe is summoned by Bishop Beaufort to use his skills as a spy to uncover the mysteries of the town's elite. A merchant has gone missing, presumed dead-and members of Joliffe's company are implicated in the crime. To uncover the truth, Joliffe must unravel the devilish machinations of a secret sect of heretics bent on destroying the Church.
1760. Lord John Grey - aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy - finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in "Erse," the tongue favoured by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John, who oversaw Jacobite prisoners when he was governor of Ardsmiur prison, thinks Jamie Fraser may be able to translate - but will he agree to do it? Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead.
With help from Monk's agoraphobic brother, his loyal assistant Natalie tackles her own investigation while Adrian Monk tracks a second-hand couch that seems tied to a series of murders. Following a bloody trail, Natalie and Monk soon end up face-to-face with the most ruthless killer they've ever encountered.
General Charles Ferguson, Commander of the British Prime Minister's private hit squad and adviser to the new president of the United States, has been given a disturbing recording from Afghanistan, on which the murders of American Army Rangers and a British medical team are recorded. About half of the Taliban force voices on the tape are British. One authoritative voice is Irish; code name: Shamrock. Ferguson tasks Sean Dillon with hunting the traitor.
A self-styled Mumbai Brigade has seized a huge emporium outside Minneapolis, taking over the security software as well as the vast building and 1,000 hostages. As the SWAT official argue tactics outside, hostages are herded to an amusement park and the terrorists start to execute their captives. But they don't know that ex-Marine sniper Ray Cruz is in the building.
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers's cutting-edge investigative techniques and impeccable logic are about to be pushed to the limit. Killers are on a bloody murder spree throughout the Northeast, with each crime a model of deadly perfection. With nothing to link the crimes to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet- even as the killers hone their craft with every death...
With the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her lover and soul mate Joe Quinn make a shocking discovery that sheds new light on young Bonnie's abduction and puts Quinn squarely in the crosshairs of danger. Eve's first love, John Gallo, a soldier supposedly killed in the line of duty, is very much alive---and very much a threat.
The famous kid-finder Randall Shane has been taken away by unknown assailants, possibly government agents. His client is dead and a boy known as "the keyboard kid", with some connection to a top secret physics lab, is missing. But the private detective Naomi Nantz and her talented team will find that little boy or die trying.
The body of a man is found hanging from a tree outside of Linkoping, Sweden. The Superintendent Malin Fors, a young mother plagued by personal tragedies, is assigned to the case. Together with colleagues from Linkoping's Violent Crime Squad, she must find the man's identity.
Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjallbacka, Sweden, after her parents' deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. But why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedstrom, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex's childhood.
As the mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae is playing host to twenty North Carolina elected officials attending her first Mayors' Conference Weekend at the Blue Whale Inn. When the body of Mayor Sandi Foxx is discovered the morning after a severe storm, Dae receives a vision through the mayor's ring; that there's a killer among the guests who is as deadly as any hurricane.
NYPD profiler Lee Campbell must confront the demons in his own life and solve the crime: the killer picked up his victim in a Manhattan night club and left her body in a Bronx park. Pale as a ghost. Peaceful in death. Her life has been drained away. Slowly. Methodically. Brilliantly.
Robespierre Pravdin is a black marketeer who prowls Moscow's streets and alleys hustling wristwatches. Wishing only to survive in a city suffocated by paranoia and schizophrenia, Robespierre manages to make a tidy profit and stay under the state's radar-until, one day, he meets the woman called "Mother Russia" and becomes ensnared in the Byzantine and profoundly dangerous game of politics.
On a stormy night, Olivia Greyson and her Yorkie discover the body of a man stabbed to death. It looks suspiciously like the intruder seen fleeing the local health food store The Vegetable Plate. Charlene Critch, owner of The Vegetable Plate, has a grudge against Olivia's cookie cutter shop, but could Charlene be hiding a secret serious enough to kill for?
Bourne's quest to kill a Colombian drug lord is interrupted when he receives an offer to destroy Severus Domnus, a secret international cabal working to influence world events for its own power and financial gain. He learns that Severus Domnus has assigned his longtime ally Boris Karpov the task of killing Bourne.
When second-rate illustrator Ernie MacGuffin's artistic works triple in value following his apparent suicide off the Brooklyn Bridge, Dorothy Parker smells something fishy. Enlisting the help of magician and skeptic Harry Houdini, she goes to a seance held by MacGuffin's mistress, where Ernie's ghostly voice seems hauntingly real...
A prison tomcat has arrived bearing an important message for the local cops from a state prisoner. Joe Grey and his feline pals, smelling a rat, soon discover that the messenger comes with a personal agenda. But that's not the only secret they sniff out. Their new neighbour, Maudie, is hiding something about her son's killer, who has followed her.
Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth are Elites -- they possess super-human strength, extraordinary intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do - they're Elites. But at the moment of reaching his greatest triumph, praised by the President and recognized as a national hero, Hays receives an unbelievable shock that overturns everything he thought was true. He becomes a hunted fugitive, thrown into a life he never dreamed possible - fighting to "save" humans everywhere from extinction.
Lady Arianna's gift of a rare volume of botanical engravings to her husband, the Earl of Saybrook, has something even more rare hidden inside-sensitive government documents which would mark one they hold dear as a traitor of King and country. To unmask the villain, they must root out a cunning conspiracy-armed only with their wits and expertise in chocolate...
Upon his coronation as Pope, Benedict XVI is given an ancient document. It is the first thing a pope reads when he is elected, and holds the Church's most cherished secret-one that it will do anything to protect. But there may be other versions. And it's up to the church's agent, Rafael, to uncover the truth.
Bailey's Farmer's Market is all abuzz with the impending visit of the Central South Carolina Restaurant Association. Becca is quite excited, especially since her parents are visiting. But when the president of the Association vetoes Becca's strawberry preserves, she finds herself reeling from the snub. After pulling herself together, Becca heads home, only to find the president's body in her kitchen and her mother with bloody hands. Now, Becca has to use her sleuthing skills to get her mom out of this terrible jam...before she winds up preserving in prison.
87 year old Sam Dementieff, oldest park rat in Alaska's largest national park, dies and leaves everything to Kate Shugak, including a letter instructing her simply to "find my father." Three days after Kate begins her search through Sam's background, she gets threatened - and worse.
As the new owners of Pettistone's Fine Books, Darla Pettistone is determined to prove herself a worthy successor to her late great-aunt Dee...and equally determined to outwit Hamlet, the smarter-than-thou cat she inherited along with the shop. Darla's first store event is a real coup: the hottest bestselling author of the moment is holding a signing there. But when the author meets an untimely end during the event, it's ruled an accident-until Hamlet digs up a clue that seems to indicate otherwise...
1960s. Mr. Gibbon moves into Miss Ball's rooming house with the chocolate-loving Mrs. Gneiss. Mrs. Gneiss's son Herbie has been drafted, and since Herbie is fighting for his country, Mr. Gibbon, a patriotic veteran of three wars, feels that he too should do something for his country. He persuades Miss Ball and Mrs. Gneiss to join him. They decide to rob the Mount Holly Trust Company because it is managed by a small dark man who is probably a communist. There are some complications.
Three soldiers who survived the horrors of World War I are found murdered in a small Sussex village, all garroted, with small ID discs left in the mouths. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything - his job, his reputation, and even his life - to find answers.
Literary travel agent Delilah Dickinson's latest tour goes to the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. But a group of low-key English professors waste little time drawing their claws, especially when one of them claims he can prove Williams didn't even write Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But when the supposed real author turns up dead, Delilah knows she's got to get to the bottom of things--even if the truth is as dirty as all them lies!
Stone is no stranger to Bel-Air-and to the beautiful and wealthy widow who needs his help to become even wealthier. At stake is the sale of her investment in-and the resulting dissolution of-Hollywood's world-famous Centurion Studios. But when Stone arrives in Bel-Air to finalize the sale, he discovers that one of L.A.'s most rapacious power brokers has Centurion in his sights...