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Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
1870s Russia: Erast Fandorin soon realizes that a wealthy student's suicide in the Alexander Gardens is not simply an open-and-shut case, but instead, the tip of a dramatic global conspiracy with the deadliest of consequences.
Herbalist China Bayles is in Indigo, Texas to teach a workshop. The town is undergoing a renaissance, but if longtime resident Casey Ford sells his profitable mining rights, Indigo will be dead and buried. Someone murders Casey.
Mike McQuaid, the husband of China Bayles, is bored with teaching and becomes a PI. His first case is investigating the manager of a pickle plant, suspected of embezzling. But then his client, the owner of the plant, disappears and it is up to Mike and China to find her.
When small town newpspaper reporter breaks her neck in the middle of the night, it appears to be an accident. But Detective Justin Westwood suspects murder. He is determined to unravel the puzzle but finds that everyone - the cops, the FBI, and one of the strangest professional killing teams ever seen, seem to be one step ahead of him, disposing of witnesses, and setting him up for the fall.
The new Nick Travers mystery, from the author of CROSSROADS BLUES and LEAVIN' TRUNK BLUES. Nick is asked to find legendary soul singer Clyde James, who disappeared in the 60's when his wife and a band member were murdered. The Dixie Mafia, a bombshell grifter, and an Elvis-worshipping hitman force old secrets to surface in the New South.
Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee, is rocked when the heir to a fortune is murdered. The suspect is the victim's former lover, Jazzy Talbot, but Jazzy knows she is innocent. She also knows she is being watched, stalked like prey.
Lochdubh's local reporter and astrologer Elspeth Grant comes to Hamish MacBeth to inform him that three citizens of nearby Stoyre have inexplicably left their village and moved to Lochdubh. What is killing the village of Stoyre? It is not without difficulty that Hamish discovers that a sunken World War I German ship and its cargo of gold bullion may be playing a part.
When word gets out that a giant pharmaceutical company has discovered a cure for AIDS, the stock hits the roof. But then a scientist who worked on the vaccine go missing, and Dublin's Joe Grace is hired to locate him. The quest will take take him deep into Mexico.
Constable Evans hears that the young thug who murdered his father is accused of murder again, but when he meets the boy, he sees a scared young man who may be innocent.
Retiring in Pickax, actress Thelma Thackeray has decided to start a film club and organize a fundraiser revue, starring Koko the cat. The recent death of Thelma's twin brother seems supicious to Jim Quilleran and he needs Koko's help to solve the case.
A dead man dressed like a vicar is propped up against a church wall, clutching the address of an abandoned cottage that has a human skeleton inside. Inspector Witherspoon's only hope is to seek the counsel of his secret weapon, his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries.
Head cryptographer and brilliant mathematician, Susan Fletcher,is called when NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan battles to save the agency, the man she loves, and her life.
When Mrs. Rogers wants to locate her 26-year-old daughter, runaway finder Susan Chase almost refuses. In order to find the missing woman she will have to sort through a sordid heap of jealous lovers, artistic temperaments, drug pushers and lecherous art dealers. But it will get worse as she closes in on the truth, as she's thrown down a flight of stairs, assaulted on her houseboat, and framed for murder.
Eighteen short stories from the author of NINE, FLIGHT, and the Irene Kelly mysteries.
LAPD Sergeant Shane Scully is assigned to find a solution when two elite swat teams, the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau and the ATF's Situation Response Team, go to war.
LAPD's Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. He begins to investigate, becoming aware at the same time of a high profile wiseguy's attempt to control the Hollywood unions. He sets up an elaborate and expensive sting operation, creating a phony production company to produce a bogus movie. But before long things spin out of control and Scully's overbudgeted movie is rocketing into production.
New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand is hosting a late-night "Crop Till You Drop" session when the neighboring antigue shop owner is found dead in the alley. Now Carmela must rearrange the jumble of clues and find the killer.
Amateur sleuth Charlotte LaRue leads a quiet life, reading mystery novels, polishing silver and tidying her clients' homes. Her housecleaning service is booming. When she discovers the barely-cold corpse of a man who supposedly died years ago, she sets out to find the killer.
Sophie Rivers takes a temporary job archiving a collection of memorabilia at her new husband's cricket club. But when it gets out that the collection contains some very valuable items, Sophie and her colleagues become the targets of increasing violence and intimidation.
When a party ends with one of Cally's massage clients strangled with her own necklace, the police suspect the husband. Cally Lazar, alternative healer and crime solver, looks at his aura and knows he's no killer.
An African-American lawyer is forced to defend a white vice detective who is a known racist and prime murder suspect.
Art restorer Leone Fleming, realizing she is being stalked, believes she's the target of wealthy Piers Carlton. The police don't believe her - nor does Jack, Leone's former lover who has returned in time to find her best friend murdered.
Food writer Carolyn Blue gets to challenge her taste-telling skills in Barcelona. When she attends a performance, one of the actors is not acting - she's dead. THe actor is a dead ringer for her friend Roberta and Carolyn finds herself in the middle of this unsavory investigation.
Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is working on a difficult case and her client has something to hide. Meanwhile, her colleague, Detective Mike Chapman is investigating the murder of an 82 year-old woman in Harlem.
Assistant DA Alex Cooper looks into New York's exclusive museum society after the body of a young museum researcher is found in an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.
After an artisan is murdered at the Excelsior, Minnisota art fair, everyone is on pins and needles. It is up to Betsy Devonshire to figure out who had designs on the dead designer.
Adam Cassidy, low level employee of a high-tech corporation, hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he is charged with a crime. He is forced to become a spy in his company's chief competitor. He becomes a real star there, with all the perks. But how can he escape his controllers? Recommended.
As nun Dame Frevisse accompanies a nunnery pupil and her mother home, a family member is suddenly killed under questionable circumstances. Dame Frevisse realizes, as secrets are dragged out into the light, that there is a murderer among them who will not rest until the family legacy has been settled once and for all.
In 1204 A.D. the Fool's Guild, on the run from Pope Innocent III and papal troops, has established a secret guildhall in the Black forest. The guild is involved in a soon to be bloody dispute over the Crown of Denmark.
Private eye Fran Varady finds a nice flat and takes a job at a pizzeria while pursuing her acting. But her new, cozy life is in jeopardy when she runs afoul of a ruthless organization.
Regency, England: Charles Fraser, the fast rising MP and former intelligence agent, and his war bride Melanie, first met in DAUGHTER OF THE GAME, answer a secret summons that pulls them back into the world of intrique that they had lately abandoned.
Jack Ruskin, a mild-mannered and well respected lawyer, cares for his daughter who has been violently attacked by a sexual predator. Jack's anger and rage grows until he decides to take matters into his own hands - but how far will he go to make sure that justice is done?
Philadelphia detective Matt Payne finds himself in the middle of three tough assignments. It'S enough to burn out any cop, but Payne is about to show the bad guys that there's no place to hide from justice.
Jenna Mayerson's ex-husband is murdered the night he confided in her about a suspected conspiracy. With the help of Frank Renaldi, the man hired to protect her ex-husband, she delves into a deeper mystery that sends her into a deadly game of corporate espionage.
As chaperone for the church youth group, Arly must supervise ten hormonally charged teenagers at Camp Pearly Gates, accompanied by the formidable wife of the mayor, the high school shop teacher, and preacher Brother Verber. Things are bad enough without one of the girls stumbling over the body of a white-robed woman with a shaved head.
DCI Pascoe, after three wrongful accusations, is determinated to leave no gravestone unturned to get the goods on the ex-con and aspiring academic Franny Roote. Wield and Bower each have their own projects. Over all this activity broods the huge form of DS Andy Dalziel.
An elite prosecutor faces the most lethal predator she's ever encountered. The inspiration for this debut novel is from the author's own experiences as an Assistant State Attorney.
Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens, nicknamed the "Hard Detective", has been asked to head an inquiry into the prestigious Maximum Crimes Squad, which has been accused of corruption. She will uncover the truth, however unpopular it might make her.
Milo Sturgis seeks the help of Alex Delaware after a promising young artist is found garroted. This murder turns out to be connected to the fatal stabbing of well-known blues guitarist Baby Boy Lee. The case takes a surprising twist when it turns out that the victims were both clients of Alex's ex-lover, Robin Castagna.
Detroit priest Father Robert Koesler's 24th and final mystery begins when a former seminary student is found dead.
Wollie Shelley is dating 40 men in 60 days as research for an upcoming book by author/radio personality Dr. Cookie Lahven when she stumbles over a dead body and is momentarily taken hostage by a charismatic "doctor" on the run from the Mob. Wollie fears her schizophrenic brother, an inmate at a state-run mental hospital, may be involved with the murder, and so she decides to solve the crime on her own.
Sherlock Holmes stories from Hambly, Black, Tremayne, Lupoff and Kurland, among others.
Toby Mundy used to be a spy in Cold War Berlin - now he is a down-at-the-heels tour guide in South Germany. Trouble finds him in the form of old friend and one-time fellow spy Sasha who has found a way to wealth in the form of a mysterious philanthropist named Dimitri. But who is Dimitri and why does his gold pour in from mysterious Middle Eastern bank accounts?
A collection of short stories, including 2 novella-length works.
Chloe is a highly paid escort until she decides to ditch her varied clientele in favour of a steady gig as girlfriend to 84-year-old retired lawyer Tony Paradiso, aka Mr. Paradise. Tony's greatest pleasure is watching tapes of old Wolverine games with Chloe dressed up in a Michigan cheerleader uniform. One night the fun gets out of hand and before it's all over there will be two corpses, two angry hit men, one identity switch, a safe deposit box full of loot up for grabs and homicide detective Frank Delsa to sort it all out.
Lawyer Dismas Hardy is finally on top; he's the fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. The foundations of San Francisco's legal system are shaken to the core when Hardy's case twists and turns to a shocking conclusion.
Defense attorney Dismas Hardy and San Francisco lieutenant Abe Glitsky are forced outside the law and into the fight for their lives. Recommended.
Ethan Decker is a tracker of international fugitives for a highly secret agency of the U.S. government. He becomes a recluse in a remote New Mexico desert after a renegade assassin kills his son ... until a former member of Decker's covert team arrives shepherding two children. She leaves without explanation - only to turn up dead a few miles down the road, killed by the man who murdered Decker's son.
Three days after Dido Hoare sells Tim Curwen a copy of Charles Dickens' THE HAUNTED MAN, he jumps to his death. Worse: his cheque has bounced. When she goes to get her book back she finds that not only is the Dickens gone, but all of Curwen's valuable books and other possessions are missing. Dido enlists the help of her father, a drunken policeman, and a thoroughly unreliable journalist, to follow the trail.
This gritty spot-on urban tale packed with surprises about hip hop singer Tamar Valparaiso is the 53rd in the 87th Precinct series..
Full figured P.I. Savannah Reid is grateful for the wild success and fabulous fashion tips of plus-sized model Cait Connor. When Cait is found dead after months of extreme dieting, everyone assumes the risky regime did her in. At first, it seemed a clear case of dieting run amok until Kameeka Wills, another plus model working and starving, is killed by a hit and run driver while jogging at 4a.m. Savannah's really suspicious and is determined to avenge her curvaceous sisters - even if it means going undercover for the camera.
When Massachusetts Congresswoman Margaret Hurley is killed by a hit-and-run driver, speculation on the "accident" intrigues sharp-minded scientist-turned-crime consultant, Gloria Lamerino. The victim died just before she was to cast a critical vote regarding the government helium reserves.
Charles Blakey is a young black man whose life is crumbling. His parents are dead, he can't find a job, he drinks too much, and he has fallen behind on the mortgage payments on the family home. So when a stranger offers him $50,000 cash to rent out his basement for the summer, he can't say no. The summer begins with the stranger's very particular - and bizarre - set of requirements.
With the tiny Caribbean tourist trap of Union Island looking to declare its independence from the U.S., Greg Grom, president-elect, launches a "Free Union Island" movement. Amongst all the honky-tonks and hee-haws in Dixieland, some weird stuff is happening. Remo Williams is pretty sure that Greg is slipping something into the local brew.
When Colonel George Custard decides to build a glitzy new hotel in Hernia, residents protest the project. Soon after, Colonel Custard is found dead at the PennDutch Inn and Madgalena Yoder must find out who caused Custard's last stand.
A secret project testing a computer-based program to return a pilotless plane back to base nearly ends in disaster, and the developer suspects someone is tampering with the code. Meanwhile a flight that may have intersected its trajectory goes down in the Gulf of Alaska and the FAA claims that the pilot was drunk.
In the wake of a hurricane, a tiny beached skull washes up in front of Detective Louis Kincaid's cottage. Days later, the bullet-ridden body of a woman surfaces on a nearby beach. Sensing a connection between the unidentified woman, who wears a ring carved of bone, and the skull, Louis begins to investigate.
The Da Vinci Codex is a priceless collection of Leonardo's original work - or is it? When Da Vinci scholar, Curtis Davis, discovers that several Codex pages are forgeries, the search for the genuine document is on. Curtis soon finds himself the target of a murderous conspiracy. Ultimate power is the prize for whomever seizes the Da Vinci legacy.
Three Rebus mysteries in one volume: LET IT BLEED, BLACK & BLUE, and THE HANGING GARDEN.
To keep developers off Martha's Vineyard, poet-detective Victoria Trumbull searches for loopholes and finds a patch of endangered cranefly orchids as well as an underhanded lawyer who is pushing up daisies.
York, 1351: one-eyed spy Owen Archer is given the task of protecting William of Wykeham, bishop of Winchester. The family of a local knight blames William for the nobleman's death in a French dungeon despite their offers of ransom.
The 18th novel in the bestselling series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. The enigmatic Irish billionaire Roarke comes to her for help when a trusted employee becomes a suspect in a double homicide. Roarke senses a security threat when it turns out that the computer files of one of the victims were deliberately corrupted.
In the waning days of the Roman Empire, Decius has just been elected to the office of aedile, the lowest rung on the ladder of Roman authority. When Decius's official duties require him to investigate the collapse of a tenement building he ends up unearthing far more than shoddy construction materials.
After a fire consumes two barges moored side by side on an English canal, a body is found on each boat. Inspector Banks determines that the fire was arson. With Annie Cabot he delves into the lives of the victims, one an eccentric artist, the other a young junkie. They are led into a dark world of art forgery and scam artists. Recommended.
Inspector Banks returns home from the Greek islands after reading that the bones of a childhood friend had been dug up in a field not far away from where he disappeared more than 35 years before. He attempts to involve himself in the investigation, as well as taking part in the investigation a few counties away of another, more recently missing teenager. He is troubled by both cases, particularly when each of the female detectives conducting the investigations is threatened.
Melissa Craig's mother, convalescing from surgery in a retirement home, takes up sleuthing after first a dog and then its owner die of poisoning. Melissa must help, concerned for her mother's safety.
This is Hollywood: one sexy producer with attitude, one stalker with a grudge, and one aspiring screen-writer with killer ambitions and you get a studio contract to die for.
Grace Cornish is working on a case when a security camera catches her breaking and entering. To avoid conviction she must help ex-flame Bob Challoner, working for a hush-hush anti-narcotics unit, target a money launderer. She is to be the bait in a trap set up through an escort agency.
A sinister midnight prowler shocks newly widowed Lucy Greene out of grief, plunging her into a harrowing world where nothing makes sense, least of all her scientist husband's so called accidental death. She discovers dangerous secrets about a government-sponsored biological warfare program.
While doing fieldwork in Arizona, artist Jonathan Wilder is drawn into the ruthless business of a human smuggling enterprise that involves "clients" being left in the desert to die. His involvement starts a chain of violence and murder, and when he discovers the shocking identity of the cutthroat ringleader, it may be a secret that he takes to his grave.
From deep within the high security ward of a mental hospital, the Ripper plots revenge against Inspector Zinc Chandler of Special X. When Chandler responds to a bizarre murder at a hotel, the Mountie's search for answers begins with the first Ripper of 1888, the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and the realm of Goths at the World Horror Convention, and leads to the Kingdom of Bones in the cannibal isles of the South Pacific, where Survivor is the game and Chandler is an unwilling contestant.
Amateur sleuth Jolie Wyatt suspects murder when a popular local doctor is found dead after a flash flood wreaks havoc in the Texas town of Purple Sage. When a second body turns up, Jolie's suspicions are confirmed. She wades through the muck to discover the shocking reason for the murders, and uncovers the surprising identity of the killer who wants to send Jolie to her watery grave.
33-year-old cop Rick Broca is caretaking a Hollywood mogul's leisure boat in the Florida Keys when he spots a seaplane in trouble. He rescues American pilot Charles Green, a man who is not what he seems. Rick is drawn into a web of international espionage, political maneuvering, Caribbean voodoo and backroom Hollywood drama.
Soon after anonymous charges are made against him, Presidential candidate Charles Boyd is found dead of an apparent suicide. US attorney C.J. Cady and campaign manager Taylor Ferrari must follow the trail of deception out of Washington to confront an unseen enemy who has the power to change the fate of nations.
Mae West, the Cotton Club, boxing, Irish Street gangs, and the streets of Prohibition New York City appear in the story of Owen "Owney" Madden, the most influential mobster in the 20th century.
Fred Fitch is a man with an extensive collection of fake receipts, phony bills, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets. When Fred inherits a large sum of money from his long lost Uncle Matt, he attracts the wrong attention. Fred Fitch with $300,000 is like a mouse with a sack of catnip.
Alfie Woodard: Special Air Service tracker, Aboriginal spiritual leader, and contract killer for drug lord Jay Burrell, knows how to stalk and torture a victim, and then blend into society without suspicion. Charley Paine, CIA agent, has been hired by his friend Detective Bobby Lee as a forensic photographer to document a gruesome murder scene. Charley returns to the way of the gun and has a fight on the spiritual leader's turf.
France, 1878: young Russian diplomat Erast Fandorin is aboard the luxury cruise ship Leviathan on its maiden crusie to India when he learns that renowned police commissioner "Papa" Gauche is also aboard. Fandorin joins with Gauche in the search for a dangerous murderer among the highly suspicious passengers.
Meg travels with her fiance Michael to a fan convention for "Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle", a cheesy cult TV show on which Michael has a minor role. When the show's dictatorial leading lady is found murdered, the police have plenty of suspects. But Meg doesn't believe they're going to arrest the right one.
Meg Langslow, while working at her brother's office, finds that - no joke - the company's practical joker really IS dead.
Along with two other stranded backpackers, Lori Shepherd seeks refuge from the blizzard of the century in Ladythorne Abbey, fabulous home of the late Lucasta DeClerke. But in the cloisters and passages the mysterious madwoman's presence still lingers - along with the danger posed by an unstable caretaker. And Lori learns of a plot to steal a priceless DeClerke heirloom.
Lori Shepherd accompanies her husband Bill to the reading of a will at the country estate of Earl Elstyn. But a burning topiary, a suspicious maid, family secrets, and threatening notes lead Lori to seek her Aunt Dimity's help in finding who has a grudge against the Elstyns.
Storm Kayama walks into her Honolulu law firm to find her adopted uncle at his desk, dead. She suspects murder. She retreats to the Big Island and takes refuge in the home of her Aunt Maile, a traditional Hawaiian healer and attempts to heal her own childhood wounds and bring justice to her uncle's killer.
Fleeing a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a temporary post as a supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park. Here is where the Lincoln conspirators were held during and after the Civil War. When a boat mysteriously explodes and body parts are discovered, Anna finds crimes of the past and present closing in on her.
Anna Pigeon is working undercover slinging hash in Yosemite Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four seasonal employees have gone missing. Her investigation leads her to a solo hike up a snowy trail to the high country, seeking answers.
The first in a hilarious new mystery series featuring Long Island veterinarian/sleuth Jessica Popper who is investigating a murder that just might land her in the doghouse.
First the townspeople of Lochdubh begin receiving poison pen letters, then the postmistress is found hanging from a rope with a poison pen letter at her feet. Hamish does not believe it to be a suicide.
Mr. & Mrs. Darcy, the joyous newlyweds from Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, are embroiled in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests, the lovely Caroline Bingley. The whole Bingley family seems to be the target of a sinister plot and the Darcys must get answers before Caroline descends into madness.
Attorney Ben Kincaid's latest client is a man facing execution for the massacre of a family. But when the witness who helped convict him - and who Ben thinks perjured himself - turns up dead, only Ben can hunt down the killer who is determined to cover his tracks - with blood.
James Qwilleran and his famous felines, KoKo and Yum Yum, are back for another mystery solving stint when the town bookstore, Smith's, is burned down and the town of Pickax is somewhat off balance.
Susan Chase, lifeguard and runaway finder, takes a job at the Open Blouse. All four of the missing women were strippers, between the ages of twenty and thirty five, and blonde. The only item left for her is to get into a fight with the owner.
San Francisco homicide detective Kate Gillespie is plunged back into a murder case that nearly got her killed during the first investigation. An appearance on Crime Stoppers produces new leads on the killer who escaped into the shadows, leading Kate back into the sordid world of drugs and prostitution.
Lily and Robert Brewster agree to allow a secret meeting to be held on their estate on the eve of the 1932 election. But one of their mystery guests is murdered in his bath, a local grade school teacher goes missing, and a little boy is kidnapped. It begins to look as if there is either underworld activity at work - or possibly a political conspiracy.
When Amy Creighton finds the body of a young man in a mulch pile in Granton, Maine, the 60-year-old editor is stunned. She is quickly pulled into a dandy of a mystery which she is determined to solve.
There's a bad case of spring-cleaning fever going around the New Orlean's garden district. Charlotte LaRue, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Maid for a Day is plenty busy, especially when a simple housecleaning job ends in a grim discovery of human bones in a broken urn --things start to get real dirty real fast.
Holly Winter gets an offer she can't refuse: dog trainer to the Mob. Specifically, teaching an Elkhound to behave. The Elkhound belongs to a wiseguy who has killed so many people even the FBI's lost count.
In South Carolina a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Mariane Larousse, a daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that nobody in his right mind wants to touch - a case deeply rooted in ancient evil - a case that will catapult Detective Charlie Parker into a living nightmare.
Sara Labriola is a married woman haunted by shattering secrets and terrified of the future. Tired of living in fear, Sara does the only thing she can: she makes herself disappear. On the sultry, seductive streets of New York City, Sara will reinvent herself. But six desperate and dangerous men - each with the power to destroy her - are on her trail.
In a garden, a killer has pitchforked to death Arthur "Beans" Jones. Constable Frank Mitchell and Inspector Don Packham find themselves paired together to uncover the real "dirt" surrounding the garden-variety killer.
Autumn 1380: Brother Athelstan is preparing for the Christmas mystery play when the master thief and cunning man known as the Misercord arrives at St. Erconwald's. After a series of murders, the Misercord is arrested, but then found hanging in his cell.
The Emperor Constantine attempts to consolidate power by means of the Christian Church, but a series of inconvenient murders makes it necessary to employ a spy.
Martial artist Connor Burke and his NYPD homicide detective brother Mick must outwit a modern-day ronin (masterless samurai) who is traveling across the country systematically murdering martial arts masters in ritualized combat.
Psychopathic serial killer Serge Storm is obsessed with finding out how his grandfather, a small time bookmaker, died. Was he invovled in the Murph the Surf gem heist? A dozen large diamonds are still missing.
Even on an Italian holiday anthropologist Gideon Oliver and his wife can't seem to get any rest. They are guests of Mrs. Oliver's colleague on an idyllic island. But the padrone's only child, Achille, has been kidnapped and bones have been found.
Amos Walker's problem begins with a simple proposition from a former Hollywood beach bunny concerning a quarter of a million dollars. From there it moves into a bittersweet reunion with his past: his ex-wife suddenly turns up to trap him in an embrace of danger.
After stewing in jail and getting dumped by his pit-bull of a wife, Terry Salz is finally getting his life back together. When a man is knocked off in a trailer park, his drunk soon-to-be ex-wife is caught holding the gun. Terry has to get her off the hook because she may be mean, but she is no killer.
An egotistical director who spent time in prison for murdering a teenage actress decides he is going to make a movie about how he was framed and goes to tabloid reporter Jimmy Gage to publicize his efforts. Gage is sceptical until the director is found dead in his koi pond.
Hannah Swensen discovers one of her famous lemon meringue pies at the scene of a mysterious death. Now it's up to Hannah to turn up the heat. Includes nine original cookie and dessert recipes.
Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's 16 year old daughter Hannah is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, a California Supreme Court justice.
From the author of GUN MONKEYS. When a drug lord's lieutenant from one of St. Louis's toughest ghettos decides it's time to cut out and make a new life for himself, fate delivers the perfect opportunity. But swapping identities with a scholarship kid bound for Eastern Oklahoma University provides its own tough challenges.
Nick's father, a retired archaeologist, refuses to sell the family's Cornwall home after receiving a ridiculously high offer. Only after his father's death will Nick learn the reason.
Based on the TV series. Dr. Mark Sloan and his son Mark are on holiday in Hawaii, when a man they've befriended falls victim to a shark attack. Mark discovers that the victim may have been murdered prior to the shark attack and Dr. Sloan and Mark comb the beaches for a different kind of predator.
Kansas City trial attorney Lou Mason's new murder case embroils him in a dangerous drug and black market baby scam.
London, 1852. In the shadow of the great St. Giles Rookery fallen women attract perfumed West End dandies in a vicious circle of venality, vanity and vice. Correspondent Edmund Whitty believes he has handed the hangman the man responsible for a series of prostitute murders. It is with horror he discovers that despite the arrest of one William Ryan, the killings are continuing.
Mississippi, 1970: after serving nine years of a life sentence for a brutal rape-murder, Danny Padgitt is paroled. He returns to Ford County vowing vengeance against the jury who convicted him.
An anthropologist is pitted against a powerful shaman who becomes Miami's most feared serial killer. Recommended.
On the fifth anniversary after his execution, serial killer Steven Gage's one-time lover, his Death Row lawyer, and a writer who penned a bestseller about him, each receive identical notes. The three women find themselves in the fight of their lives as the killing starts up where it stopped.
Set on the Mississippi Delta. Sarah Booth Delaney works to prove the innocence of an accused murderer while trying to solve the mystery of her own heart.
LA Times reporter Eve Diamond searches for a missing Pasadena teenager who had become caught up in the rough squatter lifestyle of the dregs of Hollywood. When the girl is found dead, Eve follows the clues from the street world of sex and drugs into the upper echelons of LA society. She is irresistably drawn to the brooding son of a Mexican music titan. It is in his world and in the intricate sugar skulls that mark the Mexican "Day of the Dead", that Eve may find the key to unmasking the killer.
Former nun Christine Bennett is in Israel to attend a bar mitzvah when the main participant disappears, turning Christine's vacation into a search for a killer.
New York City tabloid columnist Porter Wren can't resist when the beautiful young widow of a film director asks for his help and is drawn into her dangerous world.
Bretta Solomon has been hired along with a few other River City business owners to put together the town's wedding of the year. But when the landscaper and the hairdresser both die suspiciously on the same day, Bretta senses something sinister.
Death on Demand Bookstore owner Annie Darling is determined to untangle an unholy marriage - even if she has to cross swords with husband Max and to cross paths with a cruelly clever stalker.
New York librarian Catherine Penny moves to a lovely 17th century cottage in the English village of Far Wychwood. It is left to her to investigate when her crusty neighbour George Crocker dies in a fire, and Catherine alone suspects arson.
With Sheriff Bill Gastner retired, Posadas County's new undersheriff, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, must solve the latest murder case in the New Mexico desert--one that has roots on both sides of the border. This is the first book in the series featuring Estelle Reyes-Guzman.
Single mom and filmmaker Ellie Foreman receives a mysterious video of a young woman's gruesome murder. When she investigates, Ellie is horrified that this reel murder is, in fact, real.
Oz Blackstone is enjoying the success of his latest hit movie, but when blackmailers threaten his father with a particularly sleazy scam, the dream begins to turn into a nightmare..
Baldwin Furnhill and Bailiff Simon Puttock are traveling across Europe on a pilgrimage when they come across a girl found raped and murdered on a hillside. They decide to help the locals in their investigation.
In June 1976 a US plane crashes on the remote Black Bank Farm. Out of the flames walks a young Maggie Beck, clutching a baby in her arms. 27 years later, Maggie is dying and in a hospital bed next to her lies Laura Dryden who is emerging from her coma. For the last few days Laura has been listening to Maggie's deathbed ramblings - revealing facts that will blow open the murder story that her husband, Philip Dryden, is covering. Can Laura somehow communicate the shocking secrets to her husband?
Penelope Thornton-McClure manages a Rhode Island bookstore rumored to be haunted. When a best selling author drops dead signing books, the first clue of foul play comes from the store's full-time ghost.
Since Allen Carmichael returned from Vietnam he's worked rescuing children from abusive parents and escorting them to loving homes. His last case is a 12-year-old boy named Jamie who claims his father is going to kill him. But after Allen gets Jamie away, a small plane piloted by the boy's father crashes, leaving debris but no body. Allen must determine whether Jamie's father is dead or alive. Then the question begins to arise whether the father was really the enemy after all.
When the corpse of a teenage girl is discovered on a hillside four months after her disappearance, all evidence points to her boyfriend. But Cork O'Connor is convinced of his innocence. He struggles with small-town bigotry and long-held resentment from his own childhood. And the case takes a bizarre turn when the boyfriend reappears, claiming to have seen a vision of Jesus Christ in Blood Hollow.
Depression-era East Texas. Sunset Jones has just killed her husband, the constable of a small sawmill settlement called Camp Rapture. Everyone is angrily surprised when, thanks to her mother-in-law who own 3/4 of the sawmill, Sunset becomes the new constable and begins investigating murders in which her late husband might be implicated. But the trail leads her into a labyrinth of greed, corruption and unspeakable malice.
Psychologist Kaycee Miller, a specialist in handwriting analysis, finds herself the focus of a deranged kidnapper, consumed by murderous rage. She must use all her skills to stay alive and discover the truth behind the situation.
Amsterdam, 1659: Portugese Jew Miguel Lienzo suddenly loses everything on the world's first commodity exchange. To recover his fortune he enters a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman in a daring plot to corner the market in the new commodity known as "coffee". Recommended.
Happy Harper needs off a Caribbean island quick, so he takes a job from two mafia goons to sail their boat to Miami with a coffin - the contents of which are dubious at best. There he meets Jane Ellen Ashley, a blazing blue-eyed oyster shucker, and there the trouble really rolls in. Recommended.
Michaels is an upper-class "GQ handsome" man who no one would peg as a killer. St. Paul homocide detective Paris Murphy suspects Michaels when several defaced women are found dead with "Michaels' signature". Paris throws herself directly in the way of the psychopath who wants to have her and then kill her.
Upon his Great-Aunt Belle's death, Harrison Black inherits her candle shop. When he suspects foul play, it looks like he is playing with fire as someone wants Harrison to mind his own beeswax.
Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusdades, Hugh discovers his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted by knights in search of a relic worth more than any throne in Europe. Only by taking the role of a jester is he able to infiltrate his enemy's castle where he thinks his wife is captive. There he confronts men more evil than he ever imagined.
Boston, 1865, is the setting for a series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante's Inferno. An elite group of scholars, led by Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, attempts to solve the mystery.
A Washington D. C. drug lord is facing the death penalty, fighting for his life in court while a war wages for control of his territory. Derek Strange is working as an investigator for the accused's legal team, uncertain of his moral position. Even so, he locates a woman whose testimony can forestall execution for his client. Recommended.
Zhong Fong is back in his position as head of Special Investigations for the Shanghai district. When one of the state-run abortion clinics explodes in a ball of fire, a note is found in English. A second clinic is attacked and a second note left: "This blasphemy will stop - the light will come".
From the author of CRITICAL SPACE comes a harrowing tale of deceit and double-cross as one woman meets up with her past. Mim is in free fall - and believes she has hit rock bottom with the first blackout. She's wrong. The photos, invasive and obscene, will turn up all over the internet. Before it can even be determined how they got there, a brutal murder makes it clear that Mim's life is a lie.
1948. Emil Brod is a 22 year old detective, investigating murder for the People's Militia in an Eastern European nation. His first victim is a state songwriter, and there appears to be a political motive. Emil discovers he will get no help from his colleagues in Homicide.
Boston is in the grip of a serial killer known as the Harvester. Homicide counselor Tally Whyte realizes many of the killer's victims are people she knows--and the killer is closing in on her.
The murder of young woman takes rare book expert Claire Reynier into Alburquerque's dark streets, where she must shed light on the shadows of the past.
When Princeton's first female president is strangled, Professor McLeod Delaney must face the administration's stonewalling and a host of shady suspects to discover who placed her highly-esteemed former colleague on permanent sabbatical.
Psychologist Alan Gregory is used to dealing with nightmares. But a brutal, shocking confession locks him into darkness - and forces him to choose between saving himself and saving those who will otherwise end their days pleading for mercy at the hands of a vicious serial killer.
Damon Rourke is combing the seedy back streets of New Orleans in search of a killer. In an abandoned waterfront warehouse the body of a local priest has been found, crucified. But the priest was really a woman whose longstanding masquerade may have contributed to her murder.
A grisly murder of a Seville restraunt tycoon leads police detective Javier Falcon, through interviews and journals, to the seamy side of his father's life. The elder Falcon was a famous painter and, it transpires, connected to the dead tycoon in Tangiers during the Spanish Civil War. Recommended.
Forensic geologist Em Hansen might finnally be falling in love again with FBI agent Jack Sampler. When he doesn't return from a mysterious assignment in Florida, Em believes he is in trouble and must discover the connection between the FBI and the killer dust particles that move invisibly across the Atlantic.
Nick Travers has 24 hours to save the life of a former New Orleans Saints teammate. He must find nearly a million dollars conned from a 15-year-old rap prodigy named Alias before a group of killers and thugs descend on his friend. Recommended.
Boston PI Carlotta Carlyle is hired to track down the blackmailer of a Harvard professor. However, the professor, while not a criminal, does not inspire much loyalty, and when a suspicious death becomes part of the backstory, her sixth sense warns her that the case might be dangerous.
When Cherokee prosecutor Mary Crow tries to rescue her kidnapped goddaughter, she's headed for a showdown with a treacherous killer.
Ed Fagan, the serial killer known as the Night Hunter, has been gone for five years. But now a Dublin newspaper receives a message from Fagan: he's ready to start killing again.
Bernie Rhodenbarr, antiquarian bookseller and gentleman thief, returns. He burglarizes a house and finds a safe full of cash - and for once no dead body. However, a nearby house was also broken into and three people died. The police jail Bernie for the crime, but a good lawyer frees him. However, the criminal community believe that Bernie has something from the house and he's now a target.
A down-on-his-luck screenwriter witnesses his neighbour, a beautiful socialite, bludgeon to death her her lover, a handsome actor. He decides to take this as inspiration for a screenplay and insinuates himself into the police investigation, leading everyone into a Hollywood hall of mirrors where only the most manipulative can survive.
As mayor of the broke New England town of Cobb's Landing, Peggy Jean Turner is thrilled with the idea of doing a Colonial Williamsburg-type makeover of the town. All is going well until the town tart turns up dead.
St. Petersburg, 1917: the eve of revolution. Sandro Ruszky, Chief Investigator of the city police, finds himself investigating the murders of a young couple out on the ice of the frozen river Neva. The dead girl was a nanny at the Imperial Palace, the man an American from Chicago.
Dev Shannon, Santa Barbara's top bounty hunter, searches for a doctor's AWOL family and a poor little rich boy, while fulfilling a personal vendetta to track down his friends' murderer.
Harry Bosch, fed up with LAPD, has retired. But when he rediscovers a startling, unsolved murder among the old case files he's been poring over, he knows he can't rest until he finds the killer, with or without a badge. Recommended.
A band of killers descend upon the small Maine island of Sanctuary driven by one thing: revenge. All that stand in their way are rookie officer Sharon Macy and the island's tall, melancholy policeman Joe Dupree.
Air Force investigator Martin Collins is assigned to the torture-slaying of Major Miles Talbot. He becomes embroiled in a possible hate crime with high-ranking officers and Talbot's own uncle, the leading presidential candidate, as the chief suspects.
In the action-packed sequel to BROKEN WINGS, Jake Donovan is on the trail of two missing persons, one of whom may have weapons secrets - and finds himself in the crosshairs of a terrorist group who will do anything to stop him.
Unemployable retro-punk Daz Croxley lives in urban Leicester. He loots an electronics shop during an inner-city riot and finds a handful of sequentially numbered 20 pound notes. He does not know the significance of his find, but others do. Suddenly his life and the lives of his few real friends are in peril.
Cliff Janeway buys a signed first edition by Sir Richard Burton, but then the book's provenance is cast into doubt. Then an elderly woman comes into his store, claiming to be the rightful owner not just of this Burton book, but of a fabulous lost library of Burton material. Janeway makes her a deathbed promise to find the missing books. And then, when a friend is murdered, possibly because of the Burton, Janeway is given even more motive to pursue the books.
On Vicky Pirrelli's sixth birthday, her father Victor was charged with murdering his mistress. Now ten years later Vicki wants pudgy PI Desiree Shapiro to clear his name.
Jon Soliday is legal counsel to a powerful politician - his childhood best friend - who is running for governor. The two have shared success and undying loyalty. But an anonymous letter hinting at blackmail and a colleague's mysterious death remind them of something else they have in common - a dark secret from the summer of 1979 ... murder.
Rose Tailor is next in line for an AB negative heart, but the President needs a transplant and jumps the queue. Rose's lawyer son Spence steals the heart back and goes on the run from the Secret Service and the FBI. When the President's political opponents learn that terrorists have the heart, they send the CIA to help them out.
Another scrumptious mystery for bakery owner Hannah Swenson when she makes an unappetizing discovery-- Sheriff Grant's body in the dumpster behind the high school where she is teaching her cooking class. As if that were not bad enough, the poor man still has fudge frosting on his shirt from the cupcake she gave him earlier.
Angela Day accepts the tempting deal offered by a reclusive billionaire, even though enemies everywhere have marked the man for death, making Angela a target too. The stakes are raised where she discovers a technology that allows banks to identify the race of online mortgage applicants. Although at first she isn't sure where this new piece fits in, she knows right away that an already dangerous game has suddenly turned deadly.
Author and recovering alcoholic Walter Snow has writer's block - until he meets Clyde Potts and his friend Fox Harris, who break him in with easy, petty cons, eventually upping the ante until the demented duo devise their ultimate prank: sabotaging a huge corporate monster.
The head of the raptor Mafia asks Vincent Rubio to investigate a team of hadrosaurs who are in Miami muscling in on raptor territory. But it's a dangerous business: make a wrong move and your tail gets chopped off.
Toronto shopkeeper Lara McClintoch must sift through the layers of Bangkok society to find a fellow antique dealer - alive or dead.
Jane Lawless arrives at a wedding she is catering to find the guests engaged in various shocking activities. She quickly determines the food has been spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms. Just as the police arrive, the groom takes an unfortunate dive into an empty swimming pool. Jane realizes that she had better find the person responsible or she would be taking the blame.
Benteen County, Kansas. As a blizzard howls down onto Buffalo Springs, Sheriff English is presented with a missing doll and a dead baby - switched. But by whom? And why? The elderly coroner disclaims any knowledge, but seems faintly uneasy, especially when the swastika on the tiny corpse is revealed.
Scotty Bradley finds big trouble when he discovers one of his best clients in front of his Decatur Street apartment, shot through the head, execution style. The lazy days and wild nights of New Orleans have taken on a sinister glow as Scotty finds himself in a desperate race for his life.
The village of Taviscombe is sent reeling when the popular Sidney Middleton dies in a tragic accident. However, it soon becomes apparent that his death was a most deliberate act. Mrs. Malory is dead-set to find out how someone so likeable could have enemies.
It's ice-fishing season in Loon Lake and Doc Osborne is thoroughly hooked. But things heat up when Police Chief Lew Ferris discovers a mystery buried under the icy waters.
David Tennant and Racheil Weiss know far too much about a super-secret scientific project that could change the world forever, and a ruthless NSA team is dispatched to eliminate them. As they run, they finally turn to David's strange dreams for guidance.
Sequel to THE NIGHT BEFORE. A shocking tale of a police detective and journalist, Nikki Gillette, who track a serial killer who buries his victims alive.
Simon Kirby-Jones' reputation as an esteemed author gives him an invitation to Lady Hermione Kinsale's week-long writer's workshop. The famous mystery writer Dorinda Darlington is found dead and the workshop develops into a tension convention.
Photojournalist Alex Graham is at the site in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, where a dam has broken. But she is not just snapping pictures, she is in the mud with a shovel digging for survivors. But she finds more than she bargained for. She becomes a witness to a conspiracy that will stun a nation. But the official story is a cover-up for an unthinkable truth that anyone who threatens to reveal it must be silenced forever.
Denver dry cleaner Mandy Dyer is shocked to learn of a customer's tragic death, the result of a fall down some steps. Two bags of "worthless" old clothing that the victim left Mandy turn out to be filled with clues that pits Mandy against a cold-blooded killer.
Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, must travel to India in search of a missing spy - none other than the famed orphan who inspired Kipling's KIM. But traveling incognito is no easy task for the fair English lady and her notorious spouse.
Successful Titus Cain must make a series of unfortunate investments, totalling $64,000,000. Otherwise one by one his family and friends will be murdered in a seemingly accidental, yet agonizingly slow manner.
Benjamin Weaver (from the Edgar and Macavity Awards-winning A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER) has been convicted for a murder he did not commit. When someone slips him the means for an escape from prison he realizes he has become caught between two forces. His search for the identity of these forces leads him to double-dealings among London dockworkers and connects the plot against him to a looming national election.
Covert-One agent John Smith is enlisted to uncover the truth about a ship from China rumoured to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used for biological weapons by a rogue nation.
Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award, this first novel in the Detective Barry Gilbert mystery series introduces him as an underpaid homicide detective who will not find a quick and tidy solution to the bizarre murder of a stepdaughter of a prominent Toronto politician.
Amanda Jaffe (of WILD JUSTICE) is representing the alleged murderer of a U. S. senator just days before the victim was to become his party's Presidential nominee. Her client claims to have information linking the senator to a mysterious circle of high-ranking judges, public officials and South American drug lords. Recommended.
Li Yan, head of the city's crime squad, must produce quick results on the case of the Beijing Ripper after the results of an autopsy on one of the victims becomes known. And then Li begins to receive messages from the killer.
The third Antonio Burns novel. Special agent Antonio goes from courtroom to the cliffs, from the basest criminal acts to Wyoming's pristine alpine heights after he is given the task of protecting a beautiful prosecutor from a stalker.
Disappearing children - and an artist unhealthily obsessed with embalming.
Prince Eddy, heir to the throne until his purported death in 1892, has been living secretly in Scotland's Glamis castle under an assumed name. But now he's missing. Charles Sheridan and his American wife Kate must find Eddy and clear his name - while keeping his true identity secret.
Thirty years ago a revolutionary group calling itself the Dread Scott Brigade held up the Old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. A bystander, a woman named Emily Gordon, was shot and killed. Thirty years later Spenser is asked by Emily's daughter to find those responsible.
Spenser's client wants to know if her husband is cheating on her. His investigation uncovers a strange, perhaps illegal, brand of sex therapy touted by a radio talk-show host. But then a murder at the husband's company brings corporate corruption into the picture.
Third in the Women's Murder Club series. The group of San Francisco women are looking for a group of political terrorists who style themselves the August Spies and who are using violence. The upcoming economic summit is almost surely a target.
Two brothers, Derek and Dennis Strange, are engulfed in the chaos of 1968 Washington, D.C. Straight arrow Derek tries to be there for Dennis, but no amount of brotherly love can save Dennis from Alvin Jones, a local drug dealer who draws him into his web.
A brilliant female scientist on the verge of a remarkable discovery in psychiatric medicine, a troubled cop with a terrifying secret, and a serial killer with plans for both of them. It begins with the killer's escape from a mental hospital and ends in places darker than anyone's dared to go before.
Chadwick is teaching at a tough-love school for wayward teenagers, still recovering from the loss of his career, marriage, and daughter. But when he's asked to kidnap the girl who witnessed his daughter's suicide ten years ago, past and present collide to open the vicious scars of memory.
Montreal investigative journalist Francis Delaney agrees to help the niece of an old Polish man who died under mysterious circumstances. The case seems to revolve around the fate of Polish art treasures secretly shipped to Canada at the beginning of World War II.
When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi river, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her American husband David Stark are dispatched to investigate. On behalf of the National Relics Bureau, David attempts to discover who stole from the site an artifact with enormous historical and political significance.
History professor Simon Shaw heads to the North Carolina mountains to find evidence to exonerate Roy Freedman from a crime he did not commit 40 years ago. Why would Roy confess to a crime he did not commit?
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon comes to Vienna, apparently to authenticate a painting, but really driven by a need to find the truth about the unnamed man who brutalized his mother during the Death March from Auschwitz. As he investigates, each layer he strips away reveals a greater evil.
The writer Benjamin Stern entered his flat to see a man standing there, leafing through his research, and said "Who the hell are you?" In response, the man shot him. Mossad agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon attempts to track the killer as a new Pope vows to uncover the truth about the Church's response to the Holocaust.
Precious Ramotswe's assistant, Mma Makutsi, wants a husband and needs help with her idea to open the Kalahari Typing School For Men.
A hustler is beaten by a cop. Two days later he's found slain. All John Deal has to go on are the rumours of the man's connection to a 70-year-old tale of piracy, murder, and greed.
Ex-state trooper Harry Rane is asked by an old buddy to help gain more time to repay a $50,000 loan to a Jersey crime boss. The only hitch is that the mobster is married to a gorgeous lady who once fell hard for Harry--now, Harry's chances of staying alive are a million to one.
A disillusioned US Ranger takes a job with an arms manufacturer and uncovers a conspiracy that reaches from the killing fields of West Africa into the upper echelons of the Pentagon. He will need all his skills to survive the perilous position in which he finds himself.
Boston attorney Brady Coyne has been dating Evie for less than a year when a stalker from her past turns up to torment her anew. When the stalker is found dead and Evie disappears, Brady realizes just how little he knows about Evie's life - now he must delve into the past.
1962. Deputy Sheriff Pennington (of THE WHEAT FIELD) is now suspected of a vicious double homicide. But Pennington suspects an old wartime nemesis - the Nazi SS colonel known as "The Wolf" - who vanished after the war.
How does the murder of a Navajo cop during a break-in robbery connect to a proposal to build a Navajo owned nuclear power plant on the Rez? The subsequent deaths of people opposed to the nuclear project has Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah wondering why wealthy businessmen are murdering the opposition instead of buying them off.
The bodies of young girls are turning up - piece by piece. The ghastly mementos are being delivered to Detective Lucas Stonecoat and Dr. Meredyth Sanger, signaling the beginning of a gruesome game. But who's playing it? Why? And how far will it go?
For seven years, month by month, Josh Redmont has received a cheque for $1000 issued by "United States Agent". He has no idea why. Now, on his way to meet his wife and children for a summer vacation, he is approached by a smiling stranger who says, "I am from United States Agent. You are now active." Recommended.
Bunny girl Alice Jones meets Lenny, one half of a brilliant comic duo in 1967. Their love affair ends when the comedian hangs himself. In 1976 Alice is leading a reclusive life in an Oxfordshire farmhouse when Lenny's partner Jack turns up. She realizes that the comedian is distressed and has been drinking heavily. At the same time, a car containing human remains is fished out of a Wiltshire lake...
Susan and Jed Henshaw and their friends Kathleen and Jerry Gordon are vacationing at a tiny Caribbean resort when a gorgeous unattached blonde turns up murdered. The police do not believe it is coincidence when they find out that the victim is the once-frumpy sister of Jerry's first wife, and well-known to both Jerry and the Henshaws.