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After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte's customers turns up dead, there's much ado about murder...
Audrey's creations are to be featured on a wedding reality show. The episode is about a bride who is bonkers for bells, and Audrey's bouquets of campanulas, calla lilies, and Bells-of-Ireland are perfect for the bridal theme. But her ex, Brad, shows up as a crew member on the show, threatening her blossoming relationship with Nick the baker. To make matters worse, when one of the show's hosts is found dead in the bell tower of a historic church, all the evidence points toward Brad.
When Sergeant Gunnhildur Gisladottir of the local police force is called in to investigate the death of a man found tied to a bed in one of Reykjavik's nicest hotels, she finds no sign of criminal activity but suspects there may be more to the case than meets the eye. Could the death of the shipowner be related to a local gangster's recent return to Iceland after many years abroad?
Any garment Harlow stitches together has the power to grant the deepest desire of whomever wears it. So when she's asked to sew aprons for a local women's group, Harlow must get to know each member. First up is Delta Lee Mobley, who doesn't care much for Harlow's family - or anyone else in Bliss, for that matter. But the day after Harlow delivers her apron, Delta's body is discovered in the cemetery.
Molly takes her infant son to Paris after a gang threatens to retaliate against Daniel's family. She is to stay with her art student friends Sid and Gus, but they are nowhere to be found when she gets there. Her search, from extravagant salons to the dingy cafes where starving artists linger over coffee and loud philosophical debates brings her eventually to a dead body.
1951. 11 year old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train's arrival Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic of the de Luce's crumbling estate manor, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself.
12-year-old Flavia de Luce has been shipped off to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. The sun has not yet risen on her first day in captivity when a charred and mummified body tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Now, while attending classes, making friends (and enemies), and assessing the school's stern headmistress and faculty (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is on the hunt for the victim's identity and time of death, as well as suspects, motives, and means. Rumours swirl that Miss Bodycote's is haunted, and that several girls have disappeared without a trace.
The corpse of the museum curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia is found flayed in his office. The corpse of an archivist at a library in Trondheim Norway is found inside a locked vault used to store delicate and rare books. Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, somehow connected to a sixteenth century palimpsest book - The Book of John - which appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin.
When Maxine Revere, now an investigative reporter with her own TV show, was a high school senior, a close friend was strangled and another, Kevin, was accused of the crime. Max stood by Kevin - until she found out he lied about his alibi. Though his guilt was never proven, their relationship crumbled from the strain of too many secrets. But that was years ago...and now Max is home for Kevin's funeral. Did he kill himself after years of drug abuse - or did someone else do the deed?
1870s Sicily. Eugenio Bortuzzi has been named Prefect for Vigata, a regional representative from the Italian government to oversee the town. But the rowdy and unruly Sicilians don't care much for this rather pompous mainlander nor the mediocre opera he's hell-bent on producing in their new municipal theater. "The Brewer of Preston," it's called, and the Vigatese are revving up to wreak havoc on the performance's opening night.
When Maddy's cheating ex-husband Grant shows up in Timber Ridge, North Carolina hoping to win Maddy back, Eleanor is happy to see her sister swiftly show him the door. But they both know Grant isn't done yet, especially when he picks a fight with Maddy's fiance Bob in front of the whole town. Naturally, when Grant is later found stabbed in the heart with a barbeque skewer, Bob becomes the focus of the police chief's suspicions.
Arabella Beaumont's latest venture, transforming a London hotel into a social club for courtesans, requires her featherbrained friend Constance Worthington to repay the fortune she owes her. And now that Constance has a wealthy protector, Pigeon Pollard, she's finally good for the cash. Alas, the imprudent Constance has also been dallying with Lady Ribbonhat's footman, and a mysterious blackmailer is threatening to tell all. If Constance pays up, there will be no money left for Arabella's renovations; if she doesn't, the cuckolded Pigeon is bound to leave her penniless. But as the case escalates rapidly from extortion to murder, Arabella's life, as well as her fortune, hangs precariously in the balance.
After his niece and her fiance are brutally murdered, retired Army Ranger John "Doc" Holliday vows to avenge their deaths and finish their work by finding a long-lost Dead Sea Scroll. But in doing so, he stumbles upon a conspiracy linking the Catholic Church to an illicit art forgery operation involving the Nazis.
England is at war with Spain, and Queen Elizabeth's court is torn apart by brutal rivalries among ambitious young courtiers. The inimitable investigator John Shakespeare is dragged from retirement to work for the Earl of Essex, the queen's favourite. His mission is to unravel the mystery behind the doomed Roanoke colony in North America, but instead, he uncovers a plot to kill the aging queen.
Quarry is a professional. He kills when he's paid to kill, and he's very good at it. No one has ever tagged him for one of his crimes. But when a lovely young woman catches him in the act and uses video she shot to force him to carry out a hit for her, Quarry faces a difficult choice: give in to blackmail, or try to take down his beautiful blackmailer?
An angry resident has purchased Stella's cabin, and - with a bulldozer in tow - is ready to tear it down. But as Stella, now full-time fire chief of Sweet Pepper, worries over the fate of her home and Eric, her ghostly roommate, there's soon an even greater cause for alarm. A suspicious house fire in the pricey Sunset Beach community at Sweet Pepper Lake claims the life of ex-state representative Barney Falk.
Inspector John Carlyle discovers a disoriented girl in a park near Buckingham Palace. His hunt for her identity takes him from Ukrainian gangsters in North London to the lower reaches of the British aristocracy. Soon the inspector is on the trail of a child-trafficking ring that stretches from Kiev to London, even to the palace itself.
February, 1381. London lies frozen in the grip of one of the bitterest winters on record. The ever-rising taxes demanded by the Regent, John of Gaunt, are causing increasing resentment among the city's poor. When the seething unrest boils over into a bloody massacre at a splendid Southwark tavern, The Candle Flame, in which nine people, including Gaunt's tax collectors, their military escort and the prostitutes entertaining them, are brutally murdered, the furious Regent orders Brother Athelstan to get to the bottom of the matter.
When Krissie becomes pregnant after a fling and Sarah can't seem to conceive, things get a little tense between these best friends. What starts as a much needed break to get their friendship back in order, soon becomes a nightmare of sexual tension, murder and mayhem.
When she starts her new job as a parole officer, Krissie is happy and in love. Then she meets convicted murderer Jeremy, and begins to believe he may be innocent. Her growing obsession with his case threatens to jeopardise everything - her job, her relationship and her life.
When forensic pathologist Dr. Anya Crichton finds a dead child covered in blood and stuffed into a toy box, her thoughts immediately turn to murder. Then the post mortem reveals that the girl died from a deadly bacterial infection brought on by food poisoning. But does that mean Anya can rule out foul play? As the deaths pile up, Anya's search leads her to an old murder case, and soon it becomes clear that her own family is closer to danger than ever before.
Every year a ceremony is held in Norwich for the bodies in the paupers' graves: the service for the Outcast Dead. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has a particular interest in this year's proceedings. Her recent dig at Norwich Castle turned up the body of the notorious Mother Hook, who was hanged in 1867 for murdering five children. Now Ruth is the reluctant star of a TV special, working alongside the program's alluring history expert, Dr. Frank Barker. Meanwhile, DCI Harry Nelson is immersed in the case of three children found dead in their home when another child is abducted. A kidnapper dubbed the Childminder claims responsibility, but is the Childminder behind the deaths too?
A woman's body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and star prosecutor Abe Beckham is called upon to monitor the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call "Cutter" because his brutal methods hark back to Florida's dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun. But when Angelina, Abe's wife, goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself under suspicion. His closest friends, family, professional colleagues, and the media no longer trust his motives.
With her husband, Spiro, inexplicably gone for days, Georgie jumps at the chance to take a boating excursion on the St. Lawrence River with her friend Keith Morgan. But their idyll is quickly ruined when they discover the body of rival restaurant owner Domenic "Big Dom" DiTomasso floating in the water. When the police start asking questions, it doesn't help that Spiro can't be found - and with Georgie on their suspect list, it's up to her to find her missing husband and find out who killed Big Dom.
The deceased is antiques expert Rowland Egerton, the darling of daytime TV, stabbed to death in his luxurious West London home. The press are going to be all over this one like a nasty rash. The pressure is on Slider for a result, and soon. Egerton's partner, the bulky, granite-faced John Lavender, found the body; did he also do the deed? Or was it a burglary gone wrong? A missing Faberge box and Impressionist painting point that way. But as Slider and his team investigate, none of the facts seem to fit.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, stopping at the same signal every day, and seeing the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared. Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds the chief suspect in the case.
18 years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine's best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme was left at the scene, a nursery rhyme that claimed Evelyn was also an intended victim. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie's abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work?
3 years ago Anneliese Vos, 16-year-old daughter of Amsterdam detective, Pieter Vos, disappeared in mysterious circumstances. His desperate search for her failed and resulted in his departure from the police force. Now Laura Bakker, a misfit trainee detective from the provinces, comes to tell him that Katja Prins, daughter of an important local politician, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese.
On a dark summer night, two Chechen mercenaries emerge from the waters off Nantucket to kill a high-value target, the former president of the United States, Jake Cazalet. Unfortunately for them, Cazalet has guests with him, including black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero Captain Sara Gideon. The Chechens do not survive the night, but Dillon is curious as to how they even got on the island.
An eminent Iranian scientist has made a startling breakthrough in nuclear weapons research, but he can't stand the thought of his regime owning the bomb. He would run if he could, but if he does, his family dies. It is up to Sean Dillon and the Prime Minister's private army to think of a plan. Their newest member, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon, thinks there just might be a way to pull it off. But plans have a way of going awry. And as the operation races from Paris and Syria to Iran and the Saudi Arabian desert, the only certainty is that blood will be spilled.
Days after the encounter between Holmes and Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, New York Pinkerton detective Frederick Chase arrives in Europe. Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones must forge a path through the darkest corners of England's capital - from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the London Docks - in pursuit of a sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty's successor.
Bob Lee Swagger joins a journalist in tracking down the legendary Ludmilla "Mili" Petrova, a sniper who was once the most hunted woman on earth, having raised the fury of two of the most powerful leaders on either side of World War II: Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. The more Swagger learns about Mili's last mission, the more he's convinced her disappearance was no accident - but why would the Russian government go to such lengths to erase the existence of one of their own decorated soldiers?
Cami and her friend - coffee shop owner Alice "Pinky" Nelson - are hosting a snow globe making class. After the flurry of activity has ended and everyone has gone off with their own handmade snow globes, Cami spots a new globe left behind on a shelf, featuring an odd tableau - a man sleeping on a park bench. On her way home, she drifts through the town park and is shaken to come upon the scene from the globe - a man sitting on a bench. But he isn't sleeping - he has a knife in his back.
Due to a government sequester, entertaining at the White House has been severely curtailed. So executive chef Olivia Paras is delighted to hear that plans are still on to welcome a presidential candidate from the country of Saardisca - the first woman to run for office - and four of that nation's top chefs. But while leading the chefs on a kitchen tour, pastry chef Marcel passes out suddenly - and later claims he was drugged. When one of the visiting chefs collapses and dies, it's clear someone has infiltrated the White House with ill intent.
Sisters Lucinda and Ricarda Ricardo - better known as Lucy and Rikki - are at each other's throats over the family business, Roble Foods. Lucy wants to sell and Rikki is against it. Rikki asks Emma to contact their deceased father, Felix, to help her convince Lucy not to sell. But the ghost of Felix Ricardo has his own bombshell to drop - his death was not an accident, and Rikki's life may be in danger if the girls don't sell. Now it's up to Emma and Granny Apples to chip away at the mystery and stop a killer from double dipping in death...
An incarcerated juvenile offender is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds' fiance and the man who helped put the teen in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out - Ali's good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.
Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, aspiring journalist Dana Pierson joined the hordes of young people traveling to Eastern Europe to be a part of history. There, she and her best friend were swept up in the excitement of the revolution. Now, 20 years later, Dana returns to Prague to reconnect with her old confidant, who never left the city. But the visit that was reserved for healing intimacies and giddy reminiscences is marred by a strange death in one of Prague's most famous churches - and an even more peculiar mystery surrounding it...
Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help - even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a 3 year old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too.
Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish fiance, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen's police headquarters. That night, the frozen, tortured body of Michael, the ex-fiance, is found in a car, and the manhunt for Natasha escalates. Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive fiance more than once, and just can't see the young Ukrainian mother as a vicious killer.
The killer known only as the Big Bad Wolf has targeted three different women -- they have nothing in common but their red hair -- sending them letters in the mail. The Reds spend every waking moment in fear as the Wolf stalks them, biding his time, searching for the perfect opportunity to complete his master plan. But the one thing this devious killer didn't count on was the Reds discovering each other.
Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and he begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he's been snared in a toxic web of pathology.
Fort Worth police officer Megan and her K9 partner Brigit are given rodeo duty. A thief is working the circuit, a young Texas golddigger who steals from the rich to give to the poor - namely, herself. With Brigit hot on the trail, Megan has to juggle her on-again off-again reputation in the FWPD with her on-again off-again relationship with sexy bomb-squader Seth Rutledge. This time, Megan is determined to rope in her suspect and her man...before chaos, and/or her trusted furry partner, is unleashed.
Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death - which looks like an accident - doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995. And if that's true, any number of people could have had reason to help him to his death.
The normally composed Carlene is unusually angry and rattled one night during a book group discussion and dies after drinking cyanide-spiked tea. Despite the suicide note, her friend Hazel is skeptical. Moreover, Carlene was married to Hazel's ex-husband, and Hazel has always suspected there might be something more to her past than she let on. Hazel begins a search for the truth that produces no shortage of motives, as she unearths the past that Carlene took great pains to hide. And most of those motives belong to the members of her very own book group...
Marriage is a prison for Kelly. Her controlling and manipulative husband Christos tracks her every move. If she runs, he'll make sure she never sees her children again. Christos has a mistress, Sylvie, keen to pander to his every whim and even keener to step into Kelly's shoes. Kelly thinks it's stalemate for their twisted threesome, but one of Christos's container ships is about to dock in London with a secret cargo that will change all their lives forever.
When M. J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, "Ghoul Getters" and visit her family home in Valdosta, Georgia, they find her father, Montgomery Holliday, and his new fiancee, Christine, dealing with a big problem in the form of the antebellum mansion she is having renovated. After a series of strange accidents, the work crew is convinced the place is cursed. M. J. and her pals agree to find out if they're really dealing with some spirited saboteurs and a possessed plantation home.
Everyone is amazed when Miss Amelia Blanchard's Heavenly Texas Pecan Caviar doesn't even place in the "Most Original Pecan Treat" contest at the Ag Fair - and even more shocked when one of the judges, Pastor Jenkins, keels over dead, right after taking a second taste of Miss Amelia's food. No one in town truly believes that Amelia would even hurt a fly, but all the evidence points to poor Pastor Jenkins' death being caused by poison in the caviar.
When a new murder case hits Camille Verhoeven's desk, the press has a field day, taking particular pleasure in putting Verhoeven under the media spotlight (and revealing uncomfortable details of his personal life). Then Verhoeven makes a breakthrough discovery. The murders are modeled after the exploits of serial killers from classic works of crime fiction. Then his wife Irene is kidnapped.With time running out, Verhoeven realizes that all along he's been the unwitting dupe in The Novelist's plans to create an original work of his own.
When Jaine lands a job writing web copy and brochures for matchmaker Joy Amoroso, she's excited for a chance to help the lovelorn just in time for Valentine's Day - until she realizes what "Dates of Joy" is really all about. Joy is a ruthless taskmaster who screams at her employees for the smallest infractions, pads her website with pictures of professional models posing as clients, and offers up convincing-but-empty promises of love in exchange for inordinate sums of money.
Jason Bourne is kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker by an infamous terrorist named El Ghadan ("Tomorrow"). El Ghadan holds as his captive Soraya Moore, former co-director of Treadstone, and a close friend to Bourne, along with her two year old daughter. El Ghadan demands that Bourne kill the President of the US. If Bourne refuses, Soraya and her daughter will die.
One mistake can cost you everything... When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a "development opportunity" out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing - catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal. Then a little girl's body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt.
A collection of stories featuring the Railway Detective, Inspector Colbeck.
While swimming in a local quarry, Rachel and her cousin Mary Aaron discover the body of an Amish girl, fully clothed in her white bonnet, floating face down in the water. The drowned young woman, Beth Glick, had left Stone Mill and her Old Order Amish life a year ago, causing her to be shunned by her family and her people. But if Beth had joined the English world, why was she found dressed in Amish clothing and strangled?
For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee. Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, unsure of the dark secrets her suitor might be concealing, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom. With the threat of a tong war hanging over the city (a war perhaps being spurred on by corrupt officials), Carpenter and Quincannon have no time to lose in solving their cases.
A popular television host is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives, barely, and is able to supply only vague hints to the police, having to do with her recent investigations into an organization whose members are from the highest echelons of society, and the potential uncovering of a shocking history they'd prefer to keep from the public eye. Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well.
Edinburgh is horrified by a series of bloody killings - deaths for which there seems to be no rhyme or reason. But Tony McLean, a newly appointed detective inspector in the police, is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the ceremonial killing of a girl 60 years ago. It is an irrational, almost supernatural theory, and one that will lead McLean closer to a terrifying and ancient evil...
Ten years, ten women. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancee. On that occasion, the Christmas Killer made a mistake. McLean found a torture chamber in a cellar beneath a shop and put an end to his brutal killing spree. Twelve years later and the incarcerated Christmas Killer is murdered by a fellow prisoner. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. Is this a copycat killer, or was the wrong man behind bars all this time?
Detective Michael Bennett is the only U.S. official ever to succeed in putting crime lord Manuel Perrine behind bars. But now Perrine is out-and vows to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him. Soon Perrine begins a campaign of assassinations, brazenly slaughtering powerful individuals across the country. The FBI has no clue where Perrine is hiding or how he is orchestrating his attacks. It is forced to ask Bennett to risk it all-his career, his family, his own life-to fight Perrine's war on America.
Atbara, Sudan, 1913. A visiting Pasha from the Royal Household insists that the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Khedive's Secret Police, escort him on his return train journey to Cairo, for protection. The train is stranded in the desert following a sandstorm. With the help of English schoolboy Jamie Nicholson, the Mamur Zapt pursues his investigations, convinced that at least one of his fellow passengers has a secret to hide. And what was the Pasha really doing in that remote corner of the Sudan?
His first collection of stories.
One morning Jane finds all eight Seneca clan mothers parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him.
When a newspaper delivery boy finds a 68 year-old alcoholic lying dead in his apartment - beaten with a saucepan lid and hammer, and then strangled - everyone expects an open-and-shut murder case, everyone that is but Hawaiian-shirt clad Detective Backstrom who has been assigned to lead the investigation team. When the newspaper boy goes missing Backstrom's suspicions are proven correct, giving his irrepressible mix of luck and laziness a chance to save the day, while managing to upset nearly everyone in the process.
In the aftermath of the Ripper murders a new monster appears, dubbed the Torso Killer for his habit of leaving behind neatly wrapped parcels of his victims' body parts, minus the heads. Police surgeon Dr Thomas Bond has lost the power to sleep and grows increasingly dependent on opium. During his nightly tours of London's underbelly in search of the drug, he encounters a mysterious Jesuit priest with unnatural theories about the killer. The doctor at first rejects the strange priest's theories as an affront to scientific thought, but over time he begins to succumb to the belief there might be some awful truth to the Jesuit's ideas.
As a fund-raiser to save a 200 year old farmhouse and stop an ambitious developer, the ladies of the Historical Society of Millbury, Pennsylvania, are producing a Hunky Men of Millbury calendar. But after Daisy's close friend Cyril doesn't show up for his photo shoot and the calendar photographer is found dead, it's beginning to look like the days may be numbered for the men of Millbury.
An exhibition of vintage Sherlock Holmes letters has opened at the Marylebone Hotel. As Reggie and his beloved Laura embark on a pre-wedding trip, someone from Reggie and Nigel's past - someone whom they thought was long gone - reappears, causing a whole slew of new problems for the brothers.
Marnie Logan's husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. She can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is worried by her state of mind and her reluctance to talk about the past. And that's even before he discovers Daniel's Big Red Book. It began as a celebration of Marnie's life - but the story it tells is not what anyone expects.
Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his partner, military working dog Kane, are recruited by Sigma Force to extract a Russian pharmaceutical magnate from Siberia. The man holds the biological key to a new weapon system, a danger engineered from the ancient past to terrorize the modern world. Tucker and Kane must piece together a mystery going back to the origins of life on Earth - before the ancient peril can destroy the heartland of America, and with it, the world.
Deli owner Gwen "Nashville" Katz has certainly had some very un-Kosher experiences since her move from New York--dead customers, dead street musicians, dead deliverymen. Sometimes the country music capital of the world feels more like a cemetery. But Gwen is finally knocked flat on her tuchas when a van comes plunging through her roof, causing an explosion and barricading her inside with her employees and Nashville mayoral candidate Tootsie Pearl. Was this an attack on the mayoral hopeful, or a war against Gwen herself? With her deli in shambles, Katz is hot to grill the putz responsible for turning deli into a culinary nightmare.
As an investigative reporter working on the Mexican drug cartels, Jennifer's brother Jack Cahill has been kidnapped. Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much more insidious than illegal drug trafficking - the cartel that put a target on Jack's back has discovered a GPS hack with the power to effectively debilitate the United States.
Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko have reunited to take on the case of the brutal murder of Eva Louts, a promising graduate student who was killed while working at a primate research centre outside Paris. What was Eva secretly researching? Was she tracking three fanatical scientists who control a 30,000 year old virus with plans to unleash it into the world?
June, 1914. Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. To the north a Scottish Highlander shows his dear girl the house he will build for her in September. And back in England, a son awaits the undertaker in the wake of his widowed mother's death. This death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world.
A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it is unbelievable. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Inspector Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.
A veteran of the Resistance dies, and among his possessions are documents that connect him to a notorious train robbery. A former British spymaster's estate is burglarized, the latest in a spree of expert thefts. An academic's home is broken into just as she is finishing a revelatory book on France's nuclear defense program. An antiques dealer is found brutally murdered, and his former lover - the number one suspect - is on the run. It's just another summer in St. Denis for Bruno.
Trixie Matkowski is helping her friend - Antoinette Chloe Brown, or ACB for short - open a drive-in movie theater in the vacant lot beside her diner. It's just the thing to take ACB's mind off Nick, her missing biker beau. But their plans are fried after Nick's body is discovered during the groundbreaking for the drive-in. And when the police connect the murder weapon to ACB, she becomes the prime suspect in eighty-sixing Nick.
Beautiful Alyshia D'Cruz has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night she takes the wrong cab home. Alyshia's father hires Charles Boxer, an expert in high-stakes kidnap resolution who knows all about the tycoon's colourful career. But despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash, instead favouring a cruel and lethal game. To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters and London's homegrown crimelords.
Trying to rebuild a relationship with Amy, his teenage daughter, hasn't been easy. But Charlie Boxer only realizes just how wrong things have gone when he finds her empty room and a note: You will never find me. Having spent years working to track down kidnap victims, Charlie knows that sometimes, the missing don't want to be found. And he knows the hell it brings for families - the vanished are neither dead or alive, but simply gone. Worse still, Charlie Boxer knows how quickly a life can fall apart once you're living under the radar.
Stone Barrington is faced with a new challenge: an underhanded foe who is determined to wreak havoc at any cost. Meanwhile, when Stone finds himself responsible for distributing the estate of a respected friend and mentor, the process unearths secrets that range from merely surprising to outright alarming. And when a lethal beauty from Stone's past resurfaces, there's no telling what chaos will follow in her wake...
Cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette is planning her wedding to artisanal cheese farmer Jordan Pace. But when someone is murdered on Jordan's farm, the wedding is postponed, and Charlotte is determined to make the killer pay for his crime - and for ruining her wedding plans!
To avenge a murdered friend, Sam Capra goes undercover into the Varelas, one of Miami's most prominent and dangerous families. Now on the inside, playing a part where one wrong move means death, Sam faces a powerful, unstable tycoon intent on dividing his business empire between his three very different children, who each may hold murderous secrets of their own. And just when he thinks he understands why the family is self-destructing, he discovers a lethal secret so shocking that the Varelas cannot let him walk away alive...
Teenage Amanda, brilliant and introverted daughter of SFPD's deputy chief of homicide, is a natural-born sleuth addicted to Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world. When a string of strange murders occurs across San Francisco, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, probing hints and deductions that elude the police department. But the case becomes all too personal when her own mother suddenly vanishes.
The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red light district - horribly mutilated, with his heart removed. Hours later, the heart arrives to his wife and children by courier. Then another male victim is found and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards. The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes.
The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, to launch his new gardening book. But between planning York's gala and sprucing up her yard for another event, Lila's spread too thin - especially after she finds a skull buried in her flowerbeds. As Lila's macabre discovery leads to other secrets hidden in Inspiration Valley's past, a member of the local garden club is found slumped over her prize roses - murdered.
Anna Pigeon sets off on an autumn canoe trip to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heather, a paraplegic and Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment, and the teenage daughter of each. On their second night out, after a solo evening float on the Fox River, Anna comes back to finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them.
Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.
Five years ago a brilliant American scientist, well known in high-tech military circles, suddenly disappeared without a trace off the streets of Washington D.C. Now a professor at Cambridge University is murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture methods. Counterspy Alex Hawke teams with former Scotland Yard chief inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer, but they soon discover that this death is merely the opening gambit in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinkmanship.
In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it's a big one. A radioactive one. From a drug lord's mansion in Guatemala to a secret plastic surgery centre in Thailand to the slums of Istanbul, Wells uses every skill he has - including his ability to go undercover in the Arab world - to chase down leads.
Wells, with his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto, has uncovered a staggering plot, a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But they have no hard evidence, and no one at Langley or the White House will listen. Now the President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran - furious and frightened - have responded with a deadly terrorist attack.
In Cairo, private investigator Makana is hired by the powerful art dealer known as Kasabian to track down a famous painting that went missing from Baghdad during the US invasion. All the dealer can tell Makana is that the piece was smuggled into Egypt by an Iraqi war criminal who doesn't want to be found. As he sets out to find the lost work of art--and those involved in the case begin to die in horrific ways--Makana finds himself entangled in a mystery that many have attempted to keep hidden.
When a woman is found strangled in a North London cemetery with an old newspaper clipping clutched in her hand, Inspector Witherspoon is surprised to find that he and the victim have crossed paths before. Alice Robinson was a respectable widow who ran a quiet Islington lodging house. None of her lodgers have any apparent motive to murder their landlady. But nagging suspicions are lodging in the Inspector's mind - only he knows that "Alice Robinson" is not her real name.
Young Harriet and her brother Austin have always been scared of the quarry where their stone mason father works. So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they rush off quickly to look for some help. But when help arrives, however, the quarry is deserted and there is no sign of the body. Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away?
Special agent Jericho Quinn, pursued by contract killers, boards a massive Airbus A380 for a nonstop flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Vladivostok, Russia. But soon after takeoff, it becomes apparent that Quinn and his daughter picked the wrong plane. First, a passenger is brutally murdered. Then, Quinn is mistaken as a terrorist by an off-duty Air Marshal. As panic spreads through the plane and pressure builds to the screaming point, the unthinkable happens. Someone triggers a bomb...
On a routine patrol, the USS Kentucky, a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of nuclear warheads, receives a launch order. What the Kentucky's crew does not know is that the order did not come from the U.S. government but from a rogue intelligence group - one with operatives secretly embedded within Western intelligence organizations who are intent on using the Kentucky to carry out a devastating agenda - a preemptive attack on Iran's nuclear processing plants.
After her elderly neighbour Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead, but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked. His death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed.
Kate Haywood, the Queen's personal musician, has been playing for a merry round of summer parties where famed astrologer Dr. John Dee and his fantastic horoscopes are all the rage. But even Elizabeth's favourite stargazer fails to predict the discovery of a skeleton in the Queen's garden - or that the victim's identity would call his own innocence into question.
NYPD Detective Kat Donovan finds, on an online dating site, the profile of her ex-fiance Jeff, the man who shattered her heart - and who she hasn't seen in 18 years. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.
Now that they've tied the knot, flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband Marco want to put down roots. But trouble really sprouts when they're checking out a dilapidated Victorian house and watch a construction worker take a life-threatening tumble. Witnesses claim the man shouted for help, suggesting that the fall was no accident, and the victim's wife hires Marco to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Abby keeps her investigations secret from Marco, but soon her case blossoms into a disaster.
Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan's Pub going - but how? When she hears that the place was once a hot spot for Irish musicians, she wonders if bringing back live music might be Sullivan's salvation. As word gets out, legendary musicians begin to appear at the pub, and the first impromptu jam session brings in scores of music lovers. But things hit a sour note when Maura finds a dead musician in the back room the next morning.
Zoe, accompanied by her handsome lawyer Miguel, drives the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, North Carolina to enter a nationally televised food truck race with a 50,000 dollar grand prize, As everyone gears up for the first challenge, another food trucker from Zoe's hometown is found dead. The race rolls on, but when the body count rises, police begin to suspect Miguel. Now Zoe must race to catch the killer before her attorney needs an attorney.
When French gangster Tuco Martinez threatens Carlyle and his family, the inspector has to call on the resources and skills of Dominic Silver to try and see him off. But Dom won't do all the dirty work and so Carlyle has to go into hiding. Cut off from his home turf, both literally and metaphorically, Carlyle struggles to cope with the situation while meanwhile, back in London, the charismatic major, Christian Holroyd, is finally spiralling completely out of control.
The local senior complex asks Betsy to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique. Then a young woman is found floating in the complex's therapy pool, and Betsy's sleuthing skills are immediately called upon to figure out who drowned her. But the list of suspects is more twisted than any Betsy has encountered before. The young woman had three lovers - each with a motive for the murder.
When a local hoarder is murdered, Crewel World needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire needs to sharpen her sleuthing skills to dig a new friend out of a heap of trouble. There's more to this case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killer's identity in the clutter of the hoarder's house will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for her mother's wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her truck while driving down a country road in a raging thunderstorm. But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn't hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust - and get herself to the church on time...
Homicide detective Frank Bennett's new partner, Eden Archer is dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, and one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with - that includes her brother Eric, who's also on the Sydney Metro police force. Then a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts. For Frank, the madman's clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood - and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer...
Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. The police call in psychotherapist Frieda Klein. A patient's chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection. Is Frieda getting closer to unraveling either case? Or is she just the victim of her own paranoid, fragile mind?
A year after her husband's death, young widow and art collector Diana Porteous listlessly roams the beach near her home. Her friend and agent Saul takes action, introducing her to his stylish, anarchistic sister, Sarah, to pep her up. They plan that Di should rediscover her talents as a thief, as well as an art expert, to recover stolen paintings - and begin with Steven, the neighbour's son, who is amassing works of art in a strange building in London, including work stolen from his mother.
When her high-society romance implodes, Lucy retreats to her favourite place, Bodie Island in the Outer Banks, where she is thrilled to take a job at the local library. But when a priceless, first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery. And she's not so sure there's going to be a happy ending.
1919. Diplomats, politicians, spies and opportunists have gathered in Paris to discuss the fate of Germany in the aftermath of the war. When Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress' apartment block in mysterious circumstances, the delegation's first instinct is to sanitize any unexplained aspects to his death. But his son ex Royal Flying Corps ace, James 'Max' Maxted, resolves to get to the bottom of Sir Henry's death - even if it does mean disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain.
Hilary Cantor, who has just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her to care for her son who has Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident. Rushing to help, she discovers the car smoking, the driver dead - and a satchel on the floor stuffed with a half million dollars. It isn't long before someone comes looking for the money, and as they get closer and closer to Hilary, she is pulled into a terrifying scheme involving a twenty-year-old murder, an old woman whose entire life has been washed out to sea by the storm, and a powerful figure determined to maintain the secret that can destroy him.
When the body of a young woman is found brutally slain on Valentine's Day the press reacts with barely disguised glee. For DCI Antonia Hawkins, still recovering from the terrible wounds inflicted by another killer, the pressure of another high profile murder investigation could hardly be worse timed. But, battling her own physical limitations and under pressure from a new member of the team whose ambition to displace her is barely disguised, Hawkins must discover not just who killed the first victim, but why.
Sarah and her fiancee Graf are at a lovely beach cottage on Dauphin Island off the Gulf Coast and take a historical tour led by a woman named Angela. Turns out that Angela's own father was a sailor and treasure hunter who was murdered just as he was closing in on the pirate treasure rumoured to be hidden on the island. Angela's convinced that the wrong man was imprisoned for her father's murder, and soon she enlists Sarah Booth's help to catch the real killer.
Matt Helm is on vacation in Mexico with nothing on his mind except fishing, when some joker tries to shoot him in the back. Naturally it was no accident. When secret agents get shot at, it never is. So Helm has to go back to work. At least there's a bonus in the form of his boss's beautiful daughter, a playmate in peril.
Former pilot and undercover Cerberus operative Nick "Victor" Baron receives an eerie invitation from the chess app on his phone - a mysterious figure named the Emissary wants to play. Nick and his Triple Seven Chase unit are drawn into battle against an unknown opponent who has resurrected the legendary Hashashin order of assassins. And there is a long-awaited prophecy being fulfilled by a series of violent attacks which may culminate with a final apocalypse over Jerusalem. The lines between the game and the fight begin to blur as every time Nick loses a piece on the board, he loses one of his men.
REAL MURDERS and A BONE TO PICK, the first and second in the AURORA TEAGARDEN series, in one volume.
When American anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone arrives at the Boughton Estate he finds that sweeping changes threaten to leave many villagers, who are rightfully angry, destitute. After a single shot rings out and a man dies in the woods, it appears that the desperate villagers have turned to murder to avenge their cause. But for Thomas, a post-mortem on the victim raises more questions than answers. Although he manages to save an innocent man from the gallows, a second murder warns him of his potentially fatal situation. Soon he discovers a conspiracy far more sinister than anything he has ever faced...
When Candy organizes a cooking event for her local newspaper, the town's most prominent citizens turn out to witness the popular cookbook author Julia von Fleming serve as a guest judge. But when Julia comes close to consuming a poisoned pickle, she begins to suspect someone in Cape Willington is trying to kill her - and Candy is completely jarred to be among the suspects. But the first taste was just a sample, and soon more jars of poisoned pickles begin to pop up around town.
Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail from an Englishwoman he doesn't know telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead - Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking dope. Now for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home to London to find out the truth about his son's death. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town, from incarcerated mob bosses to those in the highest echelons of MI5. He might have thought he'd left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody really just walks away.
When dog-trainer Ryder Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. The Colombian cartels are smuggling people. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O'Dell is investigating a series of murders - the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. When she uncovers a hit list with Creed's name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him. But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida.
The victim is Ursula Corey: a successful, attractive divorcee who has been gunned down - not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of perp: the dead woman's business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think they're zeroing in on the most likely suspect, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of another unsolved murder.
Blinded in a grenade blast during the course of only his second official negotiation, DCI Ed Mallory of the London police has over the ensuing years developed other faculties to compensate for the lack of sight, including an acute sense of hearing and penetrating insight into the twisted workings of the criminal mind. Driven and obsessive, Mallory now faces a high-stakes showdown, set in the subway tunnels beneath London, with a psychopath who combines religious fanaticism and a chilling disregard for human life.
A collection of stories.
Hayden Mundy Moore has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the most flavorful blends. It's thrilling work but rarely dangerous--until a colleague turns up dead at the exclusive chocolate-themed Lemaitre resort spa in San Francisco. Adrienne Dowling's heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaitre Chocolates' new line. Hayden can't believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target.
Duncan Claymore is one of the country's up and coming young jockeys, but his demons threaten to overwhelm him. He was taught everything he knows by his father, Charlie, a former trainer whose career and reputation were destroyed when a series of bitter rivalries got out of hand. Now, with his father's health rapidly declining, Duncan is desperate to beat the best and at the same time take down the men responsible for Charlie's ruin. But can he do both or must he choose between his family and his future?
When Savannah attends a Hollywood premiere, she can't help getting weak in the knees as she's introduced to Jason Tyrone. Once a world-champion bodybuilder, the handsome, ultra-charming Jason has become America's biggest action hero. But less than twenty-four hours after the premiere, Jason is found dead in his hotel suite. The situation takes an even darker turn when the medical examiner determines that his death was the result of doping and that someone else administered the fatal dose.
Cousins Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont's fashionable London hat shop, Mim's Whims, is visited by a new customer bearing an old hat box. Ariana Jackson is getting married and wants to restore her mother's bridal hat and veil for the occasion. The elegant item was made by Scarlett and Vivian's grandmother over thirty years ago, so Viv is delighted to take the job. When Scarlett goes to Ariana's office to consult about the restoration cost, she finds her outside, standing over her boss's dead body.
Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and 3 bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them. Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications.
Deep in the woods of upstate New York a woman flees a blazing barn. She is burned beyond recognition, and her dying words point police to a labyrinth of "confinement rooms" - rooms designed to hold human beings captive - where they make other chilling discoveries. In Manhattan, Kate Page, a single mom and reporter with a newswire service, receives a heart-stopping call from a detective on the case. A guardian angel charm found at the scene fits the description of the one belonging to Kate's sister, Vanessa, who washed away after a car crash in a mountain river twenty years ago.
Brad Falon, one of Satan's longtime puppets, orchestrated a deadly robbery and set up his old friend Morgan Blake to take the fall. Now, Morgan has been sentenced to life in prison. His young daughter Sammie turns to Misto, the ghost cat. Behind bars, her father Morgan makes friends with an old con named Lee Fontana and the two plan a wily escape to bring the real killer to justice and clear Morgan's name. All it will take is outsmarting the Devil one more time...
Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates at Oslo jail, and absolves them of their sins. Some people even whisper that Sonny is serving time for someone else: that he doesn't just listen, he confesses to their crimes.
Private's Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast - and the world's golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn't begin to unveil.
At Cape Three Points on the Ghanaian coast, a canoe washes up at an oil rig site. The two dead bodies in the canoe, a prominent wealthy middle-aged married couple, have been murdered. The way Mr. Smith-Aidoo has been gruesomely decapitated suggests the killer was trying to send a specific message - but what, and to whom, is a mystery. Months pass and the rural police make no headway. When the Ghanaian federal police finally agree to get involved, Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the Accra police force is sent out to Cape Three Points to investigate.
1579. Hannah and Isaac Levi, Venetians in exile, have set up a new life for themselves in Constantinople. Isaac runs a newly established business in the growing silk trade, while Hannah, the best midwife in all of Constantinople, plies her trade within the opulent palace of Sultan Murat III, tending to the thousand women of his lively and infamous harem. But one night, when Hannah is unexpectedly summoned to the palace, she's confronted with Leah, a poor Jewish peasant girl who has been abducted and sold into the sultan's harem. The sultan favours her as his next conquest and wants her to produce his heir, but the girl just wants to return to her home and the only life she has ever known.
Eve Dallas has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again... With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance.
Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city's police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. When she and Maggie Lawson, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city's darkest heart.
Home-stager Caprice De Luca is looking forward to thawing February's frozen real estate market with her Hearts and Flowers Open House. Her client Louise Downing's romantically decorated home practically staged itself. But when Louise is found murdered, Caprice is forced to turn her attention from sweethearts to suspects. And as the truth comes out in stages, she discovers that Louise had more secrets than a box of chocolate truffles...
When Hector Cross's life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before. A terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp.
Hammer finds himself up against a clever serial killer targeting only cops. A killer his old friend Captain Pat Chambers had put away many years ago is suddenly freed on new, seemingly indisputable evidence, and Hammer wonders if this seemingly placid, very odd old man might somehow be engineering cop killings that all seem to be either accidental or by natural causes. At the same time Hammer and Velda are dealing with the fallout - some of it mob, some of it federal government - over the $89 billion dollar cache the detective is (rightly) suspected of finding not long ago.
Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated.
Renata Sanchez, a single mother by choice, wants to learn the identity of her daughter Rosie's sperm donor. A confidentiality agreement and Rosie's reticence might deter other mothers, but not Renata, nor lawyer Carl Ludlow, who is convinced that lawsuits involving cryobanks and sperm donors will be "the next big thing." Fina uncovers the donor's identity, but the solution to that mystery is just the beginning: within hours of the donor's identity going public, the donor turns up dead.
Goteborg, Sweden: The high-speed chase of a stolen BMW takes a chilling turn when the two police officers involved witness a gruesome hit-and-run. When they finally recover the abandoned vehicle, search dogs are unable to trace the thieves, but they do uncover an entirely different horror: the half-naked corpse of a young girl in a nearby root cellar. As Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues struggle to put the pieces together, they discover the man whose car was stolen - a retired police officer - is none other than the victim in the hit-and-run.
When a Crow Indian acquaintance of Tomlinson's asks him to help recover a relic stolen from his tribe, Doc Ford is happy to tag along - but neither Doc nor Tomlinson realize what they've let themselves in for. Their search takes them to the part of Central Florida known as Bone Valley, famous primarily for two things: a ruthless subculture of black-marketers who trade in illegal artifacts and fossils, and a multibillion-dollar phosphate industry whose strip mines compromise the very ground they walk on.
Jonathan Blake is a field agent for the Argo Foundation, working to preserve humanity's history by liberating stolen artifacts from thieves and looters. Now he is pitted against Vanya, the head of a fanatical cult, who seeks a gilded bronze eagle that holds a vital clue to the lost tomb of Alexander the Great. From ancient ruins in Afghanistan to the catacombs of Paris to a chateau high in the French Alps, Blake must unravel the secret truth of the final fate of Napoleon Bonaparte, the murder of Percy Bysshe Shelly, and the hidden remains of Alexander.
Klara Walldeen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea, learning to fish and hunt and sail a boat through a storm. Now, as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, she is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies. But Klara has accidentally seen something she shouldn't have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that someone will kill...
British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. But their plane is shot down, and with an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front. They throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs.
All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who will go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.
It's almost May, and some of the local ladies have organized a pagan celebration in the woods to welcome spring. But the evening goes terribly wrong when one of the attendees winds up dead, apparently poisoned by an herbal concoction prepared by Lucky's grandfather, Jack. Lucky's sure her grandfather could not have made such a tragic mistake. But before she can clear him of suspicion, her best friend, Sophie, is diverted from planning her wedding to By the Spoonful chef Sage DuBois when she finds a dead man floating in the creek on her property.
Together, Will Robie and Jessica Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. They are given a mission that will eliminate a global menace. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive. And all the while, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets - a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.
Early 1950s. Marlowe's new client is young, beautiful, and expensively dressed - and she wants him to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson's disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City's richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.
June, 1998. A serial rapist has been terrorizing Paris's Pigalle neighbourhood, following teenage girls home and attacking them in their own houses. It is sad and frightening but has nothing to do with Aimee Leduc - until Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimee's favourite cafe, disappears.
Pieter Posthumus is a member of Amsterdam's Lonely Funerals team. It is his responsibility to give the anonymous or abandoned dead a decent send-off. A determined, passionate man, Posthumus cannot let things go when they don't seem quite right. When a young Moroccan immigrant is found in the Prinsengracht canal, the police write it off as an accident or a suicide. But Posthumus takes up the case and starts digging - an investigation that leads him toward a terror plot and the Dutch secret service.
Joanne's husband Zack is the leading progressive candidate in a neck-and-neck race, with the existing mayor, for Regina's top job. The tough campaigning is well underway when a disturbing threat disrupts the celebration for the opening of the Racette-Hunter Centre - a project Zack has been spearheading, intended to benefit the impoverished community of North Central Regina. Joanne soon realizes that sinister interests are working behind the scenes of the election, and another savage act makes clear that someone will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo.
Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man's wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is.
Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more - Joe's eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news. The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway - alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren't sure if she'll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it - says she ran away from him, too - and there's evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who's responsible.
After the Stoltzfus barn catches fire, hundreds of Amish men gather together to raise a new barn for the family in a matter of days. But in the midst of the work, a human skeleton is unearthed. Found with the remains is half of a friendship bracelet last seen on Sadie Lehman, an Amish teen long believed to have left her strict upbringing for the allure of English ways. Now Detective Jakob Fisher - once a member of the Amish community himself - is determined to solve the young woman's murder. With Claire's help, he must dig into the past and bring to light long-buried secrets.
Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption - but only if he can find out what happened to Heike.
After leaving a dicey marriage and losing her job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store's doorstep, a Seattle Spice cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle - especially when she might be next on the killer's list.
Librarian Minnie Hamilton spreads the joy of reading throughout Chilson, Michigan with her bookmobile, but she doesn't ride alone. Her rescue cat Eddie and a group of volunteers are always on board to deliver cheer - that is until one of her helpers gets checked out for good.
When the body of an unidentified Asian man is found in the Harlem River, NYPD Detective Jack Yu is taken from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough. It's a world of secrets and unclear allegiances, of Chinatown street gangs and major Triad players.
Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning has been invited to a wine-tasting party at the Knighthall Winery, owned by Jordan Knight. But the sweet evening air develops a bitter aftertaste when the body of Knight's son is found in a wine barrel. The police investigation yields unsatisfying results, but luckily, cracking tough cases is vintage Theodosia Browning.
A summons to a body found riddled with bullets in a Hell's Kitchen apartment is the start of a new case for Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a strange Colombian connection and a mysterious pile of money, but who would want to kill him? The search for the truth will lead the detectives into the hidden underground tunnels of New York City, where more bodies may well await them.
A Columbine-style massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community grief-stricken and shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. But in the aftermath of the shooting, as LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller dig deeper, they realize that the pieces don't add up. Could it be, they wonder, that the two "killers" were themselves victims?
As the body count climbs in an escalating underworld turf war, Kathleen Doyle uncovers a seedy world where fractious members of the Russian mafia and an Irish terrorist group are fighting for control of a lucrative underground business. But their crooked deals and volleying acts of revenge are almost too much for Scotland Yard to keep up with, and when Doyle notices that Acton seems unusually troubled by the crimes, she begins to wonder what sparked the conflict in the first place.
Private investigator Trike Augustine may be a brainiac with deductive skills to rival Sherlock Holmes, but they're not doing him any good at solving the case of a missing gazzilionaire when the clues are so stupefyingly - well, stupid. Meanwhile, his sidekicks - Max the former FBI agent and Lola the artist - don't quite rise to the level of Dr Watson, either. For example, when a large, dead pig turns up on Trike's floor in the middle of the night, none of them can figure out what it means.
A skull discovered in a cave not far from the Sanctuary of Artemis has proven to be the remains of the last tyrant to rule Athens. He was supposed to have died thirty years ago, in faraway Persia. What are his remains doing outside the city walls? Pericles wants answers and he wants Nicolaos to find them. The skull was discovered by the two students of the Sanctuary of Artemis who are now dead and missing. What does a decades-dead tyrant have to do with two young girls?
A dead man is discovered near the fish hatchery and nobody has a clue as to his identity. Vida Runkel may have insight, but Emma's House & Home editor is mad at the world and saying little. Moreover, whispers of scandal travel through the quaint streets when some high school girls mysteriously take a walk on the wild side. And then Milo's dedicated deputy, Sam Heppner, a true yeoman, suddenly goes AWOL. What's happening in Alpine? If Milo knows, he's not telling Emma.
Dominique Monahan just wanted to get even with her twotiming, married boyfriend, a washed up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping... and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom? Desmond Edgars, Dominique's big brother, receives a frantic phone call in the middle of the night.
Four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout Montreal over several months. Martine LeDuc, PR director for the mayor's office, and young police detective Julian Fletcher, find a dark secret from the 1950s, when orphanages were converted to asylums in order to gain more funding. Though the survivors were supposedly compensated for the lobotomies, electroshock and psychotropic therapies they underwent, it appears that someone is bearing a grudge.
Gabriela waits desperately for news of her abducted daughter. At last, the door opens. But it's not the negotiators. It's not the FBI.It's the kidnapper. And he has a gun. How did it come to this? Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again.
When a middle-aged man is found dead in a hotel room, it seems like a routine matter - until it becomes clear to DI Wesley Peterson that it is a case of cold-blooded murder and that the identity the victim has been using isn't his own.
As her friends Karen and Riley approach their wedding day, Glory takes a peaceful drive to Alabama's piney woods to pick up the wedding quilt she ordered from a supplier. But the supplier, Beth, has disappeared along with the quilt and her husband, Everett. Glory learns that two men were found murdered near Beth and Everett's home and that the couple is wanted for questioning. Believing they are innocent, Glory convinces them to cooperate with authorities. But when they're thrown in jail, Glory vows to catch the real killer.
Twenty-three-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down. One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia - so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?
Jessica is on the Hawaiian island of Maui giving a lecture, when a local botanist is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The woman was known for her activism and efforts on behalf of the volcanic crater Haleakala. Now it's up to Jessica to uncover who was driven to silence the scientist...and betray the spirit of aloha.
1141. A depraved monk obsessed with redheads kidnaps ginger-haired 11 year old peasant girl Em from her village and leaves her for dead. Although she has lost all memory of her past life including her name, Em survives and falls under the protection of Gwyl, a Breton archer. Together Gwyl and his new protege - now crop-headed and disguised as a boy - travel through the countryside giving archery exhibitions. But there is one man who hasn't forgotten the little red-haired girl. He has some unfinished business with her and he is determined to finish it. And one freezing winter in an Oxfordshire castle completely besieged, he might well get his chance...
Duluth detective Jonathan Stride receives a visit from 16-year old Catalina Mateo who spins a tale of a narrow escape from a shadowy pursuer. Ten years earlier, Cat hid under the porch of her family home while her mother was brutally butchered by her ex-con father. But Stride's police partner, Maggie Bei, doubts the homeless girl's story. And those suspicions deepen as they investigate Cat's story and more violence trails in the teenager's wake.
Paris, 1937. Cristian Ferrar, a brilliant and handsome Spanish emigre, is a lawyer in the Paris office of a prestigious international law firm. Ferrar is approached by the embassy of the Spanish Republic and asked to help a clandestine agency trying desperately to supply weapons to the Republic's beleaguered army - an effort that puts his life at risk in the battle against fascism. Joining Ferrar in this mission is a group of unlikely men and women: idealists and gangsters, arms traders and aristocrats and spies.
One winter night, in the small Pennsylvania town of Wyalusing, a woman is found brutally murdered. Next to the body is Danny Bedford, a man with limited mental capabilities whose intimidating size has caused his neighbours to ostracise him. When the local bully-turned-deputy discovers Danny with the body, he's certain he knows what transpired. But in the long, freezing night that follows, the murder is only the first crime in an unstoppable chain of violence.
Archie Goodwin is strolling home from his weekly poker game, just reaching Nero Wolfe's brownstone on West 35th Street when a sedan whips around the corner and two gunshots ring out, nearly hitting Goodwin. It is a warning, and the message is clear. The next bullet will not miss. Rotund investigator Nero Wolfe has made more than his fair share of enemies over the years, and it seems one of them has decided to strike, targeting Wolfe's indefatigable assistant.
When Inspector Ben Ross is called to Newgate Prison late one evening, the last thing he expects to hear is the testimony of a man who is to be hanged at dawn. 17 years ago James Mills witnessed a murder in Putney and it is only now that he has chosen to speak up. Unable to save Mills from death, Ben is told to pursue the case no further. But his wife Lizzie cannot resist the temptation to uncover the truth and, within days, another murder occurs that brings the long-buried past into the present.
Thomas Chaloner is ordered to investigate the murder of Dick Wheler, one of the few goldsmith-bankers to have survived the losses that have driven others to bankruptcy - or worse.
A serial killer with a peculiar penchant for city hall interns is on the loose in San Francisco, and it's up to Rebecca and her two cats, Rupert and Isabella, to put a stop to the spree. Can the key to apprehending the killer be found in San Francisco's sailing history? The first European vessel to pass through the Golden Gate contained a familiar cast of human and feline passengers as well as an elusive killer who used a similar murder weapon.
Coroner Jenny Cooper is called to the scene of a dreadful tragedy. A house has burned to the ground, revealing that before the fire began Ed Morgan had shot his two stepdaughters dead before turning the gun on himself. His infant son is still missing. His partner, Kelly Hart, was spared by the tragedy but has been left shattered by her losses. The only clue to Ed's motives remains a jealous note left on his facebook page. What role did Ed's employer, the slaughterhouse at Fairmeadow's Farm, play in the sequence of events? And what is the connection with the mysterious unsolved abduction of a little girl in the village a decade ago?
Regency England, 1813. The mutilated body of a French doctor discovered beside a wounded woman entangles Sebastian in the deadly riddle of the "Lost Dauphin", the boy prince who disappeared during the French Revolution. Forced into conflict with the Dauphin's sister--Marie Antoinette's ruthless daughter--Sebastian recognizes the injured woman as a figure from his own dark past. As the murderer strikes ever closer, Sebastian fears for his pregnant wife and unborn child.
London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim's kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian's powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends.
When wealthy Edmond Connicle suddenly disappears, his distraught wife enlists the services of master sleuth Colin Pendragon and his loyal partner, Ethan Pruitt. Already on the case, however, is Scotland Yard's Inspector Varcoe. He suspects the Connicles' West African scullery maid of doing in her employer, especially when a badly burned body is discovered on the estate grounds with a sack of Voodoo fetishes buried beneath it. But all is not as it seems, and as more bodies are found, the pressure mounts on Varcoe, forcing him to forge an uneasy alliance with his nemesis, Pendragon.
Halia Watkins has her hands full cooking, hosting, and keeping her boisterous young cousin, Wavonne, from getting too sassy with customers. Having fast-talking entrepreneur Marcus Rand turn up in her kitchen is annoying enough when he's alive--but finding his dead body face-down on her ceramic tile after hours is much worse. Marcus had his enemies, and the cast iron frying pan beside his corpse suggests that at last, his shady business deals went too far. Halia is desperate to keep Sweet Tea's name out of the sordid spotlight but her efforts only make Wavonne a prime suspect. Now Halia will have to serve up the real villain--before the killer returns for a second helping...
One quiet evening in Oxford, the house near to Sarah Tucker's explodes. The cause was said to be a gas leak, but when a child disappears, Sarah becomes obsessed in finding the child. The hunt for the missing child takes Sarah out of her marriage and into a journey with a companion who is being hunted by murderous official forces.
Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police - has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol.
The serial killer "Beacon Hill Butcher" was finally hunted down and killed by Seattle police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now Shank, retired and widowed, is giving up his large rambling Victorian house to his grandson Matt, whom he helped raise. Doing some renovations in the backyard to make the house feel like his own, Matt, a young up-and-coming chef and restaurateur, stumbles upon a locked crate he's never seen before. Curious, he picks the padlock and makes a gruesome discovery.
DS Jimmy Suttle is trying to get his life back on track. His marriage has fallen apart and he rarely sees his young daughter, Grace. But then a murder shuts the door on the chaos of his personal life. The victim was shot through the head at the wheel of his car on a lonely moorland road. The only witness? His two-year old son, strapped into the rear child seat. Within days, two more killings, equally professional, equally without motive.
Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn't so lucky.
Kendra Michaels realizes that an apparent traffic accident on San Diego's historic Cabrillo Bridge is in fact a murder scene, and she rushes to alert the police before crucial evidence is destroyed. As the body count rises and one murder unveils another, a gruesome pattern emerges. Someone is killing people in ways that mirror Kendra's most notorious cases. She has a fan: someone who admires her work and is twisted enough to show that admiration through murder - while naming himself after the biggest art forger of the 20th century. He views himself not as a monster but as an artist. And he is not working alone.
It's the first day of Martha's new job as intern at Edinburgh's 'The Standard'. But all's not well at the ailing newspaper, and Martha is carrying some serious baggage of her own. Put straight onto the obituary page, she takes a call from a former employee who seems to commit suicide while on the phone, something which echoes with her own troubled past.
Berlin 1948. Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer who fled Nazi Germany for America, is targeted by McCarthyite witch-hunts because of his political past. To escape deportation he agrees to act as the fledgling CIA's agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong. A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man. Worse, he discovers his real assignment - to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved.
Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she's suffering from "funeral trauma." It's trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne - innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee's granny - she's adamant that she didn't just fall down those stairs. She was pushed. Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can't cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest.
IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway's boyfriend Nick is about to go deep undercover - and the stakes are higher than Tara could have ever imagined. It's all part of a joint task force with the DEA to bring down a powerful, violent drug cartel. It's going to take more than a pair of dime store shades for Tara to bring their dark deeds to light. Can she help Nick without blowing his cover...and ending up in harm's way herself?
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are aboard a cruising steamer, leaving Bombay, bound for Kobe. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer. It's not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there's the lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. She agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can't shake the feeling that Haruki Sato is not who she claims to be. Once in Japan, Russell's suspicions are confirmed in a most surprising way.
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life. When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them.
When respected plastic surgeon Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his own hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Palo Alto detective Samantha Adams learns that Taylor led a secret life, hidden from the public eye -- in fact, multiple lives. A closeted polygamist, Dr. Taylor was married to three different women in three separate cities. And when these three unsuspecting women show up at his funeral, suspicions run high.
Cass County, Minnesota: A sheriff's deputy steps out of a diner on a rainy summer evening, and a few minutes later, he's lying dead in the mud. When BCA agent Kirk Stevens arrives on the scene, he discovers local authorities have taken into custody a single suspect. A hysterical young woman was found sitting by the body, holding the deputy's own gun. She has no ID, speaks no English. A mystery woman. Stevens and Carla Windermere, his partner in the new joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force, find themselves on the trail of a massive international kidnapping and prostitution operation. [Vancouver author].
In the ten years since Joe Coughlin's enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire much has changed. Now, the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife's homeland. A master who moves in and out of the black, white, and Cuban underworlds, Joe effortlessly mixes with Tampa's social elite, U.S. Naval intelligence, the Lansky-Luciano mob, and the mob-financed government of Batista. But success cannot protect him from the dark truth of his past.
One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear. The culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem - the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist.
On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable. She left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity. Now Melisandre has returned to Baltimore to film a reunion with her estranged teenage daughters for a documentary. Tess Monahan is asked to assess Melisandre's security needs. Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.
November, 1943. Royal Navy intelligence officer Ian Fleming is tipped off that Hitler's top assassin has infiltrated the critical Tehran Conference, where Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Josef Stalin meet to finalize the D-Day invasion. Between martinis with beautiful women, he survives brutal attacks and meets a seductive Soviet spy who may know more than Fleming realizes.
Five years ago Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. She coped by burying the person she was, locking away her memories and creating a new life for herself. Her attacker is behind bars. In four weeks' time she will get married. She's almost normal. Then the body of another woman is found, close to where Melody was discovered. Police find a gold bird cage necklace at the scene. And Melody realizes her attacker has been out there all along...
The high-kicking Happy Hoofers--Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini--have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan--with Gini as suspect numero uno--the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own.
Belfast, 1985, amidst the "Troubles" Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister's daughter died of a heroin overdose...
Blossom Valley is abuzz with excitement over The Pampered Life, a brand new spa with a trendy menu of decadent services and employees who look like they jumped off the pages of a fashion magazine--and Dana Lewis is worried it could ruin business. But when the swanky spa's owner is drowned in a mud bath, police suspect a healthy rivalry may have turned into deadly revenge. Now, with all eyes on the farm, Dana must sift through a tawdry list of suspects and catch a killer more fearsome than a botched chemical peel.
Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Mark Lynch ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she's known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Lynch's trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells. When the investigation leads to a privileged Scottish lawyer who is expecting to be assassinated after a money laundering scheme goes bad, and a woman who is spying on the people who put her in jail, Morrow has her hands full.
Darby McCormick is a lone wolf - a woman who lives under different identities as she travels across the United States, hunting down the people who tried to kill her. She's living in Montana when the FBI arrives and shares the news. Her former lab partner and friend, Jackson Cooper, has gone missing in Red Hill, Colorado. As Darby travels to the small town she embarks on a harrowing journey. As she hunts for Coop, Darby become hunted by "The Night Stalker", a vicious serial killer who has been roaming through Red Hill and the surrounding towns for a quarter of a century, kidnapping his victims in the middle of the night - and targeting anyone who crosses his path.
Grace Wilde's ex-brother-in-law needs her help, according to the phone messages he left before his sudden death. Grace is inclined to let the matter rest in peace until her sister becomes a suspect. When her investigation leads to a Frisian gelding that disappeared from its stable, Grace hopes the information harnessed from her psychic skills will be enough to rein in the killer.
When a body is discovered in the woods, DS Nicola Freeman thinks the case is clear cut. The body is Emma Thorley, a troubled teenage girl who has been missing for eleven years. But when Freeman digs into Emma's past, she discovers that things aren't always what they seem. As news of the discovery travels, a group of people find the past coming back to haunt them ... because there are always consequences when good people do bad things.
A body is found in the ruined Constantinople hippodrome: a woman, clutching a piece of red stone. She's recently given birth, but there's no sign of the baby. Inspector Cetin Ikmen discovers she was a Byzantine specialist on a crusade to protect the historic but now squalid areas of Istanbul that her enemy, property developer Ahmet Oden, seeks to destroy and rebuild. Ikmen will unravel a tale of ancient hostility and modern desires, where the truth is concealed within the secret history of this antique city.
Can ex-cop Georgia Thornton really find love on TV? Her best friend - and producer of the reality show LOVE OR MONEY - thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? When two batchelors fall victim to a fatal kiss-off, it's clear that someone has killer new plans for the series. And for Georgia. Complicating matters is the cop who has been assigned to investigate. It's Georgia's ex-fiance.
With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology, and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors. Within days the agency's caseload is full. But it is a horrific murder in the wealthy Eastern Suburbs and the desperate search for a motive that will stretch the team to its limits.
As commander of the Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So why he is suddenly ordered to investigate two minor incidents: the blood, hair, and shards of glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs. Kynaston's beautiful lady's maid?
Gideon Crew - brilliant scientist, master thief - is given the task of stealing a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Gideon steals the parchment - only to find hidden beneath the image is an ancient treasure map. With his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, where they find that the treasure they are hunting conceals a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race.
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lt. Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash. Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death.
Jad Bell is tasked with bringing in the Uzbek, principal organizer of the terrorist attack that nearly cost Bell his ex-wife and daughter. But the Uzbek's just the beginning. His employer, the Architect, has already set in motion another, even more devastating attack. At the center of it all are two women under deep cover.
Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That's why she's on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she's turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames's teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can't believe it. But one thing is certain, she'd better start figuring things out fast, or a deadly perpetrator could be subtracting two more victims from the population of Sorenson, Wisconsin.
Summer, 1546. Matthew Shardlake is working for Henry VIII's 6th wife, Queen Catherine Parr. She has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King's attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has - inexplicably - vanished. Only one page has been found, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer.
Jake Buckman goes alone to pick up his 16 year old son Ryan at a suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road. But what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. A split second decision plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies.
Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio. Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one.
Your mother...she's not well, his father tells Daniel over the phone. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.
Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. Two of the CIA's case officers in Vienna, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, were lovers at the time, and on the night of the hostage crisis Celia decided she'd had enough. Now Celia is married, with children, and living an ordinary life in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Henry is still a case officer in Vienna, and has traveled to California to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all.
Peggy finds in the Scottish Highlands a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers it comes with the specter of a 14th century Scotsman. Peggy returns home to Vermont - only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrests Peggy's cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy decides to ask her haunting Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime - before anyone else gets kilt...
Kizzy Cutler finds it so delicious to be back in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Mossouri, that she seems to have forgotten why she fled twenty years ago. For now, she's excited to kick off her new line of cupcakes with a competition, which Devereaux "Dev" Sinclair has agreed to feature in her five-and-dime shop. But before the first cupcake is even baked, Kizzy's assistant Fallon is murdered. Dev is convinced that someone in Shadow Bend has it in for the cupcake Queen. Is the secret from her past so dark someone wants to kill her for it?
Honours student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police while doing a favour for her boyfriend. Philly narcotics cop Ben Wildey is hungry for a career-making bust. The detective thinks he's found the key in Sarie. Her boyfriend scores from a mid-level dealer with alleged ties to the major drug gangs. But Wildey, desperate for results, pushes too hard and inadvertently sends the 19 year old into a death trap, leaving Sarie hunted by crooked cops and killers alike with nothing to save her - except what she's learned during her harrowing weeks as an informant. Which is bad news for the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #1373 turns out to be a "very" quick study...
One year ago, Captain Jake Mahegan led a Delta Force team into Afghanistan to capture an American traitor working for the Taliban. The mission ended in tragedy. The team was infiltrated and decimated by a bomb. An enemy prisoner was killed. Mahegan was dismissed from service-dishonoured forever. Now, haunted by the incident, Mahegan is determined to clear his name. The military wants him to stand down. But when the American Taliban returns to domestic soil, headed by the traitor who ruined his life, Mahegan is the only man who knows how to stop them.
Spring 1937. Maisie Dobbs is in Gibraltar, a garrison town teeming with refugees from the Spanish Civil War. Days after her arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltar's Sephardic Jewish community, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service. Under the suspicious eye of a British agent, Maisie is pulled deeper into political intrigue on "the Rock" - arguably Britain's most important strategic territory - and renews an uneasy acquaintance in the process.