hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
Three months ago, Lena Nguyen's estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge seventy miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped 200 feet to her death. But there is something wrong with the story of Corporal Raymond Raycevic, the highway patrolman who discovered her body. For one thing, he stopped Cambry for speeding just an hour before she supposedly leaped to her death. Then there are the sixteen attempted 911 calls from her cell phone, made in what was unfortunately a dead zone. But perhaps most troubling of all, the state trooper is referred to by name in Cambry's final enigmatic text to her sister.
Afghanistan, 1970s. Born to an American mother and a late Afghan war hero, Daniel Sajadi is, after years in L.A., returning home to Kabul at the helm of a US foreign aid agency dedicated to eradicating the poppy fields that feed the world's opiate addiction. But on a drive out of Kabul he accidentally hits and kills a young Kochi girl. He is let off with a nominal fine, in part because a mysterious witness named Taj Maleki intercedes on his behalf. Taj turns out to be a powerful opium khan willing to go to extremes to save his poppies.
Jules and her team at Torte have been invited to create chocolate showpieces for the gala opening of a new museum exhibit, where a lost Shakespeare manuscript will be unveiled. But right before the unveiling, news quickly begins to spread that Shakespeare's lost manuscript is missing. Not only that, but the security guard tasked with keeping the priceless artifact safe has been killed. Is this a case of a heist gone terribly wrong? Or could it be that a killer is lurking in the museum archives?
Lucas Vega is obsessed with the death of Candace Swain, who left a sorority party one night and never came back.Her body was found after two weeks, but the case has grown cold. Three years later while interning at the medical examiner's, Lucas discovers new information, but the police are not interested. So he creates a podcast to revisit Candace's last hours. Then he encourages listeners to crowdsource what they remember and, shockingly, one of the podcast callers turns up dead.
Manhattan defense lawyer Lindsay Kelly's friend Hope wants a new beginning. But she worries how Hope will fare in East Hampton, far from everything familiar. Her worst fears are confirmed when she learns Hope has vanished without a trace - the only lead a drop of blood found where she was last seen. Even more ominously, the blood matches a DNA sample with a connection to a notorious Kansas murderer. With nowhere else to turn, Lindsay calls NYPD homicide detective Ellie Hatcher, the daughter of the cop who dedicated his life to hunting the Kansas killer.
Aoife's gone from a small-time slinger of hash to a bona fide player in Dundalk's criminal underworld. When her friend and associate, the Rat King, approaches her about off-loading ten kilos of stolen coke, he tells her to keep her girlfriend Annie out of it. Aoife doesn't want to do the job without Annie, though, so she lands on an idea. Annie has contacts in the UK, and sure it'd be better to get the coke as far away from Dundalk as possible. At first, everything goes to plan.
L. A. Christmas, 1967. When a young woman is found murdered in her motel room, LAPD finds at the scene the name of recentlly retired PI Ida Young - and wants to know why. Meanwhile mob fixer Dante Sanfelippo has put his life savings into purchasing a winery in Napa Valley but first he must do one final favour for the Mob before leaving town: find a bail jumper before the bond money falls due, and time is fast running out. Ida's friend, Louis Armstrong, flies into the city just as her investigations uncover mysterious clues to the killer's identity.
A new collection of Agatha Christie short stories about love gone horribly wrong, featuring beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, master of charades Parker Pyne, the enigmatic Harley Quin, and the adventurous Tommy and Tuppence.
Violet is being investigated by the Magickal Council. A reporter out to debunk spiritualists was "genied" - her soul imprisoned inside a bottle - in Violet's crystal shop, and she can't prove she didn't do it. Meanwhile, her non-magickal life has become complicated when one of her crystal shop customers, Nicole St. James, goes missing and turns up dead, a victim of murder.
Finlay Donovan is a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist. Her life is in chaos. The new book she promised her literary agent isn't written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors. When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she's mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet.
When Professor James Moriarty plunged over the Reichenbach Falls the world believed that Sherlock Holmes was also dead. Three years later, Holmes has returned - but so, too, has a deadly threat. With Moriarty's criminal empire still very much alive, Holmes and Watson are forced to ask themselves if their greatest foe really did perish...
No one wants to hire an investigator during the Saturnalia holiday. Albia is lumped with her own domestic stress. Overexcited children and bilious guests, too many practical jokes, and her magistrate husband Tiberius preoccupied with local strife. He fears a Nut War. Nuts are both the snack and missile of choice of tipsy celebrants, so there is a fortune to be made. This year a hustling gang from the past is horning in on the action. As the deadly menace strikes even closer to home, and with law and order paused for partying, Albia and Tiberius must go it alone.
Serge is thrilled to discover he may be related to a notorious serial killer who has terrorized the state for twenty years and never been caught. Which one of his newfound relatives will be the one to help him hunt down this deranged maniac? Serge doesn't know that a dogged investigator from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also hot on the trail.
When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. They establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist - and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she's writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.
London, 1878. Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli offers detective Charles Lenox the opportunity to undertake a diplomatic mission for the Queen to America. Arriving in New York, he begins to receive introductions into both its old Knickerbocker society and its new robber baron splendor. Then, a shock: the death of the season's most beautiful debutante, who appears to have thrown herself from a cliff. Or was it a suicide? Lenox's reputation has preceded him to the States, and he is summoned to a magnificent Newport mansion to investigate the mysterious death.
The Tour de Cascade, a bicycle race fundraiser to build the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum, is the brainchild of Violet's Grandma Daisy. But not everyone in this Niagara Region village supports the race. As if the bike race weren't tiring enough, pesky PI Joel Redding is snooping around Charming Books. It takes all of Violet's and Grandma Daisy's ingenuity to keep Redding from discovering the shop's magical essence - which communicates with Violet through books. When Redding perishes in an accident during the race, police discover that the brake line of the private eye's bike was cut.
When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows it. In his pursuit of a killer determined to remain hidden, he's assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata.
Ava Lee travels to Sarawak, Malaysia, after a business affiliated with the Three Sisters is bombed in Kuching. She discovers that the powerful Chong family is likely responsible for the bombing. Investigating further, she is shocked to learn of their billion-dollar illegal logging operation in Sarawak, which has decimated the Malaysian rainforest and threatens the existence of a nomadic indigenous people who have lived in the region for centuries.
Something is happening to teenagers across America, spreading through memes only they can parse. At the Float Anxiety Abatement Center, in a suburb of Chicago, Simon Oliver is trying to recover from his sister's tragic passing. He breaks out to join a woman named Louise and a man called the Prophet on a quest as urgent as it is enigmatic. Who lies at the end of the road? A man known as the Wizard, whose past encounter with Louise sparked her own collapse. Their quest becomes a rescue mission when they join up with a man whose sister is being held captive by the Wizard, impregnated and imprisoned in a tower.
After his successful takedown of a dangerous terrorist, Bob Lee Swagger learns that no good deed goes unpunished. Summoned to court by the United States Congress, Swagger is accused of reckless endangerment by a hardheaded anti-gun congresswoman. But what begins as political posturing soon turns deadly when the auditorium where the committee is being held is attacked. Swagger, the congresswoman, and numerous bystanders and reporters are taken hostage by a group of violent operatives.
Evan Smoak gets a call for help from the one person he never expected. A woman claiming to have given him up for adoption, a woman he never knew - his mother. Her unlikely request: help Andrew Duran - a man whose life has gone off the rails, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, bringing him to the deadly attention of very powerful figures. Now a brutal brother & sister assassination team are after him and with no one to turn to, and no safe place to hide, Evan is Duran's only option.
Isaiah is no longer IQ, the genius of East Long Beach. Instead he's a man on the road and on the run, hiding in a small Northern California town when his room is broken into by a desperate young man on the trail of the state's most prolific serial killer. Meanwhile, sidekick Dodson must go straight or lose his wife and child. His devil's bargain is an internship at an LA advertising agency, where it turns out the rules of the street have simply been dressed in business casual, but where the aging company's fortunes may well rest on their ability to attract a younger demographic. Dodson - "the hustler's hustler" - just may be the right man for the job.
Driving to work one morning, while his mind is elsewhere and not on the road, Dr. Marcus Valentine nearly mows down a female jogger on a crossing. As she runs on, Marcus is transfixed. She is the spitting image of a girl he was crazy about in his teens, who had dumped him. For years he has fantasized about seeing her again and rekindling their flame. Could this be her? Despite all his attempts to resist, he becomes obsessed with this woman, an obsession that threatens to destroy both their worlds.
Niall and Eden Paternoster are on their usual Sunday drive and end up bickering. He wants to get back to catch the start of the French Grand Prix, but she insists they stop somewhere to buy cat litter. Reluctantly, he pulls into the car park of a large supermarket and waits while she dashes in. And that's the last he sees of her. When Roy Grace is called in to investigate the disappearance of Eden Paternoster, it soon transpires that nothing is as it seems.
17 year old Jenny is abducted in broad daylight and taken to a dilapidated, isolated house where she is chained and caged along with several other girls. Their captor is unpredictable, and as wily as he is cruel. He foils every one of their desperate attempts to escape - and once caught, they rarely survive their punishment. Five years later, Jenny is found dead in a public park, and the police are scrambling to find a lead among the scant evidence. But Detective Joona Linna realizes that this murder has an eerie connection to a death that was declared a suicide years before.
For the first time since the pandemic, Thumps DreadfulWater has finally found some peace in small-town Chinook. Sure, his beloved cat is still missing and his relationship with Claire is more than uncertain, but at least he can relax in the comfort of his home. And now that local businesses are starting to open their doors again, everything can go back to normal. But when Thumps unintentionally discovers a body at the bottom of a treacherous canyon, he becomes entangled once again in an inexplicable mystery.
Fresh from a lethal entanglement with some of the darkest players in the global intelligence services, Michael Gannon heads to the safest place he can think of: deep in the wilds of Utah on the ranch of one of his oldest and closest war buddies. But when his friend's brother is found dead in the rocky foothills of Grand Teton, Gannon realizes there are some things more important than keeping your head down.
A collection of stories featuring fierce women - including one never-before-published novella.
Westerley Research Facility - a "body farm" known for its investigations into human decomposition - is not for the faint-hearted. When Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman among Westerly's donated cadavers, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury a crime. Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil.
In the city of Bristol, young women are dying in mysterious circumstances. The deaths look like suicides - or are they something more sinister? Honor is terrified that her daughter might be next. But as she looks for clues as to what really happened to the girls, Honor stumbles upon a link to a dark secret in her past - one that she's kept from her daughter her entire life.
A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped. The stranger then explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child - within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim's parents kidnap yet another child. And most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don't kidnap a child, or if the next parents don't kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.
18 classic tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including uncollected stories by Ngaio Marsh and John Dickson Carr.
Ohio, 1927. Moonshining is a way of life in rural Bronwyn County, and even the otherwise upstanding Sheriff Lily Ross has been known to turn a blind eye when it comes to stills in the area. But when thirteen-year-old Zebediah Harkins almost dies after drinking tainted moonshine, Lily knows that someone has gone too far, and - with the help of organizer and moonshiner Marvena Whitcomb - is determined to find out who.
Abby has been drafted to use her organizing superpowers for a 5k charity run that's part of the Founder's Day Celebration in Snowberry Creek, Washington. At least she has help, albeit from an unlikely source. Gil Pratt is a member of her handsome tenant Tripp Blackston's veterans group and co-owner of a motorcycle repair shop with his brother. The event seems to be running smoothly - until city council member James DiSalvo is found murdered in a ravine along the race route.
Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath?
At first glance, Leonard Graves' death was unremarkable. Sleeping pills, a bottle of vodka, a note saying goodbye. Then Detective Henry Hobbes discovers a grave in the basement. Further investigation unearths more disturbing evidence. Scattered around the old house are women's dresses. All made of the same material. All made in the same colours. And all featuring a rip across the stomach, smeared in blood.
Laguna Beach, California, 1968. Matt Anthony is sixteen, broke, and never sure where his next meal is coming from. Mom's a stoner, his deadbeat dad is a no-show, his brother's fighting in Nam - and his big sister Jazz has just gone missing. The cops figure she's just another runaway hippie chick, enjoying a summer of love, but Matt doesn't believe it. Not after another missing girl turns up dead on the beach.
Elin Warner's estranged brother Isaac and his fiancee Laure have chosen to celebrate their engagment at an abandoned sanatorium converted into a five-star minimalist hotel - an isolated getaway high up in the Swiss Alps. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her.
Since Gran died a few months ago, 25 year old Molly has had to navigate life's complexities all by herself. No matter - she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. But Molly's orderly life is turned on its head the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself very dead in his bed. Before she knows what's happening, Molly's unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect.
January 1889. As the newest member of the Curiosity Club - an elite society of brilliant, intrepid women - Veronica Speedwell is excited to put her many skills to good use. As she assembles a memorial exhibition for pioneering mountain climber Alice Baker-Greene, Veronica discovers evidence that the recent death was not a tragic climbing accident but murder.
When Milla accepts an off-season invitation to Le Rocher, a cozy ski resort in the French Alps, she's expecting an intimate weekend of catching up with four old friends. Yet no sooner do Milla and the others arrive for the reunion than they realize something is horribly wrong. The resort is deserted. The cable cars that delivered them to the mountaintop have stopped working. Their cell phones - missing.
Hannah Wester is a policewoman in the remote northern town of Haparanda, Sweden, where human remains are found in the stomach of a dead wolf. The remains are linked to a bloody drug deal across the border in Finland. But how did the victim end up in the woods outside of Haparanda? And where have the drugs and money gone?
Megan, who has purchased the house next to Jane's, needs some help from her snooping neighbour. Megan has been having blackouts, hearing voices - and feeling like someone's following her. Are these symptoms of an illness or signs that she's in danger? Considering the extensive security system in Megan's house, it seems like she should be safe - yet she soon vanishes into thin air.
When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination - claiming that they were not hired because they were men - Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case.
A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified boy stumbles on a body in a nearby river. The man appears to have fallen from the canal aqueduct spanning the valley. But there is no identification on the body, he isn't a local, and no one will admit to having seen him before. With little to go on, the village police turn to Scotland Yard for help. When Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent from London to find answers, he is given few clues - a faded military tattoo on the victim's arm and an unusual label in the collar of his shirt.
London, April 1958. A filing assistant for Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries's receives a letter warning her that a heinous act is about to occur. She goes to investigate, but at the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can't see - her death the only sign she wasn't alone. Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation.
Robertson Bennet returns to Edinburgh after a 25-year absence in search of his parents and his inheritance. But both have disappeared. A quick, routine police check should be enough - and Detective Inspector Helen Birch has enough on her plate trying to help her brother, Charlie, after an assault in prison. But all her instincts tell her not to let this case go. And so she digs.
FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with John Puller's high-stakes investigation, leading them both deep into the perilous world of organized crime - a world neither of them will escape from unscathed.
May 1816: Jane Austen is feeling unwell. Her apothecary recommends a trial of the curative waters at Cheltenham Spa, in Gloucestershire. Jane decides to treat herself to a period of rest and reflection at the spa, in the company of her sister, Cassandra. But it becomes obvious that other boarders at the guest house where the Misses Austen are staying have come to Cheltenham with stresses of their own - some of them deadly.
Hamish's new constable, Dorothy McIver, may be the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. Hamish spends the summer traveling with her up and down Sutherland until finally, he can take it no longer and begs her to marry him. She says yes, but just as the town of Lochdubh gets ready to celebrate, Hamish finds himself with a new murder on his hands.
Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley's young son almost destroyed him. A plea for help from an old friend leads Jonah to Slaughter Quay, and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor. Under suspicion himself, Jonah uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew - forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago...
When the body of a radical protestor is found floating in one of Bologna's underground canals, it seems that most of the city is ready to blame the usual suspects: the police. But when private investigator Daniel Leicester, son-in-law to the former chief of police, receives a call from the dead man's lover, he follows a trail that begins in the 1970s and leads all the way to the rotten heart of the present-day political establishment.
Broad daylight on an Austin, Texas street and DIA operative Matt Drake is fighting for his life against a highly trained team of assassins. Who are they? Why do they want him dead? How will he protect those closest to him?
Rebecca works in counterterrorism for the FBI, Brian serves as a coder for the NSA. Seeking to revive their strained relationship, they decide for their twentieth wedding anniversary to take their two kids, Kira and Tony, on a European getaway. They have a blast...until one night in Barcelona when Kira doesn't come home from a dance club. She's gone. Abducted.
Florence. Winter, 1536. A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home, a death with wide implications in a city powered by immense wealth. Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now an officer of the Renaissance city's most-feared criminal court, is given four days to solve the murder. Catch the killer before the feast of Epiphany - or suffer the consequences.
In the village of Shady Hollow the woodland creatures live together in harmony - until a curmudgeonly toad turns up dead. Reporter Vera Vixen is a relative newcomer to Shady Hollow. The fox has a nose for news, so when she catches wind that the death might be a murder, she resolves to get to the bottom of the case, no matter where it leads.
When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the wilderness with his high-profile charge. But as they venture into the woods, a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion. Meanwhile, Joe's closest friend, Nate Romanowski, and his own daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to Joe's life and follow him into the woods.
FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is back in three novellas. For the first time in print, Storm Warning, No Way Out, and A Deeper Fear each find Lucy running out of time...
When an American F-22 collides with a Russian aircraft that has penetrated into friendly airspace, things go south fast - in seconds, missiles are fired. There are no survivors. Despite horrific weather, Flynn and his security team are ordered to parachute into the area in a desperate bid to reach the crash sites ahead of the Russians, playing a deadly game of hide-and-seek with Spetsnaz commandos operating covertly on American soil.
A frantic late-night phone call from her right-hand woman Dolly Jolly brings Lee Woodyard to the scene of a break-in at the Warner Pier jewelry store next door to TenHuis Chocolade. To her shock, the suspect being held at gunpoint by police is Dolly's boyfriend, Mike Westerly, who was recently hired as a night watchman specifically to prevent break-ins.
When Lana Lee's best friend, Megan Riley, asks her to help host a speed dating contest at Ho-Lee Noodle House, she doesn't see the harm in lending a hand. The night goes better than anticipated, and both Lana and Megan are beyond thrilled with the results. But before they can break out the champagne, Rina Su, fellow Asia Village shop owner and speed dating participant, calls to inform Lana that the date she's just matched with has been murdered.
The old Bouchard Mansion has become the site of the Heritage Society's literary and historical themed haunted house, where Willow French will sign copies of her new book, Carolina Crimes & Creepers. But amid a parade of characters dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Lady Macbeth, and the Headless Horseman, Willow's body is suddenly tossed from the third-floor tower room and left to dangle at the end of a rope. Police come screaming in and Theodosia's boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, is sent to Willow's apartment to investigate. But minutes later, he is shot and wounded by a shadowy intruder.
A wealthy New York philanthropist agrees to pay top dollar for a private, four-day ziti workshop. But Nell's boyfriend Pete Orlandini rushes to Rome for an unexpected business trip, Chef Orlandini is more preoccupied with a potential spot on an American cooking show than preparing for the workshop, and an uninvited woman sneaks into the villa to inspect Pete's olive grove and is found there, dead.
At the very end of his bloody, clandestine career, the professional hitman known as Quarry - star of the Cinemax TV miniseries of the same name - receives a visit from a beautiful young woman who seems to have uncovered all his carefully hidden secrets. But what does she want? To expose him? To blackmail him? To get him to come out of retirement to kill someone for her?
The terrorist Guy Fowle has escaped from prison. Jude Lyon of MI-6 has been saved from a Syrian ambush by his lover - and enemy? - Julia Ermolaeva. A mysterious Russian has been murdered in London and his thumb cut off. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has made an unfortunate social connection at a party, which he hopes he can keep secret. And suddenly, the world is literally going up in flames.
Florida, circa 1980. Reed Crowe, the eponymous Florida Man, is a middle-aged beach bum, beleaguered and disenfranchised, living on ill-gotten gains deep in the jungly heart of Florida. When sinkholes start opening on Emerald Island, not only are Reed Crowe's seedy businesses - a moribund motel and a shabby amusement park - endangered, but so are his secrets.
Finlay Donovan is - once again - struggling to finish her next novel and keep her head above water as a single mother of two. On the bright side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to rely on, and the only dead body she's dealt with lately is that of her daughter's pet goldfish. On the not-so-bright side, someone out there wants her ex-husband, Steven, out of the picture. Permanently.
It's the 1930s and a mysterious illness is spreading over Scotland. But the noble and ancient family of Inverkillen, residents of Loch Down Abbey, are much more concerned with dwindling toilet roll supplies and who will look after the children now that Nanny has regretfully (and most inconveniently) departed this life.Then Lord Inverkillen, Earl and head of the family, is found dead in mysterious circumstances.
In attendance at the Friday night fireworks are senior residents from Jupiter Springs Assisted Living including Roy Bird, father to South Lick's very own Police Lieutenant Buck Bird. Despite his blindness, Roy is a member of his group home's knitting circle, spending quality time with some lovely ladies. But when the lightshow ends, one of the knitters who sat with Roy is found dead, a puncture wound in her neck.
Christmas has just passed and Naples is preparing to celebrate New Year when, on the stage of a variety show, famous actor Michelangelo Gelmi fires a gun at his wife, Fedora Marra. The shooting itself would be nothing strange, it is repeated every evening as part of their performance. But this time, someone replaced one of the blanks with a real bullet. Gelmi swears his innocence, but few believe him.
After her painful divorce four years ago, Lotte Meerman has kept well away from Arjen, her ex-husband, and his new wife Nadia. So when they both visit her at central Amsterdam's police station to report Nadia's father missing, Lotte is shocked - but hides it well. Then two days later a dog walker reports the discovery of a body near the Orange Locks, built to keep the sea out of Amsterdam, and the missing man is identified as Nadia's father.
Ruth Miller takes the job of personal assistant to the super-rich Russian Elena Shilkov. And she's good at the job; distributing gifts, attending galas, dealing with the high-society movers and shakers fighting for Elena's attention. Then the sinister truth begins to reveal itself, that nothing is quite what it seems in Elena's dangerous, deceptive world. Ruth should get away. But it's already too late.
After years of manic road tripping across their beloved Sunshine State, Serge and Coleman settle down in Pelican Bay, a thriving condo complex with scenic views and friendly neighbours. And Serge's skills are suddenly in high demand, since the community is at war with investors who are buying up units and leasing them to young vacationers who party at all hours. And then there's the gang war that erupts when a local drug lord passes the family business to his young, enterprising son.
February 27, 1933. The Reichstag parliament building in Berlin is set ablaze. John Russell has just secured work as a crime reporter for a Berlin newspaper, and the crimes which he has to report - the gruesome murder of a rent boy, the hit-and-run death of a professional genealogist, the suspicious disappearance of a Nazi-supporting celebrity fortune-teller - are increasingly entangled in the wider nightmare engulfing Germany.
Plum Lockhart ditched her corporate job in New York City and moved to the Caribbean island of Paraiso. Now the head of her own villa broker agency, Plum spends her days chasing down clients and lounging on white sand beaches. But the sweet life turns sour when a publishing heiress is found dead at the mansion of an eccentric tycoon, Dieter Friedrich and an old colleague asks Plum to investigate.
Atlantic Airlines Flight 702 disappears mid-flight between London and New York, and authorities have no explanation. Among the 256 passengers was college student Kaitlin Le's beloved twin brother Conor. Refusing to believe the official statements, she journeys deeper into the murky heart of what really happened on board that plane - and it becomes clear she's drawing attention to herself. And there are some people who would rather the truth behind the fate of Flight 702 stayed buried...
The war is now underway and a famous group of German theatre players are trapped in Britain. Some of them claim to have no love for the Kaiser and are seeking political asylum. Among these is the mathematician that Euphemia's Mary has been corresponding with (see A Death Abroad). He joined the group with the express intention of making it out of the country to Britain and to Mary before the war started. Fitzroy tasks Euphemia with going under cover at a theatre that has agreed to let the company finish its run, to discover what is really going on behind this troupe and if all are who they appear to be.
In a small London bedsit, a radio is playing. A small dining table is set for three, and curled up on the sofa is a body... Jenn is the one who discovers the woman, along with the bailiffs. All indications suggest that the tenant - Sarah Jones - was pretty, charismatic and full of life. So how is it possible that her body has lain undiscovered for ten whole months?
Pamela has organized a weekend-long knitting bee as part of a conference at Wendelstaff College. But when pompous Professor Robert Greer-Gordon Critter, the keynote speaker at the conference, crashes the bee, he seems more interested in flirting than knitting. The man's reputation as a philanderer supersedes his academic reputation. After coffee and cookies are served, the professor suddenly collapses, seemingly poisoned - but how? Everyone had the coffee and cookies.
When 15 year old Oscar Dreyer-Hoff disappears, the police assume he's simply a runaway - a typically overlooked middle child doing what teenagers do all around the world. But his frantic family is certain that something terrible has happened, having left behind a strange, violent note. It's not much to go on but it's all that detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner have.
Shiloh Bellamy has saved her family's farm from financial ruin - but now what? She's barely scraping by on the farm's new organic business model and the fall festival she organized to drum up business comes to a screeching halt when the body of a prominent townswoman is discovered underneath a scarecrow in a nearby field.
Hannah's up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother's penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea - Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered...and Andrea is the prime suspect.
Jess shows up at her half-brother Ben's Paris apartment, but Ben's not there. The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother's situation, and the more questions she has. The socialite, the nice guy, the alcoholic, the girl on the verge, the concierge. Everyone's a neighbour. Everyone's a suspect. And everyone knows something they're not telling.
Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. And her inheritance of a multi-million dollar mansion as a reward for catching a killer has just made her police enemy number one.It's been ten years since Jessica arrested Dr. Blair Harbour for cold-blooded murder. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor late one night she expects abuse, maybe even violence. What comes next is a plea for help...
Before he was the Gray Man, Court Gentry was Sierra Six, the junior member of a CIA action team. In their first mission they took out a terrorist leader, at a terrible price. Years have passed. The Gray Man is on a simple mission when he sees a ghost: the long-dead terrorist, but he's remarkably energetic for a dead man. A decade of time hasn't changed the Gray Man. He isn't one to leave a job unfinished or a blood debt unpaid.
July, 1940. The Nazis launch their invasion of Britain - starting with the Channel Islands... And soldier turned safecracker Bill O'Hagan gets an offer: hang for his crimes, or serve his country. The mission - land on occupied Alderney, impersonate a local, steal the invasion plans, escape. He almost believes they're not lying to him.
Frances Metcalfe's troubled son is accepted into the elite Forrester Academy, but a disturbing incident at the school causes the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes. Then she meets Kate Randolph, beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart - one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she's a murderer.
While attending a gala at Prescott University's lavish new campus, Hester Thursby and fellow guest, Detective Angela White, are asked by the college's owners, Tucker and Jennifer Matson, to investigate a break-in at their mansion. Between financial transgressions, a long-ago tragedy, and rumors of infidelity, it becomes clear that the Matsons aren't immune to scandal or mishap. But when a missing student turns up dead, the mystery takes on new urgency.
Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. But their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken. A year later, Marin hires a PI to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. Permanently.
After the revival of Operation Treadstone, former agent Adam Hayes has retreated to Africa, determined to leave the black-ops CIA program behind for good. But while attempting to complete a charitable mission in Burkina Faso, Hayes agrees to transport a passenger - Zoe Cabot, the daughter of a tech baron - to a small coastal city. But just after Hayes completes his flight, Zoe is kidnapped.
Philip Marlowe is transplanted to present-day L.A. Marlowe, against his better judgement, accepts two missing person cases, the first a daughter of a faded, tyrannical Hollywood starlet, and the second, a British child stolen from his mother by his father.
Almost twenty years after Beaumont saved Jared and his younger brother from their father's murderous rage, Jared reappears in Beau's life seeking his help once again - his younger brother Chris is missing. Following a lead all the way to the wilds of wintertime Alaska, Beau encounters a tangled web of family secrets in which a killer with nothing to lose is waiting to take another life.
When struggling ex-copper Terry Coats was discovered in bed with an air hostess, his excuse that he was 'going undercover' cut no ice with the force - or his wife. But now he's been brutally killed on Hogmanay night, it seems there may have been more to his plea. Dragged from the New Year celebrations, Special Constable Sir Bob Skinner is shocked to find Coats' body alongside that of Griff Montell: his erstwhile protege, and former lover of Skinner's own daughter, Alex.
Diane Connors is a dedicated doctor with the world's biggest secret, a discovery that could have shocking global ramifications. But while conducting private research trials, word has gotten out. The wrong people have heard the news and now want to hide Diane's achievement for their own ends. With nowhere else to turn, Diane finds herself on the doorstep of the last man she wants to ask for help: her ex-husband, Joe Quinn, now married to Eve Duncan.
When university rare books librarian Liesl Weiss's boss has a stroke and she's left to run things, she discovers that the library's most prized manuscript is missing. And then a librarian unexpectedly stops showing up to work. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues' pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft.
Early one morning, Milo and Alex find themselves in a neighborhood of pretty houses, pretty cars, and pretty people. The scene they encounter is anything but. A naked young man lies dead in the street, the apparent victim of a collision with a moving van hurtling through suburbia in the darkness. But any thoughts of accidental death vanish when a blood trail leads to a nearby home. Inside, a young woman lies butchered.
The colourful stained glass in the country church has caught Whitney's eye, and she'd love to breathe new life into the abandoned building. But the owner of the horse farm next door has asserted a legal claim to the church property, rendering their title uncertain. If that's not bad enough, while rehabbing the church, Whitney's cat Sawdust discovers a bombshell in the bell tower - the body of the man who'd delivered their beautiful new replacement windows.
Undercover cop Chris Sketty became a hero when he almost died trying to stop the most brutal terror attack in UK history. With the suspects either dead or missing, the real motive remains a mystery. But someone is convinced Sketty is a liar. A criminal mastermind. A murderer.
The bloated remains of a man are discovered bound to a derelict pier in Orkney and newly promoted DCI Lukas Mahler dispatches a team to investigate. But when the body is identified as Alex Fleming - Mahler's former colleague from his time in the Met - the case becomes personal. Mahler's investigation takes him from his old stamping ground of London to the world of organized crime, and from sixteenth-century witch executions to Fleming's most notorious unsolved case: the 'Witchfinder' murders.
Poppy and her Aunt Ginny attend the auction, hoping to bid on an armoire for the B&B, and discover a veritable armory for sale - everything from ancient blades and nineteenth century guns to such potential killing devices as knitting needles and a blacksmith hammer. Then during the auction, a body falls out of the very armoire Poppy was hoping to acquire, stabbed through the heart.
After five years on the road, Helga has finally settled near King Eirik's court in Uppsala, where she's well-regarded as a healer. She's even in a relationship, of sorts. But life is about to get a bit more exciting, for King Eirik has summoned all those who owe him fealty to the King's Council and tempers are already flaring. As delegations arrive, the body of an unknown boy is found near the river.
Up to his neck in debt, Liam Cox looks to his elderly mother for a solution. But despite sitting on a goldmine, Mildred refuses to leave her farm behind. Alerted to Liam's shady dealings, DI Gillian Marsh is sent to investigate. As Gillian's case against Liam becomes personal, she does all she can to protect the frightened Mildred. As Liam's inheritance comes under threat and the pressure rises, how far will he go to repay his debts? When two bodies are found and family ties are severed, both Gillian and Mildred must be careful who they trust...
When Sam Dee's old pal Richard Ruta throws one of his famous parties, things take a sinister turn. Sam, his neighbour Maggie and the rest of the guests are dumbfounded when Richard falls down dead. A horrible tragedy - or a cunningly planned murder? With a village full of suspects - and plenty of dark secrets - just who exactly would want to bump off their host? Armed with her local knowledge, Maggie - with Sam's reluctant but indispensable help - is soon on the case.
Jodie 'Nosey' Parker, lately of London's Met Police, is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home, where she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer. But there's nothing quite like having your first job back at home be catering an ex-boyfriend's wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride vanishes, Jodie is drawn into the investigation, realizing that life in the countryside might not be as quaint as she remembers.
16-year-old Sadie Saunders is missing. Five friends set out into the woods to find her. But they're not just friends...THEY'RE SUSPECTS.You see, this was never a search party. It's a witch hunt. And not everyone will make it home alive...
25 years ago, while drug running for a local crime lord, Danny decides to call in a large debt from a young female drug addict, Micki Ashton. During a chaotic night on a riverbank amongst a group of friends, things turn deadly when Danny produces a knife and Micki is stabbed. Danny spends the next quarter century in prison. Now, one by one, the former friends are being picked off until only Danny and criminal defense lawyer Shaw remain.
Sandrine is asked to empty her late grandmother's house on a small island near the Normandy coast. She soon discovers that its elderly inhabitants haven't left the island since their arrival as children during World War II. Sandrine can tell they are terrified of someone, or something. Yet, they refuse to leave the island. What happened to the children from the holiday camp which was suddenly shut down in 1949? And who was Sandrine's grandmother really?
Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene. The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities. Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?
Lucy Harper's talent for writing bestselling novels has given her fame, fortune and millions of fans. It's also given her Dan, her needy, jealous husband whose own writing career has gone precisely nowhere. Now Dan has vanished. But this isn't the first time that someone has disappeared from Lucy's life. Three decades ago,her little brother Teddy also went missing and was never found.
India, 1937. Harris is due to interview the Maharaja of Bikaner, a friend to the Raj, for his London newspaper - and he and Drabble soon find themselves accompanied by a local journalist, Miss Heinz. But is the lady all she seems? And the Maharaja himself is proving elusive...Meanwhile, the movement for Indian independence is becoming stronger, and Drabble and Harris witness some of the conflict first-hand. But even more drama comes on arrival at Bikaner when the friends find themselves confined to their quarters... and embroiled in an assassination plot!
When daring journalist Sir Percival Harris gets wind of a curious crime in a sleepy English town, he ropes in his old friend Professor Ernest Drabble to help him investigate. The crime is a grave robbery, and as Drabble and Harris pry deeper, events take a mysterious turn when a theft at the British Museum is soon followed by a murder.The friends are soon involved in a tumultuous quest that takes them from the genteel streets of London to the wide plains of the United States.
As May Day dawns in the peaceful village of Middle Fenton, a young woman is found brutally strangled, her body tied up with ribbons in the middle of the green. A week later, her boyfriend is found hanged in a local barn, and the police assume guilt over murdering his beloved has driven him to suicide - but not everyone is convinced. WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder are sent to investigate, and quickly realize that there's a double murderer on the loose.
As the CEO of a billion-dollar oil company, Reese Garrett has dealt with his share of corporate rivalry. What he hadn't counted on was being the victim of a sabotaged chopper while negotiating a deal for the Poseidon offshore drilling platform - or the devastating fallout that would ensue. Reese feels the weight of the two men who died in the crash, and worse, it looks like he was the intended target. Then another body turns up, one connected to both Poseidon and to Reese on a more personal level.
Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler Nate Nash for over seven years. But now Dominika hears a whisper that one of three candidates for a high US intelligence position is a Russian mole. If the Kremlin's candidate for the position is confirmed, the Russians will have access to all the names of assets spying for the CIA in Moscow, including Dominika's. But which of the three is the mole?
Tony, Hugh and Karen thought they'd seen the last of each other thirty years ago. Half a lifetime has passed and memories have been buried. But when they are asked to reunite - to lay ghosts to rest for the good of the future - they all have their own reasons to agree. As they take the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland the past is brought into terrible focus - some things are impossible to leave behind.
After returning from her father-in-law's funeral in Florida, Lucy can almost hear the death knell of her part-time reporter job. The Pennysaver's new hire, Rob Callahan, is young, ambitious, and positioning himself to become their next star. Adding insult to injury, Lucy only gets assigned the local St. Patrick's Day parade after Rob passes on the story. But it's a shock when Rob is charged with sending a corrections officer from town to a fiery death.
Paris, 1890. When Sherlock Holmes finds himself chasing an art dealer through the streets of Paris, he's certain he's smoked out one of the principals of a cunning forgery ring responsible for the theft of some of the Louvre's greatest masterpieces. But for once, Holmes is dead wrong. He doesn't know that the dealer, Theo Van Gogh, is rushing to the side of his brother, who lies dying of a gunshot wound in Auvers. Soon Holmes is on the trail of the murderer of Vincent Van Gogh.
When Greg Griffin wakes to find his wife is not in bed, his blood runs cold. Her book club friends say Jenn left for home hours ago. But she's missing. Greg tells detectives their marriage is good, but his alibi is razor-thin. With their young son away at a sleepover, Greg had all night to commit a crime. And there are scrapes on his hands... Investigators discover Jenn has troubling secrets, but she isn't the only one.
Glasgow, 1932. When the son-in-law of one of the city's wealthiest shipbuilders is found floating in the River Clyde with his throat cut, it falls to Inspector Jimmy Dreghorn to lead the murder case - despite sharing a troubled history with the victim's widow, Isla Lockhart.
It is 1969, and flames can be seen on the horizon, protest wafts like smoke though the thick air, and Easy Rawlins, the Black private detective whose small agency finally has its own office, gets a visit from a white Vietnam veteran. He and his lover, a beautiful young woman, were attacked in a citrus grove at the city's outskirts. He may have killed a man, and the woman and his dog are now missing. Inclined to turn down what sounds like nothing but trouble, Easy takes the case when he realizes how damaged the young vet is from his war experiences - the bond between veterans superseding all other considerations.
2021 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Summer has come to Atlantic City but the boardwalk is empty of tourists, the casino lights have dimmed, and two Jane Does are laid out in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel, just west of town. Meanwhile, Clara, a young boardwalk psychic, struggles to attract clients for the tarot readings that pay her rent. When she begins to experience very real and disturbing visions, she suspects they could be related to the recent cases of women gone missing in town.
Siobhan O'Sullivan discovers the new bookshop contains nothing but Literature with a capital L, refusing to stock romances, mysteries, and science fiction. When it hosts a reading and autographing event with indie author Deirdre Walsh, she spends more time complaining about the unfairness of the publishing industry and megastar bestsellers instead of her own creative works, with a particular distaste for the novels of Nessa Lamb. Then Deirdre's body is found the next day in the back of the store - with pages torn from Nessa's books stuffed in her mouth.
3 novellas, previously published as LET'S PLAY MAKE-BELIEVE.
Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The shooters' aim is as fearsomely precise as their target selection. When Lindsay realizes that the fallen men and women excel in a lucrative, criminal activity, she leads the charge in the manhunt for the killers. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this suspicious shooting gallery galvanizes the country.
Claudia Lin is used to keeping secrets from her family, such as that she prefers girls - and that she's just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency. A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen,Claudia believes she's landed her ideal job. But when a client vanishes, Claudia breaks protocol to investigate - and uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit.
Across 18th century London women whisper of a secret apothecary shop and a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary's fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious 12 year old, makes a fatal mistake. Meanwhile, aspiring present-day historian Caroline Parcewell stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago. Her life collides with the apothecary's in a stunning twist of fate - and not everyone will survive.
A local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement - and no footsteps leading away. Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter. Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence.
Lucas Tappan, a wealthy and eccentric billionaire and founder of Icarus Space Systems, approaches the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute with an outlandish proposal - to finance a careful, scientific excavation of the Roswell Incident site, where a UFO is alleged to have crashed in 1947. A skeptical Nora Kelly, to her great annoyance, is tasked with the job. Nora's excavation immediately uncovers two murder victims buried at the site, faces and hands obliterated with acid to erase their identities.
Back in Balsam Dell to heal after the death of her husband, Carly has opened Carly's Grilled Cheese Eatery. After only five months, business is booming as Vermont vacationers and townspeople alike flock to lunch on her Party Havartis and other grilled cheese concoctions. All but Lyle Bagley, Carly's one-time high school boyfriend and now town bully who just bought the building that houses her eatery and wants Carly out. Then Lyle is discovered dead behind the dumpster of Carly's shop.
A Russian defector is found brutally murdered in a London hotel. Only four people knew he had turned - the four most important and powerful figures in Whitehall. There's only one conclusion - A mole has infiltrated the highest levels of the nation's security. Operating in secret from within Westminster's darkest corners, former spy Solomon Vine must uncover the traitor.
The woman's body was found in the early morning, on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong - like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note, Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.
Television reporter Lily Atwood has an anonymous source who feeds her story tips. But suddenly the source begins telling Lily inside information about her own life. How does he or she know the truth? Lily understands that no one reveals a secret unless they have a reason. Now she's terrified someone is determined to destroy her world and with it, everyone and everything she holds dear.
Although Sarah Grayson is often tending to the contained chaos of her delightful secondhand store in North Harbor, Maine, plus dealing with the quirky personality of her rescue cat, Elvis, she still takes an occasional night off. But her evening out comes to an abrupt end when Sarah discovers Stella Hall, a member of the library board, standing over a body in the street.
In the office at MI5 where he works, they call Jonas Merrick 'the eternal flame'. It isn't a compliment. It's because he never goes out. He never goes undercover, never does surveillance, never goes with the teams that kick down the doors or seize the suspects off the street. But now a British Jihadi is returning from Syria with murderous plans, and the eternal flame will need to go out.
Bookseller Delaney Nichols is asked by eccentric socialite Shelagh O'Conner to participate in an exclusive treasure hunt. Shelagh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the '70s. Delaney is enticed by the hunt's grand prize - a first edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The night after the first meeting of the treasure hunters, however, several homes in Edinburgh are robbed in a manner reminiscent of Shelagh's old tricks. And when a man connected to Shelagh is killed, suspicion builds.
Karl and his daughter Leah were ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. At knife point, Karl is forced to make an impossible choice. Stay and die, or walk away from Leah and take this thug's word that they both will live. It's not long before more seemingly unconnected and innocent people across London are offered a deal in exchange for their life. DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen must hunt for a killer who appears to have no face, no motive and no conscience.
Erin Kennedy was living happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island, when she answered the door to Danny's police colleagues one morning. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death. Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband's murder.
In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Except that Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack.
In the garden of an abandoned house, Luke Connolly lies broken, dead. The night before, he and his friends partied inside. Nobody fought, everybody else went home safely. And yet, Luke was raped and pushed to his death. His alleged attacker is now in custody. DCI Tom Reynolds is receiving the biggest promotion of his career when a colleague asks him to look at the Connolly case, believing it's not as cut and dried as local investigators have made out.
Edo, February 1566: when a samurai's corpse is discovered in the ruins of a burned-out bookshop, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Jesuit Father Mateo must determine whether the shopkeeper and his young apprentice are innocent victims or assassins in disguise.
Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed "The Lost Village," since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother's entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left - a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn - have plagued her.
Ex-MI6 officer Marc Dane and his partner, Lucy Keyes, are bound together in a desperate search for the sinister organization plotting the release of a deadly virus on the world.
London, 1851. Restless and bored after a long hot summer, apothecary and poison expert Jem Flockhart decides to redesign her physic garden. But plans are thrown into confusion when a man's skeleton is unearthed from beneath the deadly nightshade, a smaller, child-like skeleton curled at its feet.
Spring, 1921. Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Rutledge to the sea-battered village of Walmer on the coast of Essex, where amongst the salt flats and a military airfield lies Benton Abbey, a grand manor with a storied past. The lady of the house claims she saw a violent murder - but there is no body, no blood. She also insists she recognized the killer, Captain Nelson. Only it could not have been Nelson because he died during the war.
Marrakech, August, the start of Ramadan. Among the few foreigners left in the sweltering city are a riad owner, her French boyfriend and an English girl whose bag has been stolen after a hen weekend. At the local commissariat 24-year old detective Karim Belkacem is struggling to fast while holding down two jobs to pay for his sister's wedding. On the day that the English girl comes to him for help, a Moroccan girl is found dead, her body dumped in a handcart.
When a man is found savagely 'crucified' amidst a murky swamp in northern Australia, detective Dana Russo and her team are called to a shocking scene. The victim is a convicted rapist, just released from prison, who years earlier committed an atrocious crime yards from where he was killed. Who murdered him - and why? With several potential leads, the investigation quickly becomes more complex, and sinister, than anyone imagined.
A series of bizarre drug-related deaths among runaway teenagers has set the North East's homeless community on edge.The word on the street is that a rogue batch of Spice - the zombie drug sweeping the inner cities - is to blame, but when one of Jimmy's few close friends is caught up in the carnage, loyalty compels him to find out what's really going on.
Luke's acting career imploded when his wife Lisa disappeared. Wannabe actress Kitty Rae works for Johan Fly, a charismatic, wealthy, and seriously unbalanced drug dealer to the rich and famous of Hollywood. Then Johan discovers that Kitty has been skimming the product and vows to make her pay. Luke steps up to help Kitty and uncovers a web of violence and corruption, as well as a single, enticing clue about his wife's disappearance. Barreling across the Mojave Desert, Luke and Kitty set off to find the long-lost Lisa.
After a corrupt judge allowed Max James to walk free, he confronts Assistant DA Kate Stone outside the courthouse. She punches James and he goes down hard. So, Kate attends her first anger management meeting and finds a group of people all failed by the justice system, determined to do everything in their power to help right wrongs, even if outside the law. Kate begins to dig into Max James's secret life and unknowingly ignites a battle that will rage across the city.
Felix Pink is retired, widowed for more than a decade. He occupies himself volunteering as an Exiteer - someone who sits with terminally ill people as they die by suicide, assisting with logistics and lending moral support, then removing the evidence so that family and friends are not implicated in the death. Fifteen minutes after Felix lets himself into Number 3 Black Lane, on just such a mission, he is on the run from the police - after making the biggest mistake of his life. Now his routine world is turned upside down as he tries to discover whether what went wrong was a simple mistake - or deliberate. Murder.
Buckingham Palace, Autumn 2016. The Queen must deal with the fallout from the Brexit referendum, a new female prime minister and a tumultuous election in the United States. Yet these prove to be the least of her worries when a staff member is found dead beside the palace swimming pool. Is it truly the result of a tragic accident, as the police think?
It's autumn in Shady Hollow, and residents are looking forward to harvest feasts. But then a rabbit discovers a grisly crop, the bones of a moose. Soon the owner of Joe's Mug is dragged out of the coffeeshop and questioned by the police about the night his wife walked out of his life - and Shady Hollow - forever. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but dogged reporter Vera Vixen doesn't believe gentle Joe is a killer.
Detective Louise Rick is on vacation in Thailand when she gets a panicked call from her father. Mikkel, Louise's brother, has attempted suicide. His wife Trine has left him, and no one has heard from her in three days. Meanwhile, the media in Louise's hometown of Osted is carrying non-stop coverage about Susan Dahlgaard, a local schoolgirl who went missing over a decade earlier and whose body has just been discovered in a remote forest on the nearby island of Borhnholm.
Blotto is off to India for a cricket tour. So Twinks joins Blotto on a steamer bound for India, one of the young women aboard desperate to marry well there. And, unbeknownst to the siblings, also on the ship is the international jewel thief Archie Montmorency, passing himself off as one of Blotto's cricketing entourage. His real mission though is to steal the diamond which adorns the turban of the Maharajah of Koorbleimee.
Wilde, the man with a childhood shrouded in mystery, who appeared one day in the Ramapo Mountains with no memory of how he got there or the mother and father who abandoned him, has uncovered a major break in the case that may hold the key to revealing the truth of his origins. But the discovery links him with a present-day disappearance and presumed suicide that is much more than it first appears.
Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused - he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp - but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of people who prefer to remain in the shadows.
Famous director Elias Theropodous has chosen Haggerman's Catskills Resort as a shooting location for his next film. For resort manager Elizabeth Grady, dealing with the ridiculous demands of the antagonistic director is bad enough. But when Elias is poisoned during a dinner at the resort, the future of the film and the resort itself are on the line.
When a body found on the Honeychurch Hall estate proves to be that of a villager who had supposedly moved to Ireland years earlier, tongues start wagging and theories abound. Charlie Green had always been a rogue. Although Charlie's demise happened well before Kat's arrival, Kat is drawn into the mystery when she finds two rare miniature portraits hidden inside a custom-made dollhouse of Honeychurch Hall.
1914. Lady's maid Jane Prescott is back in New York with the Tylers when she learns that her old dancing partner, Leo Hirschfeld, has married a chorus girl in his new Broadway musical. Star struck Louise Tyler invests in Leo's show, and Jane chaperones her at rehearsals. But behind the glittering facade of the theater, there are rivalries, secret romances, and some very dodgy business practices. When the show's abusive producer, Sidney Warburton, is murdered, the list of suspects is long.
Inspector Daniel Kohi of the Zimbabwean police force returns home one night to find his worst nightmare has been realised. His family dead, his house destroyed, and in fear for his life, he is forced to flee the country he loves. Far away in Glasgow, DSI William Lorimer must deal with a plot to carry out an unspeakable atrocity on Christmas Eve. Soon Lorimer finds himself in desperate need of assistance. Then he meets an extraordinary man - a refugee from Zimbabwe whose investigative skills are a match for Lorimer's own.
When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can't shake the feeling that there's more to the crime than meets the eye. Enter DS Moony - an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Moony wants Rose to help her out - but Rose doesn't believe in any of that. Does she?
When 90-year-old Peggy Smith dies her caretaker discovers in her flat an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript, PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter, Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all. And then things escalate. From an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted.
In the summer of his 17th year, Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime, a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basketball tournament, a dream come true. But during the tournament, Samuel learns that the civil war raging across South Sudan has brought rebel troops to his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.
It's October 1814 and the war with France is finally over. But London suddenly finds itself in the grip of a series of heinous murders eerily similar to the Ratcliffe Highway murders of three years before. A suspect in those crimes - a young seaman named John Williams - was arrested but hanged himself in his cell before trial. Now the lead investigators and others possibly connected to the case are meeting violent ends. Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy turns to his friend Sebastian St. Cyr for assistance.
When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues. As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted. In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it's too late.
Sir Robert Skinner has been hired to head an international media organization. Yet a series of unexplained deaths on his home turf in Scotland threaten to bring him crashing back down to earth. As he helps the elderly in his local community, several residents seem to die of natural causes. But when a gruesome discovery is made in a Glasgow flat, one of Skinner's long-time friends - an aspiring politician - emerges as the prime suspect.
Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. But before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny's got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior.
Butler Helen Thorpe is called back to a spiritual retreat where she used to work, the Yatra Institute, on one of British Columbia's Gulf Islands. The owner of the lodge, Helen's former employer Edna, has died while on a three-month silent self-retreat, leaving Helen instructions to settle her affairs. But as Helen carries out the will's instructions, she begins to think that someone had reason to want Edna dead.
Lyndsey Duncan was once a top handler in the Moscow Field Station, but now has been sent home to Washington on administrative leave. So when a former colleague, now Chief of the Russia Division, recruits her for an internal investigation, she jumps at the chance to prove herself once more. Three Russian assets have been discovered - including one of her own - and the CIA is convinced there's a mole in the department.
Brunetti is approached for a favour by Elisabetta Foscarini. Her son-in-law, Enrico Fenzo, has alarmed his wife (her daughter) by confessing their family might be in danger because of something he's involved with. Since Fenzo is an accountant, Brunetti logically suspects the cause of danger is related to the finances of a client. Yet his clients seem benign: an optician, a restaurateur, a charity established by his father-in-law.
Penelope Parish is ready to close the book on her amateur sleuthing - from now on, the Open Book's writer-in-residence will be sticking to villains of the fictional variety while she puts the final touches on her new novel. But when an author is murdered inside the bookshop, all of Upper Chumley-on-Stoke goes on high alert.
The body of a man shot through the head is disinterred by the roots of a fallen tree. A famous art critic is viciously murdered in a nearby house. Both deaths have occurred more than 70 years apart. Asked by a forensic archaeologist in Paris to take a look at the site of the former, Enzo Macleod quickly finds himself embroiled in the investigation of the latter, and two narratives are set in train - one historical, unfolding against a backdrop of real events in Occupied France in the 1940s, and the other contemporary, set in a France going back into Covid lockdown in the autumn of 2020. At the heart of both is da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
Detective Duncan McCormack has returned to Glasgow after a stint with the Metropolitan Police in London. He is investigating a series of murders that seem at first to be the result of random bouts of violence among Glasgow's poor and destitute. McCormack, however, has insight into Glasgow's underground that many of his colleagues don't.
When Archie Mint is killed while trying to stop a robbery in his own home, his family is shattered. But while working on Mint's body before his funeral, mortician "Zig" Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That telling detail leads him to Dover Air Force Base, where he uncovers Mint's involvement in a top-secret military unit and his connection to military artist Nola Brown.
When Joe Christie's fishing boat is swept onto Tentsmuir beach during a fierce storm, a man's mutilated body is found in the hold. DCI Andy Gilchrist of St Andrews CID is called in to investigate. But his murder investigation deepens when he learns that Joe Christie and his boat have been missing for three years. The police pathologist, Dr Rebecca Cooper, retrieves a five pound note from the dead man's throat. Is this the killer's calling card?
Nobody robs banks in Belfast without the IRA getting a cut - not even former Provo James 'Ructions' O'Hare. When word gets around O'Hare may be up to something, the pressure from the IRA begins. Ructions trusts his crack squad of former paramilitary compadres, and has full confidence in his audacious plan to literally empty the biggest bank in Belfast by kidnapping the families of two employees - known as a "tiger" kidnapping - in order to force them to help the crew into the vault. But how keep the plan - and the money - from the IRA?
When the body of Leann Truitt is found in a secluded cove in Mystery Bay,Detective Megan Carpenter is one of the first on the scene. The victim had tell-tale marks on her wrists, ankles and neck where she has been bound. But that's not all. Next to Leann's body lies a puzzling clue - an unusual symbol scratched into a rock.
The hike is meant to bring their nature group together. As the sun sets, a gunshot rings out on the nature reserve. One of the seven is dead. And one of their number killed them...
Life is good for Rafael de Bourbon. The forty-year-old Spaniard recently married a wealthy English beauty, and is days away from opening a luxury boutique hotel off the southern coast of Thailand. Then the Royal Thai Police storm the hotel, arrest him for blackmail and extortion, and throw him into Bangkok's most notorious jail. In desperation, he reaches out to Simon Riske.
Berlin, December 1939. When a young woman is found brutally murdered, Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is under immense pressure to solve the case, swiftly. Treated with suspicion by his superiors for his failure to join the Nazi Party, Schenke walks a perilous line - for disloyalty is a death sentence. The discovery of a second victim takes him closer to the sinister heart of the regime.
AD 58. BRITANNIA. The island is settled now, bustling with commerce. Macro's goal is to help run his mother's Londinium inn, and exploit his land grant. He's prepared for the dismal weather and the barbaric ways of the people. But far worse dangers threaten all his plans. A gang led by an ex-legionary rules the city, demanding protection money and terrorising those who won't pay up. The Roman official in charge has turned a blind eye. Macro has to act. He needs the back-up of the finest soldier he knows: Prefect Cato. But Cato is in distant Rome. Or is he?
Native son Ted Malloy knows the streets of Queens like the back of his hand. Ted was once a high-powered Manhattan lawyer, but after a spectacular fall from grace, he has found himself back on his home turf, scraping by as a foreclosure profiteer. It's a grubby business, but a safe one - until Ted's case sourcer, a mostly-reformed small-time conman named Richie Rubiano, turns up murdered shortly after tipping Ted off to an improbably lucrative lead.
It's June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam's reappearance poses more questions than answers. And, as tension builds, it's apparent somebody has planned murderous revenge for the events of ten years ago.
Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke - until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list.
After a men's room confrontation with his new boss' right-hand man, Maori cop Tito Ihaka has been sent into exile. Out of the blue McGrail summons him back to Auckland. Christopher Lilywhite, the businesswoman's terminally ill husband whom Ihaka suspected was behind his wife's death, wants to see him. Lilywhite confesses that he had his wife murdered, but he dealt with the hit-man at arm's length so has no idea who he is.
Reformed gangster Jack Robinson is working hard to bolster his image in Gilded Age New York City society as he prepares to become a new father. But when Hayden Norcross, the man who nearly ruined his wife, is shot in cold blood, Jack knows the police will soon come knocking on his door. Frank Malloy has to agree - things don't look good for Jack.
In the western Norway town of Kristiansund, Mariam Lind goes on a shopping trip with her eleven-year-old daughter, Iben, who angers her mother by asking for a magazine one too many times. Mariam storms off, leaving Iben in the shop, expecting her young daughter to find her own way home. When Iben does not come home, detective Roe Olsvik is assigned to the case. As he interrogates Mariam, he instantly suspects her - but there is much more to this case and these characters than their outer appearances would suggest.
Martin Walker presents his first collection of stories featuring all the familiar characters from his Bruno novels and the glories of the Perigord, with ample helpings of food and wine.
October 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Supermarine Spitfire - the fastest fighter aircraft in the world - to Biggin Hill Aerodrome, when she realizes someone is shooting at her aircraft from the ground. At the suggestion of one of her colleagues, Jo seeks the help of psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs.