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.
In the small village of Sawrey no one, neither human or animal, has a bad word to say about local shepherd Ben Hornby. And yet one day Beatrix finds him dead in the meadow. She suspects foul play.
Beatrix Potter, learning that a mysterious outsider has plans that would ruin the pristine shoreline of Lake Windermere, organizes her friends to thwart those plans.
Sylvia Forsenstrom has spent 15 years sleeping rough in Stockholm, taking each day as it comes. But then one night in the Grand Hotel she charms a susceptible businessman into paying for her dinner and room. When his dead body is discovered the following morning, Sylvia becomes the prime suspect.
Investigative journalist Annie Anderson confounds friends and colleagues when she takes a job as a fashion editor. But she is back on familiar ground when an up-and-coming designer is shot dead before her eyes. She's not convinced that it is, as others conclude, a robbery that went wrong.
Their secret admirer woos them with phone calls, love letters, and special gifts. From a distance, he admires them. Desires them. Despises them. And then, getting closer, he kills them. Adams County, Alabama. Sheriff Bernie Granger has a serial killer on her hands for her first big case, a chance for her to prove herself to her new partner, Memphis police detective Jim Norton. But this killer is uncannily smart - as if he knows what Bernie is thinking. And his next move is more than shocking - it's chillingly personal.
Agatha hates divorce cases - especially when the client is as pompous as Robert Smedley - but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer. Although the case doesn't look promising, it isn't long before Smedley is found poisoned in his office. The prime suspect, his sainted wife Mabel, immediately hires Agatha to find the real killer.
Alex Hawke uncovers a conspiracy, involving one of America's own allies, designed to give China access to Middle Eastern oil, and to topple America itself.
A stranger at the Washington Square dog run - where Rachel Alexander has brought her faithful pit bull partner, Dashiell, for his daily R&R - wants the PI to locate his wife, missing for 5 years. His mute daughter, distraught, is now accused of stabbing her doctor to death. But to clear the girl's name, Rachel must somehow find a way to communicate with her. And her attempts are leading Rachel to dangerous places.
Conrad Voort and his fiancee Camilla, kayaking the East River, find a corpse floating in the water at Hell's Gate. When Voort begins to ask questions he himself is targeted. A man with the power to destroy all that Voort holds dear stages an unimaginable attack that leaves the detective broken and on the run. Defying the laws of his extended cop family and of his brother officers, he returns to exact revenge - alone.
Hitman Keller, assailed by doubts and yearning for a quieter existence, starts thinking about retirement. But retirement takes money, and to get money he has to go to work.
As New Orleans struggles to rebuild, a serial killer is leaving his victims as offerings, surrounded by objects as mysterious as the French Quarter itself. For Special Agent Ulysses Grove the case is personal. The latest victim, a respected Tulane professor, was also a dear friend whose death holds startling clues to this madness. Grove finds that the case is tied to his own past and to ancient Mayan civilization.
DS Fry and DC Cooper investigate when a housefire that kills a mother and two of her children is linked to the assassination of a harmless middle-aged woman living alone in a Peake District village. The clues lead across Europe and then back to Derbyshire, via an historic texile mill converted into a shopping village.
Constable Evan Evans, almost done planning his wedding, meets a hiker whose girlfriend has gone missing on Mt. Snowdon. A search for the girl yields no trace but instead turns up a bunker complete with chains and handcuffs. Are the two related? And if so, where is the girl being held?
Near Houston, Texas, an oil refinery belonging to one of the world's largest energy companies is obliterated by a "backpack" nuclear device. Major Jason Richter and his top-secret, high-tech Task Force TALON are dispatched against this terrorism, but his plan of swift, brutal, and unconventional action is threatened by an enemy buried deep in the highest level of government.
A killer is teaching manners to the rude, though the lessons do them no good at all. Inspector Brant of the Southeast London police squad is incensed. If anyone is to get away with murder around here, it will be him.
A dramatically mutilated body is found in Sonchai Jitpeecheep's District 8, the underbelly of Bangkok's underworld. The Buddhist detective must deal with his boss, the CIA, drug dealers, prostitues, Al-Qaeda and the military. Recommended.
Robicheaux is more or less content - until a nice young woman named Trish Klein turns up in Louisiana passing stolen hundred dollar bills, and an even nicer young woman named Yvonne Darbonne commits suicide. Could Klein be the daughter of an old pal, murdered in a robbery that Robicheaux bungled, too crocked on Jim Beam to shoot straight?
Lacey can't wait to see France for the first time with friend Magda Rousseau, corset creator for D.C.'s wealthiest and kinkiest. Lacey's job there is to report on haute couture, but the real reason for the trip is the supposed Rousseau lost treasure: a corset lined with jewels. But just before the big trip, someone poisons Magda. Could it have something to do with the priceless corset? To find out, Lacey must follow a dangerous thread that will lead her to the answers - and perhaps the missing jewels.
London, 1926: Joe Sandilands is back from Ranipur. Dame Beatrice Joliffe, one of the founders of the Wrens, has been discovered bludgeoned to death in her suite at the Ritz. A broken window and missing emerald necklace suggest that it is a burglary gone wrong. Then Joliffe's companion, an ex-chorus girl, falls from Waterloo Bridge at twilight, and two of the Dame's clique of eager young Wrens commit suicide. Although these deaths make Joe suspect that Beatrice has been killed by someone close to her, he suddenly finds that the case is closed, and he is asked by his superiors to surrender his files.
Felicity Pride, author of a series of cat mysteries, finds a cat and a corpse on her doorstep. The answer to why may lie with an avid pet-hater, a high-brow professor who has read every cat mystery ever written or perhaps with Felicity's own rival in the field, a reclusive best-selling author.
Mickey Haller is a criminal defense lawyer who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln town car defending bikers, con artists, drunk drivers and drug dealers. Finally he gets his first high-paying client - a Beverly Hills rich boy arrested for beating a woman. Mickey figures he has a slam-dunk - until an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth. Recommended.
The senior Senator from Massachusetts has been named a "person of interest" in connection with the disappearance of his 25 year old spokesperson, Michelle Forrester. Attorney Marty Nickerson is representing Kendrick, a high-profile resident of Cape Cod, but soon finds that parts of his story don't check out. And then Michelle Forrester's body is found.
Josie Welford is the new owner of the White Hart pub, located in the rural West Country. Her efforts to improve the premises and the clientele are hampered by one problem after another. She is forced to turn to Nick Thomas, now a Food Standards Inspector. He'd been of help to her in the past, notably on that occasion when he put her late husband in jail.
Greece, home of the ancient Olympic Games, is a favourite destination for Seven Sights Travel, a seedy company which provides tours for wealthy travellers. Falco and Helena hear that two Roman visitors have been murdered at Olympia; the authorities will not investigate properly, so Falco steps in. Making himself unwelcome at the hidebound sanctuary, he soon finds himself up against Seven Sights.
The first three mysteries featuring Gil Mayo, Chief Dectective in the sleepy little English town of Lavinstock. To tie-in with the new BBC series.
Erik Winter hunts a copycat murderer. He believes that a link exists that will bridge the current violence to a five year old unsolved rape and murder.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum decides to quit her job to do something else, something safe, something normal - something without creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But then - just when she thinks she's out - they pull her back in.
Melvin Arbuckle, Wanda Nell's boss at the Kountry Kitchen, has been arrested for killing a disreputable waitress. Convinced of Melvin's innocence, Wanda Nell puts herself on the trail of a ruthless killer - and almost gets her goose cooked.
The niece and friends of a murder victim, while going through the deceased's effects, find an embroidered pillow with only 49 stars and a map of Lake Minnetonka stitched in the lining. The women decide it must be a treasure map - or some other secret for which someone might commit murder.
A prisoner has managed to breach the foolproof security of Arizona's Meza Azul penitentiary , set loose the other inmates, and take control of the facility - holding more than one hundred guards and workers hostage. And one hostage will die every six hours until Timothy Driver gets what he wants: Frank Corso. Unwilling to be responsible for the death of innocents, Corso allows himself to be delivered into the bowels of Meza Azul - and into the hands of a crazed hero turned criminal.
A controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation. No suspects, no motive, no evidence - it's business as usual for the Peculiar Crimes Unit's cantankerous founding partners, Arthur Bryant and John May. But this time they have an eyewitness. According to 12 year old Luke Tripp, the killer was a cape clad highwayman atop a black stallion.
Lacey's 17 year old daughter, recently returned to London with his estranged wife, has disappeared, as have many street girls in Covent Garden. Desperately hunting for her, Lacey uncovers secrets about his wife's past - and his own life - that he must face before he can stop a killer.
Some people think Hawaii is paradise, but Monk knows that danger, like dirt, lurks everywhere. Look at Helen Gruber, the rich tourist who took a fatal blow from a coconut. The police say it fell from a tree, but Monk suspects otherwise. Smooth-talking TV psychic Dylan Swift is on the island and claims to have a message from beyond - from Helen Gruber. But finding the killer and proving Swift a fraud - all while coping with geckos and the horror of unsynchronized ceiling fans - may prove a tough coconut to crack.
1864: orphaned Lizzie Martin becomes companion to a wealthy widow and learns that her predecessor ran off without warning. Then the girl's body is found close to the site where the new St. Pancras station is being built. With the help of Inspector Benjamin Ross, Lizzie begins to investigate.
Brooklyn's Troutman Street is where Stoney and "Fat Tommy Bagadonuts" run their junkyard/salvage business, pushing the boundaries of what's legal and all too often crossing over them. Tommy's the savvy and the charm of the operation; Stoney's the muscle. And Tuco's a kid from the neighborhood - an illiterate genius apprenticing to two masters of the quick-money dodge. But things change on a day when two corpses turn up on the junkyard lot - and an accountant is brutally murdered in a seedy Bronx motel.
The enigmatic DCI Simon Serralie deals with life - and crime - in the English cathedral town of Lafferton. A child is snatched as he waits for a lift to school. A severely handicapped young woman hovers between life and death. An ex-con finds it impossible to go straight.
Miami prosecutor C.J. Townsend is chosen to oversee the search for a killer who is knocking off cops. Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Dominick Falconetti heads the task force and believes that all the dead were involved in something unsavoury.
A serial killer is on the loose in Norway, abducting children, murdering them, and returning the bodies to the mothers. Police Superintendent Yngvar Stubo can't find any clear connection between the victims. and with the mode of death so obscure, his job seems impossible. In desperation, he recruits legal researcher Inger Johanne Vik, a woman with an extensive knowledge and understanding of criminal history.
For 20 years, FBI agent Quentin Hayes has been haunted by an unsolved murder at the Lodge. He has returned to put the mystery to rest.
It's not easy being named Oswald, not in Dallas, especially when half the town seems determined to kill you for reasons as murky as the river that splits the city in two. For Lee Henry Oswald, a private investigator, Gulf War vet, and terminal loner, it's just one more burden to face. A simple assignment turns deadly when Oswald asks the right questions in the wrong places, and finds himself drawn into a shadowy world of smooth-talking drug lords and double-dealing real estate developers.
Gold Dagger Award winner. A Reykjavik construction site exposes a shallow grave. Erelandur, while struggling to keep his own family together, begins to uncover many more tales of family pain. The light that falls into the open grave now falls first on one part, then on another, of the secret tale behind the murder.
With the help of some dandy little pills, Simon can get through his first summer in Snupperton-Mumsley with only a mild aversion to the sun.A medieval faire is coming to town - and setting up tent practically in Blitherington Hall's backyard. It doesn't take Simon long to don tunic and tights and gambol straight into controversy. The group putting on the faire is in the midst of a power struggle. Their "king" is about to be dethroned by a charismatic and popular duke. But when the usurper is poisoned by way of a fig pastry, Simon is confronted with enough suspects to fill a royal court.
Although warned not to go to the police after he witnesses a vicious murder, a young man makes a statement to DS Roy Grace. And now a photograph of the young man's family, looking good dead, has been posted on the internet.
No danger could have prepared Special Defense Forces commander Dylan Hart for the street-smart heartbreaker in Day-Glo pink and black leather who is the newest member of his team. Skeeter Bang has been recruited to assist with Dylan's latest mission: steal a top-secret file and bury it before all hell breaks loose. Teaming up with a man who may be the last bona fide defender of the free world is a risk Skeeter's ready to take. Until a black-tie Washington soiree erupts in a bullet-flying free-for-all.
When Simon Puttock's servant is seemingly burnt to death along with his wife and child, he vows revenge, which sets off a chain of dark and dangerous events.
As an international team of scientists at the Trudeau Research Centre prepares for six months of Arctic winter, three of their colleagues are found dead. American epidemiologist Dr. Jessica Hanley is sent to find the unknown biological agent. At the same time a Russian admiral is assigned a secret mission to locate and retrieve a missing submarine.
1920's Munich is a city stalked by a killer so ruthless no one is safe - and even the police don't know who to trust. The bodies of three young society wives are found dumped in the English Gardens. Detective Axel Berg finds himself entangled in a web of dangerous intrigue as he seeks to solve the case.
When Jack Field hears about a young woman's body found in a nearby lake - a body that could be that of Jack's young runaway employee who has been fleeing a stalker she claimed murdered her mother, the ex-cop kennel owner is chilled to the bone.
DS Dennis Milne flees to the Philippines after killing some innocent men he mistook for criminals. Now he lives in Sabang Bay under an assumed name as a hit man - until someone kills his friend Detective Asif Malik. His quest for vengeance takes him back to England and the case Malik was working on when he died.
John Meron receives a call from a high-flying lawyer friend and, as he listens on the phone, his friend is murdered. His friend's last words, spoken to the killers, are John's address. He clears out, with only moments to spare, and is on the run, without a clue as to why.
Cork O'Connor is called to the Ojibwe reservation for a routine domestic disturbance only to find himself the intended target of a sniper. In the meantime, a Chicago businessman who had been trying to make a deal between the reservation and his casino management firm, is found dead by Mercy Falls.
When a flamboyant performance artist is murdered, and Elizabeth Goodweather learns the amazing history of a magnificent piece of folk art, she gets caught between her two worlds-and in the middle of an agonizing mystery. A young woman, taking her artwork to the breaking point, has brought a history of unexplained deaths and dangerous liaisons into Elizabeth's life. Courted by an ex-cop, trying to protect her love-struck nephew, Elizabeth knows that danger has entered her peaceful world. But she can't guess how deadly the threat is-nor how masterfully a killer can hide.
When Joe DeMarco, lawyer and fixer for the Speaker of the House, is asked to investigate an attempted assassination of the President that may have involved someone in the Secret Service, he immediately realizes that he is in over his head. As witnesses and suspects are murdered around him, he finds himself not only trying to solve the crime but also to save his own life.
Celebrated crime novelist Lizbeth Greene needs a bestseller. Heroin is gradually replacing literary success for her. The story of Wilson Velez may be her salvation. But when she visits him in prison the criminal draws her into a complex dance of attraction and rejection.
Tess Monaghan, now a consultant to the local newspaper, faces felony charges for withholding the identity of an informant, a young street kid, who holds key information in the unsolved murder of a federal prosecutor.
The three girls have been inseparable best friends since the third grade - Josie, the athletic one; Perri, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen; and Kat, the beauty, who also has brains, grace, and a heart open to all around her. But their last day of high school becomes their final day together after one of them brings a gun to school to resolve a mysterious feud. When the police arrive, they discover two wounded girls, one so critically that she is not expected to recover. The third girl is dead, killed instantly by a shot to the heart.
Canadian murder mystery stories set near water: including stories from Powell, Mofina, Fradkin and Malton.
Defense attorney Doug Weaver can't imagine that his client, although homeless and mentally ill, could have killed and dismembered a woman. But a forensic expert at the Oregon State Crime Lab finds indisputable evidence. Weaver goes to Amanda Jaffe, who also has a client damned by incontrovertible evidence. When Jaffe starts to look at the evidence, though, people start dying.
CIA analyst Carolyn Carmichael, fearful that her own husband is a traitor and racing to stop another terrorist strike in the US, discovers that she has must make a choice: betray everyone she cares about - or everything she believes in.
25 short stories by McBain before he was McBain: written under the names Evan Hunter, Richard Marsten and Hunt Collins and published (except for five) in the detective magazine MANHUNT.
Holloman, Connecticut, 1965: parts of a mutilated body are discovered at a prestigous research centre for neurosciences. This is the latest in a string of such murders, but now the medical staff become prime suspects. Holloman police lieutenant Carmine Delmonica begins delving into the past of each employee.
When a ten year old local boy dies in a drowning incident in Badwater, Wyoming, the town wants swift justice. The tourist who may have been responsible for the death claims that it was an accident. Special Agent Antonio Burns, forced to support the prosecution, learns that a man's innocence or guilt means nothing to either side.
A QUICK READ: big print, 128 pages. Kevin Dodds decides to break out of his dull, uneventful life. Armed with only information gleaned from the Web, a Margaret Thatcher mask and climbing equipment he doesn't really know how to use, Kevin is going to attempt to pull off one of the biggest bank robberies in history.
Model Mak (of FETISH) is beautiful, street-smart and single, paying her way through a degree in forensic psychology. To finish her studies, she comes to Vancouver - only to find a city gripped by the fear of a killer, a campus where the students are prey.
Cape Perdido, California, once a lumber town and now a tourist destination, is pitted against a North Carolina corporation with water harvesting plans. Peaceful people are driven to desperate acts, awakening residents of Cape Perdido to unsavory truths about each other.
A generation ago, Laurel Greenwood, a housewife and artist, inexplicably vanished, leaving her young daughter alone. Now, new evidence suggests that the missing woman may have led a strange double life. But before Sharon McCone can penetrate that mystery, her client, the now grown daughter of Laurel Greenwood, disappears. The case, which forces Sharon to explore the darker sides of two marriages, comes uncomfortably close on the heels of her own marriage to Hy Ripinsky. She begins to doubt the wisdom of her impulsive trip to the Reno wedding chapel.
The wife of Nina Reilly's client was killed during a casino-district robbery two years earlier. Three student witnesses, the robbery victims, lied about their identities and are hiding outside of California and the reach of the court. Nina has to find them. She tracks down two of them in a village not far from the European home of Kurt, her ex-lover and father of her teenage son.
V. I. Warshawski investigates the sabotage of a small Chicago South Side flag factory. She is led to the wealthy, contentious family that owns the huge By-Smart discount store chain.
A sting goes awry and FBI agent Nick Pellisante finds himself with two dead agents - and without the mob boss known as "The Electrician". He joins forces with Andie Echevera, a juror from a landmark case against the Mafia Don where the legal system failed with devastating results. The two will become Judge and Jury for the Electrician.
Boston, 1865, is the setting for a series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante's Inferno. An elite group of scholars, led by Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, attempts to solve the mystery.
Sonia Samarth and her Stellar Investigations Detective Agency solve the most baffling cases of the city of Pune, India, adding yoga and astrology to modern-day detection. There's the bride whose arranged marriage may include murderous in-laws, the theatrical team whose death scene was no act, and the deceptively happy couple whose stars foretell domestic danger.
Three women are dead and DI Lorraine Hunt is looking for a serial killer. In Houghton-le-Spring it's Feast week, a time when all hell is let loose as the fair comes to town. It's not a good time to be searching for a stranger, not a good time to be a woman alone.
The world that Rebus inhabits, the rural Scotland of Ian Rankin's childhood, is brought to life in photographs and in Rankin's reminiscence.
Teaching an archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground in South Carolina, Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones. She follows the clues to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist.
A twisted woman who tormented Police Lt. Eve Dallas during her childhood now tries to blackmail Eve's husband Roarke - and turns up dead. Eve and Roarke must now learn who it was that turned the tables and made the victimizer a victim.
Battle-hardened SAS soldier Josh Harding is working undercover tracking the leaders of al-Queda. So why does he wake in a ditch in the middle of Arizona? Two bullets have shot up his leg and neck, his memory is gone and police are hunting him for murder.
New York City, 1943: meet Faye Quick, a sassy secretary who must become a PI to keep her boss's agency going while he is away at war. She turns out to be adept at solving crimes, notably when she stumbles, literally, over the body of a murdered woman.
After professional thief Alan Grofield turns down a heist, he must defend himself and his wife against the attacks of the fellow thief whose offer he spurned.
State Security Officer Brano Sev is the secretive member of the homicide department of the Capital's People's Militia. He is ordered to travel to the village of his birth in order to interrogate a potential defector. When a man turns up dead shortly after he arrives, and Brano is framed for the murder, he assumes this is part of the plan and allows it to run its course. But when the plan leads him into exile in Vienna, he finally begins to ask questions.
A body is found among the ruins of Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Inspector Yusuf Khalifa becomes uneasy as he learns more, as clues begin to link to secrets dating to Jerusalem 70 AD and southern Germany, 1944.
After the brutal rape of a female jogger, the assailants are convicted and later exonerated. Now the guilty are suing the City of New York, the police, and the DAs who prosecuted the case. Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, under media assault, must restore the system's lost dignity, bring the rapists to justice, and deal with a terrorist cell that threatens the city.
A pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant leads Barker and Lleweylyn to London's Chinese district, Limehouse. There they find a rare and secret text stolen from a Nanking monastery, containing lethal martial arts techniques forbidden to the West. With the political situation between the British Empire and Imperial China already unstable, the duo must not only track down a killer intent upon gaining the secret knowledge but also safeguard the text from a snarl of suspects with conflicting interests.
Luis Gonzalo, sheriff of Angustias in Puerto Rico, is visiting the seaside town of Rinc, when the bodies of illegal workers begin washing ashore.
Kerstin Kvist accepts a job with the Cosway Family in their odd, almost grand house deep in the Essex countryside. The eccentric family consists of a widowed matriarch, her three unmarried daughters and her son - a sad, self-absorbed figure in his thirties. A fourth daughter comes and goes infrequently, with ill-disguised contempt for the others. Just as Kerstin gets accustomed to the family, a stranger moves into the village, his presence setting the family on a path to self-destruction.
Juliet Applebaum has been enlisted by an inmate at Dartmore Prison to locate the son she's surrendered - as well as the foster parents who disappeared with him. Then her client is fatally stabbed - allegedly by another inmate.
Seville homicide detective Javier Falcon is called to a city dump where a body has been discovered. The investigation is interrupted when an explosion destroys an apartment building and a massive operation is launched to find Islamic terrorists. Falcon, however, has other ideas.
A deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. Recommended.
Evan's life seems perfect - until his mother is murdered. Now, suddenly, he is on the run from a circle of killers. His entire past, he learns, has been a lie. If Evan is to survive he must discover the truth about his family and who he really is.
Tom, a respected modern historian, is arrested and charged with downloading child pornography. He was 50 miles away from his computer when the images were downloaded. He has to find out who set him up before anyone will believe him.
Extreme Croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly, where Meg Langslow and her fiance, Michael, have bought a house. This society game can get quite warm, but never reaches the stage of actual homicide - at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and finds a dead woman. Her head has been bashed in, illustrating, perhaps, one of the many uses of a croquet mallet. It turns out that Michael knew the woman from years before. Meg finds herself further drawn in when it's discovered that the woman was seeking to expose the bad dealings of a certain local society lady's ancestors.
Psychiatrist Peter Grainger was the driver in the car accident that claimed his wife Beth and their unborn child. He is unaware, as he comes to terms with his new life, that his best friend Ed has nursed a grudge since their days at medical school, when Beth chose to marry Peter. Now, with Beth's death, Ed is intent on revenge.
Alex Hawke must find and destroy a vast terrorist army that's being raised somewhere in the Amazon jungle.
Melanie is with the South Avenue Obedience Club when they visit the Winston Pumpernill Nursing Home to please a fellow club member's Great Aunt Mary and the other dog lovers there . All seems well at Pumpernill until Aunt Mary is found suffocated. Melanie's investigative pedigree quickly comes to light and the club members urge her to track the killer.
Detective Constable Evan Evans is investigating the murder of a man shot to death through the open window of his home while eating breakfast. After the man's wife is jailed as a suspect, a second man is killed - and then a third - and Evans and his team are on the hunt for a serial killer. But they can't seem to find any connections between the three men.
It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met Ida on a Galveston beach. She was pretty and Jimmie fell for her hard - not knowing she was a prostitute on infamous Post Office Street, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was abducted and never seen again. Now, decades later, Robicheaux is asking questions about Ida Durbin, and a couple of redneck deputy sheriffs make it clear that asking questions is a dangerous game.
Stephanie has been living life as her alias Petra to the full. Having completed an intelligence contract in St. Petersburg she returns home, but civilian life eludes her when she is lured to France by the call of a friend in need.
Just when everything is going beautifully for archaeologist Emma Fielding, someone institutes a campaign of terror against her. It begins with the anonymous delivery of gifts and flowers to Emma's family and friends, but soon progresses to secret, sadistic acts designed to destroy her reputation, her character, and her career. Emma is certain she knows who it is: a cunning and dangerous enemy whom everyone but she believes is dead.
Sicily's Inspector Montalbano attempts to escape his frustrations with a swim in the sea. He discovers a corpse in the water. This death seems connected with a hit-and-run accident that killed a young boy, and both are related to illegal human traffickers.
Each corpse has been mysteriously defiled. Naturally, they're all attributed to the same serial killer. But then Shane Scully gets an idea. What if someone with inside information has neatly "hidden" one murder inside this messy serial killer case? This copycat theory ignites a crossfire between LAPD and the Feds. To do his job, Scully must risk everything - unraveling the mystery of a Cold War act of betrayal, a brutal street crime, and a killer just waiting to hit again.
Chocolate shop manager Lee McKinney, soon to be a bride herself, learns that her mother fled on what would have been her own wedding day - just hours before her fiance was found dead. This gives the amateur sleuth a mystery to unravel that's older than she is.
When the priceless Hot Pink diamond mysteriously vanishes during a magic show at the popular MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas - along with the famous starlet who was last seen wearing it upon her chest, Clouseau is called in.
India, 1922: Scotland Yard's Joe Sandilands is sent with an experienced hunter to help out the Maharajah. The old man is dying, his succession is in question, and a man-eating tiger is terrorizing the northern villages. It becomes clear that Joe must track down a clever murderer - all under the mocking and hostile eye of the ruthless Chief of State Police. Recommended.
It doesn't really seem like a bad idea when Pepper Keane agrees to steal a champion bluetick coon hound from the the leader of a sadistic biker gang. The dog belongs to the biker's girlfriend, who refuses to enter the Witness Protection Program without the prized pooch.
A media magnate has lured the ruthless hitman known as Quarry out of retirement to tackle one last lucrative assignment. Quarry will earn a lot of money just to knock off a beautiful young librarian. But why? And why in the hell should he care?
Lt. Horatio Caine identifies the probable murder weapon when the body of a young woman washes up on an island in Florida Bay: a shark dart. But during the autopsy Dr. Alexx Woods discover she actually drowned: the dart was used after the woman was already dead. Then another mangled body of a woman is discovered, pointing to an organized serial killer - sexual predation, a great deal of preparation and a disturbingly distorted worldview. Local author.
The national coroner of Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun, is no respecter of persons or party; at his advanced age he can afford to be independent. With the assistance of his helpers, the mentally retarded Mr. Geung and Nurse Dtui ("Fatty")-who has dubbed him "Super Spirit Doc"-he elucidates the causes of mysterious deaths. But he also communes with the deposed king, whose special channel to the occult has left him, and attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist government to give the spirits an ultimatum: obey party orders or get out. Recommended.
This summer, Clare Cosi leaves her Manhattan coffee shop behind as she heads for the Hamptons - and perhaps the biggest jolt of her life. At her wealthy friend's fabulous Fourth of July bash, more than the coffee gets iced.
Writer Andrew Thomas, framed for a series of murders, hides out in a cabin in the Yukon. Then the murders begin again. And this time the victims are people he loved in his former life. His quest to learn the truth leads him to the spooky and secluded Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Baltimore narcotics cop Luther Ewing, suspended for six months, takes a job from the CIA. He is to protect a South Korean businessman who is involved in some shady dealings in Russia. To do so, Luther needs a new name. He must master a new arsenal, learn Korean and Tae Kwon Do. Most importantly, he must bring the "package" back alive. It sounds like a relatively easy assignment, but the devil is always in the details and things rarely go as planned.
Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie hightail down to San Francisco Bay to board the magnificent San Rafael for a free South Pacific luxury cruise. But at the pre-launch party the corpse of the Cruz Cruises CEO is found stuffed in the piano. So the boat trip is postponed, leaving Judith and Renie footloose in Frisco with nothing better to do than solve the crime. Their sleuthing takes greater urgency when other stranded cruise passengers begin turning up dead all over the city.
Judith McMonigle Flynn tries to extend a helping hand to a pesky new neighbour - and ends up with a corpse underfoot. In the house that Judith's nemesis and hubby Joe's ex-wife has rented out, there dwells a symphony violinist whose practice of outdoor practicing au naturel is driving the neighbors out of the cozy cul-de-sac and into sound-proof rooms. But it's the violinist's mentor who ends up dead, after ingesting poisonous rhubarb.
A local prosecuting attorney is killed by mistake at an exclusive restaurant in Granite Creek, Colorado. Manfred Blinkoe claims that he was the intended victim and hires Charlie Moon to find his doppelganger. Before Charlie can get anywhere with the case, Blinkoe is murdered.
June, 1917: Douglas Konig, formerly a detective with the London Police, is sent to investigate the case against a young English soldier accused of murdering an officer. He must conduct his investigation amid the hell of the 3rd Battle of Ypres and sees both the witnesses and evidence he needs disappearing into the mud that surrounds him.
Frank Corso tracks the maniac's progress from the East Coast to the West. It's easy to do: it's marked with bomb blasts and lethal bank robberies. He sees a motive and message here, one that he himself may have inadvertently initiated.
British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works. They need someone on the inside. The solution is Colonel Mike Martin. He will attempt to pass himself off as the Afghan, Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantanomo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban.
Gunder Jomann returns from India a married man. His Indian bride arrives in Norway later, but is murdered before she is reunited with Gunder. Inspector Sejer and Skarre question the townsfolk and probe under the surface of the small, quiet community in which Gunder lives.
In the spring of 1435 Joliffe and his fellow players are sent to the village of Ashewell not only to stage plays, but to uncover some dark secrets about the town's three wealthy families. A rivalry has been brewing among the families, entangling the entire town in a web of seduction, deception, and blackmail. But matters go beyond the breaking point when someone turns to murder to settle his grievances.
For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota. The media hounds Lt. Jonathan Stride to catch a serial killer, and as the search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions.
Holly's successful business and home life is threatened by mistakes made on her regular walks on the wild side. She thinks she's being stalked, someone is demanding money from her, threats lurk around every corner - and those closest to Holly are running out of patience.
Sarah Fortune inherited her apartment from one of her many lovers. Now her son has appeared claiming it is his and threatening to harm her unless she gives it up. Simultaneously, Sarah meets Henry, a lonely man being harassed by his upstairs neighbour. It seems that if they swap accomodation for a while they may be able to help each other. But the two strangers find they have unknown connections in common.
An assassin for hire: a monster of cold intellectual genius: a murderer whose homicidal drives are fuelled by a voracious sexual appetite...the demonic Klaas-Pieter Terajima is back. In league with a cabal of Russian billionaire oligarchs, Terajima is hell-bent on the destruction of the one man who could defeat him, PI Alan Rosslyn.
Wedding bells turn to sour notes for Emerald O'Brien. Her fiance is wounded by gunfire, her ex-husband becomes the prime suspect, and her maid of honour is being stalked. Now it's up to Emerald to divine if the incidents are related.
The body of a young woman with her face smashed in is discovered in the attic of a house on Bethlehem Street, in the Baka neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Chief Superintendent Michael Ohayon is called to the scene of the crime where, beyond the usual horror, an old love and an unfinished romance await him.
L. A. shoe designer Maddie Springer learns that her boyfriend Richard has gone missing. Also missing are 20 million dollars from the company that employs him. She goes looking for him. She and her friend Dana find Richard's boss, shot to death. The top suspect is Jasmine, the receptionist, and Bunny, a porn star.
Demetrios is in Antioch and longs to return home. But the only way is through Jerusalem. When at last, after a three-day onslaught, the city falls, Demetrios must find his family while the crusaders' journey reaches its terrible apotheosis in a nightmare of violence, bloodshed and slaughter.
Freed in a daring escape, outlaw biker Den Laurey is now littering the streets of L.A. with the bodies of rivals and lawmen. His scheme: a masterful plan written in the blood of women that could blow the entire city apart - and fugitive hunter Deputy Tim Rackley's family along with it.
Dr. Sam Russell has just woken up in his car in a ditch with no memory of how he has gotten there. There is a woman's shoe in his trunk and dried blood under his fingernails. He arrives home to find his wife missing. Hannah Montgomery is the cop assigned to to investigate Mrs. Russell's disappearance. The more she gets to know Sam, the more she's convinced of his innocence, although he seems to know very little about the woman he married. And then, too, a body is found, brutally murdered and a witness fingers Sam.
J. P. Beaumont has been hand picked to lead an investigation after a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls, while undergoing hypnotherapy, the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five years old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of conspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden.
Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last things Joanna needs are two serious crimes. First, the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert, all of his fingers savagely severed. Following the scant clues, Joanna learns that the victim was an ex-con who had served twenty years in prison after confessing to the murder of his pregnant wife. During his last days he was seen following and photographing a young woman. Then one of Joanna's officers is brutally attacked and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout.
When a body is found abandoned in the road, many in Dartmouth assume it's the result of a drunken accident. They're more worried about a ship that has been found ravaged at sea. Is this an onslaught by pirates - or worse? Sir Baldwin and Baliff Simon Puttock investigate.
Single parent Zoe Hayes, raising her young daughter in a Philadelphia suburb learns that, one by one, young nannies are vanishing from the neighborhood, falling victim to a shadowy killer.
14 short stories, including 3 never-before-published Decker and Lazarus stories.
In the thick of the Allied invasion, Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton finds herself in the thick of more than one mystery. Her butler's gone missing. The bad-tempered Clyde Morgan is dead. And perhaps most puzzling, someone's been pinching ladies' knickers.
When the body of a young girl surfaces along the banks of Michigan's Copper River and another teenager vanishes, Cork must choose between helping to solve these deadly mysteries and thwarting the hit men who draw closer to him with every hour. The trail left by the dead girl eventually leads to a shelter for homeless youth and into the grim reality of children lost and abandoned, who become easy prey for the perverted appetites of human predators. But meanwhile the contract killers close in.
Retired San Francisco cop Bradley Lyon and his wife have settled into life in the Shenandoah Valley, where they make and collect furry friends. But when a pricey teddy with historical significance goes missing from a collector's convention, and a murder seems tied to it, the couple realize that no matter where you live, stuff happens.
Hollywood studio executive-turned-amateur sleuth Mark Hayes is in pre-production wtih his latest movie, a thriller entitled Blonde Lightning. As the movie develops, Mark and his partner Clyde McCoy receive verbal and physical threats from parties who never want Blonde Lightning to see the light of day.
During the Christmas season Judge Deborah Knott contends with both a murder and family within days of her wedding to Deputy Bryant.
The newlywed judge will find her marriage tested early: she must help her new husband search for his missing ex-wife and child.
Two new novellas: a new hitman Keller story by Lawrence Block, and a new story by Jeffery Deaver featuring a statistician cop.
One night Glasgow journalist Paddy Meehan meets a woman with a poodle perm at the door of a house of a wealthy suburb in the city's north. It's just a domestic dispute, she's told, and slipped a 50 pound note to keep it out of the news. But by morning the woman is dead.
The small team of policemen investigating the dead girl was, after four months, in disarray. Sean had disappeared into the city's dark core, and Martin is separated from his job, his wife and his friends. But then a simple note from his partner forces him to re-enter the investigation. It says: "I found her".
Benjamin Perkins's neighbour claims the family-owned soap boutique belongs to him - and he wants to collect now. When he's found dead, Benjamin becomes the prime suspect - and has to fight to keep the rest of his life from going down the drain.
Artie Cohen, now a New York PI, is looking into the murder of a high-powered Englishman, and discovers a Russian connection.
Artie Cohen scours Paris after girlfriend Lily Hanes was beaten, raped and left for dead. The trail takes him to Vienna and then back to New York.
Lifeguard Ned Kelley's relationship with the beautiful Tess, along with the million dollars that awaits him as his share of the score for the robbery of some world-class art, has him feeling fairly self-satisfied. But when Tess is murdered and others involved in the robbery are massacred, Ned is the prime suspect. He's been set up.
Gus Ramone, a former Internal Affairs investigator, is now a homicide detective. His newest case is the death of a local teenager found in a community garden. In 1985 three teenagers were killed in a hauntingly similar way. Ramone worked on those cases with a legendary detective named T. C. Cook, but they were never solved. Cook, now retired, has never stopped agonizing, and is drawn to this new investigation.
Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets. Now he has carved out a successful career on Wall Street. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life and a violent organization is framing him for the crimes he did not commit. Now he must use the survival skills of his hardscrabble boyhood in order to live.
It's the night the President has resigned. In a Manhattan town house, the head of Lenox Pharmaceuticals, the world's most powerful drug company, lies dead. Through the morning darkness, security chief Mike Acela drives his BMW to the scene. To find out how and why the Chairman died, Mike must uncover the truth behind a secret project. But what the Lenox scientists discovered is worth killing for. And the killing has just begun.
A chance meeting between down-and-out journalist Adam Murphy and the famous mystery novelist James Wilton puts them in the path of a vicious serial killer in West Hollywood. These two unlikely friends learn that the truth is guarded by a force more diabolical than either could have imagined.
In the dying days of World War II, a deadly game of cat and mouse has begun. As a hired killer stalks President Franklin D. Roosevelt, only a professor whose unique specialty is the study of assassinations can stop her - but to do so, he must target the president himself.
American Tom Wall, incarcerated in a British military asylum, is offered a deal by MI5. If Tom pretends to be his brother Earl, who betrayed his unit in Crete and caused one of the bloodiest massacres of the war, and thereby obtain information from a captured Nazi spy, he can go free. This is seven days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and Tom must decide: Who will gain more if the Allies prevent the attack? Sondegger, MI5, the OSS, Tom, and Earl's wife, Harriet, all have different answers.
Tara Chase is in Uzbekistan to extract the pro-Western husband and son of murdered Dina Malikov. She vanishes into hostile territory with a man who may not be what he seems.
Knitter Kelly Flynn is thrilled that her friend Allison is joining a New York designer's studio. But when the young artist's new life ends before it even begins, Kelly starts to unravel Allison's messy, fast-track social circle - and its lethally wound threads.
An Al Qaeda suspect is killed in London. Photographs on his computer suggest that the terrorists are planning one of their most audacious attacks ever. To Israeli agent Gabriel Allon, there is something horrifyingly familiar about the information.
Sara Linton, medical examiner and pediatrician, and her husband police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, stumble across the body of a teenager buried in woods in Grant County, Georgia. They find themselves walking on a knife-edge of terror and on the path of a horrible secret that could destroy them.
PI Talba Wallis is called to Orleans Parish Prison by her boss's lawyer daughter, Angie. Popped for drug possession, Angie insists the drugs were planted - because she represents a neighborhood group protesting the illegal commercial use of a marina by its owner, Judge Buddy Champagne. He's dirty, says Angie. Talba goes undercover as a housekeeper for Judge Champagne to prove it. But then the judge winds up dead.
Someone hated the chairman of the university's Spanish Department enough to kill him - and then stick a knife in his back. The Reverend Kathryn Koerney is puzzled by this shocking example of overkill. Now, with Harton police chief Tom Holder, she finds herself hunting a killer through the cloistered world of academia - an unexpected hotbed of adultery, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. It seems that Blaine's murder is only the bait in a carefully disguised trap set for the real victim.
Skye Denison decides to cheer herself up after breaking up with her boyfriend and renovate her home. But what really cheers her up is the sexy contractor who is doing the work. But then she learns that he has a reputation as one who cons the ladies. Skye is outraged, of course, but even so, it isn't her who puts a bullet in the hunk's head.
Harvard art historian Sweeney St. George investigates the murder of a man wearing Revolutionary War clothing during a reenactment of a battle in Concord, Massachusetts.
Minutes after his client hands him a CD dossier of someone he wants found, Burke sees him gunned down by a professional hunter-killer team. The missing woman is Beryl Preston, a girl he'd rescued from a brutal pimp twenty years earlier - when she was only thirteen - and returned to her father. Now he has to find her again - forcing him to confront a new kind of human ugliness and, finally, to practice the survivalist triage that has marked - and cursed - his life since childhood.
5 interlinked novella mysteries from the Medieval Murderers Group: Bernard Knight, Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Philip Gooden and Ian Morson. A piece of the True Cross, brought to England in the 12th century unites mysteries featuring the detectives Crowner John Falconer, Sir Baldwin, Matthew Bartholomew and Nick Revill.
The Medieval Murderers again collaborate to chronicle the path of murder left in the wake of a single sword brought to England in the Norman invasion.
London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. Nick's twin sister, Georgina does not accept the police verdict that it was an accident and seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, for help. Nick was a veteran of World War I, and before long the case leads Maisie to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent, and into the sinister underbelly of the city's art world.
Nicholas Palihnic is a natty, tweed-suited hustler who knows every nook and cranny of New York-and a thousand ways to break a girl's heart. Beatrice Belarus is a Manhattan art dealer with an insatiable appetite for money-and for anyone who gets in her way. And a painting titled Trampoline Nude, 1972 has neither nudity nor a trampoline. But when Nicholas is hired by an insurance company to find the recently stolen painting, a murdered art thief points him to a trove of gold buried beneath Manhattan-and suddenly all roads are leading back to Beatrice. As fortune hunters, lovers, and other strangers gather around him, there's one thing Nicholas must remember above all else: in this business, it's better to be crooked than dead.
After a hit and run leaves a young techie named Eddie in the hospital, AI Turing Hopper tries to break into Eddie's computers. It seems Eddie had some seedy friends who were running highly unsavoury websites. When the FBI gets involved, Turing and her friends are in a dilemma - how can they help without revealing the secret of Turing's existence?
Geologist and investigator Em Hansen is called to the murder of Afton McWain, whose limbs have been severed and whose face is battered beyond recognition. McWain was a controversial figure who had worked on big oil in Colorado but who was working in the field of water and droughts.
The Camel Club is the place where influential businessmen and politicians wine and dine. When Harry Stone witnesses a gruesome murder, then steals a secret piece of evidence that links the club's founders with the murder of a high profile government official. Agent Frank Churchill and DA Kate Monroe unearth a shocking truth: one man is using the Camel Club for his own terrible devices and he must kill Stone.
Agatha's prickly demeanour has her in hot water. She's considered the prime suspect after a woman in her hotel is found murdered.
On their farm nestled in upstate Trumansburg, New York, veterinarian Austin McKenzie and his wife Madeline keep themselves busy looking after a variety of ailing animals. But while they may be able to mend creatures great and small, they have no cure for murder.
Annie Szabo's discovery: Jimmy Qi, a kid from Chinatown, has the power to heal using music. But now, having revealed him to the world, she's going to have to help him get the world off his back. Then, when the bodies start piling up, she'll need to grab Jimmy and run, luring a killer through a tangle of Chinese New Year celebrations and north up the deserted coast.
Clara Marshall and her two young children have been missing for 27 years. She had an affair and left me, taking the children, claimed her estranged husband. Now some unidentified skeletal remains have been discovered wrapped in a tarp on the bottom of the ocean. Reporter John Kelly and Detective Inspector Karen Meadows suspect that Clara Marshall has finally been found. But what happened to the children?
Joanne Kilbourn is covering the trial of the prominent Canadian Sam Parker. Parker took a pot shot at journalist Kathryn Morrisey after she wrote a tell-all book that focused on Parker's transexual son. On the day of the trial Morrissey is brutally murdered, and Joanne's investigation has her trying to unravel the endless knot of the relationship between parent and child.
June 1942 as Rommel approaches Cairo, ex-New York cop Joe Quinn is looking into the assassination of a senior British official. The investigation leads him through the underbelly of a violent and seedy city to the heart of the Cairo high command.
2006 Hammett Prize nominee. An informant offers Dublin detective Matt Minogue a rumour about a crime boss having a senior cop 'on side' - and that the death of an undercover detective last year was connected. The informant is found murdered hours later. Minogue is soon looking for a Moldovan woman, an asylum seeker who has vanished. Following an oblique lead with a prostitution racket, Minogue encounters someone who brazenly tries to gun him down on a crowded Dublin street.
In 1978 young reporter Irene Kelly covers a ground breaking of a new shopping center. A buried car with human remains is found. This is linked to a case investigated by Conn O'Connor, Irene's mentor, in 1958. Old cases are resurrected with forensic science and new dangers arise. Irene pursues a story that may end her career and even her life.
A consortium plans to pipe water from Northern Quebec down into the US. They will use any means, even murder, to protect their huge investment. Seattle conservationist Malcom Macpherson and eco-Justice USA's Claire Davidowicz attempt to thwart their plans.
A psychopathic killer has brutally murdered three Shoshone Indians and posed their bodies on a historical battlefield. Is his intent to provoke civil war between Wind River Reservations Shoshone and Arapaho inhabitants, or is Father O'Malley his target?
Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley are determined to find who has stolen an ancient petroglyph.
Gil Grissom and his team of forensic investigators venture outside of Las Vegas to a local casino in the legendary Boot Hill, attempting to solve the murder of a notorious biker gang leader.
At an exhibition of her late husband's paintings, Rosa Thorn is delighted to meet old friends. Then one artist friend is found dead. The police conclude suicide, however, Rosa discovers inconsistencies in the evidence.
Dr Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current government had hidden out in caves, waiting to assume power. Now, as a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk that had been laid from the President's former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Dr Siri is ordered to supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify the corpse, and discover how he died.
Sughrue's close friend, psychiatrist Will MacKinderick, begs him to track down stolen confidential psychonalysis files - he suspects one of his patients is the culprit. Going against every last instinct, Sughrue agrees to taken on the case - a $20,000 retainer is always hard to resist. And when the suspects start dying of violently unnatural causes, Sughrue - fueled by alcohol, drugs, and lurid sexual entanglements - finds himself struggling to stay ahead of the madness unfolding around him.
Ophelia and Abby exert their paranormal powers to search for a missing teenage girl. Signs are pointing toward the secluded new age research facility of Jason and Juliet Finch, who live with their troubled - and possibly matricidal - thirteen-year-old niece.
Ute shaman Daisy Perika, alarmed by her visions of a wisp-thin girl with blood dripping from her hands, calls on her nephew, Charlie Moon. Moon doesn't know who the girl is. Then he gets a call about a very real murder. Sarah Frank, an Ute-Papago orphan and daughter of Moon's childhood friend, was spotted standing over the battered body with blood on her hands. Moon and FBI Special Agent Lila Mae McTeague cross the border to investigate, but they're too late. Not only has little Sarah vanished with a one-of-a-kind family heirloom, but Moon and McTeague aren't the only ones on her trail.
Everyone is quick to write off the deaths of two college girls as drug overdoses, but Madison Cross, though fresh out of med school, is not so sure that the evidence supports that conclusion.
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher accompanies her publisher to Mexico for a little R&R. San Miguel de Allende is the perfect place to soak up sun, bask in Mexican culture, and spend some time with good friends Vaughan and Olga Buckley. But when Vaughan is kidnapped and held for ransome, Jessica must put her own life on the line.
Counter-terrorist operative Mitch Rapp finds himself in the line of fire when the influential father of a slain terrorist demands retribution for the death of his son.
A specially trained black-ops agent takes hostages in a hospital, including pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. Her husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, must use all his investigative and negotiating skills to deal with the hostage-taker while learning what made such a man snap.
On Beacon Hill in Boston the bookish members of the Mephisto Club devote themselves to the analysis of evil. But Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli follow clues from a dead body that leads to their door.
Scott Fenney has worked his way up to partner at a prominent Dallas law firm, but takes a pro bono case defending a heroin-addicted hooker framed for the murder of a Texas politician. He is forced to choose between his enviable life style and doing what he knows to be right.
Five deranged CIA killers, all of them dependent on their meds and deep in the woods of Maine, are forced to break out of the asylum when someone murders their psychiatrist - and frames them for the deed. Crazy and traumatized by their experiences in the CIA, they operate under somewhat skewed perceptions of the real world. Their training, however, has prepared them to survive in an unfriendly world - even if that world is the Boston-to-Washington corridor as they chase down the real killer.
Psychologist Jessica Fraser is approached by professor Bryan McAllister for help. The problem is that he told his students not to travel into the forest on a visit to Transylvania, but they ignored his warning. Now they're gone. What goofs. Bryan thinks there is a dark cult at work, and that their next gathering is in America.
12 year old Emma Graham discovers the crumbling shell of a fabulous hotel hidden in the woods near her small town of Spirit Lake, but never imagines that the mysteries it holds will bring her one step closer to solving a 40 year old crime - and force a new transgression to light.
Cora Felton's number one fan is using Cora's own crossword column to follow her every move. In order to stalk the stalker, the Puzzle Lady must create her most clever clues yet, and without the help of her niece Sherry.
Reporter Sam Briscoe, on a visit to Northern Ireland, agrees to deliver a letter from a mysterious IRA leader to his supporters in New York City. That decision will come back to haunt him and his 11 year old daughter, when the bloody Irish conflict arrives on the streets of New York, and Briscoe is the only man standing in its way.
An antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Michigan's Waishkey Bay. After Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he figures he'll never see them again. The three men from the boat get tangled up with his best friend, Vinnie. It's all Alex can do to keep Vinnie from killing them or being killed by them.
Five days after a young Quebecoise sneaks off to meet her Algonquin lover in an isolated hunting camp on the Migiskan Reserve, Meg Harris discovers her frozen and brutalized body. The young Native is charged with her murder, and Meg, convinced of his innocence, sets out to find the real killer.
The new Christine Bennett mystery.
Sean Dillon and his colleagues in Britain and the United States beat back a terrible enemy, but at an equally terrible cost - DS Hannah Bernstein of Special Branch is dead. Consumed by grief and rage, Dillon, Blake, Ferguson, and all who loved Hannah swear vengeance, no matter where it takes them.
Journalist Corina Vasquez, in an attempt to prove herself, lands the story of a gruesome murder on the front page - and finds herself the target for an unpredictable and desperate killer.
Recently widowed, Jo McAllister has set up Jo's Craft Corner in the small town she now calls home. But when the clown she's hired for opening day is murdered at the store, Jo realizes that no town is too small for secrets, scandal - even murder.
The doorman for a big Reykjavik hotel has been stabbed to death. Detectives Erelandur and Sigurdur Oli discover that the dead man had a childhood brush with fame and that two old 45s on which he sang have become collectors items.
Skinner has a failed marriage on his hands, and a death on his conscience, but little time to deal with either. As the hunt for a killer develops, he goes to the very top - the Prime Minister - lest he himself becomes collateral damage.
1949. Berlin has become too dangerous for Bernie Gunter and he now works as a private detective in Munich. He is hired by a woman who would like to confirm that her husband, a war criminal, is dead. In accepting the case Bernie takes on far more than what he'd bargained for.
Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received a rare collection of Poe's complete works. Rumour has it that a secret code, trapped within the pages, leads to buried treasure. But it seems everyone who buys - dies. Now Pen will need resident ghost PI Jack Shepard to help crack the case.
When one of Abby's childhood friends from Denver finds herself short one bridesmaid, it doesn't take a professional psychic to see a chance for a getaway. But one bridesmaid after the next is mysteriously flying the coop, and Abby's intuition tells her their final destination isn't pretty. With the wedding party falling apart and her gift of sight never quite so foggy, Abby has to save the date - and herself - from becoming the next taffeta-clad target.
Interpreter Bruno Salvador, "Salvo", was born to a Congolese mother and an Irish-French father and educated in Britain. He is eager to play a minor part in brokering a deal between African interests and an international consortium. But Salvo stumbles into a carefully plotted swindle that will only further devastate his birthplace and its people.
The best of his previously published stories, as well as one completely new tale.
Venice's Vice-Commissario Guido Brunetti links together the murders of some of Italy's most prominent businessmen to an international web of exploitation.
Oklahoma, 1930s: At 21 Carl Webster's on his way to beconing the most famous Deputy US Marshall in America. He has already shot and killed notorious bank robber Emmet Long and is now tracking Jack Belmont, the no-good son of an oil millionaire with dreams of becoming Public Enemy Number One.
Victoria Lord was used to Steve's cutting legal corners to win, but breaking the law to lose was downright unethical, even for Steve. Now Solomon & Lord is being bashed on local radio and a celebrity shrink with a homicidal me-first philosophy wants to be Steve's new best friend. With a killer on the loose and legal disaster looming, is Steve's lover and law partner about to walk out on him? Is this the end of Solomon & Lord?
A well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage. The kidnapper demands the release of several Palestinian prisoners. But as Israel tries to coax an aging Mossad officer out of retirement, the prisoner and his captor find themselves building an extraordinary relationship.
Bravo discovers, after his father dies in a mysterious explosion, that his father was a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines, a sect founded by followers of St. Francis of Assisi and believed to have been wiped out centuries ago. His dad hid the secret of where the Order's stash of holy and explosive documents is kept. Bravo is meant to find it, and luckily he is an accomplished medieval scholar and cryptologist. He has a young woman as an ally and another secret order as an enemy.
1914: the destroyer Svea has aboard naval engineer Lars Tobiasson-Svartman, charged with making depth sounding to find a navigable passage. He alights on a barren skerry, presumend uninhabited and is surprised to meet a young woman, Sara Fredrika. After he returns to Stockholm he remains haunted by the chance encounter and will find any pretence to return.
Victorian mystery. DI Colbeck investigates when a passenger's body is discovered on the excursion train. The victim was killed with a noose. Then a second victim is found, similarly dispatched.
Stephen King's "The Things They Left Behind" and John Farris's "The Ransome Women".
Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is hunting down a highwayman after the murder and mutilation of a naval courier. Then a second body is discovered on the banks of the Thames and Hawkwood begins to understand that British naval power is at stake in this case.
An image of massacred children tears Nick Stone from an idyll in Australia. Working for American secret services, he learns his true mission as events unfold in Istanbul and Azerbaijan.
As Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans, FBI agent Alexa Keen races to find the abducted husband of Casey LePointe West, heiress to one of the greatest fortunes in America. From the violent wards of an insane asylum to the primordial Louisiana swamps, Alexa is entering the darkest corners of a deadly mystery, peeling back layers of family secrets, hidden relationships, and a twenty-five-year-old crime.
It's the Summer of Love, and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armoured car. His daughter needs an expensive medical treatment and Mouse says it's a cinch. Then another friend gives him another course: track the disappearance of an eccentric prominent attorney and his assistant of sorts, the beautiful Cinnamon Cargill.
Paris Minton must track down his no-good cousin Ulysses. Ulysses, or 'Useless' as he's known to Paris, is involved in some high-stakes blackmail. Paris is not, it seems, the only one looking for Useless, his money, and some incriminating photos.
When Megan Ward goes missing, the police are mystified - they are unable to find a past for her. But then, when her landlady is murdered, she reappears. Megan Ward, the woman who doesn't exist, is real - and dangerous.
October 1940: undertaker Francis Hancock is called out to Epping Forest to attend on the corpse of a young gypsy girl. The Military Police are interested in the girl, and a man they claim is a German spy. Hancock discovers that there is someone lurking in the shadows who will stop at nothing to find out what the police are looking for.
Connecticut reporter Annie Seymour, looking for the story on the murder of a Yale student, learns that the victim had also been a high-priced escort. Annie stumbles onto a network of corruption that everyone - even her own mother - seems to be involved in.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Attorney Avery Andrews returns back home to the small town of Dacus but is lured back to Charleston, South Carolina to deal with a headline grabbing case against a drug company. A young doctor from Dacus arranges to meet her for lunch but stands her up. It turns out he had a good excuse: he was killed in a fatal car crash that Avery finds suspicious.
Dr. Rudolf Rosenharte, a Russian academic from Dresden and agent for MI6, must face a stark choice when his security is compromised: to jump ship and defect to the West, leaving his family to the mercies of the Stasi, or return to East Germany to carry out a dangerous assignment under the State's suspicious eye. Recommended.
Lois Meade decides to open up a new branch of her cleaning business in the neighboring town of Tresham. But then bloody murder starts staining the quaint town.
Outcast Mary Miller is rumoured to have occult powers and is involved with a local schoolteacher. Her bastard son Sandy has fallen in love with a strange gypsy girl. An early, non-Rebus novel.
A lump of concrete - dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road - kills the wrong person. The driver of the vehicle just behind is spared - but only for a while...
Vancouver author. When former stockbroker Madeline Carter learns that her ex-husband, Chef Braydon Gauthier, has taken his own life, she drops everything to attend the funeral. But she soon realizes that this was not suicide, but murder. In the pressure cooker world of high cuisines and higher stakes, a reputation is worth killing for.
The border town of Ludlow has medieval streets, a ruined castle, a cathedral sized parish church, and a wealth of legends and history. A sad teenage boy falls from the ruins. Is it murder or suicide? Because the boy's grandmother is convinced that she's seeing the ghostly apparition of her dead grandson, DS Andy Mumford renews his links with Reverend Merrily Watkins, a parish priest who grapples with crimes of a ghostly nature.
A child is found murdered in the town of Strengnas after a child murderer escapes from prison. The father of the victim decides he will take revenge. His actions will have devastating consequences.
A motley crew of hijackers put together a plan to heist 30 million dollars, drug money, hidden on a cruise ship. The cruise line's security chief, embroiled in the scheme by his step-brother, looks for a way to survive the escalating violence.
Hiroshima survivor Genjo Tokuda, head of the Yakuza crime syndicate, is lured to Vancouver for a convention. The keynote speaker will be one of the crewman from the Enola Gay. Tokuda plans first to kill the crewman's family, then he'll kill the American airman in a fittingly gruesome way. That crewman is the grandfather of Corporal Jackie Hett of the RCMP's Special X squad.
Isabel Dalhousie's niece, Cat, asks Isabel to run her delicatessen while she attends a wedding in Italy. Isabel meets a man with a most interesting problem. He recently had a heart transplant, and is suddenly plagued with memories of events that never happened to him.
Friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce, a bigwig at home in Texas. Tom's young fiancee's roving eye leads Isabel to believe that money may be the root of her love for Tom. But what, she wonders, is the root of the interest Tom displays in Isabel herself. There are philosophical issues here.
Kate Ashberry takes to the London Victorian mansion block and its residents almost immediately. But the charm palls when the killings start.
Massachusetts grief counsellor Tally Whyte has seen a lot of dead bodies in her years, but this is the first time a murder victim has been brought there by the murderer himself. During the night, someone broke into the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, aka the Grief Shop, and left behind the body of a young girl. The girl's playmate is also missing. Could she be another victim?
Sally Hopkins was a social worker for the State of Texas. Her uncle Ed wants her to visit the small East Texas town of Maryvale. Within a week of Sally's arrival, a woman is killed, cats are being mutilated, and a desperate search is on for a killer who will strike again.
Senator Drew Langan receives a tip that Al-Qaeda is planning a bombing at a place in the Philipines where the UN is conducting a peacekeeping mission. In fact, his estranged son is there, on a covert CIA mission.
Hannah Ives' one year old grandson Tim vanishes from the day care centre at the luxurious upscale spa his parents recently opened. The lack of a ransom note suggests the innocent child may have fallen into the hands of the worst kind of fiend.
Corrupt, would-be mayor Andrew Kane (of FURY) escapes from prison. Kane, of course, has designs on killing Butch Karp and his family. What they don't know - but might guess since all villains, apparently, think alike - is that Kane plans to join forces with terrorists and launch an attack on New York City. It's not the kind of behaviour you like to see in a mayoral candidate.
When an unknown teenager is found dead in his backyard, Boston attorney Brady Coyne is led into a very personal and deadly quest for the truth.
From Sierra Leone to Iraq to London: Reuter's correspondent Connie Burns believes she is on the track of a serial killer who works as a mercenary and private security specialist. But her first attempt to expose him ends in three days of degradation in a Baghdad cellar. Does she have what it takes to try again?
The small town of Brindle, Oregon is dying and no one seems to care. Young girls have been disappearing, and no one seems to care about that either. Todd Fielding is in town to lend her computer expertise to the town paper and stumbles across a story that connects her to the town's history of evil, manipulation and cold-blooded murder.
Lawyer Barbara Holloway is retained to represent Wally Lederer, accused of theft. The theft was a setup, he claims. Then the man making the accusation, Jay Wilkins, is murdered, and Wally is a suspect. Barbara begins delving into the past of Jay Wilkins.
Jack is hanging in Julio's when a regular named Timmy asks him for help to find his teenage niece. Jack says he'll put the word out on the street. This innocent request triggers a chain of seemingly coincidental events that lead Jack into the darkest days of his life.
Frank Machianno was once a Mafia hit man, known and feared under the name Frankie Machine. But then a local Mafia boss calls in a favour on the San Diego bait shack owner. And now someone from his past wants him dead, and he has to figure out who and why - and fast.