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.
Welcome to the grand opening of Fromagerie Bessette. Or, as it is more commonly known by the residents of small-town Providence, Ohio, the Cheese Shop. Proprietor Charlotte Bessette has prepared a delightful sampling of bold Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, delicious tortes of Stilton and Mascarpone, and a taste of Sauvignon Blanc. But someone else has decided to make a little crime of passion the piece de resistance. Right outside the shop Charlotte finds a body, the victim stabbed to death with one of her prized olive-wood handled knives.
Aunt Pat's family-run restaurant is known for its ribs and spicy cornbread. Rebecca Adrian came to Memphis to suss out the best local BBQ for a prominent Cooking Channel show. Trouble is, a mystery ingredient has killed her, and now all fingers are pointing to Aunt Pat's restaurant. Horrified that her family is being accused of murder, Lulu Taylor fires up her investigative skills to solve the crime before someone else gets skewered.
One frozen evening in late 1944 a young Polish girl is suddenly and brutally murdered. But why would anyone murder an innocent refugee? Former police inspector John Madden becomes involved in the investigation -- Rosa had worked on his farm.
Darling, Alabama may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the local garden club, the Darling Dahlias, has just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees in full bloom. But when local blond bombshell Bunny Scott is found in a suspicious car wreck, the Dahlias decide to dig into the town's buried secrets, and club members Lizzy, Ophelia, and Verna soon find leads sprouting up faster than weeds. The town is all abuzz with news of an escaped convict from the prison farm, rumours of trouble at the bank, and tales of a ghost heard digging around the cucumber tree.
Meg is eight and a half months pregnant with twins when Michael brings her a houseguest, a minor Spanish playwright whose play is being produced by one of Michael's graduate students. Senor Mendoza turns out to be a drinker, a smoker, and an inveterate partygoer. The prune-faced dean of the English Department arrives to cancel the production and soon after is found dead -- making Meg's house a crime scene.
The dead body in the North London flat is found clutching a bloodstained sliver of X-ray. Tom Thorne discovers the victim's mother had been murdered 15 years ago by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. Slowly Thorne makes the connections: someone is killing the children of Garvey's victims.
Madeira Cutler loves her Vintage Magic boutique, but the 'visions' she gets from the garments can be hard to handle, especially when she knows the owner. At first she's thrilled to receive a package containing the beautifully bejeweled dress she designed for actress and old friend Dominique Delong while in fashion school. But the dress comes with a disturbing message from Dominique, who it seems took her last bow under very mysterious circumstances.
PI Jack Taylor, just refused entry to the United States, meets a stranger in an airport bar who seems to know rather more than he should about Jack. But he thinks nothing more of it on his return to Galway, until called upon to investigate a student murder - connected to an elusive Mr K.
Seven young women in Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. One of the victims, however doesn't fit in with the others. Robicheaux and Clete Purcel confront a notorious pimp and crack dealer. When Stanga turns up dead shortly after a fierce beating by Purcel, in front of numerous witnesses, the case takes a nasty turn.
Psychologist Claire Norris is given the job of treating the survivor of a brutal attack at an Oregon rest stop. A young man was left dead, flayed, but his pregnant girlfriend was still alve, but comatose.
Eleanor Swift, attempting to mend a broken heart, runs a pizza parlour in Timber Ridge, North Carolina. Then one of her late night delivery customers is found dead.
Harry Bosch identifies the murderer of a Chinese liquor store owner as an LA member of a Hong Kong triad. But before he can close in he receives word that his daugher Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, has gone missing. He flies to Hong Kong wondering if her disappearance is connected to his case. Recommended.
A group of disenchanted former soldiers are smuggling illicit goods - drugs, cash, weapons, even people - across the Maine-Canada border. Private detective Charlie Parker, is called in as the smugglers begin to die one after another in apparent suicides. The smugglers had attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod and the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other, the killer known as the Collector.
Cleveland's Garden View Cemetery is hosting a James A. Garfield commemoration. For tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin this means that she'll surely be hearing from the dead president himself. And when she's assigned to help plan the event with know-it-all volunteer and Garfield fanatic Marjorie Klinker, she'll wish Marjorie were dead...too bad someone beats Pepper to it.
Alexis Peterson is delighted when her friend, ex-Playboy Playmate Shana Stern, invites her to Hugh Hefner's infamous Halloween party. But the fun ends when, after a few drinks, Shana is found dead. Alex's investigation leads her to a soap opera convention in Las Vegas, and bodies continue to pile up on the strip. She must catch this killer who is more vicious than any television critic.
FBI behavioural psychologist Daniel Clark, tracking a mysterious serial killer known as Eve, finds Eve's latest victim still alive. In an effort to save the girl, Daniel narrowly escapes becoming another casualty on Eve's list. However, the killer takes yet another victim, one Daniel knows all too well-his estranged wife Heather. Determined to bring her back alive, Daniel takes his obsession to a dangerous new level.
A psychic new to the town of Mudbug must join forces with a ghost and an FBI agent to unravel a mysterious kidnapping, all without revealing her own dark past.
Temple Barr and Matt Devine make a cozy engaged couple, and the feisty redhead is all for her handsome radio host fiance starring in a week-long televised Las Vegas charity event, "Dancing with the Celebs." But while ex-priest Matt struggles to master the sexy moves of the tango, a killer stalks the dance floor.
The picturesque North Wales market town of Llanelen is shocked when Meg Wynne Thompson, a self-made beauty who has turned out to be something of an unpopular bride, goes missing on her wedding day - and turns up dead. The last person believed to have seen Meg alive is local manicurist Penny Brannigan, who vows to find the killer.
Entrenched in the searing sands of Libya in May 1942, a group of soldiers uncover a tomb. Buried in the ancient dust they find a macabre crown of thorns and the 'Spear of Destiny'. They've discovered the last resting place of Christ. Sixty years later, Gerald Usher and his old army pal Max Chippendale reunite to trade stories and spread Christmas cheer. Dark shadows visit the old friends in the cold of a winter night and make them pay the ultimate price for the secrets they stole. Gerald's grandson, DCI Ethan Usherwood, is left to piece together the mystery behind the killings and to uncover the treasure they kept hidden for so long.
Stuck in a Manila jail for defending himself in a bar, Ben Treven is released in exchange for doing a job for his old commander. There a tapes showing American soldiers torturing prisoners. Worse, the victims were then executed. Still worse, someone has the tapes and is blackmailing the CIA. Ben's job is to take out the blackmailer, one of his old operatives, a bomb expert named Daniel Larison. But Larison is ready, and Ben soon learns why this was a job for an operative who was already, for all intents and purposes, a dead man.
Complications arise, loyalties are tested, cliffhangers are resolved, and donuts are eaten. For this book you will need: Sunglasses, insect repellant, a flotation device, suntan lotion, cheez-doodles, extra-large towel, fire extinguisher, baseball bat, lip balm, monkey leash, sixty three pieces of chewing gum, and one canister of oxygen (don't ask). Hey, it's a Stephanie Plum novel!
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a "lucky" bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. The first hint of which: Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.
Corporate auditor Sam Keller is in Dubai for some business-class hedonism and to spy on a colleague. But when that colleague is murdered during a night on the town, Sam soon finds himself waist-deep in a bewildering and lethal mix of mobsters, prostitutes, and crooked cops. Offering a chancy way out is Anwar Sharaf, the unlikeliest of detectives. A former pearl diver and gold smuggler with an undignified demeanor, Sharaf is sometimes a baffled as Sam by the changes to his homeland. But he knows where the levers of power reside.
After a sailboat drifts into a "live-fire" naval exercise area known as Whiskey Gulf, it's never heard from again. Maritime private investigator Charlie Noble is asked to discover what happened to the couple abroad. Stonewalled by the American and Canadian military, he learns that a Middle Eastern agent has been dispatched to find the couple as well - an agent with an old score to settle from his days as a Coast Guard intelligence officer.
Lawyer Hunter Lee turns his back on New York City and escapes to beautiful but isolated Fort Mason, Montana. In this tiny town where everyone seems to have a secret, Hunter suspects a series of forest fires are anything but accidental.
Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett's specialty is psychological autopsy. Jo finds herself racing to save Kanan, a patient who can walk and talk but who can not remember just what happened to him. Jo realizes that Kanan's addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in San Francisco.
The nation's favorite dodgy antiques dealer is in prison again. Lovejoy is offered a way out of prison by Ellen Jaynor but is forced to earn his freedom. Underhanded dealings leave him trapped inside of a burning mansion, fighting for his life. Everyone is conspiring against him and his only hope is the mysterious World Champion Pole Dancer Erosa Sexotica, whoever she may be.
An innocent man has been shot and two young people are missing. But tracking them down is just the beginning. To keep them and his covert team alive, hostage rescue expert Jonathan Grave must plunge into the heart of an ugly secret whose insidious path reaches from one of the world's most remote places into the highest corridors of power--and he must defeat enemies who are willing to kill again and again to keep the truth from being revealed.
Ex-covert op Michael Westen owes favours to Barry, the local money launderer. Now Barry wants to call those favours in. Barry has a friend, Bruce, who is an legendary gentleman ex-thief. But with an ailing mother to support, Bruce has returned to his illegal vocation. Unfortunately, his most recent job involved stealing from the notorious Ghouls motorcycle gang, and they're looking for some serious payback. Unless Michael can convince them otherwise.
Georgia prosecutor Hailey Dean becomes a therapist in New York City. But then she discovers that someone is murdering her patients, one by one. And the killer operates in the same way as the victims of the last case Hailey prosecuted. Clearly, Hailey hasn't left her past behind quite as well as she thought - and unless she returns to her true calling and solves the case, still more innocent people will die.
October, 1867. Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard investigates the murder of Allegra Benedict, the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer in Piccadilly. Why had she been selling her brooch in the Burlington Arcade just hours before her death? As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie, with the help of their maid Bessie, looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead.
As DCI Lorimer sees in the New Year, an unpredictable killer is loose on the streets of Glasgow. Hood up, this dark figure suddenly appears out of the shadows and is experimenting with murder again and again. Faced with a string of unconnected victims and picking up the case of a horrific fire that murdered a wealthy couple, Lorimer turns to psychologist Solly Brightman for his insights. As the killer comes closer to Lorimer and his family, can he unmask the serial murderer?
From the author of THE CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE and THE JUROR. Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull off I-95 in Georgia, on their way to Florida, and learn the identity of a family that has just won a $318 million lottery jackpot. They decide to extort half the prize from the family. But soon their program of maintaining constant fear begins to go awry.
A strange illness has struck Zinnia, Mississippi. The folks from the Center for Disease Control are on the scene, but they can't find a cure for it...or for the boll weevils that are decimating Sunflower County's cotton crop. With patients in quarantine and the whole town in crisis, Sarah Booth Delaney will go out on a limb to stop the outbreak - and try to save the only place she's been proud enough to call home.
When frogs begin appearing in the antiques shop Rebecca has inherited from her Uncle Oscar, her cats Rupert and Isabella instantly give chase. But why are frogs turning up in San Francisco's City Hall building? And what does her late uncle's mysterious note to "follow the frogs" mean?
The autumn has come to the Burren-a time of harvest, of gathering for the winter to come, the end of summer for most, and the end of life for others. When Mara attends the funeral of a local priest of the Burren, the last thing she expects is the corpse of a man stung to death by bees, found on the church steps. Sorley the silversmith was a greedy and distrusted man: there would be no shortage of those who would want him dead, but who really stood to profit from his murder? As Mara investigates, she must use all her cunning and prowess as a lady judge to bring the sting of justice to a killer.
Zellah Wilding, straight-A student and good Christian girl, was supposed to be at a sleep-over with schoolfriends. Instead she's found dead, dressed to kill, near the famous Wormwood Scrubs prison in London.
A collection of his short stories.
Ed Loy has made some changes. He has moved into an apartment in Dublin's city centre, leaving behind his family home. He wants to break free of the ghosts of his past but it is not what his clients will permit: the baggage they bring with them propel him relentlessly into the past.
Lynn Barrett is a single mother, trying to cope with life after divorce. And her life becomes an even bigger nightmare when daughter Caitlin is diagnosed with terminal liver disease. She is put on the transplant waiting list, but there is a world shortage and most patients will die while waiting. In desperation, Lynn turns to the internet and discovers an organ broker who can provide her with a liver, but it will cost Lynn 250,000 pounds. A few days later, the broker tells Lynn she has found a young woman, a perfect match for Caitlin, who is in a coma following a car crash in Italy. Meanwhile Roy Grace is working on the case of the remains of three young people recovered from the seabed off the coast of Brighton. The remains lead him to a Romanian trafficking organization of street kids from the Eastern bloc for the UK sex trade; some of them are also traded as organ donors. Recommended.
It's August and the Edinburgh International Book Festival is in full swing. So it's a considerable embarrassment when one of Scotland's most successful crime writers is found dead in the author tent. The victim's phone was tapped. Are the spooks involved? Or has mystery fiction become true crime? A second victim begs the question: have the authors become targets themselves?
Rachel Kirby, a computer genius whose younger sister is dying of a rare illness, learns that a mysterious man named John Tavak has unearthed a stunningly important secret in an Egyptian tomb that may save the life of Rachel's sister and many thousands more.But a powerful enemy is also in white-hot pursuit. Desperate to protect Tavak's find, Rachel adds her own cutting-edge expertise to his, joining forces - across three continents - to bring to light an ancient civilization's amazing legacy.
While mapping the ancient underwater city of Marinth submersible designer Hannah Bryson believes she has discovered what led to its demise. But her key artifact is hijacked en route to a research lab.
While visiting her friend Wanda, Kendra Ballantyne sets off a squabble over the building's animal policy. One week later, an anti-pet board member is found dead in Wanda's apartment. Now, Kendra must start sniffing around for the real killer.
While Jack stands at the victim's graveside, her cell phone rings. It's the killer, escaped maniac Alex Kork, taunting Jack, drawing her ever further into a twisted game of cat and mouse. Because while Alex is more than willing to kill random victims, Jack is her true prey. But which woman wants revenge more?
When TV reporter Riley Spartz sees a want ad reading "Wedding Dress for Sale: Never Worn," she finds a jilted bride unsure whether her groom got cold feet or has become a cold case himself. When Riley's curious missing person case leads to a dangerous murder investigation, she discovers a startling motive for Mark's disappearance. Riley now has a TV exclusive guaranteed to win the ratings.
A charter plane carrying Cork O'Connor's wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies. Months after, he is given evidence that the pilot of Jo's plane was not the man he claimed to be. He travels to Wyoming, where he battles local law enforcement, the open hostility of the Northern Arapaho, and the continuing attempts on his life by assassins who shadow his every move.
A reclusive monastery is the scene of a brutal slaughter that sends Richard Byrd on a worldwide race to find a magnificnet treasure. But there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its discovery.
Gladdy Gold is alarmed to see her friends charmed by a New Age guru and his seances and goes into action to release them from his grip. And then Gladdy comes face to face with a dear departed friend-- with a message.
As the FBI's newest Civilian Profiler, Abby Cooper is using her powers of intuition to help solve a backlog of the bureau's cold cases. But when she's the only one who is convinced that several separate cold cases are related, she'll have to call on every intuitive bone in her body before she's the one put on ice.
When Frank Behr's friend and mentor is murdered without any apparent motive, Frank thirsts for answers and retaliation. A private firm approaches him to find two missing detectives. Behr's old boss wants him to take the case. The search for the missing detectives takes Behr into the recesses of Indianapolis' underworld where he uncovers a connection to his friend's brutal murder.
Claudia's friend Kelly learns that she's an aunt when her estranged half-sister Erin shows up in desperate need of help. Erin and her husband have been living as members of the Temple of Brighter Light in an isolated compound. Now Erin's husband and child have disappeared, leaving behind a cryptic note. Using her skills as a forensic handwriting expert, Claudia gains entry to the compound. She has only days to uncover the truth about Kelly's missing niece before a child's life is written off for good.
A friend hires Charlotte Admas to organize her closets - and prove that her daughter's accident was murder. And now Charlotte has to get a house, and her suspects, in order.
1854. A Cardiff bound train leaves Paddington Station with young Hugh Kewlow. He carries a large valise with a priceless silver coffee pot. Hugh tells two fellow passengers about his priceless cargo. His body and large empty valise is discovered at the Cardiff Railway Hotel and the great Railway Detective Robert Colbeck and his trusty Sergeant VIctor Leeming are called to investigate the mystery.
The story begins high above Los Angeles at the impressive wine cellar of lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist. Enter Sam Levitt, former lawyer and wine connoisseur, who follows leads to Bordeaux and Provence.
Out-of work actor Sam White is a security guard in a Portland, Oregon shopping mall. He returns home one night to find his house blown up and two body bags being removed from it. He assumes the bodies are those of his wife and daughter, until he receives a call from a man saying they are alive, but will only be spared if Sam follows instructions and completes the increasingly violent tasks set out for him.
A young mother seeks the figure she saw pull her infant son from a devastating car crash in Wyoming. Her search dovetails with that of a journalist looking into a bomb that exploded in a Rio de Janeiro cafe.
It begins as a heist in Sun Valley, Idaho - until the local sheriff discovers a more sinister underlying plan. The crime gets more personal. The stakes are raised, and nothing is as it seems.
We are told about seven deadly sins but not about the deadliest of them all: betrayal. For each of the detectives at the agency, a betrayal becomes the driving force behind the investigation. Tamara's case began as something personal but leads to an investigation of a scam that bilks charities in the name of helping the homeless.
Reporter Patrick Rush joins a writers' group in Toronto and quickly learns that most, like himself, really have no story to tell. However, a string of unsolved murders seems increasingly connected to Patrick. And then the circle's members start to go missing, one by one.
Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan accompany the recently discovered remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue. Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy - and the case. Someone had made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman is found in the woods, and then a third.
Attorney Andy Carpenter is about to represent an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy, whose owner was brutally murdered, in a custody fight. But this playful pup possesses a valuable secret that some people will resort to violence to obtain. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save Waggy, including help from the lawyer's golden retriever, Tara.
Detective Sloane Pearson's is new to Chicago's Sex Crimes Division and her first big case is as tough as they come: a rapist is on the loose, dragging women to deserted downtown buildings and forcing them to fight - knowing, of course, that he'll win...From the west side slums to the Loop skyscrapers, Sloane fails to find a steady lead. Her bosses demand she get a suspect - or move on. But when someone Sloane knows is attacked, she finds herself on a case that's officially turned personal.
Blind psychic Sherry Moore can see the last eighteen seconds of a deceased person's memory. But when she is exposed to deadly radiation, she worries about the possible aftereffects. Suffering from optical migraines, Sherry checks herself into the hospital to undergo tests. All seems normal until they wheel in the body of one Thomas Monahan.
Grigori Bulganov once saved Gabriel Allon's life in Moscow, and Allon always repays his debts. So when the former Russian intelligence officer vanishes, Allon gathers his team of operatives to go after those responsible. But, in a running battle that rages across the globe, Allon soon realizes that his enemy may already hold the key to victory. And that if he continues, it will cost him more than he can bear.
London art dealer Julian Isherwood has a problem, one only Gabriel Allon can solve. In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt mysteriously stolen. Despite his reluctance, Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to search for the painting and those responsible for the crime. But as he painstakingly follows a trail of clues leading from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and, finally, to a villa on the graceful shores of Lake Geneva, Gabriel discovers there are deadly secrets connected to the painting.
When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner's death. While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force.
New York DA Butch Karp is determined to bring down Sharif Jabbar, the demagogic founder of a Harlem mosque. But he faces formidable competition in the form of Attorney Megan O'Dowd, a radical activist enthralled with revolutionary rhetoric.
In an Adams-Morgan apartment, where a Washington, D.C. call-girl was bludgeoned to death, a video camera is discovered nestled high on a bookshelf. Then, when the daughter of a Presidential candidate's closest friend is kidnapped, Detective Mary Hall and rookie cop Matthew Jackson uncover a connection between the abduction and the call-girl's murder.
Sherlock Holmes' desire for a peaceful life in the Sussex countryside is dashed when true-life muckraker and author David Graham Phillips is assassinated, leaving behind little clue as to why he was murdered.
Summer, 1944: War-weary DI Ted Stratton is called upon to investigate the case of a dead doctor, found in suspicious circumstances on a bomb-site near Fitzrovia's Middlesex Hospital. Was it an affair turned fatally sour, revenge for a fatal misdiagnosis, or, despite appearances, simply an unfortunate accident?
Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach-based marijuana operation. But now they may have come up against something that they can't handle - the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and sends them the message that a "no" is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat.
Meg Langslow's eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows. But Meg discovers that highly competitive can mean murderous.
With her new husband back at work, Anna decides to go and stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz NHP. She isn't in town long before she crosses paths with a tenant of Geneva's, a creepy guy named Jordan. She discovers what seems to be an attempt to place a curse on her - a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols; and begins to slowly find traces of very dark doings in the heart of post-Katrina New Orleans.
Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles has been spending more time solving whodunits than reading them. A nearby gas explosion has injured Tricia's sister's boyfriend, Bob Kelly, the head of the Chamber of Commerce, and has killed the owner of the town's history bookstore. Bob is tight lipped about the explosion but it is time to take action.
The Small Shop Keeper With No Name is back. Hired to find the vandals responsible for spraying graffiti on an aspiring insurance magnate's advertising boarding, he soon finds himself up to his ears in intrigue and battling to solve murders which echo in the corridors of power. With MI5 getting involved and everyone on the hunt for a missing Jack Russell, can Our Man Behind the Counter stay alive as well as keep his mystery bookshop afloat?
A local busy body has dropped dead after eating one of Suzanne's famous treats. A forensic team is soon swarming through the Donut Hearts kitchen, dusting for clues, sifting through sugar, and suspecting the worst of Suzanne. But with the help of police inspector Jake Bishop and her ex-husband Max, Suzanne hopes to clear her good name - before another bad donut is fatally frosted...
Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone must match wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foil a catastrophic attack, and plunge into a desperate hunt for Napoleon's legendary lost treasure in order to avert international financial anarchy.
1880, Leadville, Colorado. Lucinda Ridenour, the notorious widow-heiress to the Dazzler mine, chooses young Kit Randall to be her lover. But their affair sinks into absinthe-soaked depravity. But after Kit angrily leaves Lucinda's house, Lucinda is found stabbed to death. When his uncle Brad Randall and his fiancee Eden Murdoch arrive, they are shocked to learn Kit is the primary suspect in the sensational murder.
The quiet of a snow-covered Algonquin Bay is broken when the decapitated bodies of two people are found in a summer home. The two are Russians, come to attend the annual fur auction. John Cardinal must fit this horrific piece into its twisted puzzle.
Just hours before her body is found in a car in a parking lot, a young woman hands her baby to a perfect stranger and disappears. The stranger is the daughter of Delia Wainberg, a lawyer in the same firm as Joanne Kilbourn's husband. One close look at the child suggests that there might be a family relationship, and soon the truth about the child Delia gave up for adoption years ago comes out. The boy must be Delia's grandson. Then his mother is found dead, sexually assaulted and murdered. Not only is there a killer on the loose, but the dead woman's partner is demanding custody of the child.
The mystery-writing protagonist of the TV series CASTLE tells the story of New York City homicide cop Nikki Heat. As she works to unravel the secrets of a murdered real estate tycoon, she must deal with the wise-cracking, meddling magazine journalist assigned to ride along with her.
Dr. Siri is confronted with a deadly Casanova targeting lovely young women. In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man with a truck from the city was "somebody," a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri's morgue and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped, although her flesh had been torn. And though the victim had clear, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered. On a trip to the hinterlands, Siri discovers that the beautiful female corpse bound to a tree has already risen to the status of a rural myth. This has happened many times before. He sets out to investigate this unprecedented phenomenon - a serial killer in peaceful Buddhist Laos - only to discover when he has identified the murderer that not only pretty maidens are at risk. Seventy-three-year-old coroners can be victims, too. Recommended.
Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all expenses paid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, 74 year old national - and only - coroner of Laos.
Everyone seems to think Sheriff Dan Rhodes should do something about the smell coming from the giant chicken farm owned by Lester Hamilton. He finds himself inclined to agree after Hamilton is found dead, floating in an old rock pit not far from the town of Clearview.
In Ellen Crosby's fourth Wine Country mystery novel Virginia vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery contends with a mysterious skeleton, Civil War reenactors, and dark family secrets.
Summer 77 AD. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to Falco's father, Geminus, has disappeared in mysterious circumstances. They had a feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the Pontine Marshes, terrorizing the neighbourhood. When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate even though it means travelling in the dread marshes.
THE 13TH HOUR tells of a man who is given the opportunity to go back in time in one hour increments to prevent the murder of his wife, a crime that the police believe he committed.
Gideon is happy to be in Mexico with his wife until he is asked to examine the mummified corpse of a drifter thought to be shot to death and he examines another skeleton of a murder victim. The Skeleton Detective discovers two coroner errors. If he is not careful, unearthing the connection between the two could make him another murder statistic in Mexico.
When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Katya, one of the few females in the coroner's office, is determined to identify the woman and find her killer. Aided by her friend Nayir, she soon discovers that the victim was a young, controversial filmmaker named Leila. Was it Leila's connection to an incendiary Koranic scholar or a missing American man that got her killed?
Lauren Heller's husband Roger has vanished. She turns to Roger's estranged brother, Nick. Nick will do anything to protect Lauren and his nephew - even if it means taking on the most lethal enemy he's ever faced. Plunged headlong into a desperate chase, Nick begins making shocking discoveries about Roger's life - and his own.
For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked. The war is on-though who the ultimate winner will be, no one can tell.
Since childhood bookmaker Ned Talbot had been told that his parents had died in a car crash. So his life is thrown into turmoil when, on the first day of the Royal Ascot, a man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father. Then, barely an hour later, his newly found father is stabbed by a unknown assailant in the parking lot.
The body of a murdered, tortured Russian has been found on the lawn of the British Embassy in Moscow. London sends special agent Charlie Muffin to investigate. It's been years since he last came to Russia, but he finds that little has changed in the post-Soviet era. The espionage performed by Russian, British, and American spies continues unabated. While trying to ferret out the identities of the killers, Charlie faces down greater dangers that threaten to throw foreign relations between the world powers into turmoil.
Bonnie is a music teacher who has spent a long, hot summer in London rehearsing with a band to play at a friend's wedding. It was supposed to be fun, but the band members find the complicated knots of their friendships - some old, some new - unraveling as the days themselves unwind. A summer of happiness, love, and music turns deadly as lovers betray one another, passions turn murderous, and friendship itself becomes a crime.
The police arrest Alexei Volkovoy, known as Volk, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and take him to a murder scene. Volk soon discovers that the victim is a famous Hollywood filmmaker whose reputation was destroyed in 1995 when the CIA released the decrypted Soviet Venona Cables. Tucked inside the American's pocket is a marked-up intercept that refers to a Russian used as a spy by the Americans, a man who may have been Volk's illustrious father.
A cozy English seaside town built on secrets and smugglers, Blackpool is a haven for tourists and home to generations of locals who like their privacy. American Molly Graham and her British husband, Michael, are considered outsiders, but feel irresistibly drawn to this town...and its darker curiosities. Because Blackpool harbors dangerous mysteries. And murder is just the beginning.
There is something very amiss in the finances of Michaelhouse.
In a collection of short stories, Grisham returns to the setting of his first novel, A TIME TO KILL.
By 1991 Alex Konevitch was on track to become Russia's wealthiest man. Then he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security, and his world begins to fall apart. Kidnapped, beaten, and forced to relinquish his business and his fortune, Alex and his wife escape to the United States, only to be accused by his own government of stealing millions from his business. With a mob contract out on his life and the FBI hot on his trail, Alex is a desperate man.
A small company on the brink of bankruptcy discovers a polymer, that when coated on any vehicle, was the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. When Wall Street banker Jack Wiley hears of it, he plans to enlist the help of the Capitol Group, one of the country's largest and most powerful corporations in a quick, bloodless takeover of the small company that developed the polymer. It seems like a partnership made in heaven...until the Pentagon's investigative service begins nosing around, and the deal turns into a nightmare.
First publication in 20 years. Legendary private eye Mike Shayne travels to Texas to investigate a hit-and-run killing that's been laid at the feet of one of El Paso's richest businessmen.
For American expat travel-writer Poke Rafferty, a late-night poker game delivers an unexpected prize: the chance to write the biography of Pano Wattana, a controversial, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a shady past and far-reaching political ambitions. The win seems at first like a stroke of luck--but within 12 hours of folding his cards, Poke and his family have become pawns in a political struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most powerful, and most ruthless people, and their only allies are Bangkok's poorest and most downtrodden.
American travel-writer Poke Rafferty's life in Bangkok with his wife Rose and their adopted daughter finally seems to have stabilized. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world. Poke must discover the whole truth of Rose's past--a journey into darkness that turned a shy, awkward village teenager into the queen of Asia's most lurid red-light street, Patpong Road. And there are secrets back there he's not certain he can truly accept--or survive.
Documentary producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card with 16 numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four. The same day she gets a job working on a documentary on crib-death mothers wrongly accused of murder. Then one of those mothers is found dead at her home and in her pocket is a card with 16 numbers in four rows of four.
London 1812. When the controversial reform-minded Bishop of London is found bludgeoned to death in an ancient crypt beside the corpse of an unidentified man murdered decades before, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin's search for the killer leads him from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of Whitehall.
When Helen Barclay becomes the first female US president, the whole world takes notice. Unfortunely for President Barclay, one man takes very particular notice. He knows her dark secret that has been buried for over twenty years. He has the power to destroy everything she has worked for but also has the ultimate motive--revenge.
Shortly after Karen Vail arrives at Napa Valley for a vacation, a victim is discovered at a high-end winery. As Vail and the task force work around the clock to identify and locate the killer, they're caught in a web knotted with secretive organizations, a decades-long feud between prominent wine families, and widespread corruption that leads Vail to wonder whom, if anyone, she can trust.
Everyone in Athena, Mississippi knows librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat named Diesel. They also know his former classmate-turned famous best selling novelist, Godfrey Priest. Someone with extreme prejudice took Godfrey off the bestseller lists permanently. Now Charlie and Diesel must browse through the history section of the town's past to find a killer.
The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realizes that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.
The annual Arizona Tohono O'odham Nation's celebration of the blooming of the Queen of the Night flower is shattered by gunfire, leaving a little girl the sole witness to the bloodshed that took the only family she's ever known. Dr. Lani Walker and Dan Pardee, an Iraq war veteran and member of an unorthodox border patrol unit called the Shadow Wolves are joined by Pima County homicide investigator Brian Fellows, as they try to keep the child safe while tracking down a ruthless killer.
A lead on a series of murders in western Washington brings Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont back to Cochise County, Arizona. There sheriff Joanna Brady is looking into a homicide in which the elderly caretaker of an ATV park was run over and left to die.
When her mother is viciously attacked in her posh Manhattan apartment, Sloane realizes that the thieves were looking for something special - and though it's clear Sloane's father is somehow involved, he isn't talking. Then a mysterious message left for the respected art dealer sets Sloane on a dangerous course to uncover a deadly secret hidden in her father's past.
On the busiest shopping day of the year, a group of idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the equipment in their backpacks will disrupt stores' computer systems, causing delays and chaos, disrupting capitalism, if only for a moment. What they don't realize is that instead of jamming devices, their backpacks contain explosives. And they're about to become unwitting suicide bombers. FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell must put her own political troubles aside to work with Nick Morrelli and figure out who's behind this terrorist plot - a massacre that's all the more frightening when a tip reveals that Maggie's brother is one of the doomed protestors.
Decker is asked for a favour by the wife of a psychopathic professional killer. The favour soon becomes complicated when she goes missing and her husband disappears, leaving their fourteen-year-old son, Gabe, with no one to turn to except Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus.
Someone has broken into the exclusive Coyote Ranch compound of billionaire developer Guy Kaffey and viciously gunned him down, along with his wife and four employees. Peter Decker and his homicide team determine that it must have been an inside job. But it is his wife, Rina Lazarus, in a chance encounter with a court translator, who is led into the terrifying heart of the crime.
Whisper Ridge is a multimillion dollar piece of architectural majesty that once housed a unique program for paroled murderers. The program never got off the ground, however, despite the passion of Alexandra Cantrell, daughter of a notorious Mafia don, and her husband, Joshua. Twelve years later, the uninhabited house is in ruins. It remains a strange monument to dangerous secrets...until Joshua's bones are found buried deep in the forest.
Hap and Leonard rescue a friend's daughter from an abusive, no-good drug dealer and the Dixie Mafia decides to pay them back for it. Hap and Leonard come out on top, and for the next round they send the the legendary -- and lethal -- hitwoman known as Vanilla Ride.
When Marcy Singer opens an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, she throws a soiree and a Stitch-In. Soon, Marcy's sign-up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass or a needle to support the newly opened Seven Year Stitch. Marcy finds the shop's previous owner dead in the storeroom. Now, Marcy's shop is a crime scene and she is the prime suspect. She will have to find the killer before someone puts a final stitch in her.
The discovery of a corpse (artfully displayed as a sunbather relaxing on a Miami beach chair) naturally piques Dexter's curiosity and Miami's finest realize they've got a terrifying new serial killer on the loose. And Dexter, of course, is back in business.
Eliza Benedict's tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from a man on Virginia's death row. In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter Bowman and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. She cautiously makes contact with Walter: she's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he will tell her--and share the truth about his other victims....
A young woman's body is found with puncture marks on her neck, and soon the delicious word "vampire" is on everyone's lips. All of FBI profiler Sophie Anderson's skills - psychic and psychological - will be needed for her to determine whether this was a thrill kill or something even more sinister. Exploring the blood bars and Goth clubs of L.A., Sophie immerses herself in the seductive culture of self-styled vampires. Posing as the alluring Lady Veronica and infiltrating a notorious clan, Sophie will learn just how deep the fantasy goes for some believers.When life requires death, nothing is sacred.
The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realizes it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign to target an apparently unconnected group of young people. Struggling with the newly awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.
FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett is present for a colleague's wedding when a woman staggers down the aisle - incoherent, wearing only a white nightgown. A fingerprint check determines that she's been missing for nearly eight years. Her coldly efficient captor toyed with her mind and body, imprisoning her, depriving her of any contact with the outside world.
Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is summoned to Bow Street, where he is seconded to a special Home office department responsible for the activities of British agents on the continent. A special mission awaits Hawkwood in France. If successful, it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. If not - prison, torture and a meeting with Madame Guillotine!
Senior Glasgow policewoman Alex Morrow investigates after a group of armed men invade a home, demand millions of pounds from the family, and leave abducting an elderly grandfather. Who were the men? And why did they think a normal household concealed untold riches?
When her uncle dies, police sketch artist Rory McCain gets a list of clients from his private detective business and a beautiful old house with a ghostly inhabitant, Federal Marshal Ezekiel Drummond, aka Zeke. Having a ghost as a house mate is bad enough, but as Rory is drawn into one of her uncle's unsolved cases, she may need the marshall's supernatural help to stay alive.
V. I. Warshawski seeks a man who's been missing for four decades. A young cousin whom she has never met arrives from Kansas City to work on a political campaign; a nun who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. dies without revealing crucial evidence; and on the city's South Side, people spit when she shows up. Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop, V. I. still takes the investigation all the way to its frightening end.
As San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates a high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed - a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be "huge." Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.
Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical. The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body.
Psycologist Joseph O'Loughlin is summoned one night to search for his daughter's best friend, Sienna Hegarty. Joe finds the teenager curled up at the base of a tree. She is covered in blood and is too traumatized to speak. Meanwhile her father, a former detective, lies dead on her bedroom floor. Police charge Sienna with his murder, but Joe is not convinced.
After the suspicious death of Pope John Paul I, British journalist Sarah Monteiro is drawn into the web of an international conspiracy and must reluctantly reunite with the mysterious priest/assassin Rafael and the sinister mastermind known as JC. Sarah and Rafael's determination could prove to be their downfall and seal the doom of John Paul II; especially if they discover the true power behind the papal throne.
After Mattie Winston catches her husband Dr. David Winston receiving some very special loving care from R.N. Karen Owenby, she quits her job, and moves out and becomes a deputy coroner. But Mattie’s first homicide call turns out to be for none other than Nurse Karen, and even though she saw her ex in a heated argument with the newly deceased the night before, she refuses to believe David could be a killer.
Though technically suspended from the prosecutor's office, Renko strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow's main rail hub. It does not look like a simple drug overdose to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues, most notably an invitation to Russia's premier charity ball, the billionaires' Nijinksy Fair.
Mike Hammer postpones his marriage to his faithful girl Friday, Velda, in order to deal with ramifications arising from the discovery of the perfectly preserved femur of the biblical giant Goliath. Or it could be a creosote-soaked railroad tie -- it depends on what angle, how close, you get. At any rate, the rabid Manhattan pit bull PI girds his loins and goes to war, pitting himself against Islamic terrorists and Israeli extremists with apocalyptic agendas. Well, they might be terrorists. They might also be birdwatchers with binoculars on straps around their necks. Whatever. They're dead now.
Harrison J. Walker - Jaywalker, to the world - is a frayed-at-the-edges defense attorney with a ninety-percent acquittal rate, thanks to an obsessive streak a mile wide. But winning this case will take more than just dedication. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Estrada killed another boy after a fight over a girl: shot him point-blank between the eyes. No one disputes those facts. This kid is jammed up big-time, but almost unable to help himself. He's got the face of an angel but can hardly string together three words to explain what happened that day...yet he's determined to go to trial. All they've got is a "yesbut" defense, as in: "Did you kill him?" "Yes, but..." Jaywalker is accustomed to bending the rules - this case will stretch the law to the breaking point and beyond.
Beverly Johnson has been kidnapped by a deranged killer, but she refuses to be a passive victim. With homicide detectives frantically searching for leads, and the clock ticking down, Beverly will fight against dwindling odds to stay alive and see her kidnapper brought to justice.
Professional rubber stamper April Buchert is shocked to discover that the brother of one of the Stamping Sisters faked his own death, only to really die in a tragic car crash which was not an accident at all. Now this heated family drama could cause one cold winter if the killer is not found.
England, 1916. At the outbreak of World War I, Bess Crawford volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship "Britannic". On one voyage, she promises to deliver a message from a dying soldier to his brother. Back in England she is surprised to find the soldier's family indifferent to the message she bears. She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.
After five years of marriage Isabel and Marcus Raines are still deeply in love. But then Marcus disappears. Isabel learns that Marcus's office has been raided by the FBI, all of his work colleagues are dead, her home has been ransacked, and her bank accounts depleted. And then the police discover that Marcus Raines is a long dead man. Years dead. Isabel has been married to a stranger.
London, 1903. Two women are hanged in Holloway Prison for killing babies. More than thirty years later, their crime resurfaces with shocking consequences. Josephine Tey investigates.
Presley Parker is hosting a Murder Mystery party thrown by a benevolent curator, Mary Lee Miller. When the role play becomes deadly, Mary Lee is found dead. Presley kicks her sleuthing skills into high gear.
A number of students--including the sons of both the Secretary of the Army and newest Supreme Court justice--may be held hostage in the fortress-like tomb of one of Yale's secret societies. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy soon finds himself in New Haven, to help solve the riddle of what is going on inside the windowless stone tomb on the edge of campus.
After his haystack was torched, Mr. Harmsworth barricaded a common path through his Applebeck Orchard. But Professor Owl, Fritz, and some of the Big Folk say this was the handiwork of the lantern-wielding specter. The mournful ghost has a message that Miss Potter hopes to figure out.
In the Lake District, noisy test flights of the new hydroplane are disrupting life in the village of Near Sawrey. Miss Beatrix Potter can barely hear herself think-which she needs to do for the new case she's just taken up. Her friend Grace Lythecoe has been receiving some anonymous letters, threatening her good name. Now Beatrix must proceed quietly, so as not to arouse village gossip. And while her visit to Near Sawrey has proven to be anything but quiet, there is yet another piece of business for Beatrix to address: that of her own future. When she's offered a second chance at love, she decides that sometimes causing a disturbance can be well worth the trouble.
Vancouver Island. A homeless man is found dead near sleepy Fossil Bay. RCMP Corporal Holly Martin gets involved when she and Constable Chipper Knox Singh notice drug paraphernalia nearby. Another drifter suggests that the victim had come to town to hook up with an old girlfriend. The girlfriend tells them that the man is Joel Clavir, the long-lost criminal brother of a respected local woman, and that he has come to try to collect on his sister's recent big lottery win.
Private investigator Disciple Manning suffers from hyperthymestic syndrome -- it means he can't forget anything -- ever. He is hired by a couple to find their daughter, who's been recruited by the philosopher/cult leader Xenophon Baars. Too late Disciple realizes he's met his match.
Ex-DC cop Mason "Mace" Perry, framed for a crime, wants to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. Then she meets lawyer Roy Kingman after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital.
Veterinarian Jessica Popper is still basking in newlywedded bliss when neighbours Betty and Winston beg her to investigate the suspicious death of Linus Merrywood, king of the corporate jungle. On stormy Solitude Island, the Merrywoods have enjoyed the lion's share of wealth for generations. But from the suspects to the surroundings, Jess feels as if she's walked straight into an old-fashioned game of Clue - except here the stakes are life and death.
Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she cannot stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do", and Agatha is named as the prime suspect.
Two Mark Billingham mysteries reprinted in one omnibus volume.
DI Tom Thorne is brought a recent photograph of Alan Langford -- the man whose body was found in a burned out car ten years before. He refuses to believe Langford is alive, until a prison inmate he interviews is viciously murdered.
With the posh clientele gone to the country, Lady Georgiana has to make a living as a dinner and theatre companion. On her first assignment, a not-so-gentle man seems to have the wrong idea. Darcy, her off-again beau, must come to the rescue. To avoid scandal, she is shipped off to Castle Rannoch. Now she must both keep the entirely unsuitable Mrs. Simpson from seducing the Prince of Wales - and (at the behest of Scotland Yard) keep an eye on the said prince to prevent someone from shooting him instead of quails.
On a headland park that overlooks the sea just south of Dublin a dog discovers the body of a homeless man, known as the High King, who had wandered Dublin streets for years talking to himself. Six months later his unsolved murder case lands on Matt Minogue's desk.
Shane Scully returns to the orphanage where he was reared when the Home's Director is found dead, apparently of self-inflicted shotgun wounds. Shane is to be a pallbearer and discovers that none of the other five can believe that it was suicide. Together they investigate, which takes them up against an adversary whose power and influence far exceed anything they could have imagined.
In 1923, Arapahos from the Wind River Reservation were recruited to appear as extras in the silent film 'The Covered Wagon'. But Charlie Wallowingbull never returned home, leaving people to believe he abandoned his wife and unborn son. Kiki Wallowingbull, Charlie's great-grandson, went to Hollywood determined to uncover the truth behind his great-grandfather's disappearance. But after Kiki's frozen body is discovered on the reservation, Arapaho attorney Vickey Holden and Father John O'Malley must find the connection between two violent deaths separated by nearly a century.
When Arapaho Ned Windsong is shot to death, his fiance Marcy is the only witness. Even though she identifies two Arapaho troublemakers, Ned's family clings to the belief that Marcy herself was responsible. Convinced of Marcy's innocence, Vicki agrees to represent the outsider- and finds herself at odds with her own people. She also finds herself at odds with Father John, because the mission priest has glimpsed something in the beautiful girl that shakes him to his core. And when the men Marcy has accused of murdering her fiance are found dead in an abandoned barn, Vicky and Father John realize they are caught in a web of lies and deceit woven by a master.
There is a message discovered atop an elementary school in downtown Atlanta. Across the street lie the bodies of fourteen innocent men and women. The sniper Galileo is on the loose. Esme Stuart was one of the FBI's top field opperatives when she worked for the Bureau and now, as Galileo's murders escalate, her beleaguered former boss needs her help. But is she willing to jeopardize her new perfect life?
The indomitable Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner extraordinaire is back, travelling down the unfamiliar road of fame. A CNN producer wants her to launch a TV show called THE SCARPETTA FACTOR. But the glare of the spotlight could make Kay a target for the very killers she would put behind bars.
Sam and Remi Fargo are about to encounter a fortune lost for ages and a millionaire pursuing his destiny.
A satire of the credit crunch: City trader Jimmy Corby was as lucky in love as he was at betting on dodgy derivatives. But then it all came crashing down -- and when the global financial crisis hit, Jimmy discovered that anyone can handle success. It's how you handle failure that really matters.
Jessica Fletcher would like to relax as Thanksgiving comes to Cabot Cove, but she's hosting a bountiful dinner for an ever-growing guest list. She couldn't be happier with the results -- until she stumbles upon the body of a man with a carving knife stuck in his chest...
Washington, D.C.'s National Counterterrorism Center is struck by a series of explosions, killing 185, including public officials and CIA employees. Elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp must help team member Mike Nash, traumatized by the horrors he witnessed during the attack, finds himself iwhile threading his way through the naysayers on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, three al Qaeda terrorists are still at large.
The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers - leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder. It isn't so much the discovery of the headless corpse that's potentially so politically explosive as where it's found. Still it takes the bizarre sightings of a great horned creature - half man, half stag - carrying off young women to convince Bryant that this is a case worth getting dressed and leaving the house to solve. Recommended.
Ottawa, in a blizzard: wealthy social activist Brandon Longstreet has not heard from his fiancee in over twenty-four hours. Friends, family and police are mobilized to search the snowbound city, but when Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green and his team trace Meredith's recent movements, they discover she made a secret trip to Montreal just before she disappeared. But who is the mysterious Lise Gravelle she'd gone to visit?
Short of work, rejected by the man she craves, spurned by her mother, Jess Hurly is a wreck when Sarah Fortune comes across her in the semi-darkness of a cold London morning. A stalwart friend, Sarah ventures to Jess's home village to unravel the true reason why Jess was forced to leave. Recommended.
Ex-FBI agent Jack Davis has no idea how deep - and how deadly - his involvement with Vivien Chase will get. The pretty accountant may be able to pull a trigger as well as she manipulates a spreadsheet, but her talents may add up to zero if killers get their way.
Dan Carter searches for answers after his wife and two children die in a plane crash that he believes was intended for him.
The staff photographer of the L. A. INFORMER finds herself the target after her lens captures Hollywood's hottest A-lister hustled into a car at gunpoint.
Cicero's year as consul is spent combating a violent conspiracy to overthrow the state. But all the while the power of Caesar is growing, and Cicero must decide if it is justifiable to use illegal means toward the end of preserving the Republic.
Maxie McNabb and her miniature dachshund, Stretch, are just back from their latest adventure when a murder shatters the quiet in their hometown of Homer, Alaska. Now it's up to Maxie to find the killer - a search that leads her to a place called "the end of the road."
Joe Hunter is enjoying some much needed R & R when a young woman approaches him to help find her missing sister. Kate Piers knows about Joe from her dead brother Jake, Hunter's former comrade in arms, and for that reason alone he feels obliged to help. The fact that Kate is very attractive does not hurt.
Joe Hunter's devil is Luke Rickard, a killer who has stolen his identity and committed a vicious double murder. His motive? Revenge. His method? A blade. His mission? Kill anyone Hunter holds dear. It is a deadly duel of wits that brings Hunter face to face with his past.
Four masked men - thieves, rivals, and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown - take on a Boston bank at gunpoint. Holding bank manager Claire Keesey hostage and cleaning out the vault was simple. But career criminal Doug MacRay didn't plan on one thing: falling in love with Claire.With a tenacious FBI agent following his every move, Doug imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work. A life centered around Claire. But for Doug, that new life is just one final, perfect job away.
Bob Lee Swagger must fight to clear the name of a fellow soldier-in-arms and face off against one of his most ruthless adversaries yet--a sniper whose keen intellect and pinpoint accuracy rivals his own.
A unique clue is left for FBI criminologist Patrick Bowers at the scene of a ritual murder: a tape recording predicting Bowers' own next move. At a subsequent murder, Bowers uncovers something else: an ancient manuscript being used as a template for the crimes. And the more he deciphers the codes of the text, the more he fears how it will end.
Primavera is enjoying the quiet life in an idyllic village on the Catalan coast of Spain. But her close friendship with the parish priest has eyebrows rising and tongues wagging. Then a dispute explodes with a powerful councillor who refuses to allow the village wine fair to go ahead. When his body is found, head caved in, some ominous questions are asked.
Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter, Jane Macquire, are pitted against the members of a secretive cult. They think that Jane should be the ultimate sacrifice because of the portrait she painted of a chilling face -- a blasphemy. In eight days they will come for her.
Hidden in a remote corner of the South American jungle is a clandestine research facility known simply as MEROS. Here, working in laboratories buried a thousand feet underground, military scientists have developed the most astonishing and deadly weapon known to man.
Cork O'Connor investigates a series of decades-old murders and their connection to his past.
Another summer finds Jessie Morton with another apprenticeship at the Renaissance Faire, this time with Daisy, the master swordsmith. Alastair the Great, a professional dueler, and Daisy's former flame is murdered, and there appears to be some truth to the rumor that Alastair's daggers are cursed. Jessie will find Alastair's killer if it is the last thing she does.
Two young lovers -- one an austere tutor at Oxford, the other a sparky London barrister -- treat themselves to a once-in-a-lifetime holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. There they meet a Russian millionaire called Dima who wants a game of tennis. But there is something else he wants.
Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is sent undercover to investigate a group of policemen in the Territorial Support Group who have started to act as vigilantes, planting forensic evidence to frame known criminals and moving on to more drastic methods. Far from an ideal assignment, Spider must deceive his fellow policemen and uncover the truth about what is really going on.
Commissario Guido Brunetti is approached for a favour by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it-until Claudia is found dead. Soon, another corpse and an extraordinary art collection lead Brunetti to long-buried secrets of Nazi collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews-secrets few in Italy want revealed. Recommended.
The first mistake Karen Delaney made was entrusting $300,000 to her boyfriend, Samir, the head of an illegal bookmaking operation. The second was breaking up with him - because Samir holds a $300,000 grudge. A few months later, Karen sees a way to get her money back when two thieves break into her house in the middle of the night. She proposes a scheme to steal Samir's safe. And then things start to spin dangerously out of control.
Dexter Morgan is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17 year old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals. And, most disturbing -- these people have decided they would really like to eat Dexter.
Savannah Stone has always been a math whiz. She makes a living creating KenKen puzzles, a mix of grids and equations that test any puzzler's mind. She is happily churning out puzzles in the rural beauty of North Carolina when a call comes from her husband Zach-a retired police chief. The Charlotte police need his help and Savannah goes along for the ride. She gets bumped to a key player in solving the mystery of who is trying to kill the mayor.
Wayne Castine, a suspected child predator was found brutally murdered in Brattleboro where he'd been involved with a tangled network of an extended family living in a local trailer park. Any member of the clan would have a reason to kill him as he was involved both with the mother and her 12 year old daughter.
He was once a second-rate cop, a mediocre husband and an absent father. But ever since he was killed in a drug bust gone bad, Kevin Fahey's been a lost soul in limbo. Being a spook is not where he wanted to be. First and foremost, Kevin will let go of the feelings that anchored him down in life and do some good in death. First up he will help Maggie Gunn, the detective who replaced him.
Meet Lemmer. He's a freelance bodyguard, on the bargain-end of the price list. He's white trash, he's violent - an ex-con with a serious anger management problem. And now, Lemmer is mad. Because they pushed him around, they lied and they seriously injured his client. And he happened to like her. A lot. So now, they have to pay.
London, 1940: four eviscerated women have been found so far. Francis is astonished to learn his sister knew all four. They were White Feather Girls during the First World War -- women who gave any man found out of uniform a white feather for cowardice.
Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of Vegas's hottest tattoo shop, The Painted Lady. After discovering the corpse of a Dean Martin impersonator -- sporting a spider web tattoo and a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around his neck -- Brett infiltrates That's Amore, a drive-through wedding chapel, as a bride-to-be looking for the mark of a murderer.
An enigmatic performer known as the Body Artist allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. One woman's sketch triggers a violent outburst from a man, an Iraqi war vet. Days later, the woman is shot dead, and the police move quickly to arrest the angry vet. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.
Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed friendships with wives of very wealthy men. These rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower - and now he's blackmailing them. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower "cease and desist", but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment goes from blackmail to murder.
The body of an amateur archaeologist, who had spent his life searching for the remains of Samuel de Champlain, is found in the dirt basement of Quebec City's Literary and Historical Society. Had he finally found the body? Was that why he was killed? What old secret lies buried with Champlain, so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?
When Phil Kramer is shot dead on a deserted suburban street in the middle of the night, his wife, Emily, is left with an emptied bank account and a lot of questions. The killer has some questions of his own. It's none of his business why he was hired to kill Phil Kramer. But now that he's been ordered to take out Kramer's widow, he figures there's a bigger secret at work - and maybe a bigger payoff.
A retired judge has been found brutally murdered on the outskirts of Las Vegas, complete with a macabre yet masterfully intricate tattoo on his face . . . the third seemingly random victim of the mysterious kidnapper dubbed by law enforcement as the "Tattoo Man."
September is National Honey Month in Moraine, Wisconsin and things are looking up for Story Fischer. Her messy divorce is final, the honey from her beekeeping business is harvested, and the market is thriving. Life seems pretty sweet until Manny, Story's mentor, is found stung to death in his apiary. Story is trying to explain that her bees have nothing to do with Manny's death. Another body is found floating in the Oconomowoc River and the evidence points to Story's ex. Desperate to save her bees and her business, Story has to find a way out of a sticky situation.
John Lowery was declared dead in 1968 - the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?
When police swoop down on a home in Eastvale to seize a reported handgun, Patrick Doyle is shot during the confusion. His daughter, housemate to Banks's daughter, Tracy, lets Tracy's boyfriend Erin, know about the police raid. When Banks returns home from holiday he finds Tracy missing. And that's not the worst of it.
Two Michael Robotham mysteries in one omnibus volume.
As famous for his popular cooking segment on Wake Up America! as for his swank Manhattan bistro, Billy Blessing can add prime murder suspect to his impressive list of accomplishments. Because when one of the network's top honchos ends up dead, it's a poisoned serving of Blessing's coq au vin that's to blame. Billy knows he's being framed, but proving it won't be easy - not with his perky cohost involved in a brass-knuckles contract negotiation, a Mossad agent about to tell all on the air, and a ruthless international assassin arriving in the Big Apple.
Twelve bones are missing. When a U.S. colonel is found murdered in his Istanbul home, the grisliest detail is the one that links his murder to another that soon follows. To Special Agent Vin Cooper, it looks like there's a serial killer at large in Turkey.But looks can be deceiving. Onetime lovers, now the uneasiest of partners, Vin Cooper and Special Agent Anna Masters follow a trail of clues from Istanbul to Iraq and beyond. The victims were not selected at random. What looked like ritual was rife with clues. As evidence of a conspiracy snakes up the chain of command, these two seasoned special agents must dodge bullets, defuse bombs, and avoid being buried alive in their desperate effort to short-circuit a plan for world domination more audacious than they could ever have imagined.
An excavation in Shanghai unearths a cache of jewelry belonging to a Jewish refugee who sought haven there during WW II. It was immediately stolen by a Chinese official who fled to New York City. Now estranged from fellow PI Bill Smith, Chinese-American PI Lydia Chin is brought in by colleague and former mentor Joel Pilarsky to find any and all leads to the missing jewels.
One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Recommended.
Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah is returning from a trip to Washington, DC, where she has been presented with a lucrative offer of employment with a private security firm. Before Ella has a chance to even begin making up her mind, gunfire sends her and her companions diving for cover. Who is the target? War hero and alternative fuel lobbyist Adam Lonewolf, politician and tribal attorney Kevin Tolino, or Ella herself?
One of the patients Bess Crawford tended on their return to Britain had clung to a photograph of his wife. Then at the railway station, in a mob of troops leaving for the front, Bess catches a glimpse of a familiar face. But why is the woman bidding a very emotional farewell to a soldier who is not her husband? Back in France, Bess sees her face again -- in a newspaper. She'd been murdered, the very day Bess saw her.
When crime writer Ethelred Tressider vanishes, his literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is soon on his trail. Finding him (in a ramshackle hotel) proves surprisingly easy. Bringing him home proves more difficult - but who would have predicted that, in a hotel full of stamp collectors, the guests would start murdering each other? Elsie cannot help but interfere in the police investigation. Ethelred, meanwhile, seems to know more about the killings than he is letting on. Finally the time comes when Elsie must assemble the various suspects and reveal the truth...
Danielle Parkman's sweet but mentally troubled adolescent son, Max, while being assessed at an Iowa psychiatric hospital, is found covered with blood at the scene of a horrific murder and is accused of being the killer. Danielle, a lawyer out on bail but confined to her motel as an accessory, defies a court order. Desperate to save her child, she flees to Chicago and then to Phoenix to seek evidence against the true killer.
One moonlit night LAPD veterans Dana Vaughn and Nate Weiss get a call about a young man who has been attacking women. Responding, they stumble upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can't be sure who is conning whom.
During the local college's annual Honor's Day festivities, a graduate student is killed. When the English professor suspected of his murder also meets an untimely end, Tallulah Jones steps out from behind the counter of Remember the a-la-Mode to clear the professor's name -- before anyone else gets put on ice.
After two Elvis impersonators turn up dead (a serial killer and a serial victim, moving in parallel), Callie Valentine and her incomparable Basset hound, Elvis, must uncover the murderer who is leaving residents of the King's hometown all shook up.
A fetching Broadway actress has a pout to die for, a past to hide from, -- and Stone Barrington on her case.