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.
Andy, Torte's head barista, has been selected to compete in the West Coast Barista Cup. The prestigious competition draws coffee aficionados from up and down the coast to Ashland. The winner will not only claim to be best-in-brew, but also be awarded a hefty cash prize. But things take a grim turn when head judge Benson Vargas spits out Andy's first offering, claiming it to be the worst thing to ever touch his lips - and hours later, is found dead clutching Andy's creamy latte.
Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends. Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates. It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core. Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating - but someone doesn't want her to know the truth.
Meg's grandfather discovers a pair of rare falcons breeding at a Renaissance Faire. Concerned for their well-being amid all the activity, he appoints himself their protector. When one of the actors performing at the fair is found dead - an actor suspected of mistreating one of the falcons, among other sins - Grandfather is a prime suspect.
When juvenile delinquent TJ Byrd insists that she doesn't know who killed her mother - an unreliable addict who has disappeared - Sheriff Quinn Colson's inclined to believe her. But no one else does - not the town, not the sheriff in a neighbouring county, not her mother's older boyfriend, and certainly not Quinn's friend and former deputy, U.S. Marshal Lillie Virgil.
Strange things are happening in Lily Ivory's San Francisco. First, she finds a vintage mermaid costume which dates from the 1939 San Francisco Treasure Island World's Fair - and which gives off distinctly peculiar vibrations. Next, she stumbles upon a dead man in the office of her predecessor, and as the community's new leader, she feels compelled to track down the culprit.
Ilka Jensen's funeral home is bankrupt. Her new business partner, Artie, lies unconscious in the hospital after a savage attack by mysterious assailants, and her father's second wife is in prison. Then, just as Ilka learns a shocking revelation about her father, two menacing strangers turn up at the funeral home - dangerous men who mean to draw her further into a world of secrets, betrayal, and murder.
30 years ago Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing. With one exception, no one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father. Hester Crimstein knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school and asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.
When coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi awakens on a bench in Washington Square Park, she has no idea she's been missing for the past week, or that her friends and family have been frantic with worry. Now that she's back, everyone is overjoyed, including a handsome NYPD detective who claims to be her fiance. But to Mike Quinn's crushing distress, Clare doesn't remember him, or much of anything about the last decade of her life.
Maeve Martin arrives at the High Water Center for the Arts determined to do one thing: launch her own dance company. At first, there's a thrill to being on her own for the first time in years, isolated in the beauty of a snowy mountain lodge. But when an avalanche traps the guests inside, tensions run high. Help is coming, so they just have to hold on, don't they? But as days pass, the other guests are struck down by mysterious deaths, one by one.
When the beautiful young videographer offered to join his campaign, Senator Lee Rogers should've known better. But saying no would have taken a stronger man than Rogers, with his ailing wife and his robust libido. Enter Barton Brock, the senator's fixer. He's already gotten rid of one troublesome young woman - how hard could this new one turn out to be? Pursued from Washington D.C. to the streets of Paris, 18-year-old Fanny Cours knows her reputation and budding career are on the line. But what she doesn't realize is that her life might be as well...
Plum Lockhart accepts a job as a villa broker and moves to a beautiful Caribbean island. However, paradise isn't as perfect as it seems. The slow pace of island life, the language barrier, and a cutthroat office rival make Plum question leaving her old life behind. But when a client is found dead in the jacuzzi of Casa Mango - a property Plum manages - she knows she's really in a jam.
When CIA agent Claire Saylor is told that she'll be going undercover in Hamburg to pose as the wife of an academic who has published a controversial interpretation of the Quran's promise to martyrs, she assumes the job is a punishment for past unorthodox behavior. But when she discovers her team leader is Paul Bridger, another Agency maverick, she realizes there may be more to this mission than meets the eye - and not just for professional reasons.
London, 1879. As winter grips the city, a group of African travellers seek sanctuary inside the walls of the Quaker Meeting House. They are being hunted by a ruthless showman, who is forcing them to perform in his ethnic exhibition in the London Aquarium. Private investigator William Arrowood and his assistant Barnett agree to help the travellers avoid capture. But when they arrive at the Meeting House, they find that two people have been murdered and the others have fled into the night.
El Paso, Texas, is a battleground. It's an open market for Mexican drug cartels to sell their wares. It's also a destination for teens looking for fun. Venice Alexander's thirteen-year-old son Roman was there on a school trip. Now, he and a fellow student have vanished without a trace. Assuming the kidnapping is retaliation for his past incursions against Mexico's underworld, Jonathan Grave leads his covert operatives to rescue their teammate's son.
Ruth Galloway has a new job, home, and partner, and she is no longer North Norfolk police's resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried - but only if Ruth will do the digging.
There's nothing Ruth Galloway hates more than amateur archaeologists, but when a group of them stumble upon Bronze Age artifacts alongside a dead body, she finds herself thrust into their midst - and into the crosshairs of a string of murders circling ever closer.
Jake Brigance, from A TIME TO KILL and SYCAMORE ROW, is the court-appointed lawyer for Drew Gamble, a young man accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance sees it another way. Once he learns the details of the case, he realizes he has to do everything he can to save Drew - who is sixteen.
Chef Romeo, a successful restaurateur from New York City, has opened an establishment in Bar Harbor, Maine. But between his over-the-top temperament and his no-holds-barred diet, Chef Romeo suffers a mild heart attack and ends up sharing a hospital room with Hayley's brother Randy, who is there for gall bladder surgery. Then the chef dies from complications. Only thing is, Randy swears he saw someone come into their room and put Romeo out of his misery.
Appalachian artist and local guide Miranda Trent is thrilled to take a close-knit group of rock climbers, the Risky Business Adventurers, up the challenging Battleship Rock Trail to paint and sample moonshine. But the outing is cut short when they discover a skeleton near the trailhead. Even more startling, the bones belong to Howard Cable, Miranda's cousin...and a former classmate of the Risky Business group.
DC Maggie Jamieson crosses paths once again with Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood when a domestic violence survivor stumbles into her new refuge, unable to speak, desperate for help. Then another case hits Maggie's desk. A young man has been murdered, and a curious constellation of black dots has been inked onto his cheek. That's when DCI Hastings goes missing and Maggie uncovers a shocking connection that turns the case on its head.
A Brighton gangster is on trial for conspiracy to murder, following the death of a rival crime family boss. When Roy Grace is called in to investigate a murder that has links to the accused and the trial, and the suspicion that an attempt has been made to intimidate jurors, he finds the reach and power of the accused's tentacles go higher than he had ever imagined.
Niall and Eden Paternoster are on their usual Sunday drive and end up bickering. He wants to get back to catch the start of the French Grand Prix, but she insists they stop somewhere to buy cat litter. Reluctantly, he pulls into the car park of a large supermarket and waits while she dashes in. And that's the last he sees of her. When Roy Grace is called in to investigate the disappearance of Eden Paternoster, it soon transpires that nothing is as it seems.
144 pages -- short story. Roy Grace and his family have left Sussex behind for a week's holiday in France. The website promised a grand house, but when they arrive the place is very different from the pictures. Worse, a lowlife criminal Roy had put behind bars, is now out of jail - and out for revenge. He knows where Roy and his family have gone on holiday.
Deputy Coroner Clay Edison gets a call. Workers demolishing a local park have made a haunting discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a child. But whose? And how did it get there? No sooner has Clay begun to investigate than he receives a second call - this one from a local businessman, wondering if the body could belong to his sister. She went missing fifty years ago, the man says.
All signs indicate Hattie's new 'shine shop will be a smashing success. What's more, mounted police officer Marlon Landers has taken a shine to Hattie. For the first time ever, the stars seemed to have aligned in both her work and romantic life. But when a body ends up on her store's doorstep alongside a broken jar of her Firefly Moonshine, it just might be lights out for her fledgling business.
Gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister is selling her paleo muffins and keto cookies at the Health and Beauty Expo in Cape May's Convention Hall. But in his keynote address, prominent cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lance Rubin reveals his breakthrough anti-aging technology. Unfortunately, someone has one-upped him with a truly foolproof anti-aging formula: murder.
Faye Adelheim's business has become a global brand, and she is hidden safely away in Italy with her daughter, where her violent ex-husband, Jack, can no longer harm them. Then she discovers Jack is no longer behind bars, and she is forced to return to Sweden. Just as Faye is in the fight of her life to keep her family safe, the dark truth about her childhood, which she has kept buried for years, is dramatically uncovered.
15 year old Milly was raised by a serial killer: her mother. When she finally breaks away and tells the police, she is given a new identity and placed in an affluent foster family. She wrestles with being the daughter of a murderer but Milly wants to be good. Then her foster sister, Phoebe, starts bullying her. A teacher may have discovered her secret. And her vulnerable best friend may be a perfect victim. She has to decide. Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter...
Junior high school nurse Rebecca Newsome was an experienced hiker - until she plummeted to her death at the bottom of a ravine in a Columbus metro park. Her daughter, Maggie, doesn't believe it was an accident, and Rebecca's ex-husband is her prime suspect. But he's a well-connected ex-cop and Maggie is certain that's the reason no one will listen to her.
Writer-in-residence Penelope Parish will need to use every trick in her quaint British bookshop to unravel a murderous plot that threatens to ruin a ducal wedding. When the Duke's former girlfriend is found murdered at the reception it's up to Penelope and her newfound family at the Open Book bookshop to catch the killer before they strike again.
Elementary school teacher Maeve Kelly is a reluctant participant in the Other Half, Bath's springtime half-marathon. As race day draws closer, an undocumented Albanian man named Spiro makes a run for freedom on the other side of town, escaping the chain gang that has held him hostage and its murderous foreman, who is known to his charges as the Finisher. Meanwhile Detective Peter Diamond is tasked with crowd control on the raucous day of the race - and catches sight of a violent criminal he put away a decade ago.
It will be a cold day in San Carmelita before Savannah skips over a high-profile homicide case, especially one attached to a tasty reward. But when 90-year-old former silver screen siren Lucinda Faraday is murdered inside her derelict mansion, serving justice comes with unsavory risks. The fallen star, considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, was found strangled by a pair of vintage stockings.
American-born Cherise Williams believes herself to be heir to an old Irish earldom, and she's come to Dublin to claim her heritage. Limo driver Megan chauffeurs Cherise to the ancient St. Michan's Church, where the woman intends to get a wee little DNA sample from the mummified earls - much to the horror of the priest.But before she can desecrate the dead, Cherise Williams is murdered - just as her three daughters arrive to also claim their birthright.
Mick Hardin, a combat veteran now working as an Army CID agent, is home on a leave that is almost done. His wife is about to give birth, but they aren't getting along. His sister, newly risen to sheriff, has just landed her first murder case, and local politicians are pushing for city police or the FBI to take the case. Are they convinced she can't handle it, or is there something else at work? She calls on Mick who, as he delves into the investigation, dodges his commanding officer's increasingly urgent calls while attempting to head off further murders. And he needs to talk to his wife.
At the most lavish wedding of the season, the most brazen kidnapper in New York City takes "Here Comes the Bride" as an invitation. Reality star Erin Easton's "Wedding of the Century" may have a cable crew documenting every extravagant bridal detail, but when "Airhead Easton" disappears from the reception, it's no diva turn. Her dressing room is empty but for a blood-spattered wedding gown and signs of a struggle.
On a quiet street, one house is burning to the ground... By the time sign language interpreter Paige Northwood arrives, flames have engulfed her client's home. Though Lukas is safe, his wife is still inside. But she was dead before the fire started... Lukas signs to Paige that he knows who killed his wife. But then he goes silent - even when the police charge him with murder. Is he guilty, or afraid?
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life.
Gabriela, a senior negotiator in the FCO's counter-terrorism unit, runs a small and powerful team based in Whitehall. Her partner Tom - a freelance architect - looks after their two small children. When Gabriela returns from a seven-month stint in Moscow, something doesn't seem right. Meanwhile, Camden journalist Isobel witnesses a horrific attack. As she starts to investigate, she uncovers a dark network of human trafficking and exploitation. While Gabriela's life begins to unravel, Isobel gets closer to the story.
En route to Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan receives a call from the Charleston coroner. During a storm, a medical waste container has washed up on the beach. Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire. Chillingly, Tempe recognizes many details as identical to those of an unsolved case she handled in Quebec 15 years earlier.
Andy's friend Beth has found a stray that seems to have belonged to a murder victim - in fact, the man and two of his colleagues died in an explosion a few weeks ago. But when the murdered man contacts Beth, asking for his dog back, Andy knows there must be more to the story.
Anthony award nominee. After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn't know - she isn't the only one plotting her revenge. An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who must choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie?
Kraken and Esti are charged with investigating the mysterious disappearance of two sisters and finding it hard to make any headway when a wealthy businessman's murder appears to shine a light on the case. The man was poisoned with a medieval aphrodisiac - a crime that has eerie similarities to one detailed in the novel everyone in Vitoria is buzzing about. When the two sisters are discovered trapped behind a wall - bricked up alive - the parallels to the novel are undeniable.
AD 165. The ancient Pinarius family and their workshop of artisans embellish the richest and greatest city on earth with gilded statues and towering marble monuments. Art and reason flourish. But history does not stand still. For seven generations and 160 years, the Pinarius family endures, thanks in no small part to the protective powers of the fascinum, a talisman older than Rome itself, a mystical heirloom handed down through countless generations.
When Angel, Kentucky is rocked by the vicious killing of an entire infamous local crime family, the bloody aftermath brings together three people already struggling with Angel's drug epidemic: Trey, a young medic-in-training with secrets to hide; Special Agent Casey Alexander, a DEA agent who won't let the local law or small-town way of doing things stand in her way; and Paul Mayfield, a former police chief who has had to watch his own young wife succumb to addiction.
The fatal poisoning of a Russian billionaire sends Gabriel Allon on a dangerous journey across Europe and into the orbit of a musical virtuoso who may hold the key to the truth about his friend's death. The plot Allon uncovers leads to secret channels of money and influence that go to the very heart of Western democracy and threaten the stability of the global order.
Detective Ulf Varg is a man of refined tastes and quite familiar with the art scene in Malmo. So when art historian Anders Kindgren visits the Department of Sensitive Crimes to report a series of bizarre acts that have been committed against him, Ulf and his team swing into action. Fish stuffed into the vents of Kindgren's car and a manipulated footnote in a recent publication would be cause enough for an investigation, but when a painting Kindgren had confidently appraised as genuine is later declared to be a fake, it's clear that someone is out to tarnish his reputation.
When a man is found on a British beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to assess him in a small English countryside town. But Emma left this same town 14 years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes that he knows the one thing about her that nobody is supposed to know.
A terrible threat from the depths of the dark net. A devastating betrayal at the heart of a covert strike force. A deadly pursuit across a digital battlefield. A ruthless terrorist fueled by revenge.As devastating attacks unfold across the globe, Marc Dane must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious figure behind it all - a faceless criminal known only as "Madrigal".
RICK DALTON. Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick's a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it? CLIFF BOOTH - Rick's stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he's the only one there who might have gotten away with murder. SHARON TATE. She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon's salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills. CHARLES MANSON. The ex-con's got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he's their spiritual leader, but he'd trade it all to be a rock 'n' roll star. HOLLYWOOD 1969 - YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE.
In Ireland, in the wake of the bloody 1916 Easter Rising, anyone who served in France is now considered a traitor, including nurse Eileen Flynn and former soldier Michael Sullivan. They only want to be married in the small, isolated village where Eileen grew up. Her only protection is her cousin Terrence who was a hero of the Rising and is still being hunted by the British. When Bess Crawford arrives for the wedding she is met with the shocking news that the groom has vanished.
Former NYPD homicide detective Nico Doyle moves to Gravigna in the wine-soaked region of Chianti. Early one morning, he hears a gunshot near his cabin and walks out to discover a dead body in the woods, flashily dressed in gold tennis shoes. A small white dog at the scene won't leave Nico alone, so he lies to the police and claims to be its owner.
Getting snowed in at a mountain chalet doesn't sound like the worst problem in the world. Unless it is with eight coworkers - none of whom you can trust. When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong with the arrival of a monster storm, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps synergy. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?
Blackwood Bay, a small village in northern England, achieves notoriety when two local girls disappear. When Alex, a burgeoning documentary filmmaker, learns that she is being sent to Blackwood Bay, she plans to have the residents record their own stories. But when she arrives, the disappearance of the two girls gets under her skin, and she starts asking questions. Finding the townsfolk defensive and reluctant to talk only makes her dig deeper.
Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that's hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil's own nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop.
The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to Polskirrin - the palatial ocean-view home belonging to Matt's old friend Lucas Jarrett - it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy. Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl's pale, doll-like body bobbing listlessly toward the rocky shore. Now, exactly one year later, Jemma and her husband have reluctantly returned at Lucas's request to honor an anniversary they would do anything to forget. But what Lucas has in store for his guests is nothing like a candlelight vigil.
FBI Agent Nell Flynn returns to her home after her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, dies in a motorcycle accident. At the behest of her father's partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect - and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks.
Riley Rhodes, travel food blogger and librarian at the CIA, has come home for a funeral to her childhood home of Penniman, Connecticut. Her friend Caroline and her brother Mike have to decide what to do with the assets they've inherited - the ice cream shop as well as the farm they grew up on - and they've never seen eye to eye. When Mike turns up dead in the barn the morning after the funeral, the peace and quiet of Penniman seems upended for good.
In Rome Genevieve can be whoever she wants to be. Her neighbours aren't nosy; her Italian is passable; the shopkeepers and restaurant owners now see her as a local, and they let her be. But one morning, after getting groceries, she returns to her 500-year-old Trastevere apartment to find her door unlocked. But there is a small box on the table addressed to "Lucy Callahan," a name that she hasn't used in ten years.
England, 1944: Recovering from physical and psychological wounds sustained in the liberation of Paris, US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz are sent to a convalescent hospital in the English countryside - only to discover that St. Albans may have its own war secrets, including a killer.
Rudy and Frank Wolfe are engaging in routine miscellaneous business - some legitimate and some less so - for their family when they stumble upon a stash of high-quality pornographic films in a raid. The plot thickens when their Aunt Catalina, the family matriarch aged 115, recognizes her long-lost sister in one of the young performers. Catalina tasks the boys with tracking the girl down, however improbable a connection may be.
Actor Nora Ward thought she found her dream job as part of a murder mystery troupe that performs in a modern-day castle, but when she stumbles upon a real murder, things take a nightmarish turn.
Lady Georgiana's friend Belinda inherits an old cottage in Cornwall and begs her to go with her to inspect the property. But the cottage is completely uninhabitable. Rose Summers invites them to stay at Trewoma Hall, but there's something claustrophobic and foreboding about the place. The increasingly awkward visit soon turns deadly when a member of the household is found murdered and all clues point to Belinda as the prime suspect.
When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the wilderness with his high-profile charge. But as they venture into the woods, a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion. Meanwhile, Joe's closest friend, Nate Romanowski, and his own daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to Joe's life and follow him into the woods.
Aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard has been riding the rails for both inspiration and odd jobs. Jumping off in Denver, he finds work on a farm and meets Joanne McDuffy, an articulate and fierce college student and gifted painter. Their romance is complicated by Joanne's involvement with a shady professor who is mixed up with a drug-addled cult. Then a sinister businessman and his son who wield their influence through vicious cruelty set their sights on Aaron, drawing him into an investigation of grotesque murders.
Mia and her grandmother have not succeeded in removing the spirit of warlock Dorian Alexander from Mia's cat Mr. Darcy. But even though Dorian hasn't yet left this earthly plane, his spells have already been transferred to his daughter Cindy's grimoire. Cindy is hoping there's something in her father's bag of tricks to make her a Hollywood star. But playing with magic has only resulted in a trip to Idaho where Cindy finds herself the number one suspect in the murder of a hitman whose body was found in the garden of Mia's Morsels.
In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumour begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. Law enforcement, as well as members of the FBI are certain that the killer is a living, breathing madman - and he's playing games with them.
Overlooked and unnoticed, the inhabitants of Dog Island have long lived off their fishing, their vines, and their olive trees. But when the bodies of three unidentified men wash up on the shore, the witnesses are faced with an impossible decision: report the discovery and open up the island to grisly inquiries, or keep the terrible secret?
Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy investigates when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way. He makes a shocking discovery that connects the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data to select and stalk his targets.
Laverne Gardner, executive director of the East Coast Animal Rescue League, shows up at the cat cafe and asks Maddie if they can partner on a fundraiser to support the local rescue efforts - and she offers up her celebrity endorser and her celebrity cat to sweeten the deal. Maddie, caught up in the prospect, offers up her sister Val to help plan the event. But when Val shows up for a site visit at the venue, she finds Laverne strangled with a fancy cat leash - a piece of swag they were intending to use for the fundraiser.
Two bodies are discovered near Gubu, one burning at the base of a tree struck by lightning and, on the banks of the Zambezi, a second killing which threatens to tear Detective Sibanda's life apart. The victims are not connected as one is a foreign wildlife researcher and the other a local driver, but Sibanda's intuition tells him the murders are linked. The only clues are a fragment of material found in the brain of one victim, a puncture wound in the thigh of the other, and a diary full of coded names.
When a skinned body is discovered on the side of the railway line deep in the Matabele bush, Detective Inspector Jabulani Sibanda, along with his sidekicks, Sergeant Ncube and the troublesome Land Rover, Miss Daisy, is back on the trail of a murderer. As more girls go missing and more bones are discovered, Sibanda realises they are dealing with the signature of a vicious serial killer who chooses the train as his killing field.
A high-speed crash leaves a man and woman clinging to life. Neither of them carries ID. Their car has fake number plates. In their luggage: a huge amount of cash.Who are they? What are they hiding? And what were they running from? Lynda Hagen, once a brilliant detective, gave it all up to raise her family. But something about this case reignites a spark in her...
Bourne is ready for a new mission when his handler brings him shocking news. His last mission, in Estonia, was a set-up. Their target had not been killed. She is still in hiding in Russia and the Russian state intelligence agency is desperately seeking her. Bourne must find her first.
Strange dealings are afoot in the Apostolic Palace--a nun leapt to her death shortly after participating in a seemingly routine exorcism. But when a priest clad in Gammarelli and a Vatican commissario with an almost unholy level of sex appeal turn up at her door, Poldi is shocked to hear that she's a suspect in their case. Who is the woman being exorcised, and where has she disappeared to? And why in the world does she claim, in perfect Bavarian, to be Poldi, Isolde Oberreiter, of Torre Archirafi?
Invited to participate in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise, four ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high-rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they're caught in a dangerous game of survival.
The first agent disappearance was a puzzle. The second was a mystery. The third was a conspiracy. When a missing American agent re-appears in Venezuela, Court Gentry, the Gray Man, is dispatched to bring him in, but a team of assassins has other ideas. Court escapes with his life and a vital piece of intelligence. Meanwhile, CIA agent Zoya Zakharova is in Berlin. Her mission is to infiltrate a private intelligence firm with some alarming connections. The closer she gets to answers, the less likely she is to get out alive.
Van Shaw is hired to evaluate the safeguards for the art collection of eccentric business magnate, Sebastian Rohner. Rohner wants to set a thief to catch a thief. Van, while questioning the bizarre nature of the job, takes it seriously and surveils the highly secure gallery wing of Rohner's expansive island estate, only to stumble across a murdered body on the rocky shore beyond. It is beginning to look like he is being framed...
Police Inspector Peter Hunkeler, on his way home and slightly worse for wear, spots old man Hardy sitting on a bench under a street light. He wants to smoke a cigarette with him, but the usually very loquacious Hardy is silent - his throat a gaping wound. Turns out he was first strangled, then his left earlobe slit, his diamond stud stolen. The media and the police come quickly to the same conclusion: Hardy's murder was the work of a gang of Albanian drug smugglers. But Hardy's murder has much in common with the case of Barbara Amsler, a prostitute also found killed, with an ear slit and pearl stud missing.
Saloon owner Chloe Jackson spots a sailboat washed up on a sandbar. Hearing a cry, she climbs aboard the beached vessel to investigate and finds not only a mewling kitten - but a human skeleton in the cabin.The skeleton is tied back to Chloe's friend Ralph, whose wife disappeared on a sailboat with three other people twelve years ago. Believing his wife was lost at sea, Ralph remarried. Now he finds himself a murder suspect.
For ex-accountant Emma Reed and her beloved corgi, Oliver, opening Reed's Classic Tea & Cakes in the idyllic village of Trevena in Cornwall has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Her cakes are popular, she has a host of wonderful new friends, and even a potential new romance. What could be better? How about being asked to help cater the local Daphne DuMaurier literary festival? But then the festival organizer is found dead and foul play is suspected.
1944. 20 year old Aki Ito and her parents have been resettled two thousand miles away from their pre-war California home to Chicago, where Aki's older sister, Rose, was sent months earlier and moved to the new Japanese American neighborhood near Clark and Division streets. But on the eve of the Ito family's reunion, Rose is killed by a subway train. Officials are ruling Rose's death a suicide. But Aki cannot believe her perfect, polished, and optimistic sister would end her life.
A selection of all new Sherlock Holmes stories.
Newlyweds Nathan Sutherland and Federica Ravagnan are looking forward to weeks of sunshine and relaxation on the island of Pellestrina, in a cottage belonging to Federica's late father, Elio. But when the body of an eminent Venetian lawyer is dredged up by a fishing boat, members of the close-knit island community start to take an unhealthy interest in the two honeymooners.
Mayville Heights is abuzz because the reboot of a popular baking TV show is filming there. Librarian Kathleen Paulson is working as an advisor on historical facts for the show, local restaurants are providing catering for the camera crews, and Kathleen's faithful felines, Hercules and Owen, are hoping there is a cat treat challenge. But then Kathleen finds one of the judges dead.
Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He's a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he'll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything.
There are two witnesses to a clandestine meeting of the presidents of Iran and Russia in a Syrian palace: the interpreters. The Russian, Ludmilla Kravchuk, returns to her hotel room burdened by what she has heard. When her Iranian counterpart is murdered before her eyes, Kravchuk goes into hiding in Syria. The CIA sends legendary assassin David Slaton - to undertake a daring rescue.
The only client life coach Cat Cooper can find has been housebound for decades and claims to be the victim of a devasting curse. Then there's the matter of Detective Shepherd's intense jealousy over Maks Grinkov, the handsome bad boy who approaches Cat with an unusual offer she can't stop thinking about. Havoc finally breaks loose when a string of murders rocks the coastal community, landing Maks on the hook as the culprit.
South Korea, 1970s: A rash of armed robberies at local Korean banks doesn't concern the American military - until a fatality occurs, and proof surfaces that US soldiers are behind the crimes. The case has been assigned to CID Agents Jake Burrows and Felix Slabem, but they certainly won't do anything that might make 8th United States Army look bad. So Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom have decided to step in and investigate the robberies - and murder - themselves.
The Fall Festival is in full swing. Civil War re-enactors from three counties are partaking in Blossom Valley's tribute to John Brown. Blue Ridge Mountain foliage is in full bloom. And best of all is Jacob Potter's pumpkin farm where his hay rides, piglet races, pumpkin picking and corn maze are time-honored draws for locals and tourists alike. That's why it's such a shock when Mr. Potter is found dead, hidden under a tarp in the back of Winnie's pickup truck.
They call him Sawbones, a serial killer touring America kidnapping young women. The FBI's investigating - but getting nowhere. The latest victim is Laura Jones. Sixteen years old. Pretty. Blonde. And the daughter of one of New York's most notorious gangsters. Laura's Dad doesn't care about the law. What he wants is revenge. And he knows just the guys to get it. This time, Sawbones picked on the wrong family...
London, 1654. In the city, coffee houses are springing up, fashionable places where men may meet to plot and gossip. Suddenly they are ringing with news of a murder. John Winter, hero of Cromwell's all-powerful army, is dead, and the lawyer, Elias Ellingworth, found standing over the bleeding body, clutching a knife. Yet despite the damning evidence, Damian Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth's guilt.
Lucy Harper's talent for writing bestselling novels has given her fame, fortune and millions of fans. It's also given her Dan, her needy, jealous husband whose own writing career has gone precisely nowhere. Now Dan has vanished. But this isn't the first time that someone has disappeared from Lucy's life. Three decades ago,her little brother Teddy also went missing and was never found.
One loose thread threatens to unravel Martha's wedding plans. The groom-to-be married a pregnant teen to save her from scandal thirty years ago - and the marriage was never annulled. Now Crusher's wife Hadas is coming to LA, along with his sister Fanya. But soon after she arrives, their houseguest goes missing, with her room ransacked and a chloroform-soaked cloth left behind. Could her apparent abduction be connected to her brother's unsolved death from a hit-and-run six months ago?
28 seconds. That's all it takes for a home-security camera to capture the hidden resolve in 14 year old Carly Liddell as she fends off a vicious attack just inside her own front door. The video of her heroic escape appears online and goes viral. As the view count climbs, the lives of four desperate people will be forever changed by what's just barely visible in the corner of the shot. Carly's stepfather is spurred to protect his darkest secret: how a stolen painting - 400 years old, by a master of the Dutch Golden Age - has come to hang in his suburban foyer.
At a dinner party hosted by Ella King at her magnificent Gothic-inspired "cottage," Kingscote, Emma and her beau Derrick Andrews are enjoying the food and the company when Ella's son staggers in, obviously inebriated. But the disruption is nothing compared to the urgent shouts of the coachman. Rushing out, they find the family's butler pinned against a tree beneath the front wheels of Philip's motorcar, close to death. When Emma later receives a message informing her that the butler bullied his staff and took advantage of young maids, she steers the police toward a murder investigation.
In Montana's Gravelly Range, paw prints discovered at the horrific scene suggest a woman had been attacked and carried away into the wilderness by a mountain lion. Sheriff Martha Ettinger employs her fiance, sometimes-detective Sean Stranahan, to put a name to the gnawed bones and single discarded breast implant comprising all that is left of the body, the first of several deaths that perhaps are not as simple to explain as they first appear to be.
Dejected writer Ellis Spender, struggling to stay ahead of his creditors, decides to forge a sequel to one of the most famous novels of all time, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Its remarkable 'discovery' will create the lifestyle he believes is his due. But as his scheme begins to bear fruit, others who stand to gain become obstacles. And Ellis will stop at nothing to achieve his desires...
Psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn and DI Marilyn Simmons arrive at the Fullers' home to find a suburban nightmare. A crime scene more disturbing than anything they have ever encountered. Jessie knows that this is no random act of violence. And if she can't unlock the motivation behind the crime and shine a light into this killer's mind, the Fullers won't be the only family to die...
Police detective Hannah Duncker didn't expect to return to her native Oland. She fled after her father's murder conviction and returns to make peace with her shame. She has a new job with the local police and a nosy new partner. A fifteen-year-old's death catapults her into a murder investigation that resurrects ghosts from her previous life. As she hunts for the truth, she must confront the people she abandoned.
1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. But her next-door neighbour, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman - and journeying deeper into Leonora's secret life of student radicals and dissidents.
When two women are brutally murdered in northern California, their deaths are the latest atrocities in a surge of violence targeting indigenous women in the area. Despite all evidence to the contrary, local officials rule the deaths isolated incidents, and they soon join the ranks of other unsolved homicides, quickly forgotten by law enforcement. PI Sharon McCone knows better, and so does the organization known as Crimes Against Indigenous Sisters, who hires Sharon to go undercover in Eiwok county, a tiny region on the mountainous Oregon border, to uncover the murderer.
Roy has pursued a quiet life as a mechanic in a tiny town in the mountains of Norway. Then his brother Carl appears, returned from Canada after many years away, with big plans to develop a resort hotel on the family land. Carl's fierce and beautiful wife soon breaks down the lonely Roy's walls. But Carl's reappearance sparks something even more dangerous than envy in his brother's heart - it sparks fear.
To celebrate one year of sobriety, heiress Veronica O'Farrell has invited seven people she wronged in her drinking days to historic Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in neighboring Connemara to make amends in style. But perhaps one among them is not so eager to pardon her past misdeeds. Veronica is found lying in the ruins of manor house Clifden Castle with an antique brooch -- from Tara's architectural salvage shop -- buried in her heart.
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?
Investigator Roland Ford has taken a job for a fellow Marine and a rising politician, Dalton Strait. Strait is contending with unexplained bombings of government buildings in his district...but that is not why he hired Ford. Strait's wife, Natalie, has gone missing, leaving behind a cryptic plea for help. Yet, as Ford digs into the details of a troubled marriage, the bombings in the city intensify and Ford soon learns that the seemingly random attacks may be connected to the case he's on.
When Steele gets the alert that a fellow Alpha is in serious trouble, he rushes to Paris - only to arrive too late. Jonathan Raines, Stalker Six, is dead, the victim of a brutal attack. While on leave in the City of Light, Raines had met an attractive art historian who lured him into a trap. Before she vanished, the mysterious woman left a warning for anyone from the Alpha program who might follow her.
Detective Michael Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett a discreet investigator with family worries of his own. Just one father helping another. The detective leaps into the case and sources lead him to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation - and also to the mayor's missing daughter, Natalie, a 21 year old computer prodigy.
Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked out the few simple rules that all crime novels must follow. But that was thirty years ago. Now Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor, knocks on his door. His early work is being republished and together the two of them must revisit those old stories. But as she reads the stories, Julia is unsettled to realize that there are intricate clues that seem to reference a real murder.
When Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can't stand by and do nothing. Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn't at all what he'd expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission - but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye.
On the evening of November 24, 1971, D. B. Cooper hijacked Flight 305 - Portland to Seattle - with a fake bomb, collected a ransom of $200,000, and parachuted into the night, never to be seen again. 50 years later, Agent Pendergast takes on a bizarre and gruesome case: in the ghost-haunted city of Savannah, Georgia, bodies are found completely drained of blood - sowing panic and reviving the infamous legend of the Savannah Vampire.
When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it's not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days. Rebus fears the worst - and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect. He wasn't the best father - the job always came first - but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?
The scene in the West Village studio appears to be classic crime-of-passion: two wineglasses by the bed, music playing, and a young sculptor named Ariel Byrd with the back of her head bashed in. But when Dallas tracks down the wealthy Upper East Side woman who called 911, the details don't add up. Gwen Huffman is wealthy, elegant, comforted by her handsome fiance as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding the body - but why did it take an hour to report it? And why is she lying about little things?
August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. More than one historian has wondered if the painting now returned to the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911. Present day: Art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor: Peruggia. His search attracts an Interpol detective with something to prove and an unfamiliar but curiously helpful woman. Soon, Luke tumbles deep into the world of art and forgery, a land of obsession and danger.
Berlin, December 1939. When a young woman is found brutally murdered, Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is under immense pressure to solve the case, swiftly. Treated with suspicion by his superiors for his failure to join the Nazi Party, Schenke walks a perilous line - for disloyalty is a death sentence. The discovery of a second victim takes him closer to the sinister heart of the regime.
When Marianne's husband Greg is knocked off his bike and killed on the way to work, she must unpick the life he left behind. Numb with grief, Marianne consoles herself by scouring Greg's laptop, finding comfort in reading his old emails and tracing his footsteps across the web. Until one day, she discovers that he had been accessing the dark web. Marianne steels herself and logs on. After tentative searching, she discovers her name on a hit list.
Defense attorney Leigh Collier's ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average ... a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence. Then a case lands on her desk - defending a wealthy man accused of rape. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it's no coincidence that he's chosen her as his attorney.
1945. Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball following a big, boozy Halloween party at her home - her body slumped in the same chair where her steel magnate husband shot himself the year before. With rumors flying that Abigail was bumped off by the vengeful spirit of her husband (who else could have gotten inside the locked room?), the family has tasked two female private investigators, Lillian Pentecost and Willowjean Parker, with finding answers where the police have failed.
Trudell Becket finds herself in a bind when her library in Cypress, South Carolina, is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless "technological center." She rescues hundreds of beloved tomes slated for the town dump and sets up a secret bookroom in the library's basement .But as Tru and her friends are putting the finishing touches on the new book room, the town manager, who was behind the big push for the library's transformation, is crushed by an overturned shelf of DVDs.
When Hailey McBride decides to run away from an unbearable living situation, she thinks that her outdoor skills will help her disappear into the Cold Creek wilderness, and she counts on people thinking that she was the victim of the Cold Creek Highway killer. One year later, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend a memorial for the victims of the highway, among whom her sister Amber is numbered.
Malcolm is gone. Disappeared. And no one knows where or why. His colleague and fellow private investigator, Clare O'Dey, is certain she can find him, as she holds the key to his history. She arrives in the oceanside city where he last lived and starts digging around. Not only is Malcolm gone without a trace, but so is his wife, Zoe. Everyone who knew the perfect couple sees Malcolm as the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance. Everyone except Clare.
It's every teacher and administrator's worst nightmare - a school shooter lockdown. And even worse for Skye because she's trapped in a tiny room with the district's creepy superintendent, Dr. Wraige, while they wait for the all-clear. When Dr. Wraige turns up dead in his home just a short time later, is it a coincidence, or something more?
The Tuscan town of Gravigna is shaken by the arrival of wine critic Michele Mantelli in his flashy Jaguar. Mantelli holds his influential culinary magazine and blog over Gravigna's vintners and restaurateurs (and, to Maresciallo Perillo's dismay, the traffic laws). He has either impressed or ticked off most of Gravigna's residents - but most of all Nico's landlord, Aldo Ferri, whose vineyard Mantelli seems intent on ruining. When he is poisoned, Perillo has a headache of a high-profile murder on his hands - and once again turns to Nico Doyle for help.
A decades-old murder investigation has landed on Superintendent Teresa Battaglia's desk. DNA analysis has revealed that a painting from the final days of World War II contains matter from a human heart. Teresa is able to trace the evidence to Val Resia, one of Italy's most isolated, untouched regions. When Teresa's investigation hits too close to the truth, a fresh human heart is hung at the valley's entrance, a warning not to cross its threshold.
After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning. The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly Communist region has raised some eyebrows.
Six crime novellas.
It started with a splash. Jimmy, a homeless veteran grappling with PTSD, did his best to pretend he hadn't heard it - the sound of something heavy falling into the Tyne at the height of an argument between two men on the riverbank. Not his fight. Then he sees the news article about a girl seeking her mising dad. The girl, Carrie, reminds him of someone he lost, and this makes his mind up: it's time to stop hiding from his past.
The overpoweringly fragrant flowers, snakelike vines and deadly fruit of the cannonball tree are enough to keep most people away. But when a piece of expensive photographic equipment is found nearby, on closer inspection Su Lin discovers the body of Mimi, her horrible relative who has been trying to blackmail her.
It's IceFest in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington. But Sloan and her boss Garrett quickly learn that being brewkeepers turned innkeepers may not be as idyllic as it sounded. Brewery patron Liv Paxton, with no previous plan for an overnight stay in Leavenworth, eagerly takes Sloan up on the offer of sanctuary from the snow - until she has a strange run in with some locals and the other guests. Then Liv's room is found trashed the next morning, a hateful message painted on her car, and Liv herself is nowhere to be found.
After a fierce storm hits Scotland, a mysterious cargo ship is swept ashore in the Orkney Isles. Boarding the vessel uncovers three bodies, recently deceased and in violent circumstances. Forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod's study of the crime scene suggests that a sinister game was being played on board, but who were the hunters? And who the hunted?
Detective Inspector William Warwick is tasked with exposing corruption at the heart of the Metropolitan Police Force. Along with detectives Rebecca Pankhurst and Nicky Bailey, his team is focused on following Detective Jerry Summers, a young officer whose lifestyle exceeds his income. But the investigation risks being compromised when Nicky falls for Summers.
A murderous arson attack at the docks. A brutal carjacking in a deserted car park. A fatal hammer attack in a lonely country park. Each crime is a piece of a puzzle - with many more pieces still to come. And as they gradually fall into place, Detective Inspector Helen Grace comes to realize just how twisted and devious this web of crime is - and how impossible it will be to stop it.
At age seven, Michael Leonard Robinson commits his first murder, turning tragedy into an aesthetic. By the time he turns eighteen, he has become an expert with computers, gaming systems, and the art of video imaging. And now in his forties, fully realized, he has long erased his digital footprint. He is thirty years ahead of our most advanced scientists, military ops tacticians, and elite information tech specialists. He is a master of disguise. He can invent projected realities. Of course, Michael Leonard Robinson could work his dark vision on a global scale, yet he doesn't need "the world" for a fetishistic thrill, just a police captain, his receptionist, a detective, a rookie junior officer, his sister and mother, and a lot of dark theater.
36 years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched. Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger's remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching.
Everly is finally dating the handsome Detective Grady Hays. But their romantic bubble bursts when tragedy strikes. A surf-pro is found murdered on the beach, killed with a theater prop. Grady follows the evidence, all of which points to Matt, Everly's friend and one-time fling. As Grady does his job, so does Everly - her unofficial chef-turned-sleuth-job, that is.
Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, a fracking town, to investigate the death of a young woman whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open. As Decker and Jamison dig into the victim's life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day - a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.
Ireland, 1957. Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. Strafford - flinty, visibly Protestant and determined to identify the murderer - faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in the tight-knit community he begins to investigate.
Agatha Raisin learns that her friend and one-time lover Charles Fraith is to be married to a mysterious socialite, Miss Mary Brown-Field. Agatha can find nothing about the woman, so she crashes the wedding, which ends in a public altercation. Nursing a hangover the next morning, she gets a phone call from Charles, with even more disturbing news. Mary has been murdered.
Tensions are already high between the American and Russian allies when two intelligence agents - one Soviet, one American - are found dead at Poltava, one of the Ukrainian bases. Billy is brought in to investigate, and this time he's paired, at the insistence of the Soviets, with a KGB agent who has his own political and personal agenda.
With just a few days left before Halloween, everyone at Howard Academy is anticipating the guaranteed sugar high they'll experience from gorging on Harriet Bloom's famous marshmallow puffs. The private school's annual costume party revolves around the headmaster's assistant and her seemingly supernatural batches of gooey goodies. So, it's a shock when Harriet's elderly neighbor is suddenly found dead with the beloved dessert in his hand.
When two bodies are found brutally murdered on a building site in Battersea, DS Calil Drake is first on the scene. He sees an opportunity to solve a high-profile case, and to repair his reputation after a botched undercover operation almost ended his promising career in the Violent Crimes Unit. Assigned to work with the enigmatic forensic psychologist Dr Rayhana Crane, and on the hunt for an elusive killer, Drake's investigations lead down the dark corridors of the past.
When a charismatic young woman wearing a grief amulet enters the lives of Joanne and Zack Shreve, she brings with her a dark secret and the determination to destroy everything in her way.
Four-year-old Malone Moulin is haunted by nightmares of being handed over to a complete stranger and begins claiming his mother is not his real mother. The school psychologist, Vasily, believes Malone and approaches police commander Marianne Augresse with the case, who has been searching for a gang of thieves that robbed a luxury store and left a couple dead in the neighboring town of Deauville to no avail.
Montalbano receives an early-morning phone call, but this time it's not Catarella announcing a murder, but a man called Riccardino who has dialed a wrong number and asks him when he'll be arriving at the meeting. Montalbano, in irritation, says: "In ten minutes." Shortly after, he gets another call, this one announcing the customary murder. A man has been shot and killed outside a bar in front of his three friends. It turns out to be the same man who called him.
Samson O'Brien Dales Detective Agency's first case is investigating the supposed suicide of a local man when things take an unexpected turn, and soon he discovers a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah Metcalfe's dating agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. But working together is easier said than done!
When Mrs Shepherd arrives at the Dales Detective Agency on a December morning, quite convinced that someone is trying to kill her, Samson O'Brien dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after a series of disturbing incidents at Fellside Court retirement home, he begins to wonder if there is something to her claims after all.
Lee Child selects the twenty best mystery short stories of 2020, including tales by Stephen King, Sara Paretsky, and many more.
Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Cafe, is visiting her fiancee, Dr. Sam Hazelet, when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained him with a thermos full of chili. Still, the gunman manages to escape. Now the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he finds them.
Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder - Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases. Dr Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He's a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved though to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband. Then another body is found, killed in a similar way.
1985, Boston. Vietnam vet Andy Roark is now a PI. His new client, a young Vietnamese woman, hires him to investigate her uncle's murder. Andy discovers a connection to a group of refugees determined to overthrow the communist government - and extorting local business owners to raise funds. The search for more answers takes Andy to D.C. and San Francisco, and into a web of political and personal betrayal
Ever since meeting the wary owners of an antique shop opening across the street, Robbie has been scrambling to manage weird incidences plaguing her cafe and country store. Pricey items vanish from shelves without explanation, a fully equipped breakfast food truck starts lingering around the area each morning, and loyal diners mysteriously fall ill. Then an elderly man dies after devouring an omelet packed with poisonous mushrooms.
It's the long Thanksgiving weekend, and Sherry has to judge the big cookie contest - and among the many entrants is her old high school home ec teacher, Mr. Currier. For old time's sake, Sherry invites him over for dinner, although sadly, the reunion will be short-lived. The next day, the prizes at the bake-off go missing - and later turn up at the marina, along with her ex-teacher's body.
It's the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is helping her mother run Haggerman's Catskills Resort. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested abilities if she wants to save her mother's business. When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy.
Early 1914. Euphemia Stapleford is ordered to accompany spymaster Fitzroy as his navigator in an unofficial car rally across Europe. Their task is to collect top-secret information at a dead drop en route from Hamburg to Monaco. Masquerading as Fitzroy's younger brother, Euphemia endures the most terrifying journey of her life. Before the race has even begun Fitzroy's life is put in danger and further violent attempts to sabotage their mission soon follow.
August 1914 and war has been declared. Spymaster Fitzroy returns from France with a team of highly trained spotters wounded and unfit for duty. While Euphemia's husband, Bertram, is away undertaking Fitzroy's next mission, Euphemia and Merry go undercover as nurses in the hospital where Fitzroy's four surviving scouts are being treated. It is feared one of them is a traitor and Euphemia must identify him before it is too late...
London, 1939. Oxford graduate Hope Stapleford's rebellious friend, Bernadette, has persuaded her to take part in the Season, and Hope expects little more than a round of dull engagements and dreary introductions. But when an innocent young debutante goes missing from their very first house party, feared to have been kidnapped or worse, Hope's curiosity is piqued.
After Dunkirk, Hope is sent to a secret base, where she joins a group of auxiliary units that are expected to fight to the death should invasion occur. Fearing for her life, she must confront Nazi sympathizers among the country's elite secret service before she can learn who to trust...
At a model train exhibit, Phee, Harriet, and their beloved Chiweenie, Streetman, discover the body of Sun City West's railroad club president, with an incriminating tap shoe near his lifeless corpse.Wilbur Maines may have loved model trains but apparently he was not a model husband. There are rumors of affairs with hot-to-trot hobbyists the Choo-Choo Chicks.
The murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguire castle in 16th-century Ireland. In the present day, a dig commences on the land, and not only is a body discovered, but a sheaf of prophecies. Who killed Sorcha?
Liz is thrilled to find a forever home for her latest rescue, Sheamus, a Maine Coon cat. But on adoption day, she discovers Sheamus's would-be owner, Joe Hitchcock, murdered in his study. Joe's shocking death reveals an even more startling secret: his real name was Joe Danvers...a man accused of killing his wife thirty years ago.
While visiting his childhood home of Llangollen, retired MI5 agent Huw Cecil becomes embroiled in a dangerous mission to obtain top-secret information that could lead to the total collapse of the NATO Alliance. But when his Russian contact is brutally killed, Huw knows that he is the next target.
Mitch Rapp has worked for a number of presidents over his career, but Anthony Cook is unlike any he's encountered before. Cunning and autocratic, he feels no loyalty to America's institutions and is distrustful of the influence Rapp and CIA director Irene Kennedy have in Washington. Meanwhile, when Kennedy discovers evidence of a mole scouring the Agency's database for sensitive information on Nicholas Ward, the world's first trillionaire, she convinces Rapp to take a job protecting him.
Finding himself in St Moritz during the same weekend as White Turf, when high-class horseracing takes place on the frozen lake, former steeplechase jockey Miles Pussett gets talked into helping out with the horses. Seven years before, Miles left horseracing behind and swore he would never return. And now when he discovers something suspicious is going on in the races, something that may have a profound impact on his future life, Miles begins a search for answers.
When Brody Pierce, swoon-worthy ranch owner and resident bachelor, is found stabbed through the chest, hearts were heard breaking all over idyllic Tinker's Creek. But when romance bookshop owner Lizzie Hale's aunt is implicated in the murder, Lizzie's determined to clear her name.
When emergency room doctor Kate North is offered an opportunity at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc's death wasn't accidental at all. And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes for them all.
Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes doesn't mean Laura is a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one and no thing: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace?
Diane Harbaugh, a former prosecutor notorious for her aggressive tactics, is now a DEA agent. A lead from a high-ranking cartel member sends her down a rabbit hole that leads to a criminal conspiracy more pervasive than anything she and the DEA ever suspected. She teams up with Ian Carver, a disillusioned CIA agent, and begins to unravel layers of deceptions, grifts, and schemes that date back to the beginnings of the Afghanistan War.
At Slough House - MI5's London depository for demoted spies - Brexit has taken a toll. The "slow horses" have been pushed further into the cold, Slough House has been erased from official records, and its members are dying in unusual circumstances, at an unusual clip. No wonder Jackson Lamb's crew is feeling paranoid. But are they actually targets?
1728. Fresh from his escape from the gallows, Thomas Hawkins has arrived in Yorkshire with his ward, Sam Fleet. John Aislabie, Tom's reluctant host, is being tormented by anonymous letters threatening murder. A disgraced politician, Aislabie certainly has plenty of enemies. But, trapped in a house haunted by old tragedies, Tom begins to suspect that the danger lies much closer to home.
November 1919. Verity's beloved Great-Aunt Ilse lands on her doorstep. After years in war-ravaged Germany, Ilse has returned to England to repair her fragile health - and to escape trouble. Someone has been sending her anonymous threats, and Verity's Secret Service contacts can only provide unsettling answers. When Ilse's maid is found dead, Verity must uncover whether this is anti-German sentiment taken to murderous lengths, or whether there is a more personal motive at work.
A frozen body is discovered in the icy depths of Langjokull glacier, apparently that of a businessman who disappeared 30 years before. One of the missing man's business associates was briefly held in custody, but there wasn't enough evidence to charge him. Now the associate is arrested again and Konrad, the retired policeman who originally investigated the disappearance, is called back to reopen the case that has weighed on his mind for decades.
The first Crime Writers' Association Daggers Award retrospective, featuring 19 award-winning stories from bestselling authors Ian Rankin, Jeffery Deaver, John Connolly, Denise Mina, John Harvey and many more!
Six weeks after vanishing, Sarah Langton is suddenly found - delirious and starved close to death. The police struggle to find any answers. When another missing person reappears, half-crazed and hysterical, a terrifying pattern emerges: a twisted predator is pushing his victims to insanity. DS Corcoran, haunted by a previous case, and Dr Marie Palmer, a leading criminal psychiatrist, must try to establish a link between the survivors.
When struggling ex-copper Terry Coats was discovered in bed with an air hostess, his excuse that he was 'going undercover' cut no ice with the force - or his wife. But now he's been brutally killed on Hogmanay night, it seems there may have been more to his plea. Dragged from the New Year celebrations, Special Constable Sir Bob Skinner is shocked to find Coats' body alongside that of Griff Montell: his erstwhile protege, and former lover of Skinner's own daughter, Alex.
Leah's perfect marriage isn't what it seems but the biggest lie of all is that she's learned to live with what happened all those years ago. Marie drinks a bit too much to help her forget. And Carly has never forgiven herself for not keeping them safe. Twenty years ago the Sinclair Sisters were taken.But what came after their return was far worse. Can a family ever recover, especially when not everyone is telling the truth...?
Jaya "Longshot" Long is the phenom of the Lame Deer Lady Stars High School basketball team and is following in the steps of her older sister, who disappeared a year previously, a victim of the scourge of missing Native Women in Indian country. When she starts receiving death threats, Longmire's investigation places the good sheriff in a one-on-one with the deadliest adversary he has ever faced in both this world and the next.
When Bertram Telemann, a developmentally disabled man, goes missing from a local diner near Greenbury, the entire community of the small upstate New York town volunteers to search the surrounding woods in hopes of finding him. High functioning and independent, Bertram had been on a field trip with the staff and fellow residents of the Loving Care Home when he vanished. The missing person case is assigned to detectives Peter Decker and his partner Tyler McAdams.
While working a murder scene, Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is horrified to discover a link to his brother, Luke. Horrified. But not surprised. Luke is fresh out of prison and struggling to stay on the straight and narrow. And now he's gone AWOL. The race is on for Clay to find him before anyone else can.
A Transylvanian nobleman called Count Dracula arrives at Baker Street seeking the help of Sherlock Holmes, for his beloved wife Mina has been kidnapped. But Dracula is a client like no other and Sherlock and Watson must confront - despite the wild, unbelievable notion - the existence of vampires. And before long, Sherlock, Watson and their new vampire allies must work together to banish a powerful enemy growing in the shadows.
Prequel to the series. In the summer of 1963 Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp. His father, Liam O'Connor, is Aurora's sheriff and it is his job to confirm that the man's death was the result of suicide, as all the evidence suggests. In the shadow of his father's official investigation, Cork begins to look for answers on his own.
After a head-on collision resulting in four deaths and a fifth person fighting for his life, DI Gillian Marsh is sent to investigate. Nothing seems to add up. How did four capable drivers end up dead on a quiet, peaceful country road? As Gillian unpicks the victims stories, she edges closer to the truth. But will she be able to face her own truth and help her daughter before it's too late?
When a body is discovered at the lake in Paradise, Police Chief Jesse Stone is surprised to find he recognizes the murder victim - the man had been at the same AA meeting as Jesse the evening before. But otherwise, Jesse has no clue as to the man's identity. Their single lead is from a taxi company that recalls dropping off the mysterious stranger outside the gate at the mansion of one of the wealthiest families in town...
The town of Paradise receives a tragic shock when the mayor is discovered dead, his body lying in a shallow grave on a property on the lake. It's ostensibly suicide, but Jesse's has his doubts . . . especially because the piece of land where the man was found is the subject of a contentious and dodgy land deal.
When a child is murdered, Detective Inspector Paolo Stirling becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase. Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?
A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked. It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they're released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak. Montague Mason is an upstanding member of the community. That is until he's publicly accused of stealing the youth centre's funds - an accusation that threatens to rip through the very heart of the community and expose his best-kept secret. But how far would he go to protect himself? As the two cases collide, D.I. Paolo Sterling finds he has more questions than answers.
Banff, Scotland, the 1620s. A young man walks unsteadily through the streets. When he collapses in front of two sisters on that dark, wet night, the women guess that he's been poisoned. His body is discovered in the house of Alexander Seaton - a fallen minister, the discovery of whose clandestine love affair has left him disgraced. Seaton sets out to find why the body was in his house, and why anyone would want to murder this likeable young man.
Aberdeen, 1628. Alexander Seaton's happily settled life as a university teacher is shattered by the arrival in town of a stranger who looks like his twin and who carries a plea for help from Alexander's dead mother's family in Ireland. The family has been placed under a poet's curse, threatening death to various members. Elements of the curse have already begun to play out.
London, 1655. In the east end of London, a group of religious fanatics plots rebellion. In the midst of all this, a stonemason uncovers a perfectly preserved body dressed in the robes of a Dominican friar, bricked up in a wall in the crumbling Black Friars. Ill-informed rumours and speculation abound, but Seeker instantly recognises the dead man. What he must discover is why he met such a hideous end, and what his connection was to the children who have started to disappear from around the city.
London, 1656. Three conspirators, representing different factions, plan to assassinate the Lord Protector, paving the way back to the throne for Charles Stuart once and for all. Captain Damian Seeker, meanwhile, is preoccupied by the horrifying discovery in an illegal gambling den of the body of a man ravaged by what is unmistakably a bear. Yet the bears used for baiting were all shot when the sport was banned by Cromwell.
Summer, 1658, and the Republic may finally be safe. The combined Stuart and Spanish forces have been heavily defeated by the English and French armies on the coast of Flanders, and the King's cause appears finished. Yet one final, desperate throw of the dice is planned. And who can stop them if not Captain Damian Seeker?
Anita Sundstrom, out of the force for a year after her resignation, is approached by a dying woman to track down a collection of paintings stolen from her family. The paintings were looted by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944. Needing the money, Anita takes on this seemingly impossible task. As she heads off to Hungary, she has no idea of the dangers ahead.
May 1898. Abigail Moone, a wealthy, independent writer of successful mystery stories under a male pseudonym presents Holmes with an unusual problem. She claims that she devised a man's death that was reported in that morning's newspaper. That is, she planned his murder as an event to be included in one of her mystery stories. Following real people and imagining how she might murder them and get away with it is how Abigail comes up with her plots, but this "victim" has actually died, apparently of the poison method she meticulously planned in her notebook.
Ernest Drabble, a Cambridge historian and mountaineer, travels to rural Devon to inspect the decapitated head of Oliver Cromwell - a macabre artefact owned by Dr Wilkinson. Drabble only tells one person of his plans - Harris, an old school friend and press reporter. On the train to Devon, Drabble narrowly avoids being murdered, only to reach his destination and find Dr Wilkinson has been killed. Gripped in Wilkinson's hand is a telegram from Winston Churchill instructing him to bring the head of Oliver Cromwell to London.
Five years after their disappearance, the village of Monteperdido still mourns the loss of Ana and Lucia, two eleven-year old friends who left school one afternoon and were never seen again. Now Ana reappears unexpectedly inside a crashed car, wounded but alive. Inspector Sara Campos and her boss Santiago Bain, from Madrid's head office are forced to work with the local police.
Ian Rankin finishes a manuscript left half-completed on McIlvanney's death. Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he's dead and it was no accident. Besides a distraught family and a heap of powerful friends, Carter's left behind his share of enemies. So, who dealt the fatal blow? DC Jack Laidlaw has a sixth sense for what's happening on the streets. His boss chalks the violence up to the usual rivalries, but is it that simple?
When Joseph Quentin asks Jilly Truitt to defend his wife, who has been charged with murdering her own mother in what the media are calling a mercy killing, every instinct tells Jilly to say no. Word on the street is that Vera Quentin is in denial, refusing to admit to the crime and take a lenient plea deal. Quentin is a lawyer's lawyer, known as the Fixer in legal circles, and if he can't help his wife, who can? Against her better judgment, Jilly meets with Vera and reluctantly agrees to take on her case.
Thirty-something Margot's adopted mother has died, allowing Margot to finally go looking for her birth mother. She learns that her mother is dead, murdered many years ago, one of a series of sex workers killed in Glasgow. The killer - or killers? - is still at large - and sending Aunt Nikki gloating letters with details of the crime.
Based on the bloody assassination of David Rizzio, private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, in the queen's chambers in Holyrood Palace in 1566. This novella dramatizes the events that led up to that night, telling the infamous story as it has never been told before.
Texas Ranger Rory Yates is sent to the remote West Texas town of Rio Lobo, a municipality with two stoplights. And now, according to the Chief of Police, it has one too many Texas Rangers. Rio Lobo Detective Ariana Delgado is the one who requested Rory, and the only person who believes a local councilwoman's seemingly accidental death is a murder. Then Rory begins to uncover a tangle of small-town secrets, favours, and lies as crooked as Texas law is straight.
Tokyo, July 1949, President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing just a day after serving notice of 30,000 job losses. American Detective Harry Sweeney leads the missing person's investigation for General MacArthur's GHQ. 15 years later, as Tokyo prepares for the Olympics, PI Hideki Murota is given a case which forces him to go back to confront a time, a place and a crime he's been hiding from for the past fifteen years. Then, in 1988, Donald Reichenbach, an aging American, realizes the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the era is down to him.
A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university and Gamache is asked to provide security. He starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture. Before long, Professor Robinson's views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. Then, when a murder is committed, it falls to Gamache and his team to investigate.
MI6 has lost contact with its informant in northern Italy. And young Elena Standish, to her surprise, is the only person who can recognize MI6's man - because he is her former lover, Aiden Strother, who betrayed her six years before. Now, with so much to prove, Elena heads to Trieste to track down Aiden and find out what happened to his handler, who has mysteriously cut off contact with Britain.
Elena Standish is in Washington DC and on hand for her grandparents' anniversary party with the influential friends of her grandfather, a prominent political industrialist. Even President and First Lady Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are there. But the festivities come to a sudden and tragic end when one of the guests, Lila Worth, is run over by a car in the driveway outside. It turns out that Lila was a British spy and Elena believes she had vital information to impart.
Artemis leaves the remote Greek island she grew up on to start a shiny new life in 1990s London with her British husband, a successful entrepreneur. Then she is found hanging from the stairs of her beautiful family home. Two decades later, the apparent suicide of an heiress uncannily mirrors Artemis' mysterious death. And when the ensuing investigation uncovers links to a criminal cartel, National Crime Agency officer Madeleine Farrow begins to pull apart the web of deceit surrounding the two women.
A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death. She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body. They find that the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position. Hidden on the corpse lies a 16th century Spanish gold cross of immense value.
When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, and her past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose...
The body was left in a dumpster like so much trash, the victim a woman of no fixed address, known for offering paper flowers in return for spare change - and for keeping the cops informed of any infractions she witnessed on the street. But the notebook where she scribbled her intel on litterers and other such offenders is nowhere to be found.
Lady Adelaide Compton's prim and proper mother, Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton, is accused of murdering her secret lover, and there can't be enough gentlemen detectives on hand to find the truth. The dead Duke of Rufford appeared to lead a blameless life, but appearances can be deceiving.
Follow-up to GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven has finally tracked down Sacha Hopewell, hoping she will tell him what happened to Evie Cormac in the days following her rescue seven years ago. Then he learns that a retired policeman has been murdered, that the victim was looking into a series of child murders, and that the victim had a list of names that referred to Evie.
1941, and Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie is ferrying documents between Dublin and war-torn London. When Ireland's greatest actor is arrested in Soho, after the brutal murder of a gay man, Stefan extricates him from an embarrassing situation. The Soho victim was a police informant, spying on Nationalist friends and the killer is probably a British soldier. But an identical murder in Malta makes investigation essential.
Television reporter Lily Atwood has an anonymous source who feeds her story tips - but suddenly, the source begins telling Lily inside information about her own life. How does he - or she - know the truth?Lily understands that no one reveals a secret unless they have a reason. Now she's terrified someone is determined to destroy her world - and with it, everyone and everything she holds dear.
A retreat center is being built at the town's old mill site, and rumour has it that the location is cursed. That piques Josie's interest almost as much as Sam Wilfred, handsome FBI agent and descendent of the town's founder. When Sam's soon-to-be ex-wife, Fiona, goes missing at the same time that a bloodied weapon is found, Josie enlists her witchy insight, and her cat familiar, to clear Sam's name.
On a jagged, bleak lava field just outside Reykjavik stands the Gallows Rock. Once a place of execution, it is now a tourist attraction. Until this morning, when a man was found hanging from it. The nail embedded in his chest proves it wasn't suicide. But when the police go to his flat, a further puzzle awaits: a four-year-old boy has been left there.
At a nearby game reserve, an orphaned baby elephant has been delivered. The reserve does its best to look after the elephant, but encounters opposition from neighbours. Charlie, the Agency's assistant detective/mechanic, hears that a group of young men are going to dispose of the elephant.
Daisy's orange pekoe is flowing at a fundraiser for a homeless shelter - until the event is disupted by masked protestors who object to the shelter. Among the angry crowd is Eli - who left his Amish community some time ago, with help from a lawyer named Hiram.It just so happens that Hiram is also representing a fertility clinic in a class-action suit - and soon afterward, he turns up dead, felled by an insulin injection.
It's been seven years since Gloomy Knob landed in the Ted Stevens High-Security Federal Penitentiary to serve a life sentence for the murder of his sister. It's been five years since the end of the war, the one North Korea started when they sent a missile to Cold Storage, Alaska. Then one day, Gloomy is snatched from his off-site work station. His kidnappers believe Gloomy knows where a second nuclear warhead is hidden. Which is a problem, because he has no idea where it is.
Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are enjoying a sunny vacation down under when they get disturbing news. Their friend and colleague Clifford Delmonty is in serious trouble. While working as a contractor at an Australian F-35 facility, the former Taskforce member - callsign Dunkin - saw something he shouldn't have, and now he's on the run from Chinese agents.
While onboard her last chartered sailing trip of the season, Cass Lynch is awoken in the middle of the night by a Mayday call to the Shetland coastguard. A fishing vessel has become trapped on the rocks off the coast of one of the islands. In the days that follow, there's both a shocking murder and a baffling death. On the surface there's no link, but when Cass becomes involved it is soon clear that her life is also in danger.
1963: Reeling from the death of her mother and President Kennedy's assassination, Catherine Gray shows up on Elizabeth Bentley's doorstep demanding answers to the shocking mystery she just uncovered about her family. What she doesn't expect is for Bentley to ensnare her in her own story of becoming a controversial World War II spy and Cold War informer...
Ireland. AD 672. The Feast of Beltaine is approaching and the seven senior princes of the kingdom of Muman are gathering at Cashel. Then Brother Conchobhar, the keeper of the sacred sword, is found murdered. As rumours begin to spread of an attempt to overthrow Colgu, news reaches Cashel that a plague ship has landed at a nearby port, bringing the deadly pestilence to its shores. Amid fear and panic, Fidelma, Eadulf and Enda must work together to catch a killer as the death toll starts to mount.
It's been fourteen years since her best friend disappeared from a nightclub in Gothenburg, but Embla recognizes her voice before the call abruptly disconnects. Then she gets another phone call - this time from a relative. A man has been found shot dead in one of the guest houses he and his wife manage in rural Sweden. Could she come take a look? When Embla arrives on the scene, she receives another shock. The dead man is Milo Stavic, a well-known gang member and one of the last people seen with Lollo.
Charlotte Heard is one of a few women in the male-dominated world of a Westminster think tank. Quick-witted and resourceful she is a senior member of the team and the young women in the organisation look up to her. But she is determined to realize her ambition to become an MP. Her dream seems within reach when she finds herself in the midst of a shocking murder investigation. Someone is trying to frame her and Charlotte must find out why.
Jane's partner goes missing just as she's promoted to Director of Worldwide Toronto Film Festival. Now, not only does she need to find out if he's in danger, but she must contend with festival politics: Hollywood power brokers, Russian oil speculators, Chinese propagandists, and a board chair who seemingly has it out for her.
Ray Carney is a furniture salesman in 1960s Harlem. When his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace at the furniture store, Ray doesn't see the need to ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweller downtown who also doesn't ask questions. Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plans to rob the Hotel Theresa - the "Waldorf of Harlem" - and volunteers Ray's services as the fence.
Michael and Wendy Mixner's marriage is failing in the wake of their daughter's stillbirth. Michael, a Wall Street trader, has secretly lost the couple's life savings. Wendy, a digital marketing strategist, has been hired onto a data-mining project of epic scale, whose mysterious creator has ambitions to reshape America's social and political landscapes. When Michael's best friend is murdered, the evidence leads back to Wendy's client.
At Salem's annual Witch Ball actual witch and winery owner Brandy Flint has her back up over her daughter Serenity's new beau - it's bad enough he's a decade older, he also claims to be a vampire from Romania. Then, when the clock strikes midnight, the vampire vanishes - leaving behind only his cape and a wooden stake with a thick red substance on the sharp tip. The next morning, a naked man washes up on the shore with a hole punched through his chest.
Hayley Burke, curator of Lady Fowling's collection of first edition mysteries, decides, against her better judgement, to hire Oona Atherton, her former boss from the Jane Austen Centre to help with planning an exhibition. They uncover a one-page letter that alludes to a priceless edition of MURDER MUST ADVERTISE signed by several Golden Age of Mystery authors. Oona is certain she's found the book and texts Hayley the good news, but upon arriving back at Middlebank, Hayley finds her old boss dead at the bottom of the stairs.
Providence, RI, 1986. 29 year old longshoreman Danny Ryan is occasional "muscle" for the Irish crime syndicate that oversees much of the city. He yearns for something more and dreams of starting over fresh, someplace far away. But when a modern-day Helen of Troy triggers a war between rival mob factions, Danny is embroiled in a conflict he can't escape.