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.
Jules is catering an outdoor wedding reception when a wedding crasher shows up. The uninvited guest isn't just someone looking to score a free glass of champagne. It's Kerry's estranged father who is supposed to be behind bars. And then the bassist for the wedding band is found stabbed with the blunt end of his instrument.
Meg Langslow is in for a busy summer. Her husband is directing a production of Macbeth, and most of the cast and crew are occupying spare bedrooms in their house. Damien Goodwin, a filmmaker, has been hanging around trying to document the production. When Goodwin hosts a showing of some of the footage he's taken, he manages to embarrass or offend just about everyone. The next morning Meg isn't exactly surprised to find that someone has murdered him.But who?
When Celeste Turner finds a woman living in her shed, the local police are ill-inclined to help. To her surprise, however, she discovers that Daisy is polite and friendly; a backpacker who is just making her way through the area. And then, when a body is discovered in the glades near Celeste's house, the two must work together, moving quickly to prove their innocence and protect the lives they've built for themselves.
On a Thursday night in February, DS Joe Romano finds himself back on home turf in Wortley, West Leeds. He's following up on the disappearance of drug dealer Craig Shaw. It is the start of a case that could make or break Romano's career. Because Shaw is about to go from missing to murdered. While some don't think Shaw's killer should be brought to justice, Romano believes every life counts.
When DS Joe Romano first meets Ana Dobrescu she is nervous, in serious danger, and clearly needs help. The next time Romano sees her, she is dead. There was nothing more he could have done, but that's cold comfort for Romano. He is determined to catch Ana's killer. Although the prime suspect, her millionaire boyfriend, is in a coma.
Autumn has arrived at Castle Dark, and Nora Blake has settled into her role as an actor in Derek Corby's castle murder-mystery troupe. She is troubled, however, by the setting of Derek's fall mystery: the catacombs in the depths of the castle. And when a man is killed during one of their first shows, the eerie catacombs become a place of terror.
Sasza Zaluska has studied to become a psychological profiler and she soon picks up a freelance job to check out some threats made against the owner of a nightclub. But no sooner has Sasza visited the club than a musician is murdered there, a man famous for one song in particular: Girl at Midnight. Both the song and the crime seem to be connected to a double tragedy of years before, when a brother and sister both died on the same day.
Emma Westlake is determined to help Kim Felder, a woman struggling with empty-nest syndrome and an out of left field divorce, into a better headspace. Emma suggests she draft a bucket list of things she has always wanted to do in life. To the list Kim adds in some hilarious items about getting even with her ex. But all laughter ends when Kim's ex winds up dead via one of the ideas Kim proposed.
Mary's husband Fair is known throughout Crozet, Virginia, as a good horse vet and a better man. So when Benjamin Wagner, a new vet in town, is found dead in his unopened clinic, local police turn to Fair for help. Fair quickly realizes Ben's clinic has been robbed of ketamine, used by doctors as a horse tranquilizer but also a popular recreational drug. Then Fair's own ketamine goes missing from the back of his truck. Was Ben killed for his supply? Or was he mixed up in something bigger?
When Mace Reid and his golden retriever cadaver dog Vira are called in to search Washington Park at three o'clock in the morning, what they find has them running for their very lives. The trail of murder and mayhem Mace and CPD Officer Kippy Gimm have been following leads them to uncover treachery and corruption at the highest level, and their discoveries do not bode well for them ... nor for the Windy City itself.
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.
When loving wife Jeanine Hammond is found dead in a small leafy town in Massachusetts, newly promoted Detective Jo Fournier is shocked to her core. Why leave her body posed like a ballerina? Why steal her wedding band and nothing else? Then another woman is found, wedding ring stolen, body posed in the same ritualistic way. Digging through old files, Jo makes a terrifying link to a series of cold cases. She knows a serial killer is on the loose, but nobody will listen to the truth - not her bosses, nor the FBI.
Out-of-work Yale Yee and her cousin Celine from Hong Kong open a food stall at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hardly considers Celine's career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but business begins picking up, thanks to Celine's surprisingly useful marketing ideas. But the pair become prime suspects when one of their customers turns up dead. It is due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish.
Kamil Rahman is a cook in a Brick Lane restaurant. But he used to be a detective back in Kolkata. And somehow trouble still knows how to find him. When a young woman Kamil knows is murdered the police are convinced her boyfriend is the culprit. Kamil isn't so sure and feels he has no choice but to start his own investigation.
Matthew Keating, a one-time Navy SEAL- and a past president - has always defended his family as staunchly as he has his country. Now those defenses are under attack. A madman abducts Keating's teenage daughter, Melanie - turning every parent's deepest fear into a matter of national security. As the world watches in real time, Keating embarks on a one-man special-ops mission that tests his strengths: as a leader, a warrior, and a father.
On the Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. These are clues to the unsolved kidnapping of heiress Patricia Lockwood 20 years ago. Windsor Horne Lockwood III doesn't know how his suitcase and his family's stolen painting ended up with a dead man. But his interest is piqued, especially when the FBI tells him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism - and that the conspirators may still be at large. Win has three things the FBI doesn't: a personal connection to the case; an ungodly fortune; and his own unique brand of justice.
When the President arrives in New York to address the U.N., embedded terrorist assets blow up the bridges and tunnels that connect Manhattan to the mainland. Taking control of the island, they race to the U.N. in search of the President and to launch an even deadlier attack. A hopeless, outmanned and outgunned Dewey Andreas sneaks onto the island of Manhattan to fight a seemingly impossible battle.
Maddie's friend Cass has brought his Zen teachings to Fisherman's Cove--a tiny, working class town on Daybreak Island. One of his students, Laurel, has been on the receiving end of more than one hissy fit from her neighbors, mostly because of her cats. When Maddie and Cass go to Laurel's to check out the situation, not only do they find a plethora of cats in need, but also a dead body.
The terrorist Guy Fowle has escaped from prison. Jude Lyon of MI-6 has been saved from a Syrian ambush by his lover - and enemy? - Julia Ermolaeva. A mysterious Russian has been murdered in London and his thumb cut off. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has made an unfortunate social connection at a party, which he hopes he can keep secret. And suddenly, the world is literally going up in flames.
Private investigator Kitt Hartley and her twin sister Rebecca are preparing for a holiday in Scotland when cruise ship entertainer Errol Jackson appears at the door. Errol breaks the news that Bryce Griffin, a former smuggler and an old friend of Kitt's, has been murdered: his body found washed up by a lighthouse, bearing a gunshot wound.
1312. Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, has returned from the West Country to find Westminster in chaos. Edward II has fled from the wrath of his noblemen; and a royal clerk has been found dead, poisoned in a locked chamber. Drawn into a maze of murder both at Westminster and at the Convent of Saint Sulpice, where young novices have started to disappear, Corbett quickly establishes a connection between the two mysteries.
On the outskirts of Berlin, as East Germany crumbles, Emil Grimm finds the body of his neighbour, a fellow Stasi officer named Lothar, with a gunshot wound to the temple and a pistol in his right hand. Emil and Lothar were involved in a final clandestine mission. Now Emil must finish the job alone, on uncertain ground where old alliances seem to be shifting by the day.
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride's oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. And then someone turns up dead.
Hostage rescue expert Jonathan Grave and his fellow special-ops veteran, Boxers, are hunting in Montana when shots ring out, and they realize they've become the prey for assassins. In the crosshairs of unseen shooters, cut off from all communication, with the wind at a blood-freezing chill, the nightmare is just beginning.
Sarah's mother Maybelle and her friend, Mr. George Rogers, have been chosen to be one of five couples competing for a small-town "perfect" wedding and dream honeymoon on a Southern Belles reality show. The producers have decided to put up the crew and participants at the restaurant/bed and breakfast owned by Sarah's nemesis Jane Clark. But when someone turns up dead with Jane kneeling by the body with blood on her hands, she goes from being Sarah's chief rival to the police's chief suspect.
Joshua Duffy was one of the world's elite professional bodyguards. Then, in his last mission in Lebanon, he got his primary out alive -- at the cost of his lower left leg. But he isn't getting much job satisfaction being a mall cop in New Jersey, and accepts a job with a UN mission into Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains to broker peace between the homicidal drug cartels in the region.
It begins quietly on a balmy Southern night as some locals gather at Bo Peep's, one of the town's favourite watering holes. Within an hour, however, a man will be murdered and his companion will be "disappeared." An unlikely detective, Morgana Musgrove, doyenne of Savannah society, is called upon to unravel the mystery of these crimes.
Ruth returns to her late mother's Norfolk cottage just as the first Covid-19 cases make headlines, leaving her and Kate to shelter in place there. They befriend a kind neighbour, Zoe, from a distance. But when DCI Nelson breaks quarantine to rush to Ruth's cottage and enlist her help in investigating a series of murder-suicides he has connected to an archeological discovery, he finds Zoe is hardly who she says she is.
The fourth and final installment in the Lost Decades of Uncle Chow. Following a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Uncle begins preparing for his inevitable death. As he sets his affairs in order, he recalls the moments in his life that meant the most to him - including his first encounter with the talented forensic accountant Ava Lee and the origins of their life-changing partnership.
On a whim, Grady Kendall applies to work as a live-in caretaker for a luxury property in Hawaii and within days he's flying out to an estate on remote Hokuloa Road, which has long been a place where people vanish without a trace. When a young woman from his flight becomes the next to disappear, Grady is determined--and soon desperate--to figure out what's happened to Jessie, and to all those staring out of the island's "missing" posters.
Kabul, Afghanistan. William Carver, a veteran but unpredictable BBC hack, is thrown into the unknown when a bomb goes off killing a local official. Warned off the story from every direction, Carver won't give in until he finds the truth. Patrick, a young producer, is sent out on his first foreign assignment to control the wayward Carver, but as the story unravels it looks like the real story lies between the shadowy corridors of the BBC, the perilous streets of Kabul and the dark chambers of Whitehall.
When Emma Reed moved to the Cornish village of Trevena, she was looking forward to making new friends, opening up a small tea shop, and taking plenty of brisk walks with her talking dog, Oliver. But when a valuable motorcycle and an old skeleton are found together under the local pub, Emma's antique dealing friends David and Charles become prime suspects in a forty year old mystery.
When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom - covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her - she knows she'll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it's not what worries her the most. Twenty-five years earlier, Ruby Reyes, known as the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder in a trial that riveted Canada in the early nineties. Reyes knows who Paris really is, and when she's unexpectedly released from prison, she threatens to expose all of Paris's secrets.
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.
Ali Reynolds's personal life is in turmoil when two separate men show up on the scene - a serial killer and a former employee of her husband's who has just been released from a sixteen-year prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend. With lives hanging in the balance, Ali must thread the needle between good and evil.
Once a pilot, mother, wife, and witness to a gruesome crime, Nina had to flee her old life to save her family. She reinvented herself as Leah Trenton, a guide in the Allagash Wilderness in northern Maine. She never expected to see her children again, but now tragedy has returned them to her - only they have no idea that she's their mother - and delivered all of them back into danger. "Aunt Leah" will need some help, and an old ally has a suggestion: an enigmatic young hitman named Dax Blackwell.
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.
It's a case unlike anything detective Mina Dabiri has seen before. A woman trapped inside a magician's box, with swords pierced through. But this time, it's not a magic trick. It's murder. Knowing she has a terrifying killer on her hands, Mina enlists the help of celebrity mentalist, Vincent Walder.
The local meadows have been the pride of Bishops Well for hundreds of years, but now they are facing the sharp blades of developers. The landowner is a rich and reclusive author who is happy to see them destroyed, but the villagers - including Sam Dee and Maggie Kaye - are fighting back. Until, that is, someone decides to silence one of their number permanently.
'It was only a game.' Until a boy went missing. 'No one was meant to get hurt.' But a body has been found. 'Just some innocent fun.' Except one of them is a killer. Ready or not, here I come. It's time to play hide and seek again. DI Fleet is up against some of the most powerful people in the country as he attempts to discover the truth about what happened on the day of the game...
Sissy returns to her hometown of Yoder, Kansas. Her aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Cafe has recently broken her leg. So Sissy arrives to help in the cafe and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as seventy-year-old "Aunt Bess." But it's Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the cafe with a knife in his back.
Injured in a freak fall, novelist Gerry Andersen is confined to a hospital bed in his glamorous high-rise apartment, dependent on two women he barely knows: his incurious young assistant, and a dull, slow-witted night nurse. Then late one night, the phone rings. The caller claims to be the "real" Aubrey, the alluring title character from his most successful novel, Dream Girl. But there is no real Aubrey. She's a figment born of a writer's imagination, despite what many believe or claim to know.
1678. London is gripped by hysteria, and rumors of Catholic plots and sinister foreign assassins abound. When the body of a young boy drained of his blood is discovered on the snowy bank of the Fleet River, Robert Hooke, the Curator of Experiments at the just-formed Royal Society for Improving Natural Knowledge, and his assistant Harry Hunt, are called in to explain such a ghastly finding - and whether it's part of a plot against the king.
When Kade Logan said goodbye to his estranged wife eight years ago, he never thought it would be the last time he saw her alive. Now her car has been hauled out of a nearby lake and Kade is determined to track down the man who murdered her. Enter Eleanor Bowman, a talented private investigator who is about to stir up a hornet's nest on his Colorado ranch.
When Detective Anjelica Henley is called to investigate the murder of a popular preacher in his own church, she discovers a second victim, tortured and tied to a bed in an upstairs room. He is alive, but barely, and his body shows signs of a dark religious ritual. With a revolving list of suspects and the media spotlight firmly on her, Henley is left with more questions than answers as she attempts to untangle both crimes.
September 1899. Emma agrees to accompany Neily Vanderbilt to an Elizabethan fete on the lavish grounds of Wakehurst, the Ochre Point "cottage" modeled after an English palace, owned by Anglophile James Van Alen. There she finds a man on the ground, an arrow through his chest. The victim is one of the 400's most influential members, Judge Clayton Schuyler.
Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When unspeakable tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. Anna is in no condition to become involved with the search - until a childhood friend, now the village sheriff, pleads for her help.
When a young woman mysteriously disappears, the newly appointed Medical Welfare Almoner Helen Crowther stumbles across something dark in the heart of Edinburgh's medical community.
When news breaks of a local kidnapping, amateur podcasters Anna McDonald and Fin Cohen have just the excuse they need to abandon their terrible family vacations. It seems that Lisa Lee, a young YouTube star, has vanished from her home. In Lisa's very last video, she had ventured into an abandoned chateau in France and inadvertently revealed a treasure unlike any other, hidden behind a revolving bookshelf.
Carrie's sister is dead. Four months after losing her sister, Becca - a serial killer unknown to everyone else in their town - Carrie Lawrence is finally free of her manipulative clutches. From now on, she's keeping her hands clean, no more hiding dead bodies in the middle of the night, no more lies. She's never been happier.Then she attends a meeting of the Brampton Kill Seekers, a group of amateur local sleuths, and learns that a recent victim left behind a note that incriminates her in their disappearance.
Victor Li, breaking into storage units containing the possessions of the recently deported, discovers a gem rare and valuable enough to change his fortunes in an instant. But selling it on the sly? Nearly impossible. Thankfully, its former owner, a woman named Song Fei, also left a book of cryptic notes - including the name of a gemstone dealer in Mexico City. When Victor and Mark cross the southern border, they quickly realize that this gem is wrapped up in a much larger scheme than they imagined.
Once a luxurious southern getaway on a rustic lake, then reduced to a dilapidated crash pad, the Summer House is now the grisly scene of a nighttime mass murder. Eyewitnesses point to four Army Rangers - known as the Night Ninjas - recently returned from Afghanistan. To ensure that justice is done, the Army sends Major Jeremiah Cook, a veteran and former NYPD cop, to investigate.
Fourteen impossible crimes from the American masters of the form, including John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen, Clayton Rawson, Stuart Palmer, Fredric Brown, MacKinlay Kantor, Craig Rice, and Cornell Woolrich.
Paul Samson is living in London and picking up some extra work for a private security company when he is almost killed by a thuggish assassin while tailing a mysterious and gifted young employee of a powerful environmental NGO. The murder of legendary spy Robert Harland, the poisoning of billionaire philanthropist Denis Hisami with a neurotoxin in the US House of Representatives, and a second attempt on Samson's own life send him on the run to Estonia to figure out who is trying to kill him, and why.
Chet and Bernie are contacted by a terribly scared young woman who seems to want their help. Before she can even tell them her name, she flees in panic. But in that brief meeting Chet sniffs out an important secret about her, a secret at the heart of the mystery he and Bernie set out to solve.It's a case with no client and no crime and yet great danger, with the duo facing a powerful politician who has a lot to lose.
When forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan and daughter Katy meet at Tempe's place one night for dinner, they find a box on the back porch. Inside is a very fresh human eyeball. GPS coordinates etched into the eyeball lead to a Benedictine Monastery where an equally macabre discovery awaits. Soon after, Tempe examines a mummified corpse in a state park, and her anxiety deepens.
Mud season takes on a whole new meaning in the coastal town of Busman's Harbor, Maine, when local business owners sling dirt at one another in a heated feud over a proposed pedestrian mall. Vandalism is one thing, but murder means Julia Snowden of the Snowden Family Clambake steps in to clean up the case...
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.
AD 58. BRITANNIA. The island is settled now, bustling with commerce. Macro's goal is to help run his mother's Londinium inn, and exploit his land grant. He's prepared for the dismal weather and the barbaric ways of the people. But far worse dangers threaten all his plans. A gang led by an ex-legionary rules the city, demanding protection money and terrorising those who won't pay up. The Roman official in charge has turned a blind eye. Macro has to act. He needs the back-up of the finest soldier he knows: Prefect Cato. But Cato is in distant Rome. Or is he?
Kalmann Odinsson is the self-appointed Sheriff of his town. Day by day, he treks the wide plains which surround the almost deserted village, hunts Arctic foxes and lays bait in the sea to catch the gigantic Greenland sharks he turns into the Icelandic fermented delicacy, hakarl. He has everything under control. But one winter, after he discovers a pool of blood in the snow, the swiftly unfolding events threaten to overwhelm him.
Restorer and spy Gabriel Allon embarks on a dangerous hunt across Europe for the secret behind the forgery of a 17th-century masterpiece that has fooled experts and exchanged hands for millions.
After her young husband's untimely death, Army veteran Cassie Gale decides to take a few days of solitude in the Alaskan wilderness before she starts her new job. But when she fails to show up on her first day and her dog is discovered injured at her wrecked campsite, her father launches a search. Meanwhile Cassie regains consciousness in a Russian prison, trapped in a system designed to ensure that no one ever escapes alive.
Tokyo, 1995. Five men meet at the racetrack every Sunday to bet on horses. Intent on revenge against a society that values corporate behemoths more than human life, the five conspirators decide to kidnap the CEO of Japan's largest beer conglomerate and extract blood money from the company's corrupt financiers.
A glamorous woman is murdered in her ultra-luxurious London mansion and her husband goes missing. But according to public records, neither of them exists. Among the clues at the scene is a book called How to Process a Murder by Laughton Rees. The presence of the book draws its author unwillingly into the high-profile investigation and media circus that springs up around it.
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.
Florence, 1967. A local wealthy industrialist - fiercely loved and respected by everyone he knew - has been found murdered in his grand villa in the Fiesole hills, and the killer has left no trace. With no obvious leads to follow, Bordelli is patiently retracing the victim's last days when he encounters an old friend from the war. Bordelli is yet to realize that this very friend will lead him ever closer to the secrets at the heart of the mystery - starting with a mysterious woman...
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.
After the death of her husband Tom, Helen Dexter is contemplating her future as the now-sole proprietor of the Seaview Hotel. There's an offer from a hotel chain developer to consider, but also a booking from a group of twelve Elvis impersonators, a singing troupe called Twelvis. But, shortly after Twelvis arrive, one of the group disappears. His body is found floating in a lake, with his blue suede shoes missing. Could it be connected to the developer's offer?
Avery Keene is law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn. When news breaks that Justice Wynn - the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases - has slipped into a coma, Avery's life turns upside down. Serving as his legal guardian and power of attorney she finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field.
Elish Ben Zaken, a lapsed rock critic, has joined a private investigation agency where he is content to be a "clerk of small human sins" - a finder of stolen cars and wayward husbands. But then a disconcertingly amiable detective asks him to look into the suicide of an infamous philosophy professor and the police file contains an unexpected allusion to a celebrated young rock singer whose recent murder remains unsolved.
Elish Ben Zaken has traded working as a private investigator for writing detective novels based on unsolved cases from the past. But his sister's teenage daughter Tahel has uncovered a mystery. A young woman boarded a bus in Beersheva on a Thursday evening and stepped off in Sderot, close to the Gaza border, on Sunday evening. A bus ride that should have lasted an hour instead took three days, and the young woman remembers none of it.
In the summer of 2014, at the height of the Gaza-Israel conflict, Elish Ben-Zaken met the poet and librarian Nahum Farkash in the border town of Sderot. They spoke only briefly, but in that brief encounter, Elish might have missed the key to unraveling the case of a Sderot woman who disappeared for two days, only to reappear with no memory of her time away.
Former supermodel Maud Monaco is throwing a fantasy ice cream social and hires Riley to whip up unique treats to celebrate the opening of an exhibit by Adam Blasco, a photographer as obnoxious as he is talented. As the town fills up with Maud's art-world friends arriving for the festival, gossip swirls around Blasco, who has a dark history of obsession with his models, and Riley wonders at the hold the cold-hearted photographer has over the mistress of Moy Mull, even more so when Adam's dead body is found.
A millionaire art collector convicted of forgery and theft was pronounced dead two months ago. On board luxury cruise liner the Alden, a wealthy clientele have signed up for the opulence and glamour of a trans-Atlantic voyage. And the battle for power at the heart of a wealthy dynasty is about to turn to murder. And at the heart of all three investigations is Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick.
3 small town Maine Halloween mysteries: HALLOWEEN PARTY MURDER by Leslie Meier, DEATH OF A HALLOWEEN PARTY MONSTER by Lee Hollis & SCARED OFF by Barbara Ross
Manhattan investment analyst Travis Devine learns that Sara Ewes, his coworker and former girlfriend, has been found hanging in a storage room of his office building--presumably a suicide, at least for now--prompting the NYPD to come calling on him. If that wasn't enough, before the day is out, Devine receives another ominous visit, a confrontation that threatens to dredge up grim secrets from his past in the army unless he participates in a clandestine investigation into his firm.
Private detective Agatha Raisin comes upon the body of an old man in Mircester Park. The man, who the coroner determines died by poisoning, was known as "the Admiral," a gardener notorious for his heavy drinking, and Chief Inspector Wilkes writes the death off as an accident caused by the consumption of weedkiller stored in a rum bottle. Agatha is not convinced.
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.
Nothing good ever comes from a midnight phone call. For washed-up spy Harry Tower, it is the worst news at the worst possible time. His son, Sean, has gone missing in troubled Iran after writing an expose about government corruption. When Harry arrives in Tehran, he finds a city on the cusp of revolution. Foreign powers are jockeying for influence, money and, most importantly, oil. But the reasons for Sean's disappearance may be even more sinister than Harry first suspected.
Elle Castillo hosts a popular true crime podcast that focuses on cold cases of missing and abducted children. Now she is going after the case of The Countdown Killer, who ritualistically murdered three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. Then, after he took his eleven-year-old victim, the pattern - and the murders - abruptly stopped. No one has ever known why.
Detective Peter Porteous is called to Cranwell Lake where the body of a teenager has been discovered. After combing through missing persons files, he comes to the conclusion that the corpse is Michael Grey, an enigmatic and secretive young man who was reported missing by his foster parents in 1972. The news report that a body has been found leaves prison officer Hannah Morton in shock. Michael had been her boyfriend, and she had been with him the night he disappeared.
Mike Hammer is on the case, this time hunting the murderer of his old friend and bootlegger turned legit businessman Packy Paragon. Already torn up by the disappearance of Velda, his beloved secretary, Mike Hammer carves a brutal path for vengeance. Drinking heavily, his relationships fraying, his behaviour self-destructive, Hammer has to track down Paragon's black book, with the names of every corrupt official in town.
In Amsterdam, four bodies, violently butchered, are discovered in a canal house, the remains of friends and confidantes of the assassin known only as Louis. The men responsible for the murders are Serbian war criminals. They believe they can escape retribution by retreating to their homeland. They are wrong. For Louis has come to Europe to hunt them down: five killers to be found and punished before they can vanish into thin air. There is just one problem. The sixth.
Beauregard "Bug" Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. But he was once known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can't-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver's seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.
Finlay Donovan is a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist. Her life is in chaos. The new book she promised her literary agent isn't written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors. When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she's mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet.
A badly beaten woman walks into A&E and is promptly arrested by the Home Office on suspicion of being an illegal alien. However, she is neither illegal, nor a victim. After she escapes detention, the bodies of her attackers start to pile up. Commander Carlyle faces a race against time to find out who she really is - and to stop her from killing again.
On Rikers Island, tensions always run high, especially in the Enhanced Supervision Housing unit. The ESH is home to Rikers' most dangerous offenders, many of them members of rival street gangs. When NYPD hostage negotiator Gemma Capello and her team get word of an uprising at ESH, they know how much is at stake.
Freddy Otash was the man in the know and the man to know in '50s L.A. He was a rogue cop, a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimp - and, most notably, the head strong-arm goon for Confidential magazine. Confidential presaged the idiot internet - and delivered the dirt, the dish, the insidious ink, and the scurrilous skank. It mauled misanthropic movie stars, sex-soiled socialites, and putzo politicians.
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.
Former judge Zara Bevan, disliked by many in the Amish community of Harvest, arrives for a village-wide Thanksgiving celebration with much younger boyfriend Blaze Smith and reveals their impending nuptials at dinner. That should have been the day's biggest news, except shortly after the announcement, Blaze suffers an allergic reaction to something he's eaten and dies on the spot.
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.
Lizzie is surprised when Al Little, the owner of the local hardware store, asks Lizzie and her aunt Charmaine to help Svetlana, his new bride straight from Russia, to settle into Tinker's Creek, but they agree. Everything is going swimmingly - until a wrench gets thrown into their plans when Svetlana is found drowned in the creek.
Before he was the Gray Man, Court Gentry was Sierra Six, the junior member of a CIA action team. In their first mission they took out a terrorist leader, at a terrible price. Years have passed. The Gray Man is on a simple mission when he sees a ghost - the long-dead terrorist, but he's remarkably energetic for a dead man. A decade of time hasn't changed the Gray Man. He isn't one to leave a job unfinished or a blood debt unpaid.
As an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, Lacy Stoltz sees plenty of corruption among the men and women elected to the bench. The man hiding behind the black robe is not taking bribes - but he may be taking lives. THE JUDGE'S LIST - you don't want to be on it.
Lindsey's bakery is hosting the pie-eating contest that is the highlight of Beacon Harbor's summer. But then a local real estate agent gets pranked. A parade float gets pelted with water balloons. It's all laughed off until the stunts start escalating - and looking more like sabotage. As the event turns into a debacle complete with rampaging goats, the juicy mystery takes a bitter turn when a man - dressed up as a Viking - is found dead in a boat.
A victim leaves a note for the SIO who will investigate her death. This not what DCI Kate Daniels expects to find concealed at a crime scene. The note contains a last request: 'Find Aaron'. But is Kate searching for a potential second victim, or a killer?
Lydia Partridge, the put-together owner of gourmet Bar Harbor Ice Cream, suddenly reveals fears that her husband may be having an affair. There's no other way to explain why Jamie, a respected professor, was spotted in a remote part of town with a much younger woman. But instead of learning the truth about the secret meeting, Lydia opens her freezer truck to find another surprise - the dead body of a summer employee...
Miranda has lots of teamwork-fostering activities planned for the employee retreat of an outdoor sporting goods company - from sketching classes to Southern cooking. But the executive running things prefers a more competitive spirit. In fact, after the workers are split into teams, they're told that only the winners will keep their jobs, and tensions begin to spike. Even after a participant is found dead, the contest continues - while Miranda starts drawing her own conclusions about the ambitious attendees.
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!
Almost twenty years after Beaumont saved Jared and his younger brother from their father's murderous rage, Jared reappears in Beau's life seeking his help once again - his younger brother Chris is missing. Following a lead all the way to the wilds of wintertime Alaska, Beau encounters a tangled web of family secrets in which a killer with nothing to lose is waiting to take another life.
One January weekend, when Martin is distracted by a ringing phone, he discovers that in those few moments, his young son has gone missing and his little red bucket is bobbing in the waves. Though his body is never found, it's ruled an accidental drowning. When former police photographer Maya Linde arrives to Orust, she learns of the little boy's disappearance and decides to do some investigating of her own. Together they discover that other children have tragically died in the these waves, all on the same day in January, all in the exact same spot, though decades apart.
Meet the Walsh family. Lucy: Loving mother. Devoted wife. And falling to pieces. Aidan: Dedicated father. Faithful husband. And in too deep. Connor: Hardworking son. Loyal friend. But can never tell the truth. Everyone in this family is hiding something, but one secret will turn out to be the deadliest of all . . . Can this family ever recover when the truth finally comes out?
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. 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.
Teresa McLaughlin, the biological mother of Peter and his wife Rina's foster son, Gabe, has fled to Los Angeles with her two children in tow, hoping to avoid a court injunction amid a messy divorce. But LA is no escape from her problems - she is found by ruthless men and beaten mercilessly. When she wakes, barely conscious, Teresa discovers that both of her children are gone and frantically calls Gabe for help.
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.
It's summer in Mayville Heights, and Kathleen Paulson and her detective boyfriend, Marcus, are eager to attend the closing concert of the local music festival. The concert is a success, but then one of the band members is discovered dead shortly after it.
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.
As the ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux makes preparations for the end to his long life, hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau. Hoping to outwit the deadly mercenaries, Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O'Connor's wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century.
Professor Hans Rekke is a world authority on interrogation techniques, capable of dizzying feats of logic and observation. Stockholm police officer Micaela Vargas needs Hans's unique mind to help her solve the case of a murdered asylum-seeker from Afghanistan. Hans needs Micaela to save him from himself. Together, they need to find the killer before they're both silenced for good.
Dismas Hardy must defend his secretery Phyllis. She is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who had been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death - on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. There is a connection between Phyllis, her convict brother, and Hector's murder that Dismas finds difficult to understand.
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 has his doubts ... especially because the piece of land where the man was found is the subject of a contentious and dodgy land deal.
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...
Los Angeles, 1943. Somewhere in the lush foothills of Hollywood, a woman floats lifeless in the pool of one of California's trendiest hotels. When American-born secret agent and British spy Maggie Hope learns that this woman was engaged to her former fiancee, John Sterling,and that he suspects her death was no accident, intuition tells her he's right.
Winter, 1607. A man is struck down in the grounds of Battle Abbey, Sussex. Before dawn breaks, he is dead. Home to the Montagues, Battle has caught the paranoid eye of King James. The Catholic household is rumoured to shelter those loyal to the Pope, disguising them as servants within the abbey walls. And the last man sent to expose them was silenced before his report could reach London.Daniel Pursglove is summoned to infiltrate Battle and find proof of treachery.
1896. A new client at Baker Street claims he's being threatened via the new art of the moving image...Eadweard Muybridge, pioneer of motion picture projection, believes his life is in danger. Twice he has been almost run down in the street by the same mysterious carriage, and moreover, disturbing alterations have been made to his lecture slides.
In the darkness of a cold December morning, Detective Kim Stone steps through the doors of Halesowen Police Station. She's about to meet her team for the first time. The victim of her next case is about to meet his killer...When the body of a young man is found beheaded and staked to the ground in a secluded woodland area of the Clent Hills, Kim and her new squad rush to the crime scene.
When Kristen, a researcher hired by the Lewis Carroll Brotherhood, makes a startling new discovery concerning pages torn from Caroll's diary, she hesitates to reveal to her employers a hitherto unknown chapter in his life. After Kristen is involved in a surreal accident and members of the Brotherhood are anonymously sent salacious photographs of Alice, mathematics student G joins forces with Kristen as they begin to realise that dark powers are at work.
Small-town police detective Hanna Duncker and her partner Erik Lindgren are called to investigate the disappearance of a father and his infant son from their home while his pregnant wife was away on a weekend trip. As the investigation unfolds, Hanna makes a breakthrough in her ongoing private investigation of her own father's crimes: a discovery that could change everything she thought she'd learned so far.
London, 1946, Miss Iris Sparks - currently co-proprietor of the Right Sort Marriage Bureau - finds herself followed, then approached, by a young woman who has a very personal connection to a former paramour of Sparks. But something is amiss and it seems that Iris's past may well cause something far more deadly than mere disruption in her personal life.
Aldeburgh, 1972. The local community is devastated by the accidental death of a local fisherman. Another tragedy to add to the recent murders of three young women. Soon, Laurel Bowman, Frank Diamond and the rest of the Anglian Detective Agency are pulled in to investigate another complex and dangerous case. But one of them is convinced that the fisherman's death is not an accident and they'll do anything to prove it.
St. Andrews, Scotland. When an elderly woman's naked body is found in her home, crucified to the floor, DCI Andy Gilchrist and his associate, DS Jessie Janes, find themselves in a hunt for a brutal serial killer. As the body count rises, suspicion falls on Tap 'Dancer' McCrear, a career criminal recently released from prison after serving fifteen years for a murder he swore he never committed.
Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath?
Sara Keane's husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland for a "fresh start" in the wake of her nervous breakdown. Sara, who knows no one in Northern Ireland, is jobless, carless, friendless - all but a prisoner in her own house. When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband never intended for her to discover.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim - the Thursday Murder Club - are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck. An unexpected visitor - an old pal of Elizabeth's (or perhaps more than just a pal?) - arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he's seriously on the lam. Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last.
Attorney Rhonda Bird returns home after a long estrangement when she learns her father has died. There she makes two important discoveries: her father stopped being an accountant and had opened up a private detective agency, and she has a teenage half sister named Baby. Baby brings in a client to the detective agency, a young man who claims he was abducted. During the course of the investigation, Rhonda and Baby become entangled with a dangerous group of overprivileged young adults.
Accountant Anthony Costello has a talent for manipulating both numbers and people, turning losses into profits, enemies into allies - and vice versa. When Costello is found murdered in his own home, three suspects had a motive. All three had access to his home. And all three women are missing. Are they in the wind - or in the grave? Eyes are on Detective Sean Walsh, whose personal connection to the case is stronger than leads to solve it.
Having recently discovered the Strawberry Girls, a classic children's tale, Molly is thrilled to learn the author, Iona York, lives nearby. But while visiting the famous author at her lovely cottage in nearby Hazelhurst, an old acquaintance of Iona's tumbles off her roof to his death. Then one of Iona's daughters - an inspiration for the original Strawberry Girls - goes missing.
War veteran Peter Ash is driving through northern Nebraska when he encounters a young pregnant woman alone on a gravel road, her car dead. Peter offers her a lift, but what begins as an act of kindness soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the lonely highways with the woman's vicious ex-cop husband hot on their trail.
Summer 1940: In German-occupied Paris, Inspector Henri Lefort has been given just five days to solve the murder of a German major that took place in the Louvre Museum. Blocked from the crime scene but given a list of suspects, Henri encounters a group of artists, including Pablo Picasso, who know more than they're willing to share.
In 1963, in a Siberian prison, former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov's university mentor steps in and sweeps him from the frozen camp to a mysterious unnamed city. Here Valery is Dr. Kolkhanov once more, and he's expected to serve out his prison term studying the effect of radiation on local animals. But as Valery begins his work, he is struck by the questions his research raises. Why is there so much radiation in this area? What, exactly, is being hidden from the thousands who live in the town? And if he keeps looking for answers, will he live to serve out his sentence?
Delilah O'Leary is engaged to a hunk with a hefty trust fund and poised to open a gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin. Just before opening night, though, Delilah's plans for pizza perfection hit the skids when her fiance dumps her and leaves her with a very large memento from their relationship - Butterball, their spoiled, plus-sized tabby cat. Delilah's trouble deepens when she discovers a dead body and finds her elderly aunt holding the murder weapon.
Ferris Menard, the owner of Sub-a-Dub-Sub, is nursing a serious grudge against Carly. Two days before a Halloween competition, one of Carly's employees quit his part-time gig at Menard's sub shop, sending Menard into a serious snit. In a confrontation at the Eatery, Menard accused Carly of sabotage and vowed to bring her down. That's when Menard's body is found in his kitchen the morning after the competition, a steak knife sticking out of his heart.
Aki and Hiro fell in love at university before becoming convinced that they were brother and sister, separated when young after Aki was adopted. After living together platonically for some years they went on a trek in the mountains, where their guide - their estranged natural father - died inexplicably. Each believes the other to be the murderer and are determined to extract a confession.
The woman's body was found in the early morning, on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong - like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note, Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.
They are known as the Black Order. Self-proclaimed patriots and survivalists, they've begun a savage war which includes public assassinations of politicians and celebrities and high-profile bombings, striking without warning or mercy. Only Op-Center's Black Wasp, a skilled team of military operatives answerable to the President, can defeat these militant revolutionaries.
A-list movie star Daphne Morris has chosen to interview Roz, assistant librarian and novelist, for her book club. And the glamorous actress quickly charms both Roz's long-time love and Sheriff Sam, the object of Josie's unrequited affection. Yet soon there's a twist - At a party to celebrate the interview, Daphne's personal chef is found dead in a scene that all too closely echoes one in Roz's novel.
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.
The Lovelorn Killer murdered seven women, ritually binding them and leaving them for dead before penning them gruesome love letters in the local papers. Then he disappeared, and after twenty years with no trace of him, many believe that he's gone for good. Not grocery store manager Grace Harper. She believes the Lovelorn Killer is still living in the same neighborhoods that he hunted in. Now Detective Annalisa is looking at Grace Harper, bound and dead on the floor.
Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter's field hockey game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.
Reykjavik detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja are now working in the same police building, on the same team. Freyja believes that personal and professional relationships must remain separate, however hard that may be. But when a woman's dismembered body is found in a deserted car, her head missing, and Freyja and Huldar find themselves working on the same case, the secrecy around their affair threatens to crack.
Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening that secret will be silenced forever. Forty years later US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily.
Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni wishes to grow his business, the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, and an old friend from school has a proposal that might do it -- but his property would need to be mortgaged. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi wonder what this will mean for his current business--as well as their own.
Erin Kennedy was living happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island, when she answered the door to Danny's police colleagues one morning. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death. Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband's murder.
When a paragliding trip over the picturesque mountains of Switzerland results in the brutal murder of the former head of Israeli intelligence, Mossad brings in terrorist hunters Aaron and Shoshana to investigate. But they'll need help to find out who was behind the attack and what they're planning next - and they know exactly who to call.
Les Troubadours, a folk music group that Bruno has long supported, go viral with their new number, "Song for Catalonia," when the Spanish government suddenly bans the song. When police discover, in a stolen car found on a Perigord back road, a distinctive bullet for a state of the art sniper's rifle that can kill at three kilometers, they fear that the song's writer, Joel, might be the intended target.
Three rival actresses team up to solve a murder at the stately home of the author who made them famous - only to discover the solution lies in the stories themselves.
After the death of her elderly husband, Lady Tode, thoroughly fed up with being a dutiful Lady of the Manor, wants to leave the country to spend her remaining years in Capri. Her three tiresome children are either unwilling or unable to take on management of their large and important home, so the mantle passes to a distant relative and his glamorous wife. Not long after the new owners take over, Lady Tode is found dead in the mausoleum. Accident?
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.
Charlene has hired a van to ferry her B&B guests to an all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage dinner hosted by Salem's Irish community at the Ancient Order of Hibernians club - but she should have booked a hearse. It's never a good sign when the family black sheep drunkenly crashes a party by punching the guy dressed as a leprechaun. But things go from troublesome to fatal...
It has been nearly a year since Hayley took up her position as curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's collection of Golden Age of Mystery writers' first editions at her library in Middlebank House. At the insistence of the board Charles Henry Dill, Lady Fowling's unscrupulous nephew, is now her personal assistant. But now an associate of a Mr. John Aubrey, who claims that Lady Georgiana is his grandmother, has been murdered and Charles Henry is accused of the crime.
Hollyood private eye Happy Doll, a veteran of both the Navy and LAPD, supplements his meager income by working through the night at a local Thai spa that offers its clients a number of special services. He sets out to protect the women who work there from clients who have trouble understanding the word "no." But when things get out-of-hand with one particularly violent patron, even he finds himself wildly out of his depth, and then things take an even more dangerous twist when an old friend from his days as a cop shows up at his door with a bullet in his gut.
On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at Las Acadas bar. This young woman can't be April Latimer. She was murdered by her brother years ago - the conclusion to an unspeakable scandal that shook one of Ireland's foremost political dynasties. A call back to Ireland summons Detective St. John Strafford to Spain. And it also sends a relentless hitman en route.
In southern France in 1944, Captain Billy Boyle works with French Resistance fighters to protect a Royal Navy Commander, uncovering a wide web of subterfuge and betrayal in the process.
In London, PI Dr Rayhana Crane is contacted by a woman who has received an unexpected letter from her estranged son Jason, not seen since he left to become a fighter for Islamic State. When his steps are traced back to the old stamping ground of her partner, Cal Drake, the former policeman goes undercover to infiltrate the sinister network which took Jason abroad.
Florence. Spring, 1537. When Cesare Aldo investigates a report of intruders at a convent in the Renaissance city's northern quarter, he enters a community divided by bitter rivalries and harbouring dark secrets. His case becomes far more complicated when a man's body is found deep inside the convent, stabbed more than two dozen times. Unthinkable as it seems, all the evidence suggests one of the nuns must be the killer.
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.
When Libby Hogarth, the go-to lawyer for the rich or famous who have committed heinous crimes, comes to Regina to deliver the prestigious Mellohawk Lecture, she is met with a torrent of hostility and misinformation due to her successful defense of Jared Delio, a wildly popular national radio host, against charges of sexual abuse. Joanne fears that Libby's associate, Sawyer MacLeish, like a much-loved third son to Joanne when he was growing up, will suffer collateral damage from any attack on Libby.
PI Cassie Dewell is on the hunt for a slippery con man who's disappeared somewhere in the "treasure state". A wealthy Florida widow has accused him of absconding with her fortune, and wants Cassie to find him and get it back. The trail takes Cassie to Anaconda, Montana, a quirky former copper mining town that's the perfect place to reinvent yourself.
As the only veterinarian at Oak Falls Animal Hospital, Dr. Kate's life is complicated. Winter storms hit the Hudson Valley, she's swamped with hospital patients and house calls, and her long-distance relationship with law student Luke Gianetti is precarious. The discovery of the body of Sookie Overman, a professional organizer, gets the town buzzing, but Kate's too busy to take the case until, on New Year's Eve, the body of Sookie's assistant falls with the confetti at midnight.
A bomb explodes on a sunset charter cruise out of Friday Harbor at the height of tourist season and kills everyone on board - the largest act of mass murder in the history of the San Juan Islands. As special agent Matt Costa, detective Kara Quinn and the rest of the FBI team begin their investigation, they discover that plenty of people might have wanted someone dead on that yacht.
Harriet Andover had no intention of dying young like her silly siblings had. She intended to outlive them and outdo them as she always had. But Harriet discovers that the best intentions can lead to murder when she is strangled inside her mansion with a house full of holiday guests, giving Inspector Witherspoon a complicated murder case just a week before Christmas.
On suspension and unable to work, DCI Domenic Jejeune finds his attention snared by an unexplained death at an Antarctic research base. Meanwhile, DS Danny Maik investigates a string of arson attacks in Norfolk. When a corpse is discovered in a bird hide, Danny's investigation escalates. It appears the body links the two enquiries, but the men are unable to share information.
Git O'Rourke is a single mother and works hard to support her daughter Charlie, but still finds time to cut loose every once in a while, to go to a local bar, drink martinis and find a companion for the night. Which is exactly how she ends up in a hotel room with a strange man passed out on heroin, and how she comes to possess the bag of money and guns that he left open as he got his fix.
Agatha Christie's legendary sleuth, Jane Marple, returns to solve twelve baffling cases in this brand-new collection, penned by a host of acclaimed authors skilled in the fine art of mystery and murder.
Fifty years ago, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island, forging a bond that has lasted a lifetime. Now, they still return every five years to celebrate their friendship, and remember the friend they lost to the rising waters of the causeway at the first reunion. When one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in.
A group of old friends gather at a remote Scottish castle, one last weekend before Georgie's wedding. Down at the loch, they take a group photo - but what they see stops them cold. Because there's a stranger behind them. None of them saw him, and nobody knows where he went. They're miles from the nearest town. Where did he come from, and where did he go?
Exeter: a city in decline, East Devon's capital of crime. Detective Roger LeCarre: a character never seen before in modern fiction - a tough but troubled detective with a drink problem and a marriage in trouble. Can he solve a murder, save the city and change his energy provider before the new more expensive tariff kicks in?
Wagtail resident Orly Biffle bequeathed the land for the new convention center to the town in his will, provided that they not cut down the grand old oak tree on the property. Holly notices that Trixie and Twinkletoes, her calico kitty, are fixated on the big oak tree. When the majestic tree drops an enormous limb, the mayor declares that the tree is dangerous and must come down. When a bulldozer churns up some roots, the tree falls over on its own accord revealing a body inside the trunk!
Some years after a corpse was found in Room 622 of the Hotel Verbier, a luxury resort in the Swiss Alps, the case remains unsolved. But now the Swiss novelist Joel Dicker is staying at the Verbier and decides to play Sherlock Holmes. He finds his Watson in Scarlett, a beautiful aspiring novelist staying in the next room. Meanwhile, in the wake of his father's passing, Macaire Ebezner is poised to take over as president of the largest private bank in Switzerland.
Ninety crime writers from the world's oldest and most famous crime writing network, the Detection Club, give tips and insights into successful crime and thriller fiction. The principal contributors include Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter James, Peter Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Andrew Taylor, Elly Griffiths, Sophie Hannah, Stella Duffy, Alexander McCall Smith, and John Le Carre.
When Shay Rynne's friend Rosaleen is killed and the case goes unsolved, Shay decides to put on the uniform of a Dublin garda and sets out to find the killer. The murder inquiry makes an enemy of the detective who failed in the first investigation. Shay knows Detective McCreevy is just waiting for the chance to get revenge. And when suspicion falls on a member of Shay's own family, Shay is off the case.
Father Brennan Burke is coming off a rough stint in Belfast and he's been trying to obliterate those memories with drink ever since. His troubles intensify when the body of one of his parishioners washes up on the beach in Halifax. Meika Keller came to Canada after escaping through the Berlin Wall. Now a Canadian military officer is charged with her murder.
Lila Nash is on the verge of landing her dream job - working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney - and has settled into a happy life with her boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a woman is pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive, things in the office take a personal turn. The police believe the woman's assailant is local photographer Gavin Spenser, but the case quickly flounders as the evidence wears thin. It seems Gavin saw this investigation coming - and no one can imagine how carefully he has prepared.
After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker's entire family is assembling for Nana's 80th birthday party in Nana's crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours. The family arrives, each of them harbouring secrets. Then at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead, the first to go.
1937. War with Germany is dawning, and a civil war already rages in Spain. Split across political lines, the six Mitford sisters are more divided than ever. Meanwhile their former maid Louisa Cannon is now a private detective, working with her policeman husband Guy Sullivan. Louisa and Guy are surprised when a call comes in from novelist Nancy Mitford requesting that they look into the disappearance of her Communist sister Jessica in Spain.
Becca and her husband's weekend getaway at the gorgeous manor hotel has an elaborate 1920s murder mystery theme. Before long, the game is afoot: famed speakeasy songstress Ida Crooner is found "murdered," and it's up to the guests to sniff out which of them might be the culprit. Then, the morning after they arrive, the actress playing Ida's maid fails to reappear for her role. Becca finds evidence she may not have left of her own free will.
When frantic, disheveled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private detective Robin Ellacott doesn't know quite what to make of the situation. The cocreator of a popular cartoon, the Ink Black Heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym of Anomie. Edie is desperate to uncover Anomie's true identity. Robin decides that the agency can't help with this--and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she reads the shocking news that Edie has been tasered and then murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the location of the Ink Black Heart.
For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power at St. Oswald's school. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. But now, as the remains of a body are discovered, Rebecca will bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before. After all... You can't keep a good woman down.
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?
Around the world in 22 murders...22 bestselling crime writers from diverse cultures come together from across the world in a razor sharp and deliciously sinister collection of crime stories...
Librarian Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library, where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. Tru is at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And then a dead body shows up right behind the library.
Each day, on his commute to his rather dull job in the city, Gary Nelson watches as a woman on the train applies her make up in a ritual he now knows by heart. Then one evening, on the late train to Gipsy Hill, the woman invites him to take the empty seat beside her. Fiddling with her mascara, she holds up her mirror and Gary reads the words 'HELP ME' scrawled in sticky black letters on the glass.
What if you woke up lying in the middle of the street in Fort Pratt, Montana? What if every person you encountered in that endless night was dead? What if you were covered in blood and missing a bullet from the gun holstered on your hip? What if there was something out there in the yellowed skies - something the Northern Cheyenne refer to as the Wandering Without, the Stealer of Souls? What if the only way you know who you are is because your name is printed in the leather sweatband of your cowboy hat, and what if it says your name is Walt Longmire - but you don't remember him.
Winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, 2022. December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a homicide that will change his life forever. Because the trail of murder he uncovers will lead him across the Pacific, far from home and the woman he loves. And though the U.S. doesn't know it yet, a Japanese fleet is already steaming toward Pearl Harbor.
A human skull, hidden away for decades, has been unearthed on a palatial California estate. Inspector Raquel Laing has her work cut out for her. 50 years ago, the estate's young heir, Rob Gardener, turned his palatial home into a counterculture commune of peace, love, and equality. But that was also a time when serial killers preyed on innocents - monsters like The Highwayman, whose case has just surged back into the public eye.
1903. A darkness has descended on London. A series of grisly murders are uncovered, trophies taken, bodies arranged and soon there are whispers of Jack the Ripper's return. A new client arrives at Baker Street seeking Sherlock Holmes's help: Dr Jekyll claims his friend has been wrongfully accused of the hideous crimes, a friend called Mr Edward Hyde, whose very existence relies on a potion administered by the doctor himself.
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.
A Bath antiques dealer has disappeared, and detective Peter Diamond has been saddled with the "help" of a hardboiled Philip Marlowe wannabe private investigator in cracking the case.
The small town of Paradise is devastated when a star high-school baseball player is found dead at the bottom of a bluff just a day after winning the team's biggest game. And Jesse suddenly must divide his attention between two cases after the shocking murder of former Paradise police chief, Charlie Farrell. Before his death, Farrell had been looking into a series of scam calls that preyed upon the elderly.
June 1940. Veronica has taken a typing job in L.A. - only to realize that she's working for one of the area's most vicious propagandists. She and her mother Violet decide to call on an old friend, who introduces them to L.A.'s anti-Nazi spymaster.At once, the women go undercover to gather enough information about the California Reich to take to the authorities.
Even though the upcoming mayoral election is getting heated, everything else in town is coming up daffodils...until a body is found. Ms. Cole, a librarian and current candidate for town mayor, is shocked when she opens her trunk to discover a murder victim who just so happens to be a guy she dated forty years ago and the founder of the baking empire Nana's Cookies.
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?
Dove Connolly is dead. That's not good for anyone in Tullyanna, never mind Dove. Now his best friend Sharkey is home asking awkward questions about Dove's death, about the strange graphic novel he left behind, and, most of all, about Sandra. Sandra Mohan. Missing now for over a decade, whereabouts unknown. This, however, is a town dead-set on keeping its secrets.
A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.To make matters worse, Elizabeth is paid a visit in which she's presented with a deadly mission: kill or be killed...While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends - including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels - unravel a fresh mystery.
Sara Paretsky selects the twenty best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, and more!
Dr. Alex Cross and Detective John Sampson venture into the rugged Montana wilderness - where they will be the prey. They're not on the job, but on a personal mission. Until they're attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years.
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.
Summer, 1934. When Britain's MI6 gets word that a pair of German scientists have made breakthroughs in germ warfare, they send Elena Standish on a dangerous mission to get one of them out of Germany before he's forced to share his knowledge and its devastating power with Hitler's elite. But it's more than just time that Elena is working against. The new head of Germany's germ warfare division is an old enemy of Elena's grandfather Lucas, the former head of MI6.
hc. Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for forty years. Now their talents are considered old-school. When the foursome is sent on an all-expenses paid vacation to mark their retirement, they are targeted by one of their own. Since only the Board, the top-level members of the Museum, can order the termination of field agents, the women realize they've been marked for death.
When the body of a young student is found on the driveway of a local Denton home, a photograph pinned to his collar, Detective Josie Quinnis first on the scene. The house belongs to Gretchen Palmer,a dedicated member of Josie's team, missing for the last twenty-four hours. Working around the clock, Josie is stopped in her tracks when Gretchen hands herself in to the police and confesses.
New York, 2061: The place called the Pleasure Academy is a living nightmare where abducted girls are trapped, trained for a life of abject service while their souls are slowly but surely destroyed. Two 13 year old girls attempt escape. Unfortunately, they didn't get away fast enough. Now one is injured, terrified, and wandering the streets of New York, and the other lies dead near the waterfront while Lt. Eve Dallas looks over the scene.
On a beautiful October morning in rural Maine, a homicide investigator from the state police pulls into the hard-luck town of Copper Falls. The local junkyard is burning, and the town pariah Lizzie Oullette is dead - with her husband, Dwayne, nowhere to be found. As scandal ripples through the community, Detective Ian Bird's inquiries unexpectedly lead him away from small-town Maine to a swank city townhouse several hours south.
A brand-new collection of 12 Sherlock Holmes short stories spanning Holmes's entire career, from the early days in Baker Street to retirement on the South Downs. Featuring stories by Peter Swanson, Cara Black, James Lovegrove and more.
Morgan Carter, owner of the Odds and Ends bookstore in Door County, Wisconsin, has a hobby hunting cryptids - creatures whose existence is rumoured, but never proven to be real. So when a number of bodies turn up on the shores of Lake Michigan with injuries that look like bites from a giant unknown animal, police chief Jon Flanders turns to Morgan for help.
A long-lost crime novel, written under the pen name Stan Vincent in 1960 - and has never been published since. Meet Bob McKay, once a rising star in the toniest nightclubs of Los Angeles, now a down-and-out denizen of tawdry bars where B-girls hustle drinks and brawls break out nightly. When one hustler winds up strangled, McKay lands on Death Row. Can a starlet and a sympathetic newspaper columnist clear his name before his date with the death chamber?
Grace Makutsi's husband, Phuti, is in a bind. An international firm is undercutting his prices in the furniture market. Phuti has always been concerned with quality and comfort, but this new firm seems interested only in profits. To make matters worse, they have a slick new advertising campaign that seems hard to beat. Nonetheless, Mma Ramotswe designs a surprising counter-campaign that may just do the trick.
Scarlett is dancing in the school talent show tomorrow. Nana, who Scarlett lives with since Mum died, reckons Scarlett will be on Strictly at this rate. Except Scarlett doesn't make it home from school. She's abducted by a man she never imagined she'd see again. A man on the police's most wanted list. Her dad.
In an attempt to escape his brother Frank's intrusive presence, Cal goes prospecting for gold and precious minerals everywhere from the heat of the desert at the Mexican border to the Alaskan chill, to central Africa, and Colombian mines where he will meet the love of his life, Vida. But, as Cal's success grows, so too does Frank's power and his influence in Cal's affairs, the devastating threat he creates at the center of his little brother's life. And, ultimately, when Frank decides to commit the ultimate betrayal...Cal is left with only one, final solution.
Jimmy, co-owner of Bar All'Angolo, Gravigna's local cafe, where ex-NYPD policeman Nico is a frequent patron, runs out of gas on his way back from Florence. When Nico meets him to help, Nico's dog, OneWag, reacts to the smell coming from Jimmy's trunk. Inside Nico finds a body wrapped in plastic: bartender Cesare Costanzi, stabbed several times in the chest. Why would anyone kill Cesare, and how did he end up in Jimmy's car?
Lucia Gomez, the police chief in the city of Highland Isle, has maintained a spotless reputation - until now. Three male police officers have accused her of soliciting sex in exchange for promotions to higher ranks. Chief Gomez turns to an old friend, Rik Dudek, to act as her attorney in the federal grand jury investigation, insisting to Rik that the accusations against her are part of an ugly smear campaign.
Berlin, 1989. Anne Simpson, an American who works as a translator at the Joint Operations Refugee Committee, thinks she is in a normal marriage with a charming East German. But then her husband disappears, and the CIA and Western German intelligence arrive at her door. Nothing about her marriage is as it seems. She had been targeted by the Matchmaker - a high level East German counterintelligence officer - who runs a network of Stasi agents.
Leiden, Holland, 1996. For historian Peter de Haan and graduate student Judith Cherev, a visit to a local archaeological site to inspect a two-thousand-year-old bronze mask turns into disaster when lead archaeologist Thomas Konijnenberg is found lying in a pool of blood. Just hours before Thomas had unearthed an ivory casket, far more valuable than anything else found at the site.