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Teenager Cynthia Archer woke up one morning to find that her family had disappeared. No clues. Nothing. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is leading a normal life when she begins to notice odd and sinister signs, all pointing to her missing family. But no one seems to believe her - even her husband doubts her. Could Cynthia be losing her mind? Was she involved with her family's disappearance all those years ago? Canadian author. Recommended.
Veterinarian and amateur sleuth Jessica Popper takes center stage in the cast of an up-and-coming Long Island playwright's last production - and the fur flies as Jess finds the theater world littered with clues to Simon Wainwright's murder.
When a wealthy widow hires Agatha because she's convinced a member of her family is trying to kill her, Agatha is intrigued - especially when the widow drops dead after high tea at the manor house. Who in this rather sterile house, complete with fake family portraits, could have hated the old lady enough to poison her?
On a remote island off the coast of Scotland, the body of a young woman is discovered by a retired detective. It appears to be a case of spontaneous combustion until forensic anthropologist Dr.David Hunter discovers evidence of murder.
Tom Thorne receives a picture of a corpse over his cell phone. He searches for clues to who the dead man might have been - until the picture of another corpse arrives. The dots, connected, lead to a dangerous killer Thorne had put away years ago - and who is still in prison.
Chicago PI Ron Shade's search for a missing person lands him in a plot of fraud, corruption, cover-up and murder.
When police dig up a farm that has for decades been a source of employment for poor workers passing through Rakedale they find not one but two bodies. Fry and Cooper try to piece together a history of the farm from the memories of the locals.
Inspector Witherspoon's household is already abuzz with plans for the holidays, but Scotland Yard wants this crime solved before Christmas. Now the busy sleuths must rally in support of their Inspector - especially since the clues are harder to find than a silver sixpence in a plum pudding.
Sister Jane's boyfriend, a rich, former hunt club donor and a sharp-tongued, wheel-chair bound hellion of a bookkeeper are stirring intrigue around the mysteries of missing money and a missing body.
A murdered woman is found naked and tied to an equine statue. Sister Jane finds a connection to the Jefferson Hunt Club. Then another gorgeous woman turns up dead after a bracing hunt day - and on Sister's turf.
Sequel to BUST. They've gone their separate ways now: fugitive Angela Petrakos has established a new relationship with a serial killer in Ireland - and failed New York businessman Max Fisher has found a new career as a crack dealer. But surely fate will reunite them, won't it?
Years ago the body of a graphic artist was found bludgeoned in his studio. His stepson was quickly arrested, found with the murder weapon and bloody clothing in his car. Missing, however, was his 4-year old daughter. His other son, Caleb, now a forensic anthropologist, is called by the Las Piernas police to the old Sheffield estate when bones are discovered. With the help of Irene Kelly he will have to confront his past. Recommended.
After Hurricane Katrina, scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand has her hands full getting Memory Mine back in business, and her relationship with her ex-husband, Shamus, back on its feet. Then Shamus is kidnapped, and Carmela discovers Shamus's Uncle Henry, murdered. Carmela puts together a sentimental scrapbook of memories and keepsakes of Henry. But her project holds a clue that could identify the killer and kidnapper.
Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team are confronted with two bodies, both strangled, laid out in a bath of water, and strewn with flowers. Vera's attention is drawn to the curious group of friends that discovered one of the bodies.
Elliot Freed socked all his savings, and the alimony from his ex-wife, into the Comedy Tonight movie theater, never suspecting it would become a crime scene. Poisoned popcorn killed the dead guy in Row S, Seat 18, and to the chagrin of the local police, Elliot starts his own investigation, one that may put the theater, and Elliot, on the cutting room floor.
Cemetery tour guide Pepper Martin's newfound ability to chat up the dead tunes in the voice of rock legend Damon Curtis, the bad boy poet who made millions of teenage girls scream. He's convinced that his former bandmate Vinnie Pallucci murdered him back in 1971, and he's promised Pepper she won't get any rest or peace until she helps him prove it. But when Pepper goes behind the music, she finds Vinnie with a knife in his heart and the rest of the band members running for their lives.
Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But while setting up at the library, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane - "the" Sandee Brisbane who killed Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk. But Sandee is supposed to be dead. Or so everyone believes. Goldy's suspicions mount when the body of Drew Wellington, a former district attorney, is found in a corner of the library with a map worth thousands of dollars stashed in his clothing.
In Calabria an American lawyer is missing, presumed kidnapped. A movie company is about to start filming the story of the Book of Revelations. A rich games player is determined to find an ancient Roman statue that is buried under a river. A team of mercenaries is on its way there from Iraq to help. And Aurelio Zen's latest posting is Cosenza, Calabria. This is Zen's last case.
The Great Lords and Philip IV of France have accused the Earl of Cornwall, Edward II's favourite, of treason. As the enemy closes in, Edward and the Earl of Cornwall are forced into hiding. Edward calls upon Mathilde, handmaiden to the Queen, for help in his brutal life and death struggle for the crown.
Ute shaman Daisy Perika, alarmed by her visions of a wisp-thin girl with blood dripping from her hands, calls on her nephew, Charlie Moon. Moon doesn't know who the girl is. Then he gets a call about a very real murder. Sarah Frank, an Ute-Papago orphan and daughter of Moon's childhood friend, was spotted standing over the battered body with blood on her hands. Moon and FBI Special Agent Lila Mae McTeague cross the border to investigate, but they're too late. Not only has little Sarah vanished with a one-of-a-kind family heirloom, but Moon and McTeague aren't the only ones on her trail.
In small-town 1950s America a string of gruesome child murders forces young Joseph Vaughn and others in his community to take desperate measures. But when the deaths finally cease, the nightmare isn't over for Joseph. For years later, it seems the killer is at work again. And closer to home than Joseph could ever know.
Ex-Special Forces Benjamin Cannon's dream is to spend some time living on the Texas Goose, a 230-foot yacht owned by oil tycoon Quentin Gosling while he sorts out life's priorities, maybe starts a new career. To Picket, the no-nonsense ex-Navy Lt. Commander captaining the Goose, this seems a lot like freeloading. The two must cooperate, though, when an attack by Mexican pirates involves them in a complicated plot of corruption and international intrigue.
After nearly all of the guests at a private function fall ill with severe food poisoning, Max Moreton's Newmarket restaurant is closed down. The next day an exclusive lunch for forty at the private boxes of the Two Thousand Guineas is ripped apart by a bomb blast, killing many of Max's staff and guests. Who is targeting him?
In Minnesota detective Maggie Bei wakes up in the middle of the night to the sound of a gunshot and finds that her home has become the scene of a violent crime. As her partner Jonathan Stride works the case, the mutilated body of a young woman is found and a connection between the crimes begins to emerge.
A young Manchester prostitute has been viciously attacked and Doctor Clare Burtonall must decide whether or not to terminate her life support. Her boyfriend Bonn, who works as a high-class male escort, learns of the release from prison of a pedophile back into an area already besieged by an undercurrent of unrest and anger caused by the girl's attacker still being at large. He knows that this will cause trouble.
1864: orphaned Lizzie Martin becomes companion to a wealthy widow and learns that her predecessor ran off without warning. Then the girl's body is found close to the site where the new St. Pancras station is being built. With the help of Inspector Benjamin Ross, Lizzie begins to investigate.
While in Memphis, psychic Harper Connelly senses-and finds-two bodies in a grave. One of a man centuries dead. The other, a girl, recently deceased. Harper's investigation yields another surprise: the next morning, a third body is found - in the very same grave.
Hired to find a boy gone missing in Doraville, North Carolina, Harper Connelly and her brother Tolliver head there - only to discover that the boy was only one of several who had disappeared over the previous five years. All of them teenagers. All unlikely runaways. All calling for Harper.
In the midst of the biggest crime wave ever to hit the city, Detective Kay Delaney learns that Detective Micky Luttrell has vanished during an undercover sting as a prostitute. With her former lover, Danny Finnerty she searches Baltimore to find Micky's abductor and rescue her fellow officer from the torturous clutches of a sadistic killer - who defies everything she thought she knew about the most twisted side of human nature. Canadian author.
Honey Santana--impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes"--has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie -the fifteen-minute-famous girlfriend of a tabloid murderer - into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer, Piejack (whose mismatched fingers are proof that sexual harassment in the workplace is a bad idea). And he doesn't know he's being followed by Honey's still-smitten former drug-running ex-husband Perry and their 12 year old son Fry. And when they all pull up on Dismal Key, they don't know they're intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a half white, half Seminole failed alligator wrestler, trying like hell to be a hermit despite the Florida State coed who's dying to be his hostage. Recommended.
It's James Bond's first day at Eton and already he's met his first enemy. It's the start of an adventure that will take him from the school playing fields to the remote shores of Loch Silverfin and its terrifying secret.
Natchez, Mississippi physician Dr. Chris Shepard has never seen his new patient before. But the attractive young woman with the scarred face has come to his office with a mission that will rip his quiet life apart.
Skinner has a failed marriage on his hands, and a death on his conscience, but little time to deal with either. As the hunt for a killer develops, he goes to the very top - the Prime Minister - lest he himself becomes collateral damage.
For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has tried to silence the voices in her head - -voices that bring her to the edge of madness and terror. Now everything has come to a boiling point - -someone is trying to kill her, and others are trying to use her, including the deadly and seductive Neal Grady.
The petnapping of a puppy and an iguana leads Kendra Ballantyne to her Southern California pet-sitting club, where she learns of other foul play. Then a fellow pet-sitter turns up bludgeoned to death. Kendra has her suspicions, but it soon appears she's barking up the wrong tree.
MY SISTER'S KEEPER: BERKELEY. Berkeley homicide detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Isis must solve the brutal murder of progressive state representative Davida Grayson. MUSIC CITY BREAKDOWN: NASHVILLE. Baker Southerby, once a child prodigy performer, and former studio bassist Lamar Van Gundy are now Nashville cops who've been given a high profile musical celebrity homicide to solve.
Rod Troy is in pre-WWI Vienna, covering Austria for the English press. Back home his brother Freddie joins the CID at Scotland Yard as a detective-sergeant. The Jews leave Vienna - and Troy asks for time off from Special Branch to return to his true calling - murder.
Brunetti's Paola has been arrested for vandalism and malicious damage after she smashed the windows of a tourist agency that specializes in trips for unaccompanied men to the Far East. Can Brunetti allow his wife to take the law into her own hands, even on an issue like sex tourism? First North American paperback.
In just a week, plus-sized TV producer Kate Gallagher has been laid off because of her weight and dumped by her boyfriend. So she enrolls in a weight loss clinic in Durham, NC. Soon, Kate's ready to sell her soul for some sweets. But when a diet guru turns up dead with fondue forks where his eyes were, Kate loses her appetite-and has a breaking story on her hands.
DCI Brock and DS Kolla are called in after human bones are discovered in a poor area of inner South London. When they learn that the victims had died on the day of the Brixton riots, more than two decades ago, the detectives are led into the heart of the city's West Indian community.
Archaeologist Louise Cantor refuses to believe her son Henrik killed himself. She is shocked to learn he'd contracted HIV and was obsessed with the theory that JFK's brain disappeared prior to the autopsy. A letter and photograph from Henrik's girlfriend in Mozambique takes her to Africa. There Louise sees fear in every face, even unexpectedly in the patients at the clinics set up by an American businessman.
After he kills a man in the line of duty Wallander vows to quit the Ystad police force for good. Just then, however, a friend who had asked Wallander to look into the death of his father winds up dead himself, shot three times. Ann-Britt Hoglund, the department's first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling facade of his prime suspect, a powerful multinational business tycoon.
Joe Gunther pursues two separate investigations, one an apparent suicide, the other a dangerous threesome on a crime spree, that unexpectedly and violently collide.
When an unidentified body is found in the peaceful town of Brattleboro, local police and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation both appear at the scene. But before investigator Joe Gunther can begin to gather evidence of murder, a family emergency sends him to his hometown, where the lives of his mother and brother have suddenly been threatened. Gunther reaches out to a network of police officers who know him only by name and reputation as he attempts to discover the source of this imminent danger. Meanwhile, his investigative team chases an elusive murderer who has no apparent ties to the victim.
A vicious killer known as "the Masker" stalks New York as night falls in the summer of 1702. Magistrate's clerk, Matthew Corbett reasons that there is a method, and a cryptic message, behind the Masker's madness even as he himself encounters murder on a midnight street. From the seaport to Wall Street, from society mansions to the insane asylum, to gutters glimmering with blood spilled by a deviant, Matthew's quest will tauntingly reveal the answers he seeks - and the chilling truths he cannot escape.
Mystery author Maggie Kelly is getting ready to celebrate her first Christmas with Alexandre, Viscount Saint Just - her once-fictional, now very real sexy hero and boyfriend. But before they can curl up on the couch to watch It's a Wonderful Life, a seriously disgruntled grinch delivers death threats to all the authors who contributed to a mystery collection...a list that includes Maggie.
When her former boyfriend Terry Patterson is found dead, the apparent victim of an IRA assassination, journalist Paddy Meehan learns that Terry named her his next-of-kin and left her a huge Georgian house in Ayrshire and several suitcases full of notes.
Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Christmas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems. The love of his life is marrying another man and his friend Mouse is wanted for the murder of a father of 12. As he's searching for a clue to Christmas Black's whereabouts, two suspicious MPs hire him to find his friend Black on behalf of the U.S. Army. Easy's investigation brings him to Faith Laneer, a blonde woman with a dark past. As Easy begins to put the pieces together, he realizes that Black's dissappearance has its roots in Vietnam, and that Faith might be in a world of danger.
Marco Valoni, chief of Italy's Art Crimes Department, traces a century-long series of mishaps in the Cathedral of Turin to a a secret Christian sect with roots in antiquity.
On Route 66, as word travels that children's graves are being discovered along the road, the parents of missing childern form a silent caravan. They are being shepherded by NYPD Detective Kathleen Mallory, who seeks a killer like none she has ever known - and a child unlike the others: herself.
Carla Day and her father, an Egyptologist suffering from Alzheimer's disease, are visiting the museum when a fellow museumgoer falls, choking, to the floor. Dr.Day rushes to help, and is first accused of strangling the man, but charges are dropped when it's found that the man isn't dead. When the comatose man vanishes, Carla begins to suspect that her father's faulty memory may be the link between a millennia-old Egyptian death and a present-day California one.
From Sisters in Crime - an anniversary anthology of 25 short stories, both classic and original, by today's best women mystery writers: including Sara Paretsky, Sue Henry, Margaret Maron, Kate Flora, Rochelle Krich, Carolyn Hart, and many more.
Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved drive-bys in D.C.'s rough neighborhoods. Years later, still haunted by his wife's death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he's set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex is finally getting in order. He even has a chance at a new love. Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favour. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria's death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.
Canadian author. The falling snow brings a hush to Three Pines until a scream pierces the air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Heading the investigation, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache unravels the dead woman's past and discovers a history of secrets and enemies. But Gamache has enemies of his own. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is sneaking up behind him. Recommended.
St. Giles, London, 1829: three people have been brutally murdered and the city simmers with anger and political unrest. Pyke, sometime Bow Street Runner, sometime crook, finds himself accidentally embroiled in the murder investigation but quickly realizes that he has stumbled into something more sinister and far-reaching.
Rebus is required by law to retire - but how can he go with Ger Cafferty still at large on the streets of Edinburgh. And what will happen with Siobhan Clarke after he's no longer there?
Mortuary cosmetologist Calamine Parrish stares death in the face every day. But when she finds a hypodermic needle in the neck of an "accidental" drowning victim, and the victim's fancy casket is stolen, Callie finds herself in over her head-and in the way of a killer.
Jenny thinks filling in as a dance instructor on the Hollywood StarMakers Tour will be easy money until someone makes it clear that they want her to shuffle off to Buffalo. When other instructors start disappearing, Jenny, with the very attractive Detective Tate spotting her, vows that the show will go on.
On a cliff overlooking the North Sea, a quadriplegic woman in a wheel chair stares unseeingly at the waves. She has been murdered. In a storeroom in the heart of Yorkshire, a young woman, Hayley Daniels, lies sprawled on a heap of leather scraps. She too has been murdered. DI Annie Cabbot, on secondment to the Eastern Area force, wakes with a severe hangover in the bed of a young man she barely recognizes. While DCI Banks tries to figure out how Daniels was murdered, Cabbot learns the real intentions of her one-night stand and the true identity of the quadriplegic woman. A ghost from the past is back to haunt both her and Banks.
17th century Japan. Samurai Sano Ichiro's pregnant wife Reiko is found laying beside the murdered heir to the shogun. She's naked and covered in blood.
A stranger has kidnapped Sue's daughter, Veda. But he doesn't want her money, only her suffering - and he will kill Veda if Sue doesn't follow his every command. With detailed instructions, the faceless abductor leads Sue into a blinding snowstorm on the longest night of the year, to a place she has not traveled to since childhood. The voice on the other end of the line somehow knows Sue's deepest, most chilling secret - an ominous incident from her past, buried long ago.
A head-on collision on a lonely stretch of desert highway that leaves one driver dead leads Tom Valle, the local newspaperman assigned to the story, onto a trail of cover-up, fraud, and murder stretching back for decades. But the path of corruption is so dark, Valle wonders if this story will redeem him, or kill him.
The body of a woman with her throat ripped out is discovered on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester, where a mysterious black cat has been sighted. Soon DI Spicer finds himself hunting a killer dubbed the Monster of the Moor, a creature whose stealth and savagery has the whole north west in terror.
An unassuming man stumbles on four million dollars in the wreckage of a small plane and makes an apparently plausible decision that sets his ordinary life on the road to chaos and terror.
Katharine Murray accompanies a friend, Dr. Flo Gadney, to Bayard Island off the coast of Georgia. A developer there plans to build McMansions up and down the island - and over graves that may belong to Dr. Flo's ancestors. The island's inhabitants don't offer them the traditional Southern hospitality, although being shot at does have its antecedents. When the woman who shot at them later turns up dead, Katharine and Flo realize there's more than bodies buried on that land.
When pretty Sophie Bradford is found murdered, jockey Jamie Mullin, her latest boyfriend, is the prime suspect. The public has already convicted and Jamie spirals into a breakdown fuelled by frustration, self-pity and drink. His friend and fellow jockey Matt Shepherd tries to help, but begins to suspect that the guilty party is someone he knows well.
The murder of a retired police officer in the ruins of Lydmouth Castle is linked to events a decade earlier in Palestine. Inspector Richard Thornhill was there as a young police officer. Now, in Lydmouth, the past has come back to claim him and he is under suspicion of another murder. His wife Edith and his former lover Jill Francis form an uneasy alliance and try to help him. But there are complications.
Art history professor Sweeney St. George discovers that a valuable piece of Egyptian funerary jewelry that should be in the university museum's collection seems to be missing. A student intern at the museum was the last person to check out the piece, a young woman who died of an apparent suicide soon after she handled the piece, more than twenty-five years ago.
After Lt. Ackland is flown home from Iraq with serious head injuries he finds himself prone to sporadic bouts of aggression. He attracts the notice of the police after a customer annoys him in a Bermondsey pub. They're investigating three "gay" murders in the area which seem to have been motivated by extreme rage. Under suspicion, Ackland's forced to confront his issues.
A series of unrelated events involving Russians, diamonds, counterfeiters and grenades have the cops of Hollywood Station patroling the underbelly of Los Angeles looking for connections.
At this year's school carnival fund-raiser, the obnoxious president of the Parent Teacher Organization is found stabbed through the heart with Phyllis Newsom's own knife, with traces of incriminating frosting. Clearing her name will be no piece of cake. Includes recipes and baking tips.
Christy Pickering's eighteen-year-old daughter is dating Jerry Bethlehem, a man twice her age. Christy sensed something shady and sinister about him, so she hired a private investigator to look into his past. But the PI isn' t returning her calls. Repairman Jack learns there' s a very good reason for the unreturned calls: The PI is dead, a victim of a bizarre water-torture murder.
Stone Barrington, Holly Barker and Dino Baldachetti are sent to the Caribbean island of St. Marks, courtesy of the CIA, to track down rogue agent Teddy Fay. St. Marks is a vacationer's paradise, but its luxurious beach clubs and secluded mountain villas are home to corrupt local politicians and more than a few American ex-pats with murky personal histories. Stone and Holly soon discover that in St. Marks, everyone is hiding something, and Teddy Fay may just be hiding in plain sight.
Sisters Kit and Jenny could not be more different. Jenny is the dutiful daughter, following in her father's footsteps to become a Texas cop. Rebellious Kit, working as a stripper, lives in a nighttime world of pseudonyms and lies. And she's begun to notice some new characters hanging around the club.
Big city journalist Randall Wilkes returns to the Tennessee hill town where he grew up, taking a job ghost-writing an autobiography for a boyhood friend who is now a former governor. Then Randall finds his friend's mother murdered, hanged by the neck from a bridge over the town landmark called Damnation Falls. Then there is a second, and a third death in the family.
Shanghai's Inspector Chen Cao of the Police Bureau is given a corruption investigation. Though the principal figure and his family have fled to the US, the rest of the ring remain. His investigation will take him to the US and reunite him with Inspector Catherine Rhon of the US Marshall's Service.
Annabelle Conroy, an honorary member of the Camel Club, is also a con artist who has swindled forty million dollars from casino king Jerry Bagger, the man who murdered her mother. As Stone and the Camel Club circle the wagons to protect Annabelle from Bagger, a new opponent arises. One by one, men from Stone's shadowy past are turning up dead.
As Jane Austen arrives in London to watch over the printing of Sense and Sensibility, Jane becomes embroiled in murder when a disgraced Russian princess is found with her throat slit and a quirk of fate thrusts her and Eliza into the heart of the case - as prime suspects! A bargain with the authorities gives her seven days to find the real killer and save herself and Eliza from hanging.
For the Quilliam sisters, there's nothing jolly about this Christmas. Someone with a paintball gun is taking down inflatable Santas all over town. And Meg and Quill are near-broke. At least there's one bright star on the horizon: a big-time magazine and television show will feature the Inn. But soon the editor's husband skis to his death. Now, if the Quilliams are to save the Inn from a lawsuit, they'll need to prove this was no accident. But the slopeside slayer has a message for them: You better watch out.
John Cardinal's wife Catherine, after a long battle with severe depression, apparently takes her own life. He is devastated, but does not begin to suspect murder until hateful notes about her death begin to appear in the mail. What is behind Algonquin Bay's alarming rash of suicides? He enlists the help of Catherine's psychiatrist to uncover the truth.
Having delivered a particularly stirring speech at his recently deceased colleague's funeral, Monsieur Pamplemousse is more than a little disturbed when the coffin explodes into flames during the ceremony. Luckily his faithful hound Pommes Frites gives out a warning cry just in time so there are no casualties. But who exactly is behind the explosion - and what was the actual cause of his late co-worker's demise?
Interior designers Erin Gilbert and Steve Sullivan become involved in an ill-fated feng-shui-inspired home makeover. Soon they realize they are facing more than bad vibes. An attic erupts in flames. The death of a carpenter strikes Erin too close to home, while a dangerous beauty wants to get much too close to Sullivan.
Itinerant physician Zelikman and ex-soldier Amram make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can - as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers. But none of that has prepared them to become generals in a full-scale revolution to be launched in the medieval Jewish empire of the Khazars.
Scotland Yard's DS Jack Gibbons and his wealthy friend Phillip Bethancourt pop down to a small Cotswold town to solve the murder of a middle-aged widower. It turns out that the victim was hiding enormous wealth from his fellow villagers, and a whole new crop of suspects begin crawling out of the woodwork.
Inspector O returns from a mission abroad to find his new police commander waiting at his office door. There has been a bank robbery - -the first ever in Pyongyang - -and the commander demands action, and quickly. Yet someone in the North Korean leadership doesn't want Inspector O to complete his investigation. But why?
Alvirah Meehan, Regan Reilly, and Regan's new husband, Jack - head of the NYPD Major Case Squad - are joined as guests on the maiden voyage of a new cruise ship by a mystery fan convention celebrating a "ghost of honor," as well as ten men who donated time playing Santa Claus and who now hope for a restful post-season. That tranquility vanishes when two Santa suits disappear from a locked room, a storm develops, and an attempt is made on a passenger's life.
When Mame, the elderly dachshund in Dixie Hemingway's care, gets away from her to investigate a mound of mulch, Dixie isn't surprised. What the dachshund digs up, however, puts Dixie at the center of a hunt for a psychopathic killer - someone who fears Dixie saw him leaving the scene of a brutal murder.
Headstrong Laetitia Talbot is an aspiring archaeologist with a passion for adventure and mystery. It is 1928, and Letty arrives at an archaeological dig on the sensuous isle of Crete. She meets - and instantly dislikes - famed archaeologist Theodore Russell, a man determined to unearth that most elusive treasure: the tomb of Zeus himself. But something goes amiss, as the site becomes a stage for murder.
Murder raises its ugly head at Florida's hottest beauty show. After Luxor Products company director Christine Parks is found dead in her hotel room Marla's college roommate Georgia is the prime suspect. Marla sets out to clear Georgia's name - but it is soon apparent that the list of people who hated Christine is longer than a pop diva's hair extensions.
The Behavioral Analysis Unit, an elite team of FBI profilers, are tasked with examining the nation's most twisted criminal minds-anticipating their next moves before they strike again...
DOUBLE DEALER, SIN CITY and COLD BURN in one volume.
Enlisted to train an adorably free-spirited dog, Holly Winter gets sidetracked when the dog's owner- an over-medicated, over-analyzed, super-dysfunctional New Age wife and mother-is found dead following an accidental overdose. Accidental. Yeah, right.
Moving to Charleston Kay Scarpetta opens a private forensic pathology practice just as the violent deaths begin. A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh.
The kidnapping of a Lake Baikal oil survey team leads Dirk Pitt to a Mongolian with dreams of resurrecting the empire of Genghis Khan.
California Bureau of Invesigation agent Kathryn Dance hunts an escaped killer who is a master of control and who seduces and exploits people for his own murderous ends. To catch him Kathryn enlists three women who once belonged to a cult he headed - and a young girl who is the only survivor of a family he slaughtered.
The body of a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found in the woods near an Adirondack hunting lodge. Detective John Corey doubts that it was a hunting accident. He uncovers a plot involving the Custer Hill Club, an informal men's club comprised of powerful businessmen, military men and government officials. He must act fast before their plot to retaliate for 9/11 ends in disaster for the nation.
The intuition of an Ute shaman is combined with the old-fashioned detective work of her nephew to hunt down the killer of a wealthy rancher's daughter who has been mauled beyond recognition.
1924: Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to a school friend's house to witness the estate's famous Guy Fawkes celebration. But on the evening of the celebration, the Viscount - and head of the family - is found dead on the floor of his study, killed by his own hand. He also apparently first killed a guest - a married woman visiting England from Australia - before turning the gun on himself. Now it's up to Alec Fletcher, Daisy's husband and Scotland Yard DCI, to unravel the mystery and the long held family secrets that led to this state of affairs.
The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving the prior victim's severed hand at each new crime. An ambitious TV reporter thinks she has a scoop on the killer that could be her ticket out of Nashville. But she has no idea how much it will cost her. Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, investigate.
Food writer Carolyn Blue's book launch goes up in smoke when her turkey flambe results in two flaming birds getting tossed out the window - leading to a young woman's death. Now it's up to Carolyn to restore her reputation and find out who sabotaged her poultry party. And she thought flambing was hard...
Alexandra Cooper is prosecuting a young businessman who is charged with murdering his wife - even though he was out of town the day of the killing. Cooper hopes to prove that the defendant hired a hit man to do the job. But then an explosion 600 feet below ground interrupts a water tunnel construction, and a connection is discovered between the defendant and the tunnel engineers.
After an Israeli mission leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in the middle of Iran's second largest city, the Iranians seek revenge. Mitch Rapp thinks another attack would push Iran to the brink of revolution, but things don't go the way he planned and he finds himself on a collision course with a Hezbollah master terrorist.
Tweed and Paula take over a brutal murder case from plodding Chief Inspector Reebeck. A clue leads them to a remote rural county controlled by 'Pit Bull' and his weird family. Tweed visits the local peculiar village. More murders are committed. Tweed and Paula suspect the key is Findel Square, the oil giant owned by devious womanizer Neville Guile.
Rachel Doe grows close to the charismatic Ivy Schneider and comes to learn how Ivy came to be married to a bullying and ambitious lawyer who has become a judge and denied her access to her child. Rachel wants justice for Ivy, but Ivy has another agenda.
Three novellas featuring Lord John Grey.
It's a direct path to death, known as the kill chain - and when her father's car is found wrecked at the bottom of a California ravine, Evan Delaney must face the possibility that he has reached the end of the chain. The cops think it's suicide. The FBI thinks Phil has fled the country. But when Evan receives a sinister phone call her suspicions are confirmed: Phil Delaney has been kidnapped. Those who hold him want something Evan has only 72 hours to find.
15 year old Juliana Rodriguez has heard the gossip that her strawberry birthmark was put there by the devil, that she's a witch, the bastard child of a brigand hanged for his crimes. When she discovers a tiny baby in the scullery, another illegitimate child destined for the haphazard care of a wet-nurse - and almost certain death - she takes the first step on a dangerous path: she steals her first child.
Includes directions for a pottery project! In Maple Ridge, Vermont, Carolyn Emerson planned to ease into her golden years running her paint-your-own-pottery shop, Fire at Will. She never expected to uncover a dead body in the shop, and she certainly didn't plan on a drop in live clientele. Now it's up to Carolyn and her shop's pottery club, The Firing Squad, to help clear her name. But can she find a killer and more customers without her own brush with death?
A ruthless and expertly trained contract killer is on assignment in Nevada's remote Desert National Wildlife Range...and he deliberately sets in motion a series of seemingly unconnected events that will soon test the skills of Gil Grissom and his team of CSIs to their limit.
10 years after a dive to the wreck of an 18th century navy vessel that ended with a fatal accident, an expatriate returns home to search for a woman whom he recognizes but cannot identify.
A charming stranger shows up at the door of psychologist Christina McMullen - and someone guns him down right in front of her. It is no coincidence when her brother Pete blows in from Chicago with a pregnant girlfriend, some "borrowed" money, and a mobster named "D." close behind.
When Alice returns home and claims that someone has exchanged another baby for her own, her increasingly hostile husband says that she is either mad or lying. She and the baby disappear before the DNA tests come back. The police, now investigating, discover dark incidents in her husband's past - like the murder of his ex-wife.
Brighton, England, 1811. The beautiful wife of an aging Marquis is found dead in the arms of the Prince Regent. Draped around her neck lies an ancient necklace with mythic origins-and mysterious ties to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. Sebastian investigates the Marchioness's death and what his connection to it might be - and is led to a complex pattern of lies and subterfuge that imperils the monarchy itself.
In 1811, murder has jarred London's elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, their bodies mutilated and strange objects stuffed into their mouths. Although Sebastian St. Cyr is distracted by his seemingly doomed relationship with actress Kat Boleyn, the oddness of these murders nags at him-and he becomes determined to track down the assassin, even at the risk of his own life.
Nic Costa, Peroni and Leo Falcome are back in Rome and must team up again. A shirt with fresh bloodstains appears in a small museum exhibit that purports to display evidence of communication from souls in Purgatory. The shirt belongs to a missing boy. Their search leads them to the ancient cult of Mithras and to the sinister ossuary, the House of Bones.
Emily Andrew's Scandinavian tour is disrupted by literary controversey. Jackie Thum's newly published novel finds an outspoken critic in a Floridian from a picture-perfect gated community called The Hamlets. But Jackie has an airtight alibi when the critic's corpse turns up. When another guest is found dead and Jackie has gone missing, Emily must find the killer.
Elizabeth Pike returns home from work to find a letter from her lover on the coffee table - and a gun in her husband's hand.
Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds has retreated to her hometown of Sedona Arizona to lick her wounds. But the day before her divorce is final, her estranged husband is found dead in Palm Springs, leaving behind a rich estate and a pregnant fiancee. Not only is Ali the sole heir to her not-quite-ex-husband's estate, she's also the prime suspect in his murder.
Long Island single mom Jane Hartley is frantic when her 16 year old daughter, Kelly, a survivor of childhood leukemia, disappears from her bedroom one night. To Jane's frustration the police believe that Kelly ran off willingly with her boyfriend, Seth. Unaware that her daughter even had a boyfriend, Jane soon discovers that Seth is no boy. He is an adult - a man who, after meeting Kelly on the Internet, took the teenager on one thrill-seeking ride after another.
Lew returns from Sarasota to Chicago, to friends and family...and to a grief that threatens to engulf him. He's resolved to dig until he finds out who killed his wife. In doing so, he'll uncover both sweet and painful memories of his past. He'll also confront a murderer who'll not hesitate to kill again to make sure hidden secrets stay buried.
Saving lives is Jonah Stem's job - but he usually does it at the hospital, not at 3 a.m. on the dark streets of Manhattan. When he impulsively intervenes to save a beautiful woman from a man menacing her with a knife, killing the attacker in the process, he is transformed from an overworked medical student to a hero in the media spotlight. The woman, Eve Gones, is profoundly grateful, and wants to show it. Before long, they're engaged in a wildly passionate love affair. An affair that Eve doesn't want to end. Ever.
While decorating the Pennyfoot's ballroom for a Christmas reception, Cecily sends her husband Baxter and stable manager Samuel into the woods to cut some fresh boughs of holly for the ballroom. An hour later their one-horse open carriage returns with the horse, the holly...and the unwelcome gift of a dead body. Baxter and Samuel are nowhere to be found.
Cecily Sinclair Baxter hosts a holiday party at the Pennyfoot Hotel where the children of Badger's End can meet Father Christmas. Unfortunately, the jolly old man is found dead along with one of his helpers. The role of St. Nicholas had previously been played by a notorious village drunkard, and the police believe the two men killed each other. But Cecily has her doubts, as the murder weapon was never recovered. And since no one has left the hotel since the crime, she's making a list of suspects-and checking it twice.
FBI Special Agent Mike Yeager is suspended after a child kidnapping case ended tragically. Nor can Mike forgive himself. He travels to Nevada to escape his guilt, but stumbles into a nightmare. One child and one adult have died in a small town, and then another child disappears. As a stranger in town, Mike himself is a suspect.
When his wife's anniversary gift-a valuable, antique teddy bear-is stolen, retired cop Brad Lyon must discover the fur-fetched connection between the theft and the murder of a local museum curator.
The best of his previously published stories, as well as one completely new tale.
Detective Frank Quinn (first met in DARKER THAN NIGHT) learns that the victim of a serial killer is linked to the one woman he desires most in the world.
1940: Two English boys, Jonathan Hicks, heir to the Cornish estate of Goonzoyle, and Ted Johns, son of the estate groundskeeper, float in an icy Atlantic Ocean, clinging to the wreckage of the torpedoed evacuee ship, the SS City of Benares. As the chance of rescue ebbs it becomes clear only one boy can survive. 2001: writer Jessica Mann begins a hunt for the truth after human bones are discovered at a derelict manor house.
Horace Rumpole takes an interest when one of the Timson children is given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order for playing football in the street. Pretty soon he realizes something fishy is going on. Do the residents have a sinister reason for not wanting the Timson boy on their street?
At midnight in the deserted gardens of the shopping plaza, a stranger lies dead beneath the village Christmas tree; the only witness to the shooting is a little child. But when the police arrive, summoned by an anonymous phone call of feline origin, both the body and the child have disappeared. As police scramble for leads, the grey tomcat, his tabby lady, and their tortoiseshell pal, Kit, launch their own unique investigation. Together Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit face their most heartbreaking case yet as they care for the child who may be the killer's next target.
Awakened by a loud commotion, New Haven reporter Annie Seymour wanders outside to discover a favourite Italian eatery engulfed in fire. Even more shocking is the bullet-ridden body found in the debris. Then things get personal. Annie's father, a Vegas casino boss, suddenly arrives in town and the restaurant hires hunky private eye Vinny DeLucia, with whom she has some unfinished business. Now trying to cut through the smoke to uncover the real story, Annie questions her father's connection to the crime.
A soggy April has hit New Haven, Connecticut - along with an unidentified body in the harbour. The strange fact that there were bee stings on the floater gives New Haven Herald police reporter Annie Seymour an intriguing excuse to put off her profile of the new police chief-a piece that becomes a lot more interesting when the subject is gunned down. But this is only the beginning of a killer expose - because as she connects the dots between the John Doe, the police chief, and the city's struggling immigrant population, Annie's drawing a line between herself and someone who doesn't want her to learn the truth, or live to report it...
Thirty years ago a bestselling suspense writer Barbara Bailey Bishop lost her twin sister in a tower fall deemed a suicide. But Barbara is convinced that Helene did not die by her own hand, and now she's trapped Helene's former classmates - her prime suspects - at her home on an isolated New England Island. Faith Fairchild works, as the alumnae fall one by one, to unlock the events on that long-ago night.
Artist Tom Fairchild has a troubled past he can't shake. That's why he jumps at millionaire Stuart Barlowe's irresistible offer to travel to Italy and make an exact copy of a rare Renaissance map. Accompanied overseas by Barlowe's equally irresistible daughter, Allison, Tom suspects that what Barlowe wants is not a copy, but a forgery-and that he's prepared to kill to get it. As pawns in a reckless new game, Tom and Allison are running for their lives-while chasing the startling truth behind the mystery of the perfect fake.
Spenser knows something's amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy's aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan's abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job's a job, after all. Not surprisingly, Spenser catches Jordan with another man, tells Dennis what he's found out, and considers the case closed. But a couple of days later, all hell breaks loose, and three people are dead.
A spate of elaborate murders in Washington D.C. have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. With each murder, the case becomes increasingly complex. There's only one thing Alex knows: the killer adores an audience.
Superintendent Runcorn (William Monk's ex-boss) is spending his holiday on Anglesey, off the north coast of Wales, when the sister of the local vicar is found murdered and draped over a headstone. Novella.
There's no rest for the weary Aggie Sloan-Wilcox and her minister husband, who were praying for a relaxing weekend until a member of their flock went missing. Joe Wagner, president of Emerald Springs's food bank, disappears, and Aggie discovers his secret life-as a female impersonator. Meanwhile, the murder of the mayor's wife at the annual food bank fundraiser puts Joe on top of the suspect list. If Aggie doesn't get to the bottom of things fast, she'll be leading a choir singing the blues.
Roy Angel tries to track down a retired man's long-lost love, but finds his greater challenge to be his partner Amy May - fashionista turned fearsome nesting mother-to-be, his ailing father and his girlfriend.
The body of young brunette, marked by signs of torture, is pulled from the East River. Eve Dallas learns that she had been employed by Eve's billionaire husband Roarke. It soon becomes clear that Roarke is the target of a killer known as the Groom, a killer whose last killing spree was nine years ago.
Montreal investigative journalist Frank Delaney is asked by CSIS to locate an agent gone missing in Bangkok. Delaney finds himself caught between the Burmese military junta and those who would use any means to overthrow them.
Narcotics detective Ken Goode sees his discovery of a murder victim as a chance to get onto the homicide squad. But then more victims turn up - all somehow tied to the beauty school that Goode's sister attends.
In Roman Britain, every slave knows his lot in life depends on his master. Fortunately for one young Glevum slave, Junio, his owner, pavement-maker Libertus, believes in rewarding years of loyalty and service. Junio is to be granted his freedom on the eve of his engagement. But the gruesome discovery of a corpse, hastily concealed in a shallow grave, is a terrible omen before a wedding. Junio must join his mentor Libertus in trying to put the pieces together.
Sano Ichiro and his wife Reiko travel to the island of Ezogashima in search of their 8 year old kidnapped son. But they find the whole province, including their son, held hostage by Lord Matsumae. Matsumae will not relent until someone confesses to the murder of his wife. Sano Ichiro must solve the murder to obtain his son's release.
A cycle of violence and retribution is set in motion as two haunted men are engulfed by the emotions surrounding an unexpected and horrendous death. Ethan, a respected professor at a small New England college, is wracked by an obsession for revenge that threatens to tear his family apart. Dwight, fleeing his crime yet hoping to get caught, wrestles with overwhelming guilt and his sense of obligation to his son.
Chicago cop Ray Weiss learns that in order to join the brotherhood, he must rob a jewelry store. It's just a little fun - especially since they're set up to "discover" the crime. His partner gets the jewelry, Ray gets to be one of the boys, and the storeowner collects insurance. But when Ray breaks into the store, he finds a corpse instead of his promised reward.
Manchester DI Jon Spicer's investigation takes him into the twilight world of escort agencies and the cosmetic surgery industry.
Retired New York cop Jack Stang learns that a lover he thought long dead is still alive, though missing her sight and memory. He learns too that she's pursued by killers who'd like to make sure that she never recovers her memory.
Jack Eisley is in an airport bar chatting up a pretty young blonde when she leans forward and says "I poisoned your drink". She won't give Jack the antidote unless he sticks close and protects her. He thinks she's a psycho until the night's violence begins.
When the High King of Ireland is found murdered in his bed chamber, all clues point to Dubh Duin, the chieftain of the clan Cinel Caipre. He was found with the murder weapon in his hand, before taking his own life. The Chief Brehon of Ireland asks Sister Fidelma to investigate.
A young soprano is found murdered, and all the performers at the opera company suddenly seem to have something to hide. Investigators have only weeks before the black-tie gala opening night, which even the President will attend, to solve the murder.
59 year old George Mason has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet a disturbing rape case is brought before him that leads him to question not only his own fitness to judge but the very nature of the law.
Someone has killed Halley Hardwicke, the hot young designer of thousand-dollar Italian silk scarves, in the mall parking lot - and police have their eye on Jake, the husband of Josie's best friend Alyce. The couple lived near the wrap maven, but it seems Halley and Jake were a little too neighbourly. So Josie decides to do what she does best to help out her friend - go undercover and see if she can find some clues. Because this time, there's a lot more at stake than a scarf, even if it's to die for...
Another foolhardy Cambridge college climber has died attempting Harding's Folly. This time it's John Talentire, one of the brightest young dons at St. Agatha's and the verdict is accident, compounded by idiocy. But Imogen Quy can't help wondering how such a clever young man died so stupidly.
Marcus Corvinus is asked by the family of a young man to find why, when he had everything to live for, he killed himself. Marcus soons suspects murder. Although his investigation is hampered by the fact he must play dog-sitter to a Gallic boarhound, he soons sees that the crime has a political dimension to it.
To get realistic descriptions of murder, author Michael Schiftmann is forced to do a little research. It propels him into bestsellerdom. But Michael has found that he likes researching his novels.
Bex Levy is shooting footage of veteran coach and skater Lucian Price when he takes a bad fall - and dies. It seems just a tragic accident until Bex discovers his skates had been tampered with.
A hunky Amish craftsman catches the eye of Maggie O'Neil at a countrywide craft bazaar. But then the man turns up dead with a strange hex symbol near his corpse.
An impulsive marriage brings Roisin Massey to Riyadh. Her husband Joe knows Saudi well, having worked there as a doctor for years. But Roisin discovers Joe has been keeping secrets from her - secrets about drug thefts from his hospital, his friend that was beheaded, the woman who fell to her death. The ghosts are coming back from Joe's past, and murder follows in their wake.
English professor Alison Bergeron gets a visit from two homicide detectives from the NYPD. The good news is that they found Alison's beat-up Volvo; the bad news is that the body of one of the students in her Shakespeare seminar was in the trunk.
Annie finds herself on the teacher's side of the cutting board, helping out during a bar food cooking class at DC's latest hotspot, Bellywasher's. Meanwhile Eve, her best friend, is the prime suspect in a student's death.
No one's happy when Felicity Asbury names herself director of the local arts festival. But when she's found dead, all evidence points to candy shop owner Abby Shaw.
Jane is taking a self-defense class when a classmate is murdered. Juggling a worried groom, dueling mothers-in-law, and her own prewedding jitters, she throws herself into the hunt for the killer.
A sophisticated group is seeking to "disconnect the globe"-destroying computer grids, communications satellites, Internet cable centers, biotech firms. Hard to do? If only that were so. Quickly, a dedicated team of men and women assembles to try to track the group down, searching through right-wing militias and Russian organized crime, Jihadist terrorists and enemy nation-states.
The Midwestern Funeral Directors Association's regional convention was supposed to be a chance for Abby Knight and her flower shop, Bloomers, to flourish. To her surprise, the morticians are a lively bunch, organizing soap-box derbies and a vampire VIP party complete with Midnight Bloody Marys. But then the association's intensely disliked chairperson is found dead in a locked casket, her signature rose missing from her hair.
Based on the long-running private eye comic book series. Marcy Atwater shot her husband dead in the motel room where he was trysting with a blonde hooker. Shot the hooker too. But where the cops see an open-and-shut case, private eye Ms. Michael Tree sees a conspiracy. Digging into it could mean digging her own grave - and digging up her own murdered husband's.
The Team is dispatched to uncover the truth behind Kim Jong's sudden agreement to surrender his nuclear arsenal. Team operative Thera Majed goes undercover and discovers hidden weapons in South Korea. Someone is planning for a full-scale nuclear attack that would throw the civilized world into political and economic upheaval, and Ferg and the Team are the only ones in the position to stop them.
When an African-American social club burns to the ground, community leaders want an independent investigation. Black firefighter Trey Brown and a local journalist uncover a history of fire code violations and cover-ups. Even worse, the conspiracies were furthered by the sitting mayor of Seattle, a man whose family betrayed Brown years before.
The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 for charity, but they are less pleased when the representative who accepts the cheque disappears with it. After breaking her leg in a fall from a horse, Betsy's confined to her apartment and loopy on painkillers. She can't possibly investigate. But Godwin, her store manager, insists he can do the legwork. But a man across town has a similar injury, and he too is wondering what happened to that cheque.
Matt Reynolds' racing yard is renowned for winners, but the stable jockey has recently run some disappointing races. So Matt gives the yard's apprentice, Zoe, the chance to prove herself. Zoe's soon on a winning streak but not everyone's thrilled about her success - Matt's wife Claire is jealous of her, while rival jockey Nicky bitterly resents the competition. When tragedy strikes in Matt's yard, no one is beyond suspicion - and a web of corruption, lies and deadly envy is gradually revealed.
Solana Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she stole, an identiy that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.
What do an old book hidden in Jake Tiptree's cellar, the appearance of her ex-husband's ghost, and the suicide of a local bad boy have in common?
1849: Edgar Allan Poe fakes his own death to escape the Irish mob. Meanwhile English novelist Charles Dickens finds his reading tour of America is not as warmly received as he'd hoped. Soon he finds himself sharing disreputable quarters - and swapping story ideas - with none other than Poe.
Richard Jury investigates the circumstances of the death of wealthy bachelor Billy Maples and finds himself drawn to trendy Clerkenwell galleries, clubs and hotels, and to the Sussex town of Rye and the house where Henry James composed three of his masterworks.
Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck's new client is a homeless man jailed for threatening to jump off a bridge. But how does a homeless man come up with $10,000 cash for bail? And why, Jack asks, is the body of a brutally murdered woman found in the trunk of the abandoned car he's living in? Jack's case goes to pieces when his client kidnaps a group of innocent people and barricades himself in a hotel room.
Queen Elizabeth I and her court were expecting to spend the summer lounging in great manor houses, feasting in the fields, tempting forbidden romance, and perhaps engaging in sport. Instead she is dodging crossbows, longbows, and - worst of all - the threats of her greatest rival, Mary Queen of Scots.
British Prime Minister Adam Lang's term ends in tatters after he sided with America in an unpopular war on terror. Now Lang is in Martha's Vineyard, finishing his memoirs. After his ghostwriter washes up dead on the island's deserted shore, a replacement is flown in. The new ghost, accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, slowly begins to realize how out of his depth he is - and how truly dangerous this new position is.
Joanna Kasmir made it big in Hollywood. Early in her career she attracted a stalker who has now shown up after a decade. Joanna cannot let him control her life and calls on her old friend Jane Lawless, restaurateur and amateur sleuth.
When Dr. Butterman's minister is charged with murder, she uncovers cutthroat church politics. Thou shalt not kill has a qualifier: ...unless thou art eliminating the competition.
On summer vacation from her job as an art therapist, Zoe Hayes takes a sculling class for fun with her best friend, Susan Cummings. One evening, while her daughter, Molly, waits with Susan's children at the boathouse on the banks of the Schuylkill River, Zoe rows off with Susan to practice for an upcoming regatta. When Susan's oar catches on some flotsam (which turns out to be a woman's dress), the boat flips, and the two find themselves in deep waters with not just one but an entire throng of floating bodies.
An SAS friend has been kidnapped and threatened with execution, but the government has refused to negotiate. There is only one option for Dan 'Spider' Shepherd. He must put himself in the firing line in the most dangerous city in the world - Baghdad.
Since relocating to the United States from Australia, FBI agent Sophie Anderson has been plagued by nightmares. But the gruesome images are more than dreams. They are intense psychic visions, like those she experienced as a child when her brother was abducted. When grisly details match recent crime scene photos, she confides in her friend, Agent Samantha Wright, and her visions lead to several breakthroughs in the case. But when Sam is abducted, Sophie must learn to trust her visions to save her friend, and herself.
Working as an after-hours Toronto cab driver Walker Devereaux gets assistance from his wheelchair bound night dispatcher to uncover the truth about his biological mother.
Three people, with no apparent connection, hold the key to a secret society with God-like aspirations and roots in antiquity.
In Victorian London, Sir Edward Grey receives the last of several ominous threats from his killer. But before he can show it to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward is murdered in his home. Determined to bring her husband's killer to justice, Julia Grey engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise. Together they press forward, coming ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for Julia's arrival.
Lady Julia returns to celebrate the holidays only to find her father's home crowded with family, friends and the one man she had hoped to forget, the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane. But the celebrations take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel, and a member of Lady Julia's own family confesses to the crime. Certain of her cousin's innocence, Lady Julia resumes her deliciously intriguing partnership with Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again.
The house is now subdivided into two self-contained, one for Ismay and one for her sister Heather. The bathroom in which her stepfather had drowned 9 years ago is now gone. But Ismay still gets the recurrent dream in which she sees him floating there, his face submerged.
A man and his dog unearth a human hand in a wood. The body has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton shroud. The post mortem does not reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man's ribs. The police database covers a relatively short period of time, but stores a long list of Missing Persons. So Chief Inspector Wexford knows he is going to have a job on his hands to identify the corpse. And then, only about twenty yards away from the woodland burial site, in the cellar of a disused cottage, another body is discovered.
A chance meeting between down-and-out journalist Adam Murphy and the famous mystery novelist James Wilton puts them in the path of a vicious serial killer in West Hollywood. These two unlikely friends learn that the truth is guarded by a force more diabolical than either could have imagined.
A medium who can see the ghosts of victims, Sadie Novak cleans up crime scenes. It seems a husband has murdered his cheating wife, then turned a gun on himself. But Sadie finds evidence that after killing his wife, he stripped, showered, changed, and then killed himself. Why?
Nell's reputation as a model governess is threatened by a secret from her past - and the possibility that she might be carrying Will Hewitt's child. But these problems pale with what she learns: that the body of her only remaining brother has been discovered - and that he was wanted for murder.
Danny Carter has gone straight, but now his partner Evan - from the liquor store holdup days - is out of prison. Evan feels he's owed some major payback. Recommended.
Leslie McHugh is married to an undercover cop. Lonely, tired, and starting to drink too much, she knows that their marriage is on the rocks because her husband lives a second life she knows almost nothing about. When a thousand dollars disappears from their bank account, she wants answers, but before she can even ask the questions, their seventeen-year-old daughter, a real cop's kid already on a collision course with trouble, turns up at the center of Craig's investigation into a snitch's violent death.
The path of David Banks, an armed protection officer charged with neutralizing the terrorist threat to London, is about to cross with that of a young man from a village in Saudi Arabia who is intent on martyrdom.
PI Jason Wilder tracks a missing businessman to a run-down motel. He isn't expecting the guy to start shooting. He also didn't know the man was wanted for homicide. Now he's deep into the case, all clues leading to a dilapidated movie house that people seem willing to kill for.
A young woman accepts a new job with a London daily tabloid that has her arriving each evening to vet the morning edition. But, as Ellie - and her menacing stalker soon learn - there's very few people around the office at night. Recommended.
As Chicago's grand exposition of 1893 reaches its final day the city's popular mayor is assassinated. The slaughter of a Pinkerton agent posing as a prostitute in a slum alleyway goes unnoticed in the chaos - except to police inspector Alastair Ransom. But his hunt for the murderer looks like it will end with Ransom facing the hangman's noose.
Kirstin Rutherford returns to Edinburgh and befriends Morag Ramsay, the one person who might know the truth behind the drowning death of Kirstin's father-in-law Jamie. Just months before that tragedy, Morag's boyfriend and his lover were murdered not far from where Jamie drowned. Kirstin soon learns that Morag is a less than reliable witness.
The party puts Shanghai's Chief Inspector Chen Cao on the case after two murdered young women are found, both dressed in precisely the same kind of red mandarin dress.