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.
When Claire regains consciousness after a stranger causes her car to crash, she is frantic to discover her nine-year-old daughter Emma missing from the back seat. Emma is found in the woods close by, unharmed but cradling a child's skull. She claims it called to her. Meanwhile, forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is trying to discover the identity of the corpse found badly burned. The body is wearing a soldier's ID tag, but DNA tests show it is not him. When DS Michael McNab asks Rhona for help in indentifying the skull found by Emma, they discover the two cases are linked.
Lou turns to her best friend, Annie Anderson when Scarlett disappears. A former investigative reporter, Annie now works for the fashion bible, Handbag magazine. Lou's knowledge of the fashion world and Annie's nose for trouble has them chasing down what really happened to Scarlett.
Six decades after Virginia Woolf's death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy has come to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather's unexplained suicide. In the shadow of one of England's most famous castles, Jo makes a shocking find: Woolf's last diary, its first entry dated the day after she allegedly killed herself.
Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she cannot stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do", and Agatha is named as the prime suspect. Agatha's sidekick Toni stands ready to help find the real killer, but the case proves trickier than ever.
Following the birth of their first child, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are looking forward to enjoying life at Pemberley, but a family crisis draws them away to Mansfield Park. There, the Darcys become ensared in a complex game of marriage arrangements, star-crossed lovers, deceit, mistaken identity, and even murder.
Cleveland, Ohio, 1935. Now the city's director of public safety, Eliot Ness must confront a new kind of killer - a serial killer. One by one, bodies are found, each one decapitated and uniquely dissected with a doctor's skill and a madman's bent.
The dead body in the North London flat is found clutching a bloodstained sliver of X-ray. Tom Thorne discovers the victim's mother had been murdered 15 years ago by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. Slowly Thorne makes the connections: someone is killing the children of Garvey's victims.
First published in 1951. From the moment Dale's headlights hit the nyloned legs of lovely Julia Casson on that old Connecticut highway, trouble moved right in on him -- and stayed there.
On a headland park that overlooks the sea just south of Dublin a dog discovers the body of a homeless man, known as the High King, who had been a wandered Dublin streets for years talking to himself. Six months later his unsolved murder case lands on Matt Minogue's desk.
Peter Solomon, philanthropist, Mason and mentor to Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, has been brutally kidnapped. Langdon must accept an invitation into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom if he has any hope of saving Peter.
The much anticipated Winter Arts festival is here, and as treasurer of Winterfest, Lee is up to her elbows in mix-ups behind the scenes. When the art show's guest juror shows up drunk, Lee lets him sleep it off, only to find out later that someone's put the visiting dignitary into a permanent state of repose. Lee and Joe were the last people spotted near the crime scene. In a seriously sticky situation, it's up to them to find the real killer before someone else comes to a bitter end...
First published in 1954. "This is a personal matter. Someone killed my brother. I don't like that. If the police can't take care of it, I'll bury my own dead".
First published in 1953. From the moment he fell in love with Veda, his doom was sealed, and he was caught up in a relentless intrigue that made him a catspaw for murder.
Amid zydeco rhythms and popping champagne corks, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is having a wild night at a Mardi Gras party-until she finds a float designer murdered on a balcony.
Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly - have arrived in Branscombe, New Hampshire, for its first annual Festival of Joy - just after a group of supermarket employees learn they've won a giant lottery jackpot. But one of them, at the last moment, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he went missing.
Harry Bosch identifies the murderer of a Chinese liquor store owner as an LA member of a Hong Kong triad. But before he can close in he receives word that his daugher Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, has gone missing. He flies to Hong Kong wondering if her disappearance is connected to his case.
Geologist Ross Kelly has a career serching for oil across the world and Lauren, his beautiful, brilliant wife is expecting their first child. Lauren deciphers the rare and mysterious Voynich manuscript and everything changes. An attempt to steal her translation of the manuscript leaves Lauren and their unborn child hovering on the brink of death and Ross in the depths of despair. Ross has to seek the missing manuscript in a place that might challenge everything he ever thought about the source of life on earth.
Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for her ex-husband's wedding. But her main problem is bridezilla Breanne Summour. When people close to Breanne begin to suffer fatal accidents, it's Clare who may get burned.
A young mother, Sandra Gilles, leaves her daughter with a friend at the Columbia Road Flower Market and disappears. Shortly thereafter, her husband, a Pakistani lawyer, is killed. Scotland Yard detective Gemma James happens upon the scene in time to witness the investigator making a mistake. When Duncan and his trusted sergeant, Doug Cullen, see Gemma's name in the report, they decide to take the case. Working together again, Gemma, Duncan, Doug, and Melody Talbot must solve it before the murderer can get his hands on the real prize, Naz and Sandra's daughter.
Heiress turned cemetery tour guide Pepper Martin is not happy to discover that a local reality TV show, "Cemetery Survivor," will be filmed at Cleveland's Monroe Street Cemetery-and she has to be a part of it. To make matters worse, the ghost of a wrongly convicted killer needs Pepper's help to clear his name. But digging for the truth could put her in grave danger.
If you were small-time grifter Walter Harsh, recovering in a hospital with a broken arm, you would listen to a proposition that could net you a cool $50,000 for impersonating the South American strongman you resemble. You would pay attention when the dictator's sultry mistress started putting the moves on you. And in the dead of night, when no one was watching, you might just hatch a plot to get it all for yourself: the money, the girl, and the stash of stolen loot she is conspiring to spirit out of the country...
Arthur Beauchamp follows his wife, the leader and first elected member of the Green Party to Ottawa. He is thus available after a delegation of government officials from Bhashyistan is blown sky high on Bronson Avenue and the shares of a Calgary-based oil company drop like a stone. He is only too happy to jump to the defence of the missing suspected assassin. Recommended.
March 1312 and England is divided. Edward II is in conflict with his barons over royal favourite Gaveston, and Queen Isabella is momentously pregnant with the first union of Plantagenet and Capetian blood. Meanwhile, rebel Robert Bruce prowls the Scottish border. Mathilde of Westminster senses a challenge for the throne is imminent. When the great Earls step up their campaign, the King and Queen are forced to flee. With threats all around, the royal party can only despair when one of their camp is murdered. Will Mathilde be able to find the perpetrator before the King loses control of the throne?
Charlie has it in his head that he's going to get hitched. That is, unless Charlie's irascible aunt, her sixteen-year-old niece, and their visions of a dead woman - her throat slit from ear to ear - have anything to say about it.
Serial killer expert John Costello, a surviving victim of a deranged murderer, is pitted against New Jersey's most terrifying serial killer. But could John's dark knowledge be about to threaten his life?
Summer 1968: Dwight Holly, J. Edgar Hoover's pet strong-arm goon, is obsessed with a leftist shadow figure named Joan Rosen Klein. His search for Joan collides with the agendas of Wayne Tedrow, building a mob gambling mecca in the Dominican Republic, and Don Crutchfield, a window-peeping private eye within tantalizing reach of right-wing assassins, left-wing revolutionaries, and the powermongers of an incendiary era.
Omnibus edition of three Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers books: VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS, PLUM LOVIN' and PLUM LUCKY.
It's Halloween, and Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. In the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, Leona Cunningham, owner of a popular microbrewery, is a practitioner of Wicca, the nature-based religion often mistaken for black magic. But that doesn't bother the thirsty crowds. Then, after one too many pints, a local blames Leona for the series of "accidents" that have happened in the town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona's the main suspect. But Betsy's on the case, and that spells trouble for the killer.
Since childhood bookmaker Ned Talbot had been told that his parents had died in a car crash. So his life is thrown into turmoil when, on the first day of the Royal Ascot, a man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father. Then, barely an hour later, his newly found father is stabbed by a unknown assailant in the parking lot.
It is summer and life is good for Simon Waterford. He has inherited his father's top class yard and soon he is to marry Mariana, his beautiful girlfriend. Mariana has a secret that could wreck her hopes of marriage. Geoff knows the secret and is planning to tell Simon. On the way back from the races a brawl ensues that leaves Simon with a wounded face and Geoff dead on the floor. Mariana is relieved as her secret is safe for now.
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride has never forgotten the case that made him join the police force. In the 1970's, Laura, the sister of Stride's girlfriend, was murdered. The killer was never found. Tish Verdure, an old friend of Laura's, has returned home and is convinced that the killer was a local boy. Stride is convinced that Tish is hiding a secret from the past and this secret could have shattering consequences. Recommended.
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the kidnapping, a relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbours begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover and partner, Serena find themselves on opposite sides of the case.
Miniaturist Gerry Porter has been looking forward to her thirtieth high school reunion. But when a former athlete is murdered, Gerry must employ all her skills to reconstruct the scene of the crime.
A German U-boat lost in the final days of the Second World War rested silent and dead in the deep waters off the Russian coast for more than half a century - carrying a cargo too terrifying to contemplate. Now it has been found and its terrible treasure liberated - by those who would set the world on fire.
A return to the setting of Grisham's first novel, A TIME TO KILL.
When lawyer Jenny Cooper is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner she discovers that the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence. Could the tragic death in custody of a young boy be linked to the apparent suicide of a teenage prostitute and the fate of Marshall himself?
First published in 1950. There was the elusive man who wore dark glasses, the actress who chose sudden death as the background for an audition, the ex-silent-film star who stooged on quiz shows for his daily bottle and Maggie who loved him, but didn't believe in the effect of too many Scotches.
Nick Ash does research for the FBI in New York. Six months ago his girlfriend Gillian walked out and broke his heart. Gillian is in a snowbound village in Germany when she discovers a secret. Before she can reveal it, she disappears. Now Nick is the only person who can save her. Within hours of getting her message, Nick is on the run and is hunted across Europe. Nick follows Gillian's trail into the heart of a 500 year old mystery. There are men who have devoted their lives to keeping the secret and they will stop at nothing to protect it.
Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface. To make matters worse, Tolliver learns from his older brother that their father is out of jail and trying to reestablish contact with other family members. Tolliver wants no part of the man - but he may not have a choice in the matter. Soon, family secrets ensnare them both, as Harper finally discovers what happened to her missing sister, Cameron, so many years before. And what she finds out will change her world forever.
George Young never thought of himself as a detective, but that's pretty much his vocation - an attorney for a top insurance firm, it's his job to pin down suspicious claims. But Mrs. Corbett, the rich, eccentric wife of the firm's founder, has it in mind to put George's skills to a peculiar assignment. With only a few months to live, her one desire is to know the true circumstance of her son Roger's violent death. George's investigation leads him to Roger's mistress, a cagy Czech hand model named Eliska, whose motives for latching on to Mrs. Corbett's son may have gotten him killed.
GONE TOMORROW and DEAR DEPARTED in a single volume.
Divorced and strapped for cash, Candyce "Dyce" Dare starts up Daring Finds, a furniture refinishing business. But when she goes dumpster diving for discarded furniture-and uncovers a corpse-Dyce may find herself redecorating a jail cell.
Erlendur and his team investigate after a young boy is found frozen to the ground in his own blood in a Reykjavik garden. They also learn that the boy's half-Thai brother is missing. Recommended.
A woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. It appears to be a suicide, but a tape of a seance that the woman attended prompts Erlendur to give the circumstances a closer look.
Oz Blackstone has died and his tough-talking ex-wife enters centre stage as Primavera Blackstone takes the lead in this new crime series. Her mind still filled with thoughts of her dead ex-husband, Primavera Blackstone is in Spain with son Tom when their peace is breached again with the arrival of her elderly but formidable aunt, Adrienne McGown. Auntie Ade's roguish son Frank has become involved with a shady international casino project and has disappeared. Prim flies to Seville to track him down, only to find herself a fugitive, with her life under threat, as her aunt joins the missing persons list and Tom is forced to flee to safety.
Featuring the two brothers who first appeared in BONES -- two rivals investigate horrific murders.
In the half-built skeleton of a monstrously vulgar mansion in one of L.A.'s toniest neighbourhoods, a watchman stumbles on the bodies of a young couple-murdered in flagrante and left in a gruesome postmortem embrace. The female has not been identified, but the male was an eco-friendly architect who had disdained the kind of grandiose superstructure his corpse was left in. He was a notorious seducer, but his female ex-boss proves to be as indifferent to his death as she was to his advances. Though Milo and Alex place her on their short list of suspects, the deeper they dig for clues the longer the list grows.
A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career -- or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg. Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance -- and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the "War on Terror," the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the innocents. Recommended.
First published in 1949. When a thoroughly "nice" girl is clever as well, let her less strongly armed sisters beware. Phyllis Gordon was completely honest and very intelligent. Terry McLean was her first and only lover, and he really loved her. But Phyllis cared too much for him to marry him until she had rid herself of her unrequited passion for her millionaire employer, Kenyon Rutledge. Kenyon's fiancee, Letty Lawrence, was also well equipped with beauty and brains, and she had money besides. Yet the arrival in town of Phyllis's little country cousin, Anice Mayhew, spelled danger for both Phyllis and Letty. For Anice was dewy-eyed, supersweet and diabolically innocent.
A collection of her stories.
Veteran homicide detective Frank Quinn and his team pursue a psychopath who lures beautiful women into a night of passion, them wakes them to a vicious death.
Victims' advocate Camilla MacPhee is puzzled when the trial of Lloyd Brugel, a ruthless criminal kingpin charged with a fatal firebombing, is delayed when his sleasy counsel is found dead -- drowned, and shot too, for good measure. And what about the dead judge? And the real estate lawyer killed in an unlikely accident?
Four stories from early in the detective's career.
Wayne Castine, a suspected child predator was found brutally murdered in Brattleboro where he'd been involved with a tangled network of an extended family living in a local trailer park. Any member of the clan would have a reason to kill him as he was involved both with the mother and her 12 year old daughter.
Professional dog walker Ellie Engleman is more than just a pal to her pooches - she can also read their minds. When Ellie and her terrier mix Rudy find the corpse of a troubled but harmless park dweller in Central Park, the dog walker becomes a prime suspect for murder. When it turns out Rudy is the sole beneficiary of the victim's inheritance, Ellie, Rudy, and Detective Sam Ryder follow the trail of clues to a key to a safety deposit box that just might point to the motive and help them sniff out the real killer.
FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, pursues a serial killer who sets out to prove that everyone has a secret to hide.
Fledgling PI Abby Faria is taking a well deserved break on Peregrine Island in BC's Desolation Sound. She plans to relax and indulge her passion for cycling with her boyfriend, Andy, on the Island trails. Romantic plans with Andy go off the rails when logging company magnate Jack Armstrong is found murdered on the edge of an island clearcut. Abby's nosing around in the eco-politics of the island soon brings her in the midst of a whole cast of island characters.
Senior Glasgow policewoman Alex Morrow investigates after a group of armed men invade a home, demand millions of pounds from the family, and leave abducting an elderly grandfather. Who were the men? And why did they think a normal household concealed untold riches?
It's Christmas Eve in Santa Fe. But among the revelers on Canyon Road, a decidedly unholy scene is taking place. A desperate man, dressed all in black, feverishly seeks refuge for himself and the squirming bundle he holds tightly against his breast. Agent Paul Kagan's bundle is a baby who has the power to change the course of global events. His pursuers are his former colleagues - members of the Russian mafia who will stop at nothing to accomplish their mission.
Seven stories featuring Rumpole at Christmastime.
Sharon McCone retreats to her ranch in California's high desert country to contemplate her future until a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman distracts her. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch.
Shot in the head by an unknown assailant Sharon McCone lies in a hospital bed, conscious but almost totally paralyzed, trying to break out of her body's prison and sorting through the clues her colleagues discover about the attack.
Almost immediately after wounded Wilf McLauchlin, a celebrated WWII Canadian spitfire pilot, returns home to a hero's welcome, a series of bizarre murders erupts in his hometown. Wilf finds himself trying to solve them and wondering if he is somehow causing them. How is this possible? Wilf follows his own trail back to when he was shot down over Germany in the last days of the war and makes the shattering connection.
It is 1952, and the new apartheid laws have recently gone into effect. When Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, investigates the murder of an Afrikaans policeman, his mission is preempted by the powerful police Security Branch, who are dedicated to their campaign to flush out black communist radicals. But Detective Cooper isn't interested in political expediency and follows a trail of clues that lead him to uncover a shocking forbidden love and the imperfect life of Captain Pretorius, a man whose relationships with the black and coloured residents of the town he ruled were more complicated and more human than anyone could have imagined.
Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed friendships with wives of very wealthy men. These rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower - and now he's blackmailing them. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower "cease and desist", but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment goes from blackmail to murder.
It's the worst crime scene Alex Cross has ever seen, and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. After one death comes terrifyingly close to home, Alex realizes he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. Digging deeper into the case, Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, uncover a shocking Washington, D.C., underworld: a gang of teenage thugs headed by a warlord known only as the Tiger. When the Tiger's elusive trail turns up in Africa, Alex knows that he must follow.
C. I. Gamache is called to investigate a murder in Three Pines. The village is in chaos when a man has been found, bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive, or even the dead man's name. Gamache and his colleagues, Inspector Beauvoir and Agent Isabelle Lacoste, start to dig under the skin of the peaceful haven at Three Pines. They unravel a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes, and a shameful history that sheds light on the victim's identity and also points to a terrifying killer.
The heist of the century has taken place in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, and Vicky Bliss's boyfriend "Sir John Smythe" is a prime suspect. Even Vicky isn't sure he hasn't returned to his old ways. They must find the real culprits before Interpol, the Egyptian police and Vicky's inquisitive boss, manage to close in on them.
The junkie who came to him claiming to be his brother is now dead. Now all that Henry Parker can do for him is to find his killer - and with the help of Amanda Davies - uncover the whole truth, even if it means tracking down a vicious drug kingpin.
First published in 1949. She's a smooth blonde with enough real glamour not to need makeup -- especially in tight white satin. She's honest and sort of naive, but she knows how to get a man - or get rid of a wolf.
Malcom Fox works for the Complaints and Conduct department -- the department of Edinburgh cops that investigate other cops. He's given the case of Jamie Breck. Jamie is dirty, but no one can prove it. Fox learns that there is more to Breck than anyone thinks. A vicious murder soon proves that this knowledge is dangerous. Recommended.
Mike Mackenzie is a self-made man with too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil in his soul. He decides to rip off one of the most high-profile targets in the capital -- the National Gallery of Scotland. But, of course, the real trick to is to rob the place for all it's worth whilst persuading the world that no crime was ever committed.
Falsely accused of his wife's death, Tim Wallace is in a pub for the first time since her death when a stranger confesses to a months-old murder, even offering as proof the location of the woman's body. "Now it's your problem," he says and walks away. When the man turns out to have been telling the truth, Tim's life and work are put under the microscope again by the cops, and this time they're not giving up.
Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls in Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to a Swedish brothel. They are given a chance at freedom and a chance to take revenge on their captors. Police officers Sundkvist and Grens, are on the trail of Lydia's enslavers and Jochum Lang, a notorious mob enforcer. At the Soder Hospital, their destinies begin to converge in unexpected and explosive ways.
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers is sent to Stillwater after a dead body is found with two gunshots to the head and a lemon in his mouth. Exactly like the body found the previous week. Flowers becomes convinced that there is a list and someone is going down it, checking off names.
Virgil Flowers gets a call to investigate a murder at a resort for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out as place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today. Virgil finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer. Then he finds there was a second, seemingly unrelated murder the year before. And that there's about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now.
The gruesome murder of a police captain in his hospital room reveals the unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Martin Beck and his colleagues feverishly comb Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman, who has plans for even more chaos. As the tension builds and a feeling of imminent danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption.
A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room-with no gun at the scene.
Seven years ago, Vivek "Vicky" Rai, the playboy son of the Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh, murdered bartender Ruby Gill at a trendy restaurant in New Delhi, simply because she refused to serve him a drink. Now Vicky Rai has been killed at the party he was throwing to celebrate his acquittal. The police recover six guests with guns in their possession: a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mahatma Gandhi; an American tourist infatuated with an Indian actress; a Stone Age tribesman on a quest to recover a sacred stone; a Bollywood sex symbol with a guilty secret; a mobile-phone thief who dreams big; and an ambitious politician prepared to stoop low.
On the island of Oland, off the coast of northern Sweden, a young couple from Stockholm reclaim a long-neglected family manor and introduce their two children to the island's woodlands, glens, and beaches. But there are things that cannot be repaired, lives that have gone wrong, and secrets that have followed them.
Apart from being Head of Sixth Form at Leighford High, Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell still finds time for some amateur sleuthing, even though his policewoman 'Significant Other', DS Jacquie Carpenter, has decided that this time he's leaving any murder investigations to her. But how can he refuse when the terminally nervous school photographer asks for his help after accidentally photographing a murder on the beach?
1242 AD: Europe is in flames and King Louis of France is determined to stamp out the heretic Cathars. Petroc's mentor can no longer ignore his Cathar roots and heads for Languedoc and war.
Thomas Clayton is a City trader working the markets in London's Square Mile. When he returns to New York for his father's funeral, he discovers he has been left nearly $50 million in a numbered Swiss bank account and he is at a complete loss to explain how a professor father could have come by that sum of money. Tom's actions spark a murderous turf war in the Americas between the cartels of Medillin and Cali.
After her divorce Delilah Dickinson opens her own literary travel agency in Atlanta. But during her first group's tour of an old plantation modeled after Tara from Gone with the Wind - complete with a full cast of actors - the actor playing Clark Gable playing Rhett Butler is found dead. Then the actors begin taking their roles a little too seriously - believing they actually are Ashley Wilkes, Scarlett O'Hara, and Melanie. Next stop: Sunset Boulevard.
Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband-and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie-at his company luau. But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in her murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn up stories some would prefer to keep in the past. But can she uncover the real culprit before a murder charge puts her dreams on ice for good?
As a sweltering Seville recovers from the shock of a terrorist attack, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon is struggling to find the bombers.The death of a gangster in a spectacular car crash offers vital evidence implicating the Russian mafia in his investigation, but pitches Falcon into the heart of a turf war over prostitution and drugs. Recommended.
DI Hazel Micallef is still recovering from back surgery when a body is found in a nearby lake, snagged under several feet of water. But the first installment of a story just published in the local paper describes such a discovery -- with too much detail to be coincidence.
Former corporate drone Georgiana Neverall loves her new occupation as a plumber's apprentice, but is a bit surprised when she finds the favourite brooch of Martha Tepper, the town's former librarian, clogging a sink. Georgiana has a sinking feeling that Martha may have been retired permanently - and suddenly it's up to a plumber's apprentice to flush out a killer.
Brandy Borne and her maddening mother Vivian must once again unearth clues from the past to solve a recent murder mystery.
A young female prostitute has been brutally slain and left on top of a grave in a local cemetery. Rhona Macleod - a forensic investigations expert - has no doubt that the depraved killer's motives were sexual. When the removal of the girl's corpse reveals another woman buried secretly underneath, the case takes on a disturbing new dimension. This killer has attacked before, and will certainly strike again. When another girl is reported missing, Rhona knows she must track the killer down herself.
Meg has been volunteered to organize the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade. It is proving every bit as difficult as Meg feared it would be. Then her nephew Eric, wide-eyed and ashen-faced, whispers, "Meg, something's wrong with Santa." The local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role, has been murdered.
English professor Alison is asked by a man to help locate his nephew, an illegal Ecuadorian immigrant named Jose, who has mysteriously gone missing. She agrees and begins her investigation by asking her boyfriend Bobby, a cop, for some expert advice. Turns out Bobby already knows about what happened to Jose, since he's the one who pulled his corpse out of the Hudson River a few days earlier.
Bookstore owner Tricia Miles has put up -- and put up with -- her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy has stolen $100. But the day she's kicked out, Pammy's found dead in a dumpster, leaving loads of questions unanswered.
Jessica Popper, veterinarian turned sleuth, encounters her newest case at her very own wedding.
Nine months after Jack and Melissa McGuane adopt their daughter Angelina, the teenage birth father wants her back -- and his father, a powerful Denver judge, will use every means possible to ensure this happens. Soon it becomes clear to Jack and Melissa that something sinister -- not love -- is the motivation for this -- and they too will need to use every means possible to protect their child.
[Canadian author]. A Polish immigrant is beaten to death in Dublin. Outrage in both Ireland and Poland puts pressure on the Gardai to solve the case. And Inspector Matt Minogue, of the disbanded specialist Murder Squad, is suddenly back in demand.
Michael O'Shea (Shay), a member of Ireland's Guards, is also a sociopath. He becomes a member of the NYPD as the result of an exchange program. Paired with an unstable cop nicknamed Kebar for his liberal use of a short, lethal metal stick called a K-bar, the two unlikely partners become a devastatingly effective force in the war against crime. But Shay does not know that Kebar has sold out to the mob to help his sister -- the rape and beating that left her in a coma pushed an already unstable mind over. And Shay's own dark secrets are about to boil over and onto the streets of New York.
Interior designers Erin Gilbert and Steve Sullivan come to Snowcap Colorado at Christmastime to give venerable Goodwin Estate a makeover. But Erin's big-talking ex-boyfriend shows up just in time to make Sullivan crazy jealous, and when a local building inspector is found strangled with a strand of Christmas lights, Gilbert and Sullivan begin to suspect it might be time to leave this psychodrama of a project behind. Then an incompetent sheriff accuses Erin of murder and there's another gruesome killing.
Dan Gordon works undercover searching for the source of funding to Hezbollah. He has infiltrated a Lebanese network in Paraguay, only to end up locked in a grim Romanian prison cell. Was it a security leak that got him arrested? Did the CIA make him a sacrificial lamb? Or has he stumbled on a much bigger plot, one with the potential to disrupt Al Qaeda's operations in America?
A new mystery series features young Daphne du Maurier. Walking on the cliffs of Cornwall, young Daphne stumbles upon the drowned body of a beautiful woman, dressed only in a nightgown. Daphne soon learns that the mysterious woman was engaged to Lord Hartley of Padthaway. As a daughter of Sir Gerald du Maurier, Daphne is welcome to the Hartley home. When the drowning turns into a murder, Daphne is determined to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Padthaway.
Hired by both of a pair of warring crime families, the ruthless hit man Quarry finds himself very much in the middle -- each of his employers has hired him to hit the other's hit man.
[Local author]. In a field outside the Everglades a balloon has just set down; the lone man inside the basket is dead - an apparent suicide. A yacht riddled with bullets limps into the Port of Miami; only a gravely wounded hijacker survives, confessing that there are drugs somewhere on board, but he can't find them. A local journalist, looking to break out of the rat race with a novel based on the people he covers on his beat, is found dead.
It is 1907. Southern Pacific Railroad, faced with sabotage on their Cascades express line, has Van Dorn Detective Agency send Isaac Bell. Bell learns that a man known only as the Wrecker is recruiting accomplices from among the down-and-out to attack the railroad, then killing them afterward. Whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done.
Actress Vena Burford is resting between jobs. Vena takes on a few jobs for friends and family around the idyllic Stratford-upon-Avon. Interior design leads her to violent threats and showing prospective buyers around houses ushers in a drug-smuggling ring. Vena comes to know all too well that the countryside is far from quiet.
Former Army Special Forces soldier Jack Pilgrim's partner, Merc Conrad, goes missing in Afghanistan with a chunk of government cash and most of the company's assets. Loyalty -- and CIA coercion -- send him to Afghanistan as the US prepares to pull out. He follows Merc's trail to the border area of Pakistan, into a heart of darkness.
After ten years abroad John Sutter returns to Long Island's Gold Coast for a funeral. But his ex-wife Susan has also returned. And, although Susan's ex-lover, the mafia don Frank Bellarosa, is long dead, Frank's son Anthony has also arrived. Anthony intends both to draw John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family and to exact revenge on his father's murderer - Susan Sutter.
Rancher and sometimes Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets the call when the widow Montoya starts fussing about witches. She swears there is a brood lurking on the oil company land adjacent to her property, harassing her with carcasses of dead animals. When no one takes her seriously, she takes matters into her own hands with disastrous results. By the time Charlie arrives, it is too late to save her. He knows he can't bring her back, but that does not mean he can't help the widow get her revenge after all.
For Randolph and his owner, Harry, a struggling artist, it was dog heaven: a pet lovers cruise filled with canine experts and gung-ho trainers - plus plenty of art lectures for Harry and midnight buffets for Randolph. The two have come on board to follow clues that they hope will lead to the whereabouts of the long-lost Imogen, Randolph's mistress and Harry's beloved girlfriend. But no one prepared Randolph for being put on a diet (the horror!), not to mention a new meaning for "poop deck" - or anything about murder.
A lonely hearts killer is targeting middle-aged women at some of England's most well-known pubs - including one torn down eighty years ago. With the public on the verge of panic and their superiors determined to shut the PCU down for good, Detectives Bryant and May must rise to the occasion in defense of two great English traditions - the pub and the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
The kidnapping of a 16 year old and the murder and dismemberment of a congressman pits Special Agent Kelly Jones against her most powerful adversaries yet. She will be navigating her way through the Aryan Brotherhood, biker gangs and skinheads, finding her way to the shadowy figure who is uniting hate groups.
London, 1812. The brutal slaughter of eight young prostitutes in a house of refuge near Covent Garden leaves only one survivor - and one witness: Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, Lord Jarvis. Hero and Sebastian St. Cyr follow a trail of clues leading from the seedy brothels and docksides of London's East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family with dark secrets to hide.
Bailey Ruth Raeburn is delighted that her unique position as a ghost makes it possible for her to lend a helping hand, sometimes seen and sometimes not. And if anybody needs a little help, it's Kathleen, the pastor's wife. There's a dead man on her porch, and once the body is discovered, the pastor is sure to become a suspect. Uncharitable people might call it meddling, but Bailey Ruth knows Kathleen needs her help!
Discovering that she has a young grandson, a wealthy woman in Adelaide, Oklahoma, decides to change her will to leave the bulk of her fortune to the young boy - an alteration that stuns the rest of her family. But a scrooge of a determined heir makes sure she never signs the new document. When she is found dead, it's up to that irrepressible spirit Bailey Ruth, on assignment from Wiggins and Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas. There's only one teeny hitch: how can Bailey Ruth figure out which family member was desperate enough to kill when everyone has a motive?
Jane Lawless is at her wit's end keeping her Minneapolis restaurants running while volunteering on her father's campaign for governor. With a solid lead, the race is Ray Lawless's to lose, but that changes when his rival posts a list of criminals who are on the streets, thanks to Ray's work as a defense lawyer. Corey Hodge is one of the ex-cons who took Ray's advice to plead guilty for a crime he swears he didn't commit, and revenge is never far from his mind. Then one of Ray's volunteers is killed in such a way that mirrors the crime Corey was convicted of, and Jane must bring in the killer to save her father's political career and to keep Corey from going to prison again.
Jane Lawless has decided to train as a PI. Her first job seems simple: find Annie Andrew's father. Jane succeeds but she begins to feel that there is more to this story.
After a close encounter with a bomb, Dalziel recuperates in the quaint seaside resort of Sandytown where a pair of powerful landowners have very different plans for putting the resort on the map. Since only one of the two plans can ever come to fruition, the other is eliminated by the process of brutally murdering its proponent. This brings Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe to Sandytown. Dalziel now has better things to do than lie around getting healthy. Recommended.
The best of short crime fiction since 1929 (when Dorothy L. Sayers' landmark anthology The Omnibus of Crime was published). Authors represented include Highsmith, Grafton, Hammett, P. D. James, Ross Macdonald, Paretsky, Rendell, Leonard, and many more, including never before published works from Deaver, Aird, and Alexander McCall Smith.
DI John Handford and Sergeant Kahlid Ali pursue separate investigations -- Handford on the trail of a young woman who's disappeared and Ali tracking the killer of a 96-year-old pensioner murdered in her own home. The two cases, however, begin to converge.
Someone is kidnapping apparently random victims, putting them through an elaborate game of cat and mouse, and then slaughtering them, the whole affair broadcast through the internet. DI Joe Chapman sees it and goes looking for clues.
Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a break from excitement. In the midst of a remodel, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation that will stop the construction on her home. But when the savagely murdered body of stay-at-home mom Morgan Forester is found, Ali's contractor Bryan is the prime suspect. Bryan swears he has nothing to do with his wife's murder -- but as the investigation progresses Ali seems to be the only resident of Sedona who believes him.
When one of A. J.'s celebrity yoga students gets permanently bent out of shape, and another is accused of the crime, A. J. has no choice but to position herself as a sleuth to find the real killer.
The scents of the season overflow from the kitchen and the country club's halls are decorated with festive displays thanks to Cecily's dear friend Madeline. But when one of Cecily's candlesticks disappears, she realizes someone is lacking in Christmas spirit. But petty thievery seems the least of Cecily's problems after she learns a former employee has been found dead in her duck pond.
This year Cecily has a cracking surprise for her guests - Christmas crackers. Once the crackers pop, one lucky guest will discover a beautiful pearl brooch. But when two crackers go astray, things turn less than jolly. A mysterious fire has broken out in an upstairs room, killing the mood-and two guests. And at the bottom of it all: one of the missing Christmas crackers.
When an unidentified body is discovered in the harbor town of Axmouth, the county coroner Sir John de Wolfe is summoned to investigate. The manner of the young man's death is a matter of some dispute, but it was clearly no accident. In the ensuing murder investigation, Sir John is frustrated by what appears to be a conspiracy of silence among the seamen and townsfolk. There are many inhabitants of Axmouth who seem willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that the shocking truth behind the death remains hidden. Sir John will need courage, cunning, and determination if he is to solve the case and escape from the town with his life.
At thirty four, Internet entrepreneur, Ryan Perry had the world in his pocket. When diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy, he was on a heart transplant list. After the heart transplant, he never felt better. And then he receives a series of unmarked gifts with the message -- your heart belongs to me. Ryan is being stalked by a mysterious woman who feels entitled to everything he has and she is the spitting image of the 26 year old heart donor of the heart that is beating in his own chest.
Seattle newspaper photographer Nick Wilder is shocked by the gruesome homicide scenes left by the serial killer dubbed the Street Butcher. But the deeper he digs, the closer he gets to his own disturbing past and the more he must risk to unmask an unpredictable, deranged psychopath. As the motives multiply and the suspects mount, the cold, stark Seattle winter is about to turn even chillier.
When his dead dad's former law partner is murdered and the cops start asking Kyle Byrne uncomfortable questions, he's forced to confront the tragedies and self-deceptions that form the fabric of his existence. Suddenly he wants the real truth about his father's death -- and that desire will lead him to high, dark and very dangerous places.
USAF Lt. Samantha Spade and her techies try out the latest gizmos for the military. On a test run with the Ergonomic Exoskeletal Extension (EEEK) Sam stumbles over two dead bodies in the desert. With the help of handsome Border Patrol agent Jeff Mitchell, Sam must unravel a cover-up involving an illegal arms deal.
FBI profiler Sophie Anderson links a body with its throat torn out to an Asian criminal organization. But the victim is a man who has been missing for 15 years. As similar murders begin to occur throughout Los Angeles, she will have to draw on her experience and her developing psychic skills to find a brilliant killer who leaves no forensic evidence.
A cargo ship is apprehended by the authorities off the coast of Spain, loaded to the gunwhales with enough arms to start a war. Twenty years later, an unknown aggressor seems intent on eradicating those responsible for the treachery, one by one. Nick Stone, ex-SAS, tough, resourceful, ruthless and highly trained is next on the killer's list. Stone is catpulted into his most daunting mission yet.
Twenty years ago two teenage brothers went into the woods, but only one, Oren, came back. When Oren, an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns home, he hears a thump on the porch. His brother Josh is finally coming back -- bone by bone. That thump was the jawbone. Oren sets out to solve his brother's murder -- and enounters a town full of secrets and secret-keepers.
A host of major crime writers reveal how they created their detectives. Includes: Connelly, Child (both Lee and Lincoln), Connolly, Crais, Deaver, Dexter, Harvey, Hunter (Stephen), Kellerman (both Faye and Jonathan), Lescroart, Lippman, Morrell, O'Connell, Parker (Robert), Pearson, Perry (Anne), Preston, Rankin and Smith (Alexander McCall).
Victorian London is slipping into anarchy. Imprisoned and bankrupt, the widower Pyke makes a pact - in return for his freedom he will investigate the death of a young mulatto woman. But as her body is joined by others in the depths of the Thames, Pyke must travel from the backstreets of East London to the plantations of Jamaica, battling ruthless enemies - and demons of his own.
Three days before Christmas, in the freezing slums of London's East End, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters Minnie Maude Mudway, who is only eight, alone, and determined to find her friend Charlie. Charlie is a donkey who belonged to Minnie's Uncle Alf. The day before someone murdered Alf and made off with his cart -- and its donkey.
Two Pitts Christmas mysteries -- A CHRISTMAS BEGINNINGand A CHRISTMAS GRACE -- in a single volume.
An ex-cop and now a professor, Finn never would have guessed that an isolated girls' prep school could be every bit as dangerous as city streets. Especially when he stumbles upon a local girl lying in a graveyard in the middle of a raging blizzard. Finn may live in a world of total darkness, but it's about to get a splash of red. The memories that torment him still have the power to kill, and a group of innocent students has been put in harm's way by a pair of vicious criminals stalking Finn for unknown reasons.
The tenants of Lois Meade's terrace house in Tresham are frustrated by their neighbour's noisy pet rooster, Satan, and move out. Luckily her son Douglas agrees to rent the house. But when Satan and his elderly owner are found dead, Douglas -- who is involved with the victim's daughter (the owner, not the parrot) -- is one of the prime suspects. As landlord, mother, and witness, Lois must take action and flush out the killer who's fouling the Meade name.
Brutally murdered in her bedroom, the body of the sixteen-year-old daughter of the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is specifically requested by the captain to investigate. When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.
Japan 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since returning from exile. As Yanagisawa's true motives begin to emerge, Sano's estranged uncle comes to him for help. His daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his wife Reiko-who once suffered through the kidnapping of their own son--to find her before it is too late.
Christmas in Fort Connor, Colorado brings the death of Juliet, the town's librarian. Suspicion falls on a member, a newcomer, to the knitting group, but Kelly Flynn and the rest of the crew aren't convinced of this person's guilt.
Immacolata Borelli has come to Britain to study accountancy in London. Her prime reason for coming to Britain was to look after her gangster brother. The Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more ruthless than the Sicilian Mafia. Mario Castrolami is the senior Carabinieri investigator of the Camorra. He is dedicated to destroying the clans. When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate, Mario knows this will set up a terrifying series of events. Recommended.
The last person that professional bodyguard, Charlotte "Charlie" Fox, ever expected to self-destruct was her own father, an eminent surgeon. But when Charlie unexpectedly sees him admitting to gross professional misconduct on a New York news program, she can't just stand by and watch his downfall. Foxcroft seems determined to go down in a blazing lack of glory, and take Charlie and everyone she cares about down with him. But he has not bargained on Charlie's own ruthless streak. And when the game turns deadly, Charlie will need to stake her life and her father's against a formidable foe.
It's 1939 and in a sleepy town in Suffolk, La, the generous and determined widow, forms an amateur orchestra to entertain the locals and soothe her own broken heart. She recruits Feliks, a refugee from Poland, to play the flute, and a touching friendship emerges. When the war is over and the orchestra disbands, La is left pondering her next move. What role can she play in her community now that the war is over? And can she let herself love again?
Six walkers exploring Skiddaw in the Lake District find themselves trapped in a seemingly deserted house, high on a crag, during a storm. At the outset no one seems very concerned-since all are running from different things. Inside the house is warm and inviting and, apparently, recently occupied-though no one can be found. But then they discover the phone is dead. The television cable has been sliced through. The mist gets thicker. They meet a man called Daniel, who claims to own the house and seems to know too much about them all. The mist grows thicker still. And then the violence starts-and no one can escape...
At Miller's Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she is using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than migraines. Tally McNabb has brought home a secret--a fatal one. Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne just wants Clare to settle down and get married--to him. He rules Tally's death a suicide and Clare sides with the other vets against him. Clare's unorthodox investigation will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny Adirondack town to the upper ranks of the Army.
Blake Parker, the director of an Oxford research unit, is under pressure. He must produce results fast or risk losing his funding. But not only has his team been targeted by an animal rights group, it's also reeling from the seemingly accidental death of one of its researchers. When a friend working in Parker's lab contacts Kate Ivory, she finds herself becoming involved with the unit and increasingly concerned that the death wasn't an accident after a11.
Criminal defense attorney Harrison J. Walker ("Jaywalker") takes on the defense of a man known as the "Audi Assassin". Jaywalker tries to limit the damage to his client by exposing the legal system's hypocrisy regarding drunk driving. But then he rounds a blind corner in the case and collides with a truth that could turn his entire defense into a disaster.
Thea Osborne and her spaniel, Hepzie, have taken on another house-sitting assignment, this time in the quiet village of Temple Guiting. DS Phil Hollis is looking forward to visiting for a night or two and celebrating the couple's one year anniversary, but a slipped disk in Phil's back soon puts an end to their romantic weekend. As it turns out, having a policeman on the scene is not entirely unnecessary in the little village. A few days into their stay, a pile of human bones are discovered in the base of an uprooted tree. There is no concrete evidence as to who the bones belonged to though the locals all have their theories and rumours abound.
Josie Marcus has been hired to check out a big pet store's involvement with puppy mills. When an employee who clued her into the mills' existence shows up dead, Josie realizes that sinking her teeth into this case could mean getting bitten back.
One moonlit night LAPD veterans Dana Vaughn and Nate Weiss get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Responding, they stumble upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can't be sure who's conning whom.
Phyllis Newsom stands a good chance in the Christmas cookie contest with her snowflake-shaped lime sugar cookies. But Mrs. Simmons' gingerdoodles might give her a run for her money -- until Mrs. Simmons is found strangled in a pile of cookies.
Christmas Eve 1931: Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met - and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case.
Novel about the legendary English climber George Mallory, the man who dreamt of being the first to conquer Mt.Everest - and the mystery that still surrounds his climb.
The town of Lincoln is covered in snow - concealing the mortal remains of a clerk who worked in the local mint. The only clue is a pristine coin stamped with the visage of King Stephen. But Templar Bascot de Marins soon discovers that the motive goes beyond money - and beyond mere murder.
Here is Cotton Malone's quest to discover what really happened to his father...
Annie Capshaw has found that the way to a man's heart is through his cooking class. But just as she and her best friend, Eve, are planning Annie's big day with Jim, her former cooking instructor turned boss, murder takes the cake. Make that the wedding cake.
San Antonio D.A. Chris Sinclair receives word that his friend's murder has been solved. Hike Grimason has been accused. Chris is being followed by a man who looks like multiple murderer Malachi Reese. Chris has to bring justice to an old friend, save his daughter Clarissa, and make peace with the dead.
Harry and her husband Fair go to fetch a Christmas tree from a tree farm run by the semimonastic Brothers of Love, and find a tree grimly decorated with a dead body. Harry knows she shouldn't take it personally, but it WAS her tree that someone left the corpse under. Now, as the season grows merrier, a murderer is growing bolder. One by one, prominent men of Crozet are being crossed off Christmas shopping lists and added to the morgue. And if Harry and her four-legged helpers aren't very good - and very careful - this Christmas may be her last.
When Mitchell is released from prison after serving three years for a vicious attack he doesn't remember, Billy Norton is there to pick him up. Norton works for Tommy Logan, a ruthless loan shark lowlife with plans Mitchell wants nothing to do with. Attempting to stay out of Logan's way, he finds work at the Holland Park mansion of faded movie actress, Lillian Palmer. It isn't long before Mitchell's past catches up with him and people start getting hurt. When his disturbed sister is threatened, Mitchell is forced to act.
When Cackleberry Clubber Suzanne delivers a pie to funeral director Ozzie Driesden, she discovers him lying on the embalming table. She barely has time to recognize his corpse before she's drugged with chloroform. With more suspects than breakfast specials, the Cackleberry Club scrambles to crack the case before one of their own ends up six feet under.
After Karen Sharpe takes on a challenging new case, she is brought into conflict with her superiors - and more seriously, with the underworld of Bradford city.
Kathy Callahan would never consider a second marriage, considering her past, not even with her plumber, Stan Bradley -- honest, hardworking and skilled with a tool. But the guy snaking her drain isn't what he seems. The undercover DEA agent and the feisty divorcee are chased by a drug lord intent on keeping his case from coming to trial.
Caribbean, 1665. With the backing of the Jamaican governor, Captain Charles Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to raid a nearby heavily fortified, harbour and seize a Spanish galleon. They will cross the waters, penetrate the dense jungles and Spanish infantry and hijack the ship -- but that is only the beginning to the danger - and adventure.
A priceless find that could save the planet -- an international conspiracy of devastation....
When local celebrity, Scarlett Flemming, dies, Vicky Hill learns of Scarlett's shaky finances - and marriage. While canvassing an entire town of suspects and juggling three eligible suitors, she must stay one step ahead of a killer once she realizes she's no longer writing an obituary, but an expose.
Jerusalem is still in the hands of the Crusaders. Meanwhile, back in England, King Stephen is waging a bloody war against Henry Fitzempress. The Templar Order is now fifty years old. Robert de Payens, grandson of Eleanor and one of the co-founders of the order and his friend Edward Sendal, find themselves caught up in a mystery when Raymond, Count of Tripoli, is brutally assassinated.
A Pinkerton agent from Chicago infiltrates a brutal secret society -- and winds up coming face to face with the world's greatest detective: Sherlock Holmes.
At a gala party held in memory of Greta Garbo, hotshot developer Rankin tells Valentino about a letter from Garbo to his late wife. Rankin tells Val that his assistant Akers, is using this letter to blackmail him. After the party, Val finds Rankin sitting at his desk with a pistol in his hand and Aker's dead body is on the floor.
Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates a murder set against the backdrop of the strange and privileged world of a wealthy New York City family -- major NY Public Library donors and passionate rare book collectors.
Back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show Betsy, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, her souvenirs. When the souvenirs are stolen from Doris's apartment, Betsy thinks there is something more to some of this exotic embroidery than meets the eye.
An omnibus edition of three in the Betsy Devonshire NEEDLECRAFT series: UNRAVELLED SLEEVE, A MURDEROUS YARN, and HANGING BY A THREAD.
Retired New York cop Eddie heads to sunny Florida, but instead of enjoying a relaxed, laid-back retirement, Eddie quickly discovers the darker side of Boca Raton's endless sun and palm trees, where hate crimes, counterfeiting, and worse lurk beneath the deceptively calm surface of cushy retirement communities.
The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers - leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder. It isn't so much the discovery of the headless corpse that's potentially so politically explosive as where it's found. Still it takes the bizarre sightings of a great horned creature - half man, half stag - carrying off young women to convince Bryant that this is a case worth getting dressed and leaving the house to solve.
It has been over a year since Danny Clark's girlfriend Kirsty died in a horrific diving accident in the Caribbean. Danny is back on his feet with a lot of help from Kirsty's best friend, Tara. Tara herself is uneasy, unconvinced that Kirsty's death was an accident. She fears that she might fall victim to a fatal accident herself.
At the behest of his powerful patron, Joliffe journeys to France to act as a servant to the widowed duchess Jacquetta of Bedford - while actually training in spycraft. But when a member of the duchess's household is murdered, Joliffe learns just how dangerous secrets can be.
Richard Eusden agrees to do a favour for a dying friend and finds himself in a race for life - his own and his friend's - across Belgium, Germany and Denmark in a mystery that somehow connects his friend's long dead grandfather, an Isle of Wight police officer and the tragic fate of the Russian Royal family.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer relies on Adrian Monk to solve his most baffling cases, but when the captain is faced with budget cuts, Monk's fees are one of the expenses he trims. Monk is too compulsive to stop investigating; he resorts to calling in tips under assumed names, infuriating the captain. But when Stottlemeyer is arrested for murder, he turns to the only detective who can prove his innocence.
April, 1988 - a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday. A young man enters her office and tells her that, 21 years ago, he stumbled on the burial of a little girl that had gone missing. He wants Kinsey's help in locating the child's remains and finding the men who killed her. But Kinsey discovers that the young man has an uneasy relationship with the truth. Is his current story true or simply one more in a long line of fabrications?
After years of delay, the man who murdered Jake's mother is finally scheduled to stand trial - until he vanishes into thin air. Now, without warning, her cozy, well-loved home in Eastport, Maine, seems more like a death trap ready to snap shut. Suddenly Jake feels that her house - and her life - has far too many windows. And in any one of them she might see the face of her killer.
A museum curator races to discover the origin of a mysterious pendant and is sucked into an international battle between powerful religious factions, each batling for a pendant that is far more powerful than anyone imagined.
Jack Swyteck's father, a former Governor of Florida, has been selected to fill the vacant Vice Presidency after the former occupant unexpectedly dies. Soon Jack becomes involved in DC intrigue as a 50 year old secret begins to unravel and a cover-up at the highest levels of government threatens to pull both Swytecks under. When hostages are taken, Jack must move fast -- the very presidency hangs in the balance.
A Chinese intelligence general is assassinated in plain sight of a surveillance camera while on his way to meet Kim Jong-iL. Kim Jong-iL denies any knowledge of the shooting but the Chinese do not believe him. A colonel in North Korea's intelligence service asks Kirk McGarvey to prove that North Korea did not authorize the hit. It is the most extraordinary request that Kirk has ever received.
Cicero's year as consul is spent combating a violent conspiracy to overthrow the state. But all the while the power of Caesar is growing, and Cicero must decide if it is justifiable to use illegal means toward the end of preserving the Republic.
Gina Wolfe has come to mid Yorkshire in search of her missing husband, believed dead. Her fiance, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met, thinks Dalziel should be able to take care of the job. A Welsh tabloid journalist senses the story he's been chasing for years may have finally landed in his lap. A Tory MP's secretary suspects her boss's father has an unsavory history that could taint his son's prime ministerial ambitions. The ruthless entrepreneur in question sends two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past. And the lethal pair dispatched have some awkward secrets of their own.
Joe Hunter's biggest problem is a missing little brother, last seen fleeing the site of a gruesome killing. Hunter needs the help of an old army buddy, a whole lot of hardware and a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, to fix this particular problem. Hunter encounters some very nasty criminals and America's mosst feared serial killer, The Harvestman, and his grisly souvenirs of death. [Debut novel].
The village of Mere Barton would be a different place without local busybody Annie Roberts. The retired nurse organizes and oversees all local activity with military precision. When Sheila Malory gets roped into Annie's latest project, a compilation of the village's history, she has a feeling it will lead to trouble. But the project is cut short when Annie is found dead from a nasty case of mushroom poisoning - and Mrs Malory seems to be the only one who finds the death suspicious. Annie had discovered some dark secrets about her fellow villagers. Secrets someone might kill to keep quiet.
Cheverell Manor, a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, is now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. After an investigative journalist checks in to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed and is found murdered two days later, Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate. As they probe the lives and backgrounds of those connected with the dead woman - the surgeon, members of the manor staff, close acquaintances - suspects multiply all too rapidly. New confusions arise, including strange historical overtones of madness and a lynching 350 years in the past. Then there is a second murder.
A baffling fire rips through a top-secret Naval research facility, and Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called in to investigate. His unique ability to pinpoint the time, place, and spatial factors of a crime tells him that the arsonists were going after something very specific - and they have succeeded. Now with a device of lethal power in the wrong hands, Bowers must stop a criminal mastermind from enveloping him in a trap from which there is no escape.
The victim of the fire has no idea who she is. Sister Anselm, working as an advocate for unidentified patients, tries to help the burn patient. Ali Reynolds is on the scene as the new media relations consultant for the Yavapai County Police Department, keeping reporters at bay and circumventing questions about arson and a link to a domestic terrorist group called Earth Liberation Front. But her job quickly becomes much more. As Ali struggles to help Sister Anselm uncover the helpless woman's identity, they realize that by locating the missing relatives they may be exposing the victim once more to a remorseless killer determined to finish the job.
Kendra's weekend getaway with gorgeous millionaire Dante DeFrancisco turns chilling when a mother she-wolf goes missing from Dante's pet sanctuary. Now Kendra must find her - along with a killer hiding right before her eyes.
At first, NYPD detectives suspect a jealous boyfriend. But criminal profiler Lee Campbell senses something darker, even ritualistic, about the murder. More chilling, he is convinced he is witnessing the genesis of a full-blown serial killer. But time is running out. A new victim has been chosen. Campbell must search the most terrifying recesses of the human mind - and his own past - before the screaming starts again.
Tess Monaghan gets a tantalizing shard of a newspaper headline - "In Big Trouble" - above a photograph of an old boyfriend. It takes her to another world, where people dress and talk differently - and rich people's games can have lethal consequences. Here where the sun is merciless - and curiosity can kill faster than a rattler's bite - Tess is going to have to confront her past and, hopefully, live to tell about it.
Reuben Maitland is drawn back into GeneCrime by his attraction to DCI Sarah Hirst. As the unit concentrates on stopping a killer who is committing mid-day murders on busy Tube lines, Maitland starts to hunt for people who are misusing his technology. What he doesn't know is that this will put him in the path of the Underground Killer.
Lawyer Rick Redman decides it is time to change his career. Murder can do that to a guy. A beautiful woman offering a substantial cash retainer makes it seem like a good idea too. But after gambling away the money, he has little choice but to recoup his losses at the World Series of Poker. And then his brother-in-law turns up dead.
1967, Holloman CT : Chief of detectives Captain Carmine Delmonico and his team have twelve murders to solve -- all occuring on the same day. The town is home to prestigious Chubb University and the munitions giant Cornucopia, and it soon becomes clear that espionage is playing a role in the puzzle the overtaxed police force must solve.
Living in London while his wife serves as a military attache at the American Embassy, recently retired Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney gets an early morning phone call that changes everything and sends him hurrying home to his New Mexico ranch. Riley Burke, his partner in a horse-training enterprise, has been mowed down on Kerney's doorstep by an escaped prisoner cutting a murderous swath through New Mexico. As the killings mount, Kerney teams up with his half-Apache son, Lietenant Clayton Istee of the Lincoln County Seriff's department, to hunt for a psychotic murderer with a growing appetite for blood.
The world's most exclusive cruise ship, The Royal Star, is hijacked during its inaugural voyage. For Zack Chasteen, a passenger on the ship, his idyllic trip has become a nightmare.
Photographer Edie Miller witnesses a murder and the theft of an ancient Hebrew relic. Fearing authorities are complicit, she turns to a historian for help. Neither realizes the breadth of the crime, its ties to a government conspiracy, or its connection to the most valuable relic in history - until they are both marked for execution.
As fire after fire consumes couples in expensive neighbourhoods, Lindsay and her friends in the Women's Murder Club race to find the arsonists responsible. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home. Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay confronts the most daunting dilemmas she's ever faced.
It's another Fourth of July in Dacus, South Carolina and the carnival fright house isn't impressing Avery's 7-year-old niece Emma until she sees a part of a dead body protruding from the mannequin. The mystery is complete with picnics, fireworks and mysterious dead bodies.
Finley Anderson Tanner should have known better than to accept her overbearing mother's offer to sell her a house unseen at a bargain basement mortgage rate. The place is in a shambles. But when she discovers a skeleton in her new closet, right where her Jimmy Choos should be, a total home renovation is the least of her worries. Sure, she knows how to catch a crook, but when a girl's sandwiched between sexy P.I. Liam McGarrity and her hot new boss, defense attorney Tony Caprelli, she can only be headed for commitment. To an institution.
When a burlesque dancer dies onstage during a show, the show's MC investigates, delving deep into the seedy and seductive world of bump-and-grind.
Decius Caecilius Metellus, this year's magistrate for cases involving foreigners, thinks he is merely visiting one of the local sights when he takes a party to visit the Oracle of the Dead, a pre-Roman cult site located at the end of a tunnel dug beneath a temple of Apollo. He quickly learns that there is a bitter rivalry between the priests of Apollo and those of Hecate, who guard the oracle. When the priests of Apollo are all killed Decius is caught squarely in the middle of multi-factional strife.
[BC author]. Sadie Novak cleans up crime scenes for a living and is also blessed, or cursed, with the gift of second sight. This time she's digging out the home of a compulsive hoarder. She discovers unexpected things, including an angry ghost who wants her to go away. And there are even more secrets beneath the surface that someone will kill to keep buried.
Set in Vancouver. Missing girls are turning up murdered, in ways that eerily resemble the MO of the killer from the first case that Hart, Nolan and Tait worked on together. Did they get the wrong man the first time?
A charred corpse and Satanic paraphernalia are found on the blackened altar of a torched church in Manchester. The killer is prepared to commit unspeakable acts of evil in homage to his god. Jon Spicer is in pursuit.
Inside Alaska's biggest national park, around the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the Park are uneasy -- and then there are two brutal murders, including that of a long-standing mine opponent. The investigation into those deaths falls to Trooper Jim Chopin and, as usual, he needs Kate to help him get to the heart of the matter.
Ella Clah has found her place on the Navajo Reservation, in her tribe, her clan, and her family. She has seen the Dine balance the modern era with the traditional Navajo way of life. The Navajo are building a nuclear power plant and a group of activists is determined to stop the plant. When a fellow police officer is injured, Ella vows to find the terrorists and bring them to justice.
After two men end their business partnership one of them is savagely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset. Rutledge discovers that the victim was universally despised -- even his wife and the town's police are suspect. And yet in London he was highly regarded.
Key West is a great place to unwind, unless you're Stone Barrington, and you're looking for someone who doesn't want to be found.