hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
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DI Helen Grace has been framed for murder. HMP Holloway is a place of dark days and long nights with dangers at every turn. Despised by the inmates and reviled by the guards, Helen must face her nightmare alone. And then a carefully mutilated body is found in a locked cell. Now Helen must find a ruthless serial killer. Before the killer finds her.
A light aircraft flies over Sydney Harbour carrying the spores of a deadly microbe, enough to kill the people below and render the city uninhabitable for decades. Intelligence agent Marika Hartmann races to the scene aboard a taipan helicopter packed with Australian commandos, unable to shoot the plane down for fear of releasing the lethal cargo. Can she save her city?
The new vicar and his wife are driving slowly home from a dinner party when they are confronted with a body hanging from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books).
Two classic cases featuring Detective Inspector Littlejohn. (1) In the winter of 1940, the Home Guard unearth a skeleton on the moor above the busy town of Hatterworth, in the same location where the body of a young textile worker was found 23 years earlier. (2) Nathaniel Wall, the local quack doctor, is found hanging in his consulting room in the Norfolk village of Stalden - but this was not a suicide.
Accompanied by her unflappable basset hound, Socrates, pet sitter Daphne Templeton plans to take charge of Tinkleston after the cat's owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue. Daphne intends to leave the crime solving to handsome detective Jonathan Black. But while luring the prickly Persian out of hiding, she uncovers clues that might take suspicion off her own realtor mother.
Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot air balloon crashes out of the sky. There's just one survivor. She's seen the killer's face - but he's also seen hers. And he won't rest until he's eliminated the only witness to his crime. Alone, scared, trusting no one, she's running to where she feels safe - but it could be the most dangerous place of all...
A series of suicides throughout the Peaks throws Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and his team in Derbyshire's E Division into a race against time to find a connection to these seemingly random acts - with no way of predicting where the next body will turn up. Meanwhile, in Nottingham Detective Sergeant Diane Fry finds a key witness has vanished...But what are the mysterious Secrets of Death? And is there one victim whose fate wasn't suicide at all?
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is happy to be back in England. But then she learns that her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But, as she says, "It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits". Delivering a message for the vicar's wife to a reclusive wood-carver, Flavia stumbles upon the poor man's body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door.
When bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr. James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defense attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath.
Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend Ava are browsing the booths at the Winter Market when they see a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them. The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restaurateur Quigg Brevard, who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him.
A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace tells Vera that Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, is dead, his body is buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two.
Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks - and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. Now, 15 years later, Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer.
"Raunchy" doesn't begin to describe Max Climer's magazine, Climax, or his all-hours strip club, or his planned video empire. And evangelists, feminists, and local watchdog groups all want him out of business. But someone wants more than that, and has hired a killer to end Max's career permanently. Only another hit man - the ruthless professional known as Quarry - can keep Climer from becoming a casualty in the sexual revolution.
While working one afternoon on the Northern Divide, a young tree-marker makes a grisly discovery. In a squatter's cabin near an old mill town, a family has been murdered. Detective Frank Yakabuski arrives in Ragged Lake, a nearly abandoned village, to solve the family's murder. With a winter storm coming, Yakabuski sequesters the locals in a fishing lodge as he investigates the area with his two junior officers. Before long, he is fighting not only to solve the crime but also to stay alive and protect the few innocents left living in the desolate woods.
Young Richard Shakespeare is an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.
Journalist Linda Nardi is hard at work investigating the shadowy history of the Vatican Bank's involvement in Libya as Gaddafi's 42 year dictatorship begins to unravel. It is only a matter of time before Nardi's research and Michele Balistreri's investigative work as a police commissario bring them into contact. Together they unearth an unforgettable deadly conspiracy that goes to the top of Rome's power structure.
1889. Henry Irving and Ellen Terry are bringing their Macbeth to Edinburgh. Then grisly messages appear, written in blood, foretelling someone's demise. As Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray & Inspector Ian Frey scrutinize the key players, they discover that Terry, Irving, and his peculiar, preoccupied assistant (one Bram Stoker) all have reasons to kill, or be killed...
Mac, a Key West charter fishing boat owner, is offered two million dollars for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba. The clients, a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez, are after 60 million US dollars hidden by Sara's grandfather when he fled Castro's revolution. Mac knows that if he accepts this job, he'll walk away rich...or not at all.
Game warden Mike Bowditch finds an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father Jack, a hard drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. The next morning the police call. They are searching for the man who killed a cop the night before, and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped custody, and only Mike believes his father might not be guilty.
Dead Woman's Ditch is the site of a grisly 200 year old murder - and a recent hit and run. When a young woman's body is found at the macabre landmark in Somerset's Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in to investigate. Confronted by a hostile CID team and a murder victim with close ties to their own squad, Lockyer and Bennett will have to accept what they can't see before they can find what's really there.
One night a fire destroys the local bookstore, but the owner and her two young children living above the store are nowhere to be found. Though disturbed by Angie's disappearance and suspecting arson, Liss turns her attention to the weekend Western Maine Highland Games. But when the sound of a gunshot leads Liss to selectman Jason Graye's dead body on opening day, she's drawn into a full-blown homicide investigation like a moth to a flame.
1919. Myrtle Bligh is found stabbed and left in a Derbyshire woodland, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove, a bird of peace. During the war Myrtle worked as a volunteer nurse with Flora Winsmore, the local doctor's daughter, caring for badly wounded soldiers at the nearby big house, Tarnhey Court. When two more women are found murdered in identical circumstances, Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London.
Literary legend Wynn Staniland stopped writing and became a recluse in the 1980s. Most assumed it was because of his wife's bizarre suicide, a death that mirrored a murder case from the nineteenth century. Promising young author Zac Wilkinson, working on Staniland's biography, hopes to find the truth - while at the same time keeping his own troubled past hidden from public view. When Wilkinson is found brutally murdered, DI Wesley Peterson finds links to the unexplained poisoning of a middle-aged couple at a local caravan park.
1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. She is too traumatized to reveal what happened. Her 13 year old son Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.
Unfortunately, Krissy's been roped into filling in for a sick elf in the local holiday musical extravaganza. With a demanding director, backstage gossip, and two men in fierce competition for the starring role, it isn't all sweetness and Christmas lights. Then a murder puts a stop to the production, and Krissy is faced with a pageant of suspects.
When Lucy's patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester's criminal underworld, attitudes change. Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life - and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water...
The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town's annual production of a Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say "Bah, humbug!" a Santa-sized sackful of trouble ensues. Like the fact that Lisa's husband will be playing Mr. Claus to his ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates' Mrs. Claus. Or that before the curtains even go up Phyllis is found dead in the snow - wearing a costume that the real Mrs. Claus would put on the naughty list.
Mitch Rapp assembles a team to teach the Saudis a lesson when it is learned that King Faisal's own nephew is funding ISIS. Then the brilliant new head of the intelligence directorate discovers their efforts. The President is forced to order America's intelligence agencies to join the Saudis' effort to hunt the former CIA man down.
Who killed the enigmatic rock star Luce, and did she really die? The story begins at a secret gig by the most famous unknown band in the world, and follows its unnamed narrator across decades and continents, from psychedelic London to the wild deserts of Nevada, from a secluded English country house to New York, Paris and Japan, pursued by unknown forces. Nothing is certain, except that the quest for the truth about Luce will leave no one in its path untouched.
Brighton DI Edgar Stephens is investigating the murder of two children, Annie and Mark, who were found in the woods alongside a trail of candy - a horrifying scene eerily reminiscent of "Hansel and Gretel." He enlists Max's help in penetrating the shadowy world of the theater. But is this all just classic misdirection?
Isabelle, the wife of Jack's old high school buddy Kevin Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, is arrested by the police. She is accused of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate the truth from lies - an undertaking that proves more complicated than the seasoned attorney expects.
With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe's mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house and they happen upon a body outside... but it isn't Virginia's. Who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?
Bailey Ruth Raeburn's latest mission is to guide the spirit of a deceased young man named Jimmy to the next life. But Jimmy is determined to watch over his still-living girlfriend, Megan. As if being haunted by her late boyfriend wasn't enough, Megan is dealing with an arrogant, manipulative senior partner who threatens to fire Megan's vulnerable secretary if Megan accepts a partnership at another law firm. Since Jimmy refuses to move on while Megan is being blackmailed, Bailey Ruth agrees to help him. Then the partner turns up dead and Megan is found at the crime scene.
Li Du is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a valley hidden between mountain passes. On the icy planks of a wooden bridge, a monk sits in contemplation. Closer inspection reveals that the monk is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound. His robes are rent, revealing a strange symbol painted on his chest.
Paired with her unbearably stuffy colleague Crenshaw Davenport III, Keli goes undercover at a real estate company owned by mayoral candidate Edgar Harrison. Harrison, an old friend of Keli's boss, is being blackmailed, and it's up to her to find the culprit. But the morning after the company holiday party, Harrison is found dead underneath the hotel Christmas tree. The police rule the death an accident, but Keli knows better - and she'll risk her own rebirth to nab a missing killer.
When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.
From the author of SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW. Susan Svendsen will be allowed to return to Denmark, all charges against her dropped, if she tracks down the last surviving members of a secret think tank of young talents founded in the 1970s, the so-called Future Committee, and find out what was written in the committee's final report. But the report is apparently covering up information of great value, and some powerful people are determined not to reveal it.
When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground. In order to protect him, FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson calls Michael Hendricks. And now Hendricks is hunting for both the criminal organization and the witness.
A case takes East Long Beach PI Isaiah Quintabe and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the two first, they'll be murdered.
When Annabelle takes her familiar Alistair to see local veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead, and Ruby goes missing. It seems like the murderer used magical means, so it's up to Anna and Alistair to catch a killer and cat-napper as only a canny cat can.
Odd things have been happening in the Natchez antebellum house for years, and the French Room in particular has become the focal point for spooky sensations. The owners suspect the ghostly goings-on are caused by the living, but when a relative is found dead in the room, An'gel and Dickce must sift through a haunted family history to catch a killer.
When an enemy from her past threatens to return, Margaret Douglas must go on the run. But danger is in hot pursuit, and Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has to not only survive, but defeat evil and prove she's no easy target.
At the age of 15 Giulia became a pickpocket, living on the streets of Medici Florence. Then an old man, known as the Magician of Florence and claiming to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, takes her on as an assistant. Giulia's involvement with him ends with his murder. She is accused of the crime and pursued by the handsome policeman Niccolo, Lorenzo the Magnificent's henchmen, and foreign spies. In order to survive, she must not only solve the mystery of the Magician's murder, but that of her own past.
When Frankie Del Rey, a talented and rising punk star, strikes up a relationship with Johnny Falco, the owner of one of the only Vancouver clubs willing to give punk a chance, she finds out he's having his own money problems just keeping Falco's Nest open. Desperate to keep his club, Johnny raids one of the pot fields that crime lord Marty Sayles has growing out past Surrey, along Zero Avenue on the U.S. border.
In Chicago, a young man jumps from his 30th storey hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest...and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river
17 year old Ben Vicksburg attempts to identify the psychopath that murdered his sister in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. However, he's hit a wall until he gains an unlikely ally - the school's popular new girl, Ro Majors, who has secrets of her own. As the body count rises, a picture emerges of an adversary who is cunning and methodical and deadly. And uncovering the truth may not be enough to keep Ben, Ro and their loved ones safe from a twisted and fixated killer who has nothing left to lose.
When an 18-year-old girl turns up on the doorstep of Audrey Harte's mother, claiming to be the daughter Maggie Jones gave up for adoption, Audrey is amazed. As Audrey helps the girl discover where she came from, people in the little town of Edgeport think she should leave the past alone, and they let her know through threatening messages and phone calls. Soon, Audrey realizes that it doesn't matter how well you think you know someone - you don't know what they're capable of until their secrets are threatened.
1972. Across Oslo, a serial killer is hunting down young women. Each victim found strangled and with a peculiar calling-card placed upon their bodies, a cut-out picture of an ant. The first victim is a timid theology student, the next a jazz singer, followed by the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Oslo.
ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The same toxin holds the potential to eradicate cancer. There is a frantic race to see who can get to it first, even as Caitlin Strong begins to assemble the disparate pieces of a deadly puzzle. At the center of that puzzle is an Indian reservation where a vengeful tycoon is mining the toxin, disguising his effort as an oil-drilling operation. This is the same reservation where Caitlin's great-great-grandfather, also a Texas Ranger, once waged a similar battle against the forces of John D. Rockefeller.
Young Willie is on the run, having fled his small Texas farm when an infamous local landowner murdered his father. A man named Loving takes him in and trains him in the fine arts of shooting, riding, reading, and gardening. When Loving dies, Willie re-christens himself Nat Love in tribute to his mentor, and heads west. In Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, Nat becomes a Buffalo Soldier and is befriended by Wild Bill Hickock. After winning a famous shooting match, Nat's peerless marksmanship and charm earn him the nickname Deadwood Dick, as well as a beautiful woman. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love's love. Pursuing the men who have driven his wife mad, Nat heads south for a final, deadly showdown against those who would strip him of his home, his love, his freedom, and his life.
London, 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, is accompanying his older brother Rod on a European trip but gets only as far as Vienna. There he finds Guy Burgess, who tells him he wants to come back from Moscow to Britain. Troy knows this news will cause a ruckus in London - but even Troy doesn't expect an MI5 man to be gunned down as a result, and Troy himself suspected of doing the deed.
Ex-MI5 controller Charlotte Button is hired to eliminate the threat posed by a rogue British Special Forces soldier who has returned from Syria to the UK. She gets hitman Lex Harper to assemble a crack team to prevent what could be a massive terrorist attack. Meanwhile someone has broken into her safe deposit box in a Hatton Garden-style armed robbery. While it's down to Lex to prevent a potential terrorist attack on British soil, Charlotte must work out who is after her and what they want.
When a deep-undercover cop stops passing on intelligence about her target, MI5 sends in Dan 'Spider' Shepherd to check that she is on the straight and narrow. Now two lives are on the line - and Shepherd discovers that the real danger is closer to home than he realized.
Kate loves her life. At forty-four, she's happily married to her kind husband, Ron, blessed with two wonderful children, and has a beautiful home in San Francisco. But a single passionate encounter with another man leads to nightmare. Not long after the affair, a masked man barges into the cafe Kate is sitting in with her best friend, firing an assault weapon indiscriminately into the crowd. This tragedy is the first in a series of horrifying events that will show Kate just how grave the consequences of one mistake can be.
On a trip to the culinary paradise of France's Brittany region, Hayden Mundy Moore is all set to reunite with her chocolate-making mentor. The lovable old man is the head of a long-established business that's about to merge with one of its cacao competitors - united by a marriage between the two rival families. That is, until he's murdered during a nighttime festival in the picturesque locale.
Forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing a cold case. In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a lake in the west of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime. When Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box that not only raises old ghosts but also endangers his entire family.
To the townspeople's delight, the annual lighting of the tree is a spectacular success. Unfortunately, Santa pulled up in his sleigh, DOA. At first Stan is sure it's Seamus, her boyfriend's uncle, inside the red suit. But the victim turns out to be an employee from the town's Christmas tree farm. Meanwhile, Seamus, a jolly Irishman who comes to America every December to visit his pub-owner nephew, is nowhere to be found.
Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she's about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered - or he is wrongly convicted.
A blind child and a Catholic nun disappear from a city sidewalk in plain sight of onlookers. There, then gone, vanished in seconds. Those who witnessed the event still cannot believe it happened. It was all too real. Detective Kathy Mallory and the NYPD's Special Crimes Unit enter the investigation when the nun's body is found with three other corpses in varying stages of decomposition left on the lawn of Gracie Mansion, home to the mayor of New York City. Sister Michael was the last to die. The child, Jonah Quill, is still missing.
After shots pierce the tranquil nighttime calm of Rock Creek Park, a man is dead. What looks at first like road rage might be something much more sinister. But Alex has only just begun asking questions when he's called across town to investigate a new murder, one that hits close to home: Washington's own chief of detectives. And Alex's former boss, beloved mentor of Alex's wife, Bree.
Rio. Beautiful white-sand beaches, gorgeous women, and stunning natural beauty - sounds like heaven on earth, but to Jack Morgan, head of the renowned international security firm Private, it's a place where threats are coming fast and furious. As summer reaches full swing, prominent clients he's supposed to protect are disappearing and bodies mysteriously start to litter the streets. The countdown to a deadly spectacle has begun. Jack must fight his way deep into the heart of a ruthless underworld and stop his most destructive enemies ever, before their dark plan can reach its catastrophic end.
When wealthy octogenarian Geza Marton hires art expert Helena Marsh to buy back his family's Titian painting, Helena flies to Budapest to close what she expects will be a reasonably simple sale. Helena discovers that there are multiple bidders for the painting, including some dangerous Slavs. Soon there are also dead bodies, and a complicated history that leads her to men Marton knew in Vorkuta, one of Stalin's notorious gulags.
A woman is on trial for her life, accused of murder. The twelve members of the jury each carry their own secret burden of guilt and prejudice which could affect the outcome.
When a U.S. Senator offers to have PI Frank Lamb's criminal record wiped clean in return for retrieving a set of old books, he jumps at the opportunity. But once Frank and his old partner, Courtney Lavagnino, get to work, it becomes clear that the job is far more treacherous than they'd assumed. The books were written in prison by Oliver Vicks, a self-proclaimed prophet with a trail of grisly murders behind him. Frank and Courtney are soon piecing together a horrifying puzzle, devised by a prisoner who seems more god than man.
Ireland, Christmas 1939. Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie is abruptly called to Laragh, an isolated mountain town. A postman has disappeared, believed killed, and Laragh's Guards are hiding something. Laragh is close to the lake where Stefan's wife Maeve drowned years earlier, and when events expose a connection between the missing postman and her death, Stefan realises it wasn't an accident, but murder.
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Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage in the Minnesota zoo, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.
Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news. A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It's true what they say - High school is murder.
The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young woman's body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, Mussolini's broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice lagoon.
Late at night, two powerful men meet in a secret location to discuss a long nurtured plan about to come to fruition. One is desperate to know there is nothing standing in their way - the other assures him everything is taken care of. Hours later, a high-ranking government official called Ryan Finnegan is brutally slain in the most secure building in Ireland, Leinster House, the seat of parliament.
When Captain Alan Travis from the island of Barbados is brought into Bess's forward aid station disoriented from a head wound, she is alarmed that he believes his distant English cousin, Lieutenant James Travis, shot him. On leave in England, Bess finds the Captain strapped to his bed in a clinic for brain injuries. Horrified by his condition, Bess and Sergeant Major Simon Brandon travel to James Travis's home in Suffolk, to learn more about the baffling relationship between these two cousins.
It's Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine "Max" O'Hara hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it's up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined. Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max's friend, is acting suspicious... Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend's innocence.
When two Parisian women are shockingly murdered in their homes, the police suspect young accordionist Clement Vauquer, who was seen outside both of the apartments in question. To have a chance of proving his innocence, Clement seeks refuge with old Marthe, a former prostitute and the only mother figure he has known. Marthe calls ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler to help Clement.
It's early spring of 1947 in idyllic King's Cove, and the Hughes ladies, mere et filles, are gardening and sorting through the jars of food that have been put up for the winter. But while cleaning up after the roof of their root cellar has caved in slightly, they are horrified to discover a small skeletal hand embedded in the mess. Panicked, they call Lane Winslow, the ex-British secret service agent, and, not without some misgivings about the state of their tense relationship, Lane calls Inspector Darling.
Hannah Smith is looking for a sample of the original Spanish root stock for orange trees, which may help the ailing billion dollar Florida orange industry. But once word leaks out of her quest, the trouble begins. "There are people who will kill to find a direct descendant of those first seeds," she is warned - and it looks like those words may be all too prophetic. That is, if the secrets she discovers in the Florida wild about a twenty-year-old murder don't kill her first. Or the fifteen-foot-long Burmese python.
The patron of the most powerful drug cartel in the world is in solitary in a San Diego prison. Art Keller, the DEA agent who put him there - and killed his two brothers - is living at a New Mexican monastery, tending bees. But when Barrera negotiates a deal that lets him serve out his time in a Mexican prison, a series of events is set off that undermines whatever accord existed between the cartels, and a war of unprecedented scale and viciousness erupts. And with Berrera back in the world that he once owned and will do whatever he can to own again, Keller plunges back in the game, playing, as he always did, by his own rules.
1894, Wigan. Miss Dorothea Gadsworth is interviewed for a teaching vacancy at George Street Elementary, but is ultimately dismissed as a candidate. The following Monday morning, her body is discovered in a locked classroom with a note by her side. DS Michael Brennan is called in to investigate what appears to be a straightforward suicide, but his instincts tell him there is more to this case than meets the eye.
Repairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson's gourmet popcorn shop. With production of her tasty treats on hold, Rebecca has plenty of time to read the old diary she discovered hidden in the shop's walls. But the diary's abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she's actually stumbled upon a cold case. She puts the diary aside when local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead, believed poisoned by Rebecca's popcorn.
On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir Jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. The arrest of an ex-convict and his subsequent confession swiftly bring the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder. Was the man convicted and executed the decade before truly guilty? Though happily retired from the police force, John Madden is persuaded to investigate the case afresh.
London, the 1720s. The financial crash caused by the South Sea Bubble sees the rise of Jonathan Wild, self-styled 'Thief-taker General' who purports to keep the peace while brutally controlling organised crime. Only two people truly defy him: Jack Sheppard, apprentice turned house-breaker, and his lover, the notorious whore and pickpocket Edgworth Bess.
Will Robie returns home from a mission overseas to discover that his boss - codenamed Blue Man - has vanished. His last known location was in remote Colorado, and there have been no other sightings or communications since. But there is violence brewing in this small town, and Robie and his sometime-partner Jessica Reel will be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man...
After a tragedy rocks the community of Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused's family. He's heard all about it on the news: the young man who drank too much, stole a Porsche and killed a girl, and who claimed afterwards not to remember a single thing. The whole town is outraged that he got off lightly, but for reasons Cal can't explain, he accepts the job.
Opium-addicted and heavy-fingered, Dodger is fast becoming a laughing stock on his own patch until a chance encounter leads him to Paris and a job like nothing he's had before. In a city alive with rebellion, Dodger must avoid assassins, jilted lovers and revolutionaries, and rediscover his touch if he is to lift his most precious treasure yet.
When Sherlock Holmes turns down the case of persecuted Laura Shirley, Mrs Hudson, the landlady of Baker Street, and Mary Watson resolve to take on the investigation themselves. They enlist the assistance of the Baker Street Irregulars and the infamous Irene Adler and follow the trail of clues into the darkest corners of Whitechapel, where the feared Ripper supposedly still stalks.
Pearl Tao, though in many ways a typical American child, is also an academic prodigy, with a university place sponsored by a secretive advanced technology corporation. Now, aged nineteen, she begins to understand what her role is to be, what her parents intend her to become. Pearl's only hope of escape lies with two British spies. One, Trish Patterson, has been sidelined in disgrace; the other, former journalist Philip Mangan, has gone rogue and is following a trail of corruption.
Russian cyber warfare attacks begin when malware wipes out the records of nearly every Polish bank account, imploding the country's financial system and panicking the rest of Europe. Then come full-scale assaults on Europe's power grid and the remote hijacking of a commercial airliner that kills hundreds of civilians. And Brad McLanahan and his Scion team kick into gear, arming themselves with the most advanced technological weaponry for the epic struggle ahead.
Sister Jane takes a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Mountains for a board meeting at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. Brimming with colorful stories and mementos from hunts of yore, the mansion is plunged into mystery when a venerable hunting horn is stolen right out of its case.
The latest terror to be visited upon the dark Galway streets arrives in a most unusual form. A Cambridge graduate becomes murderous over split infinitives, dangling modifiers, and any other sign of bad grammar. Meanwhile, Jack is approached by a grieving father with a pocketful of cash on offer if Jack will help exact revenge on those responsible for his daughter's brutal rape and murder.
Jack Taylor is recovering from a mistaken medical diagnosis and a failed suicide attempt. In need of money, and with former cop on his resume, Jack has been hired as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for a bit of off-the-books work. He wants Jack to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, the Red Book, currently in the possession of a rogue priest who is hiding out in Galway after fleeing a position at the Vatican.
The chocolate shop hires Bunny Birdsong who turns out to be a klutzy basket case. Yet she's a wiz with computers and fixing the store's website, so they decide to keep her. Then Bunny's soon-to-be ex-husband Beau, his wealthy aunt Abigail, his new girlfriend and her brother show up and have a bitter argument in the shop. Then Abigail's body is discovered in the vacant store next door.
At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour contractor Shannon Hammer is in high demand among rival homeowners. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbours, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load - until the small town's corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon's jobsites.
When three men are found hanged in locations around Colchester, Detective Inspector Phil Brennan gets the shock of his life. Not only are the victims dressed to look like him, but each carries a defaced tarot card in the pocket of their identical leather jackets, scrawled across with one name: Phil Brennan. The bodies aren't found in random locations - they're all in places where DI Brennan has caught a murderer. Someone is sending him a message. And he thinks he knows who it is...
An ISIS-style beheading of a journalist, carried out by a New York City group pledging fealty to that rogue state, becomes more than just another case for NYPD Captain Nikki Heat when the killers announce their next target: her husband, magazine writer Jameson Rook. Meanwhile, Heat is haunted by a fleeting glimpse of someone she swears is her mother... a woman who has been dead for nearly twenty years.
After a dinner celebrating the bakery's anniversary, Katie and her aunt and uncle take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy's friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years. The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie's witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister.
Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate, with Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out.
1900. Inside London's oldest gaol, preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England's deadliest assassin, a man wanted for two decades' worth of murders. Cold-blooded killer Simeon Lynch has lived a brutal and glorious life in the employ of the House of Moriarty - the most feared criminal enterprise in the world. Now, as he faces the noose, Simeon learns dark truths about his master, about Sherlock Holmes and about his own past. Truths that make him determined to escape and kill again...
Harry Bosch is California's newest PI. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?
The murder of a young pharmacist at a local drug store takes Bosch into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire.
Monica Whitman moves into town and throws herself into community activities and sells the town board on a new, fun way to bring in visitors during the off-season. WinterFare will feature local foods (such as Meg's apples) and crafts, as well as entertainment. Tragically, Monica falls ill and dies after the event in what looks like a case of food poisoning.
A Chinese sleeper cell has planted a nuclear weapon in the harbor at Norfolk, Virginia, targeting a secret rendezvous of the Atlantic Fleet battle groups. When the CIA director is assassinated and Jake Grafton is appointed to take his place, he gets wind of the conspiracy, but has no idea when or where the attack will occur. In the meantime, a series of assassinations, including an attempt on the life of the President, shake the country and deliberately mask a far more sinister objective.
On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill's private gardens. Lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. Gemma soon discovers that Reagan's death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park. A few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play.
In Auckland 1951 the workers and the government are heading for bloody confrontation and the waterfront is the frontline. Into the secret world of rival union politics, dark political agendas and worldwide anti-communist hysteria steps Johnny Molloy, a private detective with secrets of his own. Caitlin O'Carolan, a feisty young reporter, is following her own leads. Together they begin to uncover a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the Establishment.
When a man fails in his attempt to murder his wife and commit suicide, DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be the surviving woman's Family Liaison Officer. As the husband lies in a coma at the hospital, his wife sets about making sure everyone knows he's guilty. But as Maggie digs deeper, she finds an unexpected link between the couple's case and a series of burglaries.
Inspired by her German heritage, Holly's grandmother has arranged for Wagtail to have a Christkindl Market packed with goodies and decorations for the howliday tourists. But Holly's Jack Russell Trixie's nose for trouble leads her to the corpse of a pet clothing tycoon. Now Holly and her dedicated detectives - Trixie and Twinkletoes the cat - must sniff out the killer to keep Christmas from going to the dogs.
Lord Francis Powerscourt is summoned by the British Museum after a Caryatid from the Acropolis has been stolen and an inferior copy left in her place. Powerscourt agrees to handle the case discreetly - but then comes the first death. An employee of the British Museum is pushed under a rush hour train before he and the police can question him.
A parishioner's death has left available a property in the Lynchester cathedral close which the church traditionally rents out to a suitable tenant. Four worthy candidates are nominated, but when one of them is found dead in the house, poisoned by strychnine, Lord Francis Powerscourt is summoned by the bishop.
Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea. His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, 26 years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away. Megan's daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before.
Marlee Jacob gladly agrees to help run the annual road rally in honor of the local Blackberry Art School's centenary celebration. Marlee hopes the expansive Sanderling farm will make an appropriate starting point for the race - despite rumours that the land is cursed. But when Marlee surveys the property, she stumbles upon a long-dead body hidden in the bramble.
Return to the sizzling 1940s as Bertha Cool and Donald Lam investigate a missing woman, a desperate husband, a politician with a past, and a femme fatale with a future...assuming she doesn't go to jail for murder!
A massive data breach has compromised the personal information of millions of American military officers and intelligence agents. After several deadly attacks on off-duty personnel and their families, President Jack Ryan faces one of the greatest challenges of his career. Can he find the hackers and cap the flow of information before it's too late?
Identifying the murderer of the Chancellor of the University is not the only challenge facing physician Matthew Bartholomew. Many of his patients have been made worse by the ministrations of a 'surgeon' recently arrived from Nottingham, his sister is being rooked by the mason she has commissioned to build her husband's tomb, and his friend, Brother Michael, has been offered a Bishopric which will cause him to leave Cambridge.
In 1360 a deputation from Cambridge ventures to the Suffolk town of Clare in the hope that the wealthy Elizabeth de Burgh has left a legacy to Michaelhouse. Yet when they arrive they discover that the report of her death is false. But they learn that a great many other people in Clare have recently met untimely deaths. One of the victims is a fellow traveller of the Michaelhouse contingent, and Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael feel honour-bound to identify his killer.
Third year law students Mark, Todd, and Zola learn their for-profit law school is so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. Then they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans. But maybe there's a way out.
Edgerton Mall has a shoplifting problem and the murderous Russian mobster who owns the place hires Junior - under threat - to solve the shoplifting problem for him. But Junior's surveillance operation doesn't go well. As Christmas Eve approaches, two people are dead and it's obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mall's problems.
Edward Dell is the almost-boyfriend of Poke's teenage daughter, Miaow. His father, Buddy, a late-middle-aged womanizer who has moved to Bangkok for happy hunting, has disappeared, and money is being siphoned out of his bank and credit card accounts. It soon becomes apparent that Buddy is in the hands of a pair of killers who prey on Bangkok's "sexpats".
At dawn on a lonely stretch of road, a body is found hanging from an ancient gallows the morning after a country show. Hours earlier, DCI Kate Daniels had seen the victim alive. DCI James Atkins is given the case. When Kate discovers that Atkins' daughter was an eyewitness to a fight involving the victim, the two detectives lock horns and he's bumped off the case.
September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries, Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler opposition. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich together six years earlier.
Evan Smoak's new life has been interrupted by a surprise attack from an unlikely source. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, Evan finds himself heavily guarded from everything he knows. His captors think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage, but they do not know that they're dealing with one of the deadliest, most resourceful men on earth.
Includes several stories originally published in magazines.
Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner finds himself in the Palace of Westminster as a shocking act befalls the nation. Hours before the Prime Minster is due to make a controversial statement, she is discovered in her office with a letter opener driven through her skull. Skinner is swiftly enlisted by the Security Service to lead the investigation.
November 1917. The Great War is grinding on, chewing up Canada's young men by the thousands. Men perceived as slackers or cowards are shunned. William Murdoch must turn from tracking down bootleggers and tipplers to a series of murders. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription.
A young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death. Ari Thor, a rookie policeman on his first assignment, is dragged straight into the heart of a community, an isolated Iceland fishing village where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
Wedding bells are ringing as Tara and her soon-to-be-husband Nick prepare for their big day. But along with all the RSVP cards are a series of death threats from an unknown source. The culprit must be someone from an earlier investigation - a white-collar criminal with a red-hot grudge - but Tara has run across too many lawbreakers to narrow down the search.
Some stories explore the spirit of Holmes himself; others tell of detectives themselves inspired by Holmes's adventures or methods. Other characters from the Holmes stories are explored, and even non-Holmesian tales by Conan Doyle are echoed.
A Covent Garden ballet dancer killed on stage. A gallery full of murdered patrons before a painting of the Undying Man. A Russian prodigy. So begins another case for Sherlock Holmes and his loyal chronicler Dr. John Watson, one that will take them from the darkest streets of London to the glamour of Mayfair, and which may reveal the dark shadow that dark deeds can cast.
His first memoir. From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written from the heart of modern times.
Mixed martial arts fighter Danny Cleary is back, clean of drugs and fighting fit. When she discovers that a friend and fellow fighter - who works as a stripper to pay the bills - is being shaken down, Danny finds herself in an underworld of strip clubs and sleaze. And soon enough she realizes that the puppet master may be none other than Chandler York, the man who had her twin sister killed and whose acolytes were responsible for her husband's death.
General Boris Karpov, head of the feared Russian FSB, is dead. But Karpov has reached out from the grave with an unstoppable cyber operation he conceived before his murder, aimed at the heart of the United States - a way to steal the president's nuclear launch codes. Who has taken over the operation? Karpov trusted only one man: Jason Bourne. But can Bourne be working against his own country? The U.S. Government is convinced of his treason, and is doing everything in its power to kill him.
On the remote Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a man washes up on a deserted beach, hypothermic and completely disoriented. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his condition is a map of the island showing a desolate, ancient path called the Coffin Road. With a sense of dread and no clear idea what lies at the other end, he knows he must follow the trail if he has any hope of discovering his identity.
When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from 22 years before. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn to a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. The bombing has until now been presumed to be a Republican attack even though no group claimed responsibility, because the pilot of the small plane was a former Northern Ireland government minister. But Karen comes at the incident from another angle and the kaleidoscope shifts.
Young Mistress Audrey Madur is missing and her husband, responsible for maintaining boundaries and overseeing land use in the burgh of Lanark, is strangely reluctant to search for her. Gil Cunningham, answering the frantic appeal of Audrey's mother, finds himself searching the burgh and the lands round about, questioning family and neighbours.
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day - no fines for late returns - the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. But one tardy tome catches her attention - a copy of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she's shocked to discover it was a murdered teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found.
The 72 stories in this collection introduce us to the most depraved of psyches, from iconic antiheroes like Maurice Leblanc's Arsene Lupin and Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu to contemporary delinquents like Lawrence Block's Ehrengraf and Donald Westlake's Dortmunder, and include unforgettable tales by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Jack London, H.G. Wells, O. Henry, Edgar Wallace, Leslie Charteris, Erle Stanley Gardner, Edward D. Hoch, Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, and many more.
As Charlotte Pitt's grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family.
Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is called in to lead the investigation after a shocking mass murder occurs during a wedding outside a small church in the Yorkshire Dales. An exhaustive manhunt ensues and the shooter is run to ground as the investigation follows its inevitable course.But Banks, his colleague DI Annie Cabbot, and the newest and youngest team member, DI Gerry Masterson, are plagued by doubts as to exactly what happened in the churchyard that day, and why.
For Tallulah Graver, marriage seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart Tallie turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until she discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest.
At 2pm on a Monday in 1966, Ned Balfour wakes in Corsica beside a beautiful woman. In the same instant, back in London, fellow art dealer and Dachau survivor Sam Weiss falls ten storeys to his death. Ned refuses to believe that Sam's death was intentional, and his investigation thrusts him into the deceit and fraudulence of the art world, where he unmasks more than one respectable face.
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story. A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate, but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.
Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismit, Pennsylvania. But homeowner Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C. The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane.
From the author of THE AMERICAN BOY and THE ASHES OF LONDON comes a collection of three gothic novellas - Broken Voices, The Leper House and The Scratch.
1851, Angel Meadow Asylum. Dr Rutherford, principal physician to the insane, is found dead, his head bashed in, his ears cut off, his lips and eyes stitched closed. The police direct their attention towards Angel Meadow's inmates, but to Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain the crime is an act of calculated retribution, rather than of madness.
Ireland, AD 671. On the eve of the pagan feast of Samhain, Brother Edulf and the warrior, Aidan, discover a man murdered in an unlit pyre in the heart of Cashel. He has been dressed in the robes of a religieux and killed by the ritualistic 'three deaths'.When a strange woman appears in a raven-feather cloak foretelling of ancient gods returning to exact revenge upon the mortal world, she is quickly branded a suspect.
A woman is found dead in a cemetery, strangled and covered in plastic. Just a few days before her death, the victim had received a flower, an unintelligible note, and a photograph of herself. Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues on the Goteborg police force have neither clue nor motive to track in the case, and when similar murders follow, their search for the killer becomes increasingly desperate.
Eggnog-themed mystery stories from Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross.
Patrick's being needled by his mother - movie star Skye West - to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. To help Patrick out, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye's Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests. But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs.
Erica Bloom is at the party to end all parties: a Great Gatsby - themed gala sure to be the talk of Otter Lake, New Hampshire. With her perfectly finger-waved hair, borrowed pearls, and scarlet flapper dress, Erica is determined to be unflappable, despite the presence of her ex, Sheriff Grady Forrester, and his hot date, a bubbly blonde who has a hard time holding her drink. It falls out of her hand when she collapses, poisoned.
Five months - and a broken engagement - later, Valentine's dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eating a quiche, Val feels like she's living a nightmare. After the police determine the customer was poisoned, business at Pie Town drops faster than a fallen crust.
A chance encounter with members of a prestigious family offers Stone Barrington an opportunity. The acquaintance is fortuitous indeed, for as it turns out, Stone and his new friends have an enemy in common. He's the sort of man who prefers force to finesse, and who regards any professional defeat as a personal and intolerable insult. And when Stone's sly cunning collides with his adversary's hair trigger temper, the results are sure to be explosive...
Fandorin receives a phone call to say a woman is in great danger. Eliza Altairskaya-Lauanten, the lead actress in a Moscow theatre troupe, is the estranged wife of a descendant of Genghis Khan. Her ex-husband has vowed to kill anyone who courts her, and has apparently already killed two men. But the mystery deepens when strange messages begin arriving at the theatre and another killer appears to be in the frame.
Halsey looks forward to joining the neighbourhood ladies for their weekly Wine Club gathering. Hoping for a glass or two of her favourite white, she finds nothing but red at the Wine Club meeting - and judging by the dead woman lying face down in the backyard, it's not spilled merlot. Halsey accidentally stumbled into the wrong address at the wrong time, and now she must prove that she isn't a killer.
Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers' retreat running. But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim's scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge.
At LAX the body of a twenty-year-old woman is discovered. The autopsy reveals that she had been tortured and murdered in a most bizarre way - but the surprises don't end there. The killer likes to play, and he left something behind for the cops to find. LAPD Detective Robert Hunter is assigned to the case but almost immediately a second body turns up.
As a nurse ethicist, Ladarat Patalung works to save the lives of her patients, and to make sure the ones she can't save have at least the dignity of a "good death." But when wealthy foreign travelers start to go missing all across Thailand, Detective Wiriya Mookjai fears that a killer is at large, and turns to Ladarat for help. The travelers have nothing in common, except for brief stays at a mysterious resort, known as the Magic Grove Hotel.
Rumspringa is one year when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It's an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young girl disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion. Then the presumed runaway is found dead.
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club cafe's success, so Suzanne doesn't mind going out to Mike Mullen's dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She's looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.But when she arrives, Mike's nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight - the farmer's dead body.
William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as the Wolf, is called to a crime scene, where the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together like a puppet. Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them.
90 A.D., Wanting to root out all the supporters of Saturninus from the Senate, one of Domitian's men offers to hire Flavia Alba to do some intelligence work. Flavia Alba would rather avoid any and all court intrigue, but her wedding is fast approaching, her fiance is still recovering slowly from being hit by a lightning bolt, and she's the sole support of their household. To add to the confusion, yet another Nero pretender has shown up in Parthia, and is trying to rally support for his claim for the throne.
Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus's Treasures, is caught off guard when her ex-fiance, Max Folger, unexpectedly arrives with a team from a lifestyle magazine wanting to do a feature on her Santa Claus summer vacation festivities. Merry has too much on her plate to deal with an old flame, but when Max is found strangled to death in Mrs. Claus's Treasures, she must find out who wanted him dead - and stop a killer from ruining the summer holiday cheer.
A pair of hit men working a job for a meth kingpin have a very bad day, and the resulting bushfire draws attention to a drug lab and two burned bodies in a Mercedes. With meth-related crime on the rise, interdepartmental tensions mount, and Inspector Hal Challis soon finds himself fighting to keep control of his case.
A debate is raging over the use of public lands, and to cover the story for Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg joins a congressman and several others on a subterranean adventure into Oregon's Lava River Cave - despite her intense claustrophobia. But in the chilly darkness of the volcanic rock, she discovers a Forest Service employee, stabbed with a trowel.
After the new leader of the Satans Wrath Motorcycle Club ordered the murder and torture of three people - one who was wrongly suspected of being an informant - a bloody message painted on the wall at the murder scene is personally addressed to Jack Taggart. Horrified by the discovery, Taggart's shock turns to rage when the bikers' next stop is to his home to threaten his family. When a new assistant commissioner orders Taggart to stay clear of the bikers, Taggart forms a deadly plan of vengeance to deliver justice as only he could.
Sophie's 74 year old Aunt Ina is getting married and has roped her into working on the tent, the pastries, and even her headpiece in preparation for the ceremony. But it's Sophie's mother Harriet who really gets demanding when a dead body turns up yards from her front door. Working for a private investigator, Phee is drawn into the case - not just professionally but personally, since Harriet is in a panic about her safety.
One sunny summer morning a young woman and her six-year old daughter are run over by a car. Both are killed immediately. Is it an accident, or did someone kill them on purpose? The same morning the husband of the deceased young woman disappears. During the police investigation, it turns out that the husband had recently bought a property that nobody knew anything about. A few days later a macabre discovery is made in a forest nearby.
Helen Forester's day starts like any other. Around seven in the morning, she takes her West Highland terrier for a walk in her street's private garden. But by 7:20 she is dead, strangled yet peacefully laid out on the path, her dog nowhere to be found. The only other person in the locked space is the gardener, who finds the body and calls the police. He expects proper cops to arrive, but what he gets are Bryant, May, and the wily members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
A football accident lands teen Alex in the hospital - and his CT scan yields abnormal results. His doctor is murdered. Then, his adopted parents. Alex flees. He tells his tutor, Samantha, not to follow, but she became involved the moment she walked through his door and found Mr. and Mrs. Chin as they lay dying in their home. Now the two race desperately to stay ahead of Alex's attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him in the first place.
The plague raging through London in 1665 has emptied the city. Those who remain, though, seem pitted against one another on the fate of the crumbling St Paul's Cathedral: repair or demolish? Both sides have fanatical adherents who have been fighting each other since the Civil Wars. Large sums of money have disappeared, major players have mysteriously vanished, and then a unidentified skeleton is discovered in another man's grave. A reluctant Chaloner returns to London to investigate, only to discover that someone is determined to thwart him by any means - by bullet, poison or bludgeon.
It's early October, time for the Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale in Lilyvale, Arkansas. Every business along the town square will benefit from the event, including the craft store run by Leslee Stanton Nix - aka Nixy - and the Silver Six, a group of retirees. In charge of making the festival go smoothly, Nixy is confident that it will be a success.But things become knotty when local troublemaker Cornell Lewis is found dead with a plate of Snickerdoodles from the bake sale.
Now for the first time ever in one volume, all twenty-eight stories and two serialized novels starring the Continental Op - one of the greatest characters in the storied history of detective fiction.
The fourth prequel to R. D. Wingfield's A TOUCH OF FROST. August, 1983. Denton is preparing for the wedding of Detective Sergeant Waters. But on the Sunday before the big day the body of a young woman has been found in the churchyard. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost feels, as best man to Waters, that he has a responsibility to solve the mystery of the dead girl in the churchyard. Can he put his own troubles aside and be the detective they need him to be?
What happens when an old spook loses his mind? River Cartwright's grandfather, a Cold War-era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Home Office to watch him. But River has other things to worry about. A bomb has detonated in the middle of a busy shopping center and killed forty innocent civilians. The agents of Slough House have to figure out who is behind this act of terror before the situation escalates.
Detective Leah Teal knows most of the secrets in her hometown of Alvin, but there are always surprises. Like the day she agrees to take her daughter to see a psychic for a reading. The psychic hones in on Leah instead, hinting at a string of gruesome killings - and insisting that she intervene to prevent more. Sure enough, the psychic's scant clues lead Leah to a grisly cold case from six years ago. A young woman was found shot to death, her eyelids sewn shut. As Leah digs deeper, a second unsolved case surfaces with the same pattern.
Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. But as Savannah's first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis's return home has her reflecting on the past - a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket.
Greg, a married man, has been having an affair for three years with another man's wife. One evening, after a fight with her at their rented love nest, he storms out. When he returns an hour later she is dead. Did he kill her in a fit of rage and blank it out, or did someone else do it while he was out of the building? Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police, assigned to the case, soon discovers that there is more than one person who had a reason to kill her.
Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his fortieth birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a race horse refuge, refuses to take case closed for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation.
When supermodel Annette Bordeaux is found battered and strangled in her Edinburgh flat, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner's old team instantly have a global case on their hands. The victim's husband, world-renowned footballer and recent Merrytown FC signing, is quickly discounted as a suspect. But there are others in the club with less watertight alibis. Two years out of the game, Skinner can't help getting his hands dirty.
On June 2nd, 1894, in the wake of President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot's assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno, the tenacious protagonist from Doctor Death, must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the Ripper in France?
Thalia Mars, nearly one hundred years old, convinces Alex to meet with her. What she wants from him are answers to unsettling questions about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her questions, she promises to tell all during their next session. But, of course, there is no next session. She is dead. When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and Milo Sturgis begin to peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman's life.
Struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey in her cafe. She is happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon's body outside the cafe early one morning.
Kitty Sweet is an infamous porn star, imprisoned for double murder. She is as damaged as she is charismatic, as dangerous as she is charming. Her past is full of heartbreak and desperation, of adulation and glamour. Of ruin. She's descended to an underworld most people can only imagine, and lived to tell the tale...
Sister Louise "Lou" LaSalle expects some pushback when she invites her friend, Maurice Jordan, to be the guest speaker for the St. Hermione of Ephesus Feast Day presentation. The theology professor is known far and wide for his controversial views. What she's not prepared for is finding him dead in his hotel room, bashed over the head.
This time danger arrives in the form of a newspaper left behind by visitors to Shamrock Manor - and a photograph of Bel's best friend Amy Mitchell, long gone from Foster's Landing, at a commune in upstate New York shortly after her disappearance. The picture, and Bel's burning desire to find out what happened to Amy - and whether she may still be alive - is the catalyst for a story in which old secrets are revealed, little by little.
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are called to investigate. In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear. Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away - only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations.
When Douglas B. Douglas - leading light of the London theatre - premieres his new musical extravaganza, Blue Music, he is sure the packed house will be dazzled by the performance. But the death of two cast members puts Inspector Wilson of Scotland Yard - who happens to be among the audience - on the case. Together with Derek, his journalist son, Wilson takes charge of proceedings in his own inimitable way.
Seven Bengal tigers are the star attraction of Carey's Circus. Their trainer is the fearless Anton, whose work demands absolute fitness and the steadiest of nerves. When Anton is found lying dead in the tigers' cage, it seems that he has lost control and been mauled by the tigers - but Detective-Inspector Minto of Scotland Yard is not convinced.
At City Hall, the mayor shows Gavin Cain, an SFPD homicide inspector, four photographs he's received: the first, an unforgettable blonde; the second, pills and handcuffs on a nightstand; the third, the woman drinking from a flask; and last, the woman naked, unconscious, and shackled to a bed. The accompanying letter is straightforward: worse revelations are on the way unless the mayor takes his own life.
1855. England's first train murder occurs, paralyzing London with the unthinkable when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.In the next compartment, the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witnesses and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard to pursue the killer
Jan Reyna, now a British murder squad police detective, returns to the windswept Faroe Islands when his estranged father is found unconscious in an isolated spot, a shotgun by his side and someone else's blood in his car. Then a man is found washed up on a beach, a shotgun wound in his side, but signs that suffocation were the cause of death. Is his father - who has suffered a massive stroke and is unable to speak - responsible for the man's death? What about his half-brothers, and the signs that one of them may have been blackmailed?
Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished - and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.
Harry Blue is the top Sex Crimes investigator in her department. She is a seasoned pro who's seen it all. But even she didn't see this coming. Her own brother is arrested for the grisly murders of three beautiful young women. Looking into a seemingly simple missing persons case, Harry's been assigned to a new "partner." But is he actually meant to be a watchdog? Still reeling from the accusations against her brother, Harry can't even trust her own instincts, which she's never doubted...until now.
New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is racing through the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript and its explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime's worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.
Noah Galloway has been arrested for the arson murder of twenty-six people. What he needs now is defense lawyer Andy Carpenter, who most definitely is not in the market for a new client. So Noah plays his hole card: a shared love for Andy's golden retriever, Tara, and the knowledge of what her life was like before Andy rescued her.
Clare and Chester specialize in restoring old typewriters and repairing beloved books. They've invited world-famous horror author Nathan Grimes to their shop to use their equipment for his next book. But all plans to work on the book take a step in the wrong direction when a tourist discovers an abandoned ski boot on the slopes - and the only sign of the owner is the dismembered foot he left inside! Nathan's writer's curiosity for all things horror is further piqued after the body of Clare's high school friend Lloyd Gavin is discovered sans one foot.
Former Delta Captain Jake Mahegan happens to be on the schoolgrounds checking in on the daughter of a colleague when he finds himself staring down a suicidal gunman rigged to blow. During the standoff another attack begins outside the school. The gunman goes down, Mahegan is knocked unconscious, and a twelve-year-old autistic girl is kidnapped. Mahegan knows his mission before the smoke clears.
Emmy Adler hopes to drum up business for her Rock Point, Oregon, kite shop, Strings Attached, by winning the annual kite festival. In the days leading up to the festival, Emmy's ambitions are soaring. Even an argument with reality TV star and contest judge Jasmine Normand can't bring her down. But when Jasmine is found dead the morning after their altercation, Emmy's no longer flying high.
After the Panama papers are released, a defense contractor fears a bribe he gave a wealthy Saudi businessman will come to light. The data theft has also left the Taskforce potentially vulnerable. Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are ordered to control the damage. Unbeknownst to either group, the Saudi has been using the shell company to fund terrorists all over the world, and he has a spectacular attack planned, coinciding with the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.
November 1919. A group of English officers celebrate the end of the war with a motorcar race from Paris to Nice. But in the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured. No one knows - or will admit to knowing - which driver was at the wheel of the rogue motorcar. Back in England one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a driver loses control on a twisting road and is killed in the crash. Inspector Rutledge tries to connect it to the earlier accident.
Washington DC private detective Robert Brixton is helping Jayla King, a medical researcher at a small D.C. pharmaceutical firm, carry on the work of her father. Dr. Preston King's experiments in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the discoveries he made led to his brutal murder and the theft of his papers. Did her father's lab assistant kill the doctor and steal his research? Is this shadowy figure prepared to kill again to keep Jayla from profiting from her father's work?
1665, and the Great Plague has London in its grip. Where better to hide a murdered man than amongst the corpses on their way to the plague pit? John Grey, now a successful lawyer, is called in by Secretary of State Lord Arlington to investigate an unexpected admission to the Tothill pit. The man was, before his murder, known to be carrying a letter from the Duke of York to the French ambassador. But the letter has vanished and Arlington wants it. Badly.
Amory Ames, a wealthy young woman questioning her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo, is looking for a change. She accepts a request for help from her former fiance and accompanies Gil to the luxurious Brightwell Hotel in an attempt to circumvent the marriage of his sister, Emmeline, to Rupert Howe, a disreputable ladies man. There is more than her happiness at stake, however, when Rupert is murdered and Gil is arrested for the crime.