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.
As Jane eagerly anticipates the wedding of her best friend Eloise Alcott, Storyton Hall is overrun with poets in town to compete for a coveted greeting card contract. They're everywhere, scrawling verses on cocktail napkins, in the reading rooms or seeking inspiration strolling the Poet's Walk, a series of trails named after famous authors. But the Tennyson Trail leads to a grim surprise: a woman's corpse drifting in a rowboat on a lake, posed as if she were "The Lady of Shallot".
Despite the festive spirit in the air, Sloan is brewing over her past. She has spent months following leads that have turned into dead ends. But when she spots a woman who strongly resembles Marianne - a long lost contact who may be her only connection to piecing together her story - she hopes that things might be taking a turn in her favour. That hope is quickly smashed when Marianne is involved in the murder of a local housekeeper.
During their Christmas festivities, Meg and Michael's library is occupied by Roderick Castlemayne, the irascible wildlife artist who's creating twelve paintings of birds to illustrate Meg's grandfather's latest nature book. Then someone murders Castlemayne in the middle of a blizzard and sets loose the birds he was painting.
Meg has her hands full trying to make the Christmas season festive for the dozen programmers who are staying with her and Michael while working on a rush project with her brother's software company. At least it's an interesting project, since the Canadian company is doing cutting-edge forensic genealogy and DNA analysis. When the programmers' inconsiderate boss is found murdered, there are too many suspects. Even before their Christmas in exile, his own employees had plenty of motives, and the growing number of people suing the company for faulty DNA analysis and invasion of their genetic privacy include at least one notorious murderer.
London, 1988. Royal fever sweeps the nation as Britain falls in love with the 'People's Princess'. For Scotland Yard that means the focus is on the elite Royalty Protection Command, and its commanding officer. Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick and his Scotland Yard squad are sent in to investigate the team. But it is learned that a renegade organization has the security of the country - and the Crown - in its sights.
1926. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters and girls sell dances for a shilling a time. The notorious queen of this glittering world is Nellie Coker, ruthless but also ambitious to advance her six children, including the enigmatic eldest, Niven, whose character has been forged in the crucible of the Somme. But success breeds enemies, and Nellie's empire faces threats from without and within.
Amos Decker is called to South Florida after a federal judge and her bodyguard have been found dead, the judge's face sporting a blindfold with two eye holes crudely cut out. But not only did the judge have more enemies than Decker can count, the bodyguard presents additional conundrums.
The media have descended on Garrett Island, the setting of a visionary experiment. All the residents' cars were sent to the mainland and for the past month the islanders have been "driving" the Arrival, a revolutionary autonomous vehicle. But as the celebratory day gets underway, the Arrivals run amok, no longer taking orders from their passengers. They're starting to organize. They're beginning to hunt. And they seem hell-bent on killing any human they encounter.
Gentleman spy and MI6 legend Alex Hawke is due for some downtime. He's got a new custom built sailing yacht and a plan to take his son Alexi on an epic cruise. But MI6 chief Lord David Trulove has other plans. There's an unholy alliance of nations who are plotting to attack Western democracies. From an island base off Cuba to a secret jungle lair deep in the Amazon, on the land and the seas, the master spy and his crew of incorrigibles are in for the fight of their lives - the fight for freedom.
Only in Bologna reads the headline in the Carlino after a professor of music is apparently murdered leaving the opera. But what looks like an open-and-shut case begins to fall apart when English detective Daniel Leicester is tasked with getting the accused man off, and a trail that begins among Bologna's close-knit classical music community leads him to suspect there may be a serial killer at large in the oldest university in the world.
Georgie, Darcy, and their Christmas guests, Mummy, Grandad, Fig, and Binky all head to Sandringham for Christmas. Georgie soon learns that the notorious Mrs. Simpson, mistress to the Prince of Wales, will also be in attendance. It is now crystal clear to Georgie that the Queen expects her to do a bit of spying. Two gentlemen of the royal household have died in mysterious circumstances and another has been shot by mistake during a hunt.
Leila Khoury has always believed that everyone loved her father as much as they loved his artisanal maple syrup. But when he's killed, and she returns to Sugar Ridge, Vermont to take over his business, she starts to realize how much of his life she's left untapped. With her brother under suspicion, her mother just barely holding it together, and police not producing any leads, Leila will have to investigate herself if she wants answers about her father's sticky end.
As Minnie and Eddie are making the rounds to deliver comforting reads, they see something strange: loyal bookmobile patron Ryan Anderson making a sudden u-turn and speeding away. When Minnie discovers the police want to question Ryan about a bank robbery and the death of a security guard, she realizes she is one of the only people who thinks Ryan isn't morally bankrupt.
In Gerrardsville, Colorado, two witnesses to the same tragedy give two different accounts. One guy sees a woman throw herself in front of a bus in what authorities will call a suicide. The other witness is Jack Reacher. And he sees what actually happened: Aman in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving like a shadow, pushed the victim to her death - before swiftly grabbing the dead woman's purse and strolling away. Reacher follows the killer on foot, not knowing that he is part of something much bigger and far-reaching...
Wilde is a man with a childhood shrouded in mystery, who appeared one day in the Ramapo Mountains with no memory of how he got there or the mother and father who abandoned him. He has uncovered a major break in the case that may hold the key to revealing the truth of his origins. But the discovery links him with a present-day disappearance and presumed suicide that is much more than it first appears.
Keaton and Koby are fraternal twins who were separated as children, but now they've found each other and opened Books & Biscuits in the pleasant Pacific Northwest town of Timber Lake. Business is booming, but even so, trouble always seems to find them. Mama Zola, Koby's devoted foster mom, has taken up residence in Timber Lake. She and Pete, one of the bookstore's quirky employees, bring a peach cobbler over to her church's potluck, and then someone who sampled the cobbler is found dead.
On New Year's Eve in Hollywood, hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air at midnight. Amid the shattered windshields and other damage, LAPD's Renee Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party. But the bullet could not have fallen from the sky. Her investigation leads her to look into another unsolved murder - a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch.
Two connected crimes. In THE SISTERS STRANGE criminal Raum Buker arrives in Portland, only for a shocking act of theft to threaten not only his own existence but those of his former lovers - the enigmatic sisters Strange. And in the title novel, THE FURIES, Parker must protect two women under threat as Portland, Maine shuts down in the face of a global pandemic. Unbeknownst to him, however, these clients are more capable of taking care of themselves than anyone could have imagined.
Chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is the reluctant star witness in a sensational murder trial when she receives shocking news. The judge's sister has been found dead - and at first glance, it appears to be a home invasion. But nothing was stolen, and there's no apparent reason for the victim dropping dead while making tea in the kitchen. At the scene, Scarpetta recognizes telltale signs of the unthinkable, but the worst is yet to come.
Norma is a modern-day nomad. Living out of her van and teardrop trailer, she revels in self-reliance, solitude, and reading in the glorious peace of nature. Jovial, wise, and scrupulously honest, she's become an uplifting presence in the little town of Quindicott, Rhode Island, where bookseller Pen is thankful to have her part-time help. But it's Norma's other job, working as a housekeeper at the Finch Inn, that gets her into terrible trouble. Norma is accused of stealing jewels from a guest's room.
'Tis the day after Christmas, following a wicked busy time of year for Mac's bike shop. It's just as well her Cozy Capers Book Group's new pick is a nerve soothing coloring book mystery, especially when she has last minute wedding planning to do. But all pre-wedding jitters fade into the background when Mac and her fiancee, Tim, begin a cottage renovation project and open up a wall to find a skeleton - sitting on a stool, dressed in an old-fashioned bridal gown...
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are brought in to investigate a sociopathic intruder, who calls himself "the Locksmith," and can break through any lock or security system ever devised. More victims are on the horizon, so Rhyme, Sachs and their stable of associates must follow the evidence to the man's lair. But what appears to be a crucial mistake is discovered in one of Rhyme's previous cases and he is fired as an NYPD consultant.
Hired by local mixed martial arts trainer Elijah Lennox to find a missing UFC Championship belt, pro-wrestler PI Hammerhead Jed must extract answers from the tight-knit MMA community. Still consuming his weight in banana milkshakes, Jed ventures into a world of jewel thieves, bodybuilders, eccentric yoga enthusiasts, and adorable baby goats. As he infiltrates an exclusive and unique no-holds-barred fight club, Jed might just find himself down for the count ...
In a small town like Pine Hills, reputation counts for a lot. And for reasons that Krissy Hancock can't figure out, someone is trashing hers. Cockroaches in the bookstore's coffee, spiteful reviews, vandalism - Krissy is being framed for every bit of bad news around. Her boyfriend, local cop Paul Dalton, is on the case, but before they can source the saboteur, Krissy is in the frame for murder, too.
Travis Wren is hired to locate the missing Maggie St. James - a well-known author of dark, macabre children's books - and is soon led to Pastoral, a reclusive commune founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. Then Travis disappears. Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis's abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another.
Type A special agent Kate O'Hare and international criminal Nick Fox have brought down some of the biggest bad guys out there. But now they face their most dangerous foe yet - a vast, shadowy international organization known only as the Brotherhood. Directly descended from the Vatican Bank priests who served Hitler during World War II, the Brotherhood is on a frantic search for a lost train loaded with $30 billion in Nazi gold, untouched for over seventy-five years somewhere in the mountains of Eastern Europe.
In search of a new life, 17 year old Adriana Clark's family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque. Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana's body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she's dealing with something she's never encountered before.
Jude hasn't seen Liam in years, but when he shows up at her work asking for a favor, she finds she can't refuse. All Jude has to do is pick Liam up at a country train station - without telling anyone. So what if she has to lie to her fiance? Jude is still committed to him and their imminent wedding, even if she and Liam were in love once. But when the police show up at the station instead of Liam, Jude realizes that she knows nothing about the man he's become.
Corporate lawyer Ava has moved to small town Cuervo to spend time in the wilderness near Big Bend National Park. Because she grew up in rural Texas with her father, who raised search-and-rescue dogs, she's perplexed by an abandoned campsite she finds on a volunteer search-and-rescue mission but photographs it all the same. Grant Wycoff believed this city slicker had no place on serious team of outdoorsmen and cops. But when she tells him of her findings on the trail, he sees there's more to her than meets the eye.
Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi in the sixties and were childhood friends as well as Little League all-stars. But Keith's father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to clean up the Coast. Hugh's father became the "Boss" of Biloxi's criminal underground. Keith went to law school while Hugh preferred the nightlife and worked in his father's clubs.The two families were headed for a showdown, one that would happen in a courtroom.
Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...
1660 England. General Edward Whalley and his son-in law Colonel William Goffe board a ship bound for the New World. They are on the run, wanted for the murder of King Charles I. In London, Richard Nayler, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is charged with bringing the traitors to justice and he will stop at nothing to find them. A substantial bounty hangs over their heads for their capture - dead or alive...
When emergency room doctor Kate North is offered an opportunity at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc's death wasn't accidental at all. And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes for them all.
Fresh off her wolverine study in Montana, wildlife biologist Alex Carter lands a job studying a threatened population of polar bears in the Canadian Arctic. But as her study progresses, and she gathers data on the health of individual bears, things start to go awry. Her helicopter pilot quits unexpectedly, equipment goes missing, and a late-night intruder breaks into her lab and steals the samples she's collected.
A cleanup of the historic Goosebush Cemetery may be in order, after Lilly and Delia find the plots there sorely neglected and inexplicably rearranged. Lilly soon discovers that Whitney Dunne-Bradford snapped up custodianship of the graveyard once she inherited Bradford Funeral Homes. But before Lilly can get to the bottom of the tombstone tampering, she stumbles upon Whitney's body at the Jayne family mausoleum...
Five standalone crime fiction stories are complemented by four mystery stories featuring the Oxford wife-and-husband detective team of shrewd Zoe Boehm and hapless Joe Silvermann. The collection also includes a peek into the past of Jackson Lamb, irascible top agent at Slough House.
When a Jewish classmate is attacked by bullies, 15 year old Nico just watches - earning him a week's suspension and a typed, yellowing manuscript from his frail Nonno Paolo. A history lesson, his grandfather says, and a secret he must keep from his father. Nico is transported back to the Venice of 1943, an occupied city seething under the Nazis, and to the defining moment of his grandfather's life, when Paolo's support for a murdered Jewish woman brings him into the sights of the city's underground resistance.
DCS Simon Serrailler has long regarded drugs ops in the Lafferton area as a waste of time. Small-time dealers are picked up outside the local secondary school, they're given a fine or a suspended and away they go. And rinse and repeat. But when the body of a young drug addict is found in neighbouring Starly, the case pulls Simon into a whole new way of running drugs. The foot soldiers? Vulnerable local kids like Brookie and Olivia, who will give Simon a bitter taste of this new landscape...
November 1924. The Endeavour sets sail for New York, with 2,000 passengers - and a killer - on board. When a body is found on deck, ship's officer Timothy Birch is ready to declare the death a tragic accident. But Scotland Yard inspector James Temple is certain there's more to this misfortune than meets the eye. Mounting an investigation, the pair uncover the theft of a priceless painting, and encounter a string of suspects with secrets to hide.
Is murder in the blood? In a sleepy Devon village, a woman is taken from the streets. Local vet Jenny is horrified. This kind of thing doesn't happen here. But it's not the first time she's been so close to a crime scene. The daughter of a prolific serial killer, she's spent her whole life running from who she really is. And the crime is harrowingly similar to those her father committed all those years ago... But she's not her father's daughter. Is she?
28 new short stories in tribute to pulp noir master, Cornell Woolrich. Featuring Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, James Sallis, AK Benedict, Samantha Lee Howe, Joe R. Lansdale, Vaseem Khan, Tara Moss, Martin Edwards, James Grady, Lavie Tidhar, Paul Di Filippo, Bill Pronzini, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Maxim Jakubowski, David Quantick, William Boyle and more.
Harry and Freya, an ordinary couple, buy a drab portrait for a few pounds, for its beautiful frame, planning to cut the painting out. Then studying it back at home there seems to be another picture beneath, of a stunning landscape. Could it be a long-lost masterpiece from 1770? If genuine, it could be worth millions. One collector is certain it is genuine. Someone who uses any method he can to get want he wants and will stop at nothing.
From Penn Jillette of the legendary magic duo Penn & Teller. Two weeks before his twenty-first birthday, Las Vegas native Bobby Ingersoll finds out he's inherited a crushing gambling debt from his scumbag father. But just before Bobby's luck runs out, he stumbles upon enough cash to pay Ruphart off and change his family's fortune. More importantly, he finds himself with a new, for lack of a better word, faith. Every decision from now on will be made with a pair of dice.
Kendra Michaels, blind before gaining her sight via a revolutionary surgical procedure, offers her razor-sharp senses to assist her friend Jessie Mercado in a baffling case. One thing the motorcycle-riding private investigator has never encountered before is an incarceration consultant. But preparing wealthy people to go to prison is big business. When Owen Blake of Mamertine Consulting hires Mercado to find his missing partner, their suspect list is filled with recently released white-collar criminals, a few drug kingpins, and a couple of murderers to keep things interesting.
When the ladies of the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club take over the Mountaintop Lodge for their annual autumn ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Misty Murphy couldn't be more thrilled. Especially when the adventurous women even invite Misty and her assistant Brynn to join them on a ride to admire the colorful fall foliage. But what starts as a perfect ride turns worrisome when the tail gunner - the last rider in their group - fails to show up at the Craggy Gardens overlook.
A Transylvanian nobleman called Count Dracula arrives at Baker Street seeking the help of Sherlock Holmes, for his beloved wife Mina has been kidnapped. But Dracula is a client like no other and Sherlock and Watson must confront - despite the wild, unbelievable notion - the existence of vampires. And before long, Sherlock, Watson and their new vampire allies must work together to banish a powerful enemy growing in the shadows.
Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.
Two novellas (previously published separately). WOMEN WITHOUT MERCY and TRUTH OR DARE.
The head of Scotland's most powerful crime family is brutally murdered, his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery. Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder arrive at the scene, a small town where everyone has secrets to hide. They soon realize this murder is part of a blood feud between two Scottish families that stretches back to the 1800s. As the body count rises, their investigation uncovers large-scale corruption at the heart of the Scottish Police Service.
In a remote sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, a fisherman vanishes without trace. His remains are never found. A young man jumps from a bridge in Glasgow and falls to his death in the water below. DS Max Craigie uncovers evidence that links both victims. But if he can't find out what cost them their lives, it won't be long before more bodies turn up at the morgue...
Ryan French no longer cares who he kills so long as the price is right. His former bosses want him taken down, but they're not prepared to get their hands dirty so they need a Brit to do the job. SAS trooper Matt "Lastman" Standing is a lethal killing machine with experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Plus he's worked with French in the past. Now he's hunting French in the lawless Wild West forests of Humboldt County, where the US produces most of its legal - and illegal - cannabis.
11 years ago DA Wes Farrell put Paul Riley in prison for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Then evidence was uncovered that pinned the crime on someone else and Riley was released. But Riley soon turns up murdered, surrounded by the loot from his latest scam, and Doug Rush, the still-grieving father of Riley's dead girlfriend, is arrested for the crime. Farrell, now practicing law with Dismas Hardy, agrees to represent the defendant, and is left in the dust when Rush suddenly vanishes.
South Korea, 1970s: A senior NCO in charge of 8th Army's classified documents has gone missing along with a top-secret document. At the same time reporter Katie Byrd Worthington has landed in a Korean jail cell. Sueno and Bascom are sent to get her out - and negotiate against the publication of an incriminating story about the mistreatment of women in the military that could land important officials in hot water. But what they learn will make it hard for them to stay silent.
When Sarah's Aunt Evelyn, a famous writer, dies, Sarah learns that she will inherit Evelyn's fortune, including a foreboding mansion, Cragsmoor, on the outskirts of a small Northumberland town. But Sarah must first solve a decades old mystery. Many years ago, Evelyn's childhood friend Lucy went missing, last seen in the house Evie has now left to Sarah. Sarah must go back to the house where it all began, and uncover the truth. But if there is a secret at Cragsmoor, someone has benefitted from it remaining hidden. Someone who has already killed once before...
Lawyer Jean-Marc Sauvet, best friend of Aix-en-Provence's examining magistrate Antoine Verlaque, accepted a small role in a local theater's summer production, having no idea that the lead actress would be played by the great Liliane Poncet. But the lead actor, Gauthier Lesage, is rude and unenthusiastic, and nobody understands how he got the part. And everyone seems to be harbouring a secret. When one of the actors goes missing for good, it's up to Verlaque to untangle the threads of a mystery that seems to get more complicated every day...
1889. The First Terror. At a boys' prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfilment of a witch's curse from four hundred years earlier? 1890. The Second Terror. A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts? 1894. The Third Terror. A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests?
It's been 17 months since the Bloodsmith butchered his first victim and Operation Maypole is still no nearer catching him. DS Lucy McVeigh doesn't need distraction. But when Benedict Strachan was just 11, he hunted down and killed a homeless man. No one's ever figured out why Benedict did it, but now, after sixteen years, he's back on the streets again - battered, frightened, convinced a shadowy 'They' are out to get him, and begging Lucy for help.
Sherlock Holmes's discovery of a mysterious musical score initiates a devious Christmas challenge set by Irene Adler, with clues that are all variations on the theme of 'theft without theft', such as a statue missing from a museum found hidden in the room it was taken from. In the snowy London lead-up to Christmas, Holmes's preoccupation with the "Adler Variations" risks him neglecting the case of his new client, Norwegian arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who has received a series of threats in the form of animal carcasses left on his doorstep.
Prominent Portland, Oregon defense attorney Robin heads home to her small town of Elk Grove and the bosom of her family. There a unique legal challenge presents itself. Marjorie Loman, a surrogate, is accused of kidnapping the baby she carried for another couple, and assaulting that couple in the process. There's no question that she committed these actions but that's not the same as being guilty of the crime. As Robin works to defend her client, she learns that Marjorie Loman has been hiding under a fake identity and is facing a warrant for her arrest for another, even more serious crime.
Desperate to get away from the "women's stories" the Glasgow desk keeps assigning her, Allie Burns strikes up an alliance with wannabe investigative journalist Danny Sullivan. From the start, their stories create enemies. First an international tax fraud, then a potential Scottish terrorist group aiming to cause mayhem ahead of the impending devolution referendum. And then Danny is found murdered in his flat.
1989. Journalist Allie Burns' year begins with the memorial service for the victims of the Lockerbie bombing, but Allie has barely filed her copy when she stumbles over a story about HIV/AIDS that will shock her into a major change of direction. The world of newspapers is undergoing a revolution, there's skullduggery in the medical research labs and there are seismic rumblings behind the Iron Curtain. When murder is added to this potent mix, Allie is forced to question all her old certainties.
The royal family has gathered at their Scottish retreat, Balmoral Castle, for a traditional Christmas. As a blizzard gathers outside and a delicious dinner is prepared, the family circles up for a holiday toast. King Eric has something momentous to say - in fact, he is about to name his successor. But as he raises a glass of his favorite whiskey, he drops dead.The king has been poisoned, someone in the family must have done it, and each one of them had opportunity and motive. Eric's beloved head chef, Jonathan, must now play detective.
The final installment of the long-running mystery series starring plus-sized Southern PI Savannah Reid. After an upscale party ends with murder, drawing clues from famous guests may prove trickier than squeezing into an old pair of skinny jeans...
When Archie Mint is killed while trying to stop a robbery in his own home, his family is shattered. But while working on Mint's body before his funeral, mortician "Zig" Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That telling detail leads him to Dover Air Force Base, where he uncovers Mint's involvement in a top-secret military unit and his connection to military artist Nola Brown.
Willa Bauer's French-inspired cheese shop is playing host to celebrity vegan chef Phoebe Winston. But when photos surface that prove this vegan influencer is, in fact, a carnivore, things crumble faster than any cheese on the market. Phoebe is murdered. Willa's employee, the affable Archie, was the last one to see Phoebe alive and the first person the police suspect.
A collection of his stories.
Dario, the sole survivor of a car accident that supposedly killed all his family, is convinced that his wife and child have in fact survived and that his wife has abducted their child. Then a truck searched in the port of Buenos Aires on suspicion that it is carrying drugs, is revealed to be transporting human body parts. These seemingly separate incidents prove to be tied in a shadowy web of complicity involving political and religious authorities.
Edinburgh, 1850. Sarah Fisher is keeping a safe distance from her old flame Dr Will Raven. Across town, Raven finds himself drawn into Edinburgh's mire when a package containing human remains washes up on the shores of Leith, and an old adversary he has long detested contacts him, pleading for Raven's help to escape the hangman. Sarah and Raven's lives seem indelibly woven together as they discover that wealth and status cannot alter a fate written in the blood.
In Los Angeles, Detective Garrett Dobbs and FBI Agent Jessica Gimble have joined forces to work a murder that seems like a dead cinch. Their chief suspect is quickly identified and apprehended - but then there's another killing just like the one they've been investigating. And another. And not just in Los Angeles - the spree spreads across the country.
Three cases for the charming French detective Luc Moncrief, now working for the NYPD.
Holiday time in the Valley, and in the holiday spirit - despite the dismal shape of the finances at the Little Detective Agency - Bernie refers a potential client to Victor Klovsky, a fellow private eye. It's also true that the case - promising lots of online research but little action - doesn't appeal to Bernie, while it seems perfect for Victor, who is not cut out for rough stuff. But Victor disappears in a rough-stuff way, and when he doesn't show up at his mom's to light the Hanukkah candles, she hires Chet and Bernie to find him.
Auschwitz, 1943. It's snowing outside and Block 10 looks even bleaker than usual. Gioele Errera, a young Jewish boy imprisoned in the camp, finds the body of an SS officer. Hugo Fischer is sent to investigate the unexplained death of the renowned Nazi and comes face to face not only with a complex murder, but with the truth of the Final Solution.
Ireland, January 1921. The once-grand, now-crumbling Kilcolgan House shelters the surviving members of the Prendeville family. Then, when an IRA ambush goes terribly wrong, Maud Prendeville, Lord Kilcolgan's eldest daughter, is killed, leaving the family reeling. Yet the IRA column behind the attack insists they left her alive, that someone else must be responsible for her terrible fate. Captain Tom Harkin, an IRA intelligence officer and Maud's former fiance, is sent to investigate.
"We're going to murder people who need to be murdered." So begins a press release from a mysterious group known only as "The Five," shortly after a vicious predator is murdered in San Francisco. The Five is believed to be made up of vigilante killers who are very bored...and very rich. After a woman is murdered in the Twin Cities, Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport are sent in to investigate. But, with no apparent direct connection to the victims, The Five are virtually untraceable.
As winter falls in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, thriller writer Beth Rivers has received unexpected company, her mother. The last Beth heard, Mill Rivers had gone underground in search of Beth's kidnapper, and Beth can't help but be a little alarmed at her appearance. If Mill was able to track down her daughter, who knows who else might be able to? Beth doesn't have time to ponder this for long, after a battered woman stumbles into the town bar one night, and her husband is found dead the next morning.
The Caswell-Jones family are celebrating Christmas with their nearest and dearest in their Villa Janus - until Jonty Caswell-Jones is found dead in his study. Jonty's wife, Catherine, knows there's a killer among them so she calls her acquaintance, PI Elizabeth Chalice, to investigate. As each of the twelve suspects, each with a motive, is interviewed in turn, Elizabeth must work out who killed Jonty and why.
Defense attorney Leigh Collier's ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average ... a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence. Then a case lands on her desk - defending a wealthy man accused of rape. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it's no coincidence that he's chosen her as his attorney.
1946. Someone's put a blade in the back of the Amazing Tattooed Woman, and Willowjean "Will" Parker's former knife-throwing mentor has been stitched up for the crime. To uncover the truth, Will and her boss, world-famous detective Lillian Pentecost, travel south to the circus where they find a snakepit of old grudges, small-town crime, and secrets worth killing for.
A moment of weakness leads to cocktails with a colleague - an attraction LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan knows could be dangerous - at the luxurious Hotel Bel-Air bar. A stroll through the grounds leads to a grim discovery beneath the surface of Swan Lake: the body of a successful attorney who made his fortune in international trade. It initially appears to be death by misadventure, but the case is anything but straightforward.
1871. Pete Ferguson is a wanted man. An army deserter, hunted for murder in Oregon, not to mention theft and arson in Nebraska. His path takes him down the Comacheras Road to Mexico, then to Guatemala. Everywhere he goes, he is a magnet for trouble. Then, he meets an indigenous woman who changes his destiny. To save her he will sabotage an attempted coup d'etat and with her travel to the Equator, his grail.
Martha works for an advertising agency, filming a TV commercial on location on the stunning Cornish coast. The client is the eccentric owner of a chemicals company that has invented a new, almost irresistible perfume, and Martha is in charge of shooting the romantic ads - unfortunately starring his beautiful but highly manipulative daughter-in-law. Before long, Martha finds herself embroiled in the conspiracy over the perfume's true origin - to say nothing of a kidnapped baby, sinister monks, her own long-since vanished ex-husband and a series of exploding soup cans.
Polish-born DS Dania Gorska's traffic accident turns into a murder case when the autopsy reveals vicious marks on the head of the dead man. The dead man, Eddie Sangster, the youngest of three brothers, inherited the family estate after the oldest committed suicide and the other simply disappeared. But decades on it would seem someone is out for vengeance as murder stones - carved headstones attesting to the brutal murders of both brothers - start to appear on the grounds of the estate.
A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with the victims. As panic spreads, Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation, but is herself a hunted woman, her every step shadowed by a ruthless psychopath bent on revenge. As she tracks the murderer, Grace begins to suspect there is a truly shocking home truth that connects these brutal crimes.
Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley's young son almost destroyed him. A plea for help from an old friend leads Jonah to Slaughter Quay, and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor. Under suspicion himself, Jonah uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew - forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago...
In Karlstad, nine-month-old Beatrice is missing from her pram. Her parents are in shock and the media is in a frenzy. DI Charlie Lager is struggling with her own demons when she's called to investigate, forced to push them aside as the case intensifies. As lead after lead goes nowhere, Charlie starts to feel like nobody actually wants the truth to come out about Beatrice as reluctant locals shut down in the face of her questions.
Millie Spark can kill anyone. A special effects make-up artist, her talent is to create realistic scenes of bloody violence. Then, one day, she wakes to find her lover dead in her bed. Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life - until she meets troubled film student and reluctant petty thief Jerry. Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night - and someone doesn't want them to find out why.
Jen's hen party is going to be out of control...She's rented a luxury getaway on its own private island. The helicopter won't be back for seventy-two hours. They are alone. They think. As well as Jen, there's the pop diva and the estranged ex-bandmate, the tennis pro and the fashion guru, the embittered ex-sister-in-law and the mouthy future sister-in-law. It's a combustible cocktail, one that takes little time to ignite, and in the midst of the drunken chaos, one of them disappears.
A shadowy billionaire uses his fortune to further his corrupt ambitions. Along the way, he's toppled democratically elected governments and exacerbated divisions within stable nations. The competitors he's destroyed, the people he's hurt, they're all just marks on a ledger. Now, he's ready to implement his most ambitious plan of all. There's only one force standing in his way - President Jack Ryan.
Kate and Allan Royce are driving home from a party in Westport, Connecticut one night when they see a girl in a beautiful but muddied dress wandering in the road and stop to pick her up. She is suffering from amnesia, so they name her Elizabeth X and take her into their home while the police try to establish her identity. They are left in peace, until first a couple claim her as their daughter and then a psychiatrist arrives to say that she has escaped from his clinic. What does seem certain is that she is the child of wealthy parents.But who really is Elizabeth X, and what has happened to her?
Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. The hostess, Drucilla Heyward, is one of the wealthiest women in town and has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway.
For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him but that he hasn't been able to crack - the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come work with her as a volunteer investigator in the new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his "white whale" with the resources of the LAPD behind him. The two must put aside old resentments to work together again and close in on a dangerous killer.
Adele Schumacher isn't a typical worried mom. When she hires Elvis to find her missing son, a controversial podcaster named Josh Shoe, she brings a bag filled with cash, bizarre tales of government conspiracies, and a squad of professional bodyguards. Finding Josh should be simple, but Elvis quickly learns he isn't alone in the hunt - a deadly team of mysterious strangers are determined to find Josh and his adult film star girlfriend first.
CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD 2019 FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR*. A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of. But the elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.
When Isaac Naylor committed suicide after a teenage fan was found dead in his hotel room, the world thought it had lost one of the greatest rock stars of a generation. Now, eight years on, music journalist Natalie Glass stumbles across a blind item on a US gossip website that suggests Naylor's death wasn't quite what it seemed - and he might in fact still be alive. The item claims he is the mystery songwriter who has for the past year been submitting lyrics to producers in London via his lawyer for other artists to record. Natalie finds she has a stark choice: give up trying to find out what happened to Naylor or risk her own obituary ending up in print.
Allison Parker is on the run with her teenage daughter, Hannah, and Colter Shaw has been hired by her eccentric boss, entrepreneur Marty Harmon, to find and protect her. She's being stalked by her ex-husband, Jon Merritt. Newly released from prison and fueled by blinding rage, Jon is a man whose former profession as a police detective makes him uniquely suited for the hunt. And he's not alone. Two hitmen are also hot on her heels - an eerie pair of thugs who take delight not only in murder but in the sport of devising clever ways to make bodies disappear forever.
Spring, 1312. Edward II's young wife, Isabella, is about to give birth. Her father, Philip of France, dreams of a grandson wearing the Crown of the Confessor and dispatches Amaury de Craon, his Master of Secrets, to carry out his deadly deeds. Edward II summons Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, to intercept. Both master spies lodge at the Benedictine abbey of St Michael's in the forest of Ashdown.
Cuban-born Mercedes Spivey and her American husband, Nolan, win a five-day cruise to Cuba. Once aboard, Mercedes is surprised to see two people she met through her ex-boyfriend Lorenzo: former University of Havana professor Selfa Segarra and down-on-his-luck Spanish writer Javier Jurado. Even stranger is they also received a free cruise. When Selfa disappears on their first day at sea, Mercedes and Javier begin to wonder if their presence on the cruise is more than coincidence.
Serpent's Point in South Devon is the focus of local legends. The large house on the headland is shrouded in an ancient tale of evil, and when a woman is found strangled on the coastal path DI Wesley Peterson is called in to investigate.The woman had been house-sitting at Serpent's Point and Wesley is surprised to discover that she was conducting an investigation into unsolved missing persons cases.
Four years have passed since Cecilia Karlsson disappeared from the island of Graso in Roslagen. When Ann Lindell receives a tip that she has been seen alive she cannot help getting involved, even though she is no longer with the police.The black sheep of the island, Nils Lindberg, has never forgotten Cecilia Karlsson, with whom he was in love as a teenager. And he carries a secret. He may not be completely sober all the time, but he has no doubt of what he saw out on the bay just before Cecilia disappeared.
Connie Rosolli, office manager for Vinnie's Bail Bonds, has been abducted. Stephanie gets a call from the abductor. He says he will only release her in exchange for a mysterious coin that a recently murdered man left as collateral for his bail. Unfortunately, this coin, which should be in the office--just like Connie--is nowhere to be found.
A collection of Ann Granger short stories.
A dead body has been found in the churchyard. News of the incident travels fast in the market town of Bamford, but no one seems willing to admit to knowing the dead man or how he ended up in the cemetery. As Alan and his team search for clues, Meredith becomes convinced that something must have been overlooked.
Mysterious killings at both ends of the capital have been caused by the use of an unusually long, slender blade, and Thomas Chaloner is ordered to investigate. The only common thread is the victims' connection to the Worshipful Company of Poulters, whose members are struggling to keep ahead of London's enormous demand for eggs. But this leads him into a tapestry of conspiracy, outlandish claims of the Second Coming, the reappearance of a number of regicides and ever more brazen killings.
Holly's world is turned upside down when she starts discovering messages at gruesome crime scenes from the person she fears above all else. The world believes the Animal is dead, yet Holly knows he is alive and killing again - and he wants her to know. DI Bishop is the only person who trusts Holly's instinct above reason and the pair embark on a covert investigation as further murders are detected across the country.
When Cassie Fitzgerald was at school in the late 90s, she and her friends killed a fellow student. Almost 20 years later, Cassie is a happily married mother who loves her job - as a police officer. She closely guards the secret she has all but erased from her memory. One day her husband finally persuades her to go to a school reunion. There, shockingly, one of her old schoolmates, now a Member of Parliament, is found dead in the school bathroom, supposedly from a drug overdose.
1973. A final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module, a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help. As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to breaking point back on Earth. And not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.
Jane and William are enjoying their honeymoon at an exclusive couples-only resort - until Jane receives a chilling note warning her to "Beware of the couple at the table nearest to yours." At dinner that night, five other couples are present, and none of their tables is any nearer or farther away than any of the others. But someone in this dining room will be dead before breakfast, and all the evidence will suggest that no one there that night could have possibly committed the crime.
1889. Henri Brassard is on his way to Paris, determined to reclaim his place in La Force when he crosses paths with a mysterious and unnamed young maiden and her gypsy wagon. Suspecting villainy, he tails her into the city and watches her wend her way into the orbit of several characters - an Artist, an Impresario, a Madame, a Countess, and one Disciple. Each sees in her some opportunity, a chance for profit or redemption; any one of whom may therefore be responsible for her sudden and unexplained disappearance.
London, 1943. Across the city, prominent figures in science and the military are bursting into flame and being incinerated. Convinced that the Germans have deployed a new terror weapon, a desperate government turns to the one man who can track down the source of this dreadful menace - Sherlock Holmes.
At last in one volume: the collected Slough House spy novellas, five in all, including the never-before-published Christmas interlude Standing by the Wall.
Horowitz splits with Hawthorne to concentrate on his writing. After Sunday Times critic Margaret Throsby gives Horowitz's new play a savage review, she is found the next day stabbed in the heart with an ornamental dagger which turns out to belong to Anthony, and has his fingerprints all over it. Anthony is arrested by an old enemy - Detective Inspector Cara Grunshaw. He realizes that only one man can help him. But will Hawthorne take the call?
After his successful takedown of a dangerous terrorist, Bob Lee Swagger learns that no good deed goes unpunished. Summoned to court by the United States Congress, Swagger is accused of reckless endangerment by a hardheaded anti-gun congresswoman. But what begins as political posturing soon turns deadly when the auditorium where the committee is being held is attacked. Swagger, the congresswoman, and numerous bystanders and reporters are taken hostage by a group of violent operatives.
A frozen body is discovered in the icy depths of Langjokull glacier, apparently that of a businessman who disappeared 30 years before. One of the missing man's business associates was briefly held in custody, but there wasn't enough evidence to charge him. Now the associate is arrested again and Konrad, the retired policeman who originally investigated the disappearance, is called back to reopen the case that has weighed on his mind for decades.
Sir Robert Skinner has been hired to head an international media organization. Yet a series of unexplained deaths on his home turf in Scotland threaten to bring him crashing back down to earth. As he helps the elderly in his local community, several residents seem to die of natural causes. But when a gruesome discovery is made in a Glasgow flat, one of Skinner's long-time friends - an aspiring politician - emerges as the prime suspect.
Girls from immigrant communities have been disappearing for months in the Colorado town of Blackwater Falls, but the local sheriff is slow to act and the fates of the missing girls largely ignored. At last, when the body of a star student and refugee - the Syrian teenager Razan Elkader - is positioned deliberately in a mosque, Detective Inaya Rahman and Lieutenant Waqas Seif of the Denver Police are recruited to solve Razan's murder. They quickly uncover a link to other missing and murdered girls.
When the body of a white man is found frozen in the Himalayan foothills near Dehra Dun, he is christened the Ice Man by the national media. Who is he? How long has he been there? Why was he killed? As Inspector Persis Wadia and Metropolitan Police criminalist Archie Blackfinch investigate the case in Bombay, they uncover a trail left behind by the enigmatic Ice Man - a trail leading directly into the dark heart of conspiracy.
Finn Fitzpatrick barely knows murder victim Mandy Breslin from the firm where they both work. Mandy moves in the privileged world of the senior partners' clique. Finn keeps to herself.But Mandy has secrets and, as Finn is drawn deeper into her dead colleague's life, she soon discovers that Mandy's not the only one at the firm hiding something.
Spider Shepherd is to be sent to the Syrian border by his MI5 boss to assess which jihadi brides in the refugee camps there are still threats. But there is one bride he must take back to the UK whatever her circumstances. She is the wife of a notorious ISIS bombmaker, Salam Jaraf, now an asylum seeker with information on terrorist cells in Britain. But the bombmaker will only tell MI5 what he knows if his wife and son are brought to him.
It's Christmastime in London, and Sherlock Holmes takes on two cases. The angelic three-year-old child of a wealthy couple is the target of a vicious kidnapper, and a country aristocrat worries that his handsome, favourite son has mysteriously vanished from his London pied à terre. Holmes and Watson, aided by the colourful Heffie O'Malley, slip slide in the ice to ensure a merry Christmas is had by nearly everybody...
Defense Attorney Robin Lockwood assists retired DA Francis Hardy in righting a wrongful conviction from Hardy's days as a DA. Successful in their efforts, Hardy invites Lockwood up to his mansion in the Oregon mountains for a celebration. Lockwood finds herself among an odd group of invitees - including the bitter, newly released, Alvarez. When Hardy is found murdered, with a knife connected to the original curse, Lockwood finds herself faced with a conundrum - who is the murderer among them and how to stop them before there's another victim.
Three years ago, DCI Laura Hart was the top Hostage and Crisis Negotiator for the Greater Manchester Police. Then her husband was kidnapped. Despite her best efforts to reason with the criminals, he was brutally murdered. Now living on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, Laura is slowly healing. Then she gets a call: armed drug dealers have seized a tourist boat -- and her ten-year-old son Jake is on board.
As CIA case officer Sam Joseph is in Paris recruiting Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad, the two fall into a forbidden relationship. The pair go to Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy. But the chase for the killer soon leads to a trail of high-profile assassinations and the discovery of a secret at the heart of the Syrian regime.
In 1910, Dr. John Watson has taken his wife, suffering from tuberculosis to a sanitarium in Egypt. There he bumps into Sherlock Holmes, in disguise and on a case. An English Duke with a penchant for Egyptology has disappeared, leading to enquiries from his wife and the Home Office.
A female sleuth in 1920s India. When clever, headstrong Kaveri moves to Bangalore to marry doctor Ramu, she's resigned herself to a quiet life. But that all changes the night of the party at the Century Club, where she escapes to the garden for some peace - and instead spots an uninvited guest in the shadows. Half an hour later, the party turns into a murder scene.
In a country called Town, Su is found dead in an abandoned car. Town is a society clearly divided into the haves and have-nots, and those who have the very least live in the decrepit Saha Estates. Among them is Jin-Kyung, a young woman whose brother, Do-kyung, was in a relationship with Su and quickly becomes the police's prime suspect. When Do-kyung disappears, Jin-kyung is determined to get to the bottom of things.
Scuff has come a long way from his time as a penniless orphan scraping together a living on the banks of the Thames. Now he's studying medicine at a free clinic run by Dr. Crowe. But Crowe witnessed an altercation between a former patient and her controlling fiance and becomes engrossed in investigating the situation. Meanwhile Scuff and a needy young girl named Mattie must not only run the clinic but also fend off the police, who are growing suspicious of Crowe's amateur sleuthing.
Libby's yarn shop is expanding for a holiday boom, and she's gathered Collinstown's businesses to decorate a community Christmas tree. Dashing "Gallant Herdsman" Vincenzo Marani arrives to showcase the rare vicuna, whose coat produces the world's most luxurious yarn. It's a perfect yuletide - until Libby's ex-husband, Sterling, turns up in town...and then turns up dead.
John Rebus stands accused: on trial for a crime that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke faces Edinburgh's most explosive case in years, as a corrupt cop goes missing after claiming to harbour secrets that could sink the city's police force. But in this investigation all roads lead to Rebus, and Clarke's twin loyalities to the police and to the public will be tested to their limit.
Ireland 1941. A German spy escapes from Mountjoy Prison, clearly with inside help. Yet no one wants to catch him. When the head of Garda Special Branch sends Inspector Stefan Gillespie to find out why, it must be in secret. But he meets a web of deceit in which the past's dark shadows loom over the lies of the present.
When young London professional Alex Evans is informed that his sister's body has been pulled from an icy lake in Northern Lapland, he assumes his irresponsible sister accidentally drowned. He travels to the wealthy winter resort where Vicky worked as a tour-guide and meets Agatha Koskinen, the detective in charge. Agatha is a no-nonsense single mother of three who already thinks there's more to Vicky's case than meets the eye.
To his chagrin, Alaskan PI Cecil Younger learns his teenage daughter has launched her own detective agency. But when her first case goes awry, she's going to need some help from an unlikely source: her father, who is currently locked up in prison.
Elizabeth Miles Bates has returned from her honeymoon with Gideon and is taking great pride in having completely forsaken her disreputable past. Then her friend, Anna Vanderslice, begs her to use her talents to save her widowed mother from a unscrupulous medium. Madame Ophelia is working with a group of con artists to fleece as many grieving New Yorkers as possible before moving on to another city.
With 85% per cent burns to his body it's a miracle the patient is still alive. He only made it this far thanks to Stockholm emergency physician Tekla Berg. The police are convinced that the fire was a terrorist attack - and that the patient was involved - and are determined to question him. Almost as determined as those who would silence him at any cost. And while Tekla battles to keep him breathing, she can't shake the thought that something about him is strangely familiar.
A woman is found wandering the corridors of Nobel Hospital in Stockholm, accompanied by a young boy. She appears to be looking for a man who was involved in a car accident earlier that day. Meanwhile, in one of the emergency rooms, Tekla Berg is fighting to save a patient who was seriously injured in the same incident. The mystery surrounding the woman and her young charge is that the boy's identity remains unknown and no trace of his past can be found.
An isolated luxury cabin in the woods, complete with spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef. Hannah's loving and generous tech-mogul brother found the listing online. It's his birthday gift to Hannah and includes their spouses and another couple. But how well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? And who is the new boyfriend, crashing their party? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried.
Burma, 1852. Sergeant Arthur Bowman, a sergeant in the East India Company, is sent on a secret mission during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. But the expedition is foiled - his men are captured and tortured. Throughout their ordeal, the word "Survival" becomes Bowman's mantra. Some years later in London, battling his ghosts through a haze of alcohol and opium, Bowman discovers a mutilated corpse in a sewer. The victim appears to have been subjected to the same torments as Bowman endured in the Burmese jungle. And the word Survival has been daubed in blood by the body's side.
The twenty best short mystery stories of the previous year.
When Hollywood wants to do a remake of the film that made Tode Hall famous, India and Egbert are delighted. But the Hall is soon overrun by wardrobe trucks and catering tents, and lusty, insecure actors squabbling about nudity clauses. When the movie's producers threaten to sue over the exact colour of Tode Hall's rolling lawns, India and Egbert realise that having a film crew on their doorstep isn't such a breeze after all. With so many egos in one place things were bound to end badly, but no one would have predicted quite so literal a backstabbing...
When a man is found savagely 'crucified' amidst a murky swamp in northern Australia, detective Dana Russo and her team are called to a shocking scene. The victim is a convicted rapist, just released from prison, who years earlier committed an atrocious crime yards from where he was killed. Who murdered him - and why? With several potential leads, the investigation quickly becomes more complex, and sinister, than anyone imagined.
Jason Brazel is an out of work journalist who lives in Penrith with his family and mother-in-law, Amita. She knows everyone and everything that's going on in this corner of the Lakes. So when it's discovered that Madeline Forbisher, one of Amita's fellow regulars at the bingo club has died, found by the postman outside her crumbling country home close to Ullswater Lake, she senses immediately this is no accident.
In 2008, a cheerful ambulance-chasing lawyer named Jay Shenk persuades the grieving Keener family to sue a private LA hospital. Their son Wesley has been transformed by a routine surgery into a kind of golem, absent all normal functioning or personality, walking in endless empty circles around his hospital room. In 2019, Shenk - still in practice but a shell of his former self - is hired to defend Wesley Keener's father when he is charged with the murder of the expert witness from the 2008 hospital case.
Singapore, 1945. Amid rumours the Japanese occupiers are preparing to wipe out the population of the island rather than surrender, a young aide is found murdered beneath the termite mushroom tree in Hideki Tagawa's garden and his plans for a massive poison gas bomb are missing. To prevent any more destruction it falls to Su Lin to track down the real killer with the help of Hideki Tagawa's old nemesis, the charismatic shinto priest Yoshio Yoshimo.
After 20 years Olof Hagstrom returns home to discover his father dead. For police detective Eira Sjodin, the investigation of this suspicious death resurrects long-forgotten nightmares. She was only nine when Olof Hagstrom, then fourteen, was found guilty of raping and murdering a local girl. The case left a mark on the town's collective memory - a wound that never quite healed - and tinged Eira's childhood with fear. Too young to be sentenced, Olof was sent to a youth home and exiled from his family. He was never seen in the town again. Until now.
A regular who used Yeast of Eden as a workspace, Josh Prentiss always turned heads with his startlingly good looks and thousand-watt smile. But Ivy can't help noticing one morning that he seems distracted and off his game. Later, during a visit to the park where she and Miguel plan to hold their engagement party - with plenty of baked goods on the menu - her rescue pug, Agatha, sniffs out Josh lying in a bed of poppies...scone cold dead. ____Armstrong, Kelley. THE DEEPEST OF SECRETS. [CASEY DUNCAN #7]. Minotaur, 23.99 tp. The town of Rockton, hidden in the Yukon wilderness, survives - and thrives - because the residents' many secrets stay just that - secret. But now those secrets are coming out. Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, need to find the culprit while protecting those who have been thrust into the spotlight. People are turning on one another, and when one of the loudest complainers turns up barely alive, it's clear that their trickster is actually a murderer.
At 8am the first shots are fired. At 1pm, the police establish the gunman has a hostage. By 5pm, a siege is underway. At 9pm, DI Helen Birch walks, alone and unarmed, into an abandoned Borders farmhouse to negotiate with the killer. One day. One woman. One chance to get everyone out alive.
The 1950s are on the horizon, and Archer (from ONE GOOD DEED) makes his way to Bay Town, California, where he is hoping to apprentice with a legendary private eye and former FBI agent named Willie Dash. He lands the job, and immediately finds himself in the thick of a potential scandal. A blackmail case involving a wealthy well-connected politician running for mayor soon spins into something even more sinister.
Toni and Agatha are in the car on the way to Officer Bill Wong's long-awaited wedding when, much to their shock, a naked young man bursts through a hedge on the side of the road and comes running toward them. Terrified, he explains that he has just seen a dead body in the woods.
Three months ago, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared - and she hasn't been seen since. Then, when her son's new girlfriend disappears too, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia's tragedy.
Rebecca works in counterterrorism for the FBI, Brian serves as a coder for the NSA. Seeking to revive their strained relationship, they decide for their twentieth wedding anniversary to take their two kids, Kira and Tony, on a European getaway. They have a blast...until one night in Barcelona when Kira doesn't come home from a dance club. She's gone. Abducted.
Bestselling author Tess Harrow and her teenage daughter Gertrude have decided to stay in Winthrop permanently. Now that they've made some updates to their cabin in the woods, they're turning to the family hardware store that Tess inherited and converting it into the town's first independent bookstore. Then renovations unearth bones from a cold case and send them toppling - literally - onto Tess's head.
Patients are dying in the hospital ward. Surely this isn't news. But to Mrs. Hudson, ill and dizzy from medication, the deaths--one patient, then another, and all of them women!--seem sinisterly connected. Mary Watson is worried about missing boys--the skinny, grubby, poor ones that nobody wanted in the first place. Sherlock Holmes isn't interested in either issue; he and Dr. Watson have more important puzzles to solve. So once again, it is left to Mary and Mrs. Hudson to investigate.
He is Seventeen, the most feared assassin in the world. But to be the best, you must beat the best. His next target is Sixteen, just as one day Eighteen will hunt him down. It's a dog-eat-dog world and it gets lonely at the top. Nobody gets to stay for long, but while they're here, all that matters is that they win.
Lia and her Ninth Street Knitters have been knitting for the Civil War reenactment being held on the grounds next to the Crandalsburg Craft Fair. It's all fun and battle games until one of the "injured soldiers" turns out to be the very real victim of a murder, and Lia's friend and neighbor falls under deep suspicion.
A woman boards a plane in the African country of Burkina Faso having just completed a targeted assassination for the state of Israel. Two minutes later, her plane is blown out of the sky. Over 6,000 miles away, former Navy SEAL James Reece watches the names and pictures of the victims on cable news. One face triggers a distant memory of a Mossad operative attached to the CIA years earlier in Iraq--a woman with ties to the intelligence services of two nations...a woman Reece thought he would never see again.
A millionaire's son is kidnapped and private eye Nathan Heller is called in to help. But when half of the record $600,000 ransom goes missing, Heller must wade through a morass of deception and depravity to blow the lid off a notorious crime whose consequences reach into the corridors of power in Washington D.C., where Bobby Kennedy works tirelessly to take down crooked union boss Jimmy Hoffa...
The Maryland Mystery Fan Fest has a dessert competition in which contestants assume the roles of cooks to famous fictional sleuths. But Val Deniston's Granddad is steamed his nemesis Cynthia Sweet will be playing Sherlock Holmes's landlady, Mrs. Hudson. He believes she ripped off his five-ingredient theme from his column "Codger Cook" to use in her own recipe column. Apparently, he isn't the only one who has a beef with his not-so-sweet competitor: she's found dead in her room with the teakettle whistling.
Whether it's working at his cousin's funeral home or tossing around the local riffraff at his favorite bar, Nathan Waymaker is a man who knows how to handle the bodies. A former marine and sheriff's deputy, Nathan has built a reputation in his small Southern town as a man who can help when all other avenues have been exhausted. When a beloved local minister is found dead, his parishioners ask Nathan to make sure the death isn't swept under the rug.
After a lifetime working with BOX 88, the transatlantic counterintelligence agency so covert that not even the CIA knows of its existence, master spy Lachlan Kite has made plenty of enemies. Thirty years ago he was involved in a deadly attempt to extract a Russian chemical weapons scientist to safety in Ukraine. The outcome put his name on the notorious "JUDAS" list. Kite's fight for survival takes him to Dubai, a city crawling with international intelligence officers, where he enters into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Russian secret state.
Detective Inspector Sam Berger's life has been turned upside down. He is suspected of a murder and his partner, Secret Service agent, Molly Blom, is in a coma. Meanwhile, a terrorist attempt is threatening Stockholm and a wanted murderer is on the loose. Berger escapes to the Stockholm Archipelago while he waits for orders from the Swedish Security Service's chief executive. But is he the solution or is he part of the problem?
She'd cycled this way hundreds of times before, every twist and turn familiar. She didn't know this would be the last. When the body of architect James McCallum is found hanging in the grounds of his former school one cold night, DI Danny Stowe and forensic psychologist Rose Lainey suspect foul play behind his apparent suicide.
1940. Hope Stapleford is recruited to join the Special Operations Executive. In the nick of time, spymaster Fitzroy intercepts; she is his intelligence operative after all, and he wants to send her to a Scottish airfield where Harvey is already stationed undercover as a mechanic. At the airbase, pilots talk of strange sightings in the air and local mechanics report mysterious scratches appearing on the wings and fuselage of the aircraft. Is this a case of homegrown sabotage or something more sinister?
A collection of six Sherlock Holmes stories, each narrated by a different canonical character.
It's New Year's Eve 1999. At a Blockbuster Video in New Jersey, four teenagers working late at the store are attacked. Only one inexplicably survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again. 15 years later, more teenage employees are attacked at an ice cream store in the same town, and again only one makes it out alive. Now FBI agent Sarah Keller must delve into the secrets of both nights.
Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady; his wife, Donna; and their young son, Frank. But the morning after Jessica's arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica's dreams of a relaxing visit are quashed.
Let Arthur Bryant and John May, London's oldest police detectives, show you the oddities behind the facades of the city in this tongue-in-cheek travel guide.
Though Timothy O'Day knew the woods, when he disappeared on the first night of a bachelor party camping trip, he didn't leave a trace. What he did leave behind were two heartbroken parents, a crew of guilt-ridden groomsmen, and a pile of clues that don't add up. Frankie Elkin doesn't know the woods, but she knows how to find people. So she heads to the mountains of Wyoming to join the rescue team. But as they head into the wild, it becomes clear that someone out there is willing to do anything to stop them.
After the one day World War, one-time congressional representative Victoria Emerson has become the new leader of the small town of Ortho, West Virginia. An autumn morning's calm is shattered when her teenage son sounds the alarm with the cry "Blue Fire" - the code phrase for imminent danger. A band of National Guardsmen intends to take Ortho and its resources for themselves.
Before he was the Gray Man, Court Gentry was Sierra Six, the junior member of a CIA action team. In their first mission they took out a terrorist leader, at a terrible price. Years have passed. The Gray Man is on a simple mission when he sees a ghost - the long-dead terrorist, but he's remarkably energetic for a dead man. A decade of time hasn't changed the Gray Man. He isn't one to leave a job unfinished or a blood debt unpaid.
1969 On New Year's Eve, while the Hiltons of Yew Tree Manor prepare to host the party of the season, their little girl disappears. Suspicion falls on Bobby James, a young farmhand and the last person to see Alice before she vanished. Bobby protests his innocence, but he is sent away. Alice is never found. Present day Architect Willow James is working on a development at Yew Tree when she discovers the land holds a secret.
Jane is a broke dog-walker in Birmingham, Alabama's Thornfield Estates. It is a gated community, the kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name. But her luck changes when she meets the mysterious Eddie Rochester. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can't help but see an opportunity in Eddie...
A popular young girl disappears without a trace, her skeletal remains discovered three years later in the ashes of a burned out house. There's a suspect and compelling circumstantial evidence of his guilt, but no concrete proof. When he isn't indicted, he returns to mock the girl's family. Detective Chief Inspector Kusanagi of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Police turns once again to physics professor and occasional police consultant Manabu Yukawa, known as Detective Galileo, to help solve a string of impossible-to-prove murders.
A man who appears to be very drunk staggers onto the classic Nihonbashi bridge and collapses right under a statue of a winged beast. The patrolman who sees this discovers that the man was not drunk, but dead, stabbed in the chest. But where he fell was not where he was attacked. That same night, a young man named Yashima is injured in a car accident while attempting to flee from the police. Found on him is the wallet of the murdered man. Tokyo Police Detective Kyoichiro Kaga must bring his skills to bear to uncover what actually happened that night.
Drafted as chaperones, Maya Kendrick and PTA president Sandra Wallage are accompanying the SoPo High seniors to the nation's capital - much to the embarrassment of Maya's daughter Vanessa and Sandra's son Ryan. The last sight they expected to see on this trip is a female intern who works for Sandra's soon-to-be-ex-husband, Senator Stephen Wallage, in a fatally compromising position. Desperate to avoid scandal, Stephen begs Maya and Sandra to solve the case.
Over the last few years, prominent people - a retired diplomat, beloved basketball coach, the CEO of an empire - have died in a series of fluke accidents and shocking suicides. There's no apparent connection, no signs of foul play. Behind it all is a powerful group of women, the Sophie Foundation, who meet over wine and cheese to review files of men who behave very, very badly, and then mete out justice. Jessa Hall jumped at the mysterious, exclusive invitation to this secret club. But once in the group, it's impossible to get out.
Antarctica is the coldest, most isolated place on earth. Luke Searle, maverick glaciologist, has made it his home. But soon his survival skills will be tested to the limit by a ruthless mercenary who must win at any cost. The white continent is under attack. The Australian team is being hunted down. Can Luke stay alive long enough to raise the alarm? Can he avert a global catastrophe?
Serena Swift, a ballsy advertising director with a guilty conscience, decides to take on one of the world's most powerful producers of genetically modified food, Gene-Asis. Serena disguises herself to infiltrate Gene-Asis in an attempt to expose the company's horrific genetic experiments. But suddenly Swift's informants disappear, and she is hunted by a hired killer and framed for murder. Chased from Sydney to New York, she must face the man she fears most, on his own turf.
As an investigative journalist and hunted by numerous enemies who are seldom what they first seem, Olivia Wolfe must unravel a complex web of lies to uncover an even more terrifying truth. From the poppy palaces of Afghanistan and Antarctica's forbidding wind-swept ice sheets, to a top-secret military base in the Nevada desert, her journey will ultimately lead her to a man who would obliterate civilization.
At the end of a deadly bear hunt across the wilderness of Northern Sweden, the successful hunters are shaken by a grisly discovery. Across in Kurravaara, a woman is murdered with frenzied brutality: crude abuse scrawled above her bloodied bed, her young grandson nowhere to be found. Only Rebecka Martinsson sees a connection.
Something sinister is afoot in the streets of Dundee, when a puppeteer is found murdered behind his striped Punch and Judy stand, as children sit cross-legged drinking ginger beer. At once, Dandy Gilver's seemingly-innocuous investigation into plagiarism takes a darker turn. The gruesome death seems to be inextricably bound to the gloomy offices of Doig's Publishers, its secrets hidden in the real stories behind their girls' magazines The Rosie Cheek and The Freckle.
Thea is an insomniac; she hasn't slept more than three hours a night for years. She answers an ad for a sleep trial that promises to change her life when it pops up on her phone. And soon she's sleeping for longer than she has in a decade, and awakes feeling transformed. But it soon becomes clear that the trial doesn't just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her sleep...
A confessional diary implicates its reader in a heinous crime, and reveals with disturbing honesty the psychological motives of a killer in a puzzle-box of a narrative that delves relentlessly into the darkest corners of human consciousness, that interrogates the unspeakable thoughts that all humans share and that only monsters act on.
25 years ago, teen Charlie Crabtree committed a murder so shocking that it's attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet - and inspired more than one copycat. Crabtree - and his victim - were among Paul Adam's friends. Now Paul learns that Detective Amanda Beck is investigating another copycat that has struck in the nearby town of Featherbank.
After Carter von Oehson, a sophomore in Dr. Dylan Reinhart's Abnormal Psychology class, posts on Instagram that he plans to kill himself, he disappears. When his sailboat rolls in with the tide without him or anyone else on it, the worst seems to be confirmed. But his father, hedge fund founder Mathias von Oehson, is convinced Carter is still alive but has a secret he must protect and can't go to the police. So Dylan now finds himself wrapped up in multi-million-dollar secrets and danger.
A 160-year-old letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered in which he describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village of Three Pines. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up. As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there's more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.
Death is not the end. For Grace McGill, it's only the beginning. When people die alone and undiscovered, it's her job to clean up what's left behind - whether it's clutter, bodily remains or dark secrets. When an old man lies undetected in his flat for months, it seems an unremarkable life and an unnoticed death. But Grace knows that everyone has a story and that all deaths mean something more.
When Metropolitan Police officer Philomena McCarthy responds to a domestic violence call, she finds the victim, Tempe Brown, trying to protect her abuser, a married man named Darren Goodall, a decorated Scotland Yard detective afraid of no one. As Philomena pursues the case against him, she not only encounters resistance from her police force colleagues but also becomes dangerously entangled with the victim-who is not at all whom she appears to be-much to the increasing endangerment of herself and Henry, her fiancee.
Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter's field hockey game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.
Cold Storage, Alaska the summer of 1968. Ellie's bar is still the place to catch up on the town gossip, and there's a lot to talk about, from the boys who have returned from the war (and the ones who haven't), to the robberies that are plaguing the locals, to the new guy in town: a famous monk from Kentucky. Then, when a handful of other outsiders arrive in town and start poking around the bar and asking questions, Ellie begins to wonder if they've followed this mysterious monk, rumoured to be the famous author Thomas Merton, to Cold Storage.
Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre's eight most unsolvable murders, classic cases that are almost impossible to crack. Now the FBI has noticed a series of unsolved murders that matches the killings on Mal's old list. Worse, the killer is out there, watching his every move - a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal's personal history.
Pearl Nolan receives a wedding invitation from an old school friend. Journalist Amy's wedding ceremony will be in the historic Kent manor house of Mount Ephraim. Accepting the invitation, Pearl looks forward to meeting the happy couple's friends and family, as well as Amy's fiance, Guy, a handsome and successful adventurer who appears to be Mr Perfect. But before any wedding bells sound, murder strikes.
London 1929. Frenchie knows his occasional work for MI5 serves only the ruling classes. But he needs to feed his children. When Ramsay MacDonald, Britain's first Labour Prime Minister, is blackmailed by a former lover, Frenchie must go to Paris to buy her silence. It is clear there are many people who would see MacDonald fall - but his own secret service? When Frenchie hears the other side of the story, everything changes.