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Sam Capra is approached by a fellow spy with an incredible revelation: the American traitor Markus Bolt is missing from Moscow. Bolt had turned over allied agent names and military secrets to the Russians. Sam is charged with making contact with Bolt's abandoned American daughter, Amanda, and determining if she's had any contact with her father. He must discover the reason behind Bolt's unexpected run and protect Amanda from the killers hunting her father.
On her 60th birthday, a woman takes her own life. When the case lands on Detective Carl Morck's desk, he can't imagine what this has to do with Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, since the cause of death seems apparent. But his superior, Marcus Jacobsen, is convinced that this is related to an unsolved case that has been plaguing him since 1988. His team soon discovers that there is a series of unusual deaths, two or three years apart, marked by mysterious piles of salt at the scene.
Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have joined his formidable mother on a holiday to visit the exotic treasures of Egypt. Their host, Lord Bertram Deeley, is a renowned amateur British collector of antiquities, who has invited his closest friends on a lavish cruise up the Nile to his home at Luxor. But on the first night of their journey, he suddenly collapses after offering a welcome toast, a victim of the lethal poison cyanide.
When forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is brought in to analyze a shallow grave on Scotland's west coast, she is disturbed by a bundle of twigs crafted into a stickman and left in the victim's mouth.Then, when a young woman is reported missing from a nearby campsite with another sinister figurine left in her van, it seems that someone is targeting wild campers.
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.
Meg has been roped into participating in a blacksmithing competition to be filmed on Ragnarsholm, the picturesque estate that her friend Ragnar, the retired heavy metal drummer, is turning into a Goth castle. If the show's producers were hoping for drama, they're in luck - the blacksmithing world is a small one, and some of the contestants arrived already laden with grudges and feuds.
THE TOWER OF LONDON... Impenetrable. Well protected. Secure. Home to the most valuable jewels on earth. But once a year, the Metropolitan Police must execute the most secret operation in their armoury when they transport the Crown Jewels across London. For four years William Warwick and Ross Hogan have been in charge of the operation. And for four years it's run like clockwork. But now Miles Faulkner has set his heart on those jewels.
Three Christmas scarf mystery novellas in one volume -- CHRISTMAS SCARF MURDER by Carlene O'Connor, SCARFED DOWN by Maddie Day, and DEATH BY CHRISTMAS SCARF by Peggy Ehrhart.
The final volume of the series. In March 1817, when Jane Austen's nephew Edward brings chilling news of a death at his former school, Winchester College, not even her debilitating ailment can keep Jane from seeking out the truth. Arthur Prendergast, a senior pupil at the prestigious all-boys' boarding school, has been found dead in a culvert near the schoolgrounds - and in the pocket of his drenched waistcoat is an incriminating note.
A visit to the local village fete for a spot of fun and relaxation turns into a nightmare for Agatha Raisin when she discovers the body of the local landowner in the woods-with an arrow in his chest and trousers round his ankles. Her old adversary, DCI Wilkes, believes the victim has been hit by a stray arrow from an archery demonstration. Agatha convinces him that it was foul play- and is shocked when Wilkes eventually agrees - with her as his prime murder suspect.
Queen Elizabeth II is at Sandringham for Christmas when a severed hand is found. She recognizes the signet ring still attached as belonging to a scion of the St Cyr family, her old friends from nearby Ladybridge Hall. As the police get nowhere, Elizabeth quietly begins to mull over the mystery herself. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, she delves into the interlocking layers of fact and fiction surrounding the high-profile case.
When Joanne Shreve's former student, Val Masluk, writes the biography of acclaimed novelist, Steven Brooks, Val once again becomes part of Joanne's life. Both Joanne and her former student are haunted by memories of the seminar that led to the deaths of two people and the murder conviction of a third.
When Lady Georgiana receive a letter from her glamorous best friend, Belinda, Darcy suggests they take a trip to Paris to visit her. It seems he also has a spot of business to take care of, so Georgiana will be staying in Belinda's flat as she works feverishly on Coco Chanel's fall collection. Georgiana happens to know Coco from a disastrous encounter in Nice years ago, but her hopes for a smoother encounter this time are doomed to be dashed.
Hudson Valley winters can be brutal...and deadly! Dr. Kate is once again on the case (not to mention thin ice) after discovering a young engaged couple frozen to death in the lake. To make matters worse, her temporary receptionist appears to have overdosed from a recreational sedative used at the animal hospital.
For three years, women have been going missing - and eventually turning up dead in the small bayou town of St. Augustine, Louisiana. With every witness quickly silenced and a corrupt police department set on keeping the cases unsolved, police detective Beau Hebert seeks outside help. So now, while LAPD detective Kara Quinn works undercover to dig into the women's murders and team leader Matt Costa officially investigates the in-custody death of a witness, Beau might finally have a chance at solving the case.
Vancouver author. It's 1994, and three stand-up comedians have embarked on a tour of smaller communites across a remote stretch of rural Canadian countryside. One is on his way out, one on his way up, but who is the third guy, Hobie Huge? His enormous physical presence is unfortunately not matched by his skills as opening act. Worse, as the tour progresses Huge starts to show signs of a terrifying capacity for brutality offstage - and for Dale and Rynn, the tour becomes less about getting laughs and more about getting off the road alive.
In this previously untold adventure, a young Jack Ryan goes behind the Iron Curtain in 1985 to East Berlin to seek the truth about a potential Soviet defector after a top secret F117 aircraft crashes into the Nevada desert.
1992. Eight respectable, upstanding people have been found dead across the United States. These deaths look like accidents and don't appear to be connected until one body - the victim of a fatal fall from a hospital window - generates some unexpected attention. That attention comes from the secretary of defense, who promptly calls for an interagency task force to investigate. Jack Reacher is assigned as the army's representative.
First Canadian publication of a classic psychological thriller. On a holiday in Morocco 25-year-old Lizzie Bartholome meets and has a brief affair with Philip, a fellow tourist. When she returns to England there is a solicitor's letter waiting for her. Philip Samson has died and in his will, has left Lizzie a gift of 15,000 pounds. But there are conditions attached to this unexpected legacy that will soon force Lizzie to confront terrifying secrets from her past.
In 1968, Nate Heller is there when Robert Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel. Heller takes it upon himself to investigate the murder when a friend of his and Bobby's raises doubts about the LAPD's investigation. Heller strongly suspects the involvement of Jimmy Hoffa (currently imprisoned), but Hoffa seems to be in the clear...
At the site of a fatal blaze, Val's boyfriend, a firefighter trainee, is shocked to learn the victim is known to him. She is a woman named Jane who belonged to the local Agatha Christie book club - and was rehearsing alongside Val's grandfather for an upcoming Christie play being staged for charity. Just as shocking are the skeletal remains of a man found in the freezer. Who is he and who put him on ice?
Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi whips up a delicious nectar made from honey-processed coffee. The prize-winning honey in the latte comes from "Queen" Bea Hastings' rooftop hives, and top chefs compete for a chance to use it in their signature seasonal dishes. One night, a swarm of escaped bees blanket the Village Blend's chimney, and Clare discovers Bea's unconscious body after she seemingly fell from her high-rise rooftop-hive setup.
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.
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?
Army Criminal Investigation Agents Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor are reunited in Berlin, tasked with investigating the murder of one of their own: CID Special Agent Harry Vance of the 5th MP Battalion, an accomplished counterterrorism agent who had been stationed in western Germany, and whose body was discovered in a city park in the heart of Berlin's Arab refugee community.
Our nameless amateur sleuth has often said that death is too good for Lockwood Chiles - who is in prison for killing her beloved partner, Nathan, and her close friend Pris - and makes no secret that she hates the man who massacred her shot at happiness. So when Chiles ends up dead in his cell, it's no wonder she becomes a prime suspect.
Shay returns to Monterey after inheriting an estate bequeathed to her by Bridget Early, a woman she had barely known. Her heightened senses - an empathic gift she's had since childhood - go into overdrive upon touring Crystals & CuriosiTEAS, Bridget's eclectic tea and psychic shop. They reach a boiling point when Shay looks up to discover a stranger's body sprawled across the shop's greenhouse roof...
Los Angeles, 1981. 17 year old Bret is a senior at an exclusive prep school when a new student arrives with a mysterious past. The bright, handsome, charismatic newcomer is shielding a secret from Bret and his friends even as he joins their tightly knit circle. Bret's obsession with Mallory is equaled only by his increasingly unsettling preoccupation with the Trawler, a serial killer on the loose who seems to be drawing ever closer to Bret and his friends, taunting them - and Bret in particular - with grotesque threats and horrific, sharply local acts of violence.
Bookstore-cafe owner Krissy Hancock's new seasonal signature drink is a hit. But not everyone shares the same holiday spirit. There are some loud complaints about businesses profiting off the season and losing focus on what Christmas is really about. And as if on cue, a shop owner who'd been price-gouging his customers is found dead after receiving a mysterious gift.
This year, Millie has entered the quilting competition at the Holmes County Fair - while her very not Amish best friend, Lois Henry, is distracted by her new dating app and her search for husband number five. Competition in the quilting competition is fierce, and after someone attacks the quilt barn by slashing the quilt display, a judge for the competition is found murdered.
Becca is preparing for the Baking Spirits Bright holiday baking competition, a popular annual event. She's planning to enter an edible model of Larch Haven, with a mountain backdrop made of cake, gingerbread cottages, and chocolate gondolas on sugar-glass canals. But when one of the entrants is found dead, stabbed with Becca's chocolate chipper, Becca tries to salvage the season by finding the killer.
Theo Jennings, an auctioneer in Newmarket, England is planning on making his first ever multi-million bloodstock sale with a yearling colt. When he finds the colt dead a few days after the auction, Theo is suspicious that there was foul play involved. As Theo begins to investigate the death, he finds that answers aren't coming readily from those who he questions. When a person's body is discovered in the same stable a few days later, all fingers point to him.
Cormoran Strike is contacted by a worried father whose son, Will, has gone to join a religious cult in the depths of the Norfolk countryside. The Universal Humanitarian Church is, on the surface, a peaceable organization that campaigns for a better world. Yet Strike discovers that beneath the surface there are deeply sinister undertones, and unexplained deaths. In order to try to rescue Will, Strike's partner Robin decides to infiltrate the cult, and she travels to Norfolk to live incognito among its members.
January 1950. Lady Anne Coke, daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, is in Scunthorpe on a business trip when she is called home after a sudden death in the family. She returns to Holkham Hall to discover a mystery. Her beloved grandfather has been found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs with a valuable piece of jewelery in his pocket.
Umiko Wada chooses the cases she takes very carefully. But her interest is gripped by a mysterious businessman who wants her to track down his estranged son. But soon she finds herself pulled into a labyrinthine conspiracy with links to a twenty year old investigation and to the chaos and trauma of the dying days of the Second World War.
Michael Foster, Cam Buckley and Maddie Acosta - all former activists in the infamous urbex crew Les Furies. Together they scaled buildings, broke into the spaces no-one else could, and chased a rush that still haunts them. Now, breaking into the world's tallest building, located in Moscow, on Russia Day, is too good an opportunity to pass them by.
When the latest two victims come to light, Austin detective Jack Bruner sees that the West Campus Rapist is escalating his violent behaviour. He seeks the help of forensic genealogist Rowan Healy. When her ground-breaking DNA research sheds new light on the criminal's background and helps them zero in on a search radius, Rowan and Jack must race against the clock to find a ruthless killer who is growing bolder the longer he evades the law.
It is now fifteen years after the events of THE FIRM, and Mitch and Abby are living in Manhattan, where Mitch is a partner at the largest law firm in the world. When a mentor in Rome asks him for a favour that will take him far from home, Mitch finds himself at the center of a sinister plot that has worldwide implications - and once again endangers his colleagues, friends, and family.
Israel, October 1973. As the Yom Kippur War flares into life, a state-of-the-art Soviet MiG fighter is racing at breakneck speed over the arid scrublands below . . . and promptly disappears. NASA Flight Controller and former top US test pilot Kaz Zemeckis watches the scene from the ground - and is quickly pulled into a dizzying, high-stakes game of spies, lies and a possible high-level defection that plays out across three continents.
The Christmas season has arrived in Lower Lockwood, and the Fairway Players are busy rehearsing their festive holiday production of Jack and the Beanstalk to raise money for a new church roof. But despite the season, goodwill is distinctly lacking among the amateur theater enthusiasts with petty rivalries, a possibly asbestos-filled beanstalk, and some perennially absent players behind the scenes. Of course, there's also the matter of the dead body onstage.
The peace of Kielder Water is shattered when tourists open a barrel they found floating in the reservoir at dawn. Detectives Stone and Oliver are called to examine the skeletal remains inside. They eliminate the tourists as suspects - until, that same day, a second body is discovered - this one with skin. While Stone investigates the remains, Oliver travels to Iceland to gather evidence and track down the tourists who have fled.
December 19, 1931. Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool are called upon to investigate the murder of a man in a Norfolk hospital ward. As Poirot digs into the mystery, he discovers that the murdered man was a retired post office master, and by all accounts very well-liked. The local constabulary's investigation failed to uncover how someone could have entered a hospital room and killed him under the noses of the staff.
Meroe Island is a desolate spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumours of murder. Six stunning twenty-somethings come there for a blissful, free-spirited journey filled with sun-drenched days and intoxicating nights. But when one person goes missing and another turns up dead, the remaining friends wonder what dark currents lie beneath this impenetrable paradise - and who else will be swept under its secluded chaos.
When Clarice Beech finds her friend Peter Ramsey dead in his kitchen, she believes he's succumbed to a fatal heart attack. Peter, who lived in one of the five cottages on Magpie Row in the Lincolnshire Wolds, was a keen supporter of stray cats - which made him very unpopular with the neighbours. Then Chris Morris, an alcoholic neighbour, disrupts Peter's funeral, insisting Peter was murdered - and he knows who the murderer is. Clarice discovers there's no shortage of possible suspects among the Magpie Row inhabitants.
When Jody Kavanagh is discovered close to death in her home, it's hard to believe someone wanted to hurt her. Young, talented, loved - she appears to have it all. As she lies in a coma, Detective Inspector Elliot Ryan and Sergeant Nola Kane begin to piece together a picture of her life - but the image revealed is far from perfect. Is her ex-husband really who he seems to be? Why are her mother and sister estranged? Why is her house full of cameras? Who was Jody afraid of?
When a young farmer confronts intruders in the middle of the night he has no idea that just minutes later he will be left dying in a pool of blood. What's more chilling is what the perpetrators were willing to kill for. At the scene of the crime, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realizes this is no isolated robbery gone wrong but the tip of the iceberg of a nationwide crime wave, in which ruthless organized gangs are making more money from the illegal trade in dogs than drugs.
Ali Reynolds's husband, B. Simpson, is in an airport limo when suddenly it is forced off the road. Both he and the driver are injured - but the real question is, who was the target? And who was the collateral damage?
London resort developer Nigel Goodwin has come to Misty Murphy's little corner of North Carolina and bought out the Mountaintop Lodge for the week prior to Christmas in order to pitch an exclusive new resort concept to wealthy American investors. A group of locals is at odds with the idea. Later, after a snow storm, Misty's boys discover a funny-looking, nose-shaped rock. Only it's not a rock. It's the frozen nose of Nigel Goodwin, who's found dead and buried under the mound of snow.
1940, England. Evelyne Redfern is working on the line at a munitions factory in wartime London. When Mr. Fletcher, one of her father's old friends, spots Evelyne on a night out, she finds herself, in short order a secretary in the world of Prime Minister Winston Churchill's cabinet war rooms. However, soon one of the girls at work is murdered, and Evelyne must use all of her amateur sleuthing expertise to find the killer.
Buffalo Mountain is set to host a gold coin exhibition with dealers coming from all over, and Thumps DreadfulWater winds up with the task of making sure the event goes off without a hitch. As if he didn't already have enough to do, with Cruz the Ninja Assassin back in town with his fiancee. But when one of the dealers at the exhibition winds up dead, Cruz's fiancee is revealed to be an FBI agent responsible for his protection.
1903. A darkness has descended on London. A series of grisly murders are uncovered, trophies taken, bodies arranged and soon there are whispers of Jack the Ripper's return. A new client arrives at Baker Street seeking Sherlock Holmes's help. Dr Jekyll claims his friend has been wrongfully accused of the hideous crimes, a friend called Mr Edward Hyde, whose very existence relies on a potion administered by the doctor himself.
Cambridge, 1935. Frederick Rowlands, blind war veteran, is happily married to his wife Edith. The couple are attending an event at St Gertrude's College when they hear about the suspicious death of a research student. Fred was one of the last people to have encountered the student alive and consequently he becomes pivotal to uncovering the truth.
Summer, 1937. Fred Rowland's peaceful holiday is Cornwall is derailed when a fellow hotel guest and film star is found dead. Fred soon learns that this death took place under suspicious circumstances and finds himself tied up in the police investigation. When his old flame, Secret Service agent Iris Barnes arrives, it becomes clear that this murder has links to the political turmoil of the Spanish Civil War.
A lawyer is found dead at sunrise on a lonely clifftop at Dunnet Head on the northernmost tip of Scotland. It was supposed to be his honeymoon, but now his wife will never see him again. The case is linked to several mysterious deaths, including the murder of the lawyer's last client -- Scotland's most notorious criminal -- who had just walked free. DS Max Craigie knows this can only mean one thing: they have a vigilante serial killer on their hands.
Terrorists have shot down a British helicopter in West Africa and taken the crew hostage. Their lives are on the line and the British government is refusing to negotiate. The pilot is Liam Shepherd, and only his father - Dan 'Spider' Shepherd of MI5 - can help. Shepherd and an SAS team fly out to the badlands of Mali to rescue the kidnapped Brits.
On the streets of 1970s Brooklyn, a daily ritual goes down: the dance. Money is exchanged, belongings surrendered, power asserted. The promise of violence lies everywhere, a currency itself. The rules appear obvious at first. But in memory's prism, criminals and victims may seem to trade places.
It's 1929 and an ageing Dr John Watson, conscious of his imminent demise, finally sits down to write a fresh chronicle disclosing the true events behind his published accounts of Sherlock Holmes's exploits. In these pages, Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart companion encounter reanimated corpses in Highgate Cemetery; a very different, though ever elusive, Irene Adler; tales of madness and murder in the frozen wastes of the north; grotesque organic machines; and much more.
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.
A series of unfortunate events leaves Isabel Henley in Scotland, her postgraduate studies in limbo. She reconnects with former classmate Rose Brewster, but then Rose goes missing, and a suicide note surfaces, followed by a coded message. Isabel follows Rose's paper trail from Genoa to Florence and, finally, to Paris, uncovering family secrets, the legend of an enormous cursed emerald, and a chain of betrayal and treason which parallels her own perilous present.
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.
December 1864. As a cold winter wind scours the Worcestershire countryside, an excursion train comes through a tunnel in the Malvern Hills to be confronted by a blockage on the line ahead. After the train comes to a stop, the first person to alight is Cyril Hubbleday, the man in charge of the excursion to the delightful spa town of Great Malvern. He walks to the front of the locomotive and as he is talking to the driver, fireman and guard, Hubbleday is shot dead by a sniper.
Detective Merry Folger hopes that the Christmas Stroll, one of Nantucket's favorite traditions, in which Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland, will lift the island's post-Covid spirits. But the arrival of a large-scale TV production, and the Secretary of State and her family, complicates matters significantly. Then the bodies turn up.
The beautiful Isle of Anglesey has been rocked by the brutal murders of three female students at a local college. DI Laura Hart is called in to track down the murderer - who the papers have dubbed the Anglesey Ripper - before he strikes again. She quickly identifies a suspect but just as she is about to pounce, he slips through her fingers.
CIA officers Sia and Max enter Russia under commercial cover to recruit Vladimir Putin's moneyman. Sia works for a London law firm that conceals the wealth of the superrich. Max's family business in Mexico - a CIA front since the 1960s - is a farm that breeds high-end racehorses. They pose as a couple to target Vadim, Putin's private banker, and his wife, Anna, who - unbeknownst to the CIA - is a Russian intelligence officer under deep cover at the bank.
When up-and-coming singing sensation Shelby Vaughn arrives in town for two weeks of concert dates, she hires her old friend Angie and the rest of the bakery crew to supply cupcakes for the VIP guest lounge every night. After overhearing Shelby in a heated argument with her manager, Mel is concerned, but she and the crew decide to make the best of their time working with the star. Just as the bakers fall into the rhythm of the job, Shelby's manager is found dead, clutching a bit of fabric from a Santa suit and a cupcake.
Twenty classic authors from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction are brought together in the latest anthology of previously unpublished and uncollected stories of crime and suspense.
December 1935. Director Chester Harrison's production of A Christmas Carol has had a troubled run on its tour of regional theatres. When the company reach their final stop - London's Theatre Royale - a few days before Christmas, catastrophe strikes on opening night: 'Scrooge' dies on stage, seemingly due to a heart attack. But the show must go on. Until, that is, an old rival of Chester's is murdered in a dressing room.
Ever since business mogul Clive Reynolds disappeared twenty years ago, the name "Reynolds" has become synonymous with "murder" and "mystery." And now, lured by a cryptic note, down-on-her-luck photographer Morgan Mori returns home to Black Harbor and into the web of their family secrets and double lives. The same night she photographs the Reynolds holiday get-together, Morgan becomes witness to a homicide of a cop that triggers the discovery of a long-buried clue.
Cheesemongers gather for the will-reading of the late and grate cheese legend, Max Dumas. He was famous for his award-winning custom Church Bleu, for which only he knew the recipe and location, and many are eager to have these revealed. But instead of naming someone to inherit his cheese and its secrets, Max stuns everyone with one cryptic clue. And when the woman they all thought would get the secrets dies under mysterious circumstances, everyone falls under suspicion.
First time in pocketbook. Corporate headhunter Roger Brown thinks he can place Clas Greve with a high profile client. Roger has everything a man could possibly want -- except, possibly, that Rubens hanging on Clas Greve's wall.
When a US airdrop of billions of dollars disappears in the desert sands of Syria, only a small group of military operatives knows its ultimate destination or why it has been stolen. Their goal is no less than the restoration of America's geopolitical dominance on the global stage. Essential to this scheme are Greta Webb, a sophisticated CIA operative who is an expert on dark money, not to mention lethally skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and Elias Vicker, the damaged, dangerous soul who runs the world's largest hedge fund.
After Boyd Halverson - star journalist turned notorious online disinformation troll turned JC Penny manager - robs a bank, he takes the teller, the irrepressible Angie Bing, as hostage. Boyd has one goal before the authorities catch up with him: settle a score with the man who destroyed his life. By Monday Boyd and Angie reach Mexico; by winter, they are in a lakefront mansion in Minnesota. On their trail are hitmen, jealous lovers, ex-cons, an heiress, a billionaire shipping tycoon, a three-tour veteran of Iraq, and the ghosts of Boyd's past. Everyone, it seems, except the police.
The community along Oregon's Deschutes River is one of successful professionals and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbours, Carole and David. Then Carole and David's young son Charlie vanishes without a trace, a tragedy that is incomprehensible - except to Liz. She can't undo the terrible mistake she made. Or her unforgiveable decision to conceal it.
In picture-perfect Erva, Alabama, the most serious crimes are misdemeanors. Speeding tickets. Shoplifting. Contempt of court. Then why is the jail so crowded? And why are so few prisoners released? There's only one place to learn the truth behind these incriminating secrets. Sometimes the best education a lawyer can get is a short stretch of hard time.
The serial killer who targets entire families is precise, always moving under the cover of darkness, flawlessly triggering no alarms, leaving no physical evidence. And Cross and Sampson aren't the only ones investigating. Also in on this case is the world's bestselling true-crime author, who sees patterns everyone else misses. The writer believes the killer may never be caught. But Cross is going to hunt down the Family Man no matter what it takes.
After Molly discovers the original manuscript of a Gothic novel, her boyfriend Kieran's cousin, a literature professor, wants to publish a paper on it, especially because a troublesome student, Thad, is threatening to file a complaint, endangering a long-awaited promotion. On Guy Fawkes Night, Molly, Kieran, and her friends are enjoying the fireworks - until the group stumbles upon Thad's body, stabbed to death.
Lee's first historical documentary subject is the brand-new Salem International Museum, slated to be a location for traveling blockbuster exhibits, starting with "Seafaring New England." From research to collecting artifacts of Salem's long-ago days as a shipping capital, the project is a challenge - but when the driver of a truckload of antiquities turns up dead under a pile of fall leaves, it's not quite the kind of challenge Lee expected.
How does witnessing a crime change a person? The collection includes contributions from NAACP Image Award - winner Pamela Samuels Young, New York Times bestsellers Cara Black and Tod Goldberg, Edgar Award - winner SJ Rozan, Agatha Award - winner Richie Narvaez, and more.
Lucas Tappan, a wealthy and eccentric billionaire and founder of Icarus Space Systems, approaches the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute with an outlandish proposal - to finance a careful, scientific excavation of the Roswell Incident site, where a UFO is alleged to have crashed in 1947. A skeptical Nora Kelly, to her great annoyance, is tasked with the job. Nora's excavation immediately uncovers two murder victims buried at the site, faces and hands obliterated with acid to erase their identities.
Chet the dog and his human partner Bernie Little find themselves high in the mountains this holiday season to help Dame Ariadne Carlisle, an author of bestselling Christmas mysteries, find the missing Rudy, her lead reindeer. At Kringle Ranch, Dame Ariadne's expansive mountain spread, Chet discovers that he is not fond of reindeer. But the case turns out to be about much more than reindeer after Dame Ariadne's personal assistant takes a long fall into a deep mountain gorge.
One rainy night 15 years ago, a knock at the door changed Liss Kehoe's life forever. On that night, Ashley Hay stood on Liss's front porch and handed over her brand-new baby Callan. She was never seen or heard from again. Since then, Liss has raised Callan as her own. After all these years, Ashley's car has been found... in the quarry pond on Kehoe property. But the discovery of the car dredges up more questions than answers.
Federal judge Alex Sand was spending the evening at home playing basketball with his two young sons when all three were shot in cold blood. With public pressure mounting and both the local police force and FBI hitting dead end after dead end, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are called in to do what others could not: find answers. With each potential lead flawed, Davenport and Flowers are determined to chase every theory until they figure out who killed the Sands.
[BC Author]. When a child is born with the innate ability to recognize priceless works of art, the secret organization called Our World raises the child to acquire the greatest works of art through theft, bribery, forgery, and even murder. One of Our World's rare geniuses is Zhivago, a psychopathic killer. And on his trail is Hunter, a man who will stop at nothing to destroy the organization and save his daughter from suffering the same fate her mother did at its hands.
Apparently content in his marriage, the novelist conducted a string of love affairs over five decades. To these relationships he brought much of the tradecraft that he had learned as a spy - cover stories, cut-outs and dead letter boxes. These clandestine operations brought an element of danger to his life, but they also meant deceiving those closest to him. Following his death in 2020, what had been withheld can now be revealed.
Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening that secret will be silenced forever. Forty years later US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily.
PI Billie Carlson gets a call from Lars, her old friend from her teenage years in Sweden. He tells her that his younger sister, Astrid was found dead in the Highlands, frozen to death with traces of drugs and alcohol in her system. Billie agrees to investigate and to accompany Astrid's body back to Sweden. She soon finds herself involved in a web of institutional corruption linked to the dark recesses of the criminal underworld.
One day while Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are enjoying their mid-morning tea break, an American client, Ruth, arrives seeking help finding her relatives and the village her beloved grandfather came from. Unfortunately, his stories, while remarkably charming and entertaining, were not very detailed, and so all she remembers is a few first names and some descriptions of his village.
New York City, 1947: For years, Holly Quick has made a good living off of murder, filling up the pages of pulp detective magazines with gruesome tales of revenge. Now someone is bringing her stories to life and leaving a trail of blood-soaked bodies behind. With the threat of another murder looming, and reluctant to go to the police, Holly turns to the best crime-solving duo in or out of the pulps, Willowjean "Will" Parker and her boss, famed detective Lillian Pentecost.
When self-help guru Paul Bentzen dies he leaves his wellness center in the Mexican jungle, home to a devoted spiritual group, to his estranged niece Sveta. At first the place seems like a secluded paradise, but soon the mystical facade wears thin, revealing a group of brainwashed members drunk on promises of an impossible utopia, guided by a disturbing belief system and a charismatic, dangerously capable leader. As the sinister forces surrounding Sveta become apparent, she realizes, too late, she can't escape.
An American art student in London is invited to join a classmate for the holidays at Starvewood Hall, her family's Cotswold manor house. But behind the holly and pine boughs, secrets are about to unravel, revealing this seemingly charming English village's grim history. Over thirty years later the events of that horrific week are revisited, along with a diary from that time. What began in a small English village in 1989 reaches its ghostly conclusion in modern-day New York, many Christmas seasons later.
16-year-old Sara Parcell goes missing in Frederick, Maryland. Her tragic story was a national obsession and the centerpiece of a controversial television docuseries that followed her disappearance in real time. But is it possible that everyone missed the biggest secret of all? Ten years after these events, the people who knew Sara best are finally ready to talk.
Lisa Unger selects twenty mystery and suspense short stories that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year.
Lebanon, 2006. As the Israel-Hezbollah war tears Beirut apart, the CIA and Mossad are targeting a reclusive Hezbollah terrorist, Najib Qassem. They turn to a young Lebanese-American CIA agent. Analise comes up with the perfect plan: she has befriended Qassem's grandson as his English tutor, and will use this friendship to locate the terrorist and take him out.
December, 1959. Joseph McCarthy is President and the Korean War rages on. Protesting the bloody conflict, a Korean-American man by the name of William Yang suddenly blows himself up in the middle of a Los Angeles department store just before Christmas, which leads the U.S. government to reopen the internment camps used during World War II. Several weeks later, a woman hires Morris Baker, now working as a private investigator, to track down her missing husband - Henry Kissinger - who may have a shadowy connection to Yang's purported terrorist attack.
Ritchie Gulliver MP is dead. Castrated and left to bleed in an empty Leith warehouse. Vicious, racist and corrupt, many thought he had it coming. After the life Gulliver has led, the suspects are many: corporate rivals, political opponents, the countless groups he's offended. And the vulnerable and marginalised, who bore the brunt of his cruelty. As Detective Ray Lennox unravels the truth he must put his personal feelings aside.
When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and was put away for life. Now twenty years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding, when a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another. Is she paranoid, seeing parallels from her past that aren't actually there, or for the second time in her life, is Chloe about to unmask a killer?
On mean Harp Bittlemore's blighted farm, 14 year old Willa Bittlemore begins to question the story she's been told about her missing sister, and she's beginning to wonder if her horrible parents are even her parents at all. Just as things are really coming to a head, a bright young police officer starts investigating a cold case involving a baby stolen from a little rural hospital 28 years earlier.
When CIA operative Jenny Sikwell is murdered in her rural Maine hometown, government officials have immediate concerns - her laptop and phone were full of state secrets that could endanger the lives of countless operatives. Ex-Army Ranger Travis Devine (from 6:20 MAN) is sent to solve the murder quickly and retrieve the missing information.
19-year old Maisie leaves behind her demanding family to hike the West Coast Trail. One day, she meets Ric and Sera, but what begins as a fun-filled adventure quickly turns sour, with devastating consequences. Twenty years later, a British woman named Laura is panicked to learn that a body has been found near the trail. But the truth is that Laura knows more about the discovery than she can ever let on.
A renowned mountaineer is found dead in a deep gully on one side of Scafell Pike within hours of announcing his intention of breaking the world record for the quickest continuous summit of every peak in the Cumbrian Lake District. DI Jess Chambers, only a month arrived from Belfast, will need the help of local mountain guide, Margot Voyce, to investigate the death.
Leila Khoury's best friend Heather's wedding is coming up, and Leila will do anything to make sure it lives up to all her sweetest dreams. Everything is going to plan until the bridal shower ends up with a body count. Heather's rich and backstabbing aunt had a whole orchard of enemies, so Leila will have her work cut out for her.
The coming of a new Nissan plant has Captain Delia Mariola busy cleaning up the crime-addled city. But then the 15-year-old daughter of the lead bidder on the construction project - a wealthy out-of-towner - suddenly disappears, the target of a professional kidnapping ring.
When Lady Petra Forsyth's fiance dies just weeks before their wedding, she makes the shocking proclamation - in front of London's loosest lips - that she will never marry. But when ballroom gossip suggests that a longtime friend has died of "melancholia" while in the care of a questionable physician, Petra vows to use her status to dig deeper - uncovering a private asylum where men pay to have their wives and daughters locked away, or worse.
Defense attorney Mickey Haller agrees to represent a woman in prison for killing her husband, a sheriff's deputy. She still maintains her innocence. Haller enlists his half brother, retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, as investigator. Reviewing the case, Bosch sees something that doesn't add up, and a sheriff's department intent on bringing a quick search for justice in the killing of one of its own.
1995: In the wake of the Rwandan genocide, 24-year-old spy Lachlan Kite and his girlfriend, Martha Raine, are sent to Senegal on the trail of a hunted war criminal. 2023: Eric Appiah, an old friend from Kite's days at school and an off-the-record BOX 88 asset, makes contact with explosive information about what happened all those years ago in West Africa.
Christmas, 1940. Down Street underground station, in the heart of Mayfair, is now a secret retreat for Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his cabinet. In this supposedly secure location, the body of a woman is found, stabbed in the heart. Detective Chief Inspector Coburg and Sergeant Lampson are called to investigate.
Local jeweler Martin Plover wants Stephanie Plum to locate his former security guard, Andy Manley (a.k.a. Nutsy), who he is convinced stole a fortune in diamonds out of his safe. Stephanie is also looking for another troubled man, Duncan Dugan, a fugitive from justice arrested for robbing the same jewelry store on the same day. All while taking care of Bob, Morelli's giant orange dog who will devour anything, from Stephanie's stray donuts to the upholstery in her car.
Law student Tess de Vere saw 21 year old William Benson convicted for murder. Now, 16 years later, despite his conviction, he is a newcomer to the London Bar. He has taken the case of Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover. It seems a hopeless case, but Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive.
She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing and her callous, jilted partner Brent Stainsby stands accused of her murder. He's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him.
Jorge Menderez, a doctor from Spain, has been found dead in a deserted warehouse in East London. A troubled man, he'd turned to counsellor Karen Lynwood seeking help. Now Karen's husband, John, is accused of his murder. Who is Menderez, and why did he come to London? William Benson is defending the couple against seemingly impossible odds, while secrets from his own past threaten to overwhelm him...
Tomas Cruz swore he would never be like his father, an abusive cocaine junkie whose gangland exploits are notorious throughout the underbelly of northern Argentina. But Seba, Tomas's revered older brother, had no choice but to abandon his straight life and take over his father's underworld debt. Now Seba has been arrested and the ruthless cartel boss is holding his wife and daughter as collateral. Tomas is forced to make his choice.
Summer, 1871. Scotland Yard's Inspector Ben Ross pays a visit to Jacob Jacobus, the old rogue of Limehouse: infamous antiquarian, friend to villains and informer to the police. He hopes to get advance notice of any burglaries for the Season. But one theft has already occurred, an emerald necklace stolen from a dressing table. Then Ross learns that Jacob Jacobus has been found dead, his throat slit.
Phryne makes two disturbing discoveries: first, a discarded opium pipe in the park, and later the body of a Chinese man on the beach. Shortly thereafter, the teenage sister-in-law of Phryne's longtime lover Lin Chung disappears from her home. Then one of her friend Jeoffrey's colleagues is murdered in front of a houseful of guests at a Chinese-themed party he is hosting. Phryne can't help but wonder - are the incidents all related somehow?
When Matt Kubelsky is paroled from Ray Brook Federal Correctional Institute in upstate New York, he's surprised to find his ex-girlfriend waiting for him out in the parking lot. Ex-artist Kelly Haggerty has discovered she can make better money counterfeiting (pun intended). Now she has plans for a heist, the horseback robbery of valuable artwork from a speeding Amtrak train and needs Matt's help.
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?
Battered by floods and crushed by overtourism, the city of Venice is about to elect a new Mayor. Andrea Mazzon, a controversial writer and historian, emerges as a strong candidate. Nathan Sutherland, meanwhile, traces a missing, elderly British academic to a remote Commonwealth war cemetery where, under the ice and snow, Nathan makes a discovery that links the terrible events of a century ago with the electoral campaign in La Serenissima.
A shadow has fallen over the megachurch in Ogun State, Nigeria. The beloved Bishop Dawodu has been arrested for the murder of his wife. Sade Dawodu has vanished without a trace and although no body has been found, the police have acted based on what they claim is damning evidence. Philip Taiwo, hot off the success of solving the Okriki Three case, is brought on to investigate. He quickly learns that Sade, young, impulsive, and outspoken, is no favorite of the congregants. She has also been known to disappear for long stretches of time.
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.
Bombay, 1950. James Whitby has been sentenced to death for the murder of prominent lawyer and former Quit India activist Fareed Mazumdar. His arch-colonialist father forces a new investigation, and Inspector Persis Wadia of the Bombay Police goes to Calcutta, where she finds a link to a second case, the brutal murder of an African-American G.I. during the Calcutta Killings of 1946.
When a former student commits suicide, English professor and ex-spy Cameron Winter investigates. The student had reached out to Winter with two words just before taking the fatal plunge from the roof of his San Francisco apartment: "Help me." Winter's reconstruction of the crime suggests a shamanic tech billionaire as a murder suspect.
Davie Green is determined to fly to Thailand to find out what really happened to his twin brother. The ex-SAS operative wasn't the type to commit suicide. But if he is going to find out the truth he'll need help - the sort of help only SAS Sergeant Matt Standing can provide. But soon after they arrive they come under attack, leaving Standing to investigate on his own.
In the six years since the start of the hit British TV show Swift, its cast and crew have been plagued by misfortune, beginning with the star actress's pulling out of the show before it began. By now there have been multiple injuries by fall, fire, or drowning; two deaths; and two missing persons cases. The media quickly decides it's a curse, but who's to say there isn't a criminal conspiracy afoot? Now that the filming has moved to Bath, Peter Diamond, Chief of the Avon and Somerset Murder Squad, is on the case.
Childhood sweethearts Nicole and Tom are a normal, loving couple - until a massive lottery win changes their lives overnight. Soon they've moved into a custom-built state-of-the-art Glass Barn on the stunning grounds of Lancaut Manor in Gloucestershire. They have all the trappings of wealth -- but the dream world becomes a nightmare when Tom is found dead in the swimming pool. Was it a tragic accident -- or something worse?
Sex, drugs, and - murder. Private eye Eugene Tarpon (previously seen in Jean-Patrick Manchette's No Room at the Morgue) returns for another punishing round against the forces of greed and malfeasance. Along the way he drags his only friends, Charlotte Malrakis and Jean-Baptiste Haymann, through some gruesome episodes of their own.
Robin Lockwood is now a prominent defense attorney in Portland, Oregon but a decade ago, she was a ranked and rising MMA fighter. Her career came to a quick end when she was knocked out and concussed in the first round by Mandy Kerrigan, a much more talented fighter. Now the situation couldn't be more different, with Kerrigan on her last legs, her career nearly over, arrested for the quadruple murder of the entire Finch family...and Kerrigan's only possible friend is the attorney she beat so many years ago.
Ryan Wilkins grew up in a trailer park. As a young Detective Inspector, he's lost none of his disgust with privileged elites - or his objectionable manners. His professional partner, DI Ray Wilkins, of affluent Nigerian-London heritage, is an impeccably groomed, smooth-talking graduate of Balliol College, Oxford. You wouldn't think they would get on. They don't. But when a young woman is found strangled at Barnabas Hall, they're forced to.
It's April 2020 and Edinburgh is in lockdown, but that doesn't mean crime takes a holiday. It would seem like a strange time for a cold case to go hot - the streets all but empty, an hour's outdoor exercise the maximum allowed - but when a source at the National Library contacts DCI Karen Pirie's team about documents in the archive of a recently deceased crime novelist, it seems it's game on again.
Trinidad Jones is starting the festive season with sugary confections and a heaping scoop of worry as her shake shop enters its first Oregon winter. With abundant snow and tourists trickling through, she'll do anything to keep her milkshake dreams afloat, even if it means catering a holiday steamboat party for some new arrivals in town. But when her good-for-nothing ex crashes through her shop's door claiming he's being charged with murder, things go sideways.
Maisie Cooper hasn't seen her brother in years. So it's a surprise when he gets in touch out of the blue. But when she returns to the village they grew up in, she discovers that he's dead. And not just dead - murdered. Why is everyone in the village so reluctant to answer her questions? Is the murder connected to the recent Cathedral robbery? What was her brother going to tell her before his untimely demise?
On a chilly November morning at the University of Georgia, a fraternity brother steps off a busy crosswalk and is struck dead by an oncoming car. More than a dozen witnesses all agree on two things: the driver looked identical to the victim, and he was smiling. Detective Marlitt Kaplan is first on the scene.
Mariah Ellison, Charlotte Pitt's grandmother, accepts her longtime friend Sadie's gracious invitation to spend Christmas with her and her husband, Barton, in their picturesque village. But upon arrival, Mariah discovers that Sadie has vanished without a trace, and Barton rudely rescinds the invitation.
As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, DI James Walker receives a phone call that puts paid to his Christmas break. During the wedding of the year at a lakeside hotel, the bride's sister has vanished. When Rachel left the wedding breakfast before her speech, newly-wed Libby was furious. But as the night went on with no sign of her maid-of-honour, Libby started to realise something was very, very wrong.
A super-criminal - as deadly as she is beautiful - wagers all in an epic battle with a master detective, Akechi Kogoro. No trick is too elaborate, no disguise too fantastic as the two perfectly matched antagonists take turns to outwit each other.
New York, 1938. Giddy Brodsky is a cigarette girl at a Manhattan jazz club. Her family has lived in Lower East Side tenements since fleeing a deadly pogrom in their Russian village twenty years ago. Then Giddy recognizes one of the Cossacks who irrevocably changed her life. Determined to get justice, she soon finds herself embroiled in a political conspiracy that could bring America into the war in Europe.
Railway Baron, Sir Martin Malprelate of the 1840s, has been laying waste to the warren of Camden; buying up houses and clearing streets for his new railway line linking King's Cross with the prosperous town of Middlemarch. He meets a violent end on a foggy street after walking out of a particularly bitter meeting with outraged residents facing eviction. But how could he have possibly fallen beneath the wells of a speeding spectral train running on tracks not yet even built? The company employ one of its senior engineers, Mr Bryde, to pursue an investigation.
1943. Garda Inspector Stefan Gillespie, on a diplomatic mission for the Irish government, takes a train from the chaos of German-occupied Rome to the Reich itself. Late at night he waits for a long-delayed connection at an empty station in neutral Switzerland. He sees a train no one is meant to see. A train that shouldn't be there. A beating from the train's SS guards, who shouldn't be there either, leaves him badly injured.
When an old television rival, Deirdre Shaw, is found dead at the Cotswolds manor house where she was catering for a prestigious shooting weekend, Prudence is asked to step into the breach. Prudence is only too happy to take up the position and soon she is working in the kitchens of Farleigh Manor. But the more she scratches beneath the surface of this manor and its guests, the more Prudence becomes certain that Deirdre Shaw's death was no accident.
Detective Joe Lazarus works for the Dying Squad, solving crimes the living police can't. When the Generation Killer starts wiping out Manchester's innocents, Joe and his new partner Bits have mere hours to catch the murderer. Joe's former partner Daisy-May has her own problems. Children are going missing in the afterlife, and her investigation uncovers a conspiracy so vast, it threatens both the living and the dead.
13 classic (19th century) murder stories.
When assistant librarian Trudell Becket is invited to speak to the town's exclusive book club, her friend Flossie tags along. Flossie has been on the book club's waiting list for five years, and she's determined to find out why she's never received an invitation to join.But not long after Tru and Flossie arrive for the meeting, they're shocked to find the club's president, Rebecca White, dead in the kitchen.
This lost novel from legendary "Nero Wolfe" creator Rex Stout - unpublished for more than 90 years - presents a gripping psychological puzzle and a heroine you'll never forget. The lawyer, the jeweler, the art critic, and the oil-company man...self-possessed, independent Lora Winter has had a child with each of them. But when one of these men drives up to her house with a fifth man in the car, Lora runs to hide.
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.
Wealthy but uncouth Sebastian Nolan has invited his lawyer, Gideon Bates, and his lovely new wife, Elizabeth, to attend the famous Belmont Stakes. His daughter, Irene Nolan, jumps at the chance to show Elizabeth her horse, Trench, and introduce her to his rider, Cal Regan. Elizabeth soon realizes there is more than just a working relationship between Irene and Cal. When Cal takes a terrible tumble, injuring both himself and Irene's beloved Trench, Elizabeth and Gideon learn that the mishap was not simply bad luck - the horse and rider are victims of sabotage.
Beloved actor Evan Hobbes is found in the rubble of a Malibu rockslide, a day after a fake video ruins his career. It's not clear to LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan if it's an accident, a suicide, or a murder, and things get murkier as the investigation expands to his luminary friends and colleagues. Meanwhile, Hobbes's agent is dealing with damage control, his psychotic boss, and a woman he's scorned.
Special Agent Alexandra Martel, charming and disarming, relentless and lethal, earned a reputation as one of the most renowned and decorated Army snipers in the service before stepping away. But when Alex, now an FBI special agent on loan to Interpol, learns that an old friend, an MI5 officer, has been killed under mysterious circumstances, she's pulled back into the dangerous world she left behind: a world where some people fear her, some want to recruit her, and everyone seems to want her dead.
Rupert's 30th birthday party is a black-tie dinner at the Kentish Town McDonald's - catered with cocaine and expensive champagne. The morning after, his girlfriend Clemmie is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, a single stiletto heel jutting from under a bush. Who killed her? The blithe, sociopathic boyfriend? His impossibly wealthy godmother? The gallery owner with whom Clemmie was having an affair?
A sumptuous French cookbook that immerses readers in the delectable countryside cuisine of the Perigord region - from Roasted Tomato Tapenade and Tarragon Chicken to A Most Indulgent Chocolate Cake - by the author of the beloved Bruno series, Martin Walker, and his wife, Julia Watson.
In Unamurra, a drought-scarred, one-pub town deep in the outback, two men are savagely murdered a month apart - their bodies elaborately arranged like angels. With no witnesses, no obvious motives and no apparent connections between the killings, how can lone police officer Detective Dana Russo - flown in from hundreds of kilometres away - possibly solve such a baffling, brutal case?
As the Red Terror gathers pace, a horseman and horse mysteriously collapse in the middle of a race in Leningrad. Weary Detective Zaitsev, still raw from his last brush with the Party, is dispatched to the Soviet state cavalry school in Novocherkassk, southern Russia, to investigate. Why has this particular murder attracted so much attention from Soviet officials?
Upon the success of her children's book, The Adventures of Bailey the Bloodhound, Priscilla moved back to her hometown of Crosbyville, Indiana, to continue the series. But then she is in a minor altercation with newly elected school board trustee Whitney Kelley - and former high school mean girl - who wants to eliminate "frivolous spending" on the arts and social programs. Then her real bloodhound Bailey sniffs out Whitney's body in a bed of begonias, and locals start hounding Pris and Bailey as suspects for the crime.
PI Cassie Dewell is on the hunt for a slippery con man who has disappeared somewhere in the "treasure state". A wealthy Florida widow has accused him of absconding with her fortune, and wants Cassie to find him and get it back. The trail takes Cassie to Anaconda, Montana, a quirky former copper mining town that's the perfect place to reinvent yourself.
A metal box of radioactive material is found at a dump in Stepney, East London, but before the police can arrive it is stolen in a violent raid. With security agencies across the world on red alert, it's DCI Harry Taylor and his unconventional team from the Met who must hit the streets in search of a lead. They soon have two wildly different suspects, aristocratic art dealer Julian Smythe in London and oligarch Vladimir Voldrev in Barbados.
In February 1986, the Halland police receive a call from a man who claims to have attacked his first victim. I'm going to do it again, he says before the line cuts off. By the time policeman Sven Jorgensson reaches the crime scene, the woman is taking her last breath. For Sven, this will prove a decisive moment. On the same night, Sweden plunges into a state of shock after the murder of the prime minister. Could there possibly be a connection?
In 1980, a freshman congressman was gunned down in Rhode Island, sending shockwaves through Washington that still reverberate today. Now, with the world on the brink of war and a weakened United States facing rampant inflation, political division, and shocking assassinations, a secret cabal of global elites is ready to assume control. And with the world's most dangerous man locked in solitary confinement, the conspirators believe the final obstacle to complete domination has been eliminated. They're wrong.
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...
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.
Chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds herself in a Northern Virginia wilderness examining the remains of two campers wanted by federal law enforcement. The victims have been savaged beyond recognition, and other evidence is terrifying and baffling, including a larger-than-life footprint. After one of the most frightening body retrievals of her career, Scarpetta must discover who would commit murders this savage, and why.
Bangkok, 1996: Supot, a postman with the Royal Thai Mail service, and his best friend, Ali, the owner of a video store, bemoan the state of modern Thai cinema - until a mysterious cassette, entitled Bangkok 2010, arrives at Ali's store. The two agree the dystopian film set in a near-future Thailand is the most brilliant Thai movie they've ever seen. Who would make a movie like this and not release it, and why? Supot journeys deep into the Thai countryside and discovers that powerful people are dead set on keeping the film buried.
The complete collection of published short stories of Edmund Crispin, together in one volume for the first time.
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.
When a New York City construction crane mysteriously collapses, causing mass destruction and killing several people, a political group claims to be behind the sabotage and threatens another crane collapse in twenty-four hours, unless their demands are met. Then Rhyme realizes that the mastermind behind the terror is his own nemesis - the Watchmaker.
Following the butler's death and the cook's retirement, the ever-gullible Lady Lavinia replaces them with a power couple who are determined to thrust the crumbling estate into the 21st century. The Dowager Countess reluctantly agrees to hold a big-ticket Christmas gala and silent auction with a mystery celebrity flying in from Monaco as the guest of honour. Needless to say the newcomers' make a few enemies in their quest to change the status quo and when one body is discovered in the Victorian stumpery and a second, in the ha-ha, it seems that their high-flying past is catching up with them.
When Fitzroy saved his valet, Griffin, from the hangman's noose after the death of his wife, the facts behind those events were known only to the two of them. Now, years later, the body of a dead woman has been discovered, mutilated in exactly the same way as Griffin's wife, and troubling secrets from the past cast a deadly shadow over those involved. As the Great War intensifies, Fitzroy is sent on an overseas mission, Griffin is arrested, and a recovering Euphemia Martins is left to get to the bottom of the situation.
Tassie Hunt just inherited an old Victorian, which had been occupied by a reclusive widow for many years and had a reputation for being haunted. Tassie's career involved debunking such paranormal phenomena, but she is, nonethess, now dead herself. Her demise sets off a new flurry of gossip and ghostly speculation in the New Jersey town, of course - and it's tempting to think spirits were indeed involved considering there's zero evidence so far of foul play.
The body of Patrick North was found in woodland connected to Nesbaraton Hall, a grand estate dating back to the eighteenth century. North, shot dead, worked for the Smithson family who now own the estate. The family are away on holiday, however when an anonymous letter threatening to abduct the Smithson son is uncovered, DI Wesley Peterson fears North's death might have been collateral damage in a kidnap plot.
On the outskirts of Berlin, as East Germany crumbles, Emil Grimm finds the body of his neighbour, a fellow Stasi officer named Lothar, with a gunshot wound to the temple and a pistol in his right hand. Emil and Lothar were involved in a final clandestine mission. Now Emil must finish the job alone, on uncertain ground where old alliances seem to be shifting by the day.
When Jessica Fletcher is invited to a book festival in Belfast, her Cabot Cove neighbour Maeve O'Bannon asks Jessica to deliver some paintings to her family in the village of Bushmills. The festival goes off without a hitch, but then Maeve's cousin Michael is discovered dead under suspicious circumstances.
In the Sahara two elite intelligence agents are on the trail of a group of drug-smuggling terrorists, risking their lives and careers at every turn. Nearby, a beautiful young widow fights against human traffickers while traveling illegally to Europe with the help of a mysterious man who may not be who he says he is. And in China a senior government official battles against the older Communist hawks pushing China - with North Korea - to a place of no return.
Teacher, mother, wife, and all-around good citizen Ellen is juggling nonstop commitments. Amidst the chaos, an ominous note arrives in the mail, declaring: People have to learn there are consequences, Ellen. And I'm going to teach you that lesson. Right under your nose. But why would someone send her this? Ellen has no clue. She's no angel - a white lie here, an occasional sharp tongue there - but nothing to incur the wrath of an anonymous enemy.
The body of a teen-aged boy from a wealthy family is found without a drop of blood left in it. But the murder is just the start. A high-ranking executive and daughter of one of the richest men in Spain is kidnapped, a crime which is tied to the previous murder. Jon Gutierrez, a disgraced police officer in Bilbao, is offered a fresh start -- if he can convince the legendary Antonia Scott to direct her forensic mind to the case.
Alex Velesky has stolen records from the Swiss bank that employs him, thinking that he'll uncover a criminal conspiracy. But he soon finds that he's tapped into the mother lode of corruption. Before he knows it, he's being hunted by everyone from the Russian mafia to the CIA. Court Gentry and his erstwhile lover, Zoya Zakharova, for opposing reasons, collaborate to keep him - and themselves - alive.
April, 1145. Thorgar the Ploughman is found by the bloodied body of Father Edmund, a village priest in Ripple, and is summarily hanged for being caught in the act, despite his pleas of innocence. When his sister goes to Worcester to seek justice for Thorgar, the lord Sheriff sends Hugh Bradecote, with Serjeant Catchpoll and Underserjeant Walkelin, to discover the truth.
Having moved his family from England to Detroit and opened a foreign car dealership, Spencer's life was derailed by the death of his beloved wife. Now disconnected from his young daughter and losing control of the cocktail of drugs and alcohol that gets him through the day, he only just keeps Child Protective Services at bay while his business teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. Then he has a seemingly chance encounter with a charismatic but lethal gangster, Dominic McGrath.
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.
Michiko Oshitani is found strangled to death, left in a bare Tokyo apartment rented under a false name by a man who has disappeared without a trace. Oshitani lived far away in Sendai, with no known connection to Tokyo - and neither her family or friends have any idea why she would have gone there. Hers is the second strangulation death in that approximate area of Tokyo - the other was a homeless man, killed and his body burned in a tent by the river. Detective Kaga finds an unexpected connection to the case of his own missing mother.
The very best of Reginald Hill's short stories, with a foreword from Val McDermid.
It's one of the most disturbing cases DI Adam Fawley has ever worked. It's Christmas in Oxford, and firefighters have pulled two children from the smoking ruin of their home. The mystery deepens when it becomes clear that the parents are nowhere to be found. Why were the children left in the house alone? From the start, DI Fawley - still reeling from his own personal tragedy - knows that this house fire is the scene of a crime, not an accident.
When a young woman known for drug smuggling goes missing, her elderly grandparents have no choice but to call the retired Detective Konrad. Still looking for his own father's murderer, Konrad agrees to investigate the case.But digging into the past reveals more than he set out to discover, and a strange connection to a little girl who drowned in the Reykjavik city pond decades ago recaptures everyone's attention.
There's a series of women going missing, and Sunny feels powerless to stop it. There's her persistent and awesomely-rebellious daughter Auri, who's out to singlehandedly become Del Sol's youngest and fiercest investigator. And then there's drama with Levi Ravinder - the guy she's loved and lusted after for years. The guy who might just be her one and only. The guy who comes from a family of disingenuous vipers looking to oust him - and Sunshine - for good.
The newly hired personal assistant to a handsome, wealthy photographer finds her boss slumped in bed, shot to death. The victim had recently received rave media attention for his latest project: images of homeless people in their personal, elaborately costumed "dream" situations. Was the killer reacting to the project -- or is it related to his super-wealthy family background?
With Gilley heartbroken over the collapse of his marriage, Cat has the perfect remedy - a long getaway to Italy. But before the duo can pack their bags, they first must help a troubled client carve out a fresh start of her own. Wealthy Scarlet Rubi desperately seeks a greater purpose and immediate distance from her toxic descendants. The urgency of the situation isn't quite so clear until Scarlet takes healthy steps toward progress, only to turn up dead.
Paris, 1940. As the city adjusts to life under Nazi occupation, Detective Eddie Giral struggles to reconcile his job as a policeman with his new role enforcing a regime he cannot believe in but must work under. When an old friend and an old flame reappear, begging for his help, Eddie must decide how far he will go to help those he loves. He can remain a good man and do nothing, or risk it all in a desperate act of resistance...
The beautiful wife of one of the world's richest men comes to Spenser in the hope that he can find out what skeletons lurk in her husband's closet. Though he is a generous philanthropist and loving family man, she is concerned - he recently has become secretive, bordering on paranoid, and she wants Spenser to find out why.
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...
Summer 1900. Emma attends an exclusive gathering of the New York Yacht Club at Beacon Rock, the Grecian-inspired summer "cottage" of Edwin and Elizabeth Morgan. They are there to discuss their strategy for the next America's Cup Challenge, to be held in New York Harbor the following summer.But it's Emma who must come up with a strategy when she discovers a woman's body bobbing against one of the hulls of the boats moored at the base of Beacon Rock.
Journalist and novice climber Cecily Wong is asked to summit Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, personally invited by Charles McVeigh, one of the most acclaimed mountaineers in the world. But there's one caveat: he won't give her the interview until she's scaled the mountain as part of his climbing party. Then she finds herself stranded on the mountain with a team she barely knows, pitted against one of the world's most dangerous mountains and against an unknown assailant who is picking climbers off one by one.
Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike - particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as the Maidens. Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on the Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana's niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.
Between trying to drum up business for her bookstore and attempting to finish her latest novel, Jen is totally run off her feet. Matters get worse, however, when a man's body is found outside the bookstore, along with a scrap of paper in his pocket with none other than Jen's address on it!
When Phaedra's sister Hannah opens her new patisserie, all of Laurel Springs is out in full force, including local celebrity Rachel Brandon. Hannah is a master of her craft, with confections so divine, one bite will make you think you've died and gone to heaven. When one of Hannah's famous dark chocolate cupcakes sends Rachel's assistant to the hospital with poisoning, Hannah begs for Phaedra's help to save her reputation and budding business.
3 novellas on the theme of 3 days to live, each a collaboration with one of 3 authors: Duane Swierczynski, Bill Schweigart, and Julie Margaret Hogben.
Molly Gray is not like anyone else. With her flair for cleaning and proper etiquette, she has risen through the ranks of the glorious five-star Regency Grand Hotel to become the esteemed Head Maid. But just as her life reaches a pinnacle state of perfection, her world is turned upside down when J.D. Grimthorpe, the world-renowned mystery author, drops dead - very dead - on the hotel's tea room floor.
It is the end of winter in Benedict, Alaska. Beth Rivers sets off with her friend Orin and dog Gus, toward the cabin of an elderly resident, intending to check on him. They find him alive but not in the best shape. Beth stays with him while Orin hurries to town for help, but it's not Orin who returns. Gril comes back with shocking news, and it soon becomes clear that Orin has vanished.
Somehow Willow Creek's busiest brewer of specialty teas and amateur sleuth still finds time to be a guest on local journalist Trevor Lundquist's crime podcast to discuss the last murder she solved. After the podcast, Trevor receives an anonymous tip from a caller who claims a travel chest that's about to be auctioned holds a clue to a twenty-year-old unsolved murder. Then, when a body turns up in Willow Creek, Trevor suspects a connection between this current homicide and the cold case.
Brian Rhome, a former CIA Ground Branch paramilitary officer, thought his time within the elite group was over. But now, he's on a desperate race against time as he confronts the traumas of his past and unravels a deadly conspiracy that threatens the highest levels of American democracy.