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Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume are called to the vast Eloise Insane Asylum outside of Detroit, where Elizabeth's cousin Robbie is a patient and now a murder suspect. The victim, like three others before him at the asylum in recent months, was killed with the infamous Punjab lasso, the murder weapon of the Phantom of the Opera. Certain of Robbie's innocence, they begin an investigation with the help of Detective Riordan. Will has himself committed to the asylum to investigate from the inside, and Elizabeth volunteers at Eloise and questions people outside the asylum. While Will endures horrific conditions in his search for the killer, Elizabeth and Riordan follow the trail of a murder suspect all the way to Kalamazoo, where they realize the killer might still be at Eloise, putting Will in extreme danger. They race back to Detroit, but will they arrive in time to save Will?
An exciting medical murder mystery with lots of surprising and unexpected twists and turns. As a deadly virus sweeps the Seattle area, ex-cop turned hospital chaplain Raff Rafferty suspects that the source of the lethal virus may be a vaccine deliberately contaminated for evil political purposes. Can he uncover the culprits before the disease claim more victims and avoid becoming a victim himself?
Get the first two books in the bestselling Jack Ryder Mystery Series for only 99 cents! Includes ''Hit the Road Jack'' and ''Slip Out the Back Jack.'
Suspense, humor and a touch of romance, the Sarah Woods Mystery Series is a fast-paced read with plenty of twists and turns.
Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since. Working with her old friends from the 7th Street Crew, she tracks down the most disturbing and surprising killer this town has ever faced before a shocking conclusion turns everything upside down for them. Determined to solve the murder and to have her brother acquitted, Mary is forced to face demons from her past she never thought she would have to again.
The murder of a Jesuit priest and church financier thrusts investigator Michael Visconte into a web of Vatican conspiracy and intrigue — with deadly consequences.
Parkview Manor has a secret, and eighteen-year-old Cynthia is curious! When Cynthia Holt takes a job at a former sanitarium, now operating as an assisted living center, she discovers something more is occurring than simply providing the elderly with housing and care. Something very strange is going on behind the locked door of Room 913! After she is warned to stay away from the room and to not discuss it or the occupant with her co-workers, she is even more intrigued - and suspicious! Letting her curious nature guide her, she immediately begins asking questions. When she finds that Room 913 has been closed off; locked and sealed for many years, her curiosity turns to concern. Though rumors abound, no one seems inclined to talk about it. Not giving up so easily, Cynthia persists in her pursuit until she finds out the truth -- or does she?
When Garry’s mother dies, he’s devastated. It’s not only her death, but her last words to him. He embarks on a search to uncover the truth. What follows is a dangerous journey. A journey full of unforeseen pitfalls, which could ultimately put both his life, and the lives of his whole family in jeopardy.
It is business as usual when Henrik Fenger picks up a girl in the bar and cheats on his wife with her in his hotel room. But, when he opens his eyes the very next morning nothing is as usual anymore. Henrik Fenger is the victim of a horrendous crime whose like has never been seen in the small kingdom of Denmark. Rebekka Franck is on her way to spend a nice relaxing week of vacation with her ex-husband Peter and her daughter Julie. They're supposed to work on their relationship and find each other as a family again, but soon Rebekka is pulled away for work when she is called in to cover the case for the newspaper along with her photographer and former boyfriend Sune Johansen.
Chesapeake acclaimed writer Thomas Hollyday gives us a must read, thoughtful and compelling mystery about his region. Archeologist Frank Light makes find of his life find at controversial construction site. His feisty coworker Maggie says the relic is amazing. But both find their lives in peril from an unsuspected and murderous enemy who wants the find destroyed at all costs, including their lives.
James Bennett didn’t come to the Florida Keys to find a new father. As the rebellious, serially underemployed scion of an old-money New York family, he’d spent years disappointing the one he already had. But when smooth-talking ex-televangelist John Wainwright takes an interest in him, he spurns an invitation to grow up and finally join his family’s business on Wall Street in favor of staying in Marathon to help Wainwright rebuild his church. When James’ faith in his new mentor and his infatuation with Wainwright’s beautiful, estranged daughter lead him into a maze of deception and double-crosses, he’s left to try to find a path to redemption on his own, and he can only hope that his father will still be there to meet him on the other side.
Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her. Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her. Yet even they cannot deny Avery’s brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery that they turn to. It is Avery’s chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she.
As a virtual orphan in his own home, John Riley Hubbard grew into a troubled adult. A lifetime spent fighting back against vicious small town rumors of an affair between his mother and uncle as the cause of his father’s unsolved murder took a toll on the boy. Years later, he is a recovering alcoholic, struggling farmer and part-time reporter for the local newspaper. When the body of a college student is found amid empty sharecropper shacks, circumstantial evidence points to his uncle. With new doubts about what led to his father’s death, Hubbard becomes obsessed with finding the student’s killer, despite the mysterious threats to his life from an unseen adversary. He knows only two things. If his uncle was capable of this murder, then the man was capable of two. He also realizes that learning the truth about his uncle, his mother and that long ago summer might be more than he can bear.
She thought she could keep it a secret. Just fourteen years old, Amalie thought she could take off and go to the festival with her best friend without anyone knowing it -- without her parents finding out. She thought she was safe when she met a man offering her drugs, she thought she was safe when she went alone to her tent to take the pills. But when she opened her eyes and found herself in the man's basement, she knew she wasn't safe anymore. She was trapped.
Navajo Witchery. Human Treachery. Social worker Jordan Bia finds a child who escaped her captors and a life in the sex trade, but four other girls from her small Mexican village were not so lucky. Smugglers hide their human cargo in the hoodoos of a remote canyon on the reservation—a place the Navajo shun, fearful of the witches who practice their black rituals and feast on the dark energy of evil. Mysterious rites, omens of death, and bodies litter the canyon. When she meets Navajo police officer Sam Tohee, sparks fly fueled by the danger of hunting men who buy and sell little girls. Techno savvy Jordan plots to trap the smugglers and free the rest of the children, but unless she and Sam can find the power to defeat the witches she may not live long enough to save the girls.
On a hot July morning in the summer of 1903, insurance investigator Harry Reese learns his secretive wife Emmie is planning a trip to Portland, Maine. Could she be heading for an assignation with the mysterious stranger who recently called for her at the apartment? Or is she leading Harry into yet another befuddling murder mystery, peopled by a perfect plethora of peculiar characters, and with herself acting as befuddler-in-chief? Before this case is solved, our heroes will have acquired a knowledge of 17th-century cant, cockney rhyming slang, and the mating habits of the American eel; confronted a snooping Pinkerton of fictional origin; come to terms with a publishing pirate; and waded through a veritable ocean of false identities.
Ghosts is the sixth installment in the popular Folly Beach Mystery series. Known for their humor and quirky characters, the series has been described as perfect beach reads. In Chris Landrum’s latest adventure, his idyllic life of retirement is turned upside down when his ex-wife, who he hadn’t heard from in more than two decades, calls. Her cryptic message hurls Chris into investigating an automobile accident that killed his ex’s husband in the Smoky Mountains, hundreds of miles from Chris’s South Carolina beach cottage. Coming to the aid of his ex takes him on an emotional roller coaster ride and worse. To compound matters, Chris’s best and strangest friend, Charles, becomes a bartending private detective; jobs he stumbles through with equal measures of incompetence, to catch a thief who’s stealing bucks and booze -- the culprit: ghosts, according to Charles's psychic girlfriend.
Some come to Yellowstone National Park to work, or to get closer to nature. Others come to heal... or to hide. For Gracie O’Dowdy, Canyon Village is the only place she can pretend to be just like everyone else. She’s found a home, a family. When the people around her begin to die, she is forced to accept who – and what – she is. After a close friend becomes a victim of the Canyon Killer, Ranger Hudson Foster will stop at nothing to get his pound of flesh. The deeper he digs, the more certain he becomes that the killer is none other than Gracie. After all, she’s done it before.
When Inspector Shanti de Silva moves with his English wife Jane to his new post in the sleepy hill town of Nuala he anticipates a more restful life than police work in the big city entails. However an arrogant plantation owner with a lonely wife, a crusading lawyer, and a death in suspicious circumstances present him with a riddle that he will need all his experience to solve. Set on the exotic island of Ceylon in the 1930s, Trouble in Nuala is an entertaining and relaxing mystery spiced with humour and a colourful cast of characters.
From Dayne Sherman, the critically-acclaimed author of Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, comes a Gothic treatment of the American South: a hard-charging depiction of religion, family, friendship, deception, and evil. Zion is a mystery set in the rural South, the story of a war fought over the killing of hardwoods in Baxter Parish, Louisiana. The tale begins in 1964 and ends a decade later, but the Hardin family, faithful members of Little Zion Methodist Church, will carry the scars for life. This edition of Zion includes a Reader's Guide for Book Clubs and Author Q and A. Praise for Dayne Sherman and his work: “Dayne Sherman writes like I wish I could if I was still young enough to change.” --Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over But the Shoutin' and Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Miss Polly had a dolly. A beautiful daughter that she called her Baby Doll. Every day she dressed her in dresses and brushed her hair before they went outside to show off to the neighbors. On the playground one day her Baby Doll talked to a boy, and for one unforgivable second, Miss Polly let herself be distracted by a woman telling her how adorable she thought her daughter was. When Miss Polly finally turned to look for her Baby Doll again, she was gone. Many years later Emma Frost hears about the disappearance of the little girl and learns that she is not the only one to have gone missing from Fanoe Island back in the nineties. As she digs deeper into the story, she soon finds herself entangled in a web of strange and very disturbing events.
In SILENT NIGHT, the latest book in the popular Folly Beach Mystery series, Chris Landrum is dragged out of peaceful retirement when the theft of a priceless, hand-carved figurine from a church’s nativity scene threatens to suck the spirit of Christmas out of Folly Beach. If that's not bad enough, pieces of valuable jewelry and surfboards are stolen off homeowners’ porches on the small, South Carolina, island located in the shadows of historic Charleston. Are the crimes related? All that’s known for sure is that nothing is known for sure. In this humorous novel, described as the “perfect beach read,” Chris and his quirky pals must put everything on the line to bring Christmas back to Folly.
His secret life was about to be exposed and his job as a Superior Court Officer would be over. James couldn’t let a sixteen-year old girl ruin everything he’d worked so many years to achieve. He had to make a decision and quickly. James made it home in time to catch the eleven o’clock news. It was the lead story. A young girl, yet to be identified, was found dead about ten feet in from the edge of the highway. It was presumed she was a victim of a hit-and-run. He didn’t need a name. Now he could get on with his life – or could he? When his friend, Casey Quinby, head investigative reporter for the Cape Cod Tribune was sent to cover the hit-and-run death of Becky Morgan, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a well-connected Bourne, Massachusetts family, she finds herself compelled to get involved in the investigation.
When Zoe finds a body laying across the grave of Isaac Wainwright, the man behind a hundred year old legend, she sets out to find the killer before the deputy who is substituting for Salinger, finds a way to pin the murder on her. Meanwhile, Ellie is asked to babysit her cousins baby, Levi is AWOL, and the entire Donovan-Zimmerman household is busy with Halloween activities.
In 1581 the old Templar chapel at Shalford gave up its secret to the hidden Key. Eighty years later the relic made its way from England to the wilderness of new Province of Maryland in the belongings of the Gentleman Adventurer, George Yate. Before he even set foot on his new lands, his companions began dying. Were they victims of rebels attacking the government George served? Common thieves and villains? Or assassins sent by powerful forces willing to kill to regain control of The Key? The Gentleman Adventurer is a historical thriller, a mystery, and the true love story of two of America's early Colonists.