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Interior decorator Laura Howard is receiving messages from her husband on her telephone answering machine. It’s his voice all right. But his ashes are in the urn on Laura’s fireplace mantel. . . Now wealthy from her husband’s life insurance benefits, Laura tries to put her life in order. She strains to keep her sense of humor and sanity as vandals destroy her car and burglars ransack her house. Is it the final straw when the new resident of the home she shared with her late husband is killed on the very designer tile Laura selected for the entryway?
Something has gone foul in the Black Hills … something gravely unnatural. Leave it to Violet Parker to stumble into the middle of it. A creepy phone call. A dead body. Two meddling detectives. A glut of trouble-making ex-partners. Can things get any worse? Violet swears to keep her nose out of police business this time. But when her son is linked to the victim, she returns to the scene of the crime. More than just a mystery to solve, now her son might be in mortal danger.
When Corinne Masterson died, everyone had an opinion about her life. Some remembered her as the innocent daughter of a local minister, while others whispered rumors about a recent lascivious turn. Was she really the 'other woman' who came between her friends' engagement? Is it true she convinced someone to give up a life of crime? After failing to maintain a blogging career, Jessica Carter must return to her home town of Hampton, New Hampshire. The place is nice enough: a beautiful summer destination with sandy beaches, a touristy boardwalk and a cozy, small-town atmosphere. But Jessica knows coming home means owning up to her mistakes and mending relationships with everyone she left behind. Corinne's death brings Jessica closer to her former friends, but as she digs into Corinne's life, she exposes dark secrets her friends wish would remain hidden.
Dr. Tomaso Albinoni, a Medical Microbiologist (and a descendant of the 17th Century Italian composer with the same name) hires Harry Grouch to investigate anonymous death threats. Could they be related to an unsolved series of recent murders of other composers? Harry discovers that in Tom Albinoni's case they may be revenge threats coming from a descendant of Alessandro Stradella, a composer assassinated in 1682, possibly by one of Albinoni's ancestors. Flashbacks to 1682 reveal that Stradella was a blessed composer and a cursed personality, a cad, a womanizer, and an embezzler from the church. Some would probably say he deserved assassination. The current day Albinoni is stalked by the current day Stradella. Harry investigates using clues from the composer's music. What is driving the modern day Stradella and will Harry catch him in time?
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
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.
On his first big case as a newly-minted private investigator, Carlos “Chuck” McCrary must untangle a web of fraud, arson, adultery, and murder before he becomes its latest victim. Millionaire oil man Ike Simonetti and his model-slim wife, Lorraine, arrive at Chuck McCrary’s office to claim that Ike’s stepmother is trying to steal $400,000,000 from him. Chuck learns that while Sam Simonetti, Ike’s billionaire father, was hospitalized for a heart attack, Sam’s two daughters from an earlier marriage died in a house fire, leaving Ike as Sam’s only child. When Sam died in the hospital, Ike was the sole heir to Sam’s estate. Or was he? There is another contender for the fortune—a baby girl born to the dead billionaire’s trophy wife. Bodies keep piling up as Chuck conspires to hide the baby to keep her safe from the shadowy killer while he solves the mystery of her paternity.
It’s the first “IRA six pack” since the 1970s and The Troubles in Northern Ireland. And Seamus McCree is in hot water. Again. Seamus returns to Cincinnati after a routine business trip to discover his home has become a crime scene. The murder victim posed in his basement is an acquaintance who endured the six pack: bullets to his ankles, knees, and elbows. Forced to prove his innocence, Seamus uncovers a twisted trail that leads back to his Boston roots. He’s stunned to learn the truth about his father’s death and the resulting divorce of Boston’s Irish mafia and the Provisional IRA. The more Seamus digs for the truth, the more his life unravels. As the body count climbs, all trails lead back to him, forcing Seamus underground to smoke out who is framing him — and why — before he becomes the next victim.
Fired from the FBI for sleeping with the perp in a case, Benny James tries to disappear to a houseboat. Unable to relax, he starts a private-eye business. A body is soon found crucified near his marina. The police requests Benny’s help and he knows if he can catch the killer, redemption is his. As the case grows, the media soon fills the quiet town. Media goddess Rachael Martin arrives and adds spice to the flavorful mix. An ex-convict slinks in with revenge on his mind. Days later, a Greyhound bus delivers a strange young man raised by deaf-mute parents from deep within the Ozark Mountains. An old newspaper clipping and a secret pulls him to town. At each murder site, dead birds are displayed in disturbing ways—the killer arranging them as an artist might. All the strange occurrences press Benny to his max as he vehemently struggles to solve the most important case of his life.
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.
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.
Duluth, Minnesota, has seen devastating storms over Lake Superior when the November gales start up. But there’s another storm brewing in this northern city, and private investigator Tony Crow and team are walking right into the middle of it. Hired to find a young man who has gone missing, Crow’s simple case quickly escalates when Elena Kirilenko gets involved. With wits, humor, and an eye for detail, Tony and his assistant Don Hanson uncover a dark plot developing under the radar of the local authorities. Crow and team embark on an adventure that brings them face to face with torture, murder, cyber-hacking and the “Darknet” culminating in a life or death struggle at the historic Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior. (New release.)
In The Edge, the fourth book of the popular Folly Beach Mystery series, Chris Landrum survives his first hurricane in his retirement cottage on Folly Beach, only to discover the body of an acquaintance with an arrow plunged through his heart. Chris’s formerly peaceful retirement on the tiny barrier island suddenly goes from bad to worse when other bodies begin to pile up. With the help of his remaining quirky acquaintances, Chris launches a mission to stop the murderer. A weird boardinghouse and a country music bar are all that connect the victims. Suspects, or possibly victims, include Country Cal, a washed-up musician, Harley, whose name matches his motorcycle, or Heather, a songstress whose friends think a half-dead hog carries a better tune. Chris and his friends go about the business of catching a killer with their usual doses of humor, luck, and occasional skill.
It was the perfect murder ... almost. An elderly woman is found murdered in her apartment. Cause of death; a single gunshot wound to the chest. The only door is locked from the inside. There are no signs of entry, no bullet holes in the walls, and no weapon is recovered from the scene. That’s when Detective Lana Denae of the Portland Police Bureau is assigned the case. The investigation gets off to a slow start until she realizes there is more to the story than a single random murder. Someone is looking to rake in a profit to the tune of more than a million dollars, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Lana is determined to stop the killer before he strikes again but with limited evidence, finding just who is responsible is more difficult than she imagined.
Sugar Hebert arrives home from a ten-minute errand to find her husband shot to death and the rest of her family missing — including her daughter Reed, heir apparent to the Hebert restaurant dynasty, and Reed's eleven-month-old daughter. Detective Skip Langdon’s hunt for a murderer and the missing Hebert heirs embraces worlds within worlds — splendid but dangerous Garden District digs, Faubourg Marigny drug dens, broken-down projects, lowdown bars, an elegant hangout for crooked politicos, and a dealer’s crib masquerading as a sultan’s palace, harem and all. A palm reader warns Langdon of danger, but it comes when she's least prepared for it. Before long, the mob’s involved and there are family secrets so ugly they would make Tennessee Williams wince.
Chicago, 1921: Al Capone is on the rise, and a new music called jazz fills the clubs. When young pianist Eve Riser arrives in the city, she is caught in a drive-by shooting that kills the bootlegger standing next to her. Saved by Lena Hardy, the bootlegger’s sister, Eve recovers only to find that her pregnant sister Chickie is missing. Eve and Lena navigate the back alleys and speakeasies of 1920s Chicago looking for Chickie. Along the way they encounter petty thugs, charismatic bandleaders, and a mysterious nightclub owner called the Walnut who seems to be the key to it all. As they fight racial barriers trying to discover the truth, Eve and Lena unravel a twisted tale of secret shipments and gangster rivalry. SUGARLAND mixes the excitement of jazz with the darker side of Prohibition in a gripping story with ''real suspense for anyone who likes a good mystery.'' (Kirkus Reviews).
Nothing can prepare you for the secrets of The Villagers. Olive & Geoffrey are happier than ever. Having found an idyllic cottage, they are moving to the countryside to bring up their three young children. The residents of the chocolate box village are friendly and helpful, welcoming the family with open arms. But just as Olive is settling in and starting to integrate with the community, she discovers that all is not as it first seemed. Some of her neighbours are holding secrets, and as her discoveries become more and more sinister, Olive begins to fear for her own sanity. With her husband doubting her, Olive is faced with choices that will decide the fate of her family.
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.
Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town. (New release. Published by Random House Alibi.)
The Magnolia Parish Sheriff’s Office is on high alert after a deadly sniper begins executing high-ranking cops. Sheriff Burke puts his best sniper, London Carter, and his internal affairs officer, Bethany Riggs, on the case. Pressure mounts and panic sets in as the body count rises and the killer becomes more embolden. London and Bethany find themselves sifting through evidence, lies, and feelings for each other in their quest to stop the deadly attacks. A mysterious note at the crime scenes might offer a clue to the killer’s motive, but will they decipher it before the sheriff’s entire staff is wiped out?
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?
Dreams tell old man Paul T’Sosi he’s dying. So why is Navajo trickster, Magpie, trying to tell him a far more terrifying secret? Who will live and who will die when the Navajo Wolf returns to make magic against his own clan. When push comes to shove Charlie Yazzie and friends take a backseat to a long forgotten woman in this latest fast-paced Navajo Nation mystery. Another not-to-miss Canyonlands adventure. (New release.)
In their college days, three friends created the Sleuthhound Club to solve local mysteries and crimes, but only one of the friends turned that early hobby into a profession. Inspector Tuohay of the Royal Irish Constabulary has seen a lot of action in his line of business, including the infamous crime that shattered his career—the amazing theft of the Templar Diamond. Now six years after the theft in 1902, new evidence surfaces as key players (including Tuohay) receive mysterious invitations to The Chase for the missing Diamond. And who better to help Tuohay find the missing artifact than the members of his old club? Danger, betrayal, ploys…and murder. Crack the code. Solve the murders. Find the stolen Templar Diamond. And stay alive. All in a day's work.
Brains, beauty, and a past plagued with death and destruction, Alexis Parker is anything but ordinary. Ever since meeting James Martin, Alex’s life has never been the same. When a supermodel's body is found on Martin's yacht, Alex is rehired by her former boss to clear his name and identify the assailant. Her stellar reputation and Martin’s affluence, coupled with the threat of a lawsuit, force the police department to enlist her help in resolving this matter. Furthermore, she’s a size two, and they need her to infiltrate the salacious world of modeling, armed only with sarcasm and stilettos. Her worlds collide when her corporate gig at Martin Technologies, her consulting position with the local PD, and her almost relationship with Martin blend together in a maelstrom of drugs, sex, and security overhauls.
In the middle of the night Alberto Alonzo sneaks out to play at the casino with his mother's credit card in his hand. The next morning he is gone and no one knows where he is and, for his family, a real-life nightmare unfolds. Emma Frost is with her family on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea when the boy goes missing from the ship. The boy is the son of a world-famous race driver. When the wife is killed shortly thereafter, everyone turns their attention to the race driver and thinks he killed them both. But soon, another teenager disappears in the middle of the night and Emma suddenly finds herself leading a desperate manhunt to track down the killer before he strikes again.
''Klingler presents his craftiest yarn to date, summoning the pulpy spirits of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.'' -Kirkus Reviews As Tommy looks squarely at his next decade his smartphone convinces him the time is ripe for a change. So he hits the road. He immediately meets a damsel in hitchhiking distress named Mona. She persuades him that the bright lights and dark clubs of Chicago might be his kind of town. So on a summer Saturday night they settle into a fancy hotel. On Sunday...Mona disappears. After truth and lies are stirred like a blue martini, he’s assaulted, and witnesses a shooting that drowns a Ferrari--Tommy is desperate to help Mona. If he can find her. ''A private investigator, a mysterious hitchhiker, dancers, gangsters, a mysterious bag …and twists and turns that will have the reader unable to put it down, Missing Mona…has it all.'' — San Francisco Book Review