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One cold and rainy morning, the body of a gypsy girl is found floating in a canal. Brunetti suspects she… fell off a nearby roof while fleeing an apartment she had robbed--but something about the case continues to haunt him. Sequel to "Suffer the little children", followed by "About face". 2008.
By Donna Leon. 2011
Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti's telefonino rings. A old woman's body has been found in a Spartan apartment on… Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio. Brunetti sees some signs of force on the old woman, but they could just as easily have been from the radiator near where she fell. When the medical examiner rules that the woman died of a heart attack, it seems there is nothing to investigate. But he can't shake the feeling that perhaps the woman was threatened. Sequel to "A question of belief", followed by "Beastly things". 2011.
By Donna Leon. 2009
A truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa… Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train. Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna. But it will take another violent death in Venice before Brunetti and his colleagues begin to understand what is really going on. Sequel to "Dressed for death", followed by "Acqua Alta". 2009.
By Donna Leon. 2009
Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery… is made in Marghera. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information. And before night is out, Brunetti is confronting yet another appalling, and apparently senseless, death. Sequel to "Death in a strange country", followed by "Death and judgment". 2009.
By Donna Leon. 2004
Brunetti finds himself fighting a lone battle to prove the innocence of a Romanian housekeeper accused of brutally murdering her… miserly employer. With the odds stacked against her from the onset of the investigation when she fled from police, her guilt seems a fait accompli, until a neighbour comes forward to protest the innocence of the accused. Stealthily working his way through the labyrinthine alleys of Venice, death nipping at his heels, Brunetti will have to defy his superiors to vindicate the housekeeper and stop her employer's real killer before he murders again. Sequel to "Uniform justice", followed by "Blood from a stone". 2004.
By Maureen Jennings. 2016
1942. Detective Inspector Tom Tyler is settling into his placement in Ludlow, Shropshire, a small town jammed with people sent… there by the war, including Italian PoWs and evacuees. Tyler is busy enough keeping the peace and enforcing wartime regulations, but then a troubled old man goes missing, and his body is soon discovered in a secret hideout supposedly known to very few. Tyler senses that the two evacuee children who found the body are not telling the entire truth, but when he goes to question them further, he learns they have taken off from their foster home. It soon becomes clear that a crime has been committed, and there is no shortage of suspects. Sequel to "No known grave". 2016.
By Ian Rankin. 1999
A call from an old friend brings back memories and more than a little guilt for DI John Rebus. An… old school friend's son has gone missing and Brian Mee would like 'Johnny' to do a little digging on the side to put his wife's mind at rest. The ghost of Jack Morton, friend and colleague, is riding Rebus's dreams, not always helping with his caseload. Strong language. Sequel to "Death is not the end". Followed by "Set in darkness" (DC30184). 1999. (Inspector John Rebus mysteries ; 11)
By Michael Connelly. 2006
A serial killer makes a deal and confesses to the 1993 murder of Marie Gesto--a case that has haunted detective… Harry Bosch for thirteen years. Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling discover a missed clue from the original crime scene and a possible conspiracy. Bestseller. Sequel to "The closers", followed by "The overlook". 2006.
By W. J Burley. 1973
A local girl is found dead in a quarry on one of the Scilly Isles. A famous pop singer is… suspected - until Superintendent Wycliffe arrives on the scene. Sequel to “Wycliffe and the guilt edged alibi“, followed by “Wycliffe and death in Stanley Street“. 1973.
By Elizabeth George. 1997
Balford-le-Nez is a dying Essex sea town. But when a member of the town's small but growing Asian community is… found dead, the sleepy town ignites. Working without her partner, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of the murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but also the terrible price people pay for deceiving others...and themselves. 1997. (Inspector Thomas Lynley)
By Donna Leon. 1995
Early one morning Guido Brunetti, Commissario of the Venice Police, confronts a grisly sight when a body of a young… man is fished out of a Venetian canal. The clues point to a violent mugging, until something very incriminating is discovered in the dead man's flat. Brunetti is convinced that somebody is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime. Sequel to "Death at La Fenice" (DC30720). Followed by "Dressed for death". 1995. (Guido Brunetti mysteries ; 2)
By Deon Meyer, Madeleine Van Biljon. 1999
Mat Joubert, a 34-year-old Cape Town detective, has slipped into a downward spiral two years after his wife, a fellow… cop, is killed in the line of duty. His opportunity at redemption comes as he investigates a bizarre series of murders committed with a century-old Mauser pistol used by the Afrikaners in the Boer war. Trouble is, the murders appear to be completely random and unrelated. Explicit descriptions of sex and violence, explicit strong language. 1999. Uniform title: Feniks.
By Ngaio Marsh. 1967
By Ngaio Marsh. 1942
It began as an entertainment; eight people, several of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with… a love of theatre. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi and most had a motive as well but Detective Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he arrived, knew it all hung on the dancing footman. 1958.
By Ngaio Marsh. 1982
Times are good in the Cornish village of Portcarrow, as hundreds of unfortunates flock to taste the miraculous waters of… Pixie Falls. Then Miss Emily Pride inherits Portcarrow, and wants to put an end to the villagers' thriving trade in miracle cures, especially Miss Elspeth Cost's gift shop, but soon someone puts an end to Miss Cost herself. 1982.
By Peter Robinson. 2003
The remains of a young man who disappeared in 1965 have been discovered in the neighbourhood where Inspector Banks grew… up. As Banks gathers clues about this death, he remembers his own friendship with the victim when they were schoolboys. When a teenager disappears from the same area, Banks feels there must be a connection between the two cases. Sequel to "Aftermath", followed by "Playing with fire". 2003.
By Giles Blunt. 2010
A year after the death of his wife, John Cardinal has fallen into an easy routine of work on cold… case files and platonic movie nights with colleague Lise Delorme. But then the decapitated bodies of two people are found in a summer home on Trout Lake - visitors from Russia attending the annual fur auction. This is by no means a routine murder investigation as Cardinal soon discovers, but a horrific piece of a very twisted puzzle. Sequel to "By the time you read this", followed by "Until the night". 2010.
By Neil Albert. 1995
Disbarred attorney turned private eye Dave Garrett, is waiting for his lover, Kate McMahan, at the Philadelphia airport. She is… leaving her husband to be with Dave, but she isn't on the plane. When Dave learns her luggage and ticket came without her, he begins a three-day search for Kate that puts his life at risk again and again. 1995.
By Peter Robinson. 2011
When the brutally beaten body of a young man is found in an alley, Eastvale's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks… and his colleague, Detective Constable Susan Gay, have no choice but to lock up the three Pakistani youths who seemingly started it all after an argument in a pub. But they're out in no time, and Banks is in big trouble with the chief for risking a racial incident with the arrest. Ordered to run the investigation from his desk and leave the legwork to others, Banks's hands are tied and his temper is flaring. When disturbing facts start emerging about the victim, Banks can't simply sit at his desk - and he soon alienates himself from both the investigation and his own department. While his twenty-year marriage crumbles around him, he tries to make sense of a gray world grown ever more black and sinister, as he follows a treacherous trail of hate, greed, and twisted philosophy. Sequel to "Innocent graves", followed by "In a dry season". 2011.
By Parnell Hall. 1994
Hapless private detective Stanley Hastings becomes involved in a blackmail scheme that leads to multiple murder - with himself as… the prime suspect. Assisted by his wife, Stanley pursues the investigation - despite being led astray by red herrings. 1994.