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By Maureen Jennings. 2019
July 1936 and Toronto is under a record-breaking heat wave. Charlotte Frayne is the junior associate in a two-person private… investigation firm, owned by T. Gilmore. Two events set the book's plot in motion: an anti-Semitic hate letter is delivered to Gilmore, who up to now has not acknowledged his religion, and Hilliard Taylor, a veteran of the First World War requests the firm's assistance in uncovering what he believes is systematic embezzlement of the Paradise Café, which he owns and operates with three other men, all of whom were prisoners of war. The two events, although seemingly completely unrelated, come together in this story. 2019.
By Katie Ruggle. 2016
In the remote Rocky Mountains lives depend on the Search Rescue brotherhood But in a place… this far off the map trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder George Holloway has spent his life alone exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies He s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father There s just one problem-Ellie s everything George isn t She s a city girl charming gregarious delicate small And when she looks up at him with those big dark eyes he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe With a killer on the loose he may have no choice Ellie s determined to find her father no matter the cost But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge And they are now his prey Search and Rescue On His Watch novella Hold Your BreathFan the FlamesGone too DeepIn Safe HandsWhat People are Saying Sexy and suspenseful I couldn t turn the pages fast enough -Julie Ann Walker New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice -D D Ayres author of the K-9 Rescue Series
By Mary Feliz. 2018
Professional organizer Maggie McDonald manages to balance a fastidious career with friends, family, and a spunky Golden Retriever. But add… a fiery murder mystery to the mix, and Maggie wonders if she’s finally found a mess even she can’t tidy up . . . With a devastating wildfire spreading to Silicon Valley, Maggie preps her family for a rapid evacuation. The heat rises when firefighters discover the body of her best friend Tess Olmos’s athletic husband—whose untimely death was anything but accidental. And as Tess agonizes over the whereabouts of her spouse’s drop-dead gorgeous running mate, she becomes the prime suspect in what's shaping up to become a double murder case. Determined to set the record straight, Maggie sorts through clues in an investigation more dangerous than the flames approaching her home. But when her own loved ones are threatened, can she catch the meticulous killer before everything falls apart? “A skillful amateur detective with an impressive to-do list.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, Address to Die For
By Susan Isaacs. 2013
Compromising Positions's Judith Singer is back in a story that delivers plenty of Susan Isaacs's renowned wit and sharp-eyed observations… of the contemporary scene--along with a riveting mystery!Chic Vanessa Giddings, founder and CEO of Panache, the largest employment agency on Long Island, falls into a coma in the designer shoe department of Bloomingdale's . . . and dies. It's not long before Judith Singer, former housewife, current widow, and local history professor, decides to investigate. She cannot believe the official ruling: that her wildly successful, confident, and iron-willed neighbor committed suicide with a drug overdose. Vanessa was buying shoes, and Judith knows accessorizing is a life-affirming act. So was it foul play?Tracking the gossip about the late Vanessa and trusting her own acute instincts about human nature, Judith encounters more than a few surprises (including a big romantic one) as she investigates the death--and the life--of the misjudged mogul who turned out to have been more vulnerable than anyone guessed.This ebook features an afterword by Susan Isaacs, as well as an illustrated biography of the author including rare images from her personal collection.
By Ellen Crosby. 2015
From the author of Multiple Exposure, an "assured tale of love, loss, and secret agendas" (Publishers Weekly), comes the second… novel in the thrilling Sophie Medina series, following a photojournalist as she races to find an international treasure before a murderer finds her.When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magnificent gardens of a Washington, DC monastery, she is sure her friend was murdered. Shortly before he died, Kevin told Sophie he was being stalked, possibly because he uncovered a botanic discovery potentially worth millions of dollars. Left with few clues to his secret, Sophie is determined to figure out who killed Kevin. Beginning with a key that leads to a priceless original seventeenth-century encyclopedia of plants, Sophie leaps into an international treasure hunt following a trail that begins in the US Capitol and eventually leads to London and the English countryside. Before long Sophie suspects Kevin's murderer may have been someone who knew him well. With time running out and a suspect list that includes the world's leading botanical experts and political royalty from both sides of the Atlantic, can Sophie solve the two-hundred-year-old mystery before Kevin's killer finds her? A tale of greed and betrayal involving politicians, diplomats, European royalty, and a century-old monastery, Ghost Image is filled with political intrigue, history, and an international high-stakes race against a killer that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
By Lawrence Sanders. 1991
Lawrence Sanders concludes his bestselling Commandment series with a sizzling tale of hot-blooded lust and stone-cold murder Nothing gets by… Dora Conti. Her latest case brings the tough-as-nails claims adjuster to the mean streets of New York, where Lewis Starrett, a wealthy society jeweler, has been fatally stabbed. Though the killer was apparently an amateur, there was a lot of power behind the knife’s thrust. The victim lived in an eighteen-room duplex on Fifth Avenue with his wife, daughter, son, and daughter-in-law. Conti must look into the lives of this privileged clan before deciding whether to pay out Lewis Starrett’s life insurance policy. As it turns out, their family affairs are a seething viper’s nest of lust, adultery, and escalating violence. The body count rises—along with Conti’s growing desire for burnt-out cop John Wenden.
By Nancy Herndon. 1999
In this Elena Jarvis mystery a student at Herbert Hobart University has been murdered Unfortunately for investigators … Graham Fullerton had made a lot of enemies in his short life--mostly female ones Graham s love-them-and-leave-them attitude made him the most hated man on campus--and it s up to Dr Jarvis to sort out the scores of jilted lovers But nothing is ever that simple for Elena Jarvis someone is after her too
By Valentina Giambanco. 2018
Something evil has crept into the small tranquil community of Ludlow deep in the mountains of Washington state… In the dead of winter homicide detective Alice Madison is sent to the remote town of Ludlow Washington to investigate an unspeakable crime Together with her partner detective sergeant Kevin Brown and crime scene investigator Amy Sorensen Madison must first understand the killer s motives but the dark mountains that surround Ludlow are the perfect refuge for anyone trying to keep their secrets When the killer strikes again the three Seattle police officers find themselves under siege And as they become targets Madison and her team realize that in the freezing woods around the pretty town a cunning evil hungers for their deaths
By Marlaine Delargy, Helene Tursten. 2007
Göteborg, Sweden: The high-speed chase of a stolen BMW takes a chilling turn when the two police officers involved witness… a gruesome hit-and-run. When they finally recover the abandoned vehicle, search dogs are unable to trace the thieves, but they do uncover an entirely different horror: the half-naked corpse of a young girl in a nearby root cellar.As Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues struggle to put the pieces together, they discover the man whose car was stolen--a retired police officer--is none other than the victim in the hit-and-run. Could it be a strange coincidence? Or is something larger at play? Meanwhile, the hunt for the girl's killer leads Irene into the dark world of sex trafficking. An international criminal has arrived in Göteborg, and he'll stop at nothing to expand his sinister operation.From the Hardcover edition.
By Victoria Houston. 2014
Doc Osborne knows there are plenty of fish in the sea, but only police chief Lew Ferris qualifies as his… catch of the day.Just as the summer is heating up, the town gets turned upside down by the bizarre triple homicide discovered on a backcountry road... Peg Garmin was not Loon Lake's most beloved citizen. Considering her "calling" in life, no one was completely surprised when she was found murdered in the company of two exotic dancers...no one, that is, except for Ray Pradt, Peg's dearest friend.As the team digs into the mystery of her past, they discover some startling connections to one of the wealthiest families in Chicago and to the buried secret that could destroy them. Now Lew, Osborne, and Ray must root the skeletons out of the Garmin family closet before Peg's killer becomes the one who got away...
By Bill Loehfelm. 2017
A Southern Indie Bookseller Alliance 2017 Summer OKRA pick One of Kirkus Review s … 11 Thrillers That Will Keep You Awake This Summer Watch the trailer for The Devil s Muse here https vimeo com 224000865 In the thrilling fifth book in the critically acclaimed series that s edgy dangerous but pulsing with life Bill Ott Booklist a Mardi Gras parade turns deadly It s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and rookie cop Maureen Coughlin has no idea what she s in for Her night working the parades begins calmly enough until a half-naked man careens through the crowd and throws himself onto the hood of an oncoming SUV As she tries to deal with the incident amid the pulsing chaos of the parade Maureen hears gunshots Moments later with three wounded and a handful of drunken witnesses Maureen has a full-fledged investigation on her hands Who was the shooter Who was he after Who s the next target City bigwigs begin pressuring Maureen and her crew for quick answers And with an amateur camera crew intent on capturing the real Mardi Gras for their YouTube channel an incompetent supervising detective and tense race relations in a city more likely to mistrust cops than ever it s going to be a very long night and a memorable first Mardi Gras for Maureen With The Devil s Muse the acclaimed crime writer Bill Loehfelm conjures rowdy New Orleans in all its mess and marvel and sends Maureen deep into the city on another wild high-octane adventure
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1999
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this tenth mystery in… the series Kate Jasper is feeling karmically impaired in Murder on the Astral Plane In her view she carries an astral virus to any group she joins always leaving someone just plain dead Kate s best friend Barbara Chu says Kate s simply thinking negatively Barbara practices a little metaphysical shock therapy by tricking Kate into participating in an unannounced psychic soiree And sure as shooting stars by the end of a blindfolded intuition exercise Silk Sokoloff author and columnist of Erotica Et Cetera has been fatally garrotted by a wire cat toy Kate figures one of the clairvoyants intuitives or telepaths in the group should be able to figure out whodunit But their collective psychic vision is not anywhere near twenty-twenty Now Kate needs her own crystal ball if she wants to die of old age rather than New Age
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1998
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this ninth mystery in… the series Kate and her sweetie visit Ivan Nakagawa s bookstore for an author signing in Death Hits the Fan The event features three authors and only a few more audience members but the small audience does not stop Yvette Cassell from reading on and on as fellow author S X Shayla Greenfree s eyelids droop and she slumps forward Kate is shocked by Shayla s novel approach to boredom But it turns out that Shayla is not just dozing she is dead Is the murderer s unique signature the bracelet that Shayla snapped on before falling over The police read an accusation into Shayla s last utterance of Kate I before Shayla slumped But Kate did not even know Shayla Or did she The handwriting is on the wall Can Kate read it before the murderer plots a sequel
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1996
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this seventh mystery in… the series Kate s twenty-fifth high school reunion was bad enough but the post-reunion barbecue for the old gang was a real shock Kate lends her own pinball machine Hot Flash to Sid Semling the week before his barbecue party Sid master prankster and live wire does his own wiring on the pinball machine so it spews sexist menopausal insults as fast as he does But when he steps up to play pinball at the party it zaps the jokes right out of him The machine s been rigged for electrocution and Kate scores as the primary suspect Everyone was annoyed by Sid but it was Kate s pinball machine that made him the first man to die from a Hot Flash She must short-circuit the real culprit before she becomes the next Most Likely to Die
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1994
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this fifth mystery in… the series Kate s sweetie has finally moved his malevolent mother Vesta out of their house and into her own condo in Tea-Totally Dead But Vesta uses her new home to host a family reunion for each and every member of her extended family Attendance is compulsory even for Kate Vesta baits insults and slanders all the guests but her UFO-abductee roommate Harmony until after-dinner tea time Vesta cannot interest anyone else in her private blend of herbal tea which gives off the pungent bouquet of brewed sweat socks Luckily for them since the tea also has an extra infusion of poison that evening By the following morning Vesta is as dead as any affection her family might have held for her And it is up to Kate to find the real fiend of the family
By Jaqueline Girdner. 2002
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this twelfth mystery in… the series Kate Jasper has sworn off groups tired of her role as the Typhoid Mary of Murder In A Sensitive Kind of Murder it is her sweetheart and now husband who attends the Heartlink Men s Group Kate is on her way to meet him afterward when a familiar car roars down the street hits Steve Summers journalist and fellow Heartlink member flings him into the air and then backs up to run over him again The familiar car is her own sweetie s muscular Jaguar Kate is sure her own gentle and gentlemanly husband was not driving the car at the fatal moment But who was Kate must break the Heartlink Men s circle of silence and go where no woman has gone before Her husband s life may depend on Kate s estrogen-fueled intuition
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1993
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this fourth mystery in… the series Kate and her new sweetie have finally moved in together in Fat-Free and Fatal But her sweetie s venomous mother has moved in too and she is working hard at destroying the relationship Kate signs up for a vegetarian cooking class to get out of the house and out from under the prongs of her almost mother-in-law s tongue Only it is a case of out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire when the owner of the class s venue the Good Thyme Cafe is found dead strangled by the electric cord of a SaladShooter The police suspect Kate s best friend Barbara Kate sleuths fearing that otherwise her friend s fowl-free goose may be cooked
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1991
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth is back in this second mystery… in the series The good news in The Last Resort is that Kate has finally divorced her husband Craig and is enjoying a platonic friendship with her now ex-husband happy in her own new love life The bad news is that Craig has been dating his divorce attorney Suzanne Sorenson Suzanne is everything Kate is not tall blond elegant ambitious and ruthless And now Suzanne is dead as well strangled on her late night jog while vacationing with Craig at a vegetarian health resort Craig is suspected of Suzanne s murder by the local police and begs Kate to help exonerate him Kate reluctantly agrees and checks herself into Spa Sante to investigate Raw vegetables were never so dangerous
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1992
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this third mystery in… the series Everyone in Marin County has a hot tub or so it seems In Murder Most Mellow Kate hosts a human potential group meeting in her hot tub It goes swimmingly for at least one of the members the belligerently optimistic computer programmer Sarah Quinn But Sarah spouts you create your own reality one time too many to the wrong person after the meeting Sarah s human potential is permanently short-circuited when she is electrocuted in her own hot tub by one of her programmable robots And there s a killer human behind the killer robot Is it a business associate a lover a relative or worse yet a member of Kate s group Kate is in hot water for real in this one and it is on the boil
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1997
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this eighth mystery in… the series In A Cry for Self-Help Kate Jasper and her sweetie take the plunge and join a Wedding Ritual Class hoping to find inspiration for their own possible nuptials On a field trip to observe a scuba-diving marriage ceremony Sam Skyler the man who has become a living legend as a human-potential guru is not propelled into marriage but is instead pushed over an oceanside cliff to his death Sam Skyler practiced finger puppet therapy at the Skyler Institute for Essential Manifestation He was purported to be a man of psychic sensitivity and personal genius So how come he did not notice the person who pushed him Kate is once again wedded to an inconvenient murder rather than to her sweetie Can she get a simple annulment from the case or will it be a fatal one