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By Gail Bowen. 1991
As a child Joanne was friends with Sally Love and her parents, but the friendship languished after Sally's father died… and she moved away, eventually becoming a very controversial artist. When the Mendel Gallery opens an exhibition of Sally's work, Joanne is eager to attend and to renew their friendship. But it's not so easy being Sally's friend anymore, and soon Joanne finds herself ensnared in a web of intrigue and violence. When the director of a local private gallery is brutally murdered, Joanne finds that the past she and Sally share was far more complicated, and far more sordid, than she had realized.From the Paperback edition.
By Melodie Johnson Howe. 1994
A former supermodel takes a fatal tumble, and only the unlikely duo Claire and Maggie can say who pushed herWomen… like Cybella are not destined to survive their fifties. Her looks long gone, the ex-supermodel takes a leap down a stairwell--an apparent suicide that lands her on the front page one last time. Maggie Hill and her employer, the eccentrically brilliant detective Claire Conrad, are about to leave New York when a streetwalker named Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Murphy barges into their hotel room, clutching a tape that she claims proves the model was murdered--a tawdry bit of pornography starring Jackie and Cybella's daughter. Conrad is unimpressed, but Jackie gets her attention on her way out of the hotel, when an unseen killer stabs her to death in the street. Discovering the truth behind the two murders will take Maggie and Claire on a trip to the ugliest corners of New York City, and show them that there is no back alley as dangerous as a high-fashion catwalk.
By Nancy Pickard, Virginia Rich. 1993
When a dinner guest of Eugenia Potter is found poisoned, supposedly from Mrs. Potter's famous twenty-seven-ingredient chili, the flabbergasted hostess… knows she must act quickly before someone else is murdered.From the Paperback edition.
By Roberta Kray. 2011
If you don't care about her, who will?Hope Randall leads a quiet life, but that peace is about to be… shattered. When a stranger turns up on her doorstep, bringing news of a half-sister she never knew she had, he's going to change her world for ever. Connie's in deep trouble and the mysterious Flint needs Hope's help in finding her. Returning to London, Hope is forced to confront old demons - and new ones. To find her sister, she'll have to toughen up and fast. But when she enters the dark underworld of the East End, it's not only the notoriously savage Street family she'll have to worry about: there's also a psychopath on the loose, attacking working girls. If Connie's going to be saved, Hope may have to get close to the enemy ...
By Melodie Johnson Howe. 1989
After a suicide, two oddball female sleuths investigate a coin collection that is anything but small changeMaggie Hill's life has… become temporary. Her marriage was temporary, her jobs are temporary, and if work doesn't pick up, her time in California might be temporary, too. Her latest employer is Ellis Kenilworth, an aging coin expert with a first-rate collection and a tenth-rate family. One morning, he has Maggie type up a codicil to his will, changing the document so that his million-dollar rare-coin collection goes not to his kin, but to a woman named Claire Conrad. By the end of the day, the codicil has vanished, and Kenilworth has killed himself with a shotgun. When the hyena-like family starts to circle Maggie, she reaches out to Conrad. The heiress is an eccentric private detective who wears only black and white--and whose sense of honesty is as clear-cut as her wardrobe. Together, they fight to protect an old man's final wish, battling against a family so greedy that they would steal the coins right out of the dead man's hand.
By Melodie Johnson Howe. 2011
A forty-year-old actress tries to make a comeback--but death keeps getting in the way Diana Poole was the last of… the starlets. A vibrant blonde with a quick wit and sharp intelligence, she was on her way to the top when Colin Hudson changed her mind about being famous. He was the finest screenwriter in Hollywood, and loved her well enough that she lost the acting bug forever. When he dies, he leaves Diana lonely, broke, and verging on middle age--a combination that's difficult anywhere, but toxic in Hollywood. Thankfully, Diana still knows how to play the game. Working her old contacts and hustling for a job, she contends with crazy young ingenues, lecherous studio heads, and the cutthroat attention of her fellow fading beauties. But there's an added twist: On and off the set, she can't help stumbling over dead bodies. Tragedy follows Diana Poole, and in Hollywood, tragedy comes cheap.
By Kate Collins. 2007
During the annual Pickle Fest, Abby's boyfriend Marco inexplicably disappears for a day. When he returns, he's the main suspect… in the death of a clown. It seems the cops have found Snuggles pushing up water-spurting daisies-and Marco was the last person seen leaving Snuggles's house. Although Marco is still a mystery to her, Abby knows he's innocent. Now she has to find a way to prove it.
By Mary Jane Maffini. 2005
Remembrance Day is a proud day for Camilla MacPhee’s good friend, Mrs. Violet Parnell, one of five thousand Canadian women… to go overseas during World War II. But the next day she has vanished. Camilla, with only a few letters and documents to guide her, follows her friend to Tuscany, chasing though historic towns, across high promontories and along steep mountain roads. Vanishing old partisans and Allied aircraft crash sites keep Camilla hopping as she tries to find Mrs. P. before someone with a deadly serious reason to keep the past hidden finds her first. The fifth Camilla MacPhee takes the irascible Ottawa lawyer’s adventures to an exotic new locale, with the usual murderous results.
By Lynn S. Hightower. 2003
Southern PI Lena Padget's hunt for a missing coed leads her into a deadly mystery born in the fires of… the ATF's Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas. Though still haunted by ghosts from her past, Lena Padget has made a good life for herself in Lexington, Kentucky, as a private eye specializing in cases involving abused women and children. But Lena's latest case threatens her romantic relationship with her live-in lover, police detective Lt. Joel Mendez. Hired by the family of college student Cheryl Dunkirk, who disappeared while serving as an intern for the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Lena is working the same missing person's case that Joel is officially exploring--albeit from a different angle. But Cheryl's fate may be linked to a series of mysterious deaths of ATF agents who were involved in the disastrous raid on the Branch Davidian cult's complex, and Joel and Lena's personal issues will have to be put aside when an ice-cold serial killer's insatiable hunger for blood turns their professional competition into something deadly. Fortunes of the Dead chronicles PI Lena Padget's second gripping excursion into the darkest corners of human experience. A story of blind rage, vengeance, madness, and murder that crackles with suspense, it will appeal to readers of Karin Slaughter and Laura Lippmann. Fortunes of the Dead is the 2nd book in the Lena Padget Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R King s New York Times bestselling series… the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today Lee Child With Mrs Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building the last thing Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War And although her mental state seemed to be improving she s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital better known as Bedlam Russell wants nothing to do with the case but she can t say no And at least it will get her away from the challenges of housework and back to the familiar business of investigation To track down the vanished woman she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge and of course enlists her husband s legendary prowess Together Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city an era and a tormented English lady of privilege
By June Shaw. 2016
Fixing up homes can be tricky Finding true love can be even trickier But finding a killer can… be plain old deadly Twin sister divorcees Sunny Taylor and Eve Vaughn have had their fill of both heartaches and headaches So when they settle down in the small Louisiana town of Sugar Ledge and open a remodeling and repair company they think they ve finally found some peace even though Eve is still open for romance while Sunny considers her own heart out-of-business Then their newest customer ends up face-down in a pond and his widow is found dead soon after Unfortunately Sunny was witnessed having an unpleasant moment with the distraught woman and suspicion falls on the twins And when an attempt is made on Eve s life they find themselves pulled into a murder mystery neither knows how to navigate With a town of prying eyes on them and an unknown culprit out to stop them Sunny and Eve will have to depend on each other like never before if they re going to clip a killer in the bud
By Dakota Cassidy. 2017
The game is afoot in Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and this time someone is trying to ruin Christmas!With twists, turns, and… suspects aplenty, amateur sleuth Stevie Cartwright is determined to find a murderer and her missing familiar before the silver bells tarnish! USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy serves up mayhem and murder in How the Witch Stole Christmas, Book 5 of her bestselling series, Witchless in Seattle MysteriesIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas--!Er, not so much. . .It's Christmas, and I, ex-witch, Stevie Cartwright declare this my favorite time of year! I love the decorations! The food! The Hallmark Channel holiday specials! This year promises to be better than ever because for the first time in a very long time, I'm going to have more than just Cheez Whiz, Triscuits and the wish to be surrounded by family and friends. My carefully planned holiday bonanza includes all the usual suspects. My bat familiar Belfry, my dog Whiskey, my ever-present ghostly spy friends--dashing Brit Winterbottom, stalwart Russian Arkady and my parents. However, nothing comes easy for this amateur sleuth, not even a neighborhood decorating contest. You know, the one I've been painstakingly prepping for months? Something goes horribly awry with my Christmas display (think bikini-clad carolers, pink flamingos and real, live turkeys) to start. But the worst? The dead body of the famous Chef Pascal Le June in my nativity scene! It becomes clear someone's trying to ruin my Christmas, and that someone must pay! But when Belfry goes missing, and the danger takes on a paranormal edge, I find I have more to lose than ever before. . .This cozy mystery has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics. Witchless In Seattle Mysteries is a spin-off of Dakota Cassidy's bestselling paranormal romance series, A Paris, Texas Romance.
By Linda Greenlaw. 2018
Jane Bunker returns in Bimini Twist another thrilling small-town mystery by Linda Greenlaw set in Down East Maine… It seems like everyone in Green Haven knows that Jane Bunker has scored an invite to the ultra-exclusive Summer Solstice Soiree and they all assume she ll be in attendance as one of the few eligible single women in town Of course that s the last place Jane would like to be hobnobbing and making small talk with the upper crust isn t exactly her idea of a good time She prefers to put in her hours working as an insurance investigator and part-time as the deputy sheriff When she gets to work one morning the sheriff asks her to take a break on her personal war on drugs it seems that she s been so successful catching dealers and interrupting the flow of drugs in the area that she s called too much attention to just how bad it s gotten and the community is worried that all the attention on the drug trade will deter the summer tourists that Green Haven so badly needs to keep the economy going Instead Jane takes on a missing person case a young woman working at the Bar Harbor Inn has disappeared The Inn employs foreign exchange students from all over the world during the busy summer season and the missing Bianca Chiriac is one of them When it becomes clear that Bianca isn t just sleeping off a late-night party Jane is plunged into the underbelly of the resort town and must find the missing woman before the worst happens
By Ron Elliott. 2016
To her clients and colleagues, Iris is a therapist in a city psychology practice. But to the police and fire… services, she is the Fire Lady – a profiler of arsonists.After a troubled young man burns down her office, Iris just wants a quiet life. But her peace is shattered when a bomb goes off at a local school. Called in to help, Iris meets James, delusional and dangerous, and Chuck, a lone investigator tracking a serial arsonist he calls Zorro.As public attacks become more orchestrated and brazen, Iris is soon embroiled in the investigation – as a profiler and as a suspect, and in serious doubt about her own sanity.
By Renee George. 2016
Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that's no mystery!Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only… wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing!Pit Perfect, Book 1 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is an exciting tale of mystery and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. . . to find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope.Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it's love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily's first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent.Lily's new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth?This paranormal cozy mystery contains cougar-shifters, shifters, lovable pit bulls, and supernatural beings.
By J. F. Freedman. 2006
In an old Californian house, a young man commits a thoroughly modern crimeMaria Estrada, a hard-partying girl with family ties… to some of the toughest gangsters in California, had no idea an old mansion could be so beautiful. The boy who broke into it with her had a feeling she might be impressed. But by the time the night is over, Maria has been brutally killed, and the boy is nowhere to be found. It's up to PI Kate Blanchard and Luke Garrison, a criminal lawyer, to decipher what happened in the grand old mansion. To bring Maria's killer to justice, they must locate the elusive connection between the poverty where she was raised and the affluence of where she died.
By Carol Anne O'Marie. 1986
In her 70s, Mary Helen is supposedly retired at Mount St. Mary College. When her timid secretary Suzanne Barnes is… murdered, however, the grieving nun determines to see justice done. Her friends in the police have no leads; very little is known about the victim, who had appeared out of nowhere, seemingly, to work at the school. Taking her equally daring religious companions on visits to people in Suzanne's apartment building, Mary Helen questions the residents but gets no solid clues.
By Penny Richards. 2016
In 1881 Chicago, the idea of a female detective is virtually unheard of. But when famed crime buster Allan Pinkerton… opens his agency's doors to a handful of women, one intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role. . .Since the age of eleven, when her mother was murdered, the life of the theater is all Lilly Long has known. Now twenty-two, she has blossomed into an accomplished Shakespearean actress. But after her innocence--and her savings--are taken from her by a seductive scoundrel, Lilly vows to leave the stage, enter the real world, and save others from a similar fate. Following in the footsteps of the country's first female detective, Lilly persuades Allan Pinkerton to take her on. Lilly's acting skills are a perfect fit for her real-life role as a Pinkerton operative. But her first case is a baptism by fire as she is sent to the small town of Vandalia to solve the mystery of a pastor who disappeared with his family--and the church's funds. When Lilly arrives, she finds the mere mention of the reverend's name provokes enmity or suspicious silence. Shadowed by a second Pinkerton agent with an agenda of his own, Lilly begins to uncover Vandalia's sordid secrets. But she'll have to deliver the performance of a lifetime to survive the final act of this drama.
By Jennifer D. Hesse. 2016
As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn't feeling the magic. She's about to land… in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on--as a Wiccan. She'll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . .Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . .But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony. . ..
By Margot Dalton. 1998
If John was such a perfect family man, why did he vanish without a trace? All Detective Jackie Kaminsky has… heard about him is how much he loved his wife and kids and what a solid citizen he was. Did he just abandon them? Was he somehow connected to a crime by mistake--or did he actually do it?