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By Frances O'Roark Dowell. 2005
Twelve-year-old Dovey Coe never did like Parnell Caraway. She didn't like his slick way of wooing her older sister. She… didn't like the way he maligned her beloved deaf brother. But while she didn't like him, she certainly didn't murder him. All the evidence, however, points to Dovey. Now the girl who's used to protecting everyone around her has to rely on a "city" lawyer who doesn't know goldenrod from goldenroot to protect her. Junior and Senior High. 2005.
By Ngaio Marsh. 1945
A missing Member of Parliament is found dead, pressed in a bale of wool. A year later Inspector Roderick Alleyn… receives a desperate plea from a remote sheep ranch which involves him in a gruesome war of espionage. 1978, c1945.
By M. C Beaton. 1999
Scottish Highlands. Recovering heroin user Tommy Jarret dies from an apparent overdose. Constable Hamish Macbeth goes undercover as a drug… lord to investigate possible links to a religious cult and the illicit drug trade. Beautiful Glasgow detective Olivia Chater joins Hamish's search, posing as his wife. 1999.
By Laura Childs. 2001
Theodosia Browning is the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. When a well known (and hated)… land developer is poisoned at an annual garden party, Theo battles local suspicions and many false leads to find the killer. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2001. (Tea shop mystery)
By Agatha Christie. 1956
Ariadne Olivier is planning a Murder Hunt for a village fete. When intuition tells her that something is not right,… she asks Hercule Poirot to attend. Even he is bewildered by the misleading tangle of evidence. 1956.
By M. C Beaton. 1993
The unwanted arrival of a voraciously gluttonous woman has everyone at Tommel Castle Hotel in the Scottish Highlands on edge.… The glutton's eating habits and dogged pursuit of available men has both the staff and the guests thoroughly disgusted. But disgusted enough to kill her? When she is found dead, P.C. Hamish MacBeth is left to solve the crime. 1993.
By M. C Beaton. 1991
Police Constable Hamish Macbeth accepts an offer to recover from the flu at a health farm on the desolate Scottish… isle of Eileencraig. However, he learns that the islanders are hostile to the health farm and its proprietor. When a snobbish patron is found dead, Macbeth must turn to sleuthing to solve the crime. 1991.
By M. C Beaton. 1990
By M. C Beaton. 1989
When Paul and Trixie Thomas open an inn in a small Scottish village, Trixie alienates the neighbours through her fanatical… commitment to health food, non-smoking and spotless housekeeping. Her murder does not surprise Constable Hamish Macbeth who has a multitude of suspects. 1989.
By M. C Beaton. 1988
Police Constable Hamish MacBeth leaves his beloved village of Loch Dubh for three months to relieve Sergeant MacGregor in the… bleak town of Cnothan. Faced with suspicion and hostility, MacBeth must solve the gruesome murder of an Englishman whom the whole town loves to hate. 1988.
By Ngaio Marsh. 1968
The season had begun. Debutantes and chaperons were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was stalking his… next victim. Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew something was up, and had planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first. Sequel to "Artists in crime" (DC16228). Followed by "Overture to death" (DC29210). 1968. (Roderick Alleyn mysteries ; 7)
By Agatha Christie. 1945
Egypt, 2000 BC. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest.… Young, beautiful and venomous, most agree that she deserved to die like a snake. Yet Renisenb, the priest's daughter, believes that the woman's death was not fate, but murder. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within her own father's household. 1945.
By Agatha Christie. 1975
Hercule Poirot returns to Styles Court, the scene of his first case in England. When it becomes evident that someone… at Styles is a murderer, he sends for his friend Captain Hastings to help investigate. 1975.
By Rita Mae Brown. 2001
Everyone in Crozet, Virginia, is suffering from the winter doldrums. The hottest topic in town is a chain letter promising… good luck to those who contribute to Crozet Hospital. Then medical staff begin turning up dead. Naturally, feline Mrs. Murphy and her associates must investigate. Some violence. Bestseller. 2001.
By John D MacDonald. 1982
Economist Dr. Meyer, a neighbour of Travis McGee, lends his cruiser to his honeymooning niece. The boat explodes with the… newlyweds aboard. McGee must learn whether the bomb was meant for Meyer or the couple. Bestseller. 1982.
By Mary Higgins Clark. 2000
Nell McDermott is devastated when she hears the news about her husband's death. Helped by a self-proclaimed psychic, Nell sets… out to uncover the truth behind the tragedy. The closer she gets to finding answers, the more danger she puts herself in. 2000.
By John D MacDonald. 1965
Detective Travis McGee has never met an underdog quite like Arthur Wilkinson. Arthur has apparently been tricked into marriage by… a sweet young woman who turns out to be neither so young nor so sweet. 1965. (Travis McGee mystery)
By Agatha Christie, Charles Osborne. 1998
Osborne has adapted this novel from a play written by Agatha Christie in 1930. Scientist Sir Claud Amory believes someone… in his house is trying to steal an important formula he has developed. He asks Hercule Poirot to come to his Surrey home and take the formula back to London. But when Poirot arrives, he finds Amory dead and soon identifies numerous suspects. 1998.
By Nancy Atherton. 1994
When forty-year-old Emma's longtime lover suddenly gets married to a younger woman, she decides to take some time to herself,… touring the gardens of England. Through strange coincidence and contrivance, she arrives at a mansion in Cornwall with a long-neglected chapel garden. The mystery of a missing lantern with legendary powers, a drowned rock star, and the spirt of Dimity Westwood stir up the mixture with romance. 1994.
By Nancy Atherton. 2007
No sooner has Lori arrived at her Colorado vacation home, the Aerie, when things go amiss. The caretaker has disappeared;… the townspeople are hiding a secret. Is the Aerie cursed or is a sinister human hand at work? With Aunt Dimity's help, Lori sets out to solve a 100-year-old mystery. 2007.