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By Jessica Payseur. 2016
After a chaos-filled summer, Kiko and Dom are ready to ease into a more laidback autumn and really put in… some quality time together. Allowing Dom's ex roommate to crash with them, however, turns out to be a mistake when the guy won't leave.Dom struggles to cope as Travis dredges up things from his past he'd rather not remember and slowly casts doubts on his relationship with Kiko. Just when the tension seems to be too much, a murder after a Halloween party reignites the spark between Kiko and Dom.But when the body count begins to rise, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary killer. With few leads and no end to places the murderer could strike, this could either be a Halloween for Kiko and Dom to remember, or their very last.
By James Hanley. 2015
Out of prison and on his own Peter Fury struggles to find a place in the world Peter Fury… has been in prison for fifteen years and four days and every minute has been an eternity He was jailed for killing a woman whose greed had poisoned his family--an honorable crime that merely drove the Furys further apart from one another On the gloomy day when he steps back into the free world Peter s parents are dead and his siblings have scattered All he has left is himself--but Peter is still a Fury and one Fury is enough to do almost anything In a matter of hours Peter realizes there is nothing left for him in England Rather than wither and die like so many ex-cons this onetime dreamer plans to immigrate to New York and find a new life there But he has too much history in this blighted dockside town and it may not be ready to let him go just yet An End and a Beginning is the fifth and final book of James Hanley s acclaimed Furys Saga
The excellent adventures of the aristocratic British feline continue as James puts his best paw forward to solve crimes while… indulging in the finer things in life James is enjoying life at Baron's Chambers, the London apartment house where he shares a flat with his sometime handler, an American fine arts agent. But his deductive abilities will be put to the test when he's called on to detect philatelic forgeries at Thwaites, one of the city's great auction houses. The recently knighted cat also finds time to coach a croquet team, oversee rehearsals of a sequel to Cats, and help deliver a baby. Not to be outdone by cheesy actors or blundering attorneys, he makes his film debut and testifies in a criminal trial at the Old Bailey. But he has a special place in his heart for St. James's Palace, the address he longs to call home. This delightful sequel to James the Connoisseur will prove irresistible catnip for feline lovers.
By Harriet Hahn. 1991
The delightful crime-solving and aristocratic social adventures of an American antiques expert and a British feline with finesse It's love… at first sight when a businessman visiting London meets a silver-gray cat named James in the lobby of his apartment house. The two begin meeting regularly for cocktails--single-malt whiskey, neat, for James--and attending posh parties, where James first makes a name for himself by cracking the case of a priceless jewel scam. Soon James is on the prowl, deterring pickpockets on the subway and ferreting out stamp forgeries and counterfeit paintings. In between crime capers, he screens potential tenants, spends the holidays at an ancestral estate in Devon where the crème de la crème of British society anoints him Sir James, and indulges in his penchants for pâté de fois gras and matchmaking with inimitable panache.
By Charlotte MacLeod. 1983
Cliff House may be haunted but no ghost is as scary as the family s secret historyHolly… Howe is just beginning to succeed in in the cutthroat world of New York modeling when a car accident ruins her good looks forever and she is forced to retreat to the backwoods of Canada to recuperate in her brother s ramshackle country house But Howe Hill is a wreck dusty ugly and utterly lacking in modern facilities and her brother is no more hospitable So when Holly hears of a job in town taking care of Mrs Partlett an elderly widowed invalid she leaps at the opportunity If nothing else the Partlett mansion must have indoor plumbing But Holly soon finds that while Cliff House is eerie by day it s terrifying by night The other housekeeper is convinced it s haunted by the ghost of Mr Partlett but Holly fears no poltergeist It s the old widow in the upstairs room that frightens her and the secrets that lurk behind her dull silver eyes
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. 1991
Meet Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth She s smart… funny vulnerable and unpretentious says Marilyn Wallace editor of the Sisters in Crime series In this first Kate Jasper mystery Kate visits her chiropractor for a simple spinal adjustment but instead finds a dead man on one of the tables dead of a broken neck And it seems everyone in the chiropractor s office knew the victim Scott Younger in one way or another except for Kate herself Maggie Kate s friend and chiropractor has known Scott for years as has her staff Her receptionist Renee even dated him Devi knew Scott from college Guru-follower Valerie accuses Scott of being a drug pusher And Wayne Scott s now unnecessary bodyguard a shy homely man who almost makes Kate forget her husband has left her knew him the best of all But Kate can t forget murder especially since Wayne is the main suspect And there is the pesky matter of Kate s fingerprints on the metal bar that broke Scott Younger s neck Kate Jasper s in for a spine-tingling bone-chilling adventure
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
By Jaqueline Girdner. 1995
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this sixth mystery in… the series Kate is considering writing something besides jokes on the sides of coffee mugs for her gag gift company Jest Gifts To her own embarrassment the stuff she is writing is poetry In A Stiff Critique she joins a writers critique group with her friend Carrie hoping for sensitive support But the group s criticisms are more cruel than supportive especially the verbal abuse from successful thriller novelist Slade Skinner born Sherman Francis Skinner uttered with condescension as he pumps a dumbbell up and down When Slade is found face down on his keyboard with the bloody dumbbell beside him no one seems surprised by the poetic justice After all writing is murder But Kate wants the real story on the killing before someone in the group plots the next chapter
By Jaqueline Girdner. 2000
Kate Jasper Marin County California s own organically grown amateur sleuth returns in this eleventh mystery in… the series In Murder My Deer Kate and her sweetie s budding romance has finally flowered into a full-fledged marriage But no one ever promised them a rose garden Deer have gate-crashed their yard to munch every bud blossom and petal Instead of happily honeymooning Kate and her sweetie attend the deer-abused support group for those whose dearly beloved plants have been deerly beheaded Antlers clash during group discussion since everyone has their own idea for deer prevention from feeding them to killing them Dr Searle Sandstrom ex-military would like to use a gun napalm and land mines But someone bashes in his head first and no one spots any hoofprints near his dead body Killing season is open and Kate is game to flush out the hunter before she becomes the hunted game
By George Bellairs. 1948
A body in a trunk draws Thomas Littlejohn of Scotland Yard to a peculiar English village On a cobblestoned street… almost too quaint to be believed, two antique dealers named Grossman and Small have set up shop. Grossman is short and meek, while Small is large and brutish, but their partnership seems happy enough until the day when old Miss Adlestrop purchases the large oak chest in the window and finds Mr. Grossman stuffed inside it—stone dead. The cozy English hamlet is thrown into an uproar, overwhelming the local constabulary and requiring the services of Detective-Inspector Thomas Littlejohn. Cool-headed and never in a hurry, Littlejohn has solved his fair share of village murder cases. But when the key to the fatal chest goes missing, Littlejohn discovers the community to be so infested with jealousies and secrets that he begins to envy the dead man.
By Emily Brightwell. 2017
Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian Mytery series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey.Thomas Mundy… checks in to London’s Wrexley Hotel, but he never checks out. The maid finds him on the floor of his room, bludgeoned to death by his own walking stick. Inspector Witherspoon is soon on the case and learns Mundy had a reputation for being polite, charming, and diligent—an unlikely victim for such a violent crime. But Mrs. Jeffries and the household staff uncover that Mundy was less an amiable businessman and more a duplicitous con man with enemies on both sides of the Atlantic. Now Witherspoon and his staff must determine who on their lengthy list of suspects had the motive to put Mundy in the red. A Mrs. Jeffries Mystery She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon . . . and keeps him on his toes. Everyone’s awed by his Scotland Yard successes—but they don’t know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries’ polished detection skills are up to the task . . . proving that behind every great man there’s a woman—and that a crimesolver’s work is never done.From the Paperback edition.
By G. K. Chesterton. 2015
This audacious allegory transforms the old rule about judging a book by its cover into entertainment of the highest order… A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness, and tore eastward across England, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea. Seeking shelter from a storm of biblical proportions, a mysterious new tenant by the name of Innocent Smith arrives on the doorsteps of Beacon House. Eccentric, spry, and eager to make new friends, Innocent turns the culture of this ho-hum London boarding establishment upside down. But the fun and games come to an abrupt end when word arrives that the new lodger is wanted on charges of burglary, polygamy, desertion of a spouse, and murder. Only a jury of his peers can determine if Innocent is as guilty as he appears. Written in upbeat and lighthearted prose, this charming novel of life, salvation, and the human predicament captures G. K. Chesterton at his finest. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.