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By Jacqueline Winspear. 2017
<P>Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with… Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War. <P>In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered. And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war," a new kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in Maisie's life. <P>The little girl billeted at Maisie’s home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train. They know only that her name is Anna. <P>As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come. Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Rhys Ford. 2016
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to… chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that's running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake. Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find. While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart... even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
By M. J. Tjia. 2019
Clues to an elaborate assassination plot are intercepted in Paris and the authorities believe the assassin's lair lies in Soho,… London. Heloise Chancey, courtesan and professional detective, must go undercover to spy upon the nest of suspects and end their murderous conspiracy Meanwhile, her Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen finds herself trapped in a deadly nightmare of deceit and madness. Will she be able to escape before time runs out? Danger keeps Heloise close company as she hunts evil down to its devilish source.
By Robert B. Parker. 2011
A bad-boy movie star named Jumbo pushes the limits of his reputation when he's accused of rape and murder. When… the Boston PD calls on Spencer, he meets Jumbo's young bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, and the two form an unlikely alliance. It's a high profile case for Spenser, but the Hollywood secrets he uncovers are sordidly unsavory- and not just those of the accused...
By John Inman. 2019
When Jamie Roma and Derek Lee find their blossoming love affair interrupted by dual invitations to a house party from… a mysterious unnamed host, they think, Sounds like fun. The next thing they know they are caught up in a game of cat and mouse that quickly starts racking up a lot of dead mice. Yikes, they think. Not so fun. Trapped inside a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere, with the body count rising among their fellow guests, they begin to wonder if they’ll escape with their lives. As a cataclysmic storm swoops in to batter the survivors, the horror mounts. Oddly enough, even in the midst of murder and mayhem, Jamie and Derek’s love continues to thrive. While the guest list thins, so does the list of suspects. Soon it’s only them and the killer. And then the battle really begins.
By Malcolm Shuman. 2000
On the banks of the Mississippi, Alan Graham confronts death in a watery graveIn 1833, Jim Bowie is recovering from… an attack of malaria when he learns his wife and parents have been killed by cholera. Desperate for death, he hauls himself onto his horse and rides aimlessly, finally bedding down along the Mississippi. There he sees a shooting star that calls him home to Texas—and to a bloody destiny at the Alamo. One hundred fifty years later, that same star will carry a dark message for contract archaeologist Alan Graham. A bowie knife has been stolen from a small-town library, and the librarian claims to have seen a UFO. Sent to investigate, Alan finds a dead man at the bottom of the river, not far from where Jim Bowie once spent the night, murdered with a most unusual blade. Bowie left this town on the way to his demise, and if Graham is not careful, he will make the same trip.
By Malcolm Shuman. 1999
Digging near a mental hospital, Alan Graham and his team come under attackA dying town just a few miles from… the Mississippi River, Jackson has a psychiatric hospital, a sprawling forest, and a bloody history. In the summer of 1963, a drifter passed through town in search of work. Not finding any, he returned to New Orleans and then moved on to Dallas, where he assassinated a president. His name was Lee Harvey Oswald, and his ghost is said to haunt the woods of Jackson. Archaeologist Alan Graham has no time for ghost stories, but he can’t deny that there is something evil in this tiny Louisiana town. Digging near the Oswald cabin, he becomes engrossed in the unsolved murder of its original owner, who was killed with the same kind of rifle that killed Kennedy. When a member of Graham’s team is shot during the dig, he must unravel a pair of mysteries—or risk joining Oswald in death.
By Malcolm Shuman. 2001
In the Yucatán, Alan Graham discovers either the greatest find of the twentieth century—or the greatest hoaxSearching the Gulf of… Mexico for the legendary Isle of Gold, an explorer and his crew sail into a cyclone, which tears apart their ship, nail by nail. When he comes to, the captain is alone, captured by natives and facing unfathomable forms of torture. Centuries later, archaeologist Alan Graham experiences a torment of his own in the Yucatán when his beloved wife skips out on their vacation—and their marriage. He returns to Mexico to visit his lover, Pepper Courtney, who is there on a dig, but finds that she has abandoned him too: She has gone into the jungle searching for evidence of a long-lost voyage of exploration. Graham chases after her and they find something that could rewrite history—if they manage to escape the jungle alive.
By Malcolm Shuman. 1998
Digging for ancient Native American artifacts, an archaeologist finds murder insteadLouisiana’s past is as layered as an onion, with American,… French, and Spanish history all resting atop the myriad tribes who have spent millennia on the Mississippi. Alan Graham knows how to peel back the layers. A contract archaeologist in Baton Rouge, he scrapes out a living one dig at a time. Hired by a wealthy landowner to search his property for a cache of long-lost Tunica Indian relics, he expects to find only dirt. But when the client is murdered for his curiosity, Alan knows he is close to the discovery of a lifetime. To find the artifacts and sniff out the murderer, he must work alongside his competition: the overeducated Yankee Pepper Courtney. As the two dig into the dead man’s past, they find it may be safer to leave some things buried.
By Malcolm Shuman. 1998
In a decaying plantation graveyard, Alan Graham finds a clue to a great American mysteryThe headstone reads Louis, and when… Pepper Courtney finds it, she assumes it belonged to a slave. But when the old woman who owns the crumbling plantation house gives her an ancestor’s diary, Courtney discovers that Louis was a white man whose drifter’s appearance concealed a gentleman’s manners. Who was this stranger, and why did he die with the president’s name on his lips? Courtney’s boss, contract archaeologist Alan Graham, has a radical theory—and there are those who would kill to keep it quiet. Based on the diary, the dig, and the scant historical records, Graham believes the headstone may have belonged to explorer Meriwether Lewis, who was said to have died in Tennessee but may have survived to make a new life in Louisiana. To solve this centuries-old mystery, he will have to catch a modern-day killer.
By Rick Bennet. 2011
Two investigations attempt to locate the murderer of a prominent black lawyer in Washington, D.C., one led by a private… detective who has been hired by a white power group and the other by the victim's brother, who has hired the local black power group.
By Eli Yance. 2017
A millionaire businessman and his loving family; two young conmen and an unspoken bond; a pair of hardened hitmen—these three… groups are from different worlds, but one event will bring those worlds together and change their lives forever. Richards and Phillips have been looking for a big score—something that will help them leave all their petty cons and crimes in the dust. And Price, the local (and loaded) businessman may just be able to lead them to it. However, the conmen aren’t the only ones with their eyes on Price. It just takes one mistake, one stroke of bad luck, and nothing will be the same ever again. Drugs, theft, fraud, kidnapping, murder—everyone has their vices, but sometimes it’s the innocent ones who pay the most.Consequence is fast-paced crime thriller that follows three interconnected storylines from their innocent beginnings to their destructive ends. This brutal, violent thriller exposes the cold, callous underbelly of the criminal world, as well as all the innocent lives it drags into its clutches.
By Vaughn C. Hardacker. 2016
When an actress turns up in the morgue, an ex-cop and a private investigator hunt a vicious killer across Los… Angeles in “this hard-hitting crime novel” (Publishers Weekly). Two months after leaving the comforts of her New Hampshire family estate, aspiring actress Melinda Hollis vanishes in the hills of Hollywood. Her sister hires PI Ed Traynor to find Melinda and bring her home. Teaming up with Traynor is Jack McMahon, a former L.A. cop who works for the Hollis family business. But a sordid trail leads them straight to the L.A. morgue, where they find the gruesome remains of the missing girl. Now on the hunt for a deranged killer, Traynor and McMahon sink further into the city’s underbelly, where every desire, no matter how depraved, is up for sale—or has at least one director willing to film it. Each clue they find adds to the growing cast of degenerates. None of them cares about murder, but everyone wants a piece of the action… “In this hard-hitting crime novel...Hardacker keeps the action flowing all the way to the violent climax.” —Publishers Weekly
By Erle Stanley Gardner. 1956
The Edgar Award–winning author&’s tale of a missing woman and a crime ring, featuring the lawyer and detective who inspired… the HBO limited series. Defense lawyer Perry Mason needs a temporary typist, but the one he hires turns out to be more temporary than expected. When she disappears, leaving a couple of diamonds behind in her haste, Mason winds up taking on a new client: a gem importer in his office building who&’s been charged with smuggling and murder. But if Mason&’s going to untangle this case, finding the typist is key . . . This mystery is part of Edgar Award–winning author Erle Stanley Gardner&’s classic, long-running Perry Mason series, which has sold three hundred million copies and serves as the inspiration for the HBO show starring Matthew Rhys and Tatiana Maslany. &“Millions of Americans never seem to tire of Gardner&’s thrillers.&” —The New York Times DON&’T MISS THE NEW HBO ORIGINAL SERIES PERRY MASON, BASED ON CHARACTERS FROM ERLE STANLEY GARDNER&’S NOVELS, STARRING EMMY AWARD WINNER MATTHEW RHYS
By J. J. Fiechter. 2013
Winner of the Grande Prix de Littérature Policière, a darkly comic novel of love, obsession, and revenge set among the… literary elite. Sir Edward Destry, the head of a distinguished London publishing house, and French novelist Nicholas Fabry have been friends for more than thirty years. Over time, however, Sir Edward’s affection has soured into envy. So when his dashing friend’s latest novel becomes a bestseller and garners the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Sir Edward is enraged—especially since Fabry’s latest fiction is no fiction. The sensational tale is actually a thinly veiled account of Fabry’s affair with Yasmina, the only woman Sir Edward ever loved. Sir Edward had always blamed himself for Yasmina’s tragic suicide, never realizing it was Fabry’s seduction and abandonment that had driven her to take her own life. While Fabry is feted by the French literary world, Sir Edward plots his revenge. With precision and passion, he devises a plan guaranteed to cause disgrace, ruin—and death by publication.
By Paul Heald. 2014
He wanted to do research, but what he ended up with was a murder investigation-murder deep within the porn industry.Desperate… to complete the last chapter of his law thesis on workplace dynamics for women to secure his tenure, Professor Stanley Hopkins stumbles on an old close college friend, Donald Johansson, who has plenty of female employees. The problem is that Donald is a porn video king. Taking his wife to California's seedy city of Burbank to help with taping interviews (and to protect his reputation with the university, not to mention his marriage), Stanley realizes he is in way over his head the moment a leading porn star is brutally killed in Donald's office during a party.Donald is arrested and pleads with Stanley to play legal detective. Stanley's problems are compounded, as playing detective for a porn king puts him on thin ice with the university trustees, gets him in hot water with the police, dangles temptation in front of him, and puts his marriage at serious risk. As he solicits the help of eager porn stars and scrabbles for clues to help defend his old friend, Stanley feels the walls closing in on him more and more each minute.Death in Eden is a gripping page-turner and a darkly funny debut novel.
By Shane Maloney. 2014
The Third Murray Whelan Adventure When Murray Whelan, lovelorn political minder and part-time fitness fanatic, is recruited to massage Australia's… bid for the Olympics he has no idea how tough the going will get. Not even the sight of the gorgeous Holly Deloite in her taut blue leotard at the City Club can stop him diving head first into trouble. And, when the death of the young Aboriginal athlete Darcy Anderson proves that murder is a contact sport, Murray is soon breaking all the rules. Mixing it with a savvy black activist, a body-building psychopath and the enigmatic Dr Phillipa Knox, Murray jumps the gun every time. 'One of the most outrageously funny voices in modern detective fiction...Shane Maloney's prose is more than a 'nice try' at combining social and political satire with the conventions of the crime novel. It's spot on.' Age
By Jill Kelly. 2014
When college professor Ellie McKay walks into the Maverick Bar in Farmington, New Mexico, late one evening, she plans to… get drunk, not engaged. But within thirty minutes, she's met cowboy Al Robison, he's proposed to her, and she's accepted. Al only knows that Ellie is attractive, vulnerable, and single; he doesn't know that she has been on the run for weeks from a sociopath who killed her surgeon boyfriend in Pennsylvania and raped and tortured her.Reeling from the ordeal and deeply scarred emotionally and physically, Ellie flees first to Paris, where she seeks refuge in the bottle. Then, coming to her senses, she returns to Pittsburgh to resume her life and her career, believing she will be safe there. When that proves untrue, she takes to the road, no longer caring much what happens to her.Ellie's escape route leads her to Santa Fe and then north to Farmington, where Al seems the safest bet. When she says yes to Al's proposal, she knows only that he is a local rancher. She doesn't know about Al's own dark past, and she doesn't tell him that her heart belongs to Doug Hansen, the detective who originally investigated the case.
By Loren Rhoads. 2015
Former assassin Raena Zacari thinks she’s left the past behind. The Imperial torturer who trained her is dead; the human… empire is disbanded; and she is finally free. But Raena is troubled by a series of nightmares that always seem to end with her shooting an ex-lover in the head. She needs to get her mind clear because there’s a flaw in the most commonly used starship drive--and the band of media-obsessed pirates she’s fallen in with is right at the heart of the controversy. With humanity scattered across the galaxy, she’s going to have to rely on the alien crew members of the Veracity to help her put the pieces together. It doesn’t help that the Templars-- wiped out in a genetic plague while Raena was imprisoned--have left booby-trapped biotechnology scattered across the galaxy. Kill by Numbers mixes military science fiction with sweeping space opera that features aliens, androids, drug dealers, journalists, and free-running media hackers. Kill by Numbers is the second book in Loren Rhoads’s epic Dangerous Type trilogy.
By Serge Quadruppani, Delia Casa. 2013
On vacation with her husband in an idyllic Italian valley, Police Inspector Simona Tavianello stops at the local beekeeper's shop… to buy some honey, where she finds a body lying in the entrance.<P><P> Simona tries to avoid involvement--she is, after all, off-duty. But when she realizes that the murder weapon is her own gun, what can she do but take charge?The victim was an engineer at the controversial agricultural research center for Sacropiano, a biotechnology company accused of developing pesticides that are making the bees in the region disappear. At the same time Simona found the body, the local beekeepers were nearby organizing a militant sit-in to protest the company's practices. And found on the floor near the corpse was a tract entitled, "The Bee Revolution." Simona Tavianello's investigation gets her caught between the radical environmentalists and the powerful industrialists who are allied with the police. That would be complication enough, but she also needs to deal with the wounded ego of Cacabonda, the local police officer, who is officially in charge of the investigation.With her sharp humor and spot-on observations of current events in Italy, can Tavianello not only solve the murder, but also discover the intriguing reason behind the disappearance of the bees?