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By Danielle Garrett. 2023
Have yourself a very Merry Witchmas in Holiday Haven, where the magic and mystery of Christmas is snow joke! Lumi…Northrop is a powerful guardian of the north-the North Star Reindeer Sanctuary, that is. But when trouble strikes and Santa's favorite reindeer goes missing, it's up to her to save Christmas! Listen to this exciting boxed set of festive capers, and explore the unique magic of the North Pole!
By Jeffery Deaver. 2023
The "most clever plotter on the planet"( Publishers Weekly ) Jeffery Deaver returns in this twisty new thriller, as forensic…criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and detective Amelia Sachs track a criminal with a bizarre and catastrophic m.o.—toppling the construction cranes in New York City. When a New York City construction crane mysteriously collapses, causing mass destruction and injury, Rhyme and Sachs are on the case. A political group claims responsibility for the sabotage and threatens another attack in twenty-four hours, unless its demands are met. The clock is ticking. Then a clue reveals to Rhyme that his nemesis, known as the Watchmaker, has come to town to fulfill his promise of murdering the criminalist. Now Rhyme and Sachs have to dodge his brilliant scheme to destroy them both, while racing against time to stop the construction site terrorists. With New York in a panic, Rhyme and his team must unravel a handful of plots as tightly wound as a timepiece—before more cranes fall, raining down death and destruction from above
By Tea Cooper. 2023
A botanical illustration of a butterfly, a missing baby, and a twisty mystery fifty years in the making. 1868, Morpeth.…Theodora Breckenridge, still in mourning after the loss of her parents and brother at sea, is more interested in working quietly on her art at the family's country estate than she is in finding a husband in Sydney society, even if her elder sister Florence has other ideas. Theodora seeks to emulate prestigious nature illustrators, the Scott sisters, who lived nearby. She cannot believe her luck when she discovers a butterfly never before seen in Australia. With the help of her maid Clarrie and her beautiful drawings, Theodora is poised to make a scientific discovery that will put her name on the map. Then Clarrie's newborn son goes missing and everything changes. 1922, Sydney. When would-be journalist Verity Binks is sent an anonymous parcel containing a spectacular butterfly costume along with an invitation to the Sydney Artists Masquerade Ball the same day she loses her job at The Arrow, she is both baffled and determined to attend. Her late grandfather, Sid, an esteemed newspaperman, would expect no less of her. At the ball, she lands a juicy commission to write the history of the Treadwell Foundation, an institution that supports disgraced young women and their babies. As she begins to dig, her research quickly leads her to an increasingly dark and complex mystery—a mystery fifty years in the making. Can she solve it? And will anyone believe her if she does? The Butterfly Collector is USA TODAY bestselling author Tea Cooper at her best. Historical mystery set in Australia in the late 1800s and early 1900s Stand-alone novel featuring two strong female leads Also by Tea Cooper: The Fossil Hunter, The Cartographer's Secret, The Girl in the Painting, and The Woman in the Green Dress
By Mary Clark, Alafair Burke. 2018
The &“Queen of Suspense&” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke are here with their fifth enthralling mystery in the New…York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series as television producer Laurie Moran must solve the murder of a celebrity doctor—before a mysterious stalker plots his next move.Television producer Laurie Moran recently became engaged to her investigative television show&’s former host, Alex Buckley, and since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding, preparing for Alex&’s confirmation to a federal judicial appointment, and searching for the perfect New York City home for their new life together. But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin&’s disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra&’s guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son&’s case on Under Suspicion, ensuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate. As Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn&’t the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger, who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinks, She is actually quite a lovely girl, I&’m sure she&’s going to be missed…? You Don&’t Own Me is the perfect, exhilarating follow up to the bestselling Every Breath You Take. The &“Queen of Suspense&” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke have devised another riveting page-turner.
By Martin Smith. 2023
Detective Arkaday Renko—&“one of the most compelling figures in modern fiction&” (USA TODAY)—risks his life when he heads to Ukraine…shortly before the Russian invasion to find an anti-Putin activist who has mysteriously disappeared.Martin Cruz Smith has written nine previous novels featuring Arkady Renko, one of modern detective fiction&’s most popular characters. These novels, beginning with 1981&’s international sensation Gorky Park, have collectively traced Russia's evolution over the last half-century. Now, with Independence Square, Smith focuses on the fraught and frenzied days leading up to Vladimir Putin&’s war against Ukraine. It&’s June 2021, and Arkady knows that Russia is preparing to invade and subsequently annex Ukraine as it did Crimea in 2014. He is, however, preoccupied with other grievances. His longtime lover, Tatiana Petrovna, has deserted him for her work as an investigative reporter. His corrupt boss has relegated him to a desk job. And he is having trouble with his dexterity and balance. A visit to his doctor reveals that these are symptoms for Parkinson&’s Disease. This is an ingenious autobiographical conceit, as Martin Cruz Smith has Parkinson&’s, and is able through Arkady to movingly describe his own experience with the disease. Parkinson&’s hasn&’t stopped Smith from his work, and neither does it stop Arkady. Rather than dwell on his diagnosis, he throws himself into another case. An acquaintance has asked him to find his daughter, Karina, an anti-Putin activist who has disappeared. In the course of the investigation, Arkady falls for Karina's roommate, Elena, a Tatar from Ukraine. The search leads them to Kyiv, where rumblings of an armed conflict grow louder. Later, in Crimea, Tatiana reemerges to complicate Arkady&’s new romance. And as he gets closer to locating Karina, Arkady discovers something that threatens his life as well as the lives of both Elena and Tatiana. Few fiction writers have better captured contemporary Russia with more insight or authenticity than Martin Cruz Smith. He does the same here for Ukraine and the events that preceded Russia&’s invasion. Independence Square is a timely and a uniquely personal mystery novel-meets-political thriller by a master of the form.
By Mary Clark, Alafair Burke. 2020
In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and &“Queen of Suspense&” Mary Higgins Clark and…Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée&’s nephew—just days before her wedding.Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-summer wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex&’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach, triggering a search party. Witnesses recall Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him in the afternoon. As the sun sets, Johnny&’s skim board washes up to shore, and everyone realizes that he could be anywhere, even under the water. A ticking clock, a sinister stalker, and a fresh romance combine in this exhilarating follow up to the bestselling You Don&’t Own Me—another riveting page-turner from the &“Queen of Suspense&” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke.
By Mary Clark, Alafair Burke. 2023
The legacy of the &“Queen of Suspense&” continues with the highly anticipated follow-up to Mary Higgins Clark&’s iconic novel Where…Are The Children?, featuring the children of Nancy Harmon, facing peril once again as adults.Of the fifty-six bestsellers the &“Queen of Suspense&” Mary Higgins Clark published in her lifetime, Where Are the Children? was her biggest, selling millions of copies and forever transforming the genre of suspense fiction. In that story, a young California mother named Nancy Harmon was convicted of murdering her two children. Though released on a technicality, she was abandoned by her husband and became such a pariah in the media that she was forced to move across the country to Cape Cod, change her identity and appearance, and start a new life. Years later her two children from a second marriage, Mike and Melissa, would go missing, and Nancy yet again became the prime suspect—but this time, Nancy was able to confront the secrets buried in her past and rescue her kids from a dangerous predator. Now, more than four decades since readers first met Nancy and her children, comes the thrilling sequel to the groundbreaking book that set the stage for future generations of psychological suspense novels. A lawyer turned successful podcaster, Melissa has recently married a man whose first wife died tragically, leaving him and their young daughter, Riley, behind. While Melissa and her brother, Mike, help their mom, Nancy, relocate from Cape Cod to the equally idyllic Hamptons, Melissa&’s new stepdaughter goes missing. Drawing on the experience of their own abduction, Melissa and Mike race to find Riley to save her from the trauma they still struggle with—or worse. Just like the original, Where Are the Children Now? keeps readers guessing and holding their breath until the very last page.
From award-winning and internationally acclaimed author, Batya Gur, comes a hair-raising mystery in which Israeli investigator Michael Ohayon’s detective skills…are put to the ultimate test.When Dr. Eva Neidorf is found dead on the morning that she is to give a lecture to the Jerusalem Psychoanalytic Society, Chief Inspector Michael Ohayon investigates—revealing, along the way, intimate details about his own life. As he works around the clock to find the killer, he must also solve the riddle of the enigmatic self-contained world of the Psychoanalytic Society. A fast-paced, chilling, labyrinthine mystery, Saturday Morning Mystery attests to Batya Gur’s suspense writing genius in another fascinating, unforgettable novel.
By Stephen Spotswood. 2023
The latest action-packed installment in the Nero Award–winning Pentecost & Parker Mystery series follows Lillian and Will tracking the suspicious…disappearance of a woman who might have known too much. From the author of Fortune Favors the Dead and Murder Under Her Skin.Vera Bodine, an elderly shut-in with an exceptional memory, has gone missing and famed detective Lillian Pentecost and her crackerjack assistant Willowjean &“Will&” Parker have been hired to track her down. But the New York City of 1947 can be a dangerous place, and there&’s no shortage of people who might like to get ahold of what&’s in Bodine&’s head. Does her disappearance have to do with the high-profile law firm whose secrets she still keeps; the violent murder of a young woman, with which Bodine had lately become obsessed; or is it the work she did with the FBI hunting Nazi spies intent on wartime sabotage? Any and all are on the suspect list, including their client, Forest Whitsun, hotshot defense attorney and no friend to Pentecost and Parker. The clock is ticking to get Bodine back alive, but circumstances conspire to pull both investigators away from the case. Will is hot on the trail of a stickup team who are using her name—and maybe her gun—for their own ends. While Lillian again finds herself up against murder-obsessed millionaire Jessup Quincannon, who has discovered a secret from her past—something he plans to use to either rein the great detective in . . . or destroy her. To solve this mystery, and defeat their own personal demons, the pair will have to go nose-to-nose with murderous gangsters, make deals with conniving federal agents, confront Nazi spies, and bend their own ethical rules to the point of breaking. Before time runs out for everyone.
The new crime novel from the award-winning S. J. Rozan, where private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith find themselves…thrust into the mystery behind the disappearance of the teenage son of the mayor of New York.In January, New York City inaugurates its first female mayor. In April, her son disappears. Called in by the mayor's chief aide—a former girlfriend of private investigator Bill Smith&’s—to find the missing fifteen-year-old, Bill and his partner, Lydia Chin, are told the boy has run away. Neither the press nor the NYPD know that he&’s missing, and the mayor wants him back before a headstrong child turns into a political catastrophe. But as Bill and Lydia investigate, they turn up more questions than answers. Why did the boy leave? Who else is searching for him, and why? What is his twin sister hiding? Then a teen is found dead and another is hit by gunfire. Are these tragedies related to each other, and to the mayor's missing son? In a desperate attempt to find the answer to the boy's disappearance before it's too late, Bill and Lydia turn to the only contacts they think will be able to help: the neighborhood leaders who are the real &‘mayors&’ of New York.
By John Allison. 2023
An Agatha Christie-style murder mystery set in the world of English competitive baking from Giant Days&’ John Allison and Max…Sarin.When she enters her country&’s most beloved baking competition, Shauna Wickle&’s goal is to delight the judges, charm the nation, and make a few friends along the way. But when a fellow contestant is poisoned, it falls to her to apprehend the culprit while avoiding premature elimination from the UK Bakery Tent…and being the poisoner&’s next victim!Collects issues #1–#4 of Dark Horse Comics series The Great British Bump-Off.
By Nicolas Freeling. 1989
“That artful master of the international policier . . . delivers another one of his uncommonly intelligent procedurals with Inspector Henri Castang.” —The…New York TimesWhen Police Commissaire Henri Castang is summoned to investigate a missing hotelier, he’s not alarmed at the young widow’s disappearance. Until a routine inquiry on the hotel’s last guest reveals him to be a Jewish artist and concentration camp survivor who never checked in to a room. All clues seem to lead to a dead end, until a terrorist bombing of a church convent sends Castang in search of a mystery that will link back to the crimes buried deep in Europe’s war-torn past. “[A] rich and savory ratatouille fans have come to expect from Freeling—ironical and humorous, sad, clever and insightful.” —Publishers Weekly“A dark vision of war then-and-now and of tangled loyalties—to God, to country, to man—with love overriding all.” —Kirkus Reviews
By Nicolas Freeling. 1994
From an Edgar award–winning crime author, a mystery featuring unorthodox detective Henri Castang as he hunts for a kidnapper in…the Czech Republic.It’s every mother’s nightmare—their child abducted. But for Anita Rogier, whose son has been missing for four years, a glimmer of hope shines into her dark world when she receives a call that convinces her he is alive. But with few believing her claims, she needs a detective who is able to take the leap into the unknown. She needs Henri Castang. The former French Inspector turned European Community crime expert agrees to investigate, traveling with his wife Vera across Europe on a case that will test his detective skills.Praise for Nicolas Freeling:“In depth of characterization, command of language and breadth of thought, Mr. Freeling has few peers when it comes to the international policier.” —The New York Times“Nicolas Freeling . . . liberated the detective story from page-turning puzzler into a critique of society and an investigation of character.” —The Daily Telegraph“Freeling rewards with his oblique, subtly comic style.” —Publishers Weekly“Freeling writes like no one. . . . He is one of the most literate and idiosyncratic of crime writers.” —Los Angeles Times
By Nicolas Freeling. 1994
“An acknowledged master . . . writes with heart and unfailing intelligence” in this meditative Inspector Castang mystery about sexual obsession and love…(Publishers Weekly).When Inspector Henri Castang is asked to investigate the death of a colleague and friend, an Irishman whose erratic behavior raises questions about his involvement in the I.R.A., Castang travels through Europe in search of answers. What the detective discovers is a very different picture of the friend he once knew, a sordid tale of sexual obsession that plunges Castang into the world of organized crime, on the trail of a mystery that calls into question the very nature of the human heart.Praise for Nicolas Freeling:“In depth of characterization, command of language and breadth of thought, Mr. Freeling has few peers when it comes to the international policier.” —The New York Times“Nicolas Freeling . . . liberated the detective story from page-turning puzzler into a critique of society and an investigation of character.” —The Daily Telegraph“Freeling rewards with his oblique, subtly comic style.” —Publishers Weekly“Freeling writes like no one. . . . He is one of the most literate and idiosyncratic of crime writers.” —Los Angeles Times
By Nicolas Freeling. 1996
The final Henri Castang mystery confirms the Edgar award–winning author’s “mastery of character and imagery in a superlative study of…people and power (Publishers Weekly, starred review).After the murder of dear friends and an attack on his wife, Vera, Inspector Henri Castang is finished with life as an investigator. As the couple settles into an inherited cliff-top home in Biarritz, Castang is just starting to wonder if retirement suits him when his only grandchild is kidnapped, sending him on a terrifying chase that is all too personal. With the local police stunted by politics, it’s up to Castang to catch this perp—and he will. Even if it’s the last thing he ever does . . . Praise for Nicolas Freeling:“In depth of characterization, command of language and breadth of thought, Mr. Freeling has few peers when it comes to the international policier.” —The New York Times“Nicolas Freeling . . . liberated the detective story from page-turning puzzler into a critique of society and an investigation of character.” —The Daily Telegraph“Freeling rewards with his oblique, subtly comic style.” —Publishers Weekly“Freeling writes like no one. . . . He is one of the most literate and idiosyncratic of crime writers.” —Los Angeles Times
By Nicolas Freeling. 1988
Renowned French Detective Castang investigates a missing wife and her suspicious husband in this mystery from an Edgar award–winning British…crime writer.Guy and Sibille Lebfevre had what most people would call a normal marriage—until they have an argument while on a road trip through the Vosges mountains. Enraged, Sibille gets out of the car, disappearing on the otherwise deserted road, never to be heard from again.Six months later, Guy has not even bothered to look for his wife. When Inspector Castang questions him, Guy claims his wife is too proud to come home. This does not sit right with Castang or anyone close to Sibille, as they all suspect her husband of murdering her. But as Castang soon realizes, no one really knows what happens—or doesn’t happen—between a husband and wife. . . . Praise for Nicolas Freeling:“In depth of characterization, command of language and breadth of thought, Mr. Freeling has few peers when it comes to the international policier.” —The New York Times“Nicolas Freeling . . . liberated the detective story from page-turning puzzler into a critique of society and an investigation of character.” —The Daily Telegraph“Freeling rewards with his oblique, subtly comic style.” —Publishers Weekly“Freeling writes like no one. . . . He is one of the most literate and idiosyncratic of crime writers.” —Los Angeles Times
By Nicolas Freeling. 1984
From an Edgar award winner, French Inspector Castang investigates cases close to his personal life in a mystery rich with…“penetrating character sketches” (Kirkus Reviews).It seems there’s no escape from crime for Police Commissaire Henri Castang. While in Munich with his wife, he becomes embroiled in a child custody case that suddenly turns sinister. Once back at home, Castang is faced with the mysterious disappearance of a friend’s wife, along with what could be a romantic double suicide if it didn’t look suspiciously like murder. It’s all in a day’s work for Inspector Castang in these three interconnected mysteries—crimes which challenge even the enigmatic, brilliant mind of France’s renowned detective. . . . Praise for Nicolas Freeling:“In depth of characterization, command of language and breadth of thought, Mr. Freeling has few peers when it comes to the international policier.” —The New York Times“Nicolas Freeling . . . liberated the detective story from page-turning puzzler into a critique of society and an investigation of character.” —The Daily Telegraph“Freeling rewards with his oblique, subtly comic style.” —Publishers Weekly“Freeling writes like no one. . . . He is one of the most literate and idiosyncratic of crime writers.” —Los Angeles Times
By Colin O'Sullivan. 2018
SOON TO BE A MAJOR STREAMING SERIESA riveting technological thriller following a woman whose life is upended when her husband…and son disappear in a mysterious plane crash and she is left alone with an unnerving home robot, only to get caught up in an AI-related conspiracy. In near-future Japan, Susie Sakamoto is mourning the loss of her husband and son to a plane crash. Alone in her big modern house, which feels like more of a prison, Susie spends her days drinking heavily and taking her anger out at the only “sentient” thing left in her life: Sunny, the annoying home robot her husband designed. Susie despises Sunny, and sometimes even gets a sinking feeling that Sunny is out to hurt her.To escape her paranoia and depression, Susie frequents the seedy, drug-fueled bars of the city, where she hears rumors of The Dark Manual, a set of guidelines that allow you to reprogram your robot for nefarious purposes. In the hopes of finding a way to turn off Sunny for good, Susie begins to search for the manual, only to learn it’s too late: the machines are becoming more sentient and dangerous. Thrust into the center of a dark, corporate war, Susie realizes there’s someone behind the code, pulling the strings. And they want her dead.With a darkly humorous yet propulsive and lyrical voice, O’Sullivan presents us with an unsettling look at a future that feels all too real. Gripping and thought-provoking, Sunny is a haunting character study of an anxious woman teetering in an anxious time.
By Victoria Thompson. 2023
Elizabeth Bates's latest con just might change the course of history in an all-new Counterfeit Lady Novel from USA Today…bestselling author Victoria Thompson.A year has passed since Elizabeth Bates ran her last con. Life has been simpler, although not nearly as exciting, but she has thrown herself into working to get the 19th Amendment ratified by thirty-six states to become the law of the land. Since every other Southern state has already rejected the amendment, it seems unlikely Tennessee will be an exception . . . but it's their only hope, so the suffragists descend on Tennessee for the final battle.Elizabeth&’s ability to interact with difficult men and to persuasively explain all the advantages of allowing women to vote—all skills she perfected as a grifter—have made her a valuable member of the team. But she would never have expected the lengths to which some would go to keep the vote out of women's hands. She'll need to devise the perfect con or the suffragists' life's work could all be for nothing.
By Amber Brown. 2023
"A dark and riveting page-turner with an intelligent twist." —Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man, on Someone Had to Do ItON…ASHER LANE, SOME SECRETS ARE WORTH KILLING FOR… Simone&’s mother was murdered when she was thirteen. When her father was convicted, everything changed. Overnight, Simone went from living in a wealthy white neighborhood to scraping by. Ten years later, Simone has given up on her dreams and lives a quiet life, writing book reviews and getting serious with her boyfriend. But with a true crime documentarian hounding her for a scoop and a surprise encounter with her childhood next-door neighbor, Hunter, the past seems set on haunting her. And after Hunter reveals that his father and her mother had a years-long affair, Simone is determined to find out who really killed her mother. Simone is convinced that all evidence points to Hunter&’s father, a renowned judge who had everything to lose if his affair—and his nascent love child—came to light. Playing the game from all sides, Simone enlists Hunter&’s help in her investigation into his family—whether he realizes it or not. But is she so desperate for closure that she'll risk imploding her carefully rebuilt life?