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New Arrivals - Mystery
Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon's marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what's left of his imperfect suburban life. But is it a life worth fighting for? Hurry and decide, Jon, because the piper is coming, and he always gets paid.
After one of them receives a bloodstained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered fourteen years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the crime, three Northwestern University journalism graduate students attempt to discover why innocent men are being framed for murder--and who's been doing the killing.
Inspector Thomas Pitt learns that a boy, clearly from the upper classes, has been found in the filthy dewers of Bluegate Fields, one of London's most dangerous slums. And the boy had been violated before he was murdered. The boy's family refuses to answer the police's questions, and the inspector begins to wonder what secrets it is trying to hide.
Detective Patrik Hedström tackles his toughest investigation yet when a string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjallbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before.
Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission. Arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge; he quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a fire fight with Russian agents. On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his return to stand charges, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: why him? Why does Russia want him back, and why was he singled out to accompany the senator to Russia in the first place?
While illegally digging for Anasazi pots in a cliff dwelling, Hubie grasps a human hand. He was hoping for an artifact, not a handshake and is puzzled by his discovery. The Anasazi did not bury their dead in their living quarters. A more pressing problem confronts him when he hears his truck drive away from the plain above the cliff. The rope he was planning to use to return to the surface was attached to the truck's winch. After a bizarre escape from the cliff dwelling, he is convinced to return by his sidekick Susannah who suspects the body was not a mummy but a contemporary person. But when Hubie descends a second time with her help, what he discovers defies all logic. It takes Hubie, Susannah, a coyote and Billy the Kid to finally figure out who was dead and why.
"It's summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Père Lachaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison's grave. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, and breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton. One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the U.S. ambassador sends his best man and the embassy's head of security--Hugo Marston--to help the French police with their investigation. When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls?"--From publisher description.
"A pious old woman steps out of the Sacred Heart confessional and is shot through the heart by a sniper with what at first appears to be a miraculous and impossible shot. Colonel Tech Weaver dispatches a team from Langley to put the shooter and anyone else who gets in the way-- in a body bag before a half-century of national secrets are revealed. But soon the sniper strikes again. And Detective John Lynch, the son of a murdered Chicago cop, finds himself cast into an underworld of political corruption, as he tries to uncover the truth about what's really going on-- before another innocent citizen gets killed"--P.  of cover.
A series of bodies are found to be killed and mutilated in a similar manner and Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, are on the trail of a killer who has been leaving his bodies in a section of London known as "Devil's Acre.".
When a paraplegic who recently won a huge casino jackpot dies in a house fire, all bets are off as deputy coroner Mattie Winston and detective Scott Hurley, convinced that he was murdered for his money, take a gamble on the wrong suspect.
FBI agent Jess Harding treks back to Anchorage to hunt down a sadistic killer who's reemerged from a five-year hiatus--a killer who has already slipped her grasp once before. The endless days of an Alaskan summer can't thwart the fiend's plans as he slashes his way through the rural community, where everyone knows your name and always distrusts the outside. With the help of Oscar Linstrom, an old colleague who wants to be more than friends, Jess attempts to immerse herself in the area's culture, leading her to a strange rural village inhabited by Russian Old Believers hell-bent on protecting their way of life. Even the locals are outsiders to the Old Believers, and Jess needs a safe haven in the glare of daylight because a blood-stained message left at the scene of the most recent murder says Jess is no longer the hunter--but the hunted.
Jack Reacher is back, dragged into what looks like a series of grisly serial murders by a team of FBI profilers who aren't totally sure he's not the killer they're looking for, but believe that even if he isn't, he's smart enough to help them find the real killer. And what they've got on the ex-MP is enough to ensure his grudging cooperation: phony charges stemming from Reacher's inadvertent involvement in a protection shakedown and the threat of harm to the woman he loves.
Gulliver Dowd, a private investigator, takes on a missing persons case when he learns that the runaway girl is his own child--the product of a high school romance.
The story of Snoozy Gallagher, the hotel owner who disappeared thirty years ago with a bagful of stolen jewelry is legendary. But when Snoozy's loot is discovered buried near Willow's embroidery shop, and then a shrouded body is discovered in the same spot, she has to act quickly.
"There's a dark cloud over Sunny Jim's Safety First Parasailing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding business on Florida's Riggs Beach--especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer. Between cutthroat competitors poaching his territory, the city threatening to revoke his license, a restaurant owner wanting his beach spot for a parking lot, and a wrongful death suit filed by the victim's husband, Sunny Jim may soon be up the creek without a paddle. But he does have Helen and Phil on his side, and as the couple start to investigate, they discover dark undercurrents of corruption behind the cheerful facades of the beachfront businesses, as well as domestic secrets. But the sands of time are running out, and if they don't catch the killer soon, Sunny Jim won't be the only one to go under..."-- Provided by publisher.
When a local baker gets run over by a big white Cadillac and her Granny stands accused of the crime, psychic Sunny Meadows refuses to ignore her visions and joins in the investigation despite Detective Mitch's objections.
Lainey left Texas nine years ago after her sister Tessa married the only man Lainey ever loved. So when Tessa's house explodes, the last thing anyone expects is for her to appear to Lainey as a ghost. Formerly a part owner of the biggest vineyard in the region, Tessa has the goods on every fake, floozy, and two-faced liar in town. They weren't on speaking terms when Tessa was alive... but now her wisecracking ghost is making up for lost time.
Radio personality Charlie D hosts ex-escort Misty de Vol Burgh on a special Valentine's Day show, but the mood turns grim when a caller warns of a plot to kill prostitutes across the country at the rate of one per hour.
When an acquaintance turns up murdered outside the intended classroom space for her yarn shop, Kelly Flynn unravels a long list of suspects.
Expecting her first child, Izzy is unsettled when a young acquaintance's death is connected to an abandoned baby car seat and a hand-knitted blanket and seeks assistance from the Seaside Knitters. Includes knitting patterns.
From back cover -- "Disaster strikes a mere week before the Hemlock Falls Ladies' Auxiliary hosts the annual Spring Fete when the festival's chairwoman--the redoubtable Adela Henry--gives up her job in a huff. Who will stop the members of the Craft Guild from sabotaging their rivals, the Crafty Ladies? More to the point, who's got the tact, diplomacy, and iron will necessary to organize the booths and settle quarrels over the programming? Hemlock's mayor hopes to assure the fete's success when he recruits professional organizer Linda Connally and her staff to take over Adela's duties. But when Connally's body turns up in the trunk of a used car at Peterson's Automotive, Meg and Sarah Quilliam, owners of the Inn at Hemlock Falls, are back in the detecting business...".
Camille, a beautiful blond Columbia student and Manhattan heiress, is found dead, shot by a gun that belonged to her fiancé, an Afghan war veteran. To complicate matters, the murder could be part of a spree of killings. Detectives Guthrie and Vasquez must find the real killer, before the wrong man is turned into a convenient scapegoat.
The story of a famous mystery writer, recently widowed and still devastated by his wife's death, and his lively and beautiful young assistant. As the assistant rekindles the writer's penchant for excitement and passion, the two are drawn to the mysteries presented by a legendary ghost story that still haunts the small North Carolina town where they live.
Military sniper Tommy Smith returns to his former life as a cowboy and wilderness guide in California's Sierra Nevada, but his peaceful life is compromised when he discovers a wrecked plane that draws him into a world of violence.