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New Arrivals - Mystery
"After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start--a chance to not only put her new law degree to use but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth--especially since the accused is not only the victim's fiancé but a member of Antti's family. Though she works as a legal counselor, Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime. While Antti's relative may have some peculiar sexual tendencies, Kallio doubts that the man she's agreed to defend is capable of the crime. To crack the case, Kallio will have to pull back the curtain on Espoo high society...and uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden"--P.  of cover.
While shooting a reality TV show on the site of a sixty-year-old unsolved axe murder, Brandy Borne and her motther Vivian, who will be starring in Antique Sleuths, must discover who chopped up the show's producer before they all end up in pieces.
"The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: ?Come home.? The Texas minister never imagined he?d rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe. While the death rocks Sugar Land, the apparent suicide seems like an open-and-shut case. But nothing is settled in the Wells household, especially for Jo. The deeper she digs into Phoebe?s life, the more she realizes nobody knew her at all"--Publisher's description.
Business lately has been deadly for Ike Kelly. Recent unexpected gunplay has left his agency to a single operative. John Henrty Cole is that operative. Kelly has received a letter from former lover Lydia Winslow who operates an escort service in the new mining camp of Deadwood in Dakota Territory. Three young women have been murdered since they arrived in camp. It is obviously a dangerous assignment and Cole is advised that he must take every precaution. Deadwood was the scene of the recent murder of the legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Doc Holliday will be among the people Cole will have to regard as potential suspects.
"Police detective Chad Detweiler is overjoyed to learn he's having a baby with Kiki Lowenstein. But when his estranged wife, Brenda, is found shot to death with bullets from his revolver, the proud papa-to-be finds himself up the creek without a lawyer. Meanwhile, Kiki and Dodie Goldfader are in for a surprise when an unidentified young woman bursts into their craft store claiming to have killed Dodie's son. Embarking on a memorial scrapbook project as a ruse to unravel the facts, Kiki can't stop herself from wondering if the man she loves is tangled up in murder"--From publisher description.
Private detective David Mapstone's first case goes sour as his client ends up murdered, and he travels from Phoenix to San Diego to investigate, leading him down the trail of a murder spree.
In Victorian London, Supt. Pitt of Scotland Yard investigates the murder of three apparently disparate victims: a band leader, a naval officer and a bus conductor. All three were beheaded. The case leaves him stumped, but fortunately there is his wife.
When a woman who police believed abandoned her tired marriage turns up murdered, DCI Andrew Fenwick discovers that the victim was one of four friends who are being targeted by a vengeful killer for their role in a falling death 20 years earlier.
Retired Chief Inspector Peter Cammon travels to Canada to retrieve the body of a murdered Scotland Yard colleague who was brutally attacked, run over by a car, and then dumped into a canal -- all seemingly for the theft of three letters from the American Civil War era, one of which is signed by John Wilkes Booth. Meanwhile, Alice Nahri, the girlfriend of the dead man, looms over the investigation.
A series of horrifying, vicious street attacks have left the police baffled, with no leads to follow. Detective Inspector Sarah Quinn is under pressure to deliver, before more victims are claimed.
While pursuing a puzzling mystery John Henry is shot up by robbers, bounty hunters, a vengeful Mexican family, and a cold-blooded killer. He also meets up with Doc Holiday and shares a cell with Calamity Jane.
"Dwindling membership has the Village Quilters hanging by a thread, and group leader Meadow Downey is desperate to recruit some new folks. With Beatrice's blessing, she attempts to weave frequent quilt show judge Jo Paxton into their fold. As the town's irascible mail carrier, Jo delivers trouble wherever she goes. And with all that mail at her fingertips, she knows everyone's business. Soon Beatrice wonders if they've made the right choice. After a car accident sends Jo to meet her maker, it's discovered someone tampered with her brakes. Meadow believes someone's out to eradicate the Village Quilters, but Beatrice isn't so sure. Now she and her fellow quilters will have to piece together the clues, or a deadly killer might strike again"--From publisher description.
"Why kill a human being with an antique muzzle-loader? Each year in the entire country, only a handful of people die that way, and half the deaths are self-inflicted. In either case, loading and firing a flintlock or cap-and-ball weapon takes way too much time, fuss, and expertise. A pretty young teacher is killed by a ball from a Revolutionary War-era musket during an encampment of historical reenactors on a river in Porcupine County. Sheriff Steve Martinez-- Lakota by birth, white by upbringing-- is troubled by the victim's role-playing 'persona' as a camp-following frontier prostitute. Several other reenactors had been her customers, and sex often is a motive for murder. All the same, there is no evidence of foul play, forensic or otherwise, and the death is ruled an accident. The next few months, however, bring a surprising number of seemingly unrelated muzzle-loading deaths in the Upper Midwest. A statistical anomaly-- or something worse? Steve is suspicious. To find the answer and to keep the peace in Porcupine County, the sheriff must battle skeptics, a lack of forensic evidence, an ever-shrinking departmental budget, and a suddenly rocky romance with his longtime love, a beautiful redhead named Ginny Fitzgerald. Hot on the trail in the deep woods, Steve suddenly discovers that he is his quarry's newest target"--from author's web page.
It is Christmas Eve and the Lee family's reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man.
When the world's foremost Templar historian commits suicide, leaving behind a clue about a secret hidden object in the famous chapel of Rosslyn, anthropologist Jess Silverton researches an ancient civilization linked to the foundations of Judaism and Buddhism.
Detective Tommy Veasy investigates a string of seemingly accidental deaths, and the crime trail leads to the set of a syndicated television show, where a mad director has threatened the entire cast and crew with a deadly bomb.
"Retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman knows everything there is to know about quilts, except how to make them. But with her recent move to Dapple Hills, North Carolina, she?s learning all sorts of new things?including how to solve a murder? As the newest member of the Village Quilters Guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on?especially with the Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself? But when Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes an intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it?s up to Beatrice?s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.".
When garden designer Addison, along with her husband, take up residence at an old English manor, she stumbles upon a mystery, dating back to World War II, that involves the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener's notebook, which conceals a series of horrible crimes.
Jacko Argyle is convicted of his mother's murder and dies in prison. Two years later, a stranger arrives to confirm Jacko's disbelieved alibi. But if Jacko wasn't guilty, who is? Each family member becomes detective, suspect, and potential victim.
When a man dies after eating a piece of cake from the Charming Moose Diner, Victoria and her grandfather must find out who poisoned their dessert.
Colleen McCabe is enjoying an uneventful summer in North Carolina's Outer Banks supervising her firefighters, making rounds with her Border collie, Sparky, and keeping an eye on the wild horses escaped from the local sanctuary. But when a dead body washes up on shore, she knows trouble has arrived in Corolla. Colleen is ready to start work on the investigation, but much to her irritation, her best friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman, makes it clear he doesn't want her butting her nose in or poking around. The stubborn Colleen, however, is not so easily deterred. When a man with a gun is spotted lurking around the lighthouse and her former school teacher's house explodes, she adds arson and a second suspicious death to her informal investigation. Colleen soon finds herself juggling her job, amorous advances from the town's developer, and intrusions from the local press, all while keeping information from Bill. Her secret sleuthing quickly comes to an end, however, when a bigger threat enters the picture.
Suzie Fewings and her family travel to Lancashire to meet her husband's oldest living relative, but when a neighbor warns them not to poke too deeply into their family history, it is not long before strange and ominous events occur.