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New Arrivals - Mystery
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.
Moments before he is executed, the killer of the daughter of Hub Walker, a famous Vietnam War pilot and hero, makes a startling allegation, claiming that the real murderer is a close friend of Walker's, a prominent US defense contractor. Walker wants to hire somebody willing to spend a few days digging up information that will refute the convicted killer's groundless but widely reported claims and will help restore his friend's good name. That somebody, as fate would have it, is Cordell Logan, sardonic civilian flight instructor, would-be Buddhist, and retired military assassin. The deeper Logan digs, the murkier the truth appears and the more danger he encounters. Who really killed the war hero's daughter, and why? Somebody wants to keep Logan from asking questions and will stop at nothing to silence him.
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.
LAPD sergeant Peter Decker and his wife, Rita, are drawn into the bizarre world of spa owner and confidante to Hollywood's leading ladies, Lilah Brecht.
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.
Meeting a former lover whose husband has disappeared and been pronounced dead, Doc Ford investigates the woman's suspicions of foul play and finds himself deep in the Everglades.
Hannah takes a break from sifting through her multiple marriage proposals. Hollywood has come to Lake Eden and The Cookie Jar is serving as snack central for the movie crew--Hannah's cherry cheesecake is demanding director Dean Lawrence's favorite. But no one seems to like Lawrence, so when he turns up dead, there's a baker's dozen suspects. It seems someone switched the movie's prop gun with a real gun, and the director's acting demonstration turned fatal.
Pushed into committing a murder that he covers up by burying the body in his backyard, mild-mannered Jason Getty finds his life completely unraveling when a landscaper discovers two other graves on his property.
"To become part of the Nero Wolfe legend, Archie Goodwin must prove his worth. Archie Goodwin comes to New York City hoping for a bit of excitement. In his third week working as a night watchman, he stops two burglars in their tracks with a pair of hot lead slugs. Dismissed from his job for being 'trigger-happy', he parlays his newfound notoriety into a job as a detective's assistant, helping honest sleuth Del Bascom solve cases like the Morningside Piano Heist, the Rive Gauche Art Gallery Swindle, and the Sumner-Hayes Burglary. But it's the kidnapping of Tommie Williamson, the son of a New York hotel magnate, that introduces Goodwin to the man who will change his life. Young Tommie has gone missing, and only one detective is built for the job: Nero Wolfe, the heavyset genius of West Thirty-Fifth Street. Together they will form one of the most unlikely crime fighting duos in history - but first Goodwin must find Tommie Williamson, and prove to Wolfe that he deserves a place by his side"--Back cover.
Pursuing suspicions that a wealthy local ranch owner was murdered by one of her own sons, game warden Joe Pickett finds the case and his career threatened by a man who holds Joe responsible for the death of his brother.
1963 - Picardie, Northern France. Following an inexplicable car ramming and gun attack on a Citroen DS in the middle of open countryside, and a bar brawl involving a group of drunken Englishmen, Inspector Lucas Rocco finds himself drawn into what has all the hallmarks of a plot to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle - one of many made on the French leader's life. But why are English gangsters, working for a well-known pair of London gangland twins, involved and who has set fire to an ex-army truck with a body inside? And why have those who made a previous abortive attack on the president suddenly disappeared? Rocco finds himself once more pulled several ways while attempting to investigate a seemingly disconnected series of events - only this time, he's accused of taking bribes and even suspected of being part of the assassination plot himself.
"Charley Memminger combines a cast of quirky and sometimes dangerous island characters with a mystery that you'll never forget in Aloha, Lady Blue. This riveting story introduces Stryker McBride, who lives on a three hundred thousand dollar houseboat at a small yacht club. The former crime reporter has been keeping a low profile since being shot by a cop while investigating police corruption. But when Stryker receives a phone call from a beautiful former high school classmate, he's drawn back into society to look into the death of the woman's grandfather. Soon, Stryker's investigation leads him to a deadly secret buried deep in the heart of Hawaii."-- Provided by publisher.
During the Christmas party at Lake Eden's community center, Hannah Swensen stumbles upon a murder when Martin Dubinski's new wife, a former Las Vegas showgirl, is found dead with Hannah's mother's silver cake knife buried in her cleavage.
When a Rhode Island nurse discovers that an infant left in her charge has been abducted, detective Woody Potter embarks on a case with ties to a dead insurance investigator, a local Wiccan sect, a yoga center, and a funeral director.
When a murdered woman suddenly reappears in her Lao village home with clairvoyant powers and is enlisted by a ghost to help find his remains at the bottom of a river, national coroner Siri Paiboun oversees the excavation.
When Detective Inspector Bill Reid is found murdered, Chief Inspector Alan Banks, suspecting police corruption, handles the investigation with the utmost discretion until he discovers that Reid's murder is linked to the disappearance of a young English girl in Tallinn, Estonia six years earlier.
Dulcie Schwartz struggles to prove her innocence when a scholar she recently threatened to kill for ruining her thesis turns up dead, in a case that is further complicated by cryptic advice from ghost cat Mr. Grey and her kitten, Esmé.
When a serial killer shows up on Longboat Key, Florida, after a twelve year absence, Matt Royal is stymied. The first woman killed on Longboat Key has ties to a secretive government agency for which Matt's best friend Jock Algren works. Was this a coincidence or was she a targeted kill?
Inspector Kurt Wallander begins to suspect a connection between a series of crimes--the murder of a taxi driver by two teenage girls, the escape of one of the culprits, a power blackout, and a grisly discovery at the malfunctioning power station.
"For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect. Rose realizes she's wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own. Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all"--P. 4 of cover.
"On a wintry morning, in the remote Adirondack village of Wedeskyull, New York, Nora Hamilton wakes to find her life utterly changed: her rock-solid policeman husband has committed suicide. The life that Nora has grown to know and love in her husband's peaceful hometown is gone. And almost immediately, the pieces don't add up: solid as an oak Brendan was prescribed sedatives a week earlier, an odd local mechanic tells Nora strange stories about her husband's past, Brendan's coworkers on the police force are keeping an eye on her, as is a genial local reporter, hot on the trail of an explosive expose. Relying on the methodical nature that serves her so well as a restorer of old homes, Nora struggles to understand what happened to her husband -- even as this insular, frigid mountain town is determined to keep its deadly secrets buried"-- Provided by publisher.
It is the autumn of 1367. Master Hugh is enjoying the peaceful life of Bampton when a badly beaten man is found under the porch of St. Andrew's Chapel. The dying man is a chapman--a traveling merchant. Before he is buried in the chapel grounds, an ancient, corroded coin is found in the man's mouth.
Tackling the murder case of a teen that is complicated by the drowning death of a local businessman's wife, Henry Christie finds himself targeted by the killer when he uncovers a complex conspiracy stretching across Eastern Europe.
Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is puzzled by the questionable death of a female construction worker at a Cleveland building site. A witness to the death a young girl nicknamed Ghost may be able to help. Ghost says the woman was pushed by someone she can only identify as the Shadow Man. Soon Theresa finds herself in a race against time to protect Ghost from an unknown killer before he is able to find the little girl and silence her for good.