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New Arrivals - Mystery
Alex is in his thirties, a solitary man who has finally found love in the form of his beautiful and vivacious wife, Rachel. When Rachel is brutally murdered one Midsummer Night by the lake in the grounds of their alma mater, Worcester College, Oxford, Alex's life as he knew it vanishes. He returns to Oxford that winter, and through the shroud of his shock and grief, begins to try to piece together the mystery surrounding his wife's death. Playing host to Alex's winter visit is Harry, Rachel's former tutor and trusted mentor, who turns out to have been involved in some way in almost every significant development of their relationship throughout their undergraduate years. In his exploration of Rachel's history, Alex also turns to Evie, Rachel's self-centred and difficult godmother, whose jealousy of her charge has waxed and waned over the years. And then there are her university friends, Anthony and Cissy, who shared with Rachel her love of Browning and a taste for the illicit.
"The summer solstice is near -- bringing long sunlit days to the Alaskan wilderness -- and for famed musher Jessie Arnold, the time has come to put the past behind her and move on. Building a new home for herself and her sled dogs on the charred ashes of her old one, she plans to be finished well before the onset of the long northern winter. But her progress is halted -- chilling Jessie to the bone -- when the excavations unearth a skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall. Twenty years earlier, a serial killer brutally murdered a number of women in the area. One of the fiend's victims disappeared wearing a butterfly pendant -- a necklace similar, if not identical, to one discoveredwith the grisly human remains. A grim nightmare believed to be long over must now be revisited or, worse still, has been reborn. Because, once again, a local woman has disappeared without a trace. And, once again, Jessie is being pulled into a murder investigation against her will. Red roses are being sent to her anonymously -- the gifts of a secret admirer who may also be a stone-cold killer. In this stark and lonely place, in the first days of the all-too-brief Alaskan summer, the signs suggest the unthinkable: An insatiable human monster has returned...and Jessie Arnold may well be his next victim."--From the publisher.
When a local supplier is murdered on his farm after a very public confrontation at the Charming Moose Diner, Victoria and her grandfather, Moose, must find the real killer before the bad beef they had gets even worse!
The eminent Sir Lockwood Hamilton, a Member of Parlaiment, is murdered and his body is found on Westminster Bridge. Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte are just beginning to investigate when yet another member of Parlaiment is murdered and discovered on the same bridge. The Pitts find one connection between the men--they both voted against female suffrage. Before another politician is killed, the Pitts must find the murderer among an assortment of angry suffragates, anarchists, and scoundrels.
Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. An unthinkable childhood left him with a fierce determination to protect the innocent. But it also marked him with an ability to identify the darkness in others ;a darkness he recognizes still exists deep within himself. When a young man is found brutally murdered, Corrigan, responsible for South London's Murder Investigation Team, takes the case. But what first appears to be a straightforward domestic murder very quickly leads Corrigan to several other victims and the most dangerous killer he's ever encountered. The perpetrator changes his modus operandi with each crime and leaves behind not a shred of usable forensic evidence. Still, Corrigan knows beyond a doubt that the same man is behind each of these deaths, and he soon finds himself in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer who strikes far too close to home.
Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village celebration, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery featuring a Murder Hunt, hosted by mystery writer Ariadne Oliver. One need only follow the game's make-believe clues to be the first to find the body. Only this time, it isn't a game, and the clues lead to a genuine corpse. Ariadne needs the help of her old friend, Hercule Poirot.
Wedding cake decorator and maid of honor in her beloved cousin's wedding, Piper Donovan must save the day when the impending nuptials are threatened by the disappearance of a bridesmaid, the discovery of a body on the wedding beach and the arrival of the lecherous, ex-drug dealer best man.
In 1664 London, Thomas Chaloner is told to investigate missing construction materials from the Earl of Clarendon's new house. Soon, though, he finds connections between this trivial theft and assassination threats, treasonous schemes and the corruption of overseas trading syndicates.
In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl's simple life has something to hide.
Chaos mixes with sudden death when a flying vegetable hits the unpopular game warden? Harrison Ragsdale? and he dies at the Ramp Festival. Sheriff Tony Abernathy swore an oath to protect and serve everyone in his county. While he investigates? his wife Theo is busy running her quilt shop? raising their children and gathering clues at zgossip central. Stir in a growing roadside memorial? arson? a gala funeral? a little bank robbery and?like Theo?s mystery quilt (pattern included)?eventually the solution is revealed.
The end of the old woman's long life came suddenly. She died in her home, torched to death by a fiend with an unknown motive. While Seattle is undergoing unwelcome upscale change, it is strictly on the surface, as the Grim Reaper still lives in the shadows of the city. And it falls to Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont and his new partner, Sue Danielson, to get to the bottom of his latest handiwork. But the trail will lead to places and events that will leave two police officers and their cases shattered--and nothing will ever be the same again.
On a sultry night in June 1897, Pyotr Ivanovich Balenov, a young Russian, and two young women transport a dead man through the narrow streets of a working class neighborhood in northeastern Paris. They throw the body into the canal and the girls flee to the Latin Quarter to hide with one of the Russian's anarchist comrades. They do not realize they, too, are being watched. Their subsequent disappearance and the violent acts that follow will set Clarie Martin, a teacher and mother of a toddler, and her husband, magistrate Bernard Martin (last seen in Cezanne's Quarry and The Blood of Lorraine) on a dangerous quest to rescue them from a vicious killer.
Bullied into proving the innocence of a music industry mogul who has been accused of murdering a tabloid journalist, Los Angeles burglar-turned-private investigator Junior Bender finds the case complicated by the victim's attractive widow.
Autumn, 1884. 10 Downing Street, London. Young Oxford graduate Roger Evesham is unexpectedly summoned by Prime Minister Gladstone to investigate a gunpowder-plot that could have shaken the very root of Queen Victoria's government. During that time Roger has been suffering from an incurable emotional pain as his fiancé has abandoned him for his friend Charles. Roger accepts Gladstone's offer, believing that it might help him to erase his emotional ache. As the investigation progresses Roger finds himself in the place of his late father who too, during his long service to government, was engaged in a similar case of gunpowder-smuggling that ended with the smuggler's suicidal death before he could be questioned by the police. But are these two affairs connected? As Roger continuously tries to save himself from the murderous attempts on him, he suddenly discovers that the clue to this mystery is connected to none other than a man whom he knows very well.
Deborah Knott, an attorney attempting to infiltrate the old boy network of tobacco country by running for district judge, is distracted from the race, and almost eliminated, when she finds new evidence to an old small-town murder.
The dead body discovered in a Seattle dumpster was shocking enough--but equally disturbing was the manner of death. The victim, a high school coach, had been lynched, leaving behind a very pregnant wife to grieve over his passing, and to wonder what darkand disturbing secrets he took to his grave. A homicide detective with twenty years on the job, J.P. Beaumont knows this case is a powder keg and he fears where this investigation will lead him. Because the answers lie on the extreme lethal edge of passion and hate, where the wrong kind of love can breed the most terrible brand of justice.
It is 1644, and Parliament's armies have risen against the king and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebel's hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion.
Crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson becomes involved in a series of crimes while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. On a honeymoon cruise to Alaska with his bride Paul must deal with missing people and murder. He has to use all his geezer resources to solve a case of international intrigue.
"The Bloomfield Garden Club, an all-ages group of lovable oddballs that will stop at nothing to make everything beautiful, maintains this piece of heaven on earth. But even such idyllic places as this have their share of dramatic characters and stories to be told. Take, for instance, craft store owner Amber Weathersby. She wants to be a member of the garden club but has never received the blessing of a green thumb. Her friend, Stan the mechanic, has helped as much as he can ? even adding a timed sprinkler system to Amber?s garden ? but the results never live up to the club?s expectations. Her only claim to fame with that gang is her semi-famous garden gnome, Gnorman, who gets to hold the prized trophy each year in the Bloomfield Spring Fling contest?s winning garden. But this year, instead of being the life of the party, her little star is gnomegnapped, and worse, the club?s irreplaceable trophy has gone missing with him. While Amber is chasing the gnome around town trying to win the trophy, Stan is chasing Amber, trying to win her heart."--Author's website.
During the holiday season, Lola Dakota, a respected professor from one of New York's most elite colleges is strangled and dumped in an elevator shaft. A piece of paper in her pocket reads "The Deadhouse." Assistant DA Alexandrea Cooper uncovers a distressing pattern of betrayal and terror while dealing with the case.
"To make a few extra dollars, Candy and her best friend, Maggie Tremont, take over operations of a local pumpkin patch. But when they uncover a body buried under a pile of pumpkins, they?re once again drawn into a murder mystery involving graveyards, a haunted house, and a long-buried family secret."--Author's website.
In her role as consort of Jean-Claude, the seductive Master Vampire of the City, Anita Blake is faced with a dangerous conflict of interest when she assists with the search for a vampire serial killer who is stalking strippers.
Returning to the working-class Irish-American community of her childhood in South Buffalo, homicide detective Absalom Kearney begins receiving cryptic messages from a twisted serial killer only to find her investigation stymied by her own colleagues.