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New Arrivals - Mystery
When Milt Kovak wins a cruise for four to Puerto Rico, he takes his family--wife Jean and son, Johnny Mac, plus Johnny Mac?s best friend, Early Rollins. But the trip takes a turn for the worse when Johnny Mac and Early are caught stealing on the ship, and the body of the boy who bullied them into it is found dead on the top deck. Milt and Jean team up with the ship?s security officer to try to find the killer, before they strike again.
In the early years of the twentieth century, restorative waters are a popular health draw for many. Healing Sands Sanitarium, northwest of Hoquiam, Washington, is located on the sandy edge of the Pacific Ocean and is famous for its restorative rest cure, fermented diets, and Dr. Hornsby's electrotherapeutics. No one has ever died at Healing Sands--until now. When Benjamin Bradshaw, a professor at the University of Washington and a specialist in electricity is summoned to investigate, he immediately knows that this death was no accident. The only clue to foul play is an obvious one to him but will seem as insubstantial as smoke to anyone other than an electrical engineer. Suspects are limited to a handful whose lives--and lies--must be exhumed and examined. A sinister tale emerges as deep undercurrents turn personal, provoking Bradshaw to make a decision about the woman he loves. And then an everyday object provides the key, alerting Bradshaw that one among them is a walking dead man and that another possesses the capacity for murder.
Fen Dexter's quiet life on the idyllic California coast is interrupted one stormy night when a blood covered man shows up on her doorstep, claiming to have been in a car accident. He tells her that he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiancee. Unable to make it to the hospital because of the storm, he stays the night at Fen's, and the attraction between them is obvious. The next morning he heads to the hospital, where Fen's niece, Vivi, is an ER doctor. Vivi is treating the most recent target of a serial killer whose signature move is to leave a note saying "Please don't tell" taped across his victims' mouths.
FBI agent John O'Hara and Special Agent Sarah Brubaker hunt an ingenious pair of serial killers whose victims all seem to be newlyweds.
In 1950s Cambridge, loveable full-time priest and part-time detective Canon Sidney Chambers, accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, investigates the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel ; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio; and a poisoning in the middle of a crucial game of cricket.
When Dulcie Schwartz learns that a fellow student, who looks like her, has been attacked the same night she encounters her adviser looking strangely inhuman, she, her kitten Esmé, and the ghost of her cat Mr. Grey investigate.
A Southern town is shocked when a 10-year-old black girl is raped by two white men--until the girl's father takes the law into his own hands.
"1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate's gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis' bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what was once their sanctuary becomes their prison. 1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case--a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood--Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history"--From publisher description.
Sent to Macon for an undercover mission to infiltrate a drug and prostitution ring, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Will Trent hides the facts about his latest assignment from his girlfriend, Sara Linton, when the stakes prove higher than any he has yet encountered.
In the northwst Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is called to the scene of a crime, where the body of a woman is buried in a barn floor beneath a hanging corpse. Lucas is almost certain the remains belong to Angela Sparks, the missing daughter of the man whose lifeless body dangles from a rope above. Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. Although Jess, Meg's older neighbor, was the safe choice, she couldn't let go of Dylan. Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg's choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas's investigation in the present.
When a body is found having been bound, gagged, thrown off a bridge, and with the letter 'A' carved into his forehead, Detective Inspector Neil Paget has nothing to go on until another body appears in a similar condition.
Working as a private informer in Rome during the reign of Domitian, Flavia Albia is hired to investigate a fatal accident, an investigation that turns sinister when her client dies under suspicious circumstances that place Flavia's reputation at stake.
Protecting the interests of her managerial father and dysfunctional family business by working as a private investigator, Fina tackles the most challenging case of her career when a sister-in-law goes missing, a situation that is compromised by police questions and her brother's mysterious reticence.
A trip to Italy's Tuscan countryside is a dream come true for Grace Wheaton, curator and manager of Marshfield Manor, until her boss becomes the target of a murderer.
"Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance. Their first case is a success-the triumphant recovery of a pink pearl. Other cases soon follow-a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates. But can they live up to their slogan of 'any case solved in 24 hours'?"--P. From publisher description.
Elizabeth Tudor is accused of treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Her old friend Simon Maldon visits her in prison and while there Simon meets Peto the Pope, who is accused of murder. While Simon attempts to prove Peto's innocence, Simon's wife Hannah takes in a frightened pregnant girl. Neither realizes until too late that in trying to help others they have placed themselves in deadly danger.
When Rina's old school chum and her children disappear while staying with them, Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus travel to Israel to track down the truth.
Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD and his wife, Rina, recovering from the recent birth of their baby, attempt to discover who has stolen a newborn baby from its mother.
Mandy Tanner and her fiancé Rob are leading an off season rafting-climbing trip in Utah?s remote Canyonlands. Experienced guides, Mandy and Rob know they have to keep their cool after one of their group, Alex Anderson, appears to have become bear bait. Walled off from the outside world with eleven shell-shocked clients and miles of Colorado River whitewater ahead, Mandy?s nerves threaten to unravel when she learns that Alex?s death was not the work of a homicidal grizzly. Whether it was a crime of passion or the random act of a psychopath, Mandy fears that if they don't root out the river rat among them, another camper will be running the rapids in a body bag.
"A contemporary fantasy of mystery and death as American expats battle Japanese gods and monsters to retrieve an ancient artifact that can destroy the world"--Amazon.com.
A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Casey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him; but for the victim's family, the only thought is revenge. There's another group who don't believe him - the men in prison from Dixon's last job, an armored car robbery. They're sure he's gone back to grab the hidden money, so they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho themselves. Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they've got their work cut out for them. But they don't count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head. Communications are down, the roads are impassable - and the rule of law is just about to snap.
When a beautiful aristocrat is murdered during a masked ball in 1784, Mrs. Harriet Westerman and her reclusive companion, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, struggle with reluctant witnesses to clear the name of a falsely accused suspect.
In the shadow of the Soviet takeover, a veteran of the First World War tracks a missing girl across frozen Russia after she is kidnapped by a skillful hunter who is using the child as bait in a perverse game.
After pulling world-class cons in California and New Mexico, Radar Hoverlander and his crew, including girlfriend and grift artist Allie Quinn and their hapless buddy Vic Mirplo, are back in action, this time in Austin. So many rich fools to bamboozle --but is Radar having a crisis of conscience?