New Arrivals - Mystery
When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt's musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced it's a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul's fate in her other cases, especially that of a missing girl in the gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin.
The Ellison sisters were proper young Victorian ladies. In the foggy streets outside their peaceful home, five women were found horribly murdered. And Police Inspector Pitt found himself wondering if the Ellisons were in fact too good to be true.
After Mr. "Frank Finance" Michaels loses the family?s financial nest egg in a Ponzi scheme, his wife Maddie does whatever she can to help keep up the appearance that everything is financially fine. When she starts a bargain hunter?s blog under the alias Mrs. Frugalicious, her website becomes a viral hit with a growing bunch of budget advice seekers. While Maddie is researching frugality-worthy deals on holiday shopping for teens, Eternally 21 store manager Laila DeSimone mistakenly accuses her of shoplifting. Then her day goes from bad to worse when Laila expires on the floor. Since Laila was a universally disliked manager, the murder suspect list is longer than Maddie?s bargain spreadsheet. But when evidence points to Maddie as the prime suspect, she must track down the real culprit. Can she uncover the truth before police throw away her get-out-of-jail-free coupon for good?
"Felicity can't possibly help Father Antony find the valuable missing icon. She's off to become a nun. Then her impossible mother turns up unexpectedly. And a good friend turns up murdered"--P.  of cover.
New Orleans, 1838. When Benjamin January suddenly finds that his services playing piano at extravagant balls held by the citys wealthy are no longer required, he ends up agreeing to accompany sugar planter Henri Viellard and his young wife, Chloe, on a mission to Washington to find a missing friend.
When a black-robed body lands at Felicity's feet during Ascension services, she tries to leave the investigating to someone else, despite being haunted by the snake emblem clutched in the victim's hand.
While studying for her private investigator license, Natalie investigates the apparent suicide of a self-help guru who was about to go bankrupt and enlists the help of her obsessive compulsive partner, Monk, when she suspects foul play.
"FBI agent Manny Tanno is taking some much needed R and R at the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn. But when a death on the reservation cuts his vacation short, he learns that the secrets of the past have a way of stirring up trouble in the present."--P.  of cover.
When scandal threatens the monarchy after a female guest turns up dead following one of the debauched stag parties of Edward, the Prince of Wales, the Palace calls in Thomas Pitt of the Special Branch to solve the murder with utmost discretion.
It's summer, 1936. The writer, Josephine Tey, joins her friends in the holiday village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine's novel, "A Shilling for Candles," and Hitchcock has one or two tricks up his sleeve to keep the holiday party entertained. But things go awry when one of Hollywood's leading actresses is slashed to death in a nearby cemetery.
When a distinguished judge dies of opium poisoning, the crucifixion five years before of Kingsley Blaine is brought back into the public eye, and it is screaming for revenge. The police had arrested a Jewish actor, who was soon condemend to hang. Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating the judge's death, is drawn into the sensational murder, because it appears the judge was about to reopen the earlier case. He receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into the women in both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth.
"When naval historian Dr. Douglas Spalding is found dead in Portsmouth's historic dockyard, the major crime team is adamant it is suicide. Detective Inspector Horton is not so sure. Then another body is found in similar circumstances and Horton is convinced they're looking at murder; but not so his bosses"--Dust jacket flap.
Ursula, traveling to the Netherlands to escort her foster daughter to meet her suitor, also investigates whether or not a wealthy Italian banker is plotting to put Mary, Queen of Scots, on the English throne.
"Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find an abandoned stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street. What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families. Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from 'kid prison' to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police, and all the adults in Alice and Ronnie's lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances."--P.  of cover.
"While extensive repairs are being made to Ferndean, their rural home, Jane and Edward accept an invitation from their friend Lucy Brayton to stay with her in London. Jane is reluctant to abandon their peaceful life in the countryside, but Edward's damaged vision has grown worse. She hopes that time in the capital will buoy his spirits and give him the chance to receive treatment from an ocular specialist. Once in London, the Rochesters accompany Lucy to the Italian Opera House. But there is more drama in the audience than on stage, Jane not only unexpectedly finds herself in the presence of King George and his mistress, Lady Conygham, she also encounters an old nemesis in the form of Lady Ingram (whose daughter, Blanche, once hoped to wed Edward herself). The aging dowager deals both Jane and Lucy a very public snub; hoping to mitigate the social damage caused by this, Lucy insists on visiting the Ingrams the next day. The visit goes poorly from the start, and ends with Lady Ingram dropping dead in the midst of taking tea. It soon becomes clear that the dowager's death was an unnatural one, and Jane must set her considerable intelligence to the problem of solving it, and why the throne appears to have an interest"--From publisher description.
"The mutilation murder of a young college professor paralyzes a tiny Georgian community. This hideous crime is the worst thing small-town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton has ever seen--but only when the autopsy is complete is the intricate, terrible genius of a profoundly twisted psychopath truly revealed. As Sara's ex-husband--Heartsdale police chief Jeffrey Tolliver--pursues an elusive fiend, the victim's sister and the county's only detective, swears she'll have her personal vengeance. But their worst fears are realized by the macabre crucifixion of a second local woman: there is a serial slayer in their midst, one whose identity is hidden somewhere in Sara Linton's secret past."--P.  of cover.
Lonely spinster Phoebe Creswell responds to an advertisement in the Worcester Herald, but are the outwardly charming Major Christophe de Langlois and his companion, the Reverend Geraint Winward, really who and what they seem? Distracted by his own new bride and a spate of dog thefts, will Constable Thomas Potts be able to uncover the truth about the Rev Winward and Major de Langlois in time to save Phoebe from a gruesome fate?
"Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her-and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails. The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: "17-122 Kilmorden Castle"?"--P.  of cover.
Private investigator Jasmine Sharp is hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. But it becomes increasingly clear that there are those who want her to stay that way.
October, 1586. Sir Francis Walsingham has despatched Kit Marlowe to the English College in Rheims where he suspects the Catholic traitor Matthew Baxter is hiding, the only one of the Babington plotters to have escaped. Infiltrating the College undercover, Marlowe learns that the community has been rocked by a series of unexplained and violent deaths. With the help of master codebreaker Thomas Phelippes, can Christopher Marlowe unearth a murderer, track down a traitor and extract himself from the scorpions' nest without being fatally stung?
"It's harvest time in Westbury, Massachusetts, and novice farmer Cameron Flaherty hopes to make a killing selling organic produce. But when a killer strikes on her property, her first foray into the world of organic farming yields a bumper crop of locally sourced murder"--from publisher's web page.
London defense attorney Philip Kennford's money provides a gorgeous house and a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways-- but it can't provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters. And it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors-- Philip and his second favorite daughter, Lydia-- both claim to have seen nothing, but it's clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.
Annie Yong, a young freelance writer who specializes in history, must solve both a very old puzzle and a brand new murder. She arrives in Geneva to find her friend Mireille pregnant by Dr. Urs Stoller, her brilliant but much disliked thesis advisor. No one is terribly upset when Stoller's body washes up on the lakeshore. His wife, a chemist, is more concerned about problems with the blood thinner she's working on and the fact that her lover is moving his family from England. Stoller, who was not above stealing work from his graduate students, had even given Mireille false information about some old drawings she'd asked him to appraise.