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The April Fools' Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #13)

by Lee Harris

A SECOND CHANCE TO DIE. For his favorite charity, the high school drama club, Willard Platt fakes his own murder as an April Fool stunt. But the repeat performance later that day is the real thing. And some, including the next-door neighbor, say he deserved it. Investigator (and ex-nun) Christine Bennett is haunted by the sad state of Willard's survivors. His widow roams the road at night. His son has a troubled marriage and bizarre secret life. Behind this suburban family's respectable facade, violent passions are seething. For this is not the first tragedy to strike them. Nor will it be the last. . . .

The Bar Mitzvah Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #15)

by Lee Harris

[From the back cover:] "For suburban sleuth Christine Bennett, the chance to visit the Holy Land is a dream come true. Her best friend Melanie Gross will be in Jerusalem at the same time for the bar mitzvah of her very wealthy cousin. Not accustomed to traveling, Christine is thrilled to have Melanie along to share the experience. The beauty and mystery of the golden city is overwhelming, and Christine is excited about exploring every part of it - until Gabe disappears without a trace ... " Ready to read more of the books in this series about a young nun who leaves the convent to marry a policeman and moves to New York City? She's establishing a family, making friends, teaching some college English and finds one murder after another among her friends and their friends to solve. They're all in the Bookshare collection . They are: #1. The Good Friday Murders, #2. The Yon Kippur Murder (The Atonement Murder), #3. The Christening Day Murder, #4. The St. Patrick's Day Murder, #5. The Christmas Night Murder, #6. The Thanksgiving Day Murder, #7. The Passover Murder, #8. The Valentine's Day Murder, #9. The New Year's Day Murder, #10. The Labor Day Murder, #11. The Father's Day Murder, #12. The Mother's Day Murder, #13. The April Fool's Day Murder, 14. The Happy Birthday Murder, #16. The Silver Anniversary Murder and #17. The Cinco de Mayo Murder

The Christening Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #3)

by Lee Harris

Former nun Christine Bennett is looking forward to the christening of her friend Maddie's baby. But when she goes to the church basement of the town that was flooded out thirty years before, Christine stumbles upon the skeletal remains of a body--the grim result of a thirty-year old murder. Trying to sort out the sordid puzzle from the past, Christine manages to unravel the dark secrets of the once close-knit community, and also reveals a killer who's not afraid to kill again.

The Christmas Night Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #5)

by Lee Harris

A cheerful Christmas party at St. Stephen's Convent is spoiled when the guest of honor, Father Hudson McCormick, fails to arrive. Worried Sister Joseph asks Christine Bennet, a former St. Stephen' s nun, to investigate. Now every signpost points Christine into the past -- to a troubled young woman who committed suicide and a once-prominent family that has vanished as mysteriously as Father McCormick himself ... It's a snowy Christmas at St. Stephen's Convent, where a cheerful party awaits an old friend and former confessor, Father Hudson McCormick. But he never reaches his destination. Christine Bennett, a former St. Stephen's nun, arrives to investigate the disappearance. But the nuns are mum until an old scandal involving the priest and a St. Stephen's novice rears its ugly head. Has Father McCormick, unable to face the scene of his sins, gone underground? Or has someone taken belated revenge, ensuring that the truth will never be known?

The Cinco de Mayo Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #17)

by Lee Harris

MAYDAY! When Christine Bennett is invited on a sightseeing trip to Arizona, she jumps at the chance for a little adventure. But the excursion reminds her of a former high school classmate, Heinz Gruner, who died twenty years earlier on Cinco de Mayo while hiking Picacho Peak near Tucson. Chris decides to contact Heinz's mother, who has been wondering all these years how her beloved son, an experienced hiker, plunged to his death. Her one wish is to find out the truth-whether it was an accident, as the police report claimed, or murder. So Chris begins sleuthing-tracking down anyone and everyone connected to her old classmate. Determined to unravel a mystery, if there is indeed one to unravel, Chris will stop at nothing to uncover the dire secrets that exist about that fateful day in May.

Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History

by Lee Harris

What Francis Fukuyama did for the end of the Cold War, Lee Harris has now done for the next great conflict: the war between the civilized world and the international terrorists who wish to destroy it. Each major turning point in our history has produced one great thinker who has been able to step back from petty disagreements and see the bigger picture -- and Lee Harris has emerged as that man for our time. He is the one who has helped make sense of the terrorists' fantasies and who forces us most strongly to confront the fact that our enemy -- for the first time in centuries -- refuses to play by any of our rules, or to think in any of our categories. We are all naturally reluctant to face a true enemy. Most of us cannot give up the myth that tolerance is the greatest of virtues and that we can somehow convert the enemy to our beliefs. Yet, as Harris's brilliant tour through the stages of civilization demonstrates, from Sparta to the French Revolution to the present, civilization depends upon brute force, properly wielded by a sovereign. Today, only America can play the role of sovereign on the world stage, by the use of force when necessary. Lee Harris's articles have been hailed by thinkers from across the spectrum. His message is an enduring one that will change the way readers think -- about the war with Iraq, about terrorism, and about our future. Forgetfulness occurs when those who have been long inured to civilized order can no longer remember a time in which they had to wonder whether their crops would grow to maturity without being stolen or their children sold into slavery by a victorious foe....They forget that in time of danger, in the face of the enemy, they must trust and confide in each other, or perish....They forget, in short, that there has ever been a category of human experience called the enemy. "That, before 9/11, was what had happened to us. The very concept of the enemy had been banished from our moral and political vocabulary. An enemy was just a friend we hadn't done enough for yet. Or perhaps there had been a misunderstanding, or an oversight on our part -- something that we could correct.... "Our first task is therefore to try to grasp what the concept of the enemy really means. The enemy is someone who is willing to die in order to kill you. And while it is true that the enemy always hates us for a reason, it is his reason, and not ours." So begins Civilization and Its Enemies, an extraordinary tour de force by America's "reigning philosopher of 9/11," Lee Harris. What Francis Fukuyama did for the end of the Cold War, Lee Harris has now done for the next great conflict: the war between the civilized world and the international terrorists who wish to destroy it. Each major turning point in our history has produced one great thinker who has been able to step back from petty disagreements and see the bigger picture -- and Lee Harris has emerged as that man for our time. He is the one who has helped make sense of the terrorists' fantasies and who forces us most strongly to confront the fact that our enemy -- for the first time in centuries -- refuses to play by any of our rules, or to think in any of our categories. We are all naturally reluctant to face a true enemy. Most of us cannot give up the myth that tolerance is the greatest of virtues and that we can somehow convert the enemy to our beliefs. Yet, as Harris's brilliant tour through the stages of civilization demonstrates, from Sparta to the French Revolution to the present, civilization depends upon brute force, properly wielded by a sovereign. Today, only America can play the role of sovereign on the world stage, by the use of force when necessary. Lee Harris's articles have been hailed by thinkers from across the spectrum. His message is an enduring one that will change the way readers think -- about the war with Iraq, about terrorism, and about our future.

The Father's Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #11)

by Lee Harris

Every year, the Morris Avenue Boys--chums since childhood--gather for a Father's Day reunion dinner. Now late in middle age, these men can bask in the rewards of honest success. So which of them seizes the opportunity that fateful evening to pull out an ice pick and stab to death the group's most celebrated member, novelist Arthur Wein? As investigator (and former nun) Christine Bennett peels back the layers of the past, forty years' worth of secrets emerge from the shadows--and the web of lies, theft, adultery, and blackmail woven by the once-innocent Bronx playmates rivals even the darkest plot of the dead man's novels. But in real life, this flesh-and-blood villain may never be caught.

The Good Friday Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #1)

by Lee Harris

[from the back cover] Holy Day ... Unholy Murder "Christine Bennett has just left the cloistered world of nuns but soon finds herself volunteering to investigate a forty-year-old murder. Pursuing this mission with her old religious zeal, she'll move heaven and earth in noble effort to exonerate a pair of twin brothers, now senior citizens, of their mother's murder on Good Friday in 1950. Fit for duty on the front pews of crime solving, nothing will deter Christine from uncovering who really committed the most unholy act on the holiest of days. Now that Christine has discovered her talent for investigation in #1 The Good Friday murder, her crime solving has just begun. Follow her further adventures in the rest of the books in this series, most in the Bookshare collection, including: #2 The Yom Kippur Murder, #3 The Christening Day Murder, #4 The St. Patrick's Day Murder, #5 The Christmas Night Murder, #6 The Thanksgiving Day Murder, #7 The Passover Murder, #8 The Valentine's Day Murder, #9 The New Year's Day Murder, #11 The Father's Day Murder, #12 The Mother's Day Murder, #13 The April Fool's Day Murder, #16 The Silver Anniversary Murder and #17 The Cinco de Mayo Murder. The three remaining books will be added to complete this series soon. In addition to taking on complex mysteries and meeting interesting characters, Christine confronts moral, and legal issues and matters of the human heart.

The Happy Birthday Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #14)

by Lee Harris

IT'S PARTY TIME FOR A KILLER Suburban sleuth Christine Bennett is moved and intrigued by two poignant mementos treasured by her late Aunt May. The first is a sad little note mourning the death of a young man lost in a Connecticut wood; the other, an obituary honoring a wealthy local manufacturer who committed suicide just after his splendid fiftieth birthday celebration. Why did her aunt never mention these virtually simultaneous tragedies? Chris's investigative instincts are irresistibly whetted-especially by the bizarre discovery that the victims, though strangers, were found wearing each other's sneakers. And as she slices through the layers of the past, she uncovers the horrible truth that murder was just the icing on the cake. Once Christine has discovered her talent for investigation in #1 The Good Friday murder, her crime solving has just begun. In addition to taking on complex mysteries, including many cold cases, and meeting interesting characters, Christine confronts moral and legal issues, and matters of the human heart. Follow her further adventures in the rest of the books in this series, all in the Bookshare collection, including: #2 The Yom Kippur Murder, #3 The Christening Day Murder, #4 The St. Patrick's Day Murder, #5 The Christmas Night Murder, #6 The Thanksgiving Day Murder, #7 The Passover Murder, #8 The Valentine's Day Murder, #9 The New Year's Day Murder, #10 The Labor Day Murder, #11 The Father's Day Murder, #12 The Mother's Day Murder, #13 The April Fool's Day Murder, #15 The Bar Mitzvah Murder, #16 The Silver Anniversary Murder and #17 The Cinco de Mayo Murder.

The Labor Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #10)

by Lee Harris

[From the back cover:] "MURDER BURNS ON FIRE ISLAND Island old-timers are stunned by the shooting death of Blue Harbor's popular fire chief, followed by the mysterious torching of his house. Rumors soon begin to flare up about the chief's rumored affairs with a vacationing lady lawyer and a girl half his age. But when former nun (now sleuth) Christine Bennett and her police detective husband start asking questions, a thick fog of evasiveness closes in. For this is not the first fire to scorch Blue Harbor. Nor, Chris suspects, is it the first murder--as she soon discovers that the passions that turn good people bad run long and deep and deadly ..." Ready to read more of the books in this series about Christine, a young nun who leaves the convent to marry a policeman and moves to New York City? She's establishing a family, making friends, teaching some college English and finding one murder after another to solve. The whole series is in the Bookshare collection . #1. The Good Friday Murders, #2. The Yon Kippur Murder (The Atonement Murder), #3. The Christening Day Murder, #4. The St. Patrick's Day Murder, #5. The Christmas Night Murder, #6. The Thanksgiving Day Murder, #7. The Passover Murder, #8. The Valentine's Day Murder, #9. The New Year's Day Murder, #11. The Father's Day Murder, #12. The Mother's Day Murder, #13. The April Fool's Day Murder, 14. The Happy Birthday Murder, #15 The Bar Mitzvah Murder, #16. The Silver Anniversary Murder and #17. The Cinco de Mayo Murder

The Mother's Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #12)

by Lee Harris

TRUE CONFESSION--OR FALSE? Investigator (and former nun) Christine Bennett is appalled when a young woman claims to be the natural daughter of Sister Joseph, beloved Superior at St. Stephen's and Chris's dearest friend. But after the girl is murdered, all the evidence leads the police to believe she was telling the truth--and that Sister Joseph is the prime suspect. Can evidence ever lie? Chris prays that it can. But as she frantically searches for the link between the anonymous woman who gave away her newborn two decades ago and a brutal murder this Mother's Day, it seems only a miracle can save Sister Joseph from a life behind bars. (From the Paperback edition.)

Murder in Alphabet City (Manhattan Mystery #2)

by Lee Harris

Newly promoted to detective first-grade with the NYPD, Jane Bauer, is back to work after a nearly fatal run-in with a killer. But while she's happy to be back on the job, her new assignment-another cold case-seems to hold little promise of being solved. Eight years ago, Anderson Stratton, a schizophrenic, was found dead of starvation in his apartment. Nothing on the scene indicated foul play, and although he left no note, the death was ultimately ruled a suicide. Stratton's well-connected sister, Flavia Constantine, never accepted that conclusion, and has insisted that the case be reopened. But in their investigation, Jane and her team stumble upon another grisly suicide-and realize that the two may very well be connected. As her inquiry intensifies, Jane is led to a shocking and horrible truth-and once again finds herself on the threshold of death. From the Paperback edition.

Murder in Greenwich Village (Manhattan Mystery #3)

by Lee Harris

"Detective Jane Bauer is a most welcome addition to the ranks of fictional cops. " -Peter Robinson When NYPD detective Jane Bauer and her team check in for their new assignment, they reopen a cold case that's a real killer. Ten years earlier, police responding to a spate of late-night 911 calls from Greenwich Village discovered a young African American undercover cop, Micah Anthony, shot dead on Waverly Place. The killer left no clues, and the murder remains an inscrutable mystery . . . except for two things: Anthony had infiltrated a lucrative gun-trading operation in the city, and it seemed likely that he knew and trusted the killer. So begins an investigation that leads Jane from Village brownstones to middle-class Queens, from wealthy Sutton Place to sinister subway tunnels, as a mastermind of murder resumes operations-and every path is mined with menace. "Harris knows a lot about cops and a lot about women and she knows how to plot a good mystery. " -Stephen Greenleaf From the Paperback edition.

Murder in Hell's Kitchen (Manhattan Mystery #1)

by Lee Harris

After twenty years of loyal service, Detective Jane Bauer is just two months and one case away from leaving the NYPD for a cushy desk job. Her last assignment: working for a special unit that tackles unsolved crimes. At a crossroads in her personal life, Jane relishes the chance to lose herself in a challenging investigation. Four years ago, Arlen Quill was found dead in the entryway to his apartment building--leaving no clues, no witnesses, and no leads. When Jane decides to interview Quill's old neighbors, she makes a startling discovery: Every single occupant at the time of the murder subsequently disappeared. Like any seasoned New Yorker, Jane knows that mere homicide isn't enough to drive people from their rent-controlled apartments. In Hell's Kitchen, where a cold case suddenly heats up--Jane soon finds herself face-to-face with a killer. . . . From the Paperback edition.

The New Year's Eve Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #9)

by Lee Harris

THE PARTY'S OVER On December 30th, Susan Stark was dropped off in front of her parents' house. She hasn't been heard from since. Not a good scenario, especially in New York. Former nun (now crime investigator) Christine Bennett fears the worst. Armed with only a few phone numbers and a photo of Susan, she steps into the missing girl's life- and meets a Susan that neither her parents nor her boyfriend knew existed ... with strange obsessions and a secret life that may have lured her to a deadly end.

The Passover Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #7)

by Lee Harris

FINAL QUESTIONS. Until someone killed her, the only mystery about adorable Iris Grodnik was why she had never married. But for fifteen years, her strange disappearance and murder during a Passover Seder has remained a troubling piece of family history. So when Iris's relatives ask ex-nun Chris Bennett--now the wife of a New York City cop--to make one last attempt to learn the truth, she reluctantly consents. Iris's old friends and suitors have scattered, and Chris soon suspects that some of the relatives are not telling her all they know about Iris's life and death.Then, in the dusty depths of a hall closet, she finds an old leather purse--and her worst forebodings about Iris Grodnik's haunting murder begin to be fulfilled.

The Silver Anniversary Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #16)

by Lee Harris

Christine Bennett answers her phone and hears a chilling whispered prediction, "A body will be found later today. " Police trace the call to an apartment whose tenants have vanished, leaving behind only the phone--and blood on the carpet. Why would Peter and Holly Mitchell, a couple about to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary, abandon their comfortable apartment, their careers, and, it seems, even their identities? As foretold, a woman's body turns up. So does the Mitchells' worried daughter--with a strange tale to tell.

The St. Patrick's Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #4)

by Lee Harris

An off-duty police officer is shot and ex-nun Chris Bennett and her police-detective boyfriend find this motiveless murder puzzling. Praying for a break, Chris pursues a killer along strange paths: a pilgrimage that takes her from a suburban convent to a Brooklyn fruit market, and deep into the sacrosanct world of the NYPD--and ultimately back to the deadly place where it all began.From the Paperback edition.

The Thanksgiving Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #6)

by Lee Harris

A celebration of abundance becomes a day of loss. More than a year ago Natalie Gordon vanished at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The police and a private investigator still have no leads. When Natalie's despairing husband pleads with ex-nun Christine Bennett to help, she can't say no. Not only are Natalie's present whereabouts a mystery, but so is her past. Someone has stripped her personnel file in her old office. Starting with a cardboard box of Natalie's belongings--a few books, keys, some cosmetics--Christine searches for a life someone has tried very hard to erase and finds a cast of characters so chilling that murder seems not only inevitable but likely to happen again. ... Now that Christine has discovered her talent for investigation in #1 The Good Friday murder, her crime solving has just begun. Follow her further adventures in the rest of the books in this series, most in the Bookshare collection, including: #2 The Yom Kippur Murder, #3 The Christening Day Murder, #4 The St. Patrick's Day Murder, #5 The Christmas Night Murder, #7 The Passover Murder, #8 The Valentine's Day Murder, #9 The New Year's Day Murder, #11 The Father's Day Murder, #12 The Mother's Day Murder, #13 The April Fool's Day Murder, #16 The Silver Anniversary Murder and #17 The Cinco de Mayo Murder. The two remaining books will be added to complete this series soon. In addition to taking on complex mysteries and meeting interesting characters, Christine confronts moral and legal issues, and matters of the human heart.

The Valentine's Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #8)

by Lee Harris

What really happened that tragic Valentine's night on Lake Erie? No one knows. Three old buddies--reckless Matty, successful Clark, clever Val--decided to cap Val's birthday celebration with a stroll across the frozen lake. They never returned. Matty's scarf was found snagged on broken ice. After the thaw, only the bodies of Clark and Matty are recovered--the latter with a bullet in it. Val remains missing, now a murder suspect. His desperate wife pleads with ex-nun investigator Christine Bennett to find him and prove his innocence.A tall order, especially when Chris starts hunting for clues in the lives of these respectable suburbanites and their wives. And when she closes in on a truth that chills her to the bone, she suddenly finds herself skating on very thin ice.

The Yom Kippur Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #2)

by Lee Harris

When ex-nun Christine Bennett can't get into her friend Mr. Herskovitz's apartment to accompany him to Yom Kippur services, she discovers that he's been murdered. The police arrest someone almost immediately, but Chris isn't ready to end her own investigation . . .From the Paperback edition.

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