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It's a steamy June in Toronto, 1836. Lieutenant Marc Edwards has again found himself sitting atop a lit powderkeg in more ways than one. A prominent politician has been assassinated, and in their haste to catch the killer, Marc and his troops are responsible for the death of an innocent local man. Making matters even worse, Marc may have accidentally gotten himself engaged to the wrong woman, while the right woman still won't answer his letters. In order to track down the real assassin, Edwards joins forces with Constable Cobb of the newly created Toronto police force. Cobb's methods are somewhat different from Marc's; and investigations always end up in the local tavern, where it seems everyone knows far too much about Marc's romantic entanglements. Between keeping track of Cobb, solving the murder, and extricating himself from his accidental engagement, Marc Edwards will be pushed to his limit once more.
This multifaceted and fascinating novel is set mostly against an engrossing picture of South Africa in the late 19th century that demonstrates savage snobbery, greed and hypocrisy. The story features a 350-carat diamond and centers on Barney Blitz, younger son of Jewish immigrants to New York from Central Europe, who is devoted to his faith but increasingly taken by the idea that he must accumulate wealth to . . . win a place in gentile society.
It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond--British special agent 007--is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime. Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war--and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined. Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it is wielded--a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.
A brilliant but psychotic concert pianist who murders for pleasure in his spare time makes the mistake of killing the teenage daughter of a tough SAS soldier, a trained and vicious killer himself. As soldier stalks maestro for vengeance, the tale builds to a tense, shattering climax... a fastand gripping yarn from a compulsively readable storyteller ... beyond criticism.
Solomon Snow and his stalwart friends return in a second mock-Victorian extravaganza! In their second adventure, the intrepid trio becomes ensnared in a plot to steal a priceless ruby. But what do a stubborn donkey, a shady dwarf, and Mr. Skippy the rabbit have to do with it all?
Steve Solomon is the sharpest lawyer ever to barely graduate from Key West School of Law. Victoria Lord is fresh from Yale, toiling for an ambitious D.A. and soon to be married. And Katrina Barksdale is a sexy former figure skater charged with killing her incredibly wealthy, incredibly kinky husband. With all three tangled in the steamiest trial of the century, the case is sure to make sparks fly, headlines scream--and opposites attract.
On the pathologist's cold metal table lay the naked body of Beatrice Gwendoline Wansdyke, spinster ... Dead of perfectly natural causes at age 59. "The problem," mused the good doctor, "is not so much what she died from as what she died with: a quarter of a million pounds, in a bank account no maiden lady of modest means should have." Detective Inspector CD. Sloan could feel in his bones it was murder. He had guessed at the motive. He would surely uncover the method. But why couldn't he find out where-oh-where had her little dog gone? And why would looking almost cost him his life?
From the cover flap: "Ellen Shaw arrives in London expecting to join her sister Fiona, who's found her the perfect job managing an antiquarian bookshop. Instead she finds an empty apartment, and no sign of her sister. Ellen's only contact is Hugh Weston, Fiona's boss and the bookshop's owner. Though Hugh seems solid and dependable, he remains a stranger she's not sure she can trust. Hugh has his own theories about Fiona's disappearance: his grandmother had beenmurdered only days before, and Hugh suspects Fiona had something to do with it. As danger begins to stalk Ellen through the streets of London, Hugh has only moments to decide if she's Fiona's partner in crime...or an unlucky pawn who needs hs help."
First in a series about a Chicago graduate student's introduction into a society of vampires. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merit's. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker--and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead. Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o' the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude-- and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan's attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war--and there will be blood.
Just when I thought my life couldn't get any more chaotic, I'm proved wrong. My new dog, Spike, is a tiny terror. My demented sister Libby is dealing with the effects of recent childbirth by trying to locate the "goddess within" (whatever that is) . . . and my tough-guy boyfriend is gallivanting through Scotland on a fishing trip--or is he? Oh, and one of Philadelphia's rich and infamous was just found brutally murdered. With all this going on, who has time to write for the society pages? When Rush Strawcutter, the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress, is found bludgeoned to death in a horse stall at an exclusive hunt club, Nora Blackbird is as surprised as anyone. Her surprise turns to shock when her sister Emma is discovered nearby, unconscious and badly bruised. Worse still, the evidence points toward a devious blackmail scheme--with Emma as the main suspect. Investigating with the help of friend and foe alike, Nora inadvertently uncovers the scandalous secrets of some of Philadelphia's high and mightiest . . . and attracts the unwanted attention of the real killer.
Her mother's elderly neighbour is shot dead and the grandchild is missing. Theresa Galloway is forced to agree when her mother insists that she has a better chance of solving the crime than the police do.
A psychological thriller of secrets, dark motives, and an adoption buried in the past. At the center of Elizabeth Brundage's new novel lies an adoption under stressed and tragic circumstances. Willa, brought up in elegant prosperity, is now a student at the prestigious Pioneer School. But her biological father, a failing writer and former drug addict, can't live with himself without seeing her again. In this idyllic Berkshires landscape, Willa's adoptive parents have fled a mysterious past; a feminist sculptor initiates a reckless affair; teenagers live in a world to which adults turn a blind eye; and the headmaster's wife is busy keeping her husband's disastrous history and current indiscretions well hidden. The culmination of these forces is the collision of two very different fathers--biological and adoptive--and a villain whose ends and means slowly unfold with the help, witting and unwitting, of all around him. Somebody Else's Daughter delivers an electric, suspenseful tale of richly conflicted characters and the disturbed landscape of the American psyche.
Sheila returns home from a business trip, sick with a cold and longing for some quiet time at home. But her pretty neighbor, Sarah Sims Tait, tells her that a leak has ruined Sheila's kitchen. Sarah Sims invites Sheila to join her large family for dinner and spend the night. The Simses, Taits, and Shaws are hospitable, but it's clear they're involved in a huge fight over what to do with Grandma Sims's land. Should she hold onto it and farm it, or should she sell it to a developer who wants to build a mall? And if she dies first, who will inherit? It's not she, however, but Sarah Sims's greedy mother, Martha Sloan Tait, who is the first murder victim in this case that Sheila, once again assisted by her aunt Mary, must help to solve. The family loves and hates, brawls and protects, schemes for open and hidden reasons as Sheila sorts through the lies, truths, and motives. Another interested party is Andy Lee, the new neighbor whose leak ruined Sheila's kitchen. He's younger than she, but could he be romantically interested in Sheila, or is it Sarah Sims he favors? But Sarah is in love with another man who keeps blowing hot and cold. As usual, Sheila finds the answers in this colorful, fast-paced, entertaining story.
When a famous amateur sleuth finds himself in the middle of a political scam, it just might spell murder.
At the start of his family's vacation on the coast of Maine, nine-year-old Pip Ramsey buys an old Russian nesting doll at a yard sale and is soon certain that someone is extremely interested in getting the doll from him.
When he finds the woman he loves in bed with his own father, Rafe Jerry leaves home, swearing never to return. But the terms of his father's will force him back to deal with the family ranch, the widow who betrayed him and a new love who can free him from the hurts of the past.
Working at City Hall in Jerusalem for the summer, 16-year-old Assaf is assigned to find the owner of a lost dog and collect a fine from its owner. The dog leads him through the streets on its frantic search, introducing him to a perplexing variety of people who share bits in information about the owner, a mysterious young girl named Tamar. In a parallel story, Tamar's story unfolds as she sets out to rescue her brother from a sinister gang of underworld characters. Slowly and irrevocably, Assaf and Tamar are drawn together.
An actress searches for her missing husband and soon is a suspect herself.
When his baby sister disappears from the river near their summer home, eighth grader Chris fights the assumption that she has drowned and sets off on a journey to discover the truth.
Marty, age seventeen, and Judy, age fourteen, become stepbrother and stepsister when their parents marry. When Marty's father attempts to attack Judy, Marty beats him off. The pair flee to a nearby, seemingly deserted old resort in the Catskills, where they discover the owner still living as if the hotel were about to open. They participate in the old man's fantasy to keep themselves safe, carrying on a Romeo and Juliet romance, unaware they are constantly being watched....
I'm Madison Avery, in charge of heaven's hit squad . . . and fighting it all the way. When Madison died the night of her prom, she knew her life would never be the same. Now she has a powerful amulet, a team of rogue angels by her side, and the ability to flash forward into the future to see the shape of destiny. And of course, now she's finally with Josh-a perfect boyfriend who doesn't even mind that she's dead. But being dead has its disadvantages, too. Madison feels caught between the light and the dark, and between her real life and her timekeeper status. When Madison has the opportunity to get her body back-to be alive again-she faces her most difficult decision yet. If she claims it, she could return to being a normal girl-and have a chance at a real relationship with Josh. But would having the one thing she wants most in the world also mean giving up everything she's worked so hard for?
When a man dies of cyanide poisoning at a diner in Maine, no one believes it was accidental. Did he commit suicide, or did someone kill him? Professor Peter Shandy investigates.
An unforgettable journey between a man who's given up and a woman who won't let go... While life in Glory, Wyoming, isn't exactly exciting, for stoic cowboy Luke McCallister, that's just fine. But then he stumbles across a human skull-- and possibly the key to Glory's oldest mystery... A hundred years ago, the sole survivor of a band of outlaws took the secret of a buried treasure with him to the gallows. That man was Angie Sommers's great-great-grandfather, and she's come to Glory to see if the legend is true-- with Luke's help. But Luke has no interest in chasing pipe dreams. Still, he can't deny that Angie's sweet, trusting nature, her honest eyes, and unshakeable belief make him feel things he hasn't allowed himself to feel in years. Now, bound by the thinnest of ties and shadowed by danger, Luke and Angie set off in search of a mystery as romantic as the west itself, traveling into Wyoming's rugged, treacherous terrain and even deeper into the heart's tender graces...
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