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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...
Something is rotten in Denmark, Tennessee, and it is not just the polluted Copenhagen River. Hamilton Prince's father has been murdered, according to a hidden video message. Horatio Wilkes, Hamilton's best friend, is visiting the Prince mansion when the video turns up. The guys need to find the killer before he strikes again. But it won't be easy. Suspects are plentiful. Olivia Mendelssohn may be hot (and Hamilton's ex-girlfriend), but she's also an environmentalist determined to clean up the river that the Prince paper plant has been polluting for decades. Trudy, Hamilton's mom, has recently married her husband's brother, Claude, and signed over half of the plant and its profits to him. Not to mention Ford N. Branff, media mogul and Trudy's college flame, who wants to buy the plant for himself. The question is motive, and Horatio Wilkes is just the kind of guy who can find things like that out. Doesn't matter that he's only a junior in high school. A smart, hip, and funny twist on the tale of Hamlet,where one-liners crackle and mystery abounds. Think you already know the story? Think again.
Set against the backdrop of a child murder in 1930s-era Chicago, three teenagers lives are about to change dramatically. From different sides of the tracks, Zane and Fred forge a bond through their shared love of cartooning. But Fred quickly realizes that Zane has a dark undercurrent, especially when he violates Maizy, the sturdy but naive working class neighborhood girl whose lack of self-esteem and lifelong love for Zane overwhelm her judgment. Meanwhile, Zane's father harbors a shocking secret that only Maizy and Fred discover, and the events that follow lead all three teens to make difficult, life-changing decisions. Told with compassion and honesty from each teen's perspective, SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED ON KENMORE unflinchingly examines love and loss, friendship and sexuality, all significant factors on the path to becoming an adult.
Curiosity killed the proverbial cat...but in the case of the landlady's feline, it led to cold-blooded murder.
There is a reason Avi's books are wildly popular with teens, middle schoolers and the adults lucky enough to discover him. Like his other stories, Something upstairs moves fast, paints a vivid picture of the America of the past, and asks complex moral questions of its characters and readers. A new city. A new house. Unopened boxes piled high. And Kenny Huldorf, just arrived in Providence, Rhode Island, senses that there is something upstairs. From the moment that something rises from the dark stain on the floor of a small attic room, Kenny is caught up in a truly timeless adventure that merges the present day with a long-forgotten tragedy of 1800. Is it a ghost that's haunting him? Or is Kenny haunting it? And what about the mysterious Pardon Willinghast, the one person who seems to understand what's happening? Is he there to help Kenny, or to entrap him in a time and place where Kenny does not belong? In this intense and gripping tale, history haunts more than one teenager: it is seen to haunt us all. AVI is the author of nineteen books for young people: mysteries, comedies, fantasies, and historical novels. He won a Christopher Award for Encounter at Easton, and the O'Dell Award for The Fighting Ground. In 1987, Avi moved from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, the city whose history he presents so vividly in Something Upstairs.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" may be everybody's favorite play, but someone on Broward Rock has spotted its murderous potential. When the corpses on stage in the local amateur production become real ones, bookshop owner Annie Laurance must move fast to save her fiance, Max, from a murder charge. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
The Scottish Highland Festival in Tennessee is set to begin, but Duncan MacRae, the games' founder, has just been murdered. The police arrest Duncan's son, but is he really the killer? Horatio Wilkes has doubts and is soon navigating the sinister world of Shakespeare's "Macbeth".
The Heat is On For sassy food writer Angelina Amalfi, life's a banquet--until the man who's been contributing unusual recipes for her column is found dead. Suddenly Angie's being stalked by a killer. Not one to simper in fear, instead she simmers over the delectable homicide cop assigned to the case. Then two more deaths follow, and Angie is on the run. Ever resourceful, Angie cooks up a scheme to catch the murderer. The stakes are high, for she's up against deadly arms smugglers and lethal food fanatics. Although it's acase that looks too hot to handle, if anyone can keep her cool, Angie can.
The master of hard-boiled detective fiction is back -- and better than ever -- with Something's Down There, a blade-sharp thriller set among the islands of the Caribbean. To the casual observer, Mako Hooker looks like any other grizzled fishing-boat captain trawling the Bermuda Triangle. He's content with his nets in the water and a beer in the cooler, but he's hardly your typical fisherman. Hooker is in fact a retired government operative taking a much-needed respite from his highly secret, highly lethal career in the States. But when local fishermen begin to fall prey to a mysterious sea creature the islanders dub "the eater," he discovers the truth in that old saw about the spy game: You're not retired from the Company until you're dead. Is the monster a prehistoric beast rising from the depths? Or mines from a sunken WWII destroyer, only now shaken loose by the U. S. Navy's depth charges? Or the work of someone with an agenda even more deeply undercover than Hooker's?Hooker quietly begins to investigate with the help of his unwitting fishing partner, Billy Bright; a local movie heiress, the seductive Judy Durant; and Hooker's old nemesis, Chana Sterling. The Company sent her as backup, but Hooker doesn't trust power-hungry government agents too far -- especially Chana, who once put a bullet in him for no good reason. As more boats are mauled and the islanders begin to panic, the action heats up and the players multiply: a Hollywood film company arrives on the scene, eager to turn live footage of "the eater" into box-office payoff, and the heavyweight film executive in charge looks suspiciously like Tony Pallatzo, a Brooklyn mobster from Hooker's violent past. As he moves steadily closer to the truth, Hooker realizes that someone (or something) is plotting to stop him, and only his rusty instincts will save him this time. A riveting story of criminal intrigue, greed, romance, and the mysteries of the deep, Something's Down There showcases Mickey Spillane at his best.
"Putney's reputation as one of the finest writers of Regency romance is well deserved. She never shies away from different plots or atypical characters and writes wildly exciting adventure romances. She's done it all again in the marvelous, emotional and thrilling fifth book in the Lost Lords series. " --"RT Book Reviews "on "Sometimes a Rogue "Top Pick"Composed of equal measures of dangerous intrigue and potent passion, Putney's fifth elegantly written installment in her Lost Lords series delivers captivating characters, an impeccably realized Regency setting, and a thrilling plot rich in action and adventure. " - "Booklist," STARRED review for "Sometimes a Rogue"Sometimes. . . Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they've abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life. . . A Rogue. . . Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn. "You can't go wrong with a Putney romance " -Sabrina JeffriesPraise For Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords Series"Romance at its best " -Julia Quinn "Exquisitely and sensitively written. " -"Library Journal," starred review"Intoxicating and not-to-be missed. " -"RT Book Reviews" (4 1/2 Stars, Top Pic
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