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"The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself-or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so. Poirot is now a very old man, but his mind is as nimble and as sharp as ever and can still penetrate deep into the shadows. But as Poirot and Mrs. Oliver and Superintendent Spence reopen the long-closed case, a startling discovery awaits them. And if memory serves Poirot (and it does!), crime-like history-has a tendency to repeat itself.
From the Book jacket: With more than three million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the award-winning, Best-selling author of The Novelist and The Truth Teller. She and her husband have two children and live in Florida. THREE WOMEN ONE MAN A GATHERING STORM In the path of a devastating hurricane, three very different women find themselves trapped in the elevator of a high-rise office building. All three conceal shattering secrets--unaware that their secrets center on the same man. The betrayed wife, eager to confront her faithless husband, with rage in her heart and a gun in her pocket... The determined mistress, finally ready to tell her lover she wants marriage and a family... The fugitive cleaning woman, tormented by the darkest secret of all... As the storm rages these three must unite to fight for their lives in the greatest test of courage-and faith-any woman could ever face.
Eleven Days, thef ollow-up to 2013's acclaimed A Dark Redemption (New York Times, New Yorker, NPR), follows DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller as they investigate a vicious fire that engulfs a quiet convent in West London. There were ten nuns in residence--their bodies discovered behind a locked door--and an eleventh body in the chapel. Who is this stranger, and who would target a group of nuns in a wealthy residential neighborhood? Battling church hierarchy and internal politics, Carrigan and Miller must parse through a vast network that reaches back to the early 1970s South America and the onset of the Liberation Theology movement, proving that these nuns are far more radical than first meets the eye. Meanwhile, a vicious new criminal element--possibly related to the convent fire--makes its presence felt in the streets of London. Eleven days before Christmas, Carrigan and Miller are in a race against time to solve a case that spans four decades and two continents, while contending with a homegrown threat that leaves the Met gasping for breath.
In a mesmerizing debut, cop-turned-author Donald Harstad uses real-life events to paint a jarring picture of crime in America's heartland--where two-stoplight towns no longer offer refuge from modern-day brutality.Life in Maitland, Iowa, is usually predictable, even for a cop. But all that changes the day Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman's dispatcher receives the terrifying 911 call. The day cops find the mutilated bodies at a remote farmhouse. The first of eleven days Carl will never forget.As hotshot investigators fly in from New York, Carl and his fellow cops use old-fashioned detective work to piece together clues. But to turn suspicions into suspects, Carl must search among his closest friends to find a killer who has shocked and bewildered cops who'd thought they'd seen it all. And before it's over, Carl will be forced into an unrelenting spiral of chaos, coming face-to-face with evil he never dreamed could exist in Maitland...or anywhere else.From the Paperback edition.
When a young, pregnant woman is abducted from a shopping mall in Dallas, a terrifying ordeal begins--an unforgettable journey marked by fear, brutality, and the ultimate murder of two men. How does the young woman face this ordeal? What does her husband do to locate her, and will she be found in time?
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Time for a change, Stephanie thinks. Time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross. So Stephanie Plum quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She want something safe and normal. As it turns out, jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren't necessarily safe and normal for Stephanie Plum.
The annual Burns dinner at Thornford Regis is an occasion for bagpipes, haggis and scotch. It ends up an occasion for tragedy when Will Moir, one of the pipers, is found alone, in a tower, dead of an apparent heart attack. Father Tom Christmas, the vicar of the town, is privy to all of the secrets of its inhabitants, and is one of the first to find out that Will Moir was poisoned. The town's suspicions go in many directions, and Christmas soon learns secrets that have been kept for generations--illicit trysts, even murders--the ramifications of which may have fallen onto poor Will Moir. Brimming with wit, laced with genuine surprise and featuring one of the most memorable (and unlikely) detectives in the cozy genre today, Eleven Pipers Piping mines the rich history of a small town to solve its most stunning crime.
Connor CIA assassin. Days before his retirement from the company, comes face-to-face with an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Catherine Coulter, comes Eleventh Hour. The murder of a priest leads FBI agents Sherlock and Savich to their most baffling case yet, in this riveting novel of suspense.<P><P> Catherine Coulter won acclaim for her "fast-paced twists and turns, believable dialogue, and case of well-developed characters" (San Francisco Chronicle). Now Coulter delivers the suspense thriller of her career in Eleventh Hour.<P> When FBI agent Dane Carver's twin brother, Father Michael Joseph, is brutally murdered in his San Francisco church, husband-and-wife agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich take a personal interest in the investigation. Then Nicola "Nick" Jones, a homeless woman and the only witness to the shooting, is scared out of her mind because she's trying to hide from her own monsters - who are drawing closer and closer.<P> The chase goes from San Francisco to the Premiere Studios in Los Angeles and its new television hit, a show all about murder.<P> Packed with surprises, Eleventh Hour finds Catherine Coulter at her quintessential best.
Inspired by lawyer and television personality Grace's own beginnings as a prosecutor and the tragic death of her fiance, "The Eleventh Victim" is a compelling debut mystery full of intrigue that thrills from start to finish.
Visser Four now has the Time Matrix, and he plans to use it to become Visser One. We can't let him alter time, so we're prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. And ultimately one of us will lose...
Nothing is as lethal as an Ivy in the winter. Letting a stranger into her secluded home in the wilderness may be loner Savanna Ivy's biggest mistake. But tall, sexy Korbin Maguire was stranded in a blizzard, and Savanna can't resist his charm despite his shady past and secretive manner. A stunning, independent artist from a famous Hollywood family, Savanna has always fallen for-then been hurt by-bad boys. And Korbin is definitely a bad boy...albeit an innocent one. Framed for two murders, he has a gunman in hot pursuit and a sizzling passion for Savanna. But can she exonerate Korbin before it's too late?
Against a backdrop of international intrigue and ruthless drug monopolies, award-winning author Davis Bunn delivers an intoxicating page-turner in this redemptive thriller.Multi-billion dollar giant Revell Pharmaceuticals is devouring its competition. A new research breakthrough propels the company into releasing its most profitable product ever. Yet a family crisis confronts them when Kirra Revell, heiress to the empire, goes missing. Taylor Knox, an employee of Revell's latest acquisition, is blackmailed into leading the search. An expert surfer, Taylor pursues the world's biggest waves as a cover, only to be ensnared in a deadly contest of corporate espionage. In the race to find Kirra, everyone's motives are suspect. A Celtic monk's warning only heightens the peril. Is it money, power, passion, or something deeper that compels Taylor to risk everything? From Scotland's holy islands to the rugged Basque coast of Spain, from boardrooms and luxury yachts to the dungeons of America's oldest surviving fortress, the hunt is on. Can Taylor Knox achieve his quest before time runs out for Kirra Revell -- and for himself?
Foster child Elizabeth Gall finds love and acceptance with the Johnsons, a family who introduces her to the healing power of Christ. Following volumes relate her experiences in growing from a likable girl to an admirable young woman. Picture descriptions present.
Elizabeth wins an Easter egg in a school contest. She is amazed when the egg hatches and decides that she must save her new pet, Sneeches, from being sent to a farm.
In this darkly riveting debut novel, a sophisticated psychological mystery, one woman will stop at nothing to fiFInd her best friend, who seems to have gone missing. . . . Despite Maud's growing anxiety about Elizabeth's welfare, no one takes her concerns seriously--not her frustrated daughter, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth's mercurial son--because Maud suffers from dementia. But even as her memory disintegrates and she becomes increasingly dependent on the trail of handwritten notes she leaves for herself in her pockets and around her house, Maud cannot forget her best friend. Armed with only an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth--no matter what it takes.As this singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present, the clues she uncovers lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: that of her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II. As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more than fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud's search for Elizabeth develops a frantic momentum. Whom can she trust? Can she trust herself?A page-turning novel of suspense, Elizabeth Is Missing also hauntingly reminds us that we are all at the mercy of our memory. Always compelling, often poignant, and at times even blackly witty, this is an absolutely unforgettable novel.
Discover the chilling secrets surrounding Maggie O'Brien's disappearance from Chatswood Manor in the third book of an irresistibly entertaining historical fiction mystery series.Elizabeth and Katherine Chatswood are on the verge of turning twelve years old, which means that the grandest birthday ball in all of England is just a few weeks away! Chatswood Manor is bustling with activity, but in the midst of all the excitement, an Irish refugee named Sean O'Brien shows up in search of his long lost wife Maggie, who was employed at Chatswood Manor many years ago. Mr. O'Brien is turned away by Chatswood's stern butler, but not before Elizabeth and Katherine hear his story. Through Mr. O'Brien they also find out about the potato famine in Ireland, and are shocked and saddened to hear that so many people are suffering in a place that's not that far away. The twins vow to not only help Mr. O'Brien find Maggie, but also to somehow help the people of Ireland. But how are two young girls in a manor home in England going to help starving people in Ireland? After their papa tells them it's not their problem to worry about fixing, they have no choice but to come up with a very ambitious--and very top secret--plan. Meanwhile, as they investigate Maggie's disappearance, they uncover some startling clues, which lead them to discover even deeper mysteries hidden within Chatswood Manor.
The Adventures of Ellery Queen, and The New Adventures of Ellery Queen, complete in one volume
1 long novel, 2 short novels, 2 novelets, 9 short stories, all mysteries compiled by Queen (and the last one written by him).
The ideal detective-crime-mystery story of today, in the eyes of Japanese writers and critics, is "one which, although written around a believable framework, is first and foremost a detective fiction." And that definition is exemplified and adhered to in most of the stories that make up the Japanese Golden Dozen. The twelve stories in this book offer you detection of all types-deductive, intuitional, and procedural-and a "compleat calendar of crime' ranging from theft and poisoning to blackmail and murder. You will meet a variety of crime investigators, both official and amateur, including legal, journalist, and scientific detectives, in locales as different as a police inquest, a barber shop, a hospital, and a luxurious hotel. You will find in the diverse styles humor and horror, in the diverse plots "vampires" and villains-hours of excitement and escape, of suspense and suspension of disbelief, days of entertainment and adventure, and weeks of afterthoughts about the serious problems of modern living.
Three novels compiled into one volume; the latest of them was published in 1977. The Introduction by George F. Will is contained only in this compendium.
When Allie's friend Bettina begs her to help her aunt contact a dead relative, Allie decides to join the Exorcists' Club. Playing with ghosts can be dangerous, so Allie needs all her detective skills--and the help of her friends--to solve the creepy and compelling mystery of Eloise.
A hitman comes out of retirement to rescue his kidnapped fiancéeAfter he stops killing for money, Sidney Holden tries to live discreetly. He takes a Manhattan apartment in the Copenhagen building, a few blocks from where John Lennon died, and attempts to make a new life with his fiancée, Fay, former daughter-in-law of the district attorney. But as the quiet months pass, Fay grows distant and suicidal, and finally disappears, removed by the district attorney to a mental hospital where Holden cannot reach her. Hungry for a last taste of action, a billionaire ex-gangster named Phipps offers to help Holden get her back. The ninety-two-year-old Phipps hires Holden to run a counterfeiting scheme, using Fay's whereabouts as bait. But the closer Holden gets to Phipps' operation, the less he trusts the old man. And with the DA and the mafia closing on him, Holden may not stay alive long enough to rescue his darling from her prison.
A spy classic of epic proportions by Jacques Futrelle, author of The Thinking Machine Isabel Thorne--half Italian, half British--is a formidable international spy. Employed by the Italian secret service, her mission is to ensure the signing of a secret contract allying Latin countries against England and the United States. The pact is to be sealed right under the noses of "the enemy" in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, Isabel's brother has invented a means of deploying underwater missiles in the hopes of securing worldwide military dominance. The entire globe is suddenly in danger, and Isabel Thorne finds herself right in the thick of the conflict in this thrilling spy mystery that has endured for generations. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
While waiting for a view of her night-blooming cereus, the mild-seeming Mrs. Pollifax received urgent orders for a daring mission to aid an escape.<P><P> Soon, the unlikely-looking international spy was sporting a beautiful new hat that hid eight forged passports....
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