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Commander Jana Matinova, Slovakian policewoman, pursues a master criminal.
Praise for Gary Newman: "The author succeeds admirably in recreating Victorian London, both in character and setting. Fans of Anne Perry and other Victorian mysteries will enjoy."--Library Journal On his grandfather's death, writer Seb Rolvenden inherits papers which reveal that his grandfather was involved in the disappearance of a painter and his masterpiece. Seeing a book in this, Seb pursues a trail of clues that the papers reveal. Gary Newman has taught foreign languages both in the United Kingdom and abroad and now works as a translator. He lives in northeast England.From the Hardcover edition.
When a man with a gun breaks into her school, nursery teacher Louise Kennedy knows there's not likely to be a happy ending. But Jaime isn't there on a homicidal whim, and is as scared as the hostages he's taken. While an armed police presence builds up outside, he'll only talk to Ben Whistler, an MI6 accountant who worked with his lover, Miro. Miro's gone missing, along with a huge sum of money intended for reconstruction work in Iraq. Jaime doesn't believe Miro's a thief -- though he certainly had secrets. But then, so does Louise; so do the other hostages; and so do some of those on the outside, who'd much rather Jaime was silenced...
For Chris Honeysett, artist and private investigator, autumn threatens to bring down more than just the roof of his studio. A stormy October in the City of Bath forms the backdrop to Aqua Investigation_s strangest case yet. When Chris downs brushes to take on what looks like a simple surveillance job he soon finds himself in a frightening world of murder, abduction and blackmail. Dark times often require extraordinary solutions, why else would Honeysett suddenly find himself on the wrong side of the law? Unexpected cracks are beginning to show in his private life too, just when the triangle that is Chris, Tim and Annis should be working together to keep them all out of jail. In Rainstone Fall first impressions count for nothing and all appearances are deceptive.
A man recalls his bittersweet days at Eton and his torrid affair with an older woman.
Praise for the Shan series: "Nothing I've read or seen about how China has systematically crushed the soul of Tibet has been as effective. . . . A thriller of laudable aspirations and achievements. "- Chicago Tribune "Shan becomes our Don Quixote. . . . Set against a background that is alternately bleak and blazingly beautiful, this is at once a top-notch thriller and a substantive look at Tibet under siege. "- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A rich and multilayered story that mirrors the complexity of the surrounding land. "- San Francisco Chronicle "Pattison thrills both mystery enthusiasts and readers fascinated by, and concerned about, Tibet. "- Booklist "Pattison has taken an unknown world and made it come alive. "- Library Journal Summoned to a remote village from the hidden lamasery where he lives, Shan, formerly an investigator in Beijing, must save a comatose man from execution for two murders in which the victims' arms have been removed. Upon arrival, he discovers that the suspect is not Tibetan but Navajo. The man has come with his niece to seek ancestral ties between their people and the ancient Bon. The recent murders are only part of a chain of deaths. Together with his friends, the monks Gendun and Lokesh, Shan solves the riddle of Dragon Mountain, the place "where world begins. "
Lord Edward Corinth embarks on his most important investigation. It is 1939 and it is clear that Britain will soon be at war and MI5 has learnt that an enemy agent has been dispatched to England to assassinate Winston Churchill. The assassin_s identity is unknown and Lord Edward, pursuing one line of enquiry, goes to Cliveden, the Astor_s country house in Buckinghamshire. Verity Browne is also at Cliveden, much as she despises the _Cliveden Set_. She has been ordered by her superiors in the Communist Party to get as close as possible to one of the Astor_s guests, Joesph Kennedy, the American Ambassador in the UK. And when the ambassador_s sons Joe and Jack Kennedy discover the body of a man in Cliveden_s grounds, Verity is dismayed to recognize the dead man as a former journalistic colleague from the civil war which still rages in Spain. The race against time to identify Churchill_s would-be assassin and the murderer of Verity_s friend takes the intrepid duo to Switzerland and a nail-biting climax on St Moritz_s icy Cresta Run. Praise for David Roberts' Previous Novels_A gripping, richly satisfying whodunit with finely observed characters, sparkling with insouciance and stinging menace. _ Peter James'A classic murder mystery with as complex a plot as one could hope for and a most engaging pair of amateur sleuths. ' Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie'This is a witty and meticulous recreation of the class- ridden middle England of the 1930s_ a perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away. ' Guardian_The plot is both intricate and enthralling, like Poirot on the high seas, and lovingly recorded by an author with a meticulous eye and a huge sense of fun. ' Michael Dobbs
Aimee Leduc is all dressed up in her new Chinese silk jacket, supposedly an "exclusive," for dinner with a difficult client at an elegant restaurant in the Bastille district. She is chagrined to see that the woman seated at the very next table is wearing an identical jacket. When the woman leaves her cell phone on the table, Aimee follows her to return it and is attacked in the shadowy Passage Boule Blanche. When she regains consciousness, Aimee finds that she is blind. Nevertheless, she is told she is lucky; the woman she was following was found in the next passage, murdered. Aimee is determined to identify her attacker. Was he actually a serial killer targeting showy blondes as the police insist? Was he really after the other woman? Or was Aimee his intended victim?
Maisie entered domestic service in 1910 at the age of thirteen, to work as a maid at the Belgravia mansion of Lady Rowan Compton. When her remarkable intelligence and innate love of learning are discovered by her employer, Maisie becomes the pupil of Maurice Blanche, a learned friend of the Comptons who is often retained by Europe's elite, and the police, to conduct discreet investigations. Eventually, Maisie enters Girton College at Cambridge University, but the escalation of World War I intervenes to change her plans. She serves as a nurse at the front and falls in love with a handsome young doctor, only to lose him. In 1929, following an apprenticeship assisting Blanche iin his work, Maissie hangs out her shingle: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. She soon becomes enmeshed in a mystery suurrounding The Retreat, a reclusive community of veterans wounded in body and spirit. At first, Maisie only suspects foul play, but she must act quickly when Lady Rowan's son decides to sign away his fortune and take refuge at The Retreat. A coincidence? Maisie has learned that coincidences can lead to the truth, and hurriedly investigates The Retreat. She uncovers a disturbing mystery at its core which in an astonishing dénouement, gives Maisie the courage to confront the ghost that has haunted her for over ten years.
#x1C;Packs a real wallop. . . . An epic and ambitious mystery set against the vast backdrop of Central Australia, where indigenous and white people live side by side in an uneasy truce. #x1D;-Vogue(Australia) #x1C;Incorporates geophysical data, race politics and aboriginal spirituality into a seamless, often hilarious stream of narrative. [It] has all the hallmarks of a first of a very successful series with the potential to forge a new sub-genre of detective fiction-that of a feisty, female indigenous sleuth whose intelligence and tenacity prove superior to force and ignorance. #x1D;-The Sydney Morning Herald #x1C;Witty, knowing, at times downright hilarious. The plot is absorbing and Hyland#x19;s characters are originals. . . . As Emily Tempest untangles the knot of a murder, she also comes to rediscover her past, her belonging and her self. #x1D;-Brisbane Courier Mail Emily Tempest, a feisty part-aboriginal woman, left home to get an education and has since traveled abroad. She returns to visit the Moonlight Downs #x1C;mob,#x1D; still uncertain if she belongs in the aboriginal world or that of the whitefellers. Within hours of her arrival, an old friend is murdered and mutilated. The police suspect a rogue aborigine, but Emily starts asking questions. Emily Tempest, a modern half-aboriginal sleuth, is a welcome successor to Arthur Upfield#x19;s classic detective. Adrian Hylandworked with aboriginal communities in Central Australia for ten years. He now teaches at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. This is his first novel. From the Hardcover edition.
It_s the height of summer 1923 and Isabelle_s parents are celebrating their Silver Wedding with a ball at their country house, Hesperus, in Sussex. Isabelle has a problem: two men, the glamorous, earnest Malcolm and the quiet, troubled Arthur are in love with her, but worry is soon replaced by tragedy. One of the guests apparently commits suicide at the ball. Jack Haldean, the hero of A Fete Worse Than Death, thinks it_s murder, but everything is thrown into chaos when a group of Russian Revolutionaries become involved in the affair. In a case involving deception, greed, jealousy, kidnap, torture and more murder, Jack faces an agonizing choice on his journey to the truth _ a journey which will change Isabelle_s life forever.
Alice's baby is two weeks old when she leaves the house without her for the first time. On her eager return, she finds the front door open, her husband asleep on their bed upstairs. She rushes into their baby's room and screams. 'This isn't our baby! Where's our baby?' Her increasingly hostile husband swears she must be either mad or lying, and the DNA test is going to take a week. One week later, before the test has been taken, Alice and the baby have disappeared. Run away, abducted, murdered? The police who dismissed her baby swap story must find out, and as they do they find dark incidents in David's past - like the murder of his ex-wife. . .
Twenty years have passed since Joseph left behind his entire life--his wife, his five sons, his father, and the religious Israeli farming community where he grew up--when he fell in love with a man. Their affair is long over, but its echoes continue to reverberate through the lives of those affected.
A beautiful and defeated rebel and a refugee from Nazi prosecution pose a profound moral choice for Lt. Tejada.
Three years ago, something terrible happened to Naomi Jenkins acirc;euro;" so terrible that she never told anybody. Now Naomi has another secret acirc;euro;" the man she has fallen passionately in love with, unhappily married Robert Haworth. When Robert vanishes without trace, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert's wife insists he is not missing. In desperation, Naomi has a crazy idea. If she can't persuade the police that Robert is in danger, perhaps she can convince them that he is a danger to others. Then they will have to look for him acirc;euro;" urgently. Naomi knows how describe in detail the actions of a psychopath. All she needs to do is dig up her own troubled past . . .
Three friends looking for a way out of a dying Pennsylvania coal town dabble in petty crime, and believe they have a talent for it. Soon things begin to get out of hand.
"[An] intriguing debut novel. . . Agarwal seeks to give voice to the dispossessed through the supernatural. " -- USA Today"[Shilpa] Agarwal's work will definitely appeal to fans of Monica Ali and Jhumpa Lahiri by virtue of its characters and setting, but it retains a fresh, original feel that will draw in new readers with its own literary merit. Recommended for all but the smallest fiction collections. "-- Library Journal"In her stunning debut novel Shilpa Agarwal takes on the ghosts that bedevil young Pinky Mittal's extended family and dispatches them with rambunctious wit and affection. The result is like finely wrought mirror work, a glittering tapestry of vibrant contradictions, characters, and mysteries. Haunting Bombay flirts deliciously with the true spirit of India. "--Aimee Liu, author of Flash HouseAfter her mother's death crossing the border from Pakistan to India during Partition, baby Pinky was taken in by her grandmother, Maji, the matriarch of the powerful Mittal family. Now thirteen years old, Pinky lives with her grandmother and her uncle's family in a bungalow on the Malabar Heights in Bombay. While she has never really been accepted by her uncle's family, she has always had Maji's love. One day, as monsoons engulf the city, Pinky opens a mysteriously bolted door, unleashing the ghosts of an infant who drowned shortly before Pinky's arrival and of the nursemaid who cared for the child. Three generations of the Mittal family must struggle to come to terms with their secrets amidst hidden shame, forbidden love, and a call for absolute sacrifice. Shilpa Agarwal was born in Bombay and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Duke University and UCLA and has taught at both UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. As an unpublished novel, Haunting Bombay won a 2003 First Words Literary Prize for South Asian Writers. It is her first novel.
#x1C; Held me captive right from the start. #x1D;-Alan Cheuse, NPR,All Things Considered #x1C;Her clear voice and simple but elegant style easily turns this work into a real page-turner. #x1D;-Library Journal #x1C;A vivid tale of a faraway time. #x1D;-Asian Week #x1C;Beautifully combines the hardships and brutality of the kidnapping of a Chinese man, conditions on the slave ships, and the bitterness of backbreaking labor in a foreign land with the sadness and determination of a wife and family back home. . . . A story of emotional depth and truth. #x1D;-Lisa See, author ofSnow Flower and the Secret Fan #x1C;Will keep readers spellbound and cheering to the final page. #x1D;-Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author ofFarewell to Manzanar #x1C;I loveGod of Luck. #x1D;-Da Chen, author ofBrothers Ah Lung and his beloved wife, Bo See, are separated by cruel fate when, like thousands of other Chinese men in the nineteenth century, he is kidnapped, enslaved, and shipped to the deadly guano mines off the coast of Peru. Praying to the God of Luck and using their own wits, they never lose hope of someday being reunited. Ruthanne Lum McCunn, of Scottish and Chinese ancestry, is the author of the classicThousand Pieces of Gold,The Moon Pearl, andWooden Fish Songs. God of Luckwas a Book Sense Pick. She lives in San Francisco. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Praise for Barbara Cleverly: "Spectacular and dashing, spellbinding." -The New York Times Book Review. "Smashing ... marvelously evoked." -Chicago Tribune. "A historical mystery that has just about everything." -Denver Post. "Cleverly maintains the high standards set by earlier Sandilands tales, blending a sophisticated whodunit with full-blooded characters and a revealing look at her chosen time and place." -Publishers Weekly (starred). "Atmospheric ... intricately plotted." -Kirkus Reviews. "Evocative narrative, sensitive characterizations, artful dialogue, and masterly plottings." -Library Journal. "Cleverly combines a colorful historical setting with a complex plot and well-developed characters."-Booklist. "Delightfully surprising."-Mystery News. This seventh book in the Joe Sandilands murder mystery series is set at the Folies-Bergre, Paris, in December 1926. Joe hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder there. In a cell at the Quai des Orfvres, he meets with Sir George Jardine, still in the evening clothes stained with the blood of the dead man. The only other witness, a blonde who was sharing the victim's box, has vanished. Joe receives assistance from an entirely unexpected quarter--Francine, a young usherette, clawing her way into the world of the Paris Music Hall. She becomes Joe's guide through this treacherous place, where Joe is sure the killer is lurking. Barbara Cleverly was born in northern England, graduated from Durham University, and now lives in Cambridge. Her debut, The Last Kashmiri Rose, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2002.
#x1C;Krieger evokes the dreary darkness of the Uppsala winter and the paranoia and entitlement of the young Americans there. . . . Krieger touches on the mix of noble and self-interested impulses that can propel activism. #x1D;-New York Tiems Book Review #x1C;Exiles is filled with suspense. . . . It's a fascinating look at a place during a particular time, but the intrigue transcends the locale. The ending is riveting and insidious. Which I mean as a compliment. #x1D;-Ann Beattie #x1C;Elliot Krieger has created an original and wonderfully fallible hero in Lenny Spiegel, an American college student who finds himself in Sweden among Viet Nam war draft resisters. Passionate and complex, Exiles is a story about the confusion and quest for identity-personal, political, and moral. #x1D;-Hester Kaplan, the author ofKinship TheoryandThe Edge of Marriage Sweden has granted asylum to American protesters against the Vietnam War. Some are draft resisters; some are wanted by the FBI for acts of violence; some are AWOL soldiers; and some are actually working for the CIA-or so everyone suspects. They are eking out their lives in Uppsala on a meager dole. Each thinks he would be a better group spokesperson than Aronson, who is the current leader of the Americans in exile and a wanted man in the United States. Into this maelstrom of conflicting egos comes an innocent, Lenny Spiegel, who has volunteered to travel to Sweden to help. He physically resembles Aronson, who "borrows" his passport. Until it is returned, Lenny is stuck in Uppsala where many believe he is Aronson. And Lenny learns that no good deed goes unpunished. Elliot Kriegerwon an O. Henry Award for his first published short story, #x1C;Cantor Pepper,#x1D; and he is the author of a book on Shakespeare#x19;s comedies. He has served as a reporter and editor at theProvidence Journaland lives near Providence, Rhode Island. Exilesis his first novel. From the Hardcover edition.
Benn continues to create fascinating behind-the-scenes mysteries from little-known facets of World War II history. . . . A fast-paced mix of action, adventure, and crime solving. --"Booklist. "
One quiet evening in Oxford a house near Sarah Tucker's suddenly explodes. The cause is later reported to be a gas leak, but when a child disappears in the aftermath, Sarah -- a young married woman, bored and unhappy with her life -- becomes obsessed with trying to find her. Very soon she's left wondering whether she has really ever known anybody or anything at all, as her attempts at investigation reveal that people long thought dead are still among the living, while the living are joining the dead. Her own life however, becomes distinctly less boring. What begins in this peaceful suburb comes to a compelling climax on a remote and unwelcoming Scottish island, as the hunt for the missing child takes Sarah out of her marriage and into a journey with a companion who himself is being hunted by murderous and apparently official forces. This acclaimed first novel sets a cracking pace with a satisfying denouement.
Praise for The Fat Man's Daughter:"When they work-when the balance between art and research is close to perfection-crime novels that illuminate an historical period are things of beauty. Caroline Petit's first novel falls into that illustrious company. She catches the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of Hong Kong, China and Manchuria in 1937 as they filter through the senses of a fascinating young woman. . . . Under the amazingly sure hand of Petit, an Australian writer of rare abilities, every aspect of this terrific story comes to life. "-Chicago Tribune"Remarkable. . . . Irresistible. "-Advocate (Tennessee)"An excellent suspense story, a bona fide tour of China as it was then, with menacing characters and swift, sure punishment. "-Orange County Register"Vivid . . . the journey into womanhood as exotic action-adventure. "-Publishers Weekly"The extraordinary journey of Leah Kolbe, a compelling character. "-Jacqueline WinspearLeah Kolbe, the daughter of a recently deceased British antiquities dealer, escapes to Macao as the Japanese occupy Hong Kong, where her fiancé is interned and where she has long lived. As a spy for the British, she takes a Japanese lover. When she returns with provisions on the first boat to reach liberated Hong Kong, she finds the English survivors totally altered. Although her fiancé cannot bear to remain in Hong Kong, Leah chooses to stay on and rebuild. Caroline Petit was born and raised in the United States but now lives in Victoria, Australia. Her debut, featuring Leah Kolbe, was The Fat Man's Daughter.
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