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The Reverend Lee Barker went missing nineteen years ago...And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi, believe they know why. They're convinced he was murdered-by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay-and his mother and sisters-can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they're not talking.Allie McCormick is a cold-case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she's returned to Stillwater with her six-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she's starting over. But when Clay's powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn't murder the Reverend Lee Barker.Maybe Clay's a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just sixteen at the time. And he's not a cold-blooded killer. At least, that's what Allie believes-until she finds proof that behind the preacher's pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster.Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done....
One By OneEllen Wingate thinks she's hit the jackpot when she learns the millions she's inherited comes with a super-exclusive condo in the mountains outside of Las Vegas. But leaving Minnesota for paradise turns out to be the ultimate nightmare. Trapped with her neighbors in a freakish winter avalanche, a chilling discovery at the bottom of an indoor pool signals a frightening turn of events... Until There Were NoneA ruthless killer has infiltrated the Deer Creek Condos. With each killing more terrifying than the last, the panicked survivors face almost certain death. Their only hope is to band together to escape the unrelenting pursuit of a deadly intruder, but trusting each other could be their most fatal instinct...
When an asteroid impact in the USSR threatens to set off a nuclear war, an international force of Special forces act.
This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.
When Mr. Satterthwaite visits a new exhibit at the Harchester Galleries, there is one painting that bears an unusual likeness to a mysterious acquaintance of his, Mr. Quin. In one bold move he purchases the canvas on the spot, and in another invites the artist of "The Dead Harlequin" to dine with him that night, with an empty place at the table set for Mr. Quin. Dinner conversation soon turns to the setting of "The Dead Harlequin," the doomed and ghostly house Charnley, where many have perished under tragic circumstances. But when a new guest is announced, it is not Mr. Quin but famed comic stage actress Aspasia Glen, who demands that she be given that very painting. Then comes a frantic telephone call from Alix Charnley herself, and Alix has the same request. What is the meaning of the painting, and can it shed any light upon the happenings at Charnley?
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls. Sam's job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure their souls are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he's dispatched to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that's doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before. "No." File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don't | Collector Mania | On The Run ] e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-219-4From the Paperback edition.
To protect a senator at the Boston Marathon, private investigator turned actor Michael Spraggue must run faster than he ever has before Michael Spraggue receives an anonymous note requesting a meeting on the running path in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir--a favorite spot for runners training for the Boston Marathon. His muscles aching, Michael is about to throw in the towel when he sees a familiar grin. Brian Donagher is the charismatic junior senator who took Washington by storm and is now running for re-election. With him is bodyguard Pete Collatos, an ex-cop who knows Michael from his PI days. Brian has been getting death threats, and Pete wants help tracking down whoever is sending them. Michael isn't convinced that the threats are serious--until gunfire erupts from the hill above them. Miraculously, no one is hurt, but Michael knows they won't be so lucky next time because politics can get dirty in Boston. As the marathon approaches, Michael will have to sprint to keep a popular politician--and himself--alive.
Max Moreton is a rising culinary star, but when almost all of the guests at a catered affair get severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a huge hit. Scrambling to meet to his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for 40 in the glass-fronted private boxes at the 2000 Guineas race, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first Classic race with a day to remember. Then a bomb rips through the private boxes, killing several of his staff and many guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, he surveys the ruins of the grandstand and of his career.
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles's role as his father's enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way... Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae's cold war with humanity is about to heat up--and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.
Melanie Graham is thrilled. She loves exercise riding, and she's good at it, too! Her aunt Ashleigh says Melanie would make a great Jockey-she's really thriving at Whitebrook. But Melanie's not alone. Her friend Kevin McLean also wants to exercise-ride, and soon Melanie and Kevin are galloping together on the Whitebrook track. Racing for fun turns serious as Melanie becomes more and more competitive, testing their friendship to the limit. Kevin thinks Melanie is pushing herself too hard. Will she slow down before it's too late?Whether jumping a cross-country course, galloping a powerful racehorse, or just riding on the trails, only one thing matters to Christina and her friends: the special bond between horse and rider. If you love horses, then you'll love reading all the books in the Thoroughbred series.
The charming resort town of Loon Lake, Wisconsin is once again rocked by murder and retired dentist and fly fisherman Doc Osborne is deputized to help Police Chief Lew Ferris investigate the death of heiress Nolan Reece, whose body is washes ashore on Thanksgiving morning.
The second novel in the wonderful Paddy Meehan series by Scotland's princess of crime. Paddy Meehan, Glasgow's aspiring journalist is back on the beat, trawling the streets of Glasgow for a story -- something to prove she can write; that she's better at her job than all her male colleagues; anything that will get her off the terrible night shift that is slowly turning her brains to mush. And then she meets the woman with the poodle perm at the door of a wealthy suburb in the north of the city. It's just a domestic dispute, Paddy's told, although her instincts are alerted when she's slipped a £50 note to keep the story out of the papers. By the next morning the woman is dead; she's been tortured, beaten, and left to die. Paddy has found her story, but she's still got the £50; and with her father and brothers unemployed, and her upright Roman Catholic family perilously short of money, this could solve a lot of problems. A day later, Paddy sees a body being pulled from the river. Another death, she's told; it's nothing to do with you; go home. But when Paddy talks to the wife of the dead man, she finds that the relationship between him and the murdered woman was closer than the police had imagined. Why have these people died? What were they trying to hide? And could this be the break Paddy's been waiting for? What follows is a deeply personal journey into the dark heart of a brutal economic recession, and the brutal bud of the drugs trade in the 1980s.
Welcome to The Dead House.Read the first 17 chapters in this new chilling psychological horror!Book Description:Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, "the girl of nowhere."Kaitlyn's diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, and in a way, she doesn't - because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it. Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary - and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep and haunted by dreams he can't explain and memories he can't recover. Death doesn't scare him--his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.In this dark and witty psychological drama about survival, Aaron finds that making peace with the dead may be easier than coming to terms with the living. "I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know." -- John Marsden, author of Tomorrow When the War Began.
This Irish bad-boy thriller -- set in the hardest streets of New York City -- brims with violence, greed, and sexual betrayal. "I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went." So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the Troubles in Belfast. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever -- just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block. Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget -- saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent. But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him. A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent -- complete with an Irish lilt.
[Back cover] "Amanda Hazard, savvy CPA and amateur sleuth, thought marriage might give her a break from murder but crime never takes a honeymoon. Amanda is just settling into married life with her new husband, sexy country cop Nick Thorn, when she's jolted back to reality by a call from her richest and least favorite client, Harvey Renshaw. Seems the gruff career military man has another oil well interest to discuss with her-and he means now. Amanda decides to drive out to Harv's ranch and tell him he can drill for a new CPA ... where the sun don't shine. But after tramping her way through a herd of confused cattle, Amanda discovers someone else had a beef with the cranky codger--and a deadly beef at that. Harvey is lying boots-down under a ton of hay. Amanda's convinced Harvey's death was no freak farming accident. Never a candidate for most loved man of Vamoose County, his lack of popularity has produced a long list of suspects--everyone from his four ex-wives to a local supplier he stiffed. Trying to ferret out the truth is like searching for clues in a haystack. But as Amanda cuts her way through a herd of motives, mysteries and murderous accusations, she finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a case that could leave her the prime target for a vindictive killer gone Haywire ... " The entire Amanda Hazard series is in the Bookshare collection. Look for all of the amusing, well plotted mysteries in these novels about a city girl who chooses the small town life in Vamoose where the social centers are the beauty parlor and cafe and her nearest neighbors are chickens, cows, horses, and sheep. Amanda always has an uphill battle convincing the handsome town sheriff that the dead people she finds on her rounds as a CPA are victims of murder, not accidents. Dig in to #1 Dead in the Water, #2 Dead in the Cellar, #3 Dead in the Melon Patch, #4 Dead in the Dirt, #5 Dead in the Dirt, #6 Dead in the Driver's Seat and #8 Dead in the Pumpkin Patch.
[From the back cover:] "She's got Las Vegas legs, but she's had it with life in the fast lane. She's Amanda Hazard--Savvy CPA and amateur sleuth--and she's about to stir up a tornado of trouble in the Oklahoma boondocks! Treacherous twister Sexy cop Nick Thorn's ex-girlfriend has just blown into town ... followed by a tornado that rips through Vamoose, Oklahoma. Amanda knows she has to keep busy and Elmer Jolly's tax forms seem just the ticket. But when she arrives at Jolly's farm, she finds her elderly client in his storm cellar--stone-cold dead. Amanda's been named executrix of Jolly's estate, but the figures tell her that the "fatal accident" theory doesn't add up to a hill of beans. A little chat with Elmer's tight-fisted brothers and cantankerous cousins only stirs up a new storm of hostility. And when Amanda takes a near-fatal tumble out of Elmer's hayloft, she knows she's on target. Then the Will vanishes--leaving Amanda to stop a killer who's waiting to blow her right out of the water ..." Look for the first book in the Amanda Hazard series, Dead in the Water, in the Bookshare collection with Book #3 Dead in the Melon Patch, coming soon.
(Back cover) "The road to ruin Amanda is in the market for a practical new truck, so she heads to Vamoose's only car dealership, Lemon's Used Cars. After some hot and heavy negotiations, Amanda buys proprietor Frank Lemon's own truck in a deal too good to refuse. Later that night, when Amanda sees her truck flying down the street, she and reconciled fiancé Police Chief Nick Thorn race after it. But when the truck veers off the road, and the driver is killed, Thorn is blamed. Knowing she has to save her man's career, Amanda puts the pedal to the metal and uncovers more than a trunkful of fraud and a carload of suspects. Digging for clues just where she shouldn't, Amanda soon learns that there's mortal danger in discovery. Because at this dealership, the cars ought to be road tested for murder ..." Look for all of the amusing, well plotted mysteries in this series about a city girl who chooses the small town life in Vamoose where the social centers are the beauty parlor and cafe and her nearest neighbors are chickens, cows, horses, and sheep. Amanda always has an uphill battle convincing the handsome town sheriff that the dead people she finds on her rounds as a CPA are victims of murder, not accidents. #1 Dead in the Water, #2 Dead in the Cellar, #3 Dead in the Melon Patch, #4 Dead in the Dirt, #5 Dead in the Dirt, followed by #7 Dead in the Hay and #8 Dead in the Pumpkin Patch.
[From the back cover:] "She's got Las Vegas legs but she's had it with life in the fast lane. She's Amanda Hazard--savvy CPA and amateur sleuth--and now she's exposed to a dark cloud of danger when murder storms through the Oklahoma boondocks! A dirty Way to die Amanda is fit to be tied. Torrential rains have turned the town of Vamoose into the mud capital of Oklahoma, and County Commissioner Brown has washed his hands of the whole dirty mess. But after sludging her way to his remote farm, Amanda discovers it's too late to wring his neck. Brown's already dead--lying face down next to his pick-up truck. The cause of death? Apparently--ironically--he drowned in the mud. Dead In The Mud But Amanda, along with her fiancée, Chief of Police Nick Thorn, is convinced--poetic justice notwithstanding--that it's a case of cold-blooded murder. Especially considering Brown's colorful roster of enemies, including one mud-slinging political rival and a particularly vindictive ex-wife. But as Amanda moves closer to the truth, she finds herself sinking deeper into a seething morass of corruption and political skullduggery. Suddenly, Amanda's up to her neck in mortal danger. Suddenly, she's become the easy target for a vengeful killer. ..." Look for all of the amusing, well plotted mysteries in this series about a city girl who chooses the small town life in Vamoose where the social centers are the beauty parlor and cafe and her nearest neighbors are chickens, cows, horses, and sheep. Amanda always has an uphill battle convincing the handsome town sheriff that the dead people she finds on her rounds as a CPA were victims of murder, not accidents. #1 Dead in the Water, #2 Dead in the Cellar, #3 Dead in the Melon Patch, #4 Dead in the Dirt, followed by #6 Dead in the Driver's Seat and #7 Dead in the Hay.
First in 5 book series. Shirley and male housemate, J.Q., both middle-aged, have ranch near Denver. Shirley discovers a body in the scub. In the solving, learn about her and her past life, J.Q., and meet their foster daughter-to-be, Allison.
Stone Barrington only wants a winter getaway from the chill of New York in the beautiful, tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Mark's. But what the lawyer and ex-cop gets instead is the chance to defend Allison Manning. The beautiful young woman stands accused of killing her rich husband on board their luxurious yacht and then burying him at sea.Stone isn't exactly conversant with the island country's law, but this much is clear to him: Allison is being railroaded by the perverse sense of justice of a prosecutor who will do anything to stay in office. Donning the robe and wig of a British barrister, Stone does everything he can to save Allison--from publicizing the case all over the American press to conducting the kind of smart, tough investigation that money can't buy. Just when he has the jury in the palm of his hands, a shocking reversal of fortune changes everything. And what was once a sure thing begins to look a lot like a death sentence.
On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train's arrival in the English village of Bishop's Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces' crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test. Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself. Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office--and making spectacular use of Harriet's beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit--Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer. Acclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award "If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce."--USA Today "Irresistibly appealing."--The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard "Original, charming, devilishly creative."--Bookreporter, on I Am Half-Sick of Shadows "Delightful and entertaining."--San Jose Mercury News, on Speaking from Among the BonesFrom the Hardcover edition.
From esteemed crime novelist Philip R. Craig comes a scorching new Martha's Vineyard mystery, the latest in a series renowned not only for its beautiful setting but also for its fine appreciation of an extraordinary island's rich heritage. It's a picture-perfect Vineyard summer, and ex-Boston cop J. W. Jackson finds time for lazy afternoons at the beach with his wife, Zee, and the kids. Nothing could be better, but of course not everything is peaceful, even on this idyllic island. A teenage girl has already drowned in an early-summer tragedy. The more superficial conflict du jour centers on a group of cyclists, led by irascible environmentalist Henry Highsmith, who fervently oppose new construction, including plans for a luxurious new golf course. J. W. is not part of the golf course battle, at least not until he and a bad-tempered Highsmith come to blows at the local fish shop. The dispute is not over fish. J. W. parked his vehicle too close to Highsmith's fancy bike, an unpardonable offense. Is there more to the J. W. -Highsmith feud than seems to be the case? Some people think so, especially when an SUV suspiciously like J. W. 's forces Highsmith's wife, Abigail, off her bicycle, sending her to the emergency room. When J. W. 's rich businessman friend Glen Norton invites him to join a golfing foursome at Waterwoods, the island's prettiest club, he's happy to accept. At least he's certain not to run into Highsmith on the manicured greens. J. W. is not much of a golfer, but Zee hopes he'll get some exercise and stay out of trouble. Wrong. Trouble is waiting for J. W. in the sand trap at the fourth hole -- the sand trap with the human hand protruding from below. The hand is connected to a body, and it's clearly a case of murder. With circumstantial evidence pointing to J. W. , he must act fast, peeling back layers of deceit surrounding old Vineyard families in his search for a killer. Alive with the sights, smells, and tastes of Philip R. Craig's beloved island, Dead in Vineyard Sand includes three classic recipes, featuring the decadent Lobsters, Croissants, and Champagne. Just in time for summer reading, this appealing blend of Vineyard ambiance and intrigue will thrill both beachgoers and city dwellers looking for vicarious pleasure. Includes three delicious recipes
Post Secret meets World War Z in this chilling vision of the fallout following a global zombie pandemic. A gradual mutation of a virulent strain of super flu gives rise to millions of the undead, who quickly overwhelm treatment facilities and swarm cities around the world, leaving survivors on their own against a legion of the infected. This chilling story is told through the scraps of paper, scrawled signs, and cryptic markers left by survivors as they struggle to stay alive and find those they ve lost in a world overrun by zombies. Through these found notes and messages letters to loved ones, journal fragments, confessions, and warnings readers can uncover the story of what went wrong, and come to know the individual voices of those affected by the zombie crisis.
As the creepy little town of Nightshade prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary--on Halloween, of course--many of its paranormal residents are receiving mysterious blackmail letters. Psychic teen Daisy Giordano and her sisters set out to find out who is behind the threats. But launching an investigation isn't easy for Daisy with her overprotective father watching her every move. Though she's is happy to have him back after the years he spent being held captive by an anti-paranormal group called the Scourge, Dad is having difficult time adjusting to home life--and the fact that his little girl is now a senior in high school. He even disapproves of Daisy's boyfriend, Ryan. Can their relationship take the strain?And Daisy's got even more on her plate: A talented amateur chef, she has won cooking lessons with celebrity chef Circe Silvertongue. After nosing around (with a little help from Circe's pet pig), Daisy begins to suspect the temperamental chef's secrets aren't only in her ingredients. . . .The fourth installment in this favorite series is full of surprises and scares!