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After a brutal murder on the ranch, Hank investigates and thinks he knows who the guilty party is. But before he can make an arrest, he's captured by a bloodthirsty pack of coyotes.
When Trish Cunningham reaches for her gallon of milk in > the milk case, > she finds a hand. The hand is attached to a body! Trish, > wife, > mother, step-mother and amateur sleuth investigates. Christian mystery.
An American literature professor with a big interest in Chadleigh--and an even bigger bankroll from the university where she's tenured--can keep Bracketts running, in exchange for assistance on her Chadleigh biography. But the mistrustful trustees are afraid the biographer is only interested in rooting out the skeletons in Chadleigh's closet--especially after uncovering one in his garden.
Just as Aimée is about to leave for New York City to follow up on a lead about a possible younger brother, her partner in Leduc Detective, René Friant, is wounded by a near-fatal gun shot. Eyewitnesses identify Aimée as the culprit. The police have pegged her as the guilty party. Aimée is distraught over René's condition and horrified to be under suspicion. At the same time, a large, mysterious sum appears in their firm's bank account, and the tax authorities descend upon Aimée. She has no idea who would have sent this money. It seems that someone is impersonating Aimée, someone who wants revenge. But for what? Two murders ensue. How do they relate to the youth whom Aimée's testimony sent to jail in the very first Aimée Leduc investigation, Murder in the Marais?
Lawrence Block, Simon Brett, Ken Bruen, Christopher Coake, Stephen Collins, Tom Franklin, Jonathan Gash, Steve Hamilton, H.R.F. Keating, Laura Lippman, Bradford Morrow, Ian Rankin, John Sandford, William G. Tapply, and John Westermann, along with introductory comments by Otto Penzler, deliver up an ace anthology of original short stories that mix murder and mystery on the fairway. This collection is sure to appeal to sports fans and those eager to read stories by the most celebrated authors in the mystery genre.
Aimée is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aimée is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics.
The second book in the delightful Verlaque and Bonnet mystery series is another page-turning whodunit, this time in set in a small community of theology students and professors at Aix-en-Provence's university. When the director of the theology department at the university in Aix is found dead, Judge Verlaque is dumbfounded. Professor Moutte was about to announce the recipient of both a fellowship, and his position as Director--which includes the coveted apartment in a 17th century mansion. The prospective recipients and others close to Moutte make up a long list of suspects, but Verlaque isn't convinced any of the eager students or desperate teachers are capable of murder, and he must dig deeper. With Marine's help--and that of her plucky mother--Verlaque uncovers a world that proves more complicated than university politics.
When a mysterious visitor promises contact with her long-lost mother, Aimée Leduc finds herself hot on the trail of the Seventies radicals with whom her mother was evidently associated. The result is not just good suspense but an affecting and realistic psychological study of a daughter's coming to terms with an absent parent. This is another high-class mystery from Black, whose previous works in the series (Murder in Belleville,Murder in the Marais) have the same indelible sense of place and sophisticated political context.
The clerk to the chief justice of the supreme court is discovered, shot in the head in the courtroom. The FBI, The Washington police and the Justice Department investigate. For two of the three, finding the murderer is not their top priority leaving more work for Lieutenant Martin Teller and Susanna Pinscher. The victim, young, handsome, and ambitious, the son of a prominent Washington D. C. psychiatrist, had many enemies including the nine justices, and the women he seduced and discarded and the men who loved them. Heroes, the military, even the President of the United states come under suspicion. Susan and Martin are asking questions from coast to coast about what goes on in bedrooms, offices, the White House and the Supreme Court. The outcome could affect the laws and leadership of the land. Look for other mysteries by Margaret Truman in the Bookshare collection.
In a town where the weapon of choice is usually a well-aimed rumor, the strangling of Secretary of State Lansard Blaine in the Lincoln Bedroom is a gruesome first. White House counsel Ron Fairbanks is ordered to investigate. There are persistent rumors that the Secretary was an accomplished womanizer with ties to a glamorous call girl. There is also troubling evidence of unofficial connections with international wheeler-dealers. In death as in life, Blaine is a power to be reckoned with. For Fairbanks, who loves the President's daughter, one point is soon clear: only a few highly placed insiders had access to the Lincoln Bedroom that fateful evening. And one of them was the president. . . .
Fourteen guests-including Hercule Poirot-arrive for a lavish feast at an isolated estate. Only a few will be alive for dessert. The Reverend Stephen Babbington seldom imbibes, but at a gala thrown by actor Sir Charles Cartwright, he indulges in a cocktail and falls over dead. Since there is no trace of poison or foul play, the case is closed . . . until an identical death at a London party arouses the suspicions of Hercule Poirot.
MURDER IN VEGAS Steve Allen's best-selling mysteries are acclaimed for their wit, charm, and stylish sense of fun. In this newest episode, the famous comedian faces his most challenging performance yet when a show in Las Vegas turns into an engagement with death. Murder is far from his thoughts as Steve Allen rehearses with legendary crooner Buddy Hamilton on the stage of the world-famous Colosseum in Las Vegas. The beat of fifty high-kicking showgirls sends pulses into high gear, and the gentler rhythm of Steve and Buddy's old soft-shoe routine is a guaranteed show-stopper. But the show is stopped instead by the appearance of Steve's wife Jayne Meadows in a terry- cloth robe. "Murder..." she moans, and faints rather gracefully into Steve's arms. The victim is Buddy's glamorous young wife Christie-strangled in the sauna. The prime suspect is Buddy. Steve must admit his old friend looks very guilty, Indeed. Certainly the police are quite sure of themselves as they put Buddy Hamilton behind bars. But for once, Steve is out to prove someone innocent rather than guilty. Armed with his personal knowledge of Buddy's eccentric family, a wife who was a witness of sorts to the crime, and his own seat-of-the-pants style of sleuthing, Steve frees the celebrated singer, then proceeds to track down the real killer with the aplomb that has become his hallmark.
The mystery lovers who belong to Murder By the Yard book group have strong opinions about their favorite authors and series - some prefer classic Christie capers, while others devour the novels of modern mystery madam Sue Grafton. As leader of the vociferous and diverse bunch, Megan Clark must referee the group's heated debates. But when a particularly antagonistic woman is murdered after a meeting at Time and Again Bookstore, Megan and the other group members are prime suspects. Looking to their favorite sleuths for inspiration, the mystery famns launch an investigation and discover that this brutal crime is just one chapter in a disturbing and deadly plot...
Mystery shopper Josie Marcus is thrilled to be getting married. But when a deranged bride meets a grim end, Josie will have to catch a murderer before she tosses the bouquet... As a bride-to-be, Josie's latest assignment is absolutely fitting--investigating wedding flowers and wedding cakes. Josie can't wait to pick out the details to make her own wedding perfect, even as her fiancé Ted's outrageous mother has plans to turn the celebration into an over-the-top extravaganza. Still, the pistol-packing Lenore does come in handy when she draws her gun on Molly--a homicidal bridezilla who threatens to kill Ted unless he agrees to marry her--and saves the day. Josie thinks the worst pre-wedding disaster is behind her--until Molly is shot and Lenore becomes the prime suspect. With her mother-in-law behind bars and her wedding on hold, Josie's about to become fully engaged in finding the bridezilla killer and getting her own wedding back on track... .
Two friends form a detective agency--and must solve their first murder case--in this start to a middle grade mystery series at a 1930s boarding school.Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends at Deepdean School for Girls, and they both have a penchant for solving mysteries. In fact, outspoken Daisy is a self-described Sherlock Holmes, and she appoints wallflower Hazel as her own personal Watson when they form their own (secret!) detective agency. The only problem? They have nothing to investigate. But that changes once Hazel discovers the body of their science teacher, Miss Bell--and the body subsequently disappears. She and Daisy are certain a murder must have taken place, and they can think of more than one person with a motive. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime--and to prove that it happened--before the killer strikes again, Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects, and use all the cunning, scheming, and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder. When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.
MURDER AT THE RIO GRANDETen years ago, private eye Mike Shayne did a job for one of the richest men in El Paso, digging up dirt on a boy courting the tycoon's daughter. Now the daughter's back, all grown up and dangerous. And so's Shayne - but this time it's to investigate murder...
[from the back cover] "Murder is Served marks the welcome return of Pam and Jerry North, that sophisticated duo of sleuths who made their first appearance in The New Yorker in 1930. When playboy restaurateur Tony Mott is murdered, the obvious suspect is his lovely widow, left bereaved and sumptuously wealthy. But for Mr. and Mrs. North, the solution to a mystery never presents itself on a silver platter. Besides, the late Mr. Mott had any number of acquaintances who knew how to dish out a crime. Without missing a beat, or a meal, the Norths solve the case in their usual way--with a wit as dry as the perfect martini." There are more books about the affluent, sociable, New York City couple solving murders in the mid twentieth century. Look for The Judge is Reversed and Murder Within Murder, The Norths Meet Murder, with more on the way.
They were the murder league, a group dedicated to committing any murder for anyone. For the small sum of one thousand pounds, the group would perform the killing for whatever the reason--love, hate, money, fun. All the client had to do was drop a line in their post box and the deal was done. The murder league, three former mystery writers, performs their dispatches with a cool demeanor and the utmost dignity, with only their goal of ten heads on their minds. Soon the spice has returned to their lives, but that is until everything begins to go wrong. Join this lovable group of vigilantes as they spiral into a world where committing murder is never as easy as writing about it.
Robyn and Aries are two beautiful women with an ugly secret - they're murderers for hire. The Murder Mamas have relocated to the buzzing city of Los Angeles and it doesn't take them long to link up with Hollywood's biggest drug kingpin. He hires them to take out a snitch and a judge, but the plans backfire and they only complete half the job. When Robyn gets caught by the authorities, their world falls apart.
Robyn and Aries are "The Murder Mamas," contract killers taking no prisoners in Los Angeles. It doesn't take them long to link up with Hollywood's biggest drug kingpin, who hires them to take out a snitch and a judge. But the plans backfire and they only complete half the job. Robyn gets caught and put on Death Row, and Aries goes on the run. She winds up in the Islands, where she takes up a new life as a mother and wife, and tries to forget who she once was. But unfinished business has a way of coming back to haunt you; and when it's the killing kind, there's a huge price to pay. Now Aries has to put it all on the line as she sets out to finish what the Murder Mamas started, leaving her family and her sanity and her soul behind. . . .
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MURDER I LEARNED IN NASHVILLE The bestselling toast of Tennessee, author Robert Jefferson Reed has made big bucks with his little book of folksy homilies like "Never go to bed angry" and "Eat your vegetables. " He should have included "Don't commit murder. " For when Reed's wife hires P. I. Harry James Denton to catch her hubby in a tryst with a sexy secretary, Harry finds the author of Life's Little Maintenance Manual strangled and drowned in his own hot tub. Caught at the scene of the crime, Harry is pegged as the prime suspect and must work double duty to avoid the specter of prison--and to pluck a murderer out of a dead man's tangled past. . . . "From the Paperback edition. "
Driving to Miami, Scott Daniels paused to rescue a lady in distress. She was in a road house, abandoned by her date, and so Scott offered Valerie a lift. No sooner had they started off, then they spotted the boyfriend's car smashed in an accident. Valerie begged Scott to save her good name by salvaging her suitcase from the wreck before the cops could find it. But no sooner had he done so, then he learned that instead of being filled with pink unmentionables, it was loaded with green negotiables - hundreds of thousands of them.Curiosity being stronger than caution, Scott kept his eye on Valerie after dropping her off in Miami. And thus found himself the only element remaining between a gang of ruthless criminals and the perfect crime.
The cold blue, salmon-rich water and vast green terrain of Alaska's McNeil River Sanctuary make it perfect bear country. Lauren Maxwell, Anchorage- based investigator for the Wild America Society, has flown there after getting an urgent message from her friend Roland Tail, an eccentric biologist, and staunch defender of Ursa arctos horribilis, the savage grizzly. What she finds is the bloodstained ground of a fresh kill--and enough of a body to know Roland won't be meeting her then, or ever. The evidence clearly shows that a grizzly killed him, but too many unanswered questions convince Lauren that this was no random bear attack. She suspects that Roland made a deadly enemy of Kirby Rogers, the sanctuary's macho, pro-hunting administrator, and may have run afoul of powerful business and oil interests. But proving that Roland's death is murder means going deep into the wild to search for clues. And a woman naturalist--even one who carries a .45 caliber Colt automatic in her backpack--may become Alaska's next endangered species as she pushes her intelligence and strength to the limits on the trail of a killer... the two-legged kind.
Sarah, one of Kate Jasper's consciousness, create-your-own-reality pals turns up mellowed out and murdered in her Jacuzzi. Over the objections of her boyfriend Wayne, Kate sets out to find out who did it and why. She finds out that a lot of people had good reason to want Sarah silenced for good. If Kate isn't careful, she'll be next.
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