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Whether it's to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for... Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town's Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street's portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle's signature truffles. As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away... FIRST IN A NEW SERIES Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!
"Ruthlessly frank. . . . Recalls Holden Caulfield by way of John Hughes."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) In these stories, a teacher obsesses over a student who comes to class with scratch marks on his face; a Catholic girl graduating high school finds a warped kind of redemption in her school's contrived class rituals; and a woman looking to rent a house is sucked into a strangely inappropriate correspondence with one of the landlords. These are just a few of the powerful plotlines in Suzanne Rivecca's gorgeously wrought collection. From a college student who adopts a false hippie persona to find love, to a young memoirist who bumps up against a sexually obsessed fan, the characters in these fiercely original tales grapple with what it means to be honest with themselves and the world. These stories explode "with piercing insight . . . illuminating the dangerous dance between victims and saviors. [They] deliver us to the edge of grief, that precarious place where the moral compass spins--where codes of love and law and religion fail. Mercy here depends on a tiger's sublime grace, our capacity to resist deeper harm, and the right of every broken being to remain silent" (Melanie Rae Thon).
Why would a sniper shoot suburban physiotherapist Rachel James as she sips her morning coffee? Inspector Morse's hunt for answers kicks off with a tabloid journalist, winds through the strip clubs of Soho, then returns to Oxford, where two senior dons and their wives battle for a plum promotion. Then, on the personal front, Inspector Morse receives intimations of his own mortality.And while Morse muses on life, he reveals his first name at last...
Heaven Lee is at it again, this time when a sniper shoots down a blimp advertising the 50th anniversary of Foster's Chocolates, a family-owned business in Heaven's hometown of Kansas City. Then a man is found dead at the opening of Foster's new chocolate factory. This family is rife with in-fighting and backstabbing over the chocolate fortune, but is it enough to kill over? The dynamic Heaven tackles the case. All in all, it's another delicious mystery complete with sinfully delicious chocolate recipes.
When John Chapel was young, his parents were brutalized and murdered by Bevo Rooks and his gang of cutthroats. With a cold, undying tenacity, he tracked the men across Indian Territory, picking them off one by one. But the wily Rooks got away. Chapel was soon taken in by the Chickasaw Nation and lived as one of them. Twelve years later, Chapel is a deputy marshal, renowned for his ability to run down his quarry. But he hasn't forgotten the promise he made to finish what he began. And Rooks still hasn't changed his evil ways. When Chapel joins the hunt for the outlaw, he knows his quest for vengeance is coming to a close--and that his prey will finally die by his bullet... .
Wireheads are the new junkies, with electricity their drug of choice. A mild current stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain producing ecstasy. If a wirehead is left unattended, he or she will starve to death during the experience.
When Troy Singleton is murdered on the Terrace of Larmar Jordan, Larmar is the prime and most obvious subject. But Duncan MacLain the famous blind detective is called in to figure out if Larmar is truly innocent. Come along on a thrilling novel from the perspective of the blind detective who can shoot at sound, and has a trained police dog Driest and a guide dog Schnucke. Can Duncan put the pieces of the puzzle together in time?
In Death Likes it Hot, dashing P.R. man Peter Sargeant travels out to a posh beach community to help a wealthy socialite plan an end-of-summer party. His enjoyment of the sun, the surf, and the company of a lovely young fashion reporter is interrupted by the death of the socialite's niece: she mysteriously drowns while swimming on a crowded beach. No one suspects murder until the police find a lethal dose of sleeping pills in her system. As Sargeant watches the police's investigation unfold, he keeps an eye on the grieving socialite; the victim's famous painter husband; a suspiciously cheery brother and sister; and a garrulous tabloid columnist. Now, instead of planning guest lists, wine choices, and menus, Sargeant is faced with a killer unlike he's ever faced: highly sophisticated, devilishly clever, and just as smooth as he is. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Peter Cutler Sargeant II extends a business trip to include a weekend in the Hamptons. But soon a variety of eclectic visitors arrive and trouble ensues, making Peter second guess his decision to stay.
John Bolt had flown to Paris to make a connection with the mastermind behind the biggest power grab the drug world had seen. But he landed right in a trap. The giant hood who held Bolt in his crushing bear hug was high as a kite on cocaine and strong as a dozen men. Bolt could feel the pain searing across his chest and his ribs starting to cave in, and the torture clearly had only just begun. With the last agonizing ounces of his strength, Bolt slowly turned the barrel of his .45 to point against the man. Bolt felt the barrel touch something and stop, and that's when he yelled at the top of his voice, no words, just a long animal cry, and pulled the trigger.
A kingpin loses his little black book, and every pusher in the city will kill to find itHis name is Mr. Church. He is a drug kingpin whose empire stretches across six cities in the Northeast. And he is about to die. A rival dealer hires a gang of corrupt cops to end Church's reign--not just to get him out of the way, but to get ahold of his list. This small notebook holds the names of the couriers, suppliers, and crooked politicians who make the international drug trade run smoothly. The hit comes off, but the list vanishes. Whoever finds it will become one of the richest criminals in the country--assuming he lives to collect his first payment.Refereeing the melee is John Bolt, a narcotics agent with a hair trigger and a moral compass that's pointing him right at the heart of this war. Finding the list could mean the biggest bust of his career, and he doesn't mind killing to get his hands on it.
Recovering from an attempt on his life by an FBI traitor, Lily Yu's boss forms a ghost unity that will operate in secret-and outside the law. Lily's conscience won't let her join. Her fiancé, lupi Rule Turner, has no such reservations. But when a senator is killed, Lily's decision becomes a matter of life and death-and all the magic in between.
Jean Rabe's long-anticipated return to Krynn continues! Escaping from the slave pens of a Dark Knight mining camp was no easy feat, but what awaits Direfang, a former hobgoblin slave who has become the reluctant general of a growing goblin army is every bit as perilous. From the cruel ogre mountains to the shores of Newsea, Direfang, Mudwort the shaman, and the Dark Knight wizard Grallik fight the natural and unnatural forces that seek to destroy them. Direfang is tested to his limits by once-friends and powerful foes as he undertakes a death march to the Qualinesti Forest. His eyes on independence, Direfang refuses to surrender, and pledges his life for a chance to be free, even as he learns that freedom is a deadly prize.From the Paperback edition.
A young sorceress's entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. She could change history. But everything she thinks she knows is a lie. The sequel to the critically acclaimed Death Sworn will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She trained the assassins in magic--and fell in love with one of them. And she discovered her entire life had been built on a lie. After all of this, she wants to see the truth for herself. She infiltrates the Imperial Academy of Sorcery. She will see everything she despises about the corrupt empire--its thirst for power, merciless control, and careless violence. But she also finds something she never expected--friends, and a place to belong. Ileni no longer knows whose side she is on. Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Death Sworn.
When archaeologist Bruce Almond is killed on a dig in Greece, his son Crispin returns to Somerset and a mother he barely knows. Convinced his father's death was no accident, Crispin believes even his mother is not free from suspicion, so he baits a clever trap to lure the murderer out of hiding.
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, is hired by a mysterious priest to find the stolen shroud of Turin.
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P. I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Harry Dresden should be happy that business is good - makes a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for: a duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards; professional hit men using Harry for target practice; the missing Shroud of Turin (less missing than expected) and a headless corpse the Chicago police need identifying . . . Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man. Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging. Magic - it can get a guy killed.
With the Revolutionary War making itself felt in his Long Island home, Jonathan Barrett and his sister Elizabeth seek refuge on the distant shore of England. However, Jonathan has yet another reason to make the voyage: he is still searching for Nora, his lost love and the woman responsible for his recently discovered taste for blood. That search takes Jonathan back to the home of his mother's sister, where he discovers a plot against his family that puts him in danger from the most unlikely of suspects. But his new enemies will soon realize that it is very difficult to kill a Barrett-particularly one that is already dead...
The latest, greatest, high-tech thrill ride for Tom Clancy's legion of young fans.<P> The amateurs are beating the pros in this year's spatball playoffs-and some big bettors plan to lose a fortune. When they threaten a star player, the Net Force Explorers are called in to protect America's newest pastime.
DEATH TRACK When a Scandinavian heavy-metal band claims to possess the ordnance to wage a war, no one takes them seriously...despite their ties to right-wing extremists. But then a band member is murdered, and the weapons stash proves authentic. A remote, deserted military base on the Norwegian border with Finland harbors a stockpile of firearms and nuclear devices from the Soviet era. With news of the cache spreading, rabid political and paramilitary groups vie to seize the weaponry. The U.S. has just one good move: send in Mack Bolan. Tracking his enemies across the unforgiving Nordic landscape, Bolan blazes a hot path of destruction, even when the trail runs cold. But with so many competing interests, eliminating one threat gives rise to another. The frigid North is about to be blown off the map, unless Bolan can force the warmongers to face the music. And the Executioner's tune is almost always deadly.
When innocence is under attack, the Stony Man teams are primed to hit the battlefield. Operating under the President's orders, the world's best black ops warriors and cyber techs are willing to pay the ultimate price to uphold freedom.<P><P>Washington goes on full alert when Chinese operatives kidnap the creator of a vital US defense system, a top secret orbiting platform. Tracking the missing scientist to the Swiss Alps, Phoenix Force has to rescue the captive before torture forces him to give up the platform's secrets-putting millions of lives at risk. While Phoenix Force is overseas, Able Team uncovers a plot to take over the system's mission control facility. Both teams are outnumbered and outgunned, but they'll do whatever it takes to stop America's enemies from holding the entire country hostage.
In Death Money novelist Henry Chang returns us to the Chinatown of NYPD Detective Jack Yu, and spins one of his most noir tales yet.When the body of an unidentified Asian man is found in the Harlem River, NYPD Detective Jack Yu is pulled in to investigate. The murder takes Jack from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough. It's a world of secrets and unclear allegiances, of Chinatown street gangs and major Triad players. With the help of an elderly fortune teller and an old friend, the unpredictable Billy Bow, Jack races to solve his most difficult case yet.From the Hardcover edition.
Almost a year ago, Erin's mother Lannie suddenly left home without any explanation. Now Lannie wants to see her. "Give your mother a chance," Gram tells Erin as she takes her to the Greyhound station. But Erin feels miserable and unsure about seeing Lannie. When Erin loses her bus ticket, she hitches a ride with Mae and her older brother, Levi. Erin, an experienced outdoor enthusiast, joins the two siblings on a hike along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The trails are crowded with hikers as a deadly storm suddenly descends upon the mountain. When lightning strikes, everyone scrambles for safety and Erin and Mae become separated from the others. As the days pass, the two stranded and lost girls must rely on their own determination and skills, as well as each other, to survive hunger, freezing nights, exhaustion, and injuries.
For food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell, becoming a local culinary celebrity opens lots of doors. Unfortunately, one leads straight to cold-blooded murder... When Hayley is invited to do a cooking demo on one of daytime's most popular talk shows, it's a welcome distraction from her empty nest blues. And the newfound fame certainly has its perks--especially when Olivia Redmond, the posh bacon heiress of Redmond Meats, offers Hayley a writing gig with a juicy paycheck. But Hayley's good fortune fizzles fast. The heiress is found dead with her pet pot-bellied pig, Pork Chop, squealing bloody murder beside her body, and clogged arteries aren't to blame. It turns out Olivia's inherited a wealth of enemies over the years, and as Hayley trims the fat off a mounting list of suspects, it's clear that being rich and hot-tempered can be a recipe for disaster... Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen! Praise for Death of a Christmas Caterer "A fun Christmas cozy. " --Library Journal
Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year's Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady's maid in the garden.