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San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque town in central Mexico's highlands that attracts artists, retirees, and those in need of some rest and relaxation. So when publisher Vaughan Buckley and his wife, Olga, invite Jessica to join them for a little R & R, she jumps at the opportunity to spend time basking in the sun and enjoying Mexican culture with her friends. But there are those who don't share Jessica's appreciation for the arts. Ruthless kidnappers abduct Vaughan and demand a considerable ransom for his safe return--or else Olga will be made a widow. Jessica can't imagine why local criminals would be interested in Vaughan. To solve the mystery, she turns her attention to his friends in San Miguel--friends who don't appreciate Jessica poking her nose into their business. . . . .
Mystery stories are nearly as old as civilization, dating back at least four thousand years to ancient Egypt. Tales of murder are related in the Bible, as when "Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him." It is not uncommon for people to fleetingly contemplate murder. Fortunately, they seldom act on these random impulses.
It's the height of summer, and the wealthy Finney family have gathered at the Manoir Bellechasse to pay tribute to their late father. But as the temperature rises, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. When the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake. Chief Inspector Gamache, a guest at the Bellechasse, finds himself with a building full of suspects. With the hotel locked down, the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all?
[From the back cover:] "Jupiter Jones has a weakness for fried chicken despite his new diet--and an appetite for mystery-adventure despite all danger. So when he and fellow crimebusters Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews scent trouble in the fast-food empire of His Barney Coop, "the Chicken Kings," the temptation is too delicious to deny. Somebody is out to poison fried-chicken freaks by the millions. The list of suspects reads like a menu of madness. And the Three Investigators dig into the ultimate game of chicken--against an enemy who is bad to the last venomous bite...." Look for more books in the 3 Investigator's Crimebusters series in the Bookshare collection including : #1 Hot Wheels, #3 Rough Stuff, #4 Funny Business, #5 An Ear for Danger and #6 Thriller Diller. There are over 40 more books in the original Three Investigators series which takes place when the boys are too young to drive but old enough to solve dangerous cases involving criminals from all over the world. Get exciting reading from Bookshare.
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Otherworld novels. Medium Emerald O'Brien looks into the disappearance of a missing biker-only to stumble upon his dead body in the woods. The police believe a wild animal killed him, but Emerald is convinced the killer is one of human nature.
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Otherworld novels. Medium Emerald O'Brien looks into the disappearance of a missing biker--only to stumble upon his dead body in the woods. The police believe a wild animal killed him, but Emerald is convinced the killer is one of human nature.
In this delightful second book in our wonderful new series created by veteran dog trainer Lee Charles Kelley, a clever kennel owner and his endearing canine companions once again work to solve baffling mysteries. Ex-New York cop turned kennel owner Jack Field is perfectly happy training dogs and living the simple life in the rustic woods of Maine. But once again, he and his girlfriend Jamie, the smart and sexy local coroner, are dragged into a mystery of remarkable proportions. When a prominent local judge is found dead in his car, his throat ripped open, with a ferocious boxer locked inside the car with him, all fingers point to the dog as the killer. But when Jack is called in to handle the growling beast, he soon realizes that this frightened boxer is no killer, and he's determined to find the real culprit before his doggy friend is put down for the judge's death. Soon, Jack and Jamie are immersed in a scandal that reaches throughout the town, involving the brazen local marijuana dealer and his delightful brood of ten beagles, Jamie's shady drug addicted ex-husband, twisted family secrets, and an outrageous attempt at blackmail. Full of wit and originality.
In the third book of the riveting Playing Dirty/Notorious series, defense attorney Yoshi Lomax finds herself caught up in a ruthless power struggle that could end on the other side of the bars. Using her keen skills to outsmart her opponents has never been a problem for Yoshi, but with a new man by her side and new tests to endure,When taken prisoner and horribly abused, Yoshi must use her talents in new ways to defeat the chaos. She soon finds herself in yet another dilemma, where bodies are surfacing and drama seems to be the only thing on the menu. Amid all this turmoil and violence, Yoshi is confronted with the question of which side of the law she has to be on in order to stay alive.
At a Colorado theatre festival, Mike Shayne investigates a miner's murder Private inspector Mike Shayne and his young bride, Phyllis, have escaped Miami for a badly needed vacation, taking in a theatre festival in the picturesque mountains of Colorado. Once a year, this cozy little town is overrun by actors, playwrights, directors, and aficionados, all of whom are as interested in cocktail parties as they are in what happens onstage. After a tiring day, Mike and Phyllis are having drinks in the hotel bar when they hear a woman scream. Her name is Nora Carson, and she is visibly shaken. After ten long years, Nora believes she has just seen her father, an eccentric old prospector, standing right outside the hotel window. She chases after him, but by the time she reaches him, it is too late. Hours after making his big strike, Nora's father is dead--and it's up to Mike Shayne to discover who snuffed him out.
A humbug of a shopping mystery. . . From The Anthony and Agatha Award-Winning Author of Accessory to Murder. Includes insider shopping tips! Mystery shopper Josie Marcus doesn't get the appeal of the year-round Christmas shop. But when three such holiday houses pop up within two blocks, she's assigned to rate them anonymously. Easy enough, Josie thinks, until she realizes that shoppers at one store are finding a strange-even deadly-secret ingredient in their holiday cake. And Josie must get to the bottom of it all before someone else becomes a Christmas spirit.
To fulfill a promise to an old friend, Miss Marple is staying at a country house, with 200 juvenile delinquents and the heirs to a fortune. One of them is a murderer...
Meg is given the difficult task of coordinating three of her friends' weddings. Her situation becomes more difficult when people begin to be murdered.
Murder and romance on a coastal Maine island during a hurricane.
Six months ago, a case nearly cost Sophie her life. So when a detective friend asks her to visit Arizona, she welcomes the break. But her vacation ends abruptly when bodies are found at a university and she gets pulled into the case. The horrifying methodology--deliberate body positioning, a distinctive red heart scrawled on each victim--indicates to Sophie that a new serial killer has claimed the area. Oddly, though, certain signature elements differ between killings. Fortunately, the FBI database has a record of many of the signatures--but each belongs to a different serial killer. As the bodies continue to appear, Sophie must hone her terrifying skills and suffer the horrors in her head in order to stop this killer.
A gripping journey through some of the planet's most remote and challenging terrain and its peoples, in search of why democracy has yet to thrive in lands it seemed so recently ready to overtake Across the largest landmass on earth, in lands once conquered by Genghis Khan and exploited by ruthless Communist regimes, autocratic and dictatorial states are again arising, growing wealthy on petrodollars and low-cost manufacturing.More and more, they are challenging theWest.Media reports focus on developments in Moscow and Beijing, but the peoples inhabiting the vast expanses in between remain mostly unseen and unheard, their daily lives and aspirations scarcely better known to us now than they were in ColdWar days.Tayler finds, among many others, a dissident Cossack advocating mass beheadings, a Muslim in Kashgar calling on the United States to bomb Beijing, and Chinese youths in Urumqi desiring nothing more than sex, booze, and rock 'n' roll-all while confronting over and over again the contradiction of people who value liberty and the free market but idealize tyrants who oppose both.From the steppes of southern Russia to the conflict-ridden Caucasus Mountains to the deserts of central Asia and northern China,Tayler shows that our maps have gone blank at the worst possible time.
The year is 1954, and Paige Turner is a feisty young widow with Brenda Starr bravado and a fixation with following in Agatha Christie's footsteps. Trouble is, she works like a dog at Daring Detective magazine and her lousy pun of a name has made her the butt of all office jokes. All she wants is to pen a memorable mystery, but first she needs a good story. Enter the corpse of twenty-four-year-old beauty Babs Comstock who'd had high hopes for the big screen--until she was found with a Hopalong Cassidy jump rope wrapped around her neck. Now, Paige has to find a murderer and tell the tale that could make her writing career--or cut short her life . . .
Being a member of the House of Lords and Mistress of St Martha's College in Cambridge might seem enough to keep anyone busy, but Baroness (Jack) Troutbeck likes new challenges. When a combination of weddings, work, and spookery deprives her of five of her closest allies, Jack leaps at an invitation to become a Distinguished Visiting Professor on an American campus. With her head full of romantic fantasies inspired by 1950s Holly-wood, and accompanied by Horace, her loquacious and disconcerting parrot, this intellectually-rigorous right-winger sets off from England blissfully unaware that academia in the United States is dominated by knee-jerk liberalism, contempt for Western civilization, and the institutionalisation of a form of insane political-correctness. Will the bonne viveuse Baroness Troutbeck be able to cope with the culinary and vinous desert that is New Paddington, Indiana? Can this insensitive and tactless human battering-ram defeat the thought-police who run Freeman State University like a gulag? Does she believe the late Provost was murdered? If so, what should she do about it? And will she manage to persuade Robert Amiss--who describes himself bitterly as Watson to her Holmes and Goodwin to her Nero Wolfe--to abandon his honey-moon and fly to her side?
Adelia is back in this thrilling fourth installment of the Mistress of the Art of Death series. In 1176, King Henry II sends his daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry his cousin, the king of Sicily. Henry chooses Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to travel with the princess and safeguard her health. But when people in the wedding procession are murdered, Adelia and Rowley must discover the killer's identity... and whether he is stalking the princess or Adelia herself.
The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy Devonshire--who's learning that life in a small-town needlecraft shop can reveal an unexpected knack for knitting ... and a hidden talent for unraveling crime. A Murderous Yarn Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome--and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy ...
Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A'shai, are brought together by chance only to be forced apart by the most inevitable and tragic fate. Ashley and JaQuavis bring us this classic love story set against modern life's most horrifying realities. Liberty is dying of a fatal heart condition, though she desperately wants to survive until her 25th birthday when her sister has promised to visit her. A'shai blames himself for not protecting Liberty, but all Liberty asks is for A'shai to tell her a story, to help her remember what brought them to this point. He knows that this is the last story he will ever tell and the last she will ever hear. As Liberty lies dying, A'shai walks her though their past, reliving their ill-fated journeys through the streets. Their story will take them from an arranged marriage, through Mexico's drug cartel, child brothels, hustling in Detroit, to escaping the high-powered heads of L.A.'s underworld. But ultimately, this is a story of love and redemption that will leave you breathless from the unpredictable and mind-blowing ending.
New York Times best-selling authors Ashley & JaQuavis are back with the second installment in the epic Murderville Series. Love, murder, loyalty, and money fill this hood tale as they continue this international street saga. With Samad's target on her back, Liberty must survive the harsh streets alone. but when a chance encounter pushes her into the arms of a new friend, Po, the two take on the California kingpin and step full force into the game. As bullets and sparks fly, the unlikely pair embark on a serendipitous journey back to where it all started, Sierra Leone. With a new overseas connection, Po sees an opportunity that is too good to pass up. When his pursuit of the American dream conflicts with Liberty's past, will they be able to survive? Or will the drug empire that they've built together come crashing down?
Rupert Murdoch is one of the most powerful men in the world today. As chief executive of News Corporation, he controls a global media empire which boasts some of the major players in newspapers, television, publishing and the movie business. In the English-speaking world, and increasingly in 'untapped' but potentially lucrative markets such as China, he wields an influence as political kingmaker second to none. How did he do it? How did this empire, a loose 'archipelago' of media islands large and small, come to be so successful and influential? Building on many years' research and featuring many previously undisclosed revelations, THE MURDOCH ARCHIPELAGO is the most definitive survey yet of Murdoch's life and times; how power flows from influence; and whether this should (or if it can) be regulated.
A MAN OF HONOR And honor was the only reason well-muscled former mercenary Aloysius Murdock agreed to be Catherine Price's bodyguard. For Murdock owed Catherine's father his life. But once Murdock laid eyes on his best friend's beautiful daughter, he realized he would do anything for her.... A WOMAN IN LOVE Catherine knew better than to succumb to the passion Murdock clearly offered, for she believed in love--and Murdock had given up on love long ago. Still, something in his heated gaze made her believe that the battle-worn bachelor needed her. Maybe just as much as she needed him....
Russell Smith's highly praised new novel features some typically caustic satire, alongside a deep and melancholy awareness of the force of desire in our lives. The combination of wit and perception in Muriella Pent--and its brilliant dialogue, beautiful descriptive prose, assured handling of racial politics, and exact observation of modern types--underlines Russell Smith's claim to be one of Canada's subtlest, sharpest writers.The book begins with a poem by Marcus Royston (from his "Island Eclogues") and a fundraising message from Muriella Pent; then, in the first scene, still before chapter one, these two very different writers have a revealing post-coital conversation. The combination of texts and action, the pointed and moving dialogue, and the ineradicable presence of sex tell us a lot about how Muriella Pent will go on: it's precise and original even before really beginning.As satire and social observation, as an exploration of what art should be and do, as a study of sex as a prime mover in the messy triumphs of our lives, Muriella Pent is unmatched.rnalists, a meeting of librarians and Muriella's genteel book club alike: identity politics isn't everything, art isn't activism, and a novel shouldn't be read to uncover the author's social "message.""It is not about providing positive influence, or solving the problems of poverty. It's about the things, all dark things that..." He drained his cup. "All the dark things that motivate us." He stared straight in the eyes of the beautiful young girl and said, "Sex. It's about sex. Largely. And corruption and decadence. And all the terrible, terrible things we think."Muriella, Brian, and Julia -- that "beautiful young girl" -- are unsettled, and inspired.Perhaps the disastrous and chaotic party held in his honour at Muriella's house best illustrates the disruptive effect Marcus has on the lives around him, when the explosive power of desire crosses boundaries of age, gender and race. But Marcus is not simply a maverick: he is honest, pained, doubly in exile from a home he is ambivalent about, in sight of old age, and genuinely moved by his connection to Muriella and Julia.The novel's collage of diary entries, e-mails, letters and newspaper articles gives us unusual insight into the characters' needs and weaknesses as they are profoundly affected by crashing into each other. With Marcus and Muriella's involvement, Brian and Julia develop from wary adolescents into people capable of meaningful action; it is Muriella herself, however, who seems to change the most.But Muriella Pent works on a wider canvas; for all its psychological acuity it is profoundly, perhaps even primarily, a novel of place. Toronto is a vivid presence, from the roti shops on St. Clair West to historic sites like Fort York, from its earnest, grasping artists to the cosseted, pseudonymous enclave of Stilwoode Park.As satire and social observation, as an exploration of what art should be and do, as a study of sex as a prime mover in the messy triumphs of our lives, Muriella Pent is unmatched.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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