- Table View
- List View
Agatha Christie's ginius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart--or the dark passions that can stop it--better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.The Murder Of Roger AckroydVillage rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.
New York Times Bestselling Scumble River Series When ex-Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid's Cat's Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny's scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble. . . . Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid her fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, won't move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a back seat when Skye is called to the bowling alley, where a riled up contestant is choking a cat show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge's dead body is found, strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve this purrplexing mystery--and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat's meow.
As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie Kinkaid routinely volunteers to put her life on the line. But it's at her new day job at a residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she finds her life is really in danger... As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call out for a car that's gone over the side of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events that lead her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder...and finds herself going head-to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.
No sooner do Southern sisters Patricia Anne and Mary Alice discover a common interest in local art, when one of the artists is murdered.
Sisters Patricia Anne and Mary Alice have a lot of fun while solving murder mysteries.
As a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has seen pain and joy. Now she will work for something more--a search for justice--in a case of murder involving one of New York's richest families.
Senate Majority Leader Cale Caldwell turns up at a party in his honor with an ice pick implanted in his chest. The Senate and the Washington police go into action, but only when an attorney begins a dangerous investigation of her own do the barriers of the closed political and social worlds of the Capital begin to reveal the details of Caldwell's murky past life.
The British ambassador is found dead, slumped over a bowl of his favorite caviar at his embassy in Washington. Detective Captain Sal Morizio and his intrepid assistant-lover Connie Lake attempt to solve the crime despite bureaucratic stonewalling.
As a midwife in the turn-of-the-century tenements of New York City, Sarah Brandt has seen her share of suffering and joy, birth and death. Now, she learns that crime doesn't discriminate, when the highest echelons of society are rocked by murder... A Gaslight Mystery At a summons from Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, Sarah arrives at the elegant home of famed magnetic healer Edmund Blackwell to find his wife in labor--and the good doctor dead from an apparent suicide. Only Malloy sees what no one else wants to: that Blackwell was murdered in his own home... After a successful delivery, the Blackwell baby falls mysteriously ill. Relying on her nurse's training and woman's intuition, Sarah discovers the source of the baby's sickness--and discovers a scandal that leads Malloy's investigation down a gilded path paved with greed, deception, and desire...
The ninth adventure for Chaloner sees the Restoration London spy foil a conspiracy In 1665 England faces war with the Dutch and the capital is awash with rumors of conspiracy and sedition. These are more frenetic than normal because of the recent sinking in the Thames of one of the largest ships in the navy, a disastrous tragedy that could very well have been caused by sabotage. As an experienced investigator, Thomas Chaloner knows that there are very few grains of truth in the shifting sands of the rumor-mill, but the loss of such an important warship and the murder of Paul Ferine, a Groom of the Robes, in a brothel favored by the elite of the Palace of White Hall makes him scent a whiff of genuine treason. As well as investigating the murder, Chaloner is charged with tracking down the leaders of a fanatical sect known as the Fifth Monarchists. He suspects his masters are not particularly concerned by their amateur antics, and that the order for him to infiltrate the group is intended to distract him from uncovering some unsavory facts about Ferine and his courtly associates. Then, as he comes to know more about the Fifth Monarchists and their meetings on High Holborn, he discovers a puzzling number of connections--to both Ferine's murder and those involved with the defense of the realm. Connections that he must disentangle before it is too late to save the country.
The murder of a man in broad daylight on London Bridge is the first indication that the Earl of Clarendon's fears of a rebellion against the newly restored monarchy may be well-founded. His spy, Thomas Chaloner, suspects the assassin may be a member of a group dedicated to seeing the return of Puritanism, and at the same time he learns of a faction close to the King determined to bring back the old ways of the Roman Catholic Church. He discovers, too, that the killing on the Bridge is not the only assault committed there recently, and begins to decipher a link between the violence and the people who manage the Bridge and its tottering, ramshackle buildings. As he moves unobtrusively between White Hall, the elegant mansions along the Strand, and the heaving congestion on the only river crossing he becomes aware of an undercurrent of restlessness in the capital. And it soon becomes clear that the groups he is investigating are planning some extraordinary climax to achieve their separate aims on Shrove Tuesday, which gives him very little time to identify the ring-leaders and thwart their intentions.
Environmental activist plunges to her death! When Boston heiress Adrienne Ridgely strides into Kai Cooke's Honolulu office, the "Surfing Detective" likes what he sees, but doubts what he hears. Adrienne's sister, environmental activist Sara Ridgely-Parke, has plunged to her death from a mule on Moloka'i--the first fatal incident on the soaring cliffs above Kalaupapa's fabled leper colony. Adrienne cries murder, perpetrated by Sara's ex-husband, developer J. Gregory Parke. Cooke journeys to Moloka'i, tracking tantalizing leads to an unlikely murder that, despite himself, he starts to believe in. Was the mule prodded or spooked or drugged? Did Parke do it for vengeance, or Adrienne for an inheritance, as Parke alleges? Soon Cooke uncovers a motive more noxious than either of these, entangling him in the shady dealings of big-time developers, corrupt politicians, and underworld thugs. As he hops from island to island seeking a pivotal clue, the clock ticks down on more than the P.I.'s case or even his own life. The future of Moloka'i itself is at stake.
A refreshingly working-class heroine, a devoted wife and mother of three, plays reluctant sleuth in this winning cozy from British author Purser, set in the quaint village of Long Farnden. When the village spinster, who lives in a thatched cottage reminiscent of a tea cozy, is strangled to death, the police are eager to seek information about the victim's neighbors and friends. Who better to aid their investigation than Lois Meade, who as a house cleaner has ample access to what goes on behind her clients' closed doors? Priding herself on her professional demeanor, Lois hesitates when asked by PC Keith Simpson if she'll help, but curiosity and her recent need for personal fulfillment cause her to accept. In her quest for the killer, Lois ultimately uncovers some surprising secrets of some of Long Farnden's most prominent citizens, shaking the foundations of this seemingly peaceful village, including those of her own house.
Cabot Cove, Maine, prepares to host a Fourth of July fireworks display funded by Joseph Lennon, a wealthy newcomer whose attempts to influence local business and politics have drawn opposition. When Joseph is found shot to death after the festivities, mystery writer Jessica Fletcher investigates.
Sheila Travis is now living in Atlanta, working for a large company, Hosakawa, in international relations. While at a reception at a subsidiary, Encyclopedia Galaxia, she discovers that the head of the film division is an old acquaintance, Dean Anderson. He is also a famous TV newsman who is now putting together a new series for Galaxia. But soon Dean dies of a gunshot wound while sitting at his desk. At first the police believe it was suicide, but Sheila convinces them to look further. Among the suspects are a powerful mob boss, sent to prison on account of Dean; Dean's ex-wife and two adult children; and several members of Galaxia's staff, who have their own reasons for wanting him out of the way. One of these is a good friend of Sheila's from high school days. With her Aunt Mary's assistance, Sheila once again must use all her wits to solve this complicated case.
In turn-of-the century New York City, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy see birth and death--and even murder...
When the 1920s' most glamorous lady detective, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, arranges to go to Ballarat for the week, she eschews the excitement of her red Hispano-Suiza racing car for the sedate safety of the train. The last thing she expects is to have to use her trusty Beretta .32 to save lives. As the passengers sleep, they are poisoned with chloroform. Phryne is left to piece together the clues after this restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumors of white slavery and black magic, and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings. Then there is the rowing team and the choristers, all deliciously engaging young men. At first they seem like a pleasant diversion....
Teenage thriller about Tom Austen, who fell into an unhappy sleep aboard the Canadian train, and woke up to a horrifying scream.
Tricia Miles--owner of Haven't Got a Clue, the best mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire--once again plays amateur sleuth as she is unexpectedly reunited with a man from a chapter of her life she closed long ago... The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfort's Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run. But it won't be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippa's murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippa's husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved--and believed dead--for nearly twenty years. Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesn't believe him capable of murder, even though he's led a life of lies. Especially when she discovers that Pippa had a few secrets of her own--some that may have been worth killing for. Includes recipes.
Iditarod contestants are dying one by one in bizarre and gruesome ways. Top female "musher" Jessie Arnold fears she may be the next intended victim; Can State Trooper Jensen find the killer before there are more murders?
Praise for the Aimée Leduc series: "One of the best heroines in crime fiction."--Lee Child "The Parisienne Kinsey Millhone."--Los Angeles Times "One of the best new writers in the field today."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Haunting."--The New York Times Book Review Aimée is faced with a tight deadline on a computer security contract when a telephone call from a stranger leads her to an abandoned infant. She brings the baby to her home and names her Stella. She expects the mother to reclaim the child, but days pass as Aimée tries in vain to discover her identity. Her partner, René, urges her to turn the baby over to the authorities, but for Aimée this is too close to her own abandonment by her mother. The search brings her among ecological protesters and oil company tycoons, newspapermen and would-be actresses, as demonstrators near her home on the Ile Saint-Louis, in the heart of Paris, march against the pollution of the North Sea only to be dispersed by armed police. Two murders and an abortive bombing keep Aimée running until, in the sewers beneath the Seine, she finds the woman she has been looking for, only to discover that the man she has just fallen for is a cold-hearted criminal. For more information, visit www.carablack.com From the Hardcover edition.
The fourth book in the series finds Verlaque and Bonnet on vacation on a remote island in the glittering Mediterranean Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth's books enchant mystery lovers with a taste for good food and gorgeous landscapes. In Murder on the Île Sordou, Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, are hoping to enjoy a relaxing holiday at the Locanda Sordou, an opulent hotel that is reopening after decades, but someone has other plans. Maxime and Catherine Le Bon have spent their life savings restoring the Locanda, which lies on an archipelago just off the coast of Marseille. The murder of one of the guests casts a shadow over everyone's vacation, and Verlaque and Bonnet are once again called to investigate. But things go from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland. Will the killer strike again?
Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are found murdered in Littleby's mansion on the rue de Grenelle, and a priceless Indian shawl is missing. Police commissioner "Papa" Gauche recovers only one piece of evidence from the crime scene: a golden key shaped like a whale. Gauche soon deduces that the key is in fact a ticket of passage for the Leviathan, a gigantic steamship soon to depart Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The murderer must be among its passengers. In Cairo, the ship is boarded by a young Russian diplomat with a shock of white hair--none other than Erast Fandorin, the celebrated detective of Boris Akunin's The Winter Queen. The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to determine which of ten unticketed passengers on the Leviathan is the rue de Grenelle killer. Tipping his hat to Agatha Christie, Akunin assembles a colorful cast of suspects--including a secretive Japanese doctor, a professor who specializes in rare Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss woman, and an English aristocrat with an appetite for collecting Asian treasures--all of whom are conned together until the crime is solved. As the Leviathan steams toward Calcutta, will Fandorin be able to out-investigate Gauche and discover who the killer is, even as the ship's passengers are murdered, one by one? Already an international sensation, Boris Akunin's latest page-turner transports the reader back to the glamorous, dangerous past in a richly atmospheric tale of suspense on the high seas.
Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are looking forward to another summer as interns at the Sweet Valley News. Elizabeth can't wait to get to work as a reporter; Jessica can't wait to spend time with the gorgeous new editor. Jessica is even more excited when she discovers that a crossed telephone line allows her to eavesdrop on other people's conversations. She loves listening in on the private lives of Sweet Valley -- until she overhears plans for a murder! Elizabeth thinks Jessica's imagination is working overtime, until the body of a teenage girl washes up on the beach. The police make a connection between the girl and a local drug ring -- and Jessica makes the connection between the voice on the phone and someone who works in the newspaper office! When the twins start to get threatening calls at home, it's time to put the killer's plans on hold before he disconnects them forever!
Just days after sending a letter to Poirot, Monsieur Renauld, who had a stolen fortune, dies mysteriously on a golf course. Suspects in his murder include his scorned wife, estranged son, and his mistress. Police believe they've solved the crime, but can Poirot prove them wrong?