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When the lakeside getaway where Detective Harry Jordan escapes his stressful job is rocked by an explosion targeting an enigmatic newcomer's house, Harry discovers that a victim did not die in the explosion and that the son of a famous local author may have seen the killer.

"The lone policeman in a small township on the sparse northern border [of Pennsylvania], Henry Farrell expected to spend his mornings hunting and fishing, his evenings playing old-time music. Instead, he has watched the steady encroachment of gas drilling bring new wealth and erode neighborly trust. The drug trade is pushing heroin into the territory. There are outlaws cooking meth in the woods, guys Henry grew up with. When a stranger turns up dead, Henry's search for the killer will open old wounds, dredge up ancient crimes, and exact a deadly price"--From publisher description.

The author of the Joe Pickett novels presents ten stories about the Wyoming he knows so well--and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there--in a collection that includes four stories that feature Pickett himself.

When Jack Haines reports a break-in at his greenhouse, the motive of the intruder is unclear. Other than the destruction of some expensive orchids, no damage had been done, and nothing seems to be missing. But Detective Chief Inspector C.D Sloan senses something sinister in this seemingly minor action.

Struggling to rebuild after a club shooting, bartender Harper Flynn searches for the gunman with the help of L.A. Deputy Sheriff Aiden Garrison, whose injuries in the same incident left him with a rare type of perception blindness.

"A year after the mysterious disappearance of Jenny Bercival, DI Wesley Peterson is called in when the body of a strangled woman is found floating out to sea in a dinghy. The discovery mars the festivities of the Palkin Festival, held each year to celebrate the life of John Palkin, a 14th century Mayor of Tradmouth who made his fortune from trade and piracy. Now it seems like death and mystery have returned to haunt the town. Could there be a link between the two women? One missing, one brutally murdered? And is there a connection to a fantasy website called Shipworld which features Palkin as a supernatural hero with a sinister, faceless nemesis called the Shroud Maker? ..."--from Amazon.com.

In a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging, an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. Convinced Elizabeth is missing and in terrible danger, Maud's search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences. As this singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present, the clues she discovers seem to lead to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.

While investigating the brutal murder of a novelist who had just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knew, which would ruin many lives, P.I. Cormoran Strike must race against time to catch a killer unlike any he has ever encountered before.

"When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria--one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan--Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose only signature is carving a carefully drawn symbol into his victims' bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks. When a second body bearing the same bloody symbol is discovered in a deserted alleyway right next to the Grand Central terminal building, all attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub, where the potential for a bigger attack weighs heavily on everyone's minds"--from publisher's description.

Bernie Rhodenbarr and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser break into houses, apartments, and even a museum, in a madcap adventure replete with American Colonial silver, an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript, a priceless portrait, and a remarkable array of buttons. And, wouldn't you know it, there's a dead body, all stretched out on a Trent Barling carpet.

"The holidays are domestic diva Sophie Winston's favorite time of year. But this season, there seem to be more mishaps than mistletoe. First, Horace Scroggins tumbles from a balcony during his office Christmas party. Then, Sophie's neighbor takes a fall from his ladder while decorating his roof with lights. But it's the cookie swap that really starts her wondering who's naughty or nice...Sophie arrives at the annual event with high spirits and thirteen dozen chocolate-drizzled gingersnaps. But when an argument erupts and a murder ensues, it becomes clear that the recent string of events is anything but accidental. Now Sophie has to make a list of suspects...and check it twice!"--back of cover.

Emma Dockery is obsessed with finding a link between the unsolved cases that number in the hundreds. So obsessed she has taken a leave from the FBI, has covered her bedroom walls with the newspaper clippings, and has recurring nightmares. No one believes her when she says they are all connected, until she finds evidence that cannot be ignored. More crimes happen without explanation, motives, weapons, or suspects. Could only one person really be to blame for all of them?

"Muffin maker Merry Wynter hopes to find a buyer for the castle she?s recently inherited. But when she throws a party to draw interest, she finds someone who?s bought the farm instead. Merry?s career as a New York City stylist has crumbled, but her passion for muffins has helped her rise upstate in Autumn Vale. Everyone in town loves the tasty treats. Still, she would like to return to her glamorous life. Besides, the upkeep of Wynter Castle is expensive, and Merry?s cup isn?t exactly overflowing. So in order to bring some prospective buyers into the mix, Merry whisks together a spooky soiree and decorates the castle with dashes of fabric and a sprinkling of spider webs. Friends new and old are invited, and everyone has a blast. But as the revelers empty out, Merry notices one partygoer who isn?t leaving?or breathing. Now Merry must hurry to unmask a killer before her perfect plans turn into a recipe for disaster"--From publisher description.

"Former TV celebrity host Kat Stanford is just days away from starting her dream antique business with her newly widowed mother Iris when she gets a huge shock. Iris has recklessly purchased a dilapidated carriage house, on an isolated country estate, Honeychurch Hall, several hundred miles from London. When Kat arrives at the house, she discovers that Iris has yet another surprise in store. Iris has been writing in secret for years and reluctantly reveals that she's actually Krystalle Storm, the famous bestselling author of steamy bodice-rippers. The gentry upstairs and those below stairs at Honeychurch Hall regard the newcomers with suspicion and distrust. When the nanny goes missing, the loyal housekeeper ends up dead, and Iris is accused of the murder, Kat realizes she hardly knows her mother at all and wonders if she is--indeed--guilty. Although the six hundred year old estate has endured wars, corruption and Royal favors, it's the scandals, secrets and lies of the last few decades that must remain buried at all costs. This is a delightful and traditional cozy mystery that will appeal to fans of Louise Penny and G.M. Malliet"-- Provided by publisher.

Brooklyn is thrilled to be appearing on the hit TV show This Old Attic as a rare-book expert. Her first subject is a very valuable first-edition copy. Its owner, Vera, is eager to have her recondition it for resale. A furious man viciously accosts Brooklyn, claiming that Vera found the first edition at his garage sale, and he wants it back. In the days that follow, many violent incidents occur on the set, and she is almost killed, leaving her and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, shaken.

When a powerful developer approaches the Society to make sure the old dairy farm he wants to level is not hiding any archeological or historical surprises that could derail the project he's planning, Nell Pratt decides to make time to personally accompany him to the proposed site. But when they get to the property, they stumble upon a startling discovery--a body floating facedown in a pond. The dead man turns out to be an amateur history enthusiast, who may have uncovered secrets about the farm that got him killed. Now it's up to Nell and James to get to the bottom of things before there are more deadly developments.

"Dessert chef Casey Feldstein has learned one end of a knitting needle from the other after inheriting her aunt?s yarn retreat business, but a murder threatens to unravel her latest event. Casey?s running a new retreat called 'From Sheep to Shawl' at a resort on the atmospheric Monterey Peninsula. Participants will learn about sheepshearing, fixing up the fleece, and spinning, and will eventually knit a lovely shawl. Nicole Welton has been hired to teach the fleece-to-fiber portion of the retreat. She?s an expert spinner, and her small shop in Cadbury by the Sea houses a beautiful assortment of spinning wheels and drop spindles. But when the new teacher fails to show up for class and is found lying dead on the boardwalk, it leaves everyone?s nerves frayed. Now Casey has to knit together clues faster than she can count stitches before someone else at the retreat gets dropped"--From publisher description.

Soon after Anna Pigeon joins the famed wolf study team of Isle Royale National Park, giant wolf prints are found, and she spies the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. When a female member of the team is savaged, Anna is convinced they are being stalked, and what was once a beautiful, idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

"The daunting task that confronts Gurney, once the NYPD?s top homicide cop: determining the guilt or innocence of a woman already convicted of shooting her charismatic politician husband, who was felled by a rifle bullet to the brain while delivering the eulogy at his own mother?s funeral. Peeling back the layers, Gurney quickly finds himself waging a dangerous battle of wits with a thoroughly corrupt investigator, a disturbingly cordial mob boss, a gorgeous young temptress, and a bizarre assassin whose child-like appearance has earned him the nickname Peter Pan. Startling twists and turns occur in rapid-fire sequence, and soon Gurney is locked inside one of the darkest cases of his career, one in which multiple murders are merely the deceptive surface under which rests a scaffolding of pure evil. Beneath the tangle of poisonous lies, Gurney discovers that the truth is more shocking than anyone had imagined. And the identity of the villain at the mystery?s center turns out to be the biggest shock of all"--From publisher description.

"A year after the mysterious disappearance of Jenny Bercival, DI Wesley Peterson is called in when the body of a strangled woman is found floating out to sea in a dinghy. The discovery mars the festivities of the Palkin Festival, held each year to celebrate the life of John Palkin, a 14th century Mayor of Tradmouth who made his fortune from trade and piracy. Now it seems like death and mystery have returned to haunt the town. Could there be a link between the two women? One missing, one brutally murdered? And is there a connection to a fantasy website called Shipworld which features Palkin as a supernatural hero with a sinister, faceless nemesis called the Shroud Maker? ..."--from Amazon.com.

"As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death. Then Lily's familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back--including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past. But even with the aid of her grandmother, unmasking a killer and saving Oscar might be more than one well-intentioned sorceress can handle."-- Provided by publisher.

Brandy and Vivian Borne are heading to the Big Apple to sell a rare 1940s Superman drawing, unaware that they will soon cross paths with a killer.

Doc Ford is hot on the trail of his deceased war buddy's missing wife. Rumor has it that she vanished into the steamy jungles of South America in the company of an unsavory specimen of humanity. From Florida to Colombia and Panama, he traces their path. But a shadowy figure is closing in on Doc -- and the violence left in the wake of this enigmatic individual is terrifying.

White House executive chef Ollie Paras has to put her own interests on the back burner when a kindly electrician is electrocuted to death, and the First Lady's nephew dies in an apparent suicide less than 24 hours after cleaning shrimp with Ollie. Ollie suspects something fishy is going on. Shell have to watch her backand find a killer unlikely to be pardoned.

"Now living in a houseboat on the River Thames, Lacey Flint is becoming a part of London's weird and wonderful riverboat community. But at dawn one hot summer morning, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the river. She assumes it was chance--after all she's recently joined the marine policing unit--but further investigation leads her team to suspect it was deliberately left for her to find. She is no longer a detective, but as she begins to suspect someone is watching her very closely, she can't help but be drawn into the investigation. ...Sharon Bolton has once again crafted a tightly-plotted, utterly unpredicatable thriller around one of the most compelling characters in crime fiction today, enigmatic London police officer Lacey Flint"-- Provided by publisher.

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