New Arrivals - Mystery
The dead girl lay faceup on the edge of the pond, a snake coiled in the muddy hollow of one arm. Police Chief Storrow's search for the truth leads to a chilling possibility: the murderer might be his own son, Billy.
"Retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman knows everything there is to know about quilts, except how to make them. But with her recent move to Dapple Hills, North Carolina, she?s learning all sorts of new things?including how to solve a murder? As the newest member of the Village Quilters Guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on?especially with the Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself? But when Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes an intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it?s up to Beatrice?s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.".
Jacko Argyle is convicted of his mother's murder and dies in prison. Two years later, a stranger arrives to confirm Jacko's disbelieved alibi. But if Jacko wasn't guilty, who is? Each family member becomes detective, suspect, and potential victim.
When the world's foremost Templar historian commits suicide, leaving behind a clue about a secret hidden object in the famous chapel of Rosslyn, anthropologist Jess Silverton researches an ancient civilization linked to the foundations of Judaism and Buddhism.
Moments before he is executed, the killer of the daughter of Hub Walker, a famous Vietnam War pilot and hero, makes a startling allegation, claiming that the real murderer is a close friend of Walker's, a prominent US defense contractor. Walker wants to hire somebody willing to spend a few days digging up information that will refute the convicted killer's groundless but widely reported claims and will help restore his friend's good name. That somebody, as fate would have it, is Cordell Logan, sardonic civilian flight instructor, would-be Buddhist, and retired military assassin. The deeper Logan digs, the murkier the truth appears and the more danger he encounters. Who really killed the war hero's daughter, and why? Somebody wants to keep Logan from asking questions and will stop at nothing to silence him.
Detective Tommy Veasy investigates a string of seemingly accidental deaths, and the crime trail leads to the set of a syndicated television show, where a mad director has threatened the entire cast and crew with a deadly bomb.
LAPD sergeant Peter Decker and his wife, Rita, are drawn into the bizarre world of spa owner and confidante to Hollywood's leading ladies, Lilah Brecht.
Meeting a former lover whose husband has disappeared and been pronounced dead, Doc Ford investigates the woman's suspicions of foul play and finds himself deep in the Everglades.
"The summer solstice is near -- bringing long sunlit days to the Alaskan wilderness -- and for famed musher Jessie Arnold, the time has come to put the past behind her and move on. Building a new home for herself and her sled dogs on the charred ashes of her old one, she plans to be finished well before the onset of the long northern winter. But her progress is halted -- chilling Jessie to the bone -- when the excavations unearth a skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall. Twenty years earlier, a serial killer brutally murdered a number of women in the area. One of the fiend's victims disappeared wearing a butterfly pendant -- a necklace similar, if not identical, to one discoveredwith the grisly human remains. A grim nightmare believed to be long over must now be revisited or, worse still, has been reborn. Because, once again, a local woman has disappeared without a trace. And, once again, Jessie is being pulled into a murder investigation against her will. Red roses are being sent to her anonymously -- the gifts of a secret admirer who may also be a stone-cold killer. In this stark and lonely place, in the first days of the all-too-brief Alaskan summer, the signs suggest the unthinkable: An insatiable human monster has returned...and Jessie Arnold may well be his next victim."--From the publisher.
Colleen McCabe is enjoying an uneventful summer in North Carolina's Outer Banks supervising her firefighters, making rounds with her Border collie, Sparky, and keeping an eye on the wild horses escaped from the local sanctuary. But when a dead body washes up on shore, she knows trouble has arrived in Corolla. Colleen is ready to start work on the investigation, but much to her irritation, her best friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman, makes it clear he doesn't want her butting her nose in or poking around. The stubborn Colleen, however, is not so easily deterred. When a man with a gun is spotted lurking around the lighthouse and her former school teacher's house explodes, she adds arson and a second suspicious death to her informal investigation. Colleen soon finds herself juggling her job, amorous advances from the town's developer, and intrusions from the local press, all while keeping information from Bill. Her secret sleuthing quickly comes to an end, however, when a bigger threat enters the picture.
"1927, Breslau, Poland: Two elaborate and sadistic murders are discovered within days of each other. The body of an unknown musician, bound and gagged, is found in the walls of a shoemaker's workshop--he's been sealed in alive. Elsewhere in the city, the mutilated body of a locksmith is found. Next to each victim is a torn-out calendar page, with the day of the death marked in blood. Nothing else seems to connect the cases. It falls to Criminal Councilor Eberhard Mock to uncover the link."--From publisher description.
Suzie Fewings and her family travel to Lancashire to meet her husband's oldest living relative, but when a neighbor warns them not to poke too deeply into their family history, it is not long before strange and ominous events occur.
Gus Wheatley thinks he's found success. Money, power, prestige -- they all come with the territory for the youngest lawyer ever to grab the helm of Seattle's most prominent law firm. Nothing can interfere with his meteoric rise to the top -- until his wife vanishes.
The eminent Sir Lockwood Hamilton, a Member of Parlaiment, is murdered and his body is found on Westminster Bridge. Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte are just beginning to investigate when yet another member of Parlaiment is murdered and discovered on the same bridge. The Pitts find one connection between the men--they both voted against female suffrage. Before another politician is killed, the Pitts must find the murderer among an assortment of angry suffragates, anarchists, and scoundrels.
Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village celebration, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery featuring a Murder Hunt, hosted by mystery writer Ariadne Oliver. One need only follow the game's make-believe clues to be the first to find the body. Only this time, it isn't a game, and the clues lead to a genuine corpse. Ariadne needs the help of her old friend, Hercule Poirot.
Private detective David Mapstone's first case goes sour as his client ends up murdered, and he travels from Phoenix to San Diego to investigate, leading him down the trail of a murder spree.
"After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start--a chance to not only put her new law degree to use but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth--especially since the accused is not only the victim's fiancé but a member of Antti's family. Though she works as a legal counselor, Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime. While Antti's relative may have some peculiar sexual tendencies, Kallio doubts that the man she's agreed to defend is capable of the crime. To crack the case, Kallio will have to pull back the curtain on Espoo high society...and uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden"--P.  of cover.
"The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: ?Come home.? The Texas minister never imagined he?d rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe. While the death rocks Sugar Land, the apparent suicide seems like an open-and-shut case. But nothing is settled in the Wells household, especially for Jo. The deeper she digs into Phoebe?s life, the more she realizes nobody knew her at all"--Publisher's description.
Late one night, a blazing inferno destroys the home of a well-to-do English doctor. Tragically, the man's wife perishes in the flames. Arson is obviously the crime, but after digging around, Inspector Pitt isn't sure who could have set the fire. Enlisting the aid of his wife Charlotte, Thomas searches the dank London streets for a killer, puzzled by the question of whether the true target was the doctor's wife, or the doctor himself.
LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, rush to New York when one of his relatives is killed and another goes missing, and find themselves in an area of the city where their survival depends on a vengeful lone wolf.
Daniel is asked to treat retired FBI profiler Lyle Barnes, whose terrifying nocturnal visions cause him to wake up screaming. After twenty years spent inside the heads of the nations worst serial killers, Barnes is not only falling apart psychologically but also finds himself the target of an unknown assassin, whose mounting list of victims paralyzes the city. Hidden for his own protection by his former colleagues in the Bureau, Barnes secretly escapes, drawing Daniel and a joint FBI-Pittsburgh PD Task Force into a desperate manhunt for the missing agent. Can they find him before the killer does?
"Why kill a human being with an antique muzzle-loader? Each year in the entire country, only a handful of people die that way, and half the deaths are self-inflicted. In either case, loading and firing a flintlock or cap-and-ball weapon takes way too much time, fuss, and expertise. A pretty young teacher is killed by a ball from a Revolutionary War-era musket during an encampment of historical reenactors on a river in Porcupine County. Sheriff Steve Martinez-- Lakota by birth, white by upbringing-- is troubled by the victim's role-playing 'persona' as a camp-following frontier prostitute. Several other reenactors had been her customers, and sex often is a motive for murder. All the same, there is no evidence of foul play, forensic or otherwise, and the death is ruled an accident. The next few months, however, bring a surprising number of seemingly unrelated muzzle-loading deaths in the Upper Midwest. A statistical anomaly-- or something worse? Steve is suspicious. To find the answer and to keep the peace in Porcupine County, the sheriff must battle skeptics, a lack of forensic evidence, an ever-shrinking departmental budget, and a suddenly rocky romance with his longtime love, a beautiful redhead named Ginny Fitzgerald. Hot on the trail in the deep woods, Steve suddenly discovers that he is his quarry's newest target"--from author's web page.