Category: Mystery

Agony of the Leaves (A Tea Shop Mystery)

By Laura Childs

In the newest novel from the New York Times bestselling writer of Scones & Bones, Indigo Tea store proprietor Theodosia Browning reveals herself in sizzling water while a physique surfaces on the grand beginning of Charleston’s Neptune Aquarium…

The establishing of the aquarium is a huge Charleston occasion, and Theodosia has been employed to cater the personal social gathering to honor dignitaries and big-buck donors. issues are going swimmingly—until Theodosia discovers a physique entangled in a web, drowned in a single of the aquarium’s state of the art tanks.

To make concerns worse, the sufferer is Theodosia’s former boyfriend, Parker Scully. The EMTs imagine Parker’s drowning used to be an coincidence, but if Theodosia notices what seem like safeguard wounds on his fingers, she realizes that somebody sought after Parker lifeless. The police aren’t partial to her idea, so if she wishes Parker’s killer delivered to justice, Theodosia must bounce into the deep finish and begin her personal research…

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Harm Done: An Inspector Wexford Mystery

By Ruth Rendell

The hunt for the physique started. Then the sufferer walked into town.

Behind the picture-postcard façade of Kingsmarkham lies a group rife with violence, betrayal, and a flavor for vengeance. whilst sixteen-year-old Lizzie Cromwell reappears nobody is aware the place she has been, together with Lizzie herself. Inspector Wexford thinks she used to be with a boyfriend. however the disappearance of a three-year-old woman casts a extra ominous mild on occasions. And while the public's outrage turns towards a lately published pederast and one other suspect turns up stabbed to loss of life, Wexford needs to attempt to get to the bottom of the secret earlier than any longer our bodies seem, and ahead of a mob of neighborhood vigilantes metes out a coarse justice to their least favourite suspect. In Harm Done, the violence is close to to hand, and evil lies quite a few doorways down the block.

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The Phantom Coach: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories

Ghost tales date again centuries, yet these written within the Victorian period have a different surroundings and darkish good looks. Michael Sims, whose past Victorian collections Dracula's Guest (vampires) and The lifeless Witness (detectives) were greatly praised, has accumulated twelve of the easiest tales approximately humanity's oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach comprises stories by way of a stunning, frequently mythical forged, from Charles Dickens and Margaret Oliphant to Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, in addition to good as misplaced gemstones via forgotten masters akin to Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W.F. Harvey. Amelia Edwards' chilling tale provides the gathering its identify, whereas Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road"), Elizabeth Gaskell, ("The previous Nurse's Story") and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey's Paw") will flip you white as a sheet. With a skillful creation to the style and notes on each one tale via Michael Sims, The Phantom Coach is a extraordinary number of ghostly Victorian thrills.

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Death in a Cold Hard Light

By Francine Mathews

Merry Folger is greater than prepared for a romantic holiday together with her fiancé Peter whilst fate--and her police leader father--intervenes. Twenty-one-year-old Jay Santorski by no means must have drowned within the frigid waters off the Nantucket shore. What used to be the athlete, Harvard pupil, and part-time scalloper doing out by myself within the storm-churned bay?

At her father's insistence--and over Peter's objections--Merry returns to the island to enquire, in basic terms to be faced at each flip by way of fake leads and lifeless ends. And Police leader John Folger is at the back of too a lot of those roadblocks. For the 1st time, Merry starts to believe she can't belief her lifelong function model--her personal father....

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Arms of Nemesis: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome)

By Steven Saylor

The hideously disfigured physique was once present in the atrium. the single clues are a blood-soaked cloak, and, carved into the stone on the corpse's toes, the observe Sparta. The murdered guy was once the overseer of Marcus Crassus's property, it appears killed by way of runaway slaves bent on becoming a member of Spartacus's rebel. in line with the homicide, the rich, robust Crassus vows to honor an old legislation and kill his ninety-nine ultimate slaves in 3 days. Now Gordianus the Finder has been summoned from Rome by way of a mysterious customer to determine the reality in regards to the homicide ahead of the 3 days are up.

Enmeshed in a global of determined slaves and duplicitous masters, extravagant feasts and sordid secrets and techniques, Gordianus needs to probability all he loves, together with his existence, to prevent a mindless slaughter-and shop the very way forward for Rome itself.

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The Nitrogen Murder

By Camille Minichino

A Periodic desk Mystery

Retired physicist Gloria Lamerino is again in her outdated stomping grounds, Berkeley, California, to wait the marriage of her ally. however the pleasure is short-lived whilst the taking pictures demise of an emergency scientific technician is attached to the woman's fiance, Philip Chambers.

The lacking hyperlink is a duffel bag picked up by way of the EMT as she arrived within the emergency room along with her fatally wounded sufferer: a scientist constructing hugely labeled study on nitrogen. The useless scientist used to be Philip Chambers's colleague. Now, the bag -- and its contents -- are lacking. And so is Chambers.

conscious of the dire effects of guns grade nitrogen falling into the incorrect palms, Gloria fears the worst as she attempts to piece jointly a conspiracy that threatens nationwide protection, her top friend's happiness and her personal skill to stick alive.

this can be #7 in A Gloria Lamerino secret.

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The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, Book 5)

By Jeffery Deaver

Forensics specialist Lincoln Rhyme is termed in to paintings the high-profile research of a killer who possible disappeared into skinny air simply because the NYPD closed in. because the homicidal illusionist baits him with grisly murders that develop extra diabolical with every one sufferer, Rhyme and his protégée, Amelia Sachs, needs to move in the back of the smoke and mirrors to avoid a bad act of vengeance that may turn into the best vanishing act of all. . . .

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Hollywood Gothic

By Thomas Gifford

Convicted of homicide, a screenwriter will get an opportunity to transparent his name.

The police locate Toby Challis clutching his bloodstained Oscar statuette, his spouse lifeless at his ft. He claims innocence, however the jury doesn’t purchase it, believing that this type of cinematic homicide may spring purely from the brain of 1 of Hollywood’s most interesting screenwriters. approximately pushed mad by the point spent anticipating the decision, Challis has no thought how he'll live to tell the tale greater than a decade within the colossal condominium. fortunate for him, he won’t need to locate out―yet.

To shipping Challis to felony, the country presents simply an previous prop airplane. A freak snowstorm hits it tough, knocking it out of the sky and killing everybody on board however the convict. Challis escapes into the woods, to discover the guy who killed his spouse and plan what each script wishes: a Hollywood ending.

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The Woodcutter: A Novel

By Reginald Hill

"Thefertility of Hill's mind's eye, the variety of his strength, the sheer caliber ofhis literary kind by no means ceases to delight." —Val McDermid,author of Fever of the Bone

In a stand-alone mental thrillerfrom acclaimed secret grasp Reginald Hill, a mysterious ex-con returns to hisremote formative years domestic on a perilous hunt for revenge. Combining the chillingatmospheres of Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs, the narrativeingenuity of P.D. James’s The deepest Patient, and the compellingcharacterizations of Hill’s personal Dalziel and Pascoeseries, Hill grants a frightful, fast paced examine of suspense at its mostsinister in The Woodcutter.

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