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Garden of lies / Amanda Quick.
When Ursula Kern, proprietor of the Kern Secretarial Agency, discovers the body of one of her best secretaries, she immediately suspects murder. But no one, including the police, believes her. So Ursula seeks the help of her newest and most mysterious client, Slater Roxton--


Ghost image / Ellen Crosby.
Ghost image /  Ellen Crosby.
From the author of Multiple Exposure, an 'assured tale of love, loss, and secret agendas' (Publishers Weekly), comes the second novel in the thrilling Sophie Medina series, following a photojournalist as she races to find an international treasure before a murderer finds her. When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magnificent gardens of a Washington, DC monastery, she is sure her friend was murdered. Shortly before he died, Kevin told Sophie he was being stalked, possibly because he uncovered a botanic discovery potentially worth millions of dollars. Left with few clues to his secret, Sophie is determined to figure out who killed Kevin. Beginning with a key that leads to a priceless original seventeenth-century encyclopedia of plants, Sophie leaps into an international treasure hunt following a trail that begins in the US Capitol and eventually leads to London and the English countryside. Before long Sophie suspects Kevin's murderer may have been someone who knew him well. With time running out and a suspect list that includes the world's leading botanical experts and political royalty from both sides of the Atlantic, can Sophie solve the two-hundred-year-old mystery before Kevin's killer finds her? A tale of greed and betrayal involving politicians, diplomats, European royalty, and a century-old monastery, Ghost Image is filled with political intrigue, history, and an international high-stakes race against a killer that will keep you guessing until the very last page--


Bye, bye love / K.J. Larsen.
Bye, bye love /  K.J. Larsen.
Chicago's Pants on Fire Detective Agency targets liars and cheats. But PI Cat DeLuca is once again up to her smokin' skinny jeans in murder. Discovering a body while out running, Cat is assaulted before she can call 911. When she comes to, the killer is gone--and so is the body. When the police don't credit her story, Cat decides to go after the murderer herself.


Whispering shadows : a novel / Jan Philipp-Sendker ; translated from the German by Christine Lo.
Whispering shadows : a novel / Jan Philipp-Sendker ; translated from the German by Christine Lo.
American expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul's marriage unravels in the fallout. Now Paul is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth's son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own--Amazon.com.


What you left behind : a novel / Samantha Hayes.
What you left behind : a novel / Samantha Hayes.
Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community. Desperate for a vacation, Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher has just come to Radcote for a stay with her sister, Jo, but the atmosphere of the country house is unusually tense. Freddie, Jo's son, seems troubled and uncommunicative, and Jo is struggling to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Lorraine becomes determined to discover the truth behind these deaths. Are they suicides, or is there something more sinister at work?


Aunt Dimity and the Summer King / Nancy Atherton.
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King /  Nancy Atherton.
Overseeing her baby, a family wedding and her own approaching 40th birthday celebration amid rumors that a developer has unwanted plans for Finch village, Lori bonds with a warmhearted inventor only to discover his true intentions.


Slated for death / Elizabeth J. Duncan.
Slated for death /  Elizabeth J. Duncan.
When the body of well-liked and respectable Glenda Roberts is discovered at the bottom of a former slate mine--now a busy tourist attraction--pandemonium erupts in the North Wales town of Llanelen. Penny Brannigan finds herself drawn into the investigation when jars of her house-brand hand cream are found among counterfeit inventory Glenda and her sister were selling. Police are convinced that the mine operator --whose asthmatic son suffered an almost-fatal attack due to the merchandise--is responsible for Glenda's death. But Penny's not so sure --


The masque of a murderer / Susanna Calkins.
The masque of a murderer /  Susanna Calkins.
Lucy Campion, formerly a ladies' maid in the local magistrate's household, has now found gainful employment as a printer's apprentice. On a freezing winter afternoon in 1667, she accompanies the magistrate's daughter, Sarah, to the home of a severely injured Quaker man to record his dying words, a common practice in 17th century England. The man, having been trampled by a horse and cart the night before, only has a few hours left to live. Lucy scribbles down the Quaker man's last utterances, but she's unprepared for what he reveals to her--that someone deliberately pushed him into the path of the horse, because of a secret he had recently uncovered. Fearful that Sarah might be traveling in the company of a murderer, Lucy feels compelled to seek the truth, with the help of the magistrate's son, Adam, and the local constable. But delving into the dead man's background might prove more dangerous than any of them had imagined.--


Aunt Dimity and the Summer King / Nancy Atherton.
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King /  Nancy Atherton.
Cozy mystery lovers' favorite paranormal sleuth is back with her twentieth otherworldly adventure. There's trouble in Finch. Four recently sold cottages are standing empty, and the locals fear that a developer plans to turn their cozy village into an enclave of overpriced weekend homes. But for once Lori Shepherd can't help. Her infant daughter, her father-in-law's upcoming wedding, and the crushing prospect of her fortieth birthday have left her feeling overwhelmed.


Hot pursuit / Stuart Woods.
It's not often that Stone Barrington finds a woman as accustomed to the jet-set lifestyle as he, so he's pleasantly surprised when he meets a gorgeous pilot who's soon moving to New York, and available for closer acquaintance. Their travels together lead them from Wichita to Europe, but trailing them is some unwanted baggage his new lady love's unstable, criminal ex-boyfriend. And while Stone is fending off his newest adversary, trouble is brewing on the international stage. Several enemy operatives are at large, and only a coordinated intelligence effort will have any chance of stopping their deadly plot. But the clock is ticking. and time has nearly run out--~Stone Barrington travels to Wichita to take possession of his long-awaited Citation M2, and is pleasantly surprised to find that the delivery pilot is a gorgeous woman who's soon moving to New York and is available for a closer acquaintance. Meanwhile, Stone is extended an invitation to a secret and private club, open to only the most exclusive membership.


An anecdotal death : a Harry Brock mystery / Kinley Roby.
An anecdotal death : a Harry Brock mystery / Kinley Roby.


Whiskers of the lion / P. L. Gaus.
Whiskers of the lion /  P. L. Gaus.
The new installment in P. L. Gaus's widely praised Amish-Country Mysteries. Sheriff Bruce Robertson is charged with finding a young Amish woman on the run from a murderous drug ring so she can testify in federal court. Wrestling with a recurring childhood nightmare of a deadly lion, the Holmes County sheriff finds himself torn between allegiance to the legal system he upholds and the beliefs of the people he is sworn to protect.


Blood sweep : a Posadas County mystery / Steven F. Havill.
Blood sweep : a Posadas County mystery / Steven F. Havill.
Gifted fifteen-year-old Francisco Guzman has become an internationally renowned concert pianist, touring the world under the auspices of his music conservatory. That gives his mother, Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, plenty of reason to worry--and that's magnified when she learns that he's in Mexico's crime-ridden Mazatlan for a concert series where he may be the target for scam artists and kidnappers. Estelle's worries go from bad to worse when her uncle--a man she didn't know existed--surfaces in an attempt to mend family ties and leaves a trail of corpses in his wake. Estelle's attempts to glean family history--the story of her childhood in Tres Santos over the border--from her adopted mother, a woman now in her nineties, go nowhere. Meanwhile, escalating events put Sheriff Bobby Torrez in jeopardy, as they do newly wealthy rancher Miles Waddell and his pet project, the multi-million dollar theme park, NightZone, set high on a county mesa. Just when his sage advice might be most useful, former sheriff and family friend Bill Gastner takes a dive--in the shadows of his own garage. Now his far-flung family is added to the mix of people and events astir in the boot heel of New Mexico.


Five-alarm fudge / Christine DeSmet
Five-alarm fudge /  Christine DeSmet
It's autumn in Fisher's Harbor, Wisconsin, and fudge shop owner Ava Oosterling is busy preparing for the harvest festival and a visit from some royal relatives who live in Belgium. According to Ava's grandpa, a famous divinity fudge recipe from the 1860s- a treat fit for a prince- is hidden somewhere in a local historical church. When a fire in the church reveals the body of a murdered man, it looks life someone is willing to go to any length to possess the valuable secret to the divinity fudge. As Ava searches for the killer- and the recipe- she could use a little divine intervention, because she may have bitten off more than she can chew...--back cover


Lemon pies and little white lies / Ellery Adams.
Lemon pies and little white lies /  Ellery Adams.
Providing magical desserts to the residents of the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, Ella Mae LeFaye finds everything she loves in danger when a serious of mysterious deaths are linked to her, forcing her to whip up a recipe for catching a killer determined to settle an ancient score.


Shadow of a spout / Amanda Cooper.
Shadow of a spout /  Amanda Cooper.
Leaving her home in Gracious Grove behind her, Rose is off to the annual convention of the International Teapot Collectors Society. Her granddaughter, Sophie, is minding the tea house while she's away. Rose is eager for tough cookie Zunia Pettigrew to appraise a prized antique teapot she believes may be a holy water vessel from China. But when Zunia declares the pot a fake, Rose is really steamed. After Zunia is found dead beside Rose's dinged-in teapot, Sophie must rush to her grandmother's aid and find the real killer- before Rose is steeped in any more trouble...-back cover


All the wrong places / Lisa Lieberman.
All the wrong places /  Lisa Lieberman.
Seventeen-year-old Cara Walden arrives in 1950s London with her half-brother Gray, a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and closeted homosexual. Gray has looked after Cara ever since her mother, glamorous actress Vivien Grant, was found drowned in the pool at their estate. As Cara embarks on a film shoot in Sicily and begins a love affair with a temperamental actor, she cannot help pondering the mystery surrounding her mother's death, but the questions she asks soon put Cara's own life in danger.--


Deception on Sable Hill / Shelley Gray.
Deception on Sable Hill /  Shelley Gray.
It's mid-September of 1893, and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago's wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa has confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball. Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society's restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe--even if he can never earn her affections. Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World's Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa and Sean's romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?--page [4] cover.~When Gilded Age Chicago debutante Eloisa Carstairs meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high society ball, she trusts him with a dark secret and turns to him for protection against a killer on the loose, but their disparate social standing complicates the feelings growing between them.


Miss Julia lays down the law / Ann B. Ross.
It's November and Miss Julia is looking forward to some quiet time before the holidays. That is until snobby Connie Clayborn and her rich husband move to town. At first, Miss Julia and the other ladies are pleased to be invited over for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she? Days later, Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives, Connie is lying on the kitchen floor--lifeless in a pool of blood. Who could have done this? Miss Julia will need to find out fast--particularly because her fingerprints are now all over the crime scene--


Hot pursuit / Stuart Woods.
It's not often that Stone Barrington finds a woman as accustomed to the jet-set lifestyle as he, so he's pleasantly surprised when he meets a gorgeous pilot who's soon moving to New York, and available for closer acquaintance. Their travels together lead them from Wichita to Europe, but trailing them is some unwanted baggage his new lady love's unstable, criminal ex-boyfriend. And while Stone is fending off his newest adversary, trouble is brewing on the international stage. Several enemy operatives are at large, and only a coordinated intelligence effort will have any chance of stopping their deadly plot. But the clock is ticking. and time has nearly run out--


The regulator / Ethan J. Wolfe.
The regulator /  Ethan J. Wolfe.
Soldier, Sniper, Secret Service Agent, Regulator. Murphy answers only to the President. His latest assignment comes from President Garfield and is classified Top Secret. A serial killer is murdering railroad workers and settlers in the western states and territories. With nothing but his skill as a hunter and his knowledge of the budding science of forensics, Murphy begins a quest that takes him through a thousand miles of the west as he searches for the man responsible for dozens of murders --


Manhattan in miniature / Margaret Grace.
Manhattan in miniature /  Margaret Grace.
As soon as Gerry Porter and her granddaughter, Maddie, 11, land in New York City, there are signs of trouble. Gerry is pulled in opposite directions by her two friends: Cynthia Bishop, who wants Gerry to investigate her aunt's recent death; and Bebe Mellon, who expects Gerry to spend the week helping her fulfill a work assignment at a giant crafts fair. Gerry and Maddie manage to keep everyone happy, accomplishing what the 35,000-strong NYPD failed to do.


 

 

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