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Death in Brittany / Jean-Luc Bannalec ; translated by Sorcha McDonagh.
Death in Brittany /  Jean-Luc Bannalec ; translated by Sorcha McDonagh.
Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote (if picturesque) Breton coast, is not happy when he is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven--a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen--is in shock. The legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found dead--Dust jacket flap.


Blaze away / Bill James.
Blaze away /  Bill James.
Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur feels a sort of warmth towards Jack Lamb, a brilliantly prosperous but profoundly dodgy fine arts dealer. Lamb is the greatest informant Harpur has ever dealt with--might be the greatest informant any police officer has ever dealt with--and although Jack ended this arrangement some time ago, Harpur still feels indebted to him. Lamb's posh manor house is stuffed with expensive paintings, ripe for the pinching...and small-time thief George Dinnick and his crew intend to relieve him of a few. But their plans are complicated by local big-time crook Ralph Ember, who is on the lookout for some art to elevate his gentleman' club, The Monty; and who else would he visit to procure this art but Jack Lamb? Add to the mix odd-job man and stolen-art procurer Basil Gordon Loam--aka Enzyme--who Harpur and Iles would very much like to see locked up, and things start to get complicated indeed.


A thorn among the lilies / Michael Hiebert.
A thorn among the lilies /  Michael Hiebert.
Detective Leah Teal is privy to most of the secrets in her hometown of Alvin, but there are always surprises to be had. Like the day she agrees to take her daughter, Caroline, to see a psychic for a reading. The psychic hones in on Leah instead, hinting at a string of gruesome killings and insisting that she intervene to prevent more deaths... Sure enough, the psychic's scant clues lead Leah to a cold case from six years ago, when a young woman was found shot to death, her eyelids sewn shut. As Leah digs deeper into the old files, a second unsolved case surfaces with the same grisly pattern. While her shrewd young son, Abe, observes from the sidelines, Leah races to prevent another horrific murder, unaware of just how deep the roots of evil can go.


The melody lingers on / Mary Higgins Clark.
As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating, and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett. Parker Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion dollars in the fund he had been managing had vanished. Bennett had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean. Was it suicide or had he staged his disappearance? The scandal around his name has not died down. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still alive. Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennett's calm dignity and apparently sincere belief in her husband's innocence. Gradually, Lane finds herself drawn to Mark, the Bennetts' son, who is similarly determined to prove that his father is not guilty. Lane doesn't know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life--and her daughter's life--in jeopardy --


Time's up / Janey Mack.
Time's up /  Janey Mack.


Murder, D.C. : a novel / Neely Tucker.
Murder, D.C. : a novel / Neely Tucker.
While investigating the death of the son of Washington, D.C.'s most influential African-American family, veteran metro reporter Sully Carter discovers the real story--one that forces him to strike a dangerous balance between the city's violent back streets and its highest corridors of power.


Run you down / Julia Dahl.
Run you down /  Julia Dahl.
New York City tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts knows almost nothing about the mother who abandoned her as an infant. Aviva Kagan was just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a college boy from Florida - and then disappeared. When Rebekah hears about a young Hasidic mother found dead in her bathtub in upstate New York, she thinks there might be a story in it. And as she looks closer, she discovers that the woman once knew Aviva's younger brother, Sam. Rebekah realizes she might finally be in a position to meet her mother, but the more she learns about the woman's death, the more she begins to fear that Sam might be a ticking time bomb - whose anger is aimed at the strict Jewish community he left behind. In the sequel to her Edgar Award-nominated Invisible City, Julia Dahl has created another powerful novel, at once an examination of the demons we inherit and a taut mystery that will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion--


Brutality / Ingrid Thoft.
Brutality /  Ingrid Thoft.
The third book in Ingrid Thoft's acclaimed series featuring Fina Ludlow who returns with her most hard-hitting case yet--~Gutsy, relentless, wisecracking P.I. Fina Ludlow is back with her most hard-hitting case yet in the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft. When soccer mom Liz Barone is attacked in her kitchen and left with a life-threatening injury, Fina Ludlow is hired by Liz's mother to identify her attacker. It's unusual for Fina to take a case that isn't connected to the family firm, Ludlow and Associates, but Liz was in the process of suing her alma mater, New England University-a suit that could be a legal gold mine. Twenty years earlier, Liz was an NEU soccer star known for her physical toughness; however, a serious cognitive decline has soured her soccer memories. She's convinced that her aggressive style of play-and the university's willingness to ignore head injuries in favor of a win-has put her health and her future in jeopardy, and someone needs to be held responsible. Was Liz attacked to stop her lawsuit, or were there other secrets in the seemingly innocent woman's life? Fina convinces her father and boss, Carl, to take the case, and discovers that wading into the financially lucrative and emotionally charged world of collegiate sports requires nerves of steel. As the list of suspects grows and hidden agendas are revealed, Fina wonders if any game is worth the price. --


Gone without a trace : a novel / Patricia Bradley.
Gone without a trace : a novel / Patricia Bradley.


The innocent : a novel / Ann H. Gabhart.
The innocent : a novel / Ann H. Gabhart.
Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. The war ends without further word. Now penniless, in debt, and forced from her home, Carlyn seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill ... [and] is just settling into life as a sister in the Shaker village when she receives a devastating letter confirming her worst fears. As she wrestles with whether to commit herself fully to the Shaker life, mysterious deaths begin to occur, and Carlyn comes under suspicion. Can Sheriff Mitchell help her expose the true culprit?--Amazon.com.


Vixen / Bill Pronzini.
Vixen /  Bill Pronzini.
When Nameless is hired by Cory Beckett, a beautiful young woman who claims to be a model, to find her missing brother, Kenneth, it seems to be a routine matter. Kenneth has fled San Francisco in a drug-induced panic to avoid trial on a charge of stealing a valuable necklace from the alcoholic wife of the man for whom he works, wealthy yachtsman Andrew Vorhees. When agency operative Jake Runyon locates and questions the frightened young man, Cory Beckett's motives come into question and the case takes on darkly sinister complexities. Cory lied to Nameless about her livelihood, her relationship with Vorhees, her brother's alleged drug use, and the nature of his alleged crime. Not only is she Andrew Vorhees' mistress, Cory has a secret second lover, factory owner Frank Chaleen, with whom she conspired to frame Kenneth. This bizarre sibling betrayal is part of a diabolical plan that reveals her to be a deadly, designing woman who will stop at nothing to achieve her warped desires. A series of twists and turns drive the story to a truly shocking climax. For not until then do the detectives realize how devilish Cory Beckett really is, a femme fatale who has brought something new to the species--new, and terrible--


All dressed up and no place to haunt / Rose Pressey.
All dressed up and no place to haunt /  Rose Pressey.
While providing authentic period outfits for a film being shot on a historic plantation, vintage clothing store owner Cookie Chanel finds herself starring in a real-life murder mystery in which she must rely on the supernatural support of her psychic cat to find a killer among a cast of suspects.


A batter of life and death : a bakeshop mystery / Ellie Alexander.
A batter of life and death : a bakeshop mystery / Ellie Alexander.
Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for... It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally. Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned? --


Longest yard sale / Sherry Harris.
Longest yard sale /  Sherry Harris.
When her best friend, Carol, is literally framed for the murder of an Air Force officer during New England's largest garage sale, Sarah Winston, mad as heck that someone committed a crime during her sale, must rummage through the clues to find a good deal and catch the real killer.


Picture them dead / Brynn Bonner.
Picture them dead /  Brynn Bonner.


Scam chowder / Maya Corrigan.
Scam chowder /  Maya Corrigan.


Murder with a twist / Tracy Kiely.
Murder with a twist /  Tracy Kiely.
Nic and Nigel Martini are visiting New York to attend a cousin's birthday gala, but when the birthday girl's gold-digging cad of a husband goes missing, the social event of the season may turn into a story for the scandal sheets. Nigel's condescending aunt begs Nic to find sleazy Leo, despite the fact that it would be better for everyone if he just stayed lost. Trailing a married bachelor with a penchant for trouble can be downright deadly. Assisted by Nigel and their bull mastiff, Nic must tangle with her old underworld connections if she hopes to hunt down the killer--Publisher.


Folly / Stella Cameron.
Folly /  Stella Cameron.
Following the breakdown of her marriage, Alex Duggins has returned to her picturesque hometown of Folly-on-Weir in the Cotswolds in order to start afresh. But you can't outrun the past, as Alex is about to discover when she stumbles across a frosted corpse buried in the snow. The subsequent murder investigation threatens to unearth old secrets - including Alex's own. As Folly-on-Weir braces for a chilling winter and Alex finds herself top of the police's suspect list, she determines to clear her name and find the real murderer. But as she begins to peel back the layers of deception that have long-concealed one of the town's darkest secrets, she herself becomes the target of a ruthless killer who has nothing left to lose. Will Alex be the next snow-covered body to be found in the beautiful hills above the town? .


Once upon a crime : a brothers Grimm mystery / P.J. Brackston.
Once upon a crime : a brothers Grimm mystery / P.J. Brackston.


The gentle art of murder / Jeanne M. Dams.
The gentle art of murder /  Jeanne M. Dams.
One late-summer's evening, before the beginning of the new term, Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired police detective Alan Newbitt, are guests at Sherebury University art department's drinks party to introduce the new teaching assistant sculptress Gillian Roberts. However, tragedy strikes on a tour of the art department, when the lift breaks down ans a corpse is discovered at the bottom of the shaft. Dorothy and Alan become involved in the ensuing investigation, putting their local knowledge and sleuthing skills to good use once again. But when another member of the art faculty goes missing and someone receives threatening phone calls, it seems the killer still has something to hide and may very well strike again.


Dead certainty / Glenis Wilson.
Dead certainty /  Glenis Wilson.
A fast-paced mystery set in the cut-throat world of horse-racing: the first in the brand-new Harry Radcliffe series.


Lowcountry boneyard : a Liz Talbot Mystery / Susan M. Boyer.
Where is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston's oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That's what the Charleston Police Department believes. But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz's dead best friend, can get her to talk. Liz juggles her case, the partner she's in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.


The melody lingers on : a novel / Mary Higgins Clark
The melody lingers on : a novel / Mary Higgins Clark
A beloved aunt's agreement to help her niece with college essays reawakens past secrets about the night a grandparent was murdered, an event that compels the woman to investigate a treasured music box to uncover the truth.


The melody lingers on : a novel / Mary Higgins Clark
The melody lingers on : a novel / Mary Higgins Clark
As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating, and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett. Parker Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion dollars in the fund he had been managing had vanished. Bennett had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean. Was it suicide or had he staged his disappearance? The scandal around his name has not died down. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still alive. Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennett's calm dignity and apparently sincere belief in her husband's innocence. Gradually, Lane finds herself drawn to Mark, the Bennetts' son, who is similarly determined to prove that his father is not guilty. Lane doesn't know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life--and her daughter's life--in jeopardy --


Wicked charms / Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton.
Wicked charms /  Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton.
Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier 'Peg Leg' Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate's treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice--the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas. or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine. Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren't the only ones searching for the lost pirate's chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel's deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It's hard to say how far he's willing to go to gain either one. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they're living a charmed life--


The breaking point / Jefferson Brass.
The breaking point /  Jefferson Brass.
Called in to identify some remains, Dr. Brockton finds his life plunged into chaos when his identification is called into question, a killer from his past returns, and his wife delivers some news that changes everything.


 

 

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