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The pawful truth / Miranda James.

The pawful truth /  Miranda James.
When Charlie Harris decides to go back to school, he and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, find themselves entangled in a deadly lovers quarrel on campus in the latest installment of theNew York Timesbestselling series. In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age-except for Dixie Bell Compton, another'mature' student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between herand their professor, his interest in piqued. He's even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed. Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie's death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie's death the result of a lovers' triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor's wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another more sinister motive? Charlie racesto unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line.


The golden hour : a novel / Beatriz Williams.

The golden hour : a novel / Beatriz Williams.
The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora Lulu Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires? Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess's social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands' political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward's marriage lies an ugly-and even treasonous-reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love. Then Nassau's wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe's complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.--Publisher.


Bark of night / David Rosenfelt.

Bark of night /  David Rosenfelt.
When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter's veterinarian asks to speak to him privately at the checkup of his golden retriever, Tara, the last thing Andy expects is Truman. Tiny, healthy, French bulldog Truman was dropped off days ago with instructions to be euthanized by a man everyone thought was his owner. But now the owner is nowhere to be found ... [and] it's discovered that the man wasn't Truman's owner at all ... Truman's real owner has been murdered. It's now up to Andy--with help from his loyal sidekick Tara, Truman and the rest of the gang--to solve this case.--


Bones behind the wheel / E.J. Copperman.

Bones behind the wheel /  E.J. Copperman.
Innkeeper Alison Kerby is determined to keep her mind, body, and soul focused on bringing high-spirited hospitality to her lodgers at the Haunted Guesthouse. She simply has no time for any more murder investigations, no matter what Paul Harrison, her resident ghost detective, says. But this time, the mystery comes looking for Alison. Workers unearth a 1977 Lincoln Continental buried in the sand behind Alison's guesthouse--and they discover a skeleton still belted in behind the steering wheel. Paul, of course, is on the cold case--to the extent that a ghostly gumshoe can be--but Alison is still determined not to do the incorporeal investigator's legwork. Not this time. But her new husband Josh is intrigued, and he offers to help Paul poke into the case of the cold Continental ... Alison dodges stray bullets, discovers a gun in the guesthouse, and reluctantly probes a decades-old murder that turns out to be shockingly relevant even today--


Sweet taste of revenge / Mary Ellis.

Sweet taste of revenge /  Mary Ellis.
When a wealthy socialite is found dead on her luxury yacht, her daughter Lainey hires private investigator Kate Weller to look into the matter. Agnes Westin created plenty of enemies during her climb to the top of society, many with a taste for revenge -- but did any of them feel strongly enough to kill her? Kate has another reason altogether for returning to Pensacola, Florida, the only town she has ever called home. Her brother Liam has spent the past sixteen years in jail for his part in a robbery homicide -- and unless Kate uncovers the truth of what really happened that day, she will never be safe. Now someone wants to make sure her repressed memories stay buried. Can Kate clear her brother's name before the real killer silences them both forever?--Provided by publisher


Killer in the carriage house / Sheila Connolly.

Killer in the carriage house /  Sheila Connolly.
The second book in the Victorian Village Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly! Kate Hamilton's plans for recreating Asheboro, Maryland as a Victorian village and tourist attraction are progressing nicely, and most of the townspeople have become supporters. There's only one problem: money. Kate had laid out what she thought was a reasonable plan, and had built in a financial cushion in her estimates, but the over-runs had exceeded everybody's expectations, and the town coffers are empty, while the opening date looms closer and closer. But Kate and her ally, historian Joshua Wainright, may have come up with a solution. The centerpiece Barton mansion outside of town has proven to be a veritable goldmine of documents about the town's nineteenth-century history, and the Clara Barton correspondence and documents they had first discovered in the house will be the centerpiece of the first exhibit at the newly-renovated Barton factory in town. But Henry Barton's interests and skills went far beyond the operation of his home-town factory. Kate and Joshua stumble upon a cache of documents that suggest that Henry was developing municipal electrical systems at an early date--and that the region's major provider, Universal Electric, may have stolen some of his patents. Can Universal Electric be persuaded to step up and help the town, rather than face legal action--


Knife / Jo Nesbø ; translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith.

Knife /  Jo Nesbø ; translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith.
Brilliant, audaciously rogue police officer, Harry Hole from The Snowman and The Thirst, is back and in the throes of a new, unanticipated rage -- once again hunting the murderer who has haunted his entire career. Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel -- the only woman he's ever loved -- has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison -- free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that's clearly not his own on his hands, it's only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.


Game of bones / Carolyn Haines.

Game of bones /  Carolyn Haines.
The next charming mystery from Carolyn Haines featuring spunky southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney. Dr. Frank Hafner is an archaeologist working on excavating a new-found Native American temple site in the Mississippi Delta. He's also too handsome for his own good, and a bit of a flirt. Oddly enough, it's the first quality that gets him in trouble when he discovers the ritualistic murder of one of his archaeological crew. When Coleman Peters, Sheriff and Sarah Booth's boyfriend, takes Dr. Hafner in for questioning in the murder, the accused doctor hires Sarah Booth to clear his name. Soon, Sarah Booth has uncovered a number of possible suspects, but she can't narrow them down fast enough to stem the continuing violence that seems to trace back to Dr. Hafner's dig. When Peter Deerstalker, a member of the Tunica tribe, mentions a curse, it doesn't seem so far-fetched--especially when a young graduate student on the site claims someone on the site is searching for something much more precious than ancient pottery... Something spooky is going on in the Mississippi Delta, and though Sarah Booth isn't sure who to trust, or what to believe, she knows she won't rest until she's dug up the truth--


Peach clobbered / Anna Gerard.

Peach clobbered /  Anna Gerard.
... Nina Fleet's life ought to be as sweet as a Georgia peach. Nina's barely settled into her new B&B-to-be when a penguin shows up on her porch. Harry Westcott is making ends meet as an ice cream shop's mascot and has a letter from his great-aunt, pledging to leave him the house. Gregory Bainbridge intends to turn a convent into a golfing community, so Nina is persuaded to take in the elderly nuns. Whoever is out to stop Harry from contesting the sale of his great-aunt's house may also be after Nina, so she teams up with him to cage the killer before someone clips her wings in Peach Clobbered, Anna Gerard's charming first Georgia B&B mystery--excerpted from FantasticFiction.com.


The stories you tell / Kristen Lepionka.

The stories you tell /  Kristen Lepionka.
A late-night phone call is never good news, especially when you're Roxane Weary. This one is from her brother Andrew whose evening was interrupted by a visit from Addison, a hip young DJ he knows from the hotel bar where he works. She was drunk, bloody, and hysterical, but she wouldn't say what was wrong. After using his phone, she left as quickly as she appeared, and Andrew is worried. That's when he calls Roxane. But another late-night call occurs as well: Addison's father calls the police after getting a panicked voicemail from his daughter. The only thing he could understand is the address she gave in the message--Andrew's. Before long, the police are asking Andrew all about why there's blood in his apartment and what he did to Addison. Meanwhile, another cop is found dead on the opposite side of town, leading to a swirl of questions surrounding a dance club whose staff--which includes Addison--has suddenly gone AWOL.


Bayou born / Hailey Edwards.

Bayou born /  Hailey Edwards.
Her beginning may be our end . . .Deep in the humid Mississippi bayou, a half-wild child is dragged from the murky waters. She has no memories, no family and is covered in mysterious markings. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him onto the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious. However, there's more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one - including Luce herself - could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny . .Brand new urban fantasy series by Hailey Edwards, bestselling author of the Gemini and Black Dog series. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Estep, Darynda Jones and Ilona Andrews.


Killing with confetti : a Peter Diamond investigation / Peter Lovesey.

Killing with confetti : a Peter Diamond investigation / Peter Lovesey.
On a fateful July morning in 2015, a riot takes hold of Her Majesty's Prison in Bream, Gloucestershire, with fatal consequences. The staff is caught completely off-guard--their supervising warden, Governor Magda Lyle, hasn't shown up for work, and the prisoners are able to start a fire that nearly results in a mass escape. Three years later and forty miles south, a most controversial wedding is about to take place in Bath's gorgeous Abbey, with a reception to follow in the famous Roman Baths. The daughter of career criminal mastermind Joe Irving--only just released from a long stint in prison--is getting hitched to the son of Deputy Chief Constable George Brace, one of the highest-ranking cops in all of Avon & Somerset. A more uncomfortable group of in-laws would be hard to imagine, but worse, charismatic and incorrigible Joe Irving has many enemies on the outside, including more than one hard man hell-bent on settling accounts for the role the father of the bride played in the fateful Bream prison riot. There have been credible threats on Joe Irving's life since his release, and the wedding presents a high-profile opportunity for a hit attempt. The distressed DCC Brace retains detective Peter Diamond and his team to run security on the big day, hoping they can avert catastrophe. Joe Irving may be the arch enemy of every cop in southwest England, but they can't let him be killed at his daughter's wedding. Diamond is infuriated by the assignment, which becomes more and more impossible with every new fact he learns about the players and the logistics. Can Diamond pull off a miracle and keep the entire party alive until the couple is safely on their honeymoon?--


Knife / Jo Nesbø ; translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith.

Knife /  Jo Nesbø ; translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith.
Brilliant, audaciously rogue police officer, Harry Hole from The Snowman and The Thirst, is back and in the throes of a new, unanticipated rage -- once again hunting the murderer who has haunted his entire career. Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel -- the only woman he's ever loved -- has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison -- free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that's clearly not his own on his hands, it's only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.


Hope rides again / a novel by Andrew Shaffer.

Hope rides again /  a novel by Andrew Shaffer.
When former President Barack Obama's cell phone is stolen and the perpetrator winds up dead, Obama and his vice-president Joe Biden investigate, uncovering a conspiracy in the heart of Chicago.


Cherry scones & broken bones / Darci Hannah.

Cherry scones & broken bones /  Darci Hannah.
When portrait painter Silvia Lumiere books a room for the summer at the Cherry Orchard Inn, new manager Whitney Bloom thinking her luck has turned--until Silvia has a deadly encounter with one of Whitney's famed cherry scones--


 

 

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