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The Complete Adventures of Feluda, Vol. 2

Satyajit Ray - 2003
    He is at his inimitable best as he tracks down the last known letter of Napoleon, or investigates a sinister crime that has to do with Tintoretto's painting of Jesus. In The Case of Apsara Theatre, Feluda foils the insidious plans of a clever murderer, and in The House of Death, he investigates the theft of a priceless manuscript. Maganlal Meghraj, Feluda's arch-enemy, reappears in The Criminals of Kathmandu as the kingpin in a case involving spurious drugs, and again in The Mystery of the Pink Pearl, but Feluda is equal to the challenge. Also included here are the two final Feluda cases, Robertson's Ruby and The Magical Mystery, both of which were published posthumously.

Naked in Death / Glory in Death / Immortal in Death

J.D. Robb - 2003
    In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.Glory in DeathThe first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provided Eve with a long list of suspects -including her own lover, Roarke.Immortal in DeathShe was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted - even another woman's man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas put her professional life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle.

Remember When

Nora Roberts - 2003
    As Nora Roberts, her novels include Three Fates and Birthright. As J. D. Robb, she offers such novels as Portrait in Death. Now she unites her separate identities in a riveting two-part novel that combines edgy suspense and romantic passion - and journeys through past, present, and future.In Part One, Nora Roberts introduces us to Laine Tavish, known to the folks in Angel's Gap, Maryland, as the proprietor of Remember When, an antique treasures and gift shop. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O'Hara, daughter of the notorious con man Big Jack O'Hara ... or that she grew up moving from place to place, one step ahead of the law. But Laine's past has just caught up with her. Her long-lost uncle has visited her shop, leaving a cryptic warning before dying in the street, run down by a car. Soon afterward, Laine's home is ransacked. Now it's up to her, and an enigmatic stranger named Max Gannon, to find out who's chasing her, and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune - a fortune that will change Laine's life.In Part Two, J. D. Robb takes us to New York City in 2059, and puts Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas on the case. The treasure that Laine and Max sought has never been fully recovered. And now someone else is pursuing the missing gems ... someone who's willing to kill for them. Sharp-witted and sexy, Eve is used to traveling in the shadowy corners outside the law, in a future where crime meets cutting-edge technology. She will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all - and stop the danger and death that have surrounded them for decades.

Big Jack

J.D. Robb - 2003
    Sharp-witted and sexy, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is used to traveling in the shadowy corners outside the law. And in a future where crime meets cutting-edge technology, she will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all—and stop the danger and death that have surrounded the jewels for years.

Forget Me Not

Mandasue Heller - 2003
    Lisa Noone, twelve years old, lives too near the lane and her mother is a member of the oldest profession in the book. Their lives are far from perfect, but they will always have each other. Or will they?

A Study in Emerald

Neil Gaiman - 2003
    P. Lovecraft, and of course, Neil Gaiman.A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

Scraps of Paper

Kathryn Meyer Griffith - 2003
    It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families.Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play.Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why…but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer. ***

Byomkesh Bakshi Stories

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay - 2003
    This book contains seven of his most entertaining adventures, competently translated. At each reading, one can only marvel at the writer's genius.

Without a Trace

Colleen Coble - 2003
    Her relentless determination to find them starts an investigation that links their disappearance to a violent crime threatening to tear the peaceful town of Rock Harbor apart.Mystery fans will love this exciting new series from best-selling author Colleen Coble. Set in the untamed beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Rock Harbor Series is full of suspense and romance, drawing you into the life and operation of a canine search-and-rescue team as it unravels the secrets of an enchanting wilderness.


P.J. Tracy - 2003
    Literally. With Serial Killer Detective out in limited release, the real-life murders of a jogger and a young woman have already mimicked the first two scenarios in the game. But Grace McBride and her eccentric Monkeewrench partners are caught in a vise. If they tell the Minneapolis police of the link between their game and the murders, they'll shine a spotlight on the past they thought they had erased-and the horror they thought they'd left behind. If they don't, eighteen more people will die...

Shoofly Pie

Tim Downs - 2003
    the Bug Man) is hired by thirty-year-old Kathryn Guilford, who is terrified of bugs, to solve her friend's death. When Polchak stumbles into the mystery of how Kathryn's husband was killed years earlier, the action kicks into high gear -- and Polchak finds himself on the run with his client from someone who will do anything to keep a secret. This fast-paced murder mystery is more than the typical "Christian fiction;"it is good clean fun -- on a thrill ride. Biblical values are implicit rather than explicit, and its fascinating elements provoke thought on a conscience, consequences, and world-views. But mostly, this book is a sizzler of a story that will not let you go.

Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane - 2003
    U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this remote and barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane relentlessly bears down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.

Amelia Peabody's Egypt

Elizabeth Peters - 2003
    Now, with this monumental volume of Egyptian culture, history, and arcania, readers will be able to immerse themselves in the great lady's world more completely than ever before. Journey through the bustling streets and markets of Cairo a hundred years ago. Surround yourself with the customs and color of a bygone time. Explore ancient tombs and temples and marvel at the history of this remarkable land -- from the age of the pharaohs through the Napoleonic era to the First World War. Also included in Amelia Peabody's Egypt are a hitherto unpublished journal entry and intimate biographies of the Emersons and their friends, which provide a uniquely personal view of the lives, relationships, opinions, politics, and delightful eccentricities of mystery's first family, as well as unforgettable pearls of wit and wisdom from everyone's favorite fictional Egyptologist herself.Containing nearly 600 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, and articles by numerous experts, Amelia Peabody's Egypt sparkles with unforgettable glimpses of the exotic and the bizarre, the unusual and the unfamiliar -- a treasure trove that overflows with Egyptological riches, along with wonderful insights into the culture and mores of the Victorian era, including the prevalent attitudes on empire, fashion, feminism, tourists, servants, and much more.A one-of-a-kind collection that offers endless hours of pleasure for Peabodyphiles and Egypt aficionados alike, here is a tome to cherish; a grand andglorious celebration of the life, the work, and the world of the incomparable Amelia Peabody.

Sleep Tight

Anne Frasier - 2003
    DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?He's looking for the perfect woman. Someone who won't disappoint him, like so many have before. Someone who'll love him ... someone who won't have to die for her mistakes.GIVE UP, LITTLE DARLING....FBI agent Mary Cantrell has been called to Minneapolis to hunt down a killer. Her reluctant return home is shaking her to the core, reviving dreadful memories. Years ago, her best friend was murdered. Now the man convicted of the crime, Gavin Hitchcock, is free--and Mary's own sister, Gillian, a local cop, has befriended him.NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM BUT ME.As each clue to the new killings leads them closer to Hitchcock, Mary and Gillian put their differences aside and set themselves up as the perfect target--and the perfect trap. Unless Mary's own past has blinded her to an unimaginable truth ... and will plunge them into a waking nightmare....

The White Trilogy

Ken Bruen - 2003
    Collecting A White Arrest (1998), Taming the Alien (1999) and The McDead (2000) for first U.S. publication, this omnibus showcases the investigations of the aging Chief Inspector Roberts and the brutish Detective Sergeant Brant, with the assistance of the unlucky-in-love Woman Police Constable Falls. They don't always solve their assigned crimes, but know perfectly well if they can nail the occasional major criminal-"the white arrest"-they'll be able to keep their jobs. Among numerous subplots, they pursue a serial killer stalking England's winning soccer team, a vigilante gang hanging drug dealers and a hit man known as "The Alien" because he whacked a victim engrossed in the video of that movie with a baseball bat just as the monster pops out of John Hurt's chest. But quieter moments, such as Brant's visit to his home county in Ireland, are just as interesting.

No Second Chance

Harlan Coben - 2003
    Marc Seidman lies in a hospital bed. His wife has been killed. His six-month-old daughter has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, the ransom note arrives: We are watching. If you contact the authorities, you will never see your daughter again. There will be no second chance. With no one to trust, and mired in a deepening quicksand of deception and deadly secrets, Marc clings to one unwavering vow: bring home his daughter, at any cost.


Joseph T. Klempner - 2003
    Klempner combines thrills, vivid characters, and a plot that leaves the reader breathless. A Lincoln Navigator carries three well-dressed people through the barren New Jersey salt flats. The trip is uncomfortable but necessary. Their target has no phone, certainly no email, and never answers his mail. But August Jorgenson is no country bumpkin. Before retiring, he was one of the most famous judges in the country, and only opinions like his fierce opposition to the death penalty kept him from a seat on the Supreme Court. Now his visitors, from a reality show called Trial TV, have come to enlist his aid. They are excited about an idea they have that promises to strike a serious blow against the death penalty (and boost their ratings past those of Court TV). The judge agrees to help. But as he digs into the facts of the case he becomes their enemy - an enemy who must be removed as a serious threat to their plans. When his first novel, Felony Murder, was published, Publishers Weekly called Klempner "a writer to watch." Now, Klempner is better than ever - that rare novelist with both an insider's knowledge of the world he writes about, and a talent for intelligent, compelling storytelling.

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Box Set: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls.

Alexander McCall Smith - 2003
    The first three books in Alexander MCCall Smith's beloved bestselling series, featuring Mma Precious Ramotswe, the traditionally built, eminently sensible, cunning proprietor of the only ladies' detective agency in Botswana, are now available in a beautifully designed boxed set.

Judgment of The Witch

Robert R. McCammon - 2003
     The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe their town is cursed by a witch. What else could explain the sudden fires, crop failures and gruesome murders? Convinced that Rachel Howarth, the beautiful widow of the recently slain minister, is to blame, they throw her into a gaol to await trial and execution. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew -- who, despite the evidence against Rachel, believes in her innocence. But soon he realizes that there truly is Evil at work in Fount Royal: a malevolent force more powerful than any witch could ever hope to conjure....

A Fine Dark Line

Joe R. Lansdale - 2003
    The kids listen idly to rockabilly on the radio and waste their weekends at the Dairy Queen. And an undetected menace simmers under the heat that clings to the skin like molasses... For thirteen-year-old Stanley Mitchell, the end of innocence comes with his discovery of the mysterious long-ago demise of two very different young women. In his quest to unravel the truth about their tragic fates, Stanley finds a protector in Buster Lighthorse Smith, a black, retired Indian-reservation cop and a sage on the finer points of Sherlock Holmes, the blues, and life's faded dreams. But not every buried thing stays dead. And on one terrifying night of rushing creek water and thundering rain, an arcane, murderous force will rise from the past to threaten the boy in a harrowing rite of passage... Vintage Lansdale, A Fine Dark Line brims with exquisite suspense, powerful characterizations, and the vibrant evocation of a lost time.

Shadows Over Baker Street

Michael ReavesPoppy Z. Brite - 2003
    LovecraftNew Tales of Terror!What would happen if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's peerless detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his allies were to find themselves faced with Lovecraftian mysteries whose solutions lay not only beyond the grasp of logic, but beyond sanity itself. In this collection of original tales, twenty of today's cutting-edge writers provide answers to that burning question.Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Brian Stableford, Poppy Z. Bright, Barbara Hambly, Steve Perry, and Caitlin R. Kierman. These and other masters of horror, mystery, fantasy and science fiction spin dark tales within a terrifyingly surreal universe.Includes the Hugo Award-winning story A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman.Cover design: David StevensonCover Illustration: John Jude Palencar


C.J. Sansom - 2003
    At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control with the murder of Commissioner Robin Singleton. Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer, and his assistant are sent to investigate.

Every Dead Thing / Dark Hollow (Charlie Parker, #1-2)

John Connolly - 2003


Iris Johansen - 2003
    This time a gifted arson investigator teams up with a mysterious operative to stop a killer raging completely out of control...For Kerry Murphy, the inferno is never far away. The flames of that long-ago night still burn in her nightmares: the heat, the choking smoke, the helplessness. She can never run fast enough...Now Kerry works as an arson investigator with her evidence-sniffing dog, Sam. Together they're a great team, but her life is about to change in the time it takes to strike a match. The deadly flames of her past are back, and from out of the ashes a stranger appears. Who is Silver? And why has he chosen her in the desparate race to find a killer determined to ignite hell on earth? Kerry and Silver may not have a chance against a psychopath as coldhearted as his method is red-hot. To save themselves and the innocent lives at stake, Kerry will have to do what she hoped she'd never have to do: fight fire with fire.

Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death

Sally Spencer - 2003
     Yet to Inspector Sam Blackstone, the case is as puzzling as any he has ever come across. Why should a corpse dressed the in rags of a commoner have the face of a gentleman? And if this man does belong to noble stock, why has no one come forward to claim the body? As his investigation proceeds, Blackstone finds himself entering the world of the aristocracy—in which the presence of an ordinary policeman is far from welcome—and tramping the dangerous streets of London's Little Russia—where English law and order are not welcome. Death seems to stalk him, and as each new clue leads to nothing more than a new murder, Blackstone comes to realize that he is caught up in what may turn out to be the most horrendous crime of the century… Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death is an expertly plotted Victorian mystery that will keep readers guessing to the last page. Praise for Sally Spencer: “Spencer's finest hour: a tightly plotted puzzler with surprises at every turn” Kirkus Reviews “Spencer is an accomplished craftsman who serves up a good puzzle and deftly solves it with intelligence and insight” Publishers Weekly “Characters are diverse, intriguing, and believable . . . plots never fail to surprise; and the procedural details are grittily realistic” Kirkus Reviews Sally Spencer worked as a teacher both in England and Iran - where she witnessed the fall of the Shah. She now writes full time. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.


R.J. Ellory - 2003
    Accused of the horrific murder of his best friend Nathan 12 years before, he has exhausted all appeals and now faces the long walk to the electric chair. All he can do is make peace with his God. Father John Rousseau is the man to whom the last month of Daniel's life has been entrusted. All the two men have left to do is rake over the last ashes of Ford's existence. So he begins to tell his story. Beginning with his first meeting with Nathan, aged 6, on the shores of a lake in 1952, through first loves, Vietnam, the death of Kennedy, and finally their flight from the draft which ended in Nathan's brutal murder.


Kazuki Sakuraba - 2003
    Kazuya Kujo has been studying abroad at the prestigious Saint Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. Most Kazuya ignores--but the story of the Queen Berry, a mysterious ghost ship, really gets to him. Of course, his brainy friend Victorique is much more intrigued by true stories, and she uses her unrivaled logic to solve mysteries even the town's famous detective can't. Ironically, it's Victorique's inquisitive nature that leads the duo to board a ship that matches the Queen Berry's description to a tee, a ship that might just hold the key to solving a sinister mystery... Kazuki Sakuraba's modern twist on Holmes and Watson--pairing Victorique, a wizened young girl with doll-like looks and her eager-to-please sidekick Kazuya--make this international bestseller a must-read murder mystery.

Devil's Waltz / Bad Love

Jonathan Kellerman - 2003
    He has brought his expertise as a child psychologist to numerous tales of suspense, including fourteen critically acclaimed and bestselling novels featuring child psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware. Now, for the first time, here are two of his popular Alex Delaware books in one volume. Taunt, penetrating, terrifying, Devil's Waltz and Bad Love are Kellerman at his best. From the hospital to the street, Delaware follows mysterious killers in two of the most suspenseful works ever, tracking them down through a combination of keen perception and psychological expertise. In Devil's Waltz, Delaware explores a dark side of parental love. In Bad Love, Delaware follows the twisted logic of a stalker's mind games, aware that next the stalker may be coming for him. In both, weaving a web of disturbing events that will thrill and captivate as he reveals their stunning conclusions.

In Silence

Erica Spindler - 2003
    When Avery Chauvin returns to her Louisiana hometown after her father's suicide, she discovers clippings of a fifteen-year-old murder and learns about recent disappearances and murders that lead her to start an investigation.


Heather Graham - 2003
    . .When does a gift become a curse?Matt Stone doesn't believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house. But he isn't ready for beautiful, intriguing Darcy Tremayne.As a paranormal investigator, Darcy has learned to believe in the unbelievable. And she's given Matt fair warning: sometimes people don't like the skeletons she finds. She never dreamed that the warning would apply to herself. For she's about to discover that Melody House holds much more than a simple mystery form the distant past. What it holds is a very real and lethal danger, one that will cast her into a struggle against the worlds of both the living and the dead.

The Silent Partner

Lee Goldberg - 2003
    Mark Sloan is assigned to LAPD's "unsolved homicide" files. As he reopens one case on the murder of a woman whose killer currently sits on Death Row, Sloan learns that the wrong man was charged. And that the real killer is still at large...

Three Mrs. Murphy Mysteries: Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello

Rita Mae Brown - 2003
    In fact, the first three novels in the Browns' Mrs. Murphy bestselling mystery series are reprinted here in their entirety. Whether you are already familiar with the detective work of postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her tiger cat Mrs. Murphy or are new to the team, you are sure to be intrigued by their unique approach. It's murder with a touch of whimsy, all set in the cozy hamlet of Crozet, Virginia. Meet Harry's friends, neighbors...and suspects--folks like notorious society vamp Boom Boom Craycroft in "Rest in Pieces," or the nice Miranda Hogendobber in "Murder at Monticello," and get a good taste of Brown's wickedly observant take on manners below the Mason-Dixon line. Cat lovers, mystery aficionados, and anyone who might like an armchair visit to a delightful old town down South, is sure to enjoy these witty, cleverly-plotted tales of suspense.

Watch Them Die

Kevin O'Brien - 2003
    From afar he watches the ones he so desperately wants. Willing to do whatever it takes to prove his love. But should his latest obsession betray him, he will have no choice but to punish her.

Poirot: The French Collection

Agatha Christie - 2003
    Includes Murder on the Links, Mystery of The Blue Train and Death in The Clouds. It seems Hercule Poirot can never escape murder. Crimes, motives and killers followed him across the Orient and now they have found him again - but this time much closer to home... MURDER ON THE LINKS An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But whay is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse... THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again - for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her priceless rubies are missing. The prime suspect is Ruth's estranged husband, Derek. Yet Poirot is not convinc

The Inspector Lynley Collection (Inspector Lynley, #1-4)

Elizabeth George - 2003
    WELL SCHOOLED IN MURDER is set in an old and distinguished public school. The body of a brilliant young pupil is discovered in a country churchyard. Hampered by the code of honour and loyalty that prevail, Inspector Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers discover within the confines of that privileged community a culture of cruelty that stretches back across the generations.In A SUITABLE VENGEANCE, Inspector Lynley investigation into the brutal murder of a local journalist tears apart powerful ties of love and friendship, shattering the tranquillity of the picturesque Cornish community and exposing a long-buried family secret. Its consequences irrevocably alter the course of Thomas Lynley's life.

The Devil's Bed

William Kent Krueger - 2003
    Assigned to protect her, Secret Service agent Bo Thorsen soon falls under Kate's spell. He also suspects the accident is part of a trap set for Kate by David Moses, an escaped mental patient who once loved her. What Bo and Moses don't realize is that they're caught in a web of deadly intrigue spun by a seemingly insignificant bureaucratic department within the federal government. Racing to find answers before an assassin's bullet can kill Kate, Bo soon learns that when you lie down with the devil, there's hell to pay.


Wanda L. Dyson - 2003
    Soon, her husband disappears, too. Has God left Karen to mourn her losses all alone?

Take the Bait

S.W. Hubbard - 2003
    But the shabby home of an elderly widow holds alarming surprises: street drugs in the silverware drawer, a trunkful of jewels in the attic, and the distinctive ring Audrey’s mother was wearing the night she disappeared. Believing the truth will bring her peace, Audrey relentlessly pursues clues to her family’s troubled history. But each fact Audrey uncovers drags her further away from the love she craves, and puts her on a collision course with people more determined, more ambitious, and more dangerous than she can fathom. Ultimately, some truths are too awful to bear, and too terrible to share.


Marne Davis Kellogg - 2003
    She is an expert on paintings, furniture, and objets d'art, and so far has lived a perfectly happy life with things on her mind other than love. In fact, Kick rarely lets anyone into her private world. She prefers it that way. Kick doesn't need a man in her life, messing things up. But when American industrialist, scoundrel, and womanizer Owen Brace grabs the faltering Ballantine & Company in a corporate takeover, he turns Kick's world upside down, opening her eyes to large-scale love, romance, and sensuous pleasure. But something tells Kick that Brace's motives are anything but sincere. And when he gets near enough to threaten Kick's closely guarded life, Brace learns the dangers of underestimating this woman. From sophisticated London to cozy Provence, France, "Brilliant "is a playfully delicious novel of suspense, masterful revenge, and secrets of the multi-faceted kind...

Murder on the Orient Express / Death on the Nile / The Mirror Cracked / The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie Boxed Set)

Agatha Christie - 2003

The Body Farm / From Potter's Field / Cause of Death: Three Book Set

Patricia Cornwell - 2003

Before I Wake

Dee Henderson - 2003
    Women visiting town are being murdered, tourists in nice hotels, money still in their billfolds, jewelry still on the dresser. Quiet kills-they go to sleep and never awaken. The sheriff is not pleased to find the new detective in town, Rae Gabriella, working the case on behalf of one of the families. She's staying in the same hotel as one of the victims and her looks suggest she could be the next victim.

City of Angels

Sheralyn Pratt - 2003
    But when a seemingly open-and-closed embezzlement case goes awry, her on-again-off-again boyfriend starts fooling around behind her back, and some Mormon missionaries stop her on the street during a stakeout, Rhea realizes her life is anything but typical-even by her standards.http://rheajensenseriesbook1cityofang...

Past Suspicion

Therese Heckenkamp - 2003
    Uprooted from all she's ever known, 17-year-old Robin Finley is sent to her mother's old hometown to live with an uncle she's never met. The town is small, but it shelters big secrets. Robin encounters two mysterious young men, a tragic mansion, and disturbing questions about the past. While unraveling the threads of her mother's shrouded life, Robin meets more confusion. Her soul longs for peace and her heart yearns for love--yet she's consumed by suspicion and fear. Why did her mother flee this town so many years ago and never return? Robin's determination to discover the truth ensnares her in a tangled web that spans the years and threatens to destroy her future."Past Suspicion is a page-turner, and Heckenkamp is an author to be reckoned with." -- Nancy Mehl, best-selling Christian author

Poirot: The War Years

Agatha Christie - 2003
    Includes One, Two Buckle My Shoe, Five Little Pigs, Taken at The Flood. It seems Hitler's Luftwaffe aren't the only ones responsible for the deaths of innocent people as World War II rages -- it seems plenty of murderers are willing to help them reduce Britain' war-torn population even further. And it's up to Hercule Poirot to stop them! ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his outflung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide -- but why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A show buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now -- in the words of the rhyme -- can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight? FIVE LITTLE PIGS Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other subjects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home. It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can't get that nursery rhyme out of his head! TAKEN AT THE FLOOD A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London Blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune. Shortly afterward, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man's sister-in-law, who claims she has been warned by 'spirits' that Mrs Underhay's first husband is still alive. Yet, what mystifies Poirot most is the woman's true motive for approaching him.

Sherlock Holmes: A Duel with the Devil

Roger Jaynes - 2003
     The case begins, as usual, at 221B Baker Street when Jonathan Thatcher, brother of acclaimed Mathematics professor, Aubrey Thatcher, reports that his brother has been missing for three days following the announcement of his engagement. The plot thickens when Jonathan reveals his brother is also embroiled in the murder of a clerk from the university. Holmes and Watson travel to Durham in search of Professor Thatcher, who withdrew five thousand pounds before his disappearance, perhaps to the Americas, and who also, after arriving in Durham, is found to have the murder weapon in his lodgings. In the second case a representative of the allusive Henri Victoire approaches the solicitor, Howard Montclair. Mr Montclair is instructed to deliver a sealed envelope to the Royal Hotel in Bristol by five o’clock for the faceless Victoire. After delivering the envelope to the hotel and meeting nobody, Montclair returns to London. Upon arriving back it is reported that the Brereton Emerald has been stolen from Rome. Rome, being the city where Montclair’s brother was stationed whilst working for the diplomatic corps. Only Sherlock Holmes can connect the delivery of a letter in Bristol to the robbery of one of the world’s largest jewels. In the final case, Holmes and Watson are called upon by Lestrade to help take down the Crimson Vandals who have been adorning British monarchs with lashings of red paint, leaving an undecipherable code in their wake. Holmes begins to make tracks, but not quickly enough as an attempt is made upon his life by the most unlikely of people – Dr John Watson. Roger Jaynes’ Sherlock Holmes: A Duel with the Devil is an exhilarating tale that pits two of the greatest minds against one another in a battle of intellectual wit – the game is afoot! Roger Jaynes has spent his entire life writing about a multitude of subjects in a variety of ways. As an award-winning sportswriter for the Miami Herald, Gannett News Service and the Milwaukee Journal, he was recipient of over 45 national writing awards including his being chosen as top ‘Sports News Writer of The Year’ in the United States by the Associated Press Sports Editors Association in 1977. After leaving journalism in 1988, Jaynes served as Director of Public Relations at Road America. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via We are always interested in hearing from our readers. Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Ted Riccardi - 2003
    His fatal plunge over the Reichenbach Falls as he struggled with his archenemy, Moriarty, has been widely reported. But Holmes has escaped and is alive.In his immediate circle, only Holmes’s brother, the lethargic genius Mycroft, knows of his survival. Even Dr. Watson thinks that the great detective is dead. Among his enemies, Sebastian Moran, Moriarty’s chief henchman, knows of Holmes’s probable escape and waits for their inevitable meeting.From 1891 to 1894, Holmes wanders through Asia. He is alone, without Watson, without Scotland Yard, armed only with his physical strength and endur-ance and his revered cold logic and rationality. The adventures recounted in The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes range from Lhasa to Katmandu, from the East Indies to the deserts of Rajasthan. In Tibet and throughout the Orient, Holmes is caught up in the diplomatic machinations of British imperialism that Rudyard Kipling dubbed “the Great Game.” He confronts the tsarist agent Dorjiloff, the great art thief Anton Furer, and the mysterious Captain Fantôme. And here, written in Holmes’s own words, is the account of “The Giant Rat of Sumatra,” for which until now he so famously thought the world unprepared.For Holmes’s fans throughout the world, the stories in The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes fill in an enigmatic gap, the cause of so much speculation in the great detective’s career. (front flap)Preface by Dr. John Watson --The case of the viceroy's assistant --The case of Hodgson's ghost --The case of the French savant --An envoy to Lhasa --The case of Anton Furer --The giant rat of Sumatra --A singular affair at Trincomalee --Murder in the thieves' bazaar --The mystery of Jaisalmer --Afterword by Dr. John Watson.

Omnibus: Twice Shy / The Danger

Dick Francis - 2003

Revisiting Mary Higgins Clark: A Critical Companion

Linda De Roche - 2003
    This revised Critical Companion offers an expanded discussion of the forms and conventions of suspense writing, along with updated biographical information about the Queen of Suspense. Covering Clark's most recent works, nine new chapters examine the novels and short stories published since 1996, including Daddy's Little Girl (2002). For each major work, a plot synopsis and analysis of character development is given. Themes and issues woven into her fiction--such as the role of the past in people's lives, repercussions of violence, and the concept of identity--are considered. Close critical readings delve deeper into these otherwise entertaining works to uncover psychological, feminist, and socio-political interpretations.The updated and expanded bibliography offers librarians and readers a comprehensive list of Clark's published works, with reviews and criticism of the works covered in this volume. An extensive list of additional biographical sources includes the latest interviews. A bonus feature of this edition is a guide to the film adaptations of Clark's work.

Mortal Instruments

John Malcolm - 2003
    He is also a sharp businessman with South American connections - his lover, Katie is the wide of an extremely powerful and ruthless South American capitalist. When a machine that can detect a potentially fatal coffee fungus is stolen, Lawrence Edwards, an official from the Department of Trade and Industry, secretly recruits Barber's assistance in tracking down those responsible. Johnny's hunch that more is at stake than simple theft is chillingly realized when Edwards and his associate are found dead in suspicious circumstances. There is big money in the coffee industry and lives don't cost very much. It's a painful discovery and one that will take him into South America and the murky depths of the international business community where people play by different rules and nothing is quite as it seems...

Kit Fielding Omnibus: Break In / Bolt

Dick Francis - 2003
    A vicious newspaper campaign jeopardizes Bobby's career as a racehorse trainer. Combining investigations with riding winners for his patron, Princess Casilia, Kit makes some startling discoveries. But some powerful people think a jockey should mind his own business and are prepared to use violence to make sure he does.... Bolt: Princess Casilia is in trouble. Her invalid husband is being threatened by a business partner andall her best runners are being wantonly destroyed-shot with a bolt. The only person she can turn to is Kit, but he has problems of his own. His fianc Danielle appears to have changed her mind. And the old Fielding-Allerdeck feud has once again violently intensified. Wherever he goes, the champion jockey seems to attract bloodshed....


Lyndon Stacey - 2003
    So much depended on body language with animals- Without it, it felt uncomfortably like a game of Russian roulette.'Gideon Blake, artist and animal behaviourist, is used to dealing with distressed and unpredictable animals. But on one cold February night he is faced with the challenge of his life. Abducted from his home, handcuffed and blindfolded, Gideon is inexplicably forced by his violent captors to catch a dangerous and highly-strung stallion. Though severely handicapped by the blindfold and fearing certain death, he has no choice but to comply. Bruised and bewildered by the events of that fateful night, Gideon ignores his abductors' threats to stay silent and resolves to find out who was behind this sadistic and seemingly irrational act. But a chance encounter leads to a shocking discovery, one that makes Gideon question the motives of those closest to him and brings the devastating realisation that danger lies very close to home.

Bad Men

John Connolly - 2003
    The dead ones. They were dead, but they had lights. Why do the dead need light?Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Since then, the island has known peace. Until now. A gang of four men are descending on Sanctuary, intent on committing a brutal and relentless massacre. All that stands in their way are rookie police officer Sharon Macie and the strange, troubled officer Joe Dupree.But Joe is no ordinary policeman. He knows the island has been steeped in blood once and that it will never again tolerate the shedding of innocent blood. The band of killers who are set to desecrate Sanctuary will unleash the fury of its ghosts upon themselves and all who stand by them. On Sanctuary, all hell is about to break loose ...

The Secret Hour

Luanne Rice - 2003
    Since the death of his wife, he has been juggling the rigors of a controversial capital murder case and the demands of raising two children. Eleven-year-old Maggie’s crooked bangs and rumpled clothes eloquently reproach John’s earnest but haphazard attempts at mothering. Teddy, John’s stalwart fourteen-year-old, has quietly assumed responsibilities far too weighty for his young shoulders, as he longs for the way things used to be and tries to ignore the hostility that has swirled around his family since his father took on the defense of a killer whose crimes have rocked Connecticut.A brick through the window one autumn morning signals a dangerous new level of hatred. But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives on the O’Rourke doorstep to find a household on the brink of chaos but brimming with love--and, she hopes, answers. Kate Harris is searching for the key to her own mystery. Six months ago her younger sister fled far from their beloved home following a devastating confrontation. After mailing a single postcard from the New England shore, Willa Harris vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate takes a leave of absence from her job as a marine biologist to come to the seaside Willa adored--and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.Compelling and evocative, at once suspenseful, heartbreaking, and triumphant, The Secret Hour is an unforgettable novel that explores the power of sisterly love, the gift of second chances--and the way magic can sometimes be the most real thing in the whole world.From the Hardcover edition.

At Wolfe's Door: The Nero Wolfe Novels of Rex Stout

J. Kenneth Van Dover - 2003
    These are the Nero Wolfe novels of Rex Stout.

Healing / Secrets

Paul McCusker - 2003
    In "Healing," Father Gilbert investigates a controversial ministry whose leader claims he is God's angel, Gabriel. In "Secrets," Father Gilbert finds himself in the middle of a puzzling kidnapping case involving a close friend. Listeners will find a satisfying blend of suspense, soul-searching situations, and spectacular sound quality in this well-acted fictional audio drama series.

Graveyard Rats and Others

Robert E. Howard - 2003
    Howard came into the fiction magazine scene virtually on Dashell Hammett's heels. By that time Howard was a full-fledged professional writer; he was willing to try any marketplace to make a living. Despite an aversion to the detective formula, he wrote the tales in Graveyard Rats during the same years he chronicled the adventures of Conan. This collection features a new introduction by scholar Don Herron, editor of "The Dark Barbarian," the definitive look at the life and work of Robert E. Howard.

The Pact: OP One

C.N. Bring - 2003
    Navy Commander Celia Kelly is a strong woman of faith and valor whose husband, Tom Kelly, went MIA. As she seeks to unravel the mystery of his disappearance--is he dead? missing? abducted? --her connections in the military start facing danger. "Celia, if you are reading this, I am in trouble or dead." Kelly discovers she's been set up. With an unpredictable secretary, a by-the-book assistant and a Navy SEAL Team, Celia Kelly has her hands full as a Navy SEAL mission sucks her into murder, conspiracy and a hunt for an arms group, The Pact, missing 20 million dollars. What really happened to Tom Kelly? Is the conspiracy related to Tom Kelly's disappearance and who are the members of The Pact?


Nina Revoyr - 2003
    Revoyr’s novel is honest in detailing southern California’s brutal history, and honorable in showing how families survived with love and tenacity and dignity."—Susan Straight, author of Highwire MoonSouthland brings us a fascinating story of race, love, murder and history, against the backdrop of an ever-changing Los Angeles. A young Japanese-American woman, Jackie Ishida, is in her last semester of law school when her grandfather, Frank Sakai, dies unexpectedly. While trying to fulfill a request from his will, Jackie discovers that four African-American boys were killed in the store Frank owned during the Watts Riots of 1965. Along with James Lanier, a cousin of one of the victims, Jackie tries to piece together the story of the boys’ deaths. In the process, she unearths the long-held secrets of her family’s history.Southland depicts a young woman in the process of learning that her own history has bestowed upon her a deep obligation to be engaged in the larger world. And in Frank Sakai and his African-American friends, it presents characters who find significant common ground in their struggles, but who also engage each other across grounds—historical and cultural—that are still very much in dispute.Moving in and out of the past—from the internment camps of World War II, to the barley fields of the Crenshaw District in the 1930s, to the streets of Watts in the 1960s, to the night spots and garment factories of the 1990s—Southland weaves a tale of Los Angeles in all of its faces and forms.Nina Revoyr is the author of The Necessary Hunger ("Irresistible."—Time Magazine). She was born in Japan, raised in Tokyo and Los Angeles, and is of Japanese and Polish-American descent. She lives and works in Los -Angeles.

The Kamo Horse

I.J. Parker - 2003
    But the much beloved Lady Kesa is found murdered in her husband's bed and the "lucky" Wataru is the only suspect. Akitada uncovers a tragic web of court intrigue, broken promises, greed, and obsessive love.

Rat Race / To the Hilt

Dick Francis - 2003
    They're nervous, but Matt's not. That is, until he manages an emergency landing minutes before the plane explodes. Matt doesn't think anything else can possibly go wrong. Then he finds himself caught up in a rat race of danger that puts him on the wrong side of the odds....To the Hilt:Alexander Kinloch found solitude and an steady income painting in a bothy on a remote Scottish mountain. Until the morning the strangers arrived to rough him up, and Alexander was dragged reluctantly back into the real and violent world he thought he'd left behind.Millions of pounds are missing from his stepfather's business. A valuable racehorse is under threat. Then comes the first ugly death and the end of all Alexander's doubts. For the honour of the Kinlochs he will face the strangers... committed up to the hilt...

Murder in Hell's Kitchen

Lee Harris - 2003
    Her last assignment: working for a special unit that tackles unsolved crimes. At a crossroads in her personal life, Jane relishes the chance to lose herself in a challenging investigation.Four years ago, Arlen Quill was found dead in the entryway to his apartment building—leaving no clues, no witnesses, and no leads. When Jane decides to interview Quill’s old neighbors, she makes a startling discovery: Every single occupant at the time of the murder subsequently disappeared. Like any seasoned New Yorker, Jane knows that mere homicide isn’t enough to drive people from their rent-controlled apartments. In Hell’s Kitchen, where a cold case suddenly heats up—Jane soon finds herself face-to-face with a killer. . . .

The Meatless Mayhem Mystery

Maylan Schurch - 2003
    Now she's 13 and a bit resentful about being exploited for her publicity value. In fact, she's in a panic. A certain CD is missing, one that contains her Powerpoint documentary with a fake "history" of VVF. It could cause tons of trouble for lots of people. Who stole it?To the rescue: Justin "Jelly-face" Case and his detective-writer dad. The family has come to South Dakota so Mom can receive the Vitality Vegetarian Foods Volunteer Queen award. But Mom has a secret burden she won't share, something crazy she has to do at the awards banquet.Surprises await at every turn: a jade Buddha with a special eye, hidden microphones, corporate spies. In the end Justin helps his new friends understand what "balanced diet" really means.

An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries

Susan Wittig Albert - 2003
    Now you can join China in ten puzzling cases——and get a taste of her world...This delightful collection also serves to please with loads of wonderful herbal tidbits on everything from rosemary to feverfew to catnip. You'll find such to-die-for dishes as a Deadly Chocolate Valentine, Ruby's Applesauce-Mint Bread, China's Five-Spice Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry, and McQuaid's Tex-Mex——and a host of creative ideas for your garden and home. It's a one-of-a-kind collection featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth——who's worth spending some "quality thyme" with!

Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries, Volume 1: Boy Detective; The Case of the Secret Pitch

Donald J. Sobol - 2003
    A cross-eyed baseball pitch...A kid-lover tumed kidnapper...A watermelon stabbing...A trapeze artist's inheritance...These are just some of the brain-twisters included. Try to crack the cases along with him--the answers to all the mysteries are found in the back!

Red Stag

Guy de la Valdene - 2003
    Nineteen-year-old bastard Vincent has just returned from boarding school to work on the Count's estate, where his uncle is gamekeeper, where Vincent himself was raised, where his mother, until her early death, was the Countess's maid. Shortly after his return, his uncle is viciously murdered. Vincent vows revenge.It is also deer hunting season, and the village is wild with anticipation about this year's ritualized Royal Hunt for the giant red stag. This red stag defies all hunters, outsmarting them, and then outrunning their horses and hounds.The Count's daughter, Nicole, returns to the estate as well. She, too, is nineteen These childhood friends haven't seen each other in years. As the search for the murderer's identity intensifies, and the Royal Hunt approaches, Nicole and Vincent find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. The three-pronged plot gains momentum, reaching a thrilling, violent, graphic conclusion, which reveals startling truths about Vincent's patronage and the potential for both extreme cruelty and friendship within the human heart.Red Stag is wonderfully atmospheric and exotic, full of rich descriptions of wildlife and the rivers and woods of Normandy. It is beautifully written, near cinematic in its clarity, highly suspenseful, and utterly unforgettable.

Midsomer Murders: The Making of an English Crime Classic

Jeff Evans - 2003
    At last, the official book on the series has arrived, encompassing the entire story of its development and intensely popular life. Dip in anywhere and capture the very essence of this typically English drama series, which shows the country's life and crime at its worst, oddest, and best. Nothing is left out, including the series history; coverage of actual village locations; a close inspection of the main characters and the stars who play them; a complete episode guide; and a foreword by John Nettles. It's a complete delight in lavish full color, and just like the series itself, it's not to be missed.

The Room Beyond the Veil

C.H. Foertmeyer - 2003
    His new job as a cub journalist with the Traber Herald sends him and his wife, Sally, to Traber, Colorado, the birthplace of Tom's great grandfather. Almost immediately after settling into their new Victorian fixer-upper, Tom's dreams begin. But are these dreams of an old room decorated with antiques and dimly lit with kerosene lamps-simply dreams? Maybe, just maybe, the room does exist. Days of searching lead to absolutely nothing, not a trace of the old room, until one night when a terrible storm hits Traber and the power goes out. It was to become the blackest of nights for young Tom Jewett and the deepest of mysteries for Sally...

Cold Ridge

Carla Neggers - 2003
    Tyler goes to see his friend Manny, expecting him to ask for help. Instead, Manny urges Tyler to protect Carine, to take her back to Cold Ridge, away from the temptation to meddle in a murder investigation.What Manny knows is that Carine's at the center of a deadly game. And the only person she can trust is the person she vowed never to trust again: Tyler North. But they're running out of time—because a killer has followed them to Cold Ridge...a killer who has put a murderous plan in motion, with stakes higher than anyone can imagine.

Lisa Scottoline: The First Two Novels: Everywhere That Mary Went and Final Appeal

Lisa Scottoline - 2003
    A sure treat for Scottoline's legions of fans, Lisa Scottoline: The First Two Novels is the ultimate collectible.Everywhere That Mary Went introduces one of Lisa Scottoline's most beloved characters, fledglinglawyer Mary DiNunzio, who uses her wit -- and her heart -- to catch a killer. Mary's been trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm, so she's too busy to worry about crank phone calls she's been getting, until they fall into a sinister pattern. Soon she can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her, following her every move. The shadow-boxing turns deadly when her worst fears are realized, and Mary has to fight for something a lot more important than partnership -- her life.Final Appeal, winner of the Edgar Award, features law clerk and single mother Grace Rossi. Starting over after a divorce, Grace takes on a part-time job with a federal appeals court judge, but she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death-penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court, in the form of an affair with her boss, Chief Judge Armen Gregorian. Then the truly unimaginable happens, and Grace finds herself investigating a murder. She searches for the truth, unearthing a six-figure bank account kept by a judge with an alias and following a trail of bribery and corruption. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.

Blackstone and the Great Game (Inspector Sam Blackstone #2)

Alan Rustage - 2003
    This gang is so ruthless that it shocks even the hardened London criminal underworld — so efficient and meticulous in its planning that it evades all the traps the police set for it with almost contemptuous ease. And it is plain to Blackstone that this is just a preliminary skirmish — that the gang ultimately intends to play for much larger stakes. But Blackstone's problems are only just beginning. When the son of the visiting Maharajah of Chandrapore - known to all as the Tiger - is taken in a full-on ambush, Blackstone realises that the previous kidnappings were just practice for a plot that impacts not only Britain, but it’s whole Empire. Blackstone finds himself caught up in a game of cat and mouse, frantically trying to pin down the loose threads to find the lost prince before it’s too late. But with the criminals always appearing to be one step ahead of the Inspector, he begins to suspect that the threat is closer to home than he previously thought… Praise for Sally Spencer: “Spencer's finest hour: a tightly plotted puzzler with surprises at every turn” Kirkus Reviews “Spencer is an accomplished craftsman who serves up a good puzzle and deftly solves it with intelligence and insight” Publishers Weekly “Characters are diverse, intriguing, and believable . . . plots never fail to surprise; and the procedural details are grittily realistic” Kirkus Reviews Sally Spencer worked as a teacher both in England and Iran - where she witnessed the fall of the Shah. She now writes full time. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

The Cornish Novels Omnibus

Janie Bolitho - 2003
    Always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, Rose often finds herself drawn into the oddest situations. Of course, being naturally curious, Rose finds it very hard to let an unsolved puzzle pass her by, even when the consequences of her actions mean her own tranquil lifestyle becomes somewhat stormy...With a cast of colourful characters and the beautiful county of Cornwall as the backdrop, this omnibus edition brings together for the first time three engrossing mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Rose Trevelyan - Snapped in Cornwall, Buried in Cornwall and Framed in Cornwall.

Blackman's Coffin

Mark de Castrique - 2003
    A Chief Warrant Officer in the Criminal Investigation Detachment of the U.S. military, he lost a leg in Iraq. His outspoken criticism of his medical treatment resulted in his transfer to the Veteran’s Hospital in Asheville, NC. Disillusioned with the military, grieving over the recent death of his parents, and at odds with his brother, Sam’s life is in shambles. Then an ex-marine and fellow amputee named Tikima Robertson walks into his hospital room.Tikima hints she has an opportunity for Sam to use his investigative skills—if he can stop feeling sorry for himself. But before she can return, Tikima is murdered, her body found floating in the French Broad River. Sam was the last person to see her alive.Tikima’s sister, Nakayla, brings Sam a journal she finds in Tikima’s apartment. A note stuck to the in-side cover reads “For Sam Blackman.” The volume dates to 1919 and contains the entries of a twelve-year-old boy who accompanies his father, a white funeral director, as they help a black man, Elijah Robertson, transport his deceased relative from Asheville to a small family plot in Georgia. The link to the present? Nearly 90 years ago, Elijah’s body was also found in the French Broad River, a crime foreshadowing the death of his great-great-granddaughter Tikima.Sam and Nakayla must delve into Asheville’s rich history, the legacy of the Vanderbilts at the Biltmore estate, and of author Tom Wolfe to uncover the murderous truth.

Guarded Secrets: Nowhere Man / Hijacked Bride

Rebecca York - 2003
    Nowhere Man. REISSUEPsychologist Kathryn Kelley accepted an assignment at a top secret government facility to "socialize" Hunter, a convict whose memory had been wiped out. Kathryn soon realized that Hunter wasn't a criminal -- but two was he? What was really going on at these labs? Kathryn and Hunter could only trust each other, and finding the answers could be deadly. . .And a new novel by B.J. Daniels. Hijacked BrideJack Donovan had loved Angie Grant. Now Angie was dead, her body never found. Jack was determined to prove that Angie's husband -- Jack's business partner -- had murdered her. But then Jack began catching glimpses of Angie. . .in a crowd, a taxi. Was Angie still alive? And if not, who was this other woman?

Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #23)

Michael BakewellRobin Ellis - 2003
    But with the appearance of the beautiful Arlena Stuart, the quiet and peaceful atmosphere becomes charged with an indefinable erotic tension. And when she is found viciously strangled in a secluded cove, there are few, especially among the women, who seem to feel either surprise or regret. As Poirot follows a twisting path of bizarre and bewildering clues, his only certainties are that the solution lies within Arlena herself, and that there is evil under the sun.John Moffatt is Hercule Poirot in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization by Michael Bakewell with an all-star cast including Iain Glen, Fiona Fullerton, Robin Ellis, Wendy Craig, George Baker and Joan Littlewood.1/5 Can't a Belgian sleuth have a holiday in Devon without getting embroiled in a murder?2/5 When an American starlet is found dead, Poirot has a hotel full of suspects to investigate3/5 There are suspects-a-plenty, witchcraft and a love-letter for the sleuth to investigate.4/5 Hercule Poirot makes a chance discovery in a nearby cove. Stars John Moffat.5/5 Determined to pinpoint the killer, Hercule Poirot invites all his suspects to a picnic.

Ghost Hunters and Psychic Detectives

Jean Marie Stine - 2003
    Equipped with a deep knowledge of things occult -- often with a pinch of paranormal power themselves – these bloodhounds of the borderland pick up where more mundane detectives like the immortal Sherlock Holmes or Miss Jane Marple leave off. When the likes of Mason Bell, Dr. Munsing, Quinn's Jules DeGrandon, Moris Klaw, Flaxman Low, or Carnacki are on the trail, you can be sure the explanation for eerie and ectoplasmic doings will never involve some mundane trick like painting a hound's jaws with phosphorous. The ghost down the hall or the werewolf at the window, the awful demon seeking vengeance from another dimension, will all turn out to be very real indeed. This anthology brings together nine rare and vintage tales of ghost hunters and psychic sleuths. In it you will meet such legendary, and nearly forgotten fictive practitioners as Gordon Acreage's Dr. Munsing in "The Exorcist"; Seabury Quinn's Jules DeGrandon in "Body and Soul"; Sax Rohmer's Moris Klaw in "The Headless Mummies"; E. and H. Heron's Flaxman Low in "The Grey House"; T. Meade and Robert Eustace's Bell, Master of Mystery in "The Warder of the Door"; Conrad Richter's Mason Bell in "The Toad Man"; William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki, Ghost Finder, in "The Whistling Room"; Victor Rousseau's Ivan Brodsky, Surgeon of Souls, in "The Tenth Commandment"; and Algernon Blackwood's John Silence in "A Victim of Higher Space." Don't be surprised if reading their cases proves addictive, and you find yourself finishing the book, yearning for more.

Where the Sun Don't Shine

Scott R. Baillie - 2003
    Everything Lucas Kaari accepts, believes in and loves changes in a tragic instant. At seventeen, Lucas has spent his life living in the shadow and pain cast by his older brother Russell, a gifted and fallen athlete who has chosen the mines and a debauched lifestyle over an education. Lucas� emerging love for his life long neighbor, Heather McKenzie, is tested as they await the fate of their loved ones trapped in the mine. Lucas� friendship with the poorest boy in town, Scabby Cipher, challenges his view of trust, bigotry, loyalty and compassion. Together, Lucas and Scabby uncover the deadly secret that brings a lost community to its knees. In doing so Lucas must confront the darkness he discovers in himself. �Where The Sun Don�t Shine� is a story of family, prejudice, greed, horror, love and the assurance that in the face of crippling circumstances hope survives.

Stout Fellow: A Guide Through Nero Wolfe's World

O.E. McBride - 2003
    Did you know that while Wolfe usually tilts the scales near one-seventh of a ton, he may once have weighed less than his svelte associate, Archie Goodwin? Or how many times the "unbreakable" rules of the house are broken? Or why Fritz speaks French although he's not from France? Or how many bullet and knife wounds Wolfe carries on his normally sedentary carcass? Or what Inspector Cramer's first name is? Or how the characters evolved over the four decades of their existence?This book will provide you with the answers to those questions and a thousand others. I hope you find it satisfactory.

The Hanging Valley / Past Reason Hated / Wednesday's Child

Peter Robinson - 2003

Nephilim Push

Brian Holtz - 2003
    It was a rage that bred floods, giants, and Hell itself. It’s power yet lingers between us all, watching and waiting. Three distinct timelines document the origins of good and evil, a sadistic cult leader and a man who unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a war for all existence. As the stories converge discovery gives way to tribulation. Truth unfolds in unspeakable horror. Travel out of body on a nightmare of astral proportions. Welcome to Nephilim Push.

Chasing Demons

Christy Tillery French - 2003
    She collapses in the barn of Garth Fisher, who rescues Kendra from near-death and nurses her back to health. When Kendra is fully recovered, she insists on leaving, aware that her husband, Tony Salvatori, head of a small but very powerful criminal organization, will eventually locate her. Kendra and Garth are by this time in love with one another and Kendra is very fearful of what Tony will do to Garth if he finds her with him.Garth persuades Kendra to stay with him, convincing her that they are in a safe place that is not easily accessible. Because Kendra is so frightened of what will happen when her husband finds her, Garth and Kendra begin to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the battle they know they will eventually face."Compelling characters and a fine balance of romance and danger are this author's trademark. "Chasing Demons" is Christy Tillery French at her best." --Laurel Johnson, author of "The Grass Dance" and "The Alley of Wishes""Christy Tillery French with tempered elegance creates a stir of emotions while seamlessly switching from one genre to another. Her vivid and silken writing ability is honeycombed with the magic of suspense, romance, mystery and high-grade entertainment." --Sherry Russell, author of "Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief"

Miss Media

Lynn Harris - 2003
    Online advice columnist Lola Somerville lands the plummest of jobs at Ovum Inc., the hip new TV and web network promising smart programming for women. As Ovum's in-house relationships expert, Lola is now up against the pop-psych big dogs--the authors of the mega-selling The Canon: Your Only Hope For a Husband and of the pharma-memoir Xanax Planet, not to mention E. Ron Wilson, kabillionaire despot of the Men Are Pigs, Women are Nuts empire. She's also rubbing elbows with the most powerful person in the universe: the talk-show host/domestic goddess/pop singer/movie actress/anti-landmine activist Penelope. But Lola soon starts to suspect that something is rotten in Ovum's 24-hour juice bar. Are her sidekicks Kat and Ted the only people who know about her forbidden romance? Whose idea was it to change the women's sports show from "Sweat" to "Glow?" Could she--and her entire demographic--be up against forces more powerful than incompetence? The sinister, surprising truths Lola uncovers will change her, her slice of the world, and the market share of Ben and Jerry's, forever.

Caviar Dreams

Judy Nichols - 2003
    How was she to know Debbie would end up targeted by a smooth-talking con man, and that the relationship would end up with both Debbie and Derek dead?Did Derek kill Debbie then skip town? Detective Tony Cafazio doesn’t think so, but he’s the only one. The department is satisfied to blame the murder on the bad guy, but Cafazio thinks there’s someone else involved--a man whose position in the community is so exalted there’s a very good chance he’s about to get away with murder...literally.

Out of Nowhere

Jeri Gilchrist - 2003
    A small-town detective uncovers the person behind brother's mysterious death

Dark Paradise

Lono Waiwaiole - 2003
    When Buddy is approached by an L.A.-based Mexican cartel to be their "main man" on the Big Island, and becomes convinced that he and his particular cohorts and minions can go up against and "defeat" the entrenched Japanese organization, which has controlled all vice in the Islands, including the meth trade, since time immemorial, and which certainly has no intention of sharing, let alone being forced out, of such a lucrative criminal enterprise, the stage is set for Dark Paradise, Lono Waiwaiole's brilliant "Red Harvest in miniature:" A noir novel-com-sociological study that truly "tells it like it is," showing the society that has resulted from the policies of "internal colonialism" that have been practiced by the federal government of the United States, starting with the Calvinist missionaries of European descent and continuing through the last 125 years, with successive waves of imported foreign "labor"--Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, South Sea Islander--always with the native Hawaiians relegated to the bottom rung of the economic totem pole, where the only "outs"--just like in the mainland ghettos--are sports, entertainment, or drug-dealing. Maybe the situation will change some day, if enough people read and understand novels like Dark Paradise…

The War Memories Collection

Cindy McCormick Martinusen - 2003
    Two war stories: Winter Passing and Blue Night.

A Matter of Justice

Steve Alcorn - 2003
    It's also an exciting mystery that will keep readers guessing.

The Mound Builders of Ancient North America: 4000 Years of American Indian Art, Science, Engineering, & Spirituality Reflected in Majestic Earthworks

E. Barrie Kavasch - 2003
    These native Indian cultures flourished for 4000 years before the first settlers came, creating mysterious giant earthen shapes of birds, bears, snakes, and alligator mounds, along with great conical mounds that held the bones of their leaders and loved ones. Who were these sophisticated and spiritual ancient people? They were talented shamans, farmers, hunters, fishermen, artists, and midwives who held special reverence for Mother Earth. Learn more about them and see some of their amazing artistic achievements inside The Mound Builders of Ancient North America. Study a detailed TimeLine that helps to place everything in exact perspective. See what was also happening elsewhere in the world during the Mound Builders heydays. Surprising fetes of engineering and geographic earthworks remind us that these ancient cultures held impressive worldviews.

The Box & Journey Into Terror

Peter Rabe - 2003
    But that's when boss Ryder had him stuffed into a crate and shipped around the world. The box is opened in the North African town of Okar, and what emerges is barely human. But once Quinn recovers, he discovers he has a new chance at life. JOURNEY INTO TERROR: There was a botched robbery and John Bunting's fiance is killed. The cops weren't going to do anything, so he sets out to find the killers himself. That's when he meets Linda, who's just lost her husband. Two wounded souls, one filled with hate, the other with pain--it's funny how much they needed each other.

Death By Drowning and Other Stories (Agatha Christie Reader vol. 2)

Agatha Christie - 2003
    CD1 Death by Drowning (read by Joan Hickson) - an architect stands accused of murdering an unmarried mother-to-be.The Plymouth Express (read by David Suchet) - the body of a millionaire's daughter is found under a train seat.CD2 The Lamp (read by Christopher Lee) - in a haunted house, a young boy discovers an invisible playmate.The Case of the Missing Lady (read by James Warwick) - an arctic explorer asks Tommy and Tuppence Beresford to find his missing fiancee.

Jericho Ride

Betty Gaard - 2003
    When law officers arrive, his hopes begin to fade until he discovers a window of opportunity to save Camp Jericho and make amends for his past. Will Tony be brave enough to try?

The Kennedy Assassination (The Mystery Library)

Stuart A. Kallen - 2003
    Kennedy was murdered in Dallas in 1963, researchers have laid the blame on everyone from organized crime to shadowy government officials. The Kennedy Assassination explains the various facts and theories surrounding the assassination so that the reader may draw informed conclusions about this cataclysmic historical event.

Lawyercide: A Crime Analysis Novel

Dennis Kessinger - 2003
    A deputy district attorney drowns while scuba diving. Another judge is lost at sea and a public defender dies while surfing. These 'accidents' attract the attention of crime analyst Lynn Summers and detective sergeant Ian Weatherstone of the Torrey Pines Police Department. Are they accidents...or is a serial killer working in the upscale beach community of Torrey Pines? The civilian crime analyst and the battle-worn cop combine their skills and discover a web of intrigue that includes the local law school, a released sex offender, and even a member of their own department.

Just Murder: A Mystery Novel

Jan Rehner - 2003
    Suddenly a mysterious woman with a gun steps out to confront the attacker; Amanda manages to escape. Racing for safety, she hears the sound of a single gunshot.Six months later, news photographer Lily Ross, investigating an unsolved murder, finds herself pulled into a web of danger and violence -- an underground network that hides women and children from the men who would harm them. When Lily herself becomes a target, she must choose: Should she reveal what she has found out to the police? Or should she protect the network? Doing so would mean gambling on the network ability to protect her. And what is the network's connection to the murder that drew her into this situation?A spine-tingling, page-turning mystery, Just Murder explores the issue of violence against women and the courage of women in seeking out safety and refuge. Winner of the 2004 Arthur Ellis Award For Best First Crime Novel.

Performing Arts (The Indonesian Heritage Series)

Indonesian Heritage - 2003
    Written by leading Indonesian and international experts, it covers natural sciences, geography, history and art themes. It is the first comprehensive encyclopedia to embrace the rich natural and cultural heritage of the entire Indonesian archipelago from Sumatra to Papua. One of the world's fastest-changing and most populous nations, Indonesia is home to a rich and resilient civilization, in a natural setting of astonishing diversity. Great emphasis is placed on visual materials, ranging from old prints and documents to striking photographs and newly commissioned paintings and drawings, maps and diagrams. Each volume is illustrated in full colour throughout and includes a general introduction, glossary, bibliography and index.

Scooby-doo and the Monster of Mexico (Scooby-Doo)

Jenny Markas - 2003
    This book is one of two tie-ins to the latest in WB's hit series of home videos.The kids from Mystery, Inc. are heading south of the border for a much-needed vacation from mystery-solving. Scooby and Shaggy can't wait to chow down at the fiestas and then take a nice long siesta.But soon the gang spots El Chupacabra, a legendary monster with sharp fangs and the speed of a jaguar! Can Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang make El Chupacabra vamoose before the creepy creature goes completely loco?This junior novel of the popular video release is aimed at Scooby's core audience, kids 6-9. It includes 16 pages of color pictures.

Midnight Louie In Something Fishy

Carole Nelson Douglas - 2003
    P. Lovecraft's haunted Innsmouth on Halloween

Constable's Run

Laurie Moore - 2003
    Sixteen years into a twenty-year retirement, he suddenly has an unworthy opponent-a college kid without law enforcement experience-with an eye on Jinx's job. To make matters worse, the guy's operating on the budget of a sultan and Jinx's lazy treasurer won't raise money. The only person willing to help Jinx campaign is his beautiful, loyal girlfriend, Raven.But Raven, a Reserve Deputy Constable, has her own problems. She has offended Ivan Balogh, Prince of the Gypsies, and Ivan put a contract hit out on her. Through hijinks, treachery and assassination attempts, Raven shores Jinx up with moral support . . . until he betrays her in the worst possible way. Soon enough, miss Let's Play Fair is replaced by Miss Get Even Texas Style, and Raven knows both roles equally well.