Best of
Mystery

2009

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


John Joseph AdamsTanith Lee - 2009
    This reprint anthology showcases the best Holmes short fiction from the last 25 years, featuring stories by such visionaries as Stephen King, Neil Gaimen, Laura King, and many others.

In Death: The First Cases


J.D. Robb - 2009
    D. Robb presents the first two In Death thrillers featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas--Naked in Death and Glory in Death--together in one volume for the first time. NAKED IN DEATHIn the first book in the bestselling In Death series, Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks the line between seductive passion and scandalous murder... GLORY IN DEATHLieutenant Eve Dallas never wavers in her search for justice. But now she'll learn that matters of the heart are never black and white...

J. D. Robb Collection 6: Portrait in Death, Imitation in Death, and Divided in Death


J.D. Robb - 2009
    Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality - in one fateful shot... Imitation in Death: Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack." All Eve knows is that he plans to mimic the most infamous murderers of all ? starting with Jack the Ripper... Divided in Death: Reva Ewing, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas discovers that at nearly the exact time a kitchen knife was jammed into the victim's ribs, the passcode to his art studio was changed - and all of the data on his computer deliberately corrupted. Eve and Roarke must infiltrate an extraordinarily secretive government agency to expose the corruption at its core, before the virus spreads from one office to a corporation to the entire country.

The 39 Clues Set


Rick Riordan - 2009
    Contains:The Maze of BonesOne False NoteThe Sword ThiefBeyond the GraveThe Black CircleIn Too DeepThe Viper's Nest

Missing in Death


J.D. Robb - 2009
    Robb; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Born Evil


Kimberley Chambers - 2009
    On a nice cul-de-sac in leafy Rainham, June Dawson’s world is turned upside down when her daughter Debbie’s child by her drug-addict boyfriend turns the family inside out.

The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Homes


Arthur Conan Doyle - 2009
    In tale after tale of his exploits, Holmes applies his unique powers of deduction to bringing some of the most ingenious crooks, criminals, rogues, and rascals to justice. Rightly regarded as the Great Detective, Holmes sees clues that others overlook, and displays skills at detection that are nearly as uncanny as they are...elementary.The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collects forty-eight classic tales, including the full-length novels A Study in Scarlet, The sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear. In addition, it features forty-four short masterpieces of detective fiction, among them, "The Speckled Band," "A Scandal in Bohemia," "His Last Bow," and "The Final Problem."The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is your passport to 221B Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes explores some of the most baffling crimes ever committed and where the game is always afoot. Narrated by Holmes's sidekick, Doctor Watson, these stories invite you to match wits with one of the most logical minds in literature and to view the world before you as a multifaceted mystery waiting to be solved.Contains:Adventures of Sherlock HolmesScandal in BohemiaRed-headed LeagueCase of IdentityBoscombe Valley MysteryFive Orange PipsThe Man with the Twisted LipAdventure of the Blue CarbuncleAdventure of the Speckled BandAdventure of the Engineer's ThumbAdventure of the Noble BachelorAdventure of the Beryl CoronetAdventure of the Copper BeechesHis Last BowHound of the BaskervillesMemoirs of Sherlock HolmesSilver BlazeAdventure of the Yellow FaceAdventure of the Stockbroker's ClerkAdventure of the Gloria ScottAdventure of the Musgrave RitualAdventure of the Reigate SquireCrooked ManAdventure of the Resident PatientAdventure of the Greek interpreterNaval TreatyFinal ProblemReturn of Sherlock HolmesAdventure of the Empty HouseAdventure of the Norwood BuilderDancing MenAdventure of the Solitary CyclistAdventure of the Priory SchoolBlack PeterAdventure of Charles Augustus MilvertonSix NapoleonsAdventure of the Three StudentsAdventure of the Golden Pince-NezAdventure of the Missing Three-QuarterAdventure of the Abbey GrangeSecond StainSign of FourStudy in ScarletValley of Fear

J.D. Robb CD Collection 7: Visions in Death, Survivor in Death, Origin in Death


J.D. Robb - 2009
    The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of The Lake in Central Park. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes —removed with such precision, as if done by the careful hand of a surgeon — that have Dallas most alarmed.Survivor in Death:Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . .Origin in Death:New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner Peabody enter the hallowed halls of the Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery on a case. A hugely popular vid star has been beaten to a bloody pulp - and has killed her attacker in the process. After a post-op interview, Dallas and Peabody confirm for themselves that it’s a clear-cut case of self-defense, but before they can leave the building, another case falls into their hands.

Four Sue Grafton Novels


Sue Grafton - 2009
    Four compelling novels in the "#1 New York Times" bestselling series featuring "the spunkiest, funniest, and most engaging private investigator in Santa Teresa, California, not to mention the entire detective novel genre""(Entertainment Weekly)."

Endangered


Pamela Beason - 2009
    Box, New York Times bestselling author "Well written and terrifically paced." - AnnArbor.com Summer "Sam" Westin's assignment to report on cougars in a Utah park goes horribly awry when a child vanishes from a campground and the TV news focuses on the local mountain lions as the likely culprits. Sam has good reason to suspect the shadowy man she spotted at the end of the path. Can she find the truth in time to save both the child and the big cats? Includes Discussion Questions for Readers and Book Clubs

The Whisperer


Donato Carrisi - 2009
    Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls' bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found.Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They're confident they've got the right suspect in their sights until they discover no link between him and any of the kidnappings except the first. The evidence in the case of the second missing child points in a vastly different direction, creating more questions than it answers.Vasquez and Gavila begin to wonder if they've been brought in to take the fall in a near-hopeless case. Is it all coincidence? Or is a copycat criminal at work? Obsessed with a case that becomes more tangled and intense as they unravel the layers of evil, Gavila and Vasquez find that their lives are increasingly in each other's hands.THE WHISPERER, as sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels, is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also utterly unputdownable.

The Last Child


John Hart - 2009
    He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he'd been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is—confident in a way that he can never fully explain.Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.Then a second child goes missing...Undeterred by Hunt's threats or his mother's pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, The Last Child leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

Closure


Randall Wood - 2009
    Special Agent Jack Randall of the FBI finds himself appointed to track down and stop the shooter. Not by his superiors, but by the killer himself.As more bodies fall the shooter takes his message to the press, earning the support of the public with his choice of targets and confounding the FBI at every turn. From the desert of Nevada to the urban jungle of New York City, Jack and his team follow the trail of bodies and haunting messages left behind by the killer. With the pressure to find him mounting on Jack, the assassin’s crimes grow bolder, and his message more sinister and closer to home.It becomes clear to Jack that in order to find the shooter, he may have to look inside his own past, and become the man he was years ago.

Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol


Nigel Tomm - 2009
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Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks


John Curran - 2009
    After the death of her only child, 73 handwritten notebooks came to light, from single jots to lists, to full outlines of memorable plots and characters, plus grocery and schedule memos from a bountiful creative mind - a complex web of connections to unravel and link. Actual notebook page reproductions. 2 unpublished Hercule Poirot short stories: "The Capture of Cerebrus", and "The Incident of the Dog's Ball".

The Hound of the Baskervilles


Ian Edginton - 2009
    Culbard have teamed up again to create a visually compelling graphic novel adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece. The superb writing and beautiful art takes Conan Doyle’s supernatural tale to new heights.All the elements are here for a thrilling tale: A gnarled walking stick, missing boot, neglected family portrait, convicted killer on the loose, and the ancestral curse of a phantom hound. The great detective himself, Sherlock Holmes—with the help of Dr. Watson—has his work cut out for him in a dramatic mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

The Lady Julia Grey Bundle


Deanna Raybourn - 2009
    Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching on the floor.Starting with her husband's sudden death, stubborn Lady Julia Grey is swept into a world of deceit, by following enigmatic attractive private investigator Nicholas Brisbane.From Victorian London society to a hectic family holiday to madness on the moors of Yorkshire:1 Silent in the Grave2 Silent in the Sanctuary3 Silent on the Moor

The President's Henchman


Joseph Flynn - 2009
    Which will make her husband--what?Well, if he's the ex-cop who solved the murder of the president's first husband and brought the killers to justice...and if he's not the kind of guy to stand on formality...and if he doesn't want to be the head of the FBI...and if he takes out a license and becomes the first private eye to live in the White House...That would make him The President's Henchman.Jim McGill's first case is to find out who is stalking a member of the White House press corps, before that stalker turns the tables on McGill and maybe even threatens the president herself. He also has to be a shadow adviser to a young Air Force investigator who is looking into a he-said-she-said charge of adultery leveled against a female colonel working at the Pentagon, a case with the potential to derail the new president's administration before it has a chance to begin.

Between the Plums


Janet Evanovich - 2009
    She hasn’t got a tree. She hasn’t bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There’s not a twinkle of light anywhere to be seen in her apartment—and there’s a strange man in her kitchen. Plum Lovin’ Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum’s apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie—and he’s not taking no for an answer. Plum Lucky Stephanie Plum is looking to get lucky...In an Atlantic City hotel room…In a Winnebago…And with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart.

The Rubber Band/The Red Box 2-in-1


Rex Stout - 2009
    Here, in Stout’s third and fourth complete Wolfe mysteries, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth and his trusty man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, solve two of their most baffling cases. The Rubber Band What do a Wild West lynching and a respected English nobleman have in common? On the surface, absolutely nothing. But when a young woman hires his services, it becomes Nero Wolfe’s job to look deeper and find the connection. A forty-year-old pact, a five-thousand-mile search, and a million-dollar murder are all linked to an international scandal that could rebound on the great detective and his partner, Archie, with fatal abruptness. The Red Box Murder by chocolate? That’s the premise Nero Wolfe must operate from when a beautiful woman is poisoned after indulging in a box of candy. It’s a case that the great detective—no stranger himself to overindulgence—is loath to take for a variety of reasons, including that it may require that he leave his comfortable brownstone. But he and Archie are compelled by a mystery that mixes high fashion and low motives…and a killer who may have made the deadliest mistake.

The Memory Closet


Ninie Hammon - 2009
    She understands that something profoundly evil lurks in the swirling purple haze of her amnesia. For a quarter of a century, she was enslaved by what she called the "Boogie Man"-- images from her lost childhood that appeared in the shadows behind her reflection in mirrors and wine glasses, haunted her dreams and attacked her in screaming night terrors. Fear of facing that secret held her hostage. Like a schoolyard bully, it twisted her arm behind her back and forced her to accept that her life began at age 11 in the dirt beside the ditch where the family station wagon burned like hell had opened up a crack in the world right there in the back seat. Then the Boogie Man destroyed her career. And Anne saw him in her dying mother's eyes. With her last breath, Susan Mitchell begged for her daughter's forgiveness. She didn't mean for it to happen, she gasped, but she'll burn in hell for what she did all the same. What did her mother do? Anne has to know. So she has come home to a small Texas prairie town to live with her crazy grandmother in the rambling old house where she grew up, determined to take a stand there against the Boogie Man.But Anne isn't really prepared for how expensive remembering might be. The cost of her memories might be her sanity. Each new revelation loosens Anne's grip on reality. Surely her crazy grandmother didn't do THAT to Anne's beloved parakeet! Yes, the old woman DID! No ... actually, she didn't. The horror that attacks her in the garage--it can't possibly be real...can it? And most important: what happened to the little Indian girl with a face like a china doll whose name was Laughs in the Wind? The Boogie Man knows. He also knows Anne's here. He knows it's showtime. And he knows what she doesn't--that Anne might very well have to pay for her past with her future, that the cost of remembering could be her life.

Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures


Arthur Conan Doyle - 2009
    In this unique collection, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have selected their all-time favorite Sherlock Holmes adventures.Each of these nineteen tales, from Sherlock’s first appearance in A Study in Scarlet to the late classic The Dying Detective, is a potent mix of murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings, and revenge—a ground-breaking combination of forensic science and bold storytelling. Sherlock Holmes established new rules for what a fictional hero could be, and provided a template for detective stories we still follow today.This beautifully designed collection is the perfect introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes and the ultimate gift for fans of the show it inspired.

The Harry Bosch Novels, Volume 4: The Narrows, The Closers, Echo Park (Harry Bosch, #10-12)


Michael Connelly - 2009
    Then he gets a call from the widow of a friend who died recently. A friend who worked on the famous case tracking the killer known as The Poet, which makes his death doubly suspicious. Now Bosch is heading straight into the path of the most ruthless and inventive murderer he has ever encountered...The Closers: Three years after leaving the LAPD, Harry is back, working with his former cop ally and partner, Kizmin Rider. Assigned to the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, Harry and Kiz are immediately thrown into a politically sensitive and dangerous case when a DNA match connects a white supremacist to the 1988 murder of a mixed race 16-year-old girl. But there are some people who want the case to remain unsolved...Echo Park: In 1993, Harry Bosch was assigned the case of a missing person, Marie Gesto. The young woman was never found and the case has haunted Bosch ever since. Thirteen years later, a man accused of two heinous killings is willing to confess to several other murders, including that of Gesto. Bosch's whole being as a cop begins to crack when he comes to realize that he missed a clue that could have led him to the killer and prevented the nine murders that followed...

Shadows of Lancaster County


Mindy Starns Clark - 2009
    But now that her brother has vanished and his wife is crying out for help, Anna knows she has no choice but to come out of hiding, go home, and find him. Back in Lancaster County, Anna follows the high-tech trail her brother left behind, a trail that leads from the simple world of Amish farming to the cutting edge of DNA research and gene therapy.During the course of her pursuit, Anna soon realizes that she has something others want, something worth killing for. In a world where nothing is as it seems, Anna seeks to protect herself, find her brother, and keep a rein on her heart despite the sudden reappearance of Reed Thornton, the only man she has ever loved.Following up on her extremely popular gothic thriller, Whispers of the Bayou, Mindy Starns Clark offers another suspenseful standalone mystery, one full of Amish simplicity, dark shadows, and the light of God's amazing grace.

Troubled Sea


Jinx Schwartz - 2009
    But their chosen sea has a serpent: Mexico's out-of-control drug trade. After witnessing a drug-deal gone wrong, they set off a deadly chain of events that lands them in a sea of intrigue involving a best friend, the Mexican Federal Police, the DEA, US Coast Guard, the INS, and a nasty drug cartel.This fast-paced adventure is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of cutting the lines and shoving off to adventure.Show More Show Less

A Grant County Collection: Indelible, Faithless and Skin Privilege


Karin Slaughter - 2009
    But they decide to take a detour via Jeffrey's hometown and things go violently wrong when Jeffrey's best friend Robert shoots dead an intruder who breaks into his house.Jeffrey and Sara are first on the scene and Jeffrey's keen to clear his friend's name, but for Sara things aren't so simple. The sear marks around the bullet-hole don't tally with Robert's story. Robert's wife, Jessie, is incoherent and confused. And when Jeffrey appears to change the crime scene, Sara no longer knows who to trust.Twelve years later, Sara and Jeffrey are caught up in a shockingly brutal attack which threatens to destroy both their lives. But they're not random victims. They've been targeted. And it seems the past is catching up with both of them ...FaithlessThere are many ways to die. But some are more terrifying than others ...A walk in the woods takes a sinister turn for police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and medical examiner Sara Linton when they stumble across the body of a young girl. Incarcerated in the ground, all the initial evidence indicates that she has, quite literally, been scared to death.But as Sara embarks on the autopsy, something even more horrifying comes to light. Something which shocks even Sara. Detective Lena Adams, talented but increasingly troubled, is called in from vacation to help with the investigation - and the trail soon leads to the neighbouring county, an isolated community, and a terrible secret ...Skin PrivilegeLena Adams has spent her life struggling to escape her past. She has only unhappy memories of Reece, the small town which nearly destroyed her. She's made a new life for herself as a police detective in Heartsdale, a hundred miles away - but nothing could prepare her for the violence which explodes when she is forced to return. A vicious murder leaves a young woman incinerated beyond recognition. And Lena is the only suspect.When Heartsdale police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, Lena's boss, receives word that his detective has been arrested, he has no choice but to go to Lena's aid - taking with him his wife, medical examiner Sara Linton. But soon after their arrival, a second victim is found. The town closes ranks. And both Jeffrey and Sara find themselves entangled in a horrifying underground world of bigotry and rage - a violent world which shocks even them. A world which puts their own lives in jeopardy. Only Jeffrey and Sara can free Lena from the web of lies, betrayal and brutality that has trapped her. But can they discover the truth before the killer strikes again?

Josh Lanyon Collected Novellas #1


Josh Lanyon - 2009
    Snowball in Hell introduces police detective Lt. Matthew Spain and reporter Nathan Doyle, men thrown together by murder. But, in post-WWII Los Angeles consequences of their attraction are serious, even for good guys. Lanyon fans take note: It's around Matthew and Nathan that Lanyon builds his new mystery series. Writer Tim North assures his lover, homicide detective Jack Brady, that there's little danger in researching a sensational Hollywood murder committed decades before either of them was born. But, with Cards on the Table, Tim discovers that he's very, very wrong. This collection includes the bonus short story In Sunshine or In Shadow.

The Lovely Bones & Looking Glass


Alice Sebold - 2009
    The Lovely Bones is such a book. It is a story of unspeakable tragedy and loss, but also of abiding love and even joy. With its astonishing force, The Lovely Bones has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world. In this limited edition boxed set, The Lovely Bones appears for the first time with a special companion volume, Looking Glass. This unique work integrates images of missing children with the opening chapters of The Lovely Bones, providing a powerful visual experience and honoring the thousands of children who go missing every year. Many of these children are recovered quickly, but others are still out there waiting, and the search continues. Alice Sebold is proud to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an organization working to prevent child abductions, find missing children, and ultimately to bring them home.

Illegal


Paul Levine - 2009
    lawyer with nothing to lose...A beautiful Mexican woman and her son who disappear crossing the border...And the corrupt rancher who schemes to destroy them all.  Set in the world of human trafficking and sex slavery, this a "masterful tale from one of the most skillful practitioners of the modern thriller.""Chilling and rings with authenticity. Levine invests his characters with believable humanity. Compulsively readable thriller." -- Booklist

The Thornthwaite Inheritance


Gareth P. Jones - 2009
    But whoever struck first, trying to take each other's lives is simply what they do.

Logan McRae #1-3: Cold Granite / Dying Light / Broken Skin


Stuart MacBride - 2009
    DS Logan McRae investigates after a year off the job sick – but knows time is running out fast…Dying Light: A woman is found dead by the docks, in the heart of Aberdeen’s Red Light District. For DS Logan McRae it’s a bad start to another bad day. Rosie Williams is just the first – how many more will die?Broken Skin: A serial rapist leaves a string of victims as DS Logan McRae’s investigations suggest that someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for full-blown violence. The Granite City’s seedy side is about to be exposed…

Vengeance Road


Rick Mofina - 2009
    Jolene Peller, a single mom struggling to build a new life with her little boy, vanishes the night she tries to find Bernice. Hero cop Karl Styebeck is beloved by his community, but privately police are uneasy with the answers he gives to protect the life — and the lie — he's lived. The case haunts Jack Gannon, a gritty, blue-collar reporter whose own sister ran away from their family years ago. Gannon risks more than his job to pursue the story behind Styebeck's dark secret, his link to the women, and the mysterious big rig roaming America's loneliest highways on its descent into eternal darkness.

Nothing but Trouble


Susan May Warren - 2009
    Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ's former flame—is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.

The Greek Island Killer


Frances Lloyd - 2009
    SOMEONE’S POISONING PARADISE Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his bride, Corrie, join eight other holidaymakers bound for a tiny Greek island, ready for a bit of sun, sea and sand. One of them is a ruthless killer. Mayhem ensues when a storm destroys the island’s primitive communications, cutting it off from civilization. IT’S A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR MURDER. First one victim is poisoned, followed swiftly by another. Then a woman is found badly beaten in a quiet cove and a body is found in a grotto to St Sophia, the island’s patron saint. The island’s visitors are being picked off one by one. Can Jack uncover the truth before the killer ups the ante? Who will return home — and who will be sacrificed to the island? Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, JR Ellis, Angela Marsons or Faith Martin. MEET THE DETECTIVES Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.

Somebody Killed His Editor


Josh Lanyon - 2009
    Pinkerton. But sales are down in everything but chick lit, and Christopher’s new editor doesn’t like geriatric gumshoes. It’s a pink, pink world for Mr. Holmes.At the urging of his agent, Christopher reluctantly agrees to attend a mystery writers’ conference at a remote Northern California winery. But no sooner does he arrive than he discovers the pajama-clad body of a woman in the woods. If nearly two decades of mystery-writing are anything to go by, the woman doesn’t appear to have died a natural death.With a storm in full force and a washed-out bridge making it impossible for law enforcement to come to the rescue, it’s practically like all those classic murder mysteries in isolated country manors that Christopher has been penning for sixteen years! If only Miss Butterwith was on hand. Or even Mr. Pinkerton…

Shot of Tequila


J.A. Konrath - 2009
    And he likes those odds.SHOT OF TEQUILA by JA KonrathRevenge served straight up...

Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective: The First Two Books in the Beloved Series


Nancy Atherton - 2009
    Now, with the first two mysteries in one volume, Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective makes it easy to get a taste of the ghostly sleuth's delightful debut. In Aunt Dimity's Death, Aunt Dimity's American niece, Lori Shepherd, had long thought her mother's childhood tales of Aunt Dimity were merely comforting bedtime stories. But when a pair of lawyers informs her that her mysterious aunt has just died and made the down-on-her-luck Lori a rich woman, she finds a reason to believe. Aunt Dimity and the Duke finds the benevolent spirit helping Emma Porter--forty, fat, and frumpy--tame a Duke's overgrown garden and discover romance along the way. These two tales continue to enchant Atherton's devoted fans and, packaged together, are sure to attract even more new readers to the series.

Sherlock Holmes for Dummies


Steven Doyle - 2009
    Watson and his unparalleled powers of deduction to the settings, themes, and villains of the stories. Now, this friendly guide offers a clear introduction to this beloved figure and his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presenting new insight into the detective stories and crime scene analysis that have has made Sherlock Holmes famous.Inside you'll find easy-to-understand yet thorough information on the characters, recurring themes, and locations, and social context of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the relationship of these stories to literature, and the forensics and detective work they feature. You'll also learn about the life of the author.Better understand and enjoy this influential literary character with this plain-English guide. Gain insight on these classic Doyle tales -- from the classic Hound of the Baskervilles to the lesser-known short stories to Holmes stories written by other mystery writers. Explore the appearance of Sherlock Holmes on film, TV, and stage. Examine Holmes today -- from the ever-expanding network of fans worldwide to story locations that fans can visit. It's elementary! Sherlock Holmes For Dummies is an indispensable guide for students and fans alike!

Trouble in Mudbug


Jana Deleon - 2009
    The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty. (Note: This book is part of the author’s backlist, originally released in print in 2009 by Dorchester Publishing)

The Trial of Sherlock Holmes


Leah Moore - 2009
    Will Watson's efforts save his friend or condemn him? Written by Leah Moore and John Reppion with reverence and a modern edge, and featuring striking illustrations from artist Aaron Douglas, The Trial of Sherlock Holmes captures all the suspense and splendor of Doyle's Victorian-era masterpieces! Also, this collected edition includes bonus materials such as script pages, annotations, a cover gallery, and a complete Sherlock Holmes short story by Arthur Conan Doyle with new illustrations.

Keller in Dallas


Lawrence Block - 2009
    A phone call and an economic downturn is all it takes to put him back in business.Keller in Dallas, a Kindle bestseller, serves too as the opening episode of Lawrence Block's brand-new bestseller, Hit Me.

Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal


Gregg Taylor - 2009
    But when they join with the murderous might of some of the masked man's deadliest foes, can even the Red Panda match the strength of... The Crime Cabal? Written in the breathless style of the classic "Hero Pulps" of the 1930s and 40s, Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal presents the masked protectors of Depression-Era Toronto in a pulse pounding conflict with gangsters, racketeers, corrupt officials and power-mad supervillains. The heroes from "The Red Panda Adventures"; a popular full-cast audio drama podcast in the style of the adventure programs of radio's golden age here make the leap into pulp prose in spectacular style. This story is a self-contained adventure; you needn't have heard a single episode of Decoder Ring Theatre's long-running audio drama series to enjoy the thrills, mystery and adventure... but fans of the series will take special delight, as the story fits neatly within the series continuity. If you love classic adventure stories, mystery men, pulp fiction and golden age superheroics, you won't want to miss Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal!

The Collectors


Matt Bell - 2009
    With a nervous energy and obsession to match his protagonists, Matt Bell’s prose burrows, forensically, into the layers of the brothers’ lives, employing a multilinear narrative structure and a frenetic plurality of perspectives to reach a core of despair that is both terrifyingly primal and distressingly familiar. Matt Bell's THE COLLECTORS was chosen by Brian Evenson as the runner-up manuscript in the 2008 Caketrain Chapbook Competition.

Merrily's Border: The Marches Share Their Secrets


Phil Rickman - 2009
    

Clues in the Shadows: A Molly Mystery


Kathleen Ernst - 2009
    Dad is home safe . . . but he seems different now. Her favorite Red Cross leader abruptly quits. Her archrival, Ronnie Vanko, is driving her crazy. And now someone is sneaking into the backyard shed and messing with the scrap she's collecting for the latest wartime drive. Who is the intruder: Ronnie, her own brother Ricky--or a prowler she spied in the night?

Tales of the Red Panda: The Mind Master


Gregg Taylor - 2009
    Are the attacks random? Simply for profit? Or is an unknown predator hunting our masked heroes themselves? If the mysterious Ajay Shah really does have powers that rival the Red Panda, will even the Terrific Twosome of Toronto be able to resist the might of... The Mind Master? The second volume of the Tales of the Red Panda series is written in the breathless style of the classic "Hero Pulps" of the 1930s and 40s. The heroes from "The Red Panda Adventures"; a popular full-cast audio drama adventure series make the leap into pulp prose in spectacular style. This story is a self-contained adventure; you needn't have heard a single episode of Decoder Ring Theatre's long-running audio drama series to enjoy the thrills, mystery and adventure... but fans of the series will take special delight, as the story fits neatly within the series continuity. If you love classic adventure stories, mystery men, pulp fiction and golden age superheroics, you won't want to miss Tales of the Red Panda: The Mind Master!

The Cry of the Loon: A Samantha Mystery


Barbara Steiner - 2009
    Samantha is sure that Nellie will love the lodge as much as she does. But the girls arrive to find Piney Point plagued with accidents--and Grandmary thinking of selling. Samantha and Nellie have to figure out what's going on before they lose Piney Point forever!

The Lord Is My Shepherd


Debbie Viguié - 2009
    until the bodies started piling up. As church secretary Cindy Preston prepares for the Easter service, she literally stumbles across a dead body in the sanctuary. A prominent church member has been stabbed to death in the locked church. With whispers and suspicions surrounding the members of the congregation, Rabbi Jeremiah Silverman, from the Jewish temple next door, helps Cindy search for the truth. As Easter Sunday draws near, the pressure mounts when the killer leaves clues that more deaths should be expected. Fighting against time, the rabbi and the church secretary work together, learning more about each other and their faiths as they seek to expose the truth. But what secret is the rabbi hiding?

Murder in the House of Beads: A Mystery in Paradise (House of Beads Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)


Mary Jane Forbes - 2009
    Manny Salinas. The captain recognizes Julie, and he is tasked with breaking the news to her husband, Russell, that his wife is dead.While the police are not sure what happened, they are immediately suspicious of Julie’s husband, who is a well-known architect. And they also want to interview Catherine Hainsworth, a friend of Julie’s who performed CPR on her right before she died. Might she have information important to the case?Soon, the police learn that the couple did not have such a happy marriage. But their efforts to solve the case are complicated when two bodies turn up in the Halifax River. Now, there is an added sense of urgency to find answers as Capt. Salinas and his team wonder how, or if, the three deaths are connected. If they don’t find answers soon, others could die in MURDER IN THE HOUSE OF BEADS.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: "The Daddy" and "The Bone"


Alexander McCall Smith - 2009
    1 Ladies' Detective Agency series

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson


Lyndsay Faye - 2009
    This astonishing debut explores the terrifying prospect of hunting down one of the world's first serial killers without the advantage of modern forensics or profiling. Sherlock's desire to stop the killer who is terrifying the East End of London is unwavering from the start, and in an effort to do so he hires an "unfortuate" known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper's earliest victims. However, when Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel attempting to catch the villain, and a series of articles in the popular press question his role in the crimes, he must use all his resources in a desperate race to find the man known as "The Knife" before it is too late. Penned as a pastiche by the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson, Dust and Shadow recalls the ideals evinced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved and world-renowned characters, while testing the limits of their strength in a fight to protect the women of London, Scotland Yard, and the peace of the city itself.

Sharp Shooter


Marianne Delacourt - 2009
    Fast. Feisty.WINNER of the Davitt Award 2010 Best Crime Novel and nominated for Ned Kelly Award 2010 Best First Crime NovelBook 2 - SHARP TURN, coming 2016!Book 3 - TOO SHARP, coming 2016! Book 4 - SHARP EDGE, coming late 2016!

Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. City Retiree Action Patrol


Robert Thornhill - 2009
    See how sixty-five year old retiree, Walter Williams,became a cop and started the City Retiree Action Patrol. Meet Maggie, Willie, Mary and the Professor, Walt's zany sidekicks in all of the Lady Justice novels. Laugh out loud as Walt and his band of Senior Scrappers capture the 'Realtor Rapist" and take down the 'Russian Mob'. Every Golder Ager knows that as we grow older, we face a whole new set of challenges in life. Walt and his friends meet these challenges head-on and you'll have a hard time not laughing out loud as they thumb their noses at the ravages of Father Time. I guarantee, after reading Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P., you will come away with a new light-hearted perspective and respect for the triumphs and challenges of the Senior set. In fact, you may even be prompted to ask your Grandpa what he's been up to lately!

The Night Watchman


Mark Mynheir - 2009
    Numbing the pain with alcohol and attitude, Ray takes a job as a night watchman at a swanky Orlando condo.But when a pastor and an exotic dancer are found dead in one of the condos in an apparent murder-suicide, Ray can no longer linger in the shadows. The pastor’s sister is convinced her brother was framed and begs Ray to take on an impossible case–to challenge the evidence and clear her brother’s name. Ray reluctantly pulls the threads of this supposedly dead-end case only to unravel a murder investigation so deep that it threatens to turn the Orlando political landscape upside down and transform old friends into new enemies. As Ray chases down leads and interrogates suspects, someone is watching his every move, someone determined to keep him from ever finding out the truth–at any cost.

Sherlock Academy


F.C. Shaw - 2009
    Within the first week of school, a burglar is committed and a mystery unravels. Rollie uses his learned skills to investigate. He soon discovers appearances can be deceiving and the truth can be hurtful, but solving the case is everything. Does he have what it takes to be as good as Holmes? Can he solve the mystery and save the school from an unknown villain?

Blood on the Bulb Fields


Judith Cranswick - 2009
    As if coping with difficult passengers were not enough, one of them disappears in mysterious circumstances. Suddenly a full-scale investigation is in swing headed by the autocratic Peter Montgomery-Jones who doesn’t make Fiona’s job any easier. The reason quickly becomes clear. The missing man was undercover on the trail of diamond smugglers. When his body turns up Fiona must face the fact that she has a murder in her party.The body count quickly mounts up when they move on to Amsterdam and Fiona needs to work out which of her passengers is the killer before she becomes his next victim.

Died in the Wool / Final Curtain / Swing Brother, Swing


Ngaio Marsh - 2009
    Commemorating 75 years since the Empress of Crime's first book, the fifth volume in a set of omnibus editions presenting the complete run of 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries.

HIDDEN MICKEY: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales!


Nancy Temple Rodrigue - 2009
    Now he needs her help in untangling a web of clues that Walt left behind. Can she put their past aside and work with him again? Can the three friends decipher the eccentric clues that Disney himself may have ingeniously devised?WHO ELSE IS SEEKING THE TREASURE?As the clues lead them closer to their goal, and deeper in the legacy of Walt Disney himself, will they find some long-lost treasure?IS THIS ONE FINAL ILLUSION BY THE WORLD'S GREATEST STORYTELLER?Anyone who loves all-things Disney will be swept up in the intrigue of the sometimes subtle, sometimes obscure, and always amazing facts surrounding one of the most recognized, beloved and ingenious men of all time. Walk in the shoes of our intrepid treasure hunters as they scavenge historical records and discover amazing connections, while they seek out what Walt may have left behind.An "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history.Next book in the series... HIDDEN MICKEY 2: It All Started... Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can play in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, or for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).HIDDEN MICKEY Adventures are always TOP SELLERS at Disney's D23 Expo., the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Tucson Festival of Books.

January Joker


Ron Roy - 2009
    When he sees three-toed tracks in the snow, he's sure of it. His twin, Brian, and friends Lucy and Nate aren't so certain. But then Lucy's cousin Dink, the twins' brother Josh, and Nate's sister Ruth Rose all disappear. Are there really aliens in Green Lawn? And where could they be taking Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose?Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries!

Five-Star Fleecing


Maura Stone - 2009
    Seen through the eyes of Linda Lane, an unconventional heroine, Five-Star FLEECING strips the veil on the otherwise secret world of high-end hospitality. Escape with laughter into this madcap adventure filled with crazed colleagues, paparazzi and celebrities. A definite must-read for anyone willing to ROFLMAO.

Under the Cajun Moon


Mindy Starns Clark - 2009
    She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs?only to learn a long-hidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.Framed for murder, Chloe and a handsome Cajun stranger must search for a priceless treasure, one whose roots weave through the very history of Louisiana itself. But can Chloe depend on the mysterious man leading her on this cat-and-mouse chase into the heart of Cajun country? Or by trusting him, has she gone from the frying pan into the fire?Following up on her bestselling Gothic thriller, "Whispers of the Bayou, " and Amish romantic suspense, "Shadows of Lancaster County, "Mindy Starns Clark offers another exciting standalone novel, one full of Cajun mystery, hidden dangers, and the glow of God's unending grace.

Final Breath


Kevin O'Brien - 2009
    . . At first, the deaths seem random. A young Portland couple brutally murdered in a game gone awry. . .a Chicago woman who plummeted to her death from an office building. . .an aspiring screenwriter asphyxiated in his New York apartment. But the macabre souvenirs television reporter Sydney Jordan receives hint at a connection that is both personal and terrifying. The Only Thing You Have To Do. . . After events in her own life went wrong, Sydney fled to Seattle with her teenage son. But instead of getting a fresh start, Sydney is plagued by strange occurrences. Someone is watching, someone who knows her intimately. . .someone who's just waiting to play the next move in a twisted game. Is Die. . . She is his chosen one. Every murder is a sign, and soon, Sydney will understand why each victim had to suffer--and why she's the next in line. . . Praise for the Novels of Kevin O'Brien "A fast-paced thriller. . .O'Brien's crisp, clear writing, and taut suspense elevate this above similar fare." --"Publishers Weekly" "Another page-turner."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

Double Minds


Terri Blackstock - 2009
    She wore a long, flowing skirt—lavender, the color of calm—and camel-colored Uggs. She lay on her back, her long, wavy blonde hair matted with blood.For struggling singer/songwriter Parker James, the music business has just turned deadly. Her desk in the reception area of a busy recording studio has become a crime scene, and Parker finds herself drawn into a mystery where nothing is as it seems.Unraveling the truth puts her own life at risk when she uncovers high-level industry corruption and is terrorized by a menacing stalker. As the danger escalates, Parker begins to question her dreams, her future, and even her faith.Double Minds is a double treat—combining a compelling suspense novel with an inside look at the world of the Christian music industry in Nashville. Terri Blackstock grabs readers at page one and keeps them riveted until the final plot twist is untangled.

Death in a White Tie / Overture to Death / Death at the Bar


Ngaio Marsh - 2009
    Commemorating 75 years since the Empress of Crime's first book, the third volume in a set of omnibus editions presenting the complete run of 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries.

Killer Mission


Franklin W. Dixon - 2009
     LOCATION: The mountains of New England. POTENTIAL VICTIMS: The brothers of Gamma Theta Theta, the most elite fraternity on campus, seem to be on the receiving end of all of Firth's biggest (and most dangerous) problems. SUSPECTS: The members of the frat may seem like brothers to everyone else, but Gamma Theta Theta insiders know that within the ivy-covered walls the boys are definitely not one big happy family.... This mission requires your immediate attention. This message will be erased in five seconds.

The Slayer's Apprentice


Zathyn Priest - 2009
    Things become complicated when Detective Paul Somerset, who’s been on the trail of Australia’s notorious serial killer “The Crucifix Slayer,” sets his sights on Phoenix.Convinced that Phoenix Love is the killer, Detective Somerset pursues him single-mindedly. As evidence, and Phoenix’s behavior, point toward Somerset being right, Daniel must protect their fledgling love affair, his own heart and his lover while deciphering whether or not Phoenix actually is the killer.Is Phoenix Love a victim or is his love affair with Daniel doomed to fall at the whims of a monster?

The Lock Artist


Steve Hamilton - 2009
    Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me.But you can call me Mike."Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all.  It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long. Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you've ever seen in the world of crime fiction.

Unspoken


Samantha Hayes - 2009
    Mary Marshall would do anything for her daughter Julia. A devoted grandmother to Julia’s children, she’s always been the rock her family can rely on. Until now. Mary has a past Julia knows nothing about, and it’s come back to haunt her. Julia's husband Murray French is walking a tightrope. A solicitor struggling with an alcohol problem, he’s about to lose his wife and his children to another man: someone successful, someone they deserve. Someone who’s everything he’s not. Can he ever get his family back? Just when Julia thinks life is starting to turn around, she stumbles upon the brutalised body of a girl she teaches. And as the terrible present starts to shed light on her mother’s past, Julia realises her family’s nightmare is only just beginning...

The Architecture of Snow


David Morrell - 2009
    D. Salinger. In the mid-1960s, the revered creator of The Catcher in the Rye suddenly stopped publishing and withdrew from public life. In David Morrell’s haunting “The Architecture of Snow,” an author similar to Salinger submits a manuscript after a four-decade absence. Why has he abruptly resurfaced? What caused his long-ago disappearance? When editor Tom Neal embarks on a search to a remote New England town, he uncovers the disturbing truth behind a tragic mystery that changes his life in unimaginable ways.

Cry of the Taniwha


Des Hunt - 2009
    The empty eye sockets were scary enough . . .Matt Logan isn't looking forward to spending the school holidays with his grandmother and her new husband. He has to fly to Rotorua, where he doesn't know anybody, and he's a bit wary of his new step-grandfather. All Matt knows is that he's Maori and a bus driver.Along with his worries, Matt packs his pride and joy - a homemade metal detector, because, you never know, he might find something interesting.What he finds is Juzza, who lives over the back fence and wants to join a local gang. When the boys unearth a handcuffed skeleton, a chain of events begins to coil around them. together they are thrown into a deadly search for treasure when the local gang boss decides to exploit their find for himself.

Off with His Head/Singing in the Shrouds/False Scent


Ngaio Marsh - 2009
    Commemorating 75 years since the Empress of Crime's first book, the seventh volume in a set of omnibus editions presenting the complete run of 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries.

What REALLY Happened to Humpty?: From the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective


Jeanie Franz Ransom - 2009
    Or, as his brother Detective Joe Dumpty thinks, was he pushed? This case isn't all its cracked up to be. Suspects are plenty (as are the puns) in this scrambled story of nursery rhyme noir. Was it Little Miss Muffet? There's something not right about her tuffet. Or could it have been Chicken Little, who's always been a little cagey? Or was it the Big Bad Wolf, who's got a rap sheet as long as a moonless night? Joe's on the beat and determined to find the truth. Readers of all ages will delight in the word play and hilarious illustrations in this mystery of what really happened to Humpty Dumpty on that fateful day.

Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham / Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage


M.C. Beaton - 2009
    But fearful ex-clients suggest he is a blackmailer. Then he is fatally poisoned. 'The Murderous Marriage' - After nearly four years, Agatha is finally about to marry James Lacey, handsome Colonel next door. But she is already wed -- or is he dead? BBC Dramatization.

Tierra Red


K.P. Vorenberg - 2009
    It became a day of utter treachery and madness. Lily's life changes drastically when she finds herself entangled in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. Suddenly the unwilling guardian of encrypted documents and a stolen fortune, Lily engages in a dangerous game of unmasking the men behind the crimes.But solving the mystery is not enough--will Lily and her true love survive the consequences of learning the truth?Set against the backdrop of territorial days in New Mexico, a Gibson Girl heroine and an unforgettable cast of characters sift through clues on two continents in their search for truth, justice, and love.

Infected, Special Edition


Andrea Speed - 2009
    A werecat virus has altered the landscape, and as the only virus child who appears to be "normal", detective Roan McKichan finds himself in a weird position, not perfectly Human but not perfectly Infected either. Or is he even more than he realizes? With his partner and lover Paris Lehane (who's infected with the deadly tiger strain), Roan investigates crimes against and by infecteds, and tries to figure out what he is as he battles his own personal demons. A serial fiction in its original inception, this contains the first four books of the series (Infected, Prey, Bloodlines, & Life After Death), with some bonus "author's commentary".

Rottweiler Rescue


Ellen O'Connell - 2009
    Can Dianne keep herself and her dogs safe long enough to track down the killer? Can Dianne and her Rottweilers collar the killer?

Death in Ecstasy / Vintage Murder / Artists in Crime


Ngaio Marsh - 2009
    Includes Death in Ecstasy (originally published: London: Geoffrey Bles, 1936), Vintage Murder (originally published: London: Geoffrey Bles, 1937), Artists in Crime (originally published: London: Geoffrey Bles), "Portrait of Troy" and "Death on the Air" (first published in Death on the air and other stories: HarperCollins, 1995.)

The Essential Works of Mary Roberts Rinehart


Mary Roberts Rinehart - 2009
    The works of acclaimed mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart with an active table of contents'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'AffinitiesThe After HouseThe Amazing InterludeBab: A Sub-DebThe BatThe Breaking PointThe Case of Jennie BriceThe Circular StaircaseThe ConfessionDangerous DaysKKings, Queens, and PawnsLong Live the King!Love StoriesThe Man in Lower TenMore TishA Poor Wise ManSight UnseenThe Street of Seven StarsTenting To-nightTishThe Truce of GodWhen a Man MarriesWhere There's a WillWhy I Believe in Scouting for GirlsThe Window at the White Cat

More Deaths Than One


Pat Bertram - 2009
    He attends her new funeral and sees . . . himself. Even worse, two men who appear to be government agents are hunting him for no reason that he can fathom. With the help of a baffling young woman Bob meets in a coffee shop, he uncovers the unimaginable truth.

Command of Silence


Paulette Callen - 2009
    Into this baffling case enters Shiloh & Company. Well known for investigative effectiveness to a cooperative if uneasy police department, unique among detective "agencies," Shiloh & Company is composed of disparate personalities--Sugartime, Hester, Isadora, Lance, Olive, Hawk--who reside in the single person of Shiloh. Shiloh's assorted identities, born out of extreme childhood trauma, have acquired a collective instinct, a priceless gift in detective work: an unerring tuning fork for the truth. Shiloh has been nursed back to functioning health and sanity by lesbian therapist Ray Martinez, still intent on integrating all the self-protective personalities. But this case is lethal to Shiloh's very identity: a crime involving children cuts to the heart of what first brought Shiloh to Ray's attention. In pursuing this mystery, the fragile mental health and fragmented existence of Shiloh will be tested to its limit. Allow yourself time for Command of Silence. Once you pick it up you will be reluctant to leave the compelling world of Shiloh and Company.

Lady Margaret's Ghost: A Felicity Mystery (American Girl Mysteries


Elizabeth McDavid Jones - 2009
    Mother's carriage has barely left before a surprise package arrives, holding silver heirlooms that have been passed down in the Merriman family for a hundred years. Felicity doesn't believe in ghosts . . . but what else can explain the odd and eerie things that begin to happen once the heirlooms arrive?Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 3/1/2009 Pages: 184 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up

FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE an unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist (Totally Gripping Psychological Thrillers)


Patricia MacDonald - 2009
    Morgan and Drew's mother, Claire, have been friends since childhood, and Morgan was delighted when Claire married the handsome Guy Bolton. But a few days after the christening, Morgan receives a devastating phone call from her friend . . .

From the profound to the profane: A Collection of Controversial and Though-Provoking Articles


Jaime T. Licauco - 2009
    We should be interested in everything that can be learned from whatever source. That's the only way we can enrich our mind and not become dogmatic and fanatical about our beliefs. Jaime T. Licauco From the Preface

Escape from Shadow Island


Paul Adam - 2009
    . . I don't believe a word of it'"""Max Cassidy is a teenage escapologist, so good he's nicknamed the Half-pint Houdini. His father disappeared two years ago and his body has never been found. His mother is now serving a life sentence for her husband's murder.Max's mission to learn the truth about his family takes him on an thrilling journey, from London to the horrors of the terrifying Shadow Island in central America.Escapology is dangerous but not nearly as dangerous as real life . . .The first book in Paul Adam's fast and furious Max Cassidy thriller series.

Staccato


Deborah J. Ledford - 2009
    One dead woman. Who is her murderer? Who will be next? STACCATO: Retribution played double-time. When acclaimed pianist Nicholas Kalman discovers his lover's dead body, he sets out alone to find her killer. During his journey, he meets an unwitting female accomplice who soon becomes determined to help Nicholas wield his retaliation. Following a parallel path for justice, Steven Hawk, the deputy of a sleepy Southern county, is assigned to the case. Pursuing the investigation, Hawk finds himself entangled in a world of vengeance, greed and manipulation. Performed against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, STACCATO transports readers to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of professional musicians, the psychological twists and turns of its characters, and in the end, retribution that crashes in a crescendo of notes played at the literary pace of a maestro's staccato. STACCATO is Book One of the Inola Walela/Steven Hawk suspense series.

Daughter Am I


Pat Bertram - 2009
    When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents -- grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born -- she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead."A delightful treasure hunting tale of finding oneself in a most unlikely way." --Publisher's Weekly

Cursed Blessing


J.M. LeDuc - 2009
    There, he is content to live a peaceful existence as the town’s head librarian. Although he loves the peace and tranquility that have become his life, he is haunted by nightmares. Nightmares that always pertain to some skill that he had learned as a covert operative and they always contain an image of his lost love; Chloe.Brent’s life turns upside down when he receives a gift from Lucile Conklin. Her late husband has bequeathed a rare book collection to him upon his death. Among the books Brent finds a letter written by his grandfather twenty years earlier. What he doesn’t know is that he has also been passed a secret, now known as The Endowment. This secret is so old that it dates back to the dawn of creation. A secret which began as a gift from God, but because of man’s wickedness and immorality has become so evil that if it were to fall into the wrong hands, Armageddon would occur.A secret that is a Cursed Blessing. This is a new release of a previously published edition.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol 2


Arthur Conan Doyle - 2009
    This audiobook collection of six unabridged stories includes "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," in which a mother may be both murderer and monster; "The Adventure of the Creeping Man," in which a professor's mysterious malady hints at darker things; and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," in which a woman is terrified she'll join her sister in death at a creepy country house. "The Adventure of the Crooked Man," "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," and "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" wrap up this second volume of the audio series read by celebrated actor Edward Hardwicke.

Death at the Dolphin / Hand in Glove / Dead Water


Ngaio Marsh - 2009
    

Last Gasp


Carla Cassidy - 2009
    Then Seth Walker arrives in town, a lawyer determined to exonerate Hank, to unearth the secrets that should have been revealed long ago. He also offers Allison the one thing missing from her life—the ability to trust a man. But as fate finds them in each other’s arms, a psychotic killer— either the original or a copycat—makes himself known...

A Man Lay Dead / Enter a Murderer / The Nursing Home Murder


Ngaio Marsh - 2009
    Commemorating 75 years since the Empress of Crime's first book, the first volume in a set of omnibus editions presenting the complete run of 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries.

The Architect of Murder


Rafe McGregor - 2009
    Her brother Alec, decorated soldier and ex-policeman, returns from Africa, in part to sort out his late sister's affairs, and begins to suspect that Ellen's death is not entirely as it seems. In time, Alec becomes embroiled in an investigation that takes in the great and the good, as well as the lowest reaches of the criminal underworld, and all corners of the Empire. As the bullets fly and knives are wielded, can the war hero really overcome all odds and find out how — and why — his sister died? He can, but the answer is more shocking than anybody could have predicted. The Architect of Murder is a compelling, fast-paced and engaging historical crime novel, with a heart-stopping twist. It will appeal to fans of crime novels, those interested in late nineteenth/early twentieth century history and anyone who simply enjoys a great story, with well-drawn characters and a clever plot. It was listed in Euro Crime’s Top Five Reads of 2009, and sits on Suspense Magazine’s Recommended Reading List 2009. “Arthur Conan Doyle is alive and well, and writing under the name Rafe McGregor. The Architect of Murder captures all the exquisite period details that fans of Sherlock Holmes will savour. Curl up and read it, hopefully by the fire, with a nice glass of claret in hand” - Tess Gerritsen “There’s some dandy police procedure (McGregor is a Sherlockian), and plenty of interesting characters to carry the story along. Not to mention action…The plot has plenty of twists, and I suspect that hardly anyone will figure out all of them. I know I didn’t” - Bill Crider “McGregor’s ambitious plot entwines some of the giant real-life figures of late-Victorian imperialism…a fascinating marriage of investigative mayhem with keen attention to historical detail” - Graham Hurley “An exciting read, giving a very authentic flavour of the period, complete with top hats, cigars, twirling moustaches and gentleman’s clubs” - Bernard Knight “So well plotted and written that you forget you’re in London in the early 20th century and just get swept away with the story” - New Mystery Reader “Reminded me a little of John Buchan – hugely enjoyable.” - Books Monthly “Well-written and always interesting, this is a book I can recommend” - Crime and Detective Stories Rafe McGregor is the author of nine books, including Bloody Reckoning, and two hundred articles, essays, and reviews.

Hit List


Darcia Helle - 2009
    That's what Ian believed before his mother stepped over the line from sane to crazy. No one is able to give Ian a reasonable explanation for his mother's sudden erratic behavior. Corinne suffers from severe memory loss, odd behavior, and paranoid delusions. At least Ian thinks they're delusions. After all, who would be hiding outside watching his mother? And why? Ian hires private investigator Lucianna Martel to retrace the events of his mother's last sane day. During Lucianna's investigation, she and Ian learn that Corinne may not be crazy after all.

The Madonna Ghost


Linda Maria Frank - 2009
    Annie is happy to leave behind the stress of her relationship with her parents. Aunt Jill, who is an NYPD detective, is mixing her vacation with a case she must keep secret from Annie, who is suspicious nevertheless. Annie finds romance and intrigue when she meets Ty Egan, the nephew of their host on the island. They find themselves in the middle of an eerie adventure when she and Ty investigate the tragic and perplexing story of a local ghost.Annie becomes increasingly uneasy and the investigation turns sinister when Aunt Jill goes missing, the ghost appears, and the troublesome neighbors in the cottage next door become hostile. When they find one of Aunt Jill's special earrings on the neighbor's porch, they begin to wonder what she was doing there. Will they find Aunt Jill before it's too late? In the breathless conclusion to their investigation, Annie and Ty narrowly escape death solving the mystery of The Madonna Ghost.

The Surest Poison


Chester D. Campbell - 2009
    PI Sid Chance, former National Parks ranger and small town police chief, takes the case and finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of lies, deceptions, and threats. Who is tailing and warning him to back off? Is the man responsible for the pollution dead or alive? When ex-cop friend Jaz LeMieux offers her help, she is awakened by an explosion behind her mansion. Is it related to the abduction of her employees’ grandson, or Sid’s case? As the tension mounts, Sid finds himself confronting the unsavory people responsible for his past troubles.

On Berryhill Road


Tommie Lyn - 2009
    She's not only petite in stature, she's toothpick-thin, and her clothes say "thrift shop." Her stance says "don't mess with me." But if you take a closer look, you'll see a haunted expression in her eyes. Donovan Pfarr takes a closer look. And can't turn away when he realizes that she goes hungry most of the time. He feels compelled to help her. But he wonders: how did Fallon end up living in a run-down trailer taking care of her mentally-unbalanced mother, barely eking out an existence on her meager paycheck from the convenience store where she works? The answer comes when a man involved in an event from Fallon's childhood learns he is dying. He tries to make peace with his conscience by setting up an anonymous trust fund for Fallon. And unleashes a force that puts Fallon and Donovan in deadly peril.

Dead of Knight


William R. Potter - 2009
    Believing he is a soldier of justice, a young man begins a callous campaign of terror, murdering women on their birthdays. Convinced of his righteousness, he continues his brutal crusade forcing the citizens of Hanson, B.C. to acknowledge a serial killer is active in their rural community. The Mounties always get their man... but not if Jack Staal gets him first. Anxious to work the biggest case of his career, Detective Jack Staal is forced to the outside when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Integrated Homicide Teams are assigned to the case. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Staal convinces his colleagues to follow his lead and pursue a serial killer who the media has dubbed Birthday Boy. Told from the perspective of both killer and cop, DEAD of KNIGHT is a cat and mouse thriller sure to delight fans of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta or Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch.

Found #7


Davy Rothbart - 2009
    

The Black Doll


Edward Gorey - 2009
    It's the stuff of many a silent melodrama but imbued with classic Gorey convolutions. Written in 1973 and originally published in Scenario magazine in 1998, The Black Doll has been missing from Gorey libraries until now.A huge film buff all his life, Gorey claimed to have watched as many as one thousand movies a year when he lived in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s. He was a devoted student of silent films, citing Louis Feuillade (French, 1873-1925) and D. W. Griffith (American, 1875-1948), pioneers of the genre, as major inspirations. His informed insights on silent films were revealed in an interview with Annie Nocenti, published in the same issue of Scenario; it, too, is republished in these pages.Gorey filled The Black Doll with about twenty costumed characters, who seem to hop on and off camera haphazardly. (Don't worry: they all fall into place at the end of the story.) If the enigmatic script seems a mystery without a solution, keep in mind these words from Mr. Gorey: "I always feel, 'what you see is what you get,' but if you want to read something into it, then you can."Including several relevant illustrations from his other books and an illuminating foreword by Andreas L. Brown (owner of the Gotham Book Mart and Trustee of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust), The Black Doll is truly a Gorey gem.

The Sins of the Father


C.B. Hanley - 2009
    Much of the country is in the iron grip of Louis of France and his collaborators, and civil war rages as the forces of the boy king try to fight off the French. Most of this means nothing to Edwin Weaver, son of the bailiff of Conisbrough Castle in Yorkshire, until he is suddenly thrust into the noble world of politics and treachery: he is ordered by his lord the earl to solve a murder which might have repurcussions not just for him but for the future of the realm. Edwin is terrified but he must obey; he takes on the challenge and learns more until he uncovers the horrific secret which has been dead and buried for fifteen years, a secret which might kill them all - and realises there are some questions to which he might not wish to know the answers.