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Augusta Hawke An Augusta Hawke Mystery G.M. MALLIET

The first in a new mystery series from Agatha Award-winning author G.M. Malliet starring crime writer-turned-amateur sleuth Augusta Hawke that will appeal to fans of Tana French or Jules Maigret novels.

Agatha Award-winning G.M. Malliet is the acclaimed author of two traditional mystery series and a standalone novel

Sometimes it's safer not to know your neighbors' secrets. Where are Niko and Zora Norman? Crime writer Augusta Hawke puts her sleuthing skills to the test to solve the mystery of her disappearing neighbors in the first entry in a new series.

set in England. The first entry in the DCI St. Just series, Death of a Cozy Writer, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for Macavity and Anthony Awards. The Rev. Max

While Augusta Hawke is a successful author of eighteen crime novels, since her husband's death she's been living vicariously through her Jules Maigret-like detective Claude and his assistant Caroline. Then a handsome police detective appears investigating a real-life mystery.

Tudor series has been nominated for many awards as have several of her short stories appearing in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and The Strand. She lives on the East Coast of the US.

Where are her neighbors, the Normans? No one has a clue what's happened – except Augusta. Although she isn't nosy, spending all day staring out the windows for inspiration means she does notice things. Like the Normans arguing. And that they've been missing a week.

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Once the Normans' car is found abandoned, Augusta senses material for a bestseller and calls on the investigatory skills she's developed as a crime writer. But she soon uncovers long-hidden secrets and finds herself facing reallife dangers her characters never faced . . . ones she can't write her way out of.

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Death and the Decorator A Fethering Mystery SIMON BRETT

A thoroughly entertaining, waspishly witty English village mystery in the long-running Fethering series. Neighbours Carole and Jude uncover more than they bargained for when Jude decides to redecorate her cottage in this light-hearted cosy mystery.

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. The author of more than 100 books, he was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year's Honours for services to Literature and also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2014 he won the CWA's prestigious Diamond Dagger for an outstanding body of work. He lives in a picturesque Sussex village.

Having decided to redecorate Woodside Cottage, Jude has engaged the services of local man Pete, who has painted and decorated the homes of Fethering residents for many years. Pete is currently working on Footscrow House, a large Victorian building which is being converted into holiday flats by a local developer. Having arranged to meet at 'Fiasco House', as it is known locally due to the many failed business enterprises over the years, Jude and Pete make a surprising discovery behind a wall panel: a woman's handbag! The casual discovery becomes serious when the police identify the handbag's owner as Anita Garner, a young woman who vanished in suspicious circumstances twenty years earlier. Determined to find out what really happened to Anita all those years ago, Jude and her neighbour Carole's investigations plunge them into a maze of deception and murder, as they uncover a number of uncomfortable secrets beneath the serene surface of Fethering life . . .

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Flyin' Solo A Nashville Mystery PEGGY O'NEAL PEDEN

Reuniting with an old boyfriend spells trouble for nosy, warm-hearted travel agent Campbell Hale in the third Nashville traditional cozy mystery: a perfect pick for fans of vacations, gutsy sleuths . . . and cute kittens!

Peggy O'Neal Peden grew up in Middle Tennessee and has lived in and around Nashville for most of her life. She has taught English at high school and college levels, owned a travel agency, been published in regional magazines, and written award-winning advertising copy. She has a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University and a master's degree from the University of Kentucky. A talented artist as well as writer, Peggy is a member of the Nashville Artist Guild.

Travel agent Campbell Hale's first boyfriend is back in Nashville for their high-school reunion – but murder, rather than love, is in the air . . . Travel agent Campbell Hale might be flying solo at her twentieth-year school reunion, but that doesn't mean she's looking for love. Her almost boyfriend, homicide detective Sam Davis, has stood her up, with the terrible excuse that he has a murder to investigate. So when she runs into her high-school sweetheart, Franklin ‘Fly’ Young, who makes a point of telling her his marriage is in trouble, she's not interested – but she can't help but feel nostalgic. And more to the point, Fly is now a tech millionaire, and he has good news: he'd like her to take on his company's travel account. But then Campbell discovers the identity of Detective Davis' murder victim: Fly's company accountant. Was his death connected to the company, or is it a terrible coincidence? Soon Campbell is caught up in a nightmare – with her whole life on the line . . .

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Havana Highwire A Cuban Noir Novel JOHN KEYSE-WALKER

Set in the seamy underside of 1950s Havana, the first Cuban noir novel introduces cynical PI Henry Gore and will hold readers tight – right until the savage, gut-punch ending. Introducing hardboiled PI Henry Gore, in this pitch-black noir novel set in 1950s revolutionary Cuba. John Keyse-Walker practiced law for 30 years, representing business and individual clients, educational institutions and government entities. He is an avid salt- and freshwater

World-weary American Henry Gore was born in the cold Midwest. But a lucky connection – and a hundred peso bribe – scores him a license to operate as a private investigator in Havana, a place where he can finally get warm. Soon, he's trailing after cheating husbands to finance his permanent vacation in the land of sun, cigars and compliant señoritas.

angler, a tennis player, kayaker and an accomplished cook. He lives in Florida with his wife.

As well as Havana Highwire, John is the author of the award-winning Teddy

But when he snaps the wrong man's photo at a fancy casino, he receives a fist in the face for his troubles – and a dark warning from the Mob. Private dicks are bad for business. If he carries on working, his license will be permanently revoked. Capisci?

Creque mystery series.

No work means no money. No way to eat. No way to pay the rent. Desperate to make ends meet, Henry grabs an offer of work from Fulgencio Batista's military regime with both hands – setting in motion a chain of events with dark and deadly consequences.

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Late for His Own Funeral An Angela Richman, Death Investigator Mystery ELAINE VIETS

Fans of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta or Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennon series will enjoy this police procedural that looks at the unusual role of Death Investigator.

Elaine Viets returned to her hardboiled roots with her Angela Richman, Death Investigator series. Late for His Own Funeral is the latest, following on from Life Without Parole, Death Grip, A Star Is Dead, Fire and Ashes, and Brain Storm, as well as the novella Ice Blonde. Elaine has thirty-four bestselling mysteries in four series. A St Louis native, Elaine took the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course for forensic professionals at St Louis University, and has won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards. Elaine lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband, writer and reviewer Don Crinklaw.

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Death Investigator Angela Richman suspects foul play when a disgraced resident of Chouteau Forest survives one car crash only to then be involved in another. Until his Porsche careened off the road killing him instantly and not leaving much of him behind, Sterling Chaney was an influential member of Chouteau Forest – home of the one percenters. As the eulogies at his funeral commence, an unexpected guest interrupts . . . Sterling. The story attracts widespread media coverage. Sterling's the man who showed up late for his own funeral. He revels in the spotlight, until it's revealed he earned his fortune via sordid means and exploiting the women who worked for him. It leaves him vilified and shunned by Chouteau society. Then there's another fatal crash. This time, Death Investigator Angela Richman is tasked with confirming that Sterling has perished. But her investigation reveals more questions than answers. Were both crashes merely accidents, or was someone doubly determined to kill Sterling?

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Lights Down An Enora Andressen Thriller GRAHAM HURLEY

A taut and expressive thriller set in the English countryside. Lights Down . . . when debts owed must be paid in blood.

Graham Hurley is an award-winning TV documentary maker who now writes full time. His Faraday and Winter series won two Theakstons shortlist nominations and was successfully adapted for French TV. He has since

Actress Enora Andressen is facing the perfect storm. Her favourite French director, Remy Despret, has lost his touch and is keeping dangerous company. Her agent, Rosa, has been seduced by a kiss-and-tell novel of doubtful provenance. While H, sicker by the day at home at Flixcombe Manor, is battling both Long Covid and something far darker. Devoting herself to H, Enora needs good news, and it arrives in the shape of a fascinating Remy idea based on Flixcombe's role during the Second World War. But the tonic soon turns sour when Enora is drawn into the project, with chilling consequences.

written a quartet of novels featuring D/S Jimmy Suttle, and three WW2 novels, the first of which – Finisterre – was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. After thirty years in Portsmouth, Graham now lives in East Devon with his wife, Lin.

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The Yeoman's Tale A Geoffrey Chaucer Mystery M J TROW

The second lively and entertaining medieval mystery to feature 14th century poet and amateur sleuth Geoffrey Chaucer. Poet-sleuth Geoffrey Chaucer is caught up in the chaos of the Peasants' Revolt as he attempts to track down a brutal killer.

M.J. Trow is a military historian by training and the author of more than sixty mysteries, including the longrunning Inspector Lestrade and 'Mad Max' Maxwell detective series, as well as the Kit Marlowe Tudor mysteries, the Grand & Batchelor Victorian mysteries and the Margaret Murray series. He lives on the Isle of Wight.

June, 1381. Embarking on his annual pilgrimage to Canterbury, Geoffrey Chaucer and his fellow travellers are forced to turn back when confronted with a horde of armed and angry peasants, intent on marching to London. Returning to the city to warn the authorities of the approaching danger, the pilgrims hole up at the Tabard Inn and prepare for the coming invasion. That same night, a woman's body is fished out of the River Thames, her throat cut. When he discovers that the victim was the wife of one of his fellow pilgrims, Chaucer determines to investigate. Could the woman's henpecked husband be responsible for her death? A jealous business rival? Or was she murdered by one of the pilgrims? Does a cold-hearted killer lurk within the Tabard? As the army of rebellious peasants approaches, Chaucer finds himself in a race against time to uncover the truth before anarchy descends.

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Catch Your Death A Cold Case Investigation LISSA MARIE REDMOND

Fans of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series will love this claustrophobic mystery set during a snowstorm that sees cold case detectives solving a seventeen-year-old murder.

Lissa Marie Redmond is a former cold case homicide detective for the Buffalo Police Department. After twenty-two years on the force she retired to pursue a "normal" life and used her experience to write the Cold Case Investigation mystery series starring Lauren Riley.

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An atmospheric mystery sees Cold Case Detective Lauren Riley trapped within a hotel during a snowstorm with the prime suspects in an unsolved murder seventeen years earlier . . . and her partner is one of them. When Cold Case Detective Lauren Riley's partner, Shane Reese, runs into an old friend, he's invited to a school reunion at a new luxury spa and resort. Lauren's also invited and it sounds like a perfect weekend getaway, except it brings up painful memories for Reese – like the unsolved murder of his high school friend Jessica Toakese seventeen years earlier. The prime suspects will be at the reunion. Among those suspects is Reese, who has kept his involvement a secret from Lauren and the entire police force. As the friends reminisce an intense snowstorm traps them inside and tensions rise. After a heated confrontation, one of the party is brutally murdered and Lauren believes it's connected to Jessica's death. But who could the murderer be: the jealous husband; the regretful trophy wife; the abused failed actor; the true crime podcast host; the drunken louse; the insecure millionaire; the desperate spa owner . . . or the cold case detective?

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Death of a Heretic A Sister Fidelma Mystery P E T E R T R E M AY N E

Sister Fidelma returns in the thirty-third Celtic mystery by Peter Tremayne. The suspicious death of a foreign bishop brings trouble to Sister Fidelma and the kingdom of Muman.

Peter Tremayne is the pseudonym of a well-known authority on the ancient Celts who has utilised his knowledge of the Brehon law system and seventhcentury Irish society to create a new concept in detective fiction. He is the author of thirty-two previous mysteries featuring Sister Fidelma.

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Ireland. AD 672. The abbey of Muman at Imleach Iubhair is being renovated when its guests' hostel burns to the ground. There is one fatality: Bishop Brodulf of Luxovium, a distinguished visitor and cousin to the King of Franks. Sister Fidelma is asked by Abbot Cuán to investigate the unfortunate incident and soon finds that the bishop had been stabbed to death before the fire had even started. Thrown into a world of treachery and jealousy, where religious beliefs are vehemently disputed, Fidelma and her companions, Eadulf and Enda, face a barrier of deceit. The abbey, a leading ecclesiastical teaching institution as well as a conhospitae, housing both men and women, is divided into factions. Can Abbot Cuán trust Prioress Suanach, who is in charge of the sisterhood? Can the professors trust each other as well as their students? Moreover, can suspicion be levelled at the builders working on the abbey under their dominant Master Builder, Sítae? As more deaths follow, Fidelma must use her wit and ingenuity to unravel the complexities of this intricate mystery.

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Golden Cargoes An Ursula Blanchard Mystery FIONA BUCKLEY

Ursula Stannard returns for another pageturning Tudor mystery as she investigates the suspicious riches of her tenant and hunts for hidden treasures! The queen's half-sister, Ursula Stannard, returns to solve another Tudor mystery in this page-turning tale of suspicious riches, murder and hidden treasures – can she find the golden cargoes? Fiona Buckley is the author of twenty previous Ursula Blanchard mysteries including A Web of Silk, The Scent of Danger, Forest of Secrets and, most recently, Shadow of Spain.Under her real name, Valerie Anand, she is the author of numerous historical novels including the much-loved Bridges Over Time series. Brought up in London, she now lives in Surrey.

May 1589. Being the queen's half-sister and occasional secret agent, can take its toll, which is why Ursula Stannard is looking forward to the simple pleasure of attending the wedding of her tenant's daughter. But on arrival, Arabella the bride-to-be is refusing to marry her intended. Ursula tries to reason with Arabella on behalf of her mother, Joan Mercer, but she senses all is not well with her betrothed, or within the Mercer household. The family have gold and jewels beyond their means, and Ursula suspects they may not have gained such riches legally. When the strangled corpse of local herbalist and suspected witch is found, and Ursula learns through her connections at Court that English vessels are being plundered by a trio of mysterious ships – she once again takes on the mantle of secret agent. With someone willing to kill to protect their secrets and a bounty of golden cargo at stake, Ursula is in danger! Can she uncover the culprits, save the reluctant bride, and remain unscathed herself?

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Ice Islands A Rake Ozenna Thriller HUMPHREY HAWKSLEY

Major Rake Ozenna faces dangerous choices and deadly consequences in this rip-roaring political thriller that takes you on a breathtaking ride!

Humphrey Hawksley's assignments as a BBC foreign correspondent have taken him to crises all over the world. His work has also appeared in major news outlets ranging from National Public Radio and the New York Times to the Guardian, Financial Times and Nikkei Asia. His television documentaries include Danger, Democracy at Work; The Curse of Gold, and Aid Under Scrutiny. His latest non-fiction book is Asian Waters: The Struggle over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power.He is the author of three previous Rake Ozenna thrillers, Man on Ice, Man on Edge and Man on Fire.

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Major Rake Ozenna faces dangerous choices and deadly consequences in this rip-roaring political thriller that takes you from the ice islands of Finland to the bustling streets of Tokyo via Russia and the White House . . . Buckle up, this is a thrilling ride! Major Rake Ozenna's mission is simple: gain access to the Kato family – Japan's most dangerous crime empire – and stop the threat to America. But when the secret son of the Russian leader is executed and Rake's target, Sara Kato, is implicated in the murder, a political crisis between Russia, Japan and the US is set in motion. It's a race to protect Sara and earn her trust whilst escaping the inhospitable terrain of the icy Aland island. Meanwhile, Russia wants revenge for the murder, a catastrophic move when it is revealed Japan have been stockpiling nuclear weapons. As Rake learns the true extent of their deadly plans, he must draw on every ounce of his training to succeed. Because if he fails, it won't just be his life that will be lost . . . the consequences will be global!

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Making It Write A Writer for Hire Mystery BETTY HECHTMAN

A fourth-wall breaking entry in the Writer for Hire mystery series that will appeal to fans of Janice Hallet or Paige Shelton. Writer for Hire Veronica Blackstone's latest client is writing a memoir with a shocking twist ending, until she's found dead before finishing it. Can Veronica unravel the clues within the memoir to discover the killer? Despite completing a Fine Arts degree, all Betty Hechtman ever wanted to be was a writer. She wrote a weekly column in her college newspaper and later wrote magazine and newspaper pieces, along with short stories and a prize-wining screenplay. Betty had her first novel published in 2006. Since then she has had over 20 books published across two cozy mystery series centered on another one of her loves – yarn craft. She lives with her family in Southern California.

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As a writer for hire, Veronica Blackstone puts her keyboard to use to help others. That includes writing advertising copy for local businesses or love letters for those with romantic troubles, or helping people publish their memoirs. Maeve Winslow needs the latter. Maeve is the wife of a famous artist nominated for a prestigious award, and the memoir is to be released ahead of the ceremony. All of Maeve's notes are given to Veronica but for the final few pages. There's a huge surprise within those last pages, but Maeve won't reveal it yet. When Maeve is found dead at the foot of her stairs it looks like an accident, but Veronica isn't convinced. Was the scene staged? Was Maeve murdered to keep her silent? Could clues to the surprise, and the identity of the murderer, be hidden within the notes? It's up to Veronica to figure it out and write the real story.

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The Fragrance of Death LESLIE KARST

Champion chef and amateur sleuth Sally Solari sniffs out trouble – despite losing her sense of smell – in this witty, twisty instalment in the culinary cozy series. Restaurateur Sally Solari has a nose for trouble, but when her sense of smell goes missing, it's not just her career on the line . . . it's her life. The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst waited tables and sang in a new wave rock band before deciding she was ready for 'real' job and ending up at Stanford Law School. It was during her career as a research and appellate attorney in Santa Cruz, California, that she rediscovered her youthful passion for food and cooking, and she once more returned to school – this time to earn a degree in culinary arts.

Now retired from the law, Leslie spends her time cooking, cycling, gardening, singing alto in her local community chorus, and of course writing. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo,

Restaurateur Sally Solari is a champion, both in the kitchen and on the case, but after getting mixed up in one too many murders, she's noticed her nonna's friends have now taken to crossing themselves when they see her in the street. Adding to her woes, a sinus infection has knocked out her sense of smell, making cooking on the hot line difficult, indeed. Nevertheless, Sally is determined to stay out of trouble and focus on her work. But then her old acquaintance Neil Lerici is murdered at the annual Santa Cruz Artichoke Cook-Off, and her powers of investigation are called into action once more. Could Neil have been killed by the local restaurant owner who took his winning spot at the competition? Or maybe by one of his siblings, who were desperate to sell the family farm to a real estate developer? Sally plunges headfirst into the case, risking alienating everyone she knows – including the dapper Detective Vargas, who finds her sleuthing both infuriating and endearing. And soon it's not only her restaurant and tentative new relationship that are on the line – it's her life . . .

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The Girl in the Yellow Dress A Henry Johnstone Mystery JANE A ADAMS

A twisty and engrossing historical mystery full of surprises. Was the wrong man hanged for a young woman's murder, or is a copycat killer on the loose? DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens must crack a darkly complex case when the community close ranks.

Jane A. Adams was born in Leicestershire, where she still lives. She has a degree in sociology and has held a variety of jobs, including lead vocalist in a folk rock band. She is now an artist and photographer, as well as a writer and Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Her first book, The Greenway, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award and for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award. As well as the Henry Johnstone

1930, Leicestershire. Everyone in the quiet market town of East Harborough is convinced that local miscreant Brady Brewer is responsible for the brutal murder of Sarah Downham. Despite Brewer's protestations of innocence, and his sister's pleas for help from DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens, Brewer is convicted and hanged. Two weeks after the hanging, a farmworker finds the body of another young woman less than a mile from where Sarah was found – and there are other disturbing similarities between the two murders. Is a copycat killer on the loose, or was Brewer innocent after all? Where is the missing yellow dress that Sarah wore the night she was murdered? As the locals close ranks, Henry and Mickey soon discover that reputations – and the truth – are all on the line . . .

series, Adams is the author of the highly acclaimed Naomi Blake and Rina Martin mystery series.

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The Man in the Shadows A World’s End Bureau Victorian Mystery ALYS CLARE

Private Investigator Lily Raynor and her assistant Felix tackle a new case, in the third atmospheric World's End Bureau Victorian mystery from criticallyacclaimed author Alys Clare.

Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She is also the author of the Hawkenlye, Aelf Fen and Gabriel Taverner historical mystery series.

Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham tackle a puzzling miscarriage of justice and the curious case of a missing child, in the new, gripping World's End Bureau Victorian mystery. London, August 1881. After a difficult few months, the World's End Investigation Bureau is thriving. Affairs, sex scandals, divorces . . . Lily Raynor is delighted to have so much work for herself and her capable assistant, but she can't help wishing for a case that doesn't involve the rich, over-indulged – and not terribly moral – upper classes. It's a wish she soon has cause to regret. The Reverend James Jellicote arrives at the Bureau, seeking help on behalf of an elderly Jewish refugee who fled the pogroms in Russia. Yelisaveta and her young grandson arrived safely in London, only for the unspeakable to happen: eleven-year-old Yakov disappeared, without a trace. The case is impossible to refuse, but seems equally impossible to solve. And troubles don't come alone. Soon, Lily and Felix have another impossible puzzle on their hands. Hop-picker Abel Spokewright was hanged last year for murder, but his brother Jared is determined to clear his name. If Abel didn't kill cheerful, pretty dairymaid Effie, though, who did?

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A Dark Steel Death A Tom Harper Mystery CHRIS NICKSON

A gripping, unsettling historical mystery full of intrigue set in Leeds during the First World War. Tom Harper must catch a traitor intent on disrupting the war effort and bringing terror to the streets of Leeds in this pageturning mystery.

Chris Nickson is the author of nine previous Tom Harper mysteries, seven highly acclaimed novels in the Richard Nottingham series, and four Simon Westow mysteries. He is also a wellknown music journalist. He lives in his beloved Leeds.

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Leeds. December, 1916. Deputy Chief Constable Tom Harper is called out in the middle of the night when a huge explosion rips through a munitions factory supplying war materials, leaving death and destruction in its wake. A month later, matches and paper to start a fire are found in an army clothing depot. It's a chilling discovery: there's a saboteur running loose on the streets of Leeds. As so many give their lives in the trenches, Harper and his men are working harder than ever – and their investigation takes a dark twist with two shootings, at the local steelworks and a hospital. With his back against the wall and the war effort at stake, Harper can't afford to fail. But can he catch the traitor intent on bringing terror to Leeds?

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A Reluctant Saint A Josie Gray Mystery TRICIA FIELDS

Rumors of election rigging in small-town West Texas send temperatures soaring in this mystery by a Tony Hillerman Prizewinning author that fans of Terry Shames and Bill Crider will enjoy. The killing of a greyhound breeder and rumors of election fraud during the mayoral race in small-town West Texas has Chief of Police Josie Gray searching for answers. Born in Hawaii but spending most of her life in Indiana, Tricia Fields now lives with her family in a log cabin on a small farm. Fields won the Tony Hillerman Prize for her first novel in the Josie Gray mystery series, The Territory, which was

Mayoral elections are looming in Artemis. One of the candidates, Mike Striker, wants to build a racetrack while the incumbent mayor, Simon O'Kane, is strongly opposed. The proposal has divided the town: will it provide jobs and money, or will it bring crime and does it profit from animal cruelty?

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Tensions rise as a greyhound breeder has a number of her dogs stolen – she vows vengeance, only to soon be found dead herself. Meanwhile, fears of election fraud circulate. Is there truth behind the rumors of election rigging? Who stands to gain the most from the racetrack being built? Are animal rights activists taking matters too far? Josie Gray, Chief of Police in Artemis, must discover who is willing to kill for their cause before others in the town get caught in the crossfire – all while a gathering threat from Mexico City hovers over her.

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Best Practices A Nora Best Mystery GWEN FLORIO

A job in a wilderness therapy program for troubled teens seems like the perfect way for Nora Best to ease into the next phase of her life . . . until she uncovers the program managers' flagrant abuses and the lengths they'll go to keep it a secret.

Gwen Florio grew up in a farmhouse filled with books and a ban on television. After studying English at the University of Delaware, she began a decades-long career in journalism that has taken her around the country and to more than a dozen countries, including several conflict zones.

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A tense and claustrophobic mystery set in the Montana wilderness starring Nora Best. Nora Best is starting her life over . . . again. Spotting a 'team leader' job with a therapy program for troubled girls at Serendipity Ranch, Nora thinks it's the perfect role. She'll be surrounded by the beautiful Montana wilderness and be able to make a difference in the kids' lives. All is going well until it's revealed a girl recently died at the ranch. The other girls are struggling with the loss. The official line is she jumped from a cliff, but she was afraid of heights and would have struggled to get there alone. As trouble at the ranch escalates and another shocking discovery is made, Nora's determined to find out the truth to protect the girls. However, with her recent troubles, the local community, police and program leaders won't take her seriously. Can Nora overcome her past to help the girls, or are the girls using her past to help themselves?

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Deadly Spirits A Mystic’s Accomplice Mystery MARY MILEY

In the fast-paced third book in the 1920s, Chicago-set Mystic's Accomplice mystery series, young widow Maddie Pastore is forced to wonder, could her little sister be guilty of murder? Medium's assistant – and reluctant sleuth – Maddie Pastore is shocked when her long-lost sister is accused of murder, in this twisty, atmospheric mystery set in 1920s Chicago. Mary Miley grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Virginia, and worked her way through the College of William and Mary in Virginia as a costumed tour guide at Colonial Williamsburg.

As Mary Miley Theobald, she has published numerous nonfiction books and articles on history, travel and business topics. As Mary Miley, she is the award-winning author of the Roaring Twenties mysteries and the new Mystic's Accomplice mysteries series. When she's not home writing, she can be found in the fields or bottling factory at Valley Road Vineyards, the Virginia winery she (and

Summer, 1924. Young widow Maddie Pastore has been working for fraudulent spiritual medium Madame Carlotta for nearly a year – if 'work' you could call it. Investigating Carlotta's clients, and attending seances as her shill, keeps Maddie and her young son Tommy fed and clothed, and she's grown to love the kind, well-meaning spiritualist like family. Still, Maddie – estranged from her abusive parents for over a decade – can't help but wonder what fates befell her brothers and sisters. So when she lucks into two free tickets to a glamorous Chicago speakeasy and recognizes the star performer as her pretty little sister Sophie, she's beyond delighted. But before Maddie can meet with Sophie again, the telephone rings. It's Sophie's husband, calling in a panic to tell her that his wife is locked in the Cook County jail, charged with first-degree murder . . .

a few friends) own, where everything she does would have been illegal in the Roaring Twenties.

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Demolition A Henry Christie Mystery NICK OLDHAM

An explosive, engrossing thriller set in rural Lancashire. Henry Christie is pulled into two chilling murder investigations and uncovers dark secrets dating back to the Second World War in this unflinching thriller.

Nick Oldham is a retired police inspector who served in the force from the age of nineteen. As well as the acclaimed Henry Christie novels, he is

Focused on running his pub, the Tawny Owl, after stepping back from his civilian investigator role with Lancashire police, Henry Christie now finds himself in regular contact with the local village protest group. At the top of their agenda is an unsolved murder stretching back eighty years to the Second World War, and the Kendleton residents' fury with James Twain, a local property developer.

the author of the Steve Flynn series.

When James is discovered viciously murdered in his barn, and another body is found in similar disturbing circumstances nearby, Henry is drawn into the investigations and the villagers' wartime secrets. Can he uncover the truth behind the killings and resolve a dark question in Kendleton's history?

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Murder in the Cathedral A Reverend Mother Mystery CORA HARRISON

A darkly intriguing, cleverly plotted mystery in the 'Reverend Mother' series, set in 1920s Ireland. The Reverend Mother's investigative skills are called into action again when one of her young pupils is found murdered at St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

Cora Harrison turned to writing historical fiction after she retired from teaching to live on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland. As well as the Reverend Mother mysteries, she is the author of the Gaslight mysteries

1920s. Cork, Ireland. The Reverend Mother's Christmas Day festivities are shattered when Dr Thompson, bishop of Cork's Anglican Church of Ireland, arrives at the convent with terrible news: one of the Reverend Mother's pupils, the troublesome seven-year-old Edna O'Sullivan, has been found murdered in St Fin Barre's Cathedral. Furthermore, the cathedral's archdeacon, Dr Hearn, is also dead after succumbing to a suspected heart attack in the middle of a service.

series set in Victorian London, and the 'Mara' series of Celtic mysteries, set in 16th-century Ireland.

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When it is revealed that both Edna and the archdeacon were poisoned, the Reverend Mother is drawn into another puzzling mystery. Was the boy used as part of an elaborate plot to murder the archdeacon? And if so, why was he willing to risk his life to do so? As she investigates, the Reverend Mother makes a series of disturbing and intriguing discoveries. Can she uncover the truth behind these heinous crimes?

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A Dark, Divided Self A Will Traynor Forensic Mystery A J CROSS

A gripping, intricately detailed forensic mystery from an industry professional. When the decomposed remains of a young woman are discovered just outside Birmingham, criminologist Will Traynor is drawn into a baffling investigation.

A.J. Cross is a forensic psychologist with over twenty years' experience in the field. She lives in Birmingham with her jazz-musician husband. As well as the Will Traynor series, she is the author of five Kate Hanson Cold Case mysteries.

When the badly decomposed remains of a young woman are discovered in an isolated wooded area just outside Birmingham, the victim is quickly identified as Amy Peters, a Manchester University student who disappeared three years earlier. She is one of five young women who vanished from the streets of Manchester within a two-year period. Called in to assist the police investigation, criminologist Will Traynor believes they are looking for an intelligent, socially confident individual, someone adept at covering his tracks. But why would the killer transport the victim on an eightymile journey from Manchester to Birmingham? If he can find the answer to that question, Traynor believes he has the key to cracking the case. But at every stage of the investigation, the killer seems to be one step ahead of him. If he's going to outsmart him, Will realizes he's going to have to play this twisted individual at his own deadly game.

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Dying Fall A Bill Slider Mystery CYNTHIA HARROD-EAGLES

The new DCI Bill Slider police procedural sees the homicide detective and his team investigate a seemingly accidental death – with pulse-pounding results. Power, money, murder . . . Investigating a seemingly accidental death leads DCI Bill Slider and his team down a dark path in this gripping British police procedural. Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born and educated in London and had a variety of jobs in the commercial world before becoming a full-time writer. She is the

The woman lies dead at the foot of the stairs. It's obvious what happened: she tripped and fell. But PC D'Arblay, called to the dilapidated West London villa by an anonymous tip-off, can't shake the feeling that's exactly what someone wants him to think.

author of the internationally acclaimed Bill Slider mysteries and the historical Morland Dynasty series. She lives in London, is married with three children and enjoys music, wine, gardening, horses and the English countryside.

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It was the deep head wound that killed her – but her dying fall left no blood trail, so what was it she hit her head on? DCI Slider, of the Shepherd's Bush murder squad, is soon convinced D'Arblay's right. But with no motive, no murder weapon and no idea even who the victim is, Slider faces steep odds to get a result . . . while each painstaking step towards the truth brings him closer to a ruthless, evil killer.

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Murder in the Park An Oak Park Village Mystery JEANNE M. DAMS

First in a new historical mystery series which explores issues of snobbery, racism and bias in 1920s Illinois. Introducing spirited female sleuth Elizabeth Fairchild in the first of the brilliant new Oak Park village mystery series, set in 1920s Illinois.

The author of more than 30 mysteries, including the longrunning, much-loved Dorothy Martin mystery series, Jeanne M. Dams lives in South Bend, Indiana, with a varying population of cats.

June, 1925. Having been widowed in the First World War, Elizabeth Fairchild lives a quiet life at the home of her wealthy parents in genteel Oak Park village, Illinois. Although she does her best to avoid emotional entanglements, determined never to be hurt again, Elizabeth forms a close friendship with gentle Mr Anthony, who owns the local antiques store. But tragedy strikes when Mr Anthony is found stabbed to death in the alley behind his shop. Why would anyone murder a mild-mannered antiques dealer who simply loved beautiful things? A robbery gone wrong? A gangland execution? Or could it have something to do with the mysterious customer who bought a gold pocket watch from Mr Anthony on the day he died? When one of her father's oldest friends is accused of the crime, Elizabeth determines to expose the real killer. But her investigations soon attract unwelcome attention. With gangsters moving into the neighbourhood from nearby Chicago, Oak Park is no longer the safe haven it once was. Could Elizabeth be seriously out of her depth?

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Scot Mist A Last Ditch Mystery CATRIONA MCPHERSON

A laugh-a-minute mystery set in the confines of a motel during lockdown starring Scottish amateur sleuth Lexy Campbell. Despite efforts to create a safe environment to see out the pandemic, the residents of the Last Ditch Motel face more dangers than they imagined possible in this hilarious yet claustrophobic mystery. Born and raised in West Lothian, Catriona McPherson left Edinburgh University with a PhD in Linguistics and worked in academia, as well as banking and public libraries, before taking up full-time writing in 2001. For the last ten years she has lived in Northern California with frequent visits home. In 2020 she was shortlisted for a third Mary Higgins Clark Award, for Strangers

March 2020 and Operation Cocker is a go! The owners of the Last Ditch Motel, with a little help from their friend Lexy Campbell, are preparing to support one another through the oncoming lockdown, offering the motel's spare rooms to a select few from the local area in need of sanctuary. While the newbies are settling in, an ambiguous banner appears demanding one of them return home. But who is it for? Lexy and her friends put a plan into action to ward off the perpetrator, but the very next night, a resident disappears and a message scrawled in human blood is found.

at the Gate, and won her second Left Coast Crime Lefty Award in the Best Humorous Mystery category for the Last Ditch series, this time for Scot and Soda.

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As California shuts down, the Last Ditchers make another gruesome discovery. They tried to create a haven but now it seems as if everyone's in danger. Is the motel under attack from someone on the outside? Scary as that is, the alternative is worse by far.

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The Big Steep A Maggy Thorsen Mystery SANDRA BALZO

A richly brewed, addictive coffeehouse cozy set in Wisconsin. Wisconsin coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen attempts to solve a mystery steeped in shocking family secrets, tragedy and murder.

Sandra Balzo built an impressive career as a public relations consultant before authoring the successful 'Maggy Thorsen' coffeehouse mysteries, the first of which, Uncommon Grounds,

Maggy Thorsen's new neighbours, Philip and Vivian Woodward, are forging ahead with their plans for The Big Steep tea shop. Philip's enthusiasm to turn the neglected cottage once owned by Vivian's reclusive grandparents, the Koepplers, into a tea lover's paradise is infectious, but Vivian seems less excited. And when Maggy's sheepdog Frank arrives at Uncommon Grounds coffeehouse bearing a 'gift' he discovered in the Woodwards' compost heap, the tea shop project takes a chilling turn . . .

was published to stellar reviews and nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award. She is also the author of the 'Main Street Murders' mystery series published by Severn House.

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As the Woodwards' backyard becomes a crime scene, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. Can Maggy dig up the truth of what happened at the cottage many years ago before further tragedy strikes?

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The Cry of the Hangman A Lucy Campion Mystery SUSANNA CALKINS

In Susanna Calkins' latest seventeenthcentury historical mystery, the sixth in the series, will printer's apprentice Lucy Campion be publishing true accounts of murder – or starring in one?

Susanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion mystery series, set in seventeenth century London, and the Speakeasy mysteries, set in Prohibition-era Chicago. She

Murder always sells. But when a series of dark and puzzling crimes takes place in seventeenth-century London, will printer's apprentice Lucy Campion be publishing the news – or starring in it? London, 1667. Printer's apprentice Lucy Campion is unsettled when, on a frozen December morning after church, an elderly woman dressed in mourning clothes whispers an ominous warning in her ear.

has a PhD in history and works at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

Lucy sternly tells herself it's nonsense, but then her muchloved former master, Magistrate Hargrave, is viciously attacked with a brass hourglass during a break-in. But what exactly was the intruder searching for? And why did they first stop to steal a piece of Cook's lamb and lentil pie? The puzzling case is just the start of a series of dark, bizarre crimes. Lucy's determined to uncover the truth and see that justice is done. But someone is equally determined to stop her – whatever it takes.

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Almost a Whisper A Joanna Piercy Mystery PRISCILLA MASTERS

A completely gripping, twisty mystery set in Staffordshire. A young woman with a pushchair spotted teetering on the edge of a steep rock face on the Staffordshire moors draws Joanna Piercy into a disturbing new case.

Priscilla Masters is the author of the popular DI Joanna Piercy series, as well as the successful Martha Gunn novels and a series of forensic psychiatrist mysteries featuring Dr Claire Roget. She

A young woman is moving dangerously close to the edge of the rock face, pushing a stroller with a child strapped in it towards the steep drop. She has blood on her clothes. Is she a victim or a would-be killer? Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy takes on the case when a walker discovers the pair, but the young woman is mute. Is she traumatized or unwilling to speak? Was she about to commit a terrible crime?

lives near the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. A retired respiratory nurse, Priscilla has two grown-up sons and two grandsons.

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As the questions mount, forensic psychiatrist Dr Claire Roget is called in to help. Can she persuade the woman to talk? Joanna desperately needs a breakthrough. But when it comes, her investigation takes a shocking turn . . .

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Buried Memories An Ishmael Jones Mystery SIMON R. GREEN

An ingeniously imagined paranormal mystery featuring alien detective Ishmael Jones. Returning to the small town where he crash-landed in 1963, Ishmael Jones is in search of answers. But his investigation is de-railed by a brutal murder. "I think something very bad and very dangerous has come to your little town, Inspector . . ." Simon R. Green was born in Bradfordon-Avon, Wiltshire, England, where he still lives. He is the author of more than fifty science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Nightside, Secret Histories and Ghost Finders series.

As long-buried memories from his hidden past begin to resurface, Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny feel compelled to return to the small country town where Ishmael crash-landed in 1963; the place where his memories began. Norton Hedley is no ordinary town. Apparitions, sudden disappearances, sightings of unusual beasts: for centuries, the place has been plagued by a series of inexplicable events. Ishmael's first task is to track down local author Vincent Smith, the one man he believes may have some answers. Ishmael and Penny aren't the only ones seeking the mysterious Mr Smith. When their search unearths a newlydead body in the local mortuary – a body that's definitely not supposed to be there – Ishmael becomes the prime suspect in the ensuing murder investigation. His only hope of discovering the truth about his origins lies in exposing a ruthless killer.

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The Chapel in the Woods A Jack Haldean Murder Mystery DOLORES GORDON-SMITH

A richly atmospheric, 1920s-set, traditional country house mystery featuring gentleman-sleuth Jack Haldean. Jack and Betty Haldean's weekend in the country is disrupted by sudden, violent death in this intricately-plotted 1920s mystery. "There's something in those woods that shouldn't be there. . ." Dolores Gordon-Smith lives in Greater Manchester and is married, with five daughters and assorted dogs and cats. She is the author of ten previous Jack Haldean mysteries.

Enjoying a weekend in the country with his cousin Isabelle, Jack Haldean is intrigued to learn that the neighbouring estate of Birchen Bower has been bought by wealthy Canadian businessman Tom Jago. Determined to restore the place to its former glory, Jago has invited the local villagers to a fete to celebrate the grand re-opening of the 17th century family chapel. But the afternoon's entertainment is cut short by the discovery of a body, mauled to death as if by a wild animal. Previously owned by the eccentric Cayden family, Birchen Bower has a long and colourful history, and is rumoured to be haunted. Is there any truth to the ancient family legend of the Jaguar Princess . . . and could she have claimed another victim? And what's happened to Jago's employee, Derek Martin and his wife, who have disappeared without trace . . . along with Mrs Jago's diamonds? Refusing to believe the wild tales of man-eating beasts prowling the grounds, Jack sets out to uncover the truth. But then a second badly-ravaged body is discovered . . . Could the rumours be true after all?

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The Enlightenment Project LYNN HIGHTOWER

Demonic possession, exorcist priests, cutting-edge medical science: a gripping supernatural thriller inspired by real-life religious and scientific research. Cutting-edge science meets demonic possession: the longawaited new supernatural thriller from award-winning author Lynn Hightower. Lynn Hightower is the internationally bestselling author of numerous thrillers including the Sonora Blair

Noah Archer is a renowned neurosurgeon, with an impressive success record. He has a happy home, with his beloved wife Moira, their two adopted sons, and a dog who's a very good girl.

and Lena Padget detective series. She has previously won the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye novel and a WHSmith Fresh Talent Award.

But Noah keeps a dark secret, shared only with his old friend Father Perry Cavanaugh. When he was just a boy, he was possessed by a demon – and it was only thanks to the exorcist priest that he survived. Now, Noah works at the cutting of edge of medical science and religion, researching the effects of spirituality on the brain. His current research study – The Enlightenment Project – promises breakthrough treatments for depression, addiction and mental illness, and preliminary results are astounding. But after a late-night emergency surgery, Noah returns to his office to find Father Perry waiting for him, with a terrible warning. The Enlightenment Project may not be closing the door to the darkness at all . . . but instead letting it in.

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The Knight's Tale A Geoffrey Chaucer Mystery M J TROW

Poet-sleuth Geoffrey Chaucer heads to Clare Castle to investigate the murder of the Duke of Clarence in this cunninglyplotted medieval mystery. Introducing 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer as a memorable new amateur sleuth in the first of an ingeniouslyconceived medieval mystery series. M.J. Trow is a military historian by training and the author of the longrunning Inspector Lestrade and 'Mad Max' Maxwell detective series, as well as the Kit Marlowe Tudor mystery series. He lives in the Isle of Wight.

April, 1380. About to set off on his annual pilgrimage, Comptroller of the King's Woollens and court poet Geoffrey Chaucer is forced to abandon his plans following an appeal for help from an old friend. The Duke of Clarence, Chaucer's former guardian, has been found dead in his bed at his Suffolk castle, his bedroom door locked and bolted from the inside. The man who found him, Sir Richard Glanville, suspects foul play and has asked Chaucer to investigate. On arrival at Clare Castle, Chaucer finds his childhood home rife with bitter rivalries, ill-advised love affairs and dangerous secrets. As he questions the castle's inhabitants, it becomes clear that more than one member of the Duke's household had reason to wish him ill. But who among them is a cold-hearted killer? It's up to Chaucer, with his sharp wits and eye for detail, to root out the evil within.

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The Lammas Wild An Aelf Fen Mystery ALYS CLARE

Lassair is caught up in a web of deceit and danger when she returns home for good after seven long years away, in the final, gripping instalment of the Aelf Fen medieval mystery series. Healer Lassair returns to England and uncovers a secret that puts the lives of everyone she knows in grave danger, in the final Aelf Fen medieval mystery. Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She is also the author

It is the summer of 1100, and after seven long years away in Spain, Lassair is finally going home. Back to her beloved mentor Gurdyman. Back to her family. And back to young lawman Jack Chevestrier, who Lassair hopes still carries the same deep feelings for her as she does for him.

of the Hawkenlye, Aelf Fen and Gabriel Taverner historical mystery series.

Before she can reunite with her loved ones, however, Lassair has a long-overdue task to perform. Old flame – and king's spy – Rollo Guiscard left her a chest before he died, and it is finally time for her to collect it. But the chest contains more than gold, and soon Lassair is caught up in a web of danger and deception that threatens not just her own life, but the lives of everyone she holds dear. And this is not the only peril Lassair must face. For although she's left the south behind her forever, the south is not done with her yet . . .

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Bitter Roots A Wine Country Mystery ELLEN CROSBY

The richly atmospheric, intricately plotted new Wine Country mystery, set in smalltown Virginia. The brutal murder of a beautiful vineyard expert and a devastating storm force Virginia winemaker Lucie Montgomery to confront painful changes on the eve of her wedding. Ellen Crosby is a former reporter for the Washington Post and foreign correspondent for ABC News Radio. She has spent many years overseas in Europe, but now lives in Virginia with her husband. She is the author of eleven previous Wine Country mysteries.

In just over a week vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery and winemaker Quinn Santori will be married in a ceremony overlooking what should be acres of lush flowering grapevines. Instead they are confronted by an ugly swathe of slowly dying vines and a nursery owner who denies responsibility for selling the diseased plants. With neighboring vineyards facing the same problem, accusations fly and the ugly stand-off between supplier and growers looks set to escalate into open warfare. When Eve Kerr, a stunning blonde who works at the nursery, is found dead a few days later, everyone wonders if someone in the winemaking community went too far. What especially troubles Lucie is why Eve secretly arranged to meet Quinn on the day she was murdered – and whether Lucie's soon-to-be husband knows something he's not telling her. Then a catastrophic storm blows through, destroying everything in its path. With no power, no phones, and no wedding venue, Lucie needs to find out who killed Eve and what her death had to do with Quinn.

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Dead Wind A Shana Merchant Novel TESSA WEGERT

The third Shana Merchant novel is a brilliant blend of chilling psychological thriller and gripping police procedural, set in a small community in New York's beautiful Thousand Islands.

Tessa Wegert is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Adweek, and The Economist. She grew up in Québec near the border of Vermont and now lives with her husband and children in coastal Connecticut.

A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Tessa is the author of the Shana Merchant mysteries.

Senior Investigator Shana Merchant must dredge up dark secrets and old grudges if she's to solve the murder of a prominent local citizen in the Thousand Islands community she now calls home. The body is discovered on Wolfe Island, under the shadow of an enormous wind turbine. Senior Investigator Shana Merchant, arriving on the scene with fellow investigator Tim Wellington, can't shake the feeling that she knows the victim – and the subsequent identification sends shockwaves through their community in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Politics, power, passion . . . there are dark undercurrents in Shana's new home, and finding the killer means dredging up her new friends and neighbors' old grudges and longkept secrets. That is, if the killer is from the community at all. For Shana's keeping a terrible secret of her own: eighteen months ago she escaped from serial killer Blake Bram's clutches. But has he followed her . . . to kill again?

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False Face An Abbot Agency Mystery VERONICA HELEY

A darkly entertaining and quirky mystery with a strong female lead. Bea Abbot's newly married bliss is short-lived when she is dragged into a deadly game involving a famous actress, theft and murder.

Veronica Heley is actively involved in her local church and community affairs. She lives in Ealing, West London. Veronica is the creator of the everpopular Ellie Quicke Mysteries, as well as the Abbot Agency series.

Bea Abbot's husband and talented artist, Piers, is in a state. His morning visit to actress and 'national treasure' Karina's Belgravia home has ended in chaos. An antique necklace and diamond ring have been discovered missing, along with a memory stick storing Karina's highly anticipated memoirs. Karina's housekeeper, Mrs Hennessey, her ghostwriter, Molly, and Piers himself are all accused of a conspiracy to rob the actress. When it transpires that the three were employed through the Abbot Agency, and some of the missing items are found in Piers' pockets, Bea is dragged into the melee. But as she investigates, events take a chilling turn . . . Can Bea get to the bottom of the sinister goings-on in time to save Piers' reputation and to catch a killer?

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Kill Her Twice A Dek Elstrom Mystery JACK FREDRICKSON

A hard-hitting mystery full of dark discoveries and shocking twists. Chicago PI Dek Elstrom is called into action when a man acquitted of his wife's murder asks Dek to investigate the strange circumstances around her death.

Jack Fredrickson lives west of Chicago. He is the author of eight Dek Elstrom PI mysteries, the first of which, A Safe Place for Dying, was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and one standalone, Silence the Dead. He is also the author of The Black Cage in the Milo Rigg series.

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A shocking chain of events occur after midnight one night on a quiet suburban street in West Chicago. The first neighbor hears a woman scream. The second sees the lights in the Tripps' house being switched on, one by one, room after room. The third receives a call from a voice he doesn't recognize, screaming at him to come over right away. But to where? When the police arrive on the street, Sara Tripp is discovered brutally murdered. Her husband, Martin Tripp, is put on trial for her murder and acquitted. Martin is convinced Sara was scared of something before she died, and he wants private investigator Dek Elstrom to find out what it was. As Dek investigates, he makes a series of disturbing discoveries. Can he get to the truth of what really happened that terrifying night?

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Low Pastures A Harpur & Iles Mystery BILL JAMES

The 36th darkly witty, noir-tinged instalment in the critically acclaimed, very British Harpur and Iles police procedural series. A well-dressed corpse found shot in the sand and gravel wharf sparks trouble for Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and his unpredictable boss, Assistant Chief Constable Iles. Critically acclaimed crime writer Bill James is a former journalist who wrote for The Sunday Times, The Daily Mirror, The Spectator, The New Review and Punch. Married with four children, he lives in Wales.

The man is found dead in the local dockyard, shot from behind. Colin Harpur, examining the impeccably dressed corpse on his hands and knees, predicts the execution spells imminent trouble – and not just the unexpected arrival of his spiteful, brilliant boss, ACC Iles, at the two a.m. slaughter scene. Iles' progressive attitude towards the local drugs trade has kept gang warfare off the streets, but now it seems jealous outsiders may be coveting the safe, ordered community he has so brilliantly created. Coveting, too, the local property – for instance, drug lord Ralph Ember's luxurious mansion, Low Pastures, home to his unparalleled collection of china and porcelain. Harpur and Iles are determined to protect their set-up at all costs – which includes protecting 'Panicking' Ralph. But Ralph has his own plans, and there are dark rumours about Iles on the wind . . .

29 September 2022 Trade Paperback Fiction 192pp

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Murder Most Vile A Langham & Dupré Mystery ERIC BROWN

A darkly engrossing, twisty crime mystery set in London in the 1950s. The search for a missing artist draws Donald Langham and Ralph Ryland into London's criminal underworld, with deadly consequences.

Two-time winner of the British Science Fiction Award, Eric Brown is the author of thirty science fiction novels and numerous short story collections. He writes a monthly review column for the Guardian and is the author of seven previous Langham & Dupré mysteries. Born in Haworth, West Yorkshire, he now lives near Dunbar in Scotland.

29 September 2022 Trade Paperback Fiction 224pp

London. April, 1957. Private investigator Donald Langham is approached by retired businessman Vernon Lombard to find his missing son, Christopher. But what appears to be a simple case of a missing artist becomes far more alarming when Langham realizes there's more to Christopher's disappearance than meets the eye, and then makes a terrible discovery. Meanwhile, Langham's business partner Ralph Ryland's search for a missing greyhound forces him to confront a shameful secret from his own past, with terrifying consequences. Can Langham navigate London's criminal underworld, fascism and deception to track down a killer and save Ralph's life?

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Such a Winter's Day CARLENE THOMPSON

A spine-chilling, addictive novel of suspense set in small-town Ohio. Juliet Reid wasn't able to save her murdered brother almost ten years ago. Can she face her demons to stop an ice-cold killer in their tracks a decade later?

Carlene Thompson attended college at Marshall University, earned her Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University and taught at the University of Rio Grande before leaving to focus on her writing full-time. Besides writing, Carlene spends her time caring for the many dogs and cats she's adopted. A native West Virginian, she lives with her husband Keith in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

29 September 2022 Trade Paperback Fiction 288pp

Nine and a half years ago, Juliet's talented brother Fin should have returned home. He didn't. When Juliet set out to find him that snowy winter evening, she made a devastating discovery. Now, Juliet returns to the small town of Parrish, Ohio to celebrate her twenty-fifth birthday with her parents. But when she arrives, she receives the shocking news that her father appears to have committed suicide. Why was he so distant shortly before his death? And why was he suddenly asking questions about Fin before his brutal murder? As Juliet tries to come to terms with another family tragedy, she finds herself at the center of a series of spine-tingling events. What chilling secrets did her father uncover, and can she stop an ice-cold killer who's determined to keep them hidden?

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Summer of Secrets A Gaslight Mystery CORA HARRISON

A compelling Victorian mystery featuring classic writers Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins as an engaging pair of amateur sleuths. When a murder is staged at magnificent Knebworth House, Victorian writer-sleuths, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins investigate. Cora Harrison turned to writing historical fiction after she retired from teaching to live on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland. As well as the Gaslight mysteries, she is the author of the Reverend Mother mysteries, and the 'Mara' series of Celtic mysteries, set in 16th century Ireland.

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August, 1856. Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens are spending the summer at Knebworth House, the magnificent Hertfordshire home of fellow writer Lord Edward BulwerLytton, where they are putting on a charity performance of one of Lord Edward's most successful plays, The Lady of Lyon. But the dress rehearsal is disrupted by the discovery of a body lying in the centre of the stage, shot to death. With everyone involved in the play coming under suspicion, the two writer-sleuths feel compelled to investigate. Their enquiries unearth a number of scandalous secrets lurking among the writers, artists and actors assembled at Knebworth. Secrets that stretch back more than twenty years. Secrets that will have devastating repercussions for the present.

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The Fool Dies Last A Fortune Telling Mystery CAROL MILLER

The first entry in a funny, spiritual and warm-hearted cozy mystery series that fans of Anne George's Southern Sisters mysteries will enjoy. The Bailey sisters may be the only ones able to interpret the meaning behind a bizarre series of murders in the first entry in the hilarious The Fortune Telling Mysteries series. Carol Miller is the author of three Moonshine Mystery novels, including Murder and Moonshine, which was named an Amazon Best Book of the

Sisters Hope and Summer Bailey run Bailey's Boutique, a mystic shop in Asheville, North Carolina. While Hope's performing a palm reading a local doctor, Dylan Henshaw, bursts in, accusing them of trying to kill his patient with a tincture.

Month and a Library Journal Starred Debut of the Month upon release. The Fool Dies Last is Carol's first novel with Severn House and the first entry in the Fortune Telling Mysteries series. Carol is an attorney and lives in Virginia.

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The confrontation is interrupted by the arrival of the sisters' grandmother, Gram, who announces that one of her friends has died suddenly. It looks like a simple allergic reaction... but why has a solitary Tarot card – the Fool – been placed on the body? When another of Gram's friends dies in similar circumstances, with the Fool card also left at the scene, it's surely no coincidence. Although Hope is hesitant to read the Tarot again following a recent tragedy, she might be the only one capable of deciphering the clues. Can she overcome her fear and uncover the card's meaning before the killer strikes again?

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The Shadow of the Empire A Judge Dee Investigation QIU XIAOLONG

Fans of historical Far-Eastern novels will love Anthony Award-winning Qiu Xiaolong's homage to the legendary Judge Dee Renjie in this politically absorbing mystery.

Anthony Award-winning author Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai and moved to Washington University in St Louis, US, to complete a PhD degree in comparative literature. After the Tiananmen tragedy in 1989 he stayed on

The legendary Judge Dee Renjie investigates a high-profile murder case in this intriguing companion novel to Inspector Chen and the Private Kitchen Murder set in seventhcentury China. Judge Dee Renjie, Empress Wu's newly appointed Imperial Circuit Supervisor for the Tang Empire, is visiting provinces surrounding the grand capital of Chang'an. One night a knife is thrown through his window with a cryptic note attached: 'A high-flying dragon will have something to regret!'

in St Louis where he still lives with his wife. Qiu's sold over two million copies of his Inspector Chen mysteries worldwide and been published in 20 languages. He is also a prize-winning poet.

Minutes after the ominous warning appears, Judge Dee is approached by an emissary of Internal Minister Wu, Empress Wu's nephew. Minister Wu wants Judge Dee to investigate a high-profile murder supposedly committed by the well-known poetess and courtesan, Xuanji, who locals believe is possessed by the spirit of a black fox. Why is Minister Wu interested in Xuanji? Despite Xuanji confessing to the murder, is there more to the case than first appears? With the mysterious warning and a fierce power struggle playing out at the imperial court, Judge Dee knows he must tread carefully . . .

29 September 2022 Trade Paperback Fiction 192pp

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Witness for the Persecution A Jersey Girl Legal Mystery E J COPPERMAN

The third in the fast-paced, funny legal mystery series starring pitch-perfect heroine Sandy Moss, who "could give Perry Mason a run for his money" (Kirkus Reviews). Movie premiers, murder charges and celebrity shenanigans? It's all in a day's work for New Jersey prosecutor turned LA family lawyer Sandy Moss. E.J. Copperman is the nom de plume for Jeff Cohen, writer of intentionally funny murder mysteries. As E.J., he writes the Haunted Guesthouse and Agent to the Paws series, as well as the brand-new Jersey Girl Legal mysteries;

Former New Jersey prosecutor Sandy Moss moved to a prestigious Los Angeles law firm to make a new start as a family lawyer. So it seems a little unfair that Seaton, Taylor have created a criminal law division specifically for her. Just because she's successfully defended two murder trials, it doesn't mean she likes them!

as Jeff, he writes the Double Feature and Aaron Tucker series; and he collaborates with himself on the Samuel Hoenig Asperger's mysteries.

But when abrasive Hollywood movie director Robert Reeves is accused of murdering a stuntman on set, Sandy finds she can't say no when he demands her help. Robert might be an unpleasant, egotistical liar, but something tells Sandy that he's innocent – even if no one else can see it. At least this time, she reassures herself, her charismatic, adorable, and oh so annoying TV star boyfriend Patrick McNabb isn't involved in the case. He isn't . . . right?

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Augusta Hawke G . M . M A L L I E T Death and the Decorator S I M O N B R E T T Flyin’ Solo P E G G Y O ’ N E A L P E D E N Havana Highwire J O H N K E Y S E - W A L K E R Late for His Own Funeral E L A I N E V I E T S Lights Down G R A H A M H U R L E Y The Yeoman’s Tale M . J . T R O W A U G U ST

Catch Your Death L I S S A M A R I E R E D M O N D Death of a Heretic P E T E R T R E M A Y N E Golden Cargoes F I O N A B U C K L E Y Ice Islands H U M P H R E Y H A W K S L E Y Making It Write B E T T Y H E C H T M A N The Fragrance of Death L E S L I E K A R S T The Girl in the Yellow Dress J A N E A . A D A M S The Man in the Shadows A L Y S C L A R E SEPTEMBER

A Dark Steel Death C H R I S N I C K S O N A Reluctant Saint T R I C I A F I E L D S Best Practices G W E N F L O R I O Deadly Spirits M A R Y M I L E Y Demolition N I C K O L D H A M Murder in the Cathedral C O R A H A R R I S O N