Category Archives: Mystery

TELL TALES

Title: Tell Tale

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly awaited brand new collection, Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting, and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across, and th countries he has visited during the past ten years.

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out “Who killed the Mayor?, and the pretentious schoolboy in “The Road to Damascus,” whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way.

Revel in the stories of the 1930’s woman who dares to challenge the m3en at her Ivy League University in “A Gentleman and a Scholar” while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in “A Wasted Hour.”

These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared by the critics to Dahl and Mangham, but also why he was described by The Times as probably the greatest storyteller of our age.

CRAZY LIKE A FOX

Title: Crazy Like A Fox

Author: Rita Mae Brown\

In this thrilling new fox-hunting mystery from New York Times best selling author Rita Mae Brown, an investigation into a missing and valuable object flushes out murder, ghosts, and family rivalries. Now “Sister” Jane Arnold and a pack of four legged friends must catch the scent of a killer and unearth a long-buried truth.

As the calendar turns, the crisp October wind bode well for this year’s hunting season. But before the bugle sounds, Sister Jane takes a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Mountains for a board meeting at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. Brimming with colorful stories and mementos from hunts of yore, the mansion is plunged into mystery when a venerable hunting horn is stolen right out of its case. The only clue, on a left-behind cell phone, is what seems to be a “selfie” video of the hour’s original owner, Wesley Carruthers–deceased since 1954.

Odder still, Wesley’s body was never found. When Sister makes a discovery that may explain his unsolved disappearance, it leads her back to the Jefferson Hunt at midcentury, with her faithful hounds at her side. But as the clues quickly mount, Sister is no longer sure if she’s pursuing a priceless artifact, a thief, Wesley’s killer….or a ghost. The only certainty is that someone wants to put Sister off the chase–perhaps permanently.

Teeming with familiar and beloved characters, intrigue, and the rich local history of Virginia’s horse country, Crazy Like a Fox races toward its stunning conclusion in full cry and packed with plenty of surprises. Once again, Rita Mae Brown dazzles and delight in her irresistible style with a novel readers are certain to be crazy about.

SOME KIND OF HERO

Title: Some kind of Hero

Author: Suzanne Rrockmann

Suzanne Brockmann’s signature mix of high-octane action and electrifying passion leaves readers breathless–and eager for more of her ultrasexy operatives. Now the author USA Today hails as “the reigning queen of military suspense” makes an explosive return to her best selling Troubleshooters series.

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Green. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe–until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller–or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes–and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still working alongside Pete has its own perils–like letting the heat between them rise out of control, intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps….or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

DOWN A DARK ROAD

Title: Down A Dark Road

Author: Linda Castillo

Two years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a “fallen” Amish man and a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire, putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. This is personal for Kate. She grew up with Joseph King. As a thirteen-year-old Amish girl, she’d worshipped the ground he walked on. She never could have imagined the nightmare scenario that unfolds when King shows up with a gun and takes his five children hostage at their Anish uncle’s farm. Armed and desperate, he has nothing left to lose. Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate makes contact with King only to find herself trapped with a killer. Or is he? All King asks of her is to help him prove his innocence–and he releases her unharmed. Kate is skeptical, but when the facts and the evidence didn’t align, she begins to wonder who she should trust. Spurned by some of her fellow cops she embarks on her own investigation only to unearth an unspeakable secret–and someone who is willing to commit murder to keep it buried.

BEAR TOWN

Title: Bear Town

Author: Fredrik Backman

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest,it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the workingmen who founded this town. And that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage. boys.

A victory would send star player Kevin on to a brilliant professional future In the NHL. It would mean everything to Amat, a scrawny fifteen-year-old treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice. And it would justify the choice that Peter, the team’s general manager, and his wife, Kira, made to return to his hometown and raise their children in this beautiful but isolated place.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semifinal match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Hers is a story no one wants to believe, since doing so would mean the end of the dream. Accusations are made, and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

MISSISSIPPI BLOOD

Title: Mississippi Blood

Author: Greg Iles

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Peen Cage sees his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, Dr. Tom Cage, once a pillar of the community, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction and has frozen Penn out of the trial, preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth to his son.

For decades Dr. Tom Cage has had a second son known to almost no one, the product of an affair with his African-American nurse, Viola Turner. It is this bitter son–Penn’s half brother–who set in notion the case against Dr. Cage. But a murder charge may be the least of Ton’s worries. In the 1960’s South, Viola Turner became a nexus point between Penn’s father and the Double Eagle group, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. Now, led by psychopath Snake Knox, the surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past deeds buried, and they mean to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them or takes his secrets to an early grave.

Unable to trust anyone–not even his own mother–Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a writer investigating his father’s case. Together, Penn and Serenity, a former soldier, desperately battle to crack the Double Eagle group and discover the secret history of both the Cage family and the South itself, risking the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Ruller Of The Night

Title: Ruler Of The Night

Author: David Morrell

1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day’s journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.

But train travel beings dangers as well, with England’s first death by train recorded on the very day railway operations began in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England’s first train murder paralyzes London when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.

In the next compartment, the brilliant Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witness and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: This terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction, which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

Ruler Of The Night is a riveting blend of fact and fiction that, like master storyteller David Morrell’s previous De Quincey novels, “evokes Victorian London with such finesse that you’ll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, he racket of dustmen, and the shrill calls of vendors”.

Chaos

Title: Author

Title: Patricia Cornwell

On a hot late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpertta and her investigative partner, Pete Marino responded to a call about a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.

Even before Scarpetta’s headquarters, the Cambridge Forensic Center, has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol. But it makes no sense. Why would the elite international police agency know about the case and even be interested? With breathing speed it becomes apparent that an onslaught of interference and harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week.

Stunningly, even her brilliant tech-savvy niece, Lucy, can’t trace who it is or how this person could have access to intimate information few outside their family would have. When a second death, hundreds of miles south shocks Scarpetta to her core, she and those close to her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they’d ever imangined. Then analysis of a mysterious residue recovered from a wound is identified as a material that doesn’t exist on earth.

In this latest installment in the bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell shows us once again why she is the world’s number one bestselling crime writer, mistress of the shocking turns, delicious thrills, and state-of-the-art forensic details that all fans of suspense have come to love.

Presumption Of Guilt

Title: Presumption Of Guilt

Author: Archer Mayor

A skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont–a discovery that solves a forty-year-old missing person case. but a body doesn’t end un buried in concrete by accident. Hoe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of investigation (VBI) are given the assignment because this very cold case has now been reclassified as murder and they’re the only ones with the resources and ability to investigate.

The victim was Hank Mitchell, and Gunther must chase down old rumors and speculations to try to find answers for the essential questions: Who benefited from his death and by making his body disappear? Could his death be tied somehow to New York City Mafia money that was being laundered through the construction project?

But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death right after speaking with Gunther. And when a young police officer–the son of VBI investigator Lester Spinney–is kidnapped, is that meant to be a warning to the VBI team to drop the case?

After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has the power to kill, and it’s up to Gunther and his team to protect the innocent, track down the living, and finally put the dead to rest.