By Lindsey Davis
"There are principles for personal informers accepting a brand new case. by no means tackle consumers who can't pay you. by no means do favours for neighbors. do not paintings with kin. If, like me, you're a lady, maintain away from males you discover beautiful.
"Will I by no means learn?"
In historic Rome, the variety of slaves was once a long way more than that of unfastened voters. accordingly, frequently the folk Romans feared so much have been the "enemies at home," the slaves below their very own roofs. due to this, Roman legislations decreed that if the top of a family was once murdered at domestic, and the offender wasn't fast came across, his slaves―all of them, accountable or not―were presumed in charge and have been placed to dying. with out exception.
When a pair is located useless of their personal bed room and their apartment burglarized, a few of their family slaves recognize what's approximately to take place to them. They flee to the Temple of Ceres, which by means of culture is revered as a haven for refugees. this is often the place Flavia Albia is available in. The specialists, stressed from both sides, desire a resolution. Albia, a personal informer similar to her father, Marcus Didius Falco, is requested to resolve the murders, during this secret from Lindsey Davis.
By Chris Bohjalian
NOW an entire life television motion picture STARRING JOHN STAMOS
From the bestselling writer of The Double Bind, Midwives, and Skeletons on the Feast comes a singular of shattered religion, intimate secrets and techniques, and the fragile nature of sacrifice.
"There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, simply after her baptism, and in advance of going domestic to the husband who will kill her that night after which shoot himself. Drew, tortured via the cryptic finality of that brief utterance, feels his religion in God slipping away and is stored from depression simply by means of a gathering with Heather Laurent, the writer of wildly profitable, inspirational books approximately . . . angels.
Heather survived a adolescence that culminated in her personal mom and dad' murder-suicide, so she identifies deeply with Alice’s daughter, Katie, delivering herself as a mentor to the woman and a shoulder for Stephen – who flees the pulpit to be with Heather and spot if there's whatever to be salvaged from the religious wreckage round him.
But then the State's legal professional starts off to suspect that Alice's husband would possibly not have killed himself. . .and reveals out that Alice had secrets and techniques simply her minister knew.
Secrets of Eden is either a haunting literary mystery and a deeply evocative testomony to the internal complexities that mark all of our lives. once more Chris Bohjalian has given us a riveting page-turner within which not anything is exactly what it seems. As one personality comments, “Believe no one. belief no one. imagine all of our tales are suspect.”
By Cindy Keen Reynders
By Peter Straub
A girl commits suicide for no obvious cause. every week later, her son– fifteen-year-old Mark Underhill–vanishes. His uncle, novelist Timothy Underhill, searches his native land of Millhaven for clues that may support get to the bottom of this terrible twin secret. He quickly learns pedophilic assassin is at the unfastened within the neighborhood, and that presently earlier than his mother’s suicide, Mark had develop into keen about an deserted residence the place he imagined the killer may have taken safe haven. No mere empty construction, the home whispers from attic to basement with the echoes of a long-hidden true-life horror tale, and Tim Underhill involves worry that during investigating its unspeakable background, Mark stumbled throughout its final and maximum mystery: a ghostly misplaced lady who can have coaxed the needy, suggestible boy into her mysterious area.
By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall’s Puzzle girl mysteries “a pleasure for fans of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a lovely and exact sleuth.” Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her smart niece, Sherry Carter, are placed to the final word try as they sq. off opposed to a xmas killer who hides in the white-and-black shadows of an acrostic....
A Puzzle In A Pear Tree
’Tis the season to be jolly, yet Cora Felton, shanghaied into “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as a so much reluctant maid-a-milking, has each correct to think like a grinch. while a person steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no desire of fixing, it’s virtually greater than the Puzzle girl can endure. yet then boastful crossword writer Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the demise of an actress. this is often extra love it! may well the risk be geared toward Cora and her thespian debut? Or at Sherry, one of many ladies-dancing? Or at Sherry’s nemesis, the pageant’s predatory lead, Becky Baldwin?
Cora and Sherry slightly have time for a secret, what with trimming Christmas bushes and purchasing Christmas provides, yet rehearsals move on, lower than police protection--until a killer moves somewhere else in a so much unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be overjoyed to have murders to unravel. yet this time she reveals herself vying with a vacationing Scotland backyard inspector who seems to be to have an all-too-personal stake in fixing the crimes. Cora does too whilst her personal niece turns into a primary suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is somebody attempting to close down the Christmas festival? Cora will be basically too satisfied if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into hotel rooms, discovering facts, planting proof, and having a merry previous time. in reality, she will be completely happy--if this wasn’t growing a Christmas to die for!
From the Hardcover edition.
By Parnell Hall
The new crime mystery within the ever-funny and fascinating Stanley Hastings secret sequence, that includes the single detective in big apple urban who does not hold a gun
Stanley Hastings ultimately felt like a true PI, staking out a brand new Jersey hotel to get proof on a woman's dishonest husband. it may were a bit of cake. purely the husband wasn't dishonest, somebody killed him, and the police officers are attempting to pin the homicide at the guy apprehended on the scene, who simply occurs to be Stanley.
To transparent his identify, Stanley will finish up leaping bail, impersonating a police officer, staking out a mob boss, and appropriating a homicide weapon from a sassy Jersey lady who retains attempting to distract him by way of ripping her outfits off. and that is only for starters . . .
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By Raymond Chandler
A prosperous Pasadena widow with a median streak, a lacking daughter-in-law with a prior, and a gold coin worthy a small fortune—the components do not particularly upload up until eventually Marlowe discovers proof of homicide, rape, blackmail, and the worst form of human exploitation.
"Raymond Chandler is a celeb of the 1st magnitude."-- Erle Stanley Gardner
"Raymond Chandler has given us a detective who's hard-boiled sufficient to be convincing . . . and that's no suggest achievement." -- the recent York occasions
By Sandra Brown
Burke Basile is a cop with not anything left to lose. Haunted through his partner's demise, his marriage and his occupation over, he makes a speciality of his nemesis, Pinkie Duvall, a flamboyant lawyer who is helping killers keep away from justice. Burke's stunning revenge facilities round kidnapping Remy, the lawyer's trophy spouse. yet Burke hasn't deliberate at the electrical appeal he will suppose for this determined lady, who rose from the slums of
By Joanne Pence
The warmth is on
Life's a dinner party for Angelina Amalfi—a gourmand chef and foodstuff author with sufficient sass and spunk for 2. yet issues begin to move particularly undesirable quite quick while the guy who is been contributing strange recipes to her column is came upon lifeless and Angie unexpectedly reveals herself being stalked by means of a killer whose urge for food was once in basic terms whetted via the 1st lethal direction. at the plus facet, Paavo Smith, the murder cop assigned to the case, is one delectable dish. but if extra humans begin to fall throughout her like ruined soufflés, ever-resourceful Angie realizes she'll need to prepare dinner up a survival scheme quickly prior to her own goose will get cooked. this example should be too sizzling to deal with and the stakes are excessive, for she's approximately to tackle lethal hands smugglers and deadly nutrients fans. but when someone can hold her cool, Angie can.
By Francine Mathews
Merry Folger is greater than prepared for a romantic holiday along with her fiancé Peter while fate--and her police leader father--intervenes. Twenty-one-year-old Jay Santorski by no means must have drowned within the frigid waters off the Nantucket shore. What was once the athlete, Harvard student, and part-time scalloper doing out by myself within the storm-churned bay?
At her father's insistence--and over Peter's objections--Merry returns to the island to enquire, basically to be faced at each flip through fake leads and lifeless ends. And Police leader John Folger is in the back of too a lot of those roadblocks. For the 1st time, Merry starts to believe she can't belief her lifelong function model--her personal father....