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Heart of Evil
Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends...and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery's most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team... more info>>
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A Slepyng Hound to Wake
In his second bibliomystery, Boston bookhound Henry Sullivan has a new girlfriend, a new apartment, and a shelfload of troubles. Chaucer said "It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake." Henry Sullivan, bookhound, is ready to be that sleeping dog: to settle down in his new apartment and enjoy life with his new girlfriend. But the underside of the literary world won't let him go. A bookscout sells Henry a book--and is murdered later that night. An old friend asks him to investigate a case of poss... more info>>
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Where Have All The Dogs Gone?
A young animal activist who calls herself Rima frees shelter dogs to save them from being destroyed, thereby setting the stage for a deadly encounter.
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Charley's Cruise
Smart-mouthed ex-NYPD cop Charley Adams and his wife Mel's dream vacation on one of the world's glitziest cruise ships turns into a nightmare when Charley agrees to head a team to investigate the death of a drunken, womanizing politician. With a mass media circus and onboard paparazzi providing front-page coverage in supermarket tabloids, the team wades through as colorful a list of suspects as ever sailed the high seas. Plagued by shipboard disappearances providing alternate solutions to the my... more info>>
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Satin Shorts
After two years in prison, Eddie O'Rourke is thinking payback for Nick the Book, the man who backstabbed Eddie after they ran a jewel heist, stole Eddie's wife, and talked her into shooting Eddie. Nick adds a twist to Eddie's plans when he calls and offers Eddie a chance to help out on a bank robbery. Nick has coordinated a daring multi-bank holdup and arranged an exchange in a money laundry. All Eddie will have to do is receive the money from the robbers, drive it across the border into Canada,... more info>>
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Murder at Gettysburg
Historian Miranda Lewis is invited to a Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg by her old college friend Ginny and her father, a distinguished Virginian. When Ginny's estranged husband dies during the reenactment under suspicious circumstances, Miranda plunges into the bizarre world of Civil War reenactors, and risks her life to unmask a clever killer. Mystery by Leslie Wheeler; originally published by Five Star
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A Dark Night
Two small town friends, Kyra and Sam find themselves lost in the middle of the night. A spur of the moment decision to explore a deserted road turns into their worst nightmare. Sam disappears. Kyra comes face to face with evil. A vampire. Will she escape? Or is her fate sealed?
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The Last Sellout
5 OUT OF 5 STARS! "Fans of the hardboiled good old stuff should rejoice. Jack Bludis is a true Keeper of the Flame, and The Last Sellout is a more than worthy addition to the PI canon. Five out of five stars!" -Richard Helms, two-time Derringer Award winning author of Thunder Moon. Edgar and Shamus award finalist, Jack Bludis returns with another memorable PI thriller! It's the early 1950s, and former movie audiences were staying home to watch I Love Lucy on TV. Television's big success meant d... more info>>
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Sunstroke: A Novel Of Suspense
"Eachus stays well away from the dreary predictability that is the downfall of less successful works. The action never flags." Washington Post Ten years ago Frank Boyle was a Treasury agent with a promising career, a good wife, and a bad habit that eventually lost him everything. Now he's a partner in a successful little high-tech firm called Industrial Security of Los Angeles, with no personal life to speak of, a client about to be the death of him and a new bad habit named Sarah. Sunstroke ope... more info>>
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Sometimes Is Isn't
Identical twins can cause all kinds of difficulty when someone is attempting to decide who is who, not only when both are alive but also when one has died. Which one has died? How do you prove it? It gets even worse when somebody is charged with murdering the one who died. Did he kill the one that everyone thought he killed? What if he didn't murder either one? Sometimes "is" just plain isn't! See if you can figure out who died and who killed him in this short story by the author of the crime co... more info>>
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Castle on the Edge
The darkness swallowed them up. When a Swiss psychiatrist arrives at a secluded sanitarium, people start disappearing, one by one until everyone is gone--except one. All the cars have been sabotaged rendering them inoperable. The phone lines have been cut and all the lights go out. The lone wolf is left to fend for himself. Will he be able to escape the fate of all the others? Or will he be swallowed up too! Excerpt: "I went out the gate to talk to the watchman and he wasn't in his booth?t... more info>>
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Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver 8)
An ancient skeleton tossed in a garbage dump is the first conundrum to rattle Gideon Oliver when he arrives in Egypt. There to appear in a documentary film, he expects an undemanding week of movie star treatment and a luxurious cruise up the Nile with his wife Julie. But when Gideon discovers a tantalizing secret in the discarded bones--and violence claims a famous Egyptologist's life--he is thrust into a spotlight of a different kind. Plying his calipers as the world's foremost forensic anthrop... more info>>
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The Slam Sisters of Serendipity
The Slam Sisters smash crime with every toss of fate. The South rises again as the Slam Sisters of Serendipity come unleashed to investigate crime in their small community of Serendipity, South Carolina. After savoring the sweet taste of victory solving the murder of their locker room attendant at Magnolia Blossom Country Club, they search for more mysteries. The key to their success: their sex lives improve dramatically with each one they solve. In their first year of sleuthin', the team tennis... more info>>
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Child's Play
When a young man meets a woman in a bar, he believes she wants to have a baby and share a life together. Fatherhood, however, can be a mighty scary thing, and his alarm and anger grow as he develops a relationship with their child that brings about a most unexpected surprise. A short work of crime from our Fingerprints line.
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Man Falls Down
Marcus wakes up in a surreal state of urgency and foreboding. Something is wrong, yet he can't perceive exactly what. As he makes his way through the morning getting ready for work, little things begin to add up like clues to a horrible truth that awaits him. Will the dream hold up or fall? Will life? A short work of surreal literature from our experimental line The Lab.
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English Lessons
In bleak, frigid Western Montana, a high school on a poverty-stricken Indian reservation is the scene of a crime: a valuable pocket watch has disappeared. The owner of the watch, a young white English teacher, plays detective attempting to reveal the culprit. His investigation yields unexpected results. A short story from our Nibs literary line.
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The Lincoln Park Horror: A Richard Dick Mystery
Private investigator Richard Dick encounters his most challenging case yet when a prospective client unexpectedly appears in his office. Percival J. Buttersnipe is a multi-millionaire, an incorrigible snob, and thoroughly dead-that's right, Percy is a ghost! In this latest, rollicking release in the worldwide bestselling Richard Dick mysteries series, Percy hires Dick to evict a group of cutthroats from his deteriorating mansion in Chicago's stylish Lincoln Park. An uproarious tale of ghost... more info>>
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Father's Day
Children, it is said, are a joy forever. However, that's not necessarily true if one you've never known shows up on your doorstep mentally unhinged and bent upon revenge. District Attorney Preston Ives, fresh from convicting a serial killer, is shocked to discover a long-forgotten decision now threatens both his present and his future. A short crime story from our Fingerprints line.
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Face Down beside St. Anne's Well
In Book Nine of the Face Down series, sixteenth-century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth Susanna, Lady Appleton, travels north to the old Roman baths at Buxton to help her foster daughter, Rosamond, discover the truth about the sudden death of Madame Louise Poitier, French teacher at Bawkenstanes Manor. Does this murder relate to Mary Queen of Scots' wish to visit the baths--or is the motive closer to home? Historical Mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson [9th of the Face Down series]; originally publ... more info>>
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Ask Aunt Emma Again
Peg MacDonald is now married to Detective John Hogan, but George's spirit continues to be a part of her life. As an assistant to the popular advice columnist, Aunt Emma, Peg uncovers a letter listing the names of three people the writer claims to have killed. It is the beginning of a bizarre case with so many twists and turns that it takes Peg, John, and George to make sense of the clues and false leads the killer has put in place to lure Peg and an ex-jockey into dangerous waters.
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Flesh and Blood
Victoria Clark, a frightened unwed teenager, gives birth to a baby girl only to have the infant stolen from her. Twenty-nine years later, Victoria, now a successful defense attorney with a demanding career, is still haunted by her loss. When her father passes away, she finds the first clues that could lead her to her daughter. Marilyn Jameson thought she had it all until her husband, Richard, a well-respected judge, is murdered and a fateful decision they both made long ago comes back to haunt h... more info>>
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Yesterday's Island
Young, rambunctious Rose lives with her father and two sisters in a world of magnificence and splendor, maids and servants at their beck and call. On the dawn of the Great War, when the world is still innocent and clean, Rose is taught to inhibit her natural instincts of curiosity and inquisitiveness. She is trained to be quiet and lady-like by a governess who expects nothing less than perfection and a father whose love reminds her daily that she can have anything her heart desires. Only one thi... more info>>
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A Murderer Among Us
The envelope contained half a dozen photographs. Lydia stifled a gasp as she stared at more than she'd ever hoped to see of Viv Maguire. A shawl had been draped over one shoulder, discretely hiding her bulging middle and considerable thighs, while displaying one drooping breast. The smile, no doubt meant to be enticing, had a gruesome intensity that sent shivers down Lydia's back. Lydia shoved the photos back into the envelope and returned it to its hiding place amid the napery in the drawer... more info>>
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Burnout
Goosey Larsen isn't your average detective, and it's doubtful that he'll ever reach that level of performance. His annual personnel review described him as someone who "lacks motivation" and "needs to improve his interpersonal skills." Goosey can usually be found coming in late or sneaking out early, but when dead bodies start turning up in downtown Charleston, Goosey is forced to do the one thing he hates most: policework.
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Dead In Bed
Dead in Bed is a cozy mystery story, also set in the St. Croix river valley, but in the present day. Lacey, the PI featured in "Dead Man's Image" is back. She gets into all kinds of interesting situations as she tries to prove her client innocent of murdering his wife. Lacey is struggling to make a go of her business. Most of her clients want her to find proof of their spouses' infidelity. Now she's asked to solve a murder case that turns out to be very dangerous. Will this case help her save he... more info>>
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