A Dagger Before Me A Cozy Murder Mystery Full Of Twists
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An all-new series from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business. But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?
From the author of Suitors and Sabotage comes a suspenseful and enthralling new Regency novel, perfect for readers who like their Jane Austen classics with a side of mystery and murder. 1833. A near-fatal carriage accident has deposited an unconscious young woman on the doorstep of Hardwick Manor and into the care of young Lord James Ellerby. But when she finally awakens, it is with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Beth, as she calls herself, has no identity; the only clue to her circumstances is a recurring nightmare of a hummingbird, blood dripping from its steel beak. With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth tries to solve the mystery of her own identity and the appalling events that brought her to their door. But nothing could prepare her for the escalating dangers that threaten her and the Ellerby clan. From the hazardous cliffs of Dorset to the hostile streets of London, Beth will fight to reclaim her past, hunted by a secretive foe with murderous intentions. Fans of Cindy Anstey's previous novels won't want to miss The Hummingbird Dagger, a dark and twisty new offering that blends romance, danger and mystery. Praise for The Hummingbird Dagger: "A blend of Jane Austen, Jack the Ripper, and your favorite cozy mystery. ... The romance was lovely, sweet and a perfect subplot to the darker tones of murder, mystery and mayhem." —Isabel Ibañez, author of Woven in Moonlight "Quite fun. ... There is a softness when it comes to Cindy Antsey’s historical novels ... it calms me somewhat while still letting me enjoy the twists and turns." —Whatever You Can Still Betray
Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton and the Charlie Parker mysteries: "Charlie is...just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist "Tension is fast paced..." -- Bookwatch "A well written by-the-book who done it that will enthrall purists." --Midwest Book Review Charlie and Drake begin the snowy winter with plans for a dream Christmas honeymoon in a secluded mountain cabin. They will stay three months and operate a helicopter skiing service at the famed Taos Ski Valley, while Charlie works long-distance with her brother's RJP Investigations for the duration of the ski season. No sooner have they settled into their cozy cabin than the mysteries begin to pile up. Drake's assistant, Eloy Romero, is accused of a murder and the evidence looks damning. Charlie agrees to look into the case and finds herself and her sidekick pooch, Rusty, drawn into the world of the Taos art community, entangled with ties to the Catholic church and a fortune in stolen religious artifacts. Here is what others have said: "Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life in her colorful, vivid description... Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue." -- Albuquerque Journal "Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review Search words: romantic suspense, mystery series, Charlie Parker, Connie Shelton, Christmas mysteries, Christmas stories, holiday stories, religious artifacts, romance, dogs in mysteries, pet sleuths, cozy mystery series
Have yourself a mysterious little Christmas with fifteen whodunits from New York Times–bestselling authors Sharyn McCrumb, Mary Higgins Clark, and more! Peace on Earth isn’t everyone’s cup of tea in Charlotte MacLeod’s “A Cozy for Christmas.” Peter Lovesey’s “The Haunted Crescent” delivers a holiday ghost story with a twist. A training session for department-store Santas turns up Saint Nicks who are anything but angels in Isaac Asimov’s “Ho, Ho, Ho.” Marcia Muller’s “Silent Night” finds a tough private investigator searching San Francisco’s Tenderloin district—and discovering something unexpected. A long-married couple’s ship finally comes in—only to spring a mysterious leak—in Mary Higgins Clark’s “That’s the Ticket.” Scottish superstition catches up with a cat burglar in Sharyn McCrumb’s “A Wee Doch and Doris.” These and many more stories will keep you turning pages and gathering evidence of yuletide mayhem. So when holiday shopping brings out your inner Grinch, hunker down with a hot toddy—and leave the murder to the experts. This festive collection includes stories by Charlotte MacLeod, Peter Lovesey, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Eric Wright, John Lutz, Howard Engel, Mary Higgins Clark, Bill Pronzini, Sharyn McCrumb, Henry Slesar, Edward D. Hoch, Aaron Elkins, Susan Dunlap, Isaac Asimov, and Marcia Muller.
The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery by B. Murphy Pdf
Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance.
Norrie Ellington gears up for Halloween at Two Witches Winery, where the phrase “wine and spirits” takes on spooky—and deadly—overtones . . . Back at Two Witches Winery for a short stay, Norrie Ellington is warming to the holiday spirit and the upcoming Hallow Wine Weekend, and she’s happy to steer clear of the writer from Wine Enthusiast magazine who’s come to do interviews about this year’s spectacular Merlot. But then the critic’s dead body is found slumped over a Halloween cauldron display, and despite a stern warning from the local deputy to keep her nose out of it, Norrie instantly switches into sleuth mode. Intent on discovering why someone wanted to silence the victim, Norrie quickly learns that he was an unbearable snob and known womanizer who had no shortage of enemies. But as one suspect after another leads to a dead end, Norrie’s stumped—until the one mysterious clue that’s been haunting her turns the case around. Now, as all the ghouls, goblins, and trick-or-treaters come out on Halloween, Norrie’s ready to unleash her spirit of justice—she just has to close in on the killer before the Grim Reaper closes in on her . . . Praise for the Books of J. C. Eaton: “Engaging characters and a stirring mystery kept me captivated from the first page to the last.” —Dollycas, Amazon Vine Voice, on Divide and Concord “Well-crafted sleuth, enjoyable supporting characters. This is a series not to be missed.” —Cozy Cat Reviews on Death, Dismay and Rosé “A sparkling addition to the Wine Trail Mystery series. A toast to protagonist Norrie and Two Witches Winery, where the characters shine and the mystery flows. This novel is a perfect blend of suspense and fun!” —Carlene O’Neil, author of the Cypress Cove Mysteries, on Chardonnayed to Rest “A thoroughly entertaining series debut, with enjoyable yet realistic characters and enough plot twists—and dead ends—to appeal from beginning to end.” —Booklist, starred review, on Booked 4 Murder “Enjoy this laugh-out-loud funny mystery that will make you scream for the authors to get busy on the next one.” —Suspense Magazine on Molded 4 Murder
Case of the Dysfunctional Daredevils by Jeffrey Poole Pdf
A U.S. Marshal puts in an appearance in Pomme Valley, Oregon, searching for a fugitive rumored to be hiding in the area. Meanwhile, getting ready to celebrate his milestone 40th birthday, Detective Vance Samuelson manages to convince his friends, Zack Anderson and Harry Watt, to join an adventure-seeking thrill club, the Dysfunctional Daredevils, in an effort to prove they're all still young at heart. And, as luck would have it, the US Marshal believes his missing fugitive just might be among the Daredevils, hiding in plain sight. Can Zack and the dogs uncover the identity of the disguised murderer? Will any more accidents befall the hapless adrenaline junkies of Pomme Valley? Everyone's favorite canine mystery-solving duo, Sherlock and Watson are on the case! Readers are loving this cozy mystery series with its two indomitable dog sleuths. Zack, Jillian and the corgis, Sherlock and Watson, are at it again in this delightful series that pulls you right in. Praise for Jeffrey Poole and the Corgi Case files: “… they are like Potato chips - you can’t just eat one! So pick this one up and delve into the world of mystery, fun and intrigue...you won’t be sorry!” – C. Nantze, 5 stars on Amazon “I can't wait for the next book. I love mysteries and animals, so these books are perfect reading for me. Sherlock is a small furry Jessica Fletcher.” – H. Dudley, 5 stars online review “The best thing--this guy loves the corgis, as I do, and he describes their behavior very well. Looking forward to future stories.” – 5 stars, Amazon “An intriguing story with a wonderful cast of characters. The plot was excellent and filled with twists and turns it kept my interest to the very end!” – 5 stars on Amazon “I absolutely love this series. If you like a good story, great characters and seriously smart and lovable canines, you’ll love this book. Start with the first book and work your way through the Corgi Case Files. They just keep getting better.” – K. Underwood, 5 stars online review
The Bleeding: The dazzlingly dark gothic thriller that everyone is talking about... by Johana Gustawsson Pdf
Queen of French Noir, Johana Gustawsson returns with a spell-binding, dazzlingly dark gothic thriller that swings from Belle Époque France to 21st-century Quebec, with an extraordinary mystery at its heart... FIRST in a bewitching new series 'Intriguingly dark and vivid, and so cleverly told through three different time frames' Essie Fox 'A wonderfully dark, intricately woven historical thriller spanning three generations ... it will have you hooked from the very first page' B A Paris 'This novel is a whirlpool that draws you irresistibly into levels of darkness so much deeper than you can possibly be ready for' Chris Brookmyre ________________________________ Three women Three eras One extraordinary mystery... 1899, Belle Époque Paris. Lucienne's two daughters are believed dead when her mansion burns to the ground, but she is certain that her girls are still alive and embarks on a journey into the depths of the spiritualist community to find them. 1949, Post-War Québec. Teenager Lina's father has died in the French Resistance, and as she struggles to fit in at school, her mother introduces her to an elderly woman at the asylum where she works, changing Lina's life in the darkest way imaginable. 2002, Quebec. A former schoolteacher is accused of brutally stabbing her husband – a famous university professor – to death. Detective Maxine Grant, who has recently lost her own husband and is parenting a teenager and a new baby single-handedly, takes on the investigation. Under enormous personal pressure, Maxine makes a series of macabre discoveries that link directly to historical cases involving black magic and murder, secret societies and spiritism ... and women at breaking point, who will stop at nothing to protect the ones they love... _________________________________ 'I found myself racing through the book, always wanting one more page, one more chapter. A wonderfully creepy, unsettling read, with a superb twist in its tail' James Oswald 'Gustawsson's writing is so vivid, it's electrifying. Utterly compelling' Peter James 'I was hooked from the first page – a stunning and beautifully written gothic thriller full of atmosphere, intrigue and delight' Alexandra Benedict 'What a brilliant, brilliant book ... the last chapters knocked me sideways, and it's a long time since that's happened' Lisa Hall 'Harrowing, compelling, haunting, vivid, twisty and shocking!' Noelle Holten 'A powerful page-turner' Livres Hebdo 'Fluid, skilful, fearsome and breathtaking ... the ending is horrifying' La Marseillaise ***NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER IN FRANCE*** FOR FANS OF Laura Purcell, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Anna Mazzola, Ambrose Parry and Laura Shepherd-Robinson Praise for Johana Gustawsson ***Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger*** 'A satisfying, full-fat mystery' The Times 'Assured telling of a complex story' Sunday Times 'A real page-turner, I loved it' Martina Cole 'Dark, oppressive and bloody, but it's also thought-provoking, compelling and very moving' Metro 'A bold and intelligent read' Guardian 'Utterly compelling' Woman's Own 'Cleverly plotted, simply excellent' Ragnar Jónasson 'A must-read' Daily Express 'Bold and audacious' R. J. Ellory 'Gritty, bone-chilling, and harrowing – it's not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed' Crime by the Book 'A relentless heart-stopping masterpiece' New York Journal of Books
A pirate fantasy & fairy tale retelling for readers who love adventure on the high seas. Pish. Pillagin', drinkin', and wenchin' are a pirate's callings, but don't steal from dwarves—they hate the competition. Pirate life aside, all I have ever wanted was a safe place for the Lost Boys I rescued. Ambition may have led me to overstep my bounds. When my theft was discovered, the dwarves launch a devastating sneak attack against my island nation home. This time, I've started a war. What can I say? I regret getting caught. I stand ready to fight for my people, but the odds are grim. Hunting submarines with a sailing ship is a new one even for me. Guess I’ll be making this up as I go. Should I fail, those bastards will murder everyone, including the children. Captain Hook PRAISE FOR THE CAPTAIN HOOK SERIES: "What a great surprise this gem turned out to be…" Goodreads review "A pirate’s view of Neverland - it is unique, shedding light on Peter Pan’s escapades. Rescues filled with feats of derring-do show the audacity of Captain Hook. She’s bold, determined, and has a softer heart than you might imagine for a pirate. Her crew is a fascinating mix of odd characters that you’ll love getting to know. The author has a lyrical way of weaving words together that brings each scene to living color. I love it!" Goodreads review "...a great action-packed start to the series!" Goodreads review Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this pirate fantasy, fairy tale retellings series: Catacombs by Avery Cross (Academy of Ancients) The Return of the Elves Collection by Bethany Adams Edge of Magic by Jayne Faith (Tara Knightley) Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson (From the Stormlight Archive) City of Masks by Ashley Capes (The Bone Mask Cycle) Someday My Count Will Come by C. Gockel (I Bring the Fire) Resurgence by S. 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Queen of French Noir, Johana Gustawsson returns with a spell-binding, dazzlingly dark gothic thriller that swings from Belle É poque France to 21st-century Quebec, with an extraordinary mystery at its heart... FIRST in a bewitching new series '' Intriguingly dark and vivid, and so cleverly told through three different time frames'' Essie Fox '' A wonderfully dark, intricately woven historical thriller spanning three generations ... it will have you hooked from the very first page'' B A Paris '' This novel is a whirlpool that draws you irresistibly into levels of darkness so much deeper than you can possibly be ready for'' Chris Brookmyre ________________________________ Three women Three eras One extraordinary mystery... 1899, Belle É poque Paris. Lucienne'' s two daughters are believed dead when her mansion burns to the ground, but she is certain that her girls are still alive and embarks on a journey into the depths of the spiritualist community to find them. 1949, Post-War QuÉ bec. Teenager Lina'' s father has died in the French Resistance, and as she struggles to fit in at school, her mother introduces her to an elderly woman at the asylum where she works, changing Lina'' s life in the darkest way imaginable. 2002, Quebec. A former schoolteacher is accused of brutally stabbing her husband - a famous university professor - to death. Detective Maxine Grant, who has recently lost her own husband and is parenting a teenager and a new baby single-handedly, takes on the investigation. Under enormous personal pressure, Maxine makes a series of macabre discoveries that link directly to historical cases involving black magic and murder, secret societies and spiritism ... and women at breaking point, who will stop at nothing to protect the ones they love... _________________________________ '' I found myself racing through the book, always wanting one more page, one more chapter. A wonderfully creepy, unsettling read, with a superb twist in its tail'' James Oswald '' Gustawsson'' s writing is so vivid, it'' s electrifying. Utterly compelling'' Peter James '' I was hooked from the first page - a stunning and beautifully written gothic thriller full of atmosphere, intrigue and delight'' Alexandra Benedict '' What a brilliant, brilliant book ... the last chapters knocked me sideways, and it'' s a long time since that'' s happened'' Lisa Hall '' Harrowing, compelling, haunting, vivid, twisty and shocking!'' Noelle Holten '' A powerful page-turner'' Livres Hebdo '' Fluid, skilful, fearsome and breathtaking ... the ending is horrifying'' La Marseillaise ***NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER IN FRANCE*** FOR FANS OF Laura Purcell, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Anna Mazzola, Ambrose Parry and Laura Shepherd-Robinson Praise for Johana Gustawsson ***Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger*** '' A satisfying, full-fat mystery'' The Times '' Assured telling of a complex story'' Sunday Times '' A real page-turner, I loved it'' Martina Cole '' Dark, oppressive and bloody, but it'' s also thought-provoking, compelling and very moving'' Metro '' A bold and intelligent read'' Guardian '' Utterly compelling'' Woman'' s Own '' Cleverly plotted, simply excellent'' Ragnar Jó nasson '' A must-read'' Daily Express '' Bold and audacious'' R. J. Ellory '' Gritty, bone-chilling, and harrowing - it'' s not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed'' Crime by the Book '' A relentless heart-stopping masterpiece'' New York Journal of Books