The bloody corpses stashed in the broom closet of the Seattle School District building were lovingly entwined. It looked like a classic crime of passion to Detective J.P. Beaumont - especially when Pete Kelsey admitted that his slaughtered wife was an 'A' student in the fine art of adultery. But Pete swore he had nothing to do with the two brutal deaths. Beaumont's gut instinct told him to believe the sinned-upon widower, but he never dreamed that Pete..
Twenty-three years ago local actress Danielle Moyer vanished after starring in a play at the Bayside Theater. Her body was never found...Now the specter of her ghost has returned to haunt the Bayside Theater or -- so it seems. A series of pranks is plaguing the theater and someone is leaving bizarre clues in the abandoned Moyer cabin. Door County Gazette reporter Leigh Girard, who's writing an article on the theater, chalks the pranks up to theatrical hijinks. She's i..
Chantalene Morrell suffers from terrible nightmares from when she was a child…visions of a dark barn in a wind-swept moonlit field. Her mother is inside, screaming; her father is hanging from the rafters for a crime he didn't commit. She hides in the field, watching as four hooded figures emerge; she knows who they are. Returning to her hometown of Tetumka in rural Oklahoma, Chantalene vows to learn the identity of her father's killers. One man claims to h..
Charlie receives an enigmatic letter from her namesake aunt, her father's estranged sister whom she's never met. Soon she's off to England. In the charming medieval Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds it isn’t only slightly-eccentric Aunt Louisa’s beliefs in the occult or her spooky “haunted sites” tours that pique Charlie’s interest. When a friend of Louisa's is plagued by a series of pranks, Charlie and Louisa offer to find out wha..
On a cold and snowy night in Portland, ME, Police Detective Joe Burgess catches a nasty murder case: oncologist Steven Pleasant, who had a habit of picking up prostitutes, is found dead in his car with a metal rod rammed down his throat. No one wants to talk to the police, yet both his family and his work colleagues knew about his sordid predilection. Flora, author of the Thea Kozak series (An Educated Death), has written a dark, brooding novel about a cop who, despite his pe..
Deputy U. S. Marshalls Skip Garrett and Terry McGreggor refuse to let the Feds or the local Highway Patrol stop them from pursuing the men suspected of murdering their friend, fellow officer and Mormon ward member, Wally Fuller. Three escaped convicts from Montana's Deer Lodge prison are the prime suspects, and Pete Miller is the worst of them. Pete, along with Carl Meeks and Jimmy Conklin, lead the marshalls on a dangerous chase through the Montana wilderness headed towa..
Rolling stone Wesley Crocker seems a harmless enough free spirit when Posadas County Undersheriff Bill Gastner offers him a lift on the road, then spots him a free dinner. Crocker beds down for the night on the high school athletic field. By morning, 13-year-old Maria Ibarra is found under the bleachers a few feet away, and Crocker goes straight to jail. His account of how he spent the night is full of enough holes to keep him locked down. Meanwhile, a background check on Mar..
The disappearance of a young camper atop Cat Mesa convinces Undersheriff Bill Gastner and Estelle Reyes-Guzman that the boy has been spirited away. "Not only does Havill offer a melancholy reinterpretation of the grand western myth of the slow-talking, fast-thinking lawman, he also writes crisp, marvelously detailed police procedurals with a mix of technical know-how, and informed common sense to get things done." --Booklist.
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The case wasn’t just cold -- it was ice-cold. But the murder of Miriam Walker had a pretty high profile in the middle of a tough re-election campaign, so the Cook County sheriff assembled a task force to get results... and put Sergeant Frank Leal on it. Leal is still getting over the death of his partner and some wounds of his own, both emotional and physical, so working as part of a team might be tough. It doesn’t help that a lot of people don’t really want..
Former Posadas County Sheriff Bill Gastner, now a New Mexico Livestock Inspector, is enjoying a day on Herb Torrance’s Ranch-soaking in the sun as he counts a small herd of cattle and thinking about an upcoming lunch with an old friend back in town. But Bill soon finds himself ferrying a broken cowpuncher in the back of his SUV, headed out to meet an ambulance.
Cealie Gunther avoids things that bind—like control-top pantyhose and Gil Thurman. Widowed Cealie thinks she wants to avoid her hunky ex-lover Gil as she travels while trying to rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants in many cities, and Cealie's not great at avoiding temptation. She tries to avoid family members so she won't become dependant, but since her family is most important, constantly winds up around them. Murder is always involved. Cealie ge..
In 1985, Catherine DeMarco spent one hot July night where she shouldn’t have been, doing something she shouldn’t have been doing. This was a fatal mistake. Now Jimmy Taggart is sitting on death row. Details of that night are still hazy in his mind but the evidence was conclusive. No one believed in his innocence then. Only one person believes in it now. Sergeant Samantha Casey fought to clear the name of a Korean War vet in When the Dead Speak. She found a redeemi..
Remembering nothing from the day before, crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson must become an amateur sleuth to clear himself as a murder suspect when he finds a dead body in the trash chute of a retirement home. As Paul's snooping and short-term memory loss get him in trouble with the local police, his new friends and granddaughter Jennifer help him solve an expanding list of crimes. Paul finds romance as he struggles to escape a murderer intent on a repeat performance.
Octogenarian Willie McBride has gone missing and now his obnoxious daughter is pestering Albuquerque CPA Charlie Parker to find him in time for the big family reunion. Apparently, the eccentric old man had one driving obsession: finding gold. So Charlie follows Willie's prospecting trail to the modern-day ghost town of White Oaks--site of an historic gold rush, a bitter scandal, some ugly business and now a corpse.
The odd characters still lingering on here in White Oa..