DEAD BODIES, SUFFERING SOULS – Freddie didn’t mean to kill the mugger – she barely had time to think. But when it was over, her boyfriend was in the hospital and the teenaged assailant was dead. Now, trying to cope with aggressive reporters, inquisitive cops, concerned relatives, and her own nagging conscience, Freddie finds one source of solace: the strength and comfort offered by Mike Danken, an ex-cop-turned-minister. But when Danken suggests that Freddie..
At a well-seasoned sixty-nine, Sheriff Bill Gastner knows his Posadas, New Mexico, territory as well as he understands the foibles of the human condition. So when a backhoe crushes a man to death, it’s more instinct than fact that leaves him feeling there’s more to this “accident” than meets the eye.
Adding to his problems, anonymous letters charging his best deputy, Tom Pasquale, with hustling Mexican nationals for cash, are being dispatched around..
A beautiful young woman is brutally murdered. Sheriff Walker Whitlow knows he's found the murderer of young Eileen Matthews, but lab tests seem to prove that the suspect isn't the murderer. Now, while fending off devastating political attacks, the sheriff must race against time to find the real murderer and save his job. With only his loyal deputy, his deputy's well-informed wife, and his good-for-nothing son to count on, the sheriff has his work cut out for him. ..
Devout in her dedication for the underdog, Charlie Parker gets drawn into perilous predicaments while sticking her neck out for friends and clients in trouble. She proves a wily opponent for the evil she discovers. Using her trusty jeep for surveillance, she is aided and abetted by Rusty, a huge, lovable mutt.
This series looks sharply at those who perceive themselves as the rich - the elite, and revolves around expensive cars, clothes and posh country clubs. Fans of Sue G..
When the journalist Angelina Sandoval Ybarra writes a story about the mysterious end-of-the-world preacher Brother Gabriel, Father Mark Townsend loses no time in heading to Yakima Valley where the faithful are gathering. Brother Gabriel's message draws flocks of converts with reports of visions of the Virgin Mary, the 2nd Coming of Christ, and the Rapture that is already beginning. The subsequent disappearance of dozens of Latino farm workers, supposedly "raptured up..
The discovery of a long-dead body in an abandoned refrigerator sends Ogeechee, Georgia, police officer Trudy Roundtree into the small town's past, where she uncovers rivalries, jealously, and murder. When the body is identified as a young woman who was last seen more than 30 years earlier, shortly after a wedding shower in her honor, Trudy digs into secrets thought long buried.
When your life is at an all-time low, how can it get any worse? Emerson Ward finds out one steamy August morning when the phone starts ringing too early to be anything but bad news. Before the day is over he learns that a good friend is missing, another is hospitalized after a brutal beating, his phone is tapped, and the woman he loves is leaving him. In an attempt to lend a hand to all who need it, one thing leads to another, and before Emerson knows it, he’s up to his..
Since Jeff Talbot left the FBI, he's been investigating yard sales as a professional antiques picker. From furniture to books, from old clothes to broken toys, nothing escapes his keen eye for appraisal. But there is one item that he always keeps his knowing eyes particularly peeled to find: a one-of-a-kind French cabaret set commissioned by Napolean for his love, Josephine. It is an item any collector would kill for.
Freelance writer Emerson Ward is minding his own business one sweltering July day when Larry Forrester shows up at the door of his Chicago brownstone, accuses him of seducing his teenage daughter, Ellen, and tries to kill him. A week later, when Larry's ex-wife tells Emerson that Ellen has gone missing and asks him to find her, Emerson also learns that his girlfriend, Nell, is pregnant. While Nell and Emerson confront the difficult decision of whether or not to keep their..
Unearthing murderers is becoming the specialty of amateur gardener Louise Eldridge. Her horticultural skills have garnered her a role on a public television show. She has cultivated a controversial organic gardening approach that delights environmentalist viewers and alarms chemical-using traditionalists, drawing swarms of protesters, mounds of nasty mail, and absolutely fabulous ratings. But the bloom of success fades suddenly when the society maven that Louise replaced, vio..
Investigative journalist Jay McCormick is on a secret assignment in the Washington D.C. area. But he also takes time to visit his old flame Louise Eldridge. His visit is cut short when he surfaces as a corpse in a neighbor's fish pond. Louise wants to know who put him there? And what was the mysterious story he was investigating in D.C.? Only Louise can unearth the trail that leads from a missing computer to a pistol-packing intruder trampling her purple-spotted toad lili..
When Gloria, the loathed office receptionist, is found dead - and Charlie admits to being the first person to talk to the victim after the murder - there's no turning back. The police, impressed by Charlie's psychic powers, insist on her help in their investigation, and Charlie soon discovers that Gloria more than lived up to her nickname of "the office witch" - she was a member of a local witches coven. Unwillingly drawn into the bewitching and bewildering ..
After the apparent shotgun suicide of Emerson Ward's childhood friend Lou Barrett, the Chicago freelance sleuth heads back home to Huntley, Ill., for the funeral in Sherer's sixth whodunit (after 2006's Death Is No Bargain). Meanwhile, Emerson's girlfriend, Nell Reilly, threatens to leave for Seattle with their two-year-old daughter, Emily, to visit her cancer-stricken mother. Emerson was planning to drive back to Chicago the afternoon of the funeral, but deci..
Who would want the director of the Minnesota Valley Zoo dead? Everyone! Anthony Wright made a career of getting what he wanted, whatever the price. When he's murdered and ends up as a late night snack for the zoo's fifteen- foot crocodile, few are shedding any tears. After police arrest the lead crocodile handler, it's up to zookeeper Lavender "Snake" Jones to prove her friend's innocence. But is she really helping? Each lie she exposes only serves t..