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Art expert Alix Thorssen is asked to appraise the charred ruins of a friend's local gallery. The tragedy doubles when artist Ray Thornton's body is found among the debris. The death is ruled a suicide; the fire, arson. Case closed. But not for Alix, who doesn't believe the body was Thornton's. Her investigation raises disturbing personal questions, and puts her in the hot seat as prime suspect in a second murder. She must race to find the killer who knows..
Jake Hines works hard as the recently promoted Chief of Detectives in the deteriorating town of Rutherford, Minnesota. The town used to be a safe haven from the problems of the big city. Now many youth in the town are turning to drugs. Jake knows many of these kids in the crumbling downtown section--both users and dealers--aren’t local. A robbery in a local bar at the center of town takes the town into an even worse spin. The bar owner, Babe, is a friend to Jake, but re..
When Jenny Brady and her friend Dora hike into the desert they discover the body of a murdered Phoenix heiress, abandoned to scavengers and the elements. Sheriff Brady fears the traumatic damage that her daughter’s grim discovery may have inflicted on the frightened teenager. Now her job is to find the dead woman’s lowlife husband, who cleaned out their accounts before he vanished. The stakes get drastically higher in short order when something happens to Dora tha..
An up-and-coming African American artist has been murdered on Sheriff Joanna Brady’s turf in Cochise County, Arizona. Unfortunately the victim happens to be in the Washington State Attorney General’s Witness Protection Program. As the most recent hire in the AG’s Special Homicide Investigation Team, J.P. Beaumont gets the call. He reluctantly heads to Bisbee, Arizona where he tangles not only with Joanna Brady and a contract killer but with some of his own p..
Sharon Ortega, an old school chum of Charlie's, hires Charlie to prove that her dead restaurant partner, David, didn't commit suicide. David's recent keyman life insurance policy won't pay for suicide, and Sharon needs the money to keep the business going. Charlie uncovers evidence of tax fraud, high level political connections, and two distinctly different sides to David's life. Amidst a confusion of relatives, she also discovers that members of Davi..
Amador Montalba, Mexico City guide and good friend of Shell Scott, alerts Scott to a wealthy woman in Mexico City who needs help. Shell is in Mexico City winding up another case and decides to follow up on the lead. Senora Lopez, wife of a prominent Mexican General, was secretly filmed during an extra-marital sex liaison with another man. After several payoffs to a blackmailer, she decides to turn the case over to Shell Scott. But the case is not one of simple blackmail...
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.