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Newlywed Dead:  Nancy J. Parra

The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy's sister Felicity starts with dearly beloved but it ends with dearly departed when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities think it's just a tragic accident. After all, who'd want to kill a virtual stranger at a country club wedding reception? That's what Pepper wants to know. A search into Ashley's past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still shadowing members of high society - including a filthy-rich battle-ax whose demands for the services of Pepper's Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats. Pepper's business may be booming but continued success means outsmarting a mysterious culprit who's still wedded to the idea of murder.

ORDER # M516-1   $11-95   ISBN 9780425270370

 

Summer of the Dead:  Julia Keller 

The first death came unexpectedly. An old man attacked outside his home, his murder a shock to the town. Then the second death came and with it fear. For Raythune County's prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins, the inexplicable killings in Acker's Gap are all she can think about. Everything - the oppressive summer heat, her absent daughter, her troublesome sister - fades into the background as she tries to work out who is responsible. As tensions escalate, and suspects begin to emerge, Bell will have to face demons from her own past as she comes head-to-head with a killer bent on destroying all those who stand in their way.

ORDER # M516-2   $13-50   ISBN 9781250104465

 

Don't Go Home:  Carolyn Hart

Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon - and former Broward's Rock resident - Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, Don't Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review. As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It's a fight Annie won't soon forget - especially after the author turns up dead.

ORDER # M516-3   $11-95   ISBN 9780425276556

 

Bone to Be Wild:  Carolyn Haines

Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancÚ Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood for good, leaving their relationship dead on the vine. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of a party her best friends are throwing: the Black and Orange Halloween ball in New Orleans. She plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton's blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates.

ORDER # M516-4   $11-95   ISBN 9781250046161

 

Ripped From the Pages:  Kate Carlisle

While Brooklyn has temporarily relocated to her parents' place in Sonoma, she attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under their commune. A room is unearthed, revealing artwork, rare books, cases of wine, a chest of jewelry - and a perfectly mummified body. A closer examination of the murdered man's possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth containing a secret treasure map. Word of the explosive find draws in reporters, art appraisers, and questions. After a new presence threatens the town's peace, it's clear that not all crime is buried in the past. So Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.

ORDER # M516-5   $11-95   ISBN 9780451416018

 

Murder on Amsterdam Avenue:  Victoria Thompson

In the midst of Sarah and Frank's wedding preparations, Sarah accompanies her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Oakes, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly after suffering from a mysterious disease. But Charles's father believes his son was poisoned, and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter with the utmost discretion. Putting off their own personal affairs, Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles's death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the Civil War, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger.

ORDER # M516-6   $11-95   ISBN 9780425260487

 

Berry the Hatchet:  Peg Cochran

The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk - an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year. But it's the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica's mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it's discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it's up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.

ORDER # M516-7   $11-95   ISBN 9780425274514

 

Against the Paw:  Diane Kelly

who's broken his parole, and she has the perfect partner to help sniff him out. Unfortunately, her shepherd-mix Brigit's dog bowl is already full. A Peeping Tom has been spotted in an affluent Fort Worth neighborhood - and concerned citizens are looking for a few good watchdogs. To catch the creep, residents start enlisting volunteers to beef up their Neighborhood Watch group. Which is fine with Megan. She needs to focus on catching a burglar who's still at large. But when the Peeping Tom patrol grows into a virtual vigilante mob, Megan and Brigit have to jump in paws first - before some very angry people take the law into their own hands.

ORDER # M516-8   $11-95   ISBN 9781250094803

 

After the Storm:  Linda Castillo

When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones and notifying the family. When evidence emerges that the death was no accident, Kate soon finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Meanwhile, turmoil strikes close to home as Kate's budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti reaches the breaking point. Can they weather the storm that threatens to tear them apart? Under siege from an unknown assailant - and her own personal demons - Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own

ORDER # M516-9   $11-95   ISBN 9781250078322

 

Checked Out:  Elaine Viets

Wealthy socialite Elizabeth Cateman Kingsley has hired Helen to find a missing John Singer Sargent painting, owned by her late father. After his death, many of Davis Kingsley's books were donated to the Flora Park Library, and his daughter suspects the small watercolor - worth a million dollars - was tucked away inside one of those dusty tomes. To search the stacks, Helen applies for a job as a library volunteer and discovers the library has a catalog of complaints - from a mischievous calico cat to the mysterious disappearance of various items that some of the staff are attributing to a ghost. Things only get worse when a dead body turns up in a parking lot. Now Helen is bound and determined to find the killer as well as the painting - before she's taken out of circulation herself.

ORDER # M516-10   $11-95   ISBN 9780451466334

 

Gone With the Witch:  Heather Blake

Darcy and her dog Missy are determined to put their best foot forward at the Enchanted Village's annual Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest. She's happy to lend a hand when the show's organizer hires Darcy to keep an eye on things among growing suspicions that someone is sabotaging the event. But Darcy's quest for justice is thrown off the scent when her lead suspect is found dead at the competition. As if a murder weren't bad enough, someone begins snatching up prize-winning pets right from under their owners' noses. Darcy is determined to protect the pampered participants at whatever cost. But she'll have to work fast to sniff out the thief before she becomes the next victim of a killer determined to stop her dead in her tracks.

ORDER # M516-11   $11-95   ISBN 9781101990117

 

Mrs. Malory and Death Is a Word:  Hazel Holt

Sheila's friend, larger-than-life Eva Jackson, has returned to the village of Taviscombe after losing her husband, Alan. A foreign correspondent, Alan reported on dangerous stories around the world from Libya to Afghanistan - but the cause of his death was more mundane: kidney failure in a London hospital. Still, he led a storied life, and much of his past lies in his writings, papers, and books now boxed away in Eva's garage. After Eva decides to compile a book of Alan's unpublished works, a fire mysteriously breaks out in the garage. Then Eva meets a suspicious end, leading Sheila to wonder if there's a killer at large in their charming Devon countryside.

ORDER # M516-12   $11-95   ISBN 9781101990636

 

Irish Stewed:  Kylie Logan

After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel's dismay, Sophie's Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe - it's a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials. But first there's the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer - "the Lance of Justice" - an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store - who may or may not be a suspect.

ORDER # M516-13   $11-95   ISBN 9780425274880

 

Catch as Cat Can:  Claire Donally

Neil Garret is new to town, but his seafood shop is already going belly up. Working next door, former reporter Sunny Coolidge can't help noticing the telltale signs. But checking on Neil one morning reveals something far worse for business than a lack of inventory - a mysterious man lies murdered in his freezer. Sunny's boyfriend, Chief Investigator Will Price, nets Neil as the prime suspect. But even when Sunny learns about Neil's secret past, the open-and-shut case seems fishy. Now it's up to Sunny to find the real culprit and get Neil off the hook.

ORDER # M516-14   $11-95   ISBN 9780425276075

 

Night Heron:  Adam Brookes 

A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China. Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction. But the secrets prove more valuable than Peanut or Mangan could ever have known - and not only to the British.

ORDER # M516-15   $13-50   ISBN 9780316273091

 

 
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