A corpse, stiff with rigor mortis and bound in heavy ropes, has been dumped on the doorstep of FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.
The murder has the hallmarks of the perfect crime – no witnesses, no motive, no evidence – save for one enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased.
The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea where an ingenious killer is determined to make him pay for the long-buried sins of his forefathers.
But Pendergast already knows what is at stake, for the dead man left on his doorstep wasn't just anyone, it was his son.
While escorting a young girl to meet her father in India, Dominic Felse and his girlfriend, Theodosia, find themselves embroiled in a mystery that swiftly and shockingly becomes a murder investigation When his girlfriend’s beautiful but erratic film-star mother, Chloe, calls to ask a favor, Dominic Felse fears the worst. But she makes the couple an offer they can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to India to escort Anjili Kumar, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Chloe’s costar, to stay with her father while her mother is filming in England. But Dominic’s fears are not unfounded, and they soon discover that traveling with the spoiled, precocious Anjili is no vacation—and the task of delivering her back to her family will be less than easy. For behind the colorful, smiling mask of India that tourists see, there is another country—remote, mysterious, and often shatteringly brutal. . . . Mourning Raga is the 9th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
This Thanksgiving, two birds of a feather are about to get plucked—“Why can’t all murders be as funny as those concocted by Craig Rice?” (The New York Times) Former con-artist photographers Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak are en route from the grit of New York City to the glitter of Sunset Boulevard when their dreams are waylaid in a tragic roadside accident with an errant turkey. But getting stuck in the off-the-map community of Thursday County, Iowa, has an upside: a blushing farmer’s daughter with a promising sob story. To help her ailing grandma, the Halvorsen family turkey farm is up for grabs. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Bingo and Handsome plan to make a bundle off the gobbling herd. But these two city slickers should’ve known that small towns hide big secrets—and Thursday’s secrets go back more than a decade. Before long, Bingo and Handsome get tangled up in a bank robbery, face off with an escaped convict, follow the trail of a buried fortune, are wrangled into a fowl conspiracy, and come to a dead end when they become suspects in a murder. As turkey day nears, it could very well be their heads on the chopping block. This Bingo and Handsome mystery is “a devastating satire . . . [an] immensely complex cat’s cradle of the plot” (Barry Ergang, Derringer Award–winning author). The Thursday Turkey Murders is the 2nd book in the Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A thief targets an amateur theatrical group, and murder follows in his wakeProducing a Gilbert & Sullivan opera requires a special kind of madness, and the Kelling family is large enough and peculiar enough to undertake an entire company by themselves. For years now, Sarah Kelling’s Aunt Emma has supervised these annual productions—from The Pirates of Penzance to The Mikado—and this year she has invited her cast of relatives to rehearse The Sorcerer in her stately mansion. The show is nearly ready when a team of burglars drugs the cast and crew to make off with a priceless portrait. Theft or no theft, Aunt Emma insists the show must go on. Even when one of the cast dies suddenly, she finds a replacement and continues rehearsal. But when Sarah begins to suspect the actor was murdered, it becomes clear that dear Aunt Emma may be in danger of taking her final bow.
When Alice Seagrove is found dead, a name carved into her body, old memories are stirred up for DI Hal Luchewski. The name is that of a murdered sex offender – and the man who killed him, convicted in Hal’s first ever murder case, has just been released from prison.
As he digs deeper, Hal discovers multiple links between Dr Seagrove, the recently released killer Nino Gaudiano, and Nino’s long-missing daughter Louisa. Hal must tread a fine line as he digs into the secrets of several people involved in both cases – and time is running out.
Meanwhile, Hal’s convoluted personal life is strained, as his relationship with boyfriend Stevie is on the rocks and he has to deal with revelations about his world-famous father…
“Bailey Ruth and Wiggins will delight readers who prefer their mysteries light and seasoned with wit and the supernatural.—Boston Globe
“This could be Hart’s best series yet.”—Booklist
Spectral sleuth Bailey Ruth Raeburn from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions is on the case again in Carolyn Hart’s delectable Ghost in Trouble—the third in the multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author’s acclaimed mystery series sprinkled with wonderful wit and more than a touch of the paranormal. The follow up to the acclaimed Ghost at Work (named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Books of 2008) and Merry, Merry Ghost, Hart’s Ghost in Trouble brings Bailey Ruth back down to Earth to save a human in dire trouble…who just happens to be the phantom problem solver’s mortal enemy.
A couple in Washington, DC, is torn apart when a friend is accused of treasonJane and David Graham live upper-middle-class lives in mid-century Washington, DC. Jane minds the home with the help of a fulltime maid, and David works at the Treasury Department. But when the FBI visits their house one evening to ask questions about a friend’s political beliefs, the answers the two give separately cause them both to wonder whether they truly know each other. Soon nothing is certain as the ideological fears plaguing the nation threaten to destroy Jane and David’s family. Howard Fast’s first play, Thirty Pieces of Silver was performed in several countries, from Australia to Europe, and offers an insightful look at the destructive power of reactionary politics in America. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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