This series can be read alone, but contains spoilers from the previous series. Welcome to Dark Root. We've been expecting you. A haunted mansion turned reality TV set. Now which of the contestants will scream the truth first? And soon Holt is pitched into the rundown residence where a mysterious immortal magician is rumored to roam… Along with a psychic, a ghost hunter, and a Hollywood scream queen, he sets off in search of clues in the race to unravel the decades-old murder. Can Holt solve the case before the house claims another victim?
Buy One Night in Drake Mansion to pull the skeletons out of the closet today! Francesca "Franki" Amato is a tough-talking rookie cop in Texas—until a call involving her boyfriend, Vince, and a German female wrestler convinces her that she isn't cut out for a life on the police force. But her hopes for a more stable life are dashed when Private Chicks is hired by the prime suspect in a murder case to find out what really happened to a beautiful young boutique manager who was found strangled with a cheap yellow scarf.
When she's not investigating, Franki is hoping to seduce handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, but most of her time is spent dodging date offers from a string of "good Italian boys"—make that not-so-good aging Italian men—that her meddlesome Sicilian grandma has recruited as marriage candidates.
As Mardi Gras approaches and the mystery of the murdered shop girl gets more complicated, Franki must decipher the odd ramblings of a Voodoo priestess to solve both the murder and the mystery of her own love life. Her sparkling wit keeps the hijinks brimming with merriment. Her smart, sassy heroine, wacky cast of characters, and vividly original settings had me glued to the page.
A thoroughly enjoyable voice in fiction! An idyllic setting. A violent death! Someone gets the potion that wasn't supposed to. But who? There isn't any amount of Ding Dongs that is going to help her fix this mess. Onwards to Mystic Springs we go. The spooks are out for All Hallows' Eve Many will come, but not all will leave. Lavinia Blackbottom has planned a spectacular celebration but all does not go to plan. At the end of the festivities, a curse is placed over Mystic Springs and a man is found dead.
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Christopher is aghast when Mr Miller from the Council tells him he has to host an event called 'Pitkirtly Creates', but he consoles himself with the fact that a local family's lawyer has just cluttered up his office with more boxes of archive material. Jock McLean has family trouble, and Amaryllis takes up a new job as a bar-maid, but neither of these things prevent them from getting involved in the latest police investigation in town.
I loved the book. Great characters. I can't wait to read more of her books. The end of year Sandy Bay festival is an opportunity for the town to display its history, promote local businesses and attract visitors to the best kept secret in the Pacific Northwest. There's just one problem. It's always associated with an increase in crime. This year, a stranger with an unknown identity is found dead during the fireworks display. Some of the town's residents have had enough of the annual hassle.
Others would rather die than see an end to this popular festival.
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Meghan Truman, a new resident in Sandy Bay with a successful bakery, is torn between either supporting an event that shines a light on all the good things about her adopted hometown or showing allegiance to a dear friend who is leading the cause to ban the festival. With the town on the brink of a riot, no forthcoming clues to help Detective Jack Irvin in his murder investigation, Meghan must retain the hot passion that has seen her business and relationships prosper thus far while she confronts cold bodies all around. The clock is ticking A murder investigation is growing cold Will Meghan provide the spark that unlocks this murder mystery?
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They say you can never go home. If you do, better watch your back. Kathryn McNabb reluctantly returns to her hometown after she receives an unexpected inheritance: half the manufacturing company her father founded years before his tragic suicide. Unfortunately, the inheritance comes with strings attached— namely Benjamin Nowak, the son of the man who ruined her father. While Benjamin and Kathryn alternate between butting heads and playing nice, someone is watching. This book was originally published in September 30, was one of the saddest days in Philadelphia sports history, but for four local families the heartbreak of a blown pennant paled in comparison to the tragedy that unfolded in the aftermath of the loss.
Fifty years later, aspiring academic and accidental sleuth, Tracy Shaw, tells herself she is simply researching the case for her class, Writing in Time. The more she discovers, however, the more she becomes convinced that she needs to pursue the truth about the death of twelve-year old Seth Timmons and the man accused of his murder. Witching Hour Samantha Hale is still figuring how to master the art of witchcraft. When Samantha Hale and her best friend Cameron attend an estate sale filled with clocks at the home of a mysterious old woman and her eccentric granddaughter, they have no idea they're in for the adventure of a lifetime--and the clocks are only the beginning Lost Magic When the famous ancient power of the Yew Tree fizzles out, Gwenlyn Bennett must travel to the otherworld to get it back.
Spring in Yew Hollow delivers bad news for Gwenlyn Bennett. Will she make it through to the end? Advised by Richard not to get involved, Karen initially ducks pleas for her to investigate. Around the baking commitments of her small business, Karen starts digging into the Addison family history. Meanwhile, the search for the missing nurse continues. Josh Rosen is a recurring character in the Lynn Dayton thriller series. This story about Josh and his grandmother was inspired by a former neighbor who was a Holocaust survivor. Is he looking for help from Aunt Nettie?
Or is he more interested in her friend Henry, who happens to be a retired police detective? And what could be so urgent that he wants them to drop everything and travel to Italy. An on-again, off-again tour guide who only picks up jobs when he runs out of money, Nick has been hired by an American family that seems delightful — at first. Daddy is rich and mommy is a socialite, but with them are two nubile coeds who just might get Nick into trouble. Add to the mix a mystery couple who may or may not be what they appear to be and there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.
When a man suffering from amnesia heads to a small town police station to report a theft, he is quickly recognised and treated with suspicion. His troubles only intensify when an elderly lady is murdered and he is found sleeping in her garden shed. As his past comes back to haunt him, it is soon clear that he has been embroiled in local murder investigations before.
Myrtleville may seem like a quiet village surrounded by beautiful countryside, but it is also a melting pot for sinister murder and intrigue.
Come and join Smith and Noose as they set out on both rediscovering an old friendship, and putting right what is wrong with this place. Avery Fox is offered a temporary teaching position at Ravenwood College. It is there she discovers her great-grandfather; Jamison Fox built the school over one hundred years before. Avery's quest to learn more about her family leads to the discovery of murders that took place in Jamison's time. The sins of the past come to life as Avery uncovers mysteries and finds herself in danger.
With the help of her future mother-in-law and her globe-trotting mother, Avery puts the pieces together. It was another winter in New York City; drab, cold and full of crime. Jackson Boggs settles in to tell the short tale of a certain Yvette Shea and the mysterious disappearance of her husband. The life of Jackson is detailed as he maneuvers through his observations, detective tactics and quick thinking to try and solve the case. Does Yvette find her husband? Is she involved in the disappearance? The sharp detective will have to tease through the flurry of clues that surface to get to the truth.
This is a novel full of layers and depth, focusing on class and corruption in India with compassion and complexity. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt — an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.
Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all … In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.
Highly recommended. Set in New Delhi, this novel tackles important issues as well as providing a tension-filled read. As I turned the pages, my pleasure was exceeded only by my desire for more. A chance meeting in a rundown Baltimore coffee shop throws two jaded survivors from different sides of the tracks into a firestorm of radical racism and unsettled scores.
As an entrepreneur year-old Michael has done well for himself. La Lena is young, black and striking. Charm City Soul is not for sensitive readers. Sex, drugs and murder make for quite an interesting ride! A young woman is murdered on a popular beach. Bite marks on her neck point to a killer obsessed with local vampire lore.
New Chief of Police Brandon Mattson is starting over. Recently divorced and needing a break from big-city crime, he's headed home to Forks, WA. But the former detective's respite from homicide is short-lived when a young woman's body washes ashore on the nearby Quileute Reservation. Fang marks and a series of ominous vampire-related graffiti point to a member of a local blood-sucking cult.
But Brandon's not so sure wannabe vampires are to blame, and it soon becomes evident that more than one person had reason to murder the young woman. Balancing the investigation, a tourist-obsessed mayor, and parenting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Brandon is running out of time to solve the case before the killer claims another victim. Fans of fast-paced mysteries with a twist will find a new favorite in homicide detective turned chief of police Brandon Mattson. Read Dead by Sunrise now! It was a delight to read. LeBlanc's creation, gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, is everything you would expect from a French aristocrat -- witty, charming, brilliant, sly.
In this classic tale, Lupin comes up against the only man who may be able to stop him. Who will emerge triumphant? With his irreverent partner James Burke they have been thrust back into the thick of things when a sniper loose in New York begins picking off members of the Russian Mob, starting right at the top.
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The case becomes muddied when the attentions of the sniper turn to Lucifer and his involvement with the beautiful but deadly assassin, Angel, who herself has not been seen since the events in the Bardonello mansion. It is unknown if she survived that explosive night and her absence plays heavily on Luke as he tries to focus his thoughts on the troubles at hand. With the arrival of a trouble shooter from Moscow tensions threaten to escalate, and against a backdrop of a growing drug epidemic, murder, and strange alliances Burke and Hill discover that there is something far more dark and sinister brewing beneath the New York underworld.
Is the mysterious sniper involved with the private military contractor, Blacklight, and what is it that they have been involved in that has brought Lucifer to the attention of the CIA? Lucifer Hill is not your typical New York detective, for a while he had tried to be a Priest, and before that he was imprisoned in Hell. When signs point to kidnapping and starvation Burke and Hill suspect that something far worse is happening and when within a short time another Priest and a high profile Cardinal are brutally murdered their fears fast become a reality, and the ritualistic nature of the killings hints that this serial killer is only getting started.
Unfortunately one of the victims happened to grow up with the head of the Manhattan mob and the Capo di Capo does not take kindly to the murder of his long-time friend and confidante. He hires an assassin known only to the NYPD as Angel, a lady who brings troubles of her own in her wake, and who has a complicated past with Detective Lucifer Hill. Now, caught between a private military contractor and a mob war brewing behind the scenes Hill and Burke are in a race against time to bring the killer to justice before a bloodbath spills onto the streets of Manhattan.
And hopefully before the demons of the past can twist the world into a nightmare around Lucifer. Gavin English isn't in Chicago searching for an unfaithful woman's wedding ring out of the goodness of his heart. He's doing it for the fifty thousand dollar check the unfaithful woman gave him.
All he has to do is track down the pretty boy who stole it—in one of the biggest cities in the country. Lucky for Gavin, ex-police Lieutenant Jack Daniels knows her way around the city—her city—and she's agreed to set aside her mommy duties for a few days, so that she can babysit him and his assistant while they're in town. But somewhere between Gavin's visit to the busted-down crackhouse and their stop at a low-rent donut shop, Jack's peaceful babysitting gig turns deadly and the bullets start flying. The reality of human trafficking hits home for Rick and Yolanda when their secretary, Susan, tells them that her niece has disappeared near the Mexican border.
The leader of a Juarez drug cartel who claims to be a direct descendent of the notorious Pancho Villa is immediately suspected. However, the girl abducted is a senior university student, who is engaged to be married—hardly the profile of the typical human trafficking victim. Could there be someone with another motive for this crime?
Their investigation and attempted rescue lead Rick and Yolanda across the border into the dangerous world of the cartels and subsequently into the family relationships of a powerful Texas businessman. The budding romantic relationship between the two Sandia Security sleuths will be severely tested.
Will it survive the test and continue to grow, or will it be overcome by the stress of danger in the face of evil? Henry Waylon spent ten years on death row, before finally being executed. The judge who sentenced him to die receives a threatening note, and hires Al Pennyback to find out who is threatening him. The third monthly bundle in the Stories of series. The collection contains five locked room mysteries set in the riverine village of Amaravati.
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As in all of the best science fiction books, author P. James crafted a world that becomes more believable with each passing year. Set in the year , the human race has not seen a new birth in over a decade — and in much of the western world, autocratic governments have taken control. Self-aware cyberpunk fans, Snow Crash is for you. In the Community of The Giver , every young person receives an assignment which they will carry out for the rest of their lives — all except for Jonas, who receives an assignment no one has ever gotten before. The resulting combination of scientific imagination and understanding of the human condition is both engaging and incredibly moving.
Protagonist Bean is a child who lives on the mean streets, begging for food and often ruthlessly fighting other children for a crumb of bread. It all comes to a head in the Alps, where a horrifying discovery of preserved bodies hints that something long dormant is ready to return. Darwin certainly never predicted this. When Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr and her platoon are pulled from leave for a supposedly easy mission, they have no idea that they are about to walk into a conflict greater than any they had faced before. This bildungsroman blends popular tropes from the best sci-fi books with elements of Caribbean folklore.
It begins with Carnival time on the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint. Young Tan-Tan is revelling in the costumed festivities when a crime committed by her own father lands them both in brutal New Half-Way Tree tree world. His only choice: to go to Tokyo in search of his father. Yet his search uncovers more questions than it answers — most pressingly, what exactly separates his dreams from his reality?
And what is the significance of the number nine? In this Hugo-nominated novel, a young man bears witness one day to a foot stone pillar appearing out of thin air. Wilson explores the thought-provoking impact of self-fulfilling prophecies, and just what causality means. Before Ready Player One , there was Otherland and its staggering vision of virtual reality. This epic science fiction series begins and ends in the Net and its Otherland, a mysterious golden city that steals and murders souls. The fate of those missing might just fall into the hands of Renie Sulaweyo,! Xabbu, Paul Jonas, fourteen-year-old Orlando, and Mister Sellars: a band of misfits who nevertheless may have to rise up to become heroes for a literally lost generation.
Though perhaps best known for inspiring the movie Arrival , this innovative anthology has much less to do with aliens than with us. People travel between the stars by zapping their minds into new bodies and the rich become immortal through a series of constant upgrades. Takeshi Kovacs is a former special forces soldier who has been hired by a wealthy man to investigate his own mysterious suicide. How can this be?
Thanks to the fact that his consciousness was backed up on the cloud or something , he remains alive but with no memory of how he died. Pretty freaky, right? Two lovers are separated in a world of mutant meerkats, decadent cities, and underworld labyrinths full of stitched-together monsters in this classic work of unclassifiable but brilliant literature from the author of the Southern Ranch trilogy.
In the world of Oryx and Crake , Earth has been wrecked by climate change and Snowman formerly known as Jimmy may be the last human alive. His journey to understand what happened brings one too many answers, revealing the horrifying dangers of genetic engineering and corporate power. Once again, Atwood demonstrates an uncanny knack for creating grimly powerful dystopias that strike a bit too close to home.
In the year , the Intersolar Commonwealth contains over six hundred worlds and many more inhabitants. Exploration of this sphere is made easy through the use of wormholes — until one day astronomer Dudley Bose observes a star vanishing entirely… and that one small revelation could spell doom for the entire galaxy.
As she works, she reminisces about her past experience at Hailsham, a boarding school in England: the school where she met her two lasting friends, Tommy and Ruth. Raz lives on the planet Arbre. He is part of a hermetic enclave dedicated to the pursuit and preservation of knowledge while the rest of society remains blissfully ignorant , Canticle for Leibowitz -style. Featuring detailed discussions of logic, mathematics and philosophy, Anathem is certainly one of the headier titles on this list.
Twelve districts. Twenty-four contestants. One survivor. Katniss Everdeen never wanted to get involved in the Games, but after her sister is randomly chosen, Katniss volunteers in her place — entering a battle for her own life. As he investigates the death of a student, he finds himself on the trail of a murderer which spans two cities… that happen to share the exactly same physical space. What Neuromancer did for cyberpunk, The Windup Girl does for a new subgenre based on the power and perils of bioengineering.
Science fiction meets traditional Caribbean storytelling in this bold debut novel from Karen Lord. Paama is a woman married to a wreck of a man: her husband Ansige is a foolish, bumbling glutton. But everything is thrown back into uncertainty again when Cheng Xin wakes up from hibernation.
An aerospace engineer from the 21st-century, she alone knows a secret from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis that could cause the universe to collapse once more. When botanist astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally abandoned on Mars, he must use his science brain to figure out how to survive long enough for a rescue party to arrive. Acclaimed for its humor and respect for actual science almost every detail of the story is scientifically accurate , the book has since become a blockbuster film starring Matt Damon. Meanwhile, fellow teenager Day is a criminal through and through.
In a twist on the typical post-apocalyptic fare, The Last Policeman presents a pre-apocalyptic universe: one in which the United States has six months until impact. While everything is going to pieces, Hank Palace may be the last policeman who cares about investigating a suspicious suicide. A loving homage to the ubiquitous red-shirt-wearing phaser fodder on Star Trek, this comic novel centers on Andrew, the newest crew member aboard a starship.
She used to be the Justice of Toren , a starship that served the leading empire in the galaxy. This mind-bending novel was such a game-changer that it won the science fiction triple crown in the year that it was published: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Arthur C. Wool was introduced readers to the Silo and its inhabitants, Shift told the story of the inhabitants lives and how the silos came to be, and Dust , the final novel in the Silo series is meant to detail the undoing of the silo society.
Juliette has explored the mysteries of the silos and is done being controlled. But she might be on her own, and the toxic world beyond the silos walls is only one of her worries — a poison has begun to grow within the walls of Silo 18 itself. Set in a somewhat familiar post-apocalyptic world, most of the population has been infected by a zombie fungus. Also adapted into a recent film, this book will appeal to fans of the video game The Last of Us which also happens to feature fungal zombies and a young, headstrong female protagonist.
Meet the world of Red Rising , where everything is color-coded, including society. Darrow is a Red, the lowest caste: he spends his days toiling in the mines so that Mars is habitable for future generations. But when he discovers that the surface of Mars is already inhabitable and that he and his fellow Reds have been duped, his desire for vengeance sends him to the Institute, the top training institution in the galaxy… and a death ground for anyone but Golds.
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This first entry in the Broken Earth series transformed Jemisin from a beloved genre darling into a breakout star of mainstream fiction. The narrative follows three female characters who belong to a class that has the power to influence earthquakes and volcanoes. Noted for its incredible characterization , The Fifth Season is a true modern masterpiece. This YA novel imagines a future world free of conflict: poverty, war, hunger, and even mortality have all been solved once and for all.
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Now, finally, she is on the edge of uncovering the truth — and potentially discovering that some truths are best left buried. In the world of Six Wakes , when you die, you come back as a cloned version of yourself, with all your memories intact. The streaks of blood adorning her cloning vat? What follows is a race against the clock to find the murderer… before they strike again. Native humans have integrated with the advanced aliens and signs of closer collaboration are beginning to show.
Yet everything suddenly hangs in the balance when Donovan Reyes, the son of the prestigious Prime Liaison, is captured by a rebel group. Or is something larger at play? The Fire Dance. Why had she refused to speak to Irene and the other case workers? Could an eleven-year-old—even one as disturbed and aloof as Sophie—truly be capable of setting her own house on fire?
Irene has a startling realization that could shed light on the case that has been lingering in the back of her mind since the beginning of her career. The Golden Calf. The Glass Devil. There they discover the body of the teacher in question, victim of a rifle shot to the head. When they visit his parents to break the news, they find the couple dead in their bed, each shot between the eyes. A swath of suspects arises as Irene investigates, but she has a hunch the answers to this case lie in England. The Torso. The chilling third installment in the critically acclaimed Detective Inspector Huss series A partial torso washes up on a Swedish beach, so mutilated that gender is only established through DNA testing.
But when people connected to Irene start turning up dead, she fears she might be next. Night Rounds. One nurse lies dead and another vanishes after a local hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen Nurse Tekla doing her rounds, but Nurse Tekla died sixty years ago. Irene Huss has the challenge of disentangling wandering ghosts and complex human relationships to get to the bottom of this intriguing case.
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