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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Self Defense Against the Psychopath , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Self Defense Against the Psychopath. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Anna Ling rated it it was ok Jul 22, Becca rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Walt Moseley rated it liked it May 20, Pamela Tatge rated it really liked it Feb 05, Lindsay marked it as to-read Jul 26, Carmen Mooney marked it as to-read Nov 14, Brought up in a secularized Jewish household on Manhattan's upper Eastside, Nancy Green knows suspiciously little about her parents' past.
She knows they were World War II Jewish refugees who were able to escape Germany with precious family heirlooms that are constant reminders of a lost life and world Nancy knows very little about. An Air Force loadmaster, an artist , a hard-partying undergraduate, and a hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers; each summoned in different ways by trees, are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.
The earth does not get fat , Julia Prendergast. Chelsea doesn't attend school much any more. She is carer for her mother who is sinking further into depression after a trauma, and her Grandad who has slipped into full-blown dementia. Her father is long gone; others are shadowy memories; intangible like dreams.
Barely known ghosts make for strange company. There are two sides to every love story. Theo Montgomery grew up in a rich family where he had all the toys and trinkets money could buy. But his childhood was full of neglect and he was bullied at school. Now he is an adult, he longs to find a soulmate. Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life; except when there's a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college.
New York City was once Nora's dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbour, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Overland , Graham Rawle. Overland is set in California, in ; or at least, a version of Because everything about Burbank in this novel is both utterly familiar and disquietingly strange. George Godfrey has been hired by the US army to make a factory disappear.
A Hollywood set-builder, his talents are required by the war effort to hide Burbank's vastaircraft plant from Japanese reconnaissance planes. The lost flowers of Alice Hart , Holly Ringland. Alice Hart lives in isolation by the sea, where her mother's enchanting flowers and their hidden messages shelter her from the dark moods of her father. When tragedy changes her life irrevocably, 9-year-old Alice goes to live with the grandmother she never knew existed, on a native flower farm that gives refuge to women who, like Alice, are lost or broken.
I The fish girl , Mirandi Riwoe. The Fish Girl tells of an Indonesian girl whose life is changed irrevocably when she moves from a small fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant. There she finds both hardship and tenderness as her traditional past and colonial present collide. The unexpected education of Emily Dean , Mira Robertson. At the family property, Mount Prospect, Grandmother is determined to keep up standards despite the effects of the war. Meanwhile Della, the bible- quoting cook, rules the kitchen with religious fervour, while Great-Uncle Cecil has plans to shoot the women if the Japs invade, it's known as mercy killing, Miss Julia inherits a mess , Ann B.
When Miss Julia hears that Miss Mattie Freeman has taken a fall and is in the hospital, she wishes she'd spent more time getting to know the woman—and not just because she's last to hear about the accident! So when the tumble proves fatal, the last thing Miss Julia expects is a phone call from Ernest Sitton, Attorney at Law. Miss Julia raises the roof , Ann B. With her husband Sam off on a trip to Europe, Miss Julia reckons it's about time to roll up her sleeves and be of some use to her community. It's then that she hears that the nosy do-gooder Madge Taylor and the new pastor Rucker are embarking on a mission to buy up the vacant house next door to Hazel Marie and establish a group home for wayward teenagers.
Frankenstein in Baghdad , Ahmed Saadawi. From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, the scavenger Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and give them a proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed.
Memento Park , Mark Sarvas. After receiving an unexpected call from the Australian consulate, Matt Santos becomes aware of a painting that he believes was looted from his family in Hungary during the Second World War. To recover the painting, he must repair his strained relationship with his harshly judgmental father, uncover his family history, and restore his connection to his own Judaism. Pure Hollywood and other stories , Christine Schutt. In one eponymous novella and ten stories, Pure Hollywood brings us into private worlds of corrupt familial love, intimacy, longing, and danger.
Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed. Portraits of a few of the people I've made cry: The ten stories in this striking debut collection examine the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves, almost unthinkingly, to strangers. Risks and repercussions are never fully weighed.
People leap and almost always land on rocky ground. The dictionary of animal languages , Heidi Sopinka. Born into a wealthy family in northern England and sent to boarding school to be educated by nuns, Ivory Frame rebels. She escapes to inter-war Paris, where she finds herself through art, and falls in with the most brilliantly bohemian set: The lucky galah , Tracy Sorensen.
It's and a remote coastal town in Western Australia is poised to play a pivotal part in the moon landing. Perched on the red dunes of its outskirts looms the great Dish: Radar technician Evan Johnson and his colleagues stare, transfixed, at the moving images on the console; although his glossy young wife, Linda, seems distracted. Accidental heroes , Danielle Steel. Airport, a routine plane departs for San Francisco. At a security checkpoint, Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous message.
Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean? In the autumn of , Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she's married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy.
But one phone call changes her life forever. What lies within , Annabelle Thorpe. Freya, Paul and Hamad. Three friends from two different worlds; a seemingly unshakeable bond, suddenly under threat. The trio have stayed close since university despite Freya and Paul's marriage and Hamad's wealthy lifestyle so different from their own. Then an incredible job offer from Hamad sees Paul and Freya move to Morocco. Marrakech soon proves a perplexing place to live. The end of loneliness , Benedict Wells. When their idyllic childhood is shattered by the sudden death of their parents, siblings Marty, Liz and Jules are sent to a bleak state boarding school.
Once there, the orphans' lives change tracks: Marty throws himself into academic life; Liz is drawn to dark forms of escapism; and Jules transforms from a vivacious child to a withdrawn teenager. Rosie coloured glasses , Brianna Wolfson. Just as opposites attract, they can also cause friction, and no one feels that friction more than Rex and Rosie's daughter, Willow.
Rex is serious and unsentimental and tapes checklists of chores on Willow's bedroom door. Rosie is sparkling and enchanting and meets Willow in their treehouse in the middle of the night to feast on candy. Upstate , James Wood. Alan Querry, a successful property developer from the north of England, has two daughters: Vanessa, a philosopher who lives and teaches in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Helen, a record company executive based in London.
The sisters never quite recovered from their parents' bitter divorce and the early death of their mother. The sing of the shore , Lucy Wood. An uncanny, startlingly beautiful story collection steeped in the Cornish landscape, from the award-winning author of Diving Belles and Other Stories and Weathering. At the very edge of England, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the land and visitors flock in with the summer like seagulls, there is a Cornwall that is not shown on postcards.
The dinner guest , Gabriela Ybarra. In , three terrorists broke into Gabriela Ybarra's grandfather's home, and pointed a gun at him in the shower. This was the last time his family saw him alive, and his kidnapping played out in the press, culminating in his murder. The warriors , Sol Yurick. On the 4th of July, a sweltering summer s night, , New York gang members gather in the Bronx as Cyrus, leader of the city s most powerful gang, proposes that they form an invincible army. Part 3, Stardust crusaders.
The Black Monday murders. When five deep-time explorers find themselves stranded in the distant past of , they're forced to adapt to a primitive world; then a rift in space-time starts spitting out dinosaurs, giant robots, and other strange phenomena, and they must defend the twenty-first century from the terrors of the timestream.
Internationally bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger and her husband, graphic artist Eddie Campbell, collaborate on this quirky, irreverent collection that celebrates and satirises love of all kinds. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer's block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn't seen since his childhood. Jim Butcher's The Dresden files. Harry Dresden is a man on the edge, and that is something that can be dangerous to friend and foe alike.
He's been drafted by a senior member of the White Council of Wizards to investigate a series of murders in rural Mississippi. As always, there's more afoot than is immediately apparent. Aihara Yuzu, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends, and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom's remarriage, Yuzu has transferred to a new, all-girls school that is extremely strict. Her real education is about to begin.
Typing up positive-thought messages for a self-help guru isn't exactly Daphne's idea of dream job. But to regain custody of her nine-year-old son, she's willing to try. A few weeks later, when that same self-help guru asks her to take care of endangered parrots, Daphne is willing to try that too. The Falcon of Palermo opens with the nations of modern Europe just beginning to take shape, while the papacy clings to its temporal power. Into this era of shifting borders and alliances steps a leader who will become legendary, the brilliant maverick, Frederick II.
With her marriage prospects ruined in the wake of her father's financial decline, teenage Varina Howell decides her best option is to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. Impossible saints , Clarissa Harwood. Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris's orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection.
Lilia wants to change women's lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. A love woven true , Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. Jasmine Houston, a widow with a young son, agrees to harbor former slaves at her horse farm outside of Lowell, even though her father, a plantation owner, supports slavery. When a boardinghouse keeper unwittingly becomes involved with a traveling peddler who sells something infinitely more valuable than shoes, Jasmine is devastated to discover that her son and the former slaves have been kidnapped.
A tapestry of hope , Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. Tapestry of Hope weaves together the heartrending and hope-building stories of two young women. Jasmine Wainwright is the sheltered daughter of a Mississippi plantation owner. When her father strikes a deal to sell his cotton to Lowell mills through businessman Bradley Houston, he throws an arranged marriage with Jasmine into the bargain.
The pattern of her heart , Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. When tragedy strikes, Jasmine Houston must uproot her family from the Northern mill town of Lowell and take over her family's Southern plantation. Tensions are high, and the lives of the slaves they've promised to protect hang in the balance. The throne of Caesar , Steven Saylor. Julius Caesar has been appointed Dictator for life by the Roman Senate. Having pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends, Caesar is now preparing to leave Rome with his army to fight the Parthian Empire.
Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has finally retired. Master Hugh, Kate and their children attend the Midsummer's Eve fire. Early next morning, Hugh hears the passing bell ring from the Church of St. Beornwald, and moments later is summoned. Tenants collecting the ashes to spread upon their fields have found burned bones.
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Travel is safer than in times hence but, out of sight of prying eyes; it is still unwise to travel alone. Hugh finds a body, stabbed and left to rot, but it is not the body he was expecting to find. King Charles of France has announced that he is confiscating Aquitaine, and Prince Edward has sent for knights and men at arms from England to assist him in opposing the French king. Lord Gilbert Talbot is required to provide five knights, twelve squires, and twenty archers and men at arms, and wishes his surgeon Hugh de Singleton to travel with the party, while Hugh's wife Kate will oversee the castle.
Master Hugh is making his way towards Oxford when he discovers the young Benedictine, a fresh body, barefoot, not half a mile from the nearby abbey. The abbey's novice master confirms the boy's identity: John, one of three novices. But he had gone missing four days previously, and his corpse is fresh. After the End of the World by Jonathan L. Howard brings the H. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century. In this world, the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. You see, every so often Carol descends into a death-like coma that she calls the Black Place.
For two to four days her heartbeat slows way down, her breathing all but stops, and to the eyes of all she would appear dead as a doornail. Only two people know of her condition: Rawblood , Catriona Ward. She comes in the night. She looks into your eyes. One by one, she has taken us all. For generations they have died young.
Now Iris and her father are the last of the Villarca line. Their disease confines them to a lonely mansion on Dartmoor; their disease means they must die alone. But Iris breaks her promise to hide from the world. She dares to fall in love. In the shadow of Agatha Christie: This new anthology brings the female crime writers who inspired Agatha Christie out of her shadow and back into the spotlight they deserve. When Casey first arrived at the off-the-grid town, an isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect, with no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval.
She certainly didn't expect to be the homicide detective on two separate cases or to begin a romantic relationship with her boss. When Army Ranger Quinn Colson, the new sheriff of Tebbehah County, is called out to investigate a child abuse case, what he finds is a horrifying scene of neglect, thirteen empty cribs, and a shoe box full of money. Janet and Ramon Torres seem to have skipped town, but Colson's sure they'll come back for the cash.
Meanwhile, Colson's sister has returned; clean and sober for good she says. The ranger , Ace Atkins. Northeast Mississippi is hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as they were in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, just back from a tour of Afghanistan, it's home. But home has changed. Quinn returns to a place overrun by corruption. The importance of being urnest , Sandra Balzo. The choice of an antique silver coffee urn as the final resting place for elderly Celeste Bouchard's ashes might seem a cruel joke.
After all, the wealthy boutique owner was taken ill and died while daughter Hannah was off having lattes at Uncommon Grounds. Consent , Leo Benedictus. This book is an experiment. You are part of the experiment, if you'll agree to it. Normally I don't let my subjects choose to be subjects. If you know you're being watched, you cease to be you. But I want you to read this. I wrote it for you. This magnetic book pulls you in its wake even as you resist its force. Sometimes you don't want to know what's next.
Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport.
The craftsman , Sharon Bolton. Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried alive. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play? Black dog , Stephen Booth. It's been a long, hot summer in the Peak District national park. But summer comes to an end when the body of missing teenager Laura Vernon is found.
For young police detective Ben Cooper, the work has just begun. His community is hiding a girl's killer, and a past as dark as the Derbyshire night. It seems Laura was the keeper of secrets beyond her years and, in a case where no-one is innocent, everyone is a suspect. Top hard , Stephen Booth. As he watches criminals target a French lorry in an A1 layby, Stones McClure thinks his plans might actually come together for once.
He's looking forward to a life full of everything he could possibly want. Money, cars, a pair of fancy cowboy boots; who could ask for more? But things aren't always what they seem. The disappeared , C. Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Time is a killer , Michel Bussi. It is summer and fifteen-year-old Clotilde is on holiday with her parents in Corsica.
On a twisty mountain road, their car comes off at a curve and plunges into a ravine. Twenty-seven years later, she returns to Corsica with her husband and their sulky teenage daughter. Bad seed , Alan Carter. When wealthy property developer Francis Tan and his family are found slain in their mansion, Cato Kwong is forced to recall a personal history that makes his investigation doubly painful.
The killer is elusive and brutal, and the investigation takes Cato to Shanghai. In a world of spoilt rich kids and cyber dragons, Cato is about to discover a whole lot more about the Chinese acquisition of Australian land about those who play the game and those who die trying. Date with mystery , Julia Chapman. The Dales Detective Agency,s latest assignment appears to be an open and shut case.
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Hired by a local solicitor to find a death certificate for a young woman who died over twenty years ago, Samson O'Brien is about to find out that things in Bruncliffe are rarely that straightforward. The complete Father Brown stories , G. Shabby and lumbering, with a face like a Norfolk dumpling, Father Brown makes for an improbable super-sleuth. But his innocence is the secret of his success: I've got my eyes on you , Mary Higgins Clark. After throwing a party when her parents were away, year-old Kerry Dowling is discovered lifeless at the bottom of the family pool.
The police immediately question Kerry's boyfriend, who, despite proclaiming his love for her, was seen arguing with Kerry that night. As neighbors and classmates grieve the loss of their friend, Kerry's year-old sister Aline, a guidance counselor, searches for answers. Hangman , Daniel Cole. In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word 'puppet', forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis.
Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. The woman in the woods , John Connolly. It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher.
The sixth day , Catherine Coulter and J.
When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear; these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate. The cutting edge , Jeffery Deaver. William and Anna went to collect her engagement ring. But the Promisor had other ideas for their future.
Their murder; and that of the diamond cutter they were visiting, is only the first of a series of macabre attacks. Someone is targeting couples just as they start their lives together. Ruso and Tilla investigate the death of the wife of Ruso's friend in the sacred hot spring of Aquae Sulis. Nate McHale has assembled the kind of life most people would envy. After a tumultuous youth marked by his inexplicable survival of a devastating tragedy, Nate left his Adirondack hometown of Greystone Lake and never looked back.
Fourteen years later, he's become a respected New York City surgeon, devoted husband, and loving father.
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X Marks the Scot , Kaitlyn Dunnett. While perusing auction items from the Chadwick estate, Liss purchases a painting of a bagpiper to add to her collection. Her interest shifts from art to sleuthing upon a strange discovery; what appears to be a treasure map tucked behind the canvas. She's even more intrigued when she links the scroll to an early Chadwick who smuggled goods across the Canadian border.
Splinter in the blood , Ashley Dyer. Sergeant Ruth Lake and DCI Greg Carver are on the hunt for a serial killer who carefully poses his victims and covers every inch of their bodies in intricate, cryptic tattoos. Dubbed the 'Thorn Killer', by the media, the killer uses a primitive and excruciatingly painful thorn method to etch his victims. After many months, a breakthrough feels imminent. Blind defence , John Fairfax.
Diane Heybridge was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Her callous, jilted partner Brent Stainsby stands accused of her murder and he's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him.
However, as the trial unfolds it soon becomes clear that there is far more to Diane Heybridge than meets the eye. The woman in the water , Charles Finch. A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective; without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all.
But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime, and promising to kill again, Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. The punishment she deserves , Elizabeth George. When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: Panic room , Robert Goddard.
High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable, and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn't know it's there. The other mother , Carol Goodman. Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up to the home of Daphne's new employer, tucked in the Catskills; the lush landscaping hides the view of a mental asylum.
Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away after Daphne was diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder. A dangerous game , Heather Graham. Wrapping up a normal day at the office, criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan is accosted by a desperate woman who shoves an infant into her arms and then flees, only to be murdered minutes later on a busy Manhattan street.
Who was the woman? Where did the baby come from? Only the dead can tell , Alex Gray. When Dorothy Guildford is found stabbed to death in her leafy suburban home, all signs point to the husband. But forensic pathologist Doctor Rosie Fergusson is convinced there's more to this case than meets the eye. In the latest series outing, The Knowledge, the Scotland Yard detective nearly meets his match in a Baker Street Irregulars-like gang of kids and a homicide case that reaches into east Africa. Robbie Parsons is one of London's finest, a black cab driver who knows every street, every theater, every landmark in the city by heart.
The affliction , Beth Gutcheon. At a reception for the faculty and trustees to welcome Maggie Detweiler's team, no one seems keener for all to go well than Florence Meagher, a star teacher who is loved and respected in spite of her affliction that she can never stop talking. Two days later, Florence's body is found in the campus swimming pool. Maggie obviously knows schools, but she also knows something about investigating murder. When British spymaster Sir John Oldmixton offers Benjamin January a hundred dollars to find the murderer of an Englishman whose body has been found floating in the New Basin Canal, Benjamin turns him down immediately.
As a free man of colour in New Orleans in the sweltering July of , he knows this is not something he should get mixed up in. The perfect girlfriend , Karen Hamilton. She will follow him anywhere. She's even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she'll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. The lost , Mari Hannah. Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared. Stone has returned to his roots with fifteen years' experience in the Met, whereas Oliver is local, a third generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that's holding her back.
Come and find me , Sarah Hilary. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention. DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She's finding it hard to give up her own addiction to a dangerous man: She wasn't able to save her parents from Stephen. Glamorous international art-dealer Elizabeth Teerlinc knows a thing or two about fakes. After all, she is one herself. Her real identity, Judith Rashleigh, is buried under a layer of lies. Not to mention the corpses of the men foolish enough to get in her way.
The liar's girl , Catherine Ryan Howard. Her first love confessed to five murders. But the truth was so much worse. Dublin's notorious Canal Killer is ten years into his life sentence when the body of a young woman is fished out of the Grand Canal. Though detectives suspect a copy-cat is emulating the crimes Will Hurley confessed to as a teen, they must turn to Ireland's most prolific serial killer for help. A lady in shadows: On June 2nd, , in the wake of President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot's assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Varbourg.
Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. The lost ones , Sheena Kamal. It begins with a phone call that Nora Watts has dreaded for fifteen years, since the day she gave her newborn daughter up for adoption.
The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren't looking, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope. Fearless , Jessie Keane. Josh Flynn is the king of the bare-knuckle gypsy fighters. His reputation is un-blemished; his fist a deadly weapon. Claire Milo has always loved Josh, they were destined to be together from the day they met. Two gypsy lovers with their whole lives ahead of them.
If only Josh would find a different way of earning a living instead of knocking the living daylights out of another man in the boxing ring. The social affair , Britney King. A timeless, perfect couple waltzes into the small coffee shop where Izzy Lewis works. Instantly enamored, she does what she always does in situations like these: Just like that, with the tap of a screen, she's given a front row seat to the Dunns' picturesque life.
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This time, she's certain she's found what she's been searching for. Babylon Berlin , Volker Kutscher. Gereon Rath is new in town and new to the police department. When a dead man without an identity, bearing traces of atrocious torture, is discovered, Rath sees a chance to find his way back into the homicide division. He discovers a connection with a circle of oppositional exiled Russians who try to purchase arms with smuggled gold in order to prepare a coup d'Etat.
Widows , Lynda La Plante. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband Harry's bank deposit box, containing a gun, money, and detailed plans for the hijack, she realises that she only has three options. Jackrabbit smile , Joe R. Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair; Hap, a self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough-as-nails black gay Vietnam vet and Republican, but they're the closest friend either of them has in the world.
Hap is celebrating his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. The temptation of forgiveness , Donna Leon. When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible.
But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonja is struggling to provide for herself and win sole custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world.
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays, drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. A son tries to solve the mystery of his father's death - a man who tried but could not forget a troubled past in his native Lebanon.
Mike Hodge; veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry, probably shouldn't have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge. Taken for dead , Graham Masterton.
It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork, and an Irish wedding is in full swing. Drunk uncles are toasting the bride. The Ceilidh band have played for hours. No one could predict that the cutting of the cake would bring this wedding to a horrifying end. The severed head of Micky Crounan, local baker, is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake. A murder in time: Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded.
The other couple , Sarah J. Asha wakes up in a Vietnamese hospital; she has been left for dead on the holiday of a lifetime after a night-time swim in the picturesque So Den caves. We flashback to her fairytale wedding with Ollie, where a mystery guest puts in motion a chain of events that will lead to murder. Unable to come to terms with the police's version of events, Asha returns to the scene of the crime. Macbeth , Jo Nesbo. A retelling of Macbeth as a gritty crime thriller. He's the best cop they've got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it's up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess.
He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He's rewarded for his success. They're all within reach. But a man like him won't get to the top. Wanted for murder, former marine and disgraced ex-cop Steve Flynn finds himself on the run, alone and without resources, driven only by a burning desire to avenge himself on the men who murdered his girlfriend. Flynn is a force to be reckoned with but he's up against a powerful and ruthless enemy in Viktor Bashkim, head of a violent mafia gang with a disturbingly long reach.
The one who knows the secrets is the one who holds the power. Officer Rory Yates is called home to settle deadly scores. Rory Yates's skill and commitment to the badge have seen him rise through the ranks in the Texas Ranger division, but it came at a cost; his marriage. When he receives a worrying phone call from his ex-wife, Anne, Rory speeds to what used to be their marital home.
King Zeno , Nathaniel Rich. New Orleans, a century ago: Downtown, a new American music is born. In Storyville, prostitution is outlawed and the police retake the streets with maximum violence. In the Ninth Ward, laborers break ground on a gigantic canal that will split the city, a work of staggering human ingenuity intended to restore New Orleans's faded mercantile glory. Rip crew , Sebastian Rotella. Valentine Pescatore, the globetrotting former Border Patrol agent, finds himself back on American soil investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room.
At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only one who lived. After Anna , Lisa Scottoline. Nobody cuts deeper than family.
Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn't seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she's even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.
Everywhere that Mary went: Mary DiNunzio has been slaving away for the past eight years trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls she's been getting, until they fall into a sinister pattern. The phone rings as soon as she gets to work, then as soon as she gets home. Mary can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her, following her every move.
Benedetta "Bennie" Rosato is a maverick lawyer who prosecutes police misconduct and excessive-force cases, and business at her firm has never been better.
Then, without warning, a savage murder tears the firm apart. All evidence points to Bennie, who has motive aplenty and an unconfirmable alibi. On the day Nora discovered that her husband, Hugh, had gotten another woman pregnant, she made a vow: I will come back to life no matter how long it takes. It's taken Nora three years. With the help of her best friend, she fled New York City for a small resort town, snagged a job as the advice columnist for the local paper, and is cautiously letting a new man into her life.
Lost books and old bones , Paige Shelton. Delaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at the Cracked Spine in the heart of town. The shop is a place filled with curiosities and surprises tucked into every shelf, and it's Delaney's job to research the rare tomes and obscure artifacts that people come to buy and sell.
The broken girls , Simone St. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants: It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town of Barrons, there are rumours that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, until one of them mysteriously disappears. The Fire Court , Andrew Taylor. Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground. The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread.
Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. Hours after his sister's wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.
She swears she didn't kill Stephen Wentworth. A different kind of evil: Two months after the events of A Talent for Murder, during which Agatha Christie "disappeared," the famed mystery writer's remarkable talent for detection has captured the attention of British Special Agent Davison. Now, at his behest, she is traveling to the beautiful Canary Islands to investigate the strange and gruesome death of Douglas Greene, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service.
Mister Tender's girl , Carter Wilson. At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn't exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice's own father in a series of popular graphic novels. Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. To die but once: With Britons facing what has become known as the Bore War; nothing much seems to have happened yet, Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract.
Miss Blaine's prefect and the golden samovar , Olga Wojtas. Fifty-something Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name. Impeccably educated and an accomplished martial artist, linguist and musician, Shona is thrilled when selected by Marcia Blaine herself to travel back in time for a one-week mission in 19th century Russia.
To speak of the home fires burning: Dancing in circles , Stacey Broadbent. Maddison Lee, is in training. The National Salsa Championships, are coming up, and Maddi, with partner Dane, have to defend their title. The competition this year will be fierce, especially where Sacha, Dane's ex, is concerned. She and Jessie missed out last year and will to do whatever it takes to win this time. Even if it means the end of Maddi and Dane. But will he let her walk away? He's lost his wife, his job, and his mana. He really couldn't get used to it. Traipsing around after unfaithful wives and little old ladies' lost dogs?
Was this the future for Carlos Wallace? And what of the beautiful matakite? Wasn't it a sin to fall in love with your cousin? Carlos has spent thirteen years living in Australia, eight of them as a serving officer with the New South Wales Police.
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But when he kills a man in the line of duty, Carlos' life begins to unravel. This is a novel written as a personal diary of her grandmother, Charlotte Louise Gatland. For want of a shilling , Paul W. The mysterious Russian invasion hoax that shook colonial New Zealand. New Zealand, January In a sparsely populated coastal community on Wellington's south coast, the peaceful lives of Owhiro Bay residents were shattered with the discovery of two brutal and senseless murders. The breath of God , Paul W. Believing God speaks to him through the archangel Gabriel, and anointed with powers, Te Ua unites his people through a common cause.
In early 's New Zealand, the beautiful region of Taranaki is engulfed in a brutal land war. Boundary , Paul W. July , without the knowledge of the English Government, the ship Tory, stealthily departed Plymouth, determined to reach New Zealand with the utmost speed. The objective, to purchase millions of acres of lands at the lowest possible price and then build the perfect society. The New Zealand Company called the first settlement Britannia, a civilization without the shortcomings and failings of a troubled English culture. Mazarine , Charlotte Grimshaw.
When her daughter vanishes during a heatwave in Europe, writer Frances Sinclair embarks on a hunt that takes her across continents and into her own past. What clues can Frances find in her own history, and who is the mysterious Mazarine? The only secret left to keep , Katherine Hayton. Detective Ngaire Blakes is back on the case when a skeletonized murder victim is discovered - a crime that took place during the Springbok Tours of A period that pitted father against son, town against city, and police against protestors.
Beneath the Kauri tree , Sarah Lark. As the nineteenth century draws to a close, the struggle for women's suffrage has finally reached New Zealand. But when the tide of change rolls in, it threatens to engulf two young women from very different backgrounds, who are coming of age amid the tumult. Money in the morgue: It's business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular round delivering wages to government buildings scattered across New Zealand's lonely Canterbury plains.
All this by chance , Vincent O'Sullivan. Esther's grandparents first meet at a church dance in London in Stephen, a shy young Kiwi, has left to practise pharmacy on the other side of the world. Eva has grown up English, with no memory of the Jewish family who sent their little girl to safety.