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Great Mystery Reads
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1st in Agatha Raisin series)
In order to introduce herself to the picturesque English village where she has just retired, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local competition and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies from her poisonous pie.
Death of a Gossip (1st in Hamish Macbeth series)
Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is called in to investigate the death of the unpopular Lady Jane, a malicious gossip and student at the Lochdubh School of Casting, Salmon and Trout Fishing, set in the Scottish Highlands.
The Woman in White
A drawing master's moonlight encounter with an ethereal, if forlorn, woman leads to sensational events in Victorian England.
Postmortem (1st in Kay Scarpetta series)
Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is introduced in this story of a psychopath who is brutally murdering women. Scarpetta must find out why--before she becomes the next victim.
The Devil's Teardrop: a Novel of the Last Night of the Century
An emotionless assassin programmed to wreak havoc on Washington, D.C. at four-hour intervals until midnight on New Year's Eve, 1999, is pursued by retired FBI agent and top forensic document examiner in the country, Parker Kincaid
One for the Money (1st in Stephanie Plum series)
Out of work and out of money, Stephanie Plum becomes a bounty hunter. Her first assignment is to track down a former vice cop on the run for murder.
A Great Deliverance (1st in Lynley/Havers series)
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is getting a final chance for a promotion. Because of her abrasive personality, she's been unable to work with any of the detectives at Scotland Yard. Assigned to work with Inspector Thomas Lynley, whom she despises because of his privileged upbringing, the two head to Yorkshire to investigate the murder of a man by his daughter. She was found sitting by her decapitated father and would only say "I did it. And I'm not sorry", and she has refused to say another word. The townspeople believe she is innocent, and Lynley and Havers learn to work together as they solve the case.
A Is For Alibi (1st in Kinsey Millhone series)
When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. A prominent divorce attorney with a reputation for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his clients, Fife was also rumored to be a dedicated philanderer. Plenty of people in the picturesque southern California town of Santa Teresa had a reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access, and opportunity, Nikki was their number-one suspect. The jury thought so, too.
Eight years later and out on parole, Niki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her late husband.
A Thief of Time
Professor Friedman-Bernal's specialty is Anasazi pottery and, just as she is about to identify an artist who lived over a thousand years ago, she vanishes from her dig site. Officers Chee and Leaphorn search for her, especially after colleagues accuse her of stealing artifacts. But is it Eleanor, or others, who are "thieves of time?"
Cover Her Face (1st in Adam Dalgleish series)
Sally Jupp, a young, unwed mother, is strangled in a room belonging to a family of excellent reputation. Adam Dalgleish is called in to investigate and finds a tangle of motives and cover-ups. But the darkest secrets went to the grave with Sally and Adam must uncover all of them to before he discovers her killer.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Cordelia's private investigator partner has killed himself and she must take over the business. Mr. Callender wants to know why his son hung himself, and Cordelia must uncover the truth.
When the Bough Breaks (1st in Alex Delaware series)
A psychiatrist known for practicing fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation is murdered. The only witness is a seven-year-old named Melody whose memory is blocked. Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware must help Melody remember. Alex is shocked to discover that the mystery involves his own past and that only he can prevent little Melody from becoming the next murder victim.
Billy Wiles is a solitary, haunted man who has lost everything he had to live for. He lives in his southern California hometown, tends bar, and minds his own business. Then he finds a mysterious note on his car's windshield that gives him a frightening ultimatum: if he goes to the police an elderly woman will be murdered; if he doesn't, a young schoolteacher will die. Billy unofficially takes the note to his friend, sheriff Lanny Olson, who dismisses it as a bad joke. A murder proves Olson wrong, and soon Billy is confronted with another note, and another impossible choice.
Mallory's Oracle (1st in Kathleen Mallory series)
Found on the streets of New York by cop Louis Markowitz, Kathleen is an untamed street child eating garbage and surviving by whatever means necessary. Though Louis and his wife Helen envelop her in love, the street smarts Kathleen learned as a child stay with her as she grows up and becomes a cop like Louis. She doesn't walk a beat, instead she works electronically, gathering information and protecting the city from computer criminals. When Louis is killed by a serial killer, Kathleen returns to the streets to find his murderer.
Along Came a Spider (1st in Alex Cross series)
Dr. Alex Cross has been asked to work on the case of a Senator's young daughter who was kidnapped from her exclusive Washington, D.C. school. It's up to Alex and a beautiful Secret Service agent to profile the kidnapper and find the girl. This book was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Deja Dead (1st in Temperance Brennan series)
Dr. Temperance Brennan is the director of forensic anthropology in Montreal whose investigation of a dismembered body stored neatly in plastic bags connects in the doctor's mind with a similar case in her lab less than a year ago. Convinced that the two cases are linked, Brennan must use all her skills to convince the police and stop the killer before he strikes again. When a grinning skull is planted in her garden, Brennan's investigation turns personal and dangerous.
Rules of Prey (1st in Prey series)
Louis "Maddog" Vullion is a young attorney . . . and a murderer. He kills for the sheer contest, playing an elaborate game for which he has written terrifying rules. Police Lt. Lucas Davenport, a brilliant games inventor, is going to have to outmaneuver the killer's clever plan--to beat the mad dog at his own deadly craft.
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