Detective and mystery stories

The Bug Funeral

By Sarah R. Shaber

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"Although there is a murder in Shaber's Bug Funeral, the bugs themselves aren't the victims. In the engaging series launched by Shaber's Malice-winning first novel, Simon Said, the author's amateur sleuth is a professor of history, particularly that of a relatively recent period. In each of the stories, Shaber has set her pleasant, somewhat bumbling and extremely likeable detective figuratively and often literally digging into a happening that could reveal its long-ago tale to him.

"But even Simon finds is very reluctant to be involved in the current cry for help from a woman sent to him by a professor friend - a man whose judgment has always seemed before to be excellent. The woman, who amazes Simon by turning out to be intelligent, sophisticated and very attractive woman indeed, confesses that she believes she has murdered an infant in a past life."

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Twenty-Seven Bones

By Jonathan Nasaw

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Former FBI Agent E.L. Pender's vacation in a tropical paradise is cut short when mutilated bodies begin to surface. Could these killings be connected to faith-driven fanaticism, or is this the work of a madman who is using the island's cultural folklore for his own deadly aims?

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Twenty Blue Devils

By Aaron Elkins

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"Our anthropologist/sleuth is called on to investigate the suspicious death of coffee plantation owner Brian Druett--on a plantation aptly named Paradise. But when he arrives, he is told that his services are no longer needed. Not one to be dissuaded, Oliver examines the skeleton, regardless. Yet the investigation yields more clues than answers. Who was Brian? And what was Brian? The deeper he probes, the more mysterious the tale. Now, Gideon must risk his life to find the evil that is poisoning Paradise."

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The Thai Amulet

By Lyn Hamilton

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Bangkok, a city of contradictions, where the heady scents of jasmine and frangipane hang in the stifling heat and golden-spired palaces overlook seedy strip clubs. Yet it never fails to inspire Lara's spirit of adventure, which is why she has agreed to search for a missing antiques dealer while on vacation. While questioning his friends and neighbors, Lara loses herself in the sights and sounds of Thailand -- from the bustling markets of Bangkok to the spiritual calm of a monks' temple in the northern city of Chiang Mai. What Lara uncovers reveals a deadly conspiracy from the not-so-distant past and a family tragedy -- played out right before her unseeing eyes.
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The Last Kashmiri Rose

By Barbara Cleverly

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Commander Joe Sandilands, a Scotland Yarder completing a stint with the Bengal Police, is on his way back home when the provincial governor asks him to look into the recent death-by-suicide of an army officer's young wife. Nancy Drummond, a close friend of the dead woman, reveals that four other officers wives have also died apparently by accident or misadventure over a period of 12 years, all in the month of March.
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The Flaming Luau of Death

By Jerrilyn Farmer

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When Madeline Bean throws the hippest bachelorette luau ever--with a suspiciously laid-back beach boy, a murderer in their midst, and a freaking volcano eruption--it looks like anything but happily ever after.

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Suspicion of Madness

By Barbara Parker

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"For attorneys Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana, spending a couple of days in a private villa on a secluded island in the Florida Keys seems almost too good to be true. The innocent cliche hits home with a vengeance when a dangerously unbalanced former client of Anthony's is suspected of a local murder, and then attempts suicide. As an idyllic vacation turns into an escalating nightmare of terror and death, Gail and Anthony find themselves isolated among the strange and secretive islanders as a late tropical storm threatens to unleash its fury on them all. Somehow, they must hang on to their sanity and use every weapon at their disposal to outwit a wily criminal bent on plunging them into a world of deepening madness."
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Southwesterly Wind

By Luis Alfredo Garcia-Roza

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Chief of Copacabana precinct Espinosa is more than happy to interrupt his paperwork when a terrified young man arrives at the station with a bizarre story. A psychic has predicted that he would commit a murder, it seems, and the prediction has become fact in the young man's mind. It's a case more appropriate for a psychiatrist or philosopher, but, rising to the challenge, Espinosa slowly enters the web of a psychologically conflicted man. As the weather shifts and the southwesterly wind -- always a sign of dramatic change -- starts up, what at first seems like paranoia becomes brutal reality. Two violent murders occur, and their only link is the lonely, clever man who had sought Espinosa out a few days earlier for help.
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Shark River

By Randy Wayne White

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On a working vacation to Guava Key, marine biologist Doc Ford notices two women joggers who follow the same route at the same time every day. He can't help thinking how easy it would be for a predator to become aware of them, too. As it turns out, he isn't the only one. Forced to step in, Ford finds himself involved in a story of intrigue and revenge that becomes more dangerous with each turn it takes.

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Resort to Murder

By Carolyn Hart

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Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins no longer chases hot stories around the globe, but murder mysteries still seem to find her. This time, Henrie O accompanies her grandchildren to Bermuda for the remarriage of their father to a wealthy widow. There she sees a ghost at the top of a tower from which a man had fallen to his death the year before. But who needs a ghost when you've got two fresh dead bodies, thanks to a killer stalking the luxurious resort?

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