Detective and mystery stories

Bride & Groom: A Dog-Lovers' Mystery

By Susan Conant

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Dog trainer Holly Winter and her veterinarian are about to join hands. Unfortunately a new string of murders has caught Holly's attention--and she can't help but take it personally when she notices a pattern emerging: female dog lovers seem to be the victims of choice. Now, the killer has promised a next victim and Holly fears it'll be her. How can she stop him from killing again? If she wants to make it to her wedding day, she'd better get a clue.
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A Groom with a View

By Jill Churchill

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Jane Jeffry and her best friend Shelley are being paid to plan a wedding in a remote, rundown monastery-turned-hunt club. But as they rush to transform the musty, moosehead-lined halls into a matrimonial wonderland, one almost-participant takes a suspicious slippery tumble to a very sudden death.

The mousy bride-to-be's pushy papa insists that the marriage show must go on, despite Jane's nagging near certainty that the victim was unceremoniously "helped" down the stairs. And now Jane's going to have to come up with a murderer and a motive, even as the first strains of the bridal march begin.

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A Catered Wedding: A Mystery with Recipes

By Isis Crawford

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When the bride-to-be takes an arrow to the chest and drops dead hours before her wedding, caterers--and sisters--Libby and Bernadette have more on their minds than pouring Cristal and cutting up wedding cake: They've got an archery-inclined killer to find.
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'Til Death Do Us Part

By Kate White

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When two of Peyton Cross' bridesmaids die in freak accidents, the third turns for help to Bailey Weggins, true crime writer, sometime-sleuth, and Peyton's former college roommate. A dangerous trail of clues leads Bailey from the elegant suburbs of Connecticut to New York's Lower East Side to a fabulous oceanfront hotel room in Miami.

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Walter's Purple Heart

By Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Michael Steeb is an aimless twenty-one-year-old pot farmer living a day-to-day existence in an unfinished farmhouse in central California in the 1980s. He has no real plans or interests--until the day he connects with the memories of a life that seems to belong to someone else, that of a young American soldier killed in World War II.
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Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic

By Bill Richardson

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"In Paris's Pere-Lachaise cemetery lie the bones of many renowned departed. It is also home to a large number of stray cats. Now, what if by some strange twist of fate, the souls of the famous were reborn in the cats with their personalities intact? There's Maria Callas, a wilful and imperious diva, wailing late into the night. Earthy, bawdy chanteuse Edith Piaf is a foul-mouthed washerwoman.

"Oscar Wilde is hopelessly in love with Jim Morrison who sadly does not return his affections. Frederic Chopin is as melancholic and deeply contemplative as ever, and in honor of the tradition of leaving love letters at his tomb, he is now the cemetery's postmaster general. Last but not least, Marcel Proust is trying to solve the mystery behind some unusual thefts - someone has stolen Rossini's glass eye and Sarah Bernhardt's leg. Told in a series of amusing set pieces and intercepted letters, this is a delicious tale of intrigue, unrequited love, longstanding quarrels, character assassinations, petty spats, and sorcery that builds to a steady climax at the cats' annual Christmas pageant."

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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?

CRRL owns this as a large print edition as well as on audio.

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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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