Detective and mystery stories

Blind Justice

By James Scott Bell

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Criminal lawyer Jake Denney has hit rock bottom. But when a childhood friend is accused of murder, Jake puts away the bottle and takes the case in a last-ditch effort to restore his dignity and renew his spirit.
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A Single Shot

By Matthew Jones

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John Moon lives alone in a trailer on the land that was his family's farm until the bank foreclosed on it years ago, for reasons he has never fully understood. His wife has just left him, taking their infant son with her, and John must support himself with odd jobs and poaching game on a neighbor's land. Out hunting deer one morning, he hears the rustle of branches and fires a single shot--only to discover that he has killed a teenage girl. Horrified, Moon tries to cover up his tragic mistake and then to find out who the girl was and what she was doing in the woods. Fear, guilt, and obsession leads him to unearth a shocking pattern of evil involving the residents of the town--and before long all the plots have converged on him.
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August Heat

By Andrea Camilleri

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When a colleague extends his summer vacation, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is forced to stay in Vigata and endure the August heat. Montalbano's long-suffering girlfriend, Livia, joins him with a friend-husband and young son in tow-to keep her company during these dog days of summer. But when the boy suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under the family's beach rental, Montalbano, in pursuit of the child, uncovers something terribly sinister. As the inspector spends the summer trying to solve this perplexing case, Livia refuses to answer his calls--and Montalbano is left to take a plunge that will affect the rest of his life.

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Where Evil Sleeps

By Valerie Wilson Wesley

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Off to sunny Kingston, Jamaica, for some much needed relaxation, former Newark cop and hard-working P.I. Tamara Hayle is pleased at first to join fellow Jersey homegirl, Lilah Love, for a night on the town. But with Lilah's abusive husband and his friend Delaware Brown along, the evening starts out bad and gets much worse--especially when, after a blackout, the lights come abruptly up on a fresh corpse, a murder weapon with Tamara's fingerprints all over it, and two missing companions who have vanished with her money and identification.
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The Yellow Room

By Mary Roberts Rinehart

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When Carol Spencer discovers the charred corpse of an unknown woman in her family's Maine retreat, Carol must do some fast sleuthing of her own before a dangerous killer burns her, too.
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The Body in the Lighthouse

By Katherine Hall Page

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Something is very wrong on Sanpere this summer . . . Escaping the misery of a particularly sweltering August in Aleford, Massachusetts, caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild and her family take a long drive to their favorite getaway, peaceful Sanpere Island off the coast of Maine. But things have changed since their last visit. The unique ambience of Sanpere is being threatened by aggressive real estate developer Harold Hapswell, whose plans to fill the island with huge, showy new mansions has infuriated many residents. Tensions are high, with animosity between year-round islanders and "summer people" reaching dangerous new levels. It's no wonder that, in an atmosphere so thick with ill feeling, murder rears its ugly head. The first outrage occurs when a successful real estate agent nearly dies after drinking a turpentine-laced cup of soda pop. Then, while exploring the grounds of Sanpere's historic, now-abandoned lighthouse, Faith has the misfortune of stumbling across the corpse of Harold Hapswell himself. His death is officially ruled an accident, but Faith's tried-and-true instincts tell her otherwise -- an unsettling inkling that is confirmed by the discovery of a second, more obvious homicide.
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Shooting at Loons

By Margaret Maron

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Judge Knott agrees to fill in for a colleague in Beaufort, North Carolina, a picturesque fishing village replete with a corpse. Before she can find out if the fisherman's death is an accident or murder, Deborah is confronted with some business from her own past--when another murder occurs and a former lover is accused.

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She's Not There

By Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

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FBI agent Poppy Rice is, rather unwillingly, taking time off to recuperate from injuries sustained on the job. A few days into her ill-conceived vacation on Block Island with Joe, her sometime-lover and soul mate, she happens upon a corpse dumped in the middle of the road. The body of the victim, a young girl from a summer camp for overweight teenagers, is painfully contorted, her face frozen in a death scream. There are no visible wounds and the cause of death is a mystery.

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Murder under the Palms

By Stefanie Matteson

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"An extended vacation to Florida turns onto a trip down memory lane when Charlotte visits a slew of old friends from her early years in Hollywood. The occasion: a glamorous charity ball inspired by the opulent French passenger ship, Normandie. The ship holds a special place in Charlotte's heart. Not long before it was destroyed by fire, she had enjoyed a tender shipboard romance on the famed luxury liner.

"At the party, Charlotte helps model a new line of high-priced art deco jewels inspired by the style of the Normandie's heyday. But the highlight of her evening is being reunited with famed bandleader and balladeer Eddie Norwood - the man she fell in love with during her 1939 voyage. Charlotte doesn't think anything can ruin the evening - until the world-renowned designer of the Normandiana jewelry collection is found stabbed to death at the party. Charlotte knows that almost any guest could be the murderer. And she is determined to navigate her way through the sea of potential suspects - before the killer claims another victim..."

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