Detective and mystery stories

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Gillian Roberts

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After a tough year of teaching at Philly Prep, Amanda Pepper decides to go to Atlantic City with her friend, Sasha. Yet a beach vacation turns deadly when a bludgeoned corpse shows up in their hotel room--and Sasha is the prime suspect. So Amanda hits the boardwalk to track down the real killer, chasing down clues around the surf and in the casinos....
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Holy Terror in the Hebrides

By Jeanne M. Dams

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Dorothy Martin has a weakness for fine food, and when her friends Tom and Lynn inviter her to spend some time with them at a cottage on the island of Iona in the Hebrides, promising fresh crab and exquisite salmon, and since her, well, dear friend Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt is away in Brussells, she gives in and agrees to join them. The first thing that goes wrong are Tom's chest pains, keeping the Andersons in London. The second thing that troubles Dorothy are the folks traveling with her - an ecumenical group from Chicago that is anything but ecumenical. The third problem is the weather forecast. A storm is bearing down on the island, and the threat inherent in that news is enough to make even the most stouthearted think twice.

To make Dorothy's arrival even more of a horror is the fact that in her haste to leave home, she left the key to the cottage behind. The food had better be all that it was said to be; she has to spend the first night of her holiday with the bickering religious from America. Her first full day is a holy terror. The storm is building, but an opportunity to go to fabled Fingal's Cave cannot be passed up, even with the ever more cantankerous Americans along for the ride. What she wants even less is the next event: one of the group falls from the rocks in the cave and disappears beneath the waves.

It is clearly an accident, an unfortunate happenstance, and everyone is willing to accept it as such. Except for Dorothy. As the island of Iona is isolated by the storm, Dorothy begins asking questions no one wants answered, and finding answers that reveal things that she might not have wanted to know.

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Evil Under the Sun

By Agatha Christie

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An exclusive hotel on a tiny picturesque island seems to be the ideal retreat for Hercule Poirot from the stresses of criminal detection. But with the appearance of the beautiful Arlena Stuart, the quiet and peaceful atmosphere becomes charged with an indefinable erotic tension. And when she is found viciously strangled in a secluded cove, there are few, especially among the women, who seem to feel either surprise or regret. As Poirot follows a twisting path of bizarre and bewildering clues, his only certainties are that the solution lies within Arlena herself, and that there is evil under the sun.

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Endangered Species

By Nevada Barr

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In the midst of a dangerously dry season, national park ranger Anna Pigeon has been posted to Cumberland Island off the Georgia coast for a monotonous, twenty-one day fire watch. But her boredom is short-lived, for this remote and marshy place is breeding ground for more than just the imperiled Loggerhead turtle; it also spawns eccentricity and secrets, greed, suspicion...and murder.
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Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean

By Janet Dawson

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Beautiful Ariel Logan was last seen quarreling with her boyfriend outside a Monterey pub. Now she lies dead on a California beach. An autopsy reveals that Ariel's death is no accidental drowning, but a cold-blooded killing. Vacationing private investigator Jeri Howard has more than professional interest in the case: Ariel's boyfriend, the prime suspect, is Jeri's rowdy cousin, Bobby Ravella.

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Dead in the Water

By Stuart Woods

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Stone Barrington is back, and this time it will take all of the savvy New York investigator/lawyer's wits to stay afloat in this exciting, fast-paced tale of Caribbean island intrigue. The vacationing Barrington becomes embroiled in the local trial of beautiful young Allison Manning, who is about to be convicted of murder in the mysterious disappearance of her wealthy husband.

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Cruising for Murder

By Susan Sussman

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Aspiring Chicago actress Morgan Taylor sails back into the role of amateur sleuth as she does a friend a favor by replacing a last-minute deserter in a cruise ship's entertainment cast. It's only after she meets the ship in Miami that Morgan learns her predecessor was murdered.

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Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery

By Mary-Ann Tirone Smith and Jere Smith

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An abandoned baby is found in the clubhouse at Fenway Park. The nurses at Deaconess name him Ted Williams, what else? A promising minor league pitcher goes missing. A player agent is caught up in a web of blackmail. A woman's body turns up in the Back Bay fens. Enter Rocky Patel, Boston Homicide Detective First Grade, ordered to connect the dots. And joining him out of left field, an anonymous blogger who knows too much.

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Intent to Kill

By James Grippando

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A fallen baseball star must use his new skills as Boston's king of sports radio to outwit a dangerous caller and prove--live and on the air--that the hit-and-run that killed his wife was no accident.

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The Fan

By Peter Abrahams

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Major league baseball sensation Bobby Rayburn signs a multimillion-dollar contract with the Sox. In the face of divorce, destitution, and desperation, the only thing that keeps Gil Renard going is rooting for the Sox--and the team's new savior, Bobby Rayburn.
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