Detective and mystery stories

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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Screwball

By David Ferrell

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Could the curse of the Bambino be over? For eighty-four, count 'em, eighty-four miserable seasons, the Boston Red Sox have endured nothing but defeat and heartbreak. Finally, there is hope. From the hinterlands of Texas comes the sensational Ron Kane, a strapping rookie pitcher whose fastball scorches the radar gun at an ungodly 110 miles per hour. He can also handle the bat. And play the outfield. With Kane dazzling sellout crowds, the Red Sox are suddenly a juggernaut. The only fly in the ointment -- a big, ugly horsefly -- is the fact that murder seems to be stalking the club. Chicago . . . Detroit . . . Kansas City . . . wherever the Sox play, a killer strikes, marking his victims with strange ritualistic symbols.

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Murder at Fenway Park

By Troy Soos

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On a visit to Cooperstown, Mickey Rawlings, the oldest living ex-ballplayer, discovers his baseball card and is transported back to the Boston of April 1912--when the newspapers are full of stories about the Titanic , which has just sunk, and Fenway Park is brand new. Rawlings, a utility infielder just brought up by the Red Sox, reports to Fenway and trips over the body of Red Corriden, whose head has been smashed by a baseball bat.

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Hanging Curve

By Troy Soos

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April 1922: five years after East St. Louis is scarred by the worst racial violence in American history, Mickey Rawlings' team, the St. Louis Browns, loses a game to the St. Louis Cubs, a black semi-pro team. When the Cubs' pitcher is found dead, the KKK is suspected, and Mickey gets caught up in a side of American life he's never experienced before.
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The Ten Word Game

By Jonathan Gash

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Lovejoy cannot be said to have clean hands and a pure heart, flitting bee-like as he does from one flower of womanhood to the next, and straining the truth when necessary. But when it comes to the relics of history, be it a silver tea service or the gold buttons from Lord Nelson's second-best uniform coat, he cannot be topped. In The Ten Word Game, Lovejoy is hiding out from the law in a port city far from London. By a ruse, he is shanghaied aboard a luxurious cruise ship on its way to Russia. There a group of schemers feed him well, but hold him prisoner because they need his talents for their daring plan. They intend to steal Russia's legendary 'amber room,' wall panels and all, and sell it for ransom back in the U.K.
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