Detective and mystery stories

Bread on Arrival

By Lou Jane Temple

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Heaven Lee, Kansas City chef and reluctant heroine, is one tough cookie. Not only can she slice, dice, and julienne the finest food in town, she's got nerves of steel to match her culinary skills. This time, Heaven Lee takes on the fine art of making bread. But when one of her associates mysteriously winds up dead in the dough, perfecting her breadmaking skills is suddenly the last of Heaven's worries, as someone with a taste for murder is on the loose.

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Biggie and the Devil Diet

By Nancy Bell

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"Nancy Bell returns with another delicious installment in her series of rural Texas mysteries featuring local doyen Biggie Weatherford as amateur detective. Once again, young J.R. faithfully narrates the humorous exploits of Biggie, his grandmother. Filled with plenty of quirky characters and down-home Texas flair, Bell's stories continue to delight.

"An old friend of Biggie comes back to Job's Crossing. Rex Barnwell and his young wife have returned to convert his father's ranch into a retreat for overweight teenage girls, and Biggie is forced to reveal a secret that she has always kept from J.R. Not long after this startling revelation, Rex is murdered. Knowing full well that he won't be able to keep Biggie away, the Texas Ranger in charge of the case enlists her help."

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The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

By Lilian Jackson Braun

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The first appearance in hardcover of the first installment of the author's ever-popular series features the unusual detective team of award-winning reporter Jim Qwilleran and Koko, his brilliant Siamese cat, who penetrate the world of modern art to solve a mystery.

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Burglers Can't Be Choosers

By Lawrence Block

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Bernie Rhodenbarr is a personable chap, a good neighbor, a passable poker player. His chosen profession, however, might not sit well with some. Bernie is a burglar, a good one, effortlessly lifting valuables from the not-so-well-protected abodes of well-to-do New Yorkers like a modern-day Robin Hood. (The poor, as Bernie would be the first to tell you, alas, have nothing worth stealing.) He's not perfect, however; he occasionally makes mistakes.
Also available to download as an audiobook.

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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

By Sharyn McCrumb

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Everyone in Dark Hollow, Tennesee, knew that old Nora Bonesteel had "the Sight." So naturally she was the first to know about the murder-suicide. Four members of the Underhill family lay dead on a run-down farm, and the two children who survived had no one left. Only the minister's wife, Laura Bruce, was willing to be their guardian. The grisly case was supposed to be "open and shut," but it bothered Sheriff Spencer Arrowood. He had this worried feeling that the bad things were far from over at the Underhill's farm. And he would feel a lot worse if he knew what else old Nora saw: tragedy for Laura Bruce, an elderly man, and a young mother...and the kind of dying that would test the courage of the living and a sheriff's insights into country ways and hearts.

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The Body in the Kelp

By Katherine Hall Page

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Faith buys a quilt made by recently deceased Matilda Prescott. She then guesses that the quilt's pattern may form a map to a secret gold cache hidden at the quilter's home.

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The Alpine Quilt

By Mary Daheim

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Members of the Burl Creek Thimble Club, a quilting circle in small-town Alpine, Washington, are planning a fete to welcome back Genevieve Bayard, who left Alpine, decades ago. But Gen's homecoming is cut decidedly short when she dies at a dinner party. Emma Lord, owner and publisher of the local newspaper, arrives on the scene to report the incident and sleuth her way to the truth.
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Goose in the Pond

By Earlene Fowler

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A fourth appearance for Benni Harper (Kansas Troubles, 1996, etc.), curator of the Folk Art Museum in San Celina, California- -recently married to the town's Chief of Police Gabe Ortiz--who's now deep in preparations for the museum's first storytelling festival, to be combined with a show of handmade quilts.

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Fool's Puzzle

By Earlene Fowler

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Recently widowed Benni Harper is frantically trying to assemble a quilt show when she discovers a local potter stabbed to death in the museum studio.

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Murder through the Grapevine

By Teresa McClain-Watson

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Roni Jarrett was once in love with a high-rolling strip club owner who abused her. With nothing left but her newfound faith in Christ and her old BMW, she hits the road and ends up in her old hometown, with a new job in an upscale beauty salon and a position as music director for her church. But when her best friend from childhood turns up dead in the streets, the local police (including gorgeous Chief Don Gillette) suspect Roni, and she finds herself caught up in a dangerous maze of gossip and lies that could lead to her own destruction.
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