Detective and mystery stories

Funeral in Blue by Anne Perry

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Dr. Kristian Beck is known to be a man selflessly dedicated to the healing arts, so why is he being accused of murdering his very beautiful wife? Granted it was whispered that they lived separate lives, and she was so exquisite that men of all sorts were drawn to her side. To murder one’s wife in the throes of jealousy is considered a crime of passion, and the punishment for that might be less than for a straight-out, cold-blooded killing. As the woman featured in the haunting painting, A Funeral in Blue, Elissa Beck could have excited that kind of emotion.

But then there is the other murder victim to consider. An artist’s model, pretty Sarah Mackeson had been born into a hard life just as Mrs. Beck had enjoyed a privileged one. Yet different as their fortunes were, they shared the murder scene between them—an artist’s studio in the dead of night. Surely one was the intended victim, and the other was a victim of circumstance. For private investigator William Monk and his wife Hester, time is running out to discover who killed both women and why.

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny [Audiobook]

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny [Audiobook]

In Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Quebec on leave recovering from an investigation gone wrong. While there, he is recruited to assist in the investigation into the death of an obsessive historian who was searching for the remains of Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. The historian was murdered in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society, an English establishment, which raises a concern that his death will increase tensions between the English and French communities in the city.

While pursuing the murderer, Gamache reflects on his previous investigation that went horribly wrong. Is it possible that de Champlain was buried in the basement of the library? Will Gamache be able to deal with the ghosts of the prior investigation that continue to haunt him?

Whiskey Sour

By Joe Konrath

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Between avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth P. I., Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels must find a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man."

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The Old Wine Shades: A Richard Jury Mystery

By Martha Grimes

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A man in a pub, with a shaggy dog at his feet, tells New Scotland Yard Detective Jury about a friend of his whose wife, son, and dog all disappeared nine months previously. The dog came back. Jury gets drawn into investigating the case, which he mostly doubts, until a body turns up.

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Mint Julep Murder

By Carolyn G. Hart

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Mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Annie Darling serves as author liaison for the Dixie Book Festival on Hilton Head. Problems arise when a self-serving, small-time publisher promises to write a scandalous roman a clef featuring Annie's five charges--all quite famous.

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Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery

By Ellen Crosby

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When her father dies under suspicious circumstances, Lucie Montgomery returns from France to Virginia, where she discovers that her greedy brother wants to sell the family vineyard and that her younger sister is sleeping with the man responsible for the car crash that left Lucie permanently disfigured and disabled.

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Love, Lies and Liquor: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

By M.C. Beaton

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When a woman in her hotel is murdered, Agatha's notoriously prickly demeanor soon gets her into trouble as she's pegged as the prime suspect. If she can't solve the murder in time, she'll be meddling in all her future cases from inside a prison cell.

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Killer Cocktail

By Sheryl J. Anderson

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A hip but frustrated advice columnist for the woman's lifestyle mag Zeitgeist, Molly dreams of becoming a full-time crusading girl reporter. When a friend's fiancee is murdered, and he becomes the prime suspect, she is asked to help investigate.

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The Eyre Affair

By Jasper Fforde

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"Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police.

"Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that's just a prelude . . . Hades' real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it's not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte's novel. Enter Thursday Next. She's the Special Operative's renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft's Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide."

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Alexandria

By Lindsey Davis

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In A.D. 77, Marcus Didius Falco, agent to the Emperor Vespasian, investigates the mysterious death of the head librarian of the world-famous library of Alexandria, bringing him into immediate conflict with the darker side of academic life.
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