Detective and mystery stories

The Stargazer

By Michele Jaffe

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The brilliant daughter of a renowned physician, Bianca Salva is thrust into an uneasy alliance with Ian Foscari, a handsome aristocrat notorious for his outrageous escapades and romantic conquests, when they masquerade as a betrothed couple to find the murderer of a beautiful courtesan.
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The Name of the Rose

By Umberto Eco

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In 1327, finding his sensitive mission at an Italian abbey further complicated by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William of Baskerville turns detective, penetrating the cunning labyrinth of the abbey and deciphering coded manuscripts for clues.

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The Stalking Horse

By Miriam Grace Monfredo

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Based on an actual event, The Stalking-Horse is set on the eve of the American Civil War. Glynis Tryon's niece, Bronwen, has joined Pinkerton's Detective Agency. While on her first assignment in secessionist Alabama, two of her fellow agents are murdered. When word reaches Seneca Falls that Bronwen is in trouble, Glynis heads south and finds her niece caught in the midst of a diabolical plot designed to strike at the heart of the United States government.

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The Lucifer Contract

By Maan Myers

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"Eight men from Kentucky--one barely old enough to shave--have signed a Confederate blood pact. Its code name is Lucifer; its mission is to burn this Yankee town (Manhattan) to the ground."

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Faded Coat of Blue

By Owen Parry

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A British immigrant to the United States is hired to serve as a confidential agent to Union General George McClellan and quickly finds himself investigating the death of a Union officer while the Civil War rages all around him

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Dead March

By Ann McMillan

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"Though the War Between the States is in its infancy, Richmond, Virginia, is not free of violent death, as two astute and courageous women from opposite ends of society discover when a grave is robbed, yielding the murdered body of a young slave woman. The silk scarf left carelessly with her body leads to suspects from every echelon of Richmond society -- and to more deaths. Narcissa Powers, a young white widow, begins to investigate and is soon aided by Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist and conjure woman. As the War's casualties begin to pour into the city and the "Dead March" echoes through the streets, the mystery deepens, and Narcissa and Judah must risk their lives to find the killer -- or killers -- and save the life of an innocent child."

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Mighty Old Bones: A Thistle and Twig Mystery

By Mary Saums

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Jane Thistle and Phoebe Twigg are as different as two best friends can be. Phoebe has never seen any reason to leave her small Southern hometown, while Jane, the urbane widow of a career military officer, has traveled all over, only recently putting down roots in Tullulah, Alabama. A thunderstorm knocks down a tree on Jane's property and uncovers a pile of skeletal remains buried underneath. When tests discount their best theories and point to a far more recent death, Jane and Phoebe find themselves in the midst of some strange happenings.

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Dirge for a Dorset Druid: A Penny Spring and Sir Toby Glendower Mystery

By Margot Arnold

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In-laws and amateur detectives Dame Penny Spring (an anthropologist) and Sir Toby Glendower find high adventure investigating murder, druids, and smuggling.
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Dance Hall of the Dead

By Tony Hillerman

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Two boys suddenly disappear, and Lt. Joe Leaphorn sets out to locate them. Three things complicate the search: an archaeological dig, a steel hypodermic needle, and the strange laws of the Zuni Indians. Audio edition.

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A Rumor of Bones: A Lindsay Chamberlain Mystery

By Beverly Connor

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The first in a series of archaeological murder mysteries featuring Southern forensic anthropologist Lindsay Chamberlain. While excavating a native American village, Lindsay is pulled into a local investigation following the discovery of shallow graves with the bones of missing young girls.
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