Detective and mystery stories

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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Pasta Imperfect

By Maddy Hunter

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The discount travel package to Italy seemed like a great deal: Emily Andrew could lead her globe-trotting Iowans on the trip of a lifetime and bring her family to boot. Maybe she should have read the fine print....Sharing their itinerary with a group of hyper-competitive aspiring romance writers is just a prelude to more Machiavellian drama than an Italian opera.

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Vegas Nerve

By Susan Rogers Cooper

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"Sheriff Milt Kovak, having joined his psychiatrist wife on a trip to a conference in Las Vegas, expects a welcome vacation, inspecting the casinos. He has left a capable second-in-command to watch over his small town in Oklahoma, but almost as soon as they arrive, Milt gets an S.O.S. call from his cousin Maida. Her pregnant daughter has been beaten by her husband, and Maida's husband, Burl, has thoroughly trounced his son-in-law. The young man is the son of a very powerful businessman in Vegas, and the police want to lock Burl up.

"Milt manages to talk his fellow cops into giving him custody of Burl until the trial and takes the still-steaming man to their hotel room; Burl reciprocates by disappearing. Milt doesn't think anything else can go wrong - except it does. The next morning, the young man is found dead.

"Now Milt must forgo the wonders of Las Vegas to try to find Burl and clear him from the charge of murder. He expects to get some help from the young widow's several brothers, who descend on the town 'volunteering to help.' But they are more involved with quarreling among themselves than in finding the murderer."

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The Winner

By David Baldacci

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When LuAnn Tyler is asked to be part of a crooked lottery scheme, she refuses, even though it would mean millions of dollars. But when she is framed for murder, the single mother is forced to participate. Ten years later, it all comes back to haunt her.
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Murder in Vegas: New Crime Tales of Gambling and Desperation

By Michael Connelly

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Edited by bestselling-author Michael Connelly, this new anthology from the International Society of Crime Writers gathers 22 never-before-published crime and mystery stories about the ultimate playground, Las Vegas, and what can happen behind the glitz and glamour.
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The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Dateline: Hampstead, London, 1851

Twenty-something drawing master William Hartright was passing a pleasant evening en route to his next assignment as a live-in tutor for two young ladies at Limmeridge House when he was accosted by a young woman oddly garbed all in white who begged for his help. She refused to tell him her name, from whence she came or to where she was going. Being a gentleman, he escorted her, as was her design, to the nearest cab stand. Along the way, they chatted—The Woman in White, oddly intense and excitable, and he, curious to find out what he could about this very determined lady in distress.
 
What he did discover was that she knew the family who had hired him but, warm as her feelings seemed to be to the Fairlies, she was sufficiently troubled by another horror to bolt into the procured cab and race off towards her unstated destination. A few minutes later, Mr. Hartright saw another carriage driving recklessly and pulling up short near a policeman. The men in the carriage shouted to the officer—had he seen a woman in white? She had just escaped from their private insane asylum.

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery

By Deborah and James Howe

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Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire. First in a series.

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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

By Alexander McCall Smith

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This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to help people with problems in their lives. Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

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