Detective and mystery stories

Hook, Line & Sinister

By T. Jefferson Parker

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Sixteen of America's favorite author-anglers spin tales of mystery-- and fishing.

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Uncommon Grounds: A Novel

By Sandra Balzo

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Patricia Harper is dead, killed by a hot-wired espresso machine, in Uncommon Grounds, her very own gourmet coffee store! Maggy Thorsen wants to know who killed one of her partners. Maggy needs the store to succeed. Starting over after her divorce, she's quit her PR job to open the coffee store. And if things aren't already tough enough, she begins to suspect one of her friends is responsible for Patricia's murder.

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On What Grounds

By Cleo Coyle

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Something light for your latte: "Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse, and now, after ten years and a little friendly cajoling, she's back to the grind. Clare is thrilled to return to work, until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. The police deem it an accident. But Clare can't get some things out of her mind. Is she in danger? And, are all detectives this handsome?"
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The Black Hand: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel

By Will Thomas

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Investigating a string of murders linked to the Italian mafia, Victorian enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his apprentice, Thomas Llewelyn, assemble a ragtag band of helpers and become suspicious when the government refuses assistance.
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The Face of a Stranger

By Anne Perry

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He's sardonically brilliant, more than a little handsome and possesses absolutely no memory of his former life as a London police detective. He must enlist the aid of the formidable Hester Latterly, lately returned from nursing in the Crimean War, to help him solve the murder of a war hero.
First book of the William Monk series.

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The Cater Street Hangman

By Anne Perry

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Five girls are brutally murdered on the streets of London. All clues point to the Ellison household where the charming Misses Charlotte and Emily reside. Can Inspector Thomas Pitt discover the truth behind the elegant façade of exquisite manners and societal mores without losing his heart? First of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.

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A Study in Scarlet

By Arthur Conan Doyle

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"You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." With these few words, Holmes astonishes Watson for the first, if not the last, time on the occasion of their meeting. A mysterious corpse without wounds and a bloody design on the wall nearby inaugurates their first case of detection.
This is the beginning of Sherlock Holmes' many adventures. It is also available as a graphic novel, video, audio, or as part of most Sherlock Holmes collections.

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Dog Den Mystery

By Darrel & Sally Odgers

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When someone steals an old boot, Jack doesn't care. Then someone steals his squeaker bone. And his blanket. And Red’s ball. Now Jack DOES care. Who is the thief of Doggeroo? How will Jack solve the case of — the DOG DEN MYSTERY?
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Buzby to the Rescue

By Hoban, Julia

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Buzby the hotel cat does his best to help visiting movie star Serena Lovejoy keep track of her jewels and enjoy her stay at the hotel. JBR Hob
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Chester Himes: Writing from the fire

Chester Himes had a hard life, even for someone growing up in the 'thirties. He took some knocks early on, knocks many people get in life; it was the racism he encountered in LA that made him bitter, a bitterness which put a fire in his belly and informed so much of his best work. Himes probably would have drawn little consolation over the fact he was breaking new trails for  authors such as  Walter Mosley. But he did.