Detective and mystery stories

Indemnity Only

By Sara Paretsky

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Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty. Her client says he's the prominent banker, John Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that's not her real name. V.I.'s search turns up someone soon enough -- the real John Thayer's son, and he's dead. Who's V.I.'s client? Why has she been set up and sent out on a wild-goose chase? By the time she's got it figured, things are hotter -- and deadlier -- than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in a desperate race against time. At stake: a young woman's life.
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Edwin of the Iron Shoes

By Marcia Muller

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"Sharon McCone, a tough-minded investigator for a legal services cooperative, noses her way through the tainted underbelly of a San Francisco street occupied by an eclectic assortment of dealers in antiques, pseudo art and junk. She's after a killer who slashed a diminutive victim, antique dealer Joan Albritton, with the victim's own bone-handled knife."
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Shakespeare's Landlord

By Charlaine Harris

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Lily Bard is a loner. Other than the day-to-day workings of her cleaning and errand-running service, she pays little attention to the town around her. But when her landlord is murdered, Lily is singled out as the prime suspect, and proving her innocence will depend on finding the real killer in quiet, secretive Shakespeare.

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Storm Surge

By T. J. MacGregor

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CIA spooks and spirits of the dead unite with a violent tropical storm to complicate the latest murder case of Quin St. James and Mike McCleary.
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Katapult

By Karen Kijewski

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KAT COLORADO
A thirty-something California bartender-turned-P.I.--a curious lady with nine lives, nerves of iron. . .and a passion for justice.

KATAPULT
A murderer has struck home--and Kat Colorado is taking it personally. Her cousin Johnny has been found stabbed to death in the parking lot of the Homestead Cafe. And now Kat's on the prowl--trailing a killer through a dangerous world of shady real estate shenanigans and teenage hookers. And she's about to uncover a closetful of sordid family secrets almost certain to get an overly inquisitive Kat skinned.

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Now Let's Talk of Graves

By Sarah Shankman

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"With fascinating characters and pungent dialogue, this spirited, rollicking mystery crackles with danger and excitement when Atlanta journalist/detective Samantha Adams accepts an invitation to visit the Big Easy--New Orleans at the height of Mardi Gras."
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Decked

By Carol Higgins Clark

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Her college friends had thought she had simply run away, but when Athena Popolous's body is discovered in an excavation during a ten-year reunion, the victim's former roommate, private eye Regan Reilly, makes a vow to find the killer.
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A Woman's Place

By Linda Grant

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"When private investigator Catherine Sayler is called in by the Systech corporation to find out who's sending lewd messages through the company's E-mail, the case seems merely routine. The situation changes for the worse when female employees start receiving photographs of women being tortured.

"But those incidents seem like childish pranks compared to Catherine's next discovery: a brutal murder. When the perverted killer begins to stalk Catherine with his twisted games, she finds it will take all her strength and intelligence to meet the inevitable confrontation. And only one of them will survive...."

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Daughter of God

By Lewis Perdue

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"The Vatican has lost its mostly closely held secret--a secret whose exposure could shatter the foundations of Western religion, shift world power and ignite religious violence the likes of which the world has not seen for centuries.

"The secret? Irrefutable proof of a female Messiah named Sophia. Born in the Holy Land in A.D. 310, Sophia was known for performing healing miracles. Her divinity so threatened early Christian dogma on the inferiority of women that she was executed while still a girl by church authorities.

"In the present, Zoe Ridgeway, and art broker, visits Switzerland with her husband, Seth, where she expects to purchase the estate of a German art collector. But before Zoe can complete the transaction, she and Seth are drawn into a thousand-year-old web of conspiracy, murder, and intrigue that begins and eds with the mystery of Sophia--and all the powerful forces who seek to protect their patriarchies from a divinely feminine truth."

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The Cat Next Door

By Marian Babson

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Returning home to England from New York, Margot finds her family in chaos. Her cousin Chloe is in prison awaiting trial for murdering her twin sister Claudia, their mother has withdrawn into the imaginary world of her romance novels, Claudia's 14-year-old daughter has regressed to early childhood and refuses to leave her bed, and to top it all off, the family cat has decided to live with the neighbors. As Chloe's trial approaches, the atmosphere in the house becomes increasingly fraught and Margot begins to wonder whether someone else is responsible for Claudia's death. Is Chloe taking the blame for the family's sake? It's not until a second murder that the pieces begin to fall into place and the cat agrees to come home.
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