Detective and mystery stories

Gun, with Occasional Music

By Jonathan Lethem

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Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-not the least of which are the rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time. But when the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in the crossfire in a futuristic world that is both funny-and not so funny.

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Going Out in Style

By Chloe Green

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When fashion stylist Dallas O'Connor happens upon a knife-wielding man standing over a dead model's body, she tries to help him prove his--and her own--innocence.
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Grime and Punishment

By Jill Churchill

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It's So Hard to Kill Good Help These Days. . .

With three kids to raise on her own, Jane Jeffry sometimes needs a hand with the housework. But many of her complaining neighbors believe that the Happy Helper cleaning lady they all share wouldn't know a dustball if she was choking on it. That hardly seems reason enough, however, to do the disreputable domestic in.

So when the charwoman in question is discovered strangled to death with a vacuum cleaner cord, Jane decides to dig up the real dirt--if the tenacious single mom can find any time to spare between her PTA meetings and car-pooling duties. But despite her busy schedule, Jane is determined to tidy up the whole murderous mess--even if it means provoking a killer who may live as close as next door.

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The Miracle Strip

By Nancy Bartholomew

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The whip-smart Sierra Lavotini is the hottest act on Panama City's strip scene. Besides her bodacious business, Sierra's life is fairly simple. And that's the way she likes it. But when a good friend seeks her help, Sierra's life takes a murderous turn.
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Wish You Were Here

By Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

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"Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy--and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families. Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town--until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.

"When Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message 'Wish you were here' on the back. Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues. Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow, Harry could uncover the culprit before the murder occurs--and before Harry finds herself on the killer's mailing list."

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Cat Chaser

By Elmore Leonard

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The last time Florida motel owner George Moran was in the Dominican Republic he was in a uniform and people were shooting at him. Years later he's back looking for a girl he lost -- and finding one he'd be better off without. But that doesn't matter to George while he's sleeping with beautiful Mary de Boya -- only when he discovers his lover is the wife of a former death squad general in exile with solid mob connections. Now George is bringing big trouble back with him to the Sunshine State -- as his nostalgic trip down memory lane has tangled him up in a cat's cradle of drug deals, swindles, vengeance and murder . . . and a love that's not only blind but lethal.
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Canapes for the Kitties

By Marian Babson

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The cat's out of the bag: dead bodies are piling up in Brimful Coffers, a picturesque English village. Among the deceased is Boswell, a pet white rat. His killers were caught: Had-I and But-Known, two mischievous felines belonging to Lorinda Lucas, mystery writer. Unfortunately, the other victims were all too human-and their killer remains at large... The danger in Brimful Coffers was unforeseen when several authors created an informal writers' colony in this lovely town outside of London. In act, the location was heaven until the undesirables-critics and scholars-began to show up. Soon Lorinda and her friends feel as if they're living in a fishbowl. Worse, they're getting chilling threats, supposedly from their fictional characters! But when fatal "accidents" begin to claim the colony's residents, death isn't make-believe. And unless Lorinda can sniff out the killer, even a cat's nine lives might not be nearly enough...

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Bubbles Unbound

By Sarah Strohmeyer

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A beautician, reporter, and sleuth, Lehigh, Pennsylvania's Bubbles Yablonsky is saddled with an ex-husband, a precocious daughter, and a shoplifting mother. From solving dark crimes to lightening dark roots, Bubbles has everyone talking. when she trips over a corpse and implicates a wealthy town socialite in the crime, Bubbles teams with a well-muscled photographer to blow the lid off the murder.

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Brigade: Further Adventures of Inspector Lestrade

By M.J. Trow

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There is a new broom at Scotland yard: Nimrod Frost. His first little job for Lestrade is to investigate the reported appearance of a lion in Cornwall, a supposed savager of sheep and frightener of men. Hardly a task for an Inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department...

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Body Wave

By Nancy J. Cohen

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When Maria's hateful ex, Stanley Kaufman, asks a favour, she's stunned. Granted, it might have something to do with the fact he's been arrested for the murder of his third wife, Kimberly, and wants Maria to find the "real" killer. After visiting Stan in Jail, Maria is convinced he's innocent. So who could have stabbed the beautiful young heiress and left her body lying at the foot of her stairs?
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