Beach Vacations Can Be Murder

It happens all the time. You're on vacation, relaxing on the pristine sands of your favorite beach, sipping a Mai Tai, when ANOTHER body washes ashore. Thank goodness you're an amateur (or professional) sleuth who will not only usurp local police powers whenever you can, but will become personally embroiled in a life and death struggle before you singlehandedly solve this murder! Still, maybe next year you'll go to the mountains....

She's Not There

By Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

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FBI agent Poppy Rice is, rather unwillingly, taking time off to recuperate from injuries sustained on the job. A few days into her ill-conceived vacation on Block Island with Joe, her sometime-lover and soul mate, she happens upon a corpse dumped in the middle of the road. The body of the victim, a young girl from a summer camp for overweight teenagers, is painfully contorted, her face frozen in a death scream. There are no visible wounds and the cause of death is a mystery.

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Murder under the Palms

By Stefanie Matteson

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"An extended vacation to Florida turns onto a trip down memory lane when Charlotte visits a slew of old friends from her early years in Hollywood. The occasion: a glamorous charity ball inspired by the opulent French passenger ship, Normandie. The ship holds a special place in Charlotte's heart. Not long before it was destroyed by fire, she had enjoyed a tender shipboard romance on the famed luxury liner.

"At the party, Charlotte helps model a new line of high-priced art deco jewels inspired by the style of the Normandie's heyday. But the highlight of her evening is being reunited with famed bandleader and balladeer Eddie Norwood - the man she fell in love with during her 1939 voyage. Charlotte doesn't think anything can ruin the evening - until the world-renowned designer of the Normandiana jewelry collection is found stabbed to death at the party. Charlotte knows that almost any guest could be the murderer. And she is determined to navigate her way through the sea of potential suspects - before the killer claims another victim..."

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Murder Makes Waves

By Anne George

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Patricia Anne and Mary Alice head south for some fun in the sun and almost immediately find a dead body washed up on a quiet beach. And with their usual wit and uncanny wisdom, the sisters are soon upstaging the local cops and following a murky trail of dirty real estate deals, giant sea turtle habitats, and big money interests to catch a killer.

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Murder by the Waters: Further Adventures of the American Agent Abroad

By Robert Lee Hall

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"The year is 1758. Sent from America to England to battle with the Crown, Benjamin Franklin, with his keen mind and scientific skills, has also found himself called upon to solve a series of mysteries - cases of murder, blackmail, forgery, and jewel theft - but his latest mystery is perhaps his most baffling and challenging.

"He is invited to the city of Bath, site of England's famous spa, where rakes and lechers and gamesters abound. He rides there in a coach with a beautiful, seemingly innocent young girl who comes to sit at the heart of a plot to gain control of a fabulous fortune.

"Thieves steal letters, highwaymen attack, bludgeoners attempt murder, and shots ring out in the House of God. Despite all this, the Bath social round progresses, at secret gaming parties, grand balls, and the famous waters, where a man is later found murdered.

"Benjamin Franklin must winnow his way through this intrigue, to the truth of a mystery which may be masterminded by his great enemy, the enigmatic Quimp, who governs much of England's crime. Ben is ably aided by his natural son, Nick Handy. Once again his acute intellect and unerring heart prove him to be the archetypal detective."

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Injustice for All

By Judith A. Jance

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It was a scene from a "slasher flick"--a beautiful woman's terrified screams piercing the air, a dead body sprawled at her feet, blood staining the pristine sands of a Washington beach. But the blood is real, and the victim won't be rising when a director yells, "Cut!" In one horrific instant, a homicide detective's well-earned holiday has become a waking nightmare. Suddenly a lethal brew of passion, madness, and politics threatens to do more than poison J.P. Beaumont's sleep; it's dragging the dedicated Seattle cop into the path of a killer whose dark hunger is rapidly becoming an obsession.
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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Gillian Roberts

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After a tough year of teaching at Philly Prep, Amanda Pepper decides to go to Atlantic City with her friend, Sasha. Yet a beach vacation turns deadly when a bludgeoned corpse shows up in their hotel room--and Sasha is the prime suspect. So Amanda hits the boardwalk to track down the real killer, chasing down clues around the surf and in the casinos....
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Holy Terror in the Hebrides

By Jeanne M. Dams

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Dorothy Martin has a weakness for fine food, and when her friends Tom and Lynn inviter her to spend some time with them at a cottage on the island of Iona in the Hebrides, promising fresh crab and exquisite salmon, and since her, well, dear friend Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt is away in Brussells, she gives in and agrees to join them. The first thing that goes wrong are Tom's chest pains, keeping the Andersons in London. The second thing that troubles Dorothy are the folks traveling with her - an ecumenical group from Chicago that is anything but ecumenical. The third problem is the weather forecast. A storm is bearing down on the island, and the threat inherent in that news is enough to make even the most stouthearted think twice.

To make Dorothy's arrival even more of a horror is the fact that in her haste to leave home, she left the key to the cottage behind. The food had better be all that it was said to be; she has to spend the first night of her holiday with the bickering religious from America. Her first full day is a holy terror. The storm is building, but an opportunity to go to fabled Fingal's Cave cannot be passed up, even with the ever more cantankerous Americans along for the ride. What she wants even less is the next event: one of the group falls from the rocks in the cave and disappears beneath the waves.

It is clearly an accident, an unfortunate happenstance, and everyone is willing to accept it as such. Except for Dorothy. As the island of Iona is isolated by the storm, Dorothy begins asking questions no one wants answered, and finding answers that reveal things that she might not have wanted to know.

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Evil Under the Sun

By Agatha Christie

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An exclusive hotel on a tiny picturesque island seems to be the ideal retreat for Hercule Poirot from the stresses of criminal detection. But with the appearance of the beautiful Arlena Stuart, the quiet and peaceful atmosphere becomes charged with an indefinable erotic tension. And when she is found viciously strangled in a secluded cove, there are few, especially among the women, who seem to feel either surprise or regret. As Poirot follows a twisting path of bizarre and bewildering clues, his only certainties are that the solution lies within Arlena herself, and that there is evil under the sun.

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Endangered Species

By Nevada Barr

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In the midst of a dangerously dry season, national park ranger Anna Pigeon has been posted to Cumberland Island off the Georgia coast for a monotonous, twenty-one day fire watch. But her boredom is short-lived, for this remote and marshy place is breeding ground for more than just the imperiled Loggerhead turtle; it also spawns eccentricity and secrets, greed, suspicion...and murder.
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