Mystery & Thrillers
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: A. S. A. Harrison
Publisher: Penguin Books (2013, Jun 25th).
A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Sandra J. Robson
Publisher: Rainbow Books, Inc. (2012, Dec 19th).
At the request of an old lover, Keegan Shaw keeps an appointment on a south Florida beach with Sunni Russell, a locally famous businesswoman. Sunni wants to know who her birth father is and has been told Keegan can be trusted and has a talent for sorting out secrets. She hires Keegan to follow her mother to London, to keep her eyes open and her mouth shut, and to report back.Mrs. Russell, an ex-hippie who lives her life according to psychics, has kept Sunni's father a secret for 47 years. And despite the old saying--If you can remember London in the Sixties, you weren't there--Abby Russell remembers it all: miniskirts, pot, free love, LSD, Carnaby Street, the Stones. But instead of the warm, fuzzy buzz of nostalgia, she is haunted by the unsolved 1966 murder of her flatmate, Susan Miachi. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Michelle Spring
Publisher: A&C Black; 1 edition (2012, Oct 2nd).
The Arvon Foundation runs professional writing courses by published writers and provides expert tuition and creative support. The Arvon Book of Crime Writing captures the essence of Arvon teaching into a practical handbook for writers, packed with tips and advice from leading novelists as well as reflections on the genre itself and practical instruction on great storytelling. Contributors include Lee Child, P. D. James, and Ian Rankin.The Arvon Book of Crime Writing is divided into three sections:Part 1 Essays on critical issues in the genre Part 2 Guest Writers-twenty-five contributors offering advice and tips Part 3 How to Write Crime moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Karen MacInerney
Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (2013, May 8th).
For Natalie Barnes, the flurry of trendy artists setting up shop on Cranberry Island promises to be the perfect recipe for relaxing and enjoying the holiday season. But Natalie’s good luck is turning out to be a stroke of misfortune for her niece, Gwen. The local gallery’s new owner hates Gwen’s paintings, and her mentor Fernand is too distracted by a competing artist to help Gwen improve her style. When Natalie finds Fernand dead, seemingly the victim of suicide, she can’t believe someone who had so much joy and success in his life would kill himself. Finding clues at Fernand’s home that support her suspicion of murder, Natalie’s hunt for answers places her next on the killer’s list. Will she be able to solve this murder masterpiece before it’s too late? . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Nathaniel Rich
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2013, Apr 2nd).
NEW YORK CITY, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm, FutureWorld. The business operates out of a cavernous office in the Empire State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and business is booming.As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe—ecological collapse, global war, natural disasters—he becomes obsessed by a culture’s fears. Yet he also loses touch with his last connection to reality: Elsa Bruner, a friend with her own apocalyptic secret, who has started a commune in Maine. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Charlotte Link
Publisher: Pegasus (2013, Apr 1st).
A suspenseful, atmospheric new psychological crime novel from Germany’s most successful living female authorAn old farm, a deserted landscape, a dark secret from times past with fatal consequences for the present.In the tranquil northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark, until they are faced with a copy-cat crime. The investigation continues as they struggle to establish a connection between the two victims. Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious: a rift within the family of the second victim. But there is far more to the case than first appears, and Valerie is led toward a dark secret inextricably linked to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Clea Simon
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (2013, Apr 2nd).
Parrots will repeat anything – they don’t talk sense. Or do they? When Pru Marlowe is called in to retrain a foul-mouthed African gray after its owner’s death, the bad-girl animal psychic can’t help hearing the bird’s words as a replay of a murder scene. But the doctor on call scoffs at the idea, and the heirs just want their late mother’s pet to quit cursing. With the only other possible witnesses being an evasive aide, the blind neighbor, and a single-minded service dog, Pru is stuck with what may be a feather-brained theory. Even her crotchety tabby Wallis doesn’t buy it, although she’s more than willing to “interrogate” the big bird, as Pru deals with drugs, jealousy, and a potential rabies outbreak in Parrots Prove Deadly, the third Pru Marlowe pet noir. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Benjamin Percy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (2013, May 7th).
Award -winning author Benjamin Percy presents an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West.They live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.They change.When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Patricia MacDonald
Publisher: Severn House Publishers (2013, Apr 1st).
Could finding her long lost sister be the biggest mistake Alex Woods has ever made?Having recently lost both her parents in a tragic car accident, Alex Woods is shocked to discover through the family lawyer that her beloved mother was keeping a secret – a baby she gave up for adoption when she had just left high school. But when Alex decides to search for her long lost sister – and finds her – she is in for a terrible surprise . . . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Judy Dailey
Publisher: Five Star (2013, May 10th).
Animal Vegetable Murder is a charming and laugh-out-loud start to Judy Dailey s new mystery series set on an urban farm in Seattle. The aptly named Sunny Day Burnett a passionate gardener turns amateur sleuth to save the farm. She deftly deals with rogue chickens wayward pole beans and a killer with a surprisingly sympathetic agenda. Fix yourself a bowl of fresh organic veggies and enjoy.Sunny Day Burnett juggles geriatric chickens corpses and a cranky Scottish policeman in this charming mystery set on an urban farm in Seattle.Gathering eggs for breakfast Sunny discovers a neighbor face down and dead in a patch of Swiss chard. Worse yet the murdered man is clutching a photograph of Sunny s recently deceased husband wearing little more than a pink feather boa and red stilettos. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability