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Detective and mystery fiction

  • Author:
    Kalteis, Dietrich
    Summary:

    “If you like your crime hard and fast, Kalteis is for you.” — The Globe and Mail

    Set to the cranking beat and amphetamine buzz of Vancouver’s early punk scene, Zero Avenue follows Frankie Del Rey, a talented and rising punk star who runs just enough dope on the side to pay the bills and keep her band, Waves of Nausea, together. The trouble is she’s running it for Marty Sayles, a powerful drug dealer who controls the Eastside with a fist.

    When Frankie strikes up a relationship with Johnny Falco, the owner of one of the only Vancouver clubs willing to give punk a chance, she finds out he’s having his own money problems just keeping Falco’s Nest open. Desperate to keep his club, Johnny raids one of the pot fields Marty Sayles has growing out past Surrey, along Zero Avenue on the U.S. border. He gets away with a pickup load and pays back everybody he owes. Arnie Binz, bass player for Waves of Nausea, finds out about it and decides that was easy enough. But he gets caught by Marty’s crew.

    Johnny and Frankie set out to find the missing Arnie, but Marty Sayles is pissed and looking for who ripped off his other field — a trail that leads to Johnny and Frankie.

  • Author:
    Butala, Sharon
    Summary:

    Fiona Lychenko, now a woman in her late sixties, has spent years researching the death of her high school classmate Zara Stanley, who was brutally murdered at the age of twenty. Determined to solve the crime, something the police weren’t able to do, Fiona interviewed everyone she could in her hometown of Ripley, but every trail led to the same dead end. She even published her findings in a book, hoping it would lead to anonymous clues from readers and outliers, and still, nothing. Now, a decade later, Fiona has finally given up hope that the killer would ever be caught. That is until a brown manila envelope turns up under her door and Fiona once again finds herself embroiled in the midst of a controversy so intricate and tangled that one wrong move could be her undoing.Inspired by the unsolved murder of a young girl in 1962 in Saskatoon, Zara’s Dead is the fictional retelling of a very real story, one that has captivated the public and eluded answers for decades.

  • Author:
    Cha, Steph
    Summary:

    A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, following two families-one Korean-American, one African-American-grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime In the wake of the police shooting of a black teenager, Los Angeles is as tense as it's been since the unrest of the early 1990s. Protests and vigils are being staged all over the city. It's in this dangerous tinderbox that two families must finally confront their pasts. Grace Park lives a sheltered existence: living at home with her Korean-immigrant parents, working at the family pharmacy, and trying her best to understand why her sister Miriam hasn't spoken to their mother in years. The chasm in her family is growing wider by the day and Grace is desperate for reconciliation, and frustrated by the feeling that her sister and parents are shielding her from the true cause of the falling out. Shawn Matthews is dealing with a fractured family of his own. His sister, Ava, was murdered as a teenager back in 1991, and this new shooting is bringing up painful memories. Plus, his cousin Ray is just released from prison and needs to reconnect with their family after so many years away. While Shawn is trying his best to keep his demons at bay, he's not sure Ray can do the same. When another shocking crime hits LA, the Parks and the Matthewses collide in ways they never could have expected. After decades of loss, violence, and injustice, tensions come to a head and force a reckoning that could clear the air or lead to more violence.

  • Author:
    Clark, Mary Higgins
    Summary:

    "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke are back with their fifth enthralling mystery in the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series; You Don't Own Me finds television producer Laurie Moran stopping at nothing to solve the murder of a celebrity doctor-even as she finds herself in grave danger as a mysterious stalker plots his next move. When we last saw Laurie Moran, she had recently become engaged to her show's former host, Alex Buckley. Since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding and honeymoon, preparing for Alex's confirmation to a federal judicial appointment, and searching for the perfect New York City home for their new life together. But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a famously charming and talented physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin's disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra's guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son's case on "Under Suspicion," ensuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate. Kendra has lived under a blanket of suspicion since Martin's death, with the tabloid media depicting her as a secretive, mentally unstable gold-digger. Laurie's show is a chance for her to clear her name. But unbeknownst to the Bells, Kendra has already refused once before to go forward with a re-investigation of her husband's murder, and her statements to the contrary only add to the appearance of guilt. But once Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn't the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger, who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinks, She is actually quite a lovely girl, I'm sure she's going to be missed' You Don't Own Me is the perfect, exhilarating follow up to the bestselling Every Breath You Take. The "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke have devised another riveting page-turner.

  • Author:
    Mussi, Sarah
    Summary:

    Lexi's been in an accident, but she can't remember it-or any of the events leading up to it. The only thing she knows for sure is that she's still in danger. As fragments of her past start to return, she thinks she knows what happened. But can she trust her own memories? Because if she's wrong...she's in more danger now than ever before. Exactly what happened on that spring evening down by the railroad tracks?

  • Author:
    Pasquella, A.G.
    Summary:

    Honourable ex-con Jack Palace struggles to repay an unstable criminal who saved his life. What does a man do when he gets out of jail? Jack Palace hits the streets, plunging back into a violent world of crime and corruption. Jack wants out, but first he must repay his debt to Tommy, the man who saved his life in prison. Tommy’s dad, an old school mob boss, is on his deathbed, and Tommy wants to take over the old man’s rackets. Jack and his new girlfriend, Suzanne, are soon caught in the middle of a mob war. Now Jack must fight to defend the people he loves from the man he has sworn to protect while he tries to get out of the criminal life alive.

  • Author:
    Kane, Andrea
    Summary:

    When Sally Montgomery accompanies her handsome boss Frederick Pierson on a quiet country weekend, she enjoys the first evening. But when she discovers his battered body the next morning, she runs for her life. Now it's up to Pete, her ex-husband and former New York policeman, to keep her safe and find the killer.

  • Author:
    Bowen, Michael
    Summary:

    Foreign Service veteran Richard Michaelson knows that it is often better to talk to secretaries than big wigs in the political jungles of Washington, D.C. But when one such ambitious young secretary turns up dead in a locked hotel room, Michaelson suddenly realizes just how much she knew and that the killer might now be after him. Now everyone is clamoring to get their hands on the mysterious document in the dead woman's possession. Soon investigators, staffers and liaisons are coming out of the woodwork to keep things quiet. But for Michaelson, solving this mystery could be a matter of life and death.

  • Author:
    Patterson, James, Ledwidge, Michael
    Summary:

    Detective Michael Bennett and FBI Abduction Specialist Emily Parker reluctantly team up to stop a killer targeting not only the children of New York's wealthiest families--but the entire city of New York.

  • Author:
    Albert, Susan Wittig
    Summary:

    A Kentucky Shaker village seems just the place for China to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. And getting a chance to assist with a local herbal workshop is exactly the kind of thing China relishes. Meeting with the kindly villagers, China might rightly suspect that her peaceful surroundings would be the last place on Earth to happen upon violence. But when a death occurs, China's only chance to solve the crime may lie in the history of the village.

  • Author:
    COOK, Judith
    Summary:

    Soon after the police break up an anti-GM crops demo on a Cotswold farm, a man is found savagely murdered in circumstances chillingly reminiscent of the infamous, unsolved Meon Hill murder of 1945. Ex-policeman Latymer's professional curiosity is piqued by the similarities between the two cases, and he calls upon his old friend and colleague Keith Berry to help him with his research.

  • Author:
    Whitney, Phyllis A.
    Summary:

    From an Edgar and Agatha Award winner: A mystery writer must solve the puzzle of her past when she meets the South Carolina family she never knew existed. Popular mystery novelist Molly Hunt knows all about the twists and turns of fiction, but real life has thrown her for a loop. Raised by adoptive parents on Long Island, Molly has just made a stunning discovery: She's the daughter of South Carolina blue bloods and was kidnapped as an infant from their ancestral home in Charleston. Now, she's heading south to solve the puzzle of her beginnings-totally unprepared for where it will end. At Mountfort Hall, her birth family's imposing plantation, Molly comes face to face with her past: her neglected twin sister; her reclusive and mentally imbalanced mother; a calculating cousin, now the Mountfort patriarch who has no tolerance for this lovely new intruder; and a resident psychic who sees into a deadly world all her own. It's only when Molly discovers a letter from her late father that she comes to realize how much danger she's in-and what it'll take to escape the shadows of Mountfort Hall alive. "In one of her smoothest suspense novels ... Whitney combines a dynamic, likable heroine with eccentric characters, romantic entanglements, family ghosts and a charming setting" (Publishers Weekly). It's everything readers expect from the "Queen of American gothics" (The New York Times). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Phyllis A. Whitney including rare images from the author's estate.

  • Author:
    Strange, Marc
    Summary:

    Stolen gems. Shady cops. Murders that could lead to an international incident. Orwell Brennan, chief of the Dockerty police force in small-town Ontario, had enough problems on his hands with the mayoral election, a daughter engaged, and, perhaps worst of all, someone in the department stealing his favourite cookies. Things are complicated for the loveable curmudgeon: a police officer from Toronto, in Dockerty as part of a Metro murder investigation, is killed in his hotel room. And the eccentric local dance teacher, a former Russian ballet star, has some very dark secrets, unsavoury associates in her past, and a slippery way with the truth. But Brennan finds help in one of his bright young officers, who teams up with the dead cop's brash ex-partner. Together the two women uncover a ring of shady pawnbrokers, crooked public figures, and Russian thugs all after one thing ' the Sacred Ember, a very rare ruby once owned by the Tsarina herself.

  • Author:
    Hills, Kathleen
    Summary:

    January, 1951: while the country is in the grip of war in Korea, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and Senator Joe McCarthy’s Red Scare, the residents of St. Adele, Michigan, are more concerned with staying warm and shoveling snow until a bizarre ice storm brings down a towering pine. Entangled in its roots is evidence that leads Constable John McIntire to the abandoned farmstead of a young couple who had supposedly left the community years before, part of an exodus of Finnish-Americans gone off to build a workers’ Utopia in the Soviet republic of Karelia. McIntire’s fears are realized when he discovers two bodies, buried 16 years in an unused cistern. In his zeal to uncover the truth, McIntire brings the scrutiny, and the suspicion, of a Red-hunting government agent upon his neighbors and himself. It is only the beginning of his miscalculations. Each step in investigating the deaths seems only to bring more misery to the living. Old wounds are opened, old terrors rekindled, and old wrongs exposed. McIntire himself is not immune. He struggles to solve the two-decades-old murders, while a part of the past he hoped to bury forever threatens to destroy his new life.

  • Author:
    Haines, Carolyn
    Summary:

    When P.I. Sarah Booth makes a bid for film stardom, she may land a chance to shoot on location in Costa Rica--or she may find herself in a whole heap of trouble.

  • Author:
    Brown, Rita Mae.
    Summary:

    As the murders pile up in Crozet, Virgina, it seems the ones who can shiff out the clues best are a cat and a dog.

  • Author:
    Maron, Margaret
    Summary:

    When local handyman J.D. Rouse is found dead in his pickup truck with a bullet in his head, the mayhem--and the body count--grows. But Chief Deputy Dwight Bryant, Judge Deborah Knott's new husband, launches his own investigation after his son and ex-wife turn up missing from their home in Virginia.

  • Author:
    Sandford, John
    Summary:

    Called in to assist the sheriff from a remote, rural area of Wisconsin in his investigation into a brutal triple homicide, Lucas Davenport begins to uncover a shocking series of vicious crimes that stun even Davenport with their evil intent.

  • Author:
    Delany, Vicki
    Summary:

    During a Christmas Eve snowstorm, a car veers off the road into the icy river. The autopsy reveals a shocking secret that plunges Constable Smith and Sergeant John Winters into the world of sexual predators, drugs, and privilege.

  • Author:
    Brooks, Bill
    Summary:

    When a devastating winter kills John Henry Cole's livestock, he's forced to move on, but not in the direction he expected. Cole and Teddy Green, a Texas ranger, seek to question a woman about her involvement in a Denver City murder, but they're not the only ones looking for her.

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