Detective and mystery fiction

  • 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:
    Bowen, Gail
    Summary:

    The latest novel in the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve series opens in the month of May, a time of beginnings when all things seem possible. Joanne's husband, Zack, recently elected mayor of Regina, is optimistic that he can garner the public support necessary to make Regina a city that works -- not just for the few, but for the many. Their oldest son Peter is marrying Maisie Crawford, a woman as clever and forthright as she is lovely. Their lakeside wedding is a dream come true, but when a former lover of a member of the bridal party shows up, the dream becomes a nightmare. Before the bride's bouquet has wilted, there's an act of sickening cruelty; soon afterwards, there's a murder.

    Devastated, Joanne and Zack search for answers. As it becomes increasingly unclear whether political agendas, shattered romance, or a secret buried deep in the past have motivated the crimes, the loyalties of the Shreve family are tested. A gripping mystery with a social conscience, this is a novel of high stakes and innocence lost.

  • Author:
    Delany, Vicki
    Summary:

    A young woman is found dead of a heroin overdose, her baby lying at her side. Canadian constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters investigate whether this is a drug deal gone wrong or something more sinister.

  • Author:
    Delany, Vicki
    Summary:

    Walter Desmond is back in Trafalgar, British Columbia, officially exonerated for a crime he didn’t commit. But if Walter didn’t commit murder, someone else did. And when two women are attacked, the media gets active and tempers dangerously flare.

  • Author:
    Delany, Vicki
    Summary:

    Lucky Smith and Chief Constable Paul Keller are having a weekend getaway when trouble arises—trouble involving Paul’s estranged son, Matt, and a dead body. Lucky’s daughter, Constable Molly Smith, soon finds herself in the middle of the investigation.

  • Author:
    Anthony Drake
    Summary:

    On a dank and foggy November evening in 1796 a Royal Mail Coach on its way from Hull to York is stopped by two highwaymen. One of the passengers is abducted. Two weeks later the headless body of a man is discovered beneath a hedge in the same locality. In the following weeks more headless bodies are discovered. A constable from the town of Hull and his bookseller friend Nicholas Twygge are asked by the Sheriff and Aldermen to investigate the deaths. Their trail takes them to Hamburg where they find themselves embroiled in events which threaten them and the peaceful lives of the residents of Hull. Europe-wide murders are being perpetrated in the midst of the political turmoil and fanaticism of the French Revolution.

  • Author:
    Maher, Allison
    Summary:

    Andrew's mother, Marion, works for Epsom Electronics, a security company that makes high-tech spy gear. When she goes missing on the eve of a G8 summit in Halifax, Andrew and his father work desperately to find her. Luckily, Andrew and his best friend are no strangers to danger, and they follow Andrew's instincts-contrary to his father?s instructions. When the two friends are nearly caught in an explosion at Citadel Hill, Andrew realizes his mother could be in even more trouble than he thought. Enlisting help from a credulous news reporter, the boys chase clues all over the HRM, narrowly avoiding serious harm. Finally, they uncover a top-secret assassination plot-but are they just a little too late?

  • Author:
    Martin, Finley
    Summary:

    A young widow, orphan and mother, Wilhelmina Anne Brown is just beginning to find some stability in her new home in Prince Edward Island when she is forced to deal with the death of her beloved uncle, Bill Darby. Darby, a Charlottetown private investigator, leaves Anne and her fourteen-year-old daughter a small savings account and his business, where Anne has worked as office manager for six years. What follows is Anne's struggle to protect her family, find justice for her clients, and forge a new life for herself.

  • Author:
    St. James, Simone
    Summary:

    London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter has been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a final message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter. But as Ellie delves into Gloria’s secrets, an insidious evil force begins to emerge—a force determined to bury the truth and those who seek to expose it.

  • Author:
    Moore, Linda
    Summary:

    Linda Moore?s long-awaited sequel to Foul Deeds is another highly engaging mix of art and environmental justice. Finally working a real job as a researcher for the Public Prosecution Service, Roz is on her first paid vacation. She has rented a cottage on Nova Scotia?s beautiful Minas Basin with plans to explore ideas for her next theatre production. Accompanied by her cat and a stack of Beckett plays, she has no sooner settled in than she spots what looks like a woman's body tangled in the roots of a floating tree. Before the local RCMP can send a boat out, the body is retrieved by helicopter, and Roz watches it disappear over North Mountain. It?s time to call in her old sleuthing partner, McBride.

  • Author:
    Yhard, Jo Ann.
    Summary:

    Thirteen-year-old Grace is grieving over her father's mysterious death, dealing with her distraught mother's erratic parenting, and evading her creepy nosy neighbour, Mr. Stuckless. She and her friends like to get away from it all by hunting for fossils near their secret hideaway in an abandoned mine. But when Grace receives a strange note about her father's death, it sets off a chain of events that leads to Grace and her friends trying to solve the mystery behind her father?s disappearance. As clues and suspects start piling up and the investigation becomes more dangerous, Grace and her friends find themselves racing against time through abandoned mine shafts to figure out what really happened to her dad.

  • Author:
    MacLeod, Hilary
    Summary:

    "Herrings are falling from the sky over The Shores - an unusual phenomenon anywhere, but especially so in this case. A newcomer, Anton Paradis, has set up a restaurant that specializes in dangerous dining, cooking up food that can kill to tantalize the palates of wealthy clients. It''s a recipe for death. Someone''s bound to get hurt. Someone does. Oddly, the victim dies laughing. By accident or design? Mountie Jane Jamieson''s suspects it''s no accident. But could there really be another murder at The Shores? All the while, a wind turbine slices its blades over the cape, menacing the villagers with its eerie presence. Death is in the wind as well as on the dinner plate."

  • Author:
    Evans, Stan
    Summary:

    A billionaire's daughter with an unsavoury past has mysteriously disappeared. Silas Seaweed, a savvy, street-smart investigator based in Victoria, B.C., is put on the case. His search for the young woman leads him on a trail of murder, greed and obsessive violence. Overcoming such obstacles as a pair of ruthless cocaine dealers, the murder of key witnesses and a failed attempt on his own life, Seaweed perseveres in his quest to bring a master criminal to justice, his journey taking him from the darker side of Victorias downtown to Nevadas glittering casinos.

    Blending modern-day crime detection with age-old Coast Salish ritual, Seaweed on the Street is an absorbing, suspenseful page-turner with a pace that never lets up from the first page to the last.

  • Author:
    Evans, Stan
    Summary:

    Police officer Silas Seaweed is thrown in the middle of a labyrinth of blackmail and murder when he sets off to unmask the culprit behind the 10-foot-tall bear he encountered on the outskirts of his hometown.

  • Author:
    Donald, R. E.
    Summary:

    A dead man rides the chairlift to the bottom of a ski hill on Whistler Mountainches Former RCMP homicide detective Hunter Rayne is at the top of the suspect list, so Hunter has no choice but to get involved in the investigation in order to clear his name. Meanwhile, trucker Hunter was scheduled to haul a load of freight to Northern California, so he calls up his old friend, biker Dan Sorenson, to take his place behind the wheel. What connects the badass biker from Yreka, California to the most prolific female serial killer in US history? And what happens when dispatcher El Watson ignores Hunter's warning and gets the biker involved in the murder investigation? In the midst of the investigation, Hunter's life gets complicated when the progress of a new relationship is hampered by the appearance of a woman from his troubled past.

  • Author:
    Slade, Arthur
    Summary:

    Daphne sees her teacher plummet from the belfry at the top of her school and is plunged into a spine-tingling mystery in which she and her friends are all that stand in the way of a truly horrible crime.

  • Author:
    Delany, Vicki
    Summary:

    Photographer Rudolph Steiner goes to Trafalgar to reconnect with the woman who left him but ends up dead. Suspicion falls on his former love—now the wife of Trafalgar’s police sergeant. The sergeant must decide where his loyalties lie: with his job or his wife.

  • Author:
    MacLeod, Hilary
    Summary:

    Nothing big ever happens in The Shores. Ceilidhs, yes. Killings, numbers That all changes when amateur sleuth, Hy McAllister trips over a body on the beach and tumbles head first into a murder case. Cottager Lance Lord, dressed like Jimi Hendrix, has had his head split open with an axe. As Hurricane Angus storms up the coast, Hy and Mountie Jane Jamieson vie against the elements to uncover the murderer in a village where almost everyone has something to hide

  • Author:
    Baker, Keith
    Summary:

    Annie Welles is an officer with the Halifax Regional Police?s Robbery and Violent Crimes Unit. Recently divorced without custody of her two young sons, Annie?s career, too, is now stalling under the ambitions of her ruthless colleagues. When two murders occur within forty-eight hours of each other, she takes a risk to follow her intuition, hoping to prove herself.

  • Author:
    Delany, Vicki
    Summary:

    In the small Canadian town of Trafalgar, young constable Molly Smith throws herself into solving the murder case of a highly unpopular newcomer to town, hoping to win the approval of her hard-edged supervisor, Sergeant John Winters, newly arrived from the city, bringing along his own set of personal problems.

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