of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton
are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village
of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and
lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it's some children
or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject
themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie 'Clumsy'
Carson, that they will both spend a night there.
keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls
through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a
corner of the cellar. After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief
Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is
none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to
find and identify the body and its killer before the "ghost" can strike
Divided Spy by
the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller
of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel. Perfect for
fans of John le Carré, Charles Cumming is ‘the master of the modern spy
thriller’ (Mail on Sunday)
Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted
his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and
a simmering anger against the Kremlin.
Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into
his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy who
is in possession of a terrifying secret. As Kell tracks his man from
Moscow to London, he finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and
mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing
the mission reaches boiling point, the threat of a catastrophic
terrorist attack looms over Britain. Kell is faced with an impossible
choice. Loyalty to MI6 – or to his own conscience?
Greaney, the #1 New
York Times bestselling
coauthor of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, delivers another breakneck
thriller following the world’s deadliest assassin—the Gray Man…
five years on the run Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA.
But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a
pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the
Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on
such high alert?
high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads
his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the
Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of
an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China’s
own security systems. And it seems Fan may have been too good at his
job—because China wants him dead.
first two kill teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared and the
Chinese have decided to “supervise” the next operation. What they don't
know is that Gentry’s mission is to find Fan first and get whatever
intel he has to the US.
that, all he has to do is get out alive...
by John Lescroart
York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting
standalone novel about the unexpected, shattering, and lethal
consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married
Kate loves her life. At forty-four, she’s happily
married to her kind husband, Ron, blessed with two wonderful children,
and has a beautiful home in San Francisco. Everything changes, however,
when she and Ron attend a dinner party and meet another couple, Peter
and Jill. Kate and Peter only exchange a few pleasant words but that
night, in bed with her husband, Kate is suddenly overcome with a
burning desire for Peter.
What begins as an innocent crush soon develops
into a dangerous obsession and Kate’s fixation on Peter results in one
intense, passionate encounter between the two. Confident that her life
can now go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be
so willing to move on.
Not long after their affair, a masked man barges
into the café Kate is sitting in with her best friend, firing an
assault weapon indiscriminately into the crowd. This tragedy is the
first in a series of horrifying events that will show Kate just how
grave the consequences of one mistake can be.
The Fifth Letter by
friends . . .
Deb, Eden and Trina have been best friends since high school, sharing a
bond that has seen them through their teenage years and into adulthood.
But now, time and circumstance is starting to pull them apart as
careers, husbands and babies get in the way. As their yearly vacation
becomes less of a priority—at least for three of the women—how can Joni
find a way to draw the four of them back together?
secrets . . .
a laughter and wine-filled night, the women dare one another to write
anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the fun
game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and the
friendship they share. Each letter is a dark confession revealing
shocking information. A troubled marriage? A substance abuse problem? A
secret pregnancy? A heartbreaking diagnosis?
letters . . .
on one of their last nights together, after the other three have gone
to bed, Joni notices something in the fireplace—a burnt, crumpled,
nearly destroyed, sheet of paper that holds the most shattering
revelation of all. It is a fifth letter—a hate-filled rant that exposes
a vicious, deeply hidden grudge that has festered for decades. But who
wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these
years? What should Joni do?
friends are supposed to keep your darkest secrets. But the revelations
Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have shared will ripple through their lives
with unforeseen consequences. One will heal a long festering wound.
Another will find strength in her newfound independence. A third will
confront her uncertain future. The fourth will finally admit her true
feelings . . . and things will never be the same.
Road by Michael Farris Smith
elegantly written, perfectly-paced novel about a man and woman
indelibly marked by violence" (Ron Rash) set in a Mississippi town
where drugs, whiskey, guns, and revenge explosively collide.
eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sits
in Parchman penitentiary. His sentence now up, Russell believes his
debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he discovers that revenge
lives and breathes all around him.
a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the
interstate. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar
on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben holding a pistol
and a dead deputy sprawled in the middle of the road.
the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life
he will save—his own or those of the woman and child.
Wait For Dark by
Clarity, North Carolina, the residents have fallen victim to an
unfortunate series of events. Seemingly random accidents have taken the
lives of several citizens in the small mountain town. But these deadly
coincidences are anything but. Something is on the hunt in Clarity, and
the only clue as to what is a cryptic note given to the victims 24
hours before they meet their ends: “Wait for dark.”
Sheriff Mal Gordon knows how to handle his town, but he has no idea how
to handle this. Hollis Templeton and her team from the Special Crimes
Unit, including her partner and lover, telepath Reese DeMarco, are
called in to investigate.
But while the SCU has prepared them for the unknown, the incredible
evil stalking Clarity shakes the team to their core when one of their
own is targeted. Now Hollis, the “cat with nine lives” finds herself
facing death again.
And this time, not even her partner can protect her...
2 Good Dogs by Susan Wilson
Cody, a troubled fourteen-year-old, witnesses a murder, she tells no
one. But it begins a spiral for her from which she cannot escape. Her
worried mother Skye thinks a change of scene is just what her
introverted, withdrawn daughter needs and since her dream has always
been to own an inn, she jumps at the chance to buy a dilapidated bed
& breakfast in the Berkshires. But being an innkeeper is harder
than it seems and Cody still seems to fall in with the wrong crowd.
When Adam March arrives as the inn’s only guest, he is accompanied by
his rescued pit bull, Chance, a dog who has saved Adam in more ways
than one. Cody and Chance begin a wary bond and soon, Adam finds
another rescue who needs the kind of attention he gave Chance years
ago. With Adam and Skye beginning a tentative relationship and Chance
showing Cody how to trust again, this new-found family seems to be on
the brink of second chances. But soon, a murderer is closing in—someone
hiding in plain sight, and threatening everything and everyone—even
The Violated by
Pronzini is crime-writing royalty. His more than eighty published
novels have won or been nominated for Edgar, Hammett, Anthony, Shamus,
and Macavity awards—a clean sweep of the crime fiction award
field—along with rave reviews from critics. He crafts masterful
stories, often from multiple perspectives, in which the human condition
is on full display.
Violated is no exception. In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa
Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two
passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a
string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on
the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin
Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the
public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy
solution. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating
perspectives—Martin Torrey’s wife, caught between her grief and the
fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women
violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor
concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in
circles—until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected
conclusion. The Violated is Bill Pronzini at the height of his
Dangerous Games by
correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring
the most important news to the world from riots in America to protests
on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working
alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex-Navy SEAL, Alix
revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest
assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will
reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning
allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony
starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing
frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of
America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the
presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia
has found emotional support from Clark, who once wanted her as his wife
and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig
deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.
the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never
before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far
more sinister than they had imagined.
Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex’s most
mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the
master of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan
nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the
patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the
charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the
Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.
Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions—about guilt,
patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the
reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during
their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is
met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room.
questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective
Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive
woman’s life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations
either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like
no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose
life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence.
Human, Bow Down by
a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species.
Great War is over. The Robots have won. The humans who survived have
two choices--they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created
or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where
it's a crime to be human. And the robots aren't content--following the
orders of their soulless leader, they're planning to conquer humanity's
last refuge. With nothing left to lose, Six, a feisty, determined young
woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war, is a
rebel with a cause. On the run for her life after an attempted
massacre, Six is determined to save humanity before the robots finish
what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth,
once and for all.
Life by Sophie Kinsella
Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a
super-cool Instagram feed.
so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a
wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she
shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful
boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She
has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new
Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her
chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams?
Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything –
have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than
what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
Never by James Patteron
Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called
into her boss’s office, she never imagined it would be to tell her that
her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women.
Harry is transferred
to Perth to avoid the media exposure this case will attract. Harry is
sent into the outback – the never never – to investigate the
disappearance of mine worker Danny Carter. The mining town is a seedy
place, full of money and immoral ways to spend it. As Harry delves
deeper into the murky lives of these miners, she finds that Danny isn’t
the first to go missing.
Right Behind You by
he a hero?
years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father
to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now
thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted
by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner,
Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts
he a killer?
the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by
reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of
Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to
confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s
older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has
only just begun.
she knows for sure: He’s back.
the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie
must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this
young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah?
Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has
two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how
much will it cost her new family before they learn the final,
shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest
danger is the one standing right behind you.
Dangerous Place by James Grippando
a woman accused of murdering the man who sexually assaulted her, Miami
lawyer Jack Swyteck must uncover where the truth lies between
innocence, vengeance, and justice in this spellbinding tale of
suspense—based on shocking true-life events—from the New
York Times bestselling
author of Gone
to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of
twenty and thirty is in a relationship with a man. Those statistics
become all too personal when Jack Swyteck takes on a new client tied to
begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high
school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong,
coming to Miami for his young daughter’s surgery. But their
long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest
Keith’s wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to
kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent
Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate
truth from lies—an undertaking that proves more complicated than the
seasoned attorney expects.
by an actual case involving a victim of sexual assault sent to prison
for the death of her attacker, James Grippando’s twisty thriller
brilliantly explores the fine line between victim and perpetrator,
innocence and guilt, and cold-blooded revenge and rightful retribution.
August Snow by
Stephen Mack Jones
smart, and struggling to stay afloat, August Snow is the embodiment of
Detroit. The son of an African American father and a Mexican mother,
August grew up in Detroit's Mexicantown and joined the Detroit police
only to be drummed out of the force by a conspiracy of corrupt cops and
politicians. But August fought back; he took on the city and got
himself a $12 million wrongful dismissal settlement that left him low
on friends. He has just returned to the house he grew up in after a
year away and quickly learns he has many scores to settle.
not long before he's summoned to the palatial Grosse Point Estates home
of business magnate Eleanore Paget. Powerful and manipulative, Paget
wants August to investigate the increasingly unusual happenings at her
private wealth management bank. But detective work is no longer
August's beat, and he declines. A day later, Paget is dead of an
apparent suicide which August isn't buying for a minute.
begins as an inquiry into Eleanore Paget's death soon drags August into
a rat's nest of Detroit's most dangerous criminals, from corporate
embezzlers to tattooed mercenaries. From the wealthy suburbs to the
near-post-apocalyptic remains of the bankrupt city's factory districts, August
Snow is a
fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race
and urban decay in modern Detroit.
Mercy by David Hunt
unthinkable has happened: ISIS, covertly assisted by Pakistan’s
intelligence services, has acquired nuclear weapons and the ability to
deliver them anywhere in the world. They begin with an attack at Bagram
Airfield, America’s largest military base in Afghanistan. A second
weapon is detonated in Battery Park in New York City.
The blast levels a square mile of Manhattan,
including the Financial District. Hundreds of thousands perish. The
American economy is in chaos. Banks close their doors. The U.S. supply
chain is disrupted. Riots and looting break out while enemies in the
Middle East burn U.S. flags in celebration.
The stakes skyrocket when Islamabad CIA
Station Chief Bill Gorman unearths evidence of a third bomb headed our
way. Across two continents the chase is on to find the runaway
terrorists led by the ruthless and capable Salma Bahmani, star agent of
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, the dread ISI. She will stop at
nothing to deliver what could be the final nail in America’s coffin.
Most Poison by Laura Childs
Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs,
one of Charleston's most prominent hostesses, to a "Rat Tea," she is
understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and
wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas,
Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century
Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas
to promote city rodent control and better public health.
this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the
tables and Doreen's entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions
and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo
smells a rat.
distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into
who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier
review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn
into a dangerous game of cat and mouse...
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