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Cozy Christmas Collection of Mysteries

Cozy Christmas Collection of Mysteries Author Joanna Slan
ISBN-10 1539921883
Release 2016-12-06
Pages 296
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Lost and Found Holiday Gifts: A Cara Mia Delgatto Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan Santa isn't the only one who delivers presents during the holidays. Cara Mia Delgatto sets out to do a few small favors and quickly learns how a thoughtful gift can change a life. Dying for Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer Sisters Danielle, Chelsea, and Alexandra Powell rejoice when Alex finds their grandmother's old recipe book, and plan to bake her gingerbread for their upcoming holiday tea. But someone else wants the recipes and is willing to kill for them. Can the Powell sisters cook up a way to catch a murderer? Dog Forbid by Neil Plakcy A Christmas trip with friends takes reformed hacker Steve Levitan and his crime-solving golden retriever, Rochester, to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. When Steve's friend's golden goes missing in an area notorious for local puppy mills, can Rochester nose out the missing puppy and save the holiday? Teddy Saves Christmas by Nancy Jill Thames When Jillian Bradley finds herself alone for the holidays, her dog Teddy latches onto a homeless woman with a dangerous secret. Jillian is forced to get involved. Can she find a way to save her new friend in time for a Merry Christmas? The Neon Ornaments by Camille Minichino Physicist Gloria Lamerino meets her friend Rose in Boston for what she thinks is a girls' getaway weekend. But Rose has other plans. She volunteers Gloria to help solve a murder. Will the chemistry between Gloria and the homicide detective get in the way of catching a killer? A Diamond Choker for Christmas by Nancy Warren In order to borrow an extremely expensive diamond and sapphire necklace to wear at Christmas party, Toni Diamond's mother Linda offers her home as collateral. But the necklace is stolen right off her neck, and Toni has to solve the crime or her mother will be homeless for the holidays! The Deadliest Christmas Pageant Ever by Teresa Trent It's Christmas time in Texas. Betsy Livingston and her boys are caught up in the Pecan Bayou Christmas Pageant to raise funds for needy children. Betsy gets tricked into replacing the absent director and quickly learns that show biz can be brutal-and this Christmas pageant is downright deadly. The Rowan Tree Branch: A Kiki Lowenstein Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan The holidays offer Kiki the perfect chance to keep a promise to her late friend, Dodie Goldfader. But this sweet thought hits a sour note when Dodie's husband is wrongly accused of murder.

Hummus and Homicide

Hummus and Homicide Author Tina Kashian
ISBN-10 9781496713483
Release 2018-02-27
Pages 336
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When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . . Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now. She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . . Recipes included!

A Dash of Murder

A Dash of Murder Author Teresa Trent
ISBN-10 9780984041701
Release 2011-09-15
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When Betsy's Aunt Maggie wants to drag her along on a ghost hunting excursion at the local abandoned tuberculosis hospital she isn't sure she quite believes in spirits. When she comes upon a fresh spirit in the form of a body she starts to rethink about what is really haunting the hospital.Betsy must solve the murder in spite of her father, who is a lieutenant on the Pecan Bayou Police Force, town citizens worried about the effect of the occult on their children and handsome stranger from Dallas. How do you get blood out of a silk blouse? Betsy Livingston can tell you in the newspaper column, "The Happy Hinter". When she's not writing, or taking care of her 8 year old son she's busy solving mysteries in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Bayou.

Masking for Trouble

Masking for Trouble Author Diane Vallere
ISBN-10 9780698183445
Release 2016-10-04
Pages 304
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Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries. Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police’s prime suspect. Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer—before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud... From the Paperback edition.

Death by a Whisker

Death by a Whisker Author T. C. LoTempio
ISBN-10 9781683314882
Release 2018-02-13
Pages 321
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Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event. The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list. Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.

Dying for a Cuppa

Dying for a Cuppa Author Linda Gordon Hengerer
ISBN-10 153744400X
Release 2016-09-02
Pages 162
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Linda Gordon Hengerer combines her cooking talents and her love of crafts in Dying for Holiday Tea. Although the town is fictional, much of the lore within is fact. Pour yourself a cuppa and settle into a cozy read at the Beach Tea Shop. Love is part of life and death in Dying for Valentine's Tea, featuring the Powell sisters from the Beach Tea Shop. The wonderful food cooked up by Alex, Dani, and Chelsea will make your mouth water, while you share their concern for a dear friend whose romance with Mr. Right seems to be All Wrong. In Dying for Graduation Tea, the Powell sisters can always be counted on in a pinch. Is that why someone has framed them for murder? Chelsea Powell and her sisters are providing treats for Citrus Beach High School's Freshman Orientation. Can they solve the murder of the beloved softball coach before secrets are revealed and someone else dies, in Dying for School Tea? Bonus: Recipes for fragrant Gingerbread, decadent Black Forest Trifle, Tea Time S'mores, and Spiced Peach Pastries follow each story. If you're feeling crafty, instructions are included to make Candy Cane Reindeer, Candy Cane Peppermint Hearts, a Peppermint Tray, and a Tiered Serving Stand.

Murder of a Good Man

Murder of a Good Man Author Teresa Trent
ISBN-10 1603816356
Release 2018-01-15
Pages 256
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Fulfilling her mother's last wish, Nora Alexander drives into Piney Woods, TX, to hand-deliver a sealed letter. It turns out to be a harsh rebuke to Adam Brockwell, the town's most beloved citizen. Soon after, Brockwell is killed. Told not to leave town, Nora begins work at the old Tunie Hotel, which may hold the secret to solving the mystery.

Out of the Blues

Out of the Blues Author Trudy Nan Boyce
ISBN-10 9780698140707
Release 2016-02-23
Pages 352
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“A fresh, gritty debut. Boyce unveils one of the best new series characters in ages. . . A book that combines fast-paced suspense with moving insights.”—#1 New York Times-bestselling author Lisa Gardner From an author with more than thirty years’ experience in the Atlanta Police Department comes a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine. On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah “Salt” Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug overdose. Now new evidence has come to light that he may have been given a hot dose intentionally. And this evidence comes from a convicted felon hoping to trade his knowledge for shortened prison time . . . a man who Salt herself put behind bars. In a search that will take her into the depths of Atlanta’s buried wounds—among the city’s homeless, its politically powerful churches, commerce and industry, and the police department itself—Salt probes her way toward the truth in a case that has more at stake than she ever could have imagined. At once a vivid procedural and a penetrating examination of what it means to be cop, Out of the Blues is a remarkable crime debut. From the Hardcover edition.

Photo Finish

Photo Finish Author Terry Ambrose
ISBN-10 9780985954000
Release 2012-07-21
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Photo Finish has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Photo Finish also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Photo Finish book for free.

Overdue for Murder

Overdue for Murder Author Teresa Trent
ISBN-10 9780984041725
Release 2012-06-02
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Excerpt:Oscar Larry, who sat at the other end of the table, was the first presenter of the evening. I knew we were in trouble when he started setting up a laptop and projector to show some of his research. He also passed out little coasters with the name of his store in San Antonio, "Sky Lights - the ultimate resource for your extraterrestrial needs.""Even though we think of UFOs as something from second-rate creature features on the midnight movies, they are real, mysterious objects that have been observed in our skies since the earliest days of our recorded history," he intoned. "Tonight I am so pleased to get to share with you all of my scientific observations and extensive resources on the subject."Did that mean what I thought it meant? Did Martha tell any of the other authors there would be a time limit on their presentations? I guess she never actually gave me a limit, just a suggestion there would be no time for me. This could be a long night. I grabbed my cell phone out of my purse and started texting my dad. If I was going to run late, I needed to let him know. Judging by the median age of our audience, running late may not work too well with them, either. We definitely had some eight o'clock bedtime folks here.My phone lit up with an incoming text. I had turned off the sound so no one listening to Oscar Larry's droning on would realize I was involved in a conversation elsewhere. I expected it to be a text from my father griping at me for extending his babysitting time, but instead it was from Leo Fitzpatrick in Dallas:Betsy. Tried to call you, but you weren't home. Have you come to a decision?Oh boy. I did have some thoughts on the matter, but I didn't know if you could get in trouble with the phone company for texting four-letter words. This was it. I could ask him about the woman who answered the phone, but if I did, what would he think of me? It wasn't like we were living in the same town or anything, and it wasn't like we were serious enough to warrant not seeing other people. But still, I felt cheated on somehow.I had not been involved with a man in quite a while, and I needed to feel safe in my first jump into the dating pool. I had already lived with a guy who had betrayed my trust, and even though I felt I was past all that, I still had these little nagging doubts in the back of my head that I really wasn't good enough. Look at tonight - I was the add-on author. I wasn't the beloved fashion blogger. I was that woman who could tell you how to unclog your sink - that is, once she got her own sink unclogged. Not so glamorous. No wonder Fitzpatrick was seeing another woman in Dallas.The words on the cell phone seemed to be shouting at me, "Have you come to your decision? Have you? Have you?" Oscar Larry was turning out the lights to show exciting footage of his own personal UFO sighting. How thrilling, except now the room would notice my phone was lit up on my lap. I quickly punched "end" and stuffed the phone back in my purse.I settled down for the next 30 minutes to view what looked like blurry pie tins floating through the atmosphere. That's it! Betty Crocker was an alien. Now we had the delicious proof of it. Who's next? Mrs. Fields? Marie Callender? The Gorton's fisherman? Would the controversy ever end?


Out Author Natsuo Kirino
ISBN-10 9781400078370
Release 2005
Pages 400
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After strangling her husband, Masako Katori, a middle-aged wife and mother working the night shift at a Tokyo factory, enlists the aid of four co-workers to conceal the crime. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Murder for a Rainy Day

Murder for a Rainy Day Author Teresa Trent
ISBN-10 9780984041763
Release 2014-10-23
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Ever see one of those ugly plastic life-size animals and ask yourself why? In Pecan Bayou, Texas these strange creatures are being stolen at an alarming rate. First a former cowboy star's plastic horse is taken from the entrance of town, after that the cow in front of the steak house gets pinched. Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, a local helpful hints columnist is trying get her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the heat of blistering Texas summer. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the strange thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As she closes in on the killer, a hurricane approaches the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. "Hunker down" with Betsy and the lovable characters of Pecan Bayou. Recipes and helpful hints included.

Summertime All The Cats Are Bored

Summertime All The Cats Are Bored Author Philippe Georget
ISBN-10 9781609451653
Release 2013-07-02
Pages 429
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In shade of a mast bobbing o'er the wave She waits and waits, a patient slave The house of stone will be her grave. Who does what, who catches who? Who's the cat, who the mouse, who? It’s the middle of a long hot summer on the French Mediterranean shore and the town is teeming with tourists. Sebag and Molino, two tired cops who are being slowly devoured by dull routine and family worries, deal with the day’s misdemeanors and petty complaints at the Perpignan police headquarters. But then a young Dutch woman is found murdered on a beach at Argelès, and another one disappears without a trace in the alleys of the city. Is it a serial killer obsessed with Dutch women? Maybe. The media senses fresh meat and moves in for the feeding frenzy. Out of the blue, Inspector Gilles Sebag finds himself thrust into the middle of a diabolical game. In order to focus on the matter at hand, he will have to put aside his cares, forget his suspicions about his wife’s unfaithfulness, ignore his heart murmur, and get over his existential angst. But there is more to the case than anyone suspects.

Doggone Dead

Doggone Dead Author Teresa Trent
ISBN-10 1482561794
Release 2013-02-16
Pages 218
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Give me land lots of land....and a puppy on the loose. When Betsy Livingston's puppy runs away, she has no idea it will lead her to a murder on a movie cowboy star's estate. Not only has there been a murder, but the town reports sightings of the dead cowboy himself. He's out to seek revenge on all who wronged his daughter who became the victim of her own money-loving butler. Enjoy a little time on the Fourth of July in the tiny town of Pecan Bayou Texas where old cowboys never die...

Mama Does Time

Mama Does Time Author Deborah Sharp
ISBN-10 1410411958
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 447
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Mama's antics - especially her penchant for finding trouble - drive her daughters Mace, Maddie, and Marty to distraction. One night, while settling in to look for ex-beaus on COPS, Mace gets a frantic call from her mother. This time, the trouble is real: Mama found a body in the trunk of her turquoise convertible and the police think she's the killer.

Cracking Cases

Cracking Cases Author Henry C. Lee
ISBN-10 9781615920488
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AS SEEN ON ABC NEWS'' 20/20, LARRY KING LIVE, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ON THE RECORD WITH GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, AND MORETrue-crime buffs will snap this up. -BooklistDoubly appealing for murder-mystery lovers. It digs deeply into real-life killings, and it offers an expert''s firsthand look at forensics. -Dallas Morning NewsAttention to storytelling reveals the characters behind the cases...essential reading. -Publishers WeeklyLee''s skill at interpreting crime scenes shines on every page. His admonitions concerning the preserving of crime scene integrity should be included in every textbook description of investigative procedure. -American ScientistMerges travelogue with autopsy report...the scientific bits add a framework seldom found in true-crime books. ...while horror is [Lee''s] stock in trade, he shares it with readers in a warmly personal way that keeps the shivers down while revealing the evil that men do. -ForeWordThere''s no one quite like Henry Lee. When others see random items and information, Dr. Lee sees patterns of evidence. He is our modern day Sherlock Holmes... -Alan M. Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard Law SchoolA ''must read'' from the world''s greatest criminalist. Dr. Lee leads us on an investigative journey to justice in five sensational murder cases. -Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.Truly a legend in his own time, Dr. Henry C. Lee is considered by many to be the greatest forensic scientist in the world. He gained widespread public recognition through his testimony in the televised O. J. Simpson trial. Since that time he has helped with the Jon Benet Ramsey case and the investigations of mass murder in Croatia.This book will take the reader through the entire investigative process of five murder cases, with Dr. Lee as the tour guide. The cases include: the O. J. Simpson case, in which Dr. Lee''s analysis of the blood evidence at the crime scene revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had missed several blood drops on the back of Nicole Simpson, a footprint belonging to a second possible assailant, and the physical improbability of Mr. Simpson''s climbing a fence to return to his home; the woodchipper murder, in which an Eastern Airlines pilot murdered his wife and then put her body through a woodchipper in an attempt to dispose of the remains; the Mathison murder, in which a veteran Hawaiian police sergeant claimed to have accidentally run over his wife after she fled the family van during a dispute; the Ed Sherman murder, in which a college English professor attempted to disguise the time of his wife''s death by turning up the air conditioning unit in their house and then using the alibi that he was away from the home sailing on the day the crime allegedly took place; and the McArthur murder, in which a police sergeant shot and killed his wife, but then tried to make it appear that she had accidentally killed herself.In each case, Dr. Lee presents in scientific detail how he investigated the murders, analyzed the evidence, and used techniques that played a critical role in bringing criminals to justice. He discusses how the criminalist examines blood spatter evidence and uses blood identification, DNA analysis, and other forensic technologies developed in the world''s best laboratories. This is a fascinating insider''s look by a world-renowned expert into the pursuit of justice in some of the most grisly criminal cases of recent times.Dr. Henry C. Lee (Branford, CT), chair and professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven and chief emeritus in the Department of Public Safety in Meriden, CT, is a lifetime distinguished member of the International Association of Identification and a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is the author (with Jerry Labriola, MD) of Famous Crimes Revisited, The Budapest Connection, and Dr. Henry Lee''s Forensic Files, and (with Thomas W. O''Neil) Cracking Cases and Cracking More Cases, among other works. Dr. Lee was formerly on Court TV''s Trace E

Dressed for Death

Dressed for Death Author Donna Leon
ISBN-10 1555849008
Release 2008-12-30
Pages 278
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Commissario Guido Brunetti’s hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera—a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information. And before the night is out, Brunetti is confronting yet another appalling, and apparently senseless, death.