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From the New York Times best-selling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.\n
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway\'s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she\'s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pnd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan\'s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.\n
Conway\'s latest tale has Atticus Pnd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she\'s convinced that there is another story hidden in the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.\n
Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the listener becomes the detective.
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick!
Pennys absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace. PEOPLE
Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries. The New York Times Book Review
You won\'t want Louise Penny\'s latest to end.Any plot summary of Pennys novels inevitably falls short of conveying the dark magic of this series.... It takes nerve and skill as well as heart to write mysteries like this. Glass Houses, along with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling that, for the space of reading it, you may well feel that much of whats going on in the world outside the novel is just noise. Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.
From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sret du Qubec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montral, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamaches own conscience is standing in judgment.
In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.
In this electrifying new thriller from the author ofPoliceandThe Snowman, Inspector Harry Hole hunts down a serial murderer who targets his victims . . . on Tinder.
The murder victim, a self-declared Tinder addict. The one solid cluefragments of rust and paint in her woundsleaves the investigating team baffled.
Two days later, theres a second murder: a woman of the same age, a Tinder user, an eerily similar scene.
The chief of police knows theres only one man for this case. But Harry Hole is no longer with the force. He promised the woman he loves, and he promised himself, that hed never go back: not after his last case, which put the people closest to him in grave danger.
But theres something about these murders that catches his attention, something in the details that the investigators have missed. For Harry, its like hearing the voice of a man he was trying not to remember. Now, despite his promises, despite everything he risks, Harry throws himself back into the hunt for a figure who haunts him, the monster who got away.
\"Exceptional . . . Nesbo depicts a heartbreakingly conflicted Harry, who both wants to forget the horrors hes trying to prevent and knows he has to remember them in all their grim detail.\"
WINNER OF THE ANTHONY/BILL CRIDER AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL IN A SERIES
Private investigator Kinsey Millhone confronts her darkest and most disturbing case in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Sue Grafton.
In 1979, four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmateand film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns states evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
Now, its 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parentsuntil a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. Thats when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But hes not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find...
Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, wont let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanies main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gunwhether thats for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.
Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, its just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that shes the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.
If all thats not enough, Diesels back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limitsthat includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trentons hottest cop, Joe Morelli isnt pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.
As usual Jerseys favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. Whats the deal with Grandma Mazurs latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesels sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?
It is not the custom for the commander of Special Branch to receive a royal summonsso Thomas Pitt knows it must be for a matter of the gravest importance. The body of Sir John Halberd, the Queens confidant, has been found in the shallow water of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, bearing the evidence of a fatal blow to the head. At Her Majestys request, Sir John had been surreptitiously investigating Alan Kendrick, a horse-racing enthusiast who seems to have had an undue amount of influence on her son, the Prince of Wales.
Now Commander Pitt must navigate the corridors of power with the utmost discretion and stealth, for it seems certain that Sir Johns killer is a member of the upper classes. Aided by his wife, Charlotte, and her social contacts, Pitt seeks out the hidden motives behind the polite faade of those to the manner bornand uncovers a threat to the throne that could topple the monarchy.
With Murder on the Serpentine, Thomas Pitt nears a crossroads in his brilliant careerone that promises new challenges, both professional and personal, still to be met. But first, he and Charlotte must conquer the twists and turns of suspense master Anne Perrys most cunningly crafted plot yetto achieve their finest hour, or suffer their darkest.
Praise for Murder on the Serpentine
For nearly four decades Anne Perrys riveting detective novels have played out against the backdrop of the Victorian era. Fans of British royalty will delight in Murder on the Serpentine, which spotlights the woman this British author reminds us was queen and empress of a quarter of the earth during her 63-year reign. . . . Perry writes meticulously laid-out police procedurals, and Pitts methodical investigation sets the novels early, steady pace.The Washington Post
The mystery may follow familiar lines, but even newcomers are likely to be charmed by scenes that deepen Pitts family relationships. This entrys main strength lies in the quiet, emotionally intelligent interactions among its characters.Publishers Weekly
[Anne] Perry returns with another engrossing read brimming with superb period details and complex characters.RT Book Reviews
Marvelous . . . Perry delivers once again by simply doing what she does better than anyone elsecapturing the flavor, spirit and political temperature of Victorian-era London.Bookreporter
\"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander.\" Maureen Corrigan, NPR\'s Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs
Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britains declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs\' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.
In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered. And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the last war,\" a new kind of refugee an evacuee from London appears in Maisie\'s life. The little girl billeted at Maisies home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the Operation Pied Piper evacuee train. They know only that her name is Anna.
As Maisies search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come. Britain is approaching its gravest hour and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.
New York Times Bestseller
A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the bestselling author of Spider Womans Daughter and Rock with Wings.
When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.
But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.
Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal polices investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.
Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman.
Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbingand deadlycomplications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.
On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hills private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if shes sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaids son.
Gemma soon discovers that Reagans death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.
While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previousand seemingly unrelatedcases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaids hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. Theres a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.
As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a childs fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?
At 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.
What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questionsabout 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.
When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive womans 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.
Heartbreak Hotel is classic Delaware and classic Kellerman.
Praise for Heartbreak Hotel
Easy to dive into for mystery fans unfamiliar with the series, and a welcome treat for readers who have been with Officer Sturgis and Dr. Delaware since the beginning.Booklist
Praise for Jonathan Kellerman
Jonathan Kellermans psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.Los Angeles Times
Kellerman doesnt just write psychological thrillershe owns the genre.Detroit Free Press
A master of the psychological thriller.People
LEE CHILD says she\'s \"a genius.\"
P.D. JAMES called her \"the most remarkable\" of today\'s suspense writers.
STIEG LARSSON loved her work so much, he named her in his novels.
And now SARA PARETSKY returns with the most extraordinary novel of her legendary career: FALLOUT.
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she\'s Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she\'s Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she\'s V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago... and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.
Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.
Exciting and provocative, fiercely intelligent and witty, FALLOUT is reading at its most enjoyable and powerful.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff\'s Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie\'s Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them.
The photographalong with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcementhurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.
As an eligible bachelor, man-about-town, and mover in the highest social echelons, Stone Barrington has always been the subject of interest and gossip. But when he\'s unwittingly thrust into the limelight, he finds himself scrambling to take cover. Before too long, Stone\'s fending off pesky nuisances left and right, and making personal arrangements so surreptitiously it would take a covert operative to unearth them. Unfortunately, Stone finds that these efforts only increase the persistence of the most troublesome pests...and when he runs afoul of a particularly tenacious lady, he\'ll be struggling to protect not just his reputation but his life.
In this New York Times bestselling novel, a battle for justice pits partner against partner...
Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensuesripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.
SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.
Praise for Exposed:
\"Plot twists aplenty raise the stakes.\" People Magazine
\"Exposed is Lisa Scottoline\'s sweet spot: law, loyalty, trust, and of course, family.\" Brad Meltzer
\"Fastpaced, heart-tugging...readers will enjoy seeing how it all plays out.\" Publishers Weekly
A gripping thriller...Exposed wraps up with a demolition-derby doozy of an ending that will leave you shaken.\" The Washington Post
\"The final curtain will find you cheering, and Scottoline will have earned every hurrah.\" Kirkus (starred review)
\"[The Rosato and DiNunzio stories] are always her best works and this newest is the best of the best in this series.\" Huffington Post
The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target.
The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but hed always wondered if thered be a day of reckoning. Hes not wondering any longer. Joe knows theyre coming after him and his family now. He has his friend Nate by his side, but will that be enough this time? All he can do is prepare...and wait for them to make the first move.
In Earthly Remains, the twenty-sixth novel in this series, Brunettis endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.
When Brunetti is granted leave from the Questura, his wife, Paola, suggests he stay at the villa of a relative on SantErasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Plinys Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house on SantErasmo, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend.
Earthly Remains is quintessential Donna Leon, a powerful addition to this celebrated series.
Fleeing the disastrous and humiliating last-minute arrest of her fianc on the eve of their wedding, Celia, an expert on gems and jewelry, is hoping to escape from reality on a glamorous cruise ship.
But it is not to be. On board in the most luxurious suite is the elderly and world-famous Lady Emily Harworth. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian on her death.
Three days later Lady Em is found deadand the necklace is missing. Is it the work of her apparently devoted secretary, or her lawyer-executor, both of whom she had invited on board for the cruise?
Celia, with the help of her new friends Willy and Alvirah Meehanwho are splurging on their wedding anniversarysets out to find who the killer is, not realizing that she may have put a target on her back.
J. P. Beaumonts latest investigation strikes too close to home in this riveting mystery from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.
Be careful what you wish for . . .
Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesnt suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in whats officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesnt mean its over.
Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.
The man was smart and he didn\'t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport.
Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.
And where they\'ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the \"Queen of home-improvement tools\" compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he\'s just another large target.
Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why \"Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers\" (The Huffington Post).
Named one of the best books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Literary Hub. Winner of the Best Japanese Crime Fiction of the Year Award. One of Vulture\'s 10 Best Thriller Books of 2017.
Already a bestseller in Japan and the U.K., this cinematic crime novel suffused with fascinating cultural details follows a police department reinvestigating a chilling kidnapping that stumped them 14 years earlier. Entertainment Weekly, The Must List
THE NIGHTMARE NO PARENT COULD ENDURE. THE CASE NO DETECTIVE COULD SOLVE. THE TWIST NO READER COULD PREDICT.
For five days, the parents of a seven-year-old Japanese schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughters kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. And they would never see their daughter alive again.
Fourteen years later, the mystery remains unsolved. The police departments press officerYoshinobu Mikami, a former detective who was involved in the original case and who is now himself the father of a missing daughteris forced to revisit the botched investigation. The stigma of the case known as Six Four has never faded; the polices failure remains a profound source of shame and an unending collective responsibility.
Mikami does not aspire to solve the crime. He has worked in the department for his entire career, and while he has his own ambitions and loyalties, he is hoping simply to reach out to the victims family and to help finally put the notorious case to rest. But when he spots an anomaly in the files, he uncovers secrets he never could have imagined. He would never have even looked if hed known what he would find.
An award-winning phenomenon in its native Japanmore than a million copies sold, and the winner of the Best Japanese Crime Fiction of the Year awardand already a critically celebrated top-ten bestseller in the U.K., Hideo Yokoyamas Six Four is an unforgettable novel by a literary master at the top of his form. It is a dark and riveting plunge into a crime, an investigation, and a culture like no other.
Instant New York Times Bestseller
Best of 2017 - included on best-of lists by theNew York Times,NPR, Barnes & Noble, Publisher\'s Weekly, LitHub, BookPage, Booklist, TheRealBookSpy.com, theFinancial Times (UK) and the Daily Mail (UK)
The Forceis mesmerizing, a triumph. ThinkThe Godfather, only with cops. Its that good.
The acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartelvoted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Timesmakes his William Morrow debut with a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire.
Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isnt true . . .
All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.
He is the King of Manhattan North, a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of Da Force. Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years hes spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. Hes done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is cleanincluding Malone himself.
What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the citys history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.
Based on years of research inside the NYPD, this is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city and a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban living full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting and dividing us today.
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At a Glance
- 1 Magpie Murders: A Novel (Anthony Horowitz)
- 2 Bluebird, Bluebird (Attica Locke)
- 3 Glass Houses: A Novel (Louise Penny)
- 4 The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel (Jo Nesbo)
- 5 Y is for Yesterday (Sue Grafton)
- 6 Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel ...
- 7 Murder on the Serpentine: A Charlotte and Tho...
- 8 In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Jac...
- 9 Song of the Lion (Anne Hillerman)
- 10 Death of a Ghost (M. C. Beaton)
- 11 Garden of Lamentations: A Novel (Deborah Cro...
- 12 Heartbreak Hotel: An Alex Delaware Novel (Jon...
- 13 Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (Sara Paret...
- 14 The Western Star: A Longmire Mystery (Craig J...
- 15 Indecent Exposure (Stuart Woods)
- 16 Exposed: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel (Lisa Scot...
- 17 Vicious Circle (C. J. Box)
- 18 Earthly Remains: A Commissario Guido Brunetti...
- 19 All By Myself, Alone (Mary Higgins Clark)
- 20 Proof of Life: A J. P. Beaumont Novel (J. A J...
- 21 Golden Prey (John Sandford)
- 22 Six Four: A Novel (Hideo Yokoyama)
- 23 The Force: A Novel (Don Winslow)
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