Generations of homicide, greed and deception come domestic to roost in time for the main stunning end ever in a Lew Archer novel.At first look, it is an open-and-shut lacking folks case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be along with her hothead juvenile antisocial boyfriend. that's until eventually this bush-league Bonnie & Clyde kidnap Stephen Hackett, a neighborhood millionaire industrialist. Now, Archer is available a funky a hundred Gs for his secure go back by means of his coquettish heiress mom who has her personal mysterious ties to this disturbed duo. however the deeper Archer digs, the extra he realizes that not anything is because it turns out and every thing is questionable. Is the boyfriend a psycho ex-con with homicide at the mind or a broken child attempting to straighten out his twisted genealogy? And is the daughter easily his nympho sex-kitten spouse in crime or particularly a delicate child, attempting to block out terrible stories of undesirable acid and an unspeakable intercourse crime?
By Margaret Frazer
THE PLAY'S the item, TO capture THE sense of right and wrong OF A KILLER...
The Christmas season brings unusual visitors to the medieval nunnery of St. Frideswide's whilst a troupe of penniless gamers comes knocking on the gate. They undergo with them the badly mangled physique of a villager, swearing they discovered the drunken idiot mendacity in a ditch. yet Meg, the victim's spouse and a scullery maid of the cloister, thinks there are a ways fouler deeds afoot.
As the gamers rehearse for the nativity, old scandals lick at their heels and darkish desperation haunts Meg's steps as she unearths merciless feudal legislation threatening to strip away the lands that may help either her and her sons within the wake of her husband's death.
Dame Frevisse needs to thrust herself among those violent feuds, awakening goals of her early life that she had believed lengthy buried. Her very religion should be threatened, yet Frevisse understands she needs to resolve a route to actual salvation... ahead of fake raptures of lust deliver ruination upon them all.
NOMINATED FOR THE 1994 EDGAR AWARD
PRAISE FOR THE SERVANT'S TALE
"Period element, adroit characterizations, and energetic discussion upload to the excitement of this labyrinthine tale." - Publishers Weekly
"This secret is so wealthy with position and time that they develop into characters within the tale. Dame Frevisse is a stalwart, attractive sleuth and the chilly, darkish priory and the squalor of Medieval England are interesting backdrops." - New Orleans Times-Picayune
"The writing is seamless... the ambience of the ebook is chilly and blustery, possibility afield. A well-steeped feel of historical past prevails... They make this novel greater than a secret, yet a superb ancient darkish tapestry. we're transported again to the 14th century. one of many 10 most sensible secret novels of 1993." - Minneapolis megastar Tribune
"I look ahead to extra murders at St. Frideswide." - The secret Review
"Frazer by no means falters during this marvelous historical... it is a excellent secret: it is flawless." - Drood overview of Mystery
PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FREVISSEE MEDIEVAL secret SERIES
"Exciting writing, colourful characters, and historic accuracy." - St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Tale[s] of puzzle, intrigue, jealousy and ambition, good drawn, good paced, and a excitement to read." - Historical Novels Review
"The sequence will get larger and higher because it is going along." - Grounds for Mystery
"Margaret Frazer has quietly claimed her position as one of many preeminent writers of ancient crime fiction, supplying the entire package deal - a superb secret, amazing characters, and a desirable interval of historical past. [...] Her novels are a dream to read." - Aunt Agatha's Newsletter
"Frazer's quiet but extreme medieval mysteries are so vividly and gracefully written you simply flow again in time..." - The Poisoned Pen
"A tender and soaking up saga of conspiracy and treachery in 15th-century England..." - Publishers Weekly
A Romantic instances best Pick.
Twice nominated for the Minnesota publication Award.
Twice nominated for the Edgar Award.
By Casey Mayes
Capturing the recent new craze:
the hot Math Puzzle secret sequence.
Math whiz Savannah Stone makes a residing developing Math puzzles in rural North Carolina. but if the mayor begins receiving loss of life threats, Savannah must resolve this puzzle-before the following field to be stuffed is the mayor's coffin.
By Faye Kellerman
The brutal homicide of Dr. Azor Sparks in an alley in the back of a restaurant is greeted with public outrage and a requirement for fast, certain justice. however the research into the well known surgeon's loss of life is elevating too many questions and supplying too few solutions for murder detective Lieutenant Peter Decker.
Why, for instance, could the relatives of a guy so liked reply to his slaying with extra shock than grief? And what associated a celebrated health professional with strict fundamentalist ideals to a gang of outlaw bikers? however the so much unsettling connection of all is the person who ties the tormented Sparks kinfolk to Peter Decker's own—and the secrets and techniques shared by means of a renegade Catholic priest . . . and Decker's spouse, Rina Lazarus.
By John Pilkington
Spring, 1603: Queen Elizabeth is death, and England waits anxiously. The Virgin Queen hasn’t named an inheritor, refusing even to talk. Her cousin James, King of Scotland, is thought to be her successor, yet will the transition be peaceable? Sir Robert Cecil, Secretary of kingdom, fears revolt and has introduced troops to the capital. yet from the place may the risk come – in another country, or from malcontents towards home?
Meanwhile Marbeck, Cecil’s most sensible intelligencer, is below a cloud, wrongly suspected of shady dealings with the Spanish. So whilst the son of his buddy girl Celia Scroop joins a fanatical Puritan sect, he’s joyful to go away London to aim and locate the wayward formative years. yet occasions circulate quick and Marbeck reveals himself in a maelstrom: compelled to confront plots from instructions, that threaten not just the peace of the state however the very textile of britain itself . . .
By Nick Arvin
In a gripping novel of secrets and techniques and survival from an acclaimed, rising literary voice, the collision among a budding forensic investigator, his tormented mentor, and the haunted lady who emerges from the wreckage of his prior can have fateful effects for all. Following his assortment In the electrical Eden and the unconventional Articles of War, Nick Arvin’s The Reconstructionist is either a page-turning mystery and a strong novel of personality, with colors of Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Dennis Cooper’s The Marbled Swarm, and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. attention-grabbing and but worrying, redemptive and but bleak, The Reconstructionist is like no different publication today—while its undying issues of wear and tear and development, decisiveness and accountability, will echo a long way into the future.
By Peter Robinson
Two murders . . . cities . . .
A lady sits in a wheelchair perched on a cliff excessive above the ocean, her throat slit from ear to ear . . .
In a maze of slender alleys at the back of a industry sq., a teenaged woman has been murdered after an evening of drunken revelries together with her friends.
A pair of bad crimes, the first—a likely mindless homicide of a helpless paraplegic—falls to Inspector Annie Cabbot, on personal loan to a neighborhood police division. The bad dying of younger Hayley Daniels turns into leader Inspector Alan Banks's investigation.
But shattering revelations threaten to evoke the sound asleep demons of prior, darker occasions, and extra blood is within the offing whilst the 2 instances brutally and suddenly collide.
By Michael Innes
Attractive Belrive Priory, including a mansion, park, and medieval ruins, is surrounded by way of the noise and neon indicators of its gaudy neighbors—a cotton mill, a brewery, and a major highway. however, Arthur Ferryman is happy to come for a kinfolk Christmas, yet is stunned to find that his cousins have taken up a brand new pastime—pistol capturing. Inspector Appleby arrives at the scene whilst considered one of Ferryman's cousins is located shot useless within the examine, in a secret equipped on family members antagonisms.
By Michael Gruber
“Like settling down with a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel—if it used to be rewritten via James M. Cain.”
Michael Gruber’s Night of the Jaguar—like his earlier novels that includes