Dating Can Be Murder
by Jennifer Apodaca
Outraged at discovering her husband's infidelities, Samantha Shaw reinvents herself after his untimely death. But then bad people begin demanding money that her husband apparently skimmed as a drug runner. After someone who threatened her is killed, "Sam" reinvents herself a little more by becoming an amateur private investigator. The resultant interrogations and divagations, mostly dangerous and violent, get her in trouble with the hunky detective in charge of the case.
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason
by Susan Kandel
Obsessed with Earl Stanley Gardner's fictional sleuth Perry Mason, former New Jersey beauty queen and current biographer Cece Caruso becomes dangerously involved in a 40-year-old murder case that the late great mystery writer never solved.
Killed at the whim of a hat
by Colin Cotterill
Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail with a somewhat eccentric family--a mother who might be drifting mentally; a grandfather--a retired cop--who rarely talks; a younger brother obsessed with body-building, and a transgendered, former beauty pageant queen, former older brother. When Jimm is forced to follow her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she's convinced her career--maybe her life--is over. So when a van containing the skeletal remains of two hippies, one of them wearing a hat, is inexplicably unearthed in a local farmer's field, Jimm is thrilled. Shortly thereafter an abbot at a local Buddhist temple is viciously murdered, with the temple's monk and nun the only suspects. Suddenly Jimm's new life becomes somewhat more promising--and a lot more deadly. And if Jimm is to make the most of this opportunity, and unravel the mysteries that underlie these inexplicable events, it will take luck, perseverance, and the help of her entire family.
Mew is for Murder
by Clea Simon
When Theda Krakow, a freelance writer, goes to interview "cat lady" Lillian Helmhold at home in Cambridge, she finds Lillian dead and her cats circling the woman's big Victorian house in distress. Lillian's death appears to be an accident, but someone keeps breaking into her house, which is rumored to contain treasure in the late owner's stacks of boxes and papers. Suspects include a coffee-bar waitress who helped Lillian with the cats, Lillian's schizophrenic son and an avaricious realtor who lives next door and hates cats.
One for the Money
by Janet Evanovich
Since she lost her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store, Stephanie Plum has been broke, and soon she's forced to take a gig at her sleazy cousin's bail bonding company. If Stephanie can nab murder suspect Morelli -- with whom she has a romantic history -- in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight -- and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.
The Tale of Hill Top Farm
by Susan Wittig. Albert
It's 1905, and to recover from the loss of her fiancé, Beatrix Potter moves into a small farmhouse in Sawrey. Populated by colorful characters, both human and critter, her new life is full of promise. That is, until a villager dies, and murder is suspected. Now it's up to this amateur sleuth to find a killer roaming the English countryside.