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A Test of Wills : The First Inspector Rutledge Mystery
by Charles. Todd Details
"It's 1919, and the 'War to End All Wars' has been won. But there is no peace for Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, recently returned from the battlefields of France shell-shocked and tormented by the ever-present voice of the young Scot he had executed for refusing an order. Escaping into his work to save his sanity, Rutledge investigates the murder of a popular colonel in Warwickshire and his alleged killer, a decorated war hero and close friend of the Prince of Wales. The case is a political minefield, and its resolution could mean the end of Rutledge's career. Win or lose, the cost may be more than the damaged investigator can bear. For the one witness who can break the case open is, like Rutledge, a war-ravaged victim...and his grim, shattered fate could well prove to be the haunted investigator's own."
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe
by Robert. Goldsborough Details
Winner of the Lovey Award for Best Historical Novel To become part of the Nero Wolfe legend, Archie Goodwin must prove his worth Archie Goodwin comes to New York City hoping for a bit of excitement. In his third week working as a night watchman, he stops two burglars in their tracks--with a pair of hot lead slugs. Dismissed from his job for being "trigger-happy," he parlays his newfound notoriety into a job as a detective's assistant, helping honest sleuth Del Bascom solve cases like the Morningside Piano Heist, the Rive Gauche Art Gallery Swindle, and the Sumner-Hayes Burglary. But it's the kidnapping of Tommie Williamson, the son of a New York hotel magnate, that introduces Goodwin to the man who will change his life. Young Tommie has gone missing, and only one detective is built for the job: Nero Wolfe, the heavyset genius of West Thirty-Fifth Street. Together they will form one of the most unlikely crime fighting duos in history--but first Goodwin must find Tommie Williamson, and prove to Wolfe that he deserves a place by his side.
Cover Her Face
by P.D. James Details
Mrs. Maxie's new maid Sally Jupp walks about the house with the triumphantly smug smile of one who has a secret. When she is murdered, it is up to Dalgliesh to discover what lay behind the smile.
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Adam Dalgliesh
Dead Insider : A Loon Lake Mystery
by Victoria Houston Details
In the midst of a catastrophic August rainstorm, a grisly discovery shatters the serenity of a summer evening in northern Wisconsin. Moving quickly to prevent a panic among tourists, Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris enlists the forensic and interrogation skills of her close friend and fellow fly fisherman, the retired dentist "Doc" Osborne
Fer-de-lance
by Rex Stout Details
As any herpetologist will tell you, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to man.nbsp;nbsp;When someone makes a present of one to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he's getting dreadully close to solving the devilishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president.nbsp;nbsp;As for Wolfe, he's playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda -- whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer who's still got poison in his heart.
Live Wire
by Harlan Coben Details
When a pregnant tennis star reports that her rock-artist husband has gone missing amid scandalous rumors, Myron Bolitar is forced to confront deep secrets about his client's past while struggling with fatherhood roles in his personal life.
Private : Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, London, Chicago, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Rome
by James Patterson Details
Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. He already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed.
The Art of Detection
by Laurie King Details
Martinelli, Kate; Female; Lesbian; Police detective Hawkin, Al; Male; Middle aged; Married; Stepfather; Police detective Russell, Mary; Female; 24; Married; Orphan; Scholar; Sherlock's wife; Oxford scholar; Private investigator Holmes, Sherlock; Male; 50s; Married; Deductive; Mary's husband; Private investigator
The Black Echo
by Michael Connelly Details
The very first Harry Bosch novel, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, is available once more. A body discovered in a drainpipe on Mulholland Drive turns out to be a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought by the side of the maverick LAPD homicide detective. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of 'Nam while on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.
The House of Silk
by Anthony Horowitz Details
It is 1890. A year after Holmes's death, Watson--now in a retirement home--narrates a tale of Sherlockian detection that could tear apart the very fabric of society. The story opens with a train robbery in Boston, and moves to the innocuous setting of Wimbledon.
The Old Wine Shades : A Richard Jury Mystery
by Martha Grimes Details
This is a joke, right?? ?No, it isn?'t. . . . So do you want to hear the rest of it?? Dumbly, Jury nodded. The rest of it is told by Harry Johnson, a stranger who sits down next to Richard Jury as he?s drinking in a London pub called the Old Wine Shades. Over three successive nights Harry spins this complicated story about a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day as they were viewing property in Surrey. They?ve been missing for nine months?no trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened.He?s a fascinating bloke, this Harry Johnson?rich, handsome, unattached, and brainy about the esoteric subject of quantum mechanics, a field in which the vanished woman?s husband, Hugh Gault, excels: He?s an authority on string theory, which has some pretty funny notions about the nature of reality.Jury wonders, Is Harry Johnson winding him up? Or did it really happen? The dog did come back, ?but how? And from where? And when Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it.Until they find the body.
Whose Body?
by Dorothy L. Sayers Details
The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder -- especially witha pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath.
Updated 05/04/2014
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