A Royal Pain
by Rhys Bowen
Assigned by the Queen of England to entertain a Bavarian princess, penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie must help Princess Hanni unlearn the English she has learned from American gangster films, break her of her shoplifting habit, and investigate a murder.
Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die
by Nancy Martin
Nora's next journalistic assignment: the unveiling of the most miraculous bra in fashion history. But before Nora can hand in her uplifting story, her boss is found shot execution-style and trussed up in expensive panty hose--an Abruzzo family trademark. Now Nora must find the killer before her innocent lover takes the rap. That means shadowing the most glamorous suspects in Philadelphia--including a bad-boy designer, a former child star, a high-strung ad exec, and a pair of luscious twin models. Though Nora's accustomed to upper-crust murder, cross your fingers for the Blackbird sisters, because this time, high society has never seemed so low-down dirty.
Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach
by Colin Cotterill
Reluctantly abandoning her crime-reporting job to accompany her family to her mother's newly acquired "holiday camp" on Thailand's Gulf of Siam, Jimm Juree investigates a morbid local mystery in the hopes of revamping her career.
by Michael Malone
Raleigh Hayes' father has run off to New Orleans in a yellow Cadillac convertible with a young black woman, leading his ever-respectable son into an adventure. Raleigh will save his neighbor from the law, be rolled by Hell's Angels and rescued by renegade nuns, deliver a baby, tangle with the Ku Klux Klan, and befriend a master criminal.
Murder at the Academy Awards
by Joan Rivers
While hosting Oscar night on the red carpet, Hollywood personality Maxine Taylor witnesses an actress's suspicious drug-overdose death, which she investigates as part of a plot to separate her daughter from an unworthy boyfriend.
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.
by Carl Hiaasen
Ex-state investigator Mick Stananhan, the target of a hit man, skewers the culprit with a stuffed marlin head. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Rudy Graveline hired the hit man to prevent Stranahan from exposing Graveline's guilt in the death of a patient. Soon, a second hit man, a six-foot-nine-inch assassin, appears with a weed whacker attached to the stump of his amputated arm.
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
by M. C. Beaton
Hired by the Parish councilor of a small community in the Cotswold Hills to investigate the murder of a jolly widow, Agatha Raisin learns about the victim's penchant for keeping borrowed items in a case that is complicated by village secrets and a killer who would make Agatha a next target.
The Penguin Who Knew Too Much
by Donna Andrews
While digging a pool in the basement for a flock of penguins from the bankrupt local zoo, Meg Langslow's father accidentally stumbles upon a body buried beneath the floor, sending Meg on a desperate quest to find a killer.
The Spellman Files
by Lisa Lutz
Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This 28-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to "Get Smart" reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors -- but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations.