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A Question of Honor
by Charles Todd Details
While tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess Crawford discovers that the officer who killed five people in India and England is still alive, and, setting out to clear her father's name, instead makes a horrific discovery that changes everything. 2013 Agatha Award winner for best historical novel.
Clammed Up
by Barbara Ross Details
Summer has come to Busmans Harbor Maine and tourists are lining up for a taste of authentic New England seafood courtesy of the Snowden Family Clambake Company. But theres something sinister on the boil this season. A killer has crashed a wedding party adding mystery to the menu at the worst possible moment. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best contemporary.
Death Al Dente
by Leslie Budewitz Details
Murphy's Mercantile, known as the Merc, has been a staple in Jewel Bay for over a hundred years. To celebrate their recent makeover as a gourmet food market, Erin has organized a town festival, Festa di Pasta, featuring the culinary goods of Jewel Bay's finest--including her mother Fresca's delicious Italian specialties. But Erin's sweet success is soured when the shop's former manager, Claudette, is found dead behind the Merc on the Festa's opening night. 2013 Agatha Award winner for best first novel.
Hears and Graces
by Rhys Bowen Details
While in the Australian Outback grooming a newfound heir, Jack Altringham, for high society, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself investigating the murder of the Duke who was found with Jack's hunting knife in his back. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best historical novel.
How the Light Gets In
by Louise Penny Details
In Three Pines Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates the disappearance of a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best contemporary novel.
Murder in Chelsea
by Victoria Thompson Details
Sarah Brandt and Sergeant Frank Mallloy scour Victorian Manhattan to investigate the death of a nursemaid who claims to know the birthmother of Sarah's daughter. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best historical novel.
Pagan Spring
by G. M. Malliet Details
Spy-turned-vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best contemporary novel.
The Wrong Girl
by Hank Phillippi Ryan Details
Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal--reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. 2013 Agatha Award winner for best contemporary novel.
Through the Evil Days
by Julia Spencer-Fleming Details
When a raging fire quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping, expectant parents Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and the Reverend Clare Fergusson must deal with personal and professional issues they never before encountered. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best contemporary novel.
You Cannoli Die Once
by Shelley Costa Details
Philadelphia Italian chef Eve Angelotta and her cousins start their own investigation to clear their grandmother's name after she's arrested for murder. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best first novel.
Updated 07/05/2014
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