A bad day for scandal
by Sophie Littlefield
Blackmailed by a powerful businesswoman to help dispose of a dead body, Stella Hardesty is implicated in the woman's subsequent disappearance and travels to Kansas City for answers, only to discover a series of killings tied to a corrupt judge.
Dead between the lines
by Denise Swanson
To keep her new business in the black, Dev opens up her shop to local clubs. But in the first meeting of the Stepping Out Book Club, the speaker storms out after members attack his poetry's sexism and scorn for small towns. Later that night, the poet's body is found outside Dev's store. Dev can't afford for the murder to close her down, so she does a little stepping out of her own to investigate, with help from her two sexy suitors, Dr. Noah Underwood and Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio. But when the killer threatens Dev, they will have to use every trick in the book to solve the case before she becomes the final chapter in this murder mystery.
by Nancy Mehl
"In the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, Sarah has finally found a peace absent from her childhood as an orphan; when her sister suddenly reappears--only to disappear again--can Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason help solve the mystery that's still haunting her?"-- Provided by publisher.
Gone girl : a novel
by Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media -- as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents -- the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter -- but is he really a killer?
by Jeanne Glidewell
Stone Van Patten has recently renovated an old mansion in the historic region of the small town of Rockdale, Missouri and turned it into a thriving bed and breakfast. Stone's girlfriend Lexie Starr and her daughter decide to promote the inn by turning it into a haunted house for Halloween. When the young man Lexie hires to dress as a vampire turns up dead in a makeshift coffin, Lexie decides to get involved with the murder investigation.
Mean business on North Ganson Stree
by S. Craig Zahler
"Hardened and disgraced city detective Jules Bettinger is sent to a hellhole rust belt town in Missouri where he investigates a double homicide in which two policemen were killed, and begins to suspect that it was not an isolated event.
Murder at the painted lady
by Barbara Warren
Allie is thrilled when she inherits a Victorian mansion from her estranged aunt. It is one of Stony Point, Missouri's famous Painted Ladies-- but the inheritance comes with strings attached. Allie is challenged to find the truth and clear the name of her aunt's husband, who died in prison.
The blood ballad
by Rett MacPherson
Genealogist Torie O'Shea is out birding on the cliffs of the Mississippi River as part of New Kassell, Missouri's first ever bird-watching Olympics, when someone starts shooting at her and her partner. Disoriented and running for their lives, they stumble over an antique trunk and discover a badly beaten dead body stuffed inside. Soon after, musicologist Glen Morgan shows up at the Kendall House, Torie's new textile museum, claiming to be her cousin and to have proof that her grandfather secretly may have written a number of popular songs for the famous country music singers, the Morgan Family Players. Torie starts to uncover secrets about her family and the town that even she didn't know.