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Nancy Atherton - Aunt Dimity's Mysteries

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Aunt Dimity's Death
Lori thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a family bedtime story until a law firm summoned her to a reading of her relative's last will and testament. Lori will inherit a sizeable estate -- if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters tucked away at Dimity's English country cottage.
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Aunt Dimity and the Duke
A compelling prequel to Aunt Dimity's Death. When avid gardener Emma Porter's longtime lover dumps her, she sets out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings Emma to Penford Hall, where dark rumors and suspicious circumstances lead her on the path to mystery -- and unexpected love.
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Aunt Dimity's Good Deed
Nancy Atherton's growing number of fans will certainly be delighted by Aunt Dimity's latest appearance in the honey-colored English cottage she bequeathed to her "niece," Lori Shepherd. Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori's life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: she's financially set for life and happily married -- or so she thinks. When Lori's plans for a second honeymoon to England with her workaholic husband fall through, she begrudgingly takes along her father-in-law--who promptly disappears, leaving behind a mysterious note. Inspired and guided by the ghost of Aunt Dimity and her inimitable blue journal, Lori's search for the elderly gentleman turns into a harrowing mission to uncover a centuries-old family secret -- complicated by mistaken identities, falsified deeds, family feuds, and Lori's unseemly attraction to her husband's beguiling English cousin. In a delightful chase that takes her all over the English countryside, Lori discovers the true meaning of marital bliss, and Nancy Atherton's fans, new and old, will savor a masterpiece of old-fashioned fun.
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Aunt Dimity Digs In
The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time -- so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirred up by a visiting archaeologist's excavation. With Reginald, the stuffed pink rabbit and Edmond Terrance, the stuffed tiger in tow, Lori hunts down a missing document, and the archaeologist digs up a lot more than artifacts. It is Aunt Dimity's magic blue notebook that provides the key to buried secrets and domestic malice, and shows all the residents of Finch that even the darkest acts can be overcome by forgiveness.
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Aunt Dimity's Christmas
Lori Shepard's plans for a perfect family Christmas are derailed when a mysterious charismatic stranger collapses in the driveway of her cozy English cottage. While the nearby village of Finch prepares to celebrate the season with a nativity play on Christmas Eve, Lori teams up with Julian Bright -- a devilishly attractive Roman Catholic priest -- to search for the stranger's identity. Their journey takes them from hospital wards to homeless shelters to insane asylums, places where the Christmas star shines dimly, if at all. As Lori unveils the tragic secret that led the stranger to her door, she confronts painful truths about herself and discovers the real meaning of a perfect family Christmas.
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Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum Mysteries

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One for the Money
Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude in the bestselling debut mystery that earned Janet Evanovich nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, and Macavity awards. She's a product of the "burg," a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures she can learn what it takes to catch a crook. Her first assignment: nail a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one -- who also happens to be the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie's virginity at age sixteen. There's still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase could be as interesting as it is dangerous.
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Two For the Dough
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum debuted in Janet Evanovich's award-winning One for the Money. Now she's back, packing a whole lot of attitude -- not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights and a .38 Smith & Wesson -- on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working class burg of Trenton, who's just shot his best friend. Mancuso's fresh out of the army and suspiciously wealthy. He's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with ethics that lean toward the gray zone, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations. Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses and caskets, trying to shake Morelli... and stirring up a very nasty enemy...
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Three To Get Deadly
Stephanie Plum, the brassy babe in the powder blue Buick, is back, and she's having a bad hair day -- for the whole month of January. For starters, she's been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier -- one of the burg's most beloved figures, who unfortunately was caught carrying concealed. Steph's job is to haul his revered ass back to the lock-up and collect her share of the bounty. But Mo seems to have skipped town. His car is gone, his ice cream store is deserted, and his neighbors aren't talking, certainly not to Stephanie. Trenton homicide cop and local hunk Joe Morelli is keeping his distance. The last time he got social with Stephanie he ended up naked in the middle of the street. But Stephanie's not one to say no to a challenge, whether she's after a Mo or a Morelli... With lots of help from former "ho" turned file clerk, Lula, and the occasional assist from the ultimate of bounty hunters, Ranger, Stephanie packs her pepper spray and takes off in pursuit of the elusive purveyor of sweets.
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Four To Score
Working for her bail bondsman cousin Vinnie, Stephanie Plum is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers -- even when aided by crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet -- and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs.
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High Five
In this fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's increasingly popular series, Stephanie's problems are many and varied. She's not making enough money picking up FTAs (Failures to Appear) for her cousin Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds; her red-hot love affair with Detective Joe Morelli has cooled off; and her giant extended family is no help at all. For instance, Uncle Fred the cheapskate has disappeared, leaving behind some suspicious photographs of body parts in garbage bags and links to some really dangerous people. When Stephanie turns to her friend and mentor, Ranger, for financial advice, he gets her involved in a gang of toughs doing instant evictions for landlords. (She complains to Ranger about the job and its dangers, prompting one of the hired thug to say, "Man, you don't like to get shot. You don't like to get arrested. You don't know how to have fun at all.") Most of Stephanie's charm, of course, comes from her attitude -- a combination of the brazen bravado that turns a failed lingerie model into a bounty hunter in the first place and the normal fears of a person in over her head.
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Andrew Greeley - Nuala Anne MacGrail Novels
(also by Andrew Greeley, "Lord of the Dance" in the General Fiction page)

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Irish Gold
Trying to discover why his grandparents fled Ireland in 1922, American-born Dermot Michael Coyne hires Nuala Anne McGrail, a student at Dublin's Trinity College, to translate the diaries of his grandmother Nell, who left Ireland during the Troubles with her husband Liam O'Riada, and who would never tell why they left. Somebody else remembers, though -- or why is Dermot set upon by thugs? Irish Gold revolves around a hidden fortune in gold and the real-life, still-unsolved, question of who killed Free Irish leader Michael Collins in 1922
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Irish Lace
Nuala Anne McGrail uses her psychic abilities to help solve mysteries. But even she will admit with a smile that she couldn't do it without Dermot Michael Coyne, her devoted admirer and self-proclaimed "spear carrier." Now both living in Chicago, their unique courtship is once again interrupted by one of Nuala's "spells." For on a quiet street on the South Shore, she is overwhelmed by the screaming of thousands of dying men--Confederate soldiers held as prisoners of war.
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Irish Whiskey
The beautiful and fey -- as they say in the old Country -- Nuala Anne McGrail has twice before amazed her faithful suitor Dermot Coyne with her psychic ability to "reach back" to the past, discovering a wrong that needs righting. With their wedding only a few weeks away, Dermot hopes he's seen the last of Nuala's "spells" for a while. But he's not a bit surprised when, while paying respects to his grandparents in Chicago's Mount Carmel Cemetery, Nuala points to the grave of the famous bootlegger Jimmy "Sweet Rolls" Sullivan and states in her usual charming and matter-of-fact way that there is nobody buried in it. Like it or not, Dermot finds himself doing the legwork on yet another historic mystery -- this time on the odd circumstances surrounding the death of Al Capone's most famous rival.
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Irish Mist
Dermot Michael Coyne isn't sure what he's gotten himself into. Nuala Anne McGrail, that beautiful and vivacious "Celtic witch," has finally agreed to marry him. Her spitfire personality is quite a challenge, but living with "a dark one," someone gifted with second sight, may be more than Dermot can take. Nuala has a successful singing career now, with a top-selling CD. She's been invited to sing at Irish Aid, an international charity event in Dublin, to benefit Ireland's poor. But the plane hasn't even touched down before she has another one of her "spells." Nuala had a "spell" the last time the dashing duo set foot on the Emerald Isle, and they ended up solving one of the most famous mysteries in modern Irish history--who killed Michael Collins. But there are many tales of suffering and misdeeds in the murky mist of Ireland's turbulent and violent past. A lesser-known event perhaps, but with its own dark unanswered questions, is the assassination of Kevin O'Higgins, the man who succeeded Collins as the leader of the movement to free Ireland. That O'Higgins was gunned down on the way to mass is generally known, but when Nuala's around, the "bridge behind the bridge," the link between past and present, becomes almost visible. And secrets bubble to the surface -- some small and pleasant; others large and terrible. Confirmed by Dermot's diligent legwork, Nuala's intuitions include a burning castle, the lonely widow of a decorated British officer, the captain of the infamous "Black and Tan" police force, a wild American woman from Chicago, and bloodshed -- all somehow connected. It is these lost souls who cry out to Nuala. She feels their pain and must do all that she (and poor Dermot) can to bring the truth to light. But these events have left a deep-burning hatred and shame in the surviving generations, and there are people who want to snuff out that light -- and its source -- to keep the truth hidden.
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Virginia Lanier - Death in Bloodhound Red
Jo Beth Siddon is a bloodhound trainer with a special talent for harrowing search-and-rescue missions, and a bad habit for mouthing off to deputies who refuse to take orders from a woman.She has seen her share of trouble: moonshiners poking guns at her head, crooked cops, and an abusive ex-husband with a terrible temper. Then she's suspected of murder and finds herself treading a quagmire as thick and treacherous as the Okefenokee Swamp. If she can't prove her innocence, she might lose not only the thriving business she loves, but the freedom and independence she's fought for all her life.
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Margaret Lawrence - Hanna Trevor Series

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Hearts and Bones
Independent Hannah Trevor is a midwife in the small Maine town of Rufford several years after the end of the Revolutionary War. In the dead of a particularly brutal winter, an horrific act -- the rape and murder of a young wife -- draws Hannah into the constabulary's investigation and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Now an honorable man has been accused of the crime -- Hannah's former lover, the father of her illegitimate daughter.
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Blood Red Roses

As a young widow, midwife Hannah Trevor is regarded by the courts as unable to support her daughter, Jennet, and at any minute, the eight-year-old may be taken away from her and sold as an indentured servant. When she becomes the suspect in a murder, Hannah must save not only her own life, but that of her daughter's as well.
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It is a chilly Autumn in Rufford, Maine, but violent passions and tempers inflamed in the wake of America's war of independence are still burning white hot. Perparing for her pucoming marriage -- pregnant with the child of Daniel Josselyn -- Hannah Trevor's happiness is overshadowed by news that her cousin Jonathan is missing and feared dead. One of a band of Regulators -- farmers turned militant rebels in protest of crippling taxation -- Jonathan is presumed to have fled into the Outward, the fast forests that border on Rufford. Then, with tensions in town reaching an explosive level, a body is discovered at the edge of the same wilderness. Meanwhile, it is Muster Day in Rufford, when the militia is massed to drill in anticipation of new conflicts that may threaten the newborn country. At their head is Major Josselyn, torn in tow by his responsibilities to maintain order and his sympathy for the men at whose side he fought in the war of Revolution -- many of whom have already been consigned to the brutal debtor's prison. When a second murder rocks the town of Rufford on the eve of his marriage to Hannah, Daniel is arrested. Once again, Hannah will be forced to piece together a patchwork of suspects and motivations -- as she pieces together the quilt for her marriage bed -- if she is to clear Daniel's name. In the end, clinging desperately to her hope for a peaceful life with Daniel, her daughter Jennet, and her unborn child, she'll find herself confronted with the prospect of the ultimate sacrifice.
Diana Gabaldon: "Wonderful...A terrific novel of human strengths and weaknesses, and the enduring passions that have ruled - and sustained - life through the ages. Margaret Lawrence writes some of the best historical fiction going. I loved The Burning Bride."
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Sharyn McCrumb - Elizabeth MacPherson Mysteries

Sick of Shadows
The acclaimed first novel in the series. Who murdered bride-to-be Eileen Chandler on the eve of her wedding? Her cousin Elizabeth intends to find out -- and plunges into the Chandler household's hotbed of Southern eccentricity in search of a cunning killer.
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Elizabeth Peters - The Amelia Peabody Series (11 books to date)

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Crocodile on the Sunbank
Named 1998 Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America, Elizabeth Peters is also a doctor of Egyptology whose mysteries have submerged readers in the vivid turn-of-the-century world of Amelia Peabody. Crocodile on the Sun Bank is the first in this series. Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father's fortune, but she is also blessed with his strong will as well. Now she's headed for Cairo, accompanied by a girl with a tarnished past, to indulge her passion for Egyptology. Little did she know that murder and a homicidal mummy lay in wait for her.
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Ellis Peters - Brother Cadfael Series (20 books - Historical Mysteries)
"Edith Pargeter, writing as Ellis Peters, has 'recreated the world of England in the first years of the High Middle Ages' in her chronicles of Brother Cadfael, according to Andrew M. Greeley in theArmchair Detective. A twelfth-century crusader turned monk and herbalist, Brother Cadfael is the protagonist of a series of novels and stories that mix historical background, romance, and detection, and which Greeley describes as 'a fascinating reconstruction of the religion, the history, the social structure, the culture, the politics, and the lifestyle of England in the twelfth century.' Set on the Welsh border near Shrewsbury, where Peters lives today, the books take place during the tumultuous reign of Stephen of England, when fighting between the king and his cousin the Empress Matilda (or Maud) wracked the realm." Information provided under copyright by Gale Research.
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J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) - In Death Series
All About Eve - An article about the "In Death" Series at Amazon.com

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Naked in Death
Following up on a murder investigation, New York police lieutenant Eve Dallas goes against her normal instincts when she becomes involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire who is a suspect in Eve's case.
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Glory in Death
Suspecting a link between the murders of two beautiful and highly successful women, police lieutenant Eve Dallas follows up on a long list of suspects that includes her own lover, Roarke.
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Immortal in Death
When a top model is murdered, police lieutenant Eve Dallas discovers that the world of high fashion thrives on an all-consuming obsession for youth and fame. One that leads from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City, where drugs can be found to fulfill any desire -- for any price.
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Rapture in Death
They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenenat Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsises revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games - where the same technique used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction.
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Ceremony in Death
Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside of her home, Eve takes the warning personally. With her husband, Roarke, watching her every move, Eve is drawn into the most dangerous case of her career. Every step she takes makes her question her own beliefs of right and wrong -- and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil...
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Vengeance in Death
He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit -- always solved moments too late to save his victim's lives. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past -- a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.
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Holiday in Death
No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: All of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love -- and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal...
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Midnight in Death (in "Silent Night" Anthology)
In J.D. Robb's "Midnight in Death," Lieutenant Eve Dallas must postpone her first Christmas with her new husband, Roarke, to hunt for an escaped serial killer -- but she and Roarke still manage to find ways to celebrate...
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Conspiracy in Death
When a man is found dead on a New York sidewalk with a laser-perfect hole in his chest, Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins her most challenging manhunt -- for a serial killer with a dangerously psychotic mind and a surgeon's skill.
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Loyalty in Death
New York cop Eve Dallas returns to face her most ingenious foe -- a "secret admirer" who taunts her with letters, and kills without mercy. It's a race against the clock for Eve, who must stop an unknown bomber from wreaking mass terror and destruction in New York City.
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Annette Roome - Chris Martin Mysteries

A Real Shot in the Arm
Author's 1st mystery, featuring Chris Martin, a 40-year-old reporter and mother resuming her career. Fun and excitement. Winner of the John Creasey Memorial Award.
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A Second Shot in the Dark
Business as usual for Tipping Herald reporter Chris Martin: minutes after she gets an anonymous note offering to expose a prominent businessman's "wrongdoings", the informant, Rosemary Tindall, is found dead -- the latest victim, it seems, of a serial killer -- and the morning after Chris meets her new lover Pete Schiavo's ex-wife's second husband, John Redfern, he's arrested for the murder. Though the police turn John loose, they don't accept Chris's evidence that the crime took place a full day earlier -- so, besieged by her persistent, loathsome ex and her hectoring editor, she sets off on her own to tie Rosemary's death to that businessman's round of sex parties.
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