A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

No good deed goes unpunished . . .

Working as a consultant for a Baltimore newspaper p.i. Tess Monaghan seems far removed from the unsolved slaying of a young federal prosecutor until her well-meaning boyfriend,Crow,brings a street kid into their lives,a juvenile con artist who doesn’t even realize he holds an important key to the sensational homicide.But Tess’s ethical decision to protect the boy’s identity no matter what could have dire consequences especially when one of his friends is murdered in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity.With federal agents threatening her with felony charges and a killer threatening far worse Tess couldn’t deliver the kid to investigators even if she wanted to once Crow goes into hiding with his young protégé.So her only recourse is to get to the heart of the sordid and deadly affair while they’re all still free . . . and still breathing.

AUTHOR: LAURA LIPPMAN 

TITLE: NO GOOD DEEDS 

SLAUGHTERED IN BED

September 10,2001:  As night falls upon an unsuspecting New York City,Allison Taylor’s most pressing concern is braving the rain and the notorious cab drivers to attend a Marc Jacobs fashion show at the Pier.

A recent transplant to Manhattan,Allison is just beginning to make a name for herself in the industry.Little does she know that her reality is about to be dramatically altered or that she will become the target of a sadistic killer.The very next morning,Allison encounters a world on fire.The city is paralyzed with fear and uncertainty in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack that has claimed countless innocent lives and brought down the Twin Towers in a moment of absolute horror that will live on forever.But another evil has struck even closer to home.Allison later discovers her upstairs neighbor,Kristina,slaughtered in her bed. Her murderer has escaped into darkness,and will take full advantage of the ensuing chaos to carry out a sinister plot one that will bring vengeance straight to Allison’s door.

AUTHOR: WENDY CORSI STAUB

TITLE: NIGHT WATCHER 

BRUTAL AND UNTIMELY DEATH

It’s a city of beauty,history…hauntings. And one of the most haunted places in Savannah is a tavern called The Dragonslayer,built in the 1750s.The current owner,Gus Anderson,is a descendant of the original innkeeper and his pirate brother,Blue.Gus summons his granddaughter,Abigail,home from Virginia,where she’s studying at the FBI Academy.                                                                          

When she arrives,she’s devastated to find him dead. Murdered.But Abby soon learns that Gus isn’t the only one to meet a brutal and untimely end;there’ve been at least two other victims.Then Captain Blue Anderson starts making ghostly appearances,and the FBI’s paranormal investigation unit,the Krewe of Hunters,sends in Agent Malachi Gordon.Abby and Malachi have a similar ability to connect with the dead…and a similar stubbornness.Sparks immediately begin to fly sparks of attraction and discord.But as the death toll rises,they have to trust each other or they,too,might find themselves among the dead haunting old Savannah!

AUTHOR: HEATHER GRAHAM 

TITLE: THE NIGHT IS ALIVE 

MYSTERY AT THE WEDDING

Scottish Barrister Rex Graves and his fiance Helen have traveled to Aston-on-Trent in Derbyshire, England to attend the wedding ceremony of one of Helen’s former students.The dreary gray skies and bickering families underscore Rex’s private reservations about the unlikely couple’s long-term prospects.But when people connected to the ill-fated wedding start falling faster than the gloomy May rain,Rex must determine who among the sniping wedding guests is the killer…..

AUTHOR: C. S. CHALLINOR 

TITLE: MURDER OF THE BRIDE 

VICTIM OF FOUL PLAY

On the afternoon of April 26,1913,thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan arrived at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta,Georgia,where she worked,to pick up her paycheck.The next day,Mary’s bloody,battered, and bruised dead body was found in the basement of the pencil factory,the victim of foul play.The Jewish-American factory superintendent Leo Frank was arrested,tried,and convicted for the murder in a controversial trial.Frank himself became the victim of a lynch mob,when they broke him out of prison and hung him from a tree.But was Leo Frank truly guilty of Mary Phagan’s violent death? Or did the real killer get away with cold-blooded murder? 

AUTHOR: R. BARRI FLOWERS 

TITLE: MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY 

PAID FOR IN BLOOD

A KILLER WHO GETS AWAY WITH MURDER ONCE…

It’s been twenty years since the night Jake Marcott was brutally murdered at St. Elizabeth’s High School.It’s a night that shattered the lives of Lindsay Farrell,Kristen Daniels,and Rachel Alsace.It’s a night they’ll never forget.A killer will make sure of that…Finds it easier to kill again…A 20-year reunion has been scheduled for St. Elizabeth’s.For some alumni,very special invitations have been sent: their smiling senior pictures slashed by an angry red line again…and again…..Three women have been marked for death.Tonight,as the music plays,and the doors of St. Elizabeth are sealed,a killer will finish what was started long ago,and the sins of the past will be paid for in blood…

AUTHOR: LISA JACKSON 

TITLE: MOST LIKELY TO DIE 

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IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES

Sometimes late at night
I lie awake and watch her sleeping
She’s lost in peaceful dreams
So I turn out the lights and lay there in the dark
And the thought crosses my mind
If I never wake up in the morning
Would she ever doubt the way I feel
About her in my heart

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way
To show her every day
That she’s my only one
If my time on earth were through
And she must face this world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes.

‘Cause I’ve lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed
So I made a promise to myself
To say each day how much she means to me
And avoid that circumstance
Where there’s no second chance
To tell her how I feel

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way
To show her every day
That she’s my only one
If my time on earth were through
And she must face this world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes

So tell that someone that you love
Just what you’re thinking of
If tomorrow never comes

By Ronan Keaton.It’s one of my favorites.It reminds that,you should always let the one person that you love or whoever you care about to know how you feel about them.

THE MERCENARY ENTERPRISE

Darcy Arlen,a beautiful young American,is dangerously bored.Though she’s on a very pricey tour of Europe,she’s already sick of museums and ruins,and eager for distraction.After slipping away from the group one afternoon,she meets Will,an attractive young drifter who carries about him the scent of true adventure.Will invites Darcy back to the hostel where he’s been staying and introduces her to Justine,his darkly seductive lover and mentor.

Justine,a master of the con,senses a grand opportunity in this amenable blonde.She and Will manage to turn things so that Darcy not only accompanies them to Venice,but finances the trip as well.There they meet Maurice,a shady figure who offers them a job smuggling an important package to Greece.As the threesome travels across Europe toward the island of Crete,what unfolds is an astonishing tale of shifting alliances and shocking betrayals,of sexual obsession and mercenary enterprise,of conflicting passions and fateful choices.When the adventurers finally reach the village of Matala with the package in hand,they learn that what they have delivered is more valuable,and the repercussions of their involvement more terrifying,than they ever could have imagined.

AUTHOR: CRAIG HOLDEN 

TITLE: MATALA 

THE KILLING SPREE

Three teenagers with dead-end lives,and chips on their shoulders,and guns.The first person they killed was a girl,during a robbery.The second was a man whose car they needed.The third and fourth,well, those were personal.Then,hell,why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota,Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.But something doesn’t feel quite right to him about the whole thing.The kids, the victims,the people chasing them something’s off.Virgil just hopes he can figure out what before too many more people die.But even he can’t realize what’s about to happen next.
AUTHOR: JOHN SANDFORD 
TITLE: MAD RIVER 

DANE CAME BACK

A mother’s love is undying… and so is Dane.

Having killed 42 people,Dane Peters a serial killer also known as the Rest Stop Dentist was finally caught and executed by the state of Arkansas.His mother,Ella,watched the execution of her only child then went back to her house in Colorado and attempted to move on.Life after Dane wasn’t easy for the mother of a serial killer,but it got even harder when Ella started seeing and hearing her baby boy.The driving force behind his ghostly return lies buried in their family’s dark past.Was she hallucinating? Going insane? Or was Dane truly haunting her and if so,why? Ella loved her son even after the things he did,so what is the reason behind his harassment of her from beyond the grave? And will she survive itAs Ella desperately seeks a way to lay her son’s troubled soul to rest,she comes face to face with her own failings.If Ella cannot learn why her son has returned and what he seeks,then the reach of his power will destroy the innocent,and not even his mother will be able to stop him.

AUTHOR: EDWARD LORN 

TITLE: LIFE AFTER DANE 

kIDNAPPED OR MISSING?

Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother,and Barbara can’t really help Azhar had never married Angelina,and his name isn’t on Hadiyyah’s,their daughter’s,birth certificate.He has no legal claim.Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective,but the trail goes cold.Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing,kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.The Italian police are investigating,and the Yard won’t get involved,until Barbara takes matters into her own hands at the risk of her own career.As both Barbara and her partner,Inspector Thomas Lynley,soon discover the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping,revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation.With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line,Barbara must decide what matters most,and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.

AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE 

TITLE: JUST ONE EVIL ACT 

WHO COMMITED THE MURDER

It is February on Broward’s Rock,the resort island off the South Carolina coast,it’s damp and cold and there are few visitors.When Annie is called to go to the home of Gwen Jamison who says that she is afraid of something,Annie finds her shot and dying.                                                                      

Without any proof,the police immediately arrest Gwen’s son,Robert,for her murder.He is a high-school dropout and a rabble rouser.He has been in trouble before,but nothing violent.Though Annie’s husband Max is able to obtain an alibi for Robert from the minister of the local Baptist Church,it’s a mixed blessing Much to the minister’s chagrin, Robert was with his daughter during the time of the murder.This does not completely satisfy the police as some of Gwen’s blood was found in his car as was the gun used to shoot her.The questions still unanswered are: if Robert is innocent,who planted the gun and blood in his car? And where is the fortune of gold coins that has gone missing from a historic house that the Darlings are restoring?

AUTHOR: CAROLYN HART 

TITLE: DEATH WALKED IN