THE HIGHEST CORRIDORS OF D.C.

When Billy Ellison,the son of Washington, D.C.’s most influential African-American family,is found dead in the Potomac near a violent drug haven,veteran metro reporter Sully Carter knows it’s time to start asking some serious questions no matter what the consequences.With the police unable to find a lead and pressure mounting for Sully to abandon the investigation,he has a hunch that there is more to the case than a drug deal gone bad or a tale of family misfortune.Digging deeper,Sully finds that the real story stretches far beyond Billy and into D.C.’s most prominent social circles.An alcoholic still haunted from his years as a war correspondent in Bosnia,Sully now must strike a dangerous balance between D.C.’s two extremes the city’s violent,desperate back streets and its highest corridors of power while threatened by those who will stop at nothing to keep him from discovering the shocking truth.

AUTHOR: NEELY TUCKER 

TITLE: MURDER,D.C.

GENRE: Mystery,Thriller
 

THE BODY IN THE ALLEYWAY

Aimée Leduc is happy her long-time business partner René has found a girlfriend.Really,she is.It’s not her fault if she can’t suppress her doubts about the relationship; René is moving way too fast, and Aimée’s instincts tell her Meizi,this supposed love of René’s life,isn’t trustworthy. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never comes back to the restaurant. Minutes later,the body of a young man,a science prodigy and volunteer at the nearby Musée,is found shrink-wrapped in an alleyway with Meizi’s photo in his wallet.Aimée does not like this scenario one bit,but she can’t figure out how the murder is connected to Meizi’s disappearance.The dead genius was sitting on a discovery that has France’s secret service keeping tabs on him. Now they’re keeping tabs on Aimée. A missing young woman, an illegal immigrant raid in progress,botched affairs of the heart,dirty policemen,the French secret service, cutting-edge science secrets and a murderer on the loose what has she gotten herself into? And can she get herself and her friends back out of it all alive? 

AUTHOR: CARA BLACK

TITLE: MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE

GENRE: Crime,Thriller & Mystery

A DEADLY PRECISION

St. Paul’s Hospital. Buffalo,New York. Scandal rocks the medical community when someone murders the chief administrator, plunging a long thin cardiac needle into his heart with deadly precision. Top ER physician Earl Garnet is one of the few doctors who knows how to insert a cardiac needle. Now a suspect,Garnet races to uncover the truth,even as he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy far bigger and more sinister than he could ever imagine a secret that could blow apart the very medical establishment Garnet has sworn to serve.

AUTHOR: PETER CLEMENT 

TITLE: LETHAL PRACTICE

GENRE: Fiction,Suspense & Thriller

What Makes them *Special*

A Person A World

The doctor declares it’s a baby girl.

Mom cries out of joy, she always wanted a baby girl. She wanted a baby girl who she can dress up pretty in frilly frocks with pretty bows.

Dad probably had no expectations or even if he did, nobody ever knew. Nonetheless it was Dad who came to rescue each time – baby girl disappointed her mom. All the times baby girl turned out to be a surprise poor mom couldn’t handle,Dad stood by baby girl instinctively knowing and unflinchingly believing in her, even in times when she seemed a total mess, standing her ground fiercely fighting her own childish battles against the norms, he had the wisdom to know – his nonjudgmental unconditional love,support and guidance was all that she needed to bloom,to grow and be happy. He never for once tried to make her fit, curb her flight of thoughts or…

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TWO HUSBANDS FOUR TRIALS

In January 1889,Louisa Collins,a 41-year-old mother of ten children,became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales.Both of Louisa’s husbands died suddenly.The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community,put her on trial an extraordinary FOUR tIMES in order to get a conviction.Louisa protested her innocence until the end.

Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial.Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter,May,who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand.The historical context is also important: Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law except when it came to the gallows.Women could not vote or stand for parliament or sit on juries.There were no female politicians and no women judges.Against this background,a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa’s life,arguing that a legal system comprised only of men male judges,all-male jury,male prosecutor,governor and Premier could not with any integrity hang a woman.the tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House.Less than 15 years after Louisa was hanged.Australian women would become some of the first in the world to get the vote. they would take seats in State parliament,and in Canberra they would become doctors,lawyers,judges,premiers even the Prime Minister.

AUTHOR: CAROLINE OVERINGTON

TITLE: LAST WOMAN HANGED

GENRE:True Crime  Story,History & Crime

From the Author,CAROLINE OVERINGTON : My hope is that Last Woman Hanged will be read not only as a true crime story but as a letter of profound thanks to that generation of women who fought so hard for the rights we still enjoy today.’

THE TRAIL OF AN ARCHITECT

Parish & Richards are given the case of a gifted boy murdered on the fourteenth green at the local golf course;Richards is also trying to find out if a 1966 diary that she bought at a car boot sale,and written by a captive 15 year-old girl called Loveday,is genuine.Stick and Xena are working to solve the case of a young woman’s thawing body found in a wood.Jerry Kowalski is back,and she becomes involved in the trial of an architect who is accused of murdering his wife.His barrister is going to get him acquitted, but Jerry has a feeling the architect is guilty,and asks Bronwyn for her help.

AUTHOR: TIM ELLIS

TITLE: IN THE TWINKLE OF AN EYE

GENRE: Suspense,Law Enforcement,Crime

THE MAD DICTATOR

Gavin Jenkins,a brilliant young doctor with roots in poor,rural Kentucky,saves Baltimore heiress Cleo Talbot from unnecessary surgery after an incorrect diagnosis.When the couple’s passionate attraction leads to marriage,Cleo’s elite social and political connections propel Gavin,a charismatic Dr. FeelGood,to the heights of international celebrity.

His name appears in the secret “black books” of the world’s most powerful men and women.His patient list extends from the bedrooms and war rooms of heads of state to the dressing rooms of world-famous artists and the ornate palaces of oil-rich Arab kingdoms.When the richest man in the world, Nicky Kiskalesi,sets his eyes on billions of dollars of Egyptian oil,he must first topple a power-mad dictator.He seeks Gavin’s help,a fateful decision that leads from the waterfront slums of Izmir,Turkey, to secret KGB plots and beheadings in the scarlet-draped bedrooms of gilded mansions; from secluded private islands in the Mediterranean to the corrupt thrones of the Levant and the inner sanctums of the White House itself.….while the future of vast oilfields and Gavin’s own life are at stake.

AUTHOR:RUTH HARRIS AND MICHAEL HARRIS

TITLE: HOOKED

GENRE: Mystery,Suspense,& Political-Medical Thriller

DANGEROUS FRIENDS

Private investigator Ellen Brazil is hired to find ex-banker Charles Dugan,who disappeared after his mansion burned to the ground.Ellen quickly discovers that Dugan’s new profession playing poker full time has earned him a circle of very dangerous “friends.”Ellen’s investigation is disrupted when her mother is injured,leaving Ellen to wonder why her mother’s abusive husband has gone missing when he should be at the hospital.Ellen finds herself trying to solve two cases at once while smoothing over her own personal issues.When she learns Dugan has plans to flee the country,Ellen knows it’s imperative to find him before the gang he owes money to discover his whereabouts and carry out their grave intentions. 

AUTHOR: M.A. COMLEY

TITLE: GRAVE INTENTION 

GENRE: Crime,Suspense & Thriller
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A LETTER FROM A MYSTERIOUS SOURCE

Caught in an abusive marriage,Jenny Slater desperately hopes there is more to life than the lies she tells to hide the bruises.Her three children have no idea their father is a monster,and Jenny struggles with the decision to tell them of her torment,which she can no longer bear alone.Jenny’s pen pal in the States is the only person aware of the truth.When Helen pleads with her to visit,Jenny is undecided about leaving England when her family is at odds.However,when a letter from a mysterious source arrives,seeking Jenny’s help,she flies to the States.Her attempts to save another trapped soul only entangle her in another manipulative relationship.

AUTHOR: M.A. COMLEY 

TITLE: EVIL IN DISGUISE 

GENRE: Fiction, Family Life, Crime

THE GUILTY DOCTOR

The naked body of a teenage girl has been found on the grounds of Elmhurst,a private psychiatric hospital,and with the help of upright Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn,Rafferty must track down the killer.His task is complicated,however,because the victim’s face has been mutilated beyond recognition,and Elmhurst’s owner,suave social climber Dr. Melville-Briggs,claims he has no idea who the girl might be.Between Rafferty’s mother’s constant matchmaking ambitions,the media’s unrelenting attention,and a heated power struggle between snobby Melville-Briggs and working-class Llewellyn,Rafferty’s first case since his promotion is not going to be an easy one.His growing dislike of the arrogant doctor quickly turns into an obsessive desire to prove Dr. Melville-Briggs guilty of murder,despite his seemingly solid alibi.But when the identity of the girl is discovered at last,a host of new suspects emerges,and Rafferty and Llewellyn,in the full glare of the media,must hustle to dissect motives and to uncover the true murderer.

AUTHOR: GERALDINE EVANS

TITLE: DEAD BEFORE MORNING

GENRE: Fiction,Mystery & Detective

DERANGED RULES

Life is good for Blake Dent, part-time bounty hunter and smoothie stall owner.His business has skyrocketed.His personal life is in order.And most importantly,he has a posh new apartment stacked with expensive gadgets and technology.Things couldn’t be better.But events take a drastic turn when the police receive several horrifying murder tapes from a sick serial killer called “Hose”.And when Blake chooses not to aid the police in fear of involving those he loves,his worst nightmares are realised.Now,Blake is thrown into a dramatic race against time to save everything he cares about.But “Hose” is clever.Intelligent.And Blake must play by his deranged rules if he ever wants a chance of leading a normal life again.

AUTHOR: RYAN CASEY

TITLE: CUCUMBER COOLIE

GENRE: Mystery

IN TROUBLE

when the naked body of a young man is found in a local beauty spot,Detective Inspector Mike Malone has two problems.Firstly to find the young man’s identity and secondly to find out who murdered him. However,things are never simple and when Mike also discovers that one of his own is in trouble,he realises that an old adversary is once again playing him for a fool.

AUTHOR: MILLY REYNOLDS 

TITLE: AND THEN SHE WAS BAD

GENRE: Suspense,Crime

MURDER IS NO WALK IN THE PARK

While out walking Sarge,her sister’s bichon frise,Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo.She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist,the president of the Stoneham Historical Society,who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest.When Pete later dies in the hospital,the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her,Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend.Did Pete take his flirting too far,only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

AUTHOR: LORNA BARRETT

TITLE: A FATAL CHAPTER

GENRE: Mystery & Suspence

HOW SHE DIED

In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci,the body of a girl is discovered.Scantily dressed,she is lying by the edge of the woods.The local police investigate the case but after a week,they still haven’t even identified her,let alone got to the bottom of how she died.Frustrated by the lack of progress,Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara,head of Florence’s elite Squadra Mobile,decides to step in.Because toxins were discovered in the girl’s body,many assumed that she died of a self-inflicted drugs overdose.But Ferrara quickly realises that the truth is darker than that: he believes that the girl was murdered. And when he delves deeper,there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl’s death is part of a sinister conspiracy,a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society…

AUTHOR: MICHELE GIUTTARI

TITLE: A DEATH IN TUSCANY

GENRE: Mystery