A SUSPECTED SUICIDE

A suspicious death. A missing baby. A corrupt police department. When a man shows up in reporter Lara Kelly’s office with a video that appears to show a woman falling to her death, Lara is intrigued but suspicious. The man claims he went to the police, but that they refused to investigate. Under pressure from her editor to use the video to build a story about the incompetence of the local police captain, Lara gathers enough evidence to print a story about a suspected suicide. Detective Tymen Farraday, the newest cop in a precinct plagued by scandal, is ordered to investigate and discredit the reporter if necessary. When potential evidence is stolen and Lara is attacked, Farraday is forced to put his grudge against reporters aside and work with the journalist to solve the murder while trying to protect her from the killer. Just when they think they have the evidence to arrest a suspect, two more murders turn the investigation in an unexpected direction. The guilty have already shown that they’ll stop at nothing to protect their secrets. In a town where one person holds all the power, not even the police can be trusted. And the prime suspect isn’t the only person Lara and Farraday need to worry about. 

AUTHOR: SANDRA RUTTAN

TITLE: SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

GENRE: Suspense, Crime

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THE JUSTICE’S CHAMBERS

Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.Then, for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked. Dana Cutler one of the heroes from Margolin’s bestselling Executive Privilege is quietly called in to investigate. She looks for links between the Woodruff appeal and the ominous incidents in the justices’ chambers, which eventually lead her to a shoot-out that took place years ago on a small freighter docked upriver in Shelby, Oregon, containing a dead crew and illegal drugs. The only survivor on board? John Finley. With the help of Brad Miller and Keith Evans, Dana uncovers a plot by a rogue element in the American intelligence community involving the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, and soon the trio is thrown back into the grips of a deadly, executive danger.

AUTHOR: PHILLIP MARGOLIN

TITLE: SUPREME JUSTICE

GENRE: Thriller, Suspense

THE KILLER WHO HOLDS THE CARDS

Gregor Jack has it all: young, wealthy, and charming, he’s a highly respected member of Parliament, with a  beautiful wife and a closet bursting with skeletons.  When he’s caught in a police raid on an Edinburgh brothel, his house of cards begins to topple.  Enter Detective John Rebus: he smells a set-up.  When Jack’s flamboyant wife Elizabeth disappears, Rebus uncovers a full-house of orgies, drunken parties, an incestuous “Pack” of deceitful chums and ultimately Elizabeth’s badly beaten body.  Now Rebus is on a new quest to find a killer who holds all the cards.  

AUTHOR: IAN RANKIN

TITLE: STRIP JACK

GENRE: Crime, Mystery

DIGGING TOO DEEP

On a warm summer night, an attractive woman hurtles north in a blue Peugeot with a hastily scrawled address in her pocket, while, back in London, a desperate man leaves an urgent late-night phone message on his brother’s answering machine. By sunrise the next morning, the woman is found inside her car along an otherwise peaceful country lane, shot, execution-style, through the head.

Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot arrives at the idyllic Yorkshire Dales scene and discovers a slip of paper in the dead woman’s pocket that bears the name of her colleague and erstwhile lover, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. Banks, meanwhile already haunted and withdrawn after nearly dying in the fire that destroyed his home has gone missing just when he’s needed most, and has left plenty of questions behind. Annie struggles to determine whether or not Banks is safe and what role he may have played in the woman’s murder Banks himself investigates the mysterious disappearance of his estranged brother, Roy, whose late-night call for help brings Banks back to London. Working from Roy’s swank apartment, Banks makes the rounds to Roy’s old haunts and slowly inhabits the life of his younger brother the black sheep of the family, who always seemed to sail a little too close to the wind. As the trail of clues about Roy’s life and associations draws Banks into a dark circle of conspiracy and corruption, mobsters and murder, Banks suddenly realizes he’s running out of time to save Roy, and by digging too deep, he may be exposing himself and his family to the same possibly deadly danger.

AUTHOR: PETER ROBINSON

TITLE: STRANGE AFFAIR

GENRE: Crime, Thriller, Suspense

BRUISES AROUND HER THROAT

When Vera finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she’s uncovered a simple death of natural causes. But when a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim’s throat, Vera’s team start their investigation. Vera and her colleagues soon uncover details in the victim’s past that may explain her untimely death. But Vera knows from experience that there’s no such thing as a simple case, and this one gets more baffling by the minute.

AUTHOR: ANN CLEEVES

TITLE: SILENT VOICES

GENRE: Mystery

THE GOSSIP WRITER

When a widely despised gossip columnist is found shot to death, TV reporter Riley Spartz must secretly investigate a case in which she becomes the prime suspect. Amid murder, our heroine discovers news and gossip have more in common than she ever imagined.

Trouble begins when Riley publicly clashes with newspaper gossip writer Sam Pierce, throwing a drink in his face, after he implies in his ‘Piercing Eyes’ column that she cheated on her dead husband. When clues to the rumormonger’s homicide lead to her, Riley is charged with the crime. The police seem unwilling to look any further for perpetrators though numerous local news makers have reason for revenge – even motive for murder. Meanwhile, competition between journalists increases with newsrooms facing financial meltdowns. While Riley struggles to interest her boss in a story about rural wind farm bombings and dead bats, a new Channel 3 reporter spikes the station ratings with exclusive stories about the headless homicide of an unknown woman whose decapitated body is found in a city park. Riley must fight to stay out of jail, ahead in the ratings, and even alive in a killer showdown not fit for television audiences.

AUTHOR: JULE KRAMER

TITLE: SILENCING SAM

GENRE: Thriller, Mystery

A GRAVE DENIED

Everyone knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for hire in the Park near Niniltna, Alaska, but no one knew anything else about him. Even Kate Shugak hired him to thin the trees on her 160-acre homestead and was planning to ask him to help build a small second cabin on her property for Johnny Morgan, a teenaged boy in her care. But she, the Park’s unofficial p.i., seems to have known less about him than anyone.

Alaska is a place where anybody can bury his history and start fresh, and for any reason, but this particular mystery comes to light when Len Dreyer turns up murdered. His body is discovered, frozen solid, in the path of a receding glacier with the hole from a shotgun blast in his chest. No one even knew he was missing, but it turns out he’s been missing for months. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to help him dig into Dreyer’s background, in the hope of finding some reason for his murder. She takes the case, mindful of the need for gainful employment as she copes with her responsibility for Johnny, a constant reminder of his father, her dead lover. Little does she imagine that by trying to provide for him she just might put him right in the path of danger.

AUTHOR: DANA STABENOW

TITLE: A GRAVE DENIED

GENRE: Crime

NOT GUILTY

Kate, a private investigator, has been working on a case for the Anchorage District Attorney involving the murder of a young woman by her husband, a man named Louis Deem. Deem has been the subject of investigations before, and he’s never been convicted of a crime. But Kate and her on-again, off-again lover, state trooper Jim Chopin, who arrested Deem, are convinced that this time it’s different, and he’ll finally be punished for his actions. When the jury returns a verdict of not guilty, Kate and Jim are devastated, and like the rest of the citizens of Niniltna, Alaska, certain that a man has gotten away with murder. They can’t help but think that it’s only a matter of time before he’s in the frame for another killing. Sure enough, a few weeks later a shooting leaves two dead in an apparent robbery. But this time Kate and Jim have a witness, and they’re not going to let Louis Deem get away again. Or will he?

AUTHOR: DANA STABENOW

TITLE: A DEEPER SLEEP

GENRE:Mystery & Suspense

SUSPICION

Broken by his last case, homicide detective Joe Cashin has fled the city and returned to his hometown to run its one-man police station while his wounds heal and the nightmares fade. He lives a quiet life with his two dogs in the tumbledown wreck his family home has become. It’s a peaceful existence, ideal for the rehabilitating man.But his recovery is rudely interrupted by a brutal attack on Charles Bourgoyne, a prominent member of the local community. Suspicion falls on three young men from the local Aboriginal community. But Cashin’s not so sure and as the case unfolds amid simmering corruption and prejudice, he finds himself holding on to something that it might be better to let go.

AUTHOR: PETER TEMPLE

TITLE: THE BROKEN SHORE

GENRE: Crime, Mystery

AN IRON ROSE

When Mac Faraday’s best friend is found hanging, the assumption is suicide. But Mac is far from convinced, and he’s a man who knows not to accept things at face value. A regular at the local pub, a mainstay of the footy team, Mac is living the quiet life of a country blacksmith – a life connected to a place, connected to its people. But Mac carries a burden of fear and vigilance from his old life. And as this past of secrets, corruption, abuse and murder begins to close in, he must turn to long-forgotten resources to hang on to everything he holds dear, including his own life.

AUTHOR: PETER TEMPLE

TITLE: AN IRON ROSE

GENRE: Thriller, Crime,Mystery

THE UNDERTAKER’S SON

A picturesque village in south-west France offers the chance of a new life for Martha Burton. But, beneath the rural idyll, lurks an evil that will not remain buried forever. Claude Cousteau’s childhood was not like any other, he helped his father, who was an undertaker, to dress and prepare bodies for viewing. An unhealthy obsession began to take hold of Claude and he had to satisfy his macabre desire to know how it would feel when a person’s life force was extinguished by his hand. Claude Cousteau has never been in love. He has no real friends. The only meaningful attachment he has ever formed is to Felix Dumas, an influential lawyer, who once showed him kindness and with whom he spent an idyllic sunny afternoon, as a child.When Felix Dumas’ way of life comes under threat, Claude is determined to defend the only true friend he has ever had.

AUTHOR: B.A. SPICER

TITLE: THE UNDERTAKER’S SON

GENRE: Thriller, Mystery

NO INTENTION OF RETURNING

John Taylor is a private detective. At least that’s what his business card says, and it isn’t completely untrue: Taylor is a private eye or rather, he has a ‘private eye’, a supernatural ability to find anything that is lost. As a child of the Nightside, it’s an ability he was born with. But it’s been a long time since Taylor left the Nightside that hidden netherworld in the middle of London where it is perpetually 3 a.m., where fantasy and reality co-exist and he has no intention of returning. Then Joanna Barrett arrives at his office; her teenage daughter is missing and she is offering a small fortune to find her. Yet it’s not just the money that persuades Taylor to take on the job, for he knows exactly where the girl has gone… The Nightside. And to save her, Taylor must do what he vowed he never would, and once again descend into the hellish depths of his home.

AUTHOR: SIMON R. GREEN

TITLE: SOMETHING FROM THE NIGHTSIDE

GENRE: Fiction, Mystery

A PERFECT FACADE

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do, he Googles the name on her credit card. There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight the perfect place for a “chance” meeting. As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way even if it means murder.

AUTHOR: CAROLINE KEPNES

TITLE:YOU

GENRE: Thriller,Mystery

THE WAGES OF A LIFE TIME SIN

Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin’s enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire, and much has changed. Prohibition is dead, the world is at war again,and Joe’s son,Tomás, is growing up. Now, the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife’s homeland. A master who moves in and out of the black, white, and Cuban underworlds, Joe effortlessly mixes with Tampa’s social elite,U.S. Naval intelligence, the Lansky-Luciano mob, and the mob-financed government of Fulgencio Batista. He has everything money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity. But success cannot protect him from the dark truth of his past and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full.

AUTHOR: DENNIS LEHANE

TITLE: WORLD GONE BY

GENRE: Mob Thriller

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BE WATCHFUL

Cutting people out of your life doesn’t mean you hate them, it simply means you respect yourself. Not everyone is meant to stay. Sometimes it’s better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong directiopn. Always remember and never forget three types of people in your life: 

1}Those who helped you in difficult times

2} Those who left you in difficult times and 

3} Those who put you in difficult times. Be watchful.