A man found running naked in central park is unusual,even by jaded New York City standards.But when that man turns out to be Arthur Winthrop,respected headmaster of Vermont’s venerable Lancaster private boarding school,the event becomes noteworthy.
It morphs into the surreal when Arthur eagerly confesses to police interrogators that he has just murdered one of his students,Besty Pappas,with whom he had been conducting a torrid,if unrequited,affair.The problem with Arthur’s story,however,is that his victim is very much alive.She no longer goes by the name Besty Pappas,having relinquished it when she married Arthur soon after their college graduation.Arthur’s unreadable memories of their life together fuel the sordid tale he unveils,though Elizabeth’s recollection of their doomed marriage sheds an equally unflattering light on a relationship defined by jealousy,deception,and regrets.
TITLE: THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE
AUTHOR: THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE
Stephen Denning in an artist arriving in Porthgrarrow.It is an isolates cornish fishing community,largely untouched by the modern developing victorian world.hanging onto its old traditions,superstitions and beliefs -a community that lives with a disturbing secret.So too does Denning.
He is a reluctant visitor,and though he is supposedly joining his one time artist friend Terrance Wilkinson to form an artists colony, it is circumstances that force him there.
Denning is still haunted by the brutal death of a young woman in Brittany and shouldering guilt for the fact that he covered up for Wilkinson when he suspects the man of having been involved with the murder.But Porthgarrow is haunted by its own demons and secrets.He learns about the savage murder of a woman by her husband Jowan’s Connoch thirteen years previously,and of Jowan’s son who has returned to Porthgarrow to uncover the truth and to clear his father’s name.Yet it is far from over.Before long three more people are destined to die in Porthgarrow before the village gives up its sinister secrets,and Stephen Denning will learn of his own family’s mysterious involvement.
TITLE: THE HOUSE OF THE WICKED
AUTHOR: D.M. MITCHELL
The body of a dead man is discovered in an overgrown cemetery in Bristol,the sign of the cross gouged into his flesh.At first it seems to coroner Jenny Cooper that all the evidence points to a horrific,if routine,suicide.Then an enigmatic young priest,Father Lucas Starr, arrives on Jenny’s doorstep,entreating her to hold an inquest into the death of Eva Donaldson,a high profile political campaigner whose past life continued to hunt her.A young man Paul Craven, has recently been sentenced for Eva’s brutal murder.But despite Craven’s conviction and the evidence against him,Father Lucas is convinced of the man’s innocence.
Jenny’s love quest for justice will take her to the dark heart of an establishment who wish to silence her,and on an inner journey to confront ghosts that have haunted her for a lifetime.For Jenny Cooper answers to no one but the dead.
TITLE: THE REDEEMED
AUTHOR: M.R. HALL
A female spymaster will face mortal danger to protect her husband and her Queen.London,1582: Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey,a talented and well educated woman of independent means,is recruited by Queen Elizabeth 1st spymaster,Sir Francis Walsingham,to be lady -in -waiting to Lady Mary,a cousin of the Queen.With her talent in languages and knowledge of ciphers and codes,she will be integral to the spymaster as an intelligence gatherer,being able to get close to Lady Mary just at the time when she is being courted by Russia’s Ivan the Terrible.
However,there are some nobles at court who will do anything they can to thwart such an alliance;and Rosamond soon,realizes the extent of the danger,when a prominent official is murdered and then an attempt is made on both her and Lady Mary’s lives.In her quest to protect her ward and her estranged husband-Rosamond must put herself in mortal peril.
TITLE: MURDER IN THE QUEENS WARDROBE
AUTHOR: KATHY LYNN EMERSON
August 1917,Britain is mired in bloody stalemate on the Western Front and questions are being asked in government about the leadership of the army.Soldier spy Sandy Innes is summoned from his undercover work in Belgium by the new Secret Service to investigate.Officially transferred to field Marshal Haig’s headquarters in France to prepare agents for the next big push,his secret mission is to spy on Haig’s intelligence chiefs.At GHQ,no one is interested in Innes’s inside knowledge.Instead,he is attached to an advance assault group dubbed ‘ the Suicide Club’.His fellow intelligence officers have little faith in the top secret information being fed to Haig by their superior,and as Innes digs deeper he begins to suspect treachery.
The stakes could be higher: the fate of hundreds of thousands of British soldiers.In a tense race against time,against the background of political machinations in government and at GHQ,Innes must survive behind enemy lines to uncover the truth.
TITLE: THE SUICIDE CLUB
AUTHOR: ANDREW WILLIAMS
Thomas De Quincey,infamous for his memoir confessions of an English opium-eater,is a major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey’s essay ” On Murder Considered as one of the fine Arts”.
Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction,De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.
TITLE: MURDER AS A FINE ART
AUTHOR: DAVID MORRELL
From victim to victor! How one woman broke free….
A true story of murder and saving grace in Ohio.After years her silence is broken.
Growing up in a dysfunctional family where love was not to be found,Carol eventually became entrapped in a dysfunctional family herself.But her situation was far worse than the average one.Her story includes abuse,manipulation,prostitution,and murder.Many people who are trapped in such evil web never escape.
Making headlines was never her goal,but when murder planned by a powerful judge brought her to the forefront,Carol couldn’t avoid it.There was no place to turn for help,or so she thought.Women who are caught up in this seemingly hopeless misfortune feel trapped into doing whatever it takes for them to be loved,and not knowing there is an answer:an understanding heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally.
TITLE: SECRET WITNESS
AUTHOR: CAROL J. KILBANE BYLER
NO ONE IS WHAT THEY SEEM TO BE…………
Who is Lisa Trent,mysterious redhead who warns Tweed of impending catastrophe? Aides to top Statesmen in Washington,London,Paris and Berlin are murdered by the invisible Mr. Blue. Tweed,Paula and Newman race,to East Sussex to view the second victim,then back to London which,mercifully,they reach alive.Tweed meets slippery Garvin Thunder,flamboyant Oskar Vernon,the devious MTS France and murderous Delgado.Lisa… fleeing for her life..keeps reappearing.Pursuing the secret Elite club,Tweed and his team fly to Hamburg to meet a key informant…just before he too is murdered.
The frenetic pursuit leads to an ancient Plensburg on the Danish border,the tem always under attack.But who is Rhinoceros? Could it be urban Victor Rondel,partner in the world’s richest bank? The startling climax erupts violently on Berg Island in the Bartic.
AUTHOR: COLLIN FORBES