A hot summer on the Northumberland coast and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son strangled,laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers.This stylized murder has Inspector Vera Stanhope intrigued. But then another body that of beautiful young teacher Lily Marsh is discovered in a rock pool, her body strewn with flowers. Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death. As the local residents are forced to share their deepest darkest secrets, the killer watches, waits and plans to prepare another beautiful, watery grave.
AUTHOR: ANN CLEEVES
TITLE: HIDDEN DEPTHS
GENRE: Murder,Thriller,mystery & Suspense
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
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
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.’
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 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
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
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
Whitney Burke is a renowned cave researcher and marine biologist who has abandoned her livelihood after losing an assistant in a tragic caving accident.Though Whitney vows never to enter Labyrinth Cave again,her husband and daughter join a NASA-sponsored caving expedition.When the expedition is overtaken by a group of criminals,Whitney must overcome her paralyzing fear to save her husband Tom,her daughter Cricket and,ultimately,herself.
AUTHOR: MARK T. SULLIVAN
A schoolgirl vanishes; everyone becomes a suspect.Murder is chilling and full of mystery; nobody’s child is safe.It is the ultimate and relentless test for the man in charge of the enquiry and his team but the killer is one step ahead and another body is found.Will it prove too much as both Dylan’s health and private life begins to suffer? DI Dylan is under the microscope and struggles to find a balance between his passion for his job and his love for his partner Jen.Will he be able to maintain the impetus to bring the perpetrator to justice and secure justice for the victims’ families?
AUTHOR: R C BRIDGESTOCK
TITLE: DEADLY FOCUS