Based on a true story, mystery and intrigue in pre-Civil War New York The sensational murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in his lower Manhattan home made front-page news across the United States in 1857. “Who killed Dr. Burdell?” was a question that gripped the nation.
When an errand boy discovers Burdell’s body in the bedroom of his posh Bond Street home. The novel’s central characters are Dr. Harvey Burdell, a dentist and unscrupulous businessman; his lover, the ambitious, Brooklyn-born Emma Cunningham; the District Attorney, Abraham Oakey Hall (later to become mayor of New York); and Henry Clinton, a prominent defense lawyer. The enigmatic relationship between Emma and Dr. Burdell makes her the prime suspect, and her trial is nothing less than sensational. During the trial, the two lawyers fight for truth, justice and their careers.
AUTHOR: ELLEN HORAN
TILE: 31 BOND STREET
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime
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A young woman is found murdered on the grounds of a rural golf course, leaving Detective Inspector Angus Henderson of Sussex Police with no discernible clues. If that’s not enough, he has other problems to contend with when his girlfriend is injured in a car crash and a local gangster takes an interest in the case and starts beating up suspects. A breakthrough is made when it is discovered that the victim was a model on an adult website. This brings the owners of the website under suspicion, not only because of the business they run, but two of them are also lecturers at the university the victim attended. It’s a difficult case for the DI but it might be his last when his life is threatened by two animals; but only one of them is human.
AUTHOR: IAIN CAMERON
TITLE: ONE LAST LESSON
GENRE: Mystery, Crime
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Three years ago, top San Diego homicide detective Nevada James went up against an infamous serial killer called the Laughing Man and lost. The mental breakdown that followed left her institutionalized and no longer able to work as a police officer.
Having lost everything, Nevada is content to do odd jobs to keep a step ahead of the bill collectors and fund her out-of-control drinking problem. But that changes when Alan Davies, a local crime lord, comes to her with a problem. His wife and daughter are missing and he can’t go to the police. If Nevada helps him, he’ll pay her enough that she’ll never have to worry about money again. But what should have been a simple missing person’s case quickly turns deadly. Alan Davies has enemies, and in the course of trying to save his family Nevada finds herself in the middle of a gang war. But her own demons are even more menacing, and the Laughing Man is still out there.
AUTHOR: MATTHEW STORM
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com >… > Crime Fiction > Organized Crime
One man’s search for justice and redemption plunges him into the violent world of Melbourne’s underbelly. Defence lawyer Will Harris is reluctantly drawn into a bizarre murder trial. A terminally ill man claims to have witnessed the brutal crime in a vision. But the looming trial is more than just a media circus: it’s Will’s first big case since the tragic death of his fiancée. With the pressure mounting, Will’s loyalties are split when his fiancée’s sister is charged with drug trafficking. The strain of balancing both cases takes its toll and Will finds himself torn between following the law and seeking justice.
AUTHOR: ALEX HAMMOND
TITLE: BLOOD WITNESS
GENRE: Legal Thriller
Aiden Connelly is a young, successful Chicago based lawyer who has grown tired of the rat race of city life so he decides to relocate his family to the small, Southern town of Avalon. Once there he settles into his new job and tackles his first case, that of fallen beauty queen, Brandy White who is accused of murdering her husband, local football hero, Brandon, in cold blood.
As Aiden delves deeper into the case he soon realises that things are not as they seem and that Avalon is far from the idyllic town that it appears to be. Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. It is up to him to unravel the mystery surrounding Brandon’s death before it is too late.
AUTHOR: CARYS JONES
TITLE: FIRST TO FALL
GENRE: Murder Mystery, Thriller , Supense
Recommendation: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7314534.Carys_ Jones
As local residents and authorities in Far North Queensland assess the damage in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi, a woman’s body is found in bizarre circumstances deep in the rainforest. Cass Diamond of Cairns CIB is on the team investigating the murder of fashionista Odile Janvier and it’s not long before she uncovers a disturbing connection between the victim and the local medical profession.
AUTHOR: CAROLINE DE COSTA
TITLE: DOUBLE MADNESS
GENRE: Crime , Murder
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart and initials inside reading E and D.
Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone, an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again. As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve .
AUTHOR: J.D. ROBB
TITLE: DEVOTED IN DEATH
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
For Detective Inspector Frank Miller it starts as just another day in the office. But then the body of the widowed matriarch of an old Whitby family is discovered.
Mabel Downing has been brutally murdered. She has been strangled and her mouth filled with cassette tape and a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been left next to her body. There is one obvious suspect, Charlotte Sanderson who discovered the body. But Miller has been having a relationship with Charlotte and refuses to believe she could be guilty of such a terrible crime. But if not her, who is the killer? Is Miller allowing his personal life to interfere with the investigation? What is the connection to Dracula the Victorian gothic masterpiece partly set in the Yorkshire coastal town? And will the murderer strike again? Miller has to find out before it is too late.
AUTHOR: JAMES WHITWORTH
TITLE: DEATH’S DISCIPLE
GENRE: Crime, Detective
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss battle a murderer who is working their way through a list of victims. Each murder is meticulously planned and unique, and a tarot card is left at the scene of the crime. When two children disappear in the local area, the stakes are raised and the team are baffled by the link between the crimes. Calladine and Bayliss race against time to prevent any more carnage.
AUTHOR: HELEN H. DURRANT
TITLE: DEAD LIST
GENRE: Detective Thriller