HE TURNED ON HER AS WELL

While They Slept By Kathryn Harrison

Early on an April morning,eighteen year old Billy Frank Gilly,Jr.killed his sleeping parents.Surprised in the act by his younger sister Becky,he turned on her as well.Billy then climbed the stairs to the bedroom of his other sister,Jody,and said,”we’re free”.But is one ever free after an unredeemable act of violence?

TITLE: WHILE THEY SLEPT

AUTHOR: KATHLEEN HARRISON

HE UTTERED THREE WORDS ONLY ” I WITNESSED MURDER”

Tweed-star detective turned spymaster reluctantly agrees to make enquiries into a man called Michael Volkanian at the urging of his old friend,superintendent Buchanan.Buchanan had found Michael on the steps in Whitehall,where he heard him utter only three words:’I witnessed murder.’With Paula Grey,Tweed embarks on his investigation and gradually locates four skeletons.Two of them are found on Dartmoor near the mansion of Drago Volkanian,the Armenian founder of a giant supermarket chain-and an armaments plant.Tweed interrogates Volkanian’s step daughter the steely and moody Lucinda,her elder brother Larry,the company managing director and meets Michael again,the youngest sibling,who is still unable to speak.He is suffering from amnesia or so say two psychiatrists.Unlike Buchanan,Tweed insists that the horrific murders are not random.A link must exist between the four victims.He also suspects that a foreign power is involved.With paula,Bob Newman and his team,Tweed travels south to Marseilles,where murder is a way of life.Escaping the city alive by a hairsbreadth,they race back to Britain,to desolate Dartmoor.One eerie climax follows another.But who is the ruthless killer? And could Michael be the key to the conundrum?

TITLE: NO MERCY

AUTHOR: COLLIN FORBES

POSTMORTEM BY PATRICIA CORNWELL

PostMortem By Patricia Cornwell

( Someone Wants Her Head )

Chief medical officer for the commonwealth of Virginia,Dr.Kay Scarpetta,the narrator,dwells on her efforts to identify”Mr. Nobody”,the strangler of young women.The doctor devotes days and nights to gathering computer data and forensic clues to the killer,although she’s hampered by men officials anxious to prove themselves superior to a woman.Predictable,Scarpetta’s toil pays off,but not before the strangler attacks her;a reformed male chauvinist,conveniently nearby,saved her.

Under cover of night in Richmond,Virginia,a human monster strikes,leaving a gruesome trail of strangling that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst:a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye,she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other,because it’s being sabotaged from within – and someone wants her dead.

TITLE: POSTMORTEM
AUTHOR: PATRICIA CORNWELL
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Serial
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LAMENTATION OF A SINNER BY C.J. SANSOM

Summer,1546,King Henry VIII is Catholic councillors engaged in a last and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry’s successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London,and the radical protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake,the catholic party focus their attack on Henry’s sixth wife, Mattew Shardlake’s old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

Shardlake’, still haunted by events aboard the warship Mary Rose the year before,is working on the Cotterstoke Will case,a savage dispute between rival siblings. Then,unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall place and asked for help by his old patron,the now beleaguered and desperate Queen,For Catherine Parr has a secret.

She has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a sinner,so radically protestant that if it came to the King’s attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. But although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queens private chamber,it has-inexplicably-vanished.Only one page has been found,clutched in the hand of a murdered London painter.

Shardlake’s investigations take him on trail that begins among the backstreet print shops of London but leads him a Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of the politics of the royal count,a world he had sworn never to enter again. Loyalty to the Queen will drive Whitehall Place, where Catholic enemies and protestants friends can equally be dangerous,and the political opportunists, who will follow the wind when it blows, more dangerous than either.

The secrets of Queen Catherine’s books proves to be connected to the terrible death of Anne Askew, while his involvement with the Cotter Stroke litigants threatens to bring Shardlake himself to the stake.

AUTHOR: C.J. SANSOM
TITLE: LAMENTATION
Genre: Mystery-Crime,Historical-Fiction,Mystery,Fiction,Historical-Mystery

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THERE IS NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT MURDER

Wedding plans are in full swing in Bloody Mary,Virginia J.J Graves is ready to walk down the aisle and start a new life – despite the fact her father is still on the loose,blood money is stained in her closet,and  an unidentified body is missing from her parents bunker. But it isn’t her personal life that’s threatening her chance to say “I do”.It’s the remains of a family of four that were killed in an ordinary house fire. But once JJ and Jack start investigating,they find there’s nothing “ordinary” about murder.

                TITLE: DOWN AND DIRTY
                 AUTHOR: LILIANA HART

                

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PERFECT TARGET AND THE PERFECT TRAP FOR A HUNT DOWN

Wake up,little darling.Do you like what you see? He’s looking for the perfect woman.Someone who won’t disappoint him,like so many have before.Someone who’ll love him.Someone who won’t have to die for her mistakes.Give up,little darling.FBI agent Mary Cantrell has been called to Minneapolis to hunt down a killer,It’s shaking her to the core,and reviving dreadful memories.Years ago,her best-friend was murdered.Now the man convicted of the crime,Gavin Hitchcock,is free……… and Mary’s own sister Gillian,a local cop,has befriended him.No one can hear you scream but me.As each clue leads them closer to Hitchcock,Mary and Gillian set the perfect trap.Unless Mary’s own past is blinding her to an unimaginable truth…… and plunging her into a waking nightmare.

TITLE: SLEEP TIGHT

AUTHOR: ANNE FRAISER

THE MOST WANTED CRIMINAL IN THE COUNTRY

It’s a prison unlike any other.Military discipline rules.It’s scanty systems are unmatched.None of it’s prisoners dream of escaping.They know it’s impossible…. until now.John Puller’s older brother,Robert,was convicted of treason and national security crimes.His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country.Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive.And so Puller must in his brother to face justice.But Puller quickly discovered that his brother is pursued by others who don’t want him to survive.Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy fraught partnership with another agent,who may have an agenda of her own.They dig more deeply into the case together,and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear,but there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction………and someone out there doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light.As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent,Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother- or himself.

TITLE: THE ESCAPE

AUTHOR: DAVID BALDACCI

NO REST FOR THE DEAD,WHEN THE WRONG PERSON IS PUT TO DEATH

No Rest For The Dead By David Baldacci

When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s Mcfall Art Museum,is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum,his wife,Rosemary,is the primary suspect,and she is tried,convicted,and executed.Ten years later,John Nunn,the detective who cracked the case,is convinced that the wrong person was put to deat.In the years since the case was closed,he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomas that could implicate any number of people in the crime.With the help of the dead woman’s friend,he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth,suspect by suspect.Solving this case may be Nunn’s last chance for redemption…… but the shadowy forces behind Christopher’s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever.

TITLE : NO REST FOR THE DEAD
AUTHOR: DAVID BALDACCI

THE REVENGE SHE TOOK FOR HER SON

The White House Connection by Jack Higgins

American-born and married to a British Lord,60-Ish Lady Helen Lary,the “nicest person you will ever meet” has taken upon herself to avenge the brutal death of her son,Peter at the hands of the Sons Of Erin,a fringe Irish-nationalist group led by a psychotic Vietnam vet and with operatives in Dublin,London and the U.S. other members include gangster Tim Pat Ryan,IRA terrorist Jack Barry,U.S. Senator Michael Cohan and a mysterious member known only as the connection,who is revealed to be a mole in the White House.With nothing more than an old government file,a modified computer and a 25 revolver,Lady Helen makes short work of most of these villains,managing at one point to knock some of them off.One by one,members of the secret IRA splinter group known as the Sons Of Erin are being murdered.The consequences are greater than anyone realises.For in these actions lies the destruction of two governments-and the Irish peace process.Former IRA terrorist Sean Dillon and U.S presidential aide Blake Johnson have been recruited to stop this unknown assassin whose motive-and identity-is unfathomable.Quickly,quietly,before all hell breaks loose.But they are already too late.For in the Manhattan night, a silver-haired woman is smiling.She pulls a gun from her purse,and steps into the darkness.Four down,she thinks.

TITLE: THE WHITE HOUSE CONNECTION
AUTHOR: JACK HIGGINS