DCI Brendan Moran’s last minute break in the West Country proves anything but restful as he becomes embroiled in the mysterious disappearance of an American tourist.Does the village harbour some dark and dreadful secret? The brooding presence of the old manor house and the dysfunctional de Courcy family may hold the answer but Moran soon finds that the residents of Cernham have a rather unorthodox approach to the problem of dealing with outsiders.As Moran is drawn deeper into Cernham’s mysterious past a cold-blooded execution in Berkshire plunges deputising DI Charlie Pepper into a maelstrom of murder,double cross and treachery …
AUTHOR: SCOTT HUNTER
TITLE: DEATH WALKS BEHIND YOU
GENRE: Mystery & Suspense
On a searing August day,Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable:she left her two month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity,although there was much skepticism about her mental state.Freed,she left the country,her husband and her two surviving children, determined to start over.
But now Melisandre has returned Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and wants to film the reunion for a documentary.The problem is,she relinquished custody and her ex,now remarried,isn’t sure he approves.Now that’s she’s a mother herself short on time,patience Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child.But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray,Melisandre’s lawyer,has asked Tess and her new partner,retired Baltimore P.D.homicide detective Sandy Sanchez,to assess Melisandre’s security needs.As a former reporter and private investigator,Tess tries to understand why other people break the rules and the law.Yet the imperious Melisandre is something far different from anyone she’s encountered.A decade ago,a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought.But was she? Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident,manipulative Melisandre.But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.Yet as her suspicions deepen,Tess realizes that just as she’s been scrutinizing Melisandre,a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well….
AUTHOR: LAURA PIPPMAN
TITLE: HUSH HUSH
For SWAT sniper Jake Denton,the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his “kills” are beginning to add up.His wife,his department-ordered psychiatrist,and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health.Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley,his mentor and ex-partner now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death,and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California.Jake doesn’t believe that Staley’s guilty,but since their job has taught them to kill,how easy would it be for his friend to cross over to the other side? How easy would it be for him?
On every police force in the country,there’s a SWAT sniper going about his daily life,acting like an average cop,until the moment when the call comes in.Then they become a hostage’s last hope and a criminal’s worst nightmare.To some,they are silent heroes to others,silent killers.
AUTHOR: GRANT JERKINS AND JAN THOMAS
TITLE: DONE IN ONE
Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled “The Coma Cops” by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape.Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad.The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn’t killed him, but almost as deadly it’s switched off his emotions.
When the body of a convicted rapist is found,obliterated by an oncoming train,Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide.The following night,two more rapists go missing.It’s hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer.There’s a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this,give me five minutes alone with him. And that’s exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone.But when innocent people start to die,Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives,and soon they’re battling something they never would’ve expected each other.
AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE
TITLE: FIVE MINUTES ALONE
The murder of an ex-drug dealer ex-con gunned down on his mother’s doorstep seems just another turf war fatality.Why then has Seattle homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont been instructed to keep this assignment hush-hush? Meanwhile,Beau’s lover and fellow cop,Mel Soames,is involved in her own confidential investigation.Registered sex offenders from all over Washington State are dying at an alarming rate and not all due to natural causes.A metropolis the size of Seattle holds its fair share of brutal crime,corruption, and dirty little secrets.But when the separate trails they’re following begin to shockingly intertwine,Beau and Mel realize that they have stumbled onto something bigger and more frightening than they anticipated a deadly conspiracy that’s leading them to lofty places they should not enter… and may not be allowed to leave alive.
AUTHOR: J.A JANCE
TITLE: JUSTICE DENIED
The black sheep of a wealthy 1930s grazier dynasty,gentleman artist Rowland Sinclair often takes matters into his own hands.When the matter is murder, there are consequences.
For nearly fourteen years,Rowland has tried to forget,but now the past has returned.
A newly discovered gun casts light on a family secret long kept… a murder the Sinclairs would prefer stayed unsolved.
As old wounds tear open,the dogged loyalty of Rowland’s inappropriate companions is all that stands between him and the consequences of a brutal murder… one he simply failed to mention.
AUTHOR: SULARI GENTILL
TITLE: A MURDER UNMENTIONED
Harmon Penitentiary in Dublin is Europe’s most dangerous high-security jail holding an explosive and terrifying mix of drug lords,terrorists,violent sex offenders,gunrunners,and gang leaders For Chief Medical Officer Dr. Frank Ryan, working amongst the felons is a great medical and personal challenge-the last doctor was murdered-that he rises to every day.One night,he receives a summons from the jail to attend to an inmate who has supposedly committed suicide in J wing,but as he steps out of his apartment,Ryan is badly beaten,kidnapped,drugged,interrogated,and held prisoner for six days.
Upon his release, Ryan is unable to make sense of who got to him and what might have caused the attack.His ordeal is denied by his superiors,and to make matters worse,his girlfriend Lisa has disappeared without a trace.Desperate to find Lisa,who he now realizes might not have been as straight with him as he thought,the doctor gets involved in a daring plan to spring a hard-boiled criminal from Harmon in exchange for the information he badly needs,and he soon realizes that his ordeal is more than just a personal issue.A wide net of criminals and several international governments seem to be involved, and Ryan must now uncover a far-reaching conspiracy that appears to have been hatched at Harmon, inside J wing,where a mysterious inmate is kept in single confinement . . .
AUTHOR: PAUL CARSON
An artist in glass and light, Angel has loved with passion and fire and learned the true depths of sadness when what she loved was taken from her. When she first meets Miles Hawkins a solitary, distant man their mutual mistrust seems insurmountable. Hawk has never known what Angel has freely enjoyed, having experienced only cruelty and betrayal from the women in his life. But Angel is willing to risk everything that proud, silent Hawk cannot, as she strives to bring truth and love to a tormented soul who believes in neither. Yet giving her heart again could be a gamble with stakes too high and too painful for her to endure for she fears that, by loving Hawk, she will surely lose him.
TITLE: A WOMAN WITHOUT LIES
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH LOWELL
When Steve Barnes embarked on a relaxing holiday to Nantucket Island the last thing he expected was to become ensnared in a frightening and puzzling murder mystery.
His host and the former professor-come-sleuth Dr Ira Cobb was enlisted by the Chief of Police to use his research skills to crack the most incredible phenomenon yet a corpse that walked.Together,Barnes and Cobb surreptitiously investigate the private lives of the Nantucket Islanders and attempt to untangle the web of lies, adultery and jealousies behind the peaceful façade of golf and local community life.
But with violence spreading and the murder count climbing, the two acting-detectives begin to despair of their few clues and seeming lack of progress.
Will Dr. Cobb’s merciless instinct track down the murderer?
The clock is ticking…
TITLE: THE CORPSE THAT WALKED
AUTHOR: ROY WINSOR