MURDEROUS INTENTIONS IN ACADEMIC GOWNS

Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time.In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her bedroom walls.While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London,in Cambridge where Elena was a student at St. Stephen’s College-her father and his second wife each had their own separate image of the girl.

As for Elena,she lived a life of a casual and intense physical and emotional relationships,with scores to settle and goals to achieve-until someone,lying in wait along the route she ran every morning,first bludgeoned and strangled her.Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police,the university calls in New Scotland Yard.Thus,Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner,Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers,enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University,where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions.For both officers,the true identity of Elena Weaver proves elusive.Each relationship the girl left behind casts new light both on Elena and those people who appeared to know her best-from an unsavory Swedish-born Shakespearean professor to the brooding head of the Deaf Students Union.What’s more,Elena’s father,a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post,is a man with his own dark secrets.While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind him to her blacker side,present demons drive him toward betrayal.

AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE 

TITLE: FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA 

CHILLING REVELATIONS TO COME

The only thing unusual about the bus stop was the crying woman sitting on the yellow-painted curb.

Waking nightmare of a well meaning couple whose biggest and most ordinary dream has gone terrifyingly awry.Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son.Then he meets Anna,who understands grief all too well.Within a year,Gage and Anna are married,his career is thriving,and both feel ready to become parents once more.

After a heartbreaking miscarriage,they begin the long adoption process,until fate brings Lily into their lives.Young,pregnant,and homeless,Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support.It’s the perfect arrangement for everyone.Seeing his wife’s happiness and optimism for their new life and child,Gage begins to feel a sense of hope he thought he’d lost forever.But something isn’t right once Lily enters their lives.At work and at home,Gage is being sabotaged,first in subtle ways,then things take a more sinister turn.Every attempt he makes to uncover the truth only drives a wedge between him and Anna.Even as he’s propelled toward an unthinkable choice to save his marriage and his job,Gage discovers that the most chilling revelations are still to come.

AUTHOR: DANIEL PALMER 

TITLE: DESPERATE 

COUNTDOWN TO EARLY GRAVE

In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department,Lieutenant Reed Solliday has never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires devastating,vicious and in one case,homicidal.He has another problem his new partner,Detective Mia Mitchell.She’s brash,bossy,and taking the case in a direction he never imagined.Mia’s instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal.And as the infernos become more deadly,one look at the victims’ tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer.With each new blaze,the villain ups the ante,setting fire traps for the people Reed and Mia love.The truth is almost too hot to handle:This monster’s desire for death and destruction is unquenchable and for Mia he’s started the countdown to an early grave.

AUTHOR: KAREN ROSE 

TITLE: COUNT TO TEN 

kIDNAPPED OR MISSING?

Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother,and Barbara can’t really help Azhar had never married Angelina,and his name isn’t on Hadiyyah’s,their daughter’s,birth certificate.He has no legal claim.Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective,but the trail goes cold.Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing,kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.The Italian police are investigating,and the Yard won’t get involved,until Barbara takes matters into her own hands at the risk of her own career.As both Barbara and her partner,Inspector Thomas Lynley,soon discover the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping,revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation.With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line,Barbara must decide what matters most,and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.

AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE 

TITLE: JUST ONE EVIL ACT 

FLESH AND BLOOD BY PATRICIA CORNWELL

Flesh and blood

( The Serial Sniper )

It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiled husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away.

A high school music teacher shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims seem to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to show where the killer will strike next.

First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

TITLE: FLESH AND BLOOD
AUTHOR: PATRICIA CORNWELL
Genre: Crime,Thriller, Mystery
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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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MONUMENT TO MURDER BY MARI HANNAH

Monument To Murder By Mari Hannah

SYNOPSIS

Skeletal remains discovered beneath the fortified walls of a castle on Northumberland’s weather – blasted coastline. DCI Kate Daniels,a no no-nonsense investigator and authoritative boss if ever there was one,calls on a forensic anthropologist to help show the remains. Soon,the bones of a second body discovered. It turns out these belong to two girls buried five years apart.

Meanwhile, newly widowed prison psychologist Emily McCann finds herself drawn into the fantasy of convicted sex offender, Walter Fear on. As his mind games become more and more intense,is it possible that Daniels case has something to do with Hus murderous past?

With his release imminent,what exactly does he have in mind for Emily? As Daniels encounters dead-end after dead-end and the body count rises,it soon becomes clear that someone is hiding more than nie deadly secret…..

 

AUTHOR: MARI HANNAH
TITLE: MONUMENT TO MURDER
Genres: Mystery-crime,Fiction,Mystery,Detective
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