THE SCENE OF BLOODY GANG WARS

Patrick and Ingrid’s friend DCI James Carrick asks for help when his patch,the beautiful city of Bath,unexpectedly becomes the scene of bloody gang wars.Having made the move from M15 to SOCA,the Serious Organized Crime Agency,the pair is well prepared to take almost anything. The fearsome criminal known as “uncle “,a master of changing identities,has been spotted in Bath,accompanied as always by his vicious minder,Joy Murphy.When the gang,always one step ahead of their pursuers,seek to confound them by having one of their local members accuse Patrick’s father,a vicar,of unseemly sexual advances.Patrick and Ingrid’s two oldest children,who fancy themselves detectives mount a brisk counter attack. Matthew is caught checking out the local pub,whose publican,almost certainly involved in criminal activity, has the cheek to accuse Matthew of breaking and entering.An angry Patrick scares some of the low-level local muscle into revealing what they know,but uncle is still on the loose .In the end,Patrick takes some dangerous chances and puts himself in harms way to catch up with uncle.Only some last minute intervention from Ingrid saves the family bacon.

       TITLE: RAT POISON

       AUTHOR: MARGARET DUFFY

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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

A NIGHTMARE OF BLOODBATH IN ZURICH

A British agent mysteriously murdered on Lake Konstanz in Germany.Germany. Keith Mantel,his replacement,must move swiftly.Aided by Claire Hofer. The new-Nazi Delta organization or conspiracy ruthlessly.Double jeopardy.A nightmare bloodbath in Zurich.A sudden attempt on Mantel’s life.And close to midnight on 2nd June,the summit Express moves east,taking the four top Western leaders to meet their Soviet counterparts in Vienna,one of them is targeted.Which one is Mantel’s problem.And for the first time Tweed appears.

TITLE: DOUBLE JEOPARDY

AUTHOR: COLLIN FORBES

UNTIL A FORMER EMPLOYEE CLAIMED HE BEDDED HER

Divorcee Fiona Carson has only two priorities in her life:her two children and her cooperation.Other than those focuses,her life might as well be spent in a convent.Her concern at the moment is finding the person on her board of directors who is leaking sensitive information to the press.CEO Marshall Weston is her opposite.He slits his out of office time between his two families:his wife and his three nearly grown children and his mistress and their seven year old twins.Marshall is able to keep all the balls in the air until a cancer surviving former employee claims he bedded her and then fired her,and she’s ready to tell her story to the press.Suddenly Marshall is on the denial trial,trying to keep his private life from imploding.

TITLE: POWER PLAY

AUTHOR: DANIELLE STEEL

THE KILLERS THREAT TO HER SON

When Laurie Moran’s husband was brutally murdered, only three year old Timmy saw the face of his father’s killer. Five years later piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy’s dreams. Laurie is still haunted by more- the killer’s threat to her son as he fled the scene:”Tell your mother she’s next,then it’s your turn……Now Laurie is dealing with murder again,this time as the producer of a true – crime,cold – case television show.The series will launch with the twenty- year old unsolved murder of Betsy Powell. Betsy, a socialite ,was found suffocated in her bed after a gala celebrating.The graduation of her daughter and three friends.The sensational murder was news nationwide.Reopening the case in its lavish setting and with the cooperation of the surviving guests that night,Laurie is sure to have a hit in her hands.But when the estranged friends begin filming,it becomes clear each is hiding secrets…… small and large.And a pair of blue eyes is watching events unfold.

TITLE: I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN
AUTHOR: MARY HIGGINS CLARK

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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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WHEN ONE OF HER CLIENTS DIES TRAGICALLY UNDER THE WHEELS OF A TRAIN

When coroner Jenny Cooper narrowly escapes death in a freak accident,she finds her propelled back to traumatic events then years in her past….We meet Jenny in the thick of her former career as a hard-working family lawyer.When one of her clients,fourteen-year-old Natasha,dies tragically under the wheels of a train,Jenny finds herself falsely accused of being responsible.Betrayed by her colleagues and pursued by the police,Jenny faces the fight of her life to prevent herself falling victim to a gross injustice.

TITLE: THE INNOCENT

AUTHOR: M.R. HALL

FIND WHO THE REAL ENEMY IS OR RISK LOSING EVERYTHING

Suspicion By Joseph Finder

When a single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores,he has no one to turn to for financial support.In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck,Danny meets Thomas Galvin,the father of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny’s situation and out of the blue offers $50.000 loan to help Danny cover his daughters tuition. Uncomfortable.Uncomfortable but desperate,Danny takes the money,promising to pay Galvin back.What transpires is something Danny never imagined.The moment the money is wired into his account,the DEA comes knocking on his door.Danny’s impossible choice:an indictment for accepting drug money that he can’t afford to fight in court,or an unthinkably treacherous undercover assignment helping the government get close to his new family friend.As Danny begins to lie to everyone in his life,including those he loves most in the world,he must decide once and for all who the real enemy is or risk losing everything-and everyone-that matters to him.

TITLE: SUSPICION

AUTHOR: JOSEPH FINDER

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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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