A teenage girl stumbles across the body of her classmate,Tim Pieters,hidden amongst the bushes. His family is devastated,the killer is never found.Eighteen years later,political pressure sees the murder investigation reopened.Detective Ella Marconi tracks down Georgie Riley,the student who found the body,and who is now a paramedic.Georgie seems to be telling the truth,so then why does Ella receive an anonymous phone call insisting that Georgie knows more? And is it mere coincidence that her ambulance partner,Freya,also went to the same high school? Ella’s confusion increases when Tim’s mother,once so willing to get the police involved,suddenly turns her back on the investigation.Meanwhile,Tim’s cousin,the MP whose influence reopened the case,can’t seem to do enough to help.The more Ella digs into the past,the more the buried secrets and lies are brought to light.Can she track down the killer before more people are hurt?
AUTHOR: KATHERINE HOWELL
TITLE: COLD JUSTICE
Every year the best colleges reject thousands of the brightest young minds in the country. But what might happen if a large number of them refused to take no for an answer?
One morning,Shepherdson College receives 437 envelopes from twenty-eight states.Each contains the same two-word message:Still coming.That’s just the beginning.The college president’s house burns down; the water in the country club swimming pool turns red; the ghost of a local war hero appears.Another message is received: We’re Here.Nerves fray,and if the “comers” aren’t trouble enough,a Peeping Tom turns into a home invader,and shows signs of becoming a full-blown sexual predator.The town fragments and people take up arms after one last message is received…
Won’t Be Long Now.
AUTHOR: JOSEPH FLYNN
TITLE: STILL COMING
A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.But since Banks is away on holiday in San Francisco,his partner,Annie Cabbot,steps in.The woman tells Annie that she’s found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter,Erin,a punishable offense under English law.
When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon,the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.But trouble is only beginning for Annie,the Eastvale force,and Banks and this time,the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in.It turns out that Erin’s best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks,the DCI’s daughter,who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun,a very bad boy indeed.Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before,Annie and Banks a bit of a bad boy himself must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath.Both Annie and Banks understand that it’s not just his career hanging in the balance,it’s also his daughter’s life.
AUTHOR: PETER ROBINSON
TITLE: BAD BOY
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor,a group of clever,eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries.But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever.They
AUTHOR: DONNA TARTT
TITLE: THE SECRET HISTORY
For sixteen years,Simon Connelly’s successful wife has gone to her law office each day,while he has stayed home to raise their children.Though Simon has loved taking care of Jake and Laney,it has cost him a part of himself,and has made him an anomaly in his pretty,suburban neighborhood the only stay-at-home dad among a tight circle of mothers.
Shepherding them through childhood,the angst-ridden father has tried to do the best for the kids, even if he often second-guesses his choices.For sunny,outgoing Laney,it’s been easy.But quiet Jake has always preferred the company of his books or his sister to playdates and organized sports. Now that they are in high school,Simon should feel more relaxed,but he doesn’t.He’s seen the statistics,read the headlines.Then,on a warm November day,he receives a text:There has been a shooting at the high school.Racing to the rendezvous point,Simon is forced to wait with scores of other anxious fathers and tearful mothers,overwhelmed by the disturbing questions running through his head.How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one,parents are reunited with their children.Their numbers dwindle,until Simon is alone.Laney has gone home with her mom. Jake is the only child missing.As his worst nightmare unfolds,Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers,for hope,for the memory of the boy he raised,for the mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought? Jake could not have done this or could he?As rumors begin to ricochet,amplified by an invasive media,Simon must find answers.But there is only one way to understand what has happened . . . he must find Jake.
AUTHOR: BRYAN REARDON
TITLE: FINDING JAKE
When a Cambridge university student dramatically attempts to take her own life,DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways.
Despite huge personal misgivings,Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge with a brief to work undercover,posing as a vulnerable,depression-prone student.Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is or so they both hope.But as the two women dig deeper into the darker side of university life,they discover a terrifying trend..And when Lacey starts experiencing the same disturbing nightmares reported by the dead girls,she knows that she is next.
AUTHOR: S. J. BOLTON
TITLE: DEAD SCARED
Old school loyalties entangle Thomas Lynley in a case that promises to be both tragic and troubling. A boy has gone missing from Bredgar Chambers,an independent school in the heart of West Sussex, and John Corntel,the lad’s housemaster,has turned up at New Scotland Yard to ask for Lynley’s help. Because West Sussex is not within his jurisdiction,Lynley knows he should keep well clear of the case, but the boy within the man remembers his own schooldays at Eton and his former close ties with John Corntel.Thus,in Well-Schooled in Murder, Lynley finds himself deeply involved in the search for a child and,too soon,for that child’s murderer.
With the assistance of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, Lynley seeks the identity of an amoral killer. As the inspector and his sergeant question school prefects,the Headmaster,and both teachers and pupils closest to the dead boy,they begin to sense that something extraordinary and evil is going on at this privileged enclave of the elite’s children.And the key that will unlock the reality of Matthew Whateley’s death lies in uncovering the secrets and undermining the loyalties of a closed society.For Lynley,who is mourning the absence of Helen Clyde,for Sergeant Havers,who is trying desperately to escape the responsibilities of her claustrophobic family life,and for Simon St.James,whose marriage is disintegrating for reasons he cannot understand,the investigation into Matthew’s death will lead perilously close to their own emotional wounds.It will be these personal issues,as much as the cryptic clues that refuse to yield a definitive suspect,that may blind them all to the signs of another murder in the making-and to a terrible act of desperation that will break down the barriers of the past to expose a truth too long hidden in the name of love.
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE
TITLE: WELL – SCHOOLED IN MURDER
Scottish barrister Rex Graves will never understand why the devil his son Campbell chose to go to college in Florida rather than attending university in bonny Scotland.During Rex’s visit across the pond, tragedy strikes when a student is found hanging from a rope in his locked dorm room.Did the poor lad commit suicide,or was it murder?With one student dead and his own son in danger,Rex Graves vows to learn the truth.In between trying not to worry about Campbell and trying to please his new love,Helen d’Arcy (while keeping ex-girlfriend Moira at bay),Rex conducts his own investigation.What he finds is a maze of sordid secrets in the university’s not-so-hallowed halls.
AUTHOR: C.S. CHALLINOR
TITLE: PHI BETA MURDER
Jenny is a successful family doctor,the mother of three great teenagers,married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.But when her youngest child,fifteen-year-old Naomi,doesn’t come home after her school play,Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble.The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success.Naomi has vanished,and her family is broken.
As the months pass,the worst-case scenarios kidnapping,murder seem less plausible.The trail has gone cold.Yet,for a desperate Jenny,the search has barely begun.More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance,she’s still digging for answers and what she finds disturbs her.Everyone she’s trusted,everyone she thought she knew,has been keeping secrets,especially Naomi.Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind,Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.Jenny knows she’ll never be able to find Naomi unless she uncovers the whole truth about her daughter a twisting,painful journey into the past that will lead to an almost unthinkable revelation. . . .
AUTHOR: JANE SHEMILT
A new reality show is on the air in England,a show that’s designed to instill fear into its participants. The contestants are trapped in a “haunted house” with the rigged scary bits at the control of the producers,and the only way to win and end the terror is to find and get into the hidden room with the mysterious prize.The contestants in the house have started seeing disturbing ethereal images and are truly frightened.The problem is that the producers of the show haven’t switched on any of the automated horrors.These visions are happening all by themselves. After much convincing,primarily using a large wad of money,John Constantine agrees to go investigate.Of course,all is not as it seems, and there’s more to this mystery than at first meets the eye.
AUTHOR: IAN RANKIN
TITLE: DARK ENTRIES