Young widow Rose Larabee tells herself life goes on each day, as she has to be both mother and father to her two young children, a task that leaves little time for new romance. That’s why she’s surprised to find the simple, homemade valentine in her mailbox, a paper heart with no signature. It could be a sweet reminder, but for Rose, the red heart has special significance,a link to a secret she shares with two other women.A secret that has just gotten one of them brutally murdered.Now, as the phone rings in the night, playing a song that sends chills down Rose’s spine, and more heart-shaped gifts arrive mysteriously, the young mother is determined to protect her family from a threat she cannot see but knows is out there watching. And as another woman is killed, it becomes clear that each valentine is not the gift of a secret admirer but a warning from a twisted madman who’s getting closer to the very heart of her deepest fears.
AUTHOR: WENDY CORSI STAUB
TITLE: SHE LOVES ME NOT
Two brutal murders. No witnesses.
The battered bodies of two young girls are discovered in North London,one shortly after the other. Desperate to avoid hysteria in the community,the police struggle to make a quick arrest before the deranged killer can strike again.Not having any luck,Detective Geraldine Steel,recently transferred to London,is called in to make sense of the grisly murders and the killer’s unusual signature:he extracts two teeth from each of his victims.With the death toll mounting,Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers have dubbed “The Dentist.”When she finally discovers the gruesome collection on display in his attic,the killer knows that Geraldine must be his next victim.
AUTHOR: LEIGH RUSSELL
TITLE: DEATH BED
GENRE: MYSTERY & CRIME
When a fly-covered canvas bag floats to the surface of North Carolina’s Mountain Island Lake, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called to the scene.Animal remains? Or could this be related to bone fragments from a human male found nearby?
To Tempe’s surprise,the decomposed body indicates the person was a female young adult.The profile fits the description of a missing graduate student named Edith Blankenship.Was Blankenship murdered? If so,why? Blankenship’s body turned up on an artist colony where an eco-radical named Herman Blount has been squatting.Blount has posted online rants threatening to blow up a power station he says is polluting the area.Is Blount capable of violence? Blankenship was a loner, but she proved a dedicated advocate for birds at UNC Charlotte and the Carolina Raptor Center. Did Blankenship’s passion lead her into danger? Alongside Detective “Skinny” Slidell,Tempe puts life on hold until she discovers the truth behind Blankenship’s death.But Tempe’s own passion for crime solving will lead her into danger of her own.
AUTHOR: KATHY REICHS
TITLE: BONES IN HER POCKET
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has reached a turning point.With his wife now living with another man in London and his career in the doldrums thanks to Chief Constable Riddle,it is time to ring the changes.Perhaps a second chance with Sandra?Perhaps move to the National Crime Squad?But then late one night he is summoned to Riddle’s house and his plans take a surprising new turn.For the Chief Constable’s sixteen-year-old daughter Emily has run away and for once Riddle wants Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find her without fuss.
AUTHOR: PETER ROBINSON
TITLE: COLD IS THE GRAVE
Afghanistan veteran Jim Chapel has been enlisted in a new war.This time it’s in his own backyard and even more deadly.A small band of fugitives escapes from a secret upstate New York military facility,leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.Each fugitive has a target an innocent civilian and will not stop until that target has been eliminated.Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel has been stuck behind a desk rather than out in the field,but medical technology has finally caught up with his ambitions.Coupled with his unstoppable determination,it will take him back to where he thrives: the thick of the action.Drafted into a new war,this time in our homeland,Chapel is tasked with hunting a group of escapees from a top secret military compound all extremely deadly,genetically modified killers and unraveling the mystery behind their existence.Aided by an enigmatic woman named Angel and a courageous,beautiful veterinarian,Chapel begins a cross-country hunt to stop the murders.But are the killers really rogues,or are they part of a sinister conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels?
AUTHOR: DAVID WELLINGTON
Anne Murphy is the redheaded rookie at the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates,and one morning she wakes up to front-page headlines proclaiming lawyer murdered above her own picture.If she wants to stay alive,she’s got to play dead.She’ll have to trust people she barely knows colleagues who hate her,homicide cops who want her out of the crime-fighting business,and a new love who inconveniently happens to be opposing counsel.But her knack for courting trouble makes it almost impossible for Anne to play well with others,and an unexpected event places her in lethal jeopardy and leaves her with everything to lose.
AUTHOR: LISA SCOTTOLINE
TITLE: COURTING TROUBLE
In 1358,over a century after its foundation in Cambridge,the college of Michaelhouse is facing a serious shortfall of funds and competition from upstarts rivals such as Zachary Hostel.Their problems are made no easier by the hostility of the town’s inhabitants who favour the university moving away to the Fens.
This simmering tension threatens to break into violence when a well-known tradesman is found dead in one of the colleges.Matthew Bartholomew knows he was poisoned but cannot identify the actual substance,never mind the killer.He also worries that other illnesses and deaths may have been caused by the effluent from his sister’s dye works.Torn between loyalties to his kin and to his college,he fears the truth may destroy both his personal and professional life,but he knows he must use his skills as a physician to discover the truth before many more lose their lives entirely.
AUTHOR: SUSANNA GREGORY
TITLE: A POISONOUS PLOT
Kate Livingston and Liza Kingsley have been best friends since their childhood in the suburbs of Chicago. They know everything about each other. Or do they?
When Liza sets up the newly divorced Kate with Michael Waller,an elegant man sixteen years her senior,neither woman expects Kate to fall for him so soon.The relationship is a whirlwind that enthralls Kate and frightens Liza.Because Liza knows she may have introduced Kate to more than her dream man; she may have unwittingly introduced her to a dangerous world of secrets.And yet Kate marries Michael and follows him to a French-Canadian town called St. Marabel,where she begins to suspect that Michael isn’t exactly who he seems.As each new suspicion arises,Kate finds herself investigating her husband,but what she doesn’t know is that she’s about to steer her friendship with Liza on a collision course that will race from the U.S. to Russia and from Canada to Brazil,and the betrayals she uncovers could cause the end of all of them.
AUTHOR: LAURA CALDWELL
TITLE: GOOD LIAR
Three teenagers with dead-end lives,and chips on their shoulders,and guns.The first person they killed was a girl,during a robbery.The second was a man whose car they needed.The third and fourth,well, those were personal.Then,hell,why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota,Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.But something doesn’t feel quite right to him about the whole thing.The kids, the victims,the people chasing them something’s off.Virgil just hopes he can figure out what before too many more people die.But even he can’t realize what’s about to happen next.
AUTHOR: JOHN SANDFORD
TITLE: MAD RIVER