Full Price Books 28/05/2013 Mystery & Suspense

Two separate fatal road accidents killing three people are a cause for concern. Then the body of an elderly lady is found in her home, with a cause for suspicious death. A newly promoted Detective Sergeant arrives but she is not as much an asset as a distraction. In different locations, two girls are brutally attacked and it is thought the events might be linked but how is not clear. One or two local rogues could be responsible and are prime suspects. Arrests are to be made when a brutal attack on the occupants of the flat is discovered. One person is dead with horrific injuries and another is fighting for life. Work once again is dictating Dylan’s life and a heavily pregnant partner Jen is sidelined. A young boy is stabbed and an elderly lady is taken hostage at knifepoint in a subway. Dylan is called to take charge. Whilst Dylan is confronted by a madman, Jen goes into labour alone and collapses unconscious. Both are life threatening situations that need a quick resolution, and once again Dylan is spinning numerous plates at once.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Mapleton, Colorado’s police chief, Gordon Hepler, would rather be on the streets than behind a desk, but he promised his late mentor he’d accept the position. And to Gordon, a promise is a promise, even if the person you made it to isn’t around anymore. However, doubts creep in, and he wonders if he was shoved into the job because his mentor thought he couldn’t cut it on the streets. Everything changes when a fatal traffic accident well outside Mapleton seems connected to the elderly Rose and Sam Kretzer, two of Mapleton’s most beloved citizens. When Gordon ties the car accident to a grisly murder in Mapleton—the first anyone in town can remember—he’s afraid he’s into more than he bargained for. The arrival of Megan, the Kretzers grown godchild, and Justin, their grandson, add to Gordon’s troubles when Megan is mugged and someone breaks in and ransacks the Kretzers’ home. Gordon’s fears that he’s in over his head are realized when his investigation seems to link the Kretzers to a Nazi war criminal. Can he work with the big-city detective brought in to assist? Will he be able to solve the crime without revealing the secrets of his citizens?Mystery & Suspense

 

 

To read Libby Fischer Hellmann is to love Libby Fischer Hellmann. Her writing is tight, fast, and highly entertaining. But I had no idea Libby was so versatile. The collection of stories — all previously published — offer a wide variety of styles, tones, and topics. Funny. Dark. Poignant. Exciting. Surprising. Hardboiled. And, of course, Noir. Joe Konrath “Standouts include Libby Fischer Hellmann’s clever twist on a redemption tale…” THE JADE ELEPHANT (in THESE GUNS FOR HIRE) –Publishers Weekly “Her own contribution sets high standards…” Oline Cogdill, on YOUR SWEET MAN (in CHICAGO BLUES, 2007) –Mystery Scene Magazine “Hellmann’s story is remarkable…” Janielle Martin, on THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING (in SISTERS ON THE CASE) –Eclectic ClosetMystery & Suspense

 

 

In the wake of a discovery that rocks the archaeological world, three strangers meet for the first time in the mountains of central Switzerland. Under a cloak of secrecy, they’ve been gathered together by a ruthless billionaire whose goal is to harness unspeakable power by unearthing an artifact more ancient than civilization itself. Their mission soon finds them on the chase of a lifetime. From the Great Pyramids of Egypt through the wilds of Antarctica, they circle the globe on the heels of a mystery thousands of years in the making, pursued by forces intent on their destruction, proving once and for all that there are some mysteries in this world too dangerous to be solved… …for in the darkness waits a terrifying menace.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

When former war photographer Jules Larson braves a panic attack to jog beyond her five-block safety zone in Central Park, she runs right into a murder scene. Jules finds herself caught between a persistent NYPD Detective, Stone McCarthy, and the rogue undercover cop, Sam Fields, who both vie for her affections at any cost. But Jules can’t grow too close to Sam, even when his touch melts her armor, or accept Stone’s increasing advances, even though he’s twice the gentleman Sam is, for fear either man might discover her true role in her fiancé’s death.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Private eye Casey Cook lands her first case, and it’s a doozy: find a missing comatose woman. Eager to prove herself, Casey does whatever it takes to get answers, from pretending to be pregnant to fawning over a hairless cat. As she runs into one dead end after another, Casey wonders whether she should have left her retail job. Determined to show that she can do the PI thing, Casey refuses to give up, chases down every lead, and snags herself a girlfriend along the way.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Detective Samantha “Sam” Stone is part of a special crime unit that investigates clashes between the races. In a world where humans and paranormals exist, there are bound to be problems. Tonight is no exception. Start with a dead woman in a bathtub drained of all her blood, toss in a fanatical father who hates paranormals and wants her off the case, no love life, and Stone has her hands full. Sam is an Ancient: gifted with longevity, acute senses, and fast reflexes. She will need all of that, as her investigation unearths clues that another Ancient may be responsible for the murder – a murder that could start a war between the races.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

When Jillian Keating is arrested for the murder of her missing boyfriend, Ryan Cornell, she has two immediate questions: Why did he frame her—-and where is he hiding? Using her own ingenuity, plus the help of a resourceful lady lawyer and a dashing young private investigator, Jillian discovers the surprising—and disturbing—answers. Her boyfriend is not what he appears to be. The real Ryan, consumed with hate, has devised an ingenious scheme to destroy her while he escapes into the past via a hidden time travel portal. But even knowing all this, Jillian is left with a more difficult question: How can she capture Ryan and bring him back? Filled with memorable characters, bizarre twists, and riveting suspense, “The Disappearance” culminates with an elaborate sting operation as Jillian and her friends travel through time to lure Ryan into their clever trap. If they succeed, she will go free. But if they fail, Jillian will surely face murder charges for the death of Ryan Cornell.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

It begins with a sea lion committing sexual harassment and ends with the avenging spirit of Steve McQueen. In between, a nudist mascot, a Kansas hick with an eBay streak, and a beautiful marine biologist. (Is there any other kind?) Wild and weird, it’s hilarious adventure on America’s wettest coast. And living proof that you don’t need to be drenched in sun to get beach slapped — hard. “Beach Slapped,” is a mystery novel in the tradition of Carl Hiaasen. Focusing on the just-off-of-center residents of Surfland, a half-fictional city of 10,000 people on the wet and weird coast of Oregon, the adventure isn’t just about getting the bad guy, it’s about the lovable lunatics met along the way. From the sci-fi geek who never met a galactic parable he didn’t love, to a father-turned-stalker, to the volunteer fire fighter who insists a stuffed dalmatian always ride shotgun, everyone’s favorite oddball friend is here, just a little bit odder. In the middle of it all is reluctant hero Jackson Poe, a freelance writing renegade from the corporate world writing stories about $30,000 bathrooms just to pay the bills. Refusing to give in to reality or climate, he buys his Hawaiian shirts at Goodwill and his cars topless. Always one sandal step ahead of his bills, his ex-girlfriend and the occasional cop looking to make a monthly ticket quota, Poe is living life just the way he likes it: roof rertracted and relaxed. But that all changes one morning when he discovers marine biologist Callista Walker being harassed by a sea lion in a way they never discussed in college. Hoping to discover who chased her into the chilly ocean to drown, (the sea lion was an added bonus) Poe and Walker stumble into a scheme that will take them from the edge of the sea to a galaxy of reality show stupidity that’s unfortunately not so far away. And whether it’s rampant developers, landau roofs or Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” everywhere Poe looks there are threats to his world as he knows it. Fortunately, he’s not alone in that world. And in a tale that spans from Kansas to the coast, one very naked culinary artist/ mascot, the most clueless yet persevering romantic in history, and Wagner’s Valkyries join with Poe as he attempts to spiritedly chase down the bad guys with the top down on his convertible no matter what waits over the horizon. As a humor columnist, high school teacher, former newspaper reporter, hotel manager, aquarium diver, stand-up comedian, retired Disney On Ice performer and professional mascot, Barton Grover Howe has combined his experiences and skills from all of those environments to create a novel with a voice like no other. One that will leave you laughing and loving every wet minute on the Oregon coast. Living proof that you don’t need hurricanes blowing the palm trees sideways to get beach slapped time and again.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Grace Meredith is the CIA’s most deadly assassin. Too bad she’s gone off the grid and become a mercenary for hire. After the death of her daughter by a sniper’s bullet, Grace can no longer stomach the demands of agency life or keep herself from blaming the only man she’s ever loved. Her mind and body are fragile, and she knows she’s just a step away from breaking down completely. Gabe Brennan hold’s the weight of the world on his shoulders. As one of the most brilliant black ops agents the CIA has ever employed, he knows it’s no one’s fault but his own that his child was gunned down in cold blood. He might not have been able to save his daughter, but he’s determined to save his wife. He only has to find her first. Sexual tension crackles between Gabe and Grace from the moment they’re reunited, but between the man who is hunting them, a secret that’s been buried for eighty years, and a turbulent past—the odds are stacked against them.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

It’s opening day at Jo’s Craft Corner, and Jo is wired more tightly than the wreath on her store’s front door. The entertainment she’s hired, Cuddles the Clown, is little help, grumbling and complaining until Jo is ready to strangle him. Someone else does silence him, though – for good. With a dead clown in her storeroom and murdered with one of her craft items, Jo becomes the prime suspect. She works to clear her name, unaware that the crafty killer is ready to do anything it takes to stop her – including murder! Includes directions for a craft project!Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Parker Holt has started gobbling up properties housing small businesses in town, and Jo worries that her Craft Corner shop will be next. But when she arrives at Holt’s home to learn his intentions, she finds him dead – the victim of an insidious electrical trap. The police draw a bead on the construction crew working on the house, led by Jo’s good friend, Dan. Anxious to clear him and his workers, Jo and her beading crafters set to work. Motives are dissected as necklaces are created, and Jo follows a chain of clues back into the past, hoping to unknot the current crime – and catch a murderer before he pulls any more deadly strings. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Beirut, 1965. Eccentric American billionaire Zane Smith is quite entranced by tattooed dancer known only as the Dark Lily. In fact, he is so entranced that he takes her back to his hotel room for a private performance. It’s only when he wakes up in the morning with one hell of a headache and the Dark Lily gone that Smith realizes he may have bitten off more than he can chew. However, none of the valuables in Smith’s hotel room is missing – nothing save an invitation to a party at the American embassy in Beirut. But why would an exotic dancer attempt to snatch an invitation to an embassy party for herself? And who is the mysterious Dark Lily? This is a novelette of 10500 words or approximately 32 print pages.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Drusilla Thorne’s husband Colin walks out on their marriage of convenience with style: he disappears right in the middle of their magic act. Before he vanishes, though, he steals a bracelet from her, a bracelet that could tip off the people who’ve been searching for Drusilla and her younger sister Stevie for years. Drusilla won’t allow that to happen. When she finds Colin in Los Angeles, he’s dead. Before dying, he got the both of them involved in a nasty game of Hollywood blackmail. The investigating detective finds out her identity is as fake as her marriage was and he’s determined to find her guilty of something. Her lawyer might have more allegiance to the shadowy figure footing the bill than to her. And her sister does something Drusilla can only hope they live to regret. Drusilla had better figure out who killed Colin before everything comes apart and the police figure out who she really is.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

New job. New town. New life. Risky Business is big at the box office, Journey is on the radio, and Sharlah Webbs luck is finally turning. Or she thinks it is, until the day she comes home from her waitressing job to find police cars in her driveway and her boyfriend, Brian Lowry, in jail on drug charges. Suddenly, shes got all kinds of trouble. Shes broke, Brians family blames her for his arrest, and a hurricane is bearing down on their Texas Gulf Coast town. Even worse, Brian refuses to cooperate with the police and wont tell her why. It soon becomes clear that his secrets have put them both in jeopardy. As the danger grows, so does Sharlahs confusion. Is Brian not the man she thought he was? Can she trust the police? Brians family? Should she stay put, or flee the approaching storm? Smart and self-reliant, Sharlah embarks on her own search for answers. Then one fateful decision launches a mystery that will take years to unravel. Identity: A novel of suspense, love and finding your true self.Mystery & Suspense