In the Market for Murder

Author: T. E. Kinsey
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 1503938298
Release Date: 2016-12-20
Genre: Fiction

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case. Armed with wit and whimsy, not to mention Florence's mean right hook, the pair set out to discover what really happened and why. Was it poison or just ill luck? As they delve further into their investigation, they encounter a theft where nothing is stolen, a s�ance with a troubled ghost and an ever-increasing number of Spencer's family and friends who might just have motive for murder. One thing's for sure: Lady Hardcastle has a mystery on her hands.

A Quiet Life in the Country

Author: T. E. Kinsey
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 1503938263
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: Fiction

Revised edition: This edition of A Quiet Life In The Country includes editorial revisions.

The Spirit Is Willing

Author: T. E. Kinsey
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1523272716
Release Date: 2016-01-06

It's Spring 1909 and Lady Hardcastle and her maid Florence Armstrong are back for four more mysteries. The Farmer's Revenge - Our heroines resume their amateur sleuthing when a sudden death at the cattle market begins to look like murder. The Ghost of the Dog and Duck - Flo persuades Lady Hardcastle to attend a seance where a medium calls forth a ghost who begins to haunt the village pub. The Trophy Case Case - There's a burglary at the rugby club on the night of the end of season celebrations and Lady Hardcastle and Flo agree to help the village police find the thief. The Last Tram - There's sabotage, murder and kidnap in the city. Lady Hardcastle and Flo are called in to find out who's behind the chaos at the tram company but things go from bad to worse."

Two Down

Author: Nero Blanc
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781497671690
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: Fiction

Crosswords get the Hollywood treatment in this mystery featuring PI Rosco Polycrates and master puzzle solver Belle Graham Jamaica Nevisson—or Cassandra Lovett, as she’s known to the adoring fans of her daytime soap—has vanished without a trace. She and her pal Genie Pepper went pleasure yachting off Nantucket, only to end up lost at sea. So far, only the charred hull of the boat has turned up. Called in by Pepper’s husband, Massachusetts detective Rosco Polycrates and crossword editor Belle Graham uncover a list of potential evildoers that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood vipers, including paparazzi stalker Reggie Flack, Jamaica’s longtime nemesis. But when Belle starts receiving cryptic crosswords, she believes the women are alive and in grave danger. Now she’s up against the clock as she races to unravel the messages before someone completes an across-the-board coup. Because with two down, that leaves only one more to go. This ebook includes six crossword puzzles that can be downloaded as PDFs, with answers in the back of the book. Two Down is the 2nd book in the Crossword Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Murder is a Girl s Best Friend

Author: Amanda Matetsky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101161558
Release Date: 2004-07-06
Genre: Fiction

From the national bestselling author of Murderers Prefer Blondes. All Paige Turner wants for Christmas is to make it through the season alive. New York City in 1954 can be bad for a girl’s health, especially if she’s a staff writer for a pulp mystery magazine who can’t help getting a little too involved in her work. Not that she’s looking for trouble this time; Detective Dan Street, her new love, has forbidden her from ever making like Sam Spade again. But what’s a girl to do when her late husband’s army buddy turns up with a tale like something out of Daring Detective magazine? His sister murdered. A stash of diamonds to die for hidden in a box of oatmeal. The mystery is a Christmas present Paige can’t resist opening. But with the killer hot on her trail, Paige faces the chilling possibility that this Christmas might be her last. “Paige Turner is the liveliest, most charming detective to emerge in crime fiction in a long time. . . . She is irresistible, a force of nature.”—Ann Waldron, author of The Princeton Murders “1950s New York City comes alive. . . . This is great writing by a fresh talent.”—Nelson DeMille “Prepare to be utterly charmed by the irrepressible Paige Turner.”—Dorothy Cannell

The Mamacita Murders

Author: Debra Mares
ISBN: 0985089342
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Hispanic Americans

When Laura, a seventeen year old key witness, goes missing during trial, Assistant Prosecutor Gaby Ruiz is called to action. Ruiz investigates the sexual assault on Laura, who is left for dead in a motel in a drug- and gang-riddden community. Gaby is a Latina sex crimes prosecutor and runs the Mamacita Club, a community outreach effort. Gaby travels with her three girlfriends around the country to reach at-risk women. But is it not until Laura goes missing, that Gaby is able to start seeking justice for herself and fix her own guilt-ridden past for not protecting her mom from an abusive relationship.

Bitter Harvest

Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101517174
Release Date: 2011-08-02
Genre: Fiction

Now that Meg Corey's apples have been harvested and sold, she's enjoying some free time. But when the small but annoying mishaps plaguing her start turning sinister, Meg begins to worry that her first harvest may be her last.

The Tale of Briar Bank

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440638343
Release Date: 2008-09-30
Genre: Fiction

Near Sawrey, the seat of Miss Beatrix Potter?s country home, has been abuzz ever since Mr. Wickstead met his death under a tree limb. Many believe it had to do with a treasure he had dug up. And only Pickles, his dog, knows what happened. Meanwhile, Miss Potter faces dilemmas in her love life and with her parents. But she has no time to muse, what with helping humans and animals alike?and this little matter of murder.

The Glass Castle

Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439156964
Release Date: 2009-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

A Matter of Loyalty

Author: Elizabeth Edmondson
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 1542046580
Release Date: 2017-10-19
Genre: Fiction

January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he's the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn't so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo's instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn't selling secrets to the Soviets, who is? As Hugo digs deeper into buried connections and unlikely coincidences, he knows there's more to this case than his London superiors believe. But following his instincts will pit him against the Establishment--and tangle him once again in the poisonous legacy of the late Lord Selchester. As he closes in on the truth, Hugo finds himself confronted by an adversary who will stop at nothing, in a case that will prove the most personal of his career. With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to John Le Carr�, A Matter Of Loyalty is the third and final book in this delightfully classic and witty murder-mystery series.

Murder at the Mendel

Author: Gail Bowen
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771013201
Release Date: 2011-05-17
Genre: Fiction

As a child Joanne was friends with Sally Love and her parents, but the friendship languished after Sally’s father died and she moved away, eventually becoming a very controversial artist. When the Mendel Gallery opens an exhibition of Sally’s work, Joanne is eager to attend and to renew their friendship. But it’s not so easy being Sally’s friend anymore, and soon Joanne finds herself ensnared in a web of intrigue and violence. When the director of a local private gallery is brutally murdered, Joanne finds that the past she and Sally share was far more complicated, and far more sordid, than she had realized. From the Paperback edition.

Murder at the Breakers

Author: Alyssa Maxwell
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 9780758290830
Release Date: 2014-03-25
Genre: Fiction

As the nineteenth century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one's blood. . . Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, twenty-one-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do--report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer. But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma's black sheep brother Brady is found in Cornelius's bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost. . .

The Diamond Cat

Author: Marian Babson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312956606
Release Date: 1996-06-15
Genre: Fiction

Boarding four cats for her neighbors during a long holiday weekend, Bettina Bilby is astonished when a freak storm brings a carrier pigeon bearing a tiny sack of diamonds, which one of the cats swallows up. Reprint.

The Body in the Ice

Author: AJ MacKenzie
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.
ISBN: 9781785761249
Release Date: 2017-04-20
Genre: Fiction

Christmas Day, Kent, 1796 On the frozen fields of Romney Marsh stands New Hall; silent, lifeless, deserted. In its grounds lies an unexpected Christmas offering: a corpse, frozen into the ice of a horse pond. It falls to the Reverend Hardcastle, justice of the peace in St Mary in the Marsh, to investigate. But with the victim's identity unknown, no murder weapon and no known motive, it seems like an impossible task. Working along with his trusted friend, Amelia Chaytor, and new arrival Captain Edward Austen, Hardcastle soon discovers there is more to the mystery than there first appeared. With the arrival of an American family torn apart by war and desperate to reclaim their ancestral home, a French spy returning to the scene of his crimes, ancient loyalties and new vengeance combine to make Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor's attempts to discover the secret of New Hall all the more dangerous. The Body in the Ice, with its unique cast of characters, captivating amateur sleuths and a bitter family feud at its heart, is a twisting tale that vividly brings to life eighteenth-century Kent and draws readers into its pages.