When the smiling King of Carnival is killed at Mardi Gras, policewoman Skip Langdon is on the case. She knows the upper-crust family of the victim and that it hides more than its share of glittering skeletons. But nothing could prepare her for the tangled web of clues and ancient secrets that would mean danger for her--and doom for the St. Amants.... "Smith is a gifted writer." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Author: Julie Smith
Release Date: 2018-02-15
In the NINTH installment of the Skip Langdon Mystery Series a teenage runaway escapes a serial killer. She's on the run because she thinks she's killed him. Meanwhile the killer stalks the city -- and her.
Skip Langdon, a New Orleans police detective, encounters death in her own hometown when the local police superintendent is gunned down and then the murderer is killed by a group who goes by the name of "the Jury"
Destiny Melendez Ibarra is an ordinary college freshman with plenty of plans for a long and happy life. But then she dies... and comes back as a vampire. Soon she finds out that the supernatural world is full of rules that she doesn’t particularly like, she has to feed on human blood, and her maker—the famous and totally annoying supermodel Enrique—expects her to be at his beck and call. As if that isn’t enough, it turns out the handsome Nataniel, who she’s been eyeing, is more than just a bartender and is supposed to be her sworn enemy. But when a party goes wrong, she wakes up surrounded by corpses with no idea as to how that happened, and her maker refuses to help. Her only hope to find and stop the killer before more people—including her still very human family—die lies with Nataniel... if she’s willing to risk trusting him. Mature content and language. Not suitable for younger readers. The first book in the Deadly Destiny series.
Author: Trav S.D.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 2006-10-31
Genre: Performing Arts
A seriously funny look at the roots of American Entertainment When Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born, variety entertainment had been going on for decades in America, and like Harry Houdini, Milton Berle, Mae West, and countless others, these performers got their start on the vaudeville stage. From 1881 to 1932, vaudeville was at the heart of show business in the States. Its stars were America's first stars in the modern sense, and it utterly dominated American popular culture. Writer and modern-day vaudevillian Trav S.D. chronicles vaudeville's far-reaching impact in No Applause--Just Throw Money. He explores the many ways in which vaudeville's story is the story of show business in America and documents the rich history and cultural legacy of our country's only purely indigenous theatrical form, including its influence on everything from USO shows to Ed Sullivan to The Muppet Show and The Gong Show. More than a quaint historical curiosity, vaudeville is thriving today, and Trav S.D. pulls back the curtain on the vibrant subculture that exists across the United States--a vast grassroots network of fire-eaters, human blockheads, burlesque performers, and bad comics intent on taking vaudeville into its second century.
During a sweltering summer, the popular producer of a New Orleans jazz festival is fatally stabbed and his young sister disappears, prompting detective Skip Langdon to investigate. By the Edgar Award-winning author of The Axeman's Jazz. Reprint.
"Nobody gets inside her characters like Julie Smith." Linda Barnes When Rebecca Schwartz learns that her best friend and legal partner Chris Nicholson is accused of murder and won't give an alibi, Rebecca gets curious. To her amazement, Rebecca finds that her partner has a secret life--and so did the victim, dashing critic Jason McKendrick. For that matter, so does everyone else in the case, causing Rebecca to wonder what planet she's stumbled onto. One thing she knows with certainty: She has to shake some skeletons from the closets--and fast--or Chris is going to prison.... "From the Paperback edition."
Author: C. A. Larmer
Release Date: 2012-05
Bored with her stodgy old book club, Alicia Finlay decides to start a new one-dedicated to her favourite crime writer Agatha Christie. And so she gathers seven quirky members together, including dashing Dr Anders, a poisons expert, socialite Barbara Parlour, librarian Missy (as ditzy as Miss Marple and just as sharp) and fashionistas Claire and Perry who both bear an eerie resemblance to Hercule Poirot. As the new club sip cups of Darjeeling and happily dissect Evil Under the Sun, little do they know they're about to stumble upon a real-life mystery of their own. Barbara suddenly vanishes and her husband seems oddly unperturbed. When he shows up murdered soon after, the group decide to do as the meddling Miss Marple would do, and investigate. So begins a real-life mystery adventure for the Agatha Christie Book Club (ACBC), a motley collection of amateur sleuths who use Christie as their guide. Following in the footsteps of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, the group must sort the clues from the red herrings to solve the murder of Arthur Parlour and the mystery of his missing wife. In this fun, fast-paced adventure, C.A. Larmer shows us, yet again, why she's one of the best-selling contemporary cozy crime writers out there today.
Simone tells authentic stories of teen life in the 'hood better than any other author currently writing contemporary YA street lit. --Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair (starred review) True story: I'm Gem, G-E-M, like a precious jewel, and my life has been nothing like my name. I've been on my own since I was nine and now I'm sixteen. But so what. I'm good, and so is my little brother. So why the state won't let us do our own thing is beyond me. Instead, we've been forced to live with a foster family who wants to love us, but I'm not beat--I'm just trying to do me. To make matters worse, I've been checking for this guy, Ny'eem. But my new clique has an unbreakable rule--no boyz allowed to come between our friendship--which is forcing me to keep my relationship with Ny'eem a secret. Though not for long. . .because in high school secrets are always exposed, scandals always rewrite the rules, and friendships are never what they seem. . . . "Excitement, drama, and life lessons. . .. Upgrade U is sure to be a classic." --A.J. Byrd, author of Losing Romeo "A new series with a pair of drama-fueled stories about girls looking for love in all the wrong ways." --Publishers Weekly on The Break-Up Diaries
Author: Lee Goldberg
Publisher: Five Star (ME)
Release Date: 2005
Harvey Mapes is a twenty-nine-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching TVLand reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start . . . which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife Lauren. The lowly security guard jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his private eye fantasies and use everything he's learned from Spenser, Magnum, and Mannix. But things don't exactly go according to the books . . . or the reruns. As Harvey fumbles and stumbles through his first investigation, he discovers that the differences between fiction and reality can be deadly. With the help of his mortgage-broker neighbor and occasional lover Carol, Harvey uncovers a blackmail plot that takes a sudden and unexpectedly tragic turn . . . plunging him into a world of violence, deception, and murder . . . and forcing him to discover what it really takes to be a private eye.Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include "Martial Law," "Diagnosis Murder," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Hunter," "Spenser: For Hire," "Nero Wolfe," "Missing," and "Monk." He's also the author of My Gun Has Bullets, Beyond the Beyond, Successful Television Writing, The Walk, and the Diagnosis: Murder series of paperback originals. He resides in California.