By M. C. Beaton
After years of bullying others as a high-flying public family members boss, Agatha takes early retirement to a picture-perfect village within the Cotswolds. and the way higher to make associates than via getting into the neighborhood quiche-making festival? to make sure first prize Agatha buys her access at a London delicatessen. sadly, Agatha's excellent product is quickly uncovered - as not just store-bought yet poisoned. the competition pass judgement on succumbs after consuming it, and with him cross Agatha's possibilities of rural bliss - except she will become aware of the genuine poisoner...
By James Lee Burke
For detective Dave Robicheaux, thoughts -- together with these of an odd and violent summer season from his adolescence -- are top left on my own. yet a demise man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old secret with a lacking lady at its center. Her identify might or would possibly not were Ida Durbin, and Robicheaux's part brother, Jimmie, paid a brutal rate for coming into her global. Now the reality will plunge Robicheaux into the manipulations of recent Orleans' wealthiest kin, right into a advanced love affair of his personal, and into sizzling pursuit of a killer increasing his territory past the massive effortless at a daunting velocity.
By Donna Tartt
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes alongside probably part a dozen instances consistent with decade, a well written literary novel that connects with the guts in addition to the mind....Donna Tartt has introduced a unprecedented paintings of fiction."--Stephen King, The ny occasions e-book Review
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an twist of fate that kills his mom. deserted through his father, Theo is taken in by way of the kinfolk of a filthy rich good friend. Bewildered by means of his unusual new domestic on Park street, disturbed by way of schoolmates who do not know the right way to consult him, and tormented chiefly by means of his eager for his mom, he clings to the only factor that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously attractive portray that finally attracts Theo into the underworld of art.
As an grownup, Theo strikes silkily among the drawing rooms of the wealthy and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques shop the place he works. he's alienated and in love--and on the middle of a narrowing, ever extra harmful circle.
The Goldfinch is a enthralling, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old school tale of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of destiny.
By Ellen Byerrum
Style reporter Lacey Smithsonian is traveling a failing velvet manufacturing facility in Virginia on its ultimate day of operations-and unearths one of many manufacturing unit vendors lifeless, lashed to a spool of velvet and soaked in blue dye. the staff are thrilled, considering that they blamed the "Blue satan" for killing their jobs.
but if one other nickname, the "Velvet Avenger", makes the rounds, and ribbons of blue velvet begin stoning up, it may be greater than Lacey's activity at stake-it can be her life...
By Charlotte MacLeod
Sarah understands she is not right here. The Kellings by no means did get invited again after that unlucky incident whilst Madam Wilkins first opened her palatial museum to Boston's so much significantly outspoken Brahmins. yet issues were quiet at Sarah's stylish Beacon Hill boarding condo in recent times -- nobody's been murdered in months. Lodger Max Bittersohn has unfastened passes to contemporary live performance, and he is one guy she unearths difficult to show down. yet then whatever falls earlier them from the ground above, and the oldest defend sprawls lifeless one of the hyacinths.
By Kate White
At any time when a star throws a mobile, crashes a vehicle, or kills a wife, superstar journalist Bailey Weggins is there to hide it for the gossip journal Buzz. Now, the recent tv exhibit Morgue is the debate of town, and simply as Bailey begins reminiscing approximately her short summer season fling with the show's stunning big name, Chris Wickersham, he calls. yet Chris isn't really brooding about rekindling their past love. His good friend and fellow actor at the convey has long past lacking, and whereas not anyone else appears alarmed, Chris cannot think his good friend might simply run off whereas on the point of stardom. whilst Bailey starts off to enquire as a prefer for Chris, she quickly realizes there's even more to the disappearance than meets the attention, and until she will be able to unearth the reality, she may perhaps develop into the foundation for Morgue's subsequent episode.
By Gwenda Bond
A ballerina, twirling on a cord excessive above the gang. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers. Trapeze artists, flying like somersaulting falcons. And magic crackling in the course of the air. Welcome to the Cirque American!
Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to stick with in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. whilst her relatives is on the market a prestigious function within the new Cirque American, it appears Jules and the superb Maronis will ultimately get the highlight they deserve. however the presence of the Flying Garcias may perhaps derail her plans. for many years, the 2 rival households have kept away from one another as sworn enemies.
Jules ignores the drama and makes a speciality of the twine, skyrocketing to status because the woman in a purple tutu who dances around the cord at death-defying heights. but if she discovers a peacock feather—an notorious item of undesirable luck—planted on her dress, Jules approximately loses her footing. She has no selection yet to hunt support from the unlikeliest of individuals: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia extended family matriarch and the simplest trapeze artist within the Cirque.
As extra mysterious talismans believed to own unfortunate magic look, Jules and Remy unite to discover the perpetrator. And in the event that they don’t determine what’s happening quickly, Jules could be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.
By Sharon Kay Penman
July 1193. King Richard Lionheart lies in a German felony, held for ransom via the emperor. His mom, Dowager Queen Eleanor, ransacks England for gold to shop for his freedom, whereas his more youthful brother, John, plots with King Philippe of France to make sure that he rots and dies in chains.
When a ransom fee vanishes, Eleanor swiftly dispatches younger Justin de Quincy to enquire. In wild, attractive Wales, his devotion to the queen should be supremely tested–as an boastful border earl, a cocky Welsh prince, a fascinating girl, and a traitor of the private dye welcome him with fake smiles and lethal conspiracies. The queen’s treasure is nowhere to be discovered, yet assassins are far and wide . . . and blood runs pink within the dragon’s lair.
By Sue Grafton
"M" is for cash. plenty of it. "M" is for Malek development, the $40 million corporation that grew out of modest soil to turn into one of many titanic 3 in California building, one of many few nonetheless in kin hands.
"M" is for the Malek family members: 4 sons now nearing center age who stand to inherit a fortune--four males with very diversified outlooks, temperaments, and wishes, associated in basic terms through blood and cash. Eighteen years in the past, one among them--angry, afflicted, and in trouble--went missing.
"M" is for Millhone, employed to track that lacking black sheep brother.
"M" is for stories, none of them satisfied. The sour thoughts of an embattled kin. This prodigal son will locate no welcome at his family's desk. "M" is for malice.
And in brutal final result, "M" is for homicide, the all-too-common final result of familial hatreds.
"M" is for malice . . . and malice kills.