1875: On a scientific expedition in the Kalahari, Hans Bengler adopts a small boy whose tribe has been attacked by European raiders. When they arrive back in Sweden, he finds that raising a child across a vast cultural divide is more difficult than he'd imagined.
Novel, 278 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC
Vintage - 2011 - ISBN: 0307385841 / 9780307385840
Book Condition: New.
Deborah Knott #16: Christmas Mourning
When a young cheerleader dies in a car crash, her rural North Carolina community is devastated. Deputy Bryant soon learns her death was not an accident, and more lives may be lost unless he and Deborah can uncover what really happened.
Novel, 297 pages, Mass Market Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC
Grand Central - 2011 - ISBN: 0446555797 / 9780446555791
Book Condition: New.
McDermid, Val (V.L.)
A Darker Domain
Fife, Scotland: Cold Case Review Team head Karen Pirie investigates two 1980s cases: a missing strikebreaker and the death of a kidnapped heiress.
Novel, 355 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2009 HC
Harper - 2011 - ISBN: 0061688991 / 9780061688997
Book Condition: New.
Meade, Amy Patricia
Pret' Near Perfect #1: Well-Offed in Vermont
Having just moved from Manhattan to Vermont, Stella and Nick find a dead man in their well, and set out to question the quirky locals. They just might be able to help Sheriff Mills solve a murder.
Ages 12 and up. In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three boys make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city. One unlucky-lucky day, they find something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that they decide to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. They'll need all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers, solve a mystery, and right a terrible wrong.
Novel, 232 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC
Ember - 2011 - ISBN: 0385752164 / 9780385752169
Book Condition: New.
Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles
Meet the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson: Professor James Moriarty - wily, fiercely intelligent, unpredictable; and Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike, and unraveling mysteries for their own gain.
Novel, 478 pages, Trade Paperback, 1st Edition
Titan - 2011 - ISBN: 0857682830 / 9780857682833
Book Condition: New.
Oates, Joyce Carol (editor)
New Jersey Noir
Nineteen original stories set in New Jersey.
Part I: Inner-City New Jersey
Live for Today == S.A. Solomon
Soul Anatomy == Lou Manfredo
New Day Newark == S.J. Rozan
Newark Black: 1940-1954 == C.K. Williams
Part II: Romance & Nostalgia
Lola == Jonathan Santlofer
The Enigma of Grover's Mill == Bradford Morrow
Broken Glass == Gerald Stern
Wunderlich == Sheila Kohler
Atlantis == Richard Burgin
August: Feeding Frenzy == Alicia Ostriker
Part III: Commerce & Retribution
A Bag for Nicholas == Hirsh Sawhney
Glass Eels == Jeffrey Ford
Meadowlands Spike == Barry N. Malzberg and BIll Pronzini
1880: Tuberculosis victims are flocking to the health resort of Manitou, Colorado. But Inez Stannert is headed there to reunite with her son and her sister. On the stagecoach, East Coast businessman Edward Pace dies mysteriously. His widow begs Inez to make inquiries into his untimely death.
Awards: ♦ Finalist for the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel ♦ Winner of the 2012 Bruce Alexander Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery
Christmas #07 / #08: A Christmas Vigil: A Christmas Promise / A Christmas Odyssey
A Christmas Promise: London, 1895: Thirteen-year-old Gracie and eight-year-old Minnie team up to solve the murder of Minnie's uncle and find her family's missing donkey.
A Christmas Odyssey: An old friend's son has vanished into a sensation-obsessed underworld; Henry Rathbone searches for him, with unexpected help from Squeaky, who works in Hester Monk's medical clinic, and Crow, a doctor who works in the slums of Victorian London.
When womanizing aristocrat George March is found dead over his morning coffee, his family decides to deal with the scandal as discreetly and quickly as possible: they accuse March's wife Emily of the murder. Emily's sister Charlotte and her husband, Inspector Thomas Pitt, take on the seemingly irreproachable March clan, and uncover a web of corruption and depravity that leads from the elegant town house to the slums of Victorian London - and to yet another murder.
Novel, 297 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1987)
Asked to conduct a discreet investigation into the unsolved murder of a diplomat, Inspector Thomas Pitt is all too aware that his superiors simply want things smoothed over. It's up to Pitt's wellborn wife Charlotte and her sister Emily to garner information from the man's high society family. Privy to conversations that would never reach the ears of a policeman, they find a secret so shocking it will lead to more deaths - including, quite possibly, Pitt's own.
Novel, 345 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1988)
Sir Lockwood Hamilton, the kindest of family men and most conscientious member of Parliament, is elegantly attired, tied to the lamppost on Westminster Bridge, and quite dead, his throat cut. Before Inspector Thomas Pitt can even speculate on the reasons, a colleague of Sir Lockwood's meets the same fate in the same spot. Charlotte Pitt scouts society's drawing rooms for clues to these appalling crimes.
Novel, 313 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1990)
Arson results in a woman's death in a quiet London suburb. But was she the intended victim, or was her husband? Or did he set the blaze himself to inherit her fortune? With clues scarce, Inspector Thomas Pitt turns to the woman's distinguished relatives, hoping for answers. Meanwhile, Charlotte retraces the dangerous path the woman walked in the last months of her life, and finds a sinister web that stretches from the lowest slums to the loftiest centers of power.
Novel, 330 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1991)
When evidence appears to implicate a young diplomat in a prostitute's murder, the young man's immensely powerful father makes it clear that Superintendent Thomas Pitt is to arrest someone else for the murder. But Pitt stubbornly pursues an investigation full of twists and turns. Is the young man guilty, or is he being framed?
Novel, 405 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1996)
A meeting is arranged between Protestant and Catholic factions to discuss Irish Home Rule, but the negotiations seem doomed after the government official moderating the meeting is murdered. Unless Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte can root out the truth, Ireland may collapse into civil war.
Novel, 373 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1997)
Although General Balantyne denies all knowledge of the shabbily dressed victim who has been murdered on his doorstep, Superintendent Thomas Pitt finds a rare snuffbox, last seen in the general's study, in the dead man's pocket. The superintendent must tread lightly, however, lest his investigation trigger a tragedy.
Novel, 330 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1999)
Thomas Pitt of Her Majesty's Special Branch is summoned to a mansion, where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, a beautiful Egyptian woman, now prime suspect in the murder. Pitt's orders are to protect at all costs the good name of the third person in the garden: a senior cabinet minister, rumored to be the woman's lover, who insists she is innocent. Pitt's search for the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to a London slum, and ultimately to a packed London courtroom.
Novel, 345 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 2003)
After an anarchist attack, two of the culprits are captured and the leader is shot . . . but by whom? As Thomas Pitt of the Special Branch delves into the case, clues suggest that the mastermind was Inspector Wetron, the shadowy leader of the Inner Circle, who is using his influence with the press to stir up fear, and to rush a bill through Parliament that would severely curtail civil liberties. To defeat Wetron, Pitt must ally with his old enemy Sir Charles Voisey.
Novel, 323 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 2005)
William Monk #09: A Breach of Promise (UK title: Whited Sepulchres)
In a sensational breach-of-promise case, two wealthy social climbers are suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter Zillah. The defendant is young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he cannot marry her. Baffled by his client's refusal, barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone turns to detective William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, the case suddenly ends, in an outcome that no one - except a ruthless murderer - could have foreseen.
Novel, 374 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1998)
Police superintendent William Monk notices a young couple engaged in an intense discussion. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the Thames. Accident, suicide, or murder? The woman planned to marry the man who shared her fate, and her father had recently died in a supposed suicide. But after the woman's friends share their suspicions, Monk and his intrepid wife Hester search for answers to mysteries surrounding all three deaths.
Novel, 340 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 2006)
Rogue operative Gideon Crew is assigned to tail a Chinese scientist and steal the plans for a new weapon of mass destruction. When the scientist is killed and the plans stolen, Gideon follows a trail of clues to an uninhabited island, where he comes face to face with his nemesis - and learns that what he thought was the ultimate weapon is something far more frightening.
Novel, 380 pages, Mass Market Paperback, Reprint of 2011 HC