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)
Nobody likes The Complaints - cops who investigate other cops. It's where Malcolm Fox works. He's a serious man with frustrating problems: a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship. Cop Jamie Breck is dirty, but no one can prove it. When Fox is given the case, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks - dangerous knowledge, especially when a vicious murder takes place far too close to home.
Novel, 438 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2011 HC
Back Bay Books - 2011 - ISBN: 031607876X / 9780316078764
Book Condition: New.
John Malone #01: 8 Faces at 3 (alternate titles: Death at Three / Murder Stops the Clock)
After Holly Inglehart is discovered unconscious, next to the dead body of the aunt who was about to disinherit her for marrying band leader Dick Drayton, it's up to Chicago lawyer John Malone to keep her from going to the chair. Malone teams up with Drayton's press agent Jake Justus and Holly's best friend Helene Brand. But can this trio of wisecracking sleuths find the real killer?
Novel, 159 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1939)
Rue Morgue - 2011 - ISBN: 1601870620 / 9781601870629
Book Condition: New.
Alan Banks #19: Bad Boy
When a distraught woman reports that she found a loaded gun hidden in her daughter Erin's bedroom, it turns out her daughter's best friend is DCI Banks' daughter Tracy - who was last seen racing off to warn the gun's owner, a very bad boy indeed. To save Tracy's life, Banks and his partner will have to outsmart this smooth and devious psychopath.
Novel, 387 pages, Mass Market Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC
Harper - 2011 - ISBN: 0061362964 / 9780061362965
Book Condition: New.
Act of Passion
After a life of impeccable bourgeois conformity, a middle-aged French doctor's liaison with an enigmatic young drifter precipitates a spiritual awakening - and sets the stage for tragic disintegration.
Novel, 217 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1947)
New York Review Books - 2011 - ISBN: 1590173856 / 9781590173855
Book Condition: New.
Sobol, Donald J.
Encyclopedia Brown #26: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret UFOs
Ages 7 and up. With a knack for trivia, Encyclopedia Brown solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his detective agency. But his dad is also the chief of police, and every night Encyclopedia helps him solve his most baffling crimes. Join Encyclopedia as he solves ten confounding new mysteries: stolen stamps, missing medallions, a shipwreck, and more. And with the clues given in each case, you can solve the mysteries too!
Novel, 84 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC
Puffin - 2011 - ISBN: 0142419338 / 9780142419335
Book Condition: New.
Spillane, Mickey / Collins, Max Allan
A hard-as-nails criminal on the run agrees to help desperate members of Miami's Cuban-American community track down money that was stolen from them - and winds up neck-deep in murder.
Novel, 246 pages, Trade Paperback, 1st Edition
Hard Case Crime - 2011 - ISBN: 0857682881 / 9780857682888
Book Condition: New.
Thomas Kydd #11: Victory
1805: When political machinations lead to the impeachment of the head of the Navy, Commander Thomas Kydd is forced to take sides, and decides to join Nelson's squadron. At the Battle of Trafalgar, the Royal Navy must prove once and for all that it rules the seas.
Novel, 319 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2010 HC
To solve a ghastly and highly unusual murder, Adamsberg delves into the victim's disturbed psyche, and finds himself on a path that takes him deep into the haunted past of Eastern Europe, where a centuries-old horror has come to life and is claiming victims far and wide.
Awards: ♦ Shortlisted for the 2011 UK Crime Writers' Association International Dagger