reading + entertainment banner

Mysteries With a Light Touch

Share

Rosenfelt, David.
Collared

Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. They are surprised one day when they scan an abondoned dog's embedded chip, and discover that they know this dog.  Two and a half years ago, Jill Hickman's baby and dog were kidnapped in broad daylight, and haven't been seen since. Now, with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light, and the search for the child renewed.   But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous than they ever expected, in David Rosenfelt's Collared.

Brown, Rita Mae.
A hiss before dying

Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia.  The local beaglers flush out a dead body.  Disturbingly, it's the second corpse to turn up, after that of a missing truck driver too disfigured to identify. The deaths seem unrelated--until Harry picks up a trail of clues dating back to the state's post-Revolutionary past. Harry narrowly escapes a shootout unscathed. Next time, it may be the killer who gets lucky. But not if Harry's furry friends Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker can help it. Lending their sharp-nosed talents to the hunt, they'll help their mistress keep more lives from being lost--and right an injustice buried since the early days of America's independence.

Sykes, Plum.
Party girls die in pearls

1985. Determined to bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell, Ursula Flowerbutton enlists the help of trend-setting American exchange student Nancy Feingold to unravel the case. While navigating a whirl of black-tie parties and secret dining societies, the girls discover a surfeit of suspects. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloane Rangers, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent. Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society and low morals, the first book in Plum Sykes' irresistible new series.

Dobyns, Stephen
Saratoga payback

The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's critically praised Charlie Bradshaw Mysteries, follows Charlie as he toes the line between concerned private citizen and practiced private eye. As he begins to look into the murder of the town pest, Charlie also finds himself entangled in a problem that is purely Saratogian--a mission to rescue an old acquaintance's kidnapped horse. Wry, entertaining, and adroitly written, Saratoga Payback is an immensely satisfying addition to Dobyns's popular mystery series.

Dorsey, Tim.
Clownfish blues

(Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in this insanely funny novel from the maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey. Crooked bodega owners, drug cartels laundering money through the lottery, and venture capitalists are all trying to game the system--and lining up to get their cut. They're also gambling with their lives, because when Storm gets hip to this timely (and very lucrative) trip, there's no telling whose number is up next. Throw in Brooke Campanella, Serge's old flame, as well as the perpetually star-crossed Reevis, and it's a sure bet that the ever lucky Serge will hit it big. Winning has never been this deadly--or this much fun!

Clement, Blaize.
The cat sitter and the canary

Dixie Hemingway, everyone's favorite pet-sitting sleuth, is back for yet another riveting case. This time, Dixie finds a tall, handsome tourist loitering around the home of one of her long-time clients. Dixie points him to the bungalow across the street (but not before rebuffing a few of the sexy Scotsman's passes) and then continues about her business. She doesn't think about him again until she stumbles upon a dead body in her client's front hall -- a man in a three-piece suit with jet-black hair, delicate wrists, and a small notecard stuck to his lapel with a pearl-tipped hat pin. Right away, Dixie puts on her sleuthing cap and starts looking for clues, but when she sees what's written on that card, she knows... this is going to be an adventure unlike any she's ever had before. And if she's not careful, it just might be her last!

Andrews, Donna.
Die like an eagle

 With Die Like an Eagle, readers can look forward to another zany Meg Langslow mystery--this one filled with the spirit of America's pastime and Donna's eagle eye. Like Meg Langslow, the blacksmith heroine of her series, Donna Andrews was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. She introduced Meg to readers in her Malice Domestic Contest-winning first mystery, Murder with Peacocks, and readers are still laughing. This novel swept up the Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and a Lefty for funniest mystery.

Berenson, Laurien.
Live and let growl

When her Aunt Peg lands a gig as judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie Travis welcomes the opportunity for a road trip. Too bad a killer has planned a deadly detour.

Dennison, Hannah.
A killer ball at Honeychurch Hall

In this delightful new mystery our heroine Kat Stanford stumbles upon a hidden room in an abandoned wing at Honeychurch Hall. However, Kat's initial excitement soon ends in horror. There, lying on the cold, stone floor, Kat comes across the body of a young woman dressed in an Egyptian toga and wearing a tawdry fairground trinket around her broken neck. Suspicion falls on some of those who live at the Hall--both upstairs and down--and even those who are just been passing through. Matters come to a head as a killer lurks amid the aristocracy, and Downton Abbey fans will want more Killer Balls at Honeychurch Hall.

Lindsay, Douglas
The legend of Barney Thomson

Barney Thomson — an awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber — lives a life of desperate mediocrity. Shunned at work and at home, unable to break out of a twenty-year rut, each dull day blends seamlessly into the next.  However, there is no life so tedious that it cannot be spiced up by inadvertent murder, a deranged psychopath, and a freezer full of neatly packaged meat.  Barney Thomson’s uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer…

McKevett, G. A.
Killer reunion

If you think going home again is hard, try being a plus-sized PI with a troubled family legacy. But Savannah Reid is no shrinking violet. She's ready for her high school reunion, complete with mean girls, ex-beaus--and murder charges…

Douglas, Carole Nelson.
Cat in a zebra zoot suit

In Cat in a Zebra Zoot suit, Circle Ritz residents petite PR powerhouse Temple Barr and her faithful roommate, Midnight Louie, must defend their beloved elderly landlady from a bizarre murder charge that echoes a long-past atrocity.  Janet Evanovich says of this USA TODAY bestselling series "Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest, hard-boiled PI on the planet."

Flanders, Judith.
A murder of magpies

A whip-smart, impeccably crafted debut mystery, A Murder of Magpies takes readers on a whirlwind tour of London and Paris with an unforgettably original new heroine.