Moonflower Murders

Moonflower Murders
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9781443459921
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Release: 2020-11-10
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From New York Times–bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes a new novel featuring ex-editor hero Susan Ryeland, set to solve another murder mystery Farlingaye Hall is a beautiful hotel in Suffolk on the east coast of England. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the brutal murder of Frank Parris, a retired advertising executive. Stefan Codrescu, a Romanian maintenance man, is arrested after police discover blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison. It appears to be an open-and-shut case, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Alan Conway, the late author of the fictional Magpie Murders, knew Frank Parris and once visited Farlingaye Hall. Also, the third book in Conway’s detective series, Atticus Pund Takes the Cake, was based on the hotel. Cecily Treherne, the daughter of Farlingaye Hall’s owner, has read the book and believes the proof of Stefan’s innocence can be found in its pages. But now . . . Cecily Treherne has disappeared. So Conway’s former editor, Susan Ryeland, leaves her own hotel in Crete and travels to Suffolk to investigate the murder and Treherne’s disappearance. Masterfully intriguing, brilliantly clever and relentlessly suspenseful, Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781443452588
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Release: 2017-06-06
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery. When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon
Author: David Grann
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780385534253
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Release: 2017-04-18
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. A New York Times Notable Book Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate

The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781443455497
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Release: 2018-06-05
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

**A Guardian 'Best Thriller of the Year!'** The New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues. A woman crosses a London street. It is just after 11am on a bright spring morning, and she is going into a funeral parlor to plan her own service. Six hours later the woman is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. And Hawthorne has a partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material. As brusque, impatient, and annoying as Hawthorne can be, Horowitz—a seasoned hand when it comes to crime stories—suspects the detective may be on to something, and is irresistibly drawn into the mystery. But as the case unfolds, Horowitz realizes he’s at the center of a story he can’t control . . . and that his brilliant partner may be hiding dark and mysterious secrets of his own. A masterful and tricky mystery which plays games at many levels, The Word Is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

The Long Shadow

The Long Shadow
Author: Beth Kanell
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781645403326
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Release: 2021
Editor: Speaking Volumes
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Long Shadow is a Spur Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2019 Spur Awards - Best Western Historical Novel When Alice Sanborn and best friend Jerushah cross paths with a bounty hunter in rural northern Vermont, the teens stage a daring rescue for former slave Sarah Johnson—but winter weather, politics, and challenges of mountain life bring more danger. It's March 1850 in small-town Vermont, and tempers flare over the "right kind" of Abolition. When the two fifteen-year-olds suspect Alice's older brother William is taking dangerous risks to shelter a fugitive hiding at the inn, they see Sarah's safety at risk. With help from the skillful but mysterious Solomon McBride, the girls head toward the wilder countryside along the Canadian border. Perils abound, including back at home. Is it all Alice's fault? What should she do? Even a teen can take strong action—but which way is right, and how can she choose?

The Sentence is Death

The Sentence is Death
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781443455534
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Release: 2019-05-28
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The writer “Anthony Horowitz” and eccentric detective Daniel Hawthorne team up again in a new mystery as they delve deeper into Hawthorne’s past.

Mindgame

Mindgame
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 88
ISBN: 9781849436519
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Release: 2006-08-01
Editor: Oberon Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Mark Styler, a writer of glossy ‘true crime’ paperbacks, tries to get an interview with Easterman, a notorious serial killer, he has noidea what he’s walking into. First he has to get past Dr Farquhar, the quixotic head of Fairfields – the asylum where Easterman is kept. But soon he discovers that nothing is what it seems. Who is the mysterious Borson? Where did he get the meat in the fridge? And why isn’t the skeleton in the closet? Mindgame is a puzzle-box of a play. A dazzling thriller and a jet black comedy that twists its way towards a shocking conclusion. Reading the text is the only way to uncover all the clues.

The Serenity Stone Murder

The Serenity Stone Murder
Author: Marianne Jones
Pages: 204
ISBN: 1522772294
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Release: 2015-12-21
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After a long winter in the small northern Ontario town of Jackpine, best friends Margaret Bain and Louise Gagnon are looking forward to a relaxing week of shopping, dining and attending a women's conference in the "big city" of Thunder Bay. The last thing they expect to encounter is a mysterious murder right next door to St. Stephen's Church, site of the conference! Margaret and Louise learn that the victim, Doug Whalen, had no shortage of enemies. As manager of the Thunder Bay casino, he had managed to alienate a lot of people, including his wife, mistresses, employees, and underworld business associates. Suspicion even rested on Thomas Greenfield, who took care of St. Stephen's Serenity Garden next door to the casino, and who was a passionate opponent of the casino and its hopes to purchase the garden for its expansion. Ignoring advice and their better judgment, ever-intrepid Louise and Margaret become intrigued by the circumstances surrounding the murder and quickly find themselves embroiled in the investigation. Their search takes them on a wild romp all over Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. But when they begin to receive anonymous threats, are they getting too close to the truth for their own safety? For those who enjoy their cozies served up with a side dish of humour, The Serenity Stone Murder is sure to entertain while it keeps you guessing!

Horowitz Horror

Horowitz Horror
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781408329726
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Release: 2013-04-04
Editor: Orchard Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Welcome to a strange and twisted world where the spooky, the shocking, and the positively petrifying are lurking just out of sight. A bus ride home ... turns into your worst nightmare. A quaint country cottage ... has a grisly secret. A man returns from holiday ... with bubbling skin and bloodshot eyes. Horowitz Horror. It's all around you. Alive. Waiting. Enter if you dare.

Never Say Die

Never Say Die
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 349
ISBN: 9781524739324
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Release: 2018-10-09
Editor: Puffin Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Fifteen-year-old MI6 agent Alex Rider travels around the world on a dangerous mission to destroy the deadly terrorist organization, Scorpia, once and for all.

A Million Reasons Why

A Million Reasons Why
Author: Jessica Strawser
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781250241634
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Release: 2021-03-23
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Most Anticipated by Goodreads * SheReads * E! News * Frolic Booktrib's 10 Books by Women to Read this Spring Jessica Strawser's A Million Reasons Why is "a fascinating foray into the questions we are most afraid to ask" (Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author)--the story of two women who discover a bond between them that will change both their lives forever. When two strangers are linked by a mail-in DNA test, it’s an answered prayer—that is, for one half sister. For the other, it will dismantle everything she knows to be true. But as they step into the unfamiliar realm of sisterhood, the roles will reverse in ways no one could have foreseen. Caroline lives a full, happy life—thriving career, three feisty children, enviable marriage, and a close-knit extended family. She couldn’t have scripted it better. Except for one thing: She’s about to discover her fundamental beliefs about them all are wrong. Sela lives a life in shades of gray, suffering from irreversible kidney failure. Her marriage crumbled in the wake of her illness. Her beloved mother, always her closest friend, unexpectedly passed away. She refuses to be defined by her grief, but still, she worries what will happen to her two-year-old son if she doesn’t find a donor match in time. She’s the only one who knows Caroline is her half sister and may also be her best hope for a future. But Sela’s world isn’t as clear-cut as it appears—and one misstep could destroy it all. "A thrilling story of what happens when a long-held family secret comes to light...[Strawser] shows that no one is ever truly a villain or a hero, but instead, we are all a beautiful and messy mix of both." - Associated Press review

Eight Detectives

Eight Detectives
Author: Alex Pavesi
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781405944984
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Release: 2020-08-20
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Discover the most original murder mystery which will have you guessing until the very last page . . . 'One of the year's most entertaining crime novels' SUNDAY TIMES 'When did you last read a genuinely original thriller? The wait is over' A. J. FINN, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'Grips like a vice' SOPHIE HANNAH SHORTLISTED FOR THE BARRY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL _________ All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules. Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out. But that was thirty years ago. Now he's living a life of seclusion on a quiet Mediterranean island - until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor, knocks on his door. His early work is being republished and together the two of them must revisit those old stories. An author, hiding from his past, and an editor, probing inside it. But as she reads the stories, Julia is unsettled to realise that there are parts that don't make sense. Intricate clues that seem to reference a real murder. One that's remained unsolved for thirty years . . . If Julia wants answers, she must triumph in a battle of wits with a dangerously clever adversary. But she must tread carefully: she knows there's a mystery, but she doesn't yet realise there's already been a murder . . . _________ **Winner of the Capital Crimes Reader Award for Debut Book of the Year** 'A box of delights . . . Pavesi's revelations are completely unexpected, right up to the end' New York Times 'This super-smart homage to the Agatha Christie tradition is a must. Stylish, ingenious and great fun' Sunday Mirror 'Has an intricacy rare in modern crime fiction. Alex Pavesi deserves huge applause for his plot, constructed with all the skill of the old masters' Sunday Express 'So, so clever. Agatha Christie would take her hat off to this one - bravo!' Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes 'Ingenious . . . perfect for fans of Agatha Christie' Best 'An ingenious exploration of the crime genre' Literary Review

One of Our Own

One of Our Own
Author: Jane Haddam
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781250770509
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Release: 2020-11-17
Editor: Minotaur Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Jane Haddam's One of Our Own, Gregor Demarkian, former FBI agent and police consultant, returns for his final case—a surprising murder and an attempted murder, which threaten the safety of his Philadelphia neighborhood. A mysterious black van is spotted by several people at various times in the area around Cavanaugh Street, Philadelphia's Armenian-American enclave. Presumed by some to be related to the increasing ICE raids around the area, the mystery deepens one night when a body falls out of the back of the van when speeding through the neighborhood. Marta Warkowski, a reclusive older woman, is found bound up in a garbage bag after it falls out of the van. In a coma, Warkowski is unable to tell police how she ended up as she did. When they go to search her apartment, the police find the dead body of her building's super, a man with whom she has a history of conflict. How did she end up in garbage bag in the back of a mysterious van? How did he end up dead in her locked apartment? What does all of this have to do with the real estate holdings of infamous local developer, Cary Alder? Gregor Demarkian, former FBI agent and consultant, is ready to retire. He and his wife Bennis have agreed to foster a child, Javier, with a mysterious past and limited language skills. But he is pulled in once again, for a final case, to uncover the truth about the murder—and attempted murder—on Cavanaugh Street.

The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club
Author: Richard Osman
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781984880970
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Release: 2020-09-22
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal “Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.” —Parade Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves A female cop with her first big case A brutal murder Welcome to... THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?

Nightshade

Nightshade
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780593115336
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Release: 2020-04-07
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes the twelfth thrilling installment of the Alex Rider series! Follow the world's greatest teen spy as he sets off to Gibraltar after the death of Scorpia, and enters into a battle against a new criminal organization: Nightshade. Following the shocking events of Never Say Die, Alex Rider's world has changed: his biggest enemy, the evil organization Scorpia, has been destroyed. Alex is hoping his life can finally go back to normal, that he can go to school and spend time with his friends--but very quickly everything changes. A new and dangerous criminal organization--Nightshade--is rising. When Alex discovers they've planned a mysterious attack on London, he will stop at nothing to take them down. But protecting his home city means facing off a ruthless new enemy and putting his life at stake, again. And this time, there's no one to save him if he makes a mistake. The #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling Alex Rider series is back with a vengeance in this edge-of-your-seat adventure. Perfect for fans of James Bond and Jason Bourne!

Tell No Lies

Tell No Lies
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781250026101
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Release: 2013-08-20
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Another winner from a top-tier thriller writer." —Kirkus Reviews Daniel Brasher left a high-paying job as a money manager to marry his community-organizer wife and do the work he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled ex-cons. Now he's about to start a private practice. But just before his last day on the job, Daniel finds an envelope in his department mailbox—one intended for someone else that was placed in his slot by accident. Inside it is an unsigned piece of paper, a note that says only "admit what you've done or you will bleed for it." along with a midnight deadline...which has passed. And the person to whom the envelope was addressed was found brutally murdered... "A fast-paced roller coaster ride...well-written and extremely realistic." —Criminal Element Soon, Daniel finds more warnings in his office mail, to people that the police cannot track down, and to victims that cannot be saved. Daniel's efforts, however, have alerted the killer to his involvement... and the next threat he receives is his own. Now, Daniel—with no clue what he's supposed to have done or to what action he must confess—must somehow appease, or outwit, a seemingly unstoppable killer. And time is running out... "Menace, treachery, and intrigue have never been more exciting." —The Washington Post

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
Author: Jonathan Kellerman,Jesse Kellerman
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780525620105
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Release: 2021-06-29
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Deputy Coroner Clay Edison discovers that buried secrets can be deadly in this riveting thriller from a father-son team of bestselling authors who write "brilliant, page-turning fiction" (Stephen King). An ID Book Club Selection Clay Edison has his hands full. He's got a new baby who won't sleep. He's working the graveyard shift. And he's trying, for once, to mind his own business. Then comes the first call. Workers demolishing a local park have made a haunting discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a child. But whose? And how did it get there? No sooner has Clay begun to investigate than he receives a second call--this one from a local businessman, wondering if the body could belong to his sister. She went missing fifty years ago, the man says. Or at least I think she did. It's a little complicated. And things only get stranger from there. Clay's relentless search for answers will unearth a history of violence and secrets, revolution and betrayal. Because in this town, the past isn't dead. It's very much alive. And it can be murderous.

The Greek Who Stole Christmas

The Greek Who Stole Christmas
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781101495490
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Release: 2008-09-11
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tim Diamond is the worst detective in the world—he couldn’t find his nose with both hands and a road map. Luckily, his younger brother, thirteen-yearold Nick, is the real brains behind the operation! It’s Christmastime, and once again, Tim and Nick are flat broke. Luckily for them, a famous Greek pop singer and movie star, Minerva, has been getting death threats—and they’re the detectives hired to solve the mystery. Unfortunately for Nick, Tim’s busy fending off Minerva’s amorous advances, and the international star has made plenty of enemies on her way to the top, all of whom seem to want her dead. Can Nick track down the would-be assassin on his own?

Granny

Granny
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781101019849
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Release: 2009-01-08
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Twelve-year-old Joe Warden isn't happy. Sure, he's rich, but his parents don't care about him. His grandmother should make everything better, except that Joe's granny is a nightmare. She's not just physically repulsive, she's horribly mean. Everyone thinks she's just a dotty old woman, but Joe knows the truth. He's seen behind her mask and glimpsed the wicked glimmer in her eyes - she is pure evil. And now she's out to get Joe, unless he can stop her and her band of nasty grannies first.

The Three Monarchs

The Three Monarchs
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 25
ISBN: 9781443442886
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Release: 2014-11-04
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An original Sherlock Holmes short story written by Anthony Horowitz, the New York Times bestselling author of The House of Silk and the forthcoming Holmes novel, Moriarty—and the only author to have the official authorization and support of the Conan Doyle estate. In this e-original short story, a lead-up to Anthony Horowitz’s highly anticipated novel Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes and James Watson come together once again to uncover the motive behind a robbery gone awry. When an elderly man shoots an intruder he finds in his home, it seems a clear case of self-defense. What’s not so clear is why the robber was there in the first place: Inside his bag there is no silver, no jewelry, only three crude ceramic figurines of Queen Victoria, mass-produced for her Golden Jubilee. When two of the figurines are traced to other houses on the same street, it’s Sherlock Holmes who sees the key to unlock the mystery. Included with “The Three Monarchs” is chapter one of Horowitz’s forthcoming novel Moriarty.