By Alexander Campion
Très stylish Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier units off on a looking vacation that proves lethal for greater than simply the pheasants. . .
Before Capucine and her husband, unusual nutrients critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a deadly looking coincidence has disappointed their idyllic vacation spot. what is intended to be a calm bon voyage to the countryside--rustic picnics, dinners en plein air, and naturally, a sip or of Calvados--quickly sours as extra "accidents" befall the site visitors. however the neighborhood gendarmerie lack the investigative finesse to attract any conclusions, not to mention suspects, forcing Capucine to puzzle out the crimes herself. And whilst the our bodies result in a celebrated livestock ranch, the stakes upward thrust past small-town grudges to the fight surrounding France's such a lot loved gastronomic traditions.
"[A] geographical region romp." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Alexander Campion's Crime Fraiche and The Grave Gourmet
"This new sequence bargains a uniquely mixed mixture of ‘hooks' that would entice a wide selection of poser lovers." --Booklist
"A banquet of crime with a soupçon of connoisseur delight." --RT publication Reviews, four Stars, on Crime Fraiche
"Full of fun characters. . . Readers will need a moment helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet
"An unbelievable debut that increases the bar on trendy detective novel." --Aram Saroyan on The Grave Gourmet
By Kaitlyn Dunnett
Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in brief provide because of a snowless wintry weather that is protecting skiers and consumers at a distance. thankfully, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . . Liss's brainstorm specializes in Tiny Teddies, the recent "hot" toy of the season. each shop around the kingdom is out of stock--except a number of wee institutions in sturdy ol' Moosetookalook. it is simple sufficient to drum up acclaim for the assumption of luring shoppers to city and holding them there with a stockingful of latest England vacation allure. Liss's actual problem lies in contending with bickering businesspeople and--once the United States learns of Moosetookalook's Tiny Teddy cache--doggedly decided shopaholics. the 1st signal of anything amiss happens while the final Tiny Teddy is summarily done: shot in the course of the center within the reveal window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's dying is simply a precursor to the eerily related homicide of Gavin himself... the 2 males in Liss's existence wish her faraway from the case, yet she can not help feeling to blame for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have resulted in Gavin's demise. along with, how can she forget about the long checklist of suspects, now not the least of whom contain Gavin's vindictive ex-wife, an unscrupulous selectman, a ski store proprietor with an awl to grind, and a rabid toy collector packing warmth in her purse..? Now, with the Twelve (or, in Scots phrases, the Daft) Days of Christmas quickly coming near near, Liss has a plate choked with issues worse than haggis to deal with, beginning with a stockroom filled with bird (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd wish to see Liss's goose good and completely cooked...
By Kathy Hogan Trocheck
Seeing that retiring from the Atlanta Police division, Callahan Garrity is admittedly cleansing up together with her condominium Mouse housecleaning corporation -- particularly seeing that she added"crime research" to the checklist of companies provided. Callahan consents to find the lacking member of the preferred '60s lady workforce, the VelvetTeens, and he or she does not need to seek lengthy. Deloras Carter, the a.w.o.l. singer, is located handed out under the influence of alcohol by way of a swimming pool close to the lifeless physique of the trio's former manufacturer. The smoking gun in Deloras's hand means that the VelvetTeens will not be reuniting for a comeback journey every time within the close to destiny ... except Callahan and her "Mice" can highlight -- and live on -- a unique killer act.
By Elizabeth Peters
One excellent purple rose, a one-way price tag to Stockholm, and a cryptic "message" which include Latin phrases intrigue artwork historian Vicky Bliss -- as they have been accurately meant to do. appealing, awesome and, as regularly, dangerously inquisitive, Vicky acknowledges the handiwork of her former lover, the bold jewel thief John Smythe. So she takes the bait, eagerly following Smythe's lead within the wish of discovering a misplaced treasure. however the path starts off at a worthwhile 5th century chalice so that it will position Vicky on the mercy of a gang of ruthless criminals who've their eyes on an excellent extra beneficial prize. And the quest threatens to show lethal on a distant island, the place a captive Vicky Bliss needs to lead an excavation into the far-off prior -- and the place digging too deep for the reality may well dig her personal grave.
By Laura Childs
Indigo Tea store proprietor Theodosia Browning is ultimately invited to a social occasion that she does not need to cater-but difficulty is brewing on the engagement soiree of the season...
By S. J. Rozan
S. J. Rozan is largely considered as one of many most interesting crime writers to emerge long ago decade. Praised by way of critics and co-workers alike, her works were finalists for many of the foremost awards and feature received either the Shamus and the Anthony Awards for top Novel. Now, with Reflecting the Sky, she has written her best, such a lot broad-ranging novel to date.Lydia Chin, a Chinese-American inner most investigator in her overdue twenties, is employed via Grandfather Gao, the most revered figures in big apple City's Chinatown, for what seems to be an easy activity. Lydia, together with her expert accomplice invoice Smith, is to fly to Hong Kong to bring a relations heirloom to the younger grandson of a lately deceased colleague of Grandfather Gao. they come in Hong Kong properly yet prior to they could carry the heirloom, the grandson is abducted and , separate ransom calls for are made. whereas the relations of the abducted boy attempts to freeze them out, Lydia and invoice needs to fast examine their means round a spot the place the principles are assorted, the stakes are excessive, and the price of failure is simply too dire to visualize. Reflecting the Sky is a 2002 Edgar Award Nominee for top Novel.
By Cara Black
By Stephen J. Cannell
By Laura Levine
La freelance author Jaine Austen accompanies her buddy Neiman Marcus shoe guru Lance to the Beverly Hills property of 'Marvellous Marv, the bed King' because the man's spouse is his top shopper. in spite of the fact that, Bunny is nasty to everybody together with Jaine, yet quickly after sipping her martini she falls to the floor useless. somebody positioned cyanide in Bunny's martini. because the queen of suggest was once universally loathed, there are many suspects. even though, the Beverly Hills police hone in on Lance who has an extra rationale - he inherits the victim's Maserati. Jaine understands Lance wouldn't kill a huge client so having good fortune in fixing homicides sooner than; she investigates and unearths a number of manageable suspects amidst the participants.
By Miranda Bliss
Annie Capshaw has stumbled on that the best way to a man's center is thru his cooking category. yet simply as she and her ally, Eve, are making plans Annie's special day with Jim, her former cooking teacher grew to become boss, homicide takes the cake. Make that the marriage cake...