Derailed, by Mary Keliikoa You haven’t heard of private detective Kelly Pruett yet, but she’s about to join ranks of mystery’s most clever and crafty female sleuths, such as Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum or Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe. Pruett reflects the real dilemmas of modern women. Pruett must balance between…

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The Hidden Key, by David E. Grogan When Navy veteran Kevin Jones smuggles an ancient map out of Iraq, he pays with his life. A wealthy Indian businessman seeks it next until he cries out in anguish he’s sold his soul. It’s up to attorney Steve Stilwell to uncover why before the map’s secrets consume…

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Squatter’s Rights, by Kevin R. Doyle When private detective Sam Quinton sets out to solve the murders of a stripper and small-time gambler, he ends up in the middle of an organized crime war, testing Quinton’s loyalty to an old friend and making him the killers’ next target. While working to stay one step ahead…

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Coming Up Murder , by Mary Angela Everything’s coming up roses for Professor Emmeline Prather. Her first scholarly book is finished, spring term is coming to a close, and her love life is blossoming. Then the festival surrounding the exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio opens, bringing with it a tempest more dramatic than the bard’s. In…

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A Sneeze to Die For, by Teresa Trent Nora Alexander has sunk her inheritance into the Tunie Hotel, in Piney Woods, Texas. Now there is a chance that her first major booking, a national cat lovers’ conference called Meow Meet-Up, will help her bottom line. It also presents increasing risk for its financial demise. Pushy…

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Termination Dust, by Sue Henry Alaska is a great place to visit… and a bad place to die. It is said that when the first snow of early winter—the “termination dust”—starts to fall, it’s time for visitors to leave Alaska’s wonders behind. For some, it’s already too late. Jim Hampton’s Yukon vacation takes a turn…

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Maddie’s Choice, by Joyce Zeller Romance writer Maddie Taylor’s career is in trouble. Convinced that true love does not exist outside of her imagination, she can’t complete her current manuscript. When a friend, Jonah Spartman, dies and wills her half of his cattle ranch, she seizes the chance to leave New York City. There is…

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Murdock Tackles Taos, by Robert J. Ray Weary but wise private-eye Matt Murdock is back, and he has met his match—a vital and attractive writer and cop’s daughter, Helene Steinbeck. Helene is hiking in the hills of Taos when she happens upon the corpse of a young woman downed by an arrow. Murdock appears on…

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Things to Do in Denver When You’re Un-Dead, by Mark Everett Stone For ten years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. The World At Large has no idea that The World Under exists. And its vampires, demons, zombies, and mythic monsters are…

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Timestep to Murder, by Norma Lehr Reunions Can Be Deadly. How deadly? Abby Rollins, a Manhattan Toppette in the 70s and 80s, is about to find out. She joins five other former Toppettes, once a wildly popular group of chorus line dancers, on the Celebrity Showroom stage for one weekend at the Cal Neva Resort…

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