Fiction

Finnegan’s Week

Fin Finnegan, a San Diego police detective and wannabe actor heading straight for a midlife meltdown, is assigned a routine truck theft that turns into a toxic chemical spill, setting off a bizarre chain reaction of death and murder on both sides of the Mexican border. Fin is forced to team up with Nell Salter, […]

Devil Met a Lady

Protecting a starlet from kidnappers gets Toby Peters kidnapped himself For Hollywood private eye Toby Peters, hell is Bette Davis. After two days locked in a hotel room with the Oscar-winning diva, her ice-queen persona and witty repartee are driving him mad. He’s there on behalf of her husband Albert Farnsworth, an aeronautics engineer with […]

Think Fast, Mr. Peters

Toby Peters gets caught between a pair of Peter Lorres Hollywood detective Toby Peters is asleep on his floor when the trouble starts. The dentist who shares his office calls, wailing that his wife has left him. Toby is shocked that a woman as unpleasant as Mildred could attract a suitor. Even more surprising is […]

Lucky Bastard

The KGB grooms a charming young American to run for president Although in the mid-1940s no one had ever heard of JFK, Jack Adams’s mother insisted her new son be christened John Fitzgerald. Years after his parents’ death, Jack learns the reason for his name: a packet of photos showing his mother in bed with […]

For All of Her Life

Sometimes our exes are exactly how we remember them. Sometimes they’re better . . .Kathy and Jordan Treveryan used to have everything. They fronted the enormously successful rock band Blue Heron, they had two beautiful daughters, and they had a passionate marriage. But life as they knew it came to an abrupt end when their […]

Down in New Orleans

When Ann infiltrates the dark corners of the Big Easy to clear her ex-husband’s name, what begins as an innocent investigation becomes a matter of life and deathAnn and Jon Marcel are a rare case; five years after their divorce, they’re good friends, and Ann has come to love Jon’s hometown of New Orleans. Until […]

Dying to Have Her

When tragedy strikes the set of America’s most popular soap opera, the show’s starlet begins to fear for her lifeJane Dunne has a future in Hollywood. After years of striving, she’s finally landed a juicy part on Valentine Valley, the highest-rated soap on daytime TV. Fame will be hers, no matter whom she has to […]

Long, Lean, and Lethal

A horror-movie-obsessed killer stalks a soap-opera starlet Anything can happen on Valentine Valley. People recover from amnesia, awake from comas, and rise from the dead—all to the delight of the daytime soap’s millions of fans. But while Valentine Valley may be glamorous onscreen, behind the camera the soap’s grueling production schedule punishes actors, directors, and […]

Tall, Dark, and Deadly

When her best friend vanishes, a woman combs Florida for a killer Few people in Florida worry when Marnie Newcastle disappears. A successful lawyer with a wild side, Marnie has been known to disappear during her passionate love affairs. But Samantha Miller, a college friend who is as sensible as Marnie is impulsive, knows better. […]

Glory

In Civil War–era Florida, a woman suspected of witchcraft reawakens a tired doctor’s heartJulian McKenzie, a surgeon and makeshift colonel, is at the end of his rope. He’s trapped deep in the South with his Rebel platoon, and their supplies and morale are running low. But while fleeing from an attack, he finds salvation in […]

The Raven Ring

In this book from Wrede’s acclaimed Lyra fantasy series, a young woman must fight for her life while on a quest to claim a magical family heirloomThree weeks after Eleret’s mother is killed, the messenger arrives with the tragic news. She died far from home, succumbing to wounds sustained in battle, and Eleret must travel […]

Caught in Crystal

In the magical world of Lyra, an innkeeper is forced to confront her darkest secret For more than a decade, Kayl has run a modest country inn. She opened it with her husband, and they managed it together until a summer illness took him away, leaving her alone with their two children. The three of […]

The Harp of Imach Thyssel

In the magical world of Lyra, a mysterious instrument gives a minstrel undreamed-of powerWhen Emereck and Flindaran leave a caravan in search of adventure, it isn’t long before they stumble upon great danger. Emereck, a trained minstrel, and Flindaran, a nobleman masquerading as a tramp, have found a long-abandoned castle, and in it, one of […]

Daughter of Witches

In the oppressive city of Drinn, a trio of magical strangers offers a servant girl the chance of a new lifeDrinn is not a safe place to be a witch. Ranira knows that better than most, for when she was just a child, the temple guards burned her parents at the stake for practicing magic. […]

Shadow Magic

In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to escape from a faceless manTrouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her twentieth […]

Man on a Rope

An amateur appraiser gets trapped in a chaotic diamond dealAfter years trying to make their fortunes in the Guyanese diamond trade, Barry Dawson and Colin Lambert have crossed paths once too often. The last time Lambert hired Barry as an appraiser, Lambert cheated his old friend out of his share. Soured on the diamond business, […]

Never Bet Your Life

His job was to protect a friend from suicide, but he didn’t count on murderAfter a car crash takes his daughter’s life, John Gannon doesn’t want to live anymore. He tries twice to kill himself—first by jumping, next with pills—but doesn’t succeed. His doctors recommend a beach vacation with close supervision. For a week Dave […]

Deadly Image

A couple of small favors land Flash Casey in a dangerous mess Flash Casey should know better than to take a roll of film from a desperate man. Stopping for a drink on his way home from work, a fellow news photographer gives him a canister to safeguard. The next morning, Casey wakes up with […]

With Intent to Kill

A wealthy psychopath threatens the life of an innocent young manThe note comes during Barry Sanford’s dinner. It’s to the point, explaining succinctly that very soon, Barry is going to die. Though the note is unsigned, Barry knows that it comes from the desk of King Hubbard. Two years ago, Hubbard’s younger brother staggered drunk […]

Man Who Died Twice

To steal a Caribbean inheritance, an American impersonates a prodigal sonThough his name is Duncan Ward, he lands in Barbados with a passport reading Jim MacQuade. The MacQuade family meets him at the airport with open arms, welcoming home the son who left the Caribbean over a decade earlier. Duncan knows Jim from college, and […]

Frightened Fiancée

 A jilted lover finds himself implicated in a murderWhen John Holland proposed to his girlfriend, Tracy, she imposed a 31-day waiting period before they could see each other again. It’s day 30, and Holland travels to her Long Island home for their reunion, only to receive the shock of his life when he meets Tracy’s […]

Top Assignment

A reporter is drawn into a German refugee’s story of conspiracyThe photo contest is an ancient circulation gimmick. Each day, the Morning Bulletin publishes a candid photo of one of Boston’s citizenry, offering a cash reward if they see themselves in the paper within twenty-four hours of publication. It’s not a bad way to sell […]

Slack Tide

A marina owner gets caught up in a murder investigationThe girl in the water is unfamiliar to Don MacLaren. This is odd since, as the owner of the island’s only boat dock, he knows everyone who steps foot on the small spit of land. He hoists the young swimmer out, and is helping her get […]

Moment of Violence

A lawyer travels to Barbados to protect an old friend from a swindleDavid Payne is only twelve hours from vacation when he gets the fateful summons. Professor John Alison, David’s mentor and most prominent client, needs him to go to Barbados—and if he doesn’t tread carefully, he may not return.   David is charged with […]

Murder on Their Minds

A routine assignment gets a PI killed, and Kent Murdock dives into the caseA thirty-eight year veteran of the Boston police force, Tom Brady has recently retired, and is beginning a new life as a private investigator. Struggling to make ends meet, he turns to newspaper photographer Kent Murdock, who recommends him to a society […]

Dangerous Legacy

Hungry for work, an ex–air force pilot takes a deadly assignment in ManilaDespite three years of exemplary service flying for his country in the South Pacific, Spence Rankin can’t find work. He’s losing a bar fight when his old friend Ulio Kane appears. A former companion of Rankin’s, Kane was born in Manila and spent […]

Fashioned for Murder

Trying to help a model, a fashion photographer exposes a sinister plotThe photo in Fashion Parade galls Jerry Nason. It’s not the picture itself—an ordinary shot showing off a slim, Spanish-inspired dress and a few pieces of jewelry. It’s the model, Linda Courtney, who stood him up for a date a few months earlier. The […]

Crimson Clue

While taking pictures at a society wedding, Kent Murdock stumbles upon a murder Every society family has skeletons in its closets, but only the Cannings have a fresh corpse. Kent Murdock finds the dead man while taking pictures at the wedding of Patricia Canning and Roger Armington, scions of Boston’s most prominent—and camera-shy—families. Patricia and […]

Eye Witness

Doing a favor for an old friend gets Kent Murdock involved in a murderNewspaper photographer Kent Murdock goes to Union City for the sake of Helen Farnsley, an old friend whose marriage is in trouble. Long ago he warned her against marrying Lee, and now that their life together has turned sour he wants to […]

Lady Killer

Smuggling leads to murder, with Kent Murdock caught in the middleWhen the Kemnora, a stately liner on her maiden voyage, docks in Boston, Kent Murdock is there to cover the story. He’s joined by Harry Felton, a reporter and one-time foreign correspondent in France. As they leave the port, Murdock notices customs officials working over […]