14 February 2011
In today's mail...
Deadly Cliché (Books by the Bay #2) by Ellery Adams (Berkley Prime Crime, 1 March 2011).
While walking her poodle, Olivia Limoges discovers a dead body buried in the sand. Could it be connected to the bizarre burglaries plaguing Oyster Bay? At every crime scene, the thieves set up odd tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife through it, dolls with silver spoons in their mouthss. Each setup represents a cliché, and who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?
Beaglemania (Pet Rescue Mystery #1) by Linda O. Johnston (Berkley Prime Crime, 1 March 2011).
Lauren Vancouver is the head of HotRescues, a no-kill animal shelter north of Los Angeles. Just like when she helps rescue four adorable beagle puppies that were dumped down a drainpipe at a nasty puppy mill. One of the mill's employees has a history of dog abuse-and a bone to pick with Lauren. And when he's found dead at HotRescues after threatening her, Lauren will have to sniff out the real killer to keep herself out of a cage...
A Touch of Gold (Missing Pieces #2) by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Berkley Prime Crime, 1 March 2011).
Max Caudle, curator of the Duck Historical Museum discovered its greatest treasure-a wooden chest full of gold. But a thief with his eye on the gold fires a cannonball into the museum, destroying the building-and killing Max. Injured in the explosion, Dae finds her abilities have been amplified, overwhelming her every time she touches an object. Now if ex-FBI agent Kevin Brickman can help Dae decipher her visions, she just might be able to stop the modern-day buccaneer from killing again.
Sealed With a Kill (Découpage Mystery #3) by Lucy Lawrence (Berkley Prime Crime, 1 March 2011).
Autumn in New England brings out the changing leaves, and the leaves bring out the tourists. When Brenna Miller gets stuck as the tour guide for a group of leaf peepers, she tries to make the best of it. But it's hard to stay enthusiastic after the trail leads them straight to a dead body.
Formula for Murder (Maternal Instincts #3) by Diana Orgain (Berkley Prime Crime, 1 March 2011).
Sleuth and first-time mom Kate Connolly and her baby are the victims of a hit-and-run, but escape unharmed. A witness identifies the car's French diplomatic license plates, yet when Kate and her hubby try to get some answers, they get le cold shoulder. But there's something going on at the French consulate that's dirtier- and far deadlier- than any diaper.
Fruit of All Evil (Farmers' Market #2) by Paige Shelton (Berkley Prime Crime, 1 March 2011).
Becca Robbins sells her farm-made jams and preserves at the local farmers' market to make a living. But when a local lovely decides to tie the knot at the same market, someone else decides to make a killing- and only Becca has the know-how to shut the lid on a canny killer.
The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas.
Barbara of Austria goes to Ferrara in 1565 to marry Alfonso d'Este even though she's heard the rumours that he murdered his first wife, Lucrezia de'Medici. While half of Europe is certain he is guilty, no one dares accuse him, least of all his second Duchess. But Barbara makes a potentially life-threatening mistake by asking questions when she can bear the whispers no longer.