By Jess Lourey
Beer and polka song reign superb at Octoberfest, conflict Lake's most excellent fall competition. To kick off the celebrations, the city hosts a public debate among the 2 congressional applicants: straight-laced Arnold Swydecker, and slippery incumbent, Sarah Glokkmann. As a reporter for the conflict Lake remember, Mira James is roped into writing up the be aware battle. however the festive temper sours while a well known Glokkmann-bashing blogger is located useless . . . and the congresswoman herself meets a grotesque destiny. to maintain the warmth off her top friend's fianc?—an ex-con reporter—Mira wades during the applicants' soiled laundry, their unsavory secrets and techniques, and a few murderous mudslinging to reveal the killer.
By Gayle Trent
A "delightful new series." -- Kaye's Penguin Posts
Cake decorator Daphne Martin once more reveals herself and her brownies on the middle of a homicide secret. part the city will get in poor health following a cake occasion, yet for bad Fred Duncan, a bout with power nutrition poisoning fast turns deadly. Now it is as much as Daphne to style throughout the most probably suspects and determine who frosted Fred.
By Laura Lippman
Within the 3rd trimester of her being pregnant, Baltimore deepest investigator Tess Monaghan is lower than doctor's orders to stay motionless. Bored and stressed, diminished to staring at the realm cross by means of open air her window, she takes small convenience within the mundane occasions she observes . . . just like the younger lady in a eco-friendly raincoat who walks her puppy while on a daily basis. Then at some point the puppy is working loose and its proprietor is nowhere to be visible. yes that whatever is very improper, and incapable of leaving good adequate on my own, Tess is decided to resolve the puppy walker's abrupt disappearance, no matter if she needs to accomplish that from her personal bed room. yet her inquisitiveness is ready to fling open a perilous Pandora's field of earlier crimes and troubling deaths . . . and she's not just placing her personal existence in jeopardy but in addition her unborn kid's. formerly serialized within the ny instances, and now released in booklet shape for the first actual time, the lady within the eco-friendly Raincoat is a masterful Hitchcockian mystery from one of many absolute best within the company: a number of award-winner Laura Lippman.
By Shirley Damsgaard
Small-town librarian Ophelia Jensen is eventually beginning to include her lot as one of many "chosen"—a psychic and folks magick practitioner, a.k.a. a witch. professional loving information from her magickally adept grandmother Abby helps—and adopting Tink, a very proficient teenage medium, has given Ophelia's lifestyles new function . . . until eventually a brutal homicide clouds the light in their days. Ophelia's co-worker and ally, Darci, is distraught whilst her cousin is implicated within the small Iowa city of Summerset's most up-to-date murder—the violent dying of a biker. regrettably for Darci's cousin, it truly is her fingerprints everywhere in the homicide weapon. She claims she's blameless, yet it will take Ophelia and Abby greater than a very good incantation or to resolve this crime—what with ghosts, crooked law enforcement officials, mystery identities, and a small military of outlaw bikers thrown into this devil's brew.
By Kate Collins
Abby has her fingers complete at her cousin Jillian's marriage ceremony as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter-all whereas donning a hideous costume. Then the groom's 90-year-old grandmother is going lacking from the reception. On her seek, Abby reveals the corpse of visitor Jack Snyder. Now she needs to discover who killed Jack within the pulpit.
By Amanda Marrone
The Van Helsing kinfolk has been searching vampires for over 100 years, yet sixteen-year-old Daphne needs her mom and dad may soak up an profession that doesn’t contain decapitating vamps for funds. All Daphne desires is to cool down in a single position, attend a precise university, and eventually discover a BFF to visit the mall with. as a substitute, Daphne has resigned herself to a lifetime of quick meals, affordable inns and purchasing garlic in bulk. but if the Van Helsings are known as to a coastal city in Maine, Daphne’s international is grew to become the wrong way up. not just do the Van Helsings locate themselves searching a terrifying new type of vampire (one with no fangs yet with a flavor for kindergarten cuisine), Daphne meets her first strength BF! The hitch? Her new overwhelm is none except Tyler Harker, AKA, the son of the rival slayer kinfolk. what is an adolescent vampire slayer to do?
By Sarah Graves
Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree traded her power-broker existence for a run-down dream residence in peaceable Eastport, Maine. however the selfmade fanatic is studying that irrespective of how rigorously you construct your place, homicide has a manner of slipping in during the cracks….It’s a brilliant June afternoon and old-house-fixer-upper Jake Tiptree is riding via downeast Maine on an strange errand. She’s on the brink of interview a wide, offended guy with a legal historical past. Jim Diamond could or is probably not harassing his ex-wife with life-threatening letters, yet Jake promised her new housekeeper, Bella Diamond, she’d investigate the problem. An ex-con and a deadbeat, Jim Diamond doesn’t have a heritage of violence…that is, now not until eventually Jake arrives at his house and discovers killer has been there first.Suddenly Jake and her ally, Ellie White, locate themselves on the middle of a homicide with too many suspects and too few clues. And as though that’s now not sufficient, Jake is now saddled with the manic Bella, whose sure bet that she’ll be the subsequent sufferer is fueling a supercompulsive neatness–one that threatens to wash Jake and her long-suffering husband, Wade, out of apartment and home.Add to moose in her kitchen, a rebellious son with a behavior of dumping omit correct for leave out fallacious, and a difficult ex of her personal, and Jake is already at wit’s finish. Then she will get notice horde of her dad’s long-lost kin suggest to descend on Eastport, aspiring to be publish at her far-from-fixed-up fixer-upper.When the killer does strike back, it’s now not the place Jake expects…and the sufferer couldn’t be extra of a shock. For it is a case greater than the standard angry—ex-spouse kind, and now that Jake and Ellie have got themselves concerned, they’ve every one received a distinct position in a ruthless murderer’s grasp plan of greed, deception, and loss of life. And the prize? a couple of ceaselessly deepest rooms–six ft less than!
By R. T. Raichev