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A Christmas Escape (USED)

A Christmas Escape (USED)

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For countless readers, Christmastime means a delicious new holiday mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. A Christmas Escape, her thirteenth noel to the season, transports us to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli for an unconventional Yuletide adventure--and an unforgettable volcanic encounter.

Lonely Charles Latterly arrives at his small hotel hoping that the island's blue skies and gentle breezes will brighten his spirits. Unfortunately, there's no holiday cheer to be found among his fellow guests, who include a pompous novelist, a stuffy colonel, a dangerously ill-matched married couple, and an ailing old man. The one charming exception is orphaned teenager Candace Finbar, who takes Charles under her wing and introduces him to the island's beauty. But the tranquility of the holiday is swiftly disrupted by a violent quarrel, an unpleasant gentleman's shocking claims of being stalked, and the ominous stirrings of the local volcano. Then events take an even darker turn: A body is found, and Charles quickly realizes that the killer must be among the group of guests.

Captivating in its depiction of untamed nature in all its awesome power, and of the human heart in the throes of transformation, A Christmas Escape gifts readers with Anne Perry's talent for making the season brighter--and more thrilling.

Praise for the Christmas novels of Anne Perry

"Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat."--The Wall Street Journal

A New York Christmas

"A thoroughly enjoyable mystery set against the wonderful historical backdrop of 1904 New York City at Christmastime."--Library Journal (starred review)

A Christmas Hope

"Very much recommended . . . a wonderful story."--Historical Novel Review

A Christmas Garland

"In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly."--Greensboro News & Record

A Christmas Homecoming

"Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Christmas Odyssey

"[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses."--Lincoln Journal Star

A Crime of a Different Stripe (USED)

A Crime of a Different Stripe (USED)

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When a body is discovered at Sea Harbor's opening reception for the autumn art series, the Seaside Knitters must take a break from stitching baby gear to unravel a series of secrets in Sally Goldenbaum's 15th Seaside Knitters Society mystery.

While no-nonsense mother-to-be Cass Halloran tries downplaying her pregnancy and her frequent doctor's visits as an older mother-to-be, a softer side of the lobsterwoman emerges as she joins the Seaside Knitters in knitting an abundance of delicate hats and booties. But in contrast to the happy news, terrifying events unfold at the town's art series that puts a real chill in their New England fall...

Izzy Perry's husband Sam had reservations about inviting his one-time mentor Harrison Grant to speak at the opening reception, although he never imagined the famed and charismatic photographer would rudely embarrass his hosts that evening. But when a dead body turns up along the wooded shoreline the next day, startling secrets come into focus that could undo the tight-knit community of local artists . . .

With a mysterious murder pitting neighbors against each other, Izzy, Birdie, Nell, and a vulnerable Cass find themselves entangled in a dangerous hunt for answers. Can four best friends somehow tie together scattered clues and pacify a list of potential culprits before a cascade of fallen foliage buries the pièce de résistance of a ruthless killer?

A Deadly Shaker Spring; A Sister Rose Callahan Mystery (USED)

A Deadly Shaker Spring; A Sister Rose Callahan Mystery (USED)

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We have frightening enemies living among us, known by their strange dress. These so-called Shakers are shrewd and canny. . .a scourge; a tumor that must be sliced from our side . .

Sister Rose Callahan read the printed flyer and shivered. Its message terrified her. She was aware that Believers had sometimes been objects of resentment from the outside world, but nothing like this. Who could write such things? And who could be responsible for recent acts of violence directed against the peaceful Shaker community?

A sister had suffered a mysterious wound to the head; a sackful of rats were set loose in the schoolroom, food had been stolen -- and now a hate-filled message points to continued mischief. Sister Rose, recently honored with the position of Eldress despite her youth, seeks clues in the journals of her aged predecessor. She discovers a shocking similarity to outrages perpetrated years before, as well as a scandalous secret about a present-day sister. Now Rose must look both outside and within the cloistered religious community to find clues that link an old murder, a recent death, and an unknown enemy whose thirst for revenge overrides the ultimate sin...of murder.

A Double Coffin (USED)

A Double Coffin (USED)

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When a journalist investigating former Prime Minister Richard Lavender is murdered, past and present collide with dark intent. Crimes both old and new insinuate themselves into this case, which in the end proves what Coffin already knows: that the past never leaves us--it is buried, only to resurface in shocking, surprising and sometimes menacing ways. Martin's Press.
A Fatal Stain; A Daring Finds Mystery (USED)

A Fatal Stain; A Daring Finds Mystery (USED)

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Out damned spot!

As her wedding to detective Cas Wolfe approaches, Candyce "Dyce" Dare, sole owner (and employee) of the furniture refinishing business Daring Finds desperately needs to find something to do to avoid sitting down and planning the event with her mother and her best friend (particularly since she suspects their plans involve having her cat dress in a tuxedo). Working on a table she recently bought at a yard sale fits the bill.

Until her sanding efforts uncover a disturbing stain--one that looks like it might be blood. Dyce knows that, with a fiancé who's a policeman, parents who own a mystery bookstore, and a recent history of inadvertent involvement in murder cases, she can be prone to seeing things that aren't there. But then she discovers that the table's previous owner has gone missing--and once more, she is drawn into a solve-it-yourself mystery project. And when Dyce starts a project, she just has to see it through...

A Grave Coffin (USED)

A Grave Coffin (USED)

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A note found next to a murdered police officer read, Ask Coffin. But what is John Coffin, Commander of London's Second City Police, supposed to know? The victim was investigating counterfeit pharmaceuticals and internal police corruption. As Coffin probes into his colleague's investigation, he makes a connection to the disappearance of four schoolboys.
A Handful of Worldliness

A Handful of Worldliness

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Edwina Goodman teaches physics at an elite college in a picturesque New England town. Driven by an imagination that pushes her thinking well outside the box of conventional logic--and an ability to see patterns of cause and effect where others can't--Edwina helps uncover the sinister underbelly in her Police Detective boyfriend's investigation into a suspicious death at the nearby headquarters of GHN ("Gotta Have It Now" home shopping network). Her snug and comfortable world of afternoon tea in the Physics Department library explodes like a supernova when the disturbing truth of the case is revealed.
A Life Before

A Life Before

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A young girl has nightmares about a violent assault. A dozen residents of a luxury condominium complex die of lung cancer. A lawyer grieves over the brutal murder of his young wife. Environmental tests are altered by a crooked construction crew. And a paralegal is almost killed in a car crash. Could a stranger's memories breathe new life into a long-closed cold case? This new thriller will keep you guessing.

A Reconstructed Corpse (USED)

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A Romantic Way to Die (USED)

A Romantic Way to Die (USED)

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Aromance convention has descended on Blacklin County, Texas, and with it comes murder. Not even great pecs, gorgeous hair and thousands of devoted fans can protect cover model Terry Don Coslin from the deadly intent of a killer. And as Sheriff Dan Rhodes makes his way through the steamy, backstabbing world of happily ever after, he discovers why romance is indeed a very deadly business.Peppered with much humor and local color, this latest Dan Rhodes mystery novel will be a popular choice among mystery enthusiast!