Jane da Silva is a nineties woman with an eye for a good looking guy, an ear for a Cole Porter tune and a yen to get her Jaguar out of mothballs and hit the malls for some therapeutic shopping . Now, in the second da Silva mystery, author K.K. Beck adrroitly sends Jane to a foreign country (well, Vancouver is only 2 hours away from Seattle ,but you do have to exchange currency) for a cup of tea and a rendezvous with murder.
Stories old and new explore women's darker side. Here are angels and devils, mothers and lovers,witches and "ordinary " women with dreadful secrets. Some tales are fantastic , others frightening, some are exciting and sexy. All will entertain each reader.
Prosecutor Sam Hagan is known for being a straight arrow, so he's the perfect choice to investigate a potentially explosive case and dismiss it for lack of evidence. Or so think both his boss, the Miami DA, who has his eye on national office and doesn't want controversy, and the city manager, who's courting the tourist industry. The plaintiff is a young model who claims that several men, including a well-connected local businessman and a football player turned actor, raped her. Hagen believes the girl and, despite political pressure, pursues the case. The stakes are raised when several of the witnesses and participants are murdered. Meanwhile, the prosecutor's marriage is cracking under the strain of his son's recent death, a situation worsened as he learns devastating details about his son's life in the fast lane. Parker intertwines a number of stories as she spins her complicated tale of sex, power and money in South Miami. Some of the coincidences and liaisons reach soap-opera proportions, but the pace never flags from the opening to the knuckle-whitening finale.
In the peaceful upstate New York countryside , a shot rings out ..a pretty farm girl disappears with a scandalous secret that could destroy a political empire. A year later , she resurfaces with a stunning new face and a glamorous identity that will take her from the decadent palygrounds of the European jet set, to the power palaces of Washington , to the high pressure world of Hollywood, where she dazzles the film industry and ignites the passions of handsome movie executive Dom Whitfield .
But as Dom romances the talented beauty who seems to have come out of nowhere , he is tormented by the feeling that he's known her before. What he cannot know about his exciting new love is that she;s running away from one fateful night - and that someone dangerous is watching her.. desperate enough to strike her dead.
Joy's life seems perfect on the outside: she is married to a successful lawyer, is pregnant with twins, and has just moved out of New York City and into a spacious Victorian house. Her past haunts her, though--or rather her lack of a past, since she cannot remember any of the details of her childhood. In particular, she has blocked out the kidnapping of her twin brother, Buddy. Her mother refuses to help bring the memories back, and her husband Lanny--who had been her brother's best friend and their next-door neighbor at the time of the kidnapping--insists that she is better off looking toward the future. But their new house's striking resemblance to her childhood home brings back fragments of memory, while adjusting to a new neighborhood and to pregnancy takes its toll. To make matters worse, Joy finds dead squirrels on the lawn and a mouse's head in the shower, incidents which turn out to be more than the mere pranks she initially assumes them to be.
Here is a tale of Manhattan mensch on the move, with shaky pasts and glittery presents, their women and their well-kept secrets. This time, the death of a famous retail magnate turns out to have been murder, and it's his daughter who'll save both the endangered business and her own self-esteem as her father's past steams open.
From Publishers Weekly
In this sixth Alice Nestleton mystery, Adamson's ( A Cat of a Different Color ) amateur sleuth returns to solve the brutal murder-by-chisel of a string quartet's egomaniacal accompanist. Nestleton, an actress and part-time cat sitter, is dejected by harsh reviews of her latest performance, so she jumps at the chance to leave New York City to deliver Lulu, a Scottish Fold cat, to her owner, a violinist on retreat at an artists colony in the Berkshires. Alice and Lulu are treated to an indifferent reception from the arrogant members of the world-famous Riverside String Quartet and their equally pompous entourage minus one--the freshly murdered pianist Will Gryder. Already an unpopular figure, Gryder had a plan to dish the dirt in his upcoming tell-all book about the quartet, which makes for no shortage of suspects wishing to plant him six feet underground. Relying on past sleuthing experience and the reluctant help of the local police, Nestleton sets into motion her plan to trap the killer.
All her life Linda Leigh has been a plain Jane --the kind of woman no one notices . That all changes when handsome professor Geoffrey Manwaring falls in love with her. The only shadow cast over their upcoming marriage is Geoff's son Josh's stubborn refusal to accept Linda into his life --and his insistence that the unbalanced mother who deserted him years before will return to claim him..
And When She Comes home...
Gabrielle. Everyone remembers how intelligent, witty and beautiful Geoff's first wife was. Still, Linda is confident she'll be a good stepmom to Josh, once he lets his defenses down . But then the nightmares start .Visions becoem hallucinations. The same dreams plague Josh , Geoff , then Josh , who continues to await his mother's arrival.
Blood Will Be Spilled
Until the day a woman in a red cloak comes up the lane and approaches the house. The wife who walked out on Geoff 4 years ago. The mother whose memory Josh clings to . The force of evil who wants Linda out of their lives forever...
From Publishers Weekly :
In her 12th book, the British author of the two series featuring Adam Dalgleish and Cordelia Gray ( Devices and Desires and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman , respectively) poses a premise that chills and darkens its setting in the year 2021. Near the end of the 20th century, for reasons beyond the grasp of modern science, human sperm count went to zero. The last birth occurred in 1995, and in the space of a generation humanity has lost its future. In England, under the rule of an increasingly despotic Warden, the infirm are encouraged to commit group suicide, criminals are exiled and abandoned and immigrants are subjected to semi-legalized slavery. Divorced, middle-aged Oxford history professor Theo Faron, an emotionally constrained man of means and intelligence who is the Warden's cousin, plods through an ordered, bleak existence. But a chance involvement with a group of dissidents moves him onto unexpected paths, leading him, in the novel's compelling second half, toward risk, commitment and the joys and anguish of love. In this convincingly detailed world--where kittens are (illegally) christened, sex has lost its allure and the arts have been abandoned--James concretely explores an unthinkable prospect. Readers should persevere through the slow start, for the rewards of this story, including its reminder of the transforming power of hope, are many and lasting. 125,000 first printing; BOMC main selection.
"One of those thrillers that literally sends chills up and down the spine "-- Ontario Sentinel
No woman could have been happier. Photographer Deena Reuschel glowed in the warm circle of family love completed by her husband, Tim and their small son, Jon . But unbeknowst to her , they are being stalked, targets of a jealous and obsessive killer whose victims disappear .
When Tim - young and healthy , and no stranger to the outdoors is drowned in a raging river near his boyhood summer home in upstate New York. Deena refuses to accept it as an "accidental"death. Suspicious and determined to press on in the face of police indifference, she uncovers two similiar drownings in the same community. Two of Tim's childhood friends rally aroubnd her : Martin Trayne, an eccentric loner whose fiancee had died years before in a nearby lake; and Paul Kincaid, a sensitive friend whose mother drowned close to the same lake. But Deena's solace is cut short when she finds a disturbing clue in her own photographs. Unawars that her kindness and natural sensuality are heating the lurid fantasies of a killer . Deena is stumbling into a lethal, horrifying trap.
From Publishers Weekly
Lush, sprawling escapist fiction of the first order, the third installment of the Cazalet Chronicle opens in the spring of 1942 and continues the saga begun in The Light Years and Marking Time. Set in London and the English countryside, much of the story focuses on the eldest Cazalet cousins, Louise, Polly and Clary, as they exit their teens and take their first steps into adulthood. Former acting student Louise has been swept into a brilliant but chilly marriage to Michael Hadleigh, a glamorous portrait painter and aspiring Member of Parliament whose life is controlled by his powerful mother. Best friends Polly and Clary leave the cozy confines of the Cazalet's country home to begin what they hope will be terribly grown-up lives in London. While Polly mourns the recent death of her mother, Clary keeps a journal that she hopes to give to her father, who has been missing since the invasion of Normandy. Alternating with the cousins' stories are chapters devoted to the rest of the Cazalet clan, their friends and lovers, bringing readers up to date on the doings of adulterous Edward, his dutiful spinster sister Rachel, her loving best friend Margot Sidney and others. Howard creates a nearly palpaple world, peopled with the sort of well-conceived characters that linger long in the reader's mind.