The body of a young woman is found floating near the Paradise beach. She turns out to be Florence Horvath, a recently divorced "party girl" from Flori...moreThe body of a young woman is found floating near the Paradise beach. She turns out to be Florence Horvath, a recently divorced "party girl" from Florida. Chief Jesse Stone and his investigators have a long list of suspects, including Florence's younger sisters and her parents. Everyone seems to be hiding something and no one is talking. This is a tricky investigation but one Jesse is determined to see to a successful conclusion. The problem is how to proceed. (less)
Beaton's 22nd Hamish Macbeth mystery begins as the Scottish constable stumbles over the body of a housecleaner and town gossip, Mrs. Mavis Gillespie....more Beaton's 22nd Hamish Macbeth mystery begins as the Scottish constable stumbles over the body of a housecleaner and town gossip, Mrs. Mavis Gillespie. Bludgeoned to death with her own pail, the the list of possible suspects is lengthily. Seems most everyone in the Highlands village of Lochdubh has a reason to dislike the woman. Although her clients disliked her, all of them insist that she was an efficient maid. Macbeth made note during his interviews of thick layers of dust in their homes, and decides to look more carefully into her business relationships. He soon discovers that Mrs. Gillespie was a skilled blackmailer. He ignores his jealous senior colleague’s efforts to thwart this investigation, and continues probing into the situation. To add a little more stress to Macbeth’s life, his reporter ex-girlfriend arrives on the scene with a (fellow journalist) new beau.
An ongoing sub-plot running through the series is Macbeth's struggle to fight against promotion. He knows if he is promoted life as he knows it, will be gone. The station house would be shut down and he would be forced to leave Lochdubh for the city of Strathbane. (less)
Arkansas bookseller Claire Molloy spends almost as much time solving crimes as she does selling books. This does not make for a peaceful relationship...moreArkansas bookseller Claire Molloy spends almost as much time solving crimes as she does selling books. This does not make for a peaceful relationship with her husband to be, her police detective Peter Rosen. What harm could come from a local Renaissance fair in Farberville, Arkansas? Only Claire would stumble upon, Edward Cobbinwood, a member of the Renaissance fair group who confides that he has come to Farberville in search of his long-lost father. Claire feels sorry for Edward's plight and decides to help him. While she spends time with the fair's organizers hoping to discover some leads, a house fire claims the life of a mysterious woman named Angie who is working on festival entertainment. A subsequent murder of a local artist who, as it turns out, admitted he was Edward's father, severely complicates everything. While sidestepping attempts to keep her out of the investigation, Claire, as usual, discovers the identity of the killer. A light, pleasant who-done-it with a little humor thrown in for good measure.(less)
This highly personal memoir, recounts how and why Valerie came to work for the CIA and describes the trauma endured by she and her family due to the b...moreThis highly personal memoir, recounts how and why Valerie came to work for the CIA and describes the trauma endured by she and her family due to the betrayal by the administration. Valerie, daughter of an Air Force colonel and sister of a marine, gave over twenty years of loyal service to the defense of the United States. In return, she saw her career come to an end and her reputation smeared for political ends.
Laura Rozen's afterwards (in the last two CDs) reviews the public record and gives the details that are available to the public, but which the CIA insisted Valerie not include in her own account. (less)
Gabriel Allon, art restorer/ spy is sent to Vienna to discover who was responsible for a bombing. As the facts begin to fall into place, he finds hims...moreGabriel Allon, art restorer/ spy is sent to Vienna to discover who was responsible for a bombing. As the facts begin to fall into place, he finds himself on the trail of one wanted for a massive number of war crimes. (less)
Stone Barrington and Dino Bacchetti are targeted by someone they arrested for murder years before. Not only are their lives in danger, but their frien...moreStone Barrington and Dino Bacchetti are targeted by someone they arrested for murder years before. Not only are their lives in danger, but their friends and relatives are also on the hit list. (less)
This tale was set in 1947 when Joseph Burke, a WWII vet, returns home both physically and emotionally wounded in combat and on the home front. Burke c...moreThis tale was set in 1947 when Joseph Burke, a WWII vet, returns home both physically and emotionally wounded in combat and on the home front. Burke comes home from the hospital to an empty house, a long period of recoperation time and no job. Using past experiences in the millitary, he begins a in boxing but discovers he's good but not good enough to last long term. Through connections in boxing, he hires on as a bodyguard.Burke signs on with Dodger owner Branch Rickey to protect Robinson from racist violence during the ballplayer's rookie season. As their relationship turns into a friendship, he comes to respect the controversial player. Parker imagines what it was like for Jackie Robinson as he contends with the color barrier he had broken in Major League baseball. Throughout the novel Parker mixes childhood memories his own (chapters titled "Bobby").Burke's life becomes considerably more complicated when he falls for Lauren, a self-destructive society girl. Her father, a politician with mob connections, hired him as Lauren's bodyguard prior to his working for Robinson. When Burke traces the threat of violence aimed at Robinson to Lauren's father's mob connections, the novel's action begins. Burke is a tough guy, and much of the narrative takes place as Burke plays one group of gangsters against another in order to protect both Robinson and Lauren . Parker does a top notch job in recreating a tale of one of the most turbulent eras in history. (less)
Elm Creek Quilts founder Sylvia Bergstrom Compson begins a search for five quilts made by her mother, Eleanor, who died when Sylvia was 10. Sylvia and...moreElm Creek Quilts founder Sylvia Bergstrom Compson begins a search for five quilts made by her mother, Eleanor, who died when Sylvia was 10. Sylvia and Eleanor's stories alternate. Sylvia, an elderly widow, prepares to marry her long time friend Andrew despite his children's oppositions. Her mother's story begins at the turn of the century when Eleanor, daughter of an affluent New York family, defies her mother by quilting with her nanny, Amelia Langley. When Eleanor's sister, Abigail, elopes with her father's business rival, her parents arrange for her to take her sister's place. Eleanor runs away rather than be forced to marry Abigail's jilted fiance. On her way out of the house, a car pulls up and Eleanor's young friend, Fred Bergstrom, is at the wheel. He asks Eleanor to marry him and so begins their life together on his Pennsylvania horse farm at Elm Creek.
As Sylvia begins her search through various quilt shops and museums searching for her mother's quilts she begins to realize how much she doesn't know about her own family history. She soon realizes the need to piece together as much of her mother's life story as she can and sets about this task much the same way as she would begin to piece together a new quilt. (less)
**spoiler alert** As the story opens, Sally and Gillian Owens, recently orphaned, go to live with their aunts. Everyone in the Massachusetts village k...more**spoiler alert** As the story opens, Sally and Gillian Owens, recently orphaned, go to live with their aunts. Everyone in the Massachusetts village knows these ladies are practicing witches. Although most clients are asking for love potions, townsfolk tend to avoid them in anything but "consultations". Unfortunately, the girls find themselves treated in a similar manner by their pees. The Owens women have dealt with this attitude for almost two centuries. It began when their great grandmother arrived in town. A fearlessly independent young woman with money of her own, townsfolk suspected her of witchcraft. They took this as fact when the day after a local farmer winged a thieving crow in his cornfield, Maria Owens appeared with her arm in a sling and her hand bound in a white bandage. The aunts line of work makes life a torment for the sisters. Especially upsetting to Gillian, the beautiful blonde with a lazy attitude. Early on Sally became the responsible one. When Gillian runs away from home, Sally remains behind, marries and has two daughters. Everything seems to be going well until her husband is suddenly killed in a traffic accident. Sally decides she needs space. She moves to a small town in New York, gets a job at the local high school and makes a good life for herself and her daughters. Things are going very well until the night Gillian knocks on their door. From that night on, the world as they know it comes to a sudden end. Aunt Gillian has brought all of her problems with her and into their home. Before long it becomes obvious that in order to make their lives bearable, the must seek the help of their aunts.(less)
At the request of CIA Director, Kate Rule Lee (wife of U.S. President Will Lee), Stone Barrington and Holly Barker team up to search for a rogue CIA a...moreAt the request of CIA Director, Kate Rule Lee (wife of U.S. President Will Lee), Stone Barrington and Holly Barker team up to search for a rogue CIA agent who is believed to be on the Caribbean island of St. Marks. Teddy Fay, agent-turned-assassin, has been on the loose for several years. What they find within the beach club set is a group of corrupt local politicians within a community that accepts a don't-ask-don't-tell approach to foreigners. What they don't find is Teddy Fay, a master of disguise and adept escape. One night during dinner at a local restaurant, Stone and Holly manage to strike up a conversation with former CIA employee Irene Foster and her current companion, Harry Pitts. They were interested in making this contact with Irene since she was reputed to have had a relationship with Teddy. All is not fun and games when, after the chief of police on the island is gunned down, Stone and Holly find themselves caught up in corrupt local politics. This shooting is an indication that Teddy is back in business. Complications in dealing with the local police both stifles their investigation and threatens to end the mission to track down Teddy Fey. Woods includes his usual cast of characters; Barrington and his best friend / sidekick Dino Bacchetti, former sheriff Holly Barker and CIA boss Lance Cabot. Although the plot picks up momentum toward the end of the book, overall, they seem to spend as much time dining out and having fun in the sun as they do actually trying to track down Teddy Fey.(less)