Truly Devious

Truly Devious
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publsiher: Katherine Tegen Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2018-01-16
ISBN: 9780062338051
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Truly Devious Book Excerpt:

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.” Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Truly Devious 3 Book Box Set

Truly Devious 3 Book Box Set
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publsiher: Katherine Tegen Books
Total Pages: 1248
Release: 2020-10-20
ISBN: 9780063023154
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Truly Devious 3 Book Box Set Book Excerpt:

Bestselling author Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious trilogy is a hilarious and inspiring whodunit that weaves together the story of a cold case from 1936 and the story of teen sleuth Stevie Bell in the present. The Truly Devious box set includes all three paperbacks in the series and is perfect for gift-giving and binge reading. The Truly Devious case--an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936--has consumed Stevie for years. It's the very reason she came to the Academy. But after she arrives, more students turn up dead. Teen detective Stevie is on the case until she solves every mysterious death--from the past and the present. Praise for Truly Devious: "Parallel mysteries unfold with cleverly written dialogue, pate-turning brilliance, and a young sleuth as captivating as Hercule Poirot." --USA Today "The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit. A multilayered, modern detective story." --The New York Times Book Review Praise for The Vanishing Stair: "Take it from the world's most impatient reader: If the Truly Devious series is basically one long mystery book, The Vanishing Stair is middle part so enjoyable you won't even want to skip to the end." --Entertainment Weekly Praise for The Hand on the Wall: "A richly satisfying, Poirot-like ending for Johnson's inspired and inspiring teen sleuth." --Kirkus Reviews --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Box in the Woods

The Box in the Woods
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 335
Release: 2021-06-15
ISBN: 0063032627
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Box in the Woods Book Excerpt:

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson. Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer. But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case. Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders. But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive. * Cosmopolitan Best YA Books of 2021 * People Magazine Best Books of Summer 2021*

The Hand on the Wall

The Hand on the Wall
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-01-21
ISBN: 0062338137
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hand on the Wall Book Excerpt:

New York Times and USA Today bestseller! New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years. Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . . She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century. At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers. Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer. In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy. Praise for the Truly Devious series: “Readers, hang tight: there’s one more round to come, and if the signs are right, it’ll be to die for.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit, and alternating past and present scenes makes for a multilayered, modern detective story.” —New York Times Book Review “Remember the first time reading Harry Potter and knowing it was special? There’s that same sense of magic in the introduction of teen Sherlock-in-training Stevie Bell.” —USA Today (four stars) “Be still, my Agatha-Christie-loving beating heart.” —Bustle

The 4th Mystery MEGAPACK

The 4th Mystery MEGAPACK
Author: John Gregory Betancourt,Rufus King,Vincent McConnor,Stephen Wasylyk,Edgar Rice Burroughs
Publsiher: Wildside Press LLC
Total Pages: 493
Release: 2016-12-06
ISBN: 1479424161
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 4th Mystery MEGAPACK Book Excerpt:

Welcome to The Fourth Mystery MEGAPACK®! This time we have a stellar lineup for your reading pleasure, drawing stories from a wide variety of sources -- including not only the traditional mystery magazines (such as Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's), but also their less-well-known rivals (remember The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine? Keyhole Detective?). Some are from science fiction magazines (mysteries can appear anywhere!) and some are from mainstream sources, by authors not normally associated with the mystery field. Edgar Rice Burroughs is most famous for Tarzan of the Apes, and Johnston McCulley is best known as the creator of Zorro, for example. And, of course, we have some series entries -- "The African Fish Mystery," by James Holding, is part of his Leroy King series (a sendup of Ellery Queen), and John Gregory Betancourt's "Pit and the Princess" is part of his Peter "Pitbull" Geller series. And, of course, we’ve featured the adventures of McCulley's antihero Thubway Tham in previous volumes of this series... Much great reading awaits you! Included here are: THE AFRICAN FISH MYSTERY, by James Holding PIT AND THE PRINCESS, by John Gregory Betancourt JUST LIKE INSPECTOR MAIGRET, by Vincent McConnor MRS. DEARLY'S SPECIAL DAY, by Fletcher Flora THE PERFECT HIDEOUT, by William P. McGivern THUBWAY THAM'S PERFECT DAY, by Johnston McCulley THE TIGRESS OF THE CHÂTEAU PLAGE, by Rufus King MUSICIANS DON'T KILL EACH OTHER, by Stephen Wasylyk MYSTERY FAN, by James Holding THE CROSSBOW INCIDENT, by Stephen Wasylyk THE INQUISITIVE BUTCHER OF NICE, by James Holding THUBWAY THAM'S THENTH OF HONOR, by Johnston McCulley LONG TEETH, by R.A. Lafferty SOCIAL SECURITY, by James C. Glass DEATH DOESN'T WHISPER, by Joseph J. Millard THE BLACK EAGLE MYSTERY, by Geraldine Bonner BRIBE MONEY, by Frank Belknap Long THE PATRON SAINT OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, by Rufus King THE BEST POLICY, by Ferenc Molnar THUBWAY THAM GETTH BAIL, by Johnston McCulley WHO MURDERED MR. THOMAS?, by Edgar Rice Burroughs THE RED NECKTIE, by Edgar Rice Burroughs THE TERRACE DRIVE MURDER, by Edgar Rice Burroughs THE LIGHTSHIP MURDER, by Edgar Rice Burroughs If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see more of the 300+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!

June Jeopardy A Yacht Yenta Mystery

June Jeopardy   A Yacht Yenta Mystery
Author: Farley Halladay
Publsiher: First Edition Design Pub.
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2021-10-05
ISBN: 1506901905
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

June Jeopardy A Yacht Yenta Mystery Book Excerpt:

Laugh and cry with salty widow Farley Halladay, whose husband died on board their ketch in St. Thomas. Now she copes, cooks and solves crazy crimes with her sheriff friend Danielle Dassault and a daffy retinue of returning characters. Sail the world's oceans virtually with her. Janet Groene is an award-winning travel writer whose assignments have taken her worldwide on boats large and small, bareboat and crewed. Sailing, Boating, Travel, Mystery, Widow, Caregiver, Caribbean, Retirement Community

Nine Liars

Nine Liars
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 411
Release: 2022-12-27
ISBN: 0063032716
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nine Liars Book Excerpt:

Stevie Bell solved the case of Truly Devious, and now she’s taking her detecting skills abroad when she becomes embroiled in a mystery from 1990s England. Another pulse-pounding and laugh-out-loud stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson. Senior year at Ellingham Academy for Stevie Bell isn’t going well. Her boyfriend, David, is studying in London. Her friends are obsessed with college applications. With the cold case of the century solved, Stevie is adrift. There is nothing to distract her from the questions pinging around her brain—questions about college, love, and life in general. Relief comes when David invites Stevie and her friends to join him for study abroad, and his new friend Izzy introduces her to a double-murder cold case. In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax. The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain. This was no break-in. Someone’s lying about what happened in the woodshed. Seven suspects. Two murders. One killer still playing a deadly game.

Text

Text
Author: W. Speed Hill,Edward M. Burns,Peter L. Shillingsburg
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 458
Release: 1998-06
ISBN: 9780472109234
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Text Book Excerpt:

TEXT 10 opens with six essays that treat a variety of texts from a predominantly theoretical focus. Among them are J.C.C. Mays and Robert Spoo's discussion of Hans Walter Gabler's controversial edition of Ulysses; Marta L. Werner's meditations on Emily Dickinson's late fragments; and Nick Frankel's consideration of Oscar Wilde's Salome "as a Work of Contradiction." Also featured are a cluster of essays on copyright and the status of texts--crucial questions for all textual scholars--and nine more specialized studies on topics ranging from "Annotating Piers Plowman" to Virginia Woolf's revisions of Between the Acts, with the essays arranged in chronological order of subject. The review section opens with three review essays on major multi-volume editions (the Cornell Yeats, the works of Washington Irving, and the Howells edition) that situate these editions within current debates on author, text, and cultural context. Twelve reviews of individual studies or editions complete the volume. W. Speed Hill is Professor of English, Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. Edward M. Burns is Professor of English, William Paterson College. Peter L. Shillingsburg is Professor of English, University of North Texas

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village
Author: Maureen Johnson,Jay Cooper
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2021-09-14
ISBN: 1984859625
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village Book Excerpt:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Considering a trip to a quaint English village? You’ll think twice after learning about the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind the bucolic façades, thanks to this illustrated guide from #1 bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper—perfect for fans of cozy mysteries. A weekend roaming narrow old lanes, touring the faded glories of a country manor, and quaffing pints in the pub. How charming. That is, unless you have the misfortune of finding yourself in an English Murder Village, where danger lurks around each picturesque cobblestone corner and every sip of tea may be your last. If you insist on your travels, do yourself a favor and bring a copy of this little book. It may just keep you alive. Brought to life with dozens of Gorey-esque drawings by illustrator Jay Cooper and peppered with allusions to classic crime series and unmistakably British murder lore, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village gives you the tools you need to avoid the same fate, should you find yourself in a suspiciously cozy English village (or simply dream of going). Good luck! And whatever you do, avoid the vicar.

The Inheritance Games

The Inheritance Games
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN: 1368053246
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Inheritance Games Book Excerpt:

Don't miss this New York Times bestselling "impossible to put down" (Buzzfeed) novel with deadly stakes, thrilling twists, and juicy secrets--perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out. Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why--or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House where every room bears the old man's touch--and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a conwoman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

The Hawthorne Legacy

The Hawthorne Legacy
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2021-09-07
ISBN: 0759557640
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hawthorne Legacy Book Excerpt:

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USA Today bestseller! Intrigue, riches, and romance abound in this thrilling sequel to the beloved, bestselling The Inheritance Games The Inheritance Games ended with a bombshell, and now heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions—including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons. Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s not a Hawthorne by blood, but clues pile up hinting at a deeper connection to the family than she had ever imagined. As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Grayson and Jameson, two of the enigmatic and magnetic Hawthorne grandsons, continue to pull Avery in different directions. And there are threats lurking around every corner, as adversaries emerge who will stop at nothing to see Avery out of the picture—by any means necessary. With nonstop action, aspirational jet-setting, Knives Out-like family intrigue, swoonworthy romance, and billions of dollars hanging in the balance, The Hawthorne Legacy will have you racing through the pages.

Intent In A Coma

Intent  In A Coma
Author: Krista Wagner
Publsiher: Krista Wagner
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2018-06-18
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Intent In A Coma Book Excerpt:

Everyone at school has turned against me. I don't know why. And no one will tell me. I have been Royal High School's most-liked girl for the past four years, but a lot can happen in two days. Suddenly, I'm the school's most-hated girl, but before I can figure out why, a ten-story fall off a water tower plunges me into a coma. Rumors fly that it was attempted suicide. Unfortunately, I have no memory of those final seconds before the fall. Through a strange barrage of dreams, flashbacks, an out-of-body journey, and my faith in God, I start to search for answers. But the more I learn, the more I realize that my life is in mortal danger. Soon someone is leaving threatening notes, waiting expectantly for me to emerge from my coma. Who wants to hurt me? And why? Only my trust in God can get me through this nightmare. But will I be able to handle the truth? Book #5 is a clean psychological mystery suspense appropriate for young adult and up.

The Thea Barlow Cozy Mysteries Box Set Three Complete Cozy Mystery Novels

The Thea Barlow Cozy Mysteries Box Set  Three Complete Cozy Mystery Novels
Author: Carol Caverly
Publsiher: ePublishing Works!
Total Pages: 751
Release: 2019-10-22
ISBN: 164457134X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Thea Barlow Cozy Mysteries Box Set Three Complete Cozy Mystery Novels Book Excerpt:

Chicago Journalist Investigates Wyoming’s Old Rural Legends and Stumbles Into Modern-Day Murder and Mayhem in This Box Set Filled with Humor, History, and One Mean-Spirited Chicken. ALL THE OLD LIONS: On her first assignment—unravel the mystery of Halfway Halt, a defunct brothel in Hijax, Wyoming—Thea must ply townsfolk who don’t want their secrets revealed, and finger a murderer...if she wants to survive. FROGSKIN AND MUTTONFAT: In Wyoming with old flame Max Holman to interview the 82-year-old Kid Corcoran, last of the old-time bandits, Thea is caught up in a maelstrom of greed, murder, and revenge when a local reporter is found knifed to death in Thea’s room. DEAD IN HOG HEAVEN: In Hog Heaven to investigate the ruins of an old rural bordello, Thea stumbles upon a woman's body and is fingered for murder. "Good stories, interesting characters, a touch of romance, and a little humor. Lots of fun!" ~Mysterious Woman "Blends Old West and New with humor, lore, and an admirable, entertaining heroine." ~The Poisoned Pen "...an engaging and cleanly told. Highly Recommended." ~Gothic Journal THE THEA BARLOW WYOMING MYSTERIES, in order All the Old Lions Frogskin and Muttonfat Dead in Hog Heaven Death by Doodlebug

Lethal Care

Lethal Care
Author: Claire McNab with Katherine V. Forrest
Publsiher: Bella Books
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2017-12-01
ISBN: 1594936234
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lethal Care Book Excerpt:

Two celebrated writers combine to offer the electrifying conclusion to a legendary mystery series… Detective Inspector Carol Ashton’s promotion to Chief Inspector has immediately ensnared her in two assignments that hold no warning they will forever change her life. She’s inherited the pressurized case of the high-profile death of media star and wealthy philanthropist Greta Denby, who had been undergoing a controversial experimental treatment for her cancer. Carol is now also taking on the case of the investigating officer Inspector Ian Rooke, who has himself just died under baffling circumstances—a demise made more mysterious by the inexplicable shoddiness of his investigation into Greta’s death. In this final chapter, Carol must confront an increasingly dire future and the most formidable challenge of all—her fundamental belief in her career, and in herself. Seventeenth in the Carol Ashton Series.

Hitchcock la Carte

Hitchcock    la Carte
Author: Jan Olsson
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-02-25
ISBN: 0822376024
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitchcock la Carte Book Excerpt:

Alfred Hitchcock: cultural icon, master film director, storyteller, television host, foodie. And as Jan Olsson argues in Hitchcock à la Carte, he was also an expert marketer who built his personal brand around his rotund figure and well-documented table indulgencies. Focusing on Hitchcock's television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962) and the The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962-1965), Olsson asserts that the success of Hitchcock's media empire depended on his deft manipulation of bodies and the food that sustained them. Hitchcock's strategies included frequently playing up his own girth, hiring body doubles, making numerous cameos, and using food—such as a frozen leg of lamb—to deliver scores of characters to their deaths. Constructing his brand enabled Hitchcock to maintain creative control, blend himself with his genre, and make himself the multi-million-dollar franchise's principal star. Olsson shows how Hitchcock's media brand management was a unique performance model that he used to mark his creative oeuvre as strictly his own.

Babel

Babel
Author: Barry Maitland
Publsiher: Arcade Publishing
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9781559706681
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Babel Book Excerpt:

Scotland Yard's Kathy Kolla and David Brock investigate the murder of Professor Max Springer, a controversial academic known for speaking out against Islamic extremism.

Missing Presumed Dead

Missing  Presumed Dead
Author: Emma Berquist
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2019-05-21
ISBN: 0062642839
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Missing Presumed Dead Book Excerpt:

When eighteen-year-old Lexi foresees the brutal murder of a young woman outside a club in downtown L.A., she is powerless to stop it. But then the girl’s ghost appears, seeking vengeance, and Lexi is swept into a dangerous search that could put her directly in the path of a serial killer. From the author of Devils Unto Dust, this fast-paced and literary thriller will haunt fans of Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious and Karen M. McManus’s One of Us Is Lying. With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible. Emma Berquist’s second novel is a haunting and atmospheric murder mystery that tackles themes of depression, loneliness, love, and identity. This high-concept novel is for fans of Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

You re So Dead

You re So Dead
Author: Ash Parsons
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-06-15
ISBN: 0593205138
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You re So Dead Book Excerpt:

"Fans of Karen M. McManus and Katie Alender will devour this darkly funny, fast-paced mystery."--SLJ A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious. Plum Winter has always come in second to her sister, the unbelievably cool, famous influencer Peach Winter. And when Peach is invited to an all-expenses-paid trip to a luxurious art-and-music festival for influencers on a private island in the Caribbean, Plum decides it's finally her time to shine. So she intercepts the invite--and asks her two best friends, Sofia and Marlowe, to come along to the fest with her. It'll be a spring break they'll never forget. But when Plum and her friends get to the island, it's not anything like it seemed in the invite. The island is run-down, creepy, and there doesn't even seem to be a festival--it's just seven other quasi-celebrities and influencers, and none of the glitz and glamour she expected. Then people start to die... Plum and her friends soon realize that someone has lured each of them to the "festival" to kill them. Someone has a vendetta against every person on the island--and no one is supposed to leave alive. So, together, Plum, Sofia, and Marlowe will do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery of the killer, and fight to save themselves and as many influencers as they can, before it's too late. Praise for You're So Dead: “You're So Dead is the hilarious, swoony, Surprisingly Stabby book of my dreams! Ash Parsons delivers a sharp send-up of influencer culture wrapped in a clever whodunnit that also has a lot of heart. While I never want to go to "Pyre Festival," I'd hang out with Plum, Marlowe, and Sofia any day.”—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times Bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs “Parsons (Girls Save the World in This One) gently satirizes online culture and the ill-fated Fyre Festival in this frothy homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. The cheeky mystery is both clever and satisfying.” --Publishers Weekly "Parsons effectively mixes social media commentary and thrilling murder mystery with a dash of ridiculous humor . . . A #trendy and #entertaining whodunit." --Kirkus Reviews "[A]riveting thriller-comedy...writing in short, energetic bursts with a witty voice, Parsons keeps the twists coming, her motley crew’s energy running frantic as the body count rises and they try to discover the killer in their midst." --Booklist

Shadow Ballet

Shadow Ballet
Author: Dan Ragon
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 546
Release: 2015-08-30
ISBN: 1491770775
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shadow Ballet Book Excerpt:

Summer on California's rugged north coast. Cliffs, rocky shores, tall trees, beaches, coastal lagoons, campers, and a naked dead body at the edge of the surf. Detective John Ragsdale takes the call and steps into an investigation that leads into the shadows of international intrigue and clandestine operations. The case seems to point in the direction of the vacationing Paul McAfee without clearly involving him or his new friend and neighbor Jean Parker. The deeper Detective Ragsdale and his partner Tom Schroeder dig, the larger the scope of the case becomes and every effort to shine light on the truth casts darker shadows and raises more unanswered questions.

The Replacement Child

The Replacement Child
Author: Christine Barber
Publsiher: Minotaur Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2008-09-30
ISBN: 1429987383
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Replacement Child Book Excerpt:

Late on a Monday night, editor Lucy Newroe answers the phone in the Capital Tribune newsroom. The caller is the notorious Scanner Lady---an anonymous elderly tipster whose hobby is to phone the newspaper with gossip from her police scanner. The old woman tells Lucy she heard two Santa Fe cops discussing a dead body. But when Lucy checks out the tip, she discovers Scanner Lady has been killed. She tries to enlist the help of Detective Gil Montoya, but his mind is on another death. He has just been handed the case of Melissa Baca, a seventh-grade teacher whose body was thrown off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Over the course of the next few days, as Lucy and Gil hunt down the culprits in each murder, they discover their cases are intertwined in the most intimate ways. Rich with details of New Mexico and the people who live there, The Replacement Child is the perfect novel for anyone who has fallen in love with the Southwest that Tony Hillerman described so artfully in his Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries.