The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy

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Crown #ad - An unforgettable tale of mystery and obsession by barbara vine pseudonym of Ruth Rendell, winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award for lifetime achievementThis is the utterly absorbing story of best-selling novelist Gerald Candless, whose sudden death from a heart attack leaves behind a wife and two doting daughters.

To sort through her grief, one of his daughters, Sarah, decides to write a biography of her internationally celebrated father. Within hours of beginning her research, Sarah comes across the first of what will be many shocking revelations. As her life is slowly torn apart, a terrible logic finally emerges to explain her mother's remoteness, her father's need to continually reinvent himself in his work, and a long-forgotten London murder.

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The Brimstone Wedding

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Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller #ad - In this “dark, hypnotic story of romantic obsession, ” an elderly woman shares her disturbing secrets with a spellbound young caregiver The New York Times. It’s a discovery—and a warning—that could prove to be Jenny’s salvation, or lead her toward a doomed and inevitable end. But there’s much more to stella’s story, something she’s been afraid to share with anyone, until now.

Stella understands; she has her secrets, too. Then she meets stella newland, a patient at Middleton Hall, the English manor-house-turned-nursing-home where Jenny works as a caregiver. As their daily confessions become more intimate and revealing, a bond is forged—one born out of the illicit affairs at the heart of their unsettled lives.

The Brimstone Wedding #ad - . Unlike most of the other residents, completely lucid, the gracefully dying Stella is elegant, and generously open to hearing all about Jenny’s life. Stuck in a loveless marriage and mired in a troubled affair, Jenny Warner doesn’t have a single friend in whom she can confide. When she gives jenny the key to her house, it unlocks a maze of mysteries about the heartbreaking and horrifying consequences of love.

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The Innocents Wil Hardesty Book 1

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Down and Out Books #ad - Clues are scarce, and with the media turning the story into a law enforcement nightmare, time is short. Wil hardesty, is a most welcome addition to the pantheon of private detectives. Ross thomas, author of out on the Rim"A truly powerful and moving novel … an intriguing world of mystery, deceit and murder.

Children — innocents — whose long-buried remains are uncovered by a flash-flood. There are seven of them. The plot is gripping, and the villains very villainous indeed, the dialogue sharp, but the character of Wil Hardesty is what separates this mystery from the rest of the pack. He has stature. The plain dealer cleveland"barre delivers … an engrossing mystery that moves quickly in prose that is as sleek and muscular as its protagonist.

The Innocents Wil Hardesty Book 1 #ad - No one knows who could have committed such a crime. This first outing easily handles, then transcends, the genre requisites for a lively, intense read. Reserve a long evening for this one … it delivers the tension and pace that readers demand. Santa barbara news Press"One of the best mysteries of the year.

Firsts magazine"the innocents is a truly powerful and moving novel, going beyond the private eye genre as only the best authors do. Richard barre is a skilled writer and The Innocents is a gripping story. Michael connelly, author of The Fifth Witness"A great read.

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The Minotaur

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Vintage Crime/Black Lizard #ad - Kerstin krist arrives at the vine-covered Lydstep Old Hall in rural Essex to care for John Cosway, a former mathematical genius, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and kept under heavy sedation. From the author time magazine calls “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world, ” comes an elegant and gripping new novel that blurs the line between psychological suspense and Gothic horror.

John is the sole heir of the immense Cosway estate. As he takes his daily walks or sits quivering in a labyrinthine library, the rest of the family plots their own ways of coming into the fortune. It is classic barbara vine–an absolutely enthralling tale that keeps turning and twisting until the very last page.

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King Solomon's Carpet Onyx

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Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller #ad -  . From an edgar award–winning author: murder intrudes on a student’s secret history of the London Underground in this “brilliantly unexpected” mystery The Times, London. A jolting novel of psychological suspense, ” king Solomon’s Carpet was the recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award The New York Times Book Review.

One of his outcasts may be a killer who’s plotting something unforgettable and catastrophic—and Jarvis himself has unwittingly become a conspirator. Jarvis stringer is a young man of many peculiarities, but no obsession has taken hold quite like that of writing the strange and twisting history of the London Underground.

King Solomon's Carpet Onyx #ad - The boarders, each eking out their invisible lives above—and beneath—the city’s surface, are a collection of strays, and loners, waifs, subway buskers, who are raising the concern of Jarvis’s relatives and more proper neighbors. To finance his project, he rents out cheap rooms in the long-disused West Hampstead schoolhouse he inherited—a crumbling monument to morbid local lore.

But even Jarvis has become suspicious.

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The Blood Doctor: A Novel

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Vintage Crime/Black Lizard #ad - Why did people have a habit of dying around his great grandfather? And what did his late daughter mean when she wrote that he’s done “monstrous, quite appalling things”? Barbara Vine a. K. A. Ruth rendell deftly weaves this story of an eminent Victorian with a modern yarn about the embattled biographer, who is watching the House of Lords prepare to annul membership for hereditary peers and thus strip him of his position.

Sometimes it’s best to leave the past alone. The more martin researches his distant relative, the more fascinated—and horrified—he becomes. For when biographer martin nanther looks into the life of his famous great-grandfather Henry, he discovers some rather unsettling coincidences, Queen Victoria’s favorite physician, like the fact that the doctor married the sister of his recently murdered fiancée.

The Blood Doctor: A Novel #ad - Themes of fate and family snake throughout this teasing psychological suspense, a typically chilling tale from a master of the genre.

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Grasshopper

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Vintage Crime/Black Lizard #ad - As she begins a thrilling relationship with a fellow climber, however, both Clodagh and the reader are haunted by the memory of the pylon and of the terrible thing that happened there--and by the eerie sense that another tragedy is just a footfall away. But clodagh soon learns that you can never entirely escape your past.

In the aftermath of the incident on the pylon--one of the great electrified structures that dot the English countryside like so many gargantuan grasshoppers--Clodagh goes off to university, moves into a basement flat arranged by her unsympathetic family, and finds freedom trekking across London's rooftops with a gang of neighborhood misfits.

Grasshopper #ad - They have sent me here because of what happened on the pylon. When clodagh brown writes these words at the age of nineteen, she believes that she is leaving behind the traumatic events of her youth.

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A Fatal Inversion: Plume Fiction

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Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller #ad - A master of “deep, disquieting insight into the pathological dynamics of love” the New York Times, author Ruth Rendell’s Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award–winning A Fatal Inversion is “rife with lost Edens, family secrets and stifled sexual urges” Chicago Tribune. Adam is now a doting father and husband.

It was adapted for television by the BBC in 1992. A decade before, drifters, nineteen-year-old Adam Verne-Smith inherited the property and spent one debauched summer there with runaways, and his two best friends—none of whom have spoken since that fatal season.  . When the new owners of wyvis hall, a rural estate in Suffolk, set out to bury their pet dog on the grounds, they stumbled upon a ghastly relic: the bones of a woman and small child in a shallow grave.

A Fatal Inversion: Plume Fiction #ad - An award-winning novel from a new york Times–bestselling author: The long-buried bodies of a woman and child are unearthed on a Suffolk country estate. Unhinged by the discovery, they reunite, each with a protest of innocence. His old buddy Rufus is a respectable doctor. The gruesome find makes stunning headlines, especially so for the previous occupants.

And there’s shiva, whose dreams of upward mobility drifted away. As the past slowly emerges, their regrets, desperation, and bitter incriminations get the best of them—and so will their secrets.

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Asta's Book

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Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller #ad - Fortunately, she finds solace in her diary—and she continues to do so until 1967.  . James, a historical novel, ian rankin, or scott turow, asta’s Book is at once a crime story, and a psychological portrait told through the diary itself and through Ann, who is bent on unlocking the journal’s excised mystery.

But it also appears to hold the key to an unsolved murder and the disappearance of a child. An “obsessively readable” mystery from the New York Times–bestselling author of Dark Corners about a century-old diary that holds clues to a murder The Sunday Telegraph. In 1905, shortly after coming to east London from Denmark with her husband and their two little boys, she feels like a stranger in a strange land.

Asta's Book #ad - And it doesn’t help that her husband is constantly away on business. A modern masterpiece by the edgar Award–winning author of the Inspector Wexford Mysteries, and an excellent choice for readers of P. Decades later, her granddaughter, Ann, finds the journal, and it becomes a literary sensation, offering an intimate view of Edwardian life.

Asta Westerby is lonely. D.

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The Birthday Present: A Novel

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Crown #ad - Somehow he must keep his role from being uncovered--and his political future from being destroyed by scandal. Like a heretic on the inquisitor’s rack, ivor is not to be spared the exquisitely slow and tortuous unfolding of events, nuances, as hints, and small revelations lay his darkest secrets hideously bare for all the world to see.

It’s all intended as mock-dangerous foreplay, but then things take a dark turn. When he meets a woman in a chance encounter--a beautiful, leggy, married woman named Hebe--the two become lovers obsessed with their trysts, spiced up by what the newspapers like to call “adventure sex. It’s the dress-up and role-play that inspire Ivor to create a surprise birthday present for his beloved that involves a curbside kidnapping.

The Birthday Present: A Novel #ad - . A deft, insightful, sophistication, and compulsively readable exploration of obsessive desire--and the dark twists of fate that can shake the lives of even those most insulated by privilege, and power. Ivor tesham is a handsome, single, young member of Parliament whose political star is on the rise.

After things go horribly wrong, Ivor begins to receive anonymous letters that reveal astonishingly specific details about the affair and its aftermath.

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A Dark-Adapted Eye Plume

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Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller #ad - James, time magazine has described its author as “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world. ”  . Faith severn has never understood why the willful matriarch of her high-society family, aunt Vera Hillyard, snapped and murdered her own beloved sister. D. A woman investigates the shocking secrets that brought down her once proud family in this suspenseful Edgar Award winner from a New York Times–bestselling author.

Set in post–world war ii britain, a dark-adapted Eye is both a gripping mystery and a harrowing psychological portrait of a complex woman at the head of a troubled family. But long after vera is condemned to hang, a journalist’s startling discoveries allow Faith to perceive her family’s story in a new light.

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