eHarlequin.com has announced the March 2009 titles for their Worldwide imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors. To purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or the book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)
Of All Sad Words by Bill Crider
A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery (15th in series)
What are the Crawford brothers cooking up in their trailer in the middle of Blacklin County? Sheriff Dan Rhodes receives a complaint that it's meth, a growing menace in the East Texas woods, and a likely culprit when the trailer explodes and one of the siblings is found dead.
To his surprise, Rhodes discovers a still with a fresh batch of moonshine, and clear evidence the explosion was no accident. And he's not buying the surviving brother's innocence act.
But the crime wave is just beginning. Radical newcomers with decidedly controversial politics fan the flames, as do trails of a drug ring and possible vigilantes enrolling as students in Rhodes's own political headache, the Citizens' Sheriff's Academy. Another body, another hooch operation and a whiny county commissioner all add up to a mystery that will test Rhodes's cool head and unfailing humor to their limits.
Flawed by Jo Bannister
A Brodie Farrell Mystery (7th in series)
There is nothing as constant as change, a reality that seems to descend with a heavy hand when Brodie Farrell, newly single and unexpectedly pregnant, ponders the fate of her one-woman detective agency, Looking for Something.
Her loyal best friend, mathematics teacher Daniel Hood, determinedly steps up to the plate, offering to do the legwork of the agency. And Brodie, with few options, accepts. But then Daniel becomes concerned about a badly bruised twelve-year-old boy and suspects that the father, an influential London attorney, is abusing him.
This leads to a bigger problem -- and a situation oddly linked to Brodie's former flame, Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon, as well as a mysterious criminal.
Murder at Wrightsville Beach by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter
A Wilmington NC Mystery with Ashley Wilkes (4th in series)
It's a sweltering late August in North Carolina, and historic preservationist Ashley Wilkes is ready to hit the beach -- after a quick business stop at an upscale art gallery owned by friend Valentine Russo. Inside the cool, elegant storefront, she finds Val dead at her desk, a bullet in her head, and the gallery walls bare of artwork.
The murderer follows Ashley to the beach house, where assorted suspicious houseguests, a bizarre bonfire and late-night break-ins paint a picture of art thieves, bad blood and dark secrets. When the lifeless body of Ashley's prime suspect washes ashore, she realizes she has figured out enough to make a killer determined to send her packing, permanently.
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