eHarlequin.com has announced the July 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. Note: The book cover images were not available on the eHarlequin.com site as of the date of this post; the hardcover/trade paperback covers are shown instead.)
Orange as Marmalade by Fran Stewart
A Biscuit McKee Mystery (1st in series)
There aren't many secrets between folks in small old Southern towns like Martinsville, Georgia. But when someone is found murdered in the local library, even the biggest gossips are speechless. First on the scene in the wee hours is a curious cat named Marmalade, followed later by the new librarian, Biscuit McKee. She finds the victim—Harlan Schneider, a young, good-looking nature photographer—stabbed through the heart.
Everyone seems genuinely puzzled as to why the man was in the library, and how he came to draw his last breath on the second-floor landing. Between getting ready for her upcoming wedding to the town's only police officer and poking her nose into Martinsville's colorful history, Biscuit—with help from her tenacious feline companion—manages to identify the surprising motive, means … and murderer.
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Paint the Town Dead by Nancy Bell
A Jackson Crain Mystery (3rd in series)
When the lifeless body of local real estate king Tom Delgado is found, the discovery stirs up all kinds of gossip in Post Oak, Texas. Suspicion falls on his widow, Dovie, who discovered that funds from her husband's sizable bank account—as well as his affections—had been going to flashy Dallas television evangelist Mary Dobbs McDermott.
Luckily, nothing happens down home in the small East Texas town without the knowledge of mild-mannered, quick-witted judge Jackson Crain. And he's the first to figure out that the mesmerizing preacher woman has a sinfully sordid past. One that includes seducing a rich married man and sending his wife off the deep end? Maybe. But as the evidence piles up against Dovie Delgado, the judge brings his own brand of Southern barbecue to smoke out the true killer before an innocent woman gets cooked.
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Murder on the ICW by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter
A Wilmington NC Mystery (5th in series)
The mix of old and new continues to intrigue Wilmington, North Carolina, historic preservationist Ashley Wilkes, especially with the discovery of a decades-old murder. The skeletal remains of a Prohibition-era federal agent are found buried beneath the rubble of an old moonshine operation in a hunting lodge Ashley plans to renovate. But this mysterious bit of history mirrors something infinitely more dramatic and dangerous in Ashley's personal life: the bodies of young, healthy men who all have one thing in common …
Ashley's gorgeous sister, Melanie.
Police suspect her man-magnet sister is a killer, but Ashley's innate ability to reconstruct the past tells of a motive that runs much deeper. As she pushes to find out who is killing the swinging bachelors of Wilmington, she tangles with a killer with enough dark history and blood on his hands to paint the town—and Ashley's short-lived future—red.
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