eHarlequin.com has announced the January 2010 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.)
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Sleight of Hand by Robin Hathaway
A Jo Banks Mystery (3rd in series)
In rural New Jersey, motorcycle-riding, self-exiled Dr. Jo Banks earns a living as "house doctor" to a group of motels in the New Jersey countryside. On a day that turns out to be anything but ordinary, she stumbles across the body of what looks like an execution-style Mob hit, then faces a double shock when her curiosity leads to a barn and a grim accident, involving a crushed hand caught in a printing press.
At gunpoint, Jo is ordered to return with the necessary tools for delicate hand surgery. Her patient, Max, is a strange, secretive man—a once-famous magician turned recluse with a mentally impaired grown daughter. As Jo is drawn to the odd family, she finds a darker mystery, involving a missing wife and a Mob-run counterfeit operation. Unable to walk away from hidden truths, she discovers some disappearing acts are better left unsolved.
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Exile Trust by Vincent H. O'Neil
A Frank Cole Mystery (3rd in series)
Freelance insurance "fact-checker" Frank Cole agrees to look into a situation at the local bank in the town of Exile, Florida. Something is squirrelly with one of the safe-deposit boxes and, with the state preparing an audit, Frank agrees to look for anomalies. He finds a glaring one—the recent emptying of a box by a local man for his wife. It turns out the man's been dead for a year, and his wife has only recently, accidentally and suspiciously joined him.
Frank digs into Dorothea Freehoffer's recent fatal fall and discovers that the woman was not only unpopular and loathed, she was probably involved in Panhandle land corruption—and its darker dangers. Mix in double-dealing officials, shady speculators, missing persons, a map and murder, and Frank is going to need more than just his wits to stay in Exile … alive.
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Death at Play by Nancy Gotter Gates
A Tommi Poag Mystery (3rd in series)
When Tommi Poag is invited to join the board of her Greensboro, North Carolina, condo homeowners' association her first "assignment" is a doozy. Her job: convince Fulton Ridenhour to drop the lawsuit he launched after his prize show dog ran away while the association homes were being painted. But before Tommi can charm or negotiate some sense into her nasty and unscrupulous neighbor, the man is found murdered at a popular historic battle reenactment—stabbed with a bayonet.
Tommi's friend, Garland Merritt, also a reenactor, is arrested when the victim's blood is found on his sword. Certain of his innocence, Tommi is determined to look deeper into Fulton's past. What she finds are shocking and downright dangerous scams involving larceny, cons and worse—putting Tommi on the wrong end of some deadly secrets and convincing the killer it's time to make Tommi herself history.
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