eHarlequin.com has announced the February 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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Biggie and the Devil Diet by Nancy Bell
A Biggie Weatherford Mystery (6th in series)
Biggie Wetherford may be a pint-sized institution in the bucolic East Texas town of Job's Crossing, but the irrepressible eccentric is embroiled in a murder of hefty proportions. Biggie's first love, Rex Barnwell, has returned to the area with his young wife, converting the family ranch to a retreat for overweight teenage girls. With his arrival comes truth-telling time for Biggie's grandson, thirteen-year-old J.R.—Rex is his biological grandfather.
Sadly, their reunion is short-lived due to Rex's untimely murder. He was shot in the heart behind closed doors. The Texas Ranger in charge understands that trying to stop Biggie from sleuthing would be like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted. With J.R.'s help, Biggie looks for the motive behind the fatal trigger pull … and finds more than a few surprises.
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The Prairie Grass Murders by Patricia Stoltey
A Sylvia Thorn and Willie Grisseljon Mystery (1st in series)
Vietnam veteran Willie Grisseljon is hiking through the rural Illinois countryside of his youth when he stumbles over a dead body hidden in a raspberry patch. When Willie reports his discovery, the local deputy takes one look at the wild-eyed veteran—still suffering from post-traumatic stress—and locks him up in the psychiatric ward. Luckily, Willie has family in high places. His sister, Palm Beach, Florida, judge Sylvia Thorn, brings her investigative skills to the scene.
A hike back to the spot reveals newly plowed soil and no corpse. Suspecting a cover-up, Sylvia turns to the sheriff, her old flame, to begin piecing together clues surrounding a missing business developer and the corruption and secrets he may have taken to his grave. For Sylvia, the seemingly obvious solution has a darker spectre—one that follows her home to Florida, where danger stalks her in her own backyard.
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The Accidental Sleuth by Helen Macie Osterman
An Emma Winberry Mystery (1st in series)
Life is good for sixty-something Emma Winberry. She's got a beautiful Chicago lakefront condo, a loving new man to share it with, and her nose for trouble is hardly twitching. That is, until she tries to help a teenage visitor next door, a girl too thin, too scared, and too quiet by any standards. The girl's aunt, Emma's neighbor Laura, has something to hide—and Emma soon suspects it's Laura's husband, a brute who keeps bad company.
But Emma's kindly interest leads her to meddle—again—and soon she's tied up, gagged, and left for dead in the middle of an abandoned warehouse. With some homeless people as unlikely allies, she uncovers the real focal point of everyone's trouble: an inventor found dead in an alleyway. Soon it's clear Emma is mixed up with some dangerous characters who believe talk is cheap, and a bullet is quicker.
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