eHarlequin.com has announced the March 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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Howling Bloody Murder by Sue Owens Wright
A Beanie and Cruiser Mystery (1st in series)
Murder comes to beautiful Lake Tahoe with a serial killer dubbed the Tahoe Terror. Journalist Elsinore "Beanie" MacBean and her basset hound, Cruiser, unofficially assist the local law, looking for similarities among the victims—all powerful, well-connected businessmen. Police suspect the trail leads back to militant tribal councils and their fury against land developers, but whispers of the supernatural add an eerie twist to the case.
As Beanie—and Cruiser—spend a rather chilly Thanksgiving holiday with daughter Nona and her new and unlikable boyfriend, Beanie links the murders to a large corporation trying to a build a casino resort on Cave Rock. Soon, it's a downhill race of life and death with a killer who has everything to lose if Beanie exposes the truth …
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Donna Rose and the Roots of Evil by Norma Tadlock Johnson
A Cedar Harbor Mystery (2nd in series)
Retired schoolteacher and avid gardener Donna Rose Galbreath is no longer slinging slugs over her neighbor Cyrus's fence, but the duo continue to waver between feuding and friendship. Still, nothing brings folks together like a dead body—especially when it's the loathed and unlamented police chief, Billy Donniker. Donna's friend, Officer Jake Santorini, is arrested, having muttered something about killing his boss at the awards dinner where Billy succumbed to poisoned food.
It takes skill and determination to sift through all those who wanted Billy dead to find someone who might actually have done the deed. When the murder weapon proves to be a poisonous plant Donna is uniquely familiar with, she makes the connection between several of Cedar Harbor's influential—and not so influential—citizens to expose the roots of evil before an innocent man pays the price …
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Death of a Lovable Geek by Maria Hudgins
A Dotsy Lamb Mystery (2nd in series)
American medieval history professor Dotsy Lamb and her best friend Lettie Osgood are working an archaeological dig in the Scottish Highlands on the grounds of Dunlaggan Castle when murder strikes. The victim is genial, well-liked graduate student Froggy Quale, the on-site pollen and spore expert. His roommate, the dig's media man, is the prime suspect, but Dotsy, quite fond of both boys, is convinced otherwise.
When the head of the dig, Dr. John Sinclair, dies of unnatural causes soon thereafter, Dotsy shovels a little deeper, suspecting there are some buried secrets in a dark family history. Closing in on a clever and desperate killer, Dotsy makes a stunning connection to poisoned mushrooms, ghostly noises echoing through the halls and the discovery of a centuries-old gold coin that could rewrite the history of the eleventh century …
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