eHarlequin.com has announced the April 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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Death and the Crossed Wires by Linda Berry
A Trudy Roundtree Mystery (6th in series)
Pastor Josh Easterling is about to baptize sixteen-year-old Crys Cleary when he suddenly drops dead into the baptistry. Turns out some faulty wiring in the microphone led to his untimely and tragic electrocution. Officer Trudy Roundtree looks into a case of possible tampering and discovers the good reverend was murdered. The question is why …
Trudy, who knows the small-town oddities and eccentricities of Ogeechee, Georgia, inside and out, suspects the truth might involve the girl Crys. One by one her parents, her boyfriend and now her preacher have died. The poor girl believes she is cursed and keeps running away so her beloved grandfather won't be the next victim. As Trudy works overtime to keep one eye on Crys and another on some break-ins across town, she looks deeper into Crys's past. What she uncovers is a killer wily enough to hide in plain sight.
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Fitness Kills by Helen Barer
A Nora Franke Mystery (1st in series)
Healing a broken heart by all means culinary has left food writer Nora Franke with too many unwanted pounds. She welcomes a stint at an elite fitness spa in Baja, where she'll make over the menu, teach a few cooking classes and shed her breakup weight. Sure, Nora knows sticking to a fitness plan is hard. But now it's just plain murder …
A guest is found dead after a fall during a morning hike. Another is poisoned during a low-calorie cocktail party. Curious and more than a little nervous, Nora starts digging into the spa and its staff, which ticks off shady owners growing a cash crop of marijuana—and now someone wants her dead. But that's all the motivation Nora needs to save her dream job … and her own soon-to-be-skinny behind.
Read our review of Fitness Kills by Helen Barer.
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Eden Palms Murder by Dorothy Francis
Singer-songwriter Bailey Green happily accepts a welcome respite from a cold Iowa winter when her longtime friend and benefactor Francine Shipton asks her to come to Key West. But Bailey no sooner arrives at Francine's stunning beachfront estate when she learns that the elderly woman has been found lying at the foot of her grand staircase—murdered.
Wealthy Francine was working to donate her Eden Palms mansion to the homeless—a noble cause meeting much resistance in the posh beach community. Francine had hinted to Bailey that something strange was going on, but she didn't live long enough to share her secrets. Determined to get justice for her friend, Bailey follows an odd assortment of clues that lead her into the heart of the homeless community, where a missing man and a growing list of suspects make her a threat to a killer now determined to send her back to Iowa … in a box.
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