eHarlequin.com has announced the July 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. For more information or to purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)
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Sirius About Murder by Sue Owens Wright
A Beanie and Cruiser Mystery (2nd in series)
Animal lovers in Lake Tahoe are lobbying for a new shorefront dog park for their canine companions—a development hotly contested by those pushing for a lucrative luxury housing project instead. Elsie MacBean and her basset hound, Cruiser, are leading the charge for the park when a killer strikes. The first victim is the wealthy matriarch and dog lover who owns the land caught in the controversy. Suspicion points to a pet psychic, Madame Pawline, but Elsie has a few leads of her own …
Threatening e-mail from a cyberstalker is putting advocates of the dog park—and their beloved pooches—in the crosshairs. Tragically, Elsie's good friend Rose becomes the next victim in a near-fatal encounter. Hounding the killer herself, Elsie confronts a methodical murderer plotting to bury her bones so deep not even her beloved Cruiser will be able to dig up the truth.
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Callie & the Dealer & a Dog Named Jake by Wendy Howell Mills
An Outer Banks Mystery (1st in series)
North Carolina's scenic Outer Banks is a beach haven for tourists and locals alike. There are some oddballs, too, like those running the kitchen at the Holiday House hotel, where restaurant manager Callie McKinley works. Toss in a raving, unpredictable chef and the discovery of a body in the walk-in freezer, and life suddenly gets as dangerous as it is crazy.
The dead man, an employee of the hotel's Seahorse Café, unwittingly let Callie in on a little secret before he died: somebody is cooking the restaurant's books. As Callie pieces together clues that link frozen seafood to smugglers, she knows she's stumbled into big trouble. Now somebody wants her dead. And Callie is about to discover that the frying pan is just as dangerous as the fire.
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Boca Moon by Frank Foster
A Lynn Woo Mystery (1st in series)
Former naval intelligence officer Lynn Woo runs a nature-tours charter business on Florida's Boca Grande island. She's traded her uniform for island prints, but the tenacity and smarts that served her well in the service come in handy when she gets involved in solving a triple homicide.
The first victim, the son-in-law of her former commanding officer, retired admiral Whit Jenkins, is found strung up between two mangrove trees. The second and third victims are locals, and, sadder still, were Lynn's friends. The connection between the murders is murky until a lucky break enables Lynn to link the three crimes to a dangerous group of gun runners. Espionage and intrigue are Woo's game—one she's exceptional at playing. But now the rules have changed, because the killer knows the only way to win this one is to kill again.
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Sweet Dreams by Flo Fitzpatrick
Feisty Texas-born dancer Abby Fouchet has landed a gig in a Broadway revival, and life is looking up—especially when sparks fly with leading man Johnny Gerard, a daytime television heartthrob. But this charmer has a few secrets, including a dubiously politically connected father, a gorgeous mystery woman with a bodyguard, and a roommate involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Abby has a hidden talent, a gift of second sight that is wreaking havoc on her peace of mind. When Johnny is embroiled in scandal, Abby "sees" terrible visions that don't include her hunky sweet talker living long enough to say "I do." Of course, the show must go on. But surviving opening night and a killer's curtain call is going to require some fancy footwork—especially if Abby wants to survive an even bigger threat: the reviews.
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