eHarlequin.com has announced the September 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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The Desert Hedge Murders by Patricia Stoltey
Sylvia Thorn and Willie Grisseljon (2nd in series)
Accompanying her mother's travel club of free-spirited octogenarians on their trip to tour ghost towns out West isn't exactly Sylvia Thorn's idea of fun. The ex-FBI agent and former Miami judge's lack of enthusiasm deepens with the discovery of a body in the bathtub of a Nevada hotel room. Sylvia suspects at least one of the feisty "Florida Flippers" has a secret. Especially when a member of the group disappears—and turns up dead in an abandoned gold mine.
Adding to the chaos, Sylvia's brother, Vietnam veteran Willie Grisseljon, has a sixth sense for trouble. He races to the rescue with his worried father in tow. Toss in the familiar face of an FBI agent from back home and Sylvia is chin deep in crazy antics and a deadly mystery. It's one that a killer isn't about to let her solve.
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Murder at the Bellamy Mansion by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter
Ashley Wilkes (8th in series)
While enjoying her honeymoon, historic preservationist Ashley Wilkes is summoned back home when sniper fire hits a handyman working at her newest project. Ashley and her husband Jon have been hired to restore the belvedere atop Wilmington's magnificent old Bellamy Mansion. The only trouble she anticipated was rotting wood and mold. Instead, she's coping with accidents, sabotage and murder.
It seems the historic mansion is caught in a legal battle over property rights. Documents dating back more than a hundred years have surfaced and now a wealthy foreigner is determined to buy the mansion outright. A guest dies mysteriously at a fund-raiser. A body is found floating in the old cistern. Ashley can't stand by and wait for more bodies to pile up. Even if it means taking on a killer with some deadly unfinished business.
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The Awful Abbey by Dorothy Kliewer
A Deedra Masefield Mystery
There's something strange going on at the old Anthea Abbey, and Rufus County reporter Deedra Masefield is determined to get to the truth.
A stone fortress with a history of dark deeds, the abbey now belongs to an eccentric inventor who bought the place for his reclusive movie star wife. But the beautiful starlet has disappeared. And when a newspaper delivery boy finds a note pleading for help, Deedra suspects the worst.
Especially when the poor boy then goes missing.
Nosing about the secluded property, Deedra spies hidden cameras as well as the desperate, wraithlike image of seductive screen goddess Sharlee Devon clutching a baby boy. But Deedra's up against an iron-willed housekeeper and the hulking figure of a strange man-child wandering the grounds. It's a situation straight out of Hitchcock. But for Deedra, it's about to become a real-life nightmare that can only end in murder.
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Murder in the Movies by Esther Luttrell
Former film industry insider Katlin Wallace returns to her Hollywood stomping grounds and finds it's as crazy as ever. She's surrounded by drama, heartbreak, backstabbing and murder. Only this time, the action is not on the set, but in the real life of her close friend, whose movie-star daughter has been accused of murder.
Witnesses claim they saw Lane Allison push her producer husband down a flight of stairs during a party. Katlin's arrived to offer moral support—and a little help proving Lane didn't do it. It's not easy to ditch the swarm of tabloid reporters hounding anyone close to the story, but Katlin has a few tricks up her sleeve. She just never expected a killer to turn the focus on her—promising a Hollywood ending that will take her breath away. Permanently.
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