eHarlequin.com has announced the January 2011 titles for their Worldwide Mystery 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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Echoes of Mercy by Lynette Hall Hampton
A Willa Hinshaw Mystery (2nd in series)
Moments after Elva Kingfield placed flowers beside her late husband's tombstone, an explosion sent associate pastor Willa Hinshaw dodging chunks of hurling granite. Later, when Elva, who believes her dead husband's ghost is roaming the halls of her estate, falls mysteriously ill and her housekeeper is stabbed to death, Willa can't accept that the violence is simply random.
Upon discovering that someone is looting Elva's valuables, plus the strange behavior of the widow's feuding family members, Willa is convinced that somebody wants Elva dead. Determined to do whatever she can to keep the kind woman out of harm's way, she ignores ominous threats telling her to mind her own business … or else. Willa's got all the help she needs from Above—it's the danger below that's got her worried.
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Frame Work by Anne G. Faigen
Danger was not on the itinerary when Professor Sarah Brandau set out for a literary conference in historic Prague, accompanied by her spunky grandmother, Edith. While exploring the city's quaint back streets, the duo purchase a lovely piece of artwork from an antiques store and make a stunning discovery—hidden behind the painting is a sketch by famous Impressionist-era artist Mary Cassat.
A desperate phone call from the store clerk insisting they return the print immediately concerns and intrigues the women—especially when the man goes missing.
Soon Sarah and her grandmother connect the valuable Cassat sketch to a vast European art-smuggling network operating out of the city. But the thieves are just part of a bigger, more sinister link to decades-old Nazi secrets. A ruthless war criminal and mastermind is hiding in plain sight. And when Sarah uncovers the truth, this magnificent city may become the last place on earth she ever sees …
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The Crying Girl by Glen Ebisch
A "Roaming New England" Mystery (1st in series)
As editor of a popular magazine that spotlights offbeat New England attractions, Amanda Vickers is intrigued by a call from an old college professor about a haunted New Hampshire inn. When she later hears that the woman has died under mysterious circumstances in the basement of this mysterious Shadsborough Inn, Amanda and her associate Marcie decide to investigate.
It seems the inn recently acquired a resident ghost—a crying girl, whose sobs can be heard late at night. Getting to know the locals, Amanda suspects there's a connection between this supposed apparition and a missing teenager. She's not sure if the teen is dead or alive, but Amanda is convinced there's something very dark and dangerous happening in this picturesque White Mountain town. But as she gets closer to exposing the truth about the old inn and its secrets, she fears she's walked straight into a killer's trap … without a ghost of a chance for escape.
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One Last Good-Bye by Joyce and Jim Lavene
A Sharyn Howard Mystery (2nd in series)
Half a century ago, in Sheriff Sharyn Howard's small Colorado town, a Navy plane piloted by a local war hero plunged mysteriously into a Diamond Mountain lake. The plane and the two servicemen inside were never recovered. Now a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer has come to investigate the decades-old crash—and disappears. As the sheriff supervises the dredging of the lake, she gets more than she bargained for. They find the missing author, his submerged pickup, the missing plane—and clear evidence that all three men were murdered.
Are the two tragedies connected? Were there secrets about the downed plane that cost another man his life? The sheriff hasn't ruled out a linking motive in the murders, but as she investigates crimes both past and present, she tangles with a clever adversary determined to stop the investigation dead in its tracks.
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