eHarlequin.com has announced the February 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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A Deadly Hand by Carol Costa
A Dana Sloan Mystery (1st in series)
When a retired Chicago reporter dies under mysterious circumstances in a nursing home, investigative journalist Dana Sloan takes it personally. Dana's editor—who'd considered the ex-newswoman both a mentor and friend—believes the woman had stumbled upon a big story just before her death. So Dana decides to go undercover as a desk clerk at Peaceful Pines to find out what the elderly lady knew that got her killed.
What she discovers is big—and shocking. Not only does the posh seniors' facility have a connection to a powerful politician with a dirty little secret, but Dana also finds clues that seem to be related to a wave of serial murders. Could the deadly figure known as the Royal Flush Killer be roaming the halls of Peaceful Pines?
Dana might just have the scoop of a lifetime—if it doesn't get her killed first.
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The Montauk Steps by Diane Sawyer
Photojournalist Lilli Masters is hired to do a photo shoot for the Labor Day festivities in the Long Island resort town of Grayrocks. When checking into the Baywatch Inn, she learns two female guests have gone missing. Immediately intrigued, and using her eye for detail, Lilli begins to follow their trail—into danger.
The historic area is home to an old Indian ceremonial site called the Montauk Steps, where ancient ways and new perils are about to merge. Lilli starts piecing together clues using her photos of this hauntingly beautiful locale, even as acts of violence and sabotage follow her. Though she finds an unexpected ally in a vacationing police detective, not even he can keep her safe from a dangerous mind with an eye for murder. Lilli must make a choice—run, hide or move in for a close-up with the killer.
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Double Deception by Dorothy P. O'Neill
A Liz Rooney Mystery (1st in series)
A medical examiner's assistant with a passion for crime solving, Liz Rooney is fascinated by the sensational murder of a rich playboy. Someone poisoned the handsome aristocrat in his lavish penthouse apartment. The police swiftly arrest the man's longtime butler, suspecting he hastened his employer's demise—and his own sizeable inheritance—with a deadly cup of coffee.
Liz, though, wonders about a gorgeous woman who was seen leaving the victim's apartment. It seems the mystery lady was not the billionaire's current girlfriend, but a model he'd dallied with while away on business. Did the scorned beauty refuse to accept "it's over" by killing her lover? Liz suspects so. Until she makes a bizarre discovery on a gurney in her morgue that changes everything. Liz must piece together a crime of lust and betrayal—where passion can be lethal.
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