eHarlequin.com has released the list of October 2011 titles for its Worldwide Mystery imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors.
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Shades of Grey by Clea Simon
A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (1st in series)
It's getting hot and sticky for Harvard grad student Dulcie Schwartz, who's doing temp work for an insurance agency while struggling with her dissertation on Gothic villains. To make ends meet, she sublets to a new roommate, a ladies' man who winds up stabbed to death on her living room floor. Then she starts seeing a strange cat about—and begins to think it's the ghost of Mr. Grey, her beloved late pet, warning her of danger.
Dulcie really starts to sweat when she is accused of sabotaging her employer's computer system and she's fired. Soon after, someone hacks into the Harvard system. Police decide she's a "person of interest" on all counts. Desperate for answers, Dulcie uncovers cryptic messages buried in her computer, warning her to be careful. Are they from her dead roommate … or someone else? More frightening still, is the killer now after her?
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Delayed Diagnosis by Gwen Hunter
A Rhea Lynch Mystery (1st in series)
Dr. Rhea Lynch had left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the E.R. of a small South Carolina hospital. Now Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known.
But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover her best friend, Marisa, near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis. In an illicit examination, a hideous truth is revealed.
Then a man is brought into her E.R. with similar symptoms. And then another. Each one of her patients has been willfully, brutally silenced in a most inhuman way. Desperate to find answers, Rhea must determine who she can trust, as a powerful conspiracy threatens the people she loves—and perhaps the entire community.
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Under the Eye of Kali by Susan Oleksiw
An Anita Ray Mystery (1st in series)
Trouble befalls two American tourists staying at the cozy seaside Hotel Delite in southern India. Helping her aunt Meena run the place, photographer and gallery owner Anita Ray is drawn into the mystery. The victims, both women, were nurses, one of whom admitted to smuggling black market medical supplies across the border to those in need. Now one of them is dead, the other in a hospital. Aunt Meena is teetering on hysteria and Anita needs answers.
Of all the exotic sights and sounds of the city, few are as captivating as the Balabhadrakali Temple and its alluring statue of the goddess Kali. But tourism had little to do with the tragedy—something else is going on. Pushing aside her fear of poking into the dangerous world of illegal trade, Anita discovers the motive for murder was far more personal. And one of her own photographs may hold the key to the killer's identity.
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Murder in the Abstract by Susan C. Shea
A Danielle "Dani" O'Rourke Mystery (1st in series)
A posh evening gala is in full swing when tragedy strikes at San Francisco's Devor museum. An acclaimed new artist plunges to his death from an upper office window. As bad luck would have it, it's the office of the museum's chief fundraiser, Dani O'Rourke. But before Dani can toss back the rest of her champagne in shock, she's the prime suspect. She and the deceased had a brief affair and the police found a note from her in his pocket, urging him to meet her that night.
Dani didn't write any note, but somebody hacked into her computer to make it look as if she did. Who is setting her up for murder? She looks for answers in his paintings, old, new—and, perhaps, fake. Soon a missing abstract and a little black book paint a picture of greed, manipulation and murder … and reveal a canvas of death that includes Dani herself.
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Ghosts from the Past by Glen Ebisch
Researching an article on regional ghost stories for her popular New England magazine, Marcie Ducasse discovers the past is alive and dangerous in Doric, Vermont. In 1944, three young men were found hanged in an old barn. The mystery was never solved, but one greedy old-timer says he can identify the killer—for a price. Hours later, he is found swinging from the very same rafter.
Since she was the last person to see the old man alive, Marcie is ordered to stick around by the sheriff. She teams up with a local reporter to dig deeper into the lives of the victims past and present to uncover the secrets that led to their violent ends. Soon, Marcie pieces together a shocking story involving conspiracy, blackmail and politics. And a killer who's convinced murder is the only way to keep the dead silent … and the living from talking.
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