Summary: Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call....+
Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn’t expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that’s exactly where he arrives—at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny’s now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene—Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won’t get thrown into the “system.” This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.
Summary: When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury's Amish Artisan Village,....+
When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury's Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join forces to solve the mystery.
Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops -- until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register.
When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop's duties, the two women become fast friends -- as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray's death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren't convinced.
Clues that don't add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance -- all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.
Summary: A shocking hit-and-run in front of her Village Blend coffeehouse spurs Clare....+
A shocking hit-and-run in front of her Village Blend coffeehouse spurs Clare Cosi into action. A divorced, single mom, Clare is also a dedicated sleuth, and she's determined to track down this ruthless driver who ran down an innocent friend and customer. In the meantime, her ex-husband Matt, the shop's globetrotting coffee buyer, sources some amazing new beans from Brazil. But he soon discovers that he's importing more than coffee, and Clare may have been the real target of that deadly driver. Can ex-husband and wife work together to solve this mystery--or will their newest brew lead to murder?
Summary: Clare’s Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love....+
Clare’s Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion, a “Mocha Magic Coffee,” billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite’s Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website’s editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who’s gone loco for mocha?
Summary: When the firefighters of Ladder Company 189 pull Clare’s friends out of a....+
When the firefighters of Ladder Company 189 pull Clare’s friends out of a blazing café, she happily comes to their rescue. As a favor to the men, she visits their firehouse kitchen to teach them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But more than their coffee turns out to be hot. Somebody’s torching cafés around the city, and firefighters are beginning to die in suspicious ways.
Believing the two events are related, Clare investigates, staking out a five-borough bake sale and sniffing out clues in the pizza joints of Brooklyn. When her detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, is pulled into the fire of a false accusation, Clare is desperate to put out the flames. But will she be able to come to Mike’s rescue before someone tries to extinguish her?
Summary: Clare’s grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely....+
Clare’s grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely jolly charity Santa who’s been using her coffeehouse as a place to warm his mittens. When she finds him gunned down in a nearby alley, a few subtle clues convince her that Alfred’s death was something more than the tragic result of a random mugging, despite the conclusions of the police. With Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, distracted by a cold case of his own, and ex-husband, Matt, “investigating” this year’s holiday lingerie catalogs, Clare charges ahead solo and discovers this Santa had a list that he was checking twice--and the folks on it were not very nice. Then someone tries to ice Clare, and she really gets steamed.
Between baking delicious Christmas goodies and fending off the attentions of a persistent professional elf, Clare sets out to solve St. Nick’s murder. But she’d better watch out, because if she fails to stop this stone-cold killer, she may just get the biggest chill of her life.
Summary: Clare’s been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for a New York....+
Clare’s been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for a New York wedding to be held at the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art. Famous chefs will be there, celebrities, members of the press, well-known politicians--so why isn’t she thrilled to have this chance to shine? Because the person tying the knot is Matteo Allegro, her ex-husband and current business partner. And while Clare has no plans to ever marry Matt again, she’s afraid he’s making a terrible mistake.
The bride-to-be is Trend magazine editor Breanne Summour. Beautiful, wealthy, and sophisticated, the snarky tastemaker has never been a low-maintenance kind of gal, and now she’s in full-blown bridezilla mode. The only way that Clare can possibly deal with her is to put her misgivings aside and focus on business. But as a successful amateur sleuth, murder is Clare’s business too, and when fatal accidents begin befalling people close to Breanne, Clare becomes suspicious. Is someone trying to sabotage the wedding? To kill Breanne?
Between persuading a sexy Italian sculptor into lending her a one-of-a-kind fountain and roasting some of the rarest coffee beans on Earth, Clare starts to investigate. But what she unveils, amid melted chocolate and steaming mochaccinos, may just get her burned ...
Summary: Clare’s daughter, Joy, is immersing herself in the foodie culture with an....+
Clare’s daughter, Joy, is immersing herself in the foodie culture with an internship at Solange, one of New York’s hottest French restaurants--and she’s getting pretty intimate with the older, married Chef Tommy Keitel as well. Clare’s not buzzed about the relationship, but what twenty-something takes romantic advice from her mother? Resolved to keep a closer eye on Joy, Clare makes a deal to micro-roast and French press exclusive coffee blends for Tommy, a man she wouldn’t mind seeing roasted and pressed. Then the competitive kitchen turns cutthroat, and Joy’s a suspect. To clear her daughter of the crime, Clare knows she must catch the real killer ... even if it lands her in the hottest water of her life.
Summary: At the Village Blend, Clare Cosi realizes her best baristas may refer to a....+
At the Village Blend, Clare Cosi realizes her best baristas may refer to a decaffeinated espresso as a “why bother?” but knows that a good percentage of her customers prefer the neutered brew. So when an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world’s first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare believes it’s a business opportunity she needs to investigate--at least until the first dead body shows up. With casualties piling up and a complicated blend of old and new loves muddying the waters, it’s up to Clare to find the murderer before one of her nearest and dearest takes the fall. Otherwise, her latest addition to the menu will prove to be a real buzz killer.
Summary: Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York....+
Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she will relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer.
Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom--a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks, no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night--and it’s not the java jitters.
Summary: To Clare Cosi’s surprise, this fall’s hottest fashion trend is anything....+
To Clare Cosi’s surprise, this fall’s hottest fashion trend is anything caffeinated--because designer Lottie Harmon, a loyal coffeehouse customer, has just created an ingenious collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories. So naturally Lottie chooses the Village Blend as the perfect backdrop for fall Fashion Week insiders to view her new line of “Java Jewelry.” When barista Tucker unwittingly serves a poisonous latte to a prominent figure on the fashion scene, Clare suspects that the real target may have been Lottie. Now she must protect her thriving business from negative publicity, Lottie from further danger, and Tucker from murder charges--even if it means jolting the fashion world with some shocking secrets.
Summary: There’s trouble brewing at the Village Blend. Business is booming--but Clare’s....+
There’s trouble brewing at the Village Blend. Business is booming--but Clare’s customers are starting to die. Soon after stopping at the coffeehouse, a regular jumps to her death in the subway. Or was she pushed? Detective Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, especially after the “suicide” of another female customer. Unfortunately, his prime suspect is Bruce Bowman--the new man in Clare’s life. Bruce is the perfect blend of rugged good looks and potent personality. Too bad the women in his life keep turning up dead. Now Clare will risk her heart--and her life--to follow the killer’s trail to the bitter end.
Summary: Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse ... until....+
Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse ... until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she’s back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Police arrive on the scene to investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Case closed. But Clare is not convinced. And after the police leave, there are a few things she just can’t get out of her mind. Why was the trash bin in the wrong place? If this wasn’t an accident, is Clare in danger? And ... are all detectives this handsome?
Summary: Dream house ... or bad dream? When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small....+
Dream house ... or bad dream? When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films ... but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land. He, David, and Toria are, however, captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as by the heavy woods that surround it. They soon discover there’s something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong direction. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker one-nineteen at his new school. Then the really weird stuff kicks in. They find a hidden hallway with portals leading to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen’s dream come true ... or his worst nightmare.
Summary: The house talks. It breathes. And it’s hungry. The Kings have been in the....+
The house talks. It breathes. And it’s hungry. The Kings have been in the creepy old place, their new home, for only a few days, but they’ve experienced enough terror to last a lifetime. And the mystery is growing even more baffling. Shadowy and shifting, the big house conceals doors into other worlds that blur the line between memory and dream--and the slightest misstep can change history forever. At least, that’s if they believe the trembling old man who shows up claiming to know them. “There’s a reason you’re in the house,” he tells them. “As gatekeepers, we must make sure only those events that are supposed to happen get through to the future.” The problem is that horrors beyond description wait on the other side of those gates. As if that weren’t enough, the Kings are also menaced by sinister forces on this side--like the dark, ancient stranger Taksidian, who wants them out now. Xander, David, and Toria must venture beyond the gates to save their missing mother--and discover how truly high the stakes have become.
Summary: Their destiny is to fix history. Their dream is to get home.When you live in....+
Their destiny is to fix history. Their dream is to get home.
When you live in a house that’s really a gateway between past and present, you have to be ready for anything. It’s a painful fact the Kings have faced since moving to Pinedale eight days ago. Desperately trying to rescue their mother from an unknown time and place, brothers Xander and David have lunged headlong into the chaos of history’s greatest--and most volatile--events. But their goal has continually escaped their grasp. And worse, finding Mom is only a small part of what they must do, thanks to the barbaric Taksidian. His ruthless quest to seize their house and its power from them has put not only the family but all of mankind in grave danger. Somehow, the key to it all hinges on Uncle Jesse’s words to the boys: “Fixing time is what our family was made to do.” But how can they fix a world that has been turned upside down--much less ever find their way home? At long last, the secrets of the house and the King family are revealed in the stunning conclusion to this epic series.
Summary: A locked-room young adult whodunit in the classic tradition of Sherlock Holmes.....+
A locked-room young adult whodunit in the classic tradition of Sherlock Holmes. June 1860. A new locomotive christened A Southern Breeze steams across the Carolina countryside carrying seventeen-year-old Jeb Bennett and his twin sister, Rachel Leigh, to the exhilarating promise of a summer in Charleston. While storm clouds gather over the landscape, fiercer storms rage inside the passenger cars. The tensions between North and South rapidly escalate until one traveler’s journey abruptly and brutally ends. Who is the murderer? Was the victim the real target? Amid swirling suspicions and deceptive intrigue, Jeb and Rachel Leigh join Pinkerton detective Jonathan Ward in a race to unmask a killer. But murder isn’t the only evil Jeb must confront. As motives and suspects abound, Jeb learns what it means to place a price on a human life, not only as a victim of murder but also as property to be traded and sold. The final showdown means hard choices, a test of loyalties, and a face-to-face encounter with death on A Southern Breeze.
Summary: A date to die for? When the son of a Chicago billionaire is murdered, the only....+
A date to die for? When the son of a Chicago billionaire is murdered, the only lead in this high-profile crime is an exclusive dating service that discreetly caters to the rich and famous. Who better to go undercover in that world of promising matches and questionable motives than an ace cop who is as attractive as she is tough? Detective Kristen Conner may not be able to figure out her own love life, but she is about to get a crash course on finding Mr. Right, even as she finds herself in the crosshairs of a determined killer’s gun.
Summary: Kristen Conner goes undercover to catch a serial killer who chooses his victims....+
Kristen Conner goes undercover to catch a serial killer who chooses his victims in the most unlikely of places... only to discover she is his new target. Chicago has a new resident: a soulless killer on a decade-long murder spree. When a young woman is found dead in her fashionable townhome, the FBI is convinced an elusive, organized killer is at work again--a man the local press has dubbed the Cutter Shark. Detective Kristen Conner is a good cop and tough as they come--but she’s never faced an adversary like this. Her life is centered on faith and family: she coaches her niece’s soccer team, always shows up hungry for family dinner, and only misses church when fighting with her mom and glamorous TV news reporter sister--or when hunting a desperate criminal before he strikes again. From the opening chase that brings Kristen to knifepoint in a dark alley, to the concluding moments when she comes face-to-face with the hauntingly familiar serial killer, Cuts Like a Knife is loaded with action, suspense, humor, and wry introspection through the voice of its irresistible lead character.
Summary: Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern....+
Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it’s named--bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison. In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, and all were killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago--a sixth murder. Clearly a killer lives among the good citizens of Amaryllis. And now three terrified women are sure they know who he is--someone they love. None is aware of the others’ suspicions. And each must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each woman suspects a different man.