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: Private detective Sam Spade nearly died, several times over, chasing The Maltese....+
Private detective Sam Spade nearly died, several times over, chasing The Maltese Falcon. But what Spade faced in pursuit of the black bird was child’s play compared to what Lieutenant Bill Mahone of Naval Intelligence endures when he sets out to find the Green God.
He’s tortured with knives, threatened with a slow, painful death, and buried alive. And then things get really nasty. The entire Chinese city of Tientsin is under siege from within--the streets filled with rioting, arson, mass looting and murder. And all because the city’s sacred idol, the Green God, has gone missing.
Mahone’s convinced he knows who stole the deity of jade, diamonds and pearls. To retrieve it, though, he’ll have to go undercover and underground. But he’s walking a razor’s edge--between worship and warfare, between a touch of heaven and a taste of bloody hell.
As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region as well as the criminal trade in sacred objects. It was on this experience that he based The Green God, which was his first professional sale, published in February, 1934--the beginning of a very remarkable and prolific writing career.
Also includes the adventure Five Mex for a Million, in which an American Army captain, falsely accused of murder, finds himself taking on the Chinese government, a powerful Russian general, and a mysterious, unexpected passenger.
Summary: As brash and bold and daring as Steve McQueen, Lieutenant Lee Briscoe will....+
As brash and bold and daring as Steve McQueen, Lieutenant Lee Briscoe will never back away from a good cause or good fight. And when it comes to heroism, he and McQueen are in the same band of brothers.
Briscoe’s gone undercover to infiltrate a slave-labor camp on an island in Southeast Asia, knowing full well that once he goes in, he may never get out. Posing as a man on the run for murder, he may soon wish he had run in the opposite direction. His adversary on the island is Schwenk--a man who is not only a connoisseur of cruelty, but an expert at delivering it.
And for Briscoe, the stakes have just shot up. An innocent young woman has landed on the island and fallen into Schwenk’s clutches, sold to him to do with her as he pleases. Escape is the only option . . . or both Briscoe and the girl are sure to face a fate worse than death.
L. Ron Hubbard once wrote in his journal: "There must be wide spaces in which to think, strange music to hear, odd costumes to see and the elements to battle against. Money, nice cars, good food and a 'good job’ mean nothing to me when compared to being able to possess the thought that there is a surprise over the horizon." Venturing toward that horizon, at age seventeen Ron set sail for the South Pacific in July 1927, and after spending time getting to know the local natives, he signed aboard a working schooner bound for China’s coast. Along the way, Ron encountered many dangers lurking in the thick jungle mists--firsthand experience that contributed to stories like The Bold Dare All.
Summary: Drilling for oil is a dirty business, and for Bill Murphy, it’s about to....+
Drilling for oil is a dirty business, and for Bill Murphy, it’s about to turn positively filthy. But Murphy’s as big and tough as his home state of Texas, a man in the mold of a young John Wayne, and he’s more than a match for everything the oil-rich land of Venezuela can throw at him. Everything, that is, except for one woman . . .
Her name is Marcia Stewart. She’s fiery, she’s brave, and she’s beautiful . . . and she’d like nothing better than to see Bill Murphy dead. Her oilman father’s been killed, and Marcia tags Murphy as the murderer.
Murphy’s guilty of a lot of things, but murder’s not one of them. He’s drilling down for the truth, and now it’s his land, his love for Marcia - and his life, that are on the line. With so much at stake, he’ll go to any length to come out on top of the Black Towers to Danger.
When Black Towers to Danger was first published in 1936, the editor wrote: "Ron Hubbard, as you know, is a pilot, a writer and an engineer. The one thing he doesn’t work at is engineering. He was in China at 15 and has covered a lot of territory since then. If he’s on a flying field, or anywhere else, you can’t miss him, he’s a tall, slender chap with very fair skin and bright red hair. Something picturesque about him as there should be about a flyer." And not only was he a man with a commanding presence, so too did he have command over his material, researching the entire oil drilling process for this story.
Summary: Years ago, murder struck Wilton, Maine, when Katie Sanford’s husband was....+
Years ago, murder struck Wilton, Maine, when Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of killing Jenny Robbins, wife of Chief of Police Jake Robbins, then died himself in prison. Memories are long in Wilton, and it’s been difficult to keep the tragedy in the past, particularly in the wake of a hurricane which has wreaked havoc on the quiet town. Since its founding, Wilton has had a tradition of creating a time capsule every fifty years, and the storm unearthed the most recent capsule. As the editor of the local paper, Katie joins Chief Robbins to supervise its opening. Neither of them is prepared for the macabre set of predictions, dating back to months before Jenny’s murder, that they find inside—someone predicted her death, as well as eleven other tragedies, which are still occurring even after the death of Katie’s husband. Suddenly, Katie has reason to hope that her husband might not have been guilty of Jenny’s murder after all. But as she and Chief Robbins race to stop the next predictions from coming true, they find themselves caught in a terrifying mind game with no rules…and life or death consequences.
Summary: There's more than one kind of poison in this town.People are sick and dying.....+
There's more than one kind of poison in this town.
People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's longtime mechanic falls ill.
As Jack investigates, he becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable -- he knows way too much.
Summary: How far will he go to keep them safe? It was more than a break-in. More than....+
How far will he go to keep them safe? It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his wife and two daughters, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are — if he is to protect the ones he loves. The investigation leads Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his story on a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears.Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he’d never give in to fear and the hate it leads to. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won’t be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he said he would never cross.
Summary: Don't tell me it's terrifying. Terrify me.Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno....+
Don't tell me it's terrifying. Terrify me.
Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband's death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.
But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . then recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan.
And that's the last thing she remembers - until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. Jules realizes she's been kidnapped . . . but what she discovers about her abductor will change everything she believed about her husband's death, her career, and her faith.
Summary: After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing....+
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health--and tomorrow is his hundredth birthday. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape.
He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.
Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over two million people around the world.
Summary: Three girls battle a dangerous secret society that will do anything to protect....+
Three girls battle a dangerous secret society that will do anything to protect an ancient Greek power in this murder mystery for fans of Dan Brown.
In ancient Rome it was whispered that the great philosopher Plotinus could project his soul into another human being in a ritual that hinged on a kiss.
In present-day Delphi, California, the sole remaining guardians of the Plotinus Ability hide in plain sight as members of the exclusive Oculus Society--until their leader, Octavia Harris, is killed in her own home. With no leads on the case, Octavia’s daughter, Gretchen, vows to find her mother’s murderer at any cost.
One piece of the puzzle falls into place when Gretchen’s best friend, Jessica Shaw, discovers the Plotinus Ability. Skeptical but curious, the two can’t resist trying the ritual--but they’re not alone. Ariel Miller, an outsider with a well-known hatred of all things Oculus Society, films the friends exchanging their first kiss, and it isn’t long before the YouTube video goes viral. As Ariel’s guilt and the girls’ suspicions of her mount, the three must forget the past and trust one another if they are to find the murderer still in their midst.
Summary: This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the....+
This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the Civil War and after the stock market panic caused by the Chicago fire. Frank Cowperwood, a ruthlessly dominating broker, climbs the ladder of success, with his loving mistress championing his every move.
Based on the life of flamboyant financier C. T. Yerkes, Theodore Dreiser's portrayal of the unscrupulous magnate Cowperwood embodies the idea that behind every great fortune there is a crime. Although Dreiser is not known for his literary finesse, his great intensity and keen journalistic eye give this portrait a powerful reality.
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.