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Tainted Mountain

by Shannon Baker

A fast-paced mix of eco-terrorists, native spirituality, and murder

All Nora Abbott wants to do is make enough snow to save her ski resort from the drought that is ravishing Northern Arizona. But now her husband...


Enter a Murderer

Inspector Alleyn #2

by Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh was, among other things, a well-respected theatrical producer (having started out as an actress), and her passion for and knowledge of the theater was displayed in many of Alleyn’s adventures....


A Broken Vessel

Julian Kestrel #2

by Kate Ross

Julian Kestrel, the dandy detective of Regency London, is most decidedly a man of the world and, through his valet, Dipper, reformed Cockney pickpocket, is not without ties to the underworld. One such connection...


Cut to the Quick

Julian Kestrel #1

by Kate Ross

Julian Kestrel is the walking definition of a Regency-era dandy. He cares about little beyond the perfection of his tailoring, he lives for the bon mot, and his life has the specific gravity and the fleeting...


Artists in Crime

Inspector Alleyn #6

by Ngaio Marsh

In the movies, it’s known as a “meet cute.” But for Inspector Alleyn and Miss Agatha Troy, it’s more like irritation: On the ship back to England, she finds him tedious and dull; he thinks she’s a...


Death at the Bar

Inspector Alleyn #9

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s true, darts is nobody’s idea of a low-risk amusement, yet it is rarely lethal. Tell that to the famous barrister who was enjoying a pint at the Plume of Feathers pub, and is now residing at the morgue....


Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess

Blotto and Twinks #2

by Simon Brett

Hurrah for the return of that intrepid duo: Blotto (handsome, honorable, not the sharpest knife in the drawer), and his sister Twinks (just a bit brainier than a girl should be)! As this is the 1920s, they are...


Death and the Dancing Footman

Inspector Alleyn #11

by Ngaio Marsh

The unspeakably wealthy (and generally unspeakable) Jonathan Royal has decided to throw a party and, just for fun, has studded the guest-list with people who loathe one another. When a blizzard imprisons them...


Overture to Death

Inspector Alleyn #8

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s murder in the little English village, but the two local spinsters, Miss Campanula, the victim, and Miss Prentice, her friend who may have been the intended victim, are not exactly the beloved little old...


Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter

Blotto and Twinks #1

by Simon Brett

It's that glorious period between the two world wars, and the exiled king of Mitteleuropa is visiting the ancestral home of the Duke of Tawcester. When the ex-king's daughter is kidnapped, noblesse obliges the...


Night at the Vulcan

Inspector Alleyn #16

by Ngaio Marsh

Newly arrived from New Zealand and in need of funds, Martyn Tarne takes a job as a dresser to the Vulcan theater’s leading lady. This provides her with a ringside seat to the backstage circus and the eventual...


Swing, Brother, Swing

Inspector Alleyn #15

by Ngaio Marsh

Lord Pastern and Baggot is given to passionate, peculiar enthusiasms, the latest of which is drumming in a jazz band. His wife is not amused, and even less so when her daughter falls for Carlos Rivera, the band’s...


Final Curtain

Inspector Alleyn #14

by Ngaio Marsh

In this classic country-house mystery, Sir Henry Ancred, a celebrated Shakespearian actor has arranged to have his portrait painted by Agatha Troy, wife of Inspector Roderick Alleyn. When Ancred is killed at...


Died in the Wool

Inspector Alleyn #13

by Ngaio Marsh

Flossie Rubrick, a highly opinionated and influential Member of the New Zealand Parliament, was last seen heading off to one of the storage sheds on her sheep farm. Three weeks later, she turned up dead and...


Whom the Gods Love

Julian Kestrel #3

by Kate Ross

Fans of Regency-era romances will love this series, featuring the dashing Julian Kestrel. But it will also be catnip for devotees of classic gentlemen-sleuth mysteries, like those by Dorothy Sayers: with his...


Death in a White Tie

Inspector Alleyn #7

by Ngaio Marsh

Ah, the London Debutante Season: Giggles and tea-dances, white dresses and inappropriate romances. And much too much champagne. And, apparently, a blackmailer, which is where Inspector Roderick Alleyn comes...


Colour Scheme

Inspector Alleyn #12

by Ngaio Marsh

Colour Scheme is set during World War II at a mud-baths resort in rural New Zealand run by Colonel Claire, a tremendously nice fellow and a disastrously bad businessman. His business is on the brink of being...


Death in Ecstasy

Inspector Alleyn #4

by Ngaio Marsh

Ahhh, prussic acid, that hallmark of classic Golden Age mysteries. Did lovely Cara Quoyne get a whiff of the bitter almonds as she raised the goblet to her lips? We’ll never know: With a single sip she transported...


Gang War

by Graham Johnson

'If those pricks want a war, lad, we'll show what some proper soljas can do.'

Dylan, Nogger and their crew 'tax' rival drug dealers using a red-hot steam iron and celebrate by making videos of themselves raping...


One Foot Off the Gutter: A Novel

by Peter Plate

The time is 1996. Our narrator, Coddy, a policeman, is underpaid, sleep-deprived, and overweight. Coddy’s partner, Bellamy, is homeless, living out of their shared squad car, littering the back seat with his...