Deborah is our Romance and Mystery buyer. Fortunately for us, she loves to read mysteries and romances, but also enjoys talking about books, cats, and kids.
All of the women in "Someone Else's Skin" have scars, emotional and/or physical. Including Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. But not all of those women are victims and it will be up to DI Rome and her team to sort out who is who before more lives are ruined. -Deborah
Agents Books and Braun travel to America to assist their colonial counterparts in an investigation meant mostly to keep them out of trouble on British soil! However, malevolent forces are at work and our agents will need to use all their cunning to make it home in one piece. -Deborah
Much to his dismay, Det. Carl Morck has found himself Denmark's "Keeper of Lost Causes." Relegated to the basement of police HQ following a horrific ambush, Carl is handed the coldest of the cold cases and an assistant of questionable origins. This is Department Q born.-Deborah
A deliciously wicked crime novel from the author of the Harry Hole series. Roger Brown is Oslo's top headhunter, when he recruits you for a job, you're as good as hired. But Roger Brown is also Oslo's most prolific art thief and he's about to learn what it's like when the hunter becomes the hunted. -Deborah
Winter may be a distant memory, but Jo Nesbo's "The Snowman" will chill you to the core. Oslo detective Harry Hole has battled demons both personal and professional throughout his career, but the emergence of Norway's first serial killer may be the greatest challenge he has faced. Dubbed 'The Snowman' after his calling card left at the scene of grisly murders, this evil and cunning killer has very carefully planned his finale and the role Harry Hole will play in it. Suspenseful and thrilling! -Deborah
The Clockwork Plague can scar and maim you for life, turn you into a zombie, or cause you to become a mad scientist. The Plague has ravaged Alice Michaels' family, leaving only herself untouched. Desperate to save her family's name and fortune, Alice is prepared to sacrifice her future happiness, but her talents may be needed elsewhere. -Deborah
John Hart returns to the geographical and familial terrain that made "Down River" an Edgar winner and one of my favorite mystery recommendations. Orphaned brothers Michael and Julian survived the brutality of Iron House, a North Carolina orphanage. Now, as adults, they must face the past before they can claim their future. -Deborah
A family has been brutally murdered, the primary suspect the 15-year-old son, himself gravely injured. Brought in to assist the police, disgraced hypnotist Erik Maria Bark finds that his own shadowy professional past and his family's current turmoil may have more bearing on the evil committed here than anyone imagines. -Deborah
Christmas has come to Buckshaw and with it, film star Phyllis Wyvern and her crew and, eventually, the whole of Bishop's Lacey. But not everyone stranded in the blizzard is in a holiday mood. And in setting out to capture Santa Claus, Flavia may just find herself catching a killer. -Deborah
Just when it seems the impending birth of the "infant inconvenience" is bringing the supernaturals of London to greater accord than in any time past (Lord and Lady Maccon living in Lord Akeldama's second-best closet?!), a plot against the Queen erupts and all is thrown into chaos. A woman's work is never done... -Deborah
A charming steampunk novel in which our heroine, Ministry Agent Eliza D. Braun ("the brawn") and hero, Archivist Wellington Thornhill Books ("the brains") battle nefarious secret societies bent on world domination all the while engaging in witty repartee and upholding staunch British values. -Deborah
Possibly one of the oldest stories: a disgraced son returns home to the Southern town and family that branded him a murderer. But in John Hart's capable hands, "Down River" is a piercing family drama; and great suspense as well. P.S. Now Winner of the Edgar Award! -Deborah
In Jennifer Crusie's fairytale world everything is a little skewed. Beauty is pleasantly plump and has problems with carbs, The Beast turns out to be a prince among men, the pumpkin coach is a hideously orange couch, and Elvis has not left the building, he's been reincarnated as a mangy stray cat. But fear not, there is a happy ending.
As befits a steampunk novel set in Victorian London, "Soulless" combines the humor and romance of a Julia Quinn novel with a heroine who wields a parasol as effectively as Amelia Peabody. Throw in some vampires, werewolves and, of course, dirigibles, and you have a most original, highly entertaining creation. -Deborah
Cal Cunningham has written the latest Great American Novel; too bad he stole the manuscript from his dead roommate. Now if he can only keep his beautiful new wife, high-powered literary agent and the rest of America from finding out. What should be a morality tale will have you rooting for the villain all the way. -Deborah
Covert government organizations, historical mysteries, exotic locales; What more could you ask for in a thriller? Steve Berry writes for those of us who have grown tired of waiting for the next Dan Brown and Indiana Jones; and he just keeps getting better. -Deborah
Following the shocking conclusion of her previous Lynley novel, "With No One as Witness," Elizabeth George backtracks to show how a child with a great promise can become completely lost and how there can be more than one victim of such a crime. Reading this was like watching a train wreck happen, I knew what was coming, but couldn't turn away.
For fans of intelligent, absorbing police procedurals, here is an author you may not be familar with. Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mysteries have grown from their simple beginnings as an English country-house murder to this latest installment, as smart a Scotland Yard novel as you could hope to find.
Pick up "Shutter Island" and be prepared to fall down the rabbit hole with this tale of two U.S. Marshals investigating the disappearance of a mental patient on a secluded island in the midst of a hurricane. Or maybe none of what I've just written is true... -Deborah
Laura Lippman's novels are as much about the mysteries of human nature as those of crime and circumstance. At best, she makes you want to go home and hold your family close; at worst, she may cause you to view them with unease and suspicion. -Deborah
Cotton Malone embarks on his most personal quest yet: discovering the truth behind the secret Navy submarine mission that claimed his father's life. From the time of Charlemagne, to the Nazi era and into present-day Antarctica, Steve Berry delivers another fast-paced historical thriller. -Deborah
In the duo's latest thriller, FBI Special agent Pendergast is pursuing the theft of an ancient Tibetan relic across the high seas on board the maiden voyage of the world's largest ocean liner. It is the perfect setting for a homicidal maniac on the loose, and for Pendergast to use his unique investigatory skills. -Deborah
A Greek tragedy in a Northern European is the case that will forever haunt Inspector Van Veeteren in his first novel, although it is the 3rd to be published in the U.S. Rich in philosophical musings, dry wit and top-rate mysteries, Nesser is at teh forefront of the current Swedish crime invasion. -Deborah
A diabolical chess match is underway between the venerable St. Oswald's school for boys and a ghost from its past bent on revenge. At stake is not only the reputation of the school, but the very lives of its staff and students. This is a quintessential British psychological thriller from a very unexpected source.
The plot and locale of this debut novel could easily be that of a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, if Miss Jane Marple had been a precocious eleven year old girl with an unhealthy interest in death and poison (and I don't she was!.) Simply the most delightful book of 2009. -Deborah
Small town Southern waitress Sookie Stackhouse has come to terms with being a mind reader. She's even getting comfortable with dating a vampire. But there are far more otherworldly things in rural Louisiana (and big city Dallas) than she ever imagined! -Deborah