Mystery Loves Company: Adult Winter Reading Program 2011
2011's Adult Winter Reading Program was a fun and mysterious journey. We will have several different categories of mysteries to choose from:
- Classic Mysteries
- Female Detective
- Law & Order
- Deductive Mysteries
- Tough Detective
- English Mysteries
- Cozy Mysteries
- Humorous Mysteries
- Culinary Mysteries
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Read by Burt Blackwell. Reading time 6 hours 13 minutes.
Ten oddly-assorted people find themselves the houseguests of an invisible host who slowly begins killing them one by one. Download And Then There Were None, DB11077
The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori by Robert Barnard
Read by Anne Flosnik. Reading time 7 hours 8 minutes.
After a body is found in the trunk of a car outside the local Indian restaurant in Haworth, Yorkshire, Detective Constable Charlie Peace and his boss, Mike Oddie, concentrate their investigation on a local artists' colony where once-famous painter Ranulph Byatt holds court. Some violence. 1998. Download The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori, DB50532
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
Read by Anne Flosnik. Reading time 8 hours 33 minutes.
A pang of malaise surprises the middle-aged solicitor, Robert Blair. He does not ponder the cause long before he receives a frantic call from Marion Sharpe. Scotland Yard is investigating a claim that she and her mother abducted and imprisoned Betty Kane in their attic. As improbable as Miss Kane's story is, she describes the Sharpe home, the Franchise, in detail. Blair turns sleuth to investigate and, he hopes, to find justice. Download The Franchise Affair, DB41960
The Galton Case: A Lew Archer Novel by Ross MacDonald
Read by Fred Major. Reading time 6 hours 41 minutes.
Maria Galton is dying and, at her request, Lew Archer is hired to find her son who left home twenty years earlier. Archer's investigation leads him through a perplexing tale of murder, adultery, impersonation, and involvement with the mob. Download The Galton Case: A Lew Archer Novel, DB35216
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Read by Patrick Horgan. Reading time 5 hours 52 minutes.
The evil of Sir Hugo, master of the lonely Manor Baskerville on the moors, began the 'Curse of the Baskervilles' in the seventeenth-century. Now, years later, the legendary Hound returns and Sir Charles Baskerville dies. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson move in to solve the crime. Download The Hound of the Baskervilles, DB14165
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Read by Ralph Bell. Reading time 7 hours 47 minutes.
In searching for the murderer of his partner, Sam Spade runs afoul of the police and several characters all in search of a mysterious statuette. Download The Maltese Falcon, DB16593
Might as Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery by Rex Stout
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 5 hours 59 minutes.
James Herold hires Nero Wolfe to locate Herold's son, Paul, who disappeared in New York City. Wolfe finds the man--in prison, convicted of murdering his lover's husband. Wolfe and his assistant, Archie, dig further. Some strong language. 1956. Download Might as Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, DB55005
The Return of Mr. Campion by Margery Allingham
Read by Fred Major. Reading time 6 hours 20 minutes.
A collection of mystery stories that feature sleuth Albert Campion. The author admits that she knows little about her protagonist other than that Campion is an assumed name for a man whose business card proclaims, "Coups neatly executed; nothing sordid, vulgar or plebeian; deserving cases preferred; police no object." Born in 1900, Campion ages from story to story until he is in his sixties. Includes a tribute by Agatha Christie. Download The Return of Mr. Campion, DB39427
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Read by Ralph Bell. Reading time 4 hours 31 minutes.
Sherlock Holmes tackles a gruesome mystery that begins with the murder of a girl and her lover in Utah, spreads to the capital cities of Europe, and reaches a fatal climax in England. Download A Study in Scarlet, DB12478
The Turquoise Lament by John D. MacDonald
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 7 hours 56 minutes.
Florida boat bum Travis McGee springs into action when he receives a frantic call from Pidge, the daughter of his dead friend. On a honeymoon cruise in her father's boat, Pidge begins to suspect that either her husband Howie is hiding something or she's going crazy. After calming Pidge in Hawaii, Travis sorts through jumbled clues as the couple complete the last leg of their journey. Some violence and explicit descriptions of sex. Download The Turquoise Lament, DB34393
Female Detective Mysteries
All That Remains: A Dr. Kay Scarpetta Mystery by Patricia Cornwell
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 10 hours 48 minutes.
Already four teenage couples have been murdered within a fifty-mile radius of Williamsburg. Now the car of Fred Cheney and Deborah Harvey, daughter of the national drug czar, has been found, and the two are missing. The cases have medical examiner Kay Scarpetta stumped. The bodies are always badly decomposed by the time they are found--and there is always a jack of hearts left at the scene. Some violence, and strong language. Bestseller.
Download All That Remains: A Dr. Kay Scarpetta Mystery, DB35556
Borderline: An Anna Pigeon Mystery by Nevada Barr
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 11 hours 50 minutes.
Ranger Anna Pigeon and her husband Paul are taking a guided rafting trip along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border when things go horribly wrong. They lose the raft, find an almost-dead pregnant Mexican woman in the river, and dodge sniper fire. Violence and strong language. 2009. Download Borderline: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, DB69929
Goodbye, Ms. Chips: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell
Read by Corrie James. Reading time 9 hours 47 minutes.
Ellie Haskell's old boarding-school chum Dorcas Critchley now works as their alma mater's games mistress. Familiar with Ellie's amateur-sleuthing skills, Dorcas asks Ellie to find out who took a valuable lacrosse cup. But the suspicious death of retired teacher Ms. Chips changes the focus of Ellie's investigation. 2008. Download Goodbye, Ms. Chips: An Ellie Haskell Mystery, DB69813
Lethal Legacy: An Alexandra Cooper Mystery by Linda Fairstein
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 11 hours 36 minutes.
Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper investigates the home invasion and possible sexual assault of antique-map conservator Tina Barr. Tina refuses to cooperate, then disappears. The investigation leads Cooper to the New York Public Library and a world of socialites, antiquities collectors, and thieves. Some violence and some strong language. 2009. Download Lethal Legacy: An Alexandra Cooper Mystery, DB70699
Lethal Legend: A Diana Spaulding Mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 8 hours 10 minutes.
Maine, 1888. Diana Spaulding's fiancé Dr. Ben Northcote visits the private island of his friend Graham Somener, where workers at an archaeological site have been poisoned and another is murdered. Ben investigates, and, as she plans her wedding, Diana uses her reporting skills to probe Graham's secrets. 2008. Download Lethal Legend: A Diana Spaulding Mystery, DB70307
Locked In by Marcia Muller
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 6 hours 52 minutes.
When PI Sharon McCone returns to her office late one night, an intruder shoots her in the head. Sharon is hospitalized and now suffers from locked-in syndrome--she can see and hear but can't move except to blink. Meanwhile her staff and husband attempt to identify her attacker. Strong language. 2009. Download Locked In, DB71288
Missing Susan: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel by Sharyn McCrumb
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 8 hours 34 minutes.
Criminologist Rowan Rover, a tour guide to Britain's infamous murder sites, is recruited by a mysterious businessman to kill the man's unsuspecting niece Susan, who will be among the participants on an upcoming tour. Rowan agrees, not knowing that newly married forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson will also be there. 1991. Download Missing Susan: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel, DB69728
Paper, Scissors, Death: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery by Joanna Campbell Slan
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 8 hours 48 minutes.
St. Louis. Scrapbooking housewife Kiki Lowenstein's comfortable life is shattered when her husband George's naked corpse is found at the local Ritz-Carlton. While trying to create a new life for herself and her daughter, Kiki tracks George's killer and uncovers his sordid secret life. Includes paper-crafting tips. 2008. Download Paper, Scissors, Death: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery, DB70181
Pushing Up Daisies: A Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 7 hours 52 minutes.
Master gardener Paula Holliday, a once-promising documentary filmmaker who moved to suburban Connecticut to start a landscaping business, undertakes restoration of the historic Halcyon estate. But when Paula unearths an infant's mummified body then discovers a rival business owner has been stabbed, she begins a sleuthing career as well. 2008. Download Pushing Up Daisies: A Dirty Business Mystery, DB70191
Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 13 hours 25 minutes.
Crosses along Monterey highways predict future deaths. California Bureau of Investigation body-language expert Kathryn Dance, from The Sleeping Doll (RC 64945), initially suspects Travis Brigham, a troubled student whose role in a fatal car crash sparked online attacks from bloggers--who are now the victims. Violence and some strong language. 2009. Download Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel, DB70249
Law and Order Mysteries
Bright Futures: A Lew Fonesca Mystery by Stuart M. Kaminsky
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 9 hours 14 minutes.
Sarasota, Florida. Two teens from a high school for gifted students hire process server Lew Fonesca. Their classmate Ronnie stands accused of murdering Philip Horvecki, a wealthy developer who sought to abolish a college financial-aid program. The investigation pits Lew against an unknown assailant. Strong language and some violence. 2008. Download Bright Futures: A Lew Fonesca Mystery, DB69950
Fire and Ice: A Beaumont and Brady Novel by J.A. Jance
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 11 hours 6 minutes.
Seattle, Washington, detective J.P. Beaumont looks into the murders of six young women. Meanwhile, Cochise County, Arizona, sheriff Joanna Brady probes the death of a man crushed by an all-terrain vehicle. The two investigators--first seen together in Partner in Crime (RC 54929)--find connections between their cases. Some strong language. 2009. Download Fire and Ice: A Beaumont and Brady Novel, DB69935
Friends in High Places by Donna Leon
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 8 hours 11 minutes.
After Venetian city surveyor Franco Rossi informs policeman Guido Brunetti that Brunetti is living in an illegal addition to a fifteenth-century building, Rossi falls from a scaffold to his death. Brunetti investigates the bureaucrat's demise and uncovers bribery, political corruption, and murder. 2000. Download Friends in High Places , DB70772
Innocent by Scott Turow
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 13 hours 1 minute.
Sixty-year-old appellate court judge Rusty Sabich is accused of killing his bipolar wife Barbara. Tommy Molto, who had unsuccessfully tried Rusty for his lover's murder in Presumed Innocent (RC 26965, BR 18936), leads the prosecution in Rusty's trial. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010. Download Innocent, DB70748
The Last Witness by Joel Goldman
Read by Joe Peck. Reading time 10 hours 31 minutes.
Kansas City attorney Lou Mason's surrogate father Harry Ryman arrests Lou's landlord, ex-cop and PI Wilson "Blues" Bluestone, for the murder of the mayor's attorney. Realizing Blues was framed, Lou sets out to find the real killer. Strong language and some violence. 2003. Download The Last Witness , DB69863
Motion to Kill by Joel Goldman
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 9 hours 25 minutes.
Kansas City. Three months after Lou Mason joins the law firm Sullivan and Christenson, senior partner Richard Sullivan dies mysteriously amid rumors of shady business dealings with banker Victor O'Malley. When the U.S. Attorney indicts Victor, Lou defends him and encounters more incriminating information--and murder. Some strong language. 2002. Download Motion to Kill, DB70122
Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg
Read by John Polk. Reading time 12 hours 42 minutes.
Toronto. After confessing to his lover's murder, radio host Kevin Brace refuses to talk to anyone, including his lawyer, Nancy Parish. The apparent open-and-shut case becomes a complex trial as evidence surfaces involving a million-dollar contract and Brace's sordid relationships. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009. Download Old City Hall, DB68904
Rain Gods: A Sheriff Hackberry Holland Mystery by James Lee Burke
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 13 hours 47 minutes.
Elderly Texas lawyer-turned-border-sheriff Hackberry Holland uncovers the mass grave of nine illegal Asian aliens. Iraqi veteran Pete Flores reported the murders to authorities and then fled with his girlfriend Vikki. Deputy sheriff Pam Tibbs, the FBI, ICE, and the killers all search for the couple. Violence and strong language. 2009. Download Rain Gods: A Sheriff Hackberry Holland Mystery, DB69989
Shake Down: A Jack Davis Novel by Joel Goldman
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 9 hours 45 minutes.
Kansas City. At the scene of a drug-related quintuple murder, FBI agent Jack Davis experiences the onset of debilitating tremors. Forced to take medical leave, Jack conducts his own investigation and, with help from jury consultant Kate Scranton, finds clues to his daughter's disappearance. Strong language and some violence. 2008. Download Shake Down: A Jack Davis Novel, DB70011
Two Time: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery by Chris Knopf
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 10 hours 51 minutes.
Long Island. Wealthy investment adviser Jonathan Eldridge dies in a car explosion that injures Sam Acquillo, from The Last Refuge (RC 69650), and his lawyer friend, Jackie Swaitkowski. Sam interviews Jonathan's agoraphobic widow, Appolonia, for clues and links the murder to Jonathan's final cell-phone call. Strong language. 2006. Download Two Time: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery, DB69907
206 Bones by Kathy Reichs.
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 8 hours 50 minutes.
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan awakens in a dark cell, bound and disoriented. Slowly, Tempe reconstructs events leading to her abduction, starting with a trip to Chicago where she faced accusations of botching a high-profile autopsy by misinterpreting skeletal remains. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009. Download 206 Bones, DB69720
Better to Rest: A Liam Campbell Mystery by Dana Stabenow
Read by Annie Wauters. Reading time 6 hours 57 minutes.
Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, from Fire and Ice (RC 50187), and his girlfriend discover the remains of a WWII plane embedded in a glacier. Campbell's investigation links recent murders with past military secrets that would be better left buried. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002. Download Better to Rest: A Liam Campbell Mystery, DB69811
Bookplate Special: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 9 hours 18 minutes.
Tired of her freeloading former college roommate Pammy, bookstore owner Tricia kicks Pammy out of her apartment. Soon Tricia learns that her sister Angelica has hired Pammy to work in Angelica's new cafe. When Tricia finds Pammy's corpse in a trash can behind the restaurant, she investigates. Includes recipes. 2009. Download Bookplate Special: A Booktown Mystery, DB70510
The Crazy School by Cornelia Read.
Read by Celeste Lawson. Reading time 8 hours 39 minutes.
In this sequel to A Field of Darkness (RC 70602), Madeline has moved with her husband to Massachusetts, where she teaches at a boarding school for troubled teens. Her concern about unorthodox disciplinary methods escalates when two students die--and someone frames Madeline for murder. Violence and strong language. 2008. Download The Crazy School, DB70842
Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away: Myron Bolitar Mysteries by Harlan Coben
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time 28 hours 39 minutes.
Three novels featuring sports agent Myron Bolitar. In Deal Breaker Myron helps a client whose supposedly dead ex-girlfriend appears in a men's magazine. In Drop Shot Myron investigates a tennis star's death. In Fade Away undercover Myron looks for a missing basketball player. Some violence and some strong language. 1995. Download Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away: Myron Bolitar Mysteries, DB70144
Get Real: A Dortmunder Mystery by Donald E. Westlake
Read by Barry Bernson. Reading time 6 hours 40 minutes.
John Dortmunder and his criminal associates make a deal to star in a reality television show that will document a small-time, staged robbery. With the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and Kelp organize a side enterprise to outwit their new bosses and rob the production company. Some strong language. 2009. Download Get Real: A Dortmunder Mystery, DB69729
Motion to Kill by Joel Goldman
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 9 hours 25 minutes.
Kansas City. Three months after Lou Mason joins the law firm Sullivan and Christenson, senior partner Richard Sullivan dies mysteriously amid rumors of shady business dealings with banker Victor O'Malley. When the U.S. Attorney indicts Victor, Lou defends him and encounters more incriminating information--and murder. Some strong language. 2002. Download Motion to Kill, DB70122
Mum's the Word by Dorothy Cannell
Read by Corrie James. Reading time 11 hours 4 minutes.
Ellie's husband Ben receives an invitation to try out for a position in a secret culinary society. Ellie, who is nearly three months pregnant, accompanies her husband to an Illinois gothic mansion immortalized in a Hollywood film. When the competition turns deadly, Ellie puts her sleuthing skills to use. 1990. Download Mum's the Word, DB70117
Murder in the Chateau: An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery by Elliott Roosevelt
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 7 hours 42 minutes.
1941. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt travels to Nazi-occupied France to attend a clandestine meeting between French and German resistance leaders planning Hitler's assassination. After a high-ranking SS officer is murdered, Eleanor investigates the crime. She conceals the death from other guests, who include General Erwin Rommel and Gertrude Stein. 1996. Download Murder in the Chateau: An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery, DB69702
No Mercy by Lori Armstrong
Read by Jennifer Van Dyck. Reading time 10 hours 32 minutes.
Part-Sioux Mercy Gunderson, a U.S. army sniper home on leave in South Dakota, discovers a dead boy on her late father's ranch. When her nephew is also murdered and the sheriff fails to follow up, Mercy herself investigates. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2010. Download No Mercy, DB70592
Tough Detective Mysteries
Blindman's Bluff: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Mystery by Faye Kellerman.
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 11 hours 26 minutes.
Los Angeles. Detective Peter Decker investigates the murders of billionaire shopping-mall magnate Guy Kaffey, his wife, and four others. Peter suspects an inside job. Meanwhile, a chance encounter with a blind courtroom translator thrusts Peter's wife Rina into the case--and into harm's way. Strong language and some violence. 2009. Download Blindman's Bluff: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Mystery, DB69679
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time 14 hours 22 minutes.
Quebec. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates the murder of an old man found bludgeoned in a bistro. At a remote cabin purportedly owned by the deceased, Gamache and his team find a cache of rare books, priceless antiquities--and blood. Some strong language. 2009. Download The Brutal Telling, DB70226
Dead of Winter: A Louis Kincaid Novel by P.J. Parrish
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 16 hours 18 minutes.
Louis Kincaid takes a job with the police in Loon Lake, Michigan, where he discovers that his predecessor, also a young African American, was murdered. Louis's investigation makes him question the motives of his new boss--and fear for his life. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2001. Download Dead of Winter: A Louis Kincaid Novel, DB70379
Island of Bones: A Louis Kincaid Novel by P.J. Parrish
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 13 hours 40 minutes.
South Florida. Diane Woods hires African American cop-turned-PI Louis Kincaid to investigate her father, whom she believes is involved in the death of a woman whose bullet-ridden body washed ashore after a hurricane. Louis works with officer Mel Landeta, who is losing his eyesight. Strong language and some violence. 2004. Download Island of Bones: A Louis Kincaid Novel, DB70419
Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 11 hours 32 minutes.
A police captain asks Eve Dallas to lead the investigation of his sixteen-year-old daughter's rape and murder. Although her team quickly discovers promising clues to the killer's identity, Dallas slowly realizes the complexity of the crime. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009. Download Kindred in Death, DB70206
Kisser by Stuart Woods
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 7 hours 17 minutes.
Stone Barrington agrees to help find a Broadway role for actress Carrie Cox while protecting her from her ex-husband. Barrington also takes on the case of an artist swindling the daughter of a wealthy art dealer. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010. Download Kisser, DB70756
The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 9 hours 47 minutes.
Before he retires, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot vows to solve twelve puzzles mirroring the mythical labors of the ancient Greek hero Hercules. Modern-day versions of such challenges involve a lost Pekinese, a gentleman ruined by gossip, and a missing amorous Russian countess--each case more baffling than the last. 1947. Download The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Mystery, DB69911
Lost River: A Valentin St. Cyr Mystery by David Fulmer
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 10 hours 47 minutes.
New Orleans, 1913. When a man is found shot to death in a Storyville brothel, Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr returns to the life--and people--he tried to leave behind. The case could cost Valentin his freedom and his girlfriend. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009. Download Lost River: A Valentin St. Cyr Mystery, DB70398
Paint It Black: A Louis Kincaid Novel by P.J. Parrish
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 11 hours 51 minutes.
African American Michigan ex-cop Louis Kincaid flies to Florida to help exonerate a black woman imprisoned for the murder of her husband. But soon another black man's stabbing death sets the accused wife free--and puts Kincaid on the trail of a serial killer. Violence and strong language. 2002. Download Paint It Black: A Louis Kincaid Novel, DB70396
A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery by Louise Penny.
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time 12 hours 10 minutes.
Armand Gamache, chief inspector of Quebec homicide, and his wife Reine-Marie vacation at an inn outside of Montreal. When a member of the Morrow family, attending a reunion at the same inn, is murdered, Gamache investigates and uncovers secrets among the staff and guests. Some strong language. 2008. Download A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery, DB70384
The Cat Dancers: A Cam Richter Mystery by P.T. Deutermann
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 16 hours 1 minute.
A soccer mom, her child, and a cashier are killed during a botched minimart hold-up. The two crooks confess but are freed on a technicality. When the pair is abducted, North Carolina cop Cam Richter suspects vigilantism--and a possible connection to risk-taking mountain lion photographers. Violence and strong language. 2005. Download The Cat Dancers: A Cam Richter Mystery, DB70224
A Cold Dark Place by Gregg Olsen.
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 11 hours 8 minutes.
In the aftermath of a tornado in Cherrystone, Washington, homicide detective Emily Kenyon discovers members of the Martin family dead near their demolished home. But, oddly, they've been shot. Their teen son Nick is unaccounted for and soon Emily's daughter Jenna goes missing too. Violence and strong language. 2008. Download A Cold Dark Place, DB70334
Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 9 hours 49 minutes.
LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware investigate the murder of prep school teacher Elise Freeman. But the police chief's son attends the school, so discretion is a must. Suspects include the victim's boyfriend, colleagues, and students. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2010. Download Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel, DB70861
Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery by Sara Paretsky
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 15 hours 33 minutes.
Chicago. Public defender-turned-private detective V.I. Warshawski seeks Lamont Gadsden, an African American man who disappeared in 1967, some forty years ago. Her search is connected to a decades-old case involving the murder of a civil rights worker--a racially charged investigation Vic's late cop father was involved in. Strong language. 2009. Download Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery, DB69756
Head Wounds: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery by Chris Knopf
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 10 hours 48 minutes.
Southampton, Long Island. Ex-boxer and part-time construction worker Sam Acquillo gets into a bar fight with local builder Robbie when he harasses Sam's girlfriend, Amanda. Soon after, Robbie is killed with Sam's industrial stapler. To clear his name, Sam investigates Robbie's past--and his relationship with Amanda. Strong language. 2008. Download Head Wounds: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery, DB70534
The Missing by Tim Gautreaux
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 12 hours 35 minutes.
New Orleans, 1921. War veteran Sam Simoneaux works as a floorwalker until three-year-old Lily is kidnapped on his watch. Lily's parents and Sam take jobs on a riverboat with hopes of finding the girl, but they discover violence, ignorance, and family secrets among the backwoodsmen. Violence and strong language. 2009. Download The Missing, DB69749
New Tricks: An Andy Carpenter Novel by David Rosenfelt
Read by Joe Peck. Reading time 8 hours 44 minutes.
After billionaire pharmaceutical researcher Walter Timmerman is murdered, attorney Andy Carpenter, who runs a dog-rescue operation, represents Walter's seven-month-old Bernese mountain dog Waggy in a custody case. When Walter's widow is killed in an explosion and his son is arrested, Andy takes on a human client as well. 2009. Download New Tricks: An Andy Carpenter Novel, DB70120
The Seventh Victim by Alan Jacobson
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 12 hours 36 minutes.
Virginia. FBI profiler Karen Vail's messy divorce and custody battle hamper her hunt for a serial killer known as Dead Eyes. As the investigation continues, she learns facts about her past that link her to the killings. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008. Download The Seventh Victim, DB70938
Spider Mountain: A Cam Richter Mystery by P.T. Deutermann
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 14 hours 59 minutes.
Ex-cop Cam Richter, now a private investigator because of the events in The Cat Dancers (RC 70224), helps a park ecologist after a new ranger is raped in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Richter encounters a violent backwoods clan hiding a terrible secret. Violence and strong language. 2006. Download Spider Mountain: A Cam Richter Mystery, DB70237
Split Image by Robert B. Parker
Read by Ray Foushee. Reading time 5 hours 24 minutes.
The relationship between Paradise police chief Jesse Stone and Boston PI Sunny Randall evolves as they help each other solve their latest cases. Sunny has been hired to rescue a teen from a cult, while Jesse investigates a mob shooting. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010. Download Split Image, DB71123
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time 42 hours 2 minutes.
Three story collections, one novel, two parodies, and two essays featuring British detective Sherlock Holmes. "The Adventure of the Empty House" begins after Holmes has presumably fallen to his death during an encounter with his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Sequel to The Complete Sherlock Holmes (RC 54993). 2003. Download The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2, DB69928
Even Money by Dick Francis
Read by Fred Major. Reading time 9 hours 53 minutes.
After a steeplechase event, British bookmaker Ned Talbot meets his father, who Ned thought had been dead for thirty-seven years. But then Ned sees him murdered. Already coping with a mentally ill wife, Ned uncovers family secrets and determines the reason his father was killed. 2009. Download Even Money, DB70306
The First Apostle by James Becker
Read by Jon Huffman. Reading time 11 hours 16 minutes.
After Italian police inform Mark Hampton of his wife's accidental death, Mark and his friend Tunbridge Wells detective Chris Bronson travel to Italy to identify her body. They discover a mysterious Latin inscription in the Hamptons' villa and a police report that doesn't add up. Strong language. 2008. Download The First Apostle, DB69988
The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 8 hours 58 minutes.
Scotland. A sudden tax audit and the mysterious gift of a funeral wreath lead investment banker Minty Auchterlonie to believe she's being blackmailed. As Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, investigates these suspicions, she receives an unexpected marriage proposal from her child's father. 2009. Download The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery, DB69765
A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery by Rhys Bowen.
Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time 8 hours 51 minutes.
London, 1930s. The queen asks Lady Georgiana, from Her Royal Spyness (RC 66100), to chaperone Bavarian princess Hannelore, who the queen hopes will distract her son, the prince of Wales, from his unsuitable American lover. Hanni proves to be a handful, displaying penchants for shoplifting, slang--and communists. Murder ensues. 2008. Download A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery, DB69943
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 9 hours 31 minutes.
England, 1950. Eleven-year-old aspiring chemist Flavia de Luce overhears her father in a heated argument with a stranger, who turns up dead in the garden of the Luces' decaying estate. When Flavia's father is charged with murder, she seeks clues in their village and his past to exonerate him. 2009. Download The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, DB70410
There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 6 hours 59 minutes.
As Agatha and her colleagues gather for her ex-husband's wedding to much-younger Felicity, they learn the bride was fatally shot. Agatha, at first a suspect, soon is hired by Felicity's mother to find the killer. Suave Frenchman Sylvan Dubois distracts Agatha from her sleuthing. Some strong language. 2009. Download There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, DB70877
The Trail of the Wild Rose: An English Garden Mystery by Anthony Eglin
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 9 hours 30 minutes.
Retired botany professor and reluctant sleuth Lawrence Kingston is asked to interpret the ramblings of a hit-and-run motorcycle-accident victim believed to be a member of a recent horticultural expedition to China. As the expedition's remaining plant hunters meet untimely ends, Kingston uncovers a conspiracy involving greed, blackmail, and murder. 2009. Download The Trail of the Wild Rose: An English Garden Mystery, DB69682
Wasted Years: A Charlie Resnick Mystery by John Harvey
Read by David Cutler. Reading time 9 hours 23 minutes.
Inspector Charlie Resnick broods over a ten-year-old case that coincided with his marriage breakup. John Prior was convicted on evidence supposedly supplied by his wife, a singer Resnick admired. A current investigation gives Resnick a chance to reenter the case. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1993. Download Wasted Years: A Charlie Resnick Mystery, DB70517
The Winter Garden Mystery: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery by Carola Dunn
Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time 7 hours 58 minutes.
England, 1923. Daisy Dalrymple heads to Cheshire to write an article about her old schoolmate's estate. While photographing the grounds, Daisy discovers the body of a missing housemaid buried in the garden. The house's occupants and neighbors in the surrounding village become suspects as the police investigate. 1995. Download The Winter Garden Mystery: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, DB69857
The Body in the Sleigh: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 9 hours 37 minutes.
Caterer Faith Fairchild and her family are spending Christmas at their cottage on Sanpere Island, Maine. When Faith discovers a young woman's body in a holiday display and a neighbor finds a baby boy in the barn, Faith looks for a connection. 2009. Download The Body in the Sleigh: A Faith Fairchild Mystery, DB70790
Dead Man's Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 7 hours 49 minutes.
Cora Felton is on her own after her niece Sherry--the secret creator of Cora's crosswords--goes on her honeymoon. When Chief Harper brings Cora a puzzle found with Mr. Overmeyer's body, Cora fears exposing her limitations. Meanwhile, Sherry's ex-husband, some of Mr. Overmeyer's heirs, and more murder victims show up. 2009. Download Dead Man's Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery, DB69731
The Highland Fling Murders: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery by Donald Bain
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 6 hours 57 minutes.
Jessica Fletcher, in Britain promoting her latest mystery novel, accepts an invitation to stay at the Scotland Yard inspector's ancestral Scottish castle, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of an executed seventeenth-century witch. When a local girl is murdered in an eerily similar manner, Jessica investigates. 1997. Download The Highland Fling Murders: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery, DB70123
Highland Laddie Gone: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel by Sharyn McCrumb Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 5 hours 48 minutes.
Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson volunteers at the Glencoe Mountain Games, western Virginia's Scottish festival. When Dr. Colin Campbell--the much-disliked president of the local Clan Campbell--is found murdered by a traditional Highland dagger, Elizabeth seeks a motive and a killer among the eccentric revelers. 1986. Download Highland Laddie Gone: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel, DB66346
Larceny and Old Lace: A Den of Antiquity Mystery by Tamar Myers
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 6 hours 22 minutes.
Abigail Timberlake, the owner of a Charlotte, North Carolina, antiques shop, is puzzled when her aunt is murdered. Abigail's son Charlie thinks his aunt's valuable antique lace was the motive. As Abigail falls for investigating policeman Greg Washburn, Charlie receives threats. Some strong language. 1996. Download Larceny and Old Lace: A Den of Antiquity Mystery, DB60561
Malory and No Cure for Death: A Sheila Malory Mystery by Hazel Holt
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 6 hours 40 minutes.
Taviscombe, England. John Morrison, an arrogant, much-disliked doctor, is found stabbed to death in his office. To help solve the murder, Sheila Malory, who is undergoing medical treatment, investigates John's unusual past, various romantic and professional entanglements, and rumors of malpractice. 2005. Download Mrs. Malory and No Cure for Death: A Sheila Malory Mystery, DB70234
The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert
Read by Constance Crawford. Reading time 9 hours 5 minutes.
Lake District, England; 1905. Author Beatrix Potter, still mourning her fiancé's death, buys a farm in the country. Villagers in nearby Sawrey are suspicious of the sudden passing of local resident Abigail Tolliver. Beatrix and her pets offer to help solve the mystery. 2004. Download The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, DB61460
Thicker than water: a Father Dowling mystery by Ralph M. McInerny,
Read by Nita Elliott. Reading time 6 hours 37 minutes.
A stranger is found shot to death in a truck parked in front of Father Dowling's rectory in Fox River, Illinois. With the aid of his police friend, Phil Keegan, the priest uncovers two more murders and the criminal. Download Thicker Than Water: a Father Dowling mystery, DB18938
Towards zero by Agatha Christie
Read by Burt Blackwell. Reading time 6 hours 47 minutes.
Scotland Yard's pokerfaced Detective Battle discovers that his methodical sleuthing stands him in good stead, even on his vacation when he is called to investigate the death of an autocratic invalid. Download Towards Zero, DB11703
Trick or Treachery: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery by Donald Bain
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 6 hours 54 minutes.
Cabot Cove, Maine. After warning that the ghost of the town's legendary murderess will soon rise to wreak havoc, paranormal investigator Lucas Tremaine crashes a Halloween party, where one of the guests is murdered. Mystery writer--and costumed attendee--Jessica Fletcher must determine who was the killer. 2000. Download Trick or Treachery: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery, DB70914
Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Mystery by Donald E. Westlake.
Read by Barry Bernson. Reading time 5 hours 42 minutes.
Dortmunder schemes to steal an entire bank that is being temporarily housed in a mobile home by hitching it to a truck and driving away. Joining Dortmunder on this caper are Kelp, a car thief; Murch, an experienced getaway driver; and Victor, a former FBI agent. Some strong language. 1972. Download Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Mystery, DB69704
Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
Read by George Patterson. Reading time 13 hours 34 minutes.
Miami private eye R.J. Decker is hired to prove that the fishing tour's leading prizewinner is cheating. When the champ is murdered, Decker himself becomes the prime suspect. Realizing that he's been framed by his client, the detective sets out to clear himself with the help of a renegade Miami police detective and a backwoods recluse. Some strong language. Download Double Whammy, DB27750
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
Read by Patricia Kilgarriff. Reading time 7 hours 11 minutes.
At the request of the CIA, grandmotherly spy Emily Pollifax smuggles eight forged passports to the Bulgarian underground. She also tries to arrange a young man's escape from prison with the aid of fireworks, a rope, a bow and arrow, stocking masks, and a gaggle of geese. 1971. Download The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, DB64819
God Bless John Wayne by Kinky Friedman
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 5 hours 31 minutes.
Kinky Friedman, country singer turned mystery writer, reluctantly agrees to help his buddy Ratso find his birth mother. The simple search becomes a case for the irreverent, wisecracking "Kinkstah" when Ratso's previous PI turns up dead. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Download God Bless John Wayne, DB45711
How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams by Dorothy Cannell
Read by Corrie James. Reading time 10 hours 41 minutes.
The library league throws a fundraiser featuring handsome romance-novel cover model Karisma. Karisma brings his agent, Mrs. Swabucher, owner of The escort service through which Ellie met her husband. Ellie tries to keep her secret while coping with her cousin (and nemesis), with two-year-old twins--and with murder. 1995. Download How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams, DB69631
Midnight Clear: A Callahan Garrity Mystery by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 10 hours 46 minutes.
Private investigator Callahan Garrity and her mother, Edna, are surprised one Christmas when Callahan's brother Brian reappears after a ten-year absence. Brian is charged with kidnapping his three-year-old daughter, Maura, and murdering the child's mother. Callahan must prove her brother's innocence. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1998. Download Midnight Clear: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, DB58923
Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 7 hours 45 minutes.
Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby, last seen in Metro Girl (RC 59459), and her lover, NASCAR driver Sam Hooker, look for evidence of cheating at the race track. When they steal a car-hauler truck, they discover the body of a murdered race-car owner inside. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2006. Download Motor Mouth, DB63888
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Read by Celeste Lawson. Reading time 7 hours 6 minutes.
Out-of-work lingerie buyer Stephanie Plum blackmails her cousin Vinnie into hiring her as a bounty hunter. Her first case is Joe Morelli, a vice cop accused of shooting an unarmed man. Stephanie's feelings towards Joe are mixed because he never called after she gave up her virginity to him in high school. She locates Joe over and over again, but he refuses to cooperate unless she helps him prove his innocence. Strong language and some violence. Download One for the Money, DB40224
Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time 8 hours 6 minutes.
1932. Lady Georgiana's latest business venture, a dinner-and-dancing escort service, ends in an awkward misunderstanding. To avoid scandal, Scotland Yard sends Georgiana to her ancestral Scottish estate to keep an amorous American woman from seducing the prince of Wales--and possibly stop a killer who is targeting the royal family. 2009. Download Royal Flush, DB70855
Street of the Five Moons: A Vicky Bliss Mystery by Elizabeth Peters
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 6 hours 37 minutes.
Art historian Vicky Bliss's boss, convinced of a plot to rob Munich's National Museum, asks her to track down the unknown creator of an imitation Charlemagne talisman found in a dead man's pocket. Vicky heads to Rome--where she must face abductions and a romance with an unscrupulous English lord. 1978. Download Street of the Five Moons: A Vicky Bliss Mystery, DB67496
Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke.
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 7 hours 24 minutes.
Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, is busily baking for a three-day charity event. When her former college professor--and one-time fling--Bradford Ramsey arrives in town, Hannah seeks to keep her reputation safe. But she must investigate when Brad is murdered. Includes recipes. 2010. Download Apple Turnover Murder, DB70782
As the World Churns: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes by Tamar Myers
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 6 hours 48 minutes.
On their honeymoon, Mennonite mayor Magdalena Yoder and Jewish doctor Gabe Rosen get a call from the prison warden informing them that Magdalena's brother-in-law murderer Melvin Stoltzfus has escaped. Mysteries mount when someone attacks elderly veterinarian Doc Shafor just before a Holstein competition in Hernia, Pennsylvania. 2008. Download As the World Churns: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, DB70227
The Baked Bean Supper Murders by Virginia Rich
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 11 hours 6 minutes.
Widow Eugenia Potter's neighbors are being killed in the Maine fishing village where she lives part-time, and she suspects she might be next. Between community suppers and lobster cook-offs, she investigates. 1983. Download The Baked Bean Supper Murders, DB53861
Batter off Dead: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes by Tamar Myers
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 6 hours 54 minutes.
A very pregnant Magdalena Yoder is volunteering at the Beechy Grove Mennonite Church Brotherhood all-you-can-eat fund-raising pancake breakfast when local glutton Minerva J. Jay drops dead. But before Magdalena can assist Hernia's sole police officer with the murder case, she goes into labor. Includes recipes. 2009. Download Batter Off Dead: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, DB69673
The Body in the Belfry by Katherine Hall Page
Read by John Stratton. Reading time 6 hours 44 minutes.
Gourmet caterer Faith Fairchild's life is turned topsy-turvy by her marriage to the minister of a quaint New England village church. While she adores her husband and new baby, Faith finds the change from her busy life in New York to the quiet of the country hard to tolerate. But her discovery of a dead body and the ensuing investigation--and danger--make her yearn for the quiet life to return. Download The Body in the Belfry, DB31471
Bookmarked for Death: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 9 hours 3 minutes.
Bookstore owner Tricia Miles hosts a signing for mystery author Zoe Carter. When Zoe is found dead in the restroom, the sheriff closes Tricia's shop. To get it reopened in time for a book fair, Tricia investigates--starting with Zoe's obnoxious twenty-something niece and rumors of blackmail. Includes recipes. 2009. Download Bookmarked for Death: A Booktown Mystery, DB69319
Catering to Nobody: A Culinary Mystery by Diane Mott Davidson
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 9 hours 6 minutes.
Colorado. Goldy caters the wake for her son Arch's fifth-grade teacher, who apparently committed suicide. During the event, Goldy's ex-father-in-law is poisoned. Afraid of losing her business and ruining her reputation, Goldy investigates the incidents and discovers that Arch may be involved. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 1992. Download Catering to Nobody: A Culinary Mystery, DB68789
Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 9 hours 38 minutes.
Stoneham, New Hampshire. Newcomer Tricia Miles, owner of a mystery bookstore located along a corridor of Main Street devoted to specialty bookshops, discovers the body of murdered cookbook dealer and rival merchant Doris Gleason. When Tricia herself becomes a suspect, she sets out to clear her name. Includes recipes. 2008. Download Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery, DB70453
Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 7 hours 30 minutes.
Baker Hannah Swenson of Lake Eden, Minnesota, discovers the corpse of Larry Jaeger, the crooked owner of the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot. Jaeger's fiancé, his ex-wife, a community college professor, and the town mayor are all suspects. Includes recipes. 2009. Download Plum Pudding Murder, DB70865
A Quiche before Dying: A Jane Jeffry Mystery by Jill Churchill
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 5 hours
Sleuth widow Jane Jeffry enrolls in a writing course that is also attended by Agnes Pryce, a nasty local author who insults fellow classmates and the teacher. At a potluck dinner Agnes is fatally poisoned after eating Jane's quiche. Jane investigates while she pens a book. Some strong language. 1993. Download A Quiche before Dying: A Jane Jeffry Mystery, DB69215