Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Mystery

By Susan Elia MacNeal

For enthusiasts of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an period of unparalleled challenge—and the greatness that rose to satisfy it.

London, 1940. Winston Churchill has simply been sworn in, conflict rages around the Channel, and the specter of a Blitz looms higher by means of the day. yet none of this deters Maggie wish. She graduated on the best of her university category and possesses all of the talents of the best minds in British intelligence, yet her gender qualifies her in basic terms to be the latest typist at No. 10 Downing road. Her indefatigable spirit and memorable presents for codebreaking, notwithstanding, rival these of even the top males in govt, and Maggie unearths that operating for the leading minister gives her a degree of clearance she might by no means have imagined—and possibilities she's going to now not permit go. In afflicted, lethal occasions, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, entry to the conflict Rooms additionally exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction decided to do no matter what it takes to alter the process history.

Ensnared in an online of spies, homicide, and intrigue, Maggie needs to paintings speedy to stability her accountability to King and state together with her possibilities for survival. And whilst she unravels a secret that issues towards her personal family’s hidden secrets and techniques, she’ll become aware of that her fast wits are all that stand among an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.

In this bold debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous study at the period, mental perception into Winston Churchill, and the production of a riveting major character,  Maggie desire, right into a spectacularly crafted novel.

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Why Me? (Dortmunder, Book 5)

By Donald E. Westlake

Dortmunder attracts foreign recognition while he steals the incorrect ring The Byzantine hearth is far greater than a ninety-carat ruby. As a stone it's worthy over 1000000 funds, a cost drastically elevated by way of its 24-karat gold band—but its historical past makes it valuable. a hoop that has been fought for with sword and pen, and handed from state to kingdom via all demeanour of robbery and trickery, it ultimately made its strategy to the USA. the united states has agreed to come it to Turkey, yet it's approximately to be stolen two times extra. A gang of Greeks armed with Sten weapons burst into the protection room at JFK Airport and break out with the important stone, which they deposit within the secure at a small jeweler's store in Queens. a number of hours later, unfortunate thief John Dortmunder, waiting for a regimen theft, steals it back. a lot blood has been shed for this little ruby, and Dortmunder's might be subsequent.

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Star of Stone (Century Quartet, Book 2)

By Pierdomenico Baccalario

Within the moment installment of the Century Quartet, Italian writer P. D. Baccalario keeps the secret that might take 4 towns and 4 amazing teenagers to solve.

Four young ones. A wood best. and 4 postcards with mystery instructions.

New York urban, March 15
Another mysterious artifact reunites Harvey from long island, Elettra from Rome, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai of their try and shop the realm. after they meet those who knew Alfred Van Der Berger, the murdered professor who despatched them on their quest in Rome, they detect that the problem is much from over. And after they find a sequence of 4 postcards written in code years in the past via the professor himself, their future turns into even clearer.

The playing cards ship the children everywhere big apple urban, via outdated libraries and deserted tunnels, looking for the megastar of Stone, an historical item essentially attached to the earth. yet a brand new set of villains, predators of ny nightlife, will do something to prevent them....

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A Murderous Yarn (Needlecraft Mystery)

By Monica Ferris

The artwork of needlecraft calls for endurance, self-discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the artwork of detection. simply ask Betsy Devonshire—who’s studying that existence in a small-town needlecraft store can show an unforeseen knack for knitting…and a hidden expertise for unraveling crime.

A Murderous Yarn

Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She by no means meant to get so stuck up during this year’s vintage automobile race. yet as sponsor of 1 of the entrants, she can’t support yet hold an in depth eye at the outcome—and it’s now not beautiful. one of many drivers by no means makes it to the end line. His automobile is located exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her artful acquaintances needs to ascertain if it used to be an twist of fate or the paintings of a jealous competitor. the reply might be in a bit of needlework, yet pinning down a suspect won’t be easy…

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Evidence of Things Seen (Henry Gamadge Mysteries, Book 6)

By Elizabeth Daly

Within the sticky summer time of 1943, a secluded cottage within the Berkshires sounds simply the price ticket to the newly married Clara Gamadge. The resident ghost, a slim girl in a sunbonnet who died only one 12 months in the past within the cottage Clara is now renting, in simple terms provides to the neighborhood colour. It's all not anything greater than a spooky video game, till the woman's sister is strangled whereas Clara sits in a chair by means of her mattress. the single clue: Clara's panicked reminiscence of a girl in a sunbonnet status on the door. fortunately, Henry Gamadge arrives in time to calm his spouse and remedy the secret (though now not with no a few stellar aid from Clara!).

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Little Girl Lost: A Lucy Black Thriller (Lucy Black Thrillers)

By Brian McGilloway

This New York Times bestseller is ideal for lovers of Tana French and Dennis Lehane.

Midwinter. a toddler is located wandering in the course of the snowy woods, her fingers lined in a person else's blood. and she or he cannot—or will not—speak, no longer even to proportion her name.

Who is that this little woman misplaced? the single grownup she turns out to belief is the younger officer who discovered her, Detective Lucy Black. ahead of lengthy, Lucy manages to attach her case to that of a lacking youngster, the abducted daughter of an area genuine property multi-millionaire. because the research twists and turns, Lucy is compelled to query not just a variety of harmful suspects, but additionally every little thing she proposal she knew approximately her personal past.

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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1)

By Charlaine Harris

Although a small city at middle, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its darkish side-and crime buffs. one in all whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the genuine Murders membership, which meets as soon as a month to investigate well-known circumstances. it is a risk free pastime-until the evening she unearths a member killed in a way that eerily resembles the crime the membership was once approximately to debate. And as different brutal "copycat" killings persist with, Roe must discover the individual in the back of the terrifying video game, person who casts all of the contributors of actual Murders, herself integrated, as major suspects-or power sufferers.

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Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel

By Jonathan Lethem

From America's such a lot creative novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff at the vintage detective novel.

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses force him to bark, count number, and rip aside our language in startling and unique ways.  Together with 3 veterans of the St. Vincent's domestic for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo provider cum detective company. lifestyles with out Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, will be unbelievable, so who cares if the initiatives he units them are, good, now not precisely felony. but if Frank is fatally stabbed, one in all Lionel's colleagues lands in detention center, the opposite vie for his place, and the victim's widow skips city. Lionel's global is abruptly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has hassle even talking makes an attempt to untangle the threads of the case whereas attempting to maintain the phrases immediately in his head.  Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly unique homage to the vintage detective novel via probably the most acclaimed writers of his generation.

BONUS MATERIAL: This version contains an excerpt from Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens.

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Blue City (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

He used to be a son who hadn’t recognized his father very well.  It was once a city shaken via a grisly murder—his father’s murder.  Johnny Weatherly used to be domestic from a warfare and wandering.  whilst he discovered that his father were assassinated on a road nook and that his father’s seductive younger spouse had inherited a fortune, he began knocking on doors.  The doorways got here open, and Johnny stepped right into a global of gamblers, whores, drug-dealers, and blackmailers, a spot during which his father had as soon as moved freely.  Now Johnny Weatherly used to be going to unravel this murder—by pitting his rage, his braveness, and his misplaced illusions opposed to the brutal underworld that has overtaken his native land.

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