By Anne Perry
IN those vacation MYSTERIES SET IN VICTORIAN LONDON, CHRISTMAS COMES WITH A supporting OF MAGIC AND MURDER.
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE
Three days earlier than Christmas, in London’s East finish, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters eight-year-old Minnie Maude Mudway, freezing and on my own. merely the day ahead of, anyone murdered Minnie Maude’s Uncle Alf and made off together with his rag-and-bones cart—as good as with Charlie, the loved donkey who pulled it. Now, Grace and Minnie Maude trigger to rescue Charlie. however the direction that Uncle Alf had taken to his dying was once no longer his average course, and in his cart, the kids are advised, was once a stunning golden casket which may rather well be a Pandora’s field of evil or a shining prize of hope.
A CHRISTMAS ODYSSEY
Ten days prior to Christmas, James Wentworth feels no longer pleasure yet grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured right into a global of substances and wild ardour. Wentworth’s basically desire, he believes, is his outdated good friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to go looking for the wayward younger guy with the aid of new companions—Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper, and Crow, a mysterious slum general practitioner. As this ordinary trio gathers clues approximately Lucien’s disappearance on London’s darkish streets, they locate themselves on a venture whose consequence they can't start to wager.
By Alan Bradley
BONUS: This version comprises an excerpt from Alan Bradley's A pink Herring with no Mustard, discussion questions, and an essay by means of the author.
Flavia de Luce, a dangerously shrewdpermanent eleven-year-old with a fondness for chemistry and a genius for fixing murders, thinks that her days of crime-solving within the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop's Lacey are over--until liked puppeteer Rupert Porson has his personal strings sizzled in an unlucky rendezvous with electrical energy. yet who'd do this kind of factor, and why? Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet wooden recognize greater than she's letting on? What approximately Porson's fascinating yet erratic assistant? All clues element towards a suspicious dying years previous and a case the neighborhood constables can't solve--without Flavia's support. yet in getting so with reference to who's secretly pulling the strings of this dance of dying, has our precocious heroine eventually gotten in far more than her head?
By Ian Hamilton
This time, creative worldwide crime investigator Ava Lee needs to take down a web playing ring to guard a determined billionaire.
within the Disciple of Las Vegas, forensic accountant Ava Lee is employed by way of the richest guy within the Philippines to recuperate $50 million from a Canadian land swindle. With the billionaire's acceptance at the line, she follows the money from Vancouver to Las Vegas, to the Costa Rican debts of the Moneida, a primary international locations band that owns The River, a poker internet site.
After uncovering an unlawful on-line playing ring, she confronts one of many international poker greats, David "The Disciple" Douglas, and his companion, Jeremy Ashton. in the meantime, Jackie Leung, an outdated goal of Uncle's and Ava's, has made it wealthy. He desires revenge, and he's going after Ava to get it.
By Rhys Bowen
Constable Evan Evans is sort of performed making plans his marriage ceremony. simply as he's able to sit back, he meets a hiker whose female friend has long gone lacking on Mt. Snowdon. A look for the woman yields no hint yet as an alternative turns up a bunker entire with chains and handcuffs. Are the 2 similar? And if that is so, the place is the woman being held?
A sequence of clues make Evan and the police become aware of that they're facing a shrewdpermanent yet twisted brain. Then a moment individual vanishes and this time Evans understands the sufferer: his fiancé. Her disappearance makes Evans discover that the culprit's vendetta can be particularly personal-and directed at Evans himself.
In Evan Blessed, award-winner Rhys Bowen has back introduced a captivating and suspenseful comfortable secret set in Wales.
By Chris Grabenstein
John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic urban while Danny runs into his former overwhelm, Katie. She’s operating for a magician named Rock, and her lifestyles appears to be like in higher order than Boyle can have was hoping for. yet Ceepak and Boyle quickly locate themselves on one other case whilst Katie is located strangled to dying. it really is as much as Ceepak and Boyle to determine who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend upon it.
By M. C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin thinks she's in for a deal with whilst her past love James Lacey invitations her on a vacation, yet to her horror, his concept of an unique vacation spot is a small, rundown city referred to as Burryhill-on-Sea. remember that, the holiday doesn't move as deliberate. while a visitor staying within the similar lodge as Agatha and James is located murdered, Agatha quick turns into top suspect - and needs to remedy this example from a jail cell!
By Agatha Christie
Clarissa, the younger spouse of a overseas place of work diplomat, delights in tweaking the sensibilities of her extra critical associates through taking part in a online game she calls "supposing"--imagining a tough scenario and checking out how humans could reply. yet Clarissa's lighthearted video games turns into lethal severe while she discovers the physique of an unknown individual in her personal drawing room. If that weren't undesirable sufficient, her husband is at the means domestic with a big overseas baby-kisser. Clarissa comes to a decision to put off the physique and persuades her 3 houseguests to aid. yet sooner than she will be able to get the corpse off the premises, a policeman knocks at her entrance door. Now Clarissa needs to preserve the physique hidden, persuade the skeptical police inspector that there was no homicide, and, meanwhile, discover who has been murdered, why, and what the physique is doing in her house...