• 1st to die
    Patterson's first in the series of the Women's Murder Club.  AS the only woman homicide detective in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough.  But the honeymoon murders throws her.  A brutal maniac is on a spree, slaughtering newly-weds.  Her determination to bring the killer to justice is threatened by a personal tragedy, so she turns to Claire, a coroner, Cindy, a journalist and Jill, an attorney for help in both crises: and the Women's Murder Club is born.
  • 2nd chance
    Lindsay Boxer, San Francisco's only woman homicide detective, is ready to reconvene the Women's Murder Club when a little girl is shot outside a church.  They start to track a mystifying killer - one who quickly turns his pursuers into victims.  Further murders lead them to suspect the killer is an ex-cop, but nothing will prepare them for the demented logic behind the killer's choice of victims.
  • 4.50 from paddington
    As the trains ran parallel, Mrs McGillicuddy could see into the lighted carriage only a few feet away.  A man, standing with his back to her, was strangling the life out of a woman, her eyes starting from their sockets, her face purple.  The end came as Mrs McGillicuddy watched - then the train accelerated rapidly and vanished from her sight...
  • 44 scotland street

    Scotland Street is in Edinburgh's Bohemian New Town has more than its fair share of eccentrics and students. When Pat - on her second gap year and a source of worry to her parents - is accepted as a new tenant at number 44, she isn't sure how long she'll last. Her flatmate Bruce, rugby-playing surveyor, is impossibly narcissistic, carelessly philandering and maddeningly handsome. Downstairs is gloriously pretentious Irene, whose precocious 5 year old is in therapy after setting fire to his father's copy of The Guardian. And then there is shrewd, intellectual Domenica MacDonald mysteriously employed but a sharp-eyed observer of the house's activities in her spare time...

  • 7th heaven
    A string of fatal arson attacks have broken out in San Francisco. The targets have one thing in common - they are all rich, successful, married couples.  With four couples dead, Lindsay is determined to stop the killings and trace the murderer. Lindsay is also on the case of Michael Campion,  people's hero and popular governor's son who publicly battled against a rare and debilitating heart condition. When he vanished without trace one evening, the search for him hit the headlines daily. But the trail went cold very quickly.  Now there is a devastating new lead - but what is the link between the  Campion case and the arson attacks? Lindsay and her fellow Women's Murder Club members are in a race to find the suspects and stop the killers.
  • blunt instrument
    Ernest Fletcher was found dead in his study, his head severely battered. At first it seemed a complete mystery, for Fletcher was well-liked. But Superintendent Hannasyde soon found that the dead man was not what he appeared. In fact, there was a whole host of likely suspects...And then the killer struck again.
  • caribbean mystery
    Miss Marple is on holiday in the West Indies. Other guests include:  A South American lady with gigolo attendants; an English tycoon, his strangely silent secretary and a sinister masseuse who seems capable of anything...
  • Cold Mind

    A dying woman staggers from the shadows of the Houston docks. Flinging herself at a passing squad car, she attacks the cop who comes to her aid - biting away part of his face before she dies in agony. Meanwhile, in a wealthy neighbourhood, another beautiful woman is dying the same hideous death. Her body will be found floating in a bayou - yet the coronor's finding is that there is no evidence that she drowned or that there was any violence. Detective Stuart Haydon can't be sure that it is murder - but when another high class prostitute dies mysteriously, he begins a manhunt that will take him to the underworld of high rollers and sex slaves.  With the help of a beautiful young call girl, Haydon must set a trap for the most inhuman killer he has ever faced.

  • dark devotion
    Grace Dearden is beautiful, clever and admired.  The last person to vanish into the lonely Norfolk marshes in the dead of winter. Seven days - and no trace.  With police investigations stalled, old family friend Alex O'Neill returns to the haunting landscape of her childhood and immediately begins to uncover disturbing new clues, each one drawing her closer to a family's tragic secret.
  • demon in my view

    A rigid man of fifty leads a solitary, apparently respectable life, as clerk and bookkeeper for a small business and part-time rent collector for his landlord. He has rented a flat in a London suburb for twenty years because deep in its cellar, unbeknownst to anyone else, is a mannequin that he periodically "strangles" in order to satisfy his homicidal urges. The figure's location in the cellar, the darkness, the furtiveness, all are essential for his satisfaction. But his hardly-won balance is threatened when a young man, healthy in mind and body, a doctoral candidate in psychology, becomes a roomer in the house. The danger the older man senses from the moment the new tenant appears is horribly realized for him when the young man finds the mannequin and uses it as the figure in the bonfire at the Guy Fawkes Night celebration he has organized for the local children. The respectable fifty-year-old now must go back to the streets to find flesh more yielding than a mannequin's...

  • dinner to die for

    Berkeley, California, has long been known for its radical politics, its sixties' hold-overs and Bay Area tranquility. Lately it's become more famous for its 'gourmet ghetto' - a string of world renowned restaurants headed by the famous Chez Panisse - which is turning the flavour of the turn from hippie to yuppie. Jill Smith, Berkeley detective whose tastes run more to American cheese on her burgers than goat's cheese on her arugula, is drawn to the chic new restaurant, Paradise, for more than the haute cuisine. Mitch Biekma, the hottest, trendiest restaurateur in town is found dead - poisoned by his own carrot soup. As she investigates, Jill finds many people who wanted Biekma dead - from the wealthy patrons of society luncheons to the homeless hobos who scour Paradise's garbage cans. One thing is certain - this case is leaving a nasty taste in her mouth.

  • morbid taste for bones

    In the Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains for his Benedictine Order. Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the villagers of Gwytherin divided by the Benedictine's offer for the saint's relics. Canny and all too worldly, he isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows this is a carnal killing but he doesn't know his plan to unearth a murderer might dig up a case of love and justice - where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael's ruin.

  • mortal bane

    A medieval crime mystery - and the detectives are the local prostitutes desperate to clear their names. Magdalene la Batarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse.  She and her women are expected to engage in sinful delights, but murder isn't one of them - until Baldassare, the messenger, dies. Though he wasn't a regular client, Magdalene and the girls refuse to let his death go unavenged. Their motive isn't aren't completely altruistic - chances are if they don't find the killer, they'll be assumed guilty because they're whores. The bishop of Winchester, who was served by Baldassare for many years, orders handsome Sir Bellamy of Itchen to investigate. Bellamy is enchanted by Magdalene and while he doesn't believe she is a murderer, she is involved somehow and he's certain she's hiding something.

  • murder is announced
    '...and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m. Friends, please accept this, the only intimation.' A joke, of course, in bad tatse. But none of Miss Blacklock's friends can resist calling on her at the appointed hour.  At 6.30 precisely, the lights go out...
  • pocketful of rye
    Gladys, a maid in the Fortescue home, is found strangled with a stocking - and a clothes peg on her nose.  Miss Marple is on hand to deal withthe mystery.
  • remarkable case of burglary

    London, 1871. The rich man in his Bayswater villa, the poor man at his gate casing the place.  For many, crime was the only way to get a start in life and ostentatious  wealth was a temptation. In a time of an emergent police force and no telephones, a wave of burglaries terrorises the well-to-do. It was enough to put ideas into  Val Leary's head.  An Irish labourer, he lacked the tools, the expertise and the capital but the Soho underworld would provide those.  What he needed was an inside contact.  That's where Janey came in: a kitchenmaid, the lowest of the servants, in an age when dismissal without references was tantamount to certain death.  Will she risk it?

  • Splash Of Red

    Fraser's third Jemima Shore mystery. Everyone loved Chloe Fontaine. Tiny and exquisitely pretty, her fragile looks hid her considerable talent as a novelist. There had been a series of admirers, lovers and husbands ever since her arrival in literary London. It hardly seemed to matter about the odd contrast between the disorderliness of her private life and the careful formality of her work. Then came the sudden and strange disappearance of Chloe, leaving Jemima in charge of her new London flat....

  • suspension of mercy
    In an isolated Suffolk cottage, a young American writer lives and battles with his artist wife.  He fantasises about murdering her - and when she runs away, he tries out acting like a murderer.  But when his wife doesn't turn up, people start wondering, the police start investigating - and he can't stop behaving suspiciously.  The first of this American author's stories with an English setting.