By Margaret Frazer
From the pages of the Edgar-nominated Dame Frevisse series...
A ROYAL INTRIGUE...
In the overdue autumn of 1435, Joliffe and his fellow avid gamers are in London to accomplish for the Bishop Beaufort. yet his Eminence has different tasks in brain for the corporate. With the Duke of Bedford's passing, formidable lords and monks are plotting to imagine his position as consultant to the younger King Henry VI - and the Bishop must recognize what his competitors are planning.
Dispatched to entertain - and secret agent on - England's royals, Joliffe and corporate come across intrigue from numerous factions either inside and with no the dominion. And while males who recognize an excessive amount of start to die in violent methods, the gamers begin to worry for his or her personal lives...
PRAISE FOR JOLIFFE
"[In A Play of Knaves] the writer seamlessly weaves in interval information that provide the reader a real experience of the perils, attractiveness, and truth of lifestyles at the moment. The secret, as constantly, is expertly performed, and revolves round precise issues of the time. Any reader attracted to mysteries and heritage will locate this one worth the time." - CA Reviews
"If you're an historic secret fan...you'll are looking to rush out and get this excellent sequence ... Entertains and confounds with its intricately plotted secret and richly exact writing..." - The Romance Readers Connection
"Brings the interval to lush life... Such richly imagined mysteries come round too rarely." - Roundtable Reviews
compliment FOR MARGARET FRAZER
"Prepare to be enchanted as Margaret Frazer transports you again to the fifteenth century." - Romantic Times
"More than simply an outstanding learn. The reader comes away sadder and wiser, understanding that what tehy've learn is that stuff of genuine existence. Brava!" - Historical Novels Review
"A delicate and soaking up saga of conspiracy and treachery in 15th-century England... A tantalizing mystery seems to have lovely political implications." - Publishers Weekly
"Finely plotted and subtly shaded. Frazer has the exact substance that brings an period to lifestyles, whereas her characters' mental make-up is as cunningly wrought because the historic background." - Publishers Weekly
"Margaret Frazer has quietly claimed her position as one of many preeminent writers of historic crime fiction, offering the total package deal - a great secret, outstanding characters, and a desirable interval of background. Her novels are a dream to read." - Aunt Agatha's Newsletter
Herodotus Award Winner.
Twice nominated for the Edgar Award
Twice nominated for the Minnesota booklet Award
A Romantic instances best Pick.
By M. C. Beaton
Cranky yet lovely sleuth Agatha Raisin's detective corporation has turn into such a success that she wishes not anything greater than to take caliber time for leisure and leisure. yet once she starts off remaining the service provider on weekends, she recollects that once she has lots of caliber time, she doesn't comprehend what to do with it. So it doesn't take a lot for the vicar of a close-by village to cajole her to assist publicize the church fete - in particular whilst the fair's organizer, George Selby, seems to be a stunning widower.
Agatha brings out the crowds for the fete, okay, yet there's extra happening than blameless village enjoyable. a number of of the choices within the jam-tasting sales space grow to be spiked with LSD, and the festive kinfolk occasion turns into the scene of 2 murders.
Along along with her younger and (much to her dismay) beautiful sidekick, Toni, Agatha needs to discover the reality at the back of the jam tampering, hold the church cash secure from robbery, and disclose the nasty secrets and techniques lurking within the village -...
By Carol Shields
By James Church
"Hidden Moon reads extra like a secret agent novel via a Korean Kafka. ultimate observe: Fascinating." ―Rocky Mountain News
In A Corpse within the Koryo, James Church brought readers to at least one of the main specific detectives to seem on web page in years---the elusive Inspector O. the lovely secret was once named the most effective mystery/thrillers of 2006 via the Chicago Tribune for its superbly spare prose and layered descriptions of a terrain Church understands by means of middle.
And now the Inspector is back.
In Hidden Moon, Inspector O returns from a undertaking in a foreign country to discover his new police commander ready at his workplace door. there was a financial institution robbery---the first ever in Pyongyang---and the commander calls for motion, and quick. yet is that this urgency for genuine? someplace, an individual within the North Korean management does not wish Inspector O to accomplish his research. And why no longer? What if the theft ends up in the top degrees of the regime? What if energy, now not a necessity for funds, is the genuine reason for the heist on the Gold celebrity Bank?
Given a decision, this is not a path a detective within the Pyongyang police would wish to keep on with the entire solution to the top, even a path marked with monogrammed silk stockings. "I'm unsure i do know the place the financial institution is," is O's laconic statement because the caution bells burst off in his head. A Scottish policeman despatched to supply safety for a traveling British reputable, a sultry Kazakh financial institution supervisor, and a mournful fellow detective all mix to place O in the midst of a spiderweb of conspiracies that turns into extra tangled, and unsafe, the extra he pulls at the threads.
once more, as he did in A Corpse within the Koryo, James Church opens a window onto a society the place not anything is sort of because it turns out. the tale serves because the reader's flashlight, illuminating a spot that outsiders think is usually darkish and too distant to grasp. Church's descriptions of the rustic and its individuals are spare and starkly attractive; the discussion is lean, each suggestion weighed and measured earlier than it truly is spoken. no longer a note is wasted, simply because during this position nobody can manage to pay for to be misunderstood.
Praise for Hidden Moon:
"The book's usually sharp repartee is equivalent to Raymond Chandler's discussion, whereas the corrupt North Korean paperwork presents an unique yet solely convincing noir backdrop. . . . Like Marlowe and Spade ahead of him, Inspector O navigates the shadows and, from time to time, unearths fact within the half-light." ―The Wall highway Journal
"[Hidden Moon] . . . is like not anything else i have ever learn. Church creates an completely convincing, internally constant global of the absurd the place orders suggest the other of what they are saying and forms commonly will get routed to oblivion." ―Hallie Ephron, The Boston Globe
"Church makes use of his years of intelligence paintings to very good virtue right here, offering one duplicitous plot twist after one other . . . the author's affection for the panorama and folks of Korea is amply obtrusive. [A] wonderful conclusion." ―The Washington Post
"...the genuine excitement of Hidden Moon is its conversations, loaded down with layers of secrecy and suspicion that floor phrases are meaningless within the face of buried purpose. due to Church, secret readers are studying concerning the minds and hearts of North Koreans--and placing a human face on a global thus far away." --The Baltimore Sun
Critical popularity of A Corpse within the Koryo:
"A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling stable secret novel, packed with strange characters excited by a fancy plot that retains you guessing to the end." --Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post
"The most sensible unclassified account of ways North Korea works and why it has survived . . . This novel may be required bedtime studying for President Bush and his nationwide protection team." --Peter Hayes, govt director of the Nautilus Institute for protection and Sustainable Development
"A new delivering that reminds you of why you all started interpreting mysteries and thrillers within the first place." --Chicago Tribune
"What's probably so much remarkable---and appealing---about A Corpse within the Koryo is the drastically smart complexity (and deceptions) of the plot. The reader is left to surprise on the author's skill to maintain his readers on their highbrow feet for nearly 300 pages. we will be able to in basic terms wish that Church has many extra novels up his sleeve." --Tampa Tribune
"An extraordinary debut that calls to brain such secret thrillers as Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In Inspector O, the writer has crafted a fancy personality with tough attraction to spare, and in perpetually static North Korea, he has a environment that may fascinate readers for sequels to come." --Time journal (Asia edition)
By Pauline Rowson
Horton and Cantelli are referred to as to a nursing domestic the place an aged resident, being affected by dementia, claims she's been attacked by way of an interloper. Horton is able to brush aside it as senile ramblings until eventually he discovers that her room-mate has died, the useless woman's property are lacking and her son, convicted for armed theft, has been chanced on useless in his mobile. as though this is not sufficient, Horton additionally has to accommodate a chain of threatening cell calls to a tv character, and a mother's conviction that her son's dying on Christmas Eve was once no coincidence. quickly, to his shock, Horton unearths he's stuck up in a fancy research that has far-reaching foreign implications. With the strain directly to discover a killer, and hampered via his trust that his bosses are mendacity to him, Horton discovers that he is stepped right into a internet of intrigue, deception and corruption that stretches again into the earlier.
By Brad Parks
Reading his personal newspaper's obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes throughout that of a lady named Nancy Marino, who used to be the sufferer of a hit-and-run whereas she used to be at the activity offering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck through the chance to put in writing a heroic piece approximately a daily lady killed too younger, he heads to her wake to collect tributes and anecdotes. it is the final position Ross expects to discover controversy--which is precisely what occurs while considered one of Nancy's sisters convinces him that the coincidence would possibly not were unintended at all.
It seems that the type and beneficiant Nancy can have made a couple of enemies, beginning together with her boss on the diner the place she used to be a part-time waitress, or even together with the writer of the Eagle-Examiner. Carter's research of this probably uncomplicated tale quickly has him in great difficulty along with his full-time editor and someday female friend, Tina Thompson, let alone the remainder of his bosses on the paper, yet he cannot permit it go--the tale is too solid, and it retains improving. yet will his nostril for difficulty ultimately take him too far?
Brad Parks's smart-mouthed, quick-witted reporter returns in The woman subsequent Door--another action-packed access in his award-winning sequence, written with an unforgettable mixture of humor and suspense.
By Mari Jungstedt
"Jungstedt provides a superb clammy surroundings and a relentless premonition of peculiar deaths to return. She's turning into considered one of Scandinavia's top crime writers, no suggest praise in a crowded field."
—The London Times
"This is likely one of the most sensible in Jungstedt’s fascinating crime sequence that includes Swedish policeman Anders Knutas and reporter Johan Berg and set at the island of Gotland. . . .[This] tightly written and twisty crime novel [leaves] sequence enthusiasts short of extra. It doesn’t topic if sequence beginners haven’t learn the former titles; the booklet is so good crafted that rookies can simply choose up velocity. enthusiasts of Helene Tursten or Håkan Nesser will get pleasure from Jungstedt!"
—Library Journal, starred review
It is a chilly wintry morning within the picturesque port city of Visby whilst paintings broker Egon Wallin's battered and bare physique is located striking from a gate within the town's previous urban partitions. while the well-known portray "The demise Dandy" is stolen in Stockholm, demanding hyperlinks to Wallin's homicide slowly begin to floor, taking the reader into the glittering global of the Swedish paintings elite and shadowy underground of prostitution and medication. during this spine-tingling novel, superintendent Anders Knutas is dealing with one of many hardest investigations in his career.
After this weekend his well-ordered existence will be grew to become upside-down, yet he was once the one one that knew what lay forward. He had formulated the plans during the last six months, and now there has been no going again. His twenty-year marriage will be over while Monday arrived.
Mari Jungstedt is understood for her clever plots and excruciating suspense. Her Anders Knutas sequence has made her the second one most sensible promoting crime-in-translation writer released via Random condo global. a number of the titles were changed into well known video clips with eu distribution. formerly Jungstedt labored as a reporter on Swedish nationwide public radio and television.
By Amanda Cross
Wealthy and witty, the literary whodunits by way of Amanda move are a pride for readers who like their mysteries clever and suspenseful. Now comes the hugely expected sequel to her Kate Fansler novel, Honest Doubt, which the Providence Journal known as “one of [her] top books in years.” the following, move takes her loved protagonist into uncharted territory, turning Kate Fansler’s global upside down.
Just whilst Kate Fansler thinks existence couldn’t in all likelihood carry from now on surprises, she gets a mobilephone name from Laurence, the eldest of her imperious brothers. yet a girl as sharp as Kate is familiar with that the instant one stops believing in life’s little bends within the street is the time while it has extra twists in store.
Kate has constantly been diversified from the opposite Fanslers–a unfastened and self sustaining philosopher in a kinfolk the place propriety and decorum are prized especially. She has consistently assumed it used to be simply because she used to be the youngest and the single woman within the relations. yet over a drink with Laurence, Kate’s complete realizing of herself is thrown into query as he evenly tells her unusual guy got here to his workplace claiming to be Kate’s father–and it’s particularly attainable that she isn't a Fansler after all.
There are much more risky curves within the street for Kate Fansler, particularly after she meets the fellow who calls himself her father. while extra life-threatening secrets and techniques and lies emerge, Kate and the Fansler family members are all at once pitched perilously with reference to the sting of doom
From the Hardcover edition.