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Fresh Pick | DEATH OF A COZY WRITER by G.M. Malliet
Fresh Pick / October 14, 2009

St. Just Mystery #1July 2008On Sale: July 1, 2008Featuring: DCI Arthur St. Just312 pages ISBN: 0738712485EAN: 9780738712482Paperback$13.95 Mystery Police Procedural Buy at 2009 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Tiring of this device, the portly patriarch decides to weave a malicious twist into his well-worn plot. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow — a secret elopement with the beautiful Violet… who was once suspected of murdering her husband. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. Since Ruthven is generally hated, no one seems too surprised or upset — least of all his cold-blooded wife Lillian. When Detective Chief Inspector St. Just is brought in to investigate, he meets with a deadly calm that goes beyond the usual English reserve. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk — an ornate knife thrust into his heart. Trapped amid leering gargoyles and concrete…

Fresh Pick | THE SCARECROW by Michael Connelly
Fresh Pick / October 11, 2009

June 2009On Sale: May 26, 2009Featuring: Jack McEvoy448 pages ISBN: 0316166308EAN: 9780316166300Hardcover$27.99 Thriller Buy at Bouchercon 2009 Guest of Honor The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly The instant #1 bestseller from author Michael Connelly–“the best mystery writer in the world” (GQ)–brings back the hero of The Poet in a terrifying new thriller. Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paperto write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow’s so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent. Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poetmade his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar–and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack’s. An excellent thriller that’s fast-paced and hard to put down. Previous Picks Visit to learn more about books and authors.