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February 14, 2014

Killingly Romantic: Some Great Mysteries with a Little Romance on the Side

There’s nothing like a little doggerel to set the heart a-flutter:

Roses are sneezy
Chocolate passé
Lingerie’s sleazy,
Wine? She’s in AA.
You don’t have the money
For a Kindle or Nook
So offer your honey
A mystery book.

The Art of Deception, by Elizabeth IronsideThe Art of Deception

BY ELIZABETH IRONSIDE

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A fascinating character study with a stunning surprise in its tail; “The plotting is deft, the characters interesting, and the passages about authenticating paintings are as exciting as the book itself” (Sunday Times of London)

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Orchestrated Death, by Cynthia Harrod-EaglesOrchestrated Death

BY CYNTHIA HARROD-EAGLES

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The first in a series remarkable for its irresistibly clever writing laced with the very best puns, as well as a complicated central romance “A bravura debut” (New York Times)

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Landscape of Lies, by Peter WatsonLandscape of Lies

BY PETER WATSON

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“A wonderful offering” (Library Journal) mixing art-history and increasingly tense suspense, as an art-dealer races a murderer to decipher the clues in a painting

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The Rainaldi Quartet, by Paul AdamThe Rainaldi Quartet

BY PAUL ADAM

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“A fascinating historical journey in the mystery of a legendary lost violin” (Sunday Telegraph [UK])

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The Romeo Flag, by Carolyn HouganThe Romeo Flag

BY CAROLYN HOUGAN

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An irresistible mix of WWII Shanghai, a lost heir to the Romanov throne, CIA intrigue and suspense by a writer of “enormous talent” (San Francisco Examiner)

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The Truth About Unicorns, by Bonnie Jones ReynoldsThe Truth About Unicorns

BY BONNIE JONES REYNOLDS

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Set in upstate New York in the 1920s, this novel resembles Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” in its portrayal of a small isolated community; “ties events, families, and witchcraft together so deftly…I could hardly put it down until I knew how it all came out” (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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Close Up, by Esther VerhoefClose-Up

BY ESTHER VERHOEF

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An intelligent, sexy thriller with a compelling and relatable heroine; you may think you know what’s going on…but you’ll be surprised. “Excellent, fluid writing and sharp dialogue … both a thriller and an always-interesting portrait of a woman groping her way into the light” (Tangled Web)

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