Freya Miller, funny and tenacious with a taste for vodka, escapes a recent tragedy by answering an advertisement for a nursing job that promises “Light Duties. Large Pay. No Questions Asked or Answered.”
Her new employer is the infamous, eccentric, and stupendously rich Vincetti family, heads of the Halcyon Corporation. Her task will be to care for their adored heir, Elijah, who is currently lying in a coma amidst an armada of premium machinery. The Vincettis claim this golden boy is everything from a saint to a genius, but they refuse to reveal how he entered a comatose state.
As Freya explores the labyrinthine Vincetti mansion and the secrets it holds, she becomes aware that the family members are far more deluded and dangerous than rumored. Why, during the next few weeks, do the heads of rival corporations rapidly fall prey to a series of elaborate executions? Do Vincettis pre-plan disasters like oil spills so that their rivals are squelched and their humanitarian responses get prime press coverage?
Freya befriends Jack Vincetti, the family’s “black sheep” son whose rare illness keeps him shut away. She is a fan of his sole novel, but now she learns that he is writing a new book with a story line that has uncanny similarities to the recent murders.
Things take an even more bizarre turn when the Vincettis host a birthday party for Elijah, wheeling him out in a tuxedo and acting almost as if he is conscious. Freya befriends Elijah’s fiancée, Rosaline, and discovers that she is the heir to one of Halcyon’s major rival corporations. A wedding will merge the two companies and grant Halcyon dominance in the global pharmaceutical industry.
It has been said that comedies always end with weddings, tragedies with funerals. This story ends with both a bride and a body count. J. M. Donellan’s dazzling North American debut novel mixes outlandish, eccentric story lines with cinematic zest.
London, 1923. Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh is the first woman to hold the position at University College of London. When she attends a dinner party for the school, she expects to engage in conversations about the university's large expedition to the Amazon. What she doesn't expect is for Mrs. Henry, one of the professors' wives, to drop to the floor, poisoned by an unknown toxin.
Dr. Maxwell, Saffron's mentor, is the main suspect, and evidence quickly mounts. Joined by flirtatious fellow researcher Alexander Ashton, Saffron uses her knowledge of botany as she explores steamy greenhouses, dark gardens, and deadly poisons to clear Maxwell's name.
Will she be able to uncover the truth, or will her investigation land her on the murderer's list?
In this entertaining examination of society's expectations, debut author Kate Khavari deftly sheds a light on the struggles of women in a male-dominated field, wrapped in mystery and murder.
Rosie Cantrell has a past that even her husband knows nothing of. Born Samantha Ashby, she abandoned her old life when her twin sister was murdered and their trust fund was stolen. Journalist Frank Stokes knows Rosie's story, and, nearly ten years later, he intends to write a book about the sisters. Tracing Rosie, he visits Thursdale, the village where she now lives with Mike and their baby son, Noah. Compelled to reveal her past to Mike, Rosie tells him of the man she dated who later killed her sister-and who was subsequently killed while in prison awaiting trial. To this day, there is no sign of the two-million-pound trust fund. When Stokes goes missing, the police question Rosie and Mike-and when Stokes's body is found close to their cottage, they become persons of interest. Soon, the investigation uncovers even more secrets, and threatens to destroy both their marriage and their lives...
World War I stretches its cruel fingers across Europe, where five young people, each from different backgrounds and nations, face
the terror of battle, the deprivations of hunger, and all the awful challenges of war.
Felix, from Austria-Hungary, longs for the bravery to resist Jewish deportations before his own family can be taken.
Kara, from Britain, dreams of someday earning her Red Cross pin and working as a nurse -- or even a doctor.
Juliette, of France, hopes her family can remain knitted together, despite her father's imprisonment, as the war's longest battle
stretches on and on.
Elsa, from Germany, hopes her homing pigeon might one day bring her a friend from out of the chaos.
And Dimitri, of Russia, wants only to survive the front, where he's been sent with no weapon.
None of them will find exactly what they want. But the winds of fate may cross their paths to give each of them just what they
need. And in this remarkable exploration of World War I by critically acclaimed author Jennifer A. Nielsen, they will discover that
friendship and courage can light the way through the most frightening of nights.
Theadingford dig site, present day. Detective Rozlyn Priest never expected to find herself here. Teetering on the brink of an ancient grave. She takes a breath, willing herself to look down. Old bones, broken relics-that's what should be buried here, not the dead man staring back at her now. He is Charlie Higgins, a petty criminal Roz once called on for help. Is she the reason he's dead? Slashed with a spear that belongs in the Dark Ages? Roz won't rest until she finds the truth. But her investigation is leading nowhere. And now she's seeing things-visions of a flame-haired Saxon warrior who shares her thirst for justice. But just how much deeper is Roz prepared to dig? Slipping effortlessly between two intertwining mysteries, Jane Adams has crafted a police procedural like no other. Her unique blend of intrigue, mystery, and history will captivate fans of Kate Mosse, Barbara Erskine, Alex North, Ruth Ware, Bridget Collins, Jessie Burton, Mark Edwards, and Stephen King.
A woman's body is found stuffed inside a wheelie bin, stripped of her clothes, drained of her blood, thrown out with the rubbish. Detective Jeff Rickman is on the case. Within hours, the police have their prime suspect. And it's Rickman himself. Elsewhere, a cruel prank ends with four innocent people burnt to death. Rickman's convinced there's a connection with his murdered Jane Doe. But can he unravel the truth and clear his name before anyone else dies? Perfect for fans of Carol Wyer, Lisa Jewell, Karin Slaughter, Jess Ryder, Mark Edwards and Charlie Gallagher, this book was originally published as The Dispossessed.
Megan Ward goes missing, and suspicion falls on the stalker seen outside her house. Detective Jeff Rickman is brought in to investigate-it should be a simple missing person case. But the closer he looks the more mysterious Megan herself becomes. There are no photos, no passport, no family or friends from an earlier life. Meanwhile Patrick Doran, owner of Safe Hands Security, is living his own nightmare. A hacker has breached his computer network, where he thought he had safely buried his past. Then someone close to Megan is murdered. And Rickman soon realizes that the woman who doesn't exist is very real, very elusive, and very dangerous to know. Perfect for fans of Carol Wyer, Lisa Jewell, Karin Slaughter, Jess Ryder, Ian Rankin, Mark Edwards, and Charlie Gallagher, this book was originally published as Now You See Me.
From one ending comes a new beginning...
Ruby was murdered on Earth eighteen years ago and reincarnated on Zadok as a Pastel Zeek named Harlow. To be born at the bottom of her race's caste colour system to a middle-class family of Magentas has made Harlow a source of conflict amongst the ruling Purples, and a source of derision from all three colours.
When Harlow is attacked by a fuegor on Zadok, the effects of its slow reacting venom triggers an unforeseen phenomenon, and due to the strong connection she had with her former twin sister Jade, her human spirit is unexpectedly drawn back to Earth. Now living a double life, she has plunged into a world of intrigue on both planets.
On earth, she watches on in horror as Jade reconnects with Lucas, the man who murdered her and got away with it. And to complicate things further, she's being pursued by Alex, the ghost of Lucas' twin. On Zadok, she becomes embroiled with Jax, the son of the Commanding family. He's determined to bring about change to the colony's colour system, but it'll come at a cost.
As Harlow mixes with the political intrigue of the Zeeks, will she become a victim of those trying to rigidly maintain the status quo or will she usher in a revolution?
And will ghost Ruby resist the temptation of the handsome Alex or pursue an impossible relationship that could have dire consequences on both planets?
Alex has called it quits and stormed off, leaving Harlow alone and vulnerable in the danger zone with little chance of survival and a broken heart.
Luckily Jax finds her and brings her back to the caves. However, little does she know she's returning with multiple souvenirs.
Standing out for all the wrong reasons has become Harlow's specialty, and as the effects of her vertic switz tattoo set in and new issues are brought to light, she and her friends will find themselves in the line of fire with Rae and Electra.
Despite Jax's attempts to neutralise the colour system, the Winter caves have become a death trap for Harlow, and Summer's castle is no place for a Zeek. Harlow's only sanctuary might be Spring's Drake village, but her former ties to a Vallon are sure to cause friction with some of the residents.
Due to an unfortunate series of events, a teenage girl named Carmilla is left in the care of a wealthy widower and his daughter, Laura. Laura, upon meeting the poor girl, comes to realize that she knows her face. Years prior when she was but a child, Laura was haunted by a presence in her room with the likeness of the young girl. Convinced it was just a nightmare, Laura and Carmilla become fast friends. But as Carmilla's stay continues, strange things begin to happen to the townspeople nearby. It's not until Carmilla disappears that Laura and her father discover the truth about their mysterious houseguest.