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A Merry Little Murder
A MERRY LITTLE MURDER

Author:Shelley Freydont

This Christmas, former dancer Lindy Haggerty leaves her toe shoes behind to hit the glitzy International Ballroom Competition in Atlantic City, where it takes two to tango, but only one to kill...
The stakes are high with hoofers from around the world converging on the seaside gambling town,and they're about to get higher. The final evening of the competition is going to be filmed for network television, and the search is on for a couple to play Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a multimillion dollar feature film.
Lindy and company barely have time to unpack before the backbiting begins. Dawn Gilpatrick, owner of a famous dance studio, clues Lindy in to the politics and gossip behind the scenes. Seems a rival studio owned by her ex-husband/dance partner is trying to steal one of Dawn's top teachers, resulting in a lawsuit for breach of contract by Dawn. If that's not enough, her top couple,Shane Corbett and Katya Andrejewsky, are about to break up, courtesy of Shane, and unbeknownst to Katya.
Lindy's head is spinning more than the dancers are. Scandals and catfights are threatening to upstage the competition. Shane and Katya's sudden disappearance is the last straw for Dawn,professionally and financially. And just when things couldn't possibly get any worse, a body is discovered, washed up under the boardwalk. Though clad in turquoise silk and dance shoes, the victim is Shane. And Katya is still nowhere to be found.
With jealous divas, disgraced dress designers, spurned lovers and possessive partners thrown into the mix, there isn't a ballroom big enough to hold all the suspects. It's up to Lindy to take the lead in solving a Christmas mystery-before anyone else dances with death.
Shelley Freydont has toured internationally as a professional dancer with Twyla Tharp Dance and American Ballroom Theater. She has also choreographed for and appeared in films, television, and on Broadway. She is currently working on the next Lindy Haggerty mystery.

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A Cattered Murder
A CATERED MURDER

Author:Isis Crawford

Bernadette Simmons wasn't sure what to expect when she left L.A.,and her no-good, cheating boyfriend,to move back in with her too-close-for-comfort family in New York. And her sister Libby had no idea what she was in for when she hired Bernie to work for her catering business. But in between cutting up canapes and dishing up desserts, the two find themselves in the midst of a mystery they can really sink their teeth into.
It's only been a few days since Libby hired her sister Bernie to help out at A Little Taste of Heaven, and already they've got their hands full, baking cookies and slicing rare beef tenderloin to serve at a high school reunion. The dinner has a 'Dracula' theme and a very strange guest of honor: Laird Wrenn, a New York Times bestselling author of vampire novels. From the minute he sweeps into the school cafeteria, decked out in a cape, accompanied by some truly odd hangers-on, Libby and Bernie know this will be an evening unlike any other. And they're right. During his after dinner speech, Lionel pours a glass of water, takes a long sip, and drops stone-cold dead.
Talk about a recipe for disaster. Especially since the police are still combing through the dinner leftovers for clues, and have made it perfectly clear that they consider Libby a suspect. True, Libby had an argument with Lionel the day of his murder. But there are plenty of other people, Lionel's recently spurned girlfriend and his chatty publicity agent among them, who make much more plausible murderers. Now Libby and Bernie will have to put their heads together to figure out whodunit, in a mystery that promises to be deadly to the very last bite.

Retails:$5.99
C&B Price: $5.39
ISBN: 1575667258



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The Good House
THE GOOD HOUSE
Hardcover

Author:Tananarive Due

From the award-winning author of "The Black Rose" comes a terrifying story of supernatural suspense, as a woman searches for the inherited power that can save her hometown from evil forces.

Retails:$25.00
ISBN: 0743449002



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Inner City Blues
INNER CITY BLUES

Author:Paula Woods

When the City of Angels goes haywire following the beating of Reginald Denny, the last person you want to be is a black detective in the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division. Charlotte Justice, who's hearing her share of ethnic slurs from the back of the police bus trolling for rioters, gets beaten by her own colleagues when she tries to keep them off Lance Mitchell, an emergency-room doctor they find on King Boulevard past curfew. But Mitchell, a womanizer whose syndicated Love Doctor wife is doing e verything she can to keep their messy divorce quiet, may not be worth Charlotte's trouble, especially when his missing wallet is found under the corpse of Robert (``Cinque'') Lewis, the one-armed revolutionary who vanished after murdering Charlotte's husb and and baby daughter over ten years ago. Charlotte, who still can't bring herself to clean out her late family's things, is glad that her battles on Mitchell's behalf bring her together with Mitchell's boss Dr. Aubrey Scott, her onetime high-school flame , but she isn't ready to let Aubrey as far into her life as he wants to come.
When the City of Angels goes haywire following the beating of Reginald Denny, the last person you want to be is a black detective in the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division. Charlotte Justice, who's hearing her share of ethnic slurs from the back of the police bus trolling for rioters, gets beaten by her own colleagues when she tries to keep them off Lance Mitchell, an emergency-room doctor they find on King Boulevard past curfew. But Mitchell, a womanizer whose syndicated Love Doctor wife is doing e verything she can to keep their messy divorce quiet, may not be worth Charlotte's trouble, especially when his missing wallet is found under the corpse of Robert (``Cinque'') Lewis, the one-armed revolutionary who vanished after murdering Charlotte's husb and and baby daughter over ten years ago. Charlotte, who still can't bring herself to clean out her late family's things, is glad that her battles on Mitchell's behalf bring her together with Mitchell's boss Dr. Aubrey Scott, her onetime high-school flame , but she isn't ready to let Aubrey as far into her life as he wants to come. Meantime, a trail of fresh casualties leads from Cinque Lewis's Black Freedom Militia to gallery owner Reggie Peeples's program to foster inner-city black artists. What's the co nnection, and how do Charlotte's own department, and Charlotte herself, fit in? Anthologist Woods (Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes, 1995) puts an African-American spin on Sara Paretsky's trademarks (the broad canvas filled with big events, the tough-as-th e-boys heroine, the gimlet eye for urban corruption) in this important debut.

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Sin
SIN

Author:Crystal Rhodes

"My mother was a junkie." These startling words are Reverend Nedra Davis' introduction to the handsome, mysterious stranger named Sinclair Reasoner, who goes by the name, Sin. It is a name that will prove to be prophetic.When he turns to the Reverend Nedra Davis with a request for help with two boys abandoned by their mother, it becomes obvious that more than charity could forge a bond between them. But a dangerous secret lurks behind Sin's seductive smile-a secret that threatens to destroy not only their fledging relationship, but could cost Nedra her life. Unknown to her, or anyone else, Sinclair Reasoner launders money for the biggest drug dealer in Oakland.

Retails:$8.95
ISBN: 1585710172



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Sweet Sacrifice
SWEET SACRIFICE

Author:Crystal Rhodes

Bold and brassy, SASH ADAMS is an unemployed recent law school graduate struggling to raise her young brother alone. Why would anyone target her brother, Sweet, as a kidnap victim? Even more baffling is why would the kidnappers demand the ransom for her brother from a complete stranger? Desperate, Sash is willing to do almost anything to get her brother back. Reluctantly, she is forced to form a dangerous alliance with arrogant, media mogul BRANDON PLAINE. As personalities clash, tempers flare andpassions ignite, both Sash and Brandon are faced with the question of just how much each is willing to sacrifice to assure her brother's safe return.

Retails:$10.00
ISBN: 0971958610



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Best Seller
BEST SELLER

Author:Hope C. Clarke

Kurt Daley an aspired writer, gets more than she bargains for when her favorite best-selling author, Dean hands her a possession he is dying to pass on. Now his new protégé will fulfill her destiny and write the greatest best-seller ever. A dreadful tale that reaches out and touches everyone close to her. It isn't long before the accomplished writer finds herself living out a perilous tale of her own. Now, Kurt Daley will have to find the secrets hidden behind being a best-seller before the clock runs out. What if you knew that every page you wrote brought you closer to your end?

Retails:$12.95



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