A Justified Murder, by Jude Deveraux.
Lachlan, Florida, was rocked last year when two bodies were uncovered in the roots of a fallen tree. Sara Medlar, her niece Kate, and Jack Wyatt found themselves at the center of the mystery, working to reveal the truth behind a decades-old secret in the small town. They vowed to never again involve themselves in something so dangerous–until Janet Beeson is murdered. They are determined to leave this case to the professionals, but people are eager to tell their stories and clear their names with the trio who solved the Morris murders. Even the sheriff is hoping they’ll help. And once the town gets talking, they begin to see that there are more secrets buried in quiet Lachlan than anyone could have imagined…
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, by Joanne Fluke.
When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery-not the scandal surrounding her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Delores’s penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case that’s messier than an upended chocolate cream pie.
The Wedding Guest, by Jonathan Kellerman.
LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners-themed wedding reception where a bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman. What’s missing is any identification, or a single party goer who recognizes the victim. Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. The party’s over–and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.
California Girls, by Susan Mallery.
Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation. She’s desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal. Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer, except, being pregnant is a lot lonelier–and more complicated–than she imagined. Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe–for once–someone sees her in a way no one ever has. These sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor.
Killer Instinct, by James Patterson.
The murder of an Ivy League professor pulls Dr. Dylan Reinhart out of his ivory tower and onto the streets of New York, where he reunited with his old partner, Detective Elizabeth Needham. As the worst act of terror since 9/11 strikes the city, a name on the casualty list rocks Dylan’s world. Is his secret past about to be brought to light? Dylan literally wrote the book on the psychology of murder, and he and Elizabeth have solved cases that have baffled conventional detectives. But the sociopath they’re facing this time is the opposite of a textbook case. There’s no time to study for the test he’s about to give them. And if they fail, they die.
Connections in Death, by J. D. Robb.
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads–and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For help they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering–whose brother Lyle pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support. But when Lyle is found dead with a syringe in his lap, Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. Eve and Roarke both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…