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  • Kiled at the Whim of a Hat: Jimm Juree
    Author: Cotterill, Colin
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312564537 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ star Booklist
    Set in rural Thailand, Killed at the Whim of a Hat is the launch of a brand-new series by the internationally bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Coroner's Lunch.
    Updated 5.15.11
  • Love Songs from a Shallow Grave: Dr. Siri
    Author: Cotterill, Colin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569476277 Date: 2010
    starPW star LJ
    Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all-expenses-paid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator
    Author: Hall, Tarquin
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781416583691 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Murder is no laughing matter. Yet a prominent Indian scientist dies in a fit of giggles when a Hindu goddess appears from a mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic. Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, master of disguise and lover of all things fried and spicy, doesn't believe the murder is a supernatural occurrence, and proving who really killed Dr. Suresh Jha will require all the detective's earthly faculties. To get at the truth, he and his team of undercover operatives--Facecream, Tubelight, and Flush--travel from the slum where India's hereditary magicians must be persuaded to reveal their secrets to the holy city of Haridwar on the Ganges. How did the murder weapon miraculously crumble into ash? Will Maharaj Swami have the last laugh? And perhaps more important, why is Puri's wife, Rumpi, chasing petty criminals with his Mummy-ji when she should be at home making his rotis? Stopping only to indulge his ample Punjabi appetite, Puri uncovers a web of spirituality, science, and sin unique in the annals of crime. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.22.10
  • Vish Puri: The Case of the Missing Servant
    Author: Hall, Tarquin
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781416583684 Date: 2009
    starKirkus star LJ star Booklist
    The first in an irresistible new detective series introduces Vish Puri, who styles himself as the best private investigator in India. His main gig is running background checks, but bigger, more sensational cases are coming his way.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Brutal Telling
    Author: Penny, Louise
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312377038 Date: 2009
    star PW starLJ star Booklist
    The peace of Three Pines is shattered when a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing long-buried secrets.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Wife of the Gods
    Author: Quartey, Kwei
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781400067596 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    Lyrical and captivating, Kwei Quartey's debut novel brings to life the majesty and charm of Ghana-from the capital city of Accra to a small community where long-buried secrets are about to rise to the surface. This is a compelling and unique mystery, enriched by an exotic setting and a vivid cast. And Inspector Darko Dawson-dedicated family man, rebel in the office, and ace in the field-is one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.15.09

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