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61 Beaton, M. C. Love, Lies and Liquor
St. Martin's Minotaur 2006 0312349106 / 9780312349103 Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Agatha Raisin Mysteries; 0.5 x 5.7 x 1 Inches; 240 pages; Book Club Edition Agatha Raisin is lonely. Busy as she is with her detective agency and the meetings of the Carsely Ladies' Society, she still misses her ex-husband, James Lacey, so she welcomes his return to the cottage next door with her usual triumph of optimism over experience---especially when he invites her on holiday at a surprise location that was once very dear to him. With visions of a romantic hideaway in Italy or the Pacific dancing in her head, Agatha goes off happily with James to...Snoth-on-Sea, in Sussex. While James may have fond memories of boyhood holidays there, Snoth-on-Sea has seen better days, as has the once-grand Palace Hotel, now run-down and tacky and freezing cold. Nor do the other guests have much to recommend them, especially the brassy honeymoon couple, Mr. And Mrs. Jankers, who pick a fight with Agatha in the dining room. But trouble has a way of following Agatha even if romance does not: Just as she and James are preparing to flee to warmer climes, Geraldine Jankers is found dead on the beach---strangled with Agatha's scarf. So much for Agatha's holiday fantasies: Not only is it time to put her detective skills to work, but the police are not even sure that she'll be allowed to leave town.


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62 Beaton, M. C. The Perfect Paragon
St. Martin's Minotaur 2005 031230448X / 9780312304485 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Agatha Raisin Mysteries; 0.9 x 8.2 x 5.5 Inches; 240 pages; 'Outwardly bossy and vain, inwardly insecure and vulnerable, Agatha grows more endearing with each installment.'-Cleveland Plain Dealer After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin In-vestigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases-especially when she's been hired by a pompous jerk like Smedley-but she has a business to run now and she's not about to turn away a paying client.


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63 Beaton, M. C. & M.C. Beaton Death of a Poison Pen
Mysterious Press 2004 0892967889 / 9780892967889 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
0.6 x 8.3 x 5.5 Inches; 256 pages; Poison pen letters lead to murder in this new Hamish Macbeth mystery from M.C.Beaton. When the townspeople of Lochdubh begin receiving poison pen letters, no one takes them very seriously, even if they are full of wild accusations. But Hamish fears that they might lead to something deadly. His instincts prove correct when the town's postmistress is found hanging from a rope with a poison pen letter at her feet. Though it appears to be a suicide, Hamish suspects something more sinister. Attempting to trace the letters, the last thing Hamish needs is any distractions, but soon Jenny Ogilvie arrives in Lochdubh determined to seduce him. Realizing that she is unable to take Hamish's mind off his case, Jenny decides to do a little investigating of her own. Now, Hamish finds himself in a race to solve the mystery of the poison pen letters before someone else dies, including one likely target-Jenny.


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64 Beaton, M.C. The Deadly Dance An Agatha Raisin Mystery
St. Martin's Minotaur 2004 0312304366 / 9780312304362 Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
0.94 x 8.19 x 5.83 Inches; 240 pages; Book Club Edition Bossy, impulsive, and unlucky in love, the all-too-human Agatha Raisin has proved to be a surprisingly effective---and endearing---amateur sleuth. But can Agatha make it as a private investigator? After getting mugged on vacation, in what she will always think of as the Paris Incident, she decides to find out. Agatha soon learns that running her own detective agency in the Cotswolds is not quite like starring in a Raymond Chandler movie. Instead of dames in distress with big shoulder pads, her clients are ladies with missing cats and a man whose son has run off with his car. Agatha even worries that she might be outclassed by her sixty-seven-year-old secretary, Emma Comfrey. But then wealthy divorceacute; e Catherine Laggat-Brown walks in with their first "real" case. Mrs. Laggat-Brown's daughter has received a death threat, and when Agatha thwarts an attack on the girl at a dinner dance, she recognizes an opportunity to show what Raisin Investigations can do. Even better, the case gives her a chance to reunite with her long-absent friend, Sir Charles Fraith. As they scour the Cotswolds in search of leads, Charles' insights prove invaluable and his charms irresistible, leading poor Emma to fall madly in love with him. As ever, Agatha bumbles her way through the case, trying her friends' patience and flirting shamelessly with the chief suspect. Will she put her tiny agency on the map, or has even the outrageous Agatha finally bitten off more than she can chew?


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65 Begiebing, Robert J. Strange Death of Mistress Coffin
Algonquin Books 1991 0945575564 / 9780945575566 book club ed Hardcover 
very good condition; NOVI000230


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66 Beller, Isi Sacred Fire: A Medical Thriller
Arcade Publishing Arcade Publishing 1990 1st ed Hardcover 
B008077; 390 very good contents & dustjacket


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Dash P. I., Benjamin, Carol Lea
67 Benjamin, Carol Lea Dash P. I.
GuildAmerica Books 1997 1568655770 / 9781568655772 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
1.4 x 8.3 x 5.8 Inches


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68 Berendt, John The City of Falling Angels
The Penguin Press 2005 1594200580 / 9781594200588 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
1.5 x 9.3 x 5.7 Inches; 414 pages; The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants

It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on The New York Times bestseller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46 percent. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice-a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble--foundations shift, marble ornaments fall--even as efforts to preserve them are underway. The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective-inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city-while gradually revealing the truth about the fire. In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking "suicide" prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the first family of American expatriates that loses possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, partygoing Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning one another's motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others-stool pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James.


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69 Berry, Steve The Alexandria Link A Novel
Ballantine Books 2007 0345485750 / 9780345485755 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
1.5 x 9.3 x 6.4 Inches; 480 pages; Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. State Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: “You have something I want. You’re the only person on earth who knows where to find it. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria.

A cradle of ideas–historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious–the Library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But fifteen hundred years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend–its vast bounty of wisdom coveted ever since by scholars, fortune hunters, and those who believe its untold secrets hold the key to ultimate power.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls, bent on altering the course of history, is desperate to breach the library’s hallowed halls–and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed. At stake is an explosive ancient document with the potential not only to change the destiny of the Middle East but to shake the world’s three major religions to their very foundations.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, even to the highest levels of American government–and the shattering outcome, deep in the Sinai desert, will have worldwide repercussions.


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70 Birmingham, Maisie Sleep in a Ditch
Charles Scribners Sons 1978 0002317478 / 9780002317474 book club ed Hardcover 
very good condition; NOVI000256


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71 Black, Ethan Irresistible
Ballantine Books 2000 0345433475 / 9780345433473 1st ed hardcover 
very good contents & dustjacket (B36; B047425; 391 pages


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72 Black, Gavin Eyes Around Me, The
Harper & Row Harper & Row 1964 book club ed hardcover 
B008211; 216 pp hardcover, good contents. covers & dustjacket; shelf cocked


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73 Black, Veronica Vow of Chastity
St. Martins Press 1991 0709045093 / 9780709045090 book club ed Hardcover 
very good condition; NOVI000268


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74 Black, Walter J. World's Great Detective Stories, The
Collier Collier 1928 softcover 
B007785; 842 pp, good, front & back end pages discolored softcover, leatherbound, flaking at edges & spine, contents very good


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75 Blankenship, William D. Brotherly Love
Arbor House 1981 0877953015 / 9780877953012 book club ed Hardcover 
very good condition; NOVI000257


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76 Blatty, William Peter Legion
Simon & Schuster Simon & Schuster 1983 0671470450 / 9780671470456 book club ed hardcover 
B008551; 248 pp hardcover, dustjacket very good, contents very good


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77 Blatty, William Peter Legion
Simon & Schuster Simon & Schuster 1983 0671470450 / 9780671470456 book club ed hardcover 
B008573; 248 pp hardcover, dustjacket very good, contents very good; (B458)


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78 Blauner, Peter Man of the Hour
Little Brown & Co (T) 1999 0316038172 / 9780316038171 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
1.4 x 9 x 6 Inches; 424 pages; When high school teacher David Fitzgerald prevents his students from boarding a bus that turns out to be carrying a bomb, he is hailed as a modern hero, applauded on TV shows, and praised by the president. His fortune changes just as quickly when, however, when the police reveal that he is also considered a suspect. Suddenly, his media appearances are made to look sinister, his livelihood is taken away, and even his ability to see his own son is threatened. Transformed from hero to pariah, David must do what he can to salvage his life and find out the truth behind the crime.


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79 Blauner, Peter Slipping into Darkness A Novel
Little, Brown and Company 2006 0316098663 / 9780316098663 Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
1.5 x 9.1 x 6.2 Inches; 400 pages; Book Club Edition; it has been two decades since Detective Francis X. Loughlin solved his first big case, the brutal murder of a woman doctor. The young man convicted of the killing, Julian Vega, is back on the streets now, released on a technicality after years of appeals. Not long after his release, another murder takes place, one so similar to that long-ago case that Julian is the first suspect in Detective Loughlins sights. However, the DNA evidence that is now a routine part of policework points in an impossible direction. If the evidence is correct, Loughlin has to rethink decades of certaintyand Julian may be the only person alive who can help him make it through this case. With his laser-sharp vision for motives and secrets of human nature, Peter Blauner has crafted a crime story of the highest order, in which the ending is an unguessable shock and the characters are unforgettably real. Blauner is at the top of his form in this chilling tour de force, a novel that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.


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80 Blauner, Peter The Intruder
Simon & Schuster Simon & Schuster 1996 0684810948 / 9780684810942 hardcover 
B008337; 396 pp hardcover; very good contents, covers & dustjacket


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