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Beat the heat with some cold blooded murder

Summer in Mid-Missouri is hot like everywhere else, except for the humidity.  It’s the 70-80% humidity coupled with the 90 degree heat that makes the Ozarks truly enjoyable for 3 months of the year.  The Village Books staff was reminded of the sweating, the mosquitoes, the headaches, the short tempers, more damned mosquitoes, and before you know it someone has lost their temper and BOOM!

Sweet Cold Blooded Murder on a hot summer day done

the Village Books way.

Top Secret Twenty-One                                                           by Janet Evanovich

341 Pgs                List Price $28.00                       Our Price $20.99  (25% off)

 

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.
 
To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.
 
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.

 

Any Other Name: A Longmire Mystery                                by Craig Johnson

317 Pgs                    List Price $26.95                    Our Price $20.25 (25% off)

Sheriff Walt Longmire is sinking into a high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to take on a mercy case outside his jurisdiction. Detective Gerald Holman of neighboring Campbell County is dead, and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend, a by-the-book lawman with a wife and daughter, to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of Walt’s first grandchild in Philadelphia, he enlists the help of undersheriff Vic Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Gillette policeman Corbin Dougherty and, looking for answers, reopens Holman’s last case.

Before his mysterious death, Detective Holman was elbow-deep in a cold case involving three local women who’d gone missing with nothing to connect the disappearances—or so it seemed. The detective’s family and the Campbell County sheriff’s office beg Walt to drop the case. An open-and-shut suicide they say. But there’s a blood trail too hot to ignore, and it’s leading Walt in circles: from a casino in Deadwood, to a mysterious lodge in the snowy Black Hills of South Dakota, to a band of international hit men, to a shady strip club, and back again to the Campbell County sheriff’s office. Digging deeper, Walt will uncover a secret so dark it threatens to claim other lives before the sheriff can serve justice—Wyoming style.

 

Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel                                  By Nevada Barr

342 Pgs                 List Price $26.99                     Our Price $20.25   (25% off)

Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen. 

On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River.  When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.

 

Death in Saratoga Springs: Gilded Age Mystery          by Charles O’Brien

294 Pgs                      List Price $15.00               Our Price $11.25  (25% off)

From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs, private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War hero.

New York City, 1894.  Captain Jed Crake is a decorated veteran of the Union army and a successful mogul in the meatpacking industry.  But this powerful man also has a hidden private life as a predator of young women.  Working for attorney Jeremiah Prescott, private investigators Pamela Thompson and former NYPD detective Harry Miller are engaged to search for a maid allegedly abducted by the captain…

Before they can find the missing woman, Crake’s dark history catches up with him and he is murdered in a posh hotel in Saratoga Springs.  As fate would have it, Pamela’s ward, Francesca Ricci, working as a chambermaid in the hotel, is accused of the crime.  Now, in this pastoral playground of the idle rich, it’s up to Pamela and Miller to find Crake’s killer–as well as his victim–and save an innocent girl from a fate worse than death.

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