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Death and Dessert

Works Featured in Death & Dessert Programs

Peter Abrahams (Falmouth Author! See pseudonym Spencer Quinn)
Perfect Crime.
Boston Blueblood Roger Cullingwood plots to kill his unfaithful wife on an isolated island in New Hampshire.
Delusion.
Nell witnessed the murder of her boyfriend. Her testimony put a man behind bars, and led her to her husband, Clay, the detective who solved the case. But now a phone call changes everything.
End of Story.
Ivy Seidel hopes to quit her bartending job to become a successful writer, but she falls under the spell of Vance Harrow, convicted for a terrible crime, while teaching writing to inmates at a maximum security prison.


Brunonia Barry
The Lace Reader.< br/> Towner Whitney hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace. She is returning to Salem, Massachusetts, following her beloved great-aunt Eva's mysterious disappearance. She is also mourning the death of her beloved twin sister.


Mark Arsenault
Gravewriter.
Billy Povich had been a journalist. He lost his wife because of his gambling habit, and then she died in a car crash. Billy plans to kill the man who was at the wheel the night of his wife's death. But then a summons to jury duty for a murder trial delays Billy's agenda.
Loot the Moon.
Martin’s old law partner, a well-respected superior court judge, has been shot by a thief who dies in a car crash. The cops close the case, but Martin doesn’t believe a two-bit shoplifter would suddenly kill a judge---somebody must have paid him to do it.


Gary Braver (Pseudonym of Gary Goshgarian)
Elixir.
Massachusetts biologist Chris Bacon discovers a plant in New Guinea that appears to be the Fountain of Youth, but he is forced into hiding when mobsters blame him for an airline bombing.
Skin Deep.
Someone is killing the most alluring women of Boston. Homicide detective Steve Markarian must stop the killer before another vulnerable woman is sacrificed—possibly even his own estranged wife.
The Stone Circle.
Professor Peter VanZandt is in charge of an unusual archeological dig on a Boston Harbor island. The dig turns up some eerie things including a skeleton, and a mysterious circle of stones. Things take on an eerie quality when VanZandt hears his dead wife calling to him from the grave.


David S. Brody
Cabal of the Westford Knight.
A modern-day mystery rooted in recently-discovered artifacts left by Templar Knights during a secret mission to North America in 1398. Lawyer Cameron Thorne is thrust into a bloody tug-of-war of secret societies, treasure hunters and keepers of secrets.


Jan Brogan
Final Copy.
Reporter Addie McNeil’s career is on the skids, so to impress her boss she takes on a murder investigation. The main suspect turns out to be…surprise!…her old boyfriend.
Teaser. Intrepid newspaper reporter Hallie Ahern chances upon an online video clip that seems to indicate men are picking up young girls in a chat room and filming them. Hallie pitches the story to her editors. Then the girls begin dying.


Rose Connors
False Testimony.
The 4th legal mystery featuring Marty (Martha) Nickerson and Harry Madigan, confronting a pair of baffling cases. Marty’s client is a Massachusetts senator whose assistant has disappeared, and Harry is defending a young ex-con just out of the juvenile system.


Thomas H. Cook
The Fate of Katherine Carr.
Arlo MacBride, retired missing-persons detective is obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. The story of a stalker draws travel writer George Gates into a search for the missing author's brief life and uncertain fate.


Philip Craig (Martha's Vineyard author)
A Beautiful Place to Die.
Retired Boston cop Jeff Jackson lives on Martha’s Vineyard, fishing for blues. A fishing boat explodes off Cape Pogue, killing a passenger, and Jeff is once more on the trail of a murderer.
Second Sight. (With William G. Tapply )
Action unfolds on Martha’s Vineyard featuring Craig’s longtime character “private eye” J.W. Jackson, and Tapply’s Boston lawyer Brady Coyne. This mystery combines the tension and discord of the pop music scene, with idyllic glimpses of Vineyard life.


Pat DePaolo
The Beijing Games.
Justin Gatt, is recruited to travel undercover in China to attempt to gather information critical to the U.S. Ultimately he's caught in the cross-hairs of an assassin's sniper rifle, as he attempts to warn US officials of a conspiracy to stagger the US economy.


William Dougherty
Murder of an Irish Song.
Salem Police Detective Brian Rooney returns from vacation at his childhood home on Nantucket, when he is called to Salem Hospital to investigate the grizzly homicide of a legendary folksinger.


Kate Flora
Death in Paradise.
At a conference in Hawaii, organizer Martina Pullman, is discovered dead as a doornail, dressed in a Frederick's of Hollywood getup. Amateur sleuth Thea Kozak, searches for the killer.


Patry Francis.
The Liar’s Diary.
Ali and Jeanne are close friends, with deep seated emotional needs. A murderer strikes and Jeanne’s son is arrested based on an entry in one mother’s diary.
The Orphans of Race Point.
A horrific act of violence shatters a peaceful October night in Provincetown, and the fates of nine-year-olds Gus Silva and Hallie Costa become inextricably entwined. Told in alternating voices, traces their relationship over the next 30 years as they try to come to terms with the past.


Angela Gerst
A Crack in Everything.
Susan's new world is one where politics can turn deadly and even love may not survive. So when local high roller Charles Renfrow offers her a huge retainer to advise his political campaign, Susan is wary.


Gary Goshgarian (See also pseudonym: Gary Braver)
The Stone Circle.
Professor Peter VanZandt leads an unusual archeological dig on an island in Boston Harbor. Some eerie things turn up, including a skeleton, and a mysterious circle of stones. Things take on a “twilight zone” quality when VanZandt hears his dead wife calling to him from the grave.


Sally Gunning (Cape Cod author)
Under Water.
Handyman Peter Bartholomew hires teenage twins Carlisle and Bentley Brown as summer help at Factotum, his Martha’s Vineyard business. Summer is unexpectedly cut short for Bentley, when Pete finds her lifeless body washed up on the tide.


Chuck Hogan
Killing Moon.
When Don Maddox returns to his hometown of Black Falls, MA, no one understands why a man with no law enforcement background is hired on a police force that inspires more fear than trust in its citizenry.


David Hosp
Innocence.
Attorney Scott Finn pursues an accused killer of the a policewoman, but thinks that the Salvadorean gang member may not be the murderer.


Jamie Katz
Dead Low Tide.
Lawyer Dan Kardon investigates the mysterious shooting death of clean-cut college sophomore Aaron Winters in a small town on Buzzards Bay.


Toni Kelner.
Tight as a Tick.
When North Carolina flea market vendor Carney Alexander is murdered with one of his own collectible knives, amateur detective Laura Fleming and her college professor husband work their way through a batch of colorful suspects.


Paul Kemprecos (Cape Cod author)
Neptune’s Eye.
Commercial fisherman/private detective Aristotle “Soc” Socarides investigates a mysterious disappearance and a fishy death in the seal pool at the aquarium in Woods Hole.
The Navigator.
A collaboration with Clive Cussler. In the course of the Iraq war, Phoenician statue has gone missing. It is so prized it has been the cause of at least one murder.


Leslie Kleinholz
Exiles on Main Street.
Rock ’n roll writer Zoe Szabo leaves her career in LA to become a reporter in western Massachusetts. When she finds the body of a young Cambodian woman in a car in a seedy mall parking lot, she is drawn into a murder investigation.


Anne LeClair (Cape Cod author)
Grace Point.
Zoe Barlow, living in an old house on Cape Cod, finds the skeletons of four infants hidden in hatboxes in her attic. Then her baby son disappears. In her search for her son, she uncovers a tale of murder, lust, and family secrets.


Marie Lee
The Mysterious Cape Cod Manuscript.
Retired school teacher Marguerite Smith’s ex-husband turns up dead and she becomes the prime suspect. Does a mysterious book hold the answer to the identity of the real killer?


Dennis Lehane
Prayers for Rain.
Why did Karen Nichols jump to her death from the top of the Boston Custom House? Hardboiled private eye Patrick Kenzie and partner Angie Gennaro investigate.


Tom MacDonald
The Charlestown Connection.
Dermot Sparhawk, a former Boston College football hero, is stacking cans in a Charlestown parish food pantry , when his godfather shows up with a knife in his back and dies at Dermot's feet. His investigation gets him tangled with members of the IRA, FBI, and Boston mob.
Beyond the Bridge
Sparhawk, a struggling alcoholic helps to find the killer of an accused pedophile priest. When two more priests are slain, it becomes evident a sadistic serial killer crucifies his prey after killing them.


Mary Malloy
The Wandering Heart.
Boston area history professor Lizzie Manning, is intrigued when a British aristocrat asks for her advice on family artifacts. His ancestor collected the pieces when he accompanied Capt. James Cook on his third voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Lizzie discovers more than just a treasure trove: there's also a family curse of once-a-century suicides.
The Wonder Chamber.
Boston professor Lizzie is assembling an exhibit of historical artifacts belonging to the Italian American Gonzagas, a major donor's family. She must work with family members in Bologna, Italy to decide which items to send to the United States. She is stunned to find a corpse inside the exhibition's showcase item.


David Manuel
A Matter of Diamonds
In the second of the Faith Abbey series, monk/sleuth Brother Bartholomew helps old boyhood friend Police Chief Dan Burke to investigate a Cape Cod murder.


Archer Mayor
Three Can Keep a Secret: a Joe Gunther novel.
An old grave site exposes a coffin filled with rocks instead of the expected remains, and a retired state politician turns up dead, as Joe Gunther and his team follow the evidence to an escaped mental patient who holds the key to solving both cases.


Margaret McLean
Under Oath.
The code of silence is sacred in Charlestown, the historic yet insular neighborhood in Boston. Gangster Billy Malone is accused of killing a suspected FBI informant. Prosecutor Annie Fitzgerald must crack the infamous code of silence and battle the seasoned criminal defense attorney.


Carol McCleary
The Alchemy of Murder.
Nellie Bly, Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, and Louis Pasteur team up during the 1889 World's Fair in Paris to find a killer connected to a virulent plague infecting thousands of Parisians.


Leslie Meier (Cape Cod Author)
Mail-Order Murder.
Lucy Stone of Tinkers Cove, Maine, working to make some extra cash for Christmas, finds her boss dead in the parking lot. The police call it suicide, but Lucy has other ideas, and sets out to prove them wrong.
A New Year’s Eve Murder. In the 12th mystery in the series, journalist Lucy Stone travels from Maine to the glitzy world of fashion publishing in New York City. She and her daughter have won a fashion makeover contest, but the experience turns out to be deadly.


T. M. Murphy (Falmouth Author!)
Secrets of Code Z.
Young Orville Jacques is on to a fifth adventure in the village of Belltown, Cape Cod. This episode involves skeleton, killer bees, exploding death powder, secret codes, the CIA and KGB.


Jack O’Connell
The Resurrectionist.
Hoping for a miracle, Sweeney has brought his comatose son Danny to the fortress like Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have "resurrected" patients.


Susan Oleksiw
Friends and Enemies.
Small town New England police chief Joe Silva and loyal Sergeant Ken Dupoulis track down a murderer at the Mellingham High School class reunion.


Katherine Hall Page
The Body in the Ivy: a Faith Fairchild mystery.
Faith Fairchild is asked to cater a small, private college reunion on an isolated New England island—a dream job. But when she discovers the true reason for the get-together, not even the ocean views can keep it from becoming a nightmare.


Randall Peffer
Listen to the Dead: a Cape Islands mystery.
Harbormaster Corby Church is tending to lighthouse duties when he finds human bones. He believes them to be remains of the original lighthouse keeper's wife. But a brassy young police detective sends the bones to the lab, and they learn the girl is recently dead, though perhaps still tied to local legend.


Margaret Press
A Scream on the Water: a True Story of Murder in Salem.
Artist Martha Brailsford goes for a sail off Salem, Massachusetts, with her neighbor Tom. She is never seen alive again, her body turning up days later when a lobsterman pulls up his traps.


Spencer Quinn (Falmouth author! Pseudonym of Peter Abrahams)
A Fistful of Collars: a Chet & Bernie Mystery
P.I.’s Chet (a border collie) and Bernie are hired to "babysit" Thad Perry, a movie star with a partying streak. Deaths occur, some mourned more than others, and Bernie finds hints that Thad has links to a cold case.
The Sound and the Furry.
Chet and Bernie meet up with a prison work crew that includes Frenchie Boutette, whom they had sent up the river. Frenchie, from an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, needs help finding his one law-abiding relative, his brother Ralph, a reclusive inventor who has gone missing with his houseboat.
The Dog Who Knew too Much: a Chet and Bernie mystery.
When Bernie is invited to give the keynote speech at a private investigator convention, his intrepid canine companion is targeted by the high-profile person in charge, an agenda complicated by a missing boy and a familiar-looking puppy.


Cynthia Riggs (Martha’s Vineyard author)
The Paperwhite Narcissus.
Nonagenarian sleuth Victoria Trumbull investigates a series of murders on Martha’s Vineyard after being fired from her job as a reporter on the local paper by the narcissistic editor.
Indian Pipes.
Victoria Trumbull is savoring the sea air with her granddaughter, when she spots a person who seems in trouble near the top of the cliff. Help arrives too late--the man dies before he can be rescued. He had been hired as a consultant test the site's soil for a possible casino sewage system.
Bee Balm Murders. Orion leads a project to lay fiber-optic cable across the island. When a body is found in the cable trench, Orion tells Victoria the dead man is someone who was a potential investor.


Neal Sanders
Murder Imperfect.
Kat, a well-to-do suburban housewife with flexible morality has ample evidence that her securities analyst husband is cheating on her. He has also squirreled away millions of dollars in secret accounts. George's death becomes Kat's goal, and she carries out what she believes is the perfect murder.


Clea Simon.
Cries and Whiskers.
Reporter Theda Krakow puts a designer drug investigation on hold when an animal rights activist, struggling to rescue feral cats on the eve of a ferocious winter storm, is killed in a hit-and-run accident.


Paul Tremblay
No Sleep Till Wonderland.
Mark Genevich’s narcolepsy isn't improving and his private-detective business is barely scraping by. When new acquaintance Gus asks Mark to protect a friend who is being stalked, he finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation.
The Little Sleep. Mark Genevich faces more challenges than the average South Boston private detective. He's narcoleptic, with symptoms that interfere with hard-boiled investigation. Mark falls asleep, but his body acts like he's awake. He takes on a client but has no memory of the meeting.


Steve Ulfelder
Purgatory Chasm.
After agreeing to help an obnoxious member of his local AA group, recovering alcoholic Conway Sax is accused of the man's murder and struggles to catch the real killer in order to clear his name.
The Whole Lie.
Conway Sax's new garage and his relationship with Charlene are threatened by the reappearance of old flame Savannah Kane, who claims her six-year-old son was fathered by a billionaire candidate for political office.


Ric Wasley
The Scrimshaw.
Nantucket Island, Spring 1858. Outside the harbor, the trading ship Elizabeth James is approaching after two years in the South Sea Islands. The cargo carried by the Yankee clipper ship is not just silks and spices, but something the ship's dying captain has sworn must never be allowed to enter the town of his birth.


Jenny White
The Abyssinian Proof.
The Ottoman Empire is plagued by thefts of antiquities that appear for sale in Europe. One is a reliquary, presumed lost for 400 years and around which an elaborate and mysterious sect has grown. Istanbul magistrate Kamil Pasha is under pressure to break the smuggling ring amid rising tensions between Christians and Muslims.


Dave Zeltserman
The Caretaker of Lorne Field.
Jack is the ninth generation of Durkins who have weeded Lorne Field for nearly 300 years. No one else seems to realize that if the field is untended, a horrific monster called an Aukowie will grow--- capable of taking over the entirety of America in just two weeks. Or so it is said ....
Outsourced.
A group of software engineers lose their jobs due to an industry push to outsourcing. Desperate, they come up with a brilliant plan to use their computing skills to rob a bank. But not even a systems analyst can foresee every eventuality, as the group falls afoul of the Russian Mafia . . .