An innocent weekend get-together of women friends turns sinister when the group discovers on Monday morning that one of their number has gone missing, a disappearance that places the woman's husband under suspicion and forces two of the women to reckon with personal secrets.
In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.
When Fiona comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she's sure there's been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. Now Bram and the children have disappeared. As events spiral, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving. But Bram's not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone, or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. What's really going on once the front door has closed?
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. Assume nothing.
An ambitious wife and mother who expects her family to achieve high goals no matter the cost is forced to confront her impossible standards as her husband and children rebel, exposing deep cracks in the family's foundation.
The moment Lucy met her husband's mother, she knew she wasn't the wife Diana had envisioned for her son. That was five years ago. Now, Diana is dead. A suicide note found. But the autopsy finds traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation. Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed to disinherit her children? And what does it mean that Lucy isn't exactly sad she's gone?
Caroline and Francis house swap to get away from their marital tension, but old problems follow them. While they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor is showing too much interest in their activities. Meanwhile, Caroline begins to uncover that the person they have swapped homes with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she's desperate to forget.
Carpool mom Francis Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives, and this is taken to a new level when she accidentally walks on in her neighbor making love with a man who is not her husband. Told from multiple points of view, this novel about four families and their neighborhood carpool is both snarky and poignant.
In order to escape tragedy, Clare moves to Virginia Park, an idyllic garden square in the heart of London, with her two daughters. But during a festive neighborhood party, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
A group of new moms who all gave birth in the month of May gather twice weekly at the park to offer support and companionship until one of the babies is abducted from his crib. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find baby Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.
A struggling single mother fears that she’s losing her grip on her son, because he’s being lured down a darker path by one of his teammates, a secretly disturbed young man from an affluent family, whose excellent grades and fun-loving manner conceal his violent criminal plans.
Spunky Phryne Fisher leaves her adopted London for 1920s Australia to investigate the desperate letters she has been receiving from well-bred Lydia, a young woman married to a low-down scoundrel. Follow-up your reading by watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on AcornTV.
A murder in a small English village leads Hercule Poirot into a strange mystery involving a determined, curious spinster, the local doctor, and a wide range of suspects with possible motives and mysterious relationships.
Introduces unconventional clergyman Sidney Chambers, who teams up with roguish Inspector Harry Keating to investigate a suspicious suicide, a jewelry theft, the unexplained demise of a jazz promoter, and a shocking art forgery with this collection of interlocking short whodunits. The first book in the beloved Grantchester series, now a PBS television series.
Introducing herself to the Cotswold village she’s moved to after early retirement, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local contest and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies. To clear her name, she turns amateur sleuth. This is the first in a long-running cozy mystery series that finds the former owner of a London PR firm is a feisty outsider who takes on investigations, annoying the local constabulary and slowly warming to life in a small village. These are quick-reading stories filled with delightful characters. After reading, watch the series on AcornTV.
Creator of the popular Detective Jane Tennison, heroine of the Prime Suspect TV drama, this gripping thriller launches the career of another brainy, sexy female homicide detective in fledgling London copper Anna Travis. And as always, La Plante excels at revealing the inner workings of a police investigation and taking us deep into the criminal mind and criminal world as Travis tracks a serial killer. Watch the series adaptation on AcornTV.
The first book in the Jackson Brodie series finds Cambridge private investigator and former police detective Brodie caught up in three seemingly unrelated cases from the past. Intricately plotted, heartbreaking, full of suspense yet often very funny. You’ll want to read more of his cases.
The final chapters are missing from world-famous author Alan Conway's latest mystery manuscript. Conway’s sudden, suspicious death means that his editor Susan must piece together the ending. She soon realizes that the novel’s characters are stand-ins for real people, and that the book may be related to the author’s death in this homage to the Golden Age mystery by Anthony Horowitz, creator of Foyle's War and writer for Midsomer Murders (both available on AcornTV).
When eerily familiar child abductions and murders start recurring in a small Lancashire village, a local cop struggles to figure out if she sent the wrong person to jail decades earlier or if a copycat killer is responsible.
The latest book in the series finds Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and the pugnacious but loyal detective sergeant Barbara Havers tackle one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered.
In this beloved Canadian series, Detective William Murdoch solves turn-of-the-century Toronto's most intriguing mysteries. It's a skillful first novel that's interesting for its historical accuracy and its fully realized characters. A young housemaid has been murdered and the cast of suspects spans the social strata, yet it is Murdoch who breathes life into what might have been a conventional murder mystery. Available on AcornTV.
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance in this charming detective series. Watch the delightful adaptation on AcornTV.
In a small town in Quebec a woman supposedly loved by her community is found in the woods, murdered. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache looks for the small clues which will point him to the killer. Follow your reading by watching the made for TV movie on AcornTV.
A heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. In the first book, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war in America, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. Instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth--believing Ross is dead--is now engaged to his cousin. He has no choice but to start life anew.
Sent down from Oxford in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle, where his colleagues turn out to be an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools. Read the book and then watch on AcornTV. Keep your eyes peeled for Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria.
Vera Stanhope, the overweight, unfashionable, irascible, and brilliant Northumbrian police detective inspector, has been going great guns in the UK for years. This title, the fourth in the series, introduces her to U.S. readers. With pitch-perfect writing, a finely tuned mystery, and a protagonist with a complex past of her own, this is a stand out penned by one of Britain's most successful mystery writers. You can also catch Vera on AcornTV and in our DVD collection.
A wealthy but dysfunctional Chinese immigrant family has it all, only to lose every last cent. Mad at America, Wang, a brash but lovable immigrant businessman takes his family on a cross-country road trip that, despite a few harrowing twists and turns, eventually brings them back together again.
When Beth arrives in D.C., she hates everything about it. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable. But as Jimmy's star rises higher, the couples' friendship is threatened by jealousy and competition. A glorious send-up of young D.C. and an honest portrait of a marriage.
Moving to a wealthy community after the lucrative sale of their website, Mr. And Mrs. Jha, formerly of East Delhi, struggle with cultural changes while their son, studying in America, pursues romance and wonders how his parents' new status will affect his life choices.
An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine into an app.
A sophisticated page-turner about a wealthy New York family embroiled in a financial scandal with cataclysmic consequences. Paul Ross accepts a job working on the legal team for his billionaire father-in-law's hedge fund and must determine where his loyalties ultimately lie when a huge scandal and a regulatory investigation threatens the family business.
Returning home to Shanghai after years of chasing the American dream, Wei Zhen and his newly wealthy family, including his wife, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, must each confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises.
On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to richang moh—Western expat—husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn't lose.
A working family that has built a busy life running a beloved Maryland Chinese restaurant is forced by youthful recklessness and a tragedy to confront interpersonal conflicts and the limits of what parents are willing to sacrifice for their children.
Two wary Massachusetts families—one no-nonsense attorneys, the other impractical intellectuals—meet before the wedding that is supposed to unite them and share a single day of complicated fiascoes, miracles and unexpected eccentricities.
The story of a prominent New York family on the cusp of ruin in the face of a matriarch's wavering health; a bumbling son's scandalous opera; and a life of wealth and inheritance belonging to a bygone era.
Forging a deep bond throughout their shared childhood, college years, first jobs and first loves, Sarah and Lauren experience secret envy and horror over aspects of each other's lives before the realities of their disparate responsibilities challenge them to retain their bond from increasingly distant perspectives.
Forced to rent out her family's beautiful seaside Long Island home every summer just so that they can afford to keep it, Ruthie is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect the life she loves in the wake of a suddenly estranged marriage, greedy co-workers who are threatening her job, the return of an old flame and her teen daughter's destructive relationship.
A searingly frank memoir of food, weight, self-image and learning how to feed one's hunger in healthy ways, drawing on the popular essays of her long-running Tumblr blog to illuminate the challenges of navigating the boundaries between self-comfort and self-care.
The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
An account of the author's coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult describes her childhood on a Mexico hills farm as one of her father's more than 40 welfare-dependent children, the extreme religious beliefs that haunted her daily life and her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy.
The popular comedian traces her youth in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic, discussing the experiences with an alcoholic mother, four siblings, petty crime and prostitution that led to her becoming a mother at age 13 before resolving to secure a better life for her children.
In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.
Humorous and poignant stories from the Inside Amy Schumer head writer's awkward youth include entries on her tomboy pursuits of femininity, her emulation of Oprah, and the dangers of wedding websites. Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, this is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety. At age twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States. Clemantine went on to attend private school and graduate from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased.
Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, this is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.
A poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported conversion therapy facility that claimed to "cure" homosexuality, describing its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experienced that transformed the author's relationships and self-understandings.
The best-selling author of The Empathy Exams presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of genius artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.
A darkly comic memoir about her relationship with her unconventional married Catholic priest father, describing emblematic moments from her youth and the crisis that led the author and her non-religious husband to briefly live in her parents' rectory.
A man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration.
During a spell recalling the dead, the boy Sparrowhawk, a sorcerer's apprentice, unwittingly unleashes evil on the land. He grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world.
The saga about the Hundred Years’ War that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work. This sweeping first volume is set in 1314, taking place during the reign of despotic French King Philip the Fair. Steeped in sex, violence, and political intrigue, this book will captivate readers of sprawling, dramatic, and intricately plotted historical fiction.
Raised on storybook tales of royal adventure, Kihrin discovers his identity as the illegitimate son of a treasonous prince and is rendered a pawn in the royal family's power schemes before embracing his anti-hero destiny.
A fantasy inspired by Shakespeare's "King Lear" depicts a once-bountiful isle decimated by a prophecy-obsessed king's erratic decisions, where three rival princesses prepare for a war that will determine their realm's leadership and survival.
A master poisoner works beside his sister to defend their city-state when the chancellor he worked undercover to protect is assassinated with an unknown poison at the same time an army lay siege to the city.
An epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the violent history of China's 20th century, follows the efforts of an unexpected, dark-skinned war orphan to obtain an education at Nikan's most elite military school in spite of prejudice and the challenges of her lethal shaman skills, which raise her awareness about the existence of gods and the imminence of war.
As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.
Set in an alternate medieval Britain which is shared by various races. In the north are an ancient race of giants who live for centuries, scorning wealth and comfort. The human residents of the south have fleeting lives and crave power. The uneasy peace is broken when the southerners attack the north, bringing the fight to a young, unprepared leader. The brisk and engaging narrative, with its mixture of violence and political intrigue is recommended for fans of the grittier end of the epic-fantasy spectrum.
The original Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series is a seminal work of modern epic fantasy, and is credited by quite a number of authors with inspiring their own series, including George R.R. Martin. Now Williams returns to his saga of the realm of Osten-Ard. Thirty years have passed and the world has reached a critical turning point once again. The realm is threatened by divisive forces – old allies are lost, others are lured down darker paths, and a long-vanquished foe is stirring once again.
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackers--a magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party to confront the mysterious force.
As her village's defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed--to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse's most frightening tales.
Surviving his stepfather's plot to have him killed, Ragnvald Eysteinsson vows to seek revenge and reclaim his stolen birthright. The young warrior pledges his loyalty to Harald of Vestfold, a king determined to unite Norway under his rule, while Ragnvald's sister Svanhild, faced with an arranged marriage, must make a difficult decision about her future.
What might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? In a near-future women succumb to a sleeping disease and men revert to their primal natures. One mysteriously immune woman struggles to survive in an Appalachian town where she is treated as both a demon and a lab specimen. A provocative, dramatic tale that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
This is the harrowing story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter. On the day the US government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. But soon, women aren’t permitted to hold jobs, girls aren’t taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice but Jean is determined to reclaim hers.
Starving herself to fend off adulthood in a radical post-apocalypse community where a few chosen men scavenge for detritus and women are little more than breeders, a teen leader investigates a shocking mystery that is contradictory to law before risking her life to organize a girl uprising.
A work of speculative fiction set in an extreme Finnish welfare state that holds public health and social stability above all. It has bred a sub-species of receptive, submissive women for sex and procreation while intelligent, independent women are sterilized and put to menial labor. Follow the experiences of Vanna, whose addiction to illegal chili peppers pits her against state-controlled love, sex and free will in this witty, inventive, and fiendishly engaging read.
A searing tale of powerlessness and the freedom to control one's own fate tells the story of two young Afghan women, separated by a century, who disguise themselves as boys in order to survive. They adopt the ancient custom of bacha posh, in which young girls are dressed as and treated as boys until puberty. This book tells the story of both Rahima and Shekiba: separated by time, but united by blood, tradition, and a hunger for freedom. It is a beautifully written novel: soaring and sobering.
Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat with every amenity -- and it’s all free. In fact, you're paid big money to stay here. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to producing the perfect baby. For someone else. The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit; raising crucial questions on the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.
A tale set in a near-future, high-tech surveillance state follows the suspicious death of a dissident in custody and finds state inspector Mielikki Neith immersing herself in the victim's world, where she encounters a panorama of characters and innovations that transform her perspectives.
In a near-future Middle East, gender selection, war and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people and force women to take multiple husbands and have children as quickly as possible. Yet some women resist and live in an underground group that refuses to be part of the system.
In a near future overshadowed by widespread infertility, the disappearance of a woman who had been displaying disturbing behavior for months forces her devoted sister to make difficult choices affecting her own rare pregnancy.
A debut novel about the bond between two girls driven apart by circumstance but relentless in their search for one another. As poor girls their fate does not belong to them. Their lives will be decided by men. Arranged marriages, hard labor, and abuse will be their future. In friendship, they find solace and company, but most of all they find courage. Together, they dare to dream. Alternating between perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, this story introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.
Abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.
A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away—by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set.
Turning to some choice allies--the handsome, prescient Lieutenant Brooks, the brilliant, enigmatic Lord Desmond, and her rapscallion cousin James--Alex will have to marshal all of her magical and mental acumen to save Queen and Country from a shadowy threat.
Kell is one of the last Antari - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons. After an exchange goes awry, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn.
Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance when her ruthless father arranges her marriage, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer.
Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.
In a fantasy-world New York where everything is controlled by magic energies that are fading away for mysterious reasons, a rare magician with unmatched powers and unique awareness of what is happening resolves to destroy the system she unwillingly supports.
Discovering that he is descended from a line of magical spies, a 20-something slacker, reeling from his estranged father's suicide, is thrust into the middle of a centuries-old war involving a shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks who were responsible for his mother's death years earlier.
In the hallowed halls of Oxford's Merlin College, the most talented--and highest born--sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover...
In nineteenth-century England, all is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norrell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr Norrell's pupil.
After her mentor mysteriously dies, Kyra, an elite warrior Markswoman, finds herself on the run from the dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts and heads into the unforgiving desert where she befriends Rustan, a disillusioned Marksman of the Order of Khur.
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from many alternative realities. She is soon caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option--because it isn't just Irene's reputation at stake, it's the nature of reality itself...
Reunited as adults in the hipster mecca San Francisco as the planet falls apart around them, childhood friends Patricia Delfine, who is magically gifted, and Laurence Armstead, an engineering genius, discover that something bigger than either of them has brought them together to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.
A highly skilled nurse with unique mental talents is recruited into the investigative team of Dr. John Watson before being swept up in a Holmesian mystery with ties to the Second Afghan War, a hidden treasure and a murder at the highest levels of British society.
Two diametrically opposed Edinburgh detectives, Ian Frey and “Nine-Nails” McGray, must work together to solve the brutal murder of a violinist who was found in a locked room with black magic symbols on the floor. First in a series.
Two brother lawyers lease offices on London's Baker Street--and begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. All they’re supposed to do is send a basic response and file the letters in an archive. But when Nigel investigates one of the missives and then disappears it’s up to Reggie to find him while also solving a murder case. Great characters, a complex plot, and the wonderful feeling that people still believe in Sherlock Holmes make this this series debut a delight.
It is 1890. A year after Holmes's death, Watson--now in a retirement home--narrates a tale of Sherlockian detection that could tear apart the very fabric of society. The story opens with a train robbery in Boston, and moves to the innocuous setting of Wimbledon.
In 1893, inspired by their hero, master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, two cowboys, Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer, put their detecting skills to use to uncover the truth about the murder of a ranch hand on a Montana cattle ranch. Big Red is the Watson to his ‘deducifyin’ older brother in this clever, compelling twist on the Holmes tradition. Try the audio book – it’s great fun.
Faye's best Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in a stunning collection that spans Holmes's career, from self-taught young upstart to publicly lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894.
Mycroft Holmes reveals the untold story of Sherlock's older brother. This harrowing adventure changed his life, and set the stage for the man Mycroft would become: founder of the famous Diogenes Club and the hidden power behind the British government.
Alone and penniless, Mary Jekyll hunts for her father’s killer, a former friend named Edward Hyde, along with help from Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson resulting in the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists.
An eighty-nine-year-old former detective in rural England becomes involved with a young refugee from Nazi Germany whose sole companion, an African grey parrot, spews out a series of numbers that could hold the key to a dangerous secret.
A young Doyle’s first Holmes tale has been published but he made so little money from it he vows never to write another. Then the Prime Minister asks him to assist in tracking down Jack the Ripper. He reluctantly accepts but only if he has the aid of his old professor, Jack Bell – the inspiration for Sherlock’s character. He’s also assigned real-life radical journalist and East End resident, Miss Margaret Harkness, as a guide. Holmes' fans will appreciate the glimpses of the elements that formed their hero.
After being orphaned, March Middleton moves to Victorian London to live with her guardian, Sidney Grice, a famous private detective, and helps investigate the murder of a young woman whose husband is the only suspect.
Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, they are descendants of one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte has inherited Sherlock's volatility and vices. When Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she's not looking for friends. But when a student they both have a history with dies, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe--and the only people they can trust are each other.
British ex-pat Gemma Doyle, manager of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in Cape Cod, finds herself investigating a real-life mystery when she and her best friend, Jayne Wilson, stumble upon a dead body.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in this clever and captivating series debut.
Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.
What would happen if Holmes, a man of the Victorian age--pompous, smug, and misogynistic--were to come face to face with a twentieth-century female? If she grew to be a partner worthy of his talents? In 1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And although he may have all the Victorian "flaws" listed above, the Great Detective is no fool, and can spot a fellow intellect even in a fifteen-year-old woman.
Falling in love while attending a competitive 1980s performing arts high school, David and Sarah rise through the ranks before the realities of their family dynamics and economic statuses trigger a spiral that impacts their adult lives.
Separating from her faithless husband, only to be drawn into the investigation of his disappearance, a young woman travels to a remote region of the southern Peloponnese, where she traces the failure of the relationship and discovers how little she knew about the man she once loved.
The Garland sisters followed different paths in life after having lived through a tragedy. As the anniversary of the tragedy approaches, the two women must confront the issues that separate them and come to terms with the decisions they've made. This is a story of family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever it may lead.
It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings--fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona--emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they've made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.
A freelance writer returns to her grandmother’s homeland to fulfill her last wish to have her ashes scattered in Havana and discovers her family history amidst Cuba’s tropical beauty and dangerous political environment.
Taisy hasn’t seen her father since he dumped her family to start another one 17 years ago. So why has he invited her to visit now…and help him write his memoir? A captivating novel of friendship, second chances, and the redemptive power of love with smart, funny characters who form an unconventional family.
This heartwarming and hilarious novel features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.
An outrageously funny tale about a wealthy but dysfunctional Chinese immigrant family that has it all, only to lose every last cent. Mad at America, Wang, a brash but lovable immigrant businessman takes his family on a cross-country road trip that, despite a few harrowing twists and turns, eventually brings them back together again.
Forced to rent out her family's beautiful seaside Long Island home every summer just so that they can afford to keep it, Ruthie is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect the life she loves in the wake of a suddenly estranged marriage, greedy co-workers who are threatening her job, the return of an old flame and her teen daughter's destructive relationship.
An Irish immigrant's suicide, though it’s never spoken of, reverberates through innumerable lives in a Catholic section of Brooklyn from the early part of the twentieth century and through the decades that follow. Among them are his widow and then unborn child, the nuns who serve the community, and the neighborhood families whose lives are entwined.
Feeling transient at twenty-nine, Hannah goes out with friends one night and runs into an old boyfriend, but when she is given the choice between leaving the bar and staying, two concurrent storylines follow the outcomes of both decisions.