Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark, and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, doesn´t think so. The 34-year old half-Latina, half-WASP and 100% detective has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve. For Lee, this has become personal. From San Francisco´s famous Embarcadero to quaint Princeton-by-the-Sea, she is out to find the killer. And for the killer, this has become personal, too. Murder Is a Family Business is the first in a series of humorous mysteries revolving around Lee Alvarez, a combination of Sue Grafton´s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitch´s Stephanie Plum, and the rest of Alvarez Family, owners of Silicon Valley´s Discretionary Inquiries. Completing the family is Lee´s ´´Never Had a Bad Hair Day´´ aristocratic mother, Lila; computer genius brother, Richard; beloved uncle ´´Tio´´; and her energetic orange-and-white kitten, Tugger. When this group is not solving murders, they run Discretionary Inquiries, a successful Silicon Valley agency that normally deals with the theft of computer software. Seemingly light and frothy on the surface, the novel explores familial love: the good, the bad, and the annoying. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marci Himelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084672/bk_acx0_084672_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Gus LeGarde agrees to play piano for the high school drama club´s production of ´´Spirit Me Away´´, a ´60s-style musical he wrote in college, he doesn´t expect to face a barrage of menacing pranks played on his fiancée, Camille, and the drama club. Who´s sabotaging the show? And what do they have against Camille? Is it sex-crazed Armand, the Latino teen infatuated with her? Something happened last year that Camille won´t talk about, and it has to do with Armand. Gus wants to know what happened, but she´s not talking. Could it be Superintendent Marshall, whose past holds horrific secrets related to one of the worst crimes of the 20th century? And why did someone break into Camille´s home to steal her beloved mini-dachshund, Boris? Gus must unravel the mystery before the backstage saboteur stakes his final, deadly claim. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert King Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005435/bk_acx0_005435_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Riley Hubbard is a young farmer and part-time reporter in a small southern town. After the body of an Arab college student is found near his home, Hubbard reluctantly agrees to cover the grisly story for the local paper. When he discovers there might be a surprising link from this crime to his father´s unsolved murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the killer´s identity. Since he was a child, Hubbard has been haunted by nightmares and suspicions that his father´s murderer may be the man closest to him - his wealthy uncle. As his investigation progresses, he must face mounting threats from an unseen adversary and manage his growing attraction to Maria, a young Latino woman who might be part of the conspiracy. The White River Killer is an exciting mixture of mystery, romance, and suspense. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Christensen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034610/bk_acx0_034610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How could you forget whether or not you murdered somebody? That’s exactly what Albuquerque lawyer-cum-sleuth Neil Hamel asks herself when she takes on the defense of an elderly client who can’t remember whether she ran over the girl her car surely did kill. Early in the morning of November first, Neil and her boyfriend, the Kid, are shaken out of their post-coital bliss when they find a surprise visitor at Neil’s apartment door. The visitor is Martha Conover, a pinched, elegant older woman who looks askance at Neil’s ´´just-had-sex aura” but still pleads for her help. Martha’s been accused of running over Justine Virga, the girl who accidentally killed her grandson, Michael, in a car crash three years - to the day - earlier. Though Justine’s crushed corpse is found outside Martha’s home and Martha’s car bears an incriminating dent, Neil gradually discovers clues from Martha’s prim past and Justine’s wild one that point to other suspects, from drug dealers to South American death squads to Michael’s Latino father, wronged two decades earlier by Martha’s bigotry. While Neil searches for Justine’s killer, she treats us to her wry take on every stratum of today’s Southwest, from its breathtaking landscape to the real estate boondoggles that the S&L crisis has inflicted upon it, from Santa Fe’s polo set and new-age entrepreneurs to a homeless man who coaxes poetry out of used typewriters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meredith Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001369/bk_bbca_001369_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The year 1916 was not shaping up to be a good one for Alafair Tucker, and finding Bernie Arruda dead in a ditch didn’t help matters. Alafair had not wanted to go to Arizona in the first place. But her 10-year-old daughter, Blanche, was suffering from a stubborn ailment of the lungs, and her best chance for a cure was dry desert air. So Alafair and her husband, Shaw, had bundled their sick child onto the train and made the difficult trip from Oklahoma to the home of Alafair’s sister in Tempe, Arizona. As soon as they arrived on that bright day in March, Blanche began to improve. And Alafair was overjoyed to see her witty, brilliant, beautiful sister Elizabeth again. Adding to the excitement was a Hollywood motion-picture company that was filming a movie on the streets of Tempe. But Alafair and Shaw soon discover that all is not well in sunny Arizona. Elizabeth’s marriage is in tatters; tensions are high between the Anglo and Latino communities following Pancho Villa’s murderous raid on Columbus, New Mexico; and Alafair suspects her sister is involved in an illegal operation to smuggle war refugees out of Mexico and into the United States. And now here is Bernie Arruda, lying on his back in a ditch, staring into eternity. The night before, he had been singing Mexican love songs at the party in Elizabeth’s backyard, his black eyes flashing as he winked at the ladies. He had been a charmer, all right - too bad there were so many people who would be glad he was dead. Alafair decides to find the culprit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005357/bk_blak_005357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
International Latino Award in the category ´´best mystery novel´´ and an honorable mention for ´´best adventure novel´´. Three million copies sold worldwide by the so-called ´´queen of the Spanish adventure fiction´´ and one of the top writers in the Spanish language. Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world, and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop enterprising thieves from stealing what is left of the scattered and miniscule splinters of the true cross the Catholic Church has in its possession. Dr. Ottavia Salina, a brilliant paleographer, toils at her classified workspace deep within Vatican City, analyzing and restoring some of the world´s most valuable religious artifacts, until she is called upon by the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and commissioned with a mysterious new assignment: She is to decipher the strange tattoos - seven Greek letters and seven crosses - found on an Ethiopian man´s corpse. Next to what was left of the body were three pieces of wood - suspected by Vatican scholars to be fragments of the Vera Cruz, actual splinters from the cross on which Christ was crucified. With the help of the captain of the Pope´s infamous Swiss Guard and a renowned archaeologist from Alexandria, Dr. Salina is able to uncover a shocking truth: For hundreds of years, a secret brotherhood that refers to itself as the Staurofilakes, headed by a mysterious figure called Cato, has been hiding the true cross and means to gather all remaining fragments for themselves. The markings on the Ethiopian corpse, they soon discover, correspond with each of the seven deadly sins, and are part of the complicated, possibly deadly initiation ritual used to deem candidates worthy of membership into the brotherhood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Monda. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022685/bk_adbl_022685_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1992, a few weeks after Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida, a man and his infant daughter crash their car into a Miami canal. The father dies, but the baby´s body is never found. Twenty-three years later the case is opened after several claimed sightings. The police department assigns the case to Cuban-American detective María Duquesne-the author here makes a literary nod to Cuban mystery writer Leonardo Padura and his fictional detective Mario Conde-but María has very few clues to start the investigation. Is it possible that the girl has not died? Or is it simply the persistence of a desperate mother who will not accept the death of her daughter? Through this police detective mystery, author Uva de Aragón provides a multifaceted portrait of the Latino communities of Miami and Hialeah, with touches of Tampa, Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York.
Land of Careful Shadows by award-winning author Suzanne Chazin is a powerful mystery full of passion and secrets that deals with a clash of cultures and familial relationships, and it´s full of drama, mystery, and raw emotions. When the dead body of a Latino woman is found in a reservoir about 50 miles north of Manhattan, with a photo of a baby in her purse nearby, the police try to determine who the child is and if it is still alive. Along with the photo, they also find a disturbing note in the purse: ´´Go back to your country. You don´t belong here.´´ Homicide detective Jimmy Vega is Latino too, so he knows how hard it can be for an outsider to fit into a close-knit town like Lake Holly. Vega is a highly respected officer of the law, and he is challenged and intrigued by Adele Figueroa, a passionate defender of immigrants´ rights. Vega must rethink everything he believes in order to uncover the truths about his town, his family, and himself. Land of Careful Shadows is a tour de force of literary suspense and an intimate journey into the human heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Armando Durán. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007123/bk_blak_007123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For most people, a 50th class reunion is a time to party and renew old acquaintances, but Walt Williams isn´t an ordinary guy - he´s a cop, and trouble seems to follow him everywhere he goes. Old flames, bullies, and a scorned classmate make Walt´s reunion one to remember. The Mexican drug cartel is recruiting young Latino girls as drug mules and the Kansas City Police have hit a brick wall until Walt is given a lead by an old classmate. Even then, it takes three unlikely heroes from the Whispering Hills Retirement Village to help Walt and Ox end the cartel´s reign of terror. Join Walt in a class reunion filled with mystery, intrigue, jealousy, and a belly-full of laughs! 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Kuch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091118/bk_acx0_091118_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.