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Rapid Reads

By Ruth Linka
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Quick, engaging stories for people on the go. May is Mystery Month and to celebrate we're offering 10 of our most recent mysteries from the Rapid Reads list. This will include the hot new Fall 2014 titles, featuring Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Linda L. Richards and Melodie Campbell. Browse the entire list of Rapid Read titles here.
If It Bleeds

If It Bleeds

A Nicole Charles Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Nicole Charles didn’t go to journalism school to become a gossip columnist, but the job fell into her lap right out of school and her immigrant work ethic just won’t let her quit to find something she’d like better. It’s a good job, but she struggles with the stigma attached to her position by other reporters. More than anything, she wants to be a real reporter, but it looks like she’s never going to get a chance.

Then one night while covering a gallery opening, she discovers a dead …

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Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue

A Claire Abbott Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

When a young woman goes missing on a nature trail, small-town journalist Claire Abbott is first on the scene, as usual. The clues to the woman’s whereabouts are misleading, but Claire has a sixth sense—what the fire chief calls a "radar for crime." Trusting her intuition, Claire insists that the search and rescue team look elsewhere for clues to the woman’s disappearance. When they fail to follow up on her lead, she pursues it on her own, embarking on a snowy chase up a mountainside that …

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The Artful Goddaughter

The Artful Goddaughter

A Gina Gallo Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Mob goddaughter Gina Gallo stands to inherit two million bucks from her great-uncle Seb, a master forger. But there’s a catch: Uncle Seb wants Gina to make things right and return an extremely valuable painting to the City Art Gallery. If she can’t do it, her rat-face cousin Carmine gets the boodle.

Reluctantly, Gina comes up with a plan for a reverse heist, as she has learned things never go as planned when her family gets involved. The wrong painting gets replaced, and Gina finds hersel …

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The Goddaughter's Revenge

The Goddaughter's Revenge

A Gina Gallo Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

When jewelry-store owner Gina Gallo and her boyfriend Pete take a week's vacation, she leaves the store in the hands of her cousin from New York. After all, cousin Carmine is a certified gemologist—but Carmine is also in the Mob. When Gina gets back, she discovers that her cousin has spent his time switching real gems for fakes in the jewelry of some of her best customers.

With her reputation on the line, what's a Mob goddaughter to do? Mastermind a string of burglaries to get the gems back, …

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The Innocence Device

The Innocence Device

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

The year is 2147. Chago, twenty-four, is a prisoner in a world made up only of prisoners and those who guard them. The only bright spot in Chago’s life is his son, Jim-Jim, whose mother is a guard. In an effort to resolve overcrowding in the prison, the warden introduces the Innocence Device, a high-tech machine he claims can determine innocence or guilt. Prisoners are encouraged to walk through the Innocence Device and experience its rewards: immediate freedom or death. When they discover the …

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Juba Good

Juba Good

A Ray Robertson Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Juba, South Sudan.

RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson has spent eleven and a half months serving with the United Nations in the world’s newest country. He’s tired of the chaotic traffic and jostling crowds that fill the narrow streets. Tired of the choking red dust that blows into the capital from the desert. He can’t wait to get back to his wife and kids—and back to policing a world he understands.

But when a young woman—the fourth in three weeks—is found dead at the side of a dusty ro …

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A Winter Kill

A Winter Kill

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Nicole Patterson is a young, green and very eager probationary constable with the Ontario Provincial Police. Although she spends much of her time breaking up bar fights, giving out traffic tickets and finding lost kids, she dreams of one day becoming a detective.

Late one bitterly cold winter night, she comes across the body of a young woman lying on the edge of a snow-covered field on the outskirts of town. The girl appears to have been strangled. Nicole recognizes the victim as a local high …

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I shifted my feet. Snow crunched beneath my boots. I dropped to a squat beside the body. It was a woman. Her long pink scark was wrapped tightly around her neck. Too tight to let air pass. I pulled off my gloves and held my fingers to the side of her neck. Cold and stiff.

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The Boom Room

The Boom Room

A Pratt & Ellis Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Detective Mervin Pratt is enjoying a quiet dinner at his favorite Italian restaurant when he’s called in to assist at a murder scene at a popular downtown nightclub. The manager has been stabbed to death in his office. The lead investigator, Detective Gordon, no friend of Pratt’s, sees it as an open-and-shut case. He has the suspect, motive and even the murder weapon. But Pratt is unwilling to jump to conclusions.

When Pratt’s young partner, Dave Ellis, arrives on the scene uninvited and …

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