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Summer's off to a great start - and Harper Collins is sure you'll love reading these great books on the beach!

House favourite JAMES GRIPPANDO returns with a fresh, new book - and hot on the heels of her latest novel, THE GRAVEDIGGER's DAUGHTER, Joyce Carol Oates is back with BLOOD MASK, the second thriller she's penned under the name Lauren Kelly.


James Grippando’s latest Lying with Strangers, is a pulse-pounding stand-alone thriller that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “woman in jeopardy.” Nelson DeMille calls Lying With Strangers a “stunning and scary psychological thriller of the first order.” Peyton Shields had known from the time she was a child that she wanted to be a doctor. Now, she's in her first year or residency at a major Boston children's hospital. She's made it to the top through relentless drive, stellar academic credentials, and a mountain of debt to Harvard Medical School. She's working impossibly long hours but she has the life she wants, and that includes being happily married to an up-and-coming young lawyer. Then, late one night, driving home through a heavy snowstorm, she sees a car coming straight toward her, driving her off the road and into a frozen pond. Rescue comes in the form of a man who pulls her from the wreckage and walks away. Yet nobody believes her story, that the accident was no accident. This is the first in a series of strange, escalating events that take Peyton deeper into danger from a faceless enemy who seems to know her every move. And, she has to turn her considerable determination into catching a killer before he catches her.

WHEN DAY BREAKS by Mary Jane Clark

On the day she died, Constance Young was the undisputed star of morning television. But her plans to move herself and her loyal audience to another network were canceled when she ended up at the bottom of her swimming pool… A harping, foul-tempered prima donna obsessed with her own status and success, Constance had made some real enemies in her climb to the top. But which one was capable of murder? A morning show veteran and now anchor of the KEY Evening Headlines, Eliza Blake is shocked by the death of her former colleague, and is determined to discover who wanted Constance out of the way . . . and why. To do so, she enlists the aid of three KEY News coworkers: "Jane-of-all-trades" Annabelle Murphy, who can switch from producing to sleuthing at a moment's notice; charming and fearless cameraman extraordinaire B.J. D'Elia to add brains, brawn, and a much-needed male perspective to the team; and Dr. Margo Gonzalez, on-air psychiatrist, who understands the complex puzzles of the human mind. Calling themselves "The Sunrise Suspense Society," they set out to get to the bottom of the heinous murder, in a case that will test their ingenuity and their courage to the very limits.

The deeper they dig, the more twisted the trail to Constance's killer becomes -- as the list of suspects grows longer by the minute. Was it her spurned and enraged medievalist lover, or a muckraking author who blamed her for ruining her life? Perhaps money was the motive, and Constance's sister, jealous of her wealth and fame, was responsible. Or possibly someone at Key News was angry enough -- or frightened enough -- to commit cold-blooded murder. The one sure thing is that Constance Young made a lot of enemies—and now one of them is Eliza's enemy as well. And the closer she and the Society get to unmasking the murderer, the closer they each get to dying, suddenly . . . and brutally.




Buried deep within a jungle, ancient ruins conceal a deadly secret...Buried in a tomb in Venice, a great explorer hides a truth that could shatter history...Buried in our own genetic code, a mystery like no other...But nothing stays buried forever-and it will be up to Sigma Force to face what will be unearthed: a plague beyond any cure, a scourge that turns all of Nature against mankind. From the high seas of the Indian Ocean to the dark jungles of Southeast Asia, from the canals of Venice to the crypts of ancient kings, Sigma Force must piece together a mystery that, unless solved, will end all life on our planet. But even this challenge may prove too large for Sigma Force alone. With a worldwide pandemic growing, Painter Crowe and Commander Gray Pierce turn to their deadliest adversaries for help, teaming up with a diabolical foe who thwarted them in the past. But can the enemy be trusted even now? Or will they prove to be another Judas?

Kept by D. J. Taylor

Madness, greed, love, obsession, Machiavellian plotting, and a great train robbery in a captivating Victorian mystery about the extreme and curious things men do to get—and keep—what they want. Kept is a gorgeously intricate novel about the urge to possess the secret chambers of the human heart.

Egg-stealing in the Scottish highlands, fraud and felony on the streets of London, and strange goings-on in the fens. Captivating and ingenious, full of suspense and teeming with life, Kept is a Victorian mystery about the extreme and curious things men do to get what they want. It is August, 1863. Henry Ireland, a failed landowner, dies unexpectedly in a riding accident, leaving a highly-strung young widow. Not far away, lives Ireland's friend James Dixey, a celebrated naturalist who collects strange trophies, a stuffed bear, a pet mouse, and a wolf that he keeps caged in the grounds of his decaying house, lost in the fog on the edge of the fens. The poachers, Dewar and Dunbar, with their cargo of pilfered eggs; Esther the observant kitchen maid, pining to be re-united with her vanished admirer; the ancient lawyer Mr. Crabbe made careless by snobbery; John Carstairs, in search of his cousin, the elusive widow; an enigmatic debt-collector, busily plotting an audacious robbery; various low-life henchmen; and Captain McTurk of Scotland Yard, patiently investigating the circumstances of the Mr. Ireland's death and many other things besides- all are drawn into a net of intrigue with wide and sinister implications. Ranging from the lochsides of Scotland to the slums of Clerkenwell, and from the gentlemen's clubs of St. James's to the Yukon wilds, Kept is a gorgeously intricate novel about the urge to possess, at once a gripping investigation of some of the secret chambers of the human heart and a dazzling re-invention of Victorian life and passions.

“These saucy, well-crafted mysteries are a lot of fun.”    — Boston Globe

“A welcome and powerful new voice.”
— Tim Dorsey

“Smart, canny, haunted, and compelling.”


Coming next month: A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART
by Timothy Hallinan

A thief, found dead in an alley.
A man, disappeared from a city that never knew he existed.
A boy, grievously hurt, who everyone called Superman.
Bangkok, the glittering center of a country full of ghosts.

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