2010 Romantic Suspense Novels A select list of titles On thin ice / Adair, Cherry A secret agent posing as a playboy tries to protect a veterinarian from a series of strange accidents during the grueling Iditarod dogsled race. The scarlet thread / Anthony, Evelyn A British nurse and an American soldier meet, fall in love, and secretly marry during the Second World War. Years after the events of war separate them; a chance meeting brings the couple together to consider their lost love. Spotlight / Bellacera, Carole Devin O'Keefe, lead singer for an Irish rock group, was mentally and physically scarred by his youth during the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland. Although committed to peace, Devin is pressured into marriage with IRA terrorist Caitlyn McManus, who is soon sentenced to life imprisonment and tortured by the British for her role in a department store bombing. For the sake of Devin's career, his manager, Ian Brinegar, persuades Devin to lie and claim that Caitlyn died in the bombing. When Devin meets ambitious American rock journalist Fonda Blayne, sparks fly. Though she is still mourning the death of her twin brother, a policeman shot on the job, she jumps at an offer from Brinegar to travel with the band, photograph its U.S. tour and produce a "pictorial" book about it. But there is trouble ahead. The laws of the Republic of Ireland, which preclude divorce, tempt Devin into proposing to Fonda while he is still secretly married. Gone too far / Brockmann, Suzanne An FBI agent investigates a case involving murder, a missing child, and a terrorist plot that that may be linked to the Navy Seal she loves. Size 12 is not fat / Cabot, Meg After the 20-something Heather's rocker boyfriend dumps her, and her mother and manager flee with her earnings, she becomes an assistant director of an undergraduate residence hall, in hopes of free tuition. When students start to die mysteriously while "elevator surfing" in the building, weight-conscious, romance-obsessed Heather goes on a crazed hunt to uncover the truth. The good liar / Caldwell, Laura Divorcée Kate Livingston leads a sedate life in the suburbs of Chicago, trying with little enthusiasm to get back into the dating game, when a childhood friend offers to set her up with a WAVERLEY Library 32 Denison Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 Phone 9386 7711 Web www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/library dashing older man named Michael Waller. The two get married after a whirlwind courtship, but the honeymoon is over quickly when Michael begins acting strangely secretive. What Kate doesn't know is that Michael is part of a secret spy organization called the Trust that works illegally to advance American interests abroad. As Kate gets more suspicious, Michael decides to get out of espionage, agreeing to one last contract killing before he's through forever. Glass houses / Cameron, Stella An NYPD detective joins forces with a British photographer threatened by a bad cop, but when the pair are accused of art theft they must flee across the country in an attempt to clear their names. The bay at midnight / Chamberlain, Diane A woman learns that the wrong man may have been convicted for her sister’s death long ago and turns to a childhood friend for help finding the truth. Daddy’s little girl / Clark, Mary Higgins Investigative journalist Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her sister, Andrea, 15, was beaten to death by 20-year-old Rob Westerfield, scion of the wealthiest family in a small Westchester town. Now he is up for parole, so Ellie, now 30, returns home to speak out against him. When he is released, Ellie begins to write a book aimed at re-proving his guilt. Digging for evidence, she uncovers clues that he may have committed another murder as a youth, but that digging also enrages the Westerfields and other town members who think the man was railroaded. Tail spin / Coulter, Catherine When a small plane carrying FBI Special Agent Jackson Jack Crowne makes a crash landing in mountainous Parlow, his friends FBI Special Agents Dillon Savitch and Lacey Sherlock fly by helicopter from Washington, D.C., to the scene. Jack survives the crash, aided by Rachael Abbott, a young woman who's returning to Parlow, her childhood home, after escaping an attempt to drown her in a Maryland lake. After Rachael reveals that she's the illegitimate daughter of the late Maryland senator John James Abbott, whose siblings she suspects are trying to kill her, the FBI agents agree to help. As further attempts on Rachael's life occur, the attraction grows between her and Jack. No bed of roses / Cowie, Vera Beautiful, Scot-born Fiona Ferguson is owner of a high class secretarial agency and prides herself on running a top notch company. After billionaire oil tycoon J. J. "Luke" Lucas has hired and fired three of her best employees, she takes the job herself and soon earns the trust and respect of Luke and Henry, his longtime cook and housekeeper. Then Fiona meets Luke's business partner, Charlie Whitesky, becomes utterly infatuated, and soon finds concentrating difficult whenever this handsome, half Cheyenne man is around. Eventually, she gets caught in a love triangle between Luke and Charlie and is forced to face their sordid past, which involves the death of Luke's wife. Cautious and reserved, Fiona also has to confront her own past and try and determine who is truly her friend and who is out for revenge. Illusions / Dailey, Janet The breathtaking mountains of Aspen, Colorado, form the backdrop for this romantic thriller. One for the money / Evanovich, Janet Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's first assignment is tracking down a cop wanted for murder, who also happens to be the guy she lost her virginity to in high school. First of a series. Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination / Fielding, Helen While on assignment for her British fashion magazine, Olivia Joules meets mysterious movie producer Pierre Ferramo. However, Olivia comes to believe that he is really a terrorist. Or, is he a product of her overactive imagination? Mad River Road / Fielding, Joy After spending a year in prison, Ralph has plans for his first night of freedom: tonight someone will be held accountable. He is willing to go to murderous lengths to learn the address of his former wife, the woman he blames for his fate and has sworn vengeance against. Betrayal / Francis, Clare While caught up in the tensions surrounding a possible buyout of the glass company he inherited from his father, Hugh Wellesley hears news reports of the murder of his mistress, Sylvie. Unwilling to come clean with his sickly and devoted wife, Ginny, Hugh lies to her and the police. When he's arrested anyway, Ginny covers for him so thoroughly that the police believe her guilty and arrest her instead. As the trial draws nearer, it becomes apparent that the only way to save Ginny is to discover the truth behind Sylvie's death. Francis explores betrayal on many levels here: business partner against partner, brother against brother, husband against wife, lover against lover, even doctor against patient. The delight for the reader in this cynically dishonest world lies in discerning that every behaviour, however altruistic on the surface, is suspect. The perfect husband / Gardner, Lisa Theresa Matthews never knew what hit her when she met Officer Jim Beckett. All she did know was that someone in her life finally loved her. With no complaints, Theresa did everything Jim asked of her. She kept a perfect home, cooked meals on time, and gave him a baby daughter that he appeared to love. Hiding behind his cruel facade, Theresa discovered an evil man with no soul. Mercy / Garwood, Julie An attorney from the Justice Department tracks down the doctor who saved his life and discovers that she’s being stalked by someone who thinks she has dangerous information. Sex, lies and online dating / Gibson, Rachel Lucy Rothschild has come up with a daring way of doing research for her newest mystery novel. Since her female serial killer meets her victims online, Lucy does the same. The men who respond to her e-mails and meet her in the Boise Starbucks provide excellent fodder, as well as verisimilitude. Finally Lucy only needs one more victim. Unbeknownst to her, Quinn McIntyre is actually an undercover detective trying to stop a serial killer. One thing the victims all have in common is that they are part of the online dating scene. As Quinn chats with Lucy, it becomes apparent that she is lying and that she knows way too much about police procedure. Lucy begins to fall for him, and Quinn falls for her, believing all the while that she's the killer. A morning in Eden / Gilbert, Anna It's 1919, and England is suffering the after effects of war and lingering Victorianism. Lorna Kent, raised by a maiden aunt, is full of plans and dreams tempered by the restrictions of the society in which she lives. When her beloved aunt dies, Lorna moves to a country village to live with another relative and finds herself drawn into the tragic story of young Alice Hood, who committed suicide after a mysterious lover left her pregnant and alone. When Lorna falls in love with Mr. Ushart, the married schoolmaster, she feels a connection with Alice and decides she must know the truth about who caused her tragic death. The interpreter/ Glass, Suzanne Dominique is a simultaneous translator, a difficult profession demanding not only language fluency but also incredible skill in listening in one language while translating in another. Dom works in New York, after having attended an interpreting school in Zurich, Switzerland, where she met a young man now dying of AIDS. One day on the job, she overhears, through a microphone still on, two participants at a pharmaceutical conference discussing another researcher's discovery of a possible AIDS cure. Their only concern seems to be obtaining the employment of that person and owning his information for their own financial gain. As an interpreter, Dom is sworn to maintain the confidentiality of anything she hears. When she becomes aware that the man of interest in her life, a physician turned researcher, is the one who has been conducting the AIDS research she accidentally heard about, she really is in a dilemma. Woman in red / Goudge, Eileen Seeing the drunk driver who had killed her 8 year old son walk free Alice Kessler, the devastated mother attempted to run him down. Nine years later after being released from prison, Alice has come home to Gray's Island in order to pick up the pieces of her life and mend the breach between her and the 6 year old son she'd left behind. At the same time Colin McGinty, a 9/11 widower and recovering alcoholic, has come to the island to claim his inheritance left by his famous artist grandfather. Alice's son Jeremy is wrongly accused of rape and Alice will do anything to save her son including convincing Colin, a one-time hot shot lawyer, to help her prove his innocence. As Alice and Colin engage in the battle to save Jeremy, both are drawn into a subtle love affair. The Parisian affair / Gould, Judith Allegra Sheridan is a struggling New York jewellery designer and certified gemologist. She loves her job, but her business is in serious financial difficulty. When she unexpectedly receives a lucrative offer from a reclusive billionaire to go to Paris and act as his agent at an upcoming auction, she leaps at the chance. Picture me dead / Graham, Heather A detective and a forensics artist investigate deaths linked to a bizarre cult in the Everglades. Grave sight / Harris, Charlaine Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job, she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed and share their vey last moment. Princess Charming / Heller, Jane When Elaine, Jackie, and Pat plan their yearly getaway, they are unprepared for life on the luxury liner Princess Charming. Elaine agonizes over how her travel agent lied to her: the quality of the single men on the ship is debatable, and she can't see out the porthole in her minuscule cabin because a lifeboat hangs there! When Elaine overhears a plot to murder a divorced woman onboard the ship, she suspects every man she meets of being the hit man. Haunting Rachel / Hooper, Kay Ten years ago Rachel Grant’s fiance, Thomas, disappeared. His body was never found. Now there's a stranger in town, a man who could be Thomas's twin, or his ghost. His name is Adam Delafield. He's been watching Rachel for days. He has the locket she gave Thomas before he vanished. Dying to please / Howard, Linda A bodyguard/butler becomes the prime suspect when her employer is murdered. The search / Johansen, Iris A billionaire calls on a search-and-rescue operative and her dog for help when a brilliant scientist is kidnapped from his top-secret research facility. Double take / Joyce, Brenda A woman agrees to switch places with her estranged twin and discovers that her sister has deadly enemies and secrets. Brilliant / Kellogg, Marne Davis Urbane, elegant and self-possessed, Kick Keswick leads a perfect life as an executive assistant at a London auction firm, until an American industrialist and womaniser, Owen Brace takes over the company. Falling awake / Krentz, Jayne Ann A dream analyst becomes intrigued by one of her subjects, who secretly works for a classified government agency. Always time to die / Lowell, Elizabeth Genealogist Carly May is hired by elderly Winifred Castillo Simmons to research her Castillo family history. Carly makes the acquaintance of Dan Duran, a man with a haunted past and a mysterious connection to the Quintrell family. Devil may care / McInnis, Sheri Struggling New York actress Sally Carpenter is sure she's blown her audition when the casting director cuts her off in the middle of her first line. So she's stunned when she gets the part. This change in luck coincides with her chance meeting of Jack Weaver, president of television network UBN, to whom she finds herself irresistibly drawn. As Sally's career takes off, she finds herself falling deeply in love with Jack but is disturbed by all the fluke accidents that befall anyone who stands in the way of her career or her relationship with Jack. The rapids / Neggers, Carla After arresting a dangerous fugitive, a diplomatic security agent teams up with a U.S. Marshal to track a killer to upstate New York. Before sunrise / Palmer, Diana She is Anglo; he is Comanche. She is an archaeologist. He equates archaeology with grave robbing. Despite their differences, Phoebe Margaret Keller and Jeremiah Cortez know they've found their soul mates. That is, until Jeremiah goes away and gets married. Three years later, a still-bitter Phoebe is a museum curator on the Cherokee reservation in Chenocetah, North Carolina. A person claiming to be a professor claims he has found a Neanderthal in the caves near a new development. When the man is murdered, Jeremiah, now a widower and member of the FBI's Indian Country Crime Unit, is sent to investigate. It's obvious Phoebe and Jeremiah are still in love, but she is no hurry to forgive him. Before long, however, Phoebe becomes a target of the murderer, and there's no way Jeremiah is going to leave her again. The perfect fake / Parker, Barbara Tom Fairchild is determined to get his life back in order after spending time in prison for theft. Now on parole, Tom, a would-be graphic artist, is working with his sister at her map shop in Miami. When real-estate developer Stuart Barlowe wants to hire Tom to make an exact copy of a Renaissance map, Tom sees a way of earning the money he needs to make restitution for his role in the theft. But does Barlowe really want a duplicate, or is he asking for a forgery? Either way, Tom agrees to being smuggled out of Florida to research the map in England and Italy. On the journey, romance is rekindled between Tom and his former girlfriend Allison, Barlowe's daughter. Naturally, there is much more to the map caper than meets the eye, and soon enough Tom and Allison are in the middle of it. The heat of the moon / Parshall, Sandra Rachel Goddard, is a young veterinarian who, with her younger sister, Michelle, still lives in her mother's house. The sisters' father died in a car accident when Rachel was a child, but her mother remains reluctant to discuss any of the details and is downright hostile when Rachel starts asking more difficult questions prompted by a repressed childhood memory that pops into her head. Complicating matters is Rachel's new boss, the handsome vet Dr. Luke Campbell, with whom Rachel experiences much more than puppy love. When Luke encourages Rachel to keep probing into her childhood, her mother insists that Rachel end the relationship. Under the boardwalk / Phillips, Carly Ariana Costas moved to Vermont to put distance between herself and her rather unconventional family in New Jersey. When her twin sister Zoe is kidnapped, Ariana comes back home and an attempt is made on her life. Enter Detective Quinn Donovan, who suddenly has one sister to find, one to protect, and a mysterious secret to uncover. The paid companion / Quick, Amanda Arthur Lancaster, the Earl of St. Merryn has just been dumped by his fiancee. To add to his troubles, he is investigating the murder of his great-uncle. Now he needs someone to pretend to be his fiancee, which he feels will help him cover more ground in his quest. Elenora Lodge is facing genteel poverty because her fortune was stolen by her unscrupulous stepfather. When Elenora is hired by St. Merryn as a paid companion, he gets much more than he bargained for. Bait / Robards, Karen A busy advertising executive reluctantly agrees when an FBI agent asks her to act as bait to catch a serial killer who attacked her. To trust a stranger / Robards, Karen Former beauty queen Julie Carlson hires investigator Mac McQuarry to prove her husband is cheating. Mac is elated; he has been looking for a reason to nail her husband for 15 years. But when Mac witnesses a hit on Julie (her husband hired thugs to kill her), he quickly discovers he'll do anything to keep her alive. Hot ice / Roberts, Nora Whitney MacAllister, yearns for a real adventure. She finds herself in the right place at the right time when she is kidnapped by jewel thief Douglas Lord and accompanies him to Madagascar on an exotic treasure hunt. Northern lights / Roberts, Nora After the death of his partner, a Baltimore cop takes a job as police chief in Lunacy, Alaska, where he meets a bush pilot whose father disappeared 16 years ago. Suspicion / Rogan, Barbara Emma Roth, a writer of ghost stories, reluctantly leaves New York with her ten-year-old son, Zack, for an old house her husband has discovered in a village on Long Island Sound. None of them believes in ghosts and haunted houses, but almost immediately Emma, and then Zack, is involved in manifestations of the beyond. Or, given an accident that Emma had seven years ago, does someone from her past wish her harm? Or is it someone from her present? Or is she losing her mind? Nothing to fear / Rose, Karen The director of an inner city shelter for battered women becomes caught in the middle of a deadly scheme of revenge between security expert Ethan Buchanan and the ruthless woman who kidnapped his godson. Nine lives / Sala, Sharon Bounty hunter Cat Dupree has scars from a tattooed assailant who killed her father then slashed her throat, leaving her for dead. A graduate of the foster care system, Cat has devoted her life to finding the murderer and finally make him pay for his crime. When her best friend who also grew up in foster care goes missing after admitting to an affair with her boss, Cat is convinced she was murdered and pulls out all stops to bring Mimi's killer, Mark Presley to justice. The only problem is the cops won't act until a missing persons report is filed and cannot fathom that an affluent businessman such as Presley might be so duplicitous. The only person on her side is fellow bounty hunter Wilson McKay, a man whose background could not be more different than Cat's, but the two grow an intense bond to each other. Killer smile / Scottoline, Lisa When she receives personal threats and an associate is murdered, young lawyer Mary DiNunzio realises that her latest case, involving a World War II interment camp suicide, may have deadly modern-day ties. An invisible woman / Strieber, Anne When Kealy Ryerson gets a call from her husband telling her to flee the country at once, she panics and goes to him instead. When she finds that he has been murdered, she doesn’t know where to turn or who to trust. Crooked heart / Sumners, Cristina Life isn't easy for Tom Holder. Middle-aged, appallingly married, and bored out of his wits, Tom is Chief of Police in Harton, an idyllic New Jersey town where, in spite of its eccentric cast of characters, nothing ever seems to happen. His dreary routine is brightened only by his visits to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, where he can be sure of seeing the clever Reverend Kathryn Koerney, with whom he is secretly and hopelessly smitten. Tom is quietly wishing for a nice, interesting crime, if only to have something to discuss with the lady priest, who seems almost as confused by their nonrelationship as he is. He's about to get all that and a whole lot more than he bargained for. Dangerous deception / Tanner, Janet On a bright summer's day, a young girl receives an ominous warning from an old gypsy woman, a warning that she will never be able to forget. Some years later, another young woman is caught up, unwittingly, in Alex's sinister story. Imogen Voisey arrives at Upton Stowey House as governess to little Janine, daughter of the dangerously attractive Bradley Palmer. Janine's mother Alexandra died in mysterious circumstances and now Brad's second wife, Rosalie, has also disappeared. Rumours abound concerning the role of Brad Palmer in the fate of his two wives. Against her will and despite the powerful emotions his presence arouses in her, Imogen is forced to confront these rumours and establish, for herself and for Janine, the truth... China silk / Worboys, Anne Hellen and Oliver meet during a fox hunt in rural Kent, England, and instantly fall in love, but this rousing novel plants every conceivable obstacle in their path, and some all-but-inconceivable ones as well. Oliver's distinguished, titled family deems Hellen not quite socially acceptable and immediately forces Oliver to take up duties under his formidable uncle, the governor of Hong Kong. Yet the two become engaged, and Hellen, after being raped by a jealous beau, follows on the next boat, where, to her horror, she finds that she is pregnant. Desperate, she asks a deceptively attentive shipboard acquaintance, George Curtain, for aid. He drugs her, violates her and forces her to marry him, all in the belief that such a union will help him socially. Hellen miscarries, and finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage with a brutish man. At least she is in Hong Kong, with Oliver constantly in her thoughts.