Deep Waters (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries series)
A man's body, virtually decapitated, is found by the Bosphorus. His identity card names him as Rifat Berisha, an Albanian. The family is impenetrable <more...>but when Inspector Cetin Ikmen, whose mother was Albanian, consults his cousin, Samsun, he's left in little doubt that Berisha's death is likely to be the result of a fis, an implacable blood feud between rival Albanian families. Which means the blood already shed will have to be avenged. And if the Berishas or their enemies discover Ikmen is from a noted Albanian clan, some of the spilt blood might be his.
Arabesk (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries series #3)
Confined to his home on sick-leave (and prevented from sneaking his beloved brandy and cigars), Inspector Ikmen of the Istanbul police is forced to ha <more...>nd his latest case over to his prot,g,, the newly promoted Suleyman. That?s too bad, because the aristocratic Suleyman knows nothing about Arabesk, the throbbing, deeply sentimental music that is adored by Turkey?s working classes, and the case is drenched in those mournful melodies. A secret marriage, a murdered bride, an aging beauty, a father driven mad with grief and guilt? it's all so melodramatic that Suleyman can barely keep his lip from curling. Ikmen, unashamed of his own plebeian tastes, is happy to weigh in from the sidelines, but both cops eventually come to one conclusion: At the real heart of this operatic catastrophe is the city itself.
Meet Annie Markham. Gentle, sweet and kind. Except for her dark side. A dark side called Jake Mead. Seven years ago hed been her entire world, even th <more...>ough her godmother had tried to persuade her to dump him. But when the going got tough, Annies tough got going. Jakes hasty departure from her life proved that a) godmothers are cleverer than they look and b) the only thing reliable about men is that theyre totally unreliable. Now Jake is back in her life. And hes the one man who may just save her familys ailing company. But what Annie doesnt know is that Jake has an Achilles heel. An Achilles heel called Annie Markham. Hes never quite got over her treatment of him all those years ago. This is the perfect opportunity for what some may call closure. But what Jake calls, revenge.
Twenty-three-year-old Jo Green knows that if she has to spend one more night in ultra-provincial Niblet-Upon-Avon she'll go completely bonkers! So she <more...> answers an ad in the paper, bids her devoted boyfriend Shaun adieu, and heads off to the big city. With a new job that offers excitement; a cool car; and her own suite with a TV, DVD player, and a cell phone, how can she go wrong? Then she meets... the Fitzgeralds. Dick and Vanessa and their unruly brood of rugrats who have suddenly been entrusted into Jo's care. There's eight-year-old "psycho-babe" Cassandra; bloodthirsty Zak, the six-year-old Terminator; and timid little Tallulah.
Katie Simmonds is not short of ambitions, and one thing she is certain of is that she doesn't want to be a waitress. Unfortunately Katie is a waitress <more...>. But just when she thinks things can't get any worse, the cafe she works in is taken over by the last man she would ever want to see again.
Mile-High Hair Club
Leaving her glamorous life and commitment-shy boyfriend behind to care for her ailing mother, who lives in the deep South, former NYC talent producer <more...>Bailey Rhodes finds her life thrust into hilarious chaos when she becomes involved in the sixty-fourth annual Miss Tidewater Butter Bean Pageant.
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over t <more...>wenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day, July 15th, of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
The Friendship Test
One late wine, and gossip-fueled night, four friends on a lark create a fateful test of friendship, one that challenges the very principles and bounda <more...>ries of their alliance. To pass it means to never, at any cost, betray one another. Twenty years later, they must face that ultimate test.