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Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. (Read more...)
Aurora's 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. Then there's an even worse discovery, at the kids' last known destination: a dead body.
While the local police and sheriff's department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip's disappearance related to Aurora's father's gambling debts? Is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children?
Regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be? With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother... if he's still alive.
Having investigated his share of gruesome murders, Philadelphia Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne is beginning to think nothing can shock him, until the case of a young socialite's death lands on his desk. (Read more...)
The Camilla Rose Morgan he'd known as a teenager was beautiful and brilliant. How was it possible she'd jumped to her death from her own balcony? Her brother tells Payne she'd tragically been battling a lifetime of mental demons, and there is plenty of evidence of it, but still, something just doesn't sit right.
The more Payne digs, the more complications he discovers. Reputations are on the line here, and lives, and if Payne doesn't tread carefully, one of them may be his own.
As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived. In the early hours of Monday, February 18th, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament: not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy.
Four Coast Guard members set out to rescue them in a 12-seat boat, braving 60-foot waves and hurricane-force winds.
In the chaotic last days of the war a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find: his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. (Read more...)
Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine, an equine master race. With the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.
With only hours to spare, one of the Army's last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision, with General George Patton's blessing: to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed's small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses.