Stand Up and Die

      Frances Lockridge

Stand Up and Die

From the authors of the "excellent" Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries: The murder of a beautiful woman draws Captain Heimrich into a tangled web of secrets (The New Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there's no lead the intrepid investigator won't follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

The quiet town of East Belford, New York, finds the entire ordeal of Virginia Monroe's violent death quite shocking. The way the stranger—a young, recently discharged marine—claims to have stumbled across the girl's naked and abused body seems odd indeed. After all, why was he walking down the lane in a town where he had no reason to be anyway?

Captain Heimrich knows some things about Miss Monroe's murder don't quite fit, but despite pressure from the townsfolk and media, he's not about to arrest Timothy Gates without a thorough investigation.

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    Death Has a Small Voice

      Frances Lockridge

Death Has a Small Voice

Before he dies, a murdered burglar puts Mrs. North in mortal danger
The thief struts toward Broadway, confident his luck has finally begun to turn. Just a few hours earlier, he had been as scared as a trapped rat, cowering in a bathroom, hoping the homeowners would go to bed without finding him. He got lucky, and he got away with his mark: a flimsy little piece of plastic that's worth more money than he's ever had at one time. But before he reaches his destination, he'll be left for dead on the sidewalk. As his last act, he drops his loot in the mail.

The package is marked for Pamela North, the slightly daffy amateur sleuth who always nabs the killer, even if she never quite gets to the point. One man has already died for this mysterious item, and as soon as it lands in her mailbox, she'll be in danger of joining him.

Death Has a Small Voice is the 18th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in...

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    Murder within Murder

      Frances Lockridge

Murder within Murder

Mr. and Mrs. North seek the killer of a terribly unpleasant society woman
Miss Amelia Gipson doesn't tolerate foolishness. She doubts she's ever made a mistake, and it's unlikely she would change anything about her life—even if she knew she was in danger. While researching a famous murder case at the public library, she becomes ill at her desk. Within minutes, she's dead. Miss Gipson would be pleased with the coroner. He doesn't muck around when delivering the cause of death. There's simply no question: She was poisoned.
Fortunately, Miss Gipson was one of Jerry North's authors, which means that the accomplished amateur sleuth has another case on his hands. With the help of his utterly brilliant—if slightly strange—wife, Pamela, Mr. North soon finds that the question isn't who wanted Miss Gipson dead, but who didn't.
Murder within Murder is the 10th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in...

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    Death Takes a Bow

      Frances Lockridge

Death Takes a Bow

Tonight, Jerry North faces something so terrifying that no amount of martinis could quiet his nerves: He has to make a speech. He's introducing one of his authors, Victor Leeds Sproul, a continental novelist whose delicate tales of Parisian life have been selling like hotcakes ever since the Nazis goose-stepped into the City of Light. Crippled by stage fright, Mr. North enters the banquet hall feeling like a condemned man, but he isn't the one who will die.
Despite his terror, North delivers the speech of his life. But when he introduces the guest of honor, the distinguished author doesn't stand. Sproul's eyes jerk open, his chest heaves, and he breathes his last. He has been murdered in plain sight, but it will take the combined genius of Jerry and Pamela North to find out who killed the writer, and committed the unforgiveable crime of ruining a perfect speech.
Death Takes a Bow is the 6th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading...

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    The Dishonest Murderer

      Frances Lockridge

The Dishonest Murderer

Mr. and Mrs. North attempt to solve the case of a New Year's Eve murder
Freddie Haven has just crossed the Brooklyn Bridge when she sees a man she believes to be her fiancé, Sen. Bruce Kirkhill, on the sidewalk, walking alone through one of Manhattan's vilest slums. It seems impossible that the shabby figure is actually Bruce, and Freddie tries to put the sight out of her mind. She prepares herself for her father's New Year's Eve party, and waits for her husband-to-be to arrive. But the senator never shows.
Bruce is found dead in a doorway not far from the Bowery. What was he doing in the wrong part of town, and why was he dressed in a bum's shabby suit? Freddie begs for help from Mr. and Mrs. North, amateur sleuths who catch killers between sipping martinis. But is she ready to discover that the senator had a secret the shadows of the Bowery weren't dark enough to hide?
The Dishonest Murderer is the 13th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North...

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    A Client Is Canceled

      Frances Lockridge

A Client Is Canceled

A pair of inexperienced sleuths attempts to best Captain Heimrich in this mystery from the authors of the "excellent" Mr. and Mrs. North series (The New Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there's no lead the intrepid investigator won't follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

A cocktail party at which no one is particularly fond of one another can be quite a bore. But when two partygoers decide to liven things up by skinny-dipping in the Townsends' pool, they stumble across a body and dive into a whole lot of trouble.

Paul J. Barlow was a man of means, and now that he's been shot in the back his wealth will go to his relatives—a fact that doesn't bode well for the couple who found the body: Barlow's niece and her husband, Winifred and Orson Otis.

The state police are summoned to the Townsend home, and Captain Heimrich...

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    Accent on Murder

      Frances Lockridge

Accent on Murder

Captain Heimrich teams up with a professor to teach a killer a lesson in this mystery from the authors of the "excellent" Mr. and Mrs. North series (The New Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there's no lead the intrepid investigator won't follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

When Walter Brinkley—professor emeritus of English literature—throws a cocktail party for newlywed friend Paul Craig and his bride, he has no idea the celebratory affair will spark a chain of events ending in a string of scandalous murders.

The first victim is beautiful party guest Caroline Wilkins, shot while sunbathing nude in a secluded place a few days after the soiree. Called in to investigate, Captain Heimrich uncovers information that links the dead woman to a notorious scandal rag. But before he can connect all the dots, a second malicious...

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    Show Red for Danger

      Frances Lockridge

Show Red for Danger

From the authors of the "excellent" Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries: Captain Heimrich must solve the case of a Hollywood homicide in the Hudson Valley (TheNew Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there's no lead the intrepid investigator won't follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

When Captain Heimrich and his ladylove, Susan Faye, stumble across the bodies of actress Peggy Belford and her former husband, it appears a dramatic murder-suicide has hit Van Brunt. But as Heimrich takes a good look at the crime scene, he starts to think it may have been staged.

Peggy was in town shooting a film, The Last Patroon, and with so many other Hollywood types swarming Westchester County, Heimrich has a long list of suspects auditioning for the role of her killer.

Jealous costars and moody directors all seem likely candidates,...

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    Curtain for a Jester

      Frances Lockridge

Curtain for a Jester

Mr. and Mrs. North discover the murder of a prankster is no laughing matter
Byron Wilmot will do anything for a laugh. He's a legend of practical jokes, notorious for once using a dummy to stage a kidnapping so realistic it fooled the police. So when Pamela and Jerry North are invited to a party at Wilmot's home, Mrs. North braces herself for an evening of snakes in a can, rubber spiders, and the like. But tonight, a murderer will get the last laugh.

When Wilmot's secretary finds her boss lying in a pool of blood with a knife sticking out of his chest, she assumes it's just another highly realistic gag. But Wilmot doesn't move. He's dead and the Norths will have think quickly if they're going to find the killer—and make it to the punch line of Wilmot's last great joke.

Curtain for a Jester is the 17th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

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    Burnt Offering

      Frances Lockridge

Burnt Offering

From the authors of the "excellent" Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries: Captain Heimrich discovers a fire is a smoke screen for murder (TheNew Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there's no lead the intrepid investigator won't follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

Captain Heimrich expects little excitement when he attends the Van Brunt town meeting while visiting his niece and her husband. But when the assembly is cut short due to a raging fire, things get quite exciting indeed.

Half the attendees rush out to fulfill their duties as volunteer firefighters, and the rest follow to see the spectacle of a firehouse ablaze. The flames rage, burning the building to the ground, but it's not until the next day that the body of town supervisor Orville Phipps is found in the charred ruins.

While it all looks like a tragic accident,...

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    Death by Association

      Frances Lockridge

Death by Association

From the authors of the "excellent" Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries: Captain Heimrich's vacation in Key West turns stormy when a Communist snitch is silenced (TheNew Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there's no lead the intrepid investigator won't follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

There's no better place than Key West for relaxing under a palm tree with a daiquiri in hand. It should be the perfect location for Captain Heimrich to recover after being shot in the shoulder during a confrontation with a killer. But Heimrich's recuperation soon turns into a working vacation when a fellow guest at the Coral Isles is murdered.

A former Communist famous for exposing his compatriots, Bronson Wells wasn't much liked—giving the local authorities a long list of suspects to sort through. And even though Captain Heimrich is outside...

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    Murder Out of Turn

      Frances Lockridge

Murder Out of Turn

For Mr. and Mrs. North, there's no vacation from murder
In a remote cabin far from New York City, Jerry and Pamela North are getting killed. On the brink of annihilation, they grit their teeth and battle back. In a moment, the fight is finished—and the Norths are named mixed doubles champions. It's a happy moment during a splendid vacation, but off the tennis court, all is not well. After an afternoon of fun and games, the evening's entertainment will be murder.
Mr. and Mrs. North have invited their closest friends—an ex-aviator, a mysterious doctor, and New York Police Department's own Lt. William Weigand—to join them on this glittering retreat, but the joviality ends when Weigand finds Helen Wilson lying across the path, a knife buried in her neck. A member of the group surely killed her, and unless the Norths act quickly, the murderer will strike again.
Murder Out of Turn is the 2nd book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries,...

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    Death of an Angel

      Frances Lockridge

Death of an Angel

For the sake of a Broadway hit, Mr. and Mrs. North search for a playboy's killer
Naomi Shaw has taken the stage in Around the Corner one hundred times. And with every performance, she has brought the audience to tears. But while she's an angel onstage, she's rather harder to like once the curtain drops. Nevertheless, the play is a hit. The critics are awed, the crowds are lively, the producers are happy, and Around the Corner could run forever—as long as it has its star.
At the celebration following the hundredth performance, Naomi announces she's going to marry one of the show's backers, slimy playboy Bradley Fitch. He's rich enough that Naomi will never have to act again, which means that Around the Corner will die as soon as their vows are read. But when someone murders Bradley in order to stop the wedding, it falls to Pamela and Jerry North to find the killer and ensure that the show will go on.
Death of an Angel is...

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    Death of a Tall Man

      Frances Lockridge

Death of a Tall Man

Mr. and Mrs. North investigate the brutal murder of a Manhattan doctor
Dr. Andrew Gordon is an orderly man, and the women who work in his office can predict his movements as regularly as clockwork. So when Grace Spencer enters his office, she expects him to look up and smile, as he does every time she walks in. But this time he doesn't raise his head. Dr. Gordon is dead. Though he was bludgeoned in his office, just a few feet from where his nurses were working, no one was seen entering or leaving. It's an impossible murder, and it will take more than a doctor to stop this kind of sickness.
Pamela North spots Lt. William Weigand on his way to the crime scene, and she can't resist tagging along. The doctor's death is no medical mystery, but this case will be solved thanks to one of the great marvels of the twentieth century: the collective minds of Mr. and Mrs. North.
Death of a Tall Man is the 9th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries, but you...

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    With One Stone

      Frances Lockridge

With One Stone

Captain Heimrich's honeymoon is cut short when death parts a wealthy couple in this mystery from the authors of the "excellent" Mr. and Mrs. North series (The New Yorker).

Capt. M. T. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there's no lead the intrepid investigator won't follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

A man like Captain Heimrich often finds himself investigating disturbing situations, but lately he's found a much more pleasant endeavor to occupy his thoughts: marriage. His Palm Beach honeymoon with his bride, Susan, was perfectly lovely, but before they can even make it all the way home to Van Brunt, news of a fellow New Yorker's death puts a stop to the Heimrichs' wedded bliss.

The wife of James Bedlow—the wealthy owner of the New York Chronicle—appears to have met her end after falling into an empty swimming pool. But when evidence...

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