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January 2005:

3rd Degree by James Patterson/Andrew Gross  -Suspense

The 37th Hour by Jodie Compton  -Investigative

Aphrodite by Russell Andrews  -Thriller

The Canterbury Papers by Judith Healey  -Historical

The Cutting Room by Laurence Klavan  -Amateur Sleuth

Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott  -Thriller

Darkness on the Edge of Town  by J. Carson Black  --Investigative

Death of a Poison Pen by M. C. Beaton -Cozy

Fall Guy by Carol Lee Benjamin (Private Investigator) 4 bolts

Fire Flight by John J. Nance  -Thriller

Hate Crime by William Bernhardt  -Legal Thriller 

The James Deans by Reed Farrel Coleman  -Investigative

Killer Body by Bonnie Hearn Hill  -Suspense

The Kills by Linda Fairstein  -Series/Investigative

Loaded Dice by James Swain  -Investigative

Lost by Joy Fielding  -Psychological Suspense

Midnight Harvest by Chelsea Quinn Yarbo  -Vampire

A Moorland's Hanging  by Michael Jecks  -Historical (Reissue)

Muletrain to Maggody by Joan Hess   -Mystery

Patterns in Silicon by Maureen Robb -Mystery

The Search by Christiane Heggan  -Romantic Suspense

To The Bone by Neil McMahon  -Investigative

A Question Of Blood by Ian Rankin  -Investigative

Visions In Death by JD Robb (Thriller) 4 bolts

Walking Home by Gloria Goldreich   -General

Weeds in the Garden by Brandy Carter  -Mystery

The Wilderness by Karen Novak  -Suspense


February 2005:

The Bookman's Promise by John Dunning  -Mystery

Cold Blood by Theresa Monsour  -Investigative

Collecting Candace By Susan M. Brooks -Suspense

Dead Heat by Caroline Carver -Thriller

Dead on the Dance Floor by Heather Graham -Romantic Suspense

Deadly Kin by Tom Eslick  -Amateur Sleuth

Depth Perception by Linda Castillo  -Romantic Suspense

Drop Dead My Lovely by Ellis Weiner -Detective

In the Moon of Red Ponies by James Burke  -Mystery

Land of Echoes by Daniel Hecht -Suspense

The Man In My Basement by Walter Mosley  -Suspense

Playing With Fire by Peter Robinson -Investigative

She's Not There by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith  -FBI Thriller

Silent Witness by Rebecca Forster  -Legal Thriller 

Survivor in Death by J. D. Robb  -Police Procedural

The Weatherman's Daughters by Richard Hoyt  -Mystery

Wild Card by Rachael Lee -Thriller


March 2005:

After Havana by Charles Fleming  -Historical Thriller

Blinded  by Stephen White  -Psychological Suspense

The Body of David Hayes by Ridley Pearson  -Thriller

Bubbles Abroad  by Sarah Strohmeyer  -Amateur Sleuth

Crossing the Line by Clinton McKinzie  -Suspense

Dangerous Curves by Judith Skillings -Mystery

The Dead Stone by Vicki Stiefel  -Suspense

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud  by Ben Sherwood -Suspense

Deep Freeze by Lisa Jackson  -Suspense

Fairway to Heaven by Roberta Isleib  -Amateur Sleuth

An Intimate Ghost by Ellen Hart  -Amateur Sleuth

The Irish Village Murder by Dicey Deere  -Amateur Sleuth

The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen  -Investigative

The Laws of Invisible Things by Frank Huyler  -Suspense

Lethal Lies by Laurie Breton  -Suspense

The Narrows by Michael Connelly  -Investigative

The Promise of a Lie by Howard Roughan  -Suspense

The Road To Ruin  by Donald Westlake  -Thriller

The Sapphire Sea by John B. Robinson  -Adventure

Southern Fried by Cathy Pickens  -Cozy

Unlucky in Law  by Perri O'Shaughnessy  -Legal Thriller

An Unpardonable Crime by Andrew Taylor  -Historical

Wind Spirit by Aimee and David Thurlo  -Investigative


April 2005:

Alone At Night by KJ Erickson  -Investigative

Bad Medicine by Aimee and David Thurlo  -Mystery

Bad Men by John Connolly  -Thriller

Bloodlines by Dinah McCall  -Romantic Suspense

Blue Mercy by Illona Haus  -Suspense-Investigative

Bury The Lead by David Rosenfelt  -Legal Thriller

Brimstone by Preston & Child  -Horror

Cold Case Squad  by Edna Buchanan  -Investigative

Deadly Illusions by Chester D. Campbell  -Mystery

Double Exposure by Bonnie Hearn Hill  -Suspense

The Faithless by Ted Simon  -Mystery

Guardian of the Horizon by Elizabeth Peters  -Historical

I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel  -Amateur Sleuth

Just One Look by Harlan Coben  -Suspense thriller 

Last Lullaby by Denise Hamilton  -Investigative

Live Bait by P. J. Tracy  -Investigative

One False Move by Alex Kava  -Suspense

The Open Channel by Jill Morrow  -Supernatural

Past Due by William Lashner  -Legal Thriller

Pyro by Earl Emerson  -Thriller

Radio Activity by Bill Fitzhugh  -Investigative

The Reckoning by Jeff Long  -Supernatural Thiller

Remembering Sarah by Chris Mooney  -Thriller

Rendezvous Eighteenth by Jake Lamar  -Suspense

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry  -Thriller

Slaying is Such Sweet Sorrow by Patricia Harwin  -Mystery

Shadow Men by Jonathon King  -Investigative 

Sprayed Stiff by Laura Bradley  -Amateur Sleuth

Trip Wire by Charlotte Carter  -Amateur Sleuth

Vengeance by Brian Pinkerton  -Suspense


May 2005:

Before I Wake by Anne Frasier  -Suspense

Black Maps by Peter Spiegelman  -Thriller

Cat in an Orange Twist by Carole Nelson Douglas  -Cozy

A Clean Kill by Leslie Glass  -Investigative

Deception by Denise Mina  -Suspense

Double Down by Tess Hudson  -Mystery

The First 48 by Tim Green  -Thriller

The Fix by Anthony Lee  -Thriller

The God Particle by Richard Cox  -Thriller

The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley  -Thriller

Land of the Blind by Jess Walter  -Suspense

Maximum Security by Rose Connors  -Legal Thriller

Men From Boys Edited by John Harvey  -Anthology

Misdemeanor Man by Dylan Schaffer  -Legal Thriller

Missing Justice by Alafair Burke  -Legal Thriller

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs  -Investigative

A Mourning in Autumn by Harper Moore  -Investigative

Murder in the Hamptons by Amy Garvey  -Romanic Suspense

Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming  -Serial Investigative

The Pegasus Secret by Gregg Loomis  -Thriller

Seven Minutes To Noon by Kate Pepper  -Suspense

Too Rich To Live by Lawrence Light  -Suspense


June 2005:

Are You Afraid of the Dark by Sidney Sheldon -Suspense

Bait by Karen Robards  -Thriller

A Carnivore's Inquiry by Sabrina Murray -Thriller

Coincidence  by David Ambrose 

Dark Angel by Karen Harper  -Mystery

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay  -Thriller

The Devil's Halo by Chris Fox  -Thriller

Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum  -Suspense

A Ghost in the Machine by Caroline Graham (Ghost) 4 bolts

How To Be Bad by David Bowker  -Mystery

Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper  -Supernatural

Ice Run by Steve Hamilton  -Investigative

The Judgment of Caesar by Steven Saylor  -Historical

Killer Heels by Sheryl J. Anderson  -Amateur sleuth

Killer Smile by Lisa Scottoline  -Legal Thriller

Lazybones by Mark Billingham  -Police Procedural

Look Closely by Laura Caldwell  -Suspense

Lullaby and Goodnight by Wendy Corsi Staub  -Suspense

Mansions of the Dead by Sarah Stewart Taylor  -Mystery

Mr. Paradise by Elmore Leonard  -Mystery

A Moment on the Edge by Elizabeth George  -Mystery

Murder Is My Racquet by Otto Penzler  -Anthology

Murder  Suicide by Keith Ablow  -Psychological Suspense

On Thin Ice by Cherry Adair   -Romantic Thriller

Red Tide by G.M. Ford  -Thriller

Regrets Only by Nancy Geary   -Investigative

See Jane Die by Erica Spindler  -Suspense

Shakedown Beach by Eric Dezenhill  -Suspense

Six Bad Things by Charlie Huston  -Suspense

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen   -Mystery

Strange But True by John Searles  -Suspense

'Til Death Do Us Part by Kate White  -Amateur Sleuth

Trace by Patricia Cornwell  -Medical thriller

Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath  -Police Procedural



July 2005:

Angels Crest by Leslie Schwartz  -Suspense

The Black Silent by David Dun  -Thriller

Blood Hollow by William Kent Krueger  -Investigative

Body Double by Tess Gerritsen  -Medical Thriller

The Butcher of Beverly Hills by Jennifer Colt  -Mystery

By A Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman  -Investigative

Dark Sky by Carla Neggers  -Romantic Suspense

Deadline In Athens by Petros Markaris  -Detective

Double Homicide by Faye & Jonathan Kellerman  -Investigative

The Dying Hour by Rick Mofina  -Suspense

Falling Down by David Cole  -Investigative

Final Scream by Lisa Jackson  -Suspense

Five In A Row by Jane Coffey  -Romantic Suspense

The Fractal Murders by Mark Cohen  -Investigative

Heart of the Hunter by Deon Meyer  -Thriller

The Heartbreaker  y Susan Howatch  -Suspense

Killing Her Softly by Beverly Barton  -Suspense

The Man Burns Tonight by Donn Cortez  -Suspense

The Mask Of Red Death by Harold Schechter  -Historical

Plant Them Deep by Aimee and David Thurlo  -Mystery

Puppets by Daniel Hecht  -Thriller

Raising Atlantis by Thomas Greanias

Shoot The Moon by Billie Letts  -Investigative


August 2005:

Absent Friends by S. J. Rozan  -Thriller

Beverly Hills Voodoo by L. F. Crawford  -Mystery

Blood on the Leaves by Jeff Stetson  -Suspense

Blood Retribution by Aimee and David Thurlo  -Investigative

A Cold Treachery by Charles Todd  -Suspense

Cold Truth by Mariah Stewart  -Suspense

Cracks in the Rainbow by Mark Bouton  -Thriller

Day Of The Dead  by J.A. Jance  -Procedural

Died in the Wool by Mary Kruger  -Cozy

Falling Off Air by Catherine Sampson  -Domestic Suspense

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates  -Suspense 

Flashback by Jenny Siler  -Thriller

The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner  -Mafia Thriller

Head Games by Eileen Dreyer  -Investigative

High Country Fall  by Margaret Maron  -Mystery

Lonely Girls Club by Suzanne Forster  -Suspense

Love in all the Wrong Places  by Frank Devlin  -Suspense

Paradise City by Lorenzo Carcaterra  -Mafia thriller

Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan  -Thriller

The Profiler by Lori A. May  -Suspense

The Program by Gregg Hurwitz  -Detective

Skin River by Steven Sidor  -Thriller

Slip Cue by Joyce Krieg  -Amateur Sleuth

The Society by Michael Palmer  -Medical Thriller

Spider Dance by Carole Nelson Douglas  -Historical

A Taint in the Blood  by Dana Stabenow  -Amateur Sleuth

This Old Souse  by Mary Daheim  -Amateur Sleuth

Twisted Perception by Bob Avey  -Mystery 4 bolts

Way Past Legal by Norman Green  -Suspense

Witch Hunt  by Ian Rankin   -Detective

Witch Way To Murder by Shirley Damsgaard  -Mystery/Paranormal


September 2005:

The Best American Crime Writing 2005 By J. Ellroy, O. Penzler and T. H. Cook

The Business of Dying by Simon Kernick  -Investigative

Cat Cross Their Graves by Shirley Rousseau Murphy  -Cozy

Cross Current by Christine Kling  -Thriller

Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson  -Amateur Sleuth

Dying in the Dark by Valerie Wilson Wesley  -Serial Sleuth

Follow by A.J. Matthews  -Supernatural Thriller

Good Morning Darkness by Ruth Francisco  -Suspense

Grave Endings by Rochelle Krich  -Mystery

Hard, Hard City by Jim Fusilli  -Detective

Hard Truth by Mariah Stewart  -Suspense

Hour Game by David Baldacci  -Thriller

Light On Snow by Anita Shreve -Mystery

The Mayor of Lexington Avenue by James Sheehan  -Suspense

Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich  -Amateur Sleuth

Murder at the B-School by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank  -Mystery

My Very Own Murder by Josephine Carr  -Mystery

Shoulder the Sky by Anne Perry  -Historical

This Enemy Town by Marcia Talley  -Investigative

Twisted by Jonathan Kellerman  -Psychological Suspense

Wife of Moon by Margaret Coel  -Suspense



October 2005:

Bahamarama by Bob Morris  -Thriller

Behind Closed Doors by Susan R. Sloan  -Suspense

Bodycheck by Steve Owad  -Mystery

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Suspense) 5 bolts

Dark Whispers by Chris Blaine  -Supernatural Thriller

Death Row Defender by Ray Dix  -Legal Thriller

Falling Awake by Jayne Ann Krentz  -Romantic Suspense

Hear No Evil by James Grippando  -Legal Thriller

Hula Done it? by Maddy Hunter  -Mystery

In Too Deep by Tina Wainscott  -Suspense

Indelible by Karin Slaughter  -Investigative

London Bridges by James Patterson  -Suspense

Melancholy Baby by Robert B. Parker  -Thriller

Now You See Me by Rochelle Krich  -Investigative

Scared Money by James Hime  -Investigative

Seeds Of Doubt by Stephanie Kane  -Legal Thriller

Solomon Vs. Lord by Paul Levine  -Legal Thriller

The Surrogate Thief by Archer Mayor (Investigative) 4 bolts

Tijuana Straits by Kem Nunn  -Thriller

When Secrets Die by Lynn Hightower  -Suspense

Whirlwind by Joseph Garber  -Thriller

Whiteout by Ken Follett  -Thriller

Xeno Solution by Nelson Erlick  -Futuristic Thriller



November 2005:

Blood Memory by Greg Ilis  -Suspense

The Blue Rose by Anthony Eglin  -Mystery

The Broker by John Grisham  -Thriller 

The Burnt Orange Sunrise by David Handler  -Mystery

Color Blind by Jonathan Santlofer  -Suspense

Dead Giveaway by Leann Sweeney  -Private Investigator

The Doctor's Wife By Elizabeth Brundage  -Suspense

The Druperman Tapes by John Goodger  -Thriller

False Profits by Patricia Smiley  -Amateur Sleuth

Fetish by Tara Moss  -Suspense

Forests of the Night by James W. Hall  -Suspense

Foxmask by Juliet Marillier  -Fantasy

In Like Flynn Rhys Bowen  -Investigative

The Last Dark Place by Stuart Kaminsky  -Investigative

A Midsummer's Night Scream by Jill Churchill  -Amateur Sleuth

Most Wanted by Michele Martinez  -Suspense

Now You Die by Christiane Heggan  -Romantic Suspense

Shades of Red by Doris Mortman  -Suspense 

State of Fear by Michael Crichton  -Thriller

'Twas the Bite Before Christmas by Lee Charles Kelley  -Investigative



December 2005:

Alone by Lisa Gardner  -Suspense

Already Dead By Charlie Huston  -Vampire Thriller

The Blackjack Conspiracy by David Kent  -Thriller

The Crediton Killings by Michael Jecks -Historical

Double Tap by Steve Martini  -Legal Thriller

Bye, Bye, Love by Virginia Swift  -Investigative

California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker  -Suspense

The Chairman by Stephen Frey  -Thriller

Dark House by Theresa Monsour  -Investigative 

Darkness Falls by Margaret Murphy  -Police Procedural

The Devil's Right Hand by J. D. Rhoades  -Investigative

An Ensuing Evil and Others by Peter Tremayne  -Historical Short Stories

The Flaming Luau of Death by Jerrilyn Farmer -Mystery

Hidden River by Adrian McKinty  --Thriller

Hot Wired by Jane Isenberg  -Amateur Sleuth

I'll Be Watching You by Andrea Kane  -Suspense

The Jinx by Jennifer Sturman  -Mystery

Legacy of Masks by Sallie Bissell  -Suspense

Lux by Maria Flook  -Suspense

The Prey by Allison Brennan  -Thriller

The Real Mother by Judith Michael  -Suspense

Road to Purgatory by Max Allan Collins  -Investigative

Suspect by Michael Robotham  -Suspense 

Tonight I Said Good-bye by Michael Koryta  -Mystery

War At Home by Kris Nelscott  -Suspense

Wildcat Wine by Claire Matturro   Mystery