Dell Shannon - Unexpected Death - Orion Publishing Group

Unexpected Death

By Dell Shannon

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

'A Luis Mendoza story means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

'A Luis Mendoza story means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

A beautiful Hollywood blonde inexplicably vanishes from the restaurant she is dining in with her fiancé and is found with her neck broken and miles away from the scene of her disappearance.

Who lured her away? How? And, the most puzzling question for Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of Los Angeles' Homicide Squad, is why?

Biographical Notes

In her 67 years, California author Elizabeth Linington wrote 82 crime fiction novels, under her own name as well as the aliases Anne Blaisdell, Lesley Egan, Egan O'Neill and Dell Shannon. Her writing evolved from the early radio and stage dramas, via historical narratives, to her most celebrated novels - mysteries. She was nominated for Edgars in 1961, 1962 and 1963 for Case Pending, Nightmare and Knave of Hearts respectively. Her most successful creation, debonair LAPD Lieutenant Luis Mendoza, broke new ground in being one of the first Latino police officers in the procedural genre, and Linington herself was a pioneer in a male-dominated industry, earning the moniker 'Queen of the Procedurals'.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781471913914
  • Publication date: 21 May 2014
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: The Murder Room
The Murder Room

Felony File

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

Mark of Murder

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department was vacationing in Bermuda with his wife when the call came. His friend Sergeant Art Hackett had been forced over the edge of a mountain road in a murderous automobile attack.Rushing back to LA to take charge of the investigation, Mendoza discovers another horror awaiting him: a serial killer who has already committed four grisly murders in ten short days . . .'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times.

The Murder Room

Rain with Violence

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

Cold Trail

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

The body of a woman from respectable, conservative Glendale is found stashed under a ramshackle house in the middle of the inner city. Detective Luis Mendoza marks the rising heat by the crime and violence raging through the sun-baked streets of Los Angeles - and it's going to be a hot one . . .A thug is shot to death. A mysterious string of robberies continues unabated . . . all without a clue. But the family-man cop knows that where there's heat there's fire - and a cold trail to nowhere promises to turn into a red-hot path leading straight to the damned.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

The Murder Room

Murder Most Strange

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

Spring fever has hit Luis Mendoza, both on the job and at home. But it hasn't erased the LAPD's endless caseload of bizarre crimes and difficult cases.'Dapper Dan', the rapist and murderer whose dashing looks and easy charm give him the perfect ploy to trap his pretty victims; a stickup artist who has found a foolproof weapon: a ferocious Doberman; a gruesome double homicide-suicide with a weird twist; a senator's 'natural' death that suddenly doesn't appear so natural - all add up to a month of murder most strange, and Mendoza knows it's time to finally clean house.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

The Murder Room

Exploit of Death

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

Destiny of Death

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

A nice young man is helping little old ladies with their groceries . . . then stealing their Social Security; an enormous 'ape man' with a face like King Kong is robbing liquor stores; 'Jack the Stripper' is leaving gas-station registers empty . . . and the attendants naked; a pretty Hispanic woman is killed and ethnic tensions are ready to explode; a little girl is mutilated; a cop is fatally shot.Between the weather and the crime wave, Lieutenant Luis Mendoza - the family-man cop - finds shelter at home, knowing that even violence on the streets of Los Angeles eases up . . . eventually.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Timesc

The Murder Room

Chaos of Crime

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

Blood Count

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

The weather in LA hasn't been living up to its sunny reputation - the murder of an unwanted newborn and the assault of a twelve-year-old girl don't make things pretty for the family-man cop, especially with a new baby at home.The most puzzling crime of all is the murder of a respectable middle-aged woman from Indianapolis. A string of hit-and-runs involving a Model A Ford, and a bizarre mugger with a penchant for footwear all add up to another high-voltage month in the city of the stars for Lieutenant Luis Mendoza.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times

The Murder Room

Murder by the Tale

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

A perfect collection of short stories for Dell Shannon fans and mystery lovers everywhere, featuring eight cases of her popular Lieutenant Luis Mendoza, alongside six intriguing non-series tales.Mysteries include the case of an exasperated husband who may have murdered his nagging wife - but would he have killed his beloved pet as well? A young girl dies in an 'accident' when a parked truck slips its brakes and slams into the house where she's staying. And a nursing home resident suspects that old age is not the only thing eliminating his neighbours.'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald Tribune

The Murder Room

The Dispossessed

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

Ireland, 1651. A country ravaged by Oliver Cromwell's Act of Settlement. Under it, Fergal O'Breslin, a young clan chief, and his fellow Irish citizens are forced to leave their ancestral lands and travel to the cramped, rocky province of Connacht. There, honest men become robbers, proud men must beg, and despair and privation become a way of life.Set against a panoramic backdrop of religious and political upheaval, Fergal and his clansmen struggle to wrest an existence out of a barren and inhospitable land under the yoke of English oppression.

The Murder Room

The Manson Curse

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

The Proud Man

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneIn the sixteenth century lived two queens about whom much has been written: Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart. However, there are more than just two countries in the British Isles and there is a third monarch, of whom there are no tales. This is his story.All major characters in this novel bar two were real people. If chronology has not always been followed too strictly, it is because all this is long ago and far away and does not matter now. This is only a story for reading, but it is a true story.

The Murder Room

The Long Watch

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

No Villain Need Be

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneFamous LAPD husband and wife sleuths Sergeant Ivor and Detective Sue Maddox return again, this time juggling half a dozen investigations at once. Balancing solving the cases of an enterprising team of daytime burglars, a scandalous sex ring and suspicious-seeming fatal accidents, they are stretched to the limit when a grandmother and her two-year-old granddaughter are discovered murdered . . .

The Murder Room

Consequence of Crime

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

The Anglophile

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald TribuneIreland, 1749. Dennis McDermott, a witty, charming and daring young man with shades of the Scarlet Pimpernel, lives two lives in eighteenth-century Dublin. Fashionable society idolises him as a handsome, rakish man of their world, never suspecting that he is the mysterious leader of the Irish underground whose nightly missions continue to outwit the British authorities.But Dennis' cover as an Anglophile who has renounced his Gaelic roots is under threat from an ever-more inquisitive policeman, and he also is embroiled in another cat-and-mouse game . . . falling in love.

The Murder Room

Coffin Corner

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon
The Murder Room

Paper Chase

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

Lawyer Jesse Falkenstein thought his secretary Miss Williams was a remarkably efficient typist, but he felt she had drawbacks as a legal secretary. She had an earnest face, unfashionable tight curls and she irritated him very much. Jesse wished he could fire her.But she'd been his secretary for nine years, so even when, on a particularly busy day, she called to say that an urgent matter would keep her away from the office, Jesse didn't fire her. He also didn't realise how urgent the matter was until it was almost too late . . .'My favourite American crime-writer' New York Herald Tribune

The Murder Room

Felony at Random

Dell Shannon
Authors:
Dell Shannon

A bunch of kids from a Catholic School on a school trip to the Museum of National History seems like a safe day out. But when the nuns counted heads outside the building, young Joyce McCauley was missing. The Feds, believing it to be a snatch, are waiting for the ransom note to turn up.But Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the LAPD has other suspicions. He has been working with violence and death longer than he cares to remember and has seen it all. Mendoza is certain some nut has kidnapped Joyce, and sets about tracing the girl in his suave, tough and matchless fashion.'A Luis Mendoza mystery means superlative suspense' Los Angeles Times