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East of Innocence
David Thorne - 2014
On the hunt for the truth. On the edge of London. And way outside the law.Daniel Connell is a disgraced ex-City lawyer now scraping a living in Essex, a man trying to escape the long shadows of his past. When an old childhood friend visits him, asking for his help with a case of police brutality, Daniel wants nothing to do with it. But obligations are obligations, and he soon finds himself on the wrong end of police attention, and dragged into the shady business of a local gangster. But there is far more at stake than he could ever have anticipated - including the mystery of what happened to his mother, who disappeared months after he was born. Daniel must keep ahead of his pursuers long enough to uncover the bloody mysteries of the past - and the fate of another young woman, too innocent to protect herself in the midst of a dangerous game. Welcome to Essex.
T.A. Moore - 2019
Taggart Hayes knows how to fix broken things—fractured legs, ruptured spleens, allergies, and traumatic brain injuries. He can put them back together good as new. A broken heart, though? That’s a bit trickier. Especially when it’s his own. When Tag swipes on the photo of the hot man in the dating app, he just wants a distraction from the wreck that used to be his life. A one-night stand with a safely inappropriate stranger, no names, no feelings, and no complications. But the headless photo on the app belongs to a man who isn’t so easy to forget the next day... or the next week. And it becomes increasingly clear that Bass is neither safe nor uncomplicated. Drawn into the dark, criminal underworld his lover inhabits, Tag has to decide if the cure for his broken heart is worse than the disease.
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
Tara Lain - 2018
Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford-who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she's willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case-or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work... and one of them is willing to kill to do it.When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise...
The Third Rule
Andrew Barrett - 2013
Now, he’s running from justice, and running for his life. Eddie Collins was a brilliant CSI who became an instant hero for tackling an armed robber. He almost died that night. And many times since then he wished he had.Four years later, riots erupt as a new government unleashes a cruel and fallible death penalty known as The Rules. Meanwhile, a hit and run driver kills Eddie’s son. Eddie blames himself and his hero status dissolves into a drunken wreckage.Though devastated, he is determined to find his son’s killer, and in a display of his former brilliance, discovers the driver’s identity. But he also uncovers so much more.His only mistake is not keeping the evidence and his fury to himself.Broadcast as a murderer and sentenced to a Rule Three death, Eddie must confront his past, chased by a government killer and by a detective who loves slaughtering criminals.Can Eddie avenge his son, expose the government, and still save himself? If you like fast-paced and gripping crime thrillers with a strong forensic element, you'll love Andrew Barrett's The Third Rule. It will appeal to fans of authors like Kathy Reichs, Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons.
The Art of Possession
Cari Z. - 2019
Along with Alex, he’s hired to track down and authenticate a valuable scepter, in a hunt that turns deadlier than either of them imagined as they search dangerous locations across three continents and try to stay ahead of the factions who want the treasure for themselves—and Malcolm and Alex dead.Just as they realize the feelings between them transcend convenience and the thrill of the chase, a rival reemerges, threatening everything.
The Birthday Mystery
Joyce Cato - 2010
You'll be gripped from the first second to the last. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is, and look out for some real twists and turns. Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective. Jenny Starling is catering the 21st birthday party of upper-class twins Alicia and Justin. She arrives at their parents' country house and is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder? But the birthday party goes ahead. Then, just after midnight, everyone gathers for a champagne toast...and one of the guests falls down dead. The police are baffled, and there is a whole party full of suspects. When it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn't going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect. Jenny Starling won't stop until the murderer is found. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey and J. R. Ellis.Please note this book was first published as Birthdays Can Be Murder under Faith Martin’s pen name, Joyce Cato.©2019 Faith Martin (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
Stuart Woods - 1994
Imprisoned unjustly (or, at least, for the wrong crime), he spends half his time in solitary confinement and the other half fighting with convicts who want to kill him because he was once a cop.Then, at his lowest ebb, he is offered a way out. To earn his freedom, he must infiltrate a dangerous and reclusive religious cult in the mountains of the Idaho panhandle, a mission that turns out to be a great deal more perilous than his stay in prison.From his first day in the Idaho town, Jesse finds every aspect of life – especially his life – controlled by the strange and dangerous Jack Gene Coldwater, leader of the cult, and his investigation reveals much more than he had imagined.In a gripping climax, Jesse is pitted against not only Coldwater and his cult, but also the leaders of the federal agency who sent him there – and there is no one he can trust.
Closer to Home
Heleyne Hammersley - 2017
Secrets. Murder. Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce. The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths. As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories. But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.Then another child disappears… Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?
Taken! Box Set
Donald Wells - 2013
However, there's someone else asking questions, and he's a man who never takes no for an answer. John Jones is a troubleshooter for the drug cartel that crossed paths with Blue Steele and Dr. White's husband when Rojo abducted Jessica in Vermont, and Jones had a personal connection to one of the men that was killed. Now, Jones is not only seeking answers, but also revenge. As he goes about killing anyone he holds responsible for his loss, he crosses paths with Blue Steele with deadly results, and the doctor's husband may have finally met his match. TAKEN! 14 - MIRROR IMAGE 2 When Jeffrey Mitchell and his wife Hanna Jones attempt to get revenge on Jessica White and her husband, things go horribly wrong for them. Soon, Jeffrey is under arrest and Hanna is on the run with the FBI and a savvy Police Chief on her trail. However, Jeffrey and Hanna are as smart as they are deadly and can never be counted out. Meanwhile, Jessica's husband hears news that rocks him to his core and opens a mystery that must be solved. TAKEN! 15 - MOM Jessica joins her husband as he returns home for the first time since his mother threw him out when he was only seventeen. They've come seeking information, but the surprise that awaits them is more than they bargained for, and his mother hasn't grown mellower with age. When the answers finally come they spawn even more questions and Dr. White's husband learns that the truth is sometimes a bitter pill to swallow. TAKEN! 16 - Pure Evil Six-year-old Samantha Ryan loves to play games, but the games she enjoys are played for mortal stakes. The innocent looking child is anything but innocent and it's up to Jessica and her Husband to beat her at her own game. A game that will only end in death. TAKEN! 17 - Stiletto Oscar Kisiel A.K.A Stiletto, is the oldest enemy of Jessica and her husband. When fate sees fit to free the blade-wielding serial killer from death row he has only one thought in mind--REVENGE! TAKEN! 18 - Stalker Someone is leaving notes and flowers on Jessica's doorstep, and the main suspect is a cop. Despite the stress of dealing with a stalker, Jessica and her husband are happy to be involved in the wedding of one of their oldest friends. However, in the midst of bliss, tragedy strikes, and not even Dr. White's husband is immune to fate's cruelty. Be sure to visit the TAKEN! Website at: thetakenseries.com for FREE stories from the TAKEN! Alphabet Series.
Dana Griffin - 2012
The Captain and ten people are killed; the First Officer and fifty-eight injured.With his divorce imminent, Omega Airlines Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist the NTSB’s accident investigation. He and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond discover someone had played a role in the accident.Determined to absolve the crew and the airline of full responsibility for the disaster, the duo uses Kyle’s operational knowledge and Lori’s expertise in accident investigations to close in on the responsible party. That puts them, and Kyle’s family’s, in danger.
Helene Young - 2014
Having saved his life, can she now rescue him from his dark past? Or will that endanger all she holds most dear? Noah, keeper of the peace and guardian of the Banksia Cove secrets, can’t tell Darcy the real reason this stranger has washed up on their shores. If she understood the links between him and her own dysfunctional family, he’d lose her love for good. As they take refuge in an old whaling station for the night, only one thing is certain – by morning, no one will be the same again. Lies will surface. Hearts will break, and not all will find safe harbour. A heart-stopping novel of high drama and desire by Australia’s award-winning master of romantic suspense.
Cited to Death
Meg Perry - 2012
When Jamie reads Dan's obituary in the paper, he's surprised. When he receives a letter from Dan, written just before his death, Jamie is shocked. Dan's letter suggests that Dan was in danger, lists two article citations from medical journals, and asks Jamie to look into the citations. When Jamie requests the articles, strange things begin to happen. His computer is hacked, his tires are slashed, he thinks someone might be following him - and he uncovers two more deaths. The coroner's report says that Dan died of natural causes - but did he? Is there something suspicious about the articles, or was Dan just paranoid? The closer Jamie gets to answering those questions, the more it seems that someone is trying to stop him...
The Paris Directive
Gerald Jay - 2012
Inspector Mazarelle is a wonderful creation: a world weary, gimlet-eyed detective who must rouse himself for one last case. I expect to see him one day in the pantheon of greats alongside Poirot, Maigret, Brunetti and Zen." —Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of DeceptionIn a Berlin hotel room in the late 1990s, two former French intelligence agents hire Klaus Reiner, a ruthlessly effective killer, to eliminate an American industrialist vacationing in southwestern France. Reiner easily locates his target in the small Dordogne village of Taziac, but the hit is compromised when three innocent people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Enter Inspector Paul Mazarelle. Formerly of Paris but now living in Taziac, the inspector is charged with bringing his experience and record of success in the capital to bear on the gruesome quadruple homicide at the height of tourist season.Both Mazarelle’s investigation and Reiner’s job become complicated when Molly, a New York City district attorney and daughter of two of the victims, arrives to identify the bodies and begins asking questions. All evidence points to Ali Sedak, a local Arab handyman, but Mazarelle and Molly have doubts, forcing Reiner to return to Taziac to ensure they see things as he arranged them. Little does anyone in the picturesque French countryside know how politically charged this crime is: its global ramifications, stemming from the NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, could overshadow everything.Tailored in crisp prose, this tantalizing and skillfully written thriller possesses all the luxury refinements of the best international intrigue. Jay’s novel chills, excites, and engrosses, pitting a smooth, calculating villain against an earthy, sympathetic Frenchman whose twilight career is suddenly heating up."Jay’s entertaining first novel pays homage to George Simenon and his legendary detective, Inspector Maigret.... The main draw is the charming, indomitable Inspector Mazarelle, who enjoys puffing on his old pipe, stopping for cognac in the middle of the day, and dining on sausages and lentils or his favorite dish, duck confit, at the Café Valon. Mystery fans will look forward to seeing more of him in the promised sequel." —Publishers Weekly"Gerald Jay has woven threads of police procedural, espionage, rural noir, ‘acts of barbarism,’ and Gallic charm into a story that will be a great fit for almost any crime fan." —Booklist, starred review
A Simple Suburban Murder
Mark Richard Zubro - 1988
When a gay high school teacher starts investigating a colleague's murder, he finds beneath the calm veneer of his Midwestern suburb a seamy underbelly of gambling, prostitution, and child abuse.Simple Suburban Murder is the book that started it all--the debut novel of Lambda Literary Award winner Mark Richard Zubro.
Dustin Stevens - 2017
Placed there by the Witness Protection Program, he has assimilated into the existence set up for him, trying to gain some level of enjoyment from the life he never asked for and even less wanted. An existence that is completely destroyed by a single phone call, nothing more than a message telling him that his last remaining tether to his old life has been severed in a most tragic and unexpected way. Having no choice but to abandon his adopted life and return to his roots, Scarberry finds himself dropped into a situation far more harrowing than he ever could have imagined. Allied with a single sheriff’s deputy – a young woman he knew only briefly in his youth that is fighting battles of her own – the two face a network of illegal gun runners, apathetic bureaucracy, and federal agency, ultimately squaring off with the very thing Scarberry’s been trying to avoid for so long…