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The Last Victim

L.T. Vargus - 2017
    A troubled investigator. Secrets that haunt the past and present. The Violet Darger series continues with this gripping short, The Last Victim. New crimes lead FBI profiler Victor Loshak to revisit former scenes and witnesses in the Las Vegas area. The evidence suggests the return of a notorious and brutal serial killer from years ago -- the one who got away. Loshak conceals his work from his partner, Violet Darger, and tries desperately to stay one step ahead of both her and the murderer. Leonard Stump is back. Maybe. And things are about to get so much worse.

Flight For Control

Karlene Petitt - 2012
    But her husband, Captain Bill Jacobs, has his concerns. While her twin daughters are off at camp, and Bill is actively campaigning for the Pilot Union Presidency, Kathryn secretly begins her investigation. What she learns will shock the nation. Flight For Control is a thriller that reads like a mystery. But to Kathryn, there is no mystery on the condition of the airline industry—it’s broken. Planes are crashing. Pensions are lost. Pilots are financially and emotionally bankrupt due to fatigue, furloughs, and loss of seniority. It’s time that someone takes control before it’s too late—unless it already is. Your life is in your pilot’s hands. Do you know who’s flying your plane?

The Silence of the Stones

Rebecca Bryn - 2014
    Twists and turns will keep you guessing to the end. Alana is a struggling artist and sculptor, scarred by her parents' relationship and a lost love but determined to grab life by the throat, whatever the cost. Opportunity beckons when she is left a cottage in a West Wales’ village by an aunt she didn’t know existed, but strange runes painted on her door and carved onto ancient stones in a stone circle, hint at a dark undercurrent of tragedy and intrigue and she is caught up in the village’s conspiracy of silence over a thirty-year-old crime. An eccentric old woman, a young female investigative journalist, a two-year-old girl, a good-looking male busker and an ex-lover make unlikely bedfellows but combine to send Alana on a voyage of self-discovery that changes her world forever.

Queen of Spades: A Thriller

Kristi Belcamino - 2019
     Back in Sicily, Eva Lucia Santella was a rare thing—a Mafia boss who was a woman. She was also n infamous assassin, leaving a trail of bodies behind her. The people loved her because she only killed those who preyed on the less fortunate. After a deep betrayal forced her to flee to America, she left that life behind and settled into a quiet life hiding in suburban Los Angeles. But now her past has caught up with her and taken away everything worth living for. Vendetta is her destiny. Now, she is on a mission to exact a deadly revenge even if it means losing her life. Buy Queen of Spades today to start the thrill ride!


Tom Meitner - 2016
    Now, he's out of prison and back to work... as a homicide detective. But while he tries to make the transition from convict to cop again, he can't stop thinking about how he wound up in jail in the first place - because he thinks it was no accident. He has no idea how deep it goes. In this new vigilante series from debut author Tom Meitner, watch Charlie solve murders while he unlocks the gripping mystery of who set him up... and why. This pilot episode is a free murder mystery and suspense story that introduces you to the main players and lays the groundwork for the conspiracy that follows Charlie in his new, "normal" life.

Seasons of Death (The Smoky Mountain Murders)

Marlene Mitchell - 2010
    The farmer's two young sons managed to escape but were unable to identify the killers. Now decades later, the murders of the Pender family remain unsolved. In Townsend, Tennessee, in Blount County, someone has decided to take revenge.

Noble Intentions: Episode 1

L.T. Ryan - 2012
    Assassin for hire. Thief. Spy. Described by his associates as a man who has no feelings, passes no judgement, and feels no remorse. So why the hell did he stop to help a lost child moments before he was to meet with one of the top crime bosses on the East coast. A simple decision that now places Jack in unfamiliar territory where he has become the hunted.Noble Intentions is a thrilling and suspenseful story of underworld crime, government secrets, and heart-pounding action.This is the first episode of Noble Intentions. It is a short novella of 15,000 words. New novella length episodes (15,000 to 20,000 words) will be released every two to three weeks.Warning: These stories depict realistic violence with real consequences. Some scenes might be too intense for the faint of heart.

Safely Buried

John Pesta - 2011
    I had just come off I-65, and my high beams lit her up from behind. She was walking along the road between dark, endless cornfields, and her right leg was in a cast. She wore denim shorts and a yellow tank top that didn’t quite reach the shorts. Without crutches, she moved as fast as she could on the gravelly shoulder. She would take a long step with her good leg, stiffly swing the cast forward the same distance, and immediately start the next step. Tilting jerkily, she looked as if she would fall with every stride. I crossed the centerline to give her more room to fall. Just as I was about to pass her, she glanced over her shoulder and stuck out a thumb.When Phil Larrison picks up a hitchhiker, he gets more than he bargained for.


Alison Golden - 2015
    Lydia is a loving mother and wife, who wants nothing more than the best for her family. John is her husband. He is an over-protective homicide detective who loves his wife and teenage daughter with everything he has. Their daughter, Diana, is a genius, with an IQ level far higher than most. This is a family that adores one another. A family, however, that is torn apart by tragedy. When Lydia is found dead at her workplace, John loses the love of his life. His heart breaks for himself and his little girl as Diana spirals out of control. The authorities rule the death a suicide, but when events don’t start to add up, the family that is left behind begins to suspect something isn’t right. Interview with the Author of the Series Q - So, what makes the Diana Hunter series special? A - When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create something that mirrored exactly the kind of books I like to read. My top picks are always mystery novels, especially featuring female protagonists with attitude. Diana is badass and I can’t tell you how many readers tell me she reminds them of themselves. She makes you feel you can do anything! The Diana Hunter books are a great mix of genres. There is nothing graphic or gratuitous in these books. Your Aunt Martha could definitely read them. But they are not “roses around the cottage door” –type mysteries. They are more hard-boiled with some romantic tension, suspense and thriller action to keep things interesting! Overall, the Diana Hunter series is designed to keep you turning the pages - and I've made sure there's never a dull moment. Q - In what order should I read the books? A - The Diana Hunter mysteries can be read and enjoyed in any order, however, Hunted is a prequel to the other books in the series. Unlike the other books, it is not a complete mystery. It relates the events that create the backdrop to the series and fills in some of Diana’s personality and motivations. You don’t have to have read the prequel to make sense of the later books but it helps. I’ve made sure not to include any spoilers for those who are new to the characters and any existing fans of Diana’s adventures will still find plenty of fresh action and mystery as well as perhaps a few answers. All in all, there is something for everyone. The events in this prequel take place a few years before Snatched, the first book in the Diana Hunter series of mysteries. If you do want to read them in order, I'd suggest the following sequence: - Hunted (prequel) - Snatched - Stolen - Chopped Q - So, why should readers give these books a try? A - Because the Diana Hunter series is a fast, fun, thrill-ride that takes no prisoners! Our heroine is kicks butt but has a soft center. We want her to win out even when she’s making poor decisions and alienating those who can, and want, to help her. I think most women will see a little, or a lot, of themselves in Diana Hunter. Ultimately, readers who enjoy lightning-fast pacing with a plot that twists and turns all the way to the end will get a kick out of this series. Thanks for reading! Diana Hunter Book Categories: - Mystery Series - Crime Thrillers - Cozy Mysteries - Women Sleuths - Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Blood Sugar Baby

J.T. Ellison - 2015
    And it's up to Taylor Jackson to stop him before he murders more of Nashville's elite.Metro Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson is none too happy when the body of a high-profile Nashvillian turns up after a protest. But when her detectives find another body with the same, mysterious wounds, it’s clear she has a psychopath on her hands—and records show he’s been on the move, leaving chaos in his wake. Will this killer slip through Taylor’s grasp, as he has slipped through grasps of so many, for so long?

Envision This: A Tubby Dubonnet Short Story

Tony Dunbar - 2012
    He'd much rather eat shrimp scampi or crab etouffée at one of the many local restaurants he frequents than deal with the demands of his infrequent clients.But once he's in, he's in for the long haul. His clients are going to get the best possible service--no matter how many laws he has to break. An introduction to the seven-part series, <i>Envision This</i> is the short story of a quirky inventor's visionary gadget and Tubby Dubonnet's attempt to protect it—and its maker. "Take <b>one cup of Raymond Chandler, one cup of Tennessee Williams, add a quart of humor</b>, and you will get something resembling Dunbar's crazy mixture of crime and offbeat comedy." --Baltimore Sun"...<b>sharp and jolly</b>...There's a lot to enjoy." --The Chicago TribuneNew Orleans-based attorney and writer Tony Dunbar is the Lillian Smith Book Award-winning author of books about Mississippi, Appalachia, migrant workers, and the Southern labor movement as well as the acclaimed Tubby Dubonnet mystery series.

SAVANNAH GONE: A Ray Fontaine Mystery

Doug Keeler - 2015
    Everyone except Marine Biologist Claire Robertson that is. When Claire goes missing, Private Investigator Ray Fontaine agrees to search for her. At first Ray thinks finding her will be an open and shut case. But behind Savannah's Gothic facade, everyone has a secret. As Ray begins to peel back the layers, he uncovers a growing list of suspects. To solve the case, Ray must put himself, and those he cares about, in mortal danger. Reminiscent of Robert Craise, Nelson Demille, and John D. Macdonald at their finest, Savannah Gone is destined to be a classic. Editorial Review: Ray Fontaine is Jack Reacher with a sense of humor. I Love this character. Amazon Reviewer This top-rated mystery-thriller series is on sale for a limited-time to introduce you to the wildly popular character of Ray Fontaine.

The Krewe

Seth Pevey - 2018
     Felix is heartbroken, mystified, and above all else: deeply suspicious. His gut screams foul play. The black sheep of a wealthy, respected family in New Orleans, Felix knows his gut is untested, naïve, addled by drugs and self-doubt. Who will believe him? Should he even trust himself? As the Mardi Gras season descends on the city, Felix will have to find a way. His purpose is, for once, very clear: to find out who, or what, caused his big brother to die in such heinous circumstances, no matter what it takes. But there are shadowy forces at work. As he gets in over his head, he’ll need the help of a garrulous police detective, the family’s ancient butler, and a massive pork fortune, all in order to fight his way to the bottom of things. Will he live up to the family name and avenge his brother? Find out in part one of a hard-boiled detective series set in the Big Easy.

Not Famous in Hollywood

Leonie Gant - 2015
     When Trudie Eyre came to Hollywood as personal assistant for the famous and indulged, she expected to see wealth, glamour and maybe a little crazy. What she did not expect was to be wedged in a doggie door, trying to rescue America’s Sweetheart from a potentially career destroying booty call with Hollywood’s Sexiest Man Alive. Finding the dead body of Hollywood’s favorite bad boy slumped in a shower did not feature in the job description either. Blackmailed by the police for her help, Trudie must navigate the world of the famous and not so famous, while keeping her distance from her gorgeous fake undercover cop boyfriend, before she becomes the next target.

The Aroostine Higgins Series: Box Set 1 (Books 1 and 2)

Melissa F. Miller - 2020