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Genesis: Amazon Number 1 Best Selling New Release.

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She appeared out of nowhere. A shadow in the storm. And then she was gone, abducted.

The shadow crossed in front of the car so fast I didn’t have time to stop. I hit the brakes hard and swerved into the mud at the side of the road.

Looking out through the deluge it was difficult to make out the figure coming towards the driver’s window, but as it came closer I could see it was a girl, just a kid.

Instinctively, my hand went for my gun and rested on the grip as she approached. Her hair, dark, bobbed, was plastered to her head and face. The raccoon eye shadow smeared above her eyes had run in rivulets down her cheeks. And she looked scared, really scared, that much was obvious.

What the hell is she doing out here alone in this kind of weather? I thought as I rolled the window down a half-inch.  

“Get in the back,” I yelled at her, and flipped the lock so she could open the door.

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When a legendary assassin questions his memories, life gets messy for his brotherhood. But is reality less plausible than the memories he accepts?

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When a high-tech assassin is captured by a lithe teen and her thugs, Vaya Sage questions his memories and launches the messiest blood bath of his career.

When a high-tech assassin is captured by a lithe little teen and her thugs, Vaya Sage questions his memories and launches the messiest blood bath of his career. But will the reality he unravels be less believable than memories he never questioned?

Although short, this novella packs a punch as it explores the inevitable challenges of a futuristic world where memory implants, memory erasures, and maybe even magic are a reality. Action packed with carefully researched world building, Assassin Hunter will leave your brain scrambling to vainly guess the ending while hanging on the edge of your seat. Fans of X-Files and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files are in for a treat as they meet Vaya Sage and the craftiest nemesis he’s encountered so far. Blurring the lines between dark fantasy, science fiction, and crime thrillers, this novella is uniquely poised to become a favorite.

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When Sandy Bay’s crème de la crème congregate to raise money for charity, Meghan Truman is proud to have her tasty desserts the talk of the party. She’s not so proud when the wealthiest couple in Sandy Bay are discovered dead and rumors circulate around town that her brownies are the cause of this tragedy. 

This murder case casts a dark shadow over Meghan’s budding romance with handsome Officer Irvin who’s disappointed that she’s once again at the center of another murder investigation.

With everything to lose, Meghan must work hard to clear her name, restore broken relationships and solve this murder mystery before everything she’s worked so hard to build comes crumbling down.

Book 2 in the Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery series, which can be read in one to two hours! Can be read as a standalone, but enjoyed better as part of a series. Perfect for a lunchtime read. If you love cozy mysteries with an amateur female sleuth, mouth-watering culinary desserts and a gripping murder mystery, then you’ll love Meghan Truman and the quirky characters in Sandy Bay! 

No cliffhanger, swearing or graphic scenes!

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A drug lord fathers his lesbian niece’s child, but not in the usual way!

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Two Englishmen have dreams of setting up a business in the sun, but trouble follows them.

Their first brush with death came at Bangkok’s airport on Nick’s first day in the Kingdom.

Action, laughs, romance and tears follow as the story moves at a breathtaking pace. 

Violence and tender moments collide as the gullible pair meet a dodgy ship’s engineer, two lovely French girls more interested in dogs than romance, and a tall Welsh man, with a very chequered drug background who leads them all into more trouble. The last person they need to encounter is a lesbian newspaper reporter with a deadly family secret. 

The tale unfolds into an action-packed finale.

“I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry, 

all very worrying.” Janet Brookman

“How can anybody have so many 

worries on a paradise beach?” Tim Mellish

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A Short Read from the Bates and Cooke Detective Agency Files

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A short read prequel to the Bates and Cooke Coffee Shop Cozy Mystery series. 

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Unlock the secret…

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Natasha Dawson is a lucky woman. Her career as a fashion photographer has taken off magnificently. After her imminent marriage, she will have a stable future to look forward to and a loving husband in the funny and generous Luke Stevens. Everything is very nearly perfect. But her ex-boyfriend has disappeared, and, try as she might, she can’t forget about him. Some part of her feels she’s about to marry the man of the wrong person’s dreams. The other man in her life is handsome, engaging and passionate, and Natasha is deeply in love with him. But he also has a terrible secret, and Natasha may have to risk everything if she wants to uncover it…

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A thrilling mystery with suspense and romance

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Heading toward the capital of Malawi, three foreign aid workers, are forced to stop for an unauthorized roadblock set up by rural villagers.

After the villagers converge upon the vehicle, they pull one of the workers from the SUV and execute their ruthless savagery.

As journalists Leo Bronson and Vivian Thomas investigate the aid worker’s brutal death, they uncover a heinous plot born of rumors, rage, and a centuries-old superstition involving bloodsuckers.

But, did the villagers attack because they feared the worker wanted their blood? Or, could they have been coerced into carrying out the violent act?

If you love a thrilling mystery with danger and a touch of romance, then you’ll enjoy The Secret Rival! Start reading today!

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A secret smuggler’s warehouse. Bikers with big guns. Walt’s wildest assignment yet.

If you like Travis McGee, Jack Reacher, and Doc Ford, treat yourself to the instantly entertaining adventures of Walt Asher. 

Just when infomercial writer Walt Asher has a perfect Sunday afternoon lined up, his plans get blown to hell. That’s when hell-raiser extraordinaire DG calls to cash in an outstanding favor. No questions. No answers. It’s not a request. Walt’s ride has arrived…

Whisked away to the woods along Florida’s Gulf coast, Walt finds himself in a secret smuggler’s warehouse, surrounded by bikers with big guns, and facing the strangest assignment of his life: Write an infomercial selling DG’s eleven ton mountain of marijuana.

Illegal? Yep. Insane? Yep. Impossible? Not for Walt. He always finds the right words to sell. But when bullets start to blast the studio apart, will Walt find the right words and weapons to make it out alive?

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When You Thought Being a Christian was Safe…

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Enter a world of trust, betrayal, and grappling mystery with this Groundbreaking New Christian cozy mystery by Faith Nightingale already adorned by thousands of fans!

If you like clean, wholesome cozy mysteries that keeps you guessing until the very end, you MUST read this book!  

When a menacing storm is upon Kingsvale, New Hampshire, little does Reverend Devin Grant suspect that there’s anything more menacing than the ruthless winds and blinding snowflakes when he arrives at Ebenezer Spencer’s estate for final preparations for his friend, Ken’s wedding. 

But as evening turns into sinful night, a dead body is found… and the murderer is likely to be in the house. A house no one can leave because of the storm…

Can Reverend Grant get to the bottom of this mysterious death before the snowstorm ends or will evil get away with murder on Uncle Ebenezer’s estate?

This is a standalone short story in this fun cozy mystery series with no cliffhangers

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What wine pairs best with murder?

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Wine Valley produces award-winning wines and dead bodies.

A man is strangled, stuffed with seashells, and dumped in a nature reserve.

Max King must solve the murder before others die. But the case digs up deadly ghosts from Max’s past.

Max’s father, the former Chief of Police, has told some whoppers about Max’s childhood prior to adopting him. Why did his father lie? Who is he?

Memories of a girl, a dark-haired childhood companion, rise up from the depths and haunt him. Behind her lurks a real-life monster.

Dig up the past and the dead hunt you down.

Walk into the spine-chilling vineyards of Wine Valley. And revel in the heart-stopping suspense. You’ll never want to leave. Quick-release of novels 1-3 in May 2019.

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Sandra Woffinton, the award-winning author of fantasy and historical fiction, has turned to murder. Other titles and release dates at sandrawoffington.com.

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DL FITZ is the new pen name of a multi-award-winning writer who reviewers call a ‘STAR‘ (Metro), ‘BRILLIANT‘ (BBC), ‘GENIUS’ (Scotsman), ‘INNOVATOR’ (Times), ‘VISIONARY‘ (National), ‘MAVERICK’ (Guardian), and ‘MASTER STORYTELLER’ (Estado Sao Paulo). 

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Would you risk your child to save your mother?

Mags thought she’d left the past behind. She grew up in brutal Scottish foster homes after her drug addict mother abandoned her. But these days she’s got a great husband, great kids, great job. So, why doesn’t it feel that way?

Now her mother’s finished a ten-year jail sentence. She’s already in trouble. A man befriended her in prison. She believes he loves her. Then a vicious gang kidnap her as soon as she’s released. She not the first woman they’ve done this to.

The phone rings late at night. Mags’ mother begs and cries “He’ll make me one of his whores.”  A man punches her, grabs the phone. He says to Mags “Stay away from her.” The line goes dead.

Can Mags find her mother without knowing where to look?

Will she risk her own family to find out?

The Stolen Mother is a gripping, fast-paced crime novella introducing the Gallowgate Series of thrillers.

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Nothing stays buried forever…

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Nothing stays buried forever… 

Reporter Zoe Clarke’s life has lost its magic. So when she gets a job offer in the middle of nowhere, Zoe jumps at the chance to make a name for herself only to find her new home is teeming with magic and paranormal beings—and those aren’t its only secrets. 

During a heated election for Head Witch, the most powerful position in town, Zoe’s predecessor was buried alive—and accusations are flying faster than broomsticks. Despite her editor’s orders to leave the story alone, Zoe can’t resist. 

From the front-running witch with a secret to the mysterious vampires pulling strings in the shadows, Zoe knows the truth is just under the surface. So after she discovers she has rare telepathic abilities, Zoe realizes she’s the only one who can keep digging. 

Will Zoe’s powers lead her to the murderer and the scoop of a lifetime? Or will they send her to an early grave?

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A gripping psychological thriller filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue, that keeps you guessing from beginning to end.

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On a rainy September morning baby Cassandra is kidnapped while her mother cowers in a closet. Shea is a victim of post-partum depression. 

When Detectives Darby and Mel begin to dig the truth becomes more and more murky. Ugly secrets from the past emerge. No one is above suspicion, least of all Shea, herself. In her desperation to find her baby who can she trust? Someone is watching . . . And nothing is as it seems . . .

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The legend of Voodoo Lucy begins when twenty-eight-year-old Lucinda Jones leaves Tupelo, Mississippi, and her alcoholic, abusive, father behind to start a new life in New Orleans. In the city where jazz bands play until the first light of dawn and no one ever seems to sleep, Lucy falls in love with the eccentric, distinctive characters of the French Quarter, but soon runs afoul of a criminal gang boss and his crew. Lucy herself is no saint—she’s long gotten by through running small-time cons, but when she dreams up a profitable voodoo-laced scam and dares to testify against a killer, Lucy’s life starts to spiral out of control. With friends on both sides of the law and a drug gang who wants her dead, can Lucy scheme her way out of danger and into the life she’s always dreamed of?Fans of Vito Zuppardo’s “True Blue Detective” series will enjoy this story, which takes readers back to Mario DeLuca’s rookie year on the beat and Zack Nelson in action as a NOLA PD homicide detective, as well as the early days of the infamous Cornerview Gang and the other unsavory characters that prowl the colorful, charming French Quarter. Grab a beignet and a cup of chicory coffee and get your copy now!

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She’s over fifty, over weight, and having the adventure of a lifetime!

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On an around the world cruise to escape a life-changing event, fifty-something Patricia Fisher soon finds herself caught up in murder, mystery, mayhem, and all manner of other shenanigans as she unsuccessfully tries to stay out of trouble.

The Patricia Fisher series of books are as warm-hearted as they are action-packed. Truly cozy in nature, you will find no cussing, or unnecessary descriptions of sex or violence. What you will get is hard to solve crimes, twisting plots that give you a glimpse of the solution and a large helping of humor as Patricia and her cast of on-board friends tackle far more peril that they ought to expect.

Killer Cocktail is set between books 2 & 3 but you can read it without concern for spoilers.

I know you are going to love Patricia Fisher.

Review from Amazon:

‘Steve Higgs has yet again struck gold with his new heroine, Patricia Fisher. She’s over 50, feisty and oh so clever at solving murders. This first book has so many twists, turns and red herrings the reader has to pay close attention to catch all the clues. My only disappointment with this read, is having to wait until the first of August to purchase Book 2.’

‘Love Steve Higgs’ books and this new series did not disappoint. Patricia started out as a betrayed wife and moved into a strong, smart woman role. I love her and her side kicks already and this is only the first book. Can’t get enough of Steve’s stories and wait anxiously for the next to publish in all of his series.’

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That house holds her lost memories and it doesn’t want to share.

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Every family holds a secret.

How far would yours go to keep it?

Twenty-eight year old schoolteacher, Claudia Cabriati, has no memory of her life before the age of eight. This is not something she thought unusual, until a strangely familiar woman possessing knowledge of that life, is shot and killed in the grounds of Claudia’s home.

Another brutal murder follows, along with the heartbreaking revelation of an unimaginable family conspiracy. Claudia crumbles into a world driven by fear and the irrational need to run and hide.

Why were people suddenly dying around her? Were any of her family, particularly her much-beloved Papa, involved in their deaths? More importantly, would her life be next?

With her trust challenged by those she loves, Claudia turns to the mysterious and enigmatic Saul Reardon. Together they embark on a dangerous journey in search of answers.

But is the past sometimes better left buried? Set amongst the natural beauty of Australia’s eastern coastline and its richly forested hinterland, Forgotten is a fast-paced mystery thriller that explores the controversial nature of family love and protection, loyalty and self-preservation.

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A full length cozy witch mystery… Is magic real?

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Is magic real?

That’s what Penny has to ask herself, after a mysterious book reveals her destiny as a witch…

Welcome to Hillcrest, a small box-canyon town snuggled high in the mountains of Colorado. It’s been Penny’s home for her whole life, and she’s always thought of it as a peaceful — if boring — place to call home.

All of that changes when the elderly Claudine Terra is killed, and a mysterious mountain pass behind her mansion opens up to through traffic. Could the new visitors to town, including a handsome vampire, have something to do with Claudine’s murder? 

Penny is intent on finding out. She wants to save her failing PI business, get her love-life in order, and prove the police department wrong, all in one fell-swoop. But as Penny learns about her own witchy powers, things turn out to be a bit more complicated than she expected.

For one thing, her ex boyfriend, Chris (a captain on the Hillcrest Police Department) is suddenly single. And then there’s the fact that her precious cat won’t stop throwing up. On top of that, Penny’s attempts at casting spells tend to go horribly wrong!

This is the prequel to the Witches of Hillcrest series. A full length, funny cozy mystery.  

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The last normal day of her life… was yesterday.

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The only indie novel EVER nominated as a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award!*



It was supposed to be just one more ridealong, a night when high schooler Melissa Latham accompanies her father on his patrol. But when a serial killer targets them for a dark, disturbing game, the night turns into a high-speed chase where there is no prize for second place.

“[K]eeps you guessing till the end, and in the end the twist will leave you shocked.” – Dread Central


They have to find a killer before he murders the next one of their friends.

“Absolutely outstanding!” – Novel Ink


They have to find a killer before they are caught and charged for the murder of the men he’s already killed.

“[H]aunting… 5 stars….” – Horror After Dark


They have to find a killer… before he finds them.

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Meet John Seal rookie CIA agent.

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Rookie CIA agent’s job is to protect America against cyber attacks from enemy organizations and terrorists whose tactic is to disrupt lives as a means to leverage their agenda.

John finds himself in the middle of Barcelona during the Saint Joan Festival where he meets his handler for the first time. During his high stakes first mission, he is faced with hard decisions and is forced to go against his moral compass to complete his assignment leaving him to wonder if he is the right man for the job.

Does John have what it takes to be a covert operative, or will he fail and possibly lose his life?

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A Gripping British Mystery Thriller – Anna Burgin Book 1

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London. 1993. Investigative journalist Clare Woodbrook goes missing on the brink of unveiling her biggest-ever story. Is it kidnap? Murder?

Worse still, the police investigation into her disappearance is being headed up by a corrupt DCI – himself the subject of one of Clare’s current investigations.

Clare’s researcher Danny Churchill sets out to find her, and enlists the help of his flatmate – feisty fashion photographer Anna Burgin. But they soon realise that nobody can be trusted. And as the search becomes ever more desperate, suddenly their own lives are very much on the line.

Packed with intrigue, twists, conspiracies, and dark humour, Cold Press is a hugely entertaining British thriller, with a sting in the tail.

David Bradwell is a former winner of the PPA British Magazine Writer of the Year Award and has written for publications as diverse as Smash Hits and the Sunday Times. Cold Press is his first novel.

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Running Is Easy. Facing Your Mistakes Can Be Deadly.

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Jealousy can get you killed…

It’s 1995. Air Force crew chief Connor Pierce wants to help his lonely assistant get comfortable around women, so he takes him to a strip joint outside their air base in Okinawa, Japan. But when the stripper he lets loose on his romantically challenged friend is brutally murdered, Connor must solve the mystery to keep him from a life in prison. . .

Connor is just a regular guy trying to straighten out his crooked path. His wife is angry and suspicious. His ex-lover is trying to win him back into sexual adventure. And his children don’t get enough of his time.

Now, to keep his friend out of Leavenworth, Connor must assume the role of amateur detective, while steering clear of military police and dodging the local Yakuza. Most threatening of all, his ex-lover’s husband is lead agent on the case for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and intends to send Connor to federal prison with his friend.

With the military police questioning his every move, the Yakuza hunting him down and his secret lover’s Special Investigator husband trying to make him an accessory to murder, Connor has to give his all to find the real killer. 

Can he outsmart the Special Investigator who wants to make him pay? Will he survive the vengeance of the Okinawan Yakuza? Or has he become of victim of his own foolishness — a plan to help his friend “Eugene Garboski get comfortable around women?” 

From the newest of Montana mystery authors, a 1990s mystery story full of sexual betrayal, loyalty and redemption set in tropical Okinawa.

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A con artist betrayed by his partners. A plot for revenge. Can he and his new partner outwit his old crew & and escape with the cash and their lives?

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In 1989, where it all begins…

Paul Kendal, 26 years old, is a con artist in a robbery crew. When he has all the information necessary to disarm their targets’ alarm systems and empty their safes, his partners go to work.

Originally, it seemed like a sweet plan, but as he begins to have doubts, his partners double-cross him. Now he wants payback. For that he needs a new partner. 

Carol, 17 years old, uses her movie-star good looks to entice victims for her boyfriend to mug. But when her boyfriend lands in jail, Paul makes her an offer she can’t refuse…

The Double Cross is a novella-length hard-hitting crime thriller that tells the story of how the Travelers met. If you like fast moving action, unpredictable plot twists, and criminal chicanery, you’ll love this prequel to Michael P. King’s Travelers series.

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London isn’t ready for the investigative skills of New York Detective Bex Wynter…

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A teen accused of murder. A cop running from her past. Is she his only salvation?

Bex thinks she might find peace in London, away from painful reminders of her husband’s death. Instead she’s met with suspicion and misgiving from her new team who fiercely contest her every move. That doesn’t stop her taking neophyte detective Reuben Richards under her wing as she investigates a teen accused of murder.

She’s about to teach her British cohorts that she’ll never stop fighting for justice. Not for herself, but for those who can’t fight for themselves. But with an investigation yielding more questions than answers, is she fighting for the wrong cause?

You’ll love this realistic police procedural mystery in a shorter package you can binge read in one night!

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Meet Solomon Stone. Loner turned shadow agent.

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When Tom Brook offers a lift to a man walking along a darkening country road, he has no idea who he’s let into his car. What he does know is that he’s made a mistake, evident in the immediate fear he feels in the man’s presence. Before long, Tom is offered a dark bargain by the stranger: a simple audition to wipe out his debts and begin a new life under a new identity. The identity: Solomon Stone. The mission: to track down individuals of interest and dismantle their lives.

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Terror lurks on the highway…

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Alex knows one thing for sure:

Something creepy happened on that abandoned stretch of desert highway.


When Alex Thompson is pulled over by a squad car in the middle of nowhere, the police officer acts downright bizarre. She’s positive something’s not right about the whole situation.

Years later, a mass grave is discovered in that same area, and she knows she came close to being one of the victims. So why did the killer let her go?

Cody Oliver is a small-town detective. His department can’t handle a case this huge. When a mysterious woman, Alex, appears from the past, it stirs something in him.

Could a chance encounter a million years ago have been that important? Could a short, random meeting he’d dismissed as soon as it ended be the key to stopping a serial killer?

Give me a “hell yeah” and pick up this book with one click, because if Cody and Alex can’t unravel this demented mystery, the desert will continue to fill up with bodies.

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Reiko Watanabe / Inspector Aizawa

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Tokyo, March 1931

The Great Depression has wrecked Japan’s economy, leaving thousands unemployed, desperate, and angry. Dark rumors swirl around the city, hinting at an impending coup d’é tat against the civilian government. Inspector Kenji Aizawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department must go undercover and infiltrate the Kusanagi Society, one of the right-wing groups that are threatening to overthrow the government. As Aizawa goes deeper into Tokyo’s underworld, he meets Masaru Ryusaki, the leader of the Kusanagi Society and a key figure in a vast conspiracy involving the Imperial Japanese Army. Aizawa must thwart Ryusaki’s plot or risk Japan being thrown into chaos.

The exciting prequel to the Reiko Watanabe/Inspector Aizawa series, Conspiracy in Tokyo dives into an often overlooked period in Japanese history filled with danger and intrigue.

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A New Orleans detective with an attitude. Have you met Mario?

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Ride along with the New Orleans Police Department as the officers work together to solve unusual happenings in this unique, historic city.

You’ll meet Zack Nelson, a former police officer, now living in a retirement center because of his daughter-in-law’s illness. While he’s not keen to move, he does so temporarily to help his son, Tom, and Patty cope with the medical issues.

Zack still got a lot of detective in him and senses that something is wrong with all the supposedly natural deaths that are happening, not only to his family but with the older folks who are seemingly in good health. He works with the police officers to help untangle and solve several ongoing crimes that seem to surround and affect him.

Along with his new roommate Dave, and two engaging sisters, Pearl Ann and Emma Lou (genteel Southern women), the foursome are involved with touring New Orleans, getting involved in social events, tasting an amazing array of New Orleans food and drink, participating in shoot-outs, and creating a few hijinks of their own.

This fast-paced story is filled with mystery, humor, international black-market sales, Southern charm, and characters you won’t soon forget. You’ll visit the French Quarter, the Garden District, the Warehouse District, and be a guest at an unusual funeral held in a true New Orleans custom.

This is the first book in the True Blue Detective series. The author, Vito Zuppardo, is a former resident and New Orleans expert who helps create a visual tour through the Crescent City that makes it come alive for the reader.

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In 1929, Helen Blackstone is forced to do the unthinkable—return to her childhood home.

A place full of secrets and lies … where her mother had gone mad.

Helen had hoped she had left those dark days behind her, but when her brother is threatened, she uncovers a shocking truth that changes everything …

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Chef Andre Mouton of the infamous 1922 Club is dead, stabbed with his own knife. Everyone had motive.

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Chef Andre Mouton is dead. His body found at the infamous 1922 Club, once a roaring speakeasy during Prohibition. Today, it’s a social club, and Chef Mouton is the club’s executive chef, until someone stabs him to death with his own knife. Chef’s life isn’t all that it appears on the surface and his secrets might have gotten him killed.

Crime reporter Riley Sullivan is the woman for the story. Smart, cagey and an even better investigator than writer, Riley uncovers clues even the cops haven’t found. The only problem, she’s one-upping her boyfriend – lead detective Luke Morgan. Luke isn’t a fan of her digging around his investigation, but the information Riley uncovers might just be the breaks in the case he needs to bring a killer to justice.

With every turn, there’s another secret revealed about Little Rock’s most famous chef. Everyone close to Chef is a suspect, and they all have motive.

Madman: A Diamond and Doran Mystery

Tracy Tonkinson

Grieving the loss of his best friend, while covering for colleagues killed and wounded by the unknown Haymarket bomber, Sergeant Billy Doran is not a happy man.

The rookie he has thrust upon him to complicate his working and personal life only adds to his frustration, but when a madman appears from the shadows to stalk his city and endanger his own family, Doran knows he must find a way to work with his new detective if they are to catch the killer, or it will be more than the city of Chicago that will lie in ruins.

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Enter the mind of a psychopath

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A serial killer on the loose. Another victim. A sudden turn of events.

“They never see it coming… never suspect or wonder. Too busy chasing money and relationships – desperate to prove themselves to people who don’t care. Consumed by pointless conversations and hollow attempts to appear happy, a serial killer is the last thing on anyone’s mind…”

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The game’s afoot – come join the fun!

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Professor James Moriarty has one desire left in his shattered life: to stop the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina and his world turns upside down. Stalked by the implacable Sherlock Holmes, he’s tangled in a web of murder and deceit. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves.

“Enthusiastically recommended.” Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society Reviews.

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Welcome to Essex County. Expect no mercy.

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What would you do if you found a suitcase in the woods? 

What would you do when someone came looking for it?

Out of prison, but still on parole, Max just wants to keep his head down, go to work and maybe grab a cold beer at the end of his shift. He doesn’t even care that the program stuck him in Essex – a nice, but nowhere small town. With his head already full of bloody and painful memories, he’d like it just fine if his past and future stayed nice and quiet.

Too bad the present just got really messy.

A body in a tree. A missing briefcase. A Russian hit man. A DEA agent bent on revenge. Not to mention a sheriff with dangerous ambition and some pissed off bikers. Things are suddenly very interesting in sleepy Essex county. Bodies are turning up. Secrets are coming out. Questions are being asked.

It’s not good being the new guy in a small town.

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Blood is thicker than oil… until murder is involved.

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Fenway Stevenson doesn’t want to return to the coastal town where her estranged father is practically king. But the death of her mother draws her back home—and the murder of the county coroner draws her into a deepening conspiracy. As the body count rises and all signs seem to point toward her father’s oil company, will Fenway uncover the truth before family bonds become deadly?

Paul Austin Ardoin has a hit on his hands with his debut novel. It’s an engaging mystery with a propulsive plot—it should appeal to readers of the genre as well as people who just love a good story. It’s clear to me Ardoin has written something wonderful.”

             —Michelle Damiani, Amazon bestselling author of Il Bel Centro and Santa Lucia

“It’s the perfect mystery for the #metoo era. Thank you, Fenway Stevenson, for reminding me that I like crime fiction.” 

             —Derek McCaw, Fanboy Planet

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A Killer Who Likes to Talk. A Cop Who Likes to Listen. A Climax that could leave The Killer, The Cop, or both men dead!

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It’s a slow Monday at Manhattan’s Midtown North Precinct when NYPD Detective Dexter Fortune takes the call. Recently returned to duty, Fortune is willing enough to be amused by what he believes to be a crank caller. But after listening to the man describe how he killed two women with a third victim awaiting discovery, Fortune soon realizes this call is no joke.

Reunited with his partner, Detective Gabriella Fernandez, the pair race to apprehend a devious serial killer intent on adding to his body count. But to catch this killer, Fortune and Fernandez must uncover secrets long buried in the past. With the Mayor, the Chief of Police, and the City watching and the media treating the killer dubbed “The Chatterbox” like a celebrity, the detectives become caught-up in a game of catch-me-if-you-can with a killer promising more victims.

Taunted by late-night phone calls from The Chatterbox, a sleep-deprived Fortune is seduced by the killer into making it personal. A killer who delights in manipulating and deceiving Fortune into drawing false and dangerous conclusions.

Finally, convinced of the man’s identity and with his superiors unwilling to act, Fortune defies authority to force The Chatterbox into the open. In doing so, he comes face-to-face with a predator he realizes, too late, he has seriously underestimated.

Desperate to save the people he cares for and loves, Fortune is lured into a violent confrontation that could leave him, The Chatterbox, or both men dead.

And for The Chatterbox? This suits him just fine.

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