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A man saves a dog. In the end, the dog saves the man, and becomes his Stray Ally.

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A strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke, not exactly one of the good guys, into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky in this canine military thriller. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined. 

A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer.

With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally.

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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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A fun, flirty mystery

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Presley Thurman is a Human Resources manager who is up for a promotion and the only thing standing in her way is co-worker Gladys who is also a candidate.

Presley and Gladys aren’t the best of friends so when Gladys turns up murdered Presley is the logical suspect.

She didn’t like Gladys, but she certainly didn’t kill her. Presley has to clear her name before not only does she lose out on this big promotion but even worse! She ends up in jail.

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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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When Mollie joined a roller derby team, she thought she only needed to worry about bumps and bruises. But when something valuable is stolen from the locker room, she decides to investigate and find the culprit.

In between identifying suspects, working at a mind-numbing temp job, and skating practice, she also meets a guy who just might change her view on blind dates.

As Mollie pursues her investigation, not everyone is thrilled when she starts asking one too many questions.

Can Mollie skate her way out of danger? Or will her nosiness be the death of her?

Robbery at the Roller Derby is a prequel novella to the Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mysteries, a whimsical series with a nautical twist.

The Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mysteries

Book #1—Murder at the Marina

Book #2—Bodies in the Boatyard

Book #3—Poisoned by the Pier

Book #4—Dead in the Dinghy (TBA)

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Who knew justice had long legs and carried a badge?

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Trouble they say, loves company. On this particular night, trouble stands just under two meters tall and is visiting the popular Neon District.

A beautiful clone, Sarah normally doesn’t go looking for the company of trouble. But on this night, the long legged detective plans to take advantage of the badge she carries. Trouble won’t like it when Sarah finds it while out for A Night On The Town.

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Social Media meets the supernatural in a bid to dominate the world.

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Social Media meets the supernatural in a bid to dominate the world. 

Twenty years ago, Special Agent Rachel Vaughn’s parents were brutally murdered. Still searching for answers, she buries her pain under a hard facade and a mountain of work.

When a series of social media outages disrupt global commerce, Rachel’s uncanny instincts make her the perfect choice to go undercover. 

From the moment she meets her contact, strange coincidences start piling up. Before long, Rachel begins to wonder if something supernatural is at work. 

As the global outages escalate and she moves closer to the truth about her parents, she suspects her contact knows more than he’s saying. How much does he know, and whose side is he really on? 

The Vaughn Algorithm is an epic tale of good vs evil and the quest for power. If you like supernatural thrills, page-turning suspense, and deep, character-driven action, this is the story for you. 

The Key is Part 1 of The Vaughn Algorithm.

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A missing coin, murder and mystery are at the core of this fast-paced archaeology thriller!

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Filled with mystery and suspense, you will be glued to the pages!

When an uninvited guest wakes Charles and Izzy Hunt in the middle of the night, the event sets Charles on the trail for a lost coin dating back to World War II.

Enlisting the help of Nick Cain, an antiquities reporter, Charles follows the clues to rural Japan and eventually Papua New Guinea where battling the dense marshlands and alligator infested waters, are the least of his worries.

With money-hungry assailants hot on his trail, his action-packed journey runs fraught with danger and crime in a quest to uncover the truth behind the missing ancient heirloom.

The Papua Incident is a fast-paced archaeology action adventure thriller that you won’t want to put down until you finished it!

If you like reading modern-day Indiana Jones adventure thrillers, then this is right up your alley.  Crammed with real-life history and actual artifacts, it has plenty of twists and mystery to keep you flipping the pages.  The Papua Incident sets the stage for the five-star Alex Hunt Archaeological Adventure Thrillers series.

The RHAPTA KEY – Book #1


The ALPHA STRAIN – Book #3

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An Argolicus Mystery

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Mystery in History

After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.

A naive teenager. A broken-hearted sister. A corrupt patrician. Argolicus unravels the threads.

When Argolicus leaves Rome to retire to his estate in southern Italy, his powerful friend Boethius asks a small favor. Before he sets sail to the south, deliver a book to a young man in Ostia near the port at the mouth of the Tiber river.

When Argolicus arrives in the dying resort town, he finds chaos and sorrow in the villa. The young book lover’s father has been viciously murdered just hours before and the young man asks for help.

With just days to find the killer before his ship leaves port, Argolicus must probe the politics of the dying town. But with every investigation he makes, the circle of possibilities grows. Success seems out of reach and he must disappoint the family, until a ruffian accosts him and pieces fall into place.

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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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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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If you love cozy mysteries and chick lit, and especially if you’ve ever had a bad boss, you’ll love Carnage at the Christmas Party.

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If you love cozy mysteries and chick lit, and especially if you’ve ever had a bad boss, you’ll love Carnage at the Christmas Party.

Windy Pines, Idaho, is known for three things: Beautiful mountain views, the world’s most incompetent police force, and, lately, murder. Charlotte Smyth’s new job as the O’Leery Snowboarding Inc.’s Spreader of Cheer is anything but a perfect fit. She hates sports, cold weather, and anything bordering on ‘extreme’.

Within days of starting her new job, she finds herself in a sea of political incorrectness, verbal abuse, and long hours, with little relief in sight. In a small town like Windy Pines, where a person’s lucky to find a job at all, her only choice is to make it work.

Her boss Shane Letcher is just as disappointed with Charlotte, whom he’s decided isn’t cool enough to understand the company culture or raise the spirits of the staff.

Giving her one last chance to prove herself, Shane decides the O’Leery Christmas party is Charlotte’s make-it or break-it opportunity. She needs to deliver a fun, fabulous time, or find a new place to work. What Charlotte doesn’t know is that even if she can throw together a spectacular soiree, there are schemes happening behind the scenes that could foil her party plans.

Charlotte and her new love interest had better unravel this who-done-it before the Windy Pines police decide to arrest someone, or they may find themselves spending Christmas in jail!

Like Murder at Mistletoe Manor, this novella-length story takes place in Windy Pines, Idaho. Both books in the series can be read as standalones.

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A legend buried for 2000 years. A woman compelled to uncover the truth.

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210 BCE, CHINA. The most powerful emperor China has ever known is on the brink of death. In desperation, he sends his most gifted alchemist and sorcerer on a quest for the mythical elixir of life.

His fleet never returned….

NOW, world-renowned archaeologist, Georgia Lee is compelled to hunt for a mysterious man who may hold the secret to the greatest discovery in human history.

Her search takes her on a thrilling journey from an ancient tomb in China, through traditional Japan, to the blistering Australian outback, and the dizzying heights of verdant mountains in tropical Taiwan. But what begins as an investigation into an archaeological riddle turns into something very sinister. Georgia starts to suspect that perhaps she is the one being hunted instead….

Meticulously researched, this is a tale interwoven with rich historical facts to recreate all the drama, intrigue and mystery of East Asian culture.

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One man. A remote island. A terrorist threat that puts his family at risk.

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When former Navy SEAL, Jack Kennedy, came to the Kamamalu Island to celebrate his anniversary with his closest friends and family, he could have never known the web of deceit he was walking into. While on a scavenger hunt through the beautiful jungle on the island, Jack is treated to a few clues that seem misplaced. What unfolds is a series of events that will change Jack’s life forever.

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Reiko Watanabe / Inspector Aizawa Book 0

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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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Moonlight is hired to investigate the brutal murder of his lover. But he has blood on his hands. Her blood…

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In MOONLIGHT FALLS, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Vincent Zandri asks the question “If you knew your life could end at any moment, how far would you go to prove you murdered your lover? ” Albany, New York, is the dark setting of this paranoid thriller (in the Hitchcock tradition) about Richard “Dick” Moonlight, former APD detective turned private investigator, who believes he killed Scarlet Montana – his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. Problem is, despite the blood on his hands, Moonlight doesn’t remember what happened.

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Vincent Zandri, comes the first in the Thriller and Shamus Award Winning series. For fans of bestselling hard-boiled mystery and suspense writers like Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, Don Winslow, and Charlie Huston.

The Number 1 Bestselling Series in Hard-Boiled Kindle
The Number 1 Bestselling Series in Private Investigators

“Sensational…Masterful…Brilliant.” —New York Post

“The action never wanes.” —Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal

“Gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting.” —Harlan Coben, bestselling author of Six Years

“Tough, stylish, heartbreaking.” —Don Winslow, bestselling author of Savages

“Non-stop action.” —I Love a Mystery

“Vincent Zandri nails reader’s attention.” —Boston Herald

“(Zandri) demonstrates an uncanny knack for exposition, introducing new characters and narrative possibilities with the confidence of an old pro…Zandri does a superb job interlocking puzzle pieces.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Poison, pits, and murder… the village vegetable competition is heating up!
Merryfield’s reigning vegetable-growing champion is found dead on his allotment. 

The police think it was an accident caused by the champion’s advancing age.

Diana Flowers, his allotment next door neighbour, isn’t convinced.

She knows someone has poisoned the dead man’s prized pumpkin plant.

And if the dead man dug the pit in which he met his doom, where did he leave the spade? 

A scientist like Diana knows you should never underestimate evidence… and in this case, she thinks the evidence points to murder.

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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 nail-biting thriller juxtaposed with romantic comedy

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‘Returning from a “self-detox” ex – Society girl Melani stops over in Barcelona to catch up with old friends. On the final leg of her trip home to London. A pair of lost and found shoes in the Barcelona airport turns out to be too irresistible to walk away from until she discovers that the lucky find is not so lucky. Even though old habits die hard, can Meleni’s newfangled self-get her out of the trouble that her old ego created

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The first short story from Bowman’s Casebook!

When a man is found hanged among the carcasses at Smithfield Meat Market, Detective Inspector George Bowman is despatched to solve the case, but a conspiracy of silence surounds the events of Solomon Hibbert’s death.

Just how did he get so rich? What did he know? And who would want him dead?

The Smithfield Murder takes place immediately following the events of the first in the Bowman Of The Yard series, The Head In The Ice.

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Sully is 6’6″ and 260 lbs. of mean cop – complete with a cybernetic right eye and left hand. He has no use for corrupt politicians, killers, and idiots. All of that tough exterior and blunt demeanor hides a heart of gold.

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Sent to the developing planet Beta Prime to clean up its corruption and crime, Sullivan is saddled with a wet behind the ears rookie detective for a partner. An already difficult job is made more so by the haunting presences of a mysterious young woman.

A crazed serial killer and the theft of life saving drugs are just the start of Sullivan’s troubles. Betrayal by his own police force just might finish him off.

Faced with solving multiple crimes at once to save himself, who can Sullivan trust in his new home, the eternally cold Capital City?

  • an ex-con cabbie
  • a priest who knows too much about crime
  • the owner of a neighborhood tavern and diner with a shady past
  • a mysterious beauty who haunts Sullivan from his past
  • his idealistic and naive young partner

Desperate for redemption for mistakes in his past, can Sullivan even trust himself?

The debut novel from K.C. Sivils, The Predator and The Prey is a crime thriller set in the gritty urban setting of Capital City 200 years in the future. Fans of cross genre storytelling such as Joss Wheadon’s space westerns and Alex P. Berg’s Urban Fantasy/Crime noir stories should enjoy the adventures of Inspector Thomas Sullivan as he seeks to deliver justice to the innocent citizens of Capital City and the planet Beta Prime.

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Is Evil In The Mind, Or The Act?

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Three outcast witches that visit the hippy era to tempt a street musician.  Part of the “After Dinner Conversation” Short Story Series.

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Readers’ Favorite 2017 Book Awards silver medal winner.

When he wakes up, naked and alone, in the Mount of Olives Cemetery, Moshe Karlin finds that the afterlife is not what he had expected. But he’s not going to take his death lying down. He’ll win back his life – and his wife – if it’s the last thing he does.

Destiny, however, has other plans for him: the key to peace in the Middle East and the hidden identity of the long-awaited Messiah. But none of that will matter if he can’t prevent the final Apocalypse…

Meanwhile, other changes are afoot in the Holy Land. A reluctant prophet prepares to deliver a message of redemption – and the end of life as we know it – when a freak accident changes the course of history.


If you enjoy mystery and humor, engaging characters and non-stop surprises, then you will love this “heartwarming” and “highly original” tale of hope and second chances that will make you laugh and cry as the pages fly by.

“A MUST-READ! So thoroughly satisfying.” – S. Schooler, reviewer

“Fabulous and thrilling. I can highly recommend this end times series” – Julia Wilson, Christian Bookaholic

“I quickly fell in love this series as I became obsessed with the characters. I recommend it to all.” – Read, Learn & Shine

“An amazing read from a masterful storyteller.” – Readers’ Favorite

“Enjoyed the series. Laughed and cried.” – Michael J. Donahue, Reviewer

“Highly original. Controversial in the best of ways: provoking thought and discussion.” – The Federation Star

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Whilst recuperating from his injuries Detective CHANDLER TRAVIS works as an archivist at the New Scotland Yard Black Museum. When he gets a phone call from Louisiana Sheriff  DUKE LANOIX, it seems his obsession with the identity of  Jack The Ripper and his connection with it will finally be resolved.  

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Billionaire Johnathan Heyman is a man who knows what it’s like to have everything, but also what it’s like to lose everything he loves. Not long after his daughter Julie is born, his wife Lydia is lost to cancer, and nearly a year later he’s shocked to see his housekeeper Celia murdered in cold blood in front of his eyes. He feels cursed, like all the money in the world can’t shield him from the tragedy of his past. 

It is his search for a replacement housekeeper that ends up turning his life around forever…. 
He’s totally unprepared for it when young aspiring artist, Veronica Brewer, shows up at his door to apply for the position. Smart, funny, drop-dead gorgeous, and humble in a way that he rarely sees among women in his usual circle, the two of them quickly find themselves falling dangerously in love. 

But will the misfortune that has plagued Johnathan for the past year end up claiming Veronica as its next victim?

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Born in England before The Beatles became famous. I worked in the printing and allied trades, starting as a compositor, anyone remembers those? Eventually grafting as an editor. Twenty years on a lifestyle magazine. With my wife and children, we have lived in Thailand for over thirty years, and love it. Now? I write thrillers, with a touch of humour. 'No Worries' series, book number one, 'Not Far Enough From Worries' book two, 'Worry No More' published at the end of 2018. 'Children With No Worries' was released in August 2019. All published with Book number 4, as yet unnamed is being written, it's about Thai black magic. Dark thrills!

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