A Mystery for the New Decade

Ready to start the new year with a mystery?

Look no further! These bestselling authors have teamed up to offer New Year’s mysteries in many subgenres. Available for free for a limited time.

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She never wanted to be the center of attention. But sometimes you don’t always get what you want.

Quinn Reynolds was happy learning to live a simple life. On the surface, she was a struggling writer living by modest means without the entanglements of being involved in a steady relationship. Things change when a stranger comes calling with some information that could change her life, and she may be forced to confront her past.

Bryce Owens is a complicated man with a mysterious past. He wants Quinn to take on a insurmountable task. To kill the man responsible for killing his fiancée five years ago. Then and only then, will he reveal the origin of the photograph.

Will they be able to work together or is everything not is as it seems? Can what was written in blood ever be wiped away?

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The picturesque town of San Fallon has become the hunting ground of the Notorious Wolf: a serial killer who displays his victims as fairy tale characters for the police to find. After months of searching, he’s finally found his Sleeping Beauty.

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Helena Sussex is everyone’s dream of a homecoming queen, with the quarterback boyfriend to match. The world is hers for the taking: whatever her looks and charm wouldn’t hand her could be earned by her quick wit. It’s left her bored and hungry for more, and she’s made a game out of controlling those around her. As long as no one realizes it was her constant manipulations led to the suicide of fellow cheerleader Wadelyn Fairchild, she can have it all.

Follow Helena’s path as she’s stalked by the Notorious Wolf to see if it leads to salvation, or if his Sleeping Beauty is denied her happily ever after.

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At the turn of the twentieth century, a massive theft puts a town in jeopardy. Eighteen-year-old Charlie wants to set things right.

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In this prequel to the Emmie and Dessa Mysteries, follow Emmie’s Uncle Charlie and her mother Irene on the adventure of their youth.

It’s the last day of the nineteenth century and a massive theft, a sabotage of a cotton mill, has rocked their small town and put their livelihood and the livelihoods of so many others in danger. Charlie has his own ideas about who may be responsible. The police want him to leave it alone, but he can’t do nothing while his family and neighbors may be kicked out of their homes.

The straits grow more dire when Charlie and Irene learn the mill has defaulted on its insurance payments. If they can’t recover the stolen machinery, the mill will fold. And with it the whole town’s economy.

Charlie and Irene race to find the mastermind behind the theft as the clock ticks closer to the new year. Will the century change be a marker of hope? Or will it be the end for their home?

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Newly joined Siamese twins – work that one out!

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A thriller set in Thailand.

This is the sequel to the popular ‘Not Far Enough From Worries’. Kev and Skylab pit their wits against Camilla, the beautiful but ruthless lesbian.

This dark novel starts in Hua Hin, a sleepy seaside town in Thailand. “Not much ever happens there.” Don’t you believe it! A thriving gambling hub, wives kill husbands to raise a stake for the next turn of a card. Never owe the debt-collector or his mother. You may be set alight!

Kev and Skylab are now the guardians of a very talented child, amongst other skills, he can tell if you are lying, making Kev very nervous, fortunately, the only person Nick will talk to is Camilla’s daughter, Philippa. That ability is useful if you want a casino.

Characters to avoid on a dark night are Mik and Mak, Thai twins, yes, real Siamese Twins. You’ll have to think about that comment. Their ‘friend’ Randy has some mental issues. He ends up missing part of his body!

The action moves to Bangkok for a fast, hard-hitting surprise. Horror when you don’t expect it!

This is book two in the ‘No Worries’ series. Book 3 ‘Children With No Worries’, was published 2019.


“Siamese twins?”

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Can a cruel twist change everything?

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His partner of eleven years is brutally abducted.
Pictures of her in a doll-mask are sent to his phone.
When ex-police officer Nathan Cribbing finds a booby trap doll that almost blows his head off, he knew his troubled past was coming for him.

Meanwhile, former colleague Lisa MacNamara, in her desire to help him, rekindles longings she thought were buried in the past.

Cribbing, in a desperate race against time, must get to his girlfriend before it is too late?
Or will a cruel twist change everything?

“Don’t miss the most dynamic and exciting debut novel since Jack Reacher said, ‘I’m that guy’.”

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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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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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Want to know what he’s thinking?

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The Merchandiser by Chad Schimke – When a merchandiser becomes preoccupied with decorations, he gives in to his chilling obsession. Second best will have to do, but he makes the most of it. Fear meets perfection in this unnerving tale, set against a backdrop of stark film noir. Read ‘The Merchandiser’ today!

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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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One woman’s journey from oblivion to recovery

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A troubled relationship, a damaged past and a bottle of wine mixed together make a volatile cocktail for Sophie.
Her journal documents the destructive descent into the grips of alcohol addiction.
Sophie Brown likes to work hard and play hard. Trapped in a relationship she can’t escape from, alcohol becomes her best friend. Unable to accept she has a problem, she becomes increasingly dependent on booze. Full of remorse and afraid of her own behaviour, Sophie finally agrees to accept help and enters rehab, where the road to recovery begins. When one of the friends she makes there disappears, Sophie knows she is up against time to find and save her.
Sometimes harrowing, sometimes poignant, this funny yet sad novel shows you a real glimpse into what happens when the life of a promising, talented young woman spirals out of control. 

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Unsolved deaths. Untold treasure. Can she uncover the secret of her inheritance before dark forces claim another victim?

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Graysie Castellanos is ready to take her final bow. When the traveling singer inherits a rundown mine, she thinks it’s her golden opportunity to provide her adopted daughter with a happy childhood and a prosperous future. But their bright new beginning crumbles underfoot when the townsfolk of the Sierra Nevada mining town start dropping dead of mysterious causes.

If Nathan Russell had listened to his gut, he’d have cleared out of Grass Valley before the first corpse turned cold. But the Aussie-born adventurer refuses to abandon the gorgeous singer and her young child to their doom. And when his old rival arrives in town looking to stir up trouble, he only gets pulled deeper into the mystery of the dark forces taking control.

With no choice but to press forward, Graysie and Nathan must solve the riddle of the deaths before the shadowy culprit adds their names to the tombstone.

Poisoned Legacy is the first book in the absorbing Of Gold & Blood historical mystery series set on the California frontier. If you like accurate details, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and a glimmer of romance, then you’ll love Jenny Wheeler’s sparkling saga.

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London, 1995. PC Ruth Hunter is a young, ambitious female PC working the streets of South London. Can solving a brutal local murder give her the edge to progress into CID and become a detective in the masculine world of London’s Metropolitan Police Force? 

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Five people are invited to a funeral but none of them has any idea who the deceased is…

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 Mary receives an invitation to a funeral, but she has absolutely no idea who the deceased is. None at all. 

She rings the solicitor who sent the invitation and explains her confusion. He tells her that the guy who died invited her and five other people to his funeral ON HIS DEATHBED, and he’s very keen for them to attend. So, intrigued and confused, she heads off to a dilapidated old farm house in a remote part of Wales. When she gets there she discovers that none of the other people knows who the deceased is either


Who is this guy and why are they there?

The book moves between Mary’s story in the modern day, as she and her fellow funeral goers try to work out whose funeral they are at, and the story of the man who has died and what his life was like, and why he wanted these people he’s never met at his funeral.

This is a stand alone book. It can be read without having read any of the earlier books.

“Adore this author, found this book Mysterious as the title suggests. Love the fact that the book ended with a massive punch of Bernice humour – with Mary getting the wrong train seat and the poor chap who covered himself in coffee – can’t wait for the next book x”

“Mary Brown is sweet, adorable, and a ton of good fun. And so are the scribblings of her talented creator, Bernice Bloom. I am totally enamored with the both of them. “

“This was a humorous and entertaining read.”

 “Totally my type of book and beyond beyond beyond recommended!”

“I love a book that teaches me something! The historical aspect of the story is really strong and I did not know that during the war Italian prisoners of war were sent to Wales to help the farmers.Then they are told that they have 20 hours to work out why they have been invited in order to inherit a million pounds.”

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Prequel to the True Blue Detective Series. Have you met Mario?

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Mario DeLuca wanted to be a police officer for as long as he could remember. His first beat was the New Orleans French Quarter, on foot. He met business owners and learned street scams from the best con-artist.

Mario befriended Lucinda Jones who picked up a nick name of Voodoo Lucy later in the True Blue Detective Series. The first day she met Mario she had something to offer the undercover cop.

She soon found herself looking down the barrel of a gun by a local thug that liked beating on woman. Lucy left Tupelo Mississippi with her mother Wanda to escape an abusive father who beat on her mother sometimes just because it was a Tuesday—he didn’t need a reason.

It was risky for Lucy to take on an abusive woman beater drug dealer but that was Lucy. With her new found police officer friend they set up their own con to put this thug behind bars.

This story is a prequel, taking place immediately before the events in the first book of the, True Blue Detective series.

This story is filled with action, drama, mystery, relationships, and crime. It’s a front-row seat to see New Orleans from a cop’s perspective: cruising the streets, dealing with injustice, while also visiting local businesses to interact with the interesting people in this unique, historic city.

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In post-Soviet Russia, crime fights you.

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Rowena Halley has spent all her money and her last winter break before her dissertation defense to visit her fiancé Dima in Moscow. But instead of planning the wedding, he’s focused on fighting crime. An opposition journalist, Dima is used to attracting trouble. This time around, though, he may not be the only target. In the Wild, Wild East, crime fights back, and Rowena may be its next victim.

Set against the backdrop of the Euromaidan revolution and the turbulence of the North Caucasus, “Foreign Exchange” tells a story of the clash between love, honor, and international politics. This 20,000-word novelette is a prequel to the Doctor Rowena Halley series, but can be read as a standalone work.

Content warning: adult language.

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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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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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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 amazon.com/author/colindevonshire Book number 4, as yet unnamed is being written, it's about Thai black magic. Dark thrills!

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