Bound by Crime

Searching for your next crime/mystery and thriller story?

Look no further! These bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available until the end of January. Grab your free reads now! 

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A man with a past. A village with a secret. A murder without mercy.

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Meet Domingo Armada. A haunted man searching for redemption in a lawless land.

For those struggling to survive in the countryside of 17th-century Spain, Armada is their only hope of finding justice. For those hiding their crimes in the countless villages that lay beyond the reach of city authorities, he is their worst nightmare.

In this first mystery, Armada is sent to the coastal town of Salobreña, where a migrant worker has been brutally murdered during the harvest. At first it seems an act of petty revenge, but as Armada digs deeper he uncovers a conspiracy involving the disappearance of a mysterious woman from long ago, and someone in town is willing to kill to keep it hidden.

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A Murder Mystery unfolds as Cyclone Tracy destroys Darwin

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Mercinaries, misfits and criminals on the run thrived in the chaos that followed Cyclone tracy in 1974. The perfect environment to turn a mixed up teenager into an outlaw.

As Aedan struggles with adolescence and school, a cyclone destroys his city and any resemblance of normal life disappears. He leaves home, buys a motorbike and is thrust violently into adulthood, in a wild, lawless environment. Then he meets Eva, the woman of his dreams and a gifted lady who attempts to guide him through the obstacles.

But Darwin is full of very dangerous people and as an impressionable youth, Aedan keeps bad company and is led into violent crime. When their local dealer is murdered, Eva becomes involved, putting both her and Aedan squarely in the crosshairs of a vicious killer, who now has them on his list.

A murder mystery with a real outback Australian flavour.

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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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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’, published 2019.

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“Siamese twins?”

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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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Walk into the life of Colin and Scout to reveal The Silhouette in the Dark City

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Thirty-three-year-old Colin Fowler and his dog Scout are simply detectives of smaller works. Drug busts, maybe a few missing people cases. It’s what makes up their life.

Thinking things can’t get any harder than a past that haunts him until this day, Colin can’t be further from wrong.

With five dead officers, and a serial killer who hides amongst the shadows, Colin is drawn into a blood curdling investigation.

With no witnesses, no evidence, and a killer who simply slips between their fingers, can Colin and Scout even begin to uncover the mystery? Or will they end up at gunpoint as well?

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A quiet Sunday – A vicious assault – One man’s resurrection is another’s good luck.

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When Alfie set out on his morning cycle ride, the last thing he expected was to be the only witness to attempted murder. The perpetrator of the crime was the only person who knew Alfie had seen him at the scene. And Alfie was easy to find. Scared out of his wits, he kept his head down and waited, as a weird sequence of events unfolded.

This short mystery story will give you a taste for the trilogy ALFIE GOES TO THAILAND.

You’ll want to read all 3 novels.

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A small-town murder. A big city detective. Can she unravel the grisly trail of clues before the killer strikes again?

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“[I]f you’ve not yet discovered Tamsen Schultz’s books, it is time to start.” – Between my Bookendz

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The complete Windsor Series is available with Kindle Unlimited!

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This is a Sampler Set of the first 4 books of The Windsor Series. 

Start reading the first 1-3 chapters of each book to fall in love with Tamsen’s writing style.

A TAINTED MIND – The Windsor Series #1

Silence can be deadly

Dr. Vivienne DeMarco and Deputy Police Chief Ian MacAllister have just discovered there’s a serial killer haunting the small town of Windsor, New York. Vivi had never set foot in the small town before she happened across the first body. So why do all the victims bear a striking resemblance to her?

THESE SORROWS WE SEE – The Windsor Series #2

Sometimes redemption can be deadly

Finding a dead body was not something Matty Brooks had anticipated when she’d agreed to housesit for her estranged brother in Windsor, New York. Neither was the sexy local veterinarian, Dr. Dash Kent. But when Matty discovers her brother has gone missing along with a whole boatload of money, she and Dash discover that redemption is easy, survival is the hard part.

WHAT ECHOES RENDER – The Windsor Series #4

Will she burn for the sins of others?

Jesse Baker thought she’d buried her husband’s betrayal the day of his funeral. Arson investigator, David Hathaway thought he’d left his complicated life behind when he moved to sleepy Windsor, New York. But when Jesse’s husband’s past comes back to haunt her, the two must stop a killer intent on making Jesse burn for the sins of others.

THE FRAILTY OF THINGS – The Windsor Series #4

How much is one life worth?

Kit Forrester and Garret Cantona share an explosive attraction that goes far deeper than just a bit of fun. But when the hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep them from shattering into a million pieces.

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Six dead bodies with one disturbing similarity.
An illicit genetic experiment.

Sometimes science breaks bad.

DEA Special Agent Peter Malloy is no stranger to the devastating impact of drugs. So when six bodies turn up with surgical ports in their spines, he’s sure a potent new opioid is the culprit. But when lab tests show zero evidence of any known narcotics, he fears something far more sinister.

Allison Stevens thought she knew everything about her boss. But after he turns fugitive to flee federal charges, she’s stunned to discover his secret genetic research in pain tolerance. Although the FBI watches her every move, she’s obsessed with finding what else he’s hiding … despite the unknown dangers.

Their search for answers leads them to a dark, disturbing cult, where true believers seem perilously addicted to suffering, devoted to becoming Pure.

The Pain Colony is a riveting dark suspense novel that moves at an unrelenting pace—you’ll be plunged into terrifying twists of modern science, chilling tension, and shocking revelations that will grip you long after you finish the book.

Buy The Pain Colony today and read what thriller fans are hailing as the best ending since The Sixth Sense!

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Chapter Excerpt: the murder of a church janitor hides disturbing secrets uncovered by newly-promoted detective Mickey Stanislawsky.

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Meshelle “Mickey” Stanislawsky has been a detective for one hour before she gets her first murder case. The victim? A janitor at the New Birth Free Pentecostal Church. No blood. No visible wounds. Just one very dead body discovered by a deacon’s wife in the church pantry.

As Mickey begins her investigation, it’s apparent some people know more than they’re revealing—the reverend, the grieving widow, church members, and even Mickey’s detective partner. She soon discovers the man in charge of keeping God’s house clean has some dirty secrets of his own—secrets someone will go to any length to protect. When the case appears to have a link to her late father, Mickey soon realizes her first homicide case may be personal . . . and deadly.

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The past never dies and it sure can kill

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A cold case from the roaring twenties. A psychic detective haunted by the past. 

Armour Black has a psychic connection to the roaring twenties he can’t escape. He drives a Model T, wears vintage suits and shuns all modern technology. The ultimate technophobe.

When a skull is found in a vacant field Armour is sucked into an infamous cold case from his favourite decade.

He is haunted by visions of the brutal slaying.  He can feel the murderer’s fingers around his throat. The only way he can make the visions stop is by solving the mystery.

Only problem, the trail has gone very…very…cold. 

But when Armour starts to dig into the past of a prominent family he suspects is connected to the crime, things start to heat up awful quick.

Will Armour solve the decades old crime?

Will he free himself of this psychic trauma?

Or will the icy cold grip of the past choke the life out of him?

The Baby’s Worth a Million is the first installment in the Armour Black Mystery series. If you like fast paced, noir style mysteries with a paranormal twist you’ll love this hard-boiled thriller from Warren Court.    

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Seven-year-old JP Torn witnessed a murder. Eighteen years later he attempts to clear the name of the man wrongfully imprisoned for the murder, only to discover a string of lies that lead to more painful, DEADLY SECRETS.

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Seven-year-old JP Torn witnessed a man shot to death. His secret haunted him for eighteen long years. In an attempt to clear the name of the man wrongfully imprisoned for the murder, he discovers an unforgiving brother, and a string of lies that lead to more painful, DEADLY SECRETS.

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Every beginning has a story. 

Every ending starts with a decision.

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This is Max before he was Max.

This is Max at the beginning, a young man growing up in Boston as Michael Sullivan. Michael has special skills. Skills that bring him to the attention of Carter, a dangerous man with dangerous ambitions.

But Michael has his own plans. Maybe they can help each other. But at what price?

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In a world where secrets hide in codes, a terrible fate rests in the quiet echoes of the night.

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A framed man, a criminal history, and clues to a deadly plan.

After an impromptu assault sends him on the run, Neil Gatlin finds himself stranded in a small Illinois farm town where he learns to trust no one and fear all.

With no friends and little money in his pockets, Neil is desperate to return to Indiana and his pregnant girlfriend, Sunshine. But Neil’s journey back to her hits a terrible roadblock that changes his life forever.

As clues start to reveal the truth behind his unimaginable fate, he overhears schemes threatening to pull him into greater trouble. As the only one with the skills to uncover a deadly plan by hardened criminals, Neil must take matters into his own hands and secretly decipher the messages.

 But as Neil comes closer to the truth he must choose between doing the right thing and risking all he loves. 

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 “Numerous twists made The Invisible Cipher an even more interesting and suspenseful story. The situation that Neil found himself in could happen to anyone, giving the story a realistic feel.”

—Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite

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A summer heatwave.

A cruel game.

An ice-cold heart.

You are told to forget everything you think you know about serial killers. Forget the films you’ve watched, the TV documentaries you’ve pored over, every killer thriller you’ve ever read. Wipe your mind. Begin again.

You are told to look around you. At that weird neighbor you had a bad feeling about, or the guy who passes your sitting-room window at the same time every day and always slips a sideways glance through the window, or maybe the one who cuts you up at the junction and glares like it’s your fault.

You probably wouldn’t call any one of those a killer just based on that stuff. Killer’s a harsh word and a cruel accusation and thankfully not many bear the accolade. But you are told you’d better be ready to believe that one of them might. Because it’ll never be who you think it is.

Detective Cass Fletcher knows all this. She knows never to stereotype the criminal mind, knows how foolish that would be. So why is it then that despite her experience and training, she feels so utterly unprepared to sit across the table from the first serial killer she’s ever looked directly in the eye?

NOT THE TYPE is a standalone novella based on the Hoskins & Fletcher crime series

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A receipt for two cups of coffee in the gutter near a body leads Detectives Zannos and Wong to the New Delhi Donut shop.

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Four days before Thanksgiving, the dead body of a paralegal is found dumped on a residential street in Midtown Detroit. A receipt for two cups of coffee in the gutter near her body leads Detectives Zannos and Wong to the New Delhi Donut shop. Questions arise – why was her body moved? Who broke her fingers?

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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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The legend of Voodoo Lucy

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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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Why would you suddenly sacrifice your entire life?

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Why would you suddenly sacrifice your entire life?

The murder of your best friend?

Being set up as a suspect?

Realizing those in authority are deceitful and corrupt?

Joan and Alen Arny are dealing with a set of unimaginable circumstances in different ways.

Alen, blocked from doing his job as sheriff when his best friend is murdered, feels frustrated and helpless but that’s nothing compared to what he feels when the murderer is revealed.

Joan uses her time off from being a 911 operator to do what Alen can’t and investigate one friend for the murder of another. She’s realizing that being on the front lines of agony and despair is slowly destroying her faith in humanity as she witnesses the increasing level of depravity in society.

Will they survive the investigations that will leave them either victims or suspects? Is there a single solution to heal them both?

Read it today, because we love a cozy mystery where the good guys prevail.

Corrupted in Corpus Christi is the short prequel to the series.

A clean cozy mystery. No graphic violence, sex, or strong language. Available in Large Print.

The House Sitters Cozy Mysteries will take you on adventures and land you in the middle of crimes in different international cities in each book. Enjoy travel photos and recipes from each destination along with charming dogs in each country. Look for corresponding journals. Each book can be read as a standalone and you can read them in any order.

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Will Rick manage to solve the crime before time runs out?

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When a teenage girl is mysteriously murdered in cold blood in Brownwood Crescent, a rookie detective will find himself thrown headfirst into a mysterious homicide case.

Fresh out of police training where he graduated as the best student in his class, Ricky Bluewaters had joined the City Police Force with wide-eyed optimism and dreams for a glorious career in law enforcement.

But fate had other plans for him.

Attached to the team that investigated homicides and deadly crime cases, Rick’s career honeymoon phase came to an abrupt end. Amidst his disillusionment setting in with his role as a rookie detective in cases he’d prayed he wouldn’t have to be involved in, Rick was tapped by the police chief to head the case.

With his career on the line, and tensions running high in the neighborhood, as well as the dead girl’s boyfriend and brother willing to take matters into their own hands, Rick must find a way to bring the murderer to justice.

Will Rick manage to solve the crime before time runs out?

Breathless is the first part of the Brett novella following the adventures. If you’re a fan of fast-moving crime thrillers and mystery novels with a gripping plot and unforgettable characters, then you need to grab your copy of this exciting mystery by Samantha Gordon!

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A Royal & Ancient mystery for the ages!

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Hacker and Mary Jane are in Scotland for the Open at St. Andrews. But a dead golf official sets off a chain reaction, with Russian mobsters, stuffy aristocrats, Mi5, an alcoholic caddie, an anti-golf professor and even a flamboyant American developer creating a Royal & Ancient mystery for the ages!

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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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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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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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What would you do if you found a beheaded body in your hotel room closet?

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All Rita Avery wanted to do was put on the perfect wedding for her daughter Zoe. But finding a headless torso in her hotel room 3 hours before the guests will arrive foils that plan!

When the victim’s head shows up at the resorts golf equipment shack, Rita decides to get to the bottom of it. A good look at the guy’s social media makes Rita wonder if a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did a secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel husband? Worse, is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again? And will Rita and her husband escape the trap in which the murderer snares them?

Murder and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll ever attend!

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In a haven for artists on a small island in the Caribbean, Ella Sapphire has finally found a place where she belongs. But as her art flourishes, her funds flounder. Desperate to remain in paradise, she accepts a job that is too good to be true, plunging her into the dangerous world of an island cartel. 

On his 25th birthday, Beaujean Ali meets a beautiful artist who makes him yearn for a life less complicated than his own. When the stranger sets him up to be attacked, he must find out which of his friends is really a foe, while protecting the artist who has stolen his heart.

If you like heart-pounding action, tropical settings, and star-crossed lovers, then you’ll love Angel Vane’s The Hidden Threat.

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Detective Chance must solve a murder. Locksmith Cassie was at the scene at the time. He cant believe Cassie’s involved. But can he prove it?

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Cassie Jenning’s job as a small-town locksmith often puts her in odd and scary situations.

In this story, she was behind the Lilliput Bar when the owner was shot. Now Sheriff Ben would like nothing better than to solve the case quickly by arresting her.

Homicide Detective Chance Martin burned out on violence in Minneapolis, so took a small town job thinking he’d find peace. Instead, he’s in charge of solving this murder. He meets Cassie and can’t believe she’s involved. But can he prove it?

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Internationally-bestselling author Michaelbrent Collings brings you a thriller unlike any you’ve ever experienced…

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Get ready, because you’re about to meet the world’s most dangerous hitman. You’re about to meet Mr. Gray.

A killer has come for Amy’s autistic son.

Known only as Mr. Gray, he has no mercy, no remorse. He cannot be bargained with, he cannot be turned from his mission. He is the world’s most dangerous hitman, and he has never failed to complete a contract.

Aided by an ex-cop who lost his family to the same assassin, Amy and her son are on the run, trying to stay alive long enough to figure out who Mr. Gray is, why he wants Amy’s son dead, and maybe – just maybe – find a way to kill someone who can seemingly appear and disappear anywhere, anytime… and who may be something not entirely human.

“What an outstanding read… This is one you will not be able to put down and one you will remember for a long time to come. Very highly recommended.” 

– Midwest Book Review

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When one becomes three…

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Nothing much shocks veteran NYPD Detective Sylvia Harbinger anymore, but the latest murder scene in a coffee shop comes close. Answers only lead to more questions, especially when she finds out this murder isn’t the first, and that all the victims had WHISPs. Why did one of the connections have to be the creepy, grey shadows of her nightmares?

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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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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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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Winner of the Reader-Voted #BestBook from the ‘Inks and Scratches’ Summer Splash Awards

Life is Good…

Charlotte is pregnant by James. Beth is pregnant by Richard, and now Michael’s ‘Second Wife’.

The Triad and the Couple are drawing ever closer.

James has an ‘understanding’ with Klempner – He will stay away and allow Mitch to live her own life.

Life is close to perfect.

What could possibly go wrong?

A BDSM Ménage Erotic Thriller

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The mind-bending prequel to the Chrome Valley Thriller series.

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Buried deep in Paul’s past is a burning desire for revenge.

He’s isolated in his basement.

His only company is a punching bag.

The line between violent fantasy and reality blurred a long, long time ago — and the truth of his condition is about to explode.

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Maybe I’ve seen too many movies, but to me, it sounded like a body hitting the floor.

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When her neighbor Donna disappears all of a sudden, Nicole is certain that Donna’s husband Henry is to blame. With the local sheriff not believing Nicole, she’s forced to investigate on her own.

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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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Everybody trades for a better deal, but some trades are murder.

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Post Vietnam, Jackson Trade has lost a job and a wife, and he’s picked up a relationship with bourbon. It’s his moment-to-moment solution.

But when an acquaintance is arrested for murder, he’s tasked with finding something—anything—that gets the accused off. The problem? His cleverness implicates the very man he’s working for.

As each successive discovery turns the investigation inside out, Jackson has to face the fact that he’s been used to paint a false picture. Can he get to the truth before an innocent man pays? And can he stay sober long enough to do it?

Trader is the prequel novella to the Campus Noir series featuring Jackson Trade.

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You can forget… But can you forgive?

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Claire is beautiful.
Claire is famous.
Claire has a handsome husband and a house to die for.

But Claire doesn’t know any of that. Claire isn’t even sure who she is…

When Claire Wright wakes in hospital, she sees a stranger staring back at her in the mirror. With no memories from before the devastating car accident that left her and her father with life-changing injuries, she must navigate the life of a stranger along with all the mistakes her former self left behind.

As Claire discovers the person she used to be she must also unravel the mystery that surrounds the accident. But the more Claire uncovers, the more she will be forced to face up to the dark secrets from her life before…

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Join Jennifer Longo as she endeavours to assist Police Detectives in solving crimes while unavoidably becoming intertwined with attractive, sexy, male characters.

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Twenty years prior, primary school aged Penny Drew is subjected to a horrifying ordeal at school camp by the hands of bully Amy Woods and a number of her friends.

In the present day, the abduction of school girl Sally from a public swimming pool in the usually quiet town of Heathcote causes a panic among the local residents.

Head of the Missing Person’s Taskforce, ageing Detective Alex Johnson is notified and heads to Heathcote to investigate.

Aspiring career driven investigative journalist Jennifer Longo, receives the first of many anonymous internet links which leads her to Heathcote Swimming Pool, coincidentally, the town of the first of many abductions.

Detective Johnson and Longo inevitably cross paths in their investigative enquiries in endeavouring to uncover the truth about who is responsible, along the way, developing an interpersonal love hate father daughter relationship.

As more children are abducted, the pair realise that working together may be a logical tactic, however Longo’s new love interest and Detective Johnson’s prime suspect appear to be the same person – Jason Drew.


Dean is a citizen of Melbourne Australia. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, keeping fit and obviously reading. He is currently busy working on the next instalment of The Longo Files. You can search The Longo Files on Facebook pages for more information.

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A kidnapped baby… The clock is ticking.

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When a baby is stolen from a local hospital, DS Whitney Walker enlists the help of a local journalist, who’s convinced it’s the work of an international baby smuggling ring.

But Walker’s plan backfires and she fears they’re running out of time.

If you like intense UK crime fiction, you’ll love The Night Shift, Sally Rigby’s page-turning prequel novella to her Cavendish and Walker series. It can be yours FOR FREE. 

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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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THE THRILLER AND SHAMUS AWARD WINNING SERIES!

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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One Reporter. Three Dead. Five Knives.

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FIVE KNIVES welds the intensity of Jack Bauer’s “24” to the scorching heat of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST. 

“The author is a great talent.” — Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer 

When a man plummets to his death from an apartment tower, Will Finch’s shock soon becomes a nightmare. As he studies the open windows above the corpse, Finch notices a lamp blinking erratically behind a drawn curtain on the eleventh floor. 

When he investigates the distress signal, Finch discovers a woman handcuffed to a bedpost. Over the following week, he uncovers a conspiracy that ties the murder to a series of bombshells. The victim’s bankruptcy. A global stock fraud. A murder spree that began in Baghdad and is now haunting the citizens of San Francisco. Is this the work of a serial killer, a copycat — or both?  

Five Knives is the prequel thriller in the Will Finch crime series — a novel that opens on the first day of Will Finch’s journalism career. Everything that Finch learns about crime reporting begins with Five Knives. 

After you enter your email address you can download your free copy of my novel, Five Knives — or you can buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book retailers. You’ll also be enrolled as a subscriber to my newsletter, which will alert you to book sales, giveaways, and insider news about my next novel. Every newsletter has links to my new reader book bundle: “Finch Confidential” and the short story, “Nine.” You can unsubscribe at any 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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A shocking and exhilarating new crime thriller

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“An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can’t wait to see more of Detective Yorke.” – Bestselling Crime Author Stephen Booth

School should be the safest place in the world. Not this winter.

Detective Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers change him forever?

The shocking and exhilarating new crime thriller will have you turning the pages late into the night.

Read what everyone is saying about One Last Prayer for the Rays

‘A pool of blood, an abduction, swirling blizzards, a haunting mystery, yes, Wes Markin’s One Last Prayer for the Rays has all the makings of an absorbing thriller. I recommend that you give it a go.’– Bestselling Author Alan Gibbons 

Wes Markin has created a really high energy novel that I just want to rave about everywhere.’ Jessica Rachow, 5 stars

‘It’s a stunning book, and a true testament to wonderful crime writing.’ Radzy Writes, 5 stars

Bam it’s go go go and it feels like you are on a rollercoaster that you don’t know if it is ever going to end.’ Zoe-Lee O’Farrell, Zooloo’s book diary, 5 stars.

‘Having just finished this book my head is still reeling, and my heart is still thumping,’ Goodreads Reviewer,5 stars

 ‘Jeez Louise, the opener hit bull’s eye straight away and nothing could stop me from being dragged into the story,’ Els, B for Bookreview, 5 stars

‘A WOW evoking opening and keeps the wows coming throughout. Shocking and at times disturbing, this is an intensedisconcerting and gripping tale.’ Bookworms Corner Blog Spot, 5 stars

‘One Last Prayer For The Rays is a dark and chilling read. There were lots of parts that are left to the imagination that shocked and horrified me but I so enjoyed them all.’ Sarah Hardy, By the letter book reviews.

‘An incredibly strong debut… I actually mistook it for one that an author with more published stories behind them would write. There was a moment when I thought wow, I’d so love to read everything this author has written – and I went on Goodreads to see what else is out there. That’s how good it is.’ Dora, Swift Coffee Blog, 5 stars.

‘It’s twisty, dark, gritty, gripping and exciting, the characters are eclectic, complex, sinister, deeply flawed but wow do they get under your skin,’ Dash Fan Book Reviews, 5 stars.

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Prequel to A Murder Among Friends

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Marcus, Nick, & Sam is a short story detailing characters in my novel A Murder Among Friends, a crime novel about the murder of a pregnant surrogate for a gay couple. Read about the beginning connections between Marcus, his childhood friend Nick, and his husband Sam. Get the free story when you sign up to my mailing list for periodic giveaways and sporadic updates.

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BEST SELLER in Crime Fiction BEST FREE READS

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With ice in their veins they are frozen in time

If you like Inspector Morse – you’ll love DI Jack Gilbert – a hard nosed traditional British copper with old fashioned principles and a personal life about to become a nightmare. It’s the swinging sixties. The new regional Mid-Anglia Constabulary is about to be formed and Detective Inspector Gilbert is appointed to head up a new team. 

In his last case before the move Jack hunts a cold-hearted killer. The man is prowling the streets of Peterborough at night. He is addicted to a special kind of pleasure. Young women are disappearing, their bodies frozen. 

This exciting prequel to the best selling DI Jack Gilbert series of British detective mysteries is by Amazon author Michael Saunders, an exciting new voice in sixties crime fiction. THE ICE MAIDEN is perfect for fans of Colin Dexter, L.J. Ross, Ian Rankin, and Stuart Macbride. Grab your FREE copy today and discover the icy truth.

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5 Killer Tropical Thrillers!

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Tidal Wave – A Troy Bodean Tropical Thriller Prequel

A thrill ride from Vegas to New Orleans with a dead body to boot…

Troy Bodean is a rambling man traveling the U.S.A. on a mission to find some peace and quiet.

Afghanistan brings a ransom plot trading the victim’s fingers for money (one by one.)

Vegas brings a romance with a secretly married stripper whose mafioso husband isn’t too happy about it.

New Orleans brings a new job on a shrimping boat. Only problem is the current captain might have killed the previous one.

Troy just can’t catch a break. Read all about it in the prequel to the hit Troy Bodean Tropical Thriller series. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry laughing, and then you’ll laugh some more.

Havana Fury – A Ryan Bodean Tropical Thriller Prequel   A thrilling action/adventure to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico…

Looks like Ryan “R.B.” Bodean has taken a page from his brother’s book and is out to find his fortune at the bottom of the ocean. And he needs good fortune to shine on him in the worst way…

Enter Megan Simons. She’s got a lead on a wreck that might be something more valuable than gold. But the bad guys from 90 miles south of Key West have other plans—namely, the kind of plans that won’t end well for R.B. and Megan.

R.B. just can’t catch a break. Read all about it in the prequel to the hit Ryan Bodean Tropical Thriller series. You’ll laugh, you’ll hold your breath, and then you’ll hope to hell he survives for another adventure.

Finding Prosperity – The Prosperity Spartanburg Files Prequel

What started out as a Funeral Services degree has turned into something she never expected…

Prosperity Spartanburg was like any other girl. Any other girl who formerly worked as a cocktail waitress at Tail Spinners strip club, found a dead body in an AirBnB while working there as a maid, and who dropped out of her funeral services degree to return months later and find her spot taken by another student.

What’s a girl to do? Switch to forensic pathology and find that she has a real talent for learning the secrets of the dead.

Prosperity just can’t catch a break until her new degree changes everything. Read all about it in the prequel to the hit Prosperity Spartanburg Files series. You’ll fall in love with Prosperity, you’ll wonder how she solves all those crimes, and then you’ll hope to hell she survives for another adventure.

Rogue Enemy – A Chris Collins CIA Thriller Prequel

Chris Collins had it all. Great job as Deputy Director of the CIA. a loving wife at home, and a really nice boat until…

It all went away in a flash. The CIA’s best Deputy Director, Chris Collins had it all. And then came the case that made him go rogue. After his last successful bust ended with two gun-smuggling, drug-running, crooked politicians behind bars … he thought he could close the file.

But the higher-ups in the cartel had other plans. And before Collins knew it, he was headed south of the Southernmost Point in the Continental United States … without a game plan, without the blessing of the CIA, on his own. (Except for Ned. There was always Ned.)

Chris Collins just can’t catch a break. Read all about it in the prequel to the hit Chris Collins CIA Thriller series. 

A Death In The Afternoon – The Southermost Mystery Series

At twenty-four years old, I was dying a slow and painful death.

My tombstone would read:

Here lies Mallory Hemingway. Gone Too Soon. Died of Boredom.

I scrolled past the government jobs, the work from home jobs, and the delivery jobs hoping to find that gem that stood out, when suddenly I sat straight up, the back of my chair bouncing back and forth like an overzealous jack in the box.

Wanted: Night-time Caretaker for Hemingway Home in Key West, FL.

Responsibilities: Live on-site for security purposes, locking gates, ensuring house is properly secured, tending to the many cats that live on the property, and being a point of contact for police or emergency personnel if needed.

Salary: $25,000 a year. Room and board included.

Ok, so the salary wasn’t much, but it was just me. And if I wasn’t paying for room and board, then how much money did I really need?

I googled Key West taking in the size of the island, the culture that oozed personality, and the tight, narrow streets that cut through the main areas.  I wouldn’t need a car to navigate such a tiny place, so I could sell mine and use the money to help me move. Real estate there was astronomical, so not having to pay for a place to stay would give me the room in my budget that I needed in order to write during the day.

It didn’t seem like they’d need me to do much, so I was basically being paid to sleep. I could get up early and write every morning, just like Hemingway did. Surely, my last name and distant relative status would be a mark in my favor.

My hand hovered over the receiver of the Harmony Times phone, when I stopped cold. What was I doing? I couldn’t break up with Andrew, leave my parents, and move to the southernmost point of the United States, could I?

Find out if she will in the newest cozy mystery sensation, A Death In The Afternoon.

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An email received by accident. 
An agent on the verge of a meltdown. 
The two neighbors cooperate to save their careers and their lives.

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Emily Turing receives a threatening email by mistake. She tries to learn who wants to get rid of her and why. She co-founded a successful startup in a male-dominated world, and she’s torn between her loyalty to Jessica, her boss and co-founder, and Mike, her co-worker and new love. 

FBI Agent Bob Alexis’s life crashes when he discovers Lisa, his wife, wants to leave him. He’s married to his job. When he discovers she had an affair—it becomes unbearable, and he almost loses his mind.

When Emily, Bob’s neighbor, turns to him for help—it might be too late for both of them.

Never Reply All is the fast-paced prequel novella to the award-winning thriller Don’t Dare to Dream. Here you can learn more about Special Agent Bob Alexis’s life and investigations.

Dan Friedman’s debut crime thriller Don’t Dare to Dream won the 2019 Reader’s Favorite Mystery Gold Medal Book Award and was a finalist thriller in the National Indie Excellence Award. If you enjoy gripping suspense, twists and turns, and unpredictable characters—you’ll love Dan Friedman’s thrilling ride.

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Loved the book, looking forward to continuing the series. I didn’t want the book to end,” Amazon reviewer

Highly entertaining action that keeps you turning pages! A great fast paced thriller that I read from cover to cover and would highly recommend. Interesting twists and plenty of action!” Amazon reviewer

A thrilling novella with two neighbors, one being threatened and the other is an FBI Agent. A short book with a huge storyline, will keep you enthralled!” Goodreads reviewer

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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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A contract killer with a difference. A police detective out to prove himself. Their lives coincide with explosive results.

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A contract killer with a difference. A police detective out to prove himself. Their lives collide with explosive results.

Amelia Johnson is a contract killer with a difference, she picks and chooses her targets. She eliminates the worst of humanity. Michael Moran is a failed police detective. He stumbles across a case that looks like a hit. Is this the chance he has been waiting for to get his career back on track.

Amelia must keep one step ahead of Michael. Will she have to break her one rule and dispose of Michael to keep her secret safe.

Before she can make that decision, events take a tragic turn and Amelia must decide whether to save Michael’s life or let him die.

Will keeping her secret win against her own humanity.

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“Debbi Mack crafts a taut narrative with crackling dialogue.”

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A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae’s client disappears. When a friend asks Sam to find Melanie Hayes, the Maryland attorney is drawn into a complex case of murder and identity theft that has her running from the Mob, breaking into a strip club and forming a shaky alliance with an offbeat private investigator to discover the truth about Melanie and her ex-boyfriend.

With her career and life on the line, Sam’s search takes her from the blue-collar Baltimore suburbs to the mansions of Gibson Island. Along the way, she learns that false identities can hide dark secrets, and those secrets can destroy lives.

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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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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 …

From the award-winning series — A Secrets of Redemption novella.

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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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The 1922 Club Murder is a prequel novella to the Riley Sullivan Mystery Series. Meet Riley before she becomes a private investigator, and spy in on her early relationship with Det. Luke Morgan.

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.

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A proposition of murder. A chance for freedom. But at what price?

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Wolverhampton, 1862, and Nettie’s husband is drunk. Again. With rent unpaid, food scarce, and money-lenders on the prowl, professional slaughterer, Russell Taylor, offers to help. But what does his devilish plan involve, and who is watching from the shadows?

As she fights for survival, Nettie must discover the real cost of life, death, truth, and lies. 

The Butcher’s Wife is a Victorian gothic thriller, part of the Convenient Women Collection, and is available exclusively to the Delphine Woods Reader’s List. 

If you like nail-biting suspense, twists and turns, and complicated characters, then you’ll love this debut novella. 

Download The Butcher’s Wife to uncover Nettie’s dark tale today

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One of the most marvelous and suspenseful mysteries I have read in a long time.

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Private Investigator Zachary Goldman’s life isn’t all roses, but he tries to put his own shattered life behind him to investigate the death of five-year-old Declan Bond.Declan’s death has been ruled an accident, but his grandmother thinks there is more to it. She fears Declan’s mother will not be able to find peace until Zachary can give them an answer once and for all. But as Zachary digs into the circumstances surrounding Declan’s death, he finds that all is not as it seems, and somebody doesn’t want him to find the truth.

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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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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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